About the Company: Puffy Shirt Productions
no frills theatre.
Subtitled "Scenes from the Life of John Merrick," The Exhibition details the crucial events in the life and death of England's famous "Elephant Man." Centers on the interaction of two men; John Merrick (known as "The Elephant Man") and Sir Frederick Treves, the renowned physician who takes him under his protection. So horribly deformed that he must cover his face and body, Merrick is given shelter at London Hospital, after being abandoned by the ruthless showman who had put him on public display, and his friendship with Dr. Treves, who raises funds for his support, becomes the focus of his life. The action is comprised of parallel monologues, interspersed with scenes between the two men as Treves tries to bring a sense of concern and civility to Merrick's tragic existence, and, in turn, becomes increasingly aware of the deep intelligence and sensitivity which lie behind Merrick's grotesque exterior. The climax of their relationship comes when Merrick, who has never known true human love and contact, asks Treves to touch him, to hold him as a father would a son--but the physician cannot bring himself to do so. It is a failure which foreshadows the end of Merrick's short life and, for Dr. Treves, remains a tortured, enduing memory which haunts him for the rest of his days.
Matthew J. Nichols directs a cast of four, including Ryan Dusek, Larry Phillips, Phoebe Leonard, and Peter Buck Dettmann.
“I've always been curious what it must feel like to fail at something you love, only to watch someone close to you, with little to no effort, flourish at it,” said playwright Larry Phillips. “Secondary Pitch is my look at what jealousy and pride can do to someone who's forced to face it on a daily basis.”
From Director Matthew J. Nichols:
The three Dowd brothers, despite their past successes and failures, are all grasping for a second chance, and the stakes have never been higher. Any one of them could emerge victorious or fall hopelessly in the dirt. Our goal in this intimate production is to draw the audience into the players' struggles and let them decide for themselves who are the real winners and losers.
About the Company: Randomly Specific Theatre
Randomly Specific Theatre is a New York City based independent theatre company founded in 2014. Our mission is to produce new plays with an emphasis on excellence in writing and script development and high quality production aesthetic. We do not subscribe to any single method of training or rehearsal technique. We believe that each aspect of a production, both onstage and behind the scenes, is as integral to the production as any other. Above all else we are story tellers. The play's the thing. Spinning a good yarn for the entertainment of an audience is our number one goal.
Duct Tape Program:
Wednesday, May 16th at 8 PM, Friday, May 18th at 8 PM, Saturday, May 19th at 3 PM
The Wedding Thieves, a play
by Colette La Pointe
Directed by Lauren Rayner
HUD: A Brief History of Communication
by Daniel Carroll
Directed by Barbara Harrison
Logan’s Hollow, a solo play
by Bradley Troll
Directed by Daniel LeBlanc
Featuring: Mackenzie Hawkins, Christine Mottram, Marlena Kalm, and Jeffrey Welk
Festival Stage Manager: Paula Clarkson
Festival Lighting Designer: Lauren Bremen
Produced by the Roots and Wings Board:
Maggie Albert, Caralie Chrisco, Lauren Rayner, Joseph Samuel Wright
Winner of Best of Fringe and Best Ensemble in the 2006 Toronto Fringe Festival, Humans Anonymous is a comedy about a group of young Toronto residents looking for their better halves, despite their biggest fears. Ellen (Jake Lipman*) is afraid she’ll never meet Mr. Right. Jenny (Gusta Johnson) is scared of acting like a total moron. Peter (Kyle Minshew*) avoids visiting his father, despite his sister Gema (Amanda Bruton)’s persistence, and Arden (Geoffrey J.D. Payne) is not afraid to start a family, but is afraid of just about everything else.
Humans Anonymous is stage managed by Allison Lemel. Philip Rothman is technical advisor and sound designer. Canadian playwright and actress Kate Hewlett’s other works include The Swearing Jar(FringeNYC 2010) and Canadian TV series InSecurity. Her short film, She Said Lenny was nominated for the Directors Guild of Canada Award in 2011.
During the dark nights of Humans Anonymous, Tongue in Cheek Theater Productions is pleased to present the Spring 2012 Plus One Solo Show Festival, featuring four original solo shows on both nights, on topics as diverse as a Broadway usher sounding off (How to Behave by Connie Perry), the lessons learned by studying music (Herman Commike Saved My Life by Riley Jason), a rumination on body hair hang ups (Natural Novice by Siobhan O’Loughlin) and an Iranian New Yorker teaching theater in one of the most conservative town in America (The Scars at Night Are Big and Bright by Leyla Modirzadeh). Singer-songwriter Todd Kramer will also perform his latest songs.
