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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.
Winner of Best Show at the 2013 Hollywood Fringe, Absolutely Filthy is a dark comedy inspired by the funny pages, centering on a homeless man perpetually surrounded by a cloud of dust and grime.
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 corrupt 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.
This timely story about the modern family is inspired by the true story of Roy and Silo, two male penguins living at the Central Park Zoo who formed a pair bond, built a nest, and were so determined to be parents that they incubated a rock. When given an orphaned egg, the pair successfully raised a baby fledgling. The play takes audiences on a journey to the penguin exhibit where Lily, a young visitor to the zoo, learns to understand the consequences of doing what she believes is right when faced with a public outcry about Roy and Silo's pair bond.
Angela's Justice is set in a fictitious place in1970. It is an adaption of Sophocles' Antigone and an homage to Angela Davis, wherein Angela is determined, by any means necessary, to get her brother properly buried. The piece takes a play that was written over 2000 years ago and melds it into a modern culture by melding the spirit of Antigone and Angela.
Four young New Yorkers struggle with love, entanglement and a decorative axe as they come face to face with the Norse Goddess of Fate.
A Ukrainian prostitute living on vodka and scrabble meets a virgin with Asperger's Syndrome in AROUSAL, a sensuous new comedy by George Pfirrmann, paired with The Lover, Harold Pinter's sneak peek into the erotic secret world of an English married couple. San Francisco's Virago Theatre Company presents this pair of daring and provocative one-acts at The Flea Theater, performed back-to-back, directed by Chloe Bronzan. AROUSAL & The Lover played to sold-out houses in SF and LA. The Lover was nominated for four Broadway World Awards, including Laura Lundy-Paine for Best Actress & Chloe Bronzan for Best Director. "Deftly combines comedy, pathos and drama. . . brilliant." Broadway World, San Francisco. "Mind-teasing and suspenseful. . . a sensuous masterpiece." The Tolucan Times, Los Angeles." "Anchored by brilliant work from the actors. . . who carry both plays with an abundance of grace, power, mystery and leavening humor. " Dennis Cozzalio, Sergio Leone and the Infield Fly Rule, LA.
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.
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 & recent widower Walter Pops Washington and his recently paroled son Junior, when 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, it seems the Old Days are dead and gone — after a lifetime living between Riverside and Crazy.
Polly wants more than a cracker. Megalomania erupts when the line between humans and animals is blurred. Can we get along together or will the law of the jungle prevail? This dark comedy boldly goes where no humanity has gone before.
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.
Take one abandoned Bootlegger, add one bitter wife, a Caddo Indian, two muddled Aunts, three dashes of corrupt cops, a pinch of lesbian nuns, and pour into a depression-era-glass for a Southern tale about a diamond in a rough place.
After his fiancee's death, Michael is struggling. Mixing memories with reality, he decides to photograph their past, planning to take them with him when he leaves everything behind. A darkly funny and romantic look at love and loss.
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.
From the west side to the east side, six short plays from LA celebrating the Latino/a LGBTQ experience. These untold stories will make people laugh, cry, and open their hearts to what it means to live brown, out, and proud.
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.
Screenplay writer, Edward Larsen, and his trophy wife, Eleanor's marriage is on the rocks after the tragic death of Sir Henry Hatchet the 3rd (Eleanor's prized Show cat). Set in their summer home in the Hamptons, during one crazy weekend of domestic dysfunction, co-dependence and a staged burglary, things look pretty grim for the couple--Mix in a quirky agent, his ditsy P.A., an uptight studio executive and a prescription mix up, and you have a recipe for disaster that is bound to leave you in stitches!
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.
Angry ghosts are disrupting business at a tech startup in the Tenderloin. When the young CEO hires a Santeria priest to purify the office, he gets more than he bargained for. Remounted from the UC San Diego's Wagner Festival and presented in conjunction with Ubuntu Theater Project, Campo Maldito is a darkly comic fable about the cost of gentrification and the price you pay when you piss off the dead.
