Claire Patton

Physical Theater Mojo

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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Woe to the Conquered

Woe to the Conquered

Quake Theater Presents:  Woe to the Conquered! Directed by Claire Patton Performed by Nicholas Barth, Bobby Dartt, and Todd Badolato Co-written by Claire Patton and the Ensemble Masks by Timothy Rearick Performed at the 2010 Boulder International Fringe Festival The captain is dead.  His posse is washed up and out for blood.  Anarchy has erupted, and hope is lost.  All that’s left to conquer is death itself.  Now, where did they leave their pointy things?  Woe to the Conquered! is a masked comedy, a quixotic journey through Hell and back in sixty minutes. Winner, 2010 Boulder International Fringe Festival’s Encore! Award Winner, 2010 Boulder Daily Camera Camera’s Eye Award for Best Comedic Performance by an Actor (awarded to Nicholas Barth, Bobby Dartt, and Todd Badolato) “…a mythic-styled story with whacked-out comic sensibilities. Filled with surprises, laced with slapstick, whimsy and sublime silliness…”  —Mark Collins, The Daily Camera 08/24/2010 “restored my faith in theater as the most compelling art form there can be. Seriously. Hilariously funny, incredible physicality and brilliant writing. A MUST SEE.”  —S. Lepore, Westhampton, MA “I’ve been debating with myself as to whether or not I am into theater anymore, but they definitely sold me on it…Hilarious, non-stop thrill.” —Krystal B, Boulder, CO “The Dead Sea Scrolls of theatre. Mmm.. maybe more the Rosencrantz and Guildenstern of The Odyssey. Mmm… nope. It is its own beautiful beast. Woe will pickle your funny bone. Classical and Contemporary. Reverent and ir-. Woe is me. Woe is you. Woe is me.  Yow…I’m still lickin’ ma chops.”  —Jeffry, Boulder, CO “OMG! Imagine getting Buster Keaton, Chaplain and Jim Cary together acting a script by John Cleese on steroids. Outrageous, amazing, beyond hilarious.” —J. Johnson, Boulder, CO Photos by Claire...

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Dancing With Demons: A Comedy of Sorts

Dancing With Demons: A Comedy of Sorts

Shana Cordon Presents:  Dancing with Demons:  A Comedy of Sorts Written and performed by Shana Cordon Direction and dramaturgy by Claire Patton Performed at the 2012 Seattle Fringe Festival and the 2013 Fresno Rogue Festival The Hero’s Journey has gone awry! A writer held hostage, a demon on the loose–when structure disappears, what’s a character to do? In this one woman, multi-character show, heroes and villains, innocents and vixens battle to tell their own story. With exquisite physical theater, original music, and witty humor, this contemporary fairytale will take you on a haunting, hilarious, dark and delicious adventure.   “Wickedly fun…Worth the price of admission just to watch [Ms. Cordon’s] fluid body movements as she dances, crawls, leaps and sails across the small stage…She takes a rather standard fairy tale and sends it down the rabbit hole of insanity to end up with a story within a story that has no slow moments.” Full review here.  —Fresno Bee “Ms. Cordon’s fractured fairytale takes a hard left into a grown-up fantasy gone awry…This is not your mother’s Mother Goose.” Full article here. –King River Life Magazine “The show is truly a work of art! Shana Cordon masterfully weaves in and out of characters with a magician like quality. You forget you are watching a one woman show as she skillfully portrays different characters. They all come alive along with your imagination; pulling you into a different world you don’t want to leave. This is truly a remarkable show!”  —J. Knowles, Seattle, WA “Ms. Cordon deftly morphs from one character to the next, keeping the audience riveted on the surprising amount of action, adventure and suspense.”  —L. Haddix, Chicago, IL Photos (from left to right): John Barbour and Kevin Charles...

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