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Jackie Mason Lovechild Sheba Mason's Hilarious Musical on Jackie's ten-year Affair with her Bellydancing Mother; Ian Wehrle as Jackie Mason, Kevin Cusick as Wooley the Schlepalong.
James Lecesne portrays every character in this play of a small Jersey shore town as they unravel the story of Leonard Pelkey, a tenaciously optimistic and flamboyant 14-year-old boy who goes missing. A luminous force of nature whose magic is only truly felt once he disappears, Leonard becomes the unexpected inspiration for a town as they question how they live, whom they love, and what they leave behind.
Tony Speciale directs, with original music by Tony Award-winning composer Duncan Sheik.
Called "hilarious" (Broadway World) and "engaging" (TheaterMania), The Accidental Pervert is a laugh-out-loud play that tells the awkwardly poignant story of a boy's journey into manhood after discovering his dad's video tapes hidden in a bedroom closet. Andrew subsequently develops an addiction that continues until the age of 26, when he meets his wife to be, and finds himself struggling to find the balance between fantasy and reality.
"The Accidental Pervert Will Arouse Your Socks Off!" - Village Voice
Let acclaimed performer and comedian Andrew Goffman take you on a whirlwind tour of his funny romance with magazines, video, and off-color fantasies while you roll in the aisles. However, it's not all laughs in this layered show, which ends on a touching moment of redemption as he struggles to find true love and perspective through real-life relationships.
• The Accidental Pervert has eclipsed 1000 performances in the legendary Greenwich Village area of New York!
• Award winning run in Buenos Aires, Argentina!
• Winner 2013 BEST COMEDY Award in Panama City, Panama!
• Opening in Zurich, Switzerland and the Island of Malta 2014! 2015 premiers in Kristiansand and Oslo, Norway!
So come have some good dirty fun with The Accidental Pervert! Oh, and leave the little ones home. The show has mature themes and is meant for audience members over 16.
In a not so distant future where children have never known a world without war, resources are vanishing and what's left is controlled by minuscule factions. Soldiers still train and wait for battle, but there seem to be no enemies left to fight and no one, especially those in charge, seems to know who has won. American soldiers Smith and Leadem kill time at a worn out desert outpost swallowed by sand on the other side of the world. Dutifully fulfilling their mission, they wait for a sign from the enemy, for further orders, for anything. As their rations shrink and the desert, sky, and sand seem to grow and expand around them, they fight for clarity and sanity, to stay on task, and to serve as they've sworn to do. Is the enemy trying to kill them, or is it the country they've been fighting for that's the real darkness they're running from? As the days fall away it becomes less and less possible to know what is future, past, living, dead, or dream.
Nominated for 4 Tony Awards!
In the parking lot of The Hummingbird, a once-glamorous motel on New Orleans's infamous Airline Highway, a group of friends gather. A rag-tag collection of strippers, hustlers and philosophers have come together to celebrate the iconic burlesque performer Miss Ruby. The party rages through the night as old friends resurface to pay their respects. A world premiere written by Pulitzer Prize finalist Lisa D'Amour (Detroit) and directed by two-time Tony winner Joe Mantello (Casa Valentina, Take Me Out), Airline Highway is a boisterous and moving ode to the outcasts who make life a little more interesting.
Student rush tickets are available at the box office on the day of the show when the box office opens. Tickets are $27, payable by cash or credit card, and are available to students with an ID from a degree or diploma granting institution. Tickets are subject to availability and are limited to two per valid ID.
All My Sons is an American classic that focuses on the aftermath of World War II. Two families struggle to come to terms with the brutal reality of what they have lost and gained. The confrontations that ensue lead to the uncovering of a shameful family secret. Provocative and heart-breaking, All My Sons is a compelling story of love, guilt and the corrupting power of greed that still resonates today.
Kwame Kwei-Armah, who directed the Public's 2013 production of Dominique Morisseau's Detroit '67 and the 2013 Mobile Shakespeare Unit's Much Ado About Nothing, returns to direct the fall Mobile Shakespeare Unit tour of All's Well That Ends Well. This romantic fairytale will tour the five boroughs followed by a limited three-week engagement at the Public.
Featuring traditional Shaker songs and a stunning mix of modern dance and actual Shaker movements, Angel Reapers captures the soul of the Shakers, an early American religious sect who sought to connect with God through ecstatic ritual and strict celibacy. While the congregants strive desperately to maintain divine purity, the needs of the flesh threaten to take hold. With text by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Alfred Uhry, this wildly theatrical collage about the glorious love of the divine and the overwhelming desire for human connection marks the return to Signature of Residency Five playwright and MacArthur "Genius" Award winner Martha Clarke.
Now in its eighth year, Ars Nova's annual celebration of All New Talent, a prime destination for an eclectic mix of brand-new shows featuring some of the most ingenious artists in New York City, has proven to be an important first step in the lifecycle and development of new works. Through its open-submission process, ANT Fest offers a wide range of early career artists a point of entry onto the Ars Nova stage as well as into the greater New York City arts community. This year's call for submissions drew nearly 300 applicants.
Academy Award-winning actress Juliette Binoche plays the title role in a new English-language translation of Antigone, directed by the internationally renowned Belgian theater director Ivo van Hove and translated by poet and MacArthur fellow Anne Carson. The BAM engagement marks the US premiere of this powerful, collaborative work which premiered at the Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg in February and was staged at the Barbican in March. Following the BAM engagement, the production's US tour continues in Chapel Hill, NC; Ann Arbor, MI; and Washington, DC.
This production is a part of BAM's 2015 New Wave Festival.
For sixty years, Queen Elizabeth II has met with each of her twelve Prime Ministers in a private weekly meeting. This meeting is known as The Audience. No one knows what they discuss, not even their spouses. Academy Award® winner Helen Mirren returns to Broadway, and the throne, in a riveting new play by Peter Morgan, the writer of the Academy Award-nominated film, The Queen. Directed by two-time Tony Award® winner Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot), The Audience takes theatregoers behind the walls of Buckingham Palace and into the private chambers of Queen Elizabeth II as she meets with each of her Prime Ministers, from when she was a young mother to now as a Great Grandmother. From the Old Warrior Winston Churchill, to the Iron Lady Margaret Thatcher, through the charm offensive of Tony Blair right up to today's meetings with the current incumbent David Cameron, the Queen advises her Prime Ministers on all matters both public and personal. Through these private audiences, we see glimpses of the woman behind the crown and witness the moments that shaped a monarch.
6 Outer Critics Circle Nominations!
BEST PLAY BEST ACTRESS, Helen Mirren
Best Featured Actor, Richard McCabe
Best Lighting Best Costume Design
BEST DIRECTOR, Stephen Daldry
Considered Clifford Odets's finest play, Awake and Sing! premiered on Broadway in 1935, performed by the Group Theater. It is the story of the Bergers, a lower middle class, three-generation Jewish family living in a Bronx apartment during the Depression. Odets described it as "a struggle for life amid petty conditions," capturing a frenetic, pressured existence in this crowded dwelling with robust authenticity. The play recalls that this country was founded as the land of opportunity for immigrants who came with an enduring belief in the American dream. Odets's characters are all the parents, grandparents, and children who sought refuge and forged new lives. Families like these from around the world continue to make their way here every day, making Awake and Sing! as timely today as it was when it was first written.
The O'Mallerys have gathered in their local park to share some barbecue and straight talk with their sister Barbara, whose spiral of drugs and recklessness has forced her siblings to stage an open-air intervention. But the event becomes raucous and unpredictable as familial stereotypes collide with hard realities, and racial politics slam up against the stories we tell — and maybe even believe — about who we were and who we become. Kent Gash directs this new play that proves family can be a bigger vice than any other addiction.
UK and Berlin-based Gob Squad's last show at The Public was an Under The Radar sensation. This season, Gob Squad returns with the ambitious and poignant BEFORE YOUR VERY EYES, created over the course of the past two years with 8-14 year olds from around New York City. From behind the safety of one-way mirrors, the audience witnesses seven lives lived in fast forward, from angst-ridden teens to hunched geriatrics. As we adults try to stop the process of aging and preserve youth as long as we can, the children peer into the future and nostalgically back at their recent past, as they prepare to leave childhood behind forever. A must-see experience from this internationally acclaimed theater collective. The Belgian version of BEFORE YOUR VERY EYES was produced by CAMPO (Belgium) and premiered in 2012.
