|'THE ORIGINS OF BROADWAY: RISE OF NEW YORK'S EARLY THEATER SCENE'
| Open: 07/22/21 Close: 07/22/21
While Broadway is widely considered one of the top theatrical destinations in the world, have you ever wondered what came before it? And why, and how, New York City became the theater capital of America? This is the story of New York's earliest theaters and how they transformed a city once fixated on only business and trade into dedicated to culture and the arts. Join New York Adventure Club as we explore the evolution of New York's theater industry through the mid 1800s, and the actors, production managers, and playwrights who helped pave the way for modern-day Broadway to rise.
|AFTERPARTY: THE ROTHKO STUDIO
| Open: 06/27/19 Close: 06/30/19
Afterparty will explore downtown artists, peeling back their stories to reveal multiple layers of NYC history before the former studio is converted into commercial space later this summer.
Peculiar Works Project’s creative team is designing an intimate, promenade journey through the historic architecture and artistic legacy of the building. Along the way, multi-disciplinary performances will reinterpret the legendary art parties attended by artworld luminaries—Jasper Johns, John Giorno, William S. Burroughs, Eve Hesse, Jonas Mekas, Roy Lichtenstein, LeRoi Jones, Diane DiPrima, Sol LeWitt, Andy Warhol, and more—against the backdrop of Rothko’s struggle between achieving success and selling out. Audiences and performers will sit around a table together in the paint-splattered space and experience a theatrical conjuring of artistic ghosts whose impact echoes till this day.
Directed by Ralph Lewis, choreographed by Rachel Cohen, composed by Maria Dessena, adapted by Barry Rowell, dramaturg Barbara Yoshida, story by S.M. Dale, and concept by Kim Depole & Catherine Porter. Produced by Peculiar Works Project.
| Open: 03/26/15 Close: 04/11/15
On the plains of West Texas in 1927, the small town of Floydada is home to two middle-aged sisters: Dalia, an artist forced to return due to a terminal illness, and Ada, the dutiful caretaker. Not satisfied to sit around and wait for the end, Dalia shakes up the mundane existence of her sister by convincing her to open a Dada-inspired cabaret in the family’s recently closed general store. Revitalized by their creative impulses, the sisters entertain their unsuspecting rural neighbors with original, avant-garde performance. Floydada was a finalist in the 2011 Texas Playwrights Festival.
Peculiar Works Project (Ralph Lewis, Catherine Porter and Barry Rowell) will present the World Premiere of Barry Rowell’s Floydada directed by David Vining (The Blue Puppies Cycle at The Chocolate Factory; Cracked at HERE) and featuring Catherine Porter (Mac Wellman’s Crowbar at Victory Theatre; member of Indie Theatre Now’s Hall of Fame) and Nomi Tichman. The creative team will include Projection Designs by Lianne Arnold (Associate Designer on Julie Taymor’s A Midsummer Nights Dream at Theater for a New Audience), Original Music by Seth Bedford, Lighting Design by David Castaneda (Irina’s Vow on Broadway), Set and Prop Design by Casey McLain, Costume Design by Bryen Shannon, and Choreography by Kriota Wilberg (The Bentfootes at Dixon Place), with Stage Manager Heather Olmstead. The play will be presented in a found space at the Merchants Square Building (40 Worth Street between West Broadway and Church Street), March 26-April 11. Performances will be Wednesday through Saturday at 7pm with an additional performance on Monday, March 30 at 7pm. Tickets ($18; $10 previews) are available online at www.peculiarworks.org or by calling 866-811-4111. The performance runs 90 minutes, with no intermission.
|OFF Stage: the West Village Fragments
| Open: 09/21/06 Close: 10/07/06
A site-specific multi-venue performance that will travel along historic West Village streets. Along the way, short scenes from over a dozen landmark Off-Off Broadway plays will reawaken the actual sites where they premiered. There will also be original performances between stops. A special treat for lovers of theater and the history of Greenwich Village. Equally recommended for New Yorkers and tourists alike. Suitable for ages 13 and up.
A company of 50 actors.
14 directors will include: Tim Cusack, Mark Finley, Julie Hamberg, Jeff Janisheski, Ralph Lewis, Anna McHugh, Chris Mirto, Renee Philippi, Barry Rowell, Gabriel Shanks, David Vining, and Miriam Weiner
Will include: Kenneth Brown (The Brig); Diane di Prima (Monuments); Rosalyn Drexler, with music by Al Carmines (Home Movies); Maria Irene Fornes (The Successful Life of 3); Paul Foster (The Recluse); Robert Heide (The Bed; West of the Moon); William M. Hoffman (Goodnight, I Love You); Claris Nelson (The Rue Garden); Richard Schechner and The Performance Group (Dionysus 69); Sam Shepard (Red Cross); Gertrude Stein, with music by Al Carmines (In Circles); Doric Wilson (And He Made A Her); and Lanford Wilson (The Madness of Lady Bright).
Stops will include:
Site or location of the following: Caffe Cino, Provincetown Playhouse, Washington Square Methodist Church, Judson Memorial Church, Circle-in-the-Square (Downtown), Cherry Lane Theater, Sheridan Square Playhouse, Jefferson Market Garden (Women's House of Detention).