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THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY (TNC) is a Pulitzer Prize winning community cultural center that is known for its high artistic standards and widespread community service. One of New York’s most prolific theatrical organizations, TNC produces 30-40 premieres of new American plays per year, at least 10 of which are by emerging and young playwrights. Many influential theater artists of the last quarter century have found TNC’s Resident Theater Program instrumental to their careers, among them Sam Shepard, Moises Kaufman, Richard Foreman, Charles Busch, Maria Irene Fornes, Miguel Piñero and Academy Award Winners Tim Robbins and Adrien Brody. TNC also presents plays by multi-ethnic/multi-disciplinary theater companies who have no permanent home. Among the well-known companies that have been presented by TNC are Mabou Mines, the Living Theater, Bread and Puppet Theater, the San Francisco Mime Troupe and the Ma-Yi Theater Company, which won an OBIE Award for its 1996 TNC production, FLIPZOIDS. TNC also produced the Yangtze Repertory Company’s 1997 production of BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATH, which was the only play ever produced in America by Gao Xingjian before he won the 2000 Nobel Prize for Literature. TNC seeks to develop theater audiences and inspire future theater artists from the often-overlooked low-income minority communities of New York City by producing minority writers from around the world and by bringing the community into theater and theater into the community through its many free Festivals. TNC productions have won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and over 40 OBIE Awards for excellence in every theatrical discipline. TNC is also the only Theatrical Organization to have won the Mayor's Stop The Violence award.


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"You, Me, and Anxiety"  | Open: 08/28/17 Close: 09/07/17
THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY'S DREAM UP FESTIVAL PRESENTS THE AMERICAN PREMIERE OF "YOU, ME, AND ANXIETY," A SOLO CABARET SHOW WITH RACHEL SCHMELING
A Series of Unfortunate Anxiety Attacks at Random Times. With Music.

WHERE AND WHEN:
August 28 to September 7, 2017.
Theater for the New City (Cabaret Theater), 155 First Avenue. 
Presented by Theater for the New City (Crystal Field, Artistic Director) as part of Dream Up Festival 2017.
August 28 at 6:30 PM, August 29 at 9:00 PM, August 30 at 6:30 PM, August 31 at 9:00 PM, September 7 at 6:30 PM.
Tickets $15. Box Office: (212) 254-1109, www.dreamupfestival.org 
Running Time: 60 minutes. Critics are invited to all performances. 

NEW YORK -- "You, Me, and Anxiety" is a solo cabaret show, written and performed by Rachel Schmeling, on the subject of mental health. This show is part stand up, part audience interaction, part musical journey and part panic disaster. Schmeling takes her audience on a wild one-hour ride into the mental state of someone dealing with anxiety and panic disorder. Theater for the New City's Dream Up Festival will present the work's American premiere August 28 to September 7. Musical director is pianist Jody Shelton. Director is Ellen Lindsay.

In this cabaret, Schmeling looks back to pivotal moments in her life when anxiety took over and she had to deal with it, sometimes in song. These moments seemed normal enough but each one is taken as an imminent threat to the character Schmeling plays, who is an exaggerated version of herself. Every one of them leaves her paralyzed in anxiety and fear. Her thoughts are narrated out loud and we learn more about the reasoning behind her anxiety attacks. The music of the piece varies in genre from contemporary pop to classic rock to mashups and more. The show ends with a heartfelt message from Schmeling on the importance of mental health dialogue and the need to break traditional taboos for everyone's sake.

Rachel Schmeling most recently appeared in the ensemble of The Public's "Julius Caesar" at the Delacorte Theater. She hails from Milwaukee, where she immersed herself in the city's thriving theater scene from age five onward. She studied at Milwaukee's First Stage Theater Academy, the largest children's theater training program in the nation, and appeared in its productions until age 18. She earned a BFA in Acting from Missouri State University in 2015 and subsequently earned an MA in Classical and Contemporary Text from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. During her time in Scotland, she studied at the Shakespeare's Globe Theatre and worked with Kristin Linklater at her voice center in Mainland Orkney. Now she is located in New York and is a member of the Hedgepig Ensemble Theatre. (www.rachelschmeling.com)

Music Director Jody Shelton was musical director for the Second City National Touring Company, and performed with renowned musical improv ensemble Baby Wants Candy for fifteen years. Since 2004, Shelton has released three critically acclaimed albums as a solo artist and two more with his band, Daughter & Son. In 2012, he co-wrote the parody "50 Shades! The Musical," which had an extended run at the Elektra Theatre in New York and has been performed throughout the world. "50 Shades!" can currently be seen at Bally's in Las Vegas. His next musical, co-written with Emmy and Peabody winner Peter Gwinn (The Colbert Report), "The Story of a Story (The Untold Story)," opened at the Chopin Theatre in Chicago on October 2015 and received a Jeff Award nomination for Best New Work. Shelton's most recent work is the musical parody "Star Wars: The Farce Awakens," which had its New York premiere in February 2017.

"You, Me, and Anxiety" was first presented in Glasgow in as an outgrowth of Schmeling's studies at Royal Conservatory, Scotland. This is its American premiere.

The eighth annual Dream Up Festival (www.dreamupfestival.org) is being presented by Theater for the New City from August 27 to September 17. An ultimate new work festival, it is dedicated to the joy of discovering new authors and edgy, innovative performances. Audiences savor the excitement, awe, passion, challenge and intrigue of new plays from around the country and around the world.

The festival does not seek out traditional scripts that are presented in a traditional way. It selects works that push new ideas to the forefront, challenge audience expectations and make us question our understanding of how art illuminates the world around us.

A unique and varied selection of productions will again be offered that draw upon a variety of performance specialties including singing, clowning, poetry, street music, magic and movement. The Festival's founders, Crystal Field and Michael Scott-Price, feel this is especially needed in our present time of declining donations to the arts, grants not being awarded due to market conditions, and arts funding cuts on almost every level across the country and abroad.

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A Promise Best Kept  | Open: 06/10/10 Close: 06/27/10
Theater for the New City and The Little Rascals Theater Company will present the World Premiere of A PROMISE BEST KEPT by Edward Miller.

In a quiet, tree lined suburb of Rockville, Maryland, Suzanne Curtis, a nearly perfect wife and mother, is living a charmed life, with two beautiful adult children and a husband who adores her. She's worked very hard to achieve this tranquility, but shadows from her past now intrude upon the bliss, as events from long ago threaten to destroy it all.

Featured in the cast of this AEA Showcase Production are Dan Patrick Brady*, Evander Duck, Jr.*, Kyle Fowler, Alexandra Grossi, Tina Mavrikidis, Austin Mitchell, Nick Ruggeri *, Jack Tynan and April Woodall *.

*Member AEA

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Adam of the Apes  | Open: 09/17/08 Close: 10/05/08
The story of the Dawn of Man undergoes some comical revisions in "Adam of the Apes" when human twins are born into a community of chimpanzees. This farcical satire--which isn't for the kiddies--takes on topical debates such as Creationism, Evolution, and Women's Lib while the twins, Adam & Eve, grow up in a chimp society and actually introduce thinking into the previously "thought-less" rainforest.

Originally written at The Crucible for American Theater Workshop and making its Off-Off-Broadway debut at The Theater for the New City, "Adam of the Apes" is sure to leave audiences laughing in spite of themselves, with much to discuss and debate after the show.

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Beyond The Mirror  | Open: 11/17/05 Close: 12/04/05
BEYOND THE MIRROR is a journey through three decades of war and occupation in Afghanistan and a search for cultural identity. Woven through myths and memories, family histories and first-hand accounts, traditional dances and live music, story-telling and filmed montages, BEYOND THE MIRROR weaves an intricate tapestry of events, both desperate and hopeful.

directed by Mahmoud Shah Salimi and Joanna Sherman

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Birds On Fire  | Open: 03/17/11 Close: 04/10/11

Theater for the New City proudly presents the world premiere of Birds on Fire, a historical musical drama written and directed by Barbara Kahn. Music by Allison Tartalia. Puppet design by Candice Burridge. Musical Direction and Choreography by Robert Gonzales, Jr. Birds on Fire portrays what might have been the lives of four unidentified victims of the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in Greenwich Village. The production is part of the commemoration of the 100 year anniversary of the disaster. Featuring Zoe Anastassiou, Robert Gonzales, Jr., Gusta Johnson, Tommy Kearney, Benjamin Pike, Anna Podolak, Sarah Shankman, Noelle Tate, Brian F Waite and Amanda Yachechak. Allison Tartalia joins the cast on April 7. Set and lighting design by Mark Marcante, costume design by Alice J Garland, sound design by Joy Linscheid. Graphic design by Virginia Asman. March 17 – April 3, 2011. Thurs - Sat at 8 P.M., Sun at 3 P.M.  Tickets: $12. 212-254-1109. 155 1st Ave@ 10th St. Subway: L to 1st Ave, 6 to Astor Place. www.theaterforthenewcity.net Wheelchair accessible.

 

Birds on Fire uses life-size puppets to portray the people in power—factory owner, architect, superintendent of buildings, city alderman—contrasting with the immigrant Jewish and Italian employees. Two women, childhood friends from Eastern Europe in America for five years, have dreams of a better life beyond the factory. They help a recent arrival from Eastern Europe who tries hard to adjust to her new and difficult life in America. The young Italian seaman who helped her on the dock jumps ship to find this woman he loved “at first sight.” The lives of these four converge in the Triangle Factory. They work hard, play hard during their precious hours of relaxation and share their hopes, dreams and love. The tragic fire that is the climax of the play steals from them their future as well as their past.

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Bread and Puppet Theater  | Open: 12/08/05 Close: 12/23/05
Theater for the New City will present Peter Schumann's Bread and Puppet Theater from December 8 to 23 in a passion play for adults and a circus for children.

For the grownups, it'll be "National Circus and Passion of the Correct Moment" December 8-23.

For kids of all ages, it'll be matinee shows of "Cardboard Celebration Circus" December 10-11 and 17-18. The theater will be decorated with the unique Bread and Puppet collection of powerful black-line posters, banners, masks, curtains, programs and set-props.

"National Circus and Passion of the Correct Moment" is a two-part evening, beginning with a circus. It's a prologue, with half a dozen little acts including The Rotten Idea Theater Company (populated with "Kaspers" -- fresh, insurrectionist, Punch-type characters), a "Russian Computer Dance," and a tongue-in-cheek playlet on what makes a protest. Schumann borrows the structure of the Passion Play for the second--and longer--part. The idea is to dramatize the mind of post-9/11 America, with its yearning for retaliation, as a puppet epic.

"Cardboard Celebration Circus," the kids' show, brings back many of Bread and Puppet's favorite kid-acts: Pinky the big elephant, The Rotten Idea Theater Company (with Kaspers); birds (black and white), a Tiger Act, a Stilt Act, and even some acts that are spectacular but not necessarily for kids.

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Dancing in the Dark  | Open: 11/13/08 Close: 11/30/08
A husband's search for his birth parents tests his marriage in "Dancing in the Dark" by Robert Kornfeld, directed by Tom Thornton. The protagonist is a tormented New Orleans intellectual--a professor of linguistics, whose quest is not that different from many Americans.