In 1985 Belfast, fiery and profane Anne Malloy drinks and smokes her days away with her chubby curry chip-addicted best mate. When she turns to her parish priest, Father Reilly, seeking the comforts of the flesh in addition to the comforts of the soul, she discovers her troubles have just begun. A wry and bittersweet portrait of a city at war, The Belle of Belfast forces us to consider what is wrong and what is righteous.
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
From Dood Paard ("Dead Horse") Theatre in Amsterdam comes Botox Angels, a play about militant female sexuality which is abundant in sultry dialogue, jealousy and emotional violence. Three clownish lesbian characters, named Swift, Cocky and Deedee, negotiate shifting power relationships, juggle dildos and fake breasts, play dress-up games and cross swords about men, breast reductions, philosphy versus banality and emotion versus rationality.
Botox Angels gets a unique style from the rough mind games among its three protagonists and a tactical/emotional directness that is characteristic of the Dutch. Its characters are women for whom being lesbian is, at least partially, a political choice. They don't want to hide their beauty or their sexuality and they want to be seen as attractive adult girls. The title appropriates the name of a cosmetic surgery drug to suggest women's longing to inspire desire perpetually.
The show consists of two original one-act narrative plays that are performed in a completely immersive and interactive theater space. The night will be an experience rather than just a performance, where the guests get buzzed on whiskey and wine with the characters as they peruse around a storybook 1950s southern setting which they then follow into a foggy dreamscape.
Bottled Up is a show where narrative meets experimental - and with a bar full of aged liquor. The two shows are short dark comedies and in between the two acts there will be music, drinking, dancing, and a drastic change of scenery.
Based on actual events that changed the lives of over 10,000 slaves, Butler is set at the beginning of the Civil War and follows Major General Benjamin Butler, who has just been given command of Fort Monroe in Virginia. The inexperienced but shrewd Butler meets his match when an equally shrewd runaway slave enters the fort and asks for asylum. Uproariously funny, witty and very moving, Butler is the recipient of the Edgerton Foundation New American Plays Award.
The Butter and Egg Man follows our hero, Peter Jones, a likable Mid-Western boy, as he navigates the sometimes exasperating and always exciting world of Broadway. Written in 1925, it is a hilarious satire about a seemingly simple country boy who comes to New York to break in to theatrical producing under the misguided idea that he will double his money. But the young man may be smarter than he seems – will he be able to turn a "flop" in to a "wow"?
We're well into summer and the tourists don't seem to be coming. Maybe the primaries will stir something up.
Double header of two American premieres of British playwrights!
Chewing Gum Dreams
Fourteen-year-old Tracey Gordon is rude, crude, and riotous. Who can blame her? Every which way she turns, she's constantly failed by those who should be looking out for her. But beneath her tough exterior lies a very real fear that the future holds very little for her. Explosive, thoroughly honest, and devilishly funny, Michaela Coel's award-winning Chewing Gum Dreams recalls the last days of innocence before the onrush of adulthood for a girl from the rough part of a tough city.
A whole lot of booze, a new girlfriend, and government involvement in a foreign war are just some of the factors that threaten to drive a massive wedge between two people. Can they close the ever-widening gap in their relationship, or have they reached a breaking point? Featuring rotating pairs of world-class actors, each performance of An Intervention will reveal new meaning inside this theatrical, mischievous, and engrossing two-hander from Olivier Award-winning playwright Mike Bartlett that puts personal and political intervention under a magnifying glass.
"I am ready to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter..."
Prepare to meet Winston Churchill. The former British Prime Minister made his mark in history as a Nobel Prize winner, respected politician, and one of the greatest leaders the world has seen. But in March of 1946, he has just lost an election, is in forced retirement, and everything he has fought for is threatening to slip through his fingers. When he receives an invitation from United States President Harry S. Truman to speak in Fulton, Missouri, he rediscovers his strength in a speech that impacts the world forever. Following a sold-out, critically acclaimed run in Chicago, Ronald Keaton brings Winston Churchill to life in a provocative, heart-warming, and hilarious tour de force performance that reveals the man behind the legend.
An ill-timed college production of Romeo & Juliet leads to a modern-day star-crossed romance between two men whose past tragedies suddenly encroach upon the present.
An extraordinary production from Nu•anceTheatre and John DeSotelle Studio of two beautiful yet haunting one acts by Tennessee Williams. Directed by John DeSotelle & Judith Feingold.
This Property is Condemned takes place on a railroad embankment, where a young 12 year old girl, Willie (Emily DeSotelle) spends her days balancing on the tracks. Still a child, but with worldliness and knowledge beyond her years, we find her as she encounters Tom, (Alex Scully) a local boy skipping school for his own unspoken reasons.
A decade later, Talk to Me Like the Rain, and Let Me Listen... picks up 1,000 miles north in the heat-oppressed squalor of of a cramped Manhattan room shared by an unnamed man (Endsley) and woman (Such), living on a welfare check.
Ron Sullivan, former pro-NFL player and award-winning architect, is experimenting with sexual freedom in his SoHo loft. Done with coming out and nearly divorced from his high school sweetheart, Ron has a chance encounter with Kurt, a hot Yale law student, that pushes him to the edge of his sexual boundaries . . . or beyond them. The passion that follows transforms both men, and ripples into the lives of Ron's wife and his sister Emily. Emily questions the ethics and risks of sex games, but it's ultimately up to the audience to determine who is seducing whom in the murky realm of power play and Consent.
Direct from a sold-out showing in Brooklyn, Drama Desk Award winner Godlight Theatre Company returns to 59E59 Theaters with the New York premiere adaptation of Donn Pearce's searing novel, Cool Hand Luke, the hard-hitting story of a true original.
Under the scorching Florida sun, Boss Godfrey watches the chain gang and keeps his eye on Cool Hand Luke - war hero, trouble-maker, and inspiration to his fellow inmates - just the kind of man the Boss needs to crush. For Luke's defiance and harrowing escapes bring the hope of freedom to his fellow inmates.
This powerful, new adaptation for the stage by Emma Reeves is a raw, uncompromising tale of sticking it to "The Man."
Using Shakespeare's timeless words, and a few of his own, Shakespeare & Company Training alumnus and US military veteran Stephan Wolfert performs an interactive play that weaves his own experience with some of Shakespeare's most iconic military figures. A testament to the healing power of art and human resilience, this piece reveals how Shakespeare's audiences wrestled with the same hopes and fears that occupy our modern lives.
Imagine a world without sunlight where Harry Potter, Bilbo Baggins and the cast of Dante's Inferno are real; where princes with adjectives instead of names seduce beautiful princesses; where there's just one living, breathing human being to cuddle.
Welcome to Eve's world.
Eve is a 13-year-old vampire. She has never left her room and everything she knows about anything comes from her sister Tabby and her storybook characters. Eve does everything a good little vampire girl should, including drinking her human sister's blood. But one day, Tabby tires of opening her veins and in a breath, Eve's whole world changes.
Nominated for 6 Tony Awards, including Best Play!
Fifteen-year old Christopher has an extraordinary brain; he is exceptionally intelligent but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion for killing his neighbor's dog, he sets out to identify the true culprit, which leads to an earth-shattering discovery and a journey that will change his life forever.
In the Shakespearean fairytale Cymbeline, Princess Imogen's fidelity is put to the royal test when her disapproving father banishes her soul mate. Cross-dressing girls and cross-dressing boys, poisons and swordfights and dastardly villains all take the stage in this enchanting romp about the conquering power of love.
Tickets to Shakespeare in the Park are always free to the public. Up to two tickets per person can be acquired in-person on the day of a performance when the box office opens at noon, up until curtain time. Please note that people do line up for tickets early as there is a limited availability. Alternatively, online reservations can be made by lottery for every performance. Click "Get Tickets" for more information.
Who's that at the door? In the other room? In my office? Casting my shadow?
Alan and Rob are an older married couple with a three-year-old daughter and a life they fought decades to be allowed to lead. But Alan has begun to feel an attraction to a younger gay dad; his closest straight friend's marriage is disintegrating before his eyes; and his daughter Nicola seems to prefer Rob, who's taken to parenting without any of Alan's insecurities.
