The First Annual Street Theater Festival is this weekend on October 20th and 21st, 2012 at Faneuil Hall Marketplace. On Friday, we caught a preview of the street performers hosted by The Jim Show and featuring world-renowned acrobats, contortionists, jugglers, magicians and musicians. See the schedule here.
Some performers are long-time Boston favorites, including Jason Escape, who has been performing at Faneuil Hall Marketplace for eight years as an escape artist who gets strapped into a straightjacket and wrapped in 75 feet of rope to be hung by his ankles before freeing himself. “As a performer, it’s great to see new and exciting things happening at Faneuil Hall,” he said, referring to a reinvigorated event and capital program by new property operator, Ashkenazy Acquisition Corp.
There are also some newcomers that made it through this year’s try-outs, including “Cate the Great” who gave a sky high acrobatic performance at the preview. “I’m ready to make Boston my home,” said Cate who has performed in several cities around the world, Although most performers work for themselves, local entertainers have a loosely formed group known as the Boston Street Performers Association.