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What happens when society crumbles? 1917-2017: Tychyna, Zhadan, and the Dogs is a reminder to reflect on our past as we contemplate our ways forward. The show is filled with music and poetry transformed into scenes, action, and projections. Is there a ray of hope? 1917-2017 is based on poetry by Pavlo Tychyna and Serhiy Zhadan as well as songs by the rock group Zhadan and the Dogs.
Henry Naylor returns to this year's Brits Off Broadway festival with a double bill of provocative theater. Angel is inspired by the story of a modern legend: a female sniper who struck fear into the hearts of jihadists and held ISIS in check for over a year in war-torn Syria. Echoes, back by popular demand after its too-short, sellout run last year, tells the parallel stories of two women born 175 years apart: a Victorian pioneer who wants to build an empire and a present-day Islamic schoolgirl who wants to build a caliphate. These two staggering stories continue to haunt audiences long after the curtain goes down.
Angels Among Us highlights the journey of 9 characters living through the worst days of their lives, but little do they know that everything happens for a reason... even if they don't quite see any hope just YET.
Presented in a series of 4 coherent and connected vignettes, our characters learn that sometimes they have to get through absolute devastation in order to experience the divinity and joy in their lives. As they learn to overcome their fears and let go of what they can't control, they might just be able to connect with a higher part of themselves and find understanding, peace, and happiness...
This play explores the complicated nature of the human experience and the struggles we all face through having to feel our pain, joy, growth, fear, and surrender, while having to evolve and face our mortality...
Bushwick was called home by locals long before any magazine called it hip. Bamboo in Bushwick explores gentrification in this suddenly trendy neighborhood from divergent angles.
As a group of old friends gather for a round of dominoes, outside forces converge on their street corner. In an alternate reality inspired by the psychedelic murals that have taken over many walls in the neighborhood, a turf war breaks out on the icy tundra. Is there room in Brooklyn for both penguins and polar bears?
When your community is threatened, every block is worth fighting for.
Bamboo in Bushwick is part of Working Theater's Five Boroughs / One City Initiative. The play was developed in partnership with Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizens Council (RBSCC) and with members of Bushwick Salvation Army Community Center, El Puente Bushwick, Make the Road New York, and the general Bushwick community.
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
It's Halloween night, and Miranda is desperate for a way out. She's drowning in debt, may be falling for her sugar daddy, and is on the run from her date, who has threatened to kill her. When she meets Graham and Tanya, a door opens for all of them…but is what's beyond a treat or a trick?
Pulitzer Prize finalist Gina Gionfriddo (After Ashley) brings her unforgettable dark humor to this sharp and timely story of complicated lost souls grappling with the costs of love, money, and the American Dream.
Eugene O'Neill's groundbreaking play The Emperor Jones is the story of Brutus Jones, a despot who ascends to the throne through lies, intimidation, and the politics of fear. Following a prison break in the United States, Jones sets himself up as monarch of a Caribbean island. When the natives rebel after years of exploitation, Jones' mesmerizing journey into darkness becomes a terrifying psychological portrayal of power, fear, and madness. With his demons in hot pursuit, the emperor is forced to confront not just the mortal sins of his past but also ancestral depravities — all in search of forgiveness and salvation.
In the 1950s world of Grand Rounds, a 10-year-old inspired by the adventures of Cherry Ames, nurse and amateur sleuth, turns her perceptive gaze on the rituals of family life. What goes on behind closed doors and on the radio is fodder for her scientific reckonings. Director and choreographer Tamar Rogoff invites audiences to sit bedside to share the intimacy that propels her protagonist on a rescue mission of her own. The action takes place in and around six beds, in open spaces, on a hospital floor, in a graveyard, and in the imagination of this curious child. With an ensemble of differently abled performers, Rogoff charts a journey through life's passages, widening our circle of connection and understanding for this world premiere performance.
Oscar Isaac returns to the Public Theater in this electrifyingly intimate new production of Shakespeare's enduring drama Hamlet. Isaac plays the prince caught between thought and action, not to mention anger and anguish, as his uncle assumes the throne left vacant by Hamlet's murdered father. As the dead king calls to him from the grave, demanding to be avenged, Hamlet is forced to choose between bearing the oppressor's wrong and taking arms against a sea of troubles. Tony Award winner Sam Gold directs theater's most powerful tragedy about life and death, madness and conscience, and corruption — of the state as well as of the soul.
