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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)
An elegant postcard from the edge of reality. An intimate combination of theatre and circus. With a teeter-totter. And ropes. "UMO's remarkable tribute to Beckett's genius is a mesmerizing production...a visual delight and an intellectual teaser."...The Seattle Times.
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.
Thanks to new technologies, artists can now make 3D films and play them like melodic, texture-based visual instruments in real time, performing in duets with acoustic musicians. A new genre of collaborative performance is in the making, as demonstrated in Minimus 3D Arkestra, a visual-sonic concert by Ikuo Nakamura (film) and Hayes Greenfield (sax/voice/effects rig).
Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet exquisitely pleads for similar and neighboring peoples to stop killing each other for reasons they no longer remember. In The Drilling Company's production for Bryant Park Shakespeare the play will be set in a modern city which is divided by wealth and class. Directed by David Marantz, it aims to send a clear message about the violence that can result from social division and corporate greed.
In Marantz's "contemporary" version of Verona, the city is dominated by religion and divided between rich and poor. Everybody carries weapons openly, which leads to fighting on the streets. Capulet industries, run by Juliet's wealthy, conservative family, is running the town. Romeo hails from a different wealthy family that funds social activism; they run the Montague Center for Social Justice. Class conflict has created a modern dystopia from which the two lovers want to flee.
In this semi-autobiographical cabaret Aya performs exaggerated memories and original songs from her life as a Ghetto-Hippie-Arab-Commie-China Doll. The show explores identity, social stratification and the importance of ordering chili with onions on the side.
Solitaire follows the lives of Jordan and Christy who each live with depression and how it affects their lives as well as those who love them. While living in darkness, Solitaire also offers suggestion for finding the light at the end of the tunnel.
A devised work, Solitaire explores depression through the metaphor of the classic card game Solitaire. Using the devising method by Justin M. Schlabach, the story is created organically through collaboration between the cast and director without a script. The process begins with the artists bringing source material that inspire them regarding the premise as well as personal experiences. Using improvisation exercises, the director draws out theatrical ways to present the source material and research.
The Trevor Project will be given 20% of ticket sales as a donation. (Justin M. Schlabach and Solitaire: An Original Play are not affiliated with The Trevor Project)
'A Rumble in (the remains of) the Colonial Jungle.' In the carnal corner - a scrimmage of passion: a man, a woman, another man. In the heritage corner - elders versus their young. A bare-knuckled poem of love to three disputed motherlands.
The Waste Land is the collaboration between painter, actor and poet. Eliot's famous 1922 poem is interwoven into this performance/installation, where a table, two chairs, an actor and a puppet conjure a world that seems both strangely distant and eerily familiar.