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The Interrupted Journey  | Open: 09/16/19 Close: 09/16/19
THE INTERRUPTED JOURNEY is the sensational bestseller written by John G. Fuller, the late husband of Elizabeth Fuller. It is considered to be the best-documented case of alien abduction in the history of mankind. Elizabeth Fuller and Joel Vig are now presenting this landmark story as a play. Under hypnotic regression, Betty and Barney Hill discovered the truth behind their total memory loss of a two hour period when they were driving home through a mountainous part of New Hampshire. They both recounted how they had been captured and taken aboard a UFO and examined by aliens from another planet. As the United States and other governments around the world are now opening up secret UFO files, the Hills account, based on the actual recordings of their hypnotic regressions, could be considered proof of the perhaps terrifying possibility that in our universe we are not alone!!


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THE CHAOS THEORY OF NOW  | Open: 09/08/19 Close: 09/15/19
In this intelligent and entertaining solo performance, lesbian comedian and science maven Jennifer Joy Pawlitschek uses science’s chaos theory to illuminate our uncertain times. Inspired in part by her own far-right Republican farm family, Jennifer portrays a diversity of wild characters, including a Trump-voting farm wife, a lesbian liberal rural politician, an Evangelical homeschooling mom, and a teen punk Antifa activist. She reveals how America got to this point - and what’s next in our unsettled country. At the edge of chaos lies either total ruin or creative new beginnings. Which side will we end up on? Who will we become?

Jennifer Joy has performed her science-inspired repertoire at off-Broadway theaters, NASA conferences, and universities across the US. The Chaos Theory of Now was workshopped at Dixon Place.

SssWitch  | Open: 09/15/19 Close: 09/15/19
SssWitch: A Fun, Family-Friendly, Story-Concert of songs from SssWitch Dr. Sues original multi-media musical (plus popular standards). SssWitch is a magical show about a modern Cinderella who meets a wisecracking Witch, makes a tricky deal, and transforms her own life! Its a mashup of Cinderella and Faust with an empowering message: be true to yourself, stand up to bullies, include others, and go for your dreams! www.SssWitch.net


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Me && Lee  | Open: 09/15/19 Close: 09/15/19
The musical is the authorized musical adaptation of the historical autobiography of Judyth Vary Baker: teen science superstar, witness to history and secret girlfriend of Lee Harvey Oswald in 1963. Baker was supposedly recruited by the U.S. Government during the height of the Cold War in 1962 as part of a secret project to develop cancerous bio-weapons designed to kill Fidel Castro. She is said to have met and fallen in love with Oswald, who at the time was another government agency involved with the same project. Their love story tells of events that weigh on the assassination of JFK.

Part of Theater for the New City's Dream Up Festival 2019.


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HEDY LAMARR AND FREQUENCY-HOPPING  | Open: 09/08/19 Close: 09/15/19
Married to a weapons industrialist, Hedy heard about Wartime weapons. She wanted her invention to be anti-nazi submarines and submitted it to the navy during World War 2 where it was rejected.

Although a millionaire, with 6 husbands, 3 Children she dies unrecognized for the invention alone, in debt, and heartbroken.


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WIFEY  | Open: 09/08/19 Close: 09/15/19
WIFEY follows one woman's journey through marriage in the wake of the 2016 election.

Warning: nudity and mature themes in this production.

Structured as a series of vignettes, this show blends intimate drama, free verse, experimental movement, and nuanced lighting to tell a story that spans decades. The piece underscores the political and personal implications of the title "wife" and examines how this label can both influence and unmoor those who wear it. What do these people suppress, what are they expected to do, and who must they become? The play encourages us to listen to and engage with the female experience so that we may better understand where women are coming from... and where they are going.

Part of Theater for the New City's Dream Up Festival 2019.


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The Assassination of J.Kaisaar, the destruction of Marko T and Kleopatra and the rise of Octavius: Emperor Augustus in the Time of Road Warrior.

Part of Theater for the New City's Dream Up Festival 2019.


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Lame Ducks (a pyscho drama)  | Open: 09/04/19 Close: 09/15/19
Kyle, an emotionally distressed man takes in a new roommate to help him get over his past relationship with Tina his ex-girlfriend. As the two men learn to live together Timmy discovers a secret from Kyles past that stirs up an emotional rollercoaster ride. How well do you know your roommate?


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The Chaos Theory of Now  | Open: 09/08/19 Close: 09/15/19
In this solo dramedy, science nerd Jennifer Joy mashes up chaos theory with a Trump-voting farm wife, a liberal rural politician, an Evangelical homeschooling mom, and a teen punk Antifa activist. Inspired in part by her own Trump-loving farm family, Jennifer reveals how America got to this point - and what's next.

Part of Theater for the New City's Dream Up Festival 2019.


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Collapse and Release  | Open: 09/14/19 Close: 09/14/19
Collapse and Release is a two-act play about Little Sky Klimbers, a kindergarten program where teddy bears meet mind control. Three aspiring kindergarten teachers who think theyve landed a job are there for an educational weekend retreat. The program, though, is illusory and follows the cunning trappings of cult indoctrination. Inspired by true events, the play explores how susceptible we are to peer pressure and thought reform -- so much so that we can surrender our identity without even knowing it.


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Honey Fitz  | Open: 09/14/19 Close: 09/14/19
HONEY FITZ is closing and only a handful of its remaining customers have even bothered to say goodbye: Bill and Charlene, divorced but reunited to settle family business; Patrick and Ginny, having one last nightcap before they marry in the morning; and Mick, the sardonic
bartender with his own secrets kept tight in his pockets. Tomorrow, the demolition begins, but they find it impossible to leave the bar, and each other.


Arts.Theatre

The Maternity Monologues  | Open: 09/05/19 Close: 09/12/19
Written in the tradition of The Vagina Monologues, The Maternity Monologues is an episodic play featuring a unique chorus of all female voices working through the taboo subjects of pregnancy, birth, and child-rearing. Just as Eve Enslers play sought to break down the barriers of shame around the word vagina, and the recent Bush Theatre production Hijabi Monologues challenged stereotypes of Muslim women, The Maternity Monologues demystifies the female experience of pregnancy, birth, and mothering. Having trained as a BBC journalist the writer, Catherine Higgins-Moore interviewed women about their experiences of pregnancy and childbirth. She built on those transcripts adding fictional scenarios and voices, pairing them with current events to create honest and previously unspoken dialogues.  At times darkly funny, sad, angry and isolated the voices in the play are an honest depiction of how these women feel about their changing bodies, finances, relationships, and mental and physical health as well as how they are valued from conception onwards. The play offers a uniquely honest look through fresh eyes at a brutal and beautiful timeless theme.

Part of Theater for the New City's Dream Up Festival 2019.


Arts.Dance

QUILTING THE SUN  | Open: 09/03/19 Close: 09/11/19
Harriet Powers, farmer husband Armstead and children live on a farm near Athens, Georgia.  She sews and made quilts which now hang in the Smithsonian Institution and the Boston Fine Arts Museums. The play also depicts the African rituals and myths changing into Christianity. Set in the mid-1880s.


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SHAREHOLDER VALUE  | Open: 03/21/19 Close: 04/14/19
THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY presents SHAREHOLDER VALUE, a new play by Tom Attea where stocks plummet and tensions soar. This play, which reunites the playwright with director Mark Marcante and composer Arthur Abrams, the team behind Heather Smiley for President, America’s Favorite Newscaster, and An American Worker is based loosely on the meltdown at General Electric. It centers around the struggles the CEO of a troubled conglomerate faces to deliver what he must every quarter, regardless of the problems the company runs into. The production will play a limited engagement from Thursday, March 21st through Sunday, April 14th at Theater For the New City (155 1st Avenue at East 10th Street).

 

Like all CEO's of publicly held conglomerates, Dennis Holland of the fictional company Total Electric must deliver one thing: SHAREHOLDER VALUE. From the financial crisis of 2008 through the present, Holland scrambles to implement short-sighted ways to deliver quarterly profits, including spinning off divisions and green lighting cutbacks, consistently favoring quick fixes over long-term strategy. An activist investor challenges his leadership, and when the CEO decides to sell the light-bulb division, TE’s founder, Thomas Edison, haunts his dreams. When the stock continues to tumble and debt mounts, the cost of his actions becomes increasingly apparent to his shareholders, his employees, and finally to himself. Tickets, priced $10-$15, may be purchased online through SmartTix , by calling (212) 868-4444 or the the box office at (212) 254-1109.

 

The cast of SHAREHOLDER VALUE features Debbie Bernstein, Joe Candelora, Matt Gorsky, Dennis Holland, Bill McAndrews, Benjamin Russell, and Kristen Tripolitis. Original incidental music is by Arthur Abrams. Costume design is by Desiree Conton; lighting design is by Alexander Bartenieff; sound and video design is by Alex Santullo; and prop design is by Lytza Colon. Jordyn Prince is the assistant director and Jessica Schedlbauer serves as stage manager.

 

WARS OF THE ROSES: HENRY VI & RICHARD III,  | Open: 12/03/18 Close: 12/05/18
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!  Tony nominated theatre luminary Austin Pendleton’s WARS OF THE ROSES: HENRY VI & RICHARD III, his adaptation of Shakespeare’s greatest villain, Richard III,  returns for three nights only, December 3rd, 4th and 5th at Theater for The New City (155 First Avenue).  The play combines texts from William Shakespeare’s Henry VI Part 3 and Richard III, to create a new version, that played to sold out houses and critical acclaim last summer.   Pendleton stars as Henry VI with Matt de Rogatis as Richard III. WARS OF THE ROSES: HENRY VI & RICHARD III,  co-directed by Austin Pendleton and Peter Bloch, provides a fascinating take on how Richard III evolved into the events that shaped his tyranny.  There will be a talkback following each performance with Austin Pendleton and members of the cast.  

Joining Austin Pendleton and Matt de Rogatis in the cast are:  Jim Broaddus, John Constantine, Adam Dodway, Milton Elliott, Carolyn Groves,  Debra Lass, Johanna Leister, Rachel Marcus, Pete McElligott, Brian Patrick Murphy, John L. Payne, Tomas Russo and Michael Villastrigo.

Tickets are $18. For tickets and further information visit www.proveavillain.com.

 

THE OPEN GATE  | Open: 10/14/18 Close: 10/27/18
 

THE OPEN GATE will open on Sunday October 14th, for a limited engagement, through October 27th at Theater for the New City (155 First Avenue at 10th Street). The musical, which deals with the fates of a wealthy Jewish businessman and his four daughters, begins previews on Thursday, October 11th. A musical adaptation of Nobel Prize-winning author Isaac Bashevis Singer’s novel The Manor, THE OPEN GATE is a struggle between modern thought and values and the old life of intense piety. The musical is written and directed by David Willinger, with music composed by Arthur Abrams and choreography by Michael Vazquez.

 

The performance schedule for THE OPEN GATE is as follows: Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8pm, with matinees on Sundays at 3pm through October 27th.

 

Tickets are $20 and $10 for seniors and students, which can be purchased by visiting www.smarttix.com or by calling 212-868-4444. In an effort to reach all audiences, tickets for previews for THE OPEN GATE will be priced as “pay what you can” and are only available at the Box Office the day or performance.  The 15 member cast is soon-to-be-announced.

 

THE WRONG BOX  | Open: 09/01/18 Close: 09/15/18
A mysterious corpse is knocking about Victorian London, and two unscrupulous cousins are desperately trying to find it - except when they're desperately trying to lose it! If the corpse in the train wreck turns out to be Uncle Joseph, then Cousin Michael wins the family inheritance, unless Cousin Morris can dispose of the body first. Family rivalries give way to complete chaos in this energetic and farcical musical adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic black comedy of death, greed, and jealousy.

A world premiere musical black comedy with book, music and lyrics by Kit Goldstein Grant, based on the classic novel by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne.  Michael Chase Gosselin directs and choreographs a cast of 14, including James Beaman*, Jianzi Colón-Soto, Thomas M. Conroy*, Dennis Holland*, Brian Kilday*, Robin Lounsbury*, Christopher Michaels, Tim Realbuto*, Nate Rocke, Simon Schaitkin, Brandon Shockey, Tristan J. Shuler*, James Stafford*, and Joe Veale*. 

The Wrong Box first appeared in 2002 as a student production at Union College in Schenectady, NY. After a number of years writing musicals on commission, Kit returned to The Wrong Box in 2012, reworking the book and score. In 2013 she recorded and released a concept album of the show. The show was a finalist for London’s Burbage Productions New Writing Prize, had excerpts performed at Theatre Resources Unlimited, the Musical Theatre Factory, and The Playground Experiment, and was a finalist for Theatre Resources Unlimited’s TRU Voices New Musicals Reading Series. In October 2016 The Wrong Box had a successful staged reading at the National Opera Center, produced by Melissa Nally and Sahar Helmy and featuring Frank Vlastnik (Broadway: BigA Year with Frog and ToadThe Sweet Smell of Success) in the lead role. Most recently, The Wrong Box was developed in Apples and Oranges Studios' THEatre Accelerator Program, led by Tim and Pamela Kashani (Broadway: An American in Paris, Memphis).

The Wrong Box is presented by Theater for the New City. Associate Producer: Benjamin Nissen; Music Director: Justin Ward Weber; Set and Lighting Designer: David Goldstein; Costume Designer: Angela Borst; Sound Designer: Basil Apostolo; Orchestrator: Neil Radisch; Production Stage Manager: Carol A. Sullivan*; Assistant Stage Manager: Ryan A. Ross; Assistant Director: Morgan Rielly; Associate Choreographer: Gabby Cogan; Publicist: Paul Siebold/Off Off PR; General Management/Executive Producer: Visceral Entertainment.

AMERICA'S FAVORITE NEWSCASTER  | Open: 01/04/18 Close: 01/28/18
The world premiere engagement of AMERICA’S FAVORITE NEWSCASTER, a new musical with book and lyrics by Tom Attea, music by Arthur Abrams, and directed by Mark Marcante will play a 4-week exclusive engagement, Thursday, January 4, 2018 through Sunday, January 28, 2018 at Theater For the New City (155 1st Avenue, between East 9th and East 10th Streets, NYC).

With a cast of twelve, AMERICA’S FAVORITE NEWSCASTER is a new American musical about a young, highly rated TV journalist, struggling to maintain his famously calm yet fearlessly insightful demeanor while dealing with the challenges of today’s news cycle.

Performances will be on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00PM and Sundays at 3:00PM.

Tickets to AMERICA’S FAVORITE NEWSCASTER are priced at ​ $15 ($10 for Students and Seniors) and are now available online at http://www.theaterforthenewcity.net , at the Box Office via telephone at 212-254-1109, and, as the first performance nears, at SmartTix.

BROUHAHA  | Open: 01/04/18 Close: 01/21/18
BrouHaHa is an existential escapade inspired by images of refugees fleeing on foot, Edwardian workers, cinematic treasures like Fellini’s La Strada and Bergman’s The Seventh Seal, and the dark comedy of Samuel Beckett. In this devised, clown-esque piece, Happenstance Theater's troupe of eccentrics walks the precipice at the end of the world. Their play lights up the darkness like a firecracker. This timely show appeals to audiences of any age.

The ensemble cast will feature Gwen GrastorfKaren Hansen (Winner, 2017 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Musical Direction), Mark Jaster (Winner, 2016 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play), Sabrina MandellSarah Olmsted Thomas, and Alex Vernon with Lighting Design by Kris Thompson and Costume Design by Sabrina Mandell (Winner, 2016 & 2017 Helen Hayes Awards for Outstanding Costume Design).

BrouHaHa has been performed at the International Festival of Arts & Ideas, Staunton Music Festival, Celebration Barn, NextNOW Festival at Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Baltimore Theatre Project, NY Clown Theatre Festival in Brooklyn, Capital Fringe Festival, Reston CenterStage and St. Mary’s College. It was developed with a grant from the Morgan Fund and by support from the Share fund. This will be the show’s New York City Premiere.

WHERE:  Theater for the New City (155 1st Avenue between 9th and 10th Streets)

WHEN:  January 4-21 with performances Thursdays through Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 3pm with an additional performance on Monday, January 15 at 8pm

TICKETS:  $25 General Admission  $15 Students/Seniors

ONLINE:  www.HappenstanceTheater.com/BROUHAHA

BOX OFFICE:  212-868-4444

Happenstance Theater is a professional company committed to devising, producing and touring original, performer-created visual, poetic Theatre. Our ensemble is made up of multi-talented performers who craft all aspects of our work from concept to realization. We harvest imagery from the past and re-contextualize it in works that address eternal themes of life and death. With the simplest means - humor, music, silence, text and beauty - we seek to elevate the moment when the performers and audience meet, to lift the encounter beyond the daily and pedestrian into the realms of dreams, poetry, and art. Meaning is often found by happenstance.

In 2016 Happenstance received three Helen Hayes Awards for Outstanding Ensemble, Outstanding Costume Design and Outstanding Lead Actor. In 2017 Happenstance received two Helen Hayes Awards for Outstanding Costume Design and Outstanding Musical Direction. 

 


About the Company: Happenstance Theater

Happenstance Theater is a professional company committed to devising, producing and touring original, performer-created visual, poetic Theatre. Our ensemble is made up of multi-talented performers who craft all aspects of our work from concept to realization. We harvest imagery from the past and re-contextualize it in works that address eternal themes of life and death. With the simplest means - humor, music, silence, text and beauty - we seek to elevate the moment when the performers and audience meet, to lift the encounter beyond the daily and pedestrian into the realms of dreams, poetry, and art. Meaning is often found by happenstance.


In 2016 Happenstance received three Helen Hayes Awards for Outstanding Ensemble, Outstanding Costume Design and Outstanding Lead Actor. In 2017 Happenstance received two Helen Hayes Awards for Outstanding Costume Design and Outstanding Musical Direction. 

 

Vangeline Theater presents BUTOH BEETHOVEN: ECLIPSE  | Open: 10/14/17 Close: 10/14/17
Following a critically U.S. and International tour, Vangeline Theater presents BUTOH BEETHOVEN: ECLIPSE (Admiring Tatsumi Hijikata) on October 14, 2017 at 8pm at Theater For the New City, 155 First Avenue, NYC.  Tickets are $15 general admission ($12 for students/seniors) and are available at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3056947.

 

New York Butoh dancer Vangeline conjures the ghosts of two passionate giants - Tatsumi Hijikata, founder of Butoh, and composer Ludwig van Beethoven in this hypnotic, electrifying and award-winning solo performance.  80 minutes with a 10 minute intermission.

 

"Virtuosic solo performance that will make your skin crawl in the best way possible, conjuring the ghosts of tortured geniuses Beethoven and Tatsumi Hijikata and bringing Butoh into the 21st century with technical marvels and masterful skill. Vangeline is an artist who knows the darkness of Butoh well, and has the incredible skill to make that darkness dance." - Theasy

 

The word "eclipse"is derived from the ancient Greek verb ἐκλείπω (ekleípō) which means "to abandon," "to darken," or "to cease to exist." Butoh is likewise the "Dance of Darkness" where performers dance on the threshold of Life and Death Life.

 

BUTOH BEETHOVEN: ECLIPSE is a solo piece that illuminates the darkness of Butoh with the addition of cutting edge lighting technologies such as the futuristic creations of European designer Tilen Sep and fiber optic costume by the French company LumigramAfter touring this show for the past three years and receiving four stars at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, five stars at Copenhagen Stage Festival and critical acclaim in New York City, Vangeline shines a new light on Butoh and will transport audiences.

 

This program is supported in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

 

ABOUT VANGELINE THEATER

Vangeline is an award-winning teacher, dancer, and choreographer specializing in the Japanese postwar avant-garde movement form Butoh. She is Artistic Director of The Vangeline Theater Inc., an all-female dance company that she founded in 2002. Firmly rooted in the tradition of Japanese Butoh, The Vangeline Theater is committed to providing programming, performances and classes that honor the legacy of the art form while moving it forward in the 21st century. Vangeline is the winner of the 2015 Gibney Dance's Beth Silverman-Yam Social Action Award recognizing excellence in the field of Community Action.  Vangeline's Butoh work has been commissioned by Atlantic Records' Grammy award-winning artist SKRILLEX and Grammy Award winner Esperanza Spalding, and is featured in a major motion picture "The Letter" with James Franco and Winona Ryder, as well as on CNN's Great Big Story. 

 

Since its inception in 2002, Vangeline Theater has fused the post-apocalyptic vision of Butoh (the Japanese dance form that developed after Hiroshima) with the near-cinematic aesthetic of 21st Century science-fiction noir. The mission of Vangeline Theater is to be at the forefront of the artistic movement to address environmental awareness providing artistic, socially responsible engagements in our community. The Vangeline Theater is home to the New York Butoh Institute, dedicated to the advancement of Butoh in the 21st century, with a special emphasis on scientific research as it relates to Butoh.

GIOVANNI THE FEARLESS  | Open: 05/12/17 Close: 05/21/17
Giovanni The Fearless is a family-friendly commedia dell’arte folk opera about the power of love, a troupe of traveling actors, an old castle, two young lovers, and a couple of ghosts. When Giovanni encounters the Bombasto Family commedia troupe, he becomes enchanted with the star of the show, the beautiful Colombina. Tricked by Colombina’s father and siblings into believing that a treasure lies hidden in a nearby haunted castle, he deals first with a fake Ghost (a giant puppet constructed by the Bombastos), and then an actual Ghost. In the end, he discovers that the real treasure is his love for Colombina. Spectacular projections by Bank Street Films, clowning, tumbling, puppetry, special effects and on-stage musicians enhance this romantic musical comedy.

