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The (New) Trial is a radical version of The New Trial by Peter Weiss (1916-1982), adapted and directed by Dennis Yueh-Yeh Li. The play experiments with identity and power-relations, presenting a surreal look at the life of K, the chief attorney in an international corporation. The play explores K's obsessive idealism and his self-destructive methodology in helping others. Confined in his own docile body, K is manipulated as the public mask for the corporation to win the "war" over current global market expansion and eventually is abandoned by the corporation once the victory is obtained.
Concrete Timbre, a composer-driven performance collective, provides an interdisciplinary journey back to four scenes in the year 1968, revealing the unrest that exploded across the world. In Poland, a young woman tries to convince her parents to let her take part in the student protests. In Czechoslovakia, Alexander Dubček defends Brezhnev and enacts social changes. We then experience the life of a young protester in the midst of the Tlatelolco massacre in Mexico. Finally, a group of Yippies in the East Village try to determine their next move the day after Nixon wins the Presidency. Their stories cover themes of hope, occupation, violence and finding a way to rise from the ashes. The work features contemporary classical music with electronics and world music elements. Directed by Ann Warren.
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)
The Accidental Kiss, written and directed by Chima Chikazunga, tells the story of two people struggling to find themselves. One is doing this through sobriety, the other through substance abuse, but they soon discover they have much more in common than just their forbidden love of the empty bottle. When a woman wakes up in an abandoned theater with a complete stranger who claims he is in love with her, he is her only hope of figuring out what happened the night before and of saving herself. Performed by the author and Josette Dwyer.
When playwright Antonin Artaud's physical form is usurped by a double, he struggles to maintain control of his own individuality. The play contains a series of vignettes inspired by the life of famous theater artist and theoretician during his time in the Sanitarium at Rodez, France in the 1940s. Trapped inside the chaos of his mind, the playwright wrestles with the Double to regain primacy and control over the way others perceive him.
Beatrice is pregnant, but the baby is growing inside of her lung, sucking in air with each breath she takes. The unborn baby takes Beatrice, her roommate, the baby's unsupportive father and an obsessive shoe salesman on a journey of life, breath and selflessness. The baby becomes a catalyst that triggers self-reflection and causes each character to change in some way and reassess their lives. The title is a floral metaphor: the baby is in the background, much like the baby's breath plant that serves as a backdrop to a bouquet of flowers, but is nonetheless subtly guiding the actions of those surrounding it.
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.
The backstage world of stand-up comics isn't so funny. Three comics, booked in a dilapidated comedy condo in Pittsburgh, reveal the world of comedy as a business, the pressures of making people laugh every night and the search for approval and self-worth that drives both comedians and their audiences. Performed by three real-life comedians - Dan Stern, DJ Hazard and Richie Byrne - plus ensemble members Kara Jackson and Melissa Stokoski, directed by Mark Riccadonna.
Abigail Rockwell, granddaughter of the American illustrator, Norman Rockwell, continues her NYC jazz debut at the Metropolitan.
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.
The boxing ring becomes a battleground for issues of sexuality, family and identity.
Avila begins in the boxing ring, with 17 year old national wrestling champion Milo facing off against his childhood best friend, J.T. This match is not just a physical battle but a battle of values as well, since Milo identifies as queer and J.T. represents the homophobia of Milo's Texas hometown that his two fathers fled for more liberal Manhattan.
Daddy's Boy is about celebrating who you are, but also about the inevitable challenges that come with doing this. While it is often easier to give in to social pressures to fit in, Milo refuses to repress who he is and this, in turn, empowers other characters to think about their own identities. The play is very much in touch with present issues facing the LGBTQ community and the impact of the media on their movement, asking, "how much progress has actually been made?"
Emission, a play written by Tom Block and directed by Pitr Strait, is about love, greed and the internal human conflict that clouds reason. An absurdist farce with deeply troubling undertones, the play explores why we humans are unable to take control of our lives vis-a-vis the growing climate disaster. Using humor, a love triangle between three women and a struggle for control of an invention that makes carbon emissions visible, Emission shows how greed, desire, sex and selfishness can overwhelm our ability to master our own fates.
The play is narrative theater and features a live, original jazz/blues score played by cellist and singer/poet Serena E. Miller. She plays the music, as well as vocalizes the "chorus," a series of poetic interludes that address the actors and action, as well as the audience. These musical and poetic elements contextualize the action of the play in a mythological framework.
