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1599 — England attempts to crush a rebellion rapidly turning into a quagmire AND Shakespeare writes Henry V, Julius Caesar, As You Like It, and the first draft of Hamlet. In an epic staging presented by the Irondale Ensemble, the 1599 Project, invites audiences on a giant mythic journey that combines intimate, streamlined productions of these four iconic plays. Inspired by James Shapiro's book A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare, the 1599 Project is told from the perspective of one archetypal, epochal character who, under various guises, is reincarnated from one play to the next, as he journeys from idealistic ruler to outsider hurtling toward chaotic demise.
Directed by Zishan Uğurlu, Agamemnon is the first play of the trilogy Oresteia written by Aeschylus. The play is a meditation on female revenge, sexual bleeding, male pomposity, self-consuming truth, and a sense of justice.
The narrative of provocation and premonition are incorporated into the production by the objective: "to trap the living fact alive." This time the red carpet doesn't take you to the Oscars, but to death.
Dionysus: our hero, a gender-fluid god, both loving and murderous.
The Bacchae: our heroines, ecstatic followers of the Dionysian cult.
Pentheus: our villian, logical; secular.
Euripdes: a 5th-century BCE writer who defies modern sensibilities. Is The Bacchae liberation theology or a celebration of religious zealotry?
With their highly-charged and entertaining style of physical theatre, Faux-Real explores the precarious zone between freedom and fanaticism.
Black Angels Over Tuskegee is the story of the Tuskegee Airmen told in narrative of six men embarking upon a journey to become pilots in the United States Army Air Forces. The play explores their collective struggle with Jim Crow, their intelligence, patriotism, dreams of an inclusive fair society, and brotherhood. The play goes beyond the headlines of the popular stories of the Tuskegee Airmen and exposes the men who exhibited the courage to excel, in spite of all the overwhelming odds against them.
Winner 2009 Artistic Achievement Award "Best Play"
"Uplifting! Inspirational! This show is also tough to resist. By the end, when the pilots overcame their obstacles and finally got up into the air to the swelling of music, tears welled up in my eyes." - New York Times
Dodge and Halie are barely hanging on to their farmland and their sanity while looking after their two wayward grown sons. When their grandson Vince arrives with his girlfriend, no one seems to recognize him, and confusion abounds. As Vince tries to make sense of the chaos, the rest of the family dances around a deep, dark secret. This wildly poetic and cuttingly funny take on the American family drama gleefully pulls apart the threadbare deluded visions of our families and our homes.
Chekhov.PostScriptum is a unique, intimate play based on Anton Chekhov's timeless classics: The Seagull, Uncle Vanya, The Cherry Orchard, and Three Sisters, created by the internationally acclaimed Moscow Art Theater director iconic Adolf Shapiro, based on the new highly acclaimed translation by Marina Brodskaya, produced by accent theater company.
Arrivals and departures, meetings and partings, swift glances that decide the fate. This is what life is - the experience of losses and gains… And love… as the highest blessing, as a source of dramas and comedies of the theater and each of us …this is what Chekhov is about…
Set in Russia at the turn of the twentieth century, The Cherry Orchard chronicles a noblewoman's return to her family estate after a five-year absence to escape troubling memories of her son's death. Lyubov Ranevskaya arrives home to find the cherry orchard in full bloom, but the finances of the estate on the verge of ruin. Lyubov and her brother, Gaev, find themselves scrambling to retain a vision of gentility amidst a climate of huge social and economic transition.
In this tautly written and riveting drama, a white police officer is accused of pushing an African-American teenage boy out of a window during a police chase.
The effects of a tragic incident can, in a moment, forever redefine the lives of all those intimately connected to it. This relevant tale explores the malleability of guilt and innocence when pitted against prejudice and presumption, truth and sensationalism. As the former officer stands at the precipice of fate, neither he nor the boy can distinguish fact from fiction, certainty from doubt, guilt from innocence.
In Robert Lyons' new play a burned-out, left-wing journalist retreats to the family farm for peace of mind — until his teenage daughter follows, bringing all the anger he's left behind, not to mention her hacktivist boyfriend. When his wife shows up to negotiate their split, his newfound vision of being happy proves more elusive than he imagined.
