|Bad Musicals Festival '08
| Open: 07/21/08 Close: 08/10/08
These musicals are not actually bad but REALLY GOOD. However, they are all naughty, satirical, and politically incorrect. They're filled with bad language/puns and other sorts of things that would be otherwise frowned upon.
Approximately twelve short musicals are arranged in various theme evenings (ex: Is That a Gun in Your Pocket?). The bad house band, Bronze Fondue, and East Village comedians provide entertainment between the shows.
At the Fairies & Phantasies Benefit (7/25), legendary actress Marilyn Sokol and Warhol superstar Ultra Violet will be presented with honorary golden pineapples. Benefit attendees are encouraged to come in costume as a wacked-out version of their favorite children's character, and to bring a toy or book to donate to needy children. There will be costume prizes and raffles. Co-chairing this event are playwright Jean Hart and Kimberly Kopera. In keeping with the bad children's theatre theme that night, there will be lunchbox specials: assorted finger sandwiches (including P&J!), cupcakes, cake, cookies, penny candy, punch, booze, and more. Admission to the Fairies and Phantasies Benefit will be $25.00 though the price drops to $20.00 for those who come in costume.
There will be a Carmen Miranda Closing Benefit (8/10), featuring the presentation of the Golden Pineapple, Silver Tomato, and Bronze Banana (award winners selected by audience vote) for the playwrights & directors and the presentation of the Jack Lemons for the best bad actor & actress. Costumes are encouraged and there will be prizes. Come dressed as your favorite fruit! There will be a special award for the Best Carmen. $25 per person ($20 if you come in costume) benefits the company's work with under-served children & families, seniors & elderly. There will be entertainment, food, booze, and lots of fruit!
The lineup for the Bad Musicals Festival '08 will be as follows:
IS THAT A GUN IN YOUR POCKET? – Mon. 7/21, Sat. 7/26, Thurs. 7/31, Tues. 8/5
Charlie Chang & the Mysterious Salami, Book & Lyrics by Anne Berlin, Music by Andy Cohen, directed by Tony Spinosa
Henry & Hyde, Book by James M. Eisenman and Thomas Adams, Lyrics by James M. Eisenman, Music by Thomas Adams, directed by Maryna Harrison
FOREIGN & FAMILIAR BODIES – Tues. 7/22, Sun. 7/27,Fri. 8/1, Wed. 8/6
Falling in Love Again by J. Boyer, directed by Anita Brown
Too Much Love, Lyrics by Douglas M. Parker, Music by Denver Casado, directed by Tom Amici
OBGYNia, a Sci-Fi Musical Romp! by Justine Lambert and Kenneth Nowell, directed by Tom Amici
POLITICS & POOPSY – Wed. 7/23, Mon. 7/28, Sat. 8/2, Thurs. 8/7
The Virgin Dictator: A Love Story starring Kim Jong Il by Itai Grunfeld, directed by Brady Amoon
Daffodils in Deutschland by Dray Rigg, directed by Kenny Wade Marshall
CRIMINALLY INSANE PUPPETS – Thurs. 7/24, Tues. 7/29, Sun. 8/3, Fri. 8/8
Pinokenstein by Mark LaPierre, directed by Diane Englert
The Dependents, Book by Bebe McGarry, Lyrics by Debra M. Gussin, Music by Michael Paul Girard, directed by Sara B. Ware
IT AIN'T KANSAS ANYMORE! – Fri 7/25 (benefit), Wed. 7/30, Mon. 8/4, Sat. 8/9
Stranded!, Book & Lyrics by Raymond Bokhour, Music by Ilan Maazel, directed by Leslie Nemet
Grimm Late Night, Book & Lyrics by Mark LaPierre, Music by Jodi Eichelberger, directed by Nikki Rothenberg
The Great Plastic Surgeon of Oz by Zurbon Gish, directed by Robyne Parrish
Tickets are available through TheaterMania, though they can also be reserved by calling NY Artists Unlimited directly at (212) 242-6036.
For further information, see our website, www.nyartists.org.
|Bad Plays Festival 2007
| Open: 09/10/07 Close: 09/30/07
Run for the hills -- the Bad Plays Festival is back! No, Virginia, these plays are not really bad, they're really GOOD -- but naughty (politically incorrect, political satire, bad language, bad puns, over-the-top silliness, and the like). The Bad Plays Festival returns for its second year, this time to the Players Theatre at 115 MacDougal Street in Greenwich Village, running from September 10 through 30. Each night starting at 8 p.m., there's a unique theme of 3-6 new plays for one all-inclusive ticket price of $15-$25 (varies with discounts and advance sales). This year's festival also features a special Brown Bag Lunch Series of staged readings on Wednesdays at noon.; "Ebony Black," a new children's musical on Saturdays at 3 p.m., and special Sunday night presentations of festival lovechild "Best Little Crackhouse in Philly."