The Commedia Rapunzel



WHO WE ARE

Ragtag Theatre Company is a Commedia dell’ Arte troupe dedicated to bringing fresh and unique live LGBTQ theatre designed for the entire family! In short, we do fairytales. But not yo mama's fairytales. We do fractured fairytales that spoof and riff off of pop culture... (much like Animaniacs or Shrek), and we do it all in the style of Commedia dell’Arte, which is an early style of Italian street theatre that incorporates big funny characters, improvisation, and direct audience involvement all in one. Our shows are audience interactive and the kids are integrated into every performance, making them feel uniquely important in this theatrical experience. Ultimately, our goal is the make you laugh and create a safe space where you can be yourself and #beweird with all of us. Through our crazy camp and comedy, we hope to empower and inspire all youngins and grown folk alike to embrace what makes them different.

#beweird

OUR CURRENT PRODUCTION:

SYNOPSIS

Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the theatre!

BAM! Another fairytale!

From the same company that brought you "The Commedia Rapunzel," Ragtag Theatre Company is back with their latest fairytale spoof: "The Commedia Cinderella"...and this time...pumpkins will fly girl! Follow the same troupe of poor traveling “Italian” actors, as they make fun of everything from Hamilton to Star Wars and present another hilarious zany musical romp through a twisted retelling of the fairytale “Cinderella” done in the style of Commedia dell Arte. Expect the unexpected in this wild ride of participatory theatre that is crazy fun for the entire family. Come get yer Spring Cleaning on!!

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WHAT THE REVIEWS SAID

"You and your little one have never seen a version of Rapunzel quite like this!"

Time Out New York

"Perfect for all ages and people attending, with or without kids in tow."

Out Magazine

"Embrace your inner weirdness in this slap-happy merging of Commedia and the fairy tale Rapunzel! No matter what—no matter how ugly or dumb or strange you feel—just be yourself. Stop judging people! Open you mind! Be weird! The folks behind The Commedia Rapunzel took this note. And, hey, you should too."

Theatre is Easy

"I’m always looking for ways to get my kids excited about theater. Thankfully, there are shows like Commedia Rapunzel that entertain all the people in my home and inspire them to pursue their own artistic endeavors."

City Dads Group

"As much for the parents as it is for the kids!!"

Douglas Carter Beane (Xanadu,
To Wong Foo..., The Little Dog Laughed)

"It’s rare for a man with no children to say he’s looking forward to seeing a children’s theatre show, but I said just that last year in anticipation of The Commedia Cinderella, and I wasn’t disappointed. The same is true for The Commedia Rapunzel, which opened this past weekend at Columbia Children’s Theatre, and which is in many ways a sequel to last year’s production. Both were written and directed by Sam LaFrage, who also plays multiple roles, designed both set and sound effects, composed original music and lyrics, and for all we know, probably then fights crime dressed as a bat. LaFrage has created a wacky, family-friendly re-telling of the timeless tale from the Brothers Grimm."

Onstage Columbia

"The Spaghetti and Meatball Players seriously need to get out of town—and take The Commedia Rapunzel with them. And that’s not a bad thing. Columbia Children’s Theatre should take this hair-raising (or rather, lowering) show on the Commedia dell’Arte road, and see if they can pull a Muppets Movie and make their way to writer-director Sam LaFrage’s transplant home with that little street you may have heard of, called Broadway. The Commedia Rapunzel is the funniest play I have seen in years."

Jasper Magazine

"It may be possibly be the funniest version of Cinderella every presented on stage. This Cinderella is a much better much more modern role model for young girls than has been presented in previous versions of the story."

SaysmeSaysMom

"Families looking for something different, or simply tired of the sometimes too predictable and too sweet children's theater, will love this fairy tale twist."

Mommy Poppins

"Billed as LGBTQ theatre designed for the entire family, this show puts a refreshing and much appreciated new spin on the timeless fairytale, finding a way to speak to the individual heart of every member of the audience."

BroadwayWorld


MEET THE TEAM

RAGTAG THEATRE COMPANY

Sam LaFrage

Co-Director | Arlecchino | Playwright

Sam LaFrage is a 2012 graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City, and was selected as a member of the 2013 New York Academy Company. As an actor, his Off-Broadway credits include "Palm Tree in a Rose Garden" (Jim Strong), "Happy in the Poorhouse" (Stevie), "The Rivals" (Bob Acres), and "Improbable Fiction" (Brevis). Other NYC credits include: "Blithe Spirit" (Charles). "The Wake of Jamey Foster" (Wayne), "Am I Blue?"(John Polk), "The Bear" (Smirnov), "The Loveliest Afternoon of the Year" (He), among others. Sam has worked along side of and collaborated with Douglas Carter Beane, George Heslin (Founder of the Origin Theatre Company, NYC), director/playwright Derek Ahonen (Founder of The Amoralists Theatre Company, NYC), Barbara Rubin (Market Theatre in Joannesburg, South Africa) and Denis Reid (Yale School of Drama). He has written and directed two plays (“The Commedia Cinderella” and “The Commedia Rapunzel”) both of which premiered at Columbia Children’s Theatre in South Carolina.

