Nicu's Spoon, Inc.

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23 Coins  | Open: 10/07/09 Close: 10/25/09
Ginny Walker is not like other girls. Hiding out in the badlands of southern Louisiana, this genius girl-prodigy and her fugitive mother, Sarah, live precariously. But the law is not the only threat. Both of them dangle beneath a giant question mark—a fatal genetic legacy that may (or may not) strike. Laid bare under such catastrophic shoes about to drop, how does one plow through an average day? As you might’ve guessed, Ginny turns to preaching the gospel. After all, she’s gifted. She’s got fire & brimstone. Healing hands. And somehow, the full text of the bible committed to memory. In the pursuit of soul saving, these gifts are invaluable. To Isaac Thigpen of Christ’s Road Show Tent Revival, Lil’ Gin Walker’s talents are gold. When she preaches—the collection plate doth runneth over. Thigpen has big plans for which he’ll fight if necessary. And he’ll surely bring down hellfire on anyone who gets in the way—to make sure that his golden girl-preacher goose keeps the cash comin’. Things may seem hopeless. But this special (and highly motivated) girl isn’t about to leave her fate up to chance.

How will Gin and her mother survive their gods and demons?
 

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23 Coins (a New Musical)  | Open: 10/07/09 Close: 10/25/09
Ginny Walker is not like other girls. Hiding out in the badlands of southern Louisiana, this genius girl-prodigy and her fugitive mother, Sarah, live precariously. But the law is not the only threat. Both of them dangle beneath a giant question mark—a fatal genetic legacy that may (or may not) strike. Laid bare under such catastrophic shoes about to drop, how does one plow through an average day? As you might’ve guessed, Ginny turns to preaching the gospel. After all, she’s gifted. She’s got fire & brimstone. Healing hands. And somehow, the full text of the bible committed to memory. In the pursuit of soul saving, these gifts are invaluable. To Isaac Thigpen of Christ’s Road Show Tent Revival, Lil’ Gin Walker’s talents are gold. When she preaches—the collection plate doth runneth over. Thigpen has big plans for which he’ll fight if necessary. And he’ll surely bring down hellfire on anyone who gets in the way—to make sure that his golden girl-preacher goose keeps the cash comin’. Things may seem hopeless. But this special (and highly motivated) girl isn’t about to leave her fate up to chance.

How will Gin and her mother survive their gods and demons?
 

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A Kite Cut Loose in the Middle of the Sky
- a World Premiere
 | Open: 10/08/08 Close: 10/26/08
Rosie, a quadraplegic, must confront her life, her gender and her future. With the help of her differently abled friends she must make a grave decision - to live or to die.

*Note - this play contains strong language and imagery - it may not be suitable for those under 15 years of age.

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Beautiful Thing  | Open: 07/07/10 Close: 07/25/10
An 'Urban Fairytale' this tells the story of two young schoolboys falling in love on the grim South-East London slum setting. The gaucheness, the rush of excitement and terror and the inarticulate tenderness of young love are beautifully captured in writing of truth and delicacy. Truly a most unusual and beautiful thing.


About the Company: Nicu's Spoon, Inc.

Founded in early 2001, Nicu’s Spoon is dedicated to producing socially reflective theatre that presents new ideas, challenges stereotypes, and touches the heart in an unexpected way. We are the central theater group in New York City who acts as a home for all - differing colors, abilities, ages, genders - we do not specialize in ‘the sight impaired’ or ‘the hard of hearing’ or ‘people of color’ - we are the only company which from day one has been a home for all artists - many may now join us or use us as a model but we are the central home base. We celebrate collaboration in developing productions that are pertinent for today’s global, diverse and rapidly changing world. New York City is full of people of different ethnicities and abilities; on the move and unheard. We give voice to those who are very much a part of our world, but whose stories often go untold. We are committed to involving the spectrum of diverse and multi-abled voices in play selection, programs & internships, our artistic, production and volunteer staffs, and in our audience.

