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Inspired by a true story and based on the nine circles of Hell in Dante's Inferno, the play centers on Daniel Reeves, who is arrested and prosecuted for acts that he may have committed while serving in the U.S. Army during the Iraq War. Thrown into a labyrinth of military bureaucracy, the confused and troubled teenager tries to navigate layers of commanding officers, public defenders, pastors, army psychiatrists, and, essentially, his own personal hell.
Henry Naylor returns to this year's Brits Off Broadway festival with a double bill of provocative theater. Angel is inspired by the story of a modern legend: a female sniper who struck fear into the hearts of jihadists and held ISIS in check for over a year in war-torn Syria. Echoes, back by popular demand after its too-short, sellout run last year, tells the parallel stories of two women born 175 years apart: a Victorian pioneer who wants to build an empire and a present-day Islamic schoolgirl who wants to build a caliphate. These two staggering stories continue to haunt audiences long after the curtain goes down.
Angels Among Us highlights the journey of 9 characters living through the worst days of their lives, but little do they know that everything happens for a reason... even if they don't quite see any hope just YET.
Presented in a series of 4 coherent and connected vignettes, our characters learn that sometimes they have to get through absolute devastation in order to experience the divinity and joy in their lives. As they learn to overcome their fears and let go of what they can't control, they might just be able to connect with a higher part of themselves and find understanding, peace, and happiness...
This play explores the complicated nature of the human experience and the struggles we all face through having to feel our pain, joy, growth, fear, and surrender, while having to evolve and face our mortality...
Ask Joseph is an original play by Slava Stepnov and Roman Freud, translated from Russian by Asya Stepnova. Audiences are presented with a unique drama in which the distinct echo of Anton Chekhov's Seagull is in a peculiar intertwine with the life and artistic career of Noble Prize winner Joseph Brodsky. Even though the play is based on selected episodes from Brodsky's biography, this story is not about any particular person. It is rather about those who had the courage to drastically change their lives by abandoning their familiar environment and who ended up on the verge of a dramatic cultural and emotional split. Love, mystery, adultery, scandals, and spies are just a few of the turns and twists of the plot. Ask Joseph is an attempt to peek into the mystery of human talent.
Benghazi – Bergen-Belsen is an original play based on the novel of the same name by Yossi Sucary. Tracing the story of the holocaust of the Jews of Libya, the play gives voice to a larger cultural narrative that is conspicuously absent from prevalent stories of the Jewish holocaust. By citing the marginalized racial politics of the holocaust, the show urges a reconsidering of both historical and contemporary religious, cultural, and racial oppression and violence. Underscoring the contemporary urgency of the story, the play features both historical and present-day images of New York, Europe, Syria, Africa, and the Middle East.
Black Angels Over Tuskegee is the story of the Tuskegee Airmen told in narrative of six men embarking upon a journey to become pilots in the United States Army Air Forces. The play explores their collective struggle with Jim Crow, their intelligence, patriotism, dreams of an inclusive fair society, and brotherhood. The play goes beyond the headlines of the popular stories of the Tuskegee Airmen and exposes the men who exhibited the courage to excel, in spite of all the overwhelming odds against them.
Winner 2009 Artistic Achievement Award "Best Play"
"Uplifting! Inspirational! This show is also tough to resist. By the end, when the pilots overcame their obstacles and finally got up into the air to the swelling of music, tears welled up in my eyes." - New York Times
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?"
One of England's most prolific playwrights introduces audiences to Andrea, a young girl just trying to stay alive during an act of violence that alters her existence and everyone she touches. Andrea's yearning for love and a family takes her to the darkest of places. She just wants to tell you the truth...will you listen?
Straight from her star turn at the Camden Fringe Festival in London, Lexie Braverman reprises the role of the endearing but tortured Andrea in Philip Ridley's one-woman drama. This newly mounted production is directed by Sybille Bruun (artistic director of the Shakespeare Forum).
The 2017 FRIGID Festival presents an EXIT Theatre production, Denial Is a Wonderful Thing. One woman, three continents, six decades, and a lusty affair: from Mumbai to the Outback, New York to the Haight, and naive schoolgirl to free spirit, Christina reveals all in this one-woman "talk story."
Denial Is a Wonderful Thing is written by Christina Augello and John Caldon. Ryan Marchand directs.
Nineteen-year-old Robi is eager to escape the oppression of Communist Romania to forge a new life in the West. The unexpected return of his mother's estranged fiancé after a 20-year absence may hold a key to his freedom. However, when his mother reveals that Robi's father was not killed in action as he'd believed but is either a Jewish teacher his mother hid during the war or the Hungarian soldier who persecuted him, Robi must decide whether to embrace his ancestry or run from it.
