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The New York Burlesque Festival brings superstars from around the globe together with five shows in one sparkly long weekend. This unique event captures the best of what NYC nightlife has to offer and then some, featuring over 100 artists from across the globe! Local celebrities of the nightlife such as comedienne Murray Hill (NYC), Medianoche (NYC), Angie Pontani (NYC), Dirty Martini (NYC), and Julie Atlas Muz (NYC) will be featured as well as Ariana Savalas (Hollywood) — Postmodern Jukebox's singer and daughter of Telly Savalas — and many more!
Emerging and established choreographers of all dance forms showcasing short new work.
Expressions Dance Company performing MOYUBA Choreography by Jenny Efremova
Ishita Mili performing The Elephant Hunter Saga Choreography by Ishita Mili
Luiza Karnas performing InRitmo Choreography by Luiza Karnas
Neville Dance Theatre performing Exposed (excerpt – Section II) Choreography by Brenda R. Neville
Ntrinsik Movement performing Free Indeed (Excerpt 2) Choreography by Michelle Isaac
she mee zoo performing Presenting… Choreography by Caylee Shimizu
Take It Away Dance performing Rhythm and Blues and Shoes Choreography by Pamela Hetherington
Danza Orgánica performing Abuela (excerpt from Melaza) Choreography by Marsha Parrilla
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.
Like Ike and Tina, Bobby and Whitney, OJ and Nicole, All the Diamonds You Can Eat (ATDYCE) is a love story that never should have been but you still can't look away. ~ There will be a story of a lifelong love that is taken away — a cutesy love story will be shadow, then the large puppet will spring up and surround/swallow the story — she is the lover that lost her partners. ~ Packrat is an immersive puppet theater presentation incorporating an assortment of puppetry styles and animals that inhabit the Sagebrush Desert. ~ 3 Sticks's newest creation, Beasties, is a music theater piece featuring puppets. Germinated during a weeklong residency at the Freight Project, Beasties began as a single song inspired by the visual art of Julian Crouch, a fellow artist-in-residence.
Commissioned by Dixon Place, Almodóvar Dystopia, by the renowned downtown dance artist Antonio Ramos and his outrageous company, the Gangbangers, is part Latino-flavored tribute to the Spanish film director, part humorous celebration of LGBT culture, and part bold political statement against the body-negative and repressed nature of the world we live in. Featuring video, movement, spoken word, and gourmet surprise, the piece makes its case for the affirmation of all things physical through Ramos' trademark chaotic and joyful storytelling style. Parental guidance strongly cautioned.
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.
Anna Karenina Lives!, written by Germaine Shames, and previously performed as part of the Invisible Theatre's 2016 season, is a musical comedy romp through time and space that sees vaudeville star Mae West team up with Sophia Tolstoy, widow to the famous novelist, to try to save Anna Karenina from being crushed by the stifling patriarchal forces of Tzarist Russia. Free love and vaudeville are their weapons of choice as Sophia tries to make up for past regrets, and Mae West tries to make sure the 20th century follows her example.
When internal navigation fails, a lost ant resorts to traveling cross-country by "Antrak" train. ~PLUS~ Constructing an idea of home. A hero's attempt to build shelter and find security. ~PLUS~ Short experimental puppet-dance film with original music. ~PLUS~ A short performance portrait of the prolific painter, poet, and set designer Florine Stettheimer (1871-1944).
Set in an inner-city apartment, James and Lillian's lives are disrupted after Lillian meets their mysterious neighbor who lives one floor above them. What sets out to be a straightforward story of metropolitan adultery becomes something darkly deceptive. Full of serpentine dialogue and erotic entanglements, Apartment Block subverts genres as it explores the hidden corridors of identity and memory.
Ben Rimalower's addiction to spending beyond his means has driven him to extreme lengths all his life. In Bad With Money, he charts his sometimes hilarious, sometimes harrowing struggle to overcome his problem — or get rich trying. In this gripping play-by-play of some his biggest mistakes and their consequences, Rimalower offers a no-holds-barred self-portrait of an addict and casts light on an under-examined taboo. "People tend to be familiar now with alcohol and drug abuse — and I've got those too," the writer-performer says. "But spending money I don't have is really my drug of choice. And considering how many people suffer from the same problem, it's staggering how seldom that is discussed."
