Category Archives: Tongs and Bones Shakespeare

BEHIND THE SCENES AT THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY, 7/2/2024 ·

On 7/2/2024, director Frank Farrell and playwright Bob Shuman went for a 1:00pm meeting with Dream Up Festival director, Michael Scott-Price, at Theater for the New City (TNC) to have a walk-through of the space (with other groups who will also present shows).  The stage where their project, Tongs and Bones Shakespeare, will be playing, for approximately five performances (between 8/26 and 9/15), is the Community Theater, a mid-sized space within the TNC complex–of the dimensions they had been hoping for.  You can see it below, as it is,  before they attempt to create an uninhabited (by human life) island for “From a Cloven Pine,” a prequel to The Tempest; the forest of Arden in “The Coxcomb’s Wedding,” inspired by As You Like It; and a fairy bower for “The Wanton Wind,” based on A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  The first idea that came to mind for the creators was, “Can we get another ladder? 
  
 
Jotting down notes on pre-sale discount codes, press releases, and lighting (with Michael and Clara, their tech contact), they were then taken to a downstairs storage area for sets, props, and costumes, to meet  Susan Hemley, the volunteer, veteran  mistress of the above.  When Bob mentioned a gorilla mask, she did not bat an eyelash. The team is to gather on “pull days,” for which they will receive notification, to tape index cards to the properties they would like to use for their project, and even arrange shares with those who would like the same items (apparently blocks and cubes are highly prized). How amazing to see the imagined become tangible.  Like Christmas in July.

 

Follow the progress of the staging of Tongs and Bones Shakespeare weekly on Stage Voices.

THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY

Crystal Field, Executive Artistic Director

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

‘TONGS AND BONES SHAKESPEARE’ AT THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY (BY BOB SHUMAN; DIRECTED BY FRANK FARRELL)

Stage Voices Web site (www.stagevoices.com) 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 GoFundMe link for the crowdsourcing platform to donate.  

(c) 2024 by Bob Shuman. 

ANNOUNCING: ‘TONGS AND BONES SHAKESPEARE’ AT THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY (BY BOB SHUMAN; DIRECTED BY FRANK FARRELL) ·

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 (www.stagevoices.com) 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.

Best,

Bob Shuman

Stage Voices

THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY

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.