Nicu's Spoon Theatre

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Last Update: 07/24/11 11:59:27 PM

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Address: 38 West 38th st. 5t floor
New York, NY    10018

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FRANKENSTEIN With Mary Shelley and GABRIEL  | Open: 08/04/11 Close: 08/27/11
Redd Tale Theatre Company blasts into its fifth season with the world premiere of two original works, as part of its Summer of Creation

FRANKENSTEIN With Mary Shelley adapted by Virginia Bartholomew, directed by Will Le Vasseur, is a tight re-telling of the original Shelley story as told by Victor, the Creation, and Mary Shelly herself. We get to hear in the author’s own words how this legendary tale took form, and what it meant to her.

Immediately after, GABRIEL by Will Le Vasseur, directed by Lynn Kenny, takes the Frankenstein myth and transforms it to modern times. Henry, a geneticist, unlocks a vital clue to our evolution. In doing so he creates a future version of humanity, and discovers his own.

Having survived a transplant cross country to New York City, Redd Tale Theatre Company continues to follow its motto: “To Provide Enlightening, Entertaining Sci-Fi Theatrical Experiences That Contribute To Humanity's Next Step Forward.” Beginning in 2003 with a recreation of the 1938 radio broadcast of The War of the Worlds, RTTC followed the next year with the West Coast premiere of Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens in Seattle. Then moving East, produced a successful run of Closer by Patrick Marber in 2007, and a critically acclaimed production of Lonely Planet by Steven Dietz in 2008. Its 2009 production of Maddy was critically acclaimed and subsequently published. Last year RTTC produced two full-length classical pieces, Macbeth and a new adaptation of Triumph of Love written by Le Vasseur.

…Impressive in every department…” Martin Denton, NYTheatre.com

To revive a Greek classic is a challenge, but to reinvent the enigmatic myth with new plotlines, characters, and dialogue that consistently retains thematic homage to the original is masterful.” Jennifer Rathbone, TheaterOnline.com

FRANKENSTEIN With Mary Shelley and GABRIEL are part of RTTC's SUMMER OF CREATION, which also includes:

The Science of Massage    8/9, 16, 23 at 8pm and 8/14, 21 at 7pm $5
Sci-Fi Festival    8/7 at 2pm and 7pm $5
Doctor Who Marathon Nights!    8/8, 15, 22 at 8pm $5
War Of The Worlds Radio Show    8/24 at 8pm $5

Bad Seed  | Open: 04/06/11 Close: 04/24/11
Eight year old Rhoda Penmark is the perfect child in a perfect family. That is, until you have something she wants.  You see, she isn't like most children...for Rhoda murder is just child's play.

Kimberly Akimbo  | Open: 10/06/10 Close: 10/24/10
KIMBERLY AKIMBO is a hilarious and heartrending play about a teenager with a rare condition causing her body to age faster than it should. When she and her family flee Secaucus under dubious circumstances, Kimberly is forced to reevaluate her life while contending with a hypochondriac mother, a rarely sober father, a scam artist aunt, her own mortality and, most terrifying of all, the possibility of first love.


About the Company: Nicu's Spoon, Inc.

NICU’S SPOON launched into the New York Indie Theatre scene in 2001 with their first play, Displaced, a new play written by five women, based on the stories, testimonies, songs, and poetry of women and children refugees, which was submitted for the 2001 Pulitzer Prize. Their 2002 multi-racial production of To Kill a Mockingbird was hailed by Back Stage as “nothing short of inspiring!” In Perpetuity Throughout the Universe, a story of a woman who is a ghostwriter for hate books completed the 2002 season, and was a Village Voice “Voice Choice”. In 2002 special performances with American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation were added to the productions. In 2003, Nicu’s Spoon presented two pieces focusing on individuality: George Orwell’s 1984 and A Murder of Crows by OBIE Award winner Mac Wellman. Inclusion of handicapped actors was an important element in both shows. 2004 brought the production of SubUrbia by Eric Bogosian and was awarded the OOBR award for best production and an additional nomination for the Alliance of NY Arts Organizations’ Advancing Cultural Development Award. In 2005 United Stages profiled them in their “Seeing Stars” series and nytheatre. compicked them as an Editors Choice for The Swan, as well as Stumps, which introduced a new kind of performance for Deaf and hearing audiences, called “co-playing.” 2006 produced a hit: the US premiere of Skin Tight, named the High5 pick of the week, as well as Buried Child, which challenged the stereotype that a Deaf actor could not speak on stage. In 2006, they were recognized by the Thom Fluellen Award by the NYU Community Fund for excellence in service to the diverse New York community. Time Warner Corporation was a 2007 season sponsor in their Diverse Voices program.

