U of M Rarig Center Xperimental Theater
330 21st Av S, Lower Level, Minneapolis MN.
Saturday, 8/4 - 8:30 p.m.
Sunday, 8/5 - 1:00 p.m.
Monday, 8/6 - 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday, 8/8 - 5:30 p.m.
Friday, 8/10 - 10:00 p.m.
At the age of 14, David Harris knew exactly what he wanted to be when he grew up: a professional yo-yo player. This dream led to a 20-year pursuit of odd hobbies - juggling feats, inspired paddleball moves, seemingly impossible stunts with folding chairs, and shopping bag dancing. On a journey at times both embarrassing and hilarious, David finds yo-yo masters, paddleball kings, and wedding rings. Written and performed by David Harris, this comedy also features drummer Sam Mistry, a 15 year old student at the Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists.
"Portrait of the Artist as a Yo-Yo Man" is about much more than just yo-yos. David tells the story of how a simple toy influenced his journey from street juggler to physical comedian, performance artist, and ultimately, husband. At one point in his early twenties, David became aware that his obsession with juggling, yo-yos, and other hobbies was a bit odd and very nerdy. This somewhat shocking realization convinced him to give up every trick he had learned and to begin the process of redefining himself as an artist. But in this show, he dusts those tricks off, and shares thim with us! "Portrait of the Artist as a Yo-Yo Man" is a reflection of that common human experience of assimilating the old, starting from scratch, and creating something new.