Eugene O'Neill's groundbreaking play The Emperor Jones is the story of Brutus Jones, a despot who ascends to the throne through lies, intimidation, and the politics of fear. Following a prison break in the United States, Jones sets himself up as monarch of a Caribbean island. When the natives rebel after years of exploitation, Jones' mesmerizing journey into darkness becomes a terrifying psychological portrayal of power, fear, and madness. With his demons in hot pursuit, the emperor is forced to confront not just the mortal sins of his past but also ancestral depravities — all in search of forgiveness and salvation.
Remember when you felt you could do anything, when there was still nothing to fear? Yes, things have changed a bit, haven't they? And everyone keeps saying there's nothing to be afraid of!
Please join the old gang at a get-together to raise a toast on the 10th anniversary of the production of Robert's underappreciated masterpiece. To recall that wonderful creative atmosphere, which we all miss so much, Nellie will host this celebration at our old haunt, the Talk House (which, despite everything, remains open). Please come. We need each other.
A play for our times, The Fare tells the story of a clash between a Pakistani cabbie and a Connecticut banker. A dispute over a taxi fare leads to an altercation with echoes of everything from immigration to identity, class to color, privilege to prejudice, and what it means to be an American.
Written by Claude Solnik, The Fare is inspired by actual events. Scott David Reeves directs and stars. Also starring are Sarah Grace Sanders, Hemang Sharma, Michael Catlage, Scott Zimmerman, and Brett Solimine.
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.
Sally Field and Joe Mantello star in The Glass Menagerie on Broadway.
The Glass Menagerie is the play that brought a brilliant young writer named Tennessee Williams to national attention and, in his own words, "changed my life irrevocably" when it premiered on Broadway in 1945. More than 70 years later, Williams' most personal work for the stage continues to captivate and overwhelm audiences around the world.
God of Vengeance tells the wrenching story of a brothel owner's attempt to marry off his daughter. He wants her to lead a dignified, religious life, but the world of sin she grew up in draws her back. This groundbreaking drama featured the first lesbian kiss on Broadway when it premiered in 1923.
This revival is presented by New Yiddish Rep, a company that stages plays in Yiddish for diverse audiences, especially non-Yiddish speakers. Its 2015 production of Death of a Salesman received two Drama Desk Award nominations and praise for illuminating a classic by performing it in Yiddish. God of Vengeance is performed in Yiddish with English supertitles.
Oscar Isaac returns to the Public Theater in this electrifyingly intimate new production of Shakespeare's enduring drama Hamlet. Isaac plays the prince caught between thought and action, not to mention anger and anguish, as his uncle assumes the throne left vacant by Hamlet's murdered father. As the dead king calls to him from the grave, demanding to be avenged, Hamlet is forced to choose between bearing the oppressor's wrong and taking arms against a sea of troubles. Tony Award winner Sam Gold directs theater's most powerful tragedy about life and death, madness and conscience, and corruption — of the state as well as of the soul.
Federico García Lorca's The House of Bernarda Alba (La Casa de Bernarda Alba) is a tragedy set in a cloistered world of women in 1930s Spain. A tyrannical mother dominates her five unmarried daughters, all of whom harbor a secret passion for one man. Their repressed environment leads to an explosion of passion, jealousy, hatred, and despair.
Note: The play is performed in Spanish with English subtitles via Simultext® In-Seat Captioning System. At matinee performances, subtitles are provided only by request.
Beatles songs come to life, not with music, but as stories and situations. A cast of 15 presents this world-premiere theatrical tribute for fans of the Fab Four and anyone who imagines a world where all you need is love. Imagine is written by Claude Solnik and directed by Thom O'Connor.
Hamza Zaman pens and performs the story of long-term convict "Junebug" Gonzalez. Junebug is a man whom the world has forgotten but who hasn't forgotten the world. As he conveys the intricacies of life on the "inside" and opens his heart to his true inner life, audience members are questioned about their own views on redemption. In this production, Zaman reprises the lead role from his critically acclaimed FringeNYC show Fresh Meat. Veronica Caicedo of Teatro Circulo directs.
Tensions rise when famed attorney William Kunstler arrives on a college campus to give a seminar and the brilliant young law student assigned to introduce him objects to his appearance. Has Kunstler finally met his match?
Kunstler was an American civil rights pioneer and attorney so famous that he played himself on Law & Order. His career defending "social outcasts" was as colorful as the man himself. Director of the ACLU from 1964-72, he gained prominence serving as defense attorney for the Freedom Riders and the Chicago Seven as well as for members of the Black Panther Party, the Attica Prison rioters, the American Indian Movement, and Weather Underground. As an attorney in private practice in New York City, he continued to court headlines with controversial clients, from Omar Abdel-Rahman (involved in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing) to notorious Mafia figures like John Gotti.
Jeff McCarthy (Southern Comfort at the Public Theater) stars as the title character in this fictionalized account. Joining him onstage is Steppenwolf Theatre Company regular Nambi E. Kelley as the whip-smart student who opposes Kunstler.
