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AMP is a multimedia solo horror play inspired by the writings of Mary Shelley, Luigi Galvani's discovery of "animal electricity," the birth of modern feminism, and the monsters society creates. This work explores scientist Luigi Galvani's discovery of animal electricity in 1790, the ways it informed the creation of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein as well as the development of electroshock therapy in the 1950s. As Mary Shelley begins the process of writing Frankenstein in 1816, her writings are interwoven with film interviews from inside an asylum with a woman who auditions for the Boston Symphony during their first historic "blind auditions" in 1952.
Based on true stories, The Bench, set in urban decay and rubble, explores the emotional heartbreak of five homeless characters and the catastrophic hysteria surrounding AIDs in the 1980s. The sparse set is accented with hand-drawn imagery from Daphne Arthur's graphic novel adaptation of the play, and audio design is by world-renowned composer and multi-instrumentalist Deep Singh. It's a unique and fresh solo theater piece wherein one actor plays five characters, written in dialogue form, not traditional "monologue black out, monologue black out" traditional solo theater form.
John Kevin Jones reprises his solo performance of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol for the fifth smash season, directed by Dr. Rhonda Dodd, in the intimate Greek revival double parlor of the landmark 1832 Merchant's House Museum.
December 1867: Charles Dickens (Jones) arrives in New York City for a month of sold-out performances of his beloved holiday classic A Christmas Carol. Join Mr. Dickens as he tells his timeless Christmas tale in the elegant and intimate parlors of a 19th century family home.
Toast the holiday season with Mr. Dickens in the original 19th century kitchen of the Merchant's House Museum at selected performances. Mulled wine, cider, and light fare will be served.
One man. One trunk. Twenty-five characters.
After successful engagements around the United States, this one-man production for all ages comes to New York City for three performances only! With just the contents of a steamer trunk, Timur Kocak incarnates 25 roles in this 75-minute version of Charles Dickens's 1843 holiday classic. Kocak plays all his parts with physical humor and dramatic honesty.
Award-winning actor Sharon Washington, beloved by audiences for her performances in While I Yet Live and String of Pearls — as well as The Scottsboro Boys on Broadway — returns to Primary Stages to share a uniquely personal story in the New York premiere of Feeding the Dragon. As both playwright and star of this autobiographical solo piece, Sharon revisits her time growing up in an apartment on the top floor inside the St. Agnes Branch of the New York Public Library, where her father served as the building's custodian. Shrouded in family mystery, Sharon's story boldly examines how both the power of forgiveness and her lifelong love for the written word have helped her battle dragons of all forms.
Presented in rep by JMTC Theatre as part of the Association of Performing Arts Professionals (APAP: Jan. 13-21), The Good Adoptee is the riveting and and outrageous true story of Suzanne Bachner's search for her birth parents as she confronts the uncooperative, arrogant bureaucracy that guards New York State's sealed records. Once opening Pandora's Box, can she integrate her dual identities and still remain "the good adoptee"? The show has won awards for Best Autobiographical Script and Best Actress when it premiered at NYC's United Solo Festival and was named a Best Play by Indie Theater Now. One hundred percent of the ticket sales from performances will go to Access Connecticut (www.accessconnecticut.org).
A sexually charged and wickedly funny one-man thriller, Harry Clarke is the story of a shy Midwestern man who leads an outrageous double life as the cocky Londoner Harry Clarke. Moving to New York City and presenting himself as an Englishman, he charms his way into a wealthy family's life as the seductive and precocious Harry, whose increasingly risky behavior threatens to undo more than his persona.
During WWII in Seattle, University of Washington student Gordon Hirabayashi fights the U.S. government's orders to forcibly remove and mass incarcerate all people of Japanese ancestry on the West Coast. As he struggles to reconcile his country's betrayal with his passionate belief in the U.S. Constitution, Gordon begins a 50-year journey toward a greater understanding of America's triumphs — and a confrontation with its failures.
