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Six characters caught in the diabolical delirium of time. Watch the invisible hand.
Following four wildly successful U.K. runs, the new stage adaptation of George Orwell's dystopian masterpiece comes to New York. One of the most widely referenced and best-known fiction titles of all time, 1984 has sold over 30 million copies worldwide and has been translated into more than 65 languages. Now Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan have adapted this iconic novel for the theater.
In this Obie Award-winning and beautifully crafted piece, Amy Herzog gives us Vera and Leo, a grandmother and grandson, locked in a moving and most amusing battle of wits. Life has dealt them a series of shocks, yet they and two intrepid young women continue to seek meaning through human contact in a touching and humorous portrait of the disenfranchised.
887 Murray Avenue, Quebec City, Canada: The apartment complex where renowned director Robert Lepage (The Blue Dragon) spent his youth comes to life as a bewitching, tech-saturated dollhouse in this deeply personal solo work. Populated with miniature neighbors and family members as well as stories embedded in rooms, walls, and windows, 887 constructs an evocative memory palace. As Lepage revisits his childhood home and other brilliantly reconfigured spaces from his past and present — among them his current Quebec City flat and the front seat of his father's taxi — he unearths a life's worth of memories, sifting in the process through the things we can't seem to recall and those we aren't able to forget.
From the author of War Horse comes a full arsenal of live music, dance, and visual high jinks! The theater company Kneehigh and Emma Rice, artistic director of Shakespeare's Globe, return to St. Ann's Warehouse with 946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips, adapted from the novella by Michael Morpurgo. This true tale of local townsfolk and the African-American soldiers sent to rehearse the Normandy invasion from their shores explodes everything we thought we knew about the D-Day landings. Seen through the lens of a little girl and her lost cat, 946 takes its title from the number of casualties sustained during these bungled maneuvers — a secret kept, until now, by the American and British governments.
The Abrons Arts Center is an Obie Award-winning performing and visual arts program. It supports the creation and presentation of innovative, multidisciplinary work. Exhibit A? The center's spring season of boundary-pushing theater, dance, and performance, including the following:
- the eighth annual American Realness festival (January 5-15)
- the 2017 OpenICE season, featuring an array of chamber, electro-acoustic, improvisatory, and multimedia work (January 23, March 3-5)
- Dutch choreographer Jan Martens' Sweat Baby Sweat, which covers the lifetime of one man and one woman in one hour (January 27 and 28)
- a return of Richard Maxwell's acclaimed Good Samaritans, presented by New York City Players (February 8-March 4)
- Your Hair Looked Great, a series of motivational speeches and TED-style talks that asks us what defines the good life and how we define success (February 9-25)
- Real Talk / Kip Talk, a series of live talk shows about the state of contemporary performance in New York City, hosted by Kippy Winston (February 25 and April 15)
- The Terrifying, a premiere from Minor Theater, which brings horror movies to live theater and experiments with sound, darkness, silence, and suspense (March 12-April 2)
- Aynsley Vandenbroucke, who uses experimental literary devices to create a series of live, three-dimensional essays
- Mourning Becomes Electra, continuing Target Margin Theater's two-season exploration of Eugene O'Neill (April 26-May 20)
- Keen (Part 2), an exploration of that which we avoid: the contours of grief (June 1-11)
- the premiere of Raw Bacon from Poland, from 2016 Guggenheim Fellow Christina Masciotti (June 1-17)
- Dylan Crossman's dance piece Here We Are, which uses movement and an electronic soundscape to explore the concept of humanity within formalism (June 15-17)
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 videotapes hidden in a bedroom closet. The boy 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.
Let acclaimed performer and comedian Andrew Goffman take you on a whirlwind tour of his funny romance with magazines, videos, 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.
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.
• The Accidental Pervert has eclipsed 1,000 performances in the legendary Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York!
• Award-winning run in Buenos Aires, Argentina!
• Winner of a 2013 Best Comedy Award in Panama City, Panama!
Amber and Tom are freshmen at Princeton University, where their experiences so far have only two things in common: drunken parties and a desire to fit in. But when they meet, their common experience becomes anything but, and their moral mettle is put to the test. Lileana Blain-Cruz directs Anna Ziegler's deeply felt and relevant world-premiere play about intimacy and responsibility, power and provocation, privilege and protocol.
Amber and Tom are freshmen at Princeton University, where their experiences so far have only two things in common: drunken parties and a desire to fit in. But when they meet, their common experience becomes anything but, and their moral mettle is put to the test. Lileana Blain-Cruz directs Anna Ziegler's deeply felt and relevant play about intimacy and responsibility, power and provocation, privilege, and protocol.
Fourteen-year-old best friends Jenny and Emily are hungry for experience and eager for "real life" to begin, and in suburban South Carolina in the late '80s, experience equals boys. Emily chooses her senior crush from the high school play, and Jenny a man she's seen at her family's church. With parallel stories that take tricky and terrifying turns, Erica Schmidt's All the Fine Boys dives deep into the fascinations and complications of sexual awakening and the first painful gasps of adulthood.
After their father's death, two unhinged siblings reunite with Amy, their movie-loving sister who has Down syndrome. Together they careen down the Long Island Expressway, navigating strip malls, traffic jams, and some serious (and not-so-serious) family drama. An unexpected turn reveals the moment that changed their lives...and the fact that Amy may be the only one who knows her own mind. Written by Lindsey Ferrentino, who made her New York debut at Roundabout Theatre with Ugly Lies the Bone, and directed by Scott Ellis (The Elephant Man), Amy and the Orphans is a rollicking ride that proves it's never too late to follow a new road.
Ten strangers are summoned to a remote island. All that the guests have in common is a wicked past they're unwilling to reveal and a secret that will seal their fate. Indeed, each has been marked for murder. As the weather turns and the group is cut off from the mainland, the bloodbath begins, and one by one they are brutally murdered in accordance with the lines of a sinister nursery rhyme.
And Then There Were None is one of Agatha Christie's darkest tales and a masterpiece of dramatic construction. Its growing sense of dread and unfaltering tension keep audiences guessing to the very end.
Henry Naylor returns to this year's Brits Off Broadway festival with a double bill of provocative theater. Angel is inspired by the story of a modern legend: a female sniper who struck fear into the hearts of jihadists and held ISIS in check for over a year in war-torn Syria. Echoes, back by popular demand after its too-short, sellout run last year, tells the parallel stories of two women born 175 years apart: a Victorian pioneer who wants to build an empire and a present-day Islamic schoolgirl who wants to build a caliphate. These two staggering stories continue to haunt audiences long after the curtain goes down.
Angels Among Us highlights the journey of 9 characters living through the worst days of their lives, but little do they know that everything happens for a reason... even if they don't quite see any hope just YET.
Presented in a series of 4 coherent and connected vignettes, our characters learn that sometimes they have to get through absolute devastation in order to experience the divinity and joy in their lives. As they learn to overcome their fears and let go of what they can't control, they might just be able to connect with a higher part of themselves and find understanding, peace, and happiness...
This play explores the complicated nature of the human experience and the struggles we all face through having to feel our pain, joy, growth, fear, and surrender, while having to evolve and face our mortality...
A five-star hit at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and winner of the Best Play Award at the Adelaide Festival, Angry Young Man is a fast-paced comedy in which a surgeon from the Middle East arrives in London in search of work and a new life. Instead, through a series of hilarious mistakes and missteps, he runs afoul of both white nationalists and liberal hypocrites. In doing so, he discovers some surprising truths about the way we view the immigrants among us.
Pulitzer Prize winner Annie Baker returns for the second production of her Signature Theatre residency with a world premiere play directed by Lila Neugebauer. The Antipodes follows John, her insightful, funny, and mysterious first play at Signature, which sold out an extended run and appeared on the Top 10 lists of the New York Times, New York, and Time, among others.
Celebrated playwright Joseph Kesselring's most successful play, Arsenic and Old Lace is a sidesplitting, farcical tale. Filled with colorful characters and witty plot twists, this quirky comedy that premiered on Broadway in 1941 is one for the ages. This production is directed by Tony Award-nominated Gregg Edelman (1776).
Good-hearted drama critic Mortimer Brewster appears to lead a normal, happy life. Recently engaged to be married, Mortimer plans a trip to visit his charming spinster aunts, Abby and Martha Brewster. However, shortly after Mortimer's arrival, he discovers that his innocent aunts have a deadly secret buried in the basement — about a dozen older gentlemen. To Mortimer's dismay, Abby and Martha deem their poisonous habits to be charitable acts, convinced that they are putting these men out of their misery. Attempting to protect society without sending Abby and Martha to prison, Mortimer tries to rein in his crazy aunts along with his brothers — Theodore, who believes he is Theodore Roosevelt, and maniacal, murderous Jonathan.
The Assignment is an original play about an English professor who is shaken when a student's personal essay reopens long-buried wounds. The play explores the long-term emotional toll of violence as well as the struggle to forgive others and ourselves.
Three volunteers — Sol, Sorcha, and Tallulah — are on their way to Mars and doomed to die. Inspired by the Mars One mission, which will send humans to settle a colony on the red planet, Astronauts Wanted is a deeply poetic nonlinear narrative that questions the very essence of what it means to be human.
"It's just that if you can't deal with people, you have to make a start somewhere. With animals. Don't you see? A person has to find a way of dealing with something. If not with people...something." Written by Pulitzer Prize-winning American playwright Edward Albee, At Home at the Zoo (Zoo Story) delves deep into the complex concept of human loneliness and social disparity. Directed by Eric Hill, At Home at the Zoo (Zoo Story) joins Albee's classic play The Zoo Story (1959) with its prequel, Homelife, written 45 years later.
Set in New York City, Homelife opens with a look inside the isolated marriage of wealthy textbook company executive Peter and his articulate Upper East Side wife Ann. Unable to communicate their feelings to each other, the foundation of their marriage is built on unspoken agreements. Somehow they find comfort in their boring relationship, yet they are never truly on the same page.
The Zoo Story follows Peter to Central Park. While sitting on a park bench, Peter encounters a forlorn and forsaken stranger named. This stranger, who appears desperate for human contact and connection, forces Peter to listen to his stories as he digs deep into Peter's life and his own.
Must the Promised Land necessarily become cursed and haunted? It is possible to stop moral downfall and pursue happiness instead? In his eye-opening play, Pulitzer Prize winner Tracy Letts reveals the secrets of an American family defeated by its mistakes and avalanching toward its final disintegration. Family members gather to discover how far apart they've grown and how dysfunctional their lives have become. Directed by Professor Sangare, this theatrical production will examine contemporary relationships and investigate personal and social values. Relationships can be healed when people meet not merely to join the reunion, but to reunite. Awareness can be awakened, integrity reclaimed, and core values restored—if it isn't too late.
