Book by Jason Slavick & the LAB Ensemble, Music & Lyrics by Nathan Leigh


at The Studio Theatre

  • Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 8:30 pm
  • Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 1:30 pm
  • Friday, July 26, 2013 at 9:30 pm
  • Saturday, July 27, 2013 at 2:00 pm
  • Sunday, July 28, 2013 at 1:30 pm
  • Sunday, July 28, 2013 at 5:30 pm

Greek mythology meets burlesque, puppetry, and a folk-rock score in the latest piece from acclaimed ensemble Liars and Believers, creators of last year’s gritty Festival hit, Le Cabaret Grimm. Minnie’s Menagerie, an unconventional Depression-era sideshow, is raking it in with the help of Daedalus’s innovative technology. But when Daedalus’s son falls in love with Minnie’s daughter, the star attraction, their passion threatens to bring it all crashing down.

Running Time: 1 hour 30 minutes with no intermission.

Jason Slavick (Book / Director)

Jason Slavick is a director, writer and educator. He is artistic director of Liars and Believers, for whom he wrote and directed ICARUS, Song of Songs: a LoveRomp, and Le Cabaret Grimm – a punk cabaret fairy tale {sans fairies},for which he also wrote lyrics. He also directed 28 Seeds, the LAB collaboration with Walter Sickert & The Army of Broken Toys. Jason wrote and directed Heaven & Hell - The Fantastical Temptation of the 7 Deadly Sins, a musical adapted from the album by Joe Jackson that was presented at The Boston Conservatory in 2007. As a company member of Boston Theatre Works, Jason directed Othello (Elliot Norton Award nominated for Best Production and Best Actor), The TempestAntony & Cleopatra, Macbeth, Emily Mann’s critically acclaimed Meshugah, Olga Humphrey’s Veronika Vavoom Volcanologist, and his own play J: A One-Act Improvised Tragi-Comedy. He also directed numerous developmental workshops and readings including The Tattooed Girl by Joyce Carol Oates, Paranoia by Olga Humphrey and others. Jason directed Professional Skepticism at The Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre, The Good Woman of Setzuan and The Cherry Orchard at The Boston Conservatory, Betty and Mortie at The New Theatre, Frankenstein at The Stanley B. Theatre, Baby with the Bathwater for InCharge Productions, The Stronger at The Left Bank Theatre in Tel Aviv, and Aristotle Doesn’t Live Here Anymore and A Land Without Trees at The Second Hand Independent Theatre, which he founded in Philadelphia. Other plays Jason has written include The Dancing BearThe GolemIcaphish and Alice: A Grotesque Turn in Twelve Scenes. He created the Education department at Boston Theatre Works and has taught at colleges and schools throughout New England. He currently teaches theatre at Gann Academy. Jason received his MFA in directing from The Trinity Repertory Conservatory in Providence, where he was awarded the Pell Scholar Award and directed Richard IIIWaiting for GodotThe Caucasian Chalk Circle and others. There he had the great fortune to work with Oskar Eustis, Brian Kulick, and Kevin Moriarity. Jason received his BA with honors in Philosophy from Trinity College in Hartford, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and won the George E. Nichols III First Prize in Theater Arts the Blanchard W. Means First Prize in Philosophy. He studied at the Eugene O’Neill National Theatre Institute and at the Warsaw Theatre Academy in Warsaw, Poland.

Nathan Leigh (Music / Lyrics)

Nathan Leigh is a prolific songwriter and composer. He has released 8 full length albums both as a solo artist and with the bands Super Mirage and A Thousand Ships. As a composer for theatre, he has written scores for Berkshire Theatre Festival, American Repertory Theatre, Connecticut Repertory Theatre, Speakeasy Stage, The Debate Society, WHAT, PS 122, Mother Faker Productions (at New World Stages) and many more. His sound design and score for Stoneham Theatre's Strangers on A Train was the 2009 IRNE Best Sound Design. In 2008, he and frequent collaborator Kyle Jarrow were awarded the Boris Segal Fellowship at Williamstown Theatre Festival to develop their musical Big Money with director Shira Milikowsky. Their second piece The Consequences has received workshops at WTF, WHAT, and New York Theatre Workshop. Nathan is currently co-writing the plays Darling with book writer Jesse Geiger and Song of Songs with Jason Slavick.

Austin Auh

Austin Auh (Icarus)

Austin Auh graduated from Brandeis University with degrees in psychology and music performance. He has worked with local companies such as Imaginary Beasts, Turle Lane Playhouse, Interim Writers, SLAMBoston, and Happy Medium Theatre Company. Austin has also performed with Connecticut Free Shakespeare and A Collection of Shiny Objects in NYC. Austin has performed with the LAB in previous years (Le Cabaret Grimm, Song of Songs) and is very grateful for the opportunity to create something beautiful and exciting with them again. He is an Equity Membership Candidate.

