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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)
Bloowst windku, by choreographer Rebecca Davis, is a sculpture that is performed. The familiar is rendered strange as three performers shift with dream-like logic from basic pedestrian movement to highly abstracted forms within an equally mutable sound score by Zach Layton. Materials collected over three years are joined to create a structure that literally envelops the audience.
A Night of Broadway Hits in Concert!
A Night of Broadway Hits in Concert!
This toy-puppet theatre extravaganza is a new take on Charles Dickens' classic with a few twists and digressions. Into the familiar story is woven a surprising and delightful blend of English, Jewish, African, American and Czech winter rituals, customs and holiday songs, all performed by over three dozen marionettes ranging in size from four to twenty-four inches as well as found objects and toys. Mr. Horejs operates the whole cast of puppets, backed up by a live chorus: Czech, English, Hebrew & Swahili songs are performed by an "a capella monumentale" choir of Judith Barnes and Hayden DeWitt. The piece is still set in Old London, but with Czech accents. Imagine that the familiar tale was told to you not by an English serial novelist, but by your Czech grandmother.
The women of "The NYC Love Church" thought they were being called to have a routine women's meeting. They didn't know this would be the meeting where they would finally be honest with who they are on the inside and remove the mask they put on each and every time they would come to church. Little did they know they all have issues that they have been carrying on the inside for far too long, and that they really are not that different from one another.
Internationally obscure queer performance artist Laughlin Artz premieres his newest work Gone Boy in a one-night-only performance.
Gone Boy is a multi-media phantasmalogical excursion through the heart and psyche of a boy, a man, a lover, a poet, an anarchist, an existential phenom trapped and sapped in the labyrinth of the current global condition.
In a world gone mad, it takes a special kind of crazy.
It was The War to End All Wars. It was a Christmas like no other. In Fields Where They Lay tells the incredible true story of the World War One Christmas Truce − the spontaneous ceasefire between British and German soldiers that began with the singing of Christmas Carols on the night of December 24th, 1914.
The play's extensive use of letters, diaries and newspaper accounts marks the 100th anniversary of the Truce by bringing this stirring and unsettling, hopeful and tragic story to life in the words of the men who lived it. These primary sources are interwoven with the personal stories of a small squad of British soldiers, through whose eyes we experience the horror of life, death and battle in the trenches and the wonder of a sudden outbreak of peace in the midst of one of the bloodiest and most senseless conflicts the world has ever seen.
Romance, Drama, and Enchantment in the World's Greatest Tragic Love Story
Claudio Angelini is the well-known Italian TV news anchor known as the Dan Rather of Italy. He has written a seriocomedy, My Wife in a Chador, in which a Pulitzer Prize nominated author resembling Norman Mailer is recruited to run for Mayor of New York. Coincidentally the author's wife, who is half Arabic, is mugged on the mean streets and is so traumatized by the crime that she decides to return to her Islamic roots and adopt the chador (head covering). The question then becomes: can a man campaigning with an Islamic wife win the mayoralty of our city? When his main opponent is revealed to having been funded by an Emir with terrorist ties, the Mayoral race becomes more than a frolic for the writer -- and the stakes rise considerably higher.
For over 30 years, VSDC's annual full length production of The Nutcracker has become one of our community's favorite and most important Christmas traditions.
As we celebrate our 31st Anniversary, as well as the 41st Anniversary of the Vicky Simegiatos Performing Arts Center, we are proud to announce that this year's production will take place at the legendary St. George Theater in Staten Island.
Please join us for a magical evening and let us take you into the world of sugar plum fairies, princes, dew drops, toy soldiers, and an army of mice. The warmth of our production will surely get you in the spirit of the Holiday Season and create memories for you to cherish forever.
All proceeds benefit the Vicky Simegiatos Dance Company – A Non-Profit Organization 501(c) (3)
An International Favorite!
Conceived & directed by Colton Pometta, in association with Write Act Repertory comes a new cabaret series featuring 5 musical theater songwriters on the first Thursday of every month.
THROW is a performance-development series curated and moderated by Sarah Maxfield.
THROW's format is simple:
- Artist shows an excerpt of a performance-in-process.
- Artist asks the audience three questions about the excerpt.
- Audience answers each question as simply and directly as possible.
An extension of the Fuerza Bruta family, WAYRA takes the audience on a thrill ride from beginning to end, with an extra 20 minutes of heart thrashing fun, fast paced and upbeat live music, on-stage musicians and breathtaking aerial displays. The newly designed set and scenes are sure to present fans with fresh experiences and guarantee that Fuerza Bruta WAYRA will be a theatrical thrill that floods the senses.
Lois Weaver is co-founder (with Peggy Shaw and Deb Margolin) of Split Britches, the world's premiere lesbian theater troupe, and is well-known for her dramatis persona, Tammy WhyNot, an aging trailer trash blonde who threw away Nashville stardom for a career as a contemporary performance artist.
Tammy WhyNot is the alter ego Lois Weaver employs in performance works to facilitate easy public discussions on difficult subjects. In this piece, Weaver will examine geriatric desire through songs by Tammy, interviews with sexually active seniors, displays of local elder talent and slide shows of sexy senior divas.
The Winter of April, a Police Thriller partly inspired by the Gilgo Beach murders on Long Island in 2010, compares the fate of murdered sex workers with others who have been shadowed or forgotten by history, including those, like Ada Lovelace, who were at the forefront of science and technology. The play was written and structured by Ricardo Sarmiento Gaffurri from a concept by director Ramiro Antonio Sandoval and his Tabula RaSa NYC Theater & Performance Lab. It is mounted with ensemble acting, sophisticated audiovisuals and multimedia modeling. The piece protests society's tendency to tie sexual crimes to one perpetrator, when the individual is usually the tip of an iceberg--a global machine of human trafficking.
American composer Gwyneth Walker's music is "beloved for its energy, beauty, reverence and drama," join the composer-in-residence at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall for a festive, entertaining holiday concert for Women's Voices. Featuring Distinguished Concerts Singers International led by Conductor Nancy Menk and the New York based SoHarmoniums led by the esteemed Creator and Director the Young Peoples' Chorus of NYC Cantare Chorus Elizabeth Núñez.