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Address: 259 W 30th Street
New York, NY    10017

Location: (between 7th & 8th Avenues)

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Angry Young Man  | Open: 03/17/17 Close: 04/19/17
Angry Young Man is a fast-paced comedy, where a surgeon from the Middle East arrives in London in search of work and a new life. Instead, through a series of hilarious mistakes and hapless missteps, he runs afoul of both white nationalists and liberal hypocrites discovering some surprising truths about the way we view the immigrants amongst us.

THE LADY LIBERTY THEATER FESTIVAL  | Open: 09/07/16 Close: 09/25/16

The Lady Liberty Theater Festival presents a trio of exciting immigration short plays (Aizzah Fatima’s Dirty Paki Lingerie; Lady Liberty’s Worst Day Ever and No Irish Need Apply by Monica Bauer) aimed at curing the disease of Islamophobia in America, tied together by the ideals represented in the Statue of Liberty.  The festival will also include a day of free staged readings on September 11th.

THE CLUB  | Open: 09/12/14 Close: 09/27/14
In the innocuous boardroom of an Australian Rules football club, corruption and greed reign supreme. The Club, an Australian cultural classic debating teamwork and greed, is about a team that hasn't won a game all season, despite forking out a small fortune to acquire a star player who couldn't care less about football. The coach wants to quit, the players threaten to strike, and the club president is embroiled in scandal. But the club's devious administrator, in cahoots with a former player and coach, would dispense with them all if it meant the team had a shot at the championship.

 


About the Company: Australian Made Entertainment

Australian Made Entertainment is an independent arts organization dedicated to bringing Australian works to the United States. The aim of Australian Made Entertainment is to produce theatre and film with a distinctly Australian flavor, whether it explores aspects of Australian culture or simply showcases the rich talents of Australian artists. In addition to producing classic works from established playwrights, we hope to introduce American audiences to emerging Australian writers, as well as provide opportunities for Australian performers, directors and other entertainment professionals.

Winter Rhythms 2013  | Open: 12/12/13 Close: 12/15/13
TO BUY TICKETS CLICK ON THE CORRECT DATE ON THE LEFT. REFER TO SCHEDULE BELOW. ONE NIGHT ONLY PERFORMANCES (all performances: $30 unless otherwise noted)Tuesday, Dec. 3 | 7PM A Centennial Celebration of Mary Martin. A 100th Birthday tribute to one of the great performers of the American Musical Theatre and the shows she starred in (The Sound of Music, South Pacific, Peter Pan, etc.). Hosted by noted author Stephen Cole with featured artists Liam Forde, Janice Hall, Marissa Mulder, Barbara Porteus, Julie Reyburn, Corinna Sowers-Adler, Susan Winter, Bill Zeffiro with rare video and perhaps a surprise or two. RECEPTION AFTERWARDS (SPECIAL EVENT: $50)Wednesday, Dec. 4 | 7PM Noteworthy – Excerpts from new musicals by up and coming songwriters including Andy Monroe (The Kid) and Greg Edwards & Ben Green (Neurosis).Thursday, Dec. 5 | 7PM A Salute to Singers and Songwriters of the 1970s. Hosted by Broadwayworld.com columnist Stephen Hanks with Natalie Douglas, Lauren Fox, Laurie Krauz, Barbara Porteus, Meg Flather,Ted Stafford and Lorinda LisitzaThursday, Dec. 5 | 10PM LATE NIGHT: Isaiah Singer + OPEN MIC Isaiah Singer, frontman for the Brooklyn rock duo The 7th Word, premieres a collection of experimental wurlitzer piano instrumentals and songs. Afterwords, an ecclectic open mic, open to songwriters, musical theater composers, and comedians. Baby grand piano available. (LATE NIGHT: FREE | First Come First Seated) Friday, Dec. 6 | 7PM Sarah Rice and Sean Hagerty. A double bill spanning more than a century of music: Act I: experimental violinist and multi-instrumentalist Sean Hagerty, Act II: Broadway’s Sarah Rice (Sweeney Todd) sings songs from the period of Downton Abbey. Friday, Dec. 6 | 10PM LATE NIGHT: Lora Faye Lora Faye’s songs live in an art rock soundscape with a backbeat, lyrically quick and boldly performed. Her writing is both blues-inflected and brashly progressive, like an archive from some historical American future. “Sultry vocals… undeniably suave” - American Songwriter (LATE NIGHT SHOW: $15)Saturday, Dec. 7 | 7PM Sinatra at the Movies. Celebrated singers pay tribute to the Chairman of the Board’s illustrious film career. With Carole J. Bufford, Alexis Cole, Lianne Marie Dobbs, Kat Gang, Eric Yves Garcia, Hilary Gardner, Sigali Hamberger, Jeff Harnar, Allan Harris, Cary Hoffman, Nicolas King, Marissa Mulder, Karen Oberlin, Molly Pope, Naya Rodririguez-Castinado and Victoria Rae Sook. Musical directed by Bill Zeffiro. Hosted and Produced by Will Friedwald and Bill Zeffiro.Saturday, Dec. 7 | 10PM LATE NIGHT: Ryan Scott Oliver presents : THE REHEARSAL ROOM Check out incredible young writers presenting fresh new work from new musicals and more! (LATE NIGHT SHOW: $15)Sunday, Dec. 8 | 2PM TEEN CABARET Singer-actors (21 and under) demonstrate their enthusiastic love and knowledge of the Great American Songbook standards of earlier generations. Produced and directed by Rob Lester With Claire Benedetto, Hawkins Gardow, Dominique Solano, Joseph Tolve, Matt Zanfagna. Special Guests: Susan Winter and Karen Wyman (SPECIAL EVENT: $15)Sunday, Dec. 8 | 7PM Julie Reyburn and Marquee Five. Award-winning cabaret artist Reyburn brings back her very first show, Fate Is Kind, on a double-bill with the celebrated vocal harmony group performing a “best of” set including holiday standards.MONDAY, DEC. 9 – NO SHOWTuesday, Dec. 10 | 7PM That Way: Excerpts from a new musical | A man recalls the challenges and changes of his life as a gay man during the last fifty years. With Janice Hall, Rob Langeder, Kenita Miller and Adam Shapiro. By Barry Levitt and Peter Napolitano.Wednesday, Dec. 11 | 7PM The Barry Levitt Quartet with special guests Hilary Kole and Gregory Generet, Kat Gang. 2013 MAC and Bistro Award winner Levitt in an evening of jolting jazz!Thursday, Dec. 12 | 7PM Don Rebic and Friends with Leslie Uggams, Karen Akers, Suzanne Carrico, Eric Michael Gillett, Nina Hennessey, Lee Roy Reams, Christine Reisner-Rebic, T. Oliver Reid, and Marti Stevens — with a special appearance by “King of Nostalgia” Joe Franklin Reception afterwards. (SPECIAL EVENT: $50)Friday, Dec. 13 | 7PM Janice Hall and Karen Oberlin. A "double feature" of two shows by award-winning cabaret artists, each taking a unique look at the Golden Age of Hollywood.Friday, Dec. 13 | 10PM LATE NIGHT: Kind of Appropriate : The Songs of Julia Meinwald Featuring: Ally Bonino, Charles Franklin, Lauren Marcus, Rachel Flynn, Rich Silverstein, and Sam Heldt (LATE NIGHT SHOW: $15)Saturday, Dec. 14 | 7PM Gretchen Reinhagen and Adam Shapiro. A double bill of two award-winning cabaret artists.Saturday, Dec. 14 | 10PM LATE NIGHT: Rachel Klein Theater Ensemble Presents : Glamour Macabre The Rachel Klein Theater Ensemble Presents: Glamour Macabre, a go-go dancing, rock n'roll, Broadway belting, sequin tossin' evening of entertainment! | Co-Hosted by Eric Schmalenberger and Miriam! Featuring: The Rachel Klein Theater Ensemble, Erik Ransom as Damian from his rock musical "Coming", Broadway's Ashley Kate Adams (Le Cage Au Folle), Scooter Pie (Shaken and Stirred), Danielle Marie Fusco (Martha Graham), The Love Show (the Nutcracker Rated R) and many more! (LATE NIGHT SHOW: $15)Sunday, Dec. 15 | 7PM From All of Us To All of You: Seasonal Songs and Disney, Too!Closing night holiday concert with reception afterwards. Featuring Deb Berman, Tina Chen, Lynn Cohen, Ron Cohen, Terese Genecco, Darryl Glenn, Helena Grenot, Valerie Lemon, Fran Leonardis, Marissa Mulder, Shaynee Rainbolt, Adam Shapiro, Brandon Sharp, Bret Shuford, Joanne Tatham, Tom Toce, Bill Zeffiro and a special surprise guest!(SPECIAL EVENT: $50)


Cabaret"

Music.Cabaret

Once We Lived Here  | Open: 09/13/13 Close: 09/29/13
Amy runs Emoh Ruo, the family sheep station in outback Australia. She's held onto the property through drought, bushfire, and falling wool prices, determined not to let it slip out of the family grasp. But when the family gathers over a scorching long weekend, Amy has to face up to the myths and lies the place has been built upon. Is she really holding on or is she just stuck?

