The Bad’uns: Clown Acts of Contagion

November 07 - November 17, 2019

Downstairs | 66 East 4th Street (Basement Level)

Thursday to Saturday at 7PM; Sunday at 3PM

$25 Tickets; $20 Student/Senior Tickets [+$1 Facility Fee]

Run Time: 90 Minutes (No Intermission)

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World Premiere
By Clowns Ex Machina
Created and Directed by Kendall Cornell
in collaboration with the ensemble

Clowns Ex Machina takes a darkly comic look at transgression, the corruption of dreams, and women in dangerously, dangerously bad moods. Inspired by legends of “the Bad-uns” – famous women criminals, outlaws and killers – the show examines notoriety, morality, defiance, and the social constraints of womanhood. Mischievous, startling, and sublimely ridiculous, this world premiere contains interwoven acts of song, dance, verbal wit, and incredible humor.  



"It’s 90-minutes of intense bliss."
-Jacquelyn Claire, Stage Biz


"excels at making pointed commentary on society’s expectations of women....Clowns Ex Machina reminds us that despite how hard it can be to see the humor in a situation, it’s always worth the effort to make fun and laugh. Also, you don’t want to mess with these clowns." - Tami Shaloum, Round The World Stage


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"The all-women physical-comedy troupe Clowns Ex Machina, led by Kendall Cornell, sticks it red nose into questions of criminality and transgression in shows that uses song, dance and humor to unpack the legends of female outlaws and killers." - Time Out New York


“…reminders that the greatest clowns try to make people laugh to help stave off existential horrors...a cast of seriously silly madcaps...”
– Steven McElroy, The New York Times


“...kaleidoscopically-dizzying physical theater of the absurd with a wicked steel edge...”
Eva Yaa Asantewaa, infinite body blog

Creative Team

Performances by Clowns Ex Machina:
Carla T Bosnjak, Kendall Cornell, Lena Hudson, Julie Kinkle, Michaela Lind, Lucia Rich, Virginia Venk

Mis-en-Scene: Sean Ryan
Lighting Design: Carla T Bosnjak
Clown Assistants: Maggie Tully, Rachel Weekley

About Clowns Ex Machina

The physical, funny, bewitching, satirical work of Clowns Ex Machina is ripe for these days we live in. Kendall Cornell and her troupe of all-women clowns use the ancient art of clowning to turn our current social assumptions on their heads. Unruly, riotous and heart-breaking clown-theatre.
For more info about the troupe visit