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In 8 in Show, emerging and established choreographers of all dance forms showcase short new works.
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.
The building housing New York's longest-running off-Broadway show will be converted to condos after the 10,000th performance. Even though the show, embedded in pop culture, will continue to be produced around the world from high schools to legitimate stages, the original production, half-forgotten in NYC, will close. The cast, crew, and zealous fans are forced to deal with this announcement and the reality of the closing. At various ages and points in their careers, each has a unique dilemma. For some, it may be a paralyzing blow and career-ender. For others, it may be an opportunity to move forward. All the while, as long as there is a giant dancing and singing pickle with a twang, there is always a glimmer of hope.
Note to attendees: Please don't give away the shocking ending.
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.
Ask Joseph is an original play by Slava Stepnov and Roman Freud, translated from Russian by Asya Stepnova. Audiences are presented with a unique drama in which the distinct echo of Anton Chekhov's Seagull is in a peculiar intertwine with the life and artistic career of Noble Prize winner Joseph Brodsky. Even though the play is based on selected episodes from Brodsky's biography, this story is not about any particular person. It is rather about those who had the courage to drastically change their lives by abandoning their familiar environment and who ended up on the verge of a dramatic cultural and emotional split. Love, mystery, adultery, scandals, and spies are just a few of the turns and twists of the plot. Ask Joseph is an attempt to peek into the mystery of human talent.
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.
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.
The Big Broadcast on East 53rd is an off-the-wall comedy that explores how "fake news" impacts a marriage. Fed up with her husband's unconventional ways, a sophisticated New Yorker "finds" his obituary in the Times and plans his funeral. This challenges the play's hero to prove he is alive and kicking. This highly theatrical and timely romp explores what happens when we are ruled by our need for love and approval.
Blackthorn and Quinderly are two investigators called to probe a suspected haunting following the mysterious death of estate owner Sir Bronson of Wickdom. They are assisted by Jean-Michel, the keeper of the house, and Lady Poplina, Bronson's niece and supposed medium through whom spirits communicate. Trickery, whispers, shifts in light, and a séance slowly reveal the true desires of deceased Bronson in regard to the remaining estate and his widowed wife. Blackthorn & Quinderly is filled with quick wit, surprises, and humorous frights as it takes you on a journey of trickery and haunting disbelief.
Ira and Larry were Hebrew school classmates who took different paths in life. Ira came out and moved to the city; Larry got married, had a family, and came out later in life. Now, following the 2016 election, they're spending one memorable weekend together with Larry's son Bryan, Ira's nephew Christopher, and a whole lot of gay history.
The quest for a plot! The glamour of despair! A tale of love and honey...
As eight individuals search to find a home in the theater, they stumble upon a strange catalyst that weaves them all together...bees! A story full of heart, BUZZ, Son of a Bee gently reminds audiences that a life in the theater can sting you, but it can also be as sweet as honey.
Calderon's Two Dreams is a repertory performance of two classics by Pedro Calderón de la Barca. His first masterpiece, Life Is a Dream (1635), deals with questions of freedom and choice in a confusing reality. As his career soared, he felt the need to go deeper into his own spirit, and he completely rewrote the 1635 play to examine deeper questions. In Life Is a Dream (1677), the setting changes to the court of the universe. The central question of the earlier version — "Will this prince be a fitting ruler?"— in the later version becomes "Is the human being a fitting caretaker of the universe?"
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.
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.
It was supposed to be an easy job: Trail the bad-girl heiress and report her doings to dubious Daddy. But private dick Thomas Sparks finds out the hard way that nothing is what it seems as he's lured through a lethal labyrinth of love, lies, and larceny toward…Celery's? New York City's oldest LGBT theater company is back. And this time, it's murder.
Author and actor Jamie Brickhouse faces his three most defining relationships — booze, sex, and his Texas tornado of a mother, Mama Jean — in this darkly comic solo show.
