Most of the characters in this have been lifted from a rather famous sonnet by Archibald MacLeish, titled "The End of the World" -- LeBeau appears courtesy of Shakespeare, a minor character in As You Like It. The title seemed familiar as well, and going online
I found out why:
"Carnival Nocturne Storefront Theater 66 E. Randolph St Chicago Silent Theatre Company welcomes visitors into the mysterious underground world of a traveling carnival. In the midst of fire breathers, fortune tellers, bestial tamers and natural freaks, a somber secret lies – a curse that binds them all together. With a live band and physical acts of carnival performance, this original dark fable by Gillian Hastings combines the styles of Tim Burton and Edward Gorey in a thrilling and enchanting ride through a world of whimsy and macabre.
Presented by Silent Theatre Company
Thru - Dec 20, 2009"
Here's the MacLeish poem --
The End of the World
Quite unexpectedly, as Vasserot
The armless ambidextrian was lighting
A match between his great and second toe,
And Ralph the lion was engaged in biting
The neck of Madame Sossman while the drum
Pointed, and Teeny was about to cough
In waltz-time swinging Jocko by the thumb
Quite unexpectedly to top blew off:
And there, there overhead, there, there hung over
Those thousands of white faces, those dazed eyes,
There in the starless dark, the poise, the hover,
There with vast wings across the cancelled skies,
There in the sudden blackness the black pall
Of nothing, nothing, nothing -- nothing at all.