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.
Four short plays by Samuel Beckett: Not I, Footfalls, Come and Go, Rockaby
Experience the women who inhabit some of Beckett's best-known short works, women whose connection between body and soul has ruptured. Director Sarah Jane Scaife places Beckett's characters from the page into the urban landscape, using the aesthetic tools of the body, sound, site, movement, architecture, and projection to put flesh on the scars the playwright reveals within our society.
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, and a cowboy from the Bronx.
If you would like to be on stage, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Write "Open Variety" in the subject line!
Stella Starsky shines in her moving and sidesplitting solo play that explores both the mundane and the mystical implications of modern womandom free from motherhood, whether by choice or cast of the die. From her humble beginnings as a tweenage doughnut maker in small-town Massachusetts, through a me-generational gauntlet of disco balls, body dysmorphia, designer dreams, and debatable dates with destiny, Starsky illumines our universal quest for value and validation, alighting on divinely human and hilarious realizations along the pro-creative path toward planetary parenthood.
In this hilarious solo show, one woman plays over 25 different characters from inside a kitchen cupboard. (Yes, you read that correctly: The whole show takes place inside of a cupboard!) Each time the doors open, the audience discovers an entirely new reality, ranging from a drunken couple in Las Vegas to the entire Greek army inside the Trojan Horse, a lonely giantess, a lost pope, and so much more! With sketch-style characters and musical numbers, The Box Show is a fast-paced roller-coaster ride that plunges its audience into vastly different worlds without ever leaving the physical space of The Box. The space is limited, but the comedic possibilities are endless.
A young artist becomes romantically entangled with a family of disgraced English aristocrats, and his life is never the same. Part literary deconstruction, part orgiastic karaoke party, this reimagining of the 1945 novel Brideshead Revisited interrogates assimilation, desire, and the longing to go home.
Following a critically U.S. and international tour, Vangeline Theater presents Butoh Beethoven: Eclipse (Admiring Tatsumi Hijikata).
New York Butoh dancer Vangeline conjures the ghosts of two passionate giants — Tatsumi Hijikata, founder of Butoh, and composer Ludwig van Beethoven — in this hypnotic, electrifying, and award-winning solo performance.
Cartoon slide shows & other projected pictures, presented by a wide array of comic-strip makers, graphic novelists, and visual artists, as well as luminaries from the downtown New York theater & music worlds!
Featuring Nick Abadzis, Miss Lasko-Gross, Doug Skinner, M. Sweeney Lawless, Matthew Thurber & Shannon Wheeler
1958's big-hearted songbird, Cathy Dresden (as portrayed by Joe Hartman), brings her nostalgic brand of mirth and merriment to Manhattan. She'll belt out a few tunes, tell stories, and ponder what it means to be an "old-fashioned" girl.
Cathy Dresden: An Old-Fashioned Girl gently lampoons the conventions and customs of the late-'50s while paying tribute to the music and the vocalists who make it so memorable. Cathy is assisted by Michael Hicks on piano, accordion, and additional vocals.
The Climbers is a sharp satire from the Gilded Age of both vulgar competitors for wealth and status, as well as the censorious critics who resisted them. In Clyde Fitch's incisive eye, the scramble to assert superiority is a curse for all sides in a play that is a welcome appraisal of a divided culture from a century past. His vote for compassion and empathy is one that should count again.
When John takes a break from his boyfriend, he accidentally meets the girl of his dreams. John has to make a decision, and there is only one way to straighten this out...
La MaMa will celebrate Sam Shepard's life and career with live panelists, video tributes, and the presentation of rare footage and photos in the Ellen Stewart Theatre. Jean-Claude van Itallie will moderate the afternoon.
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.
After 20 years of bringing macabre tales of madness and murder to the East Village, writer Clay McLeod Chapman is driving a stake into the heart of his long-running storytelling staple The Pumpkin Pie Show. Join him and scene-stealer Hanna Cheek along with special guests for one final foray into the abyss with their favorite literary perversions from the last two decades.
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.
Rachel and Ben want to buy a flat in London. And so do their friends, Melanie and Sam. But what with rent, tax, student loans, pensions, and bills, it's impossible to save for a deposit.
