13th Street Repertory

Todays Date: 09/29/22
Last Update: 02/15/18 10:07:48 AM

Address: 50 W 13th Street
New York, NY    10011

Phone: 675-6677
Location: South side of 13th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues
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Closest subway: F to 14th St. Walk south one block to 13th, then east to theatre -- 4,5,6, N, R to 14th St. Walk south one block to 13th, then west to theatre

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STAGE HAPPENING: S.C.U.M. THE VALERIE SOLANAS STORY  | Open: 03/25/18 Close: 03/25/18
—Staged Happening—


New York, NY: The radical ideas of Valerie Solanas explode in “S.C.U.M.: The Valerie Solanas Story,” a play by Kat Georges, directed by Peter Carlaftes. The work will receive its New York premiere in a staged happening at the Lower East Side’s Dixon Place on Sunday, March 25, 7pm.  Tickets available at https://scum-nyc-premiere.eventbrite.com.


Solanas, author of the notorious S.C.U.M Manifesto—which foreshadowed the #metoo movement 50 years ago—shot and seriously injured famed pop artist Andy Warhol on June 3, 1968. The play explores Solanas’ radical views through the lens of a Factory “happening” featuring a cast of “Superstars,” art critics, and outsiders. Furiously-paced and punctuated with slicing humor, whip dances, and anarchist ideals, “S.C.U.M.” cuts through façades to capture the spirit and value of artistic imagination.


A Three Rooms Press production, “S.C.U.M.: The Valerie Solanas Story,” is the opening play in Georges’ THREE SOMEBODIES: Plays About Notorious Dissidents (978-1-941110-54-6; Three Rooms Press; March 2018; $19.95), a trio of fascinating, cutting edge plays inspired by people who shook up the world—for better or worse. In addition to “S.C.U.M,” the collection includes “Art Was Here,” inspired by poet-pugilist and Dada precursor Arthur Cravan, and “Jack the Rapper,” a mash-up of Jack the Ripper and T. S. Eliot. Copies of the book will be available at the reading for purchase and signing.


Cast members include Leah Bachar as Valerie Solanas, as well as Lois Kagan Mingus, Jane LeCroy, Jerry Goralnick, and Peter Collier.

A limited number of VIP tickets are available for $20, and include premium seating and an autographed copy of THREE SOMEBODIES. General Admission is $12. Tickets may be purchased in advance: https://scum-nyc-premiere.eventbrite.com.

For additional information, including a review copy of the play and assistance with interviews, please email info@threeroompress.com.

PERVERSION: AN ALLEGORY OF MODERN AMERICA  | Open: 03/30/17 Close: 04/30/17
Into a quiet urban home come two strangers on a sinister mission they don’t disclose.  They frighten some, entertain others, and refuse to leave.  As the home invasion worsens, their hosts reveal some twists of their own.  In a dark and surreal evening of fantasy, farce and betrayal, you should be forewarned: It’s about something real.  A scathing political satire of the America we lived through and where we still live today.

From playwright Judson Blake
“I chose to write an allegory because I believe naturalistic theater is inadequate to approach the impersonal crimes of our age.  Traditionally the crime of murder takes dramatic moment from some relationship between the killer and the victim.  But what if there is no relationship?  What if the victims are faceless and the killer protected by lies thoughtlessly believed?  And what if this lack of vision makes murder all the more tolerable to our society?  It is my belief that only drama of a different kind can hold a picture up to the world of crimes the world has accepted and even praised

The cast of eight includes Harry Bainbridge, Daniel Cuff, Tony Del Bono, Dana Jesberger, Irina Kaplan, Robert Lewis, Andy Nordin and Jenn Susi.

The Accidental Pervert  | Open: 07/05/13 Close: 07/27/13
Accidental Pervert is the true, hilarious accounting of one boy’s odyssey to manhood.  An 11-year-old boy finds his father’s collection of X-rated videos hidden in a bedroom closet and subsequently develops an addiction to pornography that continues until the age of 26, when he meets his wife to be.  Examiner.com calls it “funny but poignant and sweet!” Michael Musto of Village Voice insists “Go see this show!”  Now playing at the 13th Street Repertory theatre. Visit AccidentalPervert.com for more info.

The Accidental Pervert  | Open: 01/25/13 Close: 06/29/13
The Accidental Pervert is a critically acclaimed story about an innocent boy who accidentally discovers his father's secret collection of XXX-Rated video tapes. Goodbye innocence. Hello hilarious Off-Broadway show.

