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From the writer of the Academy Award-winning film Trevor comes The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey, the new play written and performed by James Lecesne, directed by Tony Speciale (with original music by Tony Award-winning composer Duncan Sheik (Spring Awakening).
Absolute Brightness is about the disappearance of Leonard Pelkey, a 14-year-old boy who dared to be different, and the small New Jersey town that will never be the same without him.
In The Beekeeper's Daughter by Karen Malpede, a pregnant Muslim refugee from Bosnia is embraced by an eccentric American family on an island in the Adriatic. The island is a sanctuary, but it is only a short distance from the region's genocidal civil war. What happens between them turns everyone's life inside out and upside down yet results in a healing journey.
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
The men of the Black Panther Party changed the course of history. In the turbulent 60s & 70s... what about the women? BPW boasts an all-female cast playing both the men and the women of the militant organization which sought to transform a system of racial oppression.
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.
A fantastical tragical comical haunting in which Charles Manson and Sharon Tate meet after her murder at the hands of his followers. What would you do?
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.
The New York premiere of a brand new play set in Africa about vaccination, sterilization and depopulation and the sinister ambitions of 'Big Pharma'. A killer virus is ravaging the population and threatening a worldwide pandemic. Two virologists, Aisha Laboru (Santoya Fields) and Aidan Jones (Daniel Damiano) , and two veteran aid workers, Kofi Bello (Lucious Conway) and Joy Cartwright (Joan D. Saunders), are based in one small town. The scientists are working on a vaccine for the virus. But when freelance journalist Ned Jacobs (Jack Gilliat) arrives in town, asking questions nobody wants to answer, all their motives are challenged and then laid bare. At the same time African landowner Zuri N'bongo (Yaw Asante), who has a secret of his own, provides the missing piece to expose a sinister depopulation agenda with far reaching consequences; not only for the country and the continent, but for all mankind.
Nominated for 6 Tony Awards, including Best Play!
Amid the chaos of the Liberian Civil War, the captive wives of a rebel officer band together to form a fragile community – until the balance of their lives is upset by the arrival of a new girl. Drawing on reserves of wit and compassion, Eclipsed reveals distinct women who must discover their own means of survival in this deeply felt portrait of women finding and testing their own strength in a hostile world of horrors not of their own making.
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.
Oscar Isaac in Hamlet staged by Sam Gold.
Oscar is celebrated for the honesty, authenticity, and intensity of his performances, and Hamlet marks his long-desired return to theatre after an impressive series of starring film and television roles. Sam is renowned for the transparent subtlety and nuance of the theatrical worlds he creates, Together Oscar Isaac and Sam Gold will explore the 'undiscovered country' of Hamlet's world which begins, of course, with the first words of the play, 'Who's there?'"
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.
A radical new reimaging of The Iceman Cometh by Eugene o'Neill, with four diverse theater artists each tackling a separate act of the play. This fresh take on O'Neill's classic will give audiences the opportunity to see each act as a separate experiment or all together in a single sitting. Lead Artists include Julia Sirna-Frest (actor / director), Katie Rose McLaughlin (choreographer), Yuris Skujins (actor), and Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew (lighting/projection designer, director, puppeteer).
The Lab program will also include a staged reading of Beyond the Horizon by Ann Marie Dorr on 6/14; a Theater Making Workshop for Military Veterans on 6/15; a special workshop showing of Strange Interlude by David Greenspan (in partnership with Transport Group) on 6/21; an afternoon pub crawl on 6/25 with O'Neill biographer Robert M. Dowling.
In the spring of 1895, Oscar Wilde was larger than life. His masterpiece The Importance of Being Earnest was a hit in the West End; he was the toast of London. Yet by summer he was serving two years in prison for gross indecency.
Celebrated film and stage actor Rupert Everett captures the brilliant gay aesthete in the Hampstead Theatre production of lauded playwright David Hare's (Skylight, The Hours) 1998 play, courtesy of Chichester Festival Theatre and directed by Neil Armfield (The Diary of a Madman, 2011 Spring Season). Taking as its inspiration the "love that dare not speak its name"—Wilde's adoration for Lord Alfred "Bosie" Douglas—The Judas Kiss captures the before and after of Wilde's downfall: cajoled by Bosie into an ill-fated trial, then destitute and in exile in Naples following his imprisonment. The result is this multidimensional study of an icon faced with annihilation, still cleaving with remarkable sincerity to his ideals of beauty "above everything, and in all things."
It's 1941 and Alice "Al" Huffman comes from the potato fields of Long Island with her beau, her best girlfriend and her girlfriend's beau to make it on the Broadway stage only to find she has no talent. She meets Max, a former producer, talent manager and possible con man who introduces her to the glamorous, perpetually on the brink of stardom night club singer, Juliana. Juliana's voice sounds to Al like "warm milk slipping down the whole of my body."
Al is increasingly drawn into a secret gay underworld of men who wear dresses and women who smoke cigars, while her childhood friends continue in their "normal" lives. Al glides easily between the two worlds until these worlds begin to collide.
Juliana is the first in a series of novels about the same characters living through forthcoming decades of LGBT history.
Julie is a fresh and violent new work based on August Strindbergs' Miss Julie. premiering this fall during the Thespis Theater Festival.
In a small town in the rural Midwest, two childhood friends sneak away to play pretend in a nearby deserted fairground. Life back in town finds them crippled by trauma and shackled by cycles of silence and shame, forcing them to run away. Suddenly they are left to fend for each other amidst the crumbling fairgrounds, and their crumbling innocence, as they learn to maneuver through puberty and triggering what feels like love.
