Written and performed by Aaron Jessup
Footloose presents Flying Dreams a vaudevillian tragicomedy written and performed by soloist, Aaron Jessup. This emotionally complex coming-of-age story premiered in 2013 at the Santa Cruz Fringe Festival and The Garage in San Francisco. This year, the show drew rave reviews and crowds at The Rogue Festival in Fresno, California and the Winnipeg Fringe Festival in Canada. Footloose producer, Mary Alice Fry, is bringing the show to East Bay audiences at Athletic Playground in Emeryville, California, Saturday and Sundays, November 8-23, 2014.
Flying Dreams draws from Aaron Jessup’s personal experiences as a second-generation street performer. His father started him down the road of art-making – juggling at first. At ten, Aaron met another juggler, a brash, talented 13 year-old and the dye was cast for an epic bromance. That first match-up through hilarious and heartbreaking vignettes are portrayed in this solo show with entertaining humor and touching poignancy. Encouraged by his cohort to take a giant leap and head to Europe, Aaron’s coming of age adventure begins with him penniless in Amsterdam busking to survive. On the street, Aaron proves to himself (and the audience), he’s smart, a quick learner and an expert juggler.
The comedy, theater and dance came later in Aaron’s career. He owes a debt of gratitude to his talented instructors and advisors at UC Davis, where Aaron received his MFA in Dramatic Art in June 2013. Significant creative contributions were also made by David Ford at The Marsh. Jessup has won top honors at international busking competitions throughout Europe, Australia and the U.S. From comedy clubs to cruise ships, stages to street corners, Aaron can be found performing his unique solo act. Locally, he appeared with Pickle Family Circus, Make*A*Circus, and the Izzy award-winning Scott Wells and Dancers.
Photos by Lynne Fried