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FRIGID New York @ Horse Trade is a theater development group with a focus on new work that produces a massive quantity of stimulating downtown theater every season. FRIGID’s Resident Artist Program offers a home to a select group of Independent theater artists, pooling together a great deal of talent and energy. FRIGID New York grew out of the annual FRIGID Festival, the first and only festival of its kind in New York City to offer artists 100% of their box office proceeds, and Horse Trade Theater Group, a self-sustaining theater development and management group.


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Production History

#coriolanus  | Open: 07/05/13 Close: 07/20/13
Horse Trade Theater Group and THEATER IN ASYLUM will present the World Premiere of #CORIOLANUS adapted and directed by Paul Bedard based on William Shakespeare’s Coriolanus, July 5-20 at UNDER St. Marks (94 St. Marks Place). The production will feature choreography by Katie Palmer and an Original Score by Randall Benichak with Lighting Design by Dan Stearns (Incendiary Agents at The New Ohio), Costume Design by Dave Burrington (Sleep No More), Media Design by Kelly Colburn, and Dramaturgy by Samantha Keogh and Katie Palmer. The Production Stage Manager will be Amelia Lembeck.

Technology has enabled democracy in a way that has never quite been possible before and as a result, it encourages populism. Would we ever elect a president in the same way we elect an American Idol? Would we ever choose policy based on what goes viral?

Pitting populism against elitism, TIA's #CORIOLANUS is a modern-day adaptation of Shakespeare’s epic play that recounts the tragedy of a man at the mercy of media, politics, and Twitter. This interactive performance is set in a twitter centric world with live feeds on every wall. 


About the Company: Horse Trade Theater Group

HORSE TRADE THEATER GROUP is a self-sustaining theater development group; with a focus on new work that has produced a massive quantity of stimulating downtown theater. Horse Trade’s Resident Artist Program offers a home to a select group of Independent theater artists, pooling together a great deal of talent and energy. It is also the home of FRIGID New York – the first and only festival of its kind in New York City. In 2011 Horse Trade received the New York Innovative Theatre Ellen Stewart Stewardship Award for demonstrating a significant contribution to the Off-Off-Broadway community through service, support and leadership. 

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2009 New York Frigid Festival  | Open: 02/26/09 Close: 03/07/09
Thursday, February 26, 10:30pm@UNDER St. Marks
Fried/O’Neil Productions presents
The Matt Fried Hour
It’s the live talk show you need to see. Matt Fried and Chris O’Neil welcome to the stage a mix of New York celebrities, up and coming comedians, and emerging musical guests. And then, there’s Matt and Chris’s famous chemistry. The Matt Fried Hour with Chris O’Neil – they make genius look easy.


Friday, February 27, 11:30pm@UNDER St. Marks
Seth Lind, Heidi Grumelot, and Horse Trade Theater Group present
Told/Cold
Told is a monthly themed storytelling performance hosted by Seth Lind. Stories range from comedic autobiographical monologues to wild performance pieces to dramatized fiction. Past performers include celebrated playwrights, contributors to This American Life and The Moth, and comedians from the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. Friday’s show will feature Dan Bianchi and the folks from Radiotheatre’s Sundays With Poe.
 

Sunday, March 1, 10pm@The Kraine Theater
FRIGID Party
Party it up after the festival ends for the day! Free beer, snacks, cash bar in the KGB, and rock ‘n roll tunes by DJ Joey Nova (Monday Night Burlesque, Shazam!). Open to all FRIGID participants, staff, volunteers, and 3 show pass holders.
 

Thursday, March 5
God Tastes Like Chicken
God Tastes Like Chicken is a mock religious service with faith healing, communion, passion plays and improv. We take on the excesses of organized religion through blasphemy and comedy. God Tastes Like Chicken is a very interactive show and among other things audience members are encouraged to attend in religious costumes. The show will include wild variety acts from up and coming downtown artists, musicians, performance artists, edgy comedians with something to say and experimental theatrics.


Friday, March 6, 12am@UNDER St. Marks
The Centrifuge presents
Fresh Ground Pepper: Midnight CLASH!
Fresh Ground Pepper is a monthly development series where artists of all shapes, sizes, and medias can bring new work into a space for experimentation and growth. On Friday, March 6 we will assemble individual artists for a one-night only, improvisational evening of live original music, dance, and design.


Saturday, March 7, 12am@UNDER St. Marks
Theatre Reverb presents
Watch Out, It’s Go Time!
Fresh off the plane from Mexico for one night in New York City secret agents Olga and Björn are back with revengeance for this action packed night of Big Buckhunter™, tin-flute, song, dance, video, and low-grade virtual pyrotechnics set against a backdrop of sampled media and stream-of-consciousness comedy. You better Watch Out! Winner of “Audience Choice” and “Sold Out” awards at FRIGID 2008

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2010 New York Frigid Festival  | Open: 02/24/10 Close: 03/07/10
The performance schedule for all thirty New York FRIGID Festival shows has been announced! For more information on all of the shows in this year’s festival please visit, www.FRIGIDnewyork.info. The New York FRIGID Festival is an open and uncensored theater festival presented by Horse Trade Theater Group in association with San Francisco’s Exit Theatre. Riding the fringe of winter, the hit celebration of independent theater will run February 24-March 7, 2010 at The Kraine Theater, The Red Room, and UNDER St. Marks. Boasting over 150 performances and 30 shows over 12 days in 3 theaters, FRIGID New York will kick off the annual North American Fringe Circuit with a bang!

FRIGID 2010 will run February 24-March 7, 2010 at The Kraine Theater & The Red Room (85 East 4th Street between 2nd Ave and Bowery) and UNDER St. Marks (94 St. Marks Place between 1st Ave and Ave A) Tickets to all shows ($7-16) may be purchased online at www.FRIGIDnewyork.info or by calling Smarttix at 212-868-4444.

THE KRAINE (85 East 4th Street)

2-Man No-Show
ZeekTech Productions Toronto, Ontario
This Frankenstein of comedic arts tells the story of two underdogs reaching beyond the unimaginable to make their dreams a reality in a world that is potentially make believe.
Fri Feb 26 @ 4pm, Sat Feb 27 @ 8:30pm, Sun Feb 28 @ 2:30pm, Mon March 1 @ 6pm, Fri March 5 @ 5:30pm, Sun March 7 @ 5:30pm

Aristophanes' The Bohemians
Second Best Bed Productions New York, NY
This recently discovered and newly translated work of Aristophanes demonstrates the classic playwright’s eerie knack for predicting the future. Follow Mediocrates as he struggles to find and maintain his artistic identity in the present-day East Village. This timeless production is sure to have you rolling in the isles.
Wed Feb 24 @ 9pm, Sat Feb 27 @ 1pm, Sun Feb 28 @ 7pm, Tue March 2 @ 10:30pm, Sun March 7 @ 4pm

Aurelia and Imago
Brianna Stark Vancouver, BC
A multimedia solo dance show choreographed and performed by Brianna Stark. The piece explores the evolution of life from essence to matter, the cellular to the universal and the persistent state of longing in between. The dancer takes us on a journey of birth, life and beyond.
Thu Feb 25 @ 9pm, Sun Feb 28 @ 4pm, Mon March 1 @ 9pm,Wed March 3 @ 7:30pm, Fri March 5 @ 4pm, Sat March 6 @ 7pm

Four Quarters
Agony Productions Brooklyn, NY
An innovative play in which two adults discover a love for their inner halves while searching for their other halves. Two adults. Four Quarters. Working, pushing and struggling to connect, trying to be one whole.
Wed Feb 24 @ 10:30pm, Fri Feb 26 @ 7pm, Tue March 2 @ 9pm, Thu March 4 @ 7:30pm, Sat March 6 @ 2:30pm

Let That Sh*t Go
Live Blaggard Brooklyn, NY
A motley collection of theatre artists presents an explosive evening of short plays celebrating the things we’ve left behind, and the things we just can’t shake. Some of the plays are funny. Some of the plays are sad. All of them are original. All of them are short.
Thu Feb 25 @ 7:30pm, Tue March 2 @ 7:30pm, Thu March 4 @ 10:30pm, Sat March 6 @ 8:30pm, Sun March 7 @ 1pm

Medea
No.11 Productions Long Island City, NY
Medea, suddenly abandoned by her husband Jason, plots her bloody revenge. A beautiful and heartbreaking staging of Euripides’ 2, 400-year-old play about love, broken expectations, passion, violence and what happens when we want too much. An original score and puppetry add an artistic twist to this vibrant translation.
Wed Feb 24 @ 6pm, Sat Feb 27 @ 7pm, Mon March 1 @ 7:30pm, Thu March 4 @ 9pm, Sat March 6 @ 1pm

Onomatopoeia!
Onomatopoiea Productions Brooklyn, NY
Onomatopoeia! presents clowning and juggling in a brand new light. Three characters present a collection of short scenes, which explore a single idea through physical theater and object manipulation. As the title suggests the only spoken words in the piece will be Onomatopoeias!
Thu Feb 25 @ 6pm, Sat Feb 27 @ 5:30pm, Wed March 3 @ 10:30pm, Fri March 5 @ 8:30pm, Sun March 7 @ 7pm

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Secret Weapon Theatre New York, NY
Two teens are locked in a cabin in the woods on a rainy night. As they pass the hours drinking, they are forced to face each other's past and the deal that brought them there in the first place.
Wed Feb 24 @ 7:30pm, Fri Feb 26 @ 8:30pm, Wed March 3 @ 9pm, Thu March 4 @ 6pm, Sat March 6 @ 4pm

The Bike Trip
Martin Dockery Brooklyn, NY
In a breathtaking quest to uncover the nature of the psychedelic experience, a man journeys through San Francisco, India, and Switzerland, tapping into history’s very first acid trip by, amongst other things, renting a bike.
Thu Feb 25 @ 10:30pm, Sat Feb 27 @ 4pm, Wed March 3 @ 6pm, Fri March 5 @ 7pm, Sun March 7 @ 2:30pm

Uncorseted
LaGoDi Productions and the Shark Tank Players Washington, DC
Destinies of a European countess and a humble American chambermaid collide at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition. Swords of steel penetrate gender norms, true identities are freely explored, and one man discovers it is better to receive than to give.
Fri Feb 26 @ 5:30pm, Sat Feb 27 @ 2:30pm, Sun Feb 28 @ 1pm & 5:30pm, Sat March 6 @ 5:30pm

THE RED ROOM (85 East 4th Street)

Crack’d
The performance tube Toronto, Ontario
Trace Morgan’s mother is dead. Trace will do whatever it takes to forget. She travels through the night and ultimately finds what she’s looking for in a familiar face. Through Space Exploration, Jack Daniels, and the dreaded ‘Emotional Overload’, together they draw a map of human experience that transcends age and circumstance.
Thur Feb 25 @ 9:30pm, Sat Feb 27 @ 12:30pm, Sun Feb 28 @ 3:30pm, Tue March 2 @ 9:30pm, Thur March 4 @ 6:30pm, Fri March 6 @ 8pm

Fishbowl
Mark Shyzer Toronto, Ontario
Shockingly funny and equally moving, Fishbowl slyly reveals the connections between five wildly different (and outrageously hilarious) characters, all played by newcomer Mark Shyzer.
Wed Feb 24 @ 9:30pm, Fri Feb 26 @ 6:30pm, Sat Feb 27 @ 3:30pm, Tue March 2 @ 6:30pm, Sat March 6 @ 9:30pm, Sun March 7 @ 5pm

GREEN MAN
Pageant Wagon New York, NY
Gavin, a wounded soldier wanders lost and delirious into an abandoned chapel. Taken in by a mysterious stranger and nursed by the three women of the household--mother, wife and daughter--Gavin becomes a pawn in an ancient and deadly seductive game. Inspired by “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.”
Thu Feb 25 @ 11pm, Sun Feb 28 @ 6:30pm, Mon March 1 @ 8pm, Fri March 5 @ 6:30pm, Sat March 6 @ 2pm

IT OR HER
Alena Smith Brooklyn, NY
In the basement of a suburban house hides a man and his incredible collection of figurines. Like a mad scientist he plays with his objects, searching for what he calls "the ultimate arrangement" – hoping to find it before his hideout is invaded, and his own dark secret is revealed.
Wed Feb 24 @ 6:30pm, Fri Feb 26 @ 8pm, Sun Feb 28 @ 2pm, Mon March 1 @ 6:30pm, Thu March 4 @ 8pm

Mechanically Separated Meat
International BTC Stirling, NJ
A man's refusal to respect his talking Toaster launches an entire community into a debate of ownership, civil rights, and Robot Uprisings.
Wed Feb 24 @ 8pm, Sat Feb 27 @ 6:30pm, Thu March 4 @ 11pm, Fri March 5 @ 9:30pm, Sun March 7 @ 12:30pm

My Life of Crime
(ral-ū-pop) theatre Pasadena, CA
A Winn Dixie Supermarket. Daytona Beach, Florida. Circa 1970s. A stolen pack of Trident gum. An eight-year-old thief. Her mother. The Boyfriends. The Husbands. Jim "Bo Bo" Lehrer. And (of course), Jesus. It's a crowded crime scene; especially considering it's a one-woman show.
Thu Feb 25 @ 8pm, Fri Feb 26 @ 11pm, Sat Feb 27 @ 9:30pm, Sun Feb 28 @ 12:30pm, Wed March 3 @ 8pm, Sat March 6 @ 11pm

Nobody's Token
Nobody's Token New York, NY
What would happen if the “Fresh Prince of Bel Air” moved to “South Park” or if the Cosby’s lived next door to “The Family Guy”? Using the Harold improv structure as a guide Nobody’s Token creates an improvised sitcom based off of the audience’s suggestion.
Wed Feb 24 @ 11pm, Sat Feb 27 @ 8pm, Thu March 4 @ 9:30pm, Sat March 6 @ 12:30pm, Sun March 7 @ 3:30pm

pornStar
Fancy Molasses Winnipeg, Manitoba
Small town librarian Esther never dreamed she would become a porn star. That was before she found out her ex-boyfriend secretly videotaped her having sex and sold the tape for money.
Sat Feb 27 @ 11pm, Sun Feb 28 @ 5pm, Mon March 1 @ 9:30pm, Wed March 3 @ 6:30pm, Sat March 6 @ 3:30pm & 6:30pm

Roll With It
Maggie Nuttall New York, NY
Take a ride on the absurd side of wild and enter the world of Maggie Nuttall as she takes you through true stories of calamity and random acts of violence with the humor and dexterity of a wide-eyed child.
Fri Feb 26 @ 9:30pm, Sat Feb 27 @ 5pm, Tue March 2 @ 8pm, Fri March 5 @ 8pm, Sun March 7 @ 2pm

T-O-T-A-L-L-Y!
Kimleigh Smith Los Angeles, California
In this powerful theater piece you will witness Kimleigh as a young cheerleader transform into a woman who embraces her inner superhero as she reclaims her sexuality and lives as a whole, healthy woman!
Thu Feb 25 @ 6:30pm, Sat Feb 27 @ 2pm, Wed March 3 @ 9:30pm, Fri March 5 @ 11pm, Sat March 6 @ 5pm, Sun March 7 @ 6:30pm

UNDER ST. MARKS (94 St. Marks Place)

¼ Life Crisis
8 Monkey Productions Kelowna, B.C.
A dynamic one person show taking the audience on an energetic journey of a young professional as she works to establish her career, hold onto her dreams, drown out the voices of parents, peers and friends, to eventually discover the importance of claiming yourself and being true to who you are.
Thurs Feb 25 @ 6pm, Fri Feb 26 @ 9pm, Sun Feb 28 @ 2:30pm, Mon March 1 @ 10:30pm, Wed March 3 @ 9pm, Sat March 6@ 4pm

Bonne Nuit Poo Poo
Theatre Reverb Brooklyn, NY
Max, Maxi and the Operator fight for their survival in this action-packed comic-erotic end times fantasy featuring live video stream, text, dance and spectacle.
Fri Feb 26 @ 7:30pm, Sun Feb 28 @ 5:30pm, Mon March 1 @ 6pm, Thu March 4 @ 7:30pm, Sat March 6 @ 2:30pm

Floundering About (in an age of terror)
David Lawson Annadale, VA
A coming-of-age story set in the paranoia-filled, post-9/11 suburbs of Washington, D.C, an orange alert world where deadly powders are in the mail, snipers are opening fire in strip malls and only duct tape and oxygen masks can stop the evildoers.
Thu Feb 25 @ 9pm, Sat Feb 27 @ 2:30pm, Sun Feb 28 @ 4pm, Wed March 3 @ 6pm, Sat March 6 @ 7pm
Kill the Band
Kelly Dwyer Brooklyn, NY
Kill the Band is the original, comedy rock and roll, anti-cabaret! Coinciding with the release of their first album, this unpredictable, unforgettable, outrageously funny musical experience is both the band’s breakdown and breakthrough. Part Lucille Ball on her 3rd bottle of 5 Hour Power, part Meatloaf, sexy with a side of silly.
Wed Feb 24 @ 10:30pm, Fri Feb. 26 @ 10:30pm, Tue March 2 @ 7:30pm, Sat March 6@ 10pm, Sun March 7 @ 4pm

LATE NIGHTS WITH THE BOYS: confessions of a leather bar chanteuse
The Lopsided Company Ridgefield Park, New Jersey
With delightful and poignant tales of a Southern Songstress and her gay family, Alex Bond and David Carson read selections from Ms. Bond’s novel and transport you to Dallas 1977, a magical time before HIV/AIDS, but not before ignorance and prejudice. Wed Feb 24 @ 6pm, Sat Feb 27 @ 7pm, Mon March 1 @ 9pm, Fri March 5 @ 6pm, Sun March 7 @ 2:30pm.

Legs and All
Summer Shapiro & Peter Musante Brooklyn, NY
A physical exploration of limits, perspective and chocolate cake. Rooted in physical comedy and set to music, it takes a magical look at the mundane where two people stumble into the extraordinary. Limbs shoot out from a box and lamps repel us into other worlds. It peeks at human loneliness and hits up against reality's glass ceiling to poke about in the breathing space beyond.
Fri Feb 26 @ 6pm, Sun Feb 28 @ 1pm, Mon March 1 @ 7:30pm, Wed March 3 @ 7:30pm, Fri March 5 @ 9pm, Sat March 6 @ 8:30pm

No Traveler
(a) muse Collective New York, NY
In a narcissistic attempt to win her family's attention, Abigail decides to perform the greatest stunt of all- attempted suicide. When her childish venture turns into unexpected reality, Abigail finds herself trapped in purgatory - a warped version of her apartment with two exits. Heaven or Hell. As a result of her foolish mistake, there is atonement and penance to be paid... and time is running out.
Thu Feb 25 @ 10:30pm, Sat Feb 27 @ 10pm, Sun Feb 28 @ 7pm, Wed March 3 @ 10:30pm, Sat March 6 @ 5:30pm

Ramblings of a Gentleman Scumbag
(a) muse Collective New York, NY
Lucky Cheng’s Balloon man, delusional comic, and man of no God tries to justify 34 years of poor life choices and degeneracy.
Wed Feb 24 @ 7:30pm, Sat Feb 27 @ 8:30pm, Thu March 4 @ 6pm, Fri March 5 @ 10:30pm, Sun March 7 @ 7pm

tenderpits
sh+sh=gold Brooklyn, NY
The part autobiographical, part fictionalized story of a young man’s immigration to the US from Canada and of his realization that he is, in fact, a wizard.
Wed Feb 24 @ 9pm, Sat Feb 27 @ 5:30pm, Tue March 2 @ 6pm, Sat March 6 @ 1pm, Sun March 7 @ 5:30pm

Vodka Shoes
Leslie Goshko Brooklyn, NY
Rather than abuse her, Leslie’s alcoholic father would buy her shoes, drag race the lawnmower, and burn the neighbor’s bills, while her mother managed a doomed Christian bookstore and prayed in tongues over Leslie’s ailing sister. Leslie’s storytelling navigates a humorously tragic journey through childhood with frighteningly endearing characters.
Thu Feb 25 @ 7:30pm, Sat Feb 27 @ 4pm, Thu March 4 @ 9pm, Fri March 5 @ 7:30pm, Sun March 7 @ 1pm

 

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2013 Minifridge  | Open: 06/27/13 Close: 07/04/13
The miniFRIDGE is the carefully curated summer companion to the annual FRIGID New York Festival. This year Horse Trade Theater Group invited ten of our favorite fringe artists, all of whom have performed in at least one festival on the North American Fringe Circuit. Come kick off the summer with these fringe festival shows! 

The mini-festival will play at UNDER St. Marks (94 St. Marks Place between 1st Ave and Ave A) June 27-July 4. Tickets ($15/$12 students & seniors) are available online at www.horseTRADE.info or by calling 212-868-4444.

An Evening with Gregor of Berlin

Written by Gregory Levine, Directed by Bricken Sparacino

In a hilariously mad cocktail of absinthe, Dadaist philosophy and knock-knock jokes, egomaniacal storyteller Gregor of Berlin clears himself of Trixie's murder. But will he kill booking agent Herr Rosenthal?  18+ Only.

Thu 76/27 @ 7pm & Mon 7/1 @ 7pm

 

Sexy and Sassy and Bold and Brassy

Written & Performed by D’yan Forest

D'yan Forest -- To meet her is to love to her, to hear her sing and joke is to adore her. With her ukuleles and sexy temperament, nothing stops her rambunctious mind from having fun with the world.

Thu 6/27 @ 9pm & Sun 6/30 @ 9pm

 

The Ultimate Stimulus

Written & Conceived by Filipe Ossa

Performed by Tanya O’Debra

The Ultimate Stimulusis a satirical multi-media argument by avant-garde economist Amanda McCloud. This renegade academic believes she can bridge the growing income gap in America between the rich and the rest of us. Her big idea? Concubinage.

Thu 6/27 @ 11pm, Fri 6/28 @ 7pm & Sun 6/30 @ 7pm

 

Stand Up Comic, Jillian Thomas

Written & Performed by Jillian Thomas

Meet Canada's Queen of Pot Comedy as she tells you tales from her 12-year comedy career. Help her celebrate past, present and future material as she tapes a DVD to get more gigs at bigger festivals. This former Christian Rocker turned Queen of Pot Comedy will make you laugh with her tales from a British/Canadian Upbringing, attending a Mennonite Junior High School to dating a cocaine addict.  

"Who needs dick jokes, this woman has balls" Dave Morris, Eye Weekly.

Fri 6/28 @ 9pm

 

Petunia & Chicken

Presented by Animal Engine

Created & Performed by Carrie Brown and Karim Muasher

Inspired by the writings of Willa Cather, two daring performers create an epic story of love and loss as big as the prairie itself.  Sprawling fields of wheat, bustling train stations and rain-soaked kisses are brought to life with imagination, movement, and song.