In the course of one school year, three couples struggle with what it means to be married with children at this head-spinning cultural moment. By turns comic and serious, Dada Woof Papa Hot asks the question: are the challenges of gay dads the same as those of straight dads? Or is there something fundamentally different about being a gay father? And what about that nagging feeling that in assimilating to straight culture, something worth saving has been lost?
A mystery unfolds against an international backdrop as a female insurance investigator finds herself battling wits with a formidable Danish widow. Shanley, the Tony, Pulitzer and Oscar-winning author of Doubt, Moonstruck, and Outside Mullingar returns to the Powerhouse with his newest play, which he describes as "disturbing, funny, deadly serious, sexy - like a Hitchcock film with a modernist edge."
Daphne's Dive is a cheap corner bar in North Philly where Daphne and her eclectic group of friends and family meet, talk, bond and drink. As Daphne's adopted daughter, very different from her quiet and pragmatic mother, grows up, this unconventional family is forced to confront ugly secrets and take a hard look at their lives. Brimming with adversity, love and hope, this world premiere, directed by Thomas Kail (Hamilton), kicks off Quiara Alegría Hudes' Signature Residency.
Recognized as the longest-running comedy thriller on Broadway, Deathtrap is a sidesplitting romp of a play within a play. Aaron Mark, who brilliantly directed The Mystery of Irma Vep last year, directs Ira Levin's treasured Tony Award-nominated play. This witty thriller tells the tale of defeated playwright, Sidney Bruhl, who would do almost anything to write a hit Broadway play. Former student, Clifford Anderson, tells Sidney that he's written a suspense play with a seamless plot that's sure to be Broadway-bound. When Sidney lures Clifford into his colonial style home, adorned with eclectic antique weaponry, both men's motives become unclear as unforeseen happenings unfold. Jaw-dropping hilarity ensues as the zany characters weave a web of mystery in two acts.
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Debutaunt takes guests into the rarified world of southern debutantes, as they primp and preen for the "most important night of their lives". Hosted by Mistress of Ceremonies, Martha McMillan, a steel magnolia who leads with a contagious smile and an iron fist, along with five darling debutantes.
Guests will be coached on the art of posture, table manners, penmanship, and more. But even though the evening is intended to follow strict protocol, something rebellious is brewing under this perfect veneer.
Guests may participate in the show or just sit back with a drink and watch it all unfold.
The one-man show tells the story of the ups and downs, tragedies and triumphs of a writer trying to find his voice. Journeying from his humble Arkansas roots to his present-day abode of Brooklyn, The Definitive Loser's Guide to Winning gives a first-hand account of stories that have carried this emerging writer from pain and doubt, to self-discovery and introduces you to some of the losers Dui has met along the way.
It's Christmas Eve and Sarah and Sam are celebrating with an old fashioned New York debate about existential suffering—a special type of foreplay in a new relationship like theirs. But then there is knock on the door, and Sarah's childhood best friend Nate stands at the threshold. And suddenly suffering becomes a whole lot less sexy. A kaleidoscopic look at one night in New York City that changes the lives of three people forever.
It's 1952 and Mayor Ed Abbott has his town (and his wife) well under control. Or does he? Under the surface of congenial post-war Americana percolate vulnerable secrets, radical idealism and age-old prejudices that threaten the orderly business of this small, interwoven community. Award-winning playwright, Josh Billig explores the private versus the public and draws parallels between zeitgeists of the mid-20th century and present day in this Brecht style drama.
A pact with the devil brings boundless knowledge and endless gratification. There's just one little catch…
Join Chris Noth as he teams up with director Andrei Belgrader to tackle Christopher Marlowe's ever-irreverent Doctor Faustus, which remains as ahead of its time today as it was when it first scandalized audiences some four hundred years ago.
Don Juan has just gotten married — so naturally it's time for him to get out of town. Thus begins the strangest road trip in history; a madcap journey by sea and land in which our "hero" lies, cheats, blusters, and seduces his way across the world — much to the dismay of his honest but dim servant — in an effort to escape his blushing bride's outraged family. But there's an unearthly surprise waiting at the end of their road. Perhaps Molière's most quixotic farce, Don Juan teases the limits of reality, and brings the natural and supernatural into an outlandish partnership to seal the fate of one deliciously unrepentant rascal.
For over 400 years, the Drunk Shakespeare Society has been meeting and drinking. And drinking, and doing Drunk Shakespeare. A self-proclaimed "drinking club with a Shakespeare problem," the membership invites audiences to join them for a meeting in their society lounge. The evening begins with one actor drinking more than a sophisticated amount of alcohol before attempting to lead the cast through a Shakespeare story in sixty minutes. The results are messy, outrageous, and the evening devolves into debauchery.
Dry Powder is the viciously, deliciously funny new drama about the people molding and messing with the American economy. The same week his private equity firm forced massive layoffs at a national grocery chain, Rick threw himself an extravagant engagement party, setting off a publicity nightmare. Fortunately, Seth, one of Rick's managing directors, has a win-win deal to invest in an American-made luggage company for a song and rescue his boss from the company's PR disaster. But Jenny, Seth's counterpart, has an entirely different plan: to squeeze every last penny out of the company, no matter the human toll. The game is on in Sarah Burgess' gripping, razor-sharp new play about the price of success and the real cost of getting the deal done. Thomas Kail directs.
The play is part of Wilson's ten-part "Pittsburgh Cycle" plays and won the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the 1987 Tony Award for Best Play. Troy Maxon has gone through life in an America where to be proud and black is to face pressures that could crush a man, body and soul. But the1950s are yielding to the new spirit of liberation in the 1960s... a spirit that is changing the world. He has learned to deal with the only way he can: with a spirit that is making him a stranger, angry and afraid, in a world he never knew and to a wife and son he understands less and less. Morningside Players is 2014 AUDELCO winner for "The Old Settler." Arthur French directs.
Tony nominee Michael John LaChiusa imagines the inner lives and dreams of America's best-known daughters with a funny and moving follow-up to his 1993 Public musical First Lady Suite. A historical fantasia in four parts, FIRST DAUGHTER SUITE follows Patricia Nixon and daughters Tricia and Julie, Roselyn and Amy Carter, Betty and Susan Ford, Patti Davis and mom Nancy Reagan, and Barbara Bush and daughter-in-law Laura as they strive to live meaningful lives in the public eye, while dealing with the complex private relationships all of us face with our parents and children. Directed by Kirsten Sanderson, this wholly captivating new musical with a lush, sweeping score is a deeply felt new work about mothers, daughters and the surprising discoveries we make about one another as we grow.
In a run-down movie theater in central Massachusetts, three underpaid employees mop the floors and attend to one of the last 35 millimeter film projectors in the state. Their tiny battles and not-so-tiny heartbreaks play out in the empty aisles, becoming more gripping than the lackluster, second-run movies on screen. With keen insight and a finely-tuned comic eye, The Flick is a hilarious and heart-rending cry for authenticity in a fast-changing world.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Beaten down by ill-fated love and a ruthless struggle for identity, can they ultimately live with, or without, each other? Led by director Daniel Aukin (4,000 Miles), Tony Award winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard's (Buried Child) landmark myth of the new Wild West.
Long-time New York Theatre Workshop Usual Suspect Dael Orlandersmith (Yellowman, Monster, The Gimmick) returns to the Workshop with an uplifting semi-autobiographical exploration of the family we are born into and the family we choose. Forever draws from Orlandersmith's own pilgrimage to the famed Pere Lachaise Cemetery in Paris - the final resting place of legendary artists such as Marcel Proust, Oscar Wilde and Jim Morrison. At the graveside of these timeless artists, Orlandersmith finds unexpected grace in a gripping tale of the legacy a daughter inherits from her mother.
The bewildering journey of finding love in the modern world sets the premise for Terrence McNally's (Master Class, Love! Valour! Compassion!) bittersweet comedy, Frankie And Johnny In the Clair de Lune. After a one-night rendezvous in Manhattan's West Side, Johnny, a compulsive, starry-eyed, short-order cook, is convinced he has found his life companion in Frankie, a wisecracking waitress. Frankie's poor history with men leaves her hesitant to commit, but as the night progresses, she lets her guard down and an unlikely romance begins to blossom. This contemporary love story will be directed by beloved BTG Alum Karen Allen (Moonchildren, Extremities).
