Brick Theater

Todays Date: 10/22/19
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After a sold out run, My Name is Gideon: I’m Probably Going to Die, Eventually, returns to NYC for a limited engagement November 30th through December 15th, 2018 at the Brick Theater  (579 Metropolitan Avenue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn).  The show is being mounted with additional material - new songs, new stories and new surprises

Gideon is an unconventional theatrical home-show performer who has been biking, rollerblading, and driving from one town to the next for the past six years, performing and residing in the homes of perfect strangers in nine countries.  Gideon will continue to invite audiences into his own living room on the NY stage, bringing them “Stove Top Folk” – his unique blend of songs, stories, and underwater levitation, jam-packed with curiosities and surprises. The instruments are eclectic, the stories are astonishing, and the spell he casts transports you out of this world.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased by visiting https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/cal/122/1543640400000 or calling (866) 811- 4111. There will be a number of $10 tickets subject to availability.

The playing schedule for My Name Is Gideon: I’m Probably Going To Die, Eventually is as follows:  Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7PM and Sundays at 4PM through December 15th.

 

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.


 

Let's Play Play at the Game Play festival  | Open: 07/12/15 Close: 07/18/15
On the Internet everyone can hear you scream.

What happens when it's your job to be friends with someone? When do you compromise artistic integrity for cash? Two Internet personalities skyrocket to stardom with a new “Let’s Play” video game show. But when a female gamer joins them, things get ugly. And then even uglier.

Let’s Play Play is about selling out, and how we use Internet personalities as replacements for real friends. It also embodies the infamously horrifying vitriol of YouTube comments.

Part of the 2015 Game Play festival.

PRAISE FOR LET'S PLAY PLAY

"Let's Play Play deals nicely with this IRL/URL tug-of-war, something to think about the next time you try to have an opinion on the internet." - Liz Richards, Indie Theater Now

Tabletop Cabaret: Hedgepig Races  | Open: 07/19/14 Close: 08/02/14
Audience members will race an imaginary mining cart drawn by a giant hedgepig through a mountain to win fame and fortune. Participants will get to experience a unique mash-up of the musical with the tabletop role-playing game genre. Story events will be set up in song, and audience members will be given a character to play in small groups. Appropriate for ages 11 and up.

The show is being produced as part of the Game Play Festival by The Story Gym, an immersive theater company committed to encouraging the audience to move and be involved.

Tabletop Cabaret: Hedgepig Races will run Saturday July 19 at 7 pm, Sunday July 20 at 8 pm, Tuesday July 29 at 8 pm, and Saturday August 2 at 7 pm as part of the Game Play Festival at The Brick Theater.

Featuring: Lauren Bilanko, Benjamin Brodrick Jones, Tom Hoeler, Lisa Reinke, Richard Ruane, Bret Weeks, and Chris Wood

All tickets: $18

Tickets available at www.bricktheater.com or call 1-866-811-4111.

The Brick is located at 579 Metropolitan Avenue (between Union Avenue and Lorimer Street) in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, on the L & G subway lines (L: Lorimer stop; G: Metropolitan stop). 

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The Skype Show Or See You In August  | Open: 01/11/14 Close: 02/08/14
 

Music by: Greencard Wedding and David Anzuelo


Featuring: Michael De Roos, Jody Christopherson, Homa Hynes and David Anzuelo (on video).


Sound Design: Natalie Johnsonius Neubert


Lighting Design: Derek Wright 


Video Design and Editing: Jody Christopherson 


Video Music Sound Mixing: Alexandre Perez, Brokenland Studios

After a successful run in The New York International Fringe Festival, The Skype Show is back, bigger and bolder than ever before with more music, new surprises and the same Frisian Wedding cake for everyone.

In November of 2010, Jody Christopherson and Michael de Roos formed the indie-folk-beatbox-rock band Greencard Wedding in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. In December of 2012, Michael's visa ran out. He moved back to Holland and Jody and Michael discovered they couldn't harmonize via Skype. But they could write a play. And music. . . and maybe get an artist visa. This transmedia musical is an exploration of the ways technology can enable us to transcend boundaries, uniting artists with each other and their audience. (Performed in English.)

Critics Pick: Time Out New York Gives The Skype Show 4 Stars!

“Keeps you on the edge of your seat, and yields a poignant statement about government support for artists in America. With not much more than a desk and a few scattered props—and highly original music from their band, Greencard Wedding, that blends dubstep beat-boxing with folk guitar and vocals—The Skype Show provides just the kind of experience you hope for . . . Christopherson and De Roos are talents to watch, not to mention a pleasure to hear.” —Derek Smith, Time Out New York

“David Anzuelo. . . is a one-of-a-kind, 1000-watt light bulb aiming straight for your heart.”—Kimberly Pau, Cultural Capitol

“The show definitely has legs and I have no doubt it will continue to charm audiences in the future.”—Zouch Magazine

90 minutes

APAP Previews: January 11 & 12, 2pm


Performed by Cody Boccia, George Bronos, Angelina Cavallini, Ivanna Cullinan*, Melissa DeLancey, Linus Gelber, Ryan F. Johnson, Bob Laine, Amanda LaPergola, Dolores McDougal*, Michael McKim*, Matthew Napoli*, Leila Okafor, Timothy Roselle*, Rokia L. Shearin, Paolo Solis, Bill Weeden*, and Stephanie Willing

*Appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association

A modern Comedy of Manners, in the style of The Man of Mode or The Country Wife, only set in today's Brooklyn, with a cast of characters concerned with fashion, food, publicity, social media, social events, and, maybe, sex. The more things change...

In Williamsburg, the current beating heart of Brooklyn, and thus, the Heart of the World, with all eyes turned upon it, lives a Strategist, a young man like so many others in Williamsburg—cute, smart, charming, unemployed, living mostly on family money—but this one can make things happen: events, friendships, businesses, connections; he brings people financial and personal success, but none of it stays with him.
Now, Maxwell Kraft is at a crossroads. Unless he proves to his family that he is willing to at least show some “real” entrepreneurial spirit, the money tap will be turned off. At the same time, he has fallen for high-minded vegan activist Leaf Greenwife, and, as a known hustler and fabulist, he is having a hard time convincing her of his sincerity.
Over the course of one weekend, Kraft, his friends and wingmen, and assorted hangers-on and Brooklyn types – baristas, landlords, a dominatrix and her client, an Eastern-European plumber, and the Wilde-like celebrity tweeter Onan Fapwank, who speaks in 140-character epigrams – move from coffee shop to loft to artisanal beer garden as the strategies multiply, the relationships fragment and realign, a rich family shows up expecting a meat dinner as the vegan is wooed, expensive shoes are coveted and stolen, Ecuadorian Sloth Spit Coffee is served, and the streets outside are filled with hipsters on a zombie walk battling with a rival group of Revolutionary War reenactors. As will happen. It's Brooklyn.

The Strategist takes the old form of the Restoration Comedy and sets it among today's monied gadabouts and social aspirants, perhaps being better called a “Restoration Hardware” comedy.

In three acts with two intermissions. Approximately 2 hours and 40 minutes.

Purchase  | Open: 11/11/13 Close: 11/23/13
Designed and directed by Ian W. Hill

Assisted by Berit Johnson

Performed by Alyssa Simon* and Anna Stefanic

*Appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association

In a United States, several decades hence, that seems to be operating in the manner and structure of a banana republic, Lady Stefanie Anderssen, a famous, wealthy pianist and outspoken liberal, is visited a dozen times over as many weeks by Colonel Simonette Allyson, representative of a leftist military faction bent on a coup, to see where she will stand in the upcoming revolution. As the visits progress, becoming more and more frequent and desperate (and partly hallucinated), their emotional, social, and psychic roles begin to meld, split, fight, and switch in a personal war that mirrors the external one simmering behind the opulent walls of Lady Anderssen's crimson public drawing room, both wars moving, inevitably, towards violence and death.

Purchase is a social study in the form of a character study, continuing and building on the form of Mr. Hill's recent plays, with a tighter, constrained focus on character here reminiscent of Genet's The Maids, Bergman's Persona, Fassbinder's The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant, and the plays of Sarah Kane (with maybe a little bit of Sleuth). At the same time, it retains the qualities that Hill has admired in the films of Ken Russell, Nicolas Roeg, Peter Greenaway, and Michael Powell, transforming them into his own theatrical blend of gaudy visuals, vulgar emotions, obscure pop/rock music, dense wordplay, rigid structure, and dreamlike tonalities.

Purchase is an intellectual exercise embodied in the physical, the mind/body problem made present in light, sound, word, and flesh.

In one act with no intermission. Approximately 100 minutes.

Futuremate  | Open: 11/02/13 Close: 11/23/13
Join FutureMate for the latest in post-Cataclysm technology and find your perfect match! Your hosts Matt & Pam will take you through the FutureMate system and help you locate that special someone—who knows, you may even leave with a new mate! Come see all the benefits that await you for doing your part to rebuild our great nation.

Winner of the Lincoln Center Film Festival StoryCode StoryHack.

“Creativity, strong storytelling and presentation won the judges’ and audience members’ hearts, with Team Cupcakes and Rainbows emerging victorious.”—Washington Post

Tiny Theater 2013  | Open: 11/01/13 Close: 11/02/13
Originated in 2006 by Daniel Allen Nelson and Shannon Sindelar of the Ontological and Michael Gardner, co-founder of The Brick Theater. With curation by Ian W. Hill, The Brick presents a tiny performance festival six feet long.  In a conglomeration of theater, dance, and artistry, performers present a variety of stories and scenic elements all existing in a 6′ x 6′ x 6′ space. Some people prefer their theater outside of the box, The Brick likes to give you a choice.

 

November 1, 2013 at 7:00pm and 9:00pm.

November 2, 2013 at 7:00pm and 9:00pm.

Tickets: $18

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

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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.

The Photo Album  | Open: 07/06/13 Close: 07/26/13
While remodeling a house in Ditmas Park, a bunch of photos were discovered in the newly exposed cracks and crevices. Who did these photos belong to and what memories did they capture? Audience members must scan the photographs using the Layar app on their smartphones/tablets to reveal clues in augmented reality that send them on a scavenger hunt through the theatre to find characters and collect lost memories.


About the Company: The Story Gym

You probably sit to watch TV. You sit to watch movies. You sit to watch plays. You even sit to watch sports. Some of the most compelling stories come at you while you are seated. Now, it's time to get up. The Story Gym makes immersive experiences that encourage the audience to move and be involved because that's what stories are missing. Don't leave the house and pay money just to sit somewhere when you can do that for free at home. Come to The Story Gym.

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

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.

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.

Commotion Collage  | Open: 06/14/13 Close: 06/28/13
Performed by: Fred Backus, Lex Friedman, Gavin Starr Kendall, Amy Overman and Melissa Roth

Commotion Collageis an exploration into our mundane everyday existence: using elements from the Dadaist Simultaneous Poem and Sound Poem and ubiquitous sounds that we sometimes take for granted, to underscore the stories of individuals who are at a point of confusion in their lives.

Commotion Collagewill perform as part of sound scape,a theater festival devoted to the art of sound design, at The Brick (575 Metropolitan Avenue between Union and Lorimer Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn).

