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Anchored by a tour de force performance by Magdalena Cielecka, one of Poland's most revered contemporary actresses, TR Warszawa's acclaimed 4:48 Psychosis, a lacerating and lyrical depiction of a mind on the edge, comes to St. Ann's for its first and only American engagement. British playwright Sarah Kane's extraordinary final work swings from elation to despair as it chronicles a convincing, lucid vision of isolation vs. non-existence.
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 9/11 Cultural Festival presents new Off Broadway productions of The 9/11 Plays. The 9/11 Plays are five plays that will be performed in one day by one company as part of the 9/11 Cultural Festival.
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.
Set in the turbulent sixties, a young Marine returns home to the Bronx, shaken but hopeful for the future. Met by a mother fighting to keep the family going and a father down on his luck, Johnny finds himself caught between his parents' dreams for his future and a police captain with plans of his own. Walter Anderson's compelling new drama about the wars fought at home asks: when long-held secrets test a family's strength, whose dreams must be sacrificed to protect the ones we love?
Two imprisoned teenagers, one black, one white, form a perilous bond. As the young women serve time, they forge a plan for survival. When the outside world proves even more dangerous than the jail itself, their private world becomes an untenable practice ground for their new lives. And I and Silence explores the fierce dreams of youth and the brutal reality of adulthood in 1950's America.
After Sunny walked out, Josh left the CIA and crawled into a bottle. Until tonight, when Josh wakes up from a bender in a windowless room. Someone has sold America's darkest secret, and it's up to Josh to get the traitor to confess. There's only one problem…he used to be married to her.
Ben Rimalower's addiction to spending beyond his means has driven him to extreme lengths all his life. In Bad With Money he charts his sometimes hilarious, sometimes harrowing struggle to overcome his problem—or get rich trying.
World-renowned artist Rudolf Bauer was so driven to create, he sketched on scraps in a Nazi prison. Yet he eventually stopped painting forever when a feud erupted amongst himself, his patron and benefactor Solomon Guggenheim, and Bauer's lifetime love, Baroness Hilla Rebay – one of Guggenheim's most trusted curators. The Guggenheim Museum, originally built to house Bauer's works, opened without a single Bauer exhibited.
Commissioned by San Francisco Playhouse, Bauer is a compelling and controversial imagined face-off between Bauer and the two women he loved most as they each confront the passions of his life and art.
Rudolf Bauer is considered by many art historians and critics to have had a major impact on modern artists such as Jackson Pollock and William de Kooning, and yet his name and work mysteriously disappeared from the art world in the 1950s and many of his paintings remain banished to the basement of the Guggenheim Museum.
In The Belle of Amherst, Emily Dickinson welcomes audiences into her lifelong Amherst homestead in mid-century Massachusetts. While Dickinson found solace in solitude through much of her life, acclaimed 19th playwright William Luce weaves her poems, diaries, and letters into a one-woman portrait of one of America's greatest and most prolific poets, mixing Dickinson's encounters with close friends and family with the poet's own, often amusing observations.
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.
Sutter is on an outrageous odyssey through his childhood home, his church, dive bars, motel rooms and even nursing homes. A kaleidoscope of sketches that interconnect to portray growing up gay and black, Robert O'Hara's subversive, uproarious satire crashes headlong into the murky terrain of pain and pleasure and... Bootycandy.
brownsville song (b-side for tray) moves fluidly through time as the family of Tray, a spirited 17 year-old whose life is cut short, navigate their grief and find hope together.
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.
Hurricane Sandy has just ravaged the lifelong home of Marty and Mary Murphy. But the storm has ripped apart more than just the walls: with their neighbors too devastated to stay, the couple's beloved Staten Island community is in danger of disappearing forever. Determined to rebuild, Marty wages a campaign to save his neighborhood and his home, but when the Murphys' sons arrive to help their parents dig out, past betrayals come rushing to the surface.
With fierce compassion and poignant humor, By The Water reminds us that the very powers that tear us apart can also bring us together.
Fresh from London's West End, this swinging show tells the story of the legendary New York jazz venue – the first racially integrated club in the city, and the hottest ticket in town. It was "the wrong place for the right people." From its idealistic beginnings to its demise in the 'Red Scare' of the late 1940s, Cafe Society hosted stars including Lena Horne, Count Basie, Big Joe Turner, and Billie Holiday. Stellar vocalists and a top-flight band bring this true story to life.