So the foursome come up with a fast-track solution to the problem: live together. Sneakily split the rent and bills on a tiny one bedroom flat for a year. But with paper thin walls and space growing sparser by the day, which will they sacrifice first — the friendship, the relationship, or the dream of buying their own property?
Matt Hartley's Deposit throws a lively and topical spotlight on "Generation Rent" and the lengths they will go to in order to get that first step on the property ladder. His theater credits include the Bruntwood Award-winning Sixty Five Miles (Paines Plough/Hull Truck) and Horizon (National Theatre Connections).
Bram Stoker's enduring tale of horror is coming to Manhattan's oldest mansion. Adapted for the stage by Steven Dietz, the Morris-Jumel Mansion proudly presents Dracula. Surrounded by the historic furnishings from the period, audiences will witness this enduring tale of seduction and immortality unlike ever before. Directed by Vincent Carbone with costumes designed by Vanessa Soto, the play will be presented in the Octagon Room of the mansion.
Drunk Restoration Comedy is headed back to the West Village with a performance of Oliver Goldsmith's She Stoops to Conquer! Part of the programming in Random Access Theatre's HERstory Examined, a series developed in the 3B Development Series at IRT Theater, join us for lots of laughs and liquor! The premise: Our team of brave (or just crazy?) actors, comedians, and improvisers will perform a reading of a Restoration comedy. 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!
Drunk Restoration Comedy is going back to the '80s! Join us as our hilarious cast takes on XVI Candels by Robert Price, an adaptation of the John Hughes classic Sixteen Candles written entirely in Shakespearean verse! 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 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.
Your checklist when you turn 40: 1. Mammogram? Check. 2. Breast cancer? Check....Wait, what? Oh %^$&#@(!@($&%!!!!!! Everyone's a Hero With Somebody Else's Tit is one woman's journey through a tough moment, involving some crying, some laughing, some people trying to help, others just driving you nuts…and fortunately with a happy ending.
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.
Choreographers working in all dance forms workshop 25- to 35-minute pieces on a shared bill curated around the theme "Re-Explored" with the Dancing Georgina Project.
The world premiere of Ferguson hits New York City. The stage play recreates the shooting of Michael Brown using eyewitness grand jury testimony. No spin. No media filter. No fake news.
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.
Based on the salacious off- and on-screen personalities of the 1966 hit film, GEORGE/MARTHA imagines what might have happened if famed improviser and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? director Mike Nichols had introduced Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton to the world of comedy improvisation.
Jason Specland plays Richard Burton as George, and Adrian Sexton plays Elizabeth Taylor as Martha. The audience has a role, too: They play the part of the guests who have stumbled into the middle of their cutting fun and games. What can't George and Martha talk about this time? A blender? A pineapple? A fondue pot? Only the audience knows for sure.
GEORGE/MARTHA: Fun and games. Truth and illusion. No script.
With giants mopping floors and trolls patrolling the roof, Northside Plaza is not your typical shopping mall. Arthur is a conscientious giant who works by day as a janitor — trying to win the heart of Cipriana, an executive who also works in the mall. Sebastian — the hotheaded knight — is not happy with this and wants to get rid of Arthur, but Arthur's buddy, Gregory (the "troll with a soul"), won't have anything of it. All the while, Cipriana's father, the magician, watches from a distance with an agenda of his own.
The Bridge Production Group is thrilled to present Hedda, the world premiere adaptation of Ibsen's Hedda Gabler through the darkly comic and absurd lens of playwright Carol Brown.
Returning to Norway from a three-month honeymoon abroad, Hedda Gabler finds herself trapped in an unfurnished house, surrounded by her uninspiring and academic husband. Trapped by moving boxes. Trapped by talks of academia. Trapped.
The sudden inflow of guests and ghosts from the past provide Hedda the opportunity to stir the pot, creating some brief diversions to pass the time. As her actions continue to alter the lives of those around her, Hedda propels herself closer and closer to the brink of insanity.
The cast is comprised of Carol Brown (The Good Wife"), Tim Thomas (original company of Into the Woods), Madeleine Rogers (Juilliard), Max Samuels (Angry Young Man), and Mike Labbadia (cofounder of Produced by Actors).
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.
The three Gods of society find great interest in a young inventor.
Addie has a dragon problem, but perhaps it's not the dragon they should fear.
An original goth rock score performed with marionettes weaves a story of sex and drug addiction set in the 1990s' NYC goth club scene.
