Clown Bar

by  Adam Szymkowicz

Full Length Play, Dark Comedy  /  7m, 3f

A clown noir play about a former clown named Happy who has returned to the seedy underground crime world to find his brother’s killer.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    7m, 3f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Mystery/Thriller, Parody / Spoof
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

Happy's junkie brother Timmy is found dead. Now Happy must return to his former life as a clown to ask a few questions. But will Happy be able to go home again without getting sucked into the seedy clown underbelly of vice and violence?

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Reviews

“Adam Szymkowicz’s script is unabashedly funny but also shrewd…The cast is more impressive still.” – Ken Jaworowski, New York Times Critics Pick

“…hilarious and ebullient…devastating and pitch-perfect.” - Julia Hochner, New York Theatre Review

“…a perfect storm of ridiculousness…it’s weird how well this works.” - - Regina Robinns, Theatre is Easy

“…the team responsible…should be hired by everyone for everything all the time immediately.” - Mary Notari, nytheatre.com

"Clown Bar...[does] things with [its] genre that I have never seen on stage before." - HowlRound

Videos

  • Clown Bar: It's Sexy
  • Clown Bar: It's Violent
  • Clown Bar: It's Intense
  • The Viper Room trailer for Clown Bar
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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol
  • Caution Drugs Drugs
  • Artboard 3 Gun Shots
  • Caution Intense Adult Intense Adult Themes
  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language
  • Caution Smoking Smoking

License details

  • Minimum Fee: £55 per performance plus VAT when applicable.

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: The Clown Bar. A bar full of clowns set up like a cabaret.
  • Additional Features: Physical Comedy
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Casting

7m, 3f
The clowns:
GIGGLES
SHOTGUN MCGHEE
DUSTY
TIMMY
TWINKLES

The former clown:
HAPPY MAHONEY

The lady clowns:
PETUNIA
POPO
BLINKY FATALE

The clown boss:
BOBO
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Authors

Adam Szymkowicz

ADAM SZYMKOWICZ’s plays have been produced throughout the U.S., and in Canada, England, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Australia, Germany, Greece, Mexico, Turkey, South Korea, Thailand, Slovenia and Lithuania. His work has been presented or developed at such places as Portland Center Stage, MCC Theater, Ars Nova, Sout ...

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Clown Bar premiered in New York City with the Pipeline Theatre in April of 2013 under the direction of Andrew Neisler. 

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