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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)
American Mime is a unique indigenous performing art that blends, in a new balance, the arts of acting, moving, pantomime, playwriting and design. It is a complete theatre medium defined by its own aesthetic laws, terminology, techniques, script material and teaching methods, in which non-speaking actors, in characterization, perform the symbolic activities of American Mime plays through movement that is both telling and beautiful.
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!
Extreme Whether, a new "eco-drama" written and directed by Karen Malpede, centers on an embattled American climate scientist living in an idyllic wilderness estate in the Northeast Coast. Set during the record-hot summers of 2004 and 2012, the play pits the scientist against his twin sister in a no-holds barred family struggle over land ownership and the future use of their wilderness estate. In one corner is John Bjornson, a composite of famous climatologists. In the other is his twin sister, Jeanne, an energy spokeswoman married to a skeptical lobbyist.
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.
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.
From October 21 to November 8, August Strindberg Repertory will transport Strindberg's Miss Julie to an antebellum Louisiana plantation in a new interpretation conceived by Artistic Director Robert Greer and adapted by Edgar Chisholm from a translation by Greer. The production will include a ballet sequence, which Strindberg specified in the original manuscript and which has never been performed before.
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.
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.
Sexy, dark, deviant and, at times inappropriate, these 7 twisted short plays will have your jaw dropping at every turn.
The one-night fiesta takes over all four of TNC's theater spaces, plus its lobby and the block of East Tenth Street between First and Second Avenues. Customarily over 1,500 wildly-clad celebrants gather for dancing, dining, showing off costumes and viewing acts from the cutting-edge of Cabaret and Theater. Costume or formal wear is required. Once inside, everything is free except food and drink, which are graveyard dirt-cheap.
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.
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.