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Six characters caught in the diabolical delirium of time. Watch the invisible hand.
In 8 in Show, emerging and established choreographers of all dance forms showcase short new works.
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.
Brandi has a problem. She's now under the mind-control of aliens from another planet intent on taking over our world! A pawn of their sinister designs, she delivers hypnotic propaganda in order to assist our future overlords in harvesting the genitals of the entire human race. But in the meantime, she's really popular! Joe Kelly mixes contemporary tunes with musical theater in an uproarious book with all the campy humor of Evil Dead and They Live to provide a wild night in the theater. Watch the skies!
Alive! is a healing journey about the transformative power of song in the lives of people born before the internet became king. Weaving the testimonies of everyday people into a fabric of triumph, Alive! lifts ordinary people who have lived extraordinary lives and stand strong at 55+ to tell their stories to another generation with the wisdom only age can deliver. This show is not only about overcoming; it is a jamming celebration of the soundtrack of that generation's life that blends gospel, jazz, R&B, doo-wop, and pop music to produce a playlist that audience members will never want to skip.
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.
Pioneers Go East Collective presents the world premiere of American Mill No. 2, a new music-theatre and documentary work written and directed by Gian Marco Lo Forte, with music by Kamala Sankaram, and choreography by Maura Nguyen Donohue.
American Mill No. 2 is an original docudrama based on existing ballads and protest songs about Ella May Wiggins — a textile mill worker, union organizer, and folk singer who found herself at the forefront of the protest movement during the strike at the Loray mill in Gastonia, North Carolina, in 1929. The show features a cast of actors and musicians, with Kamala Sankaram (composer), Ella May Wiggings, (accordion), Catrin Llyod-Bollard (guitar), Brittane Rowe, and Anthony Nap.
An evening of social justice as seen through the word of the playwright and lens of the camera with Stop and Frisk, Matthew Widman's play about the consequences of one of our nation's most contentious policing tactics and Is Anybody Listening?, Paula Caplan's powerful documentary about a woman's journey connecting with the plight of veterans. Other films will be shown that evening.
Amy Surratt's First and Last (Show) celebrates the struggle to come back to something you never really had. This first and final bio-mythography is told by the fictionally famous "Amy Surratt," a former reality TV child star, as she gives her debut theatrical swan song. Surratt's own genuine Appalachian roots emerge through the joining of poetic narrative, cultural pageantry, true stories, and good ol' down-home lying. Beauty pageants, burnouts, and unfinished business combine in this tragicomic exploration of fractured identities and origins. Don't worry, though — there are enough mason jars, bluegrass jams, rusted cars, and Southern-fried metatheatrics for everyone.
Montañez and Aponte will shine on the Lehman stage with their vast repertoire, including favorites such as "Un verano en New York" and "No hay cama pa' tanta gente." These two Puerto Rican stars are multifaceted artists worldwide, recognized not only as some of the best and most influential singers in the history of salsa but also known for their performances with El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico.
Ask Joseph is an original play by Slava Stepnov and Roman Freud, translated from Russian by Asya Stepnova. Audiences are presented with a unique drama in which the distinct echo of Anton Chekhov's Seagull is in a peculiar intertwine with the life and artistic career of Noble Prize winner Joseph Brodsky. Even though the play is based on selected episodes from Brodsky's biography, this story is not about any particular person. It is rather about those who had the courage to drastically change their lives by abandoning their familiar environment and who ended up on the verge of a dramatic cultural and emotional split. Love, mystery, adultery, scandals, and spies are just a few of the turns and twists of the plot. Ask Joseph is an attempt to peek into the mystery of human talent.
Three volunteers — Sol, Sorcha, and Tallulah — are on their way to Mars and doomed to die. Inspired by the Mars One mission, which will send humans to settle a colony on the red planet, Astronauts Wanted is a deeply poetic nonlinear narrative that questions the very essence of what it means to be human.
Two one acts dealing in the lighter ... and darker sides of ne'er-do-wells by acclaimed playwright, A.J. Ciccotelli.
Johnny & Paula In a Tree opens with Johnny trying to get back together with Paula after two failed attempts. When they were little kids, instead of kissing Paula – he pulls her hair. They try it again in High School but Johnny dumps her after she would not 'put out' sexually. Now they are trying it again but this time Paula is willing to have sex with him. But with pleasure comes a price.
Twister opens with ex-football jock, Rock, now owner and bartender of Old Charlie's Bar before it is to be hit by an incoming twister. Amorous Rock never touched her… until now. The real hurricane is the entrance of Lily, who's wanted him since those college days. Their climax and the play's climax reveals why.
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.
