"Boisterous intelligence that can't be contained....Infectious."
"A flawless cast...the play itself has the feel of a big screen production; add in Jones and Shukert’s gasping-for-air hilarious script and Cook’s go-go directing...and you’ve got a much better alternative to both Brooks and the Python crew’s watered down inspirations forever making the Broadway rounds."
"The talented cast delivers with the energy and commitment of children with imaginations set loose. Deftly directed by Peter James Cook, absurd and comic visions come to life."
"One of the smallest theaters in Brooklyn is presenting a giant of a comedy. Nick Jones and Rachel Shukert’s “The Nosemaker’s Apprentice" is that rare spoof that is not only a delicious satire...but also a comedy packed from tail to snout with guffaw-inducing one-liners....the amazing Corey Sullivan turns in a perfect set of performances in a delightful play."
"Jones and Shukert are well on their way to becoming masters of the comedymaking profession."
The Brick Theater, Inc. and
THE NOSEMAKER'S APPRENTICE
A father weaves a magic tale for his daughter to justify his unlicensed plastic surgery practice, tracing the origins of cosmetic surgery to craftsman in medieval Europe. The hero of this tale is Gavin, a young orphan rescued from a dismal existence in the Ivanhoe Workhouse for Criminally Impoverished Boys when he is apprenticed with the local Nosemaker, and who eventually becomes one of the finest surgeons in Vienna, cradle of quack medicine. Using innovative skin grafting techniques and cutting edge alchemy, Gavin and his master seek only to do the Work of the Almighty by restoring small appendages lost to rat bites, dueling, and syphilis. But when they are unable to help a powerful and mutilated knight recently returned from the crusades, they find their feet over the fire...literally. Hilarious, subversive, quasi-historical, and thoroughly debauched. . . a fated collaboration between two of New York's most innovative (and troubling) young talents, and Our Greatest Living Director.
PREVIEWS: Wed 4/29 & Thu 4/30, 8pm - $10
As featured in this month's AMERICAN THEATRE MAGAZINE
"Jones and Shukert's script reconstructs age-old moral values as Gavin weighs his innate aesthetic sense against the demands of a surgery obsessed French Queen. Apprentice is the first of what Terrible Baby intends to be a line of thought-provoking, maximalist, pseudo-science, pseudo-history, archaic, comedic texts. Their motto (from the Latin): It's a bad idea, but we're going to do it.""
Costume Design: Normandy Raven Sherwood
*These actors are appearing courtesy Actors Equity Association. An Equity approved showcase.
TERRIBLE BABY THEATER CO. was created in 2009 to answer all the eternal questions regarding human existence, and to support the collaborative theatrical work of Nick Jones, Rachel Shukert, and Peter James Cook. In their own right, each of the primary artists have become known for elaborate sophisticated comedy with subversive and quasi-historical inclinations, rooted in the traditions of Charles Ludlam, Joe Orton, and Jim Henson. Terrible Baby is committed to being better than other theater companies and attracting as much press attention as possible. Terrible Baby's inaugural season includes dual productions of The Colonists and The Nosemaker’s Apprentice, both at the Brick Theater, beginning in April.
RACHEL SHUKERT is a playwright and author based in New York City. Her plays include The Worshipped, Johnny Applefucker, Bloody Mary, Sequins for Satan, The Blackstone Hotel, Foxhole, How To Make Good Pictures and Soiled Linens, and have been produced at Ars Nova, Ice Factory/Soho Think Tank at the Ohio, the Prelude Festival, the Williamstown Theater Festival, 365 Plays at the Public Theater, the Culture Project, the Ontological/Hysteric, the EVOLVE series at Galapagos, and the Omaha Lit Fest, among others. In 2003, she was the Playwright-in-Residence at e74 productions in Amsterdam, and her work was performed extensively throughout the Netherlands. As a performer, she has appeared with Richard Foreman's Ontological/Hysteric Theater, in New York and internationally; Les Freres Courbusier, the T.E.A.M., Salt Theater, e74, and with her own company, the Bushwick Hotel, which she founded in 2002 with the director Stephen Brackett. She is a regular contributor to Salon, and her work has appeared in Nerve, McSweeney's, Heeb, Nextbook, and Jewcy, and has been featured in the print anthologies 2033: The Future of Misbehavior (Chronicle Books), Best Sex Writing 2008 (ed. Rachel Kramer Bussell) and Best American Poetry (ed. Daniel Lehman.) Rachel is also the critically-acclaimed author of Have You No Shame? And Other Regrettable Stories (Villard) and currently at work on her second book, The Grand Tour, which will be released by HarperPerennial in 2009. She is also a two-year member of the storied Ars Nova Play Group. Rachel holds a B.F.A. from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. She was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska.
