Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center

Todays Date: 06/25/22
Last Update: 10/15/15 03:24:01 PM
Address: 107 Suffolk Street
New York, NY   

History of Productions View Current and Upcoming

Night of the Touching Zombies  | Open: 10/09/15 Close: 10/30/15
Unexpected Undead Creatures Abound in Night of the Touching Zombies- a dadaist humor/horror play, showing all this month at the Nightmare Horror Show.

This play is a love letter to thoughtful but silly horror productions, such as those of Dan O'bannon, Sam Raimi, James Gunn, and that sort. It also has roots in the EC horror comics of the 50's, and the Lee/Kirby "tales to astonish".

I was writing to see if you might have an interest in checking out the show for a possible write-up. If you let me know when you might want to come, I will let the box office know to comp you.

The play runs through october on the following dates, at the Clemente (CSV), 107 Suffolk:
7pm Oct 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 29 and 30
9pm Oct 20 8pm Oct 25

From Ashes  | Open: 06/22/12 Close: 06/23/12
FROM ASHES" - A Belly Dance Performance

Friday June 22nd 2012 at 7PM and Saturday June 23rd 2012 at 8PM
Clemente Soto Velez Cultural and Educational Center
Flamboyan Theater
107 Suffolk Street, New York, NY 10002

Tickets: $20

Fundraiser Page:

Following the footsteps of Ishtar, "From Ashes" is a belly dance performance about transformation, liberation, and renewed life through the initial step into the darkness. We hope you will join us on this journey!

"To the land of no return, the land of darkness,
Ishtar, the daughter of Sin directed her thought,
Directed her thought, Ishtar, the daughter of Sin,
To the house of shadows, the dwelling, of Irkalla,
To the house without exit..."

"From Ashes" Artists:
Artistic Director: Irina Komarovskaya
Dancers: Renee Renata Bergan, Victoria Dominguez, Lauren Caspar, Karla Garcia, Irina Komarovskaya, Lauren Robbiani, Diana Susanto, Maria Estefania Vaz Ferreira
Musician: Hanna Madbak
Light Design: Nick Hung
Photographer: Marius Shanzer

Supported by Sol Dance Center (30-16 Steinway St., Astoria NY 11103)


Chlamydia dell'Arte: A Sex-Ed Burlesque  | Open: 05/14/12 Close: 05/20/12
The New York premiere of CHLAMYDIA DELL'ARTE: A SEX-ED BURLESQUE is written and performed by Gigi Naglak and Meghann Williams. Performances begin May 14, 2012 at Los Kabayitos Theater, at the Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural and Educational Center (107 Suffolk Street) in Manhattan.

First performed in the 2009 Philadelphia Fringe Festival, followed by a run in Washington, DC in 2010, CHLAMYDIA DELL'ARTE: A SEX-ED BURLESQUE is Gigi Naglak and Meghann Williams' traditional re-interpretation of a classic burlesque show. Sex education is addressed with a female skew, through comedy, satire, dance and songs. In one skit, Naglak and Williams satirically transform Shakespeare's famous balcony scene from ROMEO AND JULIET into a scene about masturbation. In another scene, the pair humorously performs a sexy stripteaseabout STD's.

The Washington Post said of CHLAMYDIA DELL'ARTE: A SEX-ED BURLESQUE, "Impressive: Naglak and Williams are so exuberant and unaffectedly positive about sex that in their hands, none of the material seems dirty."

The Philly Fun Guide called it, "an extremely raunchy, wide-ranging 'Sex-Ed Burlesque' which somehow manages to feel sweet and naive at the same time," and gave it four and a half out of five stars.

Washington City Paper said it, "combines the racy, raunchy, and outlandish with some truly thought-provoking moments."

And DC Theatre Scene called it, "a truly fun and funny show, guaranteed to delight or offend. Maybe both!"

Producer: Ying Le
Production Stage Manager: Katie Pidgeon
Associate Producer: John Nehlich
Lighting Designer: Evan Roby
Graphic Designer: Amy Scheidegger
Web Designer: Preston Mark Stone
Press Representative: Dale Heller, Heller Highwater

There is no late seating.
Running time is 60 minutes, no intermission.


Fuente Ovejuna  | Open: 06/17/10 Close: 07/03/10
When the town of Fuente Ovejuna is brutalized by a tyrannical commander, it falls on the shoulders of a young woman to ignite a rebellion.
Written by Lope de Vega, the “Spanish Shakespeare,” and based on historical events, this neglected classic from the Spanish Golden Age is as politically charged today as it was when it was written over four hundred years ago.  Presented in Adrian Mitchell’s elegant translation, featuring original live music and a company of sixteen actors, Nylon Fusion Collective follows up last year’s ground-breaking production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream with a dynamic re-telling of a play that has become a rallying cry for oppressed people around the world.

Medea: A Tragedy Of Revenge  | Open: 05/09/09 Close: 05/17/09
This classic Euripides work is the terrifying tale of a powerful sorceress wronged by her husband, ravaged by domesticity, and driven by revenge. This production is heavily influenced by both the “German Expressionism” and “Film Noir” genres; sharp physical movements that convey the emotional extremes of the characters and a classic “black and white” look are just a few of the aspects that make this MEDEA a unique theatrical experience.

