Man Cave is Mooney’s eleventh one-man play, and his eleventh return to the Orlando Fringe. Known mostly for hilarious romps through Shakespeare and Moliere, Tim has dabbled in the sci-fi before, most notably with the cult favorite “Criteria a One-Man Comic Sci-Fi Thriller” from the 2004 Orlando Fringe.
Man Cave plays at the Orlando Fringe Festival GREEN venue (in the Orlando Rep Space) with shows on Fri, May 18 at 9:00 pm, Sat, May 19 at 5:45 pm, Mon, May 21 at 5:30 pm, Thur, May 24 at 11:00 pm, Fri, May 25 at 7:30 pm, Sat, May 26 at 3:15 pm and Sun, May 27, 7:00 pm.Recommended for audiences 13 and up. Tickets to Man Cave are $10 (plus one-time Fringe button purchase) and can be purchased online at orlandofringe.org or at the Shakespeare Theatre at 812 E. Rollins St in Loch Haven Park
Man Cave finds the “last man on earth” (coincidentally named “Tim”) burrowed into what is essentially a Hobbit home, somewhere in Canada, broadcasting into a microphone for whomever might yet be out there listening. Realizing that perhaps there may not be anyone out there still listening, Tim faces the inability to have any impact on humanity itself, and turns his attention to warning whatever far corners of the universe may still be out there receiving radio waves. Along with a stirring rallying cry for saving the planet, Man Cave walks the line that drips with both irony and edgy gallows humor.
"Imagine the documentary film An Inconvienent Truth with Al Gore replaced by William H. Macy. The resulting product is Tim Mooney's Man Cave, a One-Man Sci-fi Climate-Change Tragicomedy, a one-man show with a lot more swagger and humor than the former vice president could ever manage.
– Todd Stewart , Orlando Weekly
I was actually inspired by another one-man show at last year’s Tampa Fringe Festival, which significantly rocked my understanding of what kind of a time-line we were facing with the climate change issue. And while that show projected forward with startling facts about what we might be facing in the very near future, it struck me that looking at the issue ‘backwards’ might be especially effective. What if we jumped ahead in time, looking backwards at the events that had brought us to the ultimate tragic end? What warning might the last man on earth have to send to the rest of the universe?
As many people know, I tend to prefer ‘hanging out’ in the Renaissance with Shakespeare and Moliere, but when I’m not looking backwards, I enjoy jumping forwards, to explore the startling ways that shifts in the space-time continuum may rework our perception of what we’re doing now. 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.
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!