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PROJECTS

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LOST MY TRAIN OF THOUGHT

Performances include: 2019 So-fi Festival in NYC

Performances include:
2019 So-fi Festival in NYC

An interactive theatrical story that unfolds through card catalogs, doll-house miniatures, a Radioptican Magic Lantern, and an antique windup tin train. A Librarian guides the audience along on a series of six journeys, each of which contains choices for the audience, resulting in more than 128 possible story variants. Lost My Train of Thought explores how we catalog time: is it borrowed, bought, saved, stolen, wasted, or lost?

Lost My Train of Thought is approximately 45 minutes in length.
Ages: Adults (& mature teens)

The Librarian: Sarah Murphy
Voices: Justin Steeve
Engineers: TBD per production
Story: Joy Tomasko
Design: Tiny Box Theater
Train Consultant: Mark Lamparski
Radioptican Consultant: John Eckert
Poster design: Aaron C. Smith

the shoe Shine sam show

Performances include: 2019 Figment NYC on Roosevelt Island 2018 Madison Square Park Kids Fest: Stages in the Square

Performances include:
2019 Figment NYC on Roosevelt Island
2018 Madison Square Park Kids Fest: Stages in the Square

Sam is a man with a plan. Sam's plan involves this box. And Sam may just share with you what's inside...if...well, you'll just have to experience it for yourself. Using an audio recorded story that the participants listen to on headphones, this piece includes a repurposed shoe shine box and a very special book, both of which contain secret ingredients.
Ages: 6 & up

Sam: Jason Planitzer*
Disembodied Voice: Justin Steeve
Story: Joy Tomasko
Book Design: Sarah Murphy
Sound Design: Justin Steeve

*Jason Planitzer is a guest artist. Catch him doing stand-up comedy in NYC & on tour. Learn more on his website.

 

song of my shoe

Performances include: 2019 Figment NYC on Roosevelt Island 2018 Madison Square Park Kids Fest: Stages in the Square

Performances include:
2019 Figment NYC on Roosevelt Island
2018 Madison Square Park Kids Fest: Stages in the Square

Where would you like to go today? Your shoes take you on an adventure with several choices to be made and some dancing along the way. This piece includes a shoe shine box, caddy, props, and an audio recorded story for very young audiences and the young at heart.
Ages: 2 & up

The Shoe: Sarah Murphy
Guide: Justin Steeve
Music: Eric Holm*
Story & Design: Joy Tomasko & Sarah Murphy
Sound Design: Justin Steeve
Illustrations: Devin Cecil-Wishing


*Eric Holm is a guest artist. In addition to being a theater maker, he hosts regular musical classes for the little ones in New York City. Learn more about these classes on his website.

 

SOLE SEARCH!

Performances include: 2019 Figment NYC on Roosevelt Island 2018 Madison Square Park Kids Fest: Stages in the Square

Performances include:
2019 Figment NYC on Roosevelt Island
2018 Madison Square Park Kids Fest: Stages in the Square

Welcome soldiers! Your mission is to collect as many lost shoes left behind at the Good Luck Ball on Horseshoe Island before word gets out and the Paparazzi arrives…
Tiny Box Theater's first game incorporates a repurposed shoe shine box. Participants listen to the pre-recorded game introduction and rules on headphones. Then play by moving your game piece across the board using a spinner & story cards to collect as many doll shoes before the time is up.
Ages: 6 & up

Epic Trailer Voice: Justin Steeve
Disclaimer Voice: Sarah Murphy
Story & Concept: Joy Tomasko
Game Design: Sarah Murphy, Justin Steeve, Joy Tomasko
Sound Design: Justin Steeve
Rainbow Joes Game Pieces by Dan Abramson/Yoga Joes

 

the curiosity shop

Performances include: 2019 Figment NYC on Roosevelt Island 2018 Luna Stage in West Orange, NJ 2018 Figment Toronto in Dufferin Grove Park 2018 Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2018 Figment Boston at The Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy 2018 Figment NYC on Governors Island

Performances include:
2019 Figment NYC on Roosevelt Island
2018 Luna Stage in West Orange, NJ
2018 Figment Toronto in Dufferin Grove Park
2018 Edinburgh Fringe Festival
2018 Figment Boston at The Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy
2018 Figment NYC on Governors Island

Inside an antique Victorian cash register till is a house with messages from the future and the past left for you to find. Using an audio recorded story, that participants listen to on headphones, this piece includes paper pop-ups and cut-outs, miniatures, and a few buried objects. Seed Money is an optional follow-up interactive to this story. 
Ages: 6 & up

Narrator: Sarah Murphy
Gertie: Elizabeth Klett*
Guide: Justin Steeve
Story: Joy Tomasko
Story Editor: Sarah Murphy
Design: Sarah Murphy, Justin Steeve, Joy Tomasko, Grace Trimble