Fri 6/28 @ 11pm

 

Sideshow Goshko Storytelling Series

Written & Perfomred by Leslie Goshko

Hailed as "a well-programmed night" by The New York Times, award-winning storyteller Leslie Goshko (Huffington Post) invites some of NY’s top writers, comedians, and storytellers to share true, bizarre tales about their lives. There’s live accordion music, a challenging trivia game, and a free wine giveaway where one lucky audience member will walk away with their very own bottle of Sideshow Sauce!

Sat 6/29 @ 7pm

 

Daddy Issues

Written & Performed by Peter Aguero

"One day, you're going to want to beat me up" - my dad to me when I was 8 years old. He was right. “You're nothing to me" - me to my dad when I was 19 years old. I was wrong.

Sat 6/29 @ 9pm

 

Revolt! Death and Taxes! Sam Adams and the Boston Revolution

Written & Performed by Zero Boy

The Boston Revolt sparked the American Revolution and Independence. The man that all the founding fathers thought of as ‘the founder’ was Sam Adams. Zero Boy takes you on sonic comic journey to rediscover Sam Adams and the American Revolution

Sat 6/29 @ 11pm & Wed 7/3 @ 9pm

 

Hard Travelin’ With Woody

Written & Performed by Randy Noojin, based on the life and songs of Woody Guthrie

Hop a fast-rattler through the Dustbowl with Woody Guthrie and commune with the spirit, stories and songs of America's greatest saint-of-the-workingman and poet-of-the-people in Randy Noojin's critically acclaimed solo play with music.  Woody uses his wit and greatest songs to rally a union meeting of mineworkers striking for a living wage.

Mon 7/1 @ 9pm & Wed 7/3 @ 7pm

 

The Women of Tu-na House

Written & Perfomred by Nancy Eng

Directed by Ernest Abuba

What matters most... the size of the boat or the motion of the ocean? Find out as you're whisked on a wild visit to an Asian massage parlor in NYC and offered a rare glimpse into a surprising, comical and sometimes sad world generally seen through almond-shaped eyes through a succession of disparate, distinct characters.

Tue 7/2 @ 7pm


About the Company: Horse Trade Theater Group

HORSE TRADE THEATER GROUP is a self-sustaining theater development group; with a focus on new work that has produced a massive quantity of stimulating downtown theater. Horse Trade’s Resident Artist Program offers a home to a select group of Independent theater artists, pooling together a great deal of talent and energy. It is also the home of FRIGID New York – the first and only festival of its kind in New York City. In 2011 Horse Trade received the New York Innovative Theatre Ellen Stewart Stewardship Award for demonstrating a significant contribution to the Off-Off-Broadway community through service, support and leadership. 

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3rd Annual Burlesque Blitz  | Open: 12/27/11 Close: 12/30/11
Heat up your holiday with Horse Trade Theater Group’s 3rd annual Burlesque Blitz. Come see the best Burlesque shows in NYC all in one week courtesy of Basterdpiece Theatre, Hotsy Totsy Burlesque, BARE, Shocks & C*cks and Storybook Burlesque.

Bastardpiece Theatre

Tuesday, December 27 @ 8pm 

'This the season for nudity, drinking and terrible, terrible movies. Bastard Keith and Madame Rosebud will skewer a parade of Yuletide B pictures in this special holiday edition of Bastardpiece Theatre with burlesque assistance from NYC greats Bea B. Heart, Minnie Tonka and Peekaboo Pointe, and guest commentary by secret Santa Albert Cadabra.


Hotsy Totsy Burlesque

Wednesday, December 28 @ 8pm

Joe the Shark and Cherry Pitz present New York’s only burlesque soap opera, featuring the finest burlesque and sideshow performers in NY. Chills, thrills, mellow-drama, ridiculous storylines and flying underpants!

 

BARE

Thursday, December 29 @ 8pm

Combining heart-wrenching, raw stories with burlesque acts, this show will tear out your soul and stomp on it with no regard for your well being. Featuring storytellers Rory Scholl, Brad Lawrence, Jen Lee and Peter Aguaro with burlesque by Dangrr Doll, Jenny C’est Quoi, BB Heart, and Mary Cyn.


Shocks & C*cks

Thursday, December 29 @ 10pm

Santa, bring me a nice package! The outrageous all-nude, all-dude revue returns with a brand-new holiday tale that will warm the cockles of your heart. The cast of the original Shocks & C*cks, including international boylesque superstar Tigger!, Mat Fraser, Hard Cory, Ferro and host Jonny Porkpie, return for a night of seasonal cheer. It's a stocking stuffer like no other!

 

Storybook Burlesque: The Bible Show

Friday, December 30 @ 8pm & 10pm

From the Tree of Knowledge and Lazarus to the Plagues of Egypt and the Second Coming, the Bible Show re-imagines everything you thought you learned in Sunday school. This year, Storybook Burlesque takes a look at the darker side of the Bible, exploring this original horror classic with blasphemy and boobs. Skip church and let Storybook Burlesque save your soul!

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A Clamour of Cabaret: A Volume of Vaudeville Varietals  | Open: 08/07/14 Close: 08/16/14
F. Scott Fitzgerald and Edna St. Vincent Millay host an evening of song, dance and comedy featuring The Courtship (Themes & Variations) by Emily Edwards & Patrick Storck, On a Play Twice Seen by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Buddy, Can You Spare a Rhyme? by Mim Granahan, Henry / Anne by Josh Hartung and Aria da Capo by Edna St. Vincent Millay with musical performances by Nicole Lee Aiossa, Melissa Delancey, Josh Hartung and the Dysfunctional Vaudeville Band plus a tap dance by Gyda Arber. 

Horse Trade Theater Group will present Dysfunctional Theatre Company’s evening of short plays, A Clamour of Cabaret: A Volume of Vaudeville Varieties featuring stories written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Mim Granahan, Josh Hartung, Emily Edwards, and Patrick Storck directed by Eric Chase, Emily Edwards, Amy Overman, Justin Plowman, and Mim Granahan. The show will feature Gyda Arber, Nicole Lee Aiossa, Rob Brown* Lindsey Carter, Melissa Delancey, Emily Edwards, Jenny Gill, Tim Glynn, Josh Hartung, Brian Charles Johnson*, Amy Overman, and Justin Plowman with Musical Direction by Nicole Lee Aiossa, Sound and Lighting Design by Justin Plowman, and Choreography by Nicole Lee Aiossa and Emily Edwards. *Appears courtesy of the Actors’ Equity Association 

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And I Am Not Lying  | Open: 11/07/12 Close: 11/14/12
We're cock rocking the NPR crowd with the best underground comedy, storytelling, burlesque and sideshow acts. This whole thing (and all of everything) is about getting together and getting EXCITED – just turn your phones off and shout it out loud.


About the Company: Horse Trade Theater Group

HORSE TRADE THEATER GROUP is a self-sustaining theater development group; with a focus on new work that has produced a massive quantity of stimulating downtown theater. Horse Trade’s Resident Artist Program offers a home to a select group of Independent theater artists, pooling together a great deal of talent and energy. It is also the home of FRIGID New York – the first and only festival of its kind in New York City. In 2011 Horse Trade received the New York Innovative Theatre Ellen Stewart Stewardship Award for demonstrating a significant contribution to the Off-Off-Broadway community through service, support and leadership. 

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Anyone for a Threesome?  | Open: 12/01/08 Close: 12/22/08
"Anyone For A Threesome?" is an anthology work of three short one-act plays, showcasing the diversity of theatre as a medium. Each work focuses on a different mode of storytelling, with different questions raised and points addressed, but symbiotically attempt to present the greater range of possibilities of the art form.

"I Am Tricky Nicky" plays upon an organic scene that is influenced by dementia or possibly the preternatural, from the vantage point of those who are witness but not fully understanding. A woman who may be a stand-in for Cassandra, or might just be insane, offers advice to those around her, even when the problem in question is only in her head.

"Let Them Eat Cake" offers a look into a heightened state of reality, where tensions run high, both sexual and violent. With surreal elements that appear throughout, the audience is asked to discern what is real and what is just in the minds of the characters while coming to know everyone's darkest secrets.

"Sans Deus" is a look at passion overtaking purpose in the lives of several individuals. Following several unrelated stories of men becoming obsessed with building machines or various kinds for various reasons, patterns become apparent in what that obsession will do to a man.

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Apocalypse Neo: Three Neo-Futuristic Views of the Apocalypse  | Open: 02/01/07 Close: 02/10/07
Monkeyland II (anatk 21.10)
In Monkeyland II (anatk 21.10) a tiny monkey crosses a post-apocalyptic wasteland and dreams of a time not far from the present day when people had it easier, conflicts were potentially resolvable, Neo-Futurists entertained and someone played the ukulele.

In which the end of the world...
Will the Apocalypse occur within our lifetimes? The Neo-Futurists tackle the most important debate of all mankind in what can only be described as a "Theatrical Debate Round." Two teams. One possible outcome. Like a high-school debate...only funnier with serious consequences. And the
audience decides the fate of mankind.

Revelations Of a City Of Us
Revelations Of a City Of Us finds that the only thing scarier than the Apocalypse itself is when the presumed last man on earth forces his friends to recreate theatrical civilization in twenty minutes.

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Beckett in Benghazi  | Open: 07/25/13 Close: 08/10/13
 Horse Trade Theater Group will present Less Than Rent Theatre’s World Premiere of Ben Diserens’ BECKETT IN BENGHAZI, July 25-August 10 at UNDER St. Marks (94 St. Marks Place).The production will be directed by James Presson (FringeNYC Award Winner for Directing in 2010) and feature Julie Voshell (Movin’ Out; Pop), Becca Ballenger (American Stare), Adam Weppler (Waiting for Lefty with Roundabout; Puppet Hamlet), Rachel B. Joyce (Muskego Lake, Desire! A Varsouviana),Brendan McDonough (Three Sisters with The Assembly), and Patrick Dooley (Words, Razors, and the Wounded Heart). Designs will feature sets by Dan Geggatt (Asuncion; Billy Witch), costumes by Sara Donovan, sound by Emily Auciello (The Dance and the Railroad at Signature Center), choreography by Jennifer Delac, and fight design by Cory Asinofsky (Richard 3).

Only days away from opening downtown in Samuel Beckett’s Endgame, a beleaguered theatre troupe gets sucked into the furor of the debate over the US of A’s occupation of the Middle East. As their director whimsically shifts gears on the whole production, they are forced to confront big issues, political and personal, and ask big questions: Where does imperialism fit into the 21st century? How do we distinguish between sacred traditions and antiquated infringements of human rights? And when do we break for lunch? An irreverent satire of ideological, metaphysical, and theatrocological stagnation. 

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Bite  | Open: 04/21/05 Close: 04/30/05
What if your dentist had ultimate power? Not just over your teeth - but over you? He could tell you to sit stand, roll over. How to talk, how to act ... what if he tied you up, smacked you around and then gave you a root canal? Sounds like a nightmare...

What if you could take revenge on your dentist? See him whipped, beaten and humiliated into submission? Sounds like a dream come true...

Welcome to the world of BITE. Dig below the veneer of a sterile 5th Avenue dentists' office and explore the dark cavities underneath. You may not find what you expect. Sugary sweetness. Exquisite agony. Blood. Enamel. Leather. Stainless steel. Now spit.

You, the audience, will have the unique opportunity to "choose your own adventure" and discover as much or as little as you like in this strange world. And ask: how well do you know your coworkers? Your friends? Yourself? For this play, you're in control - but in your life, who's
controlling you? Be careful, you won't be able to stop with just one Bite.

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Bonne Nuit Poo Poo  | Open: 03/13/10 Close: 03/13/10
Max, Maxi and the Operator fight for their survival in this action-packed comic-erotic end times fantasy featuring live video stream, text, dance and spectacle.

Length: 1 hr 00 mins
Intermission: None
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Boogie Of The Apes  | Open: 02/26/14 Close: 03/03/14
Boogie of the Apes is the second in a series of hilarious productions lip-synced to vintage children’s records of famous comic book, TV, and movie franchises. This raucous send-up of the1970s Planet of the Apes franchise lampoons, critiques, and ever-so-gently mocks the first four movies in less than an hour. Come see Taylor, Dr. Zira, Cornelius, Nova and many more apes, humans and mutants come full circle in their journey through time and space and, of course, boogie down a bit too. (Please note: no gorillas, orangutans or chimpanzees are harmed in this production.)

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Bootstraps  | Open: 06/13/13 Close: 06/22/13
Horse Trade Theater Group and StrangeDog Theatre will present the New York Premiere of BOOTSTRAPS by Ben Clawson, June 13-22 at UNDER St. Marks (94 St. Marks Place). The production will be directed by Artem Yatsuov with Assistant Director Amanda Mae Cohen and will feature Scott Cagney, Rob Hille, Paul Romano, and Sebastian Smeureanu. The creative team will include Lighting Design by Rebecca Bickley, Costume Design by Jason Caballero, Set Design by Peter Martino, and Sound Design by Artem Yatsunov. The production will be Stage Managed by Keila Fontánez-La Salle.

It's midnight in the forlorn warehouses of the Branch Hill Industrial Supply Company. A band of low-rung employees have been called in late on special assignment, coincidentally on the same night the promotion to the mythic position of Corporate Representative might finally be available...but only for tonight. This odd little comedy investigates if there’s anything they won't compromise, sacrifice or betray to get ahead, and where the hell "ahead" even is.


About the Company: Horse Trade Theater Group

HORSE TRADE THEATER GROUP is a self-sustaining theater development group; with a focus on new work that has produced a massive quantity of stimulating downtown theater. Horse Trade’s Resident Artist Program offers a home to a select group of Independent theater artists, pooling together a great deal of talent and energy. It is also the home of FRIGID New York – the first and only festival of its kind in New York City. In 2011 Horse Trade received the New York Innovative Theatre Ellen Stewart Stewardship Award for demonstrating a significant contribution to the Off-Off-Broadway community through service, support and leadership. 

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Cabaret Showdown  | Open: 11/11/12 Close: 11/18/12
Do you have what it takes to be a cabaret champion? Contestants compete for the chance to star in their own show or cabaret. Come out and join the fun! Whether you are a contestant or in the audience you are guaranteed to have a blast. 


About the Company: Horse Trade Theater Group

HORSE TRADE THEATER GROUP is a self-sustaining theater development group; with a focus on new work that has produced a massive quantity of stimulating downtown theater. Horse Trade’s Resident Artist Program offers a home to a select group of Independent theater artists, pooling together a great deal of talent and energy. It is also the home of FRIGID New York – the first and only festival of its kind in New York City. In 2011 Horse Trade received the New York Innovative Theatre Ellen Stewart Stewardship Award for demonstrating a significant contribution to the Off-Off-Broadway community through service, support and leadership. 

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Chalk (a Silent Comedy.)  | Open: 11/05/16 Close: 09/09/17
CHALK is a hilarious and unexpected one-man show that’s guaranteed to delight audiences of all ages. A playful and poignant homage to class silent-film era comedians, Chalk invites audiences into a hand-drawn world where imagination is made real and anything can happen. Charlie Chaplin meets Harold and the Purple Crayon in this romantic romp sure to “Draw You In.”

Critics call CHALK:

"Unbelievably Special" - Theater in the Now

"Clever, Theatrical Magic" - Center on the Aisle

"A Whimsical, Jovial, Enjoyable Show!" - Hi! Drama

approx run time: 45 minutes


About the Company: FRIGID New York @ Horse Trade
FRIGID New York @ Horse Trade is a theater development group with a focus on new work that produces a massive quantity of stimulating downtown theater every season. FRIGID’s Resident Artist Program offers a home to a select group of Independent theater artists, pooling together a great deal of talent and energy. FRIGID New York grew out of the annual FRIGID Festival, the first and only festival of its kind in New York City to offer artists 100% of their box office proceeds, and Horse Trade Theater Group, a self-sustaining theater development and management group.

 

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DANDY DARKLY'S TRIGGER HAPPY  | Open: 10/29/15 Close: 10/31/15
Dandy Darkly is back with an all-new, all-American selection of satiric, horrific, erotic, patriotic tales of sex and death! Join Dandy for his utterly unique take on contentment, guns, hypersensitivity and good ole American sodomy.

Stories will include: Silver Dollar - A disgraced American sniper, Otis Moonshine, struggles with PTSD as he hunts his hometown's homosexuals because only he knows the startling truth -- they are werewolves! Final Girl - America's Sweetheart was found dead in her Hollywood mansion, but from low budget slashers to reality TV terrors, America's actual horrors are so much scarier than anything seen on the big screen. American Apparel - Corporate cancer creeps across our safest spaces. Seemingly overnight another gay bar is gentrified. Can a little rat with drag queen dreams save the Imperial Poppycock Saloon from certain doom? The Ghosts of Stonewall - A rallying cry to the next LGBTQ generation to snap the fuck out of it!

Dandy Darkly's Trigger Happy! is written and performed by Dandy Darkly. The show is directed by Ian Bjorklund and features a pre-recorded soundtrack composed and performed by musicians Adam Tendler (piano), Rachel Blumberg (drums) Bryce Edwards (bass) and Jeffrey Underhill (guitar). Dandy Darkly’s Trigger Happy! was produced, in part, with funding from Bindlestiff Family Arts Inc. and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

About the Company: FRIGID New York @ Horse Trade
FRIGID New York @ Horse Trade is a theater development group with a focus on new work that produces a massive quantity of stimulating downtown theater every season. FRIGID’s Resident Artist Program offers a home to a select group of Independent theater artists, pooling together a great deal of talent and energy. FRIGID New York grew out of the annual FRIGID Festival, the first and only festival of its kind in New York City to offer artists 100% of their box office proceeds, and Horse Trade Theater Group, a self-sustaining theater development and management group.

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Dangerous When Wet: Booze, Sex, And My Mother  | Open: 11/03/17 Close: 11/03/17
Jamie Brickhouse (three-time Moth StorySLAM champion; voices on Beavis and Butthead) faces his three most defining relationships—booze, sex, and his Texas tornado of a mother Mama Jean—in this darkly comic tour de force.

Ripped from the pages of his critically acclaimed memoir that Interview magazine called “as funny as an evening with Carrie Fisher,” and Paul Rudnick praised as “witty, blisteringly honest, and wickedly intoxicating,” it sparkles under the direction of Obie Award-winning David Drake (The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me).  

WINNER Audience Choice Award 2017 FRIGID Festival

"BEST BET" Theater is Easy

“Thoroughly entertaining.” —Theater is Easy

“Rib-tickling funny.” —Hi! Drama

“Stunning performer.” —NY Theater Guide

With dazzling wit and unflinching honesty set against a multi-media backdrop of evocative photos, home movies, vintage postcards, and music haunted by Peggy Lee’s “Is That All There Is?”, Jamie tells the story of wrestling way too close to—and later loose from—booze, sex, and his bombastic, adorable Mama Jean. It’s a unique story about alcoholism, illness, death, AIDS, family heartbreak, and the relationship between a gay son and his mother. From the age of five stuck in Beaumont, Texas, all Jamie wanted was to be at a cocktail party with a martini in one hand and a cigarette in the other. All Mama Jean wanted was to keep him at that age, her Jamie doll forever. A Texan Elizabeth Taylor with the split personality of Auntie Mame and Mama Rose, she never had a thought she didn’t speak. Mama Jean cast a long shadow throughout Jamie’s life, no matter how deep in booze he swam or how far away from her amid New York’s drinking set he strayed. She unwittingly saves him as he discovers the meaning of love—Mama Jean’s kind of love. 

Presented by FRIGID @Horse Trade for Gotham Storytelling Festival 

Run time: 60 min.

Jamie Brickhouse (playwright and performer) is the author of the critically-acclaimed Dangerous When Wet: A Memoir of Booze, Sex, and My Mother (St. Martin’s Press), which was an Amazon “Best Book of May 2015,” “Required Reading” in Mary Karr’s The Art of Memoir, and a Book Chase “2015 Top 10 Nonfiction.” A three-time Moth StorySLAM winner and Literary Death Match champion, Jamie has recorded voice-overs for Beavis and Butthead, and has performed at storytelling shows throughout New York including Kevin Allison’s Risk! Dangerous When Wet won an “Audience Choice Award” at the 2017 FRIGID Festival, was a Theater is Easy “Best Bet,” was featured in New York Post’s “Page Six,” and received rave reviews from NY Theater Guide, Theater is Easy, and Hi! Drama. He has been published in the New York Times, International Herald Tribune, Washington Post, Daily Beast, Salon, Huffington Post, Out, and POZ. Jamie lives with his common-law husband Michael in Manhattan. Visit him at www.jamiebrickhouse.com, on Facebook, and on Twitter @jamiebrickhouse.

David Drake (Director) is an actor-writer-director best known as the Obie Award-winning playwright/performer of The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me, one of the longest-running solo shows in Off-Broadway history. He also starred in Vampire Lesbians of Sodom (succeeding Charles Busch for 856 performances), originated the role of “Miss Deep South” in the hit Pageant, co-starred with Jim J. Bullock in End of the World Party at the 47th St. Theater, and with B.D. Wong in A Language of Their Own at The Public. TV credits: The Good Wife, Law and Order, The Beat, NY Undercover.  Feature films: Jonathan Demme’s Philadelphia, It’s Pat, Naked in New York, David Searching, Bear City, Longtime Companion, and David’s own adaptation of The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me. As a stage director, David has twice been a Directing Fellow at the Sundance Theater Lab, and has directed new works at The Public’s Under the Radar Festival, Joe’s Pub, and Rattlestick, among others. Most notably, David directed the 2009 world premiere of Taylor Mac’s The Lily’s Revenge, which made the “10 Best Lists” in The New Yorker, NY Post, The Advocate, Paper Magazine, and won a 2010 Village Voice Obie Award. At the Kraine he directed the world premiere of J.Stephen Brantley’s The Jamb, and first directed Jamie Brickhouse’s award-winning solo show, Dangerous When Wet: Booze, Sex, and My Mother for Horse Trade’s 2017 FRIGID New York Festival.  

 


About the Company: FRIGID New York @ Horse Trade

 

FRIGID New York @ Horse Trade is a theater development group with a focus on new work that produces a massive quantity of stimulating downtown theater every season. FRIGID’s Resident Artist Program offers a home to a select group of Independent theater artists, pooling together a great deal of talent and energy. FRIGID New York grew out of the annual FRIGID Festival, the first and only festival of its kind in New York City to offer artists 100% of their box office proceeds, and Horse Trade Theater Group, a self-sustaining theater development and management group.

 

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Death to The Pumpkin Pie Show  | Open: 10/12/17 Close: 10/28/17
After 20 years of bringing macabre tales of madness and murder to the East Village, writer Clay McLeod Chapman is driving a stake into the heart of his long-running storytelling staple The Pumpkin Pie Show. Join him and scene-stealer Hanna Cheek along with special guests for one final foray into the abyss with their favorite literary perversions from the last two decades.

