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500 years ago the immortal words of Henry V coursed over the fields of Agincourt and won the hearts of his people. 100 years ago his legend kept the British spirit alive as the shells of WWI ripped through the fields of Europe. Today we tell that story of how a band of soldiers came together to battle the Germans, the dark, and their own worst nightmares.
Peter Kleinert (Berlin's Schaubuhne Theatre) directs the Irondale ensemble in a production of Bertolt Brecht's master-work Saint Joan of the Stockyards. Irondale will present this epic tale of romance between a meatpacking tycoon and a Salvation Army worker set amidst the milieu of money, high-rolling millionaires, and corporate greed.
"I want Irondale's St. Joan to come right out of Brooklyn," says director Peter Kleinert. Originally set in 1920's Chicago, Brecht's drama focuses the driving issues of the pursuit of justice in a system driven by profit, and the individual in a fight for what is good and against society. Performed at Irondale for the first time since 1993, an ensemble of actors presents this non-Aristotelian drama laced with humor and songs as part of its epic dramturgical structure.
Blood Moon takes place in the early 1980s in New York City. It is based on a true story. The play begins when Manya, 19 and a college senior arrives with her sole surviving family (Uncle Gregory) at the swank New York apartment of Gregory's friend Alan who is immediately attracted to Manya, and she's intrigued by him: an older man who's suave, cynical and charismatic. The New York Times said of the play "it is cleanly and clearly plotted right up to its haunting conclusion."
Dark Night Bright Stars by Yara Arts Group, directed by Virlana Tkacz, recreates the meeting of Taras Shevchenko (1814-1861), the great Ukrainian poet and painter, and Ira Aldridge (1807-1867), the African-American actor who was much honored in Europe.
The two great artists, who rose up from serfdom and slavery, could not speak to each other directly but in one historical moment, found a common language in art and song. Their meetings were documented in the diary of Count Tolstoy's 15 year old daughter, Katya (Ekaterina Tolstoy Yunge).
Disgraced is the story of a successful Muslim-American lawyer and his wife -- an artist influenced by Islamic imagery -- enjoying their comfortable and successful life on New York's Upper East Side. When a co-worker and her husband come to dinner, what begins as polite table conversation explodes, leaving everyone's relationships and beliefs about race and identity in shards.
A brand new solo show written and performed by Gillian English
Four years ago, some charismatic Australians talked Gillian English into playing Aussie Rules Football. A Shakespeare nerd by trade, Gillian had never played a sport before in her life, but how hard could it be?
Somewhere in between tackling Amazonian women and battling through the bruises; footy became one of the most important parts of her life.
Team support, beer pong, fit men, short shorts, sunshine and parties. Life as a member of an Aussie Rules team is glorious.
"To be, or not to be? That is the question." Generation after generation of great actors have gone on to give their own unique and personal answer to Hamlet's most famous query. Actor Peter Sarsgaard (Uncle Vanya) reunites with director Austin Pendleton for what promises to be a riveting and contemporary take on this timeless classic.
In 1932, a Jewish family considers leaving Berlin amid the imminent rise of the Nazi Party. They struggle to believe that Germany's traditions of art, science and democracy will not change as Hitler comes to power. Although the signs of danger are increasing, the family ponders whether to seek an unknown future outside their beloved Germany or stay.
Horrors of Cocaine: What Cocaine Made Me Do For Seven Years, is based on the ebook Horrors of Cocaine. The Horrors of Cocaine chronicles the life of a Kansas City, Missouri woman addicted to cocaine for seven years. After starting a cocaine habit at her job, a Missouri woman loses her job and her life of the American dream begins to unravel as she encounters crime, theft, prostitution, homelessness, psych wards, hospitals, and other activities as a result of her addiction to crack cocaine. Part I and II in a series of an unfinished novel.
Adah Isaacs Menken. The Naked Lady. The Great Bare. Prince Mazeppa. Infelicita. Dolorous. Black. White. Jewish. Catholic. Housewife. Lesbian. Actress. Poet. Equestrienne. World famous. Forgotten. Who was she really? Theatre Askew continues its celebration of the history of queer culture in New York City with Horseplay: or, The Fickle Mistress, a biographical reconstruction/Ridiculous reimagining of the life of the 19th-century international superstar, Adah Isaacs Menken.
