Beauty in Chaos: Inside the Artists Mind

We are proud to be joining up with some very passionate and talented folks on this next project!  And it’s a wonderful benefit for Wigs for Tots!

Join us for this special 6th Annual Avant Garde Show presented by Ashley Stone.

“Inside the Artist’s Mind: Beauty In Chaos”

This show is inspired by the creativity of the talented folks at Beauty Entourage, and will showcase many other local artists that range from performers, singers, painters, make up artists, hair stylists, and more! If you have ever been to their shows before, it is a unique event with a new theme and location each year! This years venue is the beautiful Hartford City Hall! If you haven’t attended, this will be the best one yet!

A regular ticket includes show admission and the VIP Ticket includes premium seating, 2 drink tickets, 10 raffle tickets, and a swag bag.  There will also be a Cash Bar and hors d’oeuvres included at the cocktail hour.

Vendors and artists will continue to be added as they join us in the CHAOS over the next few months!  Keep track at their Facebook event here:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1153772638066123/

Tickets can be purchased at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/beauty-in-chaos-inside-the-artist-mind-tickets-33164827893?aff=efbeventtix

Beauty in Chaos

Are you ready for some Shakespeare?!?

This is a call to all performance artists!  It’s a unique Shakespearean performance opportunity!  The Desultory Theatre Club will present a “Secret Shakespeare” performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream” in August 2017 in an alternative performance space, Whiting Mills Artist Collective, Winsted, CT.  We invite performance artists of all backgrounds to submit proposals to stage a portion.

Selected artists will be able to provide a “finished” product to be viewed mid-June for preliminary review by The Desultory Theatre Club’s production staff for this event.  The final finished piece you have been assigned will then be moved into the performance space leading up to our tech rehearsal and will be part of a flowing interpretation that will take place all over our assigned venue.

Think minimum tech and max DIY artistic imagination!  Selected artists will provide all needed lights, sound, sets, etc. for their final performances.  Although if there is something specific that artists need for their production, the DTC production staff will work with artists to explore solutions to meeting those needs.  Once in the final venue, a lockable space will be provided to keep safe any reasonably sized items of value.

Artists that are accepted will then be assigned portion of the play “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” that they will be responsible for producing a finished product that will be moved into the performance space the week of the show for a Tech Rehearsal and 2 performances.

Performances:  Friday and Saturday, August 25 and 26 in the evening

Tech Rehearsal:  Thursday, August 24 in the evening

Proposals will be evaluated for artistic approach to the material and innovative ideas, to be explored more fully with DTC upon acceptance. Scenes to be discussed and assigned, once all performers have been selected.

Proposals should include

  • Why you are interested in working on this project, and this particular play
  • Description of an example scene from the paly and how you would stage it
  • What production elements you anticipate using, and, of those, what you could provide and what you would need provided to you

DEADLINE:  February 28th.

Send all proposals to Keith Paul, The Desultory Theatre Club’s Artistic Director at desultorytheatreclub@gmail.com

Holiday TV Comedy Spectacular!?!

What will happen when the cameras start rolling on…

The Hardcore Holiday TV Show Comedy Spectacular!?!?!

The Hardcore Holiday TV Show Comedy Spectacular!

Join us for a show not quite like any others this holiday season! It’s a Live Holiday TV Variety Show! Hosted by our very own Keith Paul and that rapscallion of vinyl, DJ Zerp! It’s looking a lot like an evening of some Humbugs and Holiday Cheer as special guests, Dot Mitzvah, Marvin C. Pittman, Laura the Luscious, Adam Parisi, and D’Andrea Knox stop by and warm themselves by the studio fire! You can expect some dance breaks, surprises and games throughout the evening that are sure to give you that “special feeling” inside. So be prepared for Singing, Dancing, Magic, Refreshments and Laughter!!

And don’t forget the Comedy, as 3 of New England’s Hottest Comics will be invading to do short sets throughout the evening! It’s “The Hardcore Holiday Comic Spotlight!” featuring Andrew Morgan, Mel V and Darren Sechrist!!

And if we’re really lucky we can expect a visit from SANTA?!?

