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50th & 4th follows Rick and Sue, a married couple in Brooklyn, as they rent their spare bedroom online. Inspired by Lemme's first roommates in New York, 50th & 4th is a tribute to everyone who brought you to the city and the new kind of family you create when you're here. The play features Gloria Lamoureux (Perry Award winner), Emil Ferzola and Kirsten Dwyer. Tara Cioletti (Perry Award winner) directs.
Amateur Night at the Apollo is live entertainment with a history. This weekly talent competition began in 1934 and within months became a leading showcase for emerging performers. Among its early winners was a 15-year-old Ella Fitzgerald. Since then the series has launched the careers of James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, and Lauryn Hill.
Today Amateur Night attracts performers and audiences from around the world. Audience members, known for their toughness and expectation that contestants "be good or be gone," gleefully choose the winners.
Mary Wallace and Athena are brave, and 17, and fencers, and training for the Junior Olympics. They practice together, they compete against each other, they spend their lives together. They wish they were friends.
BAMcafé Live is a free weekly performance series, featuring a mix of live music in a bar and lounge space. Performances span jazz, R&B, Afro-pop, Latin, rock, experimental music, and spoken-word poetry. Duncan Sheik, Billy Martin, Survival Soundz, Tracie Morris, and Carl Hancock Rux are among the series' alums.
Set in present-day NYC, The Beautiful Ambiguous tells the story of Rich, a college student desperately seeking love in all the wrong places. Exploring themes of romantic ambiguity, unrequited love, depression, drug and alcohol use, and heartbreak, The Beautiful Ambiguous attempts to find the breaking point between love and friendship.
The Black Panther Party changed the course of history in the turbulent 1960s and '70s. We know the men that made a difference...but what about the women? Black Panther Women features an all-female cast playing all roles — male and female.
While the mainstream image of the Panther Party has been limited to armed men in black berets, the reality is that within three years of its founding, two-thirds of the Panther Party were women who helped lead social programs that changed their communities. You may not know about women who played pivotal roles in the group's advancement, such as Kathleen Cleaver, Ericka Huggins, Assata Shakur, and Afeni Shakur (mother of the late rapper Tupac Shakur). Women helped hold the party together while FBI COINTELPRO tactics brought them down. This powerful play examines the personal challenges women faced within the organization.
Celebrate this Black History Month and Women's History Month with Black Panther Women, written and directed by Jacqueline Wade.
Experience the magic of Broadway like never before at Blank! The Musical, an astonishing and hysterical next-generation theatrical sensation. Each night, a talented ensemble takes to the stage — with no script, no rehearsal, and no idea what will happen — to perform a brand-new smash hit musical…that you help to create!
Amidst the violence that engulfed southern Iraq after the British withdrawal of 2007, a sharp-witted Iraqi woman goes in search of her missing husband at the behest of her mother-in-law.
When creating the play for the Basra to Boston project, we drew on a transnational collaboration that took place throughout 2016 and 2017, as well as playwrights' memories of Iraq in 2007 as a U.S. soldier.
Bride of the Gulf is a new play that tackles the normality of war in Basra, Iraq through the deep, yet hostile relationship between a widow and her mother-in-law.
One hundred years from now, a race of hip-hop androids known as Brobots will form a unit, The Tribe Called Space Quest, to spread their message of peace, love, and dope-ness all over the universe. Through live looped vocals, rhymes, and beat-boxing, they perform the origin story of the first of their kind. They call it The Brobot Johnson Experience, a sci-fi hip-hop solo concert that defies both space and time.
The B.A. International Performance Ensemble class of 2020 have been provided with the exceptional opportunity to perform off-Broadway and to tour internationally in the spring of 2018 with the shows we have created over the last year.
This one-night-only caBAret is an opportunity to raise money to subsidize the costs of transporting 34 students to two different countries. Performances will include singing, dancing, mime, drag, stand-up, and more! For a full line-up, please check out our Facebook event below:
Check out the link below for more information about our travels and to continue to donate to the class of 2020:
The Cabaret Showdown is a monthly game show produced by Sound Street Productions in association with FRIGID New York @ Horse Trade. This unique competition is a mixture of live karaoke and musical improvisation, with a game board. Contestants are asked to choose songs from various categories with no knowledge of what the song will be until 30 seconds before they sing. The winner from each month receives a free one-hour showcase performance presented at the Kraine Theater the following month.
