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Based on The Comedy of Errors, 15 Villainous Fools is a classic tale of twins separated at sea who run into love triangles and lawsuits, crazy sisters and a dangerous doctor as they try to reconnect with their lost family and sort out the nonsense. With the help of puppets, a makeshift nunnery, and a variety of musical and dance numbers, these two ladies tell the improbable story with humor, Nerf guns, and just a touch of lunacy.
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 Peoples Improv Theater (The PIT) is proud to announce a limited weekly run for Aasif Mandvi's Mid-Life Crisis (A Solo Show in Development) Plus Special Guests.
Aasif Mandvi is well known for his work as a correspondent on Comedy Central's Emmy-winning show, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Most recently, Aasif wrote, produced, and starred in the HBO series, The Brink, co-starring Jack Black and Tim Robbins.
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.
When Lacey, a ballerina at the peak of her career, finds out she's pregnant, a new neighbor moves next door that changes the course of her life altogether.
At the turn of the century in the heart of Coney Island, a strongman, a hot dog vendor, a rollercoaster track operator, and an apple delivery man meet and discover the magic of barbershop harmony. The Apple Boys celebrates the perseverance of the American spirit, the value of friendship, and the virtue of a community coming together to discover that the whole truly is greater than the sum of its parts.
New Dance Theatre, in a coproduction with Access Theater, makes its New York debut with Asylum, a dance-theater take on the breaking through the barriers of isolation caused by the stigma of mental illness and the power of compassion. An original work devised and choreographed by New Dance Theatre company members.
In order to survive the post-truth era, AUTOPORTRAIT imagines what it would look like if we learned to float between truth and fiction as well as our enemies do — if we learned to deploy our own narratives for the greater good. The play weaves together unlikely portraits of drag queens, government officials, and East Village performance artists all trapped within a closed loop of lies and narrow thinking, eager to rebel. Beyond this destructive path is an alternative — not one of "alternative facts," but of the sublime, queer beauty of choice. AUTOPORTRAIT marshals in this new era of creative expression and individual power just beyond the horizon.
Bad Skin is a kooky queer cabaret where '90s jamz mingle with original tunes orchestrated by a nonmusician. Summer's poppin' around the vacant Motel 6 pool where Brennan confesses a campaign to find his father that leads to strip club alleys, the middle of the ocean, and a monogamous London flat. A dark, humorous account of internal loss and Montell Jordan with a splice of Xscape and fam.
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.
In Checks and Balances or Bottoms Up!, a Gotham schoolgirl learns to be a feminist activist after being deemed a white elitist by her friends. Not least of her motivations is the injustice and callousness of a certain giant puppet who represents the dominion of arrogance and calls to passing women, "Here pussy, pussy, pussy!" During a spontaneous protest by subway passengers on the L train, this unlikely heroine acquires two key allies — a subway conductor and a teacher — and is inspired by three others — a Buddhist monk disguised as an itinerant bum, an investigative reporter, and a blue fairy. Together, they witness the agony of deportation, the shortage of health care, the misery of unemployment, the threats to clean air and water, and the fight to stifle the free press. So they set out to thwart the monster of apple pie fascism and threats of planetary death from the pumpkin head of state.
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.
Antichrist comes disguised as Christ, promoting himself as the world's savior. He tells four kings — who represent humanity — that he is the true messiah and that he can rise from the dead. When he has just about convinced them of his divinity, two Old Testament prophets — Enoch and Elijah — enter and dissuade the kings from worshipping Antichrist. Antichrist attempts to verbally spar with them and, when he realizes he cannot win, he massacres all of them. But when all seems lost, the Archangel Michael arrives to set things straight.
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.
Choreographers working in all dance forms workshop 25- to 35-minute pieces on a shared bill curated around the theme "Awareness" with Janice Rosario and Company & SNM Dance Collective.
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.
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."
Frantic Beauty reflects on society's pursuit of, and relationship to, beauty, and features an original score by Emmy-winning composer Jeff Beal (House of Cards). Layering their signature physicality over vivid visual landscapes, the multidisciplinary duo Ximena Garnica and Shige Moriya and the LEIMAY Ensemble return to BAM Fisher with this world premiere.
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.
