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Aug. 10, 2011
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Flying Karamazov Brothers juggle their way onto SRU stage


SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – The Flying Karamazov Brothers have been seen on television, in films and theaters around the world and are best known for their zany humor, juggling, circus-like performance. They will bring their talent to Slippery Rock University Sept. 9

           The 7:30 p.m. performance in Miller Auditorium opens the 2011-12 SRU Performing Arts Series.

           “This group truly presents an evening of unforgettable hilarity involving all forms of stage entertainment,” said Deborah Baker, SRU’s director of special events.

           The group was launched at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre. Since then the brothers (in name only) have performed at the Mayfair Theatre in London’s West End and the Ed Sullivan Theatre in New York City. They starred in the film “The Jewel of the Nile” and have performed with such celebrities as Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito, Frank Sinatra, Placido Domingo, The Grateful Dead, The Who, Dolly Parton, Robin Williams, Kenny Rogers, Los Logos, the Smothers Brothers and a host of others.

           They have been seen on “Ellen,” “The Tonight Show,” “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood” and “Seinfeld,” among others, and they won an Obie Award in 1980.

           Paul Magid is the show’s director and producer and is a co-founder of the group. Magid has created and written numerous shows for the performers and several plays, including “The Three Moscowteers,” “L’Histoire du Soldat,” “Le Petomane” and “Life: A Guide for the Perplexed.”

           “It is truly a wild vaudeville-like performance and a perfect form of family entertainment. In fact, the brothers’ standard performance calls for audience members to provide items – such as cheesecakes, fruits, vegetables, fish, a stocking filled with eggs – for them to juggle,” Baker said.

           Individual tickets are $22 for adults; $20 for senior citizens; $18 for those under age 18; and $8 for SRU students. Tickets may be ordered by calling 724.738.2018.

           Both season and individual tickets to the other shows in the four-part series are still available. Other shows include “Peter Yarrow in Concert,” Oct. 28; “Neil Berg’s Broadway Holliday,” Dec. 2; and “Tap Kids,” March 30. All shows are at 7:30 p.m. in Miller Auditorium.

           AVI Fresh, the campus contract food vendor, is offering a series of pre-performance dinners in the University Club of North Hall. Doors open at 5:15, with dinner at 5:30 p.m.

           The Sept. 9 dinner includes fried vegetable with cheddar dipping sauce appetizer, chopped salad and a lamb-on-the-rod, steamed rice and vegetable medley entre. Dessert is funnel cake sticks with strawberry and chocolate sauce. The all-inclusive cost is  $24 per person. (A $90, per person, season meal plan is also available.) Call 724.738.4245 for dinner reservations.


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