Description

The Off-Broadway hit that jumped to Broadway, this show fuses the ridiculous spectacle of Wagnerian Opera with the excitement of a live band and contemporary circus.

An Alice in Wonderland tour of a demented restaurant, this show has toured all over the United States and to Asia and Europe.

Off-Broadway Run at P.S. 122 in 1999
Broadway Run at the Helen Hayes Theatre in 2000

 

Reviews

“Ingenious, Hallucinatory, Hypnotic” - Ben Brantley, The New York Times

“Masterly Mayhem” - The Scotsman

“Surreal. Poetic.” - USA Today

“A blazingly unique spectacle! A flood of contraptions, visual jokes, and gloriously eccentric music that would stretch even Tim Burton’s imagination.” - Time Out New York

“Squonk inhabits its own reality warp, a place where squares and hipsters alike can seek refuge. To interpret or analyze this multimedia frolic would be like deconstructing a fun-house ride at a country fair…. when this critic looked at his notes the day after seeing Squonk he found a scrawled sentence he couldn’t remember writing: ‘I can’t believe I’m such a sucker for this!” - Ben Brantley, The New York Times

“Even if you like your musicals a little weird, you still won’t be prepared for the insane majesty of Squonk Opera” - Scotland Metro

“It was absurd, it was surreal, it was absolutely fantastic… It will scare you, give you goosebumps and leave you with that stunned, “wow did I really just see that?” expression.” - Scotland’s Three Weeks

“dit multimediafeest: een bizaar mix van musiek, magic, poppen en projectiles”
- Antwerpen Zone

“Absurdly inspired!” - Village Voice

“A breathless journey through an ever-changing emotional landscape, from horror to humor to ravishing beauty. There may be cheaper ways to blow your mind, but almost all of them are bad for you!” - Fintan O’Toole, NY Daily News

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Artists

The Artistic Directors
Steve O’Hearn & Jackie Dempsey

The Band

Double Bass
T. Weldon Anderson

Keyboard & Accordion
Jackie Dempsey

Vocals
Jana Losey

Acoustic & Electronic Percussion
Kevin Kornicki

Flute, Whistles, Wind Synth, Manybell Trumpet
Steve O’Hearn

The Team

Music
Jackie Dempsey with Squonk Opera

Design & Staging
Steve O’Hearn

Concept Development
Jackie Dempsey & Steve O’Hearn in collaboration with the original New York Squonk ensemble – T. Weldon Anderson, Jana Losey, Kevin Kornicki & Casi Pacilio

Stage Direction
Tom Diamond

Lighting Design
Tim Saternow

Lyrics
Jana Losey with Jackie Dempsey

Choreography
Michele de la Reza, Peter Kope, Lori Brungard

Video Design
Steve O’Hearn with Casi Pacilio & Nick Fox-Gieg

Assistant Musical Direction
Kevin Kornicki

Production Management
Casi Pacilio

Set & Prop Artists
Mark Barill, Norman Beck, James P. Buckley, Ben Carter, William H. Franko, Eileen Garrigan, Liz Hammond, Kevin Hogan, Matt Jackson, Sandy Jackson, Joel Mason, Yu-ling Mei, Andrea Paul, Gregory Puchalski, Elizabeth Przybylski, Matt Russell, Vincent M. Salvione, Sharky Schutte, Louis Taylor, John Teacher.

Broadway Producers
William Repicci, Michael Minichiello, Lauren Doll, Cookie Centracco, Chris Groenewold in association with Rare Gem Productions, Michael Stoller, Mastantuono/Palumbo and Eric Falkenstein

Steve and Jackie would like to acknowledge everyone involved in this production for their creative contributions, especially the Squonk musicians for adding their own individual flavor to the music, and the designers, builders and technicians who added detail and richness to the production.

 

Touring History

World Music Theater Festival … Uijeongbu, South Korea

Cultuurcentrum Muze … Heusden-Zolder, Belgium

Cultuurcentrum Brugge … Brugge, Belgium

Cultuurcentrum Kortrijk … Kortrijk, Belgium

Cultuurcentrum Ieger … Ieper, Belgium

Cultuurcentrum De Herbakker … Eeklo, Belgium

Cultuurcentrum Ter Vesten … Bevern, Belgium

Arenbergschouwburg … Antwerp, Belgium

Edinburgh Fringe Festival … Edinburgh, Scotland

Helen Hayes Theatre – Broadway … New York, NY

P.S. 122 – Off-Broadway … New York, NY

Public Theatre – Joe’s Pub … New York, NY

Prince Music Theater … Philadelphia, PA

Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of MD … College Park, MD

Lied Performing Arts Center … Lawrence, KS

Humboldt State University … Arcata, CA

The Performing. Arts Center … Purchase, NY

Three Rivers Arts Festival … Pittsburgh, PA

Huntington Summer Arts Festival … Huntington, NY

North Carolina State University … Raleigh, NC

Connecticut College … New London, CT

The McAninch Arts Center … Glen Ellyn, IL

The Music Hall … Portsmouth, NH

St. Bonaventure University … St. Bonaventure, NY

Richard L. Swig Arts Center … Hightstown, NJ

Madison Civic Center … Madison, WI

Byham Theatre … Pittsburgh, PA

ARTSwego at SUNY Oswego … Oswego, NY

Lincoln Center … Ft. Collins, CO

Miami University … Oxford, OH

Washington State University … Pullman, WA

John Drew Theater … East Hampton, NY

Delta State University … Delta, MS

Warhol Museum … Pittsburgh, PA

Kutztown University … Kutztown, PA

John Harms Center … Englewood, NJ

First Night Providence … Providence, RI

University of North Carolina … Asheville, NC

Washington & Jefferson College … Washington, PA

Mr. Small’s Theater … Pittsburgh, PA

Laurel Arts … Somerset, PA

Gettysburg College … Gettysburg, PA

Touchstone Center for the Arts … Bethlehem, PA

Main Street Ft. Worth Festival … Ft. Worth, TX

Montgomery Cty. Comm. College … Blue Bell, PA

First Night Providence … Providence, RI

First Night Pittsburgh … Pittsburgh, PA

Buffalo State College … Buffalo, NY

City Theatre … Pittsburgh, PA

CenterStage … Reston, VA

Ohio State University … Sidney, OH

Rare Gem Productions … Toronto, ONT

Valparaiso University … Valparaiso, IN

Rock Valley College … Rockford, IL

First Night St. Louis … St. Louis, MO

Brooklyn Children’s Museum … Brooklyn, NY

University of North Carolina … Wilmington, NC

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