After a successful first season featuring Cosi and Speaking In Tongues, Australian Made Entertainment is proud to kick off their second season with the U.S. premiere of Once We Lived Here, written by the critically acclaimed musical team of Dean Bryant & Mathew Frank. Winner of the 2009 Green Room Award for Best New Musical, this authentically Australian musical was described by Geoffrey Rush as "a beautiful, poignant piece of home-grown music theatre. It may echo Chekhov and Sondheim but it's thrillingly pure Oz."

Music by Mathew Frank
Book & Lyrics by Dean Bryant

Directed by Matthew Foster
Musical Direction by Michael Hopewell

Featuring:
Kathleen Foster
Morgan Cowling*
Adam Rennie
Sean Cleary
Renee Claire Bergeron*

Scenic Design: Katherine DeNeve
Costume Design: Emily Rose Parman
Lighting Design: Anthony Freitas
Sound Design: David Green
Stage Manager: Anna Demenkoff
Assistant Stage Manager: April Uzarski
Dialect Coach: Leah Gabriel
Publicity: Kampfire Films PR

* Appearing courtesy of Actor's Equity Association - Equity Approved Showcase


Arts.Theatre

Black Latina The Play  | Open: 09/04/13 Close: 09/08/13
Upon its debut release in 2009 Black Latina was originally performed as a one woman show by the author, Crystal S. Roman (CEO/Founder of Black Latina Movement). Now redesigned by director Veronica Caicedo (CEO/Founder of Caicedo Productions) an all female ensemble, are each personified by one of the four strongest emotions one confronts in the face of adversity: Anger, Sadness, Love, and Empowerment. Each character delivers a testimony that further justifies their assigned emotion and offers varying views, ideas, and experiences while simultaneously sharing the common bond of being a Black Latina. Through spoken word, song, and dance the cast resolves the story's issues (from Anger to Empowered) by showing all sides of a multifaceted spectrum. From denouncing oneself and "fitting in" to embracing the beauty and pride of "being Black", Black Latina lets the world know exactly who we are.

The characters bridge the gap between all Black Latinas from skin color and hair textures, to facial features, backgrounds and language*. Black Latina not only deals with the "traditional" black/white ideas of racism within the U.S., but also exposes complex internalized racism between African Americans, Hispanics, and Black Latinos.

*Black Latina's current run is a trilingual production (presented in English, Spanish and Portuguese).

A small Q and A host by a guest moderator will take place after each show with the Actors, Director, and Writer.

Starring:
Teniece Divya Johnson
Jenelle Simone
Nubia Santos
Anaridia Burgos
Cherie Nicole Dennis

Executive Producer/Writer- Crystal S. Roman
Director- Veronica Caicedo
Choreographer- Lauren De Veaux


Arts.Dance

Tea For Three  | Open: 05/30/13 Close: 06/29/13
What might three former First Ladies reveal if they could? Emmy Award-winning actress Elaine Bromka takes an irresistibly delicious behind-the-scenes look at Lady Bird Johnson, Pat Nixon and Betty Ford -- three formidable women who suddenly found themselves celebrities in the hardest unpaid job in the world. Take a walk in their shoes as they confide their loves, fears and struggles. by Eric H. Weinberger, with Elaine Bromka“Marvelous…poignant…the authors have humanized their subjects.” The Star-Ledger - Newark, N.J."A fascinating evening … laced with insight, emotion and humor.” Times Herald-Record - Middletown, N.Y."6 out of 5 stars!" Austinonstage.com teaforthree


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Theater.Play

Honky  | Open: 03/10/13 Close: 04/11/13
Written by Greg Kalleres. Directed by Luke Harlan. Award-winning theatre, URBAN STAGES, presents HONKY - a darkly comedic look at five people, white and black, as they navigate the muddy waters of race, advertising and basketball shoes. Starring Scott Barrow, Philip Callen, Dave Droxler, Danielle Faitelson, Anthony Gaskins, Chris Myers, Reynaldo Piniella and Arie Bianca Thompson

ABOUT HONKYWhen a black sneaker company hires a white CEO, their commercials begin glorifying the “ghetto" and sales triple among white teens. But when violence erupts in a black community, the shoe designer blames the ads and promises revenge. Meanwhile, the writer of the ads is paralyzed by white guilt – which only gets worse when his therapist turns out not to be what he expected. Luckily, there’s a new racism pill on the market advertising, "If you don't think you need it, you're probably a racist!" HONKY takes a comedic look at the symbiotic relationship between racism and commercialism. Set Design by Roman Tatarowicz | Lighting design by Miriam Nilofa Crowe| Sound Design by Brandon Wolcott | Projection Design by Caite Hevner | Production Manager: Sean Hagerty | Stage Manager: Brian D. Gold | Assistant Production Manager: Meghan Santelli Urban Stages’ Founding Artistic Director Frances Hill | Program Director Rachel Sullivan | Development & Literary Director Antoinette Mullins | Company Manager Olga Devyatisilnaya |Producing Associate Peter Napolitano | Press Representative Joe Trentacosata, Springer Assoicates, PR *This play contains strong language.


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Theater.Comedy

Honky  | Open: 03/08/13 Close: 04/07/13
ABOUT HONKY

When a black sneaker company hires a white CEO, their commercials begin glorifying the “ghetto" and sales triple among white teens. But when violence erupts in a black community, the shoe designer blames the ads and promises revenge. Meanwhile, the writer of the ads is paralyzed by white guilt – which only gets worse when his therapist turns out not to be what he expected. Luckily, there’s a new racism pill on the market advertising, "If you don't think you need it, you're probably a racist!" HONKY takes a comedic look at the symbiotic relationship between racism and commercialism.

The Man Who Laughs  | Open: 01/31/13 Close: 02/24/13
Freely inspired by Victor Hugo's novel, equal parts horror, comedy, and romance, THE MAN WHO LAUGHS is a "live silent film," performed in grayscale with live music, about a man whose face has been carved into a permanent smile and his desperate quest for the world to take him seriously. Hugo’s character of Gwynplaine, “the laughing man”, inspired the creation of Batman’s infamous nemesis, The Joker. 

 
Stolen Chair’s production will fully immerse audiences in a 1920s silent movie house. With freshly popped popcorn in hand they’ll watch a humorous and heartrending story told in glorious grayscale through movement and projected title cards, with an original score performed live. Audience members are strongly encouraged to dress in 1920’s fashion, and $20 tickets will be available at the door for anyone arriving in costume. There will also be screenings of silent films, which inspired the play, following select performances. Details TBA.  
 
