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A fine and pleasant misery

This work in progress represents a collaboration among three Northwest artists who have each attained a national reputation: best-selling humor writer Patrick F. McManus; composer, arranger and musician Olivia Brownlee; and touring professional actor, Tim Behrens.

The musicians become an integral part of the performance and the humor, as they interrupt, interject, and also interfere with the proceedings. Confused? Think Mark Twain meets Spike Jones! Or the Marx Brothers greet Frank Zappa. Or Peter and the Wolf on steroids where nobody dies in the end, not even the wolf.

DIRT contains McManus stories surrounded by original, authentic, and wildly creative music, evoking folk, traditional jazz, Texas swing, American classical (think Copland), cowboy, barn dances, and other popular forms.

The composer is Olivia Brownlee, a talented singer, musician, composer, arranger, and artist.

The story telling is universal, accessible, G-rated, imaginative, intelligent, and most of all, funny. As one presenter said of the Comedies: “I have never heard such sustained laughter in a theatre.”

This June (2018) we conducted a campaign through a Kickstarter page to raise funds to finish the score, hire the musicians and venues, and begin performing.

And we were successful! Yes! [And while we raised the $10,000 to cover base artistic costs and the score, please know that we still accept contributions. And we seek Underwriters for the first Four Performances! Call Tim, at 509-993-7121 if you are interested.]

We will host a preview of this work on Saturday, October 13, 2018, at the Lair Auditorium on the Spokane Community College Campus. (Tickets on sale in early September.)

Then we plan on doing 3 more shows in the region before December.

We hope to combine and cross-pollinate audiences from the worlds of theater, writing, storytelling, and music. But mostly we want you and your family to laugh loud, hard and long!





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