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First-class Dominican violinist Aisha Syed makes her New York City debut at Carnegie Hall in a concert presented by the Dominican Heritage and Culture Society. The young violinist, who has been hailed as "full of power and virtuosic devotion," will perform a wide range of works from Bach and Paganini to Ravel and Sarasate. The performance is one of the first in her Golden Land World Tour which takes her to 14 countries across the Americas, Europe, and Asia.
Syed will perform on a 1690 Stradivarius violin generously provided by Florian Leonhard Fine Violins and will be accompanied by Martin Labazevitch.
In 1996, a young Eliza Bent and a friend created, directed, and starred in an amateur historical film for a school project. In it, Bent portrayed Hawaii's last reigning monarch, Queen Liliuokalani. Now, 22 years later, Bent's home movie has become a starting point from which audiences are led on a journey that grapples with personal history, legacy, and cultural appropriation. In the tradition of Spaulding Gray, Fran Leibowitz, and David Sedaris, Bent's humorous, cringe-inducing stories chart a young Bostonian's education in race and appropriation.
On February 27, award-winning violinist Emanuele de Biase will present works from his new project, "Bach to the People," at the Church of the Ascension in New York in support of the Ali Forney Center. The concert will feature three sonatas from Bach's Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin — a cornerstone "Bach to the People".
The Ali Forney Center is the largest organization helping LGBTQ homeless youth in the United States. By managing and developing transitional housing, AFC helps approximately 1,400 young people every year, most between the ages of 16 and 24. Named after Ali Forney, a gender-nonconforming youth who was murdered in New York in 1997, the Ali Forney Center is located in 15 buildings across the city. In 2017, the Center provided 124 beds a night for homeless LGBT youth. In addition, AFC runs a drop-in center offering a range of services, including help applying for housing, case management, and access to free health care.
Based on true stories, The Bench, set in urban decay and rubble, explores the emotional heartbreak of five homeless characters and the catastrophic hysteria surrounding AIDS in the 1980s. The sparse set is accented with hand-drawn imagery by Daphne Arthur, and the audio design is by world-renowned composer and multi-instrumentalist Deep Singh. The Bench is a unique solo theater piece wherein one actor plays five characters, with speech written as dialogue rather than monologues followed by blackouts.
One hundred years from now, a race of hip-hop androids known as Brobots will form a unit, The Tribe Called Space Quest, to spread their message of peace, love, and dope-ness all over the universe. Through live looped vocals, rhymes, and beat-boxing, they perform the origin story of the first of their kind. They call it The Brobot Johnson Experience, a sci-fi hip-hop solo concert that defies both space and time.
You get the best life lessons from those that you teach. Katie's always had a love-hate relationship with training thanks to the exhausting, complex, and generous clients that have taught her as much about life as she has taught them how to squat. Confessions of a Personal Trainer takes a deep dive into love and loss at the gym, going behind the scenes of the luxury fitness world and exploring the unconventional relationships that blossom within it.
After a five-year hiatus, the critically acclaimed true story of the making and unmaking of the West End Blondie musical flop Desperately Seeking Susan gets a new twist as Peter Michael Marino's roller-coaster tale is joined by the talents of David Carl, Coco Cohn, Carl Andress, Chris Harcum, Kevin R. Free, and Frank Vlastnik.
Sixteen-year-old David finds himself in Uganda as a church missionary. He follows the girl of his dreams into the woods as the Rwandan genocide erupts. Twenty years later and half a world away, he still can't escape what happened and publishes a book about the events. When a note arrives reading, "There are untruths here," David finds himself back in those woods with the boy he tried to save, in a journey toward redemption and forgiveness.
Award-winning actor Sharon Washington, beloved by audiences for her performances in While I Yet Live and String of Pearls — as well as The Scottsboro Boys on Broadway — returns to Primary Stages to share a uniquely personal story in the New York premiere of Feeding the Dragon. As both playwright and star of this autobiographical solo piece, Sharon revisits her time growing up in an apartment on the top floor inside the St. Agnes Branch of the New York Public Library, where her father served as the building's custodian. Shrouded in family mystery, Sharon's story boldly examines how both the power of forgiveness and her lifelong love for the written word have helped her battle dragons of all forms.