 

FRIGID New York @ Horse Trade will present Clay McLeod Chapman’s DEATH TO THE PUMPKIN PIE SHOW at UNDER St. Marks (94 St. Marks Place between 1st Avenue and Avenue A) October 12-28 with performances Thursday through Saturday at 8pm. Tickets ($20) may be purchased in advance at www.horseTRADE.info.  See all Three Shows for the Price of Two when you use the code PIE.

 

To celebrate the passing of this downtown institution—along with the recent release of the story collection NOTHING UNTOWARD: TALES FROM THE PUMPKIN PIE SHOW (Applause Books)—we have put together a Pumpkin Pie Show retrospective, cherry-picking a few of our favorite productions from the Pie’s past. See one, see them all; no two shows are the same:

 

COMMENCEMENT

Written by Clay McLeod Chapman

Performances by Hanna Cheek

Thursday, October 12, 19 & 26 at 8pm

Hanna Cheek plays three women drawn together in the grim aftermath of a high school shooting. "Will leave you wringing your hands in helpless empathy." -SEE Magazine

 

SEASICK

Written by Clay McLeod Chapman with Songs by Kyle Jarrow

Performances by Chapman, Hanna Cheek, Abe Goldfarb, Katie Hartman & Brian Silliman

Friday, October 13, 20 & 27 at 8pm

As an outbreak of norovirus spreads through a luxury cruise-liner, one family must fight for survival onboard this sun-and-blood soaked voyage into insanity. “Thoroughly marvelous, gross and peculiar, not to mention a cause for huge, unbecoming snorts of laughter.” -Time Out NY

 

(WARNING: Not for the weak-stomached. Paramedics were called during the original run for fainting audience members!)

 

BEST OF BLITZKRIEG

Written by Clay McLeod Chapman

Performances by Chapman, Hanna Cheek & Special Guests

Saturday, October 14, 21 & 28 at 8pm

20 years. Over 60 stories. Hanna and Clay celebrate their 20th anniversary of the Pumpkin Pie Show with a hand-selected roster of their favorite stories. Every story will be chosen at random each night onstage, guaranteeing each show will be completely different from the last. “Chapman uses the macabre to explore the humanity of his characters and reveal an almost spiritual side to the horrific.” -The New York Times

 

THE PUMPKIN PIE SHOW Celebrating its second decade of performances, the Pumpkin Pie Show is a literary fist in the face. Part storytelling session, part boxing match, part shamanistic ritual, the Pumpkin Pie Show has established itself as an all-points artistic hodgepodge of theatre and literature. We pick and choose the essentials of both mediums, channeling their rocking properties to create an intimate relationship between performer and audience. We want to see the whites of our audience’s eyes. Certain basic rules that we’ve set up for all our shows are: No sets. No costumes. No nothing beyond the text and the performance itself. Our goal is to strip away those elements that we find extraneous to the tale being told, conjuring up an atmosphere of “creating something out of nothing,” as well as focusing on that ethereal connective tissue between the one telling the story and our audience. Packed with enough emotional intensity to feel like a rock concert rather than just spinning a yarn, the Pumpkin Pie Show is pure bedtime stories for adults.

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Denial Is A Wonderful Thing  | Open: 02/16/17 Close: 03/04/17
DENIAL IS A WONDERFUL THING. One woman, three continents, six decades, and a lusty affair: from Mumbai to the Outback, New York to the Haight, and naïve schoolgirl to free spirit, Christina reveals all in this one-woman "talk story". Written by Christina Augello & John Caldon, Directed by Ryan Marchand. Presented by the 2017 FRIGID Festival, produced by EXIT Theatre from San Francisco, California, performed by Christina Augello, written by Christina Augello and John Caldon, direced by Ryan Marchand, sound design by Gregory Scharpen, lighting design by Curtis Overacre.

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Desire! [a Varsouviana]  | Open: 11/29/12 Close: 12/15/12
Horse Trade Theater Group (Heidi Grumelot, Artistic Director, Erez Ziv, Managing Director) will present Less Than Rent’s production of Desire! [A Varsouviana], by Rachel Buethe, Patrick Fleury, and James Presson adapted from the plays and journals of Tennesssee Williams. The production will be directed by Jenna Grossano and will feature Cory Asinofsky, Rachel Buethe, Bianca Crudo, Patrick Fleury, Natalie Kropf, James Presson, Tom Sanchez, and Nicole Ventura with Choreography by Jennifer Delac, Scenic Design by Marissa Parkes, Costume Design by Amanda Brooklyn, Lighting Design by Megan Lang, Sound Design by Emily Auciello. Assistant Directed by Jacob Presson. The evening will be hosted by DJ Dan Geggatt.

Liquored-up and down-to-f*ck: it’s Stanley, Blanche, and STELL-AAAAA. They’ve traded in fried-green melodrama for red-hot dubstep, and when the beat drops the French Quarter will never be the same. A heart-stopping, pill-popping remix of Tennessee Williams’ sexiest play.

DESIRE! [A VARSOUVIANA] continues in Less Than Rent’s signature “no-rules” approach to classic material. The production integrates found text with original material while also deconstructing preconceived notions about the play itself. LTR first experimented with this style on Richard 3, which premiered in a sold-out run at the New York International Fringe Festival. It also received Fringe Excellence Awards for Outstanding Actor (Jake Ahlquist) and Director (James Presson). It was next used in the Crucible-inspired Witches of Salem, which premiered at Fordham University in the spring of 2012. This will be the third in the series.


About the Company: Horse Trade Theater Group

HORSE TRADE THEATER GROUP is a self-sustaining theater development group; with a focus on new work that has produced a massive quantity of stimulating downtown theater. Horse Trade’s Resident Artist Program offers a home to a select group of Independent theater artists, pooling together a great deal of talent and energy. It is also the home of FRIGID New York – the first and only festival of its kind in New York City. In 2011 Horse Trade received the New York Innovative Theatre Ellen Stewart Stewardship Award for demonstrating a significant contribution to the Off-Off-Broadway community through service, support and leadership. 

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Dime Heroes  | Open: 03/15/12 Close: 03/31/12
Dime Heroes is a family drama about ethics, parenthood, and comic books heroes. Kurt is a haunted comic book illustrator with a drinking problem. When his estranged teenage son comes to him for advice, he is forced to take a hard look at the ideals he expects from himself, and how those ideals measure up against reality.

The production will feature Brett Dameron as John, Ashley Dilard as Marcy, Kelvin Osaze Ehigie as Jimmy, and Steven Solomon as Kurt. The creative team will include Lighting Design by Lauren Arneson, Costume Design by Alicia Oas, and Set Design by Emily Suzanne Sumner.


About the Company: Horse Trade Theater Group

HORSE TRADE THEATER GROUP is a self-sustaining theater development group; with a focus on new work that has produced a massive quantity of stimulating downtown theater. Horse Trade’s Resident Artist Program offers a home to a select group of Independent theater artists, pooling together a great deal of talent and energy. It is also the home of FRIGID New York – the first and only festival of its kind in New York City. In 2011 Horse Trade received the New York Innovative Theatre Ellen Stewart Stewardship Award for demonstrating a significant contribution to the Off-Off-Broadway community through service, support and leadership.

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Excessecret: guess What its About?  | Open: 10/01/08 Close: 11/22/08
Dr. Olga and Dr. Bjrn manage to do their rounds and charm their own pants off while hosting this entirely unpredictable production that features audience tampering, two wildly comic ExcessoMimes (Gluttony and Lust), an outlandish game of Operation (you're the doctor!), video, tap dancing, life saving, competitive eating, and outrageous fun.
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Flirting With Reality  | Open: 10/14/05 Close: 11/14/05
FLIRTING WITH REALITY goes behind the scenes of Love Limo, a reality dating show, and follows a producer and her cameraman as they choose from hundreds of wannabe reality stars. 2 actors play 40 different characters in 85-minutes of high-energy comedy.
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Galexy Video/Galexy Video 2  | Open: 09/15/05 Close: 10/09/05
One hour to closing, the employees of Galaxy Video deal with
customers seeking films like... "that movie that had that guy in it who was in that movie with that girl" ...while dealing with the everyday problems in their own lives...and now comes......Galaxy Video 2!!!

Once upon a time there was a video store & it came crashing to the ground. Now Galaxy Video reopens under the watchful eye of "The Man" with plans to franchise. Will "The Man" succeed ...or will the band of rebel-without-a-clue employees foil his corporate plan?

Both shows play in repertory

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Get Me A Guy  | Open: 07/17/14 Close: 08/04/14
Get Me a Guy is a hilarious and poignant new full-length comedy about women who chase the wrong men who chase the wrong women, and what happens after they catch each other (or not).

Horse Trade Theater Group in association with Moonlight Theatre Productions (Kelley Girod, producer) will present Get Me a Guy (Best Play at the New York International Midtown Theater Festival as a 30-minute one-act; scene 16 won Outstanding Play Honorary Mention at the New York Short Play Festival as a 10-minute play), an award-winning new comedy by Israela Margalit (Gold Medal NY Film and TV Festival, Emmy Nomination) directed by John Clancy (2005 Obie Award for Sustained Excellence of Direction). The production will feature Elizabeth Galalis, Brennan Lowery, Wei-Yi Lin*, and Paul Romano with an ensemble cast of Abigail Rose Solomon*, Andrew Chaffee, Celestine Rae, and Zack Friedman. The creative team will include Set Design by You-Shin Chen, Lighting Design by Alex Fabozzi, Costume Design and Hair & Makeup by Ariel Pellman, and Choreography by Keila Fontanez-LaSalle. The production will be Stage Managed by Rachel D. April with Assistant Stage Manager Kevin Clutz, and Technical Director Jules Chaveco. Marketing will be provided by Rosalind Productions. *Actor appears courtesy of the Actors’ Equity Association.


About the Company: Horse Trade Theater Group

HORSE TRADE THEATER GROUP is a self-sustaining theater development group; with a focus on new work that has produced a massive quantity of stimulating downtown theater. Horse Trade’s Resident Artist Program offers a home to a select group of Independent theater artists, pooling together a great deal of talent and energy. It is also the home of FRIGID New York – the first and only festival of its kind in New York City. In 2011 Horse Trade received the New York Innovative Theatre Ellen Stewart Stewardship Award for demonstrating a significant contribution to the Off-Off-Broadway community through service, support and leadership. 

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Glass Houses  | Open: 11/01/07 Close: 11/17/07
We all live in structures, some we see, some we don't. Some we create, some are created for us. Glass Houses follows the relationships of a gay couple and a straight couple whose sexual identities break down in a tangled web of love and lies. This explosive new drama explores the intricacy of our structured lives and the delicacy of our relationships.
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Gotham Storytelling Festival  | Open: 11/01/12 Close: 11/04/12
Folk music had the 60s in NYC, punk and performance art owned the 70s and 80s, and improv and alternative comedy ruled the 90s and 00s. Today... it's live storytelling. Dozens of story shows take place at big and small theaters around the city, with new ones popping up every month. Horse Trade Theater Group (Heidi Grumelot, Artistic Director, Erez Ziv, Managing Director) is proud to present the First Annual Gotham Storytelling Festival; collecting some of the best shows curated and produced by Horse Trade Artistic Director Heidi Grumelot and resident hosts Peter Aguero, Seth Lind and Adam Wade.

 

The Liar Show

Created & Hosted by Andy Christie

Thursday, November 1 @ 7pm

Call it an unreality show. Since the summer of 2006, The Liar Show has taken the art of deception to theaters, cabarets and cultural centers around the U.S. and Canada and was called “A Winner” (The Scotsman) and received 4 Stars during a month-long run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Liar has featured New Yorker Magazine contributor Andy Borowitz, Mike Daisey, called "The master storyteller" by the NY Times, and former Bill Clinton speechwriter, Mark Katz in addition to Comedy Central personalities, film directors, lapsed Mormons with a bone to pick with the Almighty, and even an NYPD gang squad detective. At each show, four performers tell short personal stories, but listen carefully, because one of these people is making it all up. Interrogate the cast and expose the Liar to win our unbelievable T-shirt. But as The Washington Post wrote of our show: “Prizes mean nothing compared with the sweet victory of being recognized as the savviest people in the room.”

 

The Adam Wade Originally From New Hampshire Show

Starring Moth StorySLAM winner Adam Wade

Thursday, November 1 @ 9pm

A GREATEST HITS ‘SHOW OF SHOWS’ from the monthly The Adam Wade From New Hampshire Show, which is headed into its fourth year at the UNDER St. Marks. The show stars 18 time Moth StorySLAM winner, Adam Wade. Adam tells several stories that range from his youth growing up in NH to his post college years in New York City. Adam’s stories are accompanied by home movies and music. This show has received rave reviews from the New York Times and Time Out New York Magazine where it’s a ‘Critic’s Pick’.

 

The Soundtrack Series – Sleepover!

Created & Hosted by Dana Rossi

Thursday, November 1 @ 11pm

The Soundtrack Series is a monthly dose of stories fueled by songs that has been featured in the New York Times, BUST, NY1, "Above and Beyond" in the New Yorker, a Critic’s Pick in Time Out New York, listed by Gothamist as a Gothamlist Event of the week, and included among the “Best Events and Things to Do in NYC” by CBS News New York. Five guest storytellers, Nat Cassidy (Songs of Love: A Theatrical Mixtape), Amanda Duarte (No Denying Love), David Crabb (Bad Kid, Ask Me Stories), and Bridget O'Neill (The Moth) get on the mic to tell the hilarious or heart wrenching stories and memories they forever associate with a song from their past. There’s the song, the story behind the song, and the story inspired by the song. We’re the third one.

 

Real Characters

Friday, November 2 @ 7pm

Andy Ross’s humor series Real Characters mixes together New York’s best storytellers, comedy writers, and memoirists. Past performers have appeared on The Moth, This American Life, 30 Rock, and Saturday Night Live. Past writers have contributed to The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, The Onion, The Simpsons, and The Colbert Report.

 

How I Learned

Friday, November 2 @ 9pm

Blaise Allysen Kearsley's How I Learned series features writers, storytellers, comedians, bloggers, and other raconteurs holding forth on lessons learned, unlearned, relearned, or in progress. Called "hip" and "energetic," and named one of the best shows of its kind by Time Out New York,

 

Bare.

Created & Hosted by Peter Aguero

Friday, November 2 @ 11pm

Raw stories paired with raw burlesque. Curated and hosted by Peter Aguero (The Moth, The BTK Band), Bare. will rip the heart out of your chest, place it lovingly back in, and proceed to do it all over again.

 

Workshop: Picking Apart Adam’s Story

Saturday, November 3 @ 1pm $25

In this workshop, learn the basic elements of first person storytelling from New York’s Adam Wade, an 18-time Moth StorySlam winner and two-time Moth Grand Slam champion. The workshop will follow a class format in which each attendee will have the opportunity to share a brief story and receive feedback from Adam, discovering how to take a crowd by surprise and make them care, how to be sincere and vulnerable on stage, and how to communicate the real meaning behind your experience.

 

Workshop: Discovering ‘The Moment’

Saturday, November 3 @ 3pm $25

Learn to discover 'the moment' that is your story and build around it. Peter Aguero, multi- grand slam winning storytelling artist will work with you in a small group on storytelling techniques. 

 

Story Collider

Created & Hosted by Erin Barker and Ben Lillie

Saturday, November 3 @ 7pm

From finding awe in Hubble images to visiting the doctor, science is everywhere in our lives. Whether we wear a white lab coat or haven't seen a test tube since eighth grade, science affects and changes us. We all have a story about science, and at The Story Collider, we want to hear those stories.

 

TOLD 4th Anniversary Show

Hosted by Seth Lind

Saturday, November 3 @ 9pm

TOLD is a monthly storytelling show hosted by Seth Lind (This American Life). Each month New York's best performers take the stage to tell true stories related to a central theme. A special guest provides interludes to glue the evening together into a collective experience.

 

And I Am Not Lying

With Jeff Simmermon, Brad Lawrence, & Cyndi Freeman

Saturday, November 2 @ 11pm

We're cock-rocking the NPR crowd with the best underground comedy, storytelling, burlesque and sideshow acts. This whole thing (and all of everything) is about getting together and getting EXCITED – just turn your phones off and shout it out loud.

 

Storytelling Panel Discussion

Hosted by Seth Lind

Sunday, November 4 @ 3pm

Top NYC storytellers breakdown their craft in a discussion of storytelling forms, hosted by Seth Lind from TOLD and This American Life.

 

Long Form Storytelling – Martin Dockery & Ophira Eisenberg Double Bill

Sunday, November 4 @ 5pm

 

The Maize Maze of Ozura Performed by Martin Dockery

Setting off to Europe for his family’s first-ever large-scale reunion, Dockery instead finds himself mistakenly lost and alone on a farm in Hungary at the largest psy-trance festival in the world. In this brand new comedy about family, thoroughly thwarted expectations, and having no tent in the rain, Dockery takes us on an absurd odyssey as he soberly searches for his cousin amidst 10,000 inebriated revelers.

 

Screw Everyone: Sleeping My Way To Monogomy Performed by Ophira Eisenberg
Storyteller and comic Ophira Eisenberg performs 30 minutes of the best stories from her upcoming book, conveniently by the same title

 

Oh, Hey Guys! Storytelling Open Mic

Hosted by John Flynn

Sunday, November 4 @ 7pm

Did you ever have a story, but not have anyone to tell it to? Well, suffer no more because John Flynn is hosting an open mic storytelling show! John will pick four names from a bucket. If you are chosen, you get eight minutes to tell any story you want. No theme, just a time limit. (Seriously, guys, we love you, but we will cut you off!) It is going to be a lot of fun, probably revealing, and free of judgment. (Unless you want John to comment on your outfit, which he will do free of charge.)

 

The BTK Band

Sunday, November 4 @ 9pm

The BTK Band is NYC's hardest-drinking improvised storytelling rock band. Raconteurs regale the audience with true stories from their lives while music and lyrics are improvised to turn their stories into songs. As if Tom Waits and The Moth delivered a baby from the gaping maw of Chaos.


About the Company: Horse Trade Theater Group

HORSE TRADE THEATER GROUP is a self-sustaining theater development group; with a focus on new work that has produced a massive quantity of stimulating downtown theater. Horse Trade’s Resident Artist Program offers a home to a select group of Independent theater artists, pooling together a great deal of talent and energy. It is also the home of FRIGID New York – the first and only festival of its kind in New York City. In 2011 Horse Trade received the New York Innovative Theatre Ellen Stewart Stewardship Award for demonstrating a significant contribution to the Off-Off-Broadway community through service, support and leadership. 

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Heartbreak  | Open: 10/12/06 Close: 11/04/06
The Lights. It's New York City's hottest night club, where the epic battle between vampire and slayer rages on. In Edge of Insanity's newest action-packed installment, alliances are made and broken as vampires turn on each other and the slayers track them down.

In the basement of one of the hottest clubs in the city, broken-hearted Andrew is bitten by Fran, a vampire whose thirst for love exceeds her thirst for blood. The stakes are raised as Andrew's friend Stan and his sister Helen go to the club to search for him. Their journey puts them in the middle of an ancient war. Tonight in one of New York's hottest night clubs Vampire will fight man. Will the prophecy be fulfilled?

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Holiday Stucco  | Open: 12/15/11 Close: 12/17/11
HOLIDAY STUCCO will feature new one-act plays by members of The Public Theater’s Emerging Writers Group including playwrights Nikole Beckwith, Chris Craigin Day, Deen, Sevan Kaloustian Green, Aaron Wigdor Levy, Mona Mansour, Don Nguyen, Jerome Parker, Stalla Fawn Ragsdale, Akin Salawu, and Pia Wilson. Every winter holiday is up for grabs in this seasonal spectacular!

THE PUBLIC THEATER’S EMERGING WRITERS GROUP seeks to target playwrights at the earliest stages in their careers. In so doing, The Public hopes to create an artistic home for a diverse and exceptionally talented group of up-and-coming playwrights. www.publictheater.org


About the Company: Horse Trade Theater Group

Horse Trade is a self-sustaining theater development group; with a focus on new work, it has produced a massive quantity of stimulating downtown theater. Horse Trade’s Resident Artist Program offers a home to a select group of Independent Theater artists, pooling together a great deal of talent and energy. It is also the home of FRIGID New York – the first and only festival of its kind in New York City.

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How I Learned  | Open: 11/02/12 Close: 11/02/12
 Blaise Allysen Kearsley's How I Learned series features writers, storytellers, comedians, bloggers, and other raconteurs holding forth on lessons learned, unlearned, relearned, or in progress. Called "hip" and "energetic," and named one of the best shows of its kind by Time Out New York.


Featured as part of the Gotham Storytelling Festival:

Folk music had the 60s in NYC, punk and performance art owned the 70s and 80s, and improv and alternative comedy ruled the 90s and 00s. Today... it's live storytelling. Dozens of story shows take place at big and small theaters around the city, with new ones popping up every month. Horse Trade Theater Group (Heidi Grumelot, Artistic Director, Erez Ziv, Managing Director) is proud to present the First Annual Gotham Storytelling Festival; collecting some of the best shows curated and produced by Horse Trade Artistic Director Heidi Grumelot and resident hosts Peter Aguero, Seth Lind and Adam Wade.

 
The festival will have a four-night engagement November 1-4 at UNDER St. Marks (94 St. Marks Place). Tickets ($15/$12 students & seniors) are available online at www.horseTRADE.info or by calling Smarttix at 212-868-4444. All workshops are $25. 
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How Ltr Stole Christmas  | Open: 12/03/13 Close: 12/17/13
 Horse Trade Theater Group will present Less Than Rent Theatre’s World Premiere of HOW LTR STOLE CHRISTMAS, a late-night smorgasbord of short plays, musical guests, and variety acts from all over the city curated by the LTR staff. The show will run Tuesday's, December 3rd, 10th, & 17th at The Kraine Theater (85 E 4th St. between 2nd Ave and Bowery) at 9pm.Tickets ($10) are available online at www.horseTRADE.info or by calling Smarttix at 212-868-4444.

HOW LTR STOLE CHRISTMAS is a chaotic Christmas spectacular comprised of elf choirs, alien Christmas trees, holiday sweater stripteases, a reenactment of the Hanukah story, staged readings of the worst-ever TV holiday specials, and what will likely be highly unwholesome holiday magic.

Created by Less Than Rent company members James Presson, Patrick Dooley, and Nora McNally, How LTR Stole Christmas is directed by Rachel B Joyce (Friends Don’t Let Friends), Jenna Grossano (Desire! A Varsouviana),and Nicole Ventura.Featured playwrights will include Michael Kimmel (The Last Goodbye), Ben Clawson (Claire Went to France), Ben Diserens (Beckett in Benghazi), andTyler Grimes (Ahoy, Abel Brown!). Musical guests will include Alexander Sage Oyen, The Academy Blues Project, Adrian Bridges, and Brendan McDonough. The evenings will be hosted by RJ Vaillancourt, Emma March Barash, and Brandon Zelman. 


