(Read more about the genesis and process of this project here!)

Our clown army is ready for the big time. Since we started developing GUERRA: A CLOWN PLAY last winter in Chicago and Mexico City (a collaboration made possible by TCG’s “On The Road” grant), our troupe has found a name (“La Piara”, or ‘herd of swine’), we’ve added dance numbers, carefully sewn costumes, karaoke, and (possibly, just possibly) a stuffed pigeon.

Now we’re packing up our flags and medals and heading to the New York Clown Theatre Festival. This is just one step on an expanding touring schedule that includes upcoming dates in Albuquerque (as part of Tricklock’s Revolutions International Theatre Fest) and the Canary Islands (El Festival Del Sur).

In every presentation so far, GUERRA has been sparking conversations about the convergence of comedy and violence, the trauma of war, the relationship between Mexico and the USA and the absurd politics of militarism. We can’t wait to share this show with audiences in New York.


Pictured: Seth Bockley and Devon de Mayo in Chapultepec Park

Devon de Mayo is a Chicago based director and the Co-Artistic Director of Dog & Pony Theatre Co. She serves as director of education at Northlight theatre and also teaches adjunct at Northwestern University, at the Chicago high school for the arts and the national high school institute. This spring Devon will direct a new musical for Dog & Pony and an adaptation of An Actor Prepares at the University of Chicago.

Seth Bockley is a playwright and director at large. His plays include February House (with lyricist/composer Gabriel Kahane), Ask Aunt Susan, The Twins Would Like To Say, Laika’s Coffin, Boneyard Prayer. Adaptations: Jon and CommComm (from short stories by George Saunders). Directing: The Ugly One by Marius von Mayenburg, Civilization (all you can eat) and 1001 by Jason Grote, and Jon, winner of the 2008 Jeff Award for Best New Adaptation. He was a recipient of Theater Communications Group’s New Generations grant from 2005-2007, and is currently an artist in residence at the University of Chicago.


The Global Connections program was designed by TCG and is funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Learn more here.