BLACK BOX punk rock

Aztec Economy+ Fever Dream + DirtBikes Music + Lilith Velkor+YOUTHQUAKE..

BLACKBOX is a poem-play live performance weaving 5 different perspectives, 5 different writing styles, and 5 different characters set at the site of a fictional plane crash in the Canadian wilderness in an attempt to explore ‘what is’ the nature of physical reality and the limits of perception.

Followed by an evening of NY’s finest punk rock!

Brooklyn-based Aztec Economy presents a staged reading of a new experimental play, BLACK BOX — devised in parts by NYC playwrights: Bekah Brunstetter, Clay McLeod-Chapman, Matthew Hancock, Eric Sanders, Adam Laten Willson, & Casey Wimpee. Featuring Adam Belvo, Anna Abhau Elliott, Emma Reaves, Timothy McDonough, Nick Capodice, & Cole Wimpee and TBA

7:30pm Aztec Economy —>
9:00pm Fever Dream –>
9:45pm Lilith Velkor —>
10:30pm DirtBikes –>
11:15pm YouthQuake —>

$10 Cash at door. More details TBA!





Send inquiries to Marilyn Mithra-Stone at


“Visceral. A jarring piece of theater and a fine introduction to the Tank’s DarkFest!” – New York Times

“A Fast-paced thriller. Bold, inventive, crisp staging. A finale that is at once terrifying and exciting!” – NY Theatre Now

“A Vulnerable and exciting experience. Committed and powerful performances. One grand hallucination!” – NY TheatreScene

Inspired direction by Leah Bonvissuto of a strong cast.” – Dallas Morning News

“The play feels like a secret, as if the audience is the first to witness an undiscovered                     talent…it is an incomparable production that tests the limits of theatre.”                    – Arkansas Traveler.

 “Wildly fantastical & disturbingly real!” – Austin Entertainment Weekly

“Stunning & a cathartic theatre piece not to be missed!” – BroadwayWorld

“A powerful sensory experience..with committed, great performers!” -Austin Chronicle

“It is a great inspiration to learn that theater is still alive in this country….work that is food for the senses and the spirit” –Baltimore Examiner 

The result fuses the creeping horror of The Shining with the tension of Mamet’s American Buffalo” – TheaterJones

“Shattering…[It] played like a combination nightmare, mystery rite, and horror ride at a depraved theme park.. The acting is terrific: elemental, raw, and persuasively aggressive. Leah Bonvissuto’s direction could hardly be more menacinge. Casey Wimpee’s script is, finally, awe-inspiring. The consistency of a shocking dream and authority of brutal poetry” –CreativeLoafing, Tampa

Wonderful…exceptional performances and use of our own senses against us making it a standout Fringe 2013 experience….unnerving and allows us to experience the loss of our rational world even as the trapped coal-miners lose their grip on their own.”               -Black and Gold Review

“Perfectly executed in performance.” –Southern Glossary Magazine 

“An intense, funny, scary, dark experience… five excellent actors with an engrossing, serious script that keeps you on the edge of your seat… See the show, and be prepared to leave a piece of your soul in the dark space.” –CityBeat, Cincinnati

“An intense drama….the acting is excellent….very compelling” –New Orleans Defender

Expertly Crafted…gripping from the opening seconds..this is a play about darkness and sound. The five actors work like a well oiled machine.”– –Pegasus News

 “Literally and figuratively underground theater at its best! …Te playwright does not shy from showing men at their worst;  there is no sentimentality in this play.  At the same time, he manages to portray these besieged miners with respect and understanding… Part ghost story, part psychological thriller, part dark comedy, Butcher Holler is a remarkable drama featuring five actors whose commitment and dedication to this challenging, uncompromising work are worthy of a Fringe prize!” — Total Theatre 

       “A gut-punch of a play…Written by the always-edgy Casey Wimpee and directed                              furiously by Leah Bonvissuto, it’s a snarl of a piece…an Epic poem!                           – BC BlogCritics, NYC

