International clown and physical performer Rudi Galindo, also known as Lupita in the comedy troupe Los Payaso Mendigos, returns to Humboldt County with his comedy, “Just Passing Thru,” Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Arcata Playhouse, 1251 Ninth St.
Known for his silent comedy style that incorporates audience participation with a vaudeville sensibility, Galindo has traveled the world as a performer. Currently based in Brussels, Belgium, he is making a special trip abroad for some rare West Coast performances.
Galindo and Playhouse promoter David Ferney have been long-time performance partners both as members of the Los Payaso Mendigos clown troupe and as a comic duo in their early years at the Oregon Country Fair.
Galindo’s show is an hour long family friendly comedy program featuring Galindo with a special guest appearance by The Sweet Georgia Brown Clowns. The Sweet Georgia Brown Clowns are an old troupe of Galindo’s that includes local James Floss. This will be a reunion of the troupe members who are spread out across California.
In “Just Passing Thru,” a man stands alone with only a suitcase. Unexpectedly a child is invited to join him. Together, they begin to improvise and without a word create magic as they open a suitcase full of surprises. Galindo combines the elements of silent film and European clown and distills it with the passion of his Mexican-American culture. The performance was voted the Grand Prix winner at the Gent International Street Theater Festival 2005 and awarded the Silver Medal at the La Merce Festival in Barcelona 2004.
Tickets at $12 for adults and $10 for kids 12 and under and are available at Wildberries Marketplace, online at brownpapertickets.com or at 707-822-1575.