Waiting for a Train blends New Vaudeville, Clown, Puppetry and Magical
Realism to create a stage spectacle where anything can happen
and does in highly unusual and delightfully humorous ways. Come
with three talented performers as they take us along to visit
an exciting world where: Kleenexes find true love, food doesn't
wish to be eaten, balloon dogs attack, luggage moves under it's
own power and so much more.
This show is recommended for the family
audience with workshops available for all age groups.
View the QuickTime video here.
Simple technical information
Duration(s): 45 and 70 minute versions.
Minimum dimensions: 3.5m x 3.5m x 4.5m (10'L x 10'W x 13'H).
Lighting requirements: Adaptable, from 6 instruments to 60.
Silent with some English with ability to change to other languages.
Pricing for this show starts at $1,200 BUT other factors can
change the cost up or down. Number of shows and venue size, distance
of travel, hotel, and workshops.
Discounts are given to those that help us find additional shows,
week long blocks in one location and block bookings; 5 shows
or more in multiple locations in a week's time.
Interesting Facts (at
least to me)
- The show has been performed over 200 times
and has been to Montana, Oregon, California, Idaho, Bulgaria
and Brazil. To see where and when our shows are coming your way
visit our online calendar here
or join us on Yahoo! Groups Teatro Calamari for a quasi-monthly
- You can view our study guide online here.
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- Waiting for a Train, was written in 1998 by Tim Giugni to be an international
touring show. The show is based on the comedy of Buster Keaton,
Harold Lloyd and to some extent the modern masters of physical
comedy Jackie Chan and Rowan Atkinson (Black Adder and
- The original script contained just 7 pages
of stage directions in a form called a scenari ( from Italian
Commedia Dell'Arte). A scenari is more like a skeleton that you
hang a show on rather than a verbatim contemporary Western theater
script. You can view the original lazzi (script) online here.
- This show, as of November 2002, has used
over 315 balloon dogs, 113 heads of lettuce, 22 pounds of licorice,
225 bagels, 12 bananas, 15 cookies, and 2 cabbages.
- In September of 2001 we won the "Best
Actors Award" at the Second International Puppet Theater
for Adults, Festival Pierrot , Bulgaria. It was odd to win Best
Actors at a puppet festival, but then we did win over a cast
of Shakespearian actor/puppeteers.
- This show was originally produced in 1999
for Puppetry on the Edge. The opening of the show features a
run on and off of the stage. Each time a performer grabbing a
suitcase. The run at the festival was 30 feet from off stage
to the main stage. Devon and Tim sprinted back and forth 4 times.
They did this all in 3 minutes and 15 seconds. There were 15
suitcases. This remains our longest run. They did cheat at the
end and got two suitcases per lap.