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The Theater at the 14th Street Y 

Announces 2019-2020 Season

 

The Theater at the 14th Street Y continues to honor the edgy, diverse, and rich history of innovative culture-making in the East Village with the 2019-20 Season from September 6, 2019 through June 2020. All productions are chosen through a submission process and the curated season is co-presented by the Theater at the 14th Street Y. From a wide range of artists the season is a deliberate program of artistic discourse around the theme of Life and Death.

 

Highlights of the season include:

  • Playwrights for a Cause writer José Rivera presents a new piece, The Imperfect Love Song of Delilah and Venizio.

  • From The Horse's Mouth celebrates the 75th Anniversary of the Jerome Robbins Dance Division of the Library of Performing Arts at Lincoln Center.

  • Jewish Plays Project presents the National Winner of the 2019 Jewish Playwriting Contest.

  • Anna Lublina creates a meta conversation on the act of translation and historization in Russian in her piece Бабушка | BAb(oo)shka.

  • LABA Second Stage production Scenes from Childhood, Ari Brand's semi-autobiographical play about a family of performers.

  • Chad Williams's WonderSpark Puppets February Puppet Takeover! There's a different puppet show every weekend at the Theater at the 14th Street Y in February, about dragons, pigs, and dinosaurs.

  • The Olive Tree: A Comedy for the Hopeless Optimist. From award winning playwright Iris Bahr (DAI, "Curb Your Enthusiasm").

  • In Desi Moreno-Penson's Ominous Men, the 1977 NYC Blackout hits the Bronx.

  • The Israel Arts Fest, presented by Israeli Artists Project. 

 

"As we see in the 2019-2020 Season, different cultures honor and celebrate the life cycle in many ways. Our diverse artists wrestle with how we can learn from the traditions of previous generations and pay tribute through living life to its fullest. While reviewing the submissions, our panel had the refreshing discovery that many artists were drawn to tales of survival and remembrance to explore the theme of Life & Death. There is humor in the life cycle as well as joy and courage. We have productions about surviving cancer, recovering from drug addiction, a son learning about his father's battle with AIDS, a darkly humored ghost story from the Bronx and a rich and lyrical play about love and loss from acclaimed playwright/director José Rivera. Join us as we explore these themes with innovative new works of theater, dance and opera. We'll see you in the Theater at the 14th Street Y", said David Stallings, Director of Arts + Culture.

 

2019-20 Season of Life + Death:


National Winner of the 2019 Jewish Playwriting ContestJewish Plays Project

September 6 - 8, 2019

Theater
7 cities, 1000 people, 1 Winner. Crowd-sourced and audience vetted, the Winner of the 2019 Jewish Playwriting Contest will be announced in June of 2019 and comes home to the 14th Street Y in September for the JPP's featured workshop production. Come be a part of the movement for contemporary Jewish theater!

 

Recovery         

Choreography by Johari Mayfield, Composed by Milica Paranosic

September 9 - 15, 2019

Dance

Blending movement and technology "Recovery" unpacks the container of addiction through the lens of a woman struggling with substance abuse. Where does she belong in a world where legalized drugs and alcohol are so readily accessible? Is she good or evil? The urge to explain and define the addict, society and recovery is cracked open and explored in this hybrid work of theater and dance.

 

...it's time... Freemove Dance 

September 19-22, 2019

Dance

Choreographed by Jenn Freeman, Original composition by Dani Markham 

Following a sold-out run in 2018, Freemove Dance returns to present this gutsy and percussive dance piece. It is a call-to-arms for re-defining how and why the clock has a titan grip on our life experience.

 

Бабушка | BAb(oo)shka

By Anna Lublina 

September 26 - October 6, 2019

Theater

Бабушка tells a true story about Jewish life in the USSR onstage- in Russian. Her story is live translated into klezmer music, gibberish, poetic text, and puppetry, creating a meta conversation on the act of translation and historization. 

 

The Stray

Book, Music & Lyrics by Arif Silverman      

Rebel Playhouse

September 28 - October 6, 2019

Theater

The conflict between wolves and humans has existed for years, but can an unlikely friendship mend the rift between them? A new folk musical about love, loss, and the power of understanding, The Stray shows us growing pains lead to remarkable change.                         

 

The Pink Hulk: One Woman's Journey to Find the Superhero Within 

Written and Performed by Valerie David      

October 8 - 13, 2019

Theater

A cancer diagnosis means only one thing: time to get laid! This award-winning solo show follows Valerie's triumphant journey to become a three-time survivor & redefining what it means to reactivate her superhero within. An inspiring story that's been touring the globe!   