A whale visits a canvas. A poetic exploration of a sense of arrival and departure.
The Hotel Baltimore, once an elegant hotel, has now fallen into disrepair and is about to be condemned. The societal outcasts who call this place home are now facing eviction and must face a new uncertainty in an already uncertain future. This beautifully written play by Pulitzer Prize winner Lanford Wilson won the Drama Desk and Obie awards for best play in 1973.
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.
In this seminar, the complicated process of friendship-making will finally be demystified as we explain, step by step, such topics as: smiling, making eye contact, shaking hands, etc. Never embarrass yourself in social situations again!
In a Little Room tells the story of two strangers trapped in the cold comforts of a hospital waiting room, feebly trying to restart their lives and failing fantastically as the hospital, possibly, burns down around them.
Erica, shy and more than a little socially awkward, is in love with Dee. The problem is that her family, her only and equally awkward new friend, and the nosy residents of their small town in Massachusetts don't understand at all because Dee...well, Dee is a letter in the Dairy Queen sign. Inanimate is a play that explores objectum sexuality, feeling like an outsider, listening to your heart, and finally finding your tribe. This world premiere production is directed by Flea associate artist Courtney Ulrich and features the Bats, the Flea's resident acting company.
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.
After five years of touring around the world, award-winning puppeteer Joshua Holden returns with a brand new show made for anyone that feels disheartened by all the ugliness in the world.
The Joshua Show: Episode 2 thrills audiences of all ages by celebrating individuality in ourselves and others, helping to combat the doldrums of everyday life. It's about friendship, confidence, and the value of being yourself. When the Joshua Show gang is troubled by the terrible things happening in the world, Joshua leads the quest to fight for joy. How do you cheer up when life gets you down? Put on your dancing shoes and find out in this whimsical production featuring multiple styles of puppetry, live music, physical comedy, and tap dancing! Even if you show up a sulky sourpuss, you're sure to leave an "Ambassador of Joy."
This semiautobiographical romp follows Amy Stiller's quest to reclaim her spiritual and emotional integrity as the only unknown person in a family of celebrities. Losing herself in the arms of an insecure comedian on the rise in Hollywood, and ending up as a patient to a therapist with challenges of her own, she seeks to reconnect to the magic of her childhood and find her own creative path in a culture that values celebrity above all else. She learns to "just trust" that she is enough.
Puppeteer and theater artist Jane Catherine Shaw curates a two-night puppet slam featuring contemporary short-form puppet and object theater from both emerging and veteran puppet artists. This puppet cabaret challenges artists to make their best short-form work and to bring a variety of puppet forms to audiences. Shaw is cofounder of the Voice 4 Vision Puppet Festival.
Relevant to today's anti-refugee, anti-Semitic political climate, Lady of the Castle is set in 1947 after the Holocaust. Is there a young Jewish girl still hidden in the old castle? Based on a true story and Lea Goldberg's Israeli play, Lady of the Castle is a chamber opera about illusion, reality, love, betrayal, death, and hope.
Originally commissioned and presented by Theater for the New City in 1982, Lady of the Castle has enjoyed over 10 productions internationally. It has been staged in New York off-Broadway and at the JCC, on Long Island and in Massachusetts, in Berlin with support of the Anne Frank Foundation, and in London at St. Giles Cripplegate Church in the Barbican Center as part of the Festival of Austrian Jewish Culture — produced with the artistic supervision of conductor David Josefowitz. The London concert version is available on original cast recordings. Lady of the Castle was also seen on television in New York and Washington, D.C.
Award-winning actor-writer Dan Ruth returns to the Laurie Beechman Theatre with his tour de force black comedy, 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 winner Tanya Moberly is an unapologetic, darkly funny look at what can happen when you reach for the stars and grab for the bottle instead. Dan Ruth shares his story of addiction and recovery through comedic monologues, interwoven with characters he's encountered while working and drinking in the bars and dives of pre-Rudy Giuliani Williamsburg, Brooklyn and Manhattan.
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.
Based on Ingmar Bergman's beloved film Smiles of a Summer Night, the original production of this musical won six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Book, and Best Score.
