May 13 – 28, 2016

by Adam Szymkowicz

Springs Ensemble Theatre continues our seventh season with Clown Bar by Adam Szymkowicz.

Join SET as we stage a site-specific performance in collaboration with The Zodiac Venue, Peaks and Pasties, and local musical groups, “Alpha the Musical,” “Band Idiot,” and “Joseph Lamar”!

Hard-boiled detective Happy Mahoney’s brother is found dead. Now Happy must venture back into the seedy underbelly of the city to find his brother’s killer. Will Happy get dragged back down into this world of vice, violence, and…clowns? Wait… what? Clowns!?

Springs Ensemble Theatre is pulling ALL the silly strings with Adam Szymkowicz’s ‘clown noir’ Clown Bar. Performed at Colorado Springs entertainment venue The Zodiac (aka “The Clown Bar”), attendees are encouraged to dress the part and engage in the Clown atmosphere of this immersive performance. Peaks and Pasties burlesque dancers will take the stage at 9:00 pm. The play, a crime noir…starring clowns…begins shortly thereafter.  Live music will be provided by a variety of local musicians. Each weekend will feature a different musical style. The first weekend, May 13-14, brings “Alpha the Musical” to the stage. On May 20-21, “Band Idiot” takes the stage with American rock originals. Closing weekend brings “Joseph Lamar” to the stage with Free Pop genre stylings.

Directed by 2012 True West Special Award winner (Reservoir Dogs) and Ensemble member, Crystal Carter, Clown Bar delivers performances from some of the most talented comedic actors in Colorado Springs. Featuring SET Members Micah Spiers headlining as Happy Mahoney and Max Ferguson in the role of Bobo, guest artists performing in this production include Erick Groskopf, Angela Kinnett, Tammy Smith, Erica Erickson, David Atkinson, Bob Morsch, Kala Roquemore, and Nikita Bonita.

Clown Bar will be performed at The Zodiac Venue, located at 230 Pueblo Ave., Colorado Springs, CO 80903. The play runs May 13-28, (May 13-14, May 20-21,  & May 27-28). Friday and Saturday performances are at 9 pm. Seating is limited and reservations are recommended. Tickets are $15, with group rates available. $10 student rush tickets are available for every performance (valid ID is required, rush tickets are only available at the box office 5 minutes before the performance). This show is 18+.




The former clown, HAPPY MAHONEY: Micah Speirs

The clown boss, BOBO: Max Ferguson

GIGGLES: Bob Morsch


DUSTY: Kala Roquemore

PETUNIA: Angela Kinnett

POPO: Erica Erickson

BLINKY FATALE: Nikita Bonita

TIMMY: David Atkinson

TWINKLES: Erick Groskopf

THE BAND:  Band Idiot, Mostly Don’ts, Joseph Lamar


Production Team

Producers: Crystal Carter and Matt Radcliffe

Director: Crystal Carter

Stage Manager: Gabriel Espinoza-Lira

Board Operator: Andrea Stone with the Zodiac

Sound Design: Pat Collins

Clown Arms Wrangler: Cyndi Parr of the Dragon Theatre Company

Makeup: With special assistance from Sammy Gleason and Mark Modeer at Zeezo’s

Costumes: Tammy Smith, David Atkinson, Crystal Carter

Poster Design: Matt Radcliffe

Program Design: Matt Radcliffe

Box Office: Emory John Collinson