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Circus clown tales

Inside an abandoned vaudeville theater in a post-apocalyptic world, an isolated clown finds shelter. After surviving for a long period with only inanimate objects as friends, and nothing but a pile of shoes to sleep on, the clown is shocked to awaken one morning to see an audience of people staring back at him. The audience watches the clown in his day-to-day routine as he sings, dances and celebrates the end times in “This Is Not a Test,” a new production by the Troy-based contemporary circus, Marquise Productions. The unconventional production company was founded by artistic director Aaron Marquise, a Round Lake native and graduate of Montreal’s National Circus School, and his wife Sarah, an English literature major and associate producer. Comedic vignettes balance darker content throughout the show, as the resilient clown conveys his willingness to seek hope.

Performances of “This Is Not a Test”—a one-man show starring Aaron Marquise—will be held at The Arts Center of the Capital Region in Troy on Sept. 29 (8 p.m.), Sept. 30 (2 and 8 p.m.), Oct. 1 (4 p.m.), Oct. 6 (8 p.m.), Oct. 7 (2 and 8 p.m.) and Oct. 8 (4 p.m.). For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Marquise Productions at (518) 944-1926 or visit



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