Welcome to Sacred Fools Theater Company, est. 1997
CLOSE SEASON ONE, July 2005 - July 2006       = Photos  = Videos  = Audio
CLOSE SEASON TWO, Oct. 2006 - July 2007       = Photos  = Videos  = Audio
CLOSE SEASON THREE, Sept. 2007 - July 2008       = Photos  = Videos  = Audio
CLOSE SEASON FOUR, Sept. 2008 - July 2009       = Photos  = Videos  = Audio   Yellow = Playoffs Finalists
CLOSE SEASON FIVE, Sept. 2009 - June 2010       = Photos  = Videos  = Audio   Yellow = Playoffs Finalists
CLOSE SEASON SIX, Sept. 2010 - June 2011       = Photos  = Videos  = Audio   Yellow = Playoffs Finalists
CLOSE SEASON SEVEN, Sept. 2011 - June 2012       = Photos  = Videos  = Audio   Yellow= Playoffs Finalists
CLOSE SEASON EIGHT, Sept. 2012 - July 2013       = Photos  = Videos  = Audio   Yellow= Playoffs Finalists
CLOSE SEASON NINE, Sept. 2013 - Aug. 2014       = Photos  = Videos  = Audio   Yellow= Playoffs Finalists
CLOSE SEASON TEN, Sept. 2014 - May 2015       = Photos  = Videos  = Audio   Yellow= Playoffs Finalists
CLOSE SEASON ELEVEN, Sept. 2015 - May 2016       = Photos  = Videos  = Audio   Yellow= Playoffs Finalists
CLOSE SEASON TWELVE, Oct. 2016 - May 2017       = Photos  = Videos  = Audio   Yellow= Playoff Serials
CLOSE THE NIGHTCAP and Other Miscellany      
10/27/07: A Halloween Song - a song by Richard Levinson
 4/05/08: An Easter Song - a song by Richard Levinson
07/12/08: Patrick Duffy Pays Tribute - Patrick Duffy pays tribute to fallen serials at the 3rd Annual Thurstys
07/12/08: The Proposal Song - a song at the 3rd Annual Thurstys becomes a real marriage proposal!
10/18/08: Biting Political Satire - a song by Richard Levinson
 2/21/09: High Five City - celebrations at our 100th episode
 4/04/09: All The Leaves Are Brown - Terry helps us pass time at vote count
 4/11/09: Dear Back Pain - Joe Hernandez-Kolski wites a breakup letter
 5/02/09: Klagdor & Keely - Klagdor the aspiring-actor robot auditions for "Louis & Keely"
 4/02/11: Send in the Carnies - a song by Richard Levinson
 5/28/11: The Serial Killers Dancers: Bad Karma
 6/25/11: The Serial Killers Dancers: Cannibal
10/08/11: The Serial Killers Dancers: Hell on Heels
 2/11/12: Elvis Prestello: Tramp the Dirt Down
 4/21/12: The Serial Killers Dancers: Backstabber Lady
 6/09/12: The Serial Killers Dancers: Do It Like a Dude
10/06/12: The Serial Killers Dancers: Promises
10/20/12: The Hip News: Vote Dizzy - The Hip News swings the election!
 2/23/13: The Serial Killers Dancers: Hey, Big Spender
 3/02/13: Bela Lugosi's Passion - Cabaret act For Lovers Only combines two great songs.
 4/27/13: The Serial Killers Dancers: Black Sheep
 7/13/13: Joe Dances Dirty - Joe Hernandez-Kolski talks about wanting to be Patrick Swayze
 7/20/13: The Engagement Dance of Walter Trey Perkins & Donnelle Fuller - Our second live-on-stage real-life proposal!
 9/28/13: Russell Sings - Cub Sinatra
10/19/13: Only a Lad - Marz Richards sings to round out your evening.
11/23/13: Karl and Little Joey - Karl describes an outrageous act to his pal Joey.
12/07/13: Karl and Little Joey Apologize - An abject Karl apologizes for last week's act.
12/14/13: Smooth Movementz - The dancing sensation that's sweeping the nation.
02/15/14: For Singles Only - Marz Richards will turn you into a lover.
02/08/14: Khan Khan - A musical number from China: The Whole Enchilada.
02/22/14: Roar and Jump - Michelle Gardner performs dances in American Sign Language.
03/01/14: Smooth Moviementz - Smooth Movementz returns with a salute to the movies.
