Tribeca Performing Arts Ctr.

Todays Date: 06/25/22
Last Update: 11/24/19 08:12:21 PM
Address: 199 Chambers Street
New York, NY    10011

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Peter Pan  | Open: 12/14/19 Close: 12/14/19
TheaterWorksUSA is partnering with BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center once again to bring their high-quality family entertainment to New York City.

Peter Pan on December 14, 2019 at 11 am. BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center (199 Chambers St, New York, NY 10007) are $30 (General Admission) and can be purchased by visiting or by calling (212) 220-1460. Peter Pan, Saturday, Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 11 am


Peter Pan is an enchanting production that encourages children to tap into their imagination. In the spirit of the original tale, six children transform the Darling family's nursery into Neverland, turning pillows into clouds, long-johns into shadows, and an ironing board into a ship’s plank

DRAGONS LOVE TACOS & OTHER STORIES  | Open: 11/14/19 Close: 11/14/19
The partnership will begin on November 30, 2019 with the musical adaptation of Dragons Love Tacos & Other Stories BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center (199 Chambers St, New York, NY 10007) are $30 (General Admission) and can be purchased by visiting or by calling (212) 220-1460.

Dragons Love Tacos & Other Stories, Saturday, November 30, 2019 at 11am

Dragons Love Tacos & Other Stories
When Papa can’t get his chicken to sleep, he must improvise a series of bedtime stories! The result is a musical revue of five beloved contemporary children's books including Dragons Love Tacos, Interrupting Chicken, Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa School Days, The Dot, and Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride, which have been adapted into short musicals by some of today’s most exciting musical theater writers.
Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin, illustrated by Daniel Salmieri
Dragons love all sorts of tacos—except spicy ones! When a boy throws his new dragon friends a spicy salsa taco party, red-hot trouble ensues.
Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein
It’s bedtime for the little red chicken. Papa is going to read her a story, but the chicken can’t help interrupting. Will the chicken ever get to sleep?
The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds
A story about the creative spirit in all of us. Vashti can’t draw. When her teacher says, “Just make a mark and see where it takes you,” Vashti discovers she is an artist, after all.
Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride by Kate DiCamillo, Illustrated by Chris Van Dusen
Mercy, a porcine wonder, and Mr. Watson go for a ride every Saturday in Mr. Watson’s automobile. But one Saturday, guess who winds up behind the wheel?
Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa School Days by Erica Silverman, painted by Betsy Lewin
Yee Haw! Cowgirl Kate and her loyal horse Cocoa are the perfect pair. They do everything together until school is in session—and horses are not allowed!

Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre announces its Fifteenth Anniversary Performance Season, the World Premiere of Renewal, from March 13-15, 2015 as part of the Tribeca Dance Series at BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center, at 199 Chambers St, NYC. Performances are Friday, March 13 at 7:30pm, Saturday March 14 at 7:30pm and Sunday, March 15 at 3pm. Tickets are $25 and are available at or by phone at 212.220.1460.  The Saturday evening performance will be followed by a gala from 9:00 – 11:30pm, which will include a silent auction, a presentation of company’s arts-in-education program, cocktail and hors d’oeuvres. Tickets will be $125-250 for the performance and reception. The gala will be held at New York Law School, 185 West Broadway at Leonard Street. Gala tickets are available at or by phone at 212.220.1460. 


Renewal is an evening-length work that unpacks the state of being made new, fresh, or strong again – dramatizing how we re-invent ourselves again and again over time.  Renewal will be composed of a series of shorts that shift the physical and visceral present movement, re-starting, reclaiming, and revitalizing our experience of it.  Each short will highlight signature structures and elements in Selwyn’s style including gesture, partnering, virtuosic artistry juxtaposed with pedestrian movement, humor, character, and theatricality.  With Selwyn’s fresh and vibrant movement language of extended limbs, physical risk, athleticism, energy, release, touch, and balance, she will activate emotional expression and offer many in-roads for audiences to make meaning for themselves.