Fernando Arrabal's Garden of Delights, a provocative mingling of the Theater of Cruelty and Theater of the Absurd, is designed to punish and delight audiences in equal measure. Diving headfirst into the psyche of a tortured artist, Dirt[contained] Theatre Company takes you on a promenade immersive journey through a transformed warehouse gallery and into the surreal depths of human imagination.
Garden of Delights follows Lais, a charming, yet self-loathing actress, through a bizarre and unflinching look at her sadomasochistic experience of love and art. Isolated in her home with only her caged beast-like partner and flock of childish sheep to protect her from the outside world, she spirals down into painful memories and erotic fantasies that blur the line between reality and imagination.
Barry Weiss is a hotshot broker — smart, tough, and arrogant. When Barry needs a new heart, he descends into a comically callous world of inept doctors and hard-bitten nurses. Shortly after receiving a transplant, he finds that everything feels radically wrong, including emotions of kindness and compassion. In an effort to find out why, he tracks down the widow of his heart donor and begins a journey of discovery into the real meaning of his new heart.
Prince Hal is caught between two worlds: In the tavern, he carouses with a wild bunch led by the scoundrel Falstaff, but at court, the king presses him to shoulder his responsibilities as heir to the throne. Meanwhile, the rebellious Hotspur threatens to destroy the kingdom. Shakespeare's action-packed coming-of-age story asks, "What makes a good leader?"
Henry VI Part 3 revisits the late 1400s, when a series of wars for control of the throne set the House of Lancaster (symbolized by a red rose) against the House of York (symbolized by a white one). This play is one of four in Shakespeare's canon (Henry VI, Parts 1-3 and Richard III) that deal with the horrors of these conflicts, which threw the stable country into pandemonium as families broke down and moral codes were vitiated for the sake of payback and power. Hamilton Clancy's adaptation will dress the characters in suits, not armor.
Shakespeare in the Parking Lot performs the final installment of the Henry VI trilogy, in which a hopelessly divided England is torn apart by warring factions.
Note: This performance takes place in the parking lot behind the Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural and Educational Center.
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.
Fifteen years ago, there was a miracle: Marliss was diagnosed with terminal cancer, but she survived. Now, she has cancer again, and this time she's losing the battle. Sarah (a microbiologist) and Carl (a wannabe witch) return home and join their father Gayle (a wannabe Floridian) to care for Marliss during her last days. But Carl wants another miracle and is determined to make one happen, even if it means sacrificing the family dog. How to Die in Spanish examines how we deal, and avoid dealing, with death.
Join us for the NYC staged readings of the critically acclaimed Los Angeles-based digital narrative comedy, Riley The Series. All 13 hilarious episodes with a cast full of quirky yet grounded characters will be included in this live stage iteration.
Erica, shy and more than a little socially awkward, is in love with Dee. The problem is that her family, her only and equally awkward new friend, and the nosy residents of their small town in Massachusetts don't understand at all because Dee...well, Dee is a letter in the Dairy Queen sign. Inanimate is a play that explores objectum sexuality, feeling like an outsider, listening to your heart, and finally finding your tribe. This world premiere production is directed by Flea associate artist Courtney Ulrich and features the Bats, the Flea's resident acting company.
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.
#INSTAQUEER is an examination of obsession, anxiety, queerness, and the hoops we are willing to jump through as we seek connection online in a homophobic, transphobic world. If you've ever wondered whether you want to be that person on Instagram or date them, if you've ever had a panic attack while frantically swiping for immediate validation, if you're still looking for that perfect Grindr profile pic or that perfect pair of sunglasses that make your nose look smaller, join us in the world of #INSTAQUEER. Face these fears with us in a terrifying, obedient, ritualistic masquerade. Smoothies will be served.
In 2013, Jessica vanished. Now, her closest friends are reconstructing her with cutting-edge technology to try and track her down. They prime the android with memories from Jessica's past, but it's clear that their stories don't add up. As Jessica's friends fight for ownership over an artificial Jessica, the android listens, learns, and plays along. Suddenly, the line between robot and real life is very, very thin.
July finds five boys and five girls in the back of a moving U-Haul as they do basically nothing to investigate the recent murder of their friend, July. July wasn't really their friend, but he may have given some of them hand jobs. And someone has his jeans. Who's driving? Armed with a microwave oven, etc., July recounts the summer they all forget.
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.
