The Brick Theater, Inc.

the second annual presentation of


all better now.

June 5 to July 4, 2009
at The Brick

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Free Festival Events:

The Happy Pill Cabaret:

followed by

The "Prescription Pill" Party!

This free evening of happiness features scenes and therapy from shows throughout the festival. As part of the opening night cabaret, Dr. Lisa Levy, S.P. (self-proclaimed) will bring her shrink couch to The Brick to treat the characters in The Antidepressant Festival. After their show excerpts, some festival characters will have brief "sessions" with the doctor throughout the evening. Guaranteed to be some of Dr. Levy's most insane patients yet! "A shrink with stage presence." -The New York Times

After the Cabaret, visit Dr. Levy at The "Prescription Pill" Party. Tell her your problem and she will write you a "prescription", which you can redeem at the "pharmacy counter" for some "medication."

Cabaret: Fri June 5 @ 8:00pm
Party: Fri June 5 @ 10:00pm

The Cabaret WILL SELL OUT! Reserve here:


Mainstage Shows:
All shows $15 unless otherwise noted.


Adventure Quest

The town of Perilton has been invaded by an evil wizard, and only our hero can save it! Cheer as he fights for the hand of the mayor's daughter! Gasp as he infiltrates the bloodthirsty Octopus Cult! Watch as he meticulously collects inventory items! Shift uncomfortably in your seat as the narrative gradually implodes! Glance around nervously as characters are brutally murdered for no particular reason! Despair as your faith in a meaningful, ordered universe is shaken! Evoking the Golden Age of home computer gaming, Adventure Quest is both a nostalgic treat and a glimpse into the yawning Void.

Sneaky Snake Productions
Directed by Adam Swiderski; Written by Richard Lovejoy
Graphic Design by Jamie Marshal; lFeaturing Kent Meister, Sarah Engelke, Alley Scott, Danny Bowes, Timothy Reynolds, Anne Carlisle, Jesse Wilson, and Richard Lovejoy.
110 minutes

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Sat Jun 6 @ 5:30pm
Wed Jun 17 @ 8pm
Thu Jun 25 @ 7pm
Sat July 4 @ 5pm

Performances continue in Game Play in July!
Fri July 10th @ 8pm
Sat July 11th @ 8pm
Mon, July 20th @ 8pm
Fri July 24th @ 8pm
Sat July 25th @ 8pm


Afternoon Playland

2012 is fast approaching. Will it mean the end of the world as the Mayans predicted or usher in the dawning of a new age? Panic and fear vs. hope and joy. How does one live when one thinks the world is ending? Sock puppets hold the key.

Afternoon Playland
Conceived and Directed by Afternoon Playland:
Shawn Wickens, Desiree Nash, Roy Koshy, Gavin Starr Kendall, Eden Gauteron.
60 minutes

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Sat Jun 6 @ 11pm
Sun Jun 21 @ 5:30pm 


...and the fear cracked open.

From the company that brought you the award-winning Bouffon Glass Menajoree comes a surreal, dark, comic look at one Minnesotan couple’s struggle to find companionship, sympathy, and The L Word. ...and the fear cracked open. incorporates film, puppetry, mask-work, animation, physical comedy and musical composition. Button up! The ‘Minnesota Nice’ is more bitter than the snowy winds that blow!

Ten Directions
Featuring Lynn Berg, Becky Beyers, Audrey Crabtree, and Gavin Starr Kendall. Live music by Sarah Engelke. Animation by Jonathan Kaplan. Film by Andy Ritchie, Lights by Ian W. Hill and Berit Johnson.
90 minutes

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Wed Jun 10 @ 8pm
Thu Jun 18 @ 9:30pm
Sun Jun 21 @ 8pm
Sat Jun 27 @ 8pm


Big Girls Club (The Happy Happy Dance Princess Show)

It's girls night in for Lisa, Katie and Nancy. All they want is to be happy. But as they gorge themselves on unhealthy food and BUTTERFACE! the TV Show, the night escalates into a sadistic game of truth or dare that reveals a shockingly surrealistic glimpse to their disturbing world. Big Girls Club (Happy Dance Dance Princess Show) is a play on uppers, exploring excess, fetishism and female cruelty propelled by our ever-schizophrenic and media frenzied culture.

