|And The Fear Cracked Open.
| Open: 06/10/09 Close: 06/27/09
From the company that brought you the award-winning Bouffon Glass Menajoree comes a surreal, dark, comic look at one Minnesotan couple’s struggle to find companionship, sympathy, and the L-word. ...and the fear cracked open. incorporates film, puppetry, mask-work, animation, physical comedy and musical composition. Button up! The ‘Minnesota Nice’ is more bitter than the snowy winds that blow.
Featuring Lynn Berg, Becky Byers, Audrey Crabtree, and Gavin Starr Kendall. Live music by Sarah Engelke. Costumes by Karen Flood. Puppet design by Kate Brehm. Animation by Jonathan Kaplan. Film by Andy Ritchie. Lights by Ian W. Hill and Berit Johnson.
“Audrey Crabtree and Lynn Berg have crafted a fresh and witty telling of the making and unmaking of a love affair. The meta-theatrics slyly inform a production that explores just how surreal love can be.”
-City Pages, Minneapolis
“…and the fear cracked open. emerges intelligent and deliciously irreverent…”-Tammy Schulman, Pulse Minneapolis
|Bouffon Glass Menajoree
| Open: 06/20/08 Close: 08/29/08
Tennessee Williams' classic tale is shattered in this twisted, outrageous bouffon parody. Each night a new audience member plays the role of the Gentleman Caller. Why would anyone do this to an American Masterpiece?
Winner of the NY Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Production.
"Total theatrical sacrilege...Delicious!" -NYTheatre.com
"Must See! Hilarious!" -TimeOutNY
"Genius" - CultureBot
"Hilarious Madness" - Show Showdown
"Extremely Funny" -NY Theatre Wire
"Twisted Southern Goth! Absurdity at its best!" KAFI FM, MN
|Bouffon Glass Menajoree
| Open: 11/30/12 Close: 12/16/12
Gentlemen callers beware! The Wingfields are crawling back out of your nightmares for a limited return engagement during the Brick Theater’s 10 Year Retrospective. Like a recurring sore, the NYIT-Award winning Bouffon Glass Menajoree is back after their critically-acclaimed runs in New York and the Dublin Fringe Festival. Amanda , Tom, and Laura plume their nest with broken glass, twisted morals, and perverted minds. Each night a new audience member plays the role of Jim, the gentlemen caller. The Wingfields and the Brick Theater claim no responsibility for hurt feelings and offended sentiments. Why would anyone do this to an American Masterpiece?
“Don't Miss....Hilarious”- Time Out NY
"Wickedly subversive and electrifyingly interactive parody.” - Peter Crawley, The Irish Times
"Riotous! Surely there’s another star around here?” - Harry Browne, Irish Theatre Magazine
Winner of NY Innovative Theatre Awards, 2007 Outstanding Overall Production
What can I expect? The Wingfield apartment is composed of a broken dream catcher, woven from the clotheslines of this American family's dirty laundry, washed with the antiquated colors of a long forgotten photograph. These three bouffons invite you to be a fly on the wall as they attempt to lure a gentleman caller for their precious Laura. Audiences take heed you might just be the one to get caught in their wickedly funny web!
What is bouffon?These deformed anti-clowns subversively take the piss out of everyone and everything. Grotesque in nature, often physical deformed, the bouffon is the outcast shunned by society and told to live outside the village. On rare occasions, they are asked to perform for the pleasure of those who previously persecuted them. On these occasions. the bouffons willingly accept. (What choice do they have? Perform or be killed?) Thus, these hideous creatures enter the circle of society once more, light on their feet, eternally smiling with hateful eyes. Charming, entertaining and smart they plan to take the piss out of you all!
Tennessee Williams is spinning in his grave! In 2006 Bouffon Glass Menajoree premiered in the NY Clown Theatre Festival and continued multiple extensions and a full run at The Brick Theater. After being nominated for 4 NY Innovative Theatre Awards, and winning the Outstanding Overall Production, they returned to theNY Clown Theatre Festival in 2007 a summer run at The Bleeker Street Theatre in NYC, and went on to perform to sold out houses with critical acclaim in the Minnesota Fringe Festival, The Catskills New Works Festival, and the Dublin Fringe Festival and they return now for a limited engagement in The Brick Theater's 10 year Retrospective! www.BouffonGlassMenajoree.com
About the Company: Ten Directions
Ten Directions is a theatre and film creative team formed by artistic directors Lynn Berg and Audrey Crabtree. We tell stories that pose questions to our audiences, collaborating artists and ourselves. Focusing on engaging and entertaining our audiences, we choose the style, medium and artists to best tell these stories. We encourage spontaneity and creative use of resources throughout our process.
|Bouffon Glass Menajoree ---A parody of a beloved American masterpiece
| Open: 03/08/07 Close: 03/24/07
Gentlemen callers beware: The Wingfields plume their nest with broken glass, twisted morals, and perverted minds. Each night a new audience member will get to play the role of Jim, the gentlemen caller. Tom, Amanda and Laura claim no responsibility for hurt feelings or offended sentiments. Imagine Borat performing Tennessee Williams directed by John Waters. These deformed anti-clowns subversively take the piss out of everyone and everything Why would anyone do this to an American Masterpiece? Performed by: Lynn Berg, Audrey Crabtree, & Aimee German.
" Yes, it is total theatrical sacrilege, and, I am forced to admit, delicious...sublimely funny and unexpectedly witty." –David Koteles, nytheatre.com
|Deck The Hallmans!
| Open: 12/06/09 Close: 12/19/09
Deck the Hallmans! is a holiday improvised comedy (with fights) revolving around Bob & Carol Hallman's Christmas celebration. Audience suggestions fuel the Yule-tide fire and the actors and improvisers surprise you as they incorporate choreographed fights. It's shaping up to be a traditional holiday with the whole Hallman family together! Hopefully no one from their past will ruin this perfect holiday. Who would fight on Christmas? Before the evening is over you, too, will want to Deck the Hallmans!
Deck the Hallmans! is presented as part of the Brick Theater's Fight Fest www.bricktheater.com/fightfest
Deck the Hallmans! will play Sun Dec 6 at 6pm, Wed Dec 9 at 8pm, Sat Dec 12 at 11pm, Sun Dec 13 at 8:30pm, Saturday Dec 19 at 11pm as part of FIGHT FEST at The Brick (575 Metropolitan Avenue between Union and Lorimer Street, Brooklyn).