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Following the success of the first two editions of AdA: Author directing Author, which resulted from a collaboration between the American and Italian writers-and-directors Neil LaBute and Marco Calvani and culminated in the presentation of international premieres of four plays performed in three different languages, the Spanish writer and director Marta Buchaca joins AdA for the third edition of the project. This edition revolves around one theme: power. Each playwright has written a one-act play that one of the other writers directs. These three U.S. premieres are performed together in a single show.
The Breeze in May is a psychological drama that follows the deterioration of an artists mind, seen through memories, music and motifs. Step into the mind of Brett Austin as he tries to discover the meaning of his own fate while examining the beauty of life's subtleties.
Paralyzed by the fear of getting old, Paul is a legendary, lonely, alcoholic painter engaging in reckless behavior as his younger actor-turned-agent, David, struggles to return Paul to his former glory. These soulmates face their demons together, creating a strong and volatile bond leading each to perform desperate acts of love.
David's Friend is a fast-paced, multimedia show. It celebrates friendship, fun, freaks, fag hags, youthful passion, changing times, aging, emotions, memories, music, and Manhattan. David's Friend is a coming-of-age story, a love story, a loss story, and a New York story, a story we all know and experience in some way and, as David would say, "a story that just gets better with the telling."
Inspired by the classic children's book The Story of Ferdinand, Ferdinand tells the poignant story of Tom, a single dad, struggling to go with the flow and raise his son in a world determined to make him fight. Raised on the story of his namesake Ferdinand, the bull who refused to fight but just wanted to sit and smell the flowers, young Ferdy learns the hard lessons in life as his father endeavors to shield him from the harsh realities of adulthood.
Fringe of Humanity is set in the bowels of a lawless third world country. There a motley crew of filmmakers — including a director recovering from heroin addiction, a PTSD-addled cinematographer, and a washed-up movie star — gather to put the finishing touches on a script scheduled to start principal photography. Plans quickly spin out of control as personalities clash and conflicts erupt. When the violence of the city outside invades the filmmakers' hotel suite, everyone's humanity comes into question.
Obie Award winner Paul Calderon wrote, directed, and stars in this world-premiere production. David Zayas (Showtime's Dexter) costars.
Albert Salvado, a Holocaust survivor, relives the atrocities of the concentration camps as he prepares for his long-awaited dream to come true: the honor of lighting the torch at the annual Holocaust commemoration ceremony at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem. However, Albert's honor is compounded by the intense guilt and pain surrounding his being chosen as the torchbearer, which makes Albert question not only his right to the honor of lighting the torch but also his identity as a Sephardic Jew.
Golgotha is a one-man show, directed by Geula Jeffet-Attar, written by Shmuel Rafael, adapted by Haim Idissis, translated by Howard Rypp, and performed in English by Victor Attar.
The Great American Drama is a living, ever-changing theatrical experiment to test the validity of the American Dream — the notion that anyone, regardless of circumstance, can achieve prosperity and success through hard work and determination. Through interviews and surveys, potential audience members will tell the creative team how they like their theater and what would make them buy a ticket, and four Neo-Futurists will strive to deliver every request. After each show, the audience will be invited to review the performance, and the cast members update the show accordingly in pursuit of theatrical success.
Greenland follows a family in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado who reunite after a devastating event changed their lives 10 years ago. The piece opens with a dead deer being dropped onto the living room floor of the family cabin. Is it possible that this dead animal might just get up and leave? It's possible. But what's more probable is that Sissy, Ryan, Chappy, and Jazz will watch this animal rot and will become accustomed to, or perhaps even in love with, its stench.
Harmony examines the reality of Internet surveillance and the government's control on media in China, in an attempt to serve as a warning in the society we live in. Building a harmonious society comes with a cost, and the idea of "Harmony" is an illusion which involves oppression and a loss of freedom. We have recorded voices from people of various background, in order to exhibit a community that thrives on disharmony.
Hi-Fi | Wi-Fi | Sci-Fi: Predictions Past Present and Future is a one-of-a-kind production composed of a series of short plays by Robert Patrick. It includes the dramas Camera Obscura and All in the Mind — minimalist works from the 1960s and '70s that questioned the future and presciently foreshadowed the cyber web we live in today. Completing the series is a new play, Anything Is Plausible, which immerses the viewer in technologies that were science fiction when the other two plays were written. Such as? 360-degree video, virtual reality, and distance collaboration (telepresence) between two cities: Seoul and New York City.
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.
Leaving Lannahassee, Lynn Navarra's powerful drama takes place in the Gateway Home & Rehabilitation Center in Lannahassee Georgia, where four individuals come to grips with mental illness and how it affects them and their families. Two hatch a plan of "escape." God works in mysterious ways.
A set of one-act parables from acclaimed playwright James Crafford dealing with life-changing [or ending] decisions.
In 1961 a movie star is committed to a Manhattan psych ward. The doctor assigned to her case believes he must keep her there for her own good, but the creative genius behind the movie star mask will sacrifice anything to regain her freedom. Based on a true story.
This edgy historical drama smashes the conventional wisdom about "Shakespeare" and the "Virgin" Queen by suggesting the violation of a fundamental human taboo. Shakespeare and the Courtesan follows the travels of Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford and, according to some, the real "William Shakespeare." Oxford's journey through Italy is surrealistically juxtaposed with scenes of his life in England, his plays, poetry, passion, betrayal, and murder in a blend of fact and fantasy. (Did Shakespeare/Oxford have a child with his mother, Queen Elizabeth I?) The Bard meets his match when he encounters the beautiful Veronica Franco, an honored Venetian courtesan and published poet.
The goal of Staging Wittgenstein is to dramatize philosophical thought conveyed in Ludwig Wittgenstein's Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus through the lens of his later idea of the "language game." Wittgenstein is wrangling with the connection between reality and language (or lack thereof), the irony being that he uses language to discuss language, thus limiting himself in using but this one form. This project acknowledges the various forms language can take, primarily through physicality. In Wittgenstein's Investigations, he suggests that it is through the establishment of rules that one constructs a language. It is then through the enactment of said rules that one speaks said language. In this way, the Tractatus can be played out as a linguistic game. The playfulness of structure extracted from the Tractatus dictates the theory of this performance, an attempt to create a system of visually dramatized representations of the linguistic propositions put forth in the Tractatus in order to ground that ungroundable text.
I.M. Lost! is a show based on interviews with clowns and the author-performer Nathalie Ellis-Einhorn's experiences with clown training. Clowns fail again and again, but despite all logic to the contrary, believe that things will be different the next time. Nathalie's clown, dubbed Little Snotty after her tendency to cry and even leak snot out of her red nose during exercises in clown class, is a BIG failure. But she doesn't know how to cultivate the clown's irrational hope. We follow her through encounters with birthday, hospital, and theater clowns who discuss failure and why they keep pouring all their work, pain, and love into something that's sort of dumb and useless.