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50th & 4th follows Rick and Sue, a married couple in Brooklyn, as they rent their spare bedroom online. Inspired by Lemme's first roommates in New York, 50th & 4th is a tribute to everyone who brought you to the city and the new kind of family you create when you're here. The play features Gloria Lamoureux (Perry Award winner), Emil Ferzola and Kirsten Dwyer. Tara Cioletti (Perry Award winner) directs.
Tony Kushner's seminal epic, Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes, returns to Broadway for the first time since its now-legendary original production opened in 1993. This new staging of part one of Angels in America, Millennium Approaches, and of part two, Perestroika, had its world premiere in a sold-out run at the National Theatre, where it became the fastest-selling show in the organization's history.
Starring multi-Tony Award winner Nathan Lane and Academy Award and Tony nominee Andrew Garfield, the cast of Angels in America features fellow original National Theatre cast members Susan Brown, Denise Gough, Amanda Lawrence, James McArdle, and Nathan Stewart-Jarrett. Multi-Tony winner Marianne Elliott (War Horse) directs.
As politically incendiary as any play in the American canon, Angels in America also manages to be hilariously irreverent and heartbreakingly humane. It is also astonishingly relevant, speaking every bit as urgently to our anxious times as it did to the early '90s. Tackling Reaganism, McCarthyism, immigration, religion, climate change, and AIDS against the backdrop of New York City in the mid-1980s, no contemporary drama has succeeded so indisputably with so ambitious a scope. Angels in America won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, seven Tony Awards, the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, and the Evening Standard Award for Best New Play.
The hit dramatic play The Answers to Apathy is returning to the stage after its original production in 2015! Embrace your past and accept the present — or your future may haunt you. Rainey Grander has just received news of a life-changing event, and when old friendships and new relationships collide in the present day, the course of everyone's fate lies in the hands of confronting their hopes, their fears, their dreams, their secrets, and their ways of coping with their own mortality.
The Answers to Apathy is a beautiful and inspiring story about unique relationships and people navigating their lives after they have all experienced a profound loss, which is also their gain. The play tackles every human emotion, including love, resentment, forgiveness, passion, happiness, ambition, and sorrow. This dramatic and sometimes humorous play centers around six people and their lives before and after an incident and how all are adversely effected in different ways while reflecting on their own choices.
A group of socially conscious young people start a book club to study the work of the mysterious internet philosopher aleX. Their dedication to aleX becomes cultish, and they are forced to find out if they can separate the work they love from its creator.
One of the most iconic works in American theater returns to Broadway for the first time in more than two decades. Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein's timeless musical Carousel comes to life in a new production starring Lindsay Mendez (Significant Other), Tony Award nominees Joshua Henry (Hamilton, Shuffle Along) and John Douglas Thompson (Jitney), Tony winner Jessie Mueller (Beautiful, Waitress), and Renée Fleming in her first-ever appearance in a Broadway musical. Multi-Tony winner Jack O'Brien (The Front Page, The Coast of Utopia) directs, with choreography by New York City Ballet's Justin Peck.
Set in a small New England factory town, Carousel depicts the tragic romance between a troubled carnival barker and the young woman who gives up everything for him. Elevated to an epic scale with a sweeping musical score and incandescent ballet sequences, this story of passion, loss, and redemption introduced Broadway to a new manner of musical drama — one that produced some of the American Songbook's most iconic numbers and would captivate theatergoers for generations to come.
Tood, Weetsie, and Sybill are brides in rural Louisiana in 1943. Each married a Cliffert brother. The men are off to war, and a local news story about these young wives keeping the home fires burning intrigues Henry Luce. He decides that they belong on the cover of Life magazine and assigns Kate Miller to the story. She has been covering the war in Europe and, though she views doing a "women's piece" as a career setback, she accepts because it will be her first cover story. Kate spends a week with the Cliffert women, and her haughty urban attitude gives way to sympathy as she begins to understand them while coming face-to-face with her own powerlessness in a man's world. Filled with charm and fun, The Cover of Life is a deeply affecting story about the struggle for self-worth.
