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From the author of War Horse comes a full arsenal of live music, dance and visual hi jinx! Kneehigh and Emma Rice, the new Artistic Director of Shakespeare's Globe, return to St. Ann's 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.
Mike Leigh's Abigail's Party will kick off our season and we're really excited about it! This brilliantly observed comedy makes a perfect match for TBG's spontaneous approach. The play captures epic denial in London suburbia and even though penned in 1977, Leigh points out, "It still hits a nerve about the way we live."
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.
This one act play centers on two characters from Chekhov (Sonya Serebriakova from Uncle Vanya and Andrey Prozorov from Three Sisters) meeting in a café in Moscow in the 1920s. Joe Dowling, former artistic director of The Guthrie Theater, directs.
Emerald and Ty are twin orphaned teenagers who live in the backwoods of the Florida Everglades and wrestle 'gators in a roadside attraction. Careening through encounters in their small tourist town, they meet self-destructive young locals looking for a future and desperate young wanderers looking for a home; all carry secrets under ever-present layers of desire. Alternately realistic and surreal, scored with gritty rock music, Alligator is a muscular, satisfying play about learning to tame our darkest impulses.
Pulitzer Prize-winner Annie Baker, who The New York Times has called "one of the freshest and most talented dramatists to emerge Off Broadway in the past decade," returns for the second production of her Signature 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 Magazine and Time Magazine, among others.
A man shares a bowl of berries, and a young woman falls in love. A world away, a mother prepares a bowl of soup to keep her son from leaving home. And a son cooks a meal for his dying father to say everything that words can't. In Julia Cho's poignant and lyrical new play, the making of a perfect meal is an expression more precise than language, and the medium through which life gradually reveals itself.
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.
It's 1967. A writer from bohemian Greenwich Village (to be played by Josh Radnor) commutes to Levittown to teach a creative writing class. His students discover the power of storytelling to alter their lives, and one special student (Elizabeth Reaser) – a kindred spirit? something more? – reawakens his own artistic impulses.
It's the end of World War II, and Holland is in chaos. The artist Van Meegeren is arrested. His crime? Selling a long-lost painting by the Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer to the Nazi Leader, Hermann Goering. His defense? It was a perfect forgery painted by him. His proof? In front of his prosecutor Geert Piller, art historian and resistance fighter, he must paint another flawless Vermeer to save his life. The Bakelite Masterpiece is a play that debates beauty, faith, memory and the reconstruction of a country.
An Egyptian Police Band arrives in Israel to play a concert. After a mix-up at the border, they are sent to a remote village in the middle of the desert. With no bus until morning and no hotel in sight, these unlikely travelers are taken in by the locals. Under the spell of the desert sky, their lives become intertwined in the most unexpected ways. A new musical based on the critically acclaimed screenplay which received 36 major international awards.
After playing to sell-out crowds in Dublin, Edinburgh and London, the cult hit show Bears in Space arrives in New York City with its acclaimed original cast. Two cosmonaut bears on a spaceship hurtle toward the impossibly distant limits of the universe while chased by villainous beings. An ethereal adventure that considers the perils and wonders of a journey across space and time to nowhere.
Critically acclaimed Irish writer Conor McPherson adapts Daphne du Maurier's sensual and intriguing story, which was also the basis for Alfred Hitchcock's masterpiece of the same title. In an isolated house, strangers Nat and Diane take shelter from relentless masses of mad attacking birds. They find temporary sanctuary but not comfort or peace; there's no electricity, little food, and a nearby neighbor may still be alive and watching them. When another refugee arrives with news of the outside world, paranoia takes hold of this makeshift fortress. An unsettling look at human relationships in the face of societal collapse.
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
During our theater production you will step into the lives of the Thomas sisters as they learn more about themselves and each other. Watch as they unveil pieces of themselves…the pieces that they didn't want anyone to the see…the pieces of themselves that they were ashamed of and tried so desperately to hide. Bruised But Not Broken is about healing when you thought that you were too messed up, too damaged, too bruised to heal. It's about getting up after you have fallen. It's about God's ability to take what the enemy meant for evil and turn it into good. Remember, bitter becomes sweet when you put in the Master's hands.
Galloping through forty years in a New England seminary, 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.
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 The Acting Company pairs Shakespeare's Julius Caesar with X, 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.
Magis Theatre Company brings Calderon's Two Dreams, a repertory performance of two classic works by Pedro Calderon de la Barca.
In 1921, Henry Ford, Thomas Edison and President Warren G. Harding took a camping trip together into the Maryland woods to escape civilization; what they couldn't escape was each other. Inspired by an actual event, Camping with Henry and Tom is an exploration of friendship, politics and leadership—a comedic and dramatic clash of two great minds and one great heart of the twentieth century.
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.
Set in Russia at the turn of the twentieth century, The Cherry Orchard chronicles a noblewoman's return to her family estate after a five-year absence to escape troubling memories of her son's death. Lyubov Ranevskaya arrives home to find the cherry orchard in full bloom, but the finances of the estate on the verge of ruin. Lyubov and her brother, Gaev, find themselves scrambling to retain a vision of gentility amidst a climate of huge social and economic transition.
Chimney-holic - Chimney sweeping is his life's work. That's why he keeps making chimneys… Daydreams appear all of a sudden out of nowhere but you may realize they've just been lurking in your life. Puppeteer Maiko Kikuchi tries to catch those daydreams and drag them out in front of you by collaging sounds, objects and movements.
Ruby & Charlie - Inspired by the soulful music of Ray Charles and using it as a backdrop for a pair of hearts in the 1950s, Ruby & Charlie combines love, death, disappointment, and swing dance. Developed in part at the O'Neill Puppetry Conference and The Freight with a grant from the Henson Foundation, Ruby & Charlie utilizes tabletop puppetry and a nonverbal narrative to illustrate the relationship highs and woes we all experience.
Marcel & Man Ray - A multi-media performance exploring the lifelong friendship of the Dada artists Marcel Duchamp and Man Ray. Dabbling in chess, sculpture, painting and photography, the two men helped shape an era of art that caused a sensation after the First World War. This performance is an excerpt from a developing full-length theatrical performance.
A new work by celebrated experimental playwright Eric Ehn, directed by Glory Kadigan.
This dramatic portrait depicts the artistic relationship between two of the twentieth century's greatest artists. It captures an historic art-world moment as the iconic Pop artist Andy Warhol and the Neo-expressionist painter Jean-Michel Basquiat attempt to navigate the perilous terrain of art and fame while collaborating on a joint series of paintings for their New York City gallery exhibition.
