Wednesday, April 14, 2010

After many months of creative toil and bureaucratic finagling, construction on the new Monkey Wrench Collective space in downtown Fullerton began in earnest yesterday, with an official projected completion date of "soon."

Disappointingly, not a new avant-garde seating arrangement for the audience.

Though there remain, inevitably, a few more red tape hurdles for us to jump before we can make any official announcements, expect to see new opening dates soon for the rebooted U.S. Premiere of Mark Ravenhill's "pool (no water)", paired with Wallace Shawn's epic monologue-play on the corrosive moral influence of money, "The Fever".

Imagine this, but with lights, seating, completed walls, 
no construction equipment, and actors.

In the months to follow, the Monkey Wrench Collective stage will feature new work from Brad Fraser, Chris Secor, and Clownzilla; a revival production of Mark Ravenhill's controversial British hit "Shopping and Fucking"; and a few more surprises we're keeping discretely secreted up our Collective sleeve.

Until that time, we shall conduct ourselves, even whilst under construction, ever apropos to the regard in which you hold us.

Yes, that sounds about right.


Monday, April 12, 2010

Up next from Monkey Wrench Collective:

"pool (no water)" by Mark Ravenhill

Cinematography by Eric A. Wahl


Monday, April 5, 2010

Never ones to pass up an opportunity to see our names in print, we present here for your perusal the latest review of "The Revenger's Tragedy", courtesy Joyce Rosenthal at the Fullerton Observer. (But unsuspecting reader, beware! The full review features a largish spoiler about the fate of our characters.)
[Monkey Wrench's] first production is a rousing rendition of Thomas Middleton's 1608 play, The Revenger's Tragedy. It is a typical play of the era (think Shakespeare) with a large cast of characters and a convoluted plot. The language is of the era but the costumes and makeup are current and trend towards the flamboyant. Director Dave Barton does a great job keeping his cast moving at a rapid pace...

Costumes by Amanda Jimenez and makeup by Melita Ann Sagar add immeasurably to the play. Mark Coyan (Vindici), Brenda Kenworthy (Duke's eldest son) and Susan E. Taylor (Duchess) are outstanding performers.
(PDF download)


Friday, April 2, 2010

Spend Easter Sunday bathed in the blood of the wicked.
Showtime 6pm. Tickets $5. Reservations 714-525-1400. Location here.