Since 2004, ComedySportz New York has been entertaining fans with the fastest and funniest form of improv comedy in the Big Apple. Two teams of improvisers vie for points in a hilarious competition by playing a series of improv games, similar to what you may have seen on TV's Whose Line Is It Anyway?
There's nothing like standup comedy in person — the spontaneity of a comedian in front of a live audience is something special. See for yourself at Comic Strip Live, which offers some of the best standup in New York City. Performers hail from Saturday Night Live, Comedy Central, Conan, and the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Audiences can enjoy food, mixed drinks, and specialty brews as they laugh the night away.
Tood, Weetsie, and Sybill are brides in rural Louisiana in 1943. Each married a Cliffert brother. The men are off to war, and a local news story about these young wives keeping the home fires burning intrigues Henry Luce. He decides that they belong on the cover of Life magazine and assigns Kate Miller to the story. She has been covering the war in Europe and, though she views doing a "women's piece" as a career setback, she accepts because it will be her first cover story. Kate spends a week with the Cliffert women, and her haughty urban attitude gives way to sympathy as she begins to understand them while coming face-to-face with her own powerlessness in a man's world. Filled with charm and fun, The Cover of Life is a deeply affecting story about the struggle for self-worth.
This musical journey takes audiences back in time — specifically, to when "soul" emerged as a style of music. Berry Gordy's Motown label and his studio band the Funk Brothers helped popularize soul music, as did Stax Records' Booker T. & the MG's. Before long, James Brown became the "Godfather of Soul" and Aretha Franklin its queen.
Now vocalists Prentiss McNeil (of the Drifters) and Bruce Wayne (of the Midnight Movers, Wilson Pickett's backing band) lead this classic soul revue. Their energy is unmatched; their showmanship, breathtaking. A Decade of Soul is a passion-driven tribute; the passion may even drive audience members out of their seats and onto their feet.
The cast of Eight Is Never Enough delivers hilarious comedy improvised on the spot based on audience suggestions and participation. Every show is topical and customized to you. Think Whose Line Is It Anyway? meets Broadway.
The novel El Coronel No Tiene Quien Le Escriba ("No One Writes to the Colonel") by Colombian novelist Gabriel García Márquez (100 Years of Solitude) has been adapted for this world premiere production. Written in 1956-57, while Garcia Márquez was living in Paris, El Coronel is the story of an impoverished, retired colonel, a veteran of Colombia's Thousand Days' War who still hopes to receive the pension he was promised 15 years earlier. The action is set during the period known as "La Violencia" in Colombia — years of martial law, rampant corruption, and censorship.
Note: The play is performed in Spanish with English subtitles via Simultext In-Seat Captioning System.
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Nilo Cruz (Anna in the Tropics) debuts his newest work, Exquisita Agonía ("Exquisite Agony"), in this world premiere production. According to Cruz, Exquisita Agonía is a love story that explores a middle-aged woman's obsessive quest to find love with a young man who is transformed by the gift of life when he receives a new heart.
Choreographers working in all dance forms workshop 25- to 35-minute pieces on a shared bill curated around the theme ''Personal Reality'' with Monteleone Dance AND As Arts NY Dance & Xiang Xu Theater Dance.
Fiddler on The Roof concerns Tevya and his family, residents of a Jewish village in czarist Russia. One by one, his daughters get married to men he has increasing difficulty accepting. The show features music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, and a book by Joseph Stein. The original Broadway production of the show, which opened in 1964, was the first musical theater production in history to exceed 3,000 performances. It won the 1965 Tony Award for Best Musical in addition to eight other Tonys. The Yiddish translation was crafted by noted Israeli actor-director Shraga Friedman in 1965, just one year after the musical's Broadway premiere.
Written as a love letter to his late father, the infamous owner of "Sid King's Crazy Horse Bar," Mike King performs his life story about being a dentist, a stand up comedian, and the son of a "nightclub" owner. A heart-warming, hilarious tribute to his father Sid King, "The Sultan of Striptease."
