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Theatre, Musical Theatre, Film, Opera, and other performing arts. Ray Renati is a San Francisco, California based actor, singer, director, and comedian. He has over three decades of experience in the performing arts from opera to film and TV to live performance on stage. Join Ray as he interviews actors, directors and people from any of the performing arts. Learn what happens behind the scenes. Ray is a fun loving guy with a passion for all performing arts.

December 6, 2018

Jamie Coventry - Clown & Co-director Mittens & Mistletoe

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First, a little about the exquisite The Lorraine Hansberry Theatre and my recent experience in participating in a staged reading festival there two weeks ago.

Our Guest

Jamie Coventry (Clown, Juggler, Co-Producer, Co-Director): Jamie was raised in central CA by a family of eccentrics. He studied theatre arts in Santa Fe, music in San Luis Obispo and education and circus arts in SF. Jamie has worked with Flynn Creek Circus, Circus of Sound, New Pickle Circus, The Pickle Circus School Tour, Teatro Zinzanni, Sweet Can and more. He is perhaps best known for his work with partner Natasha Kaluza. Coventry & Kaluza won Best Comedy/Clown Act in the American Circus Festival two years in a row, and Best Duo in the Picklewater Free Circus Festival. Jamie is also the co-creator of the neo- vaudevillian harmonica trio, Tin Sandwich and a dedicated member of the Bay Area Harmonica Club. www.coventryandkaluza.com

 

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/Sweet-Can-152063651476746/

INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/sweetcanproductions/

TICKETS: http://sweetcanproductions.com/whats-next/

“simply beautiful to behold” - SF Weekly

“intimate, surprising, humorous…magical” - San Francisco Chronicle

Sweet Can Presents Two New Shows
for the 2018 Holiday Season

My Friend Hafiz "It's a concert. It's a circus. It's an inspiration"
Dec. 20 - 23, 2018
Limited Engagement - 5 Performances Only!

Produced by Sweet Can Productions and The Levins
Directed by Mindy Cooper Grenke

TRAILER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ZuK3MSORFU&feature=youtu.be

AUDIO CLIPS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fOWX9bJiU7o&feature=youtu.be (5:18)

AND

The 9th Annual… 
Mittens & Mistletoe - A Winter Circus Cabaret

Holiday Fun For Everyone!
Dec. 26 - 30, 2018
Limited Engagement - 9 Performances Only!

Produced by Sweet Can Productions
Directed by Natasha Kaluza and Jamie Coventry

TRAILER: https://youtu.be/Hp9UlWIwDKI

Dance Mission Theatre
3316 24th St. (at Mission St. - 24th St. BART) in SF 94110

WEB PAGE: sweetcanproductions.com

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/Sweet-Can-152063651476746/

INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/sweetcanproductions/

Synopsis:

My Friend Hafiz - It’s a concert. It’s a Circus. It’s an inspiration. Weaving the wisdom of beloved Persian poet Hafiz into their rich tapestry of unique harmonies, award-winning songwriters, The Levins, create an incredible backdrop for the breathtaking beauty of
Sweet Can Circus. Wonder at the aerialists, be dazzled by acrobats and laugh with the clowns. First performed by Sweet Can Productions and the Levins in San Francisco in 2014, this production is a revival of that popular show - being brought back by audience request.

Performers featured include: Beth Clarke (Producer, Slack Rope, Aerial); Gregangelo Herrera (Whirling Dervish, Musician); Natasha Kaluza (Clown, Hula Hoop); Zoë Klein (Aerial, Acrobat, Dancer); Ira Levin (Inn Keeper); Tushar Mathew (Clown, Actor); Natalie Nayun (Dancer); Nina Sawant (Cyr Wheel, Aerial); Jeremy Vik (Hand Balancer, Acrobat).
Music will be performed live by: The Levins - Ira Levin & Julia Bordenaro Levin (Composer, guitar, piano, vocals); Joe Chang (Cello), Aharon Wheels Bolsta (Percussion). Callie Floor (Costumes); Joan Raymond (Costumes); Ian Wallace (Projections).
My Friend Hafiz is produced by Sweet Can Productions and The Levins and directed by Mindy Cooper Grenke.

Bios for MY FRIEND HAFIZ follow at the end of this release.