“Amanda Selwyn is a master at illustrating the symbiosis of sound and movement, the romance of motion and emotion – she had me laughing, crying, cringing and gasping all in the short 55-minute production.” - Inside New York


“Amanda Selwyn’s work is masterly and emotionally expressive, she is truly gifted in the art of dance making.” - NYC Dance Stuff


Dancers: Sarah Buscaino, Adam Robert Dickerson, Jenny Gillan (rehearsal director), Manon Hallay (apprentice), Gildas Lemonnier, Louie Marin, Torrey McAnena, Robert Moore, Emily Pacilio,

Randall Smith, Sarah Starkweather.

Costume Design: Anna-Alisa Belous, Lighting Design: Dan Ozminkowski, Sound Design: Joel Wilhelmi, Rehearsal Director: Jenny Gillan.


Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre creates original and dynamic dance theatre that raises questions, challenges social norms and values, and magnifies humanity through dance. Productions pivot around core themes and through an interplay between athletic and pedestrian motion, activate emotional expression, character, and narrative in a rich and abstract collage. Presenting dance in an immediate, mature, and inclusive way, we engage audiences from start to finish and beckon a response of thought, feeling, and soul.


Founded in 2000, Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre has presented over 30 productions at NYC venues including New York Live Arts, Dance Theatre Workshop, Dance New Amsterdam, Danspace Project, Ailey Citigroup Theater, The Kumble Theater, and John Jay College.  We have been presented twice at Jacob’s Pillow, Westfest, DUMBO Dance Festival, Dixon Place, Dance Teacher Summit, COOL NY, Movement Research, and Pushing Progress Series. We have toured to festivals, presented open rehearsals, interactive performance events and workshops, and offer arts-in-education programming through Notes in Motion Outreach Dance Theatre to children in the NYC public schools.


BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center, the longest operating performance venue in lower Manhattan, is dedicated to identifying, supporting and presenting established and emerging artists in a variety of disciplines, including music, dance and children’s theatre to the diverse Metropolitan audience.


A Average Pricezone Test  | Open: 01/01/14 Close: 01/01/14

Oren Barnoy & Tza Chun  | Open: 06/14/13 Close: 06/14/13
Tze Chun: "Transmit" examines past notions of clarity and enlightenment in relation to our current ratio of signal to noise.Created by Tze ChunOriginal Music by Ithai BenjaminPerformed by Mistral Hay and Mary RemyOren Barnoy:A full bodied energetic dance performance with three dancers. It is the culmination of research on satisfaction in dance and how to attain it. Using satisfaction as a premise while drawing self-portraits and then dancing the self portraits, writing descriptions of these dances and dancing these narratives meanwhile asking ourselves how we can become choreography while questioning our decision making process to construct a performance.



Concurrency Testin'  | Open: 06/01/13 Close: 06/01/13



The Legends Pandit Jasraj, vocal Pandit Hariprasad Chaurisa, Bansuri in a Jugulbandi

Performance Art"

Acts/Attractions.Performance Art

Fool In Love  | Open: 12/07/12 Close: 12/07/12
Fool in Love... is a sizzling tour de force performance chronicling the meteoric rise and fall of teenage musical sensation Frankie Lymon; a career that fell just as quickly as it rose. Fool in Love... is a performance marking Frankie Lymon’s indelible imprint on American pop music with such groundbreaking hits as “Why Do Fools Fall in Love”, “Goody Goody”, “Little Bitty Pretty One”, and “So Young." Starring Darryl Jovan Williams.



Ivanov By Anton Chekhov  | Open: 11/17/12 Close: 11/17/12
A classic masterpiece no serious theater-goer should miss about the financially trobuled Ivanov, and the romantic intriques surrounding him. Vivid and Enticing, farcical but tragic, IVANOV has all the elements that characterize the best of Chekhov, thrillingly brought to life by the Maxim Gorky Drama Theater.15 min intermissionFor more information please contact International Concerts at 646.352.1683 or



