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Jackie Mason Lovechild Sheba Mason's Hilarious Musical on Jackie's ten-year Affair with her Bellydancing Mother; Ian Wehrle as Jackie Mason, Kevin Cusick as Wooley the Schlepalong.
The Absolute Brightness Of Leonard Pelkey, James Lecesne portrays various characters of a small Jersey shore town as they struggle to understand the mysterious disappearance of 14-year-old Leonard Pelkey. The secrets of the townspeople are slowly brought to light and everyone is forced to examine his or her own individual life, as well as the knit of the fractured community. Adapted from Mr. Lecesne's Young Adult novel, published by Harper Collins, Absolute Brightness, this play begins with the discovery of Leonard's disappearance, followed by a criminal investigation and concludes with a trial that reveals the shocking truth.
The story of two bankers, their lovers, and the things they love the most: money, power, and satisfaction. As their fast-paced games unfold, a thrilling spiral of ambition, love and betrayal unravels.
In Abundance, the breathtaking tall tale of Bess and Macon, two mail-order brides are lured to the plains of Wyoming by the promise of new beginnings. As wild and unpredictable as the untamed West itself, this fierce and funny adventure spans a 25-year journey, unearthing along the way the dark underside of American mythology and the unbreakable bonds of female friendship.
A man suffers horrific injuries from a fall while trying to rescue other climbers. The press gets wind of his story and makes him a famous face overnight. Wealth and power soon follow. Heuses his numerous platforms to raise money for other people who are in the process of rehabilitation. But things start to unravel when a journalist linked to his past doubts his story and we search for the truth through the eyes of the people closest to him, including his immigrant father, his physical therapist, a star struck fan and of course, the journalist himself. In this docu-play, the past collides with the present as we discover what it means to be a hero in the media-obsessed 21st century.
Called "hilarious" (Broadway World) and "engaging" (TheaterMania), The Accidental Pervert is a laugh-out-loud play that tells the awkwardly poignant story of a boy's journey into manhood after discovering his dad's video tapes hidden in a bedroom closet. Andrew subsequently develops an addiction that continues until the age of 26, when he meets his wife to be, and finds himself struggling to find the balance between fantasy and reality.
"The Accidental Pervert Will Arouse Your Socks Off!" - Village Voice
Let acclaimed performer and comedian Andrew Goffman take you on a whirlwind tour of his funny romance with magazines, video, and off-color fantasies while you roll in the aisles. However, it's not all laughs in this layered show, which ends on a touching moment of redemption as he struggles to find true love and perspective through real-life relationships.
• The Accidental Pervert has eclipsed 1000 performances in the legendary Greenwich Village area of New York!
• Award winning run in Buenos Aires, Argentina!
• Winner 2013 BEST COMEDY Award in Panama City, Panama!
• Opening in Zurich, Switzerland and the Island of Malta 2014! 2015 premiers in Kristiansand and Oslo, Norway!
So come have some good dirty fun with The Accidental Pervert! Oh, and leave the little ones home. The show has mature themes and is meant for audience members over 16.
In the parking lot of The Hummingbird, a once-glamorous motel on New Orleans' infamous Airline Highway, a group of friends gather. A rag-tag collection of strippers, hustlers and philosophers have come together to celebrate the life of Miss Ruby, an iconic burlesque performer who has requested a funeral before she dies. The party rages through the night as old friends resurface to pay their respects. A world premiere from the author of Detroit, Airline Highway is a boisterous and moving ode to the outcasts that make life a little more interesting.
For sixty years, Queen Elizabeth II has met with each of her twelve Prime Ministers in a private weekly meeting. This meeting is known as The Audience. No one knows what they discuss, not even their spouses. Academy Award® winner Helen Mirren returns to Broadway, and the throne, in a riveting new play by Peter Morgan, the writer of the Academy Award-nominated film, The Queen. Directed by two-time Tony Award® winner Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot), The Audience takes theatregoers behind the walls of Buckingham Palace and into the private chambers of Queen Elizabeth II as she meets with each of her Prime Ministers, from when she was a young mother to now as a Great Grandmother. From the Old Warrior Winston Churchill, to the Iron Lady Margaret Thatcher, through the charm offensive of Tony Blair right up to today's meetings with the current incumbent David Cameron, the Queen advises her Prime Ministers on all matters both public and personal. Through these private audiences, we see glimpses of the woman behind the crown and witness the moments that shaped a monarch.
BACK AFTER A SOLD-OUT RUN! A New York Times Critic's Pick! New Georges, in association with Women's Project Theater, presents this insightful and hilarious new play. "For those of you just tuning in, Thanksgiving is already in progress here at Wembly kitchen..."
For those of you just tuning in, Thanksgiving is already in progress here at Wembly kitchen. The stands are nice and full, it's quite a crowd that's gathered. While a repeat of the Gravy Boat Episode of 1979 may not be in the offing, I think we can expect a flatware fumble or two, until everyone's in a turkey stupor, contemplating pie. And all the while a Herd of Great GrandBabies is amassing under the table in this dark and witty exploration of how family is played, over time and memory and through generations.
Bed Bugs and Beyond is a vulgar Hemoglobic Fantasy with lofty intent. NYC is currently facing a bed bug scourge and these frightening creatures are even more horrific when one extensively researches their violent and perverse sex lives that are a wonderful metaphor for the political attacks currently being waged against women and gay citizens. The play offers up a self-proclaimed exterminating angel, a victimized female bed bug fighting to correct injustices, a bed bug of questionable gender, and a male bed bug fueled by testosterone poisoning.
