‘Tear It Down’ Season Premiere Gala was a Huge Success!


A Recap of Tympanic’s Season Premiere Gala

By Brenda Scott Wlazlo and Ali Delianides

On the evening of Saturday, September 27th, over 55 guests convened  in the candlelit  lobby of the Victory Gardens Biograph Theater, listening to lovely acoustic melodies while anticipating the commencement of Tympanic Theatre’s Season Premiere Gala.

The Gala showcased a first look at Tympanic’s upcoming season, Tear it Down, and introduced two new original projects utilizing two performance mediums that have never been explored.  The first project previewed with a teaser for the Theatrical Podcast Series, The Bullcrow Project, and the second being a screening of our original film, All the Pleasures Prove.

Guests of Tympanic were wined and dined (literally- we had all you can drink red and white) on delicious creations, such as pulled pork kimchi sliders and grilled hanger steak with balsamic onion jam on toasted naan by long time restaurant aficionado Brian Wlazlo.

Amid welcome speeches by our fearless leaders, Managing Director Paul E Martinez and Artistic Director Dan Caffrey, we set the scene for our first look into Tympanic’s 8th Season opener Social Creatures by Jackie Sibblies Drury. With the help of Director Nathan Robbel, we were transported into the remnants of a post apocalyptic version of  The Den Theater with a reading by cast members Elizabeth Ellis (Mrs. Wilson), Patricia Rogers (Mrs. Williams) and Martel Manning (Mr. Brown).

Next up was a brief excerpt from Tympanic’s newest aural adventure “The Bull Crow Project” a theatrical podcast series created by Tympanic Company members Josh Ellison and Maxwell Shults that showcased the creative vocal expertise of Charlotte Mae Ellison and Ellen Girvin.

After a brief intermission and an outpouring of Ancho Chili, Cinnamon Sugar and Buttered Popcorn from our resident cuisine king, Brian Wlazlo, representatives from the highly acclaimed band Elizabeth Dane  (the undeniably talented John Penick and fellow Tympanic Artistic Associate, Mckenzie Gerber) showered our eardrums with the inspiration for Tympanic’s Spring Play Festival, Today We Escape. A coalition between playwrights and songs from Radiohead's OK Computer Album.

And lastly, with lights dimmed and popcorn in hand, Tympanic and producing partner,  Kentalago Productions, LLC premiered All the Pleasures Prove, our first film. Written by Company member Ted Brangel and directed by longtime Tympanic friend Aaron Pagel, featuring Tympanic Company members Brenda Scott Wlazlo and Christopher Waldron.

Wine was consumed, food was savored, raffle tickets, including a lesson at the NYC Trapeze School, were won and photo’s were taken. Yes- lots and lots of photo’s by our savvy company members Ellen Girvin, Holly McCauley and very professional photographer,  Brian Berman. Below are some of our favorites, but all of the photo’s can be seen on our Facebook Group Page- including some amazing shots from our step and repeat Tympanic photo booth- a fun filled accu tramonte that is sure to make it’s way into many events to come!

Thank you to everyone for supporting Tympanic Theatre Company this year and the 7 years past. Eight equals great, we anticipate... and to share we cannot wait!! (Okay I’ll stop)  But really, we can’t wait to share all the weird we have planned with everyone! If the success and enthusiasm of this past Saturday is any indication on how our eighth season is going to play out, then we are all in for a rockin’ good time.

We’re drooling just looking at these Pulled Pork Kimchi Sliders with sliced cucumber and Ranch aioli.

Brian Wlazlo has cemented his newest office “Official Tympanic Chef” with these Whipped Ricotta Crustini’s with lemon zest, Cracked Black Pepper and Lemon Zest.


We hope you will check out our upcoming show:

Social Creatures Running October 31 - November 16 Friday - Sunday at The Den Theatre

Get tickets here!