One of England's most prolific playwrights introduces audiences to Andrea, a young girl just trying to stay alive during an act of violence that alters her existence and everyone she touches. Andrea's yearning for love and a family takes her to the darkest of places. She just wants to tell you the truth...will you listen?
Straight from her star turn at the Camden Fringe Festival in London, Lexie Braverman reprises the role of the endearing but tortured Andrea in Philip Ridley's one-woman drama. This newly mounted production is directed by Sybille Bruun (artistic director of the Shakespeare Forum).
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 2017 FRIGID Festival presents an EXIT Theatre production, Denial Is a Wonderful Thing. One woman, three continents, six decades, and a lusty affair: from Mumbai to the Outback, New York to the Haight, and naive schoolgirl to free spirit, Christina reveals all in this one-woman "talk story."
Denial Is a Wonderful Thing is written by Christina Augello and John Caldon. Ryan Marchand directs.
Broken Box Mime Theater presents a new interactive production! Destination Everywhere is composed of nine original short plays set to a soundtrack of hit music and is especially enchanting for children in grades K-3. The performance invites audiences of all ages to unplug and use the two most basic tools they possess — their body and imagination. Kids learn about creating friendships against all odds in "Biggie & Lil"; watch the mimes try to scare each other with spooky stories in "The Sleepover"; and travel underwater, to the moon, and beyond in "Vacation Club."
Down on Griffin Alley, written by Connie Winston and Jean Randich, is an anti-death penalty, love story performance piece based on the life, trial, and execution of Lena Baker, an African-American maid in Cuthbert, Georgia. Lena Baker was wrongfully convicted of killing her ex-lover and employer, Ernest Knight, a white man who had locked her up in his gristmill to keep her against her will. Through actual trial testimony and devised scenes, this show explores what was said and what was silenced.
Drunk Restoration Comedy is back with a revival of Richard Brinsley Sheridan's The School for Scandal! The premise: A team of brave (or just crazy?) artistic associate actors will perform a reading of a Restoration comedy. The catch: They'll be doing so while heavily under the influence. Even better, this interactive evening will give audience members a chance to choose their own adventure and dictate which performers get totally sloshed and which are sent packing.
The Erotic Life & Times of August Jones is a one-man show written and performed by Jacob Wheeler. Wheeler takes audiences on a journey, unveiling the roots of August Jones' early introduction to and understanding of sexuality and eroticism. From his first attempt at sex to his self-awarded black belt in orgasmic pleasure, his story is punctuated by song and erotic poetry, all of which are complemented by erotic photography.
At the Cabaret Voltaire — the Swiss nightclub home of the Dadaists — five important artists of the movement take the stage after being overlooked for so long: its female innovators. Deconstructing theatrical and literary conventions — meaning, syntax, and creation of language as well as the form and content of Dadaism — these fantastic artists explore what it is to be a female in society.
A play for our times, The Fare tells the story of a clash between a Pakistani cabbie and a Connecticut banker. A dispute over a taxi fare leads to an altercation with echoes of everything from immigration to identity, class to color, privilege to prejudice, and what it means to be an American.
Written by Claude Solnik, The Fare is inspired by actual events. Scott David Reeves directs and stars. Also starring are Sarah Grace Sanders, Hemang Sharma, Michael Catlage, Scott Zimmerman, and Brett Solimine.
Fast Forward provides opportunities for choreographers working in all dance forms to workshop 25- to 35-minute pieces on a shared bill curated around a theme. In March, Fast Forward's theme is ''grace and beauty'' with Kachal Dance and Florescence.
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.
You are entering another dimension — a dimension of sight, sound, and laughs. Eight scenes, each based on iconic Twilight Zone episodes, include murderous children, killer dolls, and of course, a gremlin on an airplane wing. These are tales of mischief and mayhem that can only be found here…in A Fifth Dimension.
Note: Memorize and recite an opening narration from any Twilight Zone episode for a $5 ticket!
