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After the Blast is set in the wake of total environmental disaster. The human population has retreated underground. Experience is simulated. Fertility is regulated. And Anna and Oliver have one last chance to have a baby.
AlieNation comprises three vital stage works that explore themes of perception, alienation, and integration and their consequences in different social and geographical contexts.
Enrico IV, the Pirandello classic, translated by Gloria Pastorino, examines madness versus the mask that society forces people to wear. King Henry speaks directly to his audience — who may just be crazier than he is.
A Story of Love and Soccer, translated by Peter Speedwell, is set in a Southern Italy village where a group of immigrants compete in the first-ever clandestine soccer world championship to determine who will seize control of the city.
The Journey I Never Made, translated by Carlotta Brentan, focuses on two women from very different cultures and times who meet in a mysterious station where all trains have been cancelled. Despite their suspicions, they mirror one another and slowly begin a dialogue.
Angels Among Us is returning for a holiday encore performance! This previously sold-out hit play, first performed in May 2017, highlights the journey of nine 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 know what it is yet.
Presented in a series of four connected vignettes, these 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.
Tony Kushner's seminal epic, Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes, returns to Broadway for the first time since its now-legendary original production opened in 1993. This new staging of part one of Angels in America, Millennium Approaches, and of part two, Perestroika, had its world premiere in a sold-out run at the National Theatre, where it became the fastest-selling show in the organization's history.
Starring multi-Tony Award winner Nathan Lane and Academy Award and Tony nominee Andrew Garfield, the cast of Angels in America features fellow original National Theatre cast members Susan Brown, Denise Gough, Amanda Lawrence, James McArdle, and Nathan Stewart-Jarrett. Multi-Tony winner Marianne Elliott (War Horse) directs.
As politically incendiary as any play in the American canon, Angels in America also manages to be hilariously irreverent and heartbreakingly humane. It is also astonishingly relevant, speaking every bit as urgently to our anxious times as it did to the early '90s. Tackling Reaganism, McCarthyism, immigration, religion, climate change, and AIDS against the backdrop of New York City in the mid-1980s, no contemporary drama has succeeded so indisputably with so ambitious a scope. Angels in America won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, seven Tony Awards, the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, and the Evening Standard Award for Best New Play.
Arden/Everywhere reimagines Shakespeare's As You Like It as a story about refugees. It unlocks this beloved comedy's deepest heartbeat to tell a distinctly contemporary story — one that looks into a world of dislocation and exile to discover resilience, reconciliation, and love. Performed by a diverse cast of actors whose origins extend from Russia to Liberia to Sri Lanka to Ohio, it unleashes theater's unique ability to awaken empathy, locating our common humanity in the face of a seemingly incomprehensible global catastrophe.
Based on true stories, The Bench, set in urban decay and rubble, explores the emotional heartbreak of five homeless characters and the catastrophic hysteria surrounding AIDs in the 1980s. The sparse set is accented with hand-drawn imagery from Daphne Arthur's graphic novel adaptation of the play, and audio design is by world-renowned composer and multi-instrumentalist Deep Singh. It's a unique and fresh solo theater piece wherein one actor plays five characters, written in dialogue form, not traditional "monologue black out, monologue black out" traditional solo theater form.
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
One of the most iconic works in American theater returns to Broadway for the first time in more than two decades. Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein's timeless musical Carousel comes to life in a new production starring Lindsay Mendez (Significant Other), Tony Award nominees Joshua Henry (Hamilton, Shuffle Along) and John Douglas Thompson (Jitney), Tony winner Jessie Mueller (Beautiful, Waitress), and Renée Fleming in her first-ever appearance in a Broadway musical. Multi-Tony winner Jack O'Brien (The Front Page, The Coast of Utopia) directs, with choreography by New York City Ballet's Justin Peck.
Set in a small New England factory town, Carousel depicts the tragic romance between a troubled carnival barker and the young woman who gives up everything for him. Elevated to an epic scale with a sweeping musical score and incandescent ballet sequences, this story of passion, loss, and redemption introduced Broadway to a new manner of musical drama — one that produced some of the American Songbook's most iconic numbers and would captivate theatergoers for generations to come.