Macbeth  | Open: 04/03/09 Close: 04/19/09
The Hipgnosis Theatre Company’s production of Macbeth takes its inspiration from the original presentation of the play. While most modern productions stage Macbeth in darkness, Shakespeare’s King’s Men originally acted out this nightmarish play in broad day-light, thus having to evoke the darkness of the setting (and of the plot) with their language and action, rather than with technical effects. Hipgnosis will set its production on a fully-lit stage, relying on its ensemble to execute the challenging feat of creating imaginary darkness. The stark tone of Hipgnosis’ production will be further heightened by white vinyl-flooring, fluorescent light strips, a white witches’ nest at ceiling level and white tyvek costumes, to propose that, in our urban society, ubiquitous light can be as much a source of terror and nightmare as darkness was in Jacobean England. Light will be a sinister participant in this performance, a living presence, serving the environment of the play itself by creating a harsh, unforgiving and clinical atmosphere.

The Blue Bird  | Open: 01/07/09 Close: 01/24/09
The play was partly inspired by a 1980 Japanese Anime series by Hiroshi Sasagawa, "Maeterlinck's Blue Bird: Tyltyl and Mytyl's Adventurous Journey," which was in turn is based on the famous 1908 play by Maurice Maeterlinck. "Now we are bringing it back into a Western culture," says Dan Safer, comparing the process to "a snake biting its own tail." He adds, "We will allow ourselves to be fascinated by what's foreign about it; colliding with the script."

 "The Blue Bird" will be performed by Sam Pinkleton, Laine Retmer, Mike Mikos, Aubrey Chamberlin, Abigail Browde, Orion Taraban, Joe Baker, Damaris Webb, Randy Thompson, Sam Pinkleton, and Wil Petre. Guest artists will include Neal Medlyn, Clarinda Maclow, Randolph Curtis Rand, Laura Berlin Stinger and more. Set and lights are designed by Jay Ryan. Sound design is by Ryan Maeker. Costume design is by Laura Berlin Stinger. Video and Projection Design are by Kaz Phillips.

Mikuni Yanaihara (playwright) is a choreographer and director of Nibroll (, a company she created in 1997. Since high school, when she began to dance, Yanaihara has won numerous awards for her work, including the NHK Award at a national high school dance competition. After graduating from university with a degree in dance, Yanaihara turned her sights on film and enrolled in film school. She has taken Nibroll to a range of festivals including the Oregon Dance Festival, the San Francisco Butoh Festival, and the Berlin Fusion Festival..



Oh, Those Beautiful Weimar Girls  | Open: 11/19/08 Close: 12/21/08
It is based on the life and artistry of the actor/dancer/poet who epitomized for many the decadence of Weimar era Berlin. The play was inspired by "The Seven Addictions and Five Professions of Anita Berber" by Berber's principal biographer, Mel Gordon, which dubs her "Weimar Berlin's Priestess of Depravity." Choreography is by Julia Atlas Muz and Peter Schmitz.

With original and classical music, dance and striking stage design, the production will recreate Anita Berber's life in a series of cabaret-styled performances, including much of her "repertoire of the damned." This play occurs 80 years after her tragic passing and aims, according to playwright Mark Altman, to "capture her indomitable spirit and inspire young and old alike to rage against the night." Lighting design is by Federico Restrepo. Costume design is by Javier Bone Carbone.

In an era where everything was permitted, Anita Berber's celebrations of "Depravity, Horror and Ecstacy" were condemned and censored. She appeared in nightclubs and casinos, naked except for a sable wrap and a pet monkey hanging from her neck. Her body was thin and androgynous; her bright red hair was cut in a rebellious bob and a silver brooch filled with cocaine usually hung around her neck. She and her frequent collaborator/dance partner, Sebastian Droste, came to represent the decadence of Weimar Berlin with their nude dancing, drug use and flamboyant sex lives.

The cast includes: Javier Bone Carbone, Kaylin Lee Clinton, Markus Hirnigel, Lisa Kathryn Hokans, Denice Kondik, Sarah Lemp, Florencia Minniti, Madeline Pramik, John Rosania, Kat Ross, Jade Rothman, Christine Ann Ryndak and Jeanne Lauren Smith.

Missing Time  | Open: 05/18/07 Close: 06/01/07
How do you know what is real? What if it all suddenly changed? Would anyone believe you? On September 1st, 2006, a thirty-year-old man named John Weston vanished from his apartment on the Upper West Side of Manhattan for approximately six hours. Or so he claims. This is his story.
Children participate in this circus-style play and in turn see how these two charming characters from the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico find friendship, self-esteem and confidence.

Dos personajes de folklore puertorriqueño y dominicano que a través de sus travesuras aprended el valor de la honestidad, el trabajo, y las amistad.

Bloody Mary, a comedy of tragic proportions  | Open: 04/21/06 Close: 05/13/06

While we all enjoy a lazy afternoon setting insects on fire with a magnifying glass, only one monarch loved to do it again. And again. Except to people. And all in the name of love.

Her name was Mary--Bloody Mary.

Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn, Elizabeth I, Katharine of Aragon and thousands of Whores, Princes, Monks, Jews, Heretics, Doctors, and even his Holiness in Rome gather in a dizzying blend of epic history and genuine smut, the likes of which hasn't been seen since Bob Guccione's Caligula. Except funnier, and with slightly less live sex.

Bloody the magic.