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A reunion. An argument. A TED Talk. Emotional mutiny. And a bond that connects four women who meet once a year for a photo shoot, chronicling their changing (and aging) selves as they navigate love, careers, children, and world events. But when these private photographs gain the potential to go public, their relationships are tested, forcing the women to confront who they are, what they've become, and how they'll deal with whatever lies ahead. Funny and evocative, 20th Century Blues questions our place in the world and in relation to one another. Multi-Obie Award winner and Tony Award nominee Emily Mann (Anna in the Tropics) directs the New York premiere of this play by Susan Miller (My Left Breast), another multi-Obie winner and winner of the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize.
The season will feature 11 theatrical productions. The fall lineup includes an adaptation of Roberto Bolaño's novel Distant Star presented by the theater company Caborca (September 14-October 1); Blackouts by "Drag fabulist" Dickie Beau (October 5-8); Katherine Brook, Toni Enelow, and Taylor Brook's The Power of Emotion: The Apartment (October 11-21); Shaun Irons and Lauren Petty's Why Why Always, featuring Jim Fletcher (October 12-29). Wintertime will see Jack and the Beanstalk, created by disabled actor and writer Mat Fraser and feminist art star Julie Atlas Muz (December 6-23).
In 2018, the venue will present Fabrice Melquiot and Paul Desveaux's Pollock, featuring Jim Fletcher and Birgit Huppuch (February 15-25); Modesto Flako Jimene's Listen for My Dear Brooklyn (March 14-31); Deborah Stein and Suli Holum's The Wholehearted (March 15-April 1); Eliza Bent's Aloha, Aloha or When I Was Queen (April 4-21); Elevator Repair Service's Everyone's Fine With Virginia Woolf, written by Kate Scelsa and directed by John Collins (late May-June 17); and the Royal Osiris Karaoke Ensemble's Month of a Million Likes (June 7-30).
Sherri Rosen-Mason is head of the admissions department at the Hillcrest School, fighting to diversify the student body. And alongside her husband, the school's headmaster, they've largely succeeded in bringing a stodgy institution into the 21st century. But when their only son sets his sights on an Ivy League university, personal ambition collides with progressive values — with convulsive results. Admissions is a new play that explodes the ideals and contradictions of liberal white America.
Afterglow is a raw one-act play exploring the emotional, intellectual, and physical connections among three men and the broader implications within their relationships. Josh and Alex, a married couple in an open relationship, invite Darius to share their bed one night. When a new intimate connection begins to form, all three men must come to terms with their individual definitions of love, loyalty, and trust as futures are questioned, relationships are shaken, and commitments are challenged.
Note: This show is recommended for ages 18 and up because of its language and nudity. Children under the age of four are not permitted in the theater.
What happens to a drone pilot who is spending full days watching a young Pakistani woman and her family? What happens to the woman when she knows she is being watched? In her play Against the Hillside, Sylvia Khoury imagines and examines what may be the hidden human costs of this strange new warfare.
Separated from her family, young whooping crane Ajijaack undertakes her first migration from Canada to coastal Texas alone. Her journey is disrupted by environmental, industrial, and mythical chaos. Ajijaack must follow her intuition to fly onward, learning from the neo-indigenous communities she encounters along the way. Bringing community together through puppetry, traditional dances, projections, and kites, Ajijaack on Turtle Island will inspire the next generation of eco-champions.
In The Amateurs, a scrappy troupe of pageant players races across 14th-century Europe, struggling to outrun the Black Death — and medieval subscribers. The arrival of a mysterious new actor sends Hollis, the leading lady, in search of answers that can only be found off-script…and soon one century's plague begins to look a lot like another, more recent one. Wildly inventive, funny, and deeply moving, The Amateurs examines the origins of creativity: When does a crisis destroy art, and when does it set creativity spinning? The Obie Award-winning Oliver Butler (The Open House) directs this new work by Pulitzer Prize finalist Jordan Harrison (Orange Is the New Black).
The Amazing Max is an "awesome and hilarious live magic show for the whole family" (PBS Kids). What's truly amazing, as magician Max Darwin works miracles during the show, is not only what happens onstage but also what happens in the audience. The enchanted look that spreads across the faces of his young (and not-so-young) fans is hands down astounding. Max conjures a custom experience that young ones will carry with them long after the show ends.
Using a blend of interviews, archival research, Methodist hymns, and original songs, America Is Hard to See investigates the lives in and around Miracle Village, a rural community for sex offenders buried deep in Florida's sugarcane fields. During late fall in 2015, members of Life Jacket Theatre Company travelled to southern Florida to interview the marginalized residents of Miracle Village. The team has transformed its academic field research into a moving and unflinching play about darkness, uncertainty, and the painful process of healing in small-town America. Drama Desk Award nominee Travis Russ directs, with music and lyrics by Priscilla Holbrook.
After their father's death, two unhinged siblings reunite with Amy (Jamie Brewer of American Horror Story), their movie-loving sister who has Down syndrome. Together they careen down the Long Island Expressway, navigating strip malls, traffic jams, and some serious (and not-so-serious) family drama. An unexpected turn reveals the moment that changed their lives...and the fact that Amy may be the only one who knows her own mind. Written by Lindsey Ferrentino, who made her New York debut at Roundabout Theatre with Ugly Lies the Bone, and directed by Scott Ellis (The Elephant Man), Amy and the Orphans is a rollicking ride that proves it's never too late to follow a new road.
Tony Kushner's seminal epic, Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes, returns to Broadway for the first time since its now-legendary original production opened in 1993. This new staging of part one of Angels in America, Millennium Approaches, and of part two, Perestroika, had its world premiere in a sold-out run at the National Theatre, where it became the fastest-selling show in the organization's history.
Starring multi-Tony Award winner Nathan Lane and Academy Award and Tony nominee Andrew Garfield, the cast of Angels in America features fellow original National Theatre cast members Susan Brown, Denise Gough, Amanda Lawrence, James McArdle, and Nathan Stewart-Jarrett. Multi-Tony winner Marianne Elliott (War Horse) directs.
As politically incendiary as any play in the American canon, Angels in America also manages to be hilariously irreverent and heartbreakingly humane. It is also astonishingly relevant, speaking every bit as urgently to our anxious times as it did to the early '90s. Tackling Reaganism, McCarthyism, immigration, religion, climate change, and AIDS against the backdrop of New York City in the mid-1980s, no contemporary drama has succeeded so indisputably with so ambitious a scope. Angels in America won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, seven Tony Awards, the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, and the Evening Standard Award for Best New Play.
This new production of Edward Albee's At Home at the Zoo, directed by Lila Neugebauer (Everybody), honors Albee, who passed away in 2016. In Act 1, "Homelife," we meet Peter and his wife, who live a comfortable but vaguely unhappy bourgeois existence; in the second act, the classic "The Zoo Story," Peter is forever altered by an oddly persistent stranger in Central Park. With jolts of brutality and Albee's signature dark humor, this seminal play explores both the love and the cruelty that we inflict on each other every day.
It's 1973, and Houston's Astrodome is playing host to one of the biggest cultural events of all time: Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs face off in a "battle of the sexes" tennis match. Balls is a high-intensity theatrical retelling of this unforgettable match and the cultural debates it ignited about sexism, women in sports, and equality. One Year Lease's signature high-energy physical style embraces the carnival atmosphere of the original event and features a shot-by-shot rendition of the entire match.
