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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Crabaret

Crabaret

Boulder International Fringe Festival and Quake Theater present: Crabaret Directed and written by Claire Patton Starring the Crabaret Band:  Leon Arguello, Angie Beeler, David Bergner, Alex Boates, Jasmine Dancey, Andrew March, Matty Miller, Abbey Pleviak, and Phillip VanScotter Crabaret is a monthly variety show hosted by the Crabaret Band with guest performances from local musicians, dancers, jugglers, and performers.  The show must go on, but will it?  Two divas, a high-strung host, a new age band leader, a man-child guitarist, an embittered drummer, a battle of the egos, a contest of human frailty.  Plagued by fiasco and the foibles of the Crabaret Band, Crabaret is a hilarious vaudevillian performance constantly teetering on the brink of catastrophe.  The shows feature classic and original songs performed by the eight-piece Crabaret Band. Photos (from left to right):  Richard Cummings (rickphoto.com), Kuba Holuj, and Lindsay...

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Olive!

Olive!

Theatre13 presents: Olive Co-written and performed by Kjersti Ingela Webb Co-written and directed by Claire Patton Yeah, everyone’s been born.  But that doesn’t make you an expert on the topic.  Olive, the award-winning clown and part-time anthropologist is back, turning her keen eye on the subject of birth.  She deconstructs the myth of childbirth without storks and Virgin Marys, taking an honest look at how babies come out.  Olive’s unique perspective has no limits – she takes us on an unabashed journey through all the squishy, gory, horrifying, and touching details of pregnancy, portraying a hesitant new mother and a baby who doesn’t want to leave the womb.  Don’t miss the world premier of this existential kick in the pants. Photo by Claire...

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