Thursday, October 09, 2008

The Brick Presents...

The Brick Theater, Inc. presents


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 TWO THOUSAND AND EIGHT

Written by Robert Honeywell, Directed by Moira Stone

Hello, fellow Americans. 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 Pattie 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 $tory (“One of the best new musicals in town” – 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.

The cast features: Gyda Arber, Lynn Berg, Audrey Crabtree, Rasheed Hinds, Robert Honeywell, Iracel Rivero and Alyssa Simon. The design team includes: Robert Eggers (sets), Fab Shim (costumes), Mick O'Brien (sound) and Bessie Award-winner Joe Levasseur (lighting).

Performances begin on Thursday, October 23 for a limited engagement through Saturday, November 22. Press opening is Saturday, October 25 at 8 PM. The performance schedule is Thursday–Saturday at 8 PM. Regular tickets price is $18 with $10 tickets available on Thursday, October 23. Performances are at The Brick, located at 575 Metropolitan Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (one block from the Lorimer stop of the L train / Metropolitan stop of the G train). For tickets, call Theatermania on 212-352-3101 or visit For more information, visit

Election Night Special! There is an added performance on Tuesday, November 4 at 8 PM, followed by watching the election returns at The Brick. (And a party!)

Robert Honeywell (WRITER, COMPOSER & LORD OXFORD): Writing & composing credits include “Every Play Ever Written” (“gleefully funny … a must-see for anyone who has been onstage – New York Times) at the Pretentious Festival; “Greed: a Musical Love $tory” at the $ellout Festival (“one of the best new musicals in town” –; “Ich Liebe Jesus!” at the Baby Jesus One-Act Jubilee; “Fran├žoise changes her mind” at the Moral Values Festival; “Jenna is nuts” at The Brick; “World War III shall be a lovely daydream” at La Tea/CSV; and the libretto “Meetings” (Stefan Weisman, composer) for American Opera Projects. Acting credits include “Notes from Underground” (Underground Man) at The Brick & the NY Fringe Festival; “Every Play Ever Written” (Robert); “Mountain Hotel” (Pechar) in the Havel Festival; “Greed: a Musical Love $tory” (James Joyce); “Ich Liebe Jesus!” (Joseph) in the Baby Jesus One-Act Jubilee; “Memoirs of My Nervous Illness” at The Brick & 14th Street Y; the Faulkner adaptation “In a Strange Room” (Darl) at The Brick; “Martian Holiday” (Ray) in the Hell Festival; “Three Sisters” (Kulygin) in the Chekhov Now Festival; and “Richard III” (title role) at Nada. He is a co-founder and co-Artistic Director of The Brick Theater.

Moira Stone (DIRECTOR) most recently directed in the 365Days/365Plays festival at The Public. This is her third collaboration with writer Robert Honeywell, having previously starred in "Greed: A Musical Love $tory" and co-created and performed "Every Play Ever Written," both at The Brick. Her other work includes over 40 off-off and indie theater productions in the last decade at HERE, Nada, The Brick, The Kraine and many other New York venues. Graduate of Indiana University. Proud member AEA.

Sue Morrison (DEVELOPMENT) has been teaching, directing and collaborating on Clown and Bouffon across the globe for more than 20 years. Her students are currently featured in Cirque du Soleil, Slava's Snow Show, Blue Man Group, Second City and on other international stages. Sue trained with Second City and Keith Johnstone and performed improvisation throughout Canada and later became a Second City main stage writer/performer. Sue has been Artistic Director of the Theatre Resource Centre since 1993. She has taught at the dell'Arte School of Physical Theatre, and works regularly with the LUME company of Brazil. During the past 3 years, she has been a presenter at International Theatre Conferences in Brazil and Argentina. The Bravo Arts Channel aired “Burnt Tongue,” directed and co-written by Morrison, and her work has been the focus of several international documentaries. Sue collaborated on “Absence of Magic,” which was acclaimed by Time Out NY and the Village Voice. Other works in NYC include John Brown Theatre's, “The Bastard American Show,” and Eric Davis’ “Red Bastard.”

Matt Van Brink (ORCHESTRATIONS & ADDITIONAL MUSIC) is the composer and lyricist of several one-act musicals for children, including "A Single Winter's Day" and "The Animal Estates Home Buyer's Tour" (Concordia Conservatory). He has been an artist resident at the MacDowell Colony and was composer-in-residence for Collage New Music (Boston). His concert music and arrangements are published by Schott Music and Tenuto Press.

This show appears as part of The Brick’s inaugural Mainstage Season. For the first time in its six-year history of providing audacious, high-quality theatrical experience to New York’s most cutting-edge audiences, Williamsburg’s Brick Theater is packaging six major productions under the umbrella of a single Mainstage Season. The Brick is also offering a variety of Season Ticket plans to ensure subscribers a first shot at its most exciting offerings to date.

Tickets will be: $10 for previews, $18 for regular performances, and now three Season Ticket plans:

$45: The Threefer Pass: Admission to any three prime-time Mainstage shows ($3 off the regular ticket price!)

$60: The Fiver Pass: Admission to all five of the prime-time Mainstage shows ($6 off the full ticket price!)

$115: The Penny Saver Pass: Admission to all five Mainstage shows, all episodes of Penny Dreadful, and all workshop performances. ($115 - 13 performances for $9 each!)

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