Ars Nova

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As New York’s premiere hub for emerging artists and new work, Ars Nova is committed to developing and producing eclectic theatre, comedy and music to feed today’s popular culture. To that end, Ars Nova strives to create daring collaborations, meld disciplines and give voice to a new generation of artists. Last season, Ars Nova developed and produced critically acclaimed productions of Peter Sinn Nachtrieb’s Boom, Liz Flahive’s From Up Here (in a co-production with Manhattan Theatre Club), and Nick Jones and Raja Azar’s Jollyship the Whiz-Bang. Past productions include Dixie’s Tupperware Party, At Least It’s Pink, 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother, Holy Cross Sucks!, Freestyle Love Supreme and The Wau Wau Sisters. In addition to its featured productions, Ars Nova supports and develops new work from the most promising emerging artists through its alternative comedy series (Tragedy Tomorrow), music series (Uncharted), public play-reading series (Out Loud), developmental residency program (Residency Encores) writer's group (Play Group) and artist-in-residence program. Ars Nova was founded in memory of Gabe Wiener.


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Production History

ISAAC OLIVER: INTIMACY IDIOT  | Open: 09/05/14 Close: 09/05/14
Written & Performed by ISAAC OLIVER
Directed by JASON EAGAN
Featuring DANIEL LOESER

Hailed as “a monstrous new talent” by New York Magazine and "a little gay-heavy but still funny" by Los Angeles, Isaac Oliver is back with more hilarious and heartfelt stories, love poems, and rants from his forthcoming book, Intimacy Idiot.

SEPTEMBER 5 @ 8PM • TIX $15


About the Company: Ars Nova

As New York’s premiere hub for emerging artists and new work, Ars Nova is committed to developing and producing eclectic theatre, comedy and music to feed today’s popular culture. To that end, Ars Nova strives to create daring collaborations, meld disciplines and give voice to a new generation of artists. Last season, Ars Nova developed and produced critically acclaimed productions of Peter Sinn Nachtrieb’s Boom, Liz Flahive’s From Up Here (in a co-production with Manhattan Theatre Club), and Nick Jones and Raja Azar’s Jollyship the Whiz-Bang. Past productions include Dixie’s Tupperware Party, At Least It’s Pink, 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother, Holy Cross Sucks!, Freestyle Love Supreme and The Wau Wau Sisters. In addition to its featured productions, Ars Nova supports and develops new work from the most promising emerging artists through its alternative comedy series (Tragedy Tomorrow), music series (Uncharted), public play-reading series (Out Loud), developmental residency program (Residency Encores) writer's group (Play Group) and artist-in-residence program. Ars Nova was founded in memory of Gabe Wiener.

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JACUZZI  | Open: 09/30/14 Close: 11/01/14
In the Marshall family’s peacefully remote Colorado ski chalet, Erik and Helene are making themselves very much at home. So at home, they just might stay for good. At the edge of civilization, the lifestyles of the rich collide with the lifestyles of the aimless in the bubbling waters of a hot tub.

 

Featuring

Drama Desk-winner HANNAH BOS, Tony-nominee PETER FRIEDMANThe Help’s CHRIS LOWELL and OBIE-winner PAUL THUREEN

 

LIMITED ENGAGEMENT!

SEPTEMBER 30 - NOVEMBER 1 

Monday - Wednesday @ 7PM; Thursday - Saturday @ 8PM

 

 

TIX ON SALE NOW

$15 September 30 – October 4 (SOLD OUT)

$25 October 6 – 11 (SOLD OUT)

$35 October 13 – November 1!

