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When the madness of the world is too much to bear, we take refuge in the stories we love. Tony and Grammy Award-winning creators of Spring Awakening, Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik, reunite for their new musical, Alice By Heart. Inspired by Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, this musical is directed and cowritten by Jessie Nelson (Waitress).
In the rubble of the London Blitz of World War II, Alice Spencer's budding teen life is turned upside down, and she and her dear friend Alfred are forced to take shelter in an underground tube station. When the ailing Alfred is quarantined, Alice encourages him to escape with her into their cherished book and journey down the rabbit hole to wonderland. As they travel through the tale, Alice By Heart explores the poignancy of first love, coming to terms with loss, and finding the courage to move forward. This world-premiere musical, starring Ben Platt (Dear Evan Hansen), encourages us all to celebrate the transformational power of the imagination, even in the harshest of times.
Betrayal, it's complicated and life changing, for better or for worse. Four couples in different stages of life and types of infidelity are faced with exploring the consequences of their choices as individuals and as couples in this new, eye-opening, erotic, edgy, and honest dramatic play.
All Because of, Infidelity by Elise Maurine Milner is presented not only as a slice of life narrative, but it also offers surprises along the way that reveal how these characters and their circumstances are interwoven. Their poignant situations lead the characters to the discovery of themselves and their partners, while revealing their vulnerabilities, secrets, and perhaps even forgiveness. This play explores the risks some are willing to take for one experience over another, regardless of who gets hurt in the process.
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.
Black Angels Over Tuskegee enlightens and educates off-Broadway audiences in its ninth year! The narrative depicts the lives of six men who struggle through the Jim Crow era and emerge with distinction as the first African-American pilots in the US Army Air Forces. With courageous brotherhood, their intelligence, patriotism, and strength propel a dream into flight while fighting both military and social wars. The captivating all-male cast delivers a powerful performance that will entertain, inspire, and inform as audiences discover the story that provoked a monumental change in American history.
Set in Korea under Japanese colonial rule, Comfort Women: A New Musical tells the story of a Korean teenage girl named Goeun who embarks on a journey to Tokyo to make money for her family but ends up at a "comfort station" in Indonesia, where hundreds of teenage girls have been abducted and forced to become sex slaves, also known as "comfort women," for the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II. The musical revolves around the stories of Goeun and other "comfort women," and the audience witnesses how such a tragedy can permanently and painfully transform the life of a young woman.
Tony Award-winning director Ivo van Hove unleashes his visionary creativity at the Park Avenue Armory with the North American premiere of his adaptation of Luchino Visconti's desperately dark drama The Damned, performed by the prestigious Comédie-Française in their first New York appearance in over a decade.
Using the screenplay rather than Visconti's 1969 film as a starting point, van Hove traces the disintegration of the wealthy Essenbeck family and their steel dynasty during the seizure of power of the Nazis in 1933. The historic walls of the Wade Thompson Drill Hall form the backdrop for this remarkable production, which employs cameramen prowling among the actors to catch close-ups of key moments that are projected on a massive screen to reflect the ideological debauchery of a society ready to make the most venomous alliances for the benefit of its economic profits. This sharply drawn familial chronicle combines intrigue and ambition with betrayal and murder in the insidious struggle for power, tragic themes that are still rivetingly resonant today.
Against the backdrop of an endless, unwinnable war raging halfway across the world and a polarizing president recklessly stoking the flames of racist backlash at home, a generation of young people rises up to demand change from a corrupt political establishment. It is October of 1969, and unbeknownst to the rest of the world, three 20-something radicals are busy planning the impending revolution from a quiet college town in upstate New York. But when two strangers appear and disrupt the group's delicate balance, new dangers and old wounds threaten to tear the collective apart. By the Tony Award-winning book writer of Dear Evan Hansen, Days of Rage is a timely new play about means and ends, ideals and extremes, and the perils of changing the world.
