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BrouHaHa Jan 4-21
Posted December 10, 2017
Theater for the New City (Crystal Field, Executive Director) presents Happenstance Theater’s ("DC’s leading peddler of whimsy” - The Washington Post) New York premiere of BrouHaHa, an existential clownesque escapade. The performance will run approximately 70 minutes, with no intermission.

BrouHaHa is an existential escapade inspired by images of refugees fleeing on foot, Edwardian workers, cinematic treasures like La Strada and The Seventh Seal, and the dark comedy of Samuel Beckett. Happenstance Theater's troupe of eccentrics walks the precipice at the end of the world. Their play lights up the darkness like a firecracker.

“These multi-faceted actors/singers/clowns/mimes and movement artists are so attuned to each other, it’s easy to believe they’d be inseparable when the world ends” – J Wynn Rousuck, NPR

“The performers of Happenstance Theater engage, intrigue, cavort, emote and display both physical precision and a remarkable range of organically produced sound effects.” – Broadway World Baltimore

The ensemble cast will feature Gwen Grastorf, Karen Hansen (winner, 2017 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Musical Direction), Mark Jaster (winner, 2016 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play), Sabrina Mandell, Sarah Olmsted Thomas, and Alex Vernon with lighting design by Kris Thompson and costume design by Sabrina Mandell (winner, 2016 and 2017 Helen Hayes Awards for Outstanding Costume Design).

Happenstance Theater won the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Ensemble in a Play in 2016 for Impossible! A Happenstance Circus.

BrouHaHa has been previously performed at the International Festival of Arts & Ideas, Staunton Music Festival, Celebration Barn, NextNOW Festival at Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Baltimore Theater Project, Capital Fringe Festival, Reston CenterStage, and St. Mary’s College. It was developed with a grant from the Morgan Fund and by support from the Share fund. This will be the show’s New York premiere.

BrouHaHa TRAILER from Happenstance Theater on Vimeo.

The Washington City Paper says, “Happenstance Theater’s ensemble comedy is a gut-busting kind of funny.” The Washington Post describes our work as “visually striking and whimsical without being precious" and calls Happenstance Theater "DC’s leading peddler of whimsy.”

Happenstance Theater is a professional company committed to devising, producing, and touring original, performer-created visual, poetic theater. Our six-member ensemble is made up of multi-talented performers who craft all aspects of our work from concept to realization. Under the artistic co-direction of Mark Jaster and Sabrina Mandell we harvest imagery from the past and re-contextualize it in works that address eternal themes of life and death. With the simplest means—humor, music, movement, silence, text, and beauty—we seek to elevate the moment when the performers and audience meet and to lift the encounter beyond the daily and pedestrian into the realms of dreams, poetry, and art. Meaning is often discovered by happenstance.

In 2016 Happenstance received three Helen Hayes Awards for Outstanding Ensemble, Outstanding Costume Design and Outstanding Lead Actor. In 2017 Happenstance received two Helen Hayes Awards for Outstanding Costume Design and Outstanding Musical Direction.
January 4–21, 2018
Thursdays–Saturdays, 8pm
Sundays, 3pm
Additional performance Monday, January 15, 8pm
Theater for the New City
155 1st Avenue
New York, NY
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(212) 868-4444.
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Note from the CircusNYC Editors: Posted as received.