Inspired by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges' book of the same name, Death of the Liberal Class is a dark domestic comedy about liberal parenting, capitalist co-option, and losing (or finding) your edge.
Double Falsehood follows two brave female protagonists, Violante and Leonora, and two contrasting leading men, Julio of honorable and modest birth, and Henriquez an aristocratic villain. The story starts with Henriquez, heir to the Duke Angelo of Spain, as he exploits his social privilege to scheme his way around beautiful women, greedy fathers and honorable brotherhoods, resulting in a disturbing yet enlightening tale of self-repentance and discovery within family, honor, madness, lust and relationships.
Dry Powder is the viciously, deliciously funny new drama about the people molding and messing with the American economy. The same week his private equity firm forced massive layoffs at a national grocery chain, Rick threw himself an extravagant engagement party, setting off a publicity nightmare. Fortunately, Seth, one of Rick's managing directors, has a win-win deal to invest in an American-made luggage company for a song and rescue his boss from the company's PR disaster. But Jenny, Seth's counterpart, has an entirely different plan: to squeeze every last penny out of the company, no matter the human toll. The game is on in Sarah Burgess' gripping, razor-sharp new play about the price of success and the real cost of getting the deal done. Thomas Kail directs.
Amid the chaos of the Liberian Civil War, the captive wives of a rebel officer band together to form a fragile community – until the balance of their lives is upset by the arrival of a new girl. Drawing on reserves of wit and compassion, Eclipsed reveals distinct women who must discover their own means of survival in this deeply felt portrait of women finding and testing their own strength in a hostile world of horrors not of their own making.
Embodi(ED) is a theatre and dance work, based on real stories of struggles with eating disorders. The piece deals with the American distorted perception of body images and the multi-billion dollar industry that profits from insecurities affecting both men and women. The show has been devised by the Girl Be Heard ensemble, directed by Ashley Marinaccio, and produced by theater-maker and activist Jessica Greer Morris.
Meet Emily Dickinson, Paranormal Investigator!
It's 1849 and New York is a gritty, grimy city filled with ghosts, ghouls, and irresponsible transcendentalists. After a string of curious incidents Emily Dickinson, New England's premiere paranormal investigator, and her estranged mentor Edgar Allan Poe are on the case! Armed with esoteric knowledge and brass knuckles—not to mention a strong grasp on both blank and metered verse—they venture to Brooklyn on the trail of a horrifying new adversary.
Emily Dickinson: Paranormal Investigator is an ahistorical romp through poetry and Americana with ghosts, ghouls, and more! Part of the 2016 FRIGID New York Festival.
- New York City. A hotel lobby. A small-time gambler and big-time drinker makes his way back to Room 492. With a new night clerk on duty, he is forced to confront his personal demons and discover the real end to his own story. Eugene O'Neill's Hughie is a rarely seen theatrical masterpiece about the loneliness and redemption of one man chasing the American Dream.
A thoughtful family drama set in a quiet Midwestern town, the goodbye room follows the relationship between two estranged sisters, reunited to bury the dead. The sisters are joined by their father and a long-time family friend who each have a story to tell. With heartfelt simplicity, the play explores what we hide, what we share, and the individual nature of response to this most universal of human experiences. This timeless problem receives a delicate examination through a contemporary lens. Are grieving and moving forward two sides of the same coin?
Tarell Alvin McCraney, MacArthur Award-winning playwright of the acclaimed Brother/Sister Plays, returns to The Public with an astonishing, deeply moving new drama about family, acceptance and the power of faith. At the mouth of the Mississippi River, Shelah's family and friends have come to celebrate her birthday and save her from a leaking roof. But in this contemporary parable inspired by the Book of Job, unexpected events turn the reunion into the ultimate test of faith and love. As her world seems to collapse around her, Shelah must fight to survive the rising flood of life's greatest challenges. Regular Public Theater collaborator Tina Landau directs this poetic and piercing new play.
War is brewing in Europe; King Henry V, newly on the throne, presses an ancient claim on France and leads his army into mainland Europe. Surrounded by enemies both within and without, Henry must abandon the ways of his youth to become what his kingdom needs him to be.
In this play's immortal prologue, Shakespeare ponders how to bring the vasty fields of France into a cramped theater. That is our director Kelly Johnston's life story, and in this unique and creative take, he will transport audiences to medieval France with a handful of actors, music, lights, and one of the greatest texts in the English language.
