True False Theatre's 2013 Main Stage

A Sleeping Hound to Wake- the story of a dysfunctional Southern family struggling to reunite despite a checkered history of violence, drug abuse, and psychosis.
True False Theatre (Daria Tavana)
New York, New York
United States
12 Team Members
True False Theatre is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the purposes of True False Theatre must be made payable to Fractured Atlas and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

True False Theatre Presents The 2013 Main Stage:



written by Daria Tavana
directed by Dmitry Troyanovsky


One dysfunctional Southern family struggles to reunite despite a checkered history of violence, drug abuse, and psychosis. When patriarch Richard finally arrives at Bourbon Street, a strange pimp reveals the secret that could keep this father from his kin forever. A Sleeping Hound to Wake combines dark humor, suspense, and sheer grit to examine the ways in which desire and impulse define human relationships.


Performance Information: Check back soon for more info on dates, tickets, and the creative team!

TRUE FALSE THEATRE is an experimental performing arts company that has expanded rapidly since its creation in April 2011. We invent magical, dangerous theatrical experiences aimed at engaging audiences of all backgrounds. Our work exposes and examines the ways in which desire and impulse define human relationships, taking inspiration from the intimate sites in which we perform.

Our Mission: TFT is a group of artists dedicated to creating high-quality dramatic theatre that challenges the imagination and inspires a more conscious and compassionate community. Our goal is to probe modern value systems through entertaining productions of both new and classic socially relevant plays, which uphold a commitment to exciting and empowering New York City.

TFT fosters a partnership with Katie’s Art Project, a non-profit organization whose mission is to bring the joy of art to in-patient wards in Pediatric Hematology Oncology units. We’ve also teamed up with Shaklee, the number one natural nutrition company in the U.S. Our goal with both of these organizations stems from our passion for promoting healthy living and creative fulfillment.

About Our Guest Director: Dmitry Troyanovsky’s directing credits include Melissa Cooper's Antigone Now, Sophie Treadwell’s Machinal, Euripides' The Bacchae, Vassily Sigarev’s Plasticine, Alexander Ostrovsky’s The Forest, Nikolai Erdman’s The Suicide, Frank Wedekind’s Spring Awakening, and Dürrenmatt’s The Visit. He led workshops and developed new theatrical material at institutions such as Baryshnikov Arts Center, American Repertory Theatre Institute, 92Y, The Lee Strasberg Institute, SoHo Rep Summer Camp, St. Petersburg State University (Russia), Fisher Arts Center at Bard College, and Brown University. In addition to theatre, he has created installation and performance art projects such as Herzstuck at the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University. Dmitry has taught at New York University's Tisch School for the Arts, Bard College, and Marymount Manhattan College. He is an MFA graduate of the American Repertory Theatre Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University and Moscow Art Theatre School in Russia. 

Click here to meet Team TFT 

How We Reach Our Audience

In 2011, our debut production of two new plays (Firework For Real and Bedspread) at The Producers Club sold out every night. We launched the Official TFT Blog and continue to communicate with our valued supporters via Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. The Polygraph Tests, a residency program for emerging writers, hosted free public readings on Jan. 21 and 28 at COLLAB. underSTUDY is a yearlong ensemble-building experiment allowing actors the challenge of reinventing Shakespeare’s Hamlet without the pressure or politics of a production. We are currently collaborating on a four-week advertising campaign with and waiting to hear from the Puffin Foundation with regard to receiving a significant grant.

Project Goals

Our marketing and publicity teams have established an increasing fan base using social media, and we continue to promote our main stage at all company-sponsored events. We’ve also recently decided to produce a monthly newsletter while continuing to build both our mailing and donor lists. The ideal audience for A Sleeping Hound To Wake would be between the ages of 18-35, a demographic adamantly in love with tales of crime and destructive relationships. Some of the most beloved works among this age group are in a similar vein to Sleeping Hound including Pulp Fiction and the award-winning television series Breaking Bad. Our target audience knows there is an incredibly captivating magic that comes with watching someone fleetingly grasp at a sliver of hope only to slowly self-destruct in the process. This is not a "feel-good" kind of production, which means that funding it is going to be quite difficult. A play about a desperate drug dealer sheds light on a corner of the country that some theatre organizations would rather leave unseen.

