August 27 to September 3, 2017.
Theater for the New City (Community Space Theater), 155 First Avenue.
Presented by Theater for the New City (Crystal Field, Artistic Director) as part of Dream Up Festival 2017.
August 27 at 8:00 PM, August 28 at 6:30 PM, August 30 at 6:30 PM, September 2 at 5:00 PM, September 3 at 5:00 PM.
Tickets $15. Box Office: (212) 254-1109, www.dreamupfestival.org
Running Time: 70 minutes. Critics are invited to all performances.
NEW YORK, July 21 — “I.M. LOST!” is an interactive clown show written and performed by Nathalie Ellis-Einhorn, based on interviews with clowns and Ellis-Einhorn’s experiences with clown training. Through several encounters with different types of clowns, from hospital clowns to theater clowns, the concept of failure is explored. We learn each clown’s reasons for staying in the art despite inevitable failure. “I.M. LOST!” will be presented by Theater for the New City’s 2017 Dream Up Festival from August 27 to September 3, directed by Benita de Wit.
Nathalie’s clown, dubbed Little Snotty after her tendency to cry and even leak snot out of her red nose during exercises in clown class, is a BIG failure. Her problem arises from her ineptitude to cultivate the irrational hope of a clown. Her journey is marked with encounters with birthday, hospital and theatre clowns who discuss failure and why they keep pouring all their work, pain and love into something that is sort of dumb and useless. This leads us to the big question: why do we commit ourselves and time to creating any type of art, even when it hurts us and can never be perfect?