Claire Patton

Physical Theater Mojo

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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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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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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