West End Theatre

Todays Date: 09/29/22
Last Update: 04/04/15 11:57:44 AM

Address: 263 West 86th Street
New York, NY    10024

Location: (between Broadway and West End Avenue)
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Subway Info: take the 1, 2, 3 or 9 train to 86th Street

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COMIDA DE PUTA (F%&KING LOUSY FOOD)  | Open: 04/08/15 Close: 04/26/15
MULTISTAGES THEATRE is pleased to announce the world premiere of Desi Moreno-Penson’s Comida de Puta (F%&king Lousy Food), directed by producing artistic director  Lorca Peress. Comida de Puta (F%&king Lousy Food) will play a limited engagement at The West End Theatre (Church of St Paul and St Andrew at 263 West 86th Street, New York, NY 10024). Performances begin Wednesday, April 8 and continue through Sunday, April 26. Opening Night is Friday, April 10 (8 p.m.).

Sex, magic, and spoken-word poetry illuminate this dark erotic tale of Phaedra on the gritty streets of the Bronx. A bodega owner’s new wife becomes strangely obsessed with her husband’s son, the lunch counter boy. Driven by lust, she invokes the vengeful power of the Santeria Gods who set off a vicious chain of events that no one can stop.

Performed in English.

Comida de Puta (F%&king Lousy Food) began as a ten-minute play in the 2011 Going To The River Festival (plays by women of color) at NYC’s Ensemble Studio Theatre. Comida de Puta (F%&king Lousy Food) was selected as a finalist for the 2014  O’Neill National Playwrights Conference and is the winner of MultiStages 2013 New Works Contest.

Featuring Roseanne Almanzar* as Rosalia, Darlenis Duran as Alcidia, Alex Hernandez as Sotero, Gustavo Heredia as Viejo, Mariana Parma* as LaLuz, and Marcos Sotomayor as Manny and the Chorus. With multimedia appearances by Venuz Delmar, Dennis Gagomiros, Mykal Monroe, Suni Reyes, Laura Santiago, Anita Velez, and featuring Jane Velez-Mitchell (Emmy award winning journalist and NY Times bestselling author) as news reporter.

Live music performed by drummer LaFrae Sci.

The production features scenic design by Justin Swarder and Christopher Swarder, costume and mask design by Lisa Renee Jordan, lighting design by Alex Moore (HOLA Award winner), sound design by David Margolin Lawson, projection design by Jan Hartley (Obie Award Winner, Henry Hewes Design Award winner), and video design by Christopher Marston. With choreography by Sunilda Caraballo, and fight choreography by Logan McCoy. Production stage management by Andrea Wales, dramaturgy by A.J. Muhammad. Kimille Howard is the assistant director and Kampfire PR is the press agent.

Comida de Puta (F%&king Lousy Food)  plays the following performances through Sun, April 26:

Wednesday, April 8th at 8pm
Thursday, April 9th at 8pm
Friday, April 10th at 8pm (Opening Night)
Saturday, April 11th at 8pm
Sunday, April 12th at 3pm (followed by Talkback)
Tuesday, April 14th at 8pm
Wednesday, April 15th at 8pm
Thursday, April 16th at 8pm (Benefit performance, reception at 7pm)
Friday, April 17th at 8pm
Saturday, April 18th at 8pm
Sunday, April 19th at 3pm
Wednesday, April 22nd at 8pm
Thursday, April 23rd at 8pm
Friday, April 24th at 8pm
Saturday, April 25th at 8pm
Sunday, April 26th at 3pm

Classical Adaptations by Artists of Color special talkback following the Sunday, April 12th at 3pm performance with playwrights Desi Moreno-Penson, Patricia Ione Lloyd, Carlos J. Serrano and dramaturg A.J. Muhammad. Moderated by MultiStages producing artistic director Lorca Peress.

Tickets range from $15-75 and are now available online at www.SmartTix.com or by calling 212-868-4444. Tickets may also be purchased in-person at the theater a ½ hour prior to performance.

Running Time: 2 hours and 20 minutes with one intermission.

