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Firemen  | Open: 03/21/11 Close: 03/27/11
Set in the 1990 American suburbs, FIREMEN explores an unthinkable love relationship between a troubled teenager and his unlikely new girlfriend. Written by Tommy Smith, directed by Michael McQuilken. Made possible in part by the generosity of the Yale School of Drama. Presented by The Tank. Produced by Magic Futurebox.

Will Connolly*
Kristen Connolly*
Ryan Lockwood*
Christopher Michael McFarland*
Liz Wisan*

* Appearing courtesy of Actors' Equity Association

$12 in advance / $15 at the door
$10 for students and unemployed
Presale tickets available at
Future Party: A Sketch Comedy Double-bill From Another Dimension.  | Open: 03/23/12 Close: 03/24/12
What happens when a New York bred comedy duo teams up with a multi-award-winning Montreal based sketch comedy troupe? A Future Party! In this night of double-bill comedy, James & JF offer up Channel One, a show that begs the question, “when?” and answers it with “The Future”; and Uncalled For answers the question, “where’s the party?” with “here” in Today is All of Your Birthdays. 

Channel One is TV as performed by the last two people on earth. Let us explain. We are the last two people left in the whole world. Let us explain. We escaped the end of civilization in a time machine only to land in a very lonely future. We then created our own version of TV shows to entertain ourselves -we can't explain- but wind up performing them to unexpected time traveling audiences. Channel One is our television channel. It’s the only one left. This show has been called "a blast of exuberant nonsense... brave new theater" (Edmonton Sun), “f***ing hilarious” (The Blog of Jenna Rocca (Toronto)), brought to you by the duo said to have “winning comedic timing” by The Happiest Medium (NYC).

Today Is All Your Birthdays is a comedic, philosophical, sci-fi take on birth, death, time travel, Darwin’s theory of evolution, hypnotism, sandwiches and the meaning of life. Far away from the "set-up, punchline, blackout" sketch comedy universe, Birthdays is intelligent, theatrical, free-flowing, stream-of-consciousness hilarity that doesn’t bother with vulgarity or cynicism. It’s a sparkler of a comedy show, "relentlessly smart, original and outrageous" (Victoria Times-Colonist) from the company that PLANK Magazine called “one of the most innovative and reliable sketch troupes in the country.”

Channel Oneis written and performed by James & JF, aka Emily James and Ishah Janssen-Faith. Emily and Ishah trained in improv at Upright Citizens Brigade NYC and The Magnet Theater; and in clown with Philippe Gaulier, David Shiner, Mick Barnfather (of Theatre de Complicite), Aitor Basauri (of Spymonkey) and Avner Eisenberg. Separately, they have been making theater and performance art for the last ten years across the nation and abroad. Together, they have performed Channel One for two years in NYC, at the Toronto & Edmonton Fringe Festivals and the North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival. More info on company:

Today Is All Your Birthdays is one in a long line of successes from Uncalled For,an improv and sketch comedy troupe who have been performing together for over ten years. Fringe Fest mainstays in both Montreal and Toronto, they have won the Montreal festival’s Best Text Award once and the Just For Laughs Best Comedy Award twice. They have also received the Second City Best Of The Fest Award at the Toronto SketchFest.Today Is All Your Birthdays captured the Outstanding Ensemble Performance Award at the 2009 Ottawa Fringe, and earned Uncalled For a Canadian Comedy Award nomination for Best Comedic Play. In July 2011 they launched a series of web videos on their new site,

I Loved Sam Stone  | Open: 10/06/11 Close: 10/23/11

I LOVED SAM STONE -- winner of the SLAM Playwriting Competition -- follows two college freshmen through the boundaries of friendship and the consequences of confronting the truth.

Brett Epstein's I LOVED SAM STONE was first presented in Cranston, Rhode Island's Artists Exchange Theatre in August 2009. After winning the SLAM Playwriting Competition in May 2011, the play received a staged reading at The Tank for a standing-room only audience. The Tank is now presenting a limited engagement from October 6 through October 23 of a play that audiences and industry have called "brilliant," "hilarious," "unpredictable," "moving," and "the perfect balance of comedy and drama."