This award-winning and electrifying production of A Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess's literary masterpiece, arrives in New York direct from a sold-out run in London. A Clockwork Orange lures audiences into a glass-edged, testosterone-filled underworld of a dystopian future. The explosive story of little Alex and his band of droogs is a groundbreaking classic teeming with sexuality and "a bit of the old ultra-violence." The story feels as hauntingly relevant today as when the book was published in 1962 and when Stanley Kubrick's Oscar-nominated film caused a stir in 1971. A Clockwork Orange remains an unapologetic celebration of the human condition and individual freedoms.
When John takes a break from his boyfriend, he accidentally meets the girl of his dreams. John has to make a decision, and there is only one way to straighten this out...
The Cooping Theory is an immersive, intimate paranormal theatrical event featuring a preshow, dining, and craft cocktail experience with absinthe service
The fall breeze is calling you to join the seance. The year is 1949. You are invited by the Poe Society to join them on the 100-year anniversary of the mysterious death of Edgar Allan Poe. The Society seeks to induct new members & attempt to summon the spirit of Poe. Will the spirit of Poe arrive? Come find out for yourself. If you dare. Your experience begins at the door after you knock three times.
Tood, Weetsie, and Sybill are brides in rural Louisiana in 1943. Each married a Cliffert brother. The men are off to war, and a local news story about these young wives keeping the home fires burning intrigues Henry Luce. He decides that they belong on the cover of Life magazine and assigns Kate Miller to the story. She has been covering the war in Europe and, though she views doing a "women's piece" as a career setback, she accepts because it will be her first cover story. Kate spends a week with the Cliffert women, and her haughty urban attitude gives way to sympathy as she begins to understand them while coming face-to-face with her own powerlessness in a man's world. Filled with charm and fun, The Cover of Life is a deeply affecting story about the struggle for self-worth.
In a small Boston suburb, a single schoolteacher is struggling to get by when the wealthy father of one of her students surprises her with a financial proposal that could change her daughter's life. Suddenly, their worlds collide in ways that open up questions: What truly separates the haves and the have nots? Is it wrong to seize an incredible chance, even if the circumstances seem questionable? Loosely inspired by a passage from The Great Gatsby, this timely new play by the author of The City of Conversation probes the troubling relationship of finance and educational opportunity in American life today. Directing is Tony Award winner Doug Hughes (Doubt).
Join us for Sea Dog Theater's inaugural production of John Patrick Shanley's critically acclaimed play, Danny and the Deep Blue Sea. The setting is a run-down bar in the Bronx, where two of society's rejects, Danny and Roberta, strike up a halting conversation over their beer. Both with destructive pasts and previously incapable of genuine relationships, the evening delves deep into the brokenness and beauty of their lives. In the end, there are no easy answers, yet both characters manage to find an exorcism and forgiveness that, while painfully achieved, offers the reconciliatory hope of a future together.
Sea Dog Theater's mission is to tell stories in which the experience of alienation and the struggle for reconciliation intersect. With an emphasis on hospitality and creating an ensemble of artists, Sea Dog Theater produces two full productions each year and monthly reading events. A small reception follows each event.
Daybreak, written by Joyce Van Dyke and directed by Lucie Tiberghien, is a world premiere play highlighting Armenian-American history. Set in three time periods, Van Dyke's drama is inspired by the true stories of two female friends who survived the Armenian genocide. Using memory, dreams, and music, Daybreak carries the story of these women into the 21st century in a celebration of the human spirit's endurance.
Nikolai Gogol's dark piece as reimagined by Ilia Volok centers on the gradual decline into insanity by Poprishchin, a low-ranking civil servant who yearns to be noticed by the beautiful daughter of a senior official. More than just unrequited love, Madman delves into class wars and an everyman's quest for individuality in an indifferent urban city. Don't be so quick to think this only happens over there.
Conceived, written, and directed by Murielle Borst-Tarrant [Kuna/Rappahanock Nations] Musical direction by Kevin Tarrant [Hopi/Hochunk Nations]
A Safe Harbors Indigenous Collective Project
Watch out when Indian show business meets the Doctrine of Discovery! A raucous play and political satire loosely based on Dante's Divine Comedy. A comedic Native-Aesthetic look at the marginalization of indigenous peoples and the appropriation of indigenous cultural and intellectual property. See what happens when the Indians push back.
A Dixon Place premiere you won't tell your parents about when you dress up and sneak out to see it late at night. Inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's The Masque of the Red Death, this ensemble-created piece explores power, privilege, and unrequited love. We follow the adventures of MAN as he stumbles upon an invitation he shouldn't open, goes to a party where he doesn't belong, and experiences a night he never should have experienced. Using subculture interactions to reflect societal norms, this show reveals and destabilizes the status quo like a funhouse mirror. Drawing from the worlds of vaudeville, clowning, drag, and cult horror, we aim to entertain, unsettle, disgust, and delight.
