Dell'Arte - Mad River Festival

PIERSON BUILDING CENTER presents
THE 28th ANNUAL

MAD RIVER FESTIVAL

June 14 - July 14 2018

 

The Dell’Arte Company Presents
Ruzzante Comes Home From The War
Rooney Amphitheatre

June 14 – July 1 at 8 p.m.

Thursday – Sunday (except Thursday 6/21)
$18 Regular, $15 Senior/Student; $12 Kids
Sundays 6/17 & 6/24 – Pre-show talk and FREE Admittance to Veterans and Their Families 

The War is over. Three soldiers return home after years of fighting to find that their home has completely changed; no one really knows them anymore and they don’t know themselves outside of being soldiers. The Dell’Arte Company presents a no-holds-barred Commedia dell’Arte performance that hits at the humor and the humanity of coming home from war.

 

DAI FAMILY SERIES

Writing My Way Out Of Adolescence
Pierson Big Hammer Tent
Sunday, June 17th at 2 p.m.
$12 Regular; $10 Senior/Student
Written and Performed by Jeff DeMark

Writing My Way Out of  Adolescence is a “psychedelic solo show about growing up, going crazy, and living to tell about it.” Making its debut at the Mad River Festival in 1993, Writing My Way Out of Adolescence has been toured all over the country— in local theaters, schools, cafés and restaurants. 88 shows later, it makes its way back home to celebrate its 25th Anniversary and perhaps to be performed one last time. 

 

MRF OFFSITE: Synapsis Nova 212 "G" St., Eureka
DAI PRESENTS Barrio Caleidoscopio

Tuesday, June 19th at 8 p.m.

$12 Regular; $10 Senior/Student; $8 Kids
Created and Performed by Carlos Gallegos (France/Ecuador)

Alfonsito awakes with the intention of going to the store and buying a loaf of bread or two.  To achieve this, he must face his multiple and extravagant fears, pretend to be like the others (like the “normal” people), and abandon his meticulously organized but dusty house.  He must quickly pass through the empty street avoiding the cynical jokes of his cronies, the melancholy of the street sweepers, and the meeting with his compatriot, Magalita the Machiavellian.  But above all, he must avoid the pounding of his heart each time he receives his bread bag. This performance is suitable for adults.

 

MAD LABS
Wednesday, June 20th at 8 p.m.
The Carlo Theatre
Pay-What-You-Can

A glimpse of the ‘work-in-progress’ of experimental theatre, created by Dell’Arte faculty and alumni.

The Beaver Sisters Present: The Beaverettes
Created and Performed by Janessa Johnsrude (Canada), Sarah McKinney (USA) and Maggie Lally (USA)

Since 1997, the beguiling beaver sisters have been performing in their sister band "The Beaverettes". Born in a litter of 1000 baby beaver pups, they crawled straight out of their goddamn dam and onto the goddamn stage. Encrusted in jewels and adorned with martini breath and sexual fervor, The Beaverettes promise to gnaw on wood while titillating your taints with their glorious vocal vibrations. Come get rid of your cauliflower problem with The Beaverettes on their self-healing inspirational reality television show.

 

YOU'RE IN DANGER!
Created and Performed by Lucius Robinson (USA)
YOU’RE IN DANGER is an original psychological thriller-comedy and solo performance premiering at the 2017 Charm City Fringe Festival in Baltimore, MD. Concerned neighbor and upstanding citizen Mitchell Barnes has spent the last fourteen years secretly defending his quiet Towson suburb on Blackburn Court from the sinister forces of Hell. Now, a new threat forces Mitchell to take to the cul-de-sac and reveal the demonic truth about the changeling boy next door. YOU'RE IN DANGER! skirts the line between hilarious character and horrifying circumstances, keeping audiences glued to the edge of their seats until the play’s haunting conclusion.

 

DAI PRESENTS Barrio Caleidoscopio
The Carlo Theatre

Thursday, June 21st at 8 p.m.

$12 Regular; $10 Senior/Student; $8 Kids
Created and Performed by Carlos Gallegos (France/Ecuador)

Alfonsito awakes with the intention of going to the store and buying a loaf of bread or two.  To achieve this, he must face his multiple and extravagant fears, pretend to be like the others (like the “normal” people), and abandon his meticulously organized but dusty house.  He must quickly pass through the empty street avoiding the cynical jokes of his cronies, the melancholy of the street sweepers, and the meeting with his compatriot, Magalita the Machiavellian.  But above all, he must avoid the pounding of his heart each time he receives his bread bag. This performance is suitable for adults.

 

Institut for Folkeligt Teater & Dell’Arte International Present

The 2018 Prize of Hope
UNIVERSES, Ashland, Oregon

Saturday, June 23rd at 4 p.m.
The Carlo Theatre followed by dinner in the Pierson Big Hammer Tent
$50 (Includes ticket to Ruzzante Returns From The War)

Celebrating its 28th year, The Prize of Hope is an international award given annually to a person or company who has worked for the hope of humankind; “daringly, lovingly, vulgarly, seriously, poetically...with sparkling energy against conventional thinking, which is the greatest threat to our culture - for a world in which people use their own eyes, ears, and voice.” (Prize founders Lars Olsen & Birthe Rosenfeldt-Olsen).


The 2018 award goes to UNIVERSES of Ashland, Oregon.

