In Summer 2022, the Fox & Beggar Theater presented its seventh theatrical production, "The LONESOME SPECTACULAR!"; an original circus show about happiness, sadness, and the moon.
The devised show was co-created at Tamarack Land Co-op in Hovland, MN by an ensemble of twelve clowns, circus artists, musicians, and puppeteers. In June, the show toured from Minnesota to Michigan, performing a series of free and all-ages shows atop the Gonzago.
The ringmaster of an impoverished circus troupe hatches a plan to steal the loneliest creature in the universe -- the moon -- and sell it as a for-profit carnival attraction. The new act is a big hit, pulling hordes of ticket-buyers into private and addictive worlds of melancholia. But as the moon's sad wonders get greedily consumed, it begins to shrink.
Soon, members of the circus troupe begin sneaking in one-by-one to see the moon's psychedelic visions of dejection and solipsism. Finally-- the moon shrunk down to the size of a bowling ball-- a brave clown decides it is time to put it back in the night sky.
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Here's a video of opening night... performed in Hudson, Wisconsin.
Camellia Nieh is a globetrotting multidisciplinary artist with a passion for movement and art of all stripes. She loves art more than munching cinnamon toast, in a hot lavendar-bath, under a starry sky, serenaded by a chorus a capella monkeys singing doo-wop numbers. But wait, that would be art.
Chase Perkins is a Theatre Artist from St. Paul, MN. He was born and attended school in NH at Plymouth State University, and lived in California while attending school at Dell' Arte International School of Physical Theatre. Chase moved to St.Paul to co-found Cahoot?! Physical Theatre and has never looked back since!
David Chervony is a circus performer and creator based in Chicago. He has performed nationally with several circuses and is a founding member of Low Ceiling Circus and Company To X For.
Emilia Björk Perkins is a theatre artist, clown and creator of silliness. She was born and raised in Sweden, is now based in the Twin Cities, and excited to join Fox and Beggar on tour for the first time.
Liam Bradley is a Chicago-based circus artist who juggles, jumps, and dances to make sense of the world.
Liam Gundlach is a Vermont based circus artist with a speciality in diabolo and partner acrobatics. He also loves skiing, folding origami and foraging for mushrooms!
Myra is a St. Paul based guitarist and vocalist and the founder of Miss Myra and the Moonshiners. She specializes in early swing guitar from the 20's and 30's, has toured in Germany, Switzerland and Italy and has always wanted to join the circus.
Nat is an odd fellow who likes to play outdoors.
Nathan is a Minneapolis based brass and keyboard owner/operator with a penchant for early swing and Afro-Cuban music. This is his first circus but not his first rodeo, and he looks forward to collaborating with this all-star crew of humans.
Nick Bruns is an earnest young man from Upstate New York. He believes magic lives in the details of our daily lives, just finished a PhD in river ecology, and has been performing with Paperhand Puppet Intervention in Durham, NC.
Nyssa Collins is a Durham, NC based artist that has worked with Paperhand Puppet Intervention since 2017. She uses visual art, shadow puppetry, and music to help dispel some of the darkness and drudgery from the world.
Ripley enjoys foot-juggling, acrobatics, and traveling shows. She's a graduate of the Quebec Circus School and is currently based in Vermont.