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In the blue collar Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn sits a rundown neighborhood institution called The Alamo, the last great American bar. The owners, Munce and Carmen, along with some of their regulars, watched, from the roof, as the World Trade Center towers fell, taking down their relatives, friends, and neighbors. Today, with an aging clientele, the place is fighting to keep its doors open and the only hope seems to be the arrival of artists/gentrifiers who are moving into the neighborhood and wanting to adopt the bar as an entertainment hangout. Bay Ridge locals and Alamo regulars don't want to surrender their bar, much less their neighborhood, to these young neo-carpetbaggers without a fight. Touching on themes of nativism, racism, and war, The Alamo paints a humorous and dramatic portrait of eight working-class Bay Ridge natives who always seem to find themselves on the front lines of change in America.
Scornful of men and the love they profess for her, Gwendolen Harleth is a beautiful but spoiled young woman, frustrated by her limited options in Victorian England. Daniel Deronda is an intelligent, handsome young man who has been raised by his guardian, Sir Hugo Mallinger, but knows nothing of his true origins. Deronda's search leads him into the world of 19th-century Zionism, a discovery that will alter the course of his life. This play has been adapted by Kate McAll from the George Eliot novel.
The Five Daughters of Indra come to earth to see for themselves what it means to be human. With local and global natural and unnatural disasters, and game shows hosted by Guy Fawkes, they get much more than they bargained for. The latest tragedies in Las Vegas and Florida and the recent weather, flood, and fire disasters inspired the ShortBurst RAW Theatre to explore unity and compassion in the face of vicarious trauma, separation anxiety, and surviving the flood of life. ShortBurst Theatre addresses issues of concern to participants and audience, combining movement, speech, performance art, text, and ensemble work to create intense original productions performed for the public, to foster a sense of community, gain a deeper understanding of the similarities and differences in our shared and diverse traditions and cultures, and provide audiences and participants with dynamic tools to make a difference in their lives and the health and well-being of their community.
Amir has left his Pakistani heritage behind in an attempt to make partner at his corporate law firm, but his wife, Emily, doesn't share his negative feelings about Islam — she has encouraged Amir to help with the case of a controversial imam. When they throw a dinner party for Amir's colleague Jory and her husband Isaac, the hard truths revealed lead to the unraveling of their carefully constructed lives.
September, 1939. On the day England enters World War II, legendary psychoanalyst Dr. Sigmund Freud invites the young, rising Oxford don C.S. Lewis to his home in London. There, only weeks before Freud took his own life, they engage in a brain-teasing battle of wits on the subjects of love, sex, and the existence of God. Filled with humor, this deeply touching play explores the minds, hearts, and souls of two brilliant men addressing the greatest questions of all time.
The critically acclaimed story of Geronimo's life as a POW on the Fort Sill Indian Reservation. Starring veteran performer Rudy Ramos (The Enforcer, Defiance, Colors), helmed by respected actor and director Steve Railsback (Helter Skelter, From Here to Eternity, The X-Files), written by award-winning novelist Janelle Meraz Hooper (As Brown As I Want: The Indianhead Diaries), Geronimo focuses on the resiliency, humor, and genius of the great Apache leader, bringing him to life on stage in a dramatic recounting of a fascinating, largely forgotten chapter in American history.
"The white men will never tell the whole story. They control everything that is said about us in the newspapers and books. Even the maps favor the whites. They are dotted with each place we fought the white soldiers. Look closely. You will see: If the soldiers won, it was a battle. If we won, it was a massacre."
Theatre in the Merry-Go-Round!
Santa Monica Public Theatre brings a revolutionary new concept to the world famous Santa Monica Pier with its presentation of the original stage play, An Illegal Start.
Directed by visionary theater veteran Paul Sand, An Illegal Start spins the tale of an unlikely friendship borne between two young men who find refuge in a defunct rural amusement park after surviving a near-tragic accident. Their journey through subsequent years is an exploration of the bond between close friends and all of the joy, fear, jealousy, pain, and profound meaning that comes with it.
Humorous and heartrending, Ironbound spans 22 years in telling the story of Darja, a Polish immigrant getting by on a cleaning job, aggressive pragmatism, and sheer will. Through this wry drama, award-winning playwright Martyna Majok points out that sometimes survival is the only measure of success.
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis was hailed as an icon of style, grace, and strength, famous for her allure and piercing sensuality. Much has been written and said about the woman who was arguably America's most popular first lady — though one detail is usually omitted: She was human. From the creative team of Wiesenthal, award-winning playwright Tom Dugan's newest one-woman drama explores the life of America's most private public figure.
In Members Only, the long-awaited sequel to the groundbreaking Blade to the Heat, 20 years have passed since the original. It's 1982 in New York City: the golden age of boxing, the dying gasp of disco, and the flowering of identity politics. Pedro Quinn is well past 40 and still fighting, not only for championships but for the right to be himself on his own terms. He even has a protégé, a female boxer who reminds him of his own youthful fights in and out of the ring. But when a detached retina threatens to end the only life he knows and old frenemies Vinal and Sarita want to make a movie about the champion he killed in the ring 20 years ago, Quinn can no longer hide from the ghosts of his past. Nor can he protect those he loves from the specter of hatred, much less the looming onslaught of what will soon be named the AIDS virus. He can hide in plain sight no more, and his biggest fight is yet to come.
