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5: A Celebration of the Senses - The Living Movie takes on an idea that is generally two-dimensional and distant — that of a movie — and makes it come to life among its audience. In this immersive show, dance, cuisine, film, lighting, photography, and performance art converge in a story line inspired by the cycle of life and led by music. The result is a dreamlike experience that blurs the line between art and reality, and, within the confines of a theater room, takes the audience on a surreal journey summoning the whole of existence.
Featuring: - Stefano Di Lorenzo (percussion, synth, and artistic direction) - Joe Fee (bass and percussion) - Joe Hartmann (guitar) - Chieh Hsiung (dancer and actress) - Presente Infinito (photos) - John Salutz (lighting) - Jacquelyn West (singer, songwriter, and actress) - Tzuan Wu (film)
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.
Two one-act plays to round out your education.
The evening begins with the Christopher Durang classic Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You. Before there was Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, before Betty's Summer Vacation and Beyond Therapy, there was Sister Mary, the nun who teaches grade school and explained how life works. Four of them return to present the Christmas pageant for Sister Mary, but one of them has something else in mind. Don't worry, Sister Mary surely has something up her sleeve.
We complete the evening with The Lesson by Eugène Ionesco. One of the greatest writers of the French avant-garde, and author of Rhinoceros and The Bald Soprano, we are pleased to present one of his early works. An absurd but terrifying private lesson in "New Spanish" and obedience unfolds as a student comes to the home of the Professor. Slowly, the position of power and author devour the humanity and a grotesque lesson is learned.
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
In Blood Boundary (the third and final play of Vicki Lynn Mooney's Broken Heart Land trilogy), James, a young man raised in a white family, must examine his life when confronted with his Cherokee mixed-blood relatives. James faces the tough choice to leave to pursue his medical career abroad or stand beside his family in a time of racial oppression during the dark days of 1920s.
A Clockwork Orange lures audiences into the glass-edged, testosterone-filled underworld of a dystopian future. The explosive story of young Alex and his rebellious gang of droogs is a groundbreaking classic of orgiastic violence and sexuality. As hauntingly relevant today as when Anthony Burgess's book was first published in 1962 and when Stanley Kubrick's film adaptation caused a stir in 1971, A Clockwork Orange is an unapologetic celebration of the human condition.
In the year 1949, three elite members of the Poe Society gather in honor of the 100th anniversary of the death of Edgar Allan Poe. They hope to induct new members into the Society as well as attempt to summon the spirit of Poe and discover how he really died. Their foray into the spirit world through the eyes of a medium takes a sharp left when the spirit of Poe arrives and events do not go the way anyone expected.
The Cooping Theory: Who Killed Edgar Allan Poe? is an intimate, multisensory, immersive, paranormal experience located in a 150-year-old speakeasy in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Enjoy a theater event featuring craft cocktails, delicious food, and live music after the show in the beautiful upstairs bar and outdoor patio at St. Mazie Bar & Supper Club.
Combining elements of Greek tragedy with contemporary devised theatre, Cradle Two Grave uses authentic found recordings, interviews, original music and raw text to draw its audience into the ongoing tug-of-war between twin sisters and chronic mental illness. While our patient Frances takes us on a journey through the fraught history of mental illness by way of her own experiences in and out of treatment, her twin sister, Mo, grapples with her own fears and frustrations. Mo ultimately comes to terms with that which she cannot control - her sister's diagnosis, and her unconditional love for the diagnosed.
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).
Hailed for its "compelling and innovative programming (WQXR Radio)," dell'Arte Opera Ensemble presents its 2017 UNTAMED! Opera Festival as a summer share in downtown New York City's La MaMa Theatre. Spotlighting the unpredictable, wild characters of opera, this year's festival explores parallels between human, animal, and supernatural realms. dell'Arte opens the festival with two fully staged rarities: Francesco Cavalli's La Calisto, which combines the two Greek myths of Jove's seduction of Calisto and Diana's affair with Endymion; and Leoš Janáček's Příhody lišky Bystroušky (The Cunning Little Vixen), which tracks the intersection of animal lives with those of humans and explores their common experiences. For audiences new to opera, the festival offers a colorful tapestry of several works in UNTAMED! Opera Scenes, excerpts from Carmen, Rusalka, Pelléas et Mélisande, and more; and Wild Things, a recital of repertoire about the animal kingdom and other "untamed" creatures.