Before Genya Ravan created the first successful all-female rock band in 1962, she was Genyusha Zelkovicz, a young girl fleeing Nazi Poland with her family in search of a hopeful start in America. After passing through Ellis Island and moving into the Lower East Side of New York City, Genyusha, now "Goldie", faces grief, poverty, abuse, and loss of identity. With no one to turn to, she forges on her own path. Cheesecake Girl takes us through the wild ride of a unique rock star's beginning, the harrowing events that would shape her career, and an impromptu performance at Lollipop Lounge that would change her life forever.
A play about the negative choices we make as adults and how the youth are impacted by those decisions. What happens when a mother gives up her child ? When drug trafficking invades the urban community taking husbands from wives, fathers from sons sisters from brothers. How is the youth impacted by the decisions we make as adults. This play deals with the reality of the present which must have a brighter future for the many generations to come
It is one in the morning on a freezing New York night when struggling novelist Harry Levine comes pounding furiously on the door of his best friend, photographer Jake Manheim. Harry has all of a dollar and a half in his pocket and Jake owes him a substantial amount of money. Jake has even less money on hand than Harry but what is worse he has not, he declares, read the manuscript of Harry's latest novel, a work on which Harry's last hope is pitched. Or has he? Relentlessly, obsessively, the desperate Harry probes the sardonic, world-weary Jake until the truth is finally revealed. Not only has Jake read the book and found it to be a thinly disguised account of their lives, loves and failures, but believes it to be a work of truly commercial promise and perhaps of genuine artistic merit. Fiercely jealous, believing himself to have been potentially the writer Harry has indeed become, the failed photographer attempts to destroy his friend's one chance to rise.
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.
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Donald Margulies (Times Stands Still) returns to Broadway with his tenth MTC production, a new comedy about a deeply dramatic family.
Tony and Emmy winner Blythe Danner (The Commons of Pensacola) stars as Anna Patterson, the matriarch of a brood of famous and longing-to-be-famous creative artists who have gathered at their Berkshires summerhouse during the Williamstown Theatre Festival. But when the weekend takes an unexpected turn, everyone is forced to improvise… inciting a series of simmering jealousies, a flurry of romantic outbursts and a bout of passionate soul-searching.
Inspired by Chekhov's pastoral comedies, this witty and compelling new play provides a piercing look at a family of performers coming to terms with the roles they play in each other's lives. Tony winner Daniel Sullivan (The Columnist) directs.
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.
As the world reflects on the centennial of World War I, Horizon Theatre Rep presents Culture Shock 1911-1922, an evening of German Expressionist plays that were born of the age that gave birth to it. The production, conceived and directed by Rafael De Mussa, includes "Sancta Susanna" (1911) by August Stramm, translated by Henry Marx; "The Guardian of the Tomb" (1916) by Franz Kafka (Kafka's only play), translated by J. M. Ritchie; "The Transfiguration" (1919) by Ernst Toller, translated by Edward Crankshaw; "Ithaka" (1914) by Gottfried Benn, translated by J.M. Ritchie and "Crucifixion" (1920) by Lothar Schreyer, translated by Mel Gordon.
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.
Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, the story of two strangers—a self-loathing, violent man and a divorced, guilt-ridden woman—whose fateful meeting in a dingy, NYC bar gives each a second chance.
Two of society's rejects, Danny and Roberta, strike up a haltingly bitter conversation at a bar in the Bronx. As their reserve begins to fade, they find an exorcism and forgiveness that, while painful, offers the hope of a future touched. Performed at the famed Nuyorican Poets Café, we invite you to join Danny and Roberta for a beer and discover John Patrick Shanley's story of unexpected love.
Written, directed, and designed by Eileen Connolly. Dance and aerial choreography by Sean Roschman. World premiere. Daughter of the Waves is a romantic drama about a traveling theater troupe and a ragtag band of damaged souls from Europe camping on an Irish beach during WWII. While fearing an imminent Nazi invasion, they discover that while the casualties of war and the sorrows of life can crush you, only love can save you. The play is based on the true story of Jewish refugees smuggled into neutral Ireland during WWII, where many joined the country's circuses and traveling shows and changed the art form forever.
As the seasons change, Persephone returns to the underworld. But, this time she is not alone. A young mortal girl, Eva shows up at the same time, and starts asking questions that turn ancient history upside down. She forces Leda, Helen, Clytemnestra, Iphigenia, Chrysothemis, and Electra to finally contend with each other as a family, uncovering the notorious rumors that tore their family apart so long ago. In this modern look at women and myth, Persephone and The Fates stage an all out war on Hades for the control of history that has been manipulated for far too long.