Tony Award winner Billy Crudup returns to the title role of this play written by Obie Award winner David Cale (Lillian) and directed by Leigh Silverman (Violet). A sexually charged and wickedly funny one-man thriller, Harry Clarke is the story of a shy Midwestern man who leads an outrageous double life as the cocky Londoner Harry Clarke. Moving to New York City and presenting himself as an Englishman, he charms his way into a wealthy family's life as the seductive and precocious Harry, whose increasingly risky behavior threatens to undo more than his persona.
What does it mean to suffer better? In this one-woman comedy show, six unlucky contestants from different walks of life present their struggles to you, the audience. Hosted by a drunk woman who loves to strip, you'll meet a musical hobo, lovelorn maid, sex-starved octogenarian, stressed clown, and angry teen before you vote to determine who's suffering the best.
Created & performed by Amanda Erin Miller Presented as part of the second Unofficial Upper East Side EdFest
Previous runs at Edinburgh Festival Fringe, East to Edinburgh at 59E59 Theaters, the Peoples Improv Theater, and SOLOCOM
A story reveals the illusion of one's identity in Derek DelGaudio's modern allegory, In & Of Itself. New ways of seeing the unseeable are explored, as memories from yesterday, inexplicable events witnessed today, and secrets imagined for tomorrow all blend together, creating a perpetual paradox of a show. The writer and producers of Nothing to Hide reunite with executive producer Neil Patrick Harris to present this theatrical experience directed by Frank Oz.
The Tony Award-winning author, performer, and activist Eve Ensler, whose Vagina Monologues is an international sensation, comes to Manhattan Theatre Club with a powerful new play based on her critically acclaimed memoir. While working with women suffering from the ravages of war in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ensler was stunned by a life-threatening diagnosis. Told with her signature brand of humor, Ensler's personal journey uncovers surprising connections between her body and the earth and how illness can be both transformative and transcendent. Directing this bold, unflinching, and inspiring piece is Tony winner Diane Paulus (Waitress).
An award-winning one-man show with actor Colin Hamell moving seamlessly among more than 20 different roles, Jimmy Titanic is a wholly original Titanic story set between the great ship and heaven. God is a Dublin gangster. The angel Gabriel is the plucky keeper of heaven's gates, and the Titanic's legacy isn't the first-class passengers but 700 crewmen who have attained stardom in the firmament. Jimmy, having gone down with the ship, now enjoys rock-star status, and boy, does he milk it, flirting with angels and rewriting history with a direct line to an unlikely God. Jimmy Titanic is a unique and hilarious take on the story of the most famous ship ever built.
Virtuosity and imagination combine in John Lithgow: Stories by Heart as Tony and Emmy Award winner John Lithgow creates a singularly intimate evening. With equal measures of humor and heart, he evokes memories of family, explores and expands the limits of the actor's craft, and masterfully conjures a cast of indelible characters from classic short stories by Ring Lardner and P. G. Wodehouse. Through his unique performance, he elevates the magic of storytelling to new heights.
Justin Sayre returns to Joe's Pub with a new show, Justin Sayre's gAy-B-C's: A Brief History of Gay Culture in Five Parts. The first two installments are presented on Saturday, February 24, at 9:30pm (A through D) and Sunday, February 25, at 9:30pm (E through H). Each evening moves methodically through the rich legacy of gay and queer culture. Touching on everything from Auntie Mame to zebra print, Sayre looks at the legends and lore of gay culture with stories, songs, and laughs. Each night covers different material, so don't miss a thing.
In A Kind Shot, a 6'1" blonde spitfire, Terri Mateer, tells her life story of becoming a pro basketball player in France. Raised by a single hippie mom, an African-American surrogate father stepped in and taught her how to play the game. Being 6'1" in the sixth grade, she's a natural, but dreams of becoming an architect. Terri's unbelievable journey includes playing pro ball, modeling, stripping, designing erotica, and taking lots of shots at life. It's an uplifting, honest, no-holds-barred personal account that illustrates we all need a little bit of kindness.