Obnoxious strangers, overbearing bosses, and unrequited high school crushes are about to get a piece of your mind. The Friday Night Sh*w invites audience members to anonymously write down their repressed rants, cursing-outs, and sultry confessions. Improv performers then use that writing to fuel a fast-paced brawl of hilarity. The cast includes a fistful of New York City's best improvisers with credits on 30 Rock, Comedy Central, MTV, Chicago's Second City, the Onion, and NPR — and at least one Primetime Emmy Award loser.
Loosely based on the 1957 memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee, Gypsy revolves around the famous striptease artist and her mother, Rose, a "backstage mom."
Including "Everything's Coming Up Roses," "Together (Wherever We Go)," "Small World," "You Gotta Get a Gimmick," "Let Me Entertain You," "All I Need Is the Girl," and "Rose's Turn."
At a time when the U.S.A. is waffling on its commitment to honor Harriet Tubman with her image on the $20 bill, Woodie King, Jr.'s New Federal Theatre will present Harriet's Return: Based Upon the Legendary Life of Harriet Tubman, written and performed by Karen Jones Meadows. The production takes audiences on a deeply personal, high-energy journey into the private and public life of this famed Underground Railroad conductor, spiritual icon, revolutionary, and entrepreneur, whose life spanned nine decades and still influences the consciousness of people throughout the world.
HERE is an award-winning, boundary-stretching institution. Its 2017-18 lineup features three HERE resident artist world premieres; the world premiere of a production helmed by HERE artistic director Kristin Marting; innovative works from the Dream Music Puppetry Program, including a revival of Symphonie Fantastique by Basil Twist; the sixth annual Prototype: Opera/Theatre/Now festival; and HERE's yearly Culturemart festival, in which HERE serves up a first look at new work in process from artists in the HERE Artist Residency Program (HARP). The multidisciplinary productions in the 2017-18 season represent the culmination of commissions and developmental residencies of up to three years in HARP and/or the Dream Music Puppetry Program. For a complete list of shows, click the link below.
Drama Desk-nominated Axis Company presents High Noon, an adaptation devised by the ensemble led by artistic director Randy Sharp. In Axis's High Noon, the Wild West is not the place of heroes and rollicking adventure, but a landscape of overbearing nothingness where humans, and their troubled moral compasses, are cast in glaring light. As a town awaits the alleged return, and potential revenge streak, of a released murderer on an incoming train, their just-married, retiring marshal decides to try to rally a crowd to fight him. Time cruelly continues to pass, and to presumably carry the dangerous figure along his collision course with the town and its former marshal, who considers, and over-considers, his very uncertain fate.
Federico García Lorca's The House of Bernarda Alba (La Casa de Bernarda Alba) is a tragedy set in a cloistered world of women in 1930s Spain. A tyrannical mother dominates her five unmarried daughters, all of whom harbor a secret passion for one man. Their repressed environment leads to an explosion of passion, jealousy, hatred, and despair.
Note: The play is performed in Spanish with English subtitles via Simultext In-Seat Captioning System. At matinee performances, subtitles are provided only by request.
What does it mean to suffer better? In this one-woman comedy show, six unlucky contestants from different walks of life present their struggles to you, the audience. Hosted by a drunk woman who loves to strip, you'll meet a musical hobo, lovelorn maid, sex-starved octogenarian, stressed clown, and angry teen before you vote to determine who's suffering the best.
Created & performed by Amanda Erin Miller Presented as part of the second Unofficial Upper East Side EdFest
Previous runs at Edinburgh Festival Fringe, East to Edinburgh at 59E59 Theaters, the Peoples Improv Theater, and SOLOCOM
The Infinite Wrench is a mechanism that unleashes a barrage of two-minute plays for a live audience. Each play offers something different, be it funny, profound, elegant, disgusting, topical, irrelevant, terrifying, or a song; all are truthful and tackle the here-and-now, inspired by the lived experiences of the performers. With new plays every week, The Infinite Wrench is the Neo-Futurists' ongoing and ever-changing attempt to shift the conventions of live performance and speak to audiences, including those unreached or unmoved by traditional theater.