 

Scenic Design LAURA JELLINEK

Costume Design JESSICA FORD

Lighting Design  BRADLEY KING

Sound Design M.L. DOGG

Prop Design NOAH MEASE

Production Stage Manager LISA McGINN

 


About the Company: Ars Nova

As New York’s premiere hub for emerging artists and new work, Ars Nova is committed to developing and producing eclectic theatre, comedy and music to feed today’s popular culture. To that end, Ars Nova strives to create daring collaborations, meld disciplines and give voice to a new generation of artists. Last season, Ars Nova developed and produced critically acclaimed productions of Peter Sinn Nachtrieb’s Boom, Liz Flahive’s From Up Here (in a co-production with Manhattan Theatre Club), and Nick Jones and Raja Azar’s Jollyship the Whiz-Bang. Past productions include Dixie’s Tupperware Party, At Least It’s Pink, 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother, Holy Cross Sucks!, Freestyle Love Supreme and The Wau Wau Sisters. In addition to its featured productions, Ars Nova supports and develops new work from the most promising emerging artists through its alternative comedy series (Tragedy Tomorrow), music series (Uncharted), public play-reading series (Out Loud), developmental residency program (Residency Encores) writer's group (Play Group) and artist-in-residence program. Ars Nova was founded in memory of Gabe Wiener.

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JUNE, JULY, AUGUST, WHATEVER  | Open: 09/03/14 Close: 09/03/14
Holy shit, you guys. Summer is waning! Let Cocoon Central Dance Team be your final hoorah at sleep away camp in this dance recital interweaving video and choreography. June, July, August, Whatever is an absurd ode to reckless bliss in the hyper-earnest talent show style of CCDT.

This show comes to you as part of Ars Nova’s Showgasm Spotlight series, designed to give artists working in the same adventurous vein as Ars Nova’s monthly variety show, Showgasm a chance to try out a full-length evening of work in front of a live audience. 

SEPTEMBER 3 @ 8PM • TIX $15  


About the Company: Ars Nova

As New York’s premiere hub for emerging artists and new work, Ars Nova is committed to developing and producing eclectic theatre, comedy and music to feed today’s popular culture. To that end, Ars Nova strives to create daring collaborations, meld disciplines and give voice to a new generation of artists. Last season, Ars Nova developed and produced critically acclaimed productions of Peter Sinn Nachtrieb’s Boom, Liz Flahive’s From Up Here (in a co-production with Manhattan Theatre Club), and Nick Jones and Raja Azar’s Jollyship the Whiz-Bang. Past productions include Dixie’s Tupperware Party, At Least It’s Pink, 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother, Holy Cross Sucks!, Freestyle Love Supreme and The Wau Wau Sisters. In addition to its featured productions, Ars Nova supports and develops new work from the most promising emerging artists through its alternative comedy series (Tragedy Tomorrow), music series (Uncharted), public play-reading series (Out Loud), developmental residency program (Residency Encores) writer's group (Play Group) and artist-in-residence program. Ars Nova was founded in memory of Gabe Wiener.

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Julia's Sweeney's Letting Go of God  | Open: 11/10/05 Close: 11/26/05
LETTING GO OF GOD chronicles one woman's unexpected and hilarious journey when two Mormon missionaries arrive on her doorstep and inadvertently challenge her way of thinking about religion, God, and the nature of self. LETTING GO OF GOD is a comical and poignant
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Mel & El: Show And Tell  | Open: 05/06/09 Close: 05/30/09

Mel & El are real life best friends who have been inseparable since meeting in advanced jazz class in seventh grade. In MEL & EL: SHOW AND TELL, the riotously funny duo employs sharp wit, infectious songwriting and unparalleled stage chemistry to escape meddling mothers, wedding mania, ticking biological clocks and much more. Join the eighties fab / nineties glitz / aughts pop pair as they uncover and untangle their true selves.

MEL & EL: SHOW AND TELL features musical direction by Jasper Grant, choreography by Wendy Seyb, and a design team that includes Tim Mackabee (set design), Bobby Tilley (costume design), and Walter Trarbach (sound design).

MEL & EL are Melanie Adelman and Ellie Dvorkin - real life best friends who have known each other since they were 12 years old. The widely acclaimed act has quickly become an award-winning NYC cult phenomenon, having recently concluded a year-long, critically acclaimed run of MEL & EL: THIS SHOW RHYMES at The Duplex - which was developed in conjunction with Cannery Works. Past appearances include NYMF, The Hysterical Festival, Nice Jewish Girls Gone Bad, On the Rocks with Danny Leary, The Big Gay Variety Show, Dykes on Mics, Homo Comicus, Hedda Lettuce’s Tossed Salad and here! TV’s Busted. and at popular venues around New York including The Box, The Zipper, Gotham Comedy Club, The Stonewall, Therapy, The PIT and Comix.