Lissa Moira directs a cast of 13, including Amanda Alyse Thomas, Matt Angel, Kimberly Bechtold, Torian Brackett, Jef Canter*, Kareem Elsamadicy, Xi Lyu, Zen Mansley, Douglas McDonnell, Amelia Sasson, Matthew Serra, David F. Slone, Esq., and Amanda Yachechak.  *Member, Actors' Equity Association. AEA Showcase.

This is first full professional production of Giovanni The Fearless after abridged concert versions were performed at the Dramatists' Guild (2010); Havoc Theatre/Abingdon Theatre Complex (2011); and Nimoy/Thalia at Symphony Space (2012).

GRAND THEFT MUSICAL  | Open: 03/23/17 Close: 04/09/17
A world premiere musical based on Robert Sickinger’s 1994 musical Platinum Taps, with music composed by John Taylor Thomas. Grand Theft Musical is written by Lissa Moira who directs a cast of 17, including Taylor Brandon, William Broderick*, Jef Canter*, Darcy Dunn, Shana Farr, Carlos Gomez, Becca Gottlieb*, Devon Hall, Robert Homeyer, Douglas McDonnell, Marlena Mack, Alex Hayden Miller, James Parks, Caroline Portu, Darius Anthony Robinson, Kaily Shuler, and David Sloane Esq.

Grand Theft Musical is a boisterous, bawdy, bang-bang musical comedy, which openly purloins from some of the greatest examples of the genre to hilarious effect. The cast of 17 characters includes a powerful, bisexual, vindictive columnist and his network of adorable spies; a ridiculously successful good guy Broadway producer, his gorgeous super-smart stripper girlfriend, and his envious sneaky business partner; an exceedingly dangerous mafia Don and his tap-dancing nephew; a larger-than-life Broadway director - a big bear of a man who is an unapologetic Socialist; a beautiful, sensitive suicidal actress and wide-eyed, optimistic writer composer - a stunningly insufferable super-star British couple who invite sexual intrigue; and a highly talented acid-tongued choreographer. How they relate to, deal and double-deal with, fall in and out of love and in and out of bed with each other, while singing and dancing up a storm, constitutes the plot. Grand Theft Musical is a sophisticatedly silly, satirical lampoon yet warm embrace of Broadway and all things theater. Beg, borrow but please don’t steal a ticket to Grand Theft Musical.

Robert Sickinger was a guiding spirit of the theater’s avant-garde, a founder of several cutting edge companies in Chicago and here in New York City (Manhattan Theater Club). He has been sorely missed since his passing. In his final years, Robert became entranced by the musical theater form, so to honor this great man, his ideas and his legacy, Lissa Moira has adapted his 1994 musical Platinum Taps into this brand new incarnation, Grand Theft Musical. John Taylor Thomas remains the composer.

Grand Theft Musical is presented by Theater for the New City. Musical Director/Pianist: Andy Peterson; Choreographers: Carlos Gomez, J. Alan Hanna and Mallory Brophy; Set Designer: Marc Marcante; Sets and Costume Designer: Lytza Colon; Lighting Designer: Alex Bartenieff. Stage Manager: Charles Casano; Fight Choreographer: Mark Lang.

LADY OF THE CASTLE & FROM OY TO VEY  | Open: 11/30/16 Close: 12/11/16
Two musical tales of Jewish humor and heartbreak.  The evening of opera begins with a 20-minute curtain raiser, Seymour Barab’s raucous, off-color opera vaudeville From Oy to Vey. Following this curtain raiser is Lady of The Castle, a ghostly post-Holocaust chamber opera based on a true story and an Israeli play by Lea Goldberg with music and lyrics by Mira J. Spektor.  Lissa Moira directs a cast of five, including Darcy Dunn, Douglas McDonnell, James Parks, Bennett Pologe, and Amanda Yachechak.

From Oy to Vey is a 20-minute raucous off-color opera vaudeville curtain raiser of five select pieces from the larger work by Seymour Barab.

Lady of The Castle is set in 1947 after the Holocaust.  Is there a young Jewish girl still hidden in the old castle? Based on a true story and Lea Goldberg’s Israeli play, Lady of the Castle is a chamber opera about illusion, reality, love, betrayal, death and hope.

Originally commissioned and presented by Theater for the New City in 1982, Lady of The Castle has enjoyed over ten productions internationally.  It has been staged in New York off-Broadway and at the JCC, on Long Island and in Massachusetts, in Berlin with support of the Anne Frank Foundation, and in London at Saint Giles Cripplegate Church in the Barbican Center as part of the Festival of Austrian Jewish Culture - produced with the artistic supervision of conductor David Josefowitz. The London concert version is available on Original Cast Recordings.

A three-piece chamber orchestra includes, Piano: Jesse Lozano; Flute: Michael Laderman; and Cello: Vivian Penham.

From Oy to Vey and Lady of The Castle are presented by Theater for the New City and The After Dinner Opera Company; Director: Lissa Moira; Musical Director: Jesse Lozano; Choreographer: Amanda Yachechak; Sets and Costume Designer: Lytza Colon; Lighting Designer: Alex Bartenieff.

The Title Should Be Spoken Out Loud Around Three-Quarters In is a comical drama that satirizes the tropes and culture of contemporary theater. Convinced that "comedy is the new drama," this play subtly offers a dialogue about certain unhelpful practices in theater criticism and about the nature of playwriting and the concepts of the muse. 

Critically acclaimed playwright Antony Raymond’s new play, The Title Should Be Spoken Out Loud Around Three-Quarters In will have its World Premiere at Theater For The New City’s Dream Up Festival on September 12. Raymond, is the Artistic Director of Elsinore County, previous writing/directing credits include JULIO!, Pretty Babies, and yeah i met this girl.

The cast features Greg Bell, Christopher Heard, JJ Pyle, and Eric Doviak. The creative team includes choreography by Bronn Blackwaters, and lightning design by Daryl Embry.

About the Company: Elsinore County

Elsinore County (EC), so-named after one of their most successful productions, is an award winning Greenwich Village based theater company founded in 2011 by a small cohort of talented New York City actors under the direction of Antony Raymond. EC is a tightly knit, uninhibited, impassioned community of artists who are committed to creating entertainment that challenges the status quo. They engage their audiences with works of satire, farce, and dark humor that examine timeless social tenets and the politics of wanton power and sexuality so prevalent today. Elsinore County's mission is to give their audience smart, poignant and exciting entertainment that fearlessly explores the full gamut of human experience: from hilarious to tragic and back again.

 

SUDDENLY, A KNOCK AT THE DOOR  | Open: 06/02/16 Close: 06/19/16
“I can’t do it like this!” protests the writer EITAN KATZEN to the BEARDED MAN, the SURVEY TAKER and the PIZZA DELIVERY woman who have come knocking at his door. Brandishing weapons, they make the stakes clear: a story or your life! So the writer held hostage to these three strange muses begins to weave his tales, played out on the stage by the same characters that are holding him captive. Based on eight stories from the latest anthology by award-winning Israeli author and filmmaker Etgar Keret, Suddenly, A Knock at the Door is a celebration of storytelling and the magic of art—an ensemble piece written for six actors and two musicians playing over thirty different roles. It is a comic drama of a modern writer weaving extra-ordinary tales in the middle of Tel Aviv. Here stories are the currency, a matter of life and death. Here, stories make us real and teach us (with a nod to Scheherazade) how to face the difficulties of life—from the absurd to the unbearable—without resorting to violence or abusing your power.

Written by Robin Goldfin with live music composed by Oren Neiman and performed by Oren Neiman & Gilad Ben-Zvi.  David L. Carson* directs a cast of 6, including Jeffrey Swan Jones*, Antonio Minino, Alyssa Simon*, Kenneth Talberth*, Stephen Thornton, and Elanna White. *Member, AEA

Playwright Robin Goldfin writes: “Etgar Keret is one of Israel’s most celebrated writers. He is the author of six collections of stories that have been translated into more than thirty languages, and most recently the memoir THE SEVEN GOOD YEARS, published first in English. In the U.S., his work has been published in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Harper's Magazine and The Paris Review. He has also been a frequent contributor on NPR's This American Life. What a pleasure it has been to adapt the stories of this master storyteller to make a new play!" Visit Etgar Keret's official website here.

SPEAKEASY: JOHN AND JANE'S ADVENTURES IN THE WONDERLAND  | Open: 02/18/16 Close: 03/13/16
A fantastical musical of Prohibition-era NYC queer life written and composed by Danny Ashkenasi.

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

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

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

DANNY AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA  | Open: 09/24/15 Close: 10/11/15
In this early John Patrick Shanley work, the playwright bravely strips bare the soul of a man and woman. Through raw, un-prettified emotion, he reveals the core of what makes us all human. Two damaged people so beaten up by life they are unable to express their own desperation, meet in a desolate bar. He, so filled with anger that his only respite from a rage he cannot understand is to lash out wildly with his fists. She, so eaten up inside by a secret shame she fears to share with anyone that she can find no rest and no escape from herself. The simple beauty ofDanny and the Deep Blue Sea is that we get to watch rapt at the mad sexual apache rhythms of these two incendiary, self-destructive natures, banging up against one another. Will it be fusion or fission? Will the night end in love or death?

Director Lissa Moira intends to follow the direction of the playwright when he subtitled the play ‘An Apache Dance.’ She and the actors will imbue it with kinetic, sexual rhythm, avoiding the stale, static feel that too many productions of this play take on. Shanley’s bar is not a “real bar;” there is no bartender, no money is exchanged for beer, there are no other people. These two explosive beings cannot be contained by the usual constraints of society and four walls. Time is compressed, and the play is touched by magical realism.

Starring John Talerico and Susan Mitchell*. *Member, AEA.

PRIDE & PREJUDICE  | Open: 06/18/15 Close: 07/12/15
Adapted from the Jane Austen Novel.  

A tale of two sets of very different lovers and the pitfalls (some of their own making and some imposed by the strict hierarchical society that demands that everybody – especially women know their place) they encounter on their separate roads to finding each other. The mise en scene is early 19th century at war with Napoleon, while members of its intelligentsia fight a war in print about women’s’ duties in maintain family values and by extension the fabric of the nation versus a nascent feminist movement.  

Lissa Moira will direct a cast of 19, including Jeffrey Marc Alkins, Louisa Bradshaw*, Thom Brown, Chris Donovan*, Emily Hin, Rebecca Knowles, Mark Lang, Stephanie Leone, Caroline Lyell, Frances Franklin McGovern, James Parks, Katya Powder, Jonathan Fox Powers, Katherine Rose Riley, Robert Charles Russell*, Britney Simone, Henrietta Stevenson, Hallie Wage, and Amanda Yachechak.  *Member, Actors' Equity Association. AEA Showcase.

WYOMING  | Open: 01/15/15 Close: 01/31/15
The Tuttle family’s past is not to be discussed. But when their estranged and silent brother is spotted at a hometown diner twenty years after a confounding childhood crime, buried memories and unspoken bounties hatch one boozy, plotting Thanksgiving. At the edge of Wyoming’s wilderness, the family herd must stick together or teeter towards the way of the buffalo. 

Theater for the New City (Crystal Field, Executive Director) will present Lesser America’s World Premiere of Brian Watkins’ (My Daughter Keeps Our Hammer with The Flea) family drama Wyoming, January 15-31 at Theater for the New City (155 1st Avenue between 9th and 10th Street). The production will be directed by Danya Taymor (I Hate Fucking Mexicans at The Flea). The cast will include Daniel Abeles* (Where We’re Born at Rattlestick), Carter Hudson* (Substance of Fire at Second Stage), Layla Khoshnoudi (My Daughter Keeps Our Hammer at The Flea), Roger Lirtsman* (The Tenant with Woodshed Collective), Nate Miller* (Love and Information at New York Theatre Workshop), Laura Ramadei (Carnival Kids with Lesser America), and Sarah Sokolovic* (Detroit with Playwrights Horizons). The creative team will include Costume Design by Beth Goldenberg, Props Design by Jessica Jalal, Set Design by Edward T. Morris, Original Music by Robin Pecknold of Fleet Foxes, Lighting Design by Masha Tsimring, and Sound Design by Asa Wember (brownsville song (b-side for tray) at Lincoln Center). *Appearing courtesy of the Actors’ Equity Association  


About the Company: Lesser America

LESSER AMERICA is an ensemble of renegade artists dedicated to smart, quality entertainment that puts the audience first, fulfilling the promise of affordable, accessible theater for the 21st century.

Founded in 2010 Lesser America is best known for presenting the World Premiere productions of Lucas Kavner’s Carnivals Kids (NY Times Critics’ Pick), and Nick Jones’ Trevor (NY Times and Time Out NY Critic’s Picks). In 2011 the company founders were named NY Theatre’s People of the Year. Productions also include Just Right Just Now, American River, Too Much Too Soon, Squealer, and Keep Your Baggage with You (2011 NY Innovative Theater Award for Best Original Full Length Script). Lesser America consists of founding members Daniel Abeles, Nate Miller and Laura Ramadei, and Ensemble Members Stephen Brackett (Carnival Kids, Buyer and Cellar), Portia Krieger (Eager to Lose, Baby Screams Miracle), Daniel Talbott (Scarcity), Anna O’Donoghue, Claire Siebers, Brendan Spieth, and Craig Jorczak. 

Two new American operatic musical adaptations from classical works, Seymour Barab’s operatic parody Out The Window based upon Georges Feydeux’s farce “Par La Fenetre;” and Rappaccini’s Daughter, based on Nathaniel Hawthorne’s gothic short story, with libretto by Linsey Abrams and music by Michael Cohen.  Out The Window is a one act comic opera set in the late 1950’s/60’s ‘Mad Men’ era.  Rappaccini’s Daughter, from the story by Nathaniel Hawthorne, is a gripping Gothic tale set in medieval Italy.

In "Out The Window" when a willful wife and hapless husband who don’t happen to be married to each other get together to combat a scourge of jealously, will the cure turn out to be worse than the disease? Or, will love prevail?  Out The Window stars Lauren Hoffmeier and James Parks.

 

Rappaccini’s Daughter, a musical tale

Rappaccini’s Daughter, from the story by Nathaniel Hawthorne, is a gripping Gothic tale set in medieval Italy. Two young lovers with their dreams of a shared future, become the victims of the brilliant Dr. Rappaccini, intent on changing the very laws of nature. No one is safe from his scientific experiments, not even his own daughter–and no one can stop him except, perhaps, for Professor Baglioni, an unheralded doctor committed to healing and humanity. The evil secret lies in a garden.

Rappaccini’s Daughter stars Samantha Britt, William Broderick*, Darcy Dunn, Martin Fisher, and Douglas McDonnell with Michelle Lamb, Bryan Ernesto Menjivar, Michelle West, Masami Ishibashi, Amanda Yachechak, and Gloria Makino*.*Member, Actors' Equity Association. AEA Showcase.

Daughter Of The Waves  | Open: 08/31/14 Close: 09/06/14
The year is 1941. The war in Europe rages on. The Location: A windswept beach in neutral Ireland where a traveling theater troupe has smuggled in Jewish refugees from war torn Europe. As the aerialists, acrobats, contortionists, and singers prepare to mount a new production, the circus' shining star has fallen silent, the frequently drunk clown has disappeared into the night, insomniac ballerinas scan the waves for hidden German U-boats, and a shadowy presence keeps turning on the wireless radio. DAUGHTER OF THE WAVES tells the true untold story of Jewish refugees learning to survive in a new world. DAUGHTER OF THE WAVES examines the struggle of 'otherness' through the tale of the Selkie myth - a man who transforms for the love a girl and pays with his life. DAUGHTER OF THE WAVES is a collision of: Irish rebels singing raucous fight songs accompanied by the feets of flame of a pretty lass, a catchy multi-lingual songscape, swing dancing seagulls, ukulele playing prima ballerinas, a gypsy ghost watching over his unborn child, aerial faeries flipping and soaring through the air, and a soup making Krakow survivor searching for the secret ingredient to heal the broken heart.

Dear Mom  | Open: 07/10/14 Close: 07/13/14
The DEAR MOM project is a celebration of the daughter/mother relationship, in all its variations. The play captures the joy, the humor, the heartache, the pride and disappointment in this play inspired by letters from real daughters to their mothers. Letter contributors were from all walks of life, ages 18 to 88. DEAR MOM tells the story of Linda, a 45 year-old woman faced with having to say goodbye to her mother. Through the letters she is able to look back on her relationship with her mother with humor and heart, finally being able to celebrate her mother's life. Funny, poignant, and touching...DEAR MOM is for anyone who has a mother. If you liked The Notebook, you'll love DEAR MOM.

Based on actual letters written by real daughters to their mothers.

Written by Jay Falzone & Nancy Holson. Starring Katherine Barron, Frances McGarry and Kelsey Lidsky. Directed by Jay Falzone.


Arts.Theatre

Nicholas Nickleby, A New Musical  | Open: 04/17/14 Close: 05/04/14
Suitable for all ages, an original musical version of Charles Dickens' classic tale with a cast of 35 Iincluding 6 children), including Broadway star Luba Mason* (Chicago, Jekyll & Hyde, How to Succeed, Sunset Blvd.), Cabaret luminary Karen Kohler* (Das Cabaret, Vienna to Weimar w/ KT Sullivan), Becca Gottlieb* (Nat. Tours: Damn Yankees, The Wedding Singer), and Douglas McDonnell (Metropolitan & New York City Operas), A comedic satire. Memorable characters. Famous romantic 1830’s novel with themes of class inequality & social injustice.

Join the Crummles Troupe in protest mode as they bring The Nickleby Family, The Squeers, The Cheerybles, Smike, Newman Noggs and an array of early Victorian era characters to life. Left penniless after his father’s death, teenage Nicholas, his mother and sister embark on a journey to London to seek help from their Uncle Ralph, who immediately dislikes Nicholas and finds work for him in The Squeers’ boarding school. Run like a prison, Nicholas is horrified by the school’s conditions and escapes with crippled friend Smike back to London. Reunited with his family, Nicholas finds himself defending the honor of his family and friends against his Uncle’s deceptions. 

Sotto Voce  | Open: 02/15/14 Close: 03/09/14
"Sotto Voce" by Nilo Cruz is a dream play in which a passionate, Jewish-Cuban young man (Saquiel) sets out to recover memories of the S.S. St. Louis which, in 1939, left Nazi Germany for Cuba filled with Jewish refugees but was turned back by Cuba, the U.S. and Canada. The young man's grandaunt was on the voyage. He seeks out a prominent, elderly, German-born novelist (Bemadette) who, as a young woman, loved a Jewish man who was a passenger to Cuba on the ship. Saquiel assumes the place of her lost lover in her powerful imagination. They both begin to fantasize a metaphysical love affair in which they share the conundrum of coming to grips with memories of that "voyage of the damned." She is trying to master them, he is seeking to understand them. The play venerates the supreme power of imagination that could bring these different people together.Such an impossible love could only occur in another dimension, not the physical dimension. As a counterpoint to their experience, we meet the author's understanding maid (Lucila), an undocumented immigrant from Colombia, who hoards her employer's discarded writings (her "secret sorrows") but is incapable of living to such an extent.Essentially, the play is a beautiful story of an older woman and younger man who find a unity of souls through their relationship with history and literature. It illustrates a holding on to memory that is very prevalent among Cubans as it is with the Jewish people. Playwright Nilo Cruz was born into a Cuban family which immigrated to the U.S. from Matanzas, a province of Cuba, when he was ten. Though not Jewish, observes that there are many Jews in Cuba, who arrived there before and after World War II. "The Cubans understand the Jews in a way they would never be aware of," he says. The play is not political, but it is rich with the refugee experience and with the emotional life of the characters.The play was commissioned by Theater for the New City, with support from the New York State Council on the Arts, after TNC's Executive Artistic Director, Crystal Field, met Mr. Cruz at the Bogota Theater Festival in 2012. This world premiere will be directed by Mr. Cruz.


Drama"

Theater.Drama

Blind Angels  | Open: 02/06/14 Close: 03/02/14
"Blind Angels" by Dick Brukenfeld is a nail-biting drama in which a news reporter (inspired by Daniel Pearl) is taken prisoner by a group of cosmopolitan, integrated, successful, secular Muslims who are embarking on a terrorist attack. The twist is, he has long relationships with two of his three "hosts"--one is his ex-fiancee and the other was his college roommate. They are playing an endgame scenario that dwarfs what any small fry terrorist has tried before and they need him to tell their story. Theater for the New City, 155 First Ave., will present the play's world premiere run February 6 to March 2, directed by Melissa Attebery.Playwright Dick Brukenfeld is a former reporter for the Boston Globe and Lowell Sun who was a theater critic for the Village Voice for six years. He writes, "I felt a kinship with Daniel Pearl. He was out there doing what all of us dream of--getting the crucial story that wasn't being written, finding out who the terrorists were and what was motivating them. Unfortunately, the people holding him were too dumb and vicious to recognize the opportunity he was offering." In this play, they do. The newsman, named Aaron Samzer, is the son of a rabbi who opposed his marriage to one of the Islamic cosmopolitans who are holding him. He is entrapped by friends he loves, who are planning hit New York City with "a small catastrophe to avoid a larger one." All three are American citizens and not fanatics; two are Ivy League educated jet setters and all of them know they need this trusted, Jewish newsman to tell their story.