The production will be directed by Jon Stancato (The Bachelors’ Tea Party) and will feature Raife Baker (Beyond Measurewith The Slant Theater Company), Dave Droxler (trained with Dan Kamin who worked with Johnny Dep on Benny & Joon and Robert Downey Jr. on Chaplin), Jon Froehlich (Cho H Cho with Mabou Mines), Molly O’Neill (Cabaret at Trinity Rep), Noah Schultz (Theatre is Dead and So Are You with Stolen Chair), and Rebecca Whitehurst. The creative team will include Music by Eugene Ma (Saviana Stanescu’s Aurolac Blues), Makeup by Jaclyn Schaefer (NYC Fashion Week), Costume Design by Julie Schworm (Theatre is Dead and So Are You), and Lighting Design by Daniel Winters (Kinderspiel).  

About the Company: Stolen Chair Theatre Company

STOLEN CHAIR Named best “genre-bending theatre” by New York Press, Stolen Chair is a theatre laboratory dedicated to the creation of playfully intellectual, wickedly irreverent, and exuberantly athletic original works. Proudly plundering the pop culture of the past half millennium, Stolen Chair’s aesthetically promiscuous work recycles and reinvents old genres and stories to discover new ways to challenge and delight contemporary audiences. Pioneer of the Community Supported Theatre movement, Stolen Chair is supported, in part, by the Nancy Quinn Fund and by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts. 

The Man Who Laughs  | Open: 01/31/13 Close: 02/24/13
Freely inspired by Victor Hugo's novel, equal parts horror, comedy, and romance, THE MAN WHO LAUGHS is a "live silent film," performed in grayscale with live music, about a man whose face has been carved into a permanent smile and his desperate quest for the world to take him seriously. Hugo’s character of Gwynplaine, “the laughing man”, inspired the creation of Batman’s infamous nemesis, The Joker.

Stolen Chair’s production will fully immerse audiences in a 1920s silent movie house. With freshly popped popcorn in hand they’ll watch a humorous and heartrending story told in glorious grayscale through movement and projected title cards, with an original score performed live. Audience members are strongly encouraged to dress in 1920’s fashion, and $20 tickets will be available at the door for anyone arriving in costume. There will also be screenings of silent films, which inspired the play, following select performances. Details TBA. 

The production will be directed by Jon Stancato (The Bachelors’ Tea Party) and will feature Raife Baker (Beyond Measure with The Slant Theater Company), Dave Droxler (trained with Dan Kamin who worked with Johnny Dep on Benny & Joon and Robert Downey Jr. on Chaplin), Jon Froehlich (Cho H Cho with Mabou Mines), Molly O’Neill (Cabaret at Trinity Rep), Noah Schultz (Theatre is Dead and So Are Youwith Stolen Chair), and Rebecca Whitehurst. The creative team will include Music by Eugene Ma (Saviana Stanescu’s Aurolac Blues), Makeup by Jaclyn Schaefer (NYC Fashion Week), Costume Design by Julie Schworm (Theatre is Dead and So Are You), and Lighting Design by Daniel Winters (Kinderspiel). 

THE MAN WHO LAUGHS, presented by The Stolen Chair Theatre Company at Urban Stages (259 West 30th Street between 7th and 8th Avenues) will play a four-week engagement January 31-February 24; Thursday through Saturday at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm, with an additional performance on Monday, February 4 at 8:30pm. Tickets ($30; $25 students; $20 in 1920’s costume) may be purchased online at www.stolenchair.org or by calling 212-868-4444. The show runs approximately 90 minutes, with no intermission.

Stolen Chair’s production of The Man Who Laughs originally premiered with Horse Trade Theater Group at The Red Room in 2005. The play appears in The New York Theatre Experience 2006 anthology Playing With Canons: Explosive New Works From Great Literature By America’s Indie Playwrights.

“By any measure…a triumph. This bona fide tour de force of theatre has the real capacity to tug at something inside of us and make us feel in a raw, spontaneous, and very essential way. Bravo!” Martin Denton, nytheatre.com “Pick of the Week”

“Utterly tremendous!” Trav S.D., Author of Chain of Fools: Silent Comedy and Its Legacis from Nickelodeons to Youtube


About the Company: Stolen Chair Theatre Company

STOLEN CHAIR Named best “genre-bending theatre” by New York Press, Stolen Chair is a theatre laboratory dedicated to the creation of playfully intellectual, wickedly irreverent, and exuberantly athletic original works. Proudly plundering the pop culture of the past half millennium, Stolen Chair’s aesthetically promiscuous work recycles and reinvents old genres and stories to discover new ways to challenge and delight contemporary audiences. Pioneer of the Community Supported Theatre movement, Stolen Chair is supported, in part, by the Nancy Quinn Fund and by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts. 

The Man Who Laughs: A Live Silent Film For The Stage  | Open: 02/22/13 Close: 02/23/13
ADDED PERFORMANCE ON WEDNESDAY, 2/20 @8pmSix live actors transport the audience to a movie house in 1923, when glamorous stars told larger-than-life stories without a single spoken word. Grab a bag of freshly popped popcorn, take a seat, and watch the hilarious and heartrending story of Gwynplaine, a clown whose face has been surgically disfigured into a permanent smile. Performing with his adoptive sister and father, Gwynplaine gains fame and a very modest fortune for his comic acts—and his comical face. Secretly he yearns to be more than a freak and a joke—but when his yearning leads him into the arms of a debauched duchess fascinated by his grin, the results are disastrous for Gwynplaine and for his family.Based on Victor Hugo’s novel The Man Who Laughs, the play is performed in the style of a silent film, complete with live piano accompaniment, projected title cards, and vibrant black-and-white sets, costumes, and makeup. First performed to critical acclaim in 2005, The Man Who Laughs transforms silent film into live action, taking us back to a time when performers didn’t need to speak to pull on our heart strings and tickle our funny bones.Written by Kiran Rikhye | Directed by Jon Stancato | Dramaturgy by Emily Otto | Music by Eugene Ma | Costume Design by Julie Schworm | Lighting Design by Daniel Winters | Set Design by Michael Minahan | Stage Management by Colin Miller | Props & Graphic Design by Aviva Meyer | Makeup by Jaclyn Schaefer with Stephanie Cox-Williams | Featuring Raife Baker, Dave Droxler, Jon Froehlich, Molly O'Neill, Noah Schultz and Rebecca WhitehurstWhere: URBAN STAGES, 259 West 30th Street btw 7th and 8th Avenues | When: JAN 31 - FEB 24 Thurs - Sat at 8pm, Sun at 2pm & Mon, Feb 4 at 8:30pm | Tickets: $30 Adults, $25 Students/Seniors, $20 in 1920s Costume | Show runs approximately 90 minutes, with no intermission. | Free Popcorn!http://facebook.com/StolenChairTheManWhoLaughshttp://stolenchair.tumblr.comhttp://twitter.com/StolenChairTC