In Hit the Lights! Theater Co.'s new shadow play with music, Isla (pronounced eese-luh) is a story about the harsh realities of political refugees, the difficulties of starting over, the love of family, and the spirit of female brawn. Inspired by documentary theater, Hayao Miyazaki, and the original poetry and songs of Maria De Lourdes Blain (a political refugee who escaped Cuba with her sisters in the '69 freedom flights to the United States), Hit the Lights! presents a magical world not so different from our own.
Years ago, a criminal defense lawyer walked out on his wife and kids in Canada. Still guilt-ridden as a newly minted lawyer, he feels no better than the mafioso type he's currently defending. And that murder case appears to be a slam-dunk case for the prosecution — not a good situation. Then, without warning, his two teenage sons are sent to live with him. It's the go-go '80s and the Meyers reunite in an East Hollywood boardinghouse run by a pot-dealing former nun.
The play dramatizes the life, loves, and the ultimately tragic decline of Josh Gibson, who was perhaps the greatest slugger of the Negro leagues and who, some say, died of a broken heart in 1947, a short step from his prime as a player.
Based on real events, the play shows Gibson struggling heroically to make it into the Big Leagues with emotional support from his good friend, the legendary pitcher Satchel Paige, and from the two women who are rivals for his heart — his common-law wife and his mistress. Despite his majestic on-field performance, there are immovable obstacles, including resistance to black players by Major League club owners and Gibson's own personal demons, which suffocate his chances.
Justin Sayre returns to Joe's Pub with a new show, Justin Sayre's gAy-B-C's: A Brief History of Gay Culture in Five Parts. The first two installments are presented on Saturday, February 24, at 9:30pm (A through D) and Sunday, February 25, at 9:30pm (E through H). Each evening moves methodically through the rich legacy of gay and queer culture. Touching on everything from Auntie Mame to zebra print, Sayre looks at the legends and lore of gay culture with stories, songs, and laughs. Each night covers different material, so don't miss a thing.
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 Wandering Company presents its award winning production of The Laramie Project for the first time in repertory with its sequel, The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later.
Audiences will have the unique opportunity to experience both parts of this epic American saga in the 20th-year mark of the gay murder the captivated the entire country. See The Laramie Project and The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later in one afternoon sitting or on consecutive evening performances.
A hopeful young girl is looking to get a better education. In her small town, there is only one person who can help her to reach her goal: an old teacher with a secret. In a thriller-like world, this Ionesco classic of the Theater of the Absurd makes you ask yourself: Why? How is this possible? Was it the cat?
Literati is a night of comedians in character performing hilarious readings. Sophisticated, satirical, and sometimes wigs. Do you ever leave a comedy show saying "Hmm, that was pretty funny but not enough reading"? Then this is the show for you!
Your hosts Colin O'Brien (JFL New Faces) and Michael Wolf (Comedy Central) love to read. They've read upwards of one book between the two of them and now they want to share that love of literature with you!
The Obie Award-winning Little Theatre — a more-or-less-monthly presentation of new theater, dance, performance & media curated by William Burke, Jeff Jones, Katie Rose McLaughlin & Shannon Sindelar — continues its 18th season.
The March iteration will feature work by Jen Goma. E. Kowaleski, Ariel Stess, Kate Scelsa, and Sugar Vendil.
Each week, the Magnet Theater's resident ensembles converge for a night of improv comedy. The night might include anything from monoscenes to Harolds (long-form improv acts that begin with a suggestion from the audience). Because Megawatt's format gets changed more frequently than a lightbulb, returning audience members can expect to be dazzled every time.
The great Baroque painters Caravaggio and Artemisia Gentileschi confess their sins to a heavenly priest in purgatory.
Gentileschi recounts her notorious rape and torture in order to reclaim her legacy and fully illuminate her brilliant life and art.
Caravaggio, confused after his own brutal and untimely death, is searching for forgiveness — or possibly something deeper.
New Yorker Rachel Lipsky Haringay is divorced and abandoned by her irritatingly round-headed British husband of many years after he discloses his Argentine lover, "Rosa the Posa." Now alone in London, Rachel is left to deal with an empty nest, a disapproving mother, a misogynous lawyer, some dubious counselors, a bad case of hypochondria, and the specter of poverty. With only the family dog, Axal, for company, Rachel mourns her marriage, picks up the pieces, and learns to live whole again. Nominated for an Olivier Award, My Brilliant Divorce explores how to cope when the world you have built comes crashing spectacularly down.
