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In 8 in Show, emerging and established choreographers of all dance forms showcase short new works.
New York City's finest improvisers join forces with the city's finest poets in a unique format: part comedy, part poetry, part theater, part UNPREDICTABILITY. It all begins with an exquisite corpse (aka poem) written collaboratively by the audience. After that the improvisers delve in, building a world around the themes and imagery of the poem, populating it with a cast of characters who are funny, tragic, and in between. Fueling the proceedings is the work of published poets, national slam champions, and up-and-comers from around the world. (Among the cast are performers and poets featured on This American Life, the Onion, and Chicago's Second City.) The whole shebang ends with the performance of a poem inspired by the show and written on the spot.
A swinging, rip-roaring musical tribute to the black musicians of the Harlem Renaissance, Ain't Misbehavin' opened on Broadway in 1978 as a musical revue of jazz legend Fats Waller's popular songbook, was nominated for numerous awards, and won the 1978 Tony for Best Musical.
Three volunteers — Sol, Sorcha, and Tallulah — are on their way to Mars and doomed to die. Inspired by the Mars One mission, which will send humans to settle a colony on the red planet, Astronauts Wanted is a deeply poetic nonlinear narrative that questions the very essence of what it means to be human.
Attractions is a multimedia theatrical event that uses cinematic Brechtian videography to explore the life of Dr. Eva Nyat, a New York-based cancer specialist who has a tragic reaction when she finds out her estranged father has passed away. The terror of the events that follow his death lead Eva to experience a breakthrough in her life.
Balé Folclórico da Bahia, the only professional folk dance company in Brazil, was formed in 1988 by Walson Botelho and Ninho Reis. Based in Salvador in the northern state of Bahia, and under the leadership of artistic director José Carlos Arandiba, the 32-member troupe of dancers, musicians, and singers performs a repertory that originates from Bahian folkloric dances of African origin and includes slave dances, capoeira, samba, and those that celebrate Carnival. The company highlights the region's culture within a contemporary theatrical vision.
Balé Folclórico da Bahia made its European debut in 1992 when it participated in Berlin's Alexander Platz International Festival and drew an audience of 50,000. Its U.S. debut tour was in 1995-96, and it has since performed in 88 U.S. cities.
Blackthorn and Quinderly are two investigators called to probe a suspected haunting following the mysterious death of estate owner Sir Bronson of Wickdom. They are assisted by Jean-Michel, the keeper of the house, and Lady Poplina, Bronson's niece and supposed medium through whom spirits communicate. Trickery, whispers, shifts in light, and a séance slowly reveal the true desires of deceased Bronson in regard to the remaining estate and his widowed wife. Blackthorn & Quinderly is filled with quick wit, surprises, and humorous frights as it takes you on a journey of trickery and haunting disbelief.
Abigail Rockwell, granddaughter of the American illustrator, Norman Rockwell, continues her NYC jazz debut at the Metropolitan.
Following two sold-out seasons, Circus Now returns to the NYU Skirball Center for three spectacular nights with three programs of boundary-pushing contemporary circus, featuring the world's most innovative and inspired companies.
Note: Evening performances may contain adult themes. The 2pm performance on March 5 is a family-friendly show.
Coming to the Hand is a selection of Wallace Stevens poems for the stage, as well as Stevens' one act play Carlos Among the Candles.
The performance group Small Theaters Around the Country continues their work transposing poetic texts for the stage. On offer here is a program of staged Wallace Stevens poems, as well as his one-act play Carlos Among the Candles, performed once in 1917. What are all those fish that lie gasping on the strand?
Over the centuries, the planet Constellarium has provided sanctuary to refugees from planets that have collapsed in on themselves. In this play, the sitting president of Constellarium addresses his planet's newest hosts in a series of speeches that span the course of a year.
Derren Brown: Secret is a brand-new production from the acclaimed British performer and author making his American theatrical debut at Atlantic Theater Company. Be part of the startling world of mind-reading, suggestion, and psychological illusion in Brown's hands. This spellbinding theatrical experience challenges audiences to take a closer look at the stories and beliefs that guide their lives.
Note: This show is not suitable for children under 12.
At the Cabaret Voltaire — the Swiss nightclub home of the Dadaists — five important artists of the movement take the stage after being overlooked for so long: its female innovators. Deconstructing theatrical and literary conventions — meaning, syntax, and creation of language as well as the form and content of Dadaism — these fantastic artists explore what it is to be a female in society.
Fast Forward provides opportunities for choreographers working in all dance forms to workshop 25- to 35-minute pieces on a shared bill curated around a theme. In March, Fast Forward's theme is ''grace and beauty'' with Kachal Dance and Florescence.
