Genre: Festival
The undergroundzero Cooperative

A cooperative of NYC-based cutting-edge experimental theater companies and artists will present their work throughout July at the 2012 undergroundzero festival (Paul Bargetto, Artistic Director, Connie Hall, Executive Director). The festival will take place June 29-July 29 on 4 stages in the East Village and Brooklyn and outdoor sites throughout lower Manhattan. Weekly parties, panels, and new play readings will happen at festival headquarters: the legendary Living Theatre.

The festival presenters are veteran “hardcore downtown” independent artists who have formed the undergroundzero cooperative to improve the conditions for making work in NYC, and to host an artist-controlled international exchange and presenting platform. Together, these artists span multiple disciplines including theater, dance, multi-media and installation. Guest programming will include individual artists from Bulgaria, Romania, and Poland; fellow New Yorkers, The Assembly and Patrick Flynn; and the US premiere of the critically acclaimed B-Floor Theatre Company (Thailand).



Living Theatre: 21 Clinton Street between Houston and Stanton, Manhattan

Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center: Flamboyan Theater and Los Kabayitos:107 Suffolk Street at Rivington, Manhattan

JACK:505 1/2 Waverly Ave, Clinton Hill, Brooklyn

For advance ticket sales visit www.undergroundzeronyc.org.




Fri 6/29 @ The Living Theatre FREE

6:30pm:A Brief History of Avant Garde Theater in NYC

By Arnold Aronson with special guest Judith Malina

Columbia University professor Arnold Aronson provides historical context for the current experimental theater-making environment in NYC, with Judith Malina of the Living Theatre. 

7:30pm:The NEA 4 Revisited – Politics, Art & Culture War

Moderated by Paul Bargetto

A discussion with members of the original NEA 4. After twenty-two years where do we stand in the Culture Wars and what is the future of the National Endowment of the Arts?

9pm:Festival Opening Night Party

Celebrate with festival artists at the opening party with DJ and video art. An extra-special toast is planned for the supporters of the Kickstarter campaign! Free Admission.


Romanyeah – Live Video Performance

By Cinty Ionescu and the Romanian Cultural Institute in New York.

Music by Brennan Green - Sat 6/30 @ 9pm & Sun 7/1 @ 7pm at the Living Theatre $20

Take a walk on the wild East side with Romanian video artist Cinty Ionescu (winner of the 2011 Excellence in Video Design award at the NY International Fringe Festival) as she weaves an immersive video and musical journey through contemporary Romania. http://cintyionescu.weebly.com


Talk show: common ground

Tuesdays, July 3, 10, 17, & 24 @ 7:30 pm at Clemente Soto Velez in the Kabyitos Theater FREE

Meet the undergroundzero artists and their guests in a live-streamed talk show hosted by Artistic Director Paul Bargetto and Saviana Stanescu. 


Dance party: latenightzero

Saturdays, July 7, 14, 21, & 28 @ 11pm at the Living Theatre FREE

A late night dance party with guest DJs and VJs.  Boogie down with the avant garde at the legendary Living Theatre. 


New play readings: playgroundzero

Curated by Saviana Stanescu

Sundays, July 8, 15, 22, & 29 @ 1pm at Clemente Soto Velez in the Kabyitos Theater $5

playgroundzero is a series of works-in-progress play readings curated by playwright Saviana Stanescu. This year Saviana has selected four cutting-edge women playwrights including Dawn Saito, Cecilia Copeland, Penny Jackson, and Pamela Jackson. Each presentation will be followed by a talkback with the artists. www.saviana.com




The Gospel of St Matthew

Presented by the Living Theatre & East River Commedia

Thu 7/5, Fri 7/6, & Sat 7/7 & 7:30pm; Sun 7/8 @ 5pm at the Living Theatre $20

Director Paul Bargetto collaborates with the Living Theatre to stage the life of Jesus Christ as told in the Gospel of Saint Matthew inspired by Pier Paolo Passolini’s 1964 film Il Vangelo Secondo Matteo. www.eastriver.org www.livingtheatre.org


Trace of Purple Sadness

Presented by LEIMAY Ximena Garnica and Shige Moriya

Thu 7/5, Fri 7/6, & Sat 7/7 @ 8pm; Sat 7/7 & Sun 7/8 @ 5pm at Clemente Soto Velez in the Flamboyan Theater $20

Meditative dance and poetic video design unify in a mesmerizing experience constructed by LEIMAY, the duo behind CAVE, The NY Butoh Festival and the Soak Festival. www.leimay.org


