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New York City's finest improvisers join forces with the city's finest poets in a unique format: part comedy, part poetry, part theater, part UNPREDICTABILITY. It all begins with an exquisite corpse (aka poem) written collaboratively by the audience. After that the improvisers delve in, building a world around the themes and imagery of the poem, populating it with a cast of characters who are funny, tragic, and in between. Fueling the proceedings is the work of published poets, national slam champions, and up-and-comers from around the world. (Among the cast are performers and poets featured on This American Life, the Onion, and Chicago's Second City.) The whole shebang ends with the performance of a poem inspired by the show and written on the spot.
Alive! is a healing journey about the transformative power of song in the lives of people born before the internet became king. Weaving the testimonies of everyday people into a fabric of triumph, Alive! lifts ordinary people who have lived extraordinary lives and stand strong at 55+ to tell their stories to another generation with the wisdom only age can deliver. This show is not only about overcoming; it is a jamming celebration of the soundtrack of that generation's life that blends gospel, jazz, R&B, doo-wop, and pop music to produce a playlist that audience members will never want to skip.
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.
An evening of social justice as seen through the word of the playwright and lens of the camera with Stop and Frisk, Matthew Widman's play about the consequences of one of our nation's most contentious policing tactics and Is Anybody Listening?, Paula Caplan's powerful documentary about a woman's journey connecting with the plight of veterans. Other films will be shown that evening.
Amy Surratt's First and Last (Show) celebrates the struggle to come back to something you never really had. This first and final bio-mythography is told by the fictionally famous "Amy Surratt," a former reality TV child star, as she gives her debut theatrical swan song. Surratt's own genuine Appalachian roots emerge through the joining of poetic narrative, cultural pageantry, true stories, and good ol' down-home lying. Beauty pageants, burnouts, and unfinished business combine in this tragicomic exploration of fractured identities and origins. Don't worry, though — there are enough mason jars, bluegrass jams, rusted cars, and Southern-fried metatheatrics for everyone.
And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little is an often biting and occasionally touching black comedy that centers on the lives of the three Reardon sisters, whose father abandoned the family long ago and whose mother has recently passed away. The sisters, now adults and all working in the New York City public school system, have come to a crossroads — the youngest sister, having barely survived a scandalous incident at school, has suffered a nervous breakdown. When the married sister comes back to the childhood apartment, the two unmarried sisters now share in an effort to commit her to an institution, and the built-up resentments of the last decade are pushed to the forefront. Should Anna be committed? Is it in her best interest, or is it just easier for Ceil if she doesn't have to care for Anna? Is it selfish of Catherine to want to keep her at home? Who is strongest in this fight of wills — and does Catherine really need another cocktail?
In celebration of the Down Town Glee Club's 90th anniversary, this concert will take a musical tour of the world, honoring the diversity and richness of its abundant cultures, and the rhythms and influence they've contributed to the world of song and the human spirit. Throughout its nine decades, the Down Town Glee Club has promoted brotherhood through music with its continued spirit of inclusion, love, and tolerance, regardless of race, creed, or religion. It's a quality the club is proud of and intends to continue for the next 90 years and beyond.
The show features the following:
- A diverse concert of songs from around the world, guest artists, and a live band!
- A free catered reception afterward, replete with food and desserts representing various countries!
- Door prizes, as well as a chance to participate in a 50-50 cash raffle and gift auction!
Note: Raffle participants must be 18 or older.
Three volunteers — Sol, Sorcha, and Tallulah — are on their way to Mars and doomed to die. Inspired by the Mars One mission, which will send humans to settle a colony on the red planet, Astronauts Wanted is a deeply poetic nonlinear narrative that questions the very essence of what it means to be human.
Two one acts dealing in the lighter ... and darker sides of ne'er-do-wells by acclaimed playwright, A.J. Ciccotelli.
Johnny & Paula In a Tree opens with Johnny trying to get back together with Paula after two failed attempts. When they were little kids, instead of kissing Paula – he pulls her hair. They try it again in High School but Johnny dumps her after she would not 'put out' sexually. Now they are trying it again but this time Paula is willing to have sex with him. But with pleasure comes a price.