Commencing: A Night of Jane Shepard Shorts is an all-female cast and crew production of 3 short plays by award-winning playwright Jane Shepard.
The three selections, Nine, Commencing, and Friends of the Deceased, are from Shepard's KickAss Plays for Women. Edgy, original, and with a darkly comic humanity, each play examines in very different ways the tender, funny, often tortuous quest for meaning. Jane writes incredibly rich and truthful female characters not often seen on stage.
The distance between recovering alcoholic Leda and her Born-Again daughter is filled with silence and anger. Upon the advice of a therapist dealing with her own host of troubles, Leda tries to bridge that distance and prepare her daughter for the calamity just ahead.
Communion explores the dark places of relations and what is needed to repair a familial bond under the pressures of religion, recovery and a ticking clock. It asks whether or not some bonds are too damaged to mend.
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.
The streets are full of protest. Economic inequality strains the social fabric. Debates rage throughout a nation riddled with dissension and distrust. It's election year in Rome, 493 B.C.E. As unscrupulous politicians manipulate public opinion, the hypocrisy and humiliation of political campaigns drive away the country's finest. But beneath this political drama looms the personal tragedy of one man's emotional blindness. This visceral new production will spark an electric dramatic dialogue between actors and audiences.
Cost of Living is the story of four very different people, in four very different circumstances, each 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 over-worked Jess, a caregiver. As their lives intersect, Majok's play delves into the chasm between abundance and need and explores the space where bodies — abled and disabled — meet each other.
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.
Donald is trying to live his life as a gay man in 1980s New York—a struggling actor no less. Of course his parents are in denial about his lifestyle, disapprove of his career choice, and question his flair for decoration.
To get his family to stop kvetching, Donald needs a son.
With the help of his ballsy best friend Henrietta and rising drag queen Levi, Donald hires the ten-year-old kid from downstairs to play his son. What could go wrong? This fast-paced new comedy, from the wit of Marshall Goldberg, takes audiences on a rollicking risqué ride to remind us just how far we'll go for family.
A Day by the Sea is a warm, human and often humorous depiction of the "crisis" of middle age. Julian Anson, a once-promising Foreign Service employee, confronts professional disappointment and personal failure while picnicking along the English seaside. Jolted into the realization that maybe it's not too late—he seizes an opportunity to correct his past mistakes and start fresh—but will the results be any different?
At a rigorous all-boys preparatory school renowned for its ancient traditions, the unconventional Professor Keating inspires his students to defy conformity and to live passionately. Academy Award-winner Tom Schulman adapts his own screenplay for this much-anticipated production.
A pioneer for females in law enforcement, Mary Shanley joined the NYPD in 1931, quickly becoming a Gotham all-star and tabloid sensation. Making a staggering 1000 career arrests, she became the 4th woman in history to make detective 1st grade, and then nearly lost it all. Dead Shot Mary grapples with the legend of Mary Shanley, a trail blazer, a maverick, and a true New York original.
James Joyce's novella, The Dead, describes a holiday gathering on January 6,1904, the Feast of the Epiphany, in the Dublin home of two elderly sisters, Kate and Julia Morkan, and their niece, Mary Jane. At the party are students, friends, a celebrated tenor, a lost alcoholic, and the couple, Gabriel and Gretta Conroy. Over the course of an evening, there are conversations, music, dancing and dining. There are speeches and disagreements – polite and impolite – and when it is all over Gabriel learns something about his wife that changes his sense of who she is and who they are to each other, of what it actually means to be alive, and to be dead.
The Dead, 1904 is a new adaptation in which an audience of 40 guests will themselves attend the Misses Morkan's holiday party, move from room to room with the actors, listen to the music, watch the dances, dine on a meal inspired by the menu in the novella, and observe the characters in their interactions. The production will take place in an authentic Victorian mansion, perfectly evoking the atmosphere of the story.
A woman tries to feed her husband a fried drumstick. Dragons roam a flat earth. The last Black man in the whole entire world dies again. And again. Careening through memory and language, Parks explores and explodes archetypes of Black America with piercing insight and raucous comedy. A riotous theatrical event, The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World hums with the heartbeat of improvisational jazz.
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.
The theater is wheelchair accessible.
In the darkest hour of the night, surrender your heart to call the light.
Two halves of a soul hunt through a hall of records. A librarian breaks the seal of a mysterious archive. A teacher and her class prepare the pageant to end all pageants.
Duat conjures a spell of disintegration, transformation and three parts. A little bit vaudeville, a little bit rock and soul.
An alcoholic, an escort, a self-diagnosed neurotic and a well-intentioned simpleton walk into a bar... Broken and deeply flawed, they find their lives irreversibly entwined no matter how hard they try to break free of one another. The End of Longing is a bittersweet comedy that proves that broken people don't need to stay broken.
Oil heiress Leonie Frothingham whiles away a summer at her seaside cottage, where cocktails flow with the tides, and lovers come and go like mosquitoes. Her estranged husband Sam and her daughter Paula humor Leonie's flirtations as matter-of-course for the ultra-wealthy floating above the conventional rules of the world. While the Great Depression ravages most of the country, Leonie's idyllic retreat is not wholly protected from the quakes of the era. Paula and her idealistic fiancé cultivate youthful, misgivings about Capitalism and its beneficiaries. Leonie's latest flame, the psychoanalyst Kenneth Rice, insinuates himself into each relationship and psyche with a pretense of objectivity that gets him everything and everyone he wants. With penetrating insights, all in the course of one beautiful season, End of Summer exposes the forces that build fortunes, tear apart families, and buttress the American society of haves, have-nots, and the revolution waiting in the wings.
You have to wonder if Henrik Ibsen could have ever predicted his masterful play An Enemy of the People, would be more timely 132 years after its premiere. The play asks searing, fundamental questions—What happens when a democratic majority chooses unwisely? How can we best face the extraordinary challenges coming our way?
Experimental theater collective Istijmam from Algeria will present Et'Teffeh/The Apples by the Algerian director and playwright Abdelkader Alloula, who was assassinated in 1994. The play is performed by a trio led by the playwright's daughter, Rihab Alloula, and bears witness to Algeria's shadowed past and complex present. This production is part of a month long tour to the US with underwriting from Center Stage, an initiative of the U.S. Department of State.
Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, who The New York Times calls "one of this country's most original and illuminating writers," comes back to Signature for the second production of his residency with the world premiere of Everybody. Directed by Lila Neugebauer, this modern riff on one of the oldest plays in the English language promises to be just as unique as Gloria, An Octoroon and the award-winning Signature production of Appropriate.