Natasha Nightingale

Columbina

Natasha is a 2012 graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City, and was selected as a member of the 2013 New York Academy Company. Her AADA Company credits include: “Night Watch” (Elaine Wheeler), “A Palm Tree in a Rose Garden” (Barbara Parris), “Rumors” (Clair Ganz), and “Improbable Fiction” (Jess). Other NYC credits include: “The Thirty Nine Steps” (WPPAC), “As You Like It” (Producer’s Club), “Would He Be Wood” (Mary MacArthur Theatre), and “Swindled” (Strawberry One Act Festival). Natasha made her directorial debut with “The Rental” (By Mary Harvey Levine) for the LIC Secret Theatre One Act Festival, for which she won the award for Best Director.

Andy Dispensa

Pantalone

The New York native recently completed his third year of study at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts where he was a part of the AADA company, a group specially selected for advanced actor training. Favorite roles include Stephen Belber (The Laramie Project), Pontagnac (An Absolute Turkey) Baylis (Blackbird), and originating the role of Alan A Dale in Douglas Carter Beane’s new musical Robin Hood. Andy graduated from Elon University with degrees in Cinema Production (Directing) and Italian Studies, has taught in Rome, studied in Florence, and speaks Italian fluently. He would like to thank his dad, Chris, and mom, Carol Ann, for their endless love and continued support on the journey. SEMPRE DRITTO!

Billie Aken Tyers

Rosetta/Company Manager

Billie originated the role of 'Mustardseed' in the World Premiere of Douglas Carter Beane's new play 'Fairycakes' in NYC and the Scranton Shakespeare Festival. Then took on the role of Lady Jane in another World premiere of Robin Hood the Musical. favourite roles include Ariel (The Tempest) The Nurse (Romeo and Juliet), Hair (tribe/black boys trio) Ronda (Almost Maine) Maria (Twelfth Night), Edith (Pirates of Penzance), Audrey (As You Like it), Shirley Talley (Fifth of July) and Sylvia (Thrill of Love, American Premiere). Billie also worked in the UK, credits include Andrew lloyd Webbers Over the Rainbow on the BBC, S'WARM with the National Youth Theatre in London and a special performance for Her Majesty the Queen for her Diamond Jubilee Celebrations. She is excited to be continuing this crazy journey as Rosetta. For Mum and Dad who taught me to have a sense of Humor. Follow her blog for more updates on her crazy Life! mynameisbillieblog.wordpress.com

Sean Barry Parsons

Zanni/Arlecchino Alternate

Sean Barry Parsons is a comedic character actor thrilled to be joining The Commedia Cinderella as Zanni! Schooled in another form of acting, Political Science, Sean has been performing in New York for the past 2 years. Having trained at the Upright Citizen’s Brigade, Sean frequently performs at jams, open-mics, and makeshift stages across the boroughs. He’s starred in a number of productions such as The Emcee in Cabaret, Ebenezer Scrooge in Scrooge: The Musical, and as Harold in the award-winning production of The Rental directed by Natasha Nightingale. Sean’s currently pursuing theatre, voiceover, sketch, and improv comedy…really anything to keep him off the streets. He’ll wrap things up now because you’ve stopped reading, and there’s a 150 word limit. Macbeth!

Mollie Craven

Columbina/Rosetta Alternate

Mollie is THRILLED to be back for Commedia Cinderella! Mollie is a born and raised Austinite with an Acting degree from Oklahoma City University. NY Credits: THE COMMEDIA RAPUNZEL (with these crazy Ragtag fools), ALMOST MAINE, FLOYD COLLINS, THE MILK MEETING (Ophelia Theatre Group), WHISKEY PANTS, FATTY FATTY NO FRIENDS (Mind the Art Entertainment), and FATTY FATTY NO FRIENDS: In Concert at Feinstein's/54 Below. Favorite Regional Credits: Marian in MUSIC MAN, Fiona in SHREK THE MUSICAL (Crane River Theatre), Gloria in DAMN YANKEES (Tent Theatre), and Brenda in HAIRSPRAY (Zach Scott Theatre). A thousand thanks to Mama & Dada, Dan, and this delightful cast and creative team. Soli Deo Gloria! http://www.mollie-craven.com/

Jason Hurtado

Pulcinella

Jason is exploding with excitement to be joining this incredibly hilarious and kooky cast. This is his first show since he has been back from singing at Dorney Park all Summer. Some of his recent NYC credits include Evita at The Gallery Players and Hair at The Secret Theater which is where he also does children's theater regularly. Other favorite credits include Emcee in Cabaret, The Leading Player in Pippin and Officer Lockstock in Urinetown. Thanks to my Mom and friends for always supporting my munchkin voices and grotesque faces!