How about if you love someone more than you love yourself. Can that relationship work?
It's 1941 and Alice "Al" Huffman comes from the potato fields of Long Island with her beau, her best girlfriend and her girlfriend's beau to make it on the Broadway stage only to find she has no talent. She meets Max, a former producer, talent manager and possible con man who introduces her to the glamorous, perpetually on the brink of stardom night club singer, Juliana. Juliana's voice sounds to Al like "warm milk slipping down the whole of my body."
Al is increasingly drawn into a secret gay underworld of men who wear dresses and women who smoke cigars, while her childhood friends continue in their "normal" lives. Al glides easily between the two worlds until these worlds begin to collide.
Juliana is the first in a series of novels about the same characters living through forthcoming decades of LGBT history.
The White Witch has trapped Narnia in a perpetual state of winter with no hope of Christmas. But all that changes when four siblings venture through an old wardrobe and enter this land of talking animals, charming fauns, giants and dwarves. Standing shoulder to shoulder with Aslan the Great Lion, the children courageously battle the forces of evil and discover that Love is the deepest magic of all.
In Monte Cristo, sailor Dantes is falsely accused of treason by a friend who wants Dantes' girlfriend for himself. After 13 years in jail, Dantes escapes with the help of another prisoner and transforms himself into the wealthy Count of Monte Cristo as part of an elaborate plan to exact revenge.
New Light Theater Project presents this New York Premiere of Jared Reinmuth's adaptation of Alexandre Dumas' 1844 classic adventure novel The Count of Monte Cristo. Rather than focusing solely on the revenge motif, this adaptation further explores the themes of memory and madness.
The Opera Nabucco by Giuseppe Verdi will be presented at the Center for Jewish History in New York. Baritone David Serero will be starring as Nabucco. Cast includes soloists from the Metropolitan Opera, La Scala, Paris Opera and Bolshoi Opera.
Seanie Sugrue left his entire family in Ireland to come to New York... and didn't even know why! All alone, he began honing an idea how to present a new kind of art. What came out of it was a new style of drama called Punk Theatre. This new theatrical environment is what fuels what will be a sprawling series of 12 stage works... understandable on their own but together will create an entire universe.
One Way to Pluto! premiering at the legendary 13th Street Playhouse is an existential journey through the life of Peter Cooper, a hostile persona struggling to make sense of his transgender dysphoria (the misery of feeling you are in the wrong body).
Comfort comes through a drug-fueled psychedelic journey to "Pluto" and back with Dwight, a chronic vagabond, and from an act of criminal desperateness, he befriends one of Pluto's "moons." This story is a restless exploration of one man's search to find meaning and delves into the fight against personal delusion, addiction.
One Way To Pluto!, the prequel to Black Me Out!, is an existential journey through the life of Peter Cooper, a hostile persona struggling to make sense of his transgender dysphoria. Falling out of grace with everyone around him, Peter plunges from shared housing to homelessness, seldom user to heroin junkie and from punk rock drummer to pathetic, washed-up rock star. Destroyed by his ego, comfort comes through a psychedelic journey to Pluto and back with Dwight, a chronic vagabond, and from an act of criminal desperateness, he befriends one of Pluto's moons. This story is a restless exploration of one mans search to find meaning and delves into the fight against personal delusion, addiction, and the trepidation of inferiority.
Our Young Company returns with a production of Othello specially tailored for young audiences. Now beginning its second decade, this unique collaboration with the Graduate Acting Program of Columbia University's School of the Arts has now grown to reach all five of New York's boroughs, introducing more than 20,000 young people to the power of live theatre and becoming a multi-year recipient of the Shakespeare in American Communities grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Othello by William Shakespeare will be presented in a Jewish Moroccan Style. Starring Actor and Baritone David Serero as Othello, this new production will be featuring singing as well.
"Body! Why don't I recognize you? Why is everything changing?"
skinny crazy small is the chronicle of one quirky and strong-willed girl's battle with anorexia nervosa. Enlisting the help of famous women throughout history, all of whom suffered from either anorexia or bulimia themselves, the play's young protagonist challenges the stigmas and stereotypes that surround eating disorders.
