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FREAKSHOW by Carson Kreitzer

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Step right up to glimpse behind the curtain at Mr. Flip's Traveling Freakshow. The Woman With No Arms And No Legs will dazzle and delight...

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Women's Theatre Festival Presents


a play by Carson Kreitzer

live-streamed right here on Eventbrite.com

Enter the inner world of Mr. Flip’s Freakshow, a traveling spectacle featuring The Woman With No Arms Or Legs (Amalia), The Pinhead, and Aquaboy the Human Salamander. Mr. Flip runs the show and, as they travel from town to town, he keeps an eye out for potential new acts—often children with a physical difference that he can mold and exploit into something sensational to bring the punters in. Behind the scenes, Judith (formerly known as the Dog Faced Girl—she was once part of the show and now assists Amalia) and Matthew (a handyman), keep the show running. The Girl encounters the Freakshow when it comes to her town; she falls in love with Aquaboy and joins the troupe as they leave for their next destination.

The people of the Freakshow are trapped. The show is their family, their home, and their livelihood rolled into one. While they all—Mr. Flip included—recognize the horror of their day-to-day existence, they are loathe to part with the show. It is what they know and it is what keeps them together.

The spectacle of Freakshow will dazzle and discomfort the audience, but the heart of the story is about love, sacrifice, and choosing to put others’ happiness above your own. This is a show that holds together the grotesque and the sublime so that we can look through that shared lens and see how very human we all are, no matter what we look like.

Where to watch: On Eventbrite! Be sure to create an account and know your login info. Link to stream varies by performance. Come showtime, look for the VIEW NOW button in your ticket purchase confirmation email.

Content warning: sexual and violent language



Sat May 30: 8pm Live Performance #1 (followed by opening night Zoom reception)

Sun May 31: 5pm Live Performance #2 (followed by post-show talk back)

Friday June 5: 8pm LIVE Performance #3

Sat June 6: 8pm LIVE Performance #4


AMALIA: Kariey Anne Smith


THE PINHEAD: Clare Vestal

MR. FLIP: Tori Grace Nichols

JUDITH: Juliana Valente

MATTHEW: Lauren Ragsdale

THE GIRL: Keely Cansler

THE GREAT MIRINI (ENSEMBLE #1): Maren Stephenson

BEBE (ENSEMBLE #2): Keith A. Kenel

Co-Directors: Rowen Haigh & Rachel Pottern Nunn

Assistant Directors: Keyanna Alexander, Megan St. Amand, and Madison McAllister

Production Stage Manager: Ali Ray

Assistant Stage Manager: Keyanna Alexander

Dramaturg: Lydia Nethercutt

Makeup Designer: Jill Cromwell

Director of Streaming & Tech: Anthony Buckner

Sound Designer: Matthew Bivins

Costume Designer: Elly McClanahan

Set Designer: Ami Kirk Jones

Vocal Coach: Abbey Toot

WTF's Acting Executive Artistic Director: Johannah Maynard Edwards

Marketing Manager: Erin Bell

Communications Advisor: Cindy Marie Jenkins

WTF is supported by the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County. This project is funded in part by the City of Raleigh based on recommendations of the Raleigh Arts Commission. This production is supported in part by a NET/TEN Remote Connection Mini-Grant for long-distance relationship building.

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