Lillian Hellman's second play, Days to Come, is a family drama set against the backdrop of labor strife in a small Ohio town which threatens to tear apart both town and family. "It's the story of innocent people on both sides who are drawn into conflict and events far beyond their comprehension," Hellman said in an interview before Days to Come opened in 1936. "It's the saga of a man who started something he cannot stop."
Direct from Israel, the internationally acclaimed Gesher Theater presents the North American premiere of The Dybbuk as part of the Cherry Orchard Festival. This spellbinding event takes audiences on a mesmerizing journey through Jewish folklore and the spiritual world. Blending comedy and tragedy as well as mysticism and psychology, The Dybbuk is awash in spectacular imagery, rich emotion, and theatrical magic.
This evocative work follows Hanan, a young, destitute yeshiva student who meets his untimely demise. Trapped between two worlds, Hanan's spirit will not let go of his one true love, Lea — and struggles from beyond the grave to return to her. On the day of Lea's wedding to another man, Hanan's restless soul returns as a dybbuk — a malicious spirit — to possess a host and halt the nuptials.
The Emperor explores political power. Set at the brink of Haile Selassie's downfall, Kathryn Hunter gets inside of ten different male servants of Selassie to create complex human portraits. The play's author, Ryszard Kapuściński, cagily used The Emperor to illuminate corruption and avarice in his native country, communist Poland. Today, as adapted by Colin Teevan and performed by this incomparable theatrical team, the material just as strongly illuminates the world's continuing and disturbing fascination with despotism. This will be the American premiere of The Emperor, directed by Walter Meierjohann.
Somewhere in the Jim Crow South, the sky is on fire. A pregnant Olivia's fierce speech writing is the sole force behind her charismatic husband, Charles, and his successful movement to galvanize people to march towards freedom. When four little girls are bombed in a church, Olivia and Charles's marriage is threatened — as this tragedy and years of civil unrest leave Olivia believing that "this world ain't no place to raise a colored child."
Fireflies, directed by Saheem Ali (Sugar in Our Wounds), is a startling world premiere by Donja R. Love and the second part of a trilogy beginning with Sugar in Our Wounds.
Frankenstein is a two-act sweeping, romantic musical about the human need for love and companionship. Published in 1818, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is in its bicentennial year, and this musical honors its source material. Having lost his mother at a young age, Victor Frankenstein seeks to end man's mortality and arrogantly enters territory beyond his control. While he enjoys unconditional love from Elizabeth, he grants none to his creation.
When you meet someone for the first time you bond over the things you have in common. But what if the thing you have in common is also your biggest secret? Two strangers meet on a journey that many Irish women still keep as their biggest secret.
Eavan Brennan and Siobhan Donnellan under the guidance of director Ruth Smith bring us this poignant, gruff, funny piece about sudden friendship, life-shattering decisions, and the secrets that we share.
Gloria: A Life weaves together personal and history-changing moments from the past 50 years — among them small moments that have raised consciousness among a few women as well as the current moment, a tipping point of global consciousness. Starting with Gloria Steinem's early adventures as a female reporter (a rarity at the time), the revelations of this play include stories of the people who inspired her and led her to inspire others. Act 1 focuses on Steinem's personal life and activism; Act 2 is a "talking circle" in which the audience is invited to carry the themes of the play into a conversation of their own. This production offers a new form of communicating through theater.
The 1998 award-winning play about racism by Chuck Gorden tells the story of a bigoted father and his well-educated son who 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. A cowinner of the 1998 Michael Kanin Award for Best Short Play.
Following is a special presentation by spoken word artist Dawn Speaks, an educator, singer, actor, and poet. A native New Yorker, Dawn has been performing for more than 20 years by bringing poetry, song, and acting throughout venues in and around New York City. With a commitment to educating, her work has focused on race, women, and culture. She has performed in playwright Rebekah L. Pierce's play Belle Blu as part of the Strawberry One Act Festival and can be seen in Joseph C. Grant's five-part indie series Da Stuy and in the full-length feature film Delusions of Guinevere, directed by Joanna Bowzer.