We're thrilled to close out our season with Lisa Loomer's award-winning comedy Expecting Isabel. A Pulitzer finalist, Lisa has written a heart-warming story of 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 will oversee the production.
Take a left at the Texaco on County Road 8, keep right when you pass the barn with the funny roof, and once you start to feel kinda lost, that's how you know you're almost there. It's the town of Cold Lake, bicentennial, and it's time to celebrate. From the ice fishing fleets to Local Artist Linda Klaver's Open Mic Night at Debbie's Bar/Bait Shop, this is their year and gosh darn if they're not gonna shine.
The press room of Chicago's Criminal Courts Building is buzzing with reporters covering the story of an escaped prisoner. When star reporter Hildy Johnson accidentally discovers the runaway convict, he and his editor Walter Burns conspire to hide the man from the other reporters, while they chase the biggest scoop of their careers.
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.
A marathon performance of all three shows in the acclaimed trilogy. All three plays will run in repertory.
Tony-winning writer and director Richard Nelson returns to The Public this fall with the next play in his new three-play cycle, The Gabriels: Election Year in the Life of One Family. The second play, What Did You Expect?, brings us back to the kitchen of the Gabriel family, with the country now in the midst of the general election for president. In the course of one evening in the house they grew up in, history (both theirs and our country's), money, politics, family, art and culture are chopped up and mixed together, while a meal is made around the kitchen table.
In the exquisitely moving finale of his three-play cycle, Tony-winning writer and director Richard Nelson brings us back into the Rhinebeck kitchen of the Gabriel family as they await the results of the Presidential Election on November 8, 2016. Women of a Certain Age takes place in the course of a single night, eight months after we first meet the Gabriels. Patricia, the family matriarch, joins her children and daughters-in-law as they prepare a meal from the past and consider the future of their country, town and home. Paying tribute to the difficult year behind them, the Gabriels compare notes on the search for empathy and authenticity at a time when the game seems rigged and the rules are forever changing.
Tony winner Harvey Fierstein takes the stage this spring in a ravishing world premiere by one of the most influential playwrights of our time, Tony Award nominee Martin Sherman. Directed by Tony Award nominee Sean Mathias, Fierstein plays Beau, a pianist expat living in London, who meets Rufus, an eccentric young lawyer, at the dawn of the internet dating revolution. 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 remarkably moving, brilliantly funny love story that reflects the triumphs and heartbreaks of the entire length of the gay rights movement, celebrating and mourning the ghosts of the men and women who led the way for equality, marriage and the right to dream.
Sally Field & 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 first premiered on Broadway in 1945. More than seventy years later, Williams's most personal work for the stage continues to captivate and overwhelm audiences around the world.
The world premiere of Jeff Talbott's new play The Gravedigger's Lullaby.
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 his mother the queen. 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.
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 considered modern drama's pinnacle female role, 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 originated at Yale Repertory Theatre directed by James Bundy, artistic director.
In the basement of a small evangelical church in Southeastern Idaho, a group of young missionaries is preparing to go to the Middle East. One of them—a young man who has recently lost his father—has bought a one-way ticket. But his plans are complicated when his estranged sister returns home and makes it her mission to keep him there.
Ibsen's simmering, shimmering tale of a woman too large for her destiny gets a fresh adaptation, streamlined into a gilded juggernaut of secrecy and manipulation. Wandering Bark creates a collision of past and present to build a Hedda where the story's the same, but the devil's in the details.
Hedda Tesman (née Gabler) has everything, but wants none of it. Sealed in the coffin of a big house, a convenient marriage to a boring husband, and a dead-end existence as a woman in a man's world, Hedda can do nothing but dream and decay. But when an old flame flickers back under her palm, her hungry heart ignites a blaze of lust, deceit, and manipulation that could consume more lives than just her own.
Hedda is an unhappy newlywed. Bored with her new station in life, she can't resist creating catastrophe when the means to do so present themselves. Her desire to control cannot be satisfied until she, herself, becomes the object. Written with an eerie silkiness, this play effortlessly builds to a horrific climax, with plenty of comedy, character development and plot twists along the way.
Amidst the bustle of a crowded London train station, Georgie (Mary-Louise Parker) spots Alex (Denis Arndt), 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.
"Love is love" – but is navigating it any less complicated today? What does it mean to be in a committed relationship? Is monogamy just monotony? Told through interweaving glimpses into the life of an everyday couple unexpectedly confronted by a vicious crime, Homos, Or Everyone In America is a fearless, funny, heart-on- its-sleeve examination of the moments that can bring two people together – or pull them apart.
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.
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?
Winner of 4 Tony awards, including Best Play!
The angst, anguish and amity of the American middle class are first coaxed – then shoved – into the light in this uproarious, hopeful, and heart-breaking play that takes place over the course of a family dinner on Thanksgiving. Breaking with tradition, Erik Blake has brought his Pennsylvania family to celebrate and give thanks at his daughter's apartment in lower Manhattan. As darkness falls outside the ramshackle pre-war duplex, and eerie things start to go bump in the night, the Blake clan's deepest fears and greatest follies are laid bare. Our modern age of anxiety is keenly observed, with humor and compassion, in this new American classic.
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.
In the final months before 9/11, liberal Jewish studies professor Michael Fischer has reunited with his two sisters to celebrate their father's 75th birthday. Each deeply invested in their own version 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 tells a powerful tale of a family and a culture at odds with itself.
Both Jack and Algy pretend their names are Ernest. Jack loves Gwendolyn. Algy loves Cecily. Both women love "Ernest." Miss Prism loves Rev. Chasuble—a celibate—and Lady Bracknell doesn't love anything much at all! Confusion ensues and tempers flare in this witty, scandalous farce.
A solo one-act toy theater piece written by George Saunders, adapted for the stage by CB Goodman, and performed by Barbie and Ken dolls plus a wordless version of Don Quixote created by Lake Simons that uses visual theatre, movement, puppetry, and sound to portray the adventures of the foolish hero.
Presented as part of Puppet BloK!, a works-in-progress series dedicated to presenting ground-breaking new works of puppetry & other innovative forms of storytelling.
Seymour, a washed-up playwright with one forgotten hit to his name, lands a gig teaching a writers' workshop. His students are a motley collection of dreamers and amateurs, young and old. As the weeks go by, the students' plays begin to blur the line between truth and fiction, imperiling the workshop's delicate balance. In the Room uncovers the hopeless and heroic that exists between the lines, and off the page.