 

Ominous Men

By Desi Moreno-Penson

MultiStages New Works Winner

October 19 - November 3, 2019

Theater

It's the wrong night and the wrong place for these OMINOUS MEN to be playing a game of "Bones," when the 1977 NYC Blackout hits the Bronx! Overtaken by their demons, they descend into a supernatural night of the soul.

 

Celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the Jerome Robbins Dance Division of the Library of Performing Arts at Lincoln Center

From The Horse's Mouth        

November 6 - 10, 2019

Dance

The next edition of From The Horse's Mouth is proud to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the country's most prestigious repository of dance materials at the Jerome Robbins Dance Division of the Library of Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. This production will be in collaboration with the Jerome Robbins Dance Division, Linda Murray, Curator.


Riyaaz/Practice

Courtyard Dancers, Dakshina Dance Company, Sakshi Productions, and Sattriya Dance Company

November 15 - 16, 2019

Dance

With bharatanatyam, kathak, odissi, and sattriya as foundational training, four east coast, contemporary dance companies collaborate to explore the rigor and sanctuary of a daily, physical and intentional practice.

 

#NastyWomen+ - A Night of She and They Resistance Comedy    

Laura Beatrix Newmark

November 18 and January 27, 2019; June 1, 2020

Comedy

#NastyWomen+ A Night of Resistance Comedy that will feature line-ups of women and underrepresented genders and empower those marginalized within the spectrum of she and they identity. Comedy Is the Resistance.

 

LABA 2nd Stage: State of the Jews

Composed by Alex Weiser, Libretto by Ben Kaplan

December 5 - 8, 2019

Opera

A semi-staged preview performance of "State of the Jews", an opera by composer Alex Weiser and librettist Ben Kaplan which follows Theodor Herzl in the last year of his life, as his efforts to secure a Jewish homeland become increasingly desperate.          

 

Straight Faced Lies   

By Mark Jason Williams, Directed by Andrew Block

M-Squared Productions

December 9 - 22, 2019

Theater

Grab a plate for an unforgettable holiday with the Ryans, where family battles and deep secrets are more delicious things on the menu. "Passionate, biting and deeply funny, this play is equal parts fresh and familiar..." - The Villager

 

A Golem from Buenos Aires

Written, Directed and Choreographed by Carina Toker

December 9 - 29, 2019

Dance, Family, Theater

A Golem in Buenos Aires is a multidisciplinary theater play for the whole family, inspired by the Jewish legend of the Golem of Prague. In this original performance, an unexpected event unfolds a new hilarious, poetic, moving story.

 

LABA 2nd Stage: Scenes from Childhood  

By Ari Brand, Directed by Eugenia Manwelyan

January 10 - 26, 2020

Theater

Set amidst the AIDS crisis in NYC, this semi-autobiographical play reveals a family of performers wrestling with ambition, tragedy, and the stories we tell about who we are. Ari Brand plays two roles, based on himself and his late father, Natan Brand.               

 

WonderSpark Puppets February Puppet Takeover! 

By Chad Williams

February 1 - February 23, 2020

-February 1 and 2 - The Three Little Pigs

-February 8 and 9 - Princess Petunia & The Dragon (Tu B'Shevat)

-February 15 and 16 - Mystery Max & The Missing Dinosaur

-February 22 and 23 - Esther Saves the Day! (Purim)

Family Theater           

There's a different puppet show every weekend at the 14th Street Y Theater in February! Come see 4 family-friendly puppet shows about dinosaurs, big bad wolves, dragons, and princesses (and queens) saving the day. WonderSpark Puppets presents shows about Purim, Tu B'Shevat, a missing dinosaur, and the three little pigs. Each puppet show is 35-40 minutes long, highly interactive and best for ages 3+.


Planet Connections   

The Imperfect Love Song of Delilah and Venizio

Written and Directed by Jose Rivera

Planet Connections Short Form Series, Planet Connections Festivity          

February 7 - 23, 2020

Theater

Playwrights for a Cause writer Jose Rivera presents a new piece, The Imperfect Love Song of Delilah and Venizio.  Death has been declared illegal by the U.S. government.  Trees grow lights instead of leaves.  Ghosts love the living.  And in heaven you can taste the wind.  Two impetuous lovers look for a love that lasts forever in this fantastical comedy about imperfect relationships, by the author of The Motorcycle Diaries and Marisol.  This play will be running in rep with Planet Connections Short Form Series, curated by Glory Kadigan,at which Award Nominated Planet Connections writers present new short form playlets.