In Heartbreak House, the new adaptation of George Benard Shaw's infamous WWI play, it's the first days of the London Blitz of September 1940. With the performance of Shaw's play interrupted, the cast and audience have joined together to seek shelter in the theatre's basement. To entertain the crowd, the cast performs Shaw's most vital paean to resistance and perseverance against tyranny, Heartbreak House. Inspired by actual events as lived by Hermione Gingold during WWII's darkest days, this revelatory approach will make Shaw's masterpiece more timely than ever.
Heartbreak House, which Shaw began at the beginning of WWI but which was first performed by New York's famed Theatre Guild in 1920, brings a wildly disparate group of people together in the English countryside over a September weekend to make major decisions about their future. No stone is left unturned as each character is forced to come to terms with his or her past while finding a way to move forward in the face of the coming crisis.
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.
Direct from Israel, the internationally acclaimed Gesher Theater presents the North American premiere of In the Tunnel, directed by Irad Rubinsten, as part of the Cherry Orchard Festival. Israeli soldiers — a beat-up reservist named Iftach and "green" draftee Tzlil — are buried in a tunnel. They are there with two Palestinians, Mansur and Hisam. Enemies are in the mousetrap, trying to find their way out. Should they kill or save each other? Above them is our customary political carnival, the absurd, dominant, and inherent background of our daily life.
Meet Kelly Roberts as she visits a psychologist. She's bold, vulgar…broken. But that's really none of your binnis, innit?
This powerful, sell-out, one-woman show, set during working class, 90's Manchester, demonstrates the teenage angst and scorched heart of outrageous, hilarious Kelly Roberts as she unwittingly discloses a heart-breaking, empowering story, leaving a mark on anyone who remembers those turbulent teenage years.
Sarah McIntyre, a presidential appointee parachuted into the Foreign Service, has been assigned two wary young diplomats to develop her pet project: New Training Scenarios for the Resolution of Intractable Global Situations. The three begin to role-play, led by a charismatic woman experienced in persuading men to lay down arms. Suddenly, a rebel group lashes out in a distant country, destroying the tenuous peace recently negotiated by McIntyre. The women's role-playing becomes increasingly charged, pushing them deeper into the bodies and minds of violent insurgents. Meanwhile, as Washington undergoes its own regime change, their work becomes active weaponry for Sarah's political enemies.
Intelligence is a semi-immersive play developed by playwright Helen Banner and director Jess Chayes that pulls the audience into a Washington, DC, basement conference room, for an intense experience of how we code and decode others and ourselves through our imaginations. Intelligence received developmental support as part of the 2017 Artist Residency Program of The Drama League of New York, and the New Georges JAM.
Journalist and human rights activist Anna Politkovskaya was murdered in Moscow in 2006 after spending the previous seven years exposing suppression by the Russian government and the atrocities of war in Chechnya. Staged at a moment when even the US constitutional protection of a free press feels precarious and growing numbers of journalists are being jailed and even killed for their work worldwide, Intractable Woman: A Theatrical Memo on Anna Politkovskaya is a vital display of the indispensability of journalism.
While Intractable Woman is layered with vivid cultural detail surrounding a life that was taken over a decade ago, Politkovskaya's story also brims with immediacy and universality. In this production, directed by Lee Sunday Evans (Dance Nation), three actors deliver an interpretation of her experiences reporting on and living within the second Chechen war. Theater cannot resurrect the dead, but it can tap into the desires that compelled them in life — and Intractable Woman mines Politkovskaya's uncompromising desire to unveil the truths behind authoritarian power.
