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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.
Attractions is a multimedia theatrical event that uses cinematic Brechtian videography to explore the life of Dr. Eva Nyat, a New York-based cancer specialist who has a tragic reaction when she finds out her estranged father has passed away. The terror of the events that follow his death lead Eva to experience a breakthrough in her life.
Beautiful Monster is a new play depicting the final hours of the life of Mary Shelley, author of Frankenstein. On the eve of her expected death, Mary, gripped by madness, is visited by the dead: her husband and Romantic poet Percy Shelley, their shared lover Lord Byron, and literary rival John William Polidori, author of the first known vampire fiction — fiction begun, along with Frankenstein, on that now famous night of ghost stories on the banks of Lake Geneva. As the clock ticks toward Mary's death, she recalls in a series of hallucinations her heart-wrenching confrontations with Percy's formidable mother and the tender friendship of her loving stepsister. She's even confronted by the monster she created.
Note: This show includes nudity and sexual content.
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.
Ira and Larry were Hebrew school classmates who took different paths in life. Ira came out and moved to the city; Larry got married, had a family, and came out later in life. Now, following the 2016 election, they're spending one memorable weekend together with Larry's son Bryan, Ira's nephew Christopher, and a whole lot of gay history.
Calderon's Two Dreams is a repertory performance of two classics by Pedro Calderón de la Barca. His first masterpiece, Life Is a Dream (1635), deals with questions of freedom and choice in a confusing reality. As his career soared, he felt the need to go deeper into his own spirit, and he completely rewrote the 1635 play to examine deeper questions. In Life Is a Dream (1677), the setting changes to the court of the universe. The central question of the earlier version — "Will this prince be a fitting ruler?"— in the later version becomes "Is the human being a fitting caretaker of the universe?"
Coming to the Hand is a selection of Wallace Stevens poems for the stage, as well as Stevens' one act play Carlos Among the Candles.
The performance group Small Theaters Around the Country continues their work transposing poetic texts for the stage. On offer here is a program of staged Wallace Stevens poems, as well as his one-act play Carlos Among the Candles, performed once in 1917. What are all those fish that lie gasping on the strand?
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.
It was supposed to be an easy job: Trail the bad-girl heiress and report her doings to dubious Daddy. But private dick Thomas Sparks finds out the hard way that nothing is what it seems as he's lured through a lethal labyrinth of love, lies, and larceny toward…Celery's? New York City's oldest LGBT theater company is back. And this time, it's murder.
Catholic school was wrong about hell. It's not fire and brimstone or gnashing of teeth. Hell is Madison, Wisconsin. Mo hates everything about Wisconsin: the people, the quiet, the cold, the psychiatric hospital where she works. Everything, that is, until she meets Ed, the blunt and kindhearted patient with a dark and infamous past. Through bad jokes, imagining New York City with no humans in it, and writing letters to Frank Sinatra, the two form a bond that they share with no one else. Ranging in scope from Catholicism to serial murder, Ed and Mo is a dark comedy that examines finding the people you never knew you needed.
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.
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.
You are entering another dimension — a dimension of sight, sound, and laughs. Eight scenes, each based on iconic Twilight Zone episodes, include murderous children, killer dolls, and of course, a gremlin on an airplane wing. These are tales of mischief and mayhem that can only be found here…in A Fifth Dimension.
Note: Memorize and recite an opening narration from any Twilight Zone episode for a $5 ticket!
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.
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.
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.
In How to Sell Your Gang Rape Baby* for Parts, the heroines, Libby and Ali, are toiling away in the HR office of a large company. Hating their jobs but afraid to leave (because paycheck), the ladies are thrilled when a surefire money-making opportunity lands in their laps. The Trump-loving, life-affirming intern Bev Anne got knocked up the hard way, and though she's pro-life (natch), she doesn't want the baby. Enter Libby and Ali, who help her realize that this one small life can save the lives of many. In How to Sell Your Gang Rape Baby *for Parts, Libby and Ali risk everything for the greater good.
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.
