A New Musical based on Gogol’s Government Inspector
Written by Richard Alger
Directed by Tina Kronis
Music by Wes Myers
TMB re-unites its multi-talented group of artists to launch a work-in-progress presentation of our new adaptation of The Inspector General by Ukrainian playwright, Nikolai Gogol. TMB’s TINY LITTLE TOWN is set in 1970’s small town America and becomes a hilarious and timely reflection on America, corruption, suspicion and coverup.
Returning to LA this February
Direction by Tina Kronis
Book and lyrics by Richard Alger
Music Composition by Wes Myers
Technical direction by Aaron Francis
Sound design by John Zelewski
Event design by Lechetti Design
TMB has built it’s repertoire re-imagining classic texts with its unique mixture of text, movement, and dance. Over the past several shows, TMB co-founders, Kronis + Alger, have been collaborating with composer Wes Myers to add songs to their interdisciplinary productions, taking advantage of the many skills of its ensemble members and expanding the company’s unique approach to storytelling. As we emerge from the digital work carried on during the pandemic, we are thrilled to be now offering audiences the initial stages of our new work, TINY LITTLE TOWN.
“What drew me to this play was reading Gogol’s unfinished novel, Dead Souls and his Nevsky Prospect short stories. I became a huge fan of his nightmarish, yet hilarious upside-down world. What sold me on this play for adaptation was Gogol’s epigraph for the Inspector General:
‘If your face is crooked, don’t blame the mirror.’ ”
— Tina Kronis, Artistic Director, TMB
Gogol said of his play’s good natured rogues that the only positive character is LAUGHTER. TINY LITTLE TOWN embraces the laughter. With biting wit, beautiful songs, and high octane physicality, TMB offers the first stage of this new work.
We invite you to a special engagement of the work-in-progress, July 15-17 in Los Angeles, with a gathering to follow where we can have a drink and hear your thoughts. We value your feedback during this step in the project’s development.
This work-in-progress presentation is supported in part by the David Lee Foundation, The California Arts Council, and individual donors. We cannot thank you enough for the support!
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