Melanie Adelman has appeared in Martin Charnin's The Next-to-the-Last Revue as well as his national tours of Strike Up the Band & Annie (starring Marcia Lewis), We Won't Pay! We Won't Pay! (Kitchen Theatre Co.) and appearances with The WorkShop Theatre Co., Jewish Theatre of NY, Atlanta Theatre of the Stars, and Helen Hayes Theatre Co. Melanie is featured in the indie films “A Double Whammy” (PBS), "Only Life" (Cannes) and "World's End" (SciFi Channel). As a writer/lyricist, Melanie has had her work featured all over the US and Canada with the critically acclaimed performance group The Bubblz. Melanie is a graduate of Ithaca College. She is most proud of her brief appearance in the Cher video "Song for the Lonely."

Ellie Dvorkin’s first professional gig was performing with Kenny Rogers in Christmas from the Heart at the Beacon Theatre. Since then, she has toured nationally with Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding, worked at the McCarter Theatre, appeared in left-wing political musicals Burning Bush: A Faith-Based Musical and Moral Value Meal, and acted with a number of New York-based companies including The Vortex and The Gallery Players. She has had featured roles on “Law & Order”, “The Education of Max Bickford” with Richard Dreyfuss and Marcia Gay Harden, and “Deadline” with Oliver Platt. As a writer, Ellie freelances for the New York Hall of Science museum to create puppet shows and musicals that are both educational and entertaining.

Moritz von Stuelpnagel’s New York directing credits include The Most Lamentable & Tragical Historie of the Barber-Surgeons and friendly fire (Studio-42); Susan Gets Some Play, Gamelegs, and Melo-Llama: A Melodrama (FringeNYC); The Roosevelt Cousins Thoroughly Sauced (Ensemble Studio Theatre -- winner of the Samuel French Festival); Stars in her Eyes (Ars Nova and Brick Theater); Burning Down to Heaven (Culture Project); and La Dispute (45th St. Theatre). Regionally, he has directed productions for Williamstown Theatre Festival, Kennedy Center, American Stage Festival and Boston Playwrights Theatre. Moritz was the associate director for Broadway’s Cry-Baby, the musical. He has been a Resident Director at Playwrights Horizons, The Acting Company and the Huntington Theatre Company.

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SHOWGASM.  | Open: 09/04/14 Close: 09/04/14
Hosted by JOHN EARLY
with DJ HAMM SAMWICH
Featuring COLE ESCOLAJO FIRESTONEDEREK SMITH & MORE!

What is Showgasm you ask? It's a gritty independent drama with a strong female lead. It's a paid internship at Dollywood. It's all yours, boo boo. Or more simply put, a raucous variety show with performances ranging from hilarious to titillating to utterly inappropriate! Come. You've never looked better!

WARNING: May lead to spontaneous singing, dancing, and/or an unexpected climax.

SEPTEMBER 4 @ 8PM

 


About the Company: Ars Nova

As New York’s premiere hub for emerging artists and new work, Ars Nova is committed to developing and producing eclectic theatre, comedy and music to feed today’s popular culture. To that end, Ars Nova strives to create daring collaborations, meld disciplines and give voice to a new generation of artists. Last season, Ars Nova developed and produced critically acclaimed productions of Peter Sinn Nachtrieb’s Boom, Liz Flahive’s From Up Here (in a co-production with Manhattan Theatre Club), and Nick Jones and Raja Azar’s Jollyship the Whiz-Bang. Past productions include Dixie’s Tupperware Party, At Least It’s Pink, 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother, Holy Cross Sucks!, Freestyle Love Supreme and The Wau Wau Sisters. In addition to its featured productions, Ars Nova supports and develops new work from the most promising emerging artists through its alternative comedy series (Tragedy Tomorrow), music series (Uncharted), public play-reading series (Out Loud), developmental residency program (Residency Encores) writer's group (Play Group) and artist-in-residence program. Ars Nova was founded in memory of Gabe Wiener.