Hold These Truths is inspired by this true story from a little-known chapter of American history, when civil liberties were under attack, constitutional rights violated, and issues of race hotly debated by a divided country. Joel de la Fuente (Inspector Kido on Amazon's The Man in the High Castle) stars as civil rights pioneer and 2012 Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Gordon Hirabayashi.
A story reveals the illusion of one's identity in Derek DelGaudio's modern allegory, In & Of Itself. New ways of seeing the unseeable are explored, as memories from yesterday, inexplicable events witnessed today, and secrets imagined for tomorrow all blend together, creating a perpetual paradox of a show. The writer and producers of Nothing to Hide reunite with executive producer Neil Patrick Harris to present this theatrical experience directed by Frank Oz.
The Tony Award-winning author, performer, and activist Eve Ensler, whose Vagina Monologues is an international sensation, comes to Manhattan Theatre Club with a powerful new play based on her critically acclaimed memoir. While working with women suffering from the ravages of war in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ensler was stunned by a life-threatening diagnosis. Told with her signature brand of humor, Ensler's personal journey uncovers surprising connections between her body and the earth and how illness can be both transformative and transcendent. Directing this bold, unflinching, and inspiring piece is Tony winner Diane Paulus (Waitress).
Virtuosity and imagination combine in John Lithgow: Stories by Heart as Tony and Emmy Award winner John Lithgow creates a singularly intimate evening. With equal measures of humor and heart, he evokes memories of family, explores and expands the limits of the actor's craft, and masterfully conjures a cast of indelible characters from classic short stories by Ring Lardner and P. G. Wodehouse.
In A Kind Shot, a 6'1" blonde spitfire, Terri Mateer, tells her life story of becoming a pro basketball player in France. Raised by a single hippie mom, an African-American surrogate father stepped in and taught her how to play the game. Being 6'1" in the sixth grade, she's a natural, but dreams of becoming an architect. Terri's unbelievable journey includes playing pro ball, modeling, stripping, designing erotica, and taking lots of shots at life. It's an uplifting, honest, no-holds-barred personal account that illustrates we all need a little bit of kindness.
The Last Sicilian is an evening of true stories from actor-writer Nick Albanese: stories about his childhood years spent in his family's bakery, how generations of his relatives met, married, and overcame much to come to America. Albanese acts out all the characters and the audience is treated to some winning stories that have been passed down over raucous family dinner tables for year after year. There's some Sicilian history and the negative perception of Italian immigrants in America when they first came to the States and then switches back to the family stories. You'll learn a little history, get a bit emotional, and definitely have tons of laughs as Nick tells his funny and heartwarming tales of growing up Sicilian in America. You don't have to be Sicilian to appreciate this story of an amazing journey that spans a century, from the immigrants' arrival in the New World, all the way to modern pop culture.
Emmy Award winner John Leguizamo (Ghetto Klown) returns to Broadway in this original one-man comedic play. In Latin History for Morons, Leguizamo schools his son — and the audience — on the buried history of Latinos in the Americas. Spurred by the near total absence of Latinos in his son's American history class, Leguizamo embarks on a frenzied search to find a Hispanic hero for his son's school project. From a mad recap of the Aztec empire to stories of unknown patriots of the American Revolution and beyond, Leguizamo breaks down the 3,000 years between the Maya and Ricky Ricardo into 95 irreverent, uncensored minutes in his trademark style.
They say that laughter is the best medicine, but for one comedian suffering from obsessive compulsive disorder, it just might be psychedelic mushrooms. The Mushroom Cure is the hilarious, harrowing, and heartrending tale of how, inspired by a scientific study, Adam Strauss tried to treat his severe OCD with psychedelics. After extended sold-out runs in New York City and San Francisco, this show returns to New York for a limited engagement, starring Strauss and directed by Jonathan Libman.
The untold story of Mozart's prodigy sister.
