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The Annual New York Burlesque Festival is the largest and most acclaimed festival of its kind in the world, and has attracted sold-out crowds since it's premiere in 2003. This fall marks the 14th year for this celebrated event, and producers, Thirsty Girl & Pontani Productions will once again, serve up 4 nights of glitter and glamour in Gotham, with over 120 eye-popping performances from international leading burlesque and variety entertainers at five of NYC's hottest nightclubs. Bringing together over 2,700 enthusiastic audience members who, in addition to enjoying tassels and tail feathers will be entertained by live music, international DJ's, variety and circus performers, boylesque, and a burlesque bazaar where you can try on custom corsets, peruse pasties, hair ornaments, vintage dresses, lingerie and even partake in a pin-up make-over.
New York's finest improvisers join forces with New York's finest poets in a unique format that is part comedy show, part poetry feature and completely unpredictable.
It all begins with an exquisite corpse written collaboratively, line-by-line by the audience beforehand. The improvisers then delve in, building an entire world around the themes and imagery of the poem and inhabiting it with a cast of characters that are wildly funny, heartbreakingly tragic, and everything in between.
Along the way, the show is fueled by the amazing work of published poets, national slam champions, and up-and-comers from around the country and across the globe, shaking the rafters and rousing souls with original poetry that is raw, personal and profound.
The whole show ends with the performance of a brand new poem written on the spot and inspired by the entire show. It's comedy, it's poetry, it's theater and art. It is everything you came to this New York to see.
The cast includes performers and poets with credits from This American Life, NPR, The Onion, The Second City, The Truth Podcast, Reductress and Story Pirates.
"Kiss Punch Poem is a rare find... uproarious and heartfelt." – Time Out Chicago
"[KissPunchPoem] celebrates the fresh and surprising associations that are generated by both improv and poetry." - The American Reader
"Their performance took me back to the formative years of the slam. It was exhilarating." – Mark Smith (founder of Slam Poetry)
The Adventures of Seucy and Boto uses dance, puppetry and music to tell mythological stories from the Amazon Jungle. Created and performed by Loco 7, this popular family-friendly series will play all of The Adventures in repertory, including the world premiere of a new episode.
The beautiful Susanna is cornered by two elders of the town while bathing naked in her garden. They offer her an impossible choice: submit to their desires, or resist and face slander and public trial. Her decision, and the repercussions that follow, sets the stage for a powerful and unnervingly contemporary examination of slut-shaming, rape culture, and the exploitation of women's sexuality in popular media. In After I Was Free, Everyday Inferno presents in-progress excerpts from Caroline Angell's original musical adaptation of the biblical story of Susanna and the Elders, with music by Grace Oberhofer.
Emerald and Ty are twin orphaned teenagers who live in the backwoods of the Florida Everglades and wrestle 'gators in a roadside attraction. Careening through encounters in their small tourist town, they meet self-destructive young locals looking for a future and desperate young wanderers looking for a home; all carry secrets under ever-present layers of desire. Alternately realistic and surreal, scored with gritty rock music, Alligator is a muscular, satisfying play about learning to tame our darkest impulses.
A short play about the "what ifs" we torture ourselves by asking and a love that could have worked. We all have that person that ruined us. Wouldn't it be wonderful if we all got the opportunity to say all the things we ever wanted to say to them? Elliot is still grappling with the impact Max has left on him, so he has created a circumstance in which he can tell her everything.
It is the art of talking about something by referring to something else. Welcome to the boudoir of the roaring inconscient.
With a showman's flair, a comedian's wit, and the capacities of a bona fide Mentalist or thought reader, The Amazing Kreskin has, for six decades, dramatized the unique facets of the human mind…his own. His very name has become an integral part of pop culture throughout the world.
Singer-songwriter Amy Allison sings mostly original songs and some standards, accompanied by Lee Feldman on piano & Jon Graboff on guitar.
Those two multi-award winning Broadway actresses, Anita Gillette and Penny Fuller armed with MORE adventures from the Golden Age of Broadway: stories and songs of their glories and disappointments, adventures on the Great White Way.
These vibrant and savvy veterans of over two dozen Broadway productions have even both tackled some of the same parts, including the plum role of Sally Bowles in the original Broadway production of Cabaret.
Now, in their sequel show packed with new stories and songs, Anita will share anecdotes about working with Nanette Fabray during the run of Mr. President, running into a tugboat in Florida, and singing, with great trepidation, at the funeral of a legendary Broadway lyricist. Penny will spill the details of her saga with the musical Mack and Mabel… as well as the tale of landing the female lead in Richard Rodgers' musical Rex and being accompanied by the composer Arthur Schwartz for his song "Make The Man Love Me"…
Apollo Amateur Night is the original amateur talent competition. The audience picks the winners and the losers in this weekly interactive talent showcase.
