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Reflecting Life on the Stage with Truth and Theatricality While Exploring a Female Vision and Creating a Community of Artistic Freedom

Our goal is to create a community of artistic freedom: freedom from the pressure to be commercial, freedom from gender expectations and freedom from judgment. We believe this is the way to bring our audience aesthetic bliss. Supporting inspiration without expectations gets creative juices flowing. This pure creative energy then creates the purest entertainment.
 


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70 Million Tons  | Open: 04/05/10 Close: 04/28/10
God has had it. She gave us a beautiful planet with beautiful animals, beautiful land, beautiful oceans, beautiful air, and beautiful minds with which to make it even more beautiful. Is that what we’ve done? No. And she’s pissed!  Fortunately for us humans, Ozie (the much abused ozone layer) has convinced God to give us one final chance. Unfortunately for us, She’s tasked the most extravagant and wasteful director on the planet (Billie, “Broadway’s Barracuda”) to save us all from another Great Flood. Can Big Bucks Billie herd her cast and crew, who are expecting to perform Shakespeare, into Not Again, Noah!, a modern farce set in Brooklyn, on bare budget Off-Off-Broadway? And most importantly, can they make it environmentally friendly in an hour? If not, let the rain begin!

A light-hearted look at the environment and the challenge of reducing our carbon footprint, this family-friendly production is a mix of poetry and action. As the protectors of our planet, every one of us must make choices and changes that will put us on a more sustainable path. Audiences are encouraged to bring items to the show – water bottles, cardboard boxes, unused clothing, anything! – which will be re-used during performances, then recycled or donated to an appropriate organization. Laugh and learn with us… make a difference.

Featuring an outstanding ensemble: Ivory Aquino, Chaz Graytok, Dennelle Heidi Clarke, Ben Harrison, Ashley Lovell, Arash Mokhtar, Johanna Perry, Mary Beth Walsh, Jessica Wohlander and Kelly Zekas.

Creative team includes: Yoleidy Rosario (Assistant Director/Stage Manager), Theresa Rivera (Scenic Designer), David Monroy (Lighting Designer) and Rachel Soll (Costume Designer).

By day, playwright Terri McKinstry is a professional facilities manager aggressively pursuing her LEED Green Associate accreditation. In the United States, buildings are responsible for over 38% of carbon dioxide emissions, 24% to 50% of energy use, and 72% of electricity consumption. She is learning how to minimize the impact of her office buildings on the environment.

Originally from an Ohio farm-town, director Chanda Calentine is also the Assistant Managing Director of Planet Connections Theatre Festivity, New York's premiere eco-friendly theater festival. She pursues environmental awareness at PS 116 teaching Solar Energy Awareness and Oceanography, the NY Aquarium as a volunteer docent, and at her Brooklyn home where she is an active gardener and composter.

JOIN US FOR TALKBACK TUESDAYS -- Immediately following each performance: Covering topics including green theatre, re-using resources, our environment and common practices, expert panels and speakers provide educational and applicable information about going green and how you can go green, too!

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Adventures of the Puppet Princess  | Open: 10/18/08 Close: 11/23/08
ADVENTURES OF THE PUPPET PRINCESS follows Putu, a troublesome tomboy, and Nyoman, the neighbor boy that her father, a master puppeteer (dalang), is teaching about the art of puppets. Putu loves to play with the puppets and make up stories, but in Bali girls can't be puppeteers, or can they? When Putu and Nyoman get lost in the jungle, they encounter fantastical creatures who share stories through dance, comedy and masked drama. But their only way out of the jungle is to create a puppet show for a witch (layak)! Reluctant to work together, can they set aside their animosity to perform a puppet show magical enough to impress the witch and get home? Is all that seems scary and evil also good?

The Cast…
Melissa E. Carroll, Brenda Cooney, Kerri Dillon, Stephanie DiPilla, Joe Fanelli, Yolanda Felton, Jennifer A. Grundy, Miron Gusso, Marianna Kozij, Yasuhito Miyazono, Kira Neel, Vicki Oceguera, Paige O'Malley, Tyfara Andazi Panton, Beth Ann Sweezer, Hiroko Tanaka, Cate Wienberg, Laura Lee Williams and Liz York.

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Are You There, Zeus? It's Me, Electra.  | Open: 10/29/09 Close: 11/22/09
Electra is angry, ruthless, and hell-bent on revenge. Too bad she’s only 16…

Electra is determined to avenge her father Agamemnon’s death. Unfortunately, she’s powerless - a teenager stuck at home with nothing but a Greek chorus that just won’t go away. She will need to band together with her long-lost brother Orestes, their dim-witted sister Chrysothemis, their trusted friend Pylades and a torrent of raging hormones to set her plot for revenge in motion. But will vengeance lead to happiness? And why does puberty have to be so tragic?

This Greek play’s original title is somewhat deceiving. Electra appears to be about a central female character affecting all action of the play. However, she spends the entire time waiting for a man to show up on his proverbial white horse and make things happen. This story has always been about the one true heir Orestes; the conquering hero, returning home to save the day. All Electra can do is wait and lament… and then lament some more. But what if the story really belonged to Electra? What if she grew to believe in her own power and gained the strength to fight back on her own terms? This over the top, hilarious production answers those questions for you and throws in the grungy sounds of Nirvana, Bush and Greenday for good measure. Come and see Electra exact her own revenge for yourself!

