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Based on The Comedy of Errors, 15 Villainous Fools is a classic tale of twins separated at sea who run into love triangles and lawsuits, crazy sisters and a dangerous doctor as they try to reconnect with their lost family and sort out the nonsense. With the help of puppets, a makeshift nunnery, and a variety of musical and dance numbers, these two ladies tell the improbable story with humor, Nerf guns, and just a touch of lunacy.
New York City's finest improvisers join forces with the city's finest poets in a unique format: part comedy, part poetry, part theater, part UNPREDICTABILITY. It all begins with an exquisite corpse (aka poem) written collaboratively by the audience. After that the improvisers delve in, building a world around the themes and imagery of the poem, populating it with a cast of characters who are funny, tragic, and in between. Fueling the proceedings is the work of published poets, national slam champions, and up-and-comers from around the world. (Among the cast are performers and poets featured on This American Life, the Onion, and Chicago's Second City.) The whole shebang ends with the performance of a poem inspired by the show and written on the spot.
The Peoples Improv Theater (The PIT) is proud to announce a limited weekly run for Aasif Mandvi's Mid-Life Crisis (A Solo Show in Development) Plus Special Guests.
Aasif Mandvi is well known for his work as a correspondent on Comedy Central's Emmy-winning show, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Most recently, Aasif wrote, produced, and starred in the HBO series, The Brink, co-starring Jack Black and Tim Robbins.
Amateur Night at the Apollo is live entertainment with a history. This weekly talent competition began in 1934 and within months became a leading showcase for emerging performers. Among its early winners was a 15-year-old Ella Fitzgerald. Since then the series has launched the careers of James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, and Lauryn Hill.
Today Amateur Night attracts performers and audiences from around the world. Audience members, known for their toughness and expectation that contestants "be good or be gone," gleefully choose the winners.
New Dance Theatre, in a coproduction with Access Theater, makes its New York debut with Asylum, a dance-theater take on the breaking through the barriers of isolation caused by the stigma of mental illness and the power of compassion. An original work devised and choreographed by New Dance Theatre company members.
BAMcafé Live is a free weekly performance series, featuring a mix of live music in a bar and lounge space. Performances span jazz, R&B, Afro-pop, Latin, rock, experimental music, and spoken-word poetry. Duncan Sheik, Billy Martin, Survival Soundz, Tracie Morris, and Carl Hancock Rux are among the series' alums.
Beautiful Monster is a new play depicting the final hours of the life of Mary Shelley, author of Frankenstein. On the eve of her expected death, Mary, gripped by madness, is visited by the dead: her husband and Romantic poet Percy Shelley, their shared lover Lord Byron, and literary rival John William Polidori, author of the first known vampire fiction — fiction begun, along with Frankenstein, on that now famous night of ghost stories on the banks of Lake Geneva. As the clock ticks toward Mary's death, she recalls in a series of hallucinations her heart-wrenching confrontations with Percy's formidable mother and the tender friendship of her loving stepsister. She's even confronted by the monster she created.
Note: This show includes nudity and sexual content.
Join the rising young opera stars of the Martina Arroyo Foundation's Prelude to Performance program for Carmen, Georges Bizet's exciting tale of a beautiful gypsy pursued by the soldier Don José and the handsome toreador Escamillo. This production is presented with traditional staging and costumes — and an orchestra!
There's nothing like standup comedy in person — the spontaneity of a comedian in front of a live audience is something special. See for yourself at Comic Strip Live, which offers some of the best standup in New York City. Performers hail from Saturday Night Live, Comedy Central, Conan, and the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Audiences can enjoy food, mixed drinks, and specialty brews as they laugh the night away.
This musical journey takes audiences back in time — specifically, to when "soul" emerged as a style of music. Berry Gordy's Motown label and his studio band the Funk Brothers helped popularize soul music, as did Stax Records' Booker T. & the MG's. Before long, James Brown became the "Godfather of Soul" and Aretha Franklin its queen.
Now vocalists Prentiss McNeil (of the Drifters) and Bruce Wayne (of the Midnight Movers, Wilson Pickett's backing band) lead this classic soul revue. Their energy is unmatched; their showmanship, breathtaking. A Decade of Soul is a passion-driven tribute; the passion may even drive audience members out of their seats and onto their feet.
