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DANGEROUS WHEN WET & I FAVOR MY DADDY  | Open: 06/20/19 Close: 06/20/19
Four-time Moth storytelling champion Jamie Brickhouse returns to the Queerly Festival presented by FRIGID New York with a Gay Pride double feature at 7 PM on Thursday, June 20 at The Kraine. For the first time he performs a darkly comic “Family Suite” of his two critically-acclaimed, award-winning solo shows in one evening. Dangerous When Wet: Booze, Sex, and My Mother directed by David Drake is a sodomite’s showdown between the bottle and his Texas tornado of a mother Mama Jean based on Brickhouse’s critically-acclaimed memoir. I Favor My Daddy is Jamie’s struggle to discover who his martini- and bikini-adoring father Daddy Poo really was, based on Brickhouse’s forthcoming memoir. “I’ve flipped the artistic process,” says Brickhouse. “I wrote and published Dangerous When Wet the memoir first. I Favor My Daddy the show came first. See them both before the movies come out.”

I FAVOR MY DADDY  | Open: 02/22/19 Close: 03/10/19
Is Jamie (4-time Moth champ and “natural raconteur” -Washington Post) the full-blown version of Daddy Poo—not the Catholic, conservative part, but the gay, alcoholic part? “Jamie lights up the stage…a riveting, thoroughly polished performance…comedic perfection.” (Theater Is Easy “Best Bet” of New York International Fringe Festival)

Darkly comic, “I Favor My Daddy” is the follow up to "Dangerous When Wet: Booze, Sex, and My Mother." That show was about Jamie’s drinking and sexuality, and his mother Mama Jean. This show is about Jamie’s father, Daddy Poo, and HIS drinking and HIS sexuality. Jamie struggles to discover who his father really was. In the last years they have together, Jamie reveals his secrets to Daddy Poo. Will Daddy Poo finally reveal his own? We'd sooner see a Jewish pope ordained. Shows from gay men about their relationships with their dads are rare, especially ones packed with the originality, mordant humor and poignant heart of “I Favor My Daddy”.

Dangerous When Wet: Booze, Sex, And My Mother  | Open: 11/03/17 Close: 11/03/17
Jamie Brickhouse (three-time Moth StorySLAM champion; voices on Beavis and Butthead) faces his three most defining relationships—booze, sex, and his Texas tornado of a mother Mama Jean—in this darkly comic tour de force.

Ripped from the pages of his critically acclaimed memoir that Interview magazine called “as funny as an evening with Carrie Fisher,” and Paul Rudnick praised as “witty, blisteringly honest, and wickedly intoxicating,” it sparkles under the direction of Obie Award-winning David Drake (The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me).  

WINNER Audience Choice Award 2017 FRIGID Festival

"BEST BET" Theater is Easy

“Thoroughly entertaining.” —Theater is Easy

“Rib-tickling funny.” —Hi! Drama

“Stunning performer.” —NY Theater Guide

With dazzling wit and unflinching honesty set against a multi-media backdrop of evocative photos, home movies, vintage postcards, and music haunted by Peggy Lee’s “Is That All There Is?”, Jamie tells the story of wrestling way too close to—and later loose from—booze, sex, and his bombastic, adorable Mama Jean. It’s a unique story about alcoholism, illness, death, AIDS, family heartbreak, and the relationship between a gay son and his mother. From the age of five stuck in Beaumont, Texas, all Jamie wanted was to be at a cocktail party with a martini in one hand and a cigarette in the other. All Mama Jean wanted was to keep him at that age, her Jamie doll forever. A Texan Elizabeth Taylor with the split personality of Auntie Mame and Mama Rose, she never had a thought she didn’t speak. Mama Jean cast a long shadow throughout Jamie’s life, no matter how deep in booze he swam or how far away from her amid New York’s drinking set he strayed. She unwittingly saves him as he discovers the meaning of love—Mama Jean’s kind of love. 

Presented by FRIGID @Horse Trade for Gotham Storytelling Festival 

Run time: 60 min.

Jamie Brickhouse (playwright and performer) is the author of the critically-acclaimed Dangerous When Wet: A Memoir of Booze, Sex, and My Mother (St. Martin’s Press), which was an Amazon “Best Book of May 2015,” “Required Reading” in Mary Karr’s The Art of Memoir, and a Book Chase “2015 Top 10 Nonfiction.” A three-time Moth StorySLAM winner and Literary Death Match champion, Jamie has recorded voice-overs for Beavis and Butthead, and has performed at storytelling shows throughout New York including Kevin Allison’s Risk! Dangerous When Wet won an “Audience Choice Award” at the 2017 FRIGID Festival, was a Theater is Easy “Best Bet,” was featured in New York Post’s “Page Six,” and received rave reviews from NY Theater Guide, Theater is Easy, and Hi! Drama. He has been published in the New York Times, International Herald Tribune, Washington Post, Daily Beast, Salon, Huffington Post, Out, and POZ. Jamie lives with his common-law husband Michael in Manhattan. Visit him at www.jamiebrickhouse.com, on Facebook, and on Twitter @jamiebrickhouse.

David Drake (Director) is an actor-writer-director best known as the Obie Award-winning playwright/performer of The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me, one of the longest-running solo shows in Off-Broadway history. He also starred in Vampire Lesbians of Sodom (succeeding Charles Busch for 856 performances), originated the role of “Miss Deep South” in the hit Pageant, co-starred with Jim J. Bullock in End of the World Party at the 47th St. Theater, and with B.D. Wong in A Language of Their Own at The Public. TV credits: The Good Wife, Law and Order, The Beat, NY Undercover.  Feature films: Jonathan Demme’s Philadelphia, It’s Pat, Naked in New York, David Searching, Bear City, Longtime Companion, and David’s own adaptation of The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me. As a stage director, David has twice been a Directing Fellow at the Sundance Theater Lab, and has directed new works at The Public’s Under the Radar Festival, Joe’s Pub, and Rattlestick, among others. Most notably, David directed the 2009 world premiere of Taylor Mac’s The Lily’s Revenge, which made the “10 Best Lists” in The New Yorker, NY Post, The Advocate, Paper Magazine, and won a 2010 Village Voice Obie Award. At the Kraine he directed the world premiere of J.Stephen Brantley’s The Jamb, and first directed Jamie Brickhouse’s award-winning solo show, Dangerous When Wet: Booze, Sex, and My Mother for Horse Trade’s 2017 FRIGID New York Festival.  

 


About the Company: FRIGID New York @ Horse Trade

 

FRIGID New York @ Horse Trade is a theater development group with a focus on new work that produces a massive quantity of stimulating downtown theater every season. FRIGID’s Resident Artist Program offers a home to a select group of Independent theater artists, pooling together a great deal of talent and energy. FRIGID New York grew out of the annual FRIGID Festival, the first and only festival of its kind in New York City to offer artists 100% of their box office proceeds, and Horse Trade Theater Group, a self-sustaining theater development and management group.

 

THE WEREWOLF OF WASHINGTON HEIGHTS  | Open: 10/20/17 Close: 10/20/17
The production boasts 9 actors, 2 dancers and 11 crew members, all of whom are women.

All-female theater company, Carnival Girls Productions, produces a nine character, all-female drama, “The Werewolf of Washington Heights” October 11 – 22 at the Kraine Theater in NYC. It is a world premiere production.

“The Werewolf of Washington Heights” is written by NYIT Award nominee, Christie Perfetti Williams and takes place in the upper Manhattan neighborhood of Washington Heights in the year 2020. The story is about a teenager who vanishes and her family is suddenly forced to face hidden monsters and terrifying truths.

The nine character cast is racially, ethnically and generationally diverse. Four different languages are spoken in the play and the ages of the actors range from 20 years old – 80 years old.

The play explores the themes of war, immigration, deportation, racism, misogyny, terrorism, civil rights and civil disobedience.       

Carnival Girls Productions’ mission is to create, produce and promote work by and about women. The 20-person, all-female theater company is celebrating its 13th anniversary this year.

Tickets are available online https://www.artful.ly/carnival-girls-productions, $18 general admission ($15 seniors and students).  The show has a limited run of eight performances, opening on October 11th and running 12th, 13th, 14th and 19th, 20th, 21st and 22nd at the historic off-off Broadway Kraine Theater at 85 East 4th Street, NYC.

“The Werewolf of Washington Heights” features Rosina Fernhoff*, Lori Funk*, Pilar Gonzalez, Stephanie Annette Johnson, Zarra Kaahn, Arlene McGruder, Sheila Joon Ostadazim*, Melanie Ryan and Galit Sperling. **These actors are appearing courtesy of Actors' Equity Association. “The Werewolf of Washington Heights” is an Equity approved Showcase.

The play is directed by Charmaine Broad, choreographed by Anissa Barbato and stage managed by Erinn Conlon. Helen Blash is the light designer, Tanya Bernardson is the costume mistress and Stephanie Ervin is designing the set.

Carnival Girls Productions is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of Carnival Girls Productions must be made payable to Fractured Atlas only and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

Please visit www.christieperfetti.com for more information.

 


About the Company: Carnival Girls Productions

To create, produce and promote work by and about women.

DOG SEES GOD - CONFESSIONS OF A TEENAGE BLOCKHEAD  | Open: 07/27/17 Close: 08/06/17
Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead is a dark reimagining of the classic Peanut’s gang during their formative teenage years. The “unauthorized parody” imagines the characters as degenerated teenagers dealing with such issues as teen violence, sexual relations and identity, drug use, and suicide.

The cast features Travis Burbee (Cupids Revenge/Bad Quarto Productions), Ben Dworken (The Tempest/Identity Theater Company), Samantha Elisofon (Starred in Keep the Change which premiered at the TriBeCa Film Festival where it won Best Narrative Film, Best New Director, and Samantha was nominated for Best Actress), Bree Klauser (The Moyles Musical/The Hudson Guild Theatre), Isabel Kruse (Wilde Life/Adelaide Fringe, Australia), Christian Patane (Epic Players Member), Gideon Pianko (Wizard of Oz/JCC Manhattan), and Jessica Saul (How I Killed Pistol Rogers/Short Film).  


About the Company: EPIC Players Inclusion Company

EPIC Players Inclusion Company is a resident theatre company that seeks to use the performing arts as a vehicle to empower artists with developmental disabilities and pioneer increased inclusion within the mainstream arts scene. 

THE CLERGY PROJECT  | Open: 07/17/17 Close: 07/17/17
Three real clergy enter, wearing their respective vestments, sharing the stage, posing their internal questions… The Priest asks, "What would Jesus do?"  The Rabbi asks, "What would Moses do?" and the Minister asks, "What would Sartre do?"

Setting the tone for what’s about to come, it’s a reminder that these three members of the clergy are not only defined by their roles, they’re people!  Father Daniel, Reverend Shawn and Rabbi Elyse – two gay men and a woman – share moving, entertaining and sometimes shocking stories of how they were called to ministry and the challenges they faced within their congregations, as well as life-changing moments of service in the midst of deep sorrow and pain.

Told with candour, humour and compassion, they are frank about their personal joys and struggles in faith, some unusual circumstances where they just had to wing it – and even bend the rules – and the navigation of societal prejudice and inflexibility. (Daniel came out to his congregation a week after he got married, and Elyse became a rabbi when there were no female rabbis in Canada). Living lives of service and community, they don’t take themselves too seriously and are aware that tradition has room for change.

