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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.
Paris, 1935. Cabaret sensation Suzy Solidor steps onto the tiny stage of her cramped nightclub, ready to wow the hippest crowd in town with her songs about lesbian love. She's surrounded by 225 portraits of herself and high on success, both from her best-selling records and from her status as the most painted woman in the world. Solidor is probably the most famous woman you've never heard of.
Welcome to Electchester, a housing complex built for electricians in 1952, for a funny and insightful look at a community you won't believe still exists in 2018!
When two newly married electricians move to Electchester, everything seems perfect: spacious apartment, low rent, friendly neighbors, and an incredibly close-knit community. But as they settle in, they discover how much they may need to give up in order to really belong.
Alternating Currents was commissioned as part of Working Theater's Five Boroughs/One City Initiative, through which Working Theater has commissioned new plays to be created by writer-director teams partnering with community members in neighborhoods in each of the five boroughs of NYC. #5boroughs1city
The hit dramatic play The Answers to Apathy is returning to the stage after its original production in 2015! Embrace your past and accept the present — or your future may haunt you. Rainey Grander has just received news of a life-changing event, and when old friendships and new relationships collide in the present day, the course of everyone's fate lies in the hands of confronting their hopes, their fears, their dreams, their secrets, and their ways of coping with their own mortality.
The Answers to Apathy is a beautiful and inspiring story about unique relationships and people navigating their lives after they have all experienced a profound loss, which is also their gain. The play tackles every human emotion, including love, resentment, forgiveness, passion, happiness, ambition, and sorrow. This dramatic and sometimes humorous play centers around six people and their lives before and after an incident and how all are adversely effected in different ways while reflecting on their own choices.
Direct from London, Alexi Kaye Campbell's biting play makes its New York debut with Stockard Channing in a powerhouse performance as a woman facing the repercussions of her past. You do not mess with Kristin Miller (Channing). In the 1960s, she was a radical activist and political protester. Now a celebrated art historian, the publication of her memoir threatens to split her family apart. But Kristin has never been one to shy away from a fight. Apologia is a passionate, human, and humorous clash of generations and beliefs — a lively look at yesterday's rebels living in today's reality.
Part flesh, part felt, and packed with heart, Avenue Q is still the funniest and freshest show in New York City! This laugh-out-loud musical tells the timeless story of a bright-eyed college grad named Princeton. When he arrives in the city with big dreams and a tiny bank account, he has to move into a shabby apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. Still, the neighbors seem nice. He meets Kate (the girl next door), Lucy (the slut), Rod (the Republican), Trekkie (the pervert), superintendent Gary Coleman (yes, that Gary Coleman), and other new friends! Together they struggle to find jobs, dates, and their ever-elusive purpose in life.
Harlem Blues Project specializes in soulful New York blues with a twist! The band features blues masters Jerry Dugger, Junior Mack, and Barry Harrison, plus a revolving cast of NYC's finest blues musicians, including Bill Sims Jr., Michael Hill, Irving Louis Lattin, and Solomon Hicks.
Based on the short story by Isak Dinesen and made famous by the 1987 Academy Award-winning film, this new stage adaptation of Babette's Feast premiered in January 2018 in Portland, Maine, to rave reviews and standing ovations. Conceived and developed by Abigail Killeen and adapted by Rose Courtney, the play tells the story of Babette, a French refugee, who finds asylum in a pious Norwegian village. With boundless generosity, she throws a lavish feast that becomes an agent of transformative grace. Babette's Feast is a bundle of exciting contradictions: the stark and the lush, the stunning and the austere, the mysterious and the comic. Further, it's timely with a twist, in that it highlights the plight of a refugee seeking asylum, who through her munificence creates a lavish feast that becomes an abundant experience of forgiveness and connection that heals a fractured community. Babette's Feast shows how embracing the other changes a community for the better.
Join us for an enrapturing night of sensuality, absurdity, and hilarity as our Bad Apples peel it off to turn you on. Bad Apple Boylesque expertly weaves singing, acting, dancing, acrobatics, and comedy into titillating stripteases.
Adapted from Henry James's classic 1903 novella, The Beast in the Jungle is the story of John Marcher, a man haunted by personal demons, whose great yet unfulfilled love affair with an unforgettable woman spans decades and continents. With a waltz-inspired instrumental score and dazzling choreography that traverses the worlds of ballet and contemporary dance, this powerful and romantic tale of love and loss reunites the remarkable creative team behind the Vineyard's acclaimed The Scottsboro Boys.
The Beast in the Jungle fuses dance, drama, and music by multi-Tony Award-winning composer John Kander (Cabaret), Tony-nominated playwright David Thompson (Flora, the Red Menace), and multi-Tony-winning director-choreographer Susan Stroman (The Producers).
William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is an iconic tragedy about two young star-crossed lovers and their feuding families. Anton Chekhov's Uncle Vanya tells the story of the visit of an elderly professor and his glamorous, much younger second wife, to a rural estate that supports their urban lifestyle. The Bedlam theater company performs these two works in repertory.
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.
St. Ann's Warehouse and Onassis Cultural Centre — Athens present the American premiere of Nikos Karathanos's The Birds, a modern, feast-for-the-senses adaptation of Aristophanes's offbeat and poetic comedy. This vibrant restaging owes as much to Eden as it does to the Amazon, and captures the collective spirit of revolution with a company of 19 actors. Two Athenians, Peisthetaerus and Euelpides, are fed up with their city and the gods who rule over it; they take to the woods, seeking out "birds" with which to build a utopia in the clouds. This place, called "Cloudcuckooland," is a surreal theatrical cosmos.
Aristophanes's Birds was first produced in 414 BCE, in the midst of the Peloponnesian War between Athens and Sparta, the nearly three-decade bloodbath that left Athens depleted. Athens had been a nexus of lofty ideals: the world's first known democratic society, teeming with intellectual and artistic excellence. But Aristophanes's Birds, much like Karathanos's adaptation, was borne of turmoil and transition — a utopian escapist fantasy replete with raucous humor, dance, and music. Through the millennia, directorial interpretations have varied starkly: Some lean into the play's escapism as apolitical, while others see it as inherently political, and their takes have stirred major controversies (as with the famous 1959 Greek Art Theatre production by Karolos Koun, which was terminated by the Greek government for its leftist politics).
In his production, for which he adapted Aristophanes's text with Giannis Asteris, Karathanos draws on everything from ancient practices to pop culture, music hall to drag artistry, rites of passage to beach parties. He creates what he calls a "weird and outrageous experience," honoring the original while molding it to reflect on modern issues.
Blue Man Group will rock your world, blow your mind, and unleash your spirit. Leave your expectations at the door, and let three bald and blue men take you on a spectacular journey bursting with music, laughter, and surprises. Thirty-five million people of all ages, languages, and cultures know what Blue Man Group is really about. Now it's your turn.
Dare to live in full color.
Bobbie killed Casey in the middle of a cornfield in Milton, Nebraska. Two years later, Milton's residents are ready to tell you their side(s) of the story. This comedy-about-a-tragedy pushes the boundaries of Roundabout's Black Box Theatre with a sprawling cast of eccentric characters and an ambitious narrative that pulls back the husk of rural life. Bobbie Clearly is written by Nebraskan Alex Lubischer, a Yale School of Drama student discovered by Roundabout Underground.
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.
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. From his first unsettling encounter as a very young man in 1925 to an unexpected reunion late in life, Anthony Spates's romantic progress is charted in this hilarious and gently touching comedy. The fireworks, love, and loss come at the funniest moments in this brand-new Alan Ayckbourn play.
A Brooklyn Boy is a riveting spoken-word performance that portrays Steven Prescod's coming-of-age story and takes audiences on a journey from adversity to personal triumph. Born in Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood to a Grenadian mother and a Guyanese father, Steven was only one year old when his father was incarcerated. Steven grew up in a house surrounded by a variety of relatives who all had an impact on his life, many of whom are among the 32 characters he plays throughout the show.
As an impressionable teenager, despite his efforts to break free from his neighborhood's unyielding grip, Steven was constantly pulled back, which ultimately led to his arrest. While facing a seven-year jail sentence, Steven could have become another statistic or headline. Instead, he took a second chance at life.
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.
All is going well for Della. Her North Carolina bakery is legendary, and she's just been cast on her favorite television baking competition. But then Jen, the daughter of her late best friend, comes home from New York City and asks her to make a cake for Jen's upcoming wedding. When Della learns that Jen's about to marry a woman, she is forced to reexamine her deeply held beliefs as questions about morality, judgment, and family swirl around them all. This emotional and deliciously funny play is written by Bekah Brunstetter (This Is Us) and staged by Lynne Meadow, Manhattan Theatre Club's artistic director.