The play focuses on the lives of young African-American students in fraternities and sororities at an unnamed Los Angeles art school. Many of these students are dealing with closely held secrets as they attempt to finish out the semester with their friends. A young woman struggles to come to terms with her sexuality while trying to stay true to those around her. A trans man living in a fraternity with his brothers must face up to the moment when he finally admits his secret. This young African-American cast and creative team endeavor to highlight the issues affecting black students today. The show features a number of fashion, music, and spoken word interludes which showcase modern elements of African-American culture. In particular, the soundtrack for this show is a mix of recorded African-American pop music and original music by Karachi and by Jhenet Tati featuring Goodz Da animal.
Duo: A Musical is a coming of age tale. Aaron Thompson is the star of the football team, gets good grades, and should be content — so why does he wake up with questions every morning? And that new kid, James...why does he create such a spark inside Aaron? Duo: A Musical combines pop and rock music to create an electrifying score, filled with musical numbers that both soar above the skies and stay grounded.
Finishing the Suit is a memory play about a tailor who mourns the loss of the two most important people in his life: his lover, Jimmy, and his most famous client, the Duke of Windsor. The play explores people's bravery to break free of the lives their families expect them to lead and to be true to themselves. The play begins with a nameless tailor working on the Duke's funeral suit; however, he is also working through his guilt and unresolved feelings for both Jimmy and the Duke. The other two men appear before him and conversation ensues focusing on faith, gay identity, nationality, and class differences. Through this, we learn more about each character. The tailor is a working-class New York Jew who is expected to marry a strictly Jewish woman and raise a traditional family. Jimmy was raised Catholic in Northern Ireland and became a gay Broadway dancer. The Duke of Windsor had abdicated the throne of England to marry the American woman he loved.
For What It's Worth, written and directed by Chris Bayon, is a musical about a group of talented jazz and classical musician-actors living and working in New York City. Set in the 1930s, the play peeks into a society where the classical instrumentalists are the elite while the jazz players are poor street workers. It becomes a musical battleground between jazz artists and classical musicians when Christopher, a struggling trumpet player, falls in love with a violinist, Carolina, who comes from an upper-class family. The two cannot be together but still try, even though Carolina's family and Christopher's peers do not accept their love. Will they end up together, or will their peers and families tear them apart first?
God in a Box is a one-act play written, directed, and performed by Craig Silver, on a man agonizing over his love-hate relationship for God. Silver plays a man contemplating what to do with God when the deity has been captured and put into a box in front of him. Theater for the New City's Dream Up Festival will present the piece's American premiere.
A black cardboard box, where God is imprisoned, will be visible at the center of the stage. Silver's soliloquy erupts with active physicality as he channels aggression toward the box, indicting God for His offenses against humanity. Silver also acknowledges first his appreciation and then his love for the Divinity. After he tires of criticizing God's crimes and cruelties, curiosity engulfs Silver. He breaks open the box and, much to his surprise, finds a do-it-yourself God kit consisting of a white beard, robe, and scepter.
A collection of spoken word and hip-hop pieces on topics ranging from gentrification and womanism to interracial dating and natural hair.
Iceland in the 19th century was not exactly an idyll; it was an island nation of farming and fishing communities, pretty much cut off from much of the rest of the world. Crime was rare and capital crimes rarer still. So the country's criminal cases have become the stuff of legend, including the child rape case in Rifsaedasel of 1837, which is as infamous to Icelanders as the Manson family is to Americans. Contemporary Icelandic playwright Hrafnhildur Hagalín Gudmundottir revisits this infamous case with Guilty (2014), a verse play that gracefully and provocatively examines issues of obsession and mercy which cling to it to this day. Robert Greer, artistic director of New York's August Strindberg Rep, discovered the piece, translated by Salka Gudmundsdottir, at a staged reading in Denmark in 2015 and resolved to bring the play to American audiences. Theater for the New City's Dream Up Festival has made this possible.
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.
Torn Out Theater, the company that received international media attention last year for their nude, all-female production of The Tempest, returns with a nude, all-male outdoor production of Hamlet. The (free!) show celebrates body freedom and uses Shakespeare's classic tragedy to examine the assumptions and anxieties surrounding the nude male form.
