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ALi Landvatter, co-founder

Something on your bucket list?

Go to Japan.

Current obsession?

Timers.

Title of your autobiography?

Here is a Book I Wrote with Me in it!

A recent resolution you've made?

Drink more red wine.

Proudest artistic or career achievement?

Starting my own theatre company! - Tut'Zanni :) (Cheap Shot? - I stand by it.)

Life philosophy?

Don't be an asshole.

Where were you born?

Minneapolis, MN

Where else have you lived?

Kansas, Seattle, Alaska, Utah, L.A., and Ireland

Where do you currently live?

NYC

Favorite Tut'Zanni memory

There are so many! Greeting the Tut'Z as they got off the plane for the first time. Drinking out of a watermelon in Italy. The Bunny Dance. Fireproofing our set on the sidewalk 30 minutes before getting into the theatre. I think my favorite and most meaningful moments in life are almost always accompanied by the Tut'z.

Secret talent?

Keeping secrets.

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Allegra Libonati, founding member

Where were you born?

New York City

Where else have you lived?

New Canaan, CT, Boston, MA, Pittsburgh, PA, and NYC

Where do you currently live?

Las Vegas, NV

Secret talent?

Making things happen.

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An unusual thing you always have with you?

A rock

Something on your bucket list?

Seeing the Northern Lights

Karaoke go-to song?

Colors of the Wind

Title of your autobiography?

Participation Medal

Current obsession?

Trees

A recent resolution you've made?

To show up with my heart open.

Your proudest career and/or artistic achievement?

The night Hair won the Tony for Best Revival was very cool. [Allegra assistant directed the show!]

Life philosophy?

Why not?


Dory Sibley, co-founder

Where were you born?

Fayetteville, Arkansas

Where else have you lived?

Florence, Berlin and Milan

Where do you currently live?

Arezzo, Italy

What is your favorite Tut'Zanni memory?

My favorite Tut'Z moment has to be the creation story of Ballerina Doctor Frog. It was the day of our premier as a company after 2 weeks of development on ART FOR SALE. We were sitting in the gymnasium of the church in Los Angeles that so graciously gave us space to rehearse. Liam began playing the piano and as he played Patrick began to dance in the frog mask. Out of nowhere, Allegra, ALi and I started telling the story of the Ballerina Doctor Frog (our own version of Frankenstein) and Patrick acted out everything we were saying. We loved it, threw it into our show at last minute and it became one of the most popular and meaningful pieces of the show itself. It was the first moment when I realized just how magical our connection is as artists and helped me to trust the process on a deeper level.

In those days we were dreamers with only the motivation to create together again. I feel like this feeling of magic is what binds us so closely and that motivation is still the truest thing in our art. Molly once answered the question, "Why do you do this together? Isn't it hard?" She said, "I wouldn't do this with any other people in the world. We just love creating together." It is a joy that is impossible to express in words and these two moments in particular remind me why finding this group of artistic partners has been such a miracle that in a lot of ways has saved me and encouraged me to be more independent and confident in my creations.

Secret talent?

Singing "Someday my Prince will come" creepily just like Disney's version of Snow White

Something on your bucket list?

To teach and/or perform on every continent

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Karaoke go-to song?

Me and Bobby McGee

Title of your autobiography?

Once Upon a Time She Did Not Have a Total Meltdown: The Fragility of the Parent-Artist Balancing Act

A resolution you've recently made?

To be more patient with my 5 year old

Your proudest career or artistic achievement?

7th season of Tut'Zanni baby!!

Life philosophy?

"And in the end, the love you take is the love you make."


Liam Mulshine, founding member

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One unusual thing you always have with you?

Solar eclipse glasses. Because you never know. Also, it's fun to be able to stare directly at the sun.

Something on your bucket list?

To ride the Coast Starlight Train from Los Angeles to Seattle.

Karaoke go-to song?

Suspicious Minds by Elvis Presley

Current obsession?

Making nut butters at home

A recent resolution you've made?

