THE GREAT PIE ROBBERY played its final performance on July 29, 2017.

We are happy to announce our hit family comedy is opening off-Broadway!
Written and Directed by Ben Tostado


Crusted Custard! The pies are missin’! In Skunk Valley, Ma and Pa Baker’s livelihood is threatened when the evil Vincent Von Villenueva plots to take over the town starting with their pie shop. Can Chicken Farmer John save the old couple from his dastardly deeds, keep the town from becoming a rootin’-tootin’ saloon destination and still prove his honor to the lovely shop girl? This hilarious spoof of turn-of-the-century melodramas—complete with a dashing hero, a mustache-twirling villain and a slew of wacky characters—is as American as…well, you know.


Set against the backdrop of the old west, THE GREAT PIE ROBBERY…OR, WE REALLY KNEAD THE DOUGH encourages audience members to get involved in the action by cheering or booing the characters during entrances and exits, while a live piano emphasizes all the dramatic moments to hilarious results.


Perfect for ages 6 and up.

Running time: 75 minutes.

 "a genial goof, a send-up and celebrations of melodramas”.


 "...undeniably charming...".



THE GREAT PIE ROBBERY…OR, WE REALLY KNEAD THE DOUGH began as a middle school production written by drama teacher/director Ben Tostado as a means to teach his students about the melodrama genre of the 1800s. Encouraged by the theatre-going parents of his cast who suggested that the piece might have a life on the professional stage, Mr. Tostado submitted his family comedy to the FringeNYC in 2012 and snagged a slot in the Fringe Jr. section of the festival. Praised by critics and audience members alike, THE GREAT PIE ROBBERY quickly gained a fan base that included off-Broadway venue, The Elektra Theatre in NYC, where it is slated to open this summer.


June 30 - 2pm (Preview)

July 8 - 12pm & 3pm

July 15 -  3pm only

July 19 - 3pm only

July 22 - 12pm & 3pm

July 29 - 12pm & 3pm

Playing at The Elektra Theatre
300 West 43rd Street, New York (off of 8th Avenue)

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