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.
Only one of two-time Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson's plays in the author's masterful The American Century Cycle has never been seen on Broadway – until now. Set in the early 1970s, this richly textured piece follows a group of men trying to eke out a living by driving unlicensed cabs, or jitneys. When the city threatens to board up the business and the boss' son returns from prison, tempers flare, potent secrets are revealed and the fragile threads binding these people together may come undone at last. MTC has a long history of co-producing works by this legendary playwright: King Hedley II, Seven Guitars and The Piano Lesson, and is proud to produce this Broadway debut.
Kidnap Road by Catherine Filloux is a two-person theatrical imagining of the story of former Colombian senator and anti-corruption activist Íngrid Betancourt's captivity.
Samantha is lonely and confined to her bed. Layne is shy and too afraid of the world to journey into it. When both women decide that online dating might be the outlet they need, they venture into the wilds of the Internet and find deep connection in each other. The only problem: they're each pretending to be someone else. What happens when the feelings are real but the people are not?
Samantha is lonely and confined to her bed. Layne is shy and too afraid of the world to journey into it. When both women decide that online dating might be the outlet they need, they venture into the wilds of the Internet and find deep connection in each other. The only problem: they're each pretending to be someone else. What happens when the feelings are real but the people are not?
La Mariposa is the hilarious comedy/play about the trials and tribulations of a family in El Barrio trying to live their American dream.
Stephen Adly Guirgis' play The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, directed by Estelle Parsons and performed by members of The Actors Studio, will be revived as part of the Studio's 70th anniversary celebration.
In 1782, Choderlos de Laclos' novel of sex, intrigue and betrayal in pre-revolutionary France scandalized the world. Two hundred years later, in 1985, Christopher Hampton's stage adaptation became an award-winning sensation in London's West End and on Broadway, followed by the Academy Award-winning film Dangerous Liaisons starring Glenn Close, John Malkovich and Michelle Pfeiffer. Josie Rourke's acclaimed production transfers to Broadway after a sold-out engagement at London's Donmar Warehouse which ended earlier this year and starred Janet McTeer. The production was nominated for the Olivier Award for Best Revival.
Nate Martin is hopelessly single. When his most recent breakup, another in a lifelong string of ill-fated matches, casts him into a funk, he turns to the only source of wisdom he trusts: the stars. Poring over astrological charts, he obsessively questions his past and his place in the cosmos. But in Adam Bock's disarming new play, the answer he receives, when it comes, is shockingly obvious – and totally unpredictable.
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 play-making company The Debate Society, The Light Years is an epic, 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. MTC is proud to present this timely, moving, and fiercely funny new play by Penelope Skinner (this season's acclaimed The Ruins of Civilization) in the 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 in the roles of Regina Hubbard Giddens, and Birdie Hubbard, both members of a strong-willed aristocratic Southern family. The actresses will play the roles in repertory, appearing opposite each other at each performance.
In the less kind and gentle New York City of the 1990s, Frankie LaCava, an up-from-the-streets porn producer, has aspirations of a more meaningful life. In a moment of whimsy, he invites a feminist professor to observe his production company for a scholarly research project. Life gets more interesting than he intended when the professor becomes infatuated with a young female director, his female lead becomes pregnant, and his male lead begins secretly filming adult videos for an out-of-town competitor. With his backers pressuring Frankie to restore order to the world, he and his production manager, a childhood friend with ambitions of his own, must decide where their true loyalties lie.
A Pulitzer Prize finalist, written by A.R. Gurney, Love Letters has been performed all over the country. Love Letters is a touching, funny and ultimately moving story of a 50-year old correspondence between two childhood friends whose relationship weathers time and distance.
It's the late 1960s in a north London flat, and Henry is excitedly anticipating the arrival of his date, Sandra. The night changes course when Sandra and Henry's brother Kenneth quickly realize how much they have in common—their love of Rock and Roll and their love of marijuana, for starters. A fiery relationship is sparked in the haze of the 60s, and charred by today's brutal realities. Fast forward twenty-three years, and the economy and politics of an ever-changing world are wearing on the marriage of this baby boomer couple. Can they remain faithful to each other while trying to provide a loving and supportive home for their children—children who are growing up in a time when the next generation is not always provided for? Spanning more than four decades, this dark comedy is the story of what happens when the free-loving teens of the 60s face the harsh realities of today's world. From passion to paranoia, Love, Love, Love takes on the baby boomer generation as it retires, and finds it full of trouble.
Leonard Bernstein, one of America's greatest musicians, broke through every artistic ceiling possible to become the world's musical ambassador. Conductor, composer, pianist, author, teacher, librettist, television star…for Leonard Bernstein, boundaries simply did not exist. In Maestro, Hershey Felder combines narrative with Leonard Bernstein's music and the music of Beethoven, Wagner, Mahler, Copeland and others to bring to life the man the entire world knew as "Lenny."
David, recently retired, mourning the loss of his young son, revisits Mr. McKinley in Alaska, a mountain he sumitted at age 25. He's not climbing this visit. Instead he is guiding a group of Japanese honeymooners who hope to conceive a child under the spell of the Northern Lights.
A trial in the afterlife, and the prosecutor…is the Devil. In the new original play Martin Luther on Trial, Luther's beloved wife Katarina defends him as witnesses including Adolf Hitler, Sigmund Freud, Rabbi Josel, St. Paul, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Pope Francis take the stand. Even as 2017 marks 500 years since Luther ignited the Protestant Revolt against Rome, he continues to spark intense debate. You be the judge in this witty, provocative exploration of one of history's most explosive personalities and the religious and political controversies he unleashed.
In a small tea shop in South Africa, two black men and a young white boy joke and dance together, defying the brutalities of apartheid through their joyous love. But festering issues of family, race, and power are not so easy to ignore, and a single phone call can trigger catastrophe. Winner of the Drama Desk and London Evening Standard Awards for Best Play, "Master Harold" ... and the boys reveals the profound personal consequences of oppression.
In this tale of irrepressible lust, impossible purity, and infuriating hypocrisy, Godwin sees a high-stakes conflict of clashing ideologies—a tensely diverse world in which incompatible values collide and expose the tenuous boundary between order and anarchy.
Set in a modern day playground, A Midsummer Night's Dream, directed by Tamilla Woodard, riffs on the culture of uber celebrity, where Oberon and Tatiana are the Kanye and Kim of the fairy world. As they argue, their immense celebrity and power creates a hysterical ripple effect in the mortal world.