My Brilliant Divorce is written by Olivier Award-nominated playwright Geraldine Aron and stars Emmy Award and Golden Globe nominee Melissa Gilbert. Aedín Moloney directs.
Somebody remembers a lost lover. Somebody searches for some food. Somebody gets lost in the night.
Set over the course of one evening,
Nighthawks (An Odyssey) is an open performance text exploring urban alienation and city life under late capitalism. An Everyman figure wakes up from a troubled dream and wanders out to get some food. He finds his journey interrupted by a paranoid drug addict trying to get some sleep, an exhausted mother returning from an all-night job, and a young man stewing over a failed date.
What do you get when you combine some of the best vocalists in New York with world-class improvisers? You get a brand new type of show, where a new musical is created each night...On the Spot.
Set in a New Jersey hospital in the mid-'90s, Freddie, an anxious, sharp-witted, gay New Yorker, had planned to tell his family about his HIV status. After his mother tries to commit suicide, he now has the perfect excuse not to. At the hospital, things quickly get tense in this forced family reunion as the siblings try to navigate old wounds while their father bullies them into making their mom promise to "never to do it again." Seeing his mother this way, Freddie fears his own death. He and his mother share drug-induced hallucinations. Hot Nurse Donny, the perfect escape, is a beacon of light helping Freddie see that with new breakthrough medication, he may not die, so he better figure out how to live. A witty, complex drama about facing fears, mortality, sexuality, spiritually, and trying to connect.
A man of status with questionable sexual ethics runs rampage. A society fixated on the chaos of the moment ignores their collapsing economic system. A culture of open gun possession leads to rash and deadly consequences. Sounds familiar? Blessed Unrest's raw and sexy rendition of Platonov, or A Play With No Name, in a new translation and adaptation by playwright Laura Wickens, shows how Chekhov, nearly 150 years ago in Russia, was piercing through the issues that are highly relevant in America today. Her adaptation does away with all the father figures — except for the protagonist — and relocates the story to the rural South, a milieu in which the antidote to boredom is an entangled web of salacious scandals. Sometimes endearing and often reproachable, the titular character emerges as a man whose shortcomings run rampant due to enablers who surround him.
The year is 2006, and there's been a big shake-up in the Milky Way: Pluto has been reclassified as a dwarf planet!
When news of its demotion reaches the small planetoid, Pluto leaves the solar system on a cosmic journey, meeting groovy satellites, fun-loving gas giants, and a galaxy of other celestial oddballs on its quest to become a planet again.
Chris Mann and Emily Duncan's Pluto Is Missing! is a family-friendly space comedy that blends music, puppets, and fantasy with real science and space exploration history. You'll leave the theater with your head full of catchy songs and astronomical knowledge!
Combining comedy cabaret with progressive political parody, Sandy and Richard Riccardi have over 15 million views on social media and will be performing at the beautiful Metropolitan Room on August 9 at 7pm.
In this play, acclaimed French playwright Fabrice Melquiothighlights how it is impossible to fully understand the brilliance and madness of Jackson Pollock without studying his marriage to artist Lee Krasner. Pollock explores the charged empty space between Pollock (performed by Jim Fletcher) and Krasner (performed by Birgit Huppuch); between his genius and her spirit; between the inhibitions of the former and the frustrations of the latter.
Every week the cast takes a suggestion from the audience and turns it into a fully crafted musical. Each character is made up on the spot, as are the song-and-dance numbers! Led by Magnet Theater musical director Frank Spitznagel, Premiere: The Improvised Musical features a cast whose professional credits include Comedy Central, HBO, and Second City.
Repertorio Español is a theater company that presents a rotating repertory of plays in Spanish. Works by both canonical authors (Lope de Vega, Calderón, García Lorca) and living writers are produced. In presenting these works, the company endeavors to bring the best of Spanish, Latin American, and Hispanic-American theater to a diverse audience, including Hispanics of all backgrounds and non-Spanish speakers. Plays are performed in Spanish with simultaneous translation to English via wireless headsets.
