“Tonight a Clown Will Travel Time,” an original story told with several kinds of puppets by two performers from Pittsburgh, will be staged Friday at 8 at the Sweatshop Gallery, 2727 N. 62nd St.
Murphi Cook and Zach Dorn formed their traveling troupe, Miniature Curiosa, after meeting in a playwriting class at the University of Connecticut. Their 15-city tour began June 14 and will wind up in Brooklyn, N.Y., July 27.
Cook, whose new play “Hole in the Head” was chosen for a reading at the 2011 Great Plains Theatre Conference, said she booked the Omaha gig through connections made at the conference.
Cook and Dorn based their play on a real incident, in which a circus elephant had trampled a man to death. The elephant was sentenced to be hanged in Irwin, Tenn., on Sept. 12, 1916.
In the play, a clown and amateur scientist named Albert Billows has built a time machine so that he can go back in time, rescue the elephant and woo a woman from a historical photograph of the hanging.
The play uses shadow puppets, rod puppets and live-projection puppetry in which tiny cartoon pieces are projected large onto a screen. Cook said the show is intended for adults.
“It's a dark sort of humor, a funny sort of melancholy,” Cook said. “The show has a lot of 1980s music and balloon animals.”
Tickets are $10 at the door. Information: miniaturecuriosa.com