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The Brick Theater, Inc. is a not-for-profit theater company dedicated to nurturing the work of emerging artists at its performance space in Williamsburg, Brooklyn - The Brick. The Brick presents world premieres, monthly performance series and seasonal festivals, expanding Williamsburg's profile as a destination for cutting-edge art and entertainment. The Brick continues to seek new artists and projects, to provide them with a creative home and to serve as Williamsburg's primary incubator of innovative theater arts.


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A Short Lecture Of A Different Time  | Open: 07/09/10 Close: 07/24/10

A Short Lecture of a Different Time

Come and hear the story of the OLDVERSE: the universe before this one, long dead and gone. Two lovers meet and soon discover the truth about their existence: their universe is dying, burning up into flames. Told by the Historian, a mysterious corduroy-clad stranger, this show asks the questions: How do you stop the unstoppable? How do you face the inevitable? A combination of Nintendo graphics, Game Boy music, and theoretical physics; acclaimed theatre creator Karim Muasher single-handedly creates an 8-bit universe of wit and wonder.

www.8bithistorian.com 

 

Sun July 11, 2pm 

Thurs July 15, 7pm 

Tuesday July 20, 8pm 

Fri July 23, 7pm 

Sat July 24, 2pm

 

 


About the Company: The Brick Theater

The Brick Theater, Inc. is a not-for-profit theater company dedicated to nurturing the work of emerging artists at its performance space in Williamsburg, Brooklyn - The Brick. The Brick presents world premieres, monthly performance series and seasonal festivals, expanding Williamsburg's profile as a destination for cutting-edge art and entertainment. The Brick continues to seek new artists and projects, to provide them with a creative home and to serve as Williamsburg's primary incubator of innovative theater arts.

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As If It Were The Last Time (a Subtlemob)  | Open: 07/06/13 Close: 07/06/13
As If It Were The Last Time is a subtlemob about celebrating the present, about home, belonging and loss. A snapshot of the world around you, a chance to savour the moment, and make new connections with the people and the place surrounding you. This is no requiem, this a celebratory slow dance, a chance to savour the world you live in, and to see it with fresh eyes.

What is a subtlemob?

A subtlemob is an invisible flashmob, it integrates with the beauty of the everyday world, so only its participants are aware of it. It's like walking through a film, experienced on headphones, performed by you and hundreds of strangers. Armed with only an mp3 player, mixture of narrative and richly textured music fills your ears, sometimes you'll just be watching, sometimes you'll be following instructions. There's nothing embarrassing or dangerous, you're almost just playing yourself.

There is no venue, there are no ushers, this is a performance organised and owned by you . . .

try to remain invisible.

The piece is free takes place in a secret Brooklyn location. Register at http://wearecircumstance.com/newyork.html

 

Music and text by Duncan Speakman and Sarah Anderson

“..deliberate slap in the face to the flashmob phenomena . . . it reshapes the cultural landscape.” — Paul Currion

“a welcome taste of transmedia storytelling” — Aesthetica Magazine

“Capricious and profound, the experience definitely captures what it is to escape from the world for a little bit – and then to return and find that you see things just a bit differently ” — The Londonist

“true augmented reality, and I want to take my friends and loved ones back there with me. It hurts that I can’t. But that’s kind of what being is, isn’t it?”—Hannah Nicklin

35mins

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Death Is A Scream  | Open: 06/11/10 Close: 06/23/10
What if you could choose your own "ending"?  With the help of a highly skilled Death Agent, you can!  And after you buy the farm, a “Corpsetologist” will make you look like your favorite celebrity. These and other death-dealing characters await you in Esther Crow’s one-woman variety show, DEATH IS A SCREAM. Chock full of gallows humor and “untimely” music, this show will take you by surprise. Kinda like death itself.


 


 

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Devils  | Open: 08/14/10 Close: 08/29/10

France, 1633-1634 – The city of Loudon, unlike most of the country, is at peace. While religious wars swept the country and kept the Protestants and the Catholics at each others’ throats, the sects live and have lived together without incident in the city for years, primarily due to the charismatic priest Father Urbain Grandier, who acts as a kind of second Governor of the town, loved and respected (despite his frequent and well-known personal transgressions, mostly involving the women of Loudon), but also due to its secure battlements, which keep the city separate and self-sustaining (and whose security has been guaranteed by King Louis the XIII).

 

Cardinal Richelieu, in Paris, seeking to unify the State and the Catholic Church and have complete control of the country under both, despises Loudon’s independence, but with the popular and connected Grandier, and the King’s promise, he cannot take the city’s walls down and gain control. Until a convent of Ursuline nuns in Loudon suddenly begins exhibiting signs of demonic possession and claiming Grandier as an agent of Hell – a story which no one believes, but has power anyway – and a narrative is set in motion which can only end in madness, violence, hysteria, torture, exorcisms, chaos, destruction, and an execution.

 

And this is all a true story.

 

This production of John Whiting’s classic 1960 play, The Devils, remains faithful to Whiting’s text and vision while combining elements of both his source text, Aldous Huxley’s 1952 book The Devils of Loudon, and also Ken Russell’s intense, brilliant, and still deeply controversial 1971 film of the play to create a wider image of the societal and personal forces that combine to use religion as a political club and irrational thought to destroy reason as a man and city are eliminated through a lie that no one believes, but all must obey. 23 actors in a small space create a seething, fast-moving portrait of all aspects and classes of a society that come together to create a horrible event, combining the intensity and stomach-churning aspects of the Russell film with a breadth and scope more often found in the work of Robert Altman. A mix of the darkly comic and deeply horrific, Devils is a stew of the beautiful and human mixed with the repulsive and inhumane.

 

 NOTE: This play contains nudity, sexuality, extreme violence and torture, among other potentially disturbing elements. Not for children or people of sensitive natures.


