GORILLA REPERTORY THEATER COMPANY INC

Rating: 4.78 stars   18 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: New York NY USA

Mission: Gorilla Repertory Theater Company, Inc.’s mission is to provide the highest quality productions of classical dramatic material with the flavor of contemporary immediacy to people where they are for free.
2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

On about my 3rd day living in NYC on my way to a freshman orientation actvity at NYU, I accidentally stumbled upon Gorilla Rep's A Midsummer Night's Dream in Washington Sq Park. I was immediately enthralled and my mind was blown. I had only seen theatre on proscenium stages before and here were actors running across the park, acting on the jungle gymn, playing directly with an audience clamoring around them on all sides, lit by flashlights and forcing the audience to chase them around from place to place. It was pure magic. I never made it to the orientation activity. FurthermoreI entered my acting trainning at NYU the next week with a lot of preconceptions newly DROPPED about what theatre was supposed to be. The rules had completely changed in a most exciting way.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

performance

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

get them more funding!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a company member of Gorilla Rep. I had the honor of performing in two of Gorilla Rep's plays in 2009, and it was a positive, challenging experience. I learned a lot about classical theater, outdoor performance and coming through in a crunch. I've also had the opportunity to watch several other Gorilla Rep shows, and I've enjoyed them very much. I'm looking forward to participating in the next Gorilla Rep show, either as an actor or as an audience member.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

parks and outdoor venues all over New York City.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

give them a lot more money to play with.

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Rating: 5 stars  

For almost 20 years Gorilla Rep's magical, always engaging productions have been a focal point of my summers, and in the time when I volunteered with the company, an inspiration to my whole life. I treasure every memory, from the company's early productions of A Midsummer Night's Dream and King Lear down in Washington Square Park ranging to Julius Caesar and Hamlet at Fort Tryon. I've heard rumors about Gorilla Rep presenting the entire canon of Shakespeare . . . . a longtime dream. I'll be there for every show when it happens. The people who make up Gorilla Rep are real Urban Warriors.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Parks and playgrounds all over New York City

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I'd give them a few million dollars, or a winning lottery ticket.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a long time ensemble member of Gorilla Rep. Being in their shows has been one of the highlights of my career. I highly recommend the company to everyone.
- Mark Greenfield
Artistic Director of the Faux-Real Theatre Company

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I have been a performer a director and an audience member for Gorilla Rep, and I continue to be a fan and a suporter of this vital work.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

None that I can think of

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Rating: 5 stars  

I happened to stumble across Gorilla Rep's unabridged production of Hamlet in Fort Tryon park a few summers ago, just when I'd moved to the city, and whoo-ee, I felt like it shook up every version I'd seen. The performances were all strong, but I guess the strongest impression I had was that the whole company was really up to something, together. When I've paid a pretty penny to see live shows since then, I've often marveled at how fortunate I was to have caught such fine theatre, offered up to the atmosphere.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

...their production of Hamlet in Fort Tryon park, maybe three years ago.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

More shows!

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Gorilla Rep is one of the best things about living in New York. I've seen many productions of a Midsummer's Night Dream, some with world class actos, but none connects with me like the Gorilla Rep. Whey they perform Shakespeare they aren't dusting off a museum piece. It is living theater. The comedies are funny. You laugh out loud. They don't try to transform the play. They are true to the original. They just do it in a way that shakes the cobwebs off it. I always make sure to take new people to see their shows because they are a revelation.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have seen many of their productions.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Have them do more shows.

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Rating: 4 stars  

I am a great fan of Gorilla Repertory Theater. One of my earliest and fondest memories was watching As You Like It at Washington Square Park. It was so much fun to run around the park to each scene as if the audience was eaves dropping on these people's stories.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

enjoyment I experience with my fellow audience members. After seeing a Gorilla Rep show it's always followed by lively conversation afterward.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

probably want to see more funds devoted to this company in order to help achieve free theater.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

How did you learn about this organization?

a book written by Christopher Sanderson - Gorilla Theater: A Practical Guide to Performing the New Outdoor Theater Anytime, Anywhere

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Rating: 5 stars  

This company puts incredibly high-quality and touching representations of theatrical classics at the reach of thousands of theater lovers in some of the most beautiful and special locations in New York. A must of every summer!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

several plays

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

have it available year-round!

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