Twister opens with ex-football jock, Rock, now owner and bartender of Old Charlie's Bar before it is to be hit by an incoming twister. Amorous Rock never touched her… until now. The real hurricane is the entrance of Lily, who's wanted him since those college days. Their climax and the play's climax reveals why.
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.
Beautiful Monster is a new play depicting the final hours of the life of Mary Shelley, author of Frankenstein. On the eve of her expected death, Mary, gripped by madness, is visited by the dead: her husband and Romantic poet Percy Shelley, their shared lover Lord Byron, and literary rival John William Polidori, author of the first known vampire fiction — fiction begun, along with Frankenstein, on that now famous night of ghost stories on the banks of Lake Geneva. As the clock ticks toward Mary's death, she recalls in a series of hallucinations her heart-wrenching confrontations with Percy's formidable mother and the tender friendship of her loving stepsister. She's even confronted by the monster she created.
Note: This show includes nudity and sexual content.
Child's Play centers around a traumatized child who has stopped speaking. A therapist now struggles to peel back the layers of mistrust by entering the internal world of this little girl to help her confront the dragon that has stolen her voice and now threatens to completely destroy her. "Child's Play" will feature Andrew Gonzales, Ashleigh Herndon, Christian Victoria Allen, Crystal Edn*, Katie Esswein, Mercedes Vasequez, Michael Pichardo, Raine Cantisano & Ronald Kitts.
This play centers on a traumatized child who has stopped speaking. A therapist now struggles to peel back the layers of mistrust by entering the internal world of this little girl to help her confront the dragon that has stolen her voice and now threatens to completely destroy her.
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.
Set in a church basement, this world premiere play follows an under-35 conspiracy theorist support group as they wrestle with their convictions, perceptions, and each other's personalities. The Conspiracists reveals how much we are influenced by other people, and how little we think we are.
Over the centuries, the planet Constellarium has provided sanctuary to refugees from planets that have collapsed in on themselves. In this play, the sitting president of Constellarium addresses his planet's newest hosts in a series of speeches that span the course of a year.
New work by choreographers who cross cultural, geographic, and disciplinary boundaries.
Written by Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher, and first printed in 1615, Cupid's Revenge is a tale of love, revenge, and mortal folly that was highly influential for post-Shakespearean playwrights. Filled with music, dance, romance, sword fights, and gruesome deaths, Cupid's Revenge reinvents Elizabethan tragedy for a new era.
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.
After his encounter with death, CB seeks solace in his best friends and sister. Unable to find it because they're dealing with their own problems, CB meets a new and refreshing person in whom he'll find the comfort and support needed, but at the same time, questions and insecurities arise with the newcomer's arrival. Sexual identity, bullying, self-acceptance, drug abuse, rebellion, suicide, and eating disorders are some of the issues the characters have to deal with in this coming-of-age play.
Dalrymple Award-winning director, Laurie Rae Waugh directs the revival of this MITF Award nominated comedy about a boyfriend, his former-future mother in law, and his ex-girlfriend, in that order.
A love story: Middle-aged, not too bright, and quite lonely, Kath meets a nice young man at the library and brings him home. How was she to know that this nice, good-looking boy was not what he seemed to be? And why is her brother Ed taking such an interest? Entertaining Mr. Sloane is a comedy by Joe Orton about sexuality, gender, death, and madness. A play the New York Times calls "Blissfully perverse" presented by the award-winning Phoenix Theatre Ensemble
Inspired by the classic children's book The Story of Ferdinand, Ferdinand tells the poignant story of Tom, a single dad, struggling to go with the flow and raise his son in a world determined to make him fight. Raised on the story of his namesake Ferdinand, the bull who refused to fight but just wanted to sit and smell the flowers, young Ferdy learns the hard lessons in life as his father endeavors to shield him from the harsh realities of adulthood.
