Genre: Drama, Lesbian+Gay, Musical
barbara kahn

Theater for the New City proudly presents the world premiere of Birds on Fire, a historical musical drama written and directed by Barbara Kahn. Music by Allison Tartalia. Puppet design by Candice Burridge. Musical Direction and Choreography by Robert Gonzales, Jr. Birds on Fire portrays what might have been the lives of four unidentified victims of the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in Greenwich Village. The production is part of the commemoration of the 100 year anniversary of the disaster. Featuring Zoe Anastassiou, Robert Gonzales, Jr., Gusta Johnson, Tommy Kearney, Benjamin Pike, Anna Podolak, Sarah Shankman, Noelle Tate, Brian F Waite and Amanda Yachechak. Allison Tartalia joins the cast on April 7. Set and lighting design by Mark Marcante, costume design by Alice J Garland, sound design by Joy Linscheid. Graphic design by Virginia Asman. March 17 – April 3, 2011. Thurs - Sat at 8 P.M., Sun at 3 P.M.  Tickets: $12. 212-254-1109. 155 1st Ave@ 10th St. Subway: L to 1st Ave, 6 to Astor Place. Wheelchair accessible.


Birds on Fire uses life-size puppets to portray the people in power—factory owner, architect, superintendent of buildings, city alderman—contrasting with the immigrant Jewish and Italian employees. Two women, childhood friends from Eastern Europe in America for five years, have dreams of a better life beyond the factory. They help a recent arrival from Eastern Europe who tries hard to adjust to her new and difficult life in America. The young Italian seaman who helped her on the dock jumps ship to find this woman he loved “at first sight.” The lives of these four converge in the Triangle Factory. They work hard, play hard during their precious hours of relaxation and share their hopes, dreams and love. The tragic fire that is the climax of the play steals from them their future as well as their past.

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:   03/17/11
Close:   04/10/11

March 17-April 10 2011, Thursday - Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 3pm
Theater:   Theater for the New City
Address:   155 First Avenue
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