DRAMA DESK, Off-Broadway Alliance and 8 New York Innovative Theater Awards nominations - winner of 2 New York Innovative Theatre Awards: Outstanding Solo Performance (Sylvia Milo) and Outstanding Original Music (Nathan Davis and Phyllis Chen)
September 23 - November 13, January 6 - 9
Performed (in rotation) by Sylvia Milo (the play's creator), Samantha Hoefer, Daniela Galli or Jody Christopherson.
Full schedule and tickets: www.theOtherMozart.com
Hailed by critics as "brilliant", "masterful," and "unforgettable", Spitting in the Face of the Devil is monologist Bob Brader's gripping and often comedic story of discovering his abusive father is a pedophile. A powerful story of personal survival and triumph that pertains to today's focus on sexual predators, Spitting in the Face of the Devil is a seven-time Best of Fest Award Winner, including "Best Show" of the London Fringe Festival and "Best Script" and "Best Encore" at NYC's United Solo Festival. The show is written and performed by Bob Brader and directed and developed by Suzanne Bachner. One hundred percent of ticket sales from performances will go to Safe Horizon (safehorizon.org)..
Spitting in the Face of the Devil is one of JMTC Theatre's award-winning solo shows running in repertory as part of the Association of Performing Arts Professionals (APAP) annual conference in New York City running from January 13-21. JMTC combines arts and advocacy to raise funds and awareness.
Bruce Springsteen himself on his Broadway debut: "I wanted to do some shows that were as personal and as intimate as possible. I chose Broadway for this project because it has the beautiful old theaters, which seemed like the right setting for what I have in mind. In fact, with one or two exceptions, the 960 seats of the Walter Kerr Theatre is probably the smallest venue I've played in the last 40 years. My show is just me, the guitar, the piano, and the words and music. Some of the show is spoken; some of it is sung. It loosely follows the arc of my life and my work. All of it together is in pursuit of my constant goal to provide an entertaining evening and to communicate something of value."
Returning for the first time since its sold-out debut at Joe's Pub in February 2016, Squirrel Heart is written by Sarah Stiles and Holly Gewandter, with direction by Darren Katz and musical direction by Brian Nash. Last seen in New York as part of Broadway's Hand to God cast — a performance for which she received a Tony Award nomination — Stiles has in the meantime been playing Gladys in Get Shorty on Epix. Her cabaret extravaganza Squirrel Heart is a marathon of musical genres and caffeinated emotions wrapped up in 20 or so costume changes and big hair.
"You know I suppose to 'a been dead. Sugar is complicated, like love, full of pleasure and pain. It's complicated, gives you energy and can eat you up from the inside out."
So begins award-winning theater artist Robbie McCauley's autobiographical solo show about living with "a little bit of sugar" — diabetes, a disease that affects many Americans and many more African-Americans. Directed by Maureen Shea with music by Chauncey Moore and projections by Mirta Tocci, Sugar looks at everything there is to see about sugar, from slavery to colonialism to American mythologies to racism and diabetes. Against the backdrop of her own remarkable life as an internationally acclaimed performance artist, Sugar is also a chronicle of McCauley's life as a child in the Jim Crow South and as a young actress in the vibrant theater scene of 1960s-1970s NYC.
A candle that moves water, a paper cup that won't burn, a firefly without fire. An atomic flash, weaponized sugar, a hydrogen bomb. A genie in a bottle, secret writing, elephant toothpaste...yes! All these and more constitute That Chemistry Show, 80 minutes of incredible exploration led by longtime "mad scientist" Borislaw Bilash. Expect amazement and lots of laughter as Borislaw combines the world of chemistry and the world of show business.
How does a therapist who's been practicing for 20 years deal with a bad case of burnout? Go to therapy. And there are so many different kinds of therapy and self-help to choose from. But in a world that seems to be getting crazier, are they helping? This true account of Jude Treder-Wolff's search for renewed hope introduces you to some of the fascinating characters who think they can help, including a wildly optimistic corporate trainer, an opinionated life coach, and a mind-body therapist who is either the most relaxed, ethereal person ever or completely high. This Isn't Helping had its world premiere at the Speak Up, Rise Up Festival at the Connelly Theater last summer.