Hudson Guild Theatre

Todays Date: 06/25/22
Last Update: 07/11/19 12:19:01 PM
Address: 441 W, 26th Street
New York, NY   

Location: (between 9th & 10th Avenues)

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EMERGENCY - A MODERN-DAY MEDICAL MUSICAL  | Open: 08/19/19 Close: 08/25/19
A modern-day medical musical by father/son team Jeff and Jacob Foy, featuring a talented cast of Broadway, Off-Broadway and regional theater performers, and winner of the Ken Davenport Inner Circle Grant.

A new intern whose life’s dream is to become an ER doctor and save lives, Justin Marks, M.D. has one night to save his career. Despite excelling in the classroom, his deficient bedside manner failed to land him a spot in a residency program. Now, forced to compete with his nemesis Kyle for the one Emergency Medicine spot left in the country, both candidates battle in an overnight shift under the watchful eye of program director Dr. Sharp. Amid forgotten patients, confiscating foreign bodies, and unearthly phone calls from Jesus, Emergency is filled with energy and compassion, lovable characters, and powerful and catchy melodies.

Jeremy Quinn directs a cast of sixteen with credits from Broadway, Off-Broadway, national tours and regional theaters, including Maddie Shea Baldwin (B’way & Nat. Tour: Bright Star); Owen Beans (Regional: Surflight Music Theater); Teren Carter (Nat. Tour: Miss Saigon, Jesus Christ Superstar; TV: “Blacklist,” “Good Wife,” “Madame Secretary”); Emily Cramer (B’way: School of Rock, Les Miserables, Mary Poppins); Susan Cohen DeStefano; Fred Frabotta (Regional: Interlakes Theater, St. Petersburg Opera); Jose Gomez, Jr. (Regional: Texas Shakespeare Festival); Amy Griffin (B’way & Nat. Tour: How the Grinch Stole Christmas; 1st Nat. Tour: Seussical, My Fair Lady); Kevin Hack (Int’l. Tour: West Side Story); Wes Hart (B’way: Anastasia; Nat. Tour: Jersey Boys); Kimberly Hicks (TV: “Running with Delays,” “We Are the Homefront”); Matthew Hougland (Regional: Theater by the Sea, Peregrine Theater Ensemble); Jaiden Klein (National Tour: How the Grinch Stole Christmas); Nick Kohn (Off-B’way: Avenue Q); Robin Lounsbury (Int’l. Tour: Sound of Music; PaperMill Playhouse: Mary Poppins, Guys and Dolls; and Nakiya Peterkin (NY: Disenchanted! – A New Musical Comedy).

IN THE WOODS WHERE THE MEN WORK  | Open: 03/05/19 Close: 03/09/19
A group of businessmen awake in a forest for the trial they never saw coming. Featuring a life-sized ox Puppet, animation & physical theater, a surreal and absurdist imagining of “business as usual” amidst global destruction. 

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR  | Open: 05/04/18 Close: 05/13/18
Amas Musical Theatre’s (Donna Trinkoff, Artistic Producer) Rosetta LeNoire Musical Theatre Academy will present Jesus Christ Superstar, a Rock Opera with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice.  The story is loosely based on the Gospels' accounts of the last week of Jesus's life, beginning with the preparation for the arrival of Jesus and his disciples in Jerusalem and ending with the crucifixion. 

Directed by Christopher Scott, with choreography by Monica Johnson and musical direction by Evan Alparone, the production will feature 17 members of “The Teen Academy" - Assanatu Afriju, Cassandra Barkett, Daniella Berman, Ali Bryan, Brandon Emann, Rowan Fisher, Nicole Klokiw, Emily Lang, Mateo Lizcano, Marisa Luft, Fofie Johnson, Lexy Piton, Blu Radway, Cindy Simon, Alyssa Velazquez, Molly Viega, and Tiffany Zahariev.  

“After last year’s successful production of Hair, we made the decision to follow up with another rock-influenced musical,” says Amas Artistic Producer Donna Trinkoff. “We also decided to explore gender fluidity with our casting. Little did we know at the time that the recent live television presentation was in the works! Our students were further inspired seeing the pros at work and our students have really worked hard and have made some exciting and bold choices.”

The creative team includes: Josh Iacovelli (Set Design), Joan Racho-Jansen (Lighting Design), David Rigler (Costume Design), Ian McDonald (Production Supervisor) and Craig Rosenthal (Production Stage Manager).