It is estimated that 2% of the U.S. Population are adoptees, so between their with biological parents, adoptive parents, and siblings, about 1 in 8 Americans are directly touched by adoption. Most adoptees and birth parents have, at some point, actively searched for biological parents or children they have been separated from. Their most common reason is genetic curiosity: a desire to find what a birth parent or child looks like, their talents or personality.

Jason's wife, Illyria, is an attorney whose biological clock is ticking strongly. The couple are dealing seriously with the issue of finally ending their honeymoon and having children. But Jason is fearful of "unseen" genetic problems. He carries on a relentless search for his birth mother behind his wife's somewhat disapproving back. His stated obsession with genetics may be his bottom-line motive, or it may be a smoke screen for deeper, more Freudian concerns. That enigma is the nexus of a play that peers into the character and needs of the modern American couple.

Jason's dilemma is explored through a series of alternately comic and serious scenes and dreams, some of which are inter spliced with chapters from his wife's dreams. In one, a bee's dance to find its mate is a metaphor foreshadowing Jason's finding his genetic parents. Jason pulls every trick in the book to seek out his birth mother, including a deception to manipulate the secretary of the agency that to placed him with his adoptive parents.

When Jason ultimately meets his mother in an elders' home, she is moody and incoherent, reinforcing his fears of mental illness in his genes. She dances for him as the bee would, illustrating that his knot of feelings will not easily be untied. When she is revealed to be a normally colorful New Orleans eccentric and not insane, Jason feels comfortable in finally starting a family with Illyria.

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Deceit  | Open: 01/10/13 Close: 01/27/13
 "Deceit" (www.deceittheplay.com) is a suspenseful and compelling play by Richard Ploetz that reveals how far some people are willing to take their lies to protect the fragile nature of "being normal."  Theater for the New City will present the piece, directed by Andreas Robertz, January 10 to 27 in its Cino Theater.

Still waters run deep throughout this play, whose central character is a handsome everyday husband and father: an investment banker named Frank who sometimes calls himself Bob.  As Frank, he plays the role of an ordinary heterosexual married man with an eight year old son. As Bob, he conducts a series of gay love affairs, enabled by Internet dating. His wife Helen, an urbane and sophisticated woman, is surprisingly unaware of his gamesmanship.  She is editor of a popular magazine and her reporter, Ken, is researching a blockbuster story about "married men who date other men." Ken's exposé will include secret information from a man he has been interviewing for several weeks, who goes by the name of...Bob.  Meanwhile, Bob's lover Jeffrey, a Hermes accessories salesman, cultivates a friendship with Helen that will raise the stakes--and thrill--of the discovery of his relationship with her husband.

As the walls between Frank's separate lives grow increasingly thin, we realize that every adult character in this triangle--or is it pentagon?--is self-deceiving or deceiving others.  This must be so, to maintain the compartmentalization upon which the deceit uneasily rests. The play is a symbolic and hard hitting take on extra-marital affairs.  It glimpses into the human personality and asks if one can ever be truly oneself in our technology-based society, when Craigslist, Facebook, and Twitter give us facile new identities with artificial user names and profiles.  Which side of us is real and which is used to get what we want in the moment?


About the Company: Theater For The New City

THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY (TNC) is a Pulitzer Prize winning community cultural center that is known for its high artistic standards and widespread community service. One of New York’s most prolific theatrical organizations, TNC produces 30-40 premieres of new American plays per year, at least 10 of which are by emerging and young playwrights. Many influential theater artists of the last quarter century have found TNC’s Resident Theater Program instrumental to their careers, among them Sam Shepard, Moises Kaufman, Richard Foreman, Charles Busch, Maria Irene Fornes, Miguel Piñero and Academy Award Winners Tim Robbins and Adrien Brody. TNC also presents plays by multi-ethnic/multi-disciplinary theater companies who have no permanent home. Among the well-known companies that have been presented by TNC are Mabou Mines, the Living Theater, Bread and Puppet Theater, the San Francisco Mime Troupe and the Ma-Yi Theater Company, which won an OBIE Award for its 1996 TNC production, FLIPZOIDS. TNC also produced the Yangtze Repertory Company’s 1997 production of BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATH, which was the only play ever produced in America by Gao Xingjian before he won the 2000 Nobel Prize for Literature. TNC seeks to develop theater audiences and inspire future theater artists from the often-overlooked low-income minority communities of New York City by producing minority writers from around the world and by bringing the community into theater and theater into the community through its many free Festivals. TNC productions have won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and over 40 OBIE Awards for excellence in every theatrical discipline. TNC is also the only Theatrical Organization to have won the Mayor's Stop The Violence award.

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Desert Sunrise  | Open: 09/29/05 Close: 10/23/05
"Desert Sunrise" describes a natural, simple bonding by people who are supposed to be afraid of each other. It is a drama the arises out of a chance encounter between an Israeli soldier and a Palestinian man of this region. Taking refuge in a desert wadi, the two men are initially antagonistic, but each embodies an openness that exists within the majorities within both societies. They seemingly overcome their root distrust for each other until they are joined by the Palestinian man's beloved, who embodies an odd, impermeable shell of ideology and radical zeal that neither of the men can penetrate.

As the three reach into their own pasts, they not only begin to find similarities, but also begin to understand the psychological and social fabric behind their political beliefs. Using humor, music, poetry and dance the play unfolds toward its sorrowful yet hopeful ending. Over the course of one memorable night the process of mutual understanding and forgiveness begins, halts, gets rejected, but is ultimately embraced by the pained characters.

The play uses English, Hebrew and Arabic dialogue between the three characters and is interspersed with choral odes, performed by onstage musicians and adapted by Shulman from various translations of Aeschylus' "Agamemnon." It also employs Indonesian shadow techniques that are shared with Egyptian puppetry.

The choral odes are scored by Israeli musician Yoel Ben-Simhon (composer; appearing on tenor, oud, guitar and percussion). He is an Israeli Jew of Moroccan descent. Art direction and set design are by New York artist Celia Owens. Lighting design is by Itai Erdal, who is from Israel but now based in Vancouver.

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Fat Asses: The Musical  | Open: 03/21/13 Close: 03/31/13
Take off those Spanx and get ready to let loose for FAT ASSES: THE MUSICAL. Theater for the New City, Crystal Field, Executive Director is thrilled to present the world premiere of the all-new musical/comedy March 21st-31st. From the writers of the FringeNYC favorite Parker & Dizzy’s Fabulous Journey to the End of the Rainbow, Peter Zachari and Damon Maida reunite to present this hilarious and thought provoking musical described as “The First Wives Club meets 9 to 5.”
 
FAT ASSES: THE MUSICAL follows the crusade of three larger-than-life ladies who find themselves ostracized from their friends, families and even their weight-loss support group.  Fed up of feeling invisible, Margaux, Candy and Lacey join forces with the militant newcomer Dustine and decide to storm the offices of the fashion magazine, Gaunt. When the girls are thrust into an immediate spotlight of social media adoration, they are forced to confront their deepest and sometimes deadliest secrets. Songs include, “Fed Up!” “Showstopper,” “Loving You Is a Dying Art,” “A Taste of Fashion,” and “We’re All the Rage” and more.
 
Featuring rollicking performances by Heather Anderson (The Wild Party; Secret Theater), Jane Aquilina (Bawdy n’ Soul; The Metropolitan Room, NYC), Elise Castle (Parker & Dizzy’s Fabulous Journey to the End of the Rainbow; FringeNYC), Kelly Teal Goyette (Shrek; National Tour), Caitlin McGinty (25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee; Theatre by the Sea), Joey Mirabile (Parker & Dizzy’s Fabulous Journey to the End of the Rainbow; FringeNYC) and Itanza Wooden (You Can Tell the Devil That I’m Back; Rose Baby Enterprises). Peter Zachari will direct the production with musical direction by Douglas Maxwell and choreography by Joey Mirabile.
 
For more information, visit www.fatassesthemusical.com


About the Company: Theater For The New City

THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY (TNC) is a Pulitzer Prize winning community cultural center that is known for its high artistic standards and widespread community service. One of New York’s most prolific theatrical organizations, TNC produces 30-40 premieres of new American plays per year, at least 10 of which are by emerging and young playwrights. Many influential theater artists of the last quarter century have found TNC’s Resident Theater Program instrumental to their careers, among them Sam Shepard, Moises Kaufman, Richard Foreman, Charles Busch, Maria Irene Fornes, Miguel Piñero and Academy Award Winners Tim Robbins and Adrien Brody. TNC also presents plays by multi-ethnic/multi-disciplinary theater companies who have no permanent home. Among the well-known companies that have been presented by TNC are Mabou Mines, the Living Theater, Bread and Puppet Theater, the San Francisco Mime Troupe and the Ma-Yi Theater Company, which won an OBIE Award for its 1996 TNC production, FLIPZOIDS. TNC also produced the Yangtze Repertory Company’s 1997 production of BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATH, which was the only play ever produced in America by Gao Xingjian before he won the 2000 Nobel Prize for Literature. TNC seeks to develop theater audiences and inspire future theater artists from the often-overlooked low-income minority communities of New York City by producing minority writers from around the world and by bringing the community into theater and theater into the community through its many free Festivals. TNC productions have won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and over 40 OBIE Awards for excellence in every theatrical discipline. TNC is also the only Theatrical Organization to have won the Mayor's Stop The Violence award.

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Fat Fat Fatty  | Open: 08/19/12 Close: 08/27/12
Fat Man can't live without his beef sandwiches. Unfortunately it’s those very same sandwiches that have fattened him up to the brink of combustion. His world gets turned upside down as a team of doctors, trainers, nutritionists, and one adorable Tiny Man struggle to save this fat, fat, fatty from an explosive demise – resulting in a spectacle of dancing cows, an array of high intensity cardio routines, and one huge appetite on gluttonous display.

Alex Kveton’s witty and daring new play takes a harsh look at the dangers of excessive behavior while bringing us along on an existential roller-coaster ride as one man’s struggle to survive forces him to give up what he loves most in the world – utter indulgence. Directed by Theater Reconstruction Ensemble’s John Kurzynowski, Fat Fat Fatty promises to be an evening of theatrical innovation that will leave you hungry for more!


About the Company: Theater For The New City

THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY (TNC) is a Pulitzer Prize winning community cultural center that is known for its high artistic standards and widespread community service. One of New York’s most prolific theatrical organizations, TNC produces 30-40 premieres of new American plays per year, at least 10 of which are by emerging and young playwrights. Many influential theater artists of the last quarter century have found TNC’s Resident Theater Program instrumental to their careers, among them Sam Shepard, Moises Kaufman, Richard Foreman, Charles Busch, Maria Irene Fornes, Miguel Piñero and Academy Award Winners Tim Robbins and Adrien Brody. TNC also presents plays by multi-ethnic/multi-disciplinary theater companies who have no permanent home. Among the well-known companies that have been presented by TNC are Mabou Mines, the Living Theater, Bread and Puppet Theater, the San Francisco Mime Troupe and the Ma-Yi Theater Company, which won an OBIE Award for its 1996 TNC production, FLIPZOIDS. TNC also produced the Yangtze Repertory Company’s 1997 production of BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATH, which was the only play ever produced in America by Gao Xingjian before he won the 2000 Nobel Prize for Literature. TNC seeks to develop theater audiences and inspire future theater artists from the often-overlooked low-income minority communities of New York City by producing minority writers from around the world and by bringing the community into theater and theater into the community through its many free Festivals. TNC productions have won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and over 40 OBIE Awards for excellence in every theatrical discipline. TNC is also the only Theatrical Organization to have won the Mayor's Stop The Violence award.