BAMcafé Live is a weekly performance series, featuring great artists from jazz, spoken word, blues, afro-pop, latin, r&b, rock, and experimental backgrounds such as Billy Martin, Survival Soundz, Tracie Morris, Carl Hancock Rux, Duncan Sheik, and much more.
Random Access Theatre is proud to present a three month extension of our popular Drunk Restoration Comedy series! Starting with a special benefit performance of The Beggar's Opera, join us for an interactive night of old-school debauchery. Part scripted, part improvisation, part drinking game, Drunk Restoration Comedy allows audience members "choose-their-own-adventure" by deciding which performers will have the most mighty hangovers come Saturday morning.
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.
Bliss follows the journey of consciousness after death, during the interval between death and rebirth (bardo), and serves as an allegorical guide for the living. In this new multi-disciplinary production, Artistic Director René Migliaccio's staging is a visual and poetic dance/theatre odyssey within the mind of an individual striving to awaken to a Higher Consciousness. The journey is theatrically of double nature: the actor living the text of the Bardo and a Butoh dancer manifesting as his supra consciousness on the path of liberation. Original music features a fusion of ambient and accents of sounds and voices from the world, journeying on a wide spectrum from dark to ethereal moods. Projections create the pictorial environment for the journeyer on his path to liberation, immersing the audience in the symbolic dimension of dreams.
Blood Wedding (Bodas De Sangre) is a tragedy inspired by a true story of a young bride in 20th century Andalusia who escapes arranged marriage to be with her lover, leading to betrayal and violence.
Broadway songs are composed within the framework of a story. Through the music the lyrics can permeate the soul and expose the human experience. Broadway has always been the driving force behind the entertainment industry in New York City. Let your imagination or memories stir through this program of Broadway gems.
During our theater production you will step into the lives of the Thomas sisters as they learn more about themselves and each other. Watch as they unveil pieces of themselves…the pieces that they didn't want anyone to the see…the pieces of themselves that they were ashamed of and tried so desperately to hide. Bruised But Not Broken is about healing when you thought that you were too messed up, too damaged, too bruised to heal. It's about getting up after you have fallen. It's about God's ability to take what the enemy meant for evil and turn it into good. Remember, bitter becomes sweet when you put in the Master's hands.
Join Burlesque Star World Famous BOB & Style Icon Dust Tea Shoulders at Campfire! Queer Storytime for tales of hilarity & heartbreak & a chance for you to take the stage.
Burlesque Star World Famous BOB (Untitled Feminist Show, One Man Show, The Lily's Revenge, Vienna Boylesque Festival) & Downtown Darling Dust Tea Shoulders (Director – The Love Junkie, Dirty Laundry & Dear Stranger I Love You (Bridget Barkan) & Me and Mr. Jones, My Intimate Relationship With David Bowie (Raquel Cion) join forces to bring you CAMPFIRE! Queer Storytime.
NYC's longest running improv company, Chicago City Limits (CCL), opens their 40th season with Hus on First? The MAC award-winning group, described by NY critics as the "funniest show in town," "ingenious and very, very funny," and "the perfect masters of improvisation," bring their newest show, complete with brilliant, improvised scenes and songs, to the East Side, back to the Jan Hus Playhouse where they held court for fourteen years. It's all created in-the-moment, inspired by suggestions from the audience and today's headlines.
Julia never bought a baby before. Okay, she's adopting, but the agency sure makes her feel like she's buying a baby. Couples competing in the free market of love. Bad ovaries but good credit? Step right up! Did you know some kids are discounted? A black baby—which is what Julia and her wife are seeking—costs 1/2 of a white baby. Almost makes Julia and Amy want to run out and start a chapter of the Black Panthers - and Amy's white! The one saving grace is that the waiting time for adopting a black child is six months instead of the two years it takes for a white baby. Oh wait, a gay couple? Make that a year. What's that? Julia is a recovering alcoholic? And she's insisting on including that info in their Dear Birth Mother letter? Make that anywhere between 2 years and… Hilary Clinton's second term! But only five days after signing the contract at the adoption agency, a bomb drops…
Chimney-holic - Chimney sweeping is his life's work. That's why he keeps making chimneys… Daydreams appear all of a sudden out of nowhere but you may realize they've just been lurking in your life. Puppeteer Maiko Kikuchi tries to catch those daydreams and drag them out in front of you by collaging sounds, objects and movements.
Ruby & Charlie - Inspired by the soulful music of Ray Charles and using it as a backdrop for a pair of hearts in the 1950s, Ruby & Charlie combines love, death, disappointment, and swing dance. Developed in part at the O'Neill Puppetry Conference and The Freight with a grant from the Henson Foundation, Ruby & Charlie utilizes tabletop puppetry and a nonverbal narrative to illustrate the relationship highs and woes we all experience.