Tovarich By Jacques Deval  | Open: 11/15/12 Close: 11/16/12
Tovarich by Deval-Former Tony-Award Winner as Broadway Musical, and legendary film with Claudetter Colbert, it now Premieres in US as a stage Drama. A warm-hearted, humorous, modern fable of two aristocartic Russian nobles who unexpectedly become maid and buttler in Paris, and the comdeic situations that ensure, with surprise ending. Charming and irresistible!15 minute IntermissionFor more information contact International Concerts at 646.352.1683 or



Dance To China: 2012 Annual Student Recital  | Open: 06/24/12 Close: 06/24/12
The New York Chinese Cultural Center is proud to present an afternoon of Chinese music and dance, featuring students from the School of the Arts.The performance contains one 15 minute intermission.For more information, please call (212) 334-3764



Tap City Youth Concert 2012  | Open: 06/17/12 Close: 06/17/12
Sixth annual performances by young tap dancers ages 5-19 from the American Tap Foundation's education program. Join us to celebrate the joy of tap dance!

There is one 15 minute intermission.


Susan Oetgen's The Salt Water Hotel  | Open: 06/16/12 Close: 06/17/12
Susan Oetgen – Composer/LibrettistTony Melone – Collaborative ComposerJenny Campbell – Director ConsultantZach Pizza – Lighting DesignerStephanie Sleeper – Costume ConsultantJennifer Furst – sopranoSara Murphy – mezzo-sopranoSusan Oetgen – sopranoTony Melone – pianoThe Saltwater Hotel is an epic bedtime underwater dream musical...a hero’s journey into the deep unknown to reclaim an original spark of inspiration...and a fable about taking the long way home. The idea for the piece came from a dream I had several years ago, in which I journeyed to the bottom of the ocean to a famous old hotel, a kind of holiday resort for souls on vacation from their earthly lives. As though the Star Wars Cantina had been transported to the Algonquin’s Oak Room, the Saltwater Hotel of my dream was alive with myth, magic and music - it was here that I encountered a charming chanteuse called La Sirenne, a mysterious mind-reader named Black Pearl and a cast of other wondrous underwater creatures.Susan Oetgen has been examining the complex relationship between art and war in a series of solo and collaborative music-theater projects about the US Marine Corps, including Command Voice, which premiered at BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center in 2010; Bazm-o-Razm, commissioned by the Brooklyn Philharmonic for the Music Off The Walls series at the Brooklyn Museum in 2008; and IED: Improvised Experimental Diva, which premiered at the inaugural Capitol Fringe Fest in Washington, DC in 2007 and was hailed by the Washington Post as “a perfect fringe experience.” Susan earned a Master of Music from Catholic University of America and a Graduate Certificate in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University. Susan is a recipient of a 2007 Jerome Foundation Travel & Study Grant and a 2010 Meet the Composer Creative Connections Grant.



State Theatre Of Nations - Poor Liza  | Open: 06/15/12 Close: 06/16/12
“Poor Liza is an original, stimulating, and powerful work of dance theatre.“ – The Moscow Times.

Chulpan Khamatova, one of today's most talented and renowned Russian actresses, and Andrey Merkuriev, the leading soloist of the legendary Bolshoi Theater, combine forces onstage in a modern rendition of “Poor Liza,” the Russian classic Nikolay Karamzin’s story of love, seduction, betrayal and social conflict. Showing the immortality and transcendence of these themes through the combination of theatre and dance, this celebrated duo pushes the limits of both in a sophisticated production by the renowned choreographer and stage director Alla Sigalova and composer Leonid Desyatnikov. The play has been nominated for the Russian National Theatre Award “The Golden Mask” and is regarded by public and critics as the most provocative, brave and sophisticated work of theatre arts in recent years.

Liza: Chulpan Khamatova
Erast: Andrey Merkuriev

Stage Director & Choreographer: Alla Sigalova
Music by Leonid Desyatnikov
Set designer: Nikolai Simonov
Musical director Alexey Goribol

Dance Theater"

Dance Recital Spectacular  | Open: 06/09/12 Close: 06/10/12
Boys and girls from three through fourteen years will perform in a variety of dance genres, including jazz/hip hop, street hip hop, ballet, lyrical and tap. Dancing to everything from Gershwin to Grease, Tchaikovsky to Britney, Disney to Elvis, with a touch of Adele in between, our dancers will entertain with their newly acquired and carefully honed dance moves, as well as their heartfelt enthusiasm and love of dance!

