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Fight Fest: Chekhov Meets Bruce Lee at Brick Theater

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Timothy Haskell grew up with two obsessions – acting in his school plays and watching martial arts movies. Now as a director and theatrical impresario, he has found a way to combine the two in a new theater festival he helped dreamed up, Fight Fest, which will be presenting “Ninja Cherry Orchard” and other such bizarre mash-ups throughout the month of December at the Brick Theater in Brooklyn, the same people who brought you “The Kung Fu Importance of Being Earnest” and “Macbeth Without Words.”
“I have always said that too many people would rather see a bad action movie than a good play,” Haskell says, “and this festival can change that.”
The requirements were simple for the eight “mainstage” shows in the festival: at least 25 percent of each show has to be stage combat. What goes in-between varies. Some are musicals; Haskell has coined the term fightsicals. Some are classic plays. One is described as an “improvised sitcom.” Most seem exercises in the surreal, ranging in length from 35 to 90 minutes. To Haskell they have one trait in common: “These are the kinds of plays i would have wanted to be in as a kid in if they had existed.”

Butterfly, Butterfly, Kill Kill Kill
Presented by Depth Charge
In 1967, Japanese B-movie director and accidental avant-gardist Seijun Suzuki was fired by Nikkatsu studios for turning a standard yakuza-flick script into frenetic masterpiece of cinematic invention that the studio called “incomprehensible”. Forty years later, we present an abridged stage adaptation of that film.
Tue Dec 8 @ 10pm

Wed Dec 9 @ 10pm

Sat Dec 12 @ 9:30pm

Sun Dec 13 @ 7pm
Tickets: $12


35 minutes

The Buccaneer
Presented by Fighto LLP
Born of a lifetime of love for Golden Age adventure flicks, afternoon Telenovelas, and a slavish dedication to swordplay, The Buccaneer is a swashbuckling comedy romance in the tradition of Errol Flynn and Tyrone Power.
Thu Dec 3 at 7pm
Sun Dec 6 at 3:30pm
Sun Dec 6 at 8:30pm
Tickets: $18
45 minutes

FightFestCravenMonkeyCraven Monkey and the Mountain of Carnage
Presented by Piper McKenzie Productions
During the mating ritual of a primitive monkey tribe, a male is sentenced to exile for his abnormalities. Will he overcome his family, Mother Nature, and her monstrous minions to evolve to the next level of life? Or will he end up just another damn dead monkey? From the creators of Macbeth Without Words.
Tue Dec 8 at 8pm
Fri Dec 11 at 10:30pm
Sun Dec 13 at 1pm
Thu Dec 17 at 7pm
Fri Dec 18 at 8pm
Tickets: $18
80 minutes

Deck the Hallmans!
Presented by Ten Directions
Deck The Hallmans! is a holiday improvised sitcom revolving around Bob & Carol Hallman’s Christmas celebration.
Sun Dec 6 at 6pm
Wed Dec 9 at 8pm
Sat Dec 12 at 11pm
Sun Dec 13 at 8:30pm
Sun Dec 19 at 11pm
Tickets: $18
80 minutes

FightFestEvolutionEvolution
Presented by En Garde Entertainment
Evolution explores the genesis of badassery from the dawn of man through contemporary times, featuring fighting techniques that helped shape the course of history.
Fri Dec 11 @ 8pm
Sat Dec 12 @ 7pm
Mon Dec 14 @ 8pm
Thu Dec 17 @ 10:00pm
Tickets: $18
80 minutes

Last Life
Presented by Tim Haskell (pictured in the top picture, at left)
In a borderless, burnt out world the few remaining inhabitants are at the end of a long, indefinable war. The survivors, not knowing what they are even fighting for, vow to destroy each other and wrest control for what remains. The new fightsical from the creator of Road House: The Stage Play starring Taimak (of the legendary fight film, The Last Dragon).
Fri Dec 4 @ 7pm
Sat Dec 5 @ 4pm
Sat Dec 5 @ 8pm
Thu Dec 10 @ 7pm
Wed Dec 16 @ 9:30pm
Sat Dec 19 @ 2:30pm
Tickets: $18
70 minutes

FightFestNinjaCherryOrchardThe Ninja Cherry Orchard
Presented by The Brick Theater, Inc.
Will the family sell their beloved cherry trees? Will the lovelorn affections of a fading aristocracy triumph over common sense? Or will a 16th-Century Japanese assassin slaughter everyone? From the creators of The Kung Fu Importance of Being Earnest.
Thu Dec 10 @ 9:30pm
Sun Dec 13 @ 4pm
Fri Dec 18 @ 11pm
Sun Dec 20 @ 4pm
Tickets: $18
90 minutes

Power Burn 3
Presented by Cat Fight Productions
The show follows Willa Steele, an upwardly mobile office worker who idolizes a popular aerobics video that is targeted toward businesswomen who must maintain perfect appearances.
Tue Dec 15 at 8pm
Wed Dec 16 at 7pm
Sat Dec 19 at 5:30pm
Sun Dec 20 @ 1pm
Tickets: $18
80 minutes

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