Marcel & Man Ray - A multi-media performance exploring the lifelong friendship of the Dada artists Marcel Duchamp and Man Ray. Dabbling in chess, sculpture, painting and photography, the two men helped shape an era of art that caused a sensation after the First World War. This performance is an excerpt from a developing full-length theatrical performance.
Chip and Gus, oddball acquaintances meet once a month to play ping pong. But on this funny, sad, and surprising night, something will change their relationship forever. A fast, furious, smart comedy with balls. Winner of the 2016 FringeNYC Overall Excellence Award for Ensemble.
"ChipandGus is bright, funny and cathartic: an emotionally resonant buddy comedy for thinking audiences." - Time Out New York, 4 stars
"Mullen is a delight… Ahlin is spectacular… entertaining and thought-provoking." - Theatre Is Easy, Best Bet
"Mullen and Ahlin hit genuinely poignant notes on love and friendship, and the reasons we engage in them...They take on an Abbott and Costello rapport." - Theater Mania
"ChipandGus" is funny, real, sad, and surprising…the play began through their love of ping pong and grew into a profound and heart-wrenching play." - NY Theatre Guide
Coffeehouse Chronicles is a free educational performance series exploring the history and development of Off-Off Broadway from its inception within the Village "Coffeehouse Theatres" of the 1960s through today. Part artist portrait, part creative event, part history lesson, part community forum, it is our mission to provide a home, as did our founder Ellen Stewart, for personal and intimate engagement with art. Since 2005 La MaMa has presented more than 130 Coffeehouse Chronicles featuring personal oral accounts from artists of the day as well as conversations with present day artists who continue to work in the same bold, daring manner.
There is nothing like seeing stand up comedy in person. The electricity and spontaneity of a comedian in front of a live audience is something very special. And there is no better place in New York City to experience the best stand up has to offer than the world famous Comic Strip Live. Nightly performers and special guests hail from NBC's The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Saturday Night Live, Late Night with Conan O'Brian, HBO's Chris Rock Live, FOX's Comic Strip Live, CBS's Late Show with David Letterman, CBS's Everybody Loves Raymond, The Keenan Ivory Wayans Show, as well as Broadway and Major Motion Pictures.
Commencing: A Night of Jane Shepard Shorts is an all-female cast and crew production of 3 short plays by award-winning playwright Jane Shepard.
The three selections, Nine, Commencing, and Friends of the Deceased, are from Shepard's KickAss Plays for Women. Edgy, original, and with a darkly comic humanity, each play examines in very different ways the tender, funny, often tortuous quest for meaning. Jane writes incredibly rich and truthful female characters not often seen on stage.
The show features the coming-of-age story of an all-American small-town sweetheart named Debbie Benton, the captain of her high-school cheerleading team, who dreams of making it to the big time by becoming a Texas Cowgirl Cheerleader. When Debbie receives a letter telling her she has qualified for the professional squad, the only thing that stands between her and the realization of her dream is bus fare to the big city: Dallas. She enlists her teammates to form a company called Teen Services and get jobs to raise money, but when they learn that minimum-wage jobs just don't pay enough, they agree to try their hands at "little favors" performed with enthusiasm by "good girls."
The musical is based on the film of the same name, but without any actual sex or nudity
A DECADE OF SOUL Classic Soul & Motown Revue featuring Prentiss McNeil Of The Drifters & Bruce "Big Daddy" Wayne from Wilson Pickett's Midnight Movers
A musical journey taking you back in time! Back to when Berry Gordy's Motown label and his studio band the Funk Brothers and Stax record's Booker T and the MG's were the proponents of what came to be known as a historical style of music. "Soul Music" A trip back to when King and Smash records gave us "The Godfather of Soul" while the Columbia and Atlantic label brought us "The Queen of Soul".
Now after a 28 year tenure with "The Drifters", vocalist Prentiss McNeil along with Bruce Wayne of the Wilson Pickett's "Midnight Movers" are leading this classic soul review with their unmatched energy and breath taking showmanship. A Decade of Soul is a passion driven classic soul tribute where it's difficult to stay in your seat!
When Shirley was diagnosed with a terminal illness, she decided to organize a reunion of her old college friends. Ten years ago, they were like a family. But a lot can change in ten years. Max and Rita are getting a divorce. Calvin's on drugs. No one has the life they wanted when they were young. Shirley wanted to bring everyone together one last time - but after ten years, is it too late for them to be a family again?
As the seasons change and the temperatures drop, there's one thing you can count on: Drunken Shakespeare at Bar 9!
