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Cara Vita: A Clown Concerto is a solo physical theatrical piece which explores the joys, sorrows, and hilarity of romance, relationships, and child-rearing.  Created and performed by Felicity Hesed, this comedy offers a uniquely female perspective on the struggles of maintaining one’s identity in the midst of family life. Cara Vita: A Clown Concerto incorporates music, acrobatics, and magic to spin a whimsical tale of love and loss.   

Felicity Hesed, in partnership with circus great Jeff Raz, developed this innovative pieceto tell a deeply personal and universally human story.  Audiences are surprised by magically unexpected plot twists and prop manipulations.  Strains of Brahms’ Hungarian Dances are woven throughout, played live by violinist Clare Armenante.  Felicity’s intimate connection with the audience and masterful use of audience volunteers makes each show a unique experience.

Cara Vita: A Clown Concerto made its world premiere at the San Francisco International Arts Festival in May 2019. 

Currently available for touring.


Review of Cara Vita: A Clown Concerto at the San Francisco International Arts Festival by Judy Finelli.


Interview with Wendy Parkman about Felicity Hesed’s Cara Vita: A Clown Concerto.

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Felicity’s vision for ‘Cara Vita’ enchanted me, even when it was just a few sketches in her notebook. That vision has now become a hilarious, heartbreaking and sexy piece of clown theater.
— Jeff Raz (Director of Cara Vita and star of Cirque du Soleil’s Corteo)
Felicity Hesed is an absolute delight…as an actor, an aerialist, a physical comedian and human being. Her new show, ‘Cara Vita,’ gives her clown the opportunity to delve into the very real person living just behind her ‘red nose’…and thoughtfully, playfully, lovingly, joyfully take us along for the ride.
— Steve Smith (Emmy Award winner, Clown Hall of Fame inductee, and Big Apple Circus Director)
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Felicity Hesed’s ‘Cara Vita’ is a cleverly crafted solo piece incorporating music, clowning and movement into one thoroughly entertaining show. Filled with fun surprises, Hesed’s sharp comic timing will keep you laughing and wondering what will come next. But underneath the silliness is an achingly sincere exploration of marriage and motherhood as seen through the eyes of an artist, asking a question that many can relate to: what happens to your art when life gets in the way?
— Genie Cartier (Founder of Bow & Arrow Circus Theatre Collective)