Ladies and gentlemen! Boys and girls! Step right up to The Pawn, this year’s production by the renowned Circus Flora. Grab your peanuts and popcorn, and prepare to be amazed by the chess-themed affair. Laugh with goofy clowns, watch, bewildered, as acrobats soar through the air, and see the impossible turn possible before your eyes!

“[Chess] has an inherent narrative and drama to the game, with opposing two sides and 32 pieces on the board,” says artistic director Jack Marsh. “From the moment you step into our tent, you’re immersed in this different world. It’s such a visceral experience to hear the live music and see the live performers doing incredible things just a few feet from you. No seat is more than 40 feet from the ring. You really get that live experience.”

Circus Flora runs Tuesday through Sunday through June 22 under the air-conditioned big top at Powell Hall. Purchase tickets in-person at the box office, or online at