City Hall is demanding more than his signature, the Landlord wants him out, the liquor store is closed — and the Church won't leave him alone. For ex-cop and recent widower Walter "Pops" Washington and his recently paroled son Junior, the struggle to hold on to one of the last great rent stabilized apartments on Riverside Drive collides with old wounds, sketchy new houseguests, and a final ultimatum in this dark comedy from the Tony nominated author of The Motherf*ucker with the Hat and Jesus Hopped the A Train. For Pops and Junior, it seems the Old Days are dead and gone — after a lifetime living Between Riverside and Crazy.
Fifty brides flee their fifty grooms and seek refuge in an Italian villa in this modern re-making of one of the world's oldest plays, The Danaids by Aeschylus. Mayhem ensues, complete with grooms in flight suits, women throwing themselves to the ground, occasional pop songs and romantic dances - even a bride falling in love. Reuniting Signature's 2007-08 Playwright-in-Residence Charles Mee with his longtime collaborator Tina Landau, Big Love is a colossal, poetic work that explores the hunger for independence, the burden of tradition, and the shape and size of love.
The production transfers to the Actors Temple Theater, following a successful run at St. Luke Theatre.
Layon Gray's historical drama Black Angels Over Tuskegee is based on true events. Six men explore their collective struggle with Jim Crow, their intelligence, patriotism, dreams of an inclusive fair society, and brotherhood as they become the first African-American fighter pilots in the U.S. Army Air Forces.
Erica meets Vicky. Vicky marries Erica. Lives collide. Rewind. Pause. Fast forward. A kaleidoscopic new play about love, skydiving, and the infinite moments that make a life together.
A Night of Broadway Hits in Concert!
The Bullpen is an 18-character play written and performed by Joe Assadourian and directed by Richard Hoehler. A man is arrested, arraigned and put on trial for a crime he claims he did not commit. Consequently he is judged by two systems of jurisprudence – one a jury of his peers in an actual courtroom and the other the fascinating and hilarious denizens of the bullpen in which he is being held. Mr. Assadourian mercurially transforms from character to character and court to court as the play steamrolls toward both verdicts that literally range from the sublime to the ridiculous.
Lies, Lies, Lies. There are lies we tell ourselves and lies we tell others, lying just to make it through the day. What if there was a world where truth exists only to tell you...lies?
A charming and witty liar, Coal, revisits his life in a small West Virginia town, introducing the dicey and colorful characters of his past, while attempting to come to terms with the lies he told to change his truth. Represented by four separate yet united characters of Man, Woman, Girl and Boy, Coal tells us the audacious tale that he's never been able to share, and this wild story becomes an homage to the delicate art of lying.
Conceived and adapted for the stage and directed by June Prager, the play is a collage of poetry and prose texts, masks, drumming, and music, performed by five Native American actors. The piece features powerful contemporary literary voices and themes that can foster intercultural understanding. Original music for the production has been composed by Charles Upham (Blackfeet).
It is March 1946. In the past year, Winston Churchill has led Britain and the Allies to victory in the European Theatre of World War II. He has also shockingly been defeated for re-election as Prime Minister. Sitting in forced retirement with his wife Clementine at their Chartwell home, Churchill receives an invitation from President Harry Truman to speak in the States…at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, where he will deliver his legendary, emphatic "Iron Curtain" speech. He arrives in Fulton to an informal and esoteric gathering of friends and supporters, and shares his life in flashback and in storytelling.
Experience the man who famously proclaimed, "I am ready to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter..." In Churchill</>, the influential Nobel Prize laureate discusses his failures and his successes; his love of art, liquor and women; and the bravery of Britain's finest hour.
Somewhere in Paris, on a rainy night, a gargoyle falls in love with a pigeon, the ghost of Paul Verlaine recites poetry for passersby, and large glasses of emerald green absinthe are poured and consumed. Somewhere in Paris, on a rainy night, four Americans, lost and lonely, discover that their lives and their dreams are intertwined in ways they'd never imagined.
One relationship. Infinite possibilities. An explosive new play about the boundless potential of a first encounter, free will, and friendship.
When Nick Payne's Constellations opened at the Royal Court's Jerwood Theatre Upstairs in January 2012 under the direction of Michael Longhurst, it was hailed by London and New York critics. The Daily Telegraph called it "playful, intelligent, and bursting with ideas with a powerful undertow of emotion" and The Independent declared it "dazzling, exhilarating, and extraordinary." The New York Times said "This superb play gets into your head and under your skin," and The New Yorker said "Constellations is at once eloquent, mysterious, witty, and brilliant." The play subsequently transferred to the West End and won the Evening Standard Award for Best Play and received an Olivier Award nomination for Best Play.
Cry, Trojans! originated as a co-production with the Royal Shakespeare Company of Troilus and Cressida, Shakespeare's Trojan War play. The Wooster Group has further adapted the collaboration independently, concentrating on the Trojan side of the story: the corruption of sincere love and the downfall of a noble hero.
Fifteen-year old Christopher has an extraordinary brain; he is exceptionally intelligent but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion for killing his neighbor's dog, he sets out to identify the true culprit, which leads to an earth-shattering discovery and a journey that will change his life forever.
Set in Dublin in the 1960s, Da is Hugh Leonard's Tony-winning classic memory play. Charlie returns to his childhood home after his father's funeral only to find the stubborn patriarch's ghost unwilling to leave the house. As Charlie rummages through his father's belongings, he surrenders to his own memories, both hilarious and wrenching, as the complexity of his upbringing comes alive before his eyes.