Veronica Barron

Veronica Barron (Ensemble)

Veronica Barron is a Boston-based performer and maker of theatre that is collaborative, choreographic, and music-based. Her recent work includes composing and performing new music for Whistler in the Dark's Vinegar Tom, lauded as "magnificent" by Boston's WGBH; performing as a dancer in the butoh-based UnAccountable Fog with CHIMERAlab Dance Theatre, presented at the New Orleans Fringe Festival; and collaborating with Aimee Rose Ranger to create and perform Winning Higgins's Love: A Clown Tragedy, which has been presented at The Boston Center for the Arts, the A.R.T.'s Oberon, Puppet Showplace Theater, and others. Current works in progress include a murder ballad inspired by MacBeth and James Bond, and a street theater clown show featuring "the Crumbs de la Creme". Veronica holds a BFA in Theater Arts from Boston University, where her studies included collaborative playmaking, a physical approach to acting, and classical Indian dance-theater. veronicabarron.wordpress.com

Lauren Eicher

Lauren Eicher (Penny)

Lauren Eicher is proud to be in her first production with Liars and Believers. Recent credits include Olivia in Twelfth Night; or, What You Will (Perchance to Dream DC), Scheherazade in 1001 (Company One), Hermia in A Midsummer Night's Dream (Shakespeare Now!), and Elise Hougen in The Master Forger (11:11 Theater Co). She also plays ukulele at local yoga studios and is a member of the Ruby Rose Fox band. She earned her BFA in acting from Boston University in 2010.

Jonathan Horvath

Jonathan Horvath (Daedalus)

Recent credits include: The 39 Steps (River Valley Rep) The House of Mirth (Metropolitan Playhouse), Wish You Were Here, My Love (Planet Connections Theatre Festivity) Before Placing Me on Your Shelf (NYC Fringe Festival) Darling--also with Nathan Leigh! (Ars Nova). Off stage, Jonathan is a sailboat captain, leading charters and teaching lessons on the Hudson River. Find out more at www.jonathanhorvath.com

Aimee Rose Ranger

Aimee Rose Ranger (Minnie Minoseczeck)

Aimee Rose Ranger is a Boston actor, clown and storyteller. For three years she hosted SOOP: Stories Of Our People, a monthly storytelling potluck out of her home, and continues to co-host the Encyclopedia Show: Somerville, a monthly variety show at the Davis Square Theatre. Aimee Rose and co-collaborator, Veronica Barron, were winners of the first round of Company One's Fringe Wars with Winning Higgins's Love, an original clown tragedy. Aimee Rose has created a few solo shows including My Heart: A Jester at the New England Fringe Festival and Gender Dazed and Confused off-broadway at the Medicine Show Theatre. She is an Artistic Associate with Whistler in the Dark and was last seen in their IRNE award-winning Tales from Ovid. Other credits with Whistler include Trojan Women, Recent Tragic Events, Fen, Dogg's Hamlet, Cahoot's Macbeth. She is a resident pirate tour guide for the Freedom Trail Foundation: note, her actual initials read ARR.

Jay Mobley (Guitar)

Jay Mobley is a Boston-based composer and performing artist originally from the Capital Region of New York. His one-act chamber opera Anabel was the recipient of Ethos New Music Society's Composer Laureate award, and in 2012, received a grant from New England Conservatory for a future staging in Cambridge, Mass. As a music director, Jay has worked with the New York State Theatre Institute and the Fredonia Guitar Ensemble. He is a frequent session and pit guitarist, having played on recordings and in musical productions throughout New England and New York (The Rocky Horror Show, Spring Awakening, Rent, and others). On banjo, Jay has played with bands based in Brooklyn, Northampton, Mass., and Rochester, NY, and occasionally plays in concert with the experimental theatre group the 23 Psaegz. Current projects include an upcoming album with his band Jasper & the Rubber Policemen, and a stage play he is co-authoring with Boston writer Mark McDonaugh. Jay holds a Mus.B. in composition from the State University of New York at Fredonia, and has studied conducting at the Bard College Conservatory.

Ethan Rubin

Ethan Rubin (Fiddle)

Ethan Rubin moved to Boston from Philadelphia to go to college and ended up staying a while. Since then, he has played violin, bass, or mandolin for orchestras, folk punk bands, gospel choirs, death metal bands, jazz quartets, prog rock groups, neo-soul bands, and some kind of experimental Middle Eastern thing, but he's never been in a musical before. Now that he is in a musical, he's decided that it is fun. When Ethan isn't playing an instrument, he teaches construction skills at an alternative degree school in Cambridge, and sometimes he also reads books and rides a bicycle. The last few weeks working with the Icarus cast and crew have been great, so he's glad he got the chance to jump on the Liars & Believers bandwagon before he moves to England for graduate school in the fall.

Faye Dupras (Puppet Design & Direction)

Aaron Sherkow (Lighting & Set Design)

Kendra Bell (Costume Design)

John Capo (Press Agent)

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"As 'Peter and the Starcatcher,' to name just one current hit, makes clear, there's still innocent pleasure to be found in role-switching, hat-doffing, puppet-waving performers who construct their show in plain sight. Yet the Boston-based ensemble Liars & Believers strikes intriguingly ominous notes in its showbiz fable, 'Icarus,' which sets the familiar story of a child who dreams big in a Depression-era traveling sideshow." - New York Times

05/16/2013 - Edge Boston: Two Nights of High Flight :: Jason Slavick on the Multi-Media Theatrical Experience ’Icarus’

05/16/2013 - Boston Globe: Icarus alights in the Dust Bowl

05/18/2013 -Edge Boston: Icarus

07/25/2013 - NYTimes.com: New York Musical Theater Festival Report: 'Icarus'