THE SUMMONING  | Open: 01/19/17 Close: 01/22/17
Circe and Morgan are college roommates, and tonight they're planning something strange. All they need to set their dangerous plan in motion is that final touch: a virgin vessel. Enter Lily, the last virgin on campus...

Written by Charlotte Ahlin
Directed by Emily Lyon
Produced by Fat Knight Theatre 
Part of the Winterfest Theater Festival Competition 2017

The cast features Charlotte Ahlin, Danielle Cohn, and Jacque Emord-Netzley.

Dragon Slayer The Musical  | Open: 01/09/17 Close: 01/14/17
Tony Scialli’s musical The Dragon Slayer, directed by Andrea Andresakis with musical direction by Kenneth McQueen III, will get its world premiere as part of Winterfest at the 2017 New York Theatre Festival.  Aspiring playwright/waiter, Lenny is obsessed with getting his show “Dragon Slayer” produced and he’ll do it even if it costs him everything. In a fantastical twist, Lenny’s life is thrust into chaos and he turns to the girl of his dreams and heroine of his play to help save the day.  Monday, January 9 at 9pm, Wednesday, January 11 at 9pm and  Saturday, January 14 at 3:30pm.  The Hudson Guild Theatre is located at 459 West 26 Street. Tickets are $18 and can be purchase by visiting

For more information about the festival please visit,

A Little Princess: Off-Broadway & US Premiere  | Open: 05/22/14 Close: 05/25/14
A Little Princess the Musical is a brand new adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett's beloved classic, coming straight from London. Featuring lively Music and Lyrics by Marc Folan and Book by Adam Boden, this timeless story is wonderful for all ages.

Beautiful Victorian costumes and scenic design will take the audience back to London in the late 1800s. In this riches-to-rags-to-riches story, A Little Princess follows Sara Crewe, a young girl who loses everything she holds dear. Through it all, Sara maintains her spirits and shows that anyone can be a princess.


Biomorphic Dance Festival  | Open: 04/23/14 Close: 04/24/14
Biomorphism = art movement focusing on naturally occurring patterns and shapes of living organisms

Curators Megan Lynn (Artistic Director, Megan Lynn/Asterial Dance) and Erin Pryor (Artistic Director, Erin Pryor Dance Theater) believe in the power of dance to express the physical, mental, and emotional complexities of living organism we are most familar with, humans! Dance has an intricate and intimate connection with the human experience: the power to heal, the power to transform, and the power to impact. The festival features 12 emerging and established NYC-based professional companies who are presenting up to 15 minutes of work in this intimate proscenium setting! Its an event you don't want to miss!

Biomorphic Festival Performances:
Wednesday April 23rd 8:00 pm
Thursday April 24th 8:00 pm
Tickets: $15


The 2014 season of the Matthew Westerby Company will take place at the Hudson Guild Theatre, March 2830, 2014.

Featuring three world premieres, the season highlights A Swan Lake Fantasy, created by collaborators Matthew Westerby (choreography), Matt Van Brink (composer/arranger), and Matei Varga (pianist). A 25-minute arrangement of Tchaikovsky's famous score, "A Swan Lake Fantasy" is a contemporary re-imagining of the classic, reflecting on the notions within the original work of beauty, betrayal and sacrifice, leading to ultimate tragedy. The work encapsulates the harmony and conflict present in the original narrative, and abstractly re-invents a timeless classic.

Varga, a renowned pianist, will perform live onstage alongside the eight dancers of Matthew Westerby Company. Lighting design is by Mike Riggs.

"Making an arrangement of a great piece of music means breaking it apart, inspecting the pieces, and from them, creating something new againby presenting the themes and dances in a new, perhaps surprising order, an entirely new story emerges out of the old one." - Matt Van Brink

"SwanLake"is my favorite piece of music in the entire literature This may sound like a counterintuitive statement coming from a pianist, but I've always been fascinated with Tchaikovsky's unparalleled ability to tell a story and paint a scene, as well as his endless melodic inventiveness." - Matei Varga

The 2014 season also features two other world premieres: Duet X, to the music of Ben Frost and Daniel Bjarnason; and an untitled full company work with music by Icelandic composers Jonsi & Alex. The company will also perform Saturn Sky, created by Westerby in 2011.

The Matthew Westerby Company dancers include Dylan Baker, Dina Christophe, Kayla Farrish, Gierre Godley, Nicole Kadar, Alessandra Larson, Kristin Licata, and Matthew Westerby.


