Amphibian Stage Adds Performance of THE DING DONGS OR WHAT IS THE PENALTY IN PORTUGAL?, 12/2

November 26
10:44 PM 2012


Amphibian Stage Productions today announced that it would present a Sunday matinee on December 2 of the staged reading of The Ding Dongs or What Is the Penalty in Portugal? by Brenda Withers, in addition to the originally scheduled Monday evening performance on December 3. All of the plays featured in the company's staged reading series in 2013 will also have two performances.

Brenda Withers, the co-author with Mindy Kaling of Matt and Ben, which Amphibian presented in 2005, will also star in the reading, along with Amphibian Artistic Associate Jonathan Fielding and Brandon J. Murphy, who was featured in Amphibian's recent production of The True History of the Tragic Life and Triumphant Death of Julia Pastrana, the Ugliest Woman in the World.

When a sweet-faced couple shows up on a suburban doorstep, an unsuspecting homeowner finds himself the victim of a surreal home invasion. Using wit and wordplay to mask a more sinister threat, the couple wages a battle over indigenous rights from the living room, and we are asked to examine the brutality that fuels our system of private property.

The Ding Dongs or What Is the Penalty in Portugal? will be presented at Amphibian Stage Productions on Sunday, December 2 at 2 p.m. and on Monday, December 3 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $5 for students. To purchase tickets, theatergoers may call 817-923-3012, write to, or visit Amphibian Stage Productions is located at 120 S. Main Street, Fort Worth, Texas.


Brenda Withers (Playwright, Natalie) is a writer and actor. She is a founder of Harbor Stage Company and Lucid Theater, the co-writer of Matt & Ben (PS 122), and a former fellow of the Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France. She has worked with companies like Hoi Polloi, the Folger, Dixon Place, HERE, McCarter, and Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater, where her play The Ding Dongs or What Is the Penalty in Portugal? premiered last summer.

Jonathan Fielding (Joe) is an Artistic Associate at Amphibian Stage Productions and recently directed the company's new production of The True History of the Tragic Life and Triumphant Death of Julia Pastrana, the Ugliest Woman in the World. He has performed in a number of the company's productions as well, including Vigil in 2011, La Llorona in 2010, Below the Belt in 2006, The True History of the Tragic Life and Triumphant Death of Julia Pastrana, the Ugliest Woman in the World in 2003, and Leonce and Lena in 2002. His Broadway credits include Pygmalion starring Claire Danes, The Seagull with Kristin Scott Thomas, and Stage Door. Jonathan has also appeared on ABC's "All My Children" and CBS's "Guiding Light." Jonathan received his B.F.A. from Texas Christian University and his M.F.A. from Rutgers.

Brandon J. Murphy (Redelmo) was last seen at Amphibian as The Showman in The True History of the Tragic Life and Triumphant Death of Julia Pastrana, the Ugliest Woman in the World. He previously worked with Amphibian as Dr. John Faustus in Wittenberg and has appeared in two of the company's staged readings at The Modern, Treats and Eyes Forward. Brandon also served as editor for Amphibian's webisode series "For the Love." His other recent area credits include Present Laughter at Theatre Three and Much Ado About Nothing at Shakespeare Dallas. New York credits include Townville and The Play About My Dad with Collaboration Town, The Book of Liz at Piper Theater, and As You Like It at Wingspan Arts. Brandon has a B.F.A. from Boston University.

Amphibian Stage Productions is a non-profit theatre company founded in 2000 by three alumni of TCU's Department of Theatre who strive to produce innovative and engaging works of theatre that challenge the way we see the world around us. Now embarking on its fourteenth season, Amphibian has produced numerous groundbreaking and challenging plays (some regional premieres, others US or world premieres) that foster a deeper understanding of ourselves as members of the global community. The company is widely recognized for its stylistically and thematically varied scripts.

Committed to nurturing young and diverse audiences, Amphibian has developed a strong internship program, a summer acting workshop for teens, and a dynamic outreach project, Tad-Poles, that is steadily increasing the company's visibility and following. The group travels to schools and community centers, performing and spreading a message of multicultural collaboration and tolerance.

Amphibian is generously funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, Texas Commission on the Arts, the Arts Council of Fort Worth and Tarrant County, Ann L. & Carol Greene Rhodes Charitable Trust, Amon G. Carter Foundation, The Ryan Foundation, Alcon Foundation, Pangburn Foundation, William E. Scott Foundation, Wells Fargo Bank, Berlene T. and Jarrell R. Milburn, Mrs. Betty J. Sanders, Out of Nowhere Website Design, Bates Container, Pier 1 Imports, and the Devonian Society, a group of Amphibian's devoted donors who are proud to be the force behind nurturing the next generation of artists and audiences.

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