A cabaret based on the work and life of Dr. Maya Angelou. Her work notably speaks to the deepest parts of the human condition as she cunningly bridges the gap between different walks of life. Subjects of loss and struggle feature prominently in her pieces while she always manages to show you the "rainbow in the sky." We encourage the audience to sit back and take a journey through life's hurdles as we use different performances to find the joy, confidence, and love that Dr. Angelou said resides in all of us. Watch as new possibilities are discovered through song, dance, acting, and spoken word.
New York's own Mario "the Maker Magician" brings his original magic and DIY robotics show to Brooklyn with a special guest appearance by Chile's Enzo Nelis in his first-ever U.S. performance.
Stranded on an island, loneliness is your only friend. ~PLUS~ A detective finds himself a deadly poker game — what story do the cards tell? ~PLUS~ A tale of two workers witnessing calamity through corporate emails and descriptive office supplies. ~PLUS~ Through movement, shadow, video projection, and objects, PLACE (No Place) conjures places present and lost.
The Mecca Tales tells the story of five Muslim women on the pilgrimage known as the Hajj. When their bus breaks down miles short of their destination, tempers flare and the women are tested in unexpected ways. They share their personal stories with each other in an attempt to move forward in their lives and find meaning in a spiritual journey seemingly gone awry.
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.
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.
NEC SPE / NEC METU (no hope / no fear) 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 us 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.
Hazan, a young "startup-ist," comes to New York to pitch his various business ideas. He meets Maya, a half-American trying to make it as a stage actress. We follow their respective pursuits in love and work in a city they think they know and a culture they think they understand. Next Stop stars Noga Milstein and Ben Perry, who transition seamlessly between the roles of Maya and Hazan as well as a slew of other New Yorkers.
Directed by acclaimed actress Mili Avital, Next Stop features a book by Noga Milstein and Avital, music by Yoni Bloch, lyrics by Barak Feldman, with additional music by Omri Angheland Ann Streichman.
The second installment of Night Witches, a new play. In the fall of 1941, after the Nazi Invasion of the Soviet Union, Marina Raskova, a Russian Amelia Earhart, formed three female aviation regiments to fight back. Of the three, the 588th Night Bomber Regiment was the only unit to remain exclusively female throughout the war. Made of up 112 girls ages 17-26, they flew for 3 1/2 years using repurposed crop-dusting planes to drop bombs on Nazi forces below. Inspired from Anne Noggle's book, A Dance with Death, Night Witches weaves together a story of sisterhood, courage, and endurance amidst a world war.
Many undocumented men and women pay off high interest debts by working for years in Chinese restaurants around the country, earning a fraction of minimum wage. While we work on the stage, consider that someone with great ambition and resilience is cooking under fluorescents down the street. ~ A short visual poem about cracks in the material world and about the forces that become visible when the world is under stress. ~ Greetings, Galactic Neighbor! Come on board the Aricamian spaceship in ritual, song, and hyper speed. Starring Marikata and her crew, healers of the future. ~ On Christmas Eve 1968, the astronauts of Apollo 8 took a picture of the Earth and changed the world. Using puppetry, movement, and design elements, this piece seeks to reawaken the sense of wonderment and hope that the photo initially inspired.
Only You Can Prevent Wildfires explores the true story of Terry Lynn Barton, a forestry technician, who in 2002 started the largest forest fire in Colorado history when she burned a letter from her estranged husband. Under the obsessive scrutiny of investigator Kim Jones, Terry's actions are called into question in a desperate attempt to uncover the motive behind her crime. As we watch Terry's relationship with her husband deteriorate over time, the clues begin to fall into place. Was the fire really an accident, or was it caused by a woman trying desperately to break free?
Panther Woman is a work of historical fiction chronicling one woman's experience in the original Black Panther Party for Self-Defense. Prepare to embark on an unforgettable journey from the Jim Crow South to the civil rights movement of the 1960s and 1970s through a tale of struggle, love, and hope for the future.
When Ben Rimalower was eight years old, his father came out of the closet and embarked on a drug-fueled tear that left his family in tatters. Amid the chaos of his young life, Ben found comfort — like so many gay boys before him and after — in musical theater, and specifically in the transportive voice of Broadway star Patti LuPone. With a mix of comic irreverence, stark candor, and showbiz bravado, Patti Issues poignantly explores the challenges facing LGBT parents and children while shining light on gay men's longstanding obsessions with divas.