Irene Ryan Award nominee Dani Cervone (Electra) leads the standout ensemble, which also features Elizabeth Bove, Carley Colbert, Jan Di Pietro (Far Out! at Minetta Lane Theatre), Marci Koltonuk (Dance Dance Revolution at The Ohio Theatre), Meg Lanzarone, Kevin Mitchell, Michael Alan Read, Matt Rini and Tom Slot (Jesus Freaks at Manhattan Repertory).
 

Creative team includes: Laura Hirschberg (Assistant Director/Stage Manager), Rachel Wohlander (Assistant Director/Stage Manager), Zane Enloe (Scenic Designer), David Monroy (Lighting Designer) and David Moyer (Costume Designer).
 


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Baal  | Open: 03/01/07 Close: 03/25/07
Baal lives in a world of pleasures without regret. Society and religion dictate that this is the wrong way to live. Baal lives outside the box and rejects its safety. Is it Baal's rejection of the "rules" of society that causes his downward spiral or is it the "rules" themselves?

In this production of Brecht's first play, a woman is cast in the title role. Is "he/she" another one of life's many boxes? Gender and sexuality in our society are still hot-button issues as people try to fit life into definitive boxes. "Are you gay or straight?" "How can one physically be female and feel male?" Why do we need these definitions so badly when it makes more sense to accept that a whole range of possibilities exists? We are STILL very gender specific. It must fit "in the box."

This production of BAAL is in a different type of box. With music composed by Alan S. Hewitt, the theater itself is a dark, Weimar cabaret where the old German and new American freaks and artists converge to tell the story of a character who is a hero to some and a demon to others.

CAST: Lyndsey Anderson, Sara Jeanne Asselin*, Jennifer Boehm, Jane Elliott, John Forkner, Kyle Haggerty, Melissa House, Jadelynn Stahl, and Kymberlie Stansell.

CREW: Charmian Creagle (Director), Chanda Calentine (Assistant Director/Stage Manager), Mariana Carbonell (Assistant Director/Stage Manager), Alan S. Hewitt (Composer/Musical Director), Romanka Zajac (Set Designer), Ryan Metzler (Lighting Designer), Rien Schlecht (Costume Designer), Amiti Perry (Choreographer) and Jennifer Perrotta (Production Assistant).

*Appears courtesy of Actors' Equity Association

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Betsy is Bored, Bored, Bored, Bored, BORED!  | Open: 10/16/10 Close: 11/21/10
Looking Glass Theatre, celebrating almost 20 years of productions strengthening the voice of women in theater and the arts, proudly presents Betsy Is Bored, Bored, Bored, Bored, BORED!, a new play for children exploring the power of imagination written by Judy Sheehan, one of the original cast members and creators of the longest-running Off-Broadway show Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding. Looking Glass resident director Amanda Thompson directs the production, which opens Saturday, October 16 and runs through Sunday, November 21 with performances Saturdays at 12pm and 2pm, Sundays at 2pm and 4pm. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for children 12 and under. TDF vouchers are accepted. Running time is approximately 50 minutes without intermission; show is appropriate for ages 3-10.

As the play begins, audiences of all ages meet poor Betsy, who is stuck at home on a rainy Saturday, when her parents say the single most annoying thing any parent can say: use your imagination. Hah! Betsy imagines herself as a star balloon baseball player, a famous Egyptologist, and a scientist/inventor with a talking cat for a best friend. It’s all fun and games until her imagination comes to life and moves in with the family. Imagination is way more powerful than Betsy ever suspected. Parents: be warned. After seeing this show, your kids might unleash the power of imagination.  Yikes!

Playwright Judy Sheehan, the tenth of 12 children, has written many works, including two plays for kids:  I Hate Spinach and Betsy Blue or I Was A 9-Year Old Blues Diva, both produced at Looking Glass Theatre. She’s written numerous other plays, including Alice In Ireland and What To Do About Nothing.  Sheehan is also the author of two novels: ...And Baby Makes Two and Women In Hats, both published by Ballantine.

Director Amanda Thompson is a New York City based director and acting teacher. At Looking Glass Theatre, she has instructed two sessions of acting interns and directed numerous productions in the Writer/Director Forum including Badger and Maddy, Potato Girl, and Ampersand: a Romeo & Juliet Story Acts One and Two (winning Best Direction and Best Production among other Forum awards). Her other NYC credits include Hatching (Fringe Festival), Dismemberment (Player’s Theatre), Dismissing Robert Fink and Litmus (Manhattan Rep Theatre), and Baldy (Abingdon Theatre). Thompson has also assisted for directors Lear Desbessonet and Rachel Dickstein, and playwright (and Obie-winning actor) Heidi Schreck.

This new production features an ensemble of Looking Glass rookie and veteran performers, including Toccara Castleman, Suzee Dunn, Ryan McCurdy, Jacquelyn Schultz and Mary Beth Walsh. Creative team includes: Lexi K. Hubb (Assistant Director/Stage Manager), Christina Neubrand (Assistant Director/Stage Manager) and Ryan Metzler (Lighting Designer).

LOOKING GLASS THEATRE - Looking Glass Theatre’s mission is to theatrically and truthfully reflect a female vision on the stage while creating a community of artistic freedom. We fulfill this by presenting female directors' visions of original works or the classics and by staging new plays either written or directed by women. This includes children’s shows and educational programming as well as our semi-annual festival of new works, featuring emerging women playwrights and directors, each season. The New York Times called Looking Glass Theatre’s Adventures of the Puppet Princess“charming” and “a substantial introduction to the culture of Bali.” In June 2006, Looking Glass Theatre and Artistic Director Justine Lambert received The Lucille Lortel Award from The League of Professional Theatre Women.