The Bardian-Karaoke love child that's taking Hell's Kitchen by storm, Drunken Shakespeare is the only free event of its kind that invites you to get rowdy with rogues and strut your Stratfordian swagger! Got an audition piece you've been dying to show off? Want to give that soliloquy from your high school English class a try? Or maybe you want to be struck in the moment, grab a copy of Complete Works and see what happens? From professional actors to professional fans, Drunken Shakespeareis the judgment-free and admission-free way to spend a Monday night!
But wait, there's more! While you're at it, you can buy an official Drunken Shakespeare t-shirt, or enter the raffle for any number of fabulous prizes!
Oil heiress Leonie Frothingham whiles away a summer at her seaside cottage, where cocktails flow with the tides, and lovers come and go like mosquitoes. Her estranged husband Sam and her daughter Paula humor Leonie's flirtations as matter-of-course for the ultra-wealthy floating above the conventional rules of the world. While the Great Depression ravages most of the country, Leonie's idyllic retreat is not wholly protected from the quakes of the era. Paula and her idealistic fiancé cultivate youthful, misgivings about Capitalism and its beneficiaries. Leonie's latest flame, the psychoanalyst Kenneth Rice, insinuates himself into each relationship and psyche with a pretense of objectivity that gets him everything and everyone he wants. With penetrating insights, all in the course of one beautiful season, End of Summer exposes the forces that build fortunes, tear apart families, and buttress the American society of haves, have-nots, and the revolution waiting in the wings.
Obnoxious strangers, overbearing bosses and unrequited high school crushes are about to get a piece of your mind...
The Friday Night Sh*w invites audience members to anonymously write down their repressed rants, cursing-outs and sultry confessions to fuel a fast-paced brawl of hilarity.
The cast includes a fistful of NYC's best improvisers and Magnet faculty with credits on 30 Rock, Comedy Central, MTV, The Second City, The Onion, Just For Laughs, Story Pirates, NPR and at least one Primetime Emmy loser.
Before the show, audience members may anonymously submit written confessions which the improvisers will use onstage.
Now, doesn't it feel good to get that off your chest?
Take a left at the Texaco on County Road 8, keep right when you pass the barn with the funny roof, and once you start to feel kinda lost, that's how you know you're almost there. It's the town of Cold Lake, bicentennial, and it's time to celebrate. From the ice fishing fleets to Local Artist Linda Klaver's Open Mic Night at Debbie's Bar/Bait Shop, this is their year and gosh darn if they're not gonna shine.
This series has hosted readings by emerging & established authors since 2007. Because the pen is mightier than the Kalashnikov (we hope). Curated by Lee Matthew Goldberg, Camellia Phillips, and Marco Rafalá. Hosted by Camellia Phillips.
A literary performance series which encourages experimentation, nakedness, the non-expert, the unreasonably compelling, the wild and the hopelessly romantic. Writers, from a wide variety of styles and career phases, are invited to read new work and discuss their practices.
Gypsy is the ultimate story about an aggressive stage mother. Join Rose, June and Louise in their trip across the United States during the 1920's, when vaudeville was dying and burlesque was born. Jule Styne's music and Stephen Sondheim's lyrics include "Let Me Entertain You", "Some People", "You'll Never Get Away from Me", "If Momma Was Married", "All I Need Is the Girl", "Everything's Coming Up Roses", "You Gotta Get A Gimmick" and "Together Wherever We Go". This is a gripping story of one of the most frightening aspects of show business.
Ibsen's simmering, shimmering tale of a woman too large for her destiny gets a fresh adaptation, streamlined into a gilded juggernaut of secrecy and manipulation. Wandering Bark creates a collision of past and present to build a Hedda where the story's the same, but the devil's in the details.
Hedda Tesman (née Gabler) has everything, but wants none of it. Sealed in the coffin of a big house, a convenient marriage to a boring husband, and a dead-end existence as a woman in a man's world, Hedda can do nothing but dream and decay. But when an old flame flickers back under her palm, her hungry heart ignites a blaze of lust, deceit, and manipulation that could consume more lives than just her own.
An Off Off Broadway Show in which an interactive Cast of incredible Talent will motivate you to MOVE as you combine your Workout Time with your Party time led by fitness Guru and recording artist Marina Kamen AKA MARINA.
Federico Garcia Lorca's The House of Bernarda Alba (La Casa de Bernarda Alba) is the story of a tyrannical mother who dominates her five unmarried daughters - all of whom harbor a secret passion for one man. This repressed environment leads to an explosion of hatred, jealousy, despair and passion - and tragic consequences.
A monthly improv show featuring local team Ski Legend and a revolving guest. It's funny, it's refreshing, it's a good time – and the bar serves Narragansett for $3.