While each comes to the storytelling process from different religious beliefs and traditions, they have much in common: faith, hope and a drive to serve their community. But their individual human stories and their paths to becoming clergy are surprisingly different.

THE INFINITE PRIDE  | Open: 06/23/17 Close: 06/24/17
The plays, written by the ensemble, investigate queer culture, politics, relationships, sexuality, and everything and anything queer.


About the Company: New York Neo-Futurists

We are a collective of wildly productive writer/director/performers who create:

-Theater that is fusion of sport, poetry, and living-newspaper.

-Non-illusory, interactive performance that conveys our experiences and ideas as directly and honestly as possible.

-Immediate, unreproducable events at headslappingly affordable prices.

-We embrace those unreached or unmoved by conventional theater-inspiring them to thought, feeling, and action.

How To Sell Your Gang Rape Baby* *for Parts  | Open: 02/18/17 Close: 03/04/17
In How to Sell Your Gang Rape Baby* *for Parts, we find our heroines, Libby & Ali, toiling away in the HR office of a large company. Hating their jobs, but afraid to leave (because paycheck), the ladies are thrilled when a sure-fire money making opportunity lands in their laps. The Trump-loving, life-affirming intern Bev Anne got knocked up the hard way, and though she’s pro-life (natch) she doesn’t want the baby. Enter Libby & Ali, who help her realize that this one, small life can save the lives of many. In How to Sell Your Gang Rape Baby* *for Parts, Libby & Ali risk it all, for the greater good.

puss&puss is pleased to announce the upcoming production of Libby Emmons’ How to Sell Your Gang Rape Baby* *for Parts, directed by Michele Travis. The play runs for 5 performances, Saturday 02/18 6:40 pm; Monday 02/20 7:10 pm; Saturday 02/25 8:20 pm; Monday 02/27 10:30 pm; Saturday 03/04 3:20 pm, in the FRIGID Festival, at The Kraine Theater at 85 East 4th Street. Tickets are $20 and will go on sale January 15 at www.horseTRADE.info. More info pussnpuss.wordpress.com  

ILLUSION OF CHOICE AT 2017'S FRIGID FESTIVAL  | Open: 02/16/17 Close: 03/03/17
 

The 2017 FRIGID Festival presents

A Kardenni Entertainment production:

Illusion of Choice

A Magical Experience with Kardenni

Written by: Dennis Friebe and Antwan Towner

Directed by: David Meneses

Thu 2/16 @ 5:30pm, Thu 2/23 @ 8:50pm, Sat 2/25 @ 1:40pm, Sun 2/26 @ 12:10pm Tue 2/28 @ 7:10pm & Fri 3/3 @ 5:10pm

Tickets: $15 www.horseTRADE.info (on sale 1/5)

The Kraine Theater 85 East 4th Street New York, NY 10003

Sophisticated fun, mind-expanding miracles, intelligent comedy magic. Illusion of Choice is a concept show for a live magic performance that demonstrates and encourages people to think and laugh at the same time. Provoking viewers to consider the weight a simple choice like buying vegetables or a gallon of ice cream. Why are you making this choice and are you really making it?

Find out more about The Kardenni Experience at www.Kardenni.com

THE 2017 FRIGID FRINGE PRESENTS  | Open: 02/15/17 Close: 03/02/17
Amanda and Matthew love New York City! But NYC loves no one! Subway people cough into your ear, snowdrifts are trash, and for every rat you see there are 20 hiding in the shadows. Across the country, sunny Los Angeles beckons. Can our comedy heroes resist the siren song? Will they give up the Big Apple, and escape to LA? Click for Tickets  Rotten Apple Comedy 

 

 

 

 


About the Company: FRIGID New York @ Horse Trade

FRIGID New York @ Horse Trade is a theater development group with a focus on new work that produces a massive quantity of stimulating downtown theater every season. FRIGID’s Resident Artist Program offers a home to a select group of Independent theater artists, pooling together a great deal of talent and energy. FRIGID New York grew out of the annual FRIGID Festival, the first and only festival of its kind in New York City to offer artists 100% of their box office proceeds, and Horse Trade Theater Group, a self-sustaining theater development and management group.

Dangerous When Wet  | Open: 02/23/17 Close: 02/23/17
Jamie Brickhouse faces his three most defining relationships -- booze, sex and his Texas tornado of a mother Mama Jean -- in

this darkly comic solo show

Meet Emily Dickinson, Paranormal Investigator!

It's 1849 and New York is a gritty, grimy city filled with ghosts, ghouls, and irresponsible transcendentalists. After a string of curious incidents Emily Dickinson, New England's premiere paranormal investigator, and her estranged mentor Edgar Allan Poe are on the case! Armed with esoteric knowledge and brass knuckles—not to mention a strong grasp on both blank and metered verse—they venture to Brooklyn on the trail of a horrifying new adversary.

Emily Dickinson: Paranormal Investigator is an ahistorical romp through poetry and Americana with ghosts, ghouls, and more! Part of the 2016 FRIGID New York Festival.

The Golden Smile  | Open: 02/18/16 Close: 03/05/16
Laugh till you drop at the heartwarming, yet highly ludicrous, comedy about a group of five mental patients who must band together and put on a play in order to save their precious Rec Room. But the pressure gets high when creative differences cause rifts between the group. What follows is hilarious, not to mention vulgar, attempts to fix it.
C.S.I: Mayberry - An Unauthorized Parody  | Open: 02/16/16 Close: 03/03/16
In this farcical mash-up of "CSI: Miami" and "The Andy Griffith Show", we find a gruesome string of murders happening in Mayberry. It’s up to Andy and Barney to find out who the killer is from a list of familiar faces. Is it Aunt Bee? Floyd the Barber? Otis the Drunk? Or someone else all together...?

Playwright and director Genny Yosco thought of this show with her production company partner, Chris Weigandt, while they were punchy and exhausted after directing a children’s show, so that should tell you how ridiculous her career is. Most recently, her theater company, Sour Grapes Productions, produced her original show, A Fifth Dimension: An Unauthorized Twilight Zone Parody (which she also directed and acted in) to a sold-out audience this past New Year’s Eve.


"CSI: Mayberry - An Unauthorized Parody" will be performing at the 10th Annual FRIGID Festival. It stars Amy Whitrod Brown, Nick Denning, Andrew Rappo, Alexa Owgang, Sebastian King, Bryan Songy, Dalia Stone, Chris Weigandt, and Genny Yosco

The King of Chelm  | Open: 11/14/15 Close: 11/29/15
The King of Chelm tells a story of a boy who dreams about becoming a super-hero. One day he wakes to find himself in a magical world where he learns what it is to be brave. In the upside-down and backwards universe of this small shtetl, Aaron together with the fools and the wise men of Chelm is going on a journey to find out what it really means to be a hero. The King of Chelm is an interactive performance for audiences ages 4-12. There is an interactive workshops following each show.
THUS SPOKE THE SPECTACLE  | Open: 04/26/15 Close: 08/30/15
Thus Spoke the Spectacle deconstructs and reconfigures the massive onslaught of news, advertising, politics and entertainment into an edgy and highly entertaining transmedia rock experience.

Original live music, spoken word vocals, video and lights combine to tell the story of the mass media’s infiltration of every aspect of society.


About the Company: Horse Trade Theater Group

HORSE TRADE THEATER GROUP is a self-sustaining theater development group; with a focus on new work that has produced a massive quantity of stimulating downtown theater. Horse Trade’s Resident Artist Program offers a home to a select group of Independent theater artists, pooling together a great deal of talent and energy. It is also the home of FRIGID New York – the first and only festival of its kind in New York City. In 2011 Horse Trade received the New York Innovative Theatre Ellen Stewart Stewardship Award for demonstrating a significant contribution to the Off-Off-Broadway community through service, support and leadership. 

Post Traumatic Super Delightful  | Open: 02/18/15 Close: 03/06/15
Can there be laughter in the healing process? The lives of survivors, perpetrators, and bystanders weave together in a wickedly funny and piercingly insightful one woman show about a community trying to heal after a sexual assault. In Post Traumatic Super Delightful, the personal is political, the political is personal. And the person is a clown.

Post Traumatic Super Delightful is written and performed by Antonia Lassar (writer/performer of FRIGID Festival Favorite, God Box). She is joined by director Angela Dumlao (award-winning director in the 2014 EstroGenius Festival; assistant director of Naked Angels’ SeaWife), dramaturg Kati Frazier (Former Literary Director of All For One; playwright of Patronage, Fall 2015 at Random Access), scenic and costume designer Sam Garcia (Glutton For Punishment, EstroGenius Festival; dramaturg for STEIN-DRAG at Target Margin Theater Lab), lighting designer Mary Ellen Stebbins (Associate Lighting Designer for The Ambassador), stage manager Olivia Hull and production assistant Molly Jones.

BI, HUNG,FIT... AND MARRIED  | Open: 02/20/15 Close: 02/20/15
BHF+M is a risqué, autobiographical one-person show about a couple's decision to end their ailing 15-year marriage and form a new partnership to accommodate their desire for sexual growth and freedom beyond the bounds of monogamy.

Marco's bisexuality is a catalyst for the much-needed change, and begins the process of self-discovery for both of them as they allow each other to explore evolving emotional and sexual needs.

Conventional wisdom dictates that non-monogamy is the ultimate marital risk. It’s certainly not a recipe for success. Or is it?

The counter-intuitive discoveries they make along the way lead the couple – and the audience – to question root assumptions about the nature of marriage, sexuality, and what it means to truly love another.

YES! Crystal and I loved the show! Program notes are right: raw, edgy, boundary pushing, belief stretching ... add honest and provocative and a conversation stimulant.

Sat beside two fellas who had seen 10 shows at the Fringe this year. At the end I asked one how he ranked your show and he said ... it was the best!

Gail – former Board member Edmonton Fringe Festival

REVIEWS

"Irreverent and refreshingly candid." - Michael Harris, the Globe and Mail.

"This was a most remarkable production, and I whole-heartedly recommend it to anyone with an interest in exploring the complexities, contradictions, and subtleties of contemporary marriages and relationships." - Dave Doleshal, Ph.D., UC Berkeley

"This may be the only piece of true theatre I've seen in 15 years in Vancouver. Remarkable, thought-provoking, psyche stretching.... Go see it!" -Jeffery

"I went with 3 friends. It started. And all of a sudden it was done. And it was much later. We all had the same experience. The moment Mark started talking we were hooked and we were mile-deep in the story. And still, it was so gripping. We were there. We lived what he lived. We felt what he felt. It was easily the best live performance I have ever been to." - Eric


About the Company: Lianna Walden Productions

Lianna Walden Productions specializes in edgy, provocative, boundary-pushing material which is meant to liberate, inspire, and transform all who encounter it.

Brownie And Lolli Go To Hollywood  | Open: 02/19/14 Close: 03/09/14
An oddball song and dance duo work at a hat shop in New Orleans, but now have the chance to be on their favorite TV show. The only problem is that they have to be in Hollywood by tomorrow. With no money or wheels between them, the pair soon discovers that the road to D-List fame is naughtier and more dangerous than they imagined. Featuring jazz, R&B and rock as well as vibrant dance numbers. Book and lyrics by Alycya Miller. Music by Darlyne Cain. Part of the Frigid NYC Festival.

