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New York's finest improvisers join forces with New York's finest poets in a unique format that is part comedy show, part poetry feature and completely unpredictable.
It all begins with an exquisite corpse written collaboratively, line-by-line by the audience beforehand. The improvisers then delve in, building an entire world around the themes and imagery of the poem and inhabiting it with a cast of characters that are wildly funny, heartbreakingly tragic, and everything in between.
Along the way, the show is fueled by the amazing work of published poets, national slam champions, and up-and-comers from around the country and across the globe, shaking the rafters and rousing souls with original poetry that is raw, personal and profound.
The whole show ends with the performance of a brand new poem written on the spot and inspired by the entire show. It's comedy, it's poetry, it's theater and art. It is everything you came to this New York to see.
The cast includes performers and poets with credits from This American Life, NPR, The Onion, The Second City, The Truth Podcast, Reductress and Story Pirates.
"Kiss Punch Poem is a rare find... uproarious and heartfelt." – Time Out Chicago
"[KissPunchPoem] celebrates the fresh and surprising associations that are generated by both improv and poetry." - The American Reader
"Their performance took me back to the formative years of the slam. It was exhilarating." – Mark Smith (founder of Slam Poetry)
Due to popular demand, ToUch Performance Art will extend their immersive theater experience: AcousticaElectronica through December. ToUch continues their electricity after a successful summer at DROM followed after a four-year Boston run at Club Oberon with the American Repertory Theater. Powered by the energy of a contemporary nightclub, AcousticaElectronica is a mind-blowing event that blends electronic and classical music, hip-hop and ballet, aerials and opera to create an infectious evening. Succumb to this awe-inspiring experience as world-class DJs guide you through a night unlike any other. Don't believe us? Come feel for yourself.
A stunning musical that explores the significance of the African footprint on the Music & Dance of the Atlantic & Pacific Coasts of Colombia.
Duke's Eye Productions is proud to present the New York City premiere of Be Our Guest, a laugh-out-loud comedy about meeting the Guest family.
When Jeremy brings his new girlfriend home from college for his Grandfather's birthday celebration they hope that his family will love her. Too bad it turns out that Mother Guest and the wacky Guest family prove to be quite difficult for a guest to please! From a unique history-buff father to an unusual uncle who lives in the attic, this eccentric family truly has it all! Duke's Eye Productions cordially invites you to meet the Guest family this Fall at the New York City premiere of this side-splitting new farce by award winning playwright, F. J. Hartland.
It begins with a gorgeous romance between Donna and Chris as they meet at a Christian college and are irresistibly attracted to each other. He is a fine art major with impressive talent, idealistic toward his fine art career. She is a high-spirited theology major of passionate religious temperament. They are both people of faith, even though hers is religious and his is toward his art. Twenty years later, the progress of their lives brings insurmountable challenges to their ideals. Chris is drawn gradually into Madison Avenue, forsaking his own painting for a career in advertising. Donna's dedication to God is shaken after their first (and only) child is born with a disability that proves, over time, to be irremediable. Both of them dread and secretly desire an end to their long journey with their frail son. The play examines the love and sacrifice that brings people together, the nihilism that can rip them apart, and the phenomenon of faith that may or may not sustain them.
Abigail Rockwell, granddaughter of the American illustrator, Norman Rockwell, continues her NYC jazz debut at the Metropolitan.
Burnt House is the story of a dyer of fabrics whose house has burned down. There are a number of suspects and anyone could be the culprit. Adultery, family criminal activity, and old sibling rivalries emerge as the mystery unfolds. Not only has his house been destroyed, but also the metaphorical walls the house owner has erected.
The play takes place in the cinders of a burned home, on a street where, according to the town's stone mason, "What's buried when it snows comes to light when it thaws." It's a neighborhood where everybody hates, suspects, double-crosses and torments each other. The fire has started gossip; gossip has widened into accusation and all that it rotten has come to light. Into this picture steps The Stranger, an alter-ego for Strindberg himself, who will sort it all out. There is a strong theme of coming home, with the message that you can run away from your problems, but eventually you will have to face your demons.
Six low-level employees, all named Chase, work at an anonymous bank and refuse to take the apocalypse seriously. Through their dreams, stories, prayers, songs, dances and conflict resolution seminars, the Chases attempt to forge a new and meaningful world from the crumbled edifice of contemporary corporate culture.
In this fantasy-drama, a suggestible and precocious eight year old girl named Siobhan has been forced to live with her unmarried aunt because her single mother, a truck mechanic in the Army, has been called up to active duty. While the aunt, a twentysomething saddled with unexpected obligations, cultivates a love affair with an understanding young artist, Siobhan immerses herself in a book about Irish folklore. Her solitary hours are spent conjuring an eerie friend named Seaneen, a peevish 8000 year old Irish fairy. It's not certain if this playmate is imaginary or real, but it's certain that the imp is coaching the girl to manipulate with troubling behavior so her mother will have to return.
Throughout the play, what's revealed is the magical thinking of children in uncertain circumstances and how families are forced to deal with losses, crises and their lack of control over the world.
