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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Tiny Ninja Theater presents Romeo & Juliet closes March 10
Tiny Ninja Theater presents Romeo & Juliet revival begins March 20
March 6, 2003: "I am sad to announce," announced Tiny Ninja Theater co-producer Jonathan Van Gieson, sadly, "that, after a very successful run at Chashama, the final performance of Tiny Ninja Theater presents Romeo & Juliet will be on March 10, 2003."
Van Gieson, visibly shaken, continued; "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."
"In completely unrelated news," added Van Gieson, brightening considerably, "I am thrilled to announce the New York revival of Tiny Ninja Theater presents Romeo & Juliet. Running in rep with the other Tiny Ninja Theater classic, Tiny Ninja Theater presents MACBETH, we're sure this run will equal if not surpass the popularity of the original production."
Director Dov Weinstein appears unfazed by the revival of the Bard's romantic tragedy. "Many of the most popular shows on Broadway are revivals," he said, "Flower Drum Song, Chicago, Into The Woods
oh, no, wait, Into The Woods closed. Don't put that one in."
Indeed, many revivals breathe new life into the text. And, although Tiny Ninja Theater presents Romeo & Julietunlike Flower Drum Songwill not be completely re-written by David Henry Hwang, Weinstein remains confident that audiences will be pleased with the new version.
"We are definitely very true to the original show, while working in some great new surprises, like a completely different venue. Actually, other than the venue, it's pretty much the same."
Tiny Ninja Theater presents Romeo & Juliet plays its final Chashama performances on Sunday, March 9 and Monday, March 10 at 8:00pm. The revival begins March 20 at the Bowery Poetry Club, and continues Thursdays at 6:00pm and Sundays at 1:00pm through May 18. Tiny Ninja Theater presents Macbeth begins Saturday, March 23 at 1:00pm.
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.