In a small Boston suburb, a single schoolteacher is struggling to get by when the wealthy father of one of her students surprises her with a financial proposal that could change her daughter's life. Suddenly, their worlds collide in ways that open up questions: What truly separates the haves and the have nots? Is it wrong to seize an incredible chance, even if the circumstances seem questionable? Loosely inspired by a passage from The Great Gatsby, this timely new play by the author of The City of Conversation probes the troubling relationship of finance and educational opportunity in American life today. Directing is Tony Award winner Doug Hughes (Doubt).
Daybreak, written by Joyce Van Dyke and directed by Lucie Tiberghien, is a world premiere play highlighting Armenian-American history. Set in three time periods, Van Dyke's drama is inspired by the true stories of two female friends who survived the Armenian genocide. Using memory, dreams, and music, Daybreak carries the story of these women into the 21st century in a celebration of the human spirit's endurance.
Ilia Volok's reimagined one-man show garnered enormous praise during its West Coast tour and garnered great success during its East Coast tryout at New York's Beckman Theatre that this cutting-edge play will now open 2018 off-Broadway.
Poprishchin, a low-ranking civil servant, yearns to be noticed by the beautiful daughter of a senior official, but she never does. Slowly, yearning becomes obsession and then insanity. As his mind unravels, we see, unfolding in front of our eyes, a timely parable of class wars, the quest for individuality, and the pervasive indifference for the common person.
In 1901, August Strindberg wrote a fairy tale about a dreamer discovering what it feels like to be human. In 2018, Egg & Spoon Theatre Collective sets out to illuminate this fantastical, bizarre journey in an utterly contemporary mode. Agnes, daughter of the gods, descends to earth and experiences the human world in all its beauty, sorrow, and contradiction. Is joy extricable from pain? What can we do to improve our collective experience? Is it possible to live a meaningful life in a messy, nonsensical world? Join Agnes in a bedtime story for the millennial age.
Fireside Mystery Theatre is an old-fashioned, live radio show with a modern horror twist! We perform once a month at The Slipper Room in Manhattan with a full cast, a live improvised score, and live musical acts to complement the stories. Listen to the show for free on iTunes or come see the live show!
Our live shows are: Jan 28 Feb 25 March 25 April 29 May 27
At a time when the U.S.A. is waffling on its commitment to honor Harriet Tubman with her image on the $20 bill, Woodie King, Jr.'s New Federal Theatre will present Harriet's Return: Based Upon the Legendary Life of Harriet Tubman, written and performed by Karen Jones Meadows. The production takes audiences on a deeply personal, high-energy journey into the private and public life of this famed Underground Railroad conductor, spiritual icon, revolutionary, and entrepreneur, whose life spanned nine decades and still influences the consciousness of people throughout the world.
Set in Montezuma, Georgia, and New York City in 1941, this new work by Adrienne Kennedy — a multi-Obie Award winner and one of America's greatest living dramatists — is a heartbreaking and nail-biting memory tale of segregation, theatrical yearning, and doomed love. The action, driven by lyrical parallel monologues and a chilling tour through a storeroom of charged images, braids together the indignities of Jim Crow, rising Nazism, sexual hypocrisy, Christopher Marlowe, and the lingering shadow of a terrible crime.
Federico García Lorca's The House of Bernarda Alba (La Casa de Bernarda Alba) is a tragedy set in a cloistered world of women in 1930s Spain. A tyrannical mother dominates her five unmarried daughters, all of whom harbor a secret passion for one man. Their repressed environment leads to an explosion of passion, jealousy, hatred, and despair.
Note: The play is performed in Spanish with English subtitles via Simultext In-Seat Captioning System. At matinee performances, subtitles are provided only by request.
Triskelion Arts, in association with Vangeline Theater and the New York Butoh Institute, presents I Love Butoh! on Wednesday, February 14, 2018, at 8pm at Triskelion Arts.
Multi-Academy Award winner and Tony Award winner Denzel Washington returns to Broadway in one of the signal roles in the American theater in Eugene O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh. Washington, fresh off his extraordinary sell-out runs in both Fences and A Raisin in the Sun, comes back to the Main Stem. Multi-Tony winner George C. Wolfe directs this strictly limited engagement.