"Daughters of Leda" is written and directed by Madeline Sayet. World premiere. As the seasons change, Persephone returns to the underworld. But, this time she is not alone. A young mortal girl, Eva shows up at the same time, and starts asking questions that turn ancient history upside down. She forces Leda, Helen, Clytemnestra, Iphigenia, Chrysothemis, and Electra to finally contend with each other as a family, uncovering the notorious rumors that tore their family apart so long ago. In this modern look at women and myth, Persephone and The Fates stage an all out war on Hades for the control of history that has been manipulated for far too long.
In the 1970s, the sexual revolution had finally given women the freedom to fully explore their natures. How women of various ages reconciled this freedom with their personal ethics is the subject of Dana Leslie Goldstein's newest play, Daughters of the Sexual Revolution.
Set in Westchester in 1976, the play swings back and forth between the households of two women in love. Joyce, 40, is having an affair with Judy, early 30's. Judy is married to a psychiatrist, Liam, who controls her with Valium. Joyce's understanding husband, Ed, 50's, is protective toward their daughter, Stacia, who is a first year college student. Stacia, a volatile and hotheaded girl, is discovering sex for the first time with Simon, a classmate from her college ethics class, and is bringing him home for vacation.
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.
For over four-hundred 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.
New York City's ONLY Boozy Chekhov! Oh, the (Cards Against) Humanity! That's right, people. Get ready for family game night gone terribly awry when we pair up Chekhov's Uncle Vanya with "the party game for horrible people." In this unique and beautifully tragic adaptation, we'll play games, enjoy practical jokes and take shots of all kinds with our favorite angsty Russians! What could be more refreshing than slinging back some chilled vodka with Three Day Hangover's very own Drunkle Vanya?
Edward II uses the tumultuous history of 14th century England to tell a more intimate tale of the King's rise and fall. Marlowe asks, when the allure of power is calling, which should guide us most: family, love, or political gain? How does this affect our public appearance and our private desires? He challenges us to consider whether such distinctions are even possible. I think we're up to the task.
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.
After 28 years of marriage, Ollie Espenshade is still an incurable romantic (her fatal weakness). Perhaps discovering that her husband is a lying cheat will cure her?
The Fatal Weakness, George Kelly's last produced play, is a smart comedy about romance, marriage and commitment. It opened in New York on November 19, 1946 in a production by the legendary Theatre Guild starring Ina Claire. Although Claire's triumphant return to Broadway after a five year absence garnered much of the press attention, Kelly's play turned more than a few critics' heads.
"I want the You that You are not."
When Caroline meets Andrew, she knows that he is trouble -- dangerous, irresistible trouble. Flamingo is a romantic comedy that may be a romantic tragedy. Beneath it all is a deeper story of sexual awakening, gender expectations, and what binds people together. Frank, funny, heartwarming and heartbreaking, Flamingo is every wonderful and terrible relationship you've ever had. Winner of Project Playwright 2014.
For Chance is written, directed and designed by Chima Chikazunga. For Chance is set in a living room apartment in the Lower East Side. Recovering from a blackout after trying to use drugs and alcohol to write the perfect play, Chance is visited by two of his childhood best friends on his 25th birthday. Grief, substance abuse and sexual abuse soon collide when what starts out as a night of fun on the town force him to deal with the aftermath of hiding the past.
You're invited into a kitchen in a South African township where a fragrant meal is being prepared. As they cook, three generations of a close-knit family banter, share stories and food. Both urgent and exuberant, Debbie Tucker Green's formally daring play tackles what's transmitted and lost through generations of a family—and a nation.
Direct from celebrated tours in the United Kingdom and Belgium, this award-winning stage drama intertwines the true testimonies of two extraordinary people – Czech athlete Milos Dobry and actress Hana Pravda. Despite their noteworthy careers, their later years are what make their lives so unforgettable. Their extraordinary survival and the true story of their courage and determination will take you on a remarkably heartwarming journey.
Halcyon Days<> is written and directed by John William Schiffbauer. World premiere. This play is an ensemble drama about the choices people make in their lives. When Peter and Connie's marriage begins to unravel, Connie goes on an introspective quest to redefine herself, just as Peter seeks out a relationship with a mysterious woman from his past.
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.
Here I Go is a two act original drama written by Marcus L. Graham that focuses on four characters marriages & relationships and how their lives are affected by the choices they are making to either fix their relationships, end them, or begin anew. Within this, it will also dives into the "moving on" process during marriage and divorce, with raising children.
