Puppets and Pasties
Sep
4
8:00 pm20:00

Puppets and Pasties

Puppets and Pasties returns for another month! It’s a burlesque variety show that will tickle your inner child. A night of puppet acts, music, magic, drinks, burlesque and puppet burlesque acts with a few surprises hosted by Magic Max Kovins. Come on out and be part of a studio audience while we perform a show where Howdy Doody meets Mrs. Henderson. Its a completely immersive event where we turn our theater into a Romper Room of color, sound, characters and playmates.

Entranced: A Comedy Hypnosis Show at Standard Toykraft
Sep
5
8:00 pm20:00

Entranced: A Comedy Hypnosis Show at Standard Toykraft

Tickets are $12, a special deal from GROUPON!

The Show: a full hour of hypnotized audience volunteers acting out hilarious and outrageous suggestions from the hypnotist

The Hypnotist: Max Kovins, a third-generation performer who blends hypnosis, magic, and humor during one-of-a-kind shows

The Assistant: burlesque performer Kristen Lee, who was crowned Miss Coney Island Pinup in 2008 and 2010

Sep
23
8:00 pm20:00

Ask A Sex Abuse Survivor: A Storytelling Show

Called "a powerful and moving testimonial to the impact of childhood sexual abuse throughout a lifetime" by Clinician Megan L. Doyle of SOAR (Survivors of Abuse in Recovery), Michael Broussard's interactive one-man show "Ask a Sex Abuse Survivor" has been praised by mental health professionals and survivors. The show utilizes an innovative mix of storytelling, audience participation and improvisation to spark a real-time discussion on the impact of sexual abuse on children and adult survivors. Audience feedback is solicited throughout the performance, not just at the end, and that feedback helps shape the performance. Thus, no two performances of "Ask a Sex Abuse Survivor" are alike. Each is a singular event, a true collaboration between artist and audience.

Tickets $15


Little Did Productions Residency Presentation: Eli the Luthier
Aug
8
5:00 pm17:00

Little Did Productions Residency Presentation: Eli the Luthier

Tickets $10 Online, $15 at the Door

To celebrate the completion of Little Did Productions' "Hot Time in the Old City" summer residency at Standard Toykraft we'd like to show you some stuff they've been working on! Come see their take on Toy Theater and pop-up poetry with "Eli the Luthier" plus special sneak peeks of some new work. Celebrate with LDP before we bring "Eli" to the Puppeteers of America National Festival and premiere "Solina" at the New York International Fringe Festival.

Equity Approved Showcase featuring Alison Novelli*, Mike Axelrod, Sara Jane Munford and Luke Santy. Directed by Jessica Marie Lorence

*actor appears courtesy of AEA

Jul
1
Aug 21

Little Did Productions Summer Residency at STK

This summer we are very proud to announce that Little Did Productions will be holding a residency at STK, during which they'll be rehearsing "Solina" for the New York International Fringe Festival and "Eli the Luthier" for the Puppeteers of America National Conference at the University of Connecticut, both this August 2015. 

About Solina: Sun is missing. Only 11-year-old Solina can find Sun and save the world from eternal night. Solina ventures into an endless nightscape, where puppets made of light, cloth and paper sing and play live music to illustrate this unfamiliar world.

About Eli the Luthier:

Little Did Productions is a company built on the bedrock of a creative partnership between its two artistic directors and primary artists. Jessica Marie Lorence is a theater director and an established puppet fabricator with a specialty in foam fabrication and shadow puppetry. Luke Santy is a multi-instrumentalist and composer with a concentration in electronic composition and sound design. Together, they’ve created a multidisciplinary collective that incorporates its diverse backgrounds to tell grand and entertaining stories.

Little Did’s first student production, “A Silly Silverstein Show”, premiered at Skidmore College and went on to play at the 2007 SaratogaArtsFest and the 2008 NY International Fringe Festival as well as at camps, schools, and libraries. After graduation from Skidmore in 2008, Co-Artistic Director Jessica Lorence worked for two years as a puppet builder at the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta, Georgia. There, “The Lost Children” premiered at the Xperimental Puppetry Theater program, featuring a story-song by Co-Artistic Director Luke Santy.