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Follies of Grandeur  | Open: 02/02/06 Close: 02/19/06
Hollywood's Ivar Theater was an infamous dive— and by 1978, the last standing Burlesk House in the United States. Lewd and notorious in its day, the Ivar inspired lyrics in the songs of Tom Waites, and photographer Garry Winogrand's images of the Ivar strippers have been displayed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Playwright Ross MacLean was the Ivar's stage manager and spotlight operator for two years.

"Follies of Grandeur" resurrects the Ivar theater, the strippers who performed there and the men who loved them, as it follows the career path of a young drifter who finds a home on the Ivar stage.

February 2 – 19 Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8:00 p.m., Sunday at 3:00

Reservations Advised: 212 254 1109 or buy direct at TheaterMania.com

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Garden Of Delights  | Open: 11/15/12 Close: 12/02/12
 

The Theater for the New City with the support of Spain Culture New York-Consulate General of Spain presents The New Stage Theatre Company's Garden of Delights, written by Fernando Arrabal and directed by Ildiko Nemeth (NY Innovative Theatre Award nominee), with original music by Jon Gilbert Leavitt (Outmusic Award winner).

 

A beautiful and troubled actress, Lais, is tortured by guilt and isolated in her palatial home. As she fields prying calls from a live celebrity talk show, her memories and emotions manifest before her. In Fernando Arrabal's Garden of Delights, the lines between reality, imagination and remembering blur. Lais is forced to confront the ghosts of her past, and the injuries she has sustained and inflicted.

 

The cast includes Kaylin Lee Clinton (NY Innovative Theatre Award nominee), Belle Caplis (NY Innovative Theatre Award nominee), Brandon Olson, Chris Tanner, Geraldine Dulex, Denice Kondik (NY Innovative Theatre Award nominee), Francisca Magalhães, Valerie Miller, Florencia Minniti, Devin Nelson, Emma Pettersson, Alexandra Pike, Juliana Silva and Jeanne Lauren Smith.


About the Company: Theater For The New City

THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY (TNC) is a Pulitzer Prize winning community cultural center that is known for its high artistic standards and widespread community service. One of New York’s most prolific theatrical organizations, TNC produces 30-40 premieres of new American plays per year, at least 10 of which are by emerging and young playwrights. Many influential theater artists of the last quarter century have found TNC’s Resident Theater Program instrumental to their careers, among them Sam Shepard, Moises Kaufman, Richard Foreman, Charles Busch, Maria Irene Fornes, Miguel Piñero and Academy Award Winners Tim Robbins and Adrien Brody. TNC also presents plays by multi-ethnic/multi-disciplinary theater companies who have no permanent home. Among the well-known companies that have been presented by TNC are Mabou Mines, the Living Theater, Bread and Puppet Theater, the San Francisco Mime Troupe and the Ma-Yi Theater Company, which won an OBIE Award for its 1996 TNC production, FLIPZOIDS. TNC also produced the Yangtze Repertory Company’s 1997 production of BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATH, which was the only play ever produced in America by Gao Xingjian before he won the 2000 Nobel Prize for Literature. TNC seeks to develop theater audiences and inspire future theater artists from the often-overlooked low-income minority communities of New York City by producing minority writers from around the world and by bringing the community into theater and theater into the community through its many free Festivals. TNC productions have won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and over 40 OBIE Awards for excellence in every theatrical discipline. TNC is also the only Theatrical Organization to have won the Mayor's Stop The Violence award.

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Gods At The End Of The World  | Open: 06/17/10 Close: 07/03/10

"Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: and whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die."  It was in that year that the flames of war broke out in every corner of the globe and like the hand of God spread death across the land.  None survived save the souls locked deep within the sanctity of the underground shelter known only as 'the Vault.'  And from there none may leave until that time when man shall once again walk this Earth.

 Inspired by the video game series Fallout, Resident Evil and Bioshock; and animes including Neon Genesis Evangelion and Ghost in the Shell; Gods at the End of the World tells the story of the last surviving humans on an Earth that has been made uninhabitable by nuclear warfare.  It is a story about the human spirit, Man's quest for divinity and what it truly means to be human.


 

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Gone Fission, Or Alternative Power  | Open: 07/31/10 Close: 09/12/10
Theater for the New City's award-winning Street Theater Company opens its 34th annual tour July 31 with GONE FISSION, OR ALTERNATIVE POWER, an Operatta for the Street.  The rip-roaring production will tour City streets, parks and playgrounds throughout the five boroughs through September 12. The production, free to all New Yorkers, will have book, lyrics and direction by Crystal Field and musical score composed by Joseph Vernon Banks.

When an out-of-work Account Executive takes a survival job as a Census Taker, he visits a fish restaurant.  A hurricane transforms the place to a Louisiana Bayou, where Father Neptune is conducting a summit with the creatures of the sea.  Our hero's job is to count, but he also listens.  He learns that animals are people, too; they are just like the gay couple in 3E, the single mom in 5D, the gang member in 6A, the illlegal immigrant family in 4B and Lady Gaga in the Lobby.     He sees that the human race is an important part of the Animal Kingdom and learns "dissenting" notions he would have considered fishy, like offshore drilling is disgraceful and that you shouldn't dig for coal by lopping off the top of a mountain.  He even learns there are alternative lifestyles to world domination and empire building.  The operetta features a La Vegas style Can-Can number called "Investors' Russian Roulette" and a Sea Creatures Anthem, "We Are The Animals."

The Census Taker takes his neighbors so seriously that he realizes that grassroots organizing is the way to go.  When he goes to an angry Community Board meeting with a chorus of shrimp, fish, dolphins, a pelican, and a polar bear, led by Father Neptune, to plead the case for Alternative Power, the meeting elects him as a public member. He considers a run for City Council. As Father Neptune says, “You’ve gotta start somewhere!”

The sea creatures are played by actors in gigantic fish costumes made by Hollywood special effects maven David "Zen" Mansley.  The mountain plays itself. There are seven production numbers, a live five-piece band and a company of 50.


SCHEDULE
Sat, July 31st - 2PM - Manhattan - TNC, East 10th Street at 1st Avenue
Sun, August 1st - 2PM – Manhattan – Jackie Robinson Park, W. 147th Street & Bradhurst Avenue
Sat, August 7th - 2PM - Bronx - St. Mary's Park at 147th St. & St. Ann's Ave
Sun, August 8th - 2PM - Brooklyn - Herbert Von King Park at Marcy & Tompkins
Fri, August 13th -  8PM - Brooklyn - Coney Island Boardwalk at W. 10th St.
Sat, August 14th - 2PM – Manhattan - Tompkins Square Park at E. 7th St and Ave. A
Sun, August 15th - 2PM – Manhattan – Central Park Bandshell, 72nd Street Crosswalk
Sat, August 21st - 2PM - Brooklyn - Prospect Park Concert Grove
Sun, August 22nd - 2PM - Queens – Travers Park, 34th Ave between 77th & 78th Streets
Sat, August 28th - 2PM – Manhattan - Wise Towers at W. 90th St bet. - Columbus & Amsterdam
Sun, August 29th - 2PM – Manhattan - Washington Square Park
Sat, September 11th - 2PM - Staten Island – Sobel Court & Bowen Street
Sun, September 12th - 2PM - Manhattan - St. Marks Church, E. 10th St at 2nd Ave

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HEATHER SMILEY FOR PRESIDENT  | Open: 10/01/15 Close: 10/25/15
Theater for the New City (Executive Director, Crystal Field) presents the world premiere of the musical comedy Heather Smiley for President, which will begin previews on Thursday, October 1st, at the Theater for the New City (155 First Avenue at 10th Street), with an opening set for Sunday, October 11th. The musical has a book and lyrics by Tom Attea with music composed by Arthur Abrams. The production is directed by Mark Marcante and choreographed by Angela Harriell. Heather Smiley for President will play a limited engagement through October 25th. Tickets are $15 ($10 for seniors) and can be purchased online at www.TheaterfortheNewCity.net or http://www.smarttix.com or at the box office and by calling 212-254-1109.

In a story strikingly similar to the daily headlines, Heather Smiley for President follows a female Democratic candidate as she struggles to appeal to voters amid an ever-growing field of Republican and Democratic candidates. She’s already resided on Pennsylvania Avenue as the nation’s First Lady, and now she believes it’s her turn to call the Oval Office her own.

About the Company: Theater For The New City

THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY (TNC) is a Pulitzer Prize winning community cultural center that is known for its high artistic standards and widespread community service. One of New York’s most prolific theatrical organizations, TNC produces 30-40 premieres of new American plays per year, at least 10 of which are by emerging and young playwrights. Many influential theater artists of the last quarter century have found TNC’s Resident Theater Program instrumental to their careers, among them Sam Shepard, Moises Kaufman, Richard Foreman, Charles Busch, Maria Irene Fornes, Miguel Piñero and Academy Award Winners Tim Robbins and Adrien Brody. TNC also presents plays by multi-ethnic/multi-disciplinary theater companies who have no permanent home. Among the well-known companies that have been presented by TNC are Mabou Mines, the Living Theater, Bread and Puppet Theater, the San Francisco Mime Troupe and the Ma-Yi Theater Company, which won an OBIE Award for its 1996 TNC production, FLIPZOIDS. TNC also produced the Yangtze Repertory Company’s 1997 production of BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATH, which was the only play ever produced in America by Gao Xingjian before he won the 2000 Nobel Prize for Literature. TNC seeks to develop theater audiences and inspire future theater artists from the often-overlooked low-income minority communities of New York City by producing minority writers from around the world and by bringing the community into theater and theater into the community through its many free Festivals. TNC productions have won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and over 40 OBIE Awards for excellence in every theatrical discipline. TNC is also the only Theatrical Organization to have won the Mayor's Stop The Violence award.

