The Marsh is Proud to Host the International Czech Theater Festival, a Series of Four New Plays Developed in the Famous Physical Theater Tradition of the Czech Republic

The plays are Flush (James Donlon & Howard Lotker); Albert’s Fear (Vojta Svejda); Polaris (Vojta Svejda & Jan Benes-McGradie) and Brick Circk (Stevo Capko). This is an abbreviated on-line version of the press release. For the complete press release, email

San Francisco, CA, September 10, 2009 --( The Marsh is proud to be hosting the International Czech Theater Festival, a series of four new plays developed in the famous physical theater tradition of the Czech Republic. Czech physical theater has been described as a celebration of human experience through visual poetry. Movement, neo-classic clowning & mime, puppetry and music all inform the story, playing a vital narrative role in addition to the spoken word. Wildly inspirational about life and living, Czech physical theater often feels like a good meal: delicious, dreamy and satisfying. One wants to return to the table. It also has a long history of image driven adventures into the surreal, often motivated by the powerful social/political forces of the 20th century. The absurd speaks the truth. Performers such as Bill Irwin and Geoff Hoyle have drawn from the tradition of Czech physical theater.

The idea for the festival came about through a long standing exchange between the actors, clowns and directors connected with Ctibor Turba in the Czech Republic and James Donlon of the Flying Actor Studio in San Francisco. Turba and Donlon met in 1974 at the first international physical theater festival in the US. A renowned mime, clown, choreographer and director, Turba received the American "Red Skelton Award" in 1991. Donlon has been a celebrated international performer and master teacher of Physical Theatre for 40 years. He has performed throughout North America, Europe and Latin America to critical acclaim and is the only physical theater artist ever invited to perform with legendary San Francisco street mime Robert Shields of CBS' “The Shields & Yarnell Show.” Here are some reviews of his work:
"An extraordinary blend of skill and lunacy"- The New York Times
"There's magic in Donlon's vision”- The Los Angeles Times
"Donlon's masterworks are full of heart and hope. They are not to be missed."- Oscar winner Kathy Bates
"His technique is impeccable, Donlon is like a one-man Cirque du Soleil"- Robert Shields

The participating artists will offer workshops in physical theatre at the Flying Actor Studio in San Francisco. For more information go to

The Performances
Flush James Donlon - Actor/Creator
Howard Lotker - Actor/Creator
Charlie Oates - Director
Renata Slamkova - Sets

A premiere USA/Czech collaboration of riveting physical theater by award-winning actors and designers. A detainee and his jailer/interrogator explore a surreal relationship that reveals the guts of power grasped, denied, and surrendered. A dark side of human nature is laid bare. The show uses movement, physical acting, and text.

Albert's Fear
Vojta Svejda, actor/creator
Directed by James Donlon
Musicians: Jiri Mraz, Martin Zpevak

This celebrated one man show by noted young Czech actor Vojta Svejda examines the triumphs of a small boy over his timidity and indecisiveness. The piece uses movement, physical comedy, text and live music. Albert’s Fear, which won the Audience Award at the 2008 Czech Dance Platform, is suitable for the whole family.

Created and performed by Vojta Svejda and Jan Benes-McGradie

Two 19th century arctic explorers test reality vs. the imagination in the unendurable cold. A rare romance about consciousness and values. This is very physical theater. The piece was nominated for the prestigious Total Theater Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Brick Circk
Created and performed by Stevo Capko

A green clown with bricks everywhere. This is classic European clowning from the heart of the rich Prague tradition. Performer Steve Capko is a master teacher and movement theater actor at AMU, the Czech Republic's national conservatory for the performing arts. Suitable for the whole family.

For Calendar Editors

When: October 21 – 28, 2009



Albert’s Fear

Brick Circk


October. 21, Wednesday

8:00 pm

October. 22, Thursday

7:00 pm & 9:00 pm

October. 23, Friday

7:00 pm & 9:00 pm

October. 24, Saturday

8:00 pm

3:00 pm

October. 25, Sunday

3:00 pm

7:00 pm

October. 26, Monday

7:00 pm

9:00 pm

October. 27, Tuesday

7:00 pm

9:00 pm

October. 28, Wednesday

8:00 pm

Where The Marsh Studio Theater
1062 Valencia Street at 22nd Street in San Francisco

Tickets: Tickets $15-35 Sliding Scale. $50 Reserved seats
For tickets, call 800-838-3006 or visit

For more information call 415-826-5750 or visit The Marsh website at

For high-resolution downloadable press images, please visit the media page at

The Marsh
Diana Rathbone