What is failure, and how do we deal with it — as individuals and as communities? In the new installation-performance Failure, choreographer and visual artist Laura Peterson uses the language of dance and sculptural design to probe the national consciousness in the aftermath of 2016 American presidential election. Peterson zeroes in on the overwhelming pressure to compete, which is at the heart of the American way of life. Is a small defeat less devastating than a colossal mistake? What is the real outcome of the "winner takes all" approach?
What is failure, and how do we deal with it – as individuals, and as communities? In the new installation-performance, choreographer and visual artist Laura Peterson uses the language of dance and sculptural design to probe the national consciousness in the aftermath of 2016 Presidential election. Peterson zeroes in on the overwhelming pressure to compete, which is at the heart of the American way of life. Is a small defeat less devastating than a colossal mistake? What is the real outcome of the "winner takes all?"
Inspired by the classic children's book The Story of Ferdinand, Ferdinand tells the poignant story of Tom, a single dad, struggling to go with the flow and raise his son in a world determined to make him fight. Raised on the story of his namesake Ferdinand, the bull who refused to fight but just wanted to sit and smell the flowers, young Ferdy learns the hard lessons in life as his father endeavors to shield him from the harsh realities of adulthood.
Fifteen Minutes with Ellen follows Mr. Weatherington, who struggles in a nursing home with aging, loneliness, and perhaps Alzheimer's or dementia. The nurses care for Walter, but this is challenging as he has a difficult time identifying between reality and imagination. What is sacrificed to spend 15 minutes each day with his true love, Ellen?
Written as a love letter to his late father, the infamous owner of "Sid King's Crazy Horse Bar," Mike King performs his life story about being a dentist, a stand up comedian, and the son of a "nightclub" owner. A heart-warming, hilarious tribute to his father Sid King, "The Sultan of Striptease."
Obnoxious strangers, overbearing bosses, and unrequited high school crushes are about to get a piece of your mind. The Friday Night Sh*w invites audience members to anonymously write down their repressed rants, cursing-outs, and sultry confessions. Improv performers then use that writing to fuel a fast-paced brawl of hilarity. The cast includes a fistful of New York City's best improvisers with credits on 30 Rock, Comedy Central, MTV, Chicago's Second City, the Onion, and NPR — and at least one Primetime Emmy Award loser.
Prince Hal is caught between two worlds: In the tavern, he carouses with a wild bunch led by the scoundrel Falstaff, but at court, the king presses him to shoulder his responsibilities as heir to the throne. Meanwhile, the rebellious Hotspur threatens to destroy the kingdom. Shakespeare's action-packed coming-of-age story asks, "What makes a good leader?"
Henry VI Part 3 revisits the late 1400s, when a series of wars for control of the throne set the House of Lancaster (symbolized by a red rose) against the House of York (symbolized by a white one). This play is one of four in Shakespeare's canon (Henry VI, Parts 1-3 and Richard III) that deal with the horrors of these conflicts, which threw the stable country into pandemonium as families broke down and moral codes were vitiated for the sake of payback and power. Hamilton Clancy's adaptation will dress the characters in suits, not armor.
Shakespeare in the Parking Lot performs the final installment of the Henry VI trilogy, in which a hopelessly divided England is torn apart by warring factions.
Note: This performance takes place in the parking lot behind the Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural and Educational Center.
Federico García Lorca's The House of Bernarda Alba (La Casa de Bernarda Alba) is a tragedy set in a cloistered world of women in 1930s Spain. A tyrannical mother dominates her five unmarried daughters, all of whom harbor a secret passion for one man. Their repressed environment leads to an explosion of passion, jealousy, hatred, and despair.
Note: The play is performed in Spanish with English subtitles via Simultext® In-Seat Captioning System. At matinee performances, subtitles are provided only by request.
The Infinite Wrench is a mechanism that unleashes a barrage of two-minute plays for a live audience. Each play offers something different, be it funny, profound, elegant, disgusting, topical, irrelevant, terrifying, or a song; all are truthful and tackle the here-and-now, inspired by the lived experiences of the performers. With new plays every week, The Infinite Wrench is the Neo-Futurists' ongoing and ever-changing attempt to shift the conventions of live performance and speak to audiences, including those unreached or unmoved by traditional theater.
Conceived by Alyssa May Gold and directed by Katie Young, this epic story of jealousy and betrayal is given a modern-day setting at an all-girls high school, where psychological warfare is unyielding. Six young women will play all roles in this coming-of-age story that follows a group of teenagers through their first tastes of power, the desire to seize it, and the life and death battle to keep it.
