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Founded in 2008, Co-Op Theatre East (COTE) creates theatre for social change. COTE provides an entertaining performance forum in which to ask evocative, challenging questions of artists and audiences on our way to creating collaborative answers. www.cooptheatreeast.org. 


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Decadent Acts  | Open: 06/15/10 Close: 06/24/10
Set in late 1980s New York City, Decadent Acts chronicles the story of a lesbian couple struggling against legislated discrimination. When television personality Farah White falls fatally ill, her partner, professor Jolene Shatila, along with their daughter Nicole, are faced with unexpected challenges that will change their lives forever. From child custody laws, to hospital visitation rights, Decadent Acts spotlights the harsh reality of discriminatory regulations against same-sex partners, plunging emotional and political depths with grace and searing honesty. At a time when the push for full equality is finally building real momentum across the country, this play couldn’t be timelier.

Proceeds of Decadent Acts will go to Democracy Now!  a national, daily, independent, award-winning news program hosted by journalists Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez which provides audiences with access to people and perspectives rarely heard in the United States general corporate media. http://www.democracynow.org.

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Decadent Acts  | Open: 04/22/10 Close: 04/25/10
Set in late 1980s New York City, Decadent Acts chronicles the story of a lesbian couple struggling against legislated discrimination. When television personality Farah White falls fatally ill, her partner, professor Jolene Shatila, along with their daughter Nicole, are faced with unexpected challenges that will change their lives forever. From child custody laws, to hospital visitation rights, Decadent Acts spotlights the harsh reality of discriminatory regulations against same-sex partners, plunging emotional and political depths with grace and searing honesty. At a time when the push for full equality is finally building real momentum across the country, this play couldn’t be timelier.

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Girlpower: Survival Of The Fittest  | Open: 08/15/10 Close: 08/26/10
GirlPower: Survival of the Fittest is an empowering, ensemble-driven collection of words written and performed by teenagers, struggling with issues they face growing up in today's world. In deeply personal material based on real interviews and experiences, the young women explore topics such as peer pressure, body image, being an outcast, different, flawed, and full of dreams for the future. They share their perspectives on love, relationships, current events, the future and creating change. Audiences can expect to walk away with a renewed sense of their own empowerment, regardless of age and gender.

GIRLPOWER: SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST
created and performed by the Project Girl Performance Collective
directed by Ashley Marinaccio and Jessica Greer Morris
edited by Elizabeth Koke and Lara Gold
assistant directed/stage managed by Katherine Sommer and Alexa Winston

About the Company: The Project Girl Performance Collective

The Project Girl Performance Collecitve empowers young women by creating a safe space to address contemporary social, political and cultural issues through the performing arts and written word. The Project Girl Performance Collective is committed to the idea of theatre and performance as a medium for awareness, action and social change. Visit them online at www.projectgirlperformancecollective.org


About the Company: Co-Op Theatre East

Founded in April of 2008, Co-Op Theatre East (COTE) believes in the power of art to foster a dialogue for social change. COTE provides an entertaining performance forum in which to ask evocative, challenging questions of artists and audiences on our way to creating collaborative answers. For more information, please visit www.cooptheatreeast.org.


 

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Muzungu  | Open: 10/14/11 Close: 10/30/11
Arriving in present-day Rwanda with ideas of making a difference, Matthew (Ryan Victor Pierce*), an American aid worker leaves transformed far beyond his expectations through his relationship with Mattie (Nneoma Nkuku*), a local masseuse. Muzungu explores the unseen motives in doing good and unexpected consequences of lending a helping hand. 

*Actors appearing courtesy of Actors Equity Association   

 

About the Company: Mixed Phoenix Theatre Group

Mixed Phoenix Theatre Group explores our evolving American identity, in all its diversity through works that investigate our multi-cultural history, challenge stereotypes or embrace our Native American heritage. www.mptg.org 

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Radio Cote: New Radio Plays On Current Events (with A Revisionist Twist)  | Open: 10/06/10 Close: 10/06/10
Co-Op Theatre East presents:

Radio COTE
New Radio Plays on Current Events
(with a Revisionist Twist)

Written by
Jacob Dickerman, Robert A. K. Gonyo*, Ashley Marinaccio* and Mariah MacCarthy

Directed by
Andi Cohen, Robert A.K. Gonyo, Veronique Ory and Katherine Sommer

Featuring
Hannah Rose Barfoot*, Kerrie Bond*, Mike Callahan*, Tyrus Cucavac*, Theresa Christine*, Jacob Dickerman, Jessica Greer Morris, Tony De Meglio,Robert Gonyo*, Alex Herrald*, Ashley Marinaccio*, Lauren McCullough, Todd Meredith, Michael Rehse, Anna Savant*, Lynn Spencer*, Laurence Waltman, Ruis Woertendyke

* member of the COTE Ensemble

Admission is free but there is a suggested donation of $5. All donations collected at the door will go to the Stefanos Tsigrimanis Memorial Fund established at NYU’s Department of Performance Studies, to sponsor future projects by departmental students that embody the spirit of Stefanos’s own work. Contact Laura Elena Fortes at the Department of Performance Studies at LF65@nyu.edu for any questions regarding the fund.

About the Plays

Live from Pod 305
Written by Ashley Marinaccio and Directed by Andi Cohen
Featuring Anna Savant, Ashley Marinaccio and Jacob Dickerman

At the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility for Women, two pod mates discuss the concepts of revisionism and escape through a nightly grassroots radio broadcast from Pod 305.