Dandy Darkly is back with an all-new, all-American selection of satiric, horrific, erotic, patriotic tales of sex and death! Join Dandy for his utterly unique take on contentment, guns, hypersensitivity and good ole American sodomy.
Stories will include: Silver Dollar - A disgraced American sniper, Otis Moonshine, struggles with PTSD as he hunts his hometown's homosexuals because only he knows the startling truth -- they are werewolves! Final Girl - America's Sweetheart was found dead in her Hollywood mansion, but from low budget slashers to reality TV terrors, America's actual horrors are so much scarier than anything seen on the big screen. American Apparel - Corporate cancer creeps across our safest spaces. Seemingly overnight another gay bar is gentrified. Can a little rat with drag queen dreams save the Imperial Poppycock Saloon from certain doom? The Ghosts of Stonewall - A rallying cry to the next LGBTQ generation to snap the fuck out of it!
Fade To Black! is the disquieting exploration of a uniquely tortured, tragic and rebellious soul. Attempting to reconcile her life and overwhelmed with the responsibility of finding her own path, Nile seeks the advice of a priest and threatens to surrender to her incubus. Thrown into a psych ward after a binge infused suicide attempt, she finds temporary solace with a living statue, urging her not to lose herself. Jack, her paramour, struggles to preserve her life and is forced to make amends of his own. Lies, heartbreak, and addiction move hand in hand through this convulsion of narrative seeking to find peace and closure amongst the accumulation of death, anguish and the haunting realization of eternity.
Celebrating 10 years worldwide, Fuerza Bruta is an uninhibited and unforgettable show you have to see to believe! This theatrical thrill ride combines euphoria-inducing live music and breathtaking aerial displays in a performance that's as exhilarating as it is addictive. Flood your senses and experience the "sexy, heart-pounding fantasy" (Daily News) of Fuerza Bruta.
Half Moon Bay by John Jiler is a drama about a prize-winning Manhattan architect whose sudden fixation on a mysterious waitress sabotages his marriage and his career and causes him to abandon his ideals. A cutting-edge environmental architect named Richie would seem to have everything--great friends, a lucrative career and a gorgeous wife. But in the company of his lawyer and friend, Tom, he meets a mysterious waitress whose guileless combination of beauty, innocence and helplessness begin to obsess him. As Tom watches helplessly, Richie attempts to fold this strange girl into his newly burgeoning family, then resigns his posh job to follow her as she drifts from place to place. Even as he craves the purity she represents, he abandons his most deeply held principles to be near her.
The Haunted Train follows Cloyd, a patient in a mental health facility, on his last-ditch attempt to win his freedom and prove his "sanity" after being visited by the ghost of a death row inmate. As Cloyd's caretakers each begin to see the ghost, they are forced re-evaluate Cloyd and question what really qualifies as "crazy." The Haunted Train explores how stigma can pervade even the ways we medically treat mental illness, and the problems that arise when we view the human mind as something to be "cured."
Casmir, a screenwriter, has sold the exclusive rights of his screenplay to a sleazy Hollywood producer. He confesses what he has done to his cousin Salvatore, a hit man for the mob. The screenplay, a bio-pic, contains truths about Sal's father that are more then incriminating. Enraged, Salvatore vows to get the screenplay's rights back to Casmir even if it means eliminating the producer.
An Off Off Broadway Show in which an interactive Cast of incredible Talent will motivate you to MOVE as you combine your Workout Time with your Party time led by fitness Guru and recording artist Marina Kamen AKA MARINA.
A cast of 20 will bring this eclectic score to life in a bold new expressionistic interpretation. The environmental seating arrangement will transfix the audience as the young and energetic cast sings and dances throughout four separate performance areas in the newly renovated Tato Laviera Theatre – often a few feet away from the audience.
This famed documentary play traces the American quest for racial equality from the earliest days of the republic to the Little Rock crisis of 1957, with dialogue drawn from historical letters, speeches, journals, songs and other personal accounts including recordings of former slaves. Charles Maryan directs an ensemble of seven which includes actor-turned-newscaster-turned-actor Art McFarland. The play's major theme is the quest for freedom and equality--a theme that is deeply integrated into the 46 year history of the New Federal Theater.
GRANDMA's work is composed of highly structured stories that exist at the border of reality and fiction, and of horror and humor. Their current piece, Make People, is a monologue for shared voice. It lies formally between stand up comedy and the confessional monologue. It's a show about the horror of intimacy, and our collective need to consume, acquire, and destroy. There will also be some fun surprises, and fresh beats.
This adaptation focuses on the relationship between language and the human body: the body itself becomes language and a means of communication thanks to, among other things, a live musical score by Papaceccio and Francesco Santalucia. The original Attic Greek becomes a key textural element. The principals speak in English and the chorus performs in Attic Greek (the product of an intense collaboration with language historians and philologists in Rome). The cast features students of D'Ambrosi's First University of the Integrated Theatre of Emotion, a college program D'Ambrosi's "La magia del teatro" (The magic of Theatre) drama academy, which offers a three-year colllege diploma in the performing arts to those with diagnoses of disorders including schizophrenia, manic-depression and autism as well as Down Syndrome.