About the Company: The Brick Theater

The Brick Theater, Inc. is a not-for-profit theater company dedicated to nurturing the work of emerging artists at its performance space in Williamsburg, Brooklyn - The Brick. The Brick presents world premieres, monthly performance series and seasonal festivals, expanding Williamsburg's profile as a destination for cutting-edge art and entertainment. The Brick continues to seek new artists and projects, to provide them with a creative home and to serve as Williamsburg's primary incubator of innovative theater arts.

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Dogs Of Oklahoma  | Open: 06/23/12 Close: 06/30/12
 

Dogs of Oklahoma is a live-streaming radio drama series performed for a live theater audience.

“One of the most fun shows I’ve seen in the past three years…I just need to find the patience to wait for the next episode.”
NYTheatre.com

In the summer of 1919, Rob Gehry returns home from WWI to find that his family no longer lives on the Oklahoma farm where he was born…and no one knows where they are.

Down the road, Clyde Williamson comes back home after a string of successful bank robberies, only to be kicked out by his wife Caroline.

Two years later, Clyde’s older son Van meets Rob at the train Station. Friends since childhood, Van is ready to welcome Rob back like a member of the family. But Rob has changed. He’s keeping secrets. And one of the few possessions he brought back to Oklahoma is a fantastic death machine few people have seen before: a new invention called the Thompson Submachine Gun.

Featuring Jed Peterson, Jerry Richardson, Sean Mellott, Bill Weeden, Julia Christgau, Laurie Schroeder, Philip Callen, Matt Clevy, Brett Aresco, & James B. Kennedy

Live music by Christopher Paul Stelling

Foley art by Jean Ann Douglas


About the Company: The Brick Theater

The Brick Theater, Inc. is a not-for-profit theater company dedicated to nurturing the work of emerging artists at its performance space in Williamsburg, Brooklyn - The Brick. The Brick presents world premieres, monthly performance series and seasonal festivals, expanding Williamsburg's profile as a destination for cutting-edge art and entertainment. The Brick continues to seek new artists and projects, to provide them with a creative home and to serve as Williamsburg's primary incubator of innovative theater arts.

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FREE sound scape Opening Night Preview Cabaret & Party  | Open: 06/07/13 Close: 06/07/13
Join us for the FREE sound scape Opening Night Preview Cabaret & Party!
IT'S FREE! You don't want to miss it. Reserve your spot by clicking on the buy tickets link below, or tix will be available at the door (please show up early, we often sell out!).

Join us afterwards for the party if you can't make the cabaret!

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Game Play Festival 2013  | Open: 07/05/13 Close: 07/28/13

July 5 – 28, 2013

The Brick is pleased to announce the fifth annual Game Play festival, taking place July 2013 in Brooklyn, New York. This year’s festival will once again feature cutting-edge works that lie at the intersection of video gaming and performance. All performances are FREE or $15.

“The most ambitious effort I know of to fuse the techniques and live presentation of theater with the themes, structures and technology of interactive electronic entertainment.”—The New York Times

“Explore[s] the intersections of technology, theatre, performance art and video-game culture in delightfully inventive ways.” —American Theatre

www.bricktheater.com

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Game Play:
a Celebration Of Video Game Performance Art
 | Open: 07/07/10 Close: 07/25/10
Is art playable? Are video games cinematic? Is machinima theatrical? Are smartphones a stage? Is there an architecture that connects these diverse media forms? What boundaries can be broken within (and without) the walls of an Off-Off Broadway Theater to change your view? With the increasing maturity of the modern video game, the possibilities for multi-media cross-over artworks cry out to be explored. 

Boot up your think pad, open your horizon expansion application and prepare to log in to The Brick’s GAME PLAY: A CELEBRATION OF VIDEO GAME PERFORMANCE ART

Game Play explores the collision of technology, theater, performance art, and video game culture by staging the collaborative work of performance and media artists across the digital spectrum.

For more information about game play presentations and performances, please visit www.bricktheater.com/gameplay.


GAME PLAY PRESENTATIONS

GAME PARTY NIGHTS! (FREE–$7)
Opening Night Preview Cabaret & Party—July 9, 8pm, FREE!
Featuring “Real World Instant Messaging” by artist Kurt Bigenho. www.unfinished.com

Rock Band Karaoke Night—July 16, 11pm, $5
Play Rock Band in a theater! Karaoke-style!

Babycastles—July 17, 11pm, $7
With playable local video games by NY game designers. www.babycastles.com

Chiptunes Dance Party—July 24, 11pm, $5
Party to 1980s/’90s video game–inspired Chiptunes with Video-Game Projections!

 

VIDEO GAME PERFORMANCES! ($15)

Grand Theft Ovid
Sat July 10, 3pm; Sun July 11, 4:30pm; Wed July 14, 7pm; Sat July 17, 5pm; Sun July 18, 2pm; Thurs July 22, 7pm; Sat July 24, 7pm; Sun July 25, 5pm

Kewl-Aid Man in Second Life
www.koolaidmaninsecondlife.com
Sat July 10, 10pm

Modal Kombat
www.modalkombat.com
Sat July 10, 8pm; Fri July 16, 9pm; Sat July 17, 2pm; Thurs July 22, 9pm; Sat July 24, 9pm

A Short Lecture of a Different Time
www.8bithistorian.com
Sun July 11, 2pm; Thurs July 15, 7pm; Tuesday July 20, 8pm; Fri July 23, 7pm; Sat July 24, 2pm

Theater of the Arcade: Five Classic Video Games Adapted for the Stage
Tues July 13, 8pm; Thurs July 15, 9pm; Fri July 16, 7pm; Sat July 17, 7pm; Sun July 18, 7pm; Wed July 21, 8pm; Fri July 23, 9pm; Sun July 25, 2pm

 

ONGOING GAME INSTALLATIONS!

Chess
www.eriksanner.com

The Wrench
www.knifeandfork.org

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Improv Madness  | Open: 03/15/13 Close: 05/31/13
The Brick Theater is excited to present its Spring 2013 Improv Tournement, Improv Madness, beginning March 15th 2013. Every other Friday come see two bouts; each bout consists of two teams performing for twenty (20) minutes in the style of their choice. The winner of each bout, elected by popular vote of that night's audience, moves on to the next round. Teams compete in the single-elimination tournament for the glory and the pot—50% of each night's ticket sales, winner takes all!

