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Todays Date: 10/16/19
Last Update: 09/15/17 04:56:06 PM

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TOMORROW IN THE BATTLE  | Open: 10/11/17 Close: 10/28/17
Stripped Scripts® (with Executive Producer Greg Schaffert) will present the NYC Premiere of Kieron Barry’s Tomorrow in the Battle, directed by Tana Sirois (The Last Eden with Dirt [contained] Theatre Company) at Theater 511 (511 West 54th Street between 10th and 11th Avenue), October 11-28 with performances Monday through Thursday at 7pm, Friday at 7pm & 10pm, and Saturday at 3pm & 7pm. Tickets ($25-$59) are available online at strippedscripts.com or by calling 212-352-3101.The New York premiere is being presented at Theater 511 as part of the Ars Nova Fling program. The performance will run approximately 90 minutes, with no intermission.

What are the consequences when the lies we tell ourselves become the reality of the lives we lead? A tale of obsession and betrayal, Tomorrow in the Battle paints a searing portrait of loyalty and lust, honor and honesty, duty and desire as a group of London’s elite navigate their own professional and moral crises.

The cast will feature Patrick Hamilton (Pimm’s Mission with Oberon Theatre Ensemble at 59E59), Ruth Mahala Sullivan (The Popular Truth Game Show at The Brick), and Allison Threadgold (Antigone with Fusion Theater at Theatre Row) with Original Music by Jonathan Sanford (Don’t Mess With Julie Whitfield at Tribeca Film Festival), Set Design by Chika Shimizu (The Seagull at Access Theater with director Lillian Meredith), Lighting Design by David Shocket (Associate on Tick, Tick, Boom! with Keen Company), and Costume Design by Beth Morgan (GLOW on Netflix).

Tomorrow in the Battle originally premiered at Stageworks/Hudson in 2012 and Samuel French published the play earlier this year. 


About the Company: Stripped Scripts

STRIPPED SCRIPTS® creates a unique environment for collaboration between actors and writers telling stories in front of an intimate audience. Stripped Scripts’ Productions strives to identify and cultivate exceptional work hoping to explore unexpected approaches to both new and previously produced works, as well as new spaces for presenting theater. Stripped Scripts Readings hosts unrehearsed readings stripped away of elaborate sets, stage directions, and costuming, in order to focus on the actor’s choices and the words of the text allowing for in the moment, organic development of the liaison between writer and actors. Stripped Scripts was founded by Allison Threadgold in 2014 in Santa Barbara, CA and is now headquartered in NYC. 

Who Would Be King  | Open: 03/16/17 Close: 04/01/17
Liars & Believers

presents

Who Would Be King

An Ars Nova Fling

March 16 – April 1, 2017 at Theatre 511

 

Liars & Believers (LAB) presents Who Would Be King from March 16 – April 1, 2016 at Theater 511, 511 W. 54th Street, New York, NY 10019. Performances: at 8pm. Tickets are $20-25 and are available at https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/967389.

 

Performance Schedule and Ticketing:

Opening Weekend: March 16,17,18 at 8pm: Tickets: $20

March 23, 24, 25, 30, 31 April 1 at 8pm: Tickets: $25

 

Violence and betrayal, angels and prophets, villains and kings...and chickens. Who rises to rule and how far will he fall in the clown kingdom of Who Would Be King? This epic production by Liars & Believers swings from absurd buffoonery to high tragedy, with kinetic physicality, silliness, swords, and a live synthwave score. Conceived and directed by Jason Slavick, music & lyrics by Jay Mobley, written by the LAB Ensemble, created by Liars & Believers. The show runs 90 minutes (no intermission) with live music, clowning, physical theatre, and swordplay.

