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Root for your favorite young over-achiever in this popular musical! They all seem to have a shot....but who will REALLY ace the Spelling Bee? The girl with two gay dads?.... The boy who spells with his foot?.... How about the one who speaks six languages? Come join us!
From the author of War Horse comes a full arsenal of live music, dance and visual hi jinx! Kneehigh and Emma Rice, the new Artistic Director of Shakespeare's Globe, return to St. Ann's with 946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips adapted from the novella by Michael Morpurgo. This true tale of local townsfolk and the African American soldiers sent to rehearse the Normandy invasion from their shores explodes everything we thought we knew about the D-Day landings. Seen through the lens of a little girl and her lost cat, 946 takes its title from the number of casualties sustained during these bungled maneuvers, a secret kept, until now, by the American and British governments.
Mike Leigh's Abigail's Party will kick off our season and we're really excited about it! This brilliantly observed comedy makes a perfect match for TBG's spontaneous approach. The play captures epic denial in London suburbia and even though penned in 1977, Leigh points out, "It still hits a nerve about the way we live."
Called "hilarious" (Broadway World) and "engaging" (TheaterMania), The Accidental Pervert is a laugh-out-loud play that tells the awkwardly poignant story of a boy's journey into manhood after discovering his dad's video tapes hidden in a bedroom closet. Andrew subsequently develops an addiction that continues until the age of 26, when he meets his wife to be, and finds himself struggling to find the balance between fantasy and reality.
"The Accidental Pervert Will Arouse Your Socks Off!" - Village Voice
Let acclaimed performer and comedian Andrew Goffman take you on a whirlwind tour of his funny romance with magazines, video, and off-color fantasies while you roll in the aisles. However, it's not all laughs in this layered show, which ends on a touching moment of redemption as he struggles to find true love and perspective through real-life relationships.
• The Accidental Pervert has eclipsed 1000 performances in the legendary Greenwich Village area of New York!
• Award winning run in Buenos Aires, Argentina!
• Winner 2013 BEST COMEDY Award in Panama City, Panama!
• Opening in Zurich, Switzerland and the Island of Malta 2014! 2015 premiers in Kristiansand and Oslo, Norway!
So come have some good dirty fun with The Accidental Pervert! Oh, and leave the little ones home. The show has mature themes and is meant for audience members over 16.
An autonomous robot is creating art. And people are buying it. In this explosive two-hander, a fallow painter and his powerful agent discover the discord between their true colors and risk their long relationship by asking: is creativity uniquely human?
A humorous and heartbreaking period-hopping play by award-winning New York-based playwright Robin Rice, Alice in Black and Whitetells the extraordinary story of Alice Austen, a bold female street photographer of the Victorian era.
Alice in Black and White traces Austen's love affair with photography and with her partner, Gertrude Tate, at the turn of the 20th Century, to her fall into poverty and obscurity by the 1950s. Following its world premiere in Louisville, produced by Looking for Lilith Theatre Company, this powerful and poignant production is being revived for New York audiences on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of Alice Austen's birth.
Emerald and Ty are twin orphaned teenagers who live in the backwoods of the Florida Everglades and wrestle 'gators in a roadside attraction. Careening through encounters in their small tourist town, they meet self-destructive young locals looking for a future and desperate young wanderers looking for a home; all carry secrets under ever-present layers of desire. Alternately realistic and surreal, scored with gritty rock music, Alligator is a muscular, satisfying play about learning to tame our darkest impulses.
When the Greek goddesses throw a bachelorette party and crash a legendary strip club run by American folk heroes like Pecos Bill and Johnny Appleseed, all Hades breaks loose. Myth, sex, romance and culture clash in this outrageous cosmic comedy.
Anonymous, Anonymous is the time-bending, hilarious story of a lovelorn playwright, as he fondly recalls the greatest and funniest moments from his past, masterfully weaving them together into a new play, telling a timeless story of lost love.
Poseidon Theatre Company takes their style of storytelling, movement and design to bring to you an adrenaline laced version of this timeless tale set in an intimate venue with an original score.
4 Performances. 60 Seats a show. 2500 Years Ago Her Story Was Told.
Join Us for our Inaugural Production.
Pulitzer Prize-winner Annie Baker, who The New York Times has called "one of the freshest and most talented dramatists to emerge Off Broadway in the past decade," returns for the second production of her Signature residency with a world premiere play, directed by Lila Neugebauer. The Antipodes follows John, her insightful, funny and mysterious first play at Signature, which sold out an extended run and appeared on the Top 10 lists of The New York Times, New York Magazine and Time Magazine, among others.
I'm a Fing Princess! I'm a Fing God! Watch a princess and a God, and other greeks, discover themselves on the beach of Dia (which may be close to Crete). For mature audiences only.
Shakespeare's sparkling comedy about love, family and identity is full of wit, music and gender-bending fun. The rightful duke and his supporters have been banished, while his impulsive daughter Rosalind remains at the mercy of the oppressive new regime. Comic twists and turns abound when Rosalind, disguised as a boy, flees the court to seek her father in the mysterious Forest of Arden. Her journey of self-discovery brings her face to face with Orlando, the man she loves.
A man shares a bowl of berries, and a young woman falls in love. A world away, a mother prepares a bowl of soup to keep her son from leaving home. And a son cooks a meal for his dying father to say everything that words can't. In Julia Cho's poignant and lyrical new play, the making of a perfect meal is an expression more precise than language, and the medium through which life gradually reveals itself.
It's 1967. A writer from bohemian Greenwich Village (to be played by Josh Radnor) commutes to Levittown to teach a creative writing class. His students discover the power of storytelling to alter their lives, and one special student (Elizabeth Reaser) – a kindred spirit? something more? – reawakens his own artistic impulses.
After playing to sell-out crowds in Dublin, Edinburgh and London, the cult hit show Bears in Space arrives in New York City with its acclaimed original cast. Two cosmonaut bears on a spaceship hurtle toward the impossibly distant limits of the universe while chased by villainous beings. An ethereal adventure that considers the perils and wonders of a journey across space and time to nowhere.
Internationally celebrated story-muddler BenDeLaCreme (of RuPaul's Drag Race fame) seeks to answer that age-old question: What the Hell? Turning her gaze toward "Dante's Inferno" -- the original travel brochure of the damned -- this rollicking romp through nine circles of fire and fun is equal parts brimstone and rhinestones. A uniquely theatrical blend of burlesque, comedy, performance art and music. Get your tickets now, or suffer forever more!
Rizpah watches her sons rot, Tamar disguises herself as a prostitute, Bathsheba is an innocent victim. Each week contemporary women met and questioned the experiences of forgotten women in the Bible. It was scary to speak. The result was eye-opening.
Critically acclaimed Irish writer Conor McPherson adapts Daphne du Maurier's sensual and intriguing story, which was also the basis for Alfred Hitchcock's masterpiece of the same title. In an isolated house, strangers Nat and Diane take shelter from relentless masses of mad attacking birds. They find temporary sanctuary but not comfort or peace; there's no electricity, little food, and a nearby neighbor may still be alive and watching them. When another refugee arrives with news of the outside world, paranoia takes hold of this makeshift fortress. An unsettling look at human relationships in the face of societal collapse.
Birthday Play follows an unnamed protagonist through a dream-like metropolis on his 22nd birthday. For everyone he meets, his birthday is important, a reason to celebrate, but he himself takes issue with the seemingly arbitrary ritual of the birthday celebration. He's not sure what his issue is exactly, just that it feels unnecessary. His closest friend grapples with how to celebrate someone whose only wish is not to be celebrated. The strangers he encounters suddenly feel familiar. The city that felt so familiar this morning now seems out of place and illogical. As his seemingly stereotypical city begins to reveal its emotionally uncanny underbelly, the unnamed protagonist wonders whether it is possible to grow up without growing old.
