Thank You So Much For Coming

Alex Kern

OVERVIEW

RUN TIME

55 mins

VENUE & STAGE

Cleveland State University (CSU)

Black Box Theatre

SHOW TIMES

7/25 @ 7:30pm
7/26 @ 7:00pm
7/27 @ 4:00pm
7/27 @ 8:00pm

DETAILS

TYPE OF SHOW

National

Recommended For

Ages 14+

GENRE(S)

Comedy/Stand-up Comedy, Immersive/Interactive, One-Person Show, Performance Art, Scripted Play

CONTENT WARNING

Audience interaction/participation

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SYNOPSIS

You are cordially invited to a hilarious, immersive, one-woman character clown show that explores loneliness, femininity, and the pressure to be seen. Cynthia, the ultimate party host, is in the midst of throwing her most fabulous party ever! Playful, absurd and unhinged, Cynthia wrestles with desire and disgust at the prospect of being loved and known in a world filled with
ubiquitous, yet too often empty, encounters. A delightful descent into pure madness!

In this immersive comedy clown show, Cynthia greets her party guests (the audience) with warmth and exuberance and leads them through a series of interactive games. Yet, just as she begins to connect, the phone rings and the cancellations pour in from her celebrity invites. This forces Cynthia to negotiate vulnerability and loneliness in front of her guests. As the party
progresses, we see Cynthia as a woman who is deeply alone as she questions what it means to be without a partner or children and friends who are busy with their own full lives. The person who was, at the beginning of the show, a confident, gregarious woman who makes others feel welcome, is revealed to be trying to keep it together by performing as an affable party host.

“A beautifully surreal show with an extraordinary performance.”
- Noho Arts, Los Angeles

Created by Alex Kern

Alexandra Kern (Creator/Writer/Performer)

Natasha Mercado (Director/Co-Writer)

Alex Kern

CONNECT

Explore our hashtags across your favorite social platforms:

#cynthia #thankyousomuchforcoming

Additional Info

AWARDS:
BEST OF BROADWATER, Hollywood Fringe Festival 2023
BEST IMMERSIVE, TVO Awards, Hollywood Fringe Festival 2023
Will be making it's international premiere at Edinburgh 2024 at Underbelly

Alexandra Kern (Creator/Writer/Performer)- (she/her) is an actor, writer, comedian, and clown from Cleveland, Ohio. Her award-winning solo character/clown show, “Thank You So Much for Coming” premiered this past summer at the Hollywood Fringe Festival to sold out audiences. (Awards: Best Immersive (TVO Awards), Best of Broadwater). Her short films and original series (the critically acclaimed “SingleDumb” and “Pawla Dean’s White House Kitchen”) have screened at The Cleveland International Film Festival, Palm Springs International Comedy Festival, Los Angeles Animation Festival, and more. Her acting and writing work has been featured in numerous outlets, some of which include: HULU, Vulture, New York Magazine, and Vanity Fair. Alex trained at The New Actor’s Workshop (NYC) under the guidance of Mike Nichols before focusing on comedy (The Groundlings, The Upright Citizen’s Brigade, The Second City) but identifies most as a clown (The Idiot Workshop, The Clown School). In her comedy, Alex is interested in the risk of losing the logical and luxuriating in the joy of the moment.

Natasha Mercado (Director/Co-Writer) - (she/her) is an actress, director, producer, writer, and theatre arts educator. She moved to Los Angeles, became a clown and the rest is history. You can see her on Adult Swim, Amazon, HBO, TVS, and stages across LA. Her love for comedy started with improv and in 2020, she created “Send in the Clowns,” the first monthly clown show at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. Currently, she’s touring her award-winning solo show “Tree”— which was called “one of LA’s Top Ten Shows” by Stage Raw and “a must see” by the Times Colonist. She has also led workshops across the country for people interested in exploring techniques that implement vulnerability, physicality, and wholeheartedness to give their performance a unique edge.”

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