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A fine and pleasant misery

This show, a work in progress, represents a collaboration among three Spokane 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.

As pianist Victor Borge said: “Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.”  We will traverse that route as we combine words, music and humor to create and present an original story in concert, scored for 7 musicians and one indentured actor!

DIRT contains original McManus stories put to and surrounded by original, authentic, and wildly creative music. The composer is Olivia Brownlee, a talented singer, musician, composer, arranger, and artist.

We have a Kickstarter page to help us raise enough startup funds to finish the score, hire the musicians and venues, and begin performing. [Please contribute if you can, there are some nice rewards listed on the Kickstarter page!]
In this show, the musicians become an integral part of the performance and the humor, as they interrupt, interject, and also interfere with the proceedings. Still confused?
Think Mark Twain meets Spike Jones! Or the Marx Brothers meet Frank Zappa. Or Peter and the Wolf on steroids where nobody dies in the end.

Once we raise the needed funds, we will premiere the new work in October of 2018 in the Spokane region! 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.”

The aim of DIRT: A distinctly American, humorous and musical storytelling experience for the audience. We expect the music to evoke American folk, traditional jazz, Texas swing, American classical (think Copland), cowboy, barn dances, and others.

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




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