Touch  | Open: 08/01/13 Close: 08/11/13
When tragedy upends the well-ordered existence of astronomer Kyle Kalke, he looks for answers in the cosmos he has devoted his life to studying. With the help of his oldest friend, the poetry of Keats, a pragmatic prostitute and a small celestial miracle, he finds the connection he seeks here on earth in TOUCH,an eloquent and unflinching exploration of love and loss from award-winning playwright Toni Press-Coffman.


Avalon Studios NYC, Inc. launched into New York's performance and art scene in November, 2012 with its Inaugural Event, “LEAVING NORMAL.”   On August 1, 2013 Avalon will kick-off its 2013 season with a new, multi-media staging of Toni Press-Coffman’s gripping, and often heart-wrenching play, TOUCH.


This event will also feature a companion PHOTO-EXHIBIT by Jennifer Skura, which will be displayed in our lobby.


Starring Jonathan Berenson, Emily Code, Dorothy McMillan, Mike Petrie, Jr. and Rachel Spencer, TOUCHalso features special “film” appearances by Jessica Barstis, Diana Berenson, Janine Berenson, Steven Berenson, Howard Code, Susan Strawgate Code, Glen Coffman, Andrew Colford, Victoria Gillette, Barbaro James, Jessica Park, Toni Press-Coffman, Max Ridgeway, Audrey Rosenblith & Michael Shimkin.


The production is Directed by Deborah Mathieu-Byers, with Costume Design by Miodrag Guberinic, Lighting Design by Nastassia Jimenez, Scenic Design by Marija Plavsic Kostic & Projection Design by Jarrel Lynch.  Nicholas Ortiz is the Director of Photography, with Music Direction by Stephen Byers and Media Design by Max Ridgeway.  Jessica Pecharsky is the Production Manager with Stage Management by Jodi Witherell.

About the Company: Avalon Studios NYC, Inc.

“To send light into the darkness of men’s hearts – such is the duty of the artist.”    – Robert A. Schumann

AVALON STUDIOS NYC, INC. is a multi-disciplinary performing & fine arts company. 

 We at AVALON are committed to creating a supportive, innovative and productive setting in which to advance the education and development of artists. 

The AVALON of legend was a center of teaching and initiation, a place of prosperity, social harmony, healing and engagement in the creative process.  A place of vital energies and deepened perceptions, a place, it is said, where the imagination filtered through the physical fabric of the land.

 We at AVALON are passionate about creating and maintaining such a place. 

 Embracing both fine artists and performers across the spectrum, AVALON draws from various genres and brings together both traditional and new art forms.  We at AVALON endeavor to mentor individual artistic expression and present it to our audiences for the enrichment of all.

“Man will begin to recover the moment he takes art as seriously as physics, chemistry or money.”  - Ernst Levy

Hamlet: A New Production of the Epic Masterpiece  | Open: 07/16/13 Close: 07/28/13
This new production of William Shakespeare's epic masterpiece updates the setting and strips the play down to its most basic elements, featuring Kyle Knauf in the title role (NYIT Award winning production of Charles Mee's Fetes De La Nuit, the Flea Theater's Obie Award winning production ofBenten Kozo), a set design by Jiin Choi, costumes designed by Ilana Breitman, and a lighting design by the team of Timothy Parrish and Lauren Stetson.

With a supporting cast including Justin R.G. Holcomb, Kathryn Neville Browne, Kim Sullivan, Ian Gould, Britannie Bond, Daniel Levitt, and Angus Hepburn--under the direction of John William Schiffbauer (Classic Stage Company, The Pearl Theatre Company, The Shakespeare Theatre Company, and Nebraska Shakespeare Festival)--this is a New York City summer Shakespeare experience not to be missed! Performances begin July 16th. For more info go to

New York Avant-garde Arts Festival  | Open: 06/14/12 Close: 06/23/12
The New York Avant-Garde Arts Festival features an original short-performance piece competition with artists from all over the United States of Americaand Canada. This year’s festival also includes two co-produced productions.  VTG Artistic Director Rich Ferraioli said, “We are really excited to get to work with so many new and talented artists. Part of our mission is to provide an opportunity for original works to be showcased and performed. This festival is exactly that outlet!”

About the Company: Variations Theatre Group


Variations Theatre Group, a nonprofit organization, is formed by a group of young stage professionals (all in their twenties) with the following goals and objectives:


1. To stage at least one play each season with a theme that is of interest and concern to the public (e.g. autism, post traumatic stress in veterans) and donate the profits from its production to appropriate charitable foundations.

2. To show plays of short duration at schools, hospitals, nursing homes and such other places, free of cost when the institution cannot afford it.    

