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1599. In that one year of an amazing outpouring of creativity, Shakespeare wrote four plays which, taken as a whole, tell the overarching tale of one archetypal, near mythic character who, developing and transforming through various guises hurtles from one play to the next.
Henry V is the triumph of youthful genius.
Julius Caesar is what happens when idealism makes a deal with the devil.
As You Like It begins as a nightmare before becoming a manic romp before culminating in climax of near operatic proportions.
Hamlet is a spiral into chaos and near madness.
1599 features intimate, streamlined productions of these four plays, all performed in one evening of epic theatre. This is a giant mythic journey for both actor and audience.
Inspired by James Shapiro's A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare 1599, nine years ago we began work on this, the most elaborate and challenging project in our 34 year history.
Told from two perspectives and distinct narratives from each point of view, (presented at times through scenes of their fantasies and other scenes as their reality) newly engaged couple Nathaniel and Gemini who though have an intense love for each other, also have an underlying, stirring nervousness for nuptials in their own unique ways. On the eve of Nate's 30th birthday, an especially contemplative time for him, a dinner party with friends ensue, and a complicated secret is eventually revealed. Not only must Gemini and Nate navigate through their hopes, fears, and insecurities throughout the play, but also must their beloved friends who are closest to them. Everyone is forced to take an honest and raw look at what they really want and who they really are, ultimately revealing that perception is completely subjective, ever changing, and unique for each individual. They learn that the complicated journey of all relationships, not just the one between them, can cause dire consequences.
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 men of the Black Panther Party changed the course of history. In the turbulent 60s & 70s... what about the women? BPW boasts an all-female cast playing both the men and the women of the militant organization which sought to transform a system of racial oppression.
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.
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.
Echoes tells the parallel stories of two women born 175 years apart. One is a Victorian pioneer woman, the other an Islamist schoolgirl. The former wants to build an Empire, the latter a Caliphate. Both women are idealists and intelligent adventurers who travel East to impose their views on unwilling peoples.
Written by leading British comedy writer and Fringe First Winner Henry Naylor (Headcases, Spitting Image), Echoes is a provocative and brutal tale of colonialism and the rhythm of history, featuring superb performances by Felicity Houlbrooke and Filipa Braganca.
Echoes has enjoyed critically-acclaimed and multi-award-winning runs in Edinburgh, London, and Australia, and was a winner of the prestigious Mervyn Stutter Spirit of the Fringe Award 2015.
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.
She wants to get married. He gives her a ring. But it's a friendship ring. What should she do?
Oscar Isaac in Hamlet staged by Sam Gold.
Oscar is celebrated for the honesty, authenticity, and intensity of his performances, and Hamlet marks his long-desired return to theatre after an impressive series of starring film and television roles. Sam is renowned for the transparent subtlety and nuance of the theatrical worlds he creates, Together Oscar Isaac and Sam Gold will explore the 'undiscovered country' of Hamlet's world which begins, of course, with the first words of the play, 'Who's there?'"
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.
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.
Kayla, a child of interracial parentage, has the best of both worlds. In addition to loving parents, she has a supportive community and church family. When young love blossom into the image of James, will this new love be enough to save him from the lures of drug dealing or will it separate her from her family and friends? Entangled in an adulteress affair, Rev. Cunningham is not only losing the respect of his wife, but the respect of his congregation. Can love save the day? Can its healing power save the Brown family from the spread of HIV or bring back the Moore's Family son?
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.
In a small town in the rural Midwest, two childhood friends sneak away to play pretend in a nearby deserted fairground. Life back in town finds them crippled by trauma and shackled by cycles of silence and shame, forcing them to run away. Suddenly they are left to fend for each other amidst the crumbling fairgrounds, and their crumbling innocence, as they learn to maneuver through puberty and triggering what feels like 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.
Locked In The Attic Productions presents an original Seanie Sugrue play performed in three acts!
A paralytic presentation of murder, deceit and sexism. This series of stories, akin with a thin thread of correlation, attempt to prove whether its title holds true, that Love Is Dead!
Our modern take on A Midsummer Night's Dream transports audiences to the enchanted urban forest of NYC's Lower East Side. Lines are blurred between fairy and starving artist, musician and noble lord, as we follow the interwoven storylines of four young lovers, a troupe of madcap actors and the fairies who toy with their fates. The show mixes Shakespeare and comedy, with music and dance. The Bard's classic in an interactive, accessible and light way. It will appeal to the most avid Shakespeare fan, as well as to those experiencing a live play for the first time.
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.
In this acclaimed, early play by renowned writer Octavio Solis (Se Llama Cristina at INTAR; Pulitzer Prize nominated Lydia at Mark Taper Forum) Scout, a computer programmer with promise of upward mobility, attracts the interest of Liza and Vince, foolhardy opportunists in a complicated relationship. Vince drags the trio home where his wife Elena remains homebound smoking pot, watching porn, and craving snow peas. A drink and drug fueled night between unlikely friends scrapes down desires, secrets, and identities to the bone.
Ten years after tragedy drives a group of college friends apart, two are unexpectedly reunited. Ceci, fleeing a broken relationship, tries to find a new home by moving in with Nina. But when their attempts to reconnect uncover old wounds, Nina's repression is pitted against Ceci's self-destructive tendencies. RubberMatch is an intimate exploration of complex, contemporary female friendships, examining questions of grief, sexuality, and the pasts that haunt us. When does a friend's "help" become an act of violence?
Called "the ultimate satirist of the downtown New York social landscape," by The New York Times, and "a wonderful performer" by The New Yorker, acclaimed writer and performer Mike Albo's comedy Spermhood chronicles the year he spent trying to make a baby with his friends, a lesbian couple. Albo explores the insanity of modern digital dating, the reproductive industry, the lingering shadow of AIDS for gay men, and what it takes to be a father.
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."
Based on eight stories from the latest anthology by award-winning Israeli author and filmmaker Etgar Keret, this play is a celebration of storytelling and the magic of art—an ensemble piece written for six actors & two musicians playing over thirty roles. It is a comic drama of a modern writer weaving extra-ordinary tales in the middle of Tel Aviv. Here stories are the currency, a matter of life and death. The stories make us real and teach us (with a nod to Scheherazade) how to face the difficulties of life—from the absurd to the unbearable—without resorting to violence or abusing your power.
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.