 

seed money

Performances include: 2019 Figment NYC on Roosevelt Island 2018 Luna Stage in West Orange, NJ 2018 Figment Toronto in Dufferin Grove Park 2018 Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2018 Figment Boston at The Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy 2018 Figment NYC on Governors Island

Performances include:
2019 Figment NYC on Roosevelt Island
2018 Luna Stage in West Orange, NJ
2018 Figment Toronto in Dufferin Grove Park
2018 Edinburgh Fringe Festival
2018 Figment Boston at The Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy
2018 Figment NYC on Governors Island

A 1950's Budget Box invites you to make four decisions and offers predictions based on your choices. Using an audio recorded story, that participants listen to on headphones, this piece includes paper cut-outs and an exchange of ideas and currency. A follow-up interactive to The Curiosity Shop.
Ages: 6 & up

Gertie: Elizabeth Klett*
Predictors: Sarah Murphy & Justin Steeve
Predictions by Joy Tomasko with Sarah Murphy and Justin Steeve
Design: Tiny Box Theater with Grace Trimble

*Elizabeth Klett is a guest artist. She's an accomplished Audiobook Narrator and Voice Artist. Visit her website to hear more of her work.

 

RETURN IF FOUND

Installations include:  2018 Boston Figment at The Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy 2018 LIC Arts Open at Grand Central Atelier

Installations include:
2018 Boston Figment at The Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy
2018 LIC Arts Open at Grand Central Atelier

An original story starring you, the Reader, unfolds in a card catalog with one beginning and eleven possible endings. There is no audio to this piece, the story is written out on the cards to be read as directed. 
Ages: 9 & up

Story: Joy Tomasko
Story Editor: Sarah Murphy
Design: Sarah Murphy, Justin Steeve & Joy Tomasko

For the LIC Arts Open presentation there were two additional elements. Scenes from the story along with additional text could be explored inside the accompanying roll-top desk. And the mural was a work-in-progress by artists at the Grand Central Atelier and was incorporated as a backdrop for the installation.
Mural: Anthony Baus, Ananda Fetherston, Len Clark


 

 

The PLACE OF MANY HILLS

Performances include: 2017 Figment NYC on Governors Island

Performances include:
2017 Figment NYC on Governors Island

Inside a repurposed tackle box an explorer shares his perspective on how to pack for a journey when you don't know the destination. Using an audio recorded story, that the participant listens to on headphones, this piece includes a concertina fold, origami animals, archival postcards, toy theater, and a scrolling map.
Ages: 6 & up

The Explorer: Justin Steeve
Story: Joy Tomasko
Design: Tiny Box Theater

 

The salty people oyster bar

Performances include: 2017 Figment NYC on Governors Island

Performances include:
2017 Figment NYC on Governors Island

Inside a submarine battery box a history of oysters in NYC as told from the point of view of a comb jelly. Using an audio recorded story, that the participants listen to on headphones, this piece features a pictorial menu of local NY oysters, archival imagery, toy theater, and miniature bioluminescent creatures.
Ages: 6 & up

Comb Jelly: Sarah Murphy
Story: Joy Tomasko
Design: Tiny Box Theater with Grace Trimble

 

 

Island Specimen

Performances include: 2016 Figment NYC on Governors Island

Performances include:
2016 Figment NYC on Governors Island

Inside a microscope box, follow along and take notes as a botanist shares her experiences exploring an island army base that has returned to wilderness. Using an original audio recorded story, that the participants listen to on headphones, this piece includes a magnifying glass, specimen slides, archival imagery, illustrations, photos, magnets, levers, and a mini UV flashlight.
Ages: 6 & up

Botanist: Sarah Murphy
Story & Design: Joy Tomasko with Sarah Murphy
Technical Consultant: Justin Steeve

 

 

Island Soldier

Performances include: 2015 Figment NYC on Governors Island

Performances include:
2015 Figment NYC on Governors Island

Inside a repurposed mailbox, a letter from a soldier tells a story within a story of what he's reading and writing. Using an audio recorded story, that the participants listen to on headphones, this piece includes archival imagery, illustrations, yarn, magnets and levers. A companion piece to Island Librarian.
Ages: 6 & up

Soldier: Justin Steeve
Story & Concept: Joy Tomasko
Design: Tiny Box Theater
Illustrations: Anthony Baus & Patrick Byrnes
Archival Images: NYPL Digital Collections

 

Island Librarian

Performances include: 2015 Figment NYC on Governors Island

Performances include:
2015 Figment NYC on Governors Island

Inside a repurposed mailbox, a letter from a Librarian explores her life in island time and book time, and how a discovery she makes at work is a bridge across real time. A companion piece to Island Soldier. Using an audio recorded story, that the participants listen to on headphones, this piece includes archival imagery, illustrations, magnets and levers.
Ages: 6 & up

Librarian: Sarah Murphy
Story & Concept: Joy Tomasko
Design: Tiny Box Theater
Illustrations: Anthony Baus
Archival Images: NYPL Digital Collections

 
 

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