Carny Knowledge: A Sideshow Extravaganza of Original Plays and Extraordinary Oddities
January 28 - February 6, 2010
Fort Point Theatre Channel presents CARNY KNOWLEDGE, joining short theatrical works and unique installation pieces to create an environmental extravaganza enveloping audiences and performers alike. Inspired by the sideshows of once-upon-a-time, playwrights and filmmakers, musicians and dancers, roustabouts and a concoction of practitioners of the carny crafts will create an unforgettable evening of ballyhoo, burlesque, and incomparable entertainment, sure to skin the rubes and marks of their fins, sawbucks, and c-notes. From the mid-1800s to the mid-1900s, in most any town of any size, curious onlookers would gather near the midway of the fair or the circus to hear sideshow barkers tout the wonders available to those willing to pay just a few cents to see what they couldn't view anywhere else in those days . . . before international air travel and cable television . . . before the exploration of every corner of the planet seemed to rid the world of mystery. Today, the sideshow is in a tough spot, but for that innocent time, it was one of the biggest draws in entertainment. Fort Point Theatre Channel believes the sideshow has meaning today even, or especially, in a world dominated by television, the Internet, and seemingly endless choices for our entertainment dollars and time. The closing night of Carny Knowledge will be a special gala: performance and party. Admission is $30 in advance and $35 (cash or check) at the door.