Notes: Attendees are encouraged to arrive half an hour before curtain time, as seating is self-selected. They are welcome to bring picnic blankets or chairs; seating will be on the lawn in front of the Prospect Park Music Pagoda. No tickets required for this show!
Update: The show has been extended and transferred to Manhattan for 2 performances. Sept. 7 and 8 at 5:00pm at the King Jagiello Statue in Central Park.
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.
her, him, prince, michael & marvin (aka Love is Love is Love) was birthed out of April, 21, 2016, and the passing of the Purple One. After MJ in 2009, Mia Anderson was shocked by how she was impacted by the transition of men she had never met and wouldn't know her if she passed them on the street. This piece explores how three artists have impacted her and brought her closer or helped to heal the pieces that have seemed disparate but are part of her.
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.
The House of Charity, by Andre F. Degas, is a hyper-realistic, racially and sexually charged drama set in a fast-paced working environment, bursting with expressionistic scenic media. The play opens with the residents of the institution bickering, throwing racist and homophobic slurs around, and making attempts to undermine each other at every turn. Political strategies play out as some grapple desperately for power, while others just want an hour off so they can see their kids. Issues of responsibility and loyalty arise as a group of men attempt to run a professional kitchen to feed a crowd of hundreds. Will they come together and cast aside their differences for the sake of the less fortunate? The play addresses serious issues about addiction and recovery. It is dedicated to the men and women who are healing their lives with faith, service, and love.
Theater for the New City's Dream Up Festival 2017 presents the world premiere of I Am Antigone, a contemporary adaptation of the Sophocles text by poet Saudamini Siegrist, and directed by Myriam Cyr, begins performances September 8. Starring Broadway and screen actress Nicole Ansari and internationally renowned Comédie-Française actor and dancer Shahrokh Moshkin Ghalam, I Am Antigone is a timely story of one woman's stand against the abuse of political power. Defying Creon's command by performing burial rites for her beloved brother Polynices, Oedipus's daughter Antigone is condemned to be buried alive. And there, impervious to time, she lives to this day.
Hi-Excellent Productions presents two one-acts by NYC playwright Edward Allan Baker:
DOLORES Dolores flees her abusive husband, clinging to the hope that her sister Sandra can give her the strength she can't find in herself. Sandra is not putting up with this s**t today.
LILA ON THE WALL A woman thought she saw Jesus in a graffiti-covered sea wall three months ago, and now reporter Lila and TV photographer Carl are back on the scene to cover the story — but the story's a dud. Unable to back out, Lila barrels ahead without a plan until they go live.
Developed at the Lark Playwriting Center, If Only is a new four-character play by Thomas Klingenstein exploring a love and racial equality that might have been. In 1860, Abraham Lincoln visited New York City, where he befriended a well-educated ex-slave and a young, spirited woman ensconced in New York society. Later, in the middle of the American Civil War, Lincoln brought the two of them together. A romantic relationship ensued, though neither party could acknowledge it. Now, 36 years later, they meet again.
In the Wake is a play with music (haunting a cappella melodies and rhythms) which explores the themes of holding onto elements of those we have loved and lost, and how we carry them with us. These themes are explored through the content of the story as well as through physical theater and movement exploration. In the Wake is rich in metaphorical imagery and exploration. The skeleton of the production follows a romantic couple's journey on a farm in the middle of nowhere.
When Jeanie and May face eviction from their home, they seek freedom on the open road. Together, they traverse the back roads of Canada with spirit guide Jack Kerouac, author of On the Road. This surreal and heartfelt play explores what happens when you hold on to the past and when you let go.
When a mother and therapist are confronted with an unexpected dilemma in the raising of a disabled young woman, they must face decisions neither of them ever expected to make.
Katie, Miguel Toruño's debut play, is a story that questions when loyalty to a loved one should supersede social norms, taboos, or even the law. Toruño's play asks audiences to think of where they stand on important subjects such as devotion to family, sexual consent, treatment of the disabled, and the role we want the law to play in enforcing our views on these issues.
Climb inside Aaron's head where all his memories are shuffled like songs in a playlist. Dance through these memories as he reflects on his rocky romance with Wes and searches for the right words to say. Told in a series of nonchronological vignettes that scan memories both real and invented, Last Ditch Playlist is a modern mixtape eulogizing love lost and found.
