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Circus Trick
Addie Ulrey

at Brick Aux

January 26, 27 and 29 @ 8pm*

January 28 @ 4pm*

Clown is a professional. They have always taken pride in giving the audience what they came for: a good, old fashioned trick. But in our digital world of ready-made delights, what counts as a trick? What does the circus have to offer that you can’t get fasterbrightercheaper somewhere else?

Written by Addie Ulrey / Directed by Lauren Zeftel

Circus Trick is the story of a clown who stages a rebellion against the commodification of entertainment in an on-demand world, and in doing so, explores some of the stranger possible benefits of live performance.


Addie was raised by farmers, house painters, meditators, and real-life radicals in Charlotte, Michigan. Addie’s work is firmly rooted in the ensemble theatre tradition, meaning, among other things, that she is at home in multidisciplinary collaborations, loves to write for big casts, and knows her way around a puppet. She has trained at the Moscow Art Theatre and the Double Edge Theatre, and was an original core company member of Ragged Wing Ensemble in Oakland, CA, with whom she wrote and produced nine new plays between 2010 and 2018. Addie recently completed her MFA at Brooklyn College under the tutelage of Tina Satter, Anne Washburn, Haruna Lee, and Dennis Allen II. She is currently developing work with Theatre First in Berkeley, CA, and will be in residence with the Index Freirum artist collective in Zurich, Switzerland in fall 2022.

*Circus Trick will be presented on a split bill with Joey Weiss.

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