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
Ever smoke or sell marijuana? Robert did and is now in prison for it surrounded by killers, rapist,and meth head molesters. Now his life is a circus and the Warden is the Ringmaster running the show!
A modern version of ever-present Shakespearian Macbeth reduced into three characters: Macbeth, Lady Macbeth and the Joker.
A deprived and lovelorn Satan misses God and is sick and tired of living in Hell. So he calls a trial seeking re-admittance into Heaven. The witnesses recount Satan's influence, or just reveal a reflection of humanity's depravity.
A young woman wakes from a nightmare about killing her father - only to find she's still in it. MAUS Theater of Berlin presents John Crutchfield's "gruselkabinett," a darkly hilarious mash-up of Ingmar Bergman, Elvis, and the Scottish play.
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.
Can a corporation fill the gap when the world's children have lost their ability to imagine? Cookie Ireland knows.
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.
Four voices pour out their souls in a torrent of emotions, memories and desires. In this unique multimedia rendition the poetry of Kane's play is expressed through sound and imagery born of movement and light.
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.
A shimmering fairy tale. King Cymbeline's only daughter, Imogen, secretly marries against his wishes, and he banishes her new husband. With war looming and an evil stepmother plotting, the spunky princess ventures into the wild to reunite with her true love. Through Imogen's journey, Shakespeare examines a central issue of his time and ours -- faith.
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.
Love is a funny thing.
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).
"Destiny is luck." "Destiny is getting lucky." Humorous as it is poignant, absurd as it is profound, Destiny is Judd Nelson follows a group of young New Yorkers searching for meaningful connections in a city where timing is everything.
Theater for the New City will present a lineup of wide-ranging and original theatrical visions embracing drama, poetry, music, and dance in the summer of 2014 from performing artists representing theater and performance companies in our theater complex in downtown New York.
Devil Lay Me Down is written by Ean Miles Kessler and directed by David Delaney. World premiere. Julian Carthy returns from prison to his father's trailer on the Texas-Mexico border, hell-bent on carving a fresh life and finding his daughter. There he finds his father, Marcus, living with Ro, his much younger live-in girlfriend. When a spark of interest lights between Julian and Ro, old tensions seethe between father and son, drawing Julian's brutal past to the surface. A modern Western at its heart, "Devil Lay Me Down" is a brutal love story and love song to the American West.
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.
Dragon's Breath is the story of a Young Adult paranormal romance writer who accidentally creates a dangerous cult. Justine Drake is a first-time writer navigating the unfamiliar worlds of e-publishing, fantasy conventions, and internet trolls in an effort to see her Dragon's Breath books in print alongside the likes of The Hunger Games and Twilight. Her efforts take an unexpected turn, however, when her books form the bible of a religious movement hatched by her number-one fan.
Drop Dead Perfect follows Idris Seabright, played by Everett Quinton, a wealthy, eccentric mistress of a Key West cottage that runs her estate with a zany flair. When her beloved ward Vivien decides to abandon the Florida Keys to pursue art in Greenwich Village, and Idris' lawyer becomes alarmingly interested in her investments, Idris' life begins its outrageous downward spiral. After she receives a visit from a mysterious stranger who bears an undeniable resemblance to her long-lost love, her life erupts into over-the-top comic mayhem.
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.
Byronic Women, a new theatre company dedicated to exploring female roles presents "Duels for Love: 2 Short Jokes by Anton Chekhov." "The Bear," one of Chekhov's most beloved comedies, features a mourning widow, a sly servant, and a mysterious stranger. "The Proposal," a hilarious satire on courtship and marriage, contains a couple who can't stop fighting long enough to get engaged. Presented together, these two short "vaudevilles" turn the battle of the sexes into a duel.....for love.
Eddie is the story of a hard of hearing high-school student in an inner city, poverty ridden, gang infested school. When he falls in love with Greg, the school bully, both of their lives take an unexpected turn.
Eddie, a new play written by Matthew Ethan Davis, will have its world premiere in New York at the Midtown International Theatre Festival. The full length play will be published by Indie Theater Now in mid-July. Eddie is being directed and produced by Brian Catton of 7 Guild Productions.
