SFIAF 2020: May 19-31. Early Bird Tix On-Sale Mar. 1

Notoriety Variety


The Doomsday Follies

Date(s) & Time(s): Saturday May 23, 2:00 PM
Sunday May 24, 5:30 PM

Duration: 75 minutes

Location: Chapel

Ticket Information

Early Bird: $15
Advanced: $25
At the Door: $28 

Festival Pass

If you miss our early bird offerings, take advantage of our Festival Pass and see five shows for $75.00


Production Credits

Artistic DirectorJudy Finelli
Co-ProducerChad Benjamin Potter
ComposerRoman Johnson
CostumerWendy Parkman


Funded in part byMy funding credits include private donors exclusively.


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Work Sample



The Doomsday Follies

IMAGINE it’s 2050! The world is in worse shape than it is today. Each country assumed the others to solve Climate Change catastrophes. Animal and plant extinctions become distinct and New Clear War threatens. Only the 1/10th of 1% can survive with daily firestorms and epidemics. A group of plucky variety artists dare to perform what might be the last show on Earth. While preparing, they hear static radio reporting– something about bombs but cannot hear details. They will do what they do best: making people laugh and delight. If you can’t laugh at Armageddon, what can you laugh at?

MAGINE ¡es 2050! El mundo está en peor forma que hoy. Cada país asumió que los demás resolverían las catástrofes del cambio climático. Las extinciones de animales y plantas se vuelven distintas y amenaza New Clear War. Solo la décima parte del 1% puede sobrevivir con tormentas de fuego y epidemias diarias. Un grupo de valientes artistas de variedades se atreven a realizar lo que podría ser el último espectáculo en la Tierra. Mientras se preparan, escuchan informes de radio estática, algo sobre bombas pero no pueden escuchar detalles. Harán lo que mejor saben hacer: hacer reír y deleitar a la gente. Si no puedes reírte del Armagedón, ¿de qué te puedes reír?

Notoriety Variety

Notoriety Variety appeared at the Common Grounds Arts Festival, in 2014. Sad to say even though we were able to rehearse scenes from a larger production called “Galena’s Gazebo” that production was not performed because of lack of funding. It was a period piece dealing with racism in the 20s. Individual performers from this performing arts non-profit have entertained throughout the Bay Area. However, SFIAF is their debut performance as a group. With this debut, we are finding the humor in the existence of life and its future on this planet. We are foolish enough to clown the unthinkable.


Judy Finelli (Artistic Director)
Judy Finelli co-founder SF Circus Center. Artistic Director of Pickle Family Circus 1987-1990. BFA in Theatre, Film and Television from NYU SOA 1970. Photographer for Circus Techniques 1976 by Hovey Burgess. Electric Circus, Carnegie Hall, Theatre for the New City, TV: “To Tell the Truth,” “Sesame Street,” “Mike Douglas Show”. Film: Robert Altman's "Popeye." Taught: NYU SOA, Juilliard Drama, ACT (SF) Summer Training Congress, National Theatre School of Canada, Dell 'Arte School of Mime and Comedy, National Theatre of the Deaf, Ringling Clown College, and the SF Clown Conservatory. 1973 President of the International Jugglers' Association.

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