A Dixon Place premiere you won't tell your parents about when you dress up and sneak out to see it late at night. Inspired by Edgar Allen Poe's Masque of the Red Death, this ensemble-created piece explores power, privilege, and unrequited love. We follow the adventures of MAN as he stumbles upon an invitation he shouldn't open, goes to a party where he doesn't belong, and experiences a night he never should have experienced. Using subculture interactions to reflect societal norms, this show reveals and destabilizes the status quo like a funhouse mirror. Drawing from the worlds of vaudeville, clowning, drag, and cult horror, we aim to entertain, unsettle, disgust, and delight.
Bram Stoker's enduring tale of horror is coming to Manhattan's oldest mansion. Adapted for the stage by Steven Dietz, the Morris-Jumel Mansion proudly presents Dracula. Surrounded by the historic furnishings from the period, audiences will witness this enduring tale of seduction and immortality unlike ever before. Directed by Vincent Carbone with costumes designed by Vanessa Soto, the play will be presented in the Octagon Room of the mansion.
Moose Hall Theatre Company presents this revival of one of their most popular productions: an original adaptation of Bram Stoker's horror masterpiece.
Experience a taste of Gothic horror this Halloween season. Adapted and directed by Moose Hall artistic director Ted Minos, Dracula! The Tale of Flesh and Blood is a wry exploration of the sources of disbelief, faith, fantasy, and genuine fear.
Parental discretion advised. There is chilling fun and adventure, but Dracula! The Tale of Flesh and Blood contains some scenes which may not be suitable for younger audience members, including horror violence and scenes of a sexual nature. The show is recommended for those 12 years and above.
The world premiere of Ferguson hits New York City. The stage play recreates the shooting of Michael Brown using eyewitness grand jury testimony. No spin. No media filter. No fake news.
The Triangle Waist Company fire on March 25, 1911, lives in infamy as one of the worst disasters in the history of New York City. In just a few short minutes, over 140 lives were abruptly extinguished when the eighth, ninth, and 10th floors of the Triangle Waist Company were consumed by fire on that fateful March day. Most of the casualties were female immigrants who had come to America to start new lives for themselves and for their families. Many of the girls sent portions of their meager incomes back home to their relatives who remained in the "old country." The young women had believed the stories they had read about American streets being "paved with gold." The reality was, the only gold they saw were the gold coins pocketed by the manufacturers.
Fire dramatically interweaves fictionalized stories about these young transplants with actual testimony from the trial against the owners of the factory. It poetically explores the theme of avarice juxtaposed against the dream of living in a new land and all the promise that goes along with it.
Fire resonates today because one of the baser human desires, greed, pervades the world as much now, if not more, as it did back in 1911. The play is ultimately about overcoming adversity and never giving up hope for a better life.
Love Creek Productions invite you to immerse yourself into our Halloween Bacchanalia, a sexy, scary evening in which we present two plays: Look Good, Smell Good, Don't Be Crazy, a new play by NYC playwright Diana Middleton; and The Bacchae Redux, a retelling of the classic Greek tragedy by Steven Barrett. It will a fun, sexy, and terrifying evening. First, what is the most frightening thing imaginable? Why, dating in this modern age. What happens when a woman of a certain age has arranged to meet a man she barely saw and when he finally shows up, he seems a bit…young? Is he old enough for this? Is she too old for this? All of this is on Halloween night and the city is starting to erupt with its annual festival of candy and sexy costumes. So what happens when the new king bans the annual bacchanalia? Will Dionysus show up and exact a revenge? Find out in this sassy reimagining.
Set in Montezuma, Georgia, and New York City in 1941, this new work by Adrienne Kennedy — a multi-Obie Award winner and one of America's greatest living dramatists — is a heartbreaking and nail-biting memory tale of segregation, theatrical yearning, and doomed love. The action, driven by lyrical parallel monologues and a chilling tour through a storeroom of charged images, braids together the indignities of Jim Crow, rising Nazism, sexual hypocrisy, Christopher Marlowe, and the lingering shadow of a terrible crime.
The Bridge Production Group is thrilled to present Hedda, the world premiere adaptation of Ibsen's Hedda Gabler through the darkly comic and absurd lens of playwright Carol Brown.