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Theater.Dance Theater

Winter Rhythms 2012  | Open: 12/08/12 Close: 12/15/12
For 4 years, Urban Stages has presented the crème de la crème of NYC’s music scene in December and this year’s WINTER RHYTHMS 2012 is certainly no exception. From NAT KING COLE to FRANK SINATRA to DISNEY. From CABARET to ROCK & ROLL to NEW MUSICALS. Urban Stages delivers unforgettable nights with award-winning stars like Julie Reyburn, Adriane Lennox. Robet Cuccioli and Karen Akers. With 24 shows in 12 nights, the only question is how many are you going to see? Monday, December 10 at 7PM ANITA HOLLANDER in STILL STANDING A Musical Survival Guide for Life’s Catastrophes charts 16 “tools for survival,” by a one-legged performer who’s appeared at NY Shakespeare Festival, Carnegie Hall, & The White House. The New York Times calls her “provocative, funny, moving, communicative and beautifully polished… a wide rainbow of vocal colors with dramatic sensitivity, comic insights, and a charming presence that flavors everything she does.” Monday, December 10 at 9PMEmmy Winner GLEN ROVEN presents soprano TALISE TREVIGNE The Santa Fe Songs music by GLEN ROVEN The Santa Fe Songs: "Santa Fe the summer of 2011...I had suffered a monumental personal tragedy. I vaguely remember wandering around the old town in a zombie-like stupor...the town’s mystical magic crept into my very marrow...trying to make some sense of my loss, [I] came across a book of Santa Fe poems...it’s not hard to figure out why certain poems spoke to me." Glen Roven Tuesday, December 11 at 7PMADRIANE LENOX and Andrea Frierson with The Barry Levitt Trio Two of Broadway’s most dynamic singers join forces for a memorable evening of jazz with the Maestro Barry Levitt and his Trio. Adriane Lenox’s performance in the play Doubt: A Parable garnered her the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play in 2005. Andrea Frierson’s Broadway credits include playing Eulalie in the original production of Once On This Island, The Lion King, and many more. Tuesday, December 11 at 9PMBARRY LEVITT’S JAZZ JAM. The Barry Levitt Trio with vocalists Kat Gang, LaTanya Hall and Gabrielle Stravelli. Musical Director Barry Levitt has been an active, forceful, award-winning presence within the New York musical community for over three decades. He was the music director and arranger for Catskills On Broadway and Swinging On A Star on Broadway as well as Langston in Harlem, Little Shop Of Horrors and Taking My Turn Off-Broadway. See him do what he loves best: jam with some of his favorite vocalists and musicians! Wednesday, December 12 at 7PMBill Zeffiro's BIRTHDAY TRIBUTE TO FRANK SINATRA Hosted by TV personality BILL BOGGS, conceived & musical directed by BILL ZEFFIRO with ERIC COMSTOCK, MARY FOSTER CONKLIN, JENNA ESPOSITO, TERESE GENECCO, GREGORY GENERET, SIGALI HAMBERGER, VALERIE LEMON, MARISSA MULDER, KAREN OBERLIN, SHAYNEE RAINBOLT, STACY SULLIVAN and RONNY WHYTE. Bill Zeffiro, one of NY’s most celebrated musical directors and experts on the Great American Songbook, is joined by Bill Boggs, celebrated TV and radio personality, to pay tribute to one of the most iconic of all male popular singers on the 97th Anniversary of his birth. Joining them are some of the foremost interpreters of classic American music active today! Wednesday, December 12 at 9PMMARISSA MULDER in Look to My Heart: The Jimmy Van Heusen Songbook One of cabaret’s brightest new stars, Marissa Mulder was the winner of the 2011 Metrostar Talent Challenge, a highly competitive contest run by the celebrated Metropolitan Room. Her two solo cabaret shows, Illusions (recently released on CD) and tonight’s Look to My Heart, have received great acclaim from audiences and critics alike. Thursday, December 13 at 7PMMARY LIZ MCNAMARA in THE GOOD GIRL IN CONCERT, highlights from a new musical. A new, original musical by MARY LIZ McNAMARA. The Good Girl is about family, love and other messy problems. A daughter is left to care for her impossibly difficult father, as her newly-dead mother watches from that great jazz club in the sky, under the tutelage of a cool-cat Bass Player. Thursday, December 13 at 9PMSMILE ON MY FACE: The Songs of Richard Eisenberg With Erin Cronican, Rob Langeder, Stacie Perlman, Adam Shapiro. This snappy, toe-tapping original revue features the prize-winning songs of Richard Eisenberg, who still believes in memorable melodies and literate lyrics. Funny characters, too, like Moishe & Esther, reliving their first date 70 years ago. Or Erma Mae Levine, who would give anything to sing like Liza. And then there's a young man struggling with the aromatic "Essence of Love." With a cast of four bright, exciting performers guided by the award-winning creative team of Levitt & Napolitano. Friday, December 14 at 7PMTHE SONGS OF DOUGLAS J. COHEN WITH STEEL BURKHARDT, LAURA MARIE DUNCAN, JEREMIAH JAMES, HANNAH ELLESS, DEBORAH GRAUSMAN, ANDREW KOBER, MICHAEL MCCORMICK, MATTHEW SCOTT, KIRSTEN SCOTT, SARAH STILES, NATASHA YVETTE WILLIAMS, KAREN ZIEMBA, AND THE NEIGHBORHOOD PLAYHOUSE ENSEMBLE. Doug received the 2010 Fred Ebb Award, the Gilman & Gonzalez-Falla Foundation Award, and two Richard Rodgers Awards for NO WAY TO TREAT A LADY (produced twice off-Broadway resulting in productions worldwide) and THE GIG (concerts at MTC and The York Theatre, production at Goodspeed). Doug is the composer/lyricist of THE BIG TIME (book by Douglas Carter Beane, NYMF Festival debut). Nominated for a 2005 Drama Desk Award (CHILDREN’S LETTERS TO GOD, Lamb’s Theatre), he penned THE OPPOSITE OF SEX (Williamstown Theatre Festival) and received a Jonathan Larson Grant for composing BARNSTORMER. Friday, December 14 at 9PMERIN CRONICAN in her solo debut show Erin Cronican, singer and entrepreneur, recounts her hilarious exploits battling “the man” in her quest for a fulfilling life as an actor. With songs from pop to Broadway, one thing's for sure- things in the mirror are not as they seem. Saturday, December 15 at 5PMFROM ALL OF US TO ALL OF YOU Seasonal Songs and Disney, Too! Closing night group concert Featuring RAISSA KATONA BENNETT, CAROLE J. BUFFORD, BOB DIAMOND, JACK DONAHUE, CLEVE DOUGLASS, LAUREN FOX, DARYL GLENN, HELENA GRENOT, MARISSA MULDER, SIDNEY MYER, ALISON NUSBAUM, CHRISTINE PEDI, BARBARA PORTEUS, T. OLIVER REID, GRETCHEN REINHAGEN, RICKY RITZEL, ADAM SHAPIRO and many more! Champagne reception afterwards. A festive closer to our series with Broadway, Jazz and Cabaret performers paying tribute to the sounds of the seasons and, to mix it up a little, classic Disney films made during Walt’s lifetime. Inspired by (and named after) the annual Yuletide episode of “Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color” remembered fondly by baby-boomers everywhere (Matthew has even resurrected its theme song)! Followed by a Champagne Reception with delectable noshes, both savory and sweet! *SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE **While purchasing a TWO SHOWS (SAME NIGHT) ticket, please note that you will not be able to select two shows online. Instead, select only one show with the TWO SHOW (SAME NIGHT) ticket option and on the night of the performances, our box office attendant will have a list of those who hold TWO SHOWS (SAME NIGHT) tickets.


Cabaret"

Music.Cabaret

Fashionistas: A Narcissistic Love Story  | Open: 08/08/12 Close: 08/18/12
The House of Narcissus is gearing up for the fashion show of the season, but life on the runway can be treacherous. An activist plots to destroy the show, the supermodels can’t find their shoes, Echo is in love with Narcissus, and Narcissus is consumed by the one thing he can never obtain: himself. In this world of unrequited love, insatiable desire, and fabulous clothes, what is the cost of falling in love with illusion?


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Theater.Play

Fashionistas: A Narcissistic Love Story  | Open: 08/09/12 Close: 08/18/12
Fashionistas is a world premiere/new play by Janet Allard, directed by Jennifer Vellenga. The House of Narcissus is gearing up for the fashion show of the season, but life on the runway can be treacherous. An activist plots to destroy the show, the supermodels can’t find their shoes, Echo is in love with Narcissus, and Narcissus is consumed by the one thing he can never obtain: himself. In this world of unrequited love, insatiable desire, and fabulous clothes, what is the cost of falling in love with illusion? Equity Approved Showcase*Donatella: McKinley Carter*Calliope: Leah Curney*Valentino: Noah Jordan*Reflection: Alex KaplanEcho: Katie McClellan*Narcissus: Connor Moore*Natalie: Sarah Nedwek*Solange: Alix Paige*Morty, etc: Andy SchneeflockRafael: Dwight Tolar*with Joey Boos, Eric Brown, & Alex GainesStage Manager: Laura Lindsay**Actors and Stage Manager are appearing courtesy of Actors' Equity Association.


Comedy"

Theater.Comedy

The Table Scene  | Open: 04/26/12 Close: 05/12/12
The cast and crew of the next big budget sci-fi blockbuster are having trouble coming up with the climactic scene to their film. How bloody can the death be? How revealing the costumes? And who should play which role? As characters clash over egos, creative vision, and really inappropriate sexual affairs, The Table Scene weaves a comic, surreal world where storytelling is a potentially lethal occupation.

