Selected Community Events
Gods, Guns and Pancakes
Oct 11, 2012 - Oct 21, 2012 October 11-21 7p.m.
The Millibo Art Theatre
Colorado Springs, CO, September 26, 2012 – Ever wonder how they do it? How do they manage to be funny performance after performance? What goes into the education of a professional clown? For the answers to these questions and more, check out Jim Jackson’s “Gods, Guns and Pancakes” at the Millibo Art Theatre. A solo play written and performed by Jackson, “Gods, Guns and Pancakes” premiered last year as part of the MAT’s regular season of original theatre. Back by popular demand, the play runs from October 11-21.
Described as “Sideshow of Folly”, the play is the story of one performer’s quest for laughs in the traveling world of the small circuses known affectionately as “mud shows”. In 1976, Jackson began a “seat of the pants” education as a professional clown that took him from the surreal world of a new European circus, to political street theatre, to the absurdist world of tented American circus. Combining true stories, poetry, video and classical clown routines, Jackson weaves together a portrait of the artist as a young clown surviving in a harsh and exotic show biz world.
Other solo plays written and performed by Jackson include “Art Guffaw”, which has toured throughout Colorado and has been a previously featured U.S. production at the International Children’s Festivals of Philadelphia, Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Edinburgh, Scotland.
In 2001, he co-founded the Manitou Art Theater, now named the Millibo Art Theatre, with his wife, Birgitta DePree in Manitou Springs, Colorado. Jackson has collaborated with area artists in writing, directing and performing over 26 original productions. In 2004, his solo show “Stick Guns” was voted “Best Theater” by the Colorado Springs Independent. He also received the Pikes Peak Arts Council Award for “Best Actor”. He continues to create new work for children and adults and tours nationally with over 100 performances a year.
For more information, or to obtain tickets, call (719) 465-6321 or go online at www.themat.org. This show is not suitable for children.