Four chairs, no bench warmers, no home court advantage.

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Introduction to QLab workshop with Ryan Holsopple  | Open: 06/29/13 Close: 06/29/13
This is an overview of the basic functions of show control with QLab 2. This includes sound file playback for two channels and multiple channels, MIDI communication and video.

QLab is an essential tool for sound designers and stage managers.

from the QLab website: “QLab allows you to control audio, video, and MIDI from a single workspace. The basic version of QLab is free and provides a powerful audio playback environment. For advanced users, licenses are available to enhance the audio features, as well as to add video and MIDI functionality.”

Director & Designer Ryan Holsopple of 31 Down was nominated for a 2011 Hewes Design Award for the sound design of 31 Down's Here At Home. 31 Down received a Best Of New York 2007 award by the Village Voice for the interactive telephone murder mystery, Canal Street Station, a free public art installation.

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Lord Oxford Brings you the second american revolution, live!  | Open: 10/23/08 Close: 11/22/08
Being the necessary and appropriate response to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's suppression of the freedoms and dignity of the European-American settlers and their descendants in the Royal Eastern American Colonies and the inordinate conferring of special favours and privileges on the merciless Indian savages and the former Negro slaves, in the year 2008! Hello, white people. It's just awful being under the thumb of the British. Ever since they slaughtered General Washington at the Battle of Brooklyn, handed our Southern plantations over to the slaves and restricted our settlements to the lands east of the Appalachians, we've had little to celebrate. But Lord Oxford feels your pain. Come to a live taping of Lord Oxford's Hour! where his faithful orphan sidekick Patty O'Pattycake and a merry band of Colonial actors will take your mind off the sorry state of the world through songs, skits and tableaux. Don't worry! Chin up! The Declaration of Independence will live again! In a musical that's Democracy in America meets Alice in Wonderland meets Cabaret, Robert Honeywell brings back many of his actor/collaborators from Every Play Ever Written ("Gleefully funny … a must-see for anyone who has been onstage" New York Times) and Greed: A Musical Love Story ("One of the best new musicals in town" nytheatre.com) in this bouffon-inspired, satire-laced political fantasia. Developed with acclaimed clown teacher Sue Morrison. Orchestrations and additional music by Matt Van Brink played live by an onstage band.

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Mass  | Open: 04/13/13 Close: 04/30/13

April 13 – 30, 2013

Music, book and lyrics by Robert Honeywell
Directed by Leah Bonvissuto
Music direction by Maria Dessena
Set design by Lianne Arnold
Lighting design by Joe Levasseur
Video design by Daniel McKleinfeld
Sound design by Emma Wilk
Costume design by Iracel Rivero
Choreography by Sarah Doudna
Special effects by Stephanie Cox-Williams and Melissa Roth
Assistant Dir. & Stage Management by Raffaela Vergata

Featuring: Esther Crow, Rebecca Gray Davis, Melissa DeLancey, Kaitlan Emery, Amanda LaPergola, Tracy Shar, Phoebe Silva,* and Moira Stone*

And the band of: Derek Davidson, Maria Dessena, Ryan Ferreira, Michael Rafalowich and Sparkie Sandler

*Appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association

How far is too far in love and art? Pissing on a museum sculpture to make a statement? Mutilating yourself, or your lover, as performance art? Two girlfriends test their boundaries in a modern retelling of the tortured relationship of van Gogh and Gaugin. Set in 2015-2018 in New York, Vancouver and Shanghai, Mass is a new musical featuring an all-female cast accompanied by a live rock band.

Tues & Thurs–Sat @ 8 pm; Sun @ 3 pm

$18 ($10 for previews on Apr 13, 14, 16, 18)

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Modal Kombat  | Open: 07/09/10 Close: 07/24/10

Modal Kombat

Modal Kombat, The first ever guitar-controlled video game battle, has arrived. Formed by guitarists David Hindman and Evan Drummond, this forward-thinking ensemble has developed technology that allows classical-electric guitars to control the characters in console video games. Modal Kombat lies at the intersection between music, visual arts, and digital media that results in the defining of a new genre of audio-visual performance: the public guitar-controlled video game battle. Modal Kombat delivers an interdisciplinary performance concerned with the media of modern classical performance, emerging technologies, and popular culture by having its foundation in fields as wide-ranging as composition, performance, lighting design, computer programming, and circuit design. This modern-day dueling banjos raises the bar for performers, composers, interface designers, and competitive gamers, while delivering an engaging combination of music and classic video game competition. www.modalkombat.com 


About the Company: The Brick Theater

The Brick Theater, Inc. is a not-for-profit theater company dedicated to nurturing the work of emerging artists at its performance space in Williamsburg, Brooklyn - The Brick. The Brick presents world premieres, monthly performance series and seasonal festivals, expanding Williamsburg's profile as a destination for cutting-edge art and entertainment. The Brick continues to seek new artists and projects, to provide them with a creative home and to serve as Williamsburg's primary incubator of innovative theater arts.

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Neon Lights  | Open: 02/11/12 Close: 02/11/12
 Jeff and Buttons have TONS of new material and now they have their own show so this should be a cinch. Their comedy harkens back to the golden age of Vaudeville (1925-late 1925) with updated and reworked laughs. Their new PoMoVau show Neon Lights is all you need to know about Vaudeville and ol' timey crack 'em ups. They're also idiots. 


About the Company: The Brick Theater

The Brick Theater, Inc. is a not-for-profit theater company dedicated to nurturing the work of emerging artists at its performance space in Williamsburg, Brooklyn - The Brick. The Brick presents world premieres, monthly performance series and seasonal festivals, expanding Williamsburg's profile as a destination for cutting-edge art and entertainment. The Brick continues to seek new artists and projects, to provide them with a creative home and to serve as Williamsburg's primary incubator of innovative theater arts.

