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A humorous and heartbreaking period-hopping play by award-winning New York-based playwright Robin Rice, Alice in Black and Whitetells the extraordinary story of Alice Austen, a bold female street photographer of the Victorian era.
Alice in Black and White traces Austen's love affair with photography and with her partner, Gertrude Tate, at the turn of the 20th Century, to her fall into poverty and obscurity by the 1950s. Following its world premiere in Louisville, produced by Looking for Lilith Theatre Company, this powerful and poignant production is being revived for New York audiences on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of Alice Austen's birth.
Thrust into the popular social debate between Black and Blue, a black man and an NYPD police officer find themselves struggling to find common ground. What will it take for the two to finally come together?
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
Blood Wedding (Bodas De Sangre) is a tragedy inspired by a true story of a young bride in 20th century Andalusia who escapes arranged marriage to be with her lover, leading to betrayal and violence.
It might be the end of the world, and three friends gather to say goodbye: to the island that harbored their childhood summers, the traumatic event that's defined their lives, and the magical creatures lurking just beneath the water's surface.
A writer learns: Freedom is a Bitch. Seeking meaning, he leaves his family, career and...gets mugged by geese. Struggles with homelessness, loss, love and the 1%. After years of searching: is there redemption?
Amidst society on the brink of meltdown, six strangers face the final hours. With stirring spoken word, music, and imagery, Catalyst questions, will the six survive each other long enough to build a new world for what remains of humanity.
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 A Class Act, when a major chemical company pours cancer-causing waste into the water supply, a high-powered law firm brings a class action lawsuit on behalf of the thousands of people affected. Who wins? Who loses? Who makes millions whether they win or lose? Which lawyers battle the best... or the worst? Does the ordinary person ever realize justice in the end?
Set at the beginning of the semester at State University. Seniors Elizabeth, Alyssa, Matt and John are faced with decisions that will impact the rest of their lives. Dark Sunshine takes us on a glimpse into their lives to see how they handle the pressures of dealing with their present while trying to decide what happens in their future.
A young Pakistani-American activist has been recruited to infiltrate a militant group in the Middle East. When she disappears, her recruiter has to determine whether she has changed sides or been betrayed. He finds out the truth is more complicated.
Allie is a poet. Reese is a scientist. They can't live without each other. So together, they make a promise. Die For Me is a two-act drama that blends high-school romance with T.S. Eliot's "The Waste Land."
How do you deal with this? You plan to travel, but your suitcase throws out everything… like there is anyone else... whatever you put in, she takes out. You want to leave, she wants to stay. Do you want to experience a dilemma?
Ten years have gone by since 9/11, but life without Dad has not gotten any easier. In this memory play-meets-docudrama, six young women search for identity, understanding, and redemption in the wake of a national—and very personal—tragedy.
Fates intertwine in a new dimension, beyond space and time. Israeli POW, Ilan, believes his freedom is nearly in sight. Across continents, abductee, Andrew, awaits his captor's design. As time ticks away, they must learn to survive or disappear forever.
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A major Off-Broadway success, this eloquent, moving and exceptionally well-written first play by Pulitzer Prize winner Marsha Norman probes into the past and present of a young woman attempting to find her way in life after release from prison.
The Glass Menagerie is the play that brought a brilliant young writer named Tennessee Williams to national attention, and, in his own words, "changed my life irrevocably" when it first premiered on Broadway in 1945. More than seventy years later, Williams's most personal work for the stage continues to captivate and overwhelm audiences around the world.
Inspired by true events, The Good Earth is the explosive new story of a Welsh village fighting to save their homes and mountain unravelled through physical theatre akin to the Welsh-trained Frantic Assembly, new writing and Welsh folk song, bringing to life a valley torn apart by their council, big business and eventually themselves.
Facing pressure from the local council to move when a new development is proposed, a small group of ardent Welsh villagers decide to fight back. This explosive new play provides cultural context to the anti-establishment sentiment of rural Wales that has partly led to the recent "Brexit" vote.
A struggle that is greatly influencing and impacting the people of this nation today: Green Card - A New Musical is bringing a new and refreshing perspective of the trials and tribulations of immigration to its awaiting audiences. Han, a South Korean born failing artist living in Harlem is fighting for his chance at the American Dream; only he isn't an American citizen. After meeting Mia, a spunky aspiring singer with her own skeletons to hide, they both come up with an ultimatum – the exchange of money for a fake marriage to help Han gain his citizenship. Along this crazy ride, Han and Mia are followed by Han's South Korean girlfriend, Mia's criminal ex-boyfriend, and the suspicious Immigration officer who refuses to leave them alone.
