Genre: Musical
book, lyrics, direction by Chrystal Field, music composed & arranged by Joseph Vernon Banks

The title refers to tap as in wiretap. It's a play inspired by the Patriot Act and other recent government shenanigans that have been taking away our freedoms to protect our liberties. Government wiretaps have had our federal administration doing plenty of the Texas Two-Step, and all this dancing and whitewashing is gorgeous material for a musical. In this one, the whole company of 25 performers will tap dance. The whitewashing will all be done with suds.

The company of 25 actors, twelve crew members, two assistant directors and five live musicians shares the challenge of performing outside and holding a large, non-captive
audience. The music varies in style from Bossa Nova to Gilbert & Sullivan.

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:   08/05/06
Close:   09/17/06

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S C H E D U L E:

Sat, August 5th - 2 PM - Manhattan
TNC, East 10th Street at 1st Avenue

Sun, August 6th - 2 PM - East Harlem
Courtney Callendar Playground,
130th Street at 5th Avenue

Sat, August 12th - 2 PM - Manhattan
St. Marks Church, E. 10th St. at 2nd Ave.

Sun, August 13th - 2 PM - Brooklyn
Herbert Von King Park at Marcy & Tompkins

Fri, August 18th - 8 PM - Brooklyn
Coney Island Boardwalk at W. 10th St.

Sat, August 19th - 2 PM - Bronx
St. Mary's Park at 147th St. & St. Ann's Ave.

Sun, August 20th - 2 PM - Manhattan
Central Park Bandshell, 72nd Street Crosswalk

Sat, August 26th - 2 PM - Brooklyn
Prospect Park Concert Grove

Sun, August 27th - 2 PM - Staten Island
Clove Lake Park

Sat, September 9th - 2 PM - Manhattan
Wise Towers at W. 90th St. bet. - Columbus & Amsterdam

Sun, September 10th - 2 PM - Queens
Travers Park, Jackson Heights
(34th Ave. betw. 77th and 78th Sts.)

Sat, September 16th - 2 PM - Manhattan
Tompkins Square Park at E. 7th St. and Ave. A

Sun, September 17th - 2 PM - Manhattan
Washington Square Park

Theater:   Varous places in the five boroughs
New York, NY
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Cost:$15.00, $10.00 Students and Seniors or Call: at 212-254-1109
Company: Theater For The New City         Official Web Site: www.theaterforthenewcity.net