“The Monkey King” (written by Jonathan & Kimbirdlee Fadner) is a theatrical retelling of an ancient Chinese legend infused with a clever storyline and heart-pumping music.  The legend has entertained all ages for centuries with a cast of mythical creatures that can transform and transcend earthly realms and triumph amidst epic battles.  But can you imagine what happens when the King is born and he is… a woman!?  The Fadners light up this tale with a shocking modern twist that will inspire everyone to take action and be inspired toward positive change. 



Character Descriptions:

Ganjuwai the Elder – The wise tribe elder, still has spurts of youthful energy.

Monkey King – The toughest monkey ever born. Clever and fearless. Doesn't take things too seriously, until she has too.

Jogo – Bulllied her whole life.  A leader deep down, she just doesn't know it yet.

Dragon King of the Sea – Loud, Egotistical & Chauvinistic, Strong Singer

Demon of Havoc – A controlling and nasty tyrant and a subject of the Jade Emperor.

Gatekeeper – The guard of the School for Immortals. Takes pride in his job.

The Immortal of the Forest - A distinguished professor of mystical knowledge (for men)

General Shrimp – Dragon King of the sea's lackey on a lady hunt.

General Tortoise - Dragon King of the sea's lackey also on a never ending hunt for the ladies.

Jade Emperor – Ruler of Heaven and Earth. Eccentric.  More is never enough. Underlying insecurity.

Jade Emperor's Herald – Thinks highly of himself. Often annoyed and “over it”.

General Bixor – Sadistic, loves war and carrying out Jade Emperor's ambitions in battle.

Grotus of the Heavenly Stables – Somewhat lecherous, the first guy most new arrivals work for in heaven.

Guan Yin – The Goddess of Mercy, has a rebellious streak in her and sees the truth in all.

Fairy Maidens – Goddesses who’s job is to entertain Jade Emperor and his subjects.  They know their place in heaven and never stop to ask why.

Monkey Tribe – The disparate inhabitants of Metal Mountain. Oppressed by the Demon of Havoc.  Waiting for a messiah, but have given up hope.

The Immortal Classmates –Students of the Immortal of the Forest

Heavenly Beings – Pay lip service to the Jade Emperor, maybe hiding true feelings.  Fearful and Violent, trained warriors.

Written by Jonathan & Kimbirdlee Fadner

Directed by Steven Eng

​The Howe Theatre

548 Main St, NY, NY 10044


Friday, Aug 3rd 8pm
Saturday, Aug 4th 2pm
Saturday, Aug 4th 8pm
Sunday, Aug 5th 8pm




Musical Theatre by and for the common men and women...