Join us at the ridiculously awesome and Award Winning Hardcore Sweet Cupcakes and have a blast! It’s a little sweet! It’s a little Salty! But one thing’s for sure…. this evening is totally HARDCORE For the Holidaze! (And I hear they’re making donuts now!!)

This is NOT an all ages show! Please note 21 and over only. BYOB. Tickets $15.00 at the Door.

Doors open at 7:30!
Cameras start rolling at 8!!

Hardcore Sweet Cupcakes
20 Main Street
Oakville, CT 06779
Truck: 203-768-0200
Bakery: 860-417-6660

Halloween Massacra-ade

This October, The Desultory Theatre Club teams up with Hole In The Wall Theater to bring you…

The Halloween Massacr-ade, featuring Elmwood Productions‘ award-winning puppet horror film, HEAD.

Halloween Massacr-ade at Hole In The Wall Theater in New Britain, October 21, 2016

The evening of terror begins with a screening of the film HEAD, followed by music by The Super Scenics. A cash bar and other treats will be available to keep your thirst and hunger at bay. (We don’t want you eating the other guests, after all…)

It’s not a Halloween party without costumes! The theme for the night is Summer Camp Killers v. Counselors. Dress up as your favorite Slasher (or create one of your own) or one of the Camp Counselors they love to stalk and you may take home the prize for best costume!

Where: Hole In The Wall Theater, 116 Main Street, New Britain CT 06052

When: Friday, October 21, 2016 – 7 pm – 12 midnight

Admission: $10 at the door

Please note that this is not a BYOB event.

For more information, check out the Facebook Event page.

A Taste of Burlesque, Part Deux

The Desultory Theatre Club presents…

“A Taste of Burlesque 2” at The Ritz Crystal Room!

The Desultory Theatre Club presents A Taste of Burlesque 2 at The Ritz Crystal Room, Torrington

Join us Saturday, October 15th, for another very special event!

It’s a tease of tastes for the eyes and mouth!

Enjoy a delicious 3-course meal specially prepared by the wonderful folks at The Ritz Crystal Room and enjoy 4 classic Burlesque performances from 2 of New England’s best BurlyQ beauties, Harley Foxx (MA) and Vivienne LaFlamme (CT)!!

A great evening out! Now with twice the entertainment!!

Tickets are $50 (Plus Tax and Tip)
Limited Seats Available, so get yours while they last!

Tickets Available now at
The Ritz Crystal Room @ Remember When

111 Main Street – Torrington, CT
Questions? Call (860) 459-4763 or email us at desultorytheatreclub@gmail.com!!

Doors Open 6! Dinner starts around 6:30!
Come early to take a look at this hip vintage store and speakeasy! Grab yourself a beverage and prepare for an evening of fun!!

Check out more from the Crystal Room at www.remwhen.com!

Robot Dance-Off 2016: Cyber Noir Beach Party!

For our 5th Annual Robot Dance-Off, we are zooming down to New Britain this year, where The Desultory Theatre Club has partnered with the New Britain Museum of American Art to bring you…

Museum After Dark: Cyber-Noir Beach Party!!!

Step 1: Decide to attend as a human, robo-detective, cyborg beach bunny, or 8-bit sea creature made from recycled materials.
Step 2: Show up and short out the competition’s circuit boards with your smooth moves.

Prizes will be awarded for Best Overall Robot, Hottest Motherboard, and Robot with the Best Dance Moves.

Dr. M at last year's Robot Dance Off - photo by Carrie Vibert

Professor M at last year’s Robot Dance Off – photo by Carrie Vibert

Knock your nuts and bolts around to surf rock by The Clams, get down to DJ zErp‘s spins… (sure enough to blow your circuits!).

Sarah B. Sweet at last year's Robot Dance-Off - photo by Carrie Vibert

Sarah B. Sweet at last year’s Robot Dance-Off – photo by Carrie Vibert

Bonus: experience this year’s M(art)ket, a silent auction featuring original local art, wine tastings at area vineyards, Central Rock Gym climbing passes, and the latest NBMAA merchandise and membership options.

