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Theater for the New City will present its 43rd annual Thunderbird American Dancers Dance Concert and Pow Wow from February 2 to 11, 2018, featuring dances, stories and traditional music from Native Peoples of the Northeast, Southwest, and Great Plains regions. The event has become a treasured New York tradition for celebrating diversity by honoring the culture of our first Americans. The dozen-or-so dancers range from nine-year-old Isabel Cespedes (Mayan) to retiree-age.
Troupe director and emcee Louis Mofsie (Hopi and Winnebago), also an educator, will introduce and explain all elements of the performance. Mofsie plays an important part in the show by his ability to present a comprehensive view of native culture. Native American crafts, jewelry will be sold in the TNC lobby.
50th & 4th follows Rick and Sue, a married couple in Brooklyn, as they rent their spare bedroom online. Inspired by Lemme's first roommates in New York, 50th & 4th is a tribute to everyone who brought you to the city and the new kind of family you create when you're here. The play features Gloria Lamoureux (Perry Award winner), Emil Ferzola and Kirsten Dwyer. Tara Cioletti (Perry Award winner) directs.
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.
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.
America's Favorite Newscaster is a world premiere musical with a book and lyrics by Tom Attea, music by Arthur Abrams, and direction by Mark Marcante. With a cast of 12, America's Favorite Newscaster follows a young TV journalist with high ratings who struggles to maintain his famously calm yet fearlessly insightful demeanor while dealing with the challenges of today's news cycle.
After 21 years as an honorary Jewish person and 10+ years as a neurotic New Yorker, Woody Fu discovered he is Asian and has emotions. Join him on this special night as he finally becomes a man. L'Chaim!
Asian Gracefully is a one-man show about growing up not white, tackling such delightful topics as internecine racism, how Asian men don't exist in porn, and why Koreans put an egg on all their food. It's gone up at the UCB, PIT, and Magnet in New York, and toured nationally.
Woody is a comedic actor-writer, and has performed with Baby Wants Candy and at Boom Chicago in Amsterdam.
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.
An uncompromising theatrical experience that includes aerial artists, wire walkers, sword swallowers, kung fu juggling, clown bands, trained rats, a heavy metal magician, a cougar contortionist & a cowboy from the Bronx.
Experience the magic of Broadway like never before at Blank! The Musical, an astonishing and hysterical next-generation theatrical sensation. Each night, a talented ensemble takes to the stage — with no script, no rehearsal, and no idea what will happen — to perform a brand-new smash hit musical…that you help to create!
The Cabaret Showdown is a monthly game show produced by Sound Street Productions in association with FRIGID New York @ Horse Trade. This unique competition is a mixture of live karaoke and musical improvisation, with a game board. Contestants are asked to choose songs from various categories with no knowledge of what the song will be until 30 seconds before they sing. The winner from each month receives a free one-hour showcase performance presented at the Kraine Theater the following month.
Since 2004, ComedySportz New York has been entertaining fans with the fastest and funniest form of improv comedy in the Big Apple. Two teams of improvisers vie for points in a hilarious competition by playing a series of improv games, similar to what you may have seen on TV's Whose Line Is It Anyway?
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.
Tood, Weetsie, and Sybill are brides in rural Louisiana in 1943. Each married a Cliffert brother. The men are off to war, and a local news story about these young wives keeping the home fires burning intrigues Henry Luce. He decides that they belong on the cover of Life magazine and assigns Kate Miller to the story. She has been covering the war in Europe and, though she views doing a "women's piece" as a career setback, she accepts because it will be her first cover story. Kate spends a week with the Cliffert women, and her haughty urban attitude gives way to sympathy as she begins to understand them while coming face-to-face with her own powerlessness in a man's world. Filled with charm and fun, The Cover of Life is a deeply affecting story about the struggle for self-worth.
