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New York's finest improvisers join forces with New York's finest poets in a unique format that is part comedy show, part poetry feature and completely unpredictable.
It all begins with an exquisite corpse written collaboratively, line-by-line by the audience beforehand. The improvisers then delve in, building an entire world around the themes and imagery of the poem and inhabiting it with a cast of characters that are wildly funny, heartbreakingly tragic, and everything in between.
Along the way, the show is fueled by the amazing work of published poets, national slam champions, and up-and-comers from around the country and across the globe, shaking the rafters and rousing souls with original poetry that is raw, personal and profound.
The whole show ends with the performance of a brand new poem written on the spot and inspired by the entire show. It's comedy, it's poetry, it's theater and art. It is everything you came to this New York to see.
The cast includes performers and poets with credits from This American Life, NPR, The Onion, The Second City, The Truth Podcast, Reductress and Story Pirates.
"Kiss Punch Poem is a rare find... uproarious and heartfelt." – Time Out Chicago
"[KissPunchPoem] celebrates the fresh and surprising associations that are generated by both improv and poetry." - The American Reader
"Their performance took me back to the formative years of the slam. It was exhilarating." – Mark Smith (founder of Slam Poetry)
The Adventures of Seucy and Boto uses dance, puppetry and music to tell mythological stories from the Amazon Jungle. Created and performed by Loco 7, this popular family-friendly series will play all of The Adventures in repertory, including the world premiere of a new episode.
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.
Apollo Amateur Night is the original amateur talent competition. The audience picks the winners and the losers in this weekly interactive talent showcase.
When three narcissistic mean girls, Gena, Katie & Regan, descend upon a former friend's wedding night, it is primetime for misbehaving. Leslye Headland's Bachelorette explores the incredulous inner and outer lives of three over-medicated, toxic women seeking validation by any means. In the early morning hours of Becky's wedding day friendships will be tested, lines will be cut, messes will be made, & no one makes it out unscathed.
BAMcafé Live is a weekly performance series, featuring great artists from jazz, spoken word, blues, afro-pop, latin, r&b, rock, and experimental backgrounds such as Billy Martin, Survival Soundz, Tracie Morris, Carl Hancock Rux, Duncan Sheik, and much more.
Bliss follows the journey of consciousness after death, during the interval between death and rebirth (bardo), and serves as an allegorical guide for the living. In this new multi-disciplinary production, Artistic Director René Migliaccio's staging is a visual and poetic dance/theatre odyssey within the mind of an individual striving to awaken to a Higher Consciousness. The journey is theatrically of double nature: the actor living the text of the Bardo and a Butoh dancer manifesting as his supra consciousness on the path of liberation. Original music features a fusion of ambient and accents of sounds and voices from the world, journeying on a wide spectrum from dark to ethereal moods. Projections create the pictorial environment for the journeyer on his path to liberation, immersing the audience in the symbolic dimension of dreams.
Blood Wedding (Bodas De Sangre) is a tragedy inspired by a true story of a young bride in 20th century Andalusia who escapes arranged marriage to be with her lover, leading to betrayal and violence.
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.
NYC's longest running improv company, Chicago City Limits (CCL), opens their 40th season with Hus on First? The MAC award-winning group, described by NY critics as the "funniest show in town," "ingenious and very, very funny," and "the perfect masters of improvisation," bring their newest show, complete with brilliant, improvised scenes and songs, to the East Side, back to the Jan Hus Playhouse where they held court for fourteen years. It's all created in-the-moment, inspired by suggestions from the audience and today's headlines.
Coffeehouse Chronicles is a free educational performance series exploring the history and development of Off-Off Broadway from its inception within the Village "Coffeehouse Theatres" of the 1960s through today. Part artist portrait, part creative event, part history lesson, part community forum, it is our mission to provide a home, as did our founder Ellen Stewart, for personal and intimate engagement with art. Since 2005 La MaMa has presented more than 130 Coffeehouse Chronicles featuring personal oral accounts from artists of the day as well as conversations with present day artists who continue to work in the same bold, daring manner.
There is nothing like seeing stand up comedy in person. The electricity and spontaneity of a comedian in front of a live audience is something very special. And there is no better place in New York City to experience the best stand up has to offer than the world famous Comic Strip Live. Nightly performers and special guests hail from NBC's The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Saturday Night Live, Late Night with Conan O'Brian, HBO's Chris Rock Live, FOX's Comic Strip Live, CBS's Late Show with David Letterman, CBS's Everybody Loves Raymond, The Keenan Ivory Wayans Show, as well as Broadway and Major Motion Pictures.
