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The Answer-Killing Question Buys a Crisis is biting satire on educational institutions at all levels. Although Western society has long promoted institutionalized education, there have been relatively few inquiries into the nature of this bureaucratic form of learning and how it forces students and teachers to maintain arbitrary standards of knowledge. The play chronicles the struggles of a courageous university student as he rebels against his school's corrupt totalitarian regime and its imposition of a single answer to all possible questions. The school reflects the singular mindset of society as a whole, and the student's professors consider his actions to be criminal. He soon realizes that fighting for his principles is only the beginning; he will soon be fighting for his life, as well. To make matters worse, his best friend and longtime co-conspirator may not be who he says he is. The play is a twenty-first century hybrid of Nineteen Eighty-Four and Dead Poets Society.
Antigone, the story of a young girl that defies the overwhelming power of the state in pursuit of what is right, has been the subject of debate since 441 BCE. Jean Anouilh's challenging version, first performed in occupied France in 1944, is reimagined and rebuilt for the 21st century by this promising ensemble, the Wandering Theatre Company. Transferred to a timeless America; a place both real and imagined, both desired and feared, a nation divided by politics and faith, Wandering Theatre Company explores the question 'How far is too far when we're fighting for what we believe.'Working as a dedicated ensemble with the Viewpoints Technique, Wandering Theatre Company combines text and physical performance to explore both the beauty and horror of Anouilh's vision. We promise a performance that is striking in its aesthetic, challenging in its delivery and inventive in its interpretation of one of the most powerful stories ever written: a story of courage, conviction and consequence.
Ben Rimalower's addiction to spending beyond his means has driven him to extreme lengths all his life. In Bad With Money he charts his sometimes hilarious, sometimes harrowing struggle to overcome his problem—or get rich trying.
On the eve of the New York City Democratic Primary, Chris Connor, a brilliant young campaign manager, is getting slammed by dirty tricks from his political opponent and faces such questions.
Does he retaliate? Two years have been spent in preparation for this election. How far is he willing to go? Chris and his team wrestle over this until unexpected events change everything.
The Birds & The Bees: Unabridged explores the unique - yet interwoven - life circumstances of eight women & trans people forced to confront their own sexuality, realizing that sexuality itself is not simple or clear-cut. Through dialogue, movement, song, humor and multimedia, the performance examines such themes as partner communication, sexual identity, the de-sexualization of aging women, today's "hook-up" culture and sexual health.
Han Ong's Chairs and a Long Table follows a group of Asian American actors in New York City as they prepare to attend a conference addressing racial discrimination in the casting of a classic Chinese play, where the two lead characters have been cast with non-Asian actors.
Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, the story of two strangers—a self-loathing, violent man and a divorced, guilt-ridden woman—whose fateful meeting in a dingy, NYC bar gives each a second chance.
Two of society's rejects, Danny and Roberta, strike up a haltingly bitter conversation at a bar in the Bronx. As their reserve begins to fade, they find an exorcism and forgiveness that, while painful, offers the hope of a future touched. Performed at the famed Nuyorican Poets Café, we invite you to join Danny and Roberta for a beer and discover John Patrick Shanley's story of unexpected love.
In the 1970s, the sexual revolution had finally given women the freedom to fully explore their natures. How women of various ages reconciled this freedom with their personal ethics is the subject of Dana Leslie Goldstein's newest play, Daughters of the Sexual Revolution.
Set in Westchester in 1976, the play swings back and forth between the households of two women in love. Joyce, 40, is having an affair with Judy, early 30's. Judy is married to a psychiatrist, Liam, who controls her with Valium. Joyce's understanding husband, Ed, 50's, is protective toward their daughter, Stacia, who is a first year college student. Stacia, a volatile and hotheaded girl, is discovering sex for the first time with Simon, a classmate from her college ethics class, and is bringing him home for vacation.