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Theater.Drama

Color  | Open: 01/23/14 Close: 02/09/14
COLOR by Gene RuffiniDirected by Elizabeth RufA progressive African-American movie star and presidential candidate gets hit with a rape charge by right-wingers afraid he might win the election.With Emilie Paap, Randy Credico, Leon Morgan, Bill Drain, Francesco Meola, Kerry Milliron, Sydney Mei Ruf-Wong, Jim DiMunno, Zita Geoffroy, Hemang Sharma, Peter Fjeld, and Natasha Coppola-ShalomMegan Horan, Stage ManagerJoseph Errante, Scenes and Lights


Drama"

Theater.Drama

East Towards Home  | Open: 01/23/14 Close: 02/02/14
"I grew up in the Jewish left wing community in New York City in the 60s and 70’s. I lived in a union-built cooperative housing project, spent vacations at a socialist colony, and went to a summer camp with a communist lineage. I was raised on a liturgy of labor songs and civil rights anthems and learned Marxist theory by osmosis. But by the time I came along, the movement I was born into was fading away." - Billy Yalowitz, Playwright of East Towards Home"East Towards Home" brings to life three generations of Jewish left-wing culture in New York City. The play braids together the annals of radical choreographers from the 1930's and 40's, texts and songs from Woody Guthrie, and first-person stories of childhood in NYC a generation later. With loose-limbed storytelling, visual projections and animation, modern dance, and live music, this coming-of-age piece offers a personal and impassioned look at the culture and history of the American Jewish radical left-wing community, at a time when that legacy is in danger of passing into obscurity.


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Theater.Play

From the writing team that brought you last year’s smash FAT ASSES: THE MUSICAL comes the revamped musical/comedy sensation PARKER & DIZZY’S FABULOUS JOURNEY TO THE END OF THE RAINBOW. After a successful run at the New York International Fringe Festival and Encores Series in 2011, this hilariously campy, sci-fi-action-adventure is described as a saucy foursome between The Wizard of Oz, Star Wars, Thelma & Louise and a “gay” Da Vinci Code…but instead of revolving around Jesus, it’s JUDY! With book & lyrics by actor-director-playwright Peter Zachari and lyrics/music composed by singer-songwriter Damon Maida, this revamped version premieres six brand new songs.
 
Take an adventurous ride on a disco schtick of mystery, music and amusement in a journey to connect-the-dots between pop icons, from Liza Minnelli and Joan Crawford to recent pop idols. PARKER & DIZZY’S FABULOUS JOURNEY TO THE END OF THE RAINBOW follows an unlikely daring duo; Parker, a curious assistant to the stars, and the adorably spunky choreographer, Dizzy. When their boss, famed drag-songstress Victoria Luster, winds up mysteriously murdered in her dressing room, the twosome are not only shocked, but are actually questioned as suspects! Their only hope is a cryptic message uttered by the dying diva. Unbeknownst to them, they are about to embark on a mind-altering, secret-unveiling journey, encountering drag queens, clones, dead bodies and a menacing villainess, questioning not only their own reality, but also their friendship, culture and life purpose! Songs will include “GPeniS,” “Hail the Queens,” “Don’t Even Think About It,” “Hero of This Dream,” “The Troll Song,” “What Makes a Friend” and more.
 
Returning cast members Peter Zachari (Parker), Joey Mirabile (Dizzy) and Sam Given (aka Millie Grams) are joined by NYC comedian and drag personality Marti Gould Cummings, Eric Byrer, Kasidy Devlin, Solomon Kee, Scott Salame and Jacob Storms.
 

Theater for the New City, Crystal Field, Exec Director
155 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10003
January 9-26, 2014 – Tickets: $15 general / $10 students and seniors
For tickets, visit www.theaterforthenewcity.net or call (212) 254-1109

Book by Peter Zachari
Music and Lyrics by Damon Maida and Peter Zachari
Directed by Peter Zachari
Musical Direction by Douglas Maxwell
Chorography by Joey Mirabile
 
Check out Parker and Dizzy on Facebook: www.fb.com/parkeranddizzy
And on Twitter: www.twitter.com/parkeranddizzy


About the Company: Theater For The New City

THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY (TNC) is a Pulitzer Prize winning community cultural center that is known for its high artistic standards and widespread community service. One of New York’s most prolific theatrical organizations, TNC produces 30-40 premieres of new American plays per year, at least 10 of which are by emerging and young playwrights. Many influential theater artists of the last quarter century have found TNC’s Resident Theater Program instrumental to their careers, among them Sam Shepard, Moises Kaufman, Richard Foreman, Charles Busch, Maria Irene Fornes, Miguel Piñero and Academy Award Winners Tim Robbins and Adrien Brody. TNC also presents plays by multi-ethnic/multi-disciplinary theater companies who have no permanent home. Among the well-known companies that have been presented by TNC are Mabou Mines, the Living Theater, Bread and Puppet Theater, the San Francisco Mime Troupe and the Ma-Yi Theater Company, which won an OBIE Award for its 1996 TNC production, FLIPZOIDS. TNC also produced the Yangtze Repertory Company’s 1997 production of BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATH, which was the only play ever produced in America by Gao Xingjian before he won the 2000 Nobel Prize for Literature. TNC seeks to develop theater audiences and inspire future theater artists from the often-overlooked low-income minority communities of New York City by producing minority writers from around the world and by bringing the community into theater and theater into the community through its many free Festivals. TNC productions have won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and over 40 OBIE Awards for excellence in every theatrical discipline. TNC is also the only Theatrical Organization to have won the Mayor's Stop The Violence award.

Two Alone, Too Together  | Open: 12/13/13 Close: 12/13/13
Two Alone/Too Together is a dark comedy that pits two emotionally wounded men against each other in a psychological minefield of their own creation.Stephen Essay is a gay nurse living a lonely, regimented life in Athens, Ohio. Jude Donnelly is a mischievous wanderer, ostensibly on the road taking pictures for a fine art photography series titled America's Lost Highways, but is really trying to escape the emotional scars of his past. These two men meet one night after Jude crashes his car outside of Athens and is taken to the hospital where Stephen works.Soon after their meeting Jude senses that Stephen is as emotionally wounded as he is, so he suggests that the two partake in a game of "role playing" that he believes will help them overcome the wounds of their pasts. Stephen resists at first, thinking the game silly and professionally out of bounds. But after a lot of coaxing and insults from Jude, Stephen gradually decides to play along- though he doesn't play the game in the manner Jude expects. Within this context the two men take each other on a savage journey of cat and mouse, as they both desperately try to reconnect with the world without the world slapping them in the face once again.


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Theater.Comedy

Welcome Home Sonny T  | Open: 12/08/13 Close: 12/08/13
In a neighborhood torn by gun violence between black and Mexican youth, a prominent black minister, haunted by the ghosts of his struggles as a 60's radical, faces his own impotence to restore order in "Welcome Home Sonny T," a new play written and directed by William Electric Black. The play centers on Reverend Miller, a middle-aged Staten Island activist minister (who might be partially based on Black's own father, who was a clergyman in Oyster Bay, Long Island). Rev. Miller had been a firebrand activist for civil rights, but has been worn down over his long career. He had rescued a troubled but promising teen known as Sonny T by channeling him into the army. Having served in Afghanistan, Sonny T is finally returning home and a welcoming party is planned. But there is discord, even shooting, in Sonny's neighborhood between the established blacks and Mexican newcomers. Sonny T's brother, Rodney, is under the influence of an angry, lost brigand named Big Boy who plans to threaten a protest march organized by a young Mexican man, whose brother has recently been shot and wounded. The play looks deeply into Rodney's home life, revealing the powerlessness of his mother and sister to guide him, and into the social injustice and peer pressures that drive his choices. The community's elders watch as their victories of past decades are undone by the plague of gun violence. Discouraged and yearing for redemption, they are ultimately capable of extreme bravery.


Drama"

Theater.Drama

Unbound: Dancing From Here To There  | Open: 12/07/13 Close: 12/07/13
Kitty Lunn's Infinity Dance Theater, the company for dancers with and without disabilities, presents “Unbound: Dancing From Here to There,” four performances, two different programs, December 6-8 at Theater for the New City, 155 First Avenue. The concerts feature choreography by Kitty Lunn, Peter Pucci, Alice Sheppard, and Carla Vannucchi.Program A – Repertory Program – Friday & Saturday, December 6 & 7 at 8 PMInfinity’s evening program features new and revived modern dance works, including Kitty Lunn’s The Unbound Suite (premiere), inspired by the elements of Feng Shui, set to original music by William Catanzaro, and performed by Alice Sheppard and Kitty Lunn.Program B – The Women’s Stories Project – Saturday & Sunday, December 7 & 8 at 3 PM Infinity’s matinee program, The Women’s Stories Project, is a unique and inspiring theater/dance work featuring four amazing women with courage and resourcefulness to spare, telling their stories of love, loss, illness, and aging. Depressing? Not at all! Women’s Stories is funny, sad, ironic, and unpredictable.


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Dance.Modern

Three Of A Kind, With Two Wild Cards  | Open: 11/20/13 Close: 12/01/13
Theater for the New City (Crystal Field, Executive Director) will present the World Premiere of Robert Homeyer’s (Christopher Marlowe’s Julius Caesar) Three of a Kind, With Two Wild Cards November 20-December 1 at Theater for the New City (155 1st Avenue between 9th and 10th Street). The production will feature Robert Homeyer, Steph van Vlack, Aristotle Stamat, Oliver Thrun, Matthew Angel, Mark Lang, Kim Vogels, and Lissa Moira*.The creative team will include Set and Lighting Design by Mark Marcante, Costumes and Props by Lytza Colon, Sound Design by Roy Chang, and Choreography by Angela Harriell. The production Stage Manager will be Tashika Futch. *Actor appears courtesy of the Actors’ Equity Association.

A generic couple struggling to be mutually understood. A couple of patients waiting for deliverance. A pair of janitors meeting a pair of lawyers. Two women in a tense standoff playing a deadly card game. Three of a Kind, With Two Wild Cards is a series of four one-act plays with overlapping characters. Equal parts sketch comedy, melodrama, juggled timelines and theater of the absurd, this new work by writer/director Robert Homeyer explores the variety of ways in which human beings discover their own identity...or have it forced upon them by circumstances beyond their control. In this full house, nothing is what it seems...


About the Company: Theater For The New City

THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY (TNC) is a Pulitzer Prize winning community cultural center that is known for its high artistic standards and widespread community service. One of New York’s most prolific theatrical organizations, TNC produces 30-40 premieres of new American plays per year, at least 10 of which are by emerging and young playwrights. Many influential theater artists of the last quarter century have found TNC’s Resident Theater Program instrumental to their careers, among them Sam Shepard, Moises Kaufman, Richard Foreman, Charles Busch, Maria Irene Fornes, Miguel Piñero and Academy Award Winners Tim Robbins and Adrien Brody. TNC also presents plays by multi-ethnic/multi-disciplinary theater companies who have no permanent home. Among the well-known companies that have been presented by TNC are Mabou Mines, the Living Theater, Bread and Puppet Theater, the San Francisco Mime Troupe and the Ma-Yi Theater Company, which won an OBIE Award for its 1996 TNC production, FLIPZOIDS. TNC also produced the Yangtze Repertory Company’s 1997 production of BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATH, which was the only play ever produced in America by Gao Xingjian before he won the 2000 Nobel Prize for Literature. TNC seeks to develop theater audiences and inspire future theater artists from the often-overlooked low-income minority communities of New York City by producing minority writers from around the world and by bringing the community into theater and theater into the community through its many free Festivals. TNC productions have won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and over 40 OBIE Awards for excellence in every theatrical discipline. TNC is also the only Theatrical Organization to have won the Mayor's Stop The Violence award.

Three Of A Kind, With Two Wild Cards  | Open: 11/21/13 Close: 12/01/13
A generic couple struggling to be mutually understood. A couple of patients waiting for deliverance. A pair of janitors meeting a pair of lawyers. Two women in a tense standoff playing a deadly card game."Three of a Kind, with Two Wild Cards" is a series of four one act plays ("Generically Speaking", "Waiting for Goodreau", "Out of Order" and "The Caregiver") with overlapping characters. Equal parts sketch comedy, melodrama, juggled timelines and theater of the absurd, this new work by writer/director Robert Homeyer explores the variety of ways in which human beings discover their own identity...or have it forced upon them by circumstances beyond their control.


Comedy"

Theater.Comedy

Samantha And The Glass Ceiling  | Open: 11/21/13 Close: 11/22/13
Theater for the New City presents the world premiere of the new musical SAMANTHA AND THE GLASS CEILING, the struggle of a young lingerie designer to be accepted and promoted for her talent in a fashion company where men hold all the top positions, will begin previews on Thursday, November 7th and run until December 1st at Theater for the New City (155 First Avenue). The official opening will be on Friday, November 15, 2013 at 8PM.Written by Tom Attea, the playwright who encouraged Marilyn Loden, who invented the phrase "the glass ceiling," to write her first book, Feminine Leadership, Or How to Succeed in Business without Being One of the Boys, SAMANTHA AND THE GLASS CEILING tells the story of a talented career woman, trying to hide her beauty from her male coworkers, especially her boss, a man who never met a woman he didn’t flirt with, until she decides it’s time to show up at work as a gorgeous, complete woman.The cast of SAMANTHA AND THE GLASS CEILING features Kristin Piacentile, Jacob Merrik Storms, Anik Baker, Richard Dezmond, Kelsey Mathes, Elizabeth Doyle, Eunyoung Park, Arthur Harold, Deaunna Blackwell and Sean Bryant. Set design is by Mark Marcante and Lytza Colon, costume design is by Susan Hemley, prop design is by Lytza Colon, sound design is by Alex Santullo, lighting design is by Alexander Bartenieff and the Assistant Director is Danielle Hauser.


Musicals"

Theater.Musicals

Possibility Junkie  | Open: 10/20/13 Close: 10/20/13
The story is based loosely on the career of the "real-life" David Ippolito, who is known to hundreds of thousands of people across the country and around the world as "That Guitar Man from Central Park". Part singer/songwriter, part storyteller, part social-commentator and activist... David has become famous for his simple catch phrase, "It's just us" and his ability to turn a large crowd of strangers into a group of friends. The story follows this fiercely independent street musician who has been a fixture in New York's Central Park for the past 22 years. As the show opens he writes a funny but politically charged song, poking Conservative talk-show host Sean Kilroy of FAX News. What happens when the song goes viral on YouTube? What happens when the song angers a man who is a powerful voice in the right-wing media and considers himself the voice of America? What happens when Kilroy sends a beautiful and ambitious young woman on a special assignment to destroy the "Guitar Man"? It sets up a "David and Goliath" scenario... and a ride that's unpredictable, fascinating, thought-provoking and fun, with the audience singing half the score and playing the part of the "people on the hill" in Central Park.


Musicals"

Theater.Musicals

Woman On The Bridge  | Open: 10/14/13 Close: 10/14/13
 Woman on the Bridge

a new play by Julia Pascal (http://www.juliapascal.org/)

 

Directed by Ludovica Villar-Hauser (http://ludovicavillar-hauser.tumblr.com/)

 

What happens when Judith, a London journalist, comes to New York to jump off the Brooklyn Bridge.

 

Will those she meets be able to stop her?

 

* * *

 

"Remarkable, elevating, exeptional." - The New York Times on Pascal's Dybbuk @ Theatre for the New City

 

"Pascal's play is a tense and stirring piece of theatre, acted with fierce intensity by an international cast." - The London Times on Theresa

 

Donations Welcome.

 

RSVP to womanonthebridgenyc@gmail.com

 

Monday, October 14th, 2013

7:00pm

 

Theater for the New City

155 1st ave, New York NY 10003

Playing Sinatra  | Open: 09/12/13 Close: 09/12/13
Grown up siblings in Streatham, London resist their lonely future by idolizing Frank Sinatra in this 1991 play by Bernard Kops, one of Europe's best-known and most admired playwrights.Norman can't leave their family nest; his sister, Sandra, knows she must. Her new friend, Philip, is drawn into their trap to escape his painful past. This American premiere will be performed by Austin Pendleton, Katharine Cullison and Richard McElvain. Kelly Morgan directs. Playwright Bernard Kops was born in the East End of London of Dutch-Jewish working class parents in 1926. This neighborhood, in the 1950s, was rich in nascent playwrights including Harold Pinter, Arnold Wesker and Kops. Of the three, only Kops is still writing. Now 86, he has recently completed two new plays. His body of work also includes nine novels, six books of poetry, numerous radio plays and an autobiography.REVIEWS--NEW YORK"a perfectly acted production....As Sandra, Katharine Cullison conveys a potent sense of foreboding. Like the lonely Laura of 'The Glass Menagerie' and Maureen, the spinster of 'The Beauty Queen of Leenane,' Sandra is alternately endearing and frustrating. She's a complex character, given a stellar rendering here. Richard McElvain, as Norman, is more frenzied and no less intriguing as he rants, if only to hear himself speak. Austin Pendleton, as Phillip, is a sprightly and suspect presence who supplies the welcome levity." --New York Times, Ken Jaworowski"This is one hell of a play and deserves a longer run. Go see it."--Alan Miller, A Seat on the Aisle."Master craftsman Bernard Kops has fashioned a challenging play about ties that bind, creating a captivating trio of damaged characters who are full of depth but also full of terrible contradictions."--Marti Sichel, Woman Around Town."[Sandra is played] with childlike naivete by the terrific Katharine Cullison" [and Norman is played by] "the excellent Richard McElvain, simultaneously displaying affection and thinly-veiled rage....It’s both charming and pathetic to see the [con] man,...played with false-modesty and con-man swagger by Austin Pendleton, lure Sandra with tales of spiritual encounters and personal adventures."--Eleanor J. Bader, Theatre is Easy."This superbly acted production will keep you on the edge of your self-awareness for its ride through the dark reaches of your own psyche. It is simply great..."--Carole DiTosti (BlogCritics)REVIEWS--LONDON"Fills its space to the bursting-point and expands outwards with whirling centrifugal force, scattering ideas from its tight central core....[The evening] kept the first night audience so rapt that this critic found himself unable to turn a page in a notebook." -- London Times (Harry Eyres) "This intense, challenging and thoroughly accessible domestic tragicomedy...will surely prove to be one of the most important plays of the year...because of the psychological depth and complexity that Kops achieves in his economical but oh-so-potent three hander." -- Time Out London (Michael Wright)


Play"

Theater.Play

White Noise  | Open: 06/29/13 Close: 07/04/13
"White Noise" is realistic, almost drawing-room in style. It follows an African-American painter named Tim, whose work is based on spiritual themes, as he travels to Detroit for an art exhibit of his work. At first he is calm, mature and erudite and meets a seemingly normal cast of characters who are revealed to be quite otherwise. All are volunteers with the church arts committee where Tim is to exhibit his paintings and include a hidden poet, a woman who is psychically injured, an ex-Northrup Grumman Vice President and an oversexed woman marriage therapist. All of them tweak at Tim's interior demons. Little is said about his art, but there is an extended discussion about his struggle, his race, his sexual hang-ups and his chosen muse, Simone Weil, the World War II era French philosopher, Christian mystic, and social activist. Tim struggles with and then succumbs to his own fixations as Weil appears, scantily clad, as a figment of his imagination. Having abandoned true faith, Tim grasps for "faith in faith," and in the end finds dubious understanding, alone, in a bathroom.The hook of the play is, Tim aspires to be a Sufi mystic. Block explains that his work, overall, deals with the intersection of mysticism and where we are today. The play forthrightly addresses questions of mysticism and the application of spirituality in our lives and it arrives at an existentialist ending. Block doesn't call himself a mystic, but say he is deeply influenced by mystical thought--Sufism primarily--and finds ways to bring it into his artwork and his life. The play's backdrop, a ten-panel collage, is based on a 13th century Sufi tract, "Conference of Birds" by Attar. After the show, the audience will be given 10 to 30 minutes to examine it.


Drama"

Theater.Drama

Finding My Way Back Home  | Open: 05/30/13 Close: 05/30/13
FINDING MY WAY BACK HOMEWritten & Directed by MICHAEL VAZQUEZFinding My Way Back Home is a play about a group of people that, from a hard and homeless journey, find a hopeful new path.Although the play is based on real people and serious, true events, it is full of humor and characters that show love and togetherness, in spite of their tragedies.


Drama"

Theater.Drama

Comedy Night Live  | Open: 05/16/13 Close: 05/16/13
Comedy"

Theater.Comedy
Rhythm Is The Cure  | Open: 04/22/13 Close: 04/23/13
ALESSANDRA BELLONIdirector of the Italian Folk Music, Dance & Theatre company I GIULLARI DI PIAZZAArtist in Residence at the cathedral of St John the Divine, REMO artistRHYTHM IS THE CUREA ONE WOMAN SHOWThis fiery “percussive journey” through the South of Italy will explore through songs, dance and rhythm, magic rituals, tarantellas used as music therapy and exorcism, healing chants in honor of the Black Madonna, lullabies, love ballads, work chants and protest song. Original songs compose by Alessandra dedicated to the Black Madonna, and Goddess of Love and Waters Yemanja, Brazilian Rhythms and chants inspired by her travels to Brazil , Hawaii, Italy and France.The performance ends with the authentic Pizzzica Tarantata, the healing trance dance from Puglia used as an exorcism to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula, a mental disorder that afflicted mainly women, and which goes back to the ancient Greek rites of Dyonisus. Featuring Alessandra Belloni : voice , Southern Italian tambourines, frame drums, ocean drum, Bodhran, shakers, berimbao, harmonium.


World Music"

Music.World Music

Another Life  | Open: 03/28/13 Close: 04/21/13
 

A surreal romp highlighting the US torture policy through the post 9-11 decade
An out-sized mogul (George Bartenieff) controls, cashes-in, and is undone in the only American play about the U.S. torture program.  It is a challenge to the legacy of torture.  