NICK JONES is a playwright, director, puppet designer, and performer. His most recent show, Jollyship the Whiz-Bang at Ars Nova, a puppet rock musical about pirates, received rave reviews in virtually all major New York publications, including the New Yorker and the NY Times (Top 10 shows of 2008, Gothamist; Best Puppet Show, L Magazine). Other plays produced include: Little Building (Galapagos) Canada's Mid-Riff (chashama), Rockberry: The Last One Man Show (The Brick), Straight Up Vampire: A History of Vampires in Colonial Pennsylvania as Performed to the Music of Paula Abdul (Philly Fringe Festival), and Wooden Box (Flux Factory). He has also presented work at the Portland Institute of Contemporary Art's TBA Festival, the Dublin Fringe Festival, The Bangkok Fringe Festival, The Kitchen, P.S. 122, The Public, and the Edinburgh Fringe. He has been an artist-in-residence at Galapagos Art Space, the Bowery Poetry Club, Flux Factory, the O'Neil Puppetry Conference, at the Hoontown Puppet Festival in Bangkok, and as part of the Ars Nova Play Group. Other accolades include: Nomination for Best Show at the Dublin Fringe Festival, Best Music Video (with Jollyship the Whiz-Bang) from the Coney Island Film Festival, and a 2007 grant from the Jim Henson Foundation. As a puppeteer and puppet designer, he has produced work for the Castillo theater (Day of Reckoning), The All Stars Project (Robin Hood), the 2004 Dream Parade in Taiwan, and with the artist Laurie Simmons on her film Music of Regret (starring Meryl Streep). Jones also serves as a theater/cabaret curator for the upcoming Extremely Hungary Hungarian Cultural Festival, which is presenting works at Lincoln Center and around NYC. Nick Jones graduated in 2001 from Bard College. He was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska.
PETER JAMES COOK is a director, writer, performer, and private citizen. With The Two-Fisted Theater Company, he co-wrote and directed SAILOR MAN, a breakout hit at last summer's NY Int'l Fringe Fest. SAILOR MAN won a FringeNYC Award for Outstanding Play and subsequently transferred to a successful off-Broadway run at the Green Room. He directed Jollyship the Whiz-bang's Crabquistador: Scavenger of God (Ars Nova) and Secret of the Mysterious Baby (Luna Lounge), then assisted director Sam Gold on Jollyship's critically acclaimed self-titled show last summer at Ars Nova. Peter directed Nick Jones' ROCKBERRY: the Last One Man Show (the Brick), A Merry Motherf*cking Gangsta Christmas (the internet), and Straight Up Vampire (2008 Philly Fringe, co-writer with Mr. Jones and Zak Vreeland). He took up fate's mantle and directed an episode of Rachel Shukert and Julie Klasuner's theatrical soap opera WASP COVE (Comix), subsequent to performing in Bushwick Hotel productions of Ms. Shukert's Johnny Applef*cker (Ohio Ice Factory) and The Worshipped (Prelude). Other feats of direction include Dan Fishback's No Direction Homo (P.S. 122), Cristina Pippa's Misgivings (West End Theater), Go, Dog. Go! and Charles Ludlam's Bluebeard (Hangar Theater), Romeo & Juliet, Lulu, Only We Who Guard the Mystery Shall be Unhappy, Titus Andronicus, Little Tales of Misogyny, Uncle Vanya, The Nature and Purpose of the Universe, She Loves Me, and Death and the Maiden (Yale College). He has been a guest artist at the Opera Theater of Yale College (directing G.F. Handel's Semele) and at the Hangar Theater (adapting and directing Alice in Wonderland). He graduated from Yale College in 2005 with a B.A. in History and Theater, is a monologue coach for actors (or whoever, really, no questions asked) and has taught theater at Regis High School and The Youth Onstage Community Performance School. Peter is a Drama League Directing Fellow and lives among us.