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Homeland  | Open: 04/14/05 Close: 05/15/05
A play about America in the near future under a repressive regime
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Homeland  | Open: 09/08/05 Close: 09/25/05
About an America in the near future under a repressive regime.
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In The Schoolyard  | Open: 05/04/07 Close: 05/20/07
IN THE SCHOOLYARD tells the story of Larry, Jerry, Dave, Eddie and Manny, who all grew up in Brooklyn. They played stoopball and stickball on the streets and basketball in the schoolyard of P.S. 8. They all worked in or stole from the grocery store owned by Manny's mother, Mrs. Rivera. Years ago they married, started their careers and moved away. But they still come back to Brooklyn on the last Saturday of September to play basketball, have a few drinks at O'Leary's bar and talk about old times and new. But this time things are a little different. Larry is going through a major crisis that's causing him to reevaluate the some of the decisions he's made in his life. And Dave is in trouble once again. As the guys look back to the past, they figure out how they are going to face the future.
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Jesus and Mandy  | Open: 06/08/06 Close: 07/02/06
In the bubblegum ‘70s, Jesus is on a collision course with depression. His only hope: Mandy, the self-proclaimed "sickest little girl in the world", a recently deceased pre-teen determined to circumvent her fate and stay on Earth as a Funky Girl-Ghost by proving that quick thinking, ingenuity, and kickin' dance moves will be enough to keep the Messiah from skulking off into oblivion.

A black comedy that proves that the afterlife can be a super-cool place - think Christopher Durang meets Saturday morning cartoon!

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Just Sex  | Open: 03/22/12 Close: 04/15/12

Following its acclaimed, sold-out run earlier this season as part of Theater for the New City’s Dream Up Festival, playwright Brandt Johnson’s JUST SEX will return to Theater for the New City (155 First Avenue) for a limited Off-Broadway engagement. Preview performances of JUST SEX begin March 22 prior to an official press opening of March 27. Alex Kilgore (founding Artistic Director of stageFARM – OLIVER PARKER!, THE GINGERBREAD HOUSE, VENGEANCE) directs.

What are the moral boundaries of cybersex? What’s the difference between pixels and flesh? In JUST SEX, a brisk new comedy by Brandt Johnson, Katherine and William are in lust with other people — but married to each other. Unwilling to cheat, they open their marriage, log on, and get off. They confront frequent, hilarious reminders that extramarital escapades can lead to much more than just sex. What begins as a simple online exercise in physical release becomes a complex, real-life challenge to the couple’s notions of normalcy, love, and fidelity.

Directed by Alex Kilgore, the cast of JUST SEX will feature Brandt Johnson, Alex Kilgore, Tasha Lawrence and Meghan Miller.

As Founding Artistic Director of the Off-Broadway company the stageFARM, Alex Kilgore conceived, commissioned and directed 2008’s SPIN series (Gina Gionfriddo, Elizabeth Meriwether, Adam Rapp, Mark Schultz, and Judith Thompson), as well as 2007’s VENGEANCE series (Neena Beber, Ron Fitzgerald, Gina Gionfriddo, Julian Sheppard, and Francine Volpe). Mr. Kilgore also directed the world premiere of David Folwell’s DRUG BUDDY for the stageFARM at Cherry Lane and produced Off-Broadway premieres of Elizabeth Meriwether’s OLIVER PARKER!, Mark Schultz’s THE GINGERBREAD HOUSE (Drama League Award - Bobby Cannavale), and Gina Gionfriddo’s U.S. DRAG. His acting credits include:  the U.S. premieres of David Folwell’s BOISE (Rattlestick - 2004 Outer Critics Circle Nomination), Philip Ridley's THE PITCHFORK DISNEY (Blue Light Theater Co.), REFUGE by Jessica Goldberg, and LOST HIGHWAY (as Hank Williams).

Tasha Lawrence’s Broadway credits: WILDER, WILDER, WILDER (Tony nomination), GOOD PEOPLE (Manhattan Theatre Club), and PROOF (national tour). Other credits include: Sam Hunter's THE WHALE (Denver Center), Keith Reddin's HUMAN ERROR (City Theatre), Daisy Foote's BHUTAN (Cherry Lane), DANGEROUS LIAISONS (Huntington Theatre), Craig Wright's THE PAVILION (Rattlestick), BETRAYAL (Northern Stage), BAD DATES (City Theatre), THE DIRECTOR (Arclight Theatre), JUNE MOON (Drama Department), HE SHE THEM (Shubert Theatre), George F. Walker's SUBURBAN MOTEL (Rattlestick Theatre). Film and Television: Hangnail (Slamdance, 2011), Romance and Cigarettes (John Turturro), all the “Law and Orders,” “Third Watch” (recurring), “Deadline,” “Kevin Hill,” “Royal Pains,” “All My Children,” “Loving,” and “The Line” (Gemini, ACTRA nominations, best actress).

JUST SEX is Brandt Johnson’s second play to be produced. He performed his first play, a solo show called GIVE AND GO: LEARNING FROM LOSING TO THE HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS, at FringeNYC 2007 and again at New York's Metropolitan Playhouse in 2010. Mr. Johnson’s other acting credits include Walt Disney’s Broadway workshop of HOOPZ, directed by Savion Glover and Kenny Leon; the Off-Broadway production of THE PITCHFORK DISNEY (Blue Light Theater Co.); and the workshop of JOE FEARLESS with Matthew Broderick and Rosie Perez.

Meghan Miller was last seen on stage in the play HAUNTED HOUSE at the Irish Repertory Theatre. She is also a member of the all-girl vaudeville punk trio The Bambi Killers.


About the Company: Theater For The New City

THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY (TNC) is a Pulitzer Prize winning community cultural center that is known for its high artistic standards and widespread community service. One of New York’s most prolific theatrical organizations, TNC produces 30-40 premieres of new American plays per year, at least 10 of which are by emerging and young playwrights. Many influential theater artists of the last quarter century have found TNC’s Resident Theater Program instrumental to their careers, among them Sam Shepard, Moises Kaufman, Richard Foreman, Charles Busch, Maria Irene Fornes, Miguel Piñero and Academy Award Winners Tim Robbins and Adrien Brody. TNC also presents plays by multi-ethnic/multi-disciplinary theater companies who have no permanent home. Among the well-known companies that have been presented by TNC are Mabou Mines, the Living Theater, Bread and Puppet Theater, the San Francisco Mime Troupe and the Ma-Yi Theater Company, which won an OBIE Award for its 1996 TNC production, FLIPZOIDS. TNC also produced the Yangtze Repertory Company’s 1997 production of BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATH, which was the only play ever produced in America by Gao Xingjian before he won the 2000 Nobel Prize for Literature. TNC seeks to develop theater audiences and inspire future theater artists from the often-overlooked low-income minority communities of New York City by producing minority writers from around the world and by bringing the community into theater and theater into the community through its many free Festivals. TNC productions have won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and over 40 OBIE Awards for excellence in every theatrical discipline. TNC is also the only Theatrical Organization to have won the Mayor's Stop The Violence award.

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Kryptonite Hearts  | Open: 01/25/07 Close: 02/11/07
KRYPTONITE HEARTS is a pulse-pounding tale of romance, comedy and adventure inspired by 1940's comic books and radio shows!

When Women's Air Corps pilot Wanda Worthington returns home from World War II, she quickly grows bored with the life of a housewife. Soon she takes to the rooftops of New York City as the patriotic crimefighter All American Girl. Is post-war America ready for a "Girl Crimefighter"?  Will she find love with the mysterious vigilante The Scarlet Skunk? Find out in Kryptonite Hearts!

KRYPTONITE HEARTS played to standing room only audiences at the Midtown International Theatre Festival's Reading Series, in the Summer of 2006. Theater For The New Cityis proud to present the first full production of this new play written by Charles Battersby, Directed by James Duff, and featuring Lizzie Pepper as All American Girl, with Charles Battersbyas The Scarlet Skunk.

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Long Time Passing  | Open: 03/09/06 Close: 04/02/06
Long Time Passing is a fable set in the ruins of Central Park during an endless war. There are no "sides" in the play and no politics, only the story of war's devastation on all living things, both human and animal. And in keeping with the human (and animal) spirit, the play contains endless hope in this endless war.

Music by Alicia Svigals
Puppet design by Harry Rainbow

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Lovesphere 17: Bubbles, A Communophenomenological Manifesto  | Open: 03/23/12 Close: 03/25/12
Heavily influenced by Peter Sloterdijk's Spheres Trilogy, especially Volume I: Bubbles, BUBBLES returns to the Lovesphere roots of improvised theater (Lovespheres 0-4, in the mid 90's, were improvised musicals.) Communophenomenology is an attempt to reverse the damage materialism did to the idea of communism, and the damage fascism did to phenomenology, by using the theater encounter to explore intersubjectivity. BUBBLES will straddle the line between dance, theater, musical improvisation, butoh and group meditation.
 
Director Cassandra Victoria Chopourian has performed with Naked Theater, Resistance Theater, Medicine Show Theater, Lovesphere, the Tender Buttons Band, is a founding member of the international Conscientious Mythmakers theater ensemble for whom she directed “Islands of Passion” in Leipzig in 2011. She is a signatory to the Neo-Protruberist Manifesto. Producer Gary Heidt, a co-founder of Lovesphere, infuses the production with his training in improvisation from Daniel Carter. The cast of experienced improvisors include Anne Bassen, Yascha Bilan, Steve Dworkin, Lauren Farber, Mark Gering, Rich Gross, Evan Laurence and John Zurek.

About the Company: Theater For The New City

THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY (TNC) is a Pulitzer Prize winning community cultural center that is known for its high artistic standards and widespread community service. One of New York’s most prolific theatrical organizations, TNC produces 30-40 premieres of new American plays per year, at least 10 of which are by emerging and young playwrights. Many influential theater artists of the last quarter century have found TNC’s Resident Theater Program instrumental to their careers, among them Sam Shepard, Moises Kaufman, Richard Foreman, Charles Busch, Maria Irene Fornes, Miguel Piñero and Academy Award Winners Tim Robbins and Adrien Brody. TNC also presents plays by multi-ethnic/multi-disciplinary theater companies who have no permanent home. Among the well-known companies that have been presented by TNC are Mabou Mines, the Living Theater, Bread and Puppet Theater, the San Francisco Mime Troupe and the Ma-Yi Theater Company, which won an OBIE Award for its 1996 TNC production, FLIPZOIDS. TNC also produced the Yangtze Repertory Company’s 1997 production of BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATH, which was the only play ever produced in America by Gao Xingjian before he won the 2000 Nobel Prize for Literature. TNC seeks to develop theater audiences and inspire future theater artists from the often-overlooked low-income minority communities of New York City by producing minority writers from around the world and by bringing the community into theater and theater into the community through its many free Festivals. TNC productions have won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and over 40 OBIE Awards for excellence in every theatrical discipline. TNC is also the only Theatrical Organization to have won the Mayor's Stop The Violence award.

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Lower East Side Festival of the Arts  | Open: 05/27/05 Close: 05/29/05
For the tenth year, a score of stars and over 100 performing arts organizations, independent artists, poets, puppeteers and film makers will join forces May 27 to 29 in the Lower East Side Festival of the Arts. The three-day, indoor and outdoor festival of theater is organized by TNC and a coalition of civic, cultural and business leaders and is free to all New Yorkers. Last year, over 3,000 people attended.

This year's festival is dedicated to the memory and legacy of Mel Gussow and Arthur Miller.

