2017-2018 SEASON

•The Box Office opens 1 hour before curtain • The House opens 20 minutes before curtain •
• Any late seating will be at the discretion of the House Manager •

All tickets purchased online will be held at Will Call at the Box Office. No mailing or printing of tickets is necessary. To reserve tickets for shows at Dell’Arte call 707-668-5663.


May 17 – 20, & 24 – 27 @8PM

Crossing the Vortex: Thesis Festival 2018

Presented by Dell’Arte 3rd year MFA graduates

All student shows are pay-what-you-can

The Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre presents Crossing the Vortex: Thesis Festival 2018, featuring five groundbreaking new works of theatre created by this year’s graduating MFA class. The festival marks the culmination of three years of graduate study by an international ensemble of theatre artists. This year’s new works include theatrical investigations of Afro-futurism, clown, absurdist physical comedy, a #metoo-era tragedy, and immersive theatre.

The festival will show The Hempen Jig and Cluck, Boom, Bloom! on Thursdays and Saturdays; and Singularity and #Anomie on Fridays and Sundays. Ticket holders will be able to bring their stubs in for admission to any subsequent evening in order to see all four plays.

Also featured in this year’s festival is Let Me Out!, an immersive memory play. Let Me Out! will play to select audiences on May 22 – 23 at 8 p.m. and May 26 – 27 at 2 p.m.
For information and tickets for “Let Me Out!” visit The Let Me Out! Event Page

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June 14 – July 1 @8PM

The Dell’Arte Company Presents

RUZZANTE COMES HOME FROM THE WAR

The Rooney Amphitheatre

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.

Dell’Arte offers 50% off ticket orders to military personnel, veterans, and their immediate families. Please give our box office a call at 707-668-5663 and mention the code BLUE STAR to identify as a military personnel.

Sundays 6/17 & 6/24 – Pre-show talk and FREE Admittance to Veterans and Their Families

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June 17 @2PM

DAI FAMILY SERIES

Writing My Way Out Of Adolescence

Written and Performed by Jeff DeMark

Pierson Big Hammer Tent

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.

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June 19 @8PM

MRF OFFSITE

Barrio Caleidoscopio

Created and Performed by Carlos Gallegos (France/Ecuador)

Synapsis Nova, Eureka

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.

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June 20 @8PM

MAD LABS

The Beaver Sisters Present: The Beaverettes

Created and Performed by Janessa Johnsrude (Canada), Sarah McKinney (USA) and Maggie Lally (USA)

The Carlo Theatre

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)

The Carlo Theatre

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.

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June 21 @8PM

DAI PRESENTS

Barrio Caleidoscopio

Created and Performed by Carlos Gallegos (France/Ecuador)

The Carlo Theatre

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.

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June 23 @4PM

Institut for Folkeligt Teater & Dell’Arte International Present

The 2018 Prize of Hope

The Carlo Theatre followed by dinner in the Pierson Big Hammer Tent and Ruzzante at the Rooney Amphitheatre

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 theater, 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 theater. 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.

Ticket includes the Award Ceremony in the Carlo Theatre at 4 PM, Dinner in the Pierson Big Hammer Tent at 6 PM and a ticket to Ruzzante Comes Home From The War which begins at 8 PM.

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June 24 @2PM

DAI Family Series

Halouksh Tales

The Carlo Theatre

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.

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June 26 @8PM

DAI PRESENTS

Ferocia

Concept by Lisa da Boit & Céline Curvers (Belgium)
Choreography and Interpretation by Lisa da Boit

The Carlo Theatre

Ferocia is born with the desire of questioning the possibility of a political engagement as artists in our social and cultural context.
Is it possible to make an action, concrete, clear, and faced to the world we live in?
Our reflection is constantly questioned by contradictions and by the feeling of being powerless in our daily lives. Can we change anything in this world, can we choose how to live or how to make any changes?

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.

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June 27 @8PM

DAI PRESENTS

When I Die, Leave The Balcony Open

Created and Performed by Laura Muñoz (Spain)

The Carlo Theatre

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?

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June 29 & 30 @10:30PM

The Dell’Arte Company Presents

Red Light in Blue Lake : An Adult Cabaret

The Carlo Theatre

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

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July 3 @7:30PM

DAI FAMILY SERIES

STORIES IN THE TENT

Presented by the Dell’Arte Company & The Mad River Union

Pierson Big Hammer Tent

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.

FREE EVENT!


July 5, 6, 7 @8PM & July 8 @4PM

LAFRENZ ALUMNI AWARD PRESENTS

Eli And The Bear

Created & Performed by Rebecca Finney (USA), Laura Muñoz (Spain) and Tushar Mathew (India)

THE CARLO THEATRE

Eli and his mother make their home within a monstrous city – an Orwellian sprawl of prosperity and productivity. But after the unexpected death of Eli’s father, the family is 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 modern tragedy that uses a poetic hand to touch upon the themes of isolation, hypermasculinity, the cycle of oppression and masculinity. Suitable for all ages.

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July 6 @8PM & July 7 @4PM

MRF OFFSITE

# EMBEDDED #

Created & Performed by by Pratik Motwani (India)

The Arcata Playhouse

# EMBEDDED # is a Multimedia piece of devised theatre which combines Film Projection, GIF Animation, Prezi Presentation and Physical Theatre.
# EMBEDDED # 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

Created & Performed by by James Peck (UK)

The Arcata Playhouse

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.

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July 9 – 14

THE HUMBOLDT FOLKLIFE SOCIETY PRESENTS

Humboldt Folklife Festival

The Rooney Amphitheatre

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 email: humboldtfolklifefest@gmail.com