Teatrul National Cluj, Romania | Director: Eli Simon
Clovni Extraterestri is a sequel of sorts to Razboil Clovnilor (War of the Clowns), a piece that Simon and I developed for the National Theatre a few years ago. RC ends with a family of clowns blowing up their home planet; CE starts with that family of clowns escaping to Earth. When they land on Earth, they have to make a life for themselves. Some clowns want to hold on to their clown identity, but others are quick to integrate into human culture. They get jobs, they adopt human traditions, they try to retain their own clown-ness. Some clowns are more human than others, but all of the clowns try to find a balance between human-ness and clown-ness. Through it all, the littlest clown, Baby Clown, misses their Mother Clown, who didn’t make the trip (presumably lost in space?).
The music is a balance of folk and funk, and was primarily performed by Ada Milea, one of Romania’s national musical treasures. Milea is a gifted singer and guitarist, and she performed in the character of a homeless bum who has wandered into the theatre. All other music (everything that’s not acoustic guitar) was tracked or performed by me. The rest of the cast also sang, but Milea was the prime voice we heard.
Baby Clown things about flying away from Earth to see her mother.
Baby Clown decides to try to build a flying saucer to find her mother.
As the clowns try to make their way in the world, they run into a group of xenophobic humans.
At a crisis of identity and sorrow, Baby Clown’s remembers her mother’s advice.
Ultimately, Baby Clown decides to abandon Earth and seek out her mom.