Hip Hop"

Dance.Hip Hop

Purring Tiger's Water In The Desert  | Open: 06/09/12 Close: 06/10/12
Concept & dance/visual director: Kiori KawaiMusic composer/director & multimedia programmer: Aaron SherwoodDancers: Ching-I Chang, Kevin Ho, Kiori Kawai, Masanori Asahara, Marjolayne AugerVoice: Amy CarriganViolin: Jason Kao HwangPiano: Jesse LynchWe human beings are a part of nature, even in the urban life. A city, composed of steel, concrete, glass, electrical lines, cellular data, wifi signals, etc., taken in and of itself can appear cold and lifeless, barren in its overwhelming inorganic-ness. From this perspective it can almost seem desert-like, devoid of life. However, a desert is not devoid of life. There is water; there is life. The water may be minimal, and overwhelmed by the heat, the arid air, and the barrenness, but the desert still thrives in its own peculiar ecosystem. Us humans, we are a city’s water. We make all that electricity, cellular data, grand architecture, concrete, and steel flow. Despite the un-humanness in everything that surrounds us in a city, we thrive, and make the city thrive, in its own peculiar ecosystem.Purring Tiger is a multi-cultural, multimedia, experimental performance group dedicated to bringing people together in the context of Art, in a subtext of Wonder. Consisting primarily of Japanese choreographer Kiori Kawai, and American composer and multimedia programmer Aaron Sherwood, Purring Tiger uses technology to intertwine the human body with sounds and visuals, and foster interaction.



Luke Murphy's Drenched  | Open: 06/06/12 Close: 06/07/12
Choreographed by Luke MurphyPerformed by Carlye Eckert and Luke MurphyVideo/Visual Design by David FishelAn evening length duet work for Luke Murphy and Carlye Eckert which deconstructs the notion of romance in contemporary society and examines the void between the expectations and ideas learned from media, art, music and centuries of social rhetoric and the starker realities of navigating trust, desire, companionship, sensuality and sexuality in today’s world.Originally from Cork, Ireland, Luke is a performer and choreographer based in New York and Ireland. Early training was at the Cork Arts Studio in and at the Shawbrook Ballet School in Longford. Later, he trained at the Legat Pre-Professional Dance Course in East Sussex and went on to the University of Pittsburg, where he graduated with a BFA in Dance and English. Mr. Murphy came to New York City where he has performed with Heidi Latsky Dance, Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company, Kazuko Hirabayashi Dance Theatre and Bill T Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. Mr. Murphy joined The Eric Hawkins Dance Company and has performed with them at Jacob Pillow, American Dance Guild Festival, Rhinebeck Performing Arts Center and the Harkness Dance Center at the 92nd Street Y.



Skippyjon Jones  | Open: 06/03/12 Close: 06/03/12


Vocal Virtuosos Of 52nd Street - Blues In My Soul  | Open: 06/01/12 Close: 06/01/12
Featuring the "soulful, soaring vocalist" Maya Azucena and "gifted pop-jazz singer, composer & guitarist" Allan Harris.

The Lost Jazz Shrines series is dedicated to bringing legendary New York City jazz clubs back into the consciousness of the world with a thorough remembrance and celebration. This season continues to look at 52nd Street . This season celebrates the great voices of the 52nd Street era. Bessie Smith was one of the most popular female blues singer of the 1920’s and 1930’s and is often referred to as The Empress of the Blues. Jackie Paris is one of the underrated legends of jazz song who was a true "musician's musician"; he also played the guitar on occasion, something that Allan Harris does quite adeptly in his shows.


Vocal Virtuosos Of 52nd Street - Nat King Cole  | Open: 05/25/12 Close: 05/25/12
Featuring the world renowned Allan Harris Band with Jesse Jones Jr. on saxophone.