Tony Award winner Anika Noni Rose plays the title role in a new production of the musical Carmen Jones. Directed by Tony Award winner John Doyle and choreographed by fellow Tony winner Bill T. Jones, the show features a book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and music by Georges Bizet. This production is the first major New York revival of the musical since its Broadway debut 75 years ago.
Set in the American South as World War Two rages overseas, Carmen Jones tells the story of a tempestuous parachute factory worker who ignites her own battle in a tragic love triangle with an airman and a prizefighter. In adapting Bizet's legendary opera Carmen, Hammerstein shifted the story from Spain to World War Two-era America and made the characters African-American. His musical premiered on Broadway in 1943 and ran for over 500 performances. Otto Preminger directed a 1954 film version starring Dorothy Dandridge and Harry Belafonte.
Carolines on Broadway, the premiere comedy nightclub of New York City, presents the biggest stars of television, movies, and the national standup circuit seven nights a week. The television studio-like showroom, which can accommodate over 250 people, has won numerous architectural awards for its lush wood and brushed metal design. A wide assortment of food and drink is available during the show, and fine dining is available before or after the show in the intimate supper lounge.
Note: There is a two-drink minimum for all shows.
Celebrity Autobiography: The Next Chapter, created by Eugene Pack and developed by him and Dayle Reyfel, features a lineup of rotating performers who read — in both solo and ensemble pieces — the actual words and stories written by the famous and the infamous in their autobiographies.
The show features selections from books by Justin Bieber, "The Situation," Madonna, Tiger Woods, Susan Lucci, David Hasselhoff, Geraldo Rivera, Melissa Gilbert, Patti LuPone, Kenny Loggins, Destiny's Child, the Jonas Brothers, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Diana Ross, David Cassidy, Britney Spears, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Eminem, and Vanna White. It also includes special "celebrity mash-ups" — Cher, Barbra Streisand, Neil Sedaka, Dolly Parton, and Celine Dion all expressing their passion for food; Sylvester Stallone and Tommy Lee on working out and working "it" out; LL Cool J, Miley Cyrus, and Ricky Martin addressing who they "really are"; Tallulah Bankhead, Kathleen Turner, and Ethel Merman sharing the secrets of "diva-dom"; and Lauren Bacall and Carol Channing recreating the suspense of Tony night.
Meet five different women named Betty: one rich, one lonely, one charismatic, one lovelorn, and one who keeps working on her truck. Oh, and one has decided to stage a production of that play-within-a-play by…that old English guy, what's his name? Ah, forget it. In Jen Silverman's unpredictable comedy Collective Rage: A Play in 5 Betties, five women collide at the intersection of rage, love, and the "thea-tah," provoking one another to take a look in the mirror and face the person they didn't know they could be. Directed by Mike Donahue (The Legend of George McBride), this New York premiere invites us all to be a little braver, live a little louder, laugh a little harder, and unleash our inner Betty.
Played against the gaudy tapestry of turn-of-the-20th-century California's notorious Barbary Coast, The Confession of Lily Dare tells the story of one woman's tumultuous passage from convent girl to glittering cabaret chanteuse to infamous madam of a string of brothels. Behind her every move lies her greatest secret: her undying devotion to the child she was forced to abandon.
The Confession of Lily Dare is the latest comic melodrama written by and starring Charles Busch, master of theatrical parodies, such as Vampire Lesbians of Sodom; Die, Mommie, Die!; and The Divine Sister. Here, Busch and longtime collaborator Carl Andress celebrate the gauzy "confession film" tearjerkers of early 1930s cinema, including The Sin of Madelon Claudet, Frisco Jenny, and Madame X.
Conflict is a love story set against the backdrop of a hotly contested election, combining playwright Miles Malleson's two passions: sex and politics. The result is a provocative romance that sizzles with wit and ideas. It's the Roaring '20s, London. Lady Dare Bellingdon has everything she could want, yet she craves something more. Dare's man, Sir Major Ronald Clive, is standing for Parliament with the backing of Dare's father. Clive is a Conservative, of course, but he's liberal enough to be sleeping with Dare, who's daring enough to take Clive as a lover but too restless to marry him. Clive's opponent, Tom Smith, is passionate about social justice and understands the joy of having something to believe in. Dare is "the woman between" two candidates who both want to make a better world — until politics become personal, and mudslinging threatens to soil them all.
A sheet of ice sits in the desert of New Mexico. A mad eco-terrorist plants a bomb in order to save humankind. A beleaguered film crew tries to get in one last shot before losing the light. Continuity is a sly, biting comedy in six takes where storytelling and science collide with both hilarious and devastating consequences. The play asks, "How do we keep going when hope can seem as fictional as a Hollywood ending?" "How do we tell the stories that could shape our future?" and, perhaps most importantly, "What's for lunch?"
Cyprus Avenue is David Ireland's subversively funny and savage new play about one man trying to make sense of a radically changed world. Eric Miller (Stephen Rea) is a Belfast Unionist. He is exclusively and non-negotiably British. But nowadays he is worried he might be Irish. When Eric sees a likeness between his new-born granddaughter and the Irish republican leader, Gerry Adams, his sanity starts to unravel. Determined to defend his family and his heritage, Eric's lifetime of ingrained prejudice and unsettled identity push him to the edge.
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).
Somewhere in America, an army of preteen competitive dancers plot to take over the world. And if their new routine is good enough, they'll claw their way to the top at the Boogie Down Grand Prix in Tampa Bay. But in playwright Clare Barron's raucous pageant of ambition and ferocity, these young dancers have more than choreography on their minds. Every plié and jeté is a step toward finding themselves and a fight to unleash their power.
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.
Desperate Measures is a hilarious new musical that tells the tale of Johnny Blood, a handsome young man whose life is in danger because of a saloon brawl. Set in the early 1890s, Johnny must put his fate into the hands of a colorful cast of characters, including a wily sheriff, an eccentric priest, an authoritarian governor, a saloon girl gone good, and a nun out of the habit. Laws are broken and hearts are won as they try to find justice in a world that often doesn't seem just.
Sound familiar? Inspired by Shakespeare's Measure for Measure, this musical is a joyful, madcap comedy that also manages to ponder the nature of justice. Will the good guys pull off the greatest caper yet, or will Johnny be left hanging? One thing is certain...audiences will exit smiling.
In 2006, the Department of Homeland Security opened the first family detention center for undocumented immigrants — at a former prison in Texas surrounded by razor-wire fencing and operated by the nation's largest for-profit corrections company. Detained tells their story.
None of the detainees has a criminal record, yet all are treated as if they do. They're required to wear orange prison jump suits. Their meals, recreation, and family time are rigorously regulated. Their communication with the outside world is strictly limited. There is no privacy. This is the world in which Doug and Maria, teenagers from different lands, forge an alliance to help each other's families survive incarceration and escape deportation. In the face of oppression and humiliation, the teenagers unite against a deeply fractured system in their fight for freedom.
With music and lyrics from Micki Grant, Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope is a celebration of African-American culture and community. Originally conceived and directed by Vinnette Carroll, this radical work presents the issues of race and politics in America and raises voices for change through a lively mix of song and dance with a score that includes gospel, jazz, soul, calypso, and rock.
The show premiered at the Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C., before moving to Philadelphia and ultimately New York City, where it ran for over 1,000 performances on Broadway. Along the way, it earned four Tony Award nominations including Best Musical, Best Original Score, and Best Book of a Musical. Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope won an Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical as well as a Grammy Award for Best Score from an Original Cast Show Album.
Twelve iconic divas wrapped into one! This versatile, rambunctious show features live vocals and onstage costume changes. New York's Dorothy Bishop pays hilarious, loving tribute to performers from Cher and Madonna to Stevie Nicks and opera star Renée Fleming.
Nominated for Best Tribute Show by the Manhattan Association of Cabaret in 2015!
More performances of Shakespeare than any other company in New York!
The stage is set at the Lounge, a hidden library on 47th Street and 8th Avenue with over 15,000 real books and craft cocktails. Five professional New York actors meet as members of "the Drunk Shakespeare Society." One of them has at least five shots of whiskey and then overconfidently attempts to perform a major role in a Shakespeare play. Hilarity and mayhem ensue as the four sober actors try and keep the script on track. Every show is different depending on who is drinking...and what is being drunk!