Being alive comes with all kinds of unsolicited responsibilities. Reno has still not come to terms with that.
A solo one-act toy theater piece written by George Saunders, adapted for the stage by CB Goodman, and performed by Barbie and Ken dolls plus a wordless version of Don Quixote created by Lake Simons that uses visual theatre, movement, puppetry, and sound to portray the adventures of the foolish hero.
Presented as part of Puppet BloK!, a works-in-progress series dedicated to presenting ground-breaking new works of puppetry & other innovative forms of storytelling.
Instructions to Decode A(n In)human transformation is a postmodern punk ''roach'' cabaret inspired by Franz Kafka's Metamorphosis. Written in verse and delivered as spoken poetry by three female performers, the piece involves the interweaving of live performance, original score by Milica Paranosic and video mapping. It is an urban and contemporary work offering a unique take on Gregor Samsa's experiences following his inexplicable transformation, while providing a critique of the debilitating numbness of nine-to-five jobs and contemporary notions of familial duty.
International Women Artists' Salon presents a showcase of performance, literature, and video.
Juniper Tree is a visually-driven devised theater piece that combines masks and puppetry.
LARPing gets all too real in a folk puppet musical about putting stories to rest.
Presented as part of Puppet BloK!, a series dedicated to presenting ground-breaking new works of puppetry & other innovative forms of storytelling.
La Mariposa is the hilarious comedy/play about the trials and tribulations of a family in El Barrio trying to live their American dream.
Jacqueline Wade (prouder at Women of Color Films) reimagines this staple of New York City's downtown theater scene, featuring a cast that reflects the diversity of New York. LINE, the longest-running play in Manhattan and the longest-running Off-Off-Broadway show [ever], now has a 21st Century twist. A predominantly African-American, multi-racial cast gives new meaning to Israel Horovitz's ageless parable. Ms. Wade will also host workshops and talk-backs on the issues brought up in this absurdist masterpiece.
Love Stories My Mother Told Me is a solo exploration of how the past informs the present and what our parents teach us about giving and receiving love. Using live feed projection, first and second-hand memories, and artifacts from the past, Love Stories begs questions without answers and explores youth, confusion, indecision, and the unknown.
The Made-Up Musical sings and dances its way onto the Magnet Theater stage with a one of a kind musical comedy every week! After an interview with an audience member, the cast weaves together a full one-act musical, complete with all the songs, trappings and melodrama you'd expect from our friends on Broadway.
Marina's High-nrg Live! - The Musical, is the first interactive musical theatre song and dance experience. The choice of participating or being seated and observing the show is up to each audience member. All will be accommodated. The idea is to as Marina says," Hear the music, feel the beat and Never Stop Movin' in your body and in your life!" Perfect for all ages with a talented cast of singers, dancers and musicians who join Marina for this new innovative concept in Musical Theatre.
High-Powered improv from Magnet's own Super Groups. Our resident ensembles gather to dazzle audiences with various forms of improv comedy. The forms are constantly evolving, and no two shows are the same. Come see what your favorites are up to this week.
This night of storytelling takes you way, way back to the pre-reality TV days of MTV in the '80s and early '90s when the network still aired music videos, as well as quality original programming that introduced us to the likes of Adam Sandler, Mike Judge and Colin Quinn. Mike Armstrong and David Felton reminisce about their stints writing for the game show Remote Control and Beavis and Butt-Head, respectively, while comedian and actor Jim Turner recalls playing the hippy character Randee of the Redwoods.
Hang out at the lounge at Dixon Place, the iconic & funky east-village theatre. Have a drink while checking out an early evening collection of musicians, writers, comics & creative types doing all kinds of things.
Jackie's life is on the verge of coming together. He was just released from jail, joined AA, and has a new sponsor helping him stay clean and sober. Then there's Veronica, his childhood sweetheart. When the smell of Aqua Velva, and a hat comes between them, sparks fly. Fast, furious and filled with sharp poetic dialogue and flawed, colorful, wounded characters, The Motherf**ker With the Hat crackles with truth, humor and a sense of hope. A dark comic tale about friendship, love, addiction, and the difficulties of adulthood in New York City.
High-Powered improv from Magnet's own Musical Super Groups. Our resident ensembles gather to dazzle audiences with a completely improvised musical. No two shows are the same; come see what your favorites are up to this week!
My Old Man (And Other Stories) is a collection of theatrical pieces featuring whimsical characters desperately looking for emotional connection. Conceived as a surreal comedy, the play takes inspiration from pop culture and pulp entertainment to deliver a poignant and ironic take on the universal need for love.