In A Delicate Balance, Agnes (Glenn Close) and Tobias (John Lithgow), a long-married couple, must maintain their equilibrium as over the course of a weekend they welcome home their 36-year-old daughter (Martha Plimpton) after the collapse of her fourth marriage, and give shelter to their best friends (Bob Balaban and Clare Higgins), all the while tolerating Agnes' alcoholic sister Claire (Lindsay Duncan).
Disgraced is the story of a successful Muslim-American lawyer and his wife -- an artist influenced by Islamic imagery -- enjoying their comfortable and successful life on New York's Upper East Side. When a co-worker and her husband come to dinner, what begins as polite table conversation explodes, leaving everyone's relationships and beliefs about race and identity in shards.
A pact with the devil brings boundless knowledge and endless gratification. There's just one little catch…
Join Chris Noth as he teams up with director Andrei Belgrader to tackle Christopher Marlowe's ever-irreverent Doctor Faustus, which remains as ahead of its time today as it was when it first scandalized audiences some four hundred years ago.
Don Juan has just gotten married—so naturally it's time for him to get out of town. Thus begins the strangest road trip in history; a madcap journey by sea and land in which our "hero" lies, cheats, blusters, and seduces his way across the world—much to the dismay of his honest but dim servant—in an effort to escape his blushing bride's outraged family. But there's an unearthly surprise waiting at the end of their road. Perhaps Molière's most quixotic farce, Don Juan teases the limits of reality, and brings the natural and supernatural into an outlandish partnership to seal the fate of one deliciously unrepentant rascal.
For over 400 years, the Drunk Shakespeare Society has been meeting and drinking. And drinking, and doing Drunk Shakespeare. A self-proclaimed "drinking club with a Shakespeare problem," the membership invites audiences to join them for a meeting in their society lounge. The evening begins with one actor drinking more than a sophisticated amount of alcohol before attempting to lead the cast through a Shakespeare story in sixty minutes. The results are messy, outrageous, and the evening devolves into debauchery.
Two-time Academy Award® nominee Bradley Cooper (American Hustle, Silver Linings Playbook) returns to Broadway in Bernard Pomerance's Tony Award®-winning classic, The Elephant Man. Directed by Tony nominee Scott Ellis (The Mystery of Edwin Drood), this captivating new production also stars Academy Award nominee Patricia Clarkson (Pieces of April, Shutter Island) and Alessandro Nivola (American Hustle, The Winslow Boy).
Based on the real life of Joseph Merrick, The Elephant Man tells the story of a 19th-century British man (Cooper) whose severe disfigurement made him a star of the traveling freak show circuit. When the renowned Dr. Treves (Nivola) takes Merrick under his care at the London Hospital, he discovers that beneath this shocking exterior lies a brilliant mind and an unshakable faith. Soon all of Victorian high society becomes fascinated by Merrick, especially the beautiful actress Mrs. Kendal (Clarkson). But with his new life comes new complexity… and as Merrick's condition grows more severe, a "normal" life begins to seem all but impossible.
Acclaimed Scottish playwright David Greig's The Events follows one survivor's search for compassion, peace and understanding in the wake of unthinkable violence. Delving into religion, faith, politics and reason, Ramin Gray's theatrically inventive production features a soaring soundtrack and a different choir at each performance. The Events was the hit of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, where it garnered five-star reviews, along with a Fringe First and the Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award.
- Ice cream, 2. Water fights, 3. Things with stripes, 4. Christopher Walken's voice, 5. Rollercoasters. In Every Brilliant Thing, a young boy attempts to ease his mother's depression by creating a list of all the best things in the world. Everything worth living for. Through adulthood, as the list grows, he learns the deep significance it has on his own life. Every Brilliant Thing is a new play about depression and the lengths we will go for those we love.
Victor is a ruthless fashion designer in the 1970s at the top of his game. Esme, his glamorous protégé and muse, is pushed aside when an ordinary Midwestern woman inspires Victor to make his artistry accessible to the masses. A generation later, a woman grappling with a healthy dose of self-loathing must wrestle her own family demons to find her way back through the world of fashion that won't give her size a second look. Sipping back and forth in time, Everything You Touch is a viciously funny look at the struggle to find an identity that's more than skin deep.
Film Chinois is a noir infused drama of spy-versus-spy intrigue and dangerous romantic liaisons, in the vein of classic Hollywood films such as The Maltese Falcon. The play takes us back to 1947, Peking. Randolph, a fresh-faced American operative, has been sent to the imperial city on a secret mission. He meets a Chinese woman who calls herself Chinadoll, his would-be adversary and lover. Complicating things are the amoral Belgian Ambassador, his current squeeze, Simone, a songstress, and a mysterious "Chinese Man," all who are in search of an old piece of film.
In a run-down movie theater in central Massachusetts, three underpaid employees mop the floors and attend to one of the last 35 millimeter film projectors in the state. Their tiny battles and not-so-tiny heartbreaks play out in the empty aisles, becoming more gripping than the lackluster, second-run movies on screen. With keen insight and a finely-tuned comic eye, The Flick is a hilarious and heart-rending cry for authenticity in a fast-changing world.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Beaten down by ill-fated love and a ruthless struggle for identity, can they ultimately live with, or without, each other? Led by director Daniel Aukin (4,000 Miles), Tony Award winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard's (Buried Child) landmark myth of the new Wild West.
Bryony Lavery's Frozen tells the story of three strangers who are drawn together by horrific circumstances. The mother of a child who has disappeared, the kidnapper, and an academic studying serial killers embark on a long and dark journey spanning twenty years. "Frozen" explores the human capacity for forgiveness, remorse and change.
This production will be presented as a fusion of theatre, film and mixed media in an art studio in Brooklyn, creating an installation that lives for the entirety of the production. At certain weeknight performances, special talkbacks will be scheduled with individuals in the fields of law, psychology, and criminal justice.
