• Jorge Luis Figueroa

The Clown is Coming Back

About three years ago I was cast as The Witches in a laboratory production of Macbeth directed by Natalia Lassalle-Morillo ( During one of the rehearsals, she told me to think about clowns, and how they could relate to The Witches. It was a Friday. I spent the whole weekend watching documentaries about clowns, reading books, articles, interviews, everything I could find. When I came back to rehearsal on Monday, Natalia told me that it was just a thought, nothing too important to the development of the role, or the piece. But it was too late for me. Even though I didn't use all, or any, of my gathered research on clowns for this project, I became obsessed with clowns.

I went to CalArts (California Institute of the Arts) for my Master's degree in Acting. The first production I was cast after Macbeth's laboratory was Servant of Two Masters (picture above). This production was directed by Daniel Passer (, who is currently the Comedy Conceptor for Cirque du Soleil’s Zarkana and acting instructor at CalArts. A professional clown directing clowns in a clown's piece, just what I needed. I kept gathering information about clowns and clowning in general. I even took clowning workshops! My obsession with clowns just kept growing and growing from there and I wanted to do something with it.

First, I wanted to create a one-man theatre show about a clown, then it became a puppet show, then a hybrid of those two, then a short film, and then a feature film (which I've only written 30 pages). I have taken a rest from the story (rest= procrastination). But now I am ready to indulge back in it and revisit my dear friend, Plutarco, the main character of this story.

For the next few posts, I will be sharing where I get inspiration from, what sort of things fill my creative process in the writing of this film, what do I read, what music I listen to when I write it, among other things that I feel like sharing that day. Join me and Plutarco in this amazing adventure!

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