To be the queer mentor to someone that I never had

Proudest career or artistic achievement?

I recently starred in a two-person, direct address show set in the streets of Dublin, playing a guy who in many ways couldn't be further from me, personality-wise. It was a stretch for me in every sense, and it really felt like an achievement I had worked my butt off for.

Life mantra?

"A person who trims himself to suit everyone will soon whittle himself away." I hate that I discovered such a meaningful, personal message in a fortune cookie, but here we are.

Where were you born?

Washington, DC

Where else have you lived?

Boston, Arezzo, Italy, and Los Angeles

Where do you currently live?

Philadelphia

Favorite Tut'Zanni memory?

Probably our homemade family dinners outside at Dory's as the sun was setting over the hills in Tuscany after long days creating work at the Accademia dell'Arte during the summer of 2017. Great company, delicious food and wine, and a picture-perfect setting - what could be better?

Secret talent?

I can solve "Spot the Difference Between These Two Images" and Magic Eye puzzles instantly. I'm not joking.

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Molly Tomhave, founding member

Where were you born?

Seattle

Where else have you lived?

Tacoma, LA, Arezzo

Where do you currently live?

Seattle

Favorite Tut'Zanni memory?

Favorite is impossible. One treasured memory is catching fireflies in Arkansas while we were on tour. I loved being on the road, I loved how hard the work was and how good we are at having fun.

Secret talent?

I'm really good at recognizing what celebrity does voiceovers in commercials.

An unusual thing you always have with you?

Always? Nothing. Often? Little stone elephant.

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Something on your bucket list?

There are a lot of places near and far I'd like to go. My current desire is Big Sur.

Title of your autobiography be?

Look Away

Current obsession?

Frankenstein. If you really read that book and pay attention the ending will knock you out. But you have to read it with your heart open and your head quiet.

A resolution you've recently made?

Stop eating out so damn much. So far could be doing a better job.

Your proudest career or artistic achievement?

Apricot award in 2nd grade for my drawings in a book a wrote, "My Cat the Hunter". I've done some lovely and amazing things, but that was one of the first and I believe inspired other events that followed.

Your life mantra?

Pay attention.


Patrick Berger, founding member

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Something on your bucket list?

To learn how to distill my own whiskey.

Your karaoke go-to song?

George Michael's "Freedom"

The title of your autobiography?

Prairie Boy, City Man, Country King

Current obsession?

Soup.

An unusual thing you always have with you?

Oh! A $2 bill in my wallet. My Dad gave me one as a kid and told me to always keep it with me. Then, after Alex and I were married, one day he gave me a $2 bill and said always keep this in your wallet... and I was like, I have one! So I replaced it and gave him the one from my Dad.

Where were you born?

Dickinson, ND

Where else have you lived?

Pittsburgh, PA

Where do you currently live?

Queens, NY

Favorite Tut'Zanni memory?

Oh man! There are so many. Tut'z in a tub at the giant mansion we stayed in while traveling through the South. Dancing to "Call Me Maybe" while everyone groaned in disbelief in Italy. Dory pregnant in NY and the rest of us rehearsing while she laid there in need of rice krispy treats. The moment we fell off stage for the first 'Don't Save the Princesses!' and cried... because we had flopped horribly. All of us wanting to sleep in the same room at Liam's parents house. Literally anytime 3 Tut'z are present in the same room, that is my favorite. HAHA.

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LOVE LETTER LOST

"[I]f you’re looking for contenders for the best comedy Fringe has to offer, I think we may have just got beaten on our home turf by a gang of out-of-towners."

Washington City Paper

"...with [Tut'Zanni's] delightful breed of Commedia dell’Arte, they’re welcome visitors to this year’s Capitol Fringe Festival... they were clearly having just as much fun as we were. And that’s really the spirit that Tut’Zanni Theatre Company brings to their work – have a laugh, and enjoy yourselves."

DC Theatre Scene

What would you do to get what you want?