On the heels of her acclaimed production of Hadestown at New York Theatre Workshop (NYTW) and her Broadway debut with Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, multi-Obie Award winner Rachel Chavkin returns to NYTW with Caryl Churchill's incisive drama Light Shining in Buckinghamshire. In 1647 England, power is shifting, and amid the chaos and confusion, revolutionaries across the country are dreaming of a new future.
Jeremy Irons and Lesley Manville (Ghosts) reprise their roles in Sir Richard Eyre's acclaimed production of this Eugene O'Neill classic.
Following a critically acclaimed engagement in 2016, No-No Boy returns for a limited run that aligns with the Day of Remembrance. Set after World War Two as Japanese-Americans return to the West Coast, the play tracks draft-resister Ichiro Yamada following his release from prison. He struggles to come to terms with the consequences of his choices while other members of his community try to get back on their feet after a war that has uprooted them all. Ron Nakahara directs this drama adapted by Ken Naraski from John Okada's groundbreaking novel.
Uma Thurman stars in The Parisian Woman, a new play written by Academy Award and Emmy nominee Beau Willimon (House of Cards) and directed by Tony winner Pam MacKinnon (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?).
The Parisian Woman is set in Washington, D.C., where powerful friends are the only kind worth having, especially after the 2016 election. At the center is Chloe (Uma Thurman), a socialite armed with charm and wit, coming to terms with politics, her past, her marriage, and an uncertain future. Dark humor and drama collide at this pivotal moment in Chloe's life, and in our nation's, when the truth isn't obvious and the stakes couldn't be higher.
Set in Brooklyn 2017, Pillowtalk brings to life one night in the lives of Sam and Buck, a recently married interracial couple. Through a formal exploration of theatrical naturalism and the codified gender norms of ballet's pas de deux, Pillowtalk queers the intersections of race, gender, and class to challenge our assumptions of love and marriage. Confronting the backlash against marriage equality and #BlackLivesMatter, Pillowtalk explores how liberation and oppression coexist in our most intimate spaces, transforming social and cultural traditions into radical performances of change.
A man of status with questionable sexual ethics runs rampage. A society fixated on the chaos of the moment ignores their collapsing economic system. A culture of open gun possession leads to rash and deadly consequences. Sounds familiar? Blessed Unrest's raw and sexy rendition of Platonov, or A Play With No Name, in a new translation and adaptation by playwright Laura Wickens, shows how Chekhov, nearly 150 years ago in Russia, was piercing through the issues that are highly relevant in America today. Her adaptation does away with all the father figures — except for the protagonist — and relocates the story to the rural South, a milieu in which the antidote to boredom is an entangled web of salacious scandals. Sometimes endearing and often reproachable, the titular character emerges as a man whose shortcomings run rampant due to enablers who surround him.
Theresa Hanneck is a celebrated author and veteran feminist warrior; Msemaji Ukweli is a promising young writer who is quickly becoming the leading cultural critic on race, class, and gender for a new generation. When a heated exchange between the two women goes viral, Theresa finds herself ill-equipped to manage her message in the era of 140-character tweets — especially against a rival whose time may have come. A collision of ideals within the feminist movement propels JC Lee's riveting drama from breathless start to surprising finish.
Rosemary and Time, based on a true story, is about two women working side by side in a school infirmary who discover a startling truth about one another. Set in Yorkshire, England, in the late 1970s, with flashbacks to 1941, the two women unearth secrets from the past and come to terms with ghosts, old relationships, and time.
Multi-Tony Award nominee Condola Rashad (A Doll's House, Part 2) will star as one of history's greatest heroines in a new production of George Bernard Shaw's epic work, directed by Daniel Sullivan (The Little Foxes). Set in 15th-century France, Saint Joan follows a country girl whose mysterious visions propel her into elite circles. When the nation's rulers become threatened by her popularity and influence, they unite to bring her down, and she finds herself on trial for her life. This timeless and powerful play dramatizes the limits of an individual in a society dominated by overwhelming political and religious forces.
