Wednesday, March 23, 2011

"Occupied!" by Estrella de Leon, Melinda Parks and Tania Sung

“Lowly, put your pants back on!” Lights are set, toilet paper stocked, noses polished, and shoes on. Lowly, Loud and Lois Fruit walk in slow motion down the Freehold corridor, feathers and bits of toilet paper littering their wake. They are about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime with their clown piece, Occupied!

Flash back November 2010! George Lewis has just released three clowns into the world. Two of these clowns crashed into one another, releasing magic into the universe and a Freehold Studio Series piece was born. Stationed on opposite sides of the country and burdened with spotty connectivity, Loud and Lowly persevered against the odds to get their Studio Series application in on time. It would be the last punctual act of their Studio Series experience (sorry Freehold).

Flash forward January 2011! Lois Fruit is crying into her mocha at the Red Robin in Factoria, when she gets terrible news. Occupied! needs a captain to steer this rickety duck boat and Lois is the only one for the job!

Flash forward-er Today! The clowns have endured torn pants, scuffed shoes and the guilt of countless trees felled to support a voracious toilet paper habit. Our own Polaris, Cornish professor David Taft, lights the way in our dark clown nights. Despite humiliation, indigestion and utter failure, the clowns are nourished and happy simply getting to be free within themselves. These clowns know that the humans living inside them are ecstatic to experience a world without boundaries and self-doubt.

Experience the joy of freely laughing at the triumphs and failures of these clowns. Come see Estrella de Leon, Melinda Parks, Director Tania Sung and a very special roll of toilet paper in their clown debut, Occupied! at the 16th annual Freehold Studio Series. This duck boat has been duct taped and is ready for her maiden voyage.


The Studio Series is Freehold's highly anticipated yearly event that presents work created by current and former Freehold students, lab members, and faculty. 2011 will be our 16th year of presenting this very popular series. We regard the Series as an opportunity to investigate work in a "studio" setting and then to experience the evolution of the work through performance.

The Studio Series will run for three weekends from March 11 through March 26, 2011. Each project will be performed one weekend out of the three weekends with it being performed a total of four times with two performances on Friday night and two on Saturday night at 7:00 pm and 9:30 pm at Freehold.
For more information on tickets and the full Studio Series Line-up, go to Freehold's Studio Series.

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