The Cult Play is a new dramedy by Topher Cusumano. The play follows the Soul Scouts, a religious cult run by Mama Pearl, a charismatic mystic. The group believes the divine rapture will be realized with the birth of their goddess. However, Mama Pearl fears she's losing control of the struggling group after the defection of a longtime follower. When Mae, a tech-savvy queer punk, begins the process of joining the group, she introduces Mama Pearl to the powers of social media, changing the course of the Soul Scouts' destiny forever.
Cute Activist is a playfully fabulist, wildly satirical, antiromantic comedy, that asks questions about the way activism fits — or doesn't fit — into our daily lives. In a spooky town in mythical Connecticut where inequality reigns, a shadowy ring of part-time activists battle a baroque, tyrannical Landlorde. Only True Love's Kiss can save the local economy. Cute Activist is a pastel fable full of earnest questions about how to engage politically, at an everyday level, as a normal-feeling civilian.
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.
Austin Pendleton and June Daniel White star in an original, offbeat comedy about God, a woman, and love.
Humans have had many imagined conversations with God. This is the conversation God was waiting to have. He was waiting for Delta — a feisty, big-hearted woman who has a lot to teach the Almighty.
Their conversation is an adventure in 1 hour and 45 minutes, no intermission, so fasten your seat belts and join the ride.
World premiere of this darkly romantic comedy starts January 25 until February 10 at Theatre 54 @ Shetler Studios.
In 1901, August Strindberg wrote a fairy tale about a dreamer discovering what it feels like to be human. In 2018, Egg & Spoon Theatre Collective sets out to illuminate this fantastical, bizarre journey in an utterly contemporary mode. Agnes, daughter of the gods, descends to earth and experiences the human world in all its beauty, sorrow, and contradiction. Is joy extricable from pain? What can we do to improve our collective experience? Is it possible to live a meaningful life in a messy, nonsensical world? Join Agnes in a bedtime story for the millennial age.
Okay campers, rise and shine, and don't forget your booties because this February, Drunk Restoration Comedy is getting a little loopy with a reading of A Day of Groundhog! A hilarious Shakespearean adaptation from Robert Price of the cult classic Groundhog Day, come find out if Punxsutawney Phil will ever see his shadow on Friday, February 2, at 10pm at the Players Theatre in the West Village! The premise of Drunk Restoration Comedy: Our team of brave (or just crazy?) actors, comedians, and improvisers will perform a reading of a classical piece of theater. The catch: They'll be doing so while heavily under the influence. Even better, this interactive evening will give audience members a chance to choose their own adventure and dictate which performers get totally sloshed and which are sent packing. Anything could happen; come find out what does!
The cast of Eight Is Never Enough delivers hilarious comedy improvised on the spot based on audience suggestions and participation. Every show is topical and customized to you. Think Whose Line Is It Anyway? meets Broadway.
The novel El Coronel No Tiene Quien Le Escriba ("No One Writes to the Colonel") by Colombian novelist Gabriel García Márquez (100 Years of Solitude) has been adapted for this world premiere production. Written in 1956-57, while Garcia Márquez was living in Paris, El Coronel is the story of an impoverished, retired colonel, a veteran of Colombia's Thousand Days' War who still hopes to receive the pension he was promised 15 years earlier. The action is set during the period known as "La Violencia" in Colombia — years of martial law, rampant corruption, and censorship.
Note: The play is performed in Spanish with English subtitles via Simultext In-Seat Captioning System.
What happens when America is ruled by the last three women on the face of the earth in the year 2097? Mona Machine, Ann Tenna McCloud, and Dr. Dorinda deal death-dealing battles in the dystopian world of 2097 where the last man on earth is missing from Mona's 130th birthday party. Deletions, sex, forbidden love, fried chicken, a male-female god all abound in this wild new play by New Orleans writer Melanie Maria Goodreaux. It is a science-fiction, multimedia feast and dark comedy that covers themes of feminism, racial disparity, loneliness, and the future of America.
Including animations by celebrated Afrofuturist Tim Fielder, sound design by Urb Alternative, and an amazing cast that includes Aixa Kendrick, Linda Greene, Tiffany Terrell, Sean Labbe, Jonathan Eddy Duran, Anthony Harper, with a special appearance by Malik Yoba.
