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Help SBP drive into our 2017-2018 season with some New Wheels!

July 12, 2017

Have you heard the news? Squeaky Bicycle is turning seven years old! On July 16th, we are celebrating seven wonderful years of new ideas, experiences, and memories. Like most seven-year-olds, we want big things for our celebration—and we need your help to make that happen! Instead of inflating bouncy houses and hiring clowns (are clowns even popular anymore? It’s been a while…), we need you to help us with our super fast, super fun, super exciting birthday fundraising extravaganza! We are dusting off our streamers to unveil…(drumroll please)…the New Wheels campaign!

The New Wheels campaign is our one-week micro-fundraiser where we aim to meet (and hopefully exceed) our goal of raising $700. It’s a quick flash fundraiser—just a little jolt to get our 2017-2018 season going. All proceeds would go to support the upcoming season so we can continue bringing you unique productions well into our angsty teen years. Contributions of any size would be welcomed like a fresh slice of birthday cake!

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Just what does that upcoming season include? So glad you asked! Click here to see what’s coming for our 2017-2018 season!

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All Guts and Some Glory: tonight!

May 15, 2017

The day has finally come for All Guts and Some Glory! Don’t you dare miss this raucous event! This unique scene competition is pay-what-you-will, and is sure to bring laughter and (maybe) tears. Come out for the greatest (we think!) compilation of original short plays in the greater New York area. Join us for cannons, trolls, volcanos, dogs, and debt! We need you to be our judges.

Reserve your seat, or just show up! Tonight, 7pm at the Theater for the New City.

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See you in the arena!

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Eternal glory is at stake (also a bar tab)

May 9, 2017

In just one week, you will have the once in a lifetime opportunity to witness history being made on the stage. The Velodrome Company’s “All Guts and Some Glory” is a unique scene competition where five local playwrights will gather in one place to compete for eternal glory (and a bar tab). This pay-what-you-will event is happening Monday, May 15th at 7pm at the Theater for the New City. Not only do we want you to witness this event, we NEED you to be the judge! The power to choose is in your hands. This event is one you simply can’t miss!

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To further entice you, we would like to introduce you to your playwrights and their short plays.

First, back from his ever popular recent production of Dead Man’s Dinner, W.M. Akers will bring us Christmas in a Volcano. This unique play takes place in the heart of a dormant volcano, where a mad mechanic threatens to destroy a town in order to make a friend.

Second, we have returning playwright Emily Daly. Daly’s play, Spectacular, will explore what happens when the world’s First Lady Cannonballer goes rogue. Daly is ready for the competition with this explosive short play!

Third, we have Robert Zander Norman‘s Die in the Blast. This short play is about an apocalypse-loving young man who’s making some big decisions. Norman is also a returning playwright and, this time, he’s returning to win it all.

Fourth, we have Jeff Johnson in his Velodrome playwriting debut! Johnson will present his play, In the Red, which explores what pushing the limits can mean. Colin owes a lot of money, and he goes way out of his comfort zone. Try not to judge him too harshly, as he does what he must to escape literal and figurative debt.

Last, but not least, we have William Kozy‘s Riddle Me This. This is also Kozy’s Velodrome playwriting debut and he’s hoping to take home the gold (and the bar tab). His play centers around a young, loving couple touring Scotland, and the hilarity that ensues when they come upon an old, bridge-living troll.

Keep an eye on our Instagram Story (@SqueakyBicycle) and our Snapchat (@SqueakyBicycles) to see what the amazing people working on this show go through during rehearsal. Reserve your ticket here today to ensure you don’t miss out on this sure-to-be-amazing show!

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Get in the Ring with ALL GUTS AND SOME GLORY

April 25, 2017

In just under three weeks, you will have the opportunity to witness a competition like no other: The Velodrome Company’s “All Guts and Some Glory”! Presented at Theater for the New City, this pay-what-you-will event will be one to remember. On Monday, May 15th at 7pm, five playwrights from around the greater New York City area will gather together to compete for glory (and a respectable bar tab). They will be presenting original scenes to be judged by…

[drumroll please]

…YOU! You have the power to make or break these playwrights (or to just make them drunk). Either way, this night is sure to bring some fun surprises. We gave the playwrights full reign, and they gave us a whole lot of fun!