YOU Can Help

We need to raise $11,00 by July 4th to cover venue fees and all other costs necessary to mount this production. We raised thousands of dollars from private donors and pay-to-enter events last year and plan to increase our fundraising efforts in 2012. When you donate to TFT, every penny gets us closer to meeting our increasing demands.

Your donation directly affects the success of our final product, which will be a truly unique experience for all who attend. In addition to our undying gratitude for being a contributor to our campaign, we have created a list of perks that come with each donation (check them out at the top of this page)! And if you can't spare the change via Internet, check back with us soon for video updates with information about fundraising events and other ways to interact with True False Theatre.

Your support, no matter the form, is priceless. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Foursquare- share us, blog us, text us, speak us! The best way to make our campaign a success is to talk about who we are and what we do. Tell your friends! Tell your enemies! Tell everybody!


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  • $5USD
    The Dirt

    *A small cost to see your name in lights- get personalized verse straight from the source! Members of Team TFT will write you an original poem on the topic of your choice and feature it in the VIP section of our Fall 2012 Newsletter. This publication is sent to thousands of TFT supporters across the country! (fully tax-deductible)

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    The Dead Dog

    *A special thanks in our program

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    The Meth Addict

    *A special thanks in our program *A coupon for 1 free drink at our opening night fundraiser (amount over $5 is tax-deductible)

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    The Axe Murderer

    You get everything THE DIRT and THE METH ADDICT get (see above)! PLUS **CLOUDZbyTY "Slap" stickers made just for you! Personalize your gift by suggesting the subject, and groundbreaking NYC street artist TY will draw you a beautifully brutal masterpiece. Visit his site for inspiration: (amount over $5 is tax-deductible)

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    The Sex Therapist

    *A special thanks in our program *A coupon for 1 free drink at our opening night fundraiser *A copy of the script, signed by cast and crew (amount over $5 is tax-deductible)

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    The Gay Prostitute

    You get everything THE AXE MURDERER and THE SEX THERAPIST get (see above)! PLUS **A copy of the script, signed by cast and crew. (amount over $15 is tax-deductible)

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    The Pathetic Detective

    *A special thanks in our program *A coupon for 1 free drink at our opening night fundraiser *A copy of the script, signed by cast and crew *Free admission to one of our fundraising parties this summer *One free ticket to the performance of your choice! (amount over $35 is tax-deductible)

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    The High Roller

    Get everything THE GAY PROSTITUTE and THE PATHETIC DETECTIVE get (see above)! PLUS **Name ANY address on Earth (maybe by a particularly breathtaking West Coast beach or on a specific European city street) and our award-winning visual art department will research your location to recreate it in the format of your choice (collage, digital, sculpture, painting) then send it directly to your home. We guarantee an impressive addition to your art collection! (amount over $35 is tax-deductible)

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    The Psychotic Mama

    Get everything THE HIGH ROLLER gets (see above)! PLUS **Two free tickets and VIP seating to the performance of your choice. AND **Commit to a cause YOU care about! Tell us your favorite non-profit organization, and a portion of your donation will go directly to this charity. (amount over $55 is tax-deductible)

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    The Twisted Pimp

    Get everything THE PSYCHOTIC MAMA gets (see above)! PLUS **An executive producer credit. AND **A portion of the proceeds raised at TFT's July 2012 fundraising party "Belting for Bedspread" will go to the charity of your choice. (amount over $55 is tax-deductible)

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    The Secret Recipe

    Get everything THE TWISTED PIMP gets (see above)! PLUS **Two TFT Season Passes, which will allow you and a guest to experience every TFT production in 2013 free of charge. AND **TFT will throw a fundraising party during 2013 in your name and give 100% of the proceeds to the charity of your choice. (amount over $100 is tax-deductible)

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    The Twi-Lite Lounge

    Get everything THE SECRET RECIPE gets (see above)! PLUS **Receive 30 hours of private lessons in NYC with our producing staff, resident ensemble, and guest artists in the following areas: acting, stage designing, directing, playwriting, producing, and theatre management. AND **Members of Team TFT will volunteer their time to visit and assist the charity of your choice on a weekly basis for one year. (amount over $100 is tax-deductible)

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