MARIA VORHIS

©2017 BY MARIA VORHIS.

CLOWN CAR

meet petunia

She just got her driver’s license…or did she? For five years Petunia has been locked in the closet, but now she’s on the loose. Free to drive, free to play, free to be herself. And boy, does she know it! A frequent port-a-pottie time traveler and dance floor fiend, Petunia is ready to make 2017 the best year yet. So next time you see a clown driving to the grocery store, or dancing at a red light, say hello. Her name is Petunia, and she’d love to meet you!

December 8, 2017

December 8, 2017

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December 8, 2017

2017 has presented us with a unique challenge to be our best and most daring selves. We have witnessed our country change overnight, putting our hopes, our dreams in question. But where there is pain, there is also joy. And it is here, in the middle, where the clown em...

December 8, 2017

Thanks to Laura and Jake Scruggs for inviting me to be on their podcast, "Are You Famous, Yet?" Tune in to hear about my new short film, my good friend, failure, and that time I brought up clowning in a job interview...whoops.

December 8, 2017

“How does a non-religious clown find herself telling a story in church?” 

I am sitting across from Today Show news anchor, Craig Melvin, wishing I had come to some kind of conclusion on my religious beliefs before sharing them on national TV. But cameras are rollin...

December 8, 2017

Petunia just discovered the internet. And you just discovered Petunia.

December 8, 2017

I do not feel like wearing my clown nose today. I am afraid that nothing will happen. It’s 3:00pm, on a Wednesday in Lincoln Park and I have just finished teaching a storytelling class in a memory care unit. The participants make up two stories based on photographs tha...

December 8, 2017

The clown’s world is enormous compared to the actor’s world. The actor’s world is dictated by rules: women are not six-feet-tall—if they are, men will stand on boxes. In college I rarely got cast (zombie meteorologist or leggy burlesque dancer #2). After graduation, I...

December 8, 2017

It's after the election when I decide to rescue Petunia. For the past five years Petunia has been living in a plastic turquoise bag at the back of my closet. It’s another gray Chicago afternoon when I go digging for her. I shove my hand into the plastic bag and feel fo...

December 8, 2017

Discover the different traditions and history of clowning in this short film,"Working in the Theatre: Clowning" by American Theatre Wing. Bravo!

December 8, 2017

It is January, the month of resolutions and hope and dreamt about six-packs. Everything is shiny and smells of new running shoes and beginnings. It is from this place of destiny that I grab my car keys and clown nose and walk out into the world. For the next year, ever...

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