Don your moustaches and throw on your dandy garb for an evening of not-so-innocent pranks and antics, vignettes and dreamlike incidents, as the St. Petersburg eccentric Daniil Kharms (re)meets ARTEL’s unique brand of clownpunk.
Experience why audiences are still talking about this show 4 years later! Kharmful Charms is a Russian absurdist comedy at its most illogical, violent, sad and hilarious.
Kharmful Charms of Daniil Kharms will be performed as part of the Hollywood Fringe Festival at Schkapf.
DATES/TIMES: 9 performances only. Pick your date and time now. Tickets are selling fast! Ticket info below.
-- 8:30PM: Sat 6/7, Sun 6/8, Sun 6/15, Th 6/19, Sat 6/21, Sun 6/22, Th 6/26, Sat 6/28
--10:00PM: Friday, June 13th
DRESS CODE: Dress to impress while enjoying yourself at a night of irrepressible theatre. Kharmsian time zone is circa 1920s/1930s. Wearing a mustache is highly recommended. Moustachioed persons will be rewarded with a cup of soup. Ladies with moustaches will be doubly rewarded.
WHERE: Schkapf, 6567 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90038
MORE ABOUT THE SHOW:
devised by ARTEL
incubated at Schkapf
conceived by Olya Petrakova
Kharmful Charms of Daniil Kharms
For those new to Mr. Daniil Kharms (1905-1942), a bit of info to quicken your inquisitiveness: Kharms was an early Soviet-era surrealist and absurdist poet, writer and dramatist, a post-modern artist before the term had any cultural currency. He exploded the conception of theatre as a literary representative, defining the rules of theatre not as dramatic but scenic. By the late 1920s, his anti-rational verse, nonlinear theatrical performances, and public displays of iniquitous and irrational behavior earned Kharms – who always dressed like an English dandy with a calabash pipe – the reputation of being a talented but highly eccentric “fool” or “crazy-man” in Leningrad cultural circles. Exiled briefly during the “relatively vegetarian” days of the early 1930s, ten years later he was imprisoned in the psychiatric ward of Leningrad Prison No. 1. Kharms died in his cell – most likely from starvation – in February 1942 as the Nazi blockade of Leningrad was well underway.
ENSEMBLE: James Michael Cowan, Bryan Brown, Nadja Bobyleva, Cassandra Gonzales, Betsy Moore, Kestrel Farin Leah, Lisa LaBella, Tim Hussein Ottman, Joaquin Camilo Rios, Mauricio Gomez Amoretti, Alec Tomkiw, Roksana Zeinapur.
For more information about ARTEL and this project, visit ARTEL's website.