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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).
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.
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.
What happens when your universe has been forever changed? Through finger-puppet-wearing young Abellona's imaginative eyes, watch her family try to cope with great loss using Sorry!, Chatroulette, and whatever they can summon from within themselves.
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.
Princess Cut was written to shed light on a dark, but true, story about sex trafficking. The play follows a young woman, "Sarah", as she relives memories of first being victimized by a family member at the age of 5, of then being introduced into what was called a "real estate ring", and of later learning to live a double life as the psychological trauma caught up with her. Princess Cut explores what sex trafficking really looks like in the United States and how our society has fallen short in recognizing and addressing this problem.
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.
In Single Room Occupancy, a single guy's comedic singer/songwriter dream is challenged by the distractions of social media, relationships and his fear of performing beyond the confines of his tiny apartment in Secaucus, New Jersey. A hilarious musical for anyone whose biggest obstacle is themselves.
The South Asian International Performing Arts Festival (SAIPAF) is the annual celebration of the diverse perspectives, ideas, and imaginations of artists from the South Asian subcontinent and/or who belong to the South Asian diaspora. The festival looks to re-define the very definition of South Asian 'artist' by including a plethora of works, including but not limited to music, dance, theatre, stand up comedy, performance art, and slam poetry.
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!