UNIVERSES is a national Ensemble Theater Company of multi-disciplined writers and performers, who fuse theatre, poetry, dance, jazz, hip hop, politics, down home blues and Spanish boleros to create moving, challenging, and entertaining works for the stage. The group breaks the traditional theatrical bounds to create its own brand of theatre. Founded in The Bronx, New York in 1995, the members of UNIVERSES came together in the urban poetry and music scene of the late 1990s; quickly moving through the “downtown” performance scene to build a home for themselves in American Theatre.

 

DAI FAMILY SERIES
Halouksh Tales
The Carlo Theatre
Sunday, June 24th at 2 p.m.
$10 Regular; $5 Kids

Halouksh Tales are two shadow plays created during Dell'Arte's multi-year collaboration with the Wiyot Tribe's youth program, Tsek Houdaqh. "The Stolen Salmon" is a traditional Wiyot story, and "Grandma and Dalila" describes the process of gathering materials to make a basket cap. The puppets and narration were created by the children in Tsek Houdaqh, with additional voice-acting provided by tribal members. Both plays were generated in workshops with Tsek Houdaqh, led by Dell'Arte artists James Hildebrandt, Zuzka Sabata, and Pratik Motwani, and incorporate Wiyot language learning.

 

DAI PRESENTS Ferocia
The Carlo Theatre

Tuesday, June 26th at 8 p.m.
$12 Regular; $10 Senior/Student; $8 Kids
Concept by Lisa da Boit & Céline Curvers (Belgium)
Choreography and Interpretation by Lisa da Boit

Ferocia is a scream.

Ferocia is the sweating body waking up from a nightmare. Ferocia is the fear that we cannot control.
Ferocia is a dance solo set in our social and political reality.

Ferocia is a dance solo with live music. A dancer and a musician share the stage for a dialogue of sorrow and hope.

Ferocia is born with the desire of questioning the possibility of a political engagement as artists in our social and cultural context.

 

DAI PRESENTS When I Die, Leave The Balcony Open
The Carlo Theatre
Wednesday, June 27th at 8 p.m.
$12 Regular; $10 Senior/Student; $8 Kids

Created and Performed by Laura Muñoz (Spain)

In a land torn by war, a lone woman is undeterred by circumstances to fulfill her duty.

The play is an examination of the obstacles this woman, Julieta, overcomes in the midst of violence and destruction, never losing sight of her objective. She is hauling an impossibly big bag. What burden is worth risking your life for?

 

Red Light in Blue: An Adult Cabaret
The Carlo Theatre

Friday, June 29th and Saturday, June 30th at 10:30 p.m.
$20 Presale; $25 At the Door

The Mad River Festival’s tantalizing, late night adults-only cabaret featuring a dazzling array of acts by the award-winning Dell’Arte Company.

 

DAI FAMILY SERIES
Stories In The Tent
Presented by the Dell’Arte Company & The Mad River Union

Pierson Big Hammer Tent
Tuesday, July 3rd at 7:30 p.m.
Entry FREE

Dell'Arte International in collaboration with the Mad River Union puts out a call for stories from the residents of Humboldt County! From the stories submitted, 5 stories will be chosen and will subsequently be adapted by 5 actor-creators from the Dell’Arte Company.

 

LA FRENZ ALUMNI AWARD PRESENTS

Eli And The Bear

The Carlo Theatre

Thursday, July 5th, Friday, July 6th and Saturday, July 7th at 8 p.m. & Sunday, July 8th at 4 p.m.
$12 Regular; $10 Senior/Student; $8 Kids
Created by Rebecca Finney (USA), Zafiria Dimitropoulou (Greece/Mexico), Laura Muñoz (Spain) and Tushar Mathew (India) and Performed by Rebecca Finney, Laura Muñoz and Tushar Mathew

Eli and his mother make their home within a monstrous city, an Orwellian sprawl ruled by an usurper Governor. The unexpected death of Eli’s father threatens to reveal a dangerous secret from the family’s past, and Eli and his mother are forced to flee to the outskirts of their city.  It is here, on the edge of their world, that Eli and his mother, Amanda, discover their only chance for salvation: a retired circus bear, named Bumbles. Created by an international ensemble of artists, Eli and The Bear is a contemporary tragedy about a boy’s journey to manhood. Suitable for all ages.

 

MRF OFFSITE: The Arcata Playhouse - 1251 9th St, Arcata,
Life Beneath the Stars by James Peck

Friday, July 6th at 8 p.m and Saturday, July 7th at 4 p.m.  

$12 Regular; $10 Senior/Student; $8 Kids
 
Multimedia piece of devised theatre which combines Film Projection, GIF Animation, Prezi Presentation and Physical Theatre.

Uses the framework of Social Media, The Skinner Box Experiment, and Internet Addiction as theatrical metaphor to examine the condition of a trapped virtual identity desperately seeking real connection.
An introspection on notions of identity and image, reality and perception, our need for real connection/inclusion coupled with our inability to disconnect ourselves from the clutches of the virtual world (and our virtual identities in it).

Life Beneath the Stars, is a one man show about the fantastic experiences, loves, and regrets of a man who now lives roaming the planet with only the stars as his shelter. It is a mask, mime and puppet show with a running time of 30 minutes.

 

THE HUMBOLDT FOLKLIFE SOCIETY PRESENTS

Humboldt Folklife Festival
Rooney Amphitheatre
July 9-14

A week of folk music culminates on July 14 with a day of free events! For more on this annual Blue Lake crowd-pleaser, please please email: humboldtfolklifefest@gmail.com or visit https://humboldtfolklife.org/

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