During the 2007 season, while producing Tales of the Last Formicans in a theater not their own, they searched for a home; not only to use as a company but also to rent to other artists at reasonable prices. For the second Nicu’s Spoon production in 2007 they debuted Richard lll (the lead actor was differently abled from polio) in their very own theater - a home, located at 38 West 38th Street, 5th Floor! Following that with the U.S. premiere of Kosher Harry (co-played with hearing and non hearing/speaking artists) to round out the 7th season. Celebrating the First Anniversary in the new space with Elizabeth Rex started the 8th season in NYC. The show garnered 2 Innovative Theatre Awards and an Off-Broadway run at Center Stage.  In between building and developing a space that POPS with creativity for other artists and companies to come enjoy and work. The 2008 season addressed women and identity issues. Also in 2008, Snapple awarded the company the ‘Best People to work with in NY City’ award. The 2009 Season Premiered a new permanent Kids show each January and its first musical ’23 Coins’ . The 2010 season focuses on outcasts. The 2011 season will focus on 'Monsters'........Please come and support the theater in midtown where Nicu’s Spoon is changing the world one play at a time.  www.spoontheater.org

Macbeth and The Triumph of Love in repertory  | Open: 08/05/10 Close: 08/29/10

Redd Tale Theatre Company celebrates it's seventh year with a rep of Wills! The classic MACBETH by William Shakespeare and a new adaptation of the French classic THE TRIUMPH OF LOVE by Will Le Vasseur from a translation by Virginie Maries. 

This tightly edited version of MACBETH hones in on the ruthlessness of ambition. RTTC examines the play’s theme of grasping for power while adding RTTC’s tradition of making the audience shudder by bringing unexpected objects to life. THE TRIUMPH OF LOVE takes the original 18th century French farce and throws in a healthy dose of RTTC’s signature sci-fi twist. Princess Leonide had barely won the Prince’s heart when he and everyone they both held dear were killed. In desperation, she hires the help of a sorceress to bring her love back from the dead, but in order to do so she must prove to the powers above that she’s worthy of such a gift.

Time Traveling with Cannibals  | Open: 07/28/10 Close: 07/30/10
Loosely based on the Bacchai, Time Traveling with Cannibals explores the hysterical and haunting effects of affluence and fame. Ari and Rostam, two old-money, ivy-league hipsters accidentally transport a young Elvis Presley to the present. With time travel deemed a success, the boys shift gears to recreate a cannibalistic life-extending ritual, abandoning Elvis in present day New Jersey without the horrible burden of fortune, females, and fame. 

Witches, Bitches!! A Cauldron Of Selected Scenes  | Open: 10/26/09 Close: 10/27/09
Serving as both title and warning "Witches, Bitches!!" is a concoction of scenes brewed with both Shakespeare and contemporary ingredients and simmered in a cauldron of Halloween ghastliness. This is the inaugural production from the American Bard Theater Company who will impress, and chill you. If you’re tired of stoic staccato scene nights with no meaning or follow through, then come see “Witches, Bitches!”to kick off your Halloween reverie.

 

Witches, Bitches!!  | Open: 10/26/09 Close: 10/27/09
WITCHES, BITCHES!! is a concoction of classic and contemporary ingredients brewed and simmered in a cauldron of Halloween ghastliness.