Returning to Norway from a three-month honeymoon abroad, Hedda Gabler finds herself trapped in an unfurnished house, surrounded by her uninspiring and academic husband. Trapped by moving boxes. Trapped by talks of academia. Trapped.
The sudden inflow of guests and ghosts from the past provide Hedda the opportunity to stir the pot, creating some brief diversions to pass the time. As her actions continue to alter the lives of those around her, Hedda propels herself closer and closer to the brink of insanity.
The cast is comprised of Carol Brown (The Good Wife"), Tim Thomas (original company of Into the Woods), Madeleine Rogers (Juilliard), Max Samuels (Angry Young Man), and Mike Labbadia (cofounder of Produced by Actors).
New York Premiere
Written by Tony- and Olivier Award-winning playwright Brian Friel.
In the hot Donegal August of 1878, the fruits of colonialism and the ambiguities of loyalty are tested within the background of impossible love. Christopher Gore, the liberal-minded Anglo-Irish landlord and his son, David, reside at the Lodge with their "chatelaine" Margaret, with whom they are both in love. Christopher's cousin, Dr. Richard Gore, arrives with the intention of pursuing a Darwin-inspired scientific theory: By measuring the craniums of the indigenous Irish, he hopes to crack the genetic code of the indigenes…demonstrating their inferior place in the natural order. Set in the era of the rumblings of violence and uncertainty at the dawn of the Home Rule movement, Brian Friel explores the aftermath of Dr. Gore's experiment as deep animosity is dangerously ignited among the suspicious villagers of Ballybeg.
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.
Gothic ghosts encounter modern monstrosities when twin sisters inherit the house where Poe is reputed to have composed "The Raven." In The House on Poe Street, a wealthy estate lawyer learns to appreciate Poe's macabre spirit while questioning his own presumptions of wealth, gender parity, and the power of poetry to conjure visions of a spectral afterlife.
Swimming pools, twinkly lights, a well-stocked tiki bar, and beach balls welcome the audience to a raucous and utterly zany beach party in The Hypocrites' adaptation of Pirates of Penzance.
The entire audience joins the cast on the stage-beach, immersed in the action alongside sappy pirates, dewy-eyed damsels, bumbling bobbies, and one very stuffy major general. Directed and adapted by Sean Graney, with book by W.S. Gilbert and music by Arthur Sullivan, The Hypocrites' Pirates is a spunky model of a (post-)modern major musical.
Multi-Academy Award winner and Tony Award winner Denzel Washington returns to Broadway in one of the signal roles in the American theater in Eugene O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh. Washington, fresh off his extraordinary sell-out runs in both Fences and A Raisin in the Sun, comes back to the Main Stem. Multi-Tony winner George C. Wolfe directs this strictly limited engagement.
Four flawed but likable lower-middle-class New Yorkers interact in a touching play about learning how to stay afloat in the deep water of day-to-day living. Laced with cooking classes, swimming lessons, and a smorgasbord of illegal drugs, Jack Goes Boating is a story of date panic, marital meltdown, and the prevailing grace of the human spirit. Written by Bob Glaudini, this revival marks the 10th anniversary of the play's premiere, originally produced and directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman at LAByrinth Theater.
This play kicks off "The Empathy Initiative," the Seeing Place's yearlong commitment to addressing oppression through the power of theater. With an emphasis on the organic, edgy American style of acting developed by the Group Theatre, TSP allows audiences to experience modern classics with a deeper understanding of how they relate to the struggles we face today. With that, tickets are as low as $15 as a part of TSP's Affordable Theater Initiative, making theater accessible for all.
Lady Macbeth and Her Lover, a new play by acclaimed playwright Richard Vetere (One Shot, One Kill) and directed by Michelle Bossy, runs from November 1-19 at the Directors Studio at the Directors Company.
Lady Macbeth and Her Lover tells the tale of three women whose lives are intertwined when two of them make a suicide pact, and one dies while the other goes on to live a successful life. When the daughter of the dead woman connects with the survivor, she demands that she be her literary mentor. Inspired by the lives of Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton, and Elizabeth Bishop, Lady Macbeth and Her Lover is a psychological thriller that challenges and feeds the soul.
by Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre Conceived and written by Vít Hořejš Codirected by Hořejš and Matt Cahoon
The Life and Times of Lee Harvey Oswald revisits three 1963 national traumas: the assassinations of President Kennedy, his brother, and Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Exploring the shrouded, dense cobwebs of multiple conspiracy theories that attempt to justify these senseless acts, the main protagonists inexorably approach the Grassy Knoll guided by fate as marionettes are powered by their strings.