The Lost Jazz Shrines series is dedicated to bringing legendary New York City jazz clubs back into the consciousness of the world with a thorough remembrance and celebration. This season continues to look at 52nd Street . This season celebrates the great voices of the 52nd Street era. Commenting on Allan Harris' Kennedy Center performance of his Nat King Cole show several seasons back, the Washington Post wrote: "Somewhere along the line Allan Harris developed an almost eerie talent for evoking Cole's mellow baritone. Because it's a gift, not a gimmick, audiences soon become aware that Harris and Cole naturally share the same vocal wavelength.


Kvn Team Fedor Dvinyatin & Residents Of Comedy Club  | Open: 05/13/12 Close: 05/13/12
KVN Team Fedor Dvinyatin is a 2009 Major League finalist.

Comedy Club is one of the most highly rated TV shows.

KVN team and the Residents of Comedy Club, together, have the most shocking, avantgarde contemporary humor.

Intrigued? On the edge? Yes we are!


The Musical Box Performs The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway  | Open: 05/12/12 Close: 05/12/12
The Musical Box performs an exact recreation of the famous show from 1974 written by Peter Gabriel and Genesis titled "The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway". The Musical Box has Genesis' full endorsement to recreate this show along with exact costumes, set, lighting, slideshow and instruments.


Vocal Virtuosos Of 52nd Street - Mr. B & Sassy  | Open: 05/11/12 Close: 05/11/12
Featuring critically acclaimed vocalist Allan Harris.

The Lost Jazz Shrines series is dedicated to bringing legendary New York City jazz clubs back into the consciousness of the world with a thorough remembrance and celebration. This season continues to look at 52nd Street . This season celebrates the great voices of the 52nd Street era. Billy Eckstine and Sarah Vaughan were two legendary "bridge" figures between the swing era and the modern jazz, or bebop, era. Sarah Vaughan was the singer in Eckstine's legendary big band which featured such modern jazz pioneers as Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie "Bird" Parker, and Art Blakey among many others. Sarah & Billy made two important recordings together: "The Irving Berlin Songbook" and "Passing Strangers". Allan Harris - Musical Director. Additional artists TBA.


Art Of The Stand-Up Comic  | Open: 05/04/12 Close: 05/04/12
An Evening of Comedy with Carole Montgomery and Other Great Guests.

With over 2 dozen television credits to her name including Funniest Mom in America, Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn and Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher to name a few , Carole Montgomery is a respected veteran of the standup comedy scene nationwide. The San Antonio Times called Carole "one of the pioneering female comics of the modern era." More performers TBA.

Stand Up"

Zorro  | Open: 04/15/12 Close: 04/15/12
A mysterious figure has arrived in town with the flurry of a cape, the glint of a sword and a flash of a mask! Who is this baffling character – an exciting friend or formidable foe? If you’re looking for some swashbuckling fun, come and lock swords with Zorro at BMCC Tribeca PAC next spring! Watch as our masked champion ricochets from one sticky situation to another in a world where adventure is the name and justice is the game! Written by Davey Anderson. Directed by Douglas Irvin. (Ages 8-13).


The Brooklyn Women's Chorus  | Open: 04/13/12 Close: 04/13/12
A community chorus, The Brooklyn Women’s Chorus was formed in October, 1997 by Park Slope resident and musician, Bev Grant. With a repertoire ranging from South African freedom songs to socially relevant songs by contemporary American songwriters like Garth Brooks, Jackson Browne, Pat Humphries and Bev Grant, topics range from freedom and justice to peace, resistance, and women’s labor history. They have recorded a CD entitled Brooklyn Women’s Chorus and the Power of Song . The Brooklyn Women’s Chorus is its own sanctuary for women who are seeking community and a safe place to find and raise their voice in song.


Best Of The Best Competition 7  | Open: 04/07/12 Close: 04/07/12
The Best of the Best Indian Dance Competition is the elite South Asian dance competition in the US. It brings together Bhangea, Bollywood and Hindi styles under one roof, on one stage for one night to crown the "Best of the Best.

Runs 2.5-3 hours with one 15 minute intermission.