We are a leader in working with all colors, ages, genders, abilities and ethnicities in NYC. Each play involves the rainbow we see around us on the streets of NYC. We see only possibilities. We change the world, one play at a time….
 

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Buried Child  | Open: 10/04/06 Close: 10/22/06
This award winning company, known for turning expectations and stereotypes on their head, re-envisions this classic and shakes it up in new ways. If you think you know the story, think again...

Starkly poetic, humorous, and mysterious, ‘Buried Child' is a vision of a dysfunctional family transformed into a symbol of America's loss of innocence. Produced by Nicu's Spoon and now cast with a multi-racial and multi-abled roster of artists this upcoming production shows a true reflection of America.

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Cherish - the US Premiere  | Open: 06/07/06 Close: 06/25/06
"Cherish" follows the dramatic reverberations of a surrogacy dispute between a gay couple and a lesbian couple, whose parental instincts threaten to tear them apart. Duncam's play deals with not only the issue of gay parenthood, but with the universal struggle to be true to ourselves while doing what is best for our families. In "Cherish" the characters face a truth that echoes in all of our lives: "The things you can't have -- they define you, shape you. They belong to you. They're not an outrage to natural justice. They are nature. They're something to be cherished."

"This story of two gay couples trying to raise children is thought-provoking. Cherish will stir your emotions and make you laugh." Nicholas Linnehan, Theatre Talk
"One of the greatest pleasures in attending theater is to fall into the web of a history well woven and encircling. Cherish is a text that you can enjoy this way. It carries us through surprise to surprise without falling into the temptation of rebellious sensationalism. The story of so large an action that it destroys what it loves is so stunning that what is less important here are the details of the sexual orientation of the people. The genius of the playwright is exactly in the subtlety and smoothness of the chain of events. They take us to the end of the play with a beautiful elegance that permits us to let down our moral guard and to see the true moral challenges. " Victor Weinstock, El Economista

" Cherish is a truly moving show which deftly deals with some of the most taboo social issues of today's society. It's a must see for all adult audiences. The audience learns that's its in a child's best interest to have two loving and caring parents regardless of how the child is brought into the world. With the perfectly whimsical staging, and the seriousness of the issues, the characters skillfully leave one uncertain at times whether to laugh or cry. " Nilson Netto, Brazil Press

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Cummins & Scoullar's 'THE LITTLE PRINCE'  | Open: 07/06/05 Close: 07/31/05
This eight person international (and gender-bending) ensemble tells the story of a world-weary and disenchanted Aviator whose plane strands him in the Sahara Desert and a mysterious, regal "little man" who appears and asks him to "Please, sir, draw me a sheep." in the process teaching him the truth about what really matters in life.
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Elizabeth Rex  | Open: 04/02/08 Close: 04/19/08
On the eve prior to the dawn execution of Robert, Earl of Essex, for treason, Shakespeare and his company of actors are at court. Under curfew in a barn, with the Queen, through her restless night as she struggles with the decision she has made to behead her beloved "Robin".

On the sixteenth century stage the women roles were played by men; the only woman in the company is the seamstress who makes and repairs the costumes. The Queen is intrigued by the nature of the men that play these roles, and whether their 'essence' is truly that of a man, or of a woman. In part to entertain and divert the Queen who is tormented by her decision to execute Essex, and in part to illuminate the question that so intrigues her, members of the company recite and play short vignettes from various of Shakespeare's plays. In this vein they challenge the Queen with provocative questions that would be inadmissible at any other time or place, and reveal their sympathy for Essex. At times the Queen commands and threatens regally, at times she drops her guard and confesses her womanly feelings.

There is a powerful counterpoint for the Queen, who feels the sexual passion of a woman, but must put that aside to act in the interest of the State - or, as she said to the army at Tilbury: "I know I have the body of a weak, feeble woman; but I have the heart and stomach of a King". Here, poignantly, she says to the male actor: "If you will teach me how to be a woman . . . I will teach you how to be a man."