04/12/14: Lovers Dance Apart - "For Lovers Only" presents a lovers musical mashup.
04/19/14: Giter Brider Itzik & Better Off Without a Wife - The dulcet tones of Bryan Krasner.
04/26/14: Rhune Kincaid - Songs of love and doom.
05/03/14: Zachary Bernstein - Zach sings "I've Got My Eye on You" and "Crispy Crispy Clementine."
05/24/14: Devil Doll - Disturbing doings from Marz Richards.
05/24/14: An Encounter with Sates - Sates sings "Encounter."
07/05/14: Tribute to America - Smooth Movementz presents a July 4 weekend patriotic tribute.
07/19/14: Big Finish - A big finish as many of the Season 9 Nightcaps combine for one mega-Nightcap.
09/13/14: Maral Adams - Stand-up comedy from Maral Adams.
09/20/14: Mr. Snapper & Mr. Buddy Make Whoopee - Thoughts on the most important part of matrimony.
09/20/14: Mr. Snapper & Mr. Buddy Cowboy Up - An old cowhand on the Rio Grande.
09/27/14: Glen Frazier - Stand-up comic Glen Frazier.
10/04/14: Milo Martin - Utopian nihilist and master of poetry Milo Martin performs a new work.
10/11/14: Korey Simeone - A short history lesson about fiddle music.
10/25/14: Your Host, Birthday Clown - Birthday Clown performs Renfield's "Stuntshow."
01/31/15: Karl Herlinger & Little Joey's Dating Tips - Questionable advice.
02/21/15: Michelle Gardner - Lip-sync sign language dance.
02/28/15: Before Dawn - Musical duo from Austin, Texas.
03/07/15: For Lovers Only - "Thunderbass" - Another musical mashup from "For Lovers Only."
04/04/15: A Word From the Producers of 99 Seat Theater - We're in the money.
04/11/15: The Awesome Gentleman's Society - Gentrifying the hip-hops.
04/18/15: Zachary Bernstein & Friends & Enemies - A "No Scrubs" musical interlude.
04/25/15: Jeremy Gayhorse & Uni - Famed stallion Jeremy Gayhorse visits with insight and poetry.
05/02/15: Orange Blossom Special - Korey Simeone (fiddle), Ryan Johnson (keyboard) and Chris Novicki (drum).
05/16/15: Smooth TV Movementz - Smooth Movementz returns with their tribute to television.
09/20/15: The Radioactive Chickenheads - Punk band The Radioactive Chickenheads rock the Nightcap.
09/26/15: Tyler Tyler - The magic of Tyler Tyler.
10/03/15: Red Light District - Red Light District perform a stripped-down version of their music.
10/10/15: Korey Simeone - Maybe - Korey Simeone may or may not be our entertainment tonight.
11/21/15: Nikki Muller - The Cole Porter of vagina songs.
12/05/15: Dinah Steward - A jazzy "Ghostbusters" and an original song from this classy vocalist.
12/12/15: Ari Radousky's Game Show Thing - High-speed trivia, loud and lightning-fast! Can YOU keep up with Ari?
12/19/15: Smooth Movementz - They're back with a salute to one-hit wonders!
02/20/16: Einstein's Girl - Science and romance collide in this musical performance.
02/27/16: Brendan Sings Bowie - Brendan Hunt and Zachary Bernstein pay tribute to the Starman.
03/12/16: Smokey Miles - Three bespoke songs from the human alter-ego of cult-favorite Count Smokula.
04/16/16: Brandon McCulloch - Three songs from balladeer Brandon McCulloch.
10/08/16: Doa Oxford - Doa Oxford sings "Something You Got"
10/15/16: Nate Shelkey - Nate performs the seasonally appropriate "Halloween 1987."
10/22/16: les petits guignolers - in "La Petit Mort" (The Little Death).
10/29/16: SKULLDUGGERY: "Eight Phases" - A musical number from our mainstage show, a prequel to Hamlet.
11/12/16: R.J. Comer - The Gentleman Outlaw sings "Smothered," "Leave Your Light On" and "St. James Infirmary"
02/04/17: Host Segment: Victor Isaac - Handsome can't compensate for some things.

