'500 Clown Frankenstein' coming to life at Oswego

500 Clown in action.A comedy troupe will give new life to Mary Shelley’s classic tale when “500 Clown Frankenstein” appears at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2, in Tyler Hall’s Waterman Theatre at SUNY Oswego.

The installment in the college’s Artswego Performing Arts Series will feature the creativity and slapstick skill of the 500 Clown troupe—performers Molly Brennan, Adrian Danzig and Paul Kalina with director Leslie Buxbaum Danzig—who offer zany spins on classic tales.

The Chicago Sun-Times describes “500 Clown Frankenstein” as “a work of psychic combat and power games that will have you laughing and holding your breath all at the same time.”

In the story, three clowns embark on a madcap journey to construct Dr. Frankenstein’s laboratory. The trio struggles through challenging and elaborate period costumes, poor lighting, difficult language and an ornery table. The clowns stitch together the tale of the Doctor and the Monster from scraps of the classic novel and various Hollywood versions, inviting audience involvement throughout. Mayhem, humor and horror ensue. 

The tour of 500 Clown is made possible by a grant from the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program.

The show is recommended for audiences age 9 or older.

Tickets to the evening performance cost $20 ($15 for seniors and children, $7 for SUNY Oswego students) and are available through Tyler box office at 312-2141 or http://tickets.oswego.edu. Parking is free in campus lots on evenings and weekends.

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PHOTO CAPTION: Three thespians—Adrian Danzig, Paul Kalina and Molly Brennan star in “500 Clown Frankenstein,” a retelling of Mary Shelley’s classic tale coming to SUNY Oswego’s Waterman Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2.

(Posted: Jan 15, 2010)