Academy Award winner Anne Hathaway (Interstellar, Les Misérables, Twelfth Night) returns to The Public in George Brant's (Elephant's Graveyard, The Mourners' Bench), spellbinding, ripped-from-the-headlines play Grounded. An ace fighter pilot reassigned to a remote-controlled drone faces twelve-hour shifts hunting targets from her Air Force trailer followed by twelve in the suburbs with her family in this "gripping" (New York Times) new play about the complicated consequences of waging war without leaving home. Named one of the Best Plays of the year by both London's The Evening Standard and The Guardian, and winner of the Smith Prize for Political Theater, Grounded comes to The Public's intimate Anspacher Theater under the masterful direction of two-time Tony Award winner Julie Taymor (A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Lion King, Frida, Across the Universe).
After stumbling upon a small outdoor production of a Shakespeare play in Manhattan, Long Island landscaper Bob Malone is inspired to write a play about his troubled marriage. He hires two reluctant New York theater professionals to spend a week at his home and stage the play in his garage with a cast of colorful locals. The Groundling is a heartfelt comedy that meditates on the meaning of the final moments of Love's Labour's Lost, and the surprising effects a play can have on the most unsuspecting, and perhaps most deserving of us all.
Celebrated playwright Rajiv Joseph (Broadway's Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo) brings a bold and surprising new play to Atlantic.
In 1648 India, two Imperial Guards watch from their post as the sun rises for the first time on the newly-completed Taj Mahal- an event that shakes their respective worlds. When they are ordered to perform an unthinkable task, the aftermath forces them to question the concept of friendship, beauty and duty, and changes them forever.
Michael is a neurotic actor and adoptee obsessed with two things- finding his real mother, and playing the famous Gloomy Dane. His twin fixations collide when he tracks down Anna, a reclusive former actress-turned-barfly; gripped by the notion that she might be his actual birth-mother, he first stalks her from a distance, then lures her into a noirish production of Hamlet playing the role of the queen, his mother. Hamlet In Bed is a twisty and darkly comic story about mothers and sons. About what it means to live a life in the theatre, both a generation ago, and now. And about families- the ones we're born into, and the ones we find along the way.
The hilarious and provocative Hand to God centers on shy, inquisitive student Jason, who finds an outlet for his burgeoning creativity at the Christian Puppet Ministry in the devoutly religious, relatively quiet small town of Cypress, Texas. Jason's complicated relationships with the town pastor, the school bully, the girl next door and—most especially—his mother are thrown into further upheaval when Jason's hand puppet Tyrone—once soft-spoken—takes on a shocking and dangerously irreverent personality all its own. As Tyrone's influence over Jason steadily grows, Hand to God explores the startlingly fragile nature of faith, morality, and the ties that bind us.
In 1932, a Jewish family considers leaving Berlin amid the imminent rise of the Nazi Party. They struggle to believe that Germany's traditions of art, science and democracy will not change as Hitler comes to power. Although the signs of danger are increasing, the family ponders whether to seek an unknown future outside their beloved Germany or stay.
From the people that brought you Layon Gray's acclaimed play, Black Angels Over Tuskegee, now in its 6th year Off-Broadway, comes The Harlem Rens, the true story of the greatest Basketball team you've never heard of: Harlem Renaissance Big Five.
In partnership with the NBA Legends for All-Star Weekend. THURSDAY Feb 12th 2015 - 7pm autograph signing and wine and cheese. 7:30pm performance. Post show party. If you missed this play in November you get ONE more chance to see it again and rub elbows with some of the LEGENDS of the NBA.
Layon Gray, the writer and director of the long-running Off-Broadway hit Black Angels Over Tuskegee, continues to expand African-American theatre with his latest work, The Harlem Rens. Inspired by the true story of six men who overcame adversity to win more than 2,000 games while barnstorming throughout segregated parts of the country in the 1930's despite being officially accepted professionally or socially.
The Heidi Chronicles, which traces the coming of age of Heidi Holland as she tries to find her bearings in a rapidly changing America, was first produced by Playwrights Horizons in the Fall of 1988. Subsequently, it moved to Broadway under the egress of The Shubert Organization, Suntory International Corporation and James Walsh. It was the most acclaimed play of the season, and won the Pulitzer Prize, the Tony Award, the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, the Outer Critics Circle Award, the Drama Desk Award, the Hull-Warriner Award, and the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize.
How to Be a New Yorker shows audiences everything they ever needed to know about what it takes to be a real New Yorker, or at least not stand out as a tourist.
Five-time OBIE Award-recipient actor/playwright David Greenspan presents I'm Looking for Helen Twelvetrees, the story of a young man's pursuit of Helen Twelvetrees -- a real-life star of the early talkies -- during her run as Blanche DuBois at a summer stock theater in 1951. Boldly theatrical and wildly imaginative, the narrative weaves the young man's life with that of Twelvetrees to find beauty in lives that are dwindling towards despair, and comfort in recollections of transcendent artistry. Featuring Greenspan, Brooke Bloom in the title role and Keith Nobbs as Clark Twelvetrees, the production is directed by Mr. Greenspan's long-time collaborator, OBIE-recipient and Tony-nominee Leigh Silverman.
Tony Award-winning stage and screen actors Nathan Lane and Brian Dennehy come to BAM for the Goodman Theatre's revival of Eugene O'Neill's trenchant portrait of hope and disillusionment. At Harry Hope's saloon, the biannual visit of charismatic traveling salesman Hickey (Lane) is cause for celebration. But when a newly sober Hickey arrives, his renewed outlook on life threatens to upend the lives of his old friends, leading to a series of devastatingly comic and heartbreaking events.