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Nilo Cruz (Anna in the Tropics) debuts his newest work, Exquisita Agonía ("Exquisite Agony"), in this world premiere production. According to Cruz, Exquisita Agonía is a love story that explores a middle-aged woman's obsessive quest to find love with a young man who is transformed by the gift of life when he receives a new heart.
Fiddler on The Roof concerns Tevya and his family, residents of a Jewish village in czarist Russia. One by one, his daughters get married to men he has increasing difficulty accepting. The show features music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, and a book by Joseph Stein. The original Broadway production of the show, which opened in 1964, was the first musical theater production in history to exceed 3,000 performances. It won the 1965 Tony Award for Best Musical in addition to eight other Tonys. The Yiddish translation was crafted by noted Israeli actor-director Shraga Friedman in 1965, just one year after the musical's Broadway premiere.
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."
Found Festival is a newly formed play festival in New York City celebrating recent and soon-to-be graduates of the arts by promoting, publishing, and premiering their new works along with their peers. The festival is acting as a startup for us in Bia Theatre Ensemble; we are producing all these works with the goal to branch out to other companies to encourage producing young artist's works, by giving them a platform to debut their work. This year, we have three debut female playwrights, all exploring themes of loss and reconnection:
The Edge by Sarah Daniels
It's the end of a long shift at the bar. Old friends Sam and Jess spend their quiet early morning reconnecting with new secrets.
Proximity by Alexandra Lee
Forced to confront their inabilities to understand each other, four young adults come together to accept the loss of a loved one. Proximity digs up the music of Sam and how the four that loved him most can still hear it.
Swings by Joanna Whicker
Struggle does not lie in the ability to wallow, but in the ability to overcome. Marie, a woman who finds herself struggling in an abusive relationship, explores what it means to find self-acceptance from within.
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.
At a time when the U.S.A. is waffling on its commitment to honor Harriet Tubman with her image on the $20 bill, Woodie King, Jr.'s New Federal Theatre will present Harriet's Return: Based Upon the Legendary Life of Harriet Tubman, written and performed by Karen Jones Meadows. The production takes audiences on a deeply personal, high-energy journey into the private and public life of this famed Underground Railroad conductor, spiritual icon, revolutionary, and entrepreneur, whose life spanned nine decades and still influences the consciousness of people throughout the world.
HERE is an award-winning, boundary-stretching institution. Its 2017-18 lineup features three HERE resident artist world premieres; the world premiere of a production helmed by HERE artistic director Kristin Marting; innovative works from the Dream Music Puppetry Program, including a revival of Symphonie Fantastique by Basil Twist; the sixth annual Prototype: Opera/Theatre/Now festival; and HERE's yearly Culturemart festival, in which HERE serves up a first look at new work in process from artists in the HERE Artist Residency Program (HARP). The multidisciplinary productions in the 2017-18 season represent the culmination of commissions and developmental residencies of up to three years in HARP and/or the Dream Music Puppetry Program. For a complete list of shows, click the link below.
Hook Line Sinker centers on the inner workings of a content aggregation site. New hire Matthew falls under the spell of the enigmatic Fergus, CEO of clickbait company Petti Media and specialist in all things viral. Their coworker Grace is a talented but disenchanted content generator whose immigration status is tied to her continued employment at a company she despises, until she realizes that the only thing stronger than her desire to leave is Matthew's determination to stay. With the company in a clandestine state of crisis, Fergus lectures his staff on the flexible morality of the internet and the absolute importance of site traffic, a message that resonates with some more than others.
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.
Triskelion Arts, in association with Vangeline Theater and the New York Butoh Institute, presents I Love Butoh! on Wednesday, February 14, 2018, at 8pm at Triskelion Arts.
I Love New York explores modern anxiety and the quest for external validation by juxtaposing material from TripAdvisor.com and Ellis Island immigrant interviews. Laughs are followed by questions: "Am I that revealing online?" "Is my anxiety that high?" "Is the fact that I've forgotten the question and am questioning my anxiety proof I have anxiety?" I Love New York gives Americans from all over the country and immigrants from all around the world the opportunity to tell you what the American Dream looks like for them.