About the Company: Horse Trade Theater Group

HORSE TRADE THEATER GROUP is a self-sustaining theater development group; with a focus on new work that has produced a massive quantity of stimulating downtown theater. Horse Trade’s Resident Artist Program offers a home to a select group of Independent theater artists, pooling together a great deal of talent and energy. It is also the home of FRIGID New York – the first and only festival of its kind in New York City. In 2011 Horse Trade received the New York Innovative Theatre Ellen Stewart Stewardship Award for demonstrating a significant contribution to the Off-Off-Broadway community through service, support and leadership. 

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How To Sell Your Gang Rape Baby* *for Parts  | Open: 02/18/17 Close: 03/04/17
In How to Sell Your Gang Rape Baby* *for Parts, we find our heroines, Libby & Ali, toiling away in the HR office of a large company. Hating their jobs, but afraid to leave (because paycheck), the ladies are thrilled when a sure-fire money making opportunity lands in their laps. The Trump-loving, life-affirming intern Bev Anne got knocked up the hard way, and though she’s pro-life (natch) she doesn’t want the baby. Enter Libby & Ali, who help her realize that this one, small life can save the lives of many. In How to Sell Your Gang Rape Baby* *for Parts, Libby & Ali risk it all, for the greater good.

puss&puss is pleased to announce the upcoming production of Libby Emmons’ How to Sell Your Gang Rape Baby* *for Parts, directed by Michele Travis. The play runs for 5 performances, Saturday 02/18 6:40 pm; Monday 02/20 7:10 pm; Saturday 02/25 8:20 pm; Monday 02/27 10:30 pm; Saturday 03/04 3:20 pm, in the FRIGID Festival, at The Kraine Theater at 85 East 4th Street. Tickets are $20 and will go on sale January 15 at www.horseTRADE.info. More info pussnpuss.wordpress.com  

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Isaac Babel And The Gangster King  | Open: 11/01/12 Close: 11/25/12
Horse Trade Theater Group (Heidi Grumelot, Artistic Director, Erez Ziv, Managing Director) will present the World Premiere of Denis Woychuk’s (Attorney for the Damned; owner of The Kraine Theater, The Red Room, and KGB Bar) historical musical, Isaac Babel and The Gangster King with Book by Denis Woychuk and Stephen Vincent Brennan, Lyrics by Denis Woychuk, and Music by Denny Blake and Denis Woychuk. The production will be directed by Stephen Vincent Brennan (Attorney for the Damned) with Costume Design by Cassandra Andrus, Music Direction by Denny Blake, Chorography by Diana Byrne, and Set Design by Crystal Taylor.

During the 1936 Moscow purges, five friends rehearse an operetta about the Jewish gangster Benya Krik, a folk hero made famous by the writer Isaac Babel, to be performed for Stalin’s cohorts that evening. Fiddler On The Roof meets The Godfather, in the operetta within a play that is Isaac Babel and the Gangster King.

Isaac Babel (1894-1940) was a Russian language journalist, playwright, literary translator, and short story writer. He is best known as the author of Red Cavalry, Story of My Dovecote, and Tales of Odessa (on which Isaac Babel and the Gangster King is based), all of which are considered masterpieces of Russian literature. Babel has also been acclaimed as "the greatest prose writer of Russian Jewry." Loyal to, but not uncritical of, the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, Isaac Babel fell victim to Joseph Stalin's Great Purge due to his long term affair with the wife of NKVD chief Nikolai Yezhov. Babel was arrested by the NKVD at Peredelkino on the night of May 15, 1939. After "confessing", under torture, to being a Trotskyist terrorist and foreign spy, Babel was shot on January 27, 1940. The arrest and execution of Isaac Babel has been labeled a catastrophe for world literature.


About the Company: Horse Trade Theater Group

HORSE TRADE THEATER GROUP is a self-sustaining theater development group; with a focus on new work that has produced a massive quantity of stimulating downtown theater. Horse Trade’s Resident Artist Program offers a home to a select group of Independent theater artists, pooling together a great deal of talent and energy. It is also the home of FRIGID New York – the first and only festival of its kind in New York City. In 2011 Horse Trade received the New York Innovative Theatre Ellen Stewart Stewardship Award for demonstrating a significant contribution to the Off-Off-Broadway community through service, support and leadership. 

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Isaac Babel and the Gangster King  | Open: 11/01/12 Close: 11/25/12
 

Horse Trade Theater Group (Heidi Grumelot, Artistic Director, Erez Ziv, Managing Director) will present the World Premiere of Denis Woychuk’s (Attorney for the Damned; owner of The Kraine Theater, The Red Room, and KGB Bar) historical musical, Isaac Babel and The Gangster King with Book by Denis Woychuk and Stephen Vincent Brennan, Lyrics by Denis Woychuk, and Music by Denny Blake and Denis Woychuk. The production will be directed by Stephen Vincent Brennan (Attorney for the Damned) with Costume Design by Cassandra Andrus, Music Direction by Denny Blake, Chorography by Diana Byrne, and Set Design by Crystal Taylor. 
 
During the 1936 Moscow purges, five friends rehearse an operetta about the Jewish gangster Benya Krik, a folk hero made famous by the writer Isaac Babel, to be performed for Stalin’s cohorts that evening.Fiddler On The Roof meets The Godfather, in the operetta within a play that is Isaac Babel and the Gangster King.
 
Isaac Babel (1894-1940) was a Russian language journalist, playwright, literary translator, and short story writer. He is best known as the author of Red CavalryStory of My Dovecote, and Tales of Odessa(on which Isaac Babel and the Gangster King is based), all of which are considered masterpieces of Russian literature. Babel has also been acclaimed as "the greatest prose writer of Russian Jewry." Loyal to, but not uncritical of, the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, Isaac Babel fell victim to Joseph Stalin's Great Purge due to his long term affair with the wife of NKVD chief Nikolai Yezhov. Babel was arrested by the NKVD at Peredelkino on the night of May 15, 1939. After "confessing", under torture, to being a Trotskyist terrorist and foreign spy, Babel was shot on January 27, 1940. The arrest and execution of Isaac Babel has been labeled a catastrophe for world literature.
 
The production will receive a four-week engagement November 1-25 at The Kraine Theater (85 East 4th Street between 2nd Avenue and Bowery); Thursday through Saturday at 8pm with a closing night performance on Sunday, November 25 at 8pm (no performance on Thursday, November 22). Tickets($25, including a free drink at KGB Bar) are available online at www.horseTRADE.info or by calling Smarttix at 212-868-4444
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It Comes From Beyond!  | Open: 12/04/12 Close: 12/15/12
Horse Trade Theater Group (Heidi Grumelot, Artistic Director, Erez Ziv, Managing Director) will present the World Premiere of Michael R. McGuire’s, It Comes From Beyond!, directed by Heidi Grumelot (The Flower Thief; Donnie and the Monsters) and featuring Horse Trade’s resident acting ensemble, The Drafts.

When a Bombshell sets her sights on a Square neither her violent ex- a Hotshot- nor the Square’s calculations of the world's end can dissuades her. Inspired by 1950’s pulp film greats like The Creature From the Black Lagoon, Attack of the 50 Foot Woman, The Blob, Them!, and Invasion of the Body Snatchers, this play by Michael R McGuire addresses all of our 2012 fears. It Comes From Beyond! is a zany, absurdist and ultimately dark comedy that explores American archetypes, xenophobia, fate, and the monsters that lurk within us. 


About the Company: Horse Trade Theater Group

HORSE TRADE THEATER GROUP is a self-sustaining theater development group; with a focus on new work that has produced a massive quantity of stimulating downtown theater. Horse Trade’s Resident Artist Program offers a home to a select group of Independent theater artists, pooling together a great deal of talent and energy. It is also the home of FRIGID New York – the first and only festival of its kind in New York City. In 2011 Horse Trade received the New York Innovative Theatre Ellen Stewart Stewardship Award for demonstrating a significant contribution to the Off-Off-Broadway community through service, support and leadership. 

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Le Lycanthrope  | Open: 10/03/06 Close: 10/31/06
A Revenge-Farce with a Monster-Movie Groove

Le Lycanthrope is an "unofficial sequel" to Le Misanthrope, by Jean Baptiste Poquelin Moliere, composed in rhyming couplets of iambic pentameter.

At the climax of Moliere's play, Alceste, the titular "Misanthrope" (hater of mankind), betrayed and ridiculed by the woman he loves, shamed and prosecuted by her other suitors, exits the stage in a Fury, vowing to live in the wilderness away from Parisian Society "where man is arrant wolf to man"; his friends Philinte and Eliante exit after him, determined to change his mind. End of play. Anbiguity. Does he leave, or not?

Le Lycanthrope begins on Halloween, 1673, with Alceste having returned from six years in the wilderness. He claims to be a "Lycanthrope", a WEREWOLF, and has come to exact Revenge upon the "Wolves Society" of his enemies. So he decides to throw a little Halloween Party...

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Lesbian Love Octagon  | Open: 06/05/13 Close: 06/29/13
Horse Trade Theater Group in association with Cause Dyke Drama and Wreckio Ensemble will present LESBIAN LOVE OCTAGON, written and directed by Kimberlea Kressal (Bail Out: The Musical with Wreckio Ensemble) with music and additional lyrics by Will Larche (We Put The Spring In Springfield: The Music of The Simpsons), June 5-29 at The Kraine Theater (85 East 4th Street between 2nd Avenue and Bowery). The production will feature Jenny Atwood (European tour of SHOUT!), Taneisha Duggan* (Get to Nomi at La Mama), Kristian Espiritu (Funny Girl in Los Angeles), Jax Jackson (Teddy Ferrara at The Goodman in Chicago), Kelly Lockwood-Larson (Angry Young Women in Low Rise Jeans with High Class Issues), Lindsay Naas* (Urinetown! at The Secret Theatre), Caitlin Lee Reid* (The Break Up Notebook with ReVision Theatre), and Ti with an ensemble of Felicia Blum (Tess: A New Rock Opera at NYMF), Tracie Franklin*, Jaimie Kelton*, Bernadette Marshman, Allison O’Braza, and Lauren Sapienza*. The creative team will include Lighting Design by Pamela Kupper (Crazy for the Dog at the Jean Cocteau Rep) and Scenic Design by Michael McClain. The production will be Stage Managed by Katie Chai. *Actor appears courtesy of the Actors’ Equity Association

Each performance will include a special guest star in the role of the “lesbian performance artist.” Opening night will feature Austin based musicians God Des and She! Additional guest stars will include downtown performance artist Ariel Speedwagon, Bevin Branlandingham from QueerFatFemme.com, Vero Sanchez fromThe Real L Word”, and LGBT civil rights activist Yetta Kurland. Visit www.lesbianthemusical.com for more info.

Set in the late 90s on the Lower East Side of New York City, LESBIAN LOVE OCTAGON follows the journey of Sue, a less than butch dyke with a broken heart, as she tries to cope with losing her girlfriend to her ex-girlfriend. When Sue’s friends (a bevy of ex-girlfriends and ex-girlfriends' ex-girlfriends) come rushing to her aid, they incite a tempest of lust and betrayal as they try to convince Sue that the answer to happiness exists in polyamory, pomade, and online personals. A riotous look at a righteous time in lesbian history, LESBIAN LOVE OCTAGON is a musical for anyone who has ever loved wimmin's bookstores, tofu or cats. 


About the Company: Horse Trade Theater Group

HORSE TRADE THEATER GROUP is a self-sustaining theater development group; with a focus on new work that has produced a massive quantity of stimulating downtown theater. Horse Trade’s Resident Artist Program offers a home to a select group of Independent theater artists, pooling together a great deal of talent and energy. It is also the home of FRIGID New York – the first and only festival of its kind in New York City. In 2011 Horse Trade received the New York Innovative Theatre Ellen Stewart Stewardship Award for demonstrating a significant contribution to the Off-Off-Broadway community through service, support and leadership. 

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Little Mac, Little Mac, You're The Very Man!  | Open: 04/03/14 Close: 04/27/14
LITTLE MAC, LITTLE MAC, YOU’RE THE VERY MAN! is based on Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s The Threepenny Opera, resetting its antihero, the renowned outlaw Macheath, in the Wild West on the run from the local oil tycoon, Mr. Peachum, and his henchman, Sheriff Lockit. The long arm of the law pursues Little Mac across the country, and through a hodgepodge of American history and culture. Along the way, he encounters familiar faces including Al Gore and Al Capone, Ronald Reagan and Ronald McDonald, and Lucille Ball and her buddy Ethel (Rosenberg). Rounding out the story of the outlaw- and the eighty-five memorable characters he meets- is a musical score that pays homage to the classic American songbook. Part spaghetti Western, part political satire, and part film-noir, Little Mac is a heartwarming tale about money, capitalism, and money.


About the Company: Horse Trade Theater Group

HORSE TRADE THEATER GROUP is a self-sustaining theater development group; with a focus on new work that has produced a massive quantity of stimulating downtown theater. Horse Trade’s Resident Artist Program offers a home to a select group of Independent theater artists, pooling together a great deal of talent and energy. It is also the home of FRIGID New York – the first and only festival of its kind in New York City. In 2011 Horse Trade received the New York Innovative Theatre Ellen Stewart Stewardship Award for demonstrating a significant contribution to the Off-Off-Broadway community through service, support and leadership. 

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Longshotz: Arrivals & Departures  | Open: 12/01/11 Close: 12/17/11
Inspired by a yearlong project documenting life in NYC, aMios Theatre Company presents LongShotz: Arrivals and Departures, two separate evenings of six brand new short plays that explore first and final looks at the city of New York.  

ARRIVALS

December 2, 8, 10, 16 & 17 at 8pm

One Step Beyond

By Imogene Bird

Directed by John Pieza

Featuring Lauren Berst, Joshua Coomer & Kristy Powers

Love is a realization that someone else exists.

 

Little China

Written by Justin Yorio

Directed by Khris Lewin

Featuring Rob Hille, Melissa Ortiz & Mandi Masden

A stray cat provokes a New York City couple and leads to a surprising visit.

 

The Very True Chronicles of Aloysius the Traveller, in the Great Land of New York City

Written by P. Seth Bauer

Directed by Megan Hildebrand

Featuring Christian Haines, Genesis Oliver & Sean Lyons

When a man with a noble heart and an epic sense of adventure arrives in New York City, it is inevitable that he should make his mark. Aloysius the Traveller arrives on the shores of New Jersey and befriends a fisherman named Benjamin who agrees to ferry him across the Hudson in search of great adventures and noble endeavors in the remarkable island of Manhattan.

 

DEPARTURES

December 1, 3, 9 & 15 at 8pm and Saturday December 17 at 3pm

 

Rosary

Written by Pat Shand

Directed by Rob Hille

Featuring Zach Evenson, Jennifer LeBlanc & Alanna Wilson

When an old friend makes a drastic decision, Kyla watches her past collide with her present and is left to pick up the pieces.

 

The Counter Offer

Written by David L Wilson

Directed by Rachel Dart

Featuring Justin Yorio, Kelli Crump & Jenna Panther

Negotiation is the name of the game when a representative of the 1% tries to peel one leader away from the Occupy Wall Street protest.

 

Whatever Happened to Baby Ngozi?

Written by Kate MacCluggage

Directed by Jessica Chayes

Featuring Michael Fulvio & Rob Robinson

A family drama about a truly unique family.
About the Company: Horse Trade Theater Group

Horse Trade is a self-sustaining theater development group; with a focus on new work, it has produced a massive quantity of stimulating downtown theater. Horse Trade’s Resident Artist Program offers a home to a select group of Independent Theater artists, pooling together a great deal of talent and energy. It is also the home of FRIGID New York – the first and only festival of its kind in New York City.


 

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Martin Denton, Martin Denton  | Open: 07/04/17 Close: 07/23/17
An accountant in D.C. falls in love with theater in New York. After suddenly losing his father, he impulsively creates nytheatre.com. He gives up his comfortable life, spending thousands of nights in the audience and even more days at his computer bringing attention to notable, but often under-recognized artists. Working with his mother over two decades, he writes and edits thousands of reviews, publishes hundreds of plays, and posts scores of blog pieces, interviews, and podcasts. In doing so, he revolutionizes how the arts are covered and helps to usher in the indie theater movement. When the city fundamentally changes with soaring rents and shuttering spaces, plus the disruption of social media coverage, the sustained intensity of his schedule takes its toll. If you created or saw NYC indie theater during the last 20 years, chances are you've been impacted by his work. Now see his untold story move from his desk chair and the aisle seat, to the stage.

 

The play will be directed by Aimee Todoroff (Brecht in the ParkVisionary Voices with American Bard Theatre Company) and the cast will feature Chris Harcum* (American Gun Show; Rabbit Island) as Martin Denton and Marisol Rosa-Shapiro (Babel with Convergences Theater Collective; The Last Coin with Spellbound Theater) as Rochelle Denton with Sound & Lighting Design by Matthew Fischer (Vanity Fair with The Pearl Theatre Company; Visionary Voices with American Bard Theatre Company) and Costume Design by Barbara Davidson (We Haven’t Told Anyone About This with Elephant Run District). *Actor appears courtesy of the Actors’ Equity Association

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Medea  | Open: 03/13/10 Close: 03/13/10
Medea, suddenly abandoned by her husband Jason, plots her bloody revenge. A beautiful and heartbreaking staging of Euripides’ 2, 400-year-old play about love, broken expectations, passion, violence and what happens when we want too much. An original score and puppetry add an artistic twist to this vibrant translation.

Length: 0 hrs 50 mins
Intermission: None

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Meet John Doe  | Open: 12/13/13 Close: 12/29/13
Horse Trade Theater Groupis proud to present RadioTheatre and their original, live, audio-theatre adaptation by Dan Bianchi of MEET JOHN DOE, Frank Capra’s 1940 Oscar nominated classic, which starred Gary Cooper and Barbara Stanwyck. The story takes place in NYC at Christmas time during the Depression, when America’s economy is at an all-time low. In order to sell papers, a reporter's fraudulent story turns a tramp into a national hero and makes him a pawn of wealthy businessmen who wish to create a third political party and take over the country. MEET JOHN DOE will be performedcomplete with a great cast of storytellers, an original orchestral score and a plethora of sound effects.

Now, in its 10th Season, Radiotheatre has performed over 60 shows in NYC and has been nominated for a 2010 Drama Desk Award, 13 New York Innovative Theatre Awards; Winner of 2 NYIT Awards; Nom. 5 times Best Performance Group. 


About the Company: Horse Trade Theater Group

HORSE TRADE THEATER GROUP is a self-sustaining theater development group; with a focus on new work that has produced a massive quantity of stimulating downtown theater. Horse Trade’s Resident Artist Program offers a home to a select group of Independent theater artists, pooling together a great deal of talent and energy. It is also the home of FRIGID New York – the first and only festival of its kind in New York City. In 2011 Horse Trade received the New York Innovative Theatre Ellen Stewart Stewardship Award for demonstrating a significant contribution to the Off-Off-Broadway community through service, support and leadership. 

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Naked Girls Reading  | Open: 10/17/12 Close: 10/24/12
Naked Girls Reading NYC is the perfect intimate live event: a monthly nude literary salon featuring in-the-buff readings by local burlesque luminaries, professional librarians, authors and other Naked Girls. Past themes have included Banned Books, Science Fiction and Tween Lit, as well as their annual holiday presentation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Guests to the salon are invited to sip a drink and listen with their eyes wide open as full-frontal literature meets fine art in this intimate theatrical setting. 


About the Company: Horse Trade Theater Group

HORSE TRADE THEATER GROUP is a self-sustaining theater development group; with a focus on new work that has produced a massive quantity of stimulating downtown theater. Horse Trade’s Resident Artist Program offers a home to a select group of Independent theater artists, pooling together a great deal of talent and energy. It is also the home of FRIGID New York – the first and only festival of its kind in New York City. In 2011 Horse Trade received the New York Innovative Theatre Ellen Stewart Stewardship Award for demonstrating a significant contribution to the Off-Off-Broadway community through service, support and leadership. 

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Naturally Delicious Improv  | Open: 11/03/12 Close: 11/10/12
Looking for fun that is exciting, yet natural? Well here’s your chance! Bedlam Ensemble’s Naturally Delicious improv troupe is here to provide you with a barrel of laughs! Like the whole foods of comedy, this troupe will allow you to have a great time without any of the preservatives or controls of a normal comedy group. 


About the Company: Horse Trade Theater Group

HORSE TRADE THEATER GROUP is a self-sustaining theater development group; with a focus on new work that has produced a massive quantity of stimulating downtown theater. Horse Trade’s Resident Artist Program offers a home to a select group of Independent theater artists, pooling together a great deal of talent and energy. It is also the home of FRIGID New York – the first and only festival of its kind in New York City. In 2011 Horse Trade received the New York Innovative Theatre Ellen Stewart Stewardship Award for demonstrating a significant contribution to the Off-Off-Broadway community through service, support and leadership. 

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Nicky's Solo Improvised Musical  | Open: 02/24/17 Close: 03/04/17
Toronto comedian Nicky Nasrallah (Panacea, Songbuster) brings his hit solo show of complex characters and melodies to the 2017 Frigid Festival. Watch one man created a brand new musical every night with only the help of a musical director and your suggestions. Featuring James Rushin, Austin Nuckols & Caleb Collins on keys. Directed by Second City's Carly Heffernan.

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Night Blooming Jasmine  | Open: 08/29/13 Close: 09/15/13
Horse Trade Theater Group in association with Moonlight Productions (produced by Kelley Girod of The Fire This Time Festival) will present Emmy-nominated playwright Israela Margalit’s NIGHT BLOOMING JASMINE, August 29-September 15 at UNDER St. Marks (94 St. Marks Place).The production will be directed by Artem Yatsunov (Claire Went to France; The Virilogy with StrangeDog Theatre Company) and feature Joe Barbarino, Paul Guskin, Mariam Habib, Anthony Knotts, Ben Morrow, Nuah Ozryel, Alissa Razzano, and Shannon Sullivan. The Creative Team will include Lighting Design by Rebecca Bickley, Set, Props, and Costume Design by Jamie Larson, and Sound Design by Mark Van Hare. The production will be Stage Managed by Keila Fontanez-LaSalle.

When Night Blooming Jasmine was first presented in New York in 2000, it sold out its limited run at The Tribeca Playhouse. The press concurred, calling it “fast moving and engaging,” (The New York Times); “a gem... a novel and humane picture of the relationship between Israeli Jews and Arabs,” (The Jewish Post); “inventive plotting... gut-wrenching... profoundly right” (Backstage); and “an extraordinary theatrical experience” (Yediot America).

