The Three Musketeerers: Clowns With Swords

dance & physical theatre · clowns with swords · Ages 14+ · United States of America

world premiere

“A zany array of slapstick, comic chases, stage combat, pratfalls, and swordplay with imaginary swords, daggers, and eventually an imaginary blunderbuss.”

“a strong showing of physical theatre for the HFF

“Masterful clowning”

“amazing physicality, commitment, openness, and sense of play”

“amazing physicality, commitment, openness, and sense of play”

“The 3 Musketeers are full of surprises and laughs”

“Gold Medal”

“Almost cried from laughing so hard!”

“Expect instead to be sufficiently captivated.”

Fringe Schedule:


Sunday, June 28 5:30pm (Closing Night)

Clowns With Swords is a physical theater ensemble that focuses on deconstructing classic tales and illuminating a perspective through the twisted lens of the theatrical clown.

The Three Musketeerers: Clowns With Swords is a deconstructed examination of Dumas’ classic retold in the style of theatrical clown. Playing fully from impulse and desire, the clowns will explore the irreverent, vulgar, innocent, poetic and hilarity of the novel and attempt to retell the tale of perhaps the greatest cloak and sword story ever written … to the best of their ability. How the clowns navigate telling the story is the true performance, and their play is the theatrical pay dirt.

Originally conceived in Chicago in 2001 at the critically acclaimed Trap Door Theatre, Ovation Honors Award and multiple LA Weekly Award winner Andrew Amani is excited to share his directorial vision:

“After reading the novel, several times, I knew I wanted to develop this story into a theatrical production. However, I wanted to make sure it didn’t fall into the trap of telling the same story that was portrayed in any previous film or stage adaptations. There is a lot more going on than what Dumas wrote. And doing it in clown form only makes sense because that is how these characters were written – as a bunch of fools.”


At first look, the set is primarily conceived of large crate-sized boxes that each performer can claim as their home base, make grand entrances and exits, quick costume changes (if necessary), or simply play on, in and around. However, a large part of the exploration process is incorporating how the set serves the clowns in their attempt to tell the story.

Utilizing the concept of Future Innovation Furniture and the technical expertise of Jeff Kleeman from Studio Serena Los Angeles, the boxes will be highly engineered to re-examine, re-think and re-invent the basic functionality of a box and explore the utilization of space, construction and connectivity. This high concept functionality will provide more than possibilities for interesting choreography. The set will literally be brought to life and become a separate character allowing the performance to enter a whole new world of magical innovation.

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Production Team

alec tomkiw *

producer / performer

mauricio gomez *

producer / performer

alex suha *

clown coach

lisa labella *

producer / performer

cassandra gonzales *

costumer / performer

* Fringe Veteran