Now the company is based in New York City, and Little Did’s signature style is recognized throughout the city after performances at The Bushwick Starr, Spaghetti Dinners, Puppet Playlist, and Madison Square Park. Little Did has been invited to perform at puppet slams all over the city, and “Eli the Luthier” was a standout hit at Great Small Works’ Tenth Annual International Toy Theater Festival and will continue in 2015 at the Puppeteers of America National Festival.

Tickets to the show on August 8th are available online, or $15 at the door.

"Home" a Hunting Stories and Stilla Dance Collaboration
Jun
28
6:00 pm18:00

"Home" a Hunting Stories and Stilla Dance Collaboration

"Home" is music and dance collaborative performance between Hunting Stories and Stilla Dance. 

Hunting Stories is a folk-rock collaboration between brothers Rafael and Jose Sanchez. The band is performing new songs "plugged in" with guest musicians from several Brooklyn bands. 

Stilla is a modern dance company from Rochester, New York. The team performs outside the realm of emblematic dance groups, collaborating with bands like the Pick Pockets and performing in public spaces. 

Opening the evening is The Hnossa Project, the ambient dreamchild of Didrik Soderstrom. 

This event is free, with donations accepted at the door.

Depict-O-Mat Bash!
Jun
27
8:00 pm20:00

Depict-O-Mat Bash!

  The Depict-O-Mat Bash! is a fundraiser party featuring DJ LUKEINTERNET, mini live shows, short puppet films and, perhaps, your own story (with a take-home mini you) dispensed by Depict-O-Mat, a new performance technique available for event rental that combines nostalgia, improvisation and toy theater. Quality cocktails, beer and wine from Cline Cellars will be available!

 

The Depict-O-Mat Bash! is a fundraiser party featuring DJ LUKEINTERNET, mini live shows, short puppet films and, perhaps, your own story (with a take-home mini you) dispensed by Depict-O-Mat, a new performance technique available for event rental that combines nostalgia, improvisation and toy theater. Quality cocktails, beer and wine from Cline Cellars will be available!

Ladies' Night: Famous and Forgotten Silent Comedy Femmes
Jun
20
7:30 pm19:30

Ladies' Night: Famous and Forgotten Silent Comedy Femmes

He-Man Women-Haters, beware! It's time for a special showcase looking at lady stars of early film comedy -- starting as far back as the 1910s! After MABEL NORMAND's breakout success, a whole crop of comediennes would grace the silver screen to moviegoers' cheers. Like their male counterparts, these dashing damsels faced the rigors of physical stunts, split-second timing, and the execution of slapstick gags on a fast-paced comedy assembly line. Women showed that they could go head-to-head with the big boys for laugh supremacy during those early years -- and now you can see for yourself!

Our showcase will shine the spotlight on these funny ladies with six rarely-seen shorts, some not screened publicly in a century. On tap will be a double dose of Universal's Joker Comedies with two of their biggest female leads, LOUISE FAZENDA and GALE HENRY. You'll see the pre-Lucy ditzy redhead ALICE HOWELL; the forgotten ETHEL TEARE in a Fox Sunshine Comedy; and the return of fan favorite WANDA WILEY! A very special "Slapstick Secret Stash" will reveal Hal Roach's female answer to Laurel and Hardy: the highly underrated team of ANITA GARVIN and MARION BYRON. Slapstick was never for men only -- and we're going to prove it! Join us at Standard Toycraft for a nearly two-hour screen presentation, curated by silent comedy historian Nelson Hughes!

Tickets: $10

CiNETRIP Presents: Three Women
Jun
15
8:00 pm20:00

CiNETRIP Presents: Three Women

Three Women will be the first series of shows put on by the London based avant-garde duo the CiNETRIP.  Exploring the theme of womanhood through three distinct female images, and narrated by a singular voice representing ‘woman’ as a whole, the shows will include a fusion of film, recorded sounds, live music and free verse. The CiNETRIP are LaToyah Gill & Alexa Kruger. The CiNETRIP is in association with The Short Film Movement+, an organisation aimed at liberating short film by showcasing them as art forms within their own right.

