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Vaudevisuals interview with Jennifer Miller

Dick Zigun’s rock-opera ‘Bloody Brains in a Jukebox‘ is being directed by none other than Circus Amok’s own Jennifer Miller. I sat down with her at Coney Island USA and ask about the upcoming show and her directing of it.

Bloody Brains in a JukeBox is a rock opera, with a libretto by Dick D. Zigun, music by Nikos Brisco, and direction by Circus Amok’s Ethyl Eichelberger Award-winning Jennifer Miller. In this sung-through and psychedelic sci-fi satire, characters resembling Sidney Poitier, Audrey Hepburn, Jackie Coogan, and Jayne Mansfield tussle with a talking, flying, brain-eating Wurlitzer Model 1100 jukebox – with results as mind-blowing and out there as anything you’ve ever seen at the sideshow.

Composer Nikos Brisco checking the score for “Bloody Brains in the Jukebox”.
Some props and multi-media projections during rehearsal.

For more information/tickets click here!

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Circus Amok – “Enough is Enough” – Summer 2018 Parks Tour

There is always wonderful performances when you see Circus Amok in the parks. I attended the Tompkins Square Park performance on Sept 14th (one of 5 parks they performed in) and had so much fun!  Here are a few photographs and video from the show.

The Circus Amok Band needs attention first. They add so much to the show!(left to right: Jenny Romaine, Lee Free, Mary Feaster, Jessica Lurie and Ben Myers.)

Some delightful audience members who came to support Circus Amok.(Lori E. Seid, Peggy Shaw, Lois Weaver and Circus Amok‘s own Jennifer Miller.)

The audience was growing an hour before the show began.Jennifer Miller on stilts announces the beginning of the show.

The Circus Amok even has a tiger trainer.

The audience filled the entry way to the park with children and adults.The Circus Amok clowns had plenty to do and say about America.Jennifer Miller leads the audience through the show with her charming patter.The show always presents wonderful props and scenery to illustrate the theme.Juggling rings and clubs are always a great addition to the circus.

The pyramid balancing of founder/director Jennifer Miller was the finale.

Video Excerpts from the Circus Amok Tompkins Park show.

Here is the link to Circus Amok website.

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*Monday of 1000 Stars* – Circus Amok Benefit @Dixon Place

***Circus Amok Benefit ***

Opening the show was a wonderful musical introduction by the Circus Amok Band.

While the band ‘warmed up’ the audience Jennifer Miller did some juggling.

The first act of the evening as LaMama’s wonderful Nicky Paraiso

Nicky Paraiso‘s exuberant demand that the audience joins in and sing along.

Monstah Black moved the show along ‘beautifully’ with a song and wardrobe.

Monstah Black sang and hypnotized the audience with this charm and smile.

Stinkmetal and May worked their ‘performance art’ magic.

Stinkmetal and May had a crowd of performers helping them get across their message.

Jennifer Monson performed a dance depicting a series of animals.

Michelle Matlock and Jennifer Miller pick a winner from the Raffle bucket.

Cathy Weis and assistant perform a surreal performance piece.

 The fish shadow on the background added another dimension to the piece.

Machine Dazzle sang a song in the most elaborate costume and makeup. (accompanied by Viva de Concini -Not pictured here)

Jennifer Miller and Ashley Brockington share a moment during the raffle.

Bindlestiff Family Circus’ Keith Nelson performed two lovely balancing acts with glasses.

The STREB Extreme Action Repertory Company were attached and flying.

David Hamilton Thomson (Left) and Patricia Hoffbauer performed a hysterical sendup accompanied by kick-a** song.

Becca Blackwell performed a ‘stand-up’ routine like I had never seen before. So Funny!

Reverend Billy and The Stop Shopping Choir ended the show with a moving sermon & song.

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Like what you see? Help Circus Amok bring shows this summer to all the city parks! 

The Shows are FREE!

We need your help. Please donate here. 

For More information/Schedule of shows go HERE!

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Circus Amok Entertains in Prospect Park – Sept 17, 2017

On the warm and beautiful Sunday afternoon in Prospect Park last Sunday I attended the delightful antics of CIRCUS AMOK.

This was the last stop in a multi-park tour they did this summer. The Bronx, Manhattan, Queens, Sunset Park and now Prospect Park.

Gathering together some of New York’s finest performers, Circus Amok is a real treat for audiences of all ages.

Founded and directed by the juggler, Professor (Pratt Institute) and former Coney Island USA Sideshow performer Jennifer Miller.

I captured some photographs and video of that day’s festivities. BUT if you really want to witness Circus Amok you have to see them LIVE!

I was there 15 minutes before the show and captured some backstage shots.

Seated (with hat)Lee Houck with band and Carlton Cyrus Ward with Clare Dolan.(stilts)

Heather Green

Jenny Romaine

Mark Ettinger on Trumpet, Lee Free on Drums

Heather Green, Jules Skloot, Carlton Ward, Jennifer Miller, Ariel Federow, Kali Theirren, & Claire Dolan.