Follow the trips and falls through the hustle and bustle of city life as Lucky discovers who he is and what he's meant to do. Through acrobatic slapstick and inventive circus skills, witness a glimpse into the life of a man who can't stop falling on his face. An ingenious new company, Atlas reinvents the American circus with a meaningful narrative that incorporates an eccentric combination of theater and circus arts that creates a hilarious theatrical experience.
An accountant in Washington, D.C., falls in love with theater in New York. After suddenly losing his father, he impulsively creates nytheatre.com. He gives up his comfortable life, spending thousands of nights in the audience and even more days at his computer bringing attention to notable but often under-recognized artists. Working with his mother over two decades, he writes and edits thousands of reviews, publishes hundreds of plays, and posts scores of blog pieces, interviews, and podcasts. In doing so, he revolutionizes how the arts are covered and helps to usher in the indie theater movement. When the city fundamentally changes with soaring rents and shuttering spaces, plus the disruption of social media coverage, the sustained intensity of his schedule takes its toll. If you created or saw NYC indie theater during the last 20 years, chances are you've been impacted by his work. Now see his untold story move from his desk chair and the aisle seat to the stage.
Hilarity ensues when a talented black man collides with the bias and limited opportunities he finds as he pursues a career in professional show business. His life changes forever when he's visited by the ghost of notorious black film star Stepin Fetchit.
The Duke of Vienna's puritanical deputy Angelo, tasked with cleaning up a city out of control, revives ancient laws about sex and marriage. When he unjustly sentences the young gentleman Claudio to death, Claudio's sister Isabella pleads his case...and discovers that Angelo is not as virtuous as he seems. Shakespeare's dark comedy examines the danger of placing power in the wrong hands.
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.
A darker retelling of this Shakespeare play with emphasis on the fairies and mechanicals.
New York's oldest continuing theater festival will present 100 plays in 23 days. Quality new and exciting theatre works: plays, musicals, solo acts, cabarets, improv, 10-minute plays.
MOD Theatre Company presents this classic Shakespearean tale of two couples in a way that has to be seen to believed. Seven versatile performers portray all of the Bard's iconic characters with music and creative staging that is not to missed.
NEC SPE / NEC METU (no hope / no fear), written by Sara Fellini and directed by Pat Diamond, is a collection of two dovetailing monodramas about the Baroque painters Artemisia Gentileschi and Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio.
In NEC SPE, Caravaggio confesses his hideous sins to an imagined or ethereal priest after his own brutal and untimely death, possibly searching for forgiveness. In NEC METU, Gentileschi recounts her notorious rape and torture in order to reclaim her legacy and illuminate her life and art.
Based on the Greek myth of Echo and Narcissus, The Nemesis Effect explores the consequences of revenge. A young Oreade by the name of Echo falls madly in love with beautiful Narcissus, who is as vain as he is gorgeous. When her affections are not reciprocated in the way she had hoped, Echo turns to Nemesis, the goddess of revenge. The unlikely pair work together, angering goddesses and nature to attain what she desires...even if a soul must be sacrificed in the process.
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.
Stuck in a rather awkward age group in a rapidly corroding country, several young writers have come together to raise fictional havoc for your viewing pleasure. Mom's Insurance is an assemblage of plays by cockamamie playwrights under the age of 26. In this group show, you'll find Grim Reaper romances, casual resurrections, exoskeleton excavations, and good old-fashioned ventures into the business of manufacturing. It's an electric and eclectic night of theater that'll leave you bellowing, "FREE US FROM THESE FLESH PRISONS!"
Two kids play pretend, two teenagers experiment, and one college student downloads Grindr. A coming-of-age story in three parts, NSA mashes together two gay men at three points in their life and calls into question the cycle of use and abuse learned in the gay community.
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.
From the mind of Erica Vlahinos, Power Over POTUS is a gossip-fueled political comedy that spills true tales of women getting frisky in the situation room, using whips in the West Wing, and having romps in the White House Rose Garden. These ladies — including blackmailing female athletes, models, actors, and scandal-inducing staff — may not have acted first lady-like, but they exercised a big influence on politics. In Power Over POTUS, a certain former intern receives an invitation back to the Oval Office 20 years after her time there. While pondering the offer, she seeks guidance from the spirits of women who once stood in her shoes.
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.
