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11 Grand Guignol plays directed by 11 Flea Resident Directors.
These turn of the century French plays – graphic, amoral horror entertainment – will be grouped in 2 to 3 play evenings. Audience members are invited to vote on each group and the winners will take part in an extended run in January.
Performances are divided into 4 groups: Gore plays September 23-October 5, Cruelty plays October 14-25, Night Terror plays November 18-December 3, and Lust plays December 9-22.
Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, the story of two strangers—a self-loathing, violent man and a divorced, guilt-ridden woman—whose fateful meeting in a dingy, NYC bar gives each a second chance.
Two of society's rejects, Danny and Roberta, strike up a haltingly bitter conversation at a bar in the Bronx. As their reserve begins to fade, they find an exorcism and forgiveness that, while painful, offers the hope of a future touched. Performed at the famed Nuyorican Poets Café, we invite you to join Danny and Roberta for a beer and discover John Patrick Shanley's story of unexpected love.
Godlight Theatre Company celebrates its 20th Anniversary with the world premiere adaptation of James Dickey's novel, Deliverance. Four friends embark on a three-day canoe trip down a wild section of a river in the heartland of Georgia. On the morning of the second day, a mildly adventurous canoe trip explodes into a nightmare of horror and murder.
This haunting and at times funny 70-minute drama tells the story of Sad, a desperately-alienated illegal immigrant from Iraq, living on the fringes of Western society. Charming and humorous, yet cynical and violent, he confronts xenophobia and latent racism as he peddles roses to eke out an existence. Issues of identity, anti-foreign sentiment and self-worth are brought to life through the character's disturbing psychological self-portrait.
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.
Talia isn't talking. Felicia funnels whiskey. Quinn dreams of moving far away.Peter knocks on the door. Why is there an elephant in the Room?
Two-time Academy Award® nominee Bradley Cooper (American Hustle, Silver Linings Playbook) returns to Broadway in Bernard Pomerance's Tony Award®-winning classic, The Elephant Man. Directed by Tony nominee Scott Ellis (The Mystery of Edwin Drood), this captivating new production also stars Academy Award nominee Patricia Clarkson (Pieces of April, Shutter Island) and Alessandro Nivola (American Hustle, The Winslow Boy).
Based on the real life of Joseph Merrick, The Elephant Man tells the story of a 19th-century British man (Cooper) whose severe disfigurement made him a star of the traveling freak show circuit. When the renowned Dr. Treves (Nivola) takes Merrick under his care at the London Hospital, he discovers that beneath this shocking exterior lies a brilliant mind and an unshakable faith. Soon all of Victorian high society becomes fascinated by Merrick, especially the beautiful actress Mrs. Kendal (Clarkson). But with his new life comes new complexity… and as Merrick's condition grows more severe, a "normal" life begins to seem all but impossible.
Pulitzer Prize winner and The Public's Master Writer Chair Suzan-Lori Parks (Topdog/Underdog, The Book of Grace) continues her longstanding relationship with The Public Theater with FATHER COMES HOME FROM THE WARS (PARTS 1, 2 & 3), a devastatingly beautiful, dramatic work set over the course of the Civil War.
"I want the You that You are not."
When Caroline meets Andrew, she knows that he is trouble -- dangerous, irresistible trouble. Flamingo is a romantic comedy that may be a romantic tragedy. Beneath it all is a deeper story of sexual awakening, gender expectations, and what binds people together. Frank, funny, heartwarming and heartbreaking, Flamingo is every wonderful and terrible relationship you've ever had. Winner of Project Playwright 2014.
An artist, his student and their model fall and find themselves in love with each other. The bohemian characters struggle to be themselves while they are pushed from without by social mores and from within by personal desires. Their emotions are explored as they recollect their courtship in hopes of finding the basis for their unfulfilled dreams.
Like all of us they have problems with relationships, social acceptance and love. (Sometimes, it's so damnably inconvenient to be in love.) There is an undercurrent of bisexuality. These are ordinary people performing extraordinary emotional acrobatics. You must learn to follow your heart, even if you must fall into the arms of a madman.