My Occasion Of Sin  | Open: 03/16/12 Close: 04/15/12
Inspired by true events that led to one of the worst race riots in Omaha, Nebraska and in our countrys history.


In 1969, in the tension of a segregated city, two men from very different backgrounds: Luigi, an African American jazz drummer, and George, a white music store owner who specializes in the accordion, are thrown together by fate, finding common ground in their love of music. At the same time, Mary Margaret and Vivian, two young girls from opposite sides of the segregated city, each drink in the new jazz scene for reasons of their own. Music seems to unite and uplift everyone around at first. Soon occasions of sin where fear, mistrust and racism fester are inescapable. Violence erupts, changing everyones lives forever.


WHO'S WHO

MONICA BAUER (Playwright) is currently a Writing Fellow at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut and a member of the Abingdon Theater Playwrights Group. She was the 2005 Teaching Fellow in the Graduate Playwriting Program at Boston University, where she received an MA in playwriting. Her plays and musicals have been produced in Denver, Boston, Provincetown, Cambridge, Atlanta, Bloomington, Omaha, San Diego, Providence, and 0ff-0ff Broadway at NYMF, the HERE Arts Center, the Midtown International Theater Festival, the York Theatre, and the Planet Connections Theater Festivity. Awards include Outstanding Script, 2011 Theater Arts Guild Award; Outstanding Playwriting, the 2008 Midtown International Theater Festival; and the Audience Favorite Award at Short Attention Span PlayFest. Lighter (book, music, and lyrics) premiered in October 2009 at the New York Musical Theatre Festival. Answering, a ten-minute play, was a Finalist for the 2008 Heideman Award from the Actors Theater of Louisville, and First Prize for 10 Minute Play, 2010 Connecticut Stories competition. Her one act play, Two Men Walked Into a Bar, was a semifinalist in the 2008 Turnip/American Globe Theater 15 Minute Play Festival. A one-man show written for the actor John Fico, Made for Each Other, was featured in Emerging Artist Theaters One Man Talking Festival, and went on to receive nominations for Best Solo Show and Best Actor in a Solo Show at the 2010 Planet Connections Theatre Festivity off-off Broadway. Published plays include The Most Important Thing, The Drug Problem, and The Best Thanksgiving Ever (Brooklyn Publishers), The Diet Monologues (JAC Publications) and Answering (Heuer). She is a proud member of ASCAP and The Dramatists Guild.

FRANCES HILL (Founding Artistic Director/ Director) has directed over 30 workshops and productions. Her favorite directing credits include: Gino DiIorios Apostasy, Roma Greths Our Summer Days, Jim Lehrers Chili Queen, (at Urban Stages and Kennedy Center), John Picardis Seven Rabbits on a Pole and The Sweepers (at Urban Stages and Capital Rep); Comfort Women by Chugmi Kim (Urban Stages 2004), and 27 Rue De Fleurs (Urban Stages 2008). She began her theatrical career in California as an actress. Two of her plays have been produced, Our Bench and Life Lines. Since 1984, as founding Artistic Director of Urban Stages, Ms. Hill has overseen more than 600 staged readings/workshops and 80 productions of new works for the stage. Under the guidance of Ms. Hill, Playwrights Preview Productions/Urban Stages have moved two plays into commercial Off-Broadway successes. Minor Demons opened the new Century Center Theater and Men on the Verge of His-Panic Breakdown won an Outer Critics Circle Award while playing to capacity audiences at the 47th Street Theater. Urban Stages African American Poets as Playwrights won eight Audelco Nominations and Coyote On a Fence received two Drama Desk nominations and a Pilgrims Project Award. Eisa Davis Bulrusher was one of three nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. The 2010 production of Langston in Harlem won several Drama Desk nominations, a John Calloway award, and several Audelco nominations including a win for best music production of the year (2010), along with several other awards.

PETER NAPOLITANO (Producing Associate) has received the BMI Bistro Award (director) and two MAC Awards (lyricist, producer) for his recent work in leading NY cabaret venues, including Feinsteins at Loews Regency, the Oak Room at The Algonquin Hotel and the Metropolitan Room. He was lyricist of Tropicana, book and direction by the legendary George Abbott, produced by Musical Theatre Works; and lyricist/librettist of The Lady in Penthouse B, music by Matthew Ward, produced Mufti Style by the York Theatre, starring Nancy Dussault. With composer and celebrated musical director Barry Levitt, hes currently developing the book and lyrics of Nickys Wedding (adapted from his prize-winning play) at the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop, while writing special material for some of NYs outstanding cabaret artists. Other highlights of his varied career: working with the ground-breaking Off Broadway Ridiculous Theatrical Co. and The Glines; directing the early solo work of Charles Busch; contributing editor of The Blockbuster Guide to Movies on Video (Dell); and author of a Modern Love essay for The New York Times. For Urban Stages, he helped produce last years Winter Rhythms festival, Musical Legends Tribute series and directed Grand Illusions: The Music of Marlene Dietrich starring Bistro Award Winner Janice Hall.

URBAN STAGES (Producer) is an award-winning, not-for-profit Off-Broadway Theatre Company founded in 1984 by current Artistic Director Frances Hill. Over the past 27 years, Urban Stages has produced over 80 productions (mostly world premieres) including the world premiere of the award winning musical Langston in Harlem by Kent Gash, Walter Marks with Langston Hughes poetry, this production received a Drama Desk nomination for Best Actress, a John Callaway Award for Best Choreography and four Audelco Awards including Best Musical. The New York Premiere of ReEntry by KJ Sanchez and Emily Ackerman produced in 2010 is currently touring military bases and regional theatres across the country. The world premiere of the Joe Iconis musical ReWrite.Urban Stages 2011 Musical Legends garnered several nominations and awards from the prestigious MAC committee. They also presented the American Premiere of Oxford Roof ClimbersRebellion by Stephen Massicotte which transferred to Albany's Capital Repertory Theatre. Pulitzer Prize Finalist, Eisa Davis Bulrusher (2007), two Drama Desk nominations, an Outer Critic's Circle Award, an Obie nomination, and eight Audelco nominations. Our productions of Men On The Verge Of A Hispanic Breakdown, by Guillermo Reyes, and Minor Demons, by Bruce Graham subsequently moved to commercial theatres. Chili Queen, a play by newscaster Jim Lehrer, transferred to the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. (1989). The majority of works developed at Urban Stages have had further productions commercially, regionally, and abroad. Numerous projects developed at Urban Stages have been adapted into film and television projects, including Scar, by Murray Mednick, Conversations with the Goddesses, by AgapiStassinopoulos, and Cotton Mary, by Alexandra Viets. Urban Stages has a consistent history of discovering new writers to the theatre community and introducing their plays into theatrical repertory.