Award-winning actor-writer Dan Ruth returns to the Laurie Beechman Theatre with his tour de force black comedy, A Life Behind Bars. Fermented in over two decades of booze, bars, and New York City gentrification, the show, directed by multiple MAC and Bistro winner Tanya Moberly is an unapologetic, darkly funny look at what can happen when you reach for the stars and grab for the bottle instead. Dan Ruth shares his story of addiction and recovery through comedic monologues, interwoven with characters he's encountered while working and drinking in the bars and dives of pre-Rudy Giuliani Williamsburg, Brooklyn and Manhattan.
In this inventive and highly theatrical adaptation of C.S. Lewis' classic, two actors give a tour-de-force performance that's sure to delight children and adults alike. Through the magic of theater, Peter and Lucy take viewers to Narnia, where the White Witch has cast a spell that makes it always winter and never Christmas. See them meet Mr. Tumnus the faun and conspire with talking animals to save Narnia. Come face-to-face with Aslan the Great Lion and cheer as Peter, Susan, Lucy, and Edmund courageously battle the forces of evil and discover that love is the deepest magic of all.
Note: This show is open to everyone but most suitable for ages five and up.
Following 2013's Belleville, Pulitzer Prize finalist Amy Herzog and multi-Obie Award-winning director Anne Kauffman return to New York Theatre Workshop with Mary Jane. During a rain-drenched summer in New York City, an indefatigable single mother navigates the mundane, the shattering, and the sublime aspects of caring for a chronically sick child.
The joys and perils of motherhood, the hovering shadow of infant mortality, and the sting of loneliness and rejection merge as Mary Shelley creates her masterwork, Frankenstein. The creature that Dr. Frankenstein produces, an assemblage of disparate elements, coalesces into a monster with a human soul. His horrific appearance conceals the gentlest heart. Through no fault of his own, he descends into evil. Excerpts from the 1818 edition of Frankenstein, music, and dance are interwoven with Mary Shelley's letters and diaries, creating parallel narratives as both dramas unfold. This production features music by Bach, Liszt, and Schubert.
The Mecca Tales tells the story of five Muslim women on the pilgrimage known as the Hajj. When their bus breaks down miles short of their destination, tempers flare and the women are tested in unexpected ways. They share their personal stories with each other in an attempt to move forward in their lives and find meaning in a spiritual journey seemingly gone awry.
When David Bowie died, performing artist Soomi Kim was suddenly reminded of her own coming of age in the MTV generation and her adolescent desire to be the exotic Asian woman in Bowie's "China Girl" video. MLCG (My Little China Girl) is a high-octane solo performance that traverses Kim's experiences as a first-generation Korean-American navigating the single most tragic event in her life, the confiscation of memories, and the attempts that were made to replace them. MLCG (My Little China Girl) pairs award-winning artists Kim and director Leta Tremblay with video artists Justin West and Kevan Loney.
"Struggles of addiction, friendship, love and the challenges of adulthood are at the center of the story. Jackie, a petty drug dealer, is just out of prison and trying to stay clean. He's also still in love with his coke-addicted childhood sweetheart, Veronica. Ralph D. is Jackie's too-smooth, slightly slippery sponsor. He's married to the bitter and disaffected Victoria, who, by the way, has the hots for Jackie. And then there's Julio, Jackie's cousin."
Written by Stephen Adly Guirgis and produced by Marshall Hall Productions, this cast delivers a fresh and honest take on an unforgettable story. Hilarious yet heartwarming and verbally high-octane, be ready to be thoroughly entertained.
The second installment of Night Witches, a new play. In the fall of 1941, after the Nazi Invasion of the Soviet Union, Marina Raskova, a Russian Amelia Earhart, formed three female aviation regiments to fight back. Of the three, the 588th Night Bomber Regiment was the only unit to remain exclusively female throughout the war. Made of up 112 girls ages 17-26, they flew for 3 1/2 years using repurposed crop-dusting planes to drop bombs on Nazi forces below. Inspired from Anne Noggle's book, A Dance with Death, Night Witches weaves together a story of sisterhood, courage, and endurance amidst a world war.