In Performance of a Feminine Object, a hoop animates a female performer making reference to the historic and cultural disciplining of the female body. ~ A former Weimar girl sent to Theresienstadt concentration camp (a unique camp in the history of the Holocaust for its population of artists) and a rat prove, through their friendship and new understanding of each other, that the creative urge cannot be destroyed by the grotesqueries of hatred, but is the inviolable desire "to be." ~ Pinocchio, a dreamer made of wood, finds comfort in secretly hooking up with the only person who doesn't make him feel different. Watch an honest relationship struggle with Pinocchio's newfound ability to lie. ~ Treat as Urgent and Get Back to Me takes its text directly from spam emails of the sort that prey on the credulous and compassionate.
An agoraphobic travels the rough terrain of guilt and loss as a mother struggles to hide key details about her son's death from her estranged daughter. As the 10th anniversary of the devastating family tragedy approaches, Bonnie and her daughter, Jesse, will either find new faith in each other or destroy what little they have left. Petie explores redemption and the oftentimes turbulent relationship between faith and mental health through the eyes of a mother and daughter.
Hello, World! I'm Rebeccah. I call myself a dancer. I mostly look like a dancer. But I don't entirely fit. My outline's all wrong. I'm too tall. I'm knock-kneed. I have a hole in the back of my head. But you can have my torso. It's perfect. And you can have my stories, too. Tonight I'll perform them for you from memory…almost. We may need some help along the way.
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.
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!
Created by Chris Mann Script and music by Chris Mann and Emily Duncan
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.
Taking place in New York City and London between 2008-11, Precious Little Talent explores the culture clash of American optimism with British cynicism, and how a tangled love story sits somewhere in between.
Award-winning writer Ella Hickson pits the struggles of young people in the midst of an economic downturn against those faced by an aging man desperate to retain his independence whilst suffering with dementia.
Precious Little Talent grapples with the desperation of transatlantic love, identity in a tumultuous political climate, and the consequences of an aging population.
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.
Detailing the exploits of two American men who travel to Amsterdam to hire a female prostitute, Adam Rapp's Red Light Winter confronts the expectations of fantasy, the disappointment of reality, and the complexities of unrequited love — a twisted and complicated web, spanning Amsterdam's Red Light District to the East Village.
The Bridge Production Group is thrilled to feature Red Light Winter as part of The Bridge Residency: a monthlong residency at the Robert Moss Theater, presenting Red Light Winter in rotating repertory with Hedda and The Sonnets.
Red Light Winter contains explicit language and simulated sex, and is recommended for mature audiences.
Regeneration is an uplifting and daring show about one woman's journey through breast cancer, illuminating the jagged edge between serenity and fear, strength and vulnerability. After a routine breast exam, Dr. Barrett is catapulted from doctor to patient, where she confronts her mortality with tenderness and humor. In an unexpected twist, she finds courage at Mount Auburn Cemetery.
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.
Exquisite Corpse Company invites you to a wedding...or perhaps the funeral...
Join the celebration and jump to the surreal world of A Ribbon About a Bomb. Wander with Frida Kahlo, Remedios Varo, and Leonora Carrington through the abandoned halls of a mansion on Governors Island. Audiences will cycle and muse on, as often the artists did in life, the duality of humanity, womanhood, and art. The captivating, sometimes terrifying work of these three women intertwine, as each attempts to shape their own reality in the face of systematic oppression and entrenched social hierarchies.
Directed by Tess Howsam and written by a diverse team of ten playwrights, the play will feature and original score by KG Garligton and will be performed within original art installations. The show will also highlight an exciting partnership with Nineteenth Amendment, whose designers will be creating costume pieces specifically for the show, inspired by the production's source material.
The internationally acclaimed performance artist Tim Miller shares stories of his family trees and the hidden gay histories that live among the branches. Mixing sex and politics, humor and hope, Miller charts the growth of queer citizenship in America and the new challenge of being rooted in resistance to today's Trumped-up political environment.
Rooted is about New York history and Miller's family stories that plant him in the Empire State with stops along the way at a NYC wedding day, a queer history of hurting hearts, the Department of Homeland Security, the DNA roots that lead Miller to central New York, and an '80s power rock epiphany on a NY farm road in Yates County. Rooted is a funny and charged story of the times we are living in.