Now, thirteen years later, the revised and updated Night Blooming Jasmine is timelier than ever. The desperate love story of a young Israeli war hero and a Palestinian woman, juxtaposed against the cultural clash between their families, the suspicion, prejudice and violence that permeates every corner of their lives, and a seemingly never-ending war, is as current and relevant as it has ever been. This is a play that keeps the audience at the edge of their seats and provokes discussion. 


About the Company: Horse Trade Theater Group

HORSE TRADE THEATER GROUP is a self-sustaining theater development group; with a focus on new work that has produced a massive quantity of stimulating downtown theater. Horse Trade’s Resident Artist Program offers a home to a select group of Independent theater artists, pooling together a great deal of talent and energy. It is also the home of FRIGID New York – the first and only festival of its kind in New York City. In 2011 Horse Trade received the New York Innovative Theatre Ellen Stewart Stewardship Award for demonstrating a significant contribution to the Off-Off-Broadway community through service, support and leadership

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Obamatry: A Spoken Word Remix On The 44th President Of The United States  | Open: 10/16/12 Close: 11/06/12
Direct from his award winning performance at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival Horse Trade Theater Group (Heidi Grumelot, Artistic Director, Erez Ziv, Managing Director) in association with Bowery Arts and Science will present a new multimedia solo show written and performed by Darian Dauchan (Death Boogie).

Darian Dauchanis the winner of the 2012 Stakeholder's Choice Award funded by The Jerome Foundation and presented by Bowery Arts and Science. This multi-media one-man feat consists of live looped songs, beat boxing and a collage of satirical poems and presidential sound bites chronicling candidacy to presidency, to present day. A virtual rhetorical conversation on the subject of America between a Poet and our President.


About the Company: Horse Trade Theater Group

HORSE TRADE THEATER GROUP is a self-sustaining theater development group; with a focus on new work that has produced a massive quantity of stimulating downtown theater. Horse Trade’s Resident Artist Program offers a home to a select group of Independent theater artists, pooling together a great deal of talent and energy. It is also the home of FRIGID New York – the first and only festival of its kind in New York City. In 2011 Horse Trade received the New York Innovative Theatre Ellen Stewart Stewardship Award for demonstrating a significant contribution to the Off-Off-Broadway community through service, support and leadership. 

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Oh, That Wily Snake!  | Open: 01/26/12 Close: 02/10/12
Following years of performing theatrical monologues all across The U.S., Canada, & Australia (Wanderlust, The Bike Trip, The Surprise, and The Holy Land Experience), Martin Dockery brings his award-winning two-person play home to New York City, the last stop on an eight-city tour across North America. As the story of a man trying to get a woman into his flying bed, Oh, That Wily Snake! appears, at first, to be a surreal comedy. But as the fantastical adventure unfolds, the battle between temptation and fidelity turns ever more serious, climaxing in a moment that resonates from the very beginning of time.

 Praise for the 2011 tour of Oh, That Wily Snake!

 

“Terrific performances and crazily Inventive.” The Vancouver Courier, Vancouver

“Superb performers.” The Canadian Broadcasting Corp.

“Standout performances that perfectly straddle the comedic, quirky and menacing parts of the script.” The Star Phoenix, Saskatoon

“Great performances & a script that has everything – hilarity, wit and philosophy.”

Vue Weekly, Edmonton

“The dialogue is so clever & witty you wish you had the gift to be so inventive yourself.” Edmonton Sun, Edmonton

“Funny & intense.” Plank Magazine, Vancouver

éééé You become entranced.” London Free Press

***2011 BEST ACTRESS AWARD, London Fringe Festival: Vanessa Quesnelle***


About the Company: Horse Trade Theater Group

Horse Trade is a self-sustaining theater development group; with a focus on new work, it has produced a massive quantity of stimulating downtown theater. Horse Trade’s Resident Artist Program offers a home to a select group of Independent Theater artists, pooling together a great deal of talent and energy. It is also the home of FRIGID New York – the first and only festival of its kind in New York City.

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Part Time Prostitute  | Open: 03/20/12 Close: 03/28/12
Prostitution in the US is a $14 billion dollar industry, yet is a crime in all but a few cities. But what if it weren't? From New Zealand, where sex work has been decriminalized, comes the autobiographical true story of a Part Time Prostitute. Book an hour with Lucy Johnson, a working hooker who will take you between the sheets for an intimate and humorous peek at the ins and outs of a profession that is sometimes glamorized, often vilified, but always deeply intriguing. Contains filthy language, adult themes, and statistics. Raw, raw statistics

Johnson explains, "Prostitution in the media is either elevated to the courtesans of Moulin Rouge and the high class call girls of Belle De Jour, or represented as the choice of the desperate, entangled with drugs and crime. I’ve written this show to give my own experience of working as a prostitute, a little bit of glamour, a little bit of vileness but on the whole just an interesting, sometimes boring, sometimes fun job. A job where I have sex with strangers."

Meet Lucy's clients (not by name, of course), from the surprisingly nice to the morbidly obese to the actually skilled in bed, and learn the (ahem) tricks of the trade, from brothel etiquette, to the ways in which size matters, to how to tell your mom, to the friendliest way to get a guy's finger out of your ass, and of course, the difference between orgasm and cardiac arrest. Johnson addresses the myths and misconceptions of hooking, and shares what she learned about men from sleeping with more than a hundred a year.

Direct from its premiere at the Wellington NZ Fringe Festival Part Time Prostitute stars Rachel Rouge, noted New Zealand burlesque performer and founder of the Wellington branch of Dr. Sketchy's. 


About the Company: Horse Trade Theater Group

HORSE TRADE THEATER GROUP is a self-sustaining theater development group; with a focus on new work that has produced a massive quantity of stimulating downtown theater. Horse Trade’s Resident Artist Program offers a home to a select group of Independent theater artists, pooling together a great deal of talent and energy. It is also the home of FRIGID New York – the first and only festival of its kind in New York City. In 2011 Horse Trade received the New York Innovative Theatre Ellen Stewart Stewardship Award for demonstrating a significant contribution to the Off-Off-Broadway community through service, support and leadership. 

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Part Time Prostitute The Secret Life Of A New Zealand Hooker  | Open: 03/20/12 Close: 03/28/12
Prostitution in the US is a $14 billion dollar industry, yet is a crime in all but a few cities. But what if it weren't? From New Zealand, where sex work has been decriminalized, comes the autobiographical true story of a Part Time Prostitute. Book an hour with Lucy Johnson, a working hooker who will take you between the sheets for an intimate and humorous peek at the ins and outs of a profession that is sometimes glamorized, often vilified, but always deeply intriguing. Contains filthy language, adult themes, and statistics. Raw, raw statistics

Johnson explains, "Prostitution in the media is either elevated to the courtesans of Moulin Rouge and the high class call girls of Belle De Jour, or represented as the choice of the desperate, entangled with drugs and crime. I’ve written this show to give my own experience of working as a prostitute, a little bit of glamour, a little bit of vileness but on the whole just an interesting, sometimes boring, sometimes fun job. A job where I have sex with strangers."

Meet Lucy's clients (not by name, of course), from the surprisingly nice to the morbidly obese to the actually skilled in bed, and learn the (ahem) tricks of the trade, from brothel etiquette, to the ways in which size matters, to how to tell your mom, to the friendliest way to get a guy's finger out of your ass, and of course, the difference between orgasm and cardiac arrest. Johnson addresses the myths and misconceptions of hooking, and shares what she learned about men from sleeping with more than a hundred a year. 

Direct from its premiere at the Wellington NZ Fringe Festival Part Time Prostitute stars Rachel Rouge, noted New Zealand burlesque performer and founder of the Wellington branch of Dr. Sketchy's. The NYC premiere, presented by Horse Trade Theater Group and Porkpie Productions will run March 20-28 at The Red Room (85 East 4th Street between 2nd Avenue and Bowery), Tuesday & Wednesday at 8pm. Tickets ($18/$15 students & seniors) are available online at www.horseTRADE.info or by calling Smarttix at 212-868-4444.  
 
LUCY JOHNSON (Writer/Director) became a prostitute in 2009 after reading about the true identity of Belle De Jour. She didn’t need to become a prostitute, she was just intrigued, thrilled even. Since beginning she has grown in confidence, learnt a lot about herself and about men and paid o a hefty student loan. http://lucyjohnsonspeaks.blogspot.com/

RACHEL WALTON (Producer/Designer) thrives on new experiences and personal challenges. She has travelled to 35 dierent countries in 5 continents living and working in Switzerland, Sudan, Scotland and Ethiopia, she has had an immense variety of jobs from nanny, freak show sprooker, teacher, ghost tour guide and factory worker and never once worked as a graphic designer despite her honours degree in typography.

RACHEL ROUGE (Performer) is New Zealand’s most experienced burlesque performer: she became a burlesque performer in 2002 while based in Edinburgh, Scotland, and has been fortunate enough to perform in 6 Edinburgh Fringe Festivals. She returned to New Zealand in 2008 and established, managed and hosted the Wellington branch of Dr. Sketchy, a monthly cabaret life drawing event. She has featured prominently in many of Wellington’s burlesque and cabaret events.

PORKPIE PRODUCTIONS is an international leader in risqué entertainments, producing shows around the globe, from such far-flung locales as London, Vancouver CA, Australia, and New Zealand, coast to coast and North to South in the US of A, and of course, right here in New York CIty. Productions include Pinchbottom, the "Best Burlesque" in New York (The Village Voice, New York Magazine), the Shocks & C*cks all nude all dude revue, Grab My Junk and The Naked Truth burlesque game shows, and many more.

 


About the Company: Horse Trade Theater Group

HORSE TRADE THEATER GROUP is a self-sustaining theater development group; with a focus on new work that has produced a massive quantity of stimulating downtown theater. Horse Trade’s Resident Artist Program offers a home to a select group of Independent theater artists, pooling together a great deal of talent and energy. It is also the home of FRIGID New York – the first and only festival of its kind in New York City. In 2011 Horse Trade received the New York Innovative Theatre Ellen Stewart Stewardship Award for demonstrating a significant contribution to the Off-Off-Broadway community through service, support and leadership. 

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Penny's Open Mic  | Open: 10/02/12 Close: 10/09/12
 Spoken word artists, musicians, comedians, and other creative folks are invited to put their two cents in at this weekly gathering hosted by Penny Pollak. 


About the Company: Horse Trade Theater Group

HORSE TRADE THEATER GROUP is a self-sustaining theater development group; with a focus on new work that has produced a massive quantity of stimulating downtown theater. Horse Trade’s Resident Artist Program offers a home to a select group of Independent theater artists, pooling together a great deal of talent and energy. It is also the home of FRIGID New York – the first and only festival of its kind in New York City. In 2011 Horse Trade received the New York Innovative Theatre Ellen Stewart Stewardship Award for demonstrating a significant contribution to the Off-Off-Broadway community through service, support and leadership. 

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Playing Cricket  | Open: 02/04/10 Close: 02/20/10
Playing Cricket is an academic comedy with a twist. Cricket, an aging graduate student (“I have almost not yet turned thirty”) toils away in the departmental library while avoiding graduation. Other characters include the Department Head and his wife, two instructors vying for a promotion, and Cricket’s friend Debra, a sexy undergrad who get her grades any way she can.

PLAYING CRICKET will feature Gabriel Sloyer, Nic Tyler, Jessica Chazen, Richard Brundage, Scott Glascock, Elizabeth Bove, Tom Bateman, and Byrnne Kraynak.

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Plucking Failures Like Ripe Fruit  | Open: 11/20/08 Close: 12/06/08
PLUCKING FAILURES LIKE RIPE FRUIT is a collection of small works by big playwrights, all of which are about people trying, and failing, at love. Before each show, the audience will draw our performance order from a collection of more than 10 short plays, so every night is guaranteed to be a different show! Plays include Sure Thing by David Ives, 1-900-Desperate by Christopher Durang, Here We Are by Dorothy Parker, Request Stop by Harold Pinter, Cold by David Mamet Miss You by David Auburn, Please Have a Seat And Someone Will Be With You Shortly by Garth Wingfield,.Anything For You by Cathy Celesia, A Day For Surprises by John Guare, Breaking Even by Dan Dietz and, 4 a.m. (Open All Night) by Bob Krakower,

PLUCKING FAILURES LIKE RIPE FRUIT features Alicia Barnatchez, Brooke Eddey, Sabrina Farhi, Richard Lovejoy, Jeremy Mather, and Jeff Sproul.

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Poppycock  | Open: 04/08/10 Close: 04/24/10
Poppycock is a contemporary farce about the various ways we lie to people in order to prevent them from discovering how much we've been lying to ourselves. At a remote bed & breakfast in the northeast, the owner, Fred, is frantically trying to avoid losing the house to his rival and former friend, Barney. When an eccentric family accidentally ends up stranded at the house for the night, Fred finds an unlikely ally in Poppy, a troubled but confident 25-year-old who has never left home and is eager to escape her controlling sister Hailey, and Hailey's suspicious boyfriend Howard, both of whom seem to suddenly want a piece of the bed & breakfast for themselves. As Fred and Poppy form a sketchy partnership to assist each other, the house comes under constant threat from Barney, Hailey, Howard, an uncompromising building inspector, and Fred's mute assistant Claudia (who speaks only in a sign-language of her own invention), culminating in one hilarious night full of nonsense and poppycock.

Length: 1 hr 15 mins
Intermission: None

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Prinze  | Open: 04/05/18 Close: 04/07/18
The time is October 1976. The place is the Improv comedy club. Freddie Prinze is giving one of his last performances just a few months before his death. A one-man show about the extraordinary life of the late actor/comedian Freddie Prinze --- the half Hungarian, half Puerto Rican pioneer that paved the way for future Latino entertainers. Sonera takes us on an unforgettable journey that boldly addresses issues of race, culture and socio-political topics of that era that are still at the forefront of social justice conversations today. He does this effortlessly as he interlaces Prince's best comedy sets with gripping original monologues that illuminate the life of the late comedian. Drama/Biography

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Radio Star  | Open: 04/26/11 Close: 04/26/11
  RADIO STAR returns to The Red Room (85 East 4th Street between 2nd Ave and Bowery) Tuesday, April 26th @ 8pm.  Tickets ($12) are available by calling Smarttix at 212-868-4444 or online at www.horseTRADE.info  The production, presented by Horse Trade Theater Group and Tanya O’Debra, kicks off a two-month tour to the Orlando Fringe Festival and the Montreal Fringe Festival.

 

Watch (but mainly listen) as Tanya O’Debra lends her voice to ten different characters while simultaneously staging silly sound effects in this filthy, filthy, dirty1940‘s radio detective spoof.  Running time is one hour.  


“An absurd cross between John Waters and Raymond Chandler… Radio Star is a raunchy blast.” -Flavorpill


“Side-splittingly hilarious... the best one-woman show I've seen.” - Three Weeks, Edinburgh


“Clever, original, and unflinchingly funny.” - Broadway World 

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Real Characters  | Open: 11/02/12 Close: 11/02/12
Andy Ross’s humor series Real Characters mixes together New York’s best storytellers, comedy writers, and memoirists. Past performers have appeared on The Moth, This American Life, 30 Rock, and Saturday Night Live. Past writers have contributed to The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, The Onion, The Simpsons, and The Colbert Report.

 

Featured as part of the Gotham Storytelling Festival:

 

Folk music had the 60s in NYC, punk and performance art owned the 70s and 80s, and improv and alternative comedy ruled the 90s and 00s. Today... it's live storytelling. Dozens of story shows take place at big and small theaters around the city, with new ones popping up every month. Horse Trade Theater Group (Heidi Grumelot, Artistic Director, Erez Ziv, Managing Director) is proud to present the First Annual Gotham Storytelling Festival; collecting some of the best shows curated and produced by Horse Trade Artistic Director Heidi Grumelot and resident hosts Peter Aguero, Seth Lind and Adam Wade.
 
The festival will have a four-night engagement November 1-4 at UNDER St. Marks (94 St. Marks Place). Tickets ($15/$12 students & seniors) are available online at www.horseTRADE.info or by calling Smarttix at 212-868-4444. All workshops are $25. 
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Red Bastard And Cactus: The Seduction  | Open: 06/10/10 Close: 06/12/10
Horse Trade Theater Group presents Red Bastard and CACTUS: The Seduction

A DOUBLE BILL!

RED BASTARD

Written by:  Eric Davis with Sue Morrison

Red Bastard is a Dangerous Seductive Comedy Monster! After 5-star reviews and sold out shows across North America and Europe, America’s premiere bouffon unleashes a pompous theatrical master class in this critically-acclaimed Bouffon show. His mission:  to charm, disarm, shock and seduce.  His target: you

Red Bastard is not clown.  He is not here to please you.  He has come to make you surrender- to play the audience like a devil does a fiddle. Experience this exquisite monstrosity as he delicately leads you through a no-holds-barred theatrical master class- demanding to know nothing less than the existential query, “Who the hell do you think you are?”  Lines will be crossed and laughs will be had in this interactive feast of biting wit, improvisation, and physical prowess. Audiences should be prepared for anything to happen in this interactive show, in which Red Bastard engages the audience in raw conversation, uncovering ridiculous and disturbing truths.

CACTUS: The Seduction

a solo show by Jonno Katz

Directed by Mark Chavez

CACTUS is a unique physically devised solo show that is both irresistible love story and carnival of boundless imaginings, a hilarious search for love in the most unlikely of places. Phil slips between reality (walking through a desert with 2 weird characters) and fantasy (talking directly to the audience spinning yarns and leaving them in hysterics). It is a multi-layered, theatrical, stand-up, explosion of imagination.

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Reflections From The Breakfast Club  | Open: 12/10/04 Close: 03/26/05
An Irreverent on-stage parody of the movie, in honor of the film's 20th anniversary.

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Say Your Prayers, Mug!  | Open: 10/04/07 Close: 10/27/07
Mr. and Mrs. Matinee themselves, Skip Rayburn and Dottie Haines, host the 1950s television show "Sunrise Cinema" and eagerly present the long-lost thriller, "Say Your Prayers, Mug!" In between the bubbly hosts' banter, the 1935 gangster flick comes to life on stage, complete with fist-swingin' cops and fast-talkin' mobsters. A parody within a parody, SAY YOUR PRAYERS, MUG! playfully sends up not one, but two genres of yesteryear.
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Sci Fi Musicals Night!  | Open: 12/10/08 Close: 12/10/08
Sci Fi Screening Room is a monthly showcase of off-beat sci-fi videos, featuring a variety of cult classics, bootleg favorites and TV rarities. Previous events including Batman Night! and Kiss Night! have been named as a Voice Choice, Time Out NY Best Bet, Gothamist pick and highlighted in the New York Times’ Urban Eye.

December’s show is a collection of songs and clips from sci-fi musicals, from Phantom of the Paradise to Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog. The evening will celebrate the most mind-boggling numbers from campy favorites such as Forbidden Zone (1980) and Xanadu (1980), to lesser-know films like the Alan Arkin superhero parody The Return of Captain Invincible (1983) and Grease-meets-Swamp Thing oddity Voyage of the Rock Aliens (1987).

The two-hour video variety show will also include trivia, sing-alongs and TV clips from the infamous Star Wars Holiday Special and the obscure Star Wars-themed episode of The Donnie and Marie Show.

Kevin Maher (American Movie Classics’ The Sci Fi Department) and Raven Snook (Time Out New York) co-host the evening that promises to please geeks, gays and glitter hounds in equal measure.

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Shotz  | Open: 11/05/12 Close: 11/12/12
Six playwrights and directors get a week and a half to write and rehearse a short play based around three conditions, a theme, and a pre-selected cast, and then its go time. Different playwrights and directors featured every month.


About the Company: Horse Trade Theater Group

HORSE TRADE THEATER GROUP is a self-sustaining theater development group; with a focus on new work that has produced a massive quantity of stimulating downtown theater. Horse Trade’s Resident Artist Program offers a home to a select group of Independent theater artists, pooling together a great deal of talent and energy. It is also the home of FRIGID New York – the first and only festival of its kind in New York City. In 2011 Horse Trade received the New York Innovative Theatre Ellen Stewart Stewardship Award for demonstrating a significant contribution to the Off-Off-Broadway community through service, support and leadership. 

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Sketch Block  | Open: 11/14/12 Close: 11/21/12
Sketch Comedy meets Block Party. This monthly show features a guest host comedian, three guest sketch troupes and drinking. Come meet, mingle, and perform! 


About the Company: Horse Trade Theater Group

HORSE TRADE THEATER GROUP is a self-sustaining theater development group; with a focus on new work that has produced a massive quantity of stimulating downtown theater. Horse Trade’s Resident Artist Program offers a home to a select group of Independent theater artists, pooling together a great deal of talent and energy. It is also the home of FRIGID New York – the first and only festival of its kind in New York City. In 2011 Horse Trade received the New York Innovative Theatre Ellen Stewart Stewardship Award for demonstrating a significant contribution to the Off-Off-Broadway community through service, support and leadership. 

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Slash Wednesday  | Open: 11/07/12 Close: 11/14/12
Slash Wednesday is a wonderfully riveting and irresistibly weird lunch time talk show for artists hosted by award-winning PBS writer/storyteller Slash Coleman. Infusing NYC’s hip east village stage with a distinct blend of southern charm, the show features live music, multi-media, comedy, inspirational interviews with cutting-edge artists and profound stories of success by cultural change makers.


About the Company: Horse Trade Theater Group

HORSE TRADE THEATER GROUP is a self-sustaining theater development group; with a focus on new work that has produced a massive quantity of stimulating downtown theater. Horse Trade’s Resident Artist Program offers a home to a select group of Independent theater artists, pooling together a great deal of talent and energy. It is also the home of FRIGID New York – the first and only festival of its kind in New York City. In 2011 Horse Trade received the New York Innovative Theatre Ellen Stewart Stewardship Award for demonstrating a significant contribution to the Off-Off-Broadway community through service, support and leadership. 

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Something Something Über Alles (das Jackpot  | Open: 09/19/13 Close: 10/05/13
Horse Trade Theater Group will present Assurbanipal Babilla’s play SOMETHING SOMETHING ÜBER ALLES (DAS JACKPOT) directed by David Cote (Otherland; The Scarlet Ibis) and performed by Robert Honeywell (Every Play Ever Written; The Lathe of Heaven), September 19-October 5 at UNDER St. Marks (94 St. Marks Place between 1st Avenue and Avenue A).

A man who bears an uncanny resemblance to Adolf Hitler finds himself idolized by an orgiastic, underground, Führer-worshipping cult. In a monologue that’s alternately hilarious and terrifying, we glimpse the true nature of worship, authority and humanity’s tragic urge to obey. His heartbroken friend, our narrator, leads us down a twisted path to uncover the mystery of what really happened. Written and originally performed by Assurbanipal Babilla, this tour-de-force monologue features a cast of grotesque characters, passages of intense lyrical power and bawdy comedy. Downtown stage veteran Robert Honeywell performs this 90-minute thrill ride that goes straight to the dark heart of religion and politics.

