TBG Arts Center

Todays Date: 06/28/22
Last Update: 09/28/12 01:42:21 PM

Address: 312 West 36th Street 3rd Floor
New York, NY    10018

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The Estrogenius Festival  | Open: 11/08/12 Close: 12/01/12
Manhattan Theatre Source presents EstroGenius, a multi-week event including short plays, solo shows, music, visual art, dance, teen performances, and stand-up comedy. The entirely volunteer-run festival is created by a team of committed producers, great scripts, inspired directors, talented actors, magical designers, competent stage managers, and passionate supporters.
What debuted in 2000 as a two-week festival with a program of ten short plays and music has grown into the largest festival of its kind in New York City. The festival's mission is to support the development of new works and emerging artists in a variety of disciplines. EstroGenius accepts short play submissions from across the country and around the world, from male and female, gay, straight, transgender, white, black, Latino and Asian artists ranging in age from twelve to eighty years old. 

Spring's Awakening  | Open: 10/14/12 Close: 11/04/12
Censored and labeled "perverse" for its depiction of emancipated adolescent sexual behavior, SPRING'S AWAKENING - not the musical, but Wedekind's stunningly incendiary play about the madness of youth, bad parenting, sex, suicide, and sadomasochism - is also moving, hilarious, and endlessly provocative.

God of Vengenace  | Open: 10/07/12 Close: 10/28/12
From its debut in 1906 when Asch was encouraged to burn it, to the 1923 Broadway production when the cast and the producers were thrown in jail on obscenity charges, GOD OF VENGEANCE has always provoked controversy. The play centers on a brothel owner whose dreams of striking a bargain with God to keep his daughter pure are decimated when she falls in love with one of his “girls”.   Sam Tsoutsouvas, who played the title role in Marvell Rep’s production of PROFESSOR BERNHARDI earlier this season, returns as ‘Yankl’ in GOD OF VENGEANCE.  Joy Franz, who played Mrs. Peachum in Marvell Rep’s Drama Desk Award-nominated production of THE THREEPENNY OPERA, will play ‘Sore’. The GOD OF VENGEANCE cast will also include: Leanne Agmon, Getchie Argetsinger, Joel Bernstein, Elizabeth Stahlmann, Stacey Linnartz, Jason Emanuel, Rachel Claire, Molly Stoller, Thomas Benton, and William Krakauer.

Won And Lost: "pvt. Wars" And "the Return Of Odysseus"  | Open: 04/03/09 Close: 04/19/09
WON AND LOST, the official debut of Apple Core Theater Company, features a revival of PVT. WARS by James McLure and the premiere of THE RETURN OF ODYSSEUS by Steven Gridley.

In McLure’s dark comedy, three Vietnam veterans pass the time together in a military hospital while coping with their life-changing injuries. But the quirky small talk and mischievous practical jokes serve to hide each man’s inner turmoil and isolation from the outside world. As the three men say again and again, they can leave the hospital at any time—and yet, they stay.

In THE RETURN OF ODYSSEUS, a quiet, humble farmer is approached by an eager, young journalist about his experience in World War II. Stationed as a construction worker on Wake Island in the Pacific, the farmer with no military training sank a Japanese ship when the station came under attack—a heroic achievement that the journalist wants to celebrate. But it’s what happened after the ship sank that prevents the farmer from talking. Like PVT. WARS, this heartbreaking play looks at the disconnection and misunderstanding between civilians and veterans.

7-Eleven  | Open: 04/06/09 Close: 04/08/09
 22 performers & 7 original one-acts, all under 11 minutes each

StageRight Productions is proud to present 7-ELEVEN, an evening of often brilliant, always funny, original one-act plays under 11 minutes each. Penned by rising voices of American theatre, 7-ELEVEN is performed by a cast of 22 dynamic, diverse and talented men & women. Directed by Leslie C. Nemet, the show will begin performances on April 6th on the main-stage at TBG Arts Center, located at 312 West 36th Street in New York City.