The Princess, The Cow, and The Corn Maze finds our friend Cow skipping through the corn maze on the farm when he bumps into a lost Princess. Together the two have an afternoon filled with wild adventures: dancing with a monkey, singing with a fox, and crossing the river with an alligator – just to name a few. Along the way, the Princess learns positive life lessons as she journeys through the maze to find her way home.
Visual and performance artist David Mramor recently revisited Yellowstone National Park, a place he worked at 10 years ago, the same year that he came out of the closet. Using visuals that he filmed while driving to the park and documenting improv performances along his road trip, Mramor will combine these videos with songs that he has written with pianist and collaborator Greg Potter. The two are currently working on recording an album of the songs entitled Beyond Reality which will be released later this year. From Laramie, Wyoming, where Matthew Shepard was murdered, to Morning Glory Pool, to the great Rocky Mountains, Mramor will attempt to reconnect to nature and the USA within this political landscape.
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.
In the 42 years of the Off-Off Broadway Short Play Festival, over 500 theater companies and schools have participated. Participants have included companies from across the country as well as from Canada, Singapore, and the United Kingdom. The festival offers a prize of publication and licensing for six short plays in Samuel French's notable Off-Off Broadway Short Play Festival series. In addition, the 24 semifinalists each receive a full production in one of New York City's leading off-Broadway theaters.
Written by Kyle Reid Hass and Jeremy Swanton, and directed by Rachel Deutsch, Science Fair is a new musical set in the weeks leading up to a high school science fair, in a school that is in the clutches of a major drug boss and reeling from a mysterious disappearance. When young misfit inventor Haley needs to put together money for his latest invention, he teams up with troubled outsider Jean, and the two uncover a side of the school nobody knew.
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 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
The line between reality and the fantastical is blurred in this comic story of a young lesbian whose family begins to fray when she tries to be frank with them about her sexual coming of age. Homophobia is not the family's problem. It's the prospect of candid conversation that throws them bizarrely off-balance. Written by Kati Schwartz and directed by Lili Stiefel, She Got Off the Couch shines a light of gentle hilarity on what Schwartz considers an almost universal coming-of-age experience: realizing that you and everyone else in your family might mostly kindly be described as "emotionally hobbled."
She Was a Great Dad is a jazz-infused tale of love and secrecy inspired by the life of transgender Billy Tipton, who was born a woman and lived and performed as a man in the 1950s. Susan Jeremy plays all the characters, from saxophone-playing Johnny Swinton to his burlesque dancing wife. You will decide if Johnny led a truthful life.
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 the Orca's Silver Tongue as Told by the Manager of the Only Taco Bell in Juno follows the epic tale of a whale god named Murder, the manager of the only Taco Bell in Juno, and Frankie Bottomless, the former BFF who stole their gorgeous sparkling tongue and ran away to San Francisco. This narrative of shifting selves manifests as a transdisciplinary performance with a projected video essay, puppetry, and live choral soundscape. The cast assumes new bodies with each encounter, assembling a queer utopian world that envisions new modes for friendship, lust, and solitude.
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.
NSangou Njikam's Syncing Ink is a semiautobiographical coming-of-age story. High school student Gordon pursues freestyle rap as a way to garner clout but soon discovers a deeper artistic passion. By honing his craft, Gordon finds his voice as well as a community rich with history. The play is told largely in freestyle, working off of prompts rather than scripted text, which means that each evening is slightly different as a result of the audience's suggestions and interactions. The New York premiere of Syncing Ink is directed by Flea artistic director Niegel Smith and features a cast of six Equity actors, including Njikam in the lead role.
The sibling bond is something that can be strong or fragile. When the beloved matriarch of three siblings starts to lose her graceful battle with aging, this bond is tested.
Likely the Bard's final piece that he penned alone, The Tempest revolves around Prospero, a betrayed magician bent on revenge. Prospero's seething softens, however, when he sees through his daughter that love and forgiveness conquer darkness.
Based on the swashbuckling story by Alexandre Dumas, The Three Musketeers is the first installment of Susane Lee 's four-play adaptation of The D'Artagnan Romances.
Dixon Place proudly presents the 26th Annual HOT! Festival, the NYC annual celebration of LGBTQ culture featuring over 100 artists. Headlining the festival is transgender actor and comedian D'Lo's solo work To T, or Not to T, a hilariously intimate reflection on taking t(estosterone) and his experiences transitioning. In this work, D'Lo takes on over 15 characters and fuses spoken word, stand-up comedy, theatre, film, and music production, drawing on his journey as a transgender Sri Lankan-American.