Adrian Rifat

Zanni/Pulcinella/Pantalone Alternate

Happy to make his Rag Tag debut! Favorite credits include Seusical(Horton), Godspell("We Beseech Thee), It Runs In The Family(Dr. Connolly), Hands On A Hardbody(Jesus), and Bare: A Pop Opera(Peter). Let's play! NAM-MYOHO-RENGE-KYO!

CREATIVE TEAM

Dennis Corsi

Co-Director

Dennis Corsi is a director and writer. Past directing credits include Bare (RCAH Theatre) and Based on a Totally True Story (Renegade Theatre Festival). He has recently assistant directed the productions of Skippyjon Jones (TheatreWorks), We Three Lizas (Joe's Pub), A Happy End (Abingdon Theatre), and Funny Girl (The Wharton Center). He is currently the New York director of the international television series A Billion to One. Dennis is creating a website called Script Match, making the process of finding plays quick and easy for actors, directors, and producers.

Sally Burgos

Production Stage Manager

Sally has been stage managing for over 8 years and has recently received her Bachelors of Arts Degree in Producing and Management in Theater Arts from Marymount Manhattan College last year. Since then, she has worked many freelance shows, interned for the IT Awards Show (Off-Off Broadway Awards), and also works for the Sheen Center For Thought and Culture as their on call stage manager. She is thrilled to be working with the Soho Playhouse and the Commedia team on this wonderful production of Commedia Cinderella.

Becky Laff

Graphic Designer

Becky Laff is an author, illustrator and story artist. Her noted theater illustrations and poster art have been used by the Tony Award Winning Children's Theatre Company in Minneapolis, MN as well as Columbia Children's Theater in Columbia, SC. She is currently producing "Joseph, the Dreamer" and "Deborah, Queen and Prophet" as part of a series for KarBen Books as well as other titles and projects for Lerner Publications. Her work includes several exhibitions, including a solo exhibition of her dance-themed drawings and animations. She has produced comics for many years including works for Devil's Due Publications, Image Comics, and Scholastic Books. She does all this and more in Minneapolis, MN.

Angela Borst

Costume Designer

Angela Borst (Costume Designer): Angela is a New York City-based costume designer who has created costumes for theatrical productions, special events and costume competitions along the east coast. She received her degree in fashion design at The Fashion Institute of Technology and has been designing costumes for over the last ten years. Her previous works include Riverside Theater Arts Peter Pan: Flight to Neverland, NCT's The Wedding Singer and SPONGE Theatricals off-broadway production of bare:A Pop Opera. She is thrilled to be a part of the magic making with the Spaghetti and Meatball Players for their production of The Commedia Rapunzel. Her design aesthetic combines character driven choices, fashion knowledge and a passion for the art of storytelling. Much love and thanks to her friends and family who help keep her sane throughout all the costume chaos. http://angidawn24.wix.com/costumeangidawn24@yahoo.com

Amy O’Neill

Assistant Stage Manager

Amy is an actor from Glasgow Scotland. She is a graduate of the 2015 class of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Since graduation she has been working on a short film C.I.T with Hup! Productions, Descendants of the Chalice with the Wirehead Collective and is a part of Girl Be Heard Theatre Company.

GENEROUS SUPPORTERS

Bipity Bopity! A giant SHOUT OUT to all the wonderful people that donated to make this show possible! Thank you!
  • Christian Parker
  • Beth DeHart
  • Sharon Nobles
  • Mary Ellen Phofl
  • Foy Thompson
  • Jean Fowler
  • Anne Blake
  • Ronna Creed
  • Carlotta P Brentan
  • Daniel Reynolds
  • Jennifer Kinsey
  • Brooke Ensign
  • Jan Jordan
  • Peggy W Dassatti
  • Joan N Sheorn
  • Stephen Roehler
  • Andrew W Quinn III
  • Rebecca B. LaFrage
  • Gordon English, Jr.
  • Hope Boykin Langley
  • Patrick Rush Adent
  • Matthew Marsh
  • Denise Dunlap
  • Debra White
  • Chase M Branham
  • Douglas L. Van Schaik
  • Jody M Branham
  • Jean Saturday Whitley
  • Vicki Mills
  • Douglas Combs
  • Jessica Kazamel
  • Susan B Brewer
  • Patricia C Griffin
  • Barbara Rubin
  • Rengy C Marshall
  • Christopher G Pappas
  • Miss NL Pope
  • Eliot Bassett-Cann
  • Mary T Tedder
  • Randy Fowler
  • Sarah Nettles
  • Kate Ballen
  • Felicia Elliott
  • Elizabeth A Holland
Linguine Donors
  • Margaret & Robert Branham
  • Sally Nightingale
  • Camden Financial Partners, LLC
  • Roy M. Fakoury
  • Catherine Creed Goodale
Angel Hair Donors
  • James LaFrage
  • Rebecca LaFrage

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The Commedia Cinderella

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