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.
The play dramatizes the life, loves, and the ultimately tragic decline of Josh Gibson, who was perhaps the greatest slugger of the Negro leagues and who, some say, died of a broken heart in 1947, a short step from his prime as a player.
Based on real events, the play shows Gibson struggling heroically to make it into the Big Leagues with emotional support from his good friend, the legendary pitcher Satchel Paige, and from the two women who are rivals for his heart — his common-law wife and his mistress. Despite his majestic on-field performance, there are immovable obstacles, including resistance to black players by Major League club owners and Gibson's own personal demons, which suffocate his chances.
In A Kind Shot, a 6'1" blonde spitfire, Terri Mateer, tells her life story of becoming a pro basketball player in France. Raised by a single hippie mom, an African-American surrogate father stepped in and taught her how to play the game. Being 6'1" in the sixth grade, she's a natural, but dreams of becoming an architect. Terri's unbelievable journey includes playing pro ball, modeling, stripping, designing erotica, and taking lots of shots at life. It's an uplifting, honest, no-holds-barred personal account that illustrates we all need a little bit of kindness.
The Last Sicilian is an evening of true stories from actor-writer Nick Albanese: stories about his childhood years spent in his family's bakery, how generations of his relatives met, married, and overcame much to come to America. Albanese acts out all the characters and the audience is treated to some winning stories that have been passed down over raucous family dinner tables for year after year. There's some Sicilian history and the negative perception of Italian immigrants in America when they first came to the States and then switches back to the family stories. You'll learn a little history, get a bit emotional, and definitely have tons of laughs as Nick tells his funny and heartwarming tales of growing up Sicilian in America. You don't have to be Sicilian to appreciate this story of an amazing journey that spans a century, from the immigrants' arrival in the New World, all the way to modern pop culture.
A hopeful young girl is looking to get a better education. In her small town, there is only one person who can help her to reach her goal: an old teacher with a secret. In a thriller-like world, this Ionesco classic of the Theater of The Absurd makes you ask yourself: Why? How is this possible? Was it the cat?
Love Magic Ritual Spell is a new play that explores magic, love, and female friendship in an evening of broken hearts and buried intentions. Join the coven and pre-game your own Valentine's Day with a journey through dimensions, possessions, and enchantments that will restart your heart and reconnect you to the greatest powers of this world.
Madame Pascal follows a fictionalized history of a Broadway star who longs for rock credibility, the friend who manages him, the addict who loves him, and the soldier who splits him in two. A play infused with an indie rock score, Madame Pascal weaves an intricate fabric of race, gender, power, and love that asks us to confront the frailty of the constructs on which we hang our identities…and ourselves.
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.
A Midsummer Night's Dream transports audiences to the palaces of Athens and the dark, bewitching forests surrounding the kingdom where the fairy King Oberon and his Queen Titania are waging a deliciously romantic war. With help from the devilish Puck, Oberon casts a spell over his estranged wife, as well as the lovers Hermia, Helena, Lysander, and Demetrius. Meanwhile, as the Mechanicals rehearse their tragically hilarious Pyramus & Thisby, Puck cannot resist transforming the hapless Bottom into a donkey. Will witchcraft spell disaster or save the day?
Called funny, profane, and totally larger than life, Joe Moffa and Eric Tartaglione are those "only in New York" characters that would have had to be dreamed up if they didn't already exist. Famed for their work in the hit off-Broadway show Shut Up Sit Down & Eat, this duo is now taking the stage for an afternoon of hysterical dysfunction in Welcome to My Big Fat Dysfunctional Life. These two guys meet up at a ball game by mistake and their personalities hit a grand slam of funny.
