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Mary Wallace and Athena are brave, and 17, and fencers, and training for the Junior Olympics. They practice together, they compete against each other, they spend their lives together. They wish they were friends.
Set in present-day NYC, The Beautiful Ambiguous tells the story of Rich, a college student desperately seeking love in all the wrong places. Exploring themes of romantic ambiguity, unrequited love, depression, drug and alcohol use, and heartbreak, The Beautiful Ambiguous attempts to find the breaking point between love and friendship.
The Black Panther Party changed the course of history in the turbulent 1960s and '70s. We know the men that made a difference...but what about the women? Black Panther Women features an all-female cast playing all roles — male and female.
While the mainstream image of the Panther Party has been limited to armed men in black berets, the reality is that within three years of its founding, two-thirds of the Panther Party were women who helped lead social programs that changed their communities. You may not know about women who played pivotal roles in the group's advancement, such as Kathleen Cleaver, Ericka Huggins, Assata Shakur, and Afeni Shakur (mother of the late rapper Tupac Shakur). Women helped hold the party together while FBI COINTELPRO tactics brought them down. This powerful play examines the personal challenges women faced within the organization.
Celebrate this Black History Month and Women's History Month with Black Panther Women, written and directed by Jacqueline Wade.
Amidst the violence that engulfed southern Iraq after the British withdrawal of 2007, a sharp-witted Iraqi woman goes in search of her missing husband at the behest of her mother-in-law.
When creating the play for the Basra to Boston project, we drew on a transnational collaboration that took place throughout 2016 and 2017, as well as playwrights' memories of Iraq in 2007 as a U.S. soldier.
Bride of the Gulf is a new play that tackles the normality of war in Basra, Iraq through the deep, yet hostile relationship between a widow and her mother-in-law.
The novel El Coronel No Tiene Quien Le Escriba ("No One Writes to the Colonel") by Colombian novelist Gabriel García Márquez (100 Years of Solitude) has been adapted for this world premiere production. Written in 1956-57, while Garcia Márquez was living in Paris, El Coronel is the story of an impoverished, retired colonel, a veteran of Colombia's Thousand Days' War who still hopes to receive the pension he was promised 15 years earlier. The action is set during the period known as "La Violencia" in Colombia — years of martial law, rampant corruption, and censorship.
Note: The play is performed in Spanish with English subtitles via Simultext In-Seat Captioning System.
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Nilo Cruz (Anna in the Tropics) debuts his newest work, Exquisita Agonía ("Exquisite Agony"), in this world premiere production. According to Cruz, Exquisita Agonía is a love story that explores a middle-aged woman's obsessive quest to find love with a young man who is transformed by the gift of life when he receives a new heart.
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.
In Hit the Lights! Theater Co.'s new shadow play with music, Isla (pronounced eese-luh) is a story about the harsh realities of political refugees, the difficulties of starting over, the love of family, and the spirit of female brawn. Inspired by documentary theater, Hayao Miyazaki, and the original poetry and songs of Maria De Lourdes Blain (a political refugee who escaped Cuba with her sisters in the '69 freedom flights to the United States), Hit the Lights! presents a magical world not so different from our own.
The play dramatizes the life, loves, and the ultimately tragic decline of Josh Gibson, who was perhaps the greatest slugger of the Negro leagues and who, some say, died of a broken heart in 1947, a short step from his prime as a player.
Based on real events, the play shows Gibson struggling heroically to make it into the Big Leagues with emotional support from his good friend, the legendary pitcher Satchel Paige, and from the two women who are rivals for his heart — his common-law wife and his mistress. Despite his majestic on-field performance, there are immovable obstacles, including resistance to black players by Major League club owners and Gibson's own personal demons, which suffocate his chances.
The Wandering Company presents its award winning production of The Laramie Project for the first time in repertory with its sequel, The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later.
Audiences will have the unique opportunity to experience both parts of this epic American saga in the 20th-year mark of the gay murder the captivated the entire country. See The Laramie Project and The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later in one afternoon sitting or on consecutive evening performances.