This epic 18-character drama—which garnered critical acclaim and broke boxoffice records in its extended Chicago run—is directed by Robert Falls, whose productions of O'Neill's works (with longtime artistic collaborator Dennehy) have been the hallmark of his 27-year tenure at the Goodman.
When Sally Wright returns to her dead end rural northeast town after losing her athletic scholarship, she's forced to face her beer guzzling father, wayward brother, and the dearth of hope in her impoverished town. She starts carrying her shotgun wherever she goes, and buries herself in books about Harriet Tubman, Nat Turner, John Brown, and Timothy McVeigh. She begins escaping into an interior world where their spirits talk to her, telling stories of their resistance to injustice. Yet even as she immerses herself in the lives of insurgents and clutches her shotgun to her chest, the bleak oppression of a life without opportunity threatens to poison her spirit.
In It's Only a Play, it's opening night of Peter Austin's (Matthew Broderick) new play as he anxiously awaits to see if his show is a hit. With his career on the line, he shares his big First Night with his best friend, a television star (Nathan Lane), his fledgling producer (Megan Mullally), his erratic leading lady (Stockard Channing), his wunderkind director, an infamous drama critic, and a wide-eyed coat check attendant on his first night in Manhattan. It's alternately raucous, ridiculous and tender — reminding audiences why there's no business like show business. Thank God!
The White Witch has trapped Narnia in a perpetual state of winter with no hope of Christmas. But all that changes when four siblings venture through an old wardrobe and enter this land of talking animals, charming fauns, giants and dwarves. Standing shoulder to shoulder with Aslan the Great Lion, the children courageously battle the forces of evil and discover that Love is the deepest magic of all.
On the docks of late 18th century Rhode Island, two runaway slaves, Adjua and Dembi, plan a desperate and daring run to freedom. When a chance encounter triggers an unexpected collision of worlds, painful truths are uncovered and the brutality of past crimes spills into the next generation. Winner of the 2012 Horton Foote Prize for Promising New American Play, The Liquid Plain brings to life a group of people whose stories have been erased from history.
On a balmy night in Miami, a soon-to-be mother, Sula, floats ashore on a car tire. Having braved a perilous journey to escape her native Haiti, Sula is determined to forge a better life in America for her unborn son. She soon finds safety in an apartment building that shelters refugees in need, joining a diverse community of immigrants, each with their own unique dreams and dilemmas. But even though the life she has hoped for seems within reach, Sula knows she can't outrun her demons forever.
Laced with wisdom, wit and grace, Little Children Dream of God is a timely new drama about learning to start a new life by facing the one you left behind.
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Turgenev's masterpiece chronicles the comic and erotic turmoil that befalls an otherwise quiet country estate when a handsome young tutor arrives to teach Natalya Petrovna's young son. Soon Natalya (Taylor Schilling) is interested in a tutelage of another kind, much to the consternation of her husband and her long suffering friend, Rakitin (Peter Dinklage), who is hopelessly and secretly smitten with her. A beautifully nuanced meditation on the nature of unrequited love.
A funny and deeply moving story of three fading performers who act, sing, and dance every night, Music Hall explores the vulnerability of the life of a theater artist and what it takes to endure it year after year.
With the New York premiere of Music Hall, TUTA Theatre Chicago remains true to their trademark style of infusing musicality into the heart of their work.
French writer, Jean-Luc Lagarce, has in recent years risen from obscurity to become one of the most widely produced playwrights in all of Europe. Director Zeljko Djukic returns to Lagarce, after previously directing two critically acclaimed U.S. premieres of his work.
Deep in the American South, Charlotte and Jonny have been best friends since they were four. She's Jewish, he's Christian, he's black, she's white. Their differences intensify their connection until sexual desire complicates everything in surprising, compulsive ways. An unexpected love story about where souls meet and the consequences of growing up.
There is a new immersive realm for the senses online, a virtual playground where those who plug in are coaxed into acting out their darkest fantasies--with no consequences in the "real" world. Or so it seems… until a young female detective begins an investigation to determine if there is a point at which thought or intention may actually constitute a crime within--and outside of--this new frontier.
O' Save Us, St. Sophia is the story of what it looks like on the other side of grief. Sophia is dead and her best friend, Gregg, faces the choice of what'll hurt less: to compensate, fill in, and fix himself back to who he was; or learn to live with the empty. Can Gregg negotiate the shit Sophia's left him with, and figure out what his story is after her's is over?
Dirty Dishes' unique style is highlighted in the company's inaugural production, which weaves seamlessly between the absurd and the natural. With a fresh-faced cast and creative team all enthusiastically making their Off-Off Broadway debuts, this brand new play turns the kitchen sink on its ear, and challenges preconceived notions of genre and mental illness.
The three Stockton sisters are witty, brilliant, beautiful – and a total mess, thanks to the legacy of their complicated novelist father. In Melissa Ross' new play, these women gather at their family home on Cape Cod for a summer weekend. Their reunion ignites passions, humor, and wildly unanticipated upheavals. MTC's award-winning Artistic Director Lynne Meadow helms Of Good Stock, Ross' raw, poignant and hilarious look at the fun and dysfunction of that thing we call family.
Frustrated artist Ben Schmitt discovers the paintings of an old friend who mysteriously disappeared 3 years ago. After sharing them with his agent, the art world suddenly falls under the spell of the work and the artist's disappearance. Ben is left to ponder: what about me?
Inspired by the Orpheus myth and the neuroscience of memory, the Deconstructive Theatre Project collides cinema, radio play, and theater vocabularies into an art-house film created and screened in real time.