 

Women's History Solo Series includes Places, Cheer from Chawton: A Jane Austen Family Theatrical, and First By Faith: The Life of Mary McLeod Bethune
Places

Written and Performed by Romy Nordlinger

Cabbages and Kings Theater  

February 25 - March 15, 2020

Theater

Places, a multimedia solo show, tells the story of the most famous star you've never heard of: trailblazing lesbian iconoclast, Alla Nazimova, a silver screen legend, Broadway sensation, and the first woman director and producer in Hollywood.

Cheer from Chawton: A Jane Austen Family Theatrical

By Karen Eterovich-Love 

Arm'd Productions Theater     

February 25 - March 15, 2020

Theater

Join Jane Austen at her brother's house in this easily accessible hour-long comedy by and about the famous author. 

First By Faith: The Life Of Mary McLeod Bethune

By Richarda Abrams  

February 25 - March 15, 2020

Theater            

2018 Winner of United Solo Theatre Festival's Best Educational Show Award. Abrams uses storytelling/song, bends time/gender, explores Bethune's journey from an uneducated child to a world renown educator; returning to earth to share one last lesson.

            

Jewish Plays Project: Abrahamic Americans         

April 2 - 5, 2020         

Theater

From the Travel Ban to Tree of Life, American Jews and American Muslims have been showing up for each other. At the same time, complex tensions - Linda Sarsour and the Women's March, Rep. Ilan Omar and civic discourse - have risen. Four brand-new short plays from our hottest Jewish and Muslim playwrights and directors examine what's changing, how it is positive and how to make it last.         

 

The Olive Tree

By Iris Bahr

April 12 - May 3, 2020

Theater

The olive tree: a comedy for the hopeless optimist. A wild, insightful and hilarious "play within a play" from award winning playwright Iris Bahr (DAI, "Curb Your Enthusiasm") it's Noises Off meets Fauda, with a touch of Oslo for good measure.                                         

 

Israel Arts Fest

Anat Gov

May 4 - May 31, 2020           

Family, Music, Theater

Israeli Artists Project will present the New York premiere of Sof Tov (Happy Ending) by Anat Gov, along with an art exhibit of New York-based Israeli artists, various cultural nights, jazz, comedy, film, dance, children's theater, and more.

 

WonderSpark Puppets: The Three Little Pigs       

By Chad Williams

June 6 and 7, 2020

Family, Theater

WonderSpark Puppets returns with the classic fable told with fun puppets and humor that will delight our youngest Theater goers! This show is highly interactive and best for ages 3 & up.

 

14 Street Y PRIDE Fest       

June 11 - 28, 2020

Dance, Drag, Music, Theater

The Theater at the 14th Street Y is proud to present the 14 Street Y Pride Fest 2020. Theater, dance, film, music, drag, and more will be celebrated in honor of the diversity of the LGBTQ community in the Lower East Side. 

 

Full Season Tickets and detailed information on shows available at www.14streety.org/tickets.

 

$14@14Y Flex Pass 

Subscribe to the 14th Street Y and save with Flex Pass. For $42, choose any three shows from the upcoming season at https://14streety.secure.force.com/ticket#details_a0S36000007O40PEAS.

 

Theater Staff

Ronit Muszkatblit, Senior Director of Arts + Culture + LABA

David Stallings, Director of Arts + Culture

Kryssy Wright, Production Manager

Rebecca Miller, Theater Manager

Lilith Bachelder, Box Office Coordinator

Laura Newmark, Director of LABA

 

About The Theater at the 14th Street Y

The Theater at the 14th Street Y focuses on social awareness and change through big picture narrative. Inspired by works that welcome artists of all backgrounds, we place artists at the heart of our community and seek to create an inclusive and open cultural experience for all. Art is incubated here.

 

About LABA: Laboratory for Jewish Culture

LABA is the 14th Street Y's flagship artist fellowship program that helps incubate works in progress from emerging artists. At the core of LABA's mission is the belief that classical Jewish text study can and should be a source of inspiration and creativity for contemporary culture-makers and thinkers. All of the public art created through LABA aims to transcend cultural and social borders by bringing to light the universal themes and questions our artists encounter through their engagement with Jewish thought.