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 the wake of an act of violence committed by charismatic high school senior Michael against devout freshman Liana, a handful of teens try to piece together the irrefutable truth. Weaving ancient tradition with now, #Blessed is a modern day book of revelations.
Self help author and bride to be, Bonnie Hill, invites her estranged sister and future sisters-in-law to a hotel weekend engagement party. The meticulously planned event backfires when one of the guests goes missing.
Disguise, lies and love abound when pathological playboy Lyle DuTemp returns to New Orleans and falls in love with no nonsense Zelda, while warring with his nefarious stepmother, Madame Delphine. A rambunctious commedia about Mardi Gras and the First Amendment.
In this fast-paced thriller teetering between caustic comedy and warped kitchen-sink drama, six sisters must stir a pot. 24/7. They're tied to it. By trauma? By magic...? They stir, brutally brawl, and wonder: does this really keep Babette alive?
When an escaped slave shows up at Fort Monroe demanding sanctuary, General Benajmin Butler is faced with an impossible moral dilemma - follow the letter of the law or make a game-changing move that could alter the course of US history?
Based on real-life events, Butler by Richard Strand premieres in New York following an acclaimed world premiere run in New Jersey.
In times of political unrest, must a man die for the greater good of the nation? The assassinations of Rome's great ruler of the Republic and the revolutionary leader Malcolm X share the stage when New York's acclaimed The Acting Company pairs Shakespeare's Julius Caesar with X, a compelling new play by lauded playwright Marcus Gardley (The House that Will Not Stand, The Gospel of Lovingkindness, Every Tongue Confess, On The Levee). Presented in repertory, each featuring the same outstanding cast, these two gripping dramas examine two charismatic leaders who rise only to fall victim to rivalry, resentment and retribution.
CasablancaBox is an exploration into the accidental nature of great art through the lens of the classic film Casablanca. Stories of risk, sacrifice, brilliance and accidents are told by actors who jump in and out of time, character, gender, style, tone, aesthetic and, most importantly, Casablanca. With an intricately woven multi-narrative script and video score, CasablancaBox is an imagined "making of" and an immersion into the glamour, war, censorship, sexism, racism, addiction and refugee crisis of 1940s' Hollywood.
In this irreverent new genre-bending piece, theatre makers Christopher Chen and Lee Sunday Evans apply their playful imaginations to the work of a Chinese dissident artist. This hybrid art-theatre work instigates an exploration into the nature of authority and authenticity, inviting you to navigate the labyrinthine relationships between truth and perception, illusionary art and real jeopardy.
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.
Two oddball acquaintances meet once a month over a ping pong table. But this night is different. This night there is something else in the room. A fast, furious, surprising comedy with balls.
Jon loved Cindy. Cindy loves Sam. Sam hates Curt. Curt loathes Ramon. Ramon blackmails Ken. Ken loves Kim. Kim pays Ramon. Ramon loves Jon. But Ramon's dead and everyone is just trying to ignore the body. Welcome to the Co-Op.
Can't get tickets to Hamilton? Come see the second best show in NYC about non-traditional casting! An obscure, low-rent college theatre department becomes a national punch line when its sole African American professor casts a white girl as Rosa Parks.
A colossal San Francisco company with a mission to "make an aspect of an industry better" is right-sizing the workforce, and not everyone is along for the ride. Meet your core-value-living coworkers in this biting satire on modern corporate culture.
Cost of Living is the story of four very different people, in four very different circumstances, each trying to get by. Eddie, an unemployed truck driver, reunites with his ex-wife Ani after she suffers a devastating accident. John, a brilliant and witty doctoral student, hires over-worked Jess, a caregiver. As their lives intersect, Majok's play delves into the chasm between abundance and need and explores the space where bodies — abled and disabled — meet each other.
This summer, acclaimed theater director Aleksey Burago and The Russian Arts Theater and Studio continues its 2015-2016 season with Fyodor Dostoevsky's magnum opus Crime and Punishment. In the hot slums of St. Petersburg lives Raskolnikov, a former student struggling with debt and disillusionment. Believing himself to be a superior man, he soon executes a plan to kill and rob an old pawnbroker, arguing that her money can be used for good deeds, while ridding the world of a worthless parasite. As the growing voice of his conscience sets in, Raskolnikov soon finds the noose of his own guilt tightening around his neck. Join the Russian Arts Theater and Studio as it brings one of the greatest novels to life at the West End Theater and embark upon a journey into the mind of a killer and his search for redemption.
Winner of 5 Tony Awards, including Best Play!
Fifteen-year old Christopher has an extraordinary brain; he is exceptionally intelligent but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion for killing his neighbor's dog, he sets out to identify the true culprit, which leads to an earth-shattering discovery and a journey that will change his life forever.
Shrubtown is a small town for small-minded people preoccupied by social mores and the new Bob's Big Boy. But everyone has secrets, and one secret toddles to life every night. Can Shrubtown stand up to a creature that can barely walk?
A play about insecurity, ugliness, and butt-sex, 'Cyrano' is the story of two best friends whose world is shaken by the sudden arrival of a handsome stranger.
A Day by the Sea is a warm, human and often humorous depiction of the "crisis" of middle age. Julian Anson, a once-promising Foreign Service employee, confronts professional disappointment and personal failure while picnicking along the English seaside. Jolted into the realization that maybe it's not too late—he seizes an opportunity to correct his past mistakes and start fresh—but will the results be any different?
A pioneer for females in law enforcement, Mary Shanley joined the NYPD in 1931, quickly becoming a Gotham all-star and tabloid sensation. Making a staggering 1000 career arrests, she became the 4th woman in history to make detective 1st grade, and then nearly lost it all. Dead Shot Mary grapples with the legend of Mary Shanley, a trail blazer, a maverick, and a true New York original.
A woman tries to feed her husband a fried drumstick. Dragons roam a flat earth. The last Black man in the whole entire world dies again. And again. Careening through memory and language, Parks explores and explodes archetypes of Black America with piercing insight and raucous comedy. A riotous theatrical event, The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World hums with the heartbeat of improvisational jazz.
Sex! Murder! Insanity! John Philip Sousa! All this and more in a darkly comic and appallingly relevant play that explores the upsetting and true events surrounding Evelyn Nesbit, Harry K Thaw, and the 1906 murder of famed architect Stanford White.
In this political satire, populist Becky Roberts and maverick Les Sugarman compete for their party's presidential nomination—despite a history that wasn't strictly political. When the media forces them to run together, their dream ticket becomes a nightmare. Audiences will laugh at the antics of politicos and media alike, until they are faced with the results of our entertainment-dominated political process.
For over 400 years, the Drunk Shakespeare Society has been meeting and drinking. And drinking, and doing Drunk Shakespeare. A self-proclaimed "drinking club with a Shakespeare problem," the membership invites audiences to join them for a meeting in their society lounge. The evening begins with one actor drinking more than a sophisticated amount of alcohol before attempting to lead the cast through a Shakespeare story in sixty minutes. The results are messy, outrageous, and the evening devolves into debauchery.
The theater is wheelchair accessible.
In the darkest hour of the night, surrender your heart to call the light.
Two halves of a soul hunt through a hall of records. A librarian breaks the seal of a mysterious archive. A teacher and her class prepare the pageant to end all pageants.
Duat conjures a spell of disintegration, transformation and three parts. A little bit vaudeville, a little bit rock and soul.
When five unlikely individuals find their paths crossing in ways they never imagined, and are forced to face each other in order to save their home, their dissimilarities-along with an estranged cousin and dead landlord-cause quite an explosion.