Sound Design by: Justin Plowma, Lighting Design by: Ian W. Hill

Dante's Inferno  | Open: 06/08/13 Close: 06/27/13
This play is an exploration of the darker side of human nature and a vivid journey through the afterlife. It blends live sound design and video art with storytelling, movement and large-scale puppetry to create a completely immersive experience.

You are Dante, and Virgil is your guide through this hellscape of lost souls, terrifying beasts and otherworldly lands. This is unlike anything you've seen on stage before.

Performance Dates:

Saturday June 8th @ 7pm

Wednesday June 12th @ 7pm

Sunday June 16th @ 4pm

Tuesday June 18th @7pm

Thursday June 27th @ 9pm

 

See a short preview of this and other festival productions on Friday, June 7th at The Brick sound scape festival cabaret.

The Brick is located at 579 Metropolitan Ave in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Tickets can be purchased online at bricktheater.com or at the door.


About the Company: Submerge

The purpose of Submerge is to create hyper-modern theatrical experiences through the combination of all art forms and the use of performance technology. We strive to provide lasting impact on audiences and communities by addressing and confronting the most vital of issues in a profound and provocative way. Our collaborators are an expanding group of the most forward thinking artists, performers and designers who all share a desire to revitalize theatre as a total art form for the new era.

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

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!

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.

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)

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

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.

Bouffon Glass Menajoree  | Open: 11/30/12 Close: 12/16/12
 Gentlemen callers beware!  The Wingfields are crawling back out of your nightmares for a limited return engagement during the Brick Theater’s 10 Year Retrospective.  Like a recurring sore, the NYIT-Award winning Bouffon Glass Menajoree is back after their critically-acclaimed runs in New York and the Dublin Fringe Festival.  Amanda , Tom, and Laura plume their nest with broken glass, twisted morals, and perverted minds.  Each night a new audience member plays the role of Jim, the gentlemen caller.  The Wingfields and the Brick Theater claim no responsibility for hurt feelings and offended sentiments.    Why would anyone do this to an American Masterpiece?

 “Don't Miss....Hilarious”- Time Out NY

 "Wickedly subversive and electrifyingly interactive parody.” - Peter Crawley, The Irish Times

 "Riotous!   Surely there’s another star around here?” - Harry Browne, Irish Theatre Magazine

Winner of NY Innovative Theatre Awards, 2007 Outstanding Overall Production

What can I expect?  The Wingfield apartment is composed of a broken dream catcher, woven from the clotheslines of this American family's dirty laundry, washed with the antiquated colors of a long forgotten photograph.   These three bouffons invite you to be a fly on the wall as they attempt to lure a gentleman caller for their precious Laura.   Audiences take heed you might just be the one to get caught in their wickedly funny web!

What is bouffon?These deformed anti-clowns subversively take the piss out of everyone and everything.   Grotesque in nature, often physical deformed, the bouffon is the outcast shunned by society and told to live outside the village.   On rare occasions, they are asked to perform for the pleasure of those who previously persecuted them.   On these occasions. the bouffons willingly accept.  (What choice do they have?  Perform or be killed?) Thus, these hideous creatures enter the circle of society once more, light on their feet, eternally smiling with hateful eyes.   Charming, entertaining and smart they plan to take the piss out of you all!

Tennessee Williams is spinning in his grave!    In 2006 Bouffon Glass Menajoree premiered in the NY Clown Theatre Festival and continued multiple extensions and a full run at The Brick Theater.   After being nominated for 4 NY Innovative Theatre Awards, and winning the Outstanding Overall Production, they returned to theNY Clown Theatre Festival in 2007 a summer run at The Bleeker Street Theatre in NYC, and went on to perform to sold out houses with critical acclaim in the Minnesota Fringe Festival, The Catskills New Works Festival,  and the Dublin Fringe Festival and they return now for a limited engagement in The Brick Theater's 10 year Retrospective!   www.BouffonGlassMenajoree.com 

About the Company: Ten Directions

Ten Directions is a theatre and film creative team formed by artistic directors Lynn Berg and Audrey Crabtree. We tell stories that pose questions to our audiences, collaborating artists and ourselves. Focusing on engaging and entertaining our audiences, we choose the style, medium and artists to best tell these stories. We encourage spontaneity and creative use of resources throughout our process.

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.

Ignorance (part 2 Of The American Trilogy)  | Open: 06/03/12 Close: 06/22/12

I
gnorance is an original performance about teaching monkeys, played by humans, pretending to just be monkeys, with music and choreography that peers at the U.S. education system, our public’s education level, as well as the avalanching frequency of Americans defaulting on exorbitant student loans.


About the Company: Lamb Lays with Lion

We dedicate ourselves to the maintained integrity of performance,
the exploration of unique and radical new forms, the discovery of virtual and spectral expressions, and most importantly, we strive toward being a leading force behind the thrust into a new age of art.

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.

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.

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.

ObJects  | Open: 08/11/11 Close: 08/28/11
part of THE COLLISIONWORKS 2011: AT THE ENDS (3 Terminal Plays)

At the end of the Nation, the United States is ruled by geographic/corporate fiefdoms that can't hold the place together anymore (and a practically non-existent government), with a populace so overwhelmed by technological future shock and infotaining bread & circuses that it has lapsed into near-catatonia, and can no longer actually DO anything anymore. One visionary, an eccentric capitalist diva, Mrs. Franklin -- founder and CEO of the Kronos Corporation -- secretly plans with brilliant young biohacker Miss Lee Lightfoot to create a "positive plague" -- a modified contagious disease that will infect the brains of US citizens and make them process the modern world better and faster (and make them once again better producers and consumers). The top dozen members of Kronos -- a collection of MBAs, surgically-modified psychics, backbiters, yuppies, and body servants -- debate the pros and cons of the plan, and try to figure out how to make their names and/or fortunes as part of it, as the disease turns out to have unexpected consequences . . .

Antrobus & Gone  | Open: 08/13/11 Close: 08/28/11
part of THE COLLISIONWORKS 2011: AT THE ENDS (3 Terminal Plays)

Two one-act plays:

Antrobus

At the end of the world, or soon after, or soon before, as the ice rises and the food grows scarce, the six members of a “family” that has banded together for survival begin to turn on each other as the years of hardship, cabin fever, and resentment catch up with them, and neither the old or young members of the family are sure what to do next: stay still and avoid risk, or move forward and search for other people and ways of living in a changed world. The one thing they have to hold onto are the pages of a thick history book, telling the story of how the world came apart, which mysteriously comes apart itself every night and must be ritually restored, every single day . . .

Gone

At the end of a life, two dear old friends sit at a cafe table and reminisce. One of them will not be leaving. But before that, and before, during and after night falls, they will share, argue, debate, and discuss the details of their shared and separate lives, in a form of the English language that is nearly unrecognizable, made of almost nothing but portmanteau words and echoes of familiar sounds. But these sounds may become understandable and meaningful, if you really listen to them. But be careful how close you listen, as the pain is never far away.

Reporter Girl  | Open: 06/03/11 Close: 06/12/11
In 1940, Dale Messick became America's first female syndicated cartoonist when she created the famous Brenda Starr, Reporter. Written by her granddaughter, the new play Reporter Girl, takes the audience on a surprising, funny, and moving adventure into the past, the present, and scenes from actual cartoons of the 1940s to uncover the truths and secrets of an extraordinary life that lie hidden in plain site inside the panels of a comic strip.

A workshop production featuring: Julia Crockett, Meghan Grady, Kate Grimes, Chad Hoeppner, Richard Thieriot, Amy Dickenson & Betty Hudson

Scenic Design: Alexis Distler
Lighting Design: Evan True
Sound Design: Scott O'Brien
Production Stage Manager: Miriam Hyfler

 

Nerdlesque: Volume I, Issue #5  | Open: 06/11/11 Close: 06/11/11

 


Hey! You there, with the tweezers, gingerly opening a sealed plastic bag in order to store a mint-condition copy of Savage She-Hulk #1! Frankly, we’re getting a little worried. This climate-controlled basement is nice and everything, but you need to get out. You need food. Some fresh air. Perhaps an evening featuring attractive young performers dressing up as familiar comic-book characters, then getting undressed on stage. What you need, friend, is some NERDLESQUE.


On June 11, a hot bevy of geeks and other social misfits will explore the sexier side of comic book culture through the medium of burlesque. Power up the Blackbird, hop onto your Silver Surfboard, leap into your Owlship, and come experience the tantalizing geekfest that is NERDLESQUE.


Featuring: Our headliner, Mary Cyn!


and


Dr. Fluxxx

Dangrrr Doll

Hazel Honeysuckle

Ginny Gems

Ricky


With your ever-gracious hosts,

Makin’ Whoopie and Dick E. Lovejoy



NOTA BENE:


Nerdlesque will be followed by multiple games of

STRIP PICTIONARY

Nerdlesque Iv: The Voyage Home  | Open: 04/09/11 Close: 04/09/11

We ache, all of us, with tragic desire. We cry out in the wilderness. We long for the shelter of a wood-paneled basement, the reassuring clatter of a twenty-sided die, the rapturous transit of the Spirograph. Do you feel it, too? Come, then. Come to where it is warm, where the Boba Fett figurine sits untouched in its packaging. This is NERDLESQUE. Welcome home.

 

On April 9, a palmsweat-inducingly hot bevy of geeks and other social misfits will once again explore the sexier side of nerd culture through the medium of burlesque. Power up your warp drive, hop into your TARDIS, leap aboard your Segway, and come experience the tantalizing geekfest that is NERDLESQUE.

 

Featuring:

Our headliner, Magdalena Fox!

and

Justina Flash

Dr. Fluxxx

Sir Francis Bacon Strip

Bettie Rose

Tickled Ginger

Ginny Gems

 

With your ever-gracious hosts,

Makin’ Whoopie and Dick E. Lovejoy

 

Musical Guest:

AUTOBAHN  DA  FE

(www.autobahndafe.com)

 

to be followed by multiple games of

STRIP TABOO!

 

 

www.bricktheater.com/nerdlesque

 

Performances at The Brick (575 Metropolitan Avenue between Union and Lorimer, Brooklyn).

Tickets ($10) may be purchased online at www.bricktheater.com

or by calling Theatermania at 212-352-3101

 

Only at The Brick

Williamsburg’s Theater

www.bricktheater.com

 

 

 

The Sister  | Open: 02/16/11 Close: 02/26/11
Some are allowed names.  Some, only roles.  In Colleen’s family, she is The Sister.
The role of The Sister is clear: Take abuse. Work the machine. And if you're really bad?
You might have to wear the dog collar.

 

The Sister marks the first collaboration between emerging playwright Eric John Meyer (Not Winehouse, The Bowery Poetry Club; The Truck Project's 2010 Artist in Transit) and director Jess Chayes of The Assembly (Horse Trade Resident Theater Company 2009-2010; Clementine and the Cyber Ducks, The Ontological-Hysteric Theater). Find out more about them at their websites: www.ericjohnmeyer.com, www.jesschayes.com

Written by Eric John Meyer, Directed by Jess Chayes
Performed by Ben Beckley, Nathaniel Kent, Kate Michaud and Jessica Pohly

Dar and Matey's Christmas SpectaculARGH!  | Open: 12/04/10 Close: 12/22/10
Part of Fight Fest at The Brick

www.bricktheater.com

Adventure! Daring! Romance! Pirates Dar and Matey brave the North Pole to rescue their friend, Professor Genius, from the torturous clutches of Old St. Nick, that bastard. Allying with an Eskimo Princess they fight their way through polar bears, the evil sidekick Tiny Tim, and finally, Santa Claus! A throw back to the Golden Age of Drama, where Pirates were Men, Bears were Women, and the Baddies were BAD. Prepare for some Yule Tide YEARGH!