Within a pulsating dance club atmosphere, David Byrne and Fatboy Slim deconstruct the astonishing journey of Filipina First Lady Imelda Marcos retracing her meteoric rise to power and subsequent descent into infamy and disgrace at the end of the People Power Revolution. Here Lies Love is neither a period piece nor a biography, neither a play nor a traditional musical but an immersive theatrical event combining songs influenced by four decades of dance music, adrenaline-fueled choreography, and a remarkable 360-degree scenic and video environment to go beyond Imelda's near-mythic obsession with shoes and explore the tragic consequences of the abuse of power.
Hits The Fan is written and directed by Johnny Alspaugh. World premiere. This play captures the alternating malaise and excitement of Southern California family life ("dysfunction in paradise"). The same day his wife Clarice and transsexual son Kaylie left him because of his intolerable behavior, Carl has an encounter with Mofuku Mmembe, a Ugandan exchange student in a host home. Drunk and rambling, Carl receives help from Mofuku and other people and is forced to confront his insecurity issues and embark on the journey of reconnecting with his family.
An ambitious young reporter tries to uncover secrets about a respected, retired doctor but instead discovers long-buried conflicts between two old friends. Set against the bonds of baseball, curve balls are thrown and cherished memories are recaptured.
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.
Theatre 167's Jackson Heights Trilogy — collaboratively written by 18 playwrights — featured 37 actors in 93 roles speaking 14 languages. I Like To Be Here is the newest, edgiest piece from this multilingual, multicultural company. In the span of one very late night, new faces encounter existing characters and re-imagined scenes from the Trilogy. An elderly Irish woman fights to keep her home. A Bangaladeshi cab driver working the night shift yearns for a woman who rises at dawn to bake bread but does not speak her language. A closeted Long Island cop comes into town for a date, and a dosa chef inadvertently heals a customer's heart. Drag queens, car dispatchers, under-slept parents, gamblers, insomniacs, and dreamers find one another on the streets of Jackson Heights.
I Like To Be Here is part of the 2nd annual Theater:Village Festival, an annual theatrical event of plays centered around one playwright or theme running simultaneously in different West Village venues.
Blowout Theatre Company is proud to present the world premiere of In Antarctica, Where it is Very Warm, written by Jona Tarlin and directed by Kyle Metzger. In Antarctica, Where it is Very Warm takes place in Palmer Station, Antarctica. After recently arrived plumber Neil is found face down in the snow, a young, pregnant scientist named Vicki must determine for their employer whether it was an accident or suicide attempt. The two of them try to find warmth in the coldest place on earth.
From France comes In The Ring, which has been nominated for a a Molière Prize (French equivalent of a Tony award). This is the play's American debut and world premiere of its English version. The play is set in a boxing arena, which serves simultaneously as a playground and as a place to explore relationships between men and women. Parents, lovers, strangers, husbands and wives, even the divorced, widowed, all struggle with their instincts, their ideals and their childish impulses. The play is fast-paced, nervously oscillating between laughter and drama. Sparks light fires and misunderstandings lead to war, despite everyone's phenomenal efforts to coexist with the other gender.
Two worlds collide in the Off-Broadway premiere of Indian Ink, the passionate and fascinating drama by four-time Tony Award® winner Tom Stoppard (The Coast of Utopia, The Real Thing). Set on two different continents and in two different eras, Indian Ink follows free-spirited English poet Flora Crewe on her travels through India in the 1930s, where her intricate relationship with an Indian artist unfurls against the backdrop of a country seeking its independence. Fifty years later, in 1980s England, her younger sister Eleanor (Tony and Golden Globe Award® winner Rosemary Harris) tries to preserve the legacy of Flora's controversial career. Little by little, Flora's mysterious past is revealed, as is the surprising story of two people whose connection lives on through art.
The Ironworks Hayride is a romantic comedy chamber operetta set in in Sunnyvale, California in 1911. The play revolves around Milton, a shy bachelor accountant, who is coerced into going on a blind date with Millie, a "very progressive woman," who due to her cork leg is on the verge of being an old maid. The text is taken from the short story of the same name by Pulitzer Award winner Robert Olen Butler.
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!
On a playground in 1988, Fiona Moore fights off Margo Jones' efforts to convince her to join the all-girls kickball team in their daily recess battles against the boys. This totally annoys young Fiona and yet and yet - there's something more to her feelings, but what? As she struggles to figure this out, the play opens up, moving between the late 80s and today. As the playground fades into memory, adult Fiona and her friends attempt to figure out just what was happening and maybe re-write a little of her-story.
More than two years in development. Over 200 hours of interview footage. Hundreds of conversations. Theater Mitu creates an artful portrait of a community in crisis and transformation. Gangs, cartels, corruption, NAFTA, femicide, the War on Drugs, fear, familial honor, mythology and hope all appear in stories collected from parents, politicians, artists, activists, factory workers, journalists, professors and more.