In A Funny Thing…, a foul-mouthed twenty-something comedienne and a middle-aged man embroiled in a nasty divorce are brought together unexpectedly when their cancer-stricken mothers become roommates in the hospital. Together, this unlikely duo must negotiate some of life's biggest challenges... while making some of the world's most inappropriate jokes. Can these two very lost people learn to laugh through their pain and lean on each other when all they really want to do is run away?
Weller Martin (James Earl Jones) and Fonsia Dorsey (Cicely Tyson) meet on the porch of their nursing home and strike up a friendship, with Weller teaching Fonsia how to play gin rummy. As they play, they share stories about the lives they led in the outside world. But when Fonsia wins every hand, Weller becomes increasingly frustrated, until their gin games and conversations become a battleground, with each player exposing the other's failures, disappointments and insecurities.
This funny, trenchant and powerful new play follows an ambitious group of editorial assistants at a notorious Manhattan magazine, each of whom hopes for a starry life of letters and a book deal before they turn thirty. But when an ordinary humdrum workday becomes anything but, the stakes for who will get to tell their own story become higher than ever.
This theatrical event is a hilarious interactive parody of the prestigious world of art auctions. Go behind the scenes at Chump's Auction House. This is an unscrupulous world where you'll get to meet and join in the fun with the owners and crazy employees of Chump's at its grand annual gala. It features a cast of engaging scoundrels who pull you into the action as the story and intrigue of the famous Chump Auction House unfolds. The show culminates with a rollicking auction and you're the patrons! Collect your bidding paddles and fortune in Chump Money as you enter and then bid, laugh, and be swindled! The lucky bidders actually take home the "Objets d'Artes".
Celebrated playwright Rajiv Joseph (Broadway's Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo) brings a bold and surprising new play to Atlantic.
In 1648 India, two Imperial Guards watch from their post as the sun rises for the first time on the newly-completed Taj Mahal- an event that shakes their respective worlds. When they are ordered to perform an unthinkable task, the aftermath forces them to question the concept of friendship, beauty and duty, and changes them forever.
hakespeare's masterpiece, performed 'bare Bard' style in a 90-minute performance in the Dell at The Mount. Grounds are open for picnicking prior to each performance.
Michael is a neurotic actor and adoptee obsessed with two things- finding his real mother, and playing the famous Gloomy Dane. His twin fixations collide when he tracks down Anna, a reclusive former actress-turned-barfly; gripped by the notion that she might be his actual birth-mother, he first stalks her from a distance, then lures her into a noirish production of Hamlet playing the role of the queen, his mother. Hamlet In Bed is a twisty and darkly comic story about mothers and sons. About what it means to live a life in the theatre, both a generation ago, and now. And about families- the ones we're born into, and the ones we find along the way.
Nominated for 5 Tony Awards, including Best Play!
The hilarious and provocative Hand to God centers on shy, inquisitive student Jason, who finds an outlet for his burgeoning creativity at the Christian Puppet Ministry in the devoutly religious, relatively quiet small town of Cypress, Texas. Jason's complicated relationships with the town pastor, the school bully, the girl next door and—most especially—his mother are thrown into further upheaval when Jason's hand puppet Tyrone—once soft-spoken—takes on a shocking and dangerously irreverent personality all its own. As Tyrone's influence over Jason steadily grows, Hand to God explores the startlingly fragile nature of faith, morality, and the ties that bind us.
Renowned director Andrei Belgrader reexamines this Samuel Beckett classic, newly relevant to a generation burdened by climate change and environmental doom. Brooke Adams plays Winnie, a woman buried up to her bosom in a mound of dirt with nothing to pass the time but the ragged contents of her bag, her nimble wit, and her husband Willie, played by Tony Shalhoub, lurking somewhere behind her. This droll, existential allegory demonstrates the vitality of the human spirit in the face of a deteriorating world.
Tarell Alvin McCraney, MacArthur Award-winning playwright of the acclaimed Brother/Sister Plays, returns to The Public with an astonishing, deeply moving new drama about family, acceptance and the power of faith. At the mouth of the Mississippi River, Shelah's family and friends have come to celebrate her birthday and save her from a leaking roof. But in this contemporary parable inspired by the Book of Job, unexpected events turn the reunion into the ultimate test of faith and love. As her world seems to collapse around her, Shelah must fight to survive the rising flood of life's greatest challenges. Regular Public Theater collaborator Tina Landau directs this poetic and piercing new play.
Amidst the bustle of a crowded London train station, Clare spots Alex, a much older man, and plants a kiss on his neck. This electric encounter thrusts these two strangers into a fascinating and life-changing game. Directed by Drama Desk Award winner Mark Brokaw (The Lyons, How I Learned to Drive), Heisenberg brings to blazing, theatrical life the uncertain and often comical sparring match that is human connection.
This epic tale chronicles the infamous journey of a disaffected prince to legendary king, when a man sets out to repair his broken nation, prove his worth, and win the affections of the French Princess. This intimate 'bare Bard' production emphasizes the power of language and ferocity of war.
Editor Walter Burns will do anything to find an ace reporter cunning enough to scoop a story in the cutthroat Chicago press world, even if that means turning to his ex-wife, Hildy Johnson, who comes back to the newsroom one last time before leaving the game for good. In Guare's adaptation, the play takes place in 1939, the day before war breaks out in Europe, which adds a political framework to the otherwise antic proceedings.
How to Be a New Yorker shows audiences everything they ever needed to know about what it takes to be a real New Yorker, or at least not stand out as a tourist.
Two brilliant female scientists meet on the eve of a national conference and find themselves clashing over their views on men and women, love and conflict, genes and destiny. From the writer of House of Cards and In Treatment, this smart-witted, sharp new comedy will have audiences questioning their ideas about sex.
If your future were held within a sealed envelope... would you open it? 1970, Northern California. Three opinionated siblings in their sixties (an Episcopalian, an Agnostic and a seeker of everything under the holy sun) along with their ancient childhood nanny, are thrown into a philosophical comic frenzy by an unexpected guest bearing mysterious predictions…
Homebound due to illness, Caroline is a bit of a loner. So when Anthony- a popular classmate and total stranger - unexpectedly arrives to work on a school project about Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass, she is less than thrilled.
But, as the poetry project progresses, Caroline finds herself opening up in ways she never imagined possible and together, the two discover a much deeper mystery. An ode to life, love and human connection, I and You will warm your heart and leave you breathless.
I Don't Look Like What I've Been Through is a testament to how God has the ability to keep us looking fresh and renewed even in the midst of our storms.
Renee's life is in an uproar as she deals with her failing health and her lack of finances. She is fighting desperately to keep her eyes on Jesus and her spirits high. This is not an easy task in as much as she is also trying to help her cousin Octavia battle her own personal demons. Although the enemy is fighting Renee she holds fast to Psalm 100:4 which instructs her to "enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise…" She is determined to praise her way through this storm knowing that her testimony will be "I don't look like what I've been through."
This is Rebecca's life: she wakes up, eats a sensible breakfast, wraps herself in three layers, drives to the train station, commutes to her bookkeeping job in the city, watches the clock, goes home, cooks dinner for her domineering mother, watches TV, and falls asleep grieving for her dead dog. Every day is the same as the next until Rebecca's underachieving brother begs her to take care of her troubled niece—and she does what she always does—she lets it happen. In an unforgivingly bitter month, three generations of women with nothing in common, except a deeply buried ache, try to keep the cold away. Suzanne Heathcote's I Saw My Neighbor On the Train and Didn't Even Smile is a funny, poignant drama.
Aaron Loeb brings a dark comic edge to this psychological suspense thriller, in which a group of corporate consultants work together on a mysterious and ethically ambiguous project. As the lines between right and wrong are blurred, these characters must navigate the cognitive dissonances and moral dilemmas to decide for themselves if everything is as it really seems.
A modern-day retelling of Homer's classic tale of gods and goddesses, undying love and endless battles, told through the eyes of a single narrator whose gripping monologue captures both the heroism and horror of war. Crafted around the stories of Achilles and Hector, this powerful piece vividly drives home the timelessness of mankind's compulsion toward violence.
Once the voice of a generation, the once prominent Erasmus Bernstein returns to the theatre with his first new work in over two decades. Reading his long-awaited opus is an ambitious young actor and fervent admirer. However, the magic quickly wears off and their collaboration deteriorates into a bitter power struggle.