After 200 years of keeping his inventor's comatose widow alive, Fred the robot decides they both could use a change. Taking a leap of faith, he packs up their home in Phoenix, and the odd couple relocate to the Clam — a once luxurious retirement space station orbiting Pluto. There, the Clam's in-house alien band the Kunzigs awaken something special in Fred's ancient companion.
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.
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.
Grand Theft Musical is a boisterous, bawdy, bang-bang, world-premiere musical comedy, which openly purloins from some of the greatest examples of the genre to hilarious effect. The diverse cast of 17 zany characters relate to, deal and double-deal with, fall in and out of love and in and out of bed with each other, all while singing and dancing up a storm. Grand Theft Musical is a sophisticatedly silly, satirical lampoon yet a warm embrace of Broadway and all things theater...with three choreographers. Based on Robert Sickinger's 1994 musical Platinum Taps, it was written by Lissa Moira, who also directs. John Taylor Thomas composed the music.
A History of Servitude is a comic survey of world history, from the dawn of man to the present. A celebration of the eternal struggle of the underdog, A History of Servitude is part improv, part sketch comedy, part insanity. The Department of Fools brings audiences on a wildly participatory, slightly intoxicated, and extremely bawdy ride through history.
The lives of six sex workers living in a cramped Brooklyn apartment are flipped upside down when one of them brings home a newborn baby who has been left for dead in a trashcan. The arrival of this innocent life sends the women free-falling into their pasts, forcing them to relive their memories of girlhood, real life, real loss, the struggles and triumphs that brought them here, and the love (for better or worse) at the center of it all.
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.
In How to Sell Your Gang Rape Baby* for Parts, the heroines, Libby and Ali, are toiling away in the HR office of a large company. Hating their jobs but afraid to leave (because paycheck), the ladies are thrilled when a surefire money-making opportunity lands in their laps. The Trump-loving, life-affirming intern Bev Anne got knocked up the hard way, and though she's pro-life (natch), she doesn't want the baby. Enter Libby and Ali, who help her realize that this one small life can save the lives of many. In How to Sell Your Gang Rape Baby *for Parts, Libby and Ali risk everything for the greater good.
Charles Earthstein, of the Chicago News and M&M Publications, interviews the one and only Jackie "Moms" Mabley, America's No. 1 comedian, at the Apollo Theatre. It reveals some of her personal hopes, dreams, betrayals, despairs, and fame.
Beatles songs come to life, not with music, but as stories and situations. A cast of 15 presents this world-premiere theatrical tribute for fans of the Fab Four and anyone who imagines a world where all you need is love. Imagine is written by Claude Solnik and directed by Thom O'Connor.
This solo character show, written and performed by Eli James, is a decade-by-decade journey through the parade of unsung deplorables who inhabit the history of rock 'n' roll. Imagine All the People: A Survey of Music Business Creeps shines a light on the creeps, freaks, jackasses, and wannabes that have been steadily plopping out of pop music's bottom since the 1950s. In it, award-winning music historian Sir Gordon Gledhill-Walker guides audience members through each sordid era of rock, attempting to find answers to pop music's longest-lasting mysteries, such as "Were the Beatles more popular than Jesus?", "What is payola and where can I get it?", and "Why did the '90s happen?" Visits from con artists, Klansmen, and Morrissey are to be expected. It's all here when you imagine all the people!
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.
In 2005, a mother and daughter living on the Upper West Side fall victim to Hurricane Katrina. As they excavate their apartment riddled with pop culture detritus, the ever-shifting parameters of feminine performance begin to chafe. Pairing traditions of drag performance with elements of conventional absurdist theatre, It's All Coming Back to Me Now says goodbye to the romance of yesterday's America through an examination of Canadian pop music, spearheaded by snow diva Celine Dion.