From the people that brought you Layon Gray's acclaimed play, Black Angels Over Tuskegee, now in its 5th year Off-Broadway, comes The Harlem Rens, the true story of the greatest Basketball team you've never heard of: Harlem Renaissance Big Five.
Layon Gray, the writer and director of the long-running Off-Broadway hit Black Angels Over Tuskegee, continues to expand African-American theatre with his latest work, The Harlem Rens. Inspired by the true story of six men who overcame adversity to win more than 2,000 games while barnstorming throughout segregated parts of the country in the 1930's despite being officially accepted professionally or socially. The team gained their name from their playing location, the Renaissance Casino ballroom in Harlem, NY.
Here I Go is a two act original drama written by Marcus L. Graham that focuses on four characters marriages & relationships and how their lives are affected by the choices they are making to either fix their relationships, end them, or begin anew. Within this, it will also dives into the "moving on" process during marriage and divorce, with raising children.
Blowout Theatre Company is proud to present the world premiere of In Antarctica, Where it is Very Warm, written by Jona Tarlin and directed by Kyle Metzger. In Antarctica, Where it is Very Warm takes place in Palmer Station, Antarctica. After recently arrived plumber Neil is found face down in the snow, a young, pregnant scientist named Vicki must determine for their employer whether it was an accident or suicide attempt. The two of them try to find warmth in the coldest place on earth.
Ramon Thielen has danced professionally for more than thirty-one years, twenty-one of which as a Principal Dancer, performing worldwide. During the last ten years, Ramon has visited Venezuela, Mexico, the US, Panama, Peru and Colombia to find and work with talented young dancers. As an experienced artist, Ramon felt a deep responsibility; he wanted to help these children realize their potential, by providing much-needed guidance and support. His mission was to give these talented young dancers the best training possible. 5 years ago Tatiana Berenova, a former Boishoi Ballerina, joined Ramon in his mission. Combing their years of experience they are working together in The International Ballet Trainee Program, an intensive dance program, that teaches young dancers to refine and polish their training at an early age. Sponsored today by UnderTheRainbow.org, (a 501 © (3) organization.)
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Ayad Akhtar (Disgraced) makes his New York Theatre Workshop debut with The Invisible Hand, directed by Ken Rus Schmoll (Red Dog Howls). The Invisible Hand follows Nick Bright, an American stock broker, into a terrifying world of kidnapping and torture in a remote region of Pakistan. As Nick negotiates to save his own life, he begins to see his captors in a new light. This new play is a chilling and complex look at how far we will go to save ourselves and the devastating ramifications of our individual actions.
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.
Set deep within a prohibition-era speakeasy, TP&co presents a hauntingly inventive adaptation of Shakespeare's Macbeth. This powerful tragedy is full of the frenetic energy and fatalistic attitude of the prohibition era. Vaudeville and burlesque performers transport you back to the Jazz Age of the 1920s, as the audience watches a bloodthirsty cycle of corruption and betrayal unfold.
My Way reflects the classic struggle of man and his ego.
Ricardo was heir to a chocolate factory and although he lost his father at a young age, he had fame, fortune, and privilege from the day he was born. Ricardo lived an abundant lifestyle, never sparing any expense and indulging in all the things that money could buy. Ricardo was surrounded by many people, and was constantly sought out by media outlets.
Despite his popularity, his fame, and his access to seemingly limitless resources, his life was in constant turmoil. Ricardo's invincibility complex fueled his desire to fully develop his artistic talents leading him to believe that he could buy anything.
The last years of his life were divided between the theater and hospitals in a fight to realize his artistic dreams in the face of the disturbing reality of years of abuse and neglect of his health. Although he was adored by millions, he suffered alone, leaving his dreams of artistic recognition unfinished.
In 1981, a village girl in Rwanda claims to see the Virgin Mary. Ostracized by her schoolmates and labeled disturbed, everyone refuses to believe, until the impossible starts happening again and again. Skepticism gives way to fear, faith, and fate, causing upheaval in the school community and beyond. Based on real events, Our Lady of Kibeho is the second production of Olivier Award-winning playwright Katori Hall's Residency at Signature.