Part of Fight Fest at The Brick

www.bricktheater.com/fightfest

Everyone knows about the Three Kings and their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh, but not so many people know about the adventures they had on their way to the manger. Bethlehem or Bust, Piper McKenzie’s first-ever family show, envisions the Wise Men as swashbucklers on an action-packed journey where they need to brave all sorts of robbers, monsters, Roman soldiers – and the occasional shepherd – on their way to meet one of history’s most famous babies. (Great for kids age 7 and up!)

Raising Cane: A Family Portrait  | Open: 12/04/10 Close: 12/19/10
Part of Fight Fest at The Brick

www.bricktheater.com

In the tradition of early John Waters and Troma Films, “Raising Cane: A Family Portrait” follows the familial dysfunctions of simpleton in-breeds who love nothing more than beating each others brain's out. Camp humor and grotesque combat combine to explore the question of whether we stick with family cause we love 'em or if we love 'em because we can't escape.

Bandage  | Open: 12/04/10 Close: 12/18/10
Part of Fight Fest at The Brick

www.bricktheater.com/fightfest

The story of the Payaso-Gumi (The Clown Yakuza) and the epic battle that ended the war and began the journey. The play incorporates storytelling, dance, stage combat and classical clowning to tell a fast-paced tale of grudges, battles and slapstick. Costumed to accurately portray the tribal history of Jesters, Harlequins, and Augustes, BANDAGE dares to ask the question -- “What happens when clowns go bad?”

Rapier Wit!  | Open: 12/03/10 Close: 12/17/10
Part of Fight Fest at The Brick

www.bricktheater.com

It is 1607, and women aren't allowed to perform on the English stage...seven swordswomen gather to illegally swashbuckle their way through Shakespeare's greatest tragedies--to hilarious end. These smoking hot babes are armed to the teeth with swords, daggers, quarterstaves, whips, and of course Rapier Wit! Throw in some singing, some wrestling, some gender-bending, and some audience participation--and you have one heck of a good time! Join our all female fight troupe The Vixens En Garde in a fast-paced fantastical tribute to the Bard of Avon...Rated R for Violence, Sexuality, & Shakespearean Swearing.

Git Along Lil Doggies  | Open: 10/14/10 Close: 10/30/10

Laboratory Theater’s newest work is a meditative, cowboy dance-drama about the spiritual imprint of the windswept landscape of the American west. In an impressionistic narrative drawn from a variety of sources, two outlaws on the trail of an old adversary take work as jewel thieves for a washed up brothel madam. In a chance encounter with a traveling magician, they locate their enemy and conjure the violent forces of nature through sex-magic to take revenge.

Directed by Yvan Greenberg, and featuring Corey Dargel, Sheila Donovan, Oleg Dubson, and Wil Smith, GIT ALONG LIL DOGGIES commingles elements of William S. Burroughs’ novel “The Place of Dead Roads”, with short stories by Annie Proulx, country-western line dance, and gay pornography. The performance unfolds against a projected video landscape of repainted Marlboro cigarette TV commercials and within an immersive soundscape incorporating country-western recordings from the 1920’s–30’s and contemporary new age music for pedal steel guitar.

Laboratory Theater’s signature layering of choreography, text, sound, improvisation, and imitation, provides a continuously shifting framework for a reconsideration of the outlaw, frontier spirit that continues to shape the mindsets of Americans in the 21st Century.

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.

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.

Spacemen From Space  | Open: 08/12/10 Close: 08/22/10

Holy smokes! Unusual weather patterns are devastating the entire world! Scientists are baffled! Little do they know that this is an alien attack, courtesy of Queen Oneida of the planet Ataraxia, who intends to soften up Earth before her planet sends its armies to conquer it. But little does Queen Oneida know that opposing forces who have figured out her plan are gathering at the one place on Earth immune to her cosmic-wave-beam gun, Rancho Bardo, home to radio hero Cowboy Adam (and His Lonely Valley Boys), a singing cowboy who fights crime and is a Real American. But little does Cowboy Adam know that arriving on his ranch is the scientist and hero Rocket Brannon, who fights crime by flying around on his jet pack, and who knows the secret to defeating the Ataraxians. But little do Our Heroes know that their old flame, tough-talking dame reporter Chickie West is determined to get a great story and has snuck onto the ranch, about to get in everyone’s way. And little do they ALL know that the masked supervillain The Lavender Spectre is also on the ranch, with a brace of Evil Minions who are out to control the weather themselves, and eventually RULE THE WORLD!

 

Does this make sense to you? Good, it shouldn’t, but never mind that now . . .

 

A loving pastiche of 1930s-40s b-movie serials intended to keep hyper children entertained during extended Saturday matinees, Spacemen from Space: An Exciting New Serial for the Stage in 6 Thrill-Packed Episodes! combines as many elements of the straight-faced, sincerely-played episodic genre works into one big mashup of fast-moving fun – a single play made up of 6 episodes played one right after another (with cliffhanger endings, of course), that fills The Brick’s stage with a cast of 21 talented comic actors (featuring many Brick/Gemini CollisionWorks favorites, including noted performer/author Trav S.D.) running around telling this overly-complicated, barely sensical plot with absolute seriousness and belief. Spacemen from Space is a sweet, silly, simple confection designed to keep the audience on the edge of their seats, wondering what will happen next to our steadfast heroes, and if you need a break, you can step out during the four original songs performed by The Lonely Valley Boys, our band of actors, which include a couple of love ballads that younger audiences will find icky, but older ones might possibly find charming.

 

There is, however, a deeper, darker metaphoric level to the play – something, the playwright keeps saying, about anti-science and anti-intellectual thought in America today – but all that can and should be safely ignored (who wants to listen to that serious-minded playwright, anyway?), ‘cause jet-packs are just plain fun!

 

 A hysterical comedy with almost no “jokes,” Spacemen from Space is an affectionate collection of clichés, made by people who love them, celebrating a world where jet packs, singing cowboys, aliens in stupid hats, g-men, robots, unfunny comic reliefs, ray guns, cliffhangers, and incomprehensible plots are still a beautiful fact of life.

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

Grand Theft Ovid  | Open: 07/10/10 Close: 07/25/10
Eddie Kim returns to the Brick to present tales from Ovid’s Metamorphoses, utilizing his distinctive style of digital puppetry. Characters from World of Warcraft, Halo 3, and Grand Theft Auto 4, among other games, will be projected on a large screen in front of an audience and manipulated by gamers. They will be linked to each other and to others over the internet to play out Ovid’s stories, including “Niobe”; “Daedalus and Icarus”; and “Apollo and Daphne.” A follow-up to last year’s “Thank You, but Our Princess Is in Another Castle,” which Theateronline.com described as a “’60s happening for the digital age,” and Hemispheres Magazine called “an act of 21st century puppetry.” With a new translation of stories by Carrie Thomas and featuring music by Oxygenstar, Eddie Kim’s newest machinima piece uses more game systems and more games. Watch as classical stories are fleshed out in pixels and given life in worlds usually inhabited by night elves, aliens, and dirty cops.

Grand Theft Ovid  | Open: 07/09/10 Close: 07/25/10

Grand Theft Ovid

 Eddie Kim returns to the Brick to present tales from Ovid’s Metamorphoses, utilizing his distinctive style of digital puppetry. Characters from World of Warcraft, Halo 3, and Grand Theft Auto 4, among other games, will be projected on a large screen in front of an audience and manipulated by gamers. They will be linked to each other and to others over the internet to play out Ovid’s stories, including “Niobe”; “Daedalus and Icarus”; and “Apollo and Daphne.” A follow-up to last year’s “Thank You, but Our Princess Is in Another Castle,” which Theateronline.com described as a “’60s happening for the digital age,” and Hemispheres Magazine called “an act of 21st century puppetry.” With a new translation of stories by Carrie Thomas and featuring music by Oxygenstar, Eddie Kim’s newest machinima piece uses more game systems and more games. Watch as classical stories are fleshed out in pixels and given life in worlds usually inhabited by night elves, aliens, and dirty cops. 

 

 

 

 

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.

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.

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.

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.


 

That Old Soft Shoe  | Open: 06/06/10 Close: 06/27/10
Playwright Matthew Freeman, director Kyle Ancowitz, and Blue Coyote Theater Group return to The Brick with THAT OLD SOFT SHOE, a redacted comedy. Their previous appearances include the much-ballyhooed productions of Glee Club and An Interview with the Author. In THAT OLD SOFT SHOE, a Senator from the Pacific Northwest arrives to inspect the goings-on in an undisclosed location, throwing the staff into turmoil. Will they all wind up working at a phone bank in Dallas? After all, it’s a new administration. 

THAT OLD SOFT SHOE features Steven Burns (“Steve” from Nickelodeon’s Blues Clues), David DelGrosso, Laura Desmond, Maya Ferrera, Carter Jackson, and Joseph Yeargain. Produced by Blue Coyote Theater Group and The Brick Theater, Inc.

For more information, visit www.bricktheater.com.

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.

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.

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.


 


 

Hack! An I.t. Spaghetti Western  | Open: 06/10/10 Close: 06/19/10
When Hedge fund I.T. employees, Cal, Dash, and Jay, discover that they’ve been hacked – and that the hack is one of them - they scramble to pin it on each other to snag the gold in this ultimate showdown of the Good, the Bad and the Geek. A recent hit at this season’s Vampire Cowboys Saloon Series, watching HACK! The Live DVD Cut is just like popping in a DVD to watch your favorite episodes where you even get to select the extras (deleted scenes, bloopers, commentary) that are acted out in front of you.

Starring Neimah Djourabchi, Benjamin Ellis Fine, Felicia Hudson, Kate Kenney, Joseph Mathers, Nick Monroy, Lauren Schroeder, Mark Souza, Alisha Spielmann, and C.L. Weatherstone.  Produced by Hack! Theatrics and Impetuous Theater Group.


 

Rip Jd: A Celebration Of Death  | Open: 06/04/10 Close: 06/19/10
THE BRICK THEATER, INC.  IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE PLASTIC FLAMINGO THEATRE CO. PRESENTS RIP JD: A CELEBRATION OF DEATH AS PART OF THE TOO SOON FESTIVAL JUNE 4-27 @ THE BRICK!

RIP JD: A Celebration of Death is a timely exploration of cult figure and author JD Salinger. This fast paced ensemble driven comedy probes the mystery associated with the man and his art. Through homage, meditation, and mockery, this provocative collage asks who really owns art - its creator or its audience?

Featuring: Erin Austin*, John Bixler*, Lauren Connolly, Alex Kaplan, Katie McClellan, Randall Pollard*, Ariana Shore, Jonathan Cody White.  *Appearing Courtesy of the Actor’s Equity Association


About the Company: Plastic Flamingo Theatre Company

The artists of the Plastic Flamingo Theatre Company strive to capture our generation and time with provocative, original, and spirited theatre.

