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5: A Celebration of the Senses - The Living Movie takes on an idea that is generally two-dimensional and distant — that of a movie — and makes it come to life among its audience. In this immersive show, dance, cuisine, film, lighting, photography, and performance art converge in a story line inspired by the cycle of life and led by music. The result is a dreamlike experience that blurs the line between art and reality, and, within the confines of a theater room, takes the audience on a surreal journey summoning the whole of existence.
Featuring: - Stefano Di Lorenzo (percussion, synth, and artistic direction) - Joe Fee (bass and percussion) - Joe Hartmann (guitar) - Chieh Hsiung (dancer and actress) - Presente Infinito (photos) - John Salutz (lighting) - Jacquelyn West (singer, songwriter, and actress) - Tzuan Wu (film)
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.
Two one-act plays to round out your education.
The evening begins with the Christopher Durang classic Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You. Before there was Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, before Betty's Summer Vacation and Beyond Therapy, there was Sister Mary, the nun who teaches grade school and explained how life works. Four of them return to present the Christmas pageant for Sister Mary, but one of them has something else in mind. Don't worry, Sister Mary surely has something up her sleeve.
We complete the evening with The Lesson by Eugène Ionesco. One of the greatest writers of the French avant-garde, and author of Rhinoceros and The Bald Soprano, we are pleased to present one of his early works. An absurd but terrifying private lesson in "New Spanish" and obedience unfolds as a student comes to the home of the Professor. Slowly, the position of power and author devour the humanity and a grotesque lesson is learned.
Combining elements of Greek tragedy with contemporary devised theatre, Cradle Two Grave uses authentic found recordings, interviews, original music and raw text to draw its audience into the ongoing tug-of-war between twin sisters and chronic mental illness. While our patient Frances takes us on a journey through the fraught history of mental illness by way of her own experiences in and out of treatment, her twin sister, Mo, grapples with her own fears and frustrations. Mo ultimately comes to terms with that which she cannot control - her sister's diagnosis, and her unconditional love for the diagnosed.
The play focuses on the lives of young African-American students in fraternities and sororities at an unnamed Los Angeles art school. Many of these students are dealing with closely held secrets as they attempt to finish out the semester with their friends. A young woman struggles to come to terms with her sexuality while trying to stay true to those around her. A trans man living in a fraternity with his brothers must face up to the moment when he finally admits his secret. This young African-American cast and creative team endeavor to highlight the issues affecting black students today. The show features a number of fashion, music, and spoken word interludes which showcase modern elements of African-American culture. In particular, the soundtrack for this show is a mix of recorded African-American pop music and original music by Karachi and by Jhenet Tati featuring Goodz Da animal.
Duo: A Musical is a coming of age tale. Aaron Thompson is the star of the football team, gets good grades, and should be content — so why does he wake up with questions every morning? And that new kid, James...why does he create such a spark inside Aaron? Duo: A Musical combines pop and rock music to create an electrifying score, filled with musical numbers that both soar above the skies and stay grounded.
Finishing the Suit is a memory play about a tailor who mourns the loss of the two most important people in his life: his lover, Jimmy, and his most famous client, the Duke of Windsor. The play explores people's bravery to break free of the lives their families expect them to lead and to be true to themselves. The play begins with a nameless tailor working on the Duke's funeral suit; however, he is also working through his guilt and unresolved feelings for both Jimmy and the Duke. The other two men appear before him and conversation ensues focusing on faith, gay identity, nationality, and class differences. Through this, we learn more about each character. The tailor is a working-class New York Jew who is expected to marry a strictly Jewish woman and raise a traditional family. Jimmy was raised Catholic in Northern Ireland and became a gay Broadway dancer. The Duke of Windsor had abdicated the throne of England to marry the American woman he loved.
For What It's Worth, written and directed by Chris Bayon, is a musical about a group of talented jazz and classical musician-actors living and working in New York City. Set in the 1930s, the play peeks into a society where the classical instrumentalists are the elite while the jazz players are poor street workers. It becomes a musical battleground between jazz artists and classical musicians when Christopher, a struggling trumpet player, falls in love with a violinist, Carolina, who comes from an upper-class family. The two cannot be together but still try, even though Carolina's family and Christopher's peers do not accept their love. Will they end up together, or will their peers and families tear them apart first?