This night of storytelling takes you way, way back to the pre-reality TV days of MTV in the '80s and early '90s when the network still aired music videos, as well as quality original programming that introduced us to the likes of Adam Sandler, Mike Judge and Colin Quinn. Mike Armstrong and David Felton reminisce about their stints writing for the game show Remote Control and Beavis and Butt-Head, respectively, while comedian and actor Jim Turner recalls playing the hippy character Randee of the Redwoods.
Jackie's life is on the verge of coming together. He was just released from jail, joined AA, and has a new sponsor helping him stay clean and sober. Then there's Veronica, his childhood sweetheart. When the smell of Aqua Velva, and a hat comes between them, sparks fly. Fast, furious and filled with sharp poetic dialogue and flawed, colorful, wounded characters, The Motherf**ker With the Hat crackles with truth, humor and a sense of hope. A dark comic tale about friendship, love, addiction, and the difficulties of adulthood in New York City.
The mob just made a hit but everyone is going to live to talk about it, and talking they are because, when the "boys" get together it's murder! Join us 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 rubbing elbows with goodfellas and ducking bullets over Broadway but it won't stop the fun! Eat, Drink, Dance, and be Merry, for tonight you could die...laughing!
The two and a half hour interactive comedy mystery features a three course sit down dinner and dancing . "Fuhgeddaboudit" !! You even have the chance to solve the case and win some prizes. Seven prizes in every performance including "Academy Awards" for the best actor & actress chosen from the audience.
In the third chapter of the Big Gay Italian trilogy. Wilkinson's character is approaching his 40's and is faced with the challenges of balancing his now very successful weight loss company with past and present gay relationships. Fun familiar characters and some new ones come together to join him on his journey in another outrageous comedy of errors.
Set in Chicago in 1998, with the Monica Lewinsky Bill Clinton scandal as a backdrop, Stella and Diana are two confused women on the cusp of change. In an attempt to figure out who they are and what they want, they will do anything and everything, from moving around the country on a whim to stealing each others boyfriends, and even attempting to become someone they are not – each other -- all to find a little happiness. My Life As You is a psychological comedy that examines friendships, love, sex and how to survive your twenties intact.
Barry is a forlorn Tom Waits impersonator with a water-stained floor and romance-induced insomnia. Andrea dreams of success as a museum educator while intermittently struggling to achieve orgasm and full-time employment. Riled feminist Cara wants it all to be as painless as possible … if only Barry would stop calling her phone. And Jess, a registered nurse who's set the bar dangerously low, just needs a nice night out that doesn't end in changed catheters.
My Old Man (and Other Stories) is a collection of episodic scenes featuring emotional incompetents seeking love without compromise. An homage to small-town decay and reduced expectations, this new play from writer & director Jess Barbagallo begs the question: why can't I have it both ways?
My Old Man (And Other Stories) is a collection of theatrical pieces featuring whimsical characters desperately looking for emotional connection. Conceived as a surreal comedy, the play takes inspiration from pop culture and pulp entertainment to deliver a poignant and ironic take on the universal need for love.
The women of the Muscolino family have lived for years under the frightening temper of their husband and father. All are desperate for a life beyond their four walls, hiding dreams, loves, and longings. But when an accidental tragedy rocks the neighborhood, the family's plans are put on hold. The women fight to find their voices and struggle to hold on to them and to each other. Napoli, Brooklyn is a play about sisterhood, freedom, and forgiveness in 1960s Brooklyn.
In August 1831, Nat Turner led a slave uprising that shook the conscience of the nation. Turner's startling account of his prophecy and the insurrection was recorded and published by attorney Thomas R. Gray. NYTW 2050 Fellow Nathan Alan Davis makes his New York debut with a timely new play that imagines Turner's final night in a jail cell in Jerusalem, Virginia, as he is revisited by Gray and they reckon with what has passed and what the dawn will bring. Woven with vivid imagery and indelible lyricism, Nat Turner in Jerusalem examines the power of an individual's resolute convictions and their seismic reverberations through time.
In the summer of 1992 in Medford, N.J., Adam and his gang of friends face life after high school. But when the fivesome encounter a mysterious visitor from another world, their lives are forever changed. A dark comedy about that time when everything and nothing seems possible.
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 step on to 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 on Roseanne and Mad About You and her Emmy Award winning work on Rugrats. Over the course of 80 minutes, the audience travels with Piper from innocence to individuality, reliant to resilient, sharing both the hilarity and the heartache along the way.
One of the most hailed and provocative theatre artists of our time, Anna Deavere Smith, leads a new installation of powerful first-person storytelling in Notes from the Field. Urgent and inspiring, it depicts the personal accounts of students, parents, teachers and administrators caught in America's school-to-prison pipeline, as they experience in their wider communities the inequities of poverty, lack of opportunity, and over-aggressive policing. Investigating a justice system that pushes minors from poor communities out of the classroom and into incarceration, Notes from the Field shines a light on a lost generation of American youth. Drawn from interviews with more than 250 people living and working within a challenged system, Anna Deavere Smith continues her mastery of the documentary solo performance by stimulating awareness and ultimately, change for the better.
Occupied depicts five folks impatiently waiting in line to pee, puke, or hide in the bathroom at Tat's Place, a well-known and well-worn dyke bar. Friction begins to flare as everyone asserts their claim to the space from different perspectives, which calls into question Tat's current relevance and value, as well as the unstable magnetism of queer space.
Oh, Hello on Broadway is the Broadway premiere of two of the two hottest voices in comedy today, Nick Kroll (Comedy Central's Kroll Show) and John Mulaney (Netflix's The Comeback Kid). The Hollywood Reporter calls Kroll and Mulaney "the funniest comic duo of their generation!"
Respectively, the duo star as Gil Faizon and George St. Geegland - outrageously opinionated, 70-something, native New Yorkers that Kroll and Mulaney first began performing on the alternative comedy stages in NYC. Honed for over a decade, the fictional duo garnered a cult following and found their way onto a Comedy Central special, viral videos and late night couches everywhere. Oh, Hello on Broadway is Gil and George's "memoir for the stage" - a laugh-a-minute two-man tour-de-force that's part scripted, part spontaneous comedy, and totally unprecedented.
Deeley and his wife Kate are visited by Anna, a mysterious friend from Kate's past. What begins as a trip down memory lane quickly becomes something more, as fear and jealousy fuel the trio's passions, sparking a haunting and passionate battle for power.
When a senseless act of violence changes her life forever, a liberal college professor finds herself inexplicably 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.