The festival will be three days of theater and theater-related events, employing two theater spaces at TNC plus the block of East Tenth Street between First and Second Avenues. On Saturday, May 28 there will be a day-long, block-long outdoor carnival of musical attractions and a community arts fair with food and crafts vendors. The list of attractions includes artists presently residing on the Lower East Side, arts groups performing there, prominent writers and artists whose work has dealt directly with the Lower East Side experience and plays written especially for this festival. The distinct ethnic communities of the Lower East Side are amply represented, including the Latin American, African American, Chinese, Indian, Irish, Italian, Jewish, Native American, Polish and Ukrainian communities.

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Lower East Side Festival of the Arts  | Open: 05/26/06 Close: 05/28/06
THE 11th ANNUAL LOWER EAST SIDE (LES) FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS will bring together under one roof in just three days over 100 performing arts organizations, local and international celebrities, independent artists, poets, puppeteers, film makers and many others -- all of whom reside, work or have their roots in the culturally diverse, willfully anarchistic Lower East Side

The complete lineup and schedule will be posted online at www.theaterforthenewcity.net on or after May 18.

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Lysistrata's Children  | Open: 11/06/08 Close: 11/23/08
To share an outstanding show of last season with a larger audience, Theater for the New City will present a return engagement of "Lysistrata's Children," a Brechtian comedy written and directed by Philip Suraci, from November 6 to 23, 2008.

Inspired by Aristophanes, "Lysistrata's Children" is an original work conceived by Suraci and devised for and with the teenage cast. Like "The Me Nobody Knows" and Broadway's current "Spring Awakening," it is a play performed by young people for adults to see. It explores issues of war and peace, violence and non-violence through the power dynamics of child/parent relationships. In Aristophanes' original, Athenian wives denied their husbands sex in order to persuade them to make peace. In Suraci's ingenious adaptation, children withhold love from their parents until they sign an oath of "Victory over violence" and join the children's quest for peace. There is sly comedy in the children's manipulation of their parents' behavior and in the parents' responses to their children's demands.

The play was originally workshopped and produced in 2006 with students of Friends Seminary on Stuyvesant Square. It was presented by Theater for the New City last fall. Last season, Milton E. Polsky, writing in "The Chronicles," a publication of the NY State Theatre Education Association, called the piece "deftly and imaginatively written," noting, "The audience members were deeply moved by the production they enjoyed and the truth they perceived emanating from the stage." The review ended with a call for the play to be published. Howard Kissel, reporting on last year's TNC production in the Daily News, wrote that for the parents, the experience went deeper than simply "seeing my kids in a show." For the young cast, it was affirming that "anybody can make a difference."

The show's website is www.lysistrataschildren.com

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My Boyfriend Is A Zombie  | Open: 06/03/10 Close: 06/27/10
In William Electric Black's newest musical, two guys are in love with the same girl.  One's a monster and the other's a wise guy with quick fists.  Who's gonna get to take her to the dance?  Sounds like "Oklahoma," doesn't it?  Fooled ya, it's "My Boyfriend Is A Zombie."  The year is 1958 and the dance in question is the Springtown High School Halloween Hop.  This time, the monster gets the girl.  It's a rockin', boppin' family-friendly show, to be presented by Theater for the New City, 155 First Avenue, June 3 to 27.  You can  buy a discount ticket if you come in a Zombie costume.

George Romero never had it so tuneful.  This piece sports thirteen original numbers written by the team of William Electric Black and Gary Schreiner, both Emmy-winners.  There's an ensemble of ten actors and a three-piece live band. Book, lyrics and direction are by William Electric Black.


The actors are Nicole Patullo (as Paula), Cara S.Liander, Allison Troesch and Macah Coates (as her teenage friends), Jamaal Kendall (as Grrr, the zombie); Jeremy Lardieri, Lenin Alevante and Matthew Hooper (as the three punks), Erin Salm (as the Student Council President) and Verna Hampton (as Zombette, the narrator)  The musicians are Gary Schreiner (co-composer/keyboard), Saadi Zain (bass) and James Mussen (drums).  Choreography is by Jeremy Lardieri.  Lighting design is by Federico Restrepo.  Costume design is by Tilly Grimes.  Makeup design is by Kate Tsang.


For more information, please visit our website: www.boyfriendzombieonstage.com

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Parker & Dizzy's Fabulous Journey To The End Of The Rainbow  | Open: 01/09/14 Close: 01/26/14
From the writing team that brought you last year’s smash FAT ASSES: THE MUSICAL comes the revamped musical/comedy sensation PARKER & DIZZY’S FABULOUS JOURNEY TO THE END OF THE RAINBOW. After a successful run at the New York International Fringe Festival and Encores Series in 2011, this hilariously campy, sci-fi-action-adventure is described as a saucy foursome between The Wizard of Oz, Star Wars, Thelma & Louise and a “gay” Da Vinci Code…but instead of revolving around Jesus, it’s JUDY! With book & lyrics by actor-director-playwright Peter Zachari and lyrics/music composed by singer-songwriter Damon Maida, this revamped version premieres six brand new songs.
 
Take an adventurous ride on a disco schtick of mystery, music and amusement in a journey to connect-the-dots between pop icons, from Liza Minnelli and Joan Crawford to recent pop idols. PARKER & DIZZY’S FABULOUS JOURNEY TO THE END OF THE RAINBOW follows an unlikely daring duo; Parker, a curious assistant to the stars, and the adorably spunky choreographer, Dizzy. When their boss, famed drag-songstress Victoria Luster, winds up mysteriously murdered in her dressing room, the twosome are not only shocked, but are actually questioned as suspects! Their only hope is a cryptic message uttered by the dying diva. Unbeknownst to them, they are about to embark on a mind-altering, secret-unveiling journey, encountering drag queens, clones, dead bodies and a menacing villainess, questioning not only their own reality, but also their friendship, culture and life purpose! Songs will include “GPeniS,” “Hail the Queens,” “Don’t Even Think About It,” “Hero of This Dream,” “The Troll Song,” “What Makes a Friend” and more.
 
Returning cast members Peter Zachari (Parker), Joey Mirabile (Dizzy) and Sam Given (aka Millie Grams) are joined by NYC comedian and drag personality Marti Gould Cummings, Eric Byrer, Kasidy Devlin, Solomon Kee, Scott Salame and Jacob Storms.
 

Theater for the New City, Crystal Field, Exec Director
155 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10003
January 9-26, 2014 – Tickets: $15 general / $10 students and seniors
For tickets, visit www.theaterforthenewcity.net or call (212) 254-1109

Book by Peter Zachari
Music and Lyrics by Damon Maida and Peter Zachari
Directed by Peter Zachari
Musical Direction by Douglas Maxwell
Chorography by Joey Mirabile
 
Check out Parker and Dizzy on Facebook: www.fb.com/parkeranddizzy
And on Twitter: www.twitter.com/parkeranddizzy


About the Company: Theater For The New City

THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY (TNC) is a Pulitzer Prize winning community cultural center that is known for its high artistic standards and widespread community service. One of New York’s most prolific theatrical organizations, TNC produces 30-40 premieres of new American plays per year, at least 10 of which are by emerging and young playwrights. Many influential theater artists of the last quarter century have found TNC’s Resident Theater Program instrumental to their careers, among them Sam Shepard, Moises Kaufman, Richard Foreman, Charles Busch, Maria Irene Fornes, Miguel Piñero and Academy Award Winners Tim Robbins and Adrien Brody. TNC also presents plays by multi-ethnic/multi-disciplinary theater companies who have no permanent home. Among the well-known companies that have been presented by TNC are Mabou Mines, the Living Theater, Bread and Puppet Theater, the San Francisco Mime Troupe and the Ma-Yi Theater Company, which won an OBIE Award for its 1996 TNC production, FLIPZOIDS. TNC also produced the Yangtze Repertory Company’s 1997 production of BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATH, which was the only play ever produced in America by Gao Xingjian before he won the 2000 Nobel Prize for Literature. TNC seeks to develop theater audiences and inspire future theater artists from the often-overlooked low-income minority communities of New York City by producing minority writers from around the world and by bringing the community into theater and theater into the community through its many free Festivals. TNC productions have won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and over 40 OBIE Awards for excellence in every theatrical discipline. TNC is also the only Theatrical Organization to have won the Mayor's Stop The Violence award.

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Puppetry with a Social Conscience  | Open: 12/11/08 Close: 12/11/08
In conjunction with these two productions, Theater for the New City is presenting a free panel discussion entitled "Puppetry With A Social Conscience" on Thursday, December 11 at 9:30 pm (after both puppet shows come down).

The theme will be how our world is reflected in the eyes of the Puppet. The panelists (now in formation) will include Peter Schumann, head of Bread and Puppet Theater; Vit Horejs, head of the Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theater; Jane Catherine Shaw, co-artistic director of the Voice 4 Vision Puppet Festival; John Bell, theater journalist and puppet theater artist; and Eileen Blumenthal, author of "Puppetry: A World History," the latest authoritative book on puppet theater.

The panel will be moderated by Crystal Field, Executive Director of Theater for the New City.

The Audience will be invited to participate with questions for the panel. Admission is free.

Please consider attending what I hope will be an exciting and informative evening.

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Riding The Bull  | Open: 04/28/05 Close: 05/22/05
In West Texas--in a town called Godsburg--there live, according to August Schulenberg's "Riding the Bull," a couple of awkward young people, a pet cow and a one-horned bull named Suerte. A celibate rodeo clown named G.L. has succumbed to his sexual fantasies (in private, of course) and has gotten excommunicated from the Church (to his continual regret and pain). His irreverent girlfriend, Lyza, is a husky, plus-sized roundheel with a saucy outlook, an acute business sense, and a pet cow named Cyndi. Their worlds seem far apart, yet somehow they fall in love.

Liza's gawky charm and G.L.'s zany obeisance to religious symbols make these two people seem preciouosly mismatched. As they declaim together upon their world, there is a rare theatrical joy in their acute dialect and the overriding imagery of the cow culture, in which Lyza's similarity to Cyndi is not missed. G.L. and Lyza have never spoken until Lyza decides one day to desecrate the town's nativity scene. Once they are acquainted, she begins to exert an almost magical power over him. There unfold sessions of prophetic sex, bull riding scams, a search for the true Elvis, and cows that rise from the dead.

Lyza turns G.L. into a millionaire in Act Two and there is a dramatic changing of places: the zaftig one becomes thin, the sinner becomes devout, the self-less becomes selfish, the unbeliever believes--they exchange each other's relationship with God. G.L. is eventually gored by the one-horned bull, but Lyza becomes so emotionally close to her pet cow, Cyndi, that they become nearly one and the same. This ultimately drives G.L. to an act of desperation that is a striking denouement. The play ends up as a comic tragedy that affects us all.