Twelve abandoned beings try to figure out their present and the future, but eventually subdue to their fate. Blind, an adaptation of Maeterlinck's same titled play, is a contemporary fable to address the issue of social engagement in the current society.
The quest for a plot! The glamour of despair! A tale of love and honey...
As eight individuals search to find a home in the theater, they stumble upon a strange catalyst that weaves them all together...bees! A story full of heart, BUZZ, Son of a Bee gently reminds audiences that a life in the theater can sting you, but it can also be as sweet as honey.
Child's Play centers around a traumatized child who has stopped speaking. A therapist now struggles to peel back the layers of mistrust by entering the internal world of this little girl to help her confront the dragon that has stolen her voice and now threatens to completely destroy her. "Child's Play" will feature Andrew Gonzales, Ashleigh Herndon, Christian Victoria Allen, Crystal Edn*, Katie Esswein, Mercedes Vasequez, Michael Pichardo, Raine Cantisano & Ronald Kitts.
This play centers on a traumatized child who has stopped speaking. A therapist now struggles to peel back the layers of mistrust by entering the internal world of this little girl to help her confront the dragon that has stolen her voice and now threatens to completely destroy her.
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.
Over the centuries, the planet Constellarium has provided sanctuary to refugees from planets that have collapsed in on themselves. In this play, the sitting president of Constellarium addresses his planet's newest hosts in a series of speeches that span the course of a year.
New work by choreographers who cross cultural, geographic, and disciplinary boundaries.
Written by Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher, and first printed in 1615, Cupid's Revenge is a tale of love, revenge, and mortal folly that was highly influential for post-Shakespearean playwrights. Filled with music, dance, romance, sword fights, and gruesome deaths, Cupid's Revenge reinvents Elizabethan tragedy for a new era.
One of England's most prolific playwrights introduces audiences to Andrea, a young girl just trying to stay alive during an act of violence that alters her existence and everyone she touches. Andrea's yearning for love and a family takes her to the darkest of places. She just wants to tell you the truth...will you listen?
Straight from her star turn at the Camden Fringe Festival in London, Lexie Braverman reprises the role of the endearing but tortured Andrea in Philip Ridley's one-woman drama. This newly mounted production is directed by Sybille Bruun (artistic director of the Shakespeare Forum).
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.
In a first-ring suburb just outside a city that might be Detroit, Ben and Mary see sudden signs of life at the deserted house next door and invite their new neighbors Sharon and Kenny over for a barbecue. As the action unfolds we learn that Sharon and Kenny met at rehab, neither is employed, and they don't own a stick of furniture. The quintessential American backyard party turns quickly turns into something more dangerous — and filled with potential.
Diva: Live From Hell tells the story of Desmond Channing, a teenager who's spent much of his short life basking in the spotlight. As drama club president and star of all the productions at his Florida public high school, Desmond never imagined that he could fall so far so fast. But when Evan Harris, a hotshot transfer student from New York, rips the rug out from under him, Desmond responds, as any diva would, with lethal force.
Now Desmond is forced to relive his humiliation and insanity over and over again at a cabaret in hell. As he begins his millionth consecutive show, Desmond performs with renewed fervor in the hope that he can prove he's learned his lesson and will be freed from his eternal campy torment.
An immersive multimedia theatrical experience. Situated in a hexagonal set, with three panels of video screens augmenting the action, music videos and live action interludes tell the story of an oblivious ski legend, Dirk Dassler (Jordan Sarah), who at the height of his fame, grapples with preposterous and privileged personal crises.
Set to the score of the Dynamic Alpine Sexual album, this parody of the "lifestyle genre" follows an antihero skiing legend, Dirk Dassler, who sabotages a high flying career to follow a deluded dream that finds him back where he started, albeit with his soul and dreams crushed.
Dalrymple Award-winning director, Laurie Rae Waugh directs the revival of this MITF Award nominated comedy about a boyfriend, his former-future mother in law, and his ex-girlfriend, in that order.
Based on the 1922 novel by Elizabeth von Arnim, Enchanted April is the charming story of four women's rediscovery of self, love, and fulfillment as they leave postwar London for a glorious, spontaneous Italian adventure. Matthew Barber's stage adaptation premiered on Broadway in 2003 and was nominated for a Tony Award for best play.
A play for our times, The Fare tells the story of a clash between a Pakistani cabbie and a Connecticut banker. A dispute over a taxi fare leads to an altercation with echoes of everything from immigration to identity, class to color, privilege to prejudice, and what it means to be an American.
Written by Claude Solnik, The Fare is inspired by actual events. Scott David Reeves directs and stars. Also starring are Sarah Grace Sanders, Hemang Sharma, Michael Catlage, Scott Zimmerman, and Brett Solimine.