New Yorker Rachel Lipsky Haringay is divorced and abandoned by her irritatingly round-headed British husband of many years after he discloses his Argentine lover, "Rosa the Posa." Now alone in London, Rachel is left to deal with an empty nest, a disapproving mother, a misogynous lawyer, some dubious counselors, a bad case of hypochondria, and the specter of poverty. With only the family dog, Axal, for company, Rachel mourns her marriage, picks up the pieces, and learns to live whole again. Nominated for an Olivier Award, My Brilliant Divorce explores how to cope when the world you have built comes crashing spectacularly down.
Written by Olivier-nominated playwright Geraldine Aron and starring Emmy Award and Golden Globe nominee Melissa Gilbert. Aedín Moloney directs.
In a time when clowns are tortured and circuses banned, a renegade troupe enacts the story of a girl who longs for their outlawed life — even as her father commits atrocities on the State's behalf. Limbs rebel against the body. The cram car bolts for the border. And a round, red nose is a dark souvenir.
What do you get when you combine some of the best vocalists in New York with world-class improvisers? You get a brand new type of show, where a new musical is created each night...On the Spot.
Sybil, a science nerd who constantly compares herself to so-called "perfect" people, sets out to create the "perfect" friend and ends up with a lab full of marvelous, merry, and mischievous monsters.
A witty mosaic of memories drawn from a ballerina before and after her brain hemorrhage. Rebeccah Bogue stars in this unapologetic new work that embraces the many identities we collect in our lifetime.
Bogue trained in ballet at Boulder Ballet in Colorado until she was 17. When she was in her final semester, her brain hemorrhaged from an undetected birth defect called an "arteriovenous malformation" (AVM). Since moving to NYC in 2008, Bec has choreographed 11 ballets — the most recent, a tes souhaits, debuted at the Alvin Ailey Studio Theater.
Set in Brooklyn 2017, Pillowtalk brings to life one night in the lives of Sam and Buck, a recently married interracial couple. Through a formal exploration of theatrical naturalism and the codified gender norms of ballet's pas de deux, Pillowtalk queers the intersections of race, gender, and class to challenge our assumptions of love and marriage. Confronting the backlash against marriage equality and #BlackLivesMatter, Pillowtalk explores how liberation and oppression coexist in our most intimate spaces, transforming social and cultural traditions into radical performances of change.
A man of status with questionable sexual ethics runs rampage. A society fixated on the chaos of the moment ignores their collapsing economic system. A culture of open gun possession leads to rash and deadly consequences. Sounds familiar? Blessed Unrest's raw and sexy rendition of Platonov, or A Play With No Name, in a new translation and adaptation by playwright Laura Wickens, shows how Chekhov, nearly 150 years ago in Russia, was piercing through the issues that are highly relevant in America today. Her adaptation does away with all the father figures — except for the protagonist — and relocates the story to the rural South, a milieu in which the antidote to boredom is an entangled web of salacious scandals. Sometimes endearing and often reproachable, the titular character emerges as a man whose shortcomings run rampant due to enablers who surround him.
The year is 2006, and there's been a big shake-up in the Milky Way: Pluto has been reclassified as a dwarf planet!
When news of its demotion reaches the small planetoid, Pluto leaves the solar system on a cosmic journey, meeting groovy satellites, fun-loving gas giants, and a galaxy of other celestial oddballs on its quest to become a planet again.
Chris Mann and Emily Duncan's Pluto Is Missing! is a family-friendly space comedy that blends music, puppets, and fantasy with real science and space exploration history. You'll leave the theater with your head full of catchy songs and astronomical knowledge!
Combining comedy cabaret with progressive political parody, Sandy and Richard Riccardi have over 15 million views on social media and will be performing at the beautiful Metropolitan Room on August 9 at 7pm.
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.
Rosemary and Time, based on a true story, is about two women working side by side in a school infirmary who discover a startling truth about one another. Set in Yorkshire, England, in the late 1970s, with flashbacks to 1941, the two women unearth secrets from the past and come to terms with ghosts, old relationships, and time.