A collection of spoken word and hip-hop pieces on topics ranging from gentrification and womanism to interracial dating and natural hair.
Torn Out Theater, the company that received international media attention last year for their nude, all-female production of The Tempest, returns with a nude, all-male outdoor production of Hamlet. The (free!) show celebrates body freedom and uses Shakespeare's classic tragedy to examine the assumptions and anxieties surrounding the nude male form.
Notes: Attendees are encouraged to arrive half an hour before curtain time, as seating is self-selected. They are welcome to bring picnic blankets or chairs; seating will be on the lawn in front of the Prospect Park Music Pagoda. No tickets required for this show!
Update: The show has been extended and transferred to Manhattan for 2 performances. Sept. 7 and 8 at 5:00pm at the King Jagiello Statue in Central Park.
her, him, prince, michael & marvin (aka Love is Love is Love) was birthed out of April, 21, 2016, and the passing of the Purple One. After MJ in 2009, Mia Anderson was shocked by how she was impacted by the transition of men she had never met and wouldn't know her if she passed them on the street. This piece explores how three artists have impacted her and brought her closer or helped to heal the pieces that have seemed disparate but are part of her.
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.
Theater for the New City's Dream Up Festival 2017 presents the world premiere of I Am Antigone, a contemporary adaptation of the Sophocles text by poet Saudamini Siegrist, and directed by Myriam Cyr, begins performances September 8. Starring Broadway and screen actress Nicole Ansari and internationally renowned Comédie-Française actor and dancer Shahrokh Moshkin Ghalam, I Am Antigone is a timely story of one woman's stand against the abuse of political power. Defying Creon's command by performing burial rites for her beloved brother Polynices, Oedipus's daughter Antigone is condemned to be buried alive. And there, impervious to time, she lives to this day.
Hi-Excellent Productions presents two one-acts by NYC playwright Edward Allan Baker:
DOLORES Dolores flees her abusive husband, clinging to the hope that her sister Sandra can give her the strength she can't find in herself. Sandra is not putting up with this s**t today.
LILA ON THE WALL A woman thought she saw Jesus in a graffiti-covered sea wall three months ago, and now reporter Lila and TV photographer Carl are back on the scene to cover the story — but the story's a dud. Unable to back out, Lila barrels ahead without a plan until they go live.
In the Wake is a play with music (haunting a cappella melodies and rhythms) which explores the themes of holding onto elements of those we have loved and lost, and how we carry them with us. These themes are explored through the content of the story as well as through physical theater and movement exploration. In the Wake is rich in metaphorical imagery and exploration. The skeleton of the production follows a romantic couple's journey on a farm in the middle of nowhere.
When Jeanie and May face eviction from their home, they seek freedom on the open road. Together, they traverse the back roads of Canada with spirit guide Jack Kerouac, author of On the Road. This surreal and heartfelt play explores what happens when you hold on to the past and when you let go.
Climb inside Aaron's head where all his memories are shuffled like songs in a playlist. Dance through these memories as he reflects on his rocky romance with Wes and searches for the right words to say. Told in a series of nonchronological vignettes that scan memories both real and invented, Last Ditch Playlist is a modern mixtape eulogizing love lost and found.
What can we do when it's too late to fix the mistakes of the past? Letters, written and composed by Daniel Schwartzman, is a musical about Frida, a middle-aged writer of children's books long estranged from her parents. The reasons come into focus as the action progresses, moving back and forth through time. With her parents recently deceased and no longer a threat to her stability, Frida decides to finally read the letters they had sent her over the years, all unanswered. She is joined by visions of her mother and father as she reads the letters, often leading into highly charged scenes. As Frida grows from age 5 to 16, we watch a creeping toxicity take over their household, eventually destroying the family. In the final third of the musical, we discover where this began. Frida's beloved younger brother, Mikey, drowned in the sea at age six while the parents had one of their nasty arguments nearby. Frida was present at the scene and it left her changed forever.
