Manhattan Theatre Source

Todays Date: 11/26/22
Last Update: 04/25/11 11:43:54 PM
Address: 177 MacDougal Street
New York,   

History of Productions View Current and Upcoming

Two Steps Forward  | Open: 05/05/11 Close: 05/21/11
Excited by the possibility of change, more than 132 million Americans voted in the 2008 presidential election. The same day, Californians voted to pass Proposition 8, which provides that "only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized" in that state. Two Steps Forward follows gay couple Corey and Seth at this historic juncture.  As Seth prepares for a major art opening in New York, the couple’s adopted son, Josh, returns home from college with a girlfriend. Also on hand are Josh's birth mother, the godmother who helped raise him, and a visiting aunt from California. The play is about the true definition of family and the ongoing struggle for civil rights.

Two Steps Forward stars Courtney Allen, Linda Elizabeth, Barbara Mundy, John Philip, Andrew Loren Resto, Brandon Ruckdashel, and Julia Yarwood.

Hamlet's Apocalypse  | Open: 11/07/10 Close: 11/09/10
The Dark Lady Players present a black comedy showing “Hamlet” is a comic Jewish parody of the Book of Revelation and was written by the ‘Dark Lady’ of the Sonnets, Amelia Bassano Lanier.This allegorical meta-theatrical production takes place on Doomsday. The Anti-Christ (Hamlet) and son of the Devil (King Hamlet) kills Christ (Laertes) and God the Father (Polonius). The Virgin Mary (Ophelia) tries to help by rising into heaven as the Woman Crowned with the Sun, but falls into the water and drowns. Hamlet then kills his own tribe, the Whore of Babylon (Gertrude) and the Seven Headed Beast of the Apocalypse (Claudius) before dying himself. And instead of the golden city of Jerusalem descending from the sky, what comes on stage is a parody from the Arabian Nights, a Fort-in-Brass.  

About the Company: Dark Lady Players

 The Dark Lady Players perform the underlying allegories in the Shakespearean plays, showing that they are comic religious satires. This raises a profound question about how such parodies could have got into the plays, which leads to the latest authorship theory, that  a major author of the plays was the Dark Lady, the experimental poet Amelia Bassano Lanier.

The Love List  | Open: 04/28/10 Close: 05/15/10
Two men concoct a list of the attributes of the ideal woman - the "top ten" best qualities in a mate. When this allegedly 'Ideal Woman' actually arrives on the scene the men quickly learn that their list could use a few revisions. This hilarious and thought-provoking play examines the quest for perfection, in its long awaited New York premiere.

ArtEffects Theatre Company presents "Almost Olive Juice", seven short plays with Cupids, Monsters, Writers, Actors, Lovers and Cheaters all searching for love, well...almost

The show line-up:

Details - A writer's characters come to life.
Vessel - Friends with benefits come to a crossroads.
It Takes All Kinds - Speed dating can be a nightmare.
Mr. Late - Two women chat in a hotel lobby. They have more in common then you'd think...
The Breakroom - Cupid knows best...?
Listen - Not the average she said/he said.
Anniversary Special - Buy the Cow.

The Crucible  | Open: 01/27/10 Close: 02/11/10
 Arthur Miller's classic tale of paranoia and insecurity realizes its full hysterical effect in a stark new remounting at Manhattan Theatre Source. From the moment audiences enter the historic space at 177 MacDougal St, they will be immersed in the vivid atmosphere of the play. Soundscape and shadow as well as visual art displays will draw the audience into the world of the play: 1950s McCarthy-era America, manifesting as 1690s Salem... Experience the Source as never before.

Barefoot In The Park  | Open: 07/08/09 Close: 07/25/09
From Ground UP Productions, the company behind the smash hit musical The People vs. Mona ("good natured, down home fun" -- New York Times; "consistently inventive" -- New York Post) and the world premiere of The Optimist ( "deliriously entertaining" -- New Yorker) comes a revival of Neil Simon's seminal play.

In this intimate revival of the classic New York comedy, audience members are as close as eavesdropping neighbors to newlywed couple Paul and Corie Bratter. Married for just six days, the Bratters move into a fifth floor walk-up brownstone apartment with a lack of heat, a major leak in their closet, a hole in their skylight and five exasperating flights of stairs. Nonetheless, free spirit Corie finds the small abode and its odd neighbors charming. Uptight lawyer Paul yearns for comfort and conventionality. After Corie plays matchmaker for her mother and eccentric neighbor Victor Velasco, she re-evaluates her bohemian ways and whether it’s wise to walk barefoot in the park, particularly in February.

The Roses On The Rocks  | Open: 06/04/09 Close: 06/27/09
Manhattan Theatre Source presents the world premiere of Ellen Boscov’s evocative play The Roses on the Rocks.