Three convicts whitewash the Great Wall of China. Facing this immense and inexplicable task, Mauve, Mackerel, and Mere manage to squeeze in frequent coffee breaks, together experiencing a string of unusual interludes. A life in exile might be strangely liberating.
Hearts racing. Minds reeling. Knees buckling. Connie and Tristan have palpable chemistry—or is it a side effect of a new super-antidepressant? They are volunteers in a clinical trial, but their sudden and illicit romance forces the supervising doctors to face off over the ethical consequences of their work. From Lucy Prebble, "one of the UK's hottest new playwrights" (The Telegraph), The Effect takes on our pill-popping culture with humor and scintillating drama.
War-torn Berlin, 1914, ambitious young scientist Albert Einstein awaits news from a solar eclipse that will finally prove his controversial Theory of General Relativity. Instead, Einstein is sent sideways in a spiral vortex due to professional and personal life disintegration.
An alcoholic, an escort, a self-diagnosed neurotic and a well-intentioned simpleton walk into a bar... Broken and deeply flawed, they find their lives irreversibly entwined no matter how hard they try to break free of one another. The End of Longing is a bittersweet comedy that proves that broken people don't need to stay broken.
You have to wonder if Henrik Ibsen could have ever predicted his masterful play An Enemy of the People, would be more timely 132 years after its premiere. The play asks searing, fundamental questions—What happens when a democratic majority chooses unwisely? How can we best face the extraordinary challenges coming our way?
It's summer in New England and every weekend is someone else's engagement party. The wildflowers, specialty cocktails, and artisanal appetizers are totally Instagram-worthy, but the people are not quite so perfect. One night, Lauren takes it into her own hands to make sure that her best friend doesn't marry an inadequate suitor – a drunken mistake that incites a cascade of calamities, threatening to expose all of Lauren's secrets. Engagements is a dark comedy about ugly feelings in an age of beautiful self-images.
"Why I Live at the P.O." and "One Writer's Beginnings." Adapted from the works of Eudora Welty by Voices of the South Theatre Company and Gloria Baxter.
"Why I Live at the P.O." is among the best loved of Eudora Welty's acclaimed short stories. Peppered with wonderfully eccentric characters, this comic short story follows follows the trials and tribulations of Sister as she recounts her mad-capped quest for liberation from her family.
"One Writer's Beginnings" is Eudora Welty's much praised memoir which she wrote later in life. The first chapter entitled "Listening" takes a lyrical look into the author's childhood, exploring memory, family and how a life-long love of words led her towards a writer's life.
Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, who The New York Times calls "one of this country's most original and illuminating writers," comes back to Signature for the second production of his residency with the world premiere of Everybody. Directed by Lila Neugebauer, this modern riff on one of the oldest plays in the English language promises to be just as unique as Gloria, An Octoroon and the award-winning Signature production of Appropriate.
We're thrilled to close out our season with Lisa Loomer's award-winning comedy Expecting Isabel. A Pulitzer finalist, Lisa has written a heart-warming story of a middle-aged woman who desperately seeks to have a child and runs into all sorts of formidable obstacles. Seth Barrish, director of Mike Birbiglia's Thank God for Jokes and Martin Moran's All the Rage will oversee the production.
Two porn stars bared naked in front of the audience speaking bluntly without hesitation about the work they do. Their lives. Their loves. Their relationship. And eventually, when it becomes to much to keep hiding, their secret. Everyone's watching. Nobody's talking.
What would you sell for a college education? Follow Deric, Sandra and Emilia striving for the American Dream - from trading meal swipes for textbooks to sugardaddy.com. With tuition rising 428%, college students are drowning. Is our nation throwing us overboard?
You've tuned in to the Harland West Radio Show. All tales from the apocalypse are welcome, natural or otherwise.
The Scared Straight program is not what young Tony Zigman expected when placed in a cell with inmate "Junebug" Gonzalez. Follow this odd couple as they both win back their life and love, while airing a subtle commentary on the Prison Industrial Complex.
In a foreign land, where strangers are executed on sight, a captive priestess dreams of revenge... But the Gods have other plans. Muscular, contemporary language and a-cappella pop music punctuate this electrifying tale of grief, redemption, and joy.
The press room of Chicago's Criminal Courts Building is buzzing with reporters covering the story of an escaped prisoner. When star reporter Hildy Johnson accidentally discovers the runaway convict, he and his editor Walter Burns conspire to hide the man from the other reporters, while they chase the biggest scoop of their careers.
In the New Mexico desert, a down-on-her-luck folk singer (Deirdre O'Connell) takes a job at a giant online retailer's shipping center. Her young manager struggles to connect with his girlfriend newly relocated from New York. And a drifter living at a local campground dangerously links them all. Raw, surprising, and funny, this world premiere from the fast-rising author of Kill Floor is about four lonely lives coming together in the search for fulfillment.
You think you're having a bad day? Meet Sam. He works the red‐hot reservation line at one of New York's trendiest restaurants, where the best food inspires the worst behavior. Coercion, petty threats, bribes, histrionics—a cast of desperate callers, all brought to life by Ferguson, will stop at nothing to land a prime reservation, or the right table in Becky Mode's hilarious and delicious comedy. Amid the barrage, Sam has his own problems to deal with. While juggling scheming socialites, name‐dropping wannabes, fickle celebrities and egomaniacal bosses, can he still manage to look out for himself?
A limited number of rush tickets are available for purchase in-person for $40 at the Lyceum Theatre box office beginning at 10:00am (12:00pm on Sundays) for that day's performance(s) only. Up to two tickets per person. Rush tickets are subject to availability and may not be offered at all performances. Rush seating locations will be determined at the discretion of the box office.
Tune in as Maggie Day uncovers the story behind the story of a classic sci-fi series and follows its players from the '50s to the age of the internet, revealing secrets, lost loves, and things people couldn't say then…or now.
Tony-winning writer and director Richard Nelson returns to The Public this fall with the next play in his new three-play cycle, The Gabriels: Election Year in the Life of One Family. The second play, What Did You Expect?, brings us back to the kitchen of the Gabriel family, with the country now in the midst of the general election for president. In the course of one evening in the house they grew up in, history (both theirs and our country's), money, politics, family, art and culture are chopped up and mixed together, while a meal is made around the kitchen table.
In the exquisitely moving finale of his three-play cycle, Tony-winning writer and director Richard Nelson brings us back into the Rhinebeck kitchen of the Gabriel family as they await the results of the Presidential Election on November 8, 2016. Women of a Certain Age takes place in the course of a single night, eight months after we first meet the Gabriels. Patricia, the family matriarch, joins her children and daughters-in-law as they prepare a meal from the past and consider the future of their country, town and home. Paying tribute to the difficult year behind them, the Gabriels compare notes on the search for empathy and authenticity at a time when the game seems rigged and the rules are forever changing.
Love and betrayal are no strangers to Divine, the cross-dressing gay prostitute at the heart of Jean Genet's 1943 novel, Our Lady of the Flowers. Her story of forsaken desire collides with the 21st century confessional video blog of a real-life porn star in Genet Porno, a psychosexual melodrama that exposes our contemporary culture of narcissism and the consequences of blurring our public and private lives in an epic emotional journey from light into darkness.
Tony winner Harvey Fierstein takes the stage this spring in a ravishing world premiere by one of the most influential playwrights of our time, Tony Award nominee Martin Sherman. Directed by Tony Award nominee Sean Mathias, Fierstein plays Beau, a pianist expat living in London, who meets Rufus, an eccentric young lawyer, at the dawn of the internet dating revolution. After a life spent recovering from the disappointment and hurt of loving men in a world that refused to allow it, Beau is determined to keep his expectations low with Rufus. But Rufus comes from a new generation of gay men who believe happiness is as much their right as anyone else's, and what Beau assumed would be just another fling grows into one of the most surprising and defining relationships of his life.