“Dramatic, disturbing and ingeniously staged… the result is constantly shifting sound and visual perspectives that can often surprise and rattle the audience. (Bless live theater, there is no way a movie would be able to give you this type of visceral sensation!) Highly entertaining, innovative and impressive, this is a fascinating journey.”  — Haunt Life / Hollywood Fringe

        “Guided by director Leah Bonvissuto, it’s some of the most grounded, honest acting I’ve seen from a company in a long time … a near-perfect script!”                    – Matt Ritchey, Hollywood Fringe

“The mission of [Ad Hoc] Economy is to showcase works with an emphasis on “American Culture and its relationship to ritual, mythology, madness, dreams, and deliverance.” Butcher Holler Here We Come stomps and kicks and gasps its way through each one of these huge topics, swirling them around in a pitch dark stew, imploring us to hold on and pray for escape.” – StageBuddy



Butcher Holler Here We Come has additionally been honored with the Inkwell Playwright of Promise Award (2019), Broadway World’s Outstanding Original Full-Length Script (2017), and has been nominated for New York Innovative Theatre’s Outstanding Actor in a Lead Role (Adam Belvo, 2015).



Synopsis: 1973, West Virginia. Following a cave collapse, 5 coal miners struggle to survive the dwindling supply of oxygen, the lack of food and water, the unravelling sense of passing time, and, even more threatening, their own competing natures. Brutally weaving through family histories, complicated friendships, crooked politics, childhood visions, audacious hopes, eerie dreams, criminal addictions, and fervent spirituality in this run-of-the-mill Appalachian community, Butcher Holler Here We Come is a descent into the male psyche-in-crisis where secret desires, carnal urges, and hidden memories come boiling to the surface in a primitive territory of Earth that mirrors the subliminal mind.

LENGTH OF SHOW: 75 minutes

Butcher Holler Here We Come
Text: Casey Wimpee | Direction: Leah Bonvissuto | Rep Actors: Adam Belvo*,              Isaac Byrne*, Jared Culverhouse, Judd Farris, Devin Finn, Colt Keeney,                               Morrison Keddie, Nicholas Kier, Michael Mason*, Harlan Short,                               Adam Laten Willson*, & Cole Wimpee*  (*denotes primary cast)                      | Original Sound Design: Ryan Dorin |Original Graphics & Imaging: Kalli Newman | Original Photography: Yvonne Allaway 

AD HOC ECONOMY is a Brooklyn-based non-profit arts collective initiated in Spring 2008 to present new live performances for the public. Our work seeks to provide a fresh perspective on American culture and its relationship to ritual, mythology, madness, dreams, and deliverance.

AD HOC ECONOMY’s projects have been featured in NYC at the Obie Award Winning Ice Factory, the Ohio Theater in Soho, 3 Legged Dog in Lower Manhattan, The Tank in Tribeca and Times Square, Dixon Place in the Lower East Side, P.S.122 in the East Village, I.R.T. in the West Village, Monkey Town & The Brick Theater & Big Sky Works & House of Yes in Williamsburg, Brooklyn Fireproof, Bushwick Open Studios, the Bushwick Starr, Greenpoints Lutheran Church of the Messiah, West Park Presbyterian Church, at the New Orleans Fringe Festival, the Fridge in D.C., Collaboraction in Chicago, on board the Historic Steamship Lilac off the Hudson River, Tricklock Revolutions Fest at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, First Street Studio with Theatre Synesthesia in Austin, The Spindletop Boomtown Grounds in Beaumont-Texas, EMP Collective in Baltimore, The New Ohio in the West Village, The Cincinnati Fringe Festival, Columbia Festival of the Arts, Silver Meteor and HCC College in Tampa, Backspace in Fayetteville Arkansas, the Hollywood Fringe Festival / Thymele Arts Center and bars, rooftops, churches, and backyards all over Brooklyn. Our non-profit sponsor organization is Fractured Atlas.

