Glass Contraption aims to create
spirited, surprising and original works
of theater and media.
Drawing loosely from the traditions of clown,
bouffon, commedia and vaudeville, we seek
to access the performer’s humor, openness
and imagination in the creation of poetic,
comical, bizarre and highly theatrical worlds.
Each collaborator is intimately involved
in this enterprise. We bring our strangeness,
our beauty, our ferocity, cruelty, curiosity
and stupidity to the stage. We investigate
that which most unsettles, confuses, excites
or repels us. We invite an intoxicating
interplay between performer and audience.
These elements compound with text, songs,
dances, stories, handcrafted contraptions
and bits of theater magic to create surprising
collisions between the comic and tragic
worlds. In this way, our shows and media projects explore
the great triumphs and disasters of human
experience, celebrating in both
artist and audience the need for a great
laugh, a good cry, a profound sigh or a
The company is committed to training artists,
to creating new works and to developing
community-based arts collaborations both
locally and abroad.