Julius Caesar is a marked man. Adoring commoners celebrate his battlefield victories, but those higher up the Roman political ladder worry that his ambition has grown too large. On a stormy night full of alarming sights and ominous portents, Cassius persuades Caesar's friend Brutus to help him with a momentous task: assassinate Caesar for the good of the Republic. But death doesn't stop Caesar, whose spirit haunts the destinies of his friends and enemies, threatening the republican ideal for which they murdered him. Shakespeare's political thriller explores power brokers' strategies — honorable and not — and their unexpected, violent consequences.
This production of Julius Caesar, directed by Shana Cooper, was originally produced at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in 2017.
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?"
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.
MacArthur Genius Award-winning playwright Luis Alfaro returns to the Public Theater with the New York premiere of his stirring drama about love, immigration, and sacrifice, inspired by the ancient Greek story of Medea. Directed by Chay Yew (Oedipus El Rey), his play combines ancient storytelling with the most pressing issues facing our country today. Mojada follows a young Mexican mother who gives up everything to bring her son to America, only to find America demands even more.
Can a mother love her son too much? Anne has given everything to the family she's built. Now the years have gone by and her children have grown up and have lives and loves of their own, leaving her alone in a world that is crumbling around her.
Starring Academy Award nominee Isabelle Huppert (Elle), The Mother is a captivating and disquieting new play about a woman grasping for stability. Written by acclaimed French writer Florian Zeller (The Father) and translated by Christopher Hampton (Atonement), The Mother will leave you questioning the very nature of reality in its U.S. premiere.
Multi-Academy Award nominee and multi-Tony Award and Emmy Award winner Glenn Close (Sunset Boulevard) returns in a breathtaking new play by Emmy winner Jane Anderson (Olive Kitteridge).
Mother of the Maid tells the story of Joan of Arc's mother (Close), a sensible, hardworking, God-fearing peasant woman whose faith is upended as she deals with the baffling journey of her odd and extraordinary daughter. This riveting play is an epic tale told through an unexpected and remarkable perspective. Emmy nominee Matthew Penn (The Sopranos) directs this deeply moving drama about the glories and challenges of raising an exceptional child.
At an elite East Coast university, an ambitious young black student and her esteemed white professor meet to discuss a paper the college junior is writing about the American Revolution. They're both liberal. They're both women. They're both brilliant. But very quickly, discussions of grammar and Google turn to race and reputation, and before they know it, they're in dangerous territory neither of them had foreseen — and facing stunning implications that can't be undone. Written with truth and humor by Eleanor Burgess, this resonant work is directed by Kimberly Senior (Disgraced).
In the not-so-sunny side of California, Alix bounces between motel rooms taking care of her brothers for her mostly absent mother. Her classmate Mason is a budding songwriter trying to keep off the radar of his father in Hong Kong. Together, they must learn to scrape by without giving up their dreams. The New York premiere of Nomad Motel, written by Carla Ching, is a surprising tale of kids raising themselves and making something out of nothing in the land of plenty.
The Pattern at Pendarvis by Dean Gray — adapted and fictionalized from interviews conducted by Will Fellows as part of the research for his book A Passion to Preserve: Gay Men as Keepers of Culture — is the story of a man in his nineties who did pioneering work in historical preservation in a small Midwestern town and deals with contemporary gay identity issues in conversation with a man who spent his life in the closet.
The Peculiar Patriot confronts the complex and critical issue of mass incarceration. With more than 2.5 million people behind bars, America is the world's leading prison superpower. The Peculiar Patriot examines the human impact and inhuman machinery of the prison-industrial complex and shines a glaring light on the racial disparities that feed the draconian system. The play follows protagonist Betsy LaQuanda Ross, a self-proclaimed peculiar patriot, as she makes regular visits to penitentiaries to boost the morale of her incarcerated friends and family, navigating love between barbed wire. As she shares neighborhood updates and gossip and reminisces about family, Betsy delivers a shrewd indictment of the criminal justice system in her own authentic and inimitable style, with a heavy dose of humor to boot.