When the King of Navarre and his friends swore to devote themselves to a monastic life of scholarship, they forgot the embassy of the Princess of France would force them all to break their vows. Confronted with ladies who can match their wit, the lords learn the hard way that the heart wants what it wants. Shakespeare's classic comedy of love's triumph is rarely performed in its earliest printed version; Bad Quarto Productions will present the play using its signature style of combining modern text work with Shakespeare's staging conditions. BQP's performances combine detailed understanding of Elizabethan language with the liveliness of improv to deliver productions of Shakespearean plays as intensely raw as their original stagings, combining universal lighting, cross-gender casting, audience interaction, live acoustic music, minimal scenery, and contemporary costumes to bring both this Renaissance play, and the Renaissance play-going experience, to the modern stage.
Back in antiquity, doctors did the best they could with what little knowledge of the body mankind had discovered. To fully heal, wounds would often have to be excised, cutting off infected tissue. Most sickness was "cured" by bloodletting. And aren't we always told to not remove a glass shard lest you want to bleed? Meg Buckner has two birth parents who she has never met. She has two parents who adopted her. She has one stepfather, later legal father. And finally, she has one stepmother who is shattered glass, trying to pick at her shards without bleeding out. This is a story of pain, but mostly of memory and love.
Panther Woman is a work of historical fiction chronicling one woman's experience in the original Black Panther Party for Self-Defense. Prepare to embark on an unforgettable journey from the Jim Crow South to the civil rights movement of the 1960s and 1970s through a tale of struggle, love, and hope for the future.
Exquisite Corpse Company invites you to a wedding...or perhaps the funeral...
Join the celebration and jump to the surreal world of A Ribbon About a Bomb. Wander with Frida Kahlo, Remedios Varo, and Leonora Carrington through the abandoned halls of a mansion on Governors Island. Audiences will cycle and muse on, as often the artists did in life, the duality of humanity, womanhood, and art. The captivating, sometimes terrifying work of these three women intertwine, as each attempts to shape their own reality in the face of systematic oppression and entrenched social hierarchies.
Directed by Tess Howsam and written by a diverse team of ten playwrights, the play will feature and original score by KG Garligton and will be performed within original art installations. The show will also highlight an exciting partnership with Nineteenth Amendment, whose designers will be creating costume pieces specifically for the show, inspired by the production's source material.
The Popup Chair is an interactive theater project that stimulates audiences' imaginations using inanimate objects. TPC presents a three-part exploration of Arthur Koestler's bisociation theory on the anatomy of creativity, its erection (teehee), and most importantly, its ability to be learned.
A drama based on a 2012 incident about a group of U.S. Army renegades in Fort Stewart, Georgia, who plot to kill President Obama and overthrow the government, and of the unwitting involvement of an innocent couple.
Nina Leeds's life crumbles when her true love is killed in World War One. Flitting from one man to the next until she settles for a life she never wanted, Nina is stalked by the fantasy of the happiness she never got to share with her late fiancé. This 1928 saga follows the lives of eight characters over the course of a half-century.
Transport Group's radical revival of Strange Interlude reunites David Greenspan, dramaturg Kristina Corcoran Williams, and director Jack Cummings III in an almost preposterous feat. The three of them present Eugene O'Neill's Pulitzer Prize-winning nine-act, five-hour play as an uncut one-night solo performance.
A fantastical expedition of the LGBT struggle in contemporary culture. Part of Theater for the New City's Dream Up Festival 2017.
Told in their own words, Village Voices is a series of interviews with real-life characters in New York's West Village examining firsthand accounts of events including the Stonewall Riots, the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and life as a homeless trans youth in 21st-century America. The underprivileged and forgotten, these interviews bring to life an unknown world that is at times heartbreaking but always gilded with hope and triumph in the face of overwhelming odds.
In preparation for the New Year, a Village housewife joins businesspeople, locals, and tourists as they question what matters to them. As technology continues to fascinate, isolate, and shape our lives, how do we encounter our New York City? Village, My Home, written by Marcina Zaccaria, embraces the very human experience of what it means to live and survive in the 21st century against the backdrop of cultural and political uncertainties. The play, written in a sequence of interlocking testimonials with movement interludes, captures the dreams and hopes of men and women who wish to explain their wisdom, even in the most troubling moments. In a chaotic business world, do we know the difference between astrophysics and Buddha? Can it all be solved with yoga? Featuring eight characters at various points of their lives, Village, My Home questions how we choose New York City and what keeps us there. James Redfern directs.