It is 2005, Tupelo and Youngblood cling for life on a rooftop, surrounded by murky water, festered with disease and the unknown. It is only a matter of time before their food and water will run out. For Tupelo, taking an out of state job in New Orleans could earn him enough money to invest in real estate and kick start a new chapter in his life, but a turn of events will effect the two men forever. The stress takes a toll on their beliefs, their relationship, and their chance of survival.
Meanwhile, Charmaine and Maxine are hundreds of miles away, striving to see their dreams of life, love, and the pursuit of happiness come to fruition. Char seems on her way to achieving her goals; however, Maxine has a secret that will challenge her dreams of success, her marriage, and her sanity. All of this is set against the threat of one of America's greatest disasters. A drama with comedy.
Federico Garcia Lorca's The House of Bernarda Alba (La Casa de Bernarda Alba) is the story of a tyrannical mother who dominates her five unmarried daughters - all of whom harbor a secret passion for one man. This repressed environment leads to an explosion of hatred, jealousy, despair and passion - and tragic consequences.
Delta Mason, 22, leaves home one steamy summer night in her North Carolina town for some ice cream and does not return. The frantic family (mother Caroleena, father Bruin, brother Leavell and identical twin Delia) searches for her, a search complicated by the appearance of a hurricane bearing her name. Hurricane Delta is so massive that the townspeople must evacuate. But the Masons believe they have a compelling reason to remain. Only the athiest Leavell seems to understand that they will all be killed. But does the rest of the family know something about God and the spirit that Leavell must re-learn? Will his lack of belief kill them all, or will it save them?
Eight former high school friends, now in their mid-twenties, reunite for an impromptu night of mourning and celebration after the suicide of a mutual friend. Finding themselves divided by geography, sexual orientation, religious belief, and ultimately their own prejudices, it's hard to remember what bonded them together in the first place. When shocking details surrounding their friend's death bubble to the surface, they may never find their way back to each other without losing themselves in the process.
Julie is a fresh and violent new work based on August Strindbergs' Miss Julie. premiering this fall during the Thespis Theater Festival.
Le Blanc is a non-linear full length play with elements of music, art distillation, light design, and dance. The story uses the American foster care/adoption, child welfare, and adult judicial system as a backdrop to tell the rags to riches, demise, and redemption of a fictional world famous dancer and choreographer. Through a series of interviews both spoken and acted out, we explore the main character's life from his humble beginnings as an orphaned child born in the state of California, to his underground rise to notoriety on the NYC gay ballroom scene as a member of the "House Of Le Blanc", to his rise to mainstream success as a commercial dancer, to his metamorphosis into an infamous public figure and criminal on death row for murder. The stories of his life are woven together by exploring his most defining relationships.
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.
Two sisters, Solange and Claire, struggle to believe their existence as maids is anything but sub-human. Each night they enact a secret fantasy while their mistress is away. When their attempt to destroy Madame's love affair goes awry, their hopes for transcendence grow increasingly slim. A desperate hunger for dignity drives their sadistic ritual to new depths.
The Maids is a dazzling mirror maze of identity, status and cruelty. Outliers Theatre Co. is proud to debut with our intimate production of Genet's beautiful and controversial play.
Inspired by a real Somali terrorist event, A Man Like You is a conversation between a British hostage, Patrick North, and his Somali captor Abdi, set in a windowless concrete room in Somalia. Elizabeth, North's wife provides a counter-point to the story, from the Norths' house in Nairobi. A Man Like You illustrates the world views of two men who come from different circumstances and hold completely different philosophies, which they discuss over the course of North's captivity of 102 days. They debate good and evil, power and control, who is a terrorist and who is not, and what is God, and in so doing they challenge our own deeply-held views. In a heroic struggle, Abdi and North rarely agree their basic humanity connects them. Can they come to realize they are more alike than they initially believe?
A Man Like You is inspired by the events of 21st September 2013, when Somali men from the terrorist group Al Shabaab opened fire on shoppers at the Westgate Mall in Nairobi....
After several decades as a Mob Boss, Mickey sees that life has become too complicated in this day and age of video phone cameras and cameras posted on almost every street corner. He has decided that it's time to retire and set up shop down in sunny Florida but first he has to deal with a couple pressing issues.
It's funny-or-die in the graveyard. This absurdist comedy pits a Watchman with a worthless watch against a chatterboxing, handcuffed man and a know-it-all woman in bandaged hands to see who earns the right to move on up.
In this new play inspired by true events, the life of John Kennedy Toole, author of A Confederacy of Dunces, is seen through the eyes of one of his students at an all-girl's college in New Orleans. The student, who is haunted by the memory of her first love, Mr. Toole, goes back in time to solve the mystery of his death and what she could have done to stop it. The teacher a student will never forget becomes a legend the world will never forget.
