2018-2019 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. No ticket refunds. 

May 16 – 19 & May 23 – 26 @ 8PM

The 2019 Thesis Festival

Created and Performed by DAI’s 3rd-year MFA students

The Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre presents the 2019 Thesis Festival, featuring groundbreaking new works of theatre created by this year’s graduating MFA class. The Thesis Festival marks the culmination of three years of graduate study by an international ensemble of theatre artists.

The festival will show “Go Below Yourself” and “Visions of a Crying Girl” on Thursday (5/16), Saturday (5/18), Friday (5/24), and Sunday (5/26), and “Kedma” and “Deshuesadaro Suite” on Friday (5/17), Sunday (5/19), Thursday (5/23), and Saturday (5/25). Ticket holders will be able to bring their stubs in for admission to any subsequent evening in order to see all four plays.

Go Below Yourself

Thrust into a bizarre afterlife, one brave soul attempts to escape. The unsettling inhabitants will play whatever game it takes to make her fall in love with her own darkness. She’s doomed. Nothing will stop her from transforming into the very thing she swore to oppose.
Created and performed by Melanie Schauwecker, Jesse March, Evan Grande, Kathryn Cesarz (USA), and Janie Pinard (Canada).

Visions of A Crying Girl

A couple struggles to connect, holding too tightly to a hope that never was. Through a language of dreams, they work through loss and torment, fighting for a chance to love each other as they once did.
Created and performed by Cleo DeOrio and Jordan Rosin (USA).


A women enters her last stage of life, memories appear and weave the space between sky and earth. A round space, 8 masks, one life journey.

The source of the word KE-D-MA in Hebrew and in Arabic KA-DA-MA means far ancient past and forward future. It also means east, where the Sun rises, symbolizing the beginning and end of a day, and the turning of the earth. Kedma will take place outdoors, where it will be performed in the round.
Directed by Idit Kischinovsky (Israel)
Actor-creators: Idit Kischinovsky, Leslie Castellano, and Shawn Wagner (USA). Original music by Maggie Lally (USA).

Deshuesadero Suite

A dance of bodies looking for themselves. Human fragments willing to be recognized through an incredible journey of reconstruction. A beautiful and ridiculous game of harassment, torture and death.
Created and performed by Alfredo Romero, Carolina Pimentel, and Daniel Loyola (Mexico City).


The Mad River Festival

JUNE 21 – JULY 20, 2019

June 21, 22, 28, & 29 @8 PM
Rooney Amphitheatre

Turning Gray Skies Blue: The Music of Timmy Gray

Directed by Michael Fields

Performed by the Dell’Arte Company

The Dell’Arte Company celebrates a lifetime of work by Dell’Arte’s award-winning composer/sound designer Timmy Gray. A concert for the ages featuring 16 songs from 10 different shows including “Blue Lake: The Opera”, “Mary Jane: The Musical”, “Wildcard”, “Grasshopper” and much more! A powerful, funny, and moving celebration of a creative life and movement over time that ripples in this place and throughout this world.


June 22 & 23 @2 PM
June 23 @8 PM
Carlo Theatre

Going Down in Flames

Written and produced by Danny Mankin

Directed by Angela Van Epps

Featuring Joan Schirle (Queenie Moon), Michael O’Neil, and Jeff Desautels

“What if we write a play about a clown who gets dementia?”

That’s the question that renowned actor and professional clown, Joan Mankin asked her brother in 2010. A few years later they would find out the hard way. Based on the true story of legendary SF clown Queenie Moon, Going Down in Flames is both funny and tragic as we travel with Joan/Queenie Moon in and out of the circus ring and through her twisted version of reality.

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June 26, 27, & 30 @8 PM
June 29 & 30 @2 PM
Carlo Theatre


Written by James McManus

Directed by Michael Fields and Roman Sanchez

Back by popular demand, Radioman blends the stories which represent soldiers from the Vietnam War thought to current military conflicts – across race, gender, rank and file. The stories from the jungles of Vietnam, the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan, Blue Ox Historic Village and President Lincoln’s funeral procession and re-enactment, have love as a common theme. This is the love that allows the survivors and their families to make their journeys towards healing and redemption.


July 2 @8 PM
Carlo Theatre

Mad Labs:

A bubbling brew of exciting new works-in-progress by Dell’Arte Alumni, Faculty and Staff from all over the world!

Life Under the Stars

With James Peck and Sarah Peters

Life Under the Stars brings together mask, music, storytelling and audience participation to examine our individual stories of failure and reveal the “beautiful risk.


Created and Performed by Tiffany Van Camp, Cleo DeOrio, and Olivia Schlanger

Produced by See The Elephant Theatre and Dance Company

Imprints is a contemporary dance piece that puts violence against women at the forefront, addressing a topic that is so widespread yet still so taboo and misunderstood, or outright ignored and downplayed. Pulling from the direct experiences of artistic collaborators, research and statistics, Imprints is a project that combines facts about violence women experience with raw physical expression. It also sheds light on the level of trauma that many women are living with day to day as a result.


July 3 @8 PM
Carlo Theatre

The Best Drag Show Ever

Co-produced with Club Triangle

An unforgettable night of performances featuring some of Humboldt County’s most entertaining Drag Performers.


July 5 & 6 @8 PM
July 7 @4 PM
Arcata Playhouse

MRF Offsite:

Forgive us, Gustavito!

By Otherland Theatre Ensemble

Devised and performed by Rebecca Finney, Lucius Robinson, and Tushar Mathew

Winner- Best of Fringe at the Charm City Fringe Festival 2018, “Forgive Us, Gustavito!” is set in the backdrop of a horrific crime, inspired by bizarre true events. Gustavito, the solitary hippo of the National Zoo, was found dead from fifteen stab wounds to the snout. The Attorney General has launched an investigation, but the sinister conspiracy behind Gustavito’s murder continues to pull the strings. Join Detective Emilio Hippo, the devastating Elvira Spider Monkey, Toto the Gentleman Gorilla and a whole host of Zoo friends for a story that is equal parts classic noir and outrageous animal madness. In the shadowy underbelly of the zoo, we ask the question, “what does it mean to be complicit in a system you cannot identify?”



July 5 & 6 @10 PM
July 7 @8 PM
Carlo Theatre

Red Light in Blue Lake: An Adult Cabaret

Get your feathers ruffled with the Mad River Festival’s tantalizing late-night-adults-only cabaret. Vampy vignettes and sizzling hot acts are sure to tickle your fancy and your funny bone. Beguiling burlesque, lively comedy, and marvelous music by our HOT-AS-HELL house band await you along with potent cocktails.
Drinks from our FULL BAR served at your seat.
Cabaret for adults 18+ years of age.


July 9 @7 PM
Pierson Big Hammer Tent

Stories in the Tent

An evening of storytelling performances featuring stories from the Humboldt community brought to life by the Dell’Arte Company in association with The Mad River Union.


July 10 – 13 @8 PM
Carlo Theatre

Through the Waves

By UpLift Physical Theatre

Created, directed, and performed by three women

Through the Waves weaves a poetic vocabulary of acrobatic movement and storytelling. This intimate and highly-physical play tells the tale of a woman who is lost between the uncharted waters of her grief and the shores of her joyful memories following the disappearance of her soul-mate. Developed as Artist’s in Residence at the San Francisco Circus Center and premiered at DIVAFest in 2016, “Through The Waves” has moved audiences with it’s gritty and honest portrayal of loss.


July 14 – 20

Humboldt Folklife Festival

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