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The Obie Award-winning Peculiar Works Project and Fraunces Tavern Museum announce their unique collaboration for the world premiere of Androboros: Villain of the State, America's first published play, written by Robert Hunter and adapted by S.M. Dale. Ralph Lewis directs a multitalented cast led by British actor and comedian Matt Roper as Androboros and featuring Trav S.D. (author of No Applause — Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous) in this rare work. Androboros reveals many surprising comparisons with the current political scene using an edgy humor very much in tune with today's nonstop partisan madness. Based on a true story (the vestment scandal of 1714), Hunter's satire is full of wordplay, slapstick, and scatological humor. The play's mix of Elizabethan language and commedia dell'arte is further enhanced by Peculiar Works's site-specific adaptation, which adds to the merriment with original live music and dance.
When internal navigation fails, a lost ant resorts to traveling cross-country by "Antrak" train. ~PLUS~ Constructing an idea of home. A hero's attempt to build shelter and find security. ~PLUS~ Short experimental puppet-dance film with original music. ~PLUS~ A short performance portrait of the prolific painter, poet, and set designer Florine Stettheimer (1871-1944).
Ben Rimalower's addiction to spending beyond his means has driven him to extreme lengths all his life. In Bad With Money, he charts his sometimes hilarious, sometimes harrowing struggle to overcome his problem — or get rich trying. In this gripping play-by-play of some his biggest mistakes and their consequences, Rimalower offers a no-holds-barred self-portrait of an addict and casts light on an under-examined taboo. "People tend to be familiar now with alcohol and drug abuse — and I've got those too," the writer-performer says. "But spending money I don't have is really my drug of choice. And considering how many people suffer from the same problem, it's staggering how seldom that is discussed."
Hours after their father passes away, Cara Sullivan and her flaky brother, Pete, try to navigate the uncharted task of planning their father's funeral. Along the way, they are met by an unruly cast of characters that you only find upon returning home: the ex-lover, the hot Tinder date, and the overly optimistic funeral director. With each farcical step toward the final resting place, Cara and Pete struggle to honor their father without putting the last nail in the coffin of their tenuous relationship. As each character deals with loss in their own way, The Daerie Queen explores the hilarity in grief and promises to keep the audience laughing to the end.
After 20 years of bringing macabre tales of madness and murder to the East Village, writer Clay McLeod Chapman is driving a stake into the heart of his long-running storytelling staple The Pumpkin Pie Show. Join him and scene-stealer Hanna Cheek along with special guests for one final foray into the abyss with their favorite literary perversions from the last two decades.
Bram Stoker's enduring tale of horror is coming to Manhattan's oldest mansion. Adapted for the stage by Steven Dietz, the Morris-Jumel Mansion proudly presents Dracula. Surrounded by the historic furnishings from the period, audiences will witness this enduring tale of seduction and immortality unlike ever before. Directed by Vincent Carbone with costumes designed by Vanessa Soto, the play will be presented in the Octagon Room of the mansion.
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 world premiere of Ferguson hits New York City. The stage play recreates the shooting of Michael Brown using eyewitness grand jury testimony. No spin. No media filter. No fake news.
Love Creek Productions invite you to immerse yourself into our Halloween Bacchanalia, a sexy, scary evening in which we present two plays: Look Good, Smell Good, Don't Be Crazy, a new play by NYC playwright Diana Middleton; and The Bacchae Redux, a retelling of the classic Greek tragedy by Steven Barrett. It will a fun, sexy, and terrifying evening. First, what is the most frightening thing imaginable? Why, dating in this modern age. What happens when a woman of a certain age has arranged to meet a man she barely saw and when he finally shows up, he seems a bit…young? Is he old enough for this? Is she too old for this? All of this is on Halloween night and the city is starting to erupt with its annual festival of candy and sexy costumes. So what happens when the new king bans the annual bacchanalia? Will Dionysus show up and exact a revenge? Find out in this sassy reimagining.
Gothic ghosts encounter modern monstrosities when twin sisters inherit the house where Poe is reputed to have composed "The Raven." In The House on Poe Street, a wealthy estate lawyer learns to appreciate Poe's macabre spirit while questioning his own presumptions of wealth, gender parity, and the power of poetry to conjure visions of a spectral afterlife.
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.
People need to realize that a guy with a disability is, first of all, just a guy. It Is What It Is shares the experiences of a young man with cerebral palsy who wants to let people know that disabilities can actually be interesting and funny.
Four flawed but likable lower-middle-class New Yorkers interact in a touching play about learning how to stay afloat in the deep water of day-to-day living. Laced with cooking classes, swimming lessons, and a smorgasbord of illegal drugs, Jack Goes Boating is a story of date panic, marital meltdown, and the prevailing grace of the human spirit. Written by Bob Glaudini, this revival marks the 10th anniversary of the play's premiere, originally produced and directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman at LAByrinth Theater.
This play kicks off "The Empathy Initiative," the Seeing Place's yearlong commitment to addressing oppression through the power of theater. With an emphasis on the organic, edgy American style of acting developed by the Group Theatre, TSP allows audiences to experience modern classics with a deeper understanding of how they relate to the struggles we face today. With that, tickets are as low as $15 as a part of TSP's Affordable Theater Initiative, making theater accessible for all.