Thanks to an ancestor who loved torturing witches, the Baronet of Ruddigore is cursed — if he doesn't commit a crime every day, his life will end in agony, and the curse will be handed down to the next in line. No wonder he doesn't stick around to follow through with his destiny, leaving the title and the curse with his younger brother. But when the ghosts of the Baronet's past reveal themselves in the Ruddigore Castle picture gallery, he's forced out of hiding and back into the role of daily criminal. But destiny and curses aren't the most flexible of things, so the clever Baronet must figure out a way to make everyone happy in the end, especially himself.
Saturday at 6pm: the perfect time to get your jaded mind blown by four improv ensembles. Will the neighborhood kids be driven wild by their new forms and structures? Yes. Will you?
The Rundown features different groups at each performance that unite veteran performers with up-and-comers ready to bring it.
The play explores Valerie Solanas's radical views through the lens of a Factory "happening" featuring a cast of "Superstars," art critics, and outsiders. Furiously paced and punctuated with slicing humor, whip dances, and anarchist ideals, S.C.U.M. cuts through façades to capture the spirit and value of artistic imagination.
A Three Rooms Press production, S.C.U.M.: The Valerie Solanas Story is the opening play in Kat Georges's Three Somebodies: Plays About Notorious Dissidents, a trio of fascinating, cutting-edge plays inspired by people who shook up the world — for better or worse. In addition to S.C.U.M., the collection includes Art Was Here, inspired by poet-pugilist and Dada precursor Arthur Cravan, and Jack the Rapper, a mash-up of Jack the Ripper and T. S. Eliot. Copies of the book will be available at the reading for purchase and signing.
Curated by Nicky Paraiso, A Series of One is a platform for provocative, challenging solo performances presented at La MaMa during our 56th season, which is centered around storytelling and personal narratives. These courageous artists exemplify La MaMa's mission by continuing to create adventurous and engaging art which allows audiences to experience the dynamism of a single performer — no distractions.
Shows include: Blake Sugarman's Prelude to the Apocalypse John Jarboe's You Can Never Go Down the Drain Marina Celander's Mermaid's Howl Megan Metrikin's Finding Fellini
This show is part of an afternoon and evening of shows. The actors use scrolls for each scene, which have each actor's cues and lines, giving actors and the audience an improvisational experience throughout the scenes.
Scenes from Shakespeare comedies (mostly) include:
- Act 1, Scene 2 from A Midsummer Night's Dream
- Act 2, Scene 2 from The Merry Wives of Windsor
- Act 4, Scene 3 from The Winter's Tale
- Act 4, Scene 3 from The Comedy of Errors
In an era rife with gun violence perpetrated by men, Shooter is the story of a shooter-massacre stopped before it can happen. When Jim sees a teenage boy with two shotguns beneath his trench coat nearing the entrance of the local high school, Jim pulls his own firearm and stops a potential massacre. Jim is a hero. But as more details about the incident are uncovered, what really happened becomes a lot less clear. Shooter is a human tale focusing on the fallout among three friends, each of whom may have contributed in some way to the would-be shooting.
Written entirely through improvisation at the Magnet Theater, Sisters Three is a fast-paced, multi-character comedy about a family's reluctant reunion. Without sets or costumes to hold them back, two actors seamlessly intertwine over 30 distinct characters into a heartfelt rollercoaster ride of dysfunction, redemption, and baby pumas.
Starring Elana Fishbein and Elena Skopetos Written by Elana Fishbein, Peter McNerney & Elena Skopetos Directed by Peter McNerney
Becca is taking a break from college to stay with her sister Haley in the newly gentrified neighborhood of Brooklyn. When she discovers her sister and her boyfriend are frequenting hip gatherings at an abandoned aquarium, she falls into a world of skin walking, the band Guacamole Raccoon, government-sponsored drugs, and a mysterious giant sea turtle in what seems to be an empty tank. A companion piece to Pigeon Spikes, this is the second installment of the United States of a Mirror trilogy.
The Negro Ensemble Company, Inc. (NEC) will remount its 2017 revival of A Soldier's Play by Charles Fuller, directed by Charles Weldon, from February 14 to March 4, 2018, at Gene Frankel Theatre. The piece is historically NEC's most famous and successful play. It was produced last fall at Theatre 80 St. Marks as the culminating event of NEC's landmark 50th season, playing to full houses and glowing notices. The cast of that revival will return intact for the Gene Frankel Theatre run.