KING OF KONG: THE MUSICAL
by Amber Ruffin & Lauren Van Kurin
directed by Brendan Hunt
(eps. 4 & 10 directed by Jaime Robledo)
music by Amber Ruffin, David Schmoll & Zachary Bernstein

"A fistful of quarters... is a fistful of dreams."

Next Time: Episode 12
Original Run: 7 Eps, 3/2/13 - 5/11/13
Playoffs Run: 5 Eps, 6/29/13 - 7/27/13
PLAYOFFS CHAMPION!

CAST

Amber Ruffin

Billy Mitchell & others

Lauren Van Kurin

Steve Wiebe & others

Zachary Bernstein, Guy Picot,
Terry Tocantins & Matthew Merchant

The King of Kong Dancers (Ep. 5)

Brendan Hunt

Narrator (Ep. 7)
Choreography by Matt Valle (Eps. 9 & 12)

EPISODE ONE (3/2/13)
Video by Marz Richards
Photos by Marian Gonzalez

SUMMARY:  Steve Wiebe dreams of accomplishing something with his life.  Having failed at all else, he decides to go for the Donkey Kong world record high score... earning him the enmity of former champion Billy Mitchell.


Wannabe Donkey Kong kingpin Steve Wiebe explains to his son
how his dreams have been thwarted at every turn...in song.

Steve Wiebe (Lauren Van Kurin) dreams of making something of himself. What Billy Mitchell (Amber Ruffin) wants... Billy Mitchell gets. Steve talks about life with his son.  "A failure is just a success that you failed to succed at." Steve gets the high score.  All his dreams are about to come true!  Or are they... ?

EPISODE TWO (4/13/13)
Video by Annette Fasone
Photos by Marian Gonzalez

SUMMARY:  Steve Wiebe is on top of the world - until Billy Mitchell gets Steve's high score invalidated by having official scorekeeper Walter Day inspect his motherboard.  From now on, videotapes of high scores will no longer be accepted - only scores from live, in-person competitions.  'Cause what Billy Mitchell wants... Billy Mitchell gets.


Deposed Donkey Kong high score king Billy Mitchell and his wife sing to you about their favorite subject.

Scorekeeper Walter Day (Lauren Van Kurin) caves to Billy Mitchell's demands. Steve Wiebe's wife (Amber Ruffin) tries to console him when his title is stripped from him by Billy Mitchell's machinations. Concern. Billy Mitchell, with the help of his wife, sings  his own praises - uh, I mean, sings America's praises.

EPISODE THREE (4/13/13)
Video by Annette Fasone
Photos by Marian Gonzalez

SUMMARY:  As Billy Mitchell suffers pangs of regret, Steve Wiebe neglects his not-yet-wholly-potty-trained son.  Both events play out in song.  What with this being a musical and all.


World record Donkey Kong high score champion Billy Mitchell reflects upon his dastardly deeds in pursuit of the title.

Billy Mitchell confronts his guilt at what he's done to Steve Wiebe. Was it all worth it? The Wiebes. A father-son tap dance number.

EPISODE FOUR (4/20/13)
Video by Annette Fasone
Photos by Marian Gonzalez

SUMMARY:  Steve Wiebe unexpectedly shows up at the FunSpot Arcade, and a worried Billy Mitchell orders that his own high-score videotape be unearthed.


Billy Mitchell always has a plan.

Natives of Laconia, New Hampshire sing Billy Mitchell's praises. The ref looks different than in previous episodes, "but if you see anybody wearing a referee shirt, you can be sure it's scorekeeper Walter Day." Billy gets down. Roy Shildt gets a call from Billy asking him to get out his doctored vid- uh, his videotape of his Donkey Kong high score.

EPISODE FIVE (4/27/13)
Video by David LM McIntyre
Photos by Marian Gonzalez

SUMMARY:  Roy Shildt questions why Billy is suddenly willing to use videotapes to establish high scores again and even questions whether Billy's tape is doctored.  Billy doesn't like Roy's tone, and sings a song about his perceived kinship with Donkey Kong himself.


Billy Mitchell admits to everyone that he doesn't mind being the bad guy.

Walter Day and Roy Shildt. An ode to Billy Mitchell. Roy wonders why it's okay for Billy to use a tape to establish his high score when it wasn't okay before. Billy doesn't like his tone. "Like Kong"

EPISODE SIX (5/4/13)
Video by Annette Fasone
Photos by Marian Gonzalez

SUMMARY:  The Wiebe family drives out to Hollywood, Florida for the head-to-head competition with Billy Mitchell, and all of them question the wisdom of what Steve's doing... including Steve.  Meanwhile, Billy Mitchell's wife sings of the life Billy promised her, and only sort of delivered on.


Steve Wiebe and his family take a cross-country road trip to meet Billy
Mitchell in Hollywood, Florida to battle for the Donkey Kong high score.

Steve takes a road trip with his family to his big showdown with Billy Mitchell. "Some people kind of ruin there lives to get in there."  Steve tries to ignore a hard truth from his daughter. Steve wonders if it's all worth it. Meanwhile, his son sings about poop and butts. Billy Mitchell's wife sings a lament.

