Dysfunctional Theatre Company

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Fun! Booze! Zombies! (And occasionally poetry)

Dysfunctional Theatre Company - an Off-Off Broadway theater company

 

Dysfunctional shows audiences the joys of live theater, gives exposure to new playwrights, rediscovers forgotten scripts from previous centuries, and provides a supportive environment for artists to grow and expand their work.  Founded in 1997, THE DYSFUNCTIONAL THEATRE COMPANY is a collective dedicated to producing ensemble works that challenge the status quo without taking themselves too seriously.


Schedule of Upcoming Productions

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Production History

A DYSFUNCTIONAL VARIETY HOUR  | Open: 03/24/16 Close: 04/02/16
 A Treasure Trove of Transmitted Theater!

World War II has ended, our boys are back in the factories, our girls are back in the kitchens and all is right with the world again!  Go backstage as the WDYS radio variety hour is televised LIVE for the first time ever!  Hear the sweet sounds of the WDYS singers – and for the first time see their pretty faces!  Feel the thrills of a scifi tale of terror where plants have taken over the WORLD.  Watch in wonder at the twinkling toes of WDYS’s own swing dancers!  Fun!  Thrills!  Laughs!  The future is here – come and SEE it!

 

A Dysfunctional Variety Hour: A Treasure Trove of Transmitted Theater will play a two-week engagement at Thirteenth Street Repertory Theater (50 West 13th Street, between Fifth Avenue and the Avenue of the Americas) March 24 – April 2, Thursday through Saturday at 9:30pm. Tickets ($18/$15 students & seniors) are available online at www.smarttix.com or by calling Smarttix at 212-868-4444.

 


About the Company: Dysfunctional Theatre Company

Fun! Booze! Zombies! (And occasionally poetry)

Dysfunctional Theatre Company - an Off-Off Broadway theater company

 

Dysfunctional shows audiences the joys of live theater, gives exposure to new playwrights, rediscovers forgotten scripts from previous centuries, and provides a supportive environment for artists to grow and expand their work.  Founded in 1997, THE DYSFUNCTIONAL THEATRE COMPANY is a collective dedicated to producing ensemble works that challenge the status quo without taking themselves too seriously.

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Arsenic & Old Lace  | Open: 06/11/09 Close: 06/27/09
This classic comedy features two sweet old ladies… who poison lonely men as an act of charity. One of their nephews is a serial killer. Another thinks he’s Teddy Roosevelt. The third just wants to marry his girl and keep his aunties safe from the Brooklyn Police Department. There are a slew of dead bodies buried in the cellar and another in the window seat. Because murder, insanity and family are very Dysfunctional.

ARSENIC & OLD LACE features Ron Bopst*, Rob Brown*, Mike DeRensis, Marilyn Duryea, Greg Engbrecht, Jennifer Gill, Kurt Kingsley*, Vivian Meisner*, Craig Peterson, Justin Plowman, Mike Roche*, Peter Schuyler and Yanni Walker.
*Appearing courtesy of The Actors’ Equity Association

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Bite  | Open: 06/16/06 Close: 09/29/06
In BITE, comic sex farce meets choose-your-own-adventure. It intertwines the tales of two competing dentists, two dominatrixes, and a Southern belle. The action begins in a sterile 5th Avenue dentist's chair and ends down in the cavities of a secret dominatrix-run dungeon with the audience in control all the way.
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Brew Of The Dead 2: Oktoberflesh  | Open: 10/31/11 Close: 11/19/11
In 2008, Dysfunctional Theatre Company asked, ‘When the Apocalypse comes, will there be beer?’   There was. Unfortunately there wasn't enough. Continuing to lovingly rip off Dawn of the Dead, The Evil Dead and Shaun of the Dead, Brew of the Dead 2: Oktoberflesh asks an even more important question, ‘Can the dead get high?’

The production will feature Nicole Lee Aiossa, Rob Brown*, Eric Chase*, Tom O’Connor, Amy Overman, and Amy Beth Sherman* with Special Effects/Gore by Stephanie Cox-Williams (named “New York’s Queen of Gore” by New York Press). *Appears courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association.

