Feast of Fools

Thursday, 1 April 2004 - 12:00pm5:30pm

Wynn Commons & College Green
Rain location: Houston Hall

Feast of Fools

A Penn Student Performing Arts Festival

Hear ye! Hear ye! Come one, come all!  Assemble (in)outside Houston Hall!
Calling all students, staff, and faculty of the University of Pennsylvania and Philadelphia's general citizenry.

At 12:00 noon a mystery King and Queen of Folly doth bestow their blessings upon this day, Penn's first Feast of Fools. 'Tis a festival of madcaps, tricksters, food, games, prizes, and assorted performance foolery!

Closing event, 4:30pm
Larry Hass, Award-winning teacher and master magician
The Pleasures of Magic and Foolery

Proudly presenting...
Amorphous Jugglers
Front Row Theatre Company and Belligerent ThespiansFaculty One-Minute Lectures
Penn Singers
Pennsylvania Six-5000
The Persistent Fabulists
Simply Chaos
Society for Creative Anachronism
Underground Shakespeare
Prof. Emily Wilson's class performing from Aristophanes' Clouds

School of Design Face Painters
Mimes from Hotel Olbigado
Philadelphia's own Mummers
Free showing of STRUT!, the movie

Some Historye...

The Feast of Fools has a long and important history as a day of license and buffoonery, when the arch-believer—the fool, the jester, the trickster, the punster, and the powerless—takes over and imposes his or her particular logic on events.

In medieval times, a Lord of Misrule, or King of Fools called people to disorder. Cross dressing, bawdy songs, gambling in sacred places, and other assorted acts of wantonness were the rule of the day.

Throughout history, in literature, in mythology, in art, and in fact, the figure of the trickster, the jester, the fool, and the clown has been the mirror of humanity, reflecting the subtle and not-so-subtle dangers of what happens when we take ourselves too seriously.



Fortune, seeing that she could not make fools wise, has made them lucky.
— Montaigne

Without me, says Folly, the world cannot exist for a moment. For is not all that is done at all among mortals, full of folly; is it not performed by fools and for fools? No society, no cohabitation can be pleasant or lasting without folly. 
— Erasmus, The Praise of Folly

The Penn Humanities Forum, with somersaults galore, doth happily and heartily thanke the following persons and groupes for their tyme, support, and general jocularity...
Amorphous Jugglers, Ariel Ben-Amos, Ezra Billinkoff, Jackie Binstead, Ned Chatelain, Sean Cusack, Dan Diffendale, Charles Forster, Front Row Theatre Company, Larry Hass, Lynn Huang, Mariko Ichikawa, Jill Ivey, Benjamin Kamine, John Kneeland, Alex Lapinski, Molly Lazer, Kate Ogg, Brad Pennington, Penn Singers, Pennsylvania Six-5000, Mercedes Platz, Mathilde Poussin, Max L. Raab, Simply Chaos, Society for Creative Anachronism, The Underground Shakespeare Company, Samuel Willcocks, Edmund Wong, Alex Zolan.

We also gratefully acknowledge the following organizations for their generous prize donations:
ARAMark & Houston Market, Penn Bookstore, Penn Relays, Beijing Restaurant, The Chocolate Guy, Qdoba Mexican Grille, Saturn Club