A remarkably moving, brilliantly funny love story that reflects the triumphs and heartbreaks of the entire length of the gay rights movement, celebrating and mourning the ghosts of the men and women who led the way for equality, marriage and the right to dream.
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A major Off-Broadway success, this eloquent, moving and exceptionally well-written first play by Pulitzer Prize winner Marsha Norman probes into the past and present of a young woman attempting to find her way in life after release from prison.
Turns out, high school boys aren't the only ones trying to get laid. Filthy, funny, and relentlessly honest, GWBG is a coming of age story about best friends navigating their newfound sexuality in the digital age. World Premiere!
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.
Award-winning playwrights join favorite TV and stage actors with stories of sex, comedy and tragedy in an upstate motel that has seen better days. Fringe veterans bring the ridiculous and the sublime together with breakups, make-ups and a drone attack.
The world premiere of Jeff Talbott's new play The Gravedigger's Lullaby.
With Hadestown, celebrated singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell and inventive two-time OBIE award-winning director Rachel Chavkin (Three Pianos, Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812) transform Mitchell's "phenomenal concept album" (Rolling Stone) into a bold new work for the stage. This folk opera follows Orpheus' mythical quest to overcome Hades and regain the favor of his one true love, Eurydice. Together we travel from wide open plains where love and music are not enough nourishment to survive the winter, down to Hadestown, an industrialized world of mindless labor and full stomachs. Inspired by traditions of classic American folk music and vintage New Orleans jazz, Mitchell's beguiling melodies and poetic imagination pit nature against industry, faith against doubt, and love against death.
Michael is a neurotic actor and adoptee obsessed with two things—finding his real mother, and playing the famous gloomy Dane. His twin fixations collide when he tracks down Anna, a reclusive former actress-turned-barfly; gripped by the notion that she might be his actual birth-mother, he first stalks her from a distance, then lures her into a noirish production of Hamlet playing the role of his mother the queen. Hamlet In Bed is a twisty and darkly comic story about mothers and sons--about what it means to live a life in the theatre, both a generation ago, and now—and about families—the ones we're born into, and the ones we find along the way.
Academy Award winner Dianne Wiest (Hannah and Her Sisters, Bullets Over Broadway) plays Winnie in Samuel Beckett's masterpiece Happy Days. Buried up to her waist and sinking into the earth, Winnie is considered modern drama's pinnacle female role, an endlessly fascinating spirit of buoyant resourcefulness and unassuming grace in the face of inevitable oblivion. By turns hilarious and heartbreaking, compassionate and ferocious, this extraordinary Happy Days originated at Yale Repertory Theatre directed by James Bundy, artistic director.
In the basement of a small evangelical church in Southeastern Idaho, a group of young missionaries is preparing to go to the Middle East. One of them—a young man who has recently lost his father—has bought a one-way ticket. But his plans are complicated when his estranged sister returns home and makes it her mission to keep him there.
Amidst the bustle of a crowded London train station, Georgie (Mary-Louise Parker) spots Alex (Denis Arndt), a much older man, and plants a kiss on his neck. This electric encounter thrusts these two strangers into a fascinating and life-changing game. Directed by Drama Desk Award winner Mark Brokaw (The Lyons, How I Learned to Drive), Heisenberg brings to blazing, theatrical life the uncertain and often comical sparring match that is human connection.
Houseless in Paradise (Po'okela Award Best Play), an entertaining documentary drama incorporating song, and The Unsalable Thing (William Faulkner Best Play Award), a poignant comedy, expose Hawaii's dark secret: it has the highest rate of homelessness in the country.
How to Be a New Yorker shows audiences everything they ever needed to know about what it takes to be a real New Yorker, or at least not stand out as a tourist.
Winner of 4 Tony awards, including Best Play!
The angst, anguish and amity of the American middle class are first coaxed – then shoved – into the light in this uproarious, hopeful, and heart-breaking play that takes place over the course of a family dinner on Thanksgiving. Breaking with tradition, Erik Blake has brought his Pennsylvania family to celebrate and give thanks at his daughter's apartment in lower Manhattan. As darkness falls outside the ramshackle pre-war duplex, and eerie things start to go bump in the night, the Blake clan's deepest fears and greatest follies are laid bare. Our modern age of anxiety is keenly observed, with humor and compassion, in this new American classic.
It's the Bandits' Best Year EVER! Until…one by one, the girls succumb to a mysterious illness. As the traditional pecking order is upended, the girls' relationships are tested. A poignant, cheer-full look at life on the cusp of adulthood.
In July of 2000, immediately following the failed Israeli-Palestinian peace talks at Camp David, three adult siblings and their families gather in a suburb of DC for their father, Lou's, 75th birthday. Middle son Michael, a Jewish studies professor, has recently finished the manuscript he hopes will push him into tenure. Dedicated to his father, a Jewish WWII veteran, the book argues an incendiary point about American Jews, Israel, and the Holocaust – but Lou hasn't said a word about it, leaving Michael uneasy. And as the visit continues, it becomes clear that Lou isn't the only member of the family leaving things unspoken. Money, marriage, and career pressures bear down, quickly turning familial responsibility into resentment. With deep sensitivity and dark humor, If I Forget focuses an unwavering gaze on the personal politics of family, heritage, and history – and the scars and legacies they leave behind.
Inspired by Ibsen's Peer Gynt, a young man goes on a fantastical adventure to find himself. Peer must confront a crisis of sexual identity as he encounters gluttonous Trolls, a mischievous guardian, and his one true love. Set in a modern gay world, The Illusory Adventures of a Dreamer is a darkly hilarious journey of discovery. #WhoAmI?
The implications of one man's life choices seem non-consequential until his wife dies and he attempts to reconnect with his three adult children.
Implications of Cohabitation tells the story of an old-fashioned Ecuadorian father, Nelson, who after the death of his wife, wants to get reacquainted with his 3 adult children by inviting himself to live with each of them, one at a time, leading to wacky cohabiting situations that reveal past family wounds.
Matters do not go smoothly as Nelson seeks to reconnect with the estranged middle child, Sara, his daughter from an extra-marital affair with Carmen, whom he has not seen in twenty years.
A heart felt comedy, and coming of age story for Nelson, that examines the life of one man's choices, how these choices inevitably affected his kids, and the redemption that can come from accepting the reality of our own humanity and the weakness associated with it.
Eight former high school friends, now in their mid-twenties, reunite for an impromptu night of mourning and celebration after the suicide of a mutual friend. Finding themselves divided by geography, sexual orientation, religious belief, and ultimately their own prejudices, it's hard to remember what bonded them together in the first place. When shocking details surrounding their friend's death bubble to the surface, they may never find their way back to each other without losing themselves in the process.
Only one of two-time Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson's plays in the author's masterful The American Century Cycle has never been seen on Broadway – until now. Set in the early 1970s, this richly textured piece follows a group of men trying to eke out a living by driving unlicensed cabs, or jitneys. When the city threatens to board up the business and the boss' son returns from prison, tempers flare, potent secrets are revealed and the fragile threads binding these people together may come undone at last. MTC has a long history of co-producing works by this legendary playwright: King Hedley II, Seven Guitars and The Piano Lesson, and is proud to produce this Broadway debut.
The Judah Encounter is an experimental interactive performance that brings the audience into the world of a happy go lucky pot dealer who has a favorite philosopher and a mind expanding bong. Witness the comings and goings of zany characters as Judah seeks companionship from them and you! As an audience member you are sure to never see a play like this again so get your tickets soon!