Emmy Award winner John Leguizamo (Ghetto Klown) returns to Broadway in this original one-man comedic play. In Latin History for Morons, Leguizamo schools his son — and the audience — on the buried history of Latinos in the Americas. Spurred by the near total absence of Latinos in his son's American history class, Leguizamo embarks on a frenzied search to find a Hispanic hero for his son's school project. From a mad recap of the Aztec empire to stories of unknown patriots of the American Revolution and beyond, Leguizamo breaks down the 3,000 years between the Maya and Ricky Ricardo into 95 irreverent, uncensored minutes in his trademark style.
"Listen to the beats / The rhythm of my Bushwick streets." Brooklyn impresario Modesto Flako Jimenez conjures his beloved borough in this bilingual elegy told through poems, projections, and music. With lyrical brilliance and irreverent play, ¡Oye! For My Dear Brooklyn complicates our perceptions of race, language, and gentrification and calls us to be truly present when asking this question: "What is my moral worth?"
Never a slave but born on a slave ship, Sancho was immortalized by the great English painter Thomas Gainsborough and in 1774 became the first British African to cast a vote. In this endlessly revealing, often funny one-man show, celebrated Royal Shakespeare Company actor Paterson Joseph (Julius Caesar) inhabits the curious, daringly determined life of Charles "Sancho" Ignatius — composer, social satirist, general man of refinement — while casting new light on the often misunderstood narratives of African-British experience.
Curated by Nicky Paraiso, A Series of One is a platform for provocative, challenging solo performances presented at La MaMa during our 56th season, which is centered around storytelling and personal narratives. These courageous artists exemplify La MaMa's mission by continuing to create adventurous and engaging art which allows audiences to experience the dynamism of a single performer — no distractions.
Shows include: Blake Sugarman's Prelude to the Apocalypse John Jarboe's You Can Never Go Down the Drain Marina Celander's Mermaid's Howl Megan Metrikin's Finding Fellini
Bruce Springsteen himself on his Broadway debut: "I wanted to do some shows that were as personal and as intimate as possible. I chose Broadway for this project because it has the beautiful old theaters, which seemed like the right setting for what I have in mind. In fact, with one or two exceptions, the 960 seats of the Walter Kerr Theatre is probably the smallest venue I've played in the last 40 years. My show is just me, the guitar, the piano, and the words and music. Some of the show is spoken; some of it is sung. It loosely follows the arc of my life and my work. All of it together is in pursuit of my constant goal to provide an entertaining evening and to communicate something of value."
Time No Line is a solo performance based on John Kelly's 40 years of journal writing. The work theatrically combines his deeply personal texts with movement, video, music, song, and live drawing into a "live memoir." His experiences within the East Village art scene of the 1980s, gender performance, and the AIDS epidemic have defined his status as a survivor whose presence challenges the ruptures in our cultural and generational dialogue.
Peter Michael Marino, Harmon Leon, and Walter Michael DeForest present 12 diverse shows from solo comedies to fake tribute bands that rocked the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. This unique theatrical event is back for the second time, again taking over the intimate second floor of the historic Ryan's Daughter on February 24 & 25 from 1-11:30pm. Acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe artists from NYC, Philadelphia, and London will be presenting encore performances of their critically acclaimed shows that played the world's largest arts festival in 2017, as well as revivals of shows from 2012-2016, and previews of new shows headed to Edinburgh in 2018.
Festival Pass is $35. Full bar. Beer specials courtesy of Coney Island Brewery. Brunch catering courtesy NYC's go-to for authentic German meat and sausages Schaller & Webber Catering.
Peter Michael Marino, Harmon Leon, and Walter Michael DeForest present 12 diverse shows from solo comedies to fake tribute bands that rocked the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. This unique theatrical event is back for the second time, again taking over the intimate second floor of the historic Ryan's Daughter. Acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe artists from NYC, Philadelphia, and London will be presenting encore performances of their critically acclaimed shows that played the world's largest arts festival in 2017, as well as revivals of shows from 2012-2016 and previews of new shows headed to Edinburgh in 2018.
Dean can't believe his luck when he goes to work for his multimillionaire uncle, especially when it lands him in a $19 million lawsuit with the U.S. Department of Justice. Only Zachary, a retired ballet dancer with a penchant for matzoh ball soup, can save him now.