The 14th Street Y presents:
LIVE FREE, LOVE FIERCE
A Series of PRIDE events at the Educational Alliance
May 31 through July 1, 2019
The first PRIDE event series hosted by the 14th Street Y, LIVE FREE, LOVE FIERCE reaches across multiple Educational Alliance sites. This series is a celebration of diversity, love, acceptance, and most importantly PRIDE. They will honor the 50th Anniversary of Stonewall and celebrate in the first-ever WorldPride in NYC by inviting the LGBTQIA+ community to the events at various Educational Alliance sites across Downtown Manhattan where they can celebrate one's identity loud and proud. At the 14th Street Y and Educational Alliance, truly everyone is welcome. 14StreetY.org/PRIDE
The celebration will kick off on June 1, 2019 from 7-9pm with the Queerly Contemporary Festival, an evening of LGBTQIA+ dance makers investigating and celebrating the diversity of the LGBTQ+ experience and voices in contemporary dance making in the Theater at the 14th Street Y. Artists include: Burr Johnson, Brother(hood) Dance!, Sebastian Abarbanell, Nia & Ness, Kanon Sapp. Xianix Barrera, Em Papineau and Sofia Engelman, Johnnie Cruise Mercer, Daniel Padierna. After the show, celebrate with a PRIDE themed cocktail with neighborhood partner Sister Jane, 349 E. 13th St.
$20 for general seating, $30 for cabaret tables. Prices are the same both members and non-members.
The 14Y will also host a Family Fun Day including activities for parents and kids alike! Including snacks and beverages, face painting, arts and crafts, and their very own youth PRIDE march. Come celebrate love and diversity at PRIDE Family Fun Day. $10 suggested donation, children are free. The event is on the 14th Street Y rooftop on June 15, 2019 from 3-6pm.
Celebrate the diverse stories that live at the heart of the LGBTQIA+ community during Full Disclosure: A night of storytelling celebrating the LGBTQIA+ community.Educational Alliance is hosting a night purely dedicated to sharing these stories. You will hear from EA staff and members about who they are, where they are from, and what it means to be an LGBTQIA+ person. Putting their stories at the forefront, this will be a night to celebrate and come alongside them in their journey to live free, love fierce. Tickets are $15. This event is 21+ and will take place at Caveat, 21A Clinton Street, NYC, from 6:30- 8:30pm on June 17, 2019: https://www.caveat.nyc/category/storytelling
The culminating event of the first ever PRIDE series is participation at the annual PRIDE March on June 30, 2019. Educational Alliance will take to the streets and offer their staff as support in the pride march endeavors, celebrating alongside the rest of the NYC community who will be marching in honor of the 50th Anniversary of Stonewall.
About the 14th Street Y
The 14th Street Y is a vibrant community center grounded in the belief that contemporary Jewish sensibilities can be a source of inspiration, connection, and learning for the individuals and families we serve throughout downtown Manhattan. We focus on health and fitness, education and enrichment programs, and innovative arts and cultural programming. We are committed to the development of the whole person and bettering people's lives and strengthening individual and family connections by building an inclusive, dynamic, and sustainable community and serve more than 26,000 people annually with a variety of community programs.
About Educational Alliance
Educational Alliance brings together and partners with diverse communities in Lower Manhattan, offering individuals and families high-quality, multi-generational programs and services that enhance their well-being and socioeconomic opportunities. We are a place where everyone is welcome and where progress is powered one relationship at a time. We are proud of our legacy as a Jewish organization and we provide high-quality, transformational services and programs to all New Yorkers through our network of community centers on Manhattan's Lower East Side and East Village. As we have for 130 years, we offer best-in-class programming-now across 15 sites-focusing on a mix of education, health and wellness, arts and culture, and civic engagement.
LABAlive WAR & PEACE: TWO
May 31, 2018, 7:30pm
LABA presented LABAlive WAR & PEACE: TWO, an evening of theater works-in-progress by current fellows on May 31, 2018 at 7:30pm at The Theater at the 14thStreet Y, 344 E. 14th Street, New York, NY 10003.