 

“...the buffoonery is delightful... ingenious score... fight choreography is stellar.... Liars and Believers make this challenging journey from the sunny to the sinister with impressive ease.” – The Arts Fuse

 

“It’s gorgeous, immersive, ambient spectacle.... Who Would Be King is a silly, subversive show with something profound at its core, a sharp wit and a big heart...”
The New Worcester Spy

 

“Liars and Believers draws once again on their bulging theatrical tool kit.... This is a show with a heart, a mind, and red plastic noses all around.” – Edge Media Network

 

“…a re-mixed trove of biblical tales told in a compelling and timeless way with great humor, and great humanity.” – NE Theatre Geek

 

 

Who Would Be King began with a workshop presentation on May 18, 2015 and a staged reading on September 2, 2015, both at OBERON in Cambridge, MA It officially premiered at OBERON in Cambridge, MA in November 2015, then played at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival in September 2016.

 

Liars & Believers creates original live shows with music, movement, mask, puppet, video, clown, live bands, aerialists … pretty much anything we can get our hands on. We tell stories that explore what it means to be human in this world we share. Collaborating with audiences and artists of all kinds, we create theatrical works that invite you to open your heart, challenge your mind, and feast your senses. http://www.liarsandbelievers.com/

 

“…the region’s most experimental and visionary artists.” — BOSTON SURVIVAL GUIDE

 

 

The Wildness; Sky-Pony's Rock Fairy Tale  | Open: 02/08/16 Close: 03/18/16
THE WILDNESS
Sky-Pony’s Rock Fairy Tale

Indie-pop band Sky-Pony's lush sound and cheeky style will surround and seduce you into a world of prophecies and forbidden temptations. Release your inner dragon on a raucous ride exploring faith, doubt and the wild space in between.

SMALL MOUTH SOUNDS  | Open: 03/10/15 Close: 04/11/15
In the overwhelming quiet of the woods, six runaways from city life embark on a silent retreat. As these strangers confront internal demons both profound and absurd, their vows of silence collide with the achingly human need to connect. Filled with awkward humor, this strange and compassionate new play asks how we address life’s biggest questions when words fail us.

 

LIMITED ENGAGEMENT!

March 10 - April 11

Monday - Wednesday @ 7PM; Thursday - Saturday @ 8PM

 

Featuring

JESSICA ALMASY (A Beautiful Day in November on the Banks of the Greatest of the Great Lakes), MARCIA DEBONIS (Homeland), JOJO GONZALEZ (The Romance of Magno Rubio), BRAD HEBERLEE (This Beautiful City), SAKINA JAFFREY (House of Cards), ERIK LOCHTEFELD (Metamorphoses), BABAK TAFTI (The North Pool).

 

Tix Regularly $35

COME EARLY & SAVE

$15 March 10 – 14 • $25 March 16 – 21

 

Scenic Design LAURA JELLINEK (JACUZZI)

Costume Design TILLY GRIMES (Eager to Lose)

Lighting Design  MIKE INWOOD (The Essential Straight & Narrow)

Sound Design STOWE NELSON (VERITÉ)

Projection Design ANDREW SCHNEIDER (RoosevElvis)

Prop Design NOAH MEASE (JACUZZI)

Production Stage Manage JAMES STEELE (Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812)


About the Company: Ars Nova

As New York’s premiere hub for emerging artists and new work, Ars Nova is committed to developing and producing eclectic theatre, comedy and music to feed today’s popular culture. To that end, Ars Nova strives to create daring collaborations, meld disciplines and give voice to a new generation of artists. Last season, Ars Nova developed and produced critically acclaimed productions of Peter Sinn Nachtrieb’s Boom, Liz Flahive’s From Up Here (in a co-production with Manhattan Theatre Club), and Nick Jones and Raja Azar’s Jollyship the Whiz-Bang. Past productions include Dixie’s Tupperware Party, At Least It’s Pink, 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother, Holy Cross Sucks!, Freestyle Love Supreme and The Wau Wau Sisters. In addition to its featured productions, Ars Nova supports and develops new work from the most promising emerging artists through its alternative comedy series (Tragedy Tomorrow), music series (Uncharted), public play-reading series (Out Loud), developmental residency program (Residency Encores) writer's group (Play Group) and artist-in-residence program. Ars Nova was founded in memory of Gabe Wiener.

