Le Salon des Refusés #3

Dancing Monkey is pleased to present the third installment of Le Salon des Refusés, a staged reading of ridiculous plays and screenplays by Mike Czuba. This time out we present SHANIQUA and the SPACE QUEEN. A lost gem from the early 2000’s and missed opportunity for production companies everywhere!! But it’s not too late as no script ever truly dies.

January 30th, 2019 – 8pm at KOI – 1011, 1st Street, SW, Calgary.

Performed by the Dancing Monkey Players: Michelle Brandenburg, Lonni Olson, Constantine X. Anastasakis, Filsan Dualeh, Wil Knoll and Melissa Tuplin (Contracts still in negotiations).

The event is FREE! Bring your thirst, have a little food, and dig in those couches, sofas or chesterfields for some loose change – We’ll be passing the hat at the end.

Images from previous Salons can be found HERE and HERE.

Shaniqua

Shaniqua Johnson is the lead actor in the most popular TV show on the planet. The Space Queen. A cross between the original Star Trek and Baywatch. And she hates it.

But then, a rabid and obsessed fan has kidnapped her. Convinced they were meant to be together, he keeps her prisoner, locked in a soundproof apartment for his own sick satisfaction.  

Shaniqua has visions of the Space Queen telling her to be strong. She soon realizes that the only chance she has to save herself is to make peace with her screen persona. To survive, Shaniqua must become what she hates, the Space Queen.

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‘LIKE TOM CRUISE LOVES RUNNING’

Like Tom Cruise Loves Running
A New One-Act play by Mike Czuba
czuba.mike@gmail.com
© 2018

An immediate, physical, Meta-Theatrical, one-act play, with 3 people, 3 chairs, much running and a struggle to answer the question: “How do you love?”

Three people, actors, characters meet in a space that looks similar to a theatre stage. Grand statements are made, running on the spot, arguing, debates, agreements and declarations power this play from start to stop with a rhythm and pace that will leave everyone out of breath.

Characters:
Parker
Charlie
Morgan

**All Characters are described as gender/age neutral (They/Them). Although they might lean traditionally one way or another, directors can do what they wish.

**If running is not possible, the “running on the spot” can be replaced with any physical activity/gesture depending on ability of the actor.

TOM CRUISE RUNNING

Solo Projects.

In the time honoured, Rock&Roll tradition ( See Kiss ), The Monkeys are going to spend a little time on some solo gigs: various theatre, dance and music things, teaching – across the freakin’ country, community building and more schoolin’.

Monkey works will arrive, here and there, as art-things are hard to stop doing, but nothing full-on Dancing Monkey as we looks for some funding to take our dance-moves to new places; where we can continue to challenge ourselves creatively, and evolve artistically.

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Pic by Wise Photo – From Late Night at the Plaza.

KARL NIMENI – The Show.

For those of you who could not make the performance, grab a cafe, or a drink, settle in, and check out the show.

**We’re looking into festival opportunities, or, if you’re interested in the material for your own production, give us a shout – dancingmonkeylab@gmail.com

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The Un-Birthday

On April 11th. Dancing Monkey had a little get together at Village Brewery’s Tap Room to celebrate the past 5 years of work and to bring together many of the artists we’ve had the honour of working with.  Before the pics, here’s a list of those artists:

Larry Lamont, Laura Allen, Steven Evanik, Jason Galeos, Shelley Woodall, Andrew Woodall, Samantha Scafidi, Andrew Kerr, Olivia Brooks-Golosky, Kensington Sinfonia, Donovan Seidle, Derek Paulich, Michelle Brandenburg, Marcia Liber, Jenn Weihmann, Jarett Sitter, Harry Papavlasopoulos and Jon Tsamalidis, Amy Sawka, Edward Ogum, Emma Casey, Meghann Michalsky, Chandler Smith, Sarah Curts, Chenise Mitchell, Genevieve Pare, Connor Williams, Dean Combitsis, Hailey MacLeod, Sylvie Moquin, Chantal Wall, Maria Arseniuk, Timepoint Ensemble, Lonni Olson, Filsan Dualeh, David Sklar, Wil Knoll, Kevin Dong, Mark Limacher, Chris Dadge, Nate Waters, The Fluid Festival, The Soulocentric Festival, The Ignite! Festival, Theatre Junction

We also had a raffle to raise some funds for Karl Nimeni is Not Dead with generous donations from: Kensington SinfoniaTimepoint EnsembleMountainviewCowtown OperaDIY TheatreThe KinkonautsNew Works Calgary and Crooked Spies