A Fool’s Journey is a new experimental contemporary circus cabaret that digs into the symbolism and revelatory nature of the tarot deck. Featuring live music by Bret Koontz, the show takes the viewer though a wide variety of acts (tightwire, acrobatics, hand balancing, juggling and more) that investigate the tarot’s major symbols and themes. A Fool’s Journey is a premiere Misfit Circus production, a circus collaborative founded by Molly Plunk (clown, wire walker) and Natalie Abell (hand balancing, aerial rope). A Fool’s Journey will be playing at the Chopin Theatre in Wicker Park (Division stop, Blue Line), July 20th through August 13th. Tickets are $36 for Cabaret Table Seating; $27 General Admission. Be whisked away to a world where the fool is king and magic is real!
Whether it’s in the anticipation of a tarot reading, or the nervous excitement of standing at the precipice of a tightwire platform; tarot and circus function as mediums to the unconscious world, drawing up raw emotion and secret desires. Each of the acts in the show represent aspects of tarot’s major arcana, or allegories for the rite of passage one must experience if they are to realize wholeness.
Misfit founders, Molly Plunk and Natalie Abell, assure us that we’re not alone on this journey: “At some point, everyone plays the part of the fool and we must all confront our hidden selves,” says Abell. Plunk follows up, “The Fool is the part of ourselves that is distinctly us, and unadulterated.”
This project is supported in part by a Cultural Outreach Program grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events and a grant from the Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce.
Misfit Circus is a new circus company founded by Natalie Abell and Molly Plunk. After a summer of coaching at Cirkus Smirkus together, Abell and Plunk decided to set their sights on a circus company that embraces a fresh, irreverent, and weird take on traditional circus shows.
Misfit Circus Founder Bios:
Natalie Abell has over two decades of experience as a creative nomad. Her roles have run the gamut from vocal lead in a rock band, to patent holding engineer. She is currently a circus professional, whose recent performances include an original collaboration with beat boxer Yuri Lane, an aerial rope battle with renowned rope artists Emiliano Ron and Terry Crane, and a starring role in Dinner of Our Discontent, a show featured in Circus Now: International Circus Exposure showcase in NYC. She is a regularly featured artist for Acrobatica Infiniti: Nerd Circus, cos-playing as Harley Quinn and Wonder Woman for conventions such as C2E2. Abell performs and coaches for Aloft Circus Arts and coaches for Circus Smirkus.
Molly Plunk grew up playing make-believe down a dusty, gravel road on farm in the middle of the great state of Illinois. She has been active member of and contributor to Chicago’s Neo-Futurists for many years, and is currently Artistic Associate of the company. Plunk is best known for her role of Faerie Queen in Jay Torrence's local winter staple, Burning Bluebeard. In addition to her theater work, she is an accomplished tightwire performer, and clown, having performed for Aloft Circus Arts, Redmoon Theater, The Actor's Gymnasium, Zoppé Family Circus, The Ruffians, and The Silent Theater Company. Plunk is a graduate of Columbia College.
1543 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60642
Show Dates: July 20, 2017 though August 13, 2017
Press Preview: July 20, 2017
Show Times: Thursday-Saturday 8PM; Sunday at 5PM
Ticket Price: $36 for Cabaret Table Seating; $27 General Admission
Tickets available through: www.misfitcircus.com or through Brown Paper Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2989921