JACUZZI  | Open: 09/30/14 Close: 11/01/14
In the Marshall family’s peacefully remote Colorado ski chalet, Erik and Helene are making themselves very much at home. So at home, they just might stay for good. At the edge of civilization, the lifestyles of the rich collide with the lifestyles of the aimless in the bubbling waters of a hot tub.

 

Featuring

Drama Desk-winner HANNAH BOS, Tony-nominee PETER FRIEDMANThe Help’s CHRIS LOWELL and OBIE-winner PAUL THUREEN

 

LIMITED ENGAGEMENT!

SEPTEMBER 30 - NOVEMBER 1 

Monday - Wednesday @ 7PM; Thursday - Saturday @ 8PM

 

 

TIX ON SALE NOW

$15 September 30 – October 4 (SOLD OUT)

$25 October 6 – 11 (SOLD OUT)

$35 October 13 – November 1!

 

Scenic Design LAURA JELLINEK

Costume Design JESSICA FORD

Lighting Design  BRADLEY KING

Sound Design M.L. DOGG

Prop Design NOAH MEASE

Production Stage Manager LISA McGINN

 


About the Company: Ars Nova

As New York’s premiere hub for emerging artists and new work, Ars Nova is committed to developing and producing eclectic theatre, comedy and music to feed today’s popular culture. To that end, Ars Nova strives to create daring collaborations, meld disciplines and give voice to a new generation of artists. Last season, Ars Nova developed and produced critically acclaimed productions of Peter Sinn Nachtrieb’s Boom, Liz Flahive’s From Up Here (in a co-production with Manhattan Theatre Club), and Nick Jones and Raja Azar’s Jollyship the Whiz-Bang. Past productions include Dixie’s Tupperware Party, At Least It’s Pink, 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother, Holy Cross Sucks!, Freestyle Love Supreme and The Wau Wau Sisters. In addition to its featured productions, Ars Nova supports and develops new work from the most promising emerging artists through its alternative comedy series (Tragedy Tomorrow), music series (Uncharted), public play-reading series (Out Loud), developmental residency program (Residency Encores) writer's group (Play Group) and artist-in-residence program. Ars Nova was founded in memory of Gabe Wiener.

ISAAC OLIVER: INTIMACY IDIOT  | Open: 09/05/14 Close: 09/05/14
Written & Performed by ISAAC OLIVER
Directed by JASON EAGAN
Featuring DANIEL LOESER

Hailed as “a monstrous new talent” by New York Magazine and "a little gay-heavy but still funny" by Los Angeles, Isaac Oliver is back with more hilarious and heartfelt stories, love poems, and rants from his forthcoming book, Intimacy Idiot.

SEPTEMBER 5 @ 8PM • TIX $15


About the Company: Ars Nova

As New York’s premiere hub for emerging artists and new work, Ars Nova is committed to developing and producing eclectic theatre, comedy and music to feed today’s popular culture. To that end, Ars Nova strives to create daring collaborations, meld disciplines and give voice to a new generation of artists. Last season, Ars Nova developed and produced critically acclaimed productions of Peter Sinn Nachtrieb’s Boom, Liz Flahive’s From Up Here (in a co-production with Manhattan Theatre Club), and Nick Jones and Raja Azar’s Jollyship the Whiz-Bang. Past productions include Dixie’s Tupperware Party, At Least It’s Pink, 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother, Holy Cross Sucks!, Freestyle Love Supreme and The Wau Wau Sisters. In addition to its featured productions, Ars Nova supports and develops new work from the most promising emerging artists through its alternative comedy series (Tragedy Tomorrow), music series (Uncharted), public play-reading series (Out Loud), developmental residency program (Residency Encores) writer's group (Play Group) and artist-in-residence program. Ars Nova was founded in memory of Gabe Wiener.