75 min in length. Minimal technical requirements (no lighting or sound needs).

A Dark room required / Flexible seating preferred / Can play to a capacity of 90

Send all booking inquiries to Marilyn Mithra-Stone |




Southeast Texas theatergoers will experience a different kind of live performance as theatre groups Ad Hoc Beaumont and New York’s Aztec Economy present My Aim is True on Saturday Feb. 9, Friday Feb. 15, and Saturday Feb. 16, at 7:30 p.m., on the grounds of the Spindletop-Gladys City Boomtown Museum at Lamar University.When a mysterious stranger wanders from the night into a small western town, he runs into a slew of crooks, creeps and faces from his past. What drew him there? And will anyone survive to see him disappear back into the night?With a mix of dark humor and operatic mayhem, My Aim is True is a theatrical homage to the cinematic works of Sergio Leone, Sergio Corbucci, and the Italian- style Western.First produced as part of the 2010 Crown Point Festival in Lower Manhattan, and, subsequently, at the 2011 New Orleans Fringe Festival to widespread critical acclaim as well as “Top Picks of the Festival” mentions, this production employs a collaboration of some of the original cast with actors from New York and Beaumont to embark on a traveling narrative through the buildings of Gladys City. Through staging, movement, costumes and music, My Aim is True recreates the gritty world of 1970s Spaghetti Westerns with humor and pathos.

Featuring Michael Mason, Gator Armitage, Jody Reho, Adam Belvo, Kristen Read, Donny Avery, Cole Wimpee, Jeff Wisor, Adam Laten Willson, & The Big Thicket Outlaws.

Written & Originally Directed by Matthew Hancock.

Image Design by Karl Newman.

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THE BRUTES ~ a staged reading


Just 5 months before an assassine murdered President Abraham Lincoln, a benefit performance of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar was presented in New York City’s Greenwich Village. Three brothers, Edwin, Junius Brutus, Jr., and John Wilkes Booth – stock the most prestigious acting family of their day, performed onstage together for the first and only time as, Brutus, Cassius, & Marc Antony, respectively. With the Civil War raging, and played-at plots against over-throwing Caesar ever-present, THE BRUTES is a new play adventuring to the pivotal acts of violence in American & Roman history as explored through the practices of theatrical history and sibling rivalry.
A Free Staged Reading with Wine available. One night only.


154 Christopher St. (btwn Greenwich & Washington)
West Village, NYC


Text by Casey Wimpee / Direction by Leah Bonvissuto / Featuring Christopher Baker, Adam Belvo, Nick Capodice, Ian Hill, Lucy Kaminsky, Timothy McDonough*, Adam Laten Willson, & Cole Wimpee.
Image design by Kalli Newman
*actor appearing courtesy of Actor’s Equity Association




BUTCHER HOLLER HERE WE COME is the story of four workers trapped in a mine in the coal fields of West Virginia. A pusher, a driller, an engineer, a deputy pit boss, and the crew’s foreman are trapped when an unexpected explosion rockets through the mine. With their foreman unconscious, the remaining miners are forced to deal with the life-and-death choices of survival- as well as the turbulent history of small-town secrets which connect them to each other. Blending Aesop’s fables, Loretta Lynn fandom, chain gang field hollers, the dissociative effects of ketamine use, and the complicated world of slope coal mining (with its dialects, hierarchies, unionization struggles, and history of disasters), BUTCHER HOLLER HERE WE COME is a journey into the darkness of the human psyche and its ruthless social order.

A short version will premiere in New Orleans in mid-November with UNROUTE at Michalopoulos & a Shaolin-Do Attic Space

A full NYC presentation sometime in 2013.