In Orange Julius, Nut grew up the youngest child of Julius, a Vietnam vet, in 1980s and 90s working-class America. As Julius suffers the toxic effects of Agent Orange, Nut worries their time together may run out before they can embrace something essential about their relationship. Paging through forgotten photo albums and acting out old war movies about brothers-in-arms, Nut leaps through time and memory, tracing the complex intimacy between father and child when the child is transgender, fighting for a mutual recognition before it's too late. This will be Mr. Kreimendahl's first NY production.
A darkly comic epic, Oslo tells the true but until now untold story of how one young couple, Norwegian diplomat Mona Juul (Jennifer Ehle) and her husband 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 set in 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 each other—as they seek to change the world.
In William Shakespeare's Othello, David Oyelowo and Daniel Craig will be joined by David Wilson Barnes (Bridge of Spies), Marsha Stephanie Blake (Orange Is the New Black), Rachel Brosnahan (House of Cards), Blake DeLong (Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812), Glenn Fitzgerald (Dirty Sexy Money), Slate Holmgren (King Lear), Anthony Michael Lopez (The Penalty), Matthew Maher (The Flick), Nikki Massoud (Zealot), Kyle Vincent Terry (Robin Hood), and Finn Wittrock (American Horror Story).
Universes, the award-winning ensemble known for their fusion of theater, poetry, jazz, hip-hop, politics, down home blues and Spanish boleros, makes their Public Theater premiere with an explosive new work about the complicated legacies of the Black Panther Party and the Young Lords Org/Party.
Directed and developed by Tony Award nominee Liesl Tommy, Universes created Party People based on dozens of interviews with members of these groundbreaking, society-changing groups. Party People imagines a present-day reunion at an art opening curated by two young counter culturalists; but the curators themselves have complex relationships with the Party members, who fought injustice and provided free food and medical care for their communities—often at the expense of the people who loved them most.
Old wounds and generational divides collide in this astonishing, multi-media theatrical event about the price of being a revolutionary, and what it means for those who come after. Breaking the bounds of the expected, the members of Universes (Steven Sapp, Mildred Ruiz-Sapp and William Ruiz aka Ninja) and Liesl Tommy —invite audiences of every age, color and creed to join them as they continue to revolutionize American theater and explore the fight to bring power to the people, and the people to power.
Warren Manzi's long-running mystery, Perfect Crime, is about a small-town detective determined to prove that an affluent psychiatrist murdered her husband.
The Pigeon in the Taj Mahal, by Laoisa Sexton, is a story about trying to get home. In the West of Ireland, a lonely outsider is forced to live on an abandoned campsite on the barren outskirts of a seaside town. But late one night, when a lost bachelorette party discover his caravan, he finds his whole existence challenged and his home life threatened. During this long night of reckoning, amongst the glitter and the grime, a battle for survival ensues, but in these few hours can tender love save us all? Worlds collide in this darkly funny pressure cooker of a play about how we live now.
Pitecus investigates the relationship between Man and his perversions.
One of the most celebrated plays in The Public's history, David Hare's Plenty returns this fall in a riveting new production. This groundbreaking play, which first premiered at The Public in 1982, is the story of Susan Traherne, a fiercely intelligent British secret agent flown into France during the Second World War. Susan's experiences among her war-time colleagues and over the two decades that follow are distilled in powerful scenes in this endlessly layered work about a woman of remarkable bravery, who cannot find in peacetime the values and relationships she cherished in war.
In Pooka, 12-year-old outcast Martin is terrorized by middle school bullies and his mother's ne'er-do-well boyfriend, with only his precocious best friend - and sometimes love interest - Daphne to confide in. When a mischievous shapeshifter promises to fix Martin's life, he soon realizes that no magic wish can remodel his fractured reality. Written by James McLindon, "Pooka" is a darkly whimsical and surprisingly comedic story of angst, frustration, and growing up.
Cate Blanchett and Richard Roxburgh succumb to the intoxicating power of lust and obsession in the Sydney Theatre Company's production of The Present A new adaptation of Anton Chekhov's first play, most commonly referred to as Platonov, The Present unfolds over the course of a raucous weekend birthday celebration in the Russian countryside. Old flames ignite in this passionate and bitingly comic play. Performed by thirteen of Australia's finest actors, The Present is adapted by Andrew Upton, who – with Ms. Blanchett – led Sydney Theatre Company in an acclaimed five-year tenure responsible for such watershed productions as A Streetcar Named Desire (BAM, 2009) and Uncle Vanya (Lincoln Center Festival, 2012). John Crowley (Fox Searchlight's Brooklyn) directs.
When the Great Depression cost his family their fortune, 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 by 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 sharp and timely tale, 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! Now in its 11th year, this script-in-hand series is always packed full of theatrical enthusiasts eager to share Shaw's comedic theatrical pieces, all embracing his bold humanitarian precepts encouraging human rights and free speech for all. Each month, a specially assembled, star-studded cast presents a different play, many of which have never before been performed in New York City. All events are followed by spirited talk-backs with the cast and an international team of Shavians.
Ibsen's parable of the collision of truth and politics in the public sphere takes on new immediacy in the punchy and raw adaptation from the playwright behind Broadway's Blackbird. When Dr. Stockmann finds that the town's tourist-friendly baths contain lethal levels of toxins, he sets out to clear the air and quickly finds his friends and neighbors poisoned against him.
Six guests talk, joke, dance, drink and eat. At times, they hold still, and at other times, they move about. There is music, there is silence, and 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 between the lines 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, but contends with bourgeois values and the surreal decadence of the 21st century in a new way.
Designed as a formal experiment in presenting horror aesthetics on stage, Remains is a new play developed by Traumaturgy Productions. Three castaways, strangers made colleagues through necessity, traverse the countryside hoping to grasp some kind of personal opportunity and stability. Adrift on a sea of economic misfortune, the trio finds itself steered into a simmering squall of violent, lingering transgressions. When a vicious crime is left unresolved, more than just guilt remains.
Repertorio Español presents a rotating repertory of plays in Spanish from the most recognized contemporary and classic playwrights. In addition, Repertorio presents the best in Spanish and Flamenco dance. All plays are presented in Spanish with live 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? Ionesco's blunt satire rampages through a world of everyday people at first perplexed and then swept up in the most outlandish cultural makeover ever devised. After all, "rhnocifcation" can happen to anyone—so keep your eyes open.
Riot Antigone, a new punk rock exploration of Antigone by Seon Jae Kim.