SHOWGASM.  | Open: 09/04/14 Close: 09/04/14
Hosted by JOHN EARLY
with DJ HAMM SAMWICH
Featuring COLE ESCOLAJO FIRESTONEDEREK SMITH & MORE!

What is Showgasm you ask? It's a gritty independent drama with a strong female lead. It's a paid internship at Dollywood. It's all yours, boo boo. Or more simply put, a raucous variety show with performances ranging from hilarious to titillating to utterly inappropriate! Come. You've never looked better!

WARNING: May lead to spontaneous singing, dancing, and/or an unexpected climax.

SEPTEMBER 4 @ 8PM

 


About the Company: Ars Nova

As New York’s premiere hub for emerging artists and new work, Ars Nova is committed to developing and producing eclectic theatre, comedy and music to feed today’s popular culture. To that end, Ars Nova strives to create daring collaborations, meld disciplines and give voice to a new generation of artists. Last season, Ars Nova developed and produced critically acclaimed productions of Peter Sinn Nachtrieb’s Boom, Liz Flahive’s From Up Here (in a co-production with Manhattan Theatre Club), and Nick Jones and Raja Azar’s Jollyship the Whiz-Bang. Past productions include Dixie’s Tupperware Party, At Least It’s Pink, 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother, Holy Cross Sucks!, Freestyle Love Supreme and The Wau Wau Sisters. In addition to its featured productions, Ars Nova supports and develops new work from the most promising emerging artists through its alternative comedy series (Tragedy Tomorrow), music series (Uncharted), public play-reading series (Out Loud), developmental residency program (Residency Encores) writer's group (Play Group) and artist-in-residence program. Ars Nova was founded in memory of Gabe Wiener.

JUNE, JULY, AUGUST, WHATEVER  | Open: 09/03/14 Close: 09/03/14
Holy shit, you guys. Summer is waning! Let Cocoon Central Dance Team be your final hoorah at sleep away camp in this dance recital interweaving video and choreography. June, July, August, Whatever is an absurd ode to reckless bliss in the hyper-earnest talent show style of CCDT.

This show comes to you as part of Ars Nova’s Showgasm Spotlight series, designed to give artists working in the same adventurous vein as Ars Nova’s monthly variety show, Showgasm a chance to try out a full-length evening of work in front of a live audience. 

SEPTEMBER 3 @ 8PM • TIX $15  


About the Company: Ars Nova

As New York’s premiere hub for emerging artists and new work, Ars Nova is committed to developing and producing eclectic theatre, comedy and music to feed today’s popular culture. To that end, Ars Nova strives to create daring collaborations, meld disciplines and give voice to a new generation of artists. Last season, Ars Nova developed and produced critically acclaimed productions of Peter Sinn Nachtrieb’s Boom, Liz Flahive’s From Up Here (in a co-production with Manhattan Theatre Club), and Nick Jones and Raja Azar’s Jollyship the Whiz-Bang. Past productions include Dixie’s Tupperware Party, At Least It’s Pink, 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother, Holy Cross Sucks!, Freestyle Love Supreme and The Wau Wau Sisters. In addition to its featured productions, Ars Nova supports and develops new work from the most promising emerging artists through its alternative comedy series (Tragedy Tomorrow), music series (Uncharted), public play-reading series (Out Loud), developmental residency program (Residency Encores) writer's group (Play Group) and artist-in-residence program. Ars Nova was founded in memory of Gabe Wiener.

On This Island, Episode #8 - €siren Song”  | Open: 02/25/14 Close: 02/25/14
Slant Theatre Project's the next live episode of ON THIS ISLAND, their ongoing live theatrical podcast series.

Each year, 250,000 people move to NYC. Who stays? Who leaves? And with more people moving in than out, is the number of years you choose to inhabit this island a blessing or a curse? Through live music, song, personal stories and short fiction, ON THIS ISLAND, Ep. 8 “Siren Song” invites the audience to explore their long-term relationship with this port of call. Is its siren song to be trusted?