Fast Forward provides opportunities for choreographers working in all dance forms to workshop 25- to 35-minute pieces on a shared bill curated around a theme. In April, Fast Forward's theme is ''unrest and raw'' with Thomas/Ortiz Dance and Borne Dance Company.
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.
Following recent political clashes over immigration and border control, the hit production of ¡Figaro! (90210) returns to the New York stage with its unique mix of uproarious comedy and biting social commentary for a strictly limited engagement. This adaptation of Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro blends the original score with a new English (and Spanglish) libretto by Vid Guerrerio and recasts the title character and his fiancée as undocumented workers in a mansion of a Beverly Hills real estate mogul and his actress wife.
Directed by Melissa Crespo, ¡Figaro! (90210) gives Mozart a contemporary kick with this amped-up, pared-down musical that infuses the timeless comedy of the original with an especially timely political relevance.
With Four Sisters, Clements continues developing his voice as a writer of politically charged and historically based plays, including Dogs of DC (Manhattan Repertory Theatre) and The Diana Tapes (2016 EdFringe). The play — comprising personal writings of the four Grand Duchesses, select lines from Anton Chekov's Three Sisters, biblical passages, and imagined language — examines the role of women in wartime, the performative properties of female bodies, and the destruction of domestic histories. Each sister is played by an actor of a different race, to further demonstrate the globalized and timeless nature of these women's story.
Fragmented Frida explores the life — and seeks to capture the essence — of the audacious artist Frida Kahlo, who overcame seemingly insurmountable adversity that included being relentlessly bullied as a child, surviving a near-fatal bus accident in her teens that left her shattered physically and emotionally, and then falling in love with a womanizing genius who would betray her in the worst way. This work presents a complex Frida as a revolutionary, provocateur, activist, self-reflexive painter, and woman in need of love and validation. Frida was a Mexican-Jewish bisexual feminist — four strikes, even in the most progressive times. Fragmented Frida taps into the tremendous resilience that allowed this titanic figure to examine her own life and suffering via the canvas so that her experience could be forever preserved as art.
After 200 years of keeping his inventor's comatose widow alive, Fred the robot decides they both could use a change. Taking a leap of faith, he packs up their home in Phoenix, and the odd couple relocate to the Clam — a once luxurious retirement space station orbiting Pluto. There, the Clam's in-house alien band the Kunzigs awaken something special in Fred's ancient companion.
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.
For three weeks only, Danza España presents fiery performances of flamenco music, song, and dance at Thalia Spanish Theatre. FuegoFLAMENCO features an international cast, including special guest artists from Spain performing to the rhythm of Spain's most passionate and sensual art form.
Godzilla's messy alcohol-fueled breakups with other Kaiju are the stuff of legend. Now the hulking and foreboding Godzilla, a bi-poly serial dater fighting body dysmorphic disorder, looms over a helpless New York City.
While fleeing Godzilla's rampage, a man ducks under some rubble…only to notice every other person near Godzilla is someone he dated. It seems that his extraordinary exes have joined forces to take on the monstrous Godzilla. Amid this fantasia of carnage, the peril of dating is revealed to be a monster that not even Godzilla can defeat.
Grand Theft Musical is a boisterous, bawdy, bang-bang, world-premiere musical comedy, which openly purloins from some of the greatest examples of the genre to hilarious effect. The diverse cast of 17 zany characters relate to, deal and double-deal with, fall in and out of love and in and out of bed with each other, all while singing and dancing up a storm. Grand Theft Musical is a sophisticatedly silly, satirical lampoon yet a warm embrace of Broadway and all things theater...with three choreographers. Based on Robert Sickinger's 1994 musical Platinum Taps, it was written by Lissa Moira, who also directs. John Taylor Thomas composed the music.
Let's get biblical! Fresh from a hit run at Fringe World in Australia, everyone's favorite gay-married drag super-duo darlings return to New York City with a brand-new glitter bomb of award-winning dance, irreverent striptease, and surreal campy magic. Expect to be converted and shouting "Yas Gawd!"
Whether you're pure as the driven snow or a Catholic school dropout, you must not miss Kitten 'n' Lou's demented and glittering romp through the Old Testament and beyond. They dig deep and ask the hard questions: What is the meaning of our existence in the universe? Are we really supposed to believe there's a god if Donald Trump is president? How can homosexuality be a sin when the Bible is clearly so GAY GAY GAY?!
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.
Charles Earthstein, of the Chicago News and M&M Publications, interviews the one and only Jackie "Moms" Mabley, America's No. 1 comedian, at the Apollo Theatre. It reveals some of her personal hopes, dreams, betrayals, despairs, and fame.
