Robert Montano’s SMALL

Where does a bullied 12-year-old who’s all of 4’6” and 70 lbs go to find a place where he can feel strong, powerful, respected? On the back of a thoroughbred racehorse, where being small is of the highest value. But when that SMALL kid begins to grow, what lengths will he go to stay on the track?

Robert Montano shares a roller-coaster autobiographical story of his transformation from a tiny bullied Puerto Rican/Italian boy who just wanted to dance, to an apprentice jockey learning the culture of the racetrack, to a professional rider, to self-destructive addict trying to maintain the rigorous demands of jockey-life, and finally to Broadway and beyond…

Written and Performed by Robert Montano; Directed by FCT Artistic Director Jessi D. Hill; Sound Design by Brian Ronan; Set Design by Christopher and Justin Swader; Lighting Design by Jamie Roderick; Props Design by Buffy Cardoza; Dramaturgy by Adam Koplan.

FCT developed SMALL through public workshop performances at the National Opera Center, Signature Theatre, NYC (Hosted by Chita Rivera), and ART/NY in New York City. SMALL received a world premiere production with Penguin Rep, NY in March, 2022 and its NYC Premiere at 59E59 in August/September 2023. Regional stops include People’s Light in Malvern, PA in January/February 2024, Lyric Theatre in Oklahoma City, OK in February 2024, and George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick, NJ in January/February 2025. More soon!