In the form of 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 standup comedian, and the son of a "nightclub" owner. The Fifth Dentist is a heartwarming, hilarious tribute to Sid, the "Sultan of Striptease."
Undocumented workers Figaro and Susana can't wait to get married, but on their way to the altar, they'll have to navigate a world of lecherous bosses, Botoxed starlets, pothead gardeners, and a whole lot of sexting in a wild adventure that recasts Mozart's classic comedy as a multicultural musical celebration of what it really means to be an American.
This audience favorite and critical hit returns to New York after sold-out performances on both coasts, including with the Los Angeles Opera. Experience The Marriage of Figaro in a fresh and funny English (and Spanglish) translation that celebrates the values of diversity, equality, and comedy — values that have always made America great.
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.
Giovanni the Fearless is a family-friendly commedia dell'arte folk opera about the power of love, a troupe of traveling actors, an old castle, two young lovers, and a couple of ghosts. When Giovanni encounters the Bombasto Family commedia troupe, he becomes enchanted with the star of the show, the beautiful Colombina. Tricked by Colombina's father and siblings into believing that a treasure lies hidden in a nearby haunted castle, he deals first with a fake ghost (a giant puppet constructed by the Bombastos) and then an actual ghost. In the end, he discovers that the real treasure is his love for Colombina. Spectacular projections by Bank Street Films, clowning, tumbling, puppetry, special effects, and onstage musicians enhance this romantic musical comedy.
Godzilla's messy alcohol-fueled breakups with other Kaiju are the stuff of legend. Now the hulking and foreboding Godzilla, a bi-poly serial dater fighting body dysmorphic disorder, looms over a helpless New York City.
While fleeing Godzilla's rampage, a man ducks under some rubble…only to notice every other person near Godzilla is someone he dated. It seems that his extraordinary exes have joined forces to take on the monstrous Godzilla. Amid this fantasia of carnage, the peril of dating is revealed to be a monster that not even Godzilla can defeat.
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.
Deb Filler has incredible stories to tell! The internationally renowned comic performer, musician, and writer returns to New York with her new one-woman show, I Did It My Way in Yiddish (in English). In this international hit, New Zealand's only Jewish comic entertains with a brilliant evening of stories and songs audiences will never, ever forget. Filler recounts funny, moving stories of her meetings with the Lennys: Leonard Cohen, Leonard Bernstein, and another Jewish musician called Lenny. The audience travels along with Deb as she journeys around the world on this jam-packed, music-filled show with just a guitar and a raft of lovable characters she creates.
Chrissy, a bright young woman with a background of harshness that has robbed her of her innocence long ago, has visions of a career as a dancer. She finds herself in the Boom Boom Room, a disco/bar in Philadelphia meant to be her first step on the road to a better life. Instead, she must fight to defend her dream and keep her anger in check amid the sex and stimulation that surround her, the psychological residue of her parent' betrayals, and the bizarre pack of suitors who follow her. In a desperate search, Chrissy careens from the seductive mistress of ceremonies at the Boom Boom Room to the earnestly friendly gay man next door to a brutally passionate lover. In its compassionate look at Chrissy's living nightmare, In the Boom Boom Room is a piercing look at a society dangerously close to our own lives, and a drama that captures both our hearts and our heads.
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.
It Will All Work Out takes stories from Chris Wells' upcoming memoir, mixes them with funny original songs, and tops it all off with fabulous, colorful, and outrageous outfits. Expect a night of high energy, queer fun, and deep feeling with a smokin' hot band and a couple sexy backup dancers.
The world premiere of a new show from Obie Award-winning performer Chris Wells. Combining stories from his upcoming memoir of the same name with original songs, fabulous and outrageous outfits, and with support from a rocking band and sexy back-up dancers, this promises a night of high energy and fun from this master storyteller and exuberant song and dance man.
Conceived by Alyssa May Gold and directed by Katie Young, this epic story of jealousy and betrayal is given a modern-day setting at an all-girls high school, where psychological warfare is unyielding. Six young women will play all roles in this coming-of-age story that follows a group of teenagers through their first tastes of power, the desire to seize it, and the life and death battle to keep it.