Writer and performer Amy Marcs will perform an encore run of her wildly successful one-woman show, Nice T!ts!. Nice T!ts! is a comedic exploration of Marcs' roller-coaster experience with cancer and its effect on her perceptions of femininity, womanhood, confidence and mortality. It's a unique perspective full of humor and heart-felt honesty.
A magical night featuring gifted professional & student aerial, circus, theater and dance artists. A fun, inspiring, original & sometimes shocking evening where artists pull out all the stops. Curated & hosted by Cody Schreger.
A contemporary musical fable set on Christmas Eve 2002, a year and a season after 9/11, the event that turned our world upside down. In the doomed Tower Diner at Ground Zero in lower Manhattan, the loyal staff and eccentric regulars gather to raise one final toast before the wrecking ball strikes. Enter a mysterious stranger, who seems to be a firefighter with no memory of who he is, but a preternatural ability to decipher the secrets of those he encounters. With a fierce sense of purpose he battles the real estate profiteer cashing in on the tragedy, but in so doing uncovers the profound, sad secret of his own identity, paradoxically restoring hope to all the lonely strangers he encounters.
Occupied depicts five folks impatiently waiting in line to pee, puke, or hide in the bathroom at Tat's Place, a well-known and well-worn dyke bar. Friction begins to flare as everyone asserts their claim to the space from different perspectives, which calls into question Tat's current relevance and value, as well as the unstable magnetism of queer space.
Gotham City Improv presents Off the Top of Our Heads, a short form 11-year running improvisational show. Winners of the 6th Annual Big Apple Improv Awards, the cast of seasoned Improvisers leave no stone unturned as they look for your funny bone. Every Friday night, the cast of veteran Improvisers performs the show literally off the top of their heads, as the entire script is developed live and with suggestions from the audience. Presented in short form, a style of improvised theater in which unrelated game-based scenes take place, Off the Top of Our Heads is fast-paced and audience members are guaranteed an evening of out-of-the-box and fun comedy.
Deeley and his wife Kate are visited by Anna, a mysterious friend from Kate's past. What begins as a trip down memory lane quickly becomes something more, as fear and jealousy fuel the trio's passions, sparking a haunting and passionate battle for power.
Written, Performed, & Composed by James Harrison Monaco and Jerome Ellis.
Piano Tales celebrates the raw core of their style – new tales that feel like old ones, told with just a piano and their acrobatic storytelling and musicianship. Emperors, slaves, nuns, traitors. These tales are spectacles the audience sees in their own minds.
James and Jerome's work is a collision of live music and literary storytelling. Some call it experimental, they call it the oldest art-form in the world.
Each month, Gingold Theatrical Group presents a different play by George Bernard Shaw (or his contemporaries). GTG is the first group to ever present performances of all of Shaw's 65 plays! Now in its 11th year, this script-in-hand series is always packed full of theatrical enthusiasts eager to share Shaw's comedic theatrical pieces, all embracing his bold humanitarian precepts encouraging human rights and free speech for all. Each month, a specially assembled, star-studded cast presents a different play, many of which have never before been performed in New York City. All events are followed by spirited talk-backs with the cast and an international team of Shavians.
Designed as a formal experiment in presenting horror aesthetics on stage, Remains is a new play developed by Traumaturgy Productions. Three castaways, strangers made colleagues through necessity, traverse the countryside hoping to grasp some kind of personal opportunity and stability. Adrift on a sea of economic misfortune, the trio finds itself steered into a simmering squall of violent, lingering transgressions. When a vicious crime is left unresolved, more than just guilt remains.
Repertorio Español presents a rotating repertory of plays in Spanish from the most recognized contemporary and classic playwrights. In addition, Repertorio presents the best in Spanish and Flamenco dance. All plays are presented in Spanish with live simultaneous translation to English via wireless headsets.
A weekly round of Russian Roulette featuring two veteran improv teams perform in their own unique and seasoned styles.
The Academy Awards has a race problem. It's big. But the four black actors in Room 4 aren't particularly concerned with that, because they have a much bigger problem at hand. They've just realized they're stuck in a time loop, auditioning for the same "Drug Dealer #2" role over and over. What once felt like a messed-up metaphor has become a literal existential nightmare. Get them out of there.
Saturday at 6pm - The PERFECT time to get your jaded mind blown by four excellent improv ensembles. Will the local neighborhood kids be driven wild by their new forms and structures? Yes. Will you? The Rundown features different groups each week and a stellar mix of experienced veterans with up-and-coming performers ready to bring it.
Part revival, part salon, part spectacle, this monthly 'service' features performance, visual art, music, food, & literature, designed to inspire, invigorate & amaze the vibrant & creative community of NYC. Created & hosted by Chris Wells.