A pretty ordinary white nationalist family falls into a muddy and desperate identity crisis when they are attacked by La Contaminación Cultural. Their sense of language, grammar, and origin gets altered, making them confused about who they really are.
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.
As a teenage goddess, Seph lives in her family's in-between. With her mom, she makes grass grow and flowers bloom. With her dad, she shoots things and poses for pictures with them. But when she finds her first real friend and discovers that her broken home might just be breaking the world itself, she must embrace her own power to bridge the breach between life and death.
From cozy backseats to tiny tree forts, across rivers, through the underworld and back again, Seph is an adventure into the heart of what happens when we see the world — and ourselves — through someone else's eyes for the very first time.
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
sheep #1 Inspired by Antoine de Saint-Exupery's writings, sheep #1 is the adventure of a sheep in search of the meaning of life. The performance is in the style of Microscopic Live Cinema-Theatre, where the performer manipulates small characters who are magnified with a video camera and projector. This creates an intimate dream-like experience by combining cinematic presentation and live operation.
It's the JonBenét Ramsey Show! JonBenét Ramsey's got something to say, and now she's got her own talk show! With the help of her trusty sidekick, Mr. Bear, she sets out to cover the hot topics of the day, from politics to pop culture and everything in between.
A Song to Sail On When the life of a prominent Armenian composer is threatened by the impending Ottoman forces, Grikor Suni is forced to choose between finding the family he has built or certain death. Although his acclaim gives him certain stature, all is washed away as bloodshed tears through the peasantry and the elite.
In Show Up, award-winning solo show performer Peter Michael Marino (Desperately Seeking the Exit, Late With Lance!) uses his decades of solo performance expertise to turn the often vilified clichés of the genre on their clichéd heads. Exploiting an arsenal of Post-it Notes, Marino compiles and transforms the challenging and enlightening real-life audience experiences into a single vibrant life story that is daring and unique each time. Chance elements are increased as audience members are engaged to direct and design the set and sound. Show Up provides a wild, unpredictable ride for the audience as Marino navigates this high wire, simultaneously commenting on social anxiety, depression, and performance challenges. And there's a party!
"Exploring what is underneath when nothing is concealed."
Developed at Boston Conservatory, The Sonnets is an original theater piece that examines the sex industry through Shakespearean text, contemporary music, devised movement, and immersive design.
The Sonnets From William Shakespeare and Kyla Walker
Cast: Idalis Rideout, Kara Overlien, Scout Backus, Anni Epstein, Kyla Walker, Sigrid Wise, Daina Njuguna, and Varvara Ilchenko
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!
Nina Leeds's life crumbles when her true love is killed in World War One. Flitting from one man to the next until she settles for a life she never wanted, Nina is stalked by the fantasy of the happiness she never got to share with her late fiancé. This 1928 saga follows the lives of eight characters over the course of a half-century.
Transport Group's radical revival of Strange Interlude reunites David Greenspan, dramaturg Kristina Corcoran Williams, and director Jack Cummings III in an almost preposterous feat. The three of them present Eugene O'Neill's Pulitzer Prize-winning nine-act, five-hour play as an uncut one-night solo performance.
Set in Greenwich Village June 28, 1969, shortly before the first brick was thrown at the Stonewall Inn, Doric Wilson's legendary satire Street Theater follows the exploits of the cruisers, drag queens, undercover cops, dykes, hippies, mobsters, and bystanders (innocent and otherwise) as they catapult toward the moment that changed the course of history.
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.
NSangou Njikam's Syncing Ink is a semiautobiographical coming-of-age story. High school student Gordon pursues freestyle rap as a way to garner clout but soon discovers a deeper artistic passion. By honing his craft, Gordon finds his voice as well as a community rich with history. The play is told largely in freestyle, working off of prompts rather than scripted text, which means that each evening is slightly different as a result of the audience's suggestions and interactions. The New York premiere of Syncing Ink is directed by Flea artistic director Niegel Smith and features a cast of six Equity actors, including Njikam in the lead role.
Tartuffe is a charismatic who has been touched by God. He is a visionary. He practices religious devotion and self-sacrifice. He has fits. He converses with the divine. He can be very scary. Orgon invites him home to live with his family and introduces him to his beautiful wife Elmire…what could possibly go wrong? Join us for Molière's brilliant comedy.
