10 YEARS!! And Growing?!?

The evening was Feb 19, 2010.

The place was the Artwell Gallery on Water Street and they were about to help birth a most desultory life. Filled to the brim with people who came for an art exhibit invaded by a most unusual short play. A collective ensemble of people seeking something different.

Jumper - The Desultory Theatre Club

That night, with the help of Artwell, Matthew Doyle, Eric Wilczak, Jess Rawling, Tom Foran, Katherine Ray, Maximilian Tieman, Brenna Mack, Otto Pippinger and Paul Revaz, the magic of The Desultory Theatre Club took hold. And now with a hundred plus shows, helping highlight local arts, artists and arts scenes we can look back and be real proud of our decision to share these experiences with you in the northwest corner of CT.

As we enter our 10th year, with over a hundred shows in an amazing variety of locations… bringing together sooo many artists from CT. And watching the new projects that spawned from there.

I can’t wait to see what surprises unfold this year. And we are certainly excited about sharing with you. If and when those brilliant ideas do happen…

But for today, we would like to just say Thank you. For those of you who truly support and make a genuine effort to help your local arts scenes.

This year more than ever we need to find new ways to share our imagination and light with each other. See you soon…




2020 – Time for an Update!!

Hello All!!

Been a bit, but our one and only, Keith Paul has been super busy collaborating and making some awesome new connections to improve our robust roster of shows!!

Jumping back to last October, Keith was the one of 8 recipients to receive the Litchfield Hills Creative Award, honoring his volunteerism and helpful collaborations in the Connecticut arts scene


Read more here: http://winstedphoenix.org/index.php/2019/11/25/whos-who-of-creative-community-at-litchfield-hills-creative-awards/?fbclid=IwAR0ia_X0Wgoh9y4Dh-o2XIfFZvA-ExkvrjEXlFDnuEFNr5qEsv9FnujyBfE


And then after snoozing a bit for the winter came out strong as Co-Director on the celebrated run of Jekyll and Hyde the Musical at The Warner Theatre!!



Keep your eyes peeled for wonderful new collabs and projects coming soon!!

We’ll see you soon! Till then….

Be well from The DTC Crew!!

“Secret Shakespeare” Success!!

Hello everyone! It’s me, Keith Paul! I just wanted to take a minute to express my heartfelt thanks to everyone involved in making this years “Secret Shakespeare” Alice in Concert, such a grand success and helping to cause a big splash of culture in the Northwest Corner! And to those curious few who were able to secure tickets for this Limited Run, what a time they had chasing Alice around Whiting Mills awash in Chaos and Wonder!

While we recover and start plotting for whatever comes next, feel free to Click the Poster below to view some pretty awesome photos provided by Luke Haughwout!!



We are so excited to bring you 2 HOT Summer Shows this month of August!

1 is a great night of indie music and a kicking art gallery with Pocket Vinyl, Similar Kind, and daniprobably (solo show)!! Click to Find out more!!

The 2nd is the return of last seasons SOLD OUT “SECRET SHAKESPEARE”! And this time we’re coming back with a crazy Alice in Wonderland Musical!!

Limited Tickets Available Right Now for “Secret Shakespeare” ALICE!!

Click either link Below for more information or to buy tickets…




Searching for Performance Types…!!


We are pleased to announce another crazy “Secret Shakespeare” event as we team up once this coming Labor Day weekend with the wonderful folks at the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council and Whiting Mills!


This year we are tackling some different material in that crazy “Secret Shakespeare” style! And we want YOU to come out and play with us as we put together the craziest musical adaptation of Alice in Wonderland, Elizabeth Swados’ “ALICE IN CONCERT”!

Want to know what this is all about?!?
Want to play? Support? Questions?!?

Please feel free to contact us at desultorytheatreclub@gmail.com and use the email on the info sheet below to cover the basics!



Spring has… Well, not quite yet…

Greetings all!

Hope this update finds you all warm and doing well!


Things are busy here at the DTC homebase as we are cooking up the details for some fun projects coming up during our 9th Season. So stay tuned for “Secret Shakespeare” and “Robot Dance Off” news and maybe a few other surprises?!?

But till then, there’s a lot going on with our very own Keith Paul and his pals at Elmwood Productions!!


First off… We are Kickstarting an ALL PUPPET “ART FILM”!!

“Right now a lot of creators are using Patreon to fund their projects. And it’s great. Especially for short projects, podcasts, and YouTube shows. Donating monthly to a creator and getting exclusive content is amazing. And people keep asking if we’re going to start one here at Elmwood Productions. Well, we’re not…The type of projects we do tend to not really work with that format and we want to keep creating content that is new and exciting for you and us!

Instead of hitting you up for a monthly donation, we’re just going to ask you from time to time when we tackle larger projects. And you can just pick and choose what you’d enjoy supporting as the projects come up!

So, please join us in our journey as we make an experimental art film! And it stars ALL PUPPETS! You’ll see we’re not even asking for much. Our goal is $500.00. And our incentives are pretty fun too. And we have made them for all wallets… From a buck to 10,000 bucks if you have money to burn.

All info can be found at the link below…



Also we have an all ages screening coming up on April 12th in Middletown, CT!

