MadShag Celebrates Summer in the Garden!

We're proud to finally announce our casts for SUMMER IN THE GARDEN, our staged reading series happening next month. MadShag is presenting two classic British comedies that break out of their rooms and hurl themselves headlong into their well-manicured lawns -- comedy so big, it can't stay in the living room! Both plays are celebrations of wit, laughter, and family dysfunction...a most entertaining afternoon, wouldn't you say? Gabriel and Kay are directing, and best of all, they're FREE! Plus drinks and nibbles! Put it on your calendar now, and remember to RSVP by phone (646-220-2520) or by e-mail, because seating is limited.

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The Universe Is Ours!

Conquest of the Universe (at the OFF STAGE Festival) closed last night, and if you missed really missed out! Each night, on the corner of Bowery and 4th in the East Village, our intrepid group of interstellar drag queens, kabuki maids and glitter kings -- Madshag veterans Oscar Castillo (Stealing Pears) and Lars Preece (The Madness of Lady Bright), along with newcomers Jason Martin and Matthew Cummings -- held court on the streets of New York, battling the equally fabulous Barbarella-meets-Xena cast of Chris Mirto's version (Trish, LeShay, Jesse and Carter rock!). In addition to across-the-board rave reviews for the event, we enjoyed the Bowery's gawking tour buses, overly sexual homeless people, threats of rain, Canadian honeymooners, tranny chasers, Gay Pride celebrants, and more drunk NYU frat boys than one should ever see in one lifetime. But we also had over 1,000 enthusiastic audience members who laughed, screamed, and clapped along with our zany street theatre. Thanks to our producers, Peculiar Works Project, for the unforgettable experience. (But now, we'd like to do a play inside a theatre again, thanks!)

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