Edward II uses the tumultuous history of 14th century England to tell a more intimate tale of the King's rise and fall. Marlowe asks, when the allure of power is calling, which should guide us most: family, love, or political gain? How does this affect our public appearance and our private desires? He challenges us to consider whether such distinctions are even possible. I think we're up to the task.
I Am Me is a site unspecific play and mobile performance. It is a story about a woman and a bus; an exploration of who we are to ourselves and others. Public space becomes the world of the play peopled by passersby and you, the audience.
One play, two languages, four locations.
Schedule is as follows:
09/27-28 Madison Sq. Park
10/04-05 Central Park
10/11-12 Prospect Park
10/13 Brighton Beach in Russian
In a time when Russian-Rest of the World relations are strained - see what we have in common.
When the cold, reigning matriarch of a rural Maine first family dies, she leaves her fortune and estate to a shrewish second cousin, stranding her three grasping and entitled eldest children. To compound the injury, the new heiress refuses them any assistance, and she takes on as a hand the black sheep of the family: their ne'er-do-well brother on the run from the law. She proves a stern task-master; he a resentful partner, yet they begin to envision a better future in spite of themselves. But nature will out in a play that asks whether our habits and fears will always defy our highest aspirations.
Blowout Theatre Company is proud to present the world premiere of In Antarctica, Where it is Very Warm, written by Jona Tarlin and directed by Kyle Metzger. In Antarctica, Where it is Very Warm takes place in Palmer Station, Antarctica. After recently arrived plumber Neil is found face down in the snow, a young, pregnant scientist named Vicki must determine for their employer whether it was an accident or suicide attempt. The two of them try to find warmth in the coldest place on earth.
A wealthy widow (Peggy J. Scott) becomes involved with a much-younger man (Peter Davenport), leaving her grown children to question if she's falling in love or falling prey to a gigolo. The comedy reveals the disastrous results that can occur when three adult siblings (Catherine Butterfield, Adam Ferrara and Jeffrey C. Hawkins) try to juggle the responsibilities of caring for themselves and an aging, eccentric parent. Stuart Ross directs.
Livin' La Vida Imelda takes a look at the inimitable life of Imelda Marcos in a solo show created and performed by Carlos Celdran, one of the Philippines best-known storytellers and provocateurs and an insider with intimate knowledge of Manila's elite. The show details the life of the world's most extravagant personality, Imelda Marcos, the wildly controversial former First Lady of the Philippines.
No One Asked Me offers an insider's look at the intimate human struggle faced by the over 65,000 high school students without legal immigration papers who graduate in the United States each year. Hopeful for their future, yet without a social security number, these students are unable to get college financial aid, legal employment and live in constant fear of being "found out" and deported from the only home they have ever known.
There's no 'I' in team. But there is in family. Stephen and Paul Dowd were two of the most highly touted prospects in baseball. Stephen lived up to the hype with an amazing career in the Big Leagues. His bother Paul...never got off the plate. Now, after retiring from the game with an injury, Stephen is divorced, broke, and forced to consider a lucrative offer to film a Reality TV show about his life. But the Producers don't just want Stephen; they want Paul and their fame-seeking younger brother Kevin as well. Secondary Pitch is a biting new play about brothers, rivalry and staying on top of the game.
A great film maker has been stealing ideas all his life. Six passionate women decide that to be a muse is to be exploited. They enact a bizarre revenge. This comedy was the prototype for the musical Nine.
Dennis Parlato stars as the film maker — a character inspired by Fellini.
One of Shakespeare's most terrifying tales, Titus Andronicus is the heartbreaking story of a father's struggle between honor and love. As he fights for kin and country, honor is soon beaten down by betrayal, and love is superseded by vengeance. His descent into madness, sometimes feigned but otherwise justified, is Shakespeare's first and bloodiest tragedy.
Pared down to the essential story, this under-90-minute thrill ride will leave you breathless. Director David Andrew Laws invites you in viewing the show to "Think less, feel more", and hopes it is a cathartic experience for all. Join the company that Charged.fm says "breathes new life into Shakespeare" on their gripping Halloween adventure.