Tickets: $8

Entranced: A Comedy Hypnosis Show
Jun
6
Jun 9

Entranced: A Comedy Hypnosis Show

Max Kovins, one of the world's fastest hypnotists, will have you convulsing with side-splitting laughter as you watch volunteers from the audience act out hilarious situations based on his hypnotic suggestions. Co-hosted by Kristen Lee, Entranced is a show where the audience members are the true stars!

Walt Whitman Birthday Party
May
31
2:00 pm14:00

Walt Whitman Birthday Party

Come celebrate the life and poetry of Walt Whitman. The event will feature actor Bryce Kennedy performing the poetry of Whitman along with dancer Bridget Russell. The photography of Alice Garik will also be showcased during one of the poems. The event will also include local Brooklyn poet, Christine Hamm, who will read her original poetry. Guests are welcome to participate in an open mic and read poems written or inspired by Walt Whitman. There will also be a short presentation about the life and poetry of Whitman, as well as free cupcakes! Proceeds will help POPLab to continue to promote poetry off the page through events and performances. Learn more at www.poplab.org.

Tickets are $5 and are available at the door.

 

 

 

Speak Your Truth Presents #Christy'sKidney
May
30
6:30 pm18:30

Speak Your Truth Presents #Christy'sKidney

#Christy'sKidney is a fundraiser for kidney transplant and kidney disease awareness. Christina Thomas, Co-CEO of Speak Your Truth, LLC is in need of kidney transplant. This event is a solo art show with spoken word and musical performances.

Shye Sales is debuting her one woman show called "Children of the Ghetto."  Yvonne Hernandez's one woman show is called "My Puerto Rican Mother." Other Spoken Word Performances By: Ms Reign, QuYahni Lewis & Cecelia Falls. Musical Performances By: Gerard and K

Tickets: $20 Available online via Brown Paper tickets as well as at the door.

Relationshit
May
29
8:00 pm20:00

Relationshit

Hosted by Lynn Bixenspan and Morgan Pielli, Relationshit features a mix of heartbreaking hilarious stories and good old-fashioned new-fangled advice from actual qualified therapists and experts sitting on A Panel, like real grown-ups.  Tickets $8 in advance, $10 at the door.

Unisex, Lies & VHS
May
28
7:30 pm19:30

Unisex, Lies & VHS

Tabitha Vidaurri and Jason Messina bring you masculine/feminine sketch comedy in the form of Unisex.  Creating a performance that is titillating as well as terrifying, Unisex explores relationships between people – romantic, platonic and supernatural. In addition to a bi-monthly slot as Sketch Block’s house team, Unisex has performed at The PIT, Philadelphia’s Welcome to the Terrordome, Snubfest, The Philly Fringe Festival, and The Toronto, Chicago, Milwaukee and Out of Bounds Sketch Comedy Festivals. They are also notable performers in the Funny or Die Community.

This brand new sketch show will also feature performances by The Wire Mothers, Pat Byrne, Nick Fierro and Zach Garner.

Doors 7:30, show at 8pm.  Tickets $5 at the door.

May
16
7:30 pm19:30

Cartoon Carnival 33: Silents!

Animation has such a rich and vast history...and the earliest part of its history is oft overlooked and neglected in animation fandom. Silent-era animation also happens to be the magnum opus of film historian and archivist Tommy Stathes--and it's the first time he's dedicating an entire Cartoon Carnival to the medium.  There will be over a dozen 16mm (no digital!) cartoons from the 1900s-1920s, straight from the Stathes Archives to Standard ToyKraft's silver screen. All for your enjoyment! Travel back in time with these flickering rarities to see some of the first animated films our ancestors enjoyed a century ago.

 

May
15
7:30 pm19:30

The Bad Feelings Storytelling Show

Bad Feelings is a storytelling show meant to give opportunity for performers to explore those stories that we don't tell. It is a place to expose the moldy part of our emotional fridge that we hide from guests when we typically perform. Performed in a discussion format, Bad Feelings becomes a safe space to look into the root cause of the mold and see if it's okay. And if it isn't, we're human and we mold easily. These are the stories that make us feel small. These are the stories that when we look back and attempt to recreate the events, we think: that can't have been me who was playing the part of me back then - that person is unrecognizable. Bad Feelings is a show that makes you want to talk to people because if you are alone with your thoughts they might lead you somewhere you weren't ready for. Bad Feelings is a show that makes you want to be alone because you can't imagine a world in which talking to others turns out well.