Petunia And Chicken  | Open: 02/20/14 Close: 03/08/14
The winners of last year’s FRIGID Participants Pick Award "The Vindlevoss Family Circus Spectacular" are back again!  Inspired by the writings of Midwestern author Willa Cather, two daring performers create an epic story of love and loss as big as the prairie itself.  Petunia, an indomitable immigrant girl determined to tame the wild land around her, meets Chicken, a right smart boy with dreams of great adventures. As the joys of their youth give way to the harsh realities of adulthood, they struggle to stay together.  Sprawling fields of wheat, bustling train stations, rain-soaked kisses, wind-blown hair, and the rest of Petunia and Chicken’s world are brought to life with only imagination, movement, and song.  WINNER of the 2013 Artists' Pick of the Fringe - Cincinnati Fringe Festival and 2013 League of Cincinnati Theatres Best Overall.

“At the end of the show, you feel good. You are happy and hopeful. You know you are in the presence of love. As well as great theater.” -Cincinnati City Beat

“Armed only with a bowler hat and a shawl, Carrie Brown & Karim Muasher are the set, the sound effects and every character in this love story.” -Behind the Curtain Cincinnati

 


About the Company: Animal Engine
Animal Engine is Carrie Brown and Karim Muasher. They make original devised theatre. Their work is offbeat, committed to the relationship between the performer and the audience, and regularly tip-toes the line between comedy and tragedy.
Since 2011 they have created 4 works: The Vindlevoss Family Circus Spectacular!, an absurdly poignant tale of a Professor and her undead son who attempt to relive the glory days of their once thriving circus; Its a Ten Minute Life, a break neck re-imagining of Frank Capras classic film "Its a Wonderful Life"; Age of the Android, an immersive play that recounts the untold story of Thomas Edison, the Robot he built, and the reporter who fell in love with her; and Petunia and Chicken, a two person turn of the century epic prairie drama based on the works of Willa Cather. From a zombie and his mustachioed mother, to George and Mary Bailey, to a famed inventor and his lady Android, to the prairies of Nebraska; their work is clever, quirky, sharp and new. More at animalengine.com
Boogie Of The Apes  | Open: 02/26/14 Close: 03/03/14
Boogie of the Apes is the second in a series of hilarious productions lip-synced to vintage children’s records of famous comic book, TV, and movie franchises. This raucous send-up of the1970s Planet of the Apes franchise lampoons, critiques, and ever-so-gently mocks the first four movies in less than an hour. Come see Taylor, Dr. Zira, Cornelius, Nova and many more apes, humans and mutants come full circle in their journey through time and space and, of course, boogie down a bit too. (Please note: no gorillas, orangutans or chimpanzees are harmed in this production.)

Rising Sun Performance Company Presents Hellcab  | Open: 11/07/13 Close: 12/19/13
Showgirls! The Musical!  | Open: 04/17/13 Close: 05/04/13
Showgirls! The Musical! is the unauthorized musical parody of the cult classic film, Showgirls, brought to you by the twisted minds behind “Bayside! The Saved by the Bell Musical!”

“Showgirls!” follows the beautiful drifter with a secret past, Nomi, as she goes from Stripper to Showgirl in Las Vegas.

  • What will Nomi sacrifice on her rise to fame?
  • Who will she sleep with along the way?

  • Will she ever like brown rice and vegetables?

     

You’ll be thrusting in your seat to songs about fashion (I’d Look Great In a Versace), romance (F*cking Underwater), songs about dance instruction (D*ncing Aint F*cking, Girl), cautionary tales (Don’t Lick that Pole, Girl) and much much much more!

Warning: Contains suggestive language, suggestive dancing, erotic dancing, questionable dancing, nudity, nipples on ice, thrusting, and material and acting that may not be appropriate for children under the age of 18. Or adults over the age of 100. Or small animals

Praise for Bayside & MediumFace:
“Book of Mormon meets Saved by the Bell” - Julie Chang, Fox5
“A hell of a lot of ribald fun" – NY Times
“New York’s Best” -Michael Musto, Village Voice
“It’s comical, and genius” – Talent in Motion
“Are you so excited, so excited, so SCARED? So was I. BUT: it was hilarious” -F*cked in Park Slope

Voilà, enlightenment’s blind side! Set in eighteenth-century Paris, The history of Braille begins at a sideshow spectacle and ends with revolution. Hear intimate stories of triumph and degradation embedded in sound and visionscapes. Think Ken Burns on hallucinogenic steroids!

 

Godin has shamelessly named The Spectator & the Blind Man after her 2009 dissertation, which you can find at Google Books. This then is a research project running off the rails! In the history of the education of the blind there are moments and characters that do not fit neatly into the dry and straightforward narratives of progress and enlightenment. Godin decided to investigate these little stories. The result is a dark and humorous work of speculative fiction with a steampunk aesthetic. It is informed as much by research as by the degenerative eye disease that has slowly taken her sight.

“We all play in history blindly,” she says with a wink. “I have been thinking about these stories for a long long time, and am thrilled to have them brought to life by such an amazing team of artists, academics and performers!”

Starring:

Bill Chambers, Gregory Levine, Leslie Goshko, Cathryn Lynne, Dan Rose, Bryan Harris & Dr ML Godin

Featuring original art & curated projections by:

Nellie King Solomon, Todd Jackson, Nicole Simpson, David Lowe and Caroline Kasnakian


About the Company: Horse Trade Theater Group

HORSE TRADE THEATER GROUP is a self-sustaining theater development group; with a focus on new work that has produced a massive quantity of stimulating downtown theater. Horse Trade’s Resident Artist Program offers a home to a select group of Independent theater artists, pooling together a great deal of talent and energy. It is also the home of FRIGID New York – the first and only festival of its kind in New York City. In 2011 Horse Trade received the New York Innovative Theatre Ellen Stewart Stewardship Award for demonstrating a significant contribution to the Off-Off-Broadway community through service, support and leadership. 

My Three Moms  | Open: 02/20/13 Close: 03/02/13

MY THREE MOMS:  One birthed her, one nursed her, one raised her.  Now she’s burying all three.  A daughter is called back to the red clay of Georgia to bury her three moms and shape her own identity.  Good Lord Almighty!  Who are all these crazy people at the funerals?!

The accomplished actress, Virginia Bryan, has written her first play – a one-woman show based on her life experience growing up with three consecutive mothers in the Bible Belt South.  The show played at the 2010 New York International Fringe Festival, the 2011 United Solo Theatre Festival at NYC’s historic Theatre Row, the 2012 Orlando International Fringe Festival, the 2012 Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival, and the 2012 Edmonton Fringe Theatre Festival.  In the play, Bryan plays herself and a slew of quirky characters, including family members and local towns people.  The main character is the matriarch of the highly-revered Georgia family, Aunt Zooie, who sugar-coats everything, including death by touting “we’ve got a life to celebrate” as she enters each funeral.  Dark family secrets are revealed throughout which build to the final climax where the daughter realizes that what she thought were truths were actually myths.  The show is funny, thoughtful, and heart-wrenching.  www.mythreemomstheshow.com

Jonbenet Ramsey! Murder Mystery Theater!  | Open: 02/20/13 Close: 03/01/13
JonBenet Ramsey! Murder Mystery Theater!is a true crime musical comedy from the creators of the critically praised off-off Broadway smash hit, Bayside! (The Saved by the Bell Musical) “A hell of a lot of ribald fun” - New York Times. Join MediumFace as they boldly recreate that fateful night before the fateful murder on that fateful year in that fateful town of Boulder, Colorado. With music!

On December 26th, 1996 JonBenét Ramsey was murdered by an unknown person or persons. 16 years later, JonBenét’s case remains one of the most horrifying unsolved murders in our country’s history. MediumFace Productions has vowed to do what the Colorado police department, FBI, Government, and CSI: Miami all failed to do: solve this case and bring JonBenét back to life!

Who Killed JonBenét? And when? And how much?
Was it:

·         The Greedy Father, Jon Ramsey, who loved his daughter to death. Literally?

·         The Jealous Mother, Patsy Ramsey, who could no longer handle the competition.

·         The Explosive Son, Burke Ramsey, whose dangerous anger is absolutely adorable!

“Hilarious and true to actual events, Medium Face cracks this case (up!)” -The Boulder Sentinel*

“I died laughing!” – JonBenet Ramsey*

“Who is JonBenet Ramsey?” HoneyBooBoo*

* Not actual quotes


Featuring "toe-tappingly hilarious" songs, this dark musical comedy is a humorous blend of the Bad Seed, Lolita, Home Alone, and Apocalypse Now – you won’t want to miss this!

Mary Crosbie as Mom Benét Ramsey
Bob McSmith as Dad Benét Ramsey
Tobly McSmith as Burke Benét Ramsey

***Don’t tell your friends the surprise ending!***

 

Tickets, Info, Conspiracy Theories, and Shockingly Adorable Pictures: www.jonbenetlives.com

Isaac Babel and the Gangster King  | Open: 11/01/12 Close: 11/25/12
 

Horse Trade Theater Group (Heidi Grumelot, Artistic Director, Erez Ziv, Managing Director) will present the World Premiere of Denis Woychuk’s (Attorney for the Damned; owner of The Kraine Theater, The Red Room, and KGB Bar) historical musical, Isaac Babel and The Gangster King with Book by Denis Woychuk and Stephen Vincent Brennan, Lyrics by Denis Woychuk, and Music by Denny Blake and Denis Woychuk. The production will be directed by Stephen Vincent Brennan (Attorney for the Damned) with Costume Design by Cassandra Andrus, Music Direction by Denny Blake, Chorography by Diana Byrne, and Set Design by Crystal Taylor. 
 
During the 1936 Moscow purges, five friends rehearse an operetta about the Jewish gangster Benya Krik, a folk hero made famous by the writer Isaac Babel, to be performed for Stalin’s cohorts that evening.Fiddler On The Roof meets The Godfather, in the operetta within a play that is Isaac Babel and the Gangster King.
 
Isaac Babel (1894-1940) was a Russian language journalist, playwright, literary translator, and short story writer. He is best known as the author of Red CavalryStory of My Dovecote, and Tales of Odessa(on which Isaac Babel and the Gangster King is based), all of which are considered masterpieces of Russian literature. Babel has also been acclaimed as "the greatest prose writer of Russian Jewry." Loyal to, but not uncritical of, the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, Isaac Babel fell victim to Joseph Stalin's Great Purge due to his long term affair with the wife of NKVD chief Nikolai Yezhov. Babel was arrested by the NKVD at Peredelkino on the night of May 15, 1939. After "confessing", under torture, to being a Trotskyist terrorist and foreign spy, Babel was shot on January 27, 1940. The arrest and execution of Isaac Babel has been labeled a catastrophe for world literature.
 
The production will receive a four-week engagement November 1-25 at The Kraine Theater (85 East 4th Street between 2nd Avenue and Bowery); Thursday through Saturday at 8pm with a closing night performance on Sunday, November 25 at 8pm (no performance on Thursday, November 22). Tickets($25, including a free drink at KGB Bar) are available online at www.horseTRADE.info or by calling Smarttix at 212-868-4444
The Elephant in My Closet  | Open: 10/14/12 Close: 10/29/12
 In the style of Spalding Gray, comedian David Lee Nelson focuses his trademark wit on his political past in his new play THE ELEPHANT IN MY CLOSET.  Filled with bipartisan fervor, Nelson struggles with his Republican upbringing, his transformation into a New York liberal, and the nearly impossible task of coming out of the closet to his father...as a Democrat.