Four months after Hurricane Charlie destroys Jamaica in the grim summer of 1951, Leonora is heedlessly celebrating Christmas with her family. As a black Jamaican woman polished from a young age to marry into a white family, she's used to living a sheltered life. Over the course of three balmy winter days, the shingles of Leonora's life will be rattled one by one; starting with the arrival of her childhood friend Kalisa, and ending in a tempest of self discovery she cannot ignore.
Written by David Stallings, inspired by Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House, based on a concept by director Antonio Minino.
Five people wait in line for an unknown event, each trying to get to the front. Through their shoving and conniving, Line dramatizes the absurdity of everyday life.
The length of the show's run is a testament to its interminable relevance. Line has been running — or rather, standing and waiting — since 1967. Among those stuck in the original production was Richard Dreyfuss, then almost as unknown as the event his character awaited. Today the rotating cast continues to feature emerging young actors. Tradition also lives on in the play's director, Jay Michaels; he studied with Carol Ilson, who directed Line in 1974. The playwright is still Israel Horovitz.
The Duke of Vienna's puritanical deputy Angelo, tasked with cleaning up a city out of control, revives ancient laws about sex and marriage. When he unjustly sentences the young gentleman Claudio to death, Claudio's sister Isabella pleads his case...and discovers that Angelo is not as virtuous as he seems. Shakespeare's dark comedy examines the danger of placing power in the wrong hands.
Each week, the Magnet Theater's resident ensembles converge for a night of improv comedy. The night might include anything from monoscenes to Harolds (long-form improv acts that begin with a suggestion from the audience). Because Megawatt's format gets changed more frequently than a lightbulb, returning audience members can expect to be dazzled every time.
NEC SPE / NEC METU (no hope / no fear), written by Sara Fellini and directed by Pat Diamond, is a collection of two dovetailing monodramas about the Baroque painters Artemisia Gentileschi and Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio.
In NEC SPE, Caravaggio confesses his hideous sins to an imagined or ethereal priest after his own brutal and untimely death, possibly searching for forgiveness. In NEC METU, Gentileschi recounts her notorious rape and torture in order to reclaim her legacy and illuminate her life and art.
Based on the Greek myth of Echo and Narcissus, The Nemesis Effect explores the consequences of revenge. A young Oreade by the name of Echo falls madly in love with beautiful Narcissus, who is as vain as he is gorgeous. When her affections are not reciprocated in the way she had hoped, Echo turns to Nemesis, the goddess of revenge. The unlikely pair work together, angering goddesses and nature to attain what she desires...even if a soul must be sacrificed in the process.
The New York Musical Festival (NYMF) nurtures the creation, production, and public presentation of stylistically, thematically, and culturally diverse new musicals to ensure the future vitality of musical theater. In 2013, NYMF received a Drama Desk Award for its efforts. This year's festival features everything from an adaptation of The Picture of Dorian Gray to a musical about Backbeard, the hairiest pirate ever. For a full list of 2017 NYMF shows, click the link below.
Planet Connections changes the landscape of New York theater this year. The award-winning Theatre Festivity runs June 12 - July 9, 2017 at The Clemente. www.planetconnections.org.
Planet Connections' artists use their work to shed light on causes that matter and inspire audiences to get involved. PCTF's artists raise awareness for an organization or topic of their own selection. PCTF is the country's first eco-friendly arts festivity sporting "green" marketing and promotional materials. The relationships formed during the festivity turn PCTF artists into leaders and inspirations within the industry. Since its inception, Planet Connections has presented more than 250 Full Theater Productions, nearly 100 Staged Readings, and has made a difference to more than 300 charities.
Every week the cast takes a suggestion from the audience and turns it into a fully crafted musical. Each character is made up on the spot, as are the song-and-dance numbers! Led by Magnet Theater musical director Frank Spitznagel, Premiere: The Improvised Musical features a cast whose professional credits include Comedy Central, HBO, and Second City.
Repertorio Español is a theater company that presents a rotating repertory of plays in Spanish. Works by both canonical authors (Lope de Vega, Calderón, García Lorca) and living writers are produced. In presenting these works, the company endeavors to bring the best of Spanish, Latin American, and Hispanic-American theater to a diverse audience, including Hispanics of all backgrounds and non-Spanish speakers. Plays are performed in Spanish with simultaneous translation to English via wireless headsets.