Bad Feelings is the turkey vulture of storytelling shows - picking apart those dead carcasses that we've locked in our memory-closets until the action of picking at them gives them life again - makes them dance under our prodding beak.

As You Like It
May
14
8:00 pm20:00

As You Like It

After being dispossessed of her lands and station, the princess Rosalind dresses as a boy and flees into the forest of Arden to search for a better kind of love. The play interrogates the very idea of what love is, and in the end leaves us with a shimmering vision of four kinds of relationships. 

Stairwell Theater are staging Shakespeare’s masterpiece in a mingling of the modern, site-specific tradition and the rough, accessible style of Shakespeare’s outdoor playhouses. Join us at the beautiful Standard ToyKraft in Williamsburg, to feast and carouse with the actors as we learn about loss, life and love in the Forest of Arden.

CAST:

Su Thomas Hendrickson - Rosalind, Audrey

Ellyn Heald - Celia, Phoebe, Amiens, First Page

Leighton Samuels - Orlando, Sir Oliver Martext

Andrew Colford - Oliver, Silvius, Second Lord, Le Beau

Devin Doyle - Touchstone, First Lord

Theodore Caywood - Jaques, Charles, Corin, Hymen

Ariana Karp - Duke Senior, Duke Frederick, Dramaturg

Sam Gibbs - Adam, Jaques de Bois, Director

Matthew Gibbs - Second Page, Musician

Anna Grace - Production Designer

Tickets $10

As You Like It (Matinee)
May
10
2:00 pm14:00

As You Like It (Matinee)

After being dispossessed of her lands and station, the princess Rosalind dresses as a boy and flees into the forest of Arden to search for a better kind of love. The play interrogates the very idea of what love is, and in the end leaves us with a shimmering vision of four kinds of relationships. 

Stairwell Theater are staging Shakespeare’s masterpiece in a mingling of the modern, site-specific tradition and the rough, accessible style of Shakespeare’s outdoor playhouses. Join us at the beautiful Standard ToyKraft in Williamsburg, to feast and carouse with the actors as we learn about loss, life and love in the Forest of Arden.

CAST:

Su Thomas Hendrickson - Rosalind, Audrey

Ellyn Heald - Celia, Phoebe, Amiens, First Page

Leighton Samuels - Orlando, Sir Oliver Martext

Andrew Colford - Oliver, Silvius, Second Lord, Le Beau

Devin Doyle - Touchstone, First Lord

Theodore Caywood - Jaques, Charles, Corin, Hymen

Ariana Karp - Duke Senior, Duke Frederick, Dramaturg

Sam Gibbs - Adam, Jaques de Bois, Director

Matthew Gibbs - Second Page, Musician

Anna Grace - Production Designer

Tickets $10

ENTRANCED: A Comedy Hypnosis Show
May
2
8:00 pm20:00

ENTRANCED: A Comedy Hypnosis Show

Max Kovins, one of the world's fastest Hypnotists, will have you convulsed with side-splitting laughter as you watch volunteers from the audience act out hilarious situations based on his hypnotic suggestions. Co-hosted by Kristen Lee,  Entranced is a show where the audience members are the true stars!  Entranced is a solid sixty minute show without intermission, that will fly by in the blink of an eye.

Max Kovins is a third generation Carny who has been practicing Magic and the related arts for over  43 years. Max has performed on both the East and West Coast and can be seen in Burlesque productions throughout Brooklyn and Manhattan and is a favored emcee as well.

Kristen Lee, Miss Coney Island Pinup '08 & '10, is the co-producer of Cherry Pop burlesque, and a member of the Rachel Klein movement theater ensemble.

Tickets $8. Discount tickets available with the password:  Magicmax

 

 

The Consequences
Apr
24
8:00 pm20:00

The Consequences

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What happens when graphic art meets live movement? This performance series answers that question with short pieces created by a spectrum of artists from comics, illustration, design, theater, dance and beyond. This first installment - curated in collaboration with the Brooklyn Zine Fest - will feature works by cartoonist Matthew Thurber, illustrator Maelle Doliveux, choreographer Patrice Miller, theater makers Playlab, Inc., zine creator Captain Elvis, and more.