This solo character show, written and performed by Eli James, is a decade-by-decade journey through the parade of unsung deplorables who inhabit the history of rock 'n' roll. Imagine All the People: A Survey of Music Business Creeps shines a light on the creeps, freaks, jackasses, and wannabes that have been steadily plopping out of pop music's bottom since the 1950s. In it, award-winning music historian Sir Gordon Gledhill-Walker guides audience members through each sordid era of rock, attempting to find answers to pop music's longest-lasting mysteries, such as "Were the Beatles more popular than Jesus?", "What is payola and where can I get it?", and "Why did the '90s happen?" Visits from con artists, Klansmen, and Morrissey are to be expected. It's all here when you imagine all the people!
Williams takes his action to Japan, where Mark, a successful American alcoholic painter, has holed up in his Tokyo hotel room, dashing out increasingly incomprehensible work. Meanwhile, Mark's promiscuous wife, Miriam, fearful he will ruin his reputation — and her standard of living — has summoned Leonard, Mark's New York agent.
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.
It Will All Work Out takes stories from Chris Wells' upcoming memoir, mixes them with funny original songs, and tops it all off with fabulous, colorful, and outrageous outfits. Expect a night of high energy, queer fun, and deep feeling with a smokin' hot band and a couple sexy backup dancers.
The world premiere of a new show from Obie Award-winning performer Chris Wells. Combining stories from his upcoming memoir of the same name with original songs, fabulous and outrageous outfits, and with support from a rocking band and sexy back-up dancers, this promises a night of high energy and fun from this master storyteller and exuberant song and dance man.
In 2005, a mother and daughter living on the Upper West Side fall victim to the storm that shook America: Hurricane Katrina. As they excavate their apartment riddled with pop culture detritus, the ever-shifting but always stifling parameters of feminine performance begin to chafe. Pairing traditions of drag performance with elements of conventional absurdist theatre, It's All Coming Back to Me Now says goodbye to the romance of yesterday's America through an examination of Canadian pop music, spearheaded by snow diva Celine Dion.
In 2005, a mother and daughter living on the Upper West Side fall victim to Hurricane Katrina. As they excavate their apartment riddled with pop culture detritus, the ever-shifting parameters of feminine performance begin to chafe. Pairing traditions of drag performance with elements of conventional absurdist theatre, It's All Coming Back to Me Now says goodbye to the romance of yesterday's America through an examination of Canadian pop music, spearheaded by snow diva Celine Dion.
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.
Hamza Zaman pens and performs the story of long-term convict "Junebug" Gonzalez. Junebug is a man whom the world has forgotten but who hasn't forgotten the world. As he conveys the intricacies of life on the "inside" and opens his heart to his true inner life, audience members are questioned about their own views on redemption. In this production, Zaman reprises the lead role from his critically acclaimed FringeNYC show Fresh Meat. Veronica Caicedo of Teatro Circulo directs.
Kyle is a dark comedy by Hollis James, inspired by his knock-down-drag-out battle with drug addiction. It's about a guy named Jack, his friend Kyle, and Kyle's friend cocaine. Thanks to his new friends, Jack's life quickly begins to spiral out of control. He loses his job, his girlfriend, his health, and all sense of personal hygiene. Will Jack find the strength to get his life back on track, or will Kyle ultimately win?
Stephen Adly Guirgis' play The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, directed by Academy Award winner Estelle Parsons and performed by members of the Actors Studio, is being revived as part of the Studio's 70th anniversary celebration.
History's most famous double-cross is under the microscope in this provocative and irreverently funny work. Urban night court in "Hope — a ghetto of purgatory" is the backdrop, with Judas on trial for his betrayal of Christ, his soul left in the balance. A trove of historic witnesses — among them Freud, Mother Teresa, and Pontius Pilate — deliver their testimony with raw honesty and scathing humor. As the play unfolds, audiences are forced (along with the characters) to examine their ideals and ideas of love, divine mercy, free will, and forgiveness, including the notion that evil may not be the presence of hate but the absence of compassion.
Actor-writer Dan Ruth reprises his hilarious testament to survival and sobriety, A Life Behind Bars. Fermented in over two decades of booze, bars, and New York City gentrification, the show, directed by multiple-MAC and Bistro Award winner Tanya Moberly, is an unapologetic, darkly funny look at what can happen when you reach for the stars and grab the bottle instead. This work is the 2016 winner of United Solo Festival's best autobiographical show award.
Note: There is a $20 cover and a $20 minimum per person.
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.
Omar, Fred, and Sam are hangin', smoking some weed, but in Trump's America only one of them is a criminal. With the specter of prior offenses over his head, Arab-born Omar needs to be very careful.