Friday, August 12, 2016 – 8-11PM
Admission: $20 Members | $25 non-Members (which includes entrance to the galleries and exhibitions, live music, beer, wine, and light snacks)
$5 cash bar mixed drinks

Purchase tickets online: http://www.nbmaa.org/event/cyber-noir-beach-party
Check out the Facebook event page:
https://www.facebook.com/events/584212281759865/

Online ticket sales end one week prior to the event. Tickets purchased online will be redeemed at the prepaid check-in table the night of the event. Costumes cannot extend more than 12 inches in any direction off a person; those that do may be adjusted or require removal.

For more information, please contact the NBMAA Front Desk at (860) 229-0257, ext. 0, or email frontdesk@nbmaa.org.

New Britain Museum of American Art
56 Lexington Street
New Britain, CT 06052

The Gibbonses: Among the Rubble – Live!

The Desultory Theatre Club and DJ Zerp are excited to announce….. an incredible evening with two amazing bands at the beautiful South FarmsThe Gibbonses with special guest: Switch Factory! AmandaBakes will also be there with delicious treats!


Let Keith Download

Tickets on sale now at this link:

www.jasonhartentertainment.com/thegibbonses

In support of their debut album release, the Dallas based, multi-instrumentalist duo The Gibbonses, are embarking on a month long tour up the East Coast and across the mid-west. This is the band’s only public appearance in CT, so this is one show you’re not going to want to miss!

With a unique blend of Southern Soul, Americana, and Rhythm & Blues, Torrington native Brandon Gibbons (Charity) and his wife Jackie have been capturing the attention of music lovers across the Southwest. The band has shared the stage with The Black Lillies, Kimberly Dunn, Dalton Domino, Sam Riggs, and Prophets and Outlaws to name a few. In a recent album spotlight, Texas Music Picker’s had this to say about their record, Among The Rubble; “This captivating record offers a tale of tragedy and finding resolve, leaving the listener engaged throughout the journey in between! Every song has something to say and we’re impressed by the maturity in this talented band’s debut record!”

Local legends of folk and bluegrass, Switch Factory, will start the show off. These guys are incredible! John Fitts, a writer for the Litchfield County Times, writes, “With a fun live show, impeccable chops and tight harmonies, the members of Switch Factory are in a great place musically.”

Along with this fantastic musical line up you will enjoy the beauty that is South Farms in Morris, CT. And AmandaBakes will be there with some tasty dessert treats!

Tickets are $15 and they are on sale now!

Space is limited so get yours now!

21+

**Please present ID and ticket email at door for admission**

A Musical So Killer, You Just Have to See It: Assassins

What would you do in pursuit of the American dream?

Assassins at The Warner Theatre in Torrington, CT
Dead Presidents will be revived this weekend on the Nancy Marine Studio Theatre Stage as nine assassins and would-be assassins tell their tales of how they were cheated of the American dream. “Everybody’s got the right to be happy,” right? Forgetting that it is only the pursuit of happiness that is guaranteed in The Constitution–and not happiness itself–these damaged souls seek their solution with a gun.

The cast of The Warner Theatre's production of Assassins 2015

Photo by Mandi Martini – © The Warner Theatre 2015

It’s a hallucinatory trip, at times, like the carnival game that opens the show, offering contestants the opportunity to shoot a President. Or when the assassins beseech Lee Harvey Oswald to make history for the benefit of all of them. The timeline isn’t linear, but that’s not the point. It’s this portrayal of these outliers in a non-judgmental manner, exposing instead the American tradition of using violent force–most often, with guns–to right perceived wrongs in the pursuit of a dream that doesn’t exist at all. This may not seem like the typical fodder of the musical genre, and that’s what makes this show so exceptional.

Keith Paul as President Garfield in The Warner Theatre's production of Assassins

Photo by Mandi Martini – © The Warner Theatre 2015

The Desultory Theatre’s Club’s own, Keith Paul, will don his actor’s cap for the role of President James Garfield and then some… in this highly anticipated revival. If you’ve never seen him perform before, you’re in for a treat! (And if you have, you’re still in for a treat…you just already know to expect a stellar portrayal!) He truly is a Renaissance man.

Catch Assassins at The Warner Theatre’s Nancy Marine Studio Theatre from September 26, 2015 through October 4, 2015.

