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PROJECTS

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LOST MY TRAIN OF THOUGHT

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A reclusive author sends a librarian a copy of their latest book. Within its pages, she finds a special request and a set of clues. The author, the librarian, and an audience of readers must finish a series of stories and return something long overdue.

Our newest piece will unfold using objects of nostalgia: repurposed card catalogs, dollhouse miniatures, Radioptican Magic Lanterns, and a wind-up tin train. The show has one beginning and several possible endings, depending on chance and the choices of the audience. Lost My Train of Thought explores how we catalog time: is it borrowed, bought, saved, stolen, wasted, or lost?

Currently in development. Lost My Train of Thought will be approximately 45 minutes in length and accommodate 20-25 audience members. Joy Tomasko is writing and directing. Sarah Murphy will perform live. The Tiny Box Theater team is designing.

the shoe Shine sam show

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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.

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

2018 Performance: Kids Fest: Stages in the Square.

*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

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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.

The Shoe: Sarah Murphy
Guide: Justin Steeve
Music: Eric Holm*

Story & Design: Joy Tomasko & Sarah Murphy
Sound Design: Justin Steeve

2018 Performance: Kids Fest: Stages in the Square.

*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!

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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.

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

 

the curiosity shop

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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. 

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

2018 Performances: NYC Figment, Boston Figment, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Toronto Figment, Luna Stage.

 

seed money

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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.

Gertie: Elizabeth Klett*
Predictors: Sarah Murphy & Justin Steeve

Predictions by Joy Tomasko with Sarah Murphy and Justin Steeve
Design: Justin Steeve, Grace Trimble, Joy Tomasko

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

2018 Performances: NYC Figment, Boston Figment, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Toronto Figment, Luna Stage.

 

RETURN IF FOUND

Installation view during LIC Arts Open 2018

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. Scenes from the story along with additional text can be explored inside the accompanying roll-top desk.

Story: Joy Tomasko
Story Editor: Sarah Murphy
Design: Sarah Murphy, Justin Steeve & Joy Tomasko
Mural: Anthony Baus, Ananda Fetherston, Len Clark

The mural is a work-in-progress by artists at the Grand Central Atelier and was incorporated as a backdrop for the installation.

Originally installed during LIC Arts Open May 2018 & subsequently at Boston Figment.
 

 

The PLACE OF MANY HILLS

Figment NYC 2017

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.

The Explorer: Justin Steeve

Story: Joy Tomasko
Design: Sarah Murphy, Justin Steeve, Joy Tomasko, Grace Trimble

Originally performed at Figment NYC 2017 on Governors Island.

 

The salty people oyster bar

Figment NYC 2017

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.

Comb Jelly: Sarah Murphy

Story: Joy Tomasko
Design: Sarah Murphy, Justin Steeve, Joy Tomasko, Grace Trimble

Originally Performed at Figment NYC 2017 on Governors Island.

 

 

Island Specimen

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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.

Botanist: Sarah Murphy

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

Originally performed at Figment NYC 2016 on Governors Island.

 

 

Island Soldier

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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.

Soldier: Justin Steeve

Story & Concept: Joy Tomasko
Design: Sarah Murphy, Justin Steeve, Joy Tomasko
Illustrations: Anthony Baus & Patrick Byrnes
Archival Images: NYPL Digital Collections

Originally Performed at Figment NYC 2015 on Governors Island.

 

Island Librarian

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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.

Librarian: Sarah Murphy

Story & Concept: Joy Tomasko
Design: Sarah Murphy, Justin Steeve, Joy Tomasko
Illustrations: Anthony Baus
Archival Images: NYPL Digital Collections

Originally Performed at Figment NYC 2015 on Governors Island.

We are grateful to use Sound Effects from the following sites: Freesfx.co.uk and Soundbible.com.