Emission is set in Albany, NY, the capital city of New York state, in the halls of power with a close-up on 3 dominant women: Svetlana, an environmental scientist and inventor of a one of a kind antidote to ignorance; Amy, a Legislative Aid to a State Senator determined to push through a historic piece of legislation; and Heather, a powerful lobbyist hell bent on getting everything she wants. Two of the women believe this legislation could save the world. This action is opposed by influential interests and this trio and their relationships are threatened. What's at stake goes well beyond a piece of NY State legislation, the first of its kind in the nation, as it could become a domino for the preservation of the environment for future generations. With passage of this legislation teetering, will everything go up in smoke?
Etta Steventon wrote Ennui: An English Comedy With A French Title For an American Audience to tackle everything from theater politics to the career of an actor and the challenge of separating work from personal life. It is a play within a play set in rehearsals for a newly discovered Noël Coward play. The actors are thrown together and must define new personae in the context of those around them. We see the work that goes into putting on a show and how personal motivations drive each actor's contribution to the form of the final product. The boundaries that separate theater and real life blur and the play they are putting on becomes an arena through which to express truer desires.
Many of the lines are replete with hidden meanings and audiences find themselves pulled into a world of wordplay, deception and murder. The various storylines come to a head with a funny and dramatic ending, playfully assuming a whodunit form that allows each character to realize their goals.
EVE is an humanely funny story of the struggle and resurrection of The Maker's 'perfect woman' creation. The mad 'Maker' has created the "perfect woman" for this world and sets her loose with a companion, "Man". Eve's journey through societal expectations and timeless discovery pulls her towards her own free will, challenging the love and control of the possessive genius Maker.
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.
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.
hOMAge is an original, physical theater exploration devised by The Clearing Collaborative Ensemble and directed by Natanya Ruth Silverman, inspired by the letters and poetry of the director's grandmother, Hella Kurth ("Oma" in German), a WWII refugee, cancer survivor and yogini. It is part narrative, part movement piece and it incorporates song and dance. It is devised and performed by an all female ensemble of choreographers, musicians, and actors dressed in white, who create the physical and emotional world of the story and bring the words and wisdom of Kurth to life.
Hella Kurth, a World War II and cancer survivor, was never at a loss for words when it came to describing the beautiful struggle inherent in a meaningful life. A yoga practitioner for over 50 years, Oma reminds us to look to nature and the past for the inspiration to be your most expressive and generous self.
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.
Extraordinary Blondes features members of Improvisational Repertory Theatre Ensemble (IRTE) in an action-packed comedy adventure. The world of the play is a gripping adventure movie where the most famous blondes in the world lead different glamorous lives until a crisis strikes. Like the Avengers, they are then called together to find and defeat the evil villain behind the crisis. The show is stylized and cartoon-ish, incorporating white foam board cut-outs, plastic sheets and streamers, as well as a musical intermezzo.
Audience members fill out slips of paper before the show, listing a big problem that's happening in the world and an exotic location. Shortly after the show starts, the four blondes receive phone calls, drawing out slips of paper and coming together to handle these crises. The piece is playful and inventive, not taking itself too seriously and creating a fun improv experience in which the actors feed off of the audience's energy.
Therapists need therapy just as much as we do.
Let it Come Down is a unique hybrid story that blends actual deposition transcripts from a malpractice case with fictionalized therapy scenes to make sense of the relationship between a therapist and her patient and therapy's relation to love, betrayal and the law. Let it Come Down portrays this relationship as a seductive love more powerful and volatile than any romance.
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.
Two one-acts employ creative storytelling, music and movement to examine addiction, mental illness and gender power.
Medusa adapts the Greek myth into the present day to examine global violence against women. The Oddity is a journey into the dark world of Western psychiatry and the suffering of the human soul. Both plays exist in a disjointed and unstable present. The reality of the space is dim and unwelcoming. Movement and rhythm play an important role, with drums a motivating factor in Medusa and dance being a major tool of communication in The Oddity.
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.
NOMA is a wordless movement piece with aerial dance directed by Sara Zepezauer, choreographed and designed by the Circus Solaris Collective.
A little girl's world exists solely on her canvas. When she steps away to look at her work, she is swept up again in her strokes, moving among the colors she combines. As the darkness within her starts to multiply, black becomes present in her painting and it becomes increasingly clear that she is dying from something that is seductive, dangerous and growing at an exponential rate. In the midst of this consuming darkness, an uncontrollable force takes over her mind and body and it remains unclear until the very end whether this is a self-created reality or the driving force of her art.