Now in its fourth year, Poetic License is Poetic Theater Productions' annual festival of new poetic theater, which has grown from five days to three weeks, features two fully realized mainstage productions of thrilling new poetic plays written by company members, a reading series of six new works of poetic theater, and three special events: Love Redefined, an evening of new work devoted to non-traditional love; Breaking Our Silence, a celebration of LGBT voices; and Generation Now, a showcase of youth voices in poetic theater.
Atlantic welcomes the Pulitzer Prize and Tony-winning author of I Am My Own Wife and Quills for the world premiere of his latest work, commissioned by the company.
Norway's most celebrated sculptor is commissioned to create the last official portrait of the country's most famous writer, but Henrik Ibsen proves to be an irascible, contentious sitter, as the two men wage war over both his legacy and his likeness. With his inimitable wit and insight, Doug Wright explores the nature of artistic success and the fear of being forgotten.
Rapunzel, Cinderella and Snow White are triplets stolen by an angry witch. Each Princess is catapulted into her own fairy tale, awaiting rescue by their own personal (bumbling) Prince Charmings.
Cynthia Nixon makes her directorial debut with this tense workplace thriller by Joel Drake Johnson that examines the realities of so-called "post-racial" America. Dianne Wiest and Tonya Pinkins star as once-friendly co-workers who are driven apart by their white boss' machinations. A chilling power struggle ensues that spins wildly out of control. Rasheeda Speaking is an incisive and shocking black comedy that keeps you in its claustrophobic grip until its final moment.
This tongue-in-cheek comedy mashes together King Richard III with iconic and polarizing NFL star Ray Lewis. R3G looks at Shakespeare's most notorious character through the lens of modern American sports worship, and using Lewis' own words, explores the parallels between our greatest heroes and our most hated villains.
In 2000, NFL star Ray Lewis was arrested in connection with a street brawl that ended in the stabbing death of two men. One year later, having pled guilty to obstruction of justice and after having served a brief prison sentence, Lewis led his team to football's highest prize, the Super Bowl championship. In 2012 Lewis earned a second championship and retired following the season as a man loved by some, hated by others. R3G teases out Shakespeare's play in the style of an American football game and places Richard's treacherous rise to kingship within the landscape of American sports hero idolatry through the words of hero/villain Lewis.
A remote cabin on the cliffs, a man and a woman, and a moonless night. Jez Butterworth's The River asks when we find each other, are we trying to recapture someone we once lost? The writer director team who brought you Jerusalem returns with a bewitching new story.
An Al Jazeera journalist.
An American diplomat.
An African Pope.
America is under threat as full-scale civil war rages in Syria. A bomb has exploded in Manhattan and all roads lead to Damascus. The President must act.
A peace-seeking, African Pope is elected to the Vatican and an Evangelical third-party President is in power in the US.
With nuclear war looming, will the new Pope intervene directly in American foreign policy in Syria; or will he accede to the dictates of Washington?
Riddled with international intrigue, Tom Dulack's astonishingly prescient play imagines a world ripped from today's headlines.
Set in New York City during the Great Depression, Rocket to the Moon tells the story of Ben Stark, a middle-aged dentist whose career and loveless marriage are in shambles. A beautiful, ambitious and idealistic assistant, Cleo, walks into Ben's office, and Ben falls in love for the first time in his life. Cleo offers Ben the possibility of a new and happier future, and Ben struggles about whether or not to take a rocket to the moon.
This model of British farces focuses on an extraordinarily ordinary taxi driver, John Smith, and his sexy secret: he has a loving wife, named Mary, in a flat in Wimbleton, and another loving wife, Barbara, in a different flat only four minutes away, in Streatham. A heroic impulse thrusts John into the spotlight and under the scrutiny of both Wimbleton and Streatham detectives. John must rush back and forth between his two wives, trying to preserve the marital balance he has so cleverly constructed – prompting, in the words of the New York Post ,"virtually continuous laughter."
Edgar Allen Poe's poem Serenade is the inspiration for a new immersive dinner theater experience at Carroll Place on Bleecker St. in New York's West Village.
During the course of the performance piece you will be seated to enjoy a feast of dinner, drinks, and dessert while witnessing the arrival of the Souls of the Elysium; seven historical female figures, including Joan of Arc, Medusa and Cleopatra, who are channeled through seven "conduits" to tell their stories through song and performance. There will be live music and several other performers to add to this unique theatrical experience.
Entertainment with benefits! In this new three-character comedy featuring a straight woman, a seductive model, and you-know-who, audiences are welcomed into a fun-filled world of foolproof moves and insider advice that could only be culled from that most insightful of individuals: the gay man. Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man is based on the international best-selling book of the same title.
A limited number of $35.00 rush tickets will be available on a first come, first serve basis and subject to availability when the box office opens one hour prior to the performance.
In the spring of 2011, five weeks into the civil uprising in Syria, we find Jameel, a 40-year-old Syrian-American writer in his New York apartment waiting for a houseguest to arrive from DC. Haytham, 15 years Jameel's senior, a Syrian ex-patriot and a leader in the anti-Syrian government movement has come to New York on business. Jameel is overwhelmed with excitement to have someone of Haytham's stature in his home and the two share stories from their younger days in Syria. An unclear tension starts brewing between the two leading them into a re-examination of their lives and a revelation of how their different pasts have intertwined and forced them into choices that neither ever imagined.
Shows For Days is playwright Douglas Carter Beane's fond remembrance of his immersion into a life in the theater. The comedy is set in Reading, Pennsylvania in 1973, when 14-year old Car, the play's narrator and the author's alter-ego, is introduced to the world of theater through his local community theatre, the Prometheus Theatre, and its devoted cast and crew which is led by Irene, an indomitable force of nature whose life is dedicated to putting on productions she directs, designs and stars in.