Actor-writer Dan Ruth reprises his hilarious testament to survival and sobriety, A Life Behind Bars. Fermented in over two decades of booze, bars, and New York City gentrification, the show, directed by multiple-MAC and Bistro Award winner Tanya Moberly, is an unapologetic, darkly funny look at what can happen when you reach for the stars and grab the bottle instead. This work is the 2016 winner of United Solo Festival's best autobiographical show award.
Note: There is a $20 cover and a $20 minimum per person.
Five people wait in line for an unknown event, each trying to get to the front. Through their shoving and conniving, Line dramatizes the absurdity of everyday life.
The length of the show's run is a testament to its interminable relevance. Line has been running — or rather, standing and waiting — since 1967. Among those stuck in the original production was Richard Dreyfuss, then almost as unknown as the event his character awaited. Today the rotating cast continues to feature emerging young actors. Tradition also lives on in the play's director, Jay Michaels; he studied with Carol Ilson, who directed Line in 1974. The playwright is still Israel Horovitz.
Omar, Fred, and Sam are hangin', smoking some weed, but in Trump's America only one of them is a criminal. With the specter of prior offenses over his head, Arab-born Omar needs to be very careful.
This production of Macbeth is a fitting response to our times in its exploration of ambition, tyranny, and what it means to be a leader. The show is an attempt to answer the question "What does it mean to bring our full humanity into our work, play, and lives?"
Medicine the Musical follows a diverse group of first year medical students as they navigate their lives, loves, and the rigors of their education.
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.
Nec Spe / Nec Metu is a collection of two dovetailing monodramas.
In "Nec Spe," the great Baroque painter Caravaggio confesses his hideous sins to an imagined or ethereal priest after his own brutal and untimely death, possibly searching for forgiveness. But his swagger and violent personality leave audiences to question whether he truly wants his sins washed away or whether he would rather justify his actions in the eyes of God and man.
In "Nec Metu," the great Baroque painter Artemisia Gentileschi recounts her notorious rape and torture in order to reclaim her legacy and illuminate her brilliant life and art. She tells her story with wry wit and humor, offering an alternative and often neglected perspective on art history and her intimate relationships with some of the world's greatest artists.
The New York Musical Festival (NYMF) nurtures the creation, production, and public presentation of stylistically, thematically, and culturally diverse new musicals to ensure the future vitality of musical theater. In 2013, NYMF received a Drama Desk Award for its efforts. This year's festival features everything from an adaptation of The Picture of Dorian Gray to a musical about Backbeard, the hairiest pirate ever. For a full list of 2017 NYMF shows, click the link below.
All the talent New York City has to offer is on more than the Broadway stage. But who are the next generation of Big Apple stars? Get a sneak peek at the area's best during New York's Got Talent. The thrilling result of an all-ages talent search, NYGT showcases performers from across the region in a variety-style production. Featuring a colorful array of singers, dancers, magicians, jugglers, pet training tricks, burlesque, bands, guitarists, drummers, comedians, weird acts of all kinds, ventriloquists, drag queens, lip-syncers, cirque, tappers, tumblers, gymnasts, balance acts, impersonators, a cappella groups, and virtually any other alternative performance art form you can think of, this is a show that lets you decide who moves on to the next of six total rounds. Cast your vote at the Elektra Theater in Times Square.
In Old Turtle and the Broken Truth, a truth falls like a star from the sky and breaks into two pieces. When the villagers discover only half of the truth, it causes so many problems that Little One, a brave young girl, decides to search for the missing half. With the help of Old Turtle and many animal friends, Little One is able to mend the broken truth and make it whole again — "you are loved…and so are they" — creating a better world for everyone.
Old Turtle and the Broken Truth is powerful allegory about accepting and welcoming differences that will resonate with children and adults alike, particularly at a time when the world is doing otherwise.
Note: This show is recommended for ages six and up.