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My Occasion Of Sin  | Open: 03/29/12 Close: 03/29/12
Inspired by true events that led to one of the worst race riots in Omaha, Nebraska and in our country’s history.
In 1969, in the tension of a segregated city, two men from very different backgrounds: Luigi, an African American jazz drummer, and George, a white music store owner who specializes in the accordion, are thrown together by fate, finding common ground in their love of music. At the same time, Mary Margaret and Vivian, two young girls from opposite sides of the segregated city, each drink in the new jazz scene for reasons of their own. Music seems to unite and uplift everyone around … at first. Soon “occasions of sin” – where fear, mistrust and racism fester – are inescapable. Violence erupts, changing everyone’s lives forever.
SPECIAL TALKBACKS
March 24th, 8pm Talkback with Professor Piper Kendrix Williams Assistant Professor of English and African-American Studies at The College of New Jersey, and co-editor of the book "Re-presenting Segregation: Toward an Esthetics of Living Jim Crow" (SUNY Press, 2010) will participate in a talkback with the playwright after the performance.March 31st, 3pm Talkback with Prof. Mary Clark Moschella Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling from Yale Divinity School will be participate in a talkback and respond to the play as a Catholic Theologian and as a feminist. Books written by Prof. Moschella include ethnography as a Pastoral Practice: An Introduction and Living Devotions: Reflections on Immigration, Identity, and Religious Imagination.April 1st, 8pm Talkback with Kurt Andersen Host of popular NPR show, “Studio 360,’ Kurt Andersen, will join playwright Monica Bauer and share his insight on the play. Like Bauer, Mr. Andersen is also a native of Omaha, Nebraska where the play is set and was in high school during the 1969 race riot. Mr. Andersen’s written work include his New York Times bestselling novel Heyday, his earlier best selling novel Turn of the Century and numerous works for television programs and pilots. April 10th, 8pm Talkback with Barry Levitt Musical Director Barry Levitt has been an active, forceful, award-winning presence within the New York musical community for over three decades. He was the music director and arranger for Catskills On Broadway and Swinging On A Star on Broadway as well as Langston in Harlem, Little Shop Of Horrors and Taking My Turn Off-Broadway. He will join playwright Monica Bauer to discuss the musical aspects of the play. All Talkbacks will take place after the performance.
WHO'S WHOMONICA BAUER (Playwright) is currently a Writing Fellow at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut and a member of the Abingdon Theater Playwright’s Group. She was the 2005 Teaching Fellow in the Graduate Playwriting Program at Boston University, where she received an MA in playwriting. Her plays and musicals have been produced in Denver, Boston, Provincetown, Cambridge, Atlanta, Bloomington, Omaha, San Diego, Providence, and 0ff-0ff Broadway at NYMF, the HERE Arts Center, the Midtown International Theater Festival, the York Theatre, and the Planet Connections Theater Festivity. Awards include Outstanding Script, 2011 Theater Arts Guild Award; Outstanding Playwriting, the 2008 Midtown International Theater Festival; and the Audience Favorite Award at Short Attention Span PlayFest. Lighter (book, music, and lyrics) premiered in October 2009 at the New York Musical Theatre Festival. Answering, a ten-minute play, was a Finalist for the 2008 Heideman Award from the Actors’ Theater of Louisville, and First Prize for 10 Minute Play, 2010 Connecticut Stories competition. Her one act play, Two Men Walked Into a Bar, was a semifinalist in the 2008 Turnip/American Globe Theater 15 Minute Play Festival. A one-man show written for the actor John Fico, Made for Each Other, was featured in Emerging Artist Theater’s One Man Talking Festival, and went on to receive nominations for Best Solo Show and Best Actor in a Solo Show at the 2010 Planet Connections Theatre Festivity off-off Broadway. Published plays include The Most Important Thing, The Drug Problem, and The Best Thanksgiving Ever (Brooklyn Publishers), The Diet Monologues (JAC Publications) and Answering (Heuer). She is a proud member of ASCAP and The Dramatists Guild. FRANCES HILL (Founding Artistic Director/ Director) has directed over 30 workshops and productions. Her favorite directing credits include: Gino DiIorio’s Apostasy, Roma Greth’s Our Summer Days, Jim Lehrer’s Chili Queen, (at Urban Stages and Kennedy Center), John Picardi’s Seven Rabbits on a Pole and The Sweepers (at Urban Stages and Capital Rep); Comfort Women by Chugmi Kim (Urban Stages 2004), and 27 Rue De Fleurs (Urban Stages 2008). She began her theatrical career in California as an actress. Two of her plays have been produced, Our Bench and Life Lines. Since 1984, as founding Artistic Director of Urban Stages, Ms. Hill has overseen more than 600 staged readings/workshops and 80 productions of new works for the stage. Under the guidance of Ms. Hill, Playwrights’ Preview Productions/Urban Stages have moved two plays into commercial Off-Broadway successes. Minor Demons opened the new Century Center Theater and Men on the Verge of His-Panic Breakdown won an Outer Critic’s Circle Award while playing to capacity audiences at the 47th Street Theater. Urban Stages’ African American Poets as Playwrights won eight Audelco Nominations and Coyote On a Fence received two Drama Desk nominations and a Pilgrim’s Project Award. Eisa Davis’ Bulrusher was one of three nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. The 2010 production of Langston in Harlem won several Drama Desk nominations, a John Calloway award, and several Audelco nominations including a win for best music production of the year (2010), along with several other awards.PETER NAPOLITANO (Producing Associate) has received the BMI Bistro Award (director) and two MAC Awards (lyricist, producer) for his recent work in leading NY cabaret venues, including Feinstein’s at Loews Regency, the Oak Room at The Algonquin Hotel and the Metropolitan Room. He was lyricist of Tropicana, book and direction by the legendary George Abbott, produced by Musical Theatre Works; and lyricist/librettist of The Lady in Penthouse B, music by Matthew Ward, produced “Mufti Style” by the York Theatre, starring Nancy Dussault. With composer and celebrated musical director Barry Levitt, he’s currently developing the book and lyrics of Nicky’s Wedding (adapted from his prize-winning play) at the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop, while writing special material for some of NY’s outstanding cabaret artists. Other highlights of his varied career: working with the ground-breaking Off Broadway Ridiculous Theatrical Co. and The Glines; directing the early solo work of Charles Busch; contributing editor of The Blockbuster Guide to Movies on Video (Dell); and author of a Modern Love essay for The New York Times. For Urban Stages, he helped produce last year’s Winter Rhythms festival, Musical Legends Tribute series and directed Grand Illusions: The Music of Marlene Dietrich starring Bistro Award Winner Janice Hall.URBAN STAGES (Producer) is an award-winning, not-for-profit Off-Broadway Theatre Company founded in 1984 by current Artistic Director Frances Hill. Over the past 27 years, Urban Stages has produced over 80 productions (mostly world premieres) including the world premiere of the award winning musical Langston in Harlem by Kent Gash, Walter Marks with Langston Hughes poetry, this production received a Drama Desk nomination for Best Actress, a John Callaway Award for Best Choreography and four Audelco Awards including Best Musical. The New York Premiere of ReEntry by KJ Sanchez and Emily Ackerman produced in 2010 is currently touring military bases and regional theatres across the country. The world premiere of the Joe Iconis musical ReWrite.Urban Stages’ 2011 Musical Legends garnered several nominations and awards from the prestigious MAC committee. They also presented the American Premiere of Oxford Roof Climbers’Rebellion by Stephen Massicotte which transferred to Albany's Capital Repertory Theatre. Pulitzer Prize Finalist, Eisa Davis’ Bulrusher (2007), two Drama Desk nominations, an Outer Critic's Circle Award, an Obie nomination, and eight Audelco nominations. Our productions of Men On The Verge Of A Hispanic Breakdown, by Guillermo Reyes, and Minor Demons, by Bruce Graham subsequently moved to commercial theatres. Chili Queen, a play by newscaster Jim Lehrer, transferred to the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. (1989). The majority of works developed at Urban Stages have had further productions commercially, regionally, and abroad. Numerous projects developed at Urban Stages have been adapted into film and television projects, including Scar, by Murray Mednick, Conversations with the Goddesses, by AgapiStassinopoulos, and Cotton Mary, by Alexandra Viets. Urban Stages has a consistent history of discovering new writers to the theatre community and introducing their plays into theatrical repertory.March 24th, 8pm Talkback with Professor Piper Kendrix WilliamsAssistant Professor of English and African-American Studies at The College of New Jersey, and co-editor of the book "Re-presenting Segregation: Toward an Esthetics of Living Jim Crow" (SUNY Press, 2010) will participate in a talkback with the playwright after the performance.March 31st, 3pmTalkback with Prof. Mary Clark MoschellaProfessor of Pastoral Care and Counseling from Yale Divinity School will be participate in a talkback and respond to the play as a Catholic Theologian and as a feminist. Books written by Prof. Moschella include ethnography as a Pastoral Practice: An Introduction and Living Devotions: Reflections on Immigration, Identity, and Religious Imagination.April 1st, 8pm Talkback with Kurt AndersEnHost of popular NPR show, “Studio 360,’ Kurt Andersen, will join playwright Monica Bauer and share his insight on the play. Like Bauer, Mr. Andersen is also a native of Omaha, Nebraska where the play is set and was in high school during the 1969 race riot. Mr. Andersen’s written work include his New York Times bestselling novel Heyday, his earlier best selling novel Turn of the Century and numerous works for television programs and pilots. April 10th, 8pmTalkback with Barry LevittMusical Director Barry Levitt has been an active, forceful, award-winning presence within the New York musical community for over three decades. He was the music director and arranger for Catskills On Broadway and Swinging On A Star on Broadway as well as Langston in Harlem, Little Shop Of Horrors and Taking My Turn Off-Broadway. He will join playwright Monica Bauer to discuss the musical aspects of the play. All Talkbacks will take place after the performance.We also have group specials for all performances. Email anmullins@urbanstages.org for more information.