In 1949, Dr. Jacob Bronowski installs a secret alarmed room in his house. Fifty years later, his grandson discovers his secrets, unearthing echoes from across six million years of human history, told from the perspective of a century in which every year is a revolutionary year. Secret Life of Humans is inspired by Yuval Harari's international bestseller, Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind.
A young couple is challenged when a husband asks his wife to partake in a thrill-seeking adventure — skydiving — to solve their marital problems. As the wife processes the request, the couple begins to see each other and their marriage in a new light. Alison Lowenstein has written a witty, smart, and hilarious comedy about the fragile nature of relationships.
In a strange relationship that lasted 14 years and was conducted exclusively through letters, Pyotor Ilyich Tchaikovsky and his patroness Nadezhda von Meck were united through the invincible power of a disembodied love in which they both found refuge. Plagued by doubts about the greatness of his music, tormented by the fear that his homosexuality would be discovered, and trapped in a marriage to a woman who was eventually committed to an insane asylum, Tchaikovsky found in von Meck an "invisible angel." Tchaikovsky: None but the Lonely Heart honors their unique relationship in part through music, including the composer's Piano Trio in A minor.
A world premiere with a cast of four, The Thing With Feathers feels almost like a thriller as Scott Organ masterfully spins the tale of an underage teenager seduced by an older man on the internet. Things are not as they seem, however. What appears to be a classic predator tale unravels into a maze of secrets, lies, and unexpected truths. As a culture, we are being asked to examine our actions, specifically where power is involved. This play brings that conversation home.
A young woman waiting for her own judgment in the bureaucratic system of the afterlife finds herself in the role of judge and jury to determine the fate of the man responsible for her death. An intimately difficult yet moving play, Trial questions the morality of justice versus mercy.
A Walk in the Woods, Lee Blessing's insightful two-character play set during the end of the Cold War, tells the tale of a series of meetings between two diplomats, American and Russian. The play raises deep questions: What can we do to heal the world? What is the value of human connection? How can we best bridge fundamental differences? In today's political climate, Blessing's story has chilling resonance.
A solo play addressing the issues of poverty, racism, violence, and the need for positive transformation.
Moving from the past to present, Where You From? What You Be About? tells a story of how one man and his family reconcile the influences and subsequent death of a family member due to gun and gang violence. A cousin's funeral becomes the catalyst for confronting a buried truth. Includes spoken word, video projections, and a live DJ. Talk-backs after every performance.
Recommended for 12+
In X: or, Betty Shabazz v. the Nation, witnesses give testimonies that bleed into flashbacks, and the play, blurring the real and the half-remembered and giving voice to subjective truths, pieces together its version of the events leading up to the day of Malcolm X's assassination at Washington Heights's Audubon Ballroom. His wife, Betty Shabazz, prosecutes Malcolm X's former ally Louis X (inspired by now-Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan), whom she adamantly felt was involved in the assassination plot against her husband. Louis X resists her interpretation, calling upon his own witnesses and casting suspicion upon the FBI and NYPD, for whom Malcolm X's bodyguard Eugene Roberts was an informant. Gardley's play, in its courtroom limbo setting, examines the growing adversity between Malcolm X and the Nation of Islam, the constricting weight of white supremacist society, and the potential of the behemoth institutions that uphold it to distort any story.
The play hinges on the recollections of the widowed Shabazz in the traumatic aftermath of the assassination. (Left to raise six children alone, she eventually went on to earn a doctorate degree in higher education administration and become Director of Institutional Advancement and Public Affairs at Brooklyn's Medgar Evers College.) With Shabazz's memories weaving the story together, X: or, Betty Shabazz v. the Nation centralizes the experience and voice of a figure who had to fight from within the margins of the margins. As one secretary character in the play puts it, "We're women, secretaries, Negroes, and we're Muslim. If there is a low on the totem pole, put us there, or better yet, put us under the pole. No one can see us anyway. We're whispers." In Gardley's play, such "whispers" become booming presences as Shabazz vehemently seeks justice.