Ben Rimalower brings back his acclaimed long-running solo plays, Patti Issues (about his obsession with Broadway diva Patti LuPone and his relationship with his troubled gay father) and Bad With Money (about how an addiction to spending beyond his means has driven him to extreme lengths all his life).
Beautiful Monster is a new play depicting the final hours of the life of Mary Shelley, author of Frankenstein. On the eve of her expected death, Mary, gripped by madness, is visited by the dead: her husband and Romantic poet Percy Shelley, their shared lover Lord Byron, and literary rival John William Polidori, author of the first known vampire fiction — fiction begun, along with Frankenstein, on that now famous night of ghost stories on the banks of Lake Geneva. As the clock ticks toward Mary's death, she recalls in a series of hallucinations her heart-wrenching confrontations with Percy's formidable mother and the tender friendship of her loving stepsister. She's even confronted by the monster she created.
Note: This show includes nudity and sexual content.
This suspense-filled adaptation Daphne du Maurier's chilling short story (the basis for Alfred Hitchcock's legendary film) by acclaimed Irish playwright Conor McPherson is an emotionally stirring, atmospheric thriller. Mysterious masses of birds have begun to attack at high tide, driving strangers Nat and Diane to take refuge in an isolated, abandoned cabin and to bond as they deal with their haunting new circumstances. Yet if two is company, three is a crowd, as the sudden arrival of a young woman with a mysterious background ruffles feathers and quickly threatens to destroy their would-be sanctuary.
Black Angels Over Tuskegee is the story of the Tuskegee Airmen told in narrative of six men embarking upon a journey to become pilots in the United States Army Air Forces. The play explores their collective struggle with Jim Crow, their intelligence, patriotism, dreams of an inclusive fair society, and brotherhood. The play goes beyond the headlines of the popular stories of the Tuskegee Airmen and exposes the men who exhibited the courage to excel, in spite of all the overwhelming odds against them.
Winner 2009 Artistic Achievement Award "Best Play"
"Uplifting! Inspirational! This show is also tough to resist. By the end, when the pilots overcame their obstacles and finally got up into the air to the swelling of music, tears welled up in my eyes." - New York Times
Twelve abandoned beings try to figure out their present and the future, but eventually subdue to their fate. Blind, an adaptation of Maeterlinck's same titled play, is a contemporary fable to address the issue of social engagement in the current society.
A man and a woman speak in their own voices, as well as in the imagined thoughts of the other, even ventriloquizing each other till the almost bare stage seems populated with voices. A tale without caution, caught in several acts. Gender and power shift and subvert.
Language flows, cadences, crystallizes, shatters. Fiona Templeton is an award-winning poet and director. With her company, the Relationship< she specializes in staging poetic work that plays with the role of the audience, especially innovative work by women.
This world premiere Templeton's first new work since the epic The Medead.
Galloping through 40 years in a New England women's college, Bull in a China Shop follows Mary Woolley and her partner, Jeannette Marks, as they reform and revolutionize women's education at the height of the suffrage movement. As evolving ambitions and desires strain the couple's relationship, this fast-paced comedy explores how we change the world, how the world changes us, and how we try to grow old together.
Max McLean brings to life one of the most engaging personalities of our age and takes audiences on Lewis' fascinating journey from atheism to Christianity. Adapted exclusively from Lewis' writings, McLean inhabits Lewis from the death of his mother and his estranged relationship with his father through the experiences that led him from vigorous debunker to arguably the most vibrant and influential Christian intellectual of the 20th century. Experience a joyous evening of Lewis' entertaining wit and fascinating insight.
It's Halloween night, and Miranda is desperate for a way out. She's drowning in debt, may be falling for her sugar daddy, and is on the run from her date, who has threatened to kill her. When she meets Graham and Tanya, a door opens for all of them…but is what's beyond a treat or a trick?
Pulitzer Prize finalist Gina Gionfriddo (After Ashley) brings her unforgettable dark humor to this sharp and timely story of complicated lost souls grappling with the costs of love, money, and the American Dream.
CasablancaBox is an exploration into the accidental nature of great art through the lens of the classic film Casablanca. Stories of risk, sacrifice, brilliance, and accidents are told by actors who jump in and out of time, character, gender, style, tone, aesthetic, and most importantly, Casablanca. With an intricately woven multi-narrative script and video score, CasablancaBox is an imagined "making of" and an immersion into the glamour, war, censorship, sexism, racism, addiction, and refugee crisis of 1940s Hollywood.
Chess Match No. 5 is a new play based on texts from many public conversations of American composer, writer, artist, and philosopher John Cage. Actors Will Bond and Ellen Lauren embody the dramatic journey of a long-term relationship over the course of a single night and a chess game. Through Cage's conversations, audiences experience the wide-open, mind-bending brilliance of his insights into the world, art, music, philosophy, and adventures that life presents. Dense and humorous, graceful and penetrating, Chess Match No. 5 lands lightly upon profound truths.
Direct from an acclaimed run in London, the powerful Royal Court Theatre production of Lucy Kirkwood's astonishing new play makes its American debut with the heralded original cast. In a remote cottage on the lonely British coast, a couple of retired nuclear engineers are living a quiet life. Outside, the world is in utter chaos following a devastating series of events. When an old friend turns up at their door, they're shocked to discover the real reason for her visit.
The Children stars BAFTA Award winner Francesca Annis (BBC's Cranford), Olivier winner Deborah Findlay (Stanley), and Olivier nominee Ron Cook (Juno and the Paycock). Directing is the award-winning James Macdonald (Top Girls).
After joining the staff at a school for the deaf, a speech therapist with an unorthodox approach to education, James, played by Joshua Jackson, becomes infatuated by Sarah, a vivacious, yet delicate, deaf woman, played by Lauren Ridloff. James tries to help Sarah, a school dropout, navigate her way through the hearing world; however, Sarah finds solace in her sphere of silence. Yearning to understand each other, yet set in their ways, a romance unfolds as the two attempt to communicate their heart's desires not only to one another, but with world around them.
Select performances will include an ASL interpreter.
Five acrobats catapult and tumble through a strikingly rendered landscape, seascape, and cityscape, grappling defiantly to connect across the walls, fences, and other obstacles that spring up between them. Equal parts high-flying spectacle and trenchant critique, Limits imagines a world in which we soar over the borders that separate us — if we can only keep each other from collapsing. Set to an eclectic live score, this acrobatic exploration of a European Union in flux from Sweden's Cirkus Cirkör (Wear It Like a Crown, Inside Out) sets out to challenge both the limits of the human body and the body politic.
Tony Award nominee Jessica Hecht leads the cast in this heartfelt comedy by Pulitzer Prize finalist Sarah Ruhl. Lane, an accomplished physician, discovers that her sister Virginia (Hecht) — not her Brazilian housekeeper Matilde — has been cleaning her home every day. Though never close, suddenly the sisters find themselves enmeshed in each other's lives and in Matilde's great passion for Portuguese jokes. Rebecca Taichman directs this expressive and lyrical comedy about learning to live with life's mess.
Over the centuries, the planet Constellarium has provided sanctuary to refugees from planets that have collapsed in on themselves. In this play, the sitting president of Constellarium addresses his planet's newest hosts in a series of speeches that span the course of a year.
The heartfelt and poignant two-character drama follows Marianne, a quirky quantum physicist, played by Kate Baldwin, and Roland, a beekeeper, played by Graham Rowat. Their first encounter is seemingly ordinary—crossing paths at a mutual friend's barbeque. Exploring the endless possibilities of their budding romance, the characters create their own multi-verse to see how their relationship would play out if they had chosen fate over chance.
Cost of Living is the story of four very different people in four very different circumstances, each person trying to get by. Eddie, an unemployed truck driver, reunites with his ex-wife Ani after she suffers a devastating accident. John, a brilliant and witty doctoral student, hires overworked Jess, a caregiver. As their lives intersect, Martyna Majok's play delves into the chasm between abundance and need and explores the space where bodies — abled and disabled — meet each other.
Rasher Moorigan has a secret that only his mother knows. Tonight — for the first time in over 30 years — mother and son spend May Eve together in a wreck of a house down the back lanes of Dublin. Melding reality and myth, Honor Molloy's Crackskull Row is the story of an Irish family's desperate actions and forbidden loves. The play premiered in September 2016 at Origin's 1st Irish Theatre Festival, where it won awards for Best Director (Kira Simring) and Best Production. Simring directs this production too, which stars original cast members Gina Costigan, Terry Donnelly, Colin Lane, and John Charles McLaughlin.
Note: This show is recommended for mature audiences.
After six years in the army, Stephan Wolfert hopped off the Amtrak deep in the mountains of Montana and found himself at a performance of RICHARD III that would change his life forever. In this heartrending two act, one man show, Wolfert examines his own experience pre- and post-service, in the lines of some of Shakespeare's most famous speeches. Through his own personal insights as he explores our societal neurosis of war, and questions, is there room for improvement in the way in which we reintegrate our Vets back into society? The military recruits citizens and trains them to kill, but what does the "de-cruit" process look like? How do we re-learn to live together? Trigger warning: Cry Havoc! contains strong language and strong content.
Written by Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher, and first printed in 1615, Cupid's Revenge is a tale of love, revenge, and mortal folly that was highly influential for post-Shakespearean playwrights. Filled with music, dance, romance, sword fights, and gruesome deaths, Cupid's Revenge reinvents Elizabethan tragedy for a new era.
A rarely performed story of intrigue and deception in the face of steely resolve, Cymbeline bears the wondrous language of a seasoned Shakespeare through wild plot twists, mistaken identities, and a heartrending quest for love. Tamara Hickey and Jonathan Epstein head the cast, and Tina Packer directs this stunning tale, produced for the first time on the Shakespeare & Company Mainstage.
Daniel and Mitchell are enjoying life as The Perfect Couple. Perfect house, perfect friends, and even a mother who wants them to wed.
OK, maybe things aren't completely perfect. Daniel longs to be married and Mitchell doesn't. A turn of events forces both men to face the consequences of their opposing views, and they learn that they are living in a world where fundamental rights aren't always so fundamental.
Daniel's Husband takes an unflinching look at how we choose to tie the knot. Or not.
Set in 1949, this play imagines the rumored love affair between famous novelist Mary McCarthy and aspiring young academic Paul de Man. Later in his life, de Man gained worldwide notoriety as the foremost American promoter of deconstruction, a concept inspired by German philosopher Martin Heidegger. Deconstruction exposes de Man's hidden past in war-torn Belgium, where he was suspected as an embezzler and Nazi collaborator.
In a first-ring suburb just outside a city that might be Detroit, Ben and Mary see sudden signs of life at the deserted house next door and invite their new neighbors Sharon and Kenny over for a barbecue. As the action unfolds we learn that Sharon and Kenny met at rehab, neither is employed, and they don't own a stick of furniture. The quintessential American backyard party turns quickly turns into something more dangerous — and filled with potential.