J Chen Project is a modern dance company based in NYC, that explores identity within the human experience through creation, performance, mentoring and inspiring young artists to share their voice.
This new work explores our obsession with Social Media; the pursuit of Likes and the sometimes tragic consequences of navigating our virtual realities with our multiple identities.
Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra presents all-original music inspired by one of the first civilizations on Earth. The world-class sound masterfully blends the spirit of Chinese music with the power of a Western orchestra. Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra invites you on a journey through 5,000 years of Chinese culture. It will transport you from the ancient battlefield to the snow-capped mountains of Tibet all the way to the blossom-filled gardens of the imperial court.
The music is complemented by award-winning bel canto operatic vocals and Chinese instrumental soloists. Critics acclaim that this genre defining music has, "strikingly intricate melodies." Composers hail the performance as "phenomenal" and "uplifting." Music lovers revel that the sound is "powerful, beautiful–it grabs you, you rise with it." In addition to these original works, Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra performs Western classics from Tchaikovsky, Dvorak, and Saint-Saens.
Solo performing artist Peter Michael Marino (Desperately Seeking the Exit, Late with Lance!) presents his newest creation, Show Up. This comedic, anti-social experiment and improvised solo show is based on the odd, enlightening and troubling life experiences of members of the audience while also examining social-anxiety. The audience will not only be the subject of the show, but will also lend a hand in running sound, lights and set changes while guiding the show's direction. It both spoofs and celebrates what we know to be a one-person show.
Simon Dawes Becomes a Planet is a new play about a boy born the size of a pea who grows to cosmic proportions. Blessed with a strange and haunting singing voice, Simon weaves his way through a world where healthy and beautiful is not enough, encountering a parade of family, friends, lovers, and eccentrics, discovering fame, obscurity, and maybe just a little bit of happiness along the way.
Equal parts fable, music hall panto, and modern farce, emerging playwright Alex Moggridge examines the nature of happiness and loss in unexpected ways, creating an "epically small", abstract, and captivating theatrical world. A semi-finalist for the American Blues Theater's 2016 Blue Ink Playwriting Award.
Stand-Up NY is one of New York's premiere venues for stand-up comics, featuring the best of NY comics, as well as the funniest and brightest from the national and TV scene. Surprise drop-ins include Jerry Seinfeld, Steven Wright and Robin Williams.
Check the website at www.standupny.com or call for full schedule.
While many children's theater troupes tell stories to children, The Story Pirates believe that every child has a story to tell. This New York City arts education organization exists entirely because of kids. The group of professional actors, improv comedians and teaching artists uses stories written by elementary students as source material for outrageous, over-the-top, side-splitting musical plays. Adding songs, props, music videos and puppets, they bring to life on stage what children scribble down on paper.
At a typical Story Pirates show, story topics run the gamut, from kung-fu ninja babies fighting crime to the eternal love between the devil and a guy she meets at Starbucks. It's a world where cats sometimes fly and Tickle Monsters have been known to take over the world.
At the end of every sold out show, the entire audience is treated to free ice cream and cookies!
StylePointe Fashion Show explores the relationship between Fashion and Dance. Fashion Designers and Dance Choreographers collaborate to choreograph dance vignettes from the inspiration behind the Designers' collections to present at StylePointe.
Broadway Comedy Club presents Sunday Night Live, an evening of hilarious stand-up comedy hosted by New York's Prince of Comedy, Jamie Roberts and Justin McClure. The show features both nationally-known headliners and up-and-coming comics.
In this series, The WorkShop presents sit-down readings of new and revisited scripts, generally followed by a moderated dramaturgical discussion. Unless otherwise noted on the Schedule, Sunday readings begin at 6pm in the Jewel Box.
Catherine's violent and bloody blackouts inflame her most primal fears. Her world falls increasingly out of orbit as the cause eludes explanation. Forces pull at Cat from every direction: her sister needs her to be normal; her stalker aches to save her; and her would-be-lover hungers to satisfy her most voracious desires. Catherine is desperate for answers, but the truth may prove more terrifying than her wildest nightmare….
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Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind is an ever changing attempt to perform 30 original plays in 60 minutes. Off of sold out performances in Chicago since the Reagan era, Too Much Light... invaded New York and has continued to entertain late night audiences around the boroughs with its critically acclaimed energetic show of random original short plays. For each performance the audience chooses the order and the New York Neo-Futurists create a non-illusory collage of the comic and tragic, the political and personal, and the visceral and experimental while embracing chance, change and possibly a little chaos.
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A Tribe Called Butch is a fast and furious literary reading series that features butch-identified writers and artists. Events are planned with an inclusive understanding of what it means to be butch. Come find out what the hell that all means!
Curator Marty Correia aims to create community and bring awareness about the butch tribe/community/kin that spans time, place and identities.