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Hiding Behind Comets  | Open: 07/08/09 Close: 07/26/09
Although twin brother and sister, Troy and Honey, share an unusually strong bond, they seem as different as night and day. One late summer evening, a stranger wanders into their family-owned bar. When he starts asking personal questions, it soon becomes clear that his visit to this small-town dive has not been purely coincidental. The extent of his journey, it’s underlying motivation and the past horrors that have directed it provide a roller coaster of surprises that keep audiences on the edge of their seat until the plays final moments.

 

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How The Day Runs Down  | Open: 07/06/11 Close: 07/24/11
Merge Our Town with Dawn of the Dead and you have a slight idea of what happens when a small town is overrun by the undead. Best described as Our Town with zombies, with Thornton Wilder's Stage Manager moving between the different townspeople's stories to describe not their mundane sorrows and joys, but their encounters with, and last stands against, the zombie horde. The juxtaposition of Wilder's play, which is all about the continuity of communal life in the face of individual deaths, with a plot that posits that not only the town but all of humanity is doomed, makes for a heartbreaking story.

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Kimberly Akimbo  | Open: 10/06/10 Close: 10/24/10
KIMBERLY AKIMBO is a hilarious and heartrending play about a teenager with a rare condition causing her body to age faster than it should. When she and her family flee Secaucus under dubious circumstances, Kimberly is forced to reevaluate her life while contending with a hypochondriac mother, a rarely sober father, a scam artist aunt, her own mortality and, most terrifying of all, the possibility of first love.


About the Company: Nicu's Spoon, Inc.

NICU’S SPOON launched into the New York Indie Theatre scene in 2001 with their first play, Displaced, a new play written by five women, based on the stories, testimonies, songs, and poetry of women and children refugees, which was submitted for the 2001 Pulitzer Prize. Their 2002 multi-racial production of To Kill a Mockingbird was hailed by Back Stage as “nothing short of inspiring!” In Perpetuity Throughout the Universe, a story of a woman who is a ghostwriter for hate books completed the 2002 season, and was a Village Voice “Voice Choice”. In 2002 special performances with American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation were added to the productions. In 2003, Nicu’s Spoon presented two pieces focusing on individuality: George Orwell’s 1984 and A Murder of Crows by OBIE Award winner Mac Wellman. Inclusion of handicapped actors was an important element in both shows. 2004 brought the production of SubUrbia by Eric Bogosian and was awarded the OOBR award for best production and an additional nomination for the Alliance of NY Arts Organizations’ Advancing Cultural Development Award. In 2005 United Stages profiled them in their “Seeing Stars” series and nytheatre. compicked them as an Editors Choice for The Swan, as well as Stumps, which introduced a new kind of performance for Deaf and hearing audiences, called “co-playing.” 2006 produced a hit: the US premiere of Skin Tight, named the High5 pick of the week, as well as Buried Child, which challenged the stereotype that a Deaf actor could not speak on stage. In 2006, they were recognized by the Thom Fluellen Award by the NYU Community Fund for excellence in service to the diverse New York community. Time Warner Corporation was a 2007 season sponsor in their Diverse Voices program.

During the 2007 season, while producing Tales of the Last Formicans in a theater not their own, they searched for a home; not only to use as a company but also to rent to other artists at reasonable prices. For the second Nicu’s Spoon production in 2007 they debuted Richard lll (the lead actor was differently abled from polio) in their very own theater - a home, located at 38 West 38th Street, 5th Floor! Following that with the U.S. premiere of Kosher Harry (co-played with hearing and non hearing/speaking artists) to round out the 7th season. Celebrating the First Anniversary in the new space with Elizabeth Rex started the 8th season in NYC. The show garnered 2 Innovative Theatre Awards and an Off-Broadway run at Center Stage.  In between building and developing a space that POPS with creativity for other artists and companies to come enjoy and work. The 2008 season addressed women and identity issues. Also in 2008, Snapple awarded the company the ‘Best People to work with in NY City’ award. The 2009 Season Premiered a new permanent Kids show each January and its first musical ’23 Coins’ . The 2010 season focuses on outcasts. The 2011 season will focus on 'Monsters'........Please come and support the theater in midtown where Nicu’s Spoon is changing the world one play at a time.  www.spoontheater.org