I LOVED SAM STONE follows two college freshmen through their first year of being away from home, from the awkward move-in day all the way to the challenging summer sendoffs. The play explores the dynamic between Ben (Brett Epstein) and Sam (David Jackson) as a friendship seemingly simple and rewarding turns into something that neither one ever saw coming.

Show runs 2 hours with an intermission.

*Thu, 10/06/2011 - 7:00pm
Fri, 10/07/2011 - 7:00pm
Fri, 10/14/2011 - 7:00pm
Sun, 10/16/2011 - 7:00pm
Sat, 10/22/2011 - 9:30pm
Sun, 10/23/2011 - 7:00pm
Credit card in advance:
Cash only at the door.

*Please join the cast & crew for a complimentary reception with beverages, FREE with your ticket to the OPENING performance.

Ben --> Brett Epstein
Sam --> David Jackson
Jordan --> Blaire Carson
Derrick --> David Rosenblatt

Directed by Daniel Durkin
Produced by Susan Barr
Stage Managed by Jake Simon-Gersuk

Kinds Of Light  | Open: 05/02/13 Close: 05/18/13
The Tank will present the World Premiere of Summer Shapiro’s (Legs and All: In the Boudoir) Kinds of Light, as part of Flint & Tinder, their curated theater series, May 2-18.

A recluse is confronted with the unexpected in this highly physical, visually rich stage production charting the all too futile need for certainty and the beauty in being a hapless human. In a world where the familiar moves from mundane to magical, Shapiro plays with the likes of tissues, bed sheets, table and chair to wrap her arms around the unknown within and without.  Inspired by the work of Carl Sagan, supernovae, New York City’s general public and unbridled joy, Kinds of Light crafts unfolding whimsy to find light is everywhere, even in the darkest spaces.

Kinds of Light was postponed during its development at The Tank in 2011 when Summer Shapiro learned she had cancer. Now, two years later and healthier than ever, this award-winning comedienne and theater-maker returns to New York with the knowledge that human beings are built to fall apart and such a breaking can be the gem of a life time.

“Ring the bells that still can ring, forget your perfect offering, there is a crack in everything - that's how the light gets in.” —Leonard Cohen

Love Is Like Mud: A Puppet Rock Opera In One Act  | Open: 10/22/10 Close: 12/17/10
"Love is Like Mud" is a story about the romantic misadventures between city dwellers Jon and Anne. After meeting on the subway they have an awkward first date, followed by a torrid night of sex. Before they know it they are in the midst of a relationship, wondering if they have fallen in love.

BEN FOLSTEIN has been an active artist since he was very young. By the time he was in high school he had already made several films and won multiple awards for his film making. He went to San Francisco where he worked in the theater industry and made over 70 films in the five years he lived there. In 2006, he moved to New York City where he began developing "Love is Like Mud" and writing music, lyrics, and cultivating his band, "Level 2."

Nevermore: A Night with Poe  | Open: 11/30/10 Close: 11/30/10
Give an hour on the scariest weekend of the year to the scariest storyteller of all time: Three Poe Tales told in the immersive story theater form - a small band of actors with no props, costumes, or sets, create entire worlds using the space and your imagination.