LOVE LETTER LOST is an improvised, interactive, and occasionally inappropriate show that explores the outrageous things people do in the name of love. Tut'Zanni Theatre Company presents traditional Commedia dell'Arte with a modern twist in this original tale featuring feuding households, cross-dressing servants, a seafaring duo, and more.

Masks: Zanni, 2 Innamorati, Colombino, Dottore, Magnifica, Capitano, Pulcinella

"FIVE STARS... Best of the Capital Fringe... everything a Fringe show should be: fast paced, highly entertaining, and a wonderfully comic way to spend an evening.

DC Metro Theater Arts

 

 

Photos by Zach Kronisch at Zach Kronisch Photography

Click here to download a copy of the press release for Love Letter Lost.

 

 

ART FOR SALE

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Brighella’s theatre company is trying to put up their show but a million things go wrong. Through prima donna actors, money-hungry venue owners, and plain old-fashioned chaos, this play explores the relationship between art and money, and what that can mean to artists.

Art for Sale uses various theatrical forms, including Commedia dell’ Arte and neutral mask, music, shadow puppetry, dance, and acrobatics in what is a spectacular exploration of heart and expression that illustrates the struggle and satisfaction of being an artist.

Art for Sale, the first show created by Tut'Zanni Theatre Company, was workshopped in Los Angeles in 2011, then was performed in Arezzo, Italy at the CrisisArt Festival and at the New York International Fringe Festival in 2012, as well as a number of venues in Arkansas and Mississippi during a tour of the Southern US.

Masks: Brighella, Arlecchino, Colombina, Capitano, Pantalone, Dottore, Neutral 

Photos by Angel McVay-McGeehee

 

 

BEEP & BOP

Beep and Bop are siblings, a sister and brother respectively. We don’t know how they got to the city, but we get a glimpse into their daily lives. We are taken through their endearing wake-up routine, after which they are immediately faced with something so basic we can all relate to it: hunger.

"These two performers are well trained in what they do and have pure pleasure sharing their joy, warmth, melancholy and little discoveries. This is a show that would suit all ages – Beep & Bop’s humor is so infectious – it’s a show for everyone!"
- Jo Tomalin, FringeReview.co.uk

They do not have parents, so Beep takes on the mother role, pushing them to perform for the few dollars that allow them to barely survive. Where Beep is practical, Bop is imagination. Beep feeds their bellies, and Bop feeds their hearts. These two are caught in a world, this city, that does not care about them. No one is there to help them assimilate, so they create their own world to help them survive. 

Masks: Two Zanni masks

 

 

DON'T SAVE THE PRINCESSES!

Cara begins her day the same way every time her cartridge is put into a game system. She is a beautiful princess on a picnic, who is kidnapped by an evil witch who wishes to steal her youth, and she waits in her cage until the hero comes to save her and share a kiss. Then it begins all over again. But, one day, the most dangerous thing that can happen to a female video game character happens – she has a thought. Her own, independent thought, that maybe things could be different.

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But what happens when a damsel in distress decides to rescue herself? What happens to the hero when she decides she doesn’t need him anymore? The audience, alongside Cara, Capitano, and Strega, must decide how the game will now play out, and who will dance the victory dance and beat the game.

Masks: Princess, Hero (modeled after a Capitano Estupido), Strega

Don't Save The Princesses! played at the Brick Theatre during the July 2015 Game Play Festival. Click here for more info

 

 

FOOD, SEX, & BIG CHECKS

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What happens when Pedrolino comes to the big city to follow his dreams?
How can decisions be made in a board room full of Brighellas?
If Dottore was reporting the news and his co-anchor was Zanni, could the news ever happen?

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If Capitano was running for President... should we all move to Canada?
Can Colombina make it sandwiched between the working class and a boardroom of Brighellas?
Will Strega figure out how to use her webcam?

 

All will be revealed in one of Tut'Zanni's latest creations.

 

Masks: Pedrolino, Zanni, Colombina, 2 Dottores, an innamorata, 3 Brighellas, Capitano, Strega