Hamza Zaman pens and performs the story of long-term convict "Junebug" Gonzalez. Junebug is a man whom the world has forgotten but who hasn't forgotten the world. As he conveys the intricacies of life on the "inside" and opens his heart to his true inner life, audience members are questioned about their own views on redemption. In this production, Zaman reprises the lead role from his critically acclaimed FringeNYC show Fresh Meat. Veronica Caicedo of Teatro Circulo directs.
Kyle is a dark comedy by Hollis James, inspired by his knock-down-drag-out battle with drug addiction. It's about a guy named Jack, his friend Kyle, and Kyle's friend cocaine. Thanks to his new friends, Jack's life quickly begins to spiral out of control. He loses his job, his girlfriend, his health, and all sense of personal hygiene. Will Jack find the strength to get his life back on track, or will Kyle ultimately win?
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.
The Nat Turner Revue performs their post-Valentine's Day comedy improv show Love Sauce Supreme. Join this award-winning comedy troupe and other hilarious guests for one of the most electrifying shows in New York City!
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 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.
Nocturnes is an evening with visual artist Rosalyn Engelman in which her life and creative processes are explored through film, music, and conversation. The program includes the documentary film Rosalyn Engelman: The Color of Memory, a conversation between the artist and Baruch Performing Arts Center director Ted Altschuler, and nocturnes by Chopin, Fauré, and Lowell Liebermann performed by pianist David Shimoni. It concludes with a toast to the triptych Nocturnes by Engelman herself.
Rosalyn Engelman is a painter, sculptor, and installation artist. She works with a variety of materials, including outdated and discarded electronic equipment, mannequins, nails, and barbed wire, producing art with a striking range of expressive content. In all her work, Engelman is searching for beauty, hope, and transcendence. Her art is ultimately about the indomitable human spirit — the will to create in a world where devastation is a dominant theme of life. Her art comes from the belief that communication, especially through art and creativity, is a key source of redemption.
In 1961, a movie star is committed to a Manhattan psych ward. The doctor assigned to her case believes he must keep her there for her own good, but the creative genius behind the movie-star mask will sacrifice anything to regain her freedom.
Note: This play is based on a true story.
This play mixes historical figures such as Abraham Lincoln, John Brown, Frederick Douglass, and slavery advocate Stephen A. Douglas in their own words with the fictional story of two slaves seeking freedom in 1859 by heading north. About 20 actors bring this full-length play, written and directed by Marvalee Peart, to life. Witness some of our nation's greatest speeches woven into a powerful story in which audiences see action, romance, cruelty, courage, and the debate about and reality of slavery just before the war that ended it through emancipation.
Over the course of one tumultuous weekend, Noel returns to his hometown to confront the sudden death of his best friend, the wedding of his philandering father, and the reemergence of his one true love, Nicole. A hilarious, poignant journey punctuated by the puerile antics of Noel's fraternal twin brother, Declan, The Optimist follows three young people into a rundown motel room where they tackle unfinished romance, the imminent arrival of a rampaging patriarch, and the threat of impending adulthood.
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.
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.
Each month, Gingold Theatrical Group presents a different play by George Bernard Shaw (or his contemporaries). GTG is the first group to ever present performances of all of Shaw's 65 plays! This script-in-hand series is always packed with theatrical enthusiasts eager to share Shaw's comedic theatrical pieces, all embracing his bold humanitarian precepts encouraging human rights and free speech for all. Every play is presented as a staged reading by a specially assembled, star-studded cast. The reading is followed by a spirited talkback with the cast and an international team of Shavians.
(Projection) peels back the layers of a New York millennial apartment, subverting and reinforcing the classic living room play to reveal the universal truths of defining yourself in your 20s. While a motley crew of roommates descends deep into the stupor of an average evening, they hotly debate, pontificate, test relationship dynamics, and welcome a stranger into their midst. The audience has the unique advantage of seeing these 20-somethings in their natural environment, guided by a questionably reliable narrator. Part comedy of manners, part coming-of-age tale, this theatrical romp offers a story for all ages.
