2017 marks the 27th anniversary of Dell’Arte’s annual summer Mad River Festival!

The 2017 Mad River Festival

June 15 – July 15

Pierson Building Center Presents

Dell’Arte has brought original entertainment to local, national, and international audiences for over four decades. As one of a handful of rural, professional ensemble theatres in the United States, Dell’Arte is internationally recognized for its unique contribution to American theatre and is proud to call Humboldt home! Each year, Dell’Arte produces the annual summer Mad River Festival, lighting up it’s Blue Lake stages with performances from local and international artists for five weeks of non-stop entertainment. Now in it’s 27th year, the festival promises something for everyone and continues to carry the tradition of stellar summer performance on the North Coast!

click here to see the 2017 lineup

State of Jefferson Picnic:
This land is your land but mostly my land

June 15 – July 2, 2017

The Dell’Arte Company will premiere their latest comedy, The State of Jefferson Picnic: This land is your land but mostly my land as the centerpiece of the 2017 MRF. This irreverent and musical political farce, set in the wilds of a KOALA Campground, features good ol’ boy Mac MacBurn (Donald Forrest) and the MacBurn family who’ve come together to celebrate the 4th of July. Other campers soon arrive, and in this micro-melting pot of disillusioned America, all hell breaks loose. Epic live food fights, live births and live grilling await! Be the first in line to see our international cast hailing from Zimbabwe, Greece, and India.

Also Featured in the 2017 MRF:

The 2017 MRF will also feature The Big Top Family Series, The 5th annual Mad Lab experimental theatrical laboratory, Red Light in Blue Lake (a tantalizing late night adult cabaret), a week of local music with the Humboldt Folklife Festival, and more. Dell’Arte International continues to present the work of talented international alumni, aided by a fellowship from the family of late alumna Nancy Jacobs Lafrenz. The 2017 Lafrenz Scholarship will support two productions: Dell’Arte MFA graduate Tafadzwa Mutumbi and 2017 African Fellowship recipient Everson Ndlovu’s project Broken!, a journey into the world of Zimbabwean ritual and Greek tragedy, and Tea Time! a comedy of power, submission, and the folly of hope created by Buba Basishvili (Republic of Georgia) and Yan Christian Collazo (Puerto Rico).


Venues include Dell’Arte’s Rooney Amphitheatre, the Pierson Big Hammer Circus Tent, and Dell’Arte’s Carlo Theatre all located in the sunny city of Blue Lake, CA.

The 2017 Passport Club

Support the 2017 MRF by joining the Passport Club at one of the following levels and enjoy your time at Dell’Arte this summer with a range of perks and benefits!

– 1 Festival Club Pass (4 shows of your choosing)
– Backyard Early Access to the Amphitheatre
– 2 drink tickets
– Public thank-you in the festival program
– 1 Premium Festival Club Pass (4 shows of your choosing)
– 2 tickets to the pre-show Exclusive Reception opening night & Backyard Early Access to the Amphitheatre
– 4 drink tickets
– Public thank-you in the festival program
– 2 tickets to a program of your choice (except the Red Light Cabaret & Folklife Festival)
– 2 tickets to the pre-show Exclusive Reception Opening Reception + Opening Night performance of The State of Jefferson Picnic + Backyard Early Access to the Amphitheatre
– 4 Drink Tickets
– 1/8 page ad in the Festival Program + Logo included on Dell’Arte website

Your generous support of and participation in the Passport Club makes Dell’Arte’s annual celebration of our community possible—
Thank You!

To join the Passport Club, please mail your tax-deductible donation to:

Dell’Arte International
P.O. Box 816
Blue Lake, CA 95525
Attn: Passport Club

Or call 707-668-5663

You can also charge your Club donation on a credit card here. In order to get your name (or your business’s name!) into the Mad River Festival program, please respond by May 12, 2017.

Dell’Arte thanks the following 2016 festival sponsors for their generous support:
Executive Festival Producer: Pierson Building Center
Lead Sponsor: Wildberries Marketplace, Suddenlink, and PG&E