Everywhere Theatre Group
Written and Directed by Leah Winkler; Associate Direction by Emily Baines; Videography by Chase Voorhees; Lighting by Oliver Brooks; Featuring Lisa Bierman, Nancy Upton, Katie Hannigan and Joel Israel
70 minutes

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Sun Jun 7 @ 8pm
Fri Jun 12 @ 8pm  
Tue Jun 23 @ 8pm
Sat Jul 4 @ 2pm


Booze, Sports and Romance

Writer-performer Danny Bowes' latest show, BOOZE, SPORTS, & ROMANCE is equal parts essay on the title substances and autobiographical storytelling. At the same time, there is a parallel narrative, told through movement only, where Becky Byers and Patrick Cann act out a story involving the title substances. You know, just like every other show you've ever seen in indie theatre.

based on an idea by Guinevere Pressley
written by Danny Bowes
directed by Chris Connolly
choreographed by Becky Byers
75 minutes

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Sun Jun 14 @ 5pm
Sat Jun 20 @ 10pm 


Cabaret Terrarium

Gustave and Nhar from Harrington & Kauffman’s Nharcolepsy and Motel California return!  Gustave has amnesia and is doing detective work around the world to discover the details of his past life.  He remains cheerful throughout.

Harrington and Kauffman
Featuring RIchard Harrington and Chris Kauffman
75 minutes

Sun Jun 14 @ 7pm



Exit, Pursued by Bears

In one life, Leon is the VP of Chicago's leading sanitation union. In another, he is Tickle Bear, the heart of an online anonymous furry sex community. A union strike, an S.T.D., and bizarre nightmares about travel brochures compel his fellow furries to ensure he stays in the clan.

The Aztec Economy
Written by Casey Wimpee; Directed by Julie Rossman; Featuring Jared Culverhouse, Michael Mason, Richard Saudek, Patrick Vaill, Lucy Kaminsky and Cole Wimpee.
70 minutes

Sun Jun 14 @ 2pm
Fri Jun 19 @ 7:30pm
Sun Jun 21 @ 2pm
Wed Jul 1 @ 7:30pm


Glee Club

A group of men try to learn to sing a happy song in harmony. Singing makes people feel good. Men like to hang out with each other and be manly, and talk about their feelings, even if those feelings make them sad. In addition to harmony, there will also be fighting and profanity.

Blue Coyote Theater Group
Written by Matthew Freeman; Directed by Kyle Ancowitz; Music by Stephen Speights; Featuring Tom Staggs, Matthew Trumbull, Gary Schrader, David DelGrosso, Robert Buckwalter, Stephen Speights, Bruce Barton and Carter Jackson.
60 minutes

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Sun Jun 7 @ 2pm
Fri Jun 12 @ 10pm
Sat Jun 20 @ 5pm
Sun Jun 28 @ 3pm


How to Fight Depression When You Don't Even Know its Symptoms?!

Characters expose themselves to this rotten existence thru 3 dimensions: Memory, Reality and Hallucination, but one of them sees the truth behind the images.

Five Eduardinos
Designed and Directed by Eduardo Band; Featuring Dustin X, Jessica Huber, Nick Breeden, Christina Williams and Gretchen Knapp
45 minutes

Thu Jun 11 @ 9:30pm
Sat Jun 13 @ 5:30pm


Infectious Opportunity

Wes Farley pretended to have HIV for 10 years to boost his screenwriting career. He is slowly comprehending the drawbacks of his plan.

Nosedive Productions
Written by James Comtois; Directed by Pete Boisvert; Featuring Rebecca Comtois, DR Hanson, Daryl Lathon*, David Ian Lee*, Ronica Reddick*, Andrea Marie Smith, Matthew Trumbull*
* Denotes member of the Actor's Equity Association
90 minutes

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Sun Jun 7 @ 5pm
Tue Jun 9 @ 8pm
Wed Jul 1 @ 9pm
Fri Jul 3 @ 7pm



Le Mirage

Laboratory Theater performs an imagined lecture and demonstration of mystical dance by members of the 1980’s French-Canadian cult, The Order of the Solar Temple. Three members of the Las Vegas chapter of the Solar Temple offer true peace and happiness through a commingling of dance, original music, inspirational texts, and ritual. Featuring Rosicrucianism, ecological philosophy, the Holy Grail, and Transit by mass-suicide to the planet Jupiter. “At this Supreme Moment, the ruby power of the Work should rejoin the Levels of the Future. Our transit will be as a passage across a mirror. Our Terrestrial Journey is coming to an end.

Laboratory Theater
Directed by Yvan Greenberg; Featuring Corey Dargel, Sheila Donovan, Oleg Dubson and Yvan Greenberg
60 minutes

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Sat Jun 13 @ 7pm
Sat Jun 20 @ 7pm
Wed Jun 24 @ 7:30pm


Samuel and Alasdair: A Personal History of the Robot War

Brothers' love is split wide open as an unsettling hum gives way to full scale invasion. Samuel and Alasdair: A Personal History of the Robot War combines 1950's radio drama, live music, and Soviet scientists for a look back in time and forward to what's next.