KILL DEVIL HILLS is a live, immersive performance which creates a psychic space to re-imagine the dawn of flying machines. Wilbur is the doubt-ridden, emotionally stunted, one-mechanical-armed, maniacally hard-driven visionary with suicidal tendencies & a nightmare quest (a la Conrad’s ‘Heart of Darkness’) to capture Icarus’ wings and whose success will ultimately be subverted by an Ahab-like legal war against his enemies for creative ownership of their flying machines. Orville is his hard-drinking, fast-scheming, reckless younger brother whose absolute commitment to war against the earth takes him to the brink of paralysis and death. With their pantomime, suit-covered sidekick mute engineer / crash-test-dummy, Cannonball and their stern, proper school-teacher sister, Kate, the brother’s rum vessel becomes a place where war is waged, and ambition and dreams are weighed, and imagination meets death in a hallucinatory mindscape of human achievement and destruction.


Featuring: Chris Baker, Adam Belvo, Isaac Byrne, Lucy Kaminsky, Michael Mason, Zoe Metcalfe-Klaw, Will Neuman, Adam Laten Willson.

Text: Casey Wimpee.

Actions: Cole Wimpee

Sound Design: Ryan Dorin

Lighting: Jake Platt

Video: Kari Giron

Marketing: Kalli Newman

Costume Design: Tricia Bastian


@ Collaboraction (Chicago)

in the Heart of Wicker Park!

Flat Iron Arts Building

1579 N. Milwaukee Blvd. Chicago



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COLOR TVS EN TIJUANA (approx. 45 min) is a live performance using 7 PERFORMERS. 7 TVs. 7 SCENES to explore Christ’s 7 Stations of the Cross in the context of modern day Tijuana, Mexico. In Room 7 of  Tres Marias  Motel on the volatile border between the United States and Mexico, one evening’s encounters of the souls of a dancer, an undercover narcotics agent, a coyote, an on-call travelling dentist, the ghost of a legendary cartel member, and the dead body of a pinata artist carry along a narrative of Mexican Catholic ritualism, Ancient Aztec Mythology, and the lessons of how to ‘cross the border’ between states of the land and states of the spirit.


Featuring: Nanda Abella, Malcolm Madera, Adam Belvo, Matthew Hancock, Michael Mason, Karen Sours, Adam Laten Willson

Text by Casey Wimpee

Actions by Cole Wimpee

Sound Design by Ryan Dorin

Video Design by Kalli Newman



119 Ingraham St Suite 202


Watch COLOR TVS EN TIJUANA — tRAiLeR TraIlEr Trailer tRAILER TRAILER trailer traiLER!



MORE SONGS FROM THE NEOFASCISTS (2008; 2012) is an ongoing sideshow act depicting Goose, Bruno, Gaucho, Rudolf, Assaryan & Others as they travel the circuit from Berlinto Bucharest from Santiago to the Sunny Slopes of Spain to Brooklyn Locations such as Bushwick Starr to Roberta’s Pizza to House of Yes; to Moscow to Manhattan locations such as The Tank (formerly in Tribeca) & Dixon Place, to Syrian Birthday parties and Occupy Bed Stuy Events.

Entertaining and edifying and educating the children with the virtues of 20th Century Totalitarianism and Regime / Cults through song, games, interpretive dances, and sado-masochistic rituals.



PSYCHOJELLY (aztec economy) is a half-hour performance with live music and video detailing a narrative involving radioactive jelly, turtle eggs, floppy discs, James Bond, and cold war escapism set in Bulgaria in the 1980s. Aztec Economy has presented shows at the Obie-Award Winning Ice Factory at the Ohio Theater and 3LD in Lower Manhattan, as well as at P.S.122, The Tank (formerly in Tribeca), The Steamship Lilac off the Hudson River,
The Brick Theater, Brooklyn Fire Proof, New Orleans Fringe Festival, The Fridge in Washington D.C., and bars, backyards, rooftops, and churches all over Brooklyn.

DEN SVARTA FANAN is composed of Joe Merolla on Cello, Weasel Walter on Drums, and Nonoko Yashida on Alton Sax.