Two men unravel quickly over the course of 90 minutes. Who are they? What room is this, and what might be beyond the walls? Gut-wrenchingly funny and achingly poignant, Ballyturk, which is reminiscent of Enda Walsh's plays The Walworth Farce and Misterman, scratches beneath the surface of rural Ireland. This production from Landmark Productions and Galway International Arts Festival, in association with the Abbey Theatre, is presented by St. Ann's Warehouse in association with Piece by Piece Productions and Irish Arts Center.
Behind Closed Doors follows the lives of three young men who are a part of a powerhouse singing trio: smooth, confident, intelligent, topping the charts, and winning the hearts of adoring fans! But beyond the lights and the cheering crowds lie fears, insecurities, and pain! Witness as they each take journeys to the deepest parts of their souls to face some of their toughest battles! We watch as they each learn that in order to be a true king, he must first learn to be a servant and in order to be the head, he must first sit at the feet of Jesus!
Funerals are for the living. What happened and why and who did it and how — none of that matters in the moments before. And The Big and the Small is a play about the moments before. This work is a series of two-handers, each set in identical hotel rooms in a grand hotel in Zürich as guests enjoy the last moments of their private, awkward, funny, and not-so-funny lives. Themes of nationalism, tourism, social responsibility, isolation, class, and gender roles are all explored. So too is the tension between public and private life as well as between assimilation and diversity.
Inspired by encounters with refugees, Borders is an urgent, moving, and occasionally hilarious commentary on one of the great crises of our time. Through two alternating monologues, Borders tells the stories of a British press photographer and a Syrian graffiti artist whose paths cross in tragic circumstances. Written by the multi-award-winning Henry Naylor, the show was one of the biggest hits of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, selling out its entire run. Boldly directly by Michael Cabot, Borders is fast-paced, stripped-down theater that conveys an epic story using just two actors, simple lighting, and a couple stools.
Mart Crowley's groundbreaking 1968 play, The Boys in the Band, centers on a group of gay men who gather in a New York City apartment for a friend's birthday party. After the drinks are poured and the music gets cranked up, the evening slowly exposes the fault lines beneath their friendships and the self-inflicted heartache that threatens their solidarity. A theatrical game-changer, The Boys in the Band helped spark a revolution by putting gay men's lives onstage — unapologetically and without judgment — in a world that was not willing to fully accept them. This revival, directed by multi-Tony Award winner Joe Mantello, stars Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto, Matt Bomer, and Andrew Rannells.
A comedy in four parts about an unremarkable man and the remarkable women who loved him, left him, or lost him over 60 years; and of the equally remarkable old manor house that saw and heard it all happen.
Josh and Brennan are about to get married in Palm Springs on a lovely Saturday afternoon. However, the night before becomes a drunken, drug-fueled riot because their friend Gerry has arrived, furious that their invitation says, "Please refrain from wearing bright colors or bold patterns." In the struggle for equality, what do we really want? What do we lose? And is there any cocaine left?
Bright Colors and Bold Patterns, starring Jeff Hiller (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson), is written by Drew Droege (the internet's Chloë) and directed by Michael Urie (Ugly Betty).
Chiara Atik's Bump follows three different stories about three separate quests for knowledge, all foucsed on one thing. A girl in colonial New England, expectant mothers on a pregnancy message board, and a mechanic about to become a grandfather attempt to discover more about the miracle of childbirth. Claudia Weill directs this play, presented in partnership with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
In the aftermath of Liv's untimely death, her boyfriend Adam, her best friend Cat, and her sister Sally negotiate everything from a raucous wake to releasing her worldly goods to the Jewish Women's League.
Running the gauntlet of the five stages of grief, the thirtysomething trio compete for who ranks highest on The Grief Meter, reveal hidden unspeakable truths, and fail to agree on epitaphs and the allocation of earrings. Ending up in cupboards, on trains, and in the emptiest Indian restaurant in England, Butterside Down explores how the young are ill-equipped to lose each other. And whether, when you've lost the love of your life, your sense of humor can keep you alive.
Paint it red. So begins Lydia's wild idea to invigorate her Rust Belt town. But when a whip-smart entrepreneur co-opts her scheme, a precarious rivalry is born. A battle for the town's soul ensues, causing its obsessive mayor, its defiant matriarch, and the rest of its residents to question who they are and where they're headed.
Direct from an acclaimed run in London, the powerful Royal Court Theatre production of Lucy Kirkwood's astonishing new play makes its American debut with the heralded original cast. In a remote cottage on the lonely British coast, a couple of retired nuclear engineers are living a quiet life. Outside, the world is in utter chaos following a devastating series of events. When an old friend turns up at their door, they're shocked to discover the real reason for her visit.
The Children stars BAFTA Award winner Francesca Annis (BBC's Cranford), Olivier winner Deborah Findlay (Stanley), and Olivier nominee Ron Cook (Juno and the Paycock). Directing is the award-winning James Macdonald (Top Girls).
Winner of the Tony, Drama Desk, and Olivier Awards for Best Play, Children of a Lesser God tells the story of an unconventional teacher at a school for the deaf and the remarkable woman he meets there. As their relationship heats up, so does their need for control, igniting a thrilling exploration of passion, intimacy, and connection.
In 1980, Children of a Lesser God premiered on Broadway and asked, "How can we truly communicate?" Now, Tony-winning director Kenny Leon (A Raisin in the Sun) is laying this question bare in a breathtaking new revival of this landmark play starring Joshua Jackson (The Affair), Lauren Ridloff (Wonderstruck), and Anthony Edwards (ER).
Astrological disturbances split asteroids apart, and new smaller worlds hurtle into one another's orbits. Loved ones are wrenched from each other, old animosities arise, and these asteroidal inhabitants soon forget they once lived as one world. Mass amnesia buries their shared history, and it seems impossible that these estranged neighbors ever coexisted peacefully. Will they now be able to reach across borders and share a world of difference? How can you deal with aliens when you feel alienated yourself?
A Chronicle of the Madness of Small Worlds pairs short stories by eminent multi-Obie Award-winning playwright Mac Wellman that have been adapted for the stage by director Elena Araoz. Each story tells a fantastic and emotional tale of the imagined inhabitants of real asteroids in the asteroid belt. Wellman's verbal acrobatics lay bare the madness of our own small world. Live music composed by Drama Desk Award-nominated touring artists, alongside Tony Award nominee Justin Townsend's installation-style production design, coalesce into a vibrant and deliriously theatrical event.
The Cult Play is a new dramedy by Topher Cusumano. The play follows the Soul Scouts, a religious cult run by Mama Pearl, a charismatic mystic. The group believes the divine rapture will be realized with the birth of their goddess. However, Mama Pearl fears she's losing control of the struggling group after the defection of a longtime follower. When Mae, a tech-savvy queer punk, begins the process of joining the group, she introduces Mama Pearl to the powers of social media, changing the course of the Soul Scouts' destiny forever.
Cute Activist is a playfully fabulist, wildly satirical, antiromantic comedy, that asks questions about the way activism fits — or doesn't fit — into our daily lives. In a spooky town in mythical Connecticut where inequality reigns, a shadowy ring of part-time activists battle a baroque, tyrannical Landlorde. Only True Love's Kiss can save the local economy. Cute Activist is a pastel fable full of earnest questions about how to engage politically, at an everyday level, as a normal-feeling civilian.