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Theater.Drama

Louder Than Words  | Open: 10/07/11 Close: 10/30/11
 LOUDER THAN WORDS a collection of Mime, Music, and Monologues: a poignant journey that continues Bowers' ongoing investigation of silence in our culture. Set against the backdrop of “Small town America,” LOUDER THAN WORDS takes the audience on a funny and poignant journey of sound and silence.  One of the most acclaimed mimes in America today, Bill Bowers' eloquent movement evokes the deepest truths of the human condition. Often compared to Chaplin and Keaton, Bowers has truly created a style all his own. Bowers is a student of world-renowned mime Marcel Marceau, and has performed and conducted workshops throughout the U.S, Europe and Asia.  His acclaimed original shows have been produced Off-Broadway to critical raves.   Bowers and Banta last collaborated on the critically acclaimed IT GOES WITHOUT SAYING at Rattlestick Theatre. The New York Times has said “To see Bill Bowers is to see the technical elements of a style that bring Marcel Marceau readily to mind. Mime can be wonderful…the air between him and us was his palette.”

Oklahomo: The Adventures Of Dave And Gary  | Open: 10/14/10 Close: 10/16/10

 

Oklahomo is a new rock musical comedy satire that chronicles the journey of Dave and Gary, two Midwestern mall food court employees who are also partners in love (and eventually justice).  Dave’s life-long dreams of becoming a superhero finally come true after a freak accident involving Superman, an overdose of hallucinogenic drugs, a port-a-potty and a Journey concert.  From there, Dave and Gary embark on an epic adventure of revenge and love, of discrimination and acceptance, and ultimately the most magnificent superpower ever created.   With Book, Music and Lyrics by Jesse Gage and direction by Mark Robinson.  Choreography by Marcos Santana ("In the Heights").

 

The cast of Oklahomo:  The Adventures of Dave and Gary includes Philip Jackson Smith as Dave, Matt Welsh as Gary, Jared Weiss as Brady, Josh Ramos as Ru, Nathan Lehmann as Jack and Everyone Else, Lisa Mindelle as Lil and Everyone Else, Corey Johnson as Thug and Everyone Else and Ryan Goodale as Thug and Everyone Else.

Langston in Harlem  | Open: 04/09/10 Close: 05/02/10
Langston in Harlemis an exciting new musical about one of America’s most honored poets, Langston Hughes.  Set in the African-American cultural capital of Harlem from the Harlem Renaissance through the Civil Rights movement, Langston in Harlemtells the story of Langston Hughes’ journey into manhood and his emergence as one of the most beloved and forward thinking artists of our time. This groundbreaking new musical is filled with Jazz, Gospel, Rhythm and Blues, Swing, dance and spoken-word that sings, jumps, stomps and shouts. Langston Hughes’ glorious words and poetry of love, loss, joy and the blues and the people of Harlem who inspired him, come gloriously to life, in Langston in Harlemand are once again universal and unforgettable!

 

Langston in Harlem

Book by Langston Hughes, Walter Marks and Kent Gash,

With music by Walter Marks, lyrics by Langston Hughes and directed by Kent Gash

Begins performances Friday, April 9; opening Thursday, April 15 through May 2, 2010

Performance Schedule:  Tuesday – Friday at 8PM; Saturday at 2PM & 8PM– Sunday at 5PM

(Wednesday, April 14 performance at 7PM; No Saturday Matinee April 10)

Tickets are $40 ($25 during previews through Tuesday, April 13, 2010)

Tickets available at www.SmartTix.com or call212.868.4444

Student Rush with valid ID 10 minutes before curtain (based on availability)

Running time: 2 hours with an intermission

For more information about Urban Stages please visit www.urbanstages.org

Langston In Harlem  | Open: 04/09/10 Close: 05/01/10
Langston in Harlem is an exciting new musical about one of America's most honored poets, Langston Hughes. Set in the African-American cultural capital of Harlem from the Harlem Renaissance through the Civil Rights movement, Langston in Harlem tells the story of Langston Hughes' journey into manhood and his emergence as one of the most beloved and forward thinking artists of our time. This groundbreaking new musical is filled with Jazz, Gospel, Rhythm and Blues, Swing, dance and spoken-word that sings, jumps, stomps and shouts. Langston Hughes' glorious words and poetry of love, loss, joy and the blues and the people of Harlem who inspired him, come gloriously to life, in Langston in Harlem and are once again universal and unforgettable!

Length: 2 hrs 00 mins
Intermission: Yes

ReEntry presented by Urban Stages  | Open: 02/06/10 Close: 03/07/10
ReEntry is an unflinching look at the lives of Marines returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. An honest, moving, surprisingly funny play based on interviews with privates and colonels, combat vets and clerks, and one particularly memorable family. ReEntry tells the stories you haven't heard. ReEntry is not about politics. It is not about the WHY of this war. It’s about stepping off that plane and coming home, re-entering ones life, family and country - again.

The creation of ReEntry began at home: Ackerman has two brothers who have served multiple deployments in Iraq (both Marines) and Sanchez had five brothers in the military during the Vietnam War. Over the course of a year, Ackerman and Sanchez interviewed many Veterans, enlisting several as advisors to the play. These men and women became integral to the development of the play, reading each draft, providing feedback, insight and introducing the authors to other veterans that then in tern also became part of the process. It was vital to ReEntry’s authors that the voices in this play be authentic. It was also essential that the actors who portray these men and women have a deep and profound understanding of what it means to be a Marine, and so former USMC drill instructor Joe Harrell was employed to take the actors through a rigorous training program, akin to basic training. Sanchez went on to cast Harrell in the production, who’s performance as the commanding officer in ReEntry garnered much acclaim
 

Begins performances Saturday, February 6 opens Thursday, February 11 through March 7

Performance Schedule: Wednesday – Saturday at 8PM; Saturday – Sunday at 2PM
(Added shows: Monday, February 8 at 7PM) / 90 Minutes, no intermission

Tickets are $40 ($25 during preview through March 8, 2010)

Tickets available at www.SmartTix.com or call 212.868.4444

Presented by URBAN STAGES presents the Two River Theatre Company’s production of ReEntry.

Urban Stages is located at 259 West 30 Street (between 7th and 8th Avenues).
 

ReWrite, A musical comedy triple feature  | Open: 12/06/08 Close: 01/03/09
ReWrite deals with time, with deadlines, with Donuts. it's about trying to live up to the expectations you created for yourself and trying to do it before you time runs out. It's about normal people, no people who get musicals written about them.