The Mad Ones
Written by Marc Bovino and Joe Curnutte; Directed by Lila Neugebauer; Featuring Marc Bovino, Joe Curnutte and Stephanie Thompson
80 minutes

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Sat Jun 6 @ 8:30pm
Sat Jun 27 @ 2pm
Sun Jun 28 @ 7:00pm
Thu Jul 2 @ 7:30pm


Schaden, Freude and You:
A 3 Clown Seminar

schadenfreude \SHOD-n-froy-duh\, noun: 1. largely unanticipated delight in the suffering of another; 2.over-the-counter cultural antidepressant; 3. self-help seminar exploring the healing powers of schadenfreude conducted by three leading professional experts in the field.

Logic Limited, Ltd. has just the tonic for these tough times. Join them for the self-help seminar that's guaranteed to self-destruct.

Logic Limited, Ltd.
Directed by Jane Nichols; Featuring Chris Arruda, Brad Fraizer and Larry Pontius
55 minutes

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Fri Jun 26 @ 7pm
Sat Jun 27 @ 10pm



Suspicious Package: Rx

Following last year’s hit show, Suspicious Package, The Fifth Wall is proud to present an all-new adventure employing the same revolutionary technology that turned audiences into actors and the streets of Williamsburg into a stage in what NY Press called “one of the best times I have had at the theater.” Suspicious Package: Rx takes our intrepid audience/cast into the not-too-distant post-apocalyptic future in which happy pills don’t make anyone happy, memories can’t be trusted, and everyone seems a little suspicious. Side effects may include “thrills” (Village Voice), “a great time” (, and “a singular experience” (The New York Times).

The Fifth Wall
Written by Gyda Arber and Aaron Baker.
60 minutes

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Sat June 13 @ 3pm
Sun June 14 @ 4pm
Sat June 20 @ 4pm
Sun June 21 @ 4pm
Sat June 27 @ 4pm
Sun June 28 @ 3pm
Sat July 4 @ 4pm

Performances continue in Game Play in July!
Sun July 5 @ 4pm
Sat July 11 @ 4pm
Sun July 12 @ 4pm
Sat July 18 @ 4pm
Sun July 19 @ 4pm
Sat July 24 @ 4pm


The Tale of the Good Whistleblower of Chaillot's Caucasian Mother and Her Other Children of a Lesser Marriage Chalk Circle

Hailed by audiences and critics alike as “the Rosetta Stone of Modern Drama,” The Tale of the Good Whistleblower of Chaillot's Caucasian Mother and Her Other Children of a Lesser Marriage Chalk Circle is a recently-discovered, scarcely-known classic play written circa 1900 by Anonymous that single-handedly inseminated the fertile minds of such diverse dramatists as Brecht, Giraudoux, Busch, Medoff and Fo to give birth to their greatest creations. The Theatre Askew Drafting Table partners with playwright Stan Richardson to present his faithful translation, free adaptation, and selective revision of this famously unknown satire about corruption in a Belle Epoque Parisian pharmaceutical factory.

Theater Askew Drafting Table
Written by Stan Richardson; Directed by Jason Jacobs
90 minutes

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Sat Jun 6 @ 3pm
Tue Jun 16 @ 8pm
Fri Jun 19 @ 9:30pm
Thu Jun 25 @ 9:30pm


WILM 690: Pirate Radio

In WILM 690, Adrian Jevicki, artistic director of Movementpants Dance, has collaborated with a diverse group of choreographers, dancers, improv comedians, and theater artists to create a unique dance-theater experience. These collaborations take place in the space of a pirate radio show hosted by Cody Getz, an exponent of 2012 prophecy and relationship expert, as well as a part-time reincarnation of the Meso-American god, Quetzalcoatl.

Movementpants Dance
Directed by Adrian Jevicki
75 minutes

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Thu Jun 11 @ 7:30pm
Sat Jun 13 @ 3pm


Your Lithopedion

In YOUR LITHOPEDION a serial killer attempts to reform and becomes the founder of Serial Killers Anonymous, which totally wrecks his marriage. It's a dark, don't-bring-your-kids comedy about boredom, dysfunction, community and child murder. You’ll never think of 80’s music in the same way again.

Opium, Fireworks and Lead
Written and Produced by Justin Maxwell; Directed by Toby Ring Thelin; Featuring Lillian Wright and Christian Toth
70 minutes

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Sat Jun 13 @ 9pm
Thu Jun 18 @ 7:30pm
Fri Jun 26 @ 9:30pm
Tue Jun 30 @ 8pm

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