CLARA

Life's an uphill battle, but the story's in the climb.

Created by Aly Michaud and Carley Wilson | Directed by Aly Michaud
Using dance, theatre and aerial silks, Clara is a singular theatrical event that tells the remarkable true story of one woman's fortitude despite tremendous adversity. Inspired by the StoryCorps interview process, sound bites of Clara describing major events in her life are mixed into the music of the production, which includes a variety of folk rock, indie pop and alternative rock songs. Delve through time from the Depression and World War II to today to meet Clara at three pivotal ages: as a child, as a young adult and as a mature older woman who discovers that, in the face of loss and betrayal, the resilient know that strength, hope and appreciation remain. Named the 2016 Audience Pick of the Cincinnati Fringe Festival after a sold-out run, this production is dedicated to Clara Blumetti, in memory of Lawrence Snovak and Paul Blumetti, with special thanks to Mary O’Brien.

"An affecting and extraordinarily touching piece of theater." — Cincinnati Enquirer
"I wish I could put into words the magic Clara makes without them." — Cincinnati CityBeat

"A synergy for the senses." Wendy Gradwohl in "Creating Clara," a feature by Wittenberg University

Production photos by Mikki Schaffner. Video by David Morrison, Mopics Ltd. Clara premiered at the 2016 Cincinnati Fringe Festival.