3. To produce American theatrical classics, giving opportunities to young actors and directors.     

4. To stage theatrical works by relatively unknown contemporary American  playwrights.

5. To  hire and train a new generation of actors, playwrights and directors to familiarize themselves with the seminal works of modern theatre.

6. To recruit and train interns, giving preference to minority and disadvantaged applicants, by giving them stipends and hands-on work experience.

7. To have special theater festivals (or benefit events) to reflect our nation’s multicultural milieu, and to provide contemporary American playwrights the ability to showcase original work spanning gender and cultural diversity. 


Variations Theatre Group believes that contributing to the community is paramount and will focus on active and dynamic participation in this area, with a separate group headed by a director to perform outreach functions.  Furthermore, all the assets belonging to Variations Theatre Group will, upon its dissolution, be liquidated and the entire proceeds will be donated to the state, federal government or organized charities.

Compromised / Wendy Osserman Dance Company  | Open: 04/11/12 Close: 04/14/12
Four dancers collaborate with choreographer Wendy Osserman in this evening-length premiere. The movement is fueled by the contradictions we find between and within us. Osserman has always taken the political personally and humor emerges from the seriousness of her concern. Dancers: Lauren Ferguson, Cori Kresge, Cara Heerdt, Milan Misko and Wendy Osserman. The score includes music by Eric Satie arranged by Jordan Mclean, drummer Victor Lewis and interviews with people representing a range of political viewpoints. Set created by Charles Hinman, the artist who is credited with making the first paintings that were "off the wall."  Lighting by Roderick Murray. Costumes by Zuzka Kurtz.


Suddenly Last Summer  | Open: 09/16/11 Close: 10/02/11
WHITE HORSE THEATER COMPANY known for acclaimed productions of plays by Sam Shepard and Tennessee Williams commemorates Tennessee Williams’ 100th Birthday by presenting his play, SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER. The play is directed by White Horse Producing Artistic Director Cyndy A. Marion recognized for her recent revivals of Williams’ Clothes for a Summer Hotel, Small Craft Warnings and In the Bar of a Tokyo Hotel. SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER will play a three-week limited engagement at Hudson Guild Theatre (441 West 26th Street, btw. 9th & 10th Ave.). Performances begin Friday, September 16 and continue through Sunday, October 2. Opening Night is Monday, September 19 (8 p.m.).

Considered one of Williams’ most challenging plays—this grotesque “moral fable”, set in the Garden District of New Orleans, seeks to unearth the truth behind what happened last summer to Mrs. Venable’s son Sebastian. Catharine, Sebastian’s cousin, has painted a scandalous account. In an attempt to silence Catharine forever, Mrs. Venable tries to convince a doctor that Catharine is disturbed and in need of a lobotomy. The doctor must decide if Catharine is telling the truth.

Running Time: Approx. 90 minutes
New York  | Open: 09/08/11 Close: 09/11/11
David Rimmer, Pulitzer-Prize-finalist author of Album, originally wrote New York to raise funds for volunteer psychiatrists dedicated to helping the overwhelming number of patients psychologically affected by 9/11. In the play, fifteen people react to the events of that day and tell their stories to a psychiatrist. It's been performed at theaters, schools and colleges around the world to great acclaim. This September 8th through 11th, The Group Theatre Too will present an Equity Showcase production of New York at the Hudson Guild Theater on W. 26th Street in Manhattan. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the 9/11 organization September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows. For more information visit

About the Company: The Group Theatre Too, LLC

The Group Theatre Too hopes to encourage diversity and the exploration of the human experience through theatre-dance-music performances and arts education programs that will require youths and adults to be active participants and advocates for others; aware of their surroundings and their ability to mediate and effect change. Through the celebration of artists and the art of entertainment, GTT hopes to communicate the fact that as many ways as we humans are different we share common bonds and can connect with everyone on some level bringing new understanding and compassion to our lives.


Brooklyn Bets Alexi  | Open: 06/23/10 Close: 06/26/10
Brooklyn is hard enough - but what if you're a half Puerto Rican kid from the burbs here for the summer with a dad who hates his own people, a white aunt who thinks she's a Boricua and the rest of the borough watching you watch them? Alexi's about to find out.

The Ring  | Open: 03/19/10 Close: 03/28/10
Telescoping Wagner’s 15 hour epic opera The Ring of the Nibelung into a 90 minute play suitable for all ages is just the kind of challenge which Hudson Guild Theatre Company (HGTC) has eagerly embraced since it was formed in 1994.