In the final scene of Ibsen's 1879 groundbreaking masterwork, Nora Helmer makes the shocking decision to leave her husband and children, and begin a life on her own. This climactic event — when Nora slams the door on everything in her life — instantly propelled world drama into the modern age. In A Doll's House, Part 2, many years have passed since Nora's exit. Now, there's a knock on that same door. Nora has returned. But why? And what will it mean for those she left behind?
After allegations sow doubt in the minds of a congregation, that congregation and also the audience are faced with questions of how to determine truth, what's right, and what to do. "Doubt can be a bond as powerful and sustaining as certainty," Father Flynn says in this play that remains as relevant and powerful as the first day it was produced. Charles Calabrese directs Jennifer Alexander, Judith Anderson, Robert Cipriani, and Adrienne Pellegrino in the Long Island Rep's production of John Patrick Shanley's Pulitzer Prize-winning play.
For over 400 years, the Drunk Shakespeare Society has been meeting and drinking. And drinking. And doing Drunk Shakespeare. A self-proclaimed "drinking club with a Shakespeare problem," its members invite audiences to join them for a meeting in their society lounge. The evening begins with an actor drinking more than a sophisticated amount of alcohol before attempting to lead the cast through a Shakespeare play in one hour. The results are messy, outrageous, and the night devolves into debauchery.
Note: The theater is wheelchair accessible.
An immersive multimedia theatrical experience. Situated in a hexagonal set, with three panels of video screens augmenting the action, music videos and live action interludes tell the story of an oblivious ski legend, Dirk Dassler (Jordan Sarah), who at the height of his fame, grapples with preposterous and privileged personal crises.
Set to the score of the Dynamic Alpine Sexual album, this parody of the "lifestyle genre" follows an antihero skiing legend, Dirk Dassler, who sabotages a high flying career to follow a deluded dream that finds him back where he started, albeit with his soul and dreams crushed.
Eugene O'Neill's groundbreaking play The Emperor Jones is the story of Brutus Jones, a despot who ascends to the throne through lies, intimidation, and the politics of fear. Following a prison break in the United States, Jones sets himself up as monarch of a Caribbean island. When the natives rebel after years of exploitation, Jones' mesmerizing journey into darkness becomes a terrifying psychological portrayal of power, fear, and madness. With his demons in hot pursuit, the emperor is forced to confront not just the mortal sins of his past but also ancestral depravities — all in search of forgiveness and salvation.
En el Nombre de Salomé ("In the Name of Salomé") is a new play based on Julia Alvarez's novel about real-life Dominican poet Salomé Ureña de Henríquez. Born in the 1850s, a time of intense political and emotional repression and turmoil in the Dominican Republic, Salomé's fervent patriotic poems turned her into a national icon. En el Nombre de Salomé is equally the story of Salomé's daughter, Camila, who grew up in exile within the shadow of her mother's legend.
Note: This show is performed in Spanish with English subtitles via Simultext In-seat Captioning System. Please call 212-255-9999 to buy tickets with Simultaneous translation. Subtitling is by request for matinee performances.
Based on the 1922 novel by Elizabeth von Arnim, Enchanted April is the charming story of four women's rediscovery of self, love, and fulfillment as they leave postwar London for a glorious, spontaneous Italian adventure. Matthew Barber's stage adaptation premiered on Broadway in 2003 and was nominated for a Tony Award for best play.
An alcoholic, an escort, a self-diagnosed neurotic, and a well-intentioned simpleton walk into a bar. Deeply flawed and broken, they find their lives entwined no matter how hard they try to break free of one another. The End of Longing is a bittersweet comedy that proves broken people don't have to stay broken.
Enemy of the People is a world-premiere adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's classic about a scientist who takes on his hometown after discovering an environmental catastrophe. Using story theater elements and a revised structure, this adaptation centers on a fundamental question that's as resonant now as ever: does democracy work?
Esai's Table follows three young black men on a mythical sea journey atop a magical table. Through artistic expression and personal revelations, the audience learns why they've been chosen to navigate this journey. Destiny meets eternity in this story of black lives, friendship, family, and love. Directed by Danya Taymor, the cast of Esai's Table features Caleb Eberhardt (Choir Boy), Hampton Fluker (NBC's Shades of Blue), Brett M. Gray (Joe Turner's Come and Gone), and Eden Marryshow (The Surgeon and Her Daughters).
Pulitzer Prize finalist Lisa Loomer has written a heartwarming comedy about a middle-aged woman who desperately seeks to have a child and runs into all sorts of formidable obstacles. Seth Barrish, director of Mike Birbiglia's Thank God for Jokes and Martin Moran's All the Rage, oversees this production.
Two college buddies' annual outing of male-bonding and debauchery veers precipitously off course when unmet expectations spiral into a volatile showdown. Extinction is a darkly funny drama exploring the evolution of friendships — and the lengths to which we go to save them from extinction.
Note: This play includes graphic language and mature subject matter.
Inspired by the classic children's book The Story of Ferdinand, Ferdinand tells the poignant story of Tom, a single dad, struggling to go with the flow and raise his son in a world determined to make him fight. Raised on the story of his namesake Ferdinand, the bull who refused to fight but just wanted to sit and smell the flowers, young Ferdy learns the hard lessons in life as his father endeavors to shield him from the harsh realities of adulthood.
Playing Peter Pan at her hometown children's theater is one of Ann's fondest, most formative memories. Now, 50 years later, Neverland calls again, casting her and her siblings back to this faraway dreamscape where the refusal to grow up confronts the inevitability of growing old. With this play, Pulitzer Prize finalist and Tony Award nominee Sarah Ruhl conjures a tender, yearning tale that flies in the face of time, searching for a second youth.
Vanessa's life is science. Meaning what? Fact based, evidence led, no nonsense, no monsters. But when a photograph surfaces showing something in Loch Ness, she must embark on a very personal research project.
With Four Sisters, Clements continues developing his voice as a writer of politically charged and historically based plays, including Dogs of DC (Manhattan Repertory Theatre) and The Diana Tapes (2016 EdFringe). The play — comprising personal writings of the four Grand Duchesses, select lines from Anton Chekov's Three Sisters, biblical passages, and imagined language — examines the role of women in wartime, the performative properties of female bodies, and the destruction of domestic histories. Each sister is played by an actor of a different race, to further demonstrate the globalized and timeless nature of these women's story.
After 200 years of keeping his inventor's comatose widow alive, Fred the robot decides they both could use a change. Taking a leap of faith, he packs up their home in Phoenix, and the odd couple relocate to the Clam — a once luxurious retirement space station orbiting Pluto. There, the Clam's in-house alien band the Kunzigs awaken something special in Fred's ancient companion.
In the New Mexico desert, a down-on-her-luck folk singer (Deirdre O'Connell) takes a job at a giant online retailer's shipping center. Her young manager struggles to connect with his girlfriend, newly relocated from New York. And a drifter living at a local campground dangerously links them all. Raw, surprising, and funny, this world premiere from the fast-rising author of Kill Floor is about four lonely lives coming together in the search for fulfillment.
This is the story of one boy's granddad, who won a fortune betting on the 1966 soccer World Cup and, when diagnosed with cancer, gambled it all on living to see the year 2000. A Gambler's Guide to Dying is an intergenerational tale of what we live for and what we leave behind.
gas·light (noun): a form of manipulation through persistent denial, misdirection, contradiction, and lying in an attempt to destabilize and delegitimize a target.
Also known as Angel Street, Gaslight is one of the greatest psychological thrillers of all time and was made into a movie starring Ingrid Bergman. It tells the story of Mr. Manningham, a suavely handsome man, who is slowly driving his gentle, devoted wife Bella to the brink of insanity with seemingly overwhelming kindness while sowing seeds of doubt, memory loss, and misperceptions. This play contains some of the most brilliant, suspenseful sequences in modern theater. And in 2017, its themes are nothing if not timely.
Tony winner Harvey Fierstein (Hairspray) takes the stage as Beau, an expat pianist living in London. At the dawn of the internet dating revolution, Beau meets Rufus, an eccentric young lawyer. After a life spent recovering from the disappointment and hurt of loving men in a world that refused to allow it, Beau is determined to keep his expectations low with Rufus. But Rufus comes from a new generation of gay men who believe happiness is as much their right as anyone else's, and what Beau assumed would be just another fling grows into one of the most surprising and defining relationships of his life.
A moving, funny love story that reflects the triumphs and heartbreaks of the gay rights movement, Gently Down the Stream celebrates and mourns the ghosts of the men and women who led the way for equality, marriage, and the right to dream. Tony Award nominee Sean Mathias (Waiting for Godot / No Man's Land) directs the world premiere of this play by Martin Sherman (The Boy From Oz), a contemporary playwright of enormous influence and fellow Tony nominee.
It has been said that theater at its most basic is great storytelling. Georgie: My Adventures With George Rose is an exhilarating story and brilliantly told indeed. Tony Award-winning character actor George Rose (The Mystery of Edwin Drood), a bon vivant with a flair for the dramatic and the eccentric, starred on the Broadway and London stages alongside luminaries like Katharine Hepburn, Noël Coward, Edith Evans, Richard Burton, and Laurence Olivier in a storied career that met an unexpected end.
Sally Field and Joe Mantello star in The Glass Menagerie on Broadway.
The Glass Menagerie is the play that brought a brilliant young writer named Tennessee Williams to national attention and, in his own words, "changed my life irrevocably" when it premiered on Broadway in 1945. More than 70 years later, Williams' most personal work for the stage continues to captivate and overwhelm audiences around the world.
This 90-minute thrill ride takes you into the most dangerous place on Earth: parenthood. Two sets of parents meet for the first time to settle their sons' nasty schoolyard tangle. Tensions quickly emerge around the best way to raise a child. The meeting progresses, the liquor flows, and the gloves come off in this viciously funny comedy of bad manners. God of Carnage is a Tony and Olivier Award-winning play by Yasmina Reza, the author of Art.
God of Vengeance tells the wrenching story of a brothel owner's attempt to marry off his daughter. He wants her to lead a dignified, religious life, but the world of sin she grew up in draws her back. This groundbreaking drama featured the first lesbian kiss on Broadway when it premiered in 1923.
This revival is presented by New Yiddish Rep, a company that stages plays in Yiddish for diverse audiences, especially non-Yiddish speakers. Its 2015 production of Death of a Salesman received two Drama Desk Award nominations and praise for illuminating a classic by performing it in Yiddish. God of Vengeance is performed in Yiddish with English supertitles.
Godzilla's messy alcohol-fueled breakups with other Kaiju are the stuff of legend. Now the hulking and foreboding Godzilla, a bi-poly serial dater fighting body dysmorphic disorder, looms over a helpless New York City.