  
When it debuted in Charleston, South Carolina, The Post and Courier said of THE ELEPHANT IN MY CLOSET, “[it’s] beauty lies in its ability to poke fun at both sides of the political aisle, even though we know he’ll ultimately go the way of the donkey,” and the Charleston City Paper said it, “blends comedy with some real introspection about political identity.”
 
THE ELEPHANT IN MY CLOSET will have lighting and projection design by Gertjan Jouben.   
 
David Lee Nelson is an actor, writer, and stand-up comedian.  His last show, the solo piece “David Lee Nelson...Status Update,” created with Adam Knight, premiered at Piccolo Spoleto. It went on to be performed at The Warehouse Theatre (Greenville, SC), Watertower Theatre (Dallas, TX), 59E59 (NYC), and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. It was named Top Touring Show of the 2010-2011 Dallas Fort Worth theatre season.      
 
Adam Knight (Director) directed premieres by Lucy Alibar, Bekah Brunstetter, Michele Lowe, Mat Smart, and Thomas Ward, among others, at venues such as Ars Nova, P.S.122, Poetry Project, HERE, The Tank, E.S.T., and Cherry Lane Theatre. Recent credits:  “Polaroid Stories” (Strasberg Institute), “Exit Carolyn” (Drilling Company). Regional: Williamstown Theatre Festival, Warehouse Theatre, Millbrook Playhouse.
 
Kristin Vieira (Dramaturg) has worked as a dramaturg on numerous workshops and productions of new plays such as “Binge” by Thomas Ward, (Slant Theatre Project), “The Last Seven Words of Christ” created by Scott Alan Evans (Chamber Society of Lincoln Center), and “Missing Celia Rose” by Ian August (NYC Summer Play Festival).   
 
Slant Theatre Project is a group of artists that thrive on the danger of building the plane in flight. They do visceral work. They tailor each process to the artists and performance space, and are committed to creating a playground for emerging theatre artists. Since 2004, they have produced new works by Bekah Brunstetter, Evan Cabnet, Craig Clary, Marcus Gardley, Lisa Kron, Michele Lowe, Adam Rapp, Theresa Rebeck, Mat Smart, and many more.    
 
Roust Theatre Company is dedicated to radical and epoch-making theatre. The company aims to challenge and inspire its audience, to hold them in an unrelenting and imaginative grip and encourage the questioning of the world around us. Roust firmly believes that theatre is much more than entertainment, it has the power to make a difference in the world.
It's All In Your Head  | Open: 03/29/12 Close: 03/31/12
Broken Box Mime Theater (BKBX) is NYC's hippest new performance group, telling original stories entirely through mime and set to contemporary music and lights. BKBX is a truly collaborative ensemble, putting a unique twist on a seemingly dated art form. From slapstick to tear-jerk -- our show of 10-12 pieces will make you believe anew in the power of simple storytelling.  Broken Box Mime Theater's company members are: Becky Baumwoll, Anthony Squeglia, DeVon Jackson, David Jenkins, Molly O'Neill, Natalie Caruncho, Christina Black, Joel Perez, and Joe Tuttle.

 

About the Company: Broken Box Mime Theateer

Broken Box Mime Theater is a collaborative performance group that tells original stories through mime technique. Our aim is to activate the imagination of our audiences, contemporize the art of mime, and remind us all of the power of simple storytelling.

"...Physically specific, bold in their choices, dynamic, compelling, and frankly very attractive…  A wonderful ensemble, they're effortlessly tuned to each other..." – NYTheatre.com, Edward Elefterion

"Their enthusiasm for and facility with the oft-maligned art of mime is positively infectious." – stage-rush.com, Nicole Gluckstern

Daughters Of Lot  | Open: 02/23/12 Close: 03/04/12
Brain Melt Consortium is proud to present the world premiere of DAUGHTERS OF LOT as part of Frigid New York 2012. A modern-day burlesque act with a twist, the evening's entertainment begins as a sexy and silly retelling of an ancient story, until the burlesque performers do a trick that requires more than flexibility. Atlanta, the headliner, and her Sodomette sidekicks summon the ancient characters of their tale into reality, leading a couple of B.C. teenagers on a tour through a dazzling modern world that is part Brecht, part circus, and two parts Suicide Girls. Written by Alexis Roblan and directed by Rachel Kerry, DAUGHTERS OF LOT is a titillating, perplexing, and vexing exploration of the ways women are taught to be "women."

About the Company: Brain Melt Consortium
Brain Melt Consortium is an emerging theatre and media-arts company that was formed in the Summer of 2010 by Alexis Roblan and Rachel Kerry.

Since its inception, BMC has produced multiple staged readings, interactive concept parties, and a semi-regular series of “Pop Culture Fondues.”

In August 2011, Brain Melt Consortium produced its first fully staged full-length work, THE FLOWERS OF FANTASTICO, at the Ellen Stewart Theatre at La Mama as part of The New York International Fringe Festival.

 
Rabbit Island  | Open: 02/23/12 Close: 03/03/12
Rabbit Island is a comedy about what it takes to become a real New Yorker. Coming to the city to fulfill your destiny can be as perilous as riding the Cyclone. And dating people here? Forget it. The ones who haven’t become crazy are so wrapped up in weird stuff it’s hard to have something genuine. The city can grip you and shake you for all you’re worth. Some days it seems the only choice you have is between losing your focus and losing your mind. It all turns into a Shoot the Freak game…and guess who the freak is?

Alex zigzags irregular relationships with an erratic therapist, his off-again/on-again girlfriend, an untamed burlesque dancer and The Cleanse. But what more will it take for this verbose Canadian mime to become a Real New Yorker? “When life sucks as bad as your mental health, go to Rabbit Island.”

Elephant Run District is proud to present this Coney Island-themed comedy the 2012 Frigid Festival at the Kraine Theater. Written by Chris Harcum, one of NYTheatre’s People of the Year for 2011, and directed by Aimee Todoroff, Rabbit Island stars Ethan Angelica, Carrie Heitman, Mel House, Joel Nagle, Laura Butler, and Mariko Iwasa. With an original score by Scott Garapolo, stage management by Heather Olmstead, and lighting design by Maryvel Firda, this is sure to please the outsider in all of you.

Chris Harcum (Playwright): One of NYTheatre's People of the Year and his play, Green, was published in the Indie Theatre Now Best of 2011 Collection. His full-length plays include G. Dot’s Revenge, Trading Lunches, Rabbit Island, Milk & Shelter, Instant Gratification and The Devil in Ms. Spelvin. Chris co-adapted and played the title role in a modern version of Moliere’s The Hypochondriac. As a solo performer, he has created and performed Green, Some Kind of Pink Breakfast, Gotham Standards, Anhedonia Road, Mahamudra, The Monster and the City, Weight and Weightlessness and American Badass (0r 12 Characters in Search of a National Identity). Along with his play We Haven't Told Anyone About This, these pieces have been published on Indie Theatre Now. American Badass was also published in the Plays and Playwrights 2009 anthology and The Best of the Frigid Collection. His writing has also appeared in The New York Times and NYTheatre. He is co-writing the screenplay for Meet the Hammernickys, a feature-length comedy, with the director Jason Cusato. Chris is a member of Actors’ Equity, Dramatists Guild and the League of IndependentTheater. chrisharcum.com.

Aimee Todoroff (Director): New York based actress and director. She has performed at venues across the country, was the recipient of the Sinclair Foundation Award for Excellence in Performance and is proud to have been a part of several Obie Award winning productions. Her directing work has been seen throughout NYC at locations as varied as traditional theatres, bars and found spaces. She has directed for Primary Stages, ArtEffects Theatre Company, The Metropolitan Theatre Company (2011 Obie Grant recipient), and others, and has helmed the world premieres of works by Chris Harcum (Green, We Haven’t Told Anyone About This), Nora Vetter (Details), Cusi Cram (Jump) and the East Coast premiere of Martin Blank’s The Law of Return. Aimee is the co-founder of the independent theater company Elephant Run District. aimeetodoroff.com.

Ethan Angelica (Alex): NYC credits: Peg O’ My Heart (MITF Best Musical), Those Whistling Lads (Spotlight On! Award, Outstanding Actor), Honestly Abe (Mint Theater). Regional: Theatreworks/USA (7 tours), Guthrie Theater, Theatre de la Jeune Lune, American Folklore Theatre, Lake Placid Center for the Arts. BFA from NYU/CAP21. Huge thanks to Chris and Aimee for this extraordinary show! ethanangelica.com.

Laura Butler (Elastic Girl): Laura is a New York-based actress and singer-songwriter. She trained in London with Trestle Theatre, Theatre de Complicite, Actors from the London Stage, Royal Shakespeare Company, and The New Globe. In addition to New York, she has performed with The Human Race Theatre Company, The Cleveland Playhouse, The Wexner Center, and The Dorset Theatre Festival. She has appeared in numerous films and television shows on NBC, ABC, HBO, USA Network, and MTV. She has performed in music venues all over New York, and recently released her first album, "Crushing Blue Cupcakes," a jazzy-folk delicious blend with the warmth of Norah Jones, uniqueness of Joni Mitchell, phrasing of Billie Holiday, versatility of Judy Garland, and poignancy of Edith Piaf. laurabutlernyc.com.

Carrie Heitman (Karen): Carrie has appeared Off-Broadway, regionally, and traveled extensively performing in the UK, Poland, Russia and Malaysia. Selected favorites include: Emma in Phallacy (w/Simon Jones), Sarah in The Man Who Came to Dinner (dir. Michael Sexton), Mary Beth in A Prayer For Owen Meany (U.S. Premiere PRC), Alice in Hobson’s Choice (dir. Blake Robison), Metamorphoses (dr .Joe Haj), Goneril (us) in King Lear (dir. Mark Wing-Davey), The Mystery Spot (dir. Holly Hughes) TV/Film: Lipstick Jungle, Contracts (dir. Roni Ezra, Oscar Nominee Helmer & Son) 10 Days to Paradise, A Piece of Cake, The Patriot. cheitman.wordpress.com.

Mel House (Barbara): Mel House is excited to join the Elephant Run District team on Rabbit Island. She got a taste for this magical group while collaborating on All My Sons and Uncle Vanya. She has worked in NYC and around the globe at Playwrights Horizons, Red Bull Theater Company, Ohio Theatre, New Georges, Baltimore’s Centerstage, Baltimore Shakespeare Festival, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Mel has been seen on One Life to Live, Rescue Me, and in the films Nicky Newark, 4960, Missy, Plus One, and The Film You Did Not See. She is a founding member of The Drawing Board and a
graduate of the University of Exeter’s School of Drama and the William Esper Studio. She thanks Vander and Iziah for their love, support and flexibility!