Without further ado, we introduce your competitors!

In one corner, we have one of our resident playwrights, W.M. Akers! Akers is a top competitor, coming off of the recent production of his play, Dead Man’s Dinner, a clear audience favorite.
Will he be able to serve up some delicious dialogue to win over the crowd again this time?

In the other corner, we have returning playwrights Emily Daly and Robert Zander Norman! Both playwrights were featured in the Velodrome kickoff event, “The Unconventional Convention,” in the fall of 2016.
Will either playwright have what it takes to leave the crowd wanting more?

And in yet another corner, we have returning favorites Jeff Johnson and William Kozy! Both Squeaky Bike favorites as actors, this will be their playwriting debut with us!
Will either one be able to withstand the competition in their new role, and finish victorious?

There’s only one way to find out the answers to all of these questions. Stay tuned for info on how to reserve your seat for a night that can’t be missed!


Members of the Velodrome Company

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Keep Us Weird and Wonderful

April 14, 2017

“Like I’d trust you to cook my brains, you’d only burn them!”
Jackie Gallagher in Dead Man’s Dinner

In just three weeks and 13 performances, Dead Man’s Dinner made a huge impression. Now that you’ve warmed up and gotten some (ethically acceptable) meals in you, we wanted to reach out to thank you for joining us on this weird and wonderful journey. We loved every moment of producing this daring play, and we’re grateful so many of you were there to share in it.

There’s just one more kind of success we’re hoping to achieve, and to do so we need your help! As a young theatre company, we rely on the generosity of our supporters to raise the funds necessary to produce delicious work, full of “wit and humor, beautifully delivered,” like Dead Man’s Dinner.

With only 6 days left in our Fundraising Campaign, we’re counting on you to help us reach our goal!
Click the link below to make a tax-deductible donation.

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Every dollar makes a difference! If you weren’t able to make it to the show, you might consider donating the cost of a ticket: $18. If you’re feeling really bold, you could consider adding the cost of the dinner or drinks you might have had afterward, and round it up to $50! And of course, if you’re feeling a little hungry, you could make a gift of $200 and get a very secret recipe that will give you some insider info about how we created one of the yummier parts of the show.

We are forever grateful for your help and can’t wait to entertain you in the years to come.

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Secret Recipe

April 6, 2017

Audiences are raving about Dead Man’s Dinner—and if you haven’t caught it yet, there are only four more chances! Get your tickets to Dinner here before it gets cold!

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Dead Man’s Dinner is the result of the combined talents of dozens of artists and volunteers, but all of them together are just part of the recipe. The rest of it?

YOU!

So come see us sometime this weekend! And then for dessert, mosey on over to our delectable website to make a tax deductible contribution and get yourself a little something extra. Yeah, yeah, we know, you see lots of these fundraisers—but how many of them come with a special secret recipe??

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Annalisa Loeffler*, Zohra Benzerga, and Kate Garfield* in Dead Man’s Dinner

See you at the show!

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It’s Week Two of Dead Man’s Dinner!

March 30, 2017

It’s Week Two of Dead Man’s Dinner!
Have you seen it yet? If not, be sure to buy your tickets before they’re gone.
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If you saw it and loved it, let the world know at nyitawards.com (after registering or logging in, choose “Dead Man’s Dinner” from the drop-down menu).

Support the Show!
Now until April 20th, we’re running a fundraising campaign to support this incredible show. Gifts to Squeaky Bicycle are always tax deductible, but for the next few weeks, you also get some rad perks for your contribution. You can read all about it here. (Just wanna skip to the perks? Here, we’ll make it easy for you)

Meet the Playwright
Playwright W.M. Akers sat down with the Adam Szymkowicz for his “I Interview Playwrights” series to share some details about the play (and himself) with the public (that’s you!). We love it, and not just because he has such lovely things to say about us. Check it out.