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SMALL MOUTH SOUNDS  | Open: 03/10/15 Close: 04/11/15
In the overwhelming quiet of the woods, six runaways from city life embark on a silent retreat. As these strangers confront internal demons both profound and absurd, their vows of silence collide with the achingly human need to connect. Filled with awkward humor, this strange and compassionate new play asks how we address life’s biggest questions when words fail us.

 

LIMITED ENGAGEMENT!

March 10 - April 11

Monday - Wednesday @ 7PM; Thursday - Saturday @ 8PM

 

Featuring

JESSICA ALMASY (A Beautiful Day in November on the Banks of the Greatest of the Great Lakes), MARCIA DEBONIS (Homeland), JOJO GONZALEZ (The Romance of Magno Rubio), BRAD HEBERLEE (This Beautiful City), SAKINA JAFFREY (House of Cards), ERIK LOCHTEFELD (Metamorphoses), BABAK TAFTI (The North Pool).

 

Tix Regularly $35

COME EARLY & SAVE

$15 March 10 – 14 • $25 March 16 – 21

 

Scenic Design LAURA JELLINEK (JACUZZI)

Costume Design TILLY GRIMES (Eager to Lose)

Lighting Design  MIKE INWOOD (The Essential Straight & Narrow)

Sound Design STOWE NELSON (VERITÉ)

Projection Design ANDREW SCHNEIDER (RoosevElvis)

Prop Design NOAH MEASE (JACUZZI)

Production Stage Manage JAMES STEELE (Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812)


About the Company: Ars Nova

As New York’s premiere hub for emerging artists and new work, Ars Nova is committed to developing and producing eclectic theatre, comedy and music to feed today’s popular culture. To that end, Ars Nova strives to create daring collaborations, meld disciplines and give voice to a new generation of artists. Last season, Ars Nova developed and produced critically acclaimed productions of Peter Sinn Nachtrieb’s Boom, Liz Flahive’s From Up Here (in a co-production with Manhattan Theatre Club), and Nick Jones and Raja Azar’s Jollyship the Whiz-Bang. Past productions include Dixie’s Tupperware Party, At Least It’s Pink, 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother, Holy Cross Sucks!, Freestyle Love Supreme and The Wau Wau Sisters. In addition to its featured productions, Ars Nova supports and develops new work from the most promising emerging artists through its alternative comedy series (Tragedy Tomorrow), music series (Uncharted), public play-reading series (Out Loud), developmental residency program (Residency Encores) writer's group (Play Group) and artist-in-residence program. Ars Nova was founded in memory of Gabe Wiener.

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SUNDOWN, YELLOW MOON  | Open: 02/28/17 Close: 04/01/17
While navigating the unsettling waters of young adulthood, twin sisters return home to find their father in a moment of crisis. Under the cover of late-night, small-town shadows, sleep is elusive, connections are frayed, and the southern summer heat presses in. An ethereal, honest, funny-sad play about seeing old faces with new eyes, and the liminal space between loss and letting go. 

A nighttime play with songs by Rachel Bonds
Music & Lyrics by The Bengsons
Additional Lyrics by Rachel Bonds
Directed by Anne Kauffman
@ McGinn/Cazale (WP Theater) 2162 Broadway @ 76th Street

LIMITED ENGAGEMENT!
Performances run February 28 – April 1
Monday – Wednesday @ 7PM | Thursday – Saturday @ 8PM | Select Saturdays @ 3PM

TIX REGULARLY $35+
Come Early & Save!
Week 1 – Use Code SISTER – $20
Week 2 – Use Code TENNESSEE – $25

 

 