Mariko Iwasa (Usagi Sally): Born in Kanagawa, Japan. Mariko graduated Nihon Art University of Art, with a degree in Theater Acting. As an actress and dancer, she performed around Tokyo and was a Tokyo Disneyland Countdown Parade dancer in 2003. She came to NYC in 2007, wanting to convey to foreign people how her energy and personality are.....!!!!, to meet new people, and to find good dance lessons. She found many exciting, crazy fun people in NYC !!!!!! Two to three years ago she found a slapstick class in NYC that was a new world of entertainment to her, and began clown acting, physical comedy, and some simple juggling. This caused a bit of a shift change for her. She has performed in works she created at the Galapagos open variety show, New York Down Town Clown Revue, Whoa Wednesday etc. She is so glad and excited to perform with Rabbit Island. It is challenging, really. New York City is still exciting to her. By the way, everyone, she still wants to make more friends. :)

Joel Nagle (Dr. Bob): actor, writer, filmmaker. The Straitjacket, Kernel Of Sanity (Audelco Award nomination, Outstanding Ensemble Performance); M21/Bellevue, South Delancey, Henry’s Lunchroom, The Trials of MS. Katherine and Second (Plays and Playwrights 2005; Guiding Light (CBS) & All My Children (ABC), and the films The Challenger, Entropy, Say Nothing and Last Words of the Holy Ghost which has recently screened at several film festivals including: Lucerne International Film Festival in Switzerland, Aguilar Film Festival in Spain, LA Shorts Fest, Austin Film Festival, Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, Driftless Film Festival, Coney Island Film Festival and the Big Apple Film Festival. SAG-AFTRA-AEA. Many thanks to Aimee, Chris, everyone involved in this production and my life coach, B.Y.O.B.

Maryvel Bergen Firda (Lighting Design): Maryvel is thrilled to be working with Chris and Aimee again, after most recently lighting We Haven’t Told Anyone About This. Other recent designs include Woman of Manhattan for the Iron Jaw Company, Festival of the Vegetables (2010) at the Metropolitan Playhouse, and King Lear for ShakespeareNYC. Maryvel is especially happy to be back with Frigid, after collaborating with Chris for American Badass for the 2008 Festival.

Scott Garapolo (Sound Design/Original Composition): Born and raised in Oak Park, Illinois, earned a bachelor's degree in music from the University of Miami before moving to New York City. He has freelanced here, and toured nationally, as a drummer with seemingly countless bands for the last fifteen years. He now splits his musical time behind the drums and in the producer's chair, producing bands and singers and also composing music for theater, commercials and websites. Currently he is developing a deep passion for speaking of himself in the third person. Please stop by and visit at iamadrummer.com.

Heather Olmstead (Stage Manager): is tickled pink to be joining Elephant Run Productions again for another funtastic show. She has worked professionally at a handful of theatres in Ohio as well as Metropolitan Playhouse, La MaMa ETC, The Frigid Festival, The Fringe Festival and Theatre Askew's Youth Performance Experience in NYC. When not wearing black and lurking in the shadows she is playing with yarn. Much love to her family and friends for supporting her theatre habit, especially Kevin.


 

Mash Up! A 10th Anniversary Celebration!  | Open: 06/22/11 Close: 06/22/11
A Retrospective Evening of Theatre, Film and Music to benefit RSP’s 10th Season!

Featuring Segments covering Season 1 to 10, From Audience Favorites from Season Pasts!
Including:

  • The Last Supper By Dan Rosen
  • Hellcab By Will Kern
  • The Crucible By Arthur Miller
  • A’spress By Adam Purvis
  • Songs from our Musical Cabarets Beneficial Bawdiness, Growing Up Is Hard to Do

And Many Many more favorites

Join our Returning Cast Members & Current Ensemble as we celebrate all things Rising Sun! 
Akia, Almog Pail, Amanda Berry, David Anthony, EJ Assi, Elizabeth Burke,  Jason Vinoles, Joe Beaudin, Kate Foster, Kate Grimes, Kitty Lindsay, Larry Gutman, Lela Bryant, Lindsay Beecher,  Lindsey Smith, Michael Bernardi, Michael Burns, Mimi Jefferson, Nicole Howard, Patrick Egan, Rick Benson, Sahadev Poudel, Tedra Millan, Temi Hason, Zach Marco

Raffle Prizes include Dinner & Theatre Packages Featuring:

  • Blue Man Group
  • Catch Me if You Can
  • The Harry Potter Exhibit at Discovery Times Square
  • Fuerza Bruta! 

Direction Team: Akia, Maura Kelly, Lindsay Beecher & Ted Gorodetzky
Production Manager: Lindsay Beecher
Stage Manager: Nzinga Williams
Costume Design: Barbara Erin Delo
Media Direction: Derek Shore
Literary Management: Michael Ross Albert &John Patrick Bray
Photography & Video: David Anthony
Fundraising Coordinator: Tiffini Minatel



 

Scarlet Woman  | Open: 02/23/11 Close: 03/05/11
Scarlet Woman is a colorful homage to all of the dangerous Delilahs of film noir. In this two-woman, comedic thriller actresses Candy Simmons and Megan Hill, led by seasoned director Rob O’Neill, rip through the story of one femme fatale, twelve characters and more dead bodies than the last scene of Hamlet. Using a trunkful of props and costumes, a sharp tongue, highly physical performances and a wild imagination Scarlet Woman's crackerjack team of artists present 60-minutes of non-stop ‘stage magic’ recreating the mysterious world of the film-noir genre.

written by Matthew Wells

directed by Rob O'Neill

performed by Megan Hill* & Candy Simmons

stage managed by Jenn Tash

(* appearing courtesy of Actor's Equity Association)


About the Company: SunsetGun Productions

SunsetGun Productions (SGP), www.sunsetgunproductions.com, is an emerging theatre company founded in New York City, currently headquartered in Minneapolis, MN and proudly creating work out of both of these arts meccas.  SGP enjoyed a fantastic reception to their inaugural production, a one-woman show titled AfterLife that toured across the US and Canada to much critical acclaim, including a Best Female Performer Award at the Victoria Fringe Festival for Candy Simmons, a list of 5-Star Reviews and a ranking as the #1 Must See Show at Montreal Fringe Festival by the MONTREAL GAZETTE: 

“Every once in a while at the Montreal Fringe Festival, you
experience a theatrical moment that takes your breathe away

AfterLife, presented by SunsetGun Productions, has that effect.”
Mendacity  | Open: 02/24/11 Close: 03/05/11
 

After moving from readings in Los Angeles to a workshop in New York, the next step in the evolution of this multi-media solo show is the world premier production in the FRIGID New York Festival 2011. Written and directed by Lauren Rayner, MENDACITY takes you deep inside the mind of a splintering personality, peppered with dark humor and wrought with self-loathing and denial over sexual assault. Join us in a rebellious journey of fragmented transcendence and the offering of hope.

 

“MENDACITY is a kaleidoscope of vibrant voices with reflections constantly revolving and morphing around the issue sexual assault. For someone to take something so personal and heartbreaking and transform it into something so transcendent and gut-wrenchingly honest is magnificent, awe-inspiring and inspirational.”

 -Ashley Steed (Writer, LA Stage Times)

 

The premier production of MENDACITY brings together a team of 15 creative collaborators andwill integrate dynamic multi-media techniques, including mind-blowing video projections by Jay Kilachand, an original soundscape designed by Jake Hull (of the band Momentary Prophets) with precise choreography by Shiloh Goodin and a vibrant lighting design by Tony Lepore. The piece will be performed by Ali Kresch.

 

According to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN), about 80% of rape cases in the United States are women aged 24 and under, and that statistic becomes even more staggering when we realize that most sexual assaults of young women go unreported out of fear, disgust, shame, and denial. This is strictly a not-for-profit production. Box office proceeds will directly benefit RAINN.

The Contract  | Open: 10/05/10 Close: 10/19/10
 

In the southern Black Church, a person's image and reputation is everything. So what happens when a high profile preacher's wife discovers that her husband has a fetish for young men? In this riveting new production, Deborah does what you'd least expect. She takes control of the situation and refuses to play the victim. She hires him a lover. The Contract is a titillating and provocative new dramatic play that explores one of the last taboos in the Black Church. It's what everyone knows but refuses to talk about. Come see the premiere of this new work, written by James Webb, a fresh young voice in the American theatre.

Ensemble includes Albert Christmas (Broadway's Ragtime), Joy Jones (Lincoln Center's Zaide), and James Webb (Off Broadway's Birthday Party in Madagascar).

An Idiot  | Open: 08/14/10 Close: 08/28/10
Propinquity Productions presents the World Premiere of "An Idiot", Jeff Tabnick’s modern retelling of Dostoevsky’s "The Idiot", directed by Eric Nightengale, as part of The New York International Fringe Festival – Fringe NYC, a production of The Present Company, from August 14 – 28, 2010 at Venue #3, The Kraine Theater, 85 E. 4th Street (Second Avenue & Bowery), NYC. Performances: Saturday, August 14 at 7:45pm; Sunday, August 15 at 10:45pm; Friday, August 20 at 2pm; Sunday, August 22 at noon; and Saturday, August 28 at 4pm. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. Tickets will be available beginning July 23 at www.fringenyc.org or 1-866-468-7619 and beginning July 31 at FringeCENTRAL, 1 E. 8th Street, NYC.

None of the other characters want to retell the story of "The Idiot" because it’s too horrific, but Prince Myshkin insists this time will be different; this time he will deliver a speech that will save the world.

 

And so begins a darkly comic retelling of Dostoevsky’s novel.  Dropped into modern day America, a land ruled by Christian hypocrites, Prince Myshkin runs for U.S. Senate to promote true Christianity – compassion for all men. As his fame grows, he helps a recovering alcoholic win the love of a socialite/porn star.  But when she falls in love with Myshkin instead, he must teach them to love with compassion before jealousy turns into murder. In the meantime, the prince has opened his apartment to cancer patients and the homeless, however it soon becomes clear that those Myshkin pities feel more spite than gratitude… Can Myshkin hold back the passions, intrigues and resentments brewing in his apartment long enough to give his speech and save the world?

Directed by Eric Nightengale. Scenic Consultant: Scott Aronow. Props: Amanda Stuart. Production Stage Manager: Billie Davis. Assistant Stage Manager: Simone Zwarenstein. Vocal Coach: Nancy Saklad.

Featuring Phil Douglas, Philip Guerette, Emily Hagburg, James Jenner, Jonathan Todd Ross, Toby Wherry, Hollis Witherspoon.

"An Idiot" was originally workshopped at the Hangar Theatre in Ithaca, New York in June-July 2010, directed by Joy Brooke Fairfield.

Thank You For Being A Friend  | Open: 06/13/10 Close: 08/01/10
After selling out its original run as well as two extensions last summer, THANK YOU FOR BEING A FRIEND will return for another limited run engagement of summer camp. This unauthorized musical parody inspired by the beloved TV sitcom “The Golden Girls,” features book by Nick Brennan, music by Jeff Thomson, and lyrics by Luke Jones and Cisco Cardenas.

In THANK YOU FOR BEING A FRIEND four women over 60 (Blanchette, the varicose-veined vixen; Dorthea, the brainy ball-buster; Roz, the lovable airhead; and Sophie, the wisecracking spitfire) are spending their golden years together in a bungalow in Miami. But when gay pop superstar Lance Bass moves next door, his loud outdoor sex parties keep the quartet of cheesecake-loving retirees awake. The solution pits the gays against the girls at the annual Shady Oaks Retirement Home Talent Show: if the women win, then no more sex parties; if the gays garner top prize, the sassy seniors must serve as the party's clean-up crew. Singing, dancing and hilarity ensues!