Set in a small black box theatre in New York, this comedic play examines the intricate workings of art and ego, genius versus pretension and the tenuous balance between writer and actor in either a comedy filled with pathos or a tragedy replete with humor.
Important Hats of the Twentieth Century spins the rip-roaring tale of Sam Greevy, the hottest fashion designer in 1930's New York... that is, until rival Paul Roms starts releasing strange but popular pieces like "sweatshirts," "tracksuits" and "skater pants." When Greevy's minions break into Roms's shady operation, they make a startling discovery that could explain from where – or should we say from when? – these avant-garde ensembles are coming. Soon, this rivalry turns into a battle for the very future of humankind, and more importantly, fashion!
In an old wooden house by the shore of Lake Ontario in Canada, Louis battles with his elderly father, Don, whose decline into dementia is gradually robbing him of the ability to speak.
Into their lives comes Flora, the caregiver that Louis employs to look after Don. Flora, who is of Scottish heritage, understands that the 'nonsense' that Don speaks is fragmented Gaelic, opening up an ocean of revelations and buried family history spanning the Atlantic.
In My Father's Words is a beautiful play about identity - national and personal - and language, and the utter indivisibility between the two.
Celebrating the Centennial of Arthur Miller's birth, Incident at Vichy returns the work of the Pulitzer Prize winning playwright to Signature for the first time since his 1997-98 Residency. In Vichy, France at the height of World War II, nine men and a boy are rounded up under suspicious circumstances. As ominous reports of far-off camps and cattle cars packed with prisoners begin to circulate, the men battle over politics, philosophy and how to escape. Longtime Signature director Michael Wilson (Horton Foote's The Old Friends and The Orphans' Home Cycle) helms this haunting examination of the cold, bureaucratic efficiency of evil—and the shared humanity that might overcome it.
A pathologist steals the brain of Albert Einstein; a neuropsychologist embarks on her first romance with another woman; a seizure patient forgets everything but how much he loves his girlfriend. Incognito braids these mysterious stories into one breathtaking whole that asks whether memory and identity are nothing but illusions. Directed by Tony Award winner Doug Hughes (Doubt, Outside Mullingar, The City of Conversation), Incognito takes us into the last uncharted realm—the mind.
A spirited, poignant, haunting, historical drama about race, class, money, religion & love.
it's opening night of Peter Austin's (Matthew Broderick) new play as he anxiously awaits to see if his show is a hit. With his career on the line, he shares his big First Night with his best friend, a television star (Martin Short), his fledgling producer (Katie Finneran), his erratic leading lady (Stockard Channing), his wunderkind director (Maulik Pancholy), an infamous drama critic (F. Murray Abraham), and a wide-eyed coat check attendant on his first night in Manhattan (Micah Stock). It's alternately raucous, ridiculous and tender — reminding audiences why there's no business like show business. Thank God!
The week after Thanksgiving. A Bed & Breakfast in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. A cheerful innkeeper. A young couple struggling to stay together. Thousands of inanimate objects, watching.
The first play of Pulitzer Prize-winner Annie Baker's Signature residency, John features Georgia Engel and Lois Smith, and is directed by Baker's frequent collaborator, Obie Award-winner Sam Gold.
Judith: A Parting From The Body by Howard Barker
The story of Judith is one of the great tales of female heroism and sexuality that has inspired artists in nearly every generation. In Barker's telling, the fatal encounter between Judith and Holofernes becomes a complex duel of seduction and deception and a compelling study of intense desire and the sometimes terrifying nature of love.
VINEGAR TOM by Caryl Churchill
A haunting play with seriously subversive intent – misogny, torture + songs. In a village in 17th century England three women are threatened with death for the practice of witchcraft. Vinegar Tom is a cabaret about hanging witches, with no witches.
In Kill Floor, Andy returns to her hometown after three years in prison and takes a job at the local slaughterhouse, while trying to reconcile with her 15 year-old son, B, a passionate vegetarian.
The Royal Shakespeare Company productions of William Shakespeare's history plays, Richard II; Henry IV Parts I and II; and Henry V, all directed by RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran and performed in repertory. King and Country: Shakespeare's Great Cycle of Kings is a worldwide theatrical event marking the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, with performances at BAM, London's Barbican, and in Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong.
The Queen is dead: after a lifetime of waiting, the prince ascends the throne. A future of power. But how to rule? This "bracingly provocative and outrageously entertaining new play," (The Independent) explores the people underneath the crowns, the unwritten rules of our democracy, and the onscience of Britain's most famous family.
Sports agent Liz Rico has money and an elite client roster but a woman in a man's industry has to fight to stay on top. She's worked twice as hard to get where she is and wants to take over the agency that she's helped build. Enter Freddie Luna, a high school basketball superstar with a troubled past. If Liz can keep this talented yet volatile young star in line, she just might end up making not only his career, but her own as well. But at what price?
Emmy, Grammy, and Tony Award-winner Cynthia Nixon makes her Festival debut in Carey Perloff's gripping and sexy new drama. The tightly wound lives of a fiery newspaper editor (Nixon), an upstart journalist, and an overly-protective mother unravel when a passionate entanglement turns into an intense power struggle. Helmed by Obie Award-winning director Jo Bonney, Kinship explores the deep, often funny, and always intense pursuit of total happiness.
Tony-nominated Jessica Hecht and Drama Desk Award-winner Eric Bogosian couple up for the world premiere of Daniel Goldfarb's funny and turbulent Legacy. When renowned novelist Neil Abrams (Bogosian) is panned by The New York Times, he reopens the conversation with his wife Suzanne (Hecht) about starting a family. As Neil copes with feeling increasingly antiquated and culturally irrelevant and Suzanne begins a relationship with one of Neil's brilliant grad students (Feiffer), the equilibrium of their marriage is threatened. Directed by Obie Award-winner Oliver Butler, this thoughtful drama exposes the cost of trying to will our own legacy.
From The Debate Society, a haunted love story spanning four decades. Chicago 1893: The Zoopraxiscope, cracker jacks and neon lights. The Ferris Wheel, hootchy-kootchy... hell they even had the hamburger! On the eve of a glowing new century, something terrible happens in a humble two-story home. And everything ends. Chicago 1933: When the fair returns 40 years later, so do the unfinished histories of everything that could have been. And so things begin for the hermit upstairs and the mysterious look-a-like below.
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.
Elegant in its simplicity yet limitless in its scope, Long Day's Journey Into Night is the tale of an ordinary summer's day with extraordinary consequences. Drawing so heavily from the author's personal history that it could only be produced posthumously, the story of the Tyrone family and their battle to unearth—and conceal—a lifetime of secrets continues to reveal itself to audiences as one of the most profound and powerful plays ever brought to the stage.
Adapted for stage by Constance Cox from Wilde's 1890's short story, Lord Arthur, a well-intentioned but slightly dim-witted member of the English peerage, is told by a mysterious palm-reader that he is destined to commit a murder. Eager to marry, he decides he must do the deed immediately; and with the aid of his trusty butler and an anarchist named Winkelkopf, he sets out to execute the perfect crime. "Wilde-ly" entertaining, witty and clever, this is Oscar Wilde at his very best.
When their seventeen-year-old daughter goes missing during a winter storm, Maggie and Lou -- former high school sweethearts, now divorced -- are forced to confront the legacy of their past decisions. Lost Girls is a hard-hitting drama about a blue-collar family struggling to rise above their limited prospects to prevent history from repeating itself.
Determined to donate almost everything she owns before her life of grace and privilege ends, wealthy widow Cornelia Cunningham's plan hits a snag when an ambitious and ingratiating young man arrives to claim his alleged inheritance. Residency One playwright A.R. Gurney paints an incisive and hysterical portrait of the trials of class, family, legacy and race in this world premiere comedy.
Ten explorers. Four boats. One grand canyon. A true(ish) story.
Six-time Tony Award-winner Audra McDonald and Tony Award-nominee Will Swenson take the stage in Nobel laureate Eugene O'Neill's final masterpiece. When Phil Hogan, a salty tenant farmer, fears he will lose his property, his daughter Josie (McDonald), lures their dissolute landlord, Jamie Tyrone (Swenson), into bed one summer night. Under the glow of the moon, truth comes into focus for these two souls, but what awaits them when dawn breaks? Helmed by Gordon Edelstein and featuring scenic design by the world-renowned Ming Cho Lee, this raw and invigorating new look at O'Neill's poetic and bitterly romantic A Moon for the Misbegotten assures us of the heart's capacity for infinite love and forgiveness.