Fat Asses: The Musical  | Open: 03/21/13 Close: 03/31/13
Take off those Spanx and get ready to let loose for FAT ASSES: THE MUSICAL. Theater for the New City, Crystal Field, Executive Director is thrilled to present the world premiere of the all-new musical/comedy March 21st-31st. From the writers of the FringeNYC favorite Parker & Dizzy’s Fabulous Journey to the End of the Rainbow, Peter Zachari and Damon Maida reunite to present this hilarious and thought provoking musical described as “The First Wives Club meets 9 to 5.”
 
FAT ASSES: THE MUSICAL follows the crusade of three larger-than-life ladies who find themselves ostracized from their friends, families and even their weight-loss support group.  Fed up of feeling invisible, Margaux, Candy and Lacey join forces with the militant newcomer Dustine and decide to storm the offices of the fashion magazine, Gaunt. When the girls are thrust into an immediate spotlight of social media adoration, they are forced to confront their deepest and sometimes deadliest secrets. Songs include, “Fed Up!” “Showstopper,” “Loving You Is a Dying Art,” “A Taste of Fashion,” and “We’re All the Rage” and more.
 
Featuring rollicking performances by Heather Anderson (The Wild Party; Secret Theater), Jane Aquilina (Bawdy n’ Soul; The Metropolitan Room, NYC), Elise Castle (Parker & Dizzy’s Fabulous Journey to the End of the Rainbow; FringeNYC), Kelly Teal Goyette (Shrek; National Tour), Caitlin McGinty (25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee; Theatre by the Sea), Joey Mirabile (Parker & Dizzy’s Fabulous Journey to the End of the Rainbow; FringeNYC) and Itanza Wooden (You Can Tell the Devil That I’m Back; Rose Baby Enterprises). Peter Zachari will direct the production with musical direction by Douglas Maxwell and choreography by Joey Mirabile.
 
For more information, visit www.fatassesthemusical.com


About the Company: Theater For The New City

THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY (TNC) is a Pulitzer Prize winning community cultural center that is known for its high artistic standards and widespread community service. One of New York’s most prolific theatrical organizations, TNC produces 30-40 premieres of new American plays per year, at least 10 of which are by emerging and young playwrights. Many influential theater artists of the last quarter century have found TNC’s Resident Theater Program instrumental to their careers, among them Sam Shepard, Moises Kaufman, Richard Foreman, Charles Busch, Maria Irene Fornes, Miguel Piñero and Academy Award Winners Tim Robbins and Adrien Brody. TNC also presents plays by multi-ethnic/multi-disciplinary theater companies who have no permanent home. Among the well-known companies that have been presented by TNC are Mabou Mines, the Living Theater, Bread and Puppet Theater, the San Francisco Mime Troupe and the Ma-Yi Theater Company, which won an OBIE Award for its 1996 TNC production, FLIPZOIDS. TNC also produced the Yangtze Repertory Company’s 1997 production of BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATH, which was the only play ever produced in America by Gao Xingjian before he won the 2000 Nobel Prize for Literature. TNC seeks to develop theater audiences and inspire future theater artists from the often-overlooked low-income minority communities of New York City by producing minority writers from around the world and by bringing the community into theater and theater into the community through its many free Festivals. TNC productions have won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and over 40 OBIE Awards for excellence in every theatrical discipline. TNC is also the only Theatrical Organization to have won the Mayor's Stop The Violence award.

Pit  | Open: 02/28/13 Close: 03/17/13
In Pit, the residents of a Welsh mining village are pushed to the brink as the Iron Lady tightens her grip on Britain. The play explores how these people cope with adversity and the lengths to which they will go to survive as the miner's strike of 1984 brings out the best and the worst of this tight-knit community.

Jeff Woodbridgedirects a cast of eight including Patrick Eichner, Samantha Jones*, Kurt Kelly*, Jake Levitt, Molly Lovell, Sarah Matteucci, Ted McGuinness, and Michael Mraz.  *Member, Actors’ Equity Association. AEA Showcase.


About the Company: Long View Theater Company

Longview Theater Company believes in honestly portraying the human condition with compassion and humor. We want to inspire audiences and give voice to original points of view. We believe theater can provoke thoughtful discussion by portraying the powerful movements, harsh situations, and myriad of inter-connections that end up defining people’s lives. Through this portrayal, we gain understanding of ourselves and our own stories. Long View's inaugural production of And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little by Paul Zindel was hailed by critics as “A near-perfect production,” “A gem, every facet gleaming in a perfect setting.” and “A moving evening of theater.” Pit is their second production.

Trevor  | Open: 02/28/13 Close: 03/17/13
Theater for the New City (Crystal Field, Executive Director) will present Lesser America’s World Premiere of Nick Jones’ (Jollyship the Whiz-bang with Ars Nova/The Public;The Coward with Lincoln Center) TrevorFebruary 28-March 17 at Theater for the New City (155 1st Avenue between 9th and 10th Street). The production will be directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel (Hand to God with EST; My Base and Scurvy Heart with Studio 42) and will feature Steven Boyer* (Hand to God; Jollyship the Whiz-Bang), Geneva Carr* (Hand to God; Boise), Nathaniel Kent (The Three Seagulls at HERE; Doctor Faustus at The Brick), Andy Nogasky*, Shawn Randall* (Big Tex at EST; Blue Man Group), Amy Staats* (One Thing I Like To Say Is with Clubbed Thumb) and Colleen Werthmann* (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson; The Mistakes Madeline Made). The creative team will include Set Design by Andrew Boyce, Props Design by Sarah Dowling, Costume Design by Elizabeth Groth, Lighting Design by Mike Inwood, and Fight Direction by Robert Westley. *Actor appears courtesy of the Actors’ Equity Association.

Trevor is a chimpanzee who once performed with the likes of Morgan Fairchild. Now, he's approaching puberty and can't even get a callback. Is it because he's big and strong and potentially dangerous? Or does he just need better costumes? Trevor lives alone with Sandra, a middle aged widow. Sandra knows Trevor would never hurt anyone, at least not on purpose. And just because he's not "cute" like he used to be, she won't send him to some dirty sanctuary, at least not to appease her paranoid neighbor Ashley and her precious newborn baby. 

About the Company: Lesser America

LESSER AMERICA is a pop theater ensemble of renegade artists dedicated to smart, quality entertainment that puts the audience first, fulfilling the promise of affordable, accessible theater for the 21st century. The company’s past productions include Squealer by Jonathan Blitstein, directed by Daniel Talbott,Too Much Too Soon, a series of six short plays, featuring writing by Nikole Beckwith, Dean Imperial, Nick Jones, Melissa Ross, Emily Schwend, and Ken Urban. The series was directed by Portia Krieger alongside Stephen Brackett. In the summer of 2012, Lesser America also presented American River, a world premiere by Micheline Auger, directed by Stephen Brackett. The company is currently in residence at Theater for the New City, Crystal Field, Executive Director. The Lesser Americans were also named nytheatre.com’s 2011 People of the Year. 

Children Of Paradise  | Open: 02/07/13 Close: 02/24/13
The classic French film of this name, shot in the early 1940's, was a fictional biography of a Mime, Debureau, who lived and performed in Paris in the 1840's, and was the first one to use Pierrot as the leading character instead of Harlequin.This play is based on Debureu’s actual biography, and includes Mime pieces he did that were written down by his son over 150 years ago, parts of which were performed in the film. With a company of 14 Mime/Actor/Gymnasts, headed by Chris Douros, with music by Harrison Wade, the action-filled play gives us a look at a little-known time, in the life of an artist pursuing a little known Art.


Performance Art"

Acts/Attractions.Performance Art

Time Co/Lapse  | Open: 01/10/13 Close: 01/13/13
How many ways are there to tell the time?

Come share our experiences in nature and in the routine workday world of New York City. Transcend your spatial and temporal coordinates as we explore our relationship to time, and to each other, through circus and physical movement. The working version of this show was originally introduced in July 2012 for one night at Circus Warehouse, and now we are very excited to premiere the full-length show for four nights at Theater for the New City.

TIME CO/LAPSE is conceived and directed by Scott Combs, who has been working for a year now on completing this project. The early music of Brian Eno is the catalyst for this
talented cast's exploration of speed and rhythm.

Peformed by Megan Cattau, Scott Combs, Ari Klein, Wendy Louie, Jan Manke, Danielle Natoli, Maia Ramnath, and Satomi Shikata.

4 shows:
Thursday, January 10th 8:00
Friday, January 11th 8:00
Saturday, January 12th 8:00
Sunday, January 13th 3:00pm

Venue:
Theater for the New City
155 1st Avenue (between 9th and 10th Streets)


Arts.Dance

Muslim Dialogue In Mirrors Cracked  | Open: 12/16/12 Close: 12/16/12
The newest, hilarious, thought-provoking play from Bina Sharif.


Play"

Theater.Play

Garden Of Delights  | Open: 11/15/12 Close: 12/02/12
 

The Theater for the New City with the support of Spain Culture New York-Consulate General of Spain presents The New Stage Theatre Company's Garden of Delights, written by Fernando Arrabal and directed by Ildiko Nemeth (NY Innovative Theatre Award nominee), with original music by Jon Gilbert Leavitt (Outmusic Award winner).

 

A beautiful and troubled actress, Lais, is tortured by guilt and isolated in her palatial home. As she fields prying calls from a live celebrity talk show, her memories and emotions manifest before her. In Fernando Arrabal's Garden of Delights, the lines between reality, imagination and remembering blur. Lais is forced to confront the ghosts of her past, and the injuries she has sustained and inflicted.

 

The cast includes Kaylin Lee Clinton (NY Innovative Theatre Award nominee), Belle Caplis (NY Innovative Theatre Award nominee), Brandon Olson, Chris Tanner, Geraldine Dulex, Denice Kondik (NY Innovative Theatre Award nominee), Francisca Magalhães, Valerie Miller, Florencia Minniti, Devin Nelson, Emma Pettersson, Alexandra Pike, Juliana Silva and Jeanne Lauren Smith.


About the Company: Theater For The New City

THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY (TNC) is a Pulitzer Prize winning community cultural center that is known for its high artistic standards and widespread community service. One of New York’s most prolific theatrical organizations, TNC produces 30-40 premieres of new American plays per year, at least 10 of which are by emerging and young playwrights. Many influential theater artists of the last quarter century have found TNC’s Resident Theater Program instrumental to their careers, among them Sam Shepard, Moises Kaufman, Richard Foreman, Charles Busch, Maria Irene Fornes, Miguel Piñero and Academy Award Winners Tim Robbins and Adrien Brody. TNC also presents plays by multi-ethnic/multi-disciplinary theater companies who have no permanent home. Among the well-known companies that have been presented by TNC are Mabou Mines, the Living Theater, Bread and Puppet Theater, the San Francisco Mime Troupe and the Ma-Yi Theater Company, which won an OBIE Award for its 1996 TNC production, FLIPZOIDS. TNC also produced the Yangtze Repertory Company’s 1997 production of BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATH, which was the only play ever produced in America by Gao Xingjian before he won the 2000 Nobel Prize for Literature. TNC seeks to develop theater audiences and inspire future theater artists from the often-overlooked low-income minority communities of New York City by producing minority writers from around the world and by bringing the community into theater and theater into the community through its many free Festivals. TNC productions have won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and over 40 OBIE Awards for excellence in every theatrical discipline. TNC is also the only Theatrical Organization to have won the Mayor's Stop The Violence award.

Scratch Night At Tnc  | Open: 11/19/12 Close: 11/19/12
SOLDIER by Jonathan Draxton"SOLDIER is a fresh and exciting exploration of the military mind..." -A.R. Gurney, LOVE LETTERS and THE DINING ROOM.SOLDIER centers around an SS officer, Heinrich Weiss, who is trapped on the banks of the River Styx. Desperately searching for coins so that he and his men can secure passage across the waters, Heinrich will reveal his own personal history as well as the origins and facets of man's love affair with war. Welcome to the River Styx, where you will be confronted with one soldier, one coin, and a simple question - yes or no?


Reading"

Theater.Reading

Ripe  | Open: 11/01/12 Close: 11/01/12
Theater For The New City will present the World Premiere of John Jiler’s RIPE beginning October 11. Workshopped at both Playwrights Horizons and the Actor’s Studio, “Ripe” displays award-winning actor/writer Jiler at the height of his powers, as he plays a dozen unforgettable New York characters swirling around his dying, Runyonesque father.“Jiler’s work brims with a wit and vitality that separates living theatre from all entertainment that comes in a can..” --New York Times


Play"

Theater.Play

Village Halloween Costume Ball  | Open: 10/31/12 Close: 10/31/12
Nonstop theater, a costume competition and ballroom dancing will bewitch the East Village in Theater for the New City's 33rd annual Village Halloween Costume Ball on Wednesday, October 31 at TNC, 155 First Avenue.  This unique festival continues as a grand coming-together for everyday New Yorkers and artists alike.  A carefree fall tradition, it celebrates the creativity that comes with the season.The one-night fiesta takes over all four of TNC's theater spaces, plus its lobby and the block of East Tenth Street between First and Second Avenues.  Customarily over 1,400 wildly-clad celebrants gather for dancing, dining, showing off costumes and viewing acts from the cutting-edge of Cabaret and Theater.  Admission is $20; costume or formal wear is required. 


Other"

Acts/Attractions.Other

Bird In The Hand  | Open: 08/29/12 Close: 09/23/12
Drama"

Theater.Drama
Possibility Junkie  | Open: 09/21/12 Close: 09/23/12
“Possibility Junkie” is a brand new musical theater piece directed by Gretchen Cryer and presented by Theater for the New City. It tells the story of David Ippolito, who has been known as “That Guitar Man from Central Park” for 20 years, writing and singing songs of Love, and Life, and social conscience… often with a political edge or a wink. In “Possibility Junkie”, we find out what happens when one of his songs goes viral on YouTube and pokes Conservative talk show host Sean Kilroy in the eye. When the FAX NEWS personality decides to go after The Guitar Man, things escalate beyond what anyone could have possibly expected.


Musicals"

Theater.Musicals

DeFLYance  | Open: 09/05/12 Close: 09/16/12
  New York City. A place where most of us grow up.  A place that defines our lives and its most pivotal moments. DeFLYance uses circus to portray these formative experiences with dexterity and humor.  Three people squeeze onto a tiny airborne triangle (representing their first New York City apartment), geriatric walkers are used for more than assisting the elderly, and both the tragic and triumphant sides of a romantic break-up are felt 20 feet in the air in a top story apartment surrounded by people.  Special guests include Kristin Young and Sara Joel, both formerly of Cirque du Soleil. Sara will be performing at 8 months pregnant! The show also features  award-winning juggler and NYU Tisch Professor, Hovey Burgess, who wrote the book Circus Techniques.   

DeFLYance  | Open: 09/05/12 Close: 09/16/12
Life's most pivotal moments define who we are. DeFLYance uses circus to portray these formative experiences with dexterity and humor. Three people squeeze onto a tiny airborne triangle (representing their first New York City apartment), geriatric walkers are used for more than assisting the elderly, and both the tragic and triumphant sides of a romantic break-up are felt 20 feet in the air. Special guests include Kristin Young and Sara Joel, both formerly of Cirque du Soleil. Sara will be performing at 8 months pregnant! The show also features Jan Manke and award-winning juggler and NYU Tisch Professor, Hovey Burgess, who wrote the book Circus Techniques.


Dance Theater"

Dance.Dance Theater

Bird In The Hand  | Open: 09/12/12 Close: 09/12/12
The latest play by Jorge Ignacio Cortiñas is a wry comedy about feeling out of place.The New Yorker says Fulcrum's production of Bird in the Hand is a "[A] delightful piece. The dialogue is fresh and the performances first-rate". Backstage calls the play "a smart, distinctive show" that "bubble[s] with wit and unforced emotions while still infused with imaginative theatricality."


Drama"

Theater.Drama

Fast In Fire  | Open: 09/02/12 Close: 09/09/12
Play"

Theater.Play
Golden Baby  | Open: 09/04/12 Close: 09/09/12
Sketch Comedy"

Comedy.Sketch Comedy

New Genre

Missionary In Manhattan: A Mormon Musical  | Open: 08/23/12 Close: 09/09/12
Presented by the Ukelele Orchestra of Great Brooklyn


Play"

Theater.Play

A Nasty Tempered Man  | Open: 09/02/12 Close: 09/09/12
Play"

Theater.Play
Talk, Mackerel  | Open: 09/05/12 Close: 09/09/12
Play"

Theater.Play
50 Things I Love About Frank  | Open: 09/01/12 Close: 09/05/12
Comedy"

Theater.Comedy
The Shalom Bombay Show  | Open: 08/28/12 Close: 09/02/12
Watch the American mainstream obsession with the mysticism of India unravel in this spiritual adventure of music and personal stories as cousins Slash Coleman and Kumar Das demystify Jewish culture and Indian culture with Jazz piano and Indian tabla.
Giant Killer Slugs  | Open: 08/22/12 Close: 09/02/12
Farce"

Theater.Farce
The Love Junkies Of Hell's Kitchen  | Open: 08/23/12 Close: 09/02/12
Play"

Theater.Play
Open Up  | Open: 08/28/12 Close: 09/02/12
Dance Theater"

Dance.Dance Theater
Pornography For The People  | Open: 08/26/12 Close: 09/02/12
Play"

Theater.Play
The Shalom Bombay Show  | Open: 08/28/12 Close: 09/02/12
Play"

Theater.Play
The Eden Project  | Open: 08/24/12 Close: 09/01/12
Play"

Theater.Play
Love In The Seventh Kingdom Of Wrath  | Open: 08/23/12 Close: 09/01/12
Play"

Theater.Play
Paradiddle  | Open: 08/26/12 Close: 09/01/12
Play"

Theater.Play
Folly  | Open: 08/25/12 Close: 08/31/12
Play"

Theater.Play
Fat Fat Fatty  | Open: 08/19/12 Close: 08/27/12
Play"

Theater.Play
Folie Pure  | Open: 08/20/12 Close: 08/27/12
Multi Media"

Theater.Multi Media
Indelible  | Open: 08/20/12 Close: 08/27/12
Play"

Theater.Play
Fat Fat Fatty  | Open: 08/19/12 Close: 08/27/12
Fat Man can't live without his beef sandwiches. Unfortunately it’s those very same sandwiches that have fattened him up to the brink of combustion. His world gets turned upside down as a team of doctors, trainers, nutritionists, and one adorable Tiny Man struggle to save this fat, fat, fatty from an explosive demise – resulting in a spectacle of dancing cows, an array of high intensity cardio routines, and one huge appetite on gluttonous display.

Alex Kveton’s witty and daring new play takes a harsh look at the dangers of excessive behavior while bringing us along on an existential roller-coaster ride as one man’s struggle to survive forces him to give up what he loves most in the world – utter indulgence. Directed by Theater Reconstruction Ensemble’s John Kurzynowski, Fat Fat Fatty promises to be an evening of theatrical innovation that will leave you hungry for more!


About the Company: Theater For The New City

THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY (TNC) is a Pulitzer Prize winning community cultural center that is known for its high artistic standards and widespread community service. One of New York’s most prolific theatrical organizations, TNC produces 30-40 premieres of new American plays per year, at least 10 of which are by emerging and young playwrights. Many influential theater artists of the last quarter century have found TNC’s Resident Theater Program instrumental to their careers, among them Sam Shepard, Moises Kaufman, Richard Foreman, Charles Busch, Maria Irene Fornes, Miguel Piñero and Academy Award Winners Tim Robbins and Adrien Brody. TNC also presents plays by multi-ethnic/multi-disciplinary theater companies who have no permanent home. Among the well-known companies that have been presented by TNC are Mabou Mines, the Living Theater, Bread and Puppet Theater, the San Francisco Mime Troupe and the Ma-Yi Theater Company, which won an OBIE Award for its 1996 TNC production, FLIPZOIDS. TNC also produced the Yangtze Repertory Company’s 1997 production of BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATH, which was the only play ever produced in America by Gao Xingjian before he won the 2000 Nobel Prize for Literature. TNC seeks to develop theater audiences and inspire future theater artists from the often-overlooked low-income minority communities of New York City by producing minority writers from around the world and by bringing the community into theater and theater into the community through its many free Festivals. TNC productions have won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and over 40 OBIE Awards for excellence in every theatrical discipline. TNC is also the only Theatrical Organization to have won the Mayor's Stop The Violence award.

Coming Home  | Open: 08/19/12 Close: 08/25/12
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Theater.Play
The Standard Upgrade  | Open: 08/19/12 Close: 08/25/12
Play"

Theater.Play
The Waiter Project  | Open: 08/19/12 Close: 08/25/12
Play"

Theater.Play
Madame Tellier's Establishment  | Open: 08/19/12 Close: 08/24/12
Performance Art"

Acts/Attractions.Performance Art
American River  | Open: 07/12/12 Close: 07/22/12
Set in s(mall)-town northern California, American River is the story of two childhood friends and sometime sweethearts living on rock and roll and dreams of making it big. But after Conner checks into rehab, they learn there's more than a bag of meth standing between them and the American dream.  In this darkly comic, eruptive drama, Conner and Liz struggle to overcome their failed expectations and unhealed wounds, discovering the limitations of their ambitions for escape.


Play"

Theater.Play

Rebecca Bonnie Bob  | Open: 07/05/12 Close: 07/09/12
The comic reality of Rebecca--a delusional mother, Bonnie--her ex-stripper daughter and Bob, a poet and wanna-be guru boyfriend, living together in Plainview, Long Island; Winter, 1985. An elegy to people in small spaces and neighborhoods, in and around the hometown areas.