In a small Boston suburb, a single schoolteacher is struggling to get by when the wealthy father of one of her students surprises her with a financial proposal that could change her daughter's life. Suddenly, their worlds collide in ways that open up questions: What truly separates the haves and the have nots? Is it wrong to seize an incredible chance, even if the circumstances seem questionable? Loosely inspired by a passage from The Great Gatsby, this timely new play by the author of The City of Conversation probes the troubling relationship of finance and educational opportunity in American life today. Directing is Tony Award winner Doug Hughes (Doubt).
Daybreak, written by Joyce Van Dyke and directed by Lucie Tiberghien, is a world premiere play highlighting Armenian-American history. Set in three time periods, Van Dyke's drama is inspired by the true stories of two female friends who survived the Armenian genocide. Using memory, dreams, and music, Daybreak carries the story of these women into the 21st century in a celebration of the human spirit's endurance.
Austin Pendleton and June Daniel White star in an original, offbeat comedy about God, a woman, and love.
Humans have had many imagined conversations with God. This is the conversation God was waiting to have. He was waiting for Delta — a feisty, big-hearted woman who has a lot to teach the Almighty.
Their conversation is an adventure in 1 hour and 45 minutes, no intermission, so fasten your seat belts and join the ride.
World premiere of this darkly romantic comedy starts January 25 until February 10 at Theatre 54 @ Shetler Studios.
Nora is a hard-drinking musicologist whose colleague and lover is dragging his feet about leaving his beauty-queen wife. When Nora's hijinks land her at rock bottom, she goes on a quest for counsel from the only source she has left: her estranged, evangelical mom. Abby Rosebrock's Dido of Idaho is a horrifying comedy about love, despair, and maybe, eventually, hope.
Balti and Jaker begin the play as two gay 20-year-olds enjoying the romantic and sexual possibilities on their college campus. But when Jaker asks Balti to pretend to be straight for the duration of Jaker's grandmother's visit to the campus, a chasm opens in the friends' consciousness, and Balti finds himself traveling back in time with the help of a cherub from the wrong side of the tracks.
As Balti sorts through the national history that binds him to his grandmother's homophobia, he meets a yarn-spinning rattlesnake, a Korean-American war child, and the founders of the first gay bar in Las Vegas, Nevada. When he attempts to return to the comforts of modern-day gay life, he finds that time works differently inside the closet than outside, and his old love with Jaker may be irretrievable. Worse, his new friend the cherub may be on the brink of death due to human pollution of the time-stream.
Born at the same time on the same day in the same hospital, Pig and Runt have been inseparable ever since. They speak in their own language, play by their own rules, and create a world for themselves in which boundaries blur between truth and illusion. Then, on their 17th birthday, they discover something more. As night falls and the disco and drink take hold, they spiral violently out of control.
Disco Pigs, Enda Walsh's breakout play, received both the George Devine Award and the Stewart Parker Award. Walsh's other accolades include the Caméra d'Or for the screenplay of Hunger and the Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical for Once.
Mashuq Mushtaq Deen's Draw the Circle is a hilarious, moving story told entirely from the point of view of family and friends performed by Deen himself. The work compassionately brings to life the frequently ignored struggle that a family goes through when their child transitions from one gender to another.
In 1901, August Strindberg wrote a fairy tale about a dreamer discovering what it feels like to be human. In 2018, Egg & Spoon Theatre Collective sets out to illuminate this fantastical, bizarre journey in an utterly contemporary mode. Agnes, daughter of the gods, descends to earth and experiences the human world in all its beauty, sorrow, and contradiction. Is joy extricable from pain? What can we do to improve our collective experience? Is it possible to live a meaningful life in a messy, nonsensical world? Join Agnes in a bedtime story for the millennial age.
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.
What happens when America is ruled by the last three women on the face of the earth in the year 2097? Mona Machine, Ann Tenna McCloud, and Dr. Dorinda deal death-dealing battles in the dystopian world of 2097 where the last man on earth is missing from Mona's 130th birthday party. Deletions, sex, forbidden love, fried chicken, a male-female god all abound in this wild new play by New Orleans writer Melanie Maria Goodreaux. It is a science-fiction, multimedia feast and dark comedy that covers themes of feminism, racial disparity, loneliness, and the future of America.
Including animations by celebrated Afrofuturist Tim Fielder, sound design by Urb Alternative, and an amazing cast that includes Aixa Kendrick, Linda Greene, Tiffany Terrell, Sean Labbe, Jonathan Eddy Duran, Anthony Harper, with a special appearance by Malik Yoba.
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.
Heralded as "brilliant" and "important" in performances in French and English in Paris during COP21, Extreme Whether, in the new genre of cli-fi (climate fiction), is a fierce exposé of politically motivated censorship and a family divided by money, power, and science. It is, equally, a love story: of people for nature, a girl for a deformed frog, two embattled climate scientists for truth and one another, and an old man, Uncle, for the land in his care. Inspired by crusading climate scientist, James Hansen, and arctic ice scientist Jennifer Francis, and praised by both.
King Philippe V of Spain (Mark Rylance) lies awake in his chamber, plagued by insomnia. The queen, desperate for a cure, hears of Farinelli — a castrato with a voice so divine that it can captivate all who hear it. Astonished when Farinelli sings, Philippe begs him to stay. But will Farinelli, one of the greatest celebrities of his time, choose a life of solitude over fame and fortune in the opera houses of Europe?
Award-winning actor Sharon Washington, beloved by audiences for her performances in While I Yet Live and String of Pearls — as well as The Scottsboro Boys on Broadway — returns to Primary Stages to share a uniquely personal story in the New York premiere of Feeding the Dragon. As both playwright and star of this autobiographical solo piece, Sharon revisits her time growing up in an apartment on the top floor inside the St. Agnes Branch of the New York Public Library, where her father served as the building's custodian. Shrouded in family mystery, Sharon's story boldly examines how both the power of forgiveness and her lifelong love for the written word have helped her battle dragons of all forms.
Classic Stage Company presents the world premiere of Fire and Air, a new play written by Tony Award winner Terrence McNally and directed by John Doyle. The work explores the history of the Ballets Russes, Sergei Diaghilev's itinerant Russian ballet company. Encircled by masters of art, design, and music, the tempestuous relationship between Diaghilev and the ballet virtuoso Vaslav Nijinsky revolutionizes dance forever.
Note: This production, which contains nudity, is intended for mature audiences.
Through the microcosm of a rural Connecticut mental health center, Tony Award-winning playwright David Rabe conjures an entire American community on the edge. Like their patients, Dr. Michaels, his colleague Evangeline, and the clinic itself teeter between breakdown and survival, wielding dedication and humanity against the cunning, inventive adversary of mental illness. They hold on to the need to fight – and to live. Inspired by a real clinic, Rabe finds humor and compassion in a raft of richly drawn characters adrift in a society and a system stretched beyond capacity. This New York premiere of Good for Otto features F. Murray Abraham as Barnard, Ed Harris as Dr. Michaels, Amy Madigan as Evangeline, Rileigh McDonald as Frannie, Rosie O'Donnell as Nora, and Michael Rabe as Jimmy. Scott Elliott directs.
San Francisco, spring 1989. Manford Lum, locally renowned on the sidewalk basketball courts of Chinatown, talks his way onto a college team, just before they travel to Beijing for a "friendship" game. When they arrive, China is in the throes of the Cultural Revolution aftermath, and Manford must juggle international politics and his own personal history. Inspired by events from her father's life and (short-lived) basketball career, playwright Lauren Yee makes her Atlantic Theater Company debut with this tender but fast-paced play.