EPISODE SEVEN (5/11/13)
Video by Annette Fasone
Photos by Marian Gonzalez

SUMMARY:  Steve Wiebe arrives in Hollywood, Florida... but Billy Mitchell is avoiding him, instead focusing on recording a commercial for hit hot sauce with his wife.  Will Billy show up to accept Steve's challenge in person, or will he continue to ask people to "Lick My Sauce"?


Billy Mitchell and his wife film a commercial for his spectacular hot sauce.

Steve Wiebe sings of his impending triumph. Walter Day tells Steve Wiebe that Billy Mitchell is avoiding him. Backlit Walter.  Dramatic! Billy Mitchell and his wife film a hot sauce commercial.

PLAYOFFS - ROUND ONE!
EPISODE EIGHT (6/29/13)
Video by Ed Goodman
Photos by Marian Gonzalez

SUMMARY:  Steve Wiebe, who is practicing his Donkey Kong skills while his wife and kids hit the beach (Walter Day is glad his priorities are in order) becomes annoyed that people keep pronouncing his last name "Weeb."


Steve Wiebe can't catch a break. He can't get the high score on Donkey Kong, his family
doesn't respect his dream, and worst of all, no one ever pronounces his name correctly.

Steve Wiebe practices as Walter looks on - and keeps calling him Steve "Weeb." A "Weeb" alone. Billy Mitchell schemes.  Like he does. More scheming.

PLAYOFFS - ROUND TWO!
EPISODE NINE (7/6/13)
Photos by Marian Gonzalez

SUMMARY:  Walter Day is bullied by Billy Mitchell, who still refuses to play against Steve Wiebe live, and demands that Walter not enter Steve's scores in his record book.  However, Walter meets another Walter Day - the alternate-world Walter Day of a Twin Galaxy - who asserted his authority as a referee by strangling Billy Mitchell with his own mullet.  Encouraged and empowered, our Walter finally steels himself to assert his own status and power as the referee of the Twin Galaxies arcade.


Walter Day meets Alter Day, the Walter of an alternate universe
where Billy Mitchell holds no sway over recordkeeping!

Walter Day consults the Guiness Book of World Records. Billy warns Walter that Steve "Weeb" better not make the record books. Billy Mitchell reigns supreme.  Or so he thinks. Alternate-world Walter, Alter Day, with words of wisdom for Walter!

PLAYOFFS - ROUND THREE!
EPISODE TEN (7/13/13)
Video by Annette Fasone
Photos by Aaron Francis

SUMMARY:  Billy Mitchell remembers his younger, still cocky but more idealistic self, who, in the early 1980s, unseats the reigning Donkey Kong champ, who had lied about his high score.  Billy calls him out in a public competition, and easily takes the crown.  Back in the present, Billy wonders what he's become, and begins to realize that he's gong to have to stop running and accept Steve Wiebe's challenge.


Billy Mitchell is wracked with guilt and doubt and reflects upon a
life lived in pursuit of ephemeral goals in the song "Keeping Score."

Billy and his pal, the original Donkey Kong high score record holder - who had lied about his high score. Teenage Billy calls the liar out. Billy challenges him to a Donkey Kong competition. Remembering all this, Billy has a crisis of conscience.

PLAYOFFS - ROUND FOUR!
EPISODE ELEVEN (7/20/13)
Video by Annette Fasone
Photos by Marian Gonzalez

SUMMARY:  Billy and Steve's wives meet and bond, while Walter exults in his newfound confidence.  Meanwhile, Steve despairs of Billy ever showing up, but Billy does finally show up - and mops the floor with Steve, taking back the title of Donkey Kong Champ.


Mrs. Wiebe and Mrs. Mitchell happen upon one another and
commiserate about their fates over yard-long margaritas.

The neglected wives, Nicole Wiebe and Evelyn Mitchell. Nicole reflects on her love for Steve. Or is frustrated by her son's inability to deal with his own poops. One of those. Steve despairs of Billy showing up for a face-to-face competition. But wait... Billy's here!  HOO-AHH!

PLAYOFFS - ROUND FIVE!
EPISODE TWELVE (7/27/13)
Photos by Marian Gonzalez

SUMMARY:  In a coda to the story, Billy welcomes us to a screening of the documentary, and we get a recap of the story so far.  And we learn that Steve eventually beat Billy's high score... but Billy took it back again... and back and forth... plus somebody else who "doesn't count."  They'll be locked in combat forever... to be the King of Kong.

Billy mops the floor with Steve. Nicole Wiebe sings. Nicole Wiebe sings. Steve sums it up.