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New York Clown Theatre Festival  | Open: 09/03/10 Close: 09/26/10
  The Brick Theater, Inc., presenter of the first festival of Clown Theatre in New York in over 20 years in 2006, brings the festival back this fall as the 2010 New York Clown Theatre Festival, performing September 3-26 at The Brick Theater in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. This year’s festival will feature diverse clown theatre artists from the Ukraine, Israel, Wales, Mexico, Canada, and across the United States from California, Connecticut, Georgia, Maine, Maryland, Oregon, Chicago and New York City.  

The festival will present 17 mainstage shows, 4 kid-friendly shows, 1 street show, and 5 cabarets, including a cabaret devoted to clowns over 50! The festival begins on September 3 with its traditional opening day parade from Union Square through the L line subway to Williamsburg, followed by an open-to-the-public pie fight at The Brick Theater! And it closes on September 26 with the traditional closing day Funeral, with clowns weeping and wailing in the streets of Williamsburg.

The NEW YORK CLOWN THEATRE FESTIVAL will run September 3-26 at The Brick (575 Metropolitan Avenue between Union Avenue and Lorimer Street, Brooklyn; subway: L to Lorimer, G to Metropolitan). Tickets ($15 Regular / $10 for Weekend Matinee Family Shows) are available online at www.bricktheater.com or by calling 1-866-811-4111.

MAINSTAGE SHOWS

 CARMEN THE MOPERA

The Eccentric Company

Directed by Avner Eisenberg

Peaks Island, ME

www.JulieGoell.com

The cleaning lady of the Royal Opera takes the stage in a zany romp through the sacred cows of opera. Using the contents of the utility closet, physical comedy and a superb mezzo soprano voice, the cleaning lady performs Bizet’s Carmen like it’s never been done before! “Delicately executed physical comedy worthy of Chaplin himself” – Jack Helbig, Chicago Reader. 75 min. 

Mon 9/20 @ 7pm, Thu 9/23 @ 8:30pm, & Sat 9/25 @ 8pm  

 

CHANNEL ONE

James and JF

New York, NY

http://jamesandjf.blogspot.com

In a world where television has been abandoned, one lone television is found. One channel remains working. Channel One. A few lost souls are still out there, creating their own brand of quality entertainment. They’re just not sure anyone’s listening, or watching, or even has the capability to watch on a TV, ’cause these gems don’t play on a computer. It’s TV, baby. TV. And they’re the only ones left. 60 min.

Sun 9/19 @ 8pm, Wed 9/22 @ 9pm, & Thu 9/23 @ 7pm

 

CIRKUS LUNA!

Theatre Group Dzieci

New York, NY

http://dziecitheatre.org

Hailing from East Molvenia, Cirkus Luna! may be the worst circus act ever to perform in public. There is nothing this family troupe does that comes even remotely close to demonstrating skill. Tightrope walkers chicken out, the lion weeps, and acrobats can’t even do a forward roll. Festival veterans Theatre Group Dzieci bring their unique, hilarious, even creepy version of clown work back to The Brick.  45 min.

Fri 9/10 @ 7pm, Tue 9/14 @ 7pm, & Wed 9/15 @ 9pm  

 

CLOWNS WITH GOWNS

[Double-bill with Ferdinand the Magnificent! or Send in the Angels]

Clowns with Gowns Productions: Adriana Chavez and Heidi Rider

Blue Lake, CA

http://clownswithgowns.weebly.com

Carmen Francesca Maria Frida Ophelia de la Rosa is ridiculously vain. Gertrude is ridiculously desperate to be just as pretty! Two female clowns attempt to do an extraordinary act together, but will their competitive vying for audience adoration spin it into an outrageous flop? Their impassioned desire to be the best, the most bewitching, the most ravishing, the most fascinatingly foxy, the most devastatingly dazzlingly divine diva drives their female rivalry to shocking extremes. This battle of beauty is fully equipped with unraveling skirts, increasingly absurd hairdos and (laughable?) female-vs-female zaniness!  25 min.

Sat 9/4 @ 5pm, Tue 9/7 @ 7pm, Sat 9/11 @ 10pm, Sun 9/12 @ 5pm, & Wed 9/15 @ 7pm 

 

DIZ AND IZZY ASTER- VAUDEVILLE'S LATE BLOOMERS

[Double-bill with Ferdinand the Magnificent! or Clowns with Gowns]

Happenstance Theater

Rockville, MD

www.happenstancetheater.com

In the tradition of Burns and Allen, Ball and Arnaz, Seeley and Fields this offbeat couple brings their baggage to the stage in harmonies from Between-the-Wars and cheery songs of the Great Depression. Slapstick comedy, ukulele and musical saw in a sweet little music hall show. 30 min.

Tue 9/7 @ 7pm & Thu 9/9 @ 7pm

 

FERDINAND THE MAGNIFICENT! 

[Double-bill with Clowns with Gowns or Send in the Angels]

Third Base!

Blue Lake, CA

Join this very strange character on a journey through song and the embarrassments of love. Ferdinand, wearing a diaper and a shocking pink bodysuit, has the habit of discovering musical instruments in places they have no right to be, leading the audience through a hilarious, surreal world. Created by Nick Trotter at Dell’Arte International, Ferdinand has appeared in Third Base!'s Myths of the Plastic Age and toured Chiapas, Mexico with Clowns Without Borders.  30 min.

Sat 9/4 @ 5pm, Thu 9/9 @ 7pm, Sat 9/11 @ 10pm, Sun 9/12 @ 5pm, & Mon 9/13 @ 7pm

 

HOW TO GIVE UP ON YOUR DREAMS: BY NOT REALLY TRYING

Bony Lil aka Zea Barker

Chicago, IL

http://zeabarker.com

So much struggle. So much heartache. Don't you think it's time to let those dreams go? Take it from a recent convert. Bony Lil takes you by the hand and leads you to a place where you don't need to try and strive ...and cry. Give up on your dreams. You'll be awfully glad you did. 45 min.