Hailed as "The best LBGTQ Theater Festival in New York" by The Village Voice, the HOT! Festival continues its celebration this year July 5th to August 3rd.
In a hilariously intimate reflection on taking t(estosterone) and his experiences transitioning, Tamil-Sri Lankan-American artist D'Lo wonders about issues of access, denial and guilt that come with passing as a cisgender, straight, male person of color. Fusing stand-up comedy and storytelling, To T, or Not to T confronts D'Lo's quest to embody a beautiful masculinity that upholds his feminist politics. Most recently, he's been seen in Looking (HBO), Transparent (Amazon) and Sense8 (Netflix).
Shakespeare's tale of blood, war, and witchcraft dives into the psyches of the power-hungry Macbeth and Lady Macbeth.
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.
Actor and impersonator Carl David is being held without bail for performing his Trump-inspired version of Shakespeare's King Lear. Carl is forced to perform his King Lear to an unseen online audience of one, as the President restlessly watches remotely from a live and public feed. The stakes are high: If Trump likes Carl and his show, Carl lives. If not, Carl dies. But how can Carl get through a show where he has created a Lear based on Trump himself without offending the audience?
A shipwreck, mistaken identities, women dressed as men, and a "most wonderful" love triangle. Does it get any more Shakespearean? Join us for this quintessential love story!
Sketch comedy team Uncle Function will introduce a series of brand new sketches at their upcoming comedy show Uncle Function LIVE! A Sketch Comedy Show at The Peoples Improv Theater, with special guest Emma Tattenbaum-Fine (Political Subversities, truTv's Almost Genius).
The festival is comprised of two programs.
Program A: Doors of Perception, by Cara Hall, uses a seemingly familiar tale of hubris gone horribly wrong to make us think about the lens through which we view tabloid events. Daughters of the Evolution, by Rae Binstock, brings together a rowdy group of disparate women from across time and space to engage in the essential political question of today: "What do women want"? Holly Hepp-Galván's comedy Sex With Robots is about a boy, a sex toy, and a greedy mom. The future is already here!
Program B: Kendra Augustin's The Call of the Void is a fresh contemplation of the true cost of domestic violence. Alisa Zhulina's hilarious Sublet is an express journey to NYC roommate hell fueled by outsized artistic ambition. Oh My, Goodness, a profound gem by Cayenne Douglass inspired by a real event, ends the program on a hopeful note as one small act of kindness leads to a big transformation for a woman who has reached the end of the road.
Sometimes the answer we don't want to hear is the answer that will save us; in his silence, can you hear him?
"This show shares an important message regarding life and the choices we make when we hit our lowest points and how our decisions impact those around us." – Sean O'Shea, director
World-famous beatboxer Chesney Snow presents his journey from a legacy of incarceration to fatherhood, homelessness to Harvard University, to ultimately starring in the musical In Transit on Broadway. The Unwritten Law adeptly weaves this inspiring story with gifted performances, brilliantly blending words, dance, visual design, and live music into an unforgettable evening.
Dixon Place presents the coproduction of world-famous beatboxer and Drama Desk Award recipient Chesney Snow's The Unwritten Law. Snow comes direct from his run in Broadway's In Transit. Detailing his life's journey from his inherited legacy of incarceration to the responsibilities of fatherhood, homelessness to Harvard, and ultimately starring on the Broadway stage, The Unwritten Law is an unforgettable evening of one man's poignant story. Adeptly weaving his inspiring, deeply personal tale with original music, contemporary dance, stunning visual design, and his signature beatboxing skills, Snow brings to light over a century of his family's history in the deep South.
As a boy, Ben knew he was gay when he had his first crush on a cartoon character. Through this tale of embarrassing childhood memories, hilarious misunderstandings, and bittersweet brushes with fate, Ben shares his journey of self-discovery, and how he learned to love himself exactly as he is.
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.
As children, our freedom and creativity, sense of play, storytelling ability, and constructive tendencies inspired our parents and teachers to believe in our ability to do and be more. As grown-ups, we've lost the ability to play, and live in a world full of anger, hostility, war, and violence. This performance revisits a time when the world was full of innocence, happiness, wonder, and, most importantly, play.