Story Time with Mr. Buttermen
(the disturbed man who lives in your park)
Fables for Adults Living in a Modern World
By Mind The Art's Poetry Division
Conceived & Directed by Christian De Gré
- Published as a poetry anthology in January 2011
- Premiered as a spoken word collective at La MaMa E.T.C. in February 2011
- Theatrical extension to Center Stage NY in April 2011
- Was featured as an art exhibit at the Fountain Art Armory Show in March 2012
- Musical Adaptation premiered at The New York International Fringe Festival in 2012
- Featured on the Top 10 List of 2012 by The Huffington Post
About the show
Audience members at Story Time with Mr. Buttermen: Fables for Adults Living in a Modern World join the class of the beloved Mr. Buttermen (a wonderfully disturbed man who lives in the park) as he leads us on a journey of depravity and learning. His fables teach us the importance of being a moral adult in the modern world, with classic stories such as The Girl Who Cried Rape, Pigmailman and Petey the Impotent Rabbit. Don't miss the opportunity to once again giggle like a school child. (NOTE: Peeing your pants in the theatre is still frowned upon).
A multi-arts, spoken word musical of original fables for adults taken from Mind The Art's poetry book of the same title, the show was originally conceived by Mind The Art Entertainment Artistic Director Christian De Gré and features music by De Gré and American singer-songwriter and jingle writer Jake Holmes (who composed the US Army recruitment jingle "Be All That You Can Be" in the late 1970s as well as the hit 1960's song "Dazed & Confused").
The FringeNYC Musical cast featured Anthony M. Lopez as Mr. Buttermen; Ashley C. Williams (star of the cult horror film The Human Centipede); Joe Kurtz, Justin Ansemli and Robert Moreira (from Die: Roll to Proceed); Jesse Tendler, Erika Cazeneuve, Anabel Franklin, Sri Gordon, Mara Lileas, Chuk Obasi, Shayna Schmidt, Elizabeth Wharton and Nathan Winkelstein. Christian De Gré served as Director and Executive Producer with Aaron Butler as Musical Director and Paula Wilson as Choreographer. Jesse Tendler, Ana Lucia Souza and Ariana Paganetti produced the show with designers Marciel Greene, Scout Isensee and Elias "Uva" Diaz.
The show featured original written works from Jake Holmes, Christian De Gré, David Williams, Joe Kurtz, Ariana Paganetti, Joseph Reese Anderson and Lauren Brady. The show previously premiered at La Mama E.T.C. in 2011 as part of La Mama E.T.C. Presents: A Mind The Art Anthology, Volume II. This spoken word musical marked the 4th production by Mind The Art Entertainment at the New York International Fringe Festival in four years. Its last production, The Timing of a Day, won the Excellence in Ensemble award and subsequently moved Off-Broadway last season to rave reviews.