While fleeing Godzilla's rampage, a man ducks under some rubble…only to notice every other person near Godzilla is someone he dated. It seems that his extraordinary exes have joined forces to take on the monstrous Godzilla. Amid this fantasia of carnage, the peril of dating is revealed to be a monster that not even Godzilla can defeat.
All politics are local. Nikolai Gogol's deeply silly satire of small-town corruption offers a riotous portrait of rampaging self-delusion. When the crooked leadership of a provincial village discovers that an undercover inspector is coming to root out their commonplace corruption, the town weaves a web of bribery, lies, and utter madness. This New York premiere of acclaimed playwright Jeffrey Hatcher's (Stage Beauty) adaptation offers a hilarious reminder of the timelessness of bureaucracy and buffoonery. The inimitable Michael Urie (Buyer & Cellar) leads an all-star cast that includes Mary Testa (two Tony Award nominations, five Drama Desk nominations, Drama Desk Special Award for "consistently outstanding work"), Arnie Burton (Peter and the Starcatcher), Stephen DeRosa (Into the Woods), and Michael McGrath (Tony and Drama Desk Awards for Nice Work If You Can Get It and Tony and Drama Desk nominations for Spamalot).
Jeff Talbott's new play looks into the life of Baylen — an honest, hardworking gravedigger who sweats and bleeds to support his small family. He has it all in his hands: love, death, and dirt. But when society begins to crush him, which one will he hold on to?
Written in 1921 by Nobel Prize-winning playwright Eugene O'Neill, this iconic American drama is a searing social commentary on the divide between the rich and poor in the industrial age. The timeless story of class and identity is reimagined in a production by visionary director Richard Jones, whose acclaimed staging for The Old Vic has been boldly reimagined for the Park Avenue Armory's soaring Wade Thompson Drill Hall.
Tony Award-nominated actor Bobby Cannavale stars as Yank, the laborer searching for a sense of belonging and individual identity within a society dominated by the elite. His journey from the bowels of a transatlantic ocean liner to the wealthy neighborhoods of New York literally revolves around the audience like the conveyer belt of a large machine, in a design by Stewart Laing that mirrors the industrial backdrop of the play on an epic scale. The production challenges audiences to confront capitalism and inequality, providing a contemporary rallying cry addressed as much to our own gilded age as to O'Neill's.
Oscar Isaac returns to the Public Theater in this electrifyingly intimate new production of Shakespeare's enduring drama Hamlet. Isaac plays the prince caught between thought and action, not to mention anger and anguish, as his uncle assumes the throne left vacant by Hamlet's murdered father. As the dead king calls to him from the grave, demanding to be avenged, Hamlet is forced to choose between bearing the oppressor's wrong and taking arms against a sea of troubles. Tony Award winner Sam Gold directs theater's most powerful tragedy about life and death, madness and conscience, and corruption — of the state as well as of the soul.
Academy Award winner Dianne Wiest (Hannah and Her Sisters, Bullets Over Broadway) plays Winnie in Samuel Beckett's masterpiece Happy Days. Buried up to her waist and sinking into the earth, Winnie is one of modern drama's fundamental female roles: an endlessly fascinating spirit of buoyant resourcefulness and unassuming grace in the face of inevitable oblivion. By turns hilarious and heartbreaking, compassionate and ferocious, this extraordinary Happy Days is directed by James Bundy, artistic director of Yale Repertory Theater, where this production originated.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's most celebrated Sherlock Holmes story gets a gloriously funny makeover in this cheeky spoof. When Sir Charles Baskerville is found dead on his estate with a look of terror still etched on his face and the paw prints of a gigantic hound beside his body, the great detective Sherlock Holmes is summoned from Baker Street — with Dr. Watson in tow — to unravel the mysteries surrounding Charles' death and investigate the ancient curse of "the Hound of the Baskervilles."
If you enjoy Monty Python, the Marx Brothers, or just a zany night of entertainment, you'll love this hysterical farce. Three actors take on more than 20 roles, including those of Holmes, Dr. Watson, and even themselves as they hilariously retell the story of the classic thriller with the killer dog!
At a dinner party in the wilds of New Jersey, two married couples discuss a younger acquaintance — a polyamorous woman who also hunts her own meat. Fascinated, they invite this mysterious woman and her two live-in boyfriends to a New Year's Eve party, which alters the course of their lives. How to Transcend a Happy Marriage asks: How much love can a twosome contain? What are the limits of friendship, and what happens when parents who have forgotten their own wildness have a wild rumpus all their own?
Charles Earthstein, of the Chicago News and M&M Publications, interviews the one and only Jackie "Moms" Mabley, America's No. 1 comedian, at the Apollo Theatre. It reveals some of her personal hopes, dreams, betrayals, despairs, and fame.
In the final months before 9/11, liberal Jewish studies professor Michael Fischer reunites with his two sisters for a celebration of their father's 75th birthday. All deeply invested in their own versions of family history, the siblings clash over everything from Michael's controversial scholarly work to the mounting pressures of caring for an ailing parent. As destructive secrets and long-held resentments bubble to the surface, the three negotiate — with biting humor and razor-sharp insight — how much of the past they're willing to sacrifice for a chance at a new beginning.
If I Forget is a sharply funny, unflinchingly honest new play about the stories we choose to believe, the compromises we can't avoid, and the hurt only our nearest and dearest can inflict.
Williams takes his action to Japan, where Mark, a successful American alcoholic painter, has holed up in his Tokyo hotel room, dashing out increasingly incomprehensible work. Meanwhile, Mark's promiscuous wife, Miriam, fearful he will ruin his reputation — and her standard of living — has summoned Leonard, Mark's New York agent.
Indecent is a new play from Pulitzer Prize winner Paula Vogel inspired by the true story of the controversial 1923 Broadway debut of Sholem Asch's God of Vengeance. It charts the journey of an incendiary drama and the artists who risked their lives to perform it. Created by Vogel and director Rebecca Taichman and set at a time when waves of immigrants were changing the face of America, this play with music is a riveting look at an explosive moment in theatrical history and comes to Broadway from its critically acclaimed, sold-out run at the Vineyard Theatre.
The Infinite Wrench is a mechanism that unleashes a barrage of two-minute plays for a live audience. Each play offers something different, be it funny, profound, elegant, disgusting, topical, irrelevant, terrifying, or a song; all are truthful and tackle the here-and-now, inspired by the lived experiences of the performers. With new plays every week, The Infinite Wrench is the Neo-Futurists' ongoing and ever-changing attempt to shift the conventions of live performance and speak to audiences, including those unreached or unmoved by traditional theater.
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage explores the strength of the human spirit through the story of Esther, an African-American seamstress in Manhattan in 1905, when social and class lines were distinctly drawn. A letter arrives, romance is sparked, betrayal is born, and six lives are forever changed. Intimate Apparel is a winner of the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award.
With the recession biting hard, Emily and Oliver have decided to downsize and shift their middle-class London lifestyle to a small town in the north of England. One night, they open their doors and invite their neighbors Dawn and Alan into their home. Over the course of a disastrous evening of olives, anchovies, Karl Marx, and abstract art, class and culture collide. The consequences are as tragic as they are hilarious.
Effie's life is a mess of drink, drugs, and drama every night and a hangover worse than death the next day — till one night gives her a chance at something more. Inspired by the enduring Greek myth, this urgent new play makes its debut in New York City following performances at London's National Theatre.
It Will All Work Out takes stories from Chris Wells' upcoming memoir, mixes them with funny original songs, and tops it all off with fabulous, colorful, and outrageous outfits. Expect a night of high energy, queer fun, and deep feeling with a smokin' hot band and a couple sexy backup dancers.
The beloved holiday production returns to Shakespeare & Company, with its live sound effects and rapid character changes. Follow George Bailey as he discovers the value of this wonderful life, guided by "angel, second-class" Clarence, on his own quest to earn his wings.
The Public Theater's artistic director, Oskar Eustis, directs Julius Caesar, Shakespeare's play of politics and power. Rome's leader, Julius Caesar, is a force unlike any the city has seen. Magnetic, populist, and irreverent, he seems bent on absolute power. A small band of patriots, devoted to the country's democratic traditions, must decide how to oppose him. Shakespeare's political masterpiece has never felt more contemporary.
Conceived by Alyssa May Gold and directed by Katie Young, this epic story of jealousy and betrayal is given a modern-day setting at an all-girls high school, where psychological warfare is unyielding. Six young women will play all roles in this coming-of-age story that follows a group of teenagers through their first tastes of power, the desire to seize it, and the life and death battle to keep it.
It's 1985. Robert Merkin, the resident genius of the upstart investment firm Sacker Lowell, has just landed on the cover of Time magazine. Hailed as "America's alchemist," his proclamation that "debt is an asset" has propelled him to dizzying heights. Zealously promoting his belief in the near-sacred infallibility of markets, he is trying to reshape the world.
Junk is the story of Merkin's attempt to take over an iconic American manufacturing company and, in the process, to change all the rules. What Merkin sets in motion is nothing less than a financial civil war, pitting magnates against workers, lawyers against journalists, and ultimately, pitting people against themselves.
Doug Hughes directs this new play by Pulitzer Prize winner Ayad Akhtar. The sets are by John Lee Beatty, the costumes by Catherine Zuber, the lighting by Ben Stanton, and the original music and sound by Mark Bennett.
Kidnap Road by Catherine Filloux is a two-person theatrical imagining of the captivity of former Colombian senator and anticorruption activist Íngrid Betancourt.
This production of Kunstler stars Barrington Stage veteran Jeff McCarthy as the self-described "radical lawyer" and civil rights activist William Kunstler. In this revealing play, the colorful, perpetually rumpled defense lawyer whose best-known clients included the Chicago Seven, inmates involved in the Attica prison riots, and members of the American Indian Movement, makes a case for his often unconventional style.
Kyle is a dark comedy by Hollis James, inspired by his knock-down-drag-out battle with drug addiction. It's about a guy named Jack, his friend Kyle, and Kyle's friend cocaine. Thanks to his new friends, Jack's life quickly begins to spiral out of control. He loses his job, his girlfriend, his health, and all sense of personal hygiene. Will Jack find the strength to get his life back on track, or will Kyle ultimately win?
Stephen Adly Guirgis' play The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, directed by Academy Award winner Estelle Parsons and performed by members of the Actors Studio, is being revived as part of the Studio's 70th anniversary celebration.
History's most famous double-cross is under the microscope in this provocative and irreverently funny work. Urban night court in "Hope — a ghetto of purgatory" is the backdrop, with Judas on trial for his betrayal of Christ, his soul left in the balance. A trove of historic witnesses — among them Freud, Mother Teresa, and Pontius Pilate — deliver their testimony with raw honesty and scathing humor. As the play unfolds, audiences are forced (along with the characters) to examine their ideals and ideas of love, divine mercy, free will, and forgiveness, including the notion that evil may not be the presence of hate but the absence of compassion.
