Kevin O’Keefe will bring his joyous, playful and raucous good time of a show to the Sandglass stage. Circus Minimus, One-Man Circus in-a-Suitcase gives everyone an opportunity to participate in an enthralling, whimsical celebration of the imagination.
From Kevin O’Keefe’s suitcase an entire circus emerges: tent, band, lights, the boisterous ringmaster Steve Fitzpatrick, the officious Mervin Merkle, the incredible Bumbilini Family, the Magician to the Stars Clyde Zerbini, and Keefer–an innocent trying to runaway and join the circus. However, the most important performers emerge from the audience. Each performance becomes a dialogue between the characters and the audience–a light-hearted collaboration.
Kevin O’Keefe discovered Circus Minimus in 1985 when he found a small suitcase outside his apartment in NYC and filled it with everything he would need to perform his One-Man Circus in-a-Suitcase around the world. Since then Circus Minimus has expanded to include five programs that have touched the lives of hundreds of thousands of families. Kevin O’Keefe also runs an artist-in-residence program that creates a community-based circus in two weeks, collaborates with schools for a variety of In-School Integrated Curriculums that let students join the circus without having to leave school, and runs the Circus Minimus Afterschool Program in NYC schools.
“Traditionally, the circus has been a place of inclusion” says O’Keefe, “where no matter how weird or unique your talent there was a place for you. Like the traditional circus, Circus Minimus has a place for everyone. I have dedicated my life to the study of circus and the practice of teaching. I consider circus a sacred circle where ordinary people do extraordinary things. The circus is where magic resides, and dreams still can come true, through practice, joy, connection, and courage. Join me on your own journey of adventure and discovery.”
Made possible in part with generous funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and C & S Wholesale Grocers.