Photo by Eric Melzer
Jon Ferguson Theater
Featuring Noah Bremer, Jason Ballweber, Lisa Rafaela Clair, Kimberly Richardson, Sara Richardson and Amy Stockhaus. Created by Jon Ferguson and the company.
Award winning theater-maker and director Jon Ferguson presents a romantically tragical clown-western. One grand ol' slice of American violence, presented in wide-screen vista-vision, in the epic and sprawling style of 1940's and 50's Hollywood westerns. A cactus, a sunset and a story called yarn. Be warned: Some folks are gonna die!
NY Clown Theatre Festival 2008
Bury My Heart At Dumbass Cowboy - hope you caught this show
By Stanley Allan Sherman
Bury My Heart At Dumbass Cowboy
Jon Ferguson Theatre
Jason Ballweber – Luck the Horse, Sheriff Carl Sbadcavers
Noah Bremer – Leslie Peppercock
Lisa Rafaela Clair – The Catus
Dario Tangelson – Jose Del Rio
Sara Richardson – Darlene Sugar-Bottom, The Dumb Ass Deputy
Kimberly Richardson – Cookie
Amy Stockhaus – Shirley Gonnafightcha
John Ferguson – Director
Wow a real theatre company that is working together and doing great things. This is the closet thing in the festival to Commedia dell’Arte. From speaking with the director after the show I discovered 25% of the show was improvised – which in my book is on the road to how it should be. It is a great use of using aspects of Commedia dell’Arte and Clowning and why they are both vital if your doing Clown Theatre. (Of course I encourage people to study Commedia dell’Arte because I teach it.) This is Clown Theatre – not straight clowning or mime or just juggling shows. It is combining all the talents into a theatrical piece. Jon Ferguson Theatre does it well.
This company knows their show is not perfect and it is still growing. Some thing that is important for all shows to know. They are never perfect. There is always room for growth. It is one of the most important show to see at the festival. Jon Ferguson’s leadership in directing and pulling together a company like this is great. These clowns/actors/etc all use their voices very well. Performers at the festival if you’re using your voice – your voices should be trained or be good enough to look trained so you can do anything you need to do with it. This company does that and does it well. They work together not against each other. They know how to share the focus on stage and give there fellow actors on stage what they need to work with to make the show better.
The show is the bluest raunchiest shows in the festival in a very positive way with a lot of verbal with some physical scatology....
Bears in Williamsburg, Bears in Williamsburg!
By Ian Hill
...Operated board twice yesterday for a show - Big Bang - in the Clown Festival - last two shows for that one. In between, I saw another show - Bury My Heart at Dumbass Cowboy - which is one of the funniest damned things I've seen on a stage in FOREVER. Loved it, loved it, loved it, though I also kinda had the same reaction I had when I first saw The Big Lebowski on opening night in the movie theater - David LM Mcintyre and I were sitting there, laughing so hard at the movie that it was nearly over before we realized that we were the only people in the entire audience laughing, and that everyone else HATED the movie.
I don't think the rest of the audience HATED Dumbass Cowboy, but I did eventually realize that the loud laughter I was hearing came from me and about four other people in a packed house, and everyone else was smiling kinda strained or looking confused and disturbed. Oh, well, whatever, it was great and it plays one last time, tonight at 7.30 pm...
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