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Firesign Press Release - 9/5/2011


More than just a rousing send-up of Shakespeare, ANYTHYNGE YOU WANT TO is a full-length theatrical entertainment, written and re-written continually throughout The Firesign Theatre's long performing career. This volume collects every iambic double entendre and silly soliloquy into a surreal comedy opus, complete with Firesign's "scholarly" introduction, tongue-in-cheek footnotes, diagrams, and even recipes!

Firesign has infused the classic Shakespearian scenes of hurricanes at sea, witches capering about a cooking pot, apparitions on the battlements, graveyard passion and mortal combat in ANYTHYNGE YOU WANT TO with their notoriously twisted political and social humor - a devastating oil spill, alchemical terrorism, sleezy politics and Hollywood shenanigans are all part of the laughs.

As Firesign tells it, the legendary writing/acting quartet has been around, writing and performing plays since 1600 when they collaborated with the Bard on ANYTHYNGE before taking their act on the road to the New World. Reborn in the Old West as "Dr. Firesign's Theatre of the Plains," these fighting clowns have since worn many disguises and had countless high adventures on stage, in movies and over the radio.

The tales told here fill in the comic mythology of Firesign's most popular recorded worlds, connecting Nick Danger and George Tirebiter to Hemlock Stones, The Electrician, and "Everything You Know is Wrong." Bonus scripts include 1967's radio saga "The Armenian's Paw" and an early club-act favorite, "Waiting for The Mount of County Crisco."

Filled with photographs from performances, along with graphics by Bruce Litz, ANYTHYNGE YOU WANT TO is truly Firesign's major work of high comedy.

We plan to take pre-orders for this book through the Firesale Store in the very near future; check back here in the Press Release section of the site for updates.

Anythynge You Want To - book cover

Addendum - 9/26/2011 - from David Ossman:

"Here's some news. Bear Manor has asked for a third Firesign collection. Arriving after Anythynge You Want To aka The Legend of the Firesign Theatre later this Fall and then the Collected Plays edition, Marching To Shibboleth, (both of the '70s script books plus new goodies) soon after that, 2012 brings Exorcism In Your Daily Life - The Psychedelic Firesign Theatre, collecting the acid-freekout theatrical scripts ('Freek For A Week' (aka 'The Hippy Faust' from 1967)) and 'Profiles in BBQ Sauce' ((LBJ killed JFK!) early in 1968), the Magic Mushroom shows from Winter 1967, and everything else through 'The Martian Space Party,' which marked the End of the Era."

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