Genre: Festival


by Sarah Provost (creator, puppetry director), Eric Novak (creator, design director) and Elyas Khan (composer, musical director, narrator). 12/1 -12/3 at 9:30; 12/4 at 4:30.

"The Adventures of Charcoal Boy" is a fantastical musical theater piece in which organic and industrial objects are brought to life as puppets. The story follows a tree branch, struck by lightning, who wakes to an unfamiliar world. This charred stick begins his journey, yearning to be a tree again. When he learns to draw with his charred feet, his seeming predicament proves to be a useful talent.

by Karen Kandel. 12/1 - 12/3 at 8:00 pm; 12/4 at 3:00.

"Portraits - Night & Day" is the first in a series of intimate journeys into the lives of a family of women. Embracing unconscious connections to ancestor spirits where time has no meaning. Portraits..." is a multi-scale installation/performance piece with masks, objects, lots of fabric, text, movement and music ranging in style from the literal to the abstract.

by Amanda Maddock. 12/8 & 12/10 at 9:30; 12/9 & 12/11 at 8:00.

"Mrs. Wright's Escape" is a full-length puppet show regaling some of the history of architect Frank Lloyd Wright, his wife Olgivanna, his family, and his architecture school known as the Taliesin Fellowship. The show features tabletop puppetry, a few shadows, object manipulation, and live music all presented from the perspective of the Taliesin "apprentices."

12/8 & 12/10 at 8:00; 12/9 at 9:30; 12/11 at 4:30.

In a society built on lechery and deceit - where love is rewarded with lies, and corruption rules the day - one nose has the courage to cut itself off from its face to spite its man and strike out on its own.

"The Nose" is conceived and directed by Alissa Mello, with puppet design by Michael Kelly, and story adaptation by Andy Roth.

5. "Puppet Art Attacks" 12/11 at 8:00 (special price: $5)
A puppetry slam of 3-5 minute "short works of genius" by a variety of puppet artists.

About the Company: Theater For The New City

THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY (TNC) is a Pulitzer Prize winning community cultural center that is known for its high artistic standards and widespread community service. One of New York’s most prolific theatrical organizations, TNC produces 30-40 premieres of new American plays per year, at least 10 of which are by emerging and young playwrights. Many influential theater artists of the last quarter century have found TNC’s Resident Theater Program instrumental to their careers, among them Sam Shepard, Moises Kaufman, Richard Foreman, Charles Busch, Maria Irene Fornes, Miguel Piñero and Academy Award Winners Tim Robbins and Adrien Brody. TNC also presents plays by multi-ethnic/multi-disciplinary theater companies who have no permanent home. Among the well-known companies that have been presented by TNC are Mabou Mines, the Living Theater, Bread and Puppet Theater, the San Francisco Mime Troupe and the Ma-Yi Theater Company, which won an OBIE Award for its 1996 TNC production, FLIPZOIDS. TNC also produced the Yangtze Repertory Company’s 1997 production of BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATH, which was the only play ever produced in America by Gao Xingjian before he won the 2000 Nobel Prize for Literature. TNC seeks to develop theater audiences and inspire future theater artists from the often-overlooked low-income minority communities of New York City by producing minority writers from around the world and by bringing the community into theater and theater into the community through its many free Festivals. TNC productions have won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and over 40 OBIE Awards for excellence in every theatrical discipline. TNC is also the only Theatrical Organization to have won the Mayor's Stop The Violence award.

Open:   12/01/05
Close:   12/11/05

Thursday-Saturday at 8:00 & 9:30pm
Sunday at 3pm 4:30pm & 8pm
Theater:   Theater For The New City
Address:   155 First Avenue
New York, NY 10009
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Take the L train to 1st Avenue or the 6 train to Astor Place

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