Signature and Ireland's renowned Field Day Theatre Company are thrilled to present the U.S. premiere of 1996-97 Playwright-in-Residence Sam Shepard's A Particle of Dread (Oedipus Variations). This dark, fragmented, modern-day take on Oedipus Rex premiered in Derry, Ireland and features Academy Award-nominee Stephen Rea in the canonical central role, alongside a cast of actors from both sides of the Atlantic.
Eddie manages an Italian chain restaurant in Pocatello—a small, unexceptional American city that is slowly being paved over with strip malls and franchises. But he can't serve enough Soup, Salad and Breadstick Specials to make his hometown feel like home. Against the harsh backdrop of Samuel D. Hunter's Idaho, this heartbreaking comedy is a cry for connection in an increasingly lonely American landscape.
The Real Thing returns to Broadway in a stirring and sensual new production starring Ewan McGregor and helmed by Sam Gold (Roundabout's Picnic, Seminar). Delectably witty and deeply affecting, this Tony Award–winning play by Tom Stoppard (The Coast of Utopia, Arcadia) takes a daring glimpse at relationships, fidelity, and the passions that often blur our perception of love.
Henry (Ewan McGregor) is a playwright not so happily married to Charlotte, the lead actress in his play about a marriage on the verge of collapse. When Henry's affair with their friend Annie threatens to destroy his own marriage, he discovers that life has started imitating art. After Annie leaves her husband so she and Henry can begin a new life together, he can't help but wonder whether their love is fiction or the real thing. Delectably witty and deeply affecting, The Real Thing takes a daring glimpse at relationships, fidelity, and the passions that often blur our perception of love.
Internationally renowned Flemish director Ivo van Hove, returns to the city for his seventh collaboration with New York Theatre Workshop. Van Hove has received critical acclaim for his fresh interpretations of familiar dramatic works, including, most recently, Roman Tragedies at BAM, as well as productions of The Little Foxes, A Street Car Named Desire and Hedda Gabler at NYTW. In this highly theatrical production of Ingmar Bergman's popular 1974 film Scenes from a Marriage, an ensemble of virtuosic actors invites audiences into an intimate space to experience collectively the human dynamics of a relationship through all the stages of a life—from youth, to middle age to maturity. Van Hove's interpretation illuminates the universal themes of love, identity and vulnerability that are at the heart of Bergman's timeless film.
Someone Who'll Watch Over Me focuses on the trials and tribulations of an Irishman, an Englishman and an American who are kidnapped and held hostage in a nondescript location in Lebanon. As the three men strive for survival, they also find themselves trying to overcome both their personal grudges towards one another, and their nationalistic differences, all under the watchful eyes and ears of their captors.
When Ed and his three adult sons come together to celebrate Christmas, they enjoy cheerful trash-talking, pranks, and takeout Chinese. Then they confront a problem that even being a happy family can't solve: when identity is the cornerstone of one's worth, and privilege is increasingly problematic, what is the value of being a straight white man?
A West Texas matriarch is enraged by the news that her gay grandson has been the victim of a hate crime committed by his own father. As the boy battles for his life, the family must come together and decide who among them is best to care for this child and what place can they find for him in their world.
Steeped in the epic realism of O'Neill, yet stylistically unique, The Twelfth Labor tells the story of a family struggling to survive at any cost. Esther, bereft of her husband, struggles mightily to keep her family afloat as they await their father's return from the war. When her mentally handicapped daughter, Cleo, becomes pregnant Esther is forced to make a series of difficult decisions.
Through Cleo's fragmented memories, prophetic dreams, and swirling language, we begin to understand the price she and her family have paid for a little dignity. All while they await the return of their long absent father, lost in the war, half a world away.
Lee Blessing's Pulitzer Prize nominated drama, is a revealing debate on the hope and ultimate futility of high-stakes politics. Two super power arms negotiators— one a cynical Russian veteran and the other an idealistic American newcomer — meet informally in the woods after long, frustrating hours at the bargaining table. A Walk in the Woods is a surprisingly humorous and timely story of the politics that divide us and the humanity that unites us. Mr. Blessing's play is a fictionalized account of the meeting between Paul Nitze and Yuli Kvitsinsky, who took a ''walk in the woods'' during the 1982 Geneva peace talks and came up with their own deal, which was later turned down by the United States and the Soviet Union.