Stolen Chair Theatre Company

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STOLEN CHAIR Named best “genre-bending theatre” by New York Press, Stolen Chair is a theatre laboratory dedicated to the creation of playfully intellectual, wickedly irreverent, and exuberantly athletic original works. Proudly plundering the pop culture of the past half millennium, Stolen Chair’s aesthetically promiscuous work recycles and reinvents old genres and stories to discover new ways to challenge and delight contemporary audiences. Pioneer of the Community Supported Theatre movement, Stolen Chair is supported, in part, by the Nancy Quinn Fund and by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts. 


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Production History

KILL ME LIKE YOU MEAN IT  | Open: 02/05/15 Close: 03/08/15
Ben Farrell, Private Investigator, discovers that his cases are appearing on the pages of a popular pulp serial… but the crimes are being penned before they happen in real life. The mystery grows darker still when Farrell reads his own death in the prophetic pages.

Three-time Drama Desk-nominee Stolen Chair presents Kill Me Like You Mean It, a “film noir for the stage” that is equal parts Raymond Chandler and David Lynch, a hostile but hilarious world of rapid-fire dialogue, smoking guns, and femmes fatale.


About the Company: Stolen Chair Theatre Company

STOLEN CHAIR Named best “genre-bending theatre” by New York Press, Stolen Chair is a theatre laboratory dedicated to the creation of playfully intellectual, wickedly irreverent, and exuberantly athletic original works. Proudly plundering the pop culture of the past half millennium, Stolen Chair’s aesthetically promiscuous work recycles and reinvents old genres and stories to discover new ways to challenge and delight contemporary audiences. Pioneer of the Community Supported Theatre movement, Stolen Chair is supported, in part, by the Nancy Quinn Fund and by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts. 

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Kill Me Like You Mean It  | Open: 01/05/07 Close: 01/27/07
Stolen Chair presents the second installment of its CineTheatre Tetralogy, a timely absurdist film noir for the stage as Ionesco might have imagined it, creating comic chaos out of the possibility that American life might actually be pointless.
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Kinderspiel  | Open: 10/04/07 Close: 10/27/07
In the seedy and seditious demimonde of Weimar Berlin, five lost souls find each other (and sold-out audiences) when they create a scandalous club where adults play like children... and customers pay to watch. KINDERSPIEL tells the story of how a burnt-out expressionistic dancer, a jaded Jew, a trendsetting lesbian journalist, a conservative widow and a utopian communist turn a curious fetish into a revolutionary theater movement.
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Potion A Play In Three Cocktails  | Open: 03/02/14 Close: 07/27/14
In a Lower East Side bar combine…

4 parts downtown theatre

3 parts live music

2 parts love story

1 part farce

3 dashes of opera

Shake vigorously and garnish with cocktails designed by award-winning mixologist

Marlo Gamora (head mixologist at Trix in Willamsburg) and you have

Potion: A Play in Three Cocktails.

Charley sells potions, handcrafted and custom made. From potions that can make the forgetful remember to potions that will stop a compulsive liar from fibbing, Charley’s concoctions satisfy a diverse clientele. But the one potion Charley hasn’t been able to master is that one she wants for herself: a love potion. Potion, a “spoken word opera” immerses its audience in the giddy world of Charley’s bar and her regular (and irregular) customers, with Gamora’s flight of 3 original “potions” served by the actors as the play unfolds.

Stolen Chair (three-time Drama Desk Award nominees for The Man Who Laughs) will kick off their 12th Season with a site-specific theatrical experience, Potion: A Play in Three Cocktails, performing every Sunday at 7pm at PEOPLE Lounge (163 Allen Street between Stanton and Rivington) for an open-ended run beginning Sunday, March 2nd. Tickets ($25, plus $20 cocktail prix fixe) may be purchased online at www.stolenchair.org or by calling 212-868-4444. The show runs approximately 90 minutes, with no intermission.

To create the uniquely rhythmic text for Potion, Stolen Chair's playwright Kiran Rikhye dug deeply into the Italian libretti of the operas by Mozart, Verdi, Donazetti, and more. For each scene of Potion, Rikhye mapped out the meter, rhymes, repetitions, and simultaneity of an aria, duet, trio, or quartet to create a template for her own original text. The result is an intoxicating and incantatory verse play unlike any other, set to a genre-bending original score performed live by multi-instrumentalist Sean Cronin. The ensemble performs this "opera" in spoken voice that is every bit as virtuosic, dizzying, and delightful as operatic song in a site-specific staging by Jon Stancato that explores every nook and cranny of PEOPLE's bar and makes the audience feel they are VIP guests at Charley's magical speakeasy.