Peter Brook (multi-Tony Award, multi-Emmy Award, and Olivier Award winner) and his longtime collaborator Marie-Hélène Estienne examine the complexities of crime, justice, and compassion in a breathtaking new international production The Prisoner. A man sits alone outside a prison. Who is he, and what is he doing there? Is he free, or is he the prisoner?
Brook, an English theater artist and recognized as one of the most influential directors working today, has been based in France since the early 1970s. The Prisoner makes its New York premiere, codirected by Brook and Estienne.
Private Peaceful is a new solo play adapted and directed by Simon Reade from the award-winning young adult novel by Michael Morpurgo (War Horse). It follows the life of a young soldier, Thomas ''Tommo'' Peaceful, facing the firing squad for cowardice. As Tommo sits in his cell awaiting sunrise, he thinks back on the events that made him the person he is now. Tommo recounts memories of growing up with his elder brother, Charlie. They did everything together. They went to school together, faced their problems together, ate together, and slept in the same bed. They even loved the same girl…but now they have to face the many facets of war together. Can a bond and loyalty between brothers overcome the brutality of the front lines and bring them safely home? When the lines of heroism and cowardice collide, what can one man or even a brother do to fight the injustices of it all? This play highlights the horrors of war while celebrating the joyfulness of life.
Pushkin, a new verse play written by Jonathan Leaf, examines the final two years in the life of Russia's most enduring poet, Alexander Pushkin. Always quick to take offense, delusional, jealous, forever in debt, and censored by Tsar Nicholas I, Pushkin chronicles the sufferings of an artist of modest rank and mixed race, the confrontation between his exceptional talent and a flawed society, and the painful choice between duty and personal happiness. In his struggles to end serfdom and reform his homeland, Pushkin, Russia's first literary superstar, raised his voice above exile and censorship to turn his art into a substitute for politics, poetically declaring, "Autocratic miscreant, Thee, thy throne I detest."
Renascence is the story of Edna St. Vincent Millay, who lived 100 years ago and was 100 years ahead of her time. At 18, she wrote a poem that rocked the literary world and transformed this girl from rural Maine into a cause cèlébre. Vincent captivated everyone in her orbit and was hero-worshipped by young women for her unabashed intellect and frank sensuality. She worked her newfound fame, leaving in her wake broken relationships with those who believed in her before anybody else. In a New York premiere, composer Carmel Dean sets Millay's words to lush music, immersing the audience in this Pulitzer Prize-winning poet's groundbreaking but sometimes overlooked artistry and provocative point of view. Renascence has a book by Dick Scanlan (Thoroughly Modern Millie), music by Dean (musical director of If/Then) and lyrics lifted from the poems of Millay herself. The show is directed by Jack Cummings III and Dick Scanlan.
In Verona, Italy, a long-standing feud between the Montague and Capulet families interferes with the love blossoming between the young Romeo (a Montague) and Juliet (a Capulet). Their passion begets revenge, a secret marriage, and a final, drastic decision. In the end, both families learn the perils of violence.
New York Classical Theatre brings this Shakespeare tragedy to life in a fast-paced, dynamic adaptation. With six actors playing all the parts, the company transforms public park space into a divided Verona.
Note: This show is free.
Savage Force is an action-adventure set in the High Arctic. The show blends digital projection with live action, and features dancers from the New York City Ballet and Bolshoi Ballet Academy.
John Hakon leads an expeditionary research team to an uncharted area of the Arctic. In this isolated region, they contend with unpredictable weather, face threats from the Russian military, and encounter a mysterious outpost that has managed to survive it all...
Academy Award nominee Jake Gyllenhaal and Tony Award nominee Tom Sturridge make their Public Theater debuts in an unforgettable and intimate evening of theater. Sturridge, in his third collaboration with Tony and Olivier Award winner Simon Stephens, performs Sea Wall, an astonishing monologue about love and the human need to know the unknowable. Gyllenhaal continues his artistic collaboration with Olivier-nominated playwright Nick Payne in A Life, a meditation on how we say goodbye to those we love most. Directed by Carrie Cracknell, Sea Wall / A Life explores the beauty of life and the meaning of love.