Website: http://www.multistages.org

The West End Theatre is located at the Church of St Paul and St Andrew at 263 West 86th Street, New York, NY 10024.

*Appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association. Equity Approved Showcase.

About the Company: MultiStages

Was founded in 1997 by Lorca Peress, MultiStages' mission is to encourage collaborations between playwrights and artists to develop multicultural and multidisciplinary new works that celebrate a fusion of art forms that enrich, explore, and reinvent today's theatre. Our New Works Contests, Script Development Series, readings and productions provide platforms for artists to collaborate in an experimental and supportive environment. MultiStages has developed over 40 new works with poets, filmmakers, composers, choreographers, musicians, visual and theatre artists who each represent an imaginative perspective. Awards: 2011 and 2013 Women in Arts and Media Collaboration Honorable Mention Awards, 4 HOLA Awards (including 2012 Gilberto Zaldivar Award for Outstanding production), Taino Award, FLAG Award, 3 Manhattan Community Arts Fund Awards (LMCC and the DOCA), Dramatists Guild Fund, N.W. Dible Foundation, Jewish Communal Fund, Materials for the Arts support from the DOCA. MultiStages is a member of Materials for the Arts through the Department of Culture Affairs, and a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization that receives grants in behalf of MultiStages, provides oversight to ensure grant funds are used in accordance with grant agreements, and provides reports as required by grantor.

The Man Who Ate Michael Rockefeller  | Open: 09/10/10 Close: 10/03/10
DOG RUN REP is presenting the world premiere of The Man Who Ate Michael Rockefeller, a new play by Jeff Cohen based on the short story by Christopher Stokes, directed by Alfred Preisser (ARCHIBISHOP SUPREME TARTUFFE, Caligula Maximus) . In 1961, Michael Rockefeller, 23 years old, disappeared among the Asmat People of Papua, New Guinea. He was never heard from again. This is the story of what might have happened, told by the Asmat people.

The disappearance of Michael Rockefeller remains one of the great unsolved mysteries of the past 50 years. The Man Who Ate Michael Rockefeller takes the audience on a journey to the Asmat region of Papua, New Guinea where cannibalism and head-hunting were still a vital part of centuries-old traditions. At the time of his disappearance, Michael Rockefeller, son of New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller, was already a well-respected cultural anthropologist with a deep passion for exploring the unknown. “It’s the desire to do something romantic and adventurous,” he said, “at a time when frontiers, in the real sense of the word, are disappearing.” Michael Rockefeller also knew that Western contact with the “primitive” world was destroying that world. Even in 1961, in less remote areas of the region, native peoples were wearing pants and losing their way of life. Rockefeller observed: “The West thinks in terms of bringing advance and opportunity to such a place. In actuality we bring a cultural bankruptcy.” A cottage industry has grown up around the incident. Fueled, no doubt, by the celebrity of the Rockefeller name, and similarities to the great Conrad story Heart of Darkness, the disappearance has spawned films, books, television episodes and articles, including in Oui Magazine (April, 1977) an article titled: Is This The Man Who Ate Michael Rockefeller? Christopher Stokes story (and Cohen’s stage adaptation) turn the tables on this industry, telling the story as the Asmats themselves might have told it, and challenging our Western cultural biases.

The cast for Michael Rockefeller includes David Brown, Jr. (The Exonerated ), Shannon A.L. Dorsey, Tracy Jack, David King (Black Angels over Tuskegee, Caligula Maximus), Sean Lum, Tyshawna Maddox, Daniel Morgan Shelley (Othello, Saturnalia, Romeo & Juliet, Julius X), Aaron Strand (Caligula Maximus) and Rawle "Fitz" Wiliams.

The production team includes Heather Wolensky (sets), Jay Scott (lights), Kimberly Glennon (costumes) and choreography by Track Jack.

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Moonchildren  | Open: 05/28/09 Close: 05/31/09
Weller says Moonchildren is a description of a puzzle... a group of people who, for one reason or another, are compelled to make a journey by foot across a desert strewn with patches of quicksand. Aware of the nature of the danger, but not of its several locations, they have evolved, prior to the journey, a pattern of travel, a set of warning signals, a complex shorthand to alert each other of possible danger ahead... And in an attempt of sounding less poetic he said On the other hand it's just this old play with a few technical problems but basically straightforward enough and with some good chuckles along the way. 