In this beautiful masterpiece, three women living in Houston, Texas in the 1920s grapple with the eternal question, "Where is home?" The Roads to Home offers a rare chance to experience a Horton Foote gem not seen on the New York stage in over 25 years, in one of New York's most intimate and historic venues, the Cherry Lane Theatre. This timeless production will feature direction by Michael Wilson (Foote's longtime collaborator who won Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for The Orphans' Home Cycle) and performances from Drama Desk winner Devon Abner and Tony-nominated Hallie Foote, the foremost contemporary interpreter of Horton's work.
The Academy Awards has a race problem. It's big. But the four black actors in Room 4 aren't particularly concerned with that, because they have a much bigger problem at hand. They've just realized they're stuck in a time loop, auditioning for the same "Drug Dealer #2" role over and over. What once felt like a messed-up metaphor has become a literal existential nightmare. Get them out of there.
When Bridget Bishop, the drag queen, acts out the life of Bridget Bishop, the Salem witch, she loses track of what is part of her act and what is part of her real life. Does her daughter doubt her? Does her lover love her? Will her stilettos kill her? As Bridget lip-syncs her way through Bridget Bishop Presents: The Salem Bitch Trials by Jared Rubin Sprowls, she determines whether she's hiding behind a character or getting closer to her true self.
Set in an eerily stylish office in Hell, one of Satan's senior tempters, Screwtape, schemes meticulously to capture the soul of an unsuspecting human on earth. A smash hit in New York, this stage adaptation of the classic C.S. Lewis novel creates a morally inverted universe that reveals unseen spiritual powers and principalities in humorous, vivid and surprising ways.
The return engagement of Bedlam's sold-out, critically acclaimed production of Jane Austen's Sense & Sensibility, adapted for the stage by Kate Hamill.
You've never seen Austen like this! Called the "greatest stage adaptation of this novel in history", this rollicking, ingeniously-staged new adaptation follows the adventures (and misadventures) of the Dashwood sisters - sensible Elinor and hypersensitive Marianne - after their sudden loss of fortune. Bursting with humor, emotion, and bold theatricality, Sense & Sensibility asks: when reputation is everything, how do you follow your heart?
Raw, edgy and revealing, Sex Around The City: The Walking Tour of Shame is an experience like no other. Set on the streets, in the bars and the subways of Manhattan's Midtown East, join tour guide and 'sex-sighter', Joanie, on a gritty adventure all about sex – both good and bad. And along the way meet some very gutsy women, daring enough to tell their stories.
Please note this is not a tour for the faint-hearted, the squeamish or the prudish. Sex Around The City: The Walking Tour of Shame is a darkly comic, provocative and very honest new play, written and performed by Laura Hooper, dealing with sexual stigma, prejudice and courage over adversity.
Due to the site-specific and interactive nature of Sex Around The City: The Walking Tour of Shame, no performance or audience experience is ever the same. To manage numbers, audience members are given the specific address of the first location after they purchase their tickets.
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.
A fresh new take to a classic 18th century comedy, the hilarious She Stoops to Conquer.
Ship of Fools is an interdisciplinary theater piece with live music, puppetry and movement that seeks to illuminate the age-old practice of pathologizing women's bodies and minds. As the audience weaves through reimagined moments in history, they're jolted by moments of jarring fantasy and provocative questions: are the inmates running the asylum? Who is actually steering the ship: citizen, celebrity, politician or madman? What happens when this ship, sailing blind, finally runs aground?
Meet Jordan Berman. He's single. And he has a date with a co-worker to see a documentary about the Franco-Prussian war. At least, he thinks it's a date. Significant Other follows Jordan and his three closest friends as they navigate love, friendship and New York in the twenty-something years.
Simon Dawes Becomes a Planet is a new play about a boy born the size of a pea who grows to cosmic proportions. Blessed with a strange and haunting singing voice, Simon weaves his way through a world where healthy and beautiful is not enough, encountering a parade of family, friends, lovers, and eccentrics, discovering fame, obscurity, and maybe just a little bit of happiness along the way.
Equal parts fable, music hall panto, and modern farce, emerging playwright Alex Moggridge examines the nature of happiness and loss in unexpected ways, creating an "epically small", abstract, and captivating theatrical world. A semi-finalist for the American Blues Theater's 2016 Blue Ink Playwriting Award.
Following her acclaimed repertory staging of Ibsen's A Doll's House adapted by Thornton Wilder and Strindberg's The Father in a new version by David Greig, Arin Arbus will stage Thornton Wilder's beloved modern masterpiece The Skin of Our Teeth — a whimsical, profound, searingly funny paean to human perseverance and indestructibility.
Written during the darkest period of World War II, this ageless and charming play has not had a major New York production since 1998. Wilder's quintessential Antrobus family copes with chaos, the frustrations of parents and children set against the crises threatening humanity's survival.
If the earth could speak to us today, what would it say? Would it manifest itself to us openly and benevolently for the sake of healing, or would it appear mysteriously and malevolently via totemic signs and occult channels: a protean assassin seeking vengeance? British playwright Caryl Churchill explores this horrifying question by charting the machinations of its title character, a "shape shifter and death portent, ancient and damaged" as s/he infiltrates the souls of two teenage mothers, seducing them through paranormal means into homicidal madness and loss. The three travel between parallel universes in elastic time, alternating between contemporary urban landscapes and fantastical realms inhabited by mythological figures.
In the overwhelming quiet of the woods, six runaways from city life embark on a silent retreat. As these strangers confront internal demons both profound and absurd, their vows of silence collide with the achingly human need to connect. Filled with awkward humor, this strange and compassionate new play asks how we address life's biggest questions when words fail us.
The Public presents the New York premiere of Sweat, the "extraordinarily moving drama" (The New York Times) by the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of Ruined, Lynn Nottage. With warm humor and tremendous heart, 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. Kate Whoriskey (Ruined) directs this stunning new play about the collision of race, class, family and friendship, and the tragic, unintended costs of community without opportunity.
Catherine's violent and bloody blackouts inflame her most primal fears. Her world falls increasingly out of orbit as the cause eludes explanation. Forces pull at Cat from every direction: her sister needs her to be normal; her stalker aches to save her; and her would-be-lover hungers to satisfy her most voracious desires. Catherine is desperate for answers, but the truth may prove more terrifying than her wildest nightmare….
Playwright Shelagh Delaney rocked the theatre world when, at 18, she wrote a play that both defined and defied her generation. A Taste of Honey is the clever, passionate, and poignant story of a young woman facing an uncertain future in a hostile world—and learning to trust that love, in its every heartbreaking and messy form, will see her through. A Taste of Honey was last staged Off-Broadway in 1981.
