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May 29- 2010

Old Tricks and Online Theatre

A sampler platter of what StrangeDog has to offer, featuring three of our most beloved ol' favorite short plays. A perfect introductory course or a chance to catch these shows again, Old Tricks features three light-hearted comedies playing with the darkness of death, guilt, and the consequences of being alive. Offered in a non-traditional setting and paired with an assortment of the best live music the area has to offer, we hope you'll come spend an early summer night with us and Old Tricks.

For those of you who haven't made it out to one of our shows (or have made it out, but just love watching stuff on your computer), we are now premiering live (not actually live at all, it just sounds good) the StrangeDog online video theatre. Featuring our short films and even a full recording of one of our plays, the internet finally allows StrangeDog to interrupt the peace and quiet of your home, through your computer screen. So fix a bowl of popcorn (a small bowl for the short films, they're just 1/2 hour after all, don't make too much popcorn), sit back, and enjoy our StrangeDog online theatre.

Apr 27- 2010

What is going on, very soon

First of all, we appologize that this page isn't updated nearly as often as it should be. That should change soon.

Thanks to everyone who came out for Cave/Men, it was a lot of fun and you can read a review of it here.

We've got plenty of stuff coming up soon. We've got a three-show sampler that will be in the area soon, and an appearance at another event. Details will come soon. Also, We'll be screening Kill Your Friend and Virilia at the MMAC filmmaker's forum on May 12.

Speaking of which, you can watch both of those films online now. Just give those links a click (in the previous paragraph).

Dec 2- 2009

Star Ledger Review and Late Night Omnivores

Tuesday's (12-1-09) Star Ledger called Omnivores "no turkey itself, but a solid and impressive effort" from "New Jersey's most promising playwright", "featuring a cast of "three of New Jersey's best emerging actors, and one of it's most beloved old pros." Check out Peter Filichia's full review entitled Brothers in Arms.

We're quite proud of the show, and we had a great opening weekend. We'd love it if you came on out and joined us.

This week, in addition to our 8 pm Thursday and Friday performances, we've got a special performance of "Late Night Omnivores" at 10 pm Saturday. So for all you college kids, night owls, late comers, evening diners, or if you just like free pizza (Oh yeah, there's complimentary pizza at intermission!), come on our for our late show.

March 25- 2009

More Virilia

We recieved nominations for Best Script (Ben Clawson), Best Actor (David Murgittroyd) and Best Supporting Actor (Michael Stanton Murphy) Thanks to all who came to the competition!

March 17- 2009

Virilia update

Thanks again to all who came out to Spilling Stuff and Breaking Things! It was a great time and we hope you enjoyed it. We've made it to the semifinals for The Network One-Act festival for Virilia and would love to have you there for that as well. It will be at the Barrow Group Theater in NY again on Wed, March 18th at 6pm and Sat, March 21th at 4pm[festival site]

Also, we're going to be doing New.Tricks again, this time at Playwrights' Theatre in Madison. That will be on April 17th and 18th. More info on that soon, mark those calendars.

Feb 9- 2009

Lots of stuff coming up

Spilling Stuff and Breaking Things is coming along and coming soon, tickets will be available for you within the week. But that's not all that you need to be excited about. Get ready:

North Jersey New Found Theatre Festival
A Reading of ...
The Blairsburg Family Picnic
by Ben Clawson
directed by Artem Yatsunov
Feb 28th @ 5 pm at the New Jersey School of Dramatic Arts
[map] [play info] [festival info]


A performance of...
by Ben Clawson
Directed by Artem Yatsunov
with Dave Murgittroyd, Mike Murphy and Scott Cagney
March 2009 @ The Network One-Act Festival
[festival site]


Jan 24 - 2009

New developments

Thanks to everyone who came to check out New.Tricks! There's lots of stuff happening right now with our upcoming short feature Kill Your Friend and upcoming show Spilling Stuff and Breaking Things at Luna Stage. If you're not already on the mailing list, you probably should be. You'll have the privilege of knowing first when we have a big announcement about this or any other project. In addition to the upcoming and exciting new video section, the site's is going to be getting a couple of new additions very soon in the way of a better archive of our past shows with pictures and everything, so watch out for that, too.


Dec 17 - 2008

New.Tricks Opens Tonight

Come on out to Mediterranea on Bloomfield Ave. in Montclair for the premiere of our traveling evening of comedies, New.Tricks. It'll be five short plays, great atmosphere, hookah, fine mediterean cuisine and an opening night shindig! More info here.

Dec 2 - 2008

"Kill Your Friend" Trailer

Our video section is soon to be up and running. Enjoy, for now, a taste as we give you a preview of our coming attraction Kill Your Friend.

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Aug 14 - 2008

Final Weekend of Bootstraps at Luna Stage
August 13th, 14th, 15th and 16th @ 8pm

What the Star Ledger Says:
"Locals should be happy that these young artists have brought "Bootstraps," its first world premiere comedy, to Luna Stage Company, also in Montclair. Playwright Ben Clawson is a mere 24, though he has powers of observation usually possessed by those with substantially more life experience. For nearly two hours, he defines his characters by their truthful-sounding dialogue. Clawson already knows an important lesson that many comic writers never learn: The best way to get laughs is not by pouring on the gags, but by showing the quirky behavior of characters."
-Peter Filichia
Click for the Whole Review

What we say:
Uh, we're really quite proud of Bootstraps, and we'd love it if you joined us.
- StrangeDog Theatre Co.

Four Performances left! Wednesday through Saturday at 8pm, at Luna Stage, Montclair! Doors open 7:30. Tickets are $20, students and Luna subscribers $15.
It's is your last chance to catch Boostraps, don't miss out!

Get your tickets online or call 908-273-0363.

In other news, our program for the show is now online over here,
have a look.

Thanks again, we hope to see you all soon.

Aug 8 - 2008

Bootstraps page updates

There's some new pictures and video up, and we've been getting some press recently. All of that is on this page.

The show has been going great so far, and we can't wait to see you there.

More to come soon!

July 28 - 2008

Hey everyone,

We're very excited about our new play opening in August at Luna Stage, and we'd love to see you there.

Bootstraps tells the story of one night in the lives of four employees of the Branchhill Industrial Supply company -- a firm with the motto "Nothing We Can't Get;" guaranteeing to retrieve and supply you with whatever you need even when all the ethical options have been exhausted. On this particular night, the mythic and lauded position of Corporate Representative may have finally opened up. The two main heroes, Mike and Loudjack, will fight to secure their places for this cushy job with all the perks, but there can be only one Corporate Rep. The examination of what they won't do to get it is the center of this dark comedy about ambition, trust, and antique ice machines.

Tickets and more information can be found on this page. You can also get tickets at the door, they're $20 and there's a discount price of $15 for Luna Stage subscribers and students with id.



May 21 - 2008

First thing

Hey there, welcome. Expect great things to be here soon, we have a lot in store for you. While we work on that, feel free to hit us up on myspace or facebook. See you there.