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When everywhere you go is tracked, everything you say is heard, and everything you do is predetermined, what will be the consequences when you break free?
An existential comedy centered around some of the most powerful and memorable women of history (Queen Victoria, Cleopatra, Andromeda, Heloise, Joan of Arc) as they wait on an island in the river Styx for the final leg of their soul's journey to eternal peace or damnation. Their monotonous afterlife is shaken up when women's lib icon and erotica writer Anais Nin arrives to the island planting seeds of change.
Transport Anne Boleyn to a cutthroat liberal arts college. Enter Henry (the Eighth) – bro with a heart of gold and President of the all-powerful Student Council. Enter Catherine (Queen Catherine, that is), decked out in Lily Pulitzer and the Holy Bible. And enter Anne's ladies (in waiting), who help her enforce the feminist agenda, with the hopes of landing one of them in the White House. Yes, that White House. In the new millennium, see if Anne's mystical beauty, incessant drive, thirst for power, and daring lust can bring the Queen (Bee) to the top of the food chain.
Black Angels Over Tuskegee is the story of the Tuskegee Airmen told in narrative of six men embarking upon a journey to become pilots in the United States Army Air Forces. The play explores their collective struggle with Jim Crow, their intelligence, patriotism, dreams of an inclusive fair society, and brotherhood. The play goes beyond the headlines of the popular stories of the Tuskegee Airmen and exposes the men who exhibited the courage to excel, in spite of all the overwhelming odds against them.
Winner 2009 Artistic Achievement Award "Best Play"
"Uplifting! Inspirational! This show is also tough to resist. By the end, when the pilots overcame their obstacles and finally got up into the air to the swelling of music, tears welled up in my eyes." - New York Times
Blood Wedding (Bodas De Sangre) is a tragedy inspired by a true story of a young bride in 20th century Andalusia who escapes arranged marriage to be with her lover, leading to betrayal and violence.
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.
An exploration of the life of widows in 20th century Calcutta and one widow in particular, Binodini, who finds herself entangled in a forbidden love triangle. Adapted by Dr. Partha Chatterjee from Rabindranath Tagore's novel, this story about female desire in the domestic sphere is adapted as a Greek tragedy. With the use of world music and movement by renowned choreographer Rujuta Vaidya, director Arpita Mukherjee presents Tagore's most daring tale as an alive and present, contemporary work of art.
The Deformed Transformed follows a forlorn hunchback's encounter with the Devil in a haunted forest, and their subsequent adventures in Rome. The show contains frightening scenes, and may not be suitable for young children.
Hunger & Thirst is proud to bring the most infamous villain of classic gothic literature into the 21st century in this fresh new take on Bram Stoker's haunting novel Dracula. Curious about how far humanity has progressed, the Count ventures to America in hopes of expanding his territory and conquering the modern-day female. Using their wits, whatever courage they have left, and of course, their smartphones, a band of friends do their best to take down the Master himself, learning along the way about the monsters in all of us, and the blood is the life, the blood is the life, the blood is the life...
Esther's world is turned upside down when her daughter Deborah rushes home with the news that their New Jersey temple is on lock down and her granddaughter Elaina is trapped inside. Esther survived the Holocaust, but never talked about it, despite the pleas from her daughter and granddaughter - it was too painful to recount that part of her life. During the endless wait, Esther comes to regret her silence and realizes her duty to tell her story, but will it be too late for Elaina to hear it?
Sally Field & Joe Mantello star in The Glass Menagerie on Broadway.
The Glass Menagerie is the play that brought a brilliant young writer named Tennessee Williams to national attention, and, in his own words, "changed my life irrevocably" when it first premiered on Broadway in 1945. More than seventy years later, Williams's most personal work for the stage continues to captivate and overwhelm audiences around the world.
Bonneville Theater Company's production of Shakespeare's greatest work sees a Hamlet set in an American evangelical charismatic Christian church in the 1990s during which was born a spiritual shift, including the rise of the mega-church, the "cool" pastor, the increasing popularity in Christian rock, and the revitalization of Youth Ministries. In Shakespeare's England the masses struggled to find their spiritual identity in the wake of the great Reformation which establishment of the Church of England two generations prior. These very tensions are embedded in the play as Hamlet navigates personal dilemmas surrounding theological and spiritual unease. Bonneville Theater Company turns Shakespeare's royal family into a church family. King Hamlet becomes Pastor Hamlet. Gertrude becomes a pastor's wife. And Hamlet, a man who returns home from school to find his uncle leading the congregation his father once led.
All at once magnificent and terrifying, Hedda Gabler has given up her exciting high society life to settle down as the wife of an academic. But an old flame's return resurrects old rivalries, shifts power dynamics and leaves one of the most iconic female characters of all time wondering: how can I be a woman when I have no talent for it? Stripped-down and streamlined, this fast, sexy, tense and surprisingly funny adaptation of Ibsen's drawing-room classic, gallops towards an electrifying finale.
The Ophelia Theater entrance and parking lot for Hedda Gabler is located in the Variety Boys and Girls Club parking lot off of 21st St.
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.
Bad Quarto Productions, a theatre company specializing in performing modern theatre using Shakespearean staging techniques, will stage The Life and Death of Jack Straw, an anonymous play written in the early years of Shakespeares debut in the Elizabethan theatre scene. First printed in 1594, The Life and Death of Jack Straw explores the perils of progressive politics and weak leadership in an eerily modern world of families, both working class and royal, trying their best to survive in uncertain times.