Ensemble for the Romantic Century
"Superb chamber music at ERC…one of the best...thoroughly entertaining."
A multimedia theatrical concert with drama, film, and chamber music.
Their paths crossed in 1889 to the delight of the whole world…
Travel across space and time—to the moon and back—with the legendary Jules Verne and the daring Nellie Bly.
Nellie Bly, the enterprising 25-year-old American journalist, became an international celebrity when she embarked on a voyage around the world to beat the record of Phileas Fogg, the fictional hero of Jules Verne's Around the World in Eighty Days. They said a woman couldn't do it, but Bly proved them wrong—even taking precious time out for a surprise detour in France to meet the aging Verne. The meeting of these two unlikely kindred spirits, both unafraid to explore the unknown, inspires Ensemble for the Romantic Century's sumptuous multimedia theatrical concert that interweaves drama, video, and the music of Chausson, Stephen Foster, Gottschalk, and Chaminade.
Ben Farrell, Private Investigator, discovers that his cases are appearing on the pages of a popular pulp serial… but the crimes are being penned before they happen in real life. The mystery grows darker still when Farrell reads his own death in the prophetic pages.
Three-time Drama Desk-nominee Stolen Chair presents Kill Me Like You Mean It, a "film noir for the stage" that is equal parts Raymond Chandler and David Lynch, a hostile but hilarious world of rapid-fire dialogue, smoking guns, and femmes fatale.
Let the Right One In is a brutal and tender vampire myth told through the turbulence of a coming-of-age romance. Oskar, a lonely boy from a broken home, is bullied at school and longing for friendship. Eli, the young girl who moves in next door, doesn't attend school and rarely leaves home.When a series of mysterious killings plagues the neighborhood, these two young misfits, sensing in each other a kindred spirit, forge a deep connection. But the shocking truth about one of them tests their young friendship — and love — beyond all imaginable limits.
On the Internet everyone can hear you scream.
What happens when it's your job to be friends with someone? When do you compromise artistic integrity for cash? Two Internet personalities skyrocket to stardom with a new "Let's Play" video game show. But when a female gamer joins them, things get ugly. And then even uglier.
Let's Play Play by Ben Ferber is about selling out, and how we use Internet personalities as replacements for real friends. It also embodies the infamously horrifying vitriol of YouTube comments and gamergate.
Line, the Israel Horovitz's comedy classic, perfectly satirizes the now-timeless theme of America's constant desire and struggle to be in first place. Who really wins?
"An irresistible winner...deeply moving." –NY Daily News
New York Times Critics' Pick
THE LION is a wholly original downtown musical experience that leads you on a rock n' roll journey to discover the redemptive power of music.
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.
Martyrs Street, a realistic drama by Misha Shulman, is a gripping tale of two houses in the historical city of Hebron, in the Occupied West Bank. Shulman is a New York-based playwright and former commander in the Israeli Defense Force. On a national level, the play examines the take-over of Israeli and Palestinian societies by their respective religious extremists. On an intimate level, it looks at the struggle between the personal and the political, which demands difficult choices on a daily basis from anyone living in that part of the world.
The play imagines two locations on the same street in Hebron, which together represent a microcosm of the occupation. Two separate systems of justice exist there for the two peoples. Violence and hatred are built into the fabric of language and being.
Set in Irish Catholic Boston in the 1950s, a young man is condemned to die for getting a woman pregnant out of wedlock. His sister, a novice nun, appeals to a religious leader Angelo, to save her bother's life. He agrees to help her, but under one condition. His shocking proposal has only one answer: Lying, Cheating, Disguises and Pop Songs. Sometimes pop songs are the only way to get your feelings out.
Romance, Drama, and Enchantment in the World's Greatest Tragic Love Story
In New England, the winter is ﬁve months long. Everybody eats beans, the pipes always freeze, and everything's buried under six feet of snow. Moving from dreary 1970s New England to an 1840s Transcendental utopia and beyond, Old Paper Houses follows a group of wavering idealists searching for meaning and purpose in all the wrong places. Combining paper dioramas, ecstatic small-town parades, live feed projection and poetry by Bernadette Mayer, Old Paper Houses cycles through faith and doubt to ask: how do we continue to ﬁnd things to believe in, even when it's really, really cold?