It's the semifinals of the U.S. Open, and two tennis greats are facing off in the match of their lives. Tim Porter, the aging all-American favorite, wants to prove to the world, his wife, and himself that he's still a champion. Hot-headed rising star Sergei Sergeyev struggles to believe he truly deserves to beat his lifelong hero. Set against the high-stakes backdrop of professional sports, this New York premiere, directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch, serves up a richly theatrical look at what keeps us striving and why.
A Lesson Before Dying, written by Romulus Linney and directed by Kathy Gnazzo, is a bold and moving statement about the link between learning and dignity. Jefferson, a young man on death row, and his teacher, Grant Wiggins, meet in this gripping, heartbreaking, and timely piece that explores the deep polarities of racism and compassion.
Behold The Spectatorium: an audacious, visionary 12,000-seat theater designed for the Chicago World's Fair of 1893 by Steele MacKaye, the now-forgotten theatrical impresario around whom this haunted, 40-year love story spins. From the minds of celebrated playmaking company The Debate Society, The Light Years is an epic yet intimate tale of two families struggling to meet their future — and a spectacular tribute to man's indomitable spirit of invention.
Linda Wilde has it all. She's an award-winning senior executive as well as a busy wife and mother. But when she pitches a revolutionary concept that could change the way the world looks at women of a certain age, she finds herself fighting for her own relevance as every part of her carefully considered life starts to show cracks. Manhattan Theatre Club presents this timely, moving, and fiercely funny new play by Penelope Skinner (The Ruins of Civilization) in its American premiere, directed by MTC artistic director Lynne Meadow.
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.
Set in Alabama in 1900, The Little Foxes follows Regina Giddens and her ruthless clan, including her sister-in-law Birdie, as they clash in often brutal ways in an effort to strike the deal of their lives. Far from a sentimental look at a bygone era, the play has a surprisingly timely resonance with important issues facing our country today.
In a first for Manhattan Theatre Club, Laura Linney and Cynthia Nixon will alternate between the roles of Regina and Birdie, both members of a strong-willed, aristocratic Southern family. The actresses will play the characters in repertory, appearing opposite each other at each performance.
Lone Star takes place in the cluttered backyard of a small-town Texas bar in 1972. Roy, a brawny, macho type who had once been a local high-school hero, is back in town after a hitch in Vietnam and realizes that about all he has left are memories of his glory days, his adoring younger brother Ray, his wife Elizabeth, and his now-crumbling 1959 pink Thunderbird. Joined by Ray, Roy sets about consuming a case of Lone Star beer while regaling his brother with tales of his military and amorous exploits. But with the arrival of Cletis, the fatuous, newlywed son of the local hardware store owner, the underpinnings of Roy's world gradually begin to collapse.
Lone Star takes place in the cluttered backyard of a small-town Texas bar in 1972. Roy, a brawny, macho type who had once been a local high-school hero, is back in town after a hitch in Vietnam and realizes that about all he has left are memories of his glory days, his adoring younger brother Ray, his wife Elizabeth, and his now-crumbling 1959 pink Thunderbird. Joined by Ray, Roy sets about consuming a case of Lone Star beer while regaling his brother with tales of his military and amorous exploits. But with the arrival of Cletis, the fatuous, newlywed son of the local hardware store owner, the underpinnings of Roy's world gradually begin to collapse.
Set against the backdrop of the turbulent 1970s, Loose Ends follows the relationship of Paul and Susan, who first meet on a beach in Bali. Paul, a recent Peace Corps dropout and Susan, an aspiring photographer, later marry in Boston. There the young couple struggle with their conflicting opinions on the importance of having a career versus having a family.
Written by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner David Auburn (Proof), Lost Lake is an engrossing, evocative play. Part drama, part melancholy comedy, Lost Lake relates the story of Veronica and Hogan, imperfect strangers tangled up in each other's lives by circumstance. Veronica, in need of an escape from life's uphill battle, takes her children to a lakeside rental. Unfortunately for her, not only is the property is less than ideal, but it includes a bedraggled and secluded estate owner: Hogan. Both fighting their own battles, the two outcasts find complicated comfort in their shared isolation. Directed by Daisy Walker (Dracula: The Musical), this stirring, unexpected, and visceral play is a recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New American Plays Award.
Mint Theater Company presents the first New York revival of The Lucky One, by A.A. Milne, author of Winnie-the-Pooh!
The Lucky One is the timeless story of antagonism between two brothers: Gerald, who stands in the sun, and Bob, who stands in Gerald's shadow. When Bob finds himself in serious legal trouble, he turns to Gerald for rescue. When Gerald fails to come through, years of simmering resentment boil over in a confrontation that is as stirring as it is surprising.
After bailing out of his crippled B-24 bomber under heavy fire from German forces, waist gunner Lou Fowler is captured by the Nazis. Incarcerated along with other Allied fliers in an inhumane Nazi prison camp, where POW's view new prisoners with suspicion as possible Nazi infiltrators, Lou has to heal his own battle injuries, as his captors treat him as just another 'Luft Gangster' — a term Joseph Goebbels created as propaganda to convince the German nation that all American flyers were actual criminals released from prison by the U.S. government in order to fight in World War II.
As Lou endures the hellish and unsanitary conditions of prison camp life, subsisting on what could barely be described as food and enduring unspeakable cruelty, surviving to escape becomes his only goal. In a time and place where men on both sides of the war were stripped of all things civilized, the human cost of war is brought front and center.
Sometimes even the most devout can lose their faith. When Ken, a middle-aged man from Nebraska, suddenly finds he's lost his — along with his sense of purpose — he goes on a wild adventure to find it. Along the way he encounters a world vastly different from his own, filled with chance meetings and romantic encounters that shake him to the core. From the playwright of August: Osage County comes a fascinating exploration of what happens when we lose our belief system and of the characters that enter our lives on the path to a meaningful existence.
In this tale of irrepressible lust, impossible purity, and infuriating hypocrisy, incompatible values collide and expose the tenuous boundary between order and anarchy. Such is director Simon Godwin's take on this Shakespeare play. Godwin, an associate director at London's National Theatre, sees Measure for Measure as a high-stakes conflict of clashing ideologies in a tensely diverse world. How apropos...
Corruption, class warfare, and sexual violence all come to a head when an overzealous ruler assumes authority, vowing to clean up the streets with law and order. Shakespeare's satirical classic asks how far we've gone — and how far we're willing to go — in the name of justice.
Four lovers lost in the woods and a group of rude mechanicals who have set out to put on a play become entangled in a dream world. The Fairy Kingdom is at odds, spells are cast, and the devilish sprite Puck weaves his mischief among the mortals. This fast-paced romp is an unforgettable midsummer adventure for the whole family.
The Delacorte Theater transforms into the most enchanted forest in all of theater in Shakespeare's beloved comedy A Midsummer Night's Dream. When the merry sprite Puck meddles with a magical love potion, young lovers lost in the woods mysteriously find themselves infatuated with the wrong person in this hilarious, fairy-tale fantasia that proves the course of true love never did run smooth. Lear deBessonet, founder of the Public Theater's groundbreaking Public Works program, brings her electric theatrical vision to the classic romance about the supernatural nature of love.
In 2016, what does it take for an immigrant to achieve the American dream? With humor and humanity, playwright Jason Kim (HBO's Girls) explores this question in a timely world-premiere play. Directed by Danny Sharron and featuring Laila Robins, The Model American follows Gabriel, a young, gay, Colombian man, as he finds friendship, love, and ambition in the U.S. Developed at Williamstown Theatre Festival under the auspices of the Bill Foeller Fellowship Program in 2016, this play questions the price we are willing to pay for success.
Inspired by the lives and work of the Brontë sisters, The Moors is a dark, comic examination of the ways in which women fight for visibility. Dreaming of love and power, two sisters and their dog live out their lives on the bleak English moors — the vast, desolate landscape of northern England. With the arrival of a hapless governess and a moorhen, lies are revealed and loyalties shift as all are set on a strange and dangerous path.
You've known Olga, Masha, and Irina for nearly 117 years. But this summer, they are, like, unhappy for reals. Obie Award winner and Drama Desk nominee Trip Cullman directs Outer Critics Circle Award nominee and Theatre World Award winner Halley Feiffer's world premiere: a contemporary adaptation of Anton Chekhov's Three Sisters. As our heroes search for meaning in their work and love lives — all the while dreaming of their dear Moscow — we are invited to examine our own existential longings and unrequited yearnings. Feiffer's bold, unapologetically millennial and bitingly comedic spin on this Russian classic newly reacquaints us with the emotional contours of the beleaguered and beloved Prozorov family. You totes don't want to miss it.
Mourning Becomes Electra may be the most massive, vivid, complex drama in American literature — it's a Greek tragedy, an American history play, a family romance. Eugene O'Neill captured the essence of our country in this trilogy: love, race, money, and war. Now the unique sensibility of Target Margin shocks it into the present tense. With passionate irreverence, this production explodes the American project. Intimate and intense, entertaining and challenging, you will never have a ride like it.
The mob just made a hit, but everyone will live to talk about it. And talking they are because when the "boys" get together, it's a scream! Join this interactive show for a private audience with the Don; maybe he'll make you an offer you can't refuse. Mingle with mobsters and molls, meet the new "Boss of Bosses," break bread and heads with wiseguys and Mafia princesses. Sure, you'll be ducking bullets over Broadway, but that won't stop the fun! Eat, drink, dance, and be merry. You might just die laughing!
This two and a half hour comedy mystery includes a three-course sit-down dinner and dancing. Audience members even have the chance to solve the case and win prizes. Seven prizes are awarded at every performance and include "Academy Awards" for the best actor and actress in the audience.
In the third chapter of the Big Gay Italian trilogy, Anthony J. Wilkinson's character is approaching his 40s and facing the challenges of balancing his now successful weight loss company with past and present gay relationships. New and familiar characters come together to join him on his journey through another outrageous comedy of errors.
My Eyes Went Dark is an electrifying new drama about a Russian architect driven to revenge after losing his family in a plane crash. Matthew Wilkinson (Red Sea Fish) returns to Brits Off Broadway with another searing new play inspired by real events. This production was nominated for three off-West End Theatre Awards and enjoyed an acclaimed run last year at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
The women of the Muscolino family have spent years oppressed by the frightening temper of their husband and father. All of them are hiding dreams, loves, and longings; all are desperate for a life beyond their four walls. But when a plane crashes into their neighborhood, the family's plans are put on hold. The women fight to find their voices and to hold on to each other. Napoli, Brooklyn is a play about sisterhood, freedom, and forgiveness in 1960s Brooklyn.