In a time and place hovering between dreams and reality, a prostituted, orphaned Latina teenager, and her pimp’s widow attempt to form a loving family in a house haunted by evil.  After her pimp Bill’s death, Blossom, nearly 15-years-old and HIV-positive, has no where to turn.  Guided by his wicked ghost, she visits his grieving widow, Peggy, and slowly the two women form a bond.  As Blossom’s Quinceañera nears, she and Peggy confront their past and improbable future.

Directed by Richard Caliban (Homo Sapien Shuffle), The Roses on the Rocks features a cast including Scott Sowers (Broadway revival, A Streetcar Named Desire), Rachel Jones (Broadway, Meet Me in St. Louis), Fulvia Vergel and Elia Monte-Brown and musicians Helena Epsvall and Alberto Villa-Lobos.  The creative team includes Edward T. Morris (set design), Kia Rogers (lighting) and Rana Santacruz (original music).  Dana Rossi serves as the stage manager.

Mrs Warren's Profession  | Open: 04/01/09 Close: 04/18/09
BOO-Arts Productions is pleased to announce their production of George Bernard Shaw’s MRS. WARREN’S PROFESSION, directed by Kathleen O’Neill. MRS. WARREN’S PROFESSION will play a three-week limited engagement at Manhattan Theatre Source (177 MacDougal Street, New York, NY 10011). Performances begin Wednesday, April 1st and continue through Saturday, April 18th. Opening Night is Thursday, April 2nd  (7 p.m.). 

Mrs. Warren is the proprietress of a string of highly successful brothels. Her daughter, Vivie, is a modern young woman, but not so modern that she can ignore the source of her mother's wealth. The clash of these two strong-willed and culturally constrained Victorian women is the spark that ignites the ironic wit of one of George Bernard Shaw's greatest plays. Initially banned after its 1893 publication for its startling frankness, Mrs. Warren's Profession, a withering critique of male domination, sexual hypocrisy, and societal convention, remains a provocative and powerful work of progressive theater.
The production stars Joy Franz (Original Broadway productions of Pippin, Musical Chairs, Open Admissions and Into The Woods; Broadway revivals of Guys & Dolls and Into The Woods), David Palmer Brown*, Ashton Crosby, James Dutton, Joseph Franchini* and Carrie Kozolowski.

Costume design is by David Withrow (IT Award recipient for Bug Boy Blues).

MRS. WARREN’S PROFESSION plays the following regular schedule through Saturday, April 18th:
 Wednesdays at 7 p.m.
 Thursdays at 7 p.m.
 Fridays at 8 p.m.
 Saturdays at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $18 and are now available online at or by calling 212-501-4751. Tickets may also be purchased in-person at the Manhattan Theatre Source, 177 MacDougal Street.

For more information about Mrs. Warren’s Profession visit


The Yellow Wallpaper  | Open: 03/23/09 Close: 03/24/09
What if the one person who has vowed to love you… for better or for worse… in sickness and in health… took you away… from everyone that you cherish? From everything that sustains you? In essence, the sum of yourself. Where would you go? What would you do?

THE YELLOW WALLPAPER tells the shocking story of one woman’s isolation, obsession, and descent into madness.

The Story: New England, 1891. Jane, a sensitive and imaginative woman, finds herself sequestered on a remote estate that her husband, a physician, has rented for the summer. She is forbidden to write, and must hide her journal entries as she recuperates from what he has diagnosed as a "temporary nervous depression” following the birth of their baby. Without anything or anyone to stimulate her, Jane becomes obsessed by the wallpaper in her bedroom as the effect of her domestic oppression and stifled creativity begins to take a toll on her sanity. 

Annalisa Loeffler stars in this new one-woman play adapted from the classic short story by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. One actress. One hour -- please join us!

Universal Robots  | Open: 02/12/09 Close: 03/07/09
The year is 2009. The last human being died in 1971. “Each year we gather together to tell the story that we never ever forget."

A science fiction thriller, love story, political allegory, redemptive tragedy and fast-paced entertainment, UNIVERSAL ROBOTS offers a compelling, alternate history of the Twentieth Century, starting with the invention of the robot in 1921 and chronicling the extraordinary consequences of that invention, which changes the world forever.

Mac Rogers freely adapted Czech playwright Karel Capek's seminal 1921 play R.U.R., which introduced the word "robot" to the world. Universal Robots departs significantly from Capek's script, offering a meaty and riveting story of war, love, faith, technology and the power of art to change the world, for both good and ill.