The 2001 Tony Award Winner for "Best Revival of a Play," One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest follows criminal Randle McMurphy, who has gotten himself into trouble once again and been sentenced to hard labor in prison by the court. To escape labor duties, McMurphy pleads insanity and is sent to a ward for the mentally unstable. Once there, he endures and stands witness to the abuse and degradation committed against the inmates by the oppressive Nurse Ratched. Based on Ken Kesey's 1962 novel, this powerhouse play is one you won't want to miss.
Fads come and go, and aesthetic poetry is all the rage in town these days, especially among the maidens who have all become groupies of the self-styled poet Reginald Bunthorne — to the dismay of their macho military boyfriends. All but Patience, the virtuous village milkmaid who claims to have never loved anyone. She doesn't care for poetry much either, and, as it turns out, neither does Bunthorne! While Bunthorne is infatuated with Patience, she falls for her childhood crush Archibald Grosvenor, another famous aesthete who attracts women even faster than Bunthorne. The rigid military men attempt to win back their ladies by comically attempting to be willowy poets, but, when exasperated Bunthorne challenges Grosvenor to give up the current aesthetic craze, he does so willingly — and everything backfires.
Peggy Sarlin, who's written for Bette Midler, Patti LuPone, and Disney, will debut her new band at the Metropolitan Room. Peggy will sing original blues-infused songs from her debut album, Friends and Family, and new songs — served with a slice of soul — from the album she's currently recording. Jeff Franzel, a hit songwriter and distinguished pianist, will accompany her, along with Paul Frazier on bass and Steve Williams on drums.
Into a quiet urban home come two strangers on a sinister mission they don't disclose. They frighten some, entertain others, and refuse to leave. As the home invasion worsens, the hosts reveal some twists. In a dark and surreal evening of fantasy, farce, and betrayal, audiences should be warned: This drama is about something real. Perversion is a scathing political satire of the America we've lived through and where we still live today.
What happens when a young Muslim girl converts to radical Christianity? After leaving all religion behind, how will she navigate and find herself in a world where no bubbles or rules exist? Inner protests of food, sex, and her own peace of mind pave the road. Along the way, she meets many interesting characters in this musical comedy.
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.
Random Access Theatre explores two classic pieces with bold characters who fought against injustice in Resistance and Rebellion in Rep, featuring productions of Ernst Toller's Hoppla, We're Alive! and Sophocles' Antigone. Hoppla, We're Alive!, directed by artistic director Jennifer Sandella, tells the story of a group of revolutionaries who, eight years after they were pardoned from death row, have found various ways to adapt to the unchanged world they once rebelled against. Politics, friendship, and conscience collide in this German play that shook up the theater world when it premiered in the 1920s. Then, revisit Antigone, the beloved story of Oedipus' courageous daughter. This modern retelling, adapted and directed by Victoria Teague, examines how a Greek tragedy fits into contemporary society, and whether you would actually be surprised to hear such a story on the nightly news today.
Frank Calo, founder of Spotlight-On Festivals, the first organized theater festival in New York City, pre-dating the New York Fringe Festival by one year, was a leader in presenting new and exciting works, rarely seen plays, and even classical presentations during the late 1990s and early part of the 21st Century. Its high production values and locations in areas such as Times Square made Spotlight-On a popular facet in the NY theater scene. Spotlight-On returns with a series of works from some of its prominent alumni. Rise of the Phoenix features works from previous participants who have gone on to great things and who are thrilled to return to where it all began.
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.
Love Creek Productions, one of NYC longest running "off-off" production companies takes you to 17th-century France where the sexual politics are not too from today's. Filled with laughs, mistaken identities, mysterious letters, and love, this play will warm your heart and shake you belly.
With Craig Anderson, Mary-Catherine White, Dan Mamut, O'Anna Rose, Tallie Dubois, Peter Previte, Kasey McNulty and Elaine Yudkovitz. Directed by Steven and Amanda Barrett.