The Red Fern Theatre Company presents the world premiere of Adam Szymkowicz's Rare Birds, directed by Scott Ebersold.
Sixteen-year-old Evan Wills is an avid bird watcher who wears colorful songbird shirts to school despite the constant antagonism it brings him. Evan's mother just wants Evan to be normal, and happy — and normal — and get along with her new boyfriend. While Evan summons the courage to talk to Jenny Monroe (whose locker is next to his), troubled bully Dylan has something darker in mind. After some stupid choices and unexpected results, Evan learns that the worst thing you can do in high school is admit you love something. Rare Birds is a play about adolescent violence and your mother's new boyfriend.
Ready or Not Here I Come is a story about the choices that we make and the consequences of those choices. This play is about the rapture of Christ — and a lot more.
Ms. Jenkins is the nosy neighbor who knows everything about everybody. She takes the audience into the personal lives of three families. Audience members witness those families either accepting or rejecting Christ.
Ready or Not Here I Come includes music, singing, praise dancing, and a couple surprises. Audience members may laugh and cry, but above all, they will think.
Ashley Plaid has a wonderful life: a girlfriend she adores and a career that keeps soaring. But when Blake reenters her life, suggestions of a dark past threaten to overwhelm her present as she fights to keep her world from crumbling. Remember the Future is a play that explores what happens when a forgotten past catches up with you.
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.
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.
Everyone knows the morning rush hour can be annoying. This particular morning, four unique strangers find themselves trapped in the tunnel on a New York City subway heading downtown. Frustration sets in as conversations about greed, poverty, and compassion arise.
Broken Box Mime Theater's new production See Reverse is made up of ten provocative and sophisticated-yet-accessible short plays. They are strung together by theme and technique: Without the use of props, sets, costumes, or words, their narratives unfold through body movements only. The material ranges from film noir to political protest to twisted fable to absurdist drama.
Recently honored with two New York Innovative Theatre Awards for Outstanding Performance Art and Choreography/Movement, this production is led by artistic director Becky Baumwoll.
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.
The festival consists of three weeks of 15 short plays united by a common topic: sex. Here's the lineup...
Look at Me by Serena Berman
Him-Her by John Michael Jalonen
Blood Moon by Connor Bush
Romeo's Jules by Harrison Bryan
Officially Unofficial by Hannah Vaughn
The Future of Office Sex by Sam Graber
Cereal With Milk by Natalie Lifson
The Second by Michael Long
Heavenly Bodies by Murray Brozinsky
Come Back, Burt Lancaster by Brian Rogers
The Cold Hard Truth by George Ruthauser
The Big No by Phillip Gerson
Happy Birthday, Leonard! by Walter Thinnes
The Insemination Game by Brian Scanlan
Uncomfortable Sex: The Musical by Lorin Howard, Erin Murray Quinlan, and Ed Levy
Welcome to Joyful Path, a meditational bed-and-breakfast located in the serene Mojave Desert...
Five guests check in for a peaceful and reflective getaway from the stresses of their everyday lives. But when the bed-and-breakfast's bizarre brochure gives a shout-out to a Nepalese guest killed under mysterious circumstances, a sinister conspiracy lurking underneath the surface takes shape. As suspicions mount and questions arise, the bed-and-breakfast begins to show its teeth. Can the guests keep their chakras centered, or will they be swallowed whole?
When a fascist government closes borders among the 50 United States, a female writer leaves New York to be closer to her loved ones. After a few years of living in her birthplace of Virginia, the writer, scouted by a large corporation to create content, enlists the help of her brother to return to New York in the hopes of rejuvenating her literary ambitions. Upon arrival, they discover that circumstances are much more dire than expected. All artists have been sequestered in the outer boroughs, living in squalor while they wait to be picked for government-sanctioned corporate projects. The writer is faced with a choice to assimilate or flee — until her brother inspires her to create other options.