The St. Ignatius First Annual Hanukkah Pageant  | Open: 12/15/08 Close: 12/22/08
The Rosenblums move to Cricket Creek, North Dakota and the townspeople hail their very first Jewish residents by celebrating the adorable Jewish version of Christmas called Channukah! After exhaustive research into Jewish history and humor, drama club
president/playwright/director/auteur Arlene proudly unveils the FIRST ANNUAL ST. IGNATIUS HANUKKAH PAGEANT!

Written by Mac Rogers. Directed by Jordana Williams

Off-White Christmas  | Open: 12/13/08 Close: 12/21/08
Julie Perkins' OFF-White Christmas is a variety show homage to Irving Berlin's holiday extravaganza. Equal parts irreverence and schmaltz, the show features new holiday skits and musical numbers.

Appropriate for 16+.

A Christmas Carol  | Open: 12/09/08 Close: 12/11/08
This one-man play is based on the condensed version Charles Dickens used on his historic reading tours of the United States. Dickens' 1867 American Reading Tour is off to a rough start. Due to an inexplicable loss of his luggage, he regretfully announces that he will be unable to read from his beloved classic, "A Christmas Carol." All is not lost however; Dickens delivers what he promised by performing from memory the magical story of Ebenezer Scrooge's journey from miserliness to redemption wiht warmth and humor.

"A most welcome Christmas present." -- Oyster Bay Enterprise-Pilot (NY)

Appropriate for ages 8 and up.

The Most Damaging Wound  | Open: 11/05/08 Close: 11/29/08
THE PRODUCTION COMPANY is pleased to announce the world premiere production of Blair Singer's MOST DAMAGING WOUND, directed by Mark Armstrong. THE MOST DAMAGING WOUND will play a four-week limited engagement at The Manhattan Theatre Source (177 MacDougal Street, NYC). Performances begin Wednesday, November 5 and continue Sunday, November 29. Opening Night is Friday, November 7 (8 p.m.).

Press are invited to Friday November 7th opening and any performance following.

THE MOST DAMAGING WOUND takes place on a cold November night, when new parent Kenny gathers his college buddies to complete an unfinished rite of passage. The guests include Alan (Michael Szeles), a pharmaceutical lobbyist, Dicky (Chris Thorn), a carpet salesman with a big personality and a bigger appetite for the sauce, GG (Michael Solomon), a new restaurateur and Bo (Bard Goodrich), a former musician. When Christine (Megan McQuillan) shows up unexpectedly, the guys discover that the men they've become is far from their aspirations back at Syracuse. Reliving the glory days is not easy, in this Generation-X gang comedy, with booze, buddies, and breakthroughs.

Note to Self  | Open: 02/27/08 Close: 03/15/08
teatro oscuro presents NOTE TO SELF, the new play written and directed by Vincent Marano.

How should we judge the success of a relationship; by its length or its depth? NOTE TO SELF explores dating and mating in the new millennia, and whether love alone is ever enough. Two people times six months divided by the love, failure is not only an option, sometimes it's the goal.

Starring Jerry Ferris & Christina Romanello.

La Ronde  | Open: 01/04/08 Close: 01/26/08
manhattantheatresource and Republic Theater Company's production of Arthur Schnitzler's La Ronde, translated and directed by Akiva Daube, opens Friday, January 5, 2007 at the theatre's Washington Square Park home. Set in turn-of-the-century Vienna, La Ronde explores the passion, deception and isolation of modern relationships. The provocative play unfolds amid a chain of sexy amorous couplings. When La Ronde premiered in 1921, it caused such a sensation that the production was shut down. La Ronde has also been the basis for three films and was the inspiration for David Hare's The Blue Room. Akiva Daube's new translation captures the intensity of the original text and is accentuated by a fragmented, Expressionist-inspired set and live music.

La Ronde is the sixth production in manhattantheatresource's critically acclaimed Winter Classic Series, which stages new adaptations of classic plays. Previous productions include Macbeth: A Walking Shadow, Three Sisters, Woyzeck and 2006's tandem, the world premiere of Richard Vetere's Machiavelli and Machiavelli's The Mandrake. The Winter Classic Series has been called a "jewel" by The New York Times (Three Sisters), and "sensationally vivid" by (Woyzeck). Back Stage raved that Machiavelli "zips along thanks to the solid direction of Andrew Frank" while The New York Times lauded The Mandrake for its "able and energetic cast".

La Ronde stars Chelsea Morgan Hoffman (Prostitute), Naftali Ungar-Sargon (Soldier), Nadine Zygaj (Maid), Eric Wdowiak (Young Gentleman), Jessica Scott (Married Woman), Mike Gomez (Married Man), Shannon Davies (Sweet Young Girl), Adam Reich (Poet), Elisabeth Jamison (Actress) and Jon Risk (Count) with Luke Strandquist and Serena Miller in the ensemble. The design team includes Chris Cotone (lights), Montserrat Mendez (art design), Nina Lourie (costumes), Ed McNamee (set) and Gina Costagliola (stage manager). Katherine Krause is the assistant director.