Not That Jewish is Emmy Award-winning writer, actress, and comedian Monica Piper's autobiographical telling of a Jew…'ish' girl's life. From growing up in a show business family in the Bronx and taking her first steps on a comedy club stage to a WASP wedding and an "almost" night with Mickey Mantle, Piper shares the milestones and moments that shaped her life, using the same signature wit found in her writing for Roseanne, Mad About You, and Rugrats. Over the course of 80 minutes, the audience travels with Piper from innocence to individuality, from reliant to resilient, and shares the hilarity and heartache along the way.
The adventures of Barb the Teacher, Deb the Seeker, Heidi the Helper, Tawny the Addict and a host of others. With songs! Presented by Miss Marjorie Blain, her students, and members of the community. Light refreshments will be provided.
Of Government is a part of Clubbed Thumb theater company's Summerworks annual series of new plays.
When a senseless act of violence changes her life forever, a liberal college professor finds herself drawn to the very weapon used to perpetrate the crime — and to the irresistible feeling of power that comes from holding life and death in her hands. Peering down the barrel of a uniquely American crisis, she begins to suspect that when it comes to gun violence, we're all part of the problem.
Roundabout Underground presents On the Exhale, a provocative world premiere from Martín Zimmerman (Netflix's Narcos), directed by Tony nominee Leigh Silverman (Violet). Staged with heart-pounding intensity in Roundabout's intimate Black Box Theatre, this play draws you into the white-hot center of one of the most divisive — and most urgent — debates in the United States.
A darkly comic epic, Oslo is the true but untold (until now) story of how one young couple, Norwegian diplomat Mona Juul (Jennifer Ehle) and her husband, the social scientist Terje Rød-Larsen (Jefferson Mays), planned and orchestrated top-secret, high-level meetings between the State of Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization, which culminated in the signing of the historic 1993 Oslo Accords. Featuring dozens of characters and locations across the globe, Oslo is both a political thriller and the personal story of a small band of women and men struggling together — and fighting one another — as they seek to change the world.
St. Ann's Warehouse, building on its history of partnerships with the United Kingdom's most exciting theaters and theater artists, is proud to join forces with the National Theatre and Headlong for the first time to present the American premiere of Duncan Macmillan's People, Places & Things. The production, directed by Jeremy Herrin, was one of last season's must-see shows on the West End. Denise Gough reprises her Olivier Award-winning role as an actress whose life has spun out of control because of her addiction to alcohol and drugs.
Perfect Crime is a thriller about three psychiatrists, a detective, a crazy patient, and at least one dead body. A man is murdered...or is he? Did his wife kill him? The detective investigating the case thinks so — until he starts to fall in love with her and the husband mysteriously reappears. The plot includes Gone Girlish and Agatha Christiesque twists and turns. Audiences member don't have to navigate them all by themselves, though. There's an "answer key" for people to review after the show if they're still trying to figure out what happened and how.
Into a quiet urban home come two strangers on a sinister mission they don't disclose. They frighten some, entertain others, and refuse to leave. As the home invasion worsens, the hosts reveal some twists. In a dark and surreal evening of fantasy, farce, and betrayal, audiences should be warned: This drama is about something real. Perversion is a scathing political satire of the America we've lived through and where we still live today.
What happens when a young Muslim girl converts to radical Christianity? After leaving all religion behind, how will she navigate and find herself in a world where no bubbles or rules exist? Inner protests of food, sex, and her own peace of mind pave the road. Along the way, she meets many interesting characters in this musical comedy.
In Picnic, when a gorgeous drifter arrives in a small Kansas town, no one is prepared. He brings with him the possibilities and promises — some true, some false — of a life with real options. His instant and incendiary chemistry with a local 18-year-old unexpectedly destroys the illusions of comfort harbored by everyone in this heartland's physically expansive and emotionally suffocating landscape. William Inge's legendary Pulitzer Prize-winning play is over 60 years old, but the American questions of sex as currency, of class as possibility, and youth as opportunity are timeless.
In Come Back, Little Sheba, a middle-aged Midwestern couple lives from one day to the next — Lola, breathless with fear of silence and solitude, and Doc, a recovering alcoholic. Into their tired lives comes Marie, their boarder, so flush with the riches of her youth that they can no longer deny how they spent their own. Their fragile acceptance of their own stifling reality is suddenly and brutally tested as Inge mercilessly exposes the pain and regret of the past that can be unmasked by the mere presence of youth and possibility of the future. Come Back, Little Sheba explores the endless and inevitable disappointments of the ever-seductive American dream.
In Dominique Morisseau's Pipeline, Nya Joseph is a dedicated, inner-city public high school teacher who is committed to her students' achievement. At the same time, she sends her only son, Omari, to a private boarding school. When Omari gets involved in a controversial incident that threatens him with expulsion from his school, Nya is forced to reconcile Omari's rage with her own parental decisions as she rallies to save her son.
Can love between Blacks and Latinos survive? A Tale of Secret Lovers From Different Cultures, Who Fall In Love At First Sight, Until Mom Finds Out And Has A Heart Attack!
Updated with new songs, new moments, current politics, and new laughs, it's more funny than ever!
The Play That Goes Wrong is a riotous comedy about the theatre. The play introduces The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society, who are attempting to put on a 1920s' murder mystery, but as the title suggests, everything that can go wrong…does, as the accident-prone thespians battle on against all the odds to get to their final curtain call.
The Plurality of Privacy Project in Five-Minute Plays (P3M5) is a transatlantic theater project initiated to explore the value of privacy. In cooperation with the Goethe-Institut Washington, theaters across the United States and Europe have commissioned playwrights to write five-minute plays themed around the question, "What does privacy mean to you in the digital age?" The results are being presented in different formats by a network of theaters between January 2017 and June 2018. These performances, staged readings, and community forums create an artistic and cultural dialogue centered around varying American and European understandings of privacy.
Note: Performance dates and locations vary. For more information, visit the Goethe-Institut website (URL below).
Pressing Matters is a boxed-set of six quirky stories nestled into one evening. Seven words map the course of a young couple's life. A young woman is on a perpetual quest to move forward with the help of her butler. A mother discovers parenting is an obstacle course in the modern age. Three generations of women find a common voice. Chloe and Essie remember. Passengers await their final destination. This work by Jennifer Jasper wastes no words as she weaves tales in her own humorous and heartfelt storytelling style.
When his family lost their fortune in the Great Depression, Victor Franz gave up his dream of an education to support his father. Three decades later, Victor has returned to his childhood home to sell the remainder of his parents' estate. His wife, his estranged brother, and the wily furniture dealer hired to appraise their possessions all arrive with their own agendas, forcing Victor to confront a question, long‐stifled, about the value of his sacrifice. One of the most personal plays from the consummate voice of the American everyman, Arthur Miller's The Price is a riveting story about the struggle to make peace with the past and create hope for the future.
Safe in the liberal fortress of Manhattan, Raif Almedin is a first-generation immigrant who prides himself on his modern, enlightened views. But when his daughter falls for the son of a conservative Muslim family in White Plains, he discovers the threshold of his tolerance. In Zayd Dohrn's timely play, two families are forced to confront each other's religious beliefs and cultural traditions — and to face their own deep-seated prejudice.
Each month, Gingold Theatrical Group presents a different play by George Bernard Shaw (or his contemporaries). GTG is the first group to ever present performances of all of Shaw's 65 plays! This script-in-hand series is always packed with theatrical enthusiasts eager to share Shaw's comedic theatrical pieces, all embracing his bold humanitarian precepts encouraging human rights and free speech for all. Every play is presented as a staged reading by a specially assembled, star-studded cast. The reading is followed by a spirited talkback with the cast and an international team of Shavians.
(Projection) peels back the layers of a New York millennial apartment, subverting and reinforcing the classic living room play to reveal the universal truths of defining yourself in your 20s. While a motley crew of roommates descends deep into the stupor of an average evening, they hotly debate, pontificate, test relationship dynamics, and welcome a stranger into their midst. The audience has the unique advantage of seeing these 20-somethings in their natural environment, guided by a questionably reliable narrator. Part comedy of manners, part coming-of-age tale, this theatrical romp offers a story for all ages.
The Red Fern Theatre Company presents the world premiere of Adam Szymkowicz's Rare Birds, directed by Scott Ebersold.
Sixteen-year-old Evan Wills is an avid bird watcher who wears colorful songbird shirts to school despite the constant antagonism it brings him. Evan's mother just wants Evan to be normal, and happy — and normal — and get along with her new boyfriend. While Evan summons the courage to talk to Jenny Monroe (whose locker is next to his), troubled bully Dylan has something darker in mind. After some stupid choices and unexpected results, Evan learns that the worst thing you can do in high school is admit you love something. Rare Birds is a play about adolescent violence and your mother's new boyfriend.
Raw Bacon From Poland, 2016 Guggenheim Fellow Christina Masciotti's newest work, tells the story of shoe salesman and aspiring personal trainer Dennis Toledo, as a lifetime of trouble assumes a new intensity after a bad tour in Iraq. Though he's managed to anesthetize the enduring wounds of his service with prescription drug abuse, when he's arrested on a domestic violence charge and sentenced to Brooklyn Treatment Court, he's forced to find new ways to handle his volatile tangle of mixed emotions. Further upheaval with his wife leaves him perched on the edge of recovery with an all-consuming drive to win full custody of his six-year-old daughter.
Ready or Not Here I Come is a story about the choices that we make and the consequences of those choices. This play is about the rapture of Christ — and a lot more.
Ms. Jenkins is the nosy neighbor who knows everything about everybody. She takes the audience into the personal lives of three families. Audience members witness those families either accepting or rejecting Christ.
Ready or Not Here I Come includes music, singing, praise dancing, and a couple surprises. Audience members may laugh and cry, but above all, they will think.
Dr. Noël Browne was elected to the Irish Parliament in the general election of 1948. Handsome, intense, arrogant, and unpredictable, he was only 33 years of age, with few political skills but a burning ambition to rid Ireland of the scourge of tuberculosis, which had wiped out most of his family. Upon the introduction of his "Mother and Child Scheme," a plan to provide free postnatal care to women and all children under the age of 16, he quickly found himself at odds with the "Man of Destiny" — party leader and ex-Irish Republican Army chief Seán MacBride — and the ruthless, obsessive tactician Dr. John Charles McQuaid, the Archbishop of Dublin.
Six guests talk, joke, dance, drink, and eat. Sometimes they hold still, and sometimes they move about. There is music; there is silence; there is chatter. Old friends mingle with new acquaintances. Slowly the guests warp and rewind their actions as the celebration's mundaneness gives way to something more ominous. No one can leave. No one else arrives.
The Reception is a performance that exists at the border of theater and installation. Drawing inspiration from Luis Buñuel's The Exterminating Angel, which explores physical entrapment and the breakdown of bourgeois behavior, The Reception situates itself in modern-day New York City. In this setting it contends with bourgeois values and the surreal decadence of the 21st century in a new way.