Comedy"

Theater.Comedy

Two Sisters, Two Brothers  | Open: 06/07/12 Close: 06/24/12
Two Sisters on a road leading home, or so they think....Their dreams dashed, they long for a respite, but a secret will derail their journey….Two Brothers, one, just back from missionary work in India and one who has stayed to fulfill family responsibilities, have to decide how best to care for their ailing father. Desperation and hope in a surreal world set both pairs of siblings into a vortex of confusion and decision- making in these dark comedies.


Comedy"

Theater.Comedy

New City, New Blood Play Reading Series  | Open: 06/18/12 Close: 06/18/12
For 35 years, Pulitzer Prize winning THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY has nurtured hundreds of playwrights through its EMERGING PLAYWRIGHTS PROGRAM. In June, 2006, we launched NEW CITY , NEW BLOOD, a play reading series designed to serve our audiences and writers even better. Curated by Michael Scott-Price, TNC Literary Manager, NEW CITY , NEW BLOOD will provide a hearing for worthy plays in earlier stages of Development. Audiences will get the opportunity to provide feedback, and artists will gain valuable insight from audience response. Be sure to check www.theaterforthenewcity.net for details about upcoming readings. Please join us!


Reading"

Theater.Reading

Areas Of Heavy Traffic  | Open: 05/31/12 Close: 06/17/12
These are people in flight from the urban NYC maze who find their place in multi-dimensional time wherever they are traveling, even on the outskirts of Phoenix, Az.


Mystery/Thriller"

Areas Of Heavy Traffic  | Open: 06/07/12 Close: 06/15/12
These are people in flight from the urban NYC maze who find their place in multi-dimensional time wherever they are traveling, even on the outskirts of Phoenix, Az.For more info on performances, please visit: http://magickmirror.com/new_page_4.htm


Mystery/Thriller"

Theater.Mystery/Thriller

Two Sisters, Two Brothers  | Open: 06/07/12 Close: 06/15/12
Two Sisters on a road leading home, or so they think....Their dreams dashed, they long for a respite, but a secret will derail their journey….Two Brothers, one, just back from missionary work in India and one who has stayed to fulfill family responsibilities, have to decide how best to care for their ailing father. Desperation and hope in a surreal world set both pairs of siblings into a vortex of confusion and decision- making in these dark comedies.


Comedy"

Theater.Comedy

Scratch Night At TNC  | Open: 06/11/12 Close: 06/11/12
Crystal Field and Theater for the New City (TNC) will present a varied schedule "Scratch Night” performance program, which offers the opportunity for artists to present work in progress to an audience for one night. Scratch Night started in the United Kingdom in 2000 as a way to show work in progress in an evolution of performances. At TNC, we will put our own spin on the idea to best serve our own theatre community and New York area audiences. Scratch Night is looking for a variety of the most daring artists to try out their most cool thoughts on stage and the audience will help in the development by way of TNC’s scratch ballot. Scratch Nights will take place throughout the year on a varied schedule. All theatrical forms are welcome. All stages of development are welcome.


Reading"

Theater.Reading

The Chalk Circle  | Open: 05/03/12 Close: 05/20/12
A celebrated court case of Judge Bao of the Song Dynasty in China, who remains revered throughout the Chinese speaking world for his integrity and fair-mindedness, who restored the innocence of a wrongfully accused young woman with a scheme as wise as that of King Solomon, with spoken dialogues in English, Mandarin and Cantonese Chinese (and bilingual subtitles), and with Denver Chiu of Hong Kong playing the female lead, and singing the arias in Cantonese opera style.


Other"

Pinocchio's Ashes  | Open: 04/12/12 Close: 04/29/12
Danish dramatist Jokum Rohde's play "Pinocchio's Ashes" is a modern Gothic thriller; an alarming detective story from an emotional and dark area, filled with humor. In a universe of corruption, innocence and perversity, Rohde generates a universally relevant story, which is brutally relevant to today and echoes past fascist-regimes. SATC will present the US premier of the play, in a collaboration between SATC and Jokum Rohde, directed by Henning Hegland.


Arts.Performance

Judith Of Bethulia  | Open: 03/30/12 Close: 04/28/12
Comedy"
New City, New Blood Play Reading Series  | Open: 04/23/12 Close: 04/23/12
For 35 years, Pulitzer Prize winning THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY has nurtured hundreds of playwrights through its EMERGING PLAYWRIGHTS PROGRAM. In June, 2006, we launched NEW CITY, NEW BLOOD, a play reading series designed to serve our audiences and writers even better. Curated by Michael Scott-Price, TNC Literary Manager, NEW CITY, NEW BLOOD will provide a hearing for worthy plays in earlier stages of Development. Audiences will get the opportunity to provide feedback, and artists will gain valuable insight from audience response. Be sure to check www.theaterforthenewcity.net for details about upcoming readings. Please join us!


Reading"

Theater.Reading

New City, New Blood Play Reading Series  | Open: 04/23/12 Close: 04/23/12
For 35 years, Pulitzer Prize winning THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY has nurtured hundreds of playwrights through its EMERGING PLAYWRIGHTS PROGRAM. In June, 2006, we launched NEW CITY, NEW BLOOD, a play reading series designed to serve our audiences and writers even better. Curated by Michael Scott-Price, TNC Literary Manager, NEW CITY, NEW BLOOD will provide a hearing for worthy plays in earlier stages of Development. Audiences will get the opportunity to provide feedback, and artists will gain valuable insight from audience response. Be sure to check www.theaterforthenewcity.net for details about upcoming readings. Please join us!


Reading"

Theater.Reading

Scratch Night At TNC  | Open: 04/16/12 Close: 04/16/12
Crystal Field and Theater for the New City (TNC) will present a varied schedule "Scratch Night” performance program, which offers the opportunity for artists to present work in progress to an audience for one night. Scratch Night started in the United Kingdom in 2000 as a way to show work in progress in an evolution of performances. At TNC, we will put our own spin on the idea to best serve our own theatre community and New York area audiences. Scratch Night is looking for a variety of the most daring artists to try out their most cool thoughts on stage and the audience will help in the development by way of TNC’s scratch ballot. Scratch Nights will take place throughout the year on a varied schedule. All theatrical forms are welcome. All stages of development are welcome.


Reading"

Theater.Reading

Just Sex  | Open: 03/22/12 Close: 04/15/12
Following its sold-out run at last summer's Dream Up Festival, JUST SEX returns to Theater for the New City for a limited engagement!

Katherine and William are in lust with other people. But they are also married to each other. Unwilling to cheat, they open their marriage, test their limits, and confront hilarious reminders that extramarital escapades can lead to much more than just sex. What begins as an online exercise in physical release becomes a real-life challenge to the couples notions of normalcy, love, and fidelity.

What are the moral boundaries of cybersex? What's the difference between pixels and flesh? Find out in this daring, honest new comedy.

- Cast:
Brandt Johnson, Alex Kilgore, Tasha Lawrence, Meghan Miller


Play"

Just Sex  | Open: 04/04/12 Close: 04/15/12
Following its sold-out run at last summer's Dream Up Festival, JUST SEX returns to Theater for the New City for a limited engagement!Katherine and William are in lust — with other people. But they are also married — to each other. Unwilling to cheat, they open their marriage, test their limits, and confront hilarious reminders that extramarital escapades can lead to much more than just sex. What begins as an online exercise in physical release becomes a real-life challenge to the couple’s notions of normalcy, love, and fidelity.What are the moral boundaries of cybersex? What's the difference between pixels and flesh? Find out in this daring, honest new comedy.- Cast: Brandt Johnson, Alex Kilgore, Tasha Lawrence, Meghan Miller


Play"

Theater.Play

Young And Old  | Open: 04/14/12 Close: 04/14/12
Young and Old consists of four one act comedies. The first, called “The Club,” focuses on today’s youth and their difficulty with the world their parents created.The second, “Even the Devil Has to Go on Vacation,” is about the problems produced by extraordinary luck. It has electronic music by David Weinstein, one of the founding directors of Roulette (an experimental music organization newly settled in Brooklyn). It will be heard on Arts on Air, the Clocktower Station in May.“The Magic Wand” is a realistic fantasy about the rich and famous.The last “The Whole Megillah” pictures a perfect world (except for global warming). NY Times front page – March 14, 2012: “Sea Level Rise Seen as Threat To 3.7 Million.”


Farce"

Theater.Farce

Young And Old  | Open: 04/14/12 Close: 04/14/12
Young and Old consists of four one act comedies. The first, called “The Club,” focuses on today’s youth and their difficulty with the world their parents created.The second, “Even the Devil Has to Go on Vacation,” is about the problems produced by extraordinary luck. It has electronic music by David Weinstein, one of the founding directors of Roulette (an experimental music organization newly settled in Brooklyn). It will be heard on Arts on Air, the Clocktower Station in May.“The Magic Wand” is a realistic fantasy about the rich and famous.The last “The Whole Megillah” pictures a perfect world (except for global warming). NY Times front page – March 14, 2012: “Sea Level Rise Seen as Threat To 3.7 Million.”


Farce"

Theater.Farce

Satan's Whore, Victoria Woodhull  | Open: 03/22/12 Close: 04/08/12
Satans Whore follows the life of Victoria Woodhull as she journeys from sexually abused child, to the most infamous, celebrated, intellectual beauty of 19th Century New York City. Feminist suffragette & renowned spiritualist, Woodhull was the first female presidential candidate, with Frederick Douglass as her running mate. She was also the first female newspaper publisher & Wall Street broker, but was best known as a fearless free-love advocate & practitioner. Woodhull was a woman so far ahead of her time, that time has yet to catch up.


Play"

Satans Whore, Victoria Woodhull  | Open: 03/22/12 Close: 04/08/12
Theater for the New City(Crystal Field, Executive Director) proudly presents Satan’s Whore, Victoria Woodhull,written by Richard Geha, March 22 – April 8, 2012. Lissa Moira directs this post-Civil War, period drama about the sexual liberationist Victoria Woodhull.  Don Garverickchoreographs, with set design by David "Zen" Mansley&lighting design by William Giraldo.

Satan’s Whore follows the life of Victoria Woodhull as she journeys from sexually abused child, to the most infamous, celebrated, intellectual beauty of 19th Century New York City. Feminist suffragette & renowned spiritualist, Woodhull was the first female presidential candidate, with Frederick Douglass as her running mate. She was also the first female newspaper publisher & Wall Street broker, but was best known as a fearless free-love advocate & practitioner. Woodhull was a woman so far ahead of her time, that time has yet to catch up.

Featured in this AEA Approved Showcase Production areEmily Bayard Blake*, Paulina Brahm, Robert Colpitts, Tim Douglas*, Nora Mundé Gustuson, Robert Homeyer, George Isaacs, David “Zen” Mansley,   Richard O'Brien, Jacob Merrik Storms& Kate Tenetko as Victoria Woodhull.


About the Company: Theater For The New City

THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY (TNC) is a Pulitzer Prize winning community cultural center that is known for its high artistic standards and widespread community service. One of New York’s most prolific theatrical organizations, TNC produces 30-40 premieres of new American plays per year, at least 10 of which are by emerging and young playwrights. Many influential theater artists of the last quarter century have found TNC’s Resident Theater Program instrumental to their careers, among them Sam Shepard, Moises Kaufman, Richard Foreman, Charles Busch, Maria Irene Fornes, Miguel Piñero and Academy Award Winners Tim Robbins and Adrien Brody. TNC also presents plays by multi-ethnic/multi-disciplinary theater companies who have no permanent home. Among the well-known companies that have been presented by TNC are Mabou Mines, the Living Theater, Bread and Puppet Theater, the San Francisco Mime Troupe and the Ma-Yi Theater Company, which won an OBIE Award for its 1996 TNC production, FLIPZOIDS. TNC also produced the Yangtze Repertory Company’s 1997 production of BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATH, which was the only play ever produced in America by Gao Xingjian before he won the 2000 Nobel Prize for Literature. TNC seeks to develop theater audiences and inspire future theater artists from the often-overlooked low-income minority communities of New York City by producing minority writers from around the world and by bringing the community into theater and theater into the community through its many free Festivals. TNC productions have won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and over 40 OBIE Awards for excellence in every theatrical discipline. TNC is also the only Theatrical Organization to have won the Mayor's Stop The Violence award.

Lovesphere 17: Bubbles  | Open: 03/23/12 Close: 03/25/12
The 67-year performance project Lovesphere enters its 17th year with BUBBLES: A COMMUNOPHENOMENOLOGICAL MANIFESTO, a heavily improvised, yet structured performance directed by Cassandra Victoria Chopourian at Theater for the New City, 8 pm on March 23 and 24 and 4 pm on March 25th. Tickets are $10, for reservations call 212 254 1109.Heavily influenced by Peter Sloterdijk's Spheres Trilogy, especially Volume I: Bubbles, BUBBLES returns to the Lovesphere roots of improvised theater (Lovespheres 0-4, in the mid 90's, were improvised musicals.) Communophenomenology is an attempt to reverse the damage materialism did to the idea of communism, and the damage fascism did to phenomenology, by using the theater encounter to explore intersubjectivity. BUBBLES will straddle the line between dance, theater, musical improvisation, butoh and group meditation.


Other"

Theater.Other

Lovesphere 17: Bubbles  | Open: 03/23/12 Close: 03/25/12
The 67-year performance project Lovesphere enters its 17th year with BUBBLES: A COMMUNOPHENOMENOLOGICAL MANIFESTO, a heavily improvised, yet structured performance directed by Cassandra Victoria Chopourian at Theater for the New City, 8 pm on March 23 and 24 and 4 pm on March 25th. Tickets are $10, for reservations call 212 254 1109.Heavily influenced by Peter Sloterdijk's Spheres Trilogy, especially Volume I: Bubbles, BUBBLES returns to the Lovesphere roots of improvised theater (Lovespheres 0-4, in the mid 90's, were improvised musicals.) Communophenomenology is an attempt to reverse the damage materialism did to the idea of communism, and the damage fascism did to phenomenology, by using the theater encounter to explore intersubjectivity. BUBBLES will straddle the line between dance, theater, musical improvisation, butoh and group meditation.


Other"

Theater.Other

Bike Shop  | Open: 03/09/12 Close: 03/18/12
BIKE SHOP tells the story of a Brooklyn bicycle store circa 1993 and its owner, Bobby, an exuberant bike mechanic who runs a shop that was first opened by her grandmother in 1936. Two years after a tragic bike accident, Bobby tries to get back on her bike and get her own life in gear.

As the sole performer in this musical, Elizabeth Barkan brings to life three generations of this bike-obsessed family, as she builds and fixes real bicycles onstage while backed up by a 4-piece "Bicycle Band".


Play"

Heathens  | Open: 03/02/12 Close: 03/17/12
Set on an isolated farm in eastern Kentucky, Heathens is an unsettling comedy that makes the term family values take on new meanings. When a wandering laborer follows a woman home for the night, he finds a lot more than he bargained for in the home she shares with her sister and her Mamaw. The play explores mourning, faith, and the dangers of isolation as the characters do battle with themselves and each other.


Play"

Scratch Night At TNC  | Open: 03/12/12 Close: 03/12/12
SCRATCH NIGHT AT TNC

Crystal Field and Theater for the New City (TNC) will present a varied schedule "Scratch Night performance program, which offers the opportunity for artists to present work in progress to an audience for one night. Scratch Night started in the United Kingdom in 2000 as a way to show work in progress in an evolution of performances. At TNC, we will put our own spin on the idea to best serve our own theatre community and New York area audiences.

Scratch Night is looking for a variety of the most daring artists to try out their most cool thoughts on stage and the audience will help in the development by way of TNCs scratch ballot. Scratch Nights will take place throughout the year on a varied schedule. All theatrical forms are welcome. All stages of development are welcome.


Reading"

Scratch Night At TNC  | Open: 03/12/12 Close: 03/12/12
SCRATCH NIGHT AT TNC Crystal Field and Theater for the New City (TNC) will present a varied schedule "Scratch Night” performance program, which offers the opportunity for artists to present work in progress to an audience for one night. Scratch Night started in the United Kingdom in 2000 as a way to show work in progress in an evolution of performances. At TNC, we will put our own spin on the idea to best serve our own theatre community and New York area audiences. Scratch Night is looking for a variety of the most daring artists to try out their most cool thoughts on stage and the audience will help in the development by way of TNC’s scratch ballot. Scratch Nights will take place throughout the year on a varied schedule. All theatrical forms are welcome. All stages of development are welcome.


Reading"

Theater.Reading

New City, New Blood Play Reading Series  | Open: 03/05/12 Close: 03/05/12
For 35 years, Pulitzer Prize winning THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY has nurtured hundreds of playwrights through its EMERGING PLAYWRIGHTS PROGRAM. In June, 2006, we launched NEW CITY, NEW BLOOD, a play reading series designed to serve our audiences and writers even better. Curated by Michael Scott-Price, TNC Literary Manager, NEW CITY, NEW BLOOD will provide a hearing for worthy plays in earlier stages of Development. Audiences will get the opportunity to provide feedback, and artists will gain valuable insight from audience response. Be sure to check www.theaterforthenewcity.net for details about upcoming readings. Please join us!


Reading"

Cobu  | Open: 03/02/12 Close: 03/04/12
The all-girl Japanese Dance and Drum Group has been in residence at Theater for the New City since 2010. This will be the first full-evening concert of this spectacular group. Their movement, dance and drum are international and supersede language. You will be thrilled!

You are cordially invited to attend one of the performances of COBU Dance like Drumming, Drum like Dancing, at Theater for the New City (TNC), from March 1st through March 4th, Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 3pm.

COBU was founded in 2000 by YAKO MIYAMOTO, Veteran of the hit show STOMP, and has served as the inspiration to the Hollywood movie COBU 3D, which is currently being directed by Duane Adler, starring Derek Hough, BoA and Wesley Jonathan. COBU was the winner of the Wella International Trend New York Talent Award in 2011, and won the Audience Favorite Award at the 2011 New York Fringe Festival. They will be performing an excerpt from their TNC concert as part of TNCs Annual Gala, LOVE N COURAGE, at the National Arts Club, 15 Gramcery Park South, on Monday, February 13th, 2012.
This all-girl TAIKO drum group mixes traditional with funk and hip-hop for performances like youve never seen before. Come feel their girl power and heart beat!!!


Modern"

Unreachable Eden  | Open: 02/09/12 Close: 02/26/12

Unreachable Eden tells the story of Polish Jewish lesbian Eve Adams (born Chava Zloczower) who ran a tearoom on Macdougal Street in 1926, which catered to artists, writers and actors, both male and female. She was deported from the U.S. as an “undesirable alien” and spent the 1930’s in Paris, selling banned books to English-speaking tourists. Eve and her friends Henry and June Miller and Anais Nin enjoyed both café and nightlife in France, while in Germany the Nazi government was banning and burning books and implementing its war against Jews, homosexuals and others deemed “undesirable.”  These parallel worlds collided during World War II, once again putting Eve in triple jeopardy as a Jew, a lesbian and an immigrant. Composer Arthur Abrams has mined the rich musical influences of 1930’s Europe to write a score that ranges from the popular tango to waltz to ethnic melodies.

 

Unreachable Eden is based on Eve Adams’ deportation file from the U.S. government as well as correspondence and photographs courtesy of her relatives.

 

“…if I wanted to write my experiences of my wanderings and people and adventures, which still continue with every blessed day, it would take me years to write and I could fill volumes…”    Eve Adams. 1934.          

                                                             

Eve’s first deportation in 1927 led ultimately to her second deportation, this time from France to Auschwitz in her native Poland. This courageous woman deserves to be rescued from forgotten history.


About the Company: Theater For The New City

THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY (TNC) is a Pulitzer Prize winning community cultural center that is known for its high artistic standards and widespread community service. One of New York’s most prolific theatrical organizations, TNC produces 30-40 premieres of new American plays per year, at least 10 of which are by emerging and young playwrights. Many influential theater artists of the last quarter century have found TNC’s Resident Theater Program instrumental to their careers, among them Sam Shepard, Moises Kaufman, Richard Foreman, Charles Busch, Maria Irene Fornes, Miguel Piñero and Academy Award Winners Tim Robbins and Adrien Brody. TNC also presents plays by multi-ethnic/multi-disciplinary theater companies who have no permanent home. Among the well-known companies that have been presented by TNC are Mabou Mines, the Living Theater, Bread and Puppet Theater, the San Francisco Mime Troupe and the Ma-Yi Theater Company, which won an OBIE Award for its 1996 TNC production, FLIPZOIDS. TNC also produced the Yangtze Repertory Company’s 1997 production of BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATH, which was the only play ever produced in America by Gao Xingjian before he won the 2000 Nobel Prize for Literature. TNC seeks to develop theater audiences and inspire future theater artists from the often-overlooked low-income minority communities of New York City by producing minority writers from around the world and by bringing the community into theater and theater into the community through its many free Festivals. TNC productions have won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and over 40 OBIE Awards for excellence in every theatrical discipline. TNC is also the only Theatrical Organization to have won the Mayor's Stop The Violence award.


 

Love Sick  | Open: 02/02/12 Close: 02/25/12
Emily is Love Sick. Her husband has left her for a younger woman. She's killed one man who's crossed her. And worse, she's started smoking again. Family and friends offer no help. And group therapy ends up disappointing her. Can a mysterious Man be the answer to rekindling her lost passion? Or will her husband finally realize the love he's thrown away? And how many men have to die before she finds the answer?