That pretty much sums it up when I think of the characters and the chunks of their lives we get a brief glimpse into. Just enough so we know what's going on but not too much so in the end we're still left wondering what the hell just happened. And to me that's the beauty in all of Michael Weller's plays, you laugh and cry the entire time and when it's over you're left with this big question mark hovering over your head because he doesn't give you any answers. Just like life, it all is and happens but we don't really know what it's all about. 

Lisa Schmid



WEBSITE: http://www.moonchildrentheplay.co.cc/ 

Mary the Third  | Open: 11/13/08 Close: 12/07/08
Written by Rachel Crothers and directed by Katrin Hilbe
Starring Anna Malinoski, Loren Dunn, Chris Gatterdam, Michael Deleget, Rhonda Ayers, Ann Parker, Ben Sumrall, Dan Jacoby, Stephanie Schweitzer

In the dramedy Mary the Third, three generations of Marys ponder the question--Is there only one love in a lifetime or is free love the solution? Rachel Crother's classic wit and shrewd observations show us that every generation will struggle anew to answer the pesky relationship riddle!

Produced in 1923, it is interesting to note how relevant the question remains, and how, 80 years later, we still want to avoid the mistakes of our elders, but continue to let our desires trump our most brilliant thinking!

Mary The Third  | Open: 11/13/08 Close: 12/07/08
WOMAN SEEKING... a theatre company is pleased to announce open their 11th Season with the production, MARY THE THIRD directed by Katrin Hilbe. MARY THE THIRD, the company's 19th production, is being produced in New York for the first time since it's 1923 premiere at the 39th Street theatre – produced by Shubert and starring George Howard and Louise Huff. It ran for 152 performances. The show will play a limited engagement – ten performances only - at West End Theatre (263 W. 86th Street) Performances begin with a preview on Thursday, November 13 and continue until Sunday, December 7. Opening Night is Friday, November 14 at 7:30 pm.

In the dramedy Mary the Third, three generations of "Mary's" ponder the question--Is there only one love in a lifetime or is "free love" the solution? Rachel Crothers' classic wit and shrewd observations show us that every generation will struggle anew to answer the pesky relationship riddle!

Produced in 1923, it is interesting to note how relevant the question remains, and how, 80 years later, we still want to avoid the mistakes of our elders, but continue to let our desires trump our most brilliant thinking!

The production features scenic design by Heidi B. Andersson, costume design by Meredith Neal, and lighting design and stage management by Elliot Lanes. Katharina Tapp is the sound designer and GridKid is the graphic designer.

