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Six characters caught in the diabolical delirium of time. Watch the invisible hand.
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.
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.
Twelve abandoned beings try to figure out their present and the future, but eventually subdue to their fate. Blind, an adaptation of Maeterlinck's same titled play, is a contemporary fable to address the issue of social engagement in the current society.
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.
Written by Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher, and first printed in 1615, Cupid's Revenge is a tale of love, revenge, and mortal folly that was highly influential for post-Shakespearean playwrights. Filled with music, dance, romance, sword fights, and gruesome deaths, Cupid's Revenge reinvents Elizabethan tragedy for a new era.
In a first-ring suburb just outside a city that might be Detroit, Ben and Mary see sudden signs of life at the deserted house next door and invite their new neighbors Sharon and Kenny over for a barbecue. As the action unfolds we learn that Sharon and Kenny met at rehab, neither is employed, and they don't own a stick of furniture. The quintessential American backyard party turns quickly turns into something more dangerous — and filled with potential.
An immersive multimedia theatrical experience. Situated in a hexagonal set, with three panels of video screens augmenting the action, music videos and live action interludes tell the story of an oblivious ski legend, Dirk Dassler (Jordan Sarah), who at the height of his fame, grapples with preposterous and privileged personal crises.
Set to the score of the Dynamic Alpine Sexual album, this parody of the "lifestyle genre" follows an antihero skiing legend, Dirk Dassler, who sabotages a high flying career to follow a deluded dream that finds him back where he started, albeit with his soul and dreams crushed.
Based on the 1922 novel by Elizabeth von Arnim, Enchanted April is the charming story of four women's rediscovery of self, love, and fulfillment as they leave postwar London for a glorious, spontaneous Italian adventure. Matthew Barber's stage adaptation premiered on Broadway in 2003 and was nominated for a Tony Award for best play.
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.
With Four Sisters, Clements continues developing his voice as a writer of politically charged and historically based plays, including Dogs of DC (Manhattan Repertory Theatre) and The Diana Tapes (2016 EdFringe). The play — comprising personal writings of the four Grand Duchesses, select lines from Anton Chekov's Three Sisters, biblical passages, and imagined language — examines the role of women in wartime, the performative properties of female bodies, and the destruction of domestic histories. Each sister is played by an actor of a different race, to further demonstrate the globalized and timeless nature of these women's story.
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.
Godzilla's messy alcohol-fueled breakups with other Kaiju are the stuff of legend. Now the hulking and foreboding Godzilla, a bi-poly serial dater fighting body dysmorphic disorder, looms over a helpless New York City.
While fleeing Godzilla's rampage, a man ducks under some rubble…only to notice every other person near Godzilla is someone he dated. It seems that his extraordinary exes have joined forces to take on the monstrous Godzilla. Amid this fantasia of carnage, the peril of dating is revealed to be a monster that not even Godzilla can defeat.
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.
Williams takes his action to Japan, where Mark, a successful American alcoholic painter, has holed up in his Tokyo hotel room, dashing out increasingly incomprehensible work. Meanwhile, Mark's promiscuous wife, Miriam, fearful he will ruin his reputation — and her standard of living — has summoned Leonard, Mark's New York agent.
The Infinite Wrench is a mechanism that unleashes a barrage of two-minute plays for a live audience. Each play offers something different, be it funny, profound, elegant, disgusting, topical, irrelevant, terrifying, or a song; all are truthful and tackle the here-and-now, inspired by the lived experiences of the performers. With new plays every week, The Infinite Wrench is the Neo-Futurists' ongoing and ever-changing attempt to shift the conventions of live performance and speak to audiences, including those unreached or unmoved by traditional theater.
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.
Conceived by Alyssa May Gold and directed by Katie Young, this epic story of jealousy and betrayal is given a modern-day setting at an all-girls high school, where psychological warfare is unyielding. Six young women will play all roles in this coming-of-age story that follows a group of teenagers through their first tastes of power, the desire to seize it, and the life and death battle to keep it.
Kyle is a dark comedy by Hollis James, inspired by his knock-down-drag-out battle with drug addiction. It's about a guy named Jack, his friend Kyle, and Kyle's friend cocaine. Thanks to his new friends, Jack's life quickly begins to spiral out of control. He loses his job, his girlfriend, his health, and all sense of personal hygiene. Will Jack find the strength to get his life back on track, or will Kyle ultimately win?
Stephen Adly Guirgis' play The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, directed by Academy Award winner Estelle Parsons and performed by members of the Actors Studio, is being revived as part of the Studio's 70th anniversary celebration.
History's most famous double-cross is under the microscope in this provocative and irreverently funny work. Urban night court in "Hope — a ghetto of purgatory" is the backdrop, with Judas on trial for his betrayal of Christ, his soul left in the balance. A trove of historic witnesses — among them Freud, Mother Teresa, and Pontius Pilate — deliver their testimony with raw honesty and scathing humor. As the play unfolds, audiences are forced (along with the characters) to examine their ideals and ideas of love, divine mercy, free will, and forgiveness, including the notion that evil may not be the presence of hate but the absence of compassion.