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Calamity Jane Battles The Horrible Hoopsnakes  | Open: 10/15/11 Close: 11/20/11
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The new, completely, absolutely, one-hundered per-cent true story of how 12-year-old Calamity Jane saved the terrified town of Hoopersville. (No fooling!)

Calamity Jane and her Mother are on their way to California when they find themselves in the beleaguered town of Hoopersville. Here, all but three of the townsfolk have been townie-napped by the hilarious, hair-raising Hoopsnakes who have plagued their town. Will Calamity Jane be able to help the remaining townspeople come out of their hidey-holes and face the Hoopsnake Queen once and for all? And most importantly, will there be pie?

Join us in the Wild Wild West for some wild wild fun! You might have heard of Paul Bunyan, Johnny Appleseed, and Pecos Bill - BUT what about Jane?! And how did a little girl named Jane become CALAMITY Jane? Presented in the style of your favorite Saturday mornin’ cartoons, it’s gonna be a rootin’ tootin’, rip roarin’, good ol’ time!

Featuring Katie Proulx as Calamity Jane, this tall-tale production features an ensemble cast including Abraham Adams (Mayor), Gianna Cioffi (Snakelet), Jessica Kelly (Mom), David Mangiamele (Townie Tam), Monica O’Malley (Snake Queen) and Sarah Pullman (Townie Toula). Creative team includes: Emily Antenucci (Assistant Director/Stage Manager), Kristin Dwyer (Assistant Director/Stage Manager), Nicole Carroll (Scenic Design & Props), Daisy Long (Light Design) and Kristina Sneshkoff (Costume Design).

Running time is approximately 50 minutes without intermission; show is appropriate for ages 4-12.

E. J. C. Calvert is from St. Louis, Missouri, currently living in Chicago. Achievements include: Samuel French OOB 2010 Winner, O'Neill Conference semifinalist, Leota Diesel Ashton Prize in Playwriting recipient, International Women's Playwriting Festival finalist, Chatterton Short Play Festival Audience Award winner. Her play The Bear (A Tragedy) is published by Samuel French. Performances and readings include The Bird Girl (Last Frontier Theatre Conference Play Lab), Testify! (Roy Arias Studios), Cadaver Synod (The Brecht Forum), Witness! The Amazing Slipping Away (The Cell). She holds an MFA in Playwriting from the New School for Drama and is a member of the Dramatists Guild.

Jacquelyn Honeybourneis a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis with a B.A, in Theatre and Biology. A director of reimagined classics and new works in New York, many at Looking Glass where she is an Artistic Associate, some of her most recent directing credits include - Black Peter: A Musical,Naturalized Woman(staged reading), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Casina (Adaptor/Director, Looking Glass Forum), Phaedra (Adaptor/Director, Looking Glass Forum), Paradise: A one woman show(UK), The War Zone is My Bed: A one-woman show (UK), and Li’lHeroes(Looking Glass Forum). Jacquelyn also works as a scenic and makeup designer as well as a puppet builder for theatres in the city.  She is an Artistic Associate with Nora’s Playhouse, where will be directing Yasmine Rana’s Returning.


LOOKING GLASS THEATRE - Looking Glass Theatre’s mission is to theatrically and truthfully reflect a female vision on the stage while creating a community of artistic freedom. We fulfill this by presenting female directors' visions of original works or the classics and by staging new plays either written or directed by women. This includes children’s shows and educational programming as well as our semi-annual festival of new works, featuring emerging women playwrights and directors, each season. In 2009 nytheatre.com said, “Looking Glass Theatre deserves kudos for consistently programming affordable shows for families that really are produced and staged with the youngest theater-goers in mind.”The New York Timescalled Looking Glass Theatre’s Adventures of the Puppet Princess “charming” and “especially amusing to children under 10...a substantial introduction to the culture of Bali.” The New York Times also described our 2010 production of Betsy is Bored, Bored, Bored, Bored, Bored!as“a briskly paced romp through daydreams.”

Now playing through Sunday, November 20 with performances Saturdays at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for children 12 and under. Group tickets are available!

 

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About the Company: Looking Glass Theatre

Reflecting Life on the Stage with Truth and Theatricality While Exploring a Female Vision and Creating a Community of Artistic Freedom

Our goal is to create a community of artistic freedom: freedom from the pressure to be commercial, freedom from gender expectations and freedom from judgment. We believe this is the way to bring our audience aesthetic bliss. Supporting inspiration without expectations gets creative juices flowing. This pure creative energy then creates the purest entertainment.
 


 

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Creatures of the Cabaret  | Open: 03/09/07 Close: 04/07/07
CREATURES OF THE CABARET, a late-night cabaret of new short plays about non-humans written by eight playwrights, opens Friday, March 9 at 11 p.m. at The Looking Glass Theatre.

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Looking Glass playwrights offer their take on non-humans with stories range from the ridiculously profound to the profoundly ridiculous. Think about it: Eight million New Yorkers never realize that they're sharing the city with all sorts of non-humans. These beings are tired of being ignored and they're demanding your respect. They want their rights, along with what every New Yorker wants, a chance at show business! Here, the trolls, fairies, goblins and ghouls will entertain audiences in an evening of laughs and chills.

