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Joe: The Perfect Man

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Friday, February 25 4:00pm
Sunday, February 27 4:00pm
Monday, February 28 7:30pm
Tuesday, March 1 6:00pm
Friday, March 4 8:30pm
Sunday, March 6 2:30pm


Crowning Monkey proudly presents the New York Premier of Joe: The Perfect Man, an original comedy created by and starring award winning Toronto comedian Rachelle Elie. Directed by “Bouffon King” Adam Lazarus this absurd comedy runs Feb 25 - March 6th as part of The FRIGID New York Festival. JOE: The Perfect Man won an Oustanding Comedy Award at the 2008 Ottawa Fringe Festival.

After losing his job Joe’s passion to play all the lead roles in “The Scottish Play” explodes to the surface. Soon after he stumbles upon a “Macbeth Open Call Audition” and sees it as his one chance to fulfill his destiny. Through ridiculous failures and missed attempts at brilliance he stumbles through the opportunity of a lifetime. A non-stop, uproarious, rollercoaster ride through conformity, rebellion and Macbeth.

“Gorgeous clown-based show packs huge rewards.”
SEE Magazine (Edmonton, AB)

“A delightful absurdist comedy.”
Uptown Magazine (Winnipeg,MB)

“Some of the most fun you’ll have in a theatre all year!”
Eye Magazine (Toronto,ON)


Rachelle Elie (performer) Rachelle has been performing comedy for the last fifteen years. A graduate of Studio
58 she recently won an OUTSTANDING COMEDY AWARD at The Ottawa Fringe
for her performance in JOE: The Perfect Man. When not performing Rachelle can be
found painting self-portraits, and raising two little monkeys, age six and eight, with her
obstetrician husband.


Adam Lazarus (director) is a performer, director and instructor whose work physical theatre has taken him to France, England and across Canada. He is a graduate of McMaster University’s Theatre Program, Leeds University’s Theatre Program in England and L’Ecole Philippe Gaulier in
Paris, France where he also served as Gaulier’s apprentice. As an actor, Adam performs in numerous cabarets around Toronto, and has appeared in The Gina Project’s silent circus Big Show, Tapestry New Opera Works’ clown/opera workshop for Shelter, and his one-man bouffon
show Fable. Most recently he appeared in Convergence Theatre’s Yichud/ Seclusion, Crow’s Theatre production of Darren O'Donnell's [boxhead] at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre and Dora Nominated sensation Appetite (Volcano/Exchange Rate Collective). Adam has directed and co-created many revered and awarded clown, bouffon and character shows, including Rachelle Elie's Joe: The Perfect Man '06 (Best of Ottawa Fringe 2008); Jesse Buck's Bubkus '07 (current
Cirque Du Soleil performer); Melissa D'Agostino's Lupe: Undone '08 (Best of the Toronto Fringe 2008) and Precious Chong’s Zdenka Now! (Current Toronto Fringe ‘09) Adam is a sessional instructor of acting at The National Theatre School of Canada (NTS) and the University of Toronto. He is a regular facilitator of physical theatre workshops for professional and non-professional artists, including recent consultations for Soulpepper, The Young Centre, Theatre Passe Muraille, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, DanceMakers, The Canadian Stage Company, Tapestry New Opera Works, Volcano Theatre, Factory Theatre and Mike Kennard's The Hollow. Adam also co-produces the annual Toronto Festival of Clowns.


Mike Kennard (creative consultant) For the past seventeen years Michael has been co-creator (with John Turner), performer and producer with internationally acclaimed clown duo Mump and Smoot. Michael is a graduate of the University of Guelph Drama Program and has studied physical comedy, clown, mask, improv and movement with Richard Pochinko, Ian Wallace, Fiona Griffiths, Philippe Gaulier and The Second City (Toronto).He has taught at the Yale School of Drama, Tel Aviv University, California State University, Guelph University, Bishop’s University and The Humber College Comedy Program. His most recent directing credits include: The Christmas Carol, The Hobbit and the Wizard of Oz at the Globe Theatre in Regina, The Second City’s Family Circus Maximus and insanity Fair in Toronto and Chicago’s Second City’s Embryo’s on Ice (co-
directed), Half a sixpence at Bishop’s University and The Hollow at Berkeley Theatre. Michael has received a Dora award, two Canadian Comedy awards, a Boston Theatre award and a Drama Logue award (California)for his work.

"Elie can sing, dance, clown and collapse to the stage with aplomb."


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