LABAlive possess the old and the new, the ancient and modern, and the deeply personal and yet universal qualities that inspire and challenge all artists.
- Laura Beatrix Newmark, LABAlive Fellow
Each year, LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture brings together ten fellows to study classic Jewish texts in a non-religious, open-minded setting centered on a chosen theme.WAR & PEACE was explored this year and at LABAlive WAR & PEACE: TWO. Inspired by ancient Jewish texts, the presenting Fellows showcased their new work in an evening of art, drinks, and celebration. The evening featured Fellows Amy Handelsman, Tal Gur,Jacob Siegel, and Text Study by Liel Leibovitz.
Perhaps, then, it is not that we prevail despite our wounds. Perhaps it is the very wound itself that bestows the blessing. - Amy Handelsman, LABAlive Fellow
The past year of learning, drinking, artistic ferment and Jewish solidarity in the LABA classroom has more than made up for any bad experiences I had as a kid forced to attend Hebrew school. It has been a great pleasure and illuminating adventure exploring the wisdom and beauty of these ancient texts under the guidance of learned teachers.Trying out new material on a live audience is a gift. LABAlive was a welcome break from the solitary writer's existence. It was also the first in what I expect will be many attempts to weave the last year of learning and study into my creative work. Who knows where it will lead.- Jacob Siegel, Writer and LABA Fellow
Highlights of the evening included World Champion and Rabbi Yuri Foreman, (who spared and performed and was featured in short documentary style interviews throughout the piece and illuminating Amy's relationship to text, Torah, belief and battling throughout your life.) finding a moment to spar with his pupil Amy Handelsman; the deeply moving connection between father, who came from Israel to rehearse and engage with his father through this personal modeling,and son in Tal Gur's Parachute Path; and the audience's eagerness to hear more from Jacob Siegel's 4711 Dreams of Jihad.
The pieces presented in the evening were:
AMY HANDELSMAN // LOVE BY TKO: Life Lessons in the Ring (theatrical excerpts from my memoir)// LITERARY
written & directed by: Amy Handelsman
choreographer & trainer: Yuri Foreman
boxer: Amy Handelsman
female: Alice O'Neill
male: Wyatt G. Maker
video and set design: Kryssy Wright
In which connections are made between boxing training and Torah study, with world-class boxer Yuri Foreman, a middleweight champ and ordained rabbi.
TAL GUR // Parachute Path // THEATER
concept, performance, text: Tal Gur
performance, text: Meir Gur
choreography, dance: Anne Tobey Bassen
director, drama therapist: Jessica Asch
video: Alona Weiss
costume design: Naama Greenfield-Simpson
Meir Gur, a colonel in the Israeli Air Force reserve is heading on a special combat mission far away from home. The mission gets a shift where vibrations of history, family and future surrounds the plane.
JACOB SIEGEL // 4711 Dreams of Jihad // LITERATURE
Nick Dunman, 29, a semi-pro player of the popular video game Supreme Destroyer lives at home with his parents and dreams of running away to join a war - any war. What Nick doesn't know is that Supreme Destroyer is more than a game-it's a virtual laboratory for corporations to test new psychometric algorithms, a forum for jihadists to communicate, and an arena for government surveillance and military recruiting. When federal agents break down his door, Nick finds his life on the line and has to push to the outer limits of the game and decide which reality he'll serve.
Amy Handelsman is a producer, writer and story executive, working in theater, film and television in Los Angeles and New York. She has developed and produced plays, movies, and cable and network films and series for Center Theatre Group, Showtime, Warner Bros., ABC, CBS, PBS, and Tri-Star. Handelsman has also served as a theater consultant for HBO's U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen and the Hip-Hop Theater Festival in New York, and as a media consultant for the Foundation for Jewish Culture and Women in Film. She has worked with such diverse artists as August Wilson, Culture Clash, Don Cheadle, Patricia Marx, Erin Cressida Wilson, and Danny Hoch. A lifelong sports fan, Handelsman wrote about her boxing experiences for Playboy and is working on a documentary on baseball umpires. She served as the Executive Director of the United States Poker Federation and the United States Mind Sports Association and contributes to various boxing and poker sites. Handelsman teaches The Literature of Games and Forms of Drama at Stony Brook University and New York University, respectively (Fall 2017). She is a cum laude graduate of Harvard University.
