We are excited to welcome you back to the Carlo Theater.  As of February 14th 2022, our audience policy requires a complete COVID-19 vaccination (Boosters not required) by the date of attendance  and you will have to wear a mask for access to the facility, theaters, and outdoor area. Dell'Arte recommends that audience members get a negative Covid-19 test prior to arrival and their booster if able, but it is not required.

Ticket purchasers are responsible for informing and providing this Audience Policy to their guests or other attendees for whom they are providing tickets. Anyone not abiding by these health and safety protocols may be denied entry or asked to leave the facility.

Learn more below about approved vaccines, and proof of COVID-19 vaccination for entry. We will accept Smart Health Cards for fast entry!

We recognize that public health guidelines may change in the coming months and ask for your patience as we make any necessary safety adjustments.  All policies are subject to change at Dell’Arte’s sole discretion and without notice. 

2021-2022 SEASON

ZANDEZI

Dell'arte International presents: ZANDEZI

“ZANDEZI”
Directed by: Lloyd Nyikadzino (Dell’Arte PTP Grad 2011)
Featuring: Cadrick Msongelwa (Dell’Arte PTP Grad 2020) & Ronald Sigeca

DESCRIPTION:
A provocative, daring and mind-blowing physical theatre piece that cross-examine and tackles the
issues of justice in the prison system.
Primary discipline: PHYSICAL THEATRE
Language: ENGLISH AND PHYSICAL DIALOGUE
Duration: 60MINS

SYNOPSIS:
Zandezi is a story that interrogates the issues of justice in prison services, focusing on Philani who
was wrongfully accused of a crime that he did not commit, through him we weigh PRISON VS
SOCIETY, and throughout his stay in ZANDEZI (Prison) he fights so hard for his freedom.

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The Bartow Project

Dell'arte International presents: The Bartow Project Streaming
May 30th - June 6th 2022

The Bartow Project culminates a 3 year creative collaboration between Dell'Arte, the Wiyot Tribe, Native filmmakers, and the HSU Goudi'ni Gallery to present 4 short films to Humboldt County audiences about the art and life of Wiyot artist Rick Bartow. Featuring 2 documentary style shorts, one animation, and one dance video, Artistic Directors Michelle Hernandez (Wiyot) and Zuzka Sabata executive produce this hour-long program featuring 5 Native filmmakers. For details on the concurrent exhibit of Rick Bartow's art at the Goudi'ni Gallery please visit: https://art.humboldt.edu/goudini-native-american-arts-gallery

Project Artistic Directors: Michelle Hernandez & Zuzka Sabata

Film Directors: Chag Lowry, Nanette Kelley, Chantal Jung, Michelle Hernandez, and Samantha Williams-Gray

Featuring: James Lavadour, Charles Froelick, Lillian Pitt, Marnie Atkins, Cleo DeOrio, Evan Grande.

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Past Events

The Bartow Project

Dell'arte International presents: The Bartow Project

The Bartow Project culminates a 3 year creative collaboration between Dell'Arte, the Wiyot Tribe, Native filmmakers, and the HSU Goudi'ni Gallery to present 4 short films to Humboldt County audiences about the art and life of Wiyot artist Rick Bartow. Featuring 2 documentary style shorts, one animation, and one dance video, Artistic Directors Michelle Hernandez (Wiyot) and Zuzka Sabata executive produce this hour-long program featuring 5 Native filmmakers. For details on the concurrent exhibit of Rick Bartow's art at the Goudi'ni Gallery please visit: https://art.humboldt.edu/goudini-native-american-arts-gallery

Project Artistic Directors: Michelle Hernandez & Zuzka Sabata

Film Directors: Chag Lowry, Nanette Kelley, Chantal Jung, Michelle Hernandez, and Samantha Williams-Gray

Featuring: James Lavadour, Charles Froelick, Lillian Pitt, Marnie Atkins, Cleo DeOrio, Evan Grande.

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Fools Delight?

Dell'arte International presents: Fools Delight?

Come share in the joyous spirit of laughter at the annual Dell’Arte PTP Clown Showcase!! The show tumbles into the Carlo Theatre for three performances only, May 5 – 7, 2022. Get your tickets early, as Dell’Arte’s annual Clown show consistently sells out!

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Hollow Palm March 18th & 19th

Dell'arte International presents: Hollow Palm

Hollow Palm is a kaleidoscope of new physical theater created by the students of the Professional Training Program. Inspired by the play “Good Person of Szechwan” by Bertolt Brecht and an intensive study of the contemporary Japanese performance art, Butoh, this performance piece is an expressive event designed to provoke feeling and thought about the social forces and conventions which constrain us all in modern life.

This dynamic, visually arresting show features dance, Butoh, music and song to create a dramatic portrait of how individuals deal with the inexplicable paradoxes and dualities of life. Come join us and see the students of Dell’Arte in this virtuosic devised theatrical performance!