Traversing the backstage drama of a wedding, the fizzle of a ferocious fireball, the shenanigans of “she’s just not that into you,” an unabashed quest for sex, office politics among the bridge & tunnel crowd and even a mattress at Macy’s, there’s something for everyone packed in this instant-theatre rollercoaster journey -- audience, hang on tight for a rollicking ride! Recommended for ages 16 through adults of all ages.

7-ELEVEN features the work of playwrights Ian August, Edward Cordiano, Maria Deasy, Nicole Greevy, Uma Incrocci, Erica Jensen, Jack McCleland, Duncan Pflaster and Lindsay Price. The cast boasts a variety of impressive film, television, theatre, commercial and voice-over credits: Craig Callow, Chike Chukwuma, Reyna Clare, Ashley Wren Collins, Edward Cordiano, Amy Dannenmueller, Maria Deasy, Ellie Diez, Mary Fields, Marguerite Forrest, Guerrin Gardner, Signe V. Harriday, Adam Hyland, Joe Kolbow, Meghan Miller, Bobbi Owens, Joan Poust, David Thornton, David Villalobos, Todd Wall, Maitely Weismann and Halley Zien.

StageRight Productions is a young theatre company made by and for artists who seek to create their own opportunities for professional and creative growth. Previous productions in New York include The Metamorphosis (Jose Quintero Theatre), Say What!? (Pantheon Theatre), Café Encounters (American Theatre of Actors), Bedlam (Producers Club) and Clara’s Christmas Dreams (Theatre at St. Clements Church).

Monday April 6th at 6pm & 8pm,
Tuesday April 7th at 6pm & 8pm
Wednesday April 8th at 2pm
TBG Arts Center
312 West 36th Street, 3rd floor (bet. 8th & 9th Aves)

Tickets are $15.00.
Reservations: (212) 868-4444 or www.smarttix.com.
Running time for the show is approximately 75 minutes.

7-ELEVEN is fun, fly by the seat of your pants theatre destined to delight!


Leah's Train  | Open: 02/06/09 Close: 02/28/09
In LEAH'S TRAIN, three generations of love and anger are ignited when a young doctor refuses to attend her grandmother's funeral and what transpires after she boards a train, and its destination mysteriously becomes her Russian Jewish family's untold history.

After nearly 20 years of presenting first-rate revivals of western stage classics with all Asian-American actors, the National Asian American Theatre Company expands its mission to include world-premiere works from other cultures based on the company's founding principle that NAATCO provide Asian American actors the opportunity to portray roles not usually made available to them, and also to challenge audiences to examine their perception and expectations of other cultures.

About this world-premiere production of LEAH'S TRAIN, NAATCO artistic director Mia Katigbak says, "This new initiative is inspired by courageous playwrights who agree with NAATCO that Asian Americans are capable of interpreting characters from a multitude of cultures. The world premiere of LEAH'S TRAIN, in which characters who are Russian and American Jews are being created by an all Asian American cast, comes at an auspicious time: the historic inauguration of an African American president. What better way to celebrate the richness of American culture."

Missa Solemnis or The Play About Henry  | Open: 10/30/08 Close: 11/22/08

On the morning of February 25, 2000, a young gay Mormon named Henry
Stuart Matis drove to the Mormon Ward House in Los Altos, California,
placed a gun to his head, and ended his life. This provocative drama is
based on the actual events of his life in which he faced a tragic, false
dilemma; either one is gay or one is Christian. Since he believed he was
Christian, he thought he could not be gay. Trapped between his same sex
attraction and the power of his LDS faith, Henry made the ultimate
sacrifice, removing the chains of his mortality.

Please note: This production contains full nudity and may not be appropriate for children. For more information on the show visit http://www.ThePlayAboutHenry.com.

