NH’s award-winning clown Gemma Soldati performs her family comedy show in the capital on September 17

Posted: 09/13/2022 19:39:36

Modified: 09/13/2022 19:39:07

Kids and families in the Concord area are in for a treat. After a successful month to rave reviews at Scotland’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August, award-winning clown Gemma Soldati returns home to New Hampshire on September 17 at 1 and 3 p.m. with her family-friendly one-man comedy show, “The Adventures of Sleepyhead” at the Capitol Center for the Arts, Bank of NH Stage.

This otherworldly hour explores the source of the imagination and the ticking of our internal clock. This gripping family comedy takes audiences on a journey to discover where dreams come from and where they go. A show full of puppets, physical comedy and audience interaction, “The Adventures of Sleepyhead” promises better dreams and a good night’s sleep or your money back.

It all revolves around Soldati’s character, Sleepyhead, which she created in 2015 at comedy shows in Los Angeles, California. Soldati explains: “Sleepyhead is the dreamer of dreams. Siesta while walking. A snoozer and a muse. Young and old alike will delight in this adventure into the heart of dreamland as Sleepyhead fends off the urge to Zzzz…”

Soldati is thrilled to finally bring “The Adventures of Sleepyhead” to live audiences in New Hampshire after conceiving it during the pandemic in fall 2020 at the New Hampshire Theater Project, Portsmouth. Since then, Soldati has adapted the show into a short video series currently airing on New Hampshire Public Television (NHPBS).

Soldati received a grant from the NH State Council on the Arts and National Endowment for the Arts through the CARES Act to develop a Sleepyhead character book and host a reading series in conjunction with Somersworth Public Library.

Soldati is not new to the Concord area. His parents, Lincoln and Kathleen, both worked in the capital, Lincoln at a private law firm and Kathleen at the League of NH Craftsmen. Gemma’s brother, Emmett, recently opened his second restaurant, Teatotaller Cafe, on Main Street.

This fall, Gemma will be the Artist in Residence at Kimball Jenkins.

The one-hour live show has two Saturday mornings. After the performances, there will be an afterparty at Teatotaller Concord at 4 p.m.

Javier E. Swan