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The lineup of short plays include:

ANGELS! by Mary Flanagan

ONE, TWO, THREE, BREATHE by Lenore Blumenfeld

THE CLOCK IS TICKING by Nancy Gall-Clayton

TIME TROLL by Karin Diann Williams

ENGLISH THERAPY by Nancy Gall-Clayton

I CONFESS by Charmian Creagle & Sean Doran

EXTRAOTICA by Yasmine Beverly Rana

BEHIND CLOSED DOORS by Letitia Sweitzer

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CAST: Lynsey Becher, Alex Coelho, Meredith Dillard, Abigail Hawk, Kirsten Kollender, Elise Link, Elizabeth Stewart, Daren Taylor, Michael Wantuck, Sharon Zaslaw.

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CREW: Shari Johnson (Director), Rachel Klein (Assistant Director/Stage Manager), Danya Nardi (Assistant Director/Stage Manager), Romanka Zajac (Set Designer), Ryan Metzler (Lighting Designer), and Tara Hawks (Costume Designer).

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East Of The Sun, West Of The Moon  | Open: 04/14/12 Close: 05/20/12
Based on the Scandinavian version of “Beauty and The Beast”

 

We know about Beauty and the Beast, but do you know about the Trolls, Hags and Winds?

To save her father and mother, a young daughter makes a promise to live with a beastly bear, whose palace is secretly filled with nasty, bumbling trolls.

In the dark of night, our heroine falls in love with a sweet shy Prince. She makes a promise never to see his face in the light and to keep their love in the dark. But when the sneaky trolls convince her to sneak a peak, she breaks her promise and the trolls whisk away the newly un-enchanted Prince.

So- what’s a girl to do? Save him, of course! On her amazing journey to save her true love, she encounters Hags and Horses and gets help from the Winds. Will she save her hero from the evil trolls? Can she mend her broken promise? Will they live happily ever after? Join us and find out!

Ensemble Cast: Samantha Cains, Melody Harnish, Lauren Hart, Irina Kaplin, Natalie Kropf and Kevin Russo

Creative Team includes Margaret Morton (Assistant Director/Stage Manager), Joseph Lark-Riley (Scenic Design), Porsche McGovern (Light Design), and Karim Rivera (Costume Design).


About the Company: Looking Glass Theatre

Reflecting Life on the Stage with Truth and Theatricality While Exploring a Female Vision and Creating a Community of Artistic Freedom

Our goal is to create a community of artistic freedom: freedom from the pressure to be commercial, freedom from gender expectations and freedom from judgment. We believe this is the way to bring our audience aesthetic bliss. Supporting inspiration without expectations gets creative juices flowing. This pure creative energy then creates the purest entertainment.
 

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East of the Sun, West of the Moon  | Open: 06/01/13 Close: 06/08/13
 

Looking Glass Theatre, celebrating 20 years, is proud to bring back for a very limited run Frankie Little 
Hardin’s East of the Sun, West of the Moon, a new children’s play directed by Julia Sterling Martin and 
Naima Warden. East of the Sun, West of the Moon performs Saturday, June 1 and Saturday June 8 at 2 p.m
at Richmond Shepard Theatre, located at 309 East 26th Street, at 2nd Avenue. Tickets are $15 adults, $12 kids 12 and under at www.lookingglasstheatrenyc.com. Group tickets also available. Running time is approximately 60 minutes with no intermission.
 
This play was so well-received last year that we just had to bring it back!
 
To save her father and mother, a young daughter makes a promise to live with a beastly bear, whose palace is secretly filled with nasty, bumbling trolls.
 
In the dark of night, our heroine falls in love with a sweet shy Prince. She makes a promise never to see his 
face in the light and to keep their love in the dark. But when the tricky trolls convince her to sneak a peak, she 
breaks her promise and the trolls whisk away the newly un-enchanted Prince.
 
So what’s a girl to do? Save him, of course! On her amazing journey to save her true love, she encounters 
Hags and Horses and gets help from the Winds. Will she save her hero from the evil trolls? Can she mend her broken promise? Will they live happily ever after? Join us and find out!
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Helix 999  | Open: 10/13/06 Close: 11/18/06
In the future, genetically-produced people walk among us. It is Rick's job to erase this dirty little secret...then, he gets to know one. In HELIX 999, Raymond Chandler's hardboiled world unfolds in a Philip K. Dick future. Rick is a self-loathing agent for a genetics conglomerate that has clandestinely embedded genetic creations in the public sector while awaiting government approval for their products. Rick's job is to retire malfunctioning models without raising suspicions. Amanda, his latest case, has somehow discovered that she is a Genome Inc. product. Faced with the prospect of a huge scandal, the CEO puts the squeeze on Rick to find out who tipped-off Amanda. Or else. How far will Rick have to go?
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Just A Reading  | Open: 04/28/11 Close: 05/15/11
Alan Watson, NYC playwright turned Hollywood golden boy, returns to Looking Glass Theatre to present a reading of his first new play in eight years.

But this isn’t the play anyone expected.

This is a new script. About them.

Just a Reading is a play about the reading of a play - a play Alan has written to confess his love to his old friend and creative partner May and expose her boyfriend's affair. The guilty lovers seek escape...but the door is locked. And only Alan has the key. Will they read the parts he's written? Will he get the happy ending he's waited so long to hear?