This play, first produced in 1973, exposes hypocrisy and heartbreak among a liberal group of friends when one of their own reveals a long-concealed secret about his lifestyle. When a close-knit group of NYC liberals decide to move to a row of adjoining houses, long-held secrets are suddenly brought into the open. When one member of this group comes out as gay, announcing that he and his lover will be moving into the enclave together, this group of liberal-seeming friends must suddenly confront their unconscious prejudices.
Everyone's Fine With Virginia Woolf is a new play written by longtime Elevator Repair Service (ERS) member Kate Scelsa and directed by ERS artistic director John Collins. A sharp-witted parody of a celebrated American drama, Everyone's Fine With Virginia Woolf is, by turns, loving homage and fierce feminist take-down. In her incisive and hilarious reinvention of Edward Albee's classic Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Scelsa slyly subverts the power dynamics of the original play's not-so-happy couple. In the end, no one is left unscathed by the ferocity of Martha's revenge on an unsuspecting patriarchy.
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.
After several decades, Edith and Harold find themselves unexpectedly reunited on a park bench. Through the eyes of celebrated playwright Charles L. Mee, First Love examines a couple in their twilight years, entertains the joys and pains of romance, and explores how a chance encounter can change your life regardless of age.
This annual dance festival celebrates innovative works of contemporary dance from diverse new and established voices in NYC dance.
Footprints 2018 will feature the following works: Ancient Springs Revisited | Choreography by Tina Croll, Tina Croll and Company Tandemette | Choreography by Douglas Dunn, Douglas Dunn and Dancers Broland | Choreography by Ashley McQueen, Smashworks Dance Collective The Trees Are Falling | Choreography by Lindsey L. Miller, LLMoves Dyno Sisters | Choreography by Adam Robert Dickerson, Fooju Dance Collaborative Crossroads | Choreography by Amanda Selwyn, Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre Tremors | Choreography by Ashley Carter and Vanessa Martínez de Baños, DoubleTake Dance New Work | Choreography by Cassandra Richards
Peggy has redecorated the living room, and her husband, Roger, can't stand it. Her usual exquisite taste has been overcome by a mysterious lapse that caused her to redo the room as if it were a stage set. Everything faces one wall, "the fourth wall," and all people who enter the room begin to behave as if they were acting in a play. Troubled by this odd behavior, Roger calls in a local theater professor in the hope that he can "doctor" Peggy's "play," break "the fourth wall," and bring the madness to a close.
Ross, Rachel, Chandler, Monica, Joey, Phoebe, and Gunther are back. Friends! The Musical follows the misadventures of these six twentysomething pals as they navigate the pitfalls of work, life, and love in Manhattan. Friends! The Musical was created by Bob and Tobly McSmith, the duo behind Bayside! The Saved by the Bell Musical, 90210! The Musical, Full House! The Musical, and...you get the idea.
Take the journey of a lifetime and step into the "unbubblelievable" magical kingdom of Fan Yang's Gazillion Bubble Show! The first and only interactive stage production of its kind, complete with fantastic light effects, lasers, and jaw-dropping masterpieces of bubble artistry, this unforgettable extravaganza is not to be missed.
Fan Yang's gorgeous and unique creations defy gravity and logic as we know it. He holds (and has broken his own) Guinness World Records for the biggest bubble ever blown, the largest bubble wall ever created (a staggering 156 feet!), most bubbles within a bubble, and in May 2006 he was able to encapsulate 22 people inside a single soap bubble on live television in Madrid. His performances, including an appearance on The David Letterman Show, have been broadcast worldwide.
Over the past two decades, Fan Yang has explored the fragile and mysterious world of soap bubbles and emerged with a completely new medium, blending art and science to dazzle audiences around the globe. Children and adults of all ages are sure to be amazed, mystified, and enchanted!
Although now regarded as two of history's finest American playwrights, back in 1944, William Inge and Tennessee Williams hadn't yet experienced anything close to success. The Gentleman Caller takes audiences back to a time before the Chicago premiere of The Glass Menagerie. Inge, a dissatisfied newspaper critic, invites Williams to his St. Louis apartment for an interview. This sexy, fraught rendezvous sparks a relationship, which radically alters the course of their lives and the American theater.
The British Royal House of Edevane has died out, and the only living heir is an American bartender with a heart of gold. With the help of her devoted royal staff, Pam Duffy must take on the duties of Queen and prove herself to be a suitable monarch before the scheming Lady Fenella de Dieul can unseat her — and to do that, she'll have to get out of her own way.
Louis Goldstein has written a tell-all family memoir. It's a best-seller, but his family claims that it isn't true. Goldstein goes back in time to uncover 90 years of secrets, sacrifice, and love lost and found. This original musical is a celebration of the challenges and triumphs of an immigrant Jewish-American family.
In 2003, New York City theater company the Civilians interviewed real people about physical objects they'd lost — keys, a sapphire ring, a Gucci pump. The wry and whimsical docu-musical that emerged, Gone Missing, written and directed by Steven Cosson, features a fresh and breezy score by Michael Friedman and presents a very personal account of how we deal with loss in our lives.
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.
A bigoted father and his well-educated son occupy a broken down bridge in a remote wooded area. The father is a manifestation of the son's memory as he recalls events that occurred on the day Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. It becomes increasingly obvious that, despite the younger man's protests to the contrary, his father's prejudices are grounded in his subconscious. Cowinner of the 1998 Michael Kanin Award for Best Short Play. Plus a special spoken-word performance by Dawn Speaks.
Happy Birthday, Wanda June takes a searing and darkly comedic look at American culture through the brilliantly perverse lens of Kurt Vonnegut Jr. Harold Ryan, a widely respected war veteran and big-game hunter, returns home after being missing and presumed dead for eight years. He brings with him an old way of thinking, one that celebrates a chauvinist machismo and American exceptionalism. But Harold soon discovers that the society he's returned to has made attempts to progress into a more modern and enlightened cultural narrative. What follows is a dynamic and often hilarious meditation on toxic masculinity and an American capitalist society's failed attempt at progress cloaked in "honor" and "morality" — and how the two are deeply connected. But simply put — and as the first few lines of the play state — "this is a play about men who enjoy killing, and those who don't."
A sexually charged, wickedly funny one-man thriller starring Tony Award winner Billy Crudup, Harry Clarke is the story of a shy Midwestern man leading an outrageous double life as a cocky Londoner. Moving to New York City and presenting himself as an Englishman, he charms his way into a wealthy family's life as the seductive and precocious Harry, whose increasingly risky and dangerous behavior threatens to undo more than his persona.
Obie Award-winning director Robert O'Hara brings a warring king and his band of brothers to communities all across New York with the Mobile Unit's spring production of Henry V. Insulted by the regent of France, Britain's King Henry V decides to wage war and claim the throne across the Channel. But Henry's charm only distracts the soldiers for so long before the dire stakes of their task call into question the king's true motives and direction. Resonating through the centuries — whenever there may be a kingdom for a stage and royalty to act — Shakespeare's drama about invasion, ego, and leadership delves into history's thorniest questions: What makes people worthy of wearing a crown, and what do they owe those they lead?
59E59 favorite Hershey Felder returns with his critically acclaimed salute to Irving Berlin.
Jerome Kern famously said, "Irving Berlin has no place in American music — he is American music." George Gershwin called him "the greatest songwriter that has ever lived." From Tin Pan Alley to Broadway to the silver screen, and from the pop charts to the steps of the nation's capital, Berlin's music provided America with the soundtrack of a century.
Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin brings the man behind the iconic music to life in an evening reflecting his remarkable journey from child immigrant to America's most beloved and prolific songwriter, featuring some of the composer's most popular and enduring songs, including "Alexander's Ragtime Band," "Always," "Blue Skies," "God Bless America," "Puttin' on the Ritz," "There's No Business Like Show Business," and "White Christmas."
In the heat of summer in 1813, Louisiana passed from France to the United States. On the eve of the transfer, in a house in mourning, freedom hangs in the balance for a steely widow and her three eligible daughters, all free women of color. Inspired by Federico García Lorca's The House of Bernarda Alba, Marcus Gardley's lyrical, nuanced play The House That Will Not Stand is directed by Obie Award winner Lileana Blain-Cruz.
I Like It Like That – A Musical is the story of the Rodríguez family living in New York City in the early 1970s. At that time music was the proudest expression of "El Barrio," their East Harlem neighborhood. I Like It Like That takes the audience on a historical musical journey amid neighborhood volatility and social activism. As neighborhood residents deal with the ever-present pull between escape and social conscience, so too members of the Rodríguez family navigate the challenges they face living in the heart of a volatile environment. Instilled in them is the importance of family and the desire to succeed. Starring as the patriarch is Tito Nieves, Grammy nominee and Latin music superstar.