In this sensational political thriller, Shakespeare explores the tension between private loyalties and the public good, and unflinchingly questions the price of freedom. Caesar is determined to crown himself as Rome's first emperor, but a few senators, led by the idealistic, intellectual Brutus and his manipulative, rebellious friend Cassius, are prepared to sacrifice everything to liberate their country...but instead of being greeted as liberators, they are met with civil war.
Samantha is lonely and confined to her bed. Layne is shy and too afraid of the world to journey into it. When both women decide that online dating might be the outlet they need, they venture into the wilds of the Internet and find deep connection in each other. The only problem: they're each pretending to be someone else. What happens when the feelings are real but the people are not?
Ever wonder who that stranger is sitting next to you? What is their story? What are they hiding? Shellie and Dex dare to answer these questions after their flight is delayed on a snowy Thanksgiving night. What they discover about themselves, and each other, sends both of their lives into upheaval. From the darkly funny writer of Bachelorette, The Layover asks the question: Can you ever really get to know somebody when you're hiding so much yourself?
Le Blanc is a non-linear full length play with elements of music, art distillation, light design, and dance. The story uses the American foster care/adoption, child welfare, and adult judicial system as a backdrop to tell the rags to riches, demise, and redemption of a fictional world famous dancer and choreographer. Through a series of interviews both spoken and acted out, we explore the main character's life from his humble beginnings as an orphaned child born in the state of California, to his underground rise to notoriety on the NYC gay ballroom scene as a member of the "House Of Le Blanc", to his rise to mainstream success as a commercial dancer, to his metamorphosis into an infamous public figure and criminal on death row for murder. The stories of his life are woven together by exploring his most defining relationships.
In 1782, Choderlos de Laclos' novel of sex, intrigue and betrayal in pre-revolutionary France scandalized the world. Two hundred years later, in 1985, Christopher Hampton's stage adaptation became an award-winning sensation in London's West End and on Broadway, followed by the Academy Award-winning film Dangerous Liaisons starring Glenn Close, John Malkovich and Michelle Pfeiffer. Josie Rourke's acclaimed production transfers to Broadway after a sold-out engagement at London's Donmar Warehouse which ended earlier this year and starred Janet McTeer. The production was nominated for the Olivier Award for Best Revival.
Nate Martin is hopelessly single. When his most recent breakup, another in a lifelong string of ill-fated matches, casts him into a funk, he turns to the only source of wisdom he trusts: the stars. Poring over astrological charts, he obsessively questions his past and his place in the cosmos. But in Adam Bock's disarming new play, the answer he receives, when it comes, is shockingly obvious – and totally unpredictable.
Linda Wilde has it all. She's an award-winning senior executive as well as a busy wife and mother. But when she pitches a revolutionary concept that could change the way the world looks at women of a certain age, she finds herself fighting for her own relevance as every part of her carefully considered life starts to show cracks. MTC is proud to present this timely, moving, and fiercely funny new play by Penelope Skinner (this season's acclaimed The Ruins of Civilization) in the American premiere directed by MTC Artistic Director Lynne Meadow.
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.
Set in Alabama in 1900, The Little Foxes follows Regina Giddens and her ruthless clan, including her sister-in-law Birdie, as they clash in often brutal ways in an effort to strike the deal of their lives. Far from a sentimental look at a bygone era, the play has a surprisingly timely resonance with important issues facing our country today.
In a first for Manhattan Theatre Club, Laura Linney and Cynthia Nixon will alternate in the roles of Regina Hubbard Giddens, and Birdie Hubbard, both members of a strong-willed aristocratic Southern family. The actresses will play the roles in repertory, appearing opposite each other at each performance.
It's the late 1960s in a north London flat, and Henry is excitedly anticipating the arrival of his date, Sandra. The night changes course when Sandra and Henry's brother Kenneth quickly realize how much they have in common—their love of Rock and Roll and their love of marijuana, for starters. A fiery relationship is sparked in the haze of the 60s, and charred by today's brutal realities. Fast forward twenty-three years, and the economy and politics of an ever-changing world are wearing on the marriage of this baby boomer couple. Can they remain faithful to each other while trying to provide a loving and supportive home for their children—children who are growing up in a time when the next generation is not always provided for? Spanning more than four decades, this dark comedy is the story of what happens when the free-loving teens of the 60s face the harsh realities of today's world. From passion to paranoia, Love, Love, Love takes on the baby boomer generation as it retires, and finds it full of trouble.
Visionary theatre artist Lisa Wolpe's new solo show offers a unique celebration of the enchanting power of cross-gender Shakespeare.
Ms. Wolpe has played more of the Bard's male roles than any woman in history, always to superlative reviews. An activist as well as a celebrated actress and director, Wolpe's work speaks toward liberation from the "gender box" of expectations.
Leonard Bernstein, one of America's greatest musicians, broke through every artistic ceiling possible to become the world's musical ambassador. Conductor, composer, pianist, author, teacher, librettist, television star…for Leonard Bernstein, boundaries simply did not exist. In Maestro, Hershey Felder combines narrative with Leonard Bernstein's music and the music of Beethoven, Wagner, Mahler, Copeland and others to bring to life the man the entire world knew as "Lenny."
Two sisters, Solange and Claire, struggle to believe their existence as maids is anything but sub-human. Each night they enact a secret fantasy while their mistress is away. When their attempt to destroy Madame's love affair goes awry, their hopes for transcendence grow increasingly slim. A desperate hunger for dignity drives their sadistic ritual to new depths.
The Maids is a dazzling mirror maze of identity, status and cruelty. Outliers Theatre Co. is proud to debut with our intimate production of Genet's beautiful and controversial play.
Inspired by a real Somali terrorist event, A Man Like You is a conversation between a British hostage, Patrick North, and his Somali captor Abdi, set in a windowless concrete room in Somalia. Elizabeth, North's wife provides a counter-point to the story, from the Norths' house in Nairobi. A Man Like You illustrates the world views of two men who come from different circumstances and hold completely different philosophies, which they discuss over the course of North's captivity of 102 days. They debate good and evil, power and control, who is a terrorist and who is not, and what is God, and in so doing they challenge our own deeply-held views. In a heroic struggle, Abdi and North rarely agree their basic humanity connects them. Can they come to realize they are more alike than they initially believe?
A Man Like You is inspired by the events of 21st September 2013, when Somali men from the terrorist group Al Shabaab opened fire on shoppers at the Westgate Mall in Nairobi....
In a small tea shop in South Africa, two black men and a young white boy joke and dance together, defying the brutalities of apartheid through their joyous love. But festering issues of family, race, and power are not so easy to ignore, and a single phone call can trigger catastrophe. Winner of the Drama Desk and London Evening Standard Awards for Best Play, "Master Harold" ... and the boys reveals the profound personal consequences of oppression.
In this tale of irrepressible lust, impossible purity, and infuriating hypocrisy, Godwin sees a high-stakes conflict of clashing ideologies—a tensely diverse world in which incompatible values collide and expose the tenuous boundary between order and anarchy.
Ten explorers. Four boats. One Grand Canyon. Men on Boats is the joyfully anachronistic retelling of the 1869 Powell expedition, when a one-armed captain and a crew of insane yet loyal volunteers set out to chart the course of the Colorado River.
The Drilling Company performs free outdoor Shakespeare in the Parking Lot behind The Clemente (Clemente Soto Velez Cultural and Educational Center), located at 114 Norfolk Street (east side of Norfolk Street between Delancey and Rivington Streets), just three blocks from the municipal parking lot where the plucky New York cultural attraction started 21 years ago.
Continuing this season's theme of spotlighting powerful women in Shakespeare's plays, watch what we do with the characters of Portia and Jessica in The Merchant of Venice.
