Hylton Hosts the Flying Karamazov Brothers

photoThey aren’t Russian. They aren’t brothers. They certainly don’t fly. Misnomers aside, this zany foursome presents an unforgettable spectacle of music, comedy, dance, theater and juggling – everything from bowling balls and chainsaws – with a bit of philosophy thrown in for good measure. The Flying Karamazov Brothers appears at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011 at 8 p.m. This performance is family friendly, and tickets are half price for youth through grade 12.

A pre-performance discussion will be held one hour prior to the performance in the Hylton Center’s Buchanan Partners Art Gallery. Novant Health is the 2011-12 Season Sponsor of Hylton Presents at the Hylton Performing Arts Center.

“This quartet of juggler-clowns still has the stuff to amuse and amaze. The puns fly as fast as the pins.” (New York’s Downtown Express) Named after Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s “The Brothers Karamazov,” The Flying Karamazov Brothers act was created in California in 1973 by street performers Paul Magid and Howard Patterson.

After spending several years performing in smaller venues, the ensemble brought its first show, “Juggling and Cheap Theatrics,” to the Chicago’s Goodman Theatre and Washington, D.C.’s Arena Stage in 1981, followed by appearances in Broadway and London’s West End in the early 1980s. Among the group’s most notable performances is an appearance in the film “The Jewel of the Nile” starring Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner and Danny DeVito. The Flying Karamazov Brothers also appeared in an episode of “Seinfeld” titled “The Friars Club,” in which the Karamazovs portrayed “The Flying Sandos Brothers.”

Comedy of Errors

The Karamazovs have also performed a unique adaptation of Shakespeare’s “The Comedy of Errors” at Lincoln Center that was aired on PBS’s “Live from Lincoln Center” and at the Olympic Games in Los Angeles. The Flying Karamazov Brothers incorporate music into performances and are adept with a wide variety of musical instruments, including percussion, brass and woodwinds. The group has had the opportunity to perform with a diverse collection of musical artists, including The Grateful Dead, The Who, Frank Sinatra, Dolly Parton, Placido Domingo, Kenny Rogers, Los Lobos and more. The Karamazovs have also appeared with numerous orchestras in the past 15 years, including the Cleveland Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, the Seattle Symphony and the Toronto Symphony, among others.

Throughout the course of the group’s history, The Flying Karamazov Brothers have gone through several lineup changes, but have always stayed true to presenting comedy that appeals to audiences of all ages. The current lineup includes producer, director and founder Paul Magid (Dmitri), assistant music director Stephen Bent (Zossima), music director and sound designer Mark Ettinger (Alexei) and jugglers Roderick Kimball (Pavel) and Andy Sapora (Nikita).

Ticket information

Tickets for THE FLYING KARAMAZOV BROTHERS are $28, $36, $44.Family Friendly! Youth through grade 12 half price when accompanied by an adult.Visit the box office or charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit hyltoncenter.org. The Hylton Performing Arts Center is located on George Mason University’s Prince William Campus at 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, Va., 20110. Free parking is available in the lot next to the Hylton Center. For more information, please visit hyltoncenter.org.


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Truman Lewis
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