Over the course of one tumultuous weekend, Noel returns to his hometown to confront the sudden death of his best friend, the wedding of his philandering father, and the reemergence of his one true love, Nicole. A hilarious, poignant journey punctuated by the puerile antics of Noel's fraternal twin brother, Declan, The Optimist follows three young people into a rundown motel room where they tackle unfinished romance, the imminent arrival of a rampaging patriarch, and the threat of impending adulthood.
Each month, Gingold Theatrical Group presents a different play by George Bernard Shaw (or his contemporaries). GTG is the first group to ever present performances of all of Shaw's 65 plays! This script-in-hand series is always packed with theatrical enthusiasts eager to share Shaw's comedic theatrical pieces, all embracing his bold humanitarian precepts encouraging human rights and free speech for all. Every play is presented as a staged reading by a specially assembled, star-studded cast. The reading is followed by a spirited talkback with the cast and an international team of Shavians.
(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.
Repertorio Español is a theater company that presents a rotating repertory of plays in Spanish. Works by both canonical authors (Lope de Vega, Calderón, García Lorca) and living writers are produced. In presenting these works, the company endeavors to bring the best of Spanish, Latin American, and Hispanic-American theater to a diverse audience, including Hispanics of all backgrounds and non-Spanish speakers. Plays are performed in Spanish with simultaneous translation to English via wireless headsets.
Riot Antigone is a punk rock adaptation of Sophocles' tragedy about a woman who breaks the law to bury one of her brothers. Seonjae Kim wrote this Riot Grrrl exploration of Antigone in collaboration with composer Erato A. Kremmyda.
The 2017 FRIGID Theater Festival presents a Playful Substance production of SAHM's Club, written by Bree O'Connor and directed by Jill DeArmon.
Sometimes a day at the park with your kids is no picnic. SAHM's Club is a dispatch from deep in the Brooklyn Mommy Game where Free Rangers and Helicopters expose the methods behind their madness and the madness behind their methods.
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.
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.
Earth has gone to the dogs, literally. After "the incident," humans have gone underground and into space, leaving dogs to run the planet. But the Space Pirates have decided that they need to pave over Earth to put up a parking lot for their new nightclub on the moon. The Puppies have to join forces with their archenemies the Ninja Kittens and, along with the assistance of the Great Oracle, must seek the power of the greatest weapon they've never heard of. Epic adventures and battles ensue, and along the way, we learn a deep, dark secret...or three. Will the Puppies turn tail and run? Will the Ninja Kittens — ooh, string. Can the Earth be saved from certain construction? Will it all end in discord or harmony?
The Space Pirate Puppy Musical! is written and directed by Heather Bagnall and Luke Tudball with original music by award-winning composer and lyricist Steve Schalchlin.
Harlem School of the Arts Theatre Alliance presents an ambitious new production of a classic Greek tragedy by Euripides. Originally set after the fall of the ancient city of Troy, this contemporary version of the play takes place in a thriving city like New York. The Trojan women, sole survivors of a ruined community, await, as spoils of a war that has resulted in the extermination of their men, their fate at the hands of their conquerors. The looming question is this: Which conquering hero will claim them for their inevitable enslavement? The Trojan Women has especially deep meaning in the current global landscape, where civil wars and bitter religious strife continually threaten the liberty and safety of women.
Aimee Todoroff and Tonya Pinkins direct three poignant, tantalizing plays by two pioneering women playwrights. The plays explore gender roles, race, and death in early 20th-century America. This evening of one-act works includes Trifles (1916) and The People (1918) by Susan Glaspell as well as Exit: An Illusion (1929) by Marita Bonner.
Water is a collaboratively created piece of participatory theater that explores human relationships to the environment in the face of profound ecological threat. It reunites playwright Callaghan, director Topol, New Georges, and 3LD Art & Technology Center 11 years after the extended run of New Georges' acclaimed production of Callaghan and Topol's Dead City, the first show at 3LD.
Woolgatherers is inspired by Patti Smith's artistry and performed as a reimagined multimedia concert. Traveling through various realms of time, the woolgatherers seek to understand the root of their existence and resolve the oppression of their cyclical reality. This fantasy performance piece unveils complex layers of identity, gender, displacement and loss, and belongs to a trilogy devised by Asylos. Asylos is a movement-based experimental theater company that performs around Brooklyn and Manhattan in galleries, theaters, residential spaces, and outdoors.