Get ready for a theatrical experience like no other, based on characters from the plays of Shakespeare (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, As You Like It, and The Tempest)!  The highly anticipated Tongs and Bones* Shakespeare: Tempestuous Amusements, Interludes, Noises, and Drollery is coming to Theater for the New City from August 25th through September 15th (final dates are forthcoming). Written by Stage Voices’ own Bob Shuman, the play is directed by theatre veteran Frank Farrell, whose most recent show, Walt Kelly’s Songs of the Pogo, won Best Ensemble at the 2024 New York City Fringe Festival (Farrell wrote and directed that play).

Tongs and Bones Shakespeare takes audiences on a captivating journey into the world, and heart, of the Bard. It even tracks what he had no more room for in his great plays. Find out, for example:  

What became of the Little Indian Boy in A Midsummer Night’s Dream?

How did Jacques, in As You Like It, lose his mirth?

And why did Ariel need to be freed, even before meeting Prospero, in The Tempest?

Plus, more unexpected answers. 

Support This Artistic Endeavor

Stage Voices Web site ( will be following the course of the production with information and rehearsal updates.  To bring this ambitious project to life, we are seeking the generous support of our community.  To start, we are beginning a GoFundMe campaign: Please consider donating, as the cast, in keeping with those in Shakespeare’s plays, is rather large—there are, of course, costume and rehearsal space costs, as well; a long list of expenditures.  Your contributions, no matter the size, will play a vital role in ensuring the success of this production—and we give many thanks for your help. Please use the following link for the crowdsourcing platform.  

Thank you, Readers.  Rejoice with our opportunity to work in Off-Off Broadway’s finest theatre.


Bob Shuman

Stage Voices


Crystal Field, Executive Artistic Director

155 First Avenue
(between 9th and 10th Streets)
New York, NY 10003

* Tongs and Bones: Makeshift musical instruments, used by people on the streets or in taverns (Oxford University Press)

Photo by Miguel Garzón Martínez presented as part of the FRIGID New York Little Shakespeare Festival.

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