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Toy Box Theatre Company Presents

The Empress and El Diablo

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When forced to move back in with his parents, Eddie seeks the guidance of a fortune teller whose mysterious and shocking counsel isn't quite what he was expecting.  The Empress and El Diablo follows Eddie Roberts, through dreams and reality, as he valiantly struggles with his horrifying destiny, his overbearing family, and a girlfriend who's too tired to fool around.  Inspired by the writings of C.G. Jung and the Tarot of Marseilles, this production marks Toy Box Theatre Company's tenth season. The Empress and El Diablo will be performed with a live garage rock score by Colonna Sonora.

Beginning March 16, 2011

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When It Stands Still

Gene Frankel Theatre
24 Bond St.
(At Lafayette)
New York ,  NY
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August 30 - August 31, 2008
September 05 - September 07, 2008
September 10 - September 11, 2008
September 17 September 18, 2008



In a time-twisted riff on the nature of obsession and old-testament sacrifice, Soren Kierkegaard needs to get into the mind of Abraham at that moment on the mountain with the boy and the knife. And then there's a fiancée to repel, a father to satisfy, and 20th-century philosophy to invent.

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After six years and seven productions, the multi disciplinary ensemble Toy Box Theatre Company is taking on an age-old story with classic conceptions and a sense of humor. Throughout history, life has always proven to be arduous and laughable all at once. When It Stands Still captures that idea while maintaining a respect for intellect and wit. Just think circumcisions, a dysfunctional engagement, a know-it-all angel, Soren Kierkegaard and the faith driven story of Abraham and Isaac.

When It Stands Still is a romantic meditation on the nature of obsession and sacrifice. The Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard is attempting to get into the mind of Abraham at the moment before he makes his ultimate sacrifice. Abraham is bidding to get back into his wife Sarah's good graces while Sarah is fighting to get her story heard. All this and a fiancée to alienate, a father to satisfy, and 20th-century philosophy to invent.

When It Stands Still was written by Ellen Margolis, who was awarded the 2004 New York International Fringe Festival award for "Excellence in Playwriting" for Toy Box's production of her play How To Draw Mystical Creatures. For a year Toy Box has been working with Ellen to develop When It Stands Still. Ellen was awarded a Pacific University Faculty Development Grant to fly to New York for the first staged reading of the play last December. Toy Box was also awarded the Nancy Quinn Fund Grant, which helped to support the development of the piece.

This is also Toy Box's second collaboration with violist/composer Leanne Darling who will be performing live. Leanne was honored as the 2007 NYITA winner for "Best Original Score" for her work on Toy Box's production of The Landlord.

Jason Schuler has been with this project since the beginning, directing the reading of the play last December as part of our BluePrints Series. Recently Jason directed Toy Box co-founder David Michael Holmes in Van Driver at the Cherry Lane Theatre.

 

(Pictured: David Michael Holmes and Lindsay Tanner as Soren Kierkegaard and Regine Olsen)

 

when it stands still credits


Kate Adams Sarah
Tyler James Hall Isaac/Young Soren Kierkegaard
David Michael Holmes * Soren Kierkegaard/Student
Lindsay Tanner Regine Olsen/Angel
Rick Zahn Abraham/Michael Kierkegaard/Mr. Olsen
Jason Schuler Director
Ellen Margolis Playwright
Leanne Darling Composer
Jennifer Paar Costume Designer
Tony Galaska Lighting Designer
Jonathan Barsness Production Manager
Ryan Colwell Production Manager
Jason Schuler Scenic Design
Ross Johnson Set Construction
Andrea Havis Show Graphic Design
Helene Montagna Stage Manager
Amy Caramante Marketing

*Denotes member of Actors Equity Association