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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
Blood Wedding (Bodas De Sangre) is a tragedy inspired by a true story of a young bride in 20th century Andalusia who escapes arranged marriage to be with her lover, leading to betrayal and violence.
After a fall off the bluff behind her house, 40-year-old pregnant Jude Black descends into a coma, confined to a hospital room. The identity of her child's father and the circumstances surrounding her pregnancy remain a mystery. Jude can hear everyone around her--and their secrets--but they cannot hear her. As the play unfolds, the families of her best friend and her nurse unexpectedly collide, forcing them to uncover the festering secrets that bind them all. Yet, even in this twilight state, she comes to grips with the failures and traumas of her life that led her to attempt suicide.
A writer learns: Freedom is a Bitch. Seeking meaning, he leaves his family, career and...gets mugged by geese. Struggles with homelessness, loss, love and the 1%. After years of searching: is there redemption?
Amidst society on the brink of meltdown, six strangers face the final hours. With stirring spoken word, music, and imagery, Catalyst questions, will the six survive each other long enough to build a new world for what remains of humanity.
Set in Russia at the turn of the twentieth century, The Cherry Orchard chronicles a noblewoman's return to her family estate after a five-year absence to escape troubling memories of her son's death. Lyubov Ranevskaya arrives home to find the cherry orchard in full bloom, but the finances of the estate on the verge of ruin. Lyubov and her brother, Gaev, find themselves scrambling to retain a vision of gentility amidst a climate of huge social and economic transition.
In A Class Act, when a major chemical company pours cancer-causing waste into the water supply, a high-powered law firm brings a class action lawsuit on behalf of the thousands of people affected. Who wins? Who loses? Who makes millions whether they win or lose? Which lawyers battle the best... or the worst? Does the ordinary person ever realize justice in the end?
Set at the beginning of the semester at State University. Seniors Elizabeth, Alyssa, Matt and John are faced with decisions that will impact the rest of their lives. Dark Sunshine takes us on a glimpse into their lives to see how they handle the pressures of dealing with their present while trying to decide what happens in their future.
Allie is a poet. Reese is a scientist. They can't live without each other. So together, they make a promise. Die For Me is a two-act drama that blends high-school romance with T.S. Eliot's "The Waste Land."
How do you deal with this? You plan to travel, but your suitcase throws out everything… like there is anyone else... whatever you put in, she takes out. You want to leave, she wants to stay. Do you want to experience a dilemma?
Edwin Booth was the finest American Shakespearean actor of his day. 8 months after his brother assassinated President Lincoln, he returned to the stage, braving death threats and public outrage. EDWIN takes us backstage on that fateful night, revealing the private grief of a man struggling to redeem his family's name.
Ten years have gone by since 9/11, but life without Dad has not gotten any easier. In this memory play-meets-docudrama, six young women search for identity, understanding, and redemption in the wake of a national—and very personal—tragedy.
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 first premiered on Broadway in 1945. More than seventy years later, Williams's most personal work for the stage continues to captivate and overwhelm audiences around the world.
Alone in a barren paradise, God the Father struggles with dementia as he tries to manage his divine office. While juggling an unending flow of prayer requests, he uncovers an ancient secret he'd rather remain forgotten: what happened to the Mother Goddess who once shared his heavenly throne?
Inspired by true events, The Good Earth is the explosive new story of a Welsh village fighting to save their homes and mountain unravelled through physical theatre akin to the Welsh-trained Frantic Assembly, new writing and Welsh folk song, bringing to life a valley torn apart by their council, big business and eventually themselves.
Facing pressure from the local council to move when a new development is proposed, a small group of ardent Welsh villagers decide to fight back. This explosive new play provides cultural context to the anti-establishment sentiment of rural Wales that has partly led to the recent "Brexit" vote.
