BUM PHILLIPS: ALL-AMERICAN OPERA    By Monk Parrots (New York)   Music by Peter Stopschinski    Libretto by Kirk Lynn   Direction and Production Design by Luke Leonard Photos by Corey Torpie Photography All rights reserved, Copyright 2014   "a tour de force...undoubtedly - a fine evening's entertainment." - New York Times   "This is not your typical night at the opera...unique, audacious, quirky, a proud underdog striving to succeed on its own terms." - USA Today Sports    "The opera world would be wise to take notice of Bum Phillips. It's exactly that kind of opera that can build bridges to non-traditional audiences." - Maxamoo    "You're in for a treat 'cause there's a lot of talent on view in this production...The music by composer Peter Stopschinski is stunning...it's bound for even bigger venues and accolades." - The Artsy Voyager    This world premiere opera celebrates the improbable life of Bum Phillips, a National Football League legend and American icon. Inspired by Phillips' motivational skills and homespun principles, this epic portrait of Bum Phillips pushes the boundaries of where and for whom opera is staged. This new work from Monk Parrots features composition from Peter Stopschinski and a libretto by Kirk Lynn, both members of the award-winning theatre collective Rude Mechanicals.    Production History  Texas Premiere September 24, 2015 The Stafford Centre, Stafford, TX, 2015  World Premiere March 12-30, 2014 La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club, New York
       
     
       
     
  AFTER AN EARLIER INCIDENT: A Dyschronic Romeo & Juliet  Performance by Monk Parrots Adapted from a text by David Todd Concept, Direction and Production Design by Luke Leonard Photos by Emily Boland Courtesy of Monk Parrots Copyright 2013   DESCRIPTION   Taking a cue from philosopher Jacques Derrida,   After an Earlier Incident   blends various Romeo & Juliet tellings (Mariotto and Gianozza, Pyramus and Thisbe, et al.) with hypnagogic music, choreography, text, and visual art to explore the concept of “hauntology”, i.e. the past inside the present. With contributions by playwright  David   Todd , director-designer  Luke Leonard , associate director  Joey LePage , co-designer  Marie Yokoyama , costume designer  Alison Heryer , sound designer  Michael Howell , and, properties designer  Allee Ilardi-Lowy , the piece searches for a way to move forward in order to become unstuck in history.   PRODUCTION HISTORY    March 8 - 17, 2013 at The Club at La MaMa, New York  Featuring: Jessie Dean, April Evans, John Harmon, Morgan Hooper, Michael Howell, Mariah Ilardi-Lowy, and Joey LePage  Co-Designed by Marie Yokoyama Costume Design by Alison Heryer Associate Director Joey LePage Sound Design by Michael Howell Stage Managed by Sheree V. Campbell Assistant Stage Manager Mariah Ilardi-Lowy Properties Design by Allee Ilardi-Lowy
       
     
   HERE I GO    Performance by Monk Parrots   Conceived and Directed by Luke Leonard   Text by David Todd Photos by Corey Torpie All rights reserved, Copyright 2012 Courtesy of Monk Parrots   Description   A sixty-something widow and country music fan whips up a pudding and contemplates suicide in a quirky new play conceived, directed, and designed by Luke Leonard for his company, Monk Parrots, with text by David Todd.   Production History      August 29-31, 2012   La MaMa Spoleto Open  A Special Event of Festival dei Due Mondi   Cantiere Oberdan, Spoleto, Italy   Supported by Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Offucina Eclectic Arts, La MaMa Umbria International, La MaMa ETC, A.R.T.-New York, MFTA, 59E59 Theaters, Monk Parrots patrons, and Brian and Karen Lowy     May 22-June 3, 2012   59E59 Theaters, Studio C  Supported by La MaMa E.T.C., Materials for the Arts, Mountain View Studios, 59E59 Theaters    With MICHAEL HOWELL, MARIAH ILARDI-LOWY, GATES LEONARD, NATALIE LEONARD, JULIE NELSON and JESSICA POHLMAN    Associate Director: Shaun Patrick Tubbs   Lighting Designer: Eric Nightengale   Costume Designer: Jennifer Skura   Sound Designer: Michael Howell   Props Designer: Allee Lowy
       
     
  GAY RODEO BY-LAWS (GRBL)  Performance by Monk Parrots Concept, Stage Direction, and Production Design by Luke Leonard Music by Samuel Andreyev Photos by Corey Torpie. Courtesy of Monk Parrots. All rights reserved. Copyright 2011.  Featuring: Nathan Baer, John Harmon, Eric Hunt, Mariah Ilardi-Lowy, Gates Leonard, Natalie Leonard, Joey Lepage, Clark Loeffler, Jessica Pohlman, Greg Skura, and Jennifer Skura.  "The Grand Entry" Choreography by Elise Knudson Video ("Morning Flexion" and "Shoebox Shuffle") by Dane Hurt Michael Jackson scenic drop by Jennifer Skura Costumes by Jennifer Skura, Luke Leonard, and Annalisa Loeffler Stage Manager and Follow Spot Operator Catherine Giametta Gala Coordinator Jessica Pohlman  GRBL Performance and Gala Supported by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Capstone Equities Materials for the Arts Adelman Katz & Mond LLP Throckmorton Fine Art Corey Torpie Photography Chorus Vineyards Rossetta Wines Prive Elie Tahari Nightmare Haunted House Moet Champagne
       
     
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