In his small pub in the northern English town of Oldham, Harry is something of a local celebrity. But what's the second-best hangman in England to do on the day they've abolished hanging? Among the cub reporters and pub regulars dying to hear Harry's reaction to the news, his old assistant Syd and the peculiar Mooney lurk with very different motives for their visit.
Following a sold-out run at London's Royal Court Theatre and subsequent transfer to the West End, Olivier and Academy Award winner Martin McDonagh (The Cripple of Inishmaan) returns to Atlantic Theater Company with his first United States premiere in eight years.
It was always difficult being Harry Potter, and it isn't much easier now that he's an overworked employee at the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father of three school-age children.
While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son, Albus, must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: Sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.
Set in Montezuma, Georgia, and New York City in 1941, this new work by Adrienne Kennedy — a multi-Obie Award winner and one of America's greatest living dramatists — is a heartbreaking and nail-biting memory tale of segregation, theatrical yearning, and doomed love. The action, driven by lyrical parallel monologues and a chilling tour through a storeroom of charged images, braids together the indignities of Jim Crow, rising Nazism, sexual hypocrisy, Christopher Marlowe, and the lingering shadow of a terrible crime.
It's "Wakes Week" in Hindle; the mill is closed and the workers are idle. Fanny Hawthorn is relaxing at the seashore with a girlfriend when she runs into Alan Jeffcote, the mill owner's son. Alan takes Fanny to a hotel in Wales for a few days of fun, but the fun stops when their parents find out. Should Alan, already engaged to another woman, do the right thing and make an honest woman of Fanny? Or should he do the right thing and stand by his fiancée?
A best-selling novelist returns to Nigeria to care for her ailing father, but before she can bury him, she must relearn the traditions she's long forgotten. Having been absent for over a decade, she must collide with her culture, traumatic past, painful regrets, and the deep, deep love she thought she could never have.
Hook Line Sinker centers on the inner workings of a content aggregation site. New hire Matthew falls under the spell of the enigmatic Fergus, CEO of clickbait company Petti Media and specialist in all things viral. Their coworker Grace is a talented but disenchanted content generator whose immigration status is tied to her continued employment at a company she despises, until she realizes that the only thing stronger than her desire to leave is Matthew's determination to stay. With the company in a clandestine state of crisis, Fergus lectures his staff on the flexible morality of the internet and the absolute importance of site traffic, a message that resonates with some more than others.
I Love New York explores modern anxiety and the quest for external validation by juxtaposing material from TripAdvisor.com and Ellis Island immigrant interviews. Laughs are followed by questions: "Am I that revealing online?" "Is my anxiety that high?" "Is the fact that I've forgotten the question and am questioning my anxiety proof I have anxiety?" I Love New York gives Americans from all over the country and immigrants from all around the world the opportunity to tell you what the American Dream looks like for them.
Multi-Academy Award winner and Tony Award winner Denzel Washington returns to Broadway in one of the signal roles in the American theater in Eugene O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh. Washington, fresh off his extraordinary sell-out runs in both Fences and A Raisin in the Sun, comes back to the Main Stem. Multi-Tony winner George C. Wolfe directs this strictly limited engagement.
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.
Born in Mississippi and based in Los Angeles, acclaimed playwright, screenwriter, and poet Aleshea Harris performs her own solo work. Her multidisciplinary background has informed her proclivity for writing specifically for actors, creating disruptive, challenging, and magnetic roles. Harris situates her work within an Afropunk ideology that explodes perceptions of how black people think, move, and sound; Is God Is explores and relishes the nuances of black Southern speech. In writing the play, Harris sought to place herself where culture has never allowed her to see herself. Here, she puts black women characters in the driver's seat of the alternately exhilarating and desolating Western genre. Anaia and Racine take the audience on a fast and merciless ride.
Virtuosity and imagination combine in John Lithgow: Stories by Heart as Tony and Emmy Award winner John Lithgow creates a singularly intimate evening. With equal measures of humor and heart, he evokes memories of family, explores and expands the limits of the actor's craft, and masterfully conjures a cast of indelible characters from classic short stories by Ring Lardner and P. G. Wodehouse. Through his unique performance, he elevates the magic of storytelling to new heights.
Josephine: A Burlesque Cabaret Dream Play combines cabaret, theater, and dance to tell the story of the iconic Josephine Baker, the first African-American international superstar and one of the most remarkable figures of the 20th century. Josephine shatters stereotypes of race, gender roles, and sexuality in an intimate, charming, and haunting cabaret with a twist. Born in St. Louis in 1906, Baker achieved only moderate success in the United States but became an international superstar after moving to France in the early '20s. She starred alongside white leading men in films in the '30s, had multiple interracial marriages and same-sex relationships, and performed in men's clothing before the term "drag" existed. Her adopted country of France gave her the opportunity to live freely without the racial oppression of her home nation, though she never stopped yearning for acceptance in the U.S.
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.
From Jack Thorne, the acclaimed writer of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, comes a thrilling theatrical take on an epic modern myth. Directed and choreographed by Olivier Award winner Drew McOnie, with an electrifying new score by Marius de Vries (La La Land) and Eddie Perfect (Strictly Ballroom the Musical), King Kong comes alive through an innovative mix of robotics, puppetry, and stagecraft. Follow an ambitious young actor and a maverick filmmaker as they voyage from the bustling streets of 1930s New York to an uncharted island to capture the greatest wonder the world has ever seen. At the center of this 21st-century reimagining is a 2,000-pound gorilla brought to life by a team of seamlessly integrated artists and technicians. Don't miss this larger-than-life encounter with a legend that's always been too big to contain.
Playwright Sarah Burgess and Tony Award-winning director Thomas Kail (Hamilton) reunite for Kings, a scathingly funny new play about the people at the heart of our democracy. Kate is a whip-smart lobbyist who doesn't waste her time on anyone who can't get elected, stay elected, and help her clients get what they want. Kate thinks Representative Sydney Millsap is a political neophyte whose staunch ideals are going to cost her a burgeoning political career. But Representative Millsap and her high-minded principles turn out to be more resilient than Washington was expecting, and for the first time, Kate is faced with a choice that might change everything for her: Back the system, or back what she believes in?
Renowned Playwright A.R. Gurney graces the Keen stage for a third time! In Later Life, a middle-aged man and woman meet at a cocktail party and ponder beginning the relationship that eluded them 30 years ago. While the pair rediscover each other and themselves, a bevy of delightful guests rally behind them. With poignancy and laughs, this classic Gurney play reminds us of the infinite possibilities in life just waiting to be pursued. A romantic tale of missed connections and hope for new beginnings.
Emmy Award winner John Leguizamo (Ghetto Klown) returns to Broadway in this original one-man comedic play. In Latin History for Morons, Leguizamo schools his son — and the audience — on the buried history of Latinos in the Americas. Spurred by the near total absence of Latinos in his son's American history class, Leguizamo embarks on a frenzied search to find a Hispanic hero for his son's school project. From a mad recap of the Aztec empire to stories of unknown patriots of the American Revolution and beyond, Leguizamo breaks down the 3,000 years between the Maya and Ricky Ricardo into 95 irreverent, uncensored minutes in his trademark style.
What happens when emotions come in conflict with principles, and how do choices under pressure define who we really are? The lobby of a Manhattan apartment building is much more than a waiting area for four New Yorkers involved in a murder investigation. It's a testing ground for what happens when personal and professional personas find themselves at odds. A young security guard with big ambitions clashes with his stern boss, an intense rookie cop, and her unpredictable partner in a play from the 2017 Oscar-winning writer of Manchester by the Sea. Emmy Award nominee Brian Tyree Henry, Michael Cera, and Chris Evans star; Trip Cullman directs.
