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Sep. 22-24 @ The Alberta Abbey



a new feature-length stage production inspired by the 1,001 Arabian Nights, weaving a rich fusion of musical theatre, contemporary dance, spoken word, and cirque nouveau into a dazzling tapestry of surreal storytelling. Click to learn more.



“This is no Cirque du Soleil. It’s better.”
– Triangle Arts & Entertainment


“[The Fox & Beggar Theater] uses complex imagery, thrilling stunts and elaborate choreography to stimulate the subconscious minds of the audience. For those who wish life was more like a Salvador Dali painting, this is the play to see.”
Mountain Xpress


“The Fox & Beggar Theater staged an amazing show, drawing the largest crowd I’ve seen in my nine years here. In addition to dazzling special effects, the production flowed seamlessly and raised the bar on what theater can and should do.”
– John Russell, Managing Director, The Montford Park Players


“Dynamic, provocative, a tapestry of dreams unwoven into theater…this is a performance to remember!”
– Ehren Cruz, Performing Arts Director, LEAF Community Arts


“Flawlessly executed. This performance has it all.”
– Liz Whalen Talent, Marketing/Special Events, The Orange Peel



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At the Fox & Beggar Theater, we employ a style we call “cirque poétique” (the poetic circus). Featuring ornate storytelling interwoven with the unusual logic of dreams, our productions lie in the space between physical theatre, dance, design, contemporary circus arts and acrobatics, mask-and-puppetry, musical performances, and visual art.

Founded by Artistic Director Nat Allister in 2013, the FBT spent three seasons in Asheville NC before moving to the West Coast. In Summer 2017, the company was joined by Portland writer/director Heather Beckett. We have performed on the East Coast at the Montford Park Amphitheater, The Orange Peel, The Diana Wortham Theatre, The UNSCA Stevens Center, The Bardo Performing Arts Center, 7 Stages Theatre, The Peace Center, The Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, as well as at LEAF Community Arts and Gratifly Music and Arts Festival. We have performed on the West Coast at Oregon Eclipse Festival and Portland’s Alberta Abbey.

The FBT is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to creating innovative works of physical theatre, to building bridges between artistic communities, and to providing for the training and education of performers, dancers, designers, technicians, and other artists involved in its shows.



Fox & Beggar Theater’s Mystical Tarocco Is No Cirque du Soleil; It’s Even Betterpublished in Triangle Arts & Entertainment, 8/15/16


Asheville company bringing circus arts to Stevens Center, published in the Winston-Salem Journal, 7/24/16


Theater review: Tarocco brings feats of sensory delight to the Orange Peel, published in Mountain Xpress, 5/30/2015


Aquila: A Summer Carousel, published in Mountain Xpress, 6/11/2014


All Creatures Great and Small, published in Mountain Xpress, 4/16/2014


New Theaters in Asheville, published in Asheville Citizen Times 4/06/2014


Nat Allister
Artistic Director
Nat Allister is an award-winning playwright, stage director, filmmaker, performer, and poet. He’s been writing stories since he could hold a pen, and directing them for both stage and screen since age fourteen. In 2010, after graduating from Vassar College with joint degrees in Film and Creative Writing, he set up shop in Asheville NC and began his love affair with the circus... which finally and ultimately led him to the soggy wonderland of Portland, Oregon. He's anticipating good things. Nat enjoys dance parties, folklore, world mythology, bacon, hot black coffee, tiny top hats, bass music, fire, deserts, mountains, old maps, cats, Bohemia, the opera, radical art, logic puzzles, storytellers, poets, and sandwiches.
Heather Beckett
Artistic Director
Heather Beckett is a script writer, director, poet, mask-maker and spoken word artist based in Portland, Oregon. Current works include two full length multi-media musicals and a series of short films featuring long-form spoken word performed by multiple artists. After receiving her B.A. in Theater & Dance with a focus on acting from Bennington College, she has continued her devotion to enlivening the human story from the other side of the proscenium, and to writing and directing vivid theatrical works that weave together physical theater, spoken word, song, dance, masks, and puppetry. Her scripts are poetic and fantastical, inviting audiences to the precipices of their minds and hearts. Studies of world myth and recent travels to Antarctica color Heather's works with explorations of human relations to the elements, creatures, plants and geologies of the beyond-human world.




Art by Christian Jaxtheimer




Fox & Beggar Theater