Not Clown

In a time when clowns are tortured and circuses banned, a renegade troupe enacts the story of a girl who longs for their outlawed life — even as her father commits atrocities on the State’s behalf. Limbs rebel against the body. The cram car bolts for the border. And a round, red nose is a dark souvenir.


Written By: Steve Moore - Story by Carlos Treviño

Directed By: Carlos Treviño


Robert Deike
Elizabeth Doss
Matt Hislope
Josh Meyer
Lee Eddy
Robert Pierson
Mark Stewart
Rommel Sulit


"It's typical of the unusual tone of this show that while the clowning scenes are sometimes horriffic, the plot about the persecution of a discriminated class, which the clowns play quite melodramatically, is hilarious."
-New York Times


"The play is painful and gorgeous and really, really funny. ... Useful and exhilarating...Horrific and beautiful."
-Brooklyn Rail


"A great chance for New Yorkers to be reminded that there are some remarkably innovative theatre groups elsewhere in the country -- here's hoping more of them make it here."


"It is political in ways that go beyond the politics of the moment ... It's funny. It's horrific. It's gorgeous. It's brutal."
-Austin American-Statesman


"When Physical Plant promotes these performers as being among the best physical actors in town, they're not just blowing smoke up P.T. Barnam's ass ... the story is so fantastic and brimming with potential, the characters so well imagined, that we're left wanting at least another 30 minutes, dammit... uniquely weird and vibrant."
-Austin Chronicle


"... intelligent yet disturbing ... a story [twisted and layered] to unsettling effect ... a tale for our times ... not a play for the faint of heart. But then again, neither is the news these days."
-Austin American-Statesman


"How can a nightmarish play about clowns and torture give you hope? Because with Not Clown, Steve Moore and Carlos Treviño created intelligent theater with impeccable moral credentials. The consequences of fear and prejudice, the suppression of individual rights, the horrors of violence - Moore and Treviño deftly addressed these timely issues with sophistocation and sensitivity in their cautionary tale for our post-9/11 world."
#3 Best Arts Event of 2004
-Austin American-Statesman


"Best Alt-theatre Play of 2004"
-Austin American-Statesman


Click to read some thoughts from Linda Johns.

Austin Critcs Table Awards nominations...
Best Production, Comedy
Best Director, Comedy (Carlos Treviño)
Best Actress, Comedy (Elizabeth Doss)
Best Supporting Actress, Comedy (Lee Eddy)
Best Supporting Actor, Comedy (Josh Meyer)
Best Supporting Actor, Comedy (Robert Pierson)
Best Movement (Carlos Treviño & company)
David Mark Cohen New Play Award (Steve Moore & Carlos Treviño)

B. Iden Payne Committee nominations...
Outstanding Production of a Drama
Outstanding Director of a Drama (Carlos Treviño)
Outstanding Sound Design (Robert Pierson & Carlos Treviño)
Outstanding Original Script (Steve Moore & Carlos Treviño)
Outstanding Cast Performance

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