The production features an ensemble cast including Jenn Boehm, Michael Sean Cirelli, Brandon Ferraro, Cas Marino, Alexandra Mingione and Stephen Reich.

Creative team includes: Margaret Christie (Assistant Director / Stage Manager), Kirby Mason (Assistant Director / Stage Manager), Ryan Metzler (Light Design) and Helen McTernan (Fight Choreography).

NOTE: NO LATE SEATING PERMITTED.

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Lesbian Bathhouse  | Open: 10/12/07 Close: 11/17/07
The last thing actress Grace Cameron expects when she walks in to audition for a mysterious new show is that her "big break" will lead her down a wildly out-of-control path of sexual discovery.

Take one dazzling heartbreaker from the past who's suddenly back for more. Add one voracious casting director who knows everything about sex and power except how to take "no" for an answer. Fold in a top Hollywood filmmaker playing out overheated fantasies in search of his own sexual identity. Toss in a bevy of beauties with trouble telling the difference between fantasy and reality. Turn up heat and uncover LESBIAN BATHHOUSE: a spicy-hot comedy for every appetite.

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Looking Glass Winter 2005 Writer/Director's FOrum  | Open: 12/01/05 Close: 12/18/05
This year's winter festival features the work of seven emerging female directors tackling both classic and new works. Throughout the three-week festival, directors will present a wide range of styles, from the classic prose of Shakespeare to a new work by Letitia Sweitzer, which depicts the comic story of Adam and Eve after their expulsion from Eden and life with their lesser-known son, Seth.

The full performance schedule is as follows:
Week 1 December 1-4:

Hell Hath Three Furies by Aoise Stratford, Directed by Nikki Rothenberg
Description: Mac, a Film Noir hero/villain is stuck in Hell for killing three dames...his wife, his shrink, and his girlfriend

Resurrection by Jean Hedgecock, Directed by Katherine Vecchio
Description: "She realized that, in her sleep, she had folded him into an origami bird, and he had flown out the crack in the window."

Week 2 December 8-11, Shakespeare Classics:

Antony & Cleopatra, Directed by Regina Robbins
Description: "Let Rome in Tiber melt, and the wide arch/Of the ranged empire fall..."
Henry IV, Directed by Destiny Lilly

Week 3 Decmeber 15-18:

Cancel the Arugula by Letitia Sweitzer, Directed by Aliza Shane
Description: The comic story of Adam & Eve after the expulsion from Eden, and their life with their lesser-known son, Seth. "Things have really gone sour since they ate the apple..."

Words and Ladders by Dina Gregory, Directed by Candace O'Neil Cihocki
Description: "Mistrust the use of words"; their meanings can be deceiving. There is never a way out if you are forced to go back every time...."
Testimony by Alix Sobler, Directed by Julia Martin
Description: "It's weird the memories you keep. The ones that give you comfort."

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Melancholia & Dis-ease  | Open: 03/10/05 Close: 03/20/05
Two One Acts Plays
Melancholia
By Leah Moreor
Directed by Amantha May
A dream-like piece that anatomizes melancholy through image, poetry, music, movement and narrative

Communicable Dis-ease
Created and directed by Charmian Creagle
A fun experimental piece about modern urban life that asks: In an endless ocean of faces, it is surprising that we never actually make contact?

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Not Enough Princesses  | Open: 09/24/05 Close: 11/06/05
Not Enough Princesses is a new play for children based on classic, yet not well-known, Swedish fairytales. Assorted characters are searching the forest separately for a princess, little knowing that there is only one princess at the end of their quest. On their way they meet a variety of trolls and fantastic creatures. The style and mood is inspired by the work of Swedish illustrator John Bauer whose work is romantic, dark, dramatic, and whimsical.
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Ready, Set, Story! How Katie Saved The Sneaky Spider's Tales  | Open: 03/13/10 Close: 04/25/10
Back by popular demand!

Katie is always getting into trouble for playing tricks! But then, she meets the greatest trickster of them all: Anansi the Spider, the African god of storytelling. When Katie peeks into Anansi's magical box of stories, three ancient myths escape from the box! Katie and Anansi travel through the missing myths, from Viking halls to the Imperial palaces of Japan, trying to recover the stories from the clever characters of Norse, Japanese, and African folklore. But will Katie find all the stories before they are lost forever!

Ready, Set, Story!captures the sense of wonder and excitement children find in their favorite myths, as well as the stories’ incredible imaginative power. Who doesn’t recall spending hours poring over tales of enchanted animals, bickering gods and goddesses, and brave heroes (and heroines!) on impossible quests? Clever tricksters who don’t look like much, but always manage to outsmart even the scariest monsters? These folktales are epic yet familiar, magical yet human, ancient yet totally alive, and children simply can’t get enough of them. And while the stories have been told for centuries, each new listener envisions them in his or her own unique way. This play uses movement, voice work, and playful costumes to bring mythical characters vividly to life, inviting audiences of all ages to explore their amazing, delightful worlds. As Anansi the Spider says, “Ready, Set... Story!”

Featuring an energetic ensemble, this diverse cast tackles different myths and their many characters. Melissa Sussman (Katie) and Stacy Osei-Kuffour (Anansi) lead the standout ensemble, which also features Vinny DiCristo, Stephen Ehrlich, Amanda Hopper, Anthony LaBresco and Stefanie Tara portraying almost 20 different roles.

