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Inspired by the life and reputation of Emily Dickinson, Susan Glaspell's play of a family struggling with how to celebrate and protect the legacy of a famous but famously reclusive ancestor won the Pulitzer Prize in 1931. When the home of late poet Alison Stanhope is to be sold, some of her heirs will risk the house and those within it to keep secrets it holds from being discovered.
For centuries, tales of Anansi, the clever trickster spider, have been spun a million different ways. But now Uzuri Dance Theater has woven humor, music and pure visual spectacle into a vibrant new telling like no other: Anansi the Spider: An African Folktale.
Thanks to imaginative costume design and an innovative use of black lights, this classic folktale from the Ashanti people literally glows with imagination. Laugh along with the fearless and sly arachnid as he uses jokes and brains to realize his goals. Live African percussion and traditional West African dance enrich his adventures at TADA! Theater in New York City.
Director Christina Sheehan (Director of 2013's critically acclaimed Macbeth) brings audiences back to a ravaged world always on the brink of chaos. Featuring a modern one-act prequel to The Bacchae, The Sisters of Semele by Chris Rivera and set in the same post-apocalyptic universe explored in Julius Caesar, we now Journey to the land of Thebes. A young king is newly come into his rule and a young demigod has newly come into his power. The conflict between these two cousins pitting man VS Maenad, and force VS faith, is at its core two boys throwing a tantrum in trying to prove themselves to the world and to their families. When such squabbles occur between gods and kings the stakes become dangerous, the consequences become deadly.
An isolated island community, a two-lane highway, an all-night gas station, and a crime scene on a deserted beach. The residents of Ivy Dunes are used to disappearing acts—with each hurricane, a little more of their narrow barrier island washes away. But when a young woman's disappearance leads to a gruesome discovery, the police descend, the ocean encroaches, and the residents of this barrier island community struggle to find their footing in the ever-shifting landscape.
Written by John Patrick Shanley, Danny and the Deep Blue Sea is the meeting of two battered and inarticulate people as they dance through an emotional evening, desperate to make sense of something in their lives, together.
A place where labels turn whole people into nothing more than their respective cliques: jock, bully, stoner, geek, and queer. Using the fashion and musical stylings of the late '90s/early 2000s and asking the question "what if the eternal children from the comics we read grew up?" provide the perfect vehicle for a flashback to a time where things should have been simple, but never were. A time where you were "different" in a school filled with people who all pretend to be the same.
EagerReads is a New Play Development Effort by EagerRisk Theater to support and gain exposure for new, eager, and risky playwrights, showcasing work in an inviting and professional atmosphere. Bi-weekly staged readings on Tuesday at John DeSotelle Studio's Nu.Box unless otherwise stated.
Eyes Blind by Dylan Rae Brown - August 18th
If All Mountains were Molehills by Annie R. Such - September 1st
Mountain King, Rose Queen by Michael Aguirre - September 15th
Down Goes the Queen of Virginia by Annie R. Such - September 29th
East in Red by Ryan Sprague - October 13th
Mad Blood and Other Beauties by Jason Rosenberg - November 10th
Tribunal by Mark Kessler - November 24th
Evergreed by Jacob Bremkamp - December 8th
The Last Rightboy by Seamus Lucason - December 22nd
"Men aren't afraid of dying, but they are afraid of not being remembered…"
Over the course of a parent/teacher conference, a grieving mother and an emotionally overwhelmed primary school teacher have a fraught conversation about the tragic suicide of the mother's son, Gidion. Gidion may have been bullied severely—or he may have been an abuser. As his story is slowly uncovered, the women try to reconstruct a satisfying explanation for Gidion's act and come to terms with excruciating feelings of culpability.
It's 1988 and Brandon is embarking on his Senior year at St. Joseph's Preparatory School for Boys. He's smart, charming and the captain of the football team - a typical St. Joe's leader. But when a video tape featuring graphic sex acts is found in one of the school's VCRs his future is threatened. Is Brandon the boy on the tape? Who is the girl? And why was the tape made? The slow revealing of the answers to these questions force Brandon's mother Elizabeth to confront unsettling truths about her son, herself, and the foundation of their lives as the school and community are rocked by scandal.
After centuries of performances and countless adaptations of this iconic work, what remains is a vision of Hamlet that has never been seen before and never will again.
He is in a coma. His wife prays. His friends hope. But Heru will guide him thru.
Does the perfect man exist??? Or is he only in your dreams….
Based on real events and people, but fictionalized for the stage, Land of Fire fearlessly confronts the moral quagmire that is the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The play had its world premiere in Stockholm in 2012, with subsequent productions in London (Calder Theatre), and Montevideo. "Tierra Del Fuego" is now in its third sell-out season in Buenos Aires, where it opened in 2013, and where it earned many awards, including Argentina's top playwriting prize, the ACE.