These Things Happen is a play about the costs of keeping, and of revealing, a family secret that has poisoned the lives of three generations of women. Who will break the chain of lies told in the name of a family's survival?
Featuring Mary Ruth Baggott, Eleanor Koski, Don Marlette, Jody Prusan, R. David Robinson, and Susan Elaine Stein
Shakespeare's play is about a wealthy Athenian who gives politicians and friends large gifts of money. But when he goes bankrupt and turns to these friends for help, they abandon him. Disillusioned with humanity, Timon leaves Athens to lead a misanthropic life in the woods.
Emily, a would-be writer, retreats home to O'ahu after Manhattan finally gets the best of her. Trading one island for another doesn't help, though, and when she stumbles into a gig as an actor on a shock-jock radio dating show, she finds herself strangely determined to turn fantasy into reality. Told through a playful mixture of phone calls, voicemails, and live radio spots, Today Is My Birthday is a comedy about loneliness in the age of connection.
What are the consequences when the lies we tell ourselves become the reality of the lives we lead? A tale of obsession and betrayal, Tomorrow in the Battle paints a searing portrait of loyalty and lust, honor and honesty, duty and desire as a group of London's elite navigate their own professional and moral crises.
The Tooth-Puller has no script. Instead, in the grand Commedia tradition, using nothing more than an outline, the Department of Fools weave together each performance from bits of comic business, song, and improvisation. Commedia dell'Arte is the great-granddaddy of modern improv and sketch comedy. Audiences will roar at the goofy goodness of Commedia, which gave birth to the comedy of today!
The Tooth-Puller is a carnivalesque confection wrapped in hallucinogenic treats, sprinkled with dancing octogenarians, with a pinch of dick jokes, dipped in a festive musical fondue, topped with an ever-changing improvised ending, and filled with a creamy center of love and revenge. The internationally diverse company includes Sylvie Mae Baldwin, Yair Ben-Dor (ABC's Quantico), Jessenia Cuesta, Matthew A.J. Gregory (The Power of Darkness at the Mint), Shira Hadad, Ben Rademacher, Andy Richardson (Newsies and Gypsy on Broadway), Anna Tempte, and Rotem Weiner.
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.
Sketch comedy troupe Uncle Function will introduce a series of brand new sketches at their upcoming comedy show Uncle Function LIVE! A Sketch Comedy Show.
Up the Rabbit Hole, a new play by Andy Halliday, directed by G.R. Johnson, is the story of a young man who, desperate to find answers to questions that consume his life as an adopted child, becomes obsessed with tracking down and connecting with his birth mother. His lack of identity in these formative years has led to a life of careless sexual exploits and reckless drug use. When he finally finds his mother, the answers he has been searching for his entire life finally give him the courage to combat his drug addiction and climb out of the darkness and Up the Rabbit Hole.
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.
Told in their own words, Village Voices is a series of interviews with real-life characters in New York's West Village examining firsthand accounts of events including the Stonewall Riots, the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and life as a homeless trans youth in 21st-century America. The underprivileged and forgotten, these interviews bring to life an unknown world that is at times heartbreaking but always gilded with hope and triumph in the face of overwhelming odds.
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.
A teenager vanishes and her family is forced to face hidden monsters and terrifying truths.
An Absurdist Confrontational Tragicomedy of out-sized proportions where Lark and her friends perform a gender studies thesis on the roots of female oppression while delving into Lark's haunted past. These 3 Poisonous Flowers confront the deepest roots of how girls grow up in our pop music, social media, hater, racist, rape culture to expose the seeds of our oppression.
You're the Puppet! is the next installment in a series from Post Election Therapy. What started as a multidisciplinary, improvisational reaction from artists, dancers, musicians, and poets to the 2016 election campaigns, continues along with the shocking events that compel us towards artistic action. ~ (beat): a theatrical pause between line and line in the script. Two different bodies on stage, a new type of physical language. Three different genres: contemporary dance, Korean traditional music, and puppetry. Under three frames (distance, relationship, and estrangement), I would like to give the audience an opportunity to experience physical and emotional distance through disparate methods of movement. ~ An Easy Guide to Time Management is a nonlinear symbolistic show, playfully peeking into antihuman forms of time to conclusively confirm, without a shadow of a doubt, that a fountain pen can indeed run a federal bureau.