PUBLISHED: 2:00 PM on Wednesday, March 29, 2006
Leo clowns around in first one-man show

  Photo by Amanda Gragert John Leo portrays a clown facing the realities of death in his one-man show "Number's Up," which will be performed March 31-April 1.
Life and death is nothing to clown around about, but John Leo is doing just that with his one-man show "Number's Up."

Leo said he started working on the show about three months ago and wanted to explore the topic of death.

He said he chose to portray a clown because of the "buoyancy" the character features.

"I really wanted to see how a clown would die and what it would teach me," Leo said.

"With clowns the higher the stakes the funnier, so why not with the ultimate stakes. I saw a lot of possibility for humor and buoyancy."

Leo said this is his first solo show, which has taken time and uncertainty. Roblin Gray Davis is directing the performance.

"This performance comes from somewhere genuine. In all that heavy, dark stuff, there's a twinkle in the eye," Leo said.

"I feel like I'm being schooled. I totally have learned from this for own life. I hope people learn from this not to take themselves so seriously. They should see themselves as fragile and just fine how they are and rejoice and revel in it."

Leo said that while he is the lone performer in the show, many people in Juneau have contributed to make it a reality.

"Because of this place, I'm able to go to those places in myself and find that buoyancy," Leo said.

"In another city, it'd be another show."

"Number's Up" is suitable for teens and adults and will be at 8 p.m. Friday, March 31, and Saturday, April 1 at the VFW Hall at 1st and Gold in Juneau. Tickets are available at the door from $5-15.