A hopeful young girl is looking to get a better education. In her small town, there is only one person who can help her to reach her goal: an old teacher with a secret. In a thriller-like world, this Ionesco classic of the Theater of the Absurd makes you ask yourself: Why? How is this possible? Was it the cat?
New Yorker Rachel Lipsky Haringay is divorced and abandoned by her irritatingly round-headed British husband of many years after he discloses his Argentine lover, "Rosa the Posa." Now alone in London, Rachel is left to deal with an empty nest, a disapproving mother, a misogynous lawyer, some dubious counselors, a bad case of hypochondria, and the specter of poverty. With only the family dog, Axal, for company, Rachel mourns her marriage, picks up the pieces, and learns to live whole again. Nominated for an Olivier Award, My Brilliant Divorce explores how to cope when the world you have built comes crashing spectacularly down.
Written by Olivier-nominated playwright Geraldine Aron and starring Emmy Award and Golden Globe nominee Melissa Gilbert. Aedín Moloney directs.
Somebody remembers a lost lover. Somebody searches for some food. Somebody gets lost in the night.
Set over the course of one evening,
Nighthawks (An Odyssey) is an open performance text exploring urban alienation and city life under late capitalism. An Everyman figure wakes up from a troubled dream and wanders out to get some food. He finds his journey interrupted by a paranoid drug addict trying to get some sleep, an exhausted mother returning from an all-night job, and a young man stewing over a failed date.
Set in a New Jersey hospital in the mid-'90s, Freddie, an anxious, sharp-witted, gay New Yorker, had planned to tell his family about his HIV status. After his mother tries to commit suicide, he now has the perfect excuse not to. At the hospital, things quickly get tense in this forced family reunion as the siblings try to navigate old wounds while their father bullies them into making their mom promise to "never to do it again." Seeing his mother this way, Freddie fears his own death. He and his mother share drug-induced hallucinations. Hot Nurse Donny, the perfect escape, is a beacon of light helping Freddie see that with new breakthrough medication, he may not die, so he better figure out how to live. A witty, complex drama about facing fears, mortality, sexuality, spiritually, and trying to connect.
In this play, acclaimed French playwright Fabrice Melquiothighlights how it is impossible to fully understand the brilliance and madness of Jackson Pollock without studying his marriage to artist Lee Krasner. Pollock explores the charged empty space between Pollock (performed by Jim Fletcher) and Krasner (performed by Birgit Huppuch); between his genius and her spirit; between the inhibitions of the former and the frustrations of the latter.
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.
The play explores Valerie Solanas's radical views through the lens of a Factory "happening" featuring a cast of "Superstars," art critics, and outsiders. Furiously paced and punctuated with slicing humor, whip dances, and anarchist ideals, S.C.U.M. cuts through façades to capture the spirit and value of artistic imagination.
A Three Rooms Press production, S.C.U.M.: The Valerie Solanas Story is the opening play in Kat Georges's Three Somebodies: Plays About Notorious Dissidents, a trio of fascinating, cutting-edge plays inspired by people who shook up the world — for better or worse. In addition to S.C.U.M., the collection includes Art Was Here, inspired by poet-pugilist and Dada precursor Arthur Cravan, and Jack the Rapper, a mash-up of Jack the Ripper and T. S. Eliot. Copies of the book will be available at the reading for purchase and signing.
Julia Larsen and Olivia Rose Barresi tackle some of the most iconic scenes for men in Western dramatic literature, from Shakespeare to Mamet…all while occupying a single XXXXL polo shirt. Bound together on a journey, both by serious feminism and by the actual polo shirt, they will attempt to answer the following question: Are two women better than one…man? Featuring sword fights, hat gags, possible songs, and the true meaning of (male) friendship. Is this a vanity project? No one with vanity would do this!