Seeing You is an immersive experience underneath New York City's High Line park. At once narcotic and eye-opening, the show is the result of a bold collaboration between Randy Weiner, Ryan Heffington, and Cantora (Will Griggs and Nick Panama), featuring environmental storytelling by David Gallo and costume design by Desi Santiago.
This edgy historical drama smashes the conventional wisdom about "Shakespeare" and the "Virgin" Queen by suggesting the violation of a fundamental human taboo. Shakespeare and the Courtesan follows the travels of Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford and, according to some, the real "William Shakespeare." Oxford's journey through Italy is surrealistically juxtaposed with scenes of his life in England, his plays, poetry, passion, betrayal, and murder in a blend of fact and fantasy. (Did Shakespeare/Oxford have a child with his mother, Queen Elizabeth I?) The Bard meets his match when he encounters the beautiful Veronica Franco, an honored Venetian courtesan and published poet.
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 4, Scene 3 from The Winter's Tale
- Act 4, Scene 3 from The Comedy of Errors
- Joan's monologue from Henry VI, Part 1
In Show Up, award-winning solo show performer, producer, and SOLOCOM creator Peter Michael Marino (Desperately Seeking the Exit) uses his decades of solo performance expertise to turn the often vilified tropes of the genre on their head. Marino exploits an arsenal of Post-it notes to compile and transform the challenging and enlightening real-life experiences of the audience into a single vibrant life-story that is familiar, completely fresh, and unique each time. Chance elements are increased as audience members are engaged to cue lights, design the set, and direct. Show Up provides a wild, unpredictable ride for the audience as Marino navigates this high wire, simultaneously commenting on social anxiety and performance challenges. Ultimately, Show Up demonstrates that the value of truth in autobiographical performance is totally subjective.
Presented by Miller-Coffman Productions, Siren's Den is a dark, modern twist on the myth of the Ancient Greek sirens who lured sailors to their deaths with their songs. Here, the turbulent sea is the music industry, and the siren is Skylar Cole, a seductive indie-rock singer in New York City.
Skylar's biggest fan is Remy Morgan, a young, aspiring singer who finds that her songwriting is fueled by her time spent with Skylar. Although Remy and Skylar form an immediate bond, their attempts at connection are thwarted by Skylar's hungry fans known as the Vultures, Remy's possessive personal assistant, her suspicious boyfriend, and her own sordid past. Soon Remy finds herself drawn into a world of drugs, lust, and empty promises, where some idols don't deserve pedestals and some dreams come with dire consequences.
Earth has gone to the dogs, literally. After "the incident," humans have gone underground and into space, leaving dogs to run the planet. But the Space Pirates have decided that they need to pave over Earth to put up a parking lot for their new nightclub on the moon. The Puppies have to join forces with their archenemies the Ninja Kittens and, along with the assistance of the Great Oracle, must seek the power of the greatest weapon they've never heard of. Epic adventures and battles ensue, and along the way, we learn a deep, dark secret...or three. Will the Puppies turn tail and run? Will the Ninja Kittens — ooh, string. Can the Earth be saved from certain construction? Will it all end in discord or harmony?
The Space Pirate Puppy Musical! is written and directed by Heather Bagnall and Luke Tudball with original music by award-winning composer and lyricist Steve Schalchlin.
This award-winning collection of world premiere plays returns with seven brand-new commissioned selections. This year (number seven!), a fresh batch of lauded playwrights riff on the theme of "rebound."
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.
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!
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.
That True Phoenix is the story of Lorenzo Da Ponte: the most interesting man you've never heard of. Far more than just the librettist for Mozart's greatest operas, Da Ponte still ended up as a mere footnote in history. Based on his own highly embellished memoirs, That True Phoenix chronicles Da Ponte's life from exiled revolutionary schoolteacher in Venice to disgraced court poet in Vienna to Pennsylvania grocery story owner, to Columbia University professor in New York City and tells the true story of a perpetual immigrant who changed his story to become the true embodiment of the American dream.
Teresa Fischer hosts a retrospective performance featuring some audience favorites, special requests, some new gems, and a special appearance or two.