"Reliably one of the best improv performances in the city." - New York Times
"Nick Kanellis & Peter McNerney's fantastic late night show is upbeat and impressively layered improv that is always worth checking out." - Splitsider.com
"Improv duo Nick Kanellis and Peter McNerney meld playful physical transformation and careful scenework in a weekly show that delivers an impressively quick and detailed overlap of events in its conclusion." - TimeOut New York
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The Trip to Bountiful by Horton Foote, is a beautiful story of a journey. Mrs. Carrie Watts lives in a small apartment in Houston with her son and daughter-in-law but she longs for her the home she used to have in Bountiful Texas. She has tried to go there many times only to be stopped by her son. Now, with her health fading, she makes one last try to get home.
The women of Troy have been sold into slavery. Their husbands are dead, their city destroyed, and it seems as though the gods have forgotten them. As they wait to be taken away, the women grapple with grief, fear and the gravity of total loss. Known as the first anti-war play in the western canon, Euripides' The Trojan Women presents an enduring message about the consequences of war.
Soder and Mailka are our Elegant Lades who wheel the audience through cycles of birth, ruin and regeneration. The play tumbles forth as almost the best junk shop you've ever been in so you can see the culture is not as organized as we think. It is a world wherein objects are alive, sentient beings who complain about each other and their bad behavior.
This showing serves as the culmination of Cara Scarmack's Dixon Place residency. Come witness the first stabs of this play's early development.
Initiated in the early 90s, this series focuses on emerging, up & coming contemporary choreographers who are refining/defining their distinctive styles. Curated by Doug Post.
The story of Noah's dysfunctional relationship with his Dad, and how they learned to love one another despite it all.
When a cast and crew are close to opening their own rendition of the most famous existential play ever, with the main characters played by hot young guys (instead of old geezers) in their underpants, would you not expect some controversy from the estate of its late playwright? A representative from the Samuel Beckett estate crashes one dress rehearsal to investigate, and must decide: Will this show go on or not? Hilarity and judgement ensue, making this play about a play into a debate on the limits of adaptation and interpretation.
A devised puppet theatre production that delves into themes of women's wisdom and empowerment ~PLUS~ A quirky comedy about culture shock and transformation inspired by Balinese shadow puppetry.
The Vanity is a stylized, darkly humorous, period melodrama, which plays like a marriage of The Picture of Dorian Gray, Sunset Boulevard and Valley of the Dolls full of high drama and dirty secrets. It's 1947 and Julian Gray, a beautiful but sheltered young Plantation heir decides to start a new life in Hollywood. He finds himself the object of all sorts of hungry attention and the great director Hilton Wheeler casts him as the lead in a major motion picture. In spite of a promising future as a movie star, Julian falls in love with Stella, a makeup girl on the set of his first film. All hell breaks loose, when Julian inherits a mysterious Victorian vanity table from a distant, unknown relative and the vanity is possessed by a powerful demon. Julian is offered the chance to maintain his infamous good looks indefinitely, as long as he agrees to forsake love in favor of hedonistic pleasure.
Water, a collaboratively created piece of participatory theater that explores human relationships to the environment in the face of profound ecological threat, reunites playwright Callaghan, director Topol, New Georges and 3LD eleven years after the extended run of New Georges' critically-acclaimed 2006 production of Callaghan and Topol's Dead City, the first production to open at 3LD.
Discover the secrets of your favorite neighborhood or museum on a Watson Adventures Scavenger Hunt. You won't be collecting objects (put back that statue!) but searching for answers to tricky and humorous questions. You can decipher a message in the sky in Central Park, find out what to do with a "fun goon" in Chinatown, track ghosts in Greenwich Village, solve a murder mystery at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and much more. No knowledge of any hunt location is required -- you just need a sharp mind and a good pair of shoes.
Watch 6 of New York's best improvisers perform organic freeform improvisation in two mind blowing parts.
The Weave is an organically improvised tour-de-force. Each scene blends and bleeds into the next as the players work seamlessly together to establish totally different worlds that eventually meld together. There are no wrong moves, and when organic connections are made, there is nothing funnier.
"Playing to a packed house of comedy fans, the formless improv features the best of Magnet's current crew."- Splitsider
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One night in 1943 Berlin, during an S.S. raid, a German Cabaret singer opens her door to save a Jewish Resistance fighter. As the hours unfold, destiny winds their lives more tightly together until there is no turning back. "When Yellow Were the Stars on Earth" tells a story of two rarely written about realities: Jewish female fighters and Germans who died refusing to be part of Nazi machinery. Amidst the atrocities of WWII, these women transcend enemy lines and, in their final moments, make an ultimate heroic sacrifice.