The production will be directed by Jon Stancato (The Man Who Laughs; The Bachelors’ Tea Party) and will feature Raife Baker* (David Dirry-Moir in The Man Who Laughs), Liz Eckert* (Bessie in The Bachelors’ Tea Party), Jon Froehlich* (Ursus in The Man Who Laughs), Natalie Hegg* (Elise in Bachelors’ Tea Party), Molly O’Neill* (Dea in The Man Who Laughs), Noah Schultz (Young Gwynplaine in The Man Who Laughs), and David Skeist* (Richard Foreman’s Old Fashioned Prostitutes (A True Romance) at The Public Theater), and with live music by multi-instrumentalist Sean Cronin. The creative team will include Costume Design by Beth Goldenberg (Julie Taymor’s A Midsummer Nights Dream with Theatre for a New Audience), Props by Aviva Meyer (The Man Who Laughs), Makeup Design by Jaclyn Schaefer (The Man Who Laughs) and Lighting Installation by Daniel Winters (Drama Desk Award nomination for The Man Who Laughs). *Appearing courtesy of the Actors’ Equity Association. 


About the Company: Stolen Chair Theatre Company

STOLEN CHAIR Named best “genre-bending theatre” by New York Press, Stolen Chair is a theatre laboratory dedicated to the creation of playfully intellectual, wickedly irreverent, and exuberantly athletic original works. Proudly plundering the pop culture of the past half millennium, Stolen Chair’s aesthetically promiscuous work recycles and reinvents old genres and stories to discover new ways to challenge and delight contemporary audiences. Pioneer of the Community Supported Theatre movement, Stolen Chair is supported, in part, by the Nancy Quinn Fund and by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts. 

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Stage Kiss  | Open: 05/03/06 Close: 05/25/06
Boy meets boy. Boy falls for boy. Turns out both guys are dolls. What's a girl to do? In Stolen Chair's newest collective creation Stage Kiss , a bawdy genderbent romantic comedy in blank verse, love is blind...lust is blinder.

Written by Kiran Rikhye| Directed by Jon Stancato| Dramaturgy & Music by Emily Otto
Sets & Lights by David Bengali | Costumes by May Elbaz | Stage Managed by Aviva Meyer
Featuring Jon Campbell, Cameron Oro, and Alexia Vernon
Collectively Created by The Stolen Chair Theatre Company

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The Bachelors' Tea Party  | Open: 09/02/12 Close: 09/09/12
Stolen Chair Theatre Company will present The Bachelors’ Tea Party, a surreal society comedy performed by two actors and four dolls alongside an exquisite 5-course classic tea service, every Sunday afternoon at 5pm at Lady Mendl’s Tea Salon (56 Irving Place between 17th and 18th Street). This unique theatrical experience was written by Stolen Chair’s resident playwright Kiran Rikhye (Kinderspiel; Kill Me Like You Mean It; Theatre is Dead and So Are You) and will be directed by Stolen Chair’s Artistic Director, Jon Stancato (named “one of the most daring and imaginative directors of his generation” by Martin Denton of nytheatre.com). Stolen Chair veteran actress Liz Eckert (Stage Kiss; Kinderspiel) will be joined onstage by Jody Flader (The Vineyard Theater’s Slug Bearers of Kayroi Island).

The Bachelors’ Tea Party is an absurd and absurdly intimate new comedy inspired by the relationships of Elsie de Wolfe (Lady Mendl) and Bessie Marbury, who referred to themselves as “The Bachelors,” after they took up joint residence sans men in the first years of the 20th century.   Before she invented the profession of interior decorator, de Wolfe was a struggling Broadway performer, known more for her costumes than her acting, and her partner Bessie Marbury, legendary agent and broker, was introducing America to Oscar Wilde and discovering Cole Porter. In a playfully perverse take on a young girl’s imaginary tea party, de Wolfe and Marbury will delight and torment each other and entertain a coterie of special guests, “performed” by dolls assembled around the table, with audience members seated only inches away. 

