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An evening of social justice as seen through the word of the playwright and lens of the camera with Stop and Frisk, Matthew Widman's play about the consequences of one of our nation's most contentious policing tactics and Is Anybody Listening?, Paula Caplan's powerful documentary about a woman's journey connecting with the plight of veterans. Other films will be shown that evening.
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.
Two one acts dealing in the lighter ... and darker sides of ne'er-do-wells by acclaimed playwright, A.J. Ciccotelli.
Johnny & Paula In a Tree opens with Johnny trying to get back together with Paula after two failed attempts. When they were little kids, instead of kissing Paula – he pulls her hair. They try it again in High School but Johnny dumps her after she would not 'put out' sexually. Now they are trying it again but this time Paula is willing to have sex with him. But with pleasure comes a price.
Twister opens with ex-football jock, Rock, now owner and bartender of Old Charlie's Bar before it is to be hit by an incoming twister. Amorous Rock never touched her… until now. The real hurricane is the entrance of Lily, who's wanted him since those college days. Their climax and the play's climax reveals why.
Twelve abandoned beings try to figure out their present and the future, but eventually subdue to their fate. Blind, an adaptation of Maeterlinck's same titled play, is a contemporary fable to address the issue of social engagement in the current society.
Child's Play centers around a traumatized child who has stopped speaking. A therapist now struggles to peel back the layers of mistrust by entering the internal world of this little girl to help her confront the dragon that has stolen her voice and now threatens to completely destroy her. "Child's Play" will feature Andrew Gonzales, Ashleigh Herndon, Christian Victoria Allen, Crystal Edn*, Katie Esswein, Mercedes Vasequez, Michael Pichardo, Raine Cantisano & Ronald Kitts.
Written by Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher, and first printed in 1615, Cupid's Revenge is a tale of love, revenge, and mortal folly that was highly influential for post-Shakespearean playwrights. Filled with music, dance, romance, sword fights, and gruesome deaths, Cupid's Revenge reinvents Elizabethan tragedy for a new era.
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).
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.
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.
With Four Sisters, Clements continues developing his voice as a writer of politically charged and historically based plays, including Dogs of DC (Manhattan Repertory Theatre) and The Diana Tapes (2016 EdFringe). The play — comprising personal writings of the four Grand Duchesses, select lines from Anton Chekov's Three Sisters, biblical passages, and imagined language — examines the role of women in wartime, the performative properties of female bodies, and the destruction of domestic histories. Each sister is played by an actor of a different race, to further demonstrate the globalized and timeless nature of these women's story.
Fragmented Frida explores the life — and seeks to capture the essence — of the audacious artist Frida Kahlo, who overcame seemingly insurmountable adversity that included being relentlessly bullied as a child, surviving a near-fatal bus accident in her teens that left her shattered physically and emotionally, and then falling in love with a womanizing genius who would betray her in the worst way. This work presents a complex Frida as a revolutionary, provocateur, activist, self-reflexive painter, and woman in need of love and validation. Frida was a Mexican-Jewish bisexual feminist — four strikes, even in the most progressive times. Fragmented Frida taps into the tremendous resilience that allowed this titanic figure to examine her own life and suffering via the canvas so that her experience could be forever preserved as art.
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.
Williams takes his action to Japan, where Mark, a successful American alcoholic painter, has holed up in his Tokyo hotel room, dashing out increasingly incomprehensible work. Meanwhile, Mark's promiscuous wife, Miriam, fearful he will ruin his reputation — and her standard of living — has summoned Leonard, Mark's New York agent.
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.
Omar, Fred, and Sam are hangin', smoking some weed, but in Trump's America only one of them is a criminal. With the specter of prior offenses over his head, Arab-born Omar needs to be very careful.
Set against the backdrop of the turbulent 1970s, Loose Ends follows the relationship of Paul and Susan, who first meet on a beach in Bali. Paul, a recent Peace Corps dropout and Susan, an aspiring photographer, later marry in Boston. There the young couple struggle with their conflicting opinions on the importance of having a career versus having a family.
Someone sneezes. Someone cant get a signal. Someone wont answer the door. Someone put an elephant on the stairs. Someones not ready to talk. Someone is her brothers mother. Someone hates irrational numbers. Someone told the police. Someone got a message from the traffic light. Someones never felt like this before.