South Carolina, 1964. Lily Owens, a restless white teenager, struggles with her merciless father and the haunting memory of her mother's death. When Rosaleen, her black caregiver, is beaten and jailed for asserting her right to vote, Lily's rebellious spirit is ignited. She and Rosaleen escape on an adventure where they are taken in by a trio of black beekeeping sisters. While Lily tries to unlock the secrets of her past, she and Rosaleen find solace in the mesmerizing world of bees and spirituality in this extraordinary tale of awakening, fellowship, and healing.
The Secret Life of Bees is a world-premiere musical written by multi-Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage (Sweat), with music by Tony Award and Grammy Award winner Duncan Sheik (Spring Awakening), lyrics by multi-Tony nominee and Drama Desk Award winner Susan Birkenhead (Jelly's Last Jam), and directed by Tony winner Sam Gold (Fun Home), based on the best-selling novel by Sue Monk Kidd.
Set in London, The Thickness of Skin tells the story of a middle-class woman who lends a hand to a homeless man. The play sheds a light on some of the unforeseen challenges that emerge when classes collide. The Thickness of Skin explores the question, "When we have an urge to help others, is it because we want to serve ourselves, or are we really doing it for other people's benefit?"
Clare McIntyre (1952-2009) was one of an extraordinary generation of British female playwrights who emerged in the 1980s. Before then, there were really only two nationally known women writing in the British theater, Caryl Churchill and Pam Gems. By the end of the decade, there were two to three dozen. Among the many awards McIntyre received for her theater pieces are the Beckett Award in 1989, the London Evening Standard Theatre Award, and London Drama Critics' Most Promising Playwright Award in 1990.
Obsessed with a murder in her rural town, veterinarian and amateur filmmaker Lorna Das uncovers some of the harrowing details that led to an unspeakable tragedy in this thrilling 1994 crime documentary.
Tragedy in Spades: A Crime Documentary is a live-performance deep-dive into the true-crime genre. The text, a fabrication by playwright Liza Birkenmeier, echoes the current cultural sensationalism of true-crime murder mystery and appeals to small-town 90s nostalgia. With choreography by Katie Rose McLaughlin O'Neil and a sound score created by Chris Giarmo and Taylor Brook, Flier's Thumb, Missouri, and its fictional horrors come to life and accumulate over time. Obsessed and disgusted with our cultish fascination with dead girls, we consider our own participation in this violent, misogynistic genre.
An ailing minister, a protege, a mayor, a journeyman preacher, a domestic, and her husband have their lives irrevocably changed, when their community, untouched by the tumult of the civil rights movement, is compelled into a kind of reckoning once a stranger enters their lives, forcing them to take sides and take a stand.
[Veil Widow Conspiracy] is built around nested versions of a story from 1922 Xinjiang in Western China: a political murder mystery dramatized in a 2010 big budget Hollywood film, then amended via DVD extra interviews with the cast and crew, in censorship negotiations with the Chinese government, and finally by two lovers in a futuristic, dystopian Brooklyn, without the means to watch the film, one describing it to the other by memory in the dark. [Veil Widow Conspiracy] explores the slippery tension around what we call the truth, knowing reality and fiction each have an angle, and no metaphor comes without an agenda.
Following her critically acclaimed trilogy Father Comes Home From the Wars, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and the Public's Master Writer Chair Suzan-Lori Parks returns with a world-premiere play about race, friendship, and our rapidly unraveling social contract. Longtime friends and lovers Leo, Misha, Ralph, and Dawn are educated, progressive, cosmopolitan, and woke. But when a racially motivated incident with the cops leaves Leo shaken, he decides extreme measures must be taken for self-preservation. The Public's artistic director, Oskar Eustis, directs this fierce new drama about what happens when the unspoken and the unspeakable come head-to-head.