On a bitterly cold London evening, schoolteacher Kyra Hollis (Carey Mulligan) receives an unexpected visit from her one-time boss and former lover, Tom Sergeant (Bill Nighy), a successful and charismatic restaurateur. When Tom's wife discovered their relationship, Kyra had walked out – on Tom, and their work together at Tom's restaurant – for a teaching job at a money-starved state school. Now, years later, Tom's wife is dead; burdened with conflicting emotions – guilt, grief, longing – he has returned to settle unfinished business. But Kyra has built a new life for herself as a dedicated teacher for the under-served youth of the East End, and Tom's arrival knocks her out of her carefully constructed equanimity. As the evening progresses, the two attempt to rekindle their once passionate relationship, only to find themselves locked in a dangerous battle of opposing ideologies and mutual desires.
It's 1964 Brooklyn and Rocco Lazarra is returning home to face his family after having suffered a nervous breakdown. His fiery wife, Filumena, longs for her native Sicily, while their two sons hope for a better life. As secrets are revealed, everyone is forced to re-examine their relationships, fears and dreams in this explosive family drama. Don't miss this new version of Pintauro's play starring Robert Cuccioli and Angelina Fiordellisi, and directed by Valentina Fratti.
In An Octoroon, Judge Peyton is dead, and his plantation Terrebonne is in financial ruins. Peyton's handsome nephew George arrives as heir apparent, and quickly falls in love with Zoe, a beautiful "octoroon." But, the evil overseer M'Closky has other plans — for both Terrebonne and Zoe.
On December 5, 1859, Dion Boucicault's An Octoroon, based on the novel The Quadroon by Thomas Mayne Reid, opened at the Winter Garden Theatre in New York City. One of the few contemporary plays about slavery in its time, it was quickly christened the great dramatic sensation of the season.
Branden Jacobs-Jenkins collides the sensational plot and heightened theatrical gestures of Boucicault's original with contemporary language and a dueling set of narrators. His An Octoroon is a piece that's firmly about us — here and now.
Based on a true NYC murder case, Speakeasy Dollhouse immerses audience in a surreal, Prohibition-era time capsule featuring live jazz, burlesque, mobsters, moonshine and more.
Transporting audiences to an era of mobsters, moonshine, and murder, Cynthia von Buhler's Speakeasy Dollhouse, one of the city's most unique, interactive, and surreal theatre experiences, proudly celebrated its two-year anniversary in October 2013. Performing to sold-out audiences since October 2011, Speakeasy Dollhouse brings an actual unsolved Prohibition-era murder to life in the downtown building that once served as mobster Meyer Lansky's hangout.
This is an immersive event. Each guest is assigned a role when they show up. Audience members are encouraged to explore and talk to strangers. Unlocked doors (or revolving bookshelves) should be entered.
Inspired by the death of Trayvon Martin and other nameless black men, Strings follows one man's road to execution, and hopefully, another's toward redemption. As Man awaits his impending hearing and execution for cleaning up his neighborhood, the only person that wants seems to want Man to live is his brand new lawyer, Derek. While Derek prepares to defend a man he just met, for a trial they each find that they some things are inescapable and no one is truly innocent.
In 1702, an eccentric English doctor travels to China with hopes that the medicine of the East holds the key to unlocking the mechanics of the human pulse. But it's his wife who makes a momentous discovery when she falls for their translator and discovers that there is more than one way to fill the heart.
Following a sold-out engagement in Shanghai, Gold No Trade's new bilingual Mandarin/English play about mistranslation, Chinese medicine and the complexities of the human heart is a comedy riot!
Patriarch Max has died, leaving behind two sons, Brett and Alec, and a lover Vivi. All three reunite for one evening in Vivi's New York apartment. Secrets, passions and ghosts of the past emerge for this trio as each of them faces an uncertain future.
Carmina Slovenica is a Slovenian "vocal theatre" company, world renowned for their unconventional choral storytelling, adding opera, drama, and movement. In Toxic Psalms, the almost sinister music mirrors the unspeakable violences and victimizations across our world today. Channeling ancient and modern humanities, the ensemble of 34 young women invokes Africa, the Middle East, Pussy Riot, weapons, extinctions, contaminations and abuses of religions —everywhere violence against others is exalted and deified. In the age of #YesAllWomen and #NotOneMore, Carmina Slovenica is a mighty arsenal for fighting back, igniting the anthem that "something has to be done."
Toxic Psalms is a part of the Prototype Festival, with lead funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with significant support from the Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts, The Charles and Cerise Jacobs Fund for New Opera, and The Reed Foundation. Prototype is a collaboration between Beth Morrison Projects and HERE.
Toxic Psalms is co-produced by Beth Morrison Projects, HERE and Carmina Slovenica.
The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet marks Shakespeare in the Square's Off-Broadway debut. Our company of five actors is attacking the play head-on, without the crutch of 'concept' or cutting. We're performing the uncut Folio text at a speed that guarantees the "two hours' traffic of our stage" and not a minute longer. The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet continues Shakespeare in the Square's tradition of wildly entertaining productions that elevate our understanding of the bard's work. Join us for the company's biggest venture yet as well as an unforgettable night of theatre.
Filled with courtship, comedy and mistaken identity, Twelfth Night has it all. The Bard's beloved comedy tells the tale of fraternal twins Viola and Sebastian, separated in a strange new land. Having survived a shipwreck and believing her brother Sebastian has been lost, Viola falls hopelessly in love with Duke Orsino and disguises herself as a man to enter his world so she can be near him. Music, merriment and swashbuckling adventure abound in Twelfth Night, believed by many to be Shakespeare's greatest comedy. It's a gloriously gender-jumbled romantic tale with the kind of comic confusion that only the Bard could create.