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The Bachelors' Tea Party  | Open: 11/04/12 Close: 11/25/12
 

The Stolen Chair Theatre Company announces extended performances of The Bachelors’ Tea Party, a surreal society comedy performed by two actors and four dolls alongside an exquisite 5-course classic tea service, which has been performing to sold out houses every Sunday afternoon at 5pm at Lady Mendl’s Tea Salon (56 Irving Place between 17th and 18th Street) since April. This unique theatrical experience was written by Stolen Chair’s resident playwright Kiran Rikhye (KinderspielKill Me Like You Mean ItTheatre is Dead and So Are You) and will be directed by Stolen Chair’s Artistic Director, Jon Stancato (named “one of the most daring and imaginative directors of his generation” by Martin Denton ofnytheatre.com) with Dramaturgy by Emily Otto, Props & Historical Research by Aviva Meyer, and Costume Design by Julie Schworm. Sunday, November 4 will feature Liz Eckert (Stage Kiss;Kinderspiel) as Bessie Marbury and Jody Flader (The Vineyard Theater’s Slug Bearers of Kayroi Island) as Elsie de Wolfe. Sunday, November 11, 18, & 25 will feature Natalie Hegg* (Rock ‘N’ Roll at American Conservatory Theater) as Else de Wolfe and Amanda Sykes* (Circle Mirror Transformation with George Street Playhouse) as Bessie Marbury. *Actor appears courtesy of the Actors’ Equity Association
 
The Bachelors’ Tea Party is an absurd and absurdly intimate new comedy inspired by the relationships of Elsie de Wolfe (Lady Mendl) and Bessie Marbury, who referred to themselves as “The Bachelors,” after they took up joint residence sans men in the first years of the 20th century.  Before she invented the profession of interior decorator, de Wolfe was a struggling Broadway performer, known more for her costumes than her acting, and her partner Bessie Marbury, legendary agent and broker, was introducing America to Oscar Wilde and discovering Cole Porter. In a playfully perverse take on a young girl’s imaginary tea party, de Wolfe and Marbury will delight and torment each other and entertain a coterie of special guests, “performed” by dolls assembled around the table, with audience members seated only inches away. 
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The Man Who Laughs  | Open: 01/31/13 Close: 02/24/13
Freely inspired by Victor Hugo's novel, equal parts horror, comedy, and romance, THE MAN WHO LAUGHS is a "live silent film," performed in grayscale with live music, about a man whose face has been carved into a permanent smile and his desperate quest for the world to take him seriously. Hugo’s character of Gwynplaine, “the laughing man”, inspired the creation of Batman’s infamous nemesis, The Joker. 

 
Stolen Chair’s production will fully immerse audiences in a 1920s silent movie house. With freshly popped popcorn in hand they’ll watch a humorous and heartrending story told in glorious grayscale through movement and projected title cards, with an original score performed live. Audience members are strongly encouraged to dress in 1920’s fashion, and $20 tickets will be available at the door for anyone arriving in costume. There will also be screenings of silent films, which inspired the play, following select performances. Details TBA.  
 
The production will be directed by Jon Stancato (The Bachelors’ Tea Party) and will feature Raife Baker (Beyond Measurewith The Slant Theater Company), Dave Droxler (trained with Dan Kamin who worked with Johnny Dep on Benny & Joon and Robert Downey Jr. on Chaplin), Jon Froehlich (Cho H Cho with Mabou Mines), Molly O’Neill (Cabaret at Trinity Rep), Noah Schultz (Theatre is Dead and So Are You with Stolen Chair), and Rebecca Whitehurst. The creative team will include Music by Eugene Ma (Saviana Stanescu’s Aurolac Blues), Makeup by Jaclyn Schaefer (NYC Fashion Week), Costume Design by Julie Schworm (Theatre is Dead and So Are You), and Lighting Design by Daniel Winters (Kinderspiel).  

About the Company: Stolen Chair Theatre Company

STOLEN CHAIR Named best “genre-bending theatre” by New York Press, Stolen Chair is a theatre laboratory dedicated to the creation of playfully intellectual, wickedly irreverent, and exuberantly athletic original works. Proudly plundering the pop culture of the past half millennium, Stolen Chair’s aesthetically promiscuous work recycles and reinvents old genres and stories to discover new ways to challenge and delight contemporary audiences. Pioneer of the Community Supported Theatre movement, Stolen Chair is supported, in part, by the Nancy Quinn Fund and by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts. 