Following a critically acclaimed engagement in 2016, No-No Boy returns for a limited run that aligns with the Day of Remembrance. Set after World War Two as Japanese-Americans return to the West Coast, the play tracks draft-resister Ichiro Yamada following his release from prison. He struggles to come to terms with the consequences of his choices while other members of his community try to get back on their feet after a war that has uprooted them all. Ron Nakahara directs this drama adapted by Ken Naraski from John Okada's groundbreaking novel.
Set in South Central Los Angeles, Luis Alfaro's Oedipus El Rey is an electrifying new take on Sophocles's classic tragedy. Oedipus is reimagined as a troubled Latino whose dreams of controlling his own destiny soar above the barbed wire of the prison where he's spent his life. But in a place where everyone is trapped — by desperation or fate, history or violence — no one man can change his story alone. Love, family, and belief collide in this chilling new play that asks, "What's fate, and what's just the system?"
Gina was warned that one of her students would be a problem. Eighteen years old and strikingly odd, Dennis writes violently obscene work clearly intended to unsettle those around him. Determined to know whether or not he's a real threat, Gina compels Dennis to meet her during her office hours. But as the clock ticks down, Gina realizes that "good" versus "bad" is nothing more than a convenient illusion and that the isolated young student in her office has learned one thing above all else: that for the powerless, the ability to terrify others is powerful indeed. Neel Keller directs this taut new drama by playwright Julia Cho.
Only You Can Prevent Wildfires explores the true story of Terry Lynn Barton, a forestry technician, who in 2002 started the largest forest fire in Colorado history when she burned a letter from her estranged husband. Under the obsessive scrutiny of investigator Kim Jones, Terry's actions are called into question in a desperate attempt to uncover the motive behind her crime. As we watch Terry's relationship with her husband deteriorate over time, the clues begin to fall into place. Was the fire really an accident, or was it caused by a woman trying desperately to break free?
Panther Woman is a work of historical fiction chronicling one woman's experience in the original Black Panther Party for Self-Defense. Prepare to embark on an unforgettable journey from the Jim Crow South to the civil rights movement of the 1960s and 1970s through a tale of struggle, love, and hope for the future.
Uma Thurman stars in The Parisian Woman, a new play written by Academy Award and Emmy nominee Beau Willimon (House of Cards) and directed by Tony winner Pam MacKinnon (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?).
The Parisian Woman is set in Washington, D.C., where powerful friends are the only kind worth having, especially after the 2016 election. At the center is Chloe (Uma Thurman), a socialite armed with charm and wit, coming to terms with politics, her past, her marriage, and an uncertain future. Dark humor and drama collide at this pivotal moment in Chloe's life, and in our nation's, when the truth isn't obvious and the stakes couldn't be higher.
Detailing the exploits of two American men who travel to Amsterdam to hire a female prostitute, Adam Rapp's Red Light Winter confronts the expectations of fantasy, the disappointment of reality, and the complexities of unrequited love — a twisted and complicated web, spanning Amsterdam's Red Light District to the East Village.
The Bridge Production Group is thrilled to feature Red Light Winter as part of The Bridge Residency: a monthlong residency at the Robert Moss Theater, presenting Red Light Winter in rotating repertory with Hedda and The Sonnets.
Red Light Winter contains explicit language and simulated sex, and is recommended for mature audiences.
Theresa Hanneck is a celebrated author and veteran feminist warrior; Msemaji Ukweli is a promising young writer who is quickly becoming the leading cultural critic on race, class, and gender for a new generation. When a heated exchange between the two women goes viral, Theresa finds herself ill-equipped to manage her message in the era of 140-character tweets — especially against a rival whose time may have come. A collision of ideals within the feminist movement propels JC Lee's riveting drama from breathless start to surprising finish.
This fall, Two Headed Rep's pairing of plays find themselves in the workplace, inhabited by people who, every day, confront, consider, and carry out what's expected of them. What weighs on us when we're expected to do everything? What about when nothing is expected of us? And what do we do about the dog? Two Headed Rep asks these questions and more with their fall rep: a new adaptation of Miss Julie by Brittany Allen, Will Arbery, and Amanda Keating, and Reno & Moll, a new play written in response to Strindberg's classic by Emma Horwitz.
Right Before I Go. brings to life the last words of those lost to suicide, including the heartsick, bullied, veterans, mentally ill, and the achingly lonely. This poignant, deeply moving, and surprisingly light play invokes a raw and authentic approach to storytelling in an effort to help broaden public perspective of suicide, eliminate the stigma associated with depression, and strengthen the relationship between survivors and those struggling every day.
