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Out of 500 international submissions, 8 plays were chosen to compete for in the festival of Magical Realism. The winning team will receive $200, second place will receive $100. Come out and vote for your favorite show!
Concrete Timbre, a composer-driven performance collective, provides an interdisciplinary journey back to four scenes in the year 1968, revealing the unrest that exploded across the world. In Poland, a young woman tries to convince her parents to let her take part in the student protests. In Czechoslovakia, Alexander Dubček defends Brezhnev and enacts social changes. We then experience the life of a young protester in the midst of the Tlatelolco massacre in Mexico. Finally, a group of Yippies in the East Village try to determine their next move the day after Nixon wins the Presidency. Their stories cover themes of hope, occupation, violence and finding a way to rise from the ashes. The work features contemporary classical music with electronics and world music elements. Directed by Ann Warren.
Magnet Theater is pleased to announce the return of The New York Musical Improv Festival (NYMIF), now in its seventh year.
Ranging from traditional musical theatre fare to adrenaline-pumping rap battles, past festivals have showcased powerhouse groups such as Baby Wants Candy (with cast members whose credits including Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock, and The Colbert Report), The Improvised Sondheim Project (comprised entirely of performers and faculty from legendary improv training ground, The Second City in Chicago) as well as hip-hop improv darlings North Coast (recently featured in Time Out New York).
Featuring artists from across the US with a concentration of New York makers and a small selection of international artists, American Realness offers audiences local, national and international perspectives on the complicated and wondrous world we inhabit.
The Below is the name for a renovated basement, at least in the mind of a lonely Renaissance Man who needs an escape. A garden variety eccentric, Jamison inherited a Flatbush Brownstone. Worse, he inherited his Brookynite half-sister, Bunny: a source of humiliation for James and a giant cog in the wheel of his flatlined love life. James has dared to bring home a young French designer who takes videos while James shares his vision. The vision is problematic and the Frenchman reacts strongly when he realizes James is delusional, trying to pack five thematic enclaves into 100 square feet. Bunny, an extreme Broolynite, appears and plants herself - like a hand grenade - smack in the middle of them. A secret explodes out and it isn't pretty. Will the Frenchman run for the hills, like the rest of James' ? Or is this time...different?
CSC starts the season with a celebration of classical Greek theatre. We've gathered some of the best and brightest artists in the downtown theatre scene to explore this rich and ever-fertile dramatic soil. Expect the unexpected in this month-long festival of productions, readings, seminars and Greek culture.
Hank Leaves Home is synthesis of a harp concert and a theatrical performance. Created by Erik Heger and Leslie Felbain, the show centers around Hank, a socially awkward musician looking for love and meaning in a space between fantasy and reality. Live music and physical comedy make this "the most important theatrical event on earth since October 28th, 1958.
The year is 2015. The world is in disarray: global warming; political unrest; economic collapse; bicycles on sidewalks. Who is behind this evil? Some brunette. Who can save us? The League of Extraordinary Blondes
The League of Extraordinary Blondes features members of Improvisational Repertory Theatre Ensemble (IRTE) in an action-packed comedy adventure, in which the most famous, glamorous blondes are called together to find and defeat the evil villain behind the world's latest crisis.
BAM's Next Wave Festival has permanently changed the artistic landscape, featuring breakout performances and landmark productions. Using a name that plays on the New Wave in French cinema, BAM president and executive producer Harvey Lichtenstein launched a series entitled "The Next Wave/New Masters" in November 1981 with four productions: three dance works, plus Philip Glass' new opera Satyagraha. A more ambitious program followed in 1982, including a two-evening performance work by Laurie Anderson entitled United States: Parts I-IV.
The success of these first two years helped propel a bolder and riskier program in the years to come—one that has defined BAM and an entire generation of artists. Current Executive Producer Joseph V. Melillo was the producing director of the Next Wave in its inception and continues to spearhead BAM's adventurous programming roster with emerging and established artists, including Steve Reich, Meredith Monk, Robert Wilson, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane, and Lev Dodin.
