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In 8 in Show, emerging and established choreographers of all dance forms showcase short new works.
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.
Montañez and Aponte will shine on the Lehman stage with their vast repertoire, including favorites such as "Un verano en New York" and "No hay cama pa' tanta gente." These two Puerto Rican stars are multifaceted artists worldwide, recognized not only as some of the best and most influential singers in the history of salsa but also known for their performances with El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico.
Three volunteers — Sol, Sorcha, and Tallulah — are on their way to Mars and doomed to die. Inspired by the Mars One mission, which will send humans to settle a colony on the red planet, Astronauts Wanted is a deeply poetic nonlinear narrative that questions the very essence of what it means to be human.
Blackthorn and Quinderly are two investigators called to probe a suspected haunting following the mysterious death of estate owner Sir Bronson of Wickdom. They are assisted by Jean-Michel, the keeper of the house, and Lady Poplina, Bronson's niece and supposed medium through whom spirits communicate. Trickery, whispers, shifts in light, and a séance slowly reveal the true desires of deceased Bronson in regard to the remaining estate and his widowed wife. Blackthorn & Quinderly is filled with quick wit, surprises, and humorous frights as it takes you on a journey of trickery and haunting disbelief.
Over the centuries, the planet Constellarium has provided sanctuary to refugees from planets that have collapsed in on themselves. In this play, the sitting president of Constellarium addresses his planet's newest hosts in a series of speeches that span the course of a year.
Down on Griffin Alley, written by Connie Winston and Jean Randich, is an anti-death penalty, love story performance piece based on the life, trial, and execution of Lena Baker, an African-American maid in Cuthbert, Georgia. Lena Baker was wrongfully convicted of killing her ex-lover and employer, Ernest Knight, a white man who had locked her up in his gristmill to keep her against her will. Through actual trial testimony and devised scenes, this show explores what was said and what was silenced.
At the Cabaret Voltaire — the Swiss nightclub home of the Dadaists — five important artists of the movement take the stage after being overlooked for so long: its female innovators. Deconstructing theatrical and literary conventions — meaning, syntax, and creation of language as well as the form and content of Dadaism — these fantastic artists explore what it is to be a female in society.
Fast Forward provides opportunities for choreographers working in all dance forms to workshop 25- to 35-minute pieces on a shared bill curated around a theme. In March, Fast Forward's theme is ''grace and beauty'' with Kachal Dance and Florescence.
After 200 years of keeping his inventor's comatose widow alive, Fred the robot decides they both could use a change. Taking a leap of faith, he packs up their home in Phoenix, and the odd couple relocate to the Clam — a once luxurious retirement space station orbiting Pluto. There, the Clam's in-house alien band the Kunzigs awaken something special in Fred's ancient companion.
Godzilla's messy alcohol-fueled breakups with other Kaiju are the stuff of legend. Now the hulking and foreboding Godzilla, a bi-poly serial dater fighting body dysmorphic disorder, looms over a helpless New York City.
While fleeing Godzilla's rampage, a man ducks under some rubble…only to notice every other person near Godzilla is someone he dated. It seems that his extraordinary exes have joined forces to take on the monstrous Godzilla. Amid this fantasia of carnage, the peril of dating is revealed to be a monster that not even Godzilla can defeat.
The Habana Boys are four classically trained tenors: Rey Reyes Bravo, Ian Sanchez Guerra, Giraldo Carmenate Izaguirre, and Yunior Luis Perez Valdes. They perform a repertoire of highly recognizable arias and popular songs. The Habana Boys create a memorable evening of music and may just steal your heart in the process.
The lives of six sex workers living in a cramped Brooklyn apartment are flipped upside down when one of them brings home a newborn baby who has been left for dead in a trashcan. The arrival of this innocent life sends the women free-falling into their pasts, forcing them to relive their memories of girlhood, real life, real loss, the struggles and triumphs that brought them here, and the love (for better or worse) at the center of it all.
Charles Earthstein, of the Chicago News and M&M Publications, interviews the one and only Jackie "Moms" Mabley, America's No. 1 comedian, at the Apollo Theatre. It reveals some of her personal hopes, dreams, betrayals, despairs, and fame.
It Will All Work Out takes stories from Chris Wells' upcoming memoir, mixes them with funny original songs, and tops it all off with fabulous, colorful, and outrageous outfits. Expect a night of high energy, queer fun, and deep feeling with a smokin' hot band and a couple sexy backup dancers.
In 2005, a mother and daughter living on the Upper West Side fall victim to the storm that shook America: Hurricane Katrina. As they excavate their apartment riddled with pop culture detritus, the ever-shifting but always stifling parameters of feminine performance begin to chafe. Pairing traditions of drag performance with elements of conventional absurdist theatre, It's All Coming Back to Me Now says goodbye to the romance of yesterday's America through an examination of Canadian pop music, spearheaded by snow diva Celine Dion.
