4/8/03: Talented Performer Takes On Two Roles with a Smile
"If there is a greater challenge to an actor than playing Shakespeare, its the challenge of playing two very different Shakespearean roles one tragic, one comic in the space of 24 hours."
3/6/03: Romeo & Juliet closes March 10, revival begins March 20
"An era has come to an end. We commiserate with the cast and crew of Les Misérables, who must be on the same emotional rollercoaster that we are."
2/18/03: Ninjas Gear Up for Time Square Debut
"Who would have guessed way back in 2000, when we started out in the dank, un-air-conditioned Present Company Artspace, that we would eventually end up on Broadway?"
2/6/03: The NYC Debut of Romeo & Juliet
"Some companies, when transferring a show to Broadway, would attempt to fill the title roles with big-name actors to boost sales. We're just not that kind of company."
2/18/02: Tiny Ninjas Return to Charleston
"Will Mr. and Mrs. Smile, who played Macbeth and Lady Macbeth in Tiny Ninja Theater presents Macbeth, take on the title roles in Romeo & Juliet as well? 'Im not prepared to discuss casting at this point,' said director Dov Weinstein..."
7/17/01: Nuclear War Extended
"Before I saw this show, I was going to fly over to the U.S.S.R. and poke that Gorbachev right in the eye."
7/2/01: Tiny Ninja Theater Joins The Quorum's Format
"The ninjas have been wanting to do improv for a long time."
12/3/00: Tiny Ninja Theater's Macbeth Closing December 26
"Finally we'll be able to transform the Artspace into a hip cabaret venue. And if that doesn't work, we could always go back to using the place to store garbage. Garbage."
10/6/00: Macbeth Begins Open-Ended Run
"When The Present Company offered to extend the run again, we leapt at the opportunity, because where else in New York City can you find a small, dank, drafty space like this one?"
9/19/00: Macbeth Extended Through October 14th
"There is no truth whatsoever to the rumor that David Hasselhoff will be replacing Mr. Smile as Macbeth in this new run."
8/28/00: Macbeth Extended Through September 30th
"We're very pleased to be able to continue the show, especially since we were worried for a while that Mr. Smile would have to return to L.A. to work on a sitcom."
8/12/00: Tiny Ninja Theater Announces Macbeth
"If tiny plastic ninjas had existed in the 17th century, I have no doubt that Shakespeare himself would have staged the play in this way."
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February 6, 2003: Tiny Ninja Theater, dedicated as always to its founding principle that "there are no small parts, only small actors," will return to New York on February 23 with the tri-state premiere of Tiny Ninja Theater presents Romeo & Juliet. Almost exactly one month later, a triumphant smile on its face, it will add to its repertoire the Off-Off Broadway revival of the critically acclaimed Tiny Ninja Theater presents MACBETH.
"I'm pleased to announce," announced director Dov Weinstein, looking pleased, "that the same actors who performed Romeo & Juliet in Charleston the very talented Melanie Hipchikz and Chris Head will be reprising their roles for the New York production. Some companies, when transferring a show to Broadway, would attempt to fill the title roles with big-name actors to boost sales. We're just not that kind of company. We don't know any big-name actors."
In addition to the young stars, Mrs. Smile will return to the stage with her oft-praised performance as Lady Macbeth. The versatile performer will also appear as Juliet's Nurse in Tiny Ninja Theater presents Romeo & Juliet. Will she be able handle the challenge of two such different roles? Probably.
Co-producer Jonathan Van Gieson remains adamant regarding the historical accuracy of the productions. "Shakespearian scholarship of the last 20 years, as well as the recent excavations of the Rose and Globe theaters, all point in one direction" he said confidently, "to tiny plastic ninjas on a briefcase-sized stage. Or, in the case of Romeo & Juliet, an ironing board."
ABOUT TINY NINJA THEATER
Tiny Ninja Theater was founded in 1999 to promote performance opportunities for vending machine thespians. Tiny Ninja Theater presents Romeo & Juliet is the company's second mainstage show. The first mainstage show, Tiny Ninja Theater presents Macbeth, won the FringeNYC 2000 Award for Innovation and Originality, and has since toured the United States and Europe.