It's 1992. Hank is struggling to keep his legendary rock club going amid changing times and changing tastes. When his beloved daughter, Lena, starts dating a rising star DJ, Hank must contend with the destructive power of the next big thing.
It's 1992. Hank is struggling to keep his legendary rock club going amid changing times and changing tastes. When his beloved daughter, Lena, starts dating a rising star DJ, Hank must contend with the destructive power of the next big thing.
Two teenage girls dream of escaping their dusty Australian town--by digging a hole to China! When a Tokyo businessman crawls out of the hole, the girls get a glimpse of an exotic world different from their own. But being different can be dangerous in a dead-end town--especially when a mysterious beast is about!
Developed at Dixon Place and the Sydney Theatre Company, Underland is a funny, irreverent, and magical play of love, loss and animal attacks.
In Verité, Josephine, a stay-at-home mom and struggling writer, is offered an unusual deal for her memoir: she has to make her life exciting enough to publish. As mysterious and even sinister events start happening to her, Josephine has to decide how far she is willing to go to make her life into art, and whether it's all coincidence or if someone is determined to make sure her memoir is a best-seller at any cost.
Meet Beth and Doug: two people who have no problems getting dates with their partners of choice. What they do have, however, is a very awkward encounter after spending one hot night together following a drunken wedding reception they attend. They wake up to a blurry morning where the rules of attraction, sex and society are waiting for them before their first cup of coffee, which leads them to ponder how much they really know about each other and how much they really care about what other people think. The Way We Get By is a play about love and lust and the whole damn thing.
A well-regarded actress agrees to teach six inmates how to tell their stories behind the bars of a men's maximum security prison. Sharing intimate and sometimes hilarious details of their former lives, this unlikely group forms a bond -- even as the actress' life outside spins out of control. And when what happens in prison doesn't stay there, no one is sure who to trust. From the team that brought you Everyday Rapture, this new play features Sherie Rene Scott and six men playing two dozen characters in a constant shifting of scenes, ages, genders and races. Whorl Inside A Loop explores the fine line between convicted felons and the criminal inside each of us, the viability of forgiveness and the unreliability of redemption.
Filled with hope, humanity and humor, Wiesenthal is the inspiring true story of Simon Wiesenthal. Sometimes referred to as "the Jewish James Bond," Wiesenthal escaped death at the hands of Hitler's S.S., lost 89 family members, and devoted more than six decades to bringing Nazi war criminals to justice. Part memoir and part spy thriller, Dugan's play introduces us to Wiesenthal on the day before his retirement as he welcomes his final group of Americans to his office in The Jewish Documentation Center in Vienna.
The hilarity, war, and regular mayhem of family life, spin out of control when the financial crisis hits and the Mackey family is forced to make big changes. Everything is off. Dad's in pajamas. Nothing is as it's supposed to be. It takes the kids (and cat and dog) to set things straight. Daring those they love most to be not just heroes - but superheroes
Mexican food. Beyoncé Knowles. Your father. Winners or losers? Longtime collaborators Marcus and Jamie play a simple game that becomes anything but. A fierce and funny epic about what friendship can sustain.
On the cusp of turning 40, Marcus Youssef and James Long got an email from a mutual friend touting a self-help pyramid scheme. This unexpected note inspired the two men to take a frank look at their own lives. Directed by Chis Abraham, Winners and Loser brings three of Canada's most innovative and exciting theater artists to Soho Rep. for the first time.
A moment of jealousy and an act of anger lead to a lifetime of regret for Leontes, the rash king who destroys his family on a whim. But as time glides gently on, fate , love, and a few true friends, are ready to work wonders to restore happiness to his world. In The Winter's Tale, Shakespeare's later-career wise and winsome fairytale, nothing is truly lost—certainly not love—if only we know where to seek it.
The Woodsman is the untold story of Oz's Tin Woodsman, the woman he loved, and the witch that would stop at nothing to keep them apart. A lonely woodsman from the Land of Oz must embark on a harrowing journey to protect the love of his life from her evil guardian, the Wicked Witch of the East. Through puppetry, movement, and song, Strangemen & Co. presents a hauntingly beautiful and ultimately heartbreaking twist on the forgotten writings of L. Frank Baum.
Unwanted from the moment she's born, Sunny is determined to escape her life in rural China and forge a new identity in the city. As naïve as she is ambitious, Sunny views her new job in a grueling factory as a stepping stone to untold opportunities. When fate casts her as a company spokeswoman at a sham PR event, Sunny's bright outlook starts to unravel in a series of harrowing and darkly comic events, as she begins to question a system enriching itself by destroying its own people.
Critically acclaimed when it debuted at London's National Theatre, The World of Extreme Happiness makes its American premiere in a co-production with Chicago's Goodman Theatre. "Hard-hitting and bruisingly funny" (Time Out London), this epic new drama by Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig is as fierce and unflinching as the world it examines. Eric Ting directs.
You on the Moors Now is a grand theatrical examination of four well-known literary heroines of the 19th century and their shocking rejection of the men who so ardently loved them. What results is a confluence of love, anger, grief, haunting, bloody battles and single tears shed by an ensemble of actors struggling to reconcile the romantic confines of the past with their own contemporary ideas of courtship. You on the Moors Now takes everything you've ever learned about love, gleaned from the pages of Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, and Little Women, and puts it somewhere in the tall grasses, hidden from view, where only the truly brave will ever traverse to earn it.