On his odyssey to manhood, Andrew Goffman takes his audience on a very funny and self-deprecating journey into a world of video vixens, X-Rated fantasies, and REALLY dirty movies with no redeeming value whatsoever. He found the tapes at 11 years-of-age. The addiction controlled him until he was 26. 
The year he met his wife.

What I'm Failing To Learn  | Open: 05/15/13 Close: 06/22/13
 What I’m Failing to Learn is a personal journey of a child colored by both positives and negatives of growing up unsheltered from certain truths of our human world.  As 14-year-old singer songwriter Schuyler Iona Press learns, truth holds both comedy and tragedy, but most importantly, truth holds hope.

William Shakespeare's Macbeth  | Open: 10/19/11 Close: 10/31/11
The Beautiful Soup Theater Collective, whose Alice in Wonderland enjoyed an Off-Broadway run at The SoHo Playhouse, returns to the New York stage with their production William Shakespeare's MACBETH at 13th Street Repertory, opening October 19th and running through Halloween evening, October 31st. A portion of box office proceeds will benefit The Fortune Society for Prisoner Reform. 
The Fortune Society, founded by theatre producer David Rothenberg (Fortune and Men's Eyes), strives to support successful re-entry from prison and to promote alternatives to incarcerations, thus strengthening the fabric of our communities. 
The production, directed by Steven Carl McCasland (Alice in Wonderland, Crossing Brooklyn, The WSXR Players' Twelfth Night) stars John Johmann and Tracy Jennissen (Sugar doesn't live here...). Macbeth as the murderous and power-hungry central couple. Set in Chicago, 1959, press notes bill the production as "an intimate, 2-hour look at one of the Bard's bloodiest plays. Set in Chicago, 1959 and using the music of Frank Sinatra and Henry Mancini, MACBETH is filled with lust, greed and revenge. Beautiful Soup stains 13th Street Rep red with blood in a production inspired by the films of the era. It's 1959 and Mackie is back in town."
Johmann and Jennissen are joined by Leonardo Abraham, Lena August Charles Baker, Mallory Berlin, Salvatore Casto, Dom Crincoli, Courtney de la Rigaudiere, Spencer Gold, Laurie Jill, Leo Kubota, Rory Allan Meditz, Kathleen Moran and Christopher Stokes. Anna Grace Carter (Kissless at NYMF) serves as Production Stage Manager. Ellyn Stein serves as Fight Director and Choreographer to the extreme hand-to-hand combat, with choreography from McCasland and Kathleen Gubitosi.
The 2-hour production, running from October 19th through October 31st, operates on a rep schedule: Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7pm, Fridays and Saturdays at 9:30pm and Sundays at 3pm. A special closing performance on Monday, October 31st, at 7pm will be followed by a costume ball. Join the Weird Sisters and bob for apples and party the holiday away with Beautiful Soup at Hecate's Club. 
Each performance is presented with a ten-minute intermission, during which Hecate's Girls and Boys will take the stage. A wide array of New York burlesque performers, including Dot Mitzvah and Kitty Katstrophe, along with MACBETH cast-member Dom Crincoli (Lord Ross) in a lounge act inspired by Old Blue Eyes.
The 13th Street Repertory Company, founded in 1972 by Artistic Director Edith O'Hara, provides a place for actors, directors, playwrights and technicians to develop their craft in a caring, nurturing, professional environment. Anywhere between five to seven shows run weekly, including children's shows and the New Works Reading Series on weekends. The 13th Street Repertory Company is home to the longest running Off-Off-Broadway play, Israel Horovitz' LINE, now in its 38th year, and is a proud member of the Heart of Off-Broadway. THe theater is located at 50 West 13th Street, between 5th and 6th avenues.
Tickets, $25.00 ($30 on Halloween) are available at http://beautifulsoup.showclix.com. A $5.00 discount for students and seniors is available at the door, one hour prior to curtain. To learn more about the Collective, visit www.beautifulsouptheatercollective.org.


Line  | Open: 02/11/11 Close: 02/26/11
LINE, Israel Horovitz’s classic, existential, dark comedy explores these questions in this biting, absurdist allegory that perfectly satirizes the now-timeless theme of America’s constant desire and struggle to be in first place.