A Microwaved Burrito Filled With E. coli is a cracked-out comedy starring Molly "Equality" Dykeman (who returns to FringeNYC after the hit 2011 comedy The F*cking World According to Molly), NYC's favorite poet/security guard. This time, Molly attends a lesbian wedding reception at a Mexican restaurant so far out in Brooklyn, that it's probably in Queens. It's here that she meets a Southern chatterbox waitress, Angie Louise Angelone (Star of the 2015 HOT! Festival). While Molly just wants to escape the wedding and eat some microwaved nachos in peace, she ends up getting something with more hidden layers than a bean dip.
Set in a modern day playground, A Midsummer Night's Dream, directed by Tamilla Woodard, riffs on the culture of uber celebrity, where Oberon and Tatiana are the Kanye and Kim of the fairy world. As they argue, their immense celebrity and power creates a hysterical ripple effect in the mortal world.
The mob just made a hit but everyone is going to live to talk about it, and talking they are because, when the "boys" get together it's murder! Join us for a private audience with the Don, maybe he'll make you an offer you can't refuse. Mingle with mobsters and molls, meet the new "Boss of Bosses", break bread and heads with wiseguys and Mafia princesses. Sure you'll be rubbing elbows with goodfellas and ducking bullets over Broadway but it won't stop the fun! Eat, Drink, Dance, and be Merry, for tonight you could die...laughing!
The two and a half hour interactive comedy mystery features a three course sit down dinner and dancing . "Fuhgeddaboudit" !! You even have the chance to solve the case and win some prizes. Seven prizes in every performance including "Academy Awards" for the best actor & actress chosen from the audience.
In the third chapter of the Big Gay Italian trilogy. Wilkinson's character is approaching his 40's and is faced with the challenges of balancing his now very successful weight loss company with past and present gay relationships. Fun familiar characters and some new ones come together to join him on his journey in another outrageous comedy of errors.
The women of the Muscolino family have lived for years under the frightening temper of their husband and father. All are desperate for a life beyond their four walls, hiding dreams, loves, and longings. But when an accidental tragedy rocks the neighborhood, the family's plans are put on hold. The women fight to find their voices and struggle to hold on to them and to each other. Napoli, Brooklyn is a play about sisterhood, freedom, and forgiveness in 1960s Brooklyn.
No End of Blame: Scenes of Overcoming by Howard Barker
A vivid, epic portrayal of the combustible relationship between the artist and the state, and the irrevocable nature of passion, horror, loss and love. No End of Blame is Shakespearean in scope, visceral, humorous, and raw.
Good by C.P. Taylor
How did it happen? How did a nation go mad? How were normal people transformed into brutes, devoid of ordinary humanity? Set in Germany at the height of Hitler's rise to power, Good takes place partly inside the mind of a "good" man, Professor John Halder. Unconsciously, this well-meaning scholar is led into participation in the hell that was Hitler's Germany.
Oh, Hello on Broadway is the Broadway premiere of two of the two hottest voices in comedy today, Nick Kroll (Comedy Central's Kroll Show) and John Mulaney (Netflix's The Comeback Kid). The Hollywood Reporter calls Kroll and Mulaney "the funniest comic duo of their generation!"
Respectively, the duo star as Gil Faizon and George St. Geegland - outrageously opinionated, 70-something, native New Yorkers that Kroll and Mulaney first began performing on the alternative comedy stages in NYC. Honed for over a decade, the fictional duo garnered a cult following and found their way onto a Comedy Central special, viral videos and late night couches everywhere. Oh, Hello on Broadway is Gil and George's "memoir for the stage" - a laugh-a-minute two-man tour-de-force that's part scripted, part spontaneous comedy, and totally unprecedented.
It's 1993. The world watches the impossible: Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat, standing together in the White House Rose Garden, signing the first ever peace agreement between Israel and the PLO. How were the negotiations kept secret? Why were they held in a castle in the middle of Norway? And who are these mysterious negotiators?
A darkly comic epic, Oslo tells the true but until now untold story of how one young couple, Norwegian diplomat Mona Juul and her husband social scientist Terje Rød-Larsen, planned and orchestrated top-secret, high-level meetings between the State of Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization, which culminated in the signing of the historic 1993 Oslo Accords. Featuring dozens of characters and set in locations across the globe, Oslo is both a political thriller and the personal story of a small band of women and men struggling together—and fighting each other—as they seek to change the world.
The tragedy of the Moor of Venice.
Juliana Smithton, a brilliant scientist, has a disturbing episode while promoting a new drug, attempting to navigate challenges with a husband she doesn't trust, a run-away daughter and internal chaos.
Universes, the award-winning ensemble known for their fusion of theater, poetry, jazz, hip-hop, politics, down home blues and Spanish boleros, makes their Public Theater premiere with an explosive new work about the complicated legacies of the Black Panther Party and the Young Lords Org/Party. Directed and developed by Tony Award nominee Liesl Tommy, Universes created Party People based on dozens of interviews with members of these groundbreaking, society-changing groups. Party People imagines a present-day reunion at an art opening curated by two young counter culturalists; but the curators themselves have complex relationships with the Party members, who fought injustice and provided free food and medical care for their communities—often at the expense of the people who loved them most. Old wounds and generational divides collide in this astonishing, multi-media theatrical event about the price of being a revolutionary, and what it means for those who come after. Breaking the bounds of the expected, the members of Universes (Steven Sapp, Mildred Ruiz-Sapp and William Ruiz aka Ninja) and Liesl Tommy —invite audiences of every age, color and creed to join them as they continue to revolutionize American theater and explore the fight to bring power to the people, and the people to power.
Warren Manzi's long-running mystery, Perfect Crime, is about a small-town detective determined to prove that an affluent psychiatrist murdered her husband.
One of the most celebrated plays in The Public's history, David Hare's Plenty returns this fall in a riveting new production. This groundbreaking play, which first premiered at The Public in 1982, is the story of Susan Traherne, a fiercely intelligent British secret agent flown into France during the Second World War. Susan's experiences among her war-time colleagues and over the two decades that follow are distilled in powerful scenes in this endlessly layered work about a woman of remarkable bravery, who cannot find in peacetime the values and relationships she cherished in war.
Jenny, Fran, and Angie are best friends. They love each other. They have their own rules...their own language...their own way of surviving. A large white board dominates their living room. A huge clock dictates their every move. Their system is strict and serious. It's 4 am. If the rules are broken, does the love remain?
Cate Blanchett and Richard Roxburgh succumb to the intoxicating power of lust and obsession in the Sydney Theatre Company's production of The Present A new adaptation of Anton Chekhov's first play, most commonly referred to as Platonov, The Present unfolds over the course of a raucous weekend birthday celebration in the Russian countryside. Old flames ignite in this passionate and bitingly comic play. Performed by thirteen of Australia's finest actors, The Present is adapted by Andrew Upton, who – with Ms. Blanchett – led Sydney Theatre Company in an acclaimed five-year tenure responsible for such watershed productions as A Streetcar Named Desire (BAM, 2009) and Uncle Vanya (Lincoln Center Festival, 2012). John Crowley (Fox Searchlight's Brooklyn) directs.
When the Great Depression cost his family their fortune, Victor Franz gave up his dream of an education to support his father. Three decades later, Victor has returned to his childhood home to sell the remainder of his parents' estate. His wife, his estranged brother, and the wily furniture dealer hired to appraise their possessions all arrive with their own agendas, forcing Victor to confront a question, long‐stifled, about the value of his sacrifice. One of the most personal plays by the consummate voice of the American everyman, Arthur Miller's The Price is a riveting story about the struggle to make peace with the past and create hope for the future.
