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Deadline Extended for Clown Festival

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The festival that celebrates all things clown has extended its deadline for submissions.

The first annual New York Clown Theatre Festival is welcoming submissions from performers, practitioners, and teachers of all varieties in the national and international clown community.

Clown teachers, clown shows, clown movies, solo and short pieces, experimental works, clown Shakespeare, sporting events, and reality shows are all expected to be featured at the three-week long event in early fall -- not to mention clown pie-throwing wars.

The festival will celebrate a unique and ancient discipline. Clowns in various forms, from court jesters to mimes and minstrels to Charlie Chaplin's beloved Little Tramp, have been performing for thousands of years in myriad cultures: Ancient Egypt's Fifth Dynasty, 16th- and 17th-century Aztec and Native American tribes, and early 20th-century Vaudeville, among many others.

The event was created by the company of the non-profit Brick Theatre; since 2002, the group has staged edgy local works in its brick-walled, state-of-the-art performance space, formerly an auto-body shop, in Williamsburg.

All applications must be postmarked by July 15; for forms and specific requirements, visit www.bricktheater.com.

The festival will take place Sept. 1 to 24 at The Brick, 575 Metropolitan Ave., between Union Avenue and Lorimer Street, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Finally, there's more to clowning than clowning around.

-- Anna Bengel

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