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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
The Black Book tells the story of a college student, who disguises his suicide note in a poem and leaves it in his poetry professor's classroom. The apprehensive professor, is compelled to delve into his student's past and unravel the clues within his poem in attempt to save him. The Black Book propels you through a psychological chess game; challenging you to always stay one move ahead.
Can a person build an identity – white or black – that outsmarts racism? A well-intentioned white man puts his conscience on the page, at the risk of exposing his prejudice and imposing his ideals on his partner. What he writes strands them in a shifting landscape of secrets, fantasies, and shaded identities.
America's most lauded playwrights come together for a celebration of one of America's greatest wordsmiths. Adapted from Tennessee Williams' short stories, the plays of Desire are destined to be new classics for the 21st century. Depicting love and innocence, isolation and loss, these unforgettable tales serve as a reminder that great stories have the power to change our lives.
The Resemblance Between a Violin Case and a Coffin by Beth Henley
The Field of Blue Children by Rebecca Gilman
Tent Worms by Elizabeth Egloff
Oriflamme by David Grimm
Desire Quenched by Touch by Marcus Gardley
You Lied To Me About Centralia by John Guare
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.
EagerReads is a New Play Development Effort by EagerRisk Theater to support and gain exposure for new, eager, and risky playwrights, showcasing work in an inviting and professional atmosphere. Bi-weekly staged readings on Tuesday at John DeSotelle Studio's Nu.Box unless otherwise stated.
Eyes Blind by Dylan Rae Brown - August 18th
If All Mountains were Molehills by Annie R. Such - September 1st
Mountain King, Rose Queen by Michael Aguirre - September 15th
Down Goes the Queen of Virginia by Annie R. Such - September 29th
East in Red by Ryan Sprague - October 13th
Mad Blood and Other Beauties by Jason Rosenberg - November 10th
Tribunal by Mark Kessler - November 24th
Evergreed by Jacob Bremkamp - December 8th
The Last Rightboy by Seamus Lucason - December 22nd
Back by popular demand!
Using an erratic and energetic performance style, and evocative details of his week attending the Tourette Syndrome Association National Conference in Washington, DC, Gardiner Comfort shares his life as an actor with this neurological disorder and discovers, for the first time in his life, how he can be himself. Created by Comfort and his frequent collaborator, Kel Haney, who also directs.
God is a Verb is an engaging and urgent portrait of a world - and a man - on the brink. In the fall of 1969, an eccentric professor gathers a team of offbeat academics to play a game with one goal: make the world work for all humanity. What unfolds tears spacetime as we are whisked from a beatnik cafe to a treetop congressional hearing and back by way of a university telephone. As the clock ticks, the lines blur between the game and the real world and we wonder if we've detached from reality altogether.
The Gray Man isn't real. He's a ghost story, a boogeyman mothers make up tales about to keep their children safe. A grieving young man named Simon listens to these bedtime stories outside his apartment window and yearns to leave the city he's so afraid of. But when he meets a little girl with an old soul who speaks of missing children, Simon can't help but feel trapped in his tenement house, where a familiar shadow waits in the darkness.
The Haunted Train follows Cloyd, a patient in a mental health facility, on his last-ditch attempt to win his freedom and prove his "sanity" after being visited by the ghost of a death row inmate. As Cloyd's caretakers each begin to see the ghost, they are forced re-evaluate Cloyd and question what really qualifies as "crazy." The Haunted Train explores how stigma can pervade even the ways we medically treat mental illness, and the problems that arise when we view the human mind as something to be "cured."
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.
On the heels of the Donmar's revelatory production of Julius Caesar, which empowered women to play Shakespearean roles normally reserved for men, director Phyllida Lloyd has set a second play, Henry IV, against the backdrop of women in prison. Harriet Walter, "one of the best Shakespeareans alive" (The Guardian), will once again lead a diverse and exciting all-female cast in Shakespeare's monumental history play which travels to the heart of family, duty and country.
The Honeycomb Trilogy is back by popular demand. A Critic's Pick in The New York Times, Time Out New York and Backstage and winner of the Best Premiere Production honor from the New York Innovative Theater Awards, this decade-spanning science fiction epic follows one American family through an extraterrestrial invasion and occupation of earth. As son Abbie allies with the conquerors and daughter Ronnie leads the human resistance, The Honeycomb Trilogy explores culture, terrorism, sexuality, loyalty, justice, and forgiveness over the course of three action-packed, emotionally-charged stories. The entire saga takes place in the same house, as it – much like the world around it - is ravaged by war and rebuilt by hand over the course of twenty years. The three parts of the trilogy (Advance Man, Blast Radius, and Sovereign) will be presented individually on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday nights. On Saturdays and Sundays audiences can binge-watch the entire trilogy.
Aaron Loeb brings a dark comic edge to this psychological suspense thriller, in which a group of corporate consultants work together on a mysterious and ethically ambiguous project. As the lines between right and wrong are blurred, these characters must navigate the cognitive dissonances and moral dilemmas to decide for themselves if everything is as it really seems.
Irondale presents The Independent Eye theatre ensemble's inspired two-person vision of William Shakespeare's King Lear. Played out within the confines of an aluminum cage, King Lear and The Fool are accompanied by nearly 30 life-sized, hand, and finger puppets operated by actors and master puppeteers Conrad Bishop and Elizabeth Fuller.