This unique and moving examination of Dickens' words entwined with the soaring songs of the season starring Robert Ian Mackenzie as Scrooge returns to New York after a two-year hiatus. This extraordinary sold-out hit has been called "Beautifully crafted...A powerful punch of Christmas spirit [that] tell(s) the story the way Dickens meant it to be told." (Offoffonline) and The New York Times called it "The best bargain [of NYC] Christmas Carols."
The Actor's Project NYC Presents:  | Open: 10/09/07 Close: 10/09/07
Make Believe – Actor Fantasies (dramedy)
Seconds a Short Play by Stephen Lemay (drama)

Make Believe
Make Believe is filled with everything from laugh-out-loud sketch comedy to heart-felt monologues. It truly is an Actor Fantasy with a mixture of characters ranging from Little Red Riding Hood the slut to the stud Grim Reaper. This upbeat industry showcase is a unique production that feels more like a short play. Featuring Scenes and Sketch-Comedy such as: two Jersey Girls lost in a very gay Halloween Parade, and very insane ladies in love with a gay doctor in Waiting Women, and much more. (Approximate running time: 1hr)

Seconds: A Short Play by Stephen Lemay
Seconds is a fast-paced dramatic play about relationships and the damage they sometimes cause. The audience will have a glimpse of beautiful, troubled, young adults tangling with the awkward intimacies of modern romance. ( Approximate running time: 45minutes.)

The Actor's Project NYC Presents:  | Open: 10/08/07 Close: 10/08/07
Life Boat - The Tina Xenos Show (comedy)
Seconds - A Short Play by Stephen Lemay (drama)

October 8th, 2007
TBG Arts Center
TBG Mainstage Theatre
312 West 36th Street, 3rd Floor
@7:30 PM

Life Boat- The Tina Xenos Show
Life Boat is a comedic, short, one-woman show "directed by a homosexual director/writer" where Tina Xenos searches for true love and takes the audience on a journey to visit some of the crazy, opinionated characters in her life such as: Aunt Sophia- a lovely,older Greek woman- who loves to tell children the Greek myths of divine punishment;Chuck – a redneck- who thinks the Trojan War was a fight over condoms; and
Aunt Stella – a not-so lovely Greek older woman- who loves to give advice and bitch about life.
(Approximate running time: 25minutes)

Seconds: A Short Play by Stephen Lemay
Seconds is a fast-paced dramatic play about relationships and the damage they sometimes cause. The audience will have a glimpse of beautiful, troubled, young adults tangling with the awkward intimacies of modern romance. (Approximate running time: 45minutes.)

Purgatorio  | Open: 07/13/07 Close: 07/23/07
A man and a woman enter a room. We see only a small bed, two chairs, and a table. Is it an asylum? A prison? Interrogation room? Questions are asked and answered. We feel we know the story. In this room, both the man and woman are faced with the truths of their lives. Playwright Ariel Dorfman puts before us the question of justice and forgiveness. Are there crimes for which there can be no forgiveness? If there is no forgiveness, how do we move on with our lives? PURGATORIO reacquaints us with the tragedy of Jason and Medea.
Short Stuff 4- THE WAR AT HOME  | Open: 06/15/07 Close: 07/02/07
Drama Desk nominated and OBIE winning theatre company The Barrow Group (312 West 36th ST.) presents its 4th annual selection of new short works:



Five provocative new shorts by writers Arlene Hutton, Barbara Lindsay, K. Lorrel Manning, Dee Ann Newkirk, and Julia Ryan focusing on the Iraq War and its effect on our culture at large.

Directed by K. Lorrel Manning, Alix Steel, & Jacob Garret White

THE WAR AT HOME: Friday night talk back sessions:

June 15th with Playwright Arlene Hutton

June 22nd Paula Rogovin co-founder of Military Families Speak Out Monday June25th

Playwrights: K. Lorrel Manning, Dee Ann Newkirk, and Julia Ryan __________________________________________________________________________________________________



Arlene Hutton is a MacDowell Colony fellow and member of the Dramatist's Guild. Her first full-length, LAST TRAIN TO NIBROC, received a 2000 NY Drama League nomination for Best Play and more than fifty regional productions. Her plays have been published by Dramatists Play Service and in the Smith & Kraus Best Women Playwrights anthologies. A four-time Heideman Award finalist and a three-time Samuel French Short Play Festival winner, her NY credits include: The Barrow Group, Circle-in-the-Square Downtown, Alice's Fourth Floor, Ensemble Studio Theatre, HERE, and Vital Theatre.