Bachelor/Bachelorette
Written by Mariah MacCarthy and Directed by Katherine Sommer
Featuring Hannah Rose Barfoot, Lauren McCullough, Theresa Christine,
and Tyrus Cucavac

On the eve of her wedding at her bachelorette party, Dani is torn between an androgynous stranger and a call from her future wife.

Conference
Written and Directed by Robert A. K. Gonyo
Featuring Kerrie Bond, Mike Callahan, Alex Herrald and Todd Meredith

In the midst of delicate negotiations for a new health-care bill, a seasoned Congressman learns that his re-election campaign just got alot more complicated— voting has been made mandatory. Over a conference call, he & his campaign staff strategize through this turn of events, and weigh the costs of winning on Election Day.


Unus Populus Fidens (A Nation Without Fear/A Confident Nation)
Written by Jacob Dickerman and Directed by Véronique Ory
Featuring Lynn Spencer, Laurence Waltman, Jessica Greer Morris, Ruis Woertendyke, Michael Rehse and Tony De Meglio

In the wake of alterations to the Texas Social Studies curriculum, the US of A realizes the freedom that can be had when we subjugate our reason to our desires.

Standing In Front of 9/11 Waiting for the End of the World
Written by Ashley Marinaccio and Robert A.K. Gonyo
Performed by Ashley Marinaccio and Robert A.K. Gonyo

Toby and Rachel are professional disaster tour guides in need of some quick cash. While standing in front of the World Trade Center site they attempt to create a business plan that will demolish the competition of the surrounding street vendors and 9/11 memorabilia peddlers.

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About Co-Op Theatre East
Founded in April of 2008, Co-Op Theatre East (COTE) believes in the power of art to foster a dialogue for social change. COTE provides an entertaining performance forum in which to ask evocative, challenging questions of artists and audiences on our way to creating collaborative answers. www.cooptheatreeast.org

About the COTE Ensemble

The COTE Ensemble are the resident artists of Co-Op Theatre East. The company membership exists to develop and expand both the performance technique and social consciousness of the individual artist, provide a supportive and safe atmosphere to create new work, and present new theatre that challenges the stories being told in dominant culture.


About the Company: Co-Op Theatre East

Founded in April of 2008, Co-Op Theatre East (COTE) believes in the power of art to foster a dialogue for social change. COTE provides an entertaining performance forum in which to ask evocative, challenging questions of artists and audiences on our way to creating collaborative answers. For more information, please visit www.cooptheatreeast.org.

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Ten Years Later:
Voices From The Post-9/11 Generation Speak
 | Open: 09/12/11 Close: 09/12/11
“My first view of the Manhattan skyline was without the towers. When I first saw it, I just tried to imagine what it could’ve looked like. It was like putting together a puzzle. I had all the edges set out, some of the inside filled, but there was a bunch of space in the middle. My Manhattan skyline will always be an unfinished puzzle to me.” Emily Rupp, cast member

Co-Op Theatre East and Project Girl Performance Collective have collaborated to create “Ten Years Later: Voices of the Post-9/11 Generation Speak”, an ensemble devised piece, created by youth between the ages of 9 and 23, exploring the impact of the September 11th terrorist attacks, ten years later. Through monologues, media, and songs developed by the cast, topics explored include questions of terrorism, war, religion, fundamentalism, education, democracy, patriotism, technology, safety, security and what it means to be coming of age in a “post-9/11 society.”

The cast includes Kate Bralower (10, Manhattan),  Tiffani-Amber DiGrazia (9, Queens), Samantha Phillips (15, Westchester), Monica Furman (15, Brooklyn), Arianna Hanson (15, Bronx), Hank Chen (23, Washington DC), Nick Wolf (21, New Jersey), Stacey Oliver (18, Connecticut), Deanna Alexandra (16, Long Island), Emily Rupp (21, Brooklyn), Peter Kendall (21, New Jersey), Mariah Adkins (23, Brooklyn), Haleigh Spasjevich (20, Manhattan) and Laura Killeen (23, United Kingdom). It is directed by Ashley Marinaccio and Robert A. K. Gonyo, Artistic Directors of Co-Op Theatre East, Stage Managed by Daniel Mendoza and produced by Jessica Greer Morris, Executive Director of the Project Girl Performance Collective, 9/11 Worker and Chair of the World Trade Center Community Advisory Board (2001-2004).  

 


About Project Girl Performance Collective:

"It was inspiring to see bright, confident young women holding forth onstage" (The New Yorker, September 3, 2010) was the response to the Collective’s most recent show at The Fringe Festival. Project Girl Performance Collective (PGPC) empowers young women by creating a safe space to address contemporary social, political and cultural issues through the performing arts and written word. The Project Girl Performance Collective is committed to the idea of theatre and performance as a medium for awareness, action and social change. www.projectgirlperformancecollective.org
 

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Trojan Women Redux  | Open: 01/28/11 Close: 02/06/11
In the modern port city of New York, ten immigrant women are held hostage against their will. A grandmother, once royalty, clings to hope as her remaining children are dragged away. In a radical interpretation of Euripides’ classic play, adapter/director Casey Cleverly modernizes the text to focus on the all-too-contemporary issue of human trafficking. Mixing live drama, news clips, projections, dance, and an original music score, Trojan Women Redux turns the ancient play into a modern day tragedy exploring the real stories of women across the globe.

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