Piper McKenzie

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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 McKenzie creates mock-epic movement theater and kinetic plays/musicals at the intersection of physicality, comedy and mythology (both pop-culture and historical).  Recent shows include the Fight Fest success Craven Monkey and the Mountain of Fury; the 2009 FringeNYC hit Willy Nilly: A Musical Exploitation of the Most Far-Out Cult Murders of the Psychedelic Era; the NYITA-nominated The Granduncle Quadrilogy: Tales from the Land of Ice; the popular serial Lady Cryptozoologist at the Vampire Cowboys Saloon, 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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Production History

Craven Monkey and the Mountain of Fury  | Open: 02/26/10 Close: 03/13/10
By popular demand, Piper McKenzie is presenting a remount of Craven Monkey and the Mountain of Fury, one of the critical and popular hits of December 2009’s Fight Fest at The Brick Theater. Can one perverted simian overcome his family, a gang of grotesque predators and Mother Nature herself to evolve to the next level of life? Or will he end up just another damn dead monkey?

Combining elements of comparative mythology, silent comedy, capoeira, video game violence and modern dance, Craven Monkey and the Mountain of Fury features a troupe of actor/dancers performing in the unique wordless style of Piper McKenzie’s “Bizarre Science Fantasy” series, which yielded Macbeth Without Words, Sexadelic Cemetery and a number of other singular theatrical experiences. The result is a savage, sexy, slapstick spectacular that pumps new theatrical life into the notion of “survival of the fittest.”

Jeannine's Abortion: A Play In One Trimester  | Open: 06/24/10 Close: 06/27/10
Hope Cartelli from Piper McKenzie and Eric Bland from Old Kent Road Theater join forces to present the world premiere of Jeannine’s Abortion: A Play in One Trimester, a Hope and Eric Experiment, which follows Jeannine and several of her peers over three months in New York City, during which time they exist with one another and Jeannine has an abortion.   

Casting features Siobhan Doherty, Sarah Engelke, Morgan Anne Zipf, Jeff Lewonczyk, and Emily Perkins.

Willy Nilly: A Musical Exploitation of the
Most Far-Out Cult Murders
of the Psychedelic Era
 | Open: 08/14/09 Close: 08/29/09
Charles Manson meets Mad Magazine in this tasteless rock’n’roll spoof about a filthy faux-Messiah, his cult of wanton women, and high Hollywood murder. With a raucous score, gratuitous nudity, acid freakouts, excessive gore, cruel stereotypes and slapstick misogyny, consider this fictionalized musical satire the anti-Hair.