For additional information, contact


Nate The Great  | Open: 03/18/12 Close: 03/18/12
Introducing the latest and greatest in the grand tradition of crime-solving detectives like Sherlock Holmes, Nero Wolfe and Charlie Chan... Nate the Great! This young, pint-sized detective has found lost balloons, books, slippers, chickens, and even a goldfish! But when his neighbor Annie asks for help in locating her missing painting, Nate finds that unraveling mysteries is easier (and a lot more fun!) with a partner. A new musical about teamwork and friendship (imaginary and otherwise) based on the first volume in Marjorie Weinman Sharmat's classic book series. (Ages 5-9).


KJ Denhert  | Open: 03/16/12 Close: 03/16/12
A unique artist, singer, guitarist and songwriter, including playing lead guitar in her band with members who have been touring with her for the last ten years, her music is a special blend of Urban Folk and Jazz. With a powerful voice, her lyrics are full of intelligent insight, and her musicianship is impeccable. She has earned four independent Music Award nominations and in 2009, she was named as one of’s top female vocalists. Her eclectic performances reach out to many different types of audiences without compromising her music and beliefs. Consistently praised for her originality, KJ is a one of a kind songwriter, guitarist and performer.


Incite 2012: Angels & Demons: Bluebeard's Castle  | Open: 03/11/12 Close: 03/11/12
Music by Béla Bartók
Libretto by Béla Balázs
Based on a French fairy tale by Charles Perrault
Directed by Jim Petosa

A psychologically probing opera about a young bride who insists on opening all the locked doors of her new husband's castle. Despite his protestations, she persists, with disturbing consequences. Featuring artists from the BU School of Music Opera Institute and School of Theatre.

"Completed in 1917, Bluebeard’s Castle is a chilling psychological reimagining of Charles Perrault’s folk tale where Bluebeard’s three previous wives are locked away and his fourth wife is about to join them." – Jeffrey Gantz, Boston Globe


Incite 2012: Angels & Demons: Ibsen's Peer Gynt  | Open: 03/10/12 Close: 03/10/12
Henrik Ibsen, playwright
Jason King Jones, director

Ibsen's epic drama explores an anti-hero's odyssey to define himself in the modern world. A 19th century blend of allegory, psychodrama and fairy tale is brought into the 21st century through this 90-minute adaptation. Ibsen's definitive work of poetic genius, Peer Gynt boldly investigates the dangers of absolute self-fulfillment, the struggles of sacrifice, and the endless pursuit to find meaning in an uncertain world.

“Not really an anti-hero in the traditional “leather-wearing, shotgun-toting, tough-quip-saying, girl-getting-via-rakishness” kind of way, Gynt is more a “reputation-ruining, bride-stealing, Mountain-King-hall-entering, surreal-hallucination-having” kind of anti-hero.” – Sean Clancy, Dig Boston, 2011


The Magic School Bus Live! The Climate Challenge  | Open: 03/10/12 Close: 03/10/12
Seatbelts everyone! The Magic School Bus® celebrates its 25th Anniversary with an all-new musical adventure. Ms. Frizzle’s students are putting on a play about global warming, and they need some cold, hard facts. This is no ordinary field trip, as a hop on the Magic School Bus takes the class and the audience on a whirlwind tour. From the arctic to the equator, they see telltale signs of climate change and learn how conservation, recycling and alternative energy can make a difference. Ms Frizzle and her class are up for the climate challenge. Are you? (Ages 5-8).