Juárez is part of the 2nd annual Theater:Village Festival, an annual theatrical event of plays centered around one playwright or theme running simultaneously in different West Village venues.
La Bestia: Sweet Mother is written and directed by Tom Block. The play is a multi-media theatrical reconsideration of humanity's earliest creation myths. Although the audience may believe they are in small black-box theater in the East Village, in point of fact they will have arrived on the once-a-year feast day, when our first ancestors gathered to give thanks, and try and understand how and why this earth began. The underpinning imagery in the work comes directly from these earliest myths -- Babylonia, Sumerian, Greek, Hebrew, Zoroastrian and others.
Winner of 2 Tony Awards!
Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill recounts Holiday's life story through the songs that made her famous. 1959, in a small, intimate bar in Philadelphia, Holiday puts on a show that unbeknownst to the audience, will leave them witnesses to one of the last performances of her lifetime. Through her poignant voice and moving songs, one of the greatest jazz singers of all-time shares her loves and her losses.
Among the songs that will be performed: "God Bless the Child," "What a Little Moonlight Can Do," "Strange Fruit" and "Taint Nobody's Biz-ness."
Frequent collaborators Lonny Price and Audra McDonald have been developing and working on Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill for more than two years. The intimate setting of the Circle in the Square provides a unique theatrical experience, drawing audiences – especially those seated at the tables onstage – into the performance.
A limited number of rush tickets, which are subject to availability, can be purchased at the box office on the day of on a first-come-first-served basis for $40.00. There is a limit of two tickets per customer.
Life in the ER is written and directed by Rebecca Roe. This is a World Premiere. A cast of twelve takes the audience for a humorous ride on the gurney. Five patients have been admitted to County General's ER room. They all need some emotional and physical healing but they can't seem to find the nurse.
Two ambitious co-workers meet for the first time when a catastrophic event traps them in a skyscraper elevator. In the darkness, Theodore "Big Time" Southmore and Tina Pardon form an intimate bond, sharing their deepest fears and darkest secrets, touching on issues of race, culture, and class.
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.
It's the 4th of July on Fire Island where a brother and sister and their spouses are spending the quintessential American summer weekend in an unfamiliar setting. As their season in the sun unfolds, the two couples do their best to enjoy themselves despite their prejudices and insecurities. The grill is fired up, the drinks are cold and the pool is open but no one is going in. Terrence McNally's trenchant comedy receives its first New York revival in 23 years under the direction of Peter DuBois.
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.
The lakeside rental Veronica (Tracie Thoms) has managed to afford is a far cry from the idyllic getaway she and her children so desperately need. And the disheveled property owner, Hogan (John Hakwes), has problems of his own – problems that Veronica is inevitably and irrevocably – pulled into.
An engrossing and revealing portrait of two strangers bound together by circumstance, Lost Lake is a vivid new work about the struggle for connection in an imperfect world.
Love Letters is a disarmingly funny and unforgettably emotional portrait about the powerful connection of love. Two friends, rebellious Melissa Gardner and straight-arrow Andrew Makepeace Ladd III have exchanged notes, cards and letters with each other for over 50 years. From second grade, through summer vacations, to college, and well into adulthood, they have spent a lifetime discussing their hopes and ambitions, dreams and disappointments, and victories and defeats. But long after the letters are done, the real question remains: Have they made the right choices or is the love of their life only a letter away?
The cast will rotate as follows:
Saturday, September 13, 2014, through Friday, October 10, 2014
Brian Dennehy & Mia Farrow
Saturday, October 11, 2014, through Friday, November 7, 2014
Carol Burnett & Brian Dennehy
Saturday, November 8, 2014 through Friday, December 5, 2014
Alan Alda & Candice Bergen
Saturday, December 6, 2014, through Friday, January 9, 2015
Stacy Keach & Diana Rigg
Saturday, January 10, 2015, through Sunday, February 1, 2015
Anjelica Huston & Martin Sheen
She is a French singer. He is a New York musician who has a history with Paris. Connected by music, they embark on a surreal journey though NYC on a rainy evening, intersecting with various characters including a street musician who may be more than what he seems.
The March of the Bonus Army tells the true story of a group of 20,000 World War One Veterans who marched on Washington, DC in 1932. They were promised compensation payments for their wartime service wages and protested to accelerate these payments while suffering through the poverty of the Great Depression. Their grassroots lobbying efforts fell on deaf ears, as the legislation to pay them their "bonus" was defeated in the Senate. The US Army, under direction of General MacArthur, forcefully evicted the Bonus Army and burned their tent city to ground. The tragedy of the Bonus March was a major event in American History and helped create future veterans benefits, such as those found in the GI Bill.