Since 1895,  Hudson Guild -- Chelsea’s foremost community center --  has offered a wide variety of arts programs which enrich the cultural awareness of those who come from disadvantaged circumstances.  Hudson Guild Theatre Company was created to provide the local community with greater access to live performance in the Guild’s well-known, intimate theatre space.   For the past 16 years, HGTC has produced many plays with big casts and even bigger themes and ideas.  The Company brings together people of diverse ages and backgrounds to work closely together on challenging, unfamiliar and thought-provoking projects.

The company of 25 who’ve been working on The Ring since last November – ranging in age from 9 to 75 – have passionately embraced its complex mythological story along with the ravishing orchestral excerpts from Wagner’s score which are used as transition and background music throughout the play.    Compressing over 15 hours of action in the opera into a play running less than 2 hours has resulted in a fleet, wild, action-packed journey into the bizarre, mysterious world of gods and monsters which sprang from Wagner’s singular imagination.  This is the perfect introduction to Wagner’s daunting masterpiece for anyone whose curiosity has been piqued by the constant flow of cultural references to it, but who hasn’t yet found the time to devote two full working days to experiencing it in its entirety.

VLove  | Open: 07/22/09 Close: 07/26/09
VLove rocks! VLove is a multi-media cabaret play inspired by true stories from the cast. Through beatboxing, burlesque, song, dance, video, dialogue and spoken word, we see the intertwined stories of six post-modern women. Not your typical vagina play, V-Love features Dr. Gorgeous, a Connecticut housewife turned sex columnist, her daughter, Lily a sexy self-aware dancer whose best friend, J beatboxes her way through a gender crisis, Ellen, and her awkward transition from a little girl who just wants to draw having a tryst with her boss in the corporate world, and London, who can’t seem to sober up long enough to open the coffee shop she claims has been in the works since high school, narrated through the wide eyes of a fun-loving, guitar strumming minstrel, who watches it all unfold onstage.

V-Love will be at The Hudson Guild Theatre, 441 w. 26th St as part of the Fresh Fruit Festival at 8:30PM July 22, 8:30PM July 23, 9:30PM July 25 and 12:30PM July 26. $20. For advance sale (212) 352-3101 / (866) 811-4111 /

Pious Poetic Pie  | Open: 05/21/09 Close: 05/30/09
Fluid Motion Theater & Film presents the world premiere of PIOUS POETIC PIE, a new spoken word play adapted from Euripides’ Medea by Latina slam poet Yubelky Rodriguez. Directed by Denyse Owens, previews begin May 21 at the Hudson Guild Theater. Opening night is set for Saturday, May 23.


PIOUS POETIC PIE uses the explosive nature of slam poetry to adapt Medea's timeless journey of love, loss, and revenge to the multicultural community of a rapidly gentrifying Brooklyn, recasting Medea as Melinda, a Dominican immigrant who finds power in words. Yubelky Rodriguez’s poetry recalls the heightened language of Greek tragedy while adding a contemporary urban vibe: "It's happening now / never trust the eyes that see blindly / because it... felt right.... / to reveal simple verses... my heart.... / exposing cuts, now strategic plans... / a vendetta to heal internal wounds / injuries that will bleed eternally seeping slowly through my skin."


PIOUS POETIC PIE features a multiethnic cast of actors and poets, including Mia Bankston, Darian Dauchan, Maria-Christina Oliveras, Jose Joaquin Perez, Mia van de Water, and Rick Younger, with sets by Tim McMath, costumes by Deborah J. Caney, lighting by Christopher Brown, sound by Dave Morreale, stage managed by Patrick McGhee and assistant staged managed by Bridget Halloran.


Playwright Yubelky Rodriguez is a New York City-based slam poet/spoken word artist who has performed her poetry at the Cornelia Street Cafe, Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Culture Shock, Rabbit Hole, Sugar Shack, and Quisqueya (Dominican Association Annual Banquet). She studied Spanish and Latin American Comparative Literature at Cornell University, including a semester of theater studies at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain. PIOUS POETIC PIE is her first full-length theatrical play.


Denyse Owens' favorite directing credits are: TBA by Carla Ching at Second Generation starring Lloyd Suh and Michi Barall, Taking Control at Luna Stage, On Dry Land at Blue Heron Arts Center, Defacing Michael Jackson (Winner of Samuel French Festival 2005), Match Me in the 2005 NY Fringe Festival, Mud at Actors Studio Drama School. She also assistant directed Connie Grappo for The Working Theater's Back From the Front by Lynn Rosen. In 2005 she earned her MFA in Directing from The Actors Studio Drama School. In addition she is a teaching artist, a company member of IRT in the West Village and Institutional Giving Associate at Theatre Development Fund (TDF).