What can we do when it's too late to fix the mistakes of the past? Letters, written and composed by Daniel Schwartzman, is a musical about Frida, a middle-aged writer of children's books long estranged from her parents. The reasons come into focus as the action progresses, moving back and forth through time. With her parents recently deceased and no longer a threat to her stability, Frida decides to finally read the letters they had sent her over the years, all unanswered. She is joined by visions of her mother and father as she reads the letters, often leading into highly charged scenes. As Frida grows from age 5 to 16, we watch a creeping toxicity take over their household, eventually destroying the family. In the final third of the musical, we discover where this began. Frida's beloved younger brother, Mikey, drowned in the sea at age six while the parents had one of their nasty arguments nearby. Frida was present at the scene and it left her changed forever.
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.
The story takes place in the cluttered backyard of a small-town Texas bar in 1972. Roy, a brawny, macho type who had once been a local high-school hero, is back in town after a hitch in Vietnam and realizes that about all he has left are memories of his glory days, his adoring younger brother Ray, his wife Elizabeth, and his now-crumbling 1959 pink Thunderbird.
Joined by Ray, Roy sets about consuming a case of Lone Star beer while regaling his brother with tales of his military and amorous exploits.
But with the arrival of Cletis, the fatuous, newlywed son of the local hardware store owner, the underpinnings of Roy's world gradually begin to collapse.
NINE Theatricals's production of Lone Star will be only the second New York City revival of the show since Powers Boothe originated the role of Roy on Broadway in 1979.
Lone Star is one of the first plays written about the Vietnam War and the effects of PTSD.
The lives of four young Syrians are changed forever after anti-government protests transpire in the city of Daraa. Throughout the next six years, each of them is forced to undergo a unique and heroic journey, while the turmoil in their country erupts into a full-fledged civil war. From the Middle East to the streets of New Orleans, Lost and Guided is a universal story of love, friendship, and the struggle for happiness. Based on transcripts from writer-director Irene Kapustina's interviews with Syrian refugees living in the U.S.
When the King of Navarre and his friends swore to devote themselves to a monastic life of scholarship, they forgot the embassy of the Princess of France would force them all to break their vows. Confronted with ladies who can match their wit, the lords learn the hard way that the heart wants what it wants. Shakespeare's classic comedy of love's triumph is rarely performed in its earliest printed version; Bad Quarto Productions will present the play using its signature style of combining modern text work with Shakespeare's staging conditions. BQP's performances combine detailed understanding of Elizabethan language with the liveliness of improv to deliver productions of Shakespearean plays as intensely raw as their original stagings, combining universal lighting, cross-gender casting, audience interaction, live acoustic music, minimal scenery, and contemporary costumes to bring both this Renaissance play, and the Renaissance play-going experience, to the modern stage.
Shakespeare's tale of blood, war, and witchcraft dives into the psyches of the power-hungry Macbeth and Lady Macbeth.
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.
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.
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.
A daring trick by a mysterious illusionist at the summer carnival inspires a rich girl to convince an orphan boy to break all of the town's rules. Plans are hatched, promises are broken, and innocent mistakes produce tragic consequences. Poor Boys' Chorus reimagines the Greek chorus as a trio of orphans who use rhythm, light, and a little bit of magic to tell a tale so tragically romantic, it'll take your breath away. Literally.
Set against the backdrop of theoretical axioms and the discovery of a potentially historic mathematical proof, David Auburn's Pulitzer Prize-winning play is an extraordinary story of familial devotion and discord, identity, sacrifice, trust, and the precarious pathway linking brilliance and mental instability.
Catherine has spent years caring for her brilliant but unstable father, Robert, a famous mathematician. Now, following his death, she must deal with her own volatile emotions; the arrival of her estranged sister, Claire; and the attentions of Hal, a former student of her father's who hopes to find valuable work in 103 notebooks her father left behind. A burgeoning romance and the discovery of a mysterious notebook draw Catherine into the most difficult problem of all: How much of her father's madness — or genius — has she inherited?
Lorraine Hansberry's groundbreaking 1959 drama chronicles the struggle of the Younger family to escape their impoverished existence on the south side of Chicago and find a more prosperous life away from the limitations of their segregated black community. The decision to move to Clybourne Park, an all-white neighborhood, tests the family's core values and fortitude.
