When an out-of-work Account Executive takes a survival job as a Census Taker, he visits a fish restaurant. A hurricane transforms the place to a Louisiana Bayou, where Father Neptune is conducting a summit with the creatures of the sea. Our hero's job is to count, but he also listens. He learns that animals are people, too; they are just like the gay couple in 3E, the single mom in 5D, the gang member in 6A, the illlegal immigrant family in 4B and Lady Gaga in the Lobby. He sees that the human race is an important part of the Animal Kingdom and learns "dissenting" notions he would have considered fishy, like offshore drilling is disgraceful and that you shouldn't dig for coal by lopping off the top of a mountain. He even learns there are alternative lifestyles to world domination and empire building. The operetta features a La Vegas style Can-Can number called "Investors' Russian Roulette" and a Sea Creatures Anthem, "We Are The Animals."
The Census Taker takes his neighbors so seriously that he realizes that grassroots organizing is the way to go. When he goes to an angry Community Board meeting with a chorus of shrimp, fish, dolphins, a pelican, and a polar bear, led by Father Neptune, to plead the case for Alternative Power, the meeting elects him as a public member. He considers a run for City Council. As Father Neptune says, “You’ve gotta start somewhere!”
The sea creatures are played by actors in gigantic fish costumes made by Hollywood special effects maven David "Zen" Mansley. The mountain plays itself. There are seven production numbers, a live five-piece band and a company of 50.
Sat, July 31st - 2PM - Manhattan - TNC, East 10th Street at 1st Avenue
Sun, August 1st - 2PM – Manhattan – Jackie Robinson Park, W. 147th Street & Bradhurst Avenue
Sat, August 7th - 2PM - Bronx - St. Mary's Park at 147th St. & St. Ann's Ave
Sun, August 8th - 2PM - Brooklyn - Herbert Von King Park at Marcy & Tompkins
Fri, August 13th - 8PM - Brooklyn - Coney Island Boardwalk at W. 10th St.
Sat, August 14th - 2PM – Manhattan - Tompkins Square Park at E. 7th St and Ave. A
Sun, August 15th - 2PM – Manhattan – Central Park Bandshell, 72nd Street Crosswalk
Sat, August 21st - 2PM - Brooklyn - Prospect Park Concert Grove
Sun, August 22nd - 2PM - Queens – Travers Park, 34th Ave between 77th & 78th Streets
Sat, August 28th - 2PM – Manhattan - Wise Towers at W. 90th St bet. - Columbus & Amsterdam
Sun, August 29th - 2PM – Manhattan - Washington Square Park
Sat, September 11th - 2PM - Staten Island – Sobel Court & Bowen Street
Sun, September 12th - 2PM - Manhattan - St. Marks Church, E. 10th St at 2nd Ave
The company of 25 actors, twelve crew members, two assistant directors and five live musicians shares the challenge of performing outside and holding a large, non-captive
audience. The music varies in style from Bossa Nova to Gilbert & Sullivan.
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On bivouac, they encounter the eccentric documentary filmmaker, who appears out of the smoke of an explosion: his camera is charred, his hair is on fire, but he is joyous because his film is untouched. They all return home together--including the ghost--to a society filled with insecurity. Affordable housing is gone, CEO's are plundering their companies, Donald Trump's "You're Fired" dominates TV and the Patriot Act is holding the country in handcuffs. With so much subway repair going on, the exits are all closed and people have to ride forever. The only open exit is into the Bling Bling Bros. Circus, where our federal officials are characters of the three-rings. The metaphor is in your face: the world of the three young men has turned into a bizarre circus.
In the climactic act of the circus, the high wires are the strings of corporate greed. Bush, a lion doing tricks, rebels: "I never wanted to go to war--Why do you think I joined the National Guard--to get out of it. And now we're in it. Up to my elbows--You can't make me do this--I'm out of the oil business." He escapes to a community garden on the Lower East Side, where he does public service in a children's puppet show while their parents protest the war, the killing, the lack of civil rights, the corporate greed that has led us down this road. Upon seeing this great protest, the soul of the Dead Soldier finds rest at last.
Sat, August 6th - 2 PM - Manhattan - TNC, East 10th Street at 1st Avenue
Sun, August 7th - 2 PM - Queens - Travers Park, 34th Ave between 77th & 78th Streets
Sat, August 13th - 2 PM - Manhattan - St. Marks Church, E. 10th St. at 2nd Ave.
Sun, August 14th - 2 PM - Brooklyn - Herbert Von King Park at Marcy & Tompkins
Fri, August 19th - 8 PM - Brooklyn - Coney Island Boardwalk at W. 10th St.
Sat, August 20th - 2 PM - Bronx - St. Mary's Park at 147th St. & St. Ann's Ave.,
Sun, August 21st - 2 PM - Manhattan - Harry's Playground, E. 124 St. between 2nd and 3rd.
Sat, August 27th - 2 PM - Brooklyn - Prospect Park Concert Grove
Sun, August 28th - 2 PM - Staten Island - Clove Lake Park
Sat, September 10th - 2 PM - Manhattan - Wise Towers at W. 90th St. bet. - Columbus & Amsterdam
Sun, September 11th - 2 PM - Manhattan - Central Park Bandshell, 72nd Street Crosswalk
Sat, September 17th - 2 PM - Manhattan - Tompkins Square Park at E. 7th St. and Ave. A
Sun, September 18th - 2 PM - Manhattan - Washington Square Park