After 200 years of keeping his inventor's comatose widow alive, Fred the robot decides they both could use a change. Taking a leap of faith, he packs up their home in Phoenix, and the odd couple relocate to the Clam — a once luxurious retirement space station orbiting Pluto. There, the Clam's in-house alien band the Kunzigs awaken something special in Fred's ancient companion.
The lives of six sex workers living in a cramped Brooklyn apartment are flipped upside down when one of them brings home a newborn baby who has been left for dead in a trashcan. The arrival of this innocent life sends the women free-falling into their pasts, forcing them to relive their memories of girlhood, real life, real loss, the struggles and triumphs that brought them here, and the love (for better or worse) at the center of it all.
Charles Earthstein, of the Chicago News and M&M Publications, interviews the one and only Jackie "Moms" Mabley, America's No. 1 comedian, at the Apollo Theatre. It reveals some of her personal hopes, dreams, betrayals, despairs, and fame.
A mysterious story is deciphered, and the illusion of one's own identity is revealed in the new show In & Of Itself. A modern allegory, In & Of Itself explores new ways of seeing the unseeable as memories from yesterday, inexplicable events witnessed today, and secrets imagined for tomorrow are blended together, creating a perpetual paradox of a show. Multi-Emmy Award winner Frank Oz directs Derek DelGaudio, who both created and performs this work.
When a famous psychologist and author calls a temp agency for an apprentice, the perfect candidate appears at his door. Witty, studious, and eager to please, Matt Sinclair quickly makes an impression with Dr. Eugene Harper. All is not as it appears, however, and what starts as an interview quickly turns sinister as the author's true motives are revealed. Interview tells the story of a psychologist, a criminal defendant, and a legal system that stops at nothing to gain an alleged killer's confession…even if it means driving the accused to the brink of insanity.
It Will All Work Out takes stories from Chris Wells' upcoming memoir, mixes them with funny original songs, and tops it all off with fabulous, colorful, and outrageous outfits. Expect a night of high energy, queer fun, and deep feeling with a smokin' hot band and a couple sexy backup dancers.
In 2005, a mother and daughter living on the Upper West Side fall victim to Hurricane Katrina. As they excavate their apartment riddled with pop culture detritus, the ever-shifting parameters of feminine performance begin to chafe. Pairing traditions of drag performance with elements of conventional absurdist theatre, It's All Coming Back to Me Now says goodbye to the romance of yesterday's America through an examination of Canadian pop music, spearheaded by snow diva Celine Dion.
Actor-illusionist-inventor Geoff Sobelle delivers The Object Lesson. This tactile installation turns the theater into a storage facility of gargantuan proportions in which audiences are free to roam and sift through the clutter. Sobelle transforms this makeshift attic into a space of reflection and wonder as he unpacks our relationship to everyday objects: breaking, buying, finding, fixing, giving, losing, winning, trading, selling, stealing, storing, collecting, cluttering, clearing, packing up, passing on, getting buried under…a world of things. The Object Lesson is a meditation on the stuff we cling to and the crap we leave behind.
(Projection) peels back the layers of a New York millennial apartment, subverting and reinforcing the classic living room play to reveal the universal truths of defining yourself in your 20s. While a motley crew of roommates descends deep into the stupor of an average evening, they hotly debate, pontificate, test relationship dynamics, and welcome a stranger into their midst. The audience has the unique advantage of seeing these 20-somethings in their natural environment, guided by a questionably reliable narrator. Part comedy of manners, part coming-of-age tale, this theatrical romp offers a story for all ages.
A Raisin in the Sun is Lorraine Hansberry's groundbreaking, New York Drama Critics' Award-winning 1959 drama. This classic play's social impact transcends generations and cultures with universally recognizable themes and characters. A Raisin in the Sun is an iconic piece of African-American dramatic literature that moves audiences of all ages with its passion, humor, and humanity. The intimate setting puts audience members in the middle of the struggle of the Younger family to escape their impoverished existence on the South Side of Chicago and find a more prosperous life away from the limitations of their segregated black community. The decision to move to Clybourne Park, an all-white neighborhood, tests the family's core values and fortitude.
Ready or Not Here I Come is a story about the choices that we make and the consequences of those choices. This play is about the rapture of Christ — and a lot more.
Ms. Jenkins is the nosy neighbor who knows everything about everybody. She takes the audience into the personal lives of three families. Audience members witness those families either accepting or rejecting Christ.
Ready or Not Here I Come includes music, singing, praise dancing, and a couple surprises. Audience members may laugh and cry, but above all, they will think.