Featuring:  Bryan L. Cohen, Erin Gilbreth*, Tara Hnederson, Jack Herholdt*, Ross Hewitt, Natalie Doyle Holmes, Betine Joly, Damon Kinard*, Mary Riley, Jacob Troy and Cheri Wicks  *denotes members od Actor's Equity

23 Coins (a New Musical)  | Open: 10/07/09 Close: 10/25/09
Ginny Walker is not like other girls. Hiding out in the badlands of southern Louisiana, this genius girl-prodigy and her fugitive mother, Sarah, live precariously. But the law is not the only threat. Both of them dangle beneath a giant question mark—a fatal genetic legacy that may (or may not) strike. Laid bare under such catastrophic shoes about to drop, how does one plow through an average day? As you might’ve guessed, Ginny turns to preaching the gospel. After all, she’s gifted. She’s got fire & brimstone. Healing hands. And somehow, the full text of the bible committed to memory. In the pursuit of soul saving, these gifts are invaluable. To Isaac Thigpen of Christ’s Road Show Tent Revival, Lil’ Gin Walker’s talents are gold. When she preaches—the collection plate doth runneth over. Thigpen has big plans for which he’ll fight if necessary. And he’ll surely bring down hellfire on anyone who gets in the way—to make sure that his golden girl-preacher goose keeps the cash comin’. Things may seem hopeless. But this special (and highly motivated) girl isn’t about to leave her fate up to chance.

How will Gin and her mother survive their gods and demons?
 

23 Coins  | Open: 10/07/09 Close: 10/25/09
Ginny Walker is not like other girls. Hiding out in the badlands of southern Louisiana, this genius girl-prodigy and her fugitive mother, Sarah, live precariously. But the law is not the only threat. Both of them dangle beneath a giant question mark—a fatal genetic legacy that may (or may not) strike. Laid bare under such catastrophic shoes about to drop, how does one plow through an average day? As you might’ve guessed, Ginny turns to preaching the gospel. After all, she’s gifted. She’s got fire & brimstone. Healing hands. And somehow, the full text of the bible committed to memory. In the pursuit of soul saving, these gifts are invaluable. To Isaac Thigpen of Christ’s Road Show Tent Revival, Lil’ Gin Walker’s talents are gold. When she preaches—the collection plate doth runneth over. Thigpen has big plans for which he’ll fight if necessary. And he’ll surely bring down hellfire on anyone who gets in the way—to make sure that his golden girl-preacher goose keeps the cash comin’. Things may seem hopeless. But this special (and highly motivated) girl isn’t about to leave her fate up to chance.

How will Gin and her mother survive their gods and demons?
 

Maddy: A Modern Day Medea & The Swan Song  | Open: 08/06/09 Close: 08/29/09
MADDY is set in the heartland of America at The Corinthian, a trailer park. Against the backdrop of the original Greek tragedy, this production adds a Fringe/X-Files/Supernatural element into the mix. Maddy finds herself seven years into a relationship: Two children, jobless, broke, living in a trailer park, her lover about to marry the landlord’s daughter, and an impending eviction. Faced with mounting adversity, Maddy must decide whether her humanity is worth fighting for or returning to her former existence. Immediately after, THE SWAN SONG brings back ghosts of our theatrical past. An old actor awakes from a drunken stupor to find an empty stage, a candle, and former glories of his career.
 

Hiding Behind Comets  | Open: 07/08/09 Close: 07/26/09
Although twin brother and sister, Troy and Honey, share an unusually strong bond, they seem as different as night and day. One late summer evening, a stranger wanders into their family-owned bar. When he starts asking personal questions, it soon becomes clear that his visit to this small-town dive has not been purely coincidental. The extent of his journey, it’s underlying motivation and the past horrors that have directed it provide a roller coaster of surprises that keep audiences on the edge of their seat until the plays final moments.

 

Tibet Does Not Exist  | Open: 04/08/09 Close: 04/26/09
An exiled Tibetan Lama becomes an uncomfortable house guest for a Yale economics professor, who, along with his cynical colleagues, do not quite know what to think of the often irreverent monk. As the Lama turns his attention to the economist, the professor confesses some painful truths regarding mis-understood ideas and unresolved relationships. En route the Lama takes us on a sometimes humorous, sometimes poignant journey through what the tragedy of Tibet means in a modern context. With the turmoil in Tibet making recent headlines, Tibet Does Not Exist takes on special meaning.