We’re dedicated to —

  • Developing and producing new works that rue and relish today.
  • Providing educational opportunities that cultivate the artistic development of our contemporaries.
  • Creating theater that’s affordable and accessible.
  • Encouraging our multi-faceted artistic growth through all aspects of production, design, music, and literature.
     

Expect humorheart, and occasional audacity.

The Vigil Or The Guided Cradle  | Open: 04/22/10 Close: 05/08/10
A Medieval mercenary tortures a terrorist in 15th Century Prague while a young tourist in the 21st Century befriends a mysterious translator.  A play about the danger of crossing over, THE VIGIL orTHE GUIDED CRADLE is a chilling portrait of the art of torture--its future created by its past.

FeaturingOuter Critics Circle nominee Susan Louise O'Connor with Dion Mucciacito, Christian Rummel, Travis YorkVinnie Penna, Alex Pappas & Joseph Mathers. 

Produced by Impetuous Theater Group and the Brick Theater, winner of the 2009 New York Innovative Theatre Awards Caffe Cino Award.

Samuel & Alasdair:
A Personal History of the Robot War
 | Open: 04/01/10 Close: 04/17/10
  The Brick Theater, Inc. and The Mad Ones present

Samuel & Alasdair: A Personal History of the Robot War

"Broadcasting live from the Victory Theater in downtown Irkutsk, it's The at Home Field Guide, brought to you by 
Soviet Free Radio Order. Today your hosts buck the chaos and mounting panic to bring you an American story of first 
love and first heartbreak, along with the musical stylings of Alexei ‘Tumbleweed’ Petrovya. Tune in, take heart--and be 
careful out there, friends."

In an alternate global history, the cold war was decided not by détente, not by nuclear holocaust, but by massive 
robot invasion. Among the survivors, a team of Russian radio hosts, warmed to a lost culture of 1950s Americana, 
broadcast a story of brothers’ love drawn straight from the American heartland. Samuel and Alasdair: A Personal 
History of the Robot War combines 1950s radio drama, vintage country music, and Soviet science for a look back in 
time and forward to what's next.

Featuring Marc Bovino*, Joe Curnutte*, Michael Dalto and Stephanie Wright Thompson* 

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.”

You’re Welcome  | Open: 02/04/10 Close: 02/27/10
You’re Welcome is a collection of 5 small plays about creation and failure; a unified theatrical myth that tells the story
of an invented band of performers and their catastrophic attempts at connection. The plays are also about love, death,
desire, tragedy, comedy, drunk driving, sexiness, beauty, loss, the battle between good and evil, a baby born wearing
a hat. And theater. They're about theater. Kind of the last word on theater. This is You’re Welcome - 5 plays that
pretty much nail it. You’re welcome.

Featuring Hannah Bos*, Michael Cyril Creighton* and Paul Thureen
Written by Paul Thureen and Hannah Bos*
Directed and developed by Oliver Butler

Costume Design - Sydney Maresca, Lighting Design - Mike Riggs, Sound Design - Nathan Leigh
 

Deck The Hallmans!  | Open: 12/06/09 Close: 12/19/09
Deck the Hallmans! is a holiday improvised comedy (with fights) revolving around Bob & Carol Hallman's Christmas celebration. Audience suggestions fuel the Yule-tide fire and the actors and improvisers surprise you as they incorporate choreographed fights. It's shaping up to be a traditional holiday with the whole Hallman family together! Hopefully no one from their past will ruin this perfect holiday. Who would fight on Christmas? Before the evening is over you, too, will want to Deck the Hallmans!

Deck the Hallmans! is presented as part of the Brick Theater's Fight Fest www.bricktheater.com/fightfest 
 

Deck the Hallmans! will play Sun Dec 6 at 6pm, Wed Dec 9 at 8pm, Sat Dec 12 at 11pm, Sun Dec 13 at 8:30pm, Saturday Dec 19 at 11pm as part of FIGHT FEST at The Brick (575 Metropolitan Avenue between Union and Lorimer Street, Brooklyn).

Thank You, But Our Princess Is In Another Castle  | Open: 07/02/09 Close: 07/17/09

Video games as digital puppetry. Technicians will use several xbox 360 consoles and laptops linked to each other in the venue and to others over the internet to control digital characters in real-time in front of an audience.

Halo3 and World of Warcraft, among other games, will be used to tell the stories of Niobe and the Japanese poet, Ono no Komachi. A digital movement piece and a version of Alvin Lucier's "I am sitting in a Room" also will be presented.
 

Suspicious Package:rx  | Open: 06/13/09 Close: 06/28/09
In this Twilight Zone–like world, YOU are the performance!

Told via Zune MP3 Media Players, the story unfolds as audience members (only six at a time) are guided through their roles with both aural and visual cues. Video flashbacks and narrative voiceovers fill in your backstory while maps of locations and your dialogue are displayed on screen. Part theatrical experience, part live video game, Suspicious Package:Rx immerses its audience within a gritty chiaroscuro Twilight Zone–like world, where not everything is black and white.

By popular demand after the hit show Suspicious Package, The Fifth Wall is proud to present an all-new retro sci-fi adventure employing the same revolutionary technology that turned audiences into actors and the streets of Williamsburg into a stage in what NY Press called “one of the best times I have had at the theater.” Suspicious Package:
Rx takes our intrepid audience/cast into the not-too-distant post-apocalyptic future in which happy pills don’t make anyone happy, drug companies can’t be trusted, and everyone seems a little suspicious. Side effects may include “thrills” (Village Voice), “a great time” (nytheatre.com), and “a singular experience” (The New York
Times).

And The Fear Cracked Open.  | Open: 06/10/09 Close: 06/27/09
From the company that brought you the award-winning Bouffon Glass Menajoree comes a surreal, dark, comic look at one Minnesotan couple’s struggle to find companionship, sympathy, and the L-word. ...and the fear cracked open. incorporates film, puppetry, mask-work, animation, physical comedy and musical composition. Button up! The ‘Minnesota Nice’ is more bitter than the snowy winds that blow.

Featuring Lynn Berg, Becky Byers, Audrey Crabtree, and Gavin Starr Kendall. Live music by Sarah Engelke. Costumes by Karen Flood. Puppet design by Kate Brehm. Animation by Jonathan Kaplan. Film by Andy Ritchie. Lights by Ian W. Hill and Berit Johnson.

“Audrey Crabtree and Lynn Berg have crafted a fresh and witty telling of the making and unmaking of a love affair. The meta-theatrics slyly inform a production that explores just how surreal love can be.”
-City Pages, Minneapolis

“…and the fear cracked open. emerges intelligent and deliciously irreverent…”-Tammy Schulman, Pulse Minneapolis


www.AndTheFearCrackedOpen.com

Video promos:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pV73JN-LnEc 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bArLnh5Y9eo

 

 

The Colonists*  | Open: 04/25/09 Close: 05/24/09
The Colonists is a lyrical visual fantasy, in which audiences are invited to enter the alien world of the bee. Developed in Bangkok by Nick Jones and Raja Azar, co-creators of the hit show Jollyship the Whiz-Bang, and developed through a Children's Show Grant by the Jim Henson Foundation, The Colonists tells the story of a forest community, overrun by a strange insect force they can't understand. Using electricified puppets, small-scale pyrotechnics and the music of Shooby Taylor the Human Horn, among others, The Colonists is a rite of spring to delight children and adults alike.

A young girl asks her father, where do plastic surgeons come from? What follows is a fantastical romp through pre-civilized Europe, and the medieval art and science of nosemaking. Our hero is Gavin, a young orphan rescued from a dismal existence in the Ivanhoe Workhouse for Criminally Impoverished Boys when he is apprenticed with the local Nosemaker, and eventually becomes one of the finest surgeons in Vienna, cradle of quack medicine. Using innovative skin grafting techniques and cutting edge alchemy, Gavin and his master seek only to do the Work of the Almighty by restoring small appendages lost to rat bites, dueling, and syphilis. But when they are unable to help a powerful and mutilated knight recently returned from the crusades, they find their feet over the fire...literally. Hilarious, subversive, quasi-historical, and thoroughly debauched. . . a fated collaboration between two of New York's most innovative (and troubling) young talents.
 

Times 365:24:7  | Open: 03/12/09 Close: 04/11/09
 With the lifeblood of the newspaper at threat of disappearing amidst a digital landscape - hurried along by the economic pressures of the current recession, Bone Orchard (http://www.boneorchard.org) investigates the nature of the news and the impact it has on daily life. From real and imagined perspectives of subjects, creators and audience, Times 365:24:7 negotiates fact and fiction to focus on the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the economic global meltdown, and the mainstay of much contemporary journalism, local stories.

Times 365:24:7 is being developed in collaboration with David Giambusso, a freelance reporter for The New York Times and The New Jersey Star-Ledger. In addition, company members have interviewed and visited journalists at various news-making institutions, including The Financial Times, Dan Rather Reports, MSNBC, The New Yorker, Marie Claire and CNN.

The Protestants  | Open: 01/23/09 Close: 02/14/09
Writer/Director Eric Bland, creator of The Children of Truffaut and Death at Film Forum (soon to be published in the NYTE anthology, Plays and Playwrights 2009), returns to The Brick with his latest opus. The Protestants uses the framework of a Methodist church service to chart a tragicomic year in the life of four weird brothers: one is a puppet, one wears a mask, one is a girl, and one grew a moustache.
 

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.

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.

Notes From Underground  | Open: 02/15/08 Close: 03/22/08
Notes from Underground is a five-part dramatic oratorio exploring the Underground Man's desperate masochism. Four actors voice both the character's inner critics and participants in his story. Robert Honeywell, performing Dostoyevsky's legendary anti-hero, returns their fire. Each line is timed to a complex soundtrack of Russian tavern songs and string quartets. This dark, environmental production returns for a limited time after a critically acclaimed run in the 1999 Fringe Festival.
The Maestrosities: The Coolest Band Ever!  | Open: 10/24/07 Close: 10/28/07
Material Girl and Turning Japanese performed on tuba, ukulele, trumpet, clarinet, accordion and spoons! If no one tells these clowns how stupid they are, they will continue to tour the world, imagining that they are, indeed, "The Coolest Band Ever!"
Inspiring Resilience or Obstinate Mediocrity? Come see them, and decide for yourself.
Presented by the 2nd Annual NY Clown Theatre Festival.
Savage Amusements  | Open: 10/20/07 Close: 10/23/07
A Transylvanian mail-order bride without a husband finds herself trapped in Florida surrounded by her broken dreams. Now she's ready to cash in failure for fortune. Known as the "Gymnastic Genie" from years ago in her home country, Svetlana Flamingo resurrects her talents to transform herself into a showgirl and achieve her life-long fantasy of becoming B movie star. Kitsch, glam and exotica with a generous helping of desperate housewife, Svetlana Flamingo tiptoes through the astroturf and executes high-risk dance contortion, alligator wrestling and a re-creation of a scene from "Slave Princess of the Jungle." Through the re-invention of herself, she finds the key to freedom from the trailer park.
2nd Annual NY Clown Theatre Festival  | Open: 10/05/07 Close: 10/05/07
From the people that brought you the 1st clown theatre festival in New York in over 20 years, comes the 2nd Annual New York Clown Theatre Festival. We will be presenting over 20 main stage productions, several cabarets, and a series of lectures and workshops by some of the top clowning professionals in the world, including Sue Morrison (European and Native American Clowning Guru) and Giovanni Fusetti (renowned international clown teacher from Padua, Italy), among others.
The festival kicks off on October 5th with the Clown Subway Parade on the L Train from Manhattan to Williamsburg, culminating in a massive Pie-Fight and Cabaret at the Brick Theater! Later events will include a clown-v-clown smack down Clown Olympics and a bedlam-inducing beverage-imbibing Clown Bar Hop!