On a frozen Minnesota lake, the ice is beginning to creak and groan. It's the end of the fishing season, and two old friends are out on the ice, angling for something big — something down there that is pure need. Something that might just swallow them whole. Nice Fish is a sublimely reflective, profound, and funny play.
Juliana Smithton is a respected neurologist whose life has recently begun unraveling. Her husband is leaving her, her daughter has eloped with a much older man, and she's even beginning to question her own good health. A compelling and acclaimed drama in which nothing is quite what it seems, The Other Place is an intimate mystery that blurs fact with fiction, past with present, and Juliana's perception with ever-elusive truth. An elaborately crafted theatrical work, this Outer Critics Circle Award nominee will likely keep you talking long after the curtain has closed.
Recommendation: ages 13 and above. Contains adult language.
In A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry, which debuted on Broadway in 1959, the prospect of life insurance money from their late father offers life-changing options to the Youngers, an African-American family living in a cramped apartment on Chicago's South Side. However, competing visions of how to use the money — for the grandmother Lena, her son Walter (with wife Ruth and son Travis), and her daughter Beneatha — threaten to tear apart a family already facing a pre-civil-rights-era America.
In April 2010, British Petroleum gave orders to speed up production on its colossal drilling rig, the Deepwater Horizon. Despite the objections of many on the rig, safety measures were ignored or overlooked. On April 20, the Deepwater Horizon exploded. Eleven men paid the ultimate price, and thousands who call the Gulf Coast home found their lives irrevocably altered.
It's 2008 and Hollywood A-lister Caroline Connors (Serena Scott Thomas), having recently been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, braves her descent into an uncertain future while attempting to navigate her relationships with her ultra-conservative and less than politically correct husband Kevin (David Sessions) and her defiant and idealistic daughter Rachel (Laura Long).
Set in an affluent community near Silicon Valley in the months leading up to the financial crisis and the election, Two Fisted Love makes good use of its irreverent and original characters and artfully incorporates a blend of styles, ranging from, as Mr. Sessions puts it, "…a modern drawing room comedy to painfully dark conversations for mature audiences only…"
How far will powerful men and institutions go to keep their secrets — and who pays the price when they do? Set in 1992 Massachusetts against the backdrop of the Catholic Church sexual abuse scandal and a toxic drinking water scandal (the latter made famous by the book and film A Civil Action), An Undivided Heart is part thriller and part spiritual mystery. A series of otherworldly visions and an unlikely encounter with a Zen priest propel Father Mike Cleary into a collision course with his archdiocese, while Lynne Callahan, a young widow, struggles to make sense of her life in a town whose water has been polluted with deadly chemicals. The two confront a universal problem: How do victims of suffering caused by others find a way to go on?
The Vet, The Imam, His Woman and Her Preacher share the stage with In Search of Intimacy for a double-bill of exciting theater as RAW Theatre presents encore presentations of two of its innovative 2017 productions.
The Vet, The Imam, His Woman and Her Preacher (2:30pm): Intense, insightful, humorous, and at least a little disturbing, this original piece of theater explores the intricacies of on-the-edge behavior and the intimacies of over-the-edge relationships, leaving no stone unturned and no icon unharried — a raw expose of the rampant social, moral, and sexual prejudices of our troubled world.
In Search of Intimacy (4pm): A smart bomb destroys a village. A middle name sends up a red flag at the airport. A teacher goes postal. A husband and wife come clean. A provocative theater event that takes us on a sometimes tantalizing, sometimes titillating, often terrifying look at our search for fulfillment.
The best Tony-nominated musical nobody's ever heard of… Violet has wowed critics and audiences with its powerful story and energetic gospel, rock, country, and R&B score by Jeanine Tesori (Fun Home and Caroline, or Change). Set in the Deep South during the early days of the civil rights movement, this powerful musical tells the touching story of a young woman accidentally scarred on the face as a child. Hoping that a TV evangelist can cure her, Violet embarks on a long bus ride from her sleepy North Carolina town through Memphis to Oklahoma. Along the way, she meets two young soldiers who teach her about love, courage, and the true meaning of beauty.
Powerful and poignant, heartfelt and humorous, it's a special one-night-only engagement of film, television, and stage personality Stogie Kenyatta's NAACP Award-winning solo show about African-American artist and activist Paul Robeson, memorializing a great American hero. Robeson — internationally renowned actor, recording artist, concert singer, football player, all-American athlete, and Phi Beta Kappa Society laureate at Rutgers University — was witness to the artistic wonders of the Harlem Renaissance and the jazz-bebop era, the horrors of the slave trade, the shame of the Holocaust, McCarthyism, blacklists, racism, and oppression. His life's work celebrates our common humanity as he fought globally for social justice.