84 Prod: The Typists & The Tiger
Who is Murray Schisgal?
Murray Schisgal is an American playwright, producer, and screenwriter born in Brooklyn. Schisgal was actually first recognized for his 1963 off-Broadway double-bill of The Typists and The Tiger. Schisgal’s works are comprised of over 50 different stageplays.
Why Should You Care About Schisgal and This Festival?
The Typists tells the story of two people, spending their lives at as typists (the people who used to manually typewrite addresses on promotional materials companies would send out). This two-hander jem pokes at the question of why we stay complacent, stagnant, in spite of our dreams. This dark comedy rings true to those of us who’ve ever thought of themselves stuck and canters through the politics and humor that sparks in the depths of these places.
On the other hand, there is The Tiger; the tale of a kidnapper and his victim.These two people, clawing for a way out of their neat, clean lives, might just get what they’re asking for. A battle of strength, wits, and patience sparks this dark situation, dropping the character into a situation neither of them expected after a kidnapping.
These two short plays, while written in a different time for a different audience, still hits the nail on the head about what we do to fit in, and how much we’ll fight to break that same mold. With the uncertainty that riddles this country, we are all fighting to find our place in it, or out of it. Whether in the office or where we ought not be, we still search for the right side to be on.
In the rehearsal rooms, all four actors will be directed under an ensemble mindset. While the two shows are separate, they will work as an ensemble, building work upon each others to allow for the pieces to be more in conversation with each other.
Why are we raising money and how can you HELP?
Art is created through community involvement, and we sure do want your help!
$900 for rental space
$100 for costumes
$100 for set
$100 for publicity
$250 for artist stipends
$450 for licensing
$200 for GoFundMe fees
Total of $2100
Thank you and we look forward to seeing you in the audience in September!
The mission of 84 Productions is to create and foster original performance art that questions the pre-existing boundaries of artistic expression. Our work aims to resonate not only personally and intellectually but also engage socially and stimulate essential dialogues. While remaining thoughtful and interactive, our productions strive to be audacious and avant garde in forming relations among our performers, audiences, and the broader community.