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?”
October 18th – Dancing Monkey Laboratories presents a staged reading of Mike Czuba’s play: AFTER US THE SAVAGE GOD.
“A play that speaks directly to our current political environment. One part (un)historical biography – one part biting satire on our modern media.”
**Warning: Contains Adult language, fluids and depravity.
The readers are: Michelle BRANDENBURG, Lonni OLSON, Dean COMBITSIS, Filsan DUALEH and Melissa TUPLIN.
The history books all suggest the writer and full time lunatic, Alfred Jarry, died from a combination of malnutrition and a super-human consumption of alcohol. After Us The Savage God will offer another hypothesis – Time travel.
The latest instalment of *PAGE ONE: Actor Amy Sawka reading the opening of KARL NIMENI IS NOT DEAD – I KILLED KARL NIMENI, a Night Play 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 July 12th in Montreal, a reading of Mike Czuba’s new work AFTER US THE SAVAGE GOD will take place at the Mainline theatre.
The Monkey told me they wanted to direct and handed me a treatment written on a cocktail napkin and a track from 10 years ago. When the Monkey says dance, you don’t argue.
The two “OTIS” tracks used – ROPE and Wind Chimes – involve a bizarre mix of people from way back doing various things: Marcus Paquin, Fiona Coll, Sylvain Auclair, Sebastien Boisvert, Angela Desveaux and I can’t remember the drummer’s name…