Creative team includes: Melinda Prom (Assistant Director/Stage Manager), Theresa Rivera (Scenic Designer), David Monroy (Lighting Designer) and Rachel Soll (Costume Designer).

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Ready, Set, Story! How Katie Saved The Sneaky Spider's Tales  | Open: 10/10/09 Close: 11/22/09
Katie is always getting into trouble for playing tricks! But then, she meets the greatest trickster of them all: Anansi the Spider, the African god of storytelling. When Katie peeks into Anansi's magical box of stories, three ancient myths escape from the box! Katie and Anansi travel through the missing myths, from Viking castles to Apache forests, trying to recover the stories from the clever characters of Norse, Native American, Japanese, and African folklore. But will Katie find all the stories before they are lost forever?

Ready, Set, Story! captures the sense of wonder and excitement children find in their favorite myths, as well as the stories’ incredible imaginative power. Who doesn’t recall spending hours poring over tales of enchanted animals, bickering gods and goddesses, and brave heroes (and heroines!) on impossible quests? Clever tricksters who don’t look like much, but always manage to outsmart even the scariest monsters? These folktales are epic yet familiar, magical yet human, ancient yet totally alive, and children simply can’t get enough of them. And while the stories have been told for centuries, each new listener envisions them in his or her own unique way. This play uses movement, voice work, and playful costumes to bring mythical characters vividly to life, inviting audiences of all ages to explore their amazing, delightful worlds. As Anansi the Spider says, “Ready, Set... Story!”

Featuring an energetic mix of part-time teachers, puppeteers, clowns and comedians, this diverse cast tackles four different myths and their many characters. Renée-Michele Brunet (Katie) and Lauren Kelly Benson (Anansi) lead the standout ensemble, which also features Andrew Ash, Andrew S. Davies, Brian Hirono, Elisa Pupko and Emily Tucker portraying almost 20 different mythical roles.

Creative team includes: Dara Malina (Assistant Director/Stage Manager), Sibylle Weltert (Assistant Director/Stage Manager), Zane Enloe (Scenic Designer), David Monroy (Lighting Designer) and Rachel Soll (Costume Designer).

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Shriek!  | Open: 03/19/10 Close: 03/27/10
Scorned in one life - a woman seeks revenge in the next!

Abducted and shamed, a beautiful princess demands that her captor Bisma make things right. He shoots an arrow, hoping to scare her away, but the arrow strikes and kills her. As she dies, she vows to return in her next life and avenge this wrong. Srikandi is born a woman but trains as a warrior. Armed with a bow and arrow, she goes to war. But, in battle Bisma has been undefeated!  Only Srikandi holds the arrow that will bring him down.

Taken from the Hindu epic, the Mahabharata, the production uses Balinese wayang kulit, or shadow puppetry, combined with music, dance, and video. Ornate two-dimensional puppets bring to life a story of love and war that points to a mythical past while connecting to a digital future. Wayang kulit is the ideal medium for this story as shadow puppets are at once solid and ethereal; present and connected to the past. They are the uncanny simulacrum of our daily experience, a tale of reinventing the self, a story of transformation and courage.

Assistant Director/Stage Manager: Tina M. Cox

Light Design: David Monroy

Ensemble Cast And Dancers: Jennifer Goodlander, Hiroko Tanaka

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Spring's Awakening  | Open: 03/09/06 Close: 04/02/06
** Adapted by Kenneth Nowell; featuring director Charmian Creagle **


Depicting the onset of puberty as violent and chaotic, Spring's Awakening is no after-school special. Reptilian impulses erupt in children terrorized by adults sunk deep in neurotic denial. One boy has suicidal tendencies as he struggles with his shock over discovering the facts of sex and the possibility of flunking. Another expresses his awakening libido in cool sadism. Masochism appears in a young girl whose mother insists that a stork delivers babies.

The staging of this production contrasts two worlds, an adolescent world depicted by the live actors and a disembodied adult world looming above on screen.

Written at the turn of the twentieth century, Frank Wedekind's play unfolds in an absurdist atmosphere that foreshadowed Brecht and Beckett. This story of the uncomfortable nature of sexuality blooming during the teen years remains relevant still today. The play renders the devastating neglect adolescents experience when family bonds erode while puritanical elements in society grow stronger.

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The Angel Play  | Open: 03/16/12 Close: 04/01/12
The untold story of God's most trusted messenger

We’ve all heard the story: the Angel Gabriel announces the coming of a child and Mary of Nazareth is stunned but welcoming to her Lord’s will. Then, the players in this ancient tale must somehow live through nine long months of waiting...

This is the untold story - the story of the Angel Gabriel and Mary of Nazareth’s strange and otherworldly love affair; the play explores the humanity of Gabriel, the divinity of young Mary, and the blindness of the community around them.

What effect did these two beings of light have on one another? After Mary is visited by Gabriel, they are forced to part. She is shunned by her family and the people of Jerusalem who refuse to believe her predicament. Gabriel takes it upon himself to convince Mary’s future husband Joseph that his fiancée holds a pivotal place in human history. And, Mary herself must find the strength to leave the frightened young girl behind, and become a powerful prophetess who has the courage to take control of her own destiny, and the destiny of her unborn child.