In 2005, a mother and daughter living on the Upper West Side fall victim to Hurricane Katrina. As they excavate their apartment riddled with pop culture detritus, the ever-shifting parameters of feminine performance begin to chafe. Pairing traditions of drag performance with elements of conventional absurdist theatre, It's All Coming Back to Me Now says goodbye to the romance of yesterday's America through an examination of Canadian pop music, spearheaded by snow diva Celine Dion.
(Projection) peels back the layers of a New York millennial apartment, subverting and reinforcing the classic living room play to reveal the universal truths of defining yourself in your 20s. While a motley crew of roommates descends deep into the stupor of an average evening, they hotly debate, pontificate, test relationship dynamics, and welcome a stranger into their midst. The audience has the unique advantage of seeing these 20-somethings in their natural environment, guided by a questionably reliable narrator. Part comedy of manners, part coming-of-age tale, this theatrical romp offers a story for all ages.
Ready or Not Here I Come is a story about the choices that we make and the consequences of those choices. This play is about the rapture of Christ — and a lot more.
Ms. Jenkins is the nosy neighbor who knows everything about everybody. She takes the audience into the personal lives of three families. Audience members witness those families either accepting or rejecting Christ.
Ready or Not Here I Come includes music, singing, praise dancing, and a couple surprises. Audience members may laugh and cry, but above all, they will think.
Ashley Plaid has a wonderful life: a girlfriend she adores and a career that keeps soaring. But when Blake reenters her life, suggestions of a dark past threaten to overwhelm her present as she fights to keep her world from crumbling. Remember the Future is a play that explores what happens when a forgotten past catches up with you.
Broken Box Mime Theater's new production See Reverse is made up of ten provocative and sophisticated-yet-accessible short plays. They are strung together by theme and technique: Without the use of props, sets, costumes, or words, their narratives unfold through body movements only. The material ranges from film noir to political protest to twisted fable to absurdist drama.
Recently honored with two New York Innovative Theatre Awards for Outstanding Performance Art and Choreography/Movement, this production is led by artistic director Becky Baumwoll.
Seeing You is an immersive experience underneath New York City's High Line park. At once narcotic and eye-opening, the show is the result of a bold collaboration between Randy Weiner, Ryan Heffington, and Cantora (Will Griggs and Nick Panama), featuring environmental storytelling by David Gallo and costume design by Desi Santiago.
When a fascist government closes borders among the 50 United States, a female writer leaves New York to be closer to her loved ones. After a few years of living in her birthplace of Virginia, the writer, scouted by a large corporation to create content, enlists the help of her brother to return to New York in the hopes of rejuvenating her literary ambitions. Upon arrival, they discover that circumstances are much more dire than expected. All artists have been sequestered in the outer boroughs, living in squalor while they wait to be picked for government-sanctioned corporate projects. The writer is faced with a choice to assimilate or flee — until her brother inspires her to create other options.
This is a story of convergence. This is what happens when the mundane, the unimaginable, and the horrors of reality meet. We are living in a time in which society has encountered immense stress, destruction, failure, and hate. But we continue living. We continue to go about our everyday lives. We all have a story to tell within this overarching global narrative. These are the lives of five people facing the world, telling us their stories, trying to stay afloat amid the chaos. Welcome to everyone's everyday.
The Story of Tap…Etc. is a continuation of a series originally done at Dixon Place for six evenings in 1998 and 2005. It returned for one night in 2015 and comes back again for another night. It is a narrative of tap dance rather than some definitive history of it. Hank Smith will engage in conversation with performers about tap and associated art forms. Film clips will be shown, and the performers will cover different perspectives of experience by telling their stories through words, movement, and music. It's all an improvisation. The story keeps going…
Time No Line is a performance work presented as a live memoir, based on John Kelly's 40 years of journaling. This solo piece constructs a nonlinear narrative through physical movement, video projections, music, historic texts, and live drawing. Its main theme is the way Kelly's life and work unfolded and intertwined with significant cultural and political events, including the East Village performance art scene of the 1980s, the AIDS epidemic, the culture wars, and gentrification. The show uses the experiences of an individual to create a shared collective experience as an antidote to cultural amnesia and erasure. Kelly himself is a survivor who remains a part of New York's evolving cultural landscape.
This one-woman show presents the story of Harriet Tubman reimagined as a young woman growing up in Harlem through a theatrical lens. Harriet Tubman is a heroine and American legend in her own right. This multidisciplinary performance takes the story of Harriet in the 19th century and places her in the 21st century, laced with the problems facing African-American youth all over the country. What would happen if a young woman like Harriet became a leader in this new world? Would her struggle be the same? Would she know her power?