"The Dog, The Night and The Knife" by Marius von Mayenburg, directed by Yuri Kordonsky opened March 15th, 2019 at the Irondale Theater, NY.
In developing this 2019 iteration, the J.U.S.T Toys team look deeper at Mayenburg’s themes and center this production around ideas of trust, safety, love, logic versus emotion, dream versus reality, and immortality versus murder. Re-envisioned by director Yuri Kordonsky, "M" is trapped in a nightmarish world full of blood-thirsty strangers – both human and canine. In this town, the desire to love becomes a desire to possess. In this town, “I want you” becomes “I want to eat you” and a lover quickly becomes prey- literally. Haunted by the demons of destruction (Gray), “Younger Sister” (Skovran) discovers new unfamiliar feelings towards “M” (Ubrankovics) in an exploration of the possibility of love amidst a cannibalistic dystopia.
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J.U.S.T. Toys Productions is a growing performing arts company building an artistic community around socially conscious stage and screen productions. Our Los Angeles based hub provides a platform for multicultural artists.
We are creating a space for artists to express their art, their unique contemporary perspective, and to enrich our community with a diverse cultural heritage.
J.U.S.T. Toys Productions is a growing performing arts collective building an artistic community around socially conscious stage and screen productions. J.U.S.T. Toys Productions was founded by Tunde Skovran and Julia Ubrankovics, two Eastern European artists residing in Los Angeles. The company provides a platform for multicultural theater artists with Eastern European roots. J.U.S.T. Toys Productions produces passionate and provocative theatrical experiences by inviting outstanding professionals from Europe to collaborate with American theatre makers. Our mission is to initiate cross-cultural discussions, foster collaborations and enrich our community with a diverse cultural heritage.
In 2015, J.U.S.T. Toys Productions produced TOYS: A Dark Fairy Tale by Saviana Stanescu. Directed by Gábor Tompa the play premiered at the Hudson Theatre in Hollywood and run for 6 weeks. In 2016/2017 the show partake at numerous prestigious international theater festivals, including the Festival d’Avignon in Avignon, France and run for 4 weeks at the 59E59 Off Broadway Theater in New York.
In 2017, J.U.S.T. Toys Productions joined forces with Circle X Theatre Co., a prominent Los Angeles based theatre company, and the Hollyhock House, a historic house built by Frank Lloyd Wright and managed by the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs to present a production of Maria Irene Fornes feminist play: Fefu and her Friends. Featuring an international cast and crew LA Times called the show “an experience that feels less like seeing a show than traveling through space and time, unencumbered by the laws of physics.”
LA critic Tracey Paleo calls Fefu and her Friends “largely abstract and fundamentally feminist the presentation here is yet another gorgeous display of the acting talents of primarily Tunde Skrovan and Julia Ubrankovics (J.U.S.T. Toys Productions) whose specialty is Avante Garde, socially conscious stage productions.”