Where: the Brick Theater, 575 Metropolitan Ave. Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY 11211

When: Festival begins on Friday, October 5 and runs through the 28th of October.

Cost: Shows are 12$, classes vary in price, and all events are absolutely FREE.

For more information visit www.bricktheater.com or our myspace page www.myspace.com/nyclowntheatrefestival

Gentlemen callers beware: The Wingfields plume their nest with broken glass, twisted morals, and perverted minds. Each night a new audience member will get to play the role of Jim, the gentlemen caller. Tom, Amanda and Laura claim no responsibility for hurt feelings or offended sentiments. Imagine Borat performing Tennessee Williams directed by John Waters. These deformed anti-clowns subversively take the piss out of everyone and everything Why would anyone do this to an American Masterpiece? Performed by: Lynn Berg, Audrey Crabtree, & Aimee German.

" Yes, it is total theatrical sacrilege, and, I am forced to admit, delicious...sublimely funny and unexpectedly witty." –David Koteles, nytheatre.com

The Garden Party & Mistake  | Open: 10/26/06 Close: 11/19/06
THE GARDEN PARTY written by Vaclav Havel
This absurdist drama portrays a young chess fanatic propelled into the business world by his conservative
father and neurotic mother, only to be immersed into a live challenge of corporate checkmate. Published in 1963, this was Havel's first full-length play. It is characteristic of the humanist literary movement that was on the rise in Prague.

The Festival honors the man, Vaclav Havel, on his 70th birthday. He has led a full life: as a playwright, the
former Czech Republic President, a literary leader, and a social/political activist. His name and writings,
banned by Communists in the 1970s, have become significant studies of the Czech oppression.

MISTAKE written by Vaclav Havel
Presented as the Pre-Show for The Garden Party during the Havel Festival
This opening short puppet play features prison mates in a "Punch & Judy" like conflict. Four prisoners
muddle their way through the daily ritual for a newcomer in the cellblock.

Bouffon Glass Menajoaree  | Open: 10/13/06 Close: 11/10/06
Gentlemen callers beware: The Wingfields plume their nest with broken glass, twisted morals, and perverted minds. Each night a new audience member will get to play the role of Jim, the gentlemen caller. Tom, Amanda and Laura claim no responsibility for your hurt feelings or offended sentiments. Tennessee Williams is spinning in his grave. Why would anyone do this to an American Masterpiece?

The Wingfield apartment is composed of a broken dream catcher, woven from the clotheslines of this American family's dirty laundry, washed in the antiquated colors of a long forgotten photograph. These three bouffons invite you to be a fly on the wall as they attempt to lure a gentlemen caller for their precious Laura. Audiences take heed you just might be the one to get caught in their wickedly funny web.

New York Clown Theatre Festival  | Open: 09/01/06 Close: 09/24/06
This world-class festival brings New York audiences critically acclaimed clown performances from Paris, the United Kingdom, Germany, Canada, the United States, and more. With 23 mainstage productions, 19 one-night-only cabaret performances, and a series of lectures and workshops by some of the top clowning professionals around the world, The Brick Theater's New York Clown Theatre Festival takes their clowning around very seriously!

On Friday, September 1 at 5 PM New Yorkers are invited to get on the L train and ride to the Brooklyn Bedford stop. Volunteers will be handing out free clown noses at stations along the L train. Participants will get out at Bedford stop in Brooklyn, and march 10 blocks to The Brick Theater along with a marching band and over 100 Clowns! Once arriving at the Brick...participants can participate in a free and fun pie fight.

In addition to performances, the New York Clown Theatre Festival also hosts clown classes, workshops and lectures from some of the world's most prominent and renowned Master Clown Teachers, including Philippe Gaulier (Ecole Phillipe Gaulier, teacher of Ali G, Emma Thompson, Theatre du Complicite), David Shiner (Fool Moon, performer and Director for Cirque du Soleil), and Sue Morrison (European and Native American Clowning Guru) among others.

Bill Irwin leads a Celebrity Guest Panel where accomplished performers talk seriously about clowning. Other events include retrospective lectures on the history of Clown Theatre in North America; "WHY I HATE CLOWNS: The Reinstatement of the Sacred Clown"; "Stage to Silent Screen: Adapting the Clown to Film;" and a Mock Clown Panel (where a panel of Clowns get seriously ridiculous).

The New York Clown Theatre Festival features cabaret evenings on Thursdays at 10pm. These short clown-theatre pieces feature works by diverse artists such as Sean Edwards ('STOMP'), Gandhi (Gautham Prasad, Ringling Brothers Circus), Spatz Donovan (life-long circus
performer/showbiz chameleon who can impersonate 26 American film, radio and theatre funnymen.) and many others. For a list of cabaret performances, visit www.bricktheater.com.

MAINSTAGE SHOWS
RED BASTARD Performed by Eric Davis
Red Bastard is New York's King of Fools! This one-man buffoon show stars Red Bastard as a grotesque, yet disarmingly charming Bouffon, whose enormous ego is matched only be his colossal red ass.
Sat., Sept. 2 at 11 PM; Fri., Sept. 8 at 10:30 PM; Thurs., Sept. 21 at 9 PM

ABSENCE OF MAGIC Eric Davis
Eric Davis stars as a bone-thin cantankerous clown, whose neurotic endeavors run the gamut of comic expression. Wildly impish one moment, pathetically gutless the next, he answers the call to an epic adventure only to find himself stranded in a cave for 100,000 years.
Surrounded by the skeletons of failed attempts, he must now conquer a disembodied voice as this unlikely hero fends off monsters, struggles to make a name for himself and quests to find the Glove of Never Ending Awesomeness.
Thurs., Sept., 14 at 8:30 PM; Sat., Sept. 16 at 10 PM; Sun., Sept. 17 at 2:30 PM

I'M SORRY & I'M SORRY by The Candidatos
Part Marx Brothers, part Coen Brothers, part Cirque de Soleil, I'm Sorry & I'm Sorry employs physical comedy, evasive banter, acrobatic drunkenness, willful deception and no small amount of absurdity to tell the tale of a seasick sailor and his perfectly incompetent
crime.
Sat., Sept. 2 at 9 PM; Tues., Sept, 5 at 8:30 PM; Thurs., Sept. 21 at 7 PM;
Fri. Sept. 22 at 10 PM

CHICHE CAPON'S CABARET by Associates Les Nouveaux Gitans (FRANCE)
A show for kids lost in adult clothes, or adults who've kept point of view and sensibility of youngsters, this show presents a gallery of characters successively fragile, possessive, jealous, authoritarian, candid and magnanimous. In search of beauty and harmony, they're
looking for meaning to life and to time's race.
Sat., Sept. 2 at 5:30 PM; Sun., Sept. 3 at 8:45 PM; Wed., Sept. 6 at 8:30 PM;
Fri., Sept. 8 at 8:30 PM; Sat., Sept. 9 at 9:30 PM

KNOTT...MY BEST MOMENTS Performed by Erin Bouvey (CANADA)
A show that plumbs the depths of bafflement and soars to the heights of passion, Knott...My Best Moments is an adventure down the rickety tracks of pride and cowardice. It is about the scathing and salacious Flam St. Cyr. On the lam, out of food, and armed only with a sheepskin hat to protect her, she is poised to take on all the atrocities of our modern world - bad taste, apathetic diversions and seductive grapefruits.
Fri., Sept. 15 at 10 PM; Sat., Sept. 16 at 2:30 PM; Wed., Sept. 20 at 8:45 PM;
Sat., Sept. 23 at 6:30 PM

BOUFFON GLASS MENAGERIE by The Perfectly Touchables
Gentlemen callers beware: The Wingfields plume their nest with broken glass, twisted morals, and perverted minds. Each night a new audience member will get to play the role of Jim. Tom, Amanda, and Laura claim no responsibility for your hurt feelings or offended
sentiments. Tennessee Williams is spinning in his grave. Why would anyone do this to an American Masterpiece!
Fri. Sept. 15 at 11:30 PM; Sat., Sept. 16 at 11:30 PM; Sat., Sept. 23 at 9:30 PM

SINGER AND SAW by Sarah Worthinton and Nathan Carver
Singer and Saw combines the talents of a lyric soprano and clown-turned-musical-saw player. These two should never have met. But they have. The result is a unique vaudeville show that starts as a serious recital, ends in loving tribute and is interrupted by an
outrageous collection of saws.
Sat., Sept. 9 at 3:30 PM; Mon., Sept. 11 at 8:30 PM; Fri., Sept. 22 at 7 PM

BIG TIME by Peter Daniel Straus
A weird out-of-towner wanders onto a stage, accidentally becoming the reluctant star of his own show. An absurd and ridiculous exploration of theatricality and discovery.
Sat., Sept. 2 at 7:30 PM; Sat., Sept. 16 at 5:30 PM; Sat., Sept. 23 at 11 PM

CLOWNS Developed by Glass Contraption and Chris Bayes
Performed with great gusto and presentational chutzpah by a company of clowns who share a collective dream: to make a good and funny show, with great tragedy and triumph, that will knock your socks off, make you pee in your pants and break your heart all in one evening!
CLOWNS journeys through the watercolor landscape of the clown as five strange and beautiful creatures set out in search of their delight and the simplicity of stillness. With knee-knocking fear, but great hope, CLOWNS will bravely undertake this journey into the unknown.
The show is scored with original music and songs on accordion and viola.
Thurs., Sept. 14 at 7 PM; Fri., Sept. 15 AT 7 PM; Sat., Sept. 16 at 7 PM

HELP HELP I KNOW THIS TITLE IS LONG, BUT SOMEBODY'S TRYING TO KILL ME
written and performed by Drew Richardson
The show must go on - even when a suspicious character has eliminated the entire cast. When every entertainer in a vaudeville variety show is mysteriously dispatched, Drew the Dramatic Fool must take over every role in the production, from a 36-ball juggling act to the old saw-the-assistant-in-half trick. If he fails... let's just say that bad reviews can be murder.
Wed., Sept. 6 at 7 PM; Fri., Sept. 8 at 7 PM; Sun., Sept. 10 at 2:30 PM

FLAWED GENIOUS Written performed by Barnaby King (UNITED KINGDOM)
Charlie Chaplin meets Norma Desmond in Barnaby King's hilarious portrayal of a tragically repressed Englishman, who yearns for greatness amidst his own mediocrity. Accompanied by a magical piano, Flawed Genius tells a tale of unrequited love and burning ambition.
It is about that part of us that would like to take on the world and win. With a flair for improvisation, Barnaby King gives us a clown for the modern age and a must-see experience.
Sat., Sept. 9 at Midnight and 6:30 PM; Sun., Sept. 10 at 6:30 PM;
Mon., Sept. 11 at 7 PM; Fri., Sept. 15 at 8:30 PM

