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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.
At the turn of the century in the heart of Coney Island, a strongman, a hot dog vendor, a rollercoaster track operator, and an apple delivery man meet and discover the magic of barbershop harmony. The Apple Boys celebrates the perseverance of the American spirit, the value of friendship, and the virtue of a community coming together to discover that the whole truly is greater than the sum of its parts.
New Dance Theatre, in a coproduction with Access Theater, makes its New York debut with Asylum, a dance-theater take on the breaking through the barriers of isolation caused by the stigma of mental illness and the power of compassion. An original work devised and choreographed by New Dance Theatre company members.
In order to survive the post-truth era, AUTOPORTRAIT imagines what it would look like if we learned to float between truth and fiction as well as our enemies do — if we learned to deploy our own narratives for the greater good. The play weaves together unlikely portraits of drag queens, government officials, and East Village performance artists all trapped within a closed loop of lies and narrow thinking, eager to rebel. Beyond this destructive path is an alternative — not one of "alternative facts," but of the sublime, queer beauty of choice. AUTOPORTRAIT marshals in this new era of creative expression and individual power just beyond the horizon.
Bad Skin is a kooky queer cabaret where '90s jamz mingle with original tunes orchestrated by a nonmusician. Summer's poppin' around the vacant Motel 6 pool where Brennan confesses a campaign to find his father that leads to strip club alleys, the middle of the ocean, and a monogamous London flat. A dark, humorous account of internal loss and Montell Jordan with a splice of Xscape and fam.
Behind Closed Doors follows the lives of three young men who are apart of a powerhouse singing trio; smooth, confident, intelligent, topping the charts, and winning the hearts of adoring fans! But beyond the lights and the cheering crowds lie fears, insecurities, and pain! Witness as they each take journeys to the deepest parts of their souls to face some of their toughest battles! We watch as they each learn that in order to be a true king, he must first learn to be a servant and in order to be the head, he must first sit at the feet of Jesus!
Abigail Rockwell, granddaughter of the American illustrator, Norman Rockwell, continues her NYC jazz debut at the Metropolitan.
Celebrity Confessions: Live From Broadway is a provocative and intimate piece that is likely to surprise, shock, entertain, and change viewers' lives. The show invites you to spend an intimate evening with personalities from Broadway, TV, and film as they reveal their most personal stories — including testimonies of faith in God and revelations of overcoming life's biggest issues. Each show has its own guests and is distinct from every other.
In Checks and Balances or Bottoms Up!, a Gotham schoolgirl learns to be a feminist activist after being deemed a white elitist by her friends. Not least of her motivations is the injustice and callousness of a certain giant puppet who represents the dominion of arrogance and calls to passing women, "Here pussy, pussy, pussy!" During a spontaneous protest by subway passengers on the L train, this unlikely heroine acquires two key allies — a subway conductor and a teacher — and is inspired by three others — a Buddhist monk disguised as an itinerant bum, an investigative reporter, and a blue fairy. Together, they witness the agony of deportation, the shortage of health care, the misery of unemployment, the threats to clean air and water, and the fight to stifle the free press. So they set out to thwart the monster of apple pie fascism and threats of planetary death from the pumpkin head of state.
Choreographers working in all dance forms workshop 25- to 35-minute pieces on a shared bill curated around the theme "Awareness" with Janice Rosario and Company & SNM Dance Collective.
Frantic Beauty reflects on society's pursuit of, and relationship to, beauty, and features an original score by Emmy-winning composer Jeff Beal (House of Cards). Layering their signature physicality over vivid visual landscapes, the multidisciplinary duo Ximena Garnica and Shige Moriya and the LEIMAY Ensemble return to BAM Fisher with this world premiere.
Fifteen years ago, there was a miracle: Marliss was diagnosed with terminal cancer, but she survived. Now, she has cancer again, and this time she's losing the battle. Sarah (a microbiologist) and Carl (a wannabe witch) return home and join their father Gayle (a wannabe Floridian) to care for Marliss during her last days. But Carl wants another miracle and is determined to make one happen, even if it means sacrificing the family dog. How to Die in Spanish examines how we deal, and avoid dealing, with death.
A story reveals the illusion of one's identity in Derek DelGaudio's modern allegory, In & Of Itself. New ways of seeing the unseeable are explored, as memories from yesterday, inexplicable events witnessed today, and secrets imagined for tomorrow all blend together, creating a perpetual paradox of a show. The writer and producers of Nothing to Hide reunite with executive producer Neil Patrick Harris to present this theatrical experience directed by Frank Oz.
#INSTAQUEER is an examination of obsession, anxiety, queerness, and the hoops we are willing to jump through as we seek connection online in a homophobic, transphobic world. If you've ever wondered whether you want to be that person on Instagram or date them, if you've ever had a panic attack while frantically swiping for immediate validation, if you're still looking for that perfect Grindr profile pic or that perfect pair of sunglasses that make your nose look smaller, join us in the world of #INSTAQUEER. Face these fears with us in a terrifying, obedient, ritualistic masquerade. Smoothies will be served.
