January 31st – 2018. Cafe Koi. Le Salon des Refusé returns for its 2nd evening of ridiculous material. Our first evening presented AFTER US THE SAVAGE GOD in 2016. This time out we present WAITING FOR GORDO by Mike Czuba. (Cast to be finalized – but rumour has it the band is getting back together.)
* A play, based on a screenplay by Mike Czuba, Andrew Kenneth Martin and Gordon Currie, based ever-so losely on another play by some other dude and influenced by a single epidsode of the Six-Million Dollar Man. In no way does the content of this play infringe on the copywright of any other plays with similar titles. Any similarites to any other persons or characters alive or dead is 100% coincidental and should be treated as such. If you have to ask if something is real… it already is.
The latest instalment of *PAGE ONE: Actor Tristan D. Lalla reading p.39 of REPRISE by Mike Czuba.
**Page One is a video initiative by Dancing Monkey Laboratories to connect with actors, dancers, designers, and anyone else really, to read the first page of one of Mike Czuba’s plays (*or – a page from anywhere in the text, or the last page, or a collection of sections, eventually even the screenplays – it’s flexible – and contains many an ‘ish’ as is suggested by Nocturology‘s non-existent, yes strongly suggested, theatrical guidelines.)
On the night of April 22nd, Dancing Monkey once again dove into the Nocturlogical deep end to investigate the philosophies of Karl Nimeni and the trial of Charles Fleming. As part of Theatre Junction Grand’s “La Nuit Sauvage” fundraising event, the Monkeys, with spiralar thinking, re-litigated Charles Fleming’s crimes and continued to seek the original dream that led to his arrest.
Featuring: Melissa Tuplin, Amy Sawka and members of TimePoint Ensemble.
Text by: Mike Czuba
Design by: Leon Schwesinger
Music by: Nathaniel Schmidt.
A special thanks to Theatre Junction Grand, Tonya Lailey, Karen Bell, Guy de Carteret, Lizzy Evashkevich and Aldona Barutowicz.
“The concept of the unclear is difficult because we are programmed for order and an outcome, for containment and catharsis but, but… Why can’t we be in the space between a part and apart so we won’t be blinded by trickery? What if we ask the questions but let the answers arrive when they’re ready? What if we reveled in our un-understanding? What if, what if we didn’t try to make sense of everything and let mystery back into our lives? What if we find a gnome and ask the question, have you ever dreamt of a tree?”
Dancing Monkey’s Mike Czuba has won The Laurie Award from Growing Stage, The Children’s Theatre of New Jersey for his TYA play, BOY SEES FLYING SAUCER, based on a true and original story by Brian Dorscht.
The play will have its world premiere in March 2018.
*Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on the play.
**A screenplay version of the story in now being written.
Bobby Radcliffe is sure he has lost his brand-new bicycle. After his parents go out for the evening, he is left with his sister and instructions from his father to “make sure the bike is found and in the garage” before Bobby goes to bed. Frustrated that he can’t find his bike, he returns home and decides to tell a lie to his gullible sister; “A flying saucer came down and took my bike”. Half believing what he says, she asks him for details of how it happened – and a story starts to develop. The sister runs to the phone to tell her best friend what Bobby just told her. The best friend tells her father who is the town Sheriff and tells her he is coming over to the house.
Bobby has to decide to either continue the lie, or confess the truth. Surely they would know this isn’t true. But, people in the neighbourhood and around the City get stirred up and excited to know that a UFO landed in their City. It hits the media the next day, and for the next week the location becomes a tourist attraction with Bobby telling his story. What he doesn’t suspect is the arrival of a “mystery man” who shows up with photo books full of pictures of Martians, and moon men, and the inside flying saucers, who just wants to get home.
Dancing Monkey Laboratories’ short film THE VOID was selected to take part in the 5th annual Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film festival in New York, this May – Monday the 29th, as part of the “Trippy and Experimental” section.
THE VOID is a short film based on Dancing Monkey’s new, in progress performance work – Humanoid – A LOVE SUPREME.
Director – Mike Czuba. Dancer – Melissa Tuplin. Music – Nathaniel Schmidt. Shot and Masks – Leon Schwesinger. Costume Design/Construction – Katrina Muller. Animation – Samantha Scafidi. Sound Editing – Alex Bohn.