The Breakfast Club as directed by George Romero.” Byrne Harrison, StageBuzz

 “What Scream did for slasher movies, Brew of the Dead does for zombie flicks… .a mocking love letter to every zombie movie made in the past 15 years.” Leah Carr, Theatre is Easy 

“There hasn't been a group this talented at high-octane punning since Evil Dead: The Musical… goes far beyond the simple "drinkability" of Bud Lite commercials and ends up like more of a Guinness: dark, frothy, and practically a meal in a can.” Aaron Riccio, That Sounds Cool


About the Company: Dysfunctional Theatre Company

The Dysfunctional Theatre Company: The Dysfunctional Guide to Home Perfection, Marital Bliss & Hot Passionate Romance is Dysfunctional Theatre's 31st production. Other recent productions include: Brew of the Dead (by Patrick Storck) Chosen (written & directed by Rick Vorndran; winner of the 2008 FRIGID New York Festival ‘Sold Out Show’ Award), The 8: Reindeer Monologues (by Jeff Goode), Bite (by Suzanne Bachner) and Hoover: A Love Story (by Paul Wells). Founded in 1997 Dysfunctional is dedicated to challenging the status quo without taking itself too seriously.

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Chosen  | Open: 09/17/07 Close: 09/26/07
A little girl from America's Heartland is commanded by God to rule the world. Well, not God exactly, an angel. Well, maybe not an angel, more of a ghost. But a famous ghost! Struggling to fulfill her destiny she goes to a radical college, has a career, a husband & a baby, toys with a wide variety of hairstyles (and headbands!), becomes a Democrat, a First Lady and a Senator. She's going to be leader of the world free or otherwise.
Why?
Because it's what God wants.

Chosen continues Dysfunctional Theatre's rich tradition of political & social satire (Hoover: A Love Story, Mr. Rogers' Y2K, Il Duce: The Rudy Giuliani Story). Inspired by the lives of Hillary Rodham Clinton & St. Bernadette of Lourdes, Chosen explores & satirizes politicians and their creation of modern myth in America.

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Chosen  | Open: 02/28/08 Close: 03/09/08
What if Hillary talked to angels? Well, then she'd be Bernie.
Growing up average in looks and above average in brains in middle America, Bernie always knew she was meant for something. Then one day, an angel told her what it was. As she struggles to fulfill her God given destiny, Bernie goes on a journey which may sound very familiar. College radical. First Lady. Senator. President. And then? She's going to be the leader of the world, free or otherwise.
Why?
Because it's what God wants.

Chosen continues Dysfunctional Theatre's rich tradition of political & social satire (Hoover: A Love Story, Mr. Rogers' Y2K, Il Duce: The Rudy Giuliani Story). An irreverent take on the life of Hillary Rodham Clinton, Chosen careens through 50 years of history in less than 60 minutes. And there's music!

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Final Defenders  | Open: 07/06/13 Close: 07/26/13
The Konami Atari Alliance of Eden 3 is under attack by evil Queen Bowsera. Their only hope lies with a ragtag band of earthlings, each plucked out of their own time, each chosen for their unique gaming skills. They all had big dreams, but they never dreamed they’d become the Final Defenders.The Last Starfighter meets Galaxy Quest in an outerspace adventure that’s fun for all ages.

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I Shall Forget You Presently  | Open: 02/19/14 Close: 03/06/14

Safe upon the solid rock the ugly houses stand

Come and see my shining palace built upon the sand!

 

Funny and sexy, sacred and profane -- Poetry, music and memories form a patchwork, spiraling through the life of Edna St. Vincent Millay - a woman who captured love, defined feminism and shaped the 20th century.

 

Starring: Nicole Lee Aiossa, Rob Brown*, Adam Files, Jennifer Gill, Rachel Grundy*, Cara Moretto, Amy Overman and Adam Swiderski.

Assistant Director/Dramaturg: Marissa Levien

Musical Director: Nicole Lee Aiossa

 *Appears courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association 


About the Company: Dysfunctional Theatre Company
Fun! Booze! Zombies! (And occasionally poetry)
Dysfunctional Theatre Company - an Off-Off Broadway theater company
 
Dysfunctional shows audiences the joys of live theater, gives exposure to new playwrights, rediscovers forgotten scripts from previous centuries, and provides a supportive environment for artists to grow and expand their work.  Founded in 1997, THE DYSFUNCTIONAL THEATRE COMPANY is a collective dedicated to producing ensemble works that challenge the status quo without taking themselves too seriously.
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Orange Murder Suit  | Open: 03/07/07 Close: 03/17/07
From the group who brought you Bite & The Eight: Reindeer Monologues...