 

Featuring: Cara Akselrad, Maggie Burke, Elizabeth
Canavan, J. Eric Cook, Charles Goforth, Michael Puzzo and Justin Reinsilber

Set design: Raul Abrego

Costume design: Meghan E. Healey

Lighting design: Burke Brown

Composer: Andre Fratto


*there will be limited rush tickets available at all performances*

Love Sick By K.poe / Directed By Sturgis Warner  | Open: 02/03/12 Close: 02/25/12
Emily is Love Sick. Her husband has left her for a younger woman. She's killed one man who's crossed her. And worse, she's started smoking again. Family and friends offer no help. And group therapy ends up disappointing her. Can a mysterious Man be the answer to rekindling her lost passion? Or will her husband finally realize the love he's thrown away? And how many men have to die before she finds the answer?

featuring Cara Akselrad, Maggie Burke, Elizabeth
Canavan, J. Eric Cook, Charles Goforth, Michael Puzzo and Justin Reinsilber

set design Raul Abrego / costume design Meghan E. Healey /lighting design Burke Brown / composer Andre Fratto

*there will be limited rush tix available at all performances


Arts.Theatre

Love Sick  | Open: 02/10/12 Close: 02/25/12
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Love Sick  | Open: 02/10/12 Close: 02/25/12
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Theater.Play
Dogmouth  | Open: 08/21/11 Close: 09/01/11
 “Does an underground mafia of Viet Nam vets really exist hoboing around on the rails and is it as large and powerful as it is portrayed by journalists - or is it a media creation drawing the heat for every murder on the rail from Arizona to California? And has the leader of this group become a changed man - and dedicated to his ninetee year old pregnant girlfriend? Or is he an unrepentant racist criminal bent on plotting to murder a rival over a deal that went sour. When he visits a black man -  is it to buy a dog or to kill him?   These are the things that come up in John Steppling’s dark and controversial play ‘Dogmouth’. The fact that he also deftly manages to place ruminations on death and dying, the brutality of existence and the survival of the fittest on the streets of Phoenix, not to mention  the breeding of dogs - in the middle of it -  is what makes this play dark and riveting, and as John Steppling often proclaims "Art is not your friend'....”  

A Promise Best Kept  | Open: 06/10/10 Close: 06/27/10
Theater for the New City and The Little Rascals Theater Company will present the World Premiere of A PROMISE BEST KEPT by Edward Miller.

In a quiet, tree lined suburb of Rockville, Maryland, Suzanne Curtis, a nearly perfect wife and mother, is living a charmed life, with two beautiful adult children and a husband who adores her. She's worked very hard to achieve this tranquility, but shadows from her past now intrude upon the bliss, as events from long ago threaten to destroy it all.

Featured in the cast of this AEA Showcase Production are Dan Patrick Brady*, Evander Duck, Jr.*, Kyle Fowler, Alexandra Grossi, Tina Mavrikidis, Austin Mitchell, Nick Ruggeri *, Jack Tynan and April Woodall *.

*Member AEA

The Spring and Fall of Eve Adams  | Open: 04/15/10 Close: 05/02/10
Theater for the New City, Crystal Field, Executive Artistic Director, proudly announces the world premiere of The Spring and Fall of Eve Adams, a historical drama written and directed by Barbara Kahn. Featuring Michelle Cohen, Jon Dalin, Jimmy Heyworth, Micha Lazare, Martha Lee, Marisa Petsakos, Anna Podolak and  Steph Van Vlack. Set design by Mark Marcante. Lighting design by Alexander Bartenieff. Costume design by Deanna R Frieman. April 15 - May 2, 2010. Thurs - Sat at 8 P.M., Sun at 3 P.M.  Tickets are $12. 212-254-1109. 155 1st Ave@ 10th St. Subway: L to 1st Ave, 6 to Astor Place. www.theaterforthenewcity.net

The Spring and Fall of Eve Adams recounts the true story of an extraordinary woman who was a victim of homophobia and anti-immigrant hysteria that ultimately led to her death. In 1926 Eve Adams, a Jewish lesbian from Poland, was proprietor of “Eve’s Hangout”, a tearoom at 129 Macdougal Street, where local poets, musicians and actors congregated and shared their work in salon evenings. Eve’s haven of artistic and sexual freedom was soon threatened by religious and governmental authorities, leading to her arrest, imprisonment and deportation. The conflict between progressive and reactionary forces provides the drama in the play as the characters attempt to live and love free from discrimination. The play conveys not only a long forgotten moment in New York history but sheds light on current threats by holding a mirror to the past.

Barbara Kahn’s plays have been produced in the U.S. and Europe. She has directed in New York, Paris, and at the National Theatre in London. Theater for the New City has been the primary home for Barbara’s plays since 1994. She received the 1995 TORCH OF HOPE AWARD for lifetime achievement in non-profit theatre, previously awarded to Terrence McNally, John Guare, August Wilson, Horton Foote and A.R. Gurney. With Jackie Freeman, she co-authored the lyrics to “Actions are the Music of the Free,” music by Jennifer Giering, inspired by Bella Abzug and performed at the United Nations Tribute to Dame Nita Barrow. A “short list of prominent post-1970’s playwrights who identify as Jewish and who have written about Jews includes Jon Robin Baitz, Richard Greenburg, Alan Havis, Barbara Kahn, Tony Kushner, Barbara Lebow, Jennifer Maisel, Karen Malpede, David Mamet, Emily Mann, Donald Margulies, Elizabeth Swados, Jeffrey Sweet, Alfred Uhry, and Wendy Wasserstein.” (You Should See Yourself: Jewish Identity in Postmodern American Culture. Vincent Brook. Rutgers Univ. Press.)

Downtown Urban Theater Festival  | Open: 04/21/10 Close: 05/01/10
On Wednesday, April 21, 2010, the Downtown Urban Theater Festival (DUTF) returns for an 8th season, presenting 12 new theatrical works, for the first time at the historic Theater For The New City in East Village, Manhattan. A highlight of the festival will be a theatrical preview of Lessons on the A Train, a new off-Broadway musical under development by DUTF and directed by Reg E. Gaines, the Tony and Grammy-nominated writer of Bring in da Noise Bring in da Funk.


Wednesday, April 21OPENING NIGHT

Promise Tomorrow Today by Lawrence Dial

AlphabetCity, Avenue D. The winter of 2001-02. A historic hip-hop on-air radio battle: Jay-Z vs. Nas. Witness a fractious reunion between a would-be rapper, his reluctant friend, and in between, a troubled young hustler who can’t remember where her days went.


Thursday, April 22—DOUBLE FEATURE

Museum Piece By William Fowkes

A disruptive incident at MoMA brings three strangers together one Saturday afternoon. In this comedic tale, they are drawn to the museum for very different reasons and have oddly different experiences once they get there, leading to the unavoidable conclusion.

 

Making Moves By Dina Laura

It’s never too late to get to know your roommate... even after you’ve already been kicked out of the apartment. Dawn and Nicole are two strangers who share the same address, but come from different worlds. See what happens when two people are forced to confront themselves, their relationships and an overweight cat with an anxiety disorder.


Friday, April 23—DOUBLE FEATURE

Piñero Resurrected By Michele Cuomo & Ian Gonzalez Phillips

Lying in a hospital bed during the final hours of his life, legendary poet Miguel Piñero suddenly finds himself transported back to the Lower East Side. This time he’s not there to be Saint Miguelito, patron saint of lost junkies and cons, but just Miguel.

 

Confessions of a Homo Thug Porn Star By James Earl Hardy

What’s it like being the world’s most revered and recognizable “homo thug” porn star? During a break on a movie set, Brooklyn born and bred Tiger Tyson bares his soul – and his skin – to a reporter.


Saturday, April 24

VII Deadly Sins By Kash Goins

A story about a group of college friends who reunite for the first time in 10 years. At the hosts' brand new home, during a moment of pre-celebration between two of the friends, an unexpected violation occurs prior to the rest of the group's arrival that leads to the revelation and reaction to what has occurred; and what undoubtedly follows.


Wednesday April 28

The Choice By Riccardo Costa

Tom is about to make the hardest decision of his life--in a matter of survival, he’s cast against his will in therole of God. Who deserves salvation? And who’s already been saved? Tearing apart one another’s lives will drive Tom and his guests to a conclusion that none expected.


Thursday April 29—DOUBLE FEATURE

After-Loss By Mel Nieves

Dealing with the loss of his beloved wife, a man struggles as he contemplates whether another morning without her is worth seeing.

 

Waiting For The D By Lina Sarrello

An abstract, and sometimes, comical view of the mystery of death. Taking place on a night like any other, on a New York City subway platform; four people from different walks of life cross each other’s paths, causing moments of mystery, tenderness, and utter chaos.


Friday April 30—DOUBLE FEATURE

Glass By Imran Javaid

An in-depth exploration of the political failures and aspirations of a nation “much like Pakistan” through the humorous lens of an idealistic newsroom that is surrounded by unremitting violence but finds inspiration in a nascent movement led by the nation’s lawyers for the rule of law.

 

Chakalaka By Cesi Davidson

Taking place on the present day anniversary of the death of the great composer Vivaldi, Annie, an African American/Italian Studies scholar visits her local 24-hour supermarket Chakalaka. Helped by the cashiers to release the memories that have prevented her from moving on with her life, the market becomes the catalyst for Annie, a rape victim.


Saturday May 1

And You Don’t Stop By Nicole Kearney

A hip hop parable that sets a trio at a crossroads when they discover that a record label that has showninterest really only wants one of them, Supreme, the emcee. Unknown to him, the label plans to pervert his image. He unwillingly goes on a journey guided by the messenger and the four elements of hip hop to help him regain his self and return to his hip hop roots.


SPECIAL EVENT SCHEDULE:

Saturday, April 24 @ 3:00pm and 6:00pm, Theater for the New City

Lessons on the A Train

Lessons On The A Train is an original coming-of-age story about a group of urban teenagers growing up in modern day NYC. It’s put in motion one day on the A subway train where Bronx girls, Julissa and Lyria, find freedom to explore life choices when they encounter the candy-toting Raheim. *This event is open and free to the public. Space is limited, so RSVP to nsantiago@arcos-ny.com.

And Ya Don't Stop, a hip hop play  | Open: 05/01/10 Close: 05/01/10
“And Ya Don’t Stop” a hip hop play finds a trio at the crossroads when they discover that a record label only wants one of them – Supreme, the emcee. Unknown to him the label plans to pervert his image. Embittered, under contract and estranged from his crew, Supreme unwillingly goes on a journey guided by the messenger and the four elements of hip hop to help him regain his self and return to his hip hop roots.

Wonder Bread  | Open: 03/11/10 Close: 03/28/10
So that one of his daughters could see the world, the father of Polish-born actress Danusia Trevino had to work hard, save and borrow. To get Danusia her first airline ticket to New York, he bribed the ticket clerk (a lady with a purple beehive and a golden tooth) with a pig. The first time Danusia arrived here to visit relatives in Valley Stream, NY, she ate a peck of fresh fruit and drank a gallon of Tropicana (no pulp). She couldn't sleep wondering if she would put her Wonder Bread in the toaster the next morning, or eat it soft. Her story of coming to America, and coming into herself here, is "Wonder Bread," a solo show. Theater for the New City will present the premiere of the piece March 11 to 28, directed by Aleksey Burago.

"Wonder Bread" is a fairytale-like odyssey about a farmer’s daughter from behind the Iron Curtain. Escaping her poor village in Poland, where she helped her family grow tomatoes, she flew here first for a three week vacation and subsequently came back to stay. Eventually she achieved the secure married life in America that her parents had wanted for her, but realized that it was not exactly what she desired. At 28, she met Iggy Pop and experienced teenage rebellion. She rejected her past, painfully tried to reinvent herself over and over, only to realize one truth: there is no hope for happiness without the acceptance of one’s roots.

In the play Trevino, with the aid of minor props, shuffles about 20 characters in the autobiography, fluttering effortlessly from one to another. Along the way, we get to know her Polish parents and family particularly well. Her characters also include various people who held authority over her in the new world, including a Burger King manager and her first boyfriend, who tried to kill her. The tale mixes comedy and the harsh reality. Amid her struggles and desperation, there is an overall sense of gratitude for being here (common to most Polish immigrants) and a genuine amazement at small things about America, like having oranges every day.

Trevino's autobiographical slice of life has been developed at the HB Ensemble. It was initially read in 2005 at Wow Cafe and the Lee Nagrin Gallery and was subsequently workshopped at Gretchen Cryer Workshop, Manhattan Theatre Source and Center Stage NYC. Trevino performed a 60-minute work-in-progress at HB Playwrights Foundation as part of Immigrant Heritage Week 2008, sponsored by the Mayors Office. Subsequently, there was a 90 minute work-in-progress staged at HB Studio. More recently, an excerpt was performed at the Players Club at a Gala Benefit celebrating Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara.

This Theater for the New City production is a treasured opportunity for Ms. Trevino because it brings the play back to the East Village, which she regards as its inspiration and her "second home" (after Poland). Having moved to the U.S. in 1981 ("I got a fluke visa. It was a month before martial law was declared in Poland in response to the Solidarity movement."), she lived on Avenue B for 14 years during her "belated adolescent rebellion." During that period, she played bass guitar with an East Village Punk band named Fur and hung out with Anthony and the Johnsons. She also frequented shows at TNC, but her creative efforts were all in Punk Music. At the time, the East Village was something of a Polish neighborhood. Finally, in '96, she couldn't deny any more what her true calling is and left the band for the world of theater. She started writing this show. Now she says, "Oh my God, I am home again. It feels really right." She stresses that TNC's commitment to its neighborhood probably contributed to her career change.

Revolution!?  | Open: 03/04/10 Close: 03/21/10
New York based Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre (www.czechmarionettes.org) in collaboration with AGENTURA DELL’ARTE (from Prague) probes revolution with stilts and strings in "Revolution!?," a theater spectacle that examines revolutions throughout the history of mankind as a backdrop for the extraordinary peaceful 1989 Velvet Revolution in former Czechoslovakia.  "Revolution!?," the brainchild of Pavel Dobruský and Vit Horejš, has been brewing over the last 18 months, including script development and a rehearsal period in Brno, Czech Republic last August. The work has been rehearsed and further developed in the Czech Republic during a final one-month residency, for which the U.S. team traveled to Prague from January 26 to February 26, 2010.

The piece is performed in the tradition of Central European medieval street and traveling circus shows, using commedia dell' Arte, puppetry, object theater and circus arts. Czech and Czech-American theater artists have collaborated to offer an overview of the very notion of revolution based on their particular perspectives on the Velvet Revolution of 1989. Dobruský and Horejš began with script scenarios on the subjects of the Titanomachy (when the Olympian gods overthrew the Titans), the Agrarian Revolution (when organized agriculture started and animals were domesticated), the Spartacus Rebellion, the 15th century Hussite movement of peasants in Czech lands, the American, French, Industrial and Russian Revolutions; the Counterculture, the Computer Revolution and the Czech Velvet Revolution. The performance was developed primarily through improvisation in a month of workshops in Prague this February. The result is a collection of "acts," one for each topic, that range in style from dance theater to pure commedia to rhythm dances to narrated scenes and dialogue scenes, all containing a great deal of acrobatics. Much of the evening is performed on stilts. The puppets are primarily marionettes made from wood blocks whose "clop clop clop" against the stage floor allows them to double as rhythm instruments.

"Revolution!?" is written and directed by Pavel Dobruský and Vít Horejš. Set, costumes and lighting are by Dobruský. The performers are Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre members Theresa Linnihan, Ronny Wasserstrom and Vít Horejš, together with three guests from the Czech Republic: stilt walkers/performers Adela Jiracková and Sergej Sanza, and acrobatic dancer Hana Kalousková.

Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre made an auspicious Theater for the New City debut last season with "The Very Sad Story of Ethel & Julius, Lovers and Spyes, and about Their Untymelie End while Sitting in a Small Room at the Correctional Facility in Ossining New York." The company is excited to return to Crystal Field's theater, a venue which embraces new work and enables socially-engaged performances like "Revolution!?" to reach receptive audiences at affordable prices.

Living In A Musical  | Open: 03/04/10 Close: 03/21/10
"Living in a Musical," with book and lyrics by Tom Attea, music by Arthur Abrams, direction by Mark Marcante and choreography by Angela Harriell ("Nutcracker Rated R"), is a contemporary story of a young man who is a song-and-dance talent in the tradition of Fred Astaire or Gene Kelly. Not surprisingly, he finds that today’s rock- and rap-dominated world has no place for him.  To console himself, he has created an imaginative world in which he lives: the world of the classic American musical. 

His comforting but fragile illusion is most clearly represented by his apartment, where photos and mementos from the musical world of the 1930’s and 1940’s abound.  The musical explodes dramatically when the world of heavy-metal rock unexpectedly intrudes on his otherwise rather placid life. One night, outside his doorstep, he rescues a young woman who is being verbally and physically mistreated by her lover, a heavy-metal bandleader. She moves in with her new hero, setting the stage for a conflict not only in terms of love interest but also between styles of singing and dancing, between the elegant life as portrayed in the musicals of the 1930’s and 1940’s and the earthier life of today’s rock-and-rap world.  The musical merrily dramatizes the joys and sacrifices of going your own way and believing in your dreams.

"Living in a Musical" is the sixth collaboration of Tom Attea (book and lyrics), Arthur Abrams (score) and Mark Marcante (director). Their works have been called “Delightfully funny!” (Robert Hicks, The Villager) and “Witty! In the tradition of the Fantastiks” (The Greenwich Village Press). Tom Attea had collaborated with Arthur Abrams in the early 1980's in the playwrights' unit of the Actors' Studio, where both were under the tutelage of Charles Friedman. Friedman had been a show doctor in the '30s and a great friend of George S. Kaufmann and Moss Hart. Attea first came to TNC at Abrams' urging to contribute skits for a revue named "It's an Emergency, Don't Hurry," which dealt with the world's lethargy in responding to urgent issues. Mark Marcante was director. Attea, having been trained by a gifted theatrical mentor, was eager for a theatrical outlet as a relief from his TV writing. TNC provided talented collaborators. Stimulated by the experience of that first revue, Attea went on to write a musical a year with Abrams, all of which were directed by Marcante.

Then Arthur Abrams was hit by a car and wound up in critical condition in the hospital. To give him a new reason to live, Attea went to Abrams' bedside and proposed a musical based on "La Traviata" about a young hooker who worked on Central Park South who wanders up to Lincoln Center and falls in love with a tenor from the Met. The encouragement worked; Abrams recovered enough to write the score to Attea's libretto and book. It turned into "Lincoln Plaza, a large and electric production with a cast of 27 which was short-circuited when its leading lady, for whom there was no understudy, had to leave the show early. It was just before critics were to come. Saddened by this and by Abrams' lengthy need for additional recovery (he's fine now, thanks), Attea became sad and reflective. He laid out from theater writing for five years, thinking deeply about life. Now he's back to writing about it.

It was five years until Attea's next project dawned. He relates, "I began to think about a new musical. I considered how people who have affection for the traditional theater and in particular the traditional musical must feel alienated from mainstream rock and rap. I wondered if there was a way to provide them with a beautiful and satisfying metaphor to which they would be attracted. Yet I wanted it to be fair to people who do like mainstream contemporary music, whether or not they also like the theater. That’s when I got the idea for "Living in a Musical.'"

Attea adds, "Crystal Field deserves credit for being a steady champion of us and of all people who write for the theater and hope to make a distinguished contribution. She has been kind enough to be a steady champion of mine. In fact, I don't know another person in the Off-Broadway venue who is as supportive of emerging talent, and I don't know, in this competitive and political world, if I could have found another artistic director or theater as inviting and supportive as the one she administers. She is to creators of theater every bit as great a mentor as Lee Strasberg used to be for actors at the Studio."

The actors are Kyle Fowler, Alexandra Grossi, Sal Mannino, Robb Gibbs, Clare Tobin, Bob Homeyer, Andrea Andert, Rachael Ma and Julie Megan Smith.

Set design is by Mark Marcante. Costume design is by Pauline Colon. Lighting design is by Alexander Bartenieff. Sound design is by Richard Retta.

Lotus Feet  | Open: 02/11/10 Close: 02/28/10
A yuppie woman from Massachusetts, accompanied by her adoring but crude boyfriend, moves to Brooklyn and gets a job at HBO. The woman is humiliated in a leading edge Yoga class that is taught by her close girlfriend. The Yoga Teacher, filled with the power of her own kundalini, seduces the boyfriend. The Yuppie Girl gets even by usurping the Yogi girl in the divine graces of an elderly, powerful Hundu saint. Successful betrayal and revenge, it seems, comes from learning to manage the tension between effort and release, as any Yogi can tell you.

The play is primarily the story of the the young NYC professional, Beth, as she sacrifices her television career and relationship to follow an elderly female Yoga guru. The fallout leaves Beth’s boyfriend, Charlie, and her best friend, Jennie (the yoga teacher), struggling to reconcile Beth’s choice with their own lives. "Lotus Feet" asks whether the freedom and mysticism of the East has a place within the goal oriented pragmatism of the West. It also depicts the consequences of spirituality in the modern world.

Playwright Michael Domitrovich has a keen eye for the discontents of New York's trendy thirtysomethings. In 2007, TNC presented his "breakthrough" play, "Artfuckers," directed by Eduardo Machado, which shone a revealing light at the habitués of New York's gentrified Art community as they struggle to balance their new-fangled elitism with old-fashioned if trendier bohemianism. The play subsequently had an off-Broadway run at the DR2 Theatre in Union Square in the winter of 2008. According to Domitrovich, "Theater for the New City allows its artists to do the dangerous and daring, which is very freeing as a playwright."