Childhood best friends, Glory Zico and P.K. Whylde, meet in a wild night of dreams to unravel their complex friendship, battle their sadness, and, ultimately, face a looming, dark truth.
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.
Hurricane Sandy howls outside as four friends gather to weather the tempest. A tragic secret stirs an inner storm of love, laughter, rage and redemption. Modern female strength collides with classic male stoicism in a city that insists upon both.
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.
On a summer night in Florida, with the stars of magic and irresponsibility perfectly aligned, four friends have gathered to summon a hurricane, to rekindle lost love, and to see if wormholes exist. Whoosh.
In a high rise in São Paulo with the World Cup raging outside, four Americans confront a monstrous rage inside. Also, none of them know a thing about soccer.
Direct from the West End, Ghost Stories is the hit heart-stopping play by masters of the macabre Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman (of the BBC's cult show The League of Gentlemen). Three men gather, each with an uncanny tale to tell: their chilling stories bleed off the stage and into your dreams. Not for the faint hearted, Time Out London called Ghost Stories "an immaculately crafted evening of entertainment. Play the game and you'll have a scream!"
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.
When a painter tears the artwork off the walls of a struggling independent gallery, the relationships between a group of emerging artists are also torn apart. A comedy about envy, friendship, sex, art, and our constant search for something better.
A Two Play Repertory Exploring Man's Vicious Cycles
The Qualifications of Douglas Evans by Derek Ahonen
A surrealistic exploration of the pleasures and pains of addiction, The Qualification of Douglas Evans recounts the life of playwright Douglas Evans and his pursuit of acceptance in a warped world of women, family and art. From his trials as a wide-eyed teenager to his descent into the ills of artistic success, this is a coming-of-age tale of rock bottoms, bright skies and the will to rise above one's inner animal.
Enter at Forest Lawn by Mark Roberts
When America's favorite TV uncle heads into a downward spiral of drugs, prostitutes and criminal activity, how far will the show's megalomaniac producer go to cover up his star's debauchery, keeping the laughter coming and the money train on the tracks? Enter at Forest Lawn is a darkly comic peek inside the not-so-funny world of network television.
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.
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.
A young couple is forced to reexamine their notions of intimacy, fidelity, and family when secrets from the past reveal that some encounters are closer than others. Human emotions and otherworldly phenomena create a volatile mix in this comic drama.
6 exasperated city-dwellers. 3 crappy apartments. 1 absentee landlord. What happens when central air fails? Hot and cold collide and culminate in acts of desperation. Discover the temperature of the human condition in this world premiere.
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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.
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.
When Ice Pete, a young Juggalo from Alabama, discovers that his grandmother needs a new kidney, he and his friends take drastic but misguided measures to insure her survival.
Revenge, rage, grief and delusion thunder upon the Delacorte as Tony® and Emmy® Award winner John Lithgow takes the stage as one of theater's great tragic heroes, King Lear. Tony winner Daniel Sullivan directs Shakespeare's classic drama about a King who loses everything—including his mind—when he disowns his favorite daughter, and finds himself betrayed in return.
New York's most treasured summer tradition, Free Shakespeare in the Park, celebrates its 52nd season in Central Park's famous Delacorte Theater. Love and madness, laughter and tragedy combine for a uniquely thrilling season of exciting theater and exceptional performances under the stars. Join over 5 million people who have enjoyed The Public Theater's free performances and experience the heights of romance and the depths of duplicity in a setting unlike any other, in the heart of Manhattan.
Tickets to Shakespeare in the Park are always free to the public. Up to two tickets per person can be acquired in-person on the day of a performance when the box office opens at noon, up until curtain time. Please note that people do line up for tickets early as there is a limited availability. Alternatively, online reservations can be made by lottery for every performance. Click "Get Tickets" for more information.
A darkly comedic look at divorce through the eyes of adult siblings who live at home with their parents: The Kitchen Play tracks the conflicts and struggles that separate and reunite the heart of an American family.