Thanks to an ancestor who loved torturing witches, the Baronet of Ruddigore is cursed — if he doesn't commit a crime every day, his life will end in agony, and the curse will be handed down to the next in line. No wonder he doesn't stick around to follow through with his destiny, leaving the title and the curse with his younger brother. But when the ghosts of the Baronet's past reveal themselves in the Ruddigore Castle picture gallery, he's forced out of hiding and back into the role of daily criminal. But destiny and curses aren't the most flexible of things, so the clever Baronet must figure out a way to make everyone happy in the end, especially himself.
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.
Curated by Nicky Paraiso, A Series of One is a platform for provocative, challenging solo performances presented at La MaMa during our 56th season, which is centered around storytelling and personal narratives. These courageous artists exemplify La MaMa's mission by continuing to create adventurous and engaging art which allows audiences to experience the dynamism of a single performer — no distractions.
Shows include: Blake Sugarman's Prelude to the Apocalypse John Jarboe's You Can Never Go Down the Drain Marina Celander's Mermaid's Howl Megan Metrikin's Finding Fellini
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
September 1987. The edge of town.
Gloria opens her door to the woman she hasn't seen since she disappeared from home 10 years ago. Mary sees the face that has haunted her memories of childhood and dreams of womanhood. But the reflection that the women seek in each other is dimmed by the years of silence and distorted by the struggle for survival. How did they get here? Did one of them take a wrong turn, or were they driven apart?
A thrillingly intimate drama, Sheila pits two women against the world: not to conquer it — to survive it. But what chance do they have to decide the terms of their survival?
The Negro Ensemble Company, Inc. (NEC) will remount its 2017 revival of A Soldier's Play by Charles Fuller, directed by Charles Weldon, from February 14 to March 4, 2018, at Gene Frankel Theatre. The piece is historically NEC's most famous and successful play. It was produced last fall at Theatre 80 St. Marks as the culminating event of NEC's landmark 50th season, playing to full houses and glowing notices. The cast of that revival will return intact for the Gene Frankel Theatre run.
A Soldier's Play debuted in 1981 at Theatre Four where it ran for two years, earned unanimous praise, launched the careers of many current stars, and subsequently became the basis of a major motion picture, A Soldier's Story (1984). The play uses a murder mystery in a segregated U.S. Army base during World War II to expose angers and resentments among African-Americans that curiously mimic white racist attitudes.
Hollywood glamour meets queer performance art in this tour-de-force portrayal of gay pride pioneer "Joe" Carstairs, the 1926 world speedboat record holder. Phoebe Legere plays cross-dresser Joe Carstairs and seven of her girlfriends, including Tallulah Bankhead, Marlene Dietrich, Billie Holiday, and Mabel Mercer. Speed Queen, a trans-disciplinary play, uses wearable sculpture, dance, theater, and nude lesbian films to tell a story of heartbreak, heroism, and love.
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!
Innumerable American children and teens are exposed to gun violence at home, in school, in their communities, and in the media. In Subway Story (A Shooting), playwright-director William Electric Black means to elucidate the pressures that drive the epidemic in young people. The piece is the final installment of his five-play Gunplays series, which has dramatized the epidemic of gun violence using differing approaches and theatrical styles. Theater for the New City, which has presented the entire series, will mount Subway Story (A Shooting), its final installment, February 22 to March 18 in its Community Theater.
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.
Over the course of this doctoral-thesis-gone-awry, Tessa Flannery and fellow performer Chris Fayne slide down the slippery slope of consent, fantasy, and female sexuality through the lens of one slimy pornography genre. In the midst of the #metoo movement, Tentacles asks how we reconcile our fantasies with our feminism.
In 1994, one whack propelled figure skaters Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding into a tabloid frenzy that still captivates over 20 years later. Who attacked Nancy? What did Tonya know? And most importantly, why??!!
Transcribed entirely from actual events surrounding the infamous scandal Connie Chung called "Shakespearean," and featuring over 30 different characters from Scott Hamilton to Jane Pauley, Toe Pick is not to be missed. Relive every moment as we put on our scrunchies, lace up our skates, and land our best triple axels for the Complete Icecapades of Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding.