Set against the backdrop of the turbulent 1970s, Loose Ends follows the relationship of Paul and Susan, who first meet on a beach in Bali. Paul, a recent Peace Corps dropout and Susan, an aspiring photographer, later marry in Boston. There the young couple struggle with their conflicting opinions on the importance of having a career versus having a family.
After bailing out of his crippled B-24 bomber under heavy fire from German forces, waist gunner Lou Fowler is captured by the Nazis. Incarcerated along with other Allied fliers in an inhumane Nazi prison camp, where POW's view new prisoners with suspicion as possible Nazi infiltrators, Lou has to heal his own battle injuries, as his captors treat him as just another 'Luft Gangster' — a term Joseph Goebbels created as propaganda to convince the German nation that all American flyers were actual criminals released from prison by the U.S. government in order to fight in World War II.
As Lou endures the hellish and unsanitary conditions of prison camp life, subsisting on what could barely be described as food and enduring unspeakable cruelty, surviving to escape becomes his only goal. In a time and place where men on both sides of the war were stripped of all things civilized, the human cost of war is brought front and center.
Corruption, class warfare, and sexual violence all come to a head when an overzealous ruler assumes authority, vowing to clean up the streets with law and order. Shakespeare's satirical classic asks how far we've gone — and how far we're willing to go — in the name of justice.
Into a quiet urban home come two strangers on a sinister mission they don't disclose. They frighten some, entertain others, and refuse to leave. As the home invasion worsens, the hosts reveal some twists. In a dark and surreal evening of fantasy, farce, and betrayal, audiences should be warned: This drama is about something real. Perversion is a scathing political satire of the America we've lived through and where we still live today.
What happens when a young Muslim girl converts to radical Christianity? After leaving all religion behind, how will she navigate and find herself in a world where no bubbles or rules exist? Inner protests of food, sex, and her own peace of mind pave the road. Along the way, she meets many interesting characters in this musical comedy.
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.
The Red Fern Theatre Company presents the world premiere of Adam Szymkowicz's Rare Birds, directed by Scott Ebersold.
Sixteen-year-old Evan Wills is an avid bird watcher who wears colorful songbird shirts to school despite the constant antagonism it brings him. Evan's mother just wants Evan to be normal, and happy — and normal — and get along with her new boyfriend. While Evan summons the courage to talk to Jenny Monroe (whose locker is next to his), troubled bully Dylan has something darker in mind. After some stupid choices and unexpected results, Evan learns that the worst thing you can do in high school is admit you love something. Rare Birds is a play about adolescent violence and your mother's new boyfriend.
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.
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.
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.
What is the place of art and imagination in our increasingly Orwellian society? Sub-Basement follows Adrienne, a former poet now Royal Canadian Mounted Police trainee, on an absurdist odyssey to find her true purpose amid the dark corners of New York City, the depths of the Drama Book Shop, and her muddled past. Her voyage is guided by Gustav (a one-time climatologist) and Arnaud (an erstwhile poet), all while being pursued by Simon, who (unbeknownst to her) is set on becoming her fiancé. Are we ever free of the disappointments of the past, and can we escape the expectation of our parents? Join on a voyage deep into Adrienne's psyche — and try to discover what life's really about.
The production stars Patrick K. Dooley (Lake Homo High) as Simon, Veronique Ory (The Man Under) as Adrienne, Barry Phillips (Orange Is the New Black) as Arnaud, and Zenon Zeleniuch (Perfect Crime) as Gustav.
Terms and Conditions: Live is an unauthorized, unabridged presentation of iTunes' terms and conditions, presented with cartoon projections, live actors, and musicians.
Written by Anton Chekhov.
At a time of working class uprising and elitist decline, an over-educated, privileged family finds that norms have shifted and the world is closing in on itself. Are better fortunes just around the corner? Can we hold onto the past while we wait for them? Join Irina for her birthday party at their rural estate. And don't bring up Moscow.
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.
Hit the Lights! Theater Co. is pleased to present the New York City premiere of Whales. Inspired by punk rock, game shows, documentaries, and Herman Melville's seminal masterpiece Moby-Dick, HTL! invites you to catch a glimpse of the world that brought us a certain legendary white whale and the men who hunt him. Diving into the unknown, HTL! explores the classic title using the company's iconic shadow puppetry, the interplay between darkness and light, rock ballad sea shanties, and all the curiosity and terror of the sea.
Finally, so-called bad girls have their say in these three tales of three women. In "The Grinder," a stripper past her prime finds it hard to dance her way off the strip club runway due to feelings of abandonment by her parents. In "Silk Stockings and the Bible," a "church lady" and former swing-era chorus girl reminisces about her spicy past. In "Wild Child," a Chinese-American party girl of the disco era (who is the "black sheep" of her image-conscious family) befriends a disturbed Vietnam veteran and discovers her Afro-Chinese relative.
Note: This trilogy runs during March in homage to Women's History Month and SWAN Day.