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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.
Calderon's Two Dreams is a repertory performance of two classics by Pedro Calderón de la Barca. His first masterpiece, Life Is a Dream (1635), deals with questions of freedom and choice in a confusing reality. As his career soared, he felt the need to go deeper into his own spirit, and he completely rewrote the 1635 play to examine deeper questions. In Life Is a Dream (1677), the setting changes to the court of the universe. The central question of the earlier version — "Will this prince be a fitting ruler?"— in the later version becomes "Is the human being a fitting caretaker of the universe?"
Chicken is a madcap subterranean adventure lit with circus folk, death, and a sort of redemption.
Coming to the Hand is a selection of Wallace Stevens poems for the stage, as well as Stevens' one act play Carlos Among the Candles.
The performance group Small Theaters Around the Country continues their work transposing poetic texts for the stage. On offer here is a program of staged Wallace Stevens poems, as well as his one-act play Carlos Among the Candles, performed once in 1917. What are all those fish that lie gasping on the strand?
Paralyzed by the fear of getting old, Paul is a legendary, lonely, alcoholic painter engaging in reckless behavior as his younger actor-turned-agent, David, struggles to return Paul to his former glory. These soulmates face their demons together, creating a strong and volatile bond leading each to perform desperate acts of love.
A single art installation is a ticking backdrop for six new plays exploring various walks of American life in the face of the current policitcal climate.
Catholic school was wrong about hell. It's not fire and brimstone or gnashing of teeth. Hell is Madison, Wisconsin. Mo hates everything about Wisconsin: the people, the quiet, the cold, the psychiatric hospital where she works. Everything, that is, until she meets Ed, the blunt and kindhearted patient with a dark and infamous past. Through bad jokes, imagining New York City with no humans in it, and writing letters to Frank Sinatra, the two form a bond that they share with no one else. Ranging in scope from Catholicism to serial murder, Ed and Mo is a dark comedy that examines finding the people you never knew you needed.
At the Cabaret Voltaire — the Swiss nightclub home of the Dadaists — five important artists of the movement take the stage after being overlooked for so long: its female innovators. Deconstructing theatrical and literary conventions — meaning, syntax, and creation of language as well as the form and content of Dadaism — these fantastic artists explore what it is to be a female in society.
A Duke freshman is nationally shamed for her unlikely student loan replacement: pornography. Exposed is the story of a girl who skyrockets to internet stardom and public ridicule after she boldly redefines what it means to "come of age." But are the consequences worth it?
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.
Fringe of Humanity is set in the bowels of a lawless third world country. There a motley crew of filmmakers — including a director recovering from heroin addiction, a PTSD-addled cinematographer, and a washed-up movie star — gather to put the finishing touches on a script scheduled to start principal photography. Plans quickly spin out of control as personalities clash and conflicts erupt. When the violence of the city outside invades the filmmakers' hotel suite, everyone's humanity comes into question.
Obie Award winner Paul Calderon wrote, directed, and stars in this world-premiere production. David Zayas (Showtime's Dexter) costars.
From Cold Lake is a serialized monthly radio play set in the fictional town of Cold Lake, Minnesota.
Take a left at the Texaco on County Road 8, keep right when you pass the barn with the funny roof, and once you start to feel kinda lost, that's how you know you're almost there. And it just so happens that the time has come to celebrate Cold Lake's bicentennial. From the ice fishing fleets to local artist Linda Klaver's open mic night at Debbie's Bar/Bait Shop, this is the townspeople's year, and gosh darn if they're not gonna shine.
From Cold Lake is written and directed by Colin Waitt, with an original score by Drama Desk nominee Thomas Crawford (SeaWife).
The Great American Drama is a living, ever-changing theatrical experiment to test the validity of the American Dream — the notion that anyone, regardless of circumstance, can achieve prosperity and success through hard work and determination. Through interviews and surveys, potential audience members will tell the creative team how they like their theater and what would make them buy a ticket, and four Neo-Futurists will strive to deliver every request. After each show, the audience will be invited to review the performance, and the cast members update the show accordingly in pursuit of theatrical success.
Greenland follows a family in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado who reunite after a devastating event changed their lives 10 years ago. The piece opens with a dead deer being dropped onto the living room floor of the family cabin. Is it possible that this dead animal might just get up and leave? It's possible. But what's more probable is that Sissy, Ryan, Chappy, and Jazz will watch this animal rot and will become accustomed to, or perhaps even in love with, its stench.
Hi-Fi | Wi-Fi | Sci-Fi: Predictions Past Present and Future is a one-of-a-kind production composed of a series of short plays by Robert Patrick. It includes the dramas Camera Obscura and All in the Mind — minimalist works from the 1960s and '70s that questioned the future and presciently foreshadowed the cyber web we live in today. Completing the series is a new play, Anything Is Plausible, which immerses the viewer in technologies that were science fiction when the other two plays were written. Such as? 360-degree video, virtual reality, and distance collaboration (telepresence) between two cities: Seoul and New York City.