HACKI GINDA by Hackifun-produktions (GERMANY)
Hacki Ginda is a loud clown with a real affection for his audience. Although Hacki has a strong integrity with his motifs, his show is always filled with the element of surprise. Hackifun Produktions is highly physical comedy.
Sat., Sept. 9 at 2 PM; Sun., Sept. 10 at 1 PM and 8 PM, Mon., Sept. 11 at 10 PM

LAY DOWN AND LOVE ME AGAIN by James Howell (CANADA)
Kevin's mind is wandering. These meanderings become monologues about suicide with fried chicken in his fists, a preacher searching for "spiritual DNA", his mother bargain hunting for abortion clinics, sleeping with students while drinking alone, whispering fascist
flirtations to telephone operators and chasing his comatose father while enjoying fresh produce.
Tues., Sept. 5 at 7 PM; Thurs., Sept. 7 at 8:30 PM; Fri., Sept. 9 at 8 PM;
Sat., Sept. 10 at 9:30 PM

BY THE LIGHT OF THE PORCELEAN MOON by Michelle Seakamp
A visually stunning solo clown piece that explores solitude and the search for joy.
Sat., Sept. 2 at 4 PM; Sun., Sept. 3 at 7 PM; Mon., Sept. 4 at 8:30 PM

LADIES NIGHT
In Veni, Vidi, Vici, A sprightly buffoon, Mud seeks the perfect picnic spot and marks it with chalk, trapping herself inside its boundaries. Magic spells expand the territory. New acquisitions awaken a lust for more. Performed with Extraordinary Vacancy, a
short solo female clown piece about the illusion of love and the consumption of it. A dance with a coat, which leads to fight and a love affair with a whiskey bottle.
Thurs., Sept. 7 at 7 PM; Wed., Sept. 13 at 8:30 PM; Wed., Sept. 20 at 7 PM

A LIFE IN HER DAY by Hilary Chaplain
A Life In Her Day is a lifetime created in one day of a working world where everything is created out of everyday objects. A lamp becomes a man, paper towels become a baby, meals consist of marshmallows and nowballs and it all begins in a vertical bed where the audience has a bird's-eye view of the goings on.
Fri., Sept. 22 at 8:30 PM; Sat., Sept. 23 at 2:30 PM

FOOLS MASS by Theatre Group Dzieci
A motley group of medieval village idiots are forced to enact their own mass, due to the untimely death of their beloved Pastor, Fater Jerzy. Filled with buffoonery, comic audience participation and choral singing of sacred hymns from the 8th through the 17th centuries, Fools Mass travels from the ridiculous to the sublime.
Sun., Sept. 24 at 6 PM

PENELOPE AND PEPPER'S BIG SHOW By Gymstars Brooklyn
Penelope and Pepper arrive in a flurry to take you on an exciting variety show adventure including some friendly improv and audience participation.
Sat., Sept. 16 at 4 PM; Sat., Sept. 23 at 4 PM

THE AUDITION by Two Too Far
The General and Jasper face the opportunity of a lifetime an audition for clown search international ala American Idol. Throughout the ordeal of their audition they must overcome their own incompetence, their miscommunications and misinterpretations and mess-making mishaps.
Sat., Sept. 2 at 2:30 PM; Sun., Sept. 3 at 2:30 PM

The $ellout Festival  | Open: 07/04/06 Close: 08/26/06
THE $ELLOUT FESTIVAL Extensions:

Greed: a Musical Love $tory (Featuring Anna Nicole! James Joyce! Boobs!)
Written and Directed by Robert Honeywell
Composed by: Robert Honeywell, Whitney Gardner & Meighan Stoops

A tormented accountant who's hungry for money sings and dances her way through a day-in-the-life of 21st century New York City. Accosted by various hallucinations -- Anna Nicole Smith being chased by her dead billionaire husband, James Joyce and W. B. Yeats begging her to embrace art, a professor on a subway doing a striptease with the floor-to-ceiling pole -- she tries to maintain her sanity while fighting off the urge to "massage the numbers" at her day job. With perky song & dance numbers by Anna Nicole, Joyce, Yeats and a lusty,
wheelchair-bound J. Howard Marshall.
Tuesday, July 4 at 6 PM
Friday, July 7 at 9 PM
Saturday, July 8 at 3 PM and 8 PM
Thursday, August 10 at 8:30 PM
Saturday, August 12 at 9 PM
Sunday, August 13 at 3 PM
Thursday, August 17 at 8:30 PM
Saturday, August 19 at 9 PM
Sunday, August 20 at 3 PM
Thursday, August 24 at 8:30 PM
Saturday, August 26 at 9 PM

King Lear
Written by William Shakespeare; Directed by Michael Gardner
A monarch sells his kingdom to his daughters for their profession of love. But when King Lear banishes his favorite daughter for failing to buy, will he end up going insane? Gardner sells out The $ellout Festival by not selling out. Or does he? What do you care? It's free!
Monday, July 3 – Sunday, July 30
Sundays at 3 PM, Mondays at 7 PM with an additional performance on
Friday, July 21 at 7 PM

The Kung Fu Importance of Being Earnest
Conceived by Timothy Haskell; Fight Directed by Qui Nguyen; Adapted and Directed by Michael Gardner
Two English gentlemen in the 1890s secretly use the name "Ernest" in their double lives...until they fall for English ladies who cherish honesty. They settle their differences according to the ancient methods of the Shaolin monks.
Friday, July 14 at 9 PM
Saturday, July 15 at 9:30 PM
Saturday, July 22 at 9:30 PM
Friday, July 28 at 9 PM
Saturday, July 29 at 9:30 PM
Saturday, August 12 at 7 PM
Saturday, August 19 at 7 PM
Friday, August 25 at 9 PM
Saturday, August 26 at 7 PM

Sexadelic Cemetery (A Bizarre $cience Fantasy)
Directed by Jeff Lewonczyk
The Brick Theater, Inc. and Piper McKenzie Productions
The year is not-so-subtly 1969. A company accountant comes to visit a schlock film director's vampire sexploitation set, and things get a little wild when someone doses the lemonade with something a little wacky... Lascivious freak outs ensue! Who's sleeping with whom? Who's biting whom in the neck? When the 60s die, will they be reborn as the undead 70s.
Thursday, July 13 – Saturday, July 29th
Thursdays at 8:30 PM and Saturdays at 7 PM

Adventures of the Caveman Robot  | Open: 04/13/06 Close: 05/13/06
Set in the fictional city of Monumenta, ADVENTURES OF CAVEMAN ROBOT creates a fully realized alternate reality on stage. After a punishing battle with the wildly unpredictable Ape Lincoln (a hulking ex-President from a strange simian dimension), Cavey and his minders Professor Tuttlwell and his niece Megan find themselves the focus of a master plot bringing together the cream of Monumenta's villainous talent pool, featuring such characters as Burn-Out (a former hippie turned flame-throwing rebel), Colonel 3headedspacepony (a Nazi SS officer whose brain has been transferred to the body of a penguin) and Cavey's arch-nemesis, Dr. John Zarathustra, D.D.S.

As the chaos mounts through song, dance, and video only the sad-sack everyman Loser Pete holds the power to save Cavey from a vicious fate!

Symphony of Rats  | Open: 02/07/06 Close: 02/26/06
The President of the United States is receiving messages from other worlds. Perhaps they are the voices of Angels, bringing a Divine message. Perhaps they are the voices of Aliens, bringing warnings from other worlds or other dimensions. Or maybe, just maybe, the President is merely going mad. In any case, the leader of the free world is beginning to hate that world, and may be deciding to put an end to it once and for all. More and more, everyone else in the world looks like nothing more or less than a rat to the President, and the vermin have entered the White House. It's time to exterminate.
World Gone Wrong  | Open: 08/05/05 Close: 08/28/05
A world where the leaders lie, cheat, steal and murder. A world where Art and Science and Beauty and Reason are no longer valued. A world where survival means selling out, and trying to do the "right thing" means failure as a human being. A familiar place? Yes, of course, it is the fictional, 1940's world of film noir, nothing like our own present world at all, right? Right? Or has noir come true, and we're all living in a world gone wrong?

Returning to The Brick by popular demand after a smash-hit run in The Moral Values Festival, World Gone Wrong is a film noir pastiche-play consisting of dialogue from almost two hundred noirs, as well as quotes from our current U.S. Administration and other pertinent sources, combined into an original spellbinding, semiabstract, dreamlike tale of corruption, betrayal,
and revenge.

Combining a cast of 21 in precision choreography, slides, and an entirely pre-recorded collage soundtrack, World Gone Wrong is a celebration of the ability to stay true to, and fight for, one's own convictions in a land where "moral values" is just a mask that hides greed, hatred, fear, backstabbing, and lies.

Dear Dubya: Patriotic Love Letters to WHITEHOUSE.ORG  | Open: 08/11/05 Close: 08/28/05
Produced by John DeVore

From the web¹s most popular political parody comes a disturbingly hilarious glimpse inside the mind of the dot-com era voter. Readings from WHITEHOUSE.ORG¹s actual e-mail bag include outraged complaints confusing absurdist satire with federal policy, bizarre misaddressed

Here are some of "downtown art star" Tom X. Chao¹s not-so-dry short comedies! Angry nun throttles insensitive fusion bassist! Crazed tourist loves San Francisco indiscriminately! Police psychic and office manager solve mysteries while arguing about lunch! And more audience favorites! www.tomxchao.com (60 min)
Flat  | Open: 08/11/05 Close: 08/28/05
Written by Love Ablan, Tim Cummings, Kenny Finkle, Sibyl Kempson, Kirk Marcoe, Jake Oliver, Kourtney Rutherford, Jason Schuler, Mike Taylor, Jon Leon Torn, Jennifer Zern

Performed by Kourtney Rutherford, Jason Schuler, Eben Moore, Tim Donovan Jr., Sean Day, Okwui Okpokwasili, and others.

Inspired by the BBC, Flat is a television programme brought to the stage. A British family advertises a rental within their flat. Applicants are interviewed and mysteriously disappear. Featuring a rotating cast of tenants, a team of writers, and copious video Flat explores the limits of TV and the theater. (60 min)

Françoise changes her mind (the things bondage can do)  | Open: 07/06/05 Close: 07/17/05
From the writer/director of the critically acclaimed Jenna Is Nuts, which TimeOut called "brimming with energy," Françoise changes her mind is a total examination of "moral values" in the extreme‹extreme sex colliding with extreme religion. Two nerds who almost became a nun and a priest fall in love and get kinky, pushing their boundaries with a little bondage in a bathtub. When they spice it up with readings from Buddhism, Hinduism,
Christianity and Islam God's greatest hits the game-playing pushes buttons neither expected and threatens to spin out of control.

Part of the Moral Values Festival

My Year of Porn  | Open: 07/07/05 Close: 07/17/05
One female journalist's adventures while producing a documentary on pornography. Cole¹s adventures in the porn world lead her under train tracks into a bizarre swinger club, onto porn sets, and into the suburban depths of Southern California. Cole¹s plucky curiosity morphs into deep concern when she begins to wonder if she¹s in too deep. What exactly will a year of porn do to her?

