I think we can all agree that clowns are disturbing, even when it’s entirely by accident. When they descend upon Toronto for the seventh annual Toronto Festival of Clowns, though, they’ll be freaking you out quite intentionally. Part of this year’s festival is a program called Death and Other Discomforts: A Triple Bill. While his big-shoed brothers are hamming it up in the festival’s more traditional shows such as Red Nose District and Lunacy Cabaret, director Adam Lazarus will be making Pennywise proud with a show that includes electric chairs, demented babies and plenty of gore. Here’s some blurbage about each installment of the program, courtesy of a press release:
Preacher Man – Minnesota
What happens after we die? Preacher Man knows, and has been looking forward to his date with the electric chair for twenty years. He spends his last words on a sermon about his upbringing in rural Virginia, the importance of proper manners, lawn mower mechanics, forgiveness, and justice.
Baby – Toronto
Baby just wants what every kid wants: a nice family, a nice neighbourhood and an all around nice life, and he’ll do anything to get it. Anything. Baby is ready to start again. No holes barred.
Bleed – Toronto
Today, something about Norman is off. Today, he didn’t go to work. Today, he stayed home. Now he is beginning to bleed. Bleed, created and directed by Adam Lazarus, was first performed at this year’s Rhubarb Festival, where it was a huge hit.
And here’s a teaser for Bleed (the actor behind the table and in the photo above is Phil Luzi):
Showtimes are Friday, June 1st at 8pm and Sunday, June 3rd at 5:30pm. For more info, check out the Festival of Clowns’ official website.