The show features the coming-of-age story of an all-American small-town sweetheart named Debbie Benton, the captain of her high-school cheerleading team, who dreams of making it to the big time by becoming a Texas Cowgirl Cheerleader. When Debbie receives a letter telling her she has qualified for the professional squad, the only thing that stands between her and the realization of her dream is bus fare to the big city: Dallas. She enlists her teammates to form a company called Teen Services and get jobs to raise money, but when they learn that minimum-wage jobs just don't pay enough, they agree to try their hands at "little favors" performed with enthusiasm by "good girls."
The musical is based on the film of the same name, but without any actual sex or nudity
A DECADE OF SOUL Classic Soul & Motown Revue featuring Prentiss McNeil Of The Drifters & Bruce "Big Daddy" Wayne from Wilson Pickett's Midnight Movers
A musical journey taking you back in time! Back to when Berry Gordy's Motown label and his studio band the Funk Brothers and Stax record's Booker T and the MG's were the proponents of what came to be known as a historical style of music. "Soul Music" A trip back to when King and Smash records gave us "The Godfather of Soul" while the Columbia and Atlantic label brought us "The Queen of Soul".
Now after a 28 year tenure with "The Drifters", vocalist Prentiss McNeil along with Bruce Wayne of the Wilson Pickett's "Midnight Movers" are leading this classic soul review with their unmatched energy and breath taking showmanship. A Decade of Soul is a passion driven classic soul tribute where it's difficult to stay in your seat!
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 to fuel a fast-paced brawl of hilarity.
The cast includes a fistful of NYC's best improvisers and Magnet faculty with credits on 30 Rock, Comedy Central, MTV, The Second City, The Onion, Just For Laughs, Story Pirates, NPR and at least one Primetime Emmy loser.
Before the show, audience members may anonymously submit written confessions which the improvisers will use onstage.
Now, doesn't it feel good to get that off your chest?
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.
Inspired by true events, The Good Earth is the explosive new story of a Welsh village fighting to save their homes and mountain unravelled through physical theatre akin to the Welsh-trained Frantic Assembly, new writing and Welsh folk song, bringing to life a valley torn apart by their council, big business and eventually themselves.
Facing pressure from the local council to move when a new development is proposed, a small group of ardent Welsh villagers decide to fight back. This explosive new play provides cultural context to the anti-establishment sentiment of rural Wales that has partly led to the recent "Brexit" vote.
Gypsy is the ultimate story about an aggressive stage mother. Join Rose, June and Louise in their trip across the United States during the 1920's, when vaudeville was dying and burlesque was born. Jule Styne's music and Stephen Sondheim's lyrics include "Let Me Entertain You", "Some People", "You'll Never Get Away from Me", "If Momma Was Married", "All I Need Is the Girl", "Everything's Coming Up Roses", "You Gotta Get A Gimmick" and "Together Wherever We Go". This is a gripping story of one of the most frightening aspects of show business.
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.
An Off Off Broadway Show in which an interactive Cast of incredible Talent will motivate you to MOVE as you combine your Workout Time with your Party time led by fitness Guru and recording artist Marina Kamen AKA MARINA.
Created and performed by Winsome Brown, Hit the Body Alarm is a solo performance event that blends the classic texts of John Milton's Lost Paradise and James Joyce with new, material that reflects the world we live in today by Ms. Brown and Mr. Rouse.
Federico Garcia Lorca's The House of Bernarda Alba (La Casa de Bernarda Alba) is the story of a tyrannical mother who dominates her five unmarried daughters - all of whom harbor a secret passion for one man. This repressed environment leads to an explosion of hatred, jealousy, despair and passion - and tragic consequences.
It's 2008 and gay punks Tuffer and Roderick are turning forty. Neither wants to face it. While Tuffer continues to smoke, snort, and screw his way through Manhattan's collegiate male population, Roderick's gone straightedge, embracing activism and martial arts. With the arrival of Tuffer's latest boy toy, Roderick can take no more. After a disastrous quasi-intervention, Tuffer agrees to a sobering-up at Roderick's folk-singing mother's house in rural New Mexico. Both will hit bottom on the high desert, on the edge, in the jamb.
Julie is a fresh and violent new work based on August Strindbergs' Miss Julie. premiering this fall during the Thespis Theater Festival.
It would be impossible to name a performer who more effectively blurred the lines between his real life and his life on stage than Seymour Fitzgerald Payne. While his fans loved adorable characters like The Purple Orange and The Bellowing Mime, Seymour was also involved in a series of public confrontations that left his public wondering if these incidents were rehearsed routines or spontaneous tantrums. But just as his career was beginning to soar, his life reportedly ended. Was his mysterious demise an unavoidable and calamitous tragedy? Or the latest, and most elaborate, of Seymour's hoaxes?
In this two-act play, Seymour's fellow comedians gather together to mourn his passing and celebrate his life. But as the evening progresses, truths are revealed, lies are invented and Seymour – may or may not – have one last surprise.
