Welcome To Standard Toykraft. We are a multipurpose community based theatethat features low cost artist studios, rehearsal space and fantastic and unique shows and events of all kinds.
Brian Beattie presents
"Ivy and the Wicker Suitcase"
Monday July 14th
3pm and 8pm | $8
Noted record producer Brian Beattie and his wife, artist Valerie Fowler have created something they call an Illustrated Earmovie Musical. "Ivy and the Wicker Suitcase" is a depression era musical folkmyth that comes in a fully illustrated book, featuring Daniel Johnston, Bill Callahan, Will Sheff, K. McCarty, James Hand, and starring Grace London as Ivy Wire. It's the story of a 10 year old girl who falls into the underworld!
Brian and Valerie bring "Ivy" to the stage in 2 special performances at Standard Toykraft. Brian tells the story and sings the songs from "Ivy", accompanied by the occasional CRANKIE SHOW, a hand drawn moving panorama that Valerie cranks along in a home made box. A primitive video, a low tech immersive multimedia happening! Come experience that which cannot be explained!
Cartoon Carnival 27:
Bugs & Spiders
Saturday July 17th
doors at 8pm | $10
Folks, it's time for TSCC #27! Tom Stathes has dug around in his personal archives and hand-selected a group of rare 16mm cartoons (no digital!) from the 1910s thru the 1940s for your sensory enchantment. It's also the Cartoon Carnival's debut at the lovely Standard Toykraft in Williamsburg.
During the summer, we become more aware of our insect friends. However, through cartoon visions of the past, we'll see that spiders, ants, butterflies, caterpillars and their creepy crawly friends have enough of their own trials and tribulations to deal with before us humans start interfering. Leave the bug spray at home, too...it's bad for the archival films!
A comedy about unfunny things
July 15th and 16th
doors at 8pm | $10
A devised work by Tricklock Company from Albuquerque, New Mexico USA
Directed by Alex Knight
Featuring Juli Hendren, Hannah Kauffmann, Fernando Fresquez and Drew Morrison
Finger Mouth is a dark and hilarious tale of one girl’s journey through the “what’s real?” world of possible mental illness. Based on actual events in turn-of-the-century France, Finger Mouth follows a young woman whose attempt to escape childhood trauma lands her in a seemingly timeless hospital where doctors describe her symptoms simply as "Hysteria;" a blanket diagnosis that was given to thousands of women with a diverse range of symptoms.
Created and performed in Tricklock's signature physical style and incorporating shadow theatre techniques, Finger Mouth is a comedy about unfunny Finger Mouth is based in shadow puppetry techniques Tricklock Company has learned through their many collaborations with other artists, specifically on their 2011 tour to Krakow, Poland, where they were able to workshop with the world-renowned shadowplay artists at Teatr Figur Krakow.
Founded in 1993, Tricklock Company is an internationally recognized, professional touring ensemble dedicated to creating ensemble devised, theatrical performances and staging the best in original plays.
Tricklock Company is the theatre-in-residence at the University of New Mexico and the producers of The Revolutions International Theatre Festival.