Famous radical attorney William Kunstler clashes with an unexpected antagonist during a seminar. The premiere at Westchester's Hudson Stage led the NY TIMES to call it, "eye-opening ... wise and revealing."
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.
"Like you're totally cool before you saw my tits but now you forgot I have a personality too?" 8 teenage girls tell you no-holds-barred what it's really like to be a woman in the 21st century.
Ryan is a quiet young man who has a good job, a steady girlfriend, and a nice, normal life in Oklahoma – that is, until Ginger arrives. With Ginger come memories of a wanton and wildly creative boy Ryan thought he had buried ten years ago. But can anyone kill the part of themselves that is most madly alive? Ryan will soon find out. Being a man in Oklahoma is the loneliest fate in the world.
Recently released from jail, Leah tries using her high school friend Brenda to illegally reconnect with her daughter Kristi. Instead, Brenda takes them to Las Vegas, where temptation abounds, and the reality of Leah's crime cannot be denied.
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.
This movement-theatre piece captures audience members with its comic twist and live music. Utilizing dance, mime,dialogue, three cell phones, three bean bags,and a small TV monitor, it explores the dramatic and humorous effects of media on society.
Off-Broadway Family Theatre presents The Lion, the Witch and The Wardrobe.
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.
Richard Singer, a dorky teenage boy is accused and thrown in jail for rape, tearing his parents apart. Now, nine years later, Richard is out of jail and his accuser is back in his life.
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.
A retreat between long lost friends is derailed when the chilling secret history that binds them resurfaces. As the fabric of reality unravels around them, each must make a life or death decision in the face of an impending storm.
Lottie and Leo: A little story about a big love.
Love and Human Remains is an edgy, provocative, dark-humored drama about the intertwined lives of seven individuals. In the backdrop is a serial killer who is terrorizing the women in the city which they live. These seven individuals are you, me, your neighbor, that guy who sat next to you on the train today, that woman who you work with who seems to have it all together. Brad Fraser gives us a glimpse into what the human condition can be like - the highs, the lows, the humor, the desperation, the aggression, the longing for love and ultimately...the longing for acceptance. Through his play, we travel to places that are raw and primal - places that we often don't like to acknowledge really exist.
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
The new take on Georg Buechner's Woyzeck sets a new translation of the whirling fragments of this play in today's Lower East Side. Taking its cue from the cuts, razors, and knives in the text and the lack of a distinct order for the scenes in this unfinished play, the audience determines the sequence of the scenes, cutting from one to the other when prompted by the performers. Amidst images from the L.E.S, shout out the name of the scene you want to see next ("The astronomical horse!" "What a man!" or maybe "A good murder!") and watch as Woyzeck becomes overwhelmed by powers of poverty, indifference, violence, and love. Cut from its original context and placed in ours, "Woyzeck" remains sharp.
Liliana has a sparkle few can deny and no one can resist. The trophy wife of a border magnate living in Texas, she's seemingly impeccable. But beneath that polished exterior lies a fierce determination to survive at any cost. When Liliana's true desires break the surface, she'll have to decide between the value of obligation and the price of freedom.
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.
An unexpected journey ensues when Ralph Harris returns to his childhood home to take a DNA test revealing fears of becoming a father while reigniting good and bad memories only to discover where we're from makes us who we are.
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.
Midwestern Gothic is written and performed by Adin Lenahan.This is a solo show about a young man named Nixon, who aged out of the foster care system in Illinois and is now engaged to a man with a mullet haircut whom he met on a train. Before he can marry, Nixon must return to the places of his youth to make peace with his past and break a promise to a vampire he once knew. This play is about how childhood plays itself out, parentless children, Marilyn Monroe and Jane Eyre.
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.
When Dean, Jane and Michael's polyamorous relationship comes to an end, the trio is forced to deal with the consequences of love in a nontraditional relationship.
Monkey's Paw shares undertones with a 1902 ghost story. Mike, a new father, is terrified and jealous of his son. Encouraged by wife, Mike and son go camping to bond. Only one returns. A dark comedy exposing parenting on a different level.
