SOS: A Winter Clown Cruise
After performances last summer that drew hundreds to Chicago’s Humboldt Park, Oobleck is getting back on our marooned luxury liner and bringing SOS to San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Información en español esta aquí.
This is the latest chapter in Theater Oobleck’s two-year collaboration with El Circo Nacional de Puerto Rico. It is a free, family-friendly, bilingual extravaganza, featuring clowning, acrobatics, cantastoria, fire, and a live eight-piece band.
Featured performers include Chicagoans Emmy Bean and Jay Torrence and, from San Juan, Arturo Gaskins, Briony Plant, Coco Drillo, and Angelle Guzmán Torres. The band includes Chicago musicians Julie Pomerleau, Chris Schoen, T-Roy Martin, members of San Juan’s Banda Municipal de Makula-Barun (Dave Buchen, Arlemar Mendez, Xavier Claudio, and Pablo Bayamon) and Orquesta El Macabeo (Gabriel Beauchamp).
SOS: A Winter Clown Cruise serves as the jumping-off point for a collaboration to develop a new circus-informed play inspired by Giovanni Boccaccio’s The Decameron and focusing on the themes of emigration, exodus, and home, to premiere in San Juan, Puerto Rico in May, and Chicago in June.
The entire shebang is being generously supported by The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s International Connections Fund, The MAP Fund, supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and The National Endowment for the Arts.
El Circo Nacional de Puerto Rico is a populist circus founded in 2010 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.