This world premiere play by Pulitzer Prize finalist Jordan Harrison (Orange Is the New Black) stars Emmy Award nominee and Drama Desk Award winner Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Fully Committed, Modern Family). Tony and Obie Award winner Pam MacKinnon directs.
Log Cabin takes place in a faraway age of hope and inclusivity — in other words, 2015. When a tight-knit circle of married gays and lesbians — comfy in the new mainstream — see themselves through the eyes of their rakish transgender pal, it's clear that the march toward progress is anything but unified. With stinging satire and acute compassion, Harrison's pointed comedy charts the breakdown of empathy that happens when we think our rights are secure, revealing hardened hearts where you'd least expect.
Jeremy Irons and Lesley Manville (Ghosts) reprise their roles in Sir Richard Eyre's acclaimed production of this Eugene O'Neill classic.
In the early 2000s, an internet virus fondly called "LoverSpy" promised a way for suspicious lovers to spy on any target they wished. LoverSpy follows internet café patrons from vastly different backgrounds with one thing in common: the purchase and illegal use of "LoverSpy." The purchasers are sucked into a virtual-black-hole-utopian-internet-love-den. As the characters facilitate their wildest fantasies within the screen of an old computer, their personalities, anxieties, and insecurities are broadcast through their behavior in the internet café. Together, they (including the all-purpose internet café waiter) are forced to confront the consequences that follow their insidious purchase. As the line between the net and reality blurs, a tangled (worldwide) web becomes increasingly difficult to navigate.
Mark and Jason were keeping things casual until Jason got pregnant. But however unplanned the pregnancy was, nothing could be less expected than the chain of events it would set in motion. Robert O'Hara's audacious, hilarious allegory envisions an uncannily familiar future — one long after women have gone extinct from centuries of mistreatment — in which man's capacity to f**k everything up soars to new heights.
Written by Tony Award-nominated playwright and comedy icon Steve Martin, Meteor Shower is a new play starring Emmy Award winner Amy Schumer in her Broadway debut, Emmy winner Keegan-Michael Key (also making his Broadway debut), Tony winner Laura Benanti, and Jeremy Shamos. Jerry Zaks, a multi-Tony winner, directs.
Meteor Shower is set in Ojai, California, on a hot night. Corky (Schumer) and her husband, Norm (Shamos), are having another couple over for dinner. However, Gerald (Key) and Laura (Benanti) aren't looking for a casual evening of polite small talk with new friends. Instead, the two couples find themselves in a marital free-fall matched in velocity and peril only by the smoldering space rocks tearing through the sky.
A Midsummer Night's Dream transports audiences to the palaces of Athens and the dark, bewitching forests surrounding the kingdom where the fairy King Oberon and his Queen Titania are waging a deliciously romantic war. With help from the devilish Puck, Oberon casts a spell over his estranged wife, as well as the lovers Hermia, Helena, Lysander, and Demetrius. Meanwhile, as the Mechanicals rehearse their tragically hilarious Pyramus & Thisby, Puck cannot resist transforming the hapless Bottom into a donkey. Will witchcraft spell disaster or save the day?
It's 1988, and the planning committee for Garrison High School's ninth annual Miles for Mary Telethon is fired up and ready to go. Across subcommittee sessions in the phys-ed teachers' lounge, The Mad Ones assemble an analog elegy to the camcorder 1980s, girls' track and field, and the consecrated American high school. Wunderkind Lila Neugebauer directs this play, which ran to critical acclaim at the Bushwick Starr in 2016.
The mob just made a hit, but everyone will live to talk about it. And talking they are because when the "boys" get together, it's a scream! Join this interactive show for a private audience with the Don; maybe he'll make you an offer you can't refuse. Mingle with mobsters and molls, meet the new "Boss of Bosses," break bread and heads with wiseguys and Mafia princesses. Sure, you'll be ducking bullets over Broadway, but that won't stop the fun! Eat, drink, dance, and be merry. You might just die laughing!
This two and a half hour comedy mystery includes a three-course sit-down dinner and dancing. Audience members even have the chance to solve the case and win prizes. Seven prizes are awarded at every performance and include "Academy Awards" for the best actor and actress in the audience.
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.
Following a critically acclaimed engagement in 2016, No-No Boy returns for a limited run that aligns with the Day of Remembrance. Set after World War Two as Japanese-Americans return to the West Coast, the play tracks draft-resister Ichiro Yamada following his release from prison. He struggles to come to terms with the consequences of his choices while other members of his community try to get back on their feet after a war that has uprooted them all. Ron Nakahara directs this drama adapted by Ken Naraski from John Okada's groundbreaking novel.
In a time when clowns are tortured and circuses banned, a renegade troupe enacts the story of a girl who longs for their outlawed life — even as her father commits atrocities on the State's behalf. Limbs rebel against the body. The cram car bolts for the border. And a round, red nose is a dark souvenir.
A dark folktale woven together with a high-energy concert, this genre-bending music-theater hybrid starring Klezmer-folk sensation Ben Caplan is inspired by the true stories of two Jewish Romanian refugees who arrived in Canada in 1908. Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story is about how to love after being broken by the horrors of war. It's about refugees who get out before it's too late and those who get out after it's too late. And it's about looking into the eyes of God.
Set in Blackpool, England, 1953, not long after Queen Elizabeth's coronation, this real-life story is packed with gritty Northern comedy coupled with a heartbreaking emotional punch. Yorkshire miners Eddy and Tommy head to Blackpool with most of their town for the annual Pit Close Wakes holiday. However, Eddy had almost missed the bus and turns up with no suitcase. Now the lads have checked into the surprisingly empty Withering Heights on Sea guesthouse, run by the caustic and alarmingly odd Gladys, her rebellious and very flirty daughter Maureen, and the infamous Red Ethel, ex-communist stripper show girl. Upstairs, Mr. Elbridge is trying to muster the courage to unleash any of his three female alter egos and walk the fabled transvestite walk from north to south pier as a woman. As events unfold, six lives will be changed forever, and as Eddy reveals a shocking truth, it will lead to a lifetime of activism: the fight for equality and freedom for the LGBT community.
One Drop, a family drama with music by Andrea J. Fulton, brings to life the politics of a young mixed-race man's "passing" for white in post-Civil War Louisiana, illustrating the risks taken by those not afraid to love despite bigotry. The piece, inspired by the playwright's actual family history, tells the story of a family torn apart by racism but ultimately reunited. It debuted in Theater for the New City's Dream Up Festival in 2010. TNC will present a revival of the play, directed by Sabura Rashid, from February 1-18 in honor of Black History Month.
One Nation, One Mission, One Promise is a must-see play for all who care about America's past and future. It is a fabulously written production that seamlessly weaves together the narratives of our most stirring and motivating trailblazers who sacrificed so much in the name of freedom and liberty. Audience members are both uplifted and inspired by the timely significance of One Nation, One Mission, One Promise, which is superbly performed by a cast that dazzles. This show will resonate with all who believe that humanity's struggles for a greater good are not in vain. You will not be disappointed!
Mel and Arjun have embarked on a last-minute camping trip to take refuge from the brewing storm of their lives. Georgia is studying the impact of climate change on the imperiled Joshua tree. Navigating a world in crisis on multiple fronts, what does it mean to survive in the face of annihilation?
