Shen grad’s virtual circus centered around quarantine

Aaron Marquise in the production “A.Lone.” Credit: TM WILLIAMS PHOTOGRAPHY

Aaron Marquise in the production “A.Lone.” Credit: TM WILLIAMS PHOTOGRAPHY

TROY — The Contemporary Circus & Immersive Arts Center (CCIAC) will present “A.Lone,” a digital full-length circus show from Friday through Sunday, Feb. 21.

The one-man show blends together circus, clowning and theater to tell the story of a lockdown that might seem familiar to viewers today.

It’s written and performed by Aaron Marquise and is centered around a lonely clown who has been quarantined on an old theater’s stage, as war rages on outside. The clown, known as A, creates a family for himself and relives some of his days spent in the limelight. Through these imaginings, he finds the courage to have hope for the future.

Marquise, a Shenendehowa High School graduate, trained with the National Circus School in Montreal and worked with organizations like Disney Theatrical, Proctors and Performance Spaces for the 21st Century (PS21). He’s presented regional shows like “This is Not a Test” under Marquise Productions, and “Roadkill” under the non-profit umbrella of CCIAC.

“A.Lone” has been in the works for several years, and this iteration was rehearsed in a garage with a remote creative team, including co-director Marie-Joseé Gauthier from Montréal.

“I am so happy that this incredible team and I were able to capture such a beautiful show safely and are able to offer it in a truly unique way,” Marquise said.

“It was a challenge to direct a show over Zoom from Montréal but I feel so honored and happy for the opportunity to have worked on something creative and truly funny during a time when the arts are at a standstill, even here in Canada,” said Gauthier, acting coach at Canada’s National Circus School and with the famed, international circus company Cirque du Soleil.

The show runs 45 minutes and people can purchase tickets to access it online. Ticket buyers will have 72 hours to stream the performance.

“This year we are bringing a totally new experience and a new perspective to clowning and theater. While the COVID landscape has forced us to pivot, this show will provide relief and laughter to people yearning for live circus,” said Marquise.

Tickets are $20. To purchase or for more information visit

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