Part of the Moral Values Festival

Moral Values Festival  | Open: 06/03/05 Close: 07/03/05
The Brick Theater, Inc.'s second annual summer festival explores, exploits,
and exposes our country's "Moral Values"

After the overwhelming success of their summer 2004 Hell Festival, The Brick Theater, Inc. returns to breed more spiritual confusion with The Moral Values Festival, a performance festival
for the morally questionable, morally perverse and morally bankrupt.

MORAL VALUES FESTIVAL SCHEDULE OF SHOWS

The Absence of Magic Created by Eric Davis and Sue Morrison, Directed by Sue
Morrison and Performed by Eric Davis
Sundays, June 12, 19 and 26 at 7:00 PM
A cantankerous clown, whose neurotic endeavors run the gamut of comic
expression, answers the call to an epic adventure. Antics range from the
gut-busting ridiculous to the intimate and heart-felt as this unlikely hero
fends off monsters, struggles to make a name for himself and quests to find
the Glove of Never Ending Awesomeness. (75 min)

Brick-a-Brac
Sundays, June 5 and July 3 at 7:00 PM
The Brick¹s monthly variety extravaganza continues through the Festival with
two moral values-themed installments! In addition to an exciting roster of
strange and wonderful acts, each evening will feature a new episode of each
of the Brick Radio Players¹ ongoing serials, "Whispering Crystal Gossamer
Bayou" and "Horny & the Virgin" (2 hrs)

Coney Island Last Stop Written and directed by Michael Schwartz
Tuesday, June 21 at 8:30 PM' Friday, June 24 at 10:00 PM; Sunday, June 26 at
5:00 PM; Wednesday, June 29 at 8:15 PM
In this gritty, sexually provocative dark comedy, Jacob Katz is desperate to
become a non-virgin, but his secret physical deformity threatens to derail
his plans. Then, along with his friends, Tony, a streetwise dropout, and
Willy, who stutters and rhymes, Jacob meets Alminouchka, a new Russian
immigrant eager to do anything to be accepted. With furiously funny, poetic,
explosive, blue collar Brooklyn dialogue and physicality, these outcasts
discover the liberating and redemptive power of the imagination. (105 min)

Dear Dubya: Patriotic Love Letters to WHITEHOUSE.ORG Curated and written by
John A. Wooden, and Directed by R.J. Tolan
Sunday, June 5 at 5:45; Thursday, June 16 at 7 PM; Saturday, June 18 at 2:30
PM; Sunday, July 3 at 9:15 PM
From the web¹s most popular political parody comes a disturbingly hilarious
glimpse inside the mind of the dot-com era voter. Readings from
WHITEHOUSE.ORG¹s actual e-mail bag include outraged complaints confusing
absurdist satire with federal policy, bizarre mis-addressed letters to
President Bush, and stunningly vicious hate mail for the site's creators.
(45 min)

eleven Written and performed by Mikki Baloy and Directed by John DeVore
Tuesday, June 7 at 7:00 PM; Saturday, June 11 at 2:45 PM; Saturday, June 25
at 7:00 PM; Saturday, July 2 at 1:00 PM
Disaster response professional and theater artist Mikki Baloy presents
eleven, a one-woman performance piece that examines everyday life in New
York City post-9/11 through the voices of eleven ordinary people. Baloy
draws on professional expertise and personal experience to craft a diverse,
and unexpected, cast of characters. (60 min)

An Evening with Roberta Combs, President of the Christian Coalition,
conducting an earnest Q and A in a Brooklyn theatre festival, clarifying the
positions of the Christian right, and telling it like it is. For real!
Directed by Timothy Haskell and featuring Cathy McNelis, Rachelle Mendez,
Mark O'Connell
Saturday, June 4 at 8:30 PM; Wednesday, June 8 at 7:00 PM; Saturday, June 11
at 6:00 PM; Tuesday, June 14 at 7:00 PM; Saturday, June 18 at 4:45 PM;
Thursday, June 23 at 9:45 PM
In an earnest attempt to reach out to the non-Christian voter, Roberta
Combs, the president of the Christian Coalition, has agreed to participate
in a "Q and A" in hostile territory - a Brooklyn arts festival. To make
things interesting, she will be joined by the chief legal defense counselor
for the Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders. The moderator will engage
the panelists in a lively discussion and then will open it up to the
audience. It will likely end badly.

A Feast Unknown Written and performed by Jason Robert Bell, Based on the
book by Philip Jose Farmer
Monday, June 6 at 7:00 PM; Thursday, June 16 at 8:00 PM; Saturday, June 18
at 5:45 PM; Thursday, June 30 at 7:00 PM; Saturday, July 2 at 7:00 PM;
Sunday, July 3 at 4:15 PM
A dramatic multi-media reading of by Philip José Farmer, "unreadable" sci-fi
action adventure porno classic. To be performed in 30 minute segments of the
book from start to finish with each reading starting with a wrap up of the
last segment and ending with a cliffhanger. (30 min)

Flat Created by Jason Schuler, Directed by Jason Schuler and Kourtney
Rutherford
Saturday, June 4 at 4:00 PM; Friday, June 10 at 9:00 PM; Monday June 13 at
7:00 PM; Sunday, June 19 at 8:30 PM; Wednesday, June 29 at 7:00 PM
Inspired by the BBC, Flat is a television programme brought to the stage. A
British family advertises a rental within their flat. Applicants are
interviewed and mysteriously disappear. Featuring a rotating cast of
tenants, a team of writers, and copious video, Flat explores the limits of
TV and the theater. (60 min)

The Fourth Reich Written and directed by Danny Bowes
Thursday, June 9 at 7:00 PM
Two estranged friends meet one fateful night in the early days of the second
George W. Bush administration to discuss war, politics, conspiracy theories,
the impotence of the modern media in the face of creeping tyranny, and love.
(75 min)

Françoise changes her mind (the things bondage can do) Written and directed
by Robert Honeywell
Friday, June 10 at 7:00 PM; Saturday, June 11 at 4:00 PM; Wednesday, June 15
at 8:45 PM; Sunday, June 19 at 2:15 PM; Monday, June 20 at 8:30 PM;
Saturday, June 25 at 1:00 PM
Bondage. Buddha. The Bible. The Koran. Don't forget Proust. Nerds in
love experiment in sex games with religious texts. An almost-a-nun and an
almost-a-priest fall in love and get kinky. But being tied to a shower while
force-fed world religion can do peculiar things. (105 min)

Freak Out under the Apple Tree: (Some of) The Best of Tom X. Chao Written,
directed and performed by Tom X. Chao
Friday, June 3 at 9:45 PM; Saturday, June 4 at 7:15 PM; Sunday, June 5 at
2:30 PM
The New York Times calls Tom X. Chao "a dryly funny downtown comedian."
Here are some of his not-so-dry short comedies! Angry nun throttles
insensitive fusion bassist! Crazed tourist loves San Francisco
indiscriminately! Police psychic and office manager solve mysteries while
arguing about lunch! And more audience favorites! (60 min)

I Found Her Tied to My Bed Written and directed by Jeff Tabnick
Saturday, June 4 at 1:00 PM; Sunday, June 5 at 4:00 PM; Monday, June 6 at
8:15 PM; Wednesday, June 8 at 8:00 PM; Friday, June 10 at 10:15 PM;
Saturday, June 11 at 8:30 PM
At Evergreen Manor Nursing Home, the hours are long, the staff is underpaid
and the occupants are easy to kill. When a reckless coworker intrudes upon
Beth¹s solitary life, Beth becomes infatuated and goes to extremes to
understand her. But understanding does not necessarily produce a healthy
relationship ‹sometimes it only produces corpses. (75 min)

It Came from New York Curated and hosted by Michele Carlo (aka Carmen
Mofongo)
Friday, June 3 at 11:00 PM; Saturday, June 11 at 7:00 PM; Sunday, June 12 at
8:30 PM; Tuesday, June 21 at 7:00 PM; Tuesday, June 28 at 9:30 PM; Saturday,
July 2 at 2:15 PM
Ever wonder what makes real New Yorkers tick? What gives us our unique edge?
What makes us crazier than any other humans on the planet? In just 75 New
York-minutes "It Came From New York" gives you a taste of what it's like to
actually be from the city where everyone thinks sin was invented. (75 min)

The Ladies Auxiliary Telephone Bee: Moral Values Edition
Thursday, June 9 at 8:30 PM
Performers call activists, specialists, and interested parties on all sides
of a common debate for live interviews. Kind of like a live version of
"Crank Yankers" for the politically minded! (90 min)

Lulu: A Peep Show Adapted and directed by Michael Gardner
Wednesday, June 8 at 9:30 PM; Saturday, June 11 at 1:00 PM; Monday, June 13
at 8:15 PM; Wednesday, June 15 at 7:00 PM; Friday, June 17 at 8:30 PM;
Saturday, June 25 at 5:15 PM
Taken from the Wedekind plays, Lulu is the latest in Michael Gardner's
continuing experiments in disquieting environmental theater. Adapted from
Frank Wedekind¹s rarely seen uncensored original (Pandora's Box: A Monster's
Tragedy), Lulu: A Peep Show sets the famous unabashed nymphet in her small,
curtained dressing room. There, she recreates herself for the pleasure of
her endless parade of lovers. (90 min)

Mahamudra (or Postconsumer Waste Recycled Paper) Written and performed by
Chris Harcum
Friday, June 3 at 8:30 PM; Monday, June 6 at 7:00 PM; Saturday, June 18 at
5:45 PM; Thursday, June 23 at 7:00 PM; Sunday, June 26 at 8:30 PM; Sunday,
July 3 at 3:00 PM
Chris Harcum's fifth solo performance! Roy, an unmerciful theatre critic on
a major power trip, is ordered to atone for his misdeeds in front of a live
audience. When he turns his razor-sharp analysis on himself, he unlocks an
imaginative world full of suspense and wonder. (30 min)

Misshapen Jack, the Nebraska Hunchback Written, directed and performed by
Trav SD
Saturday, June 4 at 10:45 PM; Sunday, June 12 at 2:15 PM; Friday, June 17 at
7:00 PM; Monday, June 20 at 7:00 PM; Thursday, June 23 at 8:15 PM; Saturday,
July 2 at 6:30 PM
Writer/performer Trav S.D. revives his hit of the 1998 NYC Fringe Festival,
a vaudevillian stump speech with songs, a slide show, and a deranged message
about mankind's greatest nemesis: Hunchbacks from Nebraska named Jack. (75
min)

Mr. Nobody Created and performed by Bidalia Albanese Hess, Steven Hess, Dan
Guarino, Jen Nevergole, Mathew Sandoval and deeAnn Nelson
Friday, June 3 at 7:00 PM' Saturday, June 4 at 2:30 PM; Sunday, June 5 at
1:00 PM; Saturday, June 11 at 10:00 PM; Sunday, June 12 at 5:30 PM; Tuesday,
June 14 at 8:00 PM
Mr. Nobody is a walking everyman embodying the creative, the violent and the
violently creative throughout time. Mr. Nobody and a group of the profoundly
grotesque will bring you to the nexus that is Violence and Art. (75 min)