Tony nominee Arian Moayed (The Humans, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo) offers a revelatory new reading of the "melancholy Dane." Set in Persia a hundred years ago, on the eve of World War I, Waterwell's Hamlet weaves passages of Farsi translation into the English of Shakespeare's masterpiece of crisis and identity. In it, a traditional way of life is being threatened by an evolving world, the land is being threatened by encroaching foreign interests, and a young man finds himself uprooted and torn between opposing customs, values, and codes. Featuring a vibrant score that seamlessly blends traditional Persian and modern Western elements, this is a bold reimagining of most renowned play in any language. Drama Desk nominee and Waterwell co-founder Tom Ridgely directs.
Featuring Barzin Akhavan (Ghost, Player King, Priest), Amir Arison (Laertes), Maryam Atei (Player Queen, Lady), Brendan Averett (Captain, Sailor, Ambassador), Cary Donaldson (Fortinbras), Andrew Guilarte (Claudius), Abraham Makany (Marcellus, Guildenstern), Arian Moayed (Hamlet), Arash Mokhtar (Barnardo, Rosencrantz), Ajay Naidu (Polonius, Gravdigger), Sherie Rene Scott (Gertrude), Sathya Sridharan (Osric, Voltemand, Player), Micah Stock (Horatio) and Sheila Vand (Ophelia).
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 one of modern drama's fundamental female roles: 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 is directed by James Bundy, artistic director of Yale Repertory Theater, where this production originated.
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.
My Eyes Went Dark is an electrifying new drama about a Russian architect driven to revenge after losing his family in a plane crash. Matthew Wilkinson (Red Sea Fish) returns to Brits Off Broadway with another searing new play inspired by real events. This production was nominated for three off-West End Theatre Awards and enjoyed an acclaimed run last year at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
In Picnic, when a gorgeous drifter arrives in a small Kansas town, no one is prepared. He brings with him the possibilities and promises — some true, some false — of a life with real options. His instant and incendiary chemistry with a local 18-year-old unexpectedly destroys the illusions of comfort harbored by everyone in this heartland's physically expansive and emotionally suffocating landscape. William Inge's legendary Pulitzer Prize-winning play is over 60 years old, but the American questions of sex as currency, of class as possibility, and youth as opportunity are timeless.
In Come Back, Little Sheba, a middle-aged Midwestern couple lives from one day to the next — Lola, breathless with fear of silence and solitude, and Doc, a recovering alcoholic. Into their tired lives comes Marie, their boarder, so flush with the riches of her youth that they can no longer deny how they spent their own. Their fragile acceptance of their own stifling reality is suddenly and brutally tested as Inge mercilessly exposes the pain and regret of the past that can be unmasked by the mere presence of youth and possibility of the future. Come Back, Little Sheba explores the endless and inevitable disappointments of the ever-seductive American dream.
Theresa Hanneck is a celebrated author and veteran feminist warrior; Msemaji Ukweli is a promising young writer who is quickly becoming the leading cultural critic on race, class, and gender for a new generation. When a heated exchange between the two women goes viral, Theresa finds herself ill-equipped to manage her message in the era of 140-character tweets — especially against a rival whose time may have come. A collision of ideals within the feminist movement propels JC Lee's riveting drama from breathless start to surprising finish.
They Promised Her the Moon is a probing drama based on the true story of an astronaut who had all the right stuff but never got the chance to be the first woman in space.
Though they were deft at maneuvering around the many obstacles of their era, both Jerrie Cobb — who was part of the secret female astronaut-testing project now known as Mercury 13 — and the famed pilot who funded the project, Jackie Cochran, found themselves confronting less obvious, more personal roadblocks as well. Cobb, who is alive today, actually out-tested her male counterparts in the official Mercury 7 group (led by John Glenn, Gus Grissom, and Alan Shepard). Still, she was denied the chance to be the first woman in space, in part due to Glenn, who became, in 1962, the first American to orbit the earth and later a United States senator. He spoke against the inclusion of women as astronauts in the space program. A year later, Russia sent the first woman into space; it would take another 20 years for the U.S. to give Sally Ride her mission.
More than a documentary chronicle of an overlooked chapter in our history, They Promised Her the Moon is a thought-provoking and haunting drama about the challenges of fighting for the greater good (versus ego), fairness, and sisterhood.
What if the fate of your favorite video game characters rested in your hands? Take control as they take the stage in The Video Games! Princess Zelda, Queen of the Console, is celebrating the 64th Annual Video Games and needs the audience's assistance (through social media) to ensure that this year's games are bigger, badder, and bloodier than last year's! It's a different show every night as iconic pixelated heroes and villains — such as Donkey Kong, Lara Croft, and the Master Chief — compete to win the coveted title of Player One.