A Soldier's Play debuted in 1981 at Theatre Four where it ran for two years, earned unanimous praise, launched the careers of many current stars, and subsequently became the basis of a major motion picture, A Soldier's Story (1984). The play uses a murder mystery in a segregated U.S. Army base during World War II to expose angers and resentments among African-Americans that curiously mimic white racist attitudes.
Hollywood glamour meets queer performance art in this tour-de-force portrayal of gay pride pioneer "Joe" Carstairs, the 1926 world speedboat record holder. Phoebe Legere plays cross-dresser Joe Carstairs and seven of her girlfriends, including Tallulah Bankhead, Marlene Dietrich, Billie Holiday, and Mabel Mercer. Speed Queen, a trans-disciplinary play, uses wearable sculpture, dance, theater, and nude lesbian films to tell a story of heartbreak, heroism, and love.
Stand Up NY is one of New York City's premiere venues for standup comics. It features some of the best comedians performing in NYC, nationally, and on TV. Surprise drop-ins have included Jerry Seinfeld, Steven Wright, and Robin Williams.
You're nearing 30, back living with your parents, struggling at your local theme park job, and buried in debt. This isn't your fault. The system is rigged against you, dammit!
Starblasters is about a generation raised to believe in opportunity only to come of age in a postrecession America where financial security feels beyond reach. With the park's closure looming, five friends must face their struggles head-on or suffer from a life where their ability to dream is lost.
While many children's theater troupes tell stories to kids, The Story Pirates believe that every kid has a story to tell. Made up of professional actors, improv comedians, and teaching artists, this troupe uses stories written by elementary school students as source material for over-the-top, sidesplitting musical plays. With songs, props, music videos, and puppets, the Story Pirates bring to life onstage what children have put down on paper (and computer).
At a typical show, there is no typical. Topics range from kung fu ninja babies fighting crime to the eternal love between the devil and a guy she meets at Starbucks. It's a world where cats can fly and Tickle Monsters have been known to take over the world. If the show sells out, the audience is treated to ice cream and cookies at the end!
Innumerable American children and teens are exposed to gun violence at home, in school, in their communities, and in the media. In Subway Story (A Shooting), playwright-director William Electric Black means to elucidate the pressures that drive the epidemic in young people. The piece is the final installment of his five-play Gunplays series, which has dramatized the epidemic of gun violence using differing approaches and theatrical styles. Theater for the New City, which has presented the entire series, will mount Subway Story (A Shooting), its final installment, February 22 to March 18 in its Community Theater.
Sundays@Six is a free reading series focused on works-in-progress. The WorkShop Theater presents sit-down readings of new and revisited scripts by company playwrights and of projects initiated by company artists. Most of the readings are followed by a moderated dramaturgical discussion.
Over the course of this doctoral-thesis-gone-awry, Tessa Flannery and fellow performer Chris Fayne slide down the slippery slope of consent, fantasy, and female sexuality through the lens of one slimy pornography genre. In the midst of the #metoo movement, Tentacles asks how we reconcile our fantasies with our feminism.
Then She Fell is a fully immersive, multisensory experience in which only 15 audience members per performance explore a dreamscape where every alcove, corner, and corridor has been transformed into a lushly designed world. Inspired by the life and writings of Lewis Carroll, it offers an Alice-like experience for audience members as they explore the rooms, often by themselves, in order to discover hidden scenes, encounter performers one-on-one, unearth clues that illuminate a shrouded history, use skeleton keys to gain access to guarded secrets, and imbibe elixirs custom designed by one of NYC's foremost mixologists.
Three on a Match, by Rhett Martinez, is an allegorical drama examining the legacy of state terrorism in Latin America. It will be the 50th anniversary production of IATI Theater Todo Vanguardia, a performing arts organization devoted to contemporary, cutting-edge Latino works. The drama examines, absurdly and gravely, the terrifying plague of "disappearances" during Argentina's "Dirty War" of 1974-83 and similar experiences of countries across South America in ensuing decades. Written and performed in English, it will be directed by Eric Parness.
