SPEAKEASY: JOHN AND JANE'S ADVENTURES IN THE WONDERLAND

Genre: Musical
Written and Composed by Danny Ashkenasi, Directed by Lissa Moira

A fantastical musical of Prohibition-era NYC queer life written and composed by Danny Ashkenasi.

1929 - New York City. John and Jane Allison are newlyweds. Although they love each other, they have desires they haven’t even acknowledged to themselves, let alone explored. But after giving her neighbor Roberta White a kiss, Jane goes “down the rabbit hole,” entering the strange world of a Speakeasy, where time and space and identity don’t appear to follow conventional rules. On accepting a sexual proposition in a public men’s room, John mysteriously slides “through the looking glass,” and in one fantastical magical realist dream night, they explore their sexuality through the course of two simultaneous and intertwining magical adventures. Lewis Carroll’s literary characters and events from “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking Glass” are transformed into real-life historically-significant entertainers and events from NYC’s Prohibition-era queer culture, with whom Jane and John enjoy friendships and love affairs. After a night of speakeasies, buffet flat parties, police raids, drag balls, and a bizarre trial, will they reveal their “dreams” to each other and “speak easy” about their truths?

Speakeasy: John and Jane's Adventures in the Wonderland shares the sexual freedoms explored in the 1920s and 30s, and how those freedoms were ruined with the end of Prohibition. It is a love song to queer life in NYC and to forgotten entertainers such as Gene (Jean) Malin, the openly homosexual headline act of New York’s short-lived Pansy Craze of 1929; Vaudeville’s famous Dolly Sisters; the larger than life black lesbian singer Gladys Bentley of Harlem’s “Negro Vogue” fame; and the popular female impersonator Julian Eltinge, to name a few. The music in Speakeasy is based on various styles of the era, but with a modern twist, including Tin Pan Alley, showtunes, jazz, swing, cabaret, operetta as well as classical and agitprop strains of the time.

Lissa Moira directs a cast of 28, including Camille Atkinson, Torian Brackett, Anne Bragg, Tim Connell*, Nick DeFrancesco, Darcy Dunn, Rosalie Graziano*, Bevin Bell-Hall, Brian Michael Henry*, Dan Kelley, Marlena Mack, Rebecca Marquardt, Bri Molloy, Sarah Mostov, Matias Polar, Kristen Quinn, Allie Radice*, Nathan Richardson, Kayleigh Shuler, Cory Tarallo, Yeuris F. Taveras, Amanda Thomas, Tommy Vance, Zach Wachter, Desi Waters, and Kit Yan, with additional cast members to be announced shortly. Music direction by Jonathan Fox Powers.

Open:   02/18/16
Close:   03/13/16

Schedule:
Wednesdays-Saturdays at 8pm
Saturdays at 2pm
Sundays at 3pm:3/13/2016:
2/18/2016
2/19/2016
2/20/2016
2/21/2016
2/24/2016
2/25/2016
2/26/2016
2/27/2016
2/28/2016
3/2/2016
3/3/2016
3/4/2016
3/5/2016
3/6/2016
3/9/2016
3/10/2016
3/11/2016
3/12/2016
3/13/2016
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

Cost:$18
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