September 06, 2006

Clowning Around for Charity

Clowning Around for Charity

Laughter is the best medicine, the saying goes. On Friday, Tomás Kub'nek, a clownish master of the impossible, will headline a benefit for Circus Remedy, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to bringing the joy of laughter to ailing children, at 7:30 p.m. at Guild Hall in East Hampton.

Kub'nek, originally from Prague, mixes vaudeville comedy and charm in his performances. He has won the Moers Comedy Prize from the International Comedy Festival in Germany and the Samuel Beckett Theatre Award from the Dublin Theater Festival and headlined a sold-out run on Broadway.

Circus Remedy brings the circus and individual performers to children's hospitals, summer camps for children with diseases, hospices, disaster shelters, orphanages and refugee camps. Performers are drawn from Cirque du Soleil shows and major circuses throughout Europe and Asia. The performance will also benefit Friends of Karen, a children's charity that provides emotional, financial and advocacy support to children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. The charity provides direct financial assistance for medical care, illness related expenses and household expenses that families cannot afford due to a child's illness.

Tickets for the show are $100 per person; call 651-8201 for more information or to purchase tickets.

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