Thursday, June 30, 2011

Action Philosophers LIVE is a hit!

The good reviews keep coming in - and today we found out that we're a's critic's pick! Broadway here we come!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Action Philosophers Music Video

Action Philosophers has been many things, but now it is also a music video, courtesy of two of the awesome cast members of the theatrical version currently running in the Comic Book Theater Festival! The song was written and performed by Neimah (Bodhidharma) Djourabchi and Joe (Karl Marx) Mathers and the video assembled by Jody Christopherson. Thanks guys!

Check out some raves for the show at New York Theater Review and Travalanche.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Action Philosophers LIVE opens tomorrow!

Rand vs Jesus!


…vs Math Hippies!

Bodhidharma: Master of Kung Fu!

Karl Marx! 

How can you NOT see this show?!

Impetuous Theater Group & The Brick Theater, Inc.

Comic Book by Fred Van Lente & Ryan Dunlavey
Adapted by Crystal Skillman
Directed by John Hurley

As part of the Comic Book Theater Festival @ The Brick

Thu 6/23 7 PM
Tue 6/28 7 PM
Wed 6/29 7 PM
Fri 7/1 7 PM

The award-winning, best-selling comic book series Action Philosophers is adapted for the stage by award-winning playwright Crystal Skillman and directed by John Hurley as the lives and thoughts of history's A-list brain trust leap to the stage in manic, hilarious fashion. Come meet PLATO — Wrestling Superstar of Ancient Greece! NIETZSCHE — The Original √úbermensch! The torrid love affairs of AYN RAND! And more! From Impetuous Theater Group who brought you Hack! an I.T. Spaghetti Western (a hit at both last year's Too Soon Festival and the Vampire Cowboys Saloon Series) Action Philosophers! is a must see, not to mention cheaper than a liberal arts degree — and a whole lot more fun, too! 

Featuring Ryan Andes, Neimah Djourabchi, Benjamin Ellis Fine, Joseph Mathers, Kelley Rae O’Donnell and C.L. Weatherstone.

With lights by Olivia Harris; Costumes by Meryl Pressman & Holly Rihn; Props by Gretchen Van Lente; Set Created by Ben Kato; Stage Manager: Veronica Graveline

"Indie Theatre needs more trail blazers like Skillman and Hurley they are certainly ones to watch as they ride off into the sunset." Michael Roderick, Broadway World (Hack!)

"The achievement of the writer Fred Van Lente and the artist Ryan Dunlavey [in Action Philosophers] is visualizing [great philosophers] in intensely goofy but intellectually rigorous ways."
The New York Times

"[Action Philosophers] is totally irreverent and manically inventive" Publishers Weekly

All performances will be at The Brick (575 Metropolitan Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn) as part of The Comic Book Theater Festival. Tickets ($15) are available online at or by calling 212-352-3101.

More about the CB Fest at Brick site:

PS - while you're at the fest don't forget to take 10 minutes to check out Mrs. Perfect! written by Crystal, directed by James David Jackson, for Theater in a Van!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Did we forget to mention Comic Book Comics #6?

Comic Book Comics #6, a Diamond Previews "Certified Cool" selection! The too-crazy-not-to-be-true story of the comic book industry ends at new beginnings! GRAPHIC NOVELS: Where did the term come from -- Will Eisner, or a Swiss artist who died a century before he was born? The unbelievable biography of Osamu Tezuka, GOD OF MANGA, and how he led Japanese comics to dominance on both sides of the Pacific! And finally, the DIRECT MARKET, and how it led to a creative revolution in comics -- economic challenges -- and can it survive the threat from DIGITAL PIRACY? FINAL ISSUE! - July 2011. DCD Code: MAY111075