Upcoming Productions & Events
Saturday, October 31 1:00 P.M.
Saturday, October 31 1:00 P.M.
A Funny Old Bird (1998)
A Funny Old Bird celebrates the survival of character, family and neighborhood in the face of the conforming forces of contemporary American culture. A Serviceman arrives at the door of the Dupelle residence to "groom" the family parakeet. It soon becomes clear, however, that the Serviceman has been sent for more serious purposes than the grooming of a small bird.
The Paradox of Professionalism (1996)
In this absurd comedy, featuring a tortuous “pant-horn”, the Chairman of The School of Landscape Architecture gives an introductory lecture on how to be a “professional”. Arguing that it’s “appearance” not expertise that makes one a “professional”, the Professors in attendance (dressed in too-tight light blue polyester suits) nod in agreement. The goal: choose a suit that is so restrictive as to incapacitate the wearer—a suit that states unequivocally that its wearer performs a function so inconceivably important that he or she can’t be bothered with trivialities. Herein again lies the Paradox of Professionalism: it’s not so much what you can do that matters, but what you can’t do.
An Evening of Good Clean Fun (1996)
“An Evening of Good Clean Fun” featured some of The Fabulous Giggin’ Brothers’ early comedy works, and included: the short play “The Paradox of Professionalism”; video performances “Willy Do My Pigs”, “Stalkers”, and “The Pedestrian”; and the live music of “Bush Rookie and The Plywood Bellbottom’s”.
Chores, or The Big Man in the Orange Rubber Rain Suit (1994)
A series of comic turns for four "regular" folks—a one-armed mechanic, a fundamentalist cleaning lady, a thirty-five year old paperboy and a paranoid logger—whose path to salvation is through their daily chores.
"Albees wrenching "The Zoo Story," and Friedman's slapstick "The Temp" are indeed off the beaten path, but they are not even close to being as obscure as "Chores." As a result, "Chores" is the one that sticks out in the memory. -- DAN TAPPER
NYC 123 (1994)
Mike's NYC premier with The Fabulous Giggin' Bros' featuring two short absurd plays written by Mike, Biffing Mussels and Conversation Pieces, and a third, A Random Act of Violence, co-written with his brother.
A Random Act of Violence (1994)
Written by Michael Gorman & William Gorman. Two rabbits move in next door to Bob Jones, a United States Postal Service worker, whose hand has been disfigured on the job. The rabbits keep up a cynical running commentary on the depressing state of Bob's life as they follow him to work one day where he is promptly fired by his boss who gleefully claims that he "has a reputation to uphold of pushing otherwise normal people into committing unspeakable acts of desperation." Bob goes on a rampage, shooting 19 people, only to be acquitted of all charges following a brilliant courtroom argument for, and demonstration of, the randomness of Bob's actions by the rabbits, turned Defense Attorney and star witness.
Island Still Life (1992)
"Island Still Life" is the coming of age quest of Raven, an island native from the coast of Maine, to free herself from the desperate boredom and superficiality of the postcard her life has become with her summer friends. After a summer of constant tribute to what a beautiful place they're so blessed to be living in and what wonderful friends they have, dictated by Derrick, a sensitive sailing instructor "from away", Raven has become viciously cynical. She is hungry for action instead of scenery and yearns for the originality of a real adventure.
Goin' West (1987)
An abandoned school bus, both real and imaginary, is at the center of a debate between the two roommates, who can't agree on whether they should recover the bus, quit college, and head west. The struggle that ensues between them is both profound and wildly comic as the mythical camp cook emerges from the celluloid past to keep the peace between the two headstrong leaders. Unearthed along the t rail, as the roommates fight to determine whether to stay or go, are the thorny issues of student debt and the value of education, literature versus storytelling, the catastrophic clash between Native American and Anglo culture, the power of dreams and the quest ion of what the ideal of “America” really means. In the words of Langston Hughes: “Oh let America be again. The land that has never been and yet must be”.