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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 creation of the mortgage system. Tahitian paradises. 150,000 evictions in Spain in 2012. Marlon Brando. Using live feed video, rhythmic music, and minimalist choreography, Agrupación Señor Serrano creates a searing indictment of rampant consumerism and the speculative bubble. Brickman Brando Bubble Boom is an exuberant manifesto on the right to housing and the search for a home.
Founded in 2006, Agrupación Señor Serrano is a Barcelona-based performing arts company that combines theatre, dance, video-art, and interactive technologies to explore human aspirations and the abuse of power.
Eighteen actors and seven directors collaborate to present eight plays in one amazing night. The show titled, In the Darkness of Winter: A Medley of Thrilling Tales and Magical Memoirs features several intriguing one act plays by New York City playwright Michael Andrews, James Ferguson and Alex Broun.
In the Darkness of Winter highlights a variety of genres. The evening begins with intense pieces such as Daddy's Goin' Home and ends with the finale, St. Nicky, a comedy about a father and daughter who find an intruder in their home who claims to be THE Santa Claus…or is he?
In this one-on-one experience inspired by the Italian poet Petrarch's "i Trionfi," Swiss choreographer Marie-Caroline Hominal welcomes her guests backstage to a hidden corner of the Public Theater, where she creates a vulnerable moment of intimacy between spectator and performer.
Marie-Caroline Hominal is a Swiss choreographer and dancer. She makes work that incorporates dance, text, songwriting, music, and video. Her pieces have been seen in Europe and South America, and she has danced with the Tanztheater Basel, Gisèle Vienne, La Ribot, Gilles Jobin & Marco Berrettini.
America's most celebrated Hollywood legend, Nicholas Gorham, returns this year with a brand new television special live from Egypt! Join us as this bright star and his family survive another Christmas caper as they glamorize their way to safety and learn the subtleties of international affairs. As the group flees the great dangers that befall them, they are forced to learn from others and honor religious differences, all the while holding on to the most important part of the Christmas season: Fame.
The Winter of April, a Police Thriller partly inspired by the Gilgo Beach murders on Long Island in 2010, compares the fate of murdered sex workers with others who have been shadowed or forgotten by history, including those, like Ada Lovelace, who were at the forefront of science and technology. The play was written and structured by Ricardo Sarmiento Gaffurri from a concept by director Ramiro Antonio Sandoval and his Tabula RaSa NYC Theater & Performance Lab. It is mounted with ensemble acting, sophisticated audiovisuals and multimedia modeling. The piece protests society's tendency to tie sexual crimes to one perpetrator, when the individual is usually the tip of an iceberg--a global machine of human trafficking.