the gossip factory

Todays Date: 07/04/22
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The gossip factory, a theatre collective, was created to explore new ideas in contemporary performance. Influenced by historical conventions, pop-culture and social themes, the gossip factory sets out to both enlighten and entertain.

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Cartoon  | Open: 04/06/10 Close: 04/21/10
Join the exploits of a mismatched band of cartoon stereotypes on a wild ride through an animated world. Presented in the style of a Commedia dell’Arte scenario gone berserk, watch as a young, idealistic upstart named Trouble steals the giant hammer that Esther, the bratty dictator, uses to maintain a monotonous, but peaceful order. See Suitor chase Damsel, while two Anime girls fight for the attention of Rockstar, a big stuffed teddy bear with a dark edge. Enjoy the sad songs and pontifications of Winston Puppet, while bombs explode, chaos ensues and bodies pile up. A violent social commentary exploring the rapid coalescence of media, politics and consumer giants, Cartoon proves there is nothing like a punch in the face to really get the blood moving!
A major collaboration between two burgeoning collectives brings you this fully produced theatrical spectacle and multimedia event. This mediation on corrupt leadership, media saturation, and extreme violence comes complete with spunky costumes, trippy video animation, and outrageous stage combat all underscored with your favorite video game music. Cartoon holds you captive as the bodies pile up and the violence begins to creep off the stage and into the audience.
MADCAP produces full bodied, high energy productions where the theatrical process is stressed and is allowed to flourish to create a strong artistic result. MADCAP seeks to produce exciting, thought-provoking new works, in addition to rediscovering classical texts presented in new lights. MADCAP strongly emphasizes collaboration between all members of the company (directors, actors, technicians, playwrights, producers) and audiences to further enrich the community.
The Gossip Factory, a theatre collective, was created to explore all aspects of contemporary performance. Influenced by historical conventions, pop-culture and social themes, the Gossip Factory sets out to both enlighten and entertain.
CARTOON features Amy Van Deusen as Esther, David Ebert as Trouble, Jake Ottosen as Winston Puppet, Marian Brock as Akane, Kathryn Mulberry as Yumi, Johnny Vitulli as Suitor, Nora Munde Gustuson as Damsel, Paul Herbig as Rockstar, with a special appearance by Matt Harvey.
Written by Steve Yockey, Directed by Aundre Seals, Assistant Directed by Ryan Hugh McWilliams, Designed by Ryan Hugh McWilliams, Fight and Dance Choreography by Aundre Seals and Johnny Vitulli, Sound Design by Aundre Seals, Dave Rosenberg, Paul Herbig, Video Animation by David Ebert, Song Composition by Jake Ottosen & Jason Purdy, Graphics by Ryan Hugh McWilliams and Photography by Parker Steele.
CARTOON runs April 11 - 21, Sundays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 8pm. The National Comedy Theater is located at 347 West 36th Street (btw 8th and 9th Ave.) Tickets are $10 at the door. For reservations email: For more information please visit:


Read My Mind  | Open: 07/20/10 Close: 07/24/10
Meet Alice, your everyday Manhattanite, with one little exception...she can move objects with the power of her mind, read your mind, and possibly tell you your future! It wasn't always thus; all it took was one bad day. Now Alice is out to find if she's not alone. And what better way than a TELEKINESIS PARTY!!! A little mental soiree turns into an evening of cerebral Olympics with citywide repercussions. Join us for an evening of light bulb bursting, nose bleeding, mind-bending comedy written by Damon Heath Sager and brought to you by the Gossip Factory. After you meet Alice, Carrie's prom will seem like a tea party.


This production is being presented through the Summer Sublet Series, part of HEREstay, HERE's curated rental program, which provides artists with subsidized space and equipment, as well as technical and administrative support.