Poster Design by Jian Bastille

Poster Design by Jian Bastille



The No Ring Circus: Clowns is an avant-garde theatre piece with original musical score. A visit with Fiddles and Oboe is an evening of sinister comedy and nihilistic dread, as they play id and ego, offering equal parts amusement and horror as they guide their audiences through some of life's trickiest circumstances. Featuring an original soundtrack, special guests, and a lasting sense of despair, The No Ring Circus will be the harbinger of your nightmares.


Eli Rose


"The Debonaire Mystic," Eli Rose is a New Orleans based sword swallower, MC, palm reader, sideshow performer, composer, and clown. He's the co-founder of The Little Top Circus and Medicine Show, New York's raucous turn-of-the-century revivalist tent show; Montreal's Debonaire & Derriere production duo; and The No Ring Circus. He's a regular cast member of both New Orleans' Bustout Burlesque and The Bad Girls of Burlesque. In addition, he's appeared in print in Grey Magazine and on film, in Cage The Elephant's music video for their hit, "Cold, Cold, Cold". Eli is both the composer and pianist for The Clown Orchestra. He's currently on tour across the United States peddling his own brand of dashing death defiance!



Daphne rose Malfitano


Daphne Malfitano is a writer, actress, director, tarot reader, and clown based in New Orleans. She is the librettist for two operas by Thomas Pasatieri, "The Family Room," which premiered in 2011 at the McCarter Theatre in Princeton, and "The Martyrs," which premiered in 2012 at the DiCapo Opera Theatre in New York City. Both are published, and available from Theodore Presser. She made her directorial debut with "The Martyrs." Her play "Paternus" was premiered in Los Angeles in 2014 at Rogue Machine Theatre, and she has also worked as a film critic, and freelance journalist. 

Daphne studied writing at NYU, and Stony Brook Southampton under the instruction of Emily Mann, where she was awarded the 2010 playwriting prize and scholarship. As an actor she studied at the LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts, the Lee Strasberg school, the Steppenwolf School, and the Piven Theatre, and acted professionally from age four.

Daphne is the co-creator, and director of The No Ring Circus productions.



The soundtrack for The No Ring Circus: Clowns was written by Eli Rose, except Brink of Death which was written by Zebulon Whatley.

All tracks performed by The Clown Orchestra

The Clown Orchestra is

Eli Rose- piano

Zebulon Whatley- guitar

Pete Lanctot- violin

Dr. Sick- violin/musical saw

David Symons- accordion

Russell Welch- guitar