An original work of physical theater
commissioned by The Scoundrel & Scamp Theatre
by Matt Walley and Wolfe Bowart
May 18-June 3, 2018
An original work by acclaimed physical theatre creators Wolfe Bowart and Matt Walley, artists in residence at The Scoundrel & Scamp Theatre.
Go behind the scenes of a sideshow alley and into the after-hours life of a carnival’s beleaguered strongman, whose quiet demeanor couldn’t be further from the feats of strength he displays for a living.
The largely word-free story weaves together clown theatre, physical comedy and finely choreographed music, light and sound effects to create a thought-provoking and sometimes hilarious theatrical piece.
Not intended for mature audiences.
Friday, May 18 @ 7:30pm
Saturday, May 19 @ 2:00pm
Saturday, May 19 @ 7:30pm
Sunday, May 20 @ 2:00pm
Friday, May 25 @ 7:30pm
Saturday, May 26 @ 2:00pm
Sunday, May 27 @ 2:00pm
Sunday, May 27 @ 7:30pm
Friday, June 1 @ 7:30pm
Saturday, June 2 @ 2:00pm
Saturday, June 2 @ 7:30pm
Sunday, June 3 @ 2:00pm
Location: The Scoundrel & Scamp Theatre at The Historic Y
738 N 5th Avenue, Tucson, AZ, 85705
Enter from the parking lot behind The Historic Y (parking lot entrance off of Herbert Avenue)
Runtime: Approximately an hour.
Audience: Best enjoyed by Scamps and Scoundrels ages 5+.
$22 General Admission
$20 if you are under 30
$15 Student & Teacher
$12 Children (12 & under)
Questions? Call our Box Office at 448-3300.
What the critics are saying...
Silence speaks loudly in 'Oaf' - Kathleen Rogers, Tucson Daily Star
Wordless Humor Leads to Philosophical Insight in "OAF" - Chuck Graham, Let the Show Begin
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At the S&S we are dedicated to engaging audiences that may lack opportunity to experience the impact of theater on our lives. We carefully select our content while fostering a community of artists who can create high-quality theater that immerses and connects with new audiences.
To that end, we can use your help, as we can’t do it through ticket sales alone. Our intimate space isn’t large enough to support our quality of production while keeping ticket prices accessible. We rely on supporters like you to make our outreach to new audiences possible.
Resident artists Wolfe Bowart and Matt Walley, have crafted a work of phenomenal physical theater - a work that is both significant, profound AND for audiences of all ages. We believe there should be more work like this done in Tucson regularly.
Please take this opportunity to support the production of Oaf, our efforts to provide a home in Tucson for physical theater, or gift a ticket to a child, adult or family who otherwise may not be able to attend the production.
Our Artistic Team
Cast (in order of appearance)
Managing & Co-Artistic Director
Artistic & Co-Managing Director
Bryan Rafael Falcón
Resident Stage Manager
Sound and Light Supervisor
Box Office Manager
And a word from Oaf himself...
Physical theatre playwright and performer Wolfe Bowart is devoted to creating and presenting theatre productions that engage cross-generational audiences in theatrical experiences that evoke thought, wonder, and laughter.
Under the banner of his company SpoonTree Productions, Bowart performs and tours internationally his original works The Shneedles, LaLaLuna, Letter’s End and The Man the Sea Saw. The company is a two-time Australian Helpmann Award nominee – in 2010, Letter’s End was nominated in the category of Best Touring Production following a national Australian tour encompassing 70 venues, and in 2012 The Man the Sea Saw was nominated in the category of Best Visual/ Physical Theatre Production. Bowart's productions have been seen in 20 countries worldwide. Highlights include seasons of LaLaLuna and Letter's End at the London International Mime Festival, the leading festival for contemporary visual theater, and a national tour of France.
"An enchantingly loony dreamscape ... Wolfe Bowart specializes in a magical realism.' - The Australian
Matt Walley (Oaf) is a member of The Rogue Theatre acting ensemble and was most recently seen as Uncle John in John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath and as Georg Lenck in Bach at Leipzig. He has enjoyed previous roles at The Rogue in Macbeth, Richard III, Journey to the West, The Winter’s Tale, Shipwrecked!, As I Lay Dying, and Major Barbara.
Matt is on the board of The Tucson Fringe Festival and also The Shakespeare Forum in New York City. His company, Theatre 3, created new work for Live Theatre Workshop’s late night series Etcetera including Theatrum Orbis Terrarum and Mixtape. He graduated from Dell’Arte International in 2009 with an MFA in Physical Ensemble Theatre. He has also performed with The Pinnacle Peak Pistoleros and their Wild West Stunt Shows, Stories that Soar!, and Live Theatre Workshop.
Leora (Production Assistant) is a performer and playmaker with a passion for creative expression, cross-cultural exchanges, and non-verbal communication. She arrived in Tucson in October 2017 after traveling and performing on the west coast as half of the clown duo "Amaranth and Celeste". Locally, she's performed with Tucson Fringe Street Theater, The Old Pueblo Playwrights, Sol Axe Brazilian Drum and Dance Ensemble, and Borderlands Theater.
She has worked as a Theater and English teacher in Boston, Chile, and Japan and has taught those from 3 to 80 years old. One of her favorite teaching memories is singing James Brown's "I feel good" with her class of senior citizen English Language Learners.
She holds a M.A. in Theater Education from Emerson College and is a graduate of Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theater's Professional Training Program. Leora is very excited to be a part of Scoundrel and Scamp's inaugural season and to be working with Matt and Wolfe on Oaf!
Tiffer Hill (Resident Stage Manager) is excited to be with the Scoundrel & Scamp Theatre for their premier season. For the past four and a half years Tiffer served as the Resident Stage Manager of The Gaslight Theatre, stage managing over 2,000 individual performances. He would like to thank Bryan and Elizabeth for the incredible opportunity to be a part of this company, the cast of this production for their dedication and passion, and his family and Gabriella for always being there.
Holly Griffith (Box Office Manager & Artistic Associate) is a member of the Resident Acting Ensemble at The Rogue Theatre and an English Composition teacher. She has appeared in numerous productions at The Rogue, including MacBeth, The White Snake, Uncle Vanya, Angels in America, and Hamlet. Holly also co-produces the Ambruster Play-Reading series at The Rogue, and dabbles in playwriting and adaptation. A native Ohioan, Holly has trained in ballet, tap, and jazz dance, and maintains an interest in movement-based performance. Holly holds an MA in English Literature from The University of Arizona.