ON THIS ISLAND, Episode #8 “Siren Song” will be hosted by company co-founder Adam Knight. Performers will include opera sensation Anita Rachvelishvili (The Metropolitan Opera’s Carmen and Prince Igor), author Jen McGuire, folk singer Jay Brannan (Around The World In 80 Jays),filmmaker Jeff Seal, actor-writer Jiehae Park(2013 Princess Grace Award), resident musician Phil Pickens, and more to be announced. Joseph Ward will direct the evening.

ON THIS ISLAND is an ongoing, live theatrical event - a night of storytelling for NYC to replenish the charms and mysteries that brought us to this island on the edge of America. Each episode is performed live, then uploaded as a podcast (available on iTunes).ON THIS ISLAND draws from a uniquely New York cross-section of theater artists, musicians, and personalities to fill in the lives of the faces we flash by on the street. Mixing short fiction, personal stories, short plays, and song, each live episode weaves around a chosen theme.

Created in early 2012, ON THIS ISLAND has moved from the People's Improv Theater to a standing slot at Ars Nova and a popular presence on iTunes. Some previous contributors include singer/songwriter Ingrid Michaelson, actors Lucas Kavner and Kelly McCreary, the founders of the Bronx Brewery, Broadway's Chad Goodridge and Mackenzie Meehan, playwrights Rachel Bonds, Greg Keller and Matt Moses, and indie darlings The Hollows. Slant producers are Wes Grantom, Adam Knight, Mat Smart and Matt Dellapina.

 


About the Company: Slant Theatre Project
Now in our 10th season, Slant Theatre Project is a group of artists that thrive on the danger of building the plane in flight. We do visceral work. We tailor each process to the artists and performance space, and are committed to creating a playground for emerging theatre artists. Since 2004, we have produced new works by Bekah Brunstetter, Rachel Axler, Marcus Gardley, Michele Lowe, Mat Smart, Adam Rapp, Lisa Kron, Theresa Rebeck, Dan O'Brien, Evan Cabnet and many more.
Bloodsong Of Love  | Open: 04/01/10 Close: 05/09/10
Ars Nova, under the leadership of Artistic Director Jason Eagan, will present the world premiere of the new musical BLOODSONG OF LOVE with book, music &lyrics by multi-award winner Joe Iconis, and directed by John Simpkins. BLOODSONG OF LOVE, which was commissioned and developed by Ars Nova, will begin previews on April 1st prior to an official press opening of April 15th at Ars Nova (511 West 54th Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues) in Manhattan.

In a blood and whiskey-soaked world of shoot 'em ups, stolen brides and kazoo-wielding villains, a rogue musician with a killer guitar is out to set things right. Joe Iconis infuses BLOODSONG OF LOVE with his infectious musical style, making this rocked out spaghetti western the wildest funeral in town.

Directed by John Simpkins, the cast of BLOODSONG OF LOVE features Katrina Rose Dideriksen (Broadway -- Tracey Turnblad in HAIRSPRAY; JERRY SPRINGER THE OPERA at Carnegie Hall), MK Lawson (42ND STREET), Eric William Morris (Broadway - MAMMA MIA!, CORAM BOY), Jeremy Morse, Lance Rubin (THINGS TO RUIN at Second Stage) and Jason 'SweetTooth' Williams (Mac Wellman's HARM'S WAY). The creative team includes Michael Schweikardt (set design); Michelle Humphrey (costume design); Chris Dallos (lighting design); Jonathan Weston (sound design); Eric Reynolds (prop design); Jen Werner (choreography); and Matt Hinkley (music direction).

The Academics in Chaos Theory  | Open: 10/30/09 Close: 10/30/09
In a uniquely theatrical concert, THE ACADEMICS explore the meaning of life, love and the consequences of one dangerously overdue library book. Part of ANT FEST 09, THE ACADEMICS in CHAOS THEORY features writers/performers Thomas Higgins and Nick Norman, along with Stosh Mintek and Nathan Wright.