“We are on the cusp of Aries, and moving into Pisces. The world is turning on its hinge, shifting from one age to another!” Set amidst the crumbling ruins of an old world moving towards the new, this production also reflects the in-between state of those who inhabit this earth. Just as the world is turning and shifting, so is Gabriel himself, stuck in-between two worlds: not quite an angel, but also not a man. This is the moment, every 2,000 years, when the Angel Gabriel appears, just as he did to Hagar and the parents of Samson before Mary of Nazareth. But, as “there is red paint dripping from the sky like blood,” we cannot be sure if this new world – and this change in Gabriel – is something to be welcomed… or feared.

Steve Buechler’s costume design incorporates both contemporary and period elements, while Elle Kunnos de Voss’ scenic design is comprised of crumbling stones of the ruins of a city, the falling of this world.  Lucas Segall adds a haunting musical underscore, and Libby Jensen’s stunning light design creates chilling shadows as well as angelic illumination.

The production features Julie Ek as Mary, Dan Lovley as Joseph, Joey Lozada as Gabriel, with Margie Ferris (Ann/Elisheva), Rebecca Nerz (Shepherd) and Zachary Zimbler (Joachim/Priest).

Creative team includes: Meg Dowling(Assistant Director/Stage Manager), Arielle Parkas(Assistant Director/Stage Manager), Taylor Reynolds(Assistant Director/Stage Manager), Elle Kunnos de Voss (Scenic Design), Libby Jensen(Light Design), Steve Buechler (Costume Design)and Lucas Segall (Sound Design).

RUNNING TIME: Approximately two hours including one intermission.

About the Company: Looking Glass Theatre

Reflecting Life on the Stage with Truth and Theatricality While Exploring a Female Vision and Creating a Community of Artistic Freedom

Our goal is to create a community of artistic freedom: freedom from the pressure to be commercial, freedom from gender expectations and freedom from judgment. We believe this is the way to bring our audience aesthetic bliss. Supporting inspiration without expectations gets creative juices flowing. This pure creative energy then creates the purest entertainment.
 

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The Fall  | Open: 05/05/05 Close: 05/29/05
A ghost, a betrayal,, a plot for revenge. What if Hamlet had Prozac?
In this contemporary tragedy, Jill grieves the recent loss of her mother while her father announces his marriage to her aunt. Haunted by the ghost of her mother, Jill must sort out what is imagined, what is misery, what is murder, and what is just the medicine.
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The Looking Glass Spring 2005 Writer/Director's Forum  | Open: 06/02/05 Close: 06/26/05
A Festival of workshop productions of plays featuring new writers and directors.
check the Looking Glass theatre website for more info
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The Looking Glass Spring 2006 Writer/director’s Forum  | Open: 05/25/06 Close: 06/25/06
The Looking Glass Theatre's Writer/Director Forum is part of the company's mission to reflect life on the stage with truth and theatricality while exploring a female vision/aesthetic. The festival is held twice a year at The Looking Glass Theatre. This year's spring festival features the work of 10 emerging female directors tackling both classic and new works.

The full performance schedule is as follows:
Week 1 May 25-28:
Medea by Euirpides, Directed by Candace O'Neil Cihocki
Description: A modern and even creepier version of the tragic Greek tale of a woman scorned and the revenge that will be taken. A show not for the faint of heart.

Hollywood Lights by Suzanne Wesley, Directed by Emily Plumb
Description: Hollywood Lights is an unpredictable evening where the lines between what we expect from horror, and how we actually experience it, are blurred.
** Week 1 Assistant Director: Maureen Rogalski

Week 2 June 8-11:
Population Growth by Aoise Stratford, Directed by Nikki Rothenberg
Description: Dating is awkward. The exponential growth of the world's population is really not helping things.

Muncie & Mayhem in ‘Tea and Rats' by Laylage Courie, Directed by Rose Ginsberg
Description: Two best friends/enemies engage in an impassioned battle of wits and domestic prowess, as they struggle with an infestation of strangely scholarly rodents.

Aquarium by Lila Rose Kaplan, Directed by Aliza Shane
Description: It's the story of wondrous and strange creatures - a fishy family of high achievers. In here, to keep from drowning in gourmet algae and filtered water, all you can do is write.

** Week 2 Assistant Director: Erin Winebark

Week 3 June 15-18:
Things That Go Hump in the Night by Peggy Dougherty, Directed by Ain Rashida Sykes
Description: Phyllis just wants her night, but being a single mother, she is torn between the child and the man who makes her feel like a woman.

Richard III by William Shakespeare, Directed by Kelly Haydon
Description: Revenge is sweet...and highly entertaining! A ragged band of outlaw thespians gleefully perform the famous hunchback's violent campaign to win the crown of England.

** Week 3 Assistant Director: Sarah Nerboso

Week 4 June 22-25:
The Patriot by Kate Marks, Directed by Tzipora Kaplan
Description: Peace! Peace! Peace on Earth! ...or not.

Dick ‘n Spooner by Melissa Fendell, Directed by Jill Landaker
Description: This satire follows the lives of one sitcom-perfect couple's quest for happiness in the form of eternal popularity.

Swimming the Ocean by Kate McNickle, Directed by Elizabeth Sturrus
Description: Two sisters struggle against the current that pulls Gai toward the future, Becca to the past. Gai must decide between the love of a simple man or her sister and their childhood memories together.