Ariel Federow and Jules Skloot. (Band in background)

Jennifer Miller and Carlton Ward as The Liberty Sisters.

Ben Meyers on the Trombone

The cast – Heather Green, Jules Skloot, Carlton Ward, Jennifer Miller, Ariel Federow, Kali  Theirren, Clare Dolan

The Cast doing a Pyramid Balance.

The Curtain Call with Cast and Circus Amok Band. 

(The Circus Amok Band was Jenny Romaine, Lee Free, Mary Feaster, Mark Ettinger (filling in for Jessica Lurie.)

For more information on CIRCUS AMOK visit their website here!

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Circus Amok – Coming to a Park Near YOU!

Are you ready for some Circus Amok??

For those of you not familiar with this wonderful group here is an excerpt from a book written about Radical Street Performance by Mark Sussman.

(Circus Amok…reinventing the circus form, borrowing drag fabulousness from Charles Ludlam’s Theater of the Ridiculous, large scale transformation using whole-body masks from Bread and Puppet Theater, and the outdoor bally and verbal rhythm and repertoire from the sideshow, as well as movement vocabulary from post-modern dance. The troupe balances danger with laughter, slipping its critique between the pies in the face and the surreal, scary, and sometimes gender-bent characters of the charivari.)

Saturday, Sept 2
Socrates Sculpture Park, Astoria
Broadway & Vernon Blvd.
3:00pm

Sunday, Sept 3
Coney Island, Brooklyn
On the Boardwalk near 10th Street.
2:00pm & 4:00pm

Friday, Sept 8
Tompkins Square Park, Manhattan.
9th Street and Avenue A
4:00pm & 6:00pm

Saturday, Sept 9
Sunset Park, Brooklyn
6th Ave and 44th Street
3:00pm


Sunday, Sept 10

Marcus Garvey Park, Manhattan
Madison Ave and East 122nd Street
3:00pm

Saturday, Sept 16
St. Mary’s Park, Bronx
St. Ann’s Ave and East 149th Street
3:00pm

Sunday, Sept 17
Prospect Park, Brooklyn
Enter at 9th Street, cross the road and down the hill.
2:00pm & 4:00pm

ALL THE SHOWS ARE FREE!

To make a donation to Circus Amok (since these shows are FREE they need some $$$ to produce them)

Circus Amok is a 501(c)3 organization and all of your donations are tax-deductible!!

Go HERE. And Thank You!

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Jennifer Miller’s GOLDEN RACKET – at LaMama

Jennifer Miller’s new political, sexy and hysterically funny play

THE GOLDEN RACKET

opens at LaMama etc tonight.

I was so happy to be able document it. Here are some images from this intelligent, sexual, romp.

Featuring Jennifer Miller, Becca Blackwell, Erin Markey, Jenny Romaine, Carlton Ward, Lee Houck. Jibz Cameron.(Not in that order!)

“The Golden Racket” Inspired by the mayhem of the 2009 New York State Senate the political flip-floppery of Hiram Monsertte and Pedro Espada, “The Golden Racket” follows the adventures of the women behind the men as they set out to enact a certain necessary revenge.  Double crossings, intrigue, high camp, and heartbreak come together in this tragic farce of power, greed, democracy, lust and…tennis?

Jennifer Miller

Jenny Romaine

The women deciding what is next to do!

Erin Markey goes berserk with cast looking on.

Jibz Cameron

Lee Houck seals the deal with a gun!

Get tickets for LaMama here!

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The show will continue it’s run at two other venues.

Bronx Academy of Arts & Dance

Tuesday June 21st and Wed June 22nd at 8pm

Coney Island Sideshow by the Seashore

Monday June 27th, Tues June 28th and Wed June 29th at 8pm.

Check out this site for more information on how to get tickets.

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Jennifer Miller’s THE GOLDEN RACKET opening at LaMama June 10th, 2011

Last week I had the pleasure of shooting publicity stills for Jennifer Miller’s new show!

The Golden Racket

Starring

Carlton Ward, Erin Markey, Jennifer Miller, Jibz Cameron,

Jenny Romaine, Becca Blackwell

La Mama, The Club – June 10, 11 -10pm, June 12 – 5pm


Coney Island Sideshow by the Seashore June 27, 28, 29 – 8:00

La MaMa in association with Circus Amok presents a new comic play by Jennifer Miller, “The Golden Racket” Inspired by the mayhem of the 2009 New York State Senate the political flip-floppery of Hiram Monsertte and Pedro Espada, “The Golden Racket” follows the adventures of the women behind the men as they set out to enact a certain necessary revenge.  Double crossings, intrigue, high camp, and heartbreak come together in this tragic farce of power, greed, democracy, lust and…tennis?