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No Niggers, No Jews, No Dogs  | Open: 07/09/08 Close: 07/27/08
No Niggers, No Jews, No Dogs, is the story of a Black family in the South living under the rigors of racism. Rawl Cheeks is a loving family man devoted to his wife Mattie and children Joyce and Matoka. The Cheeks are a close-knit church going family struggling to make ends meet. In order to supplement their income they allow Yaveni Aaronson, a sociologist, to do research on their family. Yaveni, a Jew, is gathering material, comparing the trials and tribulations faced by the Blacks under racism with that of the suffering of the Jews under racism, both in Europe and in America. (Oregan Coast News Signal)
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Richard III  | Open: 07/11/07 Close: 07/29/07
A new look at a classic - Richard III is a villain? Or is he a disabled man in an abled world? A man who is on an all out fight for power and love and his rightful place in society? Told from his point of view this re-envisions the classic we have come to know. 10 actors play 30 roles and its fast and furious in the newest space renovated in NYC.
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Stumps  | Open: 10/26/05 Close: 11/13/05
Two handicapped Vietnam veterans, Stephen Ryder and Jerry Marcus, want to make a high-class movie with explicit sex, a step beyond Last Tango in Paris. They elicit the interest of the young explicit film star, Fawn Sierra, who arrives in the hills of Austin for a meeting with her "manager," Calvin Rhodes, a "gentleman" who may be a minister or may be evil incarnate. Calvin's dark personality slowly emerges as he tries to wrest the project from the writers. Trying to keep the events in balance is Lin Ryder, Stephen's Vietnamese wife. Ultimately, Cal destroys all semblance of balance and Lin is able to reestablish order only through catastrophic violence of her own.

**This will be a show where each of the actors is paired with an actor/interpreter signing for the deaf and co-performing – 10 artists playing 5 roles. Special Note: There are violent, sexual and very disturbing moments in this play – Nobody under 16 admitted without a parent or guardian.

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Tales of the Lost Formicans  | Open: 03/28/07 Close: 04/15/07
The NYC revival of TALES OF THE LOST FORMICANS explores an estranged family who come together only to fall apart when Grandpa becomes increasingly disabled due to Alzheimers. And then the aliens show up......................Alzheimers, Adolescence and Aliens? Just another day in the U.S.A.

Starring Rebecca Challis, Brian Coffey, Nick Linnehand, Lindsay Goranson, William Huntely III, Jovinna Chan, Russell Waldman, Celia Bressak, Michael Hartney

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Tales of the Lost Formicans  | Open: 03/28/07 Close: 04/15/07
Alzheimers, Adolescence and ...Aliens? The darkly funny story of a normal family that comes together only to fall apart as Grandpa becomes increasingly disabled by Alzheimers. And then the Aliens show up.............

A comedy, a tour through the middle of America, a look at our feeble attempts to connect to each other, a meditation on becoming 'dis' -abled and losing your mind - its just another day in the good old U.S.A.

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The Swan  | Open: 04/06/05 Close: 04/24/05
Fierce in its treatment of love, THE SWAN provides a mysterious gloss on whether or not we descended from the beasts and what we may feel when we find them lurking in our truest selves.

"A bewitching bedtime story for grown-ups...a psycho-sexual cauldron wherein fantasy and deprivation merge and combust. Egloff's language alternates be-tween the unadorned cadences of the workaday world and the lyric fancies of poets, her stage pictures shift from an implacable reality to florid dream states." —NY Newsday.

NOTE: Were we to use a movie rating system we would label this PG-13 as there are both violent and sensual moments and the shooting of a gun onstage.