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Butoh Medea

Dell'arte International presents: Butoh Medea

Inspired by the Medea myth and Euripides’ great tragedy, and using the Japanese Butoh Dance, Yokko brings the tortured spirit of Medea to life. This fusion of Eastern dance and Western drama invites the audience inside Medea’s dark and desperate struggle. Trapped in the underworld, she is forever cursed to relive her tragic journey through love, hate, and ultimate loss.

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MadSummer 2022 Weekend ONE!

DELL’ARTE PRESENTS LONGSHADR PRODUCTIONS IN MADSUMMER.
 
MADSUMMER will be a world premier theatre work that is a very free, jukebox musical, adaptation of MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM with all of the lovers over the age of 60, set in a nursing home during a pandemic with the staff of the home like Cirque on steroids (don't expect any Shakespearian verse). This will be a play with music. There will be a live band and songs, but also rich characters engaged with the human appetites ala’ the commedia dell’arte…”food money sex and justice”. It is a human comedy with the dark as well as the light. Carlo Mazzone Clementi, one of the founders of Dell’Arte once said that “life is 51% comedy and 49% tragedy and it is the two pushing against each other that creates the human comedy.” That will be MADSUMMER
 
It should be noted that, according to the Population Reference Bureau, the aging baby boom generation will fuel a 75% increase in older Americans requiring nursing home care to about 2.3 million people in 2030. And thematically, it should be stated that love, …deep, passionate love… is possible and doesn’t end as one ages.
 
MADSUMMER has been informed by conversations with Life Care Humboldt and Hospice.

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MadSummer 2022 Weekend Two!

DELL’ARTE PRESENTS LONGSHADR PRODUCTIONS IN MADSUMMER.
 
MADSUMMER will be a world premier theatre work that is a very free, jukebox musical, adaptation of MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM with all of the lovers over the age of 60, set in a nursing home during a pandemic with the staff of the home like Cirque on steroids (don't expect any Shakespearian verse). This will be a play with music. There will be a live band and songs, but also rich characters engaged with the human appetites ala’ the commedia dell’arte…”food money sex and justice”. It is a human comedy with the dark as well as the light. Carlo Mazzone Clementi, one of the founders of Dell’Arte once said that “life is 51% comedy and 49% tragedy and it is the two pushing against each other that creates the human comedy.” That will be MADSUMMER
 
It should be noted that, according to the Population Reference Bureau, the aging baby boom generation will fuel a 75% increase in older Americans requiring nursing home care to about 2.3 million people in 2030. And thematically, it should be stated that love, …deep, passionate love… is possible and doesn’t end as one ages.
 
MADSUMMER has been informed by conversations with Life Care Humboldt and Hospice.

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"LIL MOJO RETURNS"

Dell’Arte’s Professional Training Program proudly presents Commedia Showcase:

"LIL MOJO RETURNS"

“To Revolt against Escapism, we must return to our roots.”

LIL MOJO RETURNS, created by the students of the 2021-22 Professional Training Program, is the zany farcical story of an uprising. The Zanni,  the servant class of the Commedia Dell’Arte, have had enough of the corrupt patriarchal rule of President John D. Magnifico and his regime. His daughter Rosa (Lil Mojo), the people's choice, is inspired to lead them to a new enlightened, joyous, and unified world society. President Magnifico, in terror that he is losing  popularity, scratches desperately to maintain control. Meanwhile, Dottore runs down the economy, Capitano is mismanaging the Military Industrial Complex, and Ruffiana Rag is grappling with the country’s out of control social media!  Masks, mayhem, live music, magical ethos, revolution, and madness abound in this parade of human folly and enthusiastic revolt. 

Old God Vol. 2

Old God Vol. 2

Your attention is required! He's back LIVE and IN-MORTAL FLESH to revel in its Final Moments of Entertainment. 🎭🙌
Old God is a foppish, irreverent oracle; a singer of doom and weaver of myth--a being so old, it has forgotten its own name. This dormant comedic relic comes to Dell Arte's Carlo Mazzone-Clementi Theater on October 27th at 8pm. This is for one night only with very limited tickets for sale! Get yours today!

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October 23 2021

Virtual Adult Macabre Cabaret Fundraiser

Happy Spooky Season! 🎃
Do you like horror? Maybe some disturbing, ghastly comedy? Have your dark twisted fantasies come alive with Dell’Arte’s Alumni-led Virtual Adult Macabre Cabaret! ☠👻
Come "Scream and Chill" with Madam Satan and her emotional support demon, Belpho, as they hosts for the evening.😈
All proceeds from this Halloween-inspired virtual fundraiser goes to student scholarships for the 2022-2023 school year. Buy your ticket today! 🙌
Suggested Donation: $20+

October 15 - 16, 2021

Spooktacular Blowout Sale!!