Life According to Saki is inspired by the life and short stories of Hector Hugh Munro, nicknamed "Saki." A fabulous British satirist who died in World War One, Saki shares his stories with his fellow soldiers on the eve of the Battle of the Somme. His tales are witty, absurd, and peculiarly optimistic. Adapted by award-winning author Katherine Rundell, his stories are brought to life by an ensemble cast and the occasional puppet.
The White Witch has trapped Narnia in a perpetual state of winter with no hope of Christmas. But all that changes when four siblings venture through an old wardrobe and enter this land of talking animals, charming fauns, giants, and dwarves. Standing shoulder to shoulder with Aslan the Great Lion, the children courageously battle the forces of evil and discover that love is the deepest magic of all.
My Eyes Went Dark is an electrifying new drama about a Russian architect driven to revenge after losing his family in a plane crash. Matthew Wilkinson (Red Sea Fish) returns to Brits Off Broadway with another searing new play inspired by real events. This production was nominated for three off-West End Theatre Awards and enjoyed an acclaimed run last year at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
In 1961, a movie star is committed to a Manhattan psych ward. The doctor assigned to her case believes he must keep her there for her own good, but the creative genius behind the movie-star mask will sacrifice anything to regain her freedom.
Note: This play is based on a true story.
This play mixes historical figures such as Abraham Lincoln, John Brown, Frederick Douglass, and slavery advocate Stephen A. Douglas in their own words with the fictional story of two slaves seeking freedom in 1859 by heading north. About 20 actors bring this full-length play, written and directed by Marvalee Peart, to life. Witness some of our nation's greatest speeches woven into a powerful story in which audiences see action, romance, cruelty, courage, and the debate about and reality of slavery just before the war that ended it through emancipation.
In Picnic, when a gorgeous drifter arrives in a small Kansas town, no one is prepared. He brings with him the possibilities and promises — some true, some false — of a life with real options. His instant and incendiary chemistry with a local 18-year-old unexpectedly destroys the illusions of comfort harbored by everyone in this heartland's physically expansive and emotionally suffocating landscape. William Inge's legendary Pulitzer Prize-winning play is over 60 years old, but the American questions of sex as currency, of class as possibility, and youth as opportunity are timeless.
In Come Back, Little Sheba, a middle-aged Midwestern couple lives from one day to the next — Lola, breathless with fear of silence and solitude, and Doc, a recovering alcoholic. Into their tired lives comes Marie, their boarder, so flush with the riches of her youth that they can no longer deny how they spent their own. Their fragile acceptance of their own stifling reality is suddenly and brutally tested as Inge mercilessly exposes the pain and regret of the past that can be unmasked by the mere presence of youth and possibility of the future. Come Back, Little Sheba explores the endless and inevitable disappointments of the ever-seductive American dream.
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.
Inspired by a true story, the play follows the trail of a young black con man, Paul, who insinuates himself into the lives of a wealthy New York couple, Ouisa and Flan Kittredge, saying he knows their son at college. Claiming he himself is the son of actor Sidney Poitier, Paul tells them he's just been mugged and all his money is gone. Captivated by Paul's intelligence (and the possibility of appearing in his father's new movie), the Kittredges invite him to stay overnight. After finding him in bed with a hustler, their view of Paul changes, and Ouisa and Flan turn detective trying to piece together the connections that gave him access to their lives. Meanwhile, Paul's cons unexpectedly lead him into darker territory as his lies begin to catch up with him.
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.
What if the fate of your favorite video game characters rested in your hands? Take control as they take the stage in The Video Games! Princess Zelda, Queen of the Console, is celebrating the 64th Annual Video Games and needs the audience's assistance (through social media) to ensure that this year's games are bigger, badder, and bloodier than last year's! It's a different show every night as iconic pixelated heroes and villains — such as Donkey Kong, Lara Croft, and the Master Chief — compete to win the coveted title of Player One.
Violence and betrayal, angels and prophets, villains and kings...and chickens. Who rises to rule and how far will he fall in the clown kingdom of Who Would Be King? This epic production by Liars & Believers swings from absurd buffoonery to high tragedy, with kinetic physicality, silliness, swords, and a live synthwave score. Conceived and directed by Jason Slavick, music and lyrics by Jay Mobley, written by the Liars & Believers Ensemble. The show features live music, clowning, physical theater, and swordplay.
With only $1.50 in her purse and a dream, Zora moved to Harlem. She subsequently became the first black woman to study at Barnard College and Columbia University; rose to fame as a writer; helped pioneer the literary movement that was the Harlem Renaissance; secured a Guggenheim Fellowship Award to study in Haiti, Jamaica, and on the Gulf Coast; and ultimately became a world-famous writer. NAACP winner Antoniá Badón's one-woman bio-play transcends time and place through 19 character portrayals and 15 wardrobe changes, giving the audience a look at the famous Zora Neale Hurston in Zora Returns to Harlem.