Chekhov's Chicks  | Open: 11/29/07 Close: 12/15/07
Inner Circle Theater in association with Manhattan Theatre Source presents CHEKHOV'S CHICKS, Elizabeth Rosengren's adaptation of Anton Chekhov's most famous stories.

Anna Akimovna has a problem: she's 26 and not married yet! What is she to do? As the female characters from Chekhov's major plays take turns telling Anna their stories of love, they reveal the wit and humor of the master playwright. From the youth Sasha, who can't but help loving a guy who's bad to the bone, to the mature Irina Arkadina, who laments her man's fickle gaze towards a younger pair of legs, to the three sisters who constantly yearn for a Moscow where the grass is always greener; these women explore common issues of marriage, money, family, work, and love.

CHEKHOV'S CHICKS is a fun and touching retelling of Chekhov's short story A Woman's Kingdom with excerpts from Ivanov, Uncle Vanya, Three Sisters, The Seagull and The Bear.

Jewels Eubanks directs. CHEKHOV'S CHICKS stars Jeremy Brena* (Vershinin), Diana Buirski* (Irina), Chris Cotone* (Doctor/Smirnoff), Taryn DeVito (Sasha/Nina), Kate Geller (Olga), Ramesh Ganeshram (Ivanov), Prudence Heyert (Sonya), Maria Hurdle (Masha), Caroline Messihi (Anna Akimovna), Stu Richel* (Luka/Uncle Vanya), Elizabeth Rosengren* (Arkadina/Popova) and Alexandra Seal (Yelena). The design team includes Angel Jones (costumes), Chris Cotone (lights) and Jewels Eubanks (sound).

Baby with the Bathwater  | Open: 11/07/07 Close: 11/17/07
From Ground UP Productions, the company behind the smash hit The People vs. Mona, Baby with the Bathwater, Christopher Durang's wickedly funny comedy of manners. Eccentric couple John and Helen Dingleberry are unprepared for the rigors of childrearing. When they bring their newborn baby home, they have no idea what to do when the child cries or even what gender the baby is. An outrageous Nanny and clueless school principal only make things worse. As Daisy Dingleberry grows from a young child into a confused man, he confronts his unconventional childhood and tries to establish his own identity. Can he possibly figure it all out?

When Baby with the Bathwater premiered off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons in 1983, the New Yorker called Mr. Durang "one of the funniest dramatists alive" and the New York Times raved that Durang "conquers bitterness and finds a way to turn rage into comedy that is redemptive as well as funny".

Kate Middleton is the Producing Artistic Director. The design team includes Travis McHale (set and lighting), Elisa Richards (costume) and Wade Dansby 3 (graphic). Devan Hibbard serves as the stage manager.

Wicked Tavern Tales  | Open: 10/17/07 Close: 11/03/07
Production Consolidated and Manhattan Theatre Source are proud to present Wicked Tavern Tales, Greg Oliver Bodine's adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe's best short horror stories: "The Cask of Amontillado," "The Tell-tale Heart" and "The Black Cat,". The production combines classic storytelling and drama in the genre of the macabre. Welcome to the "Hell's Hound" (circa 1850s) -- a tavern in an un-named city where the beer flows freely and the tales are tall! Or are they? On a brisk October night, just as last call is announced, the tavern proprietor and a barmaid are entreated by the audience to entertain them with "a good story" before closing time. The narrators oblige and begin to spin - not one - but three yarns of mystery and murder. Soon, the characters from each story appear, breathing life into the words of their storytellers, supplying the action, and bringing to each vignette spine-tingling suspense, its own harrowing dénouement!

Amber Estes directs. The design team is Keith Truax (Lights), Andy Cohen (Sound), Greg Bellow (set), Jeanette Look (costum) and Daryl Boling (graphic). Montserrat Mendez serves as the stage manager.

Kicking and Swearing  | Open: 03/05/06 Close: 03/07/06
The night consists of five diverse one-acts.

In Hanging Out, we join a man and a woman in their "non-existing, non-momentous" relationship over the course of six years.

In American Marvel, it's another action packed adventure of The American Marvel and his arch enemy, Victor Vice...or is it?

Peter Pan's Complexion looks at how college friends choose to deal with growing up in completely different ways.

'Tis the Season examines what happens when two sisters prepare to spend the holiday season with their family...what could possibly go wrong?

And finally, High Crimes and Subtle Deceptions: the story of two strangers, who meet on the
city streets and learn to trust each in the midst of family, friends, crime, and their own mysterious secrets.