The play originally premiered at the Emerging Collector in March 1998. David Cote directed Assurbanipal Babilla. It ran for three months. The same year, it took part in the New York International Fringe Festival at the Kraine Theater. Something Something was then invited for an extended run at The Red Room and the Kraine, January-February 1999. Something Something was one of Horse Trade Theater Group’s first main stage productions, and we are very proud to bring it back to kick off our 15th season. 


About the Company: Horse Trade Theater Group

HORSE TRADE THEATER GROUP is a self-sustaining theater development group; with a focus on new work that has produced a massive quantity of stimulating downtown theater. Horse Trade’s Resident Artist Program offers a home to a select group of Independent theater artists, pooling together a great deal of talent and energy. It is also the home of FRIGID New York – the first and only festival of its kind in New York City. In 2011 Horse Trade received the New York Innovative Theatre Ellen Stewart Stewardship Award for demonstrating a significant contribution to the Off-Off-Broadway community through service, support and leadership. 

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Song For A Future Generation  | Open: 04/29/10 Close: 05/15/10
Clones, robots and teenage time travelers search for connection at a dance party aboard a satellite. So what if its purpose is to celebrate an exploding star? For the kids in this "sci-fi dance party spectacle" this is going to be the BEST NIGHT EVER.

Length: 1 hr 15 mins
Intermission: None


About the Company: Horse Trade Theater Group

Horse Trade is a self-sustaining theater development group; with a focus on new work, it has produced a massive quantity of stimulating downtown theater. Horse Trade’s Resident Artist Program offers a home to a select group of Independent Theater artists, pooling together a great deal of talent and energy. It is also the home of FRIGID New York – the first and only festival of its kind in New York City.

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T-o-t-a-l-l-y!  | Open: 12/09/12 Close: 12/09/12
Horse Trade Theater Group (Heidi Grumelot, Artistic Director, Erez Ziv, Managing Director) will present a one night only special engagement of Kimleigh Smith’s 2010 FRIGID New York Festival hit solo show,T-O-T-A-L-L-Y! which recently played to sell-out crowds at the New York, Orlando, and Los Angeles Fringe Festival’s. Winner of the Best Theater and Best One Person Show in the Hollywood Fringe 2010, Editor’s Pick in the Washington Post 2011, George Wallace Fabby Award at Orlando Fringe 2010 also winner of the Actor’s Group Solo Festival 2010.

This autobiographical one-hour show takes the audience through a journey that is uplifting, heartbreaking and powerful as they witness the story of Smith as a young cheerleader as she transform into a powerful woman who embraces her inner superhero, reclaims her sexuality and lives as a whole, healthy woman who cheers for life! Writer/performer Kimleigh Smith says, “You must be willing to sacrifice who you are for what you want to become.  That’s what “T-O-T-A-L-L-Y!” is really all about.”

“…thanks entirely to Smith's superhuman vivacity, her blistering sense of humor…

[T-O-T-A-L-L-Y! is]…among the best.”LA Weekly

“Thanks to Ms. Smith's positive attitude, audience members walk away with a story that highlights a survivor finally being comfortable in her own skin.”

Wall Street Journal

“Kimleigh is a force of nature. Her energy and spirit carry the day as she tells her story, which is by turns harrowing and hilarious.” nytheatre.com

BE YOUR OWN SUPERHERO Foundation’s mission is to bring women and men together united with the common goal of raising awareness, offering healing and inspiring transformation to all survivors of sexual assault. The Be Your Own Superhero Foundation is committed to helping survivors not only survive, but fly high and THRIVE. 50% of the proceeds from this show will go to the foundation!


About the Company: Horse Trade Theater Group

HORSE TRADE THEATER GROUP is a self-sustaining theater development group; with a focus on new work that has produced a massive quantity of stimulating downtown theater. Horse Trade’s Resident Artist Program offers a home to a select group of Independent theater artists, pooling together a great deal of talent and energy. It is also the home of FRIGID New York – the first and only festival of its kind in New York City. In 2011 Horse Trade received the New York Innovative Theatre Ellen Stewart Stewardship Award for demonstrating a significant contribution to the Off-Off-Broadway community through service, support and leadership. 

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TENTACLES  | Open: 02/15/18 Close: 03/02/18
Dive into the slippery world of consent, fantasy, and female sexuality - through the lens of one slimy pornography genre.

‘TENTACLES’ is a tongue-in-cheek feminist exploration of Tentacle Porn, and the third collaboration between Tessa Flannery and Rebecca Cunningham. Grad student Tessa (Flannery) is presenting her doctoral thesis on feminist ravishment fantasies when the manterruptions of former-flame-turned-porn-star Chris (Fayne) thwart her presentation. As she unravels, her own secret fantasies come slithering in uninvited. This 50-minute funny, moving play leaves both performers and audience wondering how, in the #metoo era, we reconcile our fantasies with our feminism.

Produced by Voyage Theater Company at FRIGID NY 2018, featuring Fight/Intimacy Direction by Claire Warden.


About the Company: FRIGID New York @ Horse Trade

FRIGID New York @ Horse Trade is a theater development group with a focus on new work that produces a massive quantity of stimulating downtown theater every season. FRIGID’s Resident Artist Program offers a home to a select group of Independent theater artists, pooling together a great deal of talent and energy. FRIGID New York grew out of the annual FRIGID Festival, the first and only festival of its kind in New York City to offer artists 100% of their box office proceeds, and Horse Trade Theater Group, a self-sustaining theater development and management group.

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THE 2017 FRIGID FRINGE PRESENTS  | Open: 02/15/17 Close: 03/02/17
Amanda and Matthew love New York City! But NYC loves no one! Subway people cough into your ear, snowdrifts are trash, and for every rat you see there are 20 hiding in the shadows. Across the country, sunny Los Angeles beckons. Can our comedy heroes resist the siren song? Will they give up the Big Apple, and escape to LA? Click for Tickets  Rotten Apple Comedy 

 

 

 

 


About the Company: FRIGID New York @ Horse Trade

FRIGID New York @ Horse Trade is a theater development group with a focus on new work that produces a massive quantity of stimulating downtown theater every season. FRIGID’s Resident Artist Program offers a home to a select group of Independent theater artists, pooling together a great deal of talent and energy. FRIGID New York grew out of the annual FRIGID Festival, the first and only festival of its kind in New York City to offer artists 100% of their box office proceeds, and Horse Trade Theater Group, a self-sustaining theater development and management group.

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THE ANGELS OF MONS  | Open: 03/26/15 Close: 04/04/15
500 years ago the immortal words of Henry V coursed over the fields of Agincourt and won the hearts of his people. 100 years ago his legend kept the British spirit alive as the shells of WWI ripped through the fields of Europe. Today we tell that story of how a band o​f soldiers came together to battle the Germans, the dark, and their own worst nightmares. 

FRIGID New York @ Horse Trade will present March Forth Productions World Premiere of The Angels of Mons, a historical drama by Eric Webb, directed and conceived by Laura Archer. The production will run March 26-April 4 at UNDER St. Marks (94 St. Marks Place between 1st Avenue and Avenue A) with performances Thursday through Saturday at 7pm with an additional performance on Wednesday, April 1 at 7pm.Tickets ($18; $15 students) may be purchased in advance at www.horseTRADE.info. The show runs approximately two hours, with intermission. 


About the Company: Horse Trade Theater Group

HORSE TRADE THEATER GROUP is a self-sustaining theater development group; with a focus on new work that has produced a massive quantity of stimulating downtown theater. Horse Trade’s Resident Artist Program offers a home to a select group of Independent theater artists, pooling together a great deal of talent and energy. It is also the home of FRIGID New York – the first and only festival of its kind in New York City. In 2011 Horse Trade received the New York Innovative Theatre Ellen Stewart Stewardship Award for demonstrating a significant contribution to the Off-Off-Broadway community through service, support and leadership. 

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THE JAMB  | Open: 09/01/16 Close: 09/17/16
FRIGID New York @ Horse Trade in association with Hard Sparks will present the World Premiere of J.Stephen Brantley’s THE JAMB, directed by David Drake, September 1-17 at The Kraine Theater (85 East 4th Street between 2nd Avenue and Bowery) with performances Thursday through Saturday at 7pm. Tickets ($25) may be purchased in advance at www.horseTRADE.info. The cast will feature J.Stephen Brantley (R & J & Z at The New Ohio; Murder in the First at 59E59), Todd Flaherty (Sleep No More with Punchdrunk; Pirira with Theatre 167), Nico Grelli (Animals Commit Suicide with terraNOVA Collective; The Foreplay Play with CapsLock Theater), and Carole Monferdini (Obie Award for The Club at Circle in the Square; Charles Busch’s Vampire Lesbians of Sodom) with Lighting Designer Jonathan Cottle, Set Designer Andrew Diaz, Sound Designer Mark Van Hare, Costume Designer Audrey Nauman, and Stage Manager Leah Montesinos.

The Jamb is a queer coming-of-middle-age story set in 2008. Directed by Obie-winner David Drake, J.Stephen Brantley’s punk rock rom-com on crystal meth examines how addiction, politics and pop culture have impacted the lives of gay American men who grew up post-Stonewall, pre-Will & Grace. Mature audiences only.

It’s 2008 and gay punks Tuffer and Roderick are turning forty. Neither wants to face it. While Tuffer continues to smoke, snort, and screw his way through Manhattan’s collegiate male population, Roderick’s gone straightedge, embracing activism and martial arts. With the arrival of Tuffer’s latest boy toy, Roderick can take no more. After a disastrous quasi-intervention, Tuffer agrees to a sobering-up at Roderick’s folk-singing mother’s house in rural New Mexico. Both will hit bottom on the high desert, on the edge, in the jamb.

Frequent collaborators J.Stephen Brantley (Pirira, Chicken-Fried Ciccone) and David Drake (The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me, The Lily’s Revenge) stage-dive into the love lives of gay American men who grew up outlaws, now teetering on the edge of equality. Their previous piece together, Chicken-Fried Ciccone: A Twangy True Tale Of Transformation, presented by the FRIGID Festival, was nominated for two New York Innovative Theatre awards. Brantley and Drake, themselves both in recovery, present a close-up view of sex, drugs, and rock and roll through a decidedly queer lens.

 

 

 


About the Company: FRIGID New York @ Horse Trade

FRIGID New York @ Horse Trade is a theater development group with a focus on new work that produces a massive quantity of stimulating downtown theater every season. FRIGID’s Resident Artist Program offers a home to a select group of Independent theater artists, pooling together a great deal of talent and energy. FRIGID New York grew out of the annual FRIGID Festival, the first and only festival of its kind in New York City to offer artists 100% of their box office proceeds, and Horse Trade Theater Group, a self-sustaining theater development and management group.

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THE PUMPKIN PIE SHOW: LABOR PAINS  | Open: 09/24/15 Close: 10/10/15
True story: Clay’s about to become a daddy. There’s a baby boy on his way. The due-date? No lie… October 31st. A Halloween baby. And Clay is scared. Really scared.

There’s nothing more petrifying than one’s own impending parenthood, especially with the clock tick-tick-ticking away—so we here at The Pumpkin Pie Show have decided to explore those fatherhood-fears and bring them to the stage. Every story within this year’s show focuses on the primal paranoia of parenting, whether it be mammoth diaper discharges, flying the friendly skies with screaming kids, or coming up with compelling ways to convince your children to eat their din-din…

…Not to mention sasquatch erotica, ancient mystical runes, and a special homemade recipe for Jesus juice. This year’s Pumpkin Pie Show has it all. You’ve been warned.

Parents can bring their babies to the show for free!*

*WARNING: Due to content, this show is not advised for anyone under the age of 16.


About the Company: FRIGID New York @ Horse Trade
FRIGID New York @ Horse Trade is a theater development group with a focus on new work that produces a massive quantity of stimulating downtown theater every season. FRIGID’s Resident Artist Program offers a home to a select group of Independent theater artists, pooling together a great deal of talent and energy. FRIGID New York grew out of the annual FRIGID Festival, the first and only festival of its kind in New York City to offer artists 100% of their box office proceeds, and Horse Trade Theater Group, a self-sustaining theater development and management group.

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THE PUMPKIN PIE SHOW: SEASICK  | Open: 10/16/14 Close: 11/01/14
Come sail the high seas with The Pumpkin Pie Show! An outbreak of norovirus quickly spreads through the passengers and crew onboard a luxury cruise-liner, including the captain, cutting short this sunny sojourn through the tropics. But before the ship can dock at the nearest port, tensions escalate amongst the frantic passengers. The foundation of civil society quickly deteriorates—dividing everyone onboard into two separate camps: those who are sick and those who aren’t. As the ship veers far off course and the number of ill passengers rises, one family must fight for their survival onboard this sun-and-blood drenched cruise into madness.

Join writer/performer Clay McLeod Chapman (Hostage Song with Kyle Jarrow; SCKBSTD with Bruce Hornsby), performers Hanna Cheek (Mac Rogers’ Sovereign with Gideon Productions; GOODBAR with Waterwell; named one of Time Out NY’s ‘Future Legends of NYC Theatre’ in 2013), Abe Goldfarb (I Hope They Serve Beer on Broadway), Brian Silliman (2014 NYIT Award Nominee for Outstanding Lead Actor in Dark Water with MTWorks; Kill Shakespeare with Gideon Productions), and Katie Hartman (Skinny Bitch Jesus Meeting) with musician Kyle Jarrow (frontman for Sky Pony; Obie Award winning playwright) as they celebrate Halloween with the 17th annual Pumpkin Pie Show! The show will play at UNDER St. Marks (94 St. Marks Place between 1st Avenue and Avenue A) October 16-November 1, Thursday through Saturday at 8pm. Tickets ($18/$15 students & seniors) are available online at www.horseTRADE.info or by calling 1-888-596-1027.

 

 


About the Company: Horse Trade Theater Group

HORSE TRADE THEATER GROUP is a self-sustaining theater development group; with a focus on new work that has produced a massive quantity of stimulating downtown theater. Horse Trade’s Resident Artist Program offers a home to a select group of Independent theater artists, pooling together a great deal of talent and energy. It is also the home of FRIGID New York – the first and only festival of its kind in New York City. In 2011 Horse Trade received the New York Innovative Theatre Ellen Stewart Stewardship Award for demonstrating a significant contribution to the Off-Off-Broadway community through service, support and leadership. 

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THE PUMPKIN PIE SHOW: STUMP SPEECHES  | Open: 10/20/16 Close: 11/05/16
Writer/performer Clay McLeod Chapman believes in America. What it once was. What it can be again. And to make our nation great, everybody’s got to make sacrifices. Ancient sacrifices. In honor of the election year, the 19th season of The Pumpkin Pie Show praises politics with ballot-shredding tales of witch-hunting in the White House, interdimensional orgies in the Lincoln bedroom, draw-and-quartering Occupy protestors, and good ol’ fashioned mudslinging.

The Pumpkin Pie Show: Stump Speeches will be performed by Clay McLeod Chapman (Commencement and Hostage Song; The Boy at SXSW 2015; The Tribe Trilogy with Disney; The Amazing Spider-Man with Marvel Comics), Hanna Cheek (Mac Rogers’ Universal Robots and Sovereign; Waterwell; Time Out NY’s Future Legends of New York Theater), Susan Ferrara (Johnna Adams’ Sans Merci; The Wonder, 2014 United Solo Festival), Abe Goldfarb (Bunnicula: A Rabbit Tale of Mystery at DR2 Theater; Kill Shakespeare with Gideon Productions), Katie Hartman (Skinny Bitch Jesus Meeting; Made to Order), Brian Silliman (General Butler in Butler at the Majestic Theater; NYIT Outstanding Actor nominee for Dark Water), and Kristen Vaughan (Mac Rogers’ Advance Man and Blast Radius; NYIT Outstanding Actress Award for Benefactors with Retro Productions). 


About the Company: FRIGID New York @ Horse Trade

FRIGID New York @ Horse Trade is a theater development group with a focus on new work that produces a massive quantity of stimulating downtown theater every season. FRIGID’s Resident Artist Program offers a home to a select group of Independent theater artists, pooling together a great deal of talent and energy. FRIGID New York grew out of the annual FRIGID Festival, the first and only festival of its kind in New York City to offer artists 100% of their box office proceeds, and Horse Trade Theater Group, a self-sustaining theater development and management group.

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THE TUTORS  | Open: 03/12/15 Close: 03/28/15
While struggling to keep their dream of creating the next social media revolution afloat, Heidi, Toby, and Joe still have to make rent. But between tutoring manipulative Prep School Elite and editing application essays online, the boundary between distant professionalism and personal responsibility begins to blur. The Tutors offers a funny and touching look at the terror of hating where you are, knowing where you want to be, and not having a clue how to get there.

After successful runs of The Understudy and The Drunken City, Battalion Theatre returns to The Kraine with Erica Lipez's The Tutors. This dark comedy examines how we deal with failure in a time when we're constantly told we can succeed at anything. When technology allows us to present only our best, most successful selves, how do we navigate real human connection and find the courage to ask for what we really need?

FRIGID New York @ Horse Trade will present Battalion Theatre’s production of The Tutors by Erica Lipez, March 12-28 at The Kraine Theater (85 East 4th Street between 2nd Avenue and Bowery) with performances Thursday through Saturday at 7:30pm. The production will be directed by Gadi Rubin (Assistant Director, Zack Abramowitz) and feature Sean Devare, Kullan Edberg, Dan Gonon, Michael Greenhan, and Gerrit Thurston. The creative team will include Lighting Design by Jason Fok and Set Design by Kyu Shin. The production will be Stage Managed by Jenny Gorelick. Tickets ($20) may be purchased in advance at www.horseTRADE.info


About the Company: Horse Trade Theater Group

HORSE TRADE THEATER GROUP is a self-sustaining theater development group; with a focus on new work that has produced a massive quantity of stimulating downtown theater. Horse Trade’s Resident Artist Program offers a home to a select group of Independent theater artists, pooling together a great deal of talent and energy. It is also the home of FRIGID New York – the first and only festival of its kind in New York City. In 2011 Horse Trade received the New York Innovative Theatre Ellen Stewart Stewardship Award for demonstrating a significant contribution to the Off-Off-Broadway community through service, support and leadership. 

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THUS SPOKE THE SPECTACLE  | Open: 04/26/15 Close: 08/30/15
Thus Spoke the Spectacle deconstructs and reconfigures the massive onslaught of news, advertising, politics and entertainment into an edgy and highly entertaining transmedia rock experience.

Original live music, spoken word vocals, video and lights combine to tell the story of the mass media’s infiltration of every aspect of society.


About the Company: Horse Trade Theater Group

HORSE TRADE THEATER GROUP is a self-sustaining theater development group; with a focus on new work that has produced a massive quantity of stimulating downtown theater. Horse Trade’s Resident Artist Program offers a home to a select group of Independent theater artists, pooling together a great deal of talent and energy. It is also the home of FRIGID New York – the first and only festival of its kind in New York City. In 2011 Horse Trade received the New York Innovative Theatre Ellen Stewart Stewardship Award for demonstrating a significant contribution to the Off-Off-Broadway community through service, support and leadership. 

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Thank You, Robot  | Open: 11/16/12 Close: 11/23/12
A showcase for independent and established improv teams. For each show, two teams join Thank You, Robot to perform sets of unscripted comedy, never seen before and never to be seen again. 


About the Company: Horse Trade Theater Group

HORSE TRADE THEATER GROUP is a self-sustaining theater development group; with a focus on new work that has produced a massive quantity of stimulating downtown theater. Horse Trade’s Resident Artist Program offers a home to a select group of Independent theater artists, pooling together a great deal of talent and energy. It is also the home of FRIGID New York – the first and only festival of its kind in New York City. In 2011 Horse Trade received the New York Innovative Theatre Ellen Stewart Stewardship Award for demonstrating a significant contribution to the Off-Off-Broadway community through service, support and leadership. 

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The 2012 Fire This Time Festival  | Open: 01/16/12 Close: 01/25/12

The African American experience is not represented solely by one voice or one style. For the third year in a row Horse Trade Theater Group will present The Fire This Time Festival, providing a platform for talented early-career playwrights of African and African-American descent to explore new voices, styles, and challenging new directions for 21st century performing arts in order to move beyond common misconceptions of what's possible in "black theater." The festival's core production is a short play festival, presenting new work by featured playwrights. Other festival programming includes panel discussions, staged readings, and concert events. 

The 2012 Fire This Time Festival, presented by Horse Trade Theater Group, will run January 16-25 at The Kraine Theater and The Red Room (both located at 85 East 4th Street between 2nd Ave and Bowery). Tickets to the 10-Minute Play Festival ($15) are available online at www.horseTRADE.info or by calling Smarttix at 212-868-4444. Reservations for free events are highly recommended. Email rsvp@firethistimefestival.com with your name, performance date, and number of tickets requested.

The Fire This Time 10-Minute Play Festival

January 19, 20, 21 & 25 @ 8pm

The Kraine Theater $15

The Talk

Written by France-Luce Benson

Directed by Jamie Robinson 
Manu's little girl is all grown-up. Now it's her turn. But there's just one question: How does one ”rabbit”?

Four

Written by Jocelyn Bioh

Directed by Nicole Watson
It's a typical Friday night at Mansion Night Club: Sweet Thing is late, Saffronia is full of attitude, Peaches is preparing to perform and Aunt Sarah is keeping folks in line... as usual.  Inspired by a Nina Simone song (Four Women) Four imagines a world in which all of these women co-exist (and have plenty to say about it).


The Crisis of the Negro Intellectual: Dream One

Written by Kevin R. Free

Directed by Christopher Burris
An artist struggles with his present as he dreams of his future. This dream is the first scene of Kevin R. Free’s full-length play, The Crisis of the Negro Intellectual.

 

Little Louise

Written by Patricia Ione Lloyd

Directed by Donya K. Washington
The Madame of a whorehouse has tea with her inner child, while listening to the brand new Billie Holiday record. The games that little girls play are especially dangerous for grown black women. Little Louise, is the story of a biracial woman in the 1930’s, who understands the law of supply and demand in the business of love.


The Pitch

Written by Zoey Martinson

Directed by Brandon Gardner
The Pitch takes a comedic look at two young black writers trying to sell a modern Black movie to studio executives. See how far they are willing go and how much they are willing to sacrifice to get their movie made.


Vanna White Must Die

Written by Antoinette Nwandu

Directed by Dan Rogers 
With a pie in the oven and her boyfriend’s disapproving Mother in the next room, wallflower Seena needs to make a hit. Problem is, her best friend turned arch nemesis Vanna White has other plans. With wit and humor, Vanna White Must Die answers the question, what's a girl gotta do to keep her love alive? 


