They arenâ€™t Russian. They arenâ€™t brothers. They certainly donâ€™t fly. Misnomers aside, this zany foursome presents an unforgettable spectacle of music, comedy, dance, theater and juggling â€“ everything from bowling balls and chainsaws â€“ 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 Centerâ€™s Buchanan Partners Art Gallery. Novant Health is the 2011-12 Season Sponsor of Hylton Presents at the Hylton Performing Arts Center.
â€œThis quartet of juggler-clowns still has the stuff to amuse and amaze. The puns fly as fast as the pins.â€ (New Yorkâ€™s Downtown Express) Named after Fyodor Dostoyevskyâ€™s â€œThe Brothers Karamazov,â€ 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, â€œJuggling and Cheap Theatrics,â€ to the Chicagoâ€™s Goodman Theatre and Washington, D.C.â€™s Arena Stage in 1981, followed by appearances in Broadway and Londonâ€™s West End in the early 1980s. Among the groupâ€™s most notable performances is an appearance in the film â€œThe Jewel of the Nileâ€ starring Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner and Danny DeVito. The Flying Karamazov Brothers also appeared in an episode of â€œSeinfeldâ€ titled â€œThe Friars Club,â€ in which the Karamazovs portrayed â€œThe Flying Sandos Brothers.â€
Comedy of Errors
The Karamazovs have also performed a unique adaptation of Shakespeareâ€™s â€œThe Comedy of Errorsâ€ at Lincoln Center that was aired on PBSâ€™s â€œLive from Lincoln Centerâ€ 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 groupâ€™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).
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 Universityâ€™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.