Tal Gur is an Israeli-American composer, multi-instrumentalist and a music therapist. He was born in Israel and grew up in an Air Force base in the valley of Jezreel, where the sounds of combat aircrafts taking off the ground and the sights of fertile plains have influenced his curiosity to humankind and nature. The curiosity developed to an evolving force of expression that found its way mainly through music. He studied for a B.mus at the Jerusalem Academy for Music, majored in saxophone jazz performance. Over time Tal developed an identity as a soloist that fluidly plays different styles of jazz, folk, rock and balkan music and has performed, recorded and collaborated with various bands in Israel, Europe and the United States. Tal's curiosity for music, human beings, relationships and psychology have brought him to pursue an M.A in music therapy from Bar-Ilan University and a post graduate training from NYU. He lives in Brooklyn with his partner and with his daughter and works in a school in Manhattan for children with autism. He released three albums as a composer; Air Portrait (2008), Basar Ve'Dam, (Flesh and Blood, 2011) and Under Contractions (2014).
Jacob Siegel is a writer and Army veteran living in the same Brooklyn neighborhood where he grew up, though it's now known by a new name. He co-edited Fire and Forget: Short Stories from the Long War, published by Da Capo in 2012, a critically praised anthology of fiction by Iraq and Afghanistan veterans for which he contributed the lead story. After returning from Afghanistan in 2012 he joined The Daily Beast as a reporter covering war, national security, and digital culture. While there, he was nominated for a national magazine award and reported from Baghdad the month after the initial ISIS assault on Mosul. In 2015 he left The Beast to work as a freelancer and has since published widely read essays in Tablet magazine, Politico, and elsewhere. In 2015 he was a co-instructor along with Kara Krauze for the inaugural semester of Voices from War, a free writing workshop for veterans held at the 14th St. Y. His journalism, essays and reviews have been published in The New York Times, Tablet, the magazine for the National Endowment for the Humanities, The Daily News, Politico, and numerous other publications.
LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture is a program of the 14th Street Y that uses classic Jewish texts to inspire dialogue, study, and the creation of art.
LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture is a program of The 14th Street Y. The goal is to support Jewish art and culture by providing the space, time, and resources needed to create new work. At the core of LABA's mission is the belief that classical Jewish text study can and should be a source of inspiration and creativity for contemporary culture-makers and thinkers. All of the public art created through LABA aims to transcend cultural and social borders by bringing to light the universal themes and questions that our artists encounter through their engagement with Jewish thought.
About The Theater at the 14
th Street Y
The Theater at the 14th Street Y focuses on social awareness and change through big-picture narrative. We place artists from all backgrounds at the heart of our community and seek to create an inclusive and open cultural experience for all. One of our primary goals is to provide an incubation space for art.
About the 14th Street Y
The 14th Street Y's philosophy is grounded in the belief that contemporary Jewish sensibilities can be a source of inspiration, connection and learning. No matter what your background, we aim to inspire you to live your best life. We're committed to the development of the whole person, to strengthening family connections, and to building inclusive and sustainable communities. The 14thStreet Y serves more than 20,000 people annually with a variety of community programs and is proud to be a part of Educational Alliance, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a 128-year history of serving New Yorkers downtown.
Full Season Tickets and detailed information on shows available at: www.14streety.org/tickets.
Produced by Retro Productions
The production stars Heather E. Cunningham, Pilar Gonzalez, Sam Heldt, Chad Miller, Ben Schnickel, Ric Sechrest, Sara Thigpen, and Matthew Trumbull.
