The Tank (Meghan Finn, Artistic Director; Johnny G. Lloyd, Director of Artistic Development) announced today an additional Core Production for their spring season. Welcome to Clowntown, written and performed by Tanya Perez (Honor & Fidelity) and directed by Lorca Peress (Temple of the Souls), will run April 21-May13, 2023 The Tank’s 56 Seat Theater (312 West 36th Street). For tickets and more information, visit www.thetanknyc.org.
Picture this: the audience rolls into a seemingly delightful birthday party filled with bright colors and balloons. The sounds of children laughing with glee are heard as Pixie the Clown rolls onto center stage. With her sweet smile beaming, she pops a balloon with a hint of murderous rage: “Awwww, may it rest in pieces.” This begins the rock ‘n’ roll ride through outlandish personal stories of working as a party clown in NYC and Hollywood.
Join Pixie the Clown/Tanya in Welcome to Clowntown, an adult immersive experience, as she spits stories (like the time she was run down by gang members) while playing fun party games that consenting audience members can participate in! This mad-capped adventure blends oral storytelling about a Latina just trying to make ends meet with Pixie the Clown’s irascible inner monologues about how to change the world.
Welcome to Clowntown will feature lighting design by Katie Whittemore (A Burning Church), set design by Jennifer Varbalow (Mark Twain’s Blues), and costume design by Lisa Renee Jordan (Lovesong Imperfect). Welcome to Clowntown is produced in partnership with Ryan Basham.
Tickets are available beginning at $25 at www.thetanknyc.org. The performance schedule for Welcome to Clowntown is Friday April 21 at 7pm, Saturday April 22 at 7pm, Sunday April 23 at 3pm, Thursday April 27 at 7pm, Saturday April 29 at 7pm, Sunday April 30 at 3pm, Thursday May 4 at 7pm, Saturday May 6 at 7pm, Sunday May 7 at 3pm, Thursday May 11 at 7pm, Friday May 12 at 7pm, and Saturday May 13 at 7pm.
Welcome to Clowntown is a Tank Core Production. The Tank’s Core Production series serves companies and solo artists as they create new works for performance. Core Productions are central to the mission of The Tank to give emerging artists resources to build their careers and artistic voices. These productions receive institutional support in the form of financial assistance, performance and rehearsal space, press, marketing and more, culminating in a world premiere production run. Alongside our Presented Works model, which provides free performance space and fifteen free hours of rehearsal and tech time, our Core Production series offers a way for emerging artists to fully realize their artistic vision in partnership with The Tank.