Ipsa Dixit ("she herself has said it") is an evening-length work of theatrical chamber music that explores the intersections of music, language, and meaning through blistering ensemble virtuosity and extended vocal technique. Drawing on texts by Lydia Davis, Freud, Plato, and Aristotle, and developed over six years of intense collaboration by the members of the Wet Ink Ensemble, Ipsa Dixit blends elements of monodrama, Greek theater, and screwball comedy to skewer the treachery of language and the questionable authenticity of artistic expression.
Lucky Penny is a two man show that depicts an everyman's hilarious and moving journey through the life cycle. From the death of a parent to the birth of a child. David Deblinger zig zags through a range of mad, sad, beautiful, crazy characters & stories punctuated by jazz/pop vocals performed by the great Fred Johnson.
Pin* and the Blue Fairy is a new play based on Collodi's classic The Adventures of Pinocchio that examines the wooden puppet's journey to become a proper boy through the eyes of a contemporary trans teenager named Blue. As Blue attempts to find their own path, they turn to Pin's tale, and their stories intertwine in a search for understanding, transformation, and personal truth.
Co-created by translator and writer noah kat baus and director-choreographer Adin Walker, and produced by OUTLIERS Theatre Co, Pin* and the Blue Fairy brings together a collaborative team of queer, trans, non-binary, and non-cis artists for a special work-in-progress showing!
Each month, Gingold Theatrical Group presents a different play by George Bernard Shaw (or his contemporaries). GTG is the first group to ever present performances of all of Shaw's 65 plays! This script-in-hand series is always packed with theatrical enthusiasts eager to share Shaw's comedic theatrical pieces, all embracing his bold humanitarian precepts encouraging human rights and free speech for all. Every play is presented as a staged reading by a specially assembled, star-studded cast. The reading is followed by a spirited talkback with the cast and an international team of Shavians.
Ready or Not Here I Come is a story about the choices that we make and the consequences of those choices. This play is about the rapture of Christ — and a lot more.
Ms. Jenkins is the nosy neighbor who knows everything about everybody. She takes the audience into the personal lives of three families. Audience members witness those families either accepting or rejecting Christ.
Ready or Not Here I Come includes music, singing, praise dancing, and a couple surprises. Audience members may laugh and cry, but above all, they will think.
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.
Riot Antigone is a punk rock adaptation of Sophocles' tragedy about a woman who breaks the law to bury one of her brothers. Seonjae Kim wrote this Riot Grrrl exploration of Antigone in collaboration with composer Erato A. Kremmyda.
The 2017 FRIGID Theater Festival presents a Playful Substance production of SAHM's Club, written by Bree O'Connor and directed by Jill DeArmon.
Sometimes a day at the park with your kids is no picnic. SAHM's Club is a dispatch from deep in the Brooklyn Mommy Game where Free Rangers and Helicopters expose the methods behind their madness and the madness behind their methods.
This edgy historical drama smashes the conventional wisdom about "Shakespeare" and the "Virgin" Queen by suggesting the violation of a fundamental human taboo. Shakespeare and the Courtesan follows the travels of Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford and, according to some, the real "William Shakespeare." Oxford's journey through Italy is surrealistically juxtaposed with scenes of his life in England, his plays, poetry, passion, betrayal, and murder in a blend of fact and fantasy. (Did Shakespeare/Oxford have a child with his mother, Queen Elizabeth I?) The Bard meets his match when he encounters the beautiful Veronica Franco, an honored Venetian courtesan and published poet.
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.
The goal of Staging Wittgenstein is to dramatize philosophical thought conveyed in Ludwig Wittgenstein's Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus through the lens of his later idea of the "language game." Wittgenstein is wrangling with the connection between reality and language (or lack thereof), the irony being that he uses language to discuss language, thus limiting himself in using but this one form. This project acknowledges the various forms language can take, primarily through physicality. In Wittgenstein's Investigations, he suggests that it is through the establishment of rules that one constructs a language. It is then through the enactment of said rules that one speaks said language. In this way, the Tractatus can be played out as a linguistic game. The playfulness of structure extracted from the Tractatus dictates the theory of this performance, an attempt to create a system of visually dramatized representations of the linguistic propositions put forth in the Tractatus in order to ground that ungroundable text.
I.M. Lost! is a show based on interviews with clowns and the author-performer Nathalie Ellis-Einhorn's experiences with clown training. Clowns fail again and again, but despite all logic to the contrary, believe that things will be different the next time. Nathalie's clown, dubbed Little Snotty after her tendency to cry and even leak snot out of her red nose during exercises in clown class, is a BIG failure. But she doesn't know how to cultivate the clown's irrational hope. We follow her through encounters with birthday, hospital, and theater clowns who discuss failure and why they keep pouring all their work, pain, and love into something that's sort of dumb and useless.
Aimee Todoroff and Tonya Pinkins direct three poignant, tantalizing plays by two pioneering women playwrights. The plays explore gender roles, race, and death in early 20th-century America. This evening of one-act works includes Trifles (1916) and The People (1918) by Susan Glaspell as well as Exit: An Illusion (1929) by Marita Bonner.
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.
This play is inspired by Emily Brontë's 1847 novel Wuthering Heights, set amidst the harsh English countryside, where passion consumes two lovers. Wuthering Heights (…Just the Height Points…) explores desire, destruction, queerness, and vampires.