Director Christina Sheehan's fantasy-inspired design transports audiences to an England at war with itself, gallivanting through a Sherwood Forest that serves as the dual playground battlefield where Robin and his Merry Men defy tyranny. This sprawling, action-packed retelling of the Robin Hood story gives us characters that challenge and reinvent the myth including a Maid Marian with a sword who can do her own saving, a female Little John who is as quick witted as she is quick with her quarter staff, and several other cross-gendered casting scenarios which elevate the stakes of both the conflict and the comedy in a script by Larry Blamire that walks the line between The Adventures of Robin Hood and Robin Hood: Men in Tights. Together these characters will stand against the power of King John and the Sherriff of Nottingham.
"We're not one, we're many. When heroes stand together…work together, not a power in all of England can stop us."
Saturday at 6pm: the perfect time to get your jaded mind blown by four improv ensembles. Will the neighborhood kids be driven wild by their new forms and structures? Yes. Will you?
The Rundown features different groups at each performance that unite veteran performers with up-and-comers ready to bring it.
Seeing You is an immersive experience underneath New York City's High Line park. At once narcotic and eye-opening, the show is the result of a bold collaboration between Randy Weiner, Ryan Heffington, and Cantora (Will Griggs and Nick Panama), featuring environmental storytelling by David Gallo and costume design by Desi Santiago.
This show is part of an afternoon and evening of shows. The actors use scrolls for each scene, which have each actor's cues and lines, giving actors and the audience an improvisational experience throughout the scenes.
Scenes from Shakespeare comedies (mostly) include:
- Act 1, Scene 2 from A Midsummer Night's Dream
- Act 2, Scene 2 from The Merry Wives of Windsor
- Act 4, Scene 3 from The Winter's Tale
- Act 4, Scene 3 from The Comedy of Errors
It's 1950 and Johnny Swinton, an accomplished musician with a burlesque dancing wife and a beautiful son, has a secret — he's a woman. Inspired by the life of trans musician Billy Tipton, this jazz-infused tale of love and secrecy is written and performed by New York award-winning solo performer, Susan Jeremy (P.S. 69, Brazil Nuts, Teacher in the House), and directed by Cheryl King, creator of Stage Left Studio.
The SheNYC Summer Theater Festival is the only New York City festival devoted entirely to full-length plays and musicals by women writers. Each of our eight shows — which include two original musicals, five new plays, and a Shakespeare adaptation — will get two performances.
Earth has gone to the dogs, literally. After "the incident," humans have gone underground and into space, leaving dogs to run the planet. But the Space Pirates have decided that they need to pave over Earth to put up a parking lot for their new nightclub on the moon. The Puppies have to join forces with their archenemies the Ninja Kittens and, along with the assistance of the Great Oracle, must seek the power of the greatest weapon they've never heard of. Epic adventures and battles ensue, and along the way, we learn a deep, dark secret...or three. Will the Puppies turn tail and run? Will the Ninja Kittens — ooh, string. Can the Earth be saved from certain construction? Will it all end in discord or harmony?
The Space Pirate Puppy Musical! is written and directed by Heather Bagnall and Luke Tudball with original music by award-winning composer and lyricist Steve Schalchlin.
Stand Up NY is one of New York City's premiere venues for standup comics. It features some of the best comedians performing in NYC, nationally, and on TV. Surprise drop-ins have included Jerry Seinfeld, Steven Wright, and Robin Williams.
While many children's theater troupes tell stories to kids, The Story Pirates believe that every kid has a story to tell. Made up of professional actors, improv comedians, and teaching artists, this troupe uses stories written by elementary school students as source material for over-the-top, sidesplitting musical plays. With songs, props, music videos, and puppets, the Story Pirates bring to life onstage what children have put down on paper (and computer).
At a typical show, there is no typical. Topics range from kung fu ninja babies fighting crime to the eternal love between the devil and a guy she meets at Starbucks. It's a world where cats can fly and Tickle Monsters have been known to take over the world. If the show sells out, the audience is treated to ice cream and cookies at the end!
Sundays@Six is a free reading series focused on works-in-progress. The WorkShop Theater presents sit-down readings of new and revisited scripts by company playwrights and of projects initiated by company artists. Most of the readings are followed by a moderated dramaturgical discussion.
Join the rising stars of the Martina Arroyo Foundation's Prelude to Performance program for a double bill of Giacomo Puccini's poignant Suor Angelica and rollicking Gianni Schicchi. These productions are presented with traditional staging and costumes — and an orchestra!