Ash has a blessed life and is thankful every day for the gifts of his family, his addiction, and his son's deafness. But on one fateful day, everything's taken from him. How can he see this unexpected test, which threatens to cast him and his loved ones into darkness, as the ultimate gift? Craig Lucas's new play is performed simultaneously in English and American Sign Language by two casts.
Join world-renowned mixologist and raconteur Anthony Caporale for a boozy romp through the history of spirits and cocktails in this smash — make that smashed — hit! Playing in an authentic New York speakeasy once used as a meeting place by the notorious Tammany Society, The Imbible chaperones audiences on a trip through 10,000 years of world history. The journey is accompanied by music — the a capella stylings of The Backwaiters — and craft cocktails. You can sit back, drink up, and enjoy as Anthony holds forth on the history and science behind alcoholic beverages, traces their economic and political impact on our cultural development, conducts live demonstrations of brewing beer and distilling spirits, and, like any good bartender, keeps his guests laughing throughout the night. Tickets to this critically acclaimed comedy sell out weekly, so get yours early.
Note: Each ticket includes three cocktails.
Looking for the quintessential New York City brunch experience? You'll find it at New World Stages in The Imbible: Day Drinking, the latest edition of the hit musical comedy series about cocktails and spirits! After all, what could be more N.Y.C. than combining brunch with a show in the heart of Manhattan's world-famous theater district? Join four friends as they battle today's always-connected, over-scheduled world to carve out time to enjoy brunch together. While struggling to prioritize and prepare for their gathering, they learn the stories behind not only well-known brunch drinks but also brunch itself, and come to appreciate the value of making time to break bread and sip drinks with good friends.
Note: A complimentary continental bunch and three craft cocktails are included as part of the show. Please arrive 30 minutes early to enjoy brunch and your first drink. Attendees must be 21 or older.
A story reveals the illusion of one's identity in Derek DelGaudio's modern allegory, In & Of Itself. New ways of seeing the unseeable are explored, as memories from yesterday, inexplicable events witnessed today, and secrets imagined for tomorrow all blend together, creating a perpetual paradox of a show. The writer and producers of Nothing to Hide reunite with executive producer Neil Patrick Harris to present this theatrical experience directed by Frank Oz.
In a small Wisconsin town, a tight-knit Punjabi community gathers to celebrate the wedding of a traditional family's only son, just as their strong-willed daughter announces her plans to move away and open a bar. As they come together for feasts filled with singing and dancing, one generation's cherished customs clash with another's modern-day aspirations, and ghosts and pirates from the family's past linger in everyone's thoughts — until a sudden event changes everything. This poignant and smartly funny new play about legacy, life, and longing comes from the fresh voice of Jaclyn Backhaus, who again teams up with her Men on Boats director, Will Davis.
A politico's daughter is murdered in a drug-infested squat in Manhattan's Lower East Side. The newspapers go wild over the sensational crime. In this interactive live murder mystery game, you become a rookie cop and canvas the neighborhood in the atmosphere of a fun interactive outdoor NYC theater. Your task is to interrogate key players and gather clues to crack the case before the commissioner replaces the chief and shuts down the precinct. Watch each other's backs as you encounter the neighborhood's junkies, hookers, pimps, corrupt cops, and mobsters.
The content in the Lombardi Case 1975 is a very realistic look at the underworld on NYC in the mid-1970s. We pride ourselves in being authentic to the reality of the characters we are portraying. With this in mind, we must inform the audience of the experience's "R" rating. If you are uncomfortable with some harsh language and racy content, please try one of our other shows.
Jersey Boys is the behind-the-music story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. They were just four guys from Jersey...until they sang their very first note. They had a sound that nobody had ever heard and that the radio just couldn't get enough of. But while their harmonies were perfect onstage, offstage it was a very different story — a story that's made them an international sensation all over again. This show features all their hits, including "Sherry," "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Oh What a Night," "Walk Like a Man," "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You," and "Working My Way Back to You."
Award-winning Phoenix Theatre Ensemble presents Robert Patrick's version of "the greatest story ever told." Mary is the political revolutionary mother of a reluctant pacifist 30-year-old prophet; Pilate is the urbane, witty, but ruthless prefect of the Roman province of Judea, and Judas is a young man who is a disciple of Jesus of Nazareth and the protégé of Pontius Pilate. Judas struggles with what to believe and who to follow in this modern-dress battle of wills. The play concludes with Pilate and the prophet in an explosive ultimate showdown between simple faith and political opportunity. Funny, modern, and controversial, Judas questions our faith, religion, money & politics.
In Shakespeare, there are kings, and then there is Lear — rain-raving madman, dad with daughter issues, and a role that actors wait a lifetime to play. In this bold offering from Royal Shakespeare Company artistic director Gregory Doran, inimitable Olivier Award-winning actor Sir Antony Sher rises to that teetering throne, giving a career-defining performance as the all-too-trusting monarch in the twilight of his sanity. Beneath a pagan sun that gives way to a bleak winter, Sher's Lear growls, inhabiting the self-searching conscience of a king who — after unwisely divesting his lands to the wrong people — causes heads to roll.
This fundraiser is an evening of songs from the World War Two era. Singing them are well-known and not so well-known theater artists, including Cara Akselrad, John Carlin, and Adam Cohen. Portia hosts, and the Dysfunctional Swingers dance. The event is directed by Jill DeArmon; Robert Cowie provides piano accompaniment. All money raised will go toward production costs for the new play Victory Girls, which is part of the Planet Connections Theatre Festivity next month.
With a soaring score and humorously heartfelt lyrics, A Letter to Harvey Milk is a tale of friendship that explores the grip of the past and the hard-won acceptance set in motion by unexpected people.
San Francisco. 1986. When Harry, an amiable but intensely lonely retired kosher butcher and widower, decides on impulse to take a writing class at the local senior center, he forms an unexpected alliance with Barbara, a young lesbian writing teacher.
Harry fulfills a writing assignment to compose a letter to someone from his past who's dead. He writes not to his late wife, Frannie, but to Harvey Milk, the first openly gay political leader in California. Barbara is stunned. Harry's letter evokes life-changing revelations and helps to forge an unlikely bond, one that neither could have foreseen. This inspiring new musical reminds audience members to show their gratitude now to those around them — before it's too late.
On the heels of her acclaimed production of Hadestown at New York Theatre Workshop (NYTW) and her Broadway debut with Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, multi-Obie Award winner Rachel Chavkin returns to NYTW with Caryl Churchill's incisive drama Light Shining in Buckinghamshire. In 1647 England, power is shifting, and amid the chaos and confusion, revolutionaries across the country are dreaming of a new future.
The Lion, the Drama Desk Award-winning piece written and performed by Benjamin Scheuer, has redefined the genre of musical theater. Scheuer tells, sings, and plays the turbulent story of his family and his own brush with mortality, supported by a cast of six guitars. Like its hero, The Lion roars.
Little Rock tells the riveting true story of the Little Rock Nine, the first black students to attend their city's formerly segregated central high school, three years after the Brown vs. Board of Education Supreme Court decision declared that separating students by race was unconstitutional. What began as their quest for a better education soon became a national crisis, igniting the passions of a divided country and sparking a historic fight for justice in the Jim Crow south. On the cusp of the civil rights movement, a changing world watched as these nine children from Arkansas battled for their rights, armed with only a book and pencil. At once harrowing and hopeful, Little Rock brings to life the Nine's untold personal stories of challenge and resilience, conjuring memories of America not so long ago. From writer and director Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj, this moving play honors the bravery of these young heroes and asks audiences, "Would you have had the courage?"
Created by the New York City-based comedy troupe Eight Is Never Enough, LMAO is an interactive show combining improv, sketch, music, and (why not?) magic. Every Saturday night, special guest artists enrich the mix.
Jeremy Irons and Lesley Manville (Ghosts) reprise their roles in Sir Richard Eyre's acclaimed production of this Eugene O'Neill classic. Unfolding on a summer's day in 1912, Long Day's Journey Into Night offers an emotionally devastating look at the Tyrone family, including retired actor and alcoholic father James, his morphine-addicted wife Mary, and troubled adult sons Edmund and Jamie. Haunted by the past — yet unable to face the truth of their dilemmas — the family members replay feelings of resentment, anger, love, and despair.