Five Russian revolutionaries plan an assassination. Under what circumstances does justice demand murder? Les Justes, "the just ones," is a play in five acts by Albert Camus following the attempt by a group of socialist revolutionaries to liberate the people of Russia from the yoke of the aristocracy. The play, based on historical events, explores the notion of what defines an occupation, portraying tsarist aristocrats as an illegitimate, outside force acting to suppress the freedom of the Russian people. By inviting an associate artist to present a new, English-language translation of a French play about the Russian Revolution, Stone Soup examines the critical issues of liberty and identity in a global context. Albert Camus (Playwright) is a Nobel Prize-winning French novelist, essayist, and playwright. While best known for such novels as L'Étranger (The Stranger), La Peste (The Plague), and La Chute (The Fall), he was also a well-known playwright (Caligula, Cross Purpose), journalist, and activist in leftist causes. In 1941, he joined the French resistance movement against the Nazis and became editor of the underground newspaper, Combat. Camus was primarily associated with the existentialist movement, though he preferred not to associate himself with any one school of thought. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1957. Adam Hunault (Translator/Director) is a writer and Michigan native. A fluent French-speaker, he has lived and worked in France several times over the past few years, making him an ideal candidate to tackle the translation of this pivotal Camus work. A graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, his short story "The Royal Flush Saga," was published in the Winter 2007 issue of The Iowa Review. "Penetralia," a play he co-authored with members of Stone Soup Theater Arts in 2006, discussed the dangers of doing away with personal privacy and was the company's most popular play to date. His politically-charged one-act satire, "The Maguffin", was performed by Stone Soup in April 2007 causing the Gay CIty News to proclaim "This is what satire should be!" Stone Soup Theatre Arts was founded in 2001 in order to produce socially conscious, ensemble-based work. Each season, the company examines a new contemporary social issue, presenting a published work by an established playwright and an original piece, written collaboratively after months of research. The company's productions, created to initiate change both outside and inside the theater through its balance of activism and art, have been featured in USA Today, The Village Voice, and The Jewish Week. NYTheatre.com commended Stone Soup's ability to "see the human journey through the eyes of many races, homelands, and periods in time [and using] the theatre as a means to educate." The staged reading of Les Justes will be presented on September 16th and 17th at 7:00PM at the West End Theater (W. 86th St. and West End Avenue). Tickets are $10 and include a post-show discussion with the cast/creative team and a special guest. Following Les Justes, the Staging Occupation Reading Series will continue with the following works at various NYC venues: The Jewish Wife by Bertolt Brecht - October 14 & 15, 2007 Directed by Gia Forakis The Yellow Boat by David Saar- November 18 & 19, 2007 Directed by DR Mann Hanson The Cure at Troy by Sophocles - January 27 & 28, 2008 Directed by Kate Temple-West Translated by Seamus Heaney
Expressing Willie  | Open: 04/06/07 Close: 04/22/07
EXPRESSING WILLIE by Rachel Crothers is a clever comedy about a man, who through the urging of his mother finds himself obscenely wealthy in Long Island. With newfound money and an increased ego, Willie Smith finds himself in an unfamiliar plane, involved with free thinkers and all that accompanies sordid wealth – until his former unsophisticated girlfriend arrives and pits Midwestern values against the idle rich. By the time Willie realizes he has been a self-centered fool, it may be too late.... Before The Great Gatsby (some even say it inspired F. Scott Fitzgerald), Rachel Crothers wrote about this obscenely wealthy group of Long Islanders. The play takes place inside a ridiculously magnificent Italian Mansion with all the ‘down-home warmth of the Metropolitan Museum'. John Corbin of the NY times wrote in April of 1924 "A very wonderful thing happened last night in the theatre" and went on to praise every aspect of Expressing Willie – highlighting its satiric comedy! Other reviews of the time say "60 seconds of delight for every minute of stage time!" This was an audience favorite of the year and played for 281 performances.

The production stars Maria Silverman as Minnie, Ann Parker as Mrs. Smith, Rhonda Ayers as Taliaferro, Wynne Anders as Dolly, Michael Frederic as George, Dan Jacoby as Willie, Simone Lazer as Frances, and Akiva Penaloza as Footman

"Sure Thing" and "Variations on the Death of Trotsky"  | Open: 02/24/07 Close: 02/27/07
Enjoy the entertaining style of David Ives with his two one-act plays, "Sure Thing" and "Variations on the Death of Trotsky". Relationships, romance and history are explored through Ives' undeniable flair for comedy, and the use of a single ringing bell. It is an evening of theater with something for everyone!
Celebrate Good Times (Macbeth) - A Shakespeare Mash-Up  | Open: 06/01/06 Close: 06/11/06
Celebrate Good Times (Macbeth) expands on the single scene of Macbeth's grotesque banquet celebrating successful assassination (III.4). The superficial pageantry of the banquet will be elaborated in full detail, while earlier scenes flash before Macbeth as if in a hallucination. The performance will include opera (selections from Verdi's Macbeth as well as a performance from City Opera mezzo-soprano, Cherry Duke), pop ballads, a rock band, electronica, avant-garde oboe (famed oboist Matthew Sullivan as King Duncan), and even a Bollywood dance number (led by Rajika Puri, an internationally acclaimed performer of classical Indian dance and storytelling as the witch) as well an eclectic mix of 17 other actors, dancers, musicians, classical singers.
Pan Asian Festival of New Works  | Open: 05/03/06 Close: 05/28/06
Pan Asian Repertory Theatre celebrates Asian Heritage month with a PAN ASIAN FESTIVAL OF NEW WORKS, the premiere of four original work theatre pieces written by and performed by emerging Asian-Americans.

