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And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little is an often biting and occasionally touching black comedy that centers on the lives of the three Reardon sisters, whose father abandoned the family long ago and whose mother has recently passed away. The sisters, now adults and all working in the New York City public school system, have come to a crossroads — the youngest sister, having barely survived a scandalous incident at school, has suffered a nervous breakdown. When the married sister comes back to the childhood apartment, the two unmarried sisters now share in an effort to commit her to an institution, and the built-up resentments of the last decade are pushed to the forefront. Should Anna be committed? Is it in her best interest, or is it just easier for Ceil if she doesn't have to care for Anna? Is it selfish of Catherine to want to keep her at home? Who is strongest in this fight of wills — and does Catherine really need another cocktail?
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.
Set in a church basement, this world premiere play follows an under-35 conspiracy theorist support group as they wrestle with their convictions, perceptions, and each other's personalities. The Conspiracists reveals how much we are influenced by other people, and how little we think we are.
Dead End, a seminal play by Sidney Kingsley, is about kids growing up on the streets of New York City during the Great Depression. It takes place in an NYC where tenement houses and luxury apartments stand side by side, and extreme wealth and abject poverty intersect every day. Gangsters and bankers, prostitutes and lost children, failure and dreams of the future all live on the same street. In her new production of the play, director Randy Sharp illuminates these stark contrasts with an understanding of their mythology as well as their resonance in the City of today. A hit when it premiered on Broadway in 1935, Dead End introduced a group of young actors who went on to appear in the film adaptation, which starred Humphrey Bogart. They also appeared in other movies, under monikers such as the Dead End Kids, the Little Tough Guys, the East Side Kids, and the Bowery Boys.
Note: Due to the configuration of the theater, Axis Theatre cannot provide seating to latecomers.
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.
Godzilla's messy alcohol-fueled breakups with other Kaiju are the stuff of legend. Now the hulking and foreboding Godzilla, a bi-poly serial dater fighting body dysmorphic disorder, looms over a helpless New York City.
While fleeing Godzilla's rampage, a man ducks under some rubble…only to notice every other person near Godzilla is someone he dated. It seems that his extraordinary exes have joined forces to take on the monstrous Godzilla. Amid this fantasia of carnage, the peril of dating is revealed to be a monster that not even Godzilla can defeat.
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.
It Will All Work Out takes stories from Chris Wells' upcoming memoir, mixes them with funny original songs, and tops it all off with fabulous, colorful, and outrageous outfits. Expect a night of high energy, queer fun, and deep feeling with a smokin' hot band and a couple sexy backup dancers.
Conceived by Alyssa May Gold and directed by Katie Young, this epic story of jealousy and betrayal is given a modern-day setting at an all-girls high school, where psychological warfare is unyielding. Six young women will play all roles in this coming-of-age story that follows a group of teenagers through their first tastes of power, the desire to seize it, and the life and death battle to keep it.
In Old Turtle and the Broken Truth, a truth falls like a star from the sky and breaks into two pieces. When the villagers discover only half of the truth, it causes so many problems that Little One, a brave young girl, decides to search for the missing half. With the help of Old Turtle and many animal friends, Little One is able to mend the broken truth and make it whole again — "you are loved…and so are they" — creating a better world for everyone.
Old Turtle and the Broken Truth is powerful allegory about accepting and welcoming differences that will resonate with children and adults alike, particularly at a time when the world is doing otherwise.
Note: This show is recommended for ages six and up.
The 2001 Tony Award winner for Best Revival of a Play, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest follows criminal Randle McMurphy, who has gotten himself into trouble once again and been sentenced to hard labor in prison by the court. To escape labor duties, McMurphy pleads insanity and is sent to a ward for the mentally unstable. Once there, he endures and stands witness to the abuse and degradation committed against the inmates by the oppressive Nurse Ratched. Based on Ken Kesey's 1962 novel, this powerhouse play is one you won't want to miss.
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.
What happens when a young Muslim girl converts to radical Christianity? After leaving all religion behind, how will she navigate and find herself in a world where no bubbles or rules exist? Inner protests of food, sex, and her own peace of mind pave the road. Along the way, she meets many interesting characters in this musical comedy.
Remembering Evangeline is a love story that moves across time: A Korean war veteran reaches back 30 years to find a lost love and a daughter he never knew. Original compositions, dance, and visual theater fuse in a bewitching landscape of dreams and desires, karaoke and kimchi. Remembering Evangeline is written and directed by Renee Philippi and performed by Carlo Adinolfi, Sook Kim, and Eun Sung Lee.
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.
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.
That True Phoenix is the story of Lorenzo Da Ponte: the most interesting man you've never heard of. Far more than just the librettist for Mozart's greatest operas, Da Ponte still ended up as a mere footnote in history. Based on his own highly embellished memoirs, That True Phoenix chronicles Da Ponte's life from exiled revolutionary schoolteacher in Venice to disgraced court poet in Vienna to Pennsylvania grocery story owner, to Columbia University professor in New York City and tells the true story of a perpetual immigrant who changed his story to become the true embodiment of the American dream.
Carl David (played by David Carl) is arrested by President Trump for creating and performing the fictionally acclaimed Donald Trump's One-Man King Lear as Performed by Carl David. Carl wakes up in a dark room to the sound of Trump's voice, whose owner he will never see. Carl must perform his parody as the president watches remotely via a live and public feed. If Trump likes Carl and his show, Carl lives. If Trump doesn't like Carl's show, Carl dies. Audiences can expect multiple impressions, puppets, multimedia, and an appropriately dark comedy that explores the fragility of the First Amendment as much as it does President Trump or King Lear.
Uncle Abram: A Reconstructed Uncle Vanya, an American retelling of the Russian classic, is set in the Reconstruction South. Centered on a former plantation in south-central Missouri, this adaptation combines Native American and African-American influences that both heighten and intensify the original Chekhovian text. The backdrop, being one of the most progressive periods in American history, instills a hope for what is possible, along with the awareness of the delicacy of social progress.
Uncle Abram awakens audiences' spirit for a better tomorrow and tests their fortitude by asking this question: What are you willing to sacrifice to change the world?
Water is a collaboratively created piece of participatory theater that explores human relationships to the environment in the face of profound ecological threat. It reunites playwright Callaghan, director Topol, New Georges, and 3LD Art & Technology Center 11 years after the extended run of New Georges' acclaimed production of Callaghan and Topol's Dead City, the first show at 3LD.
In Johnna Adams' World Builders, Whitney and Max live deep within their own imagined realities — one expansive and fanciful, the other dark and brutal. To break free of these visions and become functional members of society, they embark upon a clinical drug trial that might erase these worlds forever. But are they truly able to leave their fantasies behind? In a medicated age in which our imaginations are colonized by mass media, how do we know when happiness and love are real?