My Friend Hafiz plays for a limited engagement - 5 performances only Dec. 20 - 23, 2018 (Thurs. thru Sun.) at Dance Mission Theater 3316 24th St. (Mission St. BART.) in SF, 94110.
For tickets ($22 - $75) / info: myfriendhafiz.brownpapertickets.com or call (800) 838-3006

Reserved Seating Option - all shows: "VIP Reserved Seating"- $45 - $75 (sliding scale)

Performance Schedule - MY FRIEND HAFIZ
Dec. 20 - 23, 2018 - Limited Engagement – 5 Performances Only

Thurs. Dec. 20, 2018 7:00 pm - Preview - Kids, Srs $22, Adults $27 (gen. admission)
Fri. Dec. 21 8:00 pm - Kids, Srs $25, Adults $30 (gen. admission)
Sat. Dec. 22 3:00 and 8:00 pm - Kids, Srs $25, Adults $30 (gen. admission)
Sun. Dec. 23 2:00 pm - Kids, Srs $25, Adults $30 (gen. admission)

Doors open 20 minutes before the show. There will be pre-show with live music. 

Running time: 75 minutes (approx)

And…

Mittens & Mistletoe - A Winter Circus Cabaret.

Synopsis:

Sweet Can is proud to announce the 9th annual Mittens & Mistletoe: A Winter Circus Cabaret. A Bay Area favorite holiday tradition, ‘Mittens’ is back with more comedy, spectacular circus feats and interactive madcappery! This year’s cast includes veterans from Circus Bella, The New Pickle Circus, Cirque de Boheme, Ars Minerva, Flynn Creek Circus, and Teatro Zinzanni. World-class circus artists defy gravity, display stunning feats of strength and flexibility that enchant and mystify, along with award-winning clowns that amuse and delight all ages.

Performers featured include: Jamie Coventry (Co-Director, Clown); Ira Levin (Storyteller); Oriana Doria-Quesada (Rola Bola); Katherine Hutchinson (Aerial Tissu); Christine Lee (Contortion, Lyra); Nina Sawant (Cyr Wheel, Lyra); Amelia Van Brunt (MC, Clown).
Music will be performed live by: The Levins - Ira Levin and Julia Bordenaro Levin (Composer, Guitar, Piano, Vocals). Mittens & Mistletoe: A Winter Circus Cabaret is produced by Sweet Can Productions, and Directed by Natasha Kaluza and Jamie Coventry.

The 9th edition of Mittens & Mistletoe: A Winter Circus Cabaret plays for a limited engagement - 9 performances only Dec. 26 - 30, 2018 (Wed. thru Sun.) at Dance Mission Theater 3316 24th St. (Mission St. BART) in SF, 94110. For tickets ($18 - $65) and info:
https://mittens.brownpapertickets.com or call (800) 838-3006
Reserved Seating Option: All shows "VIP Reserved Seating"- $45 - $65 (sliding scale)

Performance Schedule - MITTENS & MISTLETOE: A WINTER CIRCUS CABARET -
Dec. 26 - 30, 2018 - Limited Engagement - 9 Performances Only.

Wed. Dec. 26, 2018 8:00 pm - Preview  - Kids, Srs $18, Adults $23 (gen. admission)
Thurs. Dec. 27 4:00 pm - Opening Show - Kids, Srs $20, Adults $25 (gen. admission)
Thurs. Dec. 27 8:00 pm  - Kids, Srs $20, Adults $25 (gen. admission)
Fri. Dec. 28 4:00 pm  - Kids, Srs $20, Adults $25 (gen. admission)
Fri. Dec. 28 8:00 pm (adults only show)  - Srs $20, Adults $25 (gen. admission)
Sat. Dec. 29 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm - Kids, Srs $20, Adults $25 (gen. admission)
Sun. Dec. 30 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm - Kids, Srs $20, Adults $25 (gen. admission)

Mittens & Mistletoe is a family friendly performance and children are encouraged to attend. Many of the shows start at 1:00 or 4:00 pm.

The show will start ON TIME. Latecomers may not be able to sit with their parties, and will be seated by ushers at an appropriate moment during the show. Please allow ample time to find parking, most spaces in the area are metered. The parking garage on 21 St. and Valencia is a good option if you cannot find street parking.  We advise taking BART. 24th St./Mission BART station is across the street from the theater

Doors open 20 minutes before the show. There will be a 15 minute pre-show with live music. 

Running time: 65 minutes (approx)

Since 2006 Sweet Can Productions, the Independent circus company based in SF, has been bringing laughter, wonder, awe and delight with their unique combination of circus arts, theater, music, and clowning. Hip-hop hula hoop, jaw-dropping aerialists, and foot juggling slack ropers are just a few of the amazing acts presented over the years. When sour can't, Sweet Can!!!

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