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About Alice, a new two-character play, is inspired by Calvin Trillin's best-selling memoir of the same title — a love letter to his wife, Alice, who died in 2001 at the age of 63 while awaiting a heart transplant.
The play begins with the death of Alice, played by Jessica Hecht (Admissions), goes back in time to when the couple first met, and then returns to the present. In Trillin's memoir we experience Alice only through Calvin. In the play, Alice is present in Calvin's memory but she is also present as an independent character. Calvin sees her through the eyes of a humorist and a husband. Though About Alice incorporates some of the actual words of Alice and Calvin Trillin, the play, directed by Leonard Foglia (Anna Deavere Smith's Notes From the Field), goes beyond literal representation and expresses a universal story.
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.
Ain't No Mo' is a vibrant satirical odyssey portraying the exodus of black Americans out of a country plagued by injustice. In a kaleidoscope of scenes of the moments before, during, and after this outrageous departure, Jordan E. Cooper's new work explores the value of black lives in a country hurtling away from the promise of a black president. Stevie Walker-Webb directs this imaginative and emotionally charged play.
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.
The Amazing Max is an "awesome and hilarious live magic show for the whole family" (PBS Kids). What's truly amazing, as magician Max Darwin works miracles during the show, is not only what happens onstage but also what happens in the audience. The enchanted look that spreads across the faces of his young (and not-so-young) fans is hands down astounding. Max conjures a custom experience that young ones will carry with them long after the show ends.
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.
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.
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 Sparta is inspired by the Dahomey Amazons, an all-female military regiment of the Fon people of the Kingdom of Dahomey in the present-day Republic of Benin. The Dora Milaje in the Marvel film Black Panther are based on the Dahomey Amazons, who are the only documented all-female official frontline combat arm military unit in modern history.
Dahomey shared with the Spartans an intense fighting method and sense of collectivism. Tough, violent blood-and-guts women single-mindedly devoted to hardening themselves into ruthless instruments of battlefield destruction.
Black Sparta begins in 1892, 30 years after the transatlantic slave trade has been virtually at an end. France has already taken over a part of Dahomey and has established a colony called Porto-Novo. They have made it very clear that they want more. Their invasion is unwelcome and the Dahomeans will not go quietly.
As sharply funny as it is poignant, BLKS introduces us to Octavia, Imani, and June — three twenty-somethings in New York City hunting for intimacy and purpose in a city that doesn't seem to care. They drink a lot, they smoke a lot, and they try to have sex...a lot. When they need one another the most, the women rally to "resurrect their fly" in a day full of humorous and painful attempts to be heard through the noise that surrounds them. Poet Aziza Barnes's playwriting debut signifies the arrival of a wholly original voice.
A progressive high school teacher with an anger problem retaliates against her unscrupulous boss and is sentenced to six months at a church-sponsored halfway house, where she attends to everyone's recovery but her own. Set in southern Appalachia, Blue Ridge, directed by Taibi Magar, is a pitch-dark comedy about heartbreak, hell-raising, and healing by Abby Rosebrock (Dido of Idaho), featuring Tony Award nominee Marin Ireland (Reasons to Be Pretty).
The world-premiere play was developed at Williamstown Theatre Festival as part of the Boris Sagal Directing Fellowship/Drama League Residency.
Bonnie's Last Flight is a three-part play set on a plane. Our audience makes the trip as passengers: sitting on a tarmac before takeoff, floating at cruising altitude, and buckling down for the wild and rocky descent back to land.
It's Jan's retirement flight. Everyone knows, except for Greig, Jan's best friend and coworker of many years. As Greig waxes nostalgic, Jan worries about life postretirement. LeeAnne, a klutzy newbie flight attendant with a dark past, must avoid her ex on the plane while Captain, a waggish pilot with a weakness for unlimited Bloody Mary brunches, is caught in a love triangle. Erik, the co-pilot with a heart of gold, can't get a word in edgewise. Presiding over the flight is Mark Twain, of course. In a comedy set on everyone's least favorite mode of transit, we must reckon with our crew's dreams and regrets and ask ourselves: What is the best way to live and how?
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.
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.
The Phelans and the Lavecchias grew up in one another's homes in a tight-knit working-class community, sharing the good times and the bad. As the younger generation grapples with complicated life choices, a shifting crisis is set in motion that threatens the bonds of this extended family. Using the device of character-doubling in an unconventional way, playwright Mia Chung brings fresh scrutiny to the roles we play in our families.
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.
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.
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."