Meet Moses. He has family problems (gay son, rocky marriage), God problems (existential), and career problems (writer's block, a hellish deadline). To make a better Bible he must become a better man. A love story, with scrolls. Don't miss it.
Acid-tongued New York drag queen Helen Back incites a nuclear family meltdown when she comes home to New Jersey for Mother's Day. The debut of a pitch black comedy/drama that explores the rules of engagement for a family at war.
Margaret Rutherford became a global legend playing Miss Marple. Originally she didn't want the part, and Agatha Christie didn't want Marple played by "the funniest woman alive." This British sell-out sensation sees Christie playing detective, unearthing Rutherford's terrible secrets.
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.
Luke and Ash have been inseparable for six years. Their friends and family are convinced they're secretly a couple, even though neither man is gay. At least, they're pretty sure they're not. There's only one way to find out...
A lost work of art. A family mystery. The provisions of a will entice three estranged sisters to their great-grandmother's Paris apartment, untouched since 1945. Guided by Clotho, one of the proverbial Fates, what will they find inside?
Inspired by the playwrights own personal experiences while walking the full length of the Appalachian Trail, North To Maine is the first play ever written about this treasure of the American landscape and the thru-hikers who attempt to walk every one of its estimated 2,180 miles within a single season. The story follows five such thru-hikers; Adam, a recent college graduate searching for purpose is joined by Kevin, a sagely former marine and Vietnam veteran; "Creature Man," a young and judgmental entrepreneur who has lost his business (and maybe some of his mind); "Juice-Box," a young schoolteacher who is one of the few women on the trail; and "Rock-Stabber," a former marine/gear tester/jazz singer.... North To Maine contains brief nudity.
Guacamolink Performing Arts., a Hispanic theater company returns to the Manhattan stage with an original work written and directed by Peruvian playwright Walter Ventosilla, inspired by Sophocles' Greek tragedy "Oedipus Rex". "Oedipus" is the first of its kind as Emely Grisanty enacts all roles in this 75-minute tour de force.
Ventosilla has over forty years of theatrical experience in his home country of Peru, in Europe and the U.S. Dominican actress Emely Grisanty was recently honored with the ATI 2014 Award for Best Actress in Independent Theatre in New York. Previously she was nominated as a Best Actress in the Monologues category.
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.
Pain, it sucks! (Been there?) Pain is a terrorist but it has never been funnier. From Monet to jelly donuts, this dark comic jazz riff was written by the nerve of a ruptured disc in a battle for survival on a sleepless night.
Set in Vienna in 1938 and in London during the Blitz, The Pianist of Willesden Lane tells the true story of Lisa Jura, a young Jewish pianist who is dreaming about her concert debut at Vienna's storied Musikverein concert hall. But with the issuing of new ordinances under the Nazi regime, everything for Lisa changes, except for her love of music and the pursuit of her dream. Featuring some of the world's most beloved piano music played live, The Pianist of Willesden Lane is performer Mona Golabek's true family story, a story of music, family survival, and hope. The Pianist of Willesden Lane makes its NYC premiere after critically acclaimed, sold out runs in Chicago, Boston, Berkeley, and Los Angeles.
A beautiful boy falls in love with his own image and wishes away his soul to stay forever young. Pennsylvania-based ensemble presents a physical remix of Oscar Wilde's notorious works examining how far we go to achieve our darkest desires.
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.
An eccentric manchild tries desperately to escape the shadow of his perfect younger brother in this offbeat comedy about love, poetry, fratricide, malignant brain tumors, senile neurosurgeons, astronaut sperm donors, and one seriously messed up family.
Twenty years before receiving his first Broadway production, Nicky Silver scorched onto the New York scene with Pterodactyls, a blazingly prophetic play that seems more urgent by the day. This viciously hilarious yet humane story about the rotting core of the American family suggests that our extinction is beginning not with an asteroid or an ice age but rather with a severed connection to the ones closest to us.