The play originally premiered at Hofstra University's Day of Dialogue event, held in conjunction with the university's hosting of the 2012 US Presidential Debate. The production features live music of the time period as well as historical texts and events as the foundation for the script.
Messages from a Mental Institution is written by Lee Gershuny and directed by Corinne Harris. From Scotland comes "Messages from a Mental Institution," in which strange messages from her missing husband spark a woman's heroic quest to find his true identity so she can rescue him from a psychiatric hospital. The play delves into the theme of the simplicity of true love, presenting a multi-layered experience of reality where the boundaries between dreaming and waking life dissolve.
Mighty Real: A Fabulous Sylvester Musical is a Musical Created and Directed by Anthony Wayne and Kendrell Bowman. It tells the life story of Sylvester through his music and his point of view. Beyond all the trials, tribulations, glitz and glamour of his lifestyle, he was a symbol for being FABULOUS, but, also, a symbol for unapologetically being who he was. The words and music of this show will enter your ear, soar through your heart and inspire your soul. It's GUARANTEED to have EVERYONE dancing in the aisles.
Muse is written by Kris Lundberg and directed by Jay Michaels. Set in Victorian London and based on a true story, "Muse" embraces the tumultuous romance between the charismatic Pre-Raphaelite painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti and his muse and model, Elizabeth Siddal. During the rise of the Pre-Raphaelite revolution, which radically changed London's art scene, Rossetti's paintings became highly commissioned and Lizzie quickly rose to fame, immortalized as a model. We follow him through the trials and tribulations of his artistic struggles as well as the dynamics of his relationship with Lizzie who, as his protege, becomes his fiercest artistic competitor.
Just beyond the elegant dining room of an Upper East Side restaurant, four busboys angle for shifts, pray for tips, and cling to dreams of life beyond their dingy back-of-house grind. Expertly juggling delicate entrees, fussy customers and beer-swilling line cooks, the young men face off with management and each other. As tensions reach a boiling point, how far will each of them go to see their own mañana come?
The Mystery of Love and Sex is the story of four individuals whose lives remain inextricably intertwined over time. Charlotte and Jonny are two college students, long-time friends since the age of 9. As their relationship turns romantic, over her parents' objections, an onslaught of truths about their past is unleashed, threatening not only their relationship with each other but with their families as well.
In The Oldest Boy, Tenzin, the toddler son of an American woman and a Tibetan man, is recognized as the reincarnation of a high Buddhist teacher. Differing cultures contend with competing ideas of faith and love when two monks seek permission to take Tenzin to a monastery in India to begin his training as a spiritual master. His parents must decide whether to send their young son away or keep him home.
From a chance meeting on a stool at the end of the bar, a family is forever changed in this shattering and moving unconventional story of love torn apart by a deep held secret.
Take a look at the hard world of boxing from the perspective of small time gym owner Tre and the young up-and-comer Donell. They come from different worlds, they barely understand each other, but in the ring anything is possible. Loyalty and dreams are put to the test in this explosive match that promises to pull some punches and fearlessly land the others.
Pageant Tales and Beauty Fails is written by Michael Bradley and directed by Tony Curtis. This play is a mockumentary-inspired, offensively hilarious comedy that follows the outrageous America's Goddess Pageant and the zany characters inhabiting this year's contest.
What price would you pay for love? Your dignity, your sanity, your place in history? Discover the lies behind Brecht's legend - and what five women lost to create it. If you think you know the truth, you don't know Brecht. This show is part of the Solo in the City: The Best of FringeNYC 2014 series at BaruchPAC.
A small black community in rural Appalachia. Pitbull country. Mary and her son Dipper live in a trailer a few miles from their bible-belt, war-loving, dog-fighting neighbors. Despite being the community's pariah, Mary is at peace making and selling wine. However, when a prize-winning pit bull is slaughtered on the Fourth of July, Mary's solitary existence becomes suspect. Pitbulls explores what it costs to be an individual in America.
Port Authority is the story of three generations of Irish men: Kevin, a rudderless young man who falls for his female roommate who doesn't reciprocate his feelings; Dermot, in middle age, who mistakenly launches into a job he cannot handle; and Joe, a widower who hoards his memories of a lifelong romantic passion. Conor McPherson, Ireland's master storyteller, weaves an interconnected tale of love, life, and shattered dreams.