This newly revised 2010 production will feature an all-new cast led by Mimi Imfurst (The Diary of Anne Frankenstein, Facts of Life: The Lost Episode, The Virgin Mary Trilogy) in the role inspired by Betty White. Additional cast members include Jake Lemmenes (Twist), Susan Campanaro, Jason B. Schmidt (The Gayest Christmas Pageant Ever!), Belinda Hodler (Cock Tales, Triumph of the Underdog) and Joey Army as Lance Bass. It is directed by Nick Brennan featuring choreography by Justin Wingenroth, orchestrations by Adam Gubman and design by Luke Jones.


Tickets are available at 212-352-3101 or www.SpinCycleNYC.com

Moving Day  | Open: 04/08/10 Close: 05/01/10
Set in the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn, MOVING DAY centers around Max, a recovering heroin addict. As Max prepares to leave the childhood home he shares with his sister Emily, she tries to convince him that leaving won’t eliminate his problems.  Emily constantly struggles with letting go -- of her brother, of their parents’ house, of a fantasy relationship with her friend Steven. More problems arise when Melinda, Max’s alcoholic-in-denial ex-wife shows up sporting secrets of her own. Addiction. Infidelity. Divorce. When we move to a new home, can we leave behind our issues or do they inadvertently get packed with the china?

The production stars Tina Barone, Frank Nigro, Douglas Reid and Christie Zampella with lighting by Ken Conroy, set by Katherine Fry, sound by Sam Dante, and costumes by Sofia Dante.

NEW YORK NEO-FUTURISTS are pleased to present a special edition of their ongoing show Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind in honor of the culmination of National Poetry Month. TOO MUCH LIGHT MAKES THE BABY GO BLIND: 30 POEMS IN 60 MINUTES will be presented at The Kraine Theater (85 East 4th Street, New York, NY 10003) on Friday, April 30th and Saturday, May 1st at 10:30pm.

A poetry-themed version of their critically acclaimed signature show, Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind, this ever-changing, lightening-paced performance of 30 Poems In 60 Minutes will be dedicated to theater that is poetic, musical, lyrical, powerful and that sometimes...rhymes.

30 Poems In 60 Minutes will feature New York Neo-Futurists’ Jill Beckman, Desiree Burch, Cara Francis, Kevin R. Free, Ryan Good, Daniel McCoy, Rob Neill, Joey Rizzolo and Lauren Sharpe. They will be joined by alumni favorites Claudia Alick and F. Omar Telan.

Tickets are $10.00 plus the roll of a six-sided die ($11-$16) at the door. Advance tickets are $16.00 and can be purchased online at www.nyneofuturists.org, or by calling 212-352-3101.

In Honor of Poem in Your Pocket Day on April 27th, the Neos will be extending their "poetic footprint" by creating a series of wild postings throughout New York City honoring poems past, present, and Neo-future.

For more information on these events and 30 Poems in 60 Minutes, visit http://www.nyneofuturists.org  

THE NEW YORK NEO-FUTURISTS are an ensemble of dynamic writer/performer/directors who present the critically acclaimed, energetic show of original short plays, Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind--a non-illusory collage of the comic and tragic, the political and personal, the visceral and experimental, while embracing chance, change, and chaos.  Developing out of the format that has been a success in Chicago since 1988, the New York Neo-Futurists have roots in NYC from the mid 90’s.  Since opening TML in New York, they have created over 1900 plays and continue to present new and vital work every weekend in the East Village. For more info: www.nynf.org
 


The Two Gentlemen Of Lebowski  | Open: 03/18/10 Close: 04/04/10
One of the most unlikely and extraordinary success stories in modern theater, this is the US premiere of filmmaker Adam Bertocci’s keenly observed parody of Shakespearian archetypes, theatrical convention, modern pop culture, and especially the most beloved work of the Brothers Coen, THE TWO GENTLEMEN OF LEBOWSKI. Being the misadventures of the beloved rogue known only as The Knave, his explosively assertive cohort, Sir Walter of Poland, and the lady Maude Lebowski, artiste and schemer, whose father Geoffrey “The Big” Lebowski’s declining fortunes trigger a deluge of thievery, kidnapping, violence, mayhem, ninepin, and micturation, all of which lead the normally passive Knave into greater and greater danger, or at least greater and greater confusion. Plus, a pederast named Quince. If it all sounds familiar, it is, or at least it will be until DMT gets a hold of it.
 
An instant internet sensation and overnight cult favorite, this ceaselessly clever, daringly devious cultural mashup is perfect for DMTheatrics’ signature irreverence, fearlessness, and bravado, and the combination of Bertocci’s sharp wit and indie theater veteran Frank Cwiklik’s trademark bombast is guaranteed to blow the roof off of The Kraine Theater. The show has already gathered a massive worldwide following, with fans from as far away as Baltimore, Detroit, the UK, and even Sweden already booked to attend this pop culture event. Already a runaway smash, THE TWO GENTLEMEN OF LEBOWSKI has broken Horse Trade – and possibly NYC indie theater – records by selling out its opening weekend Saturday night show within 36 HOURS of tickets being made available, and its second weekend Saturday night sold out barely 48 hours later. This is THE indie theater event of the year, and anyone who is anyone is coming!
Playing Cricket  | Open: 02/04/10 Close: 02/20/10
Playing Cricket is an academic comedy with a twist. Cricket, an aging graduate student (“I have almost not yet turned thirty”) toils away in the departmental library while avoiding graduation. Other characters include the Department Head and his wife, two instructors vying for a promotion, and Cricket’s friend Debra, a sexy undergrad who get her grades any way she can.

PLAYING CRICKET will feature Gabriel Sloyer, Nic Tyler, Jessica Chazen, Richard Brundage, Scott Glascock, Elizabeth Bove, Tom Bateman, and Byrnne Kraynak.

Using various forms of media (film, radio, song/dance), Anyone for a Classy Threesome? brings together three short tales based off of classical works of literature. Starting off with Spinner Spirits Presents Showpiece Theater Starring Rex McDeevit, a radio play version of Othello, then moving into 1,001 Peorian Nights based off the famous Arabian tales, and ending with an ethereal symbolist spin-off of Dante's Inferno entitled Song Five, Circle Two, the night has something to offer everyone, from old-time radio junkies to dance theatre fans. Brought to you by the folks at Just ASK Productions, the 90-minute show will draw you in with all the sights, sounds, and spectacle a modern day audience can desire.

Spinner Spirits Presents Showpiece Theater Starring Rex McDeevit
Written by P. Case Aiken III
Directed by Adam Samtur
Adapted from Shakespeare’s Othello

1,001 Peorian Nights
Written by Adam Samtur
Directed by Matthew Kagen
Adapted from 1,001 Arabian Nights

Song Five, Circle Two
Written by Matthew Kagen
Directed by P. Case Aiken III
Adapted from Dante’s Inferno

Requiem For Heavyweight  | Open: 11/04/09 Close: 11/21/09
 A heavyweight fighter, Harlan "Mountain" McClintock, is coming to the tail end of his boxing career, not only needing to find a job, but also wants to continue to make money for his manager Maish Resnick. While his handler, Army Hakes, and a social worker, Grace Miller, believe Mountain can make a living outside of the ring, Maish feels he can continue to expose Mountain in the ring in different ways to get himself out of debt. 

Up For Anything  | Open: 10/08/09 Close: 10/31/09

Up for Anything is an outrageous comic exploration of fidelity, commitment and better sex through chemistry. Up For Anything boasts the “racy, insidery” sensibility (New York Times) that has made Spitz a hipster’s favorite and drawn comparisons to Joe Orton and Charles Busch (New York Post) but places the “hysterically funny” (Village Voice) dialogue and scenarios in the world of the drawing room farce. Think the dry wit of Noel Coward meets the anarchic spree of the Marx Brothers. “Spitz makes anybody who appears in his work seem funnier and slightly more hip than they actually are, which is why working on his subversive dramatic constructs give actors so much joy,” says Sherman of his rare on stage role.

Spitz and his longtime collaborators Carlo Vogel (returning as director) and Jonathan Lisecki (also a director, back once again here as actor and co-producer) “exploded out of the Ludlow Street scene” (Paper magazine) in 1998. Over eleven years, they have produced the cult hits Retail Sluts, The Rise and Fall of the Farewell Drugs, “...Worry, Baby,” I Wanna Be Adored, Shyness is Nice, Gravity Always Wins, The Name of This Play is Talking Heads, and Your Face is A Mess. The East Village and Lower East Side had an element of danger then, and so did these plays. The neighborhood’s edge and rebel heart are now long gone but Spitz and his crew have maintained theirs and are back to show how it’s done with the tale of hapless Walter Dabney (Jonathan Marc Sherman, co-star of I Wanna Be Adored a decade ago).

Walter Dabney is not big on commitment. Both the soul of his writing and his ten year marriage have started to suffer for it. Walter can’t even commit to his mistress, Annie as their affair grows more and more serious. But when he takes a Viagra like pill called Themis one morning during a tryst, he is finally forced to commit to something: THE FOUR HOUR ERECTION THEY WARN ABOUT IN THE COMMERCIAL! It’s the worst possible timing. Everyone in the City he does not want to run into and some he’s never even met show up, amounting to a brutal afternoon of reckoning for Walter and the kind of wild night of theater that only this crew can provide.

Thank You For Being A Friend: The Musical  | Open: 05/24/09 Close: 07/12/09
In THANK YOU FOR BEING A FRIEND: THE MUSICAL, four women over 60 (Blanchette, the varicose-veined vixen; Dorthea, the brainy ball-buster; Roz, the lovable airhead; and Sophie, the wisecracking spitfire) are spending their golden years together in a bungalow in Miami. But when gay pop superstar Lance Bass moves next door, his loud outdoor sex parties keep the quartet of cheesecake-loving retirees awake. The solution pits the gays against the girls at the annual Shady Oaks Retirement Home Talent Show: if the women win, then no more sex parties; if the gays garner top prize, the sassy seniors must serve as the party's clean-up crew. Singing, dancing and hilarity ensues!

This wholly unauthorized parody features original music plus parodies of songs from your favorite Broadway musicals including Dreamgirls, Chicago and 9 to 5. Directed by Nick Brennan, the production stars Lavinia Draper (Therapy Thursdays), Chad Ryan, Nick Brennan (Facts of Life: The Lost Episode), Brad Loekle (Sirius XM Radio’s Morning Jolt), Jody Wood and Luke Jones with choreography by Justin Wingenroth and design by Luke Jones.

Arsenic & Old Lace  | Open: 06/11/09 Close: 06/27/09
This classic comedy features two sweet old ladies… who poison lonely men as an act of charity. One of their nephews is a serial killer. Another thinks he’s Teddy Roosevelt. The third just wants to marry his girl and keep his aunties safe from the Brooklyn Police Department. There are a slew of dead bodies buried in the cellar and another in the window seat. Because murder, insanity and family are very Dysfunctional.