 

About the 14th Street Y

The 14th Street Y is a vibrant community center grounded in the belief that contemporary Jewish sensibilities can be a source of inspiration, connection, and learning for the individuals and families we serve throughout New York City's East Village and beyond. With a health and wellness center, childhood, parenting and adult education and enrichment programs, and an innovative arts and culture department, the 14Y is committed to the development of the whole person and bettering people's lives by strengthening family connections and building inclusive and sustainable communities. 

 

About Educational Alliance

Educational Alliance brings together and partners with diverse communities in Lower Manhattan, offering individuals and families high-quality, multi-generational programs and services that enhance their well-being and socioeconomic opportunities. We are a place where everyone is welcome and where progress is powered one relationship at a time. We are proud of our legacy as a Jewish organization and we provide high-quality, transformational services and programs to all New Yorkers through our network of community centers on Manhattan's Lower East Side and East Village. As we have for 130 years, we offer best-in-class programming-now across 15 sites-focusing on a mix of education, health and wellness, arts and culture, and civic engagement.

 

 

14th Street Y

Presents

Tikkun: The Night World and Tikkun: Into the Dusk

Sunday, June 9, 2019 

at the 14th Street Y

 

The 14th Street Y and Downtown Jewish Life partners end the Season of Jewish Culture on June 9, 2019 with an original interpretation of Tikkun Layle Shavuot. Shavuot being the holiday, which celebrates the document that changed the world, the night according to tradition Moses received the Torah.

 

Tikkun: Into the Dusk, will be from 6-10pm, with special family programming earlier in the day, Tikkun: The Night World, for children 5 and under. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tikkun-into-the-dusk-at-the-14th-street-y-tickets-62173686169?aff=ebapi

 

Beginning at 6pm, join a flow of inspirational encounters filled with intrigue, magic, angels, music, ghost images, ancient and contemporary text, Hebrew, English, Aramaic surrounded by the aromas of Ethiopian coffee on our downtown Tikkun. Create your own narrative, your own journey, learn and question and then dance it off on the roof.

 

The event will be led by LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture artists and teachers, with Bina, The Israeli Artists Project, Dirty Laundry Theater Company and so much more. The evening will include art installations, performances on land and water, text study in Hebrew and English and music. The night will end with a rooftop party brimming with cheesecake... and a little celebration of the last 10 years of LABA and the upcoming sabbatical of artistic director Ronit Muszkatblit.

 

Let the mysteries begin and join us on the journey into the night.

 

 

Tikkun performances include:

  • Ilana Sichel's Open Closed Open, a participatory video installation in memory of the author's older brother, Aaron.

  • Stav Palti-Negev's An Evening on the River Styx, the first chapter of her new play based on Bosch's painting The Garden of Earthly Delights. It includes demons, songs, and takes place in the Y's real swimming pool! 

  • And תהוה spoke to Mosha face to face, as a woman speaks to her girlfriend. 

- Torahta (Her Torah), Exodus 33:11

 

We will read selections from Matan Torah from the woman's side of the Torah. In the past two years, artist and LABA alumni, Yael Kanarek, has been regenderating the Torah, reversing the genders of all characters. The new narrative centers these ancient stories on a matriarchal lineage. Come experience Elohin giving the Torah to Mosha on mt. Sinai and from her to your feminine self.

 

Author Sarina Prabasi will lead participants through an Ethiopian Coffee ceremony-inspired conversation, based on her memoir, The Coffeehouse Resistance: Brewing Hope in Desperate Times.

 

Raz Levy of Bina will lead a session where we will sing and learn together through Israeli-Jewish music.

 

The afternoon family portion of the day, Tikkun: The Night World, will be an interactive performance as children travel together with Fantastical Puppeteer of MAPS Rachel as she ushers them from Mordicai Gerstein's children's book, The Night World, into their own magical dreamscape.

 

They will be helped along the way by celebrated animals including Sylvie the cat from The Night World as their imaginations run wild. Each performance is highly personal and roughly 15 minutes long. It will help each child explore the sublime and the nocturnal in an intimate setting of 10 kids at a time.

 

RSVP Times: 3pm, 3:45pm, and 4:25pm. Each performance is roughly 15 minutes long and will accommodate ten children. Parents can sit in theater if they'd like. While waiting, parents and children will be ushered into an adjacent room to be immersed in artwork from students at the 14th Street Y Preschools as they read The Night World and other wonderful PJ Library books. RSVP here:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tikkun-into-the-dusk-at-the-14th-street-y-tickets-61439057876

 

Thank you to the Grinspoon Foundation and PJ Library for providing this exciting adventure.