The Real Thing returns to Broadway in a stirring and sensual new production starring Ewan McGregor and helmed by Sam Gold (Roundabout's Picnic, Seminar). Delectably witty and deeply affecting, this Tony Award–winning play by Tom Stoppard (The Coast of Utopia, Arcadia) takes a daring glimpse at relationships, fidelity, and the passions that often blur our perception of love.
Henry (Ewan McGregor) is a playwright not so happily married to Charlotte, the lead actress in his play about a marriage on the verge of collapse. When Henry's affair with their friend Annie threatens to destroy his own marriage, he discovers that life has started imitating art. After Annie leaves her husband so she and Henry can begin a new life together, he can't help but wonder whether their love is fiction or the real thing. Delectably witty and deeply affecting, The Real Thing takes a daring glimpse at relationships, fidelity, and the passions that often blur our perception of love.
Set in the 1980's, this powerful drama explores the dysfunctional dynamics at work beneath an affluent African-American family's appearance of perfection. Husband & father Leon Becker refuses to believe anything is wrong with his family, and is equally unattached from his ethnic soul. Wife & mother Sylvia is on the verge of alcoholism and is threatened by her cunning daughter in the home and perhaps the bedroom. Meanwhile, son Mason, at odds with his father, leaves his Ivy League college to come home and fix his family...by any devastating means necessary.
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.
Robinson (to) Crusoe is a comedy that deals with serious issues of cultural conflict. The play features two men from Korea and Japan at the end of World War II who find themselves stranded on a remote island. While Japanese solder is in denial of Japan's defeat, Korean man (former employee of Japanese army) refuses to take orders or speak Japanese. Yet, they need to cooperate if they are to survive. Japanese twist on cherished comedy, Robinson and Crusoe.
Random Access Theatre presents a riveting new adaption of Henrik Ibsen's haunting and poetic masterpiece Rosmersholm. Hailed by critics to be Ibsen's greatest work, Rosmersholm is a psychologically thrilling love story of an unlikely pair of passionate social progressives. Former pastor John Rosmer has renounced his faith following his wife's suicide and adopted an idealistic humanism that he shares with an unconventional, strong-willed woman, Rebecca West. But as John and Rebecca's political crusade evolves and their relationship deepens, shameful secrets from the past threaten to destroy their love and everything they hold dear.
Played in repertory with and with ten actors, The Seagull is a highly theatrical, immersive productions of classic store by one of America's most innovative downtown theatre companies.
Send for the Million Men examines the controversial executions of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, convicted of murder during a 1920 armed robbery in a Massachusetts shoe factory. Their case was a Cause Célèbre and still enflames passionate responses from advocates and detractors alike. In collaboration with Victor Morales (video designer/performer) and Catherine McRae (sound), and working in his unique style of oratory, with animatronics, robotics, puppetry and handmade projectors, Joseph Silovsky illuminates the humor and tragedy in the story and connects it to today's political strife as well as his own micro-tragic biography.
Played in repertory with and with ten actors, Sense & Sensibility is a highly theatrical, immersive productions of classic store by one of America's most innovative downtown theatre companies.
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.
How far will you go to get what you want? Will you be the same person if you finally do? When star sex blogger and memoirist Ethan tracks down his idol, the gifted but obscure novelist Olivia, he finds they both crave what the other possesses. As attraction turns to sex, and they inch closer to getting what they want, both must confront the dark side of ambition and the near impossibility of reinventing oneself when the past is only a click away.
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.
Someone Who'll Watch Over Me focuses on the trials and tribulations of an Irishman, an Englishman and an American who are kidnapped and held hostage in a nondescript location in Lebanon. As the three men strive for survival, they also find themselves trying to overcome both their personal grudges towards one another, and their nationalistic differences, all under the watchful eyes and ears of their captors.
Featuring the original script and score of acclaimed music producer Walter Tucker, this production is a fresh, inventive merging of theatre and dance. Original choreography by Aurelia Michael (featured dancer with Atlantic Records recording artist Janelle Monáe) and a diverse cast including Miki Michelle, most recently of the Off-Broadway hit iLuminate, bring the provocative story to life.
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.
In this daring, uplifting and often comedic solo show, acclaimed monologist Bob Brader tells the gripping true story of discovering that his abusive and charismatic ex-Marine father is a pedophile. A powerful tale of personal survival and triumph, Winner of five Best of Fest Awards including Best Show, London Fringe Festival and Best Script, United Solo Festival. Hailed by critics as "brilliant", "masterful" and "unforgettable."
Based on the true story by award-winning journalist David Holthouse and famously featured on "This American Life," Stalking the Bogeyman is a humanizing story of transformation, healing and forgiveness of the highest order.
