The Hunchbacks atop the Cathedral

Photo Courtesy of Under the Table.

The Hunchbacks of Notre Dame
An Under the Table Production

Friday, March 16 @ 8 p.m.
Mainstage Theatre

Created by performers Sarah Petersiel, Josh Matthews and Matt Chapman, this physical and verbal comedy features improvisation, slapstick, song, dance and hunches. The show will move audiences to nearly painful laughter!

Desperately in need of rent money, the three hunchbacks of The Hunchbacks of Notre Dame attempt to stage a story for an adoring (and paying) public. However, a combination of technical shortcomings and personal differences, to put it lightly, threatens to unravel the show’s integrity. Trying to waltz his way into the hearts and wallets of the audience, the group’s director has taken profound artistic liberties with the famed novel — much to the chagrin of his cohorts. Before the night’s end, stands will be taken, bells will be tolled, and things will be had out — in one way or another.

The Hunchbacks of Notre Dame is opening on the West Coast this Fall, after the company finishes a two month residency at Dell’Arte International, where they have been developing the work with the consultation of Dell’Arte’s School Director, Ronlin Foreman.

Under the Table, from Brooklyn, was founded in 2001 by Matt Chapman and Liz Turkel. The company is dedicated to creating original, hilarious, relevant, and accessible physical theatre. Their work is fueled by a commitment to the collaborative process of the ensemble.

Since the company’s inception, they have mounted ten original productions, performing in New York, across the country and into Europe. Among the works were political satires, red-nose clown pieces, physical comedy, and the Free Theatre Project, which brought performances of commedia-inspired shows to New York City parks. Over this past year, they branched out to Canada touring both of the company’s then-current touring shows (SOLO: a two-person show and The Only Friends We Have), and then took performances to two cities and festivals in Colombia in South America.

Touring, learning, and teaching workshops for actors and non-actors is an integral part of Under the Table ’s life.

Sarah Petersiel (Claudia/Esmerelda) has been working with Under the Table for the past six years. She is an actor, clown, and teaching artist living in New York City. She is also half the comedy dance duo BUST and a Clown Doctor with Big Apple Circus Clown Care. Sarah graduated from Brown University and the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre.

Josh Matthews (Paul/Frollo) is an actor, clown and teacher in New York City. He has been with has co-created six shows with Under the Table, touring across the country and internationally. This Spring, Josh toured the Eastern seaboard with Big Apple Circus, playing the lead clown role of Grandma. Josh also works with the Big Apple Circus’ Clown Care Unit, and is a graduate of the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre.

Matt Chapman (Johan/Quasimodo) has been Artistic Director of Under the Table for ten years. He is currently on faculty at Dell’Arte International, in Blue Lake, CA. He teaches clown at home and abroad; in the last few years he has taught in Denmark, the Netherlands, England, Colombia, and South Africa. Matt is a Round 9 Recipient of Theatre Communications Group’s New Generations Future Leaders program, and has taught at Marymount Manhattan College in NY.

Ronlin Foreman (Artistic Consultant) is the School Director at Dell’Arte International.

Ticket prices: $10–$11 Advance tickets can be purchased online, by phone or in person at the box office (Mon.–Fri., 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m. and 1½ hours prior to performance). Major credit cards, cash, checks and JACards accepted. JMU student tickets: $8 in person at box office only with student ID.

Mailing Tickets/Will Call — Tickets that are ordered more than two weeks in advance of a performance will be mailed to the address on file. Ticket orders received less than two weeks prior to a performance will be held for pickup at the Will Call window.

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