Line up is as follows:

a Butoh-Inspired Movement
by Kendra Ware
The last day of a homeless woman.

by Lan Tran
Five strangers stuck in an elevator on 9/11: a surfer, an immigrant, a professional hugger, a model and a pickpocket. What is the one thing they have in common? Post traumatic sex disorder, the new PTSD. In this dark comedy, the trapped elevator is a metaphor for all the trauma in their lives.

(American Born Chinese)
by John Quincy Lee
ABC was written, to ask: why isn't there one single American Asian leading man in American film or television? Why can't we name one single Asian American anchorman when we watch the news? Where are our Asian American role models?

by Terry Park
A multimedia, autobiographical solo performance of divisions and reunifications. Weaving together storytelling, character monologues, spoken word, hip hop and photographs, Park takes his audience on a fast and furious journey from his mother's house in Pyongyang to a Salt Lake City "nut house" to the World Cup in Seoul and all points in between, mixing and spinning multiple memories, voices, spaces, and histories to explore themes of migration, trauma, war, language, race, and rebellion.

The works will be presented in repertory.

Iron Curtain  | Open: 04/08/06 Close: 04/30/06
An uproarious musical comedy set during Broadway's Golden Age of the 1950's, Iron Curtain follows the adventures of an unsuccessful composer / lyricist team as they are kidnapped by the KGB and taken to the USSR to ghost-write communist propaganda musicals, where they are forced to choose between the fame they yearn for and the freedom they have lost.
Day  | Open: 04/11/06 Close: 04/22/06
An exciting program of new 10 minute plays. Eight talented emerging playwrights were commissioned to write a new piece based on one 3-hour period of the day. They were then paired up with eight thrilling young directors and given two weeks to cast, develop, and rehearse. Performed all together, the plays will encompass one 24-hour day. These eclectic new works – from the realistic to the fantastical, the serious to the absurd, including a new musical and an appearance by Fidel Castro, prove that a lot can happen in a DAY.

Curated by Michael Lew and Christopher Maring, the Dark Nights Series features everything from magic acts to dance, from new plays to cabaret. The Dark Nights Series is developmental, experimental, and just plain mental!

The Water Principle  | Open: 10/05/05 Close: 10/06/05
Featuring Lethia Nall* (As You Like it, The Public), Patrick McNulty* (Demon Baby, Clubbed Thumb), Marshall York (Big Love, Theatre for a New City)

In its first New York performance, THE WATER PRINCIPLE is an award-winning tragic-comic fable of survival that takes place at the end of the road at the end of the world.

Addie lives a fiercely independent life on a plot of land coveted by her neighbor, Weed, a self-proclaimed "businessman of action." Along comes Skimmer, a charming drifter as accommodating as Addie and Weed are ferocious. Will Weed seduce Skimmer with cans of beans and "principles of pleasure"? Will Addie's "water principle" win out instead? This cautionary tale about what happens when precious resources run dry is laced with humor and heartbreak as it speaks to this perilous moment in the life of our planet.
"...gives dry humor a new name..." SF Bay Weekly

An Equity Approved Showcase, Part of the "Artists of Tomorrow" Festival

Cemetery of Lips  | Open: 10/01/05 Close: 10/02/05
After sold-out performances in the New York International Fringe Festival, Nancy Ancowitz's play, "Cemetery of Lips," was selected in to the Six Figures Theatre Company Artists of Tomorrow Festival. Performances are on Saturday, October 1 at 7 p.m., and Sunday, October 2 at 5 p.m. at the West End Theatre at 263 West 86 Street, 2nd floor.

"Cemetery of Lips" is the story of a woman who thought she had nothing to say. With her signature brand of macabre humor and her deliciously surreal language, playwright Nancy Ancowitz lures us down the alimentary canal to a reservoir of unspoken thoughts and desires. Here amid her swallowed words, our intrepid heroine sets off to reclaim her missing truth. Fearless in its message, the play combines thrillingly poetic riffs, deliciously surreal rants, and a powerhouse performance with hand-drums and violin. Expect a wild ride. Bring your lips. Bring your chap stick.