Three amaizing jazz improvisers from three different cultures and traditions, decided to settle in New York, bringing their roots and flavors into their own original compositions, while making a unique contribution to the world of Jazz.
Spanish jazz guitarist and composer Oscar Peñas is well known for his unique style of music that has been described as "transnational cool," fusing traditional jazz with hints of flamenco and South American grooves.
Uri Gurvich, is a saxophonist and composer originally from Israel, residing in New York for the past decade, where he is an in-demand saxophonist and a critically acclaimed bandleader.
Petr Cancura, a saxophonist with knowledge of Jazz, Balkan, African and American folk traditions, Petr performs on banjo and mandolin, all of which influences each other into a roots song & improvising music machine with a visual sensibility.
The Harlem Repertory Theater continues it's 2015 season with Lorraine Hansberry's groundbreaking drama A Raisin In The Sun. An American classic, takes place in the late '50s in a south side Chicago apartment, chronicling the lives of the members of an African-American family. The tensions and prejudice they face create the drama in this beloved play.
Originally produced in 1959, Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin In The Sun was the first play written by an African American woman to be produced on Broadway, where it won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play. The Washington Post has called it "one of a handful of great American dramas". A cast of ten talented actors will perform Raisin in the sun in an environmental setting: playing scenes only inches away from the audience.
Rebecca has a beautiful marriage and a baby on the way when tragedy strikes. Follow her story as she struggles with her wife's depression and ultimately meets Jordan, a young marine biologist who may follow a destructive path after his own personal tragedy.
A devised work, Solitaire: An Original Play explores depression, human connectedness, and that we are not alone in our journeys. First performed at Joria Productions September 11-13, 2015, Solitaire: An Original Play remounts at The Tank in Times Square with a revised script.
The Storm is a remarkable picture of old age, depicting an elderly government minister who lives in an apartment in a house where he had once been happy with his divorced wife. Having left her because he was too old for her and having lost access to his daughter in a painful divorce, he is about to be lured into marriage again by a distant cousin who is living as his housekeeper. The position of Housekeeper in Victorian Sweden, an institution in wealthy society, was one of great upward mobility because it afforded women exposure to important people. On a simple level, the play offers the theme "there's no fool like an old fool." On a more complex level, it is probably the best of Strindberg's marriage plays (and prose), his "last word" on the matter (he never wrote about marriage again) and the most directly autobiographical piece in his canon.
Bad Quarto Productions, a theatre company specializing in performing modern theatre using Shakespearean staging techniques, will stage The Taming of a Shrew, the earliest printed version of Shakespeare's famous Shrew play. Printed in 1594, The Taming of a Shrew dates from the earliest moments in Shakespeare's career as a writer and actor, when the man we all know simply as "the Bard" was a relative newcomer to the London theatre scene of Renaissance England. Though it precedes the more commonly known version (from the 1623 First Folio) by almost 30 years, The Taming of a Shrew is a version of the shrew taming play that was shockingly progressive for its time, and that answers many of the concerns of modern Feminist critics.
From the creator of The Awesome 80s Prom comes New York's newest Off-Broadway sensation - That Bachelorette Show, now starring Vinny Guadagnino from "Jersey Shore"!
Staged in the legendary nightclub The Copacabana, That Bachelorette Show is a parody of ABC's "The Bachelorette", where YOU pick the groom! At That Bachelorette Show, you'll mix, mingle and dance to your favorite 90's hits, spun by superstar DJs, as our eligible and spoof-tastic bachelors vie for your vote. Over the course of the show, they'll slowly be eliminated until only one winner remains. The rest are up for grabs!
That Bachelorette Show is perfect for birthdays, bachelorette parties, girls' nights out and so much more! We offer special party packages, discounted group rates, and can even help you with dinner, hotel, and limo reservations!
Lifetime professional physics demonstrator David Maiullo brings his scientific "magic" from the world of physics to the off-Broadway stage in THAT PHYSICS SHOW!
Based on the hundreds of physics experiments that are presented at physics conferences and in classrooms across the country, THAT PHYSICS SHOW features segments on motion, momentum, vacuum, friction, energy, density, fluid motion, sound waves and sound vibration, light waves, temperature and many more from the world in which we live, a world controlled by physics.
Theater for the New City will present the world premiere of a new play by Mario Fratti, Wives, in a double-bill with his breakthrough play, The Academy. Taken together, the two plays illustrate the changing nature of the battle of the sexes between the postwar period and now. The two-part evening is directed by actor/director Stephan Morrow, who plays the instructor of a school for gigolos in The Academy.
In The Academy, it's 1950 Venice and amid the postwar nihilism and defeat, a reactionary professor has organized an 'academy' to teach young Italian men how to seduce and exploit American women. Wives, offers a contrasting view of American women. Instead of being victimized by an opportunistic man, they are firmly in control and even vengeful in their role as women scorned.