Mel & El: Show And Tell  | Open: 05/06/09 Close: 05/30/09

Mel & El are real life best friends who have been inseparable since meeting in advanced jazz class in seventh grade. In MEL & EL: SHOW AND TELL, the riotously funny duo employs sharp wit, infectious songwriting and unparalleled stage chemistry to escape meddling mothers, wedding mania, ticking biological clocks and much more. Join the eighties fab / nineties glitz / aughts pop pair as they uncover and untangle their true selves.

MEL & EL: SHOW AND TELL features musical direction by Jasper Grant, choreography by Wendy Seyb, and a design team that includes Tim Mackabee (set design), Bobby Tilley (costume design), and Walter Trarbach (sound design).

MEL & EL are Melanie Adelman and Ellie Dvorkin - real life best friends who have known each other since they were 12 years old. The widely acclaimed act has quickly become an award-winning NYC cult phenomenon, having recently concluded a year-long, critically acclaimed run of MEL & EL: THIS SHOW RHYMES at The Duplex - which was developed in conjunction with Cannery Works. Past appearances include NYMF, The Hysterical Festival, Nice Jewish Girls Gone Bad, On the Rocks with Danny Leary, The Big Gay Variety Show, Dykes on Mics, Homo Comicus, Hedda Lettuce’s Tossed Salad and here! TV’s Busted. and at popular venues around New York including The Box, The Zipper, Gotham Comedy Club, The Stonewall, Therapy, The PIT and Comix.

Melanie Adelman has appeared in Martin Charnin's The Next-to-the-Last Revue as well as his national tours of Strike Up the Band & Annie (starring Marcia Lewis), We Won't Pay! We Won't Pay! (Kitchen Theatre Co.) and appearances with The WorkShop Theatre Co., Jewish Theatre of NY, Atlanta Theatre of the Stars, and Helen Hayes Theatre Co. Melanie is featured in the indie films “A Double Whammy” (PBS), "Only Life" (Cannes) and "World's End" (SciFi Channel). As a writer/lyricist, Melanie has had her work featured all over the US and Canada with the critically acclaimed performance group The Bubblz. Melanie is a graduate of Ithaca College. She is most proud of her brief appearance in the Cher video "Song for the Lonely."

Ellie Dvorkin’s first professional gig was performing with Kenny Rogers in Christmas from the Heart at the Beacon Theatre. Since then, she has toured nationally with Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding, worked at the McCarter Theatre, appeared in left-wing political musicals Burning Bush: A Faith-Based Musical and Moral Value Meal, and acted with a number of New York-based companies including The Vortex and The Gallery Players. She has had featured roles on “Law & Order”, “The Education of Max Bickford” with Richard Dreyfuss and Marcia Gay Harden, and “Deadline” with Oliver Platt. As a writer, Ellie freelances for the New York Hall of Science museum to create puppet shows and musicals that are both educational and entertaining.

Moritz von Stuelpnagel’s New York directing credits include The Most Lamentable & Tragical Historie of the Barber-Surgeons and friendly fire (Studio-42); Susan Gets Some Play, Gamelegs, and Melo-Llama: A Melodrama (FringeNYC); The Roosevelt Cousins Thoroughly Sauced (Ensemble Studio Theatre -- winner of the Samuel French Festival); Stars in her Eyes (Ars Nova and Brick Theater); Burning Down to Heaven (Culture Project); and La Dispute (45th St. Theatre). Regionally, he has directed productions for Williamstown Theatre Festival, Kennedy Center, American Stage Festival and Boston Playwrights Theatre. Moritz was the associate director for Broadway’s Cry-Baby, the musical. He has been a Resident Director at Playwrights Horizons, The Acting Company and the Huntington Theatre Company.

The Amazing Ted Show!  | Open: 12/04/07 Close: 12/06/07
For Immediate Release.

