The Optimist Atlas Circus Company

About This Show

The Optimist tells the story of a man, sitting in a bar waiting for his long lost love to return. He holds tight to his drink and reminisces about the night they first met at this bar.  Peer through the lens of one man’s memories as he grapples for a greater understanding of his past, and the twisted road that brings him to the present.  Leap into the narrative of The Optimist explored through high-flying acrobatic feats, dart throwing, dancing, physical comedy, and magic.  Join Atlas Circus Company to experience a world of imagination from a time gone by brimming with excitement, romance, comedy, sexuality, booze, and the beauty of life.

About Atlas Circus Company

Atlas Circus Company challenges the current framework of circus by placing an emphasis on meaningful narrative. The company’s artistic mission is to create works that will appeal to people of all ages by utilizing a unique combination of dance, theater, and circus arts as an artistic medium that audiences can connect to on a social, political and personal level. The company strives to be a leader in American circus and to facilitate the next generation of American circus artists. The goal is to bring circus arts to mainstream America and educate the community to the boundless possibilities that circus arts can provide.

“We are thrilled to be bringing Atlas Circus Company to New York audiences,” stated Noah Dach, Co-Founder and Artistic Director. “We can’t wait to take our company to the next level and continue the journey of reinventing the American circus”

Henry Evans, Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Atlas Circus Company added, “The Optimist is the first of many projects planned for our New York residencies.” He went on to add, “We also hope to implement education and outreach for circus in New York, then the rest of America.”

about the artists

Noah Dach is a dance and circus choreographer, close-up magician, teacher, writer, and director originally from Los Angeles, California. He received his Bachelor of the Arts from Muhlenberg College where he majored in Dance and minored in Business. While at school he and Henry Evans founded the college’s first Performance and Curricular Circus Program. Noah has trained as a circus artist at Circus Warehouse, Hollywood Aerial Arts, The Brooklyn Zoo, and NECCA and is versed in aerial fabrics, straps, hoop, hammock, loops as well as Chinese pole, acrobatics, tumbling/trampoline, juggling and clowning.

Henry Evans is a recent graduate of Muhlenberg College with a degree in business with entrepreneurial studies and theater. He also studied at Steps on Broadway, Circus Warehouse, Brooklyn Zoo, Stagedoor Manor, and was a competitive Chelsea Piers gymnast. His recent roles in theater include Mark in A Chorus Line and Arlecchino in A Servant of Two Masters at Muhlenberg. His dance experience includes Master Choreographers at Muhlenberg and as a featured dancer in Pascal RIOULT Dance Company. His business experience includes internships with the Drama League, Wicked, Fringe festival, and E.T.C. Custom Events. For fun he likes to take long walks on the beach and visit his grandma.

Tommy McCarthy graduated Cum Laude from Muhlenberg College with a Bachelors of Art in Dance and a Bachelors of Science in Chemistry. He has 14 years of dance training in ballet, tap, modern, jazz, Irish, and contemporary, and has trained with Boston Ballet and Joffrey Ballet. His performance credits include regional theater productions of Greg in A Chorus Line, Tulsa in Gypsy, as well as re-stagings of Karole Armitage’s Ligeti Essays and Bill T. Jones’ D-man in the Waters. He has 7 years of teaching experience in a variety of disciplines such as ballet, tap, creative movement, boys class, theater, and circus arts.

Friday, February 17 and Saturday, February 18, at 10:00pm

General Admission

$15 in advance

$18 at the door



Estimated Runtime
50 minutes

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Created by:

Noah Dach, Henry Evans & Tommy McCarthy

Directed & Choreographed by:

Noah Dach

Stage Manager:

Cody Johnson

Costume Designer:

Rebecca Bitondo

Scenic Designer:

Andrew Carey

Photo Credit:

Cody Johnson