Inspired by events in the life of creator and performer Sylvie Mae Baldwin, "skinny crazy small" sparks discussion and transports audience members unfamiliar with the disease to anorexia's frontlines.
"Baldwin's performance demonstrates her malleability," says The Daily. "She seamlessly transitions between different character roles and…does not hold back in her vulnerability." After a celebrated premiere in Seattle, WA last May, skinny crazy small takes the stage this April at NYC's Theaterlab.
All performances will be followed by a post-play discussion.
Steve Romagnoli's play directed by S. C. Lucier about love, imperialism and racism inspired by the true story of Ota Benga, a Congolese pygmy exhibited alongside an orangutan in the Bronx Zoo. Romagnoli's portion of box office receipts will be donated to the Bedford Hills Women's Maximum Security Prison College Program where he is a professor.
Abasiama came to America with high hopes—for her arranged marriage and for her future—intent on earning a degree and returning to Nigeria. But when her husband is seduced by America, she must choose between the Nigerian and the American dream.
Arguably, St. Ann's Warehouse is the only NY theater capable of staging Benedict Andrews' maverick production of A Streetcar Named Desire, featuring Gillian Anderson, Ben Foster, Corey Johnson and Vanessa Kirby. With its transparent, revolving set, all conversations are overheard, there's nowhere to hide and the ensuing tragedy purposefully spins toward its inevitable last line. The New York Times called the production "a wounding portrait of communal loss."
invisible girls theatre co. presents three (iii) plays:
Unveiling by Václav Havel
Abortive by Caryl Churchill
Embers by Samuel Beckett
Amber has two jobs, three kids, and an eight-year-old's birthday party to plan. The house needs fixing up and her on-again, off-again husband Chris just can't help but make things worse. As Amber struggles to keep things from boiling over, she finds herself a stranger to the person she once was and the person she thought she might be.
Arthur Miller confronts the American dream in this dark and passionate tale. In Brooklyn, longshoreman Eddie Carbone welcomes his Sicilian cousins to the land of freedom. But when one of them falls for his beautiful niece, they discover that freedom comes at a price. Eddie's jealous mistrust exposes a deep, unspeakable secret – one that drives him to commit the ultimate betrayal. Ivo van Hove directs this stunning production of Miller's tragic masterpiece.
In the land of impossible plots, Jerry Wolfert became a genre unto himself: war vet turned occult priest turned self-published novelist turned pariah. With his ex-wife and a hodgepodge of other old pals in supporting roles, surprises arise when the most hated man in Hollywood reinvents himself as a filmmaker.
Known for bringing lovable idiots to the stage, this notorious company tells the untold, fictional story behind the making of Wolfert's never-before-seen, 4-part cinematic triumph The White Stag Quadrilogy. Watch as the dark prince of cinema and celebrity moves into the ranks of the mythic.
The White Stag Quadrilogy portrays sex, scandal and obsession during the late 1970's and early 80's where the most hated man in Hollywood reinvents himself as an avant-garde filmmaker. With his ex-wife and a hodgepodge of other old pals in supporting roles, surprises arise when he debuts his four-part cinematic triumph.
A broken hearted man, a loving but ruthless mafia princess, an evil ex-wife, a sentimental player, a sex crazed stalker, and a vengeful maniac are all looking for answers to problems they created. So when the guns run empty, the lace hits the floor, and the dust settles who ever is left standing has a lot of making up to do. Life can be so difficult when we lie to others as well as ourselves. Why Not Just Tell The Truth?
A story about love, lust, truth and consequences explores how bad things can really get over seemingly white lies. "WNJTTT" is crazy, sexy, cool and funny all while showing the power of love and faith.
Nicole was six when her dad died. But she kept trying to get his attention in hopes he'd come back. Why So Much Shame? uses vivid storytelling to explore a child's unspoken grief, a woman's confrontation with the truth, and the powerful things that happen when we stop pretending.
When a woman loses her only daughter. All the women in the community come to gather...
Based on the beloved writings of L. Frank Baum, The Woodsman tells the origin story of the Tin Woodsman, the woman he loved, and the witch that would stop at nothing to keep them apart. Back by popular demand, the ensemble of Strangemen & Co. brings this hauntingly beautiful Land of Oz to life through spectacular life-size puppetry and original music.