Set against the backdrop of the turbulent 1970s, Loose Ends follows the relationship of Paul and Susan, who first meet on a beach in Bali. Paul, a recent Peace Corps dropout and Susan, an aspiring photographer, later marry in Boston. There the young couple struggle with their conflicting opinions on the importance of having a career versus having a family.
Someone sneezes. Someone cant get a signal. Someone wont answer the door. Someone put an elephant on the stairs. Someones not ready to talk. Someone is her brothers mother. Someone hates irrational numbers. Someone told the police. Someone got a message from the traffic light. Someones never felt like this before.
In this fast moving kaleidoscope, more than a hundred characters try to make sense of what they know.
Someone sneezes. Someone can't get a signal. Someone won't answer the door. Someone put an elephant on the stairs. Someone's not ready to talk. Someone is her brother's mother. Someone hates irrational numbers. Someone told the police. Someone got a message from the traffic light. Someones never felt like this before.
In this fast moving kaleidoscope, more than 100 characters try to make sense of what they know.
After bailing out of his crippled B-24 bomber under heavy fire from German forces, waist gunner Lou Fowler is captured by the Nazis. Incarcerated along with other Allied fliers in an inhumane Nazi prison camp, where POW's view new prisoners with suspicion as possible Nazi infiltrators, Lou has to heal his own battle injuries, as his captors treat him as just another 'Luft Gangster' — a term Joseph Goebbels created as propaganda to convince the German nation that all American flyers were actual criminals released from prison by the U.S. government in order to fight in World War II.
As Lou endures the hellish and unsanitary conditions of prison camp life, subsisting on what could barely be described as food and enduring unspeakable cruelty, surviving to escape becomes his only goal. In a time and place where men on both sides of the war were stripped of all things civilized, the human cost of war is brought front and center.
This production of Macbeth is a fitting response to our times in its exploration of ambition, tyranny, and what it means to be a leader. The show is an attempt to answer the question "What does it mean to bring our full humanity into our work, play, and lives?"
Corruption, class warfare, and sexual violence all come to a head when an overzealous ruler assumes authority, vowing to clean up the streets with law and order. Shakespeare's satirical classic asks how far we've gone — and how far we're willing to go — in the name of justice.
Medicine the Musical follows a diverse group of first year medical students as they navigate their lives, loves, and the rigors of their education.
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 is a collection of two dovetailing monodramas.
In "Nec Spe," the great Baroque painter Caravaggio confesses his hideous sins to an imagined or ethereal priest after his own brutal and untimely death, possibly searching for forgiveness. But his swagger and violent personality leave audiences to question whether he truly wants his sins washed away or whether he would rather justify his actions in the eyes of God and man.
In "Nec Metu," the great Baroque painter Artemisia Gentileschi recounts her notorious rape and torture in order to reclaim her legacy and illuminate her brilliant life and art. She tells her story with wry wit and humor, offering an alternative and often neglected perspective on art history and her intimate relationships with some of the world's greatest artists.
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.
All the talent New York City has to offer is on more than the Broadway stage. But who are the next generation of Big Apple stars? Get a sneak peek at the area's best during New York's Got Talent. The thrilling result of an all-ages talent search, NYGT showcases performers from across the region in a variety-style production. Featuring a colorful array of singers, dancers, magicians, jugglers, pet training tricks, burlesque, bands, guitarists, drummers, comedians, weird acts of all kinds, ventriloquists, drag queens, lip-syncers, cirque, tappers, tumblers, gymnasts, balance acts, impersonators, a cappella groups, and virtually any other alternative performance art form you can think of, this is a show that lets you decide who moves on to the next of six total rounds. Cast your vote at the Elektra Theater in Times Square.
This was the story of a king who is actually a queen, who is sent in exile, imprisoned in Athens, and found 45 years later in Argentina at a tomb contest. But then, major historical events disrupt the process revealing that nobody is dead.
The ghosts of totalitarian past return to haunt the story. The narrative that got us here no longer serves us. We have to respond to the urgency for resistance and survival, and create a theatrical language of dissent and pleasure. In this witty and funny magic realistic play, Susana Cook redefines presence, the energy of the people who inhabit our life, and the ghosts of our past following us everywhere.
This is the story of two Michaels, who spend a rainy Saturday night on the floor of an unfurnished apartment talking about Omega Kids — a comic book about a ragtag team of teenage superheroes. Between the reboots and retcons, apocalypses and alternate universes, fiction and reality blur as the Michaels test the limits of their new friendship. Obie Award winner Noah Mease's play is an intimate look at how people forge connections through pop culture and comic book superheroes.
