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The Drunkard's Wife Presents 'Tiny Hornets, or, It Didn't Have To Come To This' With Six Performances in Bushwick
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24 Aug 2017 01:36 PM EST

-by Anthony Bell, Contributing Writer; Image: One of the stars of Tiny Hornets (Image Source: Official Website)

Summer is a perfect time for outdoor activities, and what is more Brooklyn than an outdoor dinner theater?

For the next three weekends, local theater troupe The Drunkard's Wife will present a "musical folkloric spectacle" at 389 Melrose St. in Bushwick titled Tiny Hornets, or, It Didn’t Have To Come To This. Written and directed by Normandy Raven Sherwood with music composed and directed by Craig Flanagin, Tiny Hornets is set to be an immersive and interactive dinner theater experience that will be performed throughout the space.

The production is a reimagining of The Drunkard's Wife's 2012 musical spectacular. The Drunkard's Wife, according to their press release, "is a no-wave mountain music band/ theater troupe whose works have been seen at the Brick Theater (Permanent Caterpillar), The New Ohio Theatre (Feather Gatherers), Uncanny Valley/chashama (Tiny Hornets 2012) and parties and bars all over New York City."

The press release notes that the performance "invites you to experience the folk ways, mores, and lores of the village of It Didn’t Have To Come To This, a timeless place that will manifest in a secret garden in Bushwick for few weeks at the end of this summer. You will witness the folk at work and at play, dancing their authentic dances, and singing their traditional songs. You will get a chance to fondle their handicrafts, sample their foodstuffs and cordials, and participate in their celebrations. Guided by an intrepid Ethnographer, you will meet many fascinating village types, including Essie, a young girl who longs for a taste of something more... flesh."

The release also says that the experience "is something like John Waters's Desperate Living meets Sergei Parajanov's Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors with all the terror of C.H.U.D."

Tickets are $12, with performances on August 24, 25, 31, and September 1, 7, and 8 at 7:30 p.m. at 389 Melrose St. near the corner of Knickerbocker Ave. For public transit, take the L train to the Jefferson stop or the M to Central Avenue. For more information on the production, visit

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