Domitrovich's one act, "On Island," premiered at "Summer Shorts 2" at 59E59 in August 2008, before traveling to Martha’s Vineyard. His short play "Real World Experience" was part of the first "Summer Shorts" at 59E59 in August 2007. His plays "Dirtfag," "Caregivers," "Goatgod" and "Godbrothers" have been presented in BlueBox Productions’ "Sticky" at Galapagos in Williamsburg and at the Bowery Poetry Club and La MaMa. His play "Women with a Purpose" was performed at Dixon Place. "In Other News..." was read as part of the Ensemble Studio Theater Octoberfest. Domitrovich is co-author of Eduardo Machado’s food memoir, "Tastes Like Cuba: An Exile’s Hunger for Home," which was published in October 2007 by Gotham Press. "Dirtfag" was published in the 2009 New York Theatre Review. Domitrovich has been a guest columnist for "Paper" Magazine. He received a BFA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts.

The actors of "Lotus Feet" are Christina Pumariega ("Catch 22" at the Lortel, "All Eyes and Ears" at Theatre Row) as Beth, Quinlan Corbett (The Intiman production of "Little Dog Laughed") as Charlie, and Lori McNally ("Reservoir Garfunkel" at EST) as Jennie, with Mary Dana Abbott, Cheri Paige, April Martucci, and Haley Roth as the ensemble of Yogis.

The creative team for Lotus Feet includes Stefanie Sertich (choreography), Nathaniel Deverich and Hunter Hebert (scenic design), Maruti Evans (lighting design), and Brian McCorkle (sound design).

 

Duet For Solo Voice  | Open: 01/28/10 Close: 02/14/10
The play is a dark comedy about Leonard Pelican, a paranoid night clerk in a seedy Times Square hotel, circa 1970, who thinks that the Russians are coming...for him! He is pursued throughout the play by his paranoid fantasy: a KGB agent named Vassily Ilianovich Chort. The play, then, is the eccentric whirl of Leonard's entrapment of Chort while the gravelly-voiced Bolshevik is zeroing in for the kill. One actor plays both parts. It's a play of lively absurdity, cruel comedy and pathos, with hilarious chase scenes and madcap physical comedy.

The piece was originally developed by The American Place Theatre. The archives of the Theatre reveal that the part was originally offered to Marty Feldman and Alan Arkin. Directed by Martin Fried, with Herb Edelman as Pelican, it was presented by The American Place Theatre in 1970. Clive Barnes, writing in the New York Times, described it as a comic commentary on Gogol's "Diary of a Madman," built on a daring concept, funny and touching. Barnes credited actor Herb Edelman and director Martin Fried with bringing off a tour de force. Fried subsequently directed Ben Gazzara in the part on Broadway in 1975 in a double-bill with Eugene O'Neill's "Hughie." Barnes deemed Ben Gazzara's Broadway double-bill "a smashing evening of theater."

The piece was originally written in 1970 as a solo turn for one actor. Jonathan Slaff's performance is likely to be more comedic than that of any previous actor in the part.

Director Stanley Allan Sherman has enlarged the play's concept slightly by adding live actors to replace sound effects and dummies in making the background life of the hotel. Using the playscript as a commedia dell' arte scenario, a two-person ensemble of David Zen Mansley and Rachel Krah will enact the hotel patrons with live voices back stage and will add comedic surprises.

Belle Of The Ball Bearings: The Bike Shop Musical  | Open: 06/04/09 Close: 06/21/09
 Belle of the Ball Bearings is putting a new spin on musicals! The fastest way across town is by bicycle. Peddle over to the neighborhood bike shop that takes pride in fixing those bikes. Each brake pad, each sprocket, has it's own story!

Belle Of The Ball Bearings is a one-woman musical with book by Elizabeth Battersby, lyrics by Caroline Murphy, and music by Youn Young Park. They set the musical in 1995, when computers were just coming in and New York was a little more interesting. It's inspired by Ms. Battersby's life experience as a bike shop owner, a bike racer, bike messenger, spinning instructor, and soulmate to everyone who lives life on two wheels. For every bike you fix – there is another one that's broken. It all comes down to having the right tools, and knowing how to use them.

This show is a collection of family members in this 75 year old bike shop, all played by Battersby. Like a western saloon, a roadhouse diner or a bar at a train station, a bike shop can be a place for unique and memorable personalities. The show includes messengers, moms, bike mechanics, a rabbi and a rich variety of other neighborhood types.

Now you can ride your bike to the theater and not worry about locking it outside. In fact, you can keep your eye on it during the show. It'll be parked onstage and made part of the set.

Walking From Rumania  | Open: 03/26/09 Close: 04/19/09
Walking from Rumania, set in 1899, was inspired by the women-only groups of “fusgeyers” (pedestrians) who walked across Rumania to escape hardship and discrimination. Five women in a small village prepare to join a larger group that is leaving a nearby city in three months. Two of the women are drawn to each other and plan to stay together in America. A pogrom (rampage against Jews) brings tragedy and provides greater impetus for the women to risk the journey. Two Gypsies function throughout the play as a “Greek chorus,” with folk tales and music that comment on the action. Walking from Rumania concludes on a hopeful note, with the fusgeyers on the verge of beginning their daring escape.

The Love Of Brothers  | Open: 03/05/09 Close: 03/29/09
Dramatizing the healing process from child abuse is a daring task that Mexican-American playwright Mario Golden undertakes in his new tragedy, "The Love of Brothers." Theater for the New City will present the play's world premiere run March 5 to 29, directed by Andreas Robertz. The work ventures into dangerous and uncharted waters, depicting two gay siblings who reproduce scenarios of their childhood traumas in order to heal each other psychically. This leads them to incestuous acts. The play is shocking, but it is also an object lesson in love and sacrifice that we would all do well to heed.

The tragedy is the story of Rogelio and Sergio, siblings who live together in San Francisco. They were born in Mexico City to old money and brought to the U.S. in their childhood by their now-deceased parents. Sergio, the younger brother and a budding novelist, was abused as a child. Rogelio, his older brother and a successful painter living with AIDS, was unable to intervene and stop the crime. Weakened by fulminating cryptococcal meningitis, he seeks to atone for this before he dies.

As the play opens, Rogelio informs Sergio that he's decided to both stop painting and discontinue the use of the medication that's preserving his life. Terrified by the implications of this, Sergio tries to dissuade him, and when he fails, resorts to seducing him. The brothers slowly and unwittingly shut out the outside world, sepulchering themselves in their apartment. Their new arrangement delivers initial comfort, but soon the doors of their past fly open. The brothers' childhood traumas are revealed to be driving both of them to risky self-sacrifice.
 

Laugh, Damn Ya, Laugh!  | Open: 02/05/09 Close: 02/21/09
Playing off Greek tragedy, Laugh, Damn Ya, Laugh! is a comedy about the difficulty of finding humor in today's world. Sam, the head producer of comedy for a major network, is responsible for lightening the despair of the masses. All his attempts fail until his secretary invites an unknown actor from off-off Broadway, whose skits touch Sam and his co-workers. But they are unable to translate their new sensitivity into humor. Wiser, but at his wit's end, Sam, with the prodding of his wife, asks for the impossible. The Gods – New York's own – respond!

The cast features TONY KING as Sam, DANIELLE SUDER as his Wife, JESSICA DAY as Sybil, his Associate Producer, SAMANTHA MASON as his Secretary, and OLIVER THRUN as Jack, the Actor.

Walter Corwin has had many plays presented at the Theater for the New City and is on the staff. His play Gum was performed at the PublicTheater. His works have been performed in the La MaMa Experiments Series.
 

The Sourdough Philosophy Spectacle and Circus  | Open: 12/04/08 Close: 12/21/08
For the 37th year, Peter Schumann's Bread and Puppet Theater will return to Theater for the New City December 4 to 21, 2008 with two new works, one for adults and one for children. For the grownups, it'll be "The Sourdough Philosophy Spectacle and Circus," a play which was developed out of the company's 2008 summer work. For kids of all ages, there will be matinee (3:00 pm) shows of "The Sourdough Philosophy Circus" on Saturdays and Sundays.

"The Sourdough Philosophy Spectacle and Circus" is about the need for human fermentation. It takes a lesson from how apple cider is made. Our republic teases us with the possibility of democracy, but citizens are raised like military apple orchards, pruned down to their predictable minimums, yielding controlled fruits that lack the ecstasy of nature. However, human fermentation occurs in parts of the human body that are not governed by the government, like the guts and the gutsy parts of the brain. Fermented citizens are corrupted by the ecstasy of nature and from that corruption, derive strength to corrupt military-orchard citizens. The show is run by a bunch of cooks, specialists in cooking the various stews and pancakes of our everyday first world existence.

Both shows will be performed by the Bread & Puppet Company and a large number of local volunteers, who will also be part of The Brass Band. The theater will be decorated with the unique Bread and Puppet collection of powerful black-line posters, banners, masks, curtains, programs and set-props. Once again, all pieces will be created by Schumann with input from the company. Both plays will be accompanied by a brass band, singing and miscellaneous gongs and horns. Schumann will sculpt and paint all of the major masks and puppets.

The Sourdough Philosphy Circus  | Open: 12/04/08 Close: 12/21/08
For the 37th year, Peter Schumann's Bread and Puppet Theater will return to Theater for the New City December 4 to 21, 2008 with two new works, one for adults and one for children.

The family version, "The Sourdough Philosophy Circus," is also about the need for human fermentation, but the concept is also applied to dancing zebras and turkeys and free range cows. The cooks are featured again. Additonal commentary is provided by the Rotten Idea Theater Company. Music is by the Sourdough Philosophy Brass Band.

Both shows will be performed by the Bread & Puppet Company and a large number of local volunteers, who will also be part of The Brass Band. The theater will be decorated with the unique Bread and Puppet collection of powerful black-line posters, banners, masks, curtains, programs and set-props. Once again, all pieces will be created by Schumann with input from the company. Both plays will be accompanied by a brass band, singing and miscellaneous gongs and horns. Schumann will sculpt and paint all of the major masks and puppets.

Puppetry with a Social Conscience  | Open: 12/11/08 Close: 12/11/08
In conjunction with these two productions, Theater for the New City is presenting a free panel discussion entitled "Puppetry With A Social Conscience" on Thursday, December 11 at 9:30 pm (after both puppet shows come down).

The theme will be how our world is reflected in the eyes of the Puppet. The panelists (now in formation) will include Peter Schumann, head of Bread and Puppet Theater; Vit Horejs, head of the Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theater; Jane Catherine Shaw, co-artistic director of the Voice 4 Vision Puppet Festival; John Bell, theater journalist and puppet theater artist; and Eileen Blumenthal, author of "Puppetry: A World History," the latest authoritative book on puppet theater.

The panel will be moderated by Crystal Field, Executive Director of Theater for the New City.

The Audience will be invited to participate with questions for the panel. Admission is free.

Please consider attending what I hope will be an exciting and informative evening.

Dancing in the Dark  | Open: 11/13/08 Close: 11/30/08
A husband's search for his birth parents tests his marriage in "Dancing in the Dark" by Robert Kornfeld, directed by Tom Thornton. The protagonist is a tormented New Orleans intellectual--a professor of linguistics, whose quest is not that different from many Americans.

It is estimated that 2% of the U.S. Population are adoptees, so between their with biological parents, adoptive parents, and siblings, about 1 in 8 Americans are directly touched by adoption. Most adoptees and birth parents have, at some point, actively searched for biological parents or children they have been separated from. Their most common reason is genetic curiosity: a desire to find what a birth parent or child looks like, their talents or personality.

Jason's wife, Illyria, is an attorney whose biological clock is ticking strongly. The couple are dealing seriously with the issue of finally ending their honeymoon and having children. But Jason is fearful of "unseen" genetic problems. He carries on a relentless search for his birth mother behind his wife's somewhat disapproving back. His stated obsession with genetics may be his bottom-line motive, or it may be a smoke screen for deeper, more Freudian concerns. That enigma is the nexus of a play that peers into the character and needs of the modern American couple.

Jason's dilemma is explored through a series of alternately comic and serious scenes and dreams, some of which are inter spliced with chapters from his wife's dreams. In one, a bee's dance to find its mate is a metaphor foreshadowing Jason's finding his genetic parents. Jason pulls every trick in the book to seek out his birth mother, including a deception to manipulate the secretary of the agency that to placed him with his adoptive parents.

When Jason ultimately meets his mother in an elders' home, she is moody and incoherent, reinforcing his fears of mental illness in his genes. She dances for him as the bee would, illustrating that his knot of feelings will not easily be untied. When she is revealed to be a normally colorful New Orleans eccentric and not insane, Jason feels comfortable in finally starting a family with Illyria.

"For Flow"  | Open: 11/06/08 Close: 11/23/08
The characters are rap musicians. The prototype is "Waiting For Godot." The author is from South India. The cast kicks ass. 25 to Life Productions, LLC will present "For Flow," a hip-hop Vladimir-and-Estragon play, at Theater for the New City from November 6 to 23. This new play by Kesav M. Wable borrows Beckett's existential landscape and transplants two "Beckettian" clownsrappers to be exact--to a lonely street corner in the Bronx where they wait for a record producer. They're later joined by a woman DJ and a Delta Blues guitarist who also meet at this crossroads in search of their own destinies. The characters share a soulful journey colored by live DJ sets, rap battles and blues guitar as they explore the philosophical genesis of rapping as an art form and hip-hop as a cultural movement. Jonathan Solari directs.

Each character in "For Flow" is a musician and during the course of the play, when egos clash and stories are told, freestyle battles, live DJ sets, and blues riffs color the soulful journey that these characters share. The play adopts a structure and themes that are parallel to "Waiting for Godot," but not its characters. "Their relationships are not actually Beckettian," says author Kesav M. Wable. "They're not as eccentric, but they are quire literary."

Lysistrata's Children  | Open: 11/06/08 Close: 11/23/08
To share an outstanding show of last season with a larger audience, Theater for the New City will present a return engagement of "Lysistrata's Children," a Brechtian comedy written and directed by Philip Suraci, from November 6 to 23, 2008.

Inspired by Aristophanes, "Lysistrata's Children" is an original work conceived by Suraci and devised for and with the teenage cast. Like "The Me Nobody Knows" and Broadway's current "Spring Awakening," it is a play performed by young people for adults to see. It explores issues of war and peace, violence and non-violence through the power dynamics of child/parent relationships. In Aristophanes' original, Athenian wives denied their husbands sex in order to persuade them to make peace. In Suraci's ingenious adaptation, children withhold love from their parents until they sign an oath of "Victory over violence" and join the children's quest for peace. There is sly comedy in the children's manipulation of their parents' behavior and in the parents' responses to their children's demands.

The play was originally workshopped and produced in 2006 with students of Friends Seminary on Stuyvesant Square. It was presented by Theater for the New City last fall. Last season, Milton E. Polsky, writing in "The Chronicles," a publication of the NY State Theatre Education Association, called the piece "deftly and imaginatively written," noting, "The audience members were deeply moved by the production they enjoyed and the truth they perceived emanating from the stage." The review ended with a call for the play to be published. Howard Kissel, reporting on last year's TNC production in the Daily News, wrote that for the parents, the experience went deeper than simply "seeing my kids in a show." For the young cast, it was affirming that "anybody can make a difference."

The show's website is www.lysistrataschildren.com

Adam of the Apes  | Open: 09/17/08 Close: 10/05/08
The story of the Dawn of Man undergoes some comical revisions in "Adam of the Apes" when human twins are born into a community of chimpanzees. This farcical satire--which isn't for the kiddies--takes on topical debates such as Creationism, Evolution, and Women's Lib while the twins, Adam & Eve, grow up in a chimp society and actually introduce thinking into the previously "thought-less" rainforest.

Originally written at The Crucible for American Theater Workshop and making its Off-Off-Broadway debut at The Theater for the New City, "Adam of the Apes" is sure to leave audiences laughing in spite of themselves, with much to discuss and debate after the show.

The Great American All-Star Traveling War Machine  | Open: 05/16/08 Close: 06/19/08
The Great American All-Star Traveling War Machine is a 90 minute cabaret combining songs from the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Civil War, Spanish American War, both World Wars, Viet Nam, and the Iraq War with scenes, sketches and monologues taken from Lewis Lapham's "States of War" which contains first hand accounts, speeches, poetry, songs, and more related to the machinations of war and the people who perpetuate, or try to stop them. Dramatized documents go as far back as the Trojan War down through history to the present times.
The Ghosts of 14th Street  | Open: 03/06/08 Close: 03/30/08
The Ghosts of 14th Street is set in New York City in 1908, when 14th St. was the entertainment capital of the city. In the Biograph Film Studio, the actors film scenes of a primitive one-reeler, while between takes they reveal their dreams, fall in love and rehearse routines they hope will take them to live theatre. A husband and wife acting team are forced by scandal to work in the "flickers," an immigrant housekeeper leaves her gangster husband from an arranged marriage, a dancer finds love at the gay hangout, his sister laments her unrequited love for the housekeeper, an African-American dancer refuses to perform in blackface, and two stagehands are determined to win the New York Times Limerick Contest. In the Olympic Theatre, the play replicates a typical evening of Vaudeville, including dance, comedy skits, female mimickry (cross dressing), and the song "Yiddishe Yankee Doodle Boy" (lyrics by Barbara Kahn, music by Allison Tartalia), as well as the finished film.
For the grownups, it'll be "The Divine Reality Comedy," a brand new translation of Dante's Divina Commedia, which is divided into four parts. In "Paradise," the old human Born-to-Die gene is replaced by the brand new Born-to-Buy gene. In "Post-Paradise Horsemanship," a herd of white equestrian cutouts (of all sizes) is manipulated by a crowd of dancers in a picturesque, prancing dance. In "Purgatory," the shadows of the indefinitely detained speak to you. In "Hell," the Guantanamo interrogation process is staged with an eight inch papier mach population, whcih recites actual interrogation transcripts and then witnesses three cases of torture as demonstrated on three over life size puppets.

For kids of all ages, there will be matinee shows Saturdays and Sundays at 3:00 pm. Entitled "The Divine Reality Comedy Circus," it features the Grand Forgiveness Society of Glover, VT, the triumph of the small farmer, advice on where to get really cheap drinking water, a celebratory ballet by a flock of roosters, the Rotten Idea Theater Company's distillation of political issues and much more, all accompanied by the Bread & Puppet Circus Band. Some of the circus acts are politically puzzling to adults, but accompanying kids can usually explain them.

In The Schoolyard  | Open: 05/04/07 Close: 05/20/07
IN THE SCHOOLYARD tells the story of Larry, Jerry, Dave, Eddie and Manny, who all grew up in Brooklyn. They played stoopball and stickball on the streets and basketball in the schoolyard of P.S. 8. They all worked in or stole from the grocery store owned by Manny's mother, Mrs. Rivera. Years ago they married, started their careers and moved away. But they still come back to Brooklyn on the last Saturday of September to play basketball, have a few drinks at O'Leary's bar and talk about old times and new. But this time things are a little different. Larry is going through a major crisis that's causing him to reevaluate the some of the decisions he's made in his life. And Dave is in trouble once again. As the guys look back to the past, they figure out how they are going to face the future.
Betty and The Belrays  | Open: 03/08/07 Close: 04/01/07
The musical takes place in 1963, a time of freedom riders and equal rights marches. Betty Belarosky, against her parents' wishes, forms an all white musical group with two girls she meets in the employment line at the telephone company. As if inspired by song styles of the period, her collaborators are one lovesick femme fatale and one "tough girl" type. In order to get a record deal at Soltown--a black record company--these three white girls venture to the Negro side of town for the tutelage of a Miss Loretta Jones, an oldtime soul singer, who coaches them not only about singing, but also about the Civil Rights Movement. The more their music incorporates Miss Loretta's teachings, the higher their records climb on the charts.

Their growing popularity makes it seem that the girls could actually bring their segregated city together through their music. But after an appearance on a popular television show, Betty & The Belrays are offered a major record deal from a white label on the condition that they will have to stop singing about racial issues. The girls are faced with hate mail from their own community and an agonizing career choice: should they stop singing about racial issues and sing for the white record label?

This production is kid-friendly and recommended for audiences aged ten and up.

War in the Middle East! Right-wing Christians! Arab terrorists! Global warming and Britney Spears' vagina! All signs of the impending Apocalypse? We think so. Our solution? Let's put on a show! Back after rave reviews, sold-out houses and 25 years,"VOIDEVILLE: The Last Show on Earth"returns for three weeks only! First presented to critical acclaim and packed audiences in 1979, VOIDEVILLE is more innapropriate and sicker than ever. Consisting of every kind of entertainment, from a spastic Lion Tamer to Dildo The Clown, it features elaborate and hilarious production numbers that underline the theme of a post-apocalyptic world in which this is the last vestige of entertainment. For information and tickets, please go to http://www.voideville.com
Kryptonite Hearts  | Open: 01/25/07 Close: 02/11/07
KRYPTONITE HEARTS is a pulse-pounding tale of romance, comedy and adventure inspired by 1940's comic books and radio shows!

When Women's Air Corps pilot Wanda Worthington returns home from World War II, she quickly grows bored with the life of a housewife.Soon she takes to the rooftops of New York City as the patriotic crimefighter All American Girl. Is post-war America ready for a "Girl Crimefighter"? Will she find love with the mysterious vigilante The Scarlet Skunk? Find out in Kryptonite Hearts!

KRYPTONITE HEARTS played to standing room only audiences at the Midtown International Theatre Festival's Reading Series, in the Summer of 2006.Theater For The New Cityis proud to present the first full production of this new play written by Charles Battersby, Directed by James Duff, and featuring Lizzie Pepper as All American Girl, with Charles Battersbyas The Scarlet Skunk.

