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University of Minnesota, Morris production of A Thousand Clowns by Herb Gardner and directed by Alan L. Anderson.

Synopsis: The year is 1962 and bachelor uncle Murray Burns is endeavoring to rear his precocious nephew in N.Y.C. He has tired of writing cheap comedy for a children's television program and finds himself unemployed with some free time to saunter through New York and do everything he has always wanted to do: like standing on Park Avenue in the dawn's early light and hollering, "All right, all you rich people; everybody out in the street for volleyball." When Social Services arrive on the scene to insure that the nephew is receiving a proper upbringing, he finds himself solving their problems. Eventually, he must go back to work or lose his nephew, or he might marry the social worker. In any case, he remains one of the funniest non-conformists of the stage.

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Theatre and Performance Studies

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A Thousand Clowns, February 26-28 and March 1, 1975