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Rue  | Open: 03/01/06 Close: 03/19/06
"Rue," a whimsical dark comedy, is about the madness of desire and the clarity of love. In the sinful Southern half of the island, we meet Handsome, a poor charismatic bartender; his jilted lover Pip; and the rich and powerful Boss McReis. When McReis hires Handsome as the front-man of his swankiest hotel and bans Pip from following, she goes undercover as a boy to win Handsome back. Then Candace, desperate for a child, arrives at the hotel with her unhappy husband. What follows is a farce of epic proportions, complete with slamming doors, unlikely marriages, and a nearly immaculate conception. Beyond the farcical elements, however,
lurk darker themes of obsession, exploitation and regret. At its heart, "Rue" is about the fragility of beauty, our basic need for human contact and why we should be forgiven for chasing these so compulsively.
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Satan’s Whore, Victoria Woodhull  | Open: 03/22/12 Close: 04/08/12
Theater for the New City(Crystal Field, Executive Director) proudly presents Satan’s Whore, Victoria Woodhull,written by Richard Geha, March 22 – April 8, 2012. Lissa Moira directs this post-Civil War, period drama about the sexual liberationist Victoria Woodhull.  Don Garverickchoreographs, with set design by David "Zen" Mansley&lighting design by William Giraldo.

Satan’s Whore follows the life of Victoria Woodhull as she journeys from sexually abused child, to the most infamous, celebrated, intellectual beauty of 19th Century New York City. Feminist suffragette & renowned spiritualist, Woodhull was the first female presidential candidate, with Frederick Douglass as her running mate. She was also the first female newspaper publisher & Wall Street broker, but was best known as a fearless free-love advocate & practitioner. Woodhull was a woman so far ahead of her time, that time has yet to catch up.

Featured in this AEA Approved Showcase Production areEmily Bayard Blake*, Paulina Brahm, Robert Colpitts, Tim Douglas*, Nora Mundé Gustuson, Robert Homeyer, George Isaacs, David “Zen” Mansley,   Richard O'Brien, Jacob Merrik Storms& Kate Tenetko as Victoria Woodhull.


About the Company: Theater For The New City

THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY (TNC) is a Pulitzer Prize winning community cultural center that is known for its high artistic standards and widespread community service. One of New York’s most prolific theatrical organizations, TNC produces 30-40 premieres of new American plays per year, at least 10 of which are by emerging and young playwrights. Many influential theater artists of the last quarter century have found TNC’s Resident Theater Program instrumental to their careers, among them Sam Shepard, Moises Kaufman, Richard Foreman, Charles Busch, Maria Irene Fornes, Miguel Piñero and Academy Award Winners Tim Robbins and Adrien Brody. TNC also presents plays by multi-ethnic/multi-disciplinary theater companies who have no permanent home. Among the well-known companies that have been presented by TNC are Mabou Mines, the Living Theater, Bread and Puppet Theater, the San Francisco Mime Troupe and the Ma-Yi Theater Company, which won an OBIE Award for its 1996 TNC production, FLIPZOIDS. TNC also produced the Yangtze Repertory Company’s 1997 production of BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATH, which was the only play ever produced in America by Gao Xingjian before he won the 2000 Nobel Prize for Literature. TNC seeks to develop theater audiences and inspire future theater artists from the often-overlooked low-income minority communities of New York City by producing minority writers from around the world and by bringing the community into theater and theater into the community through its many free Festivals. TNC productions have won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and over 40 OBIE Awards for excellence in every theatrical discipline. TNC is also the only Theatrical Organization to have won the Mayor's Stop The Violence award.

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Second Voice 4 Vision Puppet Festival  | Open: 12/01/05 Close: 12/11/05
ARTISTS & SHOWS

1. "THE ADVENTURES OF CHARCOAL BOY"
by Sarah Provost (creator, puppetry director), Eric Novak (creator, design director) and Elyas Khan (composer, musical director, narrator). 12/1 -12/3 at 9:30; 12/4 at 4:30.

"The Adventures of Charcoal Boy" is a fantastical musical theater piece in which organic and industrial objects are brought to life as puppets. The story follows a tree branch, struck by lightning, who wakes to an unfamiliar world. This charred stick begins his journey, yearning to be a tree again. When he learns to draw with his charred feet, his seeming predicament proves to be a useful talent.

2. "PORTRAITS - NIGHT & DAY"
by Karen Kandel. 12/1 - 12/3 at 8:00 pm; 12/4 at 3:00.

"Portraits - Night & Day" is the first in a series of intimate journeys into the lives of a family of women. Embracing unconscious connections to ancestor spirits where time has no meaning. Portraits..." is a multi-scale installation/performance piece with masks, objects, lots of fabric, text, movement and music ranging in style from the literal to the abstract.

3. "MRS. WRIGHT'S ESCAPE"
by Amanda Maddock. 12/8 & 12/10 at 9:30; 12/9 & 12/11 at 8:00.

"Mrs. Wright's Escape" is a full-length puppet show regaling some of the history of architect Frank Lloyd Wright, his wife Olgivanna, his family, and his architecture school known as the Taliesin Fellowship. The show features tabletop puppetry, a few shadows, object manipulation, and live music all presented from the perspective of the Taliesin "apprentices."

4. NIKOLAI GOGOL'S "THE NOSE"
12/8 & 12/10 at 8:00; 12/9 at 9:30; 12/11 at 4:30.

In a society built on lechery and deceit - where love is rewarded with lies, and corruption rules the day - one nose has the courage to cut itself off from its face to spite its man and strike out on its own.

"The Nose" is conceived and directed by Alissa Mello, with puppet design by Michael Kelly, and story adaptation by Andy Roth.

5. "Puppet Art Attacks" 12/11 at 8:00 (special price: $5)
A puppetry slam of 3-5 minute "short works of genius" by a variety of puppet artists.

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Social Insecurity  | Open: 08/06/05 Close: 09/18/05
"Social Insecurity" is three soldiers' journey through Operation Iraqi Freedom and their return home, as seen through the camera of a nosy documentary filmmaker who is a combination of Michael Moore and Red Skelton. The soldiers are three New Yorkers, all from different backgrounds, who enlist for different reasons: one to go to college, one because he came from a military family, and one who went through Alternative Sentencing. Sent to Iraq, they share care packages from their families, they see the ugliness of a foreign occupation, the bitterness of the Iraqi citizenry, and the torture and humiliation of Arab prisoners. They support each other emotionally and physically, and when one of them dies from an unexploded missile buried in the roadbed, his two friends are right behind his Hummer, able to take his body away. They are present when his ghost rises to tell them he cannot rest because of the terrible injustices he has seen.

On bivouac, they encounter the eccentric documentary filmmaker, who appears out of the smoke of an explosion: his camera is charred, his hair is on fire, but he is joyous because his film is untouched. They all return home together--including the ghost--to a society filled with insecurity. Affordable housing is gone, CEO's are plundering their companies, Donald Trump's "You're Fired" dominates TV and the Patriot Act is holding the country in handcuffs. With so much subway repair going on, the exits are all closed and people have to ride forever. The only open exit is into the Bling Bling Bros. Circus, where our federal officials are characters of the three-rings. The metaphor is in your face: the world of the three young men has turned into a bizarre circus.

In the climactic act of the circus, the high wires are the strings of corporate greed. Bush, a lion doing tricks, rebels: "I never wanted to go to war--Why do you think I joined the National Guard--to get out of it. And now we're in it. Up to my elbows--You can't make me do this--I'm out of the oil business." He escapes to a community garden on the Lower East Side, where he does public service in a children's puppet show while their parents protest the war, the killing, the lack of civil rights, the corporate greed that has led us down this road. Upon seeing this great protest, the soul of the Dead Soldier finds rest at last.


Sat, August 6th - 2 PM - Manhattan - TNC, East 10th Street at 1st Avenue
Sun, August 7th - 2 PM - Queens - Travers Park, 34th Ave between 77th & 78th Streets
Sat, August 13th - 2 PM - Manhattan - St. Marks Church, E. 10th St. at 2nd Ave.
Sun, August 14th - 2 PM - Brooklyn - Herbert Von King Park at Marcy & Tompkins
Fri, August 19th - 8 PM - Brooklyn - Coney Island Boardwalk at W. 10th St.
Sat, August 20th - 2 PM - Bronx - St. Mary's Park at 147th St. & St. Ann's Ave.,
Sun, August 21st - 2 PM - Manhattan - Harry's Playground, E. 124 St. between 2nd and 3rd.
Sat, August 27th - 2 PM - Brooklyn - Prospect Park Concert Grove
Sun, August 28th - 2 PM - Staten Island - Clove Lake Park
Sat, September 10th - 2 PM - Manhattan - Wise Towers at W. 90th St. bet. - Columbus & Amsterdam
Sun, September 11th - 2 PM - Manhattan - Central Park Bandshell, 72nd Street Crosswalk
Sat, September 17th - 2 PM - Manhattan - Tompkins Square Park at E. 7th St. and Ave. A
Sun, September 18th - 2 PM - Manhattan - Washington Square Park

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Soul Searching  | Open: 09/07/05 Close: 10/02/05
Searching follows a single, Jewish woman in New York City on her journey to find the perfect match, but along the way she discovers much more than just her soul-mate, she discovers her own soul.

Brenda (played by Shelley Dague) is beautiful, intelligent with a successful career, but wonders why she is still alone. Her married friends set her up with various men within the Jewish community, however each one seems to carry a message of isolation. Although she wants to share her life with someone, she also wants to share her life with an accepting community of people.

Music & Lyrics: Avi Kunstler
Book & Additional Music/Lyrics: Matt Okin
Assistant Director: Eytan Bayme
Musical Director: Yitzy Glicksman

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Stops Along The Road  | Open: 03/31/10 Close: 04/11/10
"Stops Along the Road" consists of three separate acts, in which a second, smaller stage is mounted upon the existing stage.  The second stage will enable the audience to envision characters interacting backstage and onstage during a performance.  Each act takes place in a unique situation and tells a story based on political themes from America's recent past such as equality of women's rights, the current economic crisis, and the need for hope and leadership.  The performance will feature new music by composer and pianist Arthur Abrams.  In one act, it has children destroying their own play about reproductive rights and world peace.  In a second, it playfully casts President Obama as Moses.  In another, it casts a group of actors as iconic Manhattan superstructures, including one as "the ghost of the World Trade Center."

"A Close Call," the first act of "Stops Along the Road," recreates an annual Spring school pageant in which students from each class act as characters such as eggs and children of the world in several different scientific and historical themes.  The performance gradually turns into pandemonium as children acting as mummies pull those posing as zygotes and students assigned to the starvation theme fight with those in the peace theme.  This chaos symbolizes America's recent past under President George W. Bush, when our nation almost went over the edge.

The second act, "The Desert," is symbolic of a new stage in our history, the Obama era, and highlights issues at the forefront of our current political agenda.  In this act, President Obama goes up a mountain as Moses did in the Hebrew Bible and chisels the Ten Commandments onto tablets while speaking to God on issues such as health care and the mortgage crisis, later to return with the tablets broken into pieces because of greed prevalent on Wall Street.

The final act, "The Rehearsal," reflects a cry from the heart of New Yorkers seeking what to do in today's times.  The cast of a theatrical rehearsal deals with an arguing crew, as one member finally reflects on the strength of a relative who survived the Armenian holocaust and endured through the 20th century here in America.  Cast members eventually give up on the rehearsal, complaining of the current economic crisis and calling life "a mixed bag."