A struggle that is greatly influencing and impacting the people of this nation today: Green Card - A New Musical is bringing a new and refreshing perspective of the trials and tribulations of immigration to its awaiting audiences. Han, a South Korean born failing artist living in Harlem is fighting for his chance at the American Dream; only he isn't an American citizen. After meeting Mia, a spunky aspiring singer with her own skeletons to hide, they both come up with an ultimatum – the exchange of money for a fake marriage to help Han gain his citizenship. Along this crazy ride, Han and Mia are followed by Han's South Korean girlfriend, Mia's criminal ex-boyfriend, and the suspicious Immigration officer who refuses to leave them alone.
H.O.M.E (Habitat of Meta-Humans Enterprise), a new play written by Angélica Rivera and Mar Z. Tran. H.O.M.E (Habitat of Meta-Humans Enterprise) opens at The Ohio Theater, Thursday August 18th at 8pm. Produced by The Unity Theater Company of New York City. Directed by Daniel Echevarria.
We follow the story of six young people in a re-imagined universe where teenagers develop super powers. Navigating their comfortable lives in the Habitat of Meta-Humans Enterprise (H.O.M.E), a facility created by the government to rehabilitate and incarcerate those people who have illegally used their super powers. However when Adam, an immortal arrives at the facility, they begin to rethink their place in society. As the group becomes acquainted with Adam, they begin to fully realize the potential of their abilities.
Will they use their abilities impact political corruption and the war, or will they use these powers to seek revenge against the society that oppressed them?
The Public Theater's mobile unit presents a new, world-class production of Shakespeare's Hamlet to audiences and community venues across New York City. Olivier Award winner Chukwudi Iwuji plays the anguished prince of Denmark who is confronted at every turn with a poisonous power structure that's robbed him of his father and forever darkened his understanding of the world. Inspired by The Mobile Unit's unique approach to engaging diverse communities with the arts, Patricia McGregor directs this bold take on Shakespeare's immortal tale about family, deceit, and the explosive consequences of unchecked corruption.
Federico Garcia Lorca's The House of Bernarda Alba (La Casa de Bernarda Alba) is the story of a tyrannical mother who dominates her five unmarried daughters - all of whom harbor a secret passion for one man. This repressed environment leads to an explosion of hatred, jealousy, despair and passion - and tragic consequences.
Julie is a fresh and violent new work based on August Strindbergs' Miss Julie. premiering this fall during the Thespis Theater Festival.
It would be impossible to name a performer who more effectively blurred the lines between his real life and his life on stage than Seymour Fitzgerald Payne. While his fans loved adorable characters like The Purple Orange and The Bellowing Mime, Seymour was also involved in a series of public confrontations that left his public wondering if these incidents were rehearsed routines or spontaneous tantrums. But just as his career was beginning to soar, his life reportedly ended. Was his mysterious demise an unavoidable and calamitous tragedy? Or the latest, and most elaborate, of Seymour's hoaxes?
In this two-act play, Seymour's fellow comedians gather together to mourn his passing and celebrate his life. But as the evening progresses, truths are revealed, lies are invented and Seymour – may or may not – have one last surprise.
The Lady Liberty Theater Festival presents a trio of exciting immigration short plays aimed at curing the disease of Islamophobia in America, tied together by the ideals represented in the Statue of Liberty.
Le Blanc is a non-linear full length play with elements of music, art distillation, light design, and dance. The story uses the American foster care/adoption, child welfare, and adult judicial system as a backdrop to tell the rags to riches, demise, and redemption of a fictional world famous dancer and choreographer. Through a series of interviews both spoken and acted out, we explore the main character's life from his humble beginnings as an orphaned child born in the state of California, to his underground rise to notoriety on the NYC gay ballroom scene as a member of the "House Of Le Blanc", to his rise to mainstream success as a commercial dancer, to his metamorphosis into an infamous public figure and criminal on death row for murder. The stories of his life are woven together by exploring his most defining relationships.
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.