O'Brien & O'Brian is a romantic comedy about lawyers in love, homophobia, Irish-phobia, and finding your heart's desire. It's moving day for Alan O'Brian, who is leasing office space from his favorite law school study mate, Darlene O'Brien. In walks Sam, who knows he wants a lawyer named O'Brien, but doesn't know which one he wants. Sam needs help with the EPA - they're suing him about an overflowing pond, but counsel for the EPA, Brenda, turns out to be a former flame of Darlene's, and soon the complications are overflowing as well.
New York's annual 1st Irish Theatre Festival: a celebration of the best of Irish theatre, brought to you by Origin Theatre Company.
Petition for an Alien Fiance is a hot new production going up in the New York City Fringe Festival. It's about a young lesbian couple-Silvia, a Canadian food stylist, and Amber, a high powered Manhattan animal rights lawyer-who concoct an elaborate heist to secure an alien fiancé visa so that Silvia can stay in the states. The play explores the harsh realities of testing the limits of international love, the experience of being a young queer femme couple, and the ultimate toll a high stakes government document has on a relationship (as well as a kickass Madonna soundtrack.) Written by UK playwright Harry Buckoke, the play stars Claire Horn as Amber (she's Canadian in real life), Elizabeth Conway as Silvia (a born and bred New Yorker in reality and also yours truly), Rowan Spencer as their roommate, Saul (he's from California, so there's that,) and is directed by newcomer Elizabeth Groth.
Want to catch the best new work by the most exciting new theatermakers in town? Don't miss WP's Pipeline Festival, a unique opportunity to see 5 new plays, created by 5 collaborative teams from WP Theater's celebrated two-year Lab residency. Don't miss your chance to say you saw it here FIRST.
Naive young Civil War bride Beth Ann discovers the joys, heartbreaks and befuddlement of waiting at home for her soldier husband in Possum Creek, Ohio. In a solo show featuring a dozen characters and spanning 30 years, Possum Creek skewers Civil War epics and the documentaries they inspire, and features illicit loves, plagues, a possible romantic interlude with Harriet Tubman, illegitimate babies, and of course, a beloved pig.
Broadening the traditional concept of "queer" (in) art, the Queer New York International Festival returns to Abrons for a fourth year with a diverse slate of iconoclastic artists from around the world, including Ivo Dimchev (Bulgaria), Joshua Monten (Switzerland), Annie Sprinkle and Beth Stevens (US), Bruno Isakovic (Croatia) and Sarah Jane Norman (Australia). Curated by Zvonimir Dobrovic.
The Report examines the true, unknown story of the British government's cover-up of the deadliest civilian tragedy of World War II. On March 3, 1943, 173 people died in London's Bethnal Green tube station, which served as a bomb shelter during air raids. But not a single bomb was dropped that fateful night. The cause of this disaster was kept secret for almost thirty years, until a young BBC journalist making a documentary began to uncover what actually took place. As the truth is revealed, we discover how trauma, fear, and the paranoia of war impact our very humanity, and how the specter of a single public calamity resonates throughout multiple generations.
Summer Shorts returns for another summer of new American one-acts featuring original plays by the country's top playwrights. Representing some of today's best writing, directing and acting talents, Summer Shorts celebrates theater, summer and the short form. The festival's two separate series offer a diverse range of voices, styles and subject matter. Summer Shorts 2015 offers six world premiere one-act plays, presented as two separate evenings of three each. The two series will run in rotating repertory.
SummerStage is an outdoor festival of the arts held each year at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park. Performances are mostly free, with the exception of a few big name benefit concerts that help fund the free SummerStage programming.
For a detailed schedule of events, click the link below.
Tales From Geriassic Park – On the Verge of Extinction, returns to The United Solo Theatre Festival for an Encore Performance. Last year, the production won an award for Best Comedic Script and played to sold-out houses at the United Solo Festival. Tales From Geriassic Park is written and performed by Verna Gillis. Eva Tenuto who is the Executive Director of the TMI Project, directs.
In the summer of 2013, The First Annual UNFringed Festival brought bold and daring new works to The Secret Theatre of Long Island City, Queens – named "One of NYC'S best theater spots" by Time Out. Now, in August 2015, UNFringed returns with new original shows!