In an era rife with gun violence perpetrated by men, Shooter is the story of a shooter-massacre stopped before it can happen. When Jim sees a teenage boy with two shotguns beneath his trench coat nearing the entrance of the local high school, Jim pulls his own firearm and stops a potential massacre. Jim is a hero. But as more details about the incident are uncovered, what really happened becomes a lot less clear. Shooter is a human tale focusing on the fallout among three friends, each of whom may have contributed in some way to the would-be shooting.
Written entirely through improvisation at the Magnet Theater, Sisters Three is a fast-paced, multi-character comedy about a family's reluctant reunion. Without sets or costumes to hold them back, two actors seamlessly intertwine over 30 distinct characters into a heartfelt rollercoaster ride of dysfunction, redemption, and baby pumas.
Starring Elana Fishbein and Elena Skopetos Written by Elana Fishbein, Peter McNerney & Elena Skopetos Directed by Peter McNerney
The Negro Ensemble Company, Inc. (NEC) will remount its 2017 revival of A Soldier's Play by Charles Fuller, directed by Charles Weldon, from February 14 to March 4, 2018, at Gene Frankel Theatre. The piece is historically NEC's most famous and successful play. It was produced last fall at Theatre 80 St. Marks as the culminating event of NEC's landmark 50th season, playing to full houses and glowing notices. The cast of that revival will return intact for the Gene Frankel Theatre run.
A Soldier's Play debuted in 1981 at Theatre Four where it ran for two years, earned unanimous praise, launched the careers of many current stars, and subsequently became the basis of a major motion picture, A Soldier's Story (1984). The play uses a murder mystery in a segregated U.S. Army base during World War II to expose angers and resentments among African-Americans that curiously mimic white racist attitudes.
You're nearing 30, back living with your parents, struggling at your local theme park job, and buried in debt. This isn't your fault. The system is rigged against you, dammit!
Starblasters is about a generation raised to believe in opportunity only to come of age in a postrecession America where financial security feels beyond reach. With the park's closure looming, five friends must face their struggles head-on or suffer from a life where their ability to dream is lost.
Innumerable American children and teens are exposed to gun violence at home, in school, in their communities, and in the media. In Subway Story (A Shooting), playwright-director William Electric Black means to elucidate the pressures that drive the epidemic in young people. The piece is the final installment of his five-play Gunplays series, which has dramatized the epidemic of gun violence using differing approaches and theatrical styles. Theater for the New City, which has presented the entire series, will mount Subway Story (A Shooting), its final installment, February 22 to March 18 in its Community Theater.
Over the course of this doctoral-thesis-gone-awry, Tessa Flannery and fellow performer Chris Fayne slide down the slippery slope of consent, fantasy, and female sexuality through the lens of one slimy pornography genre. In the midst of the #metoo movement, Tentacles asks how we reconcile our fantasies with our feminism.
Set in Brooklyn, the play revolves around Sarah, a photojournalist who has just returned from covering the war in Syria after being severely injured by a roadside bomb. Her reporter boyfriend James is swamped by guilt for leaving Sarah alone in Syria where she was nearly killed. When they receive a visit from their photo editor friend Richard, who introduces them to his new and much younger girlfriend Mandy, their relationship is tested. Can the adventurous couple find peace with a more conventional life when they thrive on the adrenaline rush of war?
A comedy of honor, Ana Caro's 17th-century play criticizes the social customs of her era, notably the position of women, in a parody of the erotic myth of Don Juan. The play is considered especially remarkable because of its uncommon depiction of its heroine, Leonor, in a storyline whose happy ending finds a woman having solved her own misfortune without the help of a man.
Note: The play is performed in Spanish with English subtitles via Simultext In-Seat Captioning System.
Spectators have a ringside seat to this blood-pumping revenge tragedy and intimate tribute to lost love. Once a championship boxer, Dee Crosby was taken down in her prime by her own husband. Now that Charlie has been released from prison for her attempted murder, Dee is hell-bent on revenge, no matter the cost. But only Dee's true love, Carmen, can provide her with redemption. The Wholehearted is an unsettling ride through the human heart.
Note: This show includes violent content and is recommended for ages 15 and up.