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JOIN US IN VERONA 2013!
Misfit Toys is pleased to announce plans for its Spring 2013 season which will feature:
ROMEO AND JULIET
Running in repertory with
Our first musical? You bet! Stay tuned to see what it'll be!
Fundraising is under way now with the help of our friends at
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Free Staged Reading Monday May 3rd
Talkback and Refreshments to follow.
The actors of the King's Men
originated Shakespeare's greatest roles, but how much of them went into
the characters they portrayed and what was their daily life like?
Shakespeare has retired, six different plays a week are taking their
toll on the aging actors, and some new blood is desperately needed.
Will Richard Burbage ever give up Hamlet and at what cost? Can the
Company survive the departure of their greatest playwright? What exactly is the difference between a lemur and an ocelot? This
irreverent new comedy offers a fascinating look at the staging of
Elizabethan theatre as it presents one of world's most beloved theatre
companies at a crossroads with every avenue leading deeper into chaos!
A free staged reading of this riotous new play will be performed on May 3rd before an invited audience of not easily offended Shakespeare lovers, industry professionals, educators, students, and anyone else with a pulse who can fill a seat. A full production is already being planned to kick off our season in late Spring. This is an exciting opportunity to watch a new work proceed through its development process.
Willie’s Boys features the talents of Amanda Renee Baker, Aimee Byers, Kyrian Friedenberg*, Joe Leo, Anna Katherine Montgomery, Eric Oleson, John Papais*, Davi Santos, David Thompson, and George Trahanis.
Please be sure to join our mailing list to receive updates on performance dates! If you would like an invitation to attend the reading, please send an e-mail to tickets@MisfitToysRep.org with the number of people who will be attending.
... and we're back!
We're finalizing plans for our Spring and Summer season including productions of Willy's Boys, Bullied, another new work to be announced soon and maybe (if we can raise a bit of cash) our first musical. We're also looking to host our 2nd Not Quite Annual Misfit Festival which will include a combination of new works and classics along with our notorious cabarets. Keep checking back for details!
Congratulations to the cast of
A free staged reading of this cautionary new play
was performed on Tuesday June 23rd at the Shell Theatre and plans are
now under way for a full production this summer. (2010). This was an exciting
opportunity to watch a new work proceed through its development
process. Please be sure to join our mailing list to receive updates on
Life is a constant series of trials for thirteen-year-old Robbie. A priest, a mother, a father, a coach, and a detective, and each one wants something different. A brutal cycle of physical and emotional pain extends from the schoolyard to permeate every pore of his being. The struggle in his working class home is echoed at school as Robbie is harassed at every turn. It runs deeper than anyone could ever know. Everyone gets bullied sometimes, and most of us are seen as bullies at some point by others, even when we fail to see it in ourselves. But what happens when the usual admonition to �stand up for yourself� gets pushed to an unexpected extreme? Sometimes a kid just can�t get a break. Sometimes a kid has to break something.
Congratulations to the cast and crew of The Taming of the Shrew and The Tamer Tamed on their fine productions!
On The Taming of the Shrew, Martin Denton of NYTheatre.com wrote:
"But, as one expects from Shakespeare, there is much in Shrew that is poetic and/or wise, and the play is a ribald, raucous good time, at least when done without adornment and apology, which is exactly how director Joe Leo is serving it up in his new production of it for Misfit Toys Repertory Company."
"In Nathaniel Kressen and Fabiola Reis, the production has a lively, likable, sexy pair of lovers for us to root for, and we observe the precise moment when the two realize that they've fallen for each other ... Reis may in fact be the best Kate I've ever seen, with an underlying intelligence and humor that makes her eminently sympathetic."
"Leo's staging is fast and funny, never missing an opportunity for a gag or some shtick. Shakespeare's puns are punched up for comic effect, and antic scenes like the welcoming "dinner party" for Kate at Petruchio's house are amped up to the level of circus ... All serves to remind us that Shrew... is a lark, and a goof, and indeed always has been and always will be. Leo lets us laugh at the frivolity without a single pang of P.C. worry. Well done."
and Fred Backus (NYTheatre.com) said of The Tamer Tamed:"Anna Marie Sell is delightful as the earnest Livia and Michael Swartz's Rowland is great fun as a sort of affable bimbo, and they are helped by Marla Yost as Bianca and John Papais as Tranio, who bring solid performances to their roles in manipulating the young lovers into each others' rightful arms. But what makes this story really work is that Livia and Rowland seem completely crazy about each other. ...Sell and Swartz's puppy-eyed commitment�which they carry right through director Nikolas Priest's extravagantly staged curtain call�manages to make it all work. "
Other Past Productions
The 1st Annual Misfit Festival was a huge success! Thanks to everyone who came to see our productions of CSI: Verona (read the review!) and Mixed Signals, or joined us for the staged readings and cabarets. Special thanks to our amazing casts, talented directors, inspirational playwrights, and hard working designers and crews.
So What's Next?
The Company is ramping up for its Summer productions after some well-deserved recovery time. We spent the Winter reading plays, sharpening our skills, and refining our business and membership models. We've also begun planning our 2nd Not Quite Annual Misfit Festival! We've been hard at work with several playwrights and will be doing readings of new works over the next few months. Finally, we're fine tuning our educational programs... is that enough to stay busy or what??? Keep checking back for details!
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