Repertorio Español is a theater company that presents a rotating repertory of plays in Spanish. Works by both canonical authors (Lope de Vega, Calderón, García Lorca) and living writers are produced. In presenting these works, the company endeavors to bring the best of Spanish, Latin American, and Hispanic-American theater to a diverse audience, including Hispanics of all backgrounds and non-Spanish speakers. Plays are performed in Spanish with simultaneous translation to English via wireless headsets.
What better way to expose the dangers of social stagnation, unexamined group thought, and burgeoning totalitarianism than through spontaneous animal transformation? Eugene Ionesco's blunt satire rampages through a world of everyday people at first perplexed by and then swept up in the most outlandish cultural makeover ever devised. After all, "rhinocification" can happen to anyone — so keep your eyes open.
Ring Twice for Miranda is a tragicomedy set in a time roiled by economic upheaval. A man known only as Sir rules with a vengeance. Miranda, a household chambermaid, adds intrigue to his life. But when Elliot, the butler, is fired, she defies Sir and flees with Elliot into the frightening streets. All must soon make critical decisions. Imperfect facts are their only guide, since little in their world is as it appears.
This play is the work of Alan Hruska, a filmmaker (The Man on Her Mind), stage director (Waiting for Godot), and novelist (Borrowed Time) as well as a playwright (Laugh It Up, Stare It Down). Directing this production is Rick Lombardo, whose Albatross in Boston earned an Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Production.
A room in a country house sings of those who have lived there over a span of 70 years. Performed with striking theatricality by Obie Award-winning Talking Band using an array of genres — '40s noir, Chinese Ghost Tale, Chekhovian Farce andTragedy, and a Sicilian Puppet Opera sung by beavers — their stories intertwine and illumine each other.
The audience sees a multiple, fractured view of a place. We see the view through the room's windows — a side porch, a lawn, a flower garden with a rose arbor, a pond with a dock — and the people who inhabit these settings. As the play unfolds, one setting comes into the foreground as another recedes. The scenes move on rolling platforms so we them not only from different distances but from different angles as well, and soon we comes to realize that we are seeing the characters not only from different points of view but also at different moments in time.
Golden Globe and Emmy Award winner S. Epatha Merkerson and Golden Globe and Emmy nominee Jane Kaczmarek star in this absorbing comedy about self-discovery. Empty-nested and alone in her Midwestern home, Sharon (Merkerson) takes on a roommate, Robyn (Kaczmarek), who has just arrived from New York City. Before she has even unpacked, Robyn challenges everything about Sharon's way of life. Book clubs, 1980s pop music, and the occasional shared toke complicate their unlikely but enduring relationship, even as they venture into dangerous territory. Mike Donahue directs Jen Silverman's new play, which celebrates unexpected reinvention later in life.
It's the New Year in Rotterdam, and Alice has finally plucked up the courage to e-mail her parents and tell them she's gay. But before she can hit "send," Fiona reveals that he has always identified as a man and now wants to start living as one named Adrian. Now, as Adrian begins his transition, Alice must face a question she never thought she'd ask...does this mean she's straight?
Richard Kettlewell is an old Etonian whose business ventures are failing. Over a crowded weekend, his daughter Pamela, whom he hardly knows, returns from Russia as a passionate communist; his ex-wife and mistress both turn up; and his butler has a big win at the races. The Roundabout is funny, touching, highly perceptive look at England in the 1930s, when it looked, just possibly, as if the social order might be changing. This delightful comedy by one of Britain's most prolific playwrights, J.B. Priestley, was first seen in 1933. This production marks its New York City premiere.
It's a totally true story: 12-year old Andre the Giant, already over six feet tall and 240 pounds, didn't fit on the school bus. Andre's neighbor, as repayment for a favor, offered to drive Andre to school in his truck. The neighbor was Samuel Beckett. Sam & Dede, or My Dinner With Andre the Giant, imagines a series of scenes between a giant — a man who cannot hide — and a writer obsessed with silence. Writer Gino Dilorio has fashioned a world as absurd as a Beckett play itself.
Entertainment with benefits! In this 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.
Meet Jordan Berman. He's single, but he has a date with a coworker to see a documentary about the Franco-Prussian war. At least, he thinks it's a date. Significant Other, a new play by Joshua Harmon (Bad Jews), follows Jordan and his three closest friends as they navigate love, friendship, and New York in their 20s.
This production marks a Broadway debut for Harmon as well as director Trip Cullman. Cullman, a rising young talent, guided Significant Other to and through its off-Broadway run at Roundabout Theater Company. Much of the off-Broadway cast, including lead actor Gideon Glick, will reprise their roles on Broadway.
Inspired by a true story, the play follows the trail of a young black con man, Paul, who insinuates himself into the lives of a wealthy New York couple, Ouisa and Flan Kittredge, saying he knows their son at college. Claiming he himself is the son of actor Sidney Poitier, Paul tells them he's just been mugged and all his money is gone. Captivated by Paul's intelligence (and the possibility of appearing in his father's new movie), the Kittredges invite him to stay overnight. After finding him in bed with a hustler, their view of Paul changes, and Ouisa and Flan turn detective trying to piece together the connections that gave him access to their lives. Meanwhile, Paul's cons unexpectedly lead him into darker territory as his lies begin to catch up with him.
Writer Joshua Harmon (Bad Jews, Significant Other) and director Daniel Aukin (Bad Jews) reunite for Skintight, a scorching examination of beauty, youth, and sex. Reeling from her ex-husband's engagement to a much younger woman, Jodi Isaac turns to her famous fashion-designer dad for support. Instead, she finds him wrapped up in his West Village townhouse with Trey. Who's 20. And not necessarily gay. But probably an adult film star. At least, according to Jodi's son. Who's also 20. And definitely gay. Skintight assays the nature of love, the power of attraction, and the ways in which a superficial culture persists in teaching its children that all that matters is what's on the inside.
Punchdrunk's Sleep No More is an award-winning theatrical experience that retells Shakespeare's Macbeth through the lens of a film noir movie. Audience members move freely through the world of the story at their own pace, choosing where to go and what to see. Everyone's journey is different.
Note: No one under sixteen will be admitted.
In Sojourners, a young, pregnant Abasiama struggles with the responsibilities of her arranged marriage as her husband becomes seduced by 1970s American culture. Intent on finishing her university studies so that she can return to Nigeria, Abasiama weighs her dreams and obligations as she attempts to move forward. Decades later, the full impact of her decision erupts when Abasiama's family is reunited in Her Portmanteau. As Nigerian traditions clash with the realities of American life, Abasiama and her daughters must confront complex familial legacies that span time, geography, language, and culture. Presented in two parts, this heartrending pairing probes into the ties that bind mothers and daughters and how we define home.
When a fascist government closes borders among the 50 United States, a female writer leaves New York to be closer to her loved ones. After a few years of living in her birthplace of Virginia, the writer, scouted by a large corporation to create content, enlists the help of her brother to return to New York in the hopes of rejuvenating her literary ambitions. Upon arrival, they discover that circumstances are much more dire than expected. All artists have been sequestered in the outer boroughs, living in squalor while they wait to be picked for government-sanctioned corporate projects. The writer is faced with a choice to assimilate or flee — until her brother inspires her to create other options.
Earth has gone to the dogs, literally. After "the incident," humans have gone underground and into space, leaving dogs to run the planet. But the Space Pirates have decided that they need to pave over Earth to put up a parking lot for their new nightclub on the moon. The Puppies have to join forces with their archenemies the Ninja Kittens and, along with the assistance of the Great Oracle, must seek the power of the greatest weapon they've never heard of. Epic adventures and battles ensue, and along the way, we learn a deep, dark secret...or three. Will the Puppies turn tail and run? Will the Ninja Kittens — ooh, string. Can the Earth be saved from certain construction? Will it all end in discord or harmony?
The Space Pirate Puppy Musical! is written and directed by Heather Bagnall and Luke Tudball with original music by award-winning composer and lyricist Steve Schalchlin.
Spill is based on the events surrounding the 2010 British Petroleum (BP) oil spill, the largest environmental disaster in U.S. history. Created from interviews, testimony, court documents, and media accounts collected in the aftermath of the spill, Spill follows the story of the 2010 explosion aboard the oil rig Deepwater Horizon and the devastating impact of the 87-day spill on the coastal communities and marine life of Louisiana. The play is both written and directed by Leigh Fondakowski (The Laramie Project).
The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart is a music-filled folk theater fable. Set in a high-spirited Scottish pub, the show unfolds among and around its audience. In this intimate setting, a lyrical and enchanting story is told with live music.
Produced by the National Theatre of Scotland, this ingenious show was cocreated by writer David Greig and director Wils Wilson.
The Strangest invites audiences into an immersive theatrical experience in which they enter a traditional Arab storytelling café, where for centuries masters of the oral tradition wove tales of intrigue. The Strangest is an absurdist murder mystery loosely inspired by the unnamed Arab killed in Albert Camus' classic novel The Stranger. Experience French Algiers on the brink of revolution, and witness three Arab brothers vie for the love of the same woman. Their bitter rivalry ends only when one is gunned down by a French stranger.
Written by Betty Shamieh (The Black Eyed, Roar, Fit for a Queen) and directed by May Adrales (Vietgone, Luce), The Strangest is a truly singular theatrical event that invites audiences to experience the centuries-old live performance tradition of Arabic storytelling that predates Shakespeare, and to enter into a world that most New Yorkers might otherwise never be able to access, particularly at this time where it is much more difficult for Arab artists to perform in America.
What is the place of art and imagination in our increasingly Orwellian society? Sub-Basement follows Adrienne, a former poet now Royal Canadian Mounted Police trainee, on an absurdist odyssey to find her true purpose amid the dark corners of New York City, the depths of the Drama Book Shop, and her muddled past. Her voyage is guided by Gustav (a one-time climatologist) and Arnaud (an erstwhile poet), all while being pursued by Simon, who (unbeknownst to her) is set on becoming her fiancé. Are we ever free of the disappointments of the past, and can we escape the expectation of our parents? Join on a voyage deep into Adrienne's psyche — and try to discover what life's really about.
The production stars Patrick K. Dooley (Lake Homo High) as Simon, Veronique Ory (The Man Under) as Adrienne, Barry Phillips (Orange Is the New Black) as Arnaud, and Zenon Zeleniuch (Perfect Crime) as Gustav.
While navigating the unsettling waters of young adulthood, twin sisters Ray and Joey return home to find their father in a moment of crisis. Under the cover of late-night, small-town shadows, sleep is elusive, connections are frayed, and the southern summer heat presses in. Sundown, Yellow Moon is an ethereal, honest, funny-sad play about seeing old faces with new eyes, and the liminal space between loss and letting go. Drama Desk and Obie Award winner Anne Kauffman directs.
With warm humor and tremendous heart, Lynn Nottage's Sweat tells the story of a group of friends who have spent their lives sharing drinks, secrets, and laughs while working together on the line of a factory floor. But when layoffs and picket lines begin to chip away at their trust, the friends find themselves pitted against each other in the hard fight to stay afloat.