About the Company: Ars Nova

As New York’s premiere hub for emerging artists and new work, Ars Nova is committed to developing and producing eclectic theatre, comedy and music to feed today’s popular culture. To that end, Ars Nova strives to create daring collaborations, meld disciplines and give voice to a new generation of artists. Last season, Ars Nova developed and produced critically acclaimed productions of Peter Sinn Nachtrieb’s Boom, Liz Flahive’s From Up Here (in a co-production with Manhattan Theatre Club), and Nick Jones and Raja Azar’s Jollyship the Whiz-Bang. Past productions include Dixie’s Tupperware Party, At Least It’s Pink, 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother, Holy Cross Sucks!, Freestyle Love Supreme and The Wau Wau Sisters. In addition to its featured productions, Ars Nova supports and develops new work from the most promising emerging artists through its alternative comedy series (Tragedy Tomorrow), music series (Uncharted), public play-reading series (Out Loud), developmental residency program (Residency Encores) writer's group (Play Group) and artist-in-residence program. Ars Nova was founded in memory of Gabe Wiener.

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The Amazing Ted Show!  | Open: 12/04/07 Close: 12/06/07
For Immediate Release.

November 7, 2007

Contact: Justine Williams
Justine@glasscontraption.org

CLOWN THEATRE COMPANY, THE GLASS CONTRAPTION, TO PERFORM FOR THREE NIGHTS AT POPULAR HOUSE OF VAUDEVILLE, VARIETY AND COMEDY, ARS NOVA

After highly successful runs at the National Arts Festival in South Africa and the NY Clown Theatre Festival, Brooklyn-based theatre company, The Glass Contraption, will present their latest clown piece, THE AMAZING TED SHOW!, December 4, 5, and 6 at the popular vaudeville, variety and comedy venue, Ars Nova in Manhattan.

Directed by clown theatre director, Virginia Scott (Happy Hour, Planet Banana), THE AMAZING TED SHOW! features Glass Contraption company members: Justine Williams, Catherine Mueller, Andy Grotelueschen, Piper Harrell, Robert Grant, with original music performed by Katie Down. The show was a critic's pick this summer at the National Arts Festival in South Africa. "A highly entertaining hour", it was chosen as one of the "Ten Best Shows of the Festival" by the Grahamstown Herald.

See Ted juggle 56 chainsaws, set himself on fire, hold his breath for twenty minutes and then turn himself inside out. The show promises entertainment for the people with singing and music, tap dancing, loud noises, attempted feats of acrobatics, falling in love and falling down. Hailed as "theatrical, lyrical and poetical on the one hand and controlled chaos on the other", The Glass Contraption takes audiences inside the beautifully stupid, poignant, chaotic and wildly funny world of the clown.

This is not your Mother's circus. There are no scary rainbow wigs or squirting flowers here. One of the only purely clown-based theater companies in New York, The Glass Contraption departs from the grand spectacle of the big-top circus, creating intimate shows that explore the most basic human triumphs and disasters through the lens of the clown. In-residence at the community/performing arts space, Gownaus Arts, since 2004, the company has presented new works at this Center, as well as at the Public Theater, The NY Clown Theatre Festival and the National Arts Festival in South Africa. Committed to developing communities through the humor and humanity of the clown, the company leads yearly arts residencies at the Topsy Center for Children Living with HIV, bringing their blend of clown, comedy and physical theater to outreach centers, educational theater companies and community arts organizations in South Africa.

The Amazing Ted Show! runs approximately 70 minutes, and is appropriate for ages 6 " 106. Show dates and times are: December 4, 5, and 6 at 8pm. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased through Smarttix (www.smarttix.com) or via Ars Nova (www.arsnovanyc.com). People can also make donations to the company's outreach work in South Africa through the company website, www.glasscontraption.org. Press and media inquiries may be directed to artistic director, Justine Williams at Justine@glasscontraption.org.

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The Wildness; Sky-Pony's Rock Fairy Tale  | Open: 02/08/16 Close: 03/18/16
THE WILDNESS
Sky-Pony’s Rock Fairy Tale

Indie-pop band Sky-Pony's lush sound and cheeky style will surround and seduce you into a world of prophecies and forbidden temptations. Release your inner dragon on a raucous ride exploring faith, doubt and the wild space in between.

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