An Al Jazeera journalist.
An American diplomat.
An African Pope.
America is under threat as full-scale civil war rages in Syria. A bomb has exploded in Manhattan and all roads lead to Damascus. The President must act.
A peace-seeking, African Pope is elected to the Vatican and an Evangelical third-party President is in power in the US.
With nuclear war looming, will the new Pope intervene directly in American foreign policy in Syria; or will he accede to the dictates of Washington?
Riddled with international intrigue, Tom Dulack's astonishingly prescient play imagines a world ripped from today's headlines.
Surely the world is coming to an end with disasters like the weather, the war(s), and the neighbors. Or is it?
Produced by Articulate Theatre Company, Thornton Wilder's classic reminds us that humanity has overcome troubles in the past and will inevitably do so again. Sure, we may lose a pet dinosaur here and there, but somehow we always get by—by the skin of our teeth…
The Skin of Our Teeth is an epic romp combining farce, burlesque and satire that explores the many follies of mankind. This Wilder masterpiece chronicles the trials and tribulations of mankind as it escapes one end-of-the-world disaster after another. The play begins in fictional Excelsior, New Jersey, where the seemingly normal and happy family, the Antrobuses, and their maid Sabina live. Soon they are faced with the perils of the world when an iceberg threatens to destroy mankind. The action moves to Atlantic City, where Mr. Antrobus has been elected President of the Ancient and Honorable Order of Mammals, Subdivision Human. But again, an apocalyptic threat hovers over the celebrations and promises total destruction. Finally the story wraps up back in the Antrobus home where a 7-year war has just ended. The Skin of Our Teeth comes fully equipped with a domesticated dinosaur and mammoth, an off-the-wall Fortune Teller and raucous conveeners, as well as Adam and Eve and Cain and Abel.
bie Award winning ensemble Elevator Repair Service returns to The Public, home to its sold-out productions of Gatz (2010 and 2012) and Arguendo (2013), with their highly praised staging of William Faulkner's modernist masterpiece, The Sound and the Fury.
With a lush sound score, high-energy choreography and a profoundly versatile ensemble, ERS delivers a verbatim staging of the novel's opening chapter ("the Benjy chapter"), Faulkner's famous experiment with memory and language.
Serving up the tragic demise of Faulkner's Compson family with humor and pathos against a backdrop of an eerily timeless Southern living room, this ensemble of theatrical daredevils, known for their fearless commitment, breathes thrilling new life into another American literary classic.
When Black Boys Die, written and directed by William Electric Black, is a new drama about a teenage girl's journey as she tries to understand the madness of gun violence that has killed her brother and consumed her mother (and so many other mothers who have also lost their sons to inner city violence). It is the second in a series of five plays by William Electric Black, to be collectively called "GUNPLAYS," that address inner city violence and guns.
Can a family survive a lifetime of lies or will it crumble like the broken down blue collar factory town around them? Michael Thomas Cain's debut of Where Art Lives takes its audience on a twisted ride with a family who is trying to keep its head above water while everything they know and the life they have built can be taken from them at any moment. Cain explores how the economic downfall of Middle America effects everyone around it.
Part One: Wolf Hall
Part Two: Bring Up the Bodies
Deceit, Betrayal & Intrigue in the Court of King Henry VIII
The novels, by two-time Man Booker Prize winner Hilary Mantel, won multiple honors and became world-famous, best-selling sensations. The plays sold out at Stratford-upon-Avon and quickly transferred to London, where they received critical raves, broke box office records and triumphed as the West End's biggest hit plays. Now the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of Wolf Hall Parts One & Two is coming to Broadway for a strictly limited engagement! Performed in repertory, this exhilarating story of lust, power and politics will transport audiences to the volatile court of King Henry VIII, where words cut like steel and the shadow of the Tower loomed over all. You cannot afford to miss the most thrilling theatrical event of the season, Wolf Hall Parts One & Two.