Directed by Bad Quarto Productions Artistic Director Tony Tambasco, The Life and Death of Jack Straw is the story of parental love turned into a political crusade brought to life by Bad Quarto Productions signature style of combining modern text work with Shakespeares staging conditions. Our performance combines Elizabethan language with the liveliness of improv to deliver productions of Shakespearean plays as intensely raw as their original stagings.
Come early and enjoy live music!
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.
Listen…Can You Hear Me Now?, a solo show written and performed by Gloria Rosen has been significantly revised and expanded under new direction and ASL interpreted for the first time.
The Milkman's Sister takes place inside a Bronx tenement during the Cuban Missile Crisis of October, 1962 when nuclear annihilation was no longer an abstraction, but just hours away. Despite a historic last minute save from atomic murder, the Spinner/Furfante household could not have been more devastated had the bomb exploded inside their 3rd floor apartment. The nerve-wracking countdown to their impending deaths unleashed an explosion of heroism, cowardice and delusion for an overweight housewife, an unemployed milkman, an angry supervisor of hospital linen and their neighbors. Featuring John F. Kennedy and a game of Limbo Rock you will not soon forget.
Colombian troupe Vueltas Bravas presents an international production of August Strindberg's Miss Julie with actors from South America and the U.S.
Great Small Works revisits the work of radical 20th-century New York City puppeteers Zuni Maud and Yosl Cutler. In a bilingual Yiddish-English play that uses Maud and Cutler's satirical puppet scripts and original graphics, together with Great Small Works' own puppets and projections, as well as The Dybbuk and Mae West, Muntergang is a meditation on historical models for changing power relationships.
Muntergang and other Cheerful Downfalls! is part of the 2016 La MaMa Puppet Series.
In William Shakespeare's Othello, David Oyelowo and Daniel Craig will be joined by David Wilson Barnes (Bridge of Spies), Marsha Stephanie Blake (Orange Is the New Black), Rachel Brosnahan (House of Cards), Blake DeLong (Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812), Glenn Fitzgerald (Dirty Sexy Money), Slate Holmgren (King Lear), Anthony Michael Lopez (The Penalty), Matthew Maher (The Flick), Nikki Massoud (Zealot), Kyle Vincent Terry (Robin Hood), and Finn Wittrock (American Horror Story).
Othello: The Remix is an 80-minute, high-energy spin on Shakespeare's tragic tale proving that that Bard himself was the original master of rhythm and rhyme. Good storytellers borrow, but great ones steal.
A rainy night in a Genevan castle. Debauched poetry and too much wine. A teenage girl writes a spooky story. On the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley's creation, Frankenstein; or the Modern Prometheus, Phantasmagoria assembles a swirl of puppetry, biography, and storytelling into a market of ghosts…The dead walk among us.
Designed as a formal experiment in presenting horror aesthetics on stage, Remains is a new play developed by Traumaturgy Productions. Three castaways, strangers made colleagues through necessity, traverse the countryside hoping to grasp some kind of personal opportunity and stability. Adrift on a sea of economic misfortune, the trio finds itself steered into a simmering squall of violent, lingering transgressions. When a vicious crime is left unresolved, more than just guilt remains.
A Self: Scattered Like The Leaves - A story of dyslexia told from the inside. Through abstraction we journey with a girl through a memory of the senses as she grapples with brain that functions differently than the majority of the world around her.
To Pieces - Six women search for words to identify and describe the many layers and labors of love. They turn to the likes of German, Japanese, Inuit, and beyond to find them. Music and literary references abound. Alphabetical rather than chronological.
A story of Edward de Vere—17th Earl of Oxford, the author known as "William Shakespeare."
This edgy historical drama smashes the conventional wisdom about "Shakespeare" and the "Virgin" Queen as it suggests the violation of the most basic human taboo. Oxford's travels through Italy are surrealistically juxtaposed against scenes of his life in England, his plays, poetry, betrayal, murder, love, passion and romance in a potpourri of fact, fiction and fantasy. (Did Shakespeare/Oxford have a child with his mother, Queen Elizabeth I?) The Bard meets his match when he meets in the beautiful published poet, the most honored Venetian courtesan, Veronica Franco.
Story of My Eye - A vaudevillian meta-pageant; it's a public access variety show; it's a saturnalia of excessive grotesquery that dips into pseudo-sincerity; it's food! It's sex! It's TV!
Portraits of Depth - In brief: How the consciousness of body (physical landscape), mind (spoken word) and soul (embracing death) can have a man remain a legend of brilliance on every level! Perhaps it sounds too serious—but glam it can be!
Robert Liebowitz' revival of some of his more recognized works has become a revival of sorts as Jay Michaels, producer and public relations executive, joins the company ... on stage. Three Bites of the Apple is three plays plus two readings.
Dodo, a human, arrives in the Siberian wilderness after a long barefoot journey across the Northern Hemisphere. So remorseful for their complicity in humankind's ecological destruction of the planet, Dodo has isolated themself from the rest of their species, intent on transforming into a different kind of animal altogether. With only days left before an environmental apocalypse, Dodo aims to die a victim of the end of the world rather than the cause of it…but humanness is no simple thing to shed.