Olivier-nominated playwright James Graham and award-winning director Josie Rourke, whose most recent collaboration The Vote was nominated for a BAFTA, reunite to bring this wildly inventive exploration of the digital age to the Public Theater in a co-production with London's acclaimed Donmar Warehouse. Inspired by the revelations of Edward Snowden, and drawing on dozens of exclusive interviews with the country's top journalists, politicians and academics, Privacy explores our complicated relationship with technology and data through the funny and heartbreaking travails of one lonely guy arriving in the city to figure out how to like, tag and share his life without giving it all away.
ONE MONDAY A MONTH! Tickets on sale the first of every month.
For the first time ever, every play George Bernard Shaw ever wrote for the stage will be presented to New York audiences. Every sketch, full-length and one-act play will be performed as a concert reading. Eager Shavians will be gathering for this unique event, one Monday a month, at New York's legendary Players Club. Each month, a specially assembled, star-studded cast will present a different play, many of which have never before been performed in New York City. This series is being produced and directed by David Staller.
Ibsen's parable of the collision of truth and politics in the public sphere takes on new immediacy in the punchy and raw adaptation from the playwright behind Broadway's Blackbird. When Dr. Stockmann finds that the town's tourist-friendly baths contain lethal levels of toxins, he sets out to clear the air and quickly finds his friends and neighbors poisoned against him.
Belfast is a place where things need to be said. Following the 1999 Easter Peace Accord, guns were silenced but the chasm between the Republican and Unionist sides remains wide and bitter. Tonight, in a small back-street bar, Jimmy and Ian will meet for the first time. Forty years before a violent incident irrevocably changed the lives of both men and now they need to talk. Quietly is a powerful play about violence and forgiveness, about the limits of healing, the lottery of bearing witness, and the profit of truth. After enjoying huge international success, the Abbey Theatre brings this important new work to Irish Rep.
Six guests talk, joke, dance, drink and eat. At times, they hold still, and at other times, they move about. There is music, there is silence, and there is chatter. Old friends mingle with new acquaintances. Slowly the guests warp and rewind their actions as the celebration's mundaneness gives way to something more ominous. No one can leave. No one else arrives. The Reception is a performance that exists between the lines of theater and installation. Drawing inspiration from Luis Buñuel's The Exterminating Angel, which explores physical entrapment and the breakdown of bourgeois behavior, The Reception situates itself in modern-day New York City, but contends with bourgeois values and the surreal decadence of the 21st century in a new way.
Repertorio Español presents a rotating repertory of plays in Spanish from the most recognized contemporary and classic playwrights. In addition, Repertorio presents the best in Spanish and Flamenco dance. All plays are presented in Spanish with live simultaneous translation to English via wireless headsets.
What better way to expose the dangers of social stagnation, unexamined group thought, and burgeoning totalitarianism, than through spontaneous animal transformation? Ionesco's blunt satire rampages through a world of everyday people at first perplexed and then swept up in the most outlandish cultural makeover ever devised. After all, "rhnocifcation" can happen to anyone—so keep your eyes open.
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A commentary on the absurdity of the human condition made tolerable only by self-delusion, Rhinoceros shows us the struggle of the individual to maintain integrity and identity in a world where all others have succumbed to the "beauty" of brute force, natural energy, and mindlessness. Ionesco startles audiences with a world that invariably erupts in explosive laughter and nightmare anxiety.
The return engagement of Bedlam's sold-out, critically acclaimed production of Jane Austen's Sense & Sensibility, adapted for the stage by Kate Hamill.
You've never seen Austen like this! Called the "greatest stage adaptation of this novel in history", this rollicking, ingeniously-staged new adaptation follows the adventures (and misadventures) of the Dashwood sisters - sensible Elinor and hypersensitive Marianne - after their sudden loss of fortune. Bursting with humor, emotion, and bold theatricality, Sense & Sensibility asks: when reputation is everything, how do you follow your heart?
Entertainment with benefits! In this new three-character comedy featuring a straight woman, a seductive model, and you-know-who, audiences are welcomed into a fun-filled world of foolproof moves and insider advice that could only be culled from that most insightful of individuals: the gay man. Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man is based on the international best-selling book of the same title.
A limited number of $35.00 rush tickets will be available on a first come, first serve basis and subject to availability when the box office opens one hour prior to the performance.
Join Harlem Summer Shakespeare's 11th season with Shakespeare's Presidential Primary. It's The League of Women Voters meets The X-Factor!
A fresh new take to a classic 18th century comedy, the hilarious She Stoops to Conquer.
Ship of Fools is an interdisciplinary theater piece with live music, puppetry and movement that seeks to illuminate the age-old practice of pathologizing women's bodies and minds. As the audience weaves through reimagined moments in history, they're jolted by moments of jarring fantasy and provocative questions: are the inmates running the asylum? Who is actually steering the ship: citizen, celebrity, politician or madman? What happens when this ship, sailing blind, finally runs aground?
Simon Says tells the story of a young psychic who has been the subject of a retired professor, set out to scientifically prove the existence of the soul. In this thriller, the young man whose rare gift allows him to channel a mysterious entity named Simon, is ready to abandon the work until a young widow convinces him to do one last reading. Through their unexpected connection, will a 2,000-year- old murder be solved?
Following her acclaimed repertory staging of Ibsen's A Doll's House adapted by Thornton Wilder and Strindberg's The Father in a new version by David Greig, Arin Arbus will stage Thornton Wilder's beloved modern masterpiece The Skin of Our Teeth — a whimsical, profound, searingly funny paean to human perseverance and indestructibility.
Written during the darkest period of World War II, this ageless and charming play has not had a major New York production since 1998. Wilder's quintessential Antrobus family copes with chaos, the frustrations of parents and children set against the crises threatening humanity's survival.
In the overwhelming quiet of the woods, six runaways from city life embark on a silent retreat. As these strangers confront internal demons both profound and absurd, their vows of silence collide with the achingly human need to connect. Filled with awkward humor, this strange and compassionate new play asks how we address life's biggest questions when words fail us.
Applauded by The New York Times as "shamelessly clever and deeply satisfying!" this acclaimed festival of new American short plays from some of the country's top playwrights returns to 59E59 Theaters for a tenth consecutive season! Representing some of today's best writing, directing, and acting talents, Summer Shorts celebrates theater, summer, and the short form. The festival's two separate series of three plays each will run in rotating repertory and offer a diverse range of voices, styles, and subject matter.
The Helpers by Cusi Cram, directed by Jessie D. Hill
After the Wedding by Neil Labute, directed by Maria Milear
This is How It Ends by A. Rey Pamatmat, directed by Ed Sylanus Iskandar
The Dark Clothes of Night by Richard Alfredo, directed by Alexander Dinelaris
Queen by Alexander Dinelaris, inspired by The Woman Who Came at Six O'Clock by Gabriel Garcia Márquez, directed by Victor Slezak
Black Flag by Idris Goodwin, directed by Logan Vaughn
The Public presents the New York premiere of Sweat, the "extraordinarily moving drama" (The New York Times) by the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of Ruined, Lynn Nottage. With warm humor and tremendous heart, Sweat tells the story of a group of friends who have spent their lives sharing drinks, secrets and laughs while working together on the line of a factory floor. But when layoffs and picket lines begin to chip away at their trust, the friends find themselves pitted against each other in the hard fight to stay afloat. Kate Whoriskey (Ruined) directs this stunning new play about the collision of race, class, family and friendship, and the tragic, unintended costs of community without opportunity.
Set deep in the Piney Woods of East Texas, Tall Pines Lodge is a claustrophobic pulp thriller that shatters the notion of honor among thieves. The play opens with Joe Ed (Conor Andrew Hall) and Booker (Ryan Scoble), bankrobbers awaiting their cut of the score and the arrival of the mysterious Mr. Valentine (Brian Detlefts). When Booker's brother, the psychopathic Cotton (Titus Tompkins), arrives they get more than they bargained for in the form of Daisy (Jehan O. Young), Cotton's impromptu hostage.
