A hilarious look behind the curtain. Find out how Jack really met the Giant and what happens between the scenes of a traveling children’s theater troupe.

Bricken Sparacino and Amy E. Witting team up in this two fable production. Jack and the Giant by Witting and Pointy the Star Fish by Sparacino. No children allowed.

Brought to you by the creative team who created the 2012 audience choice award winner, Death it happens: a girl’s guide to death and the now published Are We Freaks!

Original Cast:

Bill Bria, Elisabeth A. Furtado, Brandon Schraml

Bricken Sparacino*, Adam Sullivan*, Derby Thomas

and Lori Kee* as the seagull.

*equity showcase

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Bricken and Birch Production and the Frigid Festival NYC 2013 present

Sisters Grimm: Fables of the Stage

Written by Bricken Sparacino and Amy E. Witting

Directed by Lori Kee and Bricken Sparacino

Music by Eric Chercover

Lyrics by Sparacino with Chercover

Music for Jack adapted by Ethan Bailey

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Emily Owens PR |

Photo credit:

Back stage by D.Thomas

Seagull by Judith Wolfe

Starfish by Judith Wolfe

Jack the Giant by B. Sparacino

Read an interview by Martin Denton of Co-playwright Bricken Sparacino


Sisters Grimm: Fables of the Stage review by Martin Denton

February 24, 2013

Looking for some delightful, good-natured fun at this year's FRIGID? Then I suggest you take in Sisters Grimm: Fables of the Stage, a delicious pairing of short plays by Amy E. Witting and Bricken Sparacino that will tickle your funny bone and perhaps other areas as well.

What's the show about, you ask. Well, note the preposition in the title: these are fractured fairy tales ABOUT life on the wicked stage. The first one, "Jack and the Giant," takes place at an audition for a new show based on "Jack the Beanstalk." We meet two of the actors waiting to be seen—a fellow named Jack who knows this will be his big break, and who has all the Method/Meisner/You-Name-It training in his kit bag to back him up; and another fellow named Giant who seems to be, um, a Giant. Witting mines the comic possibilities pretty thoroughly, and, under Sparacino's direction, Bill Bria and Derby Thomas make both of these make-believe characters convincingly hilarious.

The second, longer piece is "Pointy the Starfish." The place is a children's matinee; we in the audience play the kids who are hoping to be entertained and enlightened by a misbegotten touring company who are presenting this educational musical about the eponymous echinoderm. We even get a chance, "pre-show," to practice some magic words with Pointy himself.

Sparacino's great comic idea in this piece, though, is that we're not just watching a hokey kids' musical—we're ALSO seeing the backstage shenanigans of the cast and crew. It's kind of like if Kiss Me, Kate were about children's theater instead of Shakespeare (and a lot shorter). I don't want to give too much away, but both Kitty (the actress who plays the spoiled little girl heroine in the kids' show) and her husband Benjamin (who plays Pointy the Starfish) are planning illicit trysts in between the scenes. Meanwhile the Stage Manager tries to keep the show afloat. (elizabeth a. fortudo, as this hapless personage, stops the show singing "Stage Manager Blues.")

There are several songs by Sparacino and Eric Chercover, including the utterly witless, yet memorable, "Ocean Song," which opens and closes "Pointy," sung by Kitty, Steven, and the two-man chorus (Anemone and Plankton). Sparacino plays Kitty, and she's terrific (I realized watching that this is the first time I've seen her act on stage; I'm more accustomed to her work as a director and/or playwright). She's matched by the rest of the ensemble, including Brandon Schraml as paranoid Benjamin (and Pointy), Adam Sullivan as another actor, Steven (who plays Neptune in the show), and Bria and Thomas as the chorus. Director Lori Kee plays the Seagull, who delivers the message of "Pointy the Starfish" in uproarious serious fashion. Kee's gull makeup is awesome, and the set and Starfish costume by Elizabeth Chaney are excellent.


MARCH 4 2013


Two shows that are a part of this year’s FRIGID festival shine brightly in the alien luminescence of the stage. Sisters Grimm: Fables of the Stage by Bricken Sparacino and Amy Witting ...recreate the magic of childhood in order to smash it into a thousand glittering, glamorous pieces.

In the opening scene of Sisters Grimm, a group of men are waiting to audition for a new TV adaptation of Jack and the Beanstalk. One of the men is very large, and the other is appropriately named Jack. Is this a coincidence, or is the universe trying to tell us something? Giant is a natural for the part — he is just gianormous! And Jack has been training for this audition his entire life. He’s even growing a big ole’ beanstalk in his backyard in Brooklyn. Feel the intensity of Jack’s immersion method! Unfortunately for Jack, his new Giant friend doesn’t want to share his big pot of gold in the sky, though he will show Jack his recipe for bread.

In the second half of Sisters Grimm, a troupe of travelling musical theater types intrigue backstage while performing an enviro-lehrstück in front of an audience of fragile, young minds. Pointy the Starfish and the Little Girl, who is Pointy’s behind-the-scenes wife, are on the outs. Both of them are having a secret affair with Neptune, lord of the sea. Meanwhile, the poor Seagull, who must deliver the moral lesson of the play (don’t pollute), and the harried stage manager try to keep it together long enough to make sure the closing number is performed, so the cast can cram back into the van and head to the next unsuspecting group of kids in a town far, far away.

Like all good fairytales, Sisters Grimm has a moral, even if it’s as twisted as a pair of Dorothy’s panties after her house landed on the Wicked Witch of the East — viz., in showbiz the magic pixie dust is more addictive than crack. Why else would theater folk continue to work long, odd hours for little pay, and less chance of stardom? Of course, it works the other way too.

T he Sisters Grimm cast — Bill Bria (Jack), Derby Thomas (Giant), Brandon Schraml (Pointy), Elisabeth Furtado (Stage Manager), Bricken Sparacino (Little Girl) and Adam Sullivan (Neptune) — charmed the audience and delivered a tight, exciting (if occasionally off-key) performance.