Part of our shared experience as Americans today is how we strain under the weight of the tech sector. Millionaires are made overnight and we endure the distortions of social media while gentrification pushes us out of our homes. When that happens, it rips us away from our history as if we never mattered. That's the idea behind Or Current Resident, a new play by Joan Bigwood, which will be performed by Squeaky Bicycle Productions from February 3-25 at Theater for the New City, where it is a resident company. Brandi Varnell, artistic director of Squeaky Bicycle, directs.
Balancing the high expectations of the previous generation, the doctrines of their Muslim community, and the demands of secular Western culture, Azeem Bhatti and his wife, Saima, struggle to straddle the gap between their Pakistani heritage and their British upbringing. Making his professional debut, playwright Hammaad Chaudry explores what it means to be An Ordinary Muslim. Obie Award winner Jo Bonney directs.
Multi-Helen Hayes Award winner Edward Gero is Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in The Originalist. When a bright, liberal Harvard Law School graduate embarks on a nerve-wracking clerkship with Justice Scalia, she discovers him to be both an infuriating sparring partner and an unexpected mentor. How will their relationship affect one of the most incendiary cases ever to reach the nation's highest court?
After the death of the beloved Sister Rose, a group of her former students return to their Harlem neighborhood to pay respects. But at the funeral home, there's a problem — her dead body has been stolen. An irreverently brash and insightful dark comedy, directed by Obie Award winner Anne Kauffman (Detroit), Our Lady of 121st Street paints a vivid comic portrait of what happens when old friends meet old wounds and how old habits die hard.
In 1949, Detroit's Blackbottom neighborhood is gentrifying. Blue, a troubled trumpeter and the owner of Paradise Club, is torn between remaining in Blackbottom with his loyal lover Pumpkin and leaving behind a traumatic past. But when the arrival of a mysterious woman stirs up tensions, the fate of Paradise Club hangs in the balance. The first production of Obie Award-winning playwright Dominique Morisseau's Signature residency, Paradise Blue, directed by Tony Award winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson (The Piano Lesson) is a thrilling and timely look at the changes a community endures to find its resilience.
Uma Thurman stars in The Parisian Woman, a new play written by Academy Award and Emmy nominee Beau Willimon (House of Cards) and directed by Tony winner Pam MacKinnon (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?).
The Parisian Woman is set in Washington, D.C., where powerful friends are the only kind worth having, especially after the 2016 election. At the center is Chloe (Uma Thurman), a socialite armed with charm and wit, coming to terms with politics, her past, her marriage, and an uncertain future. Dark humor and drama collide at this pivotal moment in Chloe's life, and in our nation's, when the truth isn't obvious and the stakes couldn't be higher.
You're invited to a party that's full of surprises. Watch careful plans get upended when a young woman's mother brings her own food to her daughter's party — and the "right" person to be her daughter's new best friend. They put on their "party faces" and hope for the best — but when facades crack, secrets spill. Laughter roars as their revelry leads to revelations in this new comedy starring Academy Award-winning actor Hayley Mills (The Parent Trap).
In Pass Over, Moses and Kitch stand around on the corner — talking smack, passing the time, and hoping that a miracle will come. A provocative mash-up of Waiting for Godot and the Book of Exodus, Pass Over exposes the unquestionable human spirit of young black men who dream about a promised land they've yet to find.
When a high school drug dealer does a drop off at a new address, he's unexpectedly reunited with the father of his childhood best friend. The laid-off father is holed up to re-start the painting career of his youth, and this young entrepreneur wants to help. So, they make an unusual arrangement.
Perfect Crime is a thriller about three psychiatrists, a detective, a crazy patient, and at least one dead body. A man is murdered...or is he? Did his wife kill him? The detective investigating the case thinks so — until he starts to fall in love with her and the husband mysteriously reappears. The plot includes Gone Girlish and Agatha Christiesque twists and turns. Audiences member don't have to navigate them all by themselves, though. There's an "answer key" for people to review after the show if they're still trying to figure out what happened and how.
Despite the unnatural presence of a vicious yet smooth-talking tyrannosaur named Nero, Pete Rex is a deeply human story about depression and the choices a young man makes in a fruitless attempt to remain insulated from the fragility of life. But those very choices lead him directly into the jaws of mortal danger — danger for himself, for his loved ones, and for the world around him. An homage to late-night creature features, Pete Rex is part comedy, part absurdism, and part horror.
When Sylvia accidentally takes her anorexic daughter's antidepressant, panic and pandemonium ensue. A story about the cataclysms of depression, fear, and anxiety, as well as their dynamic intersections with eating disorder and suicidal ideation, The Pill is a true story written by five members of the Family — a comic and tragic mash-up of three generations taking on living and dying in a dysfunctional post-truth world.
In Dominique Morisseau's Pipeline, Nya Joseph is a dedicated, inner-city public high school teacher who is committed to her students' achievement. At the same time, she sends her only son, Omari, to a private boarding school. When Omari gets involved in a controversial incident that threatens him with expulsion from his school, Nya is forced to reconcile Omari's rage with her own parental decisions as she rallies to save her son.
Winner of a 2017 Tony Award!
The Play That Goes Wrong is a riotous comedy about the theatre. The play introduces The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society, who are attempting to put on a 1920s' murder mystery, but as the title suggests, everything that can go wrong…does, as the accident-prone thespians battle on against all the odds to get to their final curtain call.
The Plurality of Privacy Project in Five-Minute Plays (P3M5) is a transatlantic theater project initiated to explore the value of privacy. In cooperation with the Goethe-Institut Washington, theaters across the United States and Europe have commissioned playwrights to write five-minute plays themed around the question, "What does privacy mean to you in the digital age?" The results are being presented in different formats by a network of theaters between January 2017 and June 2018. These performances, staged readings, and community forums create an artistic and cultural dialogue centered around varying American and European understandings of privacy.
Note: Performance dates and locations vary. For more information, visit the Goethe-Institut website (URL below).
A woman walks into a bar. Her name is Porto. She's a regular. She likes this bar: serious food, serious wine, serious bartender — a staple in a gentrifying Brooklyn neighborhood (perhaps Bushwick?). Her friends, her wine, and her artisanal snacks are there; her doubts about being a Modern Woman are put on snooze. A handsome stranger walks in and orders something special. Disruption ensues: An upside-down romantic comedy unfolds inside and outside her head. Desires of all kinds are awakened with a ferocious thump. A nice smile is a nice smile, but can we enjoy the sausage once we know how it's made?
Women's Project Theater teams up with the Bushwick Starr and New Georges to present the off-Broadway debut of the sold-out hit [Porto] written by Kate Benson and directed by Lee Sunday Evans, whose last collaboration, the Obie Award-winning A Beautiful Day in November on the Banks of the Greatest of the Great Lakes, was a smash success at WP Theater in 2015.
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.
George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion, a modern take on the classical myth about a statue that comes to life, plays on the complex issue of class in a social world. When Professor Henry Higgins comes across a poor, uneducated cockney girl named Eliza Doolittle, he makes a bet that he can lift her out of the gutters of London and pass her off as a member of high society. Higgins soon discovers that the task involves more than simply teaching her the right dialect in which to speak.
The lives of two generations of immigrant women collide in a basement apartment. When the choices they've made about their security, dignity, and desires come back to haunt them, they must ask: What cannot — and should not — be left behind?