Barbara Lindsay's first full length play, FREE, won the NY Drama League's 1989 Playwriting Competition and had its premiere production in London in 1991. There have been more than 90 productions of her plays and monologues.

K. Lorrel Manning is a 2006 fellow in Playwriting/Screenwriting from the New York Foundation of the Arts. His plays have been developed at the Roundabout, Rattlestick, the Barrow Group, and the Lark. He made his Off-Broadway playwrighting debut last year with the critically-acclaimed play A&J Rule The Universe. His play WOOL was a semi-finalist for this year's O'Neill Playwrights Conference.

Dee Ann Newkirk's first play, Fall in New York was produced by the Barrow Group then adapted into a short film, directed by Seth Barrish and produced by the West Coast Ensemble (LA). Other plays: My Funny Valentine, which had an extended run at the Barrow Group, as well as at the Elephant Asylum Theatre (LA), and Either/Or Madonna/Whore, Pops at Yo! Yo! Theatre Company (LA).

Julia Ryan has written stand up comedy, essays, ad copy and an epic one-woman show entitled The Flying Cloud. The Knife is her first foray into writing for more than one actor. Recently, Julia wrote a short documentary advocating the historic preservation of DUMBO, a neighborhood on the Brooklyn waterfront.




K. Lorrel Manning's recent directing credits include A Steady Rain (The Barrow Group), The Questioning (Emerging Artists Theatre Company) Ramble (Wings Theatre), Classyass (Center Stage Theatre), ...Not Waving (Center Stage Theatre).

Alix Steele A 2001 graduate of Northwestern, where she directed Stephen Sondheim's Company. She has directed productions ranging from The Trojan Women to Alice in Wonderland. Her theater company, Blue Collar Productions, produced Clinton's View, NY Fringe Festival 2003.

Jacob Garrett White Director for Barrow Group and Theatre at St. Mary's "Medal of Honor Rag", AxialTheater's "Twenty". Assistant Dir. - Barrow Group's"26 Dates and Counting" and "Glass Jaw".




40 STAT. 76 by Arlene Hutton

If the media doesn't cover something, is it really happening?

Directed by Alix Steel Cast: Daniel Dugan, Anne Richardson & Shannon Patterson

THE KNIFE by K. Lorrel Manning and Julia Ryan

They say he needs help. He says he doesn't. Or does he?

Directed by K. Lorrel Manning Cast: Julia Ryan, Reggie Oldham & Vincent Piazza


Based on the horrifying, true events that took place in Mahmoudiya, Iraq on March 12, 2006. A courtroom drama focusing on: an affidavit, four U.S. soldiers, one Iraqi girl and a lot of confusion and cover-up.

Directed by Jacob Garret White Cast: Hope Singsen, Armin Parsanejad & Hunter Emery

HERE TO SERVE YOU by Barbara Lindsay

Two weary travelers find an unattended shoe in the airport terminal, one of them calls security, and the fun begins.

Directed by Alix Steel Cast: Rozie Bacchi, Brant Spencer & Edward Connors

HAPPY NEW YEAR by K. Lorrel Manning

2 Iraq veterans reunite in a V.A. hospital on New Year's Eve to contemplate the future.

Directed by K. Lorrel Manning Cast: Michael Cuomo and William Oliver Watkins

Myth America  | Open: 04/13/07 Close: 04/28/07
This world premiere examination of the American Experience features the writings of Arthur Kopit, Theresa Rebeck, Israel Horovitz, Rachel Axler, Ian Cohen, Brian Dykstra, Jason Grote, Julien Schwab,Matthew Paul Olmos, Saviana Stanescu, and Lloyd Suh. Take a journey with PST through the eyes and voices of Americans from all walks of life and ethnic backgrounds. Dreams and Myths both accomplished and crushed. Expectations exceeded and never met. Icons, Idols and Symbols examined and explored, running the gamut from Baseball and Marilyn Monroe to the Family Unit and The Perfect Vacuum.
it is said the men are over in The Steel Tower  | Open: 03/02/07 Close: 03/18/07
Original English Title: "The Happy Lads"