ARSENIC & OLD LACE features Ron Bopst*, Rob Brown*, Mike DeRensis, Marilyn Duryea, Greg Engbrecht, Jennifer Gill, Kurt Kingsley*, Vivian Meisner*, Craig Peterson, Justin Plowman, Mike Roche*, Peter Schuyler and Yanni Walker.
*Appearing courtesy of The Actors’ Equity Association

The Black Jew Dialogues  | Open: 03/03/09 Close: 03/07/09
What's so funny about two American minorities that have slavery, the KKK, and chicken livers in common? You’ll find out in this hilarious and innovative two-actor play on the history and absurdity of prejudice and racism. This fast-paced show combines sketches, improvisations, and multi-media. Touring the U.S. and the U.K.

New York City Premiere!

“Funny!” Washington Post

“Drop Everything!” Metro

“Entertaining and Enlightening” Jewish Advocate

“Matzah and Motown meet ‘Avenue Q’!” Courant

Camouflage  | Open: 02/27/09 Close: 03/04/09
CAMOUFLAGE explores the dangers of camouflaging the truth, as we journey through life. How many of us hide within ‘tangled webs’ of deception? In her new play,  writer and actress Gail Roberts explores the pain of self-deception, and discovers it’s not as grim as she thought. In fact, the lengths we go to deceive ourselves and others can be downright funny…if it didn’t hurt so much!

The Truth About Santa  | Open: 12/03/08 Close: 12/20/08
Just in time for Christmas, Clancy Productions presents THE TRUTH ABOUT SANTA, a new play with music by Tony Award Winner Greg Kotis (Urinetown). Directed by Obie Award winner John Clancy (Americana Absurdum, Fatboy), previews of this refreshingly apocalyptic holiday tale begin December 3 at The Kraine Theater. Opening night is slated for Saturday, December 6 at 8pm.

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus! And the terrible truth about who he is, how he treats his elves, and what his home life has become will all be revealed in THE TRUTH ABOUT SANTA. Will this Christmas be Santa's last? Will Mrs. Claus finally make good on her threat to submerge humanity in a lake of fire? Who are these children and where did they get their strange powers?

Judith  | Open: 11/30/08 Close: 12/09/08
In the early hours before a massacre that will annihilate her people, Judith visits General Holofernes as the last hope to save her race. What starts as a seductive game of manipulation under the cool shroud of the quiet desert night quickly becomes a conflict of allegiance. As dawn burns through the cracks of the general's tent, Judith must decide how much of her own identity she's willing to sacrifice for the fate of the thousands that wait in the distance.
Roommates  | Open: 11/21/08 Close: 11/22/08
Join Mildred Langstrom and Alex Schaefer as they rebuild their lives from financial ruin and unexpected loss. Healing begins as Mother Nurture meets Neurotica and two generations of women chart a new course in life as ROOMMATES.
The Joining: A Belly Dance Play  | Open: 08/22/08 Close: 08/24/08
Join Ayleeza, Julian and many talented dancers and musicians as they cast a magical spell with rhythms that pulse
through your veins. Will the traditional bride come to a meeting of the minds with her modern husband and his "posse"? Will she die of embarassment when her meshugah mother breaks into a song about "the birds & the bees" on her wedding day? Will the Wedding Singer get everybody up to do the Chicken Dance? Find out at The Joining!

For lots more info, see www.ayleeza.com


Super Gay!  | Open: 06/15/07 Close: 06/17/07
A special installment of NYNF's "Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind," Super Gay! is a romp through sex, gender, identity, politics, and everything gay. During each performance, the Neo-Futurists race against the clock to perform thirty short plays in under an hour, and the audience chooses the order in which they are performed. Comedies are performed next to dramas, musicals alongside avant-garde puppetry and movement. Each performance is unique, displaying a dizzying range of styles.
Skirts & Flirts  | Open: 05/16/07 Close: 05/19/07
From the writer of CBS' comedy 'How I Met Your Mother', Gloria Calderon Kellett
brings her star-studded monologue show Skirts & Flirts to The Kraine Theatre for its New York premiere.

An exclusive showcase run featuring a talented cast that includes Nadine Velazquez (NBC's My Name Is Earl, Maxim's Top 100), Cobie Smulders (CBS' How I Met Your Mother), and Joe Manganiello (Spiderman 1 & 3), the show explores the intersecting lives of 15 urbanites and how, even in passing, they profoundly effect one another's lives.

REQUIEM AETERNAM DEO - A Play For Everyone and Nobody  | Open: 03/22/07 Close: 04/15/07
Zarathustra, the awakened one, through whom a god dances, will bring his
sacred and secret gift to humanity: an eternal requiem for god. Will man
become ripe enough to witness his woe in the very naked eyes of
Zarathustra, and laugh? Will he endure the continuous bewilderment of
overcoming fear and pity? Will he become child enough to create beyond
himself and thereby perish? When the time comes, will we be ready to
take off our shoes and feel the earth? This is a confrontation with the
idea of being a part of and being apart from the sacred eternity.

The Nietzsche Circle is proud to present Requiem Aeternam Deo, a new
play based on Friedrich Nietzsche's 1883 ‘philosophical novel,' Thus
Spoke Zarathustra, written and directed by Fulya Peker.

Ms. Peker is a Turkish-born poet, playwright and director. She is a
2003 graduate of Ankara State Conservatory, Turkey, with a BA in Drama,
and has received her MA in Theatre, Literature, History & Criticism from
Brooklyn College (2006). Requiem Aeternam Deo constitutes her US
directorial debut.

We Call Her Benny  | Open: 03/07/07 Close: 03/17/07
We Call Her Benny, written and directed by SUZANNE BACHNER, is a dynamic 10-actor ensemble piece that tells the story of an adopted woman's victory through manic-depression, sexual dysfunction, a broken marriage and the reluctant search for her birth parents. It is a brand new piece created expressly for the first-ever FRIGID New York festival.

The production stars Bob Brader as Peter, stars Anna Bridgforth as Anna, stars Anna Cody as Anna, stars Bob Celli as Dad, stars Thaddeus Daniels as Kevin stars Sean Dill as Dr. Weitzner stars Francis P. O'Flynn as Brother, stars Candice Owens as Nurse and as Judy, stars Morgan Lindsey Tachco as Ms. Boyd and as Gaby, and stars Danny Wiseman as Cabbie and as Max .

The production features choreography and assistant directions by Julie Rosier, costume design and associate production by Deborah Alves, lighting consultation by John Tees, III, technical direction by Douglas Shearer, consultations by Fred Poole and Marta Szabo of The Authentic Writing Workshops, photography by Scott Wynn, and graphic design by Michael Koch.

Monkeyland II (anatk 21.10)
In Monkeyland II (anatk 21.10) a tiny monkey crosses a post-apocalyptic wasteland and dreams of a time not far from the present day when people had it easier, conflicts were potentially resolvable, Neo-Futurists entertained and someone played the ukulele.

In which the end of the world...
Will the Apocalypse occur within our lifetimes? The Neo-Futurists tackle the most important debate of all mankind in what can only be described as a "Theatrical Debate Round." Two teams. One possible outcome. Like a high-school debate...only funnier with serious consequences. And the
audience decides the fate of mankind.

Revelations Of a City Of Us
Revelations Of a City Of Us finds that the only thing scarier than the Apocalypse itself is when the presumed last man on earth forces his friends to recreate theatrical civilization in twenty minutes.

11  | Open: 11/28/06 Close: 12/22/06
"11" presents two emotionally gripping stories of 11 lives deeply impacted by the terrorist bombings in Madrid, Spain on March 11, 2004 and the attack on the World Trade Center in New York City on September 11, 2001. This powerful theatrical event bridges two continents, cultures and national political agendas with one hauntingly similar thread of terrorism. The pieces in "11", "Ana 3/11", written by one of Spain's most acclaimed playwrights Paloma Pedrero, and "A River Apart", the world premiere play by playwright and television writer Michelle Schiefen, follow the heart wrenching journeys of 11 strangers forced to face the reality that their lives and memories are forever altered after the most devastating terrorist attacks on American and Spanish soils.

"A River Apart", a new play set on a Brooklyn rooftop, depicts the most turbulent hour in the lives of six barely acquainted neighbors -- a worried single mother, a Muslim NYU student, the building's superintendent, a young professional woman, an unemployed businessman, and an elderly Latina -- on the morning of September 11, 2001. Set in the time between the attack on the second tower of the World Trade Center and its eventual collapse, the play follows the emotional rollercoaster of each resident as they struggle to deal with the crumbling world across the river. Without their friends, family or a working cell phone, they must depend on the strength of one another to lift their spirits and carry them through this time of perilous uncertainty.

"Ana 3/11", already having premiered in Spain, London, Cuba and at the 2006 New York International Fringe Festival, is a devastatingly suspenseful tale of three women, all named Ana, awaiting the fate of one man, Angel Vera Garcia, trapped in the Madrid train bombings on March 11, 2004. In three separate haunting vignettes, we meet Ana 1, Angel's lover; Ana 2, his wife; and Ana 3, his mother; as each struggles with her faith and hope that the man she loves is still alive. Whether waiting at home for a fateful phone call (Ana 1), enduring a hospital waiting room with another grieving wife (Ana 2) or living in a nursing home and batting dementia with the help of an aid (Ana 3), "Ana 3/11" explores the reverberations of terrorism and the enduring power of love.

"11" is a theatrical event that takes its audience on a personal journey that raises universal questions of violence and ultimate hope.

Paloma Pedrero is the leading female playwright in Spain. Her work has been produced around the world for more than two decades. After successful runs in Spain, Cuba and London, "Ana 3/11" made its US debut at the 2006 New York International Fringe Festival where Melanie Lee of NYTheatre.com raved, "Ana 3/11 is a compelling work that deserves to enter the international canon of theatre." Michelle Schiefen is finishing her latest play, Cause the Bible Tells Me So.

Love: A Tragic Etude  | Open: 11/27/06 Close: 12/16/06
The most dangerous choice we make is our choice to love. In stark, totalitarian Red City, two young lovers, Fernando and Arena, are separated by military conflicts. Fernando, on the lam from his country's current regime, dreams of reuniting with his love. While Arena holds onto hope that she will see Fernando again, she leans on her friend Lucia, whose boyfriend may be the key to Fernando's safe return. Will Lucia's lover be able to save Fernando or does he have another agenda? Will Fernando and Arena be together again? How, in life's toughest times, do people keep their faith?

Creator and director Juan Souki has crafted a searing piece about love, life and fear in the midst of war. Featuring a haunting score by Xavier Losada as well as stunning multimedia images, "Love: A Tragic Etude" deals with moments of inevitable separation and the effects of institutionalized power over human relations. It explores the process of decision making in extreme and unexpected situations.

Juan Souki is a multimedia artist from Caracas, Venezuela. He is the Artistic Director of the Caracas-New York International Theatre Project, which was founded in 2004 to promote a theatrical rendezvous among actors, musicians, designers and directors from all over the world. In addition to his work with the collective, he has directed The Cherry Orchard at the Classic Stage Company.

Originally commissioned by the prestigious Corp Group Foundation, "Love: A Tragic Etude" premiered in Caracas, Venezuela in 2005, and has since been developed further for its New York debut.

