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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.
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a new play adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher from Robert Louis Stevenson's "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde." Debra Lee Failla directs this version of the classic tale of depravity, lust, love, and horror. Hatcher's reimagining of Stevenson's 19th-century novella offers a haunting examination of the duality of man, challenging our notions of good and evil. This production features original music.
Harmony is an audio documentary and sound sculpture enhanced with visual/movement elements, featuring the collective consciousness of voices around the globe. It was first conceived as a response to China's extreme enforcement of Internet surveillance and people's silent protest using puns and metaphors. Over the past year we've collected 46 individuals' responses on a set of questions, who shared their takes on the world's current state, their interpretations on some of the most universal yet polarizing concepts, as well as the vulnerabilities we share as a race. Harmony is set to be a living, growing, and evolving organ that would pick up whatever's happening in the moment. In this instalment, our presentation will feature live responses in DC at the women's march and the aftermath of the 2017 inauguration.
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.
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.
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.