A young woman waiting for her own judgment in the bureaucratic system of the afterlife finds herself in the role of judge and jury to determine the fate of the man responsible for her death. An intimately difficult yet moving play, Trial questions the morality of justice versus mercy.
Rag-Time Germs of Love are dedicated to performing forgotten songs of the ragtime era. Their repertoire consists of a wide range of bizarre, rocking obscurities, many of which haven't been heard in over a century. The lyrics are often reimagined as was traditionally done by some of the first performers of early American popular music.
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.
Initiated in the early '90s, this series focuses on emerging, up & coming contemporary choreographers who are refining and/or defining their distinctive styles. Curated by Doug Post.
A comedy of honor, Ana Caro's 17th-century play criticizes the social customs of her era, notably the position of women, in a parody of the erotic myth of Don Juan. The play is considered especially remarkable because of its uncommon depiction of its heroine, Leonor, in a storyline whose happy ending finds a woman having solved her own misfortune without the help of a man.
Note: The play is performed in Spanish with English subtitles via Simultext In-Seat Captioning System.
Dean can't believe his luck when he goes to work for his multimillionaire uncle, especially when it lands him in a $19 million lawsuit with the U.S. Department of Justice. Only Zachary, a retired ballet dancer with a penchant for matzoh ball soup, can save him now.
A multimedia performance based on Clifford Odets's Depression-era drama Awake and Sing…and zombies. Part of the IRT 3b Residency
Wake...Sing... is a meditation on "wokeness" and "wakefulness," exploring the tension between middle-class aspirations and utopian vision using theater, music video, and dance.
Wake...Sing... is based on Clifford Odets's Depression-era drama about the family of second-generation Jewish immigrants living in the Bronx, waking up from the American dream as economic conditions worsen. The title of Odets's play is taken from the biblical book of Isaiah, which prophesies resurrection of the dead at the beginning of the messianic era, metaphorical of personal, collective, and spiritual renewal. Wake...Sing... explores the themes of Odets's play and Isaiah alongside contemporary zombie films in which people negotiate power, political and otherwise, in the postapocalyptic vacuum of governments, military, and police order.
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.
What Elsas Knew in a Peril is back after its 2017 sold-out run!
It is a riotous original theatrical piece written by Brandon Olson and directed by Ildiko Nemeth, incorporating dance and music in a surrealist tale that explores the world of transgender sex workers and the redemptive powers of connection and creativity. Taking inspiration from The Emperor's New Clothes and Dadaism, the project culminates in public performances at the New Stage Performance Space February 8-11.
Lighting Design by Federico Restrepo; Costume Design by Brandon Lee Olson
Cast: Danielle Aziza, Beth Dodye Bass, Dana Boll, Justin Ivan Brown, Kaylin Lee Clinton, Markus Hirnigel, Denice Kondik, Tom Martin, Isaac Miller, Brandon Olson, Anastasia Romashko, Isobel Roth
This program is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State
A solo play addressing the issues of poverty, racism, violence, and the need for positive transformation.
Moving from the past to present, Where You From? What You Be About? tells a story of how one man and his family reconcile the influences and subsequent death of a family member due to gun and gang violence. A cousin's funeral becomes the catalyst for confronting a buried truth. Includes spoken word, video projections, and a live DJ. Talk-backs after every performance.
Recommended for 12+
American Renaissance Theater Company presents WinterWorks 2018: Look Me in the Eyes, an engaging observation of couples and coupling taking place at the intimate Directors Studio of the Directors Company starting January 24 and running through February 4. Whether it be old love, new love, borrowed love or blue love, Look Me in the Eyes offers a distinctive variety of couples. In an informal, "up close and personal" setting, nine actors, six playwrights, and a poet explore the ways in which we stay together...or don't. Their portrayals range from longtime married partners to others on the brink of commitment, from cherished companions to strangers meeting in a park, from couples united by their fears to those whose insecurities make it difficult to trust. All material was developed in the Workshop at ARTC, a professional, intergenerational company of talented newcomers working alongside veterans of stage, screen, and television.