It was a beautiful afternoon in New York City and I visited the Happenstance Theater Company founders, Mark Jaster and Sabrina Mandell. We had a few hours together to catch up on all things ‘physical comedy’. Including their upcoming show “Barococo” which is Opening at the wonderful 59E59 Theater on Feb 9th. I questioned them about the show and the origins of the Happenstance company.
From the Press Release!
In this collaboratively devised ensemble work, the award-winning, DC-based company, Happenstance Theater portrays oblivious entitlement on the brink of extinction. BAROCOCO takes a physical comedy dive into the late Baroque and flaunts 18th-century finery, wigs, panniers, gestural styling, elaborate ornamentation, and the excesses of Rococo. The show navigates the dangerous curves of manners and the Age of Enlightenment from the exquisite to the revolting. This charming and charismatic six-person ensemble exposes an indulgent aristocratic lifestyle and invites you to experience the charade — from parlor games to pantomime, from the exquisite to the revolting — in this delightful comedy of manners.
Featuring Mark Jaster, Caleb Jaster, Sabrina Mandell, Gwen Grastorf, Sarah Olmsted Thomas, and Alex Vernon.
WHEN: February 09 – March 06. 2022
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays @ 7:15pm Saturdays
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WHERE: 59E59 Theaters – THEATER B – 59 East 59th Street – New York NY
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“Polished to an aristocratic shine” – Washington Post
“Kooky and astute” – DC Metro Theatre Scene
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