PHOTONS BE FREE (panoply performance lab) was originally cheap propaganda for the Hologram Liberation Front written by The Doctor (Joe). PPL’s 2012 piece attempts to provide a crucial platform for the voices of photon, electrons, and other enslaved particles (dear ones), as they shuffle together for warmth, scream their despair into ears too large and crude to understand, and riot across the spectrum in a haze of elementary self-organization.
with Esther Neff, Brian McCorkle, Arla Berman, Bonnie Kane

SIGHTINGS is a psychedelic rock band in Brooklyn. DISCOGRAPHY 4 song 7″ (Freedom From, 2001) “Live” cass. (Spite, 2001) “Sightings” cd/lp (Load, 2002) “Live at Free 103.9 FM” cd-r (Free 103.9 FM, 2002) “Michigan Haters” cd (Psych-O-Path, 2002) “Absolutes” cd/lp (Load/Riot Season, 2003) “Unreleased Vols. 1 & 2” cd-r (no label, 2003) “Gardens of War” w/ Tom Smith cd (Smackshire, 2004) “Arrived In Gold” cd/lp (Load, 2004) “Castle Moat/Invisible Coats” 7″ (Fusetron, 2005) “Back to Back/Une Drole De Journee” 7″ split with Hrvatski (Ache, 2005) “End Times” cd/lp (Fusetron/ En/Of, 2006) vinyl edition has 3 tracks from CD version + one different song and is paired with an offset print from artist Daniel Richter. ltd to 100 copies “Through The Panama” cd/lp (Load-CD/Ecstatic Peace-LP, 2007) Mike Morgan (Guitar), Richard Hoffman (Bass), John Lockie (Drums).



|| Aztec Economy + Den Svarta Fanan
Joe Merolla (Cello) / Weasel Walter (Drums) / Nonoko Yashida (Alto Sax)
Casey Wimpee (text) / Sean Berman (video design) / Adam Belvo (Pizo)
Julie Morgetaler (Penka) / Laten Willson (Pascal) / Cole Wimpee (actions)
Nick Capodice (007)
Esther Neff + Brian McCorkle + Arla Berman + Bonnie Kane
Mark Morgan (Guitar) / Richard Hoffman (bass) / John Lockie (drums)
29 Wythe Ave @ N 14th | Williamsburg, Brooklyn
L-Bedford, G-Nassau

– More videos from Psychojelly


THE BATTLE PLAYS TRILOGY was a three-year / three-piece performance installation that examined the isolation of the American-psyche-in-crisis through genre, medium, and history.


BRING ME THE HEAD OF JOHN FORD (2008, The Brick Theater – Brooklyn) mixed elements of Noh and Greek mystery plays with 4 projector screens and 2 televisions against one speed-addicted video store clerk in a synchronized-riff edit of a classic Spaghetti Western, into which he projects all of his innermost desires and memories in an obsessive ritual set in a trailer park in West, Texas.


ANTIGONE WITH THE WIND (2009, Monkey Town – Brooklyn) combined a surround-sound audio book recording of Margaret Mitchell’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel with densely-layered environmental compositions, 70’s femme-disco pop, and a chorus of barking dogs, all as a backdrop for an intricately rehearsed cope-mechanism work-out exercise performed by a little girl locked in a basement by an unknown abductor in suburban Atlanta.


MY KIND OF BLOOD (2010, Brooklyn Fire Proof in association with Bushwick Open Studios) took a seminal 50’s Miles Davis Jazz album and re-constructed it with police scanner radio, german burlesque, street crime photos, and hard-boiled pulp to reveal a private eye’s pattern-guide work fetish as he unravels a violent noir-crime mystery in a gritty Brooklyn brownstone apartment. 


Conceived and developed by Darcie Champagne, Ryan Dorin, Anne Dyas, Michael Mason, Adam Laten Willson, Karl Newman, Casey Wimpee, and Cole Wimpee

Contributions from Isaac Byrne, Ishaq Clayton, Jared Culverhouse, Amanda Hamilton, and Amy Lynn Stewart.