Fri 9/17 @ 9pm, Mon 9/20 @ 9pm, & Sat 9/25 @ 6pm

 

HULA HELL IS MISS SATURN

Miss Saturn

New York, NY

www.misssaturn.com

Miss Saturn pulls out all the stops in a variety show featuring physical comedy, singing and dancing, small hoops, big hoops, invisible hoops, and various attempts at breaking records of different sorts.  60 min.

Sat 9/11 @ 6pm, Thu 9/16 @ 8:30, & Fri 9/24 @ 9pm

 

THE LAST SHOW YOU’LL EVER SEE

Nomadic Theatre Co.

Portland, OR

www.nomadictheatre.org

The Last Show You’ll Ever See features Sarah Liane Foster and her trombone as they face the possibility of impending apocalypse. Through fast-paced humor, offbeat text, virtuosic pantomime, and musical interludes, our intrepid heroine grapples with the endless possibilities of ending, before it’s too late …  75 min.

Fri 9/17 @ 7pm, Sat 9/18 @ 6pm, Tue 9/21 @ 7pm, Fri 9/24 @ 7pm, & Sat 9/25 @ 10pm

 

LEGS AND ALL

Summer Shapiro & Peter Musante

New York, NY

A man in an attic meets a woman in a box. As they lure one another into their worlds, their curiosity unfolds and exposes a hilarious, mind-bending, innovative allegory for the classic man-meets-woman story. Rooted in physical comedy and drenched in imaginative stage illusion, Legs and All is an inventive exploration of human loneliness set to an evocative tango-meets-bluegrass score.  60 min.

Tue 9/14 @ 9pm, Thu 9/16 @ 7pm, Sat 9/18 @ 10pm, & Fri 9/24 @11pm

 

MANCHEGO: THE BIRTH OF CHEESE

Ambrose Martos

New York, NY

http://ambrosemartos.com

An innocent clown finds his darker, sexier (well, perhaps) side, and has to decide if he will let it take over his existence. Ambrose Martos has toured North America as a principal clown with Cirque du Soleil’s Quidam, performed in the award-winning Off-Broadway hit Slava’s Snowshow and works often with Australia’s Umbilical Brothers. He is a member of the physical comedy trio Happy Hour and hosts burlesque shows in New York City.  45 min.

Sat 9/4 @ 10:30pm & Sun 9/5 @ 9pm

 

MORRO AND JASP DO PUBERTY

UNIT Productions

Toronto, Canada

www.morroandjasp.com

Morro and Jasp Do Puberty explores the world of clown sisters Morro and Jasp racing head first into their bloodiest challenge yet. Jasp can’t wait for puberty and fantasizes about boys and brand new bodily functions, while Morro awkwardly attempts to hide from the inevitable changes overtaking her. A hit at the Toronto Fringe Festival, earning double-five-star reviews and a “Best of the Fest” award, Morro and Jasp Do Puberty follows the bumpy road to adulthood through a hilarious look back at the best period of your life.  60 min.

Sat 9/4 @ 7pm, Sun 9/5 @ 7pm, Thu 9/9 @ 8:30pm, Fri 9/10 @ 9pm, & Sun 9/12 @ 9pm 

 

MS. PRETTY SMART, SECRET AGENT

Olivia Lehrman

New York, NY

www.landinthe.net

[Double-bill with Perhaps, Perhaps, Quizás …]

Follow this acrobat/comedienne through a fantasy world of adventure, heroism, and stupidity. While playing piano behind her back, turning upside down, speaking Chinese, and tangling herself up in concertina playing, Secret Agent Pretty Smart juggles the humdrum of life with exploits of bravery.  30 min.

Sun 9/5 @ 5pm, Mon 9/6 @ 8pm, Tue 9/7 @ 9pm, Sat 9/11 @ 8pm, & Sun 9/12 @ 7pm

 

NEON LIGHTS

Jeff Seal & Chris Manley

Directed by Danny Manley

New York, NY

Jeff and Buttons have TONS of new material and now they have their own show so this should be a cinch. Their comedy harkens back to the golden age of Vaudeville with updated and reworked laughs. Their new PoMoVau show, Neon Lights is all you need to know about Vaudeville and ol’ timey crack ’em ups. They’re also idiots. Chris Manley (Buttons) is a member of "New Excitement" and has appeared on Comedy Central. Jeff Seal is a four-time Golden Clown Nose nominee and has appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman. Both of them co-wrote and acted in Kill Me Loudly: A Clown Noir. 60 min.

Wed 9/8 @ 8pm, Mon 9/13 @ 9pm, Sat 9/18 @ 8pm, & Wed 9/22 @ 7pm

 

PERHAPS, PERHAPS, QUIZÁS …

Clown Me In

Mexico City, Mexico

www.clownmein.com

[Double-bill with Ms. Pretty Smart, Secret Agent]

Perhaps, perhaps, quizás … is a clown piece playing with the idea of loneliness, waiting and hoping for the right man. Our protagonist, Grima, is a lonely woman who, once a week, rehearses the arrival of The One and the wedding itself. She wants to fall in love – the hard, take-you-by-surprise, soul-changing kind of love – and is afraid as time passes she might actually be left with only the fake prop that exists in her mind as The Perfect Gentleman.  Hailing from Mexico City, Gabriela Muñoz has toured throughout Mexico and the Middle East, bringing her simultaneously surreal and earthy clown characters to audiences at venues ranging from large urban stages to refugee camps.  20 min.

Sun 9/5 @ 5pm, Mon 9/6 @ 8pm, Tue 9/7 @ 9pm, Sat 9/11 @ 8pm, & Sun 9/12 @ 7pm

 

SEND IN THE ANGELS

[Double-bill with Ferdinand the Magnificent! or Clowns with Gowns and pre-show to all Family Shows]

CDDC Productions

Wales, UK

www.dennidennis.com

http://clareparryjones.com

Denni Dennis and Clare Parry-Jones return to the festival. These two angels appear to give love, comfort and relaxation to the audience. But it is not always easy to pull the reigns in, especially when you have the wind beneath your wings! Dennis and Parry-Jones have toured internationally with their clown and physical work and were a hit at clown festivals in Denmark and Monte Carlo.  25 min. Mon 9/13 @ 7pm & Wed 9/15 @ 7pm 

 

OFFSITE EVENTS

THE KAPINSKI PRIVATE EYE ACADEMY

F.O. Fire

New York, NY

http://buttkapinski.com

Explore the Williamsburg streets with NYC’s No. 1 Pwivate Eye Butt Kapinski. In this on-location workshop, you will be expertly trained in the sacred art of urban private investigation. Also featuring the Butt Kapinski orchestra. Limited Spots Available.  30 min. 

