20th Annual Portland Clowns Without Borders Benefit Show

This is a past event. Saturday, February 9 at 8:00pm

Alberta Rose Theatre 3000 N.E. Alberta St., Portland, OR 97211

The 20th Annual Clowns Without Borders (CWB) Benefit Show will feature its most powerhouse circus, comedy and variety line-up yet. A second performance has been added by popular demand. Proceeds of this audience-acclaimed annual spectacular will, as always, benefit Clowns Without Borders-USA. Portland’s CWB benefit show is the biggest and longest-running in the nation. Many of the performers in this show have participated in CWB projects in dozens of crisis locations around the world. Be there or be bored! Doors open one hour before showtime.

The 2 p.m. show will feature Louis Pearl, the Amazing Bubble Man; Leapin’ Louie Lichtenstein, the internationally acclaimed lasso-spinning wonder; astounding aerial acrobatics on cloud swing by Larke Schuldberg of NightFlight; Rhys Thomas’s extremely funny and entirely amazing juggling antics; jaw-dropping magic by Adam the Great; bakery juggling by Josie Mae; and Pauline Peterson, young unicycle whiz.

At 8 p.m., audiences will be delighted by the incredibly strong and lyrical Shersten Finley on aerial straps; Iman Lizarazu’s world-renowned physical comedy; Leapin’ Louie Lichtenstein; the twenty time award-winning internationally touring physical theater company A Little Bit Off; brilliant feats of juggling by Patrick McGuire of Cirque du Soleil; bold, athletic dance by Alicia Cutaia of Bodyvox; Louis Pearl, the Amazing Bubble Man; Jet Black Pearl, fabulous accordion diva; gorgeous aerial acrobatics by Lark Schuldberg of NightFlight; Charlie Brown’s absurd comedy and breath-taking juggling feats; Sarah Liane Foster’s wacky comedic brilliance; and live music by the Shoehorn Hat Band.  Both shows are directed by Michael O’Neill.

The area’s best circus and variety performers volunteer their talent each year for Portland Clowns Without Borders Benefit Show, making for a brilliant all-ages show for a great cause. Proceeds of the show support CWB-USA’s work of relieving suffering and promoting resilience through laughter in areas of crisis all over the world. This show will support CWB’s 2019 projects, many serving refugee populations in the Balkans, Greece, Kenya, Lebanon, Mexico and the United States.

Clowns Without Borders sends professional performers to areas of crisis around the world because laughter and humor have been shown to provide social, emotional, physical and cognitive benefits to children and their communities.

Event Type

Comedy, For Kids, Performing Arts




2 p.m. tickets: $28 advance; $38 at the door; $50 premium seats; $15 kids 12 & under. 8 p.m. tickets: $18 advance; $26 at the door; $35 premium seats; $10 kids 12 & under.


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