After five years in New York, Greg and Steph return to their blue-collar hometown for their 20th high school reunion and to a dramatic encounter with Kent and Carly, the friends they left behind. Old secrets and new lies become increasingly difficult to hide as the evening (and the drinking) goes on. With Reasons to Be Pretty Happy, MCC Theater's Playwright-in-Residence Neil LaBute revisits the characters first introduced in Reasons to Be Pretty (2009 Tony Award-nominated Best Play) and Reasons to Be Happy as they grapple with that eternal question: Have I become the person I wanted to be?
Theresa Hanneck is a celebrated author and veteran feminist warrior; Msemaji Ukweli is a promising young writer who is quickly becoming the leading cultural critic on race, class, and gender for a new generation. When a heated exchange between the two women goes viral, Theresa finds herself ill-equipped to manage her message in the era of 140-character tweets — especially against a rival whose time may have come. A collision of ideals within the feminist movement propels JC Lee's riveting drama from breathless start to surprising finish.
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.
Rosemary and Time, based on a true story, is about two women working side by side in a school infirmary who discover a startling truth about one another. Set in Yorkshire, England, in the late 1970s, with flashbacks to 1941, the two women unearth secrets from the past and come to terms with ghosts, old relationships, and time.
Multi-Tony Award nominee Condola Rashad (A Doll's House, Part 2) will star as one of history's greatest heroines in a new production of George Bernard Shaw's epic work, directed by Daniel Sullivan (The Little Foxes). Set in 15th-century France, Saint Joan follows a country girl whose mysterious visions propel her into elite circles. When the nation's rulers become threatened by her popularity and influence, they unite to bring her down, and she finds herself on trial for her life. This timeless and powerful play dramatizes the limits of an individual in a society dominated by overwhelming political and religious forces.
In Seagullmachine, an ensemble takes refuge in an abandoned theater, caught in the struggle between action and distraction. Smashing together two iconic riffs on the Hamlet story — Anton Chekhov's The Seagull and Heiner Müller's Hamletmachine — The Assembly excavates the legacy of 20th-century drama to ask: What's the good of making theater anyway?
In 1949, Dr. Jacob Bronowski installs a secret, alarmed room in his house. Fifty years later, his grandson discovers his secrets, unearthing echoes from across six million years of human history, told from the perspective of a century in which every year is a revolutionary year. Inspired by Yuval Harari's international best-seller, Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind.
Entertainment with benefits! In this three-character comedy featuring a straight woman, a seductive model, and you-know-who, audiences are welcomed into a fun-filled world of foolproof moves and insider advice that could only be culled from that most insightful of individuals: the gay man. Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man is based on the international best-selling book of the same title.
September 1987. The edge of town.
Gloria opens her door to the woman she hasn't seen since she disappeared from home 10 years ago. Mary sees the face that has haunted her memories of childhood and dreams of womanhood. But the reflection that the women seek in each other is dimmed by the years of silence and distorted by the struggle for survival. How did they get here? Did one of them take a wrong turn, or were they driven apart?
A thrillingly intimate drama, Sheila pits two women against the world: not to conquer it — to survive it. But what chance do they have to decide the terms of their survival?
Writer Joshua Harmon (Bad Jews, Significant Other) and director Daniel Aukin (Bad Jews) reunite for Skintight, a scorching examination of beauty, youth, and sex. Reeling from her ex-husband's engagement to a much younger woman, Jodi Isaac turns to her famous fashion-designer dad for support. Instead, she finds him wrapped up in his West Village townhouse with Trey. Who's 20. And not necessarily gay. But probably an adult film star. At least, according to Jodi's son. Who's also 20. And definitely gay. Skintight assays the nature of love, the power of attraction, and the ways in which a superficial culture persists in teaching its children that all that matters is what's on the inside.
Punchdrunk's Sleep No More is an award-winning theatrical experience that retells Shakespeare's Macbeth through the lens of a film noir movie. Audience members move freely through the world of the story at their own pace, choosing where to go and what to see. Everyone's journey is different.
Note: No one under sixteen will be admitted.
Spaceman follows astronaut Molly Jennis on her attempt to be the first human to reach Mars. Seven months into an eight-month journey to the red planet, she is the lone crew member of the space module Aeneas. On her mission to establish a colony, the difficulties of interplanetary space travel are brought to life in exacting detail. Radiation exposure, long-term weightlessness, low light, extensive communication delays, and poor hygiene are just a few of the challenges she faces on her quest to be the first to Mars, but Molly soon finds that nothing compares to the psychological effects of having so much time alone.
It's Christmas Eve, and Ed has gathered his three adult sons to celebrate with matching pajamas, trash-talking, and Chinese takeout. But when a question they can't answer interrupts their holiday cheer, they're forced to confront their own identities. This is one white Christmas like you've never seen before.
In Straight White Men, Obie Award-winning playwright Young Jean Lee takes a hilariously ruthless look at the classic American father-son drama. With this play, she becomes the first Asian-American female playwright to be produced on Broadway. Armie Hammer (Call Me by Your Name) and Tom Skerritt star; Tony Award winner Anna D. Shapiro (August: Osage County) directs.
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.
On a plantation during the Civil War, a mystical tree stretches toward heaven. It protects James, a young slave, while he reads newspapers about the imminent possibility of freedom as the battle rages on. When a brooding stranger arrives, James and his makeshift family take the man in. Soon an unexpected bond leads to a striking romance, and everyone is in uncharted territory. But is love powerful enough to set your true self free? This lyrical and lushly realized play is part of poet, filmmaker, and playwright Donja R. Love's exploration of queer love at pivotal moments in black history. Saheem Ali (Nollywood Dreams) directs.
In a strange relationship that lasted 14 years and was conducted exclusively through letters, Pyotor Ilyich Tchaikovsky and his patroness Nadezhda von Meck were united through the invincible power of a disembodied love in which they both found refuge. Plagued by doubts about the greatness of his music, tormented by the fear that his homosexuality would be discovered, and trapped in a marriage to a woman who was eventually committed to an insane asylum, Tchaikovsky found in von Meck an "invisible angel." Tchaikovsky: None but the Lonely Heart honors their unique relationship in part through music, including the composer's Piano Trio in A minor.
Terminus by Gabriel Jason Dean is the second chapter in The Attapulgus Elegies, a semiautobiographical collection of plays about the slow fade of an American mill town. This installment centers on Eller, a poor white matriarch and her mixed-race grandson, Jaybo, who live together by the railroad tracks in rural Georgia. When Eller's mind begins to fade, her violent past haunts her from the very walls of the old family home. And as she descends terrifyingly closer toward the truth about who she is, Jaybo's capacity to love his grandmother is put to the test. In a lyrical style that blends psychological realism with expressionism, Terminus treats racism as a disease and asks how white Americans are haunted by and continually complicit in the sustained trauma against black Americans.
A world premiere with a cast of four, The Thing With Feathers feels almost like a thriller as Scott Organ masterfully spins the tale of an underage teenager seduced by an older man on the internet. Things are not as they seem, however. What appears to be a classic predator tale unravels into a maze of secrets, lies, and unexpected truths. As a culture, we are being asked to examine our actions, specifically where power is involved. This play brings that conversation home.
A team of artists who were never greeted inside the hallowed halls of the Art Institute of Chicago decide to introduce themselves. They paint a 50-foot graffiti piece on the towering wall of the New Modern Wing, asking people to reconsider what art is and where it belongs, while bringing dire consequences on themselves. They are marginalized young men of color willing to risk everything to make their voices heard and prove that another paradigm is possible. This acclaimed and controversial play, commissioned by Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago and written by Idris Goodwin and Kevin Coval, makes its New York premiere under the direction of Jessica Burr.