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The US Premiere of 'Skin Tight'  | Open: 04/05/06 Close: 04/23/06
This high-intensity tale of love, marriage and eroticism will play in the United States April 5-23.
Winner of all awards at the 1998 Edinburg Fringe Festival, Skin Tight premiered in 1994 at the Bats Theatre, where it played to packed houses. This work from New Zealand, inspired by Denis Glover's poem " The Magpies," tells the intimate story of a rural marriage, where Tom and Elizabeth engage in a violent and erotic dance of the union through an exhilarating feast of fighting, lovemaking and tenderness. The characters strip themselves, literally, to explore the ecstasy and pain of a passionate love affair.
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The US Premiere of Kosher Harry  | Open: 10/10/07 Close: 10/28/07
In Association with NY Deaf Theater. www.nydeaftheatre.org

This ferocious black comedy presents 8 artists playing 4 roles, in our 'co-playing' style. Three people meet in a deli and 4th person, a man, acts as a truth serum on them, revealing who they really are under their exterior mask. If I take away the face you present to the world---are you then left disabled?

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Tibet Does Not Exist  | Open: 04/08/09 Close: 04/26/09
An exiled Tibetan Lama becomes an uncomfortable house guest for a Yale economics professor, who, along with his cynical colleagues, do not quite know what to think of the often irreverent monk. As the Lama turns his attention to the economist, the professor confesses some painful truths regarding mis-understood ideas and unresolved relationships. En route the Lama takes us on a sometimes humorous, sometimes poignant journey through what the tragedy of Tibet means in a modern context. With the turmoil in Tibet making recent headlines, Tibet Does Not Exist takes on special meaning.

"Stands the modern Western world on its head... SO FUNNY that it is surprising... the playwright's reticence works: Tibet is very much on your mind as you leave." -- New York Times, October 1997


"Well-mixed blend of drawing room comedy and debate... deserves to reach as wide an audience as possible... [a] POWERFUL metaphor of Tibet as a state of mind that speaks to our own life values." -- CurtainUp, September 1997


"An animated TOUR DE FORCE!" -- Davida Singer, Villager, December 1996


"EXTRAORDINARILY INFORMATIVE AND FASCINATING ... I love a play that sends the mind spinning in such intriguing orbits; this is such a play." -- Martin's Guide to NY Theater, September 1997


"OUTSTANDING... a play which I would love to read even though dramatic literature is not something I usually crave... with the right marketingit could be a bestseller..." -- Washington Square News, September 1997


"Upsets the hallowed halls of the cultural elite..." -- Village Voice, September 1997

 

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Tibet Does Not Exist  | Open: 04/08/09 Close: 04/26/09
A exiled Tibetan Lama becomes an uncomfortable house guest for a Yale economics professor, who, along with his cynical colleagues, do not quite know what to think of the often irreverent monk. As the Lama turns his attention to the economist, the professor confesses some painful truths regarding mis-understood ideas and unresolved relationships. En route the Lama takes us on a sometimes humorous, sometimes poignant journey through what the tragedy of Tibet means in a modern context. With the turmoil in Tibet making recent headlines, Tibet Does Not Exist takes on special meaning.

"Stands the modern Western world on its head... SO FUNNY that it is surprising... the playwright's reticence works: Tibet is very much on your mind as you leave." -- New York Times, October 1997

"Well-mixed blend of drawing room comedy and debate... deserves to reach as wide an audience as possible... [a] POWERFUL metaphor of Tibet as a state of mind that speaks to our own life values." -- CurtainUp, September 1997

"An animated TOUR DE FORCE!" -- Davida Singer, Villager, December 1996

 

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W;t  | Open: 04/07/10 Close: 04/25/10

'W;t' by Margaret Edson, is a play that asks us to question the way we live our lives, the choices we make and the relationships we form. It presents us with Vivian, a woman forced to evaluate her life as she faces her death. Having focused her whole life on the academic analysis of the poetry of John Donne, Vivian realises that she has not achieved in her life what Donne has accomplished in his poetry; the harmonious unification of ‘wit’ (intelligence) and emotion. In the final stages of her life, Vivian begins to realise that having lived her life focused on the intellect, emotional and meaningful connections with others is what she now longs for to provide her with the comfort her ‘wit’ cannot.

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