What if you could bring her back? Inspired by millennia of wishful thinking, Kaliski (West Lethargy, Gluten!) indulges in the impossible, reuniting a dead queen with her grieving king. What follows is a whirling, mournful snapshot of a miracle's aftermath.
Colombian troupe Vueltas Bravas presents an international production of August Strindberg's Miss Julie with actors from South America and the U.S.
It's funny-or-die in the graveyard. This absurdist comedy pits a Watchman with a worthless watch against a chatterboxing, handcuffed man and a know-it-all woman in bandaged hands to see who earns the right to move on up.
In search of peace of mind and artistic truth, a gay New York performance artist confronts the ghost of his grandfather, a rabbi killed by the Nazis. A poignant, irreverently funny drama about the Holocaust, AIDS, and existential angst.
The Muscle in Question is a magical realism full length play in one act about how the technical structure of a human's brain has an effect on their day to day well-being, experiences and existence.
Fusion Theatre, set up by award winning Irish Actress/Singer Eilin O'Dea, has the objective of re-visiting and adapting classical plays, obliterating pre-conceived boundaries between theatre and music and presenting both theatre lovers and opera fans with a theatrical experience where both genres are seamlessly merged. Fusion Theatre is thrilled to begin its journey with Sartre's masterpiece where audiences are promised a novel and groundbreaking interpretation of No Exit. Working with an experienced Broadway cast of actors as well as Opera stars this production is a must see for theatre and music lovers across the board.
On The Flip Side contains a variety of short pieces inspired by postcards received by BrickaBrack ensemble members - revealing funny, personal and touching anecdotes. These shorts are performed in random order as decided nightly by the audience, and contain a range of styles including movement, music, dance, scenes, and interactive elements.
In William Shakespeare's Othello, David Oyelowo and Daniel Craig will be joined by David Wilson Barnes (Bridge of Spies), Marsha Stephanie Blake (Orange Is the New Black), Rachel Brosnahan (House of Cards), Blake DeLong (Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812), Glenn Fitzgerald (Dirty Sexy Money), Slate Holmgren (King Lear), Anthony Michael Lopez (The Penalty), Matthew Maher (The Flick), Nikki Massoud (Zealot), Kyle Vincent Terry (Robin Hood), and Finn Wittrock (American Horror Story).
A rainy night in a Genevan castle. Debauched poetry and too much wine. A teenage girl writes a spooky story. On the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley's creation, Frankenstein; or the Modern Prometheus, Phantasmagoria assembles a swirl of puppetry, biography, and storytelling into a market of ghosts…The dead walk among us.
Based on true events. A young chef goes from running top after-hours Mexico City nightspots to running for his life from the bloodiest foodie in the world, Libyan Dictator Muammar Qaddafi; a chef's-eye view of a regime's methods and madness.
A story of Edward de Vere—17th Earl of Oxford, the author known as "William Shakespeare."
This edgy historical drama smashes the conventional wisdom about "Shakespeare" and the "Virgin" Queen as it suggests the violation of the most basic human taboo. Oxford's travels through Italy are surrealistically juxtaposed against scenes of his life in England, his plays, poetry, betrayal, murder, love, passion and romance in a potpourri of fact, fiction and fantasy. (Did Shakespeare/Oxford have a child with his mother, Queen Elizabeth I?) The Bard meets his match when he meets in the beautiful published poet, the most honored Venetian courtesan, Veronica Franco.
Mia is desperate to sell her New Jersey home. She wants to study pastry making in California and plans to move there with her young daughter. But on the very day she's showing the property to very interested buyers, her alcoholic grandmother decides to skip her meds, her grieving former lover shows up unannounced, the roof begins leaking, and the toilet needs fixing. Her best friend does what she can to help her hold it all together. Still, it's left to Mia to discover what can happen when one tries too hard to run away from a past one's still living in.
The intimate lives of two women from their youth to the last moments of their shared time together.
Who is the rightful King of England?
