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."
TINY NINJA THEATER JOINS THE QUORUM'S FORMAT
Saturday, July 14th & July 21st, 10pm
GOTHAM CITY IMPROV
158 West 23rd Street (Between 6th & 7th)
All Tickets: $8 (Includes both shows) reservations: (212) 502-0325
www.thequorum.org | www.tinyninjatheater.com
FOR PRESS INFORMATION CONTACT:
JONATHAN VAN GIESON
July 2, 2001: Tiny Ninja Theater will join improv group The Quorum for two performances of the show Format in July.
The ninjas will perform the world premiere of Tiny Ninja Theater presents The Effects of Nuclear War, based on the U.S. office of technology assessment report as originally issued in 1979, augmented by two reports intended for the never-published Volume 2 and an interview with project director Peter Scharfman.
The show will take a lighthearted look at the upcoming global thermonuclear apocalypse. "I'm very excited about this opportunity," said Tiny Ninja Theater director Dov Weinstein, "the ninjas have been wanting to do improv for a long time. Rumor has it that Ninja, who played Banquo in Macbeth, has done some work with Second City, so he'll take the lead on this one."
"Mr. Smile [the actor who played the title role in Tiny Ninja Theater presents Macbeth] auditioned for us a while back, and while he was an excellent improviser, he didn't really fit the group," said The Quorum director David Stern, "our tallest member is 6'2" and the six foot difference was just insurmountable."
Jonathan Van Gieson, who originally auditioned for Tiny Ninja Theater presents Macbeth but was not cast because of the show's stringent height requirements, added, "Now Mr. Smile knows how it feels, doesn't he? It doesn't feel good, does it? Does it, Mr. Smile? Does it?"
Mr. Smile could not be reached for comment.
ABOUT TINY NINJA THEATER
Tiny Ninja Theater was founded in 1999 to promote performance opportunities for vending machine thespians. The Effects of Nuclear War is Tiny Ninja Theater's fourth show, following A Brief History of DUMBO, Election 2000, and Tiny Ninja Theater presents Macbeth, which recently returned from a national tour.
ABOUT THE QUORUM
The Quorum was founded in January 2001, with the goal of doing improv in which the humor comes from the characters and situations rather than from one-liners and gags. Combined, the group has over 30 years of improv experience. Members of the group are veterans of New York's Atomic Pile (winner of the 1993 New York Improvisation Festival) and Chicago's Sheila (lead performer in the Chicago Improvisational Festival.)
ABOUT FORMAT & Tiny Ninja Theater presents The Effects of Nuclear War
Format is presented every Saturday throughout the summer at 10pm at Gotham City Improv, 158 West 23rd Street (between 6th and 7th). Admission is $8. Running time is one hour. For reservations, please call (212) 502-0325. Tiny Ninja Theater presents The Effects of Nuclear War will join the show on July 14th and 21st.