Fluid Motion Theater & Film, whose Founder and Artistic Director Christine Simpson was named one of’s “People of the Year” in 2006, commissions, develops, and produces multi-ethnic, multidisciplinary adaptations of classic western and non-western texts to explore the commonality of the human experience shared by disparate cultures. Theater projects include The Great Conjurer at The Kirk at Theatre Row Studios, Tales of Unrest: Joseph Conrad On Stage at Baruch Performing Arts Center, Arsat at FringeNYC, wAve at The Public Theater, and the upcoming Gone by Katori Hall. For more info visit


PIOUS POETIC PIE runs May 21-30, 2009, Tuesday - Sunday at 7:00pm with additional matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 3pm. The Hudson Guild Theater is located at 441 West 26th Street between 9th and 10th Avenues. Tickets are $18, $15 for previews, $12 for students/seniors. For information or reservations call 212-868-4444 or visit

Album  | Open: 05/01/09 Close: 05/03/09
Meet Playwright, David Rimmer - Friday, May 1st after the opening night performance.

Directed by Justin Boccitto;  Assistant Director - Cristina Marie

Divided into eight scenes, the play chronicles the coming of age of two teenaged couples during the turbulent sixties. The language is frank, but unfailingly funny, as the four struggle with impending adulthood and their awakening sexuality. The action ranges from summer camp, to dormitory bedrooms, to senior prom, with the popular music of the period—Bob Dylan, The Beatles, The Beach Boys—ever present as a telling counterpoint to, and emotional anchor for, the lives of its young foursome. As the years spin deftly by it is also apparent that maturity will bring differing perils and problems for each of them, although all will continue to recall the special excitement—and poignancy—of these last few carefree years together.

A major critical and popular success, Pulitzer Prize finalist, and a long-running Off-Broadway hit, David Rimmer’s ALBUM played for a year at the Cherry Lane Theater and has been produced at regional and community theaters, colleges and secondary schools, ever since. It was published by Dramatists Play Service, and reprinted in many scene and monologue collections. It was originally developed in a series of workshop productions at some of New York’s most prominent theaters, including Playwrights Horizons, the WPA Theater, Phoenix Theater, Theater at St. Clement’s and HB Studios.

The Choreographer's Canvas 2009  | Open: 04/28/09 Close: 04/29/09
The Group Theatre Too presents The Choreographer's Canvas, an annual event featuring the works of eighteen cutting-edge New York choreographers. See new original and traditional styles of choreography including, tap, ballet, theatre dance, jazz, hip-hop, Broadway, modern and lyrical in concert at Manhattan's Hudson Guild Theatre. Experience the dance designs of New York's established and emerging choreographers in this uplifting mosaic evening of music and movement. The Canvas is sponsored by Broadway Dance Center, Capezio and the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers. Featuring choreography by Geoffrey Doig-Marx, Brian Duryea, Dana Fisch, Isabel Gotzkowsky, Ryan & Joanna Greer, Yung Li-Chen, Ryan McNally, Jeremy McQueen, Lynsey Peisinger, Katrina Phillip, Svea Schneider, Tracie Stanfield, Kate Swan, Jennifer Turey, Justin Boccitto, and Michael Blevins.


Hell's Kitchen The Musical  | Open: 02/11/09 Close: 03/08/09
Hell's Kitchen is the musical story of an era in New York City history that will never come again. It takes place in the early 1960's in a neighborhood both feared and respected by those who stepped within it's borders. It follows the life of Danny Vincente and his friends and family through the warmth and the heartbreak of their lives. It has doowop on street corners, street smart scams, rooftop sanctuaries, mobsters, strippers and the scintillating rock scene of the true 1960's. It has 25 songs based on the values of old Broadway.

Jared Troilo, Aimee L. Corley, Joshua Antonucci, Leandra Ramm, Paul Luoma, Bridget Bailey, Kyle Kleiboeker, Heidi Beckmann, Alex Perone, Marissa Parness, David Albright, Lauren Kampf, Mallory Taylor, Ross Boehringer, John Blackwell, Michael Briatico, Eddie Wardel, Danielle Ryan, Carina Scott, Allison Young , Chris Farha, Gabrielle Visser and Andrew Drost. With special guest, the sensational tap dancing star, Omar Edwards.