New Federal and Castillo will be presenting The Most Dangerous Man in America (W.E.B. Du Bois), the final play written by the great Amiri Baraka. The play focuses on the later years of scholar and activist W.E.B. Du Bois when he was attacked by the FBI as an "agent of a foreign power" for his advocacy of peace and his opposition to nuclear weapons.
Penned by the Emmy award-winning writer of Mad Men and Olive Kitteridge, this powerful and dark comedy follows the tale of Joan of Arc, as seen through the eyes of her mum who is doing her very best to accept the fact that her daughter is different. Parenthood, religion, sexuality and politics all play a role; Tina Packer stars as the Mother of the Maid.
Acclaimed classical actor Edward Petherbridge was cast as King Lear, when on the second day of rehearsals he suffered a stroke that left him barely able to move. As he struggled to recover Edward made a discovery: the entire role of Lear still existed word for word in his mind.
From being on the brink of playing one of Shakespeare's most revered roles, to lying in a hospital bed surrounded by doctors, Edward never imagined what tragedies and comedies lay in store for him.
This summer, acclaimed Russian director Aleksey Burago returns with My Uncle Chekhov, a heart-warming, larger-than-life comedy celebrating the short stories of Anton Chekhov. Interwoven around one of Chekhov's most beloved tales, The Darling, this show also features twelve of his best anecdotes, including Fat and Thin, Questions Posed by a Mad Mathematician, Death of a Government Clerk, A Little Joke, Minds in Ferment, Daughter of Albion, A Happy Ending and more. Join the cast of nine colorful characters as they fumble through love, loss and the beautiful absurdity of life.
Country music star Justin Spears has the world on their knees. He's a good ole bad boy, a thankless..shameless…phony…user…you get the idea, that's tying the knot tomorrow; but tonight, he's tying one on. He's going to party hardy with his entourage of ruthless, calculating managers, faux fans and friends, his favorite pig-farming uncle and a plastic model. So how does this rowdy, raucous, rodeo go so wrong…so fast?
Welcome to the New Country, where the hits just keep on comin'. Where the phoniness is phoned in and the egos, reality and people are full of hot air – sometimes literally. When the chickens come home to roost, will Justin come out on top, or will his career go pop?
Liana and Marcus are a well-off couple enjoying their perfectly pleasant lives. Doré has grown accustomed to an isolated existence in her working class neighborhood. After a surprise reunion on Marcus' 40th birthday, their worlds are shattered by an unexpected turn of events. A World Premiere production from Residency One playwright Naomi Wallace, Night Is a Room is a searing exploration of love's power to both ruin and remake our lives.
The three Stockton sisters are witty, brilliant, beautiful – and a total mess, thanks to the legacy of their complicated novelist father. In Melissa Ross' new play, these women gather at their family home on Cape Cod for a summer weekend. Their reunion ignites passions, humor, and wildly unanticipated upheavals. MTC's award-winning Artistic Director Lynne Meadow helms Of Good Stock, Ross' raw, poignant and hilarious look at the fun and dysfunction of that thing we call family.
Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winner Kyra Sedgwick makes her WTF debut in the world premiere of a play by Pulitzer Prize-winner William Inge. As the second wave of feminism crests in America, the elegant but emotionally-fragile Faye Garrit (Sedgwick) seeks refuge from her husband, a former professional baseball player, by checking into a run-down resort on the outskirts of St. Louis, with her 17-year-old daughter. The future for mother and daughter may look hazy, but personal, political, and sexual awakenings allow them to move forward with new and heartbreaking clarity.
Frustrated artist Ben Schmitt discovers the paintings of an old friend who mysteriously disappeared 3 years ago. After sharing them with his agent, the art world suddenly falls under the spell of the work and the artist's disappearance. Ben is left to ponder: what about me?
Howard and Janet Shirley live an average, humdrum life in an average Northern town in England. But Howard has an anything-but-average talent: a photographic memory that he uses to win a TV quiz show.
With his winnings, he and Janet travel the world in style, seeing everything they can. But upon their return, a disillusioned Howard makes a sinister proposition to Janet.
Adapted from Anthony Burgess' (author of 'A Clockwork Orange') 1961 novel, this darkly comic story is a hilarious and provocative condemnation of culture and the modern world.
Inspired by the Orpheus myth and the neuroscience of memory, the Deconstructive Theatre Project collides cinema, radio play, and theater vocabularies into an art-house film created and screened in real time.
It's the good 'bad old days' of 1987, the later Reagan years, when all was fair in love and business. Lawrence Garfinkle is an expert at buying up undervalued companies and liquidating them for a profit, and he's the kind of guy you love to hate. But will he win in his newest attempt at domination when he comes up against a surprising adversary, the brilliant and beautiful lawyer Kate Sullivan? Suspenseful and funny, this greed-filled drama is as timely and titillating today as it was when it first premiered.
Kim is a journalist, writing what she thinks will be a run-of-the-mill article about a father and son team of ghost hunters in rural Virginia. As the three of them pass the evening outside a haunted barn, waiting for spirits to reveal themselves, what begins as just another day at the office soon becomes a night none of them will forget. In the paranormal world, the ghosts you hunt may be closer than you think.
On the verge of death for the umpteenth time, Anna (Linda Lavin) makes a shocking confession to her grown children: an affair from her past that just might have resonance beyond the family. But how much of what she says is true? While her children try to separate fact from fiction, Anna fights for a legacy she can be proud of. With razor-sharp wit and extraordinary insight, Our Mother's Brief Affair considers the sweeping, surprising impact of indiscretions both large and small.
Aging farm laborer Nukain has spent his life transforming the rocks at Revolver Creek into a vibrant garden of painted flowers. Now, the final unpainted rock, as well as his young companion Bokkie, has forced Nukain to confront his legacy as a painter, a person and a black man in 1980s South Africa. When the landowner's wife arrives with demands about the painting, the profound rifts of a country hurtling toward the end of apartheid are laid bare.
Tony and Obie Award-winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson directs the world premiere of a bracing and charged drama from Dominique Morisseau. Blue, a gifted trumpeter, contemplates selling his once-vibrant jazz club in Detroit's Blackbottom neighborhood to shake free the demons of his past and better his life. But where does that leave his devoted Pumpkin, who has dreams of her own? And, what does it mean for the club's resident bebop band? When a mysterious woman with a walk that drives men mad comes to town with her own plans, everyone's world is turned upside down. This dynamic and musically-infused drama shines light on the challenges of building a better future on the foundation of what our predecessors have left us.
Eric and Cyndy are looking for some direction. They've decided to follow the lead of their friends Zach and Shelley and make Christian Domestic Discipline the foundation of their marriage. But restructuring their lives and their union according to role play and a new moral code upends everything they knew--and took for granted--about one another, their friends, and more importantly, who really holds the paddle!
Thou shalt covet thy neighbor's wife. And thy neighbor, too, at this suburban get-together for partner-swapping couples. Drawn in by The Lifestyle's promise of freedom and titillation, newly married Chris and Kristy attend an alcohol-fueled party for swingers, only to find themselves at odds with the idea of free love and, suddenly, each other. Idealism devolves into chaos in this sharp, sardonic assault on the struggle for power, and the sexual politics of getting laid.
A Queen for a Day is a brand new mob play by practicing lawyer Michael Ricigliano Jr. about the high stakes Mafia world. Set in an abandoned warehouse, Giovanni (David Proval) is a respected "made-man" forced into a difficult position. Torn between love, loyalty and survival, he is asked to give up his crime boss brother as part of a one day immunity deal also known as a "Queen for a Day." Giovanni is faced with the difficult choice of saving himself or keeping the secrets of his family.
Veteran actors of The Sopranos fame, Vincent Pastore, David Proval, and David Deblinger are joined by Portia to undertake this intriguing mob scenario, where we learn that immunity always comes with a price.
An imagined version of true events, Red Velvet is the story of Ira Aldridge, the first African-American actor to play Othello on the English stage in 1833. Fresh from his critically acclaimed performances in Tamburlaine (TFANA) and The Iceman Cometh (BAM), OBIE Award-winning actor John Douglas Thompson stars as Ira Aldridge in this powerful play where lines are blurred between race, friendship, betrayal and art.