The creative team includes set design by Rebecca Cunningham, costume design by Viviane Galloway, sound design by Jacob Subotnick, lighting design by Asa Lipton, properties design by Sara Slagle, and stage management by Elizabeth Ramsey. Heather E. Cunningham (Producing Artistic Director) and Sara Slagle (Associate Producer) serve as producers on the production.
Saturday, April 7 @ 8:00 pm (Opening Night)
Rebecca, a Manhattan paralegal, learns of an explosion in one of her client's West Virginia mines, trapping 8 miners underground. As rescue teams attempt to bring the miners home alive under media scrutiny, her bosses concern themselves more with billable hours than loss of life, forcing Rebecca on a journey that questions everything about the world around her.
What is the distance between those who push paper and those who dig deep?
BEAUTY / LITERATURE
An investigation of Beauty: New Words inspired by Classical Jewish Text
at the Theater at the14th Street Y
February 25, 2016 at 7:30pm
LABAlive presents BEAUTY / Literature, an evening of fiction, presentations, and subversive teachings exploring relationships with beauty on Thursday, February 25, 2016 at 7:30pm at the 14th Street Y. The evening will feature teachings by Ruby Namdar, new works read by LABAlive fellows Gal Beckerman, Gon Ben Ari, and Jessica Gross. A conversation with the artists will illuminate their creative processes behind the creation of the new works, and how the pieces developed through study sessions at LABA.
The event will begin at 7:30pm at The 14th Street Y at 344 E 14th Street, New York, NY, 10024. Tickets are $20. To purchase tickets go to http://www.labajournal.com/literature, or call 646-395-4310.
About the LABA Fellows
Can propaganda be beautiful? An exploration of the work of the New York Photo League, the group of photographers who tried to use their cameras to make social change.
GON BEN ARI
What is beautiful in the mind of a millennial? Modern technology is changing our brains, and with them, our concepts of beauty. This metamorphosis may provide a comfortable platform for the discussion of ancient Kabbalistic ideas.
In "Black Box," a young woman volunteering at a soup kitchen meets an extremely handsome homeless man, quite conflicted about his beauty.
LABA is a laboratory for Jewish culture in which we use classic Jewish texts to inspire the creation of new art. Developed by the 14th Street Y in 2007, LABA programming includes a house of study, artist fellowship program and LABAlive, a series of performances, public events, and gallery shows for children and adults.
This year LABA’s theme is BEAUTY. Through the study of the ancient Jewish canon, we explore the intersection of beauty and equality. Each artist will have an individual response to beauty, which is expressed through their artistic process and unique aesthetic.
About The 14th Street Y
The 14th Street Y serves over 20,000 people annually with a variety of community programs. The 14th Street Y is proud to be a part of Educational Alliance, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a 126-year history of serving New Yorkers downtown.
Featuring a cast of eight women and eight men.
About the Company: Fab Marquee Productions
A creative development company producing irresistibly visceral, visual and literary experiences.
This season we're taking AfterWork to the next level, putting on three fantastic productions including Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Laramie Project, and Sing Out! a musical cabaret. Come watch extraordinary people take to the stage, some for the first time in a long time, others, for the first time ever. It's an experience full of fun, community, and creative self-expression!
Presented in association with the Community Arts Initiatives at the 14th Street Y.
Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical retelling of this biblical classic is as fun and delightful as musicals come. Joseph is a boy blessed with many talents, including the power to read dreams. But when he's sold into slavery by his eleven jealous brothers (gender-blind casting rejoice!), Joseph sets off on a series of adventures in which his spirit and humanity are continually put to the test.
Set to an engaging cornucopia of musical styles, from country-western and calypso to bubble-gum pop and rock 'n' roll, this riotous tale emerges both timely and timeless.
Director Alberto Bonilla has brought together a fantastic cast for this revival of a still undeniably powerful play. The play explores an explosive group therapy session for people living with HIV or AIDS. With a diverse group of characters, from homosexuals to drug addicts, from the rich to the fallen homeless, Pintauro's play shows how the disease they all share can both bring them together and rip them apart.