King Lear is the puppeteer of his own puppet show, obsessively playing out his loss of family, power, friendship, shelter, sanity, and hope. In his mind, he is the only real human in his motherless kingdom of power and commodity, where love is merchandise for barter. The Fool, an acid clown who goads Lear in his desperation, stage-manages his story until they both succumb to Lear's madness. This stunning two-person take on King Lear puts an ingenious spin on The Bard's tragic tale of power and distorted love.
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.
The Macbeth husbands and the Macduff wives are at the center of Tom Slot's reimagining of Shakespeare's most infamous tragedy, exploring gender bias while preserving the original text.
The days of political correctness have forced a prudish Queen Duncan to employ generals of all genders, races and sexual orientations into her army. Yet these times are still filled with the nepotism and prejudices of the past and General Macbeth struggles to be seen just as competent as his straight counterparts. With the conviction and support of his husband, and the predictions of greatness and power bestowed upon him by a trio of enslaved witches, he goes down a dangerous path of betrayal, greed and murder.
Medea, directed by D'Ambrosi, combines professional actors, who perform in English, with a chorus of 14 actors with diverse abilities (including epilepsy, neurological disabilities and down syndrome) from the University program of D'Ambrosi's Rome-based Magic of Theater Drama Academy, who perform in Attic Greek.
Ingmar Bergman's Nora, a brilliant distillation of Ibsen's masterpiece, A Doll's House, is a riveting tale of a seemingly conventional woman, struggling and then coming to terms with her life as a doll-wife in a traditional marriage. Out of the shadows of deceit, blackmail, and betrayal, Nora rises to a new consciousness of herself as a woman in a man's world. Through the microcosm of Nora's "doll house" marriage, both Bergman and Ibsen pose crucial questions about the role of gender in modern society.
Aeschylus authored the oldest extant drama. The Oresteia, the only surviving trilogy of Ancient Greek tragedy, is an inexorable exploration of human nature. It exists at a threshold between old and new worlds. In this production of few words, Aeschylus' trilogy becomes the catalyst for a future tragic form. A distinctive theatrical language of gesture, image, and sound emerges.
Becca and Howie Corbett have everything a family could want, until a life-shattering accident turns their world upside down and leaves the couple drifting perilously apart. Rabbit Hole charts their bittersweet search for comfort in the darkest of places and for a path that will lead them back into the light of day.
The Harlem Repertory Theater continues it's 2015 season with Lorraine Hansberry's groundbreaking drama A Raisin In The Sun. An American classic, takes place in the late '50s in a south side Chicago apartment, chronicling the lives of the members of an African-American family. The tensions and prejudice they face create the drama in this beloved play.
Originally produced in 1959, Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin In The Sun was the first play written by an African American woman to be produced on Broadway, where it won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play. The Washington Post has called it "one of a handful of great American dramas". A cast of ten talented actors will perform Raisin in the sun in an environmental setting: playing scenes only inches away from the audience.
Power, passion, anhttp://industry.theatermania.com/wizard/?id=19321#dates-paned politics reign in Hamlet Isn't Dead's "Vendetta Duology." Both plays feature themes of violence, corruption, and civil strife that still resonate heavily today. Hamlet Isn't Dead is thrilled to return to Westbeth Artists Community to present Shakespeare's most famous lovers and his most downtrodden king. Utilizing the same eight actors, Romeo and Juliet and Richard II will be performed in rep, continuing HID's mission to present Shakespeare's canon chronologically and explore the Bard's immortal themes.
The Yukon Gold Rush, 1899 . Belinda and Frank stand at the threshold of a new life; a new century in lawless Dawson City but only if they can escape the horrors of their past. Who are these people, what chases them, and will the law find them? Fractured and poetic, Rush asks whether escaping your past only makes it haunt you all the more.
Rebecca has a beautiful marriage and a baby on the way when tragedy strikes. Follow her story as she struggles with her wife's depression and ultimately meets Jordan, a young marine biologist who may follow a destructive path after his own personal tragedy.
A devised work, Solitaire: An Original Play explores depression, human connectedness, and that we are not alone in our journeys. First performed at Joria Productions September 11-13, 2015, Solitaire: An Original Play remounts at The Tank in Times Square with a revised script.
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."
Although the ocean-going element of the slave trade was outlawed internationally in 1808, human beings continued to be shipped to work in the plantations and factories of the New World. Interceptors patrolled the Middle Passage as a form of police fleet, disposing of slave ship crews and seizing their vessels before returning the captives to the African continent.
The Vast Machine takes place on the slave ship Perisher completely becalmed on a mirror-like sea. Following an unsuccessful slave insurrection, the crew is almost completely decimated by illness, alcohol and accident. On the horizon is an approaching Interceptor.
Who were the crewmen that perpetrated the complex and multi-faceted crime of slavery? Who would take this work knowing what it entailed? Is there a vast machine that still grinds away today existing only because of the complacency and fear of the witness?
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 1944 Greenwich Village, Susan Hendrix, a blind, yet capable woman, is imperiled by a trio of men in her own apartment, tormentors who will stop at nothing to get what they want. As the climax builds, Susan discovers that her blindness just might be the key to her escape, but she and her tormenters must wait until dark to play out this classic thriller's shattering conclusion.
A child under the hand of an abusive parent. An all too common story. How does one cope? Will the silenced singer ever sing again?
When you can't get away, you have to find a way.
2 actors, 14 characters, 7 instruments, 7 original songs, some poetry, and some dance. And if tragedy plus time truly equals comedy, things could get a little funny.