Bmcc Theater And Dance Series  | Open: 03/23/09 Close: 04/06/09
 BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center at the Borough of Manhattan Community College presents its annual WORK & SHOW FESTIVAL beginning March 23. This outgrowth of their twelve year old Artist-in-Residence program will feature five programs of new work by artists representing both dance and theater. The program for the series is as follows:

Mondays, March 23 & 30 at 7:30pm:
Lynn M. Thomson - America-in-Play
For nearly four years, over two dozen playwrights have investigated a neglected legacy from America's popular drama created between 1776-1914. This year, our writers, composers and videographers are exploring the 1848 hit comedy A Glance at New York by Benjamin A. Baker. Led by Lynnn Thomson, the team will present two original pieces that integrate an adaptation of the older play with a variety of new writing to address the bewilderments and rewards of life in New York City—and America. Lynn M. Thomson is a dramaturg, director, and teacher devoted to the development and production of new American plays. She has worked with companies including the Philadelphia Theatre Company, Circle Repertory Company, Woolly Mammoth Theatre, New Dramatists, and The Drama Department. She is currently an Associate Professor of Theater at Brooklyn College. She is perhaps best known as the dramaturg for the hit musical Rent.

Thursday, March 26 & Friday, March 27 at 8pm:
Daniel Jose Older & David Michael Friend - City of Love & Disaster
Just after the fall of slavery in New York, free Blacks took to the streets in an all out celebration of freedom. The events that followed, including the surge of the first all-Black Shakespearean theater company, the Manhattan race riots and the exodus of free people of color into Brooklyn, are chronicled in this mutlimedia show featuring storytelling, choreography, poetry and shadow puppetry set to live music by Brooklyn Latin Soul group BURUNDANGA. Daniel José Older has been creating multimedia performances for the past 10 years including collaborations with dancers (including The Urban Bush Women and Inspirit Dance Company), filmmakers, and puppeteers. Besides working as a paramedic, Daniel currently co-coordinates Reflect Connect Move, an organization dedicated to ending gender violence in Brooklyn. David Michael Friend has been a part of the puppet community since the mid-90s, working with Drama of Works, Kevin Augustine, Animal and the Czech-American Marionette Theater. Friend is also an art director and illustrator for television and film.

Saturday, March 28 & Sunday, March 29 at 8pm:
Michael Crowley & Michael Rau - Rag Fur Blood Bone: The Epic of Gilgamesh
Written by Michael Yates Crowley and directed by Michael Rau, this retelling of the Gilgamesh epic is set in New York City and narrated by animals. Ishtar is a spoiled, celebrity goddess and the evil Bull of Heaven is played by former police commissioner Bernard Kerik. The Epic of Gilgamesh is one of the oldest literary works, but this story from Uruk (ancient Iraq) is particularly relevant now: it's a story of war, corrupt politicians and gay love. It also features a live band, battle scenes and a cast of over twenty actors, singers, and musicians. Michael Yates Crowley is a 2008 Fellow in Playwriting from the New York Foundation for the Arts. As co-founder of Wolf 359, his work has been performed in Germany, Chicago and New York City, and filmed by HBO. He twice received the Seymour Brick Memorial Prize in Playwriting from Columbia University, where he studied English and Astrophysics. Michael Rau's New York credits include: The Ted Haggard Monologues and The Italian Songbook. He has directed readings of new plays at New York Theater Workshop, Primary Stages and Lincoln Center. He has served as an assistant for Les Waters at A.R.T., Anne Bogart at Glimmerglass Opera, and Robert Woodruff at San Francisco Opera.

Thursday, April 2 - Saturday, April 4 at 8pm: (Andrew Palermo and Taye Diggs) -- beyond.words
This World Premiere (open for review) dives into the world of autism with both wonder and sympathy. With movement gleaned from 'typical spectrum behavior,' beyond.words gives voice to these 'multi-sensory' individuals. Inspired by first-person accounts of people on 'the spectrum,' beyond.words challenges common misconceptions that the 'afflicted' want and need to be cured, and hopes to shed light on the beauty and spirit of people with autism. Founded in 2004 by childhood friends Andrew Palermo and Taye Diggs, has presented four full-length New York seasons as well as performances at the New York City Festival of Dance, Dance New Amsterdam's 'In the Company of Men' festival, Tribeca PAC's 'Work and Show' festival, the Usdan Concert Series, the Ugandan Arts Benefit at John Jay College, and a well-noticed solo for Desmond Richardson of Complexions Contemporary Ballet. This is's third year as an Artist in Residence at BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center.