Stranded on an island, loneliness is your only friend. ~PLUS~ A detective finds himself a deadly poker game — what story do the cards tell? ~PLUS~ A tale of two workers witnessing calamity through corporate emails and descriptive office supplies. ~PLUS~ Through movement, shadow, video projection, and objects, PLACE (No Place) conjures places present and lost.
The second installment of Night Witches, a new play. In the fall of 1941, after the Nazi Invasion of the Soviet Union, Marina Raskova, a Russian Amelia Earhart, formed three female aviation regiments to fight back. Of the three, the 588th Night Bomber Regiment was the only unit to remain exclusively female throughout the war. Made of up 112 girls ages 17-26, they flew for 3 1/2 years using repurposed crop-dusting planes to drop bombs on Nazi forces below. Inspired from Anne Noggle's book, A Dance with Death, Night Witches weaves together a story of sisterhood, courage, and endurance amidst a world war.
When Ben Rimalower was eight years old, his father came out of the closet and embarked on a drug-fueled tear that left his family in tatters. Amid the chaos of his young life, Ben found comfort — like so many gay boys before him and after — in musical theater, and specifically in the transportive voice of Broadway star Patti LuPone. With a mix of comic irreverence, stark candor, and showbiz bravado, Patti Issues poignantly explores the challenges facing LGBT parents and children while shining light on gay men's longstanding obsessions with divas.
The true story of six women sent to Vietnam and their struggle to make sense of a war that irrevocably changed them and a nation that shunned them. A work with the music and soul of a tumultuous era in our history.
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.
Directed by Emily Lyon, The Secret in the Wings by Mary Zimmerman is a dark and mysterious play that brings lesser-known tales to life through ensemble-driven, playful storytelling. These dark fairy tales are an imaginative mash-up of childhood fantasy, hopes, and fears (both real and imagined). With neighborly ogres, sullen princesses, and fraternal swans, Hedgepig probes what frightens us most. (Appropriate for ages 13+.)
Inspired by the company's desire to foster new works, Shiyr Terror features 11 new short plays tailored specifically for the intimate Victorian-era space at Papillon in Midtown Manhattan. From overdosing on Coca-Cola to the precursor of social networking to reincarnation, Shiyr Productions takes an up-close look at death, making for a terrifyingly funny theater experience.
Snapshots in Transit weaves a rhythmic poetic tapestry of five "seasoned" adult characters evaluating and coming to terms with love, life trials, family upbringing, politics, and honoring one's nationality in often dire and humorous aspects.
Snapshots in Transit was written, produced, and choreographed by Noel Nantambu Hall. He is a dancer, educator, published poet, and visual artist who is a veteran of the stage making his off-Broadway debut in Derek Walcott's The Dream on Monkey Mountain with the Negro Ensemble Company. He has also danced and taught internationally.
Snapshots in Transit runs every Sunday in October at 4pm.
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.
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.
Emily, a would-be writer, retreats home to O'ahu after Manhattan finally gets the best of her. Trading one island for another doesn't help, though, and when she stumbles into a gig as an actor on a shock-jock radio dating show, she finds herself strangely determined to turn fantasy into reality. Told through a playful mixture of phone calls, voicemails, and live radio spots, Today Is My Birthday is a comedy about loneliness in the age of connection.
What are the consequences when the lies we tell ourselves become the reality of the lives we lead? A tale of obsession and betrayal, Tomorrow in the Battle paints a searing portrait of loyalty and lust, honor and honesty, duty and desire as a group of London's elite navigate their own professional and moral crises.
The Tooth-Puller has no script. Instead, in the grand Commedia tradition, using nothing more than an outline, the Department of Fools weave together each performance from bits of comic business, song, and improvisation. Commedia dell'Arte is the great-granddaddy of modern improv and sketch comedy. Audiences will roar at the goofy goodness of Commedia, which gave birth to the comedy of today!
The Tooth-Puller is a carnivalesque confection wrapped in hallucinogenic treats, sprinkled with dancing octogenarians, with a pinch of dick jokes, dipped in a festive musical fondue, topped with an ever-changing improvised ending, and filled with a creamy center of love and revenge. The internationally diverse company includes Sylvie Mae Baldwin, Yair Ben-Dor (ABC's Quantico), Jessenia Cuesta, Matthew A.J. Gregory (The Power of Darkness at the Mint), Shira Hadad, Ben Rademacher, Andy Richardson (Newsies and Gypsy on Broadway), Anna Tempte, and Rotem Weiner.
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.
An Absurdist Confrontational Tragicomedy of out-sized proportions where Lark and her friends perform a gender studies thesis on the roots of female oppression while delving into Lark's haunted past. These 3 Poisonous Flowers confront the deepest roots of how girls grow up in our pop music, social media, hater, racist, rape culture to expose the seeds of our oppression.
The Public Theater's Mobile Unit, which strengthens community engagement with the arts by bringing free, world-class productions to communities across New York City, journeys through tragedy into comedy with an enchanting new production of The Winter's Tale, directed by Lee Sunday Evans (Porto).
Dire misunderstanding changes the course of destiny when King Leontes becomes convinced that his wife is pregnant with his friend's child. The maligned wife perishes, the accused friend flees, and the cursed infant is left to die alone on the seashore. But from the depths of tragedy, wondrous things can occur. What's lost is found, false identities lead to true love, and the miracle of forgiveness brings new life to the world in one of Shakespeare's most treasured romances.