 

Thank You to Educational Alliance, UJA federation of New York and The Covenant Foundation for their on-going support to make new Jewish culture vibrant in downtown NYC.

 

About the 14th Street Y

The 14th Street Y is a vibrant community center grounded in the belief that contemporary Jewish sensibilities can be a source of inspiration, connection, and learning for the individuals and families we serve throughout downtown Manhattan. We focus on health and fitness, education and enrichment programs, and innovative arts and cultural programming. We are committed to the development of the whole person and bettering people's lives and strengthening individual and family connections by building an inclusive, dynamic, and sustainable community and serve more than 26,000 people annually with a variety of community programs. 

 

About Educational Alliance

Educational Alliance brings together and partners with diverse communities in Lower Manhattan, offering individuals and families high-quality, multi-generational programs and services that enhance their well-being and socioeconomic opportunities. We are a place where everyone is welcome and where progress is powered one relationship at a time. We are proud of our legacy as a Jewish organization and we provide high-quality, transformational services and programs to all New Yorkers through our network of community centers on Manhattan's Lower East Side and East Village. As we have for 130 years, we offer best-in-class programming-now across 15 sites-focusing on a mix of education, health and wellness, arts and culture, and civic engagement.

 

About LABA: Laboratory for Jewish Culture:

At the core of LABA's mission is the belief that classical Jewish text study can and should be a source of inspiration and creativity for contemporary culture-makers and thinkers. All of the public art created through LABA aims to transcend cultural and social borders by bringing to light the universal themes and questions our artists encounter through their engagement with Jewish thought.

 

 

Educational Alliance to Host #NastyWomen Comedy Show Featuring an Entirely Trans and Non-binary Line-Up at 14th Street Y

 

New York, NY – Educational Alliance will host the #NastyWomen Production on Monday, April 15th at 7:30pm at the 14th Street Y, featuring the first line-up comprised entirely of trans and non-binary comedians. In the wake of the 2016 presidential election, #NastyWomen was conceived as a night dedicated to female resistance comedians that utilize comedy as both a uniting tool and a resistance tool. January 18th, 2018 – days ahead of the Women’s March – marked the inaugural event and the series continues to generate a forum that empowers all through laughter, camaraderie, and activism. In light of the explosive #MeToo and Time's Up movements and in recognition that feminism must be intersectional, on April 15, 2019 at 7:30pm, #NastyWomen+ will feature underrepresented genders and empower those marginalized within the spectrum of she and they identity.
 

The emcee, Amanda Duarte, creator and host of Dead Darlings, will lead a powerhouse group of comedians to bring laughter during a time when we need it most.

 

General Admission Tickets are $30. Press is encouraged to RSVP to rbaptiste@globalstrategygroup.com
 

WHEN: Monday, April 15, 2019 at 7:30pm

 

WHERE: 14th Street Y

344 E 14th St

New York, NY 10003

 

WHO: Alan van Capelle, President and CEO of Educational Alliance
 

Amanda Duarte, creator and host of New York Magazine’s, "Absolute Best Reading Series in NYC," Dead Darlings


Becca Blackwell, NYC based trans actor, performer, and writer


Daphne Always, New York nightlife personality with Cancer Sun, Gemini Rising, and Virgo Moon.


Briana Sakamoto, queer actor and singer


Jes Tom, New York based actor, writer, and weird queer stand-up comic

 

RSVP: General Admission Tickets are $30. Press is encouraged to RSVP here

 

ABOUT EDUCATIONAL ALLIANCE:

Educational Alliance brings together and partners with diverse communities in Lower Manhattan, offering individuals and families high-quality, multi-generational programs and services that enhance their well-being and socioeconomic opportunities. We are a place where everyone is welcome and where progress is powered one relationship at a time. We are proud of our legacy as a Jewish organization and we provide high-quality, transformational services and programs to all New Yorkers through our network of community centers on Manhattan’s Lower East Side and East Village. As we have for 130 years, we offer best-in-class programming–now across 15 sites—focusing on a mix of education, health and wellness, arts and culture, and civic engagement.

