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

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/

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

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.  

 

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 


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.