Since  1999, DMTheatrics has been at the forefront of the independent theater scene in New York City, to rave reviews from The New York Times, Backstage, Time Out New York,, the Village Voice, and others.  From Ed Wood to Shakespeare, from classic burlesque to classical theater, from riotous comedy to challenging drama, the sheer range and scope of modern indie theater's most notorious production company is unmatched anywhere.  If you're just looking for a quick overview of our history, you'll find all you need on this page.  If you'd like to escape down the rabbit hole and lose yourself in photos, videos, and synopses of past productions, enter the repertory pages using the links below.  To contact us, scroll down to the bottom of the page.

Bible and Wine (2011)

William Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra (2003)



In a nearly twenty-five year career in NYC theater and arts, DMT artistic director FRANK CWIKLIK has directed, written, and/or produced dozens of shows in many of the best-known downtown theater venues, including the late, lamented Todo con NADA, the Kraine, the Brick, and the Red Room.  Named to Indie Theater Now's NYC Theater Hall of Fame in 2010, his best-known original work, Bitch Macbeth, is one of the few non-Broadway productions whose working papers are permanently archived at the prestigious Billy Rose Theater Collection at Lincoln Center.  His work has been praised in the New York Times, Time Out New York,, Backstage and others, and has won several OOBR Awards.    His staging of the notorious Two Gentlemen of Lebowski broke box office records for downtown New York theater and attracted audiences from across the US and Canada, as well as Germany, the UK, and Australia.   He has worked as a sound designer and lighting designer for the Coney Island Sideshow, the Ice Festival, La Mama, and the Brick.  His play Sugarbaby! was published in NYTE's Plays and Playwrights 2005, and has been used as course material in theater and playwriting classes at the college and high school level.  His brash, assertive, cinematic style, which leans heavily on sound and lighting design and locale to establish storytelling, mood, and setting, has proven both ahead of its time and highly influential, and his pioneering use of cinema and pop culture as theater texts predicted the rise of mashup culture by decades.  He works steadily in commercial and industrial voiceover, having served as the voice of Amana,, Mike and Ike MegaMix and others, and plays Chase and other roles on the new Transformers: Rescue Bots Academy series.  Visit for full resume, voiceover reels, and contact info. 

Taking Liberties: An Evening of Elvis Costello (2009)




Girls' School Vampire, Greenwich Street Theater, 1999; Todo Con NADA, 1999

Amazons in Chains, Todo Con NADA, 1999 (two productions)

Twenty, Todo Con NADA, 2000; The Red Room, 2004

Bitch Macbeth, Access Theater, 2001;  Kraine Theater, 2003;  The Brick, 2008

Sugarbaby!, The Red Room, 2003

Who in the Hell is the Real, Live Lorelei Lee?, The Red Room, 2003

Nevada Territory, The Red Room, 2004

The Wild, Wild Women of Wakky-Nunu!, The Red Room, 2008

0109 (10th Anniversary Retrospective), Kraine Theater, 2009

#walledgardens, Bandcamp/YouTube, 2018

Two Gentlemen of Lebowski (2010)




Salome, by Oscar Wilde, Todo Con NADA, 2000

The Sinister Urge!, by Edward D. Wood, Jr, Todo Con NADA, 2000; The Red Room, 2006, 2012

Jail Bait, by Edward D. Wood, Jr, dir. Michele Schlossberg, Todo Con NADA, 2000

Bride of the Monster, by Edward D. Wood, Jr, dir. Bryan Enk, Todo Con NADA, 2000; dir. Frank Cwiklik, The Red Room, 2012

The Fugitive Girls!, by Edward D. Wood, Jr, Todo Con NADA, 2000; Under St. Marks, 2002

The Violent Years!, by Edward D. Wood, Jr, dir. Ian W. Hill, Todo Con NADA, 2000;  dir. Frank Cwiklik, The Red Room, 2012

Orgy of the Dead!, by Edward D. Wood, Jr, in association with Mountebanks, Surf Reality, 2001; The Red Room, 2005

Quicksand, by Robert Smith and Irving Pichel, Under St. Marks, 2002

Kookamonga Falls, by Todd Miller, dir. Michele Schlossberg, The Red Room, 2002

House of Trash, by Trav S.D., The Red Room, 2002

Bride of the Monster, by William Shakespeare, The Red Room, 2003

Taking Liberties: An Evening of Elvis Costello, The Brick, 2009

Titus Andronicus, by William Shakespeare, The Brick, 2009

Two Gentlemen of Lebowski, by Adam Bertocci, Kraine Theater, 2012
Plan Nine From Outer Space!,
by Edward D. Wood, Jr, The Brick, 2010

Bible and Wine: The Music of Eric Matthews, co-directed/choreographed by Shiloh Klein, Kraine Theater, 2011

The Taming of the Shrew, by William Shakespeare, The Red Room, 2011

Night of the Ghouls, by Edward D. Wood, Jr, The Red Room, 2012

Hot Ice!, by A.C. Stephens and Edward D. Wood, Jr., The Red Room, 2012

#LEAR, by William Shakespeare, YouTube/Amazon, 2018



The Sinister Urge! (2012)

Amazons in Chains! (2000)

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