PERFORMERS: Nick Blaemire, Badia Farha, Lorinda Lisitza, Lauren Marcus, AJ Shively, and Jason "SweetTooth" Williams
DIRECTOR: John Simpkins
MUSICAL DIRECTION: Matt Hinkley
CHOREOGRAPHY: Jennifer Werner
SET DESIGN: Michael Schweikardt
LIGHTING DESIGN: Chris Dallos
SOUND DESIGN: Craig Kaufman
COSTUME DESIGN: Michelle Eden Humphrey
PROJECTIONS: Alex Koch

Produced by Urban Stages in association with Sara Katz

Twelfth Night  | Open: 11/08/08 Close: 11/23/08
THE QUEEN'S COMPANY
(all female! all the time! no apologies!)
NYC'S ACCLAIMED ALL-FEMALE BAREFOOT ENSEMBLE TO DELIGHT WITH A FUN AND
SEXY PRODUCTION OF SHAKESPEARE'S CLASSIC COMEDY

Welcome to Illyria, a land of blind and hungry lovers dancing an age-old
dance of love & cruelty. The Queen's Company brings you an exciting and
innovative production of Shakespeare's delightful comedy of mistaken
identity and obsessive love. Featuring their celebrated all-female cast,
Twelfth Night interweaves lip-synched musical numbers with Shakespeare's
witty words of danger & desire. A comedic masterpiece that is bound to
delight, happy ending guaranteed!

"The Queen's Company, it seems, just wants to have fun, and fun they
have. In this version of Taming of the Shrew there is no question that
women rule…Taming is anything but tame." ~ Phoebe Hoban, The NY Times

"Bearded or barefoot, these ladies act up a storm." ~ Terry Teachout,
The Washington Post

"The entire company is refreshing and enormous fun and a great
contribution to New York Theatre." ~ John Heilpern, The NY Observer

Robot Uprising  | Open: 10/10/08 Close: 10/18/08
Robot Uprising is a festival of 4 one-act plays, concerning the lives and loves of robots. It started with a contest in February, 2008. The rules were simple: submit a one act play 10-30 minutes long. The theme: "robot". What resulted were 4 diverse winning scripts that tackled the subject matter with sobriety, intellect, humor and grace.
Comedic Tales II  | Open: 06/25/08 Close: 06/25/08
Comedic Tales is back with more fun and fast-paced, amusing stories.
This all-comedy industry showcase features talented actors playing funny characters.
The production contains all original work once again moved quickly
and effortlessly by a charming narrator and his guitar.
Imaginary  | Open: 06/24/08 Close: 05/24/08
Imaginary features over 30 amazing actors performing monologues, songs, and short scenes.
This theatrical showcase is approached as a full-length play with polished performances and diverse talent.
The production contains all original work that is moved quickly and effortlessly by a charming narrator and a clever cast.
7 Stories  | Open: 04/23/08 Close: 05/04/08
Seven lives are unavoidably intertwined in the World Premiere production of Nicholas J. Peterka's 7 STORIES.

Peterka's drama explores how people inevitably reexamine their place in the world in the face of tragedy and begin to see those around them on a more human level. When a young man jumps to his death from a seventh floor balcony, the witnesses and their loved ones struggle to deal with what has occurred. Some want to forget, while others long to understand, but no one can deny that, in some way, they have each been changed.

The Mystery of Irma Vep  | Open: 07/03/07 Close: 07/21/07
EXTENDED BY POPULAR DEMAND THROUGH JULY 21st!! Wednesday-Saturday evenings! At last, one of America's most heralded, truly outrageous comedies returns to the New York stage where it all began! This Drama Desk and Obie Award winner (Best Play) receives a new, side-splitting, laugh-a-minute production that is sure to delight all audiences with its non-stop action and tour-de-force performances. From the foggy moors of Mandacrest Mansion, where vampires and werewolves lurk in every shadow, to the hidden tombs of Egypt, where mummies spring to life and cast their seductive spells, this rollicking spoof of the great horror classics will dazzle the eyes and ears of all who are brave enough to venture into its sinister web of mystery and intrigue! This mind-blowing mix of horror and hilarity is the perfect recipe for a most unforgettable evening!

Don't miss this rare chance to finally solve "The Mystery of Irma Vep"!!

Starring Paul Pecorino and Chris Dell'Armo

TWO WEEKS ONLY!!!

"Far and away the two funniest hours anywhere!"

(New York Times)

Jump/rope  | Open: 06/09/07 Close: 06/24/07
At the opening of JUMP/ROPE, the long relationship between Martin and Alex has begun to sour as a mysterious third party enters their lives. What ensues is both a hilarious puzzle and a murderous game as these three men compete for power and love. It is a bizarre triangle rooted in attraction, violence, and the fear of being alone.
Of Mice and Men  | Open: 05/10/07 Close: 05/26/07
OF MICE AND MEN is one of the most celebrated works of American literature, a compelling human drama about friendship and loyalty during one of our nation's most challenging times.

Set against the backdrop of the Great Depression, John Steinbeck's masterpiece tells the story of two migrant workers who find employment on a California ranch and finally seem to be within reach of having a home to call their own. But "the best laid schemes o' mice and men" begin to unravel, forcing ordinary people to make profound choices.

Clean  | Open: 06/16/06 Close: 07/01/06
This fantastical comedy finds Digby, the spoiled daughter of a wealthy industrialist, on an enlightening LIRR journey to the chic Hamptons. When her daddy is busted for shady business dealings, Digby turns to a quirky entertainment lawyer and an undercover FBI agent (who may be just plain crazy) to prove his innocence and preserve her privileged way of life. Sometimes it's dirty work keeping clean.
Worth  | Open: 05/15/06 Close: 06/15/06
Worth investigates a person's value of love for themselves in relation to the various ways that they can choose to pay for what they need and want. This play juxtaposes the choices made by a Korean American immigrant father and second generation daughter, when they find themselves financially short of their dreams. The father loses his job in a corporate scandal akin to Enron and chooses to enter into a relationship with a wealthy widow with whom he is not in love. His decision is motivated by his own dreams of grandeur and his lack of means to pay the tuition to the Ivy League school to which his daughter has been accepted. His daughter rejects his choice and chooses employment as an exotic dancer to finance her education.
Devil Land  | Open: 04/14/06 Close: 05/07/06
Based on a true kidnapping that took place in the Bronx in the late 1990's, DEVIL LAND is a gothic tale about a Super and his wife in the Bronx who kidnap a twelve year old girl who live in their building and keep her in their basement in a misguided attempt at creating a family. The little girl however has other ideas. Protected by her terrifying and perhaps not-so-imaginary friend A fury, green monster that might remind one of a certain Dr. Seuss character, a battle of wills ensue pitting faith, family and politic against each other. DEVIL LAND is a fantastical exploration into New York City lore.
Safety  | Open: 01/20/06 Close: 02/12/06
SAFETY is the dark and compelling story of Michael, a war photographer renowned for his iconic global images in the late 20th century. When a stranger saves Michael's young daughter from drowning, he is forced to reevaluate his roles as journalist, husband and father. Sometimes proximity to inhumanity requires a surrendering of one's own humanity in the long term. It is this process that SAFETY sets out to investigate.
The Geranium on the Window Sill Just Died"  | Open: 08/10/05 Close: 08/17/05
A new play about a group of elementary school students who confront their teacher and transform their cold classroom into a playground for their imagination. Based on the widely-banned, now out-of-print book, The Geranium on the Window Sill Just Died But Teacher You Went Right On by Albert Cullum, which sold over half a million copies, The Geranium Theatre Company has transformed his book expressing children's inner thoughts and feelings into an emotionally moving theatrical landscape of music, movement and poetry, where windows open to let in paper rain, crayons color children's faces, walls dance, and a dead geranium on the window sill comes back to life.
Outward Bound  | Open: 04/12/05 Close: 05/08/05
Revival of the 1923 fantasy drama which brings together a collection of people who embark on a fateful sea voyage, as the passengers try to solve a mystery that effects them all.
Dracula  | Open: 03/24/05 Close: 04/02/05
Matthew Hancock's adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula tells the mythic story of Count Dracula and his victims through the eyes of his paramour, Mina, in a highly theatrical presentation. Combining stylized action sequences, video projections and dialogue peppered with a dose of contemporary pop-culture, this is the Dracula for the urban hipster of 2005. Running at a brisk, action packed 75 minutes this Dracula was inspired by the music of David Bowie and the comic book art of Mike Mignola (Hellboy).
Pyretown  | Open: 01/25/05 Close: 02/20/05
Pryetown is a contemporary love story about a young man in a wheelchair and a middle-aged single mom who struggle to protect their dignity and maintain their humanity in the modern medical age.