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Farewell, Joe and Drew

Drew and Joe It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to Joe Albanese (aka Dexter Mantooth) and Drew Keriakedes (aka Shmootzi the Clod).

Joe, Drew, and 3 other victims were tragically killed on May 30, 2012.

Our hearts go out to their families and friends. Joe and Drew were very dear to us, and we will miss them terribly.

Go to for a list of upcoming benefit events and information about how to donate to help the victims and their families.

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The soundtrack to The Show to End All Shows is now available for your aural pleasure. How can you get a copy?

Revisit one of the last, great American spectacles, filled with live mermaids, pink poodles, and the world's only bunny stuntman. Drink it down!

Once again, we would like to extend a special thank you to all the Executive Producers who helped to fund this recording. It would not have happened without your help, and we can't thank you enough for your amazing generosity!

The SHOW to End All SHOWS!

The SHOW is over. Thank you to all the wonderful volunteers and audience members who made this run so successful and memorable. It's been good to know ya.

Want to learn more? You can see some photos, or read more about it, or even listen to Lara and Erin's podcast describing the creation of the show.


Praise from the critics:

"A fantastic and demented evening of entertainment" - Seattle Weekly

"Circus Contraption at its best" - The Stranger

"Old-school circus champagne on a beer budget... It's in the second act that we are reminded of what, once light shines on the darker recesses, often scuttles out... The band blasts its own jazz epitaph like a defiant shriek... Circus Contraption manages to turn decline into its own artistic ascent." - Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Read the reviews!

Here's what the critics said about our last show, Circus Contraption's Grand American Traveling Dime Museum:

"...moments of pure genius. DON'T MISS!" - Time Out New York

"Chances to see shows this fun come along rarely at best" -

"An impressive array of talent, discipline and ingenuity" - Seattle P-I

"Unpredictable, almost unimaginable delight" - The Stranger

"Great finesse" - San Francisco Weekly

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Circus Contraption is an Associated Program of Shunpike.

Shunpike is a 501(c)(3) non-profit art service organization whose mission is to strengthen the Seattle arts community by partnering with small and mid-size arts groups to develop the business tools they need to succeed. Working in close partnership with these groups, Shunpike helps solve problems quickly and impart vital skills in finance, organizational management and arts administration.


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