Fads come and go, and aesthetic poetry is all the rage in town these days, especially among the maidens who have all become groupies of the self-styled poet Reginald Bunthorne — to the dismay of their macho military boyfriends. All but Patience, the virtuous village milkmaid who claims to have never loved anyone. She doesn't care for poetry much either, and, as it turns out, neither does Bunthorne! While Bunthorne is infatuated with Patience, she falls for her childhood crush Archibald Grosvenor, another famous aesthete who attracts women even faster than Bunthorne. The rigid military men attempt to win back their ladies by comically attempting to be willowy poets, but, when exasperated Bunthorne challenges Grosvenor to give up the current aesthetic craze, he does so willingly — and everything backfires.
Into a quiet urban home come two strangers on a sinister mission they don't disclose. They frighten some, entertain others, and refuse to leave. As the home invasion worsens, the hosts reveal some twists. In a dark and surreal evening of fantasy, farce, and betrayal, audiences should be warned: This drama is about something real. Perversion is a scathing political satire of the America we've lived through and where we still live today.
What happens when a young Muslim girl converts to radical Christianity? After leaving all religion behind, how will she navigate and find herself in a world where no bubbles or rules exist? Inner protests of food, sex, and her own peace of mind pave the road. Along the way, she meets many interesting characters in this musical comedy.
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.
Each month, Gingold Theatrical Group presents a different play by George Bernard Shaw (or his contemporaries). GTG is the first group to ever present performances of all of Shaw's 65 plays! This script-in-hand series is always packed with theatrical enthusiasts eager to share Shaw's comedic theatrical pieces, all embracing his bold humanitarian precepts encouraging human rights and free speech for all. Every play is presented as a staged reading by a specially assembled, star-studded cast. The reading is followed by a spirited talkback with the cast and an international team of Shavians.
(Projection) peels back the layers of a New York millennial apartment, subverting and reinforcing the classic living room play to reveal the universal truths of defining yourself in your 20s. While a motley crew of roommates descends deep into the stupor of an average evening, they hotly debate, pontificate, test relationship dynamics, and welcome a stranger into their midst. The audience has the unique advantage of seeing these 20-somethings in their natural environment, guided by a questionably reliable narrator. Part comedy of manners, part coming-of-age tale, this theatrical romp offers a story for all ages.
The Red Fern Theatre Company presents the world premiere of Adam Szymkowicz's Rare Birds, directed by Scott Ebersold.
Sixteen-year-old Evan Wills is an avid bird watcher who wears colorful songbird shirts to school despite the constant antagonism it brings him. Evan's mother just wants Evan to be normal, and happy — and normal — and get along with her new boyfriend. While Evan summons the courage to talk to Jenny Monroe (whose locker is next to his), troubled bully Dylan has something darker in mind. After some stupid choices and unexpected results, Evan learns that the worst thing you can do in high school is admit you love something. Rare Birds is a play about adolescent violence and your mother's new boyfriend.
Ready or Not Here I Come is a story about the choices that we make and the consequences of those choices. This play is about the rapture of Christ — and a lot more.
Ms. Jenkins is the nosy neighbor who knows everything about everybody. She takes the audience into the personal lives of three families. Audience members witness those families either accepting or rejecting Christ.
Ready or Not Here I Come includes music, singing, praise dancing, and a couple surprises. Audience members may laugh and cry, but above all, they will think.
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.
Frank Calo, founder of Spotlight-On Festivals, the first organized theater festival in New York City, pre-dating the New York Fringe Festival by one year, was a leader in presenting new and exciting works, rarely seen plays, and even classical presentations during the late 1990s and early part of the 21st Century. Its high production values and locations in areas such as Times Square made Spotlight-On a popular facet in the NY theater scene. Spotlight-On returns with a series of works from some of its prominent alumni. Rise of the Phoenix features works from previous participants who have gone on to great things and who are thrilled to return to where it all began.
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.
A fully improvised comedy show featuring a live musical act, The Sense-ations! is a cross between a Saturday morning cartoon and a favorite superhero. The Sense-ations save the world from giant robots and death-ray attacks, breaking hearts at the same time as they fight evil. This outrageous improv show deals with all things extraordinary.
In Show Up, award-winning solo show performer, producer, and SOLOCOM creator Peter Michael Marino (Desperately Seeking the Exit) uses his decades of solo performance expertise to turn the often vilified tropes of the genre on their head. Marino exploits an arsenal of Post-it notes to compile and transform the challenging and enlightening real-life experiences of the audience into a single vibrant life-story that is familiar, completely fresh, and unique each time. Chance elements are increased as audience members are engaged to cue lights, design the set, and direct. Show Up provides a wild, unpredictable ride for the audience as Marino navigates this high wire, simultaneously commenting on social anxiety and performance challenges. Ultimately, Show Up demonstrates that the value of truth in autobiographical performance is totally subjective.