Likely the Bard's final piece that he penned alone, The Tempest revolves around Prospero, a betrayed magician bent on revenge. Prospero's seething softens, however, when he sees through his daughter that love and forgiveness conquer darkness.
This Place, a new one-act play exploring LGBT life in the Arab World, will premiere at Dixon Place's HOT! Festival on July 6th at 9:30pm.
Incorporating documentary and narrative storytelling, This Place documents the lives of LGBT inhabitants of a conservative country on the Arabian Peninsula. Using a bold mix of film and theater, this 30-minute play tells the story of two men coming to terms with their impending separation, interspersed with anonymous interviews focused on queer life in a traditional Islamic nation.
Come and check out the many other performances at the HOT! Festival, the "longest running LGBT festival in the world," and enjoy Dixon Place's fully stocked bar before, during, and after the show!
Based on the swashbuckling story by Alexandre Dumas, The Three Musketeers is the first installment of Susane Lee 's four-play adaptation of The D'Artagnan Romances.
Dixon Place proudly presents the 26th Annual HOT! Festival, the NYC annual celebration of LGBTQ culture featuring over 100 artists. Headlining the festival is transgender actor and comedian D'Lo's solo work To T, or Not to T, a hilariously intimate reflection on taking t(estosterone) and his experiences transitioning. In this work, D'Lo takes on over 15 characters and fuses spoken word, stand-up comedy, theatre, film, and music production, drawing on his journey as a transgender Sri Lankan-American.
Hailed as "The best LBGTQ Theater Festival in New York" by The Village Voice, the HOT! Festival continues its celebration this year July 5th to August 3rd.
Shakespeare's tale of blood, war, and witchcraft dives into the psyches of the power-hungry Macbeth and Lady Macbeth.
Nick Kanellis and Peter McNerney (Statues of Liberty) team up with Magnet Theater veteran Leslie Korein to form a brand-new improv trio with one purpose: rockin' a seamless, high-energy, character-driven, free-form improv set every week.
Actor and impersonator Carl David is being held without bail for performing his Trump-inspired version of Shakespeare's King Lear. Carl is forced to perform his King Lear to an unseen online audience of one, as the President restlessly watches remotely from a live and public feed. The stakes are high: If Trump likes Carl and his show, Carl lives. If not, Carl dies. But how can Carl get through a show where he has created a Lear based on Trump himself without offending the audience?
A shipwreck, mistaken identities, women dressed as men, and a "most wonderful" love triangle. Does it get any more Shakespearean? Join us for this quintessential love story!
Sketch comedy team Uncle Function will introduce a series of brand new sketches at their upcoming comedy show Uncle Function LIVE! A Sketch Comedy Show at The Peoples Improv Theater, with special guest Emma Tattenbaum-Fine (Political Subversities, truTv's Almost Genius).
75 years ago, Josie was a radical beat poetess and a dangerous downtown denizen. Now, back in New York City for a reunion of her USO Jr. Hostess gang, Josie is haunted by a memory she cannot outrun. Her granddaughter, Rachel, wants to keep Josie safe; Josie, however, has paid a dear price for something she failed to do in 1942. Not all casualties of war happen on the field of battle.
Victory Girls is a play about love, friendship, and the importance of finding the courage to live your own life.
Water is a collaboratively created piece of participatory theater that explores human relationships to the environment in the face of profound ecological threat. It reunites playwright Callaghan, director Topol, New Georges, and 3LD Art & Technology Center 11 years after the extended run of New Georges' acclaimed production of Callaghan and Topol's Dead City, the first show at 3LD.
Discover the secrets of your favorite neighborhood or museum on a Watson Adventures Scavenger Hunt. You won't be collecting objects (put back that statue!) but searching for answers to tricky and humorous questions. You can decipher a message in the sky in Central Park, find out what to do with a "fun goon" in Chinatown, track ghosts in Greenwich Village, solve a murder mystery at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and much more. No knowledge of any hunt location is required — you just need a sharp mind and a good pair of shoes.
"B*tches get stuff done!" Well, sort of. Set in present day Philadelphia, Tinley and Annie are 20-something best friends who just can't seem to figure anything out. Their jobs suck and their dating lives are nonexistent and their snack supplies are constantly dwindling. While watching old SNL episodes, Tinley and Annie decide to start asking themselves, "what would Tina and Amy do?" and soon Tinley is dating her dream guy and Annie is winning lead roles at her dance company. But as they continue down the WWTAAD? path of self-discovery, will their friendship survive?