November 7, 2007

Contact: Justine Williams
Justine@glasscontraption.org

CLOWN THEATRE COMPANY, THE GLASS CONTRAPTION, TO PERFORM FOR THREE NIGHTS AT POPULAR HOUSE OF VAUDEVILLE, VARIETY AND COMEDY, ARS NOVA

After highly successful runs at the National Arts Festival in South Africa and the NY Clown Theatre Festival, Brooklyn-based theatre company, The Glass Contraption, will present their latest clown piece, THE AMAZING TED SHOW!, December 4, 5, and 6 at the popular vaudeville, variety and comedy venue, Ars Nova in Manhattan.

Directed by clown theatre director, Virginia Scott (Happy Hour, Planet Banana), THE AMAZING TED SHOW! features Glass Contraption company members: Justine Williams, Catherine Mueller, Andy Grotelueschen, Piper Harrell, Robert Grant, with original music performed by Katie Down. The show was a critic's pick this summer at the National Arts Festival in South Africa. "A highly entertaining hour", it was chosen as one of the "Ten Best Shows of the Festival" by the Grahamstown Herald.

See Ted juggle 56 chainsaws, set himself on fire, hold his breath for twenty minutes and then turn himself inside out. The show promises entertainment for the people with singing and music, tap dancing, loud noises, attempted feats of acrobatics, falling in love and falling down. Hailed as "theatrical, lyrical and poetical on the one hand and controlled chaos on the other", The Glass Contraption takes audiences inside the beautifully stupid, poignant, chaotic and wildly funny world of the clown.

This is not your Mother's circus. There are no scary rainbow wigs or squirting flowers here. One of the only purely clown-based theater companies in New York, The Glass Contraption departs from the grand spectacle of the big-top circus, creating intimate shows that explore the most basic human triumphs and disasters through the lens of the clown. In-residence at the community/performing arts space, Gownaus Arts, since 2004, the company has presented new works at this Center, as well as at the Public Theater, The NY Clown Theatre Festival and the National Arts Festival in South Africa. Committed to developing communities through the humor and humanity of the clown, the company leads yearly arts residencies at the Topsy Center for Children Living with HIV, bringing their blend of clown, comedy and physical theater to outreach centers, educational theater companies and community arts organizations in South Africa.

The Amazing Ted Show! runs approximately 70 minutes, and is appropriate for ages 6 " 106. Show dates and times are: December 4, 5, and 6 at 8pm. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased through Smarttix (www.smarttix.com) or via Ars Nova (www.arsnovanyc.com). People can also make donations to the company's outreach work in South Africa through the company website, www.glasscontraption.org. Press and media inquiries may be directed to artistic director, Justine Williams at Justine@glasscontraption.org.

Julia's Sweeney's Letting Go of God  | Open: 11/10/05 Close: 11/26/05
LETTING GO OF GOD chronicles one woman's unexpected and hilarious journey when two Mormon missionaries arrive on her doorstep and inadvertently challenge her way of thinking about religion, God, and the nature of self. LETTING GO OF GOD is a comical and poignant
[Title of Show]  | Open: 09/11/05 Close: 09/27/05
"Are we writing for art?
And is art a springboard for fame?
nd will fame get us a sitcom?
And will a sitcom get us on 'Ellen'?
And will 'Ellen' get folks to like us?
And if they like us, will they mike us?
Me and You. Two Nobodies in New York."

[title of show] is a unique and authentic glimpse into the creative process and just what it takes to get a show from conception to reality. Two struggling writers, Jeff and Hunter, try to write and submit a show to The New York Musical Theatre Festival, in hopes of getting discovered and optioned for a commercial run. What happens when they race to meet the impending deadline? Will Festival audiences and critics embrace the show? Will someone with money want to option them? And if they do, can they keep their beloved project intact,or will their cast and their show crumble under the pressure? [title of show] explores the internal and external "vampires" that attempt to come between usand our creative self-expression.

Directed and choreographed by Michael Berresse
Musical arrangements and direction byLarry Pressgrove

Sept. 11 @ 7pm, Sept. 13 @ 8pm, Sept. 18 @ 7pm,
Sept. 20 @ 8pm, Sept. 27 @ 8pm