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A commentary on the absurdity of the human condition made tolerable only by self-delusion, Rhinoceros shows us the struggle of the individual to maintain integrity and identity in a world where all others have succumbed to the "beauty" of brute force, natural energy, and mindlessness. Ionesco startles audiences with a world that invariably erupts in explosive laughter and nightmare anxiety.
A story of Edward de Vere—17th Earl of Oxford, the author known as "William Shakespeare."
This edgy historical drama smashes the conventional wisdom about "Shakespeare" and the "Virgin" Queen as it suggests the violation of the most basic human taboo. Oxford's travels through Italy are surrealistically juxtaposed against scenes of his life in England, his plays, poetry, betrayal, murder, love, passion and romance in a potpourri of fact, fiction and fantasy. The Bard meets his match when he meets in the beautiful published poet, the most honored Venetian courtesan, Veronica Franco.
Mia is desperate to sell her New Jersey home. She wants to study pastry making in California and plans to move there with her young daughter. But on the very day she's showing the property to very interested buyers, her alcoholic grandmother decides to skip her meds, her grieving former lover shows up unannounced, the roof begins leaking, and the toilet needs fixing. Her best friend does what she can to help her hold it all together. Still, it's left to Mia to discover what can happen when one tries too hard to run away from a past one's still living in.
Set deep in the Piney Woods of East Texas, Tall Pines Lodge is a claustrophobic pulp thriller that shatters the notion of honor among thieves. The play opens with Joe Ed (Conor Andrew Hall) and Booker (Ryan Scoble), bankrobbers awaiting their cut of the score and the arrival of the mysterious Mr. Valentine (Brian Detlefts). When Booker's brother, the psychopathic Cotton (Titus Tompkins), arrives they get more than they bargained for in the form of Daisy (Jehan O. Young), Cotton's impromptu hostage.
27 Wagons Full of Cotton: after Jake, a shady, middle-aged cotton gin owner, burns down rival Silva Vicarro's mill, Vicarro attempts to enact vengeance by seducing Flora, Jake's delicate young wife.
Kingdom of Earth: a flood is surging in the Mississippi Delta, and Chicken's property is only safe until ole man Sikes down the road dynamites his levee to save himself. While Chicken waits alone in his kitchen for the inevitable blast, he receives an unexpected visit from his dying half-brother, Lot, and Lot's wife of but one day, Myrtle. Leaving Lot upstairs to rest, Chicken assesses Myrtle as a potential threat to his inheritance of the estate, currently under Lot's name. Chicken and Myrtle find common ground but not even footing in their similar experiences of the inescapable hardness of the world - two "lost, sinful, puzzled" souls falling into a familiar power dynamic and bracing themselves as the waters rise.
Satirical, socio-political play about fighting cultural and identity crisis's, as encompassed with newlywed and interracial couple, Shawn and Margaux, living in gentrified Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. The happy couple is unfortunately unable to conceive but agrees to adopt, but only, according to Shawn, if the child is white. He argues, "If I can relieve myself of the constant worry of my child being taken away from me at any moment, at the whim of those who don't care one bit about Black Lives Matter, then that's what I'll do!"
Presented by Anthony Anderson of ABC's hit black-ish, Uncle Tom vs. Uncle Sam is the profound and humorous examination of the greater Black community and its ongoing identity crisis concerning self-love, aesthetics, and their general accommodations for survival and acceptance in a...post-racial era.
Based on the New York Times best selling children's novel by Grace Lin, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon is the story of Minli, a very poor peasant girl from China, who leaves her family on Fruitless Mountain in order to seek fortune from the Old Man of the Moon. Throughout her journey, Minli encounters a dragon that cannot fly, a talking fish, Magistrate Tiger and the king of the City of Bright Moonlight. But can Minli truly altar destiny? What does she and her family discover about true fortune?
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon is a physical theater adaption with elements of Chinese theater techniques, martial arts, puppetry and dance. The show features an ensemble cast of NYC based professional actors and has been created specially for Fringe Jr. audiences.
Love. Jealousy. Friendship. Betrayal. Sheep Shearing.
Dysfunctional Theatre is happy to announce their first ever Shakespeare production, this summer for three performances only!
The company will also be hosting open rehearsals on Governors Island as part of the Dysfunctional Collective's summer residency.
In 1916, iconoclastic artist Marcel Duchamp created his most mysterious piece, With Hidden Noise, which has hidden inside a secret object. One hundred years later, a museum visitor, Keller, becomes obsessed with the piece. Under the suspicious eye of two museum guards, Keller hatches his scheme to discover the identity of the hidden noise.