Drag queens serve up dinner, outrageousness, and a show at Lucky Cheng's Restaurant. The show features comedy, karaoke, and — embrace yourself — interactive cabaret. The cross-dressed staff are anything but a drag; they enhance the fun as your bartenders, waitresses, and performers. After 19 years in downtown Manhattan, this dinner show transferred in 2012 to the Times Square area, where the shenanigans continue today.
In The Lucky Ones, indie-music duo the Bengsons spin a memory-tale of teenage passion, ideals lived to the limits, family shattered, and faith lost — all in hope of finding a way home again. Through soulful electro-folk songs, this driving, semi-autobiographical story grabs joy and grief with the same hand and holds them tightly, in a radical affirmation of being alive. The Lucky Ones features music and lyrics by the Bengsons, a book by the Bengsons and Sarah Gancher, choreography by Emmy Award nominee Sonya Tayeh (So You Think You Can Dance), and direction by Obie, Lortel, and Drama Desk Award winner Anne Kauffman (Marvin's Room).
The Man Who Found Troy, by award-winning playwright Joseph Krawczyk, is about Heinrich Schliemann, a millionaire who, in 1868, commences to excavate the fabled city of Troy. He is accompanied by his bride, Sophia, a very beautiful 17-year-old Greek girl who consents to wed the very wealthy 47-year-old Heinrich to rescue her impoverished family. She makes a promise to Heinrich that she will, in time, "learn to love him." That pending "love" is the thread that binds together the fascinating story about a ruthless millionaire determined to be "The Man Who Found Troy" and that of his child bride. In this three-actor play, you will also meet some legendary characters from The Iliad: Helen, Menelaus, Achilles, Priam, and Hector. These roles will also be played by the same actors who portray Sophia, Heinrich, and Frank Calvert, the hapless partner of Heinrich Schliemann.
Mangled Beams opens on the morning of September 11, 2001. At an ironworkers' union hall, four Native American men wait to be assigned work. Then the unimaginable happens. Unable to turn their backs on the tragedy, they go to work on the search and rescue effort at Ground Zero. While untangling the beams their fathers and grandfathers helped put in place, they reclaim their identity and find personal redemption.
Howard Zinn's celebrated play, starring Bob Weick as Karl Marx, comes "home" to the Soho Playhouse. Marx engages in a passionate, funny, and moving commentary on contemporary American politics and society. Celebrate the 200th anniversary of Marx's birth by attending this show! Festivities to follow the Saturday evening performance.
If you looked back on 11 moments from your life, would you recognize yourself, or would you see a stranger? Mary Page Marlowe is a seemingly ordinary accountant from Ohio who has experienced pain and joy, success and failure. In this sweeping but intimate play, Tracy Letts gives audiences a haunting portrait of a complex woman, demonstrating how a series of forgotten moments can add up to one memorable life.
Matata and Jesse James: An American Tragedy draws on folklore and the historical record to tell a bitter tale about America during the Reconstruction Era — a time in our country when many hoped that poor whites and poor blacks could find common ground, support one another, and build a more equitable and democratic United States.
Matata and Jesse James juxtaposes two Missouri families — that of Matata, a former African-American slave, with that of of Jesse James, known as a friend to the poor who'd fought for the Confederacy. Can these poor Americans find common ground in the Civil War's aftermath? The color line runs deep throughout this country's history and culture.
The toast of 1930s London, Me and My Girl is a delightfully old-fashioned musical about a cockney everyman who wreaks havoc on high society after being unexpectedly elevated to the lofty position of Earl of Hereford. Part music hall frolic, part class-warfare comedy, Noel Gay's infectious score includes "The Lambeth Walk," a dance routine that swept the continent in 1937. In the 1980s, Me and My Girl was revived on both sides of the Atlantic and became a completely unexpected smash all over again. Now, for the first time in nearly 30 years, it's back in New York.
It's springtime in Paris, 1738. Metromania, a poetry craze, has the city in its grip. Damis, a young would-be poet with a serious case of verse-mania falls for a mysterious poetess from Breton, Meriadec de Peaudoncqville (say it). She turns out to be none other than a wealthy gentleman (yes, that's right) with a touch of the mania himself — looking to unload his sexy but dimwitted daughter, who also just happens to be cuckoo for couplets. Soon scheming servants, verbal acrobatics, and mistaken identities launch a breathless series of twists and turns in this breezy "transladaptation" of a rediscovered French farce by comedic master David Ives (The Liar).
In 2008, Nathan Lane introduced New York City theatergoers to Mike Birbiglia by presenting Birbiglia's solo theater debut, Sleepwalk With Me, which went on to be adapted into a New York Times bestselling book and a Sundance-award-winning feature film of the same name. Now The New One, a new comedy written and performed by Birbiglia, plays the Cherry Lane Theatre. Seth Barrish (Thank God for Jokes) directs; set design is by Tony Award winner Beowulf Boritt (On The Town).
Miss You Like Hell is a new musical by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright Quiara Alegría Hudes and genre-bending singer-songwriter Erin McKeown. Multi-Tony nominee Daphne Rubin-Vega plays Beatriz, a flawed mom to 16-year-old Olivia and an undocumented immigrant on the verge of deportation. After living estranged from each other for years, the pair embark on a road trip that crosses state lines. Together they meet Americans of different backgrounds, shared dreams, and complicated truths in this show with vast heart and fierce humor. Obie Award-winning director Lear deBessonet and choreographer Danny Mefford stage this transcendent work with music that may just find your soul and never leave.
This season, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage returns to the Public Theater with a new drama as moving and incisive as her Broadway debut play, Sweat. Taking audiences on a journey that starts in a game park in Kenya and goes around the world, Mlima's Tale is the story of Mlima, a magnificent elephant trapped in the clandestine international ivory market. Following a trail of greed and desire as old as trade itself, Mlima leads viewers through memory and fear, history and tradition, and want and need. Obie Award winner Jo Bonney directs this poignant play that reveals the surprising and complicated deals that connect us all.
Spanning 1915 to 1919 and set against the backdrop of Italian immigration in Boston's North End, Molasses in January is a charming historical musical that tells the story of Anna, a single mother doing her best to raise her children in a world caught up in the turmoil of World War One. As rumors grow about the construction of an enormous molasses tank that will be used to make liquor and gunpowder for the war, so do hopes for prosperity. But on an unusually warm January day, the tank suddenly bursts. Two million gallons of molasses come pouring down around Anna, and her family discovers that life can change in a moment. The music of Molasses in January is performed in the traditional style of the Great American Song Book, similar to Fiddler on the Roof and Gypsy.
Ever dream of making a movie? Now you can as you team up with the Exuberant Theatre Company for The Movies —Improvised!<b/> No need for a huge cast and crew or shiny special effects; all this classic-in-the-making needs is your hilarious suggestions! The troupe of improv experts will then take your off-the-wall ideas and somehow make them into an original blockbuster — totally in the moment. Plus, if you're celebrating a special occasion, you can even score a cameo! Don't miss this fun send-up of Hollywood at the Broadway Comedy Club in New York City's Theater District.
Mummenschanz, the Musicians of Silence, brings its brand-new show, You & Me, to New York City on July 4 for three weeks only.
For over four decades, Mummenschanz has inspired audiences around the world with wordless but poetic art. The "stories" the troupe tells have no sound or music, yet their language is universal.
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.
Naked Boys Singing! consists of six adult males doing what the title declares. Whether exposing the anxiety of a high school locker room or revealing the joys of performing nude, the uninhibited singing of these "boys" celebrates the male anatomy with wit and explicitness. And not only do they perform in the buff; many are buff themselves. Each member of the cast performs a solo tune as well as in ensemble pieces. Get excited: Every penile synonym known to man is referenced in this show.
NEWSical the Musical lampoons current events, newsmakers, celebrities, and politicians. No one in the news is safe! With songs and material updated regularly, this topical musical revue is an ever-evolving mockery of all the news that's fit to spoof!
In 2010 NEWSical received two Drama Desk Award nominations: one for for Outstanding Musical Revue and one for Outstanding Lyrics. The lyrics were written by Rick Crom, who also composed the music.
You want A-list laughs on a D-list budget? Then come to the Broadway Comedy Club! You can enjoy shows every night in an intimate setting with great food and drinks. The lineup of comedians includes the hottest TV headliners from Comedy Central and late-night television as well as New York City's rising stars — this is your chance to see them before they make it big! Plus, if you're from out of town, you'll have a real NYC story to tell your friends back home.