Tickets are $10, available at the door.

For more info visit http://theconsequences.org/

Illustration by Maelle Doliveux 

2015 Hot Time in the Old City Residency for Projects in Development
Apr
24
9:00 am09:00

2015 Hot Time in the Old City Residency for Projects in Development

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS - Deadline April 24th, 2015

Standard Toykraft is currently seeking applicants for our 2015 Hot Time in the Old City residency for projects in development.  

STK's Mission is to provide access to artists by offering cheap rehearsal and theater space in an expensive city.  We strive to build a community for visual artists, musicians and performance groups by providing low-rate studio spaces and a barter system for artists and groups in need of space but have little means. We live in a city where we see more and more art spaces being shut down and replaced with expensive housing projects.  We do our best to serve as an antidote in these times.    

STK has always been supportive to the puppet community and their various endeavors. To that end we recently developed a residency program for puppet theater groups and individual artists.  

We define a “project in development” as a piece that has not been previously shown or have been developed in other residency programs. (i.e. The Puppet lab, HERE, The O’Neil etc.)  Rather we are looking for new and innovative work that need time and space to grow.    

Residents will be provided with a subsidized theater space in the month of July for projects in development.  There you will have full and exclusive access to our theater and equipment.  Residents are required to have one or more presentations at the end of the July.  Presentations will take place during July 31st-August 8th.

Standard Toykraft will provide lighting and sound tech support as well as a board operator during the final presentation.  We will also provide promotional support and press.  If you are interested in becoming an applicant please send:

  • A letter stating why you need the residency at this time.
  • A full project description.
  • A CV of you and the members of your group.  
  • Conceptual drawings, a script, puppets in development or treatment of the piece you are submitting.
  • Examples of past work. (Photos, press, a video link(s)  etc.)   
  • What do you intend to do with your piece after the residency.  

Please send all submission materials to Daniel Patrick Fay, Artistic Director of Standard Toykraft at daniel@standardtoykraft.org with “Residency” in the subject line.  All materials must be submitted by April 24th, 2015.  Projects will be chosen by a selection committee of artists and will be announce on May 8th.  

 

Opening Gala of Matt and Viviana's Tonya Harding Nancy Kerrigan 1994 Museum
Apr
18
Apr 19

Opening Gala of Matt and Viviana's Tonya Harding Nancy Kerrigan 1994 Museum

We’ve been recently hit [in the knee] by the whirlwind of press for the 1994 Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan Museum.  Creators Viviana Olen and Matt Harkins are throwing a gala event to celebrate the museum's opening on April 18th at Standard Toykraft in Brooklyn, unveiling a complete video tour and featuring very special guests.  The party is a month away, and already there’s been a media blitz: Time Out New YorkArtnet NewsBrooklyn PaperCBS New YorkSports IllustratedABC NewsNew York Magazine and more!

The opening gala will feature a Ted-like talk from museum Curators Matt and Viviana, a presentation from Zachary Grady, writer of the play Toe Pick, a song from SRSLY (Danielle Gibson and Alexandra Fiber) A Story by Lynn Harris former premiere Tonya Harding impersonator, "How I became an Ice Princess" by I Am A Boys Choir (Adam Rigg, Chris DeVita, Kate Attwell), and the debut of the long anticipated Tour of the Museum!!!

Plus: Cash Bar / Temporary Tattoo Station / Swag Bags / Cupcakes / Dancing (90's hits obvi)

"Are You a Tonya or a Nancy? Get This Museum Built to Find Out" - ESPN

"Thanks to this Kickstarter, figure skating rivals may get their own museum" - Mashable

From the creators: “Part of the museum team's research has been the realization that everyone is either a Tonya or a Nancy (if you're thinking about it, you're a Tonya. This of course is made more confusing by the fact that if you immediately thought you were a Nancy, you are most definitely a Tonya. The only real way to be a Nancy is to have very long lines in your body. If you thought you were an Oksana Baiul, well, aren't you just perfect, WE SEE RIGHT THROUGH YOU).” 