In Radio Mystery 1949 by Dennis Richard, a post-WWII radio murder mystery is outdone by real-life drama when a mysterious actor carries what may or may not be a bomb into a sound stage during a live performance.
This period play recalls the pre-TV days when mystery radio stories ruled the airwaves. These purely acoustic performances, with gruesome stories and sound effects, were narrated by storytellers with sinister voices and acted by a mixture of unknowns and stars. Their suspenseful tales left an impression on the mind's eye through the powers of voice acting, music, live sound effects and suggestion. The spell was so complete that listeners could visualize even the look of the characters in these crime stories while the twists and turns of the stories struck fear in their souls.
This play for one man is written by noted African-American playwright Henry Miller and performed by noted opera singer Arthur Woodley. The title character, anonymous in name and age, engages in a one-way conversation with the audience, revisiting crucial events of his life to avoid having to confront the impending funeral of his true love. His disjointed, somewhat frantic dialogue illustrates how people need to tell their stories as a way of making peace with them.
Solitaire follows the lives of Jordan and Christy who each live with depression and how it affects their lives as well as those who love them. While living in darkness, Solitaire also offers suggestion for finding the light at the end of the tunnel.
A devised work, Solitaire explores depression through the metaphor of the classic card game Solitaire. Using the devising method by Justin M. Schlabach, the story is created organically through collaboration between the cast and director without a script. The process begins with the artists bringing source material that inspire them regarding the premise as well as personal experiences. Using improvisation exercises, the director draws out theatrical ways to present the source material and research.
The Trevor Project will be given 20% of ticket sales as a donation. (Justin M. Schlabach and Solitaire: An Original Play are not affiliated with The Trevor Project)
The Xoregos Performing Company offers a program of five forgotten, fascinating Harlem Renaissance one acts written between 1920-1930 including works by Marita Bonner, Rafe M. Coleman, Georgia Douglas Johnson, Willis Richardson and Eulalie Spence as well as the poems of Sterling A. Brown, Langston Hughes and others. The evening takes us back in time to the 1920s, complete with authentic period costumes and props, accompanied by music of the jazz era by Jean Moreau Gottschalk, Ray Henderson and Shelton Brooks. The plays will be performed continuously without breaks, uniting what have long been distinct one-acts. Some of the poetry will be set to dance. Eight actors play all the characters in the five plays. Directed and choreographed by Shela Xoregos.
A Spectacular Night with the Stars: The golden age of Hollywood in retrograde at the dawn of the empire of television" is a play conceived, created and devised by Brain Melt Consortium and directed by Rachel Kerry. The year is 1960 and Hollywood's most famous film stars are in trouble. The empire of cinema has fallen and a new medium is rising to take its place: television. Judy, a movie star as talented as she is troubled, has decided to take drastic measures in the face of this change and invites America into her home for a televised variety show filled with her most famous friends. But things are not what they seem in this fabulous affair: Satanism, serial killers, madness and mayhem lurk around every corner. It all culminates in a terrifying occult ritual that may or may not end the entertainment industry as we know it.
Sometimes the battle of the sexes is not enough. The Drilling Company reads turf wars and class consciousness into its production of The Taming of the Shrew. In an intrepid adaptation, the popular comedy is transported to a modern New England fishing village, not unlike Martha's Vineyard, where Katherina is a member of the yachting set and Petruchio is a local fisherman.
From the creator of The Awesome 80s Prom comes New York's newest Off-Broadway sensation - That Bachelorette Show!
The interactive parody of your favorite reality romance shows, where YOU pick the groom!
At That Bachelorette Show, you'll mix, mingle and dance to your favorite radio hits, spun by star Guest DJ's, as some of the most eligible and spoof-tastic bachelors around vie for our Bachelorette's. . . flower. Over the course of the show, they'll slowly be eliminated until only one winner remains. The rest are up for grabs!
TimeOut New York Critics' Pick!
Waitin for the G" is a one-act by Max Cohen that brings Beckett's play "Waiting for Godot" into today's world while still maintaining its original themes. The work puts into perspective the existential dillemas facing the modern man, modern New Yorker and particularly the modern millenial. It is a fresh perspective that has never been done before, the entire show taking place in a subway station.