An isolated and aimless gay man with a "roommate wanted" ad on Craigslist finds his life, family, and relationship flipped upside down when the ad is answered by effusive and other-worldly actress Tilda Swinton (Tom Lenk), who demands she be allowed to study and dissect his sad life for her next big movie role. The two very different personalities clash immediately as things get hysterically chaotic and surprisingly cathartic.
Set in Brooklyn, the play revolves around Sarah, a photojournalist who has just returned from covering the war in Syria after being severely injured by a roadside bomb. Her reporter boyfriend James is swamped by guilt for leaving Sarah alone in Syria where she was nearly killed. When they receive a visit from their photo editor friend Richard, who introduces them to his new and much younger girlfriend Mandy, their relationship is tested. Can the adventurous couple find peace with a more conventional life when they thrive on the adrenaline rush of war?
Nick Kanellis and Peter McNerney (Statues of Liberty) team up with Magnet Theater veteran Leslie Korein to form a brand-new improv trio with one purpose: rockin' a seamless, high-energy, character-driven, free-form improv set every week.
Clarion Theater presents two original adaptations of Kafka's great stories: the world premiere production of The Judgment, about a son and his complex relationships with his fiancée, his friend, and his father; followed by The Metamorphosis, Kafka's great classic novella about a young man's transformation. The double bill is directed by Barbara Bregstein.
Initiated in the early '90s, this series focuses on emerging, up & coming contemporary choreographers who are refining and defining their distinctive styles. Curated by Doug Post.
Featuring Alexandra Rose, Hana Kozuka, Georgia Gavran & Jonathan Doherty, and Heather Bryce.
Peter Michael Marino, Harmon Leon, and Walter Michael DeForest present 12 diverse shows from solo comedies to fake tribute bands that rocked the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. This unique theatrical event is back for the second time, again taking over the intimate second floor of the historic Ryan's Daughter on February 24 & 25 from 1-11:30pm. Acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe artists from NYC, Philadelphia, and London will be presenting encore performances of their critically acclaimed shows that played the world's largest arts festival in 2017, as well as revivals of shows from 2012-2016, and previews of new shows headed to Edinburgh in 2018.
Festival Pass is $35. Full bar. Beer specials courtesy of Coney Island Brewery. Brunch catering courtesy NYC's go-to for authentic German meat and sausages Schaller & Webber Catering.
Peter Michael Marino, Harmon Leon, and Walter Michael DeForest present 12 diverse shows from solo comedies to fake tribute bands that rocked the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. This unique theatrical event is back for the second time, again taking over the intimate second floor of the historic Ryan's Daughter. Acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe artists from NYC, Philadelphia, and London will be presenting encore performances of their critically acclaimed shows that played the world's largest arts festival in 2017, as well as revivals of shows from 2012-2016 and previews of new shows headed to Edinburgh in 2018.
A comedy of honor, Ana Caro's 17th-century play criticizes the social customs of her era, notably the position of women, in a parody of the erotic myth of Don Juan. The play is considered especially remarkable because of its uncommon depiction of its heroine, Leonor, in a storyline whose happy ending finds a woman having solved her own misfortune without the help of a man.
Note: The play is performed in Spanish with English subtitles via Simultext In-Seat Captioning System.
This dynamic new musical follows the destiny of a family in a land torn apart by an incomprehensible war. Can two young lovers on opposite sides of the conflict find their way?
Discover the secrets of your favorite neighborhood or museum on a Watson Adventures Scavenger Hunt. You won't be collecting objects (put back that statue!) but searching for answers to tricky and humorous questions. You can decipher a message in the sky in Central Park, find out what to do with a "fun goon" in Chinatown, track ghosts in Greenwich Village, solve a murder mystery at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and much more. No knowledge of any hunt location is required — you just need a sharp mind and a good pair of shoes.
Spectators have a ringside seat to this blood-pumping revenge tragedy and intimate tribute to lost love. Once a championship boxer, Dee Crosby was taken down in her prime by her own husband. Now that Charlie has been released from prison for her attempted murder, Dee is hell-bent on revenge, no matter the cost. But only Dee's true love, Carmen, can provide her with redemption. The Wholehearted is an unsettling ride through the human heart.
Note: This show includes violent content and is recommended for ages 15 and up.