So Much to See
Already getting nostalgic for Dead Man’s Dinner? Or haven’t seen it yet and wondering what all the fuss is about? We’ve got even more photos for you, below.

Thanks for loving theater!

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Dead Man’s Dinner opens tonight!

March 23, 2017

The day is here!

Today is your first chance to see W.M. Akers’ delicious Dead Man’s Dinner. 

What’s on the bill of fare when you get to the theatre? Here’s what the artists behind it have to say:

People who know W.M. Akers’ work already know to expect a fun time. This play will deliver that and so very much more.

What’s amazing about the world the playwright has created is that there are no clear-cut villains and victims. They are all villains and victims at different times.

The women in this apartment are infinitely flawed, and infinitely badass. They’re ridiculous, ruthless, and still so very real.

You have not met these characters before elsewhere.

And what does our playwright, W.M. Akers, have to say? Find out here.

Get your tickets now!

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An Interview with Dead Man’s Dinner Playwright W.M. Akers

March 22, 2017

Dead Man’s Dinner opens tomorrow, and we are really, really excited about it! This is our third mainstage production with resident playwright W.M. Akers, whose work, as you’ll see at Theater for the New City over the next three weekends, is always a delight. Here’s a taste of how the play came about, and why it’s a story that needs to be told.

What was your inspiration for this play?

I wanted to find a way to explore what would happen if people in New York City, or anywhere in America, were confronted with war, famine and starvation. They’re problems that seem so far away, and are so hard to really imagine while you’re just reading the newspaper, so my goal here was to make the as immediate and terrifying as they really should be.

Do you feel that humans would turn to cannibalism in time of crisis?

I think that if someone is hungry enough, yes, they will always turn to cannibalism in the end. It’s a pretty well-documented phenomenon, although not one that people like to talk about.

How do you feel about this production?

Watching this play gives me chills. The team that Kathryn and Brandi have put together are all so exquisitely talented—they scare the hell out of me, and by the end of the show, I find myself freezing cold and very hungry. It’s an intense thing.

What do you hope the audience takes from their viewing experience?

I hope people leave this play hungry! I hope they walk down First Avenue and see all the restaurants and delis and grocery stores, and remember how lucky they are to always have food at hand.

 

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An Interview With Dead Man’s Dinner’s Zohra Benzerga

March 15, 2017

We’re back with another interview with a member of the Dead Man’s Dinner team – this time, it’s Zohra Benzerga, who plays Petra Oates. Get your tickets to see her and the rest of the cast starting next Thursday!

 

How would you best describe your feelings about the about the play?

Dead Man’s Dinner so easily walks the line between tenderness and straight-up cannibalism. It’s dizzying! But also, total and complete political upheaval is not absolutely unforeseeable. So I could also describe my feelings as… fear!

What is your favorite part of the play and why?

The people in this world wrestle between the very true desires of the heart and the even truer demands of the body. Olympia, Jackie and Petra try to navigate around this super wacky (but not so wacky) reality. Their struggles to maintain their relationships are pretty fascinating.

Which character in Dead Man’s Dinner do you most relate to and why?

David Christmas, he just wants to be cozy. But also, Petra’s attempts at loving the people around her are very relatable. The poor girl can’t seem to do it right—also relatable.

Who is your least favorite character and why?

Petra is also a manipulative little monster but her intentions are always good.

What made you want to work on this play?

Lovely humans and a strong story.

What’s your favorite thing about the character you play? 

Petra is a little princess. Despite being a total badass rat-hunting-lady-warrior, she throws tantrums when she doesn’t get what she wants. It’s a lot of fun.

What part of the play did you struggle with the most?

Petra’s attitude towards love is puzzling. She is at once hopeful and absolutely hopeless. She lives with this challenging duality that, at times dips one way just to swing back to the other.

Any possible themes that stood out to you?

I think that the question of what fills us up is super present. Is it love? Is it warmth? Is it food?