This spring, the Mobile Shakespeare Unit, which strengthens community engagement with the arts by bringing free, world-class productions of Shakespeare to communities all across New York City, will present Shakespeare's timeless tale of Romeo & Juliet. In some of the most romantic language ever written for the stage, young Romeo and Juliet become fortune's fools when the ancient grudge between their families forces them to sacrifice all for the chance to be together. Obie Award winner Lear deBessonet directs the classic tale of star-cross'd lovers caught between the world outside the bedroom window and passion as boundless as the sea. This production will tour the five boroughs followed by a three week sit-down engagement at the Public.
Acclaimed German director, Peter Kleinert directs the Irondale ensemble in a production of Bert Brecht's master-work Saint Joan of the Stockyards. A darkly comic tale of romance between a meatpacking tycoon and a Salvation Army worker set amidst the milieu of unemployed workers, high-rolling millionaires, and corporate greed. "I want Irondale's "St. Joan" to come right out of Brooklyn", says director Peter Kleinert. Originally set in 1920's Chicago, Brecht's drama focuses the driving issues of the pursuit of justice in a system driven by profit, and the individual in a fight for what is good and against society. Performed at Irondale for the first time since 1993, the ensemble presents this gripping drama laced with humor and songs.
The eternal battle between the artist and the State….the passionate story of the Venetian painter Galactia, and her collision with the Doge of Venice
Part play, part concert, and part environmental experience, SeaWife is a modern theatrical event that envelops its audience in a dark original tale marked with romance, tragedy, and spirits on the high seas. Audiences will be invited to raise a glass of ale as they are transported through an adventure of epic proportions following Percy, a young sailor bred within the golden age of the American whaling industry, as he journeys through port cities and sea vessels in search of a greater glory than killing leviathan. From haunting folk ballads to rhythmic bluegrass melodies, SeaWife features an original score that weaves lush harmonies and folk instrumentation to create a unique acoustic sound, performed by actor-musicians Tommy Crawford, Eloïse Eonnet, Alex Grubbs, Will Turner, Tony Vo and Douglas Waterbury-Tieman ("The Lobbyists") with Raymond Sicam III.
Entertainment with benefits! In this new three-character comedy featuring a straight woman, a seductive model, and you-know-who, audiences are welcomed into a fun-filled world of foolproof moves and insider advice that could only be culled from that most insightful of individuals: the gay man. Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man is based on the international best-selling book of the same title.
A limited number of $35.00 rush tickets will be available on a first come, first serve basis and subject to availability when the box office opens one hour prior to the performance.
This fast-paced mashup of scenes, facts, sword-play and quotes from many of Shakespeare's greatest plays is an accessible introduction to Bard and fun for the entire family.
A Dubliner seeks help from a counselor after claiming to have seen the ghost of his recently deceased wife. As their sessions unfold, secrets are exposed in this thriller where a simple tale turns out to be anything but. The New York Times described it as a "quiet, haunting and absolutely glorious new play… as close to perfection as contemporary playwriting gets."
Shows for Days is playwright Douglas Carter Beane's fond remembrance of his immersion into a life in the theater. The comedy is set in Reading, Pennsylvania, in 1973, when 14-year old Car, the play's narrator and the author's alter ego, is introduced to the world of theater through his local community theater, the Prometheus Theatre, and its devoted cast and crew, which is led by Irene, an indomitable force of nature whose life is dedicated to putting on productions she directs, designs, and stars in.
Jordan Berman would love to be in love, but that's easier said than done. So until he meets Mr. Right, he wards off lonely nights with his trio of close-knit girlfriends. But as singles' nights turn into bachelorette parties, Jordan finds that supporting the ones you love can be just as impossible as finding love itself.
Marking Joshua Harmon's return to Roundabout following the success of his breakthrough hit Bad Jews, Significant Other is a hilarious and heart-wrenching new play that takes us into the trenches of single life in the city, reminding us that you can't hurry love—no matter how much you wish you could. Trip Cullman (Punk Rock, Murder Ballad) directs.
Nominated for 7 Tony Awards!
On a bitterly cold London evening, schoolteacher Kyra Hollis (Carey Mulligan) receives an unexpected visit from her one-time boss and former lover, Tom Sergeant (Bill Nighy), a successful and charismatic restaurateur. When Tom's wife discovered their relationship, Kyra had walked out – on Tom, and their work together at Tom's restaurant – for a teaching job at a money-starved state school. Now, years later, Tom's wife is dead; burdened with conflicting emotions – guilt, grief, longing – he has returned to settle unfinished business. But Kyra has built a new life for herself as a dedicated teacher for the under-served youth of the East End, and Tom's arrival knocks her out of her carefully constructed equanimity. As the evening progresses, the two attempt to rekindle their once passionate relationship, only to find themselves locked in a dangerous battle of opposing ideologies and mutual desires.
Following a sold-out 2014 run of its Eugene Onegin, Russia's legendary Vakhtangov Theatre company returns to NY City Center with a new theatrical masterpiece. Set in Jewish shtetl in Lithuania at the turn of the 20th Century, Smile at Us, Oh Lord is once humorous and heartbreaking tale of a "little man", who remains committed to his faith and vehemently opposed to wrongdoing even as the world around him crumbles. Accented by soulful music, and featuring an all-star cast, the theater's latest play is brought to life by Vakhtangov's renowned artistic director, Rimas Tuminas.
Based on a true NYC murder case, Speakeasy Dollhouse immerses audience in a surreal, Prohibition-era time capsule featuring live jazz, burlesque, mobsters, moonshine and more.
Transporting audiences to an era of mobsters, moonshine, and murder, Cynthia von Buhler's Speakeasy Dollhouse, one of the city's most unique, interactive, and surreal theatre experiences, proudly celebrated its two-year anniversary in October 2013. Performing to sold-out audiences since October 2011, Speakeasy Dollhouse brings an actual unsolved Prohibition-era murder to life in the downtown building that once served as mobster Meyer Lansky's hangout.
This is an immersive event. Each guest is assigned a role when they show up. Audience members are encouraged to explore and talk to strangers. Unlocked doors (or revolving bookshelves) should be entered.
Inspired by the death of Trayvon Martin and other nameless black men, Strings follows one man's road to execution, and hopefully, another's toward redemption. As Man awaits his impending hearing and execution for cleaning up his neighborhood, the only person that wants seems to want Man to live is his brand new lawyer, Derek. While Derek prepares to defend a man he just met, for a trial they each find that they some things are inescapable and no one is truly innocent.
Patriarch Max has died, leaving behind two sons, Brett and Alec, and a lover Vivi. All three reunite for one evening in Vivi's New York apartment. Secrets, passions and ghosts of the past emerge for this trio as each of them faces an uncertain future.
Academy Award nominee Sam Waterston (Newsroom, Law & Order, the Public's King Lear) returns in The Tempest, Shakespeare's classic about young love, old enemies and the eternal magic of storytelling. Exiled to a fantastical island, Prospero unleashes a storm to shipwreck the traitor brother who stole his throne and settle the score once and for all. But bitter revenge is upended by newfound love in this sublime masterpiece that proves we are all "such stuff as dreams are made on." Tony Award nominee Michael Greif (Romeo and Juliet, Our Lady of Kibeho, If/Then, Next to Normal) directs.
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"Once upon a time there was a little girl who knew exactly who she was and what she wanted." Thus begins This Is For US, a monologue driven play using original underscoring, overlapping text, prose inspired language, and stylized movement to challenge the way we view ourselves, others, and our world. A little "A Chorus Line", a little "For Colored Girls", a little avant garde 1960s theatre, and a whole lot of contemporary punch, This Is For US is truly a love letter for everyone.
What remains when the senses fail? Who do you become? Prepare to question everything you know about your experience of the world as a brilliant and just a tad unhinged company of actors shatter the stereotypes at the heart of the legacy of one of the greatest thinkers of the 20th Century. Three Days to See creates a vivid, intimate, deeply moving, and strangely hilarious portrait of Helen Keller revealing a startling hidden story of luminous intelligence and extraordinary accomplishment. These electric performers will joyfully demolish and reconstruct everything you thought you knew about this utterly unique American icon and introduce you to Keller's revelatory and singular take on culture, feminism, romance and politics. Your perception of this trailblazer, and possibly of your whole world, will never be the same.