Time No Line is a performance work presented as a live memoir, based on John Kelly's 40 years of journaling. This solo piece constructs a nonlinear narrative through physical movement, video projections, music, historic texts, and live drawing. Its main theme is the way Kelly's life and work unfolded and intertwined with significant cultural and political events, including the East Village performance art scene of the 1980s, the AIDS epidemic, the culture wars, and gentrification. The show uses the experiences of an individual to create a shared collective experience as an antidote to cultural amnesia and erasure. Kelly himself is a survivor who remains a part of New York's evolving cultural landscape.
Playwright Duncan Pflaster and director Aliza Shane blur the lines of life and art in this play about a dinner party turned dark when the guests must hear a screenplay about the abduction and torture of a young filmmaker who made "seditious" movies. In a small country newly taken over by a dictator, filmmaker Dina Kummerspeck has been taken by the government and tortured for making supposedly seditious films. Now returned home under house arrest with an electric shackle on her ankle, she and her husband Tomas invite over their actor friends for a party, but unbeknownst to them, it's going to be a secret reading of Dina's new screenplay loosely based on her torture. Fact and fiction collide as the actors go back and forth between acting out her words and commenting on the art of it.
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.
Legendary Las Vegas lounge singer Trudy Carmichael has lived (and nearly died) and loved (and often lost) more than most mere mortals, but she gets through all of her trials and tribulations through the art of song! Based on an audience suggestion for a show title and the audience's own personal objects, Carmichael weaves together an original one-woman show on the spot detailing the triumphs and challenges of her storied past, accompanied by Frank Spitznagel on the keys and Steve Whyte on percussion!
Water is a collaboratively created piece of participatory theater that explores human relationships to the environment in the face of profound ecological threat. It reunites playwright Callaghan, director Topol, New Georges, and 3LD Art & Technology Center 11 years after the extended run of New Georges' acclaimed production of Callaghan and Topol's Dead City, the first show at 3LD.
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.
What Town? The Musical is a fully improvised show wherein the audience picks the name of a fictional town (Disaster Valley? Royalty Heights? Boozerton?), and two experienced musical comedians, Katie Hammond and Daniel Tepper, create a musical on the spot about that town, playing all of the characters who live there. The cast is joined by music director and piano player Jody Shelton, who improvises a new score for each show!
Wink, a homeless and traumatized gender questioning teenager, and Dario Villanova, an ex-A list actor doing B movies, are down on their luck in Los Angeles. Their kindred spirits bond over music and a death in Dario's extended family to forge a heartfelt and unconventional love story of surrogate father and child.
Wonder/Wander: An Interactive Tarot Card Reading is a multimedia adventure into and through the tarot. Of the 22 cards from the Major Arcana, only five will be drawn by the audience at each performance. Will one of them be the Moon? The Lovers? The Wheel of Fortune? Or something else? Each show will be a one-of-a-kind experience where the chosen cards invite audience members to reflect, reimagine, and perhaps rejoice together.
Note: Admission is free, but RSVPing is required. Please select on the RSVP form whether you would like to be a participant or observer. As a participant, you agree to engage in interactive activities onstage.
In Johnna Adams' World Builders, Whitney and Max live deep within their own imagined realities — one expansive and fanciful, the other dark and brutal. To break free of these visions and become functional members of society, they embark upon a clinical drug trial that might erase these worlds forever. But are they truly able to leave their fantasies behind? In a medicated age in which our imaginations are colonized by mass media, how do we know when happiness and love are real?
With only $1.50 in her purse and a dream, Zora moved to Harlem. She subsequently became the first black woman to study at Barnard College and Columbia University; rose to fame as a writer; helped pioneer the literary movement that was the Harlem Renaissance; secured a Guggenheim Fellowship Award to study in Haiti, Jamaica, and on the Gulf Coast; and ultimately became a world-famous writer. NAACP winner Antoniá Badón's one-woman bio-play transcends time and place through 19 character portrayals and 15 wardrobe changes, giving the audience a look at the famous Zora Neale Hurston in Zora Returns to Harlem.