Fri 9/17 @ 8:30pm, Mon 9/20 @ 8:45pm, Tue 9/21 @ 8:45pm, Wed 9/22 @ 8:30pm, & Fri 9/24 @ 10:30pm

 

FAMILY SHOWS

 

A-DRESSING HISTORY

Fool’s Academy

New York, NY

www.foolsacademy.com

[For kids 7 & older]

Discover history through a new lens: your clothes! From penguin suits to jeans, tees, and kicks, we uncover the often-odd world of what covers you. Fool’s Academy uses circus arts and comedy to make history tangible, literally, through your very own clothes.  50 min. Sat 9/18 @ 3pm & 9/19 @ 3pm

 

CONEY ISLAND CHRIS

Chris Allison

Naugatuck, CT

www.coneyislandchris.com

[For kids 12 & older; Sept 17 10:30pm show for adults]

Coney Island Chris has made it his mission to keep the age-old traditions of the sideshow alive! He will astound and entertain by demonstrating some of the most beloved and historical sideshow stunts ever presented, including sword swallowing, placing his hand in various animal traps that will slam shut on his exposed fingers, lying on a bed of nails, driving a 10-inch spike up his nose, stomach stapling and many more…..all with his special comedic twist!  45 min.

Sun 9/5 @ 3pm, Fri 9/17 @ 10:30pm, & Sat 9/25 @ 3pm  

 

THE WOW SHOW

Have Vaude, Ville Travel Productions

Decatur, GA

www.polytropic.org

[For kids 3 & older]

The joy of discovery is distilled through the eyes of an exuberant clown, an innocent who relies on his (admittedly limited) wits and the help of the audience to accomplish his list of tasks. He enters the theater, explores his environment, and generally makes a mess of things as he tells the story of a Prince, a Witch, and a Princess who loves broccoli.  40 min.

Sat 9/11 @ 3pm & Sun 9/12 @ 3pm 

 

 

 

  


About the Company: The Brick Theater

The Brick Theater, Inc. is a not-for-profit theater company dedicated to nurturing the work of emerging artists at its performance space in Williamsburg, Brooklyn - The Brick. The Brick presents world premieres, monthly performance series and seasonal festivals, expanding Williamsburg's profile as a destination for cutting-edge art and entertainment. The Brick continues to seek new artists and projects, to provide them with a creative home and to serve as Williamsburg's primary incubator of innovative theater arts.

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Redbeard & Domicella  | Open: 06/04/10 Close: 06/27/10
Redbeard & Domicella is presented as part of theToo Soon Festival at The Brick (575 Metropolitan Avenue between Union Avenue and Lorimer Street, Brooklyn).

In Redbeard & Domicella, two high school sweethearts deliver a bold retrospective of their young marriage in “he said, she said” fashion. The witty, irrepressible Redbeard works in a bicycle shop near Brighton Beach; the slightly-built, titanic-hearted Domicella splits her time between a desk at the District Attorney’s Office, and the kitchen table where she writes. The play speaks (too soon?) about instances of loss as disparate as September 11th and Michael Jackson’s death, as well as Domicella’s own close scrape on the wild streets of New York.

Redbeard & Domicella is a true story. “If I were to write a book about us,” the real Redbeard told the real Domicella, “I would call it, The Old Man and the Noise.” And so the noise set out to write the story of the old man and the noise, using things they said and things they overheard. This is an ode between man and wife, a collage of quotes, iconic objects and memories. It is also a celebration of the bicycle, a symbol of survival in a city that suffers hard but laughs harder.


 

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Room For Dialogue: The Actor’s Voice and Responsive Audio Technology  | Open: 06/09/13 Close: 06/09/13
A presentation and demonstration of the audio application Verser with a performance, which uses the human voice to control sound interactively. It was developed specifically for use in theatrical sound design and plays that focus on speech and dialogue in particular.

50 minutes

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Sound Scape  | Open: 06/07/13 Close: 06/29/13
In the modern theater, unsung artists called Sound Designers are quietly engaged to flesh out theatrical productions with recordings of crickets, doorbells and phone rings. They fill your Tempests with winds, your Streetcar with street noise and your Vanyas with gunshots. They mix your incidental music with your offstage voices and invisibly support the director’s vision. If they’re doing their job correctly, you won’t even notice their contribution.

For four weeks this June, The Brick says this to the modern theater: no more crickets.

Introducing a theater festival where Sound Designers are primary artists.

Employing The Brick’s new surround sound system, New York’s most talented sound designers are invited to create theatrical experiences that foreground their art and re- establish the theater as a new type of auditorium for the 21st century stage.

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THE UNCANNY VALLEY  | Open: 10/08/14 Close: 10/19/14
What do we gain in our quest for immortality? What might we lose? Is technological progress the product of free will, or a Faustian bargain? Francesca Talenti imaginatively explores these questions in The Uncanny Valley, a new play for two humans and one humanoid robot.

In The Uncanny Valley, young Edwin agrees to participate in a study run by the mysterious Professor Southcott in order to escape a destructive digital doppelganger. The contract Edwin signs promises him wealth and a clean slate; in exchange, he must upload his mind into Dummy, a robot capable of mirroring Edwin’s being. This new multimedia play is a horrifying yet humorous exploration of the fragility of the human soul.

Dummy the robot will be played by a full-sized, fully programmed humanoid RoboThespian™. Created and produced by Engineered Arts in England, RobotThespians™ are becoming increasingly common as interactive tools and companions.The Uncanny Valley is one of the first instances of this cutting-edge technology being used in a theater production. 