Currently the longest-running play in New York City, Israel Horovitz's LINE is now in its 37th year at our theatre. Line has been translated into over 35 languages and performed in over 25 countries; well over 100,000 theatregoers have laughed at this outrageous comedy!

LINE "In Living Color" by Israel Horovitz premieres with an all African American cast honoring Black History Month @ 13th Street Repertory Theater, 50 West 13th Street, NY 10011. Performance dates: Feb 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26 (Fridays and Saturdays) at 9:30pm.

Directed by: Serina Sanusi

A stellar cast consisting of:
Lamar K. Cheston "Arnall"
Dike Uzoukwu "Stephen"
Eden Marryshow "Dolan"
Michelle Walker "Molly"
Vincent Parker "Fleming"

Feeling Sorry For Roman Polanksi  | Open: 06/07/10 Close: 06/08/10
Singing telegram delivery man Bink Waverly and his wife Myrna are two people trapped on a treadmill of lower middle class existence when the question of forgiveness knocks them off. A freakish accident at Bink's "fun job" turns their world upside down and forces them to question what they hold most dear. As Bink and Myrna struggle to save their marriage and stave off financial ruin, the film director Roman Polanski becomes a focal-point for them in understanding their lives. A comic tragedy that is starkly poignant while reminiscent of classics like Laurel & Hardy and The Honeymooners, feeling sorry for roman POLANSKI is a visceral, contemporary work.

 This summer, TACO Dog Productions and Sideway Theater Company are joining forces to present feeling sorry for roman POLANSKI at Theatre Asylum, part of the inaugural Hollywood Fringe 2010.

New York previews of feeling sorry for roman POLANSKI are June 7th & 8th at the Thirteenth Street Repertory Theater.

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No Exit  | Open: 04/14/10 Close: 04/24/10
No Exit is a 1944 existential masterpiece by Jean-Paul Sartre; Three strangers, Vincent Cradeau, Inéz Serrano and Estelle Delaunay, find themselves in hell; they are escorted, one by one, into a room by a mysterious bellboy, who fails to reveal what they are to expect for the rest of eternity. Little by little, the plot thickens as they become more and more aware of themselves, each other, and the reason why the three of them were put together.

Cast includes: Kuros Charney, Claire Epstein, Elian Zach, Adam Samtur.

Directed by: Malinda Sorci.

Produced by: Sivan Hadari, Elian Zach.  

Wednesday-Saturday, April 14-24 at 7:00pm.Thirteenth Street Repertory 50 West 13th Street New York, NY 10011.            

Tickets are a recommended minimum of $15; we will happily accept any further generous donation, as all of our proceeds will go to WWW.PIPHAITI.COM: Partners in Progress' mission is to help the organized poor of Haiti help themselves to increase human capacity for living with dignity by promoting and advancing a Fondwa community model of sustainable rural development through educational outreach and resource networking. To purchase tickets, visit: www.marblebathproductions.com

A Human Shield  | Open: 10/03/08 Close: 11/02/08
Winner of the 2007 New Works of Merit Playwriting Contest makes its premiere at the 13th Street Repertory Theatre.

It's 2010. As the Grant family comes together for their traditional New Year's Eve celebration, the United States is on the verge of war. Their ongoing political differences escalate when Dad and twin daughters each share life-changing news. The family struggles to remain supportive of each other while still holding true to their personal views, but nothing could have prepared this politically-charged family for the events that would follow.

We hope you make it to this exciting new production, which seems especially relevant in our current heated political environment.

No More Waiting the Musical!  | Open: 05/23/08 Close: 06/29/08
No More Waiting, a new musical comedy, follows five actors at their day jobs--waiting tables at a sleazy cabaret. Tired of waiting for someone else to discover their talent, they throw down their aprons and take over the stage, creating a world of romance, laughter, and dreams fulfilled!
Nunchuck Ninja Nuns  | Open: 03/14/08 Close: 04/26/08
This is a hilarious comedy about how distorted reality is and the
strangeness of living in a world with so many rules and so few morals.
Join Jesus, Mary, frat boys, zany psychologists, communist poets, and
a bunch of nunchuck-swinging nuns in their crusade to find
enlightenment. Or at least a little sump'n-sump'n.
Set up in a sketch comedy format akin to Upright Citizen's Brigade, and Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind. Recalls elements of Christopher Durang.
spurn  | Open: 10/04/06 Close: 10/21/06
spurn debuts in the West Village!

