Cara Vita: A Clown Concerto (World Premiere)
Date and Time: Thursday May 30, 8:30pm; Friday May 31, 7:00pm; Saturday June 1, 2:00pm
Duration: 25 minutes, no intermission, Shared Program with Tara Brandel
Early Bird: $15
General Admission: $25
At the Door: $28
If you miss our early bird offerings, take advantage of our Festival Pass and see five shows for $75.00
Artist InfoProduction Credits
Creation & Performance: Felicity Hesed
Director: Jeff Raz
Cara Vita was created as part of an artist residency at
San Francisco Circus Center.
Cara Vita: A Clown Concerto is a solo theatrical clown piece which explores the joys, sorrows, and hilarity of romance, relationships, and child-rearing. Created and performed by Felicity Hesed, this comedy offers a uniquely female perspective on the struggles of maintaining one’s identity in the midst of family life. Cara Vita: A Clown Concerto incorporates music, acrobatics, and magic to spin a whimsical tale of love and loss.
Felicity Hesed is a Clown, Aerialist, and Director. She recently returned from Kaifeng, China where she was a featured performer at the Tenth National Golden Chrysanthemum Festival. Felicity delights and surprises viewers with her vibrant characters, technical skill, and audience interaction. Felicity has developed a unique style of clowning that incorporates acrobatic prowess, physical comedy, and theatrical storytelling. Felicity received a BA in Theater from Kalamazoo College and attended the Clown Conservatory. Felicity’s circus and clowning credits include the New Pickle Circus, Teatro ZinZanni, Children’s Fairyland, the Circus Center Cabaret, the San Francisco Aerial Arts Festival, and Seattle’s Moisture Festival.
Jeff Raz has starred in many plays and circuses, from Corteo with Cirque du Soleil to Comedy of Errors on Broadway. He is a graduate of Dell’Arte International, has written 15 plays and directed dozens of circus and theater productions. His first book, The Secret Life of Clowns, was launched nationally at the Smithsonian last year; his new book The Snow Clown is now available at jeffraz.com.
San Francisco Circus Center
The San Francisco Circus Center is a circus training and performing arts center in San Francisco, offering classes for all levels, parties, team-building events, and camps. Circus Center’s mission is to inspire passion for the Circus Arts through performance, training, and community outreach. Felicity Hesed has been developing Cara Vita: A Clown Concerto as an artist in residence at Circus Center. Circus Center’s Residency program provides rehearsal and performance space to innovative professional artists, supporting the creation of new circus works in the community.