“Tumacho” will be presented by Mad Horse Theatre Company Poster by Joseph Bearor

Buckle up as music, puppets, slapstick, and general rootin’ tootin’ times all smash together to bring you “Tumacho,” by Ethan Lipton, directed by Jake Cote, a delirious Western comedy unlike anything you have seen before.

Allison McCall surrounded by singing cacti in rehearsal for “Tumacho.” Submitted photo by Scott Leland

In a small town in the Old West, the mayor can’t keep his people from running away or dying at the hands of the local outlaw. And just when things can’t get any worse, an omen predicts that a demon ghost might soon return to possess one of the town’s few remaining people, and then to ravage the rest. Which tyrant will be more awful, the demon or the outlaw? And assuming the mayor can’t save the day – for it seems he can’t do much – will Catalina, the town vagrant, be the one who steps up? “Tumacho” considers hope in the face of evil, the community struggle to act, and demon cuisine, all in a deadpan ode to comedies of yore.

“An impeccably inane horse opera by Ethan Lipton, …”Tumacho” is the platonic theatrical version of the artfully anarchic, shrewdly mindless comedies we wait for every summer to hit movie theaters, often in vain. In other words, there’s no need to hold out for the rebooted “Ghostbusters” for as long as “Tumacho” is in town.”
CRITICS’ PICK!!, wrote Ben Brantley of The New York Times.

“Sometimes a play bursts through a pair of saloon doors and demands your attention. “Tumacho” sauntered on up to me and said ‘This is a play for you!. Thankfully Mad Horse Theatre Company felt the same way I did. What more could you want from a show? Comedy, music, puppets, cowboys, demons, prophecy, great hats, parades, halitosis, more puppets, like a bunch of different types of puppets. I love this show, and every single person who has joined us along for the ride can’t help but fall in love with it too. It’s silly, its over the top, and its just a damn good time. Are you Tumacho?” said director Jake Cote.

The cast includes company members Marie Stewart Harmon, Mark Rubin, and Allison McCall.  Guest artists include: Juliet Moniz, Sam Rapaport, Jared Mongeau, Dalton Slade Kimball, and Daniel Cuff. The production team includes company members, Jake Cote (director), Stacey Koloski (props/puppets design), Savannah Irish (production manager), and Joseph Bearor (poster design). Guest artists include Sabrina Gallego (musical director), Jenn London (stage manager), Hope Riordan (assistant stage manager), Scott Leland (sound design), Connor Perry (set design), Shaughnessey Gower (costume design), Ashley McBreairty (lighting design), Adam Corriveau (puppet support) and Sophie Urey (dramaturgy).

Ethan Lipton is a Brooklyn-based playwright, songwriter and singer. His plays include “Tumacho,” “Red-Handed Otter,” “Luther,” “Goodbye April Hello May,” “100 Aspects of the Moon” and “Meat.” He wrote the book and songs for the musicals “No Place to Go” (Obie Award) and “The Outer Space” (Lortel nomination). He is the 2023 Kleban Prize winner for most promising librettist and a 2023 Creative Capital Grantee for “We Are Your Robots.” He’s been a Guggenheim Fellow and an Alpert Prize Fellow at MacDowell. His band, Ethan Lipton & his Orchestra, has released four studio albums and toured extensively in the U.S. and Europe.

Showtimes are Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday at 5 p.m. with the Sunday, May 5, show at 2 p.m. There is no show on Sunday, April 14; a show has been added on Wednesday, April 24. No cost reservations can be made at madhorse.com.

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