Bridge Across Productions - Producing Company
Jon Montgomery - Book
Jon Montgomery - Lyrics & Music
Toby Kasavan - Music
Jo-Ann Oakes - Director
Joe Barros - Choreographer
Emmett M'Connell - Set Designer

Michael Megliola-Lighting Desginer
Jennifer Anderson - Costumes

Cornbury: The Queen's Governor  | Open: 01/24/09 Close: 02/08/09
Was one of the first governors of New York a drag queen? Cornbury: The Queen's Governor relates the legendary tale of Edward Hyde, the British governor of colonial New York who is now remembered primarily for his rumored habit of dressing as his first cousin, Queen Anne.

With wit, beautiful language, and lots of heart, this riotous historical romp raises important questions about the early days of New York, and the nature of American society.

Co-written by Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize nominee William M. Hoffman (As, Is; Ghosts of Versailles) and Anthony Holland, Cornbury features downtown theater legends David Greenspan and Everett Quinton together on stage for the first time.

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Cornbury: The Queen's Governor  | Open: 01/24/09 Close: 02/08/09
Edward Hyde, Lord Cornbury, was the English governor of New York and New Jersey, from 1702-1708. A controversial figure, he is now remembered primarily for his rumored habit of dressing as his first cousin, Queen Anne. In other words, an early English governor of New York was quite possibly a drag queen—and not a very pretty one, if the portrait reportedly of him in women's clothing that hangs in the New York Historical Society is an accurate portrayal.

Through its fictional accounting of events around Lord Cornbury's governorship, CORNBURY: THE QUEEN'S GOVERNOR celebrates the ongoing cultural diversity and vitality of the Big Apple. A satirical romp in the tradition of The Ridiculous Theatre, the play also raises important questions about American culture: Are we inclusive or intolerant? How do we integrate individual differences of ethnicity, religion, and sexuality into what it means to be an "American"?

THE QUEEN'S GOVERNOR is directed by Theatre Askew co-artistic director Tim Cusack, with set designs by OBIE winner Mark Beard and costumes by Emmy nominee David Zyla. In addition to David Greenspan (Boys In The Band, Some Men, Beebo Brinker Chronicles, Hairspray) and Everett Quinton (The Mystery of Irma Vep, Women Beware Women and countless other plays with The Ridiculous Theatrical Company), the production stars Ken Kliban (Drama Desk nomination for As Is), Bianca Leigh (Transamerica, I Claudius Live) and Jenne Vath (Tooth of Crime/La MaMa, Anna Christie/Metropolitan Playhouse).

William M. Hoffman is best known for his groundbreaking play about the AIDS epidemic, As Is, for which he was nominated for the Tony and Pulitzer Prize and received the OBIE and Drama Desk awards. New York Magazine recently named it one of the most significant New York cultural works of the past 40 years. He also wrote the libretto for the Metropolitan Opera's The Ghosts of Versailles with music by John Corigliano.

Bye Bye Birdie  | Open: 01/08/09 Close: 01/18/09
Featuring a cast of professional young performers ages 12-18, Bye Bye Birdie follows A rock singer who travels to a small Ohio town to make his "farewell" television performance and kiss his biggest fan before he is drafted.  Featuring the popular songs, "Put on a Happy Face", "The Telephone Hour", and "Got a Lot of Livin' To Do", this satire of the Elvis generation is sure to delight audiences of all ages!

Gotta Dance  | Open: 06/25/08 Close: 06/29/08
A Musical Theatre Dance Revue performing classic choreography from Movie Musicals, TV Variety Shows and Broadway. See the styles of Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Cyd Charisse, Carol Haney & Eleanor Powell live on stage and performed by NYC's Dance Makers, a non profit musical theatre dance company. An evening of dazzling show stopping numbers featuring a talented cast of veteran Broadway performers and young professionals, dancing and singing to the music of Cole Porter, Gershwin, and Berlin. A nostalgic journey back in time!
Scenes from an Execution  | Open: 05/25/07 Close: 06/10/07
In 16th-century Venice, a renowned artist (and notorious libertine) is commissioned by the government to paint a huge canvas depicting the Christian victory over the Islamic Ottoman Empire at the Battle of Lepanto in 1571. However, rather than glorifying the war, she paints an indictment of it - a scene of death, destruction and mutilated survivors. The government is not pleased, and the painter must face the consequences of her choice. In addition to the struggle between artistic vision and censorship, Barker's play implicates the apathy of society at large as it poses unsettling questions about the real power of art.
gregslist: the musical  | Open: 05/12/07 Close: 05/15/07
Greg has been fired from his job, kicked out by his roommate, and dumped by his girlfriend. America's one stop internet shop solves all the problems! Join Greg as he clicks into the bustling online community of Missed Connections, Job Postings, and Rants and Raves. You'll never look at want ads the same again!
Ophelia: opera in blue  | Open: 05/05/07 Close: 05/08/07
Shakespeare's tragic heroine roars into her own in Sergei Dreznin's gutsy reinvention of Hamlet. More than just a daughter, a sister, or a lover, Ophelia refuses to be bound by her place in the lives of men. Fusing grotesque absurdism, humor, and sweeping, virtuosic music – inspired by Kurt Weill – Ophelia explores the famous tale of Denmark's prince from a troubling new perspective. Amidst a looming bathtub and 5-piece jazz ensemble, this 40-minute musical epic works to unlock the mystery of Ophelia's madness.

