Written and performed by Robert Montano
Directed by Jessi D. Hill
Bobby is a small Puerto Rican/Italian kid from Long Island with a big dream. Soon he’s galloping headlong into the strange, obsessive world of professional horse racing. But the track is as dangerous as it is exciting, full of colorful characters and powerful beasts. The jockeys and their associates form a makeshift brotherhood even as they wrestle with the extremes of their sport. But will Bobby outgrow his dream or be consumed by it?
SMALL is a tour-de-force about finding and losing yourself in the messy process of growing up as one young man’s dreams unexpectedly lead him from the Belmont racetrack to the Broadway stage.
SMALL had its world premiere at Penguin Rep Theatre in Stony Point, NY (Joe Brancato, Artistic Director & Andrew M. Horn, Executive Director)
Penguin Rep Theatre (Penguin Players, Ltd.), based in a repurposed 1880s barn in historic Stony Point (Rockland County), New York, is a nonprofit professional theatre company dedicated to promoting new voices and producing new works for the stage. Integral to Penguin's mission is the development and sharing of enduring stories that offer a wide canvas of emotions, with an emphasis on those that raise awareness of injustice, promote conversation, and offer chances to connect with universal hopes, challenges and dreams. Now in its 45th year of operation, Penguin has become of the mid- Hudson's most enduring nonprofit cultural institutions, reaching tens of thousands of theatergoers each year at its home base, in New York City, and beyond -- with its work moving to Off Broadway and to stages across the country and around the world.
Read more at: www.penguinrep.org
"A gripping and vividly acted one-man show written and performed by Robert Montano."
"Mr. Montano (is) a vibrantly watchable performer. He enriches his story with dollops of humor. Directed with finesse by Jessi D. Hill" – Charles Isherwood, Wall St Journal
★★★★ "A tour de force!" – NY Stage Review
"Montano's performance is nothing short of amazing"
"There is no doubt that SMALL is destined to be a big hit." – Broadway World
"SMALL deserves to be something much, much bigger" – Thoroughbred Daily News
"Compelling...you can feel the race-day sweat dripping off him" – The 100 Word Review
"One of the most compelling and brilliantly told stories" – Hi!Drama
"Montano tells his story with a great deal of physicality and athleticism, and charm" – NewsNotesDance