OPEN  | Open: 06/07/19 Close: 06/22/19
The Tank (Meghan Finn and Rosalind Grush, Artistic Directors) in association with All For One Theater (Michael Wolk, Artistic Director; Nicholas A. Cotz, Executive & Producing Director) will present the World Premiere of Open, written by Crystal Skillman (Rain and Zoe Save the World, 2018 EMOS Award-Winner; King Kirby at The Brick; Geek with Vampire Cowboys) directed by Jessi D. Hill (Surely Goodness and Mercy with Keen Company; Interstate at NYMF), and featuring Megan Hill (Drama Desk Award nominee for Eddie and Dave at The Atlantic; The Last Class: A Jazzercise Play) at The Tank (312 West 36th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues), June 7-22. Performances will be on Friday, June 7 at 8pm, Saturday, June 8 at 8pm, Sunday, June 9 at 3pm, Tuesday, June 11 at 8pm, Wednesday, June 12 at 8pm, Thursday, June 13 at 8pm, Friday, June 14 at 8pm, Saturday, June 15 at 3pm & 8pm, Sunday, June 16 at 3pm, Tuesday, June 18 at 8pm, Wednesday, June 19 at 8pm, Thursday, June 20 at 8pm, Friday, June 21 at 4pm & 8pm, and Saturday, June 22 at 8pm.Tickets ($25) are available for advance purchase at The performance will run approximately 60 minutes, with no intermission.

Open is a magic show with no magic. A woman called The Magician seems to pantomime a myriad of tricks, but her act reveals she is attempting the impossible—to save the life of her lover, Jenny. And yet, is it possible that the more we believe in their love, the more The Magician's illusions are actually becoming real? The clock is ticking, the show must go on, and as impossible as it may seem, this Magician’s magic act may be our last hope against a world filled with intolerance and hate. 

Public Domain #2: Andrew Scoville directs The Tragical Comedy of Dr. Faustus by Christopher Marlowe  | Open: 10/20/10 Close: 11/24/10
"Ugly Hell, gape not! Come not Lucifer! I'll burn my books!-O Mephistophilis!" So ends what is regarded as the first ever dramatization of the Faust legend and possibly the most notorious tale about the appeal of sin. True, Faustus meets a dismembered end, but for 24 years he was the most powerful magician on Earth. Sure, according to Marlowe, the Doctor regrets his fateful choice, but this is Public Domain! So, was the deal worth it? What's more important: your soul or your fun?

Andrew Scoville is a Brooklyn based theater director, installation artist and video designer. For the past couple of years he has been fostering his relationship with technology in his theatrical work. Artistically he has relied heavily on movement, music and media, but still finds fascination in the complexities of human language. He strongly believes that theater is ultimate collaborative art and the most effective way to engage with artists of every medium at the same time. That is why he does it.

Sit-Down  | Open: 07/15/05 Close: 07/16/05
Chewing on America's insatiable need for the rock-stardom of the self-destructive with insightful wit, Desiree Burch deciphers the desire for escape and apocalypse. Fed by the tit of television and an Ethernet umbilical cord, Burch illuminates the humanexperience according to the rules of disengagement. Through song, comedy,monologue, dance, parody and video Desiree explores out-of-body heights in the "pursuit of happiness, which is the pursuit of meaning, which is the pursuit of art, which is the pursuit of pursuit."
The Mermaid's Legs  | Open: 10/23/14 Close: 10/26/14
A cast of ten homeschooled teens take an exploratory deep dive into the realm of The Little Mermaid, from Disney's happy ending to the explicit traumas of Hans Christian Andersen's original. Not that there's any correspondence between the pain of becoming an adult and the pain of having your tongue cut out and boiled...

Music! Puppetry! Water safety! Stage blood! THE MERMAID'S LEGS has something for everyone…provided they can handle an experimental approach and a non-red-haired mermaid who - SPOILER - dies in the end!

(Parental discretion may be advised, even at the supremely weird hour of 6:30 pm. It’s not a kiddie show.)


WHAT    The Mermaid’s Legs

WHO    Conceived and Directed by Ayun Halliday with further contributions by the cast of 10 homeschooled teens

WHERE    The Tank NYC

151 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036

(212) 563-6269


WHEN:    Thursday, October 23, 2014, 6:30pm

Friday, October 24, 2014, 6:30pm

Saturday, October 25, 2014, 6:30pm

Sunday, October 26, 2014, 3pm


TICKETS: $15 general, $12 student,


AGE RANGE: 12-adult


Inquiries: Jenn de la Vega or

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