This is a story of convergence. This is what happens when the mundane, the unimaginable, and the horrors of reality meet. We are living in a time in which society has encountered immense stress, destruction, failure, and hate. But we continue living. We continue to go about our everyday lives. We all have a story to tell within this overarching global narrative. These are the lives of five people facing the world, telling us their stories, trying to stay afloat amid the chaos. Welcome to everyone's everyday.
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.
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.
The Story of Tap…Etc. is a continuation of a series originally done at Dixon Place for six evenings in 1998 and 2005. It returned for one night in 2015 and comes back again for another night. It is a narrative of tap dance rather than some definitive history of it. Hank Smith will engage in conversation with performers about tap and associated art forms. Film clips will be shown, and the performers will cover different perspectives of experience by telling their stories through words, movement, and music. It's all an improvisation. The story keeps going…
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.
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.
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.
Harlem School of the Arts Theatre Alliance presents an ambitious new production of a classic Greek tragedy by Euripides. Originally set after the fall of the ancient city of Troy, this contemporary version of the play takes place in a thriving city like New York. The Trojan women, sole survivors of a ruined community, await, as spoils of a war that has resulted in the extermination of their men, their fate at the hands of their conquerors. The looming question is this: Which conquering hero will claim them for their inevitable enslavement? The Trojan Women has especially deep meaning in the current global landscape, where civil wars and bitter religious strife continually threaten the liberty and safety of women.
This one-woman show presents the story of Harriet Tubman reimagined as a young woman growing up in Harlem through a theatrical lens. Harriet Tubman is a heroine and American legend in her own right. This multidisciplinary performance takes the story of Harriet in the 19th century and places her in the 21st century, laced with the problems facing African-American youth all over the country. What would happen if a young woman like Harriet became a leader in this new world? Would her struggle be the same? Would she know her power?
Turning Page is a sophisticated, funny, and deeply compelling solo show about legendary actress Geraldine Page, whose sparkling career earned her a record-breaking eight Academy Award nominations by her untimely death in 1987. Written and performed by her only daughter, Angelica Page, with direction by Tony-nominated Wilson Milam, this 90-minute evening of theater is a magical opportunity to personally encounter one of the most influential, celebrated, and private American artists of the 20th century.
Performed on an empty stage but harnessing creatively manipulated lighting and the audience's imaginations, Speedmouse re-squeaked is a comedy experience unlike any other. In fact, the Umbilical Brothers challenge anyone to describe the show after having seen it. It's made people in Britain, Singapore, Sweden, Australia, and New Zealand laugh like idiots — no mean feat, considering New Zealanders hate Australians. And it was crowned Stage Production of the Year at the Australian Comedy Awards, again no mean feat, considering they only held the awards once. Ever.
Aimee Todoroff and Tonya Pinkins direct three poignant, tantalizing plays by two pioneering women playwrights. The plays explore gender roles, race, and death in early 20th-century America. This evening of one-act works includes Trifles (1916) and The People (1918) by Susan Glaspell as well as Exit: An Illusion (1929) by Marita Bonner.
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.
A woman single-mindedly pursues her physical image at the expense of her inner self. When that self desperately rises up to take control, no quarter will be given. In an age of seemingly endless cosmetic obsession, The Woman Who Shed Her Skin reveals a story of the obsessive pursuit of the unattainable: female perfection. Two actresses, a dancer, and a digital goddess portray a woman at war with herself as she struggles to define her identity.
Woolgatherers is inspired by Patti Smith's artistry and performed as a reimagined multimedia concert. Traveling through various realms of time, the woolgatherers seek to understand the root of their existence and resolve the oppression of their cyclical reality. This fantasy performance piece unveils complex layers of identity, gender, displacement and loss, and belongs to a trilogy devised by Asylos. Asylos is a movement-based experimental theater company that performs around Brooklyn and Manhattan in galleries, theaters, residential spaces, and outdoors.
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.