Because you've been searching all your life for a quality Mandy Patinkin impersonator, run-don't-walk to The Princess Bride: The Play, a free event happening this weekend only. Originally conceived by a seasoned filmmaker as an excuse to get friends together, TPBTP has snowballed into a full-length adaptation wherein amateur actors roam through makeshift stages in Boggy Creek Park to recreate Rob Reiner's tale of love, revenge, and Savage-ry. To pull off the 16-million-in-1987-dollars epic on zero budget, they've made some creative adjustments
The Cliffs of Insanity: Arrived at by the characters by means of a pedicab-turned-sailboat (courtesy of the Austin Bike Zoo), the massive seaside ledge will be shrunk down in scale by the Trouble Puppet Company, who've apparently advanced beyond Tribbles.
The Fire Swamp: The logistics aren't yet finalized, but expect fire-spinners (or use-your-imagination hula-hooping actors standing in as flames), people dressed as trees, and a costumed ROUS -- short for Rodent Of Unusual Size, at least until you have to explain that it means Rodent Of Unusual Size.
The Pit of Despair: Count Rugen's chambers are outfitted with an elaborate torture contraption, made out of bicycle parts and suction cups by Yellow Bike Project's coordinators, who by trying to teach repair to clueless cyclists, are rewriting the definitive history of pain.
Other touches include the director's uncle playing the Peter Falk role, accompanying music performed by the 10-piece Mostly Dead Ensemble, and a 9ft-tall papier-maché Fezzik head -- if that thing falls on you, prepare to die.