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Clowns Debuts in Little Theater Tonight

by Sue Kropp



Lead Image: Clowns

DECEMBER 11, 2002-- Clowns, an original production written and directed by Channing Joseph '03, will debut tonight at 8:00 in Little Theater.

"Clowns is what I call a minimalist, multimedia musical," Joseph says. "It combines my interests in the spoken word, music, video, and philosophy to create a commentary on the perils of love, and the hypocrisy that dominates today's society."

Based on the activities of a group of lonely nightclub performers, the story is revealed through a series of musical monologues that explore love, loss, and how "we are all, in a sense, clowns."

"The story moves from the personal to the global to confront national pretense, and to parody the actions of politicians in a post-9/11 climate," says Joseph. "The characters begin to explore how they can live their lives in a way that allows them to be true to themselves, yet still remain citizens of the world."

"The show is essentially a social commentary," Joseph says. "I want people to enjoy the production, but to think about what it says and how it might apply to their lives."

Clowns features a cast and crew made up entirely of Oberlin students. The show's characters include a 10-foot tall drag queen named Tsunami Explosion (played by Joseph) and the bitter minstrel, Chicken Man (Alec Scott '05). Joseph also composed and arranged the production's music.

Additional Shows:

• Thursday, December 12, and Friday, December 13, at 8:00 p.m.
• Saturday, December 14, at 2:00 p.m

Tickets are available by calling the Central Ticket Service at 440-775-8169.




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