DEBT!  A Series of Performative Lectures on Debt

Curated and produced by Paul Bargetto, Amiel Melnick & April Sweeney

Fri 7/6, Sat 7/7, Thu 7/12, Fri 7/13, Sat 7/14, Fr 7/20, & Sat 7/21 @ 7:30pm

Sun 7/15, & 7/22 @ 5:30pm - C.S.V. in the Kabayitos Theater FREE

An experimental lecture series on debt.  Five artists from Eastern Europe paired with five American scholars will present their collaborative research in a series of performative lectures on the nature, history and meaning of debt. www.undergroundzeronyc.org


Little West 12th Night

Conceived by Rachel Murdy & written by Peter Lettre

Original workshop created in collaboration with Stephanie Dodd, Cynthia Croot, & members of Conni’s Avant Garde Restaurant $25

Sun 7/8, Mon 7/9, Sun 7/15, Mon 7/16, Sun 7/22, Mon 7/23, & Sun 7/29 @ 8pm

Mon 7/30 @ 7am

A tour of the Chelsea Meat Packing District based on Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night.  Note: Wear comfortable walking shoes. Meeting point will be sent at time of purchase. Cake will be served. www.avantgarderestaurant.com



Presented by Patrick Flynn

Sun July 8, 15, & 22 @ 9pm at C.S.V. in the Flamboyan Theater $20

Serversis a live play for television in three installments that explores the stranglehold technology has over public privacy, and a plan that leaves an entire television network in the dark. Inspired by early television artists of the 1950s Rod Serling and John Frankenheimer, the play will be live broadcast on public access television and the Internet. 



Directed by Anna Brenner

Wed 7/11, Thu 7/12, Fri 7/13 & Sat 7/14 @ 7:30pm, Sat 7/14 @ 5pm & Sun 7/15 @ 5pm at The Living Theatre $20

A new play by undergroundzero resident artist Anna Brenner inspired by The Master and Margarita, Fernando Pessoa, and her upstairs neighbor. www.annabrenner.com


Cho H Cho

Presented by One-Eighth, Directed by Daniel Irizarry

Wed 7/11, Thu 7/12, Fri 7/13 & Sat 7/14 @ 8pm, Sat 7/14 @ 5pm & Sun 7/15 @ 5pm at C.S.V. in the Flamboyan Theater $20

Cho H Cho'is an original theater collage created by the new theater collective One-Eighth directed by downtown all-star Daniel Irizarry. The play explores and observes the culture and values of globalized consumption through the lens of quantum physics, DaDa, Artaud, and the loving and violent extremes of the body. www.facebook.com/OneEighth



By Bertolt Brecht.  A Hoi Polloi production, directed by Alec Duffy

July 12 - August 5, Thu - Sun @ 8pm

JACK, 505 1/2 Waverly Ave, Clinton Hill, Brooklyn

OBIE Award-winning theater company Hoi Polloi inaugurates its new Brooklyn performance space, JACK, with Bertolt Brecht's first play, Baal, about a self-destructive poet who incites chaos wherever he goes.  Helmed by Artistic Director Alec Duffy (Three Pianos, Shadows), the immersive production features an ensemble of seven actors taking on thirty roles, with set design by Mimi Lien and music by Steven Leffue. www.hoipolloiworld.com www.jackny.org


Untitled Radio Play

Directed by Shannon Sindelar.  Sound design by Erik T. Lawson

Location and times TBD

Director Shannon Sindelar (31 Down, Incubator Arts Project) stages an outdoor public installation/performance using live broadcast radio and audience interaction in a celebration of John Cage’s one hundredth birthday. 



Presented by The Assembly

Wed 7/25, Thu 7/26, Fri 7/27, & Sat 7/28 @ 8pm, Sat 7/28 at 4pm & Sun 7/29 @ 5pm at the Living Theatre $18

A reprise of the Assembly’s critically acclaimed play on the Weather Underground. Disgusted by the Vietnam War and rampant inequality at home, a handful of leaders from the 1960s U.S. student movement seized control of Students for a Democratic Society and reshaped it in the name of overthrowing the United States' government. Based on real events, HOME / SICK explores the Weather Underground's inspiration and idealism, infighting and ultimate disintegration, in a passionate examination of collective action. www.assemblytheater.org



Presented by B-Floor Theatre Company (Bangkok, Thailand)

Wed 7/25, Thu 7/26, Fri 7/27, & Sat 7/28 @ 8pm, Sat 7/28 @ 5pm & Sun 7/29 @ 5pm at C.S.V. in the Flamboyan Theater $20

The US Premiere of the latest production by B-Floor, hailed in the Bangkok press as “Thailand’s most active and vibrant physical theatre company.” Oxygen is a visual, movement and multimedia exploration of Thailand’s tumultuous political situation from 2010 to the present. The performance explores a nation deprived of the oxygen of free expression. www.bfloortheatre.com

Open:   06/29/12
Close:   07/29/12

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Theater:   Living Theatre
Address:   21 Clinton Street
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