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Arizona Justice, written and performed by Katherine Brann Fredricks, is a Michael Moore/Spalding Gray-style documentary exposé of corruption in Arizona, involving Senator Barry Goldwater, land fraud, water rights, the mob, money laundering, and murder between the 1960s and the early 2000s. Theater for the New City's Dream Up Festival will present the play's world premiere. Adam Chisnall directs.
The Brothers Paranormal by Prince Gomolvilas follows two Thai-American brothers who specialize in domestic hauntings. When the siblings investigate the home of an African-American couple displaced by Hurricane Katrina, everyone's notions of reality, fantasy, and sanity clash against the shocking truth.
August Strindberg Rep will perform Strindberg's Creditors in a new translation by Robert Greer as part of the Dream Up Festival. This masterpiece from Strindberg's naturalist period is rarely excelled in its unity of construction, dramatic tension, and acute psychological analysis, but it is far less performed and anthologized than The Father or Miss Julie. During an afternoon in a lounge at a seaside resort, a revenge is played out as a credulous artist has his mind poisoned against his wife by her former husband. Greer directs.
Fiercely strong women... Broken, corrupt men... Visions of a dark-skinned Christ... And hope blinding light cracks fire into rage-filled time.
Damascus Christophany shows an insurance fraud scheme and questions who will make it out alive.
Jake Shore (writer and director) is an award-winning playwright, novelist, short story writer, director, and educator who teaches courses in playwriting and literature at St. Joseph's College. His play Holy Moly premiered in August 2016 at the Flea Theater and was simultaneously released in tandem with the novel A Country for Fibbing.
Two sets of storytellers, some now and some in the 17th century, cross a country — risking everything for a new life. As they tell their tales, their lives and plots combine and intertwine into the same conclusion.
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Nilo Cruz (Anna in the Tropics) debuts his newest work, Exquisita Agonía ("Exquisite Agony"), in this world premiere production. According to Cruz, Exquisita Agonía is a love story that explores a middle-aged woman's obsessive quest to find love with a young man who is transformed by the gift of life when he receives a new heart.
Arguably Shakespeare's greatest tragedy, Hamlet features a Danish prince bent on revenge. His target is his uncle, Claudius, who's murdered Hamlet's father to seize the throne. Adding insult to homicide, Claudius has also married Hamlet's mother. In his quest for vengeance, Hamlet descends into madness...or does he?
Note: pay-what-you-can admission. No tickets required.
The Hurricane Party is a new play by David Thigpen, whose pulverizing Southern voice takes audiences on a breakneck roller-coaster ride. The characters, forced to face themselves at the most dangerous time of their lives, journey into the heart of an approaching storm.
It's a freezing Catskill winter outside on Gladstone Farms, and pretty frosty inside the farmhouse kitchen too, as three generations of women debate the fate of their matriarch. A holiday weekend with family becomes a fulcrum for change, as recently widowed Elizabeth Gladstone (Dorothy Lyman) faces old age and the loss of her home. Betsy (Abigail Hawk), her daughter, and granddaughter Liz (Jeanne Lauren Smith), each have their own ideas about what should happen. Betsy wants to cash out, while Liz wants to try to hang on to the farm. Tempers are as short as the winter days. But for Elizabeth, the only real question is, can the third act of her life really be the best one yet?
The Infinite Wrench is a mechanism that unleashes a barrage of two-minute plays for a live audience. Each play offers something different, be it funny, profound, elegant, disgusting, topical, irrelevant, terrifying, or a song; all are truthful and tackle the here-and-now, inspired by the lived experiences of the performers. With new plays every week, The Infinite Wrench is the Neo-Futurists' ongoing and ever-changing attempt to shift the conventions of live performance and speak to audiences, including those unreached or unmoved by traditional theater.
In 1845, Edgar Allan Poe lived on Amity Street (now West 3rd Street) just blocks from the Merchant's House. His publication of "The Raven" had brought him instant fame and invitations to the city's most fashionable literary salons. Join John Kevin Jones (A Christmas Carol at the Merchant's House) as the great master of horror in the Tredwells' candlelit double parlor for a hauntingly memorable performance of Poe's thrilling tales, "The Tell-Tale Heart," "The Cask of Amontillado," and "The Raven." It will be a bone-chilling evening of irrational revenge, obsession, premeditated murder, dismemberment, and the very, very dark.
