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URBAN STAGES is an award-winning, not-for-profit Off-Broadway Theatre Company founded in 1983 by current Artistic Director Frances Hill. Over the past 25 years, Urban Stages has produced over 70 productions (mostly world premieres) including Pulitzer Prize Finalist, Eisa Davis’ Bulrusher (2007), two Drama Desk nominations, an Outer Critic's Circle Award, an Obie nomination, and eight Audelco nominations. Our productions of Men On The Verge Of A Hispanic Breakdown, by Guillermo Reyes, and Minor Demons, by Bruce Graham subsequently moved to commercial theatres. Chili Queen, a play by newscaster Jim Lehrer, transferred to the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. (1989). Chungmi Kim’s Comfort Women moved to Seoul, Korea and is being translated into Chinese to be produced in Asian communities in Vancouver and Toronto, Canada. The majority of works developed at Urban Stages have had further productions commercially, regionally, and abroad. Numerous projects developed at Urban Stages have been adapted into film and television projects, including Scar, by Murray Mednick, Conversations with the Goddesses, by Agapi Stassinopoulos, and Cotton Mary, by Alexandra Viets. Urban Stages has a consistent history of discovering new writers to the theatre community and introducing their plays into theatrical repertory.

Schedule of Upcoming Productions

No New Productions Scheduled

Production History

Langston In Harlem  | Open: 04/09/10 Close: 05/01/10
Langston in Harlem is an exciting new musical about one of America's most honored poets, Langston Hughes. Set in the African-American cultural capital of Harlem from the Harlem Renaissance through the Civil Rights movement, Langston in Harlem tells the story of Langston Hughes' journey into manhood and his emergence as one of the most beloved and forward thinking artists of our time. This groundbreaking new musical is filled with Jazz, Gospel, Rhythm and Blues, Swing, dance and spoken-word that sings, jumps, stomps and shouts. Langston Hughes' glorious words and poetry of love, loss, joy and the blues and the people of Harlem who inspired him, come gloriously to life, in Langston in Harlem and are once again universal and unforgettable!

Length: 2 hrs 00 mins
Intermission: Yes

ReEntry presented by Urban Stages  | Open: 02/06/10 Close: 03/07/10
ReEntry is an unflinching look at the lives of Marines returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. An honest, moving, surprisingly funny play based on interviews with privates and colonels, combat vets and clerks, and one particularly memorable family. ReEntry tells the stories you haven't heard. ReEntry is not about politics. It is not about the WHY of this war. It’s about stepping off that plane and coming home, re-entering ones life, family and country - again.

The creation of ReEntry began at home: Ackerman has two brothers who have served multiple deployments in Iraq (both Marines) and Sanchez had five brothers in the military during the Vietnam War. Over the course of a year, Ackerman and Sanchez interviewed many Veterans, enlisting several as advisors to the play. These men and women became integral to the development of the play, reading each draft, providing feedback, insight and introducing the authors to other veterans that then in tern also became part of the process. It was vital to ReEntry’s authors that the voices in this play be authentic. It was also essential that the actors who portray these men and women have a deep and profound understanding of what it means to be a Marine, and so former USMC drill instructor Joe Harrell was employed to take the actors through a rigorous training program, akin to basic training. Sanchez went on to cast Harrell in the production, who’s performance as the commanding officer in ReEntry garnered much acclaim

Begins performances Saturday, February 6 opens Thursday, February 11 through March 7

Performance Schedule: Wednesday – Saturday at 8PM; Saturday – Sunday at 2PM
(Added shows: Monday, February 8 at 7PM) / 90 Minutes, no intermission

Tickets are $40 ($25 during preview through March 8, 2010)

Tickets available at www.SmartTix.com or call 212.868.4444

Presented by URBAN STAGES presents the Two River Theatre Company’s production of ReEntry.

Urban Stages is located at 259 West 30 Street (between 7th and 8th Avenues).

ReWrite, A musical comedy triple feature  | Open: 12/06/08 Close: 01/03/09
ReWrite deals with time, with deadlines, with Donuts. it's about trying to live up to the expectations you created for yourself and trying to do it before you time runs out. It's about normal people, no people who get musicals written about them.

PERFORMERS: Nick Blaemire, Badia Farha, Lorinda Lisitza, Lauren Marcus, AJ Shively, and Jason "SweetTooth" Williams
DIRECTOR: John Simpkins
CHOREOGRAPHY: Jennifer Werner
SET DESIGN: Michael Schweikardt
SOUND DESIGN: Craig Kaufman
COSTUME DESIGN: Michelle Eden Humphrey

Produced by Urban Stages in association with Sara Katz