Leila and Rashid, Egyptian Americans with ties to Cairo, attempt to solve their relationship issues by inviting a relative stranger into their bedroom to engage in a threesome. What begins as a hilariously awkward evening soon becomes an experience fraught with secrets, raising issues of sexism, possession and independence.
Carmina Slovenica is a Slovenian "vocal theatre" company, world renowned for their unconventional choral storytelling, adding opera, drama, and movement. In Toxic Psalms, the almost sinister music mirrors the unspeakable violences and victimizations across our world today. Channeling ancient and modern humanities, the ensemble of 34 young women invokes Africa, the Middle East, Pussy Riot, weapons, extinctions, contaminations and abuses of religions —everywhere violence against others is exalted and deified. In the age of #YesAllWomen and #NotOneMore, Carmina Slovenica is a mighty arsenal for fighting back, igniting the anthem that "something has to be done."
Toxic Psalms is a part of the Prototype Festival, with lead funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with significant support from the Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts, The Charles and Cerise Jacobs Fund for New Opera, and The Reed Foundation. Prototype is a collaboration between Beth Morrison Projects and HERE.
Toxic Psalms is co-produced by Beth Morrison Projects, HERE and Carmina Slovenica.
Traveling Papers is a passport to theatrical adventure which explores our connections to travel. Through an entertaining encounter with novels, poetry, short stories, personal letters and other literary works by Mark Twain, Edith Wharton, Anthony Bourdain, W. Somerset Maugham, Michael Clinton, Paul Theroux, Edna Ferber, Robert Frost, Rosemary Mahoney, Walt Whitman, Charles Dickens, Rudyard Kipling, Alice Steinbach and Peter Mayle, among many others, Traveling Papers transports us by exploring the joys and frustrations of travel. It reveals how human beings long for the distant horizon. In this era of myriad reality television shows devoted to travel competitions, and vast amounts of web-based videos, tweets, instagrams and newsprint concerned with the latest exotic destination...Now is the time to pack your bags for Traveling Papers!
Every Tuesday, Pauline visits her elderly father to do household chores and take him to the grocery store. But it's not just fruit and vegetables she searches for walking down the aisles. It's the lost love of her father, who cannot forget who Pauline once was - his son Paul.
Tuesdays at Tesco's is an intense, thought-provoking journey, exploring perceptions of identity and the lines we dare to cross.
Based on a little-known incident in LA history, this theatrical thrill ride explores the collision of reality and fantasy as two actors juggle various roles to entrap homosexuals for "social vagrancy" in the public restrooms of 1914 Long Beach. But are they actually entrapping each other? Who they are and what they need is a mystery that deepens with every twist and turn. The Twentieth-Century Way earned Mr. Jacobson a PEN Center USA Award for Drama, and was a sensation at the 2010 NY International Fringe Festival, winning Overall Excellence in Production of a Play.
"Tom Jacobson has fashioned a hall of mirrors that show cases the mesmerizing, challenging and erotically charged performances of Will Bradley and Robert Mammana" - TimeOutNY
The Twentieth-Century Way contains mature subject matter and nudity and is not appropriate for children.
Newly discharged soldier Jess has finally returned to her Florida hometown. She brings with her not only vivid memories of her three tours in Afghanistan, but painful burns that have left her physically and emotionally scarred. Jess soon realizes that things at home have changed even more than she has. Through the use of virtual reality video game therapy, she builds a breathtaking new world where she can escape her pain. As Jess advances farther in the game, she begins to restore her relationships, her life and, slowly, herself..
On a cold afternoon in February, Jonah knocks on the door of a townhouse in Brooklyn Heights. He's come to persuade Claudia to sell her famously secret art collection to a university archive. Instead she turns the tables and reveals to him a series of mysteries about the nature of love, legacy and the untold history of the city.
Keith Bunin (The Busy World is Hushed, The Credeaux Canvas, Sam Bendrix…) returns to Powerhouse with this world premiere directed by Tony Award nominee Sean Mathias (Indiscretions, Waiting for Godot/No Man's Land).
Curated by codirectors Mark Russell and Meiyin Wang, this highly-anticipated 12-day festival in January showcases cutting-edge theater from around the U.S. and the world.
A middle-aged man and woman sit opposite each other in a train compartment on a journey from Paris to Frankfurt. He is a world famous author; she, one of his biggest fans, carries his latest novel in her handbag and ponders the dilemma of reading it in front of him. From the creator of Art and God of Carnage, this illuminating drama explores themes of intimacy, celebrity, and second chances.
The Upper Room is a new play with original music inspired by the back-to-the-land movement. Set on an island way off the north coast of Maine, the last participants of a once thriving commune meet the sea. Anxious and restless, the quorum gathers around the table in their upper room to confront the rising water and certain members' curious ailments. A darkly humorous consideration of spirituality and the dangers of our changing environment combines with a live mixed score, antique scuba suits and an overhead projector to create a brand new music theater event.
Meet Beth and Doug: two people who have no problems getting dates with their partners of choice. What they do have, however, is a very awkward encounter after spending one hot night together following a drunken wedding reception they attend. They wake up to a blurry morning where the rules of attraction, sex and society are waiting for them before their first cup of coffee, which leads them to ponder how much they really know about each other and how much they really care about what other people think. The Way We Get By is a play about love and lust and the whole damn thing.
In a remote country pub in Ireland, newcomer Valerie arrives and becomes spellbound by an evening of ghostly stories told by the local bachelors who drink there. With a whiff of sexual tension in the air and the wind whistling outside, what starts out as blarney soon turns dark as the tales drift into the realm of the supernatural. Then, Valerie reveals a startling story of her own…. Conor McPherson's The Weir is a haunting evocative evening in the theatre you will never forget.
With her husband overseas near the end of World War II, Grace fights to save the splintering bonds of her family by taking her teenage son and daughter to spend the summer on Lake Erie. When her son takes up with the town outcast, the entire family must confront the expectations of a society that holds conformity in the highest regard. Grace finds that her attempt to restore normalcy may have only fractured their relationships further in the second show of A. R. Gurney's Signature Residency.
When the Cat's Away is a whacky farce that tells the story of the Sea Hawk Inn and the wild goings on while its own is lost at sea, and the even wilder goings on when he suddenly returns.
A well-regarded actress agrees to teach six inmates how to tell their stories behind the bars of a men's maximum security prison. Sharing intimate and sometimes hilarious details of their former lives, this unlikely group forms a bond -- even as the actress' life outside spins out of control. And when what happens in prison doesn't stay there, no one is sure who to trust. From the team that brought you Everyday Rapture, this new play features Sherie Rene Scott and six men playing two dozen characters in a constant shifting of scenes, ages, genders and races. Whorl Inside A Loop explores the fine line between convicted felons and the criminal inside each of us, the viability of forgiveness and the unreliability of redemption.
Nicole is finally meeting Dylan after a two-month-long Internet courtship. Five couples come together for brunch to celebrate it, but it will be the last reasonable thing any of them will do for the day. Secrets will be screamed, sex will be weaponized, and sanity will have its throat sliced. They are a**holes. They are crazy. Try to love them anyway.
WARNING: This production contains decidedly adult-oriented hilarity. Not recommended for audiences under age 18!
The Irish Rep's 2015 gala, hosted by Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick, celebrates the 150th anniversary of the birth of W.B. Yeats, the Nobel Prize-winning poetic voice of Ireland and co-founder of the renowned Abbey Theatre.
Special guests, including Gabriel Byrne, Terry Donnelly, Olympia Dukakis, Melissa Errico, Peter Gallagher, Colum McCann, Bridget Moynahan, Ciarán Sheehan, John Slattery, J. Smith-Cameron and more still to be announced, will perform readings, dance, and music capturing the incredible beauty, wit, and poignancy of Yeats' poetry and illuminating the poet's legacy for Irish culture around the world.
Yoel is a hyper-active kid with a passion for boy bands, soap operas, fashion shows, action heroes, and Olympic athletes. But his greatest role model, and his toughest critic, is his mother. Fiercely devoted to her son, she is also blind to his gifts and his burgeoning sexuality. You Are Confused! takes you on a fast-moving trip through Yoel's childhood in Caracas to his young-adulthood in New York as he battles the bullies within, the bullies at home, and the bullies out there in the world.