After a successful premiere in The Brick’s 2014 Game Play Festival THE UNCANNY VALLEY, written and directed by Francesca Talenti will return to The Brick Theater (579 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn) for a limited two-week run October 8-19. The production will feature a RoboThespian™ actor along with human actors Katja Hill and Alphonse Nicholson (Dominique Morisseau's Autumn's Harvest at Lincoln Center Theater). The creative team will include Puppeteer/Robot Manager Jim Bulluck, Software Designer Adrian Ilie, Robo Explorer Henry Fuchs, Set Designer David Navalinsky, Lighting Designer Kathy A. Perkins (Daniel Sullivan’s In Real Life with Manhattan Theatre Club), and Stage Manager Alex James. 


About the Company: The Brick Theater

The Brick Theater, Inc. is a not-for-profit theater company dedicated to nurturing the work of emerging artists at its performance space in Williamsburg, Brooklyn - The Brick. The Brick presents world premieres, monthly performance series and seasonal festivals, expanding Williamsburg's profile as a destination for cutting-edge art and entertainment. The Brick continues to seek new artists and projects, to provide them with a creative home and to serve as Williamsburg's primary incubator of innovative theater arts.

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The Cleverbot Plays  | Open: 03/22/13 Close: 03/23/13
Playwrights include: Matt Barbot, Maggie Cino, John DeVore, Amina Henry, Callie Kimball, Matt Freeman, Roger Nasser, Qui Nguyen, Alexis Sotille, Leah Winkler, and Valerie Work

Directed by: Pete Boisvert, Hope Cartelli, Michael Gardner, Morgan Green, and Robyne Martinez

The Cleverbot Plays is a series of six short plays transcribed from conversations between indie playwrights and Cleverbot, one of the most advanced artificial intelligences ever. Each playwright converses with Cleverbot to form a 10-minute script, which will then be assigned to a director and brought to the stage. Can great theater come from the marriage of playwrights and AI? The Brick aims to find out.

$15

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The Collected Rules Of Gifted Camp  | Open: 05/16/12 Close: 05/26/12
 

Since their origins in the early 1980’s, academic summer programs for gifted teenagers have proliferated across the United States, and indeed around the world. Fueled by an increasingly competitive college admissions process, easy access to standardized qualifying tests, and parental anxiety over children’s future career prospects, these programs capitalize as well on teens’ longstanding desires to escape from adult supervision and suburban boredom. The Collected Rules of Gifted Camp explores the way these new trends collide with and transform the traditional American pastime of summer camp.
 
 Annie, Leila, and Kevin, age 15,  have been counting the days until they arrive at their summer destination, a highly selective academic program for gifted teens. Dodging flying peppermints, deformed Noxema jars, kidnappers, claw-knives, aggressive squirrels, the ever-present threat of swine flu, not to mention their counselor, Rose, the campers doggedly pursue their respective Camp Goals – until the unexpected happens, at the Saturday night costume dance.
 
Written by: Valerie Work
Direction: Annie Tippe
Costume Design: Eleot Reich
Featuring: Hollis Beck, Andrew R. Butler, Lena Hudson, & Ryann Weir

About the Company: The Brick Theater

The Brick Theater, Inc. is a not-for-profit theater company dedicated to nurturing the work of emerging artists at its performance space in Williamsburg, Brooklyn - The Brick. The Brick presents world premieres, monthly performance series and seasonal festivals, expanding Williamsburg's profile as a destination for cutting-edge art and entertainment. The Brick continues to seek new artists and projects, to provide them with a creative home and to serve as Williamsburg's primary incubator of innovative theater arts.

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The Granduncle Quadrilogy  | Open: 12/04/08 Close: 12/20/08
Written by Jeff Lewonczyk, Directed by Hope Cartelli

A frozen northern country. Mammoths and walruses. The legendary death of a saintly child. A twisted winter
celebration. The Granduncle Quadrilogy is a holiday special for a made-up holiday. Listen to Granduncle, ancient
storyteller and veteran of an endless war, as he and his fellow citizens mix folktales, fictional ethnology, and war
stories to conjure a mordant yet moving portrait of an imaginary icebound world that curiously mirrors our own.

Piper McKenzie (pipermckenzie.com) has been a fixture of the downtown and Brooklyn scenes since being founded by
Hope Cartelli and Jeff Lewonczyk in 1998. Called "brazenly experimental, unapologetically populist, and surprisingly
endearing" by IndieTheater.org, Piper is dedicated to exploring the middle ground between high and low culture,
comedy and tragedy, history and the future. Notable recent productions include this past spring's hit comedy of war
and sex Babylon Babylon, the sci-fi romance serial Lady Cryptozoologist, and the celebrated Bizarre Science Fantasy
dance-theater series, whose most popular installment, Macbeth Without Words, was a standout of 2007's Pretentious
Festival at The Brick.

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The House Of Fitzcarraldo  | Open: 03/07/12 Close: 03/17/12
In 1979 director Werner Herzog and his megalomaniac best fiend, Klaus Kinski, pulled a 300-ton steamship over a mountain under its own steam. In this highly theatrical performance work, the performers, taking on the role of the Collective Ego of Herzog & Kinski, ponder the significance of dreams and the insanity one must invest in pursuing the useless conquest of unconscious wishes. Pulling and culling from a myriad of source texts, videos, and dreams, Buran uses its distinctive style to situate itself between high and low culture - creating mayhem, shooting cap guns, prompting sing-a-longs, and integrating a folksy existentialism to explore our nature as beings who cannot help but desire our own dumb dreams.

Directed by Nikolas Weir
Scenic & Lighting Design by Nick Kostner

Music byChristopher Luxem & Casey Mraz

Lyrics byHenry Bial & Adam R. Burnett

Performed by Henry Bial, Adam R. Burnett, Jud Knudsen, Hilary Kelman, Christopher Luxem, Geraldo Mercado, and Casey Mraz.


