Suggested for ages 13 and up, will be at Center for Spritual Living, 1014 W. 39th St, Kansas City, MO. Map
Saturday, July 20, 6:00 PM
Sunday, July 21, 4:30 PM
Monday, July 22, 7:30 PM
Friday, July 26, 7:30 PM
Saturday, July 27, 9:00 PM
Tickets $10 (Plus one-time $5 Festival Button Purchase) available at kcfringe.org or via the KC Fringe App
What would you do if you were the last man on earth, but not SURE if you were the last man on earth? What sort of messages would you send out to your imagined fellow “last men?” And how long would you wait for a reply? Failing all of this, what else might you possibly do?
Tim Mooney, returning for his SEVENTH KC Fringe appearance (his 63rd Fringe overall), answers this and more. Following years of classical Renaissance events, this year’s Tim Mooney Rep production jumps into the landscape of an unknown future, with Man Cave, a One-Man Sci-Fi Climate Change Tragicomedy!
This time around, Mooney projects ahead into the science fictional landscape of the near-future result of an Earth that has been driven to extinction! Audiences are calling it “Wonderful and terrifying… becoming more relevant with each day that passes.”
From the thick irony of gallows humor, Man Cave strikes an urgent chord as the “last man on earth” reveals a hindsight that only the future can offer. Burrowed into a “Hobbit home” in northern Canada, Tim realizes that there may not be anyone out there listening, and turns his aim toward warning whatever far corners of the universe may still be out there receiving radio signals. A stirring rallying cry for saving the planet, Man Cave walks a line that draws chortles and laughs in the face of the deadly future that looms before us all.
Premiering at the 2018 Orlando Fringe Festival, the Orlando Sentinel described Man Cave as “Al Gore replaced by William H. Macy with a lot more swagger and humor than the former vice president could ever manage [with] tenacious urgency [and] charismatic rage.” Audience’s have described it as “beautiful and terrifying,” while insisting again and again, “Everybody should see this.”
Mooney explains, “I found myself staring down the paradox of taking action on global warming while, at the same time, waiting for incontrovertible ‘proof’ of man-made climate change. By the time any such proof might be established, it will then be too late to stop the inertia of a world that has hit the tipping point.
“I realized that the best way to get at the crisis was through sci-fi: rather than argue about how many years remain, we explore the fallout from all the time wasted in the thick of the argument: tossing around numbers and probabilities has become a meaningless quibble and climate change simply “is.” From that setting, the one man remaining has a unique warning to send to the rest of the universe. I’m hoping a play that is both funny and frightening can bring the climate change conversation onto the table in a new and effective way.”
Check out the Man Cave Audience Reaction video on YouTube!
Timothy Mooney, author of the new acting textbook, Acting at the Speed of Life; Conquering Theatrical Style, and The Big Book of Molière Monologues, has given over a hundred thousand students their first introduction to Molière through his one-man play, Molière Than Thou. Mr. Mooney is the former founder and editor of The Script Review and was the Artistic Director of Chicago's Stage Two Theatre, where he produced nearly fifty plays in five years. While most of Stage Two's plays were original works, when they turned to the classics, Mr. Mooney found himself taking on the hilarious world of Molière, eventually writing seventeen hilarious rhymed variations of Molière's plays with an impish sense of rhyme (most published by Playscripts, Inc.). These plays have been produced and celebrated around the world, with High School productions of Mooney's The Misanthrope, The Miser, The Imaginary Invalid, and Tartuffe going on to state finals in Massachusetts, Texas, Wisconsin, Virginia, North Carolina and Alabama, while his Doctor in Spite of Himself, took third place in the Scottish Community Drama Association National Festival, and was a finalist at Italy's Sanremo Global Education Festival. Tim, now operating at the not-for-profit “Timothy Mooney Repertory Theatre,” continues to present Molière across North America, along with Lot o' Shakespeare (featuring one monologue from every Shakespeare play), The Greatest Speech of All Time (actual historical speeches from Socrates to Martin Luther King), Shakespeare’s Histories; Ten Epic Plays at a Breakneck Pace! (also a book!), Breakneck Hamlet, and now, Breakneck Julius Caesar! Tim also teaches classical performance and occasionally performs his one-man sci-fi thriller, Criteria!