 

ABOUT THE 14TH STREET Y:

The 14th Street Y is a vibrant community center grounded in the belief that contemporary Jewish sensibilities can be a source of inspiration, connection, and learning for the individuals and families we serve throughout New York City’s East Village and beyond. With a health and wellness center, childhood, parenting and adult education and enrichment programs, and an innovative arts and culture department, the 14Y is committed to the development of the whole person and bettering people’s lives by strengthening family connections and building inclusive and sustainable communities.

 

LABAlive Presents

OTHER: ONE

An investigation of Other

at the Theater at the14th Street Y

February 9, 2017 at 7:30pm

 

Part of LABA is the House of Study, an artist fellowship program for which around 10 culture-makers, a mix of visual artists, writers, dancers, musicians, actors and others, are brought together to study classic Jewish texts in a non-religious, open-minded setting. The fellows use the study to inspire work which is then featured in our LABAlive series, to provide a platform to share the work, expose the process and teach the text they were inspired by..

 

LABAlive presents OTHER: ONE, an evening of film, visual art, multi-media, theater and opera exploring the theme of OTHER on February 9, 2017 at 7:30pm at the 14th Street Y. This is the first of three LABAlive showcases in the 2017 series. The evening will feature three works in progress: A Yiddishe Wagner by Gil Sperling - Multi Media Opera, One More Way Files by Keren Moscovitch - Theatrical Adaptation, Law and Order Express by Michael Gac Levin - Visual Art, along with teachings by Ruby Namdar, Classical Jewish Text Scholar.

 

Through the LABAlive series, our LABA Fellows present excerpts of new works in progress centered on this year's theme, Other. Each year, we have an average of 250 people apply for the LABA Fellowship. We then choose 10 Fellows for the year long Fellowship, which includes study sessions, opportunities for presentation and space for experimentation.

 

LABA works have gone from LABAlives to BA’s Next Wave Festival (Salt of the Earth by Zvi Sahar), The New Museum, Tate Modern and Ellis Island (“Watershed" by Anita Glesta), and NYLive Arts and Private collections - Ghiora Aharoni "Divine Domesticated." Ranging in artistic disciplines, the evening acts as a springboard for discovery, growth, and experimentation for our Fellows as they test the waters of creation.

 

A conversation with the artists will illuminate their creative processes behind the creation of the new works, and how the pieces developed through study sessions at LABA.

 

The event will begin at 7:30pm at The 14th Street Y at 344 E 14th Street, New York, NY, 10003. Tickets are $20. To purchase tickets go to www.14streety.org/labalive

 

About the LABA Fellows (these are the short bios— do we want the full ones here?)

 

Gil Sperling is a multimedia artist. He has created multimedia performances for the Target Margin Yiddish Lab and the Berlin new music festival, Video Design for shows at HERE Arts, The Chocolate Factory and the Cologne Opera, and video installations in New York, Dresden, Kyoto and Ein-Harod.

 

A Yiddishe Wagner is a music-theater project that offers a reimagining of classical music history in which Wagnerian or Wagner-like works were written in Yiddish, not in German. The idea for this work originated in my work on the operetta Shulamis by Abraham Goldfaden. In his writing, Goldfaden admitted “borrowing” from classical composers, including Wagner, in order to artistically elevate Yiddish music-theater. In my adaptation of the operetta, I incorporated recorded music from Wagner’s Götterdämmerung (Twilight of the Gods). The idea of fusing Wagner and Yiddish together began to excite me – two cultural elements that seem to repel each other like equal magnetic poles; or perhaps like matter and anti-matter, the reaction between them could unleash a burst of pure energy.

 

The outline of the project is the creation of a musical piece, sung in Yiddish, borrowing elements from Wagner’s music while “Yiddishizing” the text, within the context of an alternative music-historical narrative (along the lines of “Did Wagner steal his music from an obscure Jewish composer?”).

Wagner strove to create a new German mythology, with Norse sagas and medieval Christian legends among his sources. In the process of creating my Yiddish-Wagnerian hybrid, I would like to examine Jewish texts, from the Bible to Hazal, as parallel mythological sources.

 

http://www.gilsperling.com/

 

Keren Moscovitch is a multidisciplinary artist and scholar exploring intimacy, sexuality and collaborative practices. Keren holds an MFA from the School of Visual Arts, where she serves on the faculty. Investigating the intersection of practice and theory, she is developing her PhD dissertation on radical intimacy and the poetics of abjection.