Presented by Miller-Coffman Productions, Siren's Den is a dark, modern twist on the myth of the Ancient Greek sirens who lured sailors to their deaths with their songs. Here, the turbulent sea is the music industry, and the siren is Skylar Cole, a seductive indie-rock singer in New York City.
Skylar's biggest fan is Remy Morgan, a young, aspiring singer who finds that her songwriting is fueled by her time spent with Skylar. Although Remy and Skylar form an immediate bond, their attempts at connection are thwarted by Skylar's hungry fans known as the Vultures, Remy's possessive personal assistant, her suspicious boyfriend, and her own sordid past. Soon Remy finds herself drawn into a world of drugs, lust, and empty promises, where some idols don't deserve pedestals and some dreams come with dire consequences.
Smash the Patriarchy celebrates and dissects all that it means to be female by presenting honest experiences, biting social commentary, and riotously funny observations. A diverse cast of women writer-performer-directors will attempt to perform feminist original plays in a patriarchy-smashing weekend!
When a fascist government closes borders among the 50 United States, a female writer leaves New York to be closer to her loved ones. After a few years of living in her birthplace of Virginia, the writer, scouted by a large corporation to create content, enlists the help of her brother to return to New York in the hopes of rejuvenating her literary ambitions. Upon arrival, they discover that circumstances are much more dire than expected. All artists have been sequestered in the outer boroughs, living in squalor while they wait to be picked for government-sanctioned corporate projects. The writer is faced with a choice to assimilate or flee — until her brother inspires her to create other options.
Earth has gone to the dogs, literally. After "the incident," humans have gone underground and into space, leaving dogs to run the planet. But the Space Pirates have decided that they need to pave over Earth to put up a parking lot for their new nightclub on the moon. The Puppies have to join forces with their archenemies the Ninja Kittens and, along with the assistance of the Great Oracle, must seek the power of the greatest weapon they've never heard of. Epic adventures and battles ensue, and along the way, we learn a deep, dark secret...or three. Will the Puppies turn tail and run? Will the Ninja Kittens — ooh, string. Can the Earth be saved from certain construction? Will it all end in discord or harmony?
The Space Pirate Puppy Musical! is written and directed by Heather Bagnall and Luke Tudball with original music by award-winning composer and lyricist Steve Schalchlin.
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.
In video-puppetry extravaganza Steve of Tomorrow, a couch-surfing time traveler Steve appears at a crammed apartment shared by sci-fi blogger Ralph and his partner Scott. Steve lands in the middle of a media frenzy surrounding a corporate-produced hurricane. What ensues is a split-screen dark comedy about miscommunication in the age of ever-present media and a democracy interrupted by a flurry of pop-up windows.
The Story of Tap…Etc. is a continuation of a series originally done at Dixon Place for six evenings in 1998 and 2005. It returned for one night in 2015 and comes back again for another night. It is a narrative of tap dance rather than some definitive history of it. Hank Smith will engage in conversation with performers about tap and associated art forms. Film clips will be shown, and the performers will cover different perspectives of experience by telling their stories through words, movement, and music. It's all an improvisation. The story keeps going…
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!
What is the place of art and imagination in our increasingly Orwellian society? Sub-Basement follows Adrienne, a former poet now Royal Canadian Mounted Police trainee, on an absurdist odyssey to find her true purpose amid the dark corners of New York City, the depths of the Drama Book Shop, and her muddled past. Her voyage is guided by Gustav (a one-time climatologist) and Arnaud (an erstwhile poet), all while being pursued by Simon, who (unbeknownst to her) is set on becoming her fiancé. Are we ever free of the disappointments of the past, and can we escape the expectation of our parents? Join on a voyage deep into Adrienne's psyche — and try to discover what life's really about.
The production stars Patrick K. Dooley (Lake Homo High) as Simon, Veronique Ory (The Man Under) as Adrienne, Barry Phillips (Orange Is the New Black) as Arnaud, and Zenon Zeleniuch (Perfect Crime) as Gustav.
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.
Terms and Conditions: Live is an unauthorized, unabridged presentation of iTunes' terms and conditions, presented with cartoon projections, live actors, and musicians.
Written by Anton Chekhov.
At a time of working class uprising and elitist decline, an over-educated, privileged family finds that norms have shifted and the world is closing in on itself. Are better fortunes just around the corner? Can we hold onto the past while we wait for them? Join Irina for her birthday party at their rural estate. And don't bring up Moscow.