Justice is not only blind, she's dead wrong. The worst happens and one mother pronounces her own fatal judgment on a murderer. In this tightly wound, brutal drama her journey unfolds in reverse. Orange Murder Suit begins as she faces the repercussions of taking the law into her own hands. And then leaps back to reveal the final, chilling moments before she pulled the trigger. Not every killer ends up in an Orange Murder Suit.


"it's gripping theatre; definitely a must-see at this first FRIGID New York Festival"
Martin Denton, NYTheatre.com

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THE DYSFUNCTIONAL GUIDE TO
HOME PERFECTION, MARITAL BLISS
& PASSIONATE HOT ROMANCE
 | Open: 02/27/09 Close: 03/07/09
The ladies of Dysfunctional take a comic & critical look at romance through the ages. Playing a variety of roles, rocketing through time, and ultimately discovering that when it comes to love, the more things change, the more they stay the same. A must see for everyone who's in love, out of love or who just happens to be in the East Village looking for a good time.

The Dysfunctional Guide was created as companion piece to 2001's How to Have the Ultimate Orgasm Each & Every Time. Like HTHO, The Dysfunctional Guide explores love & sex in the chaotic, surreal style which is Dysfunctional Theatre's trademark. The Dysfunctional Guide to Home Perfection, Marital Bliss and Hot Passionate Romance is based on diaries, stories and essays written by women dating back to 15th century and on new material written by the show's cast.

Starring: Jennifer Gill, Rachel Grundy*, Amy Overman, Amy Beth Sherman*, Theresa Unfried

AEA Showcase/*Actor appears courtesy of The Actors Equity Association

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The 8: Reindeer Monlogues  | Open: 11/15/05 Close: 12/18/05
**Performance Added - Sunday, December 18th at 4pm!**

From the group that brought you *Bite* & *Hoover: A Love Story* comes a Christmas comedy for consenting adults only.

Sex, Lies & Santa - The Reindeer Spill All! The jolly old elf himself is at the top of the naughty list this year and you won't believe what his 8 most trusted reindeer have to say. Come see this tragic tale of how sex, alcohol, pedophilia and rampant bestiality threatened the very existence of Christmas.

Screaming, crying and WAY too much eggnog... isn't that what Christmas is all about?

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The 8: Reindeer Monologues  | Open: 12/02/06 Close: 12/20/06
Santa is at the top of the naughty list for a second year as Dysfunctional Theatre Company continues a new holiday tradition. Following its critically acclaimed, sold out run in 2005, the "comedy that puts the X in Xmas" (Time Out New York) is back! It's another chance to see the tragic tale of how sex, alcohol, pedophilia and rampant bestiality threatened the very existence of Christmas.
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The Eight: Reindeer Monologues  | Open: 11/29/07 Close: 12/21/07
Sex, Lies & Santa the Reindeer Spill All!
Dysfunctional Theatre's 3rd annual production continues its inventive re-imagining of Jeff Goode's modern Christmas classic. Santa's reindeer gather at their private North Pole watering hole, and as the booze flows, the scandal grows. Alternately hilarious & disturbing, nothing is held sacred as the reindeer expose all of Santa's (& their own) indiscretions.
Screaming, crying and WAY too much eggnog... isn't that what Christmas is all about?

"A comedy that puts the X in Xmas" (Time Out New York)

Starring: Geoffrey Warren Barnes III*, Rob Brown*, Jennifer Gill, Rachel Grundy*, Amy Overman, Peter Schuyler, Jason Unfried & Theresa Unfried

An Equity Approved Showcase / * these actors appear courtesy of Actor's Equity

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The Winter's Tale  | Open: 07/10/16 Close: 08/07/16
A sad tale's best for winter... or summer...

 

Love. Jealousy. Friendship. Betrayal. Sheep Shearing. Dysfunctional Theatre is happy to

announce their first ever Shakespeare production, this summer for three performances only!

The company will also be hosting open rehearsals on Governors Island as part of the

Dysfunctional Collective’s summer residency. Check www.dysfunctionaltheatre.org for more

details.

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