 

One More Way Files began as a documentary film traversing the intimate life of a retired couple living and working in a rural American suburb. The film explores my relationship to this couple and the subliminal spaces that encase our collaborative exchange. The work interrogates gender, traditional relationship structure, sexuality as performance and the ways that private somatic rituals facilitate the formation of pathways to the unconscious. During my time as a LABA fellow, I will expand the film to a full-scale theatrical production which will seek to make connections between ancient and contemporary narratives, and experiment with the hermeneutics of domestic speech.

 

http://kerenmoscovitch.com/

 

Michael Gac Levin is a Brooklyn-based artist working primarily in drawing and painting. In his work, he explores the way drawing filters experience and contributes to identity-formation. Originally from Los Angeles, he holds a BA from the University of Chicago and an MFA from Pratt Institute. http://www.mikelev.com/

 

My LABA project is a multi-part drawing and video installation entitled Law & Order: Express. This project looks at the relationship between drawing and control, both as an external force that the artist has to deal with, and as a force that the artist brings to bear on his/her own expression. Under the auspices of LABA, I will bring those questions before the community of the 14th Street Y, to take what has been a more personal process of self-exploration into social space.

 

 

More details about the Fellows, Projects and interviews can be found at www.labajournal.com

 

About LABA

LABA is a laboratory for Jewish culture in which we use classic Jewish texts to inspire the creation of new art. Developed by the 14th Street Y in 2007, LABA programming includes a house of study, artist fellowship program and LABAlive, a series of performances, public events, and gallery shows for children and adults.

 

This year LABA’s theme is BEAUTY. Through the study of the ancient Jewish canon, we explore the intersection of beauty and equality. Each artist will have an individual response to beauty, which is expressed through their artistic process and unique aesthetic.

 

About The 14th Street Y

The 14th Street Y is a thriving and dynamic community center located in the heart of the East Village. Our members have access to over 50 fitness classes per week, lap and family swim times, childcare, pick-up games in our basketball gymnasium and a fitness center filled with a full range of cardio and weight equipment. Membership at the Y also gives you access to arts and culture programming, https://14streety.secure.force.com/ticket as well as early registration and discounts on all Y classes and programs like camps, preschool, and Two by Two. www.14streety.org.

 

Full Season Tickets and detailed information on shows available at: www.14streety.org/tickets.

 

 

 

 

The Mar Vista  | Open: 06/11/15 Close: 06/14/15
The World Premiere of THE MAR VISTA, a dance/theater work written and choreographed by Yehuda Hyman in collaboration with the Mystical Feet Company (Ron Kagan, Dwight Kelly, Amanda Schussel and Hyman), will be presented at The Theater at the 14th Street Y, 344 E. 14th Street, from June 11 – 13, 2015 at 8pm and June 14, 2015 at 3pm and 7pm, as part of NYTF’s KulturfestNYC. Tickets are $18 in advance or $22.50 at the door. Tickets are available at 646-395-4310 or www.labajournal.com/2014/12/mar-vista/.

 

THE MAR VISTA is a fractured memoir about an American Jewish family. Taking place over a span of almost 100 years, THE MAR VISTA weaves together dance, gesture, spoken word, improvisation and ritual to tell a comical/tragical fragmented narrative about Hyman’s parents.

 

“Mar Vista” is Spanish for “view of the sea.” It is also the name of the Los Angeles neighborhood where Hyman grew up, a working class area on the Westside that had a high population of World War II and Korean War veterans and their families, many of whom bought their homes with the help of GI loans. The neighborhood’s name held within it a promise of views of the Pacific Ocean for all.  Unfortunately, the Hyman’s small house was at the bottom of a big hill, which blocked his family’s view. In this lyrical and quirky new work, Hyman attempts to climb that hill and witness the sea below.

 

THE MAR VISTA is performed in three parts:

Part 1:  Hamsa, is a solo performed by Hyman, which deals with curses, Passover, the 10 plagues and the story of his father.

Part 2:  Leaning Into Moisture, a duet for Hyman and Amanda Schussel about his mother and her forbidden wartime romance in Istanbul.

Part 3:  Cincinnati, takes place in Cincinnati, 1951 on the night that Hyman’s father proposed to his mother – in a hurry.

 

The MAR VISTA was incubated at LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture at the 14th Street Y.

 

“LABA was the breeding ground for the birth of THE MAR VISTA,” explained Artistic Director Ronit Muszkatblit. “That year the theme of ‘Mother’ resonated with Yehuda and inspired him to develop this exciting dance theater work.”