DIG

Written by Jerome Parker

Directed by LA Williams
Haunted by a case, a homicide detective blurs the lines between past, present, home and work in this gritty, street drama. 

 

Panel Discussion: Diversity in Contemporary Theatre: (Type) Casting

January 16 @ 8pm

The Kraine Theater FREE

 

Staged Readings

The Red Room @ 8pm FREE

January 17: Paradise Blue by Dominique Morisseau
January 18: Lords Resistance by Camille Darby
January 22: thus have I heard: tales of the last bodhisattva by Jesse Cameron Alick 
January 23: Untitled by Yusef Miller 
January 24: One Quarter by Christine Jean Chambers

THE FIRE THIS TIME FESTIVAL was founded in 2009 by playwright Kelley Nicole Girod to provide rising playwrights of African and African American descent a platform to write and develop new work. The festival was conceived as an opportunity for playwrights to write and produce material that reflects diverse perspectives as 21st century theater artists. To date, The Fire This Time Festival has produced new work by Katori Hall (The Mountaintop on Broadway), Radha Blank (The Public Theater’s Emerging Writers Group), Kelley Girod (2011 nytheatre.com Person of the Year), Deborah Asimwee, Derek Lee McPhatter (New York Theatre Workshop’s Emerging Playwright’s of Color Fellowship finalist), Germono Toussaint ((L)imitations at the Lark Play Development Center), Pia Wilson (The Public Theater’s Emerging Writers Group), Jesse Cameron Alick (LaMaMa-Loped), Camille Darby (2011 finalist for the Van Lier Fellowship program at The Lark Play Development Center), Christine Jean Chambers, Marcus Gardley (2011 PEN/Laura Pels award for Mid-Career Playwright), Dominique Morisseau (The Public Theater’s Emerging Writers Group), and Yusef Miller (Made at Horse Trade). 


The first season of the festival brought together over thirty collaborative performers, directors, and other collaborators to create an amazing evening of short one-act plays. Presented by Horse Trade Theater Group over a five- show run in February 2010, the first season of the festival sold out every presentation. Exploring themes from euthanasia, hero-worship, intergenerational conflict, and more, the inaugural season of The Fire This Time Festival presented a dynamic theatrical experience. 

Following the success of the first year, The Fire This Time Festival has continued to grow, with input from participating playwrights and other collaborators. The festival has evolved into an annual January event, expanding upon its core short play presentations to offer panel discussions, staged readings, and other programs. With ongoing momentum, The Fire This Time Festival has quickly become a destination for diverse audiences, producers, and artists seeking new possibilities and opportunities in contemporary theater. www.firethistimefestival.com


About the Company: Horse Trade Theater Group

Horse Trade is a self-sustaining theater development group; with a focus on new work, it has produced a massive quantity of stimulating downtown theater. Horse Trade’s Resident Artist Program offers a home to a select group of Independent Theater artists, pooling together a great deal of talent and energy. It is also the home of FRIGID New York – the first and only festival of its kind in New York City.

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The Abc's Guide To Getting Famous  | Open: 01/16/14 Close: 01/19/14
 Horse Trade Theater Group will present Spookfish Theatre Company’s critically acclaimed theatrical documentary, The ABC’s Guide to Getting Famous for a limited engagement, January 16-19.

Part documentary and part solo-show, The ABC's Guide To Getting Famous is a raw satire that investigates the real lives of Asian American artists trying to make it in the entertainment industry. Funny, heartbreaking, and, at times, downright offensive, this hybrid film/theater piece is an honest investigation of race in casting.

“What the FringeNYC Festival is all about, at its best. By intercutting a satirical solo performance with earnest documentary-style interviews, co-creators, writer Ming Peiffer and director Kat Yen, pack a solid double punch in their first FringeNYC show.” nytheatre.com

“Any fan of New York theater, large or small, and anyone who enjoys pondering knotty questions should see this show. Ms Peiffer argues, convincingly, for a more inclusive culture created by minorities working together, a vision which is much more American than the system she is struggling against." The Local East Village

"Ming Peiffer and Kat Yen’s messy, brilliant new show...combines elements of documentary, anthropology, and old skool agit prop to represent the plight of the Asian-American actor in New York."  Cultural Capital


About the Company: Horse Trade Theater Group

HORSE TRADE THEATER GROUP is a self-sustaining theater development group; with a focus on new work that has produced a massive quantity of stimulating downtown theater. Horse Trade’s Resident Artist Program offers a home to a select group of Independent theater artists, pooling together a great deal of talent and energy. It is also the home of FRIGID New York – the first and only festival of its kind in New York City. In 2011 Horse Trade received the New York Innovative Theatre Ellen Stewart Stewardship Award for demonstrating a significant contribution to the Off-Off-Broadway community through service, support and leadership. 

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The Abc's Guide To Getting Famous  | Open: 11/12/12 Close: 11/27/12
Horse Trade Theater Group (Heidi Grumelot, Artistic Director, Erez Ziv, Managing Director) will present the World Premiere of Spookfish Theatre Company’s mutli-media solo show, The ABC’s Guide to Getting Famous, written and performed by Ming Peiffer (Pornography for the People; New. Tricks!) in collaboration with director Kat Yen (Wabi Sabi! Not Wasabi). 

Part documentary and part solo-show, The ABC's Guide To Getting Famous is a raw look into the real lives of Asian American artists trying to make it in the entertainment industry. Funny, heartbreaking, and, at times, downright offensive...This hybrid film/theater piece is an honest investigation of race in casting.


About the Company: Horse Trade Theater Group

HORSE TRADE THEATER GROUP is a self-sustaining theater development group; with a focus on new work that has produced a massive quantity of stimulating downtown theater. Horse Trade’s Resident Artist Program offers a home to a select group of Independent theater artists, pooling together a great deal of talent and energy. It is also the home of FRIGID New York – the first and only festival of its kind in New York City. In 2011 Horse Trade received the New York Innovative Theatre Ellen Stewart Stewardship Award for demonstrating a significant contribution to the Off-Off-Broadway community through service, support and leadership. 

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The Abc's Guide To Getting Famous  | Open: 11/05/12 Close: 11/20/12
Horse Trade Theater Group (Heidi Grumelot, Artistic Director, Erez Ziv, Managing Director) will present the World Premiere of Spookfish Theatre Company’s mutli-media solo show, The ABC’s Guide to Getting Famous, written and performed by Ming Peiffer (Pornography for the People; New. Tricks!) in collaboration with director Kat Yen (Wabi Sabi! Not Wasabi). 

Part documentary and part solo-show, The ABC's Guide To Getting Famous is a raw look into the real lives of Asian American artists trying to make it in the entertainment industry. Funny, heartbreaking, and, at times, downright offensive...This hybrid film/theater piece is an honest investigation of race in casting.


About the Company: Horse Trade Theater Group

HORSE TRADE THEATER GROUP is a self-sustaining theater development group; with a focus on new work that has produced a massive quantity of stimulating downtown theater. Horse Trade’s Resident Artist Program offers a home to a select group of Independent theater artists, pooling together a great deal of talent and energy. It is also the home of FRIGID New York – the first and only festival of its kind in New York City. In 2011 Horse Trade received the New York Innovative Theatre Ellen Stewart Stewardship Award for demonstrating a significant contribution to the Off-Off-Broadway community through service, support and leadership. 

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The Adam Wade Originally From New Hampshire Show  | Open: 11/01/12 Close: 11/01/12
 A GREATEST HITS ‘SHOW OF SHOWS’ from the monthly The Adam Wade From New Hampshire Show, which is headed into its fourth year at the UNDER St. Marks. The show stars 18 time Moth StorySLAM winner, Adam Wade. Adam tells several stories that range from his youth growing up in NH to his post college years in New York City. Adam’s stories are accompanied by home movies and music. This show has received rave reviews from the New York Times and Time Out New York Magazine where it’s a ‘Critic’s Pick’.

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The Adam Wade Show  | Open: 11/12/12 Close: 11/19/12
Moth storytelling favorite, Adam Wade, has put together many of his winning heartfelt and humorous stories for a special show. He’ll also sing a few songs, and play video shorts. No two shows will be the same. A different featured guest will start the evening off. 


About the Company: Horse Trade Theater Group

HORSE TRADE THEATER GROUP is a self-sustaining theater development group; with a focus on new work that has produced a massive quantity of stimulating downtown theater. Horse Trade’s Resident Artist Program offers a home to a select group of Independent theater artists, pooling together a great deal of talent and energy. It is also the home of FRIGID New York – the first and only festival of its kind in New York City. In 2011 Horse Trade received the New York Innovative Theatre Ellen Stewart Stewardship Award for demonstrating a significant contribution to the Off-Off-Broadway community through service, support and leadership. 

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The Btk Band  | Open: 11/12/12 Close: 11/19/12
Raconteurs regale the audience with true stories from their lives while The BTK Band, NYC’s hardest-drinking improvised storytelling rock band, improvises music and lyrics to turn their stories into songs. As if Tom Waits and The Moth delivered a baby from the gaping maw of Chaos. 


About the Company: Horse Trade Theater Group

HORSE TRADE THEATER GROUP is a self-sustaining theater development group; with a focus on new work that has produced a massive quantity of stimulating downtown theater. Horse Trade’s Resident Artist Program offers a home to a select group of Independent theater artists, pooling together a great deal of talent and energy. It is also the home of FRIGID New York – the first and only festival of its kind in New York City. In 2011 Horse Trade received the New York Innovative Theatre Ellen Stewart Stewardship Award for demonstrating a significant contribution to the Off-Off-Broadway community through service, support and leadership. 

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The Fire This Time Festival  | Open: 02/04/10 Close: 02/07/10
Amid the diffusion of the term “post black black,” in American society and art, seven up-and-coming playwrights of African descent including Deborah Asiimwe, Radha Blank, Kelley Girod, Katori Hall, Derek Lee McPhatter, Germono Toussaint, and Pia Wilson have come together to answer these questions. The Fire This Time Festival showcases new short plays as a special Black History Month offering at the Horse Trade Theater. The Festival explores the diverse possibilities of contemporary American drama and challenging new directions for 21st century black theatre.

By the Banks of the Nile
By Deborah Asiimwe
Achiro and Adriko live by the banks of river Nile as husband and wife. The existence of their union is denied by the Church because they are not “properly” wed. Adriko must do anything to have a “proper” church wedding even if it means stealing mosquito nets intended for the community, to make a wedding dress for his wife.

Reverb
By Radha Blank
A daughter seeks redemption.... somewhere between a melody and her mothers fading memory.

Poetics of the Creative Process
By Kelley Girod
When a professor’s beautiful young mentee mistakes a shadow of a tree limb for his arm reaching out to touch her, a dangerous game manipulating words and images is set in motion.

The Beyonce Effect
By Katori Hall
In opposite corners of the world, three brown women, one Indian, one Ghanaian, and one American struggle with their quest for lighter skin and European features in a world where "if you white you right and if you black, get back."

Citizen Jane
By Derek Lee McPhatter
Welcome to the Future. Welcome to the Super-Network. The Universe’s most talented Archival-Architect brings our favorite super-hero, Citizen Jane, to vivid life tonight! Don’t worry if she seems fed-up or tired of saving the world. She had better give us another Happy Ending or else!

The Anointed
By Germono Toussaint
An internationally known pastor is preparing to finally be truthful with the world about the life he has been hiding.

A Goddess Once
By Pia Wilson
Nadia thinks she's negotiating Cat's termination. Cat thinks they're negotiating an argument from many lifetimes ago -- an argument between a goddess and a woman over an ancient mariner.
 

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The Flower Thief  | Open: 08/02/12 Close: 08/19/12
 Horse Trade Theater Group will present the first full-length mainstage production to come out of The Fire This Time Festival, Pia Wilson’s (member of The Public Theater’s 2008 Emerging Writers Group) THE FLOWER THIEF. The production will be directed by Horse Trade Artistic Director, Heidi Grumelot (Donnie and the Monsters at UNDER St. Marks; punkrock/lovesong at The Brick) and will feature Sameerah Harris, Allyson Morgan, Genesis Oliver, Erwin A. Thomas, and Keona Welch.

Clinging to nature's promise of renewal, Clark desperately turns to stealing flowers as everything around him slowly wilts. Jumping through time and mind, Pia Wilson's The Flower Thief eloquently explores a young man's grief over the loss of his twin brother. 


About the Company: Horse Trade Theater Group

HORSE TRADE THEATER GROUP is a self-sustaining theater development group; with a focus on new work that has produced a massive quantity of stimulating downtown theater. Horse Trade’s Resident Artist Program offers a home to a select group of Independent theater artists, pooling together a great deal of talent and energy. It is also the home of FRIGID New York – the first and only festival of its kind in New York City. In 2011 Horse Trade received the New York Innovative Theatre Ellen Stewart Stewardship Award for demonstrating a significant contribution to the Off-Off-Broadway community through service, support and leadership. 

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The Geographical History Of America  | Open: 05/14/09 Close: 05/23/09
In this new adaptation of Stein’s humorously dizzying novel The Geographical History of America, Human Group plays with the ways we conceive, contextualize, and perform our identities. Employing dance, music, and digital photography, THE GEOGRAPHICAL HISTORY OF AMERICA is a communal experience for the Facebook age.


THE GEOGRAPHICAL HISTORY OF AMERICA will feature Julia Crockett, Phil Gasper, and Lindsey Hope Pearlman with set and lighting design by Jonathan Cottle.


The production, presented by Horse Trade Theater Group and produced by Human Group in association with The Centrifuge, will begin in The KGB Bar and then continue upstairs in The Red Room (85 East 4th Street between 2nd Ave and Bowery) May 14-23, Thursday through Saturday at 9pm. Tickets ($15) are available by calling Smarttix at 212-868-4444 or online at www.horseTRADE.info


Lindsey Hope Pearlman began her love affair with Gertrude Stein's writing while living in Paris, France in the spring of 2007. The Geographical History of America marks Lindsey's third Stein-based project, after directing and performing Ladies' Voices and Identity: A Poem in the spring of 2008. She is a founding member of Human Group, formed with three fellow Hamilton College graduates. Favorite projects include The Snow White Project presented by FIAF and performing with The Drafts, the Horse Trade Non-Equity Ensemble.


Randi Rivera is a director, designer, stage manager, and technician. She is thrilled to be working on Stein alongside Lindsey once again after designing Ladies' Voices and Identity: A Poem in the spring of 2008. Randi is a founding member of Human Group and a graduate of Hamilton College. Since graduating she has proudly worked with many companies, including Dance Theater Workshop, New York Film Academy, and of course Horse Trade Theater Group.


Gertrude Stein was an American writer known for her role in the experimental arts and letters of Europe in the early part of the 20th century. She traveled in Paris, Vienna and San Francisco as a child, studied philosophy with William James at Radcliffe College and medicine at John Hopkins University. She moved to France in 1904 and found herself in the center of a crowd of artists that included Pablo Picasso, Ernest Hemingway and Henri Matisse. Stein's prose is often compared to the abstract paintings of the time, daring and, at times, nearly incomprehensible. Although Stein had been writing plays, prose and poetry for years, she was unknown to most readers until the 1933 publication of The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas, named after her companion of many years. Her other books include Three Lives, Tender Buttons, The Making of Americans, and The Geographical History of America.


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The Haunting of St. Marks Place  | Open: 10/11/12 Close: 12/30/12
 

In 1857, an immigrant enters the haunted Hotel Hemlock on St. Marks Place – but, when she returns, it’s disappeared… In 1901, a local man claims to be haunted by his late wife's spirit… April 10, 1937, at 56 St. Marks Place, a secretary is visited by a long forgotten lover – who died on the Titanic 25 years before… On the eve of January 9, 1914, a gangland shootout occurs at the Arlington dance hall on 8th Street – it’s only victim still haunts 94 St. Marks Place… In 1922, Howard Lovelorn inherits 22 St. Marks Place - along with a screaming skull.
 
Now in its 9th Season, RadioTheatre (Nominated for a 2010 Drama Desk Award, 13 NY Innovative Theater Awards; Winner of 2 NYIT Awards; Nom. 5 times Best Performance Group) will present THE RADIOTHEATRE HOUR every Sunday at 3pm…our own adaptations of classic tales of terror, adventure, science fiction and more, complete with a great cast of storytellers, an original orchestral score and a plethora of sound effects. Check website for complete listings. www.radiotheatrenyc.com
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The Holy Land Experience  | Open: 11/28/11 Close: 12/19/11
From a religious theme park in Orlando to Christmas Day in Bethlehem comes one man’s ineptly comic and exhilarating pursuit of forgiveness.

In his latest all-true theatrical monologue, award winning solo performer Martin Dockery wrestles with his own lies and infidelities as he comically explores the profane and profound in the biblical story of Jesus.  Traveling from a theme park where hundreds of tourists watch as Jesus is crucified daily to the town where a billion people celebrate his birth annually, Dockery attempts to get inside the mind of a man who lived 2000 years ago, if he ever lived at all.

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The Liar Show  | Open: 11/01/12 Close: 11/01/12
 Call it an unreality show. Since the summer of 2006, The Liar Show has taken the art of deception to theaters, cabarets and cultural centers around the U.S. and Canada and was called “A Winner” (The Scotsman) and received 4 Stars during a month-long run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Liar has featured New Yorker Magazine contributor Andy Borowitz, Mike Daisey, called "The master storyteller" by the NY Times, and former Bill Clinton speechwriter, Mark Katz in addition to Comedy Central personalities, film directors, lapsed Mormons with a bone to pick with the Almighty, and even an NYPD gang squad detective. At each show, four performers tell short personal stories, but listen carefully, because one of these people is making it all up. Interrogate the cast and expose the Liar to win our unbelievable T-shirt. But as The Washington Post wrote of our show: “Prizes mean nothing compared with the sweet victory of being recognized as the savviest people in the room.”

 

Featured as part of the Gotham Storytelling Festival: Folk music had the 60s in NYC, punk and performance art owned the 70s and 80s, and improv and alternative comedy ruled the 90s and 00s. Today... it's live storytelling. Dozens of story shows take place at big and small theaters around the city, with new ones popping up every month. Horse Trade Theater Group (Heidi Grumelot, Artistic Director, Erez Ziv, Managing Director) is proud to present the First Annual Gotham Storytelling Festival; collecting some of the best shows curated and produced by Horse Trade Artistic Director Heidi Grumelot and resident hosts Peter Aguero, Seth Lind and Adam Wade.


About the Company: Horse Trade Theater Group

HORSE TRADE THEATER GROUP is a self-sustaining theater development group; with a focus on new work that has produced a massive quantity of stimulating downtown theater. Horse Trade’s Resident Artist Program offers a home to a select group of Independent theater artists, pooling together a great deal of talent and energy. It is also the home of FRIGID New York – the first and only festival of its kind in New York City. In 2011 Horse Trade received the New York Innovative Theatre Ellen Stewart Stewardship Award for demonstrating a significant contribution to the Off-Off-Broadway community through service, support and leadership. 

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The Pumpkin Pie Show: Boogedy Boo!  | Open: 10/10/13 Close: 10/26/13
Horse Trade Theater Group proudly presents their annual Halloween tradition, THE PUMPKIN PIE SHOW: BOOGEDY BOO! with brand new spine tingling stories by Clay McLeod Chapman (Hostage Song at The Kraine; The Penalty at Dixon Place) and performances by Chapman, Hanna Cheek (Mac Rogers’ Sovereign; Goodbar with Waterwell), and Pumpkin Pie newcomer Ana Asensio (Medea ́s Get Some Issues at the 2012 United Solo Festival) with noir-infused musical interludes by Shayfer James. The show will play at UNDER St. Marks (94 St. Marks Place between 1st Avenue and Avenue A) October 10-26, Thursday through Saturday at 8pm. Tickets ($18; $15 students and seniors) are available by calling Smarttix at 212-868-4444 or online at www.horseTRADE.info.

Clay McLeod Chapman’s The Pumpkin Pie Show returns with a fresh slice of brand new campfire tale telling. In true Halloween spirit(s), this year’s show tackles a whole bevy of everyday horrors, including a case of post-partum depression that quickly descends into Edgar Allan Poe-style madness, possessed hair extensions, haunted vinyl, masturbating in the middle of a Broadway matinee of Phantom of the Opera, and much, much more literary depravity.


About the Company: Horse Trade Theater Group

HORSE TRADE THEATER GROUP is a self-sustaining theater development group; with a focus on new work that has produced a massive quantity of stimulating downtown theater. Horse Trade’s Resident Artist Program offers a home to a select group of Independent theater artists, pooling together a great deal of talent and energy. It is also the home of FRIGID New York – the first and only festival of its kind in New York City. In 2011 Horse Trade received the New York Innovative Theatre Ellen Stewart Stewardship Award for demonstrating a significant contribution to the Off-Off-Broadway community through service, support and leadership. 

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The Pumpkin Pie Show: Lovey Dovey  | Open: 10/13/11 Close: 10/29/11
Horse Trade Theater Group will once again present their annual October tradition, the critical acclaimed, New York Innovative Theatre Award nominated, Pumpkin Pie Show! Featuring all new stories written by Clay McLeod Chapman (Hostage Song at The Kraine; Fear Mongers at Dixon Place), performed by Clay and Hanna Cheek (Hostage Song; Goodbar with Waterwell) with original music by Kyle Jarrow (Obie Award for A Very Merry Unauthorized Children's Scientology Pageant; music & lyrics for Hostage Song) performed by new husband and wife duo, Sky-Pony!

This year, The Pumpkin Pie Show is all about the love. We will be sharing tales of romance—some true, others ripped from the hearts (and headlines) of others.

ASCENDING THE STAIRWAY: Attention, 7th graders: Learn how to make out to Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven" through this step-by-step tale of tonguing.

 DAUGHTER OF C.H.U.D.:  Hanna Cheek’s love-life is in shambles—and it’s all thanks to her dad, Douglas Cheek, director of 80's horror film "C.H.U.D." (or Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers). But does an über-fan hold the key to happiness?

 MICHELLE: A man recounts leading the search party for his next-door neighbor’s missing teenage daughter.

 CONDO LOTHARIO: Thanks to advances in treating erectile dysfunction, an outbreak of sexually transmitted diseases spreads throughout the elderly residents of a local retirement community. Based on a true story.

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The Scandal  | Open: 12/04/08 Close: 12/20/08
THE SCANDAL is a one-woman show about a small town gal, Pink, who has devised the perfect, poetic suicide plan. Her journey is complicated by a distant mother, a judgmental entourage, the ghost of her father and a mysterious new comer. In a world so small, everyone is hungry for a scandal.
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The Secret Narrative Of The Phone Book  | Open: 02/02/05 Close: 02/27/05
A romantic comedy hijacked by a conspiracy thriller. It follows a sexy freedom fighter's daring plan to corrupt a global media conglomerate by seducing two of its employees at the same time. Its tongue-in-cheek techno-paranoia seriously questions the possibility of a genuine connection between human beings
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The Skinny  | Open: 11/14/12 Close: 11/21/12
The Skinny is a political comedy talk show with a twist: The host, Peter DeGiglio, is just an average schnook struggling to wrap his head around the events that shape our world. Joining him is a discussion panel of real life experts and a plethora of wacky variety acts.