Woden  | Open: 12/14/06 Close: 12/30/06
What happens when, in the wake of a corporate scandal, you're fired from company you've worked with for 25 years, leaving you with no pension, and few prospects and all the while, those who let you go are still getting rich? A hard-hitting, sexually charged drama about the failure of corporate America and the corruption of basic values in our society.
Tully (In No Particular Order)  | Open: 12/08/06 Close: 12/10/06
Inspired by the works of the Roman poet Catullus, Tully (In No Particular Order) tells the story of a man haunted by a past he cannot remember. Left with only a heap of discarded poems to guide him, he unravels the colorful, raucous, lurid, and ultimately tragic life he may have led.
Jesus and Mandy  | Open: 06/08/06 Close: 07/02/06
In the bubblegum 70s, Jesus is on a collision course with depression. His only hope: Mandy, the self-proclaimed "sickest little girl in the world", a recently deceased pre-teen determined to circumvent her fate and stay on Earth as a Funky Girl-Ghost by proving that quick thinking, ingenuity, and kickin' dance moves will be enough to keep the Messiah from skulking off into oblivion.

A black comedy that proves that the afterlife can be a super-cool place - think Christopher Durang meets Saturday morning cartoon!

Luo Shen (Legend of the River Luo)  | Open: 06/08/06 Close: 06/25/06
"Luo Shen" (The Legend of the River Luo) is about the tragic consequences of war, even on the victors. It is set around 200 C.E., in the family of Cao Cao, who was Prime Minister to the last Han emperor during the decline of the mighty first Chinese Empire. The play will be performed in Mandarin and English, with English subtitles accompanying the Chinese passages.

The play deals notably with the forbidden love between Cao Zhi and Zhen Mi, the captive widow of a rival warlord. Cao Zhi was the youngest son of Cao Cao and a brilliant poet. Zhen Mi was unjustly chosen by his father to be wife of his brother, Cao Pi, the future Emperor. Cao Zhi immortalized Zhen Mi in verse as Luo Shen, the spirit of the River Luo.

Lower East Side Festival of the Arts  | Open: 05/26/06 Close: 05/28/06
THE 11th ANNUAL LOWER EAST SIDE (LES) FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS will bring together under one roof in just three days over 100 performing arts organizations, local and international celebrities, independent artists, poets, puppeteers, film makers and many others -- all of whom reside, work or have their roots in the culturally diverse, willfully anarchistic Lower East Side

The complete lineup and schedule will be posted online at www.theaterforthenewcity.net on or after May 18.

Suck Saleand Other Indulgences  | Open: 05/04/06 Close: 05/21/06
The first one act, "Suck Sale," is the story of a seemingly clueless 1950s housewife who brings vacuum cleaner salesmen together for a contest to win $1000. Her underlying reasoning has more to do with life's lessons and love.

The second one act, "Four Better Or Worse?", is an experiment in the spiritually absurd-nuff said, words cannot describe this fast-moving Beckett-esque, French farce-like romp, complete with alien life and spirit possession.

The improv segments feature cult puppet heroine and holocaust survivor Edith the Head, as well as a three character scene performed solo by Evan Laurence.

Long Time Passing  | Open: 03/09/06 Close: 04/02/06
Long Time Passing is a fable set in the ruins of Central Park during an endless war. There are no "sides" in the play and no politics, only the story of war's devastation on all living things, both human and animal. And in keeping with the human (and animal) spirit, the play contains endless hope in this endless war.

Music by Alicia Svigals
Puppet design by Harry Rainbow

Rue  | Open: 03/01/06 Close: 03/19/06
"Rue," a whimsical dark comedy, is about the madness of desire and the clarity of love. In the sinful Southern half of the island, we meet Handsome, a poor charismatic bartender; his jilted lover Pip; and the rich and powerful Boss McReis. When McReis hires Handsome as the front-man of his swankiest hotel and bans Pip from following, she goes undercover as a boy to win Handsome back. Then Candace, desperate for a child, arrives at the hotel with her unhappy husband. What follows is a farce of epic proportions, complete with slamming doors, unlikely marriages, and a nearly immaculate conception. Beyond the farcical elements, however,
lurk darker themes of obsession, exploitation and regret. At its heart, "Rue" is about the fragility of beauty, our basic need for human contact and why we should be forgiven for chasing these so compulsively.
Follies of Grandeur  | Open: 02/02/06 Close: 02/19/06
Hollywood's Ivar Theater was an infamous dive and by 1978, the last standing Burlesk House in the United States. Lewd and notorious in its day, the Ivar inspired lyrics in the songs of Tom Waites, and photographer Garry Winogrand's images of the Ivar strippers have been displayed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Playwright Ross MacLean was the Ivar's stage manager and spotlight operator for two years.

"Follies of Grandeur" resurrects the Ivar theater, the strippers who performed there and the men who loved them, as it follows the career path of a young drifter who finds a home on the Ivar stage.

February 2 19 Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8:00 p.m., Sunday at 3:00

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The troupe's appearances benefit college funds for needy Native American students. The company's Pow-Wows have been presented annually as a two-week event by TNC since 1976, with the box office donated to these funds. There will be dances, stories and
traditional music from the Iroquois and Native Peoples of the Northwest Coast,
the Southwest, the Plains, and the Arctic regions. Between 25 and 30 dancers will assemble for the event.

Highlights of this year's celebration will include a Hoop Dance performed by Raymond Two Feathers (Cherokee) and "Dancing Wolf" Michael Taylor (Choctaw/French). For the fourth time, the Pow Wow will include a dance from the Inuit people of Alaska, called The Caribou Dance. Highlights will also include a Butterfly Dance (a Hopi custom which gives thanks for the beauty of nature), a Grass Dance and Jingle Dress Dance (from the Northern Plains people), a Fancy Dance and a Shawl Dance (from the Oklahoma tribes). Featured performers will also include Joe Cross, a storyteller from the Caddo Tribe (Oklahome), the Heyna Second Son
Singers (various tribes) and Mitoka Eagle (Santo Domingo/Pueblo).


$10 general admission to all evening shows, whose running time is 2:00. MATINEES ARE KIDS' DAYS: At all 2:00 pm performances, children under twelve accompanied by a ticket-bearing adult are admitted for $1.00 (adults $10). Running time 1:30.

The Art of Love  | Open: 01/12/06 Close: 02/05/06
A biographical play on the banned Roman poet, Ovid.

The story of Ancient Rome's greatest writer, who run afoul of the emperor Augustus, who forced him into exile without his family, books or any of his wealth, to die years later in a little fishing village near the Black Sea

The Love Show is a multi-media dance documentary performance, telling its own story in eleven emotional dance numbers. Video footage of behind-the-scenes episodes and earlier performances, alternating with live dancers and singers onstage, assemble a self-portrait of an alternative, struggling dance group. Founder Angela Harriell choreographs dance numbers
with narratives that are simultaneously autobiographical and universal.
Bread and Puppet Theater  | Open: 12/08/05 Close: 12/23/05
Theater for the New City will present Peter Schumann's Bread and Puppet Theater from December 8 to 23 in a passion play for adults and a circus for children.

For the grownups, it'll be "National Circus and Passion of the Correct Moment" December 8-23.

For kids of all ages, it'll be matinee shows of "Cardboard Celebration Circus" December 10-11 and 17-18. The theater will be decorated with the unique Bread and Puppet collection of powerful black-line posters, banners, masks, curtains, programs and set-props.

"National Circus and Passion of the Correct Moment" is a two-part evening, beginning with a circus. It's a prologue, with half a dozen little acts including The Rotten Idea Theater Company (populated with "Kaspers" -- fresh, insurrectionist, Punch-type characters), a "Russian Computer Dance," and a tongue-in-cheek playlet on what makes a protest. Schumann borrows the structure of the Passion Play for the second--and longer--part. The idea is to dramatize the mind of post-9/11 America, with its yearning for retaliation, as a puppet epic.

"Cardboard Celebration Circus," the kids' show, brings back many of Bread and Puppet's favorite kid-acts: Pinky the big elephant, The Rotten Idea Theater Company (with Kaspers); birds (black and white), a Tiger Act, a Stilt Act, and even some acts that are spectacular but not necessarily for kids.

Second Voice 4 Vision Puppet Festival  | Open: 12/01/05 Close: 12/11/05
ARTISTS & SHOWS

1. "THE ADVENTURES OF CHARCOAL BOY"
by Sarah Provost (creator, puppetry director), Eric Novak (creator, design director) and Elyas Khan (composer, musical director, narrator). 12/1 -12/3 at 9:30; 12/4 at 4:30.

"The Adventures of Charcoal Boy" is a fantastical musical theater piece in which organic and industrial objects are brought to life as puppets. The story follows a tree branch, struck by lightning, who wakes to an unfamiliar world. This charred stick begins his journey, yearning to be a tree again. When he learns to draw with his charred feet, his seeming predicament proves to be a useful talent.

2. "PORTRAITS - NIGHT & DAY"
by Karen Kandel. 12/1 - 12/3 at 8:00 pm; 12/4 at 3:00.

"Portraits - Night & Day" is the first in a series of intimate journeys into the lives of a family of women. Embracing unconscious connections to ancestor spirits where time has no meaning. Portraits..." is a multi-scale installation/performance piece with masks, objects, lots of fabric, text, movement and music ranging in style from the literal to the abstract.

3. "MRS. WRIGHT'S ESCAPE"
by Amanda Maddock. 12/8 & 12/10 at 9:30; 12/9 & 12/11 at 8:00.

"Mrs. Wright's Escape" is a full-length puppet show regaling some of the history of architect Frank Lloyd Wright, his wife Olgivanna, his family, and his architecture school known as the Taliesin Fellowship. The show features tabletop puppetry, a few shadows, object manipulation, and live music all presented from the perspective of the Taliesin "apprentices."

4. NIKOLAI GOGOL'S "THE NOSE"
12/8 & 12/10 at 8:00; 12/9 at 9:30; 12/11 at 4:30.

In a society built on lechery and deceit - where love is rewarded with lies, and corruption rules the day - one nose has the courage to cut itself off from its face to spite its man and strike out on its own.

"The Nose" is conceived and directed by Alissa Mello, with puppet design by Michael Kelly, and story adaptation by Andy Roth.

5. "Puppet Art Attacks" 12/11 at 8:00 (special price: $5)
A puppetry slam of 3-5 minute "short works of genius" by a variety of puppet artists.

Beyond The Mirror  | Open: 11/17/05 Close: 12/04/05
BEYOND THE MIRROR is a journey through three decades of war and occupation in Afghanistan and a search for cultural identity. Woven through myths and memories, family histories and first-hand accounts, traditional dances and live music, story-telling and filmed montages, BEYOND THE MIRROR weaves an intricate tapestry of events, both desperate and hopeful.

directed by Mahmoud Shah Salimi and Joanna Sherman

Desert Sunrise  | Open: 09/29/05 Close: 10/23/05
"Desert Sunrise" describes a natural, simple bonding by people who are supposed to be afraid of each other. It is a drama the arises out of a chance encounter between an Israeli soldier and a Palestinian man of this region. Taking refuge in a desert wadi, the two men are initially antagonistic, but each embodies an openness that exists within the majorities within both societies. They seemingly overcome their root distrust for each other until they are joined by the Palestinian man's beloved, who embodies an odd, impermeable shell of ideology and radical zeal that neither of the men can penetrate.

As the three reach into their own pasts, they not only begin to find similarities, but also begin to understand the psychological and social fabric behind their political beliefs. Using humor, music, poetry and dance the play unfolds toward its sorrowful yet hopeful ending. Over the course of one memorable night the process of mutual understanding and forgiveness begins, halts, gets rejected, but is ultimately embraced by the pained characters.

The play uses English, Hebrew and Arabic dialogue between the three characters and is interspersed with choral odes, performed by onstage musicians and adapted by Shulman from various translations of Aeschylus' "Agamemnon." It also employs Indonesian shadow techniques that are shared with Egyptian puppetry.

The choral odes are scored by Israeli musician Yoel Ben-Simhon (composer; appearing on tenor, oud, guitar and percussion). He is an Israeli Jew of Moroccan descent. Art direction and set design are by New York artist Celia Owens. Lighting design is by Itai Erdal, who is from Israel but now based in Vancouver.

Soul Searching  | Open: 09/07/05 Close: 10/02/05
Searching follows a single, Jewish woman in New York City on her journey to find the perfect match, but along the way she discovers much more than just her soul-mate, she discovers her own soul.

Brenda (played by Shelley Dague) is beautiful, intelligent with a successful career, but wonders why she is still alone. Her married friends set her up with various men within the Jewish community, however each one seems to carry a message of isolation. Although she wants to share her life with someone, she also wants to share her life with an accepting community of people.

Music & Lyrics: Avi Kunstler
Book & Additional Music/Lyrics: Matt Okin
Assistant Director: Eytan Bayme
Musical Director: Yitzy Glicksman

Homeland  | Open: 09/08/05 Close: 09/25/05
About an America in the near future under a repressive regime.
The Real Inspector Hound  | Open: 07/13/05 Close: 07/24/05
This play within a play spoofs the Agatha Christie type whodunit by contrasting reality and illusion with clever wit and humor. A performer's disability will be incorporated as part of the character, bringing an added dimension to this satirical murder mystery without affecting its plot and giving disabled performers the opportunity to express themselves in roles that are not "written as disabled".
The Scaffolding  | Open: 06/23/05 Close: 06/26/05
A Chamber Opera in Two Acts
Freely based on Henrik Ibsen's play The Master Builder

In a plot packed with psychological and moral ambiguities, a famous aging architect is confronted by a mysterious young woman out of his past. Their encounter builds through a series of emotional twists and turns to a climax in which he is rejuvenated, but at the cost of his life. Over all the action hovers the question: has she come to save him, to destroy him, or both at the same time?

The Scaffolding  | Open: 06/23/05 Close: 06/26/05
A Chamber Opera in Two Acts
Freely based on Henrik Ibsen's play The Master Builder

In a plot packed with psychological and moral ambiguities, a famous aging architect is confronted by a mysterious young woman out of his past. Their encounter builds through a series of emotional twists and turns to a climax in which he is rejuvenated, but at the cost of his life. Over all the action hovers the question: has she come to save him, to destroy him, or both at the same time?

Six Characters: Best Show Ever!  | Open: 06/02/05 Close: 06/19/05
When the power in the theater is suddenly shut off during the opening number, the Six Characters must go on a quest to recover the missing show budget to pay their electric bill. Through flashbacks and violent vaudeville routines, the audience sees how the Six squandered their money and fared at regular jobs before being booted to the curb. But thanks to some clever scheming (and arguably illegal behavior) they make their money back and return to the theater in time for a no holds barred pie fight.
Ren Ah, Ren (you, O You Humans)  | Open: 06/02/05 Close: 06/19/05
Based novel by Dai HouYing, about the excesses of the Chinese Cultural Revolution.

Even those who lived through China's Great Leap Forward (1958-1961) could not have anticipated what would come next. The Great Leap Forward was an extraordinary scheme conceived by Chinese Communist Party Chairman Mao Zedong to accelerate dramatically China's economic development. It led to an estimated 30 million deaths by starvation.

Using a handful of fictional characters based on her own experience, Ms. Dai (1938-1996) allowed a glimpse into the harrowing journey of the privileged class (the intellectuals) from youthful conviction and unquestioning commitment to Mao's vision of the utopia, through, in the author's own words, "the painful groaning of a twisted soul, and the sparkle of a living spirit in darkness," to a terrifying awakening to their own humanity."

The play views the Cultural Revolution through the eyes of three people in a love triangle: two men, Ho and Zhao, and a woman, Sun. Although they have the bonds of love and friendship and are united in the struggle for a new China, the Maoist system forces them into positions against each other in a sequence of horrible betrayals.

Lower East Side Festival of the Arts  | Open: 05/27/05 Close: 05/29/05
For the tenth year, a score of stars and over 100 performing arts organizations, independent artists, poets, puppeteers and film makers will join forces May 27 to 29 in the Lower East Side Festival of the Arts. The three-day, indoor and outdoor festival of theater is organized by TNC and a coalition of civic, cultural and business leaders and is free to all New Yorkers. Last year, over 3,000 people attended.

This year's festival is dedicated to the memory and legacy of Mel Gussow and Arthur Miller.

The festival will be three days of theater and theater-related events, employing two theater spaces at TNC plus the block of East Tenth Street between First and Second Avenues. On Saturday, May 28 there will be a day-long, block-long outdoor carnival of musical attractions and a community arts fair with food and crafts vendors. The list of attractions includes artists presently residing on the Lower East Side, arts groups performing there, prominent writers and artists whose work has dealt directly with the Lower East Side experience and plays written especially for this festival. The distinct ethnic communities of the Lower East Side are amply represented, including the Latin American, African American, Chinese, Indian, Irish, Italian, Jewish, Native American, Polish and Ukrainian communities.

Riding The Bull  | Open: 04/28/05 Close: 05/22/05
In West Texas--in a town called Godsburg--there live, according to August Schulenberg's "Riding the Bull," a couple of awkward young people, a pet cow and a one-horned bull named Suerte. A celibate rodeo clown named G.L. has succumbed to his sexual fantasies (in private, of course) and has gotten excommunicated from the Church (to his continual regret and pain). His irreverent girlfriend, Lyza, is a husky, plus-sized roundheel with a saucy outlook, an acute business sense, and a pet cow named Cyndi. Their worlds seem far apart, yet somehow they fall in love.

Liza's gawky charm and G.L.'s zany obeisance to religious symbols make these two people seem preciouosly mismatched. As they declaim together upon their world, there is a rare theatrical joy in their acute dialect and the overriding imagery of the cow culture, in which Lyza's similarity to Cyndi is not missed. G.L. and Lyza have never spoken until Lyza decides one day to desecrate the town's nativity scene. Once they are acquainted, she begins to exert an almost magical power over him. There unfold sessions of prophetic sex, bull riding scams, a search for the true Elvis, and cows that rise from the dead.

Lyza turns G.L. into a millionaire in Act Two and there is a dramatic changing of places: the zaftig one becomes thin, the sinner becomes devout, the self-less becomes selfish, the unbeliever believes--they exchange each other's relationship with God. G.L. is eventually gored by the one-horned bull, but Lyza becomes so emotionally close to her pet cow, Cyndi, that they become nearly one and the same. This ultimately drives G.L. to an act of desperation that is a striking denouement. The play ends up as a comic tragedy that affects us all.

Homeland  | Open: 04/14/05 Close: 05/15/05
A play about America in the near future under a repressive regime
Orange Flower Water  | Open: 03/27/05 Close: 05/07/05
A new play from the Emmy-nominated writer of Sex Feet Under

Split  | Open: 04/21/05 Close: 04/24/05
A Dance Theatre Piece
An intimate tour of American entertainment. Paying homage to the evolution of live performance in America, the troupe travel through the variety stages of the 1960s, to the Rat Pack-era lounges of the 1950s, to the razzle-dazzle circus spectacles of today. This new production features novelty songs, choreographed routines and musical comedy which has its roots in the "illegitimate theatre" of variety houses and burlesque.
The Bindlestiff Family Circus Cabaret  | Open: 02/24/05 Close: 03/31/05
The Bindlestiffs perform "amazing feats and death-defying acts" of their premiere troupe of vaudeville, circus and side show performers
The Ballad Of Baxter Street  | Open: 02/24/05 Close: 03/13/05
BALLAD OF BAXTER STREET recreates the notorious Five Points neighborhood in Lower Manhattan in 1855, steeped in diversity and full of the same prejudices that exist in today's volatile climate -- the place where "slumming" was invented. Street vendors sold everything from sand (yes, sand!) to hot corn to hand-sewn shirts; an Irishman and free-born African-American woman crossed a social and racial divide to marry; an orphan who was tricked into marriage to a much older widowed policeman fell in love with her husband's daughter; and the real life French actress Rachel Felix helped the two women while on her New York tour. The play also portrays the incredibly rich theatrical life on Broadway (below 14th St.) including a magician, musicians and a melodrama.
Finding Claire  | Open: 02/03/05 Close: 02/20/05
A wealthy, well-meaning New York City dancer seeks out and writes to her birth mother's home. She hopes for a family connection, but instead finds a family in crisis. Their home is a rundown farmhouse in rural upstate New York. Her teenage half-sister is pregnant, and determined to give up her baby. Her mother, Claire, an amateur sculptor who cracks rocks to express the frustration of her life, is determined to keep it. Her controlling, housebound grandmother is stuck in the middle. Hoping to help her new family, the dancer arrives at their door. What she discovers is not what she expects: a family that needs but resents her, and a mother who has been waiting for her, guided by her belief that, "When you get lost, it's best to stay where you are. Stay put. Same place. Let someone come find you."
INDIAN DANCERS' 30th ANNUAL DANCE CONCERT AND POW-WOW  | Open: 02/02/05 Close: 02/13/05
The troupe's appearances benefit college funds for needy Native American students. The troupe's Pow-Wows have been presented annually as a two-week event by TNC since 1976, with the entire box-office donated to these funds. There will be dances, stories and traditional music from the Iroquois and Native Peoples of the Northwest Coast, the Southwest, the Plains, and the Arctic regions. Between 25 and 30 dancers will assemble for the event.

Highlights of this year's celebration will include a Hoop Dance performed by Raymond Two Feathers (Cherokee) and "Dancing Wolf" Michael Taylor (Choctaw/French). For the third time, the Pow Wow will include a dance from the Inuit people of Alaska, called The Caribou Dance. Highlights will also include a Butterfly Dance (a Hopi custom which gives thanks for the beauty of nature), a Grass Dance and Jingle Dress Dance (from the Northern Plains people) and a Shawl Dance (from the Oklahoma tribes). Featured performers will also include the Heyna Second Son Singers (various tribes) and Mitoka Eagle (Santo Domingo/Pueblo). There will be a new modern dance work put to modern American music (flute music and drumming) by Tom Pearson (Creek/Cherokee).