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.
Locked In The Attic Productions presents an original Seanie Sugrue play performed in three acts!
A paralytic presentation of murder, deceit and sexism. This series of stories, akin with a thin thread of correlation, attempt to prove whether its title holds true, that Love Is Dead!
Our modern take on A Midsummer Night's Dream transports audiences to the enchanted urban forest of NYC's Lower East Side. Lines are blurred between fairy and starving artist, musician and noble lord, as we follow the interwoven storylines of four young lovers, a troupe of madcap actors and the fairies who toy with their fates. The show mixes Shakespeare and comedy, with music and dance. The Bard's classic in an interactive, accessible and light way. It will appeal to the most avid Shakespeare fan, as well as to those experiencing a live play for the first time.
Any idea what happens when two people pretending to be wealthy get together and exchange vows only to find out they are both broke? Well The Newlyweds is a romantic comedy about a couple that meet thinking the other is rich and decide to quickly get married before their covers are blown!
You are cordially invited to witness the nuptials in this hip & hilarious comedy!! When Shaun Wilson hits rock bottom he decides the only way for him to reach his goals is to find a Sugar Momma -- that's when he meets Mallory Calderone, a live-in housekeeper for a billionaire, dressed up in her bosses clothes she finally meets the man of her dreams who happens to be a fast talking hustler pretending to be rich!
Will The Newlyweds be able to honor their vows through sickness and no wealth? Watch as these two imposters take you on a roller coaster of love and marriage.
A new musical adaptation of Hamlet driven by a muscular, vulnerable heroine, putting herself in harm's way for justice.
Petra is a war widow, supporting herself & her daughter by hauling waste water away from fracking wells. When a water quality engineer suddenly disappears, Petra blows the whistle on her boss to uncover the mystery. Petra's in love with a Mayor who can't take action without hard data; working for an entrepreneur who pumps out disinformation faster than oil; called crazy for valuing health over local industry. This contemporary musical adaptation of Hamlet features rap, latin & rock music styles. NIX is a mix of Shakespeare's most famous play & Erin Brockovich. Tell a rich man he could lose everything and see what happens.
Two plays by young Eugene O'Neill Nearly Never Performed: Recklessness and Now I Ask You.
Recklessness (1913) plots the ingenious and cold-blooded revenge of a cuckolded husband when he discovers his younger wife's affair with his chauffeur. An American Miss Julie with a Hitchcockian twist, the play foreshadows O'Neill's doomed lovers and tormented spouses yearning for freedom, even to the point of death.
Now I Ask You (1916) satirizes young Bohemian aspiration and suburban bourgeois complacency with witty one-liners and increasingly convoluted misunderstandings.
Othello by William Shakespeare will be presented in a Jewish Moroccan Style. Starring Actor and Baritone David Serero as Othello, this new production will be featuring singing as well.
In this acclaimed, early play by renowned writer Octavio Solis (Se Llama Cristina at INTAR; Pulitzer Prize nominated Lydia at Mark Taper Forum) Scout, a computer programmer with promise of upward mobility, attracts the interest of Liza and Vince, foolhardy opportunists in a complicated relationship. Vince drags the trio home where his wife Elena remains homebound smoking pot, watching porn, and craving snow peas. A drink and drug fueled night between unlikely friends scrapes down desires, secrets, and identities to the bone.
Rizing is set many years after the zombie apocalypse in Shelter, the last living city on Earth. Infected family members, friends, and lovers have been rehabilitated thanks to a daily regimen of drugs and therapy, but the uninfected that have brought them back do not trust them. Now the drugs are starting to wear off, and Shelter's two-tiered society is poised on the verge of all-out war. Characters on both sides must choose between rebuilding the world as it was and creating a new one by force.
In addition to Rizing's fresh take on a classic sci-fi genre, the play breaks ground by leaving the gender and race of each of its characters completely open.
Arguably, St. Ann's Warehouse is the only NY theater capable of staging Benedict Andrews' maverick production of A Streetcar Named Desire, featuring Gillian Anderson, Ben Foster, Corey Johnson and Vanessa Kirby. With its transparent, revolving set, all conversations are overheard, there's nowhere to hide and the ensuing tragedy purposefully spins toward its inevitable last line. The New York Times called the production "a wounding portrait of communal loss."
Based on eight stories from the latest anthology by award-winning Israeli author and filmmaker Etgar Keret, this play is a celebration of storytelling and the magic of art—an ensemble piece written for six actors & two musicians playing over thirty roles. It is a comic drama of a modern writer weaving extra-ordinary tales in the middle of Tel Aviv. Here stories are the currency, a matter of life and death. The stories make us real and teach us (with a nod to Scheherazade) how to face the difficulties of life—from the absurd to the unbearable—without resorting to violence or abusing your power.
An innovative reimagining of film techniques for live performance, You Can't Kiss a Movie features performer Shelley Farmer, whose passionate (obsessive?) love of French movies from the 1960s New Wave is the seed for an original story about an ill-fated love affair, told through the songs and dialogue of those movies. With a spirit of youthful immediacy inspired by the films themselves, this bilingual cabaret playfully tweaks the films' themes and gender roles while continuing their investigation into the costs and virtues of emotional engagement in art and life. You Can't Kiss a Movie is an exuberant, affecting show for both film buffs and newcomers.