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2011 Xfest


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2011 Performances

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CROW
Wednesday, June 1

7:30 pm
Metcalf Theatre, SIUE Campus
Jeremy Sher
Chicago

It's 1969. British inventor Don Crowhurst attempts to circumnavigate the globe in his 40-foot sailboat. Months later, all that's found is his empty craft ghosting through the North Atlantic. Onboard he's left a meticulous logbook -- a schizophrenic collection of both true and deceptive coordinates, posturing heroics and lunatic ramblings about mercy, hope, "the game" and his family. What separates hope from delusion? How do our dreams reveal our insecurities? And in a never-give-up society, how can one honorably do so? Chicago-based actor Jeremy Sher weaves together 1,200 feet of rope, layered projection and inventive physicality to illuminate this haunting saga. Based on a true story.

Jeremy Sher bio

52

52 Pickup
Thursday, June 2

7:30 pm
Metcalf Theatre, SIUE Campus
Theater Simple
Seattle

Seattle's theater simple deals 52 Pick Up, an intimate 75-minute showpiece of acting, chance and human emotion. At the top of the show, the performers throw a deck of cards in the air. Each card has the title of a scene written on it, and the performance is determined by chance as the cards are picked up throughout the show, (no two shows ever alike!) swerving from belly-busting comedy to wistful poignancy in the literal turn of a card as the characters navigate through the events of their relationship. (note: adult language/situations)

Theater Simple

In Retrospect

In Retrospect
Friday, June 3

7:30 pm
Metcalf Theatre, SIUE Campus
Loco7
New York City

A large marionette tree dangles fruits high above our reach which, when dropped, grow into our memories. Some of them summon feelings of being loved and secure, others evoke the opposite. "In Retrospect" investigates how we each construct our personal memory box: how we keep our memories fresh and preserve the things that made us who we are. These include our mothers' embraces, lost loves, childhood dreams, ideals of youth and struggles of age, loss and birth. Federico Restrepo, born in Bogota, is a master of puppet theater and physical theater who stages epic thoughts using giant puppetry, acrobatic choreography and tempestuous music. This production features giant puppets, marionette scenery, masks, choreography, acrobatics, live original music and video.

loco7 bio

This Is Not Funny
Saturday, June 4

4:00 pm
Metcalf Theatre, SIUE Campus
Theatre 310b
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Balloons are a funny thing. You pay a buck or fifteen (hey, singing balloons are expensive) to hold a string that ends in a latex air-container; but in a child's world, balloons are magic. So where does childhood end and adulthood begin? When do balloons stop being a thing of beauty and become a choking hazard? This is Not Funny looks to both the sky and the television for answers. Originally created during last year's Xfest, This is Not Funny takes a second glance at the line between childhood innocence and a jaded adulthood using balloons, poetry, and real-life newscasts-all in an easily digestible, vaudeville form… and it really is funny. We promise.

Theatre 310b Bio

500 Clown

500 Clown Frankenstein
7:30 pm

Dunham Hall Theatre, SIUE Campus
500 Clown
Chicago

Three Clowns embark on a madcap journey to construct Dr. Frankenstein's laboratory. Bound in elaborate Edwardian costumes, they struggle through acrobatic feats in an extended battle with an unruly 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. Comic mayhem takes a sharp turn towards a devastating climax when one clown, forced into the tragic role of Shelley's Creature, suffers abuse and abandonment.

500 Clown bio

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