Join Elmwood Productions and The MAC 650 Gallery for a screening of “ANIMAL BEHAVIOR”!

“Animal Behavior” is a family friendly web series that stars The Elmwood Puppets!
There is a $5.00 suggested donation at the door, proceeds go to MAC 650!
Doors open at 6:00, and the film starts at 7:00 PM!


About the show: “My cats are trying to kill me.” Is one of the first things you’ll hear the frazzled cat owner Jon say as he confesses his fear. And his friends all laugh. But his cats, the charming and mischievous Tugger, and clueless kitten Ripper have planned to do away with him. Why? Well Tugger is in love with, Jon’s girlfriend, Brie. And Tug believes if Jon’s out of the picture she’ll take them in!

Total Run time is 45 minutes! And it’s rated G!

And if you can’t make it to the screening but want to see the show check out The Elmwood Channel on VHX! – https://elmwood.vhx.tv/products/animal-behavior-the-series

Approaching our 9th year…

Greetings Fans and Frenemies!

I Hope this post finds you warm and doing well. I know we’ve been a bit silent the last few months as I, Keith Paul, have been rehearsing and getting ready to perform in the Warner Theatre’s production of A Gentlemen’s Guide to Love and Murder! (Opens Feb 2!) But we are working on some fun stuff for you including another round of “SECRET SHAKESPEARE” at Whiting Mills and of course… ROBOT DANCE OFF 2019!!

So I attempted to use my big boy words after the Table to Stage Podcast cornered me for a fun conversation about the beginnings of The Desultory Theatre Club and where 2019 may lead us.

Listen in and hear about my love for the Warner Theatre, challenging myself as an artist and my biggest flub in the convo, confusing Kurt Russell and Jeff Bridges.

Check out the podcast here:



ZERP Album Release!!

Ready to get out and check out a great night of music?


Opening Acoustic sets by:

– Li (8:00-8:30pm)
– Amelia Ellis (8:45-9:15pm)
– The War Letters (9:30-10:00)

Main set by: Sophic Bloom! (10:00-11:30)

Short break and then a 60-minute DJ set by DJ Zerp!

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This Saturday night, come and see what our pal, that rapscallion of vinyl, DJ ZERP and company have  spent countless hours composing, recording, editing mixing and mastering… an epic rock  album!


Freshly minted Discs will be available! (While you’re at it buy a shirt or sticker too?)

Sophic Bloom wants to wish a Special Thanks to their Kickstarter supporters who helped make this dream a reality! And to The Desultory Theatre Club for their continued collaboration and support!

We are so excited! Hope to see you there!

Sophic Bloom’s Album Pre-sale Link: www.sophicbloom.bandcamp.com

Grab your Vinyl & CD’s while you can!!!!!!!

Supporting local artists and scenes! You can do it also!

Pocket Vinyl / Noelke Gallery !!

We’re teaming up for another great night of art, music and good vibes. And do we have a sweet show for you coming up at the Noelke Gallery here in Torrington, CT with solo acts from Jared Knapik and Amelia Ellis, and power duo Say Love!


For months now the Noelke Gallery has allowed our friend and collaborator RanaTron Justice to share his gallery space and help bring some much needed original music back to Torrington and this show will be the perfect representation of combining music and art.

“Pocket Vinyl sails into your soul with captivating piano and lyrics while a live painting is happening right before your eyes.” RJ!

$5 Suggested Donation

Original painting is auctioned to the highest bidder at the end!


FRINGE: An Evening of Short Plays

From the team behind the SOLD OUT run of “Secret Shakespeare” A Midsummer Night’s Dream, join us this October as we return to Whiting Mills in Winsted, CT for an evening of 3 unique Short Plays.


Edward Albee’s “The Sandbox” – Directed by Jameson Willey.

Starring: Rob Richnavsky, Jeanine Pray, Chris Franci, Helen Adams and Julie Hassler

Jean-Claude van Itallie’s “Eat Cake” – Directed by Katherine Ray.

Starring: Kelly White and Griffin Kulp

Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s “Victims of Amnesia” – Directed by Keith Paul.

Starring: Eric Lindblom and AlexaRae Ireland

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Ticket link – https://bit.ly/2DDtMYE

Staged within the Laurel Room at the iconic Whiting Mills, FRINGE will be part of a continuing initiative by the Mill to foster an eclectic mix of art and artisans. This Victorian New England mill-turned-arts community along the Still River in Winsted, CT was once home to Winsted Hosiery, the largest hosiery manufacturer in Connecticut. Whiting Mills, LLC was established in June of 2004 when Jean Paul and Eva Blachere purchased the 135,000 square ft complex. This historic mill was turned into studios that are now home to artists, craftspeople, photographers, herbalists, a hobby shop, and more. It is to be the future home of the nationally acclaimed American Mural Project.

Doors open at 7:15pm, which allows you just enough time to explore the building and check out Lill Curio Shop in Suite 320 (next to the Laurel Room).

Lill Curio Shop is a spot that combines the owners’ love of books and vintage art with her passion for Steampunk and Victorian collectibles. Selling an assortment of props that were used for book cover projects along with pieces from private collections of
vintage photos, postcards, natural objects, and antique findings, along with hand-crafted jewelry, artwork and prints, you are bound to find something you cannot leave without!