The Donmar Warehouse returns to St. Ann's with The Tempest, the third and final installment of Phyllida Lloyd's all-female Shakespeare trilogy. Set in a women's prison, The Tempest follows Lloyd's productions of Julius Caesar and Henry IV, and will once again be led by the great Harriet Walter, "one of the best Shakespeareans alive" (The Guardian).
St. Ann's has been the proud American home of the revelatory trilogy which has ignited a cultural and social conversation about gender, equality and aspiration on both sides of the Atlantic, as it empowers women to play the great Shakespearean roles normally reserved for men. The Tempest comes with a comprehensive education program for underserved youth in New York City public schools and young women touched by the juvenile justice system.
An Oscar-winning story comes to the American stage for the first time in a play by Dan Gordon, based on the book by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Larry McMurty, and the screenplay by James L. Brooke. Terms Of Endearment traces the complicated relationship between a challenging mother, Aurora Greenway, and her equally stubborn daughter, Emma. A funny and heartbreaking story about love in the face of life's challenges, both large and small, Terms Of Endearment captures the delicate, and sometimes fractured bonds between mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, and lovers, both new and old.
Renowned performance artist John Kelly performs Time No Line, which focusses on how we are able to identify collective histories through the experience of one individual.
Academy Award-nominated writer and actress Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding) makes her Public Theater debut with a richly funny, uniquely uplifting new play she has adapted from the bestselling book Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed, the internationally acclaimed author of Wild. Vardalos is Sugar, the online advice columnist who thousands of people have turned to for words of wisdom, honesty and hope. As anonymous readers come to her with their deepest and most personal problems, Sugar—who ultimately revealed herself to be Strayed—finds a way to weave her own life experiences together with theirs, creating a beloved column about the monstrous beauty, endless dark and glimmering light at the heart of being human. Tony Award nominee Thomas Kail (Dry Powder, Hamilton) directs this powerful new play about reaching when you're stuck, healing when you're broken, and finding the courage to take on the questions which don't have an answer.
Soder and Mailka are our Elegant Lades who wheel the audience through cycles of birth, ruin and regeneration. The play tumbles forth as almost the best junk shop you've ever been in so you can see the culture is not as organized as we think. It is a world wherein objects are alive, sentient beings who complain about each other and their bad behavior.
This showing serves as the culmination of Cara Scarmack's Dixon Place residency. Come witness the first stabs of this play's early development.
Danielle, Lee, and Tiffany have scaled the masthead of Crimp magazine, gaining access to the best the city has to offer—nightlife, men, and the beautiful baubles showcased in every issue. But when workaholic Danielle is forced to face her mortality, she begins to wonder what it's all worth. In this dark comedy, questions of romance, sex, ambition, and loyalty spin Danielle and her friends out of control as they consider the possibility of life without each other.
When a cast and crew are close to opening their own rendition of the most famous existential play ever, with the main characters played by hot young guys (instead of old geezers) in their underpants, would you not expect some controversy from the estate of its late playwright? A representative from the Samuel Beckett estate crashes one dress rehearsal to investigate, and must decide: Will this show go on or not? Hilarity and judgement ensue, making this play about a play into a debate on the limits of adaptation and interpretation.
A devised puppet theatre production that delves into themes of women's wisdom and empowerment ~PLUS~ A quirky comedy about culture shock and transformation inspired by Balinese shadow puppetry.
In a society that cares more for good birth and good manners than for skill, 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 William Makepeace Thackeray's masterpiece, Vanity Fair exposes a world where surfaces are everything, virtue is only skin deep, and every fifteen minutes of fame carries 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 for 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 true story of Baartman, Venus is a wild carnival, bursting with humor and heart while examining the paradox of love.
A modern twist on the All-American love story, Qui Nguyen's (She Kills Monsters) new play Vietgone pulses with contemporary energy. It's the classic story of boy meets girl - except this boy and girl are refugees from the Vietnam War newly settled in a relocation camp inside Middle America. Borrowing elements from the world of up-to-the-minute popular culture to recreate the playwright's own parents' meeting, Vietgone ranges from hilarity to heart-wrenching drama. Nguyen and director May Adrales (Luce at LCT3) skip through time and around the globe to present a fresh theatrical take on a moving account of one real family's history.
Water, a collaboratively created piece of participatory theater that explores human relationships to the environment in the face of profound ecological threat, reunites playwright Callaghan, director Topol, New Georges and 3LD eleven years after the extended run of New Georges' critically-acclaimed 2006 production of Callaghan and Topol's Dead City, the first production to open at 3LD.
Having lost her mother to illness, Ginnifer has moved into her mother's home in the town she grew up in. After learning a former childhood boyfriend has committed a mass shooting, Ginnifer must confront her relationship to the heinous crime as well as her place in America as a single woman approaching middle age. Timely and moving. When It's You complexly and honestly explores America today.
One night in 1943 Berlin, during an S.S. raid, a German Cabaret singer opens her door to save a Jewish Resistance fighter. As the hours unfold, destiny winds their lives more tightly together until there is no turning back. "When Yellow Were the Stars on Earth" tells a story of two rarely written about realities: Jewish female fighters and Germans who died refusing to be part of Nazi machinery. Amidst the atrocities of WWII, these women transcend enemy lines and, in their final moments, make an ultimate heroic sacrifice.
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 and a struggling black single mom ride the same bus week after week. As they get to know each other, their relationship sparks a candid and surprising look at racial and economic divides.
White Rabbit Red Rabbit has been called a play. But it's a lively, global sensation that no-one is allowed to talk about. Its award-winning playwright, Nassim Soleimanpour, is Iranian. His words have escaped censorship and are awaiting your audience. Slyly humorous and audaciously pointed, this 'theater entertainment meets social experiment' is unlike anything, and will make you question everything.
We dare you not to google for more. Join the actors and leap!
Left quad. Right quad. Lunge. An all girls indoor soccer team warms up. From the safety of their suburban stretch circle, the team navigates big questions and wages tiny battles with all the vim and vigor of a pack of adolescent warriors. The Wolves is a portrait of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for nine American teens who just want to score some goals.
Bobbie and Hench are home alone. Days are filled by streaming porn, playing Call of Duty, watching the world go by. Their mom rarely visits these days, and it's chaos when she does. But when animal-loving neighbor Jenny takes an interest in their dog Taliban, the boys discover a world far beyond what they know. Yen explores a childhood lived without boundaries.