"...a comedy of napoleonic proportional purportions...a people's history of the modern world...according to its greatest leader."
-- howerd zinn, 2009
"...by the company, producers, and director that brought you the masterpiece the nose (2008)"
-- the london tines, july 4, 2011
"...i was honored to be considered for executive producer of the film version of this remarkable work of art."
-- mel gidson, 2008
"...i was going to write it myself, but masi's genius beat me to the punch. i'm saddened that i've missed out on the acclaim."
-- from a letter by josh bridgman, 2010
"...so i drew a picture and he liked it (referring to masi using his pictures for the concept art)."
-- aaron reil, http://sickinkvermont.yolasite.com/
"...the off center for dramatic arts at 294 north winooski avenue in burlington, vermont is delighted to host the united states premier of this world renowned masterwork. masi has evidenced his dedication to research by uncovering the real truth behind napoleon's empire and then transforming it and our venue into a brilliant display of theatre artistry for all ages."
-- genevra macphail, one of the founders of the off center
for dramatic arts www.offcentervt.com, and a
member of the production team
"...to have the show start on the 191st anniversary of napoleon's death, may 5, 2012 is sheer comic genius: completely non-traditional and unexpected. and running the shows thursday, friday, and saturday nights at 8:00pm and Saturdays at 2:00pm, i mean, i'm still laughing about it!"
-- cris rock, the comedian's handbook, june 2011
"hyper-integrative theatre, that is to intentionally blend the aspects of theatrical production into a cohesive unit where each character is a scene unto itself, and the themes of the play form the relationships and interactions of the scenes, and through this the play is formed, and thus theatre ensues, is incomprehensible to most. but masi has taken this complicated theory and developed a production and performance based process limited only by one's creativity and ability to actualize."
-- michael jordan evans, 2011
"...i only wish my children could be exposed to this kind of material everyday of their lives...honest, tender, heartwarming, and an inspiration of hope. and the fact that he's having family-centered theatre on saturdays at 1:30pm means i don't have to divorce him."
-- connie coleman: jewelry artist - connie coleman studio www.conniecolemanstudio.com, Aaron Masi's main squeeze, mother of two, theatre producer
"...masi's pretty unconventional in his approach. many artists scoffed at his ambition, his boldness, and his goals. i find them empowering and kinda sexy."
-- john milton oliver, poet/actor
"...let me repeat: no one in their right mind would write a comedy about napoleon expecting to sell out shows in burlington, vermont so they could pay everyone involved and make a living doing theatre. it's unpatriotic, revolutionary, socialist, and possibly treasonist. i'll do everything in my power to stop it so long as i remain president of the united states of america."
-- president barack hussein osama, 44rd president of the united states of america
"...people ask mehow they can get involved. i say what can't you do? you can design, build, volunteer, act, come see the show, donate money to a our non-profit company, sponsor the company or the show, buy an advertisement, usher, tell everyone you know to come and see it, develop a curriculum for our local schools, organize our national tour...how much time do you have? just fill out the contact form on the website or e-mail me at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll talk."
-- aaron masi: theatre artist, educator
"...the other day someone asked me if they can still get tickets for the show. first i laughed because it's like two months away, but then i realized they are planning sell outs so the tickets could already be gone. i told them to go to www.flynntix.org for more information and to purchase tickets, or talk to one of the production team 'cause they are selling them. they asked how much and i said - get this - you've got a choice: evening shows are $20, but matinees are $10 and every show they'll give away five free tickets for folks who can't afford to pay! that's unheard of. i told them not to wait, but some people just don't get it and they miss some amazing theatre because they wait too long."
--arnie molina: artistic director, flynn center
"...i think it's going to be awesome because my daddy's a great director, and his friends are good too, but who is napoleon? isn't he famous for singing and ballet? he might be perfect for opera!"
--isara jade masi: eight years old, 2nd grader