Le Blanc is a non-linear full length play with elements of music, art distillation, light design, and dance. The story uses the American foster care/adoption, child welfare, and adult judicial system as a backdrop to tell the rags to riches, demise, and redemption of a fictional world famous dancer and choreographer. Through a series of interviews both spoken and acted out, we explore the main character's life from his humble beginnings as an orphaned child born in the state of California, to his underground rise to notoriety on the NYC gay ballroom scene as a member of the "House Of Le Blanc", to his rise to mainstream success as a commercial dancer, to his metamorphosis into an infamous public figure and criminal on death row for murder. The stories of his life are woven together by exploring his most defining relationships.
Jacqueline Wade (prouder at Women of Color Films) reimagines this staple of New York City's downtown theater scene, featuring a cast that reflects the diversity of New York. LINE, the longest-running play in Manhattan and the longest-running Off-Off-Broadway show [ever], now has a 21st Century twist. A predominantly African-American, multi-racial cast gives new meaning to Israel Horovitz's ageless parable. Ms. Wade will also host workshops and talk-backs on the issues brought up in this absurdist masterpiece.
The Made-Up Musical sings and dances its way onto the Magnet Theater stage with a one of a kind musical comedy every week! After an interview with an audience member, the cast weaves together a full one-act musical, complete with all the songs, trappings and melodrama you'd expect from our friends on Broadway.
Marina's High-nrg Live! - The Musical, is the first interactive musical theatre song and dance experience. The choice of participating or being seated and observing the show is up to each audience member. All will be accommodated. The idea is to as Marina says," Hear the music, feel the beat and Never Stop Movin' in your body and in your life!" Perfect for all ages with a talented cast of singers, dancers and musicians who join Marina for this new innovative concept in Musical Theatre.
McCready - A New Musical - Her life was like a country song. It was 1990 and she was a 15 year old girl who loved to sing, and was the karaoke queen in a Fort Myers, Florida bar. By the time she was 20, she had a number one hit, a double platinum album, and was engaged to Superman (actor Dean Cain), but her personal demons trailed her. Mindy's wild life and untimely death are the stuff of legend. This is our tribute to her legacy.
Transformed to a battle of the sexes set in the South.
A man who forgets everything falls in love with a ballerina who forgets nothing. That is, until she falls in love with him. And his wife. And the mechanic. This rapidly moving, madcap comedy explores how we love, who we choose, and the cost of making sense of it all.
High-Powered improv from Magnet's own Super Groups. Our resident ensembles gather to dazzle audiences with various forms of improv comedy. The forms are constantly evolving, and no two shows are the same. Come see what your favorites are up to this week.
Marisa Marquez uses the stage to share how one woman, who struggles with suicide and depression, finds herself amongst some of the most influential women in Asian history. Her attempt to take her own life instead takes her on a magically theatrical journey that forces her to question her own identity. In a space between this life and the next, these heartfelt and humorous characters present Ms. Oriental with a choice: live or die.
High-Powered improv from Magnet's own Musical Super Groups. Our resident ensembles gather to dazzle audiences with a completely improvised musical. No two shows are the same; come see what your favorites are up to this week!
A contemporary musical fable set on Christmas Eve 2002, a year and a season after 9/11, the event that turned our world upside down. In the doomed Tower Diner at Ground Zero in lower Manhattan, the loyal staff and eccentric regulars gather to raise one final toast before the wrecking ball strikes. Enter a mysterious stranger, who seems to be a firefighter with no memory of who he is, but a preternatural ability to decipher the secrets of those he encounters. With a fierce sense of purpose he battles the real estate profiteer cashing in on the tragedy, but in so doing uncovers the profound, sad secret of his own identity, paradoxically restoring hope to all the lonely strangers he encounters.
Gotham City Improv presents Off the Top of Our Heads, a short form 11-year running improvisational show. Winners of the 6th Annual Big Apple Improv Awards, the cast of seasoned Improvisers leave no stone unturned as they look for your funny bone. Every Friday night, the cast of veteran Improvisers performs the show literally off the top of their heads, as the entire script is developed live and with suggestions from the audience. Presented in short form, a style of improvised theater in which unrelated game-based scenes take place, Off the Top of Our Heads is fast-paced and audience members are guaranteed an evening of out-of-the-box and fun comedy.
On The Flip Side contains a variety of short pieces inspired by postcards received by BrickaBrack ensemble members - revealing funny, personal and touching anecdotes. These shorts are performed in random order as decided nightly by the audience, and contain a range of styles including movement, music, dance, scenes, and interactive elements.
ONE MONDAY A MONTH! Tickets on sale the first of every month.
For the first time ever, every play George Bernard Shaw ever wrote for the stage will be presented to New York audiences. Every sketch, full-length and one-act play will be performed as a concert reading. Eager Shavians will be gathering for this unique event, one Monday a month, at New York's legendary Players Club. Each month, a specially assembled, star-studded cast will present a different play, many of which have never before been performed in New York City. This series is being produced and directed by David Staller.
