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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.
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.
A king and his friends swear an oath to renounce women for three years while studying together. But scholarship and brotherhood take an interesting turn with the arrival of four lovely ladies. The boys go in disguise to woo, but the gals have the upper hand. Don't they always?
Guacamolink Performing Arts., a Hispanic theater company returns to the Manhattan stage with an original work written and directed by Peruvian playwright Walter Ventosilla, inspired by Sophocles' Greek tragedy "Oedipus Rex". "Oedipus" is the first of its kind as Emely Grisanty enacts all roles in this 75-minute tour de force.
Ventosilla has over forty years of theatrical experience in his home country of Peru, in Europe and the U.S. Dominican actress Emely Grisanty was recently honored with the ATI 2014 Award for Best Actress in Independent Theatre in New York. Previously she was nominated as a Best Actress in the Monologues category.
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.
Summer Blue is written by Akil Davis & The LoudSol collective. This play is a soulful multidisciplinary composition of Aerial, Acrobatics, Dance, Mask work, Live Music and Theater rooted in Blues Music and Jazz. It explores the soul using contemporary and classical art forms, using movement, text (from Shakespeare to Tupac) and music, expressed and experienced through the layers of Blues and the sounds it has spawned to resonate, challenge, and feed the viewer on a deeper level.
Tales of the Perpetually Single but Eternally Optimistic is written and directed by Uzunma Udeh. The play is vignettes of dating scenarios in New York City with top 40's music. In this cross dressing comedy, three women come together to demonstrate the pitfalls, obstacles, and the slight glimmer of hope in the New York City dating scene.
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.