Multi-Tony Award nominee Condola Rashad (A Doll's House, Part 2) will star as one of history's greatest heroines in a new production of George Bernard Shaw's epic work, directed by Daniel Sullivan (The Little Foxes). Set in 15th-century France, Saint Joan follows a country girl whose mysterious visions propel her into elite circles. When the nation's rulers become threatened by her popularity and influence, they unite to bring her down, and she finds herself on trial for her life. This timeless and powerful play dramatizes the limits of an individual in a society dominated by overwhelming political and religious forces.
Hook & Eye Theater weaves together stories from America's New Deal era with the modern day to create She-She-She, a magical abstraction of wilderness and identity. Inspired by the friendship between Eleanor Roosevelt and Pauli Murray, She-She-She follows the stories of six women as they forge their journeys up Bear Mountain, wrestling with the intersections of their inheritance as they are informed and molded by their past. Full of joy, soul, and musicality, Hook & Eye's work has been called "rich, intelligent, funny," and "a testament to the collaborative process of theatre making."
NYU Skirball will present the North American premiere of the Palestinian company the Freedom Theatre's The Siege, which is based on the 2002 occupation of Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity, where more than 200 Palestinian fighters, civilians, and Christian clergy sought sanctuary during an Israeli military action. The play is created and directed by Nabil Al-Raee and Zoe Lafferty, and will be performed in Arabic with English subtitles.
The Freedom Theatre, based in the West Bank refugee camp of Jenin, is dedicated to using culture and art as a catalyst for social change. Through workshops, classes and professional theater productions, the Freedom Theatre helps Palestinian adults, youth, and women develop tools to deal with the hardships of daily life under occupation.
"Exploring what is underneath when nothing is concealed."
Developed at Boston Conservatory, The Sonnets is an original theater piece that examines the sex industry through Shakespearean text, contemporary music, devised movement, and immersive design.
The Sonnets From William Shakespeare and Kyla Walker
Cast: Idalis Rideout, Kara Overlien, Scout Backus, Anni Epstein, Kyla Walker, Sigrid Wise, Daina Njuguna, and Varvara Ilchenko
All For One Theater presents Squeamish, the new play starring two-time Tony nominee Alison Fraser (The Secret Garden, First Daughter Suite). This production is the third psychological horror play from Aaron Mark, following his acclaimed Empanada Loca with Daphne Rubin-Vega and Another Medea with Tom Hewitt.
Squeamish is the tale of an Upper West Side psychoanalyst, a long-time recovering alcoholic whose bloody quest for personal balance begins when she finds herself in the South Plains of Texas, off her meds, after her nephew's suicide.
Written by Nobel Prize-winning author Albert Camus, staged by leading avant-garde French director Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota and produced by the celebrated Paris theater company Théâtre de la Ville, The State of Siege is set to take the country by storm this fall on its first visit to the United States. The rarely staged work, penned in 1948, weaves a tale of paranoia, endurance and political struggle resulting in a dizzying modern metaphor. With a renowned ensemble working on an epic scale, The State of Siege (L'État de siège) explores how art can serve as a way to process — and to resist — human atrocities. What role can art play in the face of peril? Faced with imminent danger, can the human spirit remain focused on the beauty of life?
Nina Leeds's life crumbles when her true love is killed in World War One. Flitting from one man to the next until she settles for a life she never wanted, Nina is stalked by the fantasy of the happiness she never got to share with her late fiancé. This 1928 saga follows the lives of eight characters over the course of a half-century.
Transport Group's radical revival of Strange Interlude reunites David Greenspan, dramaturg Kristina Corcoran Williams, and director Jack Cummings III in an almost preposterous feat. The three of them present Eugene O'Neill's Pulitzer Prize-winning nine-act, five-hour play as an uncut one-night solo performance.
A new horror play written by Matt Minnicino, from Traumaturgy Productions
When a long-vacant apartment in Sunset Park goes back on the market, bright-eyed young couple Matty and Theo soon discover it was more than supply and demand that kept their new home empty. As their grasp on what's real and what's false begins to fray — and their marriage with it — the pair must rely on the aid of a local linked to the building's murky past to peel back the layers of unsettling phenomena springing up around them. But with this ghostly presence growing more urgent by the moment, it may take more than just the truth to save them.