Each act in the play ends on a hopeful note.  In "The Rehearsal," Corwin's advice to the cast as playwright is "Be hopeful even if you're confused."  At the end of a warfare scene presented in "The Desert," a cop appears, stating "There's only one way to go," implying that those listening must tackle the matters at hand rather than trying to escape to other locales, thereby evading the challenges we face at home.

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Suck Sale…and Other Indulgences  | Open: 05/04/06 Close: 05/21/06
The first one act, "Suck Sale," is the story of a seemingly clueless 1950s housewife who brings vacuum cleaner salesmen together for a contest to win $1000. Her underlying reasoning has more to do with life's lessons and love.

The second one act, "Four Better Or Worse?", is an experiment in the spiritually absurd-nuff said, words cannot describe this fast-moving Beckett-esque, French farce-like romp, complete with alien life and spirit possession.

The improv segments feature cult puppet heroine and holocaust survivor Edith the Head, as well as a three character scene performed solo by Evan Laurence.

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THE (NEW) TRIAL  | Open: 09/01/15 Close: 09/06/15
"The (New) Trial," adapted from Peter Weiss’s same titled play, presents a surreal look at the life of Joseph K, an attorney in an international corporation that explores K’s obsessive idealism and his self-destructive methodology in helping others. Confined in his own docile body, K is manipulated as the public mask for the corporation to win the “war” current global market expansion competition, and eventually is abandoned by the corporation once the victory is obtained.

"The (New) Trial" attempts to deconstruct the docile nature of the self and the hierarchical power relations among the characters of the play, hoping to stimulate changes to the society. To manifest this essential concept, actors will explore power dynamics among different characters, and will break the fourth wall to share their real life experience of being an actor with monologues.

Producer: Maria Hoffmann, Dennis Yueh-Yeh Li
Advisory Producer: Miriam Ibrahim
Production Manager: Leonie Ettinger
Director: Dennis Yueh-Yeh Li
Stage Manager: Laura Virginia Sandez
Stage Manager: You-Shin Chen
Lighting Designer: Yi-Chung Chen
Sound Designer: Yung-Chin Chang
Graphic Designer: Lisa Lee
Ensemble: Brad Burgess, Leah Bachar, Jody Doo, Samantha Höfer, Maria Hoffmann, Omri Kadim, & Maite Uzal
About the Company: Theater For The New City

THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY (TNC) is a Pulitzer Prize winning community cultural center that is known for its high artistic standards and widespread community service. One of New York’s most prolific theatrical organizations, TNC produces 30-40 premieres of new American plays per year, at least 10 of which are by emerging and young playwrights. Many influential theater artists of the last quarter century have found TNC’s Resident Theater Program instrumental to their careers, among them Sam Shepard, Moises Kaufman, Richard Foreman, Charles Busch, Maria Irene Fornes, Miguel Piñero and Academy Award Winners Tim Robbins and Adrien Brody. TNC also presents plays by multi-ethnic/multi-disciplinary theater companies who have no permanent home. Among the well-known companies that have been presented by TNC are Mabou Mines, the Living Theater, Bread and Puppet Theater, the San Francisco Mime Troupe and the Ma-Yi Theater Company, which won an OBIE Award for its 1996 TNC production, FLIPZOIDS. TNC also produced the Yangtze Repertory Company’s 1997 production of BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATH, which was the only play ever produced in America by Gao Xingjian before he won the 2000 Nobel Prize for Literature. TNC seeks to develop theater audiences and inspire future theater artists from the often-overlooked low-income minority communities of New York City by producing minority writers from around the world and by bringing the community into theater and theater into the community through its many free Festivals. TNC productions have won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and over 40 OBIE Awards for excellence in every theatrical discipline. TNC is also the only Theatrical Organization to have won the Mayor's Stop The Violence award.

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THUNDERBIRD AMERICAN INDIAN DANCERS' 31st ANNUAL DANCE CONCERT AND POW-WOW  | Open: 02/10/06 Close: 02/19/06
The troupe's appearances benefit college funds for needy Native American students. The company's Pow-Wows have been presented annually as a two-week event by TNC since 1976, with the box office donated to these funds. There will be dances, stories and
traditional music from the Iroquois and Native Peoples of the Northwest Coast,
the Southwest, the Plains, and the Arctic regions. Between 25 and 30 dancers will assemble for the event.

Highlights of this year's celebration will include a Hoop Dance performed by Raymond Two Feathers (Cherokee) and "Dancing Wolf" Michael Taylor (Choctaw/French). For the fourth time, the Pow Wow will include a dance from the Inuit people of Alaska, called The Caribou Dance. Highlights will also include a Butterfly Dance (a Hopi custom which gives thanks for the beauty of nature), a Grass Dance and Jingle Dress Dance (from the Northern Plains people), a Fancy Dance and a Shawl Dance (from the Oklahoma tribes). Featured performers will also include Joe Cross, a storyteller from the Caddo Tribe (Oklahome), the Heyna Second Son
Singers (various tribes) and Mitoka Eagle (Santo Domingo/Pueblo).


$10 general admission to all evening shows, whose running time is 2:00. MATINEES ARE KIDS' DAYS: At all 2:00 pm performances, children under twelve accompanied by a ticket-bearing adult are admitted for $1.00 (adults $10). Running time 1:30.

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Tap Dance  | Open: 08/05/06 Close: 09/17/06
The title refers to tap as in wiretap. It's a play inspired by the Patriot Act and other recent government shenanigans that have been taking away our freedoms to protect our liberties. Government wiretaps have had our federal administration doing plenty of the Texas Two-Step, and all this dancing and whitewashing is gorgeous material for a musical. In this one, the whole company of 25 performers will tap dance. The whitewashing will all be done with suds.

The company of 25 actors, twelve crew members, two assistant directors and five live musicians shares the challenge of performing outside and holding a large, non-captive
audience. The music varies in style from Bossa Nova to Gilbert & Sullivan.

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The Art of Love  | Open: 01/12/06 Close: 02/05/06
A biographical play on the banned Roman poet, Ovid.

The story of Ancient Rome's greatest writer, who run afoul of the emperor Augustus, who forced him into exile without his family, books or any of his wealth, to die years later in a little fishing village near the Black Sea

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The Ghosts of 14th Street  | Open: 03/06/08 Close: 03/30/08
The Ghosts of 14th Street is set in New York City in 1908, when 14th St. was the entertainment capital of the city. In the Biograph Film Studio, the actors film scenes of a primitive one-reeler, while between takes they reveal their dreams, fall in love and rehearse routines they hope will take them to live theatre. A husband and wife acting team are forced by scandal to work in the "flickers," an immigrant housekeeper leaves her gangster husband from an arranged marriage, a dancer finds love at the gay hangout, his sister laments her unrequited love for the housekeeper, an African-American dancer refuses to perform in blackface, and two stagehands are determined to win the New York Times Limerick Contest. In the Olympic Theatre, the play replicates a typical evening of Vaudeville, including dance, comedy skits, female mimickry (cross dressing), and the song "Yiddishe Yankee Doodle Boy" (lyrics by Barbara Kahn, music by Allison Tartalia), as well as the finished film.
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The Sourdough Philosophy Spectacle and Circus  | Open: 12/04/08 Close: 12/21/08
For the 37th year, Peter Schumann's Bread and Puppet Theater will return to Theater for the New City December 4 to 21, 2008 with two new works, one for adults and one for children. For the grownups, it'll be "The Sourdough Philosophy Spectacle and Circus," a play which was developed out of the company's 2008 summer work. For kids of all ages, there will be matinee (3:00 pm) shows of "The Sourdough Philosophy Circus" on Saturdays and Sundays.

"The Sourdough Philosophy Spectacle and Circus" is about the need for human fermentation. It takes a lesson from how apple cider is made. Our republic teases us with the possibility of democracy, but citizens are raised like military apple orchards, pruned down to their predictable minimums, yielding controlled fruits that lack the ecstasy of nature. However, human fermentation occurs in parts of the human body that are not governed by the government, like the guts and the gutsy parts of the brain. Fermented citizens are corrupted by the ecstasy of nature and from that corruption, derive strength to corrupt military-orchard citizens. The show is run by a bunch of cooks, specialists in cooking the various stews and pancakes of our everyday first world existence.

Both shows will be performed by the Bread & Puppet Company and a large number of local volunteers, who will also be part of The Brass Band. The theater will be decorated with the unique Bread and Puppet collection of powerful black-line posters, banners, masks, curtains, programs and set-props. Once again, all pieces will be created by Schumann with input from the company. Both plays will be accompanied by a brass band, singing and miscellaneous gongs and horns. Schumann will sculpt and paint all of the major masks and puppets.

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The Sourdough Philosphy Circus  | Open: 12/04/08 Close: 12/21/08
For the 37th year, Peter Schumann's Bread and Puppet Theater will return to Theater for the New City December 4 to 21, 2008 with two new works, one for adults and one for children.

The family version, "The Sourdough Philosophy Circus," is also about the need for human fermentation, but the concept is also applied to dancing zebras and turkeys and free range cows. The cooks are featured again. Additonal commentary is provided by the Rotten Idea Theater Company. Music is by the Sourdough Philosophy Brass Band.

Both shows will be performed by the Bread & Puppet Company and a large number of local volunteers, who will also be part of The Brass Band. The theater will be decorated with the unique Bread and Puppet collection of powerful black-line posters, banners, masks, curtains, programs and set-props. Once again, all pieces will be created by Schumann with input from the company. Both plays will be accompanied by a brass band, singing and miscellaneous gongs and horns. Schumann will sculpt and paint all of the major masks and puppets.

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The Spring and Fall of Eve Adams  | Open: 04/15/10 Close: 05/02/10
Theater for the New City, Crystal Field, Executive Artistic Director, proudly announces the world premiere of The Spring and Fall of Eve Adams, a historical drama written and directed by Barbara Kahn. Featuring Michelle Cohen, Jon Dalin, Jimmy Heyworth, Micha Lazare, Martha Lee, Marisa Petsakos, Anna Podolak and  Steph Van Vlack. Set design by Mark Marcante. Lighting design by Alexander Bartenieff. Costume design by Deanna R Frieman. April 15 - May 2, 2010. Thurs - Sat at 8 P.M., Sun at 3 P.M.  Tickets are $12. 212-254-1109. 155 1st Ave@ 10th St. Subway: L to 1st Ave, 6 to Astor Place. www.theaterforthenewcity.net

The Spring and Fall of Eve Adams recounts the true story of an extraordinary woman who was a victim of homophobia and anti-immigrant hysteria that ultimately led to her death. In 1926 Eve Adams, a Jewish lesbian from Poland, was proprietor of “Eve’s Hangout”, a tearoom at 129 Macdougal Street, where local poets, musicians and actors congregated and shared their work in salon evenings. Eve’s haven of artistic and sexual freedom was soon threatened by religious and governmental authorities, leading to her arrest, imprisonment and deportation. The conflict between progressive and reactionary forces provides the drama in the play as the characters attempt to live and love free from discrimination. The play conveys not only a long forgotten moment in New York history but sheds light on current threats by holding a mirror to the past.