Real Talk / Kip Talk is a series of live talk shows about the state of contemporary performance in New York City. The host is Kippy Winston, media mogul, internet sensation, and citizen of the world. Since Kippy's weblog took flight in 2008, her larger-than-life persona and cottage industry empire has grown to encompass Kippy Winston Media, a boutique public relations firm servicing all things theatrical; The Radish, a semi-autumnal gossip rag; Just Ask Kippy, a brief yet potent advice column; and an active social media presence. Formatted like a talk show but with room for debate, Real Talk / Kip Talk blurs the line between art and life and challenges participants of all stripes and creeds to engage in real talk about our starry performance landscape.
Ashley Plaid has a wonderful life: a girlfriend she adores and a career that keeps soaring. But when Blake reenters her life, suggestions of a dark past threaten to overwhelm her present as she fights to keep her world from crumbling. Remember the Future is a play that explores what happens when a forgotten past catches up with you.
Research & Development is a participatory theater experience in which audiences enter a surreal venture capital laboratory. Ridiculous inventions, outrageous apps, and ludicrous startups are pitched by entrepreneurs eager to prove they've got The Next Big Thing. Performers integrate verbatim audience text gathered in live interviews into public and intimate exchanges, as we all await the arrival of the firm's mysterious investor. Propelled by dance and live music, performers and spectators engage collaboratively in the exhilarating moment of creation — the moment when the possibilities seem endless and even bad ideas seem revelatory.
Broken Box Mime Theater's new production See Reverse is made up of ten provocative and sophisticated-yet-accessible short plays. They are strung together by theme and technique: Without the use of props, sets, costumes, or words, their narratives unfold through body movements only. The material ranges from film noir to political protest to twisted fable to absurdist drama.
Recently honored with two New York Innovative Theatre Awards for Outstanding Performance Art and Choreography/Movement, this production is led by artistic director Becky Baumwoll.
When a fascist government closes borders among the 50 United States, a female writer leaves New York to be closer to her loved ones. After a few years of living in her birthplace of Virginia, the writer, scouted by a large corporation to create content, enlists the help of her brother to return to New York in the hopes of rejuvenating her literary ambitions. Upon arrival, they discover that circumstances are much more dire than expected. All artists have been sequestered in the outer boroughs, living in squalor while they wait to be picked for government-sanctioned corporate projects. The writer is faced with a choice to assimilate or flee — until her brother inspires her to create other options.
This is a story of convergence. This is what happens when the mundane, the unimaginable, and the horrors of reality meet. We are living in a time in which society has encountered immense stress, destruction, failure, and hate. But we continue living. We continue to go about our everyday lives. We all have a story to tell within this overarching global narrative. These are the lives of five people facing the world, telling us their stories, trying to stay afloat amid the chaos. Welcome to everyone's everyday.
The Story of Tap…Etc. is a continuation of a series originally done at Dixon Place for six evenings in 1998 and 2005. It returned for one night in 2015 and comes back again for another night. It is a narrative of tap dance rather than some definitive history of it. Hank Smith will engage in conversation with performers about tap and associated art forms. Film clips will be shown, and the performers will cover different perspectives of experience by telling their stories through words, movement, and music. It's all an improvisation. The story keeps going…
Time No Line is a performance work presented as a live memoir, based on John Kelly's 40 years of journaling. This solo piece constructs a nonlinear narrative through physical movement, video projections, music, historic texts, and live drawing. Its main theme is the way Kelly's life and work unfolded and intertwined with significant cultural and political events, including the East Village performance art scene of the 1980s, the AIDS epidemic, the culture wars, and gentrification. The show uses the experiences of an individual to create a shared collective experience as an antidote to cultural amnesia and erasure. Kelly himself is a survivor who remains a part of New York's evolving cultural landscape.
This one-woman show presents the story of Harriet Tubman reimagined as a young woman growing up in Harlem through a theatrical lens. Harriet Tubman is a heroine and American legend in her own right. This multidisciplinary performance takes the story of Harriet in the 19th century and places her in the 21st century, laced with the problems facing African-American youth all over the country. What would happen if a young woman like Harriet became a leader in this new world? Would her struggle be the same? Would she know her power?
A woman single-mindedly pursues her physical image at the expense of her inner self. When that self desperately rises up to take control, no quarter will be given. In an age of seemingly endless cosmetic obsession, The Woman Who Shed Her Skin reveals a story of the obsessive pursuit of the unattainable: female perfection. Two actresses, a dancer, and a digital goddess portray a woman at war with herself as she struggles to define her identity.