About the Company: Horse Trade Theater Group

HORSE TRADE THEATER GROUP is a self-sustaining theater development group; with a focus on new work that has produced a massive quantity of stimulating downtown theater. Horse Trade’s Resident Artist Program offers a home to a select group of Independent theater artists, pooling together a great deal of talent and energy. It is also the home of FRIGID New York – the first and only festival of its kind in New York City. In 2011 Horse Trade received the New York Innovative Theatre Ellen Stewart Stewardship Award for demonstrating a significant contribution to the Off-Off-Broadway community through service, support and leadership. 

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The Soundtrack Series – Sleepover!  | Open: 11/01/12 Close: 11/01/12
The Soundtrack Series is a monthly dose of stories fueled by songs that has been featured in the New York Times, BUST, NY1, "Above and Beyond" in the New Yorker, a Critic’s Pick in Time Out New York, listed by Gothamist as a Gothamlist Event of the week, and included among the “Best Events and Things to Do in NYC” by CBS News New York. Five guest storytellers, Nat Cassidy (Songs of Love: A Theatrical Mixtape), Amanda Duarte (No Denying Love), David Crabb (Bad Kid, Ask Me Stories), and Bridget O'Neill (The Moth) get on the mic to tell the hilarious or heart wrenching stories and memories they forever associate with a song from their past. There’s the song, the story behind the song, and the story inspired by the song. We’re the third one.

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The Spectator & The Blind Man: Stories Of Seeing & Not-seeing  | Open: 02/21/13 Close: 03/02/13
Voilà, enlightenment’s blind side! Set in eighteenth-century Paris, The history of Braille begins at a sideshow spectacle and ends with revolution. Hear intimate stories of triumph and degradation embedded in sound and visionscapes. Think Ken Burns on hallucinogenic steroids!

 

Godin has shamelessly named The Spectator & the Blind Man after her 2009 dissertation, which you can find at Google Books. This then is a research project running off the rails! In the history of the education of the blind there are moments and characters that do not fit neatly into the dry and straightforward narratives of progress and enlightenment. Godin decided to investigate these little stories. The result is a dark and humorous work of speculative fiction with a steampunk aesthetic. It is informed as much by research as by the degenerative eye disease that has slowly taken her sight.

“We all play in history blindly,” she says with a wink. “I have been thinking about these stories for a long long time, and am thrilled to have them brought to life by such an amazing team of artists, academics and performers!”

Starring:

Bill Chambers, Gregory Levine, Leslie Goshko, Cathryn Lynne, Dan Rose, Bryan Harris & Dr ML Godin

Featuring original art & curated projections by:

Nellie King Solomon, Todd Jackson, Nicole Simpson, David Lowe and Caroline Kasnakian


About the Company: Horse Trade Theater Group

HORSE TRADE THEATER GROUP is a self-sustaining theater development group; with a focus on new work that has produced a massive quantity of stimulating downtown theater. Horse Trade’s Resident Artist Program offers a home to a select group of Independent theater artists, pooling together a great deal of talent and energy. It is also the home of FRIGID New York – the first and only festival of its kind in New York City. In 2011 Horse Trade received the New York Innovative Theatre Ellen Stewart Stewardship Award for demonstrating a significant contribution to the Off-Off-Broadway community through service, support and leadership. 

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The Strange Box of Dr. Oddbody  | Open: 10/03/06 Close: 10/28/06
Inspired by the Twilight Zone, the writing of H.P. Lovecraft and 1950's horror comics, the show is an anthology of three fully-improvised vignettes, inspired by the audience's suggestions and hosted by Dr. Oddbody.

And what can be said of mysterious Dr. Oddbody's eerie, sepulchral box? Found in a ruined pyramid in the jungles of Peru, the Strange Box contains dark, evil powers and mysteries beyond imagination. A brilliant, if flawed professor from Miskatonic University, Dr. Oddbody is the sole wielder of the Box's terrible power. With it, he has summoned up a cadre of undead performers to enact bizarre and frightening nightmares for the delight and disgust of discerning audiences this fall.

Will Oddbody's experiment in the Occult succeed in making people pee themselves with laughter and/or terror? Is theater dead...or undead? See this wild and funny show to find out!

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The Three Sisters  | Open: 01/20/10 Close: 01/30/10
On the cusp of a revolution, Chekhov's everyday heroines struggle to find meaning amidst the tempest of fractured memories, uncertain hopes, and thwarted vitality. The Assembly's Three Sisters combines live music and visceral performances to create a powerful communal experience in an intimate space.

with: Emily Perkins*, Kate Benson*, Kate MacCluggage*, Ben Beckley, Alley Scott, Levi Morger, Christopher Hurt*, Moti Margolin, Edward Bauer, Cecil Baldwin*, Susan McCallum*, Steve Stout, Brendan McDonough, Peter Feliz*.
* Appearing courtesy of Actor's Equity

design by: Derek Wright, Brendan McDonough, Nick Benacerraf, Zac Bruner, Andy Pape and Justine Lacy.

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The Two Gentlemen Of Lebowski  | Open: 03/18/10 Close: 04/04/10
One of the most unlikely and extraordinary success stories in modern theater, this is the US premiere of filmmaker Adam Bertocci’s keenly observed parody of Shakespearian archetypes, theatrical convention, modern pop culture, and especially the most beloved work of the Brothers Coen, THE TWO GENTLEMEN OF LEBOWSKI. Being the misadventures of the beloved rogue known only as The Knave, his explosively assertive cohort, Sir Walter of Poland, and the lady Maude Lebowski, artiste and schemer, whose father Geoffrey “The Big” Lebowski’s declining fortunes trigger a deluge of thievery, kidnapping, violence, mayhem, ninepin, and micturation, all of which lead the normally passive Knave into greater and greater danger, or at least greater and greater confusion. Plus, a pederast named Quince. If it all sounds familiar, it is, or at least it will be until DMT gets a hold of it.
 
An instant internet sensation and overnight cult favorite, this ceaselessly clever, daringly devious cultural mashup is perfect for DMTheatrics’ signature irreverence, fearlessness, and bravado, and the combination of Bertocci’s sharp wit and indie theater veteran Frank Cwiklik’s trademark bombast is guaranteed to blow the roof off of The Kraine Theater. The show has already gathered a massive worldwide following, with fans from as far away as Baltimore, Detroit, the UK, and even Sweden already booked to attend this pop culture event. Already a runaway smash, THE TWO GENTLEMEN OF LEBOWSKI has broken Horse Trade – and possibly NYC indie theater – records by selling out its opening weekend Saturday night show within 36 HOURS of tickets being made available, and its second weekend Saturday night sold out barely 48 hours later. This is THE indie theater event of the year, and anyone who is anyone is coming!
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The Vintage Vantage Musical Variety Show  | Open: 11/25/12 Close: 12/02/12
The only live-feed musical variety show with a retro twist showcasing NYC's finest performers, musicians and comedians. Tune in monthly to hear incredible songs from one of NY's best big bands fronted by the incredible Jason Trachtenberg! 


About the Company: Horse Trade Theater Group

HORSE TRADE THEATER GROUP is a self-sustaining theater development group; with a focus on new work that has produced a massive quantity of stimulating downtown theater. Horse Trade’s Resident Artist Program offers a home to a select group of Independent theater artists, pooling together a great deal of talent and energy. It is also the home of FRIGID New York – the first and only festival of its kind in New York City. In 2011 Horse Trade received the New York Innovative Theatre Ellen Stewart Stewardship Award for demonstrating a significant contribution to the Off-Off-Broadway community through service, support and leadership. 

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There's A Light On Yonder Mountain  | Open: 05/23/13 Close: 06/08/13
Horse Trade Theater Group and Amios will present the World Premiere of There’s a Light on Yonder Mountain written by Stacy Davidowitz, Lindsay Joy Murphy, David H. Rosen, and David L. Williams with Literary Director Kate MacCluggage, May 23-June 8 at UNDER St. Marks (94 St. Marks Place between 1st Avenue and Avenue A). The production will be directed by Rachel Dart and Jenna Panther and will feature Lauren Berst*, Helen Coxe*, Tiffany Nichole Greene*, Zac Hoogendyk*, Bob Jaffe*, Paul Kite*, and Kristy Powers. The creative team will include Sound Design by Nick Abeel and Lighting Design by R.S. Buck. The production Stage Manger will be Kristine Schlachter.

There's a Light on Yonder Mountain follows the journey of an unlikely group of misfits on a mysterious mission to change the world. This new play, created by four emerging playwrights and a literary director, is inspired by Joseph Campbell's work on the Hero's Journey

You may be asking yourself: how did five people co-author a play? Literary Director Kate MacCluggage started by giving the writers exploratory assignments based on the tried and true storytelling arc of the Hero's Journey. Then over countless hours (in person, over skype, text message, telephone, and hundreds of emails), Kate and the writers discovered patterns in the disparate scenes. In the next step of the process, the two directors will unite the voices of the writers, actors and designers into a single vision.


About the Company: Horse Trade Theater Group

HORSE TRADE THEATER GROUP is a self-sustaining theater development group; with a focus on new work that has produced a massive quantity of stimulating downtown theater. Horse Trade’s Resident Artist Program offers a home to a select group of Independent theater artists, pooling together a great deal of talent and energy. It is also the home of FRIGID New York – the first and only festival of its kind in New York City. In 2011 Horse Trade received the New York Innovative Theatre Ellen Stewart Stewardship Award for demonstrating a significant contribution to the Off-Off-Broadway community through service, support and leadership. 

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Tin Bucket Drum  | Open: 07/26/12 Close: 08/04/12
The Imbewu Trust aims to celebrate local South African theatre internationally by highlighting original work with a global resonance. In collaboration with Horse Trade Theater Group, The Imbewu Trust will showcase Think Theatre Productions’ TIN BUCKET DRUM, performed by leading South African artists that have enriched the South African theatre landscape with their original and unique approach to theatrical storytelling.

Neil Coppen's (2011 Standard Bank Young Artist Award winner) play, directed by Karen Logan, follows the story of Nomvula, a spirited child with a revolutionary heart born into a country with a cruel and silent dictatorship.Tin Bucket Drum weaves together elements of magical realism, shadow puppetry, Kabuki theatre and live percussion while offering a fresh twist to the traditional conventions of African storytelling.

Critically acclaimed with standing ovations at the Grahamstown and Hilton Arts festivals, Tin Bucket Drum won the Audience Vote Award for Best Production at MUSHO 2007, A Durban Theatre Award for best actress and best new South African script 2007, and a Standard Bank Ovation award at the Grahamstown 2010 festival. It was featured as The Star, Pretoria Times, The Herald and Witnesses Newspapers pick of the Grahamstown Fringe in 2007. 


About the Company: Horse Trade Theater Group

HORSE TRADE THEATER GROUP is a self-sustaining theater development group; with a focus on new work that has produced a massive quantity of stimulating downtown theater. Horse Trade’s Resident Artist Program offers a home to a select group of Independent theater artists, pooling together a great deal of talent and energy. It is also the home of FRIGID New York – the first and only festival of its kind in New York City. In 2011 Horse Trade received the New York Innovative Theatre Ellen Stewart Stewardship Award for demonstrating a significant contribution to the Off-Off-Broadway community through service, support and leadership. 

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Told: An Evening Of Themed Storytelling  | Open: 11/19/12 Close: 11/26/12
TOLD is a monthly storytelling show hosted by Seth Lind. Each month New York's best performers take the stage to tell true stories related to a central theme. A special guest provides interludes to glue the evening together into a collective experience. 


About the Company: Horse Trade Theater Group

HORSE TRADE THEATER GROUP is a self-sustaining theater development group; with a focus on new work that has produced a massive quantity of stimulating downtown theater. Horse Trade’s Resident Artist Program offers a home to a select group of Independent theater artists, pooling together a great deal of talent and energy. It is also the home of FRIGID New York – the first and only festival of its kind in New York City. In 2011 Horse Trade received the New York Innovative Theatre Ellen Stewart Stewardship Award for demonstrating a significant contribution to the Off-Off-Broadway community through service, support and leadership. 

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Vice Girl Confidential  | Open: 11/05/08 Close: 10/16/08
An expose not for the faint of heart, VICE GIRL CONFIDENTIAL uncovers the grime and grit plaguing the seedy streets of 1950s Gotham. Only one man, D.A. Walter Slade, can stand up to vice-racket kingpin Duke Craigie"that is, if he can shake off his yen for Stella Fontaine, the madam of New York's most infamous brothel.


VICE GIRL CONFIDENTIAL originally premiered in the 10th Annual FringeNYC at the Cherry Lane Theatre Annex. It not only earned a FringeNYC Award for Outstanding Acting Ensemble, but sold-out its run and received rave reviews. NYTheatre.com described the production as "smart, laugh-inducing, and perfect," while Talkin' Broadway called Michael's "crackling way with words… a true pleasure."

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Wasabassco Hellfire Club  | Open: 11/15/12 Close: 11/22/12
Wasabassco Burlesque presents their most adult show ever! Step through the gates of this exclusive club for a monthly erotic salon, curated to cater to your most sophisticated and lustful desires.


About the Company: Horse Trade Theater Group

HORSE TRADE THEATER GROUP is a self-sustaining theater development group; with a focus on new work that has produced a massive quantity of stimulating downtown theater. Horse Trade’s Resident Artist Program offers a home to a select group of Independent theater artists, pooling together a great deal of talent and energy. It is also the home of FRIGID New York – the first and only festival of its kind in New York City. In 2011 Horse Trade received the New York Innovative Theatre Ellen Stewart Stewardship Award for demonstrating a significant contribution to the Off-Off-Broadway community through service, support and leadership. 

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When Half The Sphere Is Visible  | Open: 05/10/12 Close: 05/26/12
Horse Trade Theater Group will present their resident acting ensemble, The Drafts in the World Premiere of when half the sphere is visible, written by Jesse Cameron Alick (Artistic Director of Subjective Theatre Company; Artistic Associate at The Public), Matthew Gutschick (Rubber Doves, winner of the New Horizons Playwrighting Competition), Michael McGuire (Sometimes I Feel Like I Missed the Train at The Lark Play Development Center), and Germono ToussaintCaged at the 2006 Not for Broadway Theater Festival; The Anointed at The 2010 Fire This Time Festival), May 10-26 at The Red Room (85 East 4th Street between 2nd Avenue and Bowery). The production will be directed by Ilaria Amadasi, Jaclyn Biskup (Assistant Director, Love’s Labour’s Lostat The Public), Lindsey Moore (No Tea Productions), Sara Walsh, and Donya Washington (Now the Cats with Jeweled Claws with Target Margin Theatre). 

The Drafts is Reiss Gaspard, Paul Herbig, Alex Hodgins, Ben Kauffman, Lauren Kate Morrison, JB Rote, Marchelle Thurman, Amanda Von Nostrand, and Gary Warchola.

Can there be a perfect kiss? Will a wall of water burst a burden of guilt? Can a belt buckle baffle the TSA? An escapade forking in unexpected places, this genre-bending blend of storytelling explores the dichotomies we live with (and often choose to ignore). A collaborative effort between four playwrights, five directors and nine actors, when half the sphere is visiblecreates a greater narrative from four interwoven stories.  

THE DRAFTS are the resident acting ensemble of Horse Trade Theater Group, supporting the work of its artistic community. Committed to new play development, The Drafts monthly reading series has featured over 100 original scripts and inspired several full productions.


About the Company: Horse Trade Theater Group

HORSE TRADE THEATER GROUP is a self-sustaining theater development group; with a focus on new work that has produced a massive quantity of stimulating downtown theater. Horse Trade’s Resident Artist Program offers a home to a select group of Independent theater artists, pooling together a great deal of talent and energy. It is also the home of FRIGID New York – the first and only festival of its kind in New York City. In 2011 Horse Trade received the New York Innovative Theatre Ellen Stewart Stewardship Award for demonstrating a significant contribution to the Off-Off-Broadway community through service, support and leadership. 

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Words, Razors, And The Wounded Heart  | Open: 04/11/13 Close: 04/27/13
Horse Trade Theater Group (Heidi Grumelot, Artistic Director, Erez Ziv, Executive Director) and Less Than Rent Theatre will present the World Premiere of WORDS, RAZORS, AND THE WOUNDED HEART by James Presson. The production will be directed by Jake Ahlquist (Fringe Excellence Award Winner ’10) and star Sean Patrick Monahan (Charles Busch’s Time Square Angel) and Emma March Barash (Stop the Virgins at St. Anne’s Warehouse). The show will also feature Dean Acree (New York Dream at The Pearl), Cory Asinofsky (Puppet Hamlet), Amanda Brooklyn (HBO’s Girls), Ben Diserens (the upcoming Wolf of Wall Street), Patrick Dooley, Jenna Grossano, Jackie Hansen, Jacob Presson, Tom Sanchez (Independents), and RJ Vaillancourt (Healthy Start by Gilad Cohen). Designs will feature sets by Grace Laubacher (Convergence at soloNOVA), lights by Gary Slootskiy (Independents), and costumes by Samantha Jacobsen.

WORDS, RAZORS, AND THE WOUNDED HEART is a tell-all chronicling an adolescence spent in Connecticut High School Hell. It tells the story of two star-crossed teenagers whose love faces many obstacles not the least of which being that they’re siblings. When their friends get involved, it’s only a matter of time until their suburban powder keg explodes and sets the whole world on fire.

WORDS, RAZORS, AND THE WOUNDED HEARTis a contemporary response to Jacobean Revenge Tragedies such as ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore, The Duchess of Malfi, and The Spanish Tragedy. The title is drawn from a line in the opening scene of Titus Andronicus. It is one of a number of adaptations produced by Less Than Rent Theatre, including Little Town Blues (inspired by Chekhov’s Three Sisters), Friends Don’t Let Friends (inspired by Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler), and Songs and Julie (based on Strindberg’s Miss Julie).


About the Company: Horse Trade Theater Group

HORSE TRADE THEATER GROUP is a self-sustaining theater development group; with a focus on new work that has produced a massive quantity of stimulating downtown theater. Horse Trade’s Resident Artist Program offers a home to a select group of Independent theater artists, pooling together a great deal of talent and energy. It is also the home of FRIGID New York – the first and only festival of its kind in New York City. In 2011 Horse Trade received the New York Innovative Theatre Ellen Stewart Stewardship Award for demonstrating a significant contribution to the Off-Off-Broadway community through service, support and leadership. 

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Your Boyfriend May Be Imaginary  | Open: 04/05/12 Close: 04/28/12
Horse Trade Theater Group will present The Management’s (Joshua Conkel’s MilkMilkLemonade; Crystal Skillman’s Cut) World Premiere of Larry Kunofsky’s (The Myths We Need; The Unmarrying Project; What To Do When You Hate All Your Friends) YOUR BOYFRIEND MAY BE IMAGINARY, April 5-28 at UNDER St. Marks (94 St. Marks Place between 1st Avenue and Avenue A). The production will be directed by Meg Sturiano (Cut; Lonesome Winter) and will feature Quinlan Corbett*, Darcy Folwer*, Geoffrey Hillback*, Kirsten Hopkins*, Maya Lawson*, Jordan Mahome*, Penny Middleton, Christopher Murrah*, Kunal Prasad, Ronica Reddick*, Debargo Sanyal*, and Risa Sarachan. The creative team will include Set Design by Kyle Dixon, Costume Design by Megan Hill, Sound Design by Meg Sturiano & Joe Varca, and Lighting Design by Grant Wilcoxen. The production will be Stage Managed by Kelly Ruth Cole. 
*Appearing courtesy of the Actors’ Equity Association. 
 
It’s a busy, happening Saturday night in the Big City, and everyone we know is having a party in their apartment. Apartments! Parties! People! Music! Dancing! Cell phones! Flashbulbs! Making Out! Longing. Your Boyfriend May Be Imaginary is a stylish and romantic party play about a group of 30-somethings negotiating their way through the pitfalls of coupledom.

About the Company: Horse Trade Theater Group

HORSE TRADE THEATER GROUP is a self-sustaining theater development group; with a focus on new work that has produced a massive quantity of stimulating downtown theater. Horse Trade’s Resident Artist Program offers a home to a select group of Independent theater artists, pooling together a great deal of talent and energy. It is also the home of FRIGID New York – the first and only festival of its kind in New York City. In 2011 Horse Trade received the New York Innovative Theatre Ellen Stewart Stewardship Award for demonstrating a significant contribution to the Off-Off-Broadway community through service, support and leadership. 

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Your Boyfriend May Be Imaginary  | Open: 04/05/12 Close: 04/28/12
Horse Trade Theater Group will present The Management’s (Joshua Conkel’s MilkMilkLemonade; Crystal Skillman’s Cut) World Premiere of Larry Kunofsky’s (The Myths We Need;The Unmarrying Project; What To Do When You Hate All Your Friends) YOUR BOYFRIEND MAY BE IMAGINARY, April 5-28 at UNDER St. Marks (94 St. Marks Place between 1st Avenue and Avenue A). The production will be directed by Meg Sturiano (Cut; Lonesome Winter) and will feature Quinlan Corbett*, Darcy Folwer*, Geoffrey Hillback*, Kirsten Hopkins*, Maya Lawson*, Jordan Mahome*, Penny Middleton, Christopher Murrah*, Kunal Prasad, Ronica Reddick*, Debargo Sanyal*, and Risa Sarachan. The creative team will include Set Design by Kyle Dixon, Costume Design by Megan Hill, Sound Design by Meg Sturiano & Joe Varca, and Lighting Design by Grant Wilcoxen. The production will be Stage Managed by Kelly Ruth Cole.

It’s a busy, happening Saturday night in the Big City, and everyone we know is having a party in their apartment. Apartments! Parties! People! Music! Dancing! Cell phones! Flashbulbs! Making Out! Longing. Your Boyfriend May Be Imaginary is a stylish and romantic party play about a group of 30-somethings negotiating their way through the pitfalls of coupledom.

*Appearing courtesy of the Actors' Equity Association


About the Company: Horse Trade Theater Group

HORSE TRADE THEATER GROUP is a self-sustaining theater development group; with a focus on new work that has produced a massive quantity of stimulating downtown theater. Horse Trade’s Resident Artist Program offers a home to a select group of Independent theater artists, pooling together a great deal of talent and energy. It is also the home of FRIGID New York – the first and only festival of its kind in New York City. In 2011 Horse Trade received the New York Innovative Theatre Ellen Stewart Stewardship Award for demonstrating a significant contribution to the Off-Off-Broadway community through service, support and leadership. 

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