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Love and the Ridiculous in Crazy Glue

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 7, 2016

Contact: Lisa Jordan

Phone: 6108671689
Email: lisa@touchstone.org

Two clowns tell a nonverbal, tragicomic story of romance and loss

 

Bethlehem, PA – Touchstone Theatre kicks off its 2016-17 season with international theatre company Single Shoe Productions in their critically acclaimed production of Crazy Glue, a two-person show following a husband and wife through their rollercoaster of a romance. Crazy Glue plays October 6-9, 2016.

 

Inspired by the physical comedy of Buster Keaton and the madcap absurdity of Looney Tunes, Crazy Glue blends vocal sound effects, quirky humor, and an evocative 1930s soundtrack, celebrating the mad, messy, sticky side of love. Without the use of words, the piece combines clown, dance, and mime into a universally accessible 65-minute performance. A brief talk-back with the performers will follow each show.

 

Crazy Glue is inspired by a short story by the same name, written by Israeli writer Etgar Keret. The performance has featured at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and garnered accolades through two years of touring, hailed as “enchanting,” “performed with crisp flair,” and “hilarious and heart breaking.”

 

Founded in 2011, the London-based Single Shoe Productions works to combine artistic mediums to tell stories that are accessible, intercultural, inventive, and playful. Co-Artistic Directors Filipa Tomas and Bradley Wayne Smith are both graduates of the London International School of Performing Arts; the two star in Crazy Glue. Tomas hails from Portugal originally, and Smith from the United States.

 

Tomas and Smith will also lead a workshop on Saturday, October 8 from 10am-1pm at Touchstone, based around the skills of building characters and physical storytelling; informed by the pedagogy of Jacques Lecoq, the workshop will explore characterization and devising through a series of exercises and games. The workshop is $30/participant; reservations may be made by calling Touchstone.

 

Touchstone is supported locally by season sponsors First Generation, an integrated marketing communications company, and RCN. WDIY provides media sponsorship, and Working Dog Press provides print sponsorship.

 

Crazy Glue plays October 6-9, 2016, Thursday through Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm. Tickets are $25 for adults  / $15 for students and seniors, with group rates available on request. On Thursday, Touchstone offers a pay-what-you-will ticket option at the door, allowing walkup patrons to name their own ticket price. Advance tickets may be purchased at 610.867.1689 or online at www.touchstone.org  The Touchstone Café is open one hour before show time and will remain open after the show, with pastries and gourmet coffee by Nazca K-Fé Premium Peruvian Coffee available for purchase. 

 

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Celebrating over thirty-five years, Touchstone Theatre produces and presents both original and classic productions, with a dedication to the renewal of theatre as a vital art form. Touchstone works to foster collaboration on a local and national level through educational and youth empowerment programs, using theatre as a community-building tool. Visit us on the web at www.touchstone.org