Teresa Fischer hosts a retrospective performance featuring some audience favorites, special requests, some new gems, and a special appearance or two.
Time No Line is a performance work presented as a live memoir, based on John Kelly's 40 years of journaling. This solo piece constructs a nonlinear narrative through physical movement, video projections, music, historic texts, and live drawing. Its main theme is the way Kelly's life and work unfolded and intertwined with significant cultural and political events, including the East Village performance art scene of the 1980s, the AIDS epidemic, the culture wars, and gentrification. The show uses the experiences of an individual to create a shared collective experience as an antidote to cultural amnesia and erasure. Kelly himself is a survivor who remains a part of New York's evolving cultural landscape.
Playwright Duncan Pflaster and director Aliza Shane blur the lines of life and art in this play about a dinner party turned dark when the guests must hear a screenplay about the abduction and torture of a young filmmaker who made "seditious" movies. In a small country newly taken over by a dictator, filmmaker Dina Kummerspeck has been taken by the government and tortured for making supposedly seditious films. Now returned home under house arrest with an electric shackle on her ankle, she and her husband Tomas invite over their actor friends for a party, but unbeknownst to them, it's going to be a secret reading of Dina's new screenplay loosely based on her torture. Fact and fiction collide as the actors go back and forth between acting out her words and commenting on the art of it.
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.
This one-woman show presents the story of Harriet Tubman reimagined as a young woman growing up in Harlem through a theatrical lens. Harriet Tubman is a heroine and American legend in her own right. This multidisciplinary performance takes the story of Harriet in the 19th century and places her in the 21st century, laced with the problems facing African-American youth all over the country. What would happen if a young woman like Harriet became a leader in this new world? Would her struggle be the same? Would she know her power?
Turning Page is a sophisticated, funny, and deeply compelling solo show about legendary actress Geraldine Page, whose sparkling career earned her a record-breaking eight Academy Award nominations by her untimely death in 1987. Written and performed by her only daughter, Angelica Page, with direction by Tony-nominated Wilson Milam, this 90-minute evening of theater is a magical opportunity to personally encounter one of the most influential, celebrated, and private American artists of the 20th century.
The War Boys follows three young Texas men patrolling the Mexican border. As they wait and watch for people crossing illegally, they play a game that gives us insight into the influences that have shaped their views of the world. The play invites us to examine sexism, racism, and xenophobia present in contemporary American culture. It is also a study of the relationship between young men, sex, and violence. Written in 1993, The War Boys is more timely than ever given the current political climate. This adults-only production contains coarse language and psychosexual scenes but is reflective of how young American men behave in a culture that prizes aggression and violence
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.
Hit the Lights! Theater Co. is pleased to present the New York City premiere of Whales. Inspired by punk rock, game shows, documentaries, and Herman Melville's seminal masterpiece Moby-Dick, HTL! invites you to catch a glimpse of the world that brought us a certain legendary white whale and the men who hunt him. Diving into the unknown, HTL! explores the classic title using the company's iconic shadow puppetry, the interplay between darkness and light, rock ballad sea shanties, and all the curiosity and terror of the sea.
Violence and betrayal, angels and prophets, villains and kings...and chickens. Who rises to rule and how far will he fall in the clown kingdom of Who Would Be King? This epic production by Liars & Believers swings from absurd buffoonery to high tragedy, with kinetic physicality, silliness, swords, and a live synthwave score. Conceived and directed by Jason Slavick, music and lyrics by Jay Mobley, written by the Liars & Believers Ensemble. The show features live music, clowning, physical theater, and swordplay.
Finally, so-called bad girls have their say in these three tales of three women. In "The Grinder," a stripper past her prime finds it hard to dance her way off the strip club runway due to feelings of abandonment by her parents. In "Silk Stockings and the Bible," a "church lady" and former swing-era chorus girl reminisces about her spicy past. In "Wild Child," a Chinese-American party girl of the disco era (who is the "black sheep" of her image-conscious family) befriends a disturbed Vietnam veteran and discovers her Afro-Chinese relative.
Note: This trilogy runs during March in homage to Women's History Month and SWAN Day.
With only $1.50 in her purse and a dream, Zora moved to Harlem. She subsequently became the first black woman to study at Barnard College and Columbia University; rose to fame as a writer; helped pioneer the literary movement that was the Harlem Renaissance; secured a Guggenheim Fellowship Award to study in Haiti, Jamaica, and on the Gulf Coast; and ultimately became a world-famous writer. NAACP winner Antoniá Badón's one-woman bio-play transcends time and place through 19 character portrayals and 15 wardrobe changes, giving the audience a look at the famous Zora Neale Hurston in Zora Returns to Harlem.