Calvin is a photographer and self-proclaimed provocateur in desperate need of an idea for his next installation. Grace, his girlfriend and publicist, and Fin, his best friend and art dealer, are turning up the heat as the deadline approaches. Meanwhile, two eponymous art handlers begin to complicate the situation when they become the target of Grace's unwanted attention. Mrs. Marbleblatt, a widowed patron of the arts, further queers the equation when she takes a prurient interest in Calvin's work. In Daniel McCoy's Dick Pix, ambitions and visions collide in a satirical comedy about identity, harassment, and narcissism in the age of social media.
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!
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.
Created as a way to help shows get on their feet before flying off to Scotland for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe (the largest arts festival in the world), East to Edinburgh simulates the same production constraints that all shows experience during the Fringe, while giving companies a clean, comfortable, and nurturing space to fine-tune their productions. This year's whirlwind festival features 13 adventurous productions from around New York and across the US.
A raucous retelling of the rise and fall of Pasadena's most groundbreaking '80s rockers told through the foggy lens of a lonely, out-of-work MTV video jockey. Eddie and Dave is a gender-bending world-premiere play written by and featuring Amy Staats (Miles for Mary) about hubris, friendship, family, fame, musical genius, and what happens when the person you need is the one you find most irritating.
Eddie and Dave, directed by Margot Bordelon (Do You Feel Anger?), is supported by the Venturous Theater Fund of Tides Foundation.
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.
Fairview is a play that shows audiences there's nothing's funnier than "family drama." In Fairview, the Frasier family is gearing up for Grandma's birthday, and Beverly needs this dinner to be perfect. But the silverware's wrong, the radio's on the fritz, her sister is drinking, her husband isn't helping, her daughter is being a typical teenager, and her brother might not show up at all.
In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, a disillusioned do-gooder named Kate meets Jaap, a charismatic European making a film about the 1911 fire that burned Coney Island's Dreamland amusement park to ashes. Desperate for something to live for, Kate buys a ticket on the thrill ride of Jaap's passion. The only trick is to keep the roller coaster from running off the rails before it destroys them all. Breaking the boundaries of time and narrative, Fire in Dreamland is a vibrant new play by Rinne Groff that explores the astonishing things we create in the face of devastation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How far would you go to restore the piece of yourself you hold most dear? In Hit the Lights! Theater Co.'s shadow play Horsetale, a Horse and Tail become separated, and in their search for each other, find themselves. Weaving together handmade shadow puppets, vintage overhead projectors, and live original folk music, Hit the Lights! tells a story as intimate and wild as the West itself.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Jungle is a vital remembrance of the now-bulldozed camp in Calais, France, known as the Jungle, where thousands of refugees who escaped drought, war, and strife-torn countries in Africa and the Middle East waited for their "good chance" passage to Britain. With minimal resources in the squalid, sprawling landfill-turned-makeshift camp, immigrants and committed volunteers built a warm, self-governing, diverse society — with restaurants, shops, a school, and a church — from nothing.
A smart and witty unromantic comedy about love and all the insane, irrational, and impromptu ways we try to keep it. Actor and comic Gianmarco Soresi blends theater with stand-up comedy and a shifting fourth wall to build a meta-exploration of contemporary romance in an age of cynicism with an unforgettable twist.
Not every marriage proposal goes as planned. Loy A. Webb's The Light introduces us to Rashad and Genesis on what should be one of the happiest days of their lives, but their joy quickly unravels when ground-shifting accusations from the past resurface in this gripping, two-character drama. Can their relationship survive the growing divide between them over who — and what — to believe?
Directed by Logan Vaughn in its New York premiere, The Light is a reckoning that unfolds in real time and peels away the layers of truth, doubt, pain, and ultimately the power of love.
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?"
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of such works as Time Stands Still and Dinner With Friends returns to Manhattan Theatre Club with a funny, unsettling, and ultimately moving play about the limits of compassion and filial obligation. When troubled Billy appears out of the blue in his estranged brother David's Wall Street office, he soon tries to re-insert himself into the comfortable life David has built with his philanthropist wife and college-age son. But what does Billy really want? Can he be trusted? And how much can family bonds smooth over past rifts? Tony Award winner Daniel Sullivan (Proof) directs this riveting new work from one of today's sharpest observers of modern life, Donald Margulies.
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.
In Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow, the struggle is real for Olga, Masha, and Irina — siblings who are not super-thrilled to be stuck in rural Russia circa 1900. In Halley Feiffer's contemporary reimagining of Chekhov's Three Sisters, we follow the joys and heartbreaks of one lovably dysfunctional family over the course of several pivotal years in a world that proves to be eerily similar to the one we live in today. Directed by Trip Cullman, this new black comedy tackles the absurdity of the privileged class and the power of love in a fresh twist on a classic tale that reveals itself to be far more relevant, than like, ever before.
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.
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.
Renée Taylor looks back on a life full of memorable roles in Hollywood and on Broadway — and just as many fad diets. A self-described "diet junkie," Taylor, in My Life on a Diet, dishes out juicy anecdotes about (and weight loss tips from) such Hollywood legends as Joan Crawford, Marilyn Monroe, Marlon Brando, and Cary Grant. (Taylor used to think that if she ate like a star, she just might live like one). By sharing her highs and lows — on and off the scale — Taylor shows how the ability to laugh can get you through it all.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
In Daniel McCoy's Perfect Teeth, Kyle and Dylan hooked up several months ago after a few too many drinks. Now they're meeting for the first time since that night, and an unexpected accusation pits both men against each other in a struggle for dignity, status, and control. As the two men find themselves unable, or unwilling, to escape each other's orbits, they are forced to decide if what happened in the past really matters when the present stakes are high enough.
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).
These three shows in repertory are not to be missed!
The After Dinner Joke, written by Cary Churchill and directed by Cheryl Faraone, explores the life of a young idealist determined to do good and avoid the political; chaos ensues. Howard Barker's The Possibilities, directed by Richard Romagnoli, features a quartet from an evening of parables that fall short of fully communicating the human experience. Last up is Brecht on Brecht, a theatrical collage culled from the writings of Bertolt Brecht, assembled by George Tabori.
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."
Come enjoy an evening of Latin flavor, full of traditional poetry, rhythms, dance, and culture. A bilingual poetic musical play in three-acts, Riqueño explores the natural mosaic that is national identity.
Exploring Puerto Rican identity and its progression through history, Riqueño starts during the Hispanic-American War, continues through the current Puerto Rican Diaspora, and ends with a hypothetical view into the future years to come after hurricane María. With text by Paloma Sierra Hernandez and music by Pedro Emanuel Franco Fraticelli, the show is a tasteful depiction of Latinx identity and flavor.
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.
Based on the incredible life of 14th-century English mystic Margery Kempe and inspired by The Book of Margery Kempe, considered by many to be one of the first autobiographies in the English language, The Saintliness of Margery Kempe is a comedic tale about one woman's quest to define life by her own means in a world otherwise dominated by men. A uniquely funny, moving, and thought-provoking play, The Saintliness of Margery Kempe chronicles the journey of a woman ahead of her time as she aspires to saintliness while embarking on the travels of her incredible life.
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.
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.
Skinnamarink: What is this play about? Who wrote this play? Why did they write it? Would you like to grow up without being able to write? Who is a greedy girl? What is a glutton? What is important about the sun and the moon and the wind and the rain and a bug and a bee and a — BELL. Based on the deceptively simple yet rich language in McGuffey's Eclectic Readers — a series of 19th-century American schoolbooks that taught generations how to read, think, and behave — Skinnamarink is part ritual, part recess, and part recruitment. Attendance is mandatory.
Skinnamarink received developmental support as part of the 2018 Impact Residency Program of the Drama League and LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, and through residencies with Target Margin Theater, and Drop, Forge & Tool.
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.
This powerful new play by actor, director, and writer Tim Blake Nelson (O Brother, Where Art Thou?) is an intellectual thrill ride from Socrates's growing prominence in democratic Athens through the military and social upheavals that led to one of the most infamous executions in Western history. Tony Award winner Doug Hughes (Doubt) directs this timely new work that serves as a passionate tribute to a man who continues to inspire us to question authority and defend freedom of belief.
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?
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.
Trainspotting Live captures the passion and controversy of the generation-defining novel and globally successful film, repackaging them into a full-throttled stage show in which the audience is an integral part of the action, including the notorious "worst toilet in Scotland" scene.
Set against a dynamic soundscape of 1980s dance music, Trainspotting Live takes an insightful and brutally honest look at friends Mark Renton, Tommy, Sick Boy, Begbie, and Allison as they live and struggle through the Edinburgh heroin epidemic. This raw and gritty 75-minute stage experience offers a real-life look at the effects of addiction, with all its highs and lows, while bringing to life the classic novel and globally successful film with humor, poetry, and provocatively graphic staging.
