Circus-Themed Show By Pickle Family Circus Vet Reportedly Set to Take Over ‘Beach Blanket Babylon’ Venue Club Fugazi
A well known circus creator has reportedly inked a deal to take over Club Fugazi in North Beach, the longtime home of Beach Blanket Babylon before its New Year’s Eve 2019 closure.
Broke-Ass Stuart brings us the news via the newsletter of the Telegraph Hill Dwellersneighborhood association.
“Danny Macchiarini, on behalf of the North Beach Business Association, has just announced that ‘NORTH BEACH CLUB FUGAZI WILL BE THE HOME OF A NEW WORLD CLASS CIRCUS HERE IN SAN FRANCISCO!'” the newsletter says.
The nameless show is the work of Gypsy Snider and David Dower, and it’s being billed as “a new circus-themed entertainment venture designed to draw audiences to North Beach from the moment performance returns in the city.” As WBUR reported last fall, Dower just stepped down from his role as artistic director of Boston’s ArtsEmerson. He said he was relocating to San Francisco to be closer to family and serve as executive producer of the U.S. operation of The 7 Fingers, the Canadian troupe founded by Snider.
With theaters like ACT planning for live shows by the summer or fall, this could mean the show is already taking shape.
Snider is most recently famous for serving as the resident circus creator for the 2013 Broadway revival of Pippin, directed by Diane Paulus. (See SFist’s review of the touring production here.) But she’s a daughter of SF circus royalty, having grown up in the famed Pickle Family Circus — the daughter of co-founder Peggy Snider and stepdaughter of co-founder Larry Pisoni. Thanks in part to the work of Pisoni and fellow clowns Bill Irwin and Geoff Hoyle, the circus went on to influence Cirque du Soleil and a modern renaissance in the circus arts — which includes the SF-based Circus Center, where Gypsy Snider trained with Lu Yi…
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