Produced by Ross A. McIntyre & Neil Trivedi, an all-new multimedia production of spurn debuts at the 13th Street Repertory Company, 50 W. 13th Street between 5th & 6th Aves, on Wednesday, October 4th!

After a year+ hiatus, sketch comedy veterans spurn return to the stage. Under the new direction of acclaimed independent filmmaker Neil Turitz ( Two Ninas, Knots) spurn continues their tradition of "hard-edged, envelope pushing, vaguely absurdist" ( NYTheater.com) comedy that will no doubt "leave the audience gasping for breath between guffaws as relentlessly funny skits whip past." (The Village Voice). Premiering in 2001, spurn has been presenting madcap whimsy the likes of which America has never seen. Disturbing and hilarious, spurn is a dark carnival of pathos and merriment. Their signature blend of bitter angst and sharp social commentary goes down easy and works with Atkins. And we're funny. Did we mention that?

Directed by Mr. Turitz, the returning cast of spurn features the extremely talented Lara Jane Dunatov, Matt Klan, Ross A. McIntyre, Bethany Sacks and Jennifer Spragg, and warmly welcomes our newest hotheads, Kristen Rozanski and Eric Zuckerman.

spurn will perform Wednesdays Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:00 p.m. from October 4th through the 21st, 2006 . Running time is approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes. Tickets are $20 for general admission. For advance purchase, please visit theatermania.com. For further information, please call 212-760-4788. And don�t forget to check out spurn-nyc.com.

And if you haven't, check out spurn's latest two video podcast uploads, "Birth Control" and "Because My Tivo Said So," at the iTunes Music Store, feeds4all.com, digitalpodcast.com, podcastdirectory.com and many other podcast download sites.

Make sure you purchase early, we tend to sell out quickly.

TROIKA: God, Tolstoy and Sophia  | Open: 04/27/06 Close: 06/17/06
TROIKA: God, Tolstoy and Sophia, tells the story of the final days of Leo Tolstoy, one of the world's great novelists, best known for his literary masterpieces War and Peace and Anna Karenina. TROIKA uncovers the personal and private side of the venerable Russian author, giving us a glimpse into the troubled life of one of the 19th century's major literary figures. Socialist ideals and family loyalty clash as an ill and aging Tolstoy renounces his possessions while Sophia, his desperate and angry wife, tries to prevent the loss of her inheritance. Peter Levy's well-researched account of Tolstoy's life, work, and death creates a complex and revealing portrait of a man who Virginia Wolfe once dubbed, "The greatest of all novelists."
JJ Baron in Concert  | Open: 01/18/06 Close: 01/18/06
Americana Singer / Songwriter JJ Baron throws Jazz, R&B and Rock into his sound... a voice for this generation.

"... feels like being at The Gaslight in 1961" -R.A. Van Vleet

Discount coupon: www.nytheatre.com

Toby  | Open: 08/18/05 Close: 08/26/05
Toby is a dark comedy concerning love, paranoia, the acting profession, and Samuel Beckett... The two characters in the play, Toby and Toby, are desperate New York actors who accept an opportunity to perform Waiting for Godot in the woods of Vermont thinking it a wonderful chance to prove themselves and hone their craft. However, they soon discover they are trapped in a never-ending production where the producer has disappeared, they're being stalked by an unknown force, and their audience continues to dwindle.
2005 Short Play Festival  | Open: 07/21/05 Close: 07/30/05
13th Street Rep's 2005 Short Play Festival

Featuring new and seasoned playwrights. The various plays include comedy, drama, satire, and anything in between, running from 10-20 minutes each.

Each presentation will include a minimum of 7 plays.

Knock On Wood  | Open: 05/17/05 Close: 06/11/05
A one-man show about Calderon's experiences as a combat solider in the Yom Kippur War, the special friendship he developed with another soldier, his ability to show empathy towards all soldiers including those on the "enemy" side and his process of healing.
Martinex  | Open: 05/20/05 Close: 06/04/05
This comical yet poingent story of one immigrant's bumpy road to becoming a US citizen explores issues of identity with one's homeland and assimilation.
Line  | Open: 02/19/75 Close: 02/19/75
The longest running play in Off-Off-Broadway history. Entering its 32dn year at our theatre. Israel Horovitz's play centers on five people as they wait in a line with no apparent purpose. Translated into over 35 languages and performed in over 25 countries. Well over 100,000 theatergoers have laughed at this outrageous comedy