Spooky SZN is upon us! 🎃
 
Which means, we're cleaning out our closets and we don't just mean the skeletons.☠ For the first time in over 50 years, our costumes, vintage outfits and much more have been sorted and put on racks for sale! Get unique #Halloween, #festival, party, home #decor, and around the town items for great prices. Come support your local theater school! 🎭

August 27-29, 2021

Bird of the Inner Eye

Dell'Arte International and Arcata Playhouse are proud to present the first workshop production of this new work, with libretto by our Founding Artistic Director, Joan Schirle. This is a true 'theatre of place' event, as Graves spent the last 30 years of his life in Loleta, CA. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $50 for the opening night gala event (for Inner Eye Circle Donors).

July 14-18 2021

2021 Baduwa't Festival: A Gathering of the People

Dell'Arte International and partners present a 5 day-and-night festival  - a culmination of performing arts, music, celebration and connectivity, held on the ancestral lands of the Wiyot Tribe.

The festival will be held in Dadiqhoughuk (Blue Lake) July 14-18 at Dell’Arte’s spaces at 131 H. Street with COVID-19 safety measures in place. Attendance will be limited and festival-goers are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance as much as possible.

July 9-11, 2021

PLUSH & Kaleidoscope Neighborhood

Teatro de la Vuelta (France - Ecuador) and Dell’Arte International present TWO award-winning physical theatre artist Carlos Gallegos in two original theatrical works, “Plush” and “Kaleidoscope Neighborhood”, July 9 - 11 at the Carlo Theatre in Blue Lake. Tickets are $20 for Adults, $15 Seniors, and $10 for Kids.

May 13-23

Thesis Festival 2021

The Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre presents “The Cauldron of Destiny Thesis Festival,” featuring four original 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 ensemble of theatre artists.

It will be the first in-person performance open to the public in over a year, with limited tickets available and enhanced safety measures in place.

Performances will be held in Blue Lake from May 13 to 23 at 8 p.m. in the Carlo Theatre and Big Top Revival Tent. Seats will be limited to 35 per night. Bring warm clothes to be comfortable in the Big Top Revival Tent.

Tickets are Pay-What-You-Can with a suggested ticket price of $10. Reservations are required; no walk-up tickets will be available.

Show Descriptions and More

November 27, 28 & 29 December 4, 5 & 6

Hansel and Gretel

Dell'Arte's Annual Holiday Touring Show

The Dell’Arte Company’s annual Holiday Show tour, now in its 40th year, will not take a break due to the worldwide pandemic. Instead audiences are invited to usher in the festive season with an adaptation of “Hansel and Gretel,” which will be available through the comfort of their home and devices. 

Crafted for children and families in a way that is accessible, safe and free, this timeless tale will be told through Dell'Arte's unique comic, physical performance lens. Traditionally performed at various schools, theatres, community centers and other spaces throughout the North Coast, performances will instead be streamed through social media and aired on local PBS affiliate KEET-TV.

“At this moment, where crises ­­– from a pandemic to a movement for social and racial justice, to struggling businesses all converge – it is our intent to offer an experience of joy and possibility to the community,” said Dell’Arte Producing Artistic Director Michael Fields. “And in this enduring tale, written in a time of global hardship, it is the children who are the wise ones.”

Adapted from the Brothers Grimm classic fable, “Hansel and Gretel” includes Dell'Arte's trademark physical performance style as well as original music. Fields is the director, Dell’Arte Faculty Member Carlos Gallegos is assistant director, and the third-year MFA students will perform the show.

November 11-13

Thesis Project – Jumella

"Jumella" is a story of twin sisters, two halves of one whole, struggling against the forces that seek to pull them apart. Determined to be together, they escape into the imaginary world of Jumella, a mysterious place filled with strange creatures. Will they stay in Jumella forever, or be forced back to reality. Using aerial silks and otherworldly masks, "Jumella" tells the story of the spirit’s search for wholeness and transcendence.

The live performances are for small audiences on an invitation basis. Upon the third-year students' graduation, a link of the performance will be made available. Stay tuned for details.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
Hannah Shaka is a Canadian theatre-maker currently completing her MFA at Dell’Arte. She comes from a performance background in burlesque, drag, and music, and is currently compelled by theatre that uses the magical lens of childhood to breathe life into difficult topics. Her work explores the body as the source in the creative process, and seeks to tell necessary stories through fully transformational characters.

Marguerite Boissonnault is an actor/creator, writer and physical storyteller. Currently in the final months of her MFA at Dell'Arte International, she has trained in mask, mime, clown, acrobatics, aerial and voice. Her work ranges from the intensely emotional to the delightfully absurd, yet always searches to uncover present truths about our society.