When a young man return home with a diagnosis of AIDS, we expect mother, father, and sister to rush to his side. However, the entire Duncan family is too absorbed in its own individual miseries (Hypochondria! Marriage! Nostalgia! Hors d'oeuvres!) to care much about a close-to-home case of a pandemic illness. Unable to communicate about a single thing, the Duncans start to disintegrate, and we begin to see that most horrific and iconic disease of the past fifty years is actually the lease of their worries.
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.
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.
Pulse Ensemble Theatre presents Shakespeare's classic tragedy of two star crossed lovers in Romeo and Juliet. Featuring some of The Bard's most enduring poetry, Romeo and Juliet has captivated audiences for hundreds of years and promises to take hold of your heart under the stars in Riverbank State Park!
Frank and Avis have lost their nephew Ryan in a busy mall. Maybe if they wait on that bench, he'll show up. Everything will be okay. Everything's fine. Life has meaning and purpose. Wait, why are they sitting there again?
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.
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.
Sharon Tate in Heaven is a one woman odyssey about model and actress Sharon Tate.
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.
Simple as Life and Death is written by Meirav Kupperberg and Alexandra Zelman-Doring, and directed by Keren Tzur. From Israel comes this play, a raw, truthful tale exploring the vulnerable and unique lives of two women artists. Efrat comes from Israel to visit Anne in New York— with an open ticket. She's 36, running from pressures that have suddenly surrounded her at home. Anne, an ambitious artist at 27 who has just returned from spending a year with her love in Israel, finds herself racked with doubt about her relationship after a tragic accident occurred months before, only to discover that she is pregnant. Their encounter leads these two women through a journey of discovery and change, shaking their belief systems to their core. The play is a deep portrait of the differences between American and Israeli cultures and a fresh meditation on feminism in the modern world.
Three underprivileged high school seniors compete for a full-ride university scholarship during an overseas event match - only to discover that the competition may result in at least one member of the group never returning home.
Slouch is written by B. Walker Sampson and directed by Gretchen Van Lente. This play is a metaphysical dramedy in which three thirty-something roommates struggle with job and relationship failures, the isolation of city living and the habit of comparing their lives to their very successful friend (who may be dropping by soon).
Every father has hopes for his son. A father dreams his son will someday be a successful doctor, lawyer, athlete or even a preacher. Son of a Preacher Man explores what happens when a father's disappointment leads down the road of shame when his eldest son doesn't quite follow the path he has laid out for him.
Barnes Jr. (Duane Burress, Jr.), a preacher's son from a generation of preachers, struggles with living up to his father's expectations. He is ultimately forced to choose between the callings placed on his life or to follow his own heart, alienating his father and maybe even God.
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.
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.
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.
Hot after their 5 star Edinburgh fringe debut. The System, a thought-provoking physical play about three young men who make a daring escape from a Soweto Prison. Their journey will keep the audience on the edge of their seats.
1985, Alphabet City explodes with change while Teddy's family-owned beauty salon barely holds on. Forced to face the failure of youthful dreams, surprising events awaken him to a new future. Realizing "everything old is new again" Teddy triumphs over defeat.
Two NYC Prep School teens grab the attention of the hottest boy in school by sexting him a boob shot. What starts as innocent fun snowballs into Page 6 headlines. Who is responsible when sexuality, technology and the legal system collide?
When 28-year-old Marny finds a lump in her breast, she moves in with her mother. Pretending she isn't flunking adulthood, she must either succumb to the whims of a family in crisis, or take back her life—and her play.
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.
US premiere, winner of the 2012 Griffin Award. Two teenagers collide like a modern day Orpheus and Eurydice in a dead-end Australian town. A dark, moving comedy infused with the rhythm of beat poetry.
The calamitously comedic tale of Dr. H. H. Crippen, England's most notoriously inept cellar murderer. This factual turn of the century tragicomedy explores three versions of the life and death of the worlds most famous homicidal homeopath.
To the Bone is being presented as part of the second annual Theater:Village festival, which presents a series of new plays in prominent West Village theaters based around one playwright or common theme. The participating theater companies for Theater:Village are Axis Company, Cherry Lane Theatre, New Ohio Theatre and Rattlestick Playwrights Theater.
