Claire Patton

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Barnacle: A Salty Love Story

Barnacle: A Salty Love Story

From the creator of The Awkward Art of Flying and A Girl’s Guide to War, a hilarious and heartbreaking tale of love lost and found at sea. The year is 2046. The temperature is a balmy 72 degrees Fahrenheit, with a 20% chance of showers late in the evening. A woman named Penny is plummeting 60 feet through the air towards the ocean. Statistically speaking, she is falling to her death. Moments before, Penny had been standing on the edge of a cliff talking to a stranger. The conversation had been pleasant, until the stranger leaned over and whispered something into Penny’s ear. Then, Penny jumped. Written and performed by Claire Patton. Currently booked in March for the 2016 Rogue Festival in Fresno, CA. Tickets available...

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A Girl’s Guide to War

A Girl’s Guide to War

  Quake Theater Presents: A Girl’s Guide to War Written by Claire Patton Directed by Colleen Mylott Performed by Claire Patton and Tim Rearick Teenager Millicent Gulch steps on stage at her middle school talent show expecting to give the performance of her young life. She has visions of standing ovations and being carried out of the auditorium on the shoulders of her classmates. Things do not go quite as planned… Abandoned onstage by her best friend, fiery fourteen-year-old Millicent declares war and takes over Waybrough Middle School’s annual talent show. She recruits the audience as her army, training them for battle and teaching them her rules of warfare. In this rapid-fire comedy, Millicent redefines war with the help of Napoleon Bonaparte, a mind-reading mouse, and a reluctant stage hand named Scott. A Girl’s Guide to War incorporates elements of comedy, improv, shadow puppetry, and audience participation. Part primer on how to be a badass, part middle school confessional, A Girl’s Guide to War is a satirical and touching journey through the treacherous arena of teenage emotions. A Girl’s Guide to War brings together some of the most exciting theatrical talent Colorado has to offer: Claire Patton- powerhouse physical performer, comedy writer, and creative mastermind, Colleen Mylott- a lauded experimental theatre director known for her epic collaborative productions, and Tim Rearick- innovative mask/puppet maker and performer. “hilariously inventive” – CBC Manitoba “electrifying…a barrel of laughs and a gloriously good time” – King’s River Life Magazine “deliciously edgy” – Fresno Bee “powerful…a must see show” – Marc Gonzalez, The Road to 1,000      ...

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The Awkward Art of Flying

The Awkward Art of Flying

                                The Awkward Art of Flying   A Physical Comedy created and Performed by Claire Patton and Lucia Rich    About The Awkward Art of Flying:   Equal parts physical poetry and comedy, The Awkward Art of Flying follows the journey of two cavewomen as they learn how to fly. Fumbling down the path to freedom and flight, the cavewomen find themselves pinned down by the rules and restrictions of femininity with hilarious and touching results.   The piece mixes the central story with other vignettes on the themes of freedom, courage, and failure– a death match between debutante chickens and a ballet dance gone awry, among other absurdities. Downtown Abbey with a splash of Carol Burnett, pantomime and vaudeville flirting with absurdist comedy,The Awkward Art of Flying traverses genres, personifying objects, animals and historical heroines along the way in a string of fiercely imaginative and unexpectedly human poetic vignettes.     Check out our feature in The Boulder Weekly here   2014 Tour Dates Announced:   •Fresno’s Rogue Festival – February 28-March 9, 2014   •Edmonton Fringe Festival – August 14-24, 2014   •Boulder International Fringe Festival – September 17-28, 2014...

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Smite Smote Smitten

Smite Smote Smitten

Quake Theater Presents:  Smite Smote Smitten Written and performed by Claire Patton Co-created and directed by Elizabeth Baron Performed at the 2011 Boulder International Fringe Festival Smite Smote Smitten is an absurd one-woman physical farce, the story of a girl who is attempting to grow up and failing.  She is trapped in a topsy-turvy world where blasphemy is the sincerest form of flattery, and her most reliable authority figure is a sock puppet.  Oh sure, she would like to grow up someday, but she is too busy sorting through all the advice well-meaning adults have given her.  Life is not a dress rehearsal, and no-one can refuse to grow up forever, and in Smite Smote Smitten the clock is ticking. “Fantastic show!! Claire is not only a brilliant actor, but she has the unique ability to bring us so deeply into her world of creation that the stories and adventures, move from personal to archetypal without being cliche. That takes immense talent and Claire’s got it. Both peeing in my pants hilarious and deeply moving, this is not a show to be missed.” -B. Jordan, Boulder, CO “It’s been a long time since I have seen a piece of theatre so deeply and profoundly satisfying and inspiring for my heart and spirit. Many things I could say, but off top of my head: deeply courageous, breathlessly sensitive in moments, stirring and moving.” -G. Wilcox, Boulder, CO “Thank you, Claire for your incredible talent! I recommend this to anyone open to being MOVED and blown away by true art.” -C. Valentino, New York, NY “What a performer! What a performer! What a performer!!!” -J. Fry, Los Angeles, CA Photos by Timothy...

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Portrait

Portrait

The Octopus League presents: Portrait Directed by Claire Patton Performed by: Sam Elmore, Mark Hatfield, Virginie Lutz, Abbey Pleviak, Timothy Rearick, Lucia Rich, and Phillip VanScotter Devised by the Ensemble in collaboration with Claire Patton Portrait is an honest look at the relationship between art and artist. A plumber, suddenly inspired, paints the portrait of a young woman. He discovers, among the scarlets, ochres, and indigos, that there is life behind the frame. His creation cannot be confined by the borders of her canvas, and the plumber is plunged into the murky waters of the art world. Ultimately the lines between artist and art become blurred, but can our hero paint his way out? Portrait’s palette is bold; the story is based in the silent film genre, without dialogue, and told with original music and the Lecoq tradition of physical theater. The piece is presented in the round; the audience, surrounded by movement and sound, becomes the frame containing our...

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