"Grandma" is Coming to Heritage Theatre Festival

INTERNATIONAL CLOWN HALL OF FAME MEMBER AND FACE OF THE BIG APPLE CIRCUS BARRY LUBIN TO BRING ONE-PERSON SHOW TO RUTH CAPLIN THEATRE FOR PERFORMANCES ON AUGUST 4 AND 5

Performances To Be Accompanied By a Series of Clowning Lectures and Interactive Workshops
Featuring UVA’s Tim Cunningham and LaVahn Hoh

Heritage Theatre Festival has a message for fun lovers of all ages: Batten down the hatches, fire up the funny bones, because “Grandma” is coming to town!

International Clown Hall of Fame member Barry Lubin is bringing one of the modern circus world’s most iconic and beloved characters to the Ruth Caplin Theatre for three performances of his acclaimed one-person show.  Lubin’s “Grandma” has delighted audiences around the world for more than a quarter century with an array of antics that prove laughter is our most universal language.

Tickets for Barry Lubin as “Grandma” are $20 for adults and $10 for students and children, and are available at www.heritagetheatrefestival.org or by calling 434-924-3376.

Barry Lubin enjoyed five seasons traveling with Ringling Bros. and a three-year standup comedy stint before his remarkable 25-year Big Apple Circus run. He has brought everyone’s favorite “Grandma” to audiences in theatres, on television, in festivals, and in other circuses in America, Europe, and Oceania. He is well known to American television audiences from his frequent appearances on national programs incluing Prime Time Live, the Today Show, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, and Late Night with David Letterman, among others. He was inducted into the International Clown Hall of Fame in 2002, the Sarasota Ring of Fame in 2012, and the International Circus Hall of Fame in 2016. Barry received the Lou Jacobs Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007. He was given only the 5th Legend of the Parade Award in the history of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, where he was featured in 15 appearances both live and on NBC.  Earlier this year, Barry sailed to Antarctica and did a show on the Antarctic Peninsula, becoming the first clown in history to have performed on all seven continents.

Heritage Theatre Festival will also offer a number of presentations and workshops where the public can learn about and even participate in the art of clowning.

On Friday August 4, from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m., in McLeod Hall Auditorium, Tim Cunningham, who has a joint appointment with the UVA School of Nursing and the UVA Drama Department and who has worked around the globe with Clowns Without Borders, will lead an interactive discussion of the role of humanitarian clowns and their work in and outside of medical environments. The UVA School of Nursing Continuing Education will award 1 contact hour for nurses who participate in this educational activity and then complete the post-activity evaluation. The presentation will be followed by a reception.

On Saturday, August 5 at 9:00 a.m., internationally-renowned circus historian and UVA Drama Professor Emeritus LaVahn Hoh will present “Circus in America,” a whirlwind spin through the American circus scene.

Hoh’s presentation will be followed by “Clown Camp” from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. The hands-on, free interactive workshop with the Clowns Without Borders performers is designed for kids from 5 to 105. The event is open to the public but space is limited. Registration information can be found at www.SignUpGenius.com/go/5080949AFAE28A7F58-clown.

The morning’s presentations will conclude with “Behind the Nose” at 11:30 a.m., an interactive discussion on the role of clowns in the hospital world presented by Tim Cunningham and his colleagues from Clowns Without Borders.

Parking for Heritage Theatre Festival performances is available at the Culbreth Road Parking Garage, conveniently located alongside the theaters.

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