Hip to Hip Theatre Company presents its annual travelling repertory in venues across the city.
King Lear: The aging King Lear decides to divide his kingdom among his three daughters based on their love for him. Misunderstanding his youngest daughter's refusal to flatter him, he disowns her in favor of her ruthless, manipulative sisters...who promptly strip him of power, wealth, and sanity. Shakespeare's spectacular tragedy pits good against evil as the exiled princess returns to claim the throne.
All's Well That Ends Well: Having restored the King's health with a miraculous potion, Helena requests Count Bertram's hand in marriage in return. But when the arrogant Bertram refuses to marry beneath his class and flees from both King and bride to the nearest war, Shakespeare's courageous heroine must stop at nothing to bring him home. Meanwhile, Bertram's friends hilariously unmask the swashbuckling braggart Parolles.
This August, renowned Russian director Aleksey Burago and the Russian Arts Theater and Studio returns with an encore run of Lady With a Lapdog With Jokes and a Happy Ending, a heartwarming, larger-than-life comedy celebrating the short stories of Anton Chekhov.
While vacationing alone in the Crimean sea resort of Yalta, a Moscow playboy quickly finds himself having another affair — this time with a married woman who wanders along the shore with her pet dog. However, their lives are soon uprooted as they realize they have found true love. Interwoven around their romance are 10 of Chekhov's most hilarious anecdotes, including Fish, Death of a Government Clerk, Confessions, A Chorus Girl, Overspiced, A Little Joke, Daughter of Albion, Surgery, Elements Most Found in Short Stories, A Happy Ending, and Life is Beautiful.
This celebration of Eugene O'Neill's early sea plays — collectively known as the S.S. Glencairn cycle (1914-1917) — engages theatergoers in a unique performance featuring professional actors as well as Hunter College students and alumni. Together, they bring the experiences of sailors far from home to life, as dramatized by one of the true masters of American drama. These three early one-act plays include:
Moon of the Caribbees: Fighting, singing, dancing, and drinking unite sailors anchored in a port far from home as they relax with locals smuggling rum onboard in fruit baskets.
Bound East for Cardiff: After an accident, a dying sailor reflects on old adventures and life at sea in a fog-shrouded ship headed from New York to Wales.
The Long Voyage Home: A sailor's plans to return home to his mother and family after a lengthy journey at sea are derailed when he visits a seedy London bar, where he is drugged, robbed, and shanghaied aboard another ship for a dangerous voyage.
The short two-act play is set in the foreseeable future, when the world is nearing its end. An older man, a young man, and a woman, all British expats, are sheltering from nearby bomb blasts in a bleak room. They cope by taunting each other with warped games of verbal wordplay and by blurring each other's realities while losing touch with their own. The older man is the uncle of the younger man, who is a punk rocker. The woman, wife of the older man, is a former Rockette of Sephardic Jewish heritage. The trio's ordeal is meant to offer a bleak glimpse at life in the wake of a dystopian presidency, where wars will abound, words will have lost their meaning, and people will have lost their way.
After freshman Joni joins sorority Theta Beta, she learns that sisterhood means more than the colors you wear. Accompanied by her troubled best friend Kate, Joni spirals down a rabbit hole of bulimia dream ballets, Bachelor restoration comedies, and Dirty Disney ragers. Confronted with a world that confounds her expectations, Joni forces all the members of Theta Beta to ask: What do women owe other women? Period Sisters, a 2018 O'Neill finalist, creates a searing portrait of life as a young 21st century woman. A fierce new voice in the American theater, playwright Ali Viterbi mixes fun with fury, creating the feminist theater you didn't know you needed.
Repertorio Español is a theater company that presents a rotating repertory of plays in Spanish. Works by both canonical authors (Lope de Vega, Calderón, García Lorca) and living writers are produced. In presenting these works, the company endeavors to bring the best of Spanish, Latin American, and Hispanic-American theater to a diverse audience, including Hispanics of all backgrounds and non-Spanish speakers. Plays are performed in Spanish with simultaneous translation to English via wireless headsets.