Follow the Tonya Harding & Nancy Kerrigan 1994 Museum on Twitter at @mattandviviana

#THNK1994

Bad Feelings Storytelling Show
Apr
17
7:00 pm19:00

Bad Feelings Storytelling Show

Bad Feelings is a show about excavation. It is about being a miner in the coal mine of your soul and mind - bringing to the surface the coal you've found at the heart of your existence. Bad Feelings is a show about molding produce that you found in the corner of the fridge and eating it because there's nothing else to eat and you hate yourself. It is a show where we act as each other's shamans in the journey of introspection - our drug: stories - self-involved narratives of self-preservation told out of an act of self-indulgence. Bad Feelings is a storytelling show where we see the darker corners of ourselves. We do not revel in these corners, but shine the light on them so that they are not dark, but are still corners. Y'know, just to see what we find. Bad Feelings.

 

This month: Self-Loathe with Leslie Goshko, Danny Artese, and  Katie Hartman

#LoveMyBounce Concert
Apr
11
Apr 12

#LoveMyBounce Concert

Music. Dance. Love.

The #LoveMyBounce campaign was created by D'Chrome Foster and STK MKT Entertainment to empower women everywhere by encouraging them to love their bodies and love their bounce. The event will benefit Arethusa Speaks, a nonprofit organization that uses storytelling and theater to prevent relational violence and erase the social stigma of identifying as a survivor of abuse.

Performances by:
D'Chrome Foster 
Arethusa Speaks
BBasstheillest
Cook Thugless
MissPoison Ivory
I am Jarova
Ryan Rickenbach

Directed by: Melissa Firlit

Tickets $18

Advance tickets available through Brown Paper Tickets.

Raise the Roof: Songs and Stories from Home
Apr
10
8:00 pm20:00

Raise the Roof: Songs and Stories from Home

Comedians, storytellers, and musicians come together sharing stories and songs that remind them of home for a fundraiser produced by siblings, Ramy and Iliana Inocencio. All proceeds from the show will be donated to Altavas National School in the small province of Altavas, Aklan, Philippines to rebuild their roof which was ravaged by the typhoon in 2013 and has since needed to be rebuilt.  Altavas National School is important to the siblings because this single school in the province has been the alma mater to generations of their family.

Some performers for the evening include, Charla Lauriston (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) Adam Wade (Winner of 20 Slams at The Moth) Aparna Nancherla (Totally Biased with W.Kamau Bell) and Xavier "Mamma" Rice (54 Below)

If you are unable to attend, but would like to donate to the cause, please e-mail: ilianainocencio [at] gmail.com

But if you are, can't wait to see you, so we can help Altavas National School, RAISE THE ROOF! For more information, visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/348045892069338/

Puppets and Pasties
Mar
27
8:00 pm20:00

Puppets and Pasties

Puppets and Pasties returns for another month! It’s a burlesque variety show that will tickle your inner child. Remember a time when you were still playing with action figures and Barbies? This show will remind you about that confusing adolescent time when you were girl crazy and still watching Saturday morning cartoons. A night of puppet acts, music, magic, drinks, burlesque and puppet burlesque acts with a few surprises hosted by Magic Max Kovins. Come on out and be part of a studio audience while we perform a show where Howdy Doody meets Mrs. Henderson. Its a completely immersive event where we turn our theater into a Romper Room of color, sound, characters and playmates. Tickets $12

Photo by Alex Srp

Slapstick in the Roaring 20s
Mar
14
7:30 pm19:30

Slapstick in the Roaring 20s

The 1920s was a rollicking time: Prohibition, the Jazz Age, the flapper, Lindbergh's flight across the Atlantic and, of course, the prime age of silent films. Worldwide popularity of the American comedy film short was so significant at this time that some theaters would bill comedy shorts above the feature film playing on a particular evening. We will be praising and celebrating the golden age of silent comedies just the same at our March 14th 2015 screening of rarities, many not seen by general audiences in over three quarters of a century.

At “Slapstick in the Roaring 20s,” come celebrate the rare comedy films of Educational Film Exchange’s Lige Conley and Cliff Bowes…the rare Sunday comic-to-silver-screen adaptation of Jimmy Murphy's “Toots and Casper” with neglected sexy screen star, Thelma Hill, as well as the Stern Brothers’ version of Richard F. Outcault's popular comic strip, “Buster Brown” featuring little Arthur Trimble and Pete the Pup. Also included on bill will be a Mack Sennett classic with Andy Clyde and Billy Bevan. Returning to the lineup in our series will be forgotten screen clown, Eddie Lyons.