In this fast moving kaleidoscope, more than a hundred characters try to make sense of what they know.
Someone sneezes. Someone can't get a signal. Someone won't answer the door. Someone put an elephant on the stairs. Someone's not ready to talk. Someone is her brother's mother. Someone hates irrational numbers. Someone told the police. Someone got a message from the traffic light. Someones never felt like this before.
In this fast moving kaleidoscope, more than 100 characters try to make sense of what they know.
This production of Macbeth is a fitting response to our times in its exploration of ambition, tyranny, and what it means to be a leader. The show is an attempt to answer the question "What does it mean to bring our full humanity into our work, play, and lives?"
This was the story of a king who is actually a queen, who is sent in exile, imprisoned in Athens, and found 45 years later in Argentina at a tomb contest. But then, major historical events disrupt the process revealing that nobody is dead.
The ghosts of totalitarian past return to haunt the story. The narrative that got us here no longer serves us. We have to respond to the urgency for resistance and survival, and create a theatrical language of dissent and pleasure. In this witty and funny magic realistic play, Susana Cook redefines presence, the energy of the people who inhabit our life, and the ghosts of our past following us everywhere.
This is the story of two Michaels, who spend a rainy Saturday night on the floor of an unfurnished apartment talking about Omega Kids — a comic book about a ragtag team of teenage superheroes. Between the reboots and retcons, apocalypses and alternate universes, fiction and reality blur as the Michaels test the limits of their new friendship. Obie Award winner Noah Mease's play is an intimate look at how people forge connections through pop culture and comic book superheroes.
Into a quiet urban home come two strangers on a sinister mission they don't disclose. They frighten some, entertain others, and refuse to leave. As the home invasion worsens, the hosts reveal some twists. In a dark and surreal evening of fantasy, farce, and betrayal, audiences should be warned: This drama is about something real. Perversion is a scathing political satire of the America we've lived through and where we still live today.
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.
Written by Anton Chekhov.
At a time of working class uprising and elitist decline, an over-educated, privileged family finds that norms have shifted and the world is closing in on itself. Are better fortunes just around the corner? Can we hold onto the past while we wait for them? Join Irina for her birthday party at their rural estate. And don't bring up Moscow.
Playwright Duncan Pflaster and director Aliza Shane blur the lines of life and art in this play about a dinner party turned dark when the guests must hear a screenplay about the abduction and torture of a young filmmaker who made "seditious" movies. In a small country newly taken over by a dictator, filmmaker Dina Kummerspeck has been taken by the government and tortured for making supposedly seditious films. Now returned home under house arrest with an electric shackle on her ankle, she and her husband Tomas invite over their actor friends for a party, but unbeknownst to them, it's going to be a secret reading of Dina's new screenplay loosely based on her torture. Fact and fiction collide as the actors go back and forth between acting out her words and commenting on the art of it.
The War Boys follows three young Texas men patrolling the Mexican border. As they wait and watch for people crossing illegally, they play a game that gives us insight into the influences that have shaped their views of the world. The play invites us to examine sexism, racism, and xenophobia present in contemporary American culture. It is also a study of the relationship between young men, sex, and violence. Written in 1993, The War Boys is more timely than ever given the current political climate. This adults-only production contains coarse language and psychosexual scenes but is reflective of how young American men behave in a culture that prizes aggression and violence
Violence and betrayal, angels and prophets, villains and kings...and chickens. Who rises to rule and how far will he fall in the clown kingdom of Who Would Be King? This epic production by Liars & Believers swings from absurd buffoonery to high tragedy, with kinetic physicality, silliness, swords, and a live synthwave score. Conceived and directed by Jason Slavick, music and lyrics by Jay Mobley, written by the Liars & Believers Ensemble. The show features live music, clowning, physical theater, and swordplay.
Finally, so-called bad girls have their say in these three tales of three women. In "The Grinder," a stripper past her prime finds it hard to dance her way off the strip club runway due to feelings of abandonment by her parents. In "Silk Stockings and the Bible," a "church lady" and former swing-era chorus girl reminisces about her spicy past. In "Wild Child," a Chinese-American party girl of the disco era (who is the "black sheep" of her image-conscious family) befriends a disturbed Vietnam veteran and discovers her Afro-Chinese relative.
Note: This trilogy runs during March in homage to Women's History Month and SWAN Day.
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.