Torn Out Theater, famous for its outdoor, naked Shakespeare productions, returns to Prospect Park with Aphra Behn's famous Restoration comedy, The Rover. This will be the company's first mixed-gender play, and it will use full nudity as a celebration of body freedom and empowerment.
Set in Italy during Carnival, The Rover is a wild-eyed and transgressive story of love, deception, and liberty. For a few enchanted days, the nobility of Europe can become anyone they like — nuns turn into libertines, pirates into socialites, and lovers into strangers. Safe behind the secrecy of their masks, they mingle and play, looking for love, and finding danger.
Shake and Bake: Love's Labour's Lost is a production of Shakespeare's comedy, but with a twist. The show combines theater and food in a full-sensory experience: audience members are served an eight-course tasting menu (with wine pairings), with all the food prepared in front of them throughout the performance.
In Love's Labour's Lost, the ailing King of France owes the King of Navarre money. Unable to make the trip himself, the French king has his daughter go to negotiate the settlement. But just before she and her ladies (Rosaline and Maria) arrive, Navarre and his men (Berowne and Longaville) make a pact to swear off women, eat only six meals per week, and sleep three hours per night. Why? So that they can devote the rest of their time to study, obviously. When the women arrive ,the men are exhausted, hungry, and lonely. Nevertheless, Navarre sticks to the plan and tells the women that they may not enter the gates and must instead camp in the field. The women, having none of it, hatch a plan to outsmart the men.
When talented twentysomething Danica moves to New York City to pursue a career as a musician, she assumes things will go off without a hitch. However, on top of her best friend Mary's sudden turn towards all things mature, including such adult activities as grocery shopping, trips to the dentist, and entire afternoons spent not stoned out of her mind, Danica's own overwhelming unemployment and lingering teenage bad habits take a toll. Soon, she begins finding mannequin body parts inexplicably hidden around her new apartment. Unsure if these sinister gifts are the work of a stalker or her own slowly slipping mind, she keeps the secret to herself and does her best to slog onward. As her dread mounts and Danica slowly begins to unravel, her friends become increasingly concerned until things come to a head — literally.
LadyBox Theater, a dance theater company dedicated to inspiring ebullience through live performance art, joins forces with Mighty Lucky Productions for an evening of two works in progress!
Untitled Rainbow Project: a color-based multimedia queer explosion of emotion, movement, and scintillating storytelling!
Written by Darlinda Just Darlinda
Codirected by Sapphire Jones and Peekaboo Pointe
Cast: Darlinda Just Darlinda, Vic Sin, Nyx Nocturne, Zoe Ziegfeld, Tansy, Madison Krekel, and Ashton Muñiz
Feast: Two women explore a world of secluded fantasy, grotesque playfulness, and tormented desire. Pushing boundaries with each other and the vast unknown, LadyBox's premiere dance theater piece, dives into the depth of a relationship both parties don't yet understand. Get your seat at the table and enjoy the Feast.
Written by Tansy and Peekaboo Pointe
Directed by Sapphire Jones
Cast: Tansy and Peekaboo Pointe
Wild Orchids and Rosary Hill is a double bill of two short plays. Wild Orchids is a film noir-esque, feminist, and fictionalized take on 1940s Hollywood, where a secretary has a chance encounter with William Faulkner that may change both their lives. In Rosary Hill, two gentle nuns tend to their garden in upstate New York, but a closer look reveals they may not be all that they seem.
Who can you turn to when trust is betrayed? Dena and her friends love Mr. McCoe; he is the coolest. After Dena's sister dies, he listens, helps her bring up her grades, and prepares to try out for the basketball team. He manipulates the power dynamic so that family, friends, teachers, and school administration are not aware of the dark turn their relationship takes. This is a forthright and caring exploration of a young woman's story reminding us how important it is to pay attention.
An honest, daring look at a student who is sexually assaulted by her teacher. We hope to further the dialogue that will help end the stigma surrounding this crucial issue. As the recent #metoo campaign illustrates, almost every woman has a story involving sexual harassment or abuse of some kind. Stories from schools and churches around the country continue to come to light, making this topic as relevant as it ever was.
Contains sexual violence, assault, and abuse. Not suitable for children under 16.