My Year of Porn Written and Performed by Cole Kazdin and Directed by Ivanna
Cullinan
Saturday, June 4 at 9:30 PM, Sunday, June 12 at 1:00 PM; Thursday, June 16
at 9:15 PM; Saturday, June 16 at 9:15 PM; Saturday, June 18 at 7:00 PM;
Sunday, June 19 at 4:15 PM; Tuesday, June 28 at 7:00 PM
MY YEAR OF PORN is a one-woman comedy about a journalist's eye-opening
adventures, the year she produces a documentary on the porn industry.
Through storytelling and character monologues, she travels to porn sets,
backseats of trucks and a bizarre swingers club under train tracks in
downtown LA. (A brief "Porn Q & A" with the performer immediately follows
the performance.) (60 min)

Nharcolepsy Written and performed by Richard Harrington and Chris Kauffman,
Directed by Patricia Buckley
Friday, June 17 at 10:15 PM; Saturday, June 18 at 8:15 PM; Sunday, June 19
at 1:00 PM
The tale of a Belgian cabaret singer and his sidekick who go searching for
the Yeti at the North Pole. "Richard Harrington & Chris Kauffman raise the
level of comedy to a high art." -- The Globe & Mail, Toronto (60 min)

Oh Holy night, Mother-Fucker Written and directed by Brian Fraley
Friday, June 14 at 8:30 PM; Saturday, June 25 at 10:30 PM; Sunday, June 26
at 2:15 PM; Monday, June 27 at 7:00 PM; Friday, July 1 at 10:15 PM; Sunday,
July 3 at 10:15 PM
Mrs. Stone has tried to be a good mother to her daughter Ursula; and she's
had to do it all by herself... Ever since her husband hanged himself in the
attic that Christmas morning, it's been just her. But now her daughter's
mysterious weight gain seems to be pushing her over the edge... (75 min)

The Perfect Girl (a Bizarre Science Fantasy) Written and directed by Jeffrey
A. Lewonczyk
Saturday, June 18 at 10:45 PM; Thursday, June 23 at 7:00 PM; Sunday, June 26
at 1:00 PM; Friday, July 1 at 9:00 PM; Saturday, July 2 at 8:00 PM; Sunday,
July 3 at 4:15 PM
This is High School, USA: tough classes, changing bodies, complicated
relationships. Teenage life is hard enough without mad-scientist guidance
counselors and twisted brain-switching experiments! Chock full of Fifties
music, slapstick ballet and raging hormones, "The Perfect Girl" is the
latest installment in the acclaimed Bizarre Science Fantasy dance-theatre
series. (30 min)

The Return of Toodles von Flooz Written and directed by Lisa Ferber and
starring Trav SD
Sunday, June 12 at 2:15 PM; Friday, June 17 at 7:00 PM; Monday, June 20 at
7:00 PM; Thursday, June 23 at 8:15 PM; Saturday, July 2 at 6:30 PM
It seems like just another day at the What's-it-to-ya. Bartender Johnny¹s
providing a helpful ear and a little philosophy for regular patron Betty
O¹Boozenberg. In walks a church-goin' dame eager to round up all the
sinners. But waitŠcould she beŠformer dancehall showgirl Toodles Von Flooz?!
(30 min)

Sinistrality Choreographed by Jennifer Schmermund
Sunday, June 26 at 1:00 PM; Tuesday, June 20 at 8:15 PM; Friday, July 1 at
9:00 PM; Saturday, July 2 at 3:45 PM; Sunday, July 3 at 5:30 PM
Sinistrality presents three pieces by choreographer, Jennifer Schmermund.
The first, same-titled solo uses gestures taken from various connotations of
"left" throughout history. "Stark Ravings" explodes in a relentless series
of full-on crashes and manic flocking as private moments unravel in public
spaces. "Trot-tastic" irreverently prances around in fancy underwear. (30
min)

A Song Sampling from The Banger's Flopera Book/lyrics by Kirk Wood Bromley,
Composed by John Gideon and Airected by Ben Yalom
Saturday, July 2 at 9:15 PM
Song Samples from The Banger's Flopera A Musical Perversion is a cabaret
performance of songs from a "perversion" of that infamous tale of high-class
lowlifes, The Beggar¹s Opera. This is a musical for a world in which liars
win elections, gangstas make bank, and the site exploitedteens.com gets 1
million hits a day. (60 min)

The Temperamentals Written by Jon Marans and Directed by Mark Ramont
Saturday, June 25 at 3:00 PM
"Temperamental" was a code word for "gay" in the 1950s. The Temperamentals
tells the story of the young communist Harry Hay and the Viennese refugee
Rudi Gernreich who fall in love and combine forces to try and build the
first gay political organization in the U.S. an unprecedented and highly
dangerous undertaking. (120 min)

Third Person Written and Directed by Peter S Petralia and Performed by James
Tigger Ferguson and Mikeah Ernest Jennings
Saturday, June 18 at 1:00 PM; Sunday, June 19 at 5:30 PM; Wednesday, June 22
at 7:00 PM; Friday, June 24 at 7:00 PM; Saturday, June 25 at 9:15 PM;
Saturday, July 2 at 5:00 PM
Third Person is a lecture-cum performance where two performers, who may or
may not be the subject of discussion, illustrate the strange love affair of
two ordinary men whose brushes with loneliness, death and madness frame
their attraction. (75 min)

THIS IS NOT A BURLESQUE: a surrealist burlesque Directed by Juliet O'Brien
and Rosalie Purvis and Performed and Choreographed by Juliet O'Brien, Clara
Purvis and Rosalie Purvis
Friday, June 3 at 8:30 PM; Thursday, June 16 at 8:00 PM; Saturday, June 18
at 10:45 PM; Sunday, June 26 at 8:30 PM; Tuesday, June 28 at 8:15 PM;
Sunday, July 3 at 3:00 PM
In an age where even our once private urges and desires are publicly
commodified and even fetishes are rigidly classified, THIS IS NOT A
BURLESQUE: a surrealist burlesque addresses a hunger for unexpected erotic
imagery. The sexy ladies of Ambersand & Ambersand serve up this erotic
dreamscape with a thousand winking eyes, birds of paradise, singing skin and
some fishnets. (30 min)

World Gone Wrong Written and directed by Ian W. Hill
Saturday, June 4 at 5:30 PM; Tuesday, June 7 at 8:30 PM, Sunday, June 12 at
3:45 PM; Tuesday, June 14 at 9:30 PM; Thursday, June 30 at 8:15 PM;
Saturday, July 2 at 10:45 PM
A multimedia collage of dialogue from about two hundred Films Noir and from
our current Administration, into a semiabstract, dubbed story of betrayal,
corruption, and revenge, as a dying man travels through his splintered
memory to find out who murdered him, and bring them to justice. (90 min)

Zero Boy & Red Bastard Performed by Zero Boy and Eric Davis
Sunday, June 5 at 9:15 PM; Saturday, June 18 at 3:30 PM; Wednesday, June 22
at 9:30 PM
Performance artist, stand-up comic & "vocal acrobat" Zero Boy recounts his
zany adventures in Zeroland through a unique blend of vocally-produced sound
effects and mime. A mass of anatomical balloons and balls ensconced red
long-underwear, Red Bastard, is a Bouffon-styled clown apt to insult you
until you die laughing. (60 min)

A Perfect Girl (A Bizarre Science Fantasy)  | Open: 06/18/05 Close: 07/03/05
This is High School, USA: tough classes, changing bodies, complicated relationships... Teenage life is hard enough without mad-scientist guidance counselors and twisted brain-switching experiments! Chock full of Fifties music, slapstick ballet and raging hormones, "The Perfect Girl" is the latest installment in the acclaimed Bizarre Science Fantasy dance-theatre series.

Part of the Moral Values Festival

Performed by and created with Katie Brack, Hope Cartelli, Jessi Gotta, Jay Klaitz, Jeff Lewonczyk, Robin Reed Appearing as part of

MAHAMUDRA (or Postconsumer Waste Recycled Paper)  | Open: 06/03/05 Close: 07/03/05
After a successful run of his solo performance Anhedonia Road at last year's Hell Festival, writer/performer Chris Harcum brings a new solo work to the Moral Values Festival .

Mahamudra (or Postconsumer Waste Recycled Paper) follows the adventures of Roy, a loathsome theatre critic on a major power trip. Sent to review a show that never begins, Roy takes the stage and transforms his life in front of a live audience. His razor-sharp analysis propels him into a career on the other side of the stage, as an actor, and therefore into an imaginative world of suspense and wonder where he encounters true love, death by lightning, a homeless Hamlet, and his greatest foe, a solo performer named Chris Harcum.
World Gone Wrong  | Open: 06/04/05 Close: 07/02/05
A world where the leaders lie, cheat, steal and murder. A world where Art and Science and Beauty and Reason are no longer valued. A world where survival means selling out, and trying to do the "right thing" means failure as a human being. A familiar place? Yes, of course, it is the fictional, 1940's world of film noir, nothing like our own present world at all, right? Right? Or has noir come true, and we're all living in a world gone wrong?

World Gone Wrong is a film noir pastiche-play consisting of dialogue from almost two hundred noirs, as well as quotes from our current U.S. Administration and other pertinent sources, combined into a semiabstract, dreamlike tale of betrayal, corruption, and revenge. A Fall Guy, poisoned and dying, tries to solve his own murder, bouncing from one noir icon to another, gaining clues, but no solutions. With his death appears The Detective (who may be just the Fall Guy's fantasy in his final moments of life) who strikes out at the murderers, eventually coming to the Femme Fatale and Gangster at the top, in a battle of a personal moral code against the institutionalized corruption masquerading as The System. Combining a cast of 21 in precision choreography, an entirely pre-recorded collage soundtrack, slides, and 6 Super-8mm film projectors playing original films and loops, World Gone Wrong is a celebration of the ability to stay true to, and fight for, one's own true moral beliefs in a land where "moral values" is just a mask that hides greed, hatred, fear, backstabbing, and lies.

Davis stars as a bone-thin cantankerous clown, whose neurotic endeavors run the gambit of comic expression. Wildly impish one moment, pathetically gutless the next, he answers the call to an epic adventure only to find himself stranded in a cave for 100,000 years. Surrounded by the skeletons of failed attempts, he must now conquer a disembodied voice as he struggles to free himself from 150 yards of industrial elastic in a transforming spandex cave. Antics range from the gut-busting ridiculous to the intimate and heart-felt as this unlikely hero fends off monsters, struggles to make a name for himself and quests to find the Glove of Never Ending Awesomeness.
An Evening with Roberta Combs...  | Open: 06/04/05 Close: 06/23/05
An Evening with Roberta Combs... is just what it sounds like. For 45-minutes the head of the notorious religious right-wing political lobbying group will engage a Brooklyn audience for the month of June as she fields questions from a moderator and the audience while having a spirited debate with a legal advisor from a major Gay and Lesbian Advocacy organization who will also be on the panel.

Part of the Moral Values Festival

I Found Her Tied To My Bed  | Open: 06/04/05 Close: 06/11/05
I FOUND HER TIED TO MY BED

(presented as part of The Moral Values Festival)

At Evergreen Manor Nursing Home, the hours are long, the staff is underpaid and the occupants are easy to kill. When a reckless coworker intrudes upon Beth's solitary life, Beth becomes infatuated and goes to extremes to understand her. But understanding does not necessarily produce a healthy relationship—sometimes it only produces corpses. A dark comedy.
Big Top Machine  | Open: / / Close: 04/02/05
An hour long puppet theatre piece about the circus,
sideshow and many other things that were but are no
more.