Past headliners include...
Josh Spear (Last Comic Standing; Late Night With Conan O'Brien)
Pat Dixon (Comedy Central Presents)
Aaron Haber (Comedy Central's The Watch List; Friars' Club)
Shannon Sutherland (Maxim Radio)
Rob O'Reilly (The Tonight Show; Live at Gotham)
Dean Obeidallah (Comedy Central's Axis of Evil)
Dave Konig (HBO)
Cowboy Curly and farm girl Laurey are taking their sweet time falling in love. Can these stubborn romantics admit their feelings before it's too late? Passion and laughter blossom in a land where the wind comes sweepin' down the plain. The legendary score — including "Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'," "The Surrey With the Fringe on Top," and the rousing title tune — is by Richard Rodgers (music) and Oscar Hammerstein II (lyrics). This production, reimagined by Daniel Fish, brings audiences and artists together under the vast canopy of St. Ann's Warehouse and makes the classic musical feel fresh and revelatory — as though it were written for today's America.
Daisy Gamble is a woman of extrasensory talents — she sings and flowers bloom, and she always knows where you've placed your keys — but it's her smoking habit that leads her to Dr. Mark Bruckner, a psychiatrist who attempts to hypnotize her addiction away. In Daisy, Dr. Bruckner discovers the case — and perhaps the love — of his life as he unlocks her past self, an 18th-century British aristocrat named Melinda Welles. Mark becomes increasingly enamored of Melinda as he watches her relive her great love affair with Edward Moncrief. All is going well until Mark decides to publish his findings, and Daisy realizes she's been unwittingly along for the ride!
This 1965 musical by Burton Lane (composer) and Alan Jay Lerner (book and lyrics) has one of Broadway's most beautiful scores, including the songs "What Did I Have That I Don't Have?" and the title number. The Irish Rep production of On a Clear Day You Can See Forever stars Tony Award nominee Stephen Bogardus (Bright Star), John Cudia (The Phantom of the Opera), and Tony nominee Melissa Errico (Finian's Rainbow). Charlotte Moore has adapted the original and directs.
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.
In mythic Persia, a daring young woman spins tales to save the kingdom and her life. In modern-day New York, a Jewish man and Palestinian woman fight to find love in a fractured world. This world-premiere musical, adapted from Jason Grote's critically-acclaimed play 1001, reinvents The Arabian Nights, colliding the contemporary and the ancient. Through a genre-bending score, it questions past and present images of the Middle East while exploring the power of story in our everyday lives.
On December 12, 1940, with World War Two raging, a single bomb reduced the Marples Hotel, which stood proudly in Fitzalan Square in Sheffield, from seven stories to just 15 feet of rubble. Only one of the 10 compartments in the hotel's cellars withstood the blast. Trapped within it were four men. Operation Crucible tells their story from beginning to end.
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?
Tony Award winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson returns to the Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park series to direct a sumptuous new production of Othello. Set amid war and palace intrigue in the 17th-century Mediterranean, this tragedy about a noble black Venetian general whose marriage is sabotaged by one of theater's most infamous villains remains urgent and relevant today. Shakespeare's initially lush, romantic vision gives way to a violent tangle of love, jealousy, race, and revenge.
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.
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.
Mary Frances (Lois Smith) has lived a good life; she's 90 years old and ready to die. Born to refugees fleeing the Armenian genocide, her last wish is to die peacefully at home surrounded by her family. Her dream collides with reality as three generations of women flood her small New England home to battle for their family's legacy. Mary Frances must navigate the volatile relationships of the children she raised — or die trying.
Smith returns to the stage in this world-premiere production as a tenacious survivor struggling to break the bonds that tie her to life. Directed by Lila Neugebauer, Lily Thorne's Peace for Mary Frances is a wrenching and caustically funny portrait of an American family in crisis.
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.
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).
It's 1976. Straitlaced rookie cop Jimmy Johnson is out to avenge his brother's death. With a disgraced renegade as his sidekick, he begins to unearth the soiled secrets of the case. Police Cops is a cinematic joyride, speeding down Adventure Avenue in a souped-up squad car!
Police Cops in Space
After his father is killed by an evil robot, Sammy Johnson becomes the last cop in the universe. On a distant planet, Sammy teams up with an alien fighter pilot and his trusty cyborg to embark on an intergalactic adventure. His goal? Become the best damn cop in space.
Enter The Portal and follow Dante through epic deserts and alpine mountains as he seeks the beautiful and mysterious Beatrice while being pursued by his inner demons. Driven by epic rock music that pulses with tribal and electronic beats, The Portal is part concert, part movie, and part performance. It not only entertains but also immerses the audience in a journey of transcendence and empowerment.
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This spring, the Down Town Glee Club brings you Prince of the City, celebrating Harold Prince, the legendary Broadway director and producer responsible for such iconic shows as Damn Yankees, Fiddler on the Roof, West Side Story, Cabaret, and The Phantom of the Opera, garnering him an astounding 21 Tony Awards and a Pulitzer Prize.
In addition, we will have an esteemed guest soloist, Amy Maude Helfer, a mezzo-soprano who is gaining attention as a versatile singing actor, especially noted for her comedic timing and gorgeous voice.
For seven years, a certain boy wizard went to a certain wizard school and conquered evil. This, however, is not his story. This is the story of the Puffs...who just happened to be there too. Puffs; or, Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic & Magic is a tale for anyone who has never been destined to save the world. This clever and inventive play gives you a new look at a familiar adventure from the perspective of three potential heroes just trying to make it through a magic school that proves to be very dangerous for children. Alongside them are the Puffs, a group of well-meaning, loyal outsiders with a thing for badgers. Their epic journey takes the classic story to new places and reimagines what a boy wizard hero can be.
Note: Puffs matinees are fun for the whole family! On Saturday and Sunday afternoons, the show has been lightly transfigured so that wizards ages eight and up can share in the magic of Puffs, and parents can relax knowing their kids won't learn any new curses. Evening shows, which include some adult language, are appropriate for ages 13 and up.
The Quantum Eye is Sam Eaton's entertaining and fascinating exploration of mentalism, magic, perception, and deception. Extraordinary ability and gentle humor blend with the audience to make for a different performance every time. Join Sam on a journey past the limits of possibility in a show you'll never forget. He's been dazzling audiences with his magic and mentalism show since 2006, making it the longest-running one-man off-Broadway magic show in New York.
Note: The Quantum Eye is sophisticated and family-friendly but may not be visually entertaining for children under 7 years of age.
He has headlined with Neil Patrick Harris in Montreal, won Outstanding Show at the Melbourne Comedy Festival, starred on his own Netflix show in the U.K., and been nominated for the Australian equivalent of an Emmy. Now, felt-faced performance sensation Randy has just written his first novel and he wants to share a staged reading of it with you. Cursed with stage fright, he begins rambling and ends up sharing a memorable — and very funny, not to mention very adult — discourse on everything from Buddhist thought to the wisdom of McDonald's home delivery service to whether Hemingway's artistic genius was enough to compensate for him being a terrible human being. Randy may share the complexion of Barney the Dinosaur, but Randy Writes a Novel promises to leave you questioning the meaning of life.
When a fiercely independent, workaholic police officer receives an old cassette tape with a message from her big brother on it, she is propelled back to her vibrant childhood and forced to confront a tremendous loss. Replay is an intimate, moving, and life-affirming story about learning to celebrate the past, however painful.
This staging combines portions of the text from King Henry VI, Part 3 with portions of Richard III to create a version of this iconic play that has never been seen before. In the text of King Henry VI, Part 3, Richard performs the role of a good brother and subject while secretly behaving with bloodthirsty abandon. Killing Henry, Richard then declares himself severed from a world of family and brotherhood; he stands alone in his quest for the crown. In the text of Richard III, he is now the central character and villain of the play. Corrupt and sadistic, Richard stops at nothing to become king and, once there, keeps his subjects and rivals under his thumb. With the two texts combined, director Austin Pendleton's version of Richard III makes for a fascinating take on one of history's most notorious villains.
Part tour and part show, The Ride is a one-of-a-kind entertainment experience that turns the streets of New York City into a stage. With stadium seating, 40 monitors, 3,000 LED lights, and surround sound, The Ride is the world's only moving theater. Its ensemble cast of singers, dancers, musicians, actors, and comedians appear along a 75-minute journey through Times Square and midtown Manhattan. These performers interact with RIDErs, engaging them through quizzes, facts, and shout-outs. At the same time, the RIDErs, who face sideways out of floor-to-ceiling glass windows, see Manhattan's iconic landmarks emerge in panoramic and vertical views. Students, adults, and seniors share this unforgettable NYC experience.