In 1965, Life magazine published an astonishing photo essay of two New York City junkies, John and Karen, shot by iconic photojournalist Bill Eppridge. These pictures, the most controversial that Life had ever published, shocked readers by bringing the grim reality of addiction into the American living room. Inspired by these photographs, LIT's creative director Carlo D'Amore explores the potential immersive theater has as a tool for empathic connection. With Live In Theater, these photographs will now come alive.
The infamous "Needle Park" is the backdrop for an interactive journey where 14 participants are immersed in the world of John and Karen. You will traverse the Lower East Side and play roles: friends, family, fellow drug addicts, as you bond and become complicit in the love story at the heart of these "two lives lost to heroin."
Follow the trips and falls through the hustle and bustle of city life as Lucky discovers who he is and what he's meant to do. Through acrobatic slapstick and inventive circus skills, witness a glimpse into the life of a man who can't stop falling on his face. An ingenious new company, Atlas reinvents the American circus with a meaningful narrative that incorporates an eccentric combination of theater and circus arts that creates a hilarious theatrical experience.
Stuck in a rather awkward age group in a rapidly corroding country, several young writers have come together to raise fictional havoc for your viewing pleasure. Mom's Insurance is an assemblage of plays by cockamamie playwrights under the age of 26. In this group show, you'll find Grim Reaper romances, casual resurrections, exoskeleton excavations, and good old-fashioned ventures into the business of manufacturing. It's an electric and eclectic night of theater that'll leave you bellowing, "FREE US FROM THESE FLESH PRISONS!"
Two kids play pretend, two teenagers experiment, and one college student downloads Grindr. A coming-of-age story in three parts, NSA mashes together two gay men at three points in their life and calls into question the cycle of use and abuse learned in the gay community.
Visual and performance artist David Mramor recently revisited Yellowstone National Park, a place he worked at 10 years ago, the same year that he came out of the closet. Using visuals that he filmed while driving to the park and documenting improv performances along his road trip, Mramor will combine these videos with songs that he has written with pianist and collaborator Greg Potter. The two are currently working on recording an album of the songs entitled Beyond Reality which will be released later this year. From Laramie, Wyoming, where Matthew Shepard was murdered, to Morning Glory Pool, to the great Rocky Mountains, Mramor will attempt to reconnect to nature and the USA within this political landscape.
Seeing You is an immersive experience underneath New York City's High Line park. At once narcotic and eye-opening, the show is the result of a bold collaboration between Randy Weiner, Ryan Heffington, and Cantora (Will Griggs and Nick Panama), featuring environmental storytelling by David Gallo and costume design by Desi Santiago.
The line between reality and the fantastical is blurred in this comic story of a young lesbian whose family begins to fray when she tries to be frank with them about her sexual coming of age. Homophobia is not the family's problem. It's the prospect of candid conversation that throws them bizarrely off-balance. Written by Kati Schwartz and directed by Lili Stiefel, She Got Off the Couch shines a light of gentle hilarity on what Schwartz considers an almost universal coming-of-age experience: realizing that you and everyone else in your family might mostly kindly be described as "emotionally hobbled."
The Story of the Orca's Silver Tongue as Told by the Manager of the Only Taco Bell in Juno follows the epic tale of a whale god named Murder, the manager of the only Taco Bell in Juno, and Frankie Bottomless, the former BFF who stole their gorgeous sparkling tongue and ran away to San Francisco. This narrative of shifting selves manifests as a transdisciplinary performance with a projected video essay, puppetry, and live choral soundscape. The cast assumes new bodies with each encounter, assembling a queer utopian world that envisions new modes for friendship, lust, and solitude.
The sibling bond is something that can be strong or fragile. When the beloved matriarch of three siblings starts to lose her graceful battle with aging, this bond is tested.
World-famous beatboxer Chesney Snow presents his journey from a legacy of incarceration to fatherhood, homelessness to Harvard University, to ultimately starring in the musical In Transit on Broadway. The Unwritten Law adeptly weaves this inspiring story with gifted performances, brilliantly blending words, dance, visual design, and live music into an unforgettable evening.
As a boy, Ben knew he was gay when he had his first crush on a cartoon character. Through this tale of embarrassing childhood memories, hilarious misunderstandings, and bittersweet brushes with fate, Ben shares his journey of self-discovery, and how he learned to love himself exactly as he is.
As children, our freedom and creativity, sense of play, storytelling ability, and constructive tendencies inspired our parents and teachers to believe in our ability to do and be more. As grown-ups, we've lost the ability to play, and live in a world full of anger, hostility, war, and violence. This performance revisits a time when the world was full of innocence, happiness, wonder, and, most importantly, play.