The evening’s nearly two-hour screen presentation, curated by silent comedy historian Nelson Hughes, will feature seven silent rare comedy shorts from the film collections of Looser Than Loose Publishing, Streamline Films, and The Tommy José Stathes Collection. Our latest installment of the "Slapstick Secret Stash" will feature a rare gem from the Hal Roach Studios and other rare surprises. So, take a trip back in time to when comedy was king…and invite your friends to Slapstick in the Roaring 20s at the beautiful Standard ToyKraft in Williamsburg, Brooklyn! 

Program subject to change.
Refreshments will be available from Standard ToyKraft.

Tix $10 each
Doors at 7:30pm. Arrive on time for good seats!

Entranced
Mar
7
8:00 pm20:00

Entranced

Max Kovins, one of the world's fastest Hypnotists, will have you convulsed with side-splitting laughter as you watch volunteers from the audience act out hilarious situations based on his hypnotic suggestions.

Entranced is a show where the audience members are the true stars!  Brooklyn-born Max Kovins is a third generation Carny who has been practicing magic and the related arts for over 42 years. Max has performed on both the East and West Coast and can be seen in Burlesque productions throughout Brooklyn and Manhattan and is a favored emcee as well.

Kristen Lee, Miss Coney Island Pinup '08 & '10, is the co-producer of Cherry Pop burlesque, and a member of the Rachel Klein movement theater ensemble.

Photo by King Morgan.

Puppets and Pasties
Feb
27
8:00 pm20:00

Puppets and Pasties

A burlesque variety show that will tickle your inner child. Imagine a kids show with an adult spin and you have Puppets and Pasties! Remember a time when you were still playing with action figures and filching porn? This show will remind you about that confusing adolescent time when you were girl crazy and still watching Saturday morning cartoons. A night of puppet acts, music, magic, drinks, burlesque and puppet burlesque acts with a few surprises hosted by Magic Max Kovins . Come on out and be part of a studio audience while we perform a show where Howdy Doody meets Mrs. Henderson. Its a completely immersive event where we turn our theater into a Romper Room of color, sound, characters and playmates. 

Sweet Lorraine is the creator and producer of Shades of Burlesque, New York City's only all Black burlesque revue!  She has been coined the "Grace Jones of Burlesque" due to her Fierce and Sensual burlesque performances!  She has performed all over the U.S. as a solo performer, as well as a featured dancer with The Sweet Spot, a touring POPular Erotica show.  She is also a former member of Brown Girls Burlesque, a New York City based troupe that highlights performers of color.  

Iris Explosion will be performing an interpretive dance strip to Celine Dion’s seminal classic, My Heart Will Go On.

Beelzebabe, The Siren of Sodom is a diminutive devilish delight who has performed all over the United States. She is the producer of NYC's only all improv burlesque show: Random Acts of Undress: Burlesque. Improv. Game show! 

 

 

POLYPHONY: MIKE MCFADDEN & O PARADISO RELEASE PARTY
Feb
21
Feb 22

POLYPHONY: MIKE MCFADDEN & O PARADISO RELEASE PARTY

Polyphony is an immersive performance series which features music, dance and visual art in an interactive environment. With programming that spans the creative spectrum from the highly abstract to the highly concrete, audience members are swept up in a night of multi-sensory experience that unfolds in a place-defying trajectory of performances. Expect to be moved, expect to dance, expect the new. This month, join us as O Paradiso celebrates the release of their new album.

 

The Bad Fellings Storytelling Show
Feb
19
8:00 pm20:00

The Bad Fellings Storytelling Show

Bad Feelings is a storytelling show that aims to explore the fact that none of us are alone in how terrible we are. We've all done things that we wish we could take back - that we wish had turned out differently - that we wish showed a different side of our truth. In Bad Feelings we bring storytellers together to discuss those moments where we find ourselves being the people we wish we weren't. This month we explore the ickyness inside our souls that molds as we let it continue to exist. We attempt a purge through narrative and discussion. All on stage.

With Leslie Goshko, Mark Pagan and special guests. Hosted by Nisse Greenberg.