In the wee hours of the night, siblings are found dead in their tenement. With the air rife with foul play, you enter an interactive murder mystery where you help crack a case based on a real unsolved crime from the 1870s. Your investigation takes you on an NYC scavenger hunt through the underbelly of the Five Points where you encounter unsavory characters, discover clues, confront suspects, and mete out the justice that the slain victims deserve.
In this one-man show, written, conceived, and helmed by one of the United Kingdom's most lauded stage and film actors, Paterson Joseph, Sancho's remarkable life is unveiled while casting new light on the often misunderstood narratives of the British-African experience, which are parallel to the stories of many African-Americans today. The play unfolds as Sancho prepares to be immortalized by Thomas Gainsborough, the famous 18th-century English painter (whom painted Sancho in real life and was an acquaintance). The audience is granted a firsthand account into Sancho's determined rise from poverty and servitude via the road of education, making for a truly remarkable life story. The themes of prejudice, xenophobia, and nationalism are topics that resonate today in modern American society and are explored via an elegant, witty, and often comedic delivery.
In School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play, Paulina, the reigning queen bee at Ghana's most exclusive boarding school, has her sights set on the Miss Universe pageant. But the arrival of Ericka, a new student with undeniable talent and beauty, captures the attention of the pageant recruiter — and Paulina's hive-minded friends. This buoyant and biting comedy explores the universal similarities (and glaring differences) facing teenage girls across the globe.
After losing yet another job, Sharky has returned home to Dublin to build a new, sober existence with his cantankerous elder brother, Richard, recently blinded in a drunken accident. But it's Christmas Eve, and the drinks are flowing as old friends convene for an annual game of poker. This year, an immortal stranger from Sharky's past arrives, raising the stakes to eternal consequence.
Written by Irish playwright Conor McPherson (The Weir), The Seafarer premiered at London's Royal National Theatre in 2006 and was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Play. In December 2007, it premiered on Broadway in a production nominated for four Tony Awards, including Best Play. This revival at the Irish Repertory Theatre stars Matthew Broderick.
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. Secret Life of Humans is inspired by Yuval Harari's international bestseller, Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind.
Meet the fascinating folk of Gibb Street. From Ana, a crotchety old Romanian woman, to Gonzalo, a feisty Latino teenager, a fractured neighborhood comes together when spirited young Kim plants some precious beans in a nearby vacant lot. Based on the book by Newbery Medal-winning author Paul Fleischman, Seedfolks was selected to represent the United States at the International Association of Theatre for Children and Young People's World Congress in 2017. Sonja Parks brilliantly embodies over a dozen distinct and diverse characters in this enthralling solo production.
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.
Like other popular social issues productions like Rent and Juvie, Shadow Kids is out to prove that theater can help raise awareness and ultimately inspire change.
Shadow Kids is a true story based on the experience of award winning writer Keith E. Brown, who was a foster kid from age 2 until he aged out at 18. The story follows the lives of four foster kids who maintain their friendship over the course of 16 years despite constant separation and profound hardship.
In Singlet, genre-defying artist Erin Markey draws on a longstanding friendship and working relationship with actor Emily Davis to create a performance that maps the bonds and hysteria of earned intimacy. Combining Markey's singular style with a host of influences — spanning Jean Genet's The Maids, celebrity psychotherapist Esther Perel's available-on-Audible couples counseling sessions, Notes on a Scandal, Elena Ferrante's Neopolitan novels, and Precious Moments collectible dolls — this kaleidoscopic world-premiere production grapples with the desire, rivalry, vulnerability, and subterfuge that bind two people together. By turns tenacious and tender, Singlet reimagines the economies of power between friends, families, and wrestlers.
Multiple Tony Award winner Hinton Battle and JenKay present Sistas: The Musical, a hilarious and touching musical journey of a multigenerational family. Through that family, this musical play reveals the struggles, joys, and triumphs of being a woman and being black in America. Sistas includes the lyrics of music made famous by artists like Ma Rainey, Billie Holiday, Lena Horne, the Supremes, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Beyoncé, and many others. Cast members power through such classics as "Oh, Happy Day," "Mama Said," "I Will Survive," "Ain't Nobody's Business," "God Bless the Child," "Respect," "My Man," "Baby, I'm Yours," "Say a Little Prayer," "Stop! In the Name of Love," "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)," and "We Are Family."
The sixth edition of In Scena! Italian Theater Festival NY will feature a record 12 shows, brought over from Italy to NYC, including a special opening night event, We are Not Alone starring Dario D'Ambrosi. The 15-day, five-borough festival will close with the fifth annual Mario Fratti Awards, created especially for In Scena! to honor excellence in Italian playwriting. This year's fest celebrates women with seven female authors represented as well as six female directors. Also spotlighted are two LGBTQ-themed works.
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 16 will be admitted.
An all-new incarnation of the record-breaking Broadway hit comes to NYC!
Smokey Joe's Cafe: The Songs of Leiber and Stoller, the Grammy Award-winning and Tony Award-nominated smash, made history as Broadway's longest-running musical revue. Featuring 36 of the greatest songs of the past century, including showstopping classics like "On Broadway," "Stand by Me," "Jailhouse Rock," "Hound Dog," "Love Potion No. 9," "Spanish Harlem," "Yakety Yak," and "Charlie Brown," it celebrates the music of legendary songwriting duo Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. Their generation-defining songs provided hit after hit for icons like Elvis Presley, Ben E. King, the Coasters, and the Drifters.
Featuring a wide-ranging catalogue that illuminates the range of the human experience and celebrates the humor, passion, and heartbreak of everyday life, this classic show now returns to NYC to thrill a new generation of theatergoers with its enduring themes and searing emotions. Smokey Joe's Cafe is directed and choreographed by Emmy Award winner and Tony nominee Joshua Bergasse, whose credits include Broadway's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and On the Town, Fox's So You Think You Can Dance, and NBC's Smash.
This one-act play follows the adventures of a group of former kid detectives. After years of growing up and apart, they must return to the scene of their greatest unsolved case: the murder of their trusty dog Cluebert. A send-up of classics like Scooby Doo, the Hardy Boys, and Nancy Drew, The Solve It Squad puts its own dark, twisted spin on these beloved characters.
Songs for a New World, the first musical from Tony Award winner Jason Robert Brown (created in collaboration with Daisy Prince), is a collection of powerful songs examining life, love, and the choices ordinary people make when faced with extraordinary moments. From the deck of a 1492 Spanish sailing ship to the ledge of a Fifth Avenue high-rise, all characters face a new world that follows the unique challenge they encounter.
Stomp is a fusion of dance, music, and theater. The performers "play" matchboxes, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, and other everyday objects. The resulting sounds and rhythms energize audience members, who have included Quincy Jones and Big Bird. Among Stomp's other claims to fame: two Emmy Awards (for the HBO special Stomp Out Loud), an Oscar nomination, and being an answer on Jeopardy!
Simon Grindberg is the world's most illustrious children's book writer and illustrator — but his next masterpiece is a decade overdue. Peter Chandler is a starving artist with unparalleled potential — but he doesn't yet know his own value. The two men are thrown together by Clair Forlorni, an ambitious editor who hopes Peter's youthful exuberance can unleash Simon's aging genius for one final story. But creativity comes at a cost. The Stone Witch is a wondrous, hopeful, and heartbreaking new play in which imagination runs wild.
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 Mississippi at the turn of the 20th century, the local minister's daughter walks the line between piety and sensuality with the neighborhood doctor, who grew up next door. Jack Cummings III directs this sultry Southern Gothic play by Tennessee Williams. The production is Transport Group's first collaboration with Classic Stage Company.
Sweeney Todd, an unjustly exiled and imprisoned barber, returns home to Victorian London hungry for revenge. He takes up the tools of his trade again, this time using them to cut throats as well as hair. A neighborhood pie shop proprietress quickly becomes his partner in crime and business. She suggests making meat pies out of Sweeney's victims, and together the two of them carve out a niche for themselves in the market.
Now the Tooting Arts Club is serving up a fresh production of this musical theater classic. This immersive revival has transferred to New York City after a sold-out run in London, where it premiered at Harrington's Pie and Mash Shop. The Barrow Street Theatre re-creates the pie shop atmosphere, even selling pies on-site. Rest assured, the cook is no relation of Sweeney's. He is Bill Yosses, a former White House pastry chef whom Obama dubbed "the Crust Master."