Prospect Theater Company is thrilled to present the New York première of Ophelia: opera in blue as part of its Dark Night Series at the Hudson Guild Theatre. The American première of Ophelia opened at the Yale Cabaret in New Haven, Connecticut in 2004. Previous European performances of Ophelia's score include the Roter Engel in Vienna and the Moscow Chamber Opera. Sergei Dreznin ( is well-renowned for his unusual interpretations and new versions of classic piano works, his highly original approach to music-theater, and his long-time collaboration with violinist Gidon Kremer. His innovative music-theatre works, particularly In Memoriam of September 11, have been covered in the Washington Post, Miami Herald, Baltimore Sun, Newsday, Moscow Times, and USA Today, as well as on CNN, Indonesian Television, and the BBC.

May Adrales received her MFA from the Yale School of Drama and directed the American première of Ophelia at the Yale Cabaret, of which she was Artistic Director from 2004-2005. May is a recipient of the Van Lier Fellowship at Second Stage Theatre and of the New York Theatre Workshop Directing Fellowship. She is also a Drama League Directing Fellow, a member of the Women's Project Lab, and a member of the SoHo Rep Writers/Directors Lab.

Ophelia features an ensemble of four, including David Matranga*, Ben Beckley, Lucas Howland*, and Marisa Michelson in the title role. The on-stage jazz ensemble is led by Mike Pettry ( The creative team also includes designers Kanae Heike and Kate Cusack. [* Appearing courtesy of Actors' Equity.]

Like last year's festival, the 2006 season will feature three full-scale mainstage productions – Marisol by Jose Rivera, True West by Sam Shepard and the world premiere of Truce on Uranus by Mark Lindberg -- running on a rotating schedule. The company will also present a pair of staged readings, a special performance by the company's youth ensemble and a live taping of two all-new audio plays commissioned by the Dreamscape Theatre in order to celebrate Halloween 2006.

TRUCE ON URANUS is a hilarious world-premiere queer farce of "extra-terrestrial spiritual discovery".

Written in 1992 in response to pre-millennium jitters, MARISOL a surreal, prescient look at the world we live in today.

TRUE WEST, starring Zack Calhoon and Jordan Meadows, is a brutal, provocative American classic.

The Ballad of Eddie and Jo  | Open: 09/08/06 Close: 09/24/06
The Ballad of Eddie and Joe, a modern re-telling of the tragedy of Oedipus and Jocasta set in a working class neighborhood of a decaying American city. In the play, old, blind Eddie looks back on his life as an alienated youth growing up in a foster care family who stumbles into a fight with small time gangster and inadvertently kills him. Later when meeting the gangster's widow he is drawn into a relationship by a powerful feeling of mutual affinity. This reinvention of the old story presents the full spectrum of emotions on the eternal dilemma of man's struggle to find love and integrity in a baffling universe.
Civil Sex: The Life of Bayard Rustin  | Open: 07/28/06 Close: 08/05/06
Bayard Rustin was born in 1912 and died in 1987. He conceived, and was the prime organizer behind, the famous March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in August of 1963, at which Martin Luther King delivered his unforgettable I Have a Dream speech. Just a few weeks prior to the March, Rustin was denounced on the floor of the United States Senate by Strom Thurmond, for the charge of "sex perversion" stemming from a lewd vagrancy charge ten years earlier.

Despite such attacks, Rustin remained extraordinarily open about, and comfortable with, his sexual orientation throughout his adult life. The play examines the complicated life of this important figure through a series of kaleidoscopic scenes that range from 1940 through 1987 and mirror the turbulent changes which America itself endured during those years. The play's complex portrait ofRustin is created through the accumulation of many diverging perspectives on Rustin from people who knew him throughout his life -- including lovers, friends and foes.

On The Town  | Open: 05/12/06 Close: 05/21/06
Classic muiscal about three sailors on a 24 hour leave in New York City.