About the Company: Tongue In Cheek Theater Company
tongue in cheek theater (tic) is an Off-Off Broadway theater company dedicated to producing seriously funny theater. Our mission is to tell stories which resonate with universal truths, and which make our audiences laugh in recognition of these truths. As the late, great Peter Ustinov said, "Comedy is simply a funny way of being serious."
The family consists of an alchoholic father, a disconnected mother, a daughter precocious beyond her years, and a deranged idealist son. This major award-winning work by Sam Shepard focuses on both the insane family dynamic and the havoc wrecked by the economic greed of bankers, mortgage lenders, and land grabbers. Whether they are ranting at the empty ice box, carrying lambs around the stage naked, sleeping on the kitchen table, shooting up bars on horseback, or having their cars blown to smithereens, this family will keep you laughing or shedding tears at their plight.
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By Adam Bock. With Michael Gene Conti, Reiss Gaspard, A.J. Heekin, Jake Lipman, Shelley Little, and Shana Wiersum.
Directed by Brock H. Hill. Stage managed by Allison Lemel.
Scenic and costume design by Meagan E. Miller-McKeever, sound design by Philip Rothman.
About the Company: tongue in cheek theater productions
Tongue in Cheek Theater is an independent theater company dedicated to producing seriously funny theater. Its mission is to tell stories which resonate with universal truth and which make its audiences laugh in recognition of those truths. About the company’s production of PROOF, Nicole Bournas-Ney of NYTheatre.com called it “first rate. Auburn's story is given vivid life by a quartet of talented actors...exceptional.” Heather Violanti of TheaterOnline.com said, “Tongue in Cheek Theater’s revival of PROOF is delicately nuanced, graced with fine performances and a clear-eyed dedication to the script...a memorable evening of theater.”
About the Company: MosesMogilee
To provide a creative outlet within a professional setting where the aspiring artist is free to explore the theatre. In keeping with our name, this freedom of exploration will range from the roots of theatre as a holy ritual, to the very basis of animal exploration of one’s environment. We will be fearless in all exploration in between these extremes.
To provide a collaborative environment for the artist to explore his or her full artistic potential, encompassing all aspects of the theatre.
To provide audiences with a theatrical experience both entertaining and inspiring.
To provide artists an opportunity to reach out to the community. We believe in sharing both our art and our humanity.
A Year In The Trenches Of Teaching | Open: 10/06/10 Close: 10/16/10
Tongue in Cheek Theater gives William Missouri Downs' biting satire its New York City premiere.
JACKed Up by Mark Gessner, directed by James Angiola
A hilarious and whimsical look at one man's journey from Dude to Dad.
I’m Fired! by Margie Suvalle, directed by Matt Hoverman
A comedy about getting let go, laid off and fired and finding a place to belong.
Can’t the Revolution Wait? by Jamila Webb
The daughter of two revolutionaries sets out to find her own rebellious voice.
Call Me by Katherine Williams
In a sea of texters and Facebook stalkers, one woman challenges her potential suitors to unplug.
With special musical guest Erica Russo
Directed by Adam Patterson
Edward Bauer, Matthew Cohn, Quincy Ellis
Lulu Fogarty*, Laura Bess Jernigan, Caitlin Rose McMahon
Claire Morrison, Michael Dix Thomas
Assistant Directed by Fernanda Hess
Costume Design by Stephanie Cluggish
Sound Design by Gregory Jacobs-Roseman
Stage Managed by Elizabeth Seldin
*appears courtesy of the Actors' Equity Association
PROOF won the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for Best Play in 2001.
How I Became An Astronaut by Fara Greenbaum:
One night, in the depths of despair, a woman gets hungry, buys a sandwich, and is inspired to change her life—discovering that she is allowed to pursue any dream she has...even becoming an astronaut if she damn well wants to.
Dirty Paki Lingerie by Aizzah Fatima:
Dirty Paki Lingerie gives a heart-breaking glimpse into the complicated lives of American Muslim Pakistani women at the juncture of two different cultures.
The Make-Out Queen by Bronwen Prosser:
Sometimes a kiss is just a kiss, but when it’s not…damn.
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