This was my primary artistic focus for 2018 and 2019. It's divergent from my other work in that it is designed to be performed without any need for a stage or wings. It also relies heavily on a recorded sound track which is something I have avoided in the past.
ABOUT THE SHOW
Fast paced and zany, Pepito y Carmelita (working title) features acts of original physical comedy, classic clown routines, wacky gags, and silly surprises.
It’s an interactive piece of clown theater that is being designed to play for the streets and festivals of the world; a visual, physical comedy journey that can be understood by anyone, anywhere.
The audience themselves are part of the show, and acts are specifically crafted with the goal of participants experiencing success and being celebrated.
HISTORY OF MOLLY & Z
Pepito y Carmelita is a creation of Z Smith and Molly Shannon. The two met as students at the San Francisco Clown Conservatory in 2004, and were founding members of Circus Finelli, an ensemble of four female clowns based in the Bay Area. They worked together for years in San Francisco, and then for years lived on separate coasts. Now, carbon footprints be damned, they are working together again! They utilize theater, circus, music, and dance to create original works of clown comedy.
A SHOW IN DEVELOPMENT
Molly and Z began a residency on Vashon Island to finish The Molly & Z Show (working title) in January of 2018. But, they were almost immediately offered the opportunity to perform with Clowns Without Borders in Puerto Rico. On their return, they decided to put The Molly & Z Show on the back burner and focus on making a street show with the characters they had used in Puerto Rico: Pepito Y Carmelita.
In October 2018 they were offered another chance to perform with Circo National de Puerto Rico, again through Clowns Without Borders. On this tour, they were able to try out elements of the show they were creating. They performed 30 shows for more than 5,000 people.
Inspired by the Clowns Without Borders mission of bringing laughter where it’s needed most, they continue developing a show that can be performed anywhere and will be used as a platform to spread joy and collaborate with other artists: clowns, circus folk, musicians etc.
Special thanks to: Arturo Gaskins, Mark Jaster, and Dan Griffiths for helping to shape the show