A contemporary American drama, To the Bone is about Latina immigrant poultry workers in the U.S. and in the spirit of John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men gives audiences a look inside the lives of the invisible work force that puts food on our tables.
The play was inspired by interviews conducted by Ms. Ramirez during a six month period in New York State's Sullivan County. The play was originally commissioned by Working Theater, Mark Plesent, Producing Artstic Director.
Tomorrow's Dawn is written by Jeff Gallon and Fred Larrieu. The play, from France, is an original musical which focuses on the central themes of love, friendship and hope. Tom is in love with Alice, who loves him too. But nothing is simple: they are young; they have parents and teachers. They are teenagers, obviously full of questions and pains. Fortunately, they are not alone: they have friends, brothers and sisters – thousands of emotions and feelings at the same time. And they have the certainty in their hearts that a better day is for tomorrow. Will they find themselves? Will they push all together the door of this new dawn? Lively, sparkling, sensitive, delirious, the piece focuses on the central themes of love, friendship and hope, reflecting the concerns of today's young people while exploring inter-generational relationships in all their complexities.
A bipolar pornography writer hallucinates one of his characters, a prostitute is given a lucrative proposal, and a struggling actor also struggles with his relationships. Vulgar, funny, and heartbreaking, this character driven ensemble explores angles of sex, happiness, and love.
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.
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.
An idealist and his psychiatrist ex-girlfriend explore the cusp of enlightenment or insanity as he waits in New York's Penn Station for an alien.
Mom drowned years ago. Grandma died yesterday. Eddie fled his wedding. And Bridget can't make coffee. Can estranged siblings clean the living room when the bride arrives with a post-recession pyramid scheme and a Russian Mafioso stalks their childhood home?
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.
When I'm Alone at Night is a play about what happens when the sun goes down, when you're behind closed doors, and when you know no one is watching. It follows three characters as they struggle to put their restless minds to sleep but can't resist waking to ﬁght their own inner demons. Through song, dance, and spoken word, the play explores the fears, doubts, and temptations that we can only face when alone at night.
Emmy® and two-time Tony® Winner Cherry Jones (Doubt, "24") returns to MTC for Sarah Treem's ("House of Cards," "In Treatment") powerful new play that takes us inside an underground women's shelter in the early 1970s...before Roe v. Wade, before the Violence Against Women Act, before women had places to turn in times of distress.
Agnes (Cherry Jones) has turned her quiet bed and breakfast into one of the few spots where a woman on the run can seek refuge. But to Agnes' dismay, her latest young runaway Mary Anne is having a profound influence on her teenage daughter Penny, forcing each girl to question her destiny. And as the drums of the feminist revolution grow louder, Agnes is forced to confront her own presumptions about the people she's been trying to help.
When life gives you lemons, sometimes it's best to run away.
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.
One of Shakespeare's less produced plays, The Winter's Tale is the story of King Leontes of Sicilia who suspects his wife Hermione of infidelity with his long time friend King Polixenes of Bohemia. When Leontes commands his servant Camillo to poison Polixenes, Camillo refuses and instead informs Polixenes of the plot and flees his homeland to live and serve under the Bohemian King.
Shortly after, King Leontes' wife gives birth to a baby girl. In a fit of jealous rage Leontes orders the child to be abandoned outside the city where she is found and raised by a shepherd. Time passes and Polixenes son, Prince Florizel, has fallen for a beautiful shepherd girl name Perdita.
Can love soften the hardest of hearts? What happened to Hermione? Who gets eaten by a bear? Join us to find out!
Shelley is cleaning out her old childhood home after the death of her estranged and reclusive father, when Chris, a boy from up the street, comes by to retrieve something he had let her father borrow.
Chinese-American free spirit Susan Li likes her sex, drugs, and disco and is misunderstood and undermined by family and friends. She ultimately teams up with a most unlikely "hero" who sees a diamond within...
Play #2 of the trilogy is set in the Swing Era and tells the story of chorus girl Fannie Mae Brown who becomes a "church lady" with a past. Does she regret the austere present or the colorful past.
Twitter becomes the stage for Shelly's painful past.
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.