 

Creative Credits

Artistic Director/Choreographer: Yehuda Hyman

Performers: Yehuda Hyman, Ron Kagan, Dwight Kelly, Amanda Schussel

Costume Designer: Amy Page

Lighting Designer: Kryssy Wright

Sound Designer: Dominick Boyle

 

Yehuda Hyman was born in Los Angeles to immigrant parents from Poland and Russia. He began making dances in NYC at the Riverside Dance Festival and Washington Square Church. His work has been produced at the McCarter Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, San Diego Repertory Theater, and Highways Performance Space among others. Honors include two NEA Grants, Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays Award, Jerome Fellowship and grants from the Center for Jewish Culture and Creativity. He performed his solo piece, The Mad 7 at the NYC Fringe, the JCC Manhattan and across the U.S. and performs with Target Margin Theater (at HERE Arts Center, Chocolate Factory and the Bushwick Starr). He was a 2013/14 Artist Fellow at the LABA House of Study/14th Street Y. He received his M.F.A. in Dance from Sarah Lawrence College and currently teaches in the Dance/Movement Therapy M.S. program at Sarah Lawrence College. He is the Artistic Director of Yehuda Hyman/Mystical Feet.

 

About The 14th Street Y

The 14th Street Y serves over 10,000 East Village residents each year with a variety of community programs. The 14th Street Y is proud to be a part of Educational Alliance, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a 125-year history of serving New Yorkers downtown.

 

The Theater at the 14th Street Y is a center for experimental theater, dance, and multi-disciplinary arts wherein the many faces of a vibrant community center in the East Village meet.

 

“It all starts here. Art incubated at the 14th Street Y.”

 

La Bestia: Sweet Mother, A Troubadour's Tale  | Open: 04/05/14 Close: 04/05/14
Growing out of the multi-media theater project of the same name, La Bestia: Sweet Mother, a Jewish Troubadour's Tale tells the story of Valencia, a Honduran immigrant who suffers indignities and threats to live her dream: coming to the United States to start a new life.  It is told as myth, a story within a story within a story, bringing together the timeless and the eternal. 
The musical component, directed by Desiree Miller and composed by both Desiree (Cello) and Becca Weiss (singer) underscores the libretto with virtuosity and a variety of styles.  The concert will include a special guest appearance by Liz Higgins, who will dance her own original choreography, created for this event.  Liz has traveled the world dancing for the Nikolai Dance Company, as well as dancing at the Joyce Theater (NY), Kennedy Center (DC) and numerous other venues around the country and world.

A Touch of the Poet  | Open: 12/02/08 Close: 12/20/08
Two-time Emmy Award-winner Daniel J. Travanti ("Hill Street Blues") and Ellen Crawford ("ER") set to star in Friendly Fire Production of Eugene O'Neill's classic.

"Travanti is a triumph!…
A schizophrenic explosion that takes your breath away!" - The Boston Globe
"It's a role for an actor to soar in,
and Travanti shows his wingspread from his first entrance." - The Washington Post

In A TOUCH OF THE POET, Mr. Travanti stars as Cornelius (a.k.a. Con) Melody, once a landed gentleman in Ireland, now an innkeeper in America who has fallen upon hard times. He lives in the past, strutting like a peacock in his army officer's uniform from twenty years before, playing the part of the nobleman and treating his wife Nora (Ellen Crawford) and daughter Sara (Tessa Klein) with contempt and derision -- all to puff up his own sense of pride and importance. When the arrival of a mysterious lady and her son threatens to destroy Con's grand illusion, he makes one last attempt to defend his honor, resulting in a drunken brawl and utter humiliation. Finally forced to confront his true self, Con learns to accept who he really is. Or does he?

Joining Mr. Travanti and Ms. Crawford in the cast of A TOUCH OF THE POET are Steven Boyer (Broadway's I'M NOT RAPPAPORT), Richard Crawford (The Civilians' GONE MISSING), Tessa Klein (Irish Rep's PHILADELPHIA, HERE I COME), Antoinette La Vecchia (Primary Stages' STRING OF PEARLS), Peter Rogan (Broadway's THE SEAFARER), Timothy Smallwood (Obie Award-winning ECSTASY), Ian Stuart (COPENHAGEN), and Richard B. Watson (Irish Rep's THE DEVIL'S DISCIPLE).

Tickets are available through Theatermania or at the door, one hour prior to curtain (cash only at the box office).