In 1978, an El Al passenger jet was commandeered in London by two PLO-linked terrorists. 23 years after the attack, one of the Israeli stewardesses, Yulie Cohen, decides to write the attacker, Fahad Mihyi, and visit him in the London prison where he is confined. Driven to find out what led this man to do what he did, Cohen discovers how flawed and craven our assumptions are about the complexity of ethnic hatreds. As her character tells the attacker in the play, "I think if we keep talking, we will understand each other one day. But if we keep killing each other, there won't be anyone left to listen."
In the deep recesses of a childlike mind, the world of Claderon's timeless classic comes to life. This new adaptation written by Annie R. Such (renowned international and award-winning playwright) and brilliantly conceived by director Christina Ashby, clouds the realm of reality, illuminating the story of Segismundo, the damned Polish Prince struggling to change his stars, while he drifts between consciousness and the dream world..
Her only child dies in a car accident. Everyday she grieves. How about if one day she wakes up and her child that died is now alive? What can she do to prevent what she know will happen.
Set in Ethiopia and New York, Mourning Sun is a remarkable love story that spans continents and cultures. At 14, Biftu and Abdi listen to American pop music and fantasize about meeting Michael Jackson. But when Biftu is forced into an arranged marriage, her body is broken and their dreams are destroyed. This explosive new play explores trauma and recovery, dislocation and identity, and the power of human connection to heal the deepest of wounds.
This 1963 play based of Ken Kesey's novel follows the inmates of a mental health facility and how they react when the newly commited Randal Patrick McMurphy starts to shake things up.
"Men aren't afraid of dying, but they are afraid of not being remembered…"
In an interrogation room in an unnamed totalitarian dictatorship, Katurian, a writer, is being interrogated by two detectives. Next door, Katurian's mentally disabled brother Michal waits. The detectives want to know why Katurian's stories feature gruesome plots about child murder and torture, and in particular, why they seem to mirror a string of recent child murders in the area. This brutal dark comedy from Martin McDonagh, the master of the horror-comedy, poses unanswerable questions: Can stories hold the power to cause atrocities? Where is the line between truth and fairy tale? Is a life of horror worth living at all? Drawing on inspiration as diverse as Grimm's Fairy Tales, Kafka, and Antonin Artaud, The Pillowman is a dark, twisty, and utterly unforgettable masterpiece from one of Ireland's most treasured writers.
ONE MONDAY A MONTH! Tickets on sale the first of every month.
For the first time ever, every play George Bernard Shaw ever wrote for the stage will be presented to New York audiences. Every sketch, full-length and one-act play will be performed as a concert reading. Eager Shavians will be gathering for this unique event, one Monday a month, at New York's legendary Players Club. Each month, a specially assembled, star-studded cast will present a different play, many of which have never before been performed in New York City. This series is being produced and directed by David Staller.
The Harlem Repertory Theater continues it's 2015 season with Lorraine Hansberry's groundbreaking drama A Raisin In The Sun. An American classic, takes place in the late '50s in a south side Chicago apartment, chronicling the lives of the members of an African-American family. The tensions and prejudice they face create the drama in this beloved play.
Originally produced in 1959, Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin In The Sun was the first play written by an African American woman to be produced on Broadway, where it won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play. The Washington Post has called it "one of a handful of great American dramas". A cast of ten talented actors will perform Raisin in the sun in an environmental setting: playing scenes only inches away from the audience.
OBIE Award-winner Juliana Francis-Kelly's newest play, The Reenactors, asks: "Are most actors idiots? Are all rich kids jerks?"
Repertorio Español presents a rotating repertory of plays in Spanish from the most recognized contemporary and classic playwrights. In addition, Repertorio presents the best in Spanish and Flamenco dance. All plays are presented in Spanish with live simultaneous translation to English via wireless headsets.
Inspired by the death of Trayvon Martin and other nameless black men, Strings follows one man's road to execution, and hopefully, another's toward redemption. As Man awaits his impending hearing and execution for cleaning up his neighborhood, the only person that wants seems to want Man to live is his brand new lawyer, Derek. While Derek prepares to defend a man he just met, for a trial they each find that they some things are inescapable and no one is truly innocent.
Shakespeare's beloved characters inhabit a present day jazz lounge and bar from New Year's Eve until Twelfth Night. Drinking, partying, singing, and pranks ensue as the characters struggle between loneliness and that ever elusive quest to find love, or at least distraction.
Directed by Moshe Yassur, Waiting for Godot in Yiddish is restaged for a special holiday encore. Joining original cast members Shane Baker and David Mandelbaum will be the popular Russian performance artist Psoy Korolenko, as the megalomaniacal Pozzo, and New Yiddish Rep regular and noted cabaret artist Ilan Kwittken, as Lucky.