** Week 4 Assistant Directors: Lisa Kasdan, Laurie Vázquez

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The Spanish Wives: A Groovy Tale of Peace, Love, and Restoration  | Open: 10/30/08 Close: 11/23/08
This groovy new show is based on Mary Griffith Pix' restoration piece THE SPANISH WIVES, having been completely reinvented and transplanted to the hippie streets of San Francisco, where the characters find themselves exploring their options in this quickly changing world. The Governor of Barcelona is now a college professor who is dipping his toes into the world of free love while still hoping to keep his marriage vows intact. But will the Professor's wife stay true to her husband? Meanwhile, their uptight houseguestis desperately trying to keep his own wife chained by her apron strings to the traditions of the past. But, feeling the pull of the times herself, she realizes she has made the wrong choice by abandoning her first love. Luckily, for her, he's returned, and with the help of a slightly unconventional personal Guru, has tracked her down to San Francisco to win her back.

The Cast...Nnamudi Amobi , Sarah Brill, Julia Coe, Rachael Palmer Jones, Justin Klose, Matthew Minor, Mateo Moreno, Julie Nelson, Courtney Reed, Miranda Shields, and Branan Whitehead

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Three By The Sea  | Open: 03/05/11 Close: 04/10/11
Ladies and gents, girls and boys, scalawags and scurvy dogs!  ‘Tis time fer Three By the Sea!

Join Buccaneer Bocephus Q. Fizziwater as he dives into a trio of tales about wondrous watery worlds telling the stories of “Paddy and the Mermaid,” “Coyote’s Moon” and “Foghorn Franny.” Mermaids, grizzled ole sea dogs, surfer dudes, and ornery coyotes conquer the Seven Seas! Will Paddy be able to keep his Mermaid bride happy on the shore? Will Little Rabbit be able to keep Coyote in the river and avoid being supper? Will Foghorn Franny survive surfer culture to find her Pop? Each sea yarn – inspired by traditional Irish folktales, Native American and Mexican folklore as well as American tall tales - is performed in whimsical, story-theatre style with music, puppets and much more!

“Paddy and the Mermaid” is loosely based on T. Crofton Croker’s “The Lady of Gollerus” published in his 1825 collection The Fairy Legends and Traditions of the South of Ireland. “Coyote’s Moon” features recurring coyote and rabbit characters of traditional Native American and Mexican trickster folklore. “Foghorn Franny” boasts a superhuman ability - a huge voice - in the American tall tale tradition.

The production features an ensemble cast including Elise Bernlohr, Laura Borgwardt, Maggie Delgadillo, Rob Esris, Jacob Mondry, Ali Schmidt and Zach Tait. Creative team includes: Julia Frieri (Assistant Director / Stage Manager), Clifton Chadick (Scenic Design & Props), Ryan Metzler (Light Design), Kristina Sneshkoff (Costume Design), Eric C. Dente (Sound Design) and Honey Goodenough and Ryan Dillon (Puppet Design).

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V-day Nyc 2011 The Vagina Monologues  | Open: 02/18/11 Close: 02/19/11
V-Day New York City 2011and Looking Glass Theatre’s artistic community are proud to again join the global effort to raise funds and awareness for local organizations that work to stop violence against women and girls by presenting a benefit production of Eve Ensler’s award-winning play, The Vagina Monologues.

Last year more than 5,400 V-Day benefits were held around the world raising over $4 million and increasing awareness towards ending violence against women. Proceeds from V-Day NYC 2011 ticket sales will benefit Women In Need, Inc. (WIN), which provides housing, help and hope to New York City women and their families who are homeless and disadvantaged.  In addition to benefiting this local group, ten percent of proceeds will go to this year’s V-Day international spotlight theme, THE WOMEN AND GIRLS OF HAITI.

Hailed by The New York Times as "funny" and "poignant" and by the Daily News as "intelligent" and "courageous," The Vagina Monologues, which was first performed off-Broadway by Ms. Ensler, dives into the mystery, humor, pain, power, wisdom, outrage and excitement buried in women’s experiences.  Ms. Ensler has performed the play to great acclaim throughout the world - from Zagreb to Santa Barbara, from London to Seattle, from Jerusalem to Oklahoma City.  Villard Books/Random House first published The Vagina Monologues, which includes a foreword by Gloria Steinem, in February 1998.  A special edition was released in hard cover and paperback in February 2008 in honor of V-Day’s ten year anniversary.

A diverse cast of performers from the Looking Glass community – past, present, future, staff, interns, directors and more - will perform the monologues, as directed by veteran director Rose Ginsberg with Looking Glass Theatre’s Founding Artistic Director Justine Lambert.

Featuring: Shannon Altner, Lauren Benson, Jenn Boehm, Meaghan Connaire, Katie Dickinson, Ariel Francoeur, Christine Grenier, Missy Hernandez, Alexandra Hiotakis, Amanda Marino, Madeline Reed, JessAnn Smith, Lucy Spain, Ashley Spivak, Jadelynn Stahl, Melissa Sussman*, Hannah Vaughn, Mary Beth Walsh and Jenn Womack.

* Appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association

Looking Glass Theatre’s mission is to theatrically and truthfully reflect a female vision on the stage while creating a community of artistic freedom.For up-to-date performance information visit Looking Glass Theatre at www.lookingglasstheatrenyc.com or V-Day at www.vday.org.

LOCAL SPONSORS: Looking Glass Theatre, Premier Martial Arts, www.CASTINGSnCLASSES.com, Kashkaval, Two Little Red Hens, figandgruyere.blogspot.com and Magnolia Bakery.

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