Tiny Kushner

5 One-Act Plays
By Tony Kushner

The Guthrie Theater and Berkeley Repertory Theatre present the American production
Originally produced by The Guthrie Theater
Joe Dowling, Artistic Director

Kate Eifrig and Valeri Mudek in Terminating or Sonnet LXXV or ‘Lass Meine Schmerzen Nicht Verloren Sein’ or Ambivalence. Photo: Michal Daniel.

Small is beautiful and bold in Tiny Kushner. This quintet of one-act plays shows Tony Kushner at his most fanciful and eclectic… fierce, strange and clever theatre. It isn’t “tiny” at all.” Evening Standard

“In these five short plays [Kushner] reveals his gift for blending the hallucinatory and the political.” The Guardian

“Vibrant tales of angels and sinners. Radical politics and erudite, high-camp fancifulness inform these five short but imaginatively outsize works.” The Independent

“Small but perfectly formed… If you’ve a taste for left politics, trippy fantasy, intellectual exhibitionism and kvetching New York-Jewish comedy, this is your night.” The Times

“A slam-bang series of five plays providing kaleidoscopic windows into the recesses of the artist’s fertile mind”

“Exhilarating…penetrating…buoyant… blistering…wicked!”
San Francisco Chronicle

“A thinking person’s comedy”
New York Times

The Tricycle presents the British Premiere of Tiny Kushner, a collection of five one-act plays written by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Tony Kushner, directed by Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s Artistic Director Tony Taccone.

Flip Flop Fly!
A bizarre lunar encounter between two dead women, Lucia Pamela – the fabulous American concert pianist, singer, songwriter, recording star, bandleader and radio personality, who claimed to have made a record album on the moon in1969 – and Geraldine, the deposed queen of Albania. With one nattering on about her life in entertainment and the other about her life in exile, the two compare the courses of their lives.

Terminating or Sonnet LXXV or “Lass Meine Schmerzen Nicht Verloren Sein”or Ambivalence

Sitting in an office are Esther, an analyst, and her former patient, Hendryk, along with their lovers, Dymphna and Billygoat, respectively, as Hendryk, pleads with Esther to take him back as a patient.

East Coast Ode to Howard Jarvis: a little teleplay in tiny monologues
An outrageous 1990s scheme actually used to avoid paying taxes. As a housing detective discovers its success, news of the fraud spreads rapidly, prompting the government to investigate.

Dr. Arnold A. Hutschnecker in Paradise
Metatron, a Recording Angel with a million eyes, is holding a supervisory session with Dr. Hutschneker in an upscale office in heaven. The two discuss how Hutschneker’s pains and his denial of mortality could quite possibly be related to his sessions with his own patient, Richard Milhous Nixon, with whom he frequently meets in the afterlife.

Only We Who Guard The Mystery Shall Be Unhappy
Now-former First Lady Laura Bush reads from The Brothers Karamazov to the pyjama-clad ghosts of dead Iraqi children, all of whom are watched over by an angel.




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Wed 1 Sep 2010 - Sat 25 Sep 2010

Early Bird Tickets £8.50
1 & 2, 7 September @ 8pm

4 September @ 4pm

£10 Monday 8pm, Midweek Mats 2pm
£15 Tuesday – Friday 8pm, Saturday 4pm
£20 Saturday 8pm

Midweek Mat at 2pm – Wed 22 September
Press Night – Friday 3 September 7pm
Director: Tony Taccone, Set Design: Annie Smart, Costume Design: Anita Yavich, Lighting and Projection: Alexander V. Nichols, Sound: Victor Zupanc

Cast: J.C Cutler, Kate Eifrig, Jim Lichtscheidl, Valeri Mudek