On the heels of her triumphant reappearance last season on London's West End after a 25-year absence, multi-Academy Award winner Glenda Jackson makes her long-awaited return to Broadway alongside multi-Emmy Award and Tony Award winner Laurie Metcalf and Tony nominee Alison Pill in the Broadway premiere of Edward Albee's 1994 Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece, Three Tall Women.
In addition to the Pulitzer, Three Tall Women also won the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Play and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Play. Multi-Tony winner Joe Mantello directs.
It's Christmas Eve, 1932. Three New York guys, each preoccupied with his own particular problems and not especially fond of the season, find themselves in Good Time Charley's speakeasy on West 46th Street. As the bootleg liquor flows, the guys agree to band together and take to the road to avoid all the hubbub of the holiday. Besides, notorious racketeer Heine Schmitz is after them, and they have to get out of town. Over one long, life-changing night, they make some big decisions while inadvertently spreading good cheer around and about to one and all. Three Wise Guys is based on Damon Runyon's short stories "Dancing Dan's Christmas" and "The Three Wise Guys."
In 1994, one whack propelled figure skaters Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding into a tabloid frenzy that still captivates over 20 years later. Who attacked Nancy? What did Tonya know? And most importantly, why??!!
Transcribed entirely from actual events surrounding the infamous scandal Connie Chung called "Shakespearean," and featuring over 30 different characters from Scott Hamilton to Jane Pauley, Toe Pick is not to be missed. Relive every moment as we put on our scrunchies, lace up our skates, and land our best triple axels for the Complete Icecapades of Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding.
Cristofer and Clarence are two gifted students from the South Bronx. After two years at a local community college, where they are coached by faculty members, the young men are compete for a life-changing scholarship from an elite Northeast university. During a campus visit, they are unexpectedly confronted with their shared past while trying to break through a system that seems designed to keep them on the outside.
Direct from sold-out productions at London's Menier Chocolate Factory and the West End comes the first Broadway revival of Tom Stoppard's Tony Award-winning play Travesties. Tony nominee Patrick Marber returns to direct the London production's acclaimed star Tom Hollander as Henry Carr. A kaleidoscopic thrill ride, Travesties is set in 1917 Zurich. There an artist, a writer, and a revolutionary (Tristan Tzara, James Joyce, and Vladimir Lenin, respectively) collide.
A young woman waiting for her own judgment in the bureaucratic system of the afterlife finds herself in the role of judge and jury to determine the fate of the man responsible for her death. An intimately difficult yet moving play, Trial questions the morality of justice versus mercy.
Twelfth Night is an engaging mixture of mischief, unrequited love and gender confusion—all interwoven with music and some of Shakespeare's most beautiful language. Shipwrecked in the alluring country of Illyria, twins Viola and Sebastian each believe the other dead and embark on parallel adventures of mistaken identity and self-discovery.
Following a sold-out run at the 2016 BAM Next Wave Festival, The Undertaking returns to New York City for an extended run at 59E59 Theaters. Written and directed by Steve Cosson and created in collaboration with visual artist Jessica Mitrani, The Undertaking is a playful and idiosyncratic take on the classical trip to the land of the dead. Drawing on the Civilians' multiyear exploration of questions of mortality, the play takes the idea of the recorded interview and pushes it into surprising (and personal) new places.
Ping Chong + Company amplifies the voices of young New Yorkers with the 25th anniversary of Undesirable Elements: Generation NYZ. With affecting vulnerability, bold honesty, and enduring spirit, Syl, Porscha, Edwin, Mohammad, Monica, De-Andra, and Rafael bravely speak their truths and share their stories. From East New York to West Harlem and from the South Bronx to Far Rockaway, jubilant victories, recent discord, and distant dreams of coming of age in this great, big city.
Note: This show is recommended for ages 12 and up.
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The Pulitzer Prize-nominated Dael Orlandersmith (Yellowman) returns to Rattlestick Playwrights Theater with Until the Flood, written in response to Michael Brown's death. After interviewing St. Louis residents, Orlandersmith plays many faces and voices based on the life of the region. There is a mosaic of voices within this community — no one viewpoint is held above others.
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.
A Walk in the Woods, Lee Blessing's insightful two-character play set during the end of the Cold War, tells the tale of a series of meetings between two diplomats, American and Russian. The play raises deep questions: What can we do to heal the world? What is the value of human connection? How can we best bridge fundamental differences? In today's political climate, Blessing's story has chilling resonance.
In this inspiring new play by award-winning Time magazine journalist James Inverne, discover how music helped Israel find its cultural identity during its formative years. In 1925, an unforgettable event occurred when Jascha Heifetz, the most celebrated violinist in the world, played a concert in pre-Israel Palestine. People flocked from all over the globe to see this performance, including Yehuda Sharett, composer and brother of future Israeli Prime Minister Moshe Sharett. Legend has it that after the performance, Heifetz and Yehuda walked together and shared a remarkable conversation that resonated 20 years later, when, in 1945, Moshe echoed Heifetz's experience with his brother in a similar exchange that changed the world as we know it.
In her Theatre for a New Audience productions of William Shakespeare's Othello, King Lear, Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House, and August Strindberg's The Father, director Arin Arbus explored marriage, jealousy, and family. The Winter's Tale, a haunting late romance, half-tragedy and half-comedy, explores some of these same themes. A tyrant's accusations of infidelity, a shattered family and marriage, the miraculous rescue of children, a thief so clever that viewers take his side, time personified, a statue magically sprung to life, and a ferocious bear: Only Shakespeare could make a story so fantastically eventful and improbable into cohesive, soul-stirring drama.
In X: or, Betty Shabazz v. the Nation, witnesses give testimonies that bleed into flashbacks, and the play, blurring the real and the half-remembered and giving voice to subjective truths, pieces together its version of the events leading up to the day of Malcolm X's assassination at Washington Heights's Audubon Ballroom. His wife, Betty Shabazz, prosecutes Malcolm X's former ally Louis X (inspired by now-Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan), whom she adamantly felt was involved in the assassination plot against her husband. Louis X resists her interpretation, calling upon his own witnesses and casting suspicion upon the FBI and NYPD, for whom Malcolm X's bodyguard Eugene Roberts was an informant. Gardley's play, in its courtroom limbo setting, examines the growing adversity between Malcolm X and the Nation of Islam, the constricting weight of white supremacist society, and the potential of the behemoth institutions that uphold it to distort any story.
The play hinges on the recollections of the widowed Shabazz in the traumatic aftermath of the assassination. (Left to raise six children alone, she eventually went on to earn a doctorate degree in higher education administration and become Director of Institutional Advancement and Public Affairs at Brooklyn's Medgar Evers College.) With Shabazz's memories weaving the story together, X: or, Betty Shabazz v. the Nation centralizes the experience and voice of a figure who had to fight from within the margins of the margins. As one secretary character in the play puts it, "We're women, secretaries, Negroes, and we're Muslim. If there is a low on the totem pole, put us there, or better yet, put us under the pole. No one can see us anyway. We're whispers." In Gardley's play, such "whispers" become booming presences as Shabazz vehemently seeks justice.
Federico García Lorca's devastating 1934 drama is radically reimagined by Australian director and dramatist Simon Stone, who transforms the achingly powerful tale of a provincial Spanish woman's desperate desire to have a child into a parable of modern life. Having won the 2017 Olivier Awards for Best Revival and Best Actress for Billie Piper when staged at the Young Vic in London, this full-blooded production is transported to the Park Avenue Armory for its highly anticipated North American premiere.