A must-see for avid fans of the movie and for Trainspotting Live virgins, it provides a powerfully entertaining experience you won't soon forget! The 1996 British black comedy film Trainspotting was directed by Danny Boyle, starred Ewan McGregor, and quickly achieved iconic status on both sides of the Atlantic. It was the highest-grossing British film of 1996. A sequel, T2 Trainspotting, was released in 2017, again smashing box office records in the UK.
Note: This show is only recommended for audience members age 16 and over. Trainspotting Live contains nudity, strong language, violence, sexual material, and heavy drug and needle use.
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.
The Trial of the Catonsville Nine is based on the court transcripts of the trial of nine peace activists who broke into a drafting office in Catonsville, Maryland, on May 17, 1968, and burned 378 draft cards with homemade napalm. Father Phil Berrigan and his brother, Father Daniel Berrigan, led the movement, joined by seven additional parishioners in their protest for peace. In sharp contrast to the wave of young, liberal extremists at the forefront of the resistance headlines, the Nine gave a new face to activism and inspired hundreds of anti-war demonstrations.
Transport Group draws audiences into the world of these courageous demonstrators with a reimagined retelling of this landmark struggle of culture versus conscience. The Trial of the Catonsville Nine was produced on Broadway in 1971 and received numerous award nominations, including a Tony Award nomination for Best American Play.
Martin Moran's Obie Award-winning solo masterpiece The Tricky Part is one of the most heralded one-man plays in recent memory and has been produced and performed all over the world — throughout the United States, Canada, South Africa, and India. This limited engagement gives New York audiences a rare opportunity for those who missed it the first time to experience this extraordinary, often funny, and always surprising journey throughout the complexities of Catholicism, desire, and human trespass.
Moran's memoir of the same title won numerous honors, including a Barnes and Noble Discover Prize and a Lambda Literary Award. He continues to write and to perform his astonishingly moving and humorous work both nationally and internationally.
Edie Falco stars as Dorothea "Polly" Noonan, the blunt, profane, decades-long defender of Albany's Democratic Party machine in playwright Sharr White's fiery return to the New Group. When it comes to Polly, politics is only personal, especially now that her hero, "mayor for life" Erastus Corning II, is battling for party control while at the same time fighting the fiercest primary challenge of his life. The True is an intimate portrait of the bounds of love, loyalty, and female power in the male-dominated world of 1977 patronage politics.
In celebration of five extraordinary years of Public Works, a Public Theater initiative that invites diverse communities across New York to create ambitious works of participatory theater, Free Shakespeare in the Park presents a reimagining of Public Works's 2016 musical adaptation of Twelfth Night. Professional artists and two rotating ensembles of community members from all five boroughs perform together on the Delacorte stage in this enchanting comedy about Viola (Nikki M. James), a young heroine who washes up on the shores of Illyria, disguises herself as a man, is sent to court a countess, and falls in love with a duke.
Featuring music and lyrics by critically acclaimed songwriter Shaina Taub, this very special Twelfth Night marks a unique partnership between two Public Theater programs that exemplify the Public's commitment to radical inclusion. Oskar Eustis, the Public's artistic director, and Kwame Kwei-Armah, the incoming artistic director of London's Young Vic, helm this unforgettable musical about love in its many guises.
[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.
Leenya, an actor and musician, is figuratively and literally stuck. One night, she finds herself performing alone in a Long Island pub, separated by a snowstorm from the rest of her Irish rock band. Dusting off her original songs, she revisits stories of love, humor, and heartache, which all seem to invoke thoughts of her mother, Lynn. Lynn is also an artist, but she prefers paints and canvas to a live audience. A reluctant stage mom, she is a church lady full of mixed messages. While performing, Leenya reaches across a continent and a generation — connecting with her mother through art and memories. Together, the two women push beyond their pasts and discover how to live with Wild Abandon. Both funny and poignant, this solo play with music examines a primal relationship that is at once universal and infinitely, uniquely complex.
After its initial run at the Public Studio, Hansol Jung's fascinating and unforgettable new play Wild Goose Dreams returns to the Public Theater in a coproduction with La Jolla Playhouse, where it had a critically acclaimed run last season.
Minsung is a "goose father," a South Korean man whose wife and daughter have moved to America for a better life. Deeply lonely, he escapes onto the internet and meets Nanhee, a young defector forced to leave her family behind in North Korea. Amid the endless noise of the modern world, where likes and shares have taken the place of love and touch, Minsung and Nanhee try their best to be real for each other. But after a lifetime of division and separation, is connection possible? Tony Award nominee Leigh Silverman (Violet) directs this strikingly original play with music, about two people from two cultures forced to choose between family and freedom.