Tickets can be purchased online or at the box office. This musical contains strong language and adult situations; it may not be suitable for all audiences.

Assassins
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by John Weidman
Director: Katherine Ray
Music Director: Dan Koch

*all photos used with permission from The Warner Theatre

Upcoming Events: HEAD premiere and SWAN Day 2015

March is a busy month with two fabulous events featuring The Desultory Theatre Club’s own, Keith Paul, that you’ll want to catch!

HEAD – HORROR THE ELMWOOD WAY

is a one of a kind film starring an all puppet cast in a throwback to the slasher films of the 1970’s and 1980’s. A group of twenty-somethings go for a nice fall weekend camping trip and end up in the middle of a nightmare they may never escape from…

HEAD - HORROR THE ELMWOOD WAY is a puppet horror film harking back to the 70s era of horror. Screenings will be held on 3/28 and 3/29 in Plantsville, Connecticut

Elmwood Productions invites you to join them March 28th and 29th at Paris In Plantsville Gallery and Studio for the premiere screenings of HEAD.

Following the film, the film makers, along with cast members, will be on hand for a Q&A session for anyone interested.

Tickets are on sale now! $8.00 – 3/28 at 8PM & 3/29 at 7PM
Or at the gallery during normal operating hours.

SEATS ARE LIMITED!

Tickets at the door on the nights of the screenings are $10.00! So get ’em before and save some money!

HEAD is Rated R for: gore, horror, four letter words, and anything else you’d expect in a horror movie starring puppets, so we advise leaving the kids at home!

Stay up to date on The HEAD Production Blog.

THE 8TH ANNUAL SWAN DAY CT!!!

This year, there is an amazing line up of 14 Bands, 25+ Artists and Vendors, Burlesque, Dance and Performance Art, with The Desultory Theatre Club’s Keith Paul and Ebony Amber as the emcees for the festivities!!

SWAN Day 2015, with The Desultory Theatre Club's own, Keith Paul, emceeing!

Truly more Lollapalooza/Banaroo than Lilith Fair, it is a night the ladies take center stage! The bands range from Jazz, Pop, Rock, Funk, Americana, Rap, to Electro Pop…the Artists from the tame to the wild.

THIS YEAR’S LINE UP (IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER):

Canyon Sharits, Nancy Marie Michaud-Wozniacki (Nan Roy), Carrie Johnson, Lys Guillorn, Sarah LeMieux, Dina Brass, Beth Patella, Elizabeth Dellinger (Lady Elizabeth+ Snooty Garland), J-Cherry, Julia Autumn Ford, ArleneWow!, Irena Hart, Virginia Semeghini (That Virginia), Jennifer Hill (Jennifer Hill and Co.).

Burlesque Performances by Mistress Leona Star, Mrs Haggerty, and Vivienne LaFlamme
Dj Breakadawn will be spinning
Other acts include: Amanda MacFarland, Anatolia Firegoddess, Danielle Duncan, and Kara Purdy

You can dance, sing, network, eat, drink and shop all under one roof! Everything made by local artists and vendors, who are making a noise in scenes outside of Connecticut. The ladies of SWAN have been evolving and have the credentials of not only being the very best our state has to offer, but also as being strong competition in their fields throughout the rest of the globe.

Come see them while they are under one roof and the tickets are affordable!

Only $20 purchased online and $25 at the door for over 7 hours of fun, 14 bands, beautiful burlesque beauties, HardCore Sweet Cupcakes, shopping, networking, laughs, dancing, food, drinks…and a partridge in a pear tree!!!

Check out the music and videos of the ladies of SWAN DAY CT 2015 at http://www.reverbnation.com/swandayct

ALL AGES BEFORE 10 PM
18+ AFTER FOR BURLESQUE

Illusions Dance Club & Restaurant
1639 Wolcott Road, Wolcott, Connecticut 06716

Find more information on their Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/swandayct

Let’s put some FUN in Fundraiser!!

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Can’t make our Fundraiser tomorrow night but still want to help us out with a little $$$? You can make checks out to The Desultory Theatre Club and send them to 48 Main Street – Torrington, CT 06790. You can also sponsor a new seat for $50! Make sure to Include name you would like to have on placard.

Thank you all so very much for your support!!