When Grace B. Matthias is raped, her world spirals into chaos. Between navigating emotionally unstable guidance counselors, overbearing lawyers, an angry championship football team, and useless Wikipedia answers, Grace tries to make sense of her world anew. Looking into the microcosm that is a typical American high school, this timely debut by playwright Michael Yates Crowley urges people to question their assumptions, their complicity, and why they still struggle to talk about rape.
Note: This show is recommended for ages 16 and up.
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.
Exquisite Corpse Company invites you to a wedding...or perhaps the funeral...
Join the celebration and jump to the surreal world of A Ribbon About a Bomb. Wander with Frida Kahlo, Remedios Varo, and Leonora Carrington through the abandoned halls of a mansion on Governors Island. Audiences will cycle and muse on, as often the artists did in life, the duality of humanity, womanhood, and art. The captivating, sometimes terrifying work of these three women intertwine, as each attempts to shape their own reality in the face of systematic oppression and entrenched social hierarchies.
Directed by Tess Howsam and written by a diverse team of ten playwrights, the play will feature and original score by KG Garligton and will be performed within original art installations. The show will also highlight an exciting partnership with Nineteenth Amendment, whose designers will be creating costume pieces specifically for the show, inspired by the production's source material.
The Popup Chair is an interactive theater project that stimulates audiences' imaginations using inanimate objects. TPC presents a three-part exploration of Arthur Koestler's bisociation theory on the anatomy of creativity, its erection (teehee), and most importantly, its ability to be learned.
A drama based on a 2012 incident about a group of U.S. Army renegades in Fort Stewart, Georgia, who plot to kill President Obama and overthrow the government, and of the unwitting involvement of an innocent couple.
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 fantastical expedition of the LGBT struggle in contemporary culture. Part of Theater for the New City's Dream Up Festival 2017.
Sword of the Unicorn is an original play written and directed by Harrison Stengle. Unlike the vast majority of fantasy and sci-fi stories, which exclude or ignore LGBTQ narratives, Stengle's play takes on a surrealistic sci-fi interpretation of what it is like for its hero, Sebastian, to come out to his father. Sebastian travels across the cosmos to obtain the mythical Sword of the Unicorn while overcoming his fears and doubts about his sexuality. The show offers a chance for young LGBTQ people to see their stories reflected in a fun and fantastical way onstage, using dramatic symbolism to convey complex emotions that otherwise cannot be seen, like a robot T. rex becoming the embodiment of hatred. Every place, every character, every prop — from the Hall of Lasers to Judy Garland — has symbolic significance. That being said, the piece adheres to a clear narrative that anyone can follow and in a way that is as complicated or simple as you want to make it.
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.
The vibrancy of Vincent van Gogh's paintings is only half his story. He frantically worked on several paintings at a time, experimenting with color and form. Time became his enemy as violent fits of madness and terrifying hallucinations consumed his being. Wrestling a fractured psyche, he nevertheless remained determined to paint the beautiful, fragile world he saw and revealed his struggle to his brother Theo. Van Gogh's Ear brings the painter's tormented creativity to life. "If my work is that of a madman," said the play's subject, "I should prefer my insanity to the sanity of others."
Told in their own words, Village Voices is a series of interviews with real-life characters in New York's West Village examining firsthand accounts of events including the Stonewall Riots, the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and life as a homeless trans youth in 21st-century America. The underprivileged and forgotten, these interviews bring to life an unknown world that is at times heartbreaking but always gilded with hope and triumph in the face of overwhelming odds.
In preparation for the New Year, a Village housewife joins businesspeople, locals, and tourists as they question what matters to them. As technology continues to fascinate, isolate, and shape our lives, how do we encounter our New York City? Village, My Home, written by Marcina Zaccaria, embraces the very human experience of what it means to live and survive in the 21st century against the backdrop of cultural and political uncertainties. The play, written in a sequence of interlocking testimonials with movement interludes, captures the dreams and hopes of men and women who wish to explain their wisdom, even in the most troubling moments. In a chaotic business world, do we know the difference between astrophysics and Buddha? Can it all be solved with yoga? Featuring eight characters at various points of their lives, Village, My Home questions how we choose New York City and what keeps us there. James Redfern directs.
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.
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.