The group includes a wide range of people; straight women, drug addicts, convicts, bisexuals, gay men - everyone's got a story, and everyone's got a temper. It's a volatile mix, and the explosions come like clockwork. Fury, betrayals, resentments, violent attacks, helplessness, tears, confessions this combination creates a powerful and moving night of theater.
Cast: Greer Samuels as Jimmy, Chudney Sykes* as Niarobi, Amanda Tudesco as Felicia, Brad Makarowski* as Bob, Michael Oberholtzer as Larry, Shane Taylor* as Doug, Alex Cape* as Michael, Shannon Convery* as Cora, Eric Jones as Alec, Joshua Warr as Tommy, A.B. Lugo as Alan, Maxwell Zener as Jerry, Michael Satow* as Donald. Produced By Richard Mazda for The Secret Theatre.
*Actor appears courtesy of Actors Equity Association
Theatre Mitu's "Death of a Salesman"
Conceived and Directed: RubŽn Polendo
Dramaturgy: Chris Mills
Lighting Design: Kate Ashton
Costume Design: Candida K. Nichols
Sound Design: Alex Hawthorn
Mask Design: Lori Petermann
Object Design: Sanaz Ghajarrahimi
Original Music: Ellen Reid
Production Manager: Leighton Mitchell
Stage Manager: Hilary Austin*
Performers: Justin Nestor, Emily Davis, Dylan Dawson* & Nathan Elam
With the voices of: Bryce D. Howard*, Jenni-Lynn Brick*, Ryan West*, Ben Fox*, Aysan ‚elik*, Nathan Baesel*, Mark D. Schultz, & Jason Lew*
Assistant Director: Dan Waldron
Directing/Design Assistant: John Robichau
*appearing courtesy of Actor's Equity Association
In a remote and run-down café, Fate brings nine disparate characters together as a tornado thunders in. But appearances are deceiving, and there is always something stranger hidden beneath. Gangsters, gamblers, waitresses, cops, the damnable and the Damned and maybe even God Himself meet in a dusty little diner on the Calexico border to find out the meanings of Fate and redemption.
The production features scenic design by Jack Blacketer, costume design by David Withrow, and lighting design by Tim Kaufman. Henry Akona is the sound designer and Courtney Ferrell is the stage manager.
BORDERTOWN plays the following regular schedule through Sunday, May 11th:
Wednesdays at 8 p.m. (no Wednesday performance in the first week)
Thursdays at 8 p.m.
Fridays at 8 p.m.
Saturdays at 8 p.m.
Sundays at 2 p.m.
There will be no performance on Sunday, April 27th, instead there will be a 2 PM and an 8 PM performance on Saturday, April 26th.
Tickets are $18 and are now available online at www.SmartTix.com, by calling 212-868-4444 and one-hour prior to show time at the theater.
*Running time: 2:00 *
An avant-garde fable set on New Year's Eve, it focuses on four characters: Orphan, an idealistic and cheerfully optimistic young man, in possession of the stained-glass eye of God, who reminds Edgar Allen Rich, a wealthy but jaded old man, of his younger self; Angel, a sweet entertainer who longs to be "somebody"; and Potemkin, a Loki-like character who serves as narrator, commentator, and advisor. Surrounding them are a chorus known as the Revelers, who take on various roles throughout the action of the play, a group masked by the impersonal industrialism of their society, obediently following the rich man's demands but secretly aiding the boy who sees and respects them as individuals.
At the musical's core is the struggle between youth and old age, innocence and corruption, love and ambition, and poverty and wealth, as Angel tries to decide if she would be better served by her feelings for Orphan or Rich's willingness to fulfill her every dream. ***
Time Magazine called Celebration in 1969 "intimate and beguiling and it has a distinctive personality rather than a powerhouse complex. It is one of those good things that come in small packages."