"Stands the modern Western world on its head... SO FUNNY that it is surprising... the playwright's reticence works: Tibet is very much on your mind as you leave." -- New York Times, October 1997


"Well-mixed blend of drawing room comedy and debate... deserves to reach as wide an audience as possible... [a] POWERFUL metaphor of Tibet as a state of mind that speaks to our own life values." -- CurtainUp, September 1997


"An animated TOUR DE FORCE!" -- Davida Singer, Villager, December 1996


"EXTRAORDINARILY INFORMATIVE AND FASCINATING ... I love a play that sends the mind spinning in such intriguing orbits; this is such a play." -- Martin's Guide to NY Theater, September 1997


"OUTSTANDING... a play which I would love to read even though dramatic literature is not something I usually crave... with the right marketingit could be a bestseller..." -- Washington Square News, September 1997


"Upsets the hallowed halls of the cultural elite..." -- Village Voice, September 1997

 

Tibet Does Not Exist  | Open: 04/08/09 Close: 04/26/09
A exiled Tibetan Lama becomes an uncomfortable house guest for a Yale economics professor, who, along with his cynical colleagues, do not quite know what to think of the often irreverent monk. As the Lama turns his attention to the economist, the professor confesses some painful truths regarding mis-understood ideas and unresolved relationships. En route the Lama takes us on a sometimes humorous, sometimes poignant journey through what the tragedy of Tibet means in a modern context. With the turmoil in Tibet making recent headlines, Tibet Does Not Exist takes on special meaning.

"Stands the modern Western world on its head... SO FUNNY that it is surprising... the playwright's reticence works: Tibet is very much on your mind as you leave." -- New York Times, October 1997

"Well-mixed blend of drawing room comedy and debate... deserves to reach as wide an audience as possible... [a] POWERFUL metaphor of Tibet as a state of mind that speaks to our own life values." -- CurtainUp, September 1997

"An animated TOUR DE FORCE!" -- Davida Singer, Villager, December 1996

 

Land Of The Babydolls  | Open: 02/19/09 Close: 02/22/09
Zenbaby Theatre Company presents their New York premiere of “Land of the Babydolls” by Kristine Hipps and Lauren Cavanaugh. Show dates are February 19- 22, 2009 at Nicu’s Spoon Theater. Produced by Phil Newsom, and directed by Lauren Cavanaugh. This silly 60's comedy is a twisted tale of a girl, Lana, who leaves the comfort of her Vermont home to find herself in the big city of New York. She meets many talented people, including Stevie O’Mara, a bright starlet with a big downfall of drug use. Lana also meets Tiger, the sexy agent who gets her motor running. The characters go on a wild ride driven by greed, drugs, and a quest for fame, and a few of them get there, but with a price. Sound familiar? Yes, it may be a parody loosely based off of a famous trashy novel by Jacqueline Susann.

With: Sergio Arroyo, Amber Bogdewiecz, Michael Connell, Mark Epperson, Krsnaa Fitch, Julie Gragert, Belinda Hodler, Gina Labozetta, Amanda Marasch, David Montgomery, Katie Nelson-Croner, Phil Newsom, and Marcel Torres.

For more info visit: www.zenbabytheatre.org

Tickets are $18 @ the door.
$16 w/student ID (@ door only.)
Reserve tickets online via email at: Zenbabytheatre@gmail.com
For more info: www.zenbabytheatre.org

Performances at:
Nicu's Spoon Theater
38 West 38th Street, (btw. 5th & 6th aves.)
New York, NY 10018
 

Elizabeth Rex  | Open: 04/02/08 Close: 04/19/08
On the eve prior to the dawn execution of Robert, Earl of Essex, for treason, Shakespeare and his company of actors are at court. Under curfew in a barn, with the Queen, through her restless night as she struggles with the decision she has made to behead her beloved "Robin".

On the sixteenth century stage the women roles were played by men; the only woman in the company is the seamstress who makes and repairs the costumes. The Queen is intrigued by the nature of the men that play these roles, and whether their 'essence' is truly that of a man, or of a woman. In part to entertain and divert the Queen who is tormented by her decision to execute Essex, and in part to illuminate the question that so intrigues her, members of the company recite and play short vignettes from various of Shakespeare's plays. In this vein they challenge the Queen with provocative questions that would be inadmissible at any other time or place, and reveal their sympathy for Essex. At times the Queen commands and threatens regally, at times she drops her guard and confesses her womanly feelings.

There is a powerful counterpoint for the Queen, who feels the sexual passion of a woman, but must put that aside to act in the interest of the State - or, as she said to the army at Tilbury: "I know I have the body of a weak, feeble woman; but I have the heart and stomach of a King". Here, poignantly, she says to the male actor: "If you will teach me how to be a woman . . . I will teach you how to be a man."