Eight actors perform over 40 roles in a condensed adaptation of Shakespeare's play cycle chronicling over a hundred years of war, murder, seduction, and betrayal as one family tries to answer the most hotly contested political question of the middle ages.
This England is a geopolitical epic that takes audiences on a dramatic roller coaster to the heights of the medieval English monarchy's glory and the depths of its depravity.
Grief-stricken John of Gaunt, heroic Henry the Fifth, murderous Queen Margaret, repulsive Richard the Third, and dozens more of Shakespeare's greatest characters cross swords, match wits, and meditate on the nature of power, ambition, and leadership in this unique adaptation.
See Shakespeare's eight compelling and dramatic histories as he understood them: connected stories in a continuous narrative that shaped both his time and ours.
From NYC to Palestine, Mimi's world collapses with the inadvertent like of a long-lost love's dissident Facebook status. Identities unravel, as do the boundaries between fact and fiction, Jew and Arab, time and space. A psycho-cyber thriller.
A surreal love story set in the New York unconscious to a live R&B soundtrack. Rodney and Callisto yearn for each other from a jail cell and city clinic, while forming connections with strangers poised on the brink of revelation.
A poignant and gripping play about the nature of love, loss, and humanity's overwhelming desire for a moment of connection by award-winning writer Toni Press-Coffman.
During a chance meeting in a high school physics class, astronomer Kyle Kalke meets and falls in love with vivacious, flamboyant, and open-hearted Zoe. When a random act of violence rips her from him six years later, Kyle's life is sent into turmoil. Told through a shifting collection of memories, Touch follows one man's journey as he questions whether there is any point to rediscovering hope and moving past grief to find a human connection that will allow him to love again.
27 Wagons Full of Cotton: after Jake, a shady, middle-aged cotton gin owner, burns down rival Silva Vicarro's mill, Vicarro attempts to enact vengeance by seducing Flora, Jake's delicate young wife.
Kingdom of Earth: a flood is surging in the Mississippi Delta, and Chicken's property is only safe until ole man Sikes down the road dynamites his levee to save himself. While Chicken waits alone in his kitchen for the inevitable blast, he receives an unexpected visit from his dying half-brother, Lot, and Lot's wife of but one day, Myrtle. Leaving Lot upstairs to rest, Chicken assesses Myrtle as a potential threat to his inheritance of the estate, currently under Lot's name. Chicken and Myrtle find common ground but not even footing in their similar experiences of the inescapable hardness of the world - two "lost, sinful, puzzled" souls falling into a familiar power dynamic and bracing themselves as the waters rise.
Satirical, socio-political play about fighting cultural and identity crisis's, as encompassed with newlywed and interracial couple, Shawn and Margaux, living in gentrified Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. The happy couple is unfortunately unable to conceive but agrees to adopt, but only, according to Shawn, if the child is white. He argues, "If I can relieve myself of the constant worry of my child being taken away from me at any moment, at the whim of those who don't care one bit about Black Lives Matter, then that's what I'll do!"
Presented by Anthony Anderson of ABC's hit black-ish, Uncle Tom vs. Uncle Sam is the profound and humorous examination of the greater Black community and its ongoing identity crisis concerning self-love, aesthetics, and their general accommodations for survival and acceptance in a...post-racial era.
Based on the New York Times best selling children's novel by Grace Lin, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon is the story of Minli, a very poor peasant girl from China, who leaves her family on Fruitless Mountain in order to seek fortune from the Old Man of the Moon. Throughout her journey, Minli encounters a dragon that cannot fly, a talking fish, Magistrate Tiger and the king of the City of Bright Moonlight. But can Minli truly altar destiny? What does she and her family discover about true fortune?
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon is a physical theater adaption with elements of Chinese theater techniques, martial arts, puppetry and dance. The show features an ensemble cast of NYC based professional actors and has been created specially for Fringe Jr. audiences.