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Jurassic Ark



Jurassic Ark follows Brother Dallas, a less-than-pious televangelist on a quest to spread Creationism to the masses. His medium? A Hollywood film about a cowboy named Noah, his ark, and the dinosaurs that don’t make it on before the flood. Zipping across the stage as a boatload of characters—from a gay Hollywood film producer to a transsexual prostitute—David Caggiano is that rare solo performer whose perfected physical confidence and absolute control make you forget he’s the only one on stage. Clever, cynical and completely dirty, this dark comedy packs a liberal-leaning comedic punch. For adults only. —Paige Gorsak


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7 Reviews


    Jurassic Ark is flat out terrific! I can totally see why it won Best of Fringe in San Francisco. A great story and the performance by David Caggiano is amazing. It’s a genuine tour de force that is both hilarious and also insightful — I especially loved the physicalization of the characters (some of them non-human) and the delicious satire. Go see it!

    David Jacobson

    Jurassic Ark is brilliant! David Caggiano switches seamlessly between more than a dozen characters in a virtuoso performance. With so many quick shifts in scene and mood, plus an evocative soundtrack, it’s like watching a movie full of special effects. The play is a wild satire about the extremes of faith and cynicism. But it’s more than just darkly funny and full of plot twists, it’s smart, kinky, creepy, even surprisingly moving. Truly not to be missed.

    Angela Neff

    Blew my mind. Definitely a MUST SEE if you like quirky physical and story brilliance.

    Megan Armstrong

    This is one of the more unusual and entertaining shows I have ever seen at a fringe festival. The humor is twisted, yet in a weird way the show has a lot of heart. The performer is amazing! He’s a very good mime, his characters are superbly executed, and his comic timing is good, too. I’m sending a bunch of friends to see this show!


    Skilled entertainer, puts on an offbeat and reasonably considered show, draws his scenes out vividly. Story is… interesting, and well-framed for a diverse range of characters.


    Seeing David Caggiano act out everything from pterodactyl to televangelist to God was incredible: the subtle nuances in each character’s voice, movements, and mannerisms made each of the dozen or more characters come alive, with seamless transitions between each. Despite the lack of set and props, there were only a few moments where I initially couldn’t figure out what was going on. The play relies a little too heavily on stereotypes, although there are several witty surprises.


    This show was dull & didn’t make much sense, particularly the portrayal of the main character. At first he seems like a typical hypocritical televangelist, but when he unknowingly has sex with a drag queen he seems sincerely repentant. Apparently he was sincere about the “$1,0000 seed.” Was there social commentary in there? A critique of religion? I don’t know. I fell asleep.

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