Sunday, April 5 & Monday, April 6th at 8pm:
Triple Bill:

Ellis Wood Dance - Bricolage
The dictionary definition of “bricolage”: a construction made of whatever materials are at hand; something created from a variety of available things. Wood’s new work explores all avenues of creating a dance work with what is at hand. As a forty four year old choreographer and mother of three, Wood’s newfound body, mind and spirit, and dancers are what are available to create a merging of strikingly personal, and at times, possessed solos. Ellis Wood choreographs, teaches and does residencies at universities and festivals both nationally and abroad. Wood is a 2007 recipient of Building Up Infrastructure Levels for Dance (BUILD), a program of New York Foundation for the Arts, and she received a 2002 NYFA Fellowship in Choreography. Ellis Wood is in her eighth year at BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center.

Todd McQuade - Open to below
Told through expressive physical performance, Open to below challenges not only the empirical knowledge of the body in motion, but also the qualitative content physiometry fails to detect. The work questions the prevalence in dance tradition to delineate movement to a language, practice and consciousness of geometry. Why, in dance, does one speak more of line and shape instead of red and water? Todd McQuade earned a degree in Art History from the University of California at Los Angeles and integrates this knowledge towards his investigation of matter and movement. He has worked in the companies of Lucinda Childs, Alonzo King, Mark Morris Dance Group,bMikhail Baryshnikov's Hells Kitchen Dance, and currently Trisha Brown Dance Company.

Edisa Weeks/DELIRIOUS Dances - Elephant Dreams
During the last four years of his life, Joseph Merrick (The Elephant Man) lived in a secluded room at White Chapel Hospital. His main connection to the outside world was his imagination and occasional visitors. In this dance-theater work, Merrick escapes the harshness and solitude of his life by entering the world of Dumbo the Flying Elephant. Five dancers and three actors animate Merrick's world by portraying various characters, including Dumbo's mother, Timothy the mouse, and Ross the Freak Show manager. Edisa Weeks’ work has been performed in a variety of venues including swimming pools, storefront windows, senior centers and various living rooms, as well as at Jacob's Pillow, Works & Process at the Guggenheim Museum, and Summerstages Dance Festival, among others. Edisa is interested in creating intimate environments for experiencing and interacting with contemporary dance.

Rag Fur Blood Bone  | Open: 03/28/09 Close: 03/29/09
The epic of Gilgamesh is preserved on twelve clay tablets, assembled in ancient Mesopotamia by the priest Sin-liqe-unninni. Animals are mentioned once or twice in the early tablets, and then ignored. But three thousand years later, the tablets are falling apart, and animals are taking over the gaps. Set in present-day New York City and ancient Iraq, featuring the goddess Ishtar and police commissioner Bernard Kerik, this is a story of modern cities, ancient battles, homoerotic silences, and men who want to be gods. In RAG FUR BLOOD BONE, over 20 actors, musicians and Babylonian scholars assemble at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center to rip this tale open and eat its bleeding heart.

Dreaming Anderson  | Open: 10/12/06 Close: 10/14/06
Performed by Prague's highly acclaimed Archa Theatre, DREAMING.ANDERSEN is an explosive multimedia, multicultural performance piece that fuses theater, hip-hop music, classical Chinese music, traditional Czech animation, cutting-edge video technology, puppetry, graffiti and more. It uses classic Hans Christian Andersen tales to tell the stories of young performers struggling to find a platform for their own artistic expression. Here, the tale of a young Chinese immigrant singer trying to achieve fame in Prague recalls The Little Match Stick Girl, while other Andersen fables like The Little Mermaid, Lucky Peer and Aladdin's Lamp are echoed in the young people's tales of struggle. Throughout, Andersen's presence looms like a muse, appearing in the midst of graffiti art, as a silhouetted shadow, and in other surprising places.
Branice McKenzie  | Open: 02/17/06 Close: 02/18/06
BRANICE McKENZIE is a mellow bluesy jazz vocalist performing a combination of original and jazz classics. For these performances, we welcome Ms. McKenzie to Tribeca PAC's acclaimed intimate theater where she will be backed by the RICHARD CUMMINGS QUARTET.