David Rabe's Tony-winning Sticks and Bones is a savage and savagely comic portrait of an American family pulled apart by their son's return from the Vietnam War. Ozzie (Bill Pullman) and his wife Harriet (Holly Hunter) are overjoyed to see their eldest son David again, but the furies that haunt David begin to overwhelm the family. This production reunites Rabe and director Scott Elliott for the first time since Hurlyburly.
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.
Theater:Village presents annually a series of new plays in several prominent West Village theater, based around one playwright or common theme. The goal is to involve the collaboration of many producing partners, deepening community engagements and audience experiences. Theater:Village signifies a major shift in the ways theaters work. It challenges the assumptions that we must cut back and compete more fiercely with each other in order to survive as nonprofit arts institutions, and promotes collaboration and community-conscious programming to expose emerging audiences to essential new work they would not otherwise be able to see.
Thirteen & a Half is written By Anna Governali and directed by Julia Genoveva. The play set in Gehenna Superior Court of Purgatory, between a place of purification or that of temporary punishment. Eve has her day in court. Since her banishment from the Garden of Eden, she has sued God for defamation of character. Guided by her attorney Sariel, Eve pleads her case to the faceless twelve to regain her immortality and clear her name once and for all.
Coming to New York from Chicago's famed Steppenwolf, This Is Our Youth follows forty-eight hours in the lives of three very lost young souls: Warren, a dejected nineteen year old who has just stolen $15,000 from his abusive, tycoon father; Dennis, his charismatic drug-dealing friend who helps Warren put the stolen money to good use; and, Jessica, the anxiously insightful young woman who Warren yearns for. Funny, painful and compassionate, This Is Our Youth is a living snapshot of the moment when many young people go out into the world on their own, armed only with the ideas and techniques they developed as teenagers—far more sophisticated than their parents realize, and far less effectual than they themselves can possibly imagine.
A limited number of rush tickets, for theatregoers aged 30 and under, will be available the day of the performance at the box office of the Cort Theatre. The $35.00 rush tickets will be limited to 2 per person with valid photo ID, available during box office hours.
To the Bone is a contemporary American drama written in the tradition of John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men, that gives the audience a close up look into the lives of the invisible work force that puts food on our tables. The play was inspired by interviews conducted over a six-month period in New York's Sullivan County.
To The Bone is part of the 2nd annual Theater:Village Festival, an annual theatrical event of plays centered around one playwright or theme running simultaneously in different West Village venues.
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.
Following their astonishing Brief Encounter and The Wild Bride, the beguiling players from Kneehigh return to St. Ann's Warehouse with this glorious adaptation of Tristan & Yseult. Based on an epic ancient tale from Cornwall, Tristan & Yseult revels in forbidden desires, broken hearts, grand passions, and tender truths. Seen through the eyes of the "Unloved," this thrill ride of a production marries gorgeous live music and jaw-dropping theatricality for an irresistible night of love.
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.
Imagine a world where every sound has a color. Where every color has a taste. Where the number 8 is a fat lady. This breathtaking new play explores the fascinating experiences of real people who see the world in a radically different light.
The Valley of Astonishment is a kaleidoscopic journey into the mysteries and wonders of the human brain, inspired by years of neurological research, true stories, and Farid Attar's epic mystical poem "The Conference of the Birds."
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.
Is 40 too soon to grow up? A personal organizer is hired by the son of a woman facing heart surgery to minister to his lonely yet indomitable mother. However the organizer is completely disorganized and her clients turn out to be a veritable force of nature. The strain of balancing the headstrong, prodigal son against his formidable mother forces Alexis to reveal an aching, explosive truth of her own, one that has caused the deadly virtual swordfight in her mind.
Direct from the Beckett Festival in Northern Ireland...New Yiddish Rep's groundbreaking production returns to New York as part of the 2014 Origin's 1st Irish Festival. 12 performances only!
If this production doesn't render the play in its true language of origin (as some have claimed), the production does, with haunting resonance, return "Godot" to the historical context of post WW II Europe in which Beckett was writing, in effect tracing it to its elemental moral and social roots. Beckett, a member of the French Resistance, wrote the play in French in '48-'49.
Outside Boston, ten people—some strangers, some not—struggle with the circumstances that have brought them to the Wayside Motor Inn. With old grudges and new feuds threatening the travelers' peace, this funny and moving work kicks off A. R. Gurney's Signature Residency by examining the tenuous space between loneliness and connection, and the fragile framework of the American Dream.
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.
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.
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.