On the front lines of a war, four members of a vaudeville troupe seek refuse in a steel tower, where they meet a runaway soldier. With gunfire all around them, they do their best to keep their humanity as well as create a new comedy routine. it is said the men are over in The Steel Tower takes a humorous look at the nature of conflict, rules versus freedom and the ability to create our own ray of sunlight in the face of darkness. Ronit Muszkatblit directs the award-winning black comedy from Japan. In English.

it is said the men are over in the Steel Tower is a collaborative Japanese-American theatrical cultural exchange project presented by Theatre Arts Japan, which is dedicated to the staging of modern Japanese theater in the U.S.; the experimental woken' glacier theatre company in New York; and the MONO theatre company in Japan. This unique production is the culmination of an 18-month process; which included a Japanese play reading series from which it is said the men are over in The Steel Tower was selected, the adaptation and development of the play for its US debut, and a workshop with Kyoto-based playwright Hideo Tsuchida.

The project is supported in part by The Japan Foundation, The Saison Foundation, and the Asahi Beer Arts Foundation.

River's End  | Open: 09/21/06 Close: 10/01/06
Based on the real-life disappearance of Glen and Bessie Hyde who vanished on their daredevil river-rafting honeymoon to the Grand Canyon in 1928, RIVER'S END weaves together two completely different versions of their journey, with two pairs of actors playing the Hydes-and two surprising theories of what might have happened to them.

directed by Rick DesRochers with musical direction by Laura Bergquist

Magpie  | Open: 09/27/06 Close: 09/28/06
Maggie and Tino are star-crossed lovers. He's a good kid trying to escape the streets. She can sing all the words to Verdi's operas, but she can't write her name. Set in the fast-paced world of New York bike messengers, Magpie has a contemporary score steeped in the Latin rhythms of the city.

directed by Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj

'Night, Mother  | Open: 07/06/06 Close: 07/17/06
In Marsha Norma's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, audience members are allowed to peek into the lives of mother and daughter, Jessie and Thelma Cates, on what appears to be a typical Saturday night in their quiet lives. What unfolds is a true emotional rollercoaster, packed into a tight 90 minutes. It a psychological drama that is the culmination of a lifetime of poor communication that is all at once funny, heartbreaking and completely gut-wrenching.
The Legend of Pearl Hart  | Open: 06/09/06 Close: 06/24/06
"THE LEGEND OF PEARL HART" chronicles the exploits of Pearl Taylor Hart, a young Canadian woman who, in the 1890's, became famous when she robbed a stage-coach. The resulting press coverage dubbed her "The Daring Arizona Female Bandit" and made Pearl an overnight media sensation. In her growing fame and notoriety, she attracted the constant scrutiny of the law, male admirers and interest from the suffragette movement which included a jailhouse visit from Emma Goldman. Pearl's story begins when she elopes with Jack Hart and runs off to 1893 World Columbian Exposition in Chicago. There she sees her first Wild West Show and later careens through a series of adventures in Arizona before ending up as the star of her own vaudeville show in Kansas City. Songs include "Colombian Exposition Midway March," "Just a Cowboy," "New Girl in Town," and "Newspaper Quote."
Simpatico  | Open: 03/10/06 Close: 03/13/06
A revival of the Shepard work.

For more information please email: info@SimpaticoTickets.com.

Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol  | Open: 12/02/05 Close: 12/18/05
Grand, mythological, dark and joyous! The sights and sounds of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol return after the 2004 sold-out run. Join PST for our continued celebration of Dickens' words coupled with the soaring songs of the season. For the past three years, PST has transported you and your entire family to the London of 1843, where the truly despicable, soulless Scrooge, the struggling Cratchits, the boisterous Fezziwigs and four eerie Christmas Ghosts awaited you, your heart and your imagination. This season, PST will present fifteen performances of this powerful holiday tale of human redemption. An exhilarating Holiday Season "Must-See"!