Barbara Kahn’s plays have been produced in the U.S. and Europe. She has directed in New York, Paris, and at the National Theatre in London. Theater for the New City has been the primary home for Barbara’s plays since 1994. She received the 1995 TORCH OF HOPE AWARD for lifetime achievement in non-profit theatre, previously awarded to Terrence McNally, John Guare, August Wilson, Horton Foote and A.R. Gurney. With Jackie Freeman, she co-authored the lyrics to “Actions are the Music of the Free,” music by Jennifer Giering, inspired by Bella Abzug and performed at the United Nations Tribute to Dame Nita Barrow. A “short list of prominent post-1970’s playwrights who identify as Jewish and who have written about Jews includes Jon Robin Baitz, Richard Greenburg, Alan Havis, Barbara Kahn, Tony Kushner, Barbara Lebow, Jennifer Maisel, Karen Malpede, David Mamet, Emily Mann, Donald Margulies, Elizabeth Swados, Jeffrey Sweet, Alfred Uhry, and Wendy Wasserstein.” (You Should See Yourself: Jewish Identity in Postmodern American Culture. Vincent Brook. Rutgers Univ. Press.)

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The Very Sad Story of Ethel & Julius, Lovers and Spyes, and about Their Untymeli  | Open: 11/28/08 Close: 12/14/08
Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theater (CAMT) will make its Theater for the New City debut with a musical tragedy, "The Very Sad Story of Ethel & Julius, Lovers and Spyes, and about Their Untymelie End while Sitting in a Small Room at the Correctional Facility in Ossining New York." The piece is written and directed by Vit Horejs.

In this Object Theatre-style production, CAMT will explore the myths surrounding the Rosenbergs' purported betrayal of the atomic bomb secret to the Soviet Union. The play will show the whole first half of the 20th century, from the immigration of Ethel's and Julius' parents at the beginning of the century to the Great Depression and WWII, two monumental historic events that were both formative for the Rosenbergs. The three main stories will interweave the radical transformation of both main protagonists: Ethel, who dreams of Broadway stardom, and Julius, who studies the Scriptures fervently and "takes them literally," both becoming firm believers into Communist dogma, a transformation that will eventually cost them their lives.

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Three Of A Kind, With Two Wild Cards  | Open: 11/20/13 Close: 12/01/13
Theater for the New City (Crystal Field, Executive Director) will present the World Premiere of Robert Homeyer’s (Christopher Marlowe’s Julius Caesar) Three of a Kind, With Two Wild Cards November 20-December 1 at Theater for the New City (155 1st Avenue between 9th and 10th Street). The production will feature Robert Homeyer, Steph van Vlack, Aristotle Stamat, Oliver Thrun, Matthew Angel, Mark Lang, Kim Vogels, and Lissa Moira*.The creative team will include Set and Lighting Design by Mark Marcante, Costumes and Props by Lytza Colon, Sound Design by Roy Chang, and Choreography by Angela Harriell. The production Stage Manager will be Tashika Futch. *Actor appears courtesy of the Actors’ Equity Association.

A generic couple struggling to be mutually understood. A couple of patients waiting for deliverance. A pair of janitors meeting a pair of lawyers. Two women in a tense standoff playing a deadly card game. Three of a Kind, With Two Wild Cards is a series of four one-act plays with overlapping characters. Equal parts sketch comedy, melodrama, juggled timelines and theater of the absurd, this new work by writer/director Robert Homeyer explores the variety of ways in which human beings discover their own identity...or have it forced upon them by circumstances beyond their control. In this full house, nothing is what it seems...


About the Company: Theater For The New City

THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY (TNC) is a Pulitzer Prize winning community cultural center that is known for its high artistic standards and widespread community service. One of New York’s most prolific theatrical organizations, TNC produces 30-40 premieres of new American plays per year, at least 10 of which are by emerging and young playwrights. Many influential theater artists of the last quarter century have found TNC’s Resident Theater Program instrumental to their careers, among them Sam Shepard, Moises Kaufman, Richard Foreman, Charles Busch, Maria Irene Fornes, Miguel Piñero and Academy Award Winners Tim Robbins and Adrien Brody. TNC also presents plays by multi-ethnic/multi-disciplinary theater companies who have no permanent home. Among the well-known companies that have been presented by TNC are Mabou Mines, the Living Theater, Bread and Puppet Theater, the San Francisco Mime Troupe and the Ma-Yi Theater Company, which won an OBIE Award for its 1996 TNC production, FLIPZOIDS. TNC also produced the Yangtze Repertory Company’s 1997 production of BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATH, which was the only play ever produced in America by Gao Xingjian before he won the 2000 Nobel Prize for Literature. TNC seeks to develop theater audiences and inspire future theater artists from the often-overlooked low-income minority communities of New York City by producing minority writers from around the world and by bringing the community into theater and theater into the community through its many free Festivals. TNC productions have won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and over 40 OBIE Awards for excellence in every theatrical discipline. TNC is also the only Theatrical Organization to have won the Mayor's Stop The Violence award.

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Two Sisters, Two Brothers  | Open: 06/07/12 Close: 06/24/12
In these dark comedies, desperation and hope in a surreal world send two pairs of siblings into a vortex of confusion and decision-making.


About the Company: Theater For The New City

THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY (TNC) is a Pulitzer Prize winning community cultural center that is known for its high artistic standards and widespread community service. One of New York’s most prolific theatrical organizations, TNC produces 30-40 premieres of new American plays per year, at least 10 of which are by emerging and young playwrights. Many influential theater artists of the last quarter century have found TNC’s Resident Theater Program instrumental to their careers, among them Sam Shepard, Moises Kaufman, Richard Foreman, Charles Busch, Maria Irene Fornes, Miguel Piñero and Academy Award Winners Tim Robbins and Adrien Brody. TNC also presents plays by multi-ethnic/multi-disciplinary theater companies who have no permanent home. Among the well-known companies that have been presented by TNC are Mabou Mines, the Living Theater, Bread and Puppet Theater, the San Francisco Mime Troupe and the Ma-Yi Theater Company, which won an OBIE Award for its 1996 TNC production, FLIPZOIDS. TNC also produced the Yangtze Repertory Company’s 1997 production of BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATH, which was the only play ever produced in America by Gao Xingjian before he won the 2000 Nobel Prize for Literature. TNC seeks to develop theater audiences and inspire future theater artists from the often-overlooked low-income minority communities of New York City by producing minority writers from around the world and by bringing the community into theater and theater into the community through its many free Festivals. TNC productions have won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and over 40 OBIE Awards for excellence in every theatrical discipline. TNC is also the only Theatrical Organization to have won the Mayor's Stop The Violence award.

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Unreachable Eden  | Open: 02/09/12 Close: 02/26/12

Unreachable Eden tells the story of Polish Jewish lesbian Eve Adams (born Chava Zloczower) who ran a tearoom on Macdougal Street in 1926, which catered to artists, writers and actors, both male and female. She was deported from the U.S. as an “undesirable alien” and spent the 1930’s in Paris, selling banned books to English-speaking tourists. Eve and her friends Henry and June Miller and Anais Nin enjoyed both café and nightlife in France, while in Germany the Nazi government was banning and burning books and implementing its war against Jews, homosexuals and others deemed “undesirable.”  These parallel worlds collided during World War II, once again putting Eve in triple jeopardy as a Jew, a lesbian and an immigrant. Composer Arthur Abrams has mined the rich musical influences of 1930’s Europe to write a score that ranges from the popular tango to waltz to ethnic melodies.

 

Unreachable Eden is based on Eve Adams’ deportation file from the U.S. government as well as correspondence and photographs courtesy of her relatives.

 

“…if I wanted to write my experiences of my wanderings and people and adventures, which still continue with every blessed day, it would take me years to write and I could fill volumes…”    Eve Adams. 1934.          

                                                             

Eve’s first deportation in 1927 led ultimately to her second deportation, this time from France to Auschwitz in her native Poland. This courageous woman deserves to be rescued from forgotten history.


About the Company: Theater For The New City

THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY (TNC) is a Pulitzer Prize winning community cultural center that is known for its high artistic standards and widespread community service. One of New York’s most prolific theatrical organizations, TNC produces 30-40 premieres of new American plays per year, at least 10 of which are by emerging and young playwrights. Many influential theater artists of the last quarter century have found TNC’s Resident Theater Program instrumental to their careers, among them Sam Shepard, Moises Kaufman, Richard Foreman, Charles Busch, Maria Irene Fornes, Miguel Piñero and Academy Award Winners Tim Robbins and Adrien Brody. TNC also presents plays by multi-ethnic/multi-disciplinary theater companies who have no permanent home. Among the well-known companies that have been presented by TNC are Mabou Mines, the Living Theater, Bread and Puppet Theater, the San Francisco Mime Troupe and the Ma-Yi Theater Company, which won an OBIE Award for its 1996 TNC production, FLIPZOIDS. TNC also produced the Yangtze Repertory Company’s 1997 production of BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATH, which was the only play ever produced in America by Gao Xingjian before he won the 2000 Nobel Prize for Literature. TNC seeks to develop theater audiences and inspire future theater artists from the often-overlooked low-income minority communities of New York City by producing minority writers from around the world and by bringing the community into theater and theater into the community through its many free Festivals. TNC productions have won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and over 40 OBIE Awards for excellence in every theatrical discipline. TNC is also the only Theatrical Organization to have won the Mayor's Stop The Violence award.


 

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Walking From Rumania  | Open: 03/26/09 Close: 04/19/09
Walking from Rumania, set in 1899, was inspired by the women-only groups of “fusgeyers” (pedestrians) who walked across Rumania to escape hardship and discrimination. Five women in a small village prepare to join a larger group that is leaving a nearby city in three months. Two of the women are drawn to each other and plan to stay together in America. A pogrom (rampage against Jews) brings tragedy and provides greater impetus for the women to risk the journey. Two Gypsies function throughout the play as a “Greek chorus,” with folk tales and music that comment on the action. Walking from Rumania concludes on a hopeful note, with the fusgeyers on the verge of beginning their daring escape.

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Where Do All The Ghosts Go?  | Open: 04/11/19 Close: 04/28/19
Five ghosts who faced adversity in life will be homeless when the historic building they inhabit is demolished. Sarah Bernhardt, baptized Catholic, faced anti-Semitism in the 19th century for her Jewish heritage; Elizabeth Keckley, former slave and companion of Mrs.Lincoln, was subjected to racism during travels with the widow; Buffalo Bill, Indian fighter in his youth, mourned the death of his great friend Chief Sitting Bull; Marcel Duchamp created a controversial genre of visual art using found objects; Alice Lansen, accused thief, was a self-proclaimed baroness. Together, they look to a “living” lesbian couple to help them find new homes.

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Woden  | Open: 12/14/06 Close: 12/30/06
What happens when, in the wake of a corporate scandal, you're fired from company you've worked with for 25 years, leaving you with no pension, and few prospects – and all the while, those who let you go are still getting rich? A hard-hitting, sexually charged drama about the failure of corporate America and the corruption of basic values in our society.
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