Will be shown with Kelly Girod's short impressionistic piece "Gypsy Love"

a Tack of an American Conscience  | Open: 11/10/06 Close: 11/19/06
The world around George has been reduced to rubble and he finds himself trapped in a labyrinth of public education. As his wife pleads with him to give up his futile quest for knowledge and come home, and his uncle entangles him in a web of dead-end American dream schemes, time begins to accelerate at a dizzying pace. But George can only digsifting, often quite literally, through a life-size crater in the center of his world. A TACK OF AN AMERICAN CONSCIENCE follows an American everyman's life-long search for meaning in America's fabricated history.
Le Lycanthrope  | Open: 10/03/06 Close: 10/31/06
A Revenge-Farce with a Monster-Movie Groove

Le Lycanthrope is an "unofficial sequel" to Le Misanthrope, by Jean Baptiste Poquelin Moliere, composed in rhyming couplets of iambic pentameter.

At the climax of Moliere's play, Alceste, the titular "Misanthrope" (hater of mankind), betrayed and ridiculed by the woman he loves, shamed and prosecuted by her other suitors, exits the stage in a Fury, vowing to live in the wilderness away from Parisian Society "where man is arrant wolf to man"; his friends Philinte and Eliante exit after him, determined to change his mind. End of play. Anbiguity. Does he leave, or not?

Le Lycanthrope begins on Halloween, 1673, with Alceste having returned from six years in the wilderness. He claims to be a "Lycanthrope", a WEREWOLF, and has come to exact Revenge upon the "Wolves Society" of his enemies. So he decides to throw a little Halloween Party...

The World of Ryuji Sawa  | Open: 07/06/06 Close: 07/09/06
Producer Toshi Hirano of TKO Entertainment is pleased to present two special commissioned performances of The World of Ryuji Sawa, a Japanese show that incorporates various elements of Japanese popular theater, including Kabuki dance, Taiko drumming, sword fighting and instant costume changes.

The cast of twelve is lead by the show?s creator and director, Ryuji Sawa, a prominent Japanese actor in theater, television and film

Epidemic of Fear  | Open: 06/02/06 Close: 06/10/06
Epidemic of Fear: The Influenzical

Politics meets pandemic in this satirical look at mass hysteria, media hype and government backlash.

On a tip from an attractive virologist, a reporter uncovers a batch of very bad chicken. Governor "Crackdown" Casey calls for mass arrests, the creation of the Wellness Island Detention Camp, "Flu Phones" for informants and a mysterious drug to quell the panic.

Is the threat truly deadly, or is this an Epidemic of Fear? This one-hour comedy features live music and free anti-viral vaccines.

For more information, visit www.epidemicoffear.com, or call 917-306-9151

The Crucible  | Open: 05/11/06 Close: 05/21/06
Rising Sun's work has been called:
"Intense and out-there, and just never lets up" .. NYtheatre.com
And "Well worth the audience's time and money" ...Oobr.com

For its hotly anticipated revival of Arthur Miller's "The Crucible" Rising Sun has enlisted director Melissa Attebery to lead their stellar ensemble in a powerful and timeless depiction of how intolerance and hysteria can traverse and tear a community apart.

Rising Sun is one of the current up and coming theatre companies in the Off-Off Broadway community that is establishing a reputation for their talented ensemble of writers, directors and actors featuring a strong selection of Original works balanced by revivals of off beat published works. Rising Sun brought New York City the acclaimed revivals of "An Adult Evening of Shel Silverstein" & "The Shape of Things" (2004) which was nominated for two New York Innovative Theatre Awards and most recently the critically acclaimed smash hit "Hellcab" which played for 10 weeks to sold out audiences.

Using a multi-aged, multi-ethnic cast and a visual design of stark silhouettes, vivid colors and timeless dress, this production of The Crucible takes place on a modern visual landscape, as it leads the audience to the always busy intersection of sin, paranoia and intolerance. As the townsfolk engage with their hysterical surroundings, feelings of genuine religious piety collide with personal grudges, property feuds and forbidden sexual behavior. These tensions, pervade the town's religious sensibility and provide the raw materials for the tumult of the Salem witch trials.

This Production features the talents of
Director: Melissa Attebery
Stage Manager Dallas Bird
Assistant Stage Manager Sinem Balkir
Lighting Design: G. Ben Swope
Set Design: Jeremy Rosenstein
Costume Design: Katherine Stebbins

Ensemble Cast: John Hart, Jarret Summers, Prentiss Marquis, Lorraine Thompson, Alessia Siniscalchi, Patrick Egan, Kelly Scanlon, Sarah Sirota, Nic Mevoli, Akia, Reginald Ferguson, Jared Mercier, William Greville, Anna Gorman, Adam Purvis, Brian Trybom, Rey Oliver Bune, Elizabeth Burke, Barbara Lifton, Jenn Schatz & Seth Abrams

Seven.11 Convenience Theatre  | Open: 03/30/06 Close: 04/16/06
Fourth annual series exploring the alternately funny and poignant aspects of immigrant life in America via seven eleven-minute plays and musicals--all set within the confines of a 7-11 convenience store.

The plays include:

Bombay Screams by Rehana Mirza. An unemployed actor from Broadway's "Bombay Dreams" toils at the 7-11...until an up-and-coming female playwright comes in and sweeps him off his feet. Is it true love or just a messy Slushee?

Who Killed Mr. Naidu First? by Samrat Chakrabarti and Sanjiv Jhaveri. With 3 suspects and a heinous crime, a musical "whodunnit" that will send you singing and screaming from the convenience store!

Homecoming by Celena Cipriaso. A young woman stumbles into a convenience store to find her past.

The Old New World by J.P. Chan. In the year 2106, superpowers fight for their right to claim the Jewel of Ancient America.

Undone by Elizabeth Emmons. Two girls stop for supplies on a run away trip to Mexico to escape an arranged marriage.

Jaffna Mangoes by Vishakan Jeyakumar. Race relations in a convenience store in Sunnyside Queens makes life juicier than the juiciest of mangos.

Kung Fu Hustle by Jackson Loo. A Chinese-American teen, convinced that learning Kung Fu should be easy for him since its part of his heritage, struggles to master the art in a hurry to impress a pretty martial arts instructor.

What Women Talk About  | Open: 01/31/06 Close: 03/21/06
Unscripted, uninhibited, and wildly entertaining, What Women Talk About is a unique theatrical event that eavesdrops on the lives of four young women in New York City. Each show is set in a new location with a new scenario where the talented cast performs an unscripted show, creating a story arc throughout the run by improvising the plot and dialogue based on their reoccurring characters. The lives of Bonnie, Jean, Sophie, and Sara unfold in original nightly performances full of raw humor, startling honesty, and infectious comedy.

Information: www.whatwomentalkabout.net

Crescendo Falls  | Open: 11/14/04 Close: 02/13/06
Crescendo Falls is a hilarious 6-episode spoof of everyone's favorite afternoon delight...soap operas! (there is a re-cap at the beginning of each episode)

The fictional metropolis of Crescendo Falls thrives on the decadent affairs and backstabbing antics of its beautiful but deadly, double crossing, bed-hopping and always perfectly groomed residents who will stop at nothing to fulfill their wants and desire.

Originally produced in 1998, this hysterical episodic adventure played to sold-out houses for six months. In 2001, Crescendo Falls was chosen to by NBC to be a part of its new search for original comedy, playing at HERE for twelve weeks under the auspices and funding of PSNBC.

EPISODE 1 - Monday, November 14 & Monday, November 21

EPISODE 2 - Tuesday, November 29 & Monday, December 5

EPISODE 3 - Monday, December 12 & Monday, December 19

EPISODE 4 - Tuesday, January 3 & Monday, January 9

EPISODE 5 - Monday, January 16 & Tuesday, January 24

EPISODE 6 - Monday, February 6 & Monday, February 13

Goner  | Open: 01/05/06 Close: 01/28/06
At the start of the play, the President of the United States gets shot...and then the fun begins. The assassination attempt thrusts the President into the care of three screwball doctors, while a pair of maniac FBI agents hunt down a conspiracy. A play like this comes along only once a season. Twice if your schizophrenic
Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind  | Open: 01/20/06 Close: 01/21/06

CHANCE. CHANGE. CHAOS!

Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind is the New York Neo-Futurists, the wildly prolific writers/directors/performers, race-against-the-clock, ever-changing attempt to perform 30 plays in 60 minutes!

The New York Neo-Futurists perform their critically acclaimed, energetic show of original short playsa non-illusory collage of the comic and tragic, the political and personal, the visceral and experimental, while embracing chance, change, and chaos.

King Kong  | Open: 11/30/05 Close: 12/18/05
World Premiere of the only stage adaptation ever of the classic fantasy adventure KING KONG
A Very Nosedive Christmas Carol  | Open: 12/08/05 Close: 12/17/05
The Holiday Classic, Revampted for Cynics
The Adventures of Everywoman  | Open: 07/18/05 Close: 08/10/05
The Adventures of Everywoman, the first one-act installment of the Biblical Bitches, is a burlesque fairy tale, quilted with gospel-funk showstoppers (musical direction by Travis Bloom), farcical comic scenes, and explosive dance sequences (choreography by Tomas Bell).

The main character, Woh-man (Eve) is born into the perfect garden with the perfect husband (Adam). When she decides to leave her perfect life she has no idea what to expect. Follow Woh-man in her adventures as she searches for true freedom and an understanding of the nature of her kind. Don't miss this one-of-a-kind, seventy-five minute extravaganza of off-off Broadway magic!

Serenading Louie  | Open: 06/16/05 Close: 06/25/05
SERENADING LOUIE paints a piercing portrait of two young, outwardly happily married couples each privately trying to deal with their own demons. Ex-football star Carl puts on a brave face and tries to ignore the fact that his wife Mary (a former homecoming queen) is having a long-term affair with a co-worker of his. Meanwhile, Carl's best friend Alex has become disinterested in his chatty, insecure wife Gabrielle and has recently started a relationship with a 17-year-old college co-ed. In one evening, both couples face the truth about their marriages and their lives...an act that brings about unspeakable tragedy for one of them.
Reflections From The Breakfast Club  | Open: 12/10/04 Close: 03/26/05
An Irreverent on-stage parody of the movie, in honor of the film's 20th anniversary.

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Othello  | Open: 03/16/05 Close: 03/26/05
Palehorse Productions, an emerging classical theatre company based in New York City presents their inaugural production: Shakespeare's dark and sensual tragedy of Othello, which opens March 16 at the Kraine Theater. Set in 17th century Cyprus, General Othello, the Moor of Venice, is coerced by his friend , the two-faced Iago, into believing that his wife, Desdemona, has been unfaithful. A twisted plot of fatal jealousy and rage transpires as Othello's darkest suspicions are awakened. This Othello is unique for its dedication to the integrity of Shakespeare's words, rather than any added concepts. The production boasts a strong ensemble cast (most of whom have been collaborating for over ten years), detailed period costumes, Moorish music and gritty sword brawls. (WARNING: Brief Nudity)
The Secret Narrative Of The Phone Book  | Open: 02/02/05 Close: 02/27/05
A romantic comedy hijacked by a conspiracy thriller. It follows a sexy freedom fighter's daring plan to corrupt a global media conglomerate by seducing two of its employees at the same time. Its tongue-in-cheek techno-paranoia seriously questions the possibility of a genuine connection between human beings