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Produced by Parlous Theatre with support from Common Boots Theatre

In a comedic collision of Chekhovian drama and Clown Chaos, INSERT CLOWN HERE follows a troupe of actors in a fully rehearsed, 19th-century melodrama that is upended when the lead actor goes missing and is replaced by a completely unrehearsed Clown. While the Clown attempts to improvise lines and blocking from a script they haven’t read, the remaining cast will try to keep the story on track, resulting in a comedy-of-errors newly created every performance. What could go wrong? Only everything.

The Toronto Fringe sellout hit is back with an all-star lineup of unsuspecting Clowns ensuring no two performances are ever alike!

Filled with “glorious, farcical mischief” (Istvan Dugalin) and “ridiculous fun” (Steel City Girl Reviews), prepare for the unprepared, as you witness performers embrace the actor’s nightmare and laugh at their spectacular failure.

INSERT CLOWN HERE “will leave audience members with their jaws dropped.”
– Beyond James

Advisory Warning: Cartoonish Violence, Smoke/Fog, Improv

Special Performances
Sunday, May 12th (matinee) – INSERT CLOWN HERE, Clean Version 
Parlous Theatre is partnering with Theatre Direct to present the Clean Version of INSERT CLOWN HERE. Featuring Theatre Direct’s Artistic Director, Lisa Marie DiLiberto as the guest Clown, this performance will be fun for the whole family! (Recommended ages 8+), $12.50 Child Pricing Available for this performance only!
Friday, May 17th – INSERT CLOWN HERE, Double Bill 
Join us for a crazy clown-filled evening as Isaac Kessler presents his award-winning solo show 1-MAN NO-SHOW at 7:30 PM and then jumps into the action of INSERT CLOWN HERE at 9:00 PM. Buy tickets to both shows and get $10 off!


Written & Directed by Kendelle Parks & Jacob Willis
Starring: Ella Berger, Kole Durnford, Margot Greve, Atlin Hofer, and Nicole Kleiman
Production & Stage Manager: Annasofie Jakobsen
Assistant Stage Manager: Kiera Doerksen Smith
Production Design: Irene Ly
Production Design Assistant: Alyssa Duhaney
Sound Design: Christopher Elizabeth
Lighting Design: Mathilda Kane

May 8, 2024
to May 19, 2024

Tickets are Arts Worker/Student $20 | Regular $25 | Supporter $35 | Clownoisseur $50


BMO Incubator

Performance Dates

Wednesday, May 8 – 7:30pm Preview
Featuring: Augusta Monet
Thursday, May 9 – 7:30pm Opening
Featuring: Robert Feetham
Friday, May 10 – 7:30pm
Featuring: Adam Paolozza
Saturday, May 11 – 7:30pm
Featuring: Courtenay Stevens
Sunday, May 12 – 2:00pm – Clean Version
Featuring: Lisa Marie DiLiberto
Sunday, May 12 – 7:30pm
Featuring: Anand Rajaram
Tuesday, May 14 – 7:30pm
Featuring: Morgan Joy
Wednesday, May 15 – 7:30pm
Featuring: Adam Lazarus
Thursday, May 16 – 7:30pm
Featuring: Jane Luk
Friday, May 17 – 9:00pm – Double Bill
Featuring: Isaac Kessler
Saturday, May 18 – 7:30pm
Featuring: Kiana Woo
Sunday, May 19 – 2:00pm
Featuring: Kendall Savage

This performance is 65 - 75 mins