In a strange relationship that lasted 14 years and was conducted exclusively through letters, Pyotor Ilyich Tchaikovsky and his patroness Nadezhda von Meck were united through the invincible power of a disembodied love in which they both found refuge. Plagued by doubts about the greatness of his music, tormented by the fear that his homosexuality would be discovered, and trapped in a marriage to a woman who was eventually committed to an insane asylum, Tchaikovsky found in von Meck an "invisible angel." Tchaikovsky: None but the Lonely Heart honors their unique relationship in part through music, including the composer's Piano Trio in A minor.
A world premiere with a cast of four, The Thing With Feathers feels almost like a thriller as Scott Organ masterfully spins the tale of an underage teenager seduced by an older man on the internet. Things are not as they seem, however. This play is one of several by Organ produced by the Barrow Group Theatre Company. Others are Phoenix, Afraid. Yes. Of., The Mulligan, and The Faithful.
In Too Heavy for Your Pocket, Tennessee-born playwright Jiréh Breon Holder takes audiences back to Nashville in the summer of 1961. The Freedom Riders are embarking on a courageous journey into the Deep South. When 20-year-old Bowzie Brandon gives up a life-changing college scholarship to join the movement, he has to convince his loved ones — and himself — that shaping his country's future might be worth jeopardizing his own.
A collaboration between Teatro Patologico and ZCO/DANCEPROJECT Written and directed by Dario D'Ambrosi Choreography by Zazel O'Garra
Upside Down narrates the story of a young, able-bodied woman who accidentally enters a world populated by people who dress, act, and move in the opposite way — a world that contradicts "normality." Performed by a cast of actors with disabilities, this production upends the concept of daily life, social norms, and diversity.
A Walk in the Woods, Lee Blessing's insightful two-character play set during the end of the Cold War, tells the tale of a series of meetings between two diplomats, American and Russian. The play raises deep questions: What can we do to heal the world? What is the value of human connection? How can we best bridge fundamental differences? In today's political climate, Blessing's story has chilling resonance.
A teenager vanishes and her family is forced to face hidden monsters and terrifying truths.
"Why is it still like this?" Janice sighs to Eliza. It's 1992, and Eliza is the brainy new recruit at a small-shop architecture firm. But she's struggling to get a foothold on even the lowest rung of the company ladder, and starts making moves to blow the lid off their Pandora's box of office politics and social maneuvering in this sharply hilarious black comedy. Theresa Rebeck brings her trademark blistering wit to the workplace in this darkly funny and all-too-relevant comedy of gender politics.
In a land where the whiskey is always flowing, an ambitious young painter is faced with a life-altering choice: give up on her dreams and embrace a carefree life, or lose her father, the powerful Mayor of Williamsburg. Will she leave behind the only family she's ever known? Or will she discover that in Williamsburg, it's easier to drink than to think? From the New York Innovative Theater Award-nominated team behind Fatty Fatty No Friends comes a new musical about hope, family, whiskey, and reconciling the dreamer within.
After successful representations in London, Zürich, Munich, and Bucharest, Why the Child Is Cooking in the Polenta is going to be staged in New York this November! A play that can be staged in three languages (German, English, and Romanian) and has already been applauded by audiences in four countries.
With a mother that hangs by her hair and a father that is clown, Aglaja has one wish: to become as famous as Sophia Loren when she grows up. But the family lives always on the road after fleeing their own country in search of fame and luxury in the West. Will the family's ambitions prove to be only mere illusions?
Wicked Clone is the story of a vampire bitten by a human being.
Identical twin sisters born in Transylvania in 1483, now living in New York City, reveal who vampires truly are through an original epic story. Wicked Clone is a unique blend of theater and film that transports audiences to an immortal, Transylvanian land of song and dance. Its heroes step out of the screen to challenge audience members to get reborn!
Left quad. Right quad. Lunge. A girls indoor soccer team warms up. From the safety of their suburban stretch circle, the team navigates big questions and wages tiny battles with all the vim and vigor of a pack of adolescent warriors. The Wolves is a portrait of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for nine American girls who just want to score some goals.
Award-winning writer Marcus Gardley's critically acclaimed play X: Or, Betty Shabazz v. The Nation lyrically explores the assassination of Malcolm X — both the story we think we know and illuminating details that have seldom been shared. Shakespeare's Julius Caesar provides a framework for Gardley to deepen our understanding of one of America's most complex, compelling historical figures, and to explore the tumultuous landscape of ideology and activism in the 1960s.