About the Company: The Brick Theater

The Brick Theater, Inc. is a not-for-profit theater company dedicated to nurturing the work of emerging artists at its performance space in Williamsburg, Brooklyn - The Brick. The Brick presents world premieres, monthly performance series and seasonal festivals, expanding Williamsburg's profile as a destination for cutting-edge art and entertainment. The Brick continues to seek new artists and projects, to provide them with a creative home and to serve as Williamsburg's primary incubator of innovative theater arts.

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The Oven: The Heart In Your Chest  | Open: 03/11/13 Close: 03/11/13
Milla doesn't leave the motel room. It's scary out there. But when the agents come knocking and her neighbor starts screaming and there's no where to get a bite of a crisp clean apple Milla begins to move.


About the Company: The Brick Theater

The Brick Theater, Inc. is a not-for-profit theater company dedicated to nurturing the work of emerging artists at its performance space in Williamsburg, Brooklyn - The Brick. The Brick presents world premieres, monthly performance series and seasonal festivals, expanding Williamsburg's profile as a destination for cutting-edge art and entertainment. The Brick continues to seek new artists and projects, to provide them with a creative home and to serve as Williamsburg's primary incubator of innovative theater arts.

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The Taming Of Cats  | Open: 10/14/16 Close: 10/22/16
The Taming of Cats, about Catherine, whose violent and bloody blackouts inflame her most primal fears.  Her world falls increasingly out of orbit as the cause eludes explanation.  Forces pull at Cat from every direction: her sister needs her to be normal; her stalker aches to save her; and her would-be-lover hungers to satisfy her most voracious desires.  Catherine is desperate for answers, but the truth may prove more terrifying then her wildest nightmare... 

The play features performers Kim Gainer, Teniece Divya Johnson, Andrew Baldwin and Ken Simon.


 

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The Wedding Of Berit Johnson & Ian W. Hill:
a Theatre Study By Ian W. Hill & Berit Johnson
 | Open: 06/19/10 Close: 06/26/10
Ian W. Hill & Berit Johnson have been making theatre as partners in life and work for ten years – Ian in front as director and actor; Berit, who only wants anonymity, behind-the-scenes. 7 years ago, they decided to marry. In order for it to have meaning for them, they chose to make their marriage a piece of theatre.  So for this personal show, a personal press release, adapted from an email response from a member of the press, who asked us, “Is this wedding valid and legal?”  The response from Ian at Gemini CollisionWorks:
 
Yes, Gemini CollisionWorks' The Wedding of Berit Johnson & Ian W. Hill: A Theatre Study by Ian W. Hill & Berit Johnson contains the ACTUAL legally binding elements that will marry Berit and myself.  Noted author/playwright/performer Trav S.D. has graciously got himself registered with the state of New York to act as our officiant, and there will be a wedding party of friends from the Indie Theatre community, going back to our early days producing theatre at NADA on Ludlow Street.  The company will be costumed by Karen Flood, best known for her wonderful creations for Inverse Theater, who has also worked with us before.

The performance itself – mostly a monologue for Ian W. Hill as "himself" with pointed interjections from Berit Johnson, as well as several standard Gemini CollisionWorks dance-movement numbers, a recreation of "the proposal," a photo history of the couple's childhoods, and helpful marriage ceremony hints from the wedding party – will concern itself with what constitutes for this theatrical couple a "valid" marriage, especially between two people who have considered themselves married for 10 years, and for whom the creation of any piece of theatre is a FAR more important ceremony than a normal wedding, as well as an attempt for me to create a work that is not only personal – ALL my plays are personal – but uses actual autobiographical materials of my life, which for me is usually distasteful, unseemly, fetishistic, and self-indulgent.  I’m still trying to work this out.
 
Also, while Berit HAS agreed to speak (in limited amounts) from the tech booth during the ceremony, she has NOT agreed to appear physically on stage, as she is "not a performer" and HATES being looked at or having any attention focused in her direction.  How the absence of a “bride” might effect a wedding may yet be discovered . . .  Maybe this whole "public performance" thing WASN’T such a good idea . . .
 
Is this wedding happening too soon?  Too late?  Or "just right?"  You decide.  Hope to see you there.
 
 best wishes, Ian W. Hill,  Gemini CollisionWorks, Brooklyn, NY


GEMINI COLLISIONWORKS is Ian W. Hill (arts) & Berit Johnson (crafts), and has been producing theatre in NYC since 1997.  This show is the 64th created by GCW, which has produced acclaimed productions of plays by by Foreman, Eliot, Havel, Ionesco, Wellman, Shakespeare, Fassbinder, Jeff Goode, and Marc Spitz, along with many original works by Mr. Hill.

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Theater Of The Arcade: Five Classic Video Games Adapted For The Stage  | Open: 07/09/10 Close: 07/25/10

 

Theater of the Arcade: Five Classic Video Games Adapted for the Stage 

An apelike brute holds an innocent young woman captive and hurls obstacles at anyone who dares approach. A glutton eats everything in sight while running away from the ghosts that haunt him. Are these the plots of classic video games, or are they searing narratives of modernist drama? In this collection of short plays, the creators of Brick hits Suspicious Package and Craven Monkey and the Mountain of Fury explore what happens when stories born of the arcade are given the high literary respect and dramaturgical rigor they deserve. 

Written by Jeff Lewonczyk, directed by Gyda Arber.

 

Tues July 13, 8pm

Thurs July 15, 9pm

Fri July 16, 7pm

Sat July 17, 7pm

Sun July 18, 7pm

Wed July 21, 8pm

Fri July 23, 9pm

 Sun July 25, 2pm


About the Company: The Brick Theater

The Brick Theater, Inc. is a not-for-profit theater company dedicated to nurturing the work of emerging artists at its performance space in Williamsburg, Brooklyn - The Brick. The Brick presents world premieres, monthly performance series and seasonal festivals, expanding Williamsburg's profile as a destination for cutting-edge art and entertainment. The Brick continues to seek new artists and projects, to provide them with a creative home and to serve as Williamsburg's primary incubator of innovative theater arts.

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