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    Craven Monkey and the Mountain of Fury

    A Darwinian Martial-Arts Fairy Tale in Which Monkeys and Monsters Beat the Crap Out of Each Other

    This December, Piper McKenzie (the creators of the 2007 Brick Theater Pretentious Festival hit Macbeth without Words) takes part in the first-ever Fight Fest with a Darwinian martial-arts fairy tale in which monkeys and monsters beat the crap out of each other. Can one perverted simian overcome his family, a gang of grotesque predators and Mother Nature herself to evolve to the next level of life? Or will he end up just another damn dead monkey?

    Combining elements of comparative mythology, silent comedy, capoeira, video game violence and modern dance, Craven Monkey and the Mountain of Fury features a troupe of actor/dancers performing in the unique wordless style of Piper McKenzie's "Bizarre Science Fantasy" series, which yielded Macbeth Without Words, Sexadelic Cemetery and a number of other singular theatrical experiences. The result is a savage, sexy, slapstick spectacular that pumps new theatrical life into the notion of "survival of the fittest."

    Craven Monkey is written and directed by Jeff Lewonczyk (2009 FringeNYC hit Willy Nilly; Babylon Babylon) and features fight direction by Vampire Cowboys' own Qui Nguyen (Soul Samurai, Fight Girl Battle World) and Adam Swiderski. Starring as the Craven Monkey is Adrian Jevicki (Movementpants Dance Theater Group; Babylon Babylon) with a cast that features Piper McKenzie regulars Fred Backus, Becky Byers, Hope Cartelli, Jessi Gotta, Jeff Lewonczyk, Mateo Moreno, Melissa Roth, and Art Wallace. Other personnel costume designer Julianne Kroboth (The Granduncle Quadrilogy: Tales from the Land of Ice; No Applause, Just Throw Money); lighting designer Ian W. Hill (The Granduncle Quadrilogy, Babylon Babylon) and stage manager Guinevere Pressley.

    Craven Monkey will perform as part of Fight Fest, a theater festival showcasing the art of Stage Combat at The Brick Theater (575 Metropolitan Avenue between Union and Lorimer Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn). The performance dates and times are as follows:

    Dates:  Dec. 8, 2009 - Dec. 18, 2009
    Schedule:  Tuesday, 12/8 at 8 p.m., Friday 12/11 at 10:30 p.m., Sunday 12/13 at 1 p.m., Thursday 12/17 at 7 p.m., Friday 12/18 at 8 p.m.
    Venue:  The Brick, 575 Metropolitan Avenue
    Price:  $18
    Tickets/info:  (212) 868-4444


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