By Barry Kornhauser
Directed by Peter C. Brosius
Cargill Stage
March 25 – May 4
Grades Preschool +

A special presentation – not included in any subscription packages.

A solitary old man is steadfast in his silent routine until a balloon finds him and insists on becoming his friend. Through all the ups and downs of a new relationship, the Balloon teaches the man to play again. This sweet, often silly world premiere will lift your spirit and draw a big smile on your face. This play was the winner of the American Association of Theatre in Education Distinguished Play Award, and audiences will see it first at CTC.

Patrons are invited to participate in activities in the Cargill lobby prior to the performance, which will take place in the Cargill Theatre. The theatre doors are not opened until show time, at which point patrons in the lobby will be led into the theatre by a CTC Stage Manager.

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Part of CTC's Early Childhood Initiative
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The run time is approximately 45 minutes with no intermission

The balloons used in Balloonacy are latex free.

Lap seats will be available for $10 for Children 18 months and younger
Balloonacy Calendar

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Robert Dorfman

ROBERT DORFMAN (Old Man) is very glad to be making his CTC debut in Balloonacy. He has performed most recently at the Guthrie Theater in Freud’s Last Session and Uncle Vanya. He toured for a year with the 1st National Tour of The Drowsy Chaperone playing at the Ordway Center for Performing Arts in St. Paul. He also appeared on Broadway in The Lion King, Social Security and To Be Or Not To Be. He has played major roles off-Broadway for Classic Stage Company, Manhattan Theatre Club, Playwrights' Horizons, Public Theater and Second Stage and around the country in productions for Arena Stage, Portland Center Stage, Dallas Theater Center, Geffen Playhouse, Goodman Theater, Huntington Theater, La Jolla Playhouse, Long Wharf Theater, Mark Taper Forum, DC's Shakespeare Theater Company, South Coast Repertory, Virginia Stage Company, Wilma Theater and Baltimore’s Center Stage where he was a long time associate artist. His many film and TV credits include Boardwalk Empire (HBO), Fool’s Fire (dir. Julie Taymor) and It Could Happen to You (dir. Andrew Bergman). He began his career as a clown for Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus.

Leif Jurgensen

LEIF JURGENSEN (Understudy: Old Man) is thrilled to be a part of Balloonacy. Most recently, Leif performed in Walking Shadow Theatre Company’s Mary Stuart. Leif has appeared in over 20 productions at Children’s Theatre Company, including A Special Trade, Esperanza Rising, Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse, The Wizard of Oz, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas and Strega Nona Meets Her Match. He has also appeared at Loudmouth Collective in Fuddy Meers; Paul Bunyan Playhouse in Dancing at Lughnasa; Theatre in the Round in All’s Well that Ends Well; The Peanut Butter Factory in Joe Dowling’s William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet on the Moon, featuring Kate Mulgrew as Lady Capulet; Interact Theatre in Work of Heart; Workhaus Collective in Flesh and the Desert; Frank Theatre in Ajax in Iraq, Cabaret, Mother Courage and The Women of Troy; Classical Actors Ensemble in ‘Tis a Pity She’s a Whore, The Complete Sonnet Festival; Ten Thousand Things in Eurydice and Red Eye in The Thugs and Have You Seen Steve Steven? Leif is also a teaching artist with Children’s Theatre Company’s Neighborhood Bridges and Early Bridges programs.

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