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.
A weekly round of Russian Roulette featuring two veteran improv teams perform in their own unique and seasoned styles.
Saturday at 6pm - The PERFECT time to get your jaded mind blown by four excellent improv ensembles. Will the local neighborhood kids be driven wild by their new forms and structures? Yes. Will you? The Rundown features different groups each week and a stellar mix of experienced veterans with up-and-coming performers ready to bring it.
A story of Edward de Vere—17th Earl of Oxford, the author known as "William Shakespeare."
This edgy historical drama smashes the conventional wisdom about "Shakespeare" and the "Virgin" Queen as it suggests the violation of the most basic human taboo. Oxford's travels through Italy are surrealistically juxtaposed against scenes of his life in England, his plays, poetry, betrayal, murder, love, passion and romance in a potpourri of fact, fiction and fantasy. (Did Shakespeare/Oxford have a child with his mother, Queen Elizabeth I?) The Bard meets his match when he meets in the beautiful published poet, the most honored Venetian courtesan, Veronica Franco.
Solo performing artist Peter Michael Marino (Desperately Seeking the Exit, Late with Lance!) presents his newest creation, Show Up. This comedic, anti-social experiment and improvised solo show is based on the odd, enlightening and troubling life experiences of members of the audience while also examining social-anxiety, loneliness and the struggle of people who both need and fear other human beings. The audience will not only be the subject of the show, but will also lend a hand in running sound, lights and set changes while guiding the show's direction. It both spoofs and celebrates what we know to be a one-person show.
Stand-Up NY is one of New York's premiere venues for stand-up comics, featuring the best of NY comics, as well as the funniest and brightest from the national and TV scene. Surprise drop-ins include Jerry Seinfeld, Steven Wright and Robin Williams.
Check the website at www.standupny.com or call for full schedule.
While many children's theater troupes tell stories to children, The Story Pirates believe that every child has a story to tell. This New York City arts education organization exists entirely because of kids. The group of professional actors, improv comedians and teaching artists uses stories written by elementary students as source material for outrageous, over-the-top, side-splitting musical plays. Adding songs, props, music videos and puppets, they bring to life on stage what children scribble down on paper.
At a typical Story Pirates show, story topics run the gamut, 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 sometimes fly and Tickle Monsters have been known to take over the world.
At the end of every sold out show, the entire audience is treated to free ice cream and cookies!
Broadway Comedy Club presents Sunday Night Live, an evening of hilarious stand-up comedy hosted by New York's Prince of Comedy, Jamie Roberts and Justin McClure. The show features both nationally-known headliners and up-and-coming comics.
In this series, The WorkShop presents sit-down readings of new and revisited scripts, generally followed by a moderated dramaturgical discussion. Unless otherwise noted on the Schedule, Sunday readings begin at 6pm in the Jewel Box.
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Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind is an ever changing attempt to perform 30 original plays in 60 minutes. Off of sold out performances in Chicago since the Reagan era, Too Much Light... invaded New York and has continued to entertain late night audiences around the boroughs with its critically acclaimed energetic show of random original short plays. For each performance the audience chooses the order and the New York Neo-Futurists create a non-illusory collage of the comic and tragic, the political and personal, and the visceral and experimental while embracing chance, change and possibly a little chaos.
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A poignant and gripping play about the nature of love, loss, and humanity's overwhelming desire for a moment of connection by award-winning writer Toni Press-Coffman.
During a chance meeting in a high school physics class, astronomer Kyle Kalke meets and falls in love with vivacious, flamboyant, and open-hearted Zoe. When a random act of violence rips her from him six years later, Kyle's life is sent into turmoil. Told through a shifting collection of memories, Touch follows one man's journey as he questions whether there is any point to rediscovering hope and moving past grief to find a human connection that will allow him to love again.
"Reliably one of the best improv performances in the city." - New York Times
"Nick Kanellis & Peter McNerney's fantastic late night show is upbeat and impressively layered improv that is always worth checking out." - Splitsider.com
"Improv duo Nick Kanellis and Peter McNerney meld playful physical transformation and careful scenework in a weekly show that delivers an impressively quick and detailed overlap of events in its conclusion." - TimeOut New York
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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.
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.
Watch 6 of New York's best improvisers perform organic freeform improvisation in two mind blowing parts.
The Weave is an organically improvised tour-de-force. Each scene blends and bleeds into the next as the players work seamlessly together to establish totally different worlds that eventually meld together. There are no wrong moves, and when organic connections are made, there is nothing funnier.
"Playing to a packed house of comedy fans, the formless improv features the best of Magnet's current crew."- Splitsider
"Best Weekly Show"- Splitsider
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.