Taking Steps is a riot of hilarity. Elizabeth, a former dancer, will do anything to escape the overbearing clutches of her rich husband, Roland, who's poised to buy a haunted house (a former brothel). The dithering, confused Kitty, briefly reunited with her deathly boring husband, will go to extraordinary lengths to elude his sleep-inducing presence. Put into the mix an inarticulate solicitor and a builder who's a motorcycle maniac, and you have one of Alan Ayckbourn's funniest and most heartfelt comedies.
Likely the Bard's final piece that he penned alone, The Tempest sets the stage for Prospero, a betrayed magician bent on revenge. Prospero's seething softens, however, when he sees through his daughter that love and forgiveness conquer darkness. Enjoy twilight performances of this play in Shakespeare & Company's new Garden Theatre under the Berkshire summer skies.
Terms and Conditions: Live is an unauthorized, unabridged presentation of iTunes' terms and conditions, presented with cartoon projections, live actors, and musicians.
In a creepy little village on the cusp of modernity, a ravening monster stalks two teenagers and their families. Taking cues from horror movies, The Terrifying asks how you can live every day with forces that want to destroy you — including the urge to destroy yourself. Featuring sound design by Ben Williams, The Terrifying is written by Obie Award-winning playwright Julia Jarcho.
This captures the hilarious yet touching relationships of a circle of friends as they back their way into middle age.
Written by Anton Chekhov.
At a time of working class uprising and elitist decline, an over-educated, privileged family finds that norms have shifted and the world is closing in on itself. Are better fortunes just around the corner? Can we hold onto the past while we wait for them? Join Irina for her birthday party at their rural estate. And don't bring up Moscow.
It's 1979 in New York City, and Arnold Beckoff is on a quest for love, purpose, and family. He's fierce in drag and fearless in crisis, and he won't stop until he achieves the life he desires as a doting husband and a Jewish mother. Now Arnold is back...and he's here to sing you a torch song. This Tony Award-winning play that forever changed the trajectory of Broadway returns for a new generation.
Torch Song Trilogy opened on Broadway in 1982, where it enjoyed a groundbreaking run, earning Tony Awards for best play and best actor (Harvey Fierstein). The play has since been produced extensively across the country and around the world, including productions in London's West End and Menier Chocolate Factory. It was also turned into a 1988 film starring Fierstein, Matthew Broderick, and Anne Bancroft.
From schools to homeless shelters to prisons to community centers, the Public Theater's Mobile Unit brings Shakespeare to the people — and the people to Shakespeare. This season, the Mobile Unit celebrates 60 years of igniting dialogue and fostering connections with a vibrant new production of the gender-bending, heart-mending comedy Twelfth Night. When a shipwrecked young immigrant named Viola takes a chance on the "wet foot, dry foot" policy of the mid-1990s and washes up on the shore of glitzy Illyria, Florida, she finds herself a stranger in a fabulously strange land. Thinking her twin brother has drowned, Viola throws herself into a new gig as assistant to Orsino, a wealthy Floridian with a serious case of lovesickness for a wealthy lady named Olivia. Having disguised herself as a boy to become Orsino's right-hand man, Viola (now Cesario) is tasked with delivering his adoring valentines. But as Viola woos in her boss's name, she falls head over spiky heels for the man himself, while Olivia turns her affections to the intriguing young messenger boy, Cesario (formerly Viola). Set to the rhythms of house, Cuban, and '90s beats, Saheem Ali directs this colorful comedy about the power of new people and new experiences that throw the world into beautiful disarray, and open hearts and minds to the possibility of love.
Claire and James take the same Tube to work at the same time every morning. Claire and James drink at the same pub with their same friends every night. Claire and James have never met. But all that is about to change. After matching on a dating app, they meet for an awkward first date. On their way home together, the brand-new Night Tube breaks down. Then things start to get weird.
Iyaba Ibo Mandingo, formerly Kenny Athel George DeCruise — painter, poet, husband, father, son, and undocumented immigrant from Antigua. At the age of 11, Iyaba is plucked from the tropical comfort of his boyhood and taken to life in America where he must navigate his way to manhood without the guidance of a father.
Using canvas, paint, poetry, prose, and song, Iyaba tells us a story of his transformation from "Mommy Me No Wanna Go Merrica" — a prophetic piece that hints at the many trials he will face in a new land — to his powerful political poetry that would lead to his arrest and attempted deportation in post 9/11 America. Throughout the play, Iyaba shares his rage, his determination, and his hope while he paints his self-portrait and successfully struggles to redefine his humanity, rediscover his smile, and truly accept himself for the first time.
Vanity Fair is set in a society that cares more for good birth and good manners than for skill. The play's protagonist, Becky Sharp — poor, plain, and devilishly clever — is determined to defy the odds through risky romantic entanglements, shady business practices, and social climbing at any cost. She won't stop until the world lies at her feet. Adapted by Kate Hamill (Sense and Sensibility) from the novel by William Makepeace Thackeray, Vanity Fair exposes a world where surfaces are everything, virtue is only skin deep, and every 15 minutes of fame comes with heart-pounding risk.
Leaving her home in southern Africa for a better life, Saartjie Baartman became a star on the 19th-century London freak show circuit because of the size of her posterior. This Obie Award-winning play gives vibrant life to the story of Baartman's journey to London, her rise to fame as the "Hottentot Venus," and her eventual love affair with a French scientist. Inspired by the real-life experience of Baartman, Venus bursts with humor while examining the paradox of love.
What are we here for? Is time a friend or an enemy? Do we all eventually end up in the same place but take different routes to get there? This funny, moving, and thought-provoking new play, written and directed by Obie and Lucille Lortel Award winner Will Eno, challenges the notion of what really matters while recognizing the importance of life's simple pleasures. (All of which might sound dreary, but there's a chance this will be a really good experience.)
Water is a collaboratively created piece of participatory theater that explores human relationships to the environment in the face of profound ecological threat. It reunites playwright Callaghan, director Topol, New Georges, and 3LD Art & Technology Center 11 years after the extended run of New Georges' acclaimed production of Callaghan and Topol's Dead City, the first show at 3LD.
Hit the Lights! Theater Co. is pleased to present the New York City premiere of Whales. Inspired by punk rock, game shows, documentaries, and Herman Melville's seminal masterpiece Moby-Dick, HTL! invites you to catch a glimpse of the world that brought us a certain legendary white whale and the men who hunt him. Diving into the unknown, HTL! explores the classic title using the company's iconic shadow puppetry, the interplay between darkness and light, rock ballad sea shanties, and all the curiosity and terror of the sea.
It's 1989 and Heidi is trying to earn enough money to go to college by giving speeches about the Constitution in American Legion Halls across the country. When she loses the first round to Becky Dobbins because her speech isn't personal enough, she decides to go deep. Starting with her great-great-grandmother, a mail-order bride who died of "melancholia," she traces the effects of a single sentence of the Ninth Amendment on generations of women in her family — and on the violent men they married.
What the Constitution Means to Me is a part of Clubbed Thumb theater company's Summerworks annual series of new plays.
Having lost her mother to illness, Ginnifer moves into her mother's home in the town where she grew up. After learning a former boyfriend has committed a mass shooting, Ginnifer must confront her relationship to the heinous crime while also finding her place in America as a single woman approaching middle age.
Written by Courtney Baron, When It's You takes a personal look at the ripple effects that follow gun violence. Now making its world premiere, this timely and moving play explores contemporary American life.
Obie Award winner and Tony nominee Liesl Tommy directs 2016 Williamstown Theatre Festival Playwright-in-Residence Harrison David Rivers' world-premiere play. Mourning the loss of her elder son, Myles, Bethea (Myra Lucretia Taylor) tries to help her younger son through his grief. But as revelations surrounding Myles' incarceration and death emerge, both mother and son must decide whether to fight or let go. With wit and empathy, this play reminds audiences of the courage and resilience it takes to chart a better way forward for the ones we love.
When, after much time away, Kristina returns to Berkshire County, word spreads that she and her ex-husband are caring for their estranged, ailing daughter Julie. Visitors from Julie's complicated past, including her childhood best friend and her former drug dealer, practically trip over each other to reach the young woman they thought they'd lost years before but still feel deeply connected to. Heartfelt and compassionate, Hamish Linklater's The Whirligig spins a tale of a fractured community weaving a circuitous route back to one another.
Direct from its production at the Delaware Theatre Company, White Guy on a Bus — a play that unravels a complex web of moral ambiguity, revenge, and racial bias — arrives in New York. A wealthy white businessman (played by Robert Cuccioli) and a struggling black single mom (Danielle Leneé) ride the same bus week after week. As they get to know each other, their relationship prompts an unblinking inspection of racial and economic divides.
Finally, so-called bad girls have their say in these three tales of three women. In "The Grinder," a stripper past her prime finds it hard to dance her way off the strip club runway due to feelings of abandonment by her parents. In "Silk Stockings and the Bible," a "church lady" and former swing-era chorus girl reminisces about her spicy past. In "Wild Child," a Chinese-American party girl of the disco era (who is the "black sheep" of her image-conscious family) befriends a disturbed Vietnam veteran and discovers her Afro-Chinese relative.
Note: This trilogy runs during March in homage to Women's History Month and SWAN Day.
Violet has a new frenemy with benefits. Henry is being released from prison with only his church clothes and some bus fare. Violet's dad is learning how to read. And... the school day is nearly over, but it's only 10am.
The World My Mama Raised is a part of Clubbed Thumb theater company's Summerworks annual series of new plays.
In times of political unrest, must a man die for the greater good of the nation? The assassinations of Rome's great ruler of the Republic and the revolutionary leader Malcolm X share the stage when New York's acclaimed Acting Company pairs Shakespeare's Julius Caesar with X: Or, Betty Shabazz v. the Nation, a compelling new play by lauded playwright Marcus Gardley (The House That Will Not Stand, The Gospel of Lovingkindness, Every Tongue Confess, On the Levee). Presented in repertory, each featuring the same outstanding cast, these two gripping dramas examine two charismatic leaders who rise only to fall victim to rivalry, resentment, and retribution.
X: Or, Betty Shabazz v. the Nation is about the assassination of Malcolm X — both the story people think they know and illuminating details that have seldom been shared. Gardley adapts the framework of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar for his play to deepen our understanding of one of America's most complex, compelling historical figures and explores the tumultuous landscape of ideology and activism in the 1960s. Through the story of Julius Caesar, a rising political star torn down by his most trusted allies, audiences witness the art of persuasion, the ugliness of backroom politics, and the historical patterns we can't stop repeating. Tackling essential questions about the balance of ambition, personal loyalty, and love of country, Shakespeare's timeless political masterpiece has never been more relevant.