Abrons Arts Center

Todays Date: 06/26/22
Last Update: 06/03/12 05:45:42 PM

Address: 466 Grand Street
New York, NY    10011

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The Hoarde  | Open: 06/25/12 Close: 06/25/12
Two lovers, Isis and Min, are torn apart by the ruthless marauding Hoardes led by Osiris. Reception at 6pm Showtime 7pm

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Something Stolen...well, Borrowed  | Open: 03/06/09 Close: 03/07/09
Something Stolen…Well, Borrowed premieres at the Abrons Arts Center in NYC on March 6th and 7th, 2009 at 8:00 pm. A nefarious comedy of a wedding gone awry, the production intermingles dance, theater, comedy and live music. A benefit party will follow the performance on stage.

The brainchild of director Aaron Draper, Something Stolen…is a collaboration with choreography by Aaron Draper and Kimberly Almquist; music by Jeff Bybee, Jason Ewald, Damien Foxton, Gillian Harwin and Tom Laurie; as well as movement and comedy by Christine Bodwitch, Jessica Finn, Richard Grebanie, Nicole Mitchell, Jim Morrow, and a colossal supporting cast.

A current member of nicholasleichterdance, Aaron has presented choreography throughout the U.S. and abroad. NYC venues include Dance New Amsterdam, Dance Theater Workshop, La Mama and Chashama.

Carnival of Samhain 2007  | Open: 11/01/07 Close: 11/04/07
On November 1st through the 4th, Drama of Works will once again extend the Halloween holiday, terrorizing unsuspecting New Yorkers with the Carnival of Samhain (pronounced Sowe-Wen). Abrons Arts Center will host the spooky extravaganza in their Experimental Theater. The program is composed mostly of puppet pieces (with an emphasis placed on variety), as well as dance, magic, comedy and live music. For full schedule please visit www.dramaofworks.com.


A Typist contends with an incorrigible heartless fate in the form of surreal hand puppets due to David Michael Friend... The Illusionist Will Randall dazzles all while risking personal bodily harm... The mad late-night ravings of camp girls gone wild come alive in the shadow puppetry piece Haunted Projectile by the artist collective Carrionettes ...I Put a Spell on You thanks to Emily DeCola's sexy rod-puppet interpretation... We're treated to Coffina's Haunted Sideshow, a musical spooktacular in the gothic victorian style... Puppet Junction brings us a comedic look at good versus evil in The Claw... "Swallowed" has Lindsay-Abromaitis Smith exploring with puppets, if you were swallowed by your own soul, what would you find there?... Shoddy Puppet Productions brings The Frankenstein of Everyday Life from Philadelphia (now that's a frightening thought!)... AND Drama of Works illustrates a giant cockroach's nightmare in Puppet Kafka... plus film, dance, and the band HAUNTED P*SSY... Hosted, as always, with accordion and puppets by our infamous emcee BoneDaddy (aka Jonny ClockWorks)

To The Death Of My Own Family  | Open: 09/27/07 Close: 10/13/07
TO THE DEATH OF MY OWN FAMILY, directed by Peter Ratray, features Farah Bala in an internationally acclaimed one-woman performance which tells the story of an Afghan-American woman who returns to Afghanistan to help her father escape, only to witness the carnage of her entire family. Upon her return to the U.S., she is interrogated as a suspect, detained, humiliated and forced to justify her heartbreaking journey in order to reclaim her citizenship. It is the story of people caught between cultures, a chronicle of the suffering one bears when human rights are violated.

The play just finished touring 4 cities in India to standing-room-only and standing ovations: Chennai, Bangalore, Pondicherry, and Mumbai, where people who had to be turned away nearly started a riot until a second, unplanned performance was agreed upon. The play has also just been selected for the Kathmandu International Theatre Festival 2008.

See what they said in India:
1. The Hindu Newspaper

2. The Deccan Herald

Ghosts  | Open: 10/05/06 Close: 10/15/06
A World Premiere Adaptation -- An Equity Showcase Production

Rebel Theater opens it's inaugural season with its adaptation of one of the world's most beloved plays.
Set on the island of Jamaica in the early 1980's, this original Caribbean adaptation reveals the tragedies surrounding love, legacy, and family secrets during the initial years of the AIDS epidemic. This timeless drama takes you deep within the Jamaican culture on a provocative and emotional journey.

"Won't you help to sing another song of freedom? 'Cause all I ever have: Redemption songs" --Bob Marley
Real Black Men Don't Sit Crosslegged on the Floor  | Open: 02/02/06 Close: 02/26/06
Woodie King Jr.'s New Federal Theater once again elevates the Black theatrical Diaspora with its intense new stage production; "Real Black Men Don't Sit Crosslegged On The Floor (a collage in blues)."

Opening February 2nd and running through February 26th (Thursday-Friday, 7:30PM; Saturday, 8:00PM; Sunday, 3:00PM), "Real Black Men...," brilliantly written by Malik and daringly directed by Passion, is a seamless cohesion of poetry, prose, blues, rap and rhythm, that fearlessly takes an unflinching look at being Black and male in a hostile environment.

Featuring a stellar cast of gifted, multidimensional actors: Chet Anekwe, Jerome Preston Bates, D. K. Bowser, Gerard Catus, Arthur French, Nyasha Hatendi, Stanley Wayne Mathis and Charles Reuben (all courtesy of Actors Equity), "Real Black Men..." spans three decades (the 1960s through the 1990s), tracing the complicated lives of eight men of color and consciousness.

Among the play's captivating, multidimensional characters are a conjure man, cursed by his ex-lover; a gay man with AIDS who travels to Africa on a last journey of self-discovery; a wheelchair-bound Viet Nam veteran taunted by the ghost of a Viet Cong guerrilla fighter with, "Black man, why you fight here"; a jailhouse blues man; a spirit of the unborn who weaves in and out of all of the men's lives.

Playing at Henry Street Settlement's Abrons Arts Center/Experimental Theatre (466 Grand Street-Manhattan), and enhanced by a talented and tireless production staff (Stage Manager: Bayo, Set Designer: Ademola Olugebefola, Lighting Designer: Shirley Prendergast, Costume Designer: Vassie Welbeck-Browne, Sound Designer: Sean O'Halloran, Choreographer: Lynnard Williams, Musical Director: Gregg Payne, and Casting Director Lawrence Evans, this amazing, highly anticipated New Federal Theatre production, "....runs hot, runs cool, and strikes at the core of why "Real Black Men Don't Sit Crosslegged On The Floor."

It's the must see dramatic stage experience of the year! General Admission is $15.00. For card orders call Ticket Central Box Office (212-279-4200). E-mail the NFT at newfederal@aol.com, or visit their web-site at www.newfederaltheatre.org