The Soiree is a theatrical party hosted by one woman, the witty and grandiose Elizabeth, whose charms slowly come unhinged over an interactive performance of physical comedy, stand-up and other improvisational surprises.

The Soiree is written and performed by Huotari and directed by Avner Eisenberg. The show debuted in 2007 with support from the Maine Arts Commission. It has been presented at the New York Clown Theatre Festival, Orlando Fringe Festival, Teatro R101 in Bogota, Colombia, and has toured across the U.S. and beyond.

Huotari is an actress, a teaching artist and a seventh generation-Mainer, born and raised in South Paris. As executive director of Celebration Barn, Maine’s international center for physical theater, she teaches, directs, and collaborates with other artists from across the globe to create, perform, and produce new work.

“‘The Soirée’ by Amanda Huotari is a totally engrossing, ravishing, one-woman tour de force. Amanda’s deft ability to play multiple characters and switch them in an instant is reminiscent of the great Carol Burnett. ‘Soirée’ is part clown show, part stand up, part audience involvement all bound together using the metaphor of a party; the audience are the guests. As simple accidents, trips and spills evolve into hilarious mayhem, this wonderful, skilled performer has complete control of her misbehaving props, evocative wardrobe and hysterical audience,” said Stephen Stearns, founder and artistic director of the New England Youth Theatre.

Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for seniors and $12 for children 12 and under.

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