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A young woman struggles to articulate her feelings and meaningfully communicate with the people around her, including her boyfriend. The difficulty is exacerbated by the fact that she may be becoming a werewolf.
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.
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.
Four short plays by Samuel Beckett: Not I, Footfalls, Come and Go, Rockaby
Experience the women who inhabit some of Beckett's best-known short works, women whose connection between body and soul has ruptured. Director Sarah Jane Scaife places Beckett's characters from the page into the urban landscape, using the aesthetic tools of the body, sound, site, movement, architecture, and projection to put flesh on the scars the playwright reveals within our society.
A documentary play composed of interviews with college students about their experiences with formal sex education both in and out of the classroom, Blanket Statement is a compilation of verbatim monologues — stories of awkward conversations and confusing interactions, of shame and fear, joy and satisfaction. Inspired by consciousness-raising, the show is political, educational, and cathartic, intended to combat stigma and to promote conversation and open discourse. Such work is crucial at any time and especially now, amid a political and cultural climate that threatens to eliminate access to sexual literacy and health care.
Shackled by restraints of reality, Frida finds herself unable to paint. In a moment of desperation, she rediscovers her life source — the other Frida.
A performance art piece that explores the idea of finding an independent voice and freedom through female lineage and relationships.
Corkscrew Theater Festival is a brand-new festival coming to NYC this August that aims to increase access to production opportunities for a varied set of early-career artists, especially those who are redefining traditional creative roles and developing work through unusual collaborative models. The 2017 festival includes five new plays with eight performances each, plus a reading series of five plays in development. The festival is presented by The Brewing Dept. and Fortress Productions.
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 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.
Holly and Miles are heirs to an etiquette dynasty. Following in the footsteps of their media-mogul friends Ben & Jen, Holly and Miles launch a new brand targeted at manner-less #millennials. Will privilege, politesse, and podcasts save them from destroying one another?
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.
Following news of their brilliant but estranged father's stroke, Mychal reluctantly returns to their childhood home in Oxford, Mississippi. Upon arrival, they are confronted by a community grappling with death, love, scientific legacy, identity, and a few old ghosts. With its blend of realism and the supernatural, False Stars is a darkly humorous modern take on the Southern Gothic drama—in which strained relationships, covert queer love triangles, and notebooks of mysterious origin lurk around every corner.
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.
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?"
TBH high school is v v v hard, especially if you're a witch! Liana, Naomi, Rachel, and Trina form a coven to cope with the pressures of being a teenage girl, like finding the perfect homecoming dress, locating a suitable familiar, and something more sinister -- reporting sexual assault within the education system. Join us for this dark comedy about female friendship and the art of magick!
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 a Little Room tells the story of two strangers trapped in the cold comforts of a hospital waiting room, feebly trying to restart their lives and failing fantastically as the hospital, possibly, burns down around them.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A seat for contemplation is left maimed on the side of a road, an authentic impulse turns into a loop and loses itself, a meaningful posture descends into vanity and becomes simple imitation. These are remnants of us all — eager, wanting, with bodies unmoved.
In Panic!, Shakespeare is the rock star of the Elizabethan age and at the height of his popularity. However, like every writer in Elizabethan England, he's bound by the rules of censorship, so when there's an opportunity to produce his play Richard II uncensored, he seizes it. What he doesn't realize is that the production is part of a plot to incite rebellion.
Hello, World! I'm Rebeccah. I call myself a dancer. I mostly look like a dancer. But I don't entirely fit. My outline's all wrong. I'm too tall. I'm knock-kneed. I have a hole in the back of my head. But you can have my torso. It's perfect. And you can have my stories, too. Tonight I'll perform them for you from memory…almost. We may need some help along the way.
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.
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.
In a 1950s kitchen, Paper is torn over her moral dilemma as to why she can't save a guy in her dream. Scissors, a self-gratifying narcissist, refuses to help her. Rock, unable to feel anything, also cannot help her. As Paper seeks various ways to save the guy in her dream, Rock seeks his own metamorphosis despite Scissor's misgivings. Part of the Arctic Group's NY International Fridge Festival.
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.
In Lynn Navarra's gripping suspense tale, the Sandman is a pub owned and operated by Tommy Cassidy and his wife, Diane. After 27 years, they decide to renovate the pub's dining room and hire Paul and Sal, who, unbeknownst to them, are cops working construction to earn extra money. At the same time, Tommy, no stranger to the Irish mob (although long out of it), is approached by a prominent member of the Westies and persuaded to do a felonious favor. When Tommy is later betrayed by a once-trusted friend who happens to know about the favor, Paul and Sal must decide whether to blow the whistle on Tommy or try to save him from certain death at the hands of the mob.
Note: Tickets ($20 apiece) are available for cash at the door. To make a reservation, call the number listed above.
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 fund-raiser presented by the Onomatopoeia Theater Company.
Two evenings of theater, dance, and music, featuring these amazing new works:
Weirdos by Yating Sun
Family Values by Nick Bradford
Brooklyn Owes The Charmer Under Me by Burton Fitzpatrick
Relativity by Shelley Molad
Love in the Time of Layoffs by Tanya Fazal
A fantastical expedition of the LGBT struggle in contemporary culture. Part of Theater for the New City's Dream Up Festival 2017.
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.
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.
A Kreutzer Sonata Written by Larry Rinkel. Drama. 65 minutes. A talented young Jewish music student faces life challenges. 7:30pm: August 9, 19, 24, and 29. 8pm: August 13.
PANIC! Written by Jason Jung. Drama. 110 minutes. A full-length historical drama centering on the events surrounding the Earl of Essex rebellion. 7:30pm: August 10, 15, 25, and 30. 3pm: August 20.
New Dawn Written by Aaron Michael Krueger. Musical. 135 minutes. The story of a high school football captain who turns to self-destructive methods of coping. 7:30pm: August 11, 16, 26, and 31. 8pm: August 20.
Afterlife Written by Coni Koepfinger. Drama. 45 minutes. In a society where men and women are taught to despise each other, the truth can be buried only for so long. 7:30pm: August 12, 17, 22, and September 1. 3pm: August 27.
More Written by Sarah Elizabeth Grace. Drama. 85 minutes. No intermission. A grounded, witty psychodrama about addiction. 7:30pm: August 18, 23, ad September 2. 3pm: August 13. 8pm: August 27.
Loop Troupe presents Unsinkable! A Titanic Musical, a hilarious new retelling of the greatest maritime tragedy of all time — the sinking of the RMS Titanic.
Unsinkable! follows several passengers on the RMS Titanic — including the pompous captain, his voluptuous wife, a sibling duo, a scrappy ragamuffin, and more — and their intertwining journeys. But as they set sail, they realize nothing is impossible, or unsinkable.
This original 60-minute musical is the last show of Loop Troupe's six-week summer residency at the Medicine Show, and is paired with other comedic one acts from their Taking It Too Far series.
The year was 1970. Tensions were running high globally, but at home, in Anaheim, California, a group of Yippies took over the Happiest Place on Earth to voice their feelings. The protest forced the park to an early close. Written by Becca Schlossberg and inspired by real events, The Untold Yippie Project explores the impact of friendship, freedom of speech, and violence at a pivotal point in U.S. history.
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.
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.