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The Man Who Laughs  | Open: 01/31/13 Close: 02/24/13
Freely inspired by Victor Hugo's novel, equal parts horror, comedy, and romance, THE MAN WHO LAUGHS is a "live silent film," performed in grayscale with live music, about a man whose face has been carved into a permanent smile and his desperate quest for the world to take him seriously. Hugo’s character of Gwynplaine, “the laughing man”, inspired the creation of Batman’s infamous nemesis, The Joker.

Stolen Chair’s production will fully immerse audiences in a 1920s silent movie house. With freshly popped popcorn in hand they’ll watch a humorous and heartrending story told in glorious grayscale through movement and projected title cards, with an original score performed live. Audience members are strongly encouraged to dress in 1920’s fashion, and $20 tickets will be available at the door for anyone arriving in costume. There will also be screenings of silent films, which inspired the play, following select performances. Details TBA. 

The production will be directed by Jon Stancato (The Bachelors’ Tea Party) and will feature Raife Baker (Beyond Measure with The Slant Theater Company), Dave Droxler (trained with Dan Kamin who worked with Johnny Dep on Benny & Joon and Robert Downey Jr. on Chaplin), Jon Froehlich (Cho H Cho with Mabou Mines), Molly O’Neill (Cabaret at Trinity Rep), Noah Schultz (Theatre is Dead and So Are Youwith Stolen Chair), and Rebecca Whitehurst. The creative team will include Music by Eugene Ma (Saviana Stanescu’s Aurolac Blues), Makeup by Jaclyn Schaefer (NYC Fashion Week), Costume Design by Julie Schworm (Theatre is Dead and So Are You), and Lighting Design by Daniel Winters (Kinderspiel). 

THE MAN WHO LAUGHS, presented by The Stolen Chair Theatre Company at Urban Stages (259 West 30th Street between 7th and 8th Avenues) will play a four-week engagement January 31-February 24; Thursday through Saturday at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm, with an additional performance on Monday, February 4 at 8:30pm. Tickets ($30; $25 students; $20 in 1920’s costume) may be purchased online at www.stolenchair.org or by calling 212-868-4444. The show runs approximately 90 minutes, with no intermission.

Stolen Chair’s production of The Man Who Laughs originally premiered with Horse Trade Theater Group at The Red Room in 2005. The play appears in The New York Theatre Experience 2006 anthology Playing With Canons: Explosive New Works From Great Literature By America’s Indie Playwrights.

“By any measure…a triumph. This bona fide tour de force of theatre has the real capacity to tug at something inside of us and make us feel in a raw, spontaneous, and very essential way. Bravo!” Martin Denton, nytheatre.com “Pick of the Week”

“Utterly tremendous!” Trav S.D., Author of Chain of Fools: Silent Comedy and Its Legacis from Nickelodeons to Youtube


About the Company: Stolen Chair Theatre Company

STOLEN CHAIR Named best “genre-bending theatre” by New York Press, Stolen Chair is a theatre laboratory dedicated to the creation of playfully intellectual, wickedly irreverent, and exuberantly athletic original works. Proudly plundering the pop culture of the past half millennium, Stolen Chair’s aesthetically promiscuous work recycles and reinvents old genres and stories to discover new ways to challenge and delight contemporary audiences. Pioneer of the Community Supported Theatre movement, Stolen Chair is supported, in part, by the Nancy Quinn Fund and by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts. 

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The Man Who Laughs  | Open: 10/31/05 Close: 11/12/05
A World Premiere, freely inspired by the Victor Hugo novel of the same name. A band of gypsies kidnaps a gentle boy and surgically disfigures his face into a permanent smile. He finds his way into the wagon of a lovely misanthropic itinerant performer who adopts him and a blind foundling girl he has discovered in his travels. As the children age, they fall in love and join their father on stage, gaining fame and fortune in their roles as clown an ingénue. They live happily together, but when their performances command the attention of a debauched Duchess, her lust for the deformed clown threatens to tear the family apart. Presented by Horse Trade Theatre Company

Music composed and performed by Emily Otto

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