Nancy Ancowitz is a nationally recognized marketing strategist and coach who helps people express themselves with confidence. She wrote "Cemetery of Lips" to mark her return to a creative life after a long stint in the corporate world. Originally developed as part of the Artists-In-Residence Program at Makor (West Side Center of the 92 Street Y), "Cemetery of Lips" was selected into the CUNY Human Rights Theatre Project. Ms. Ancowitz's full-length play, "Hablo, Diablo" (translation: "I Speak, Devil") enjoyed sold-out staged readings at Makor in May 2005.

Performer Jaye Austin Williams is an actor, director, playwright, teacher, and novelist. Her critically acclaimed performance of Suzan-Lori Parks' one-woman play, "Pickling," was presented at HERE, Joe's Pub, the Mint, and at the Cherry Lane. Jaye's work has been seen on and off Broadway and regionally. Her first novel, "Jasmine," will be published by HarperCollins in the fall of 2006.

Director Barbara Rubin made her Off-Broadway debut last season with Antigone Project at The Women's Project, and she was the associate director on the recent Broadway production of "A Streetcar Named Desire." Previously on Broadway she was assistant director on "The Dance of Death" and "The Elephant Man." She was also assistant director to Athol Fugard on "Sorrows and Rejoicings" at McCarter Theatre and at Second Stage in New York.

"Cemetery of Lips" is an enchanting spoken word performance. A percussive dream with a lot of surprises and a little bite....

By: Nancy Ancowitz
Directed by: Barbara Rubin
Starring: Jaye Austin Williams
On drums: Anoush
On violin: Joyce Chen
Assistant director: Greg Cicchino
Production stage manager: Jamie Rog
Costume designer: Anoush
Set designer: Michael V. Moore
Lighting designer: Jesse Belsky
Associate producer: Samuel A. Morris

Graphic design: Liz Kinnmark

If You Take One Elf Off The Shelf  | Open: 09/19/05 Close: 09/20/05
In "If You Take One Elf Off The Shelf" Danika attempts to overcome her childhood but reality is shifting all around her. Who will be able to help her? Is it Elsa, the temptress? Samson, the giant elf? Errol, her handsome boss? Or must Danika pull out her "little stick" before all can be revealed? Watch out! Thematic symbolism and theatrical high jinks abound.

Presented as part of Six Figures Theatre Company's 5th Annual Artists of Tomorrow Festival

Baghdad Burning  | Open: 03/11/05 Close: 03/27/05
A full-length play adapted from the "Girl Blog from Iraq" written by Riverbend, an anonymous twenty-five-year old Iraqi woman living in Baghdad. Already familiar to thousands of web surfers and a major influence in the blogging community, Riverbend's text will be brought to life through an adaptation by Six Figures Theatre Company.

Since August 2003, Riverbend has chronicled her day-to-day life as an educated Muslim woman in occupied Iraq with humor, insight, compassion, and candor. A multicultural ensemble cast will utilize music, movement, monologue and more, to explore America's encounter with Riverbend's complex reality: her love for Iraq and its people; the devastation caused by war and occupation; and her mounting fear as fundamentalists gain power and limit the freedoms she once enjoyed.

Adapted by Kimberly Kefgen and Loren Ingrid Noveck

UNBOUND: The Journals of Fanny Kemble  | Open: 02/12/05 Close: 03/06/05
Fanny Kemble was the most celebrated woman of the 19th Century stage, but gave it all up to marry a Philadelphia aristocrat. She thought as little as she could about his family's vast slave plantation in Georgia. Then she found out that she'd be moving there...
The Uses Of Enchantment  | Open: 02/26/05 Close: 03/05/05
Four fairy tales re-told for adults (A workshop production)
Dark Nights  | Open: 02/15/05 Close: 02/23/05
Magic acts, cabaret, dance, new plays – a chance to watch artists explore new ideas and styles on stage