Playwright Shelagh Delaney rocked the theatre world when, at 18, she wrote a play that both defined and defied her generation. A Taste of Honey is the clever, passionate, and poignant story of a young woman facing an uncertain future in a hostile world—and learning to trust that love, in its every heartbreaking and messy form, will see her through. A Taste of Honey was last staged Off-Broadway in 1981.
The Donmar Warehouse returns to St. Ann's with The Tempest, the third and final installment of Phyllida Lloyd's all-female Shakespeare trilogy. Set in a women's prison, The Tempest follows Lloyd's productions of Julius Caesar and Henry IV, and will once again be led by the great Harriet Walter, "one of the best Shakespeareans alive" (The Guardian).
St. Ann's has been the proud American home of the revelatory trilogy which has ignited a cultural and social conversation about gender, equality and aspiration on both sides of the Atlantic, as it empowers women to play the great Shakespearean roles normally reserved for men. The Tempest comes with a comprehensive education program for underserved youth in New York City public schools and young women touched by the juvenile justice system.
Academy Award-nominated writer and actress Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding) makes her Public Theater debut with a richly funny, uniquely uplifting new play she has adapted from the bestselling book Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed, the internationally acclaimed author of Wild. Vardalos is Sugar, the online advice columnist who thousands of people have turned to for words of wisdom, honesty and hope. As anonymous readers come to her with their deepest and most personal problems, Sugar—who ultimately revealed herself to be Strayed—finds a way to weave her own life experiences together with theirs, creating a beloved column about the monstrous beauty, endless dark and glimmering light at the heart of being human. Tony Award nominee Thomas Kail (Dry Powder, Hamilton) directs this powerful new play about reaching when you're stuck, healing when you're broken, and finding the courage to take on the questions which don't have an answer.
Kyle Kalke, an astronomer since childhood and a high school "science nerd," falls in love with flamboyant, outspoken, openhearted Zoe, who—astonishingly—loves him back. When she is kidnapped and murdered, Kyle is left to wrestle with the puzzling realities surrounding her death. Touch follows the unexpected journey of one man questioning whether there is any point to rediscovering hope, moving past grief, and finding the human connection that will make him love again.
In the 7th year of the Trojan War, Troilus, a young prince, pines for the affections of Cressida, a bright young woman who knows how to play it cool. Meanwhile, the heroes of the Iliad – Ajax, Ulysses, Achilles and the kings they serve - debate whether to return the dangerously beautiful captive Helen or continue to fight without end. Nations and lovers alike do battle in this funny, piercing drama about romance and revenge in a world at war.
Tickets to Shakespeare in the Park are always free to the public. Up to two tickets per person can be acquired in-person on the day of a performance when the box office opens at noon, up until curtain time. Please note that people do line up for tickets early as there is a limited availability. Alternatively, online reservations can be made by lottery for every performance.
Twisted Olympus is an over the top, dark comedy that tells the story of four Olympic gods that have fallen from grace. Determined to regain their high profile status, they go on a mission to Earth to try and stop an evil soul from terrorizing Los Angeles in 1963.
Satirical, socio-political play about fighting cultural and identity crisis's, as encompassed with newlywed and interracial couple, Shawn and Margaux, living in gentrified Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. The happy couple is unfortunately unable to conceive but agrees to adopt, but only, according to Shawn, if the child is white. He argues, "If I can relieve myself of the constant worry of my child being taken away from me at any moment, at the whim of those who don't care one bit about Black Lives Matter, then that's what I'll do!"
Presented by Anthony Anderson of ABC's hit black-ish, Uncle Tom vs. Uncle Sam is the profound and humorous examination of the greater Black community and its ongoing identity crisis concerning self-love, aesthetics, and their general accommodations for survival and acceptance in a...post-racial era.
In a society that cares more for good birth and good manners than for skill, Becky Sharp, poor, plain, and devilishly clever, is determined to defy the odds. Through risky romantic entanglements, shady business practices and social climbing at any cost, she won't stop until the world lies at her feet. Adapted by Kate Hamill (Sense and Sensibility) from William Makepeace Thackeray's masterpiece, Vanity Fair exposes a world where surfaces are everything, virtue is only skin deep, and every fifteen minutes of fame carries heart-pounding risk.
Leaving her home in southern Africa for a better life, Saartjie Baartman became a star on the 19th Century London freak show circuit for the size of her posterior. This Obie Award-winning play gives vibrant life to the story of Baartman's journey to London, her rise to fame as the "Hottentot Venus" and her eventual love affair with a French scientist. Inspired by the true story of Baartman, Venus is a wild carnival, bursting with humor and heart while examining the paradox of love.
A modern twist on the All-American love story, Qui Nguyen's (She Kills Monsters) new play Vietgone pulses with contemporary energy. It's the classic story of boy meets girl - except this boy and girl are refugees from the Vietnam War newly settled in a relocation camp inside Middle America. Borrowing elements from the world of up-to-the-minute popular culture to recreate the playwright's own parents' meeting, Vietgone ranges from hilarity to heart-wrenching drama. Nguyen and director May Adrales (Luce at LCT3) skip through time and around the globe to present a fresh theatrical take on a moving account of one real family's history.
Water, a collaboratively created piece of participatory theater that explores human relationships to the environment in the face of profound ecological threat, reunites playwright Callaghan, director Topol, New Georges and 3LD eleven years after the extended run of New Georges' critically-acclaimed 2006 production of Callaghan and Topol's Dead City, the first production to open at 3LD.
Based on the New York Times best selling children's novel by Grace Lin, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon is the story of Minli, a very poor peasant girl from China, who leaves her family on Fruitless Mountain in order to seek fortune from the Old Man of the Moon. Throughout her journey, Minli encounters a dragon that cannot fly, a talking fish, Magistrate Tiger and the king of the City of Bright Moonlight. But can Minli truly altar destiny? What does she and her family discover about true fortune?
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon is a physical theater adaption with elements of Chinese theater techniques, martial arts, puppetry and dance. The show features an ensemble cast of NYC based professional actors and has been created specially for Fringe Jr. audiences.
Direct from its production at the Delaware Theatre Company, White Guy on a Bus — a play that unravels a complex web of moral ambiguity, revenge, and racial bias — arrives in New York. A wealthy white businessman and a struggling black single mom ride the same bus week after week. As they get to know each other, their relationship sparks a candid and surprising look at racial and economic divides.
NEW YORK TIMES CRITIC'S PICK! "PLAYFUL, ENIGMATIC AND HAUNTING." - Charles Isherwood, The New York Times
WHITE RABBIT RED RABBIT has been called a play. But it's a lively, global sensation that no-one is allowed to talk about. Its award-winning playwright, Nassim Soleimanpour, is Iranian. His words have escaped censorship and are awaiting your audience. Slyly humorous and audaciously pointed, this 'theater entertainment meets social experiment' is unlike anything, and will make you question everything.
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Our second offering is The Winter's Tale, in which family, duty and time itself help us better understand that for true love to come forth, "It is requir'd you do awake your faith." And, look out for the bear!
Love. Jealousy. Friendship. Betrayal. Sheep Shearing.
Dysfunctional Theatre is happy to announce their first ever Shakespeare production, this summer for three performances only!
The company will also be hosting open rehearsals on Governors Island as part of the Dysfunctional Collective's summer residency.
Left quad. Right quad. Lunge. An all 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 teens who just want to score some goals.
Bobbie and Hench are home alone. Days are filled by streaming porn, playing Call of Duty, watching the world go by. Their mom rarely visits these days, and it's chaos when she does. But when animal-loving neighbor Jenny takes an interest in their dog Taliban, the boys discover a world far beyond what they know. Yen explores a childhood lived without boundaries.