With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is a musical that never goes stale. It won eight Tony Awards when it debuted on Broadway in 1979. The following year, it opened in the West End. A 2007 film adaptation directed by Tim Burton earned an Academy Award and two Golden Globes.
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.
Ted Greenberg, an Emmy Award winner and former writer for Late Night With David Letterman, delivers an hour of boisterous comedy. His interactive show ends with a group of audience members being whisked home in a yellow cab by Greenberg himself.
Teenage Dick is a brilliantly hilarious take on Richard III, a Shakespeare classic about power and lust. Teenage Dick reimagines one of the most famous disabled characters of all time as a 16-year-old outsider in the deepest winter of his discontent: his junior year at Roseland High. Picked on because of his cerebral palsy (as well as his sometimes creepy Shakespearean way of speaking), Richard is determined to have his revenge and make his name by becoming president of the senior class. But as he manipulates and crushes the obstacles to his electoral success, Richard finds himself faced with a decision he never expected would be his to make: Is it better to be loved or feared?
A candle that moves water, a paper cup that won't burn, a firefly without fire. An atomic flash, weaponized sugar, a hydrogen bomb. A genie in a bottle, secret writing, elephant toothpaste...
Yes! All these and more make up That Chemistry Show, an incredible exploration led by longtime "mad scientist" Borislaw Bilash. Get ready for amazement and lots of laughter as Borislaw combines the worlds of chemistry and show business. Your own world may never be boring again.
Winner of a Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatrical Experience!
Lifetime professional physics demonstrator David Maiullo brings his scientific "magic" from the world of physics to the off-Broadway stage in That Physics Show. Based on hundreds of experiments presented at physics conferences and in classrooms across the country, That Physics Show features segments on motion, momentum, vacuum, friction, energy, density, fluid motion, sound waves and sound vibration, light waves, temperature, and much more from our incredible world: a world controlled by physics.
Set against the grit, the garbage strikes, and the graffiti of 1979 New York City, This Ain't No Disco tells the story of drifters and dreamers searching for their place in the night world of Studio 54 and Mudd Club. On their uptown-downtown quest for revelry and kinship, every decision is fateful in a city where one's fate can turn on a dime bag.
This Ain't No Disco is an electrifying new musical from composer and lyricist Stephen Trask (Hedwig and the Angry Inch), along with Peter Yanowitz (The Wallflowers) and Rick Elice (Jersey Boys). Darko Tresnjak (Six Degrees of Separation) directs.
At a middle school in a seaside town, the unthinkable has happened, placing a bewildered community in the national spotlight. Stuck at home in a state of shocked limbo, Julie and Zander, two 13-year-olds, try to make sense of the chaos they witnessed, their awkward crushes, and an infinitely more complicated future — but the grown-ups are no help at all. An urgent response to our times, This Flat Earth is a startling and deeply felt story of growing up in our confounding world.
The cast features Drama Desk and Theatre World Award winner Cassie Beck (The Humans), Ella Kennedy Davis (Matilda the Musical), Theatre World Award winner Lynda Gravatt (Skeleton Crew), Lucas Papaelias (Once), and Ian Saint-Germain (Tamburlaine). Tony Award winner Rebecca Taichman (Indecent) directs.
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.
I Am a Boys Choir proudly presents a real live history show performed by a community of intergenerational performers. This Is What You Shall Do… is a spectacle of pageant and pageantry that opens up a queer past hundreds of centuries old —a history that is concrete, veiled, and/or totally imagined. But "What is the past?" you may ask. "And how does now begin and end?" And most importantly, "Will there be a quiz?" This Is What You Shall Do… explains the presence of the present, exploding outward to a place where time loses linearity, the future is now, and the past is covered in stardust.
This fascinating and original new musical looks at the role of women over the past 100+ years through 40 popular standards. From the sad laments of fragile female victims ("A Bird in a Gilded Cage") to the angry anthems of women who are mad as hell and not going to take it anymore ("I Am Woman" and "You Don't Own Me"), This One's for the Girls is a high-energy celebration of American women that's certain to thrill and entertain men, women and everything in between!
Forty-five years after its original release, The Who's album Tommy — a classic rock classic — gets a bluegrass tribute. Composed as a rock opera by guitarist Pete Townshend, Tommy presents the life experience of a deaf, blind, and mute boy, including his relationship with his family. Tommy: A Bluegrass Opry, an all-acoustic rendition of the album, reinvents the original while also respecting it. Conceived and produced by SXSW cofounder and longtime musician Louis Jay Meyers, the revamped album features The HillBenders, a bluegrass band based in Springfield, Missouri.
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 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.
Sophie and Tom's relationship fell apart in the aftermath of a catastrophe. Four years later, as they come face to face once again, the aftershocks of that fateful day can still be felt. Tremor is an intense new play about how we choose to see things and live in a world riven with tension, anxiety, and division.
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.
Unexpected Joy is the story of three generations of female singers, long-held family tensions, and a week together during which change is in the air. In modern-day Cape Cod, Joy, a baby boomer and proud hippie, holds a memorial concert for the other half of her popular musical duo, Jump & Joy. When her tightly wound conservative daughter and her sweet rebellious granddaughter arrive from Oklahoma, the sparks fly as one family seeks to find common ground between their members' different values, dreams, and goals. A heartfelt and hilarious story that celebrates diversity and acceptance, Unexpected Joy weaves together folk-rock, pop, and blues as it unites a family whose members haven't experienced true joy with one another for decades.
Created by Jonathan Rockefeller, the critically acclaimed The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show features a menagerie of 75 lovable puppets and faithfully adapts four of Eric Carle's stories: The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse, Mister Seahorse, The Very Lonely Firefly, and of course, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. This production also features Brown Bear, Brown Bear and 10 Little Rubber Ducks.
Katy wears orange on Thursdays, purple on Sundays, and eats three fish fingers for tea every day. She lives with her sister, Hannah, and her imaginary dog, Paul Williams, and she'll ask to tap your shoes before she can say hello. When the new boy in town breaks her routine, their lives are changed in unexpected ways. Katy wants to tell you their story. We Live by the Sea, which features a live electronic score, is a play about autism, friendship, and a very big wave.
Note: This show is recommended for ages 12 and up.
Woman is dying. Mother to eight children and wife to an unfaithful husband, she is living her final hours with Scarecrow, her alter ego — her closest confident and greatest critic — as death noisily interrupts from the sidelines. Together, the women revisit her life with biting humor and brutal honesty. Woman and Scarecrow is a fierce, passionate, and moving lament for a life half-lived.
Royal Family Productions, a nonprofit theater company known for its innovative work and development of original material, presents a new series of monologues titled Women on Fire: Stories From the Frontlines. The work is written, curated, and directed by Royal Family artistic director Chris Henry on the basis of stories told to her by a group of anonymous women. Henry has collected women's stories and with them, explores the "state of the United States" from different cultural and socioeconomic perspectives. The show's all-female cast is complemented by modern dance from choreographer Lorna Ventura. And what a cast it is! Performers include Tony Award nominees Kathleen Chalfant (Angels in America) and Mary Testa (On the Town).
An evening of 10-minute plays about the human desire for connection and disconnection presented in the state of the art off-Broadway Marjorie S. Deane Little Theater at the West Side YMCA, one block from Lincoln Center.
The 10-Minute Play Festival 2018 will feature: The Shooter | by Kimberly Kalaja The Kiss | by Anne Undeland Even Fleas Do It | by Karen Lothan Penance | by Jon Swan I Love You No Homo | by Franklyn Aume It's About Forgiveness | by Albi Gorn
On the golden afternoon of July 4, 1862, Charles Dodgson (pen name Lewis Carroll) tells his child muse, Alice, her favorite story for the last time. As they sail down the Oxford River, his beloved characters weave us in and out of Wonderland and through his tortured relationship with 10-year-old Miss Liddel. Written and directed by Billie Aken-Tyers, Your Alice is a piece of physical theater featuring original music by Stephen Murphy.
Who was your first kiss? What was your proudest moment? How would you like to relive it? How would you like to relive it...with a room full of strangers? If you're brave enough, you might do just that when the Exuberant Theatre Company brings Your Life — Improvised! to the stage. This group of talented improv comics will dramatize the most important moments from audience members' lives, reimagining the scenes with a bit of improv magic for a unique and entertaining night at Broadway Comedy Club in New York. It's the perfect night out for special occasions like birthdays, anniversaries, bachelor(ette) parties, and more.