ANNOUNCES 2019-20 SEASON
The Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, a renowned international touring dance company led by Chinese American choreographer Nai-Ni Chen, announces an exciting 2019-2020 season. The Company will continue to be in residence at the New Jersey City University in Jersey City, NJ with extensive community activities including dance curriculum planning, teaching, rehearsing, research, and choreography. The company is especially proud of its award winning program at the A. Harry Moore School for children with multiple disabilities where Nai-Ni Chen's dancers collaborate with therapists and teachers to create a uniquely creative dance curriculum for a population of 100 students from pre-K to 12th grade.
The fall touring season will begin with tours to Michigan and New Mexico to present Nai-Ni Chen's most recent collaboration: A Quest for Freedom, with the world-renowned Ahn Trio, inspired by the hope and energy on the immigrant's journey, as well as Nai-Ni and the Trio's common experience as Asian American immigrants.
In December, the Company will launch its 30th anniversary celebration at New York Live Arts with a retrospective production CrossCurrent, showcasing Chen's distinctive cross-cultural style and the diverse influences that have informed her work. Highlights include Chen's Callligraphy II, Whirlwind, and recent works Truthbound and Bamboo Rap.
The program will open with one of Chen's earliest signature work Calligraphy IIwhich explores the spirituality, the flow of energy and the dynamics of the brush strokes in the art of Chinese writing with an original music score by Joan La Barbra and set designed by Myunghee Cho. The Company will share Nai Ni's recent work Truthbound, developed in a residency in Trier, Germany in reaction to the crisis of faith and trust today.
Truthbound will be followed by Bamboo Rap, an experimental work created in collaboration with traditional Kuaiban rappers, hip-hop artists and DJs, exploring the sound of Chinese language with contemporary urban dance vocabulary, both rooted in storytelling and the desire for justice.
The concert will conclude with Whirlwind, a dance inspired by Chen's journey to the Silk Road with music by Glen Velez. The dance explores trance, rhythmic breathing, sound and spiral motion.
In January and February 2019, to chase away the winter blues, the Company will celebrate the arrival of the Year of the Rat and the first year of the cycle of metal with a vibrant, colorful extravaganza of the Company's Lunar New Year Festival at Staten Island College, Queens College, The Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center on Long Island, The New Jersey Performing Arts Center, and Ocean County College in New Jersey. This New Year's program highlights will include a diverse line up of top-tier Chinese artists as well as new dances by Nai-Ni Chen.
The season will continue in March with appearances by up-and-coming Asian American artists at the Company's resident work at Flushing Townhall. In its 6th year, the Company has been presenting new music and dance talents in the community.
The Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company will be on Ellis Island in the Great Hall of Immigrant for the Asian American Heritage Month in May. The Company will be presenting the 6th Imagine Ellis Island Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Festival which will bring together a diverse array of artists focused on preserving and creating culturally specific work.
Followers and audience can gain an early glimpse of the Company's new works during our open rehearsal sessions ,at Flushing Town Hall in New York, at NJPAC in Newark, as well as at pop-up locations around the NY/NJ area to be announced on our e-newsletter.
In addition to developing new dances, Nai-Ni Chen is equally committed to introduce the Chinese American heritage to children and family in diverse communities. Her K-12 assembly program, The Art of Chinese Dance, is performed throughout the year in schools and community centers in Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.
Continuing its commitment to preserve and advance dance in the Chinese American community in New Jersey, the Company offers regularly scheduled community workshops at the Metuchen Dance Centre every Saturday with award-winning instructors from China, Taiwan, and the U.S.
A Quest for Freedom at Hope College
Thursday, September 19, 2019 at 7:30
Friday, September 20, 2019 at 7:30pm
DeWitt and Cultural Center, Main Theatre
141 E 12th St., Holland, MI 49423
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A Quest for Freedom at The Lensic Performing Arts Center
Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 7:30pm
211 San Francisco St., Santa Fe, NM 87501
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CrossCurrent at New York Live Arts
219 W. 19th St.
New York, NY 10011
Friday, December 5 at 7:30
Saturday, December 6 at 7:30
Sunday, December 7 at 7:30
Ticket info: TBA
Chinese New Year Celebration: Year of the Golden Rat at NJPAC
Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 2:00pm and Sunday, January 26 at 2:00pm
One Center Street Newark, NJ 07102
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Penn State Harrisburg Concert and Residency
Tuesday, February 4th at 7:30pm
Mukund S. Kulkarni Theatre, Student Enrichment Center
777 West Harrisburg Pike
Middletown, PA 17057
South Orange Performing Arts Center Showcase
Friday, April 17 SOPAC Way, South Orange, NJ 07079
Ticket info TBA
Song of the Phoenix at Westchester Community College
Saturday, May 9 at 8:00pm Academic Arts Theatre
75 Grasslands Road
Valhalla, NY 10595
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choreographed by Melissa Riker
at Riverside Park South's Locomotive Lawn (59th Street and Hudson River)
August 23, 2019 at 5pm & 7pm
Kinesis Project dance theatre will present the site-specific dance performance Breathing with Strangers, choreographed by Melissa Riker in collaboration with the Kinesis Project dancers on August 23, 2019 at 5pm & 7pm at Riverside Park South (59th Street and Hudson River), NYC. Both performances are free and open to the public. For more information please visit https://riversideparknyc.org/event/kinesis-project/.
This popular, site-specific company's newest large-scale outdoor dance performance is a ragged, sweeping and surprising love-song to New York City. Twisting and leading along the pathways of Riverside Park South, Kinesis Project dancers will appear in the varied landscapes, inviting the audience amidst willow trees as the performers daringly partner with one another and the fantastic and unlikely spaces of the park. This dance is a first step in collaboration with Opera on Tap, a collective involved in the Mile Long Opera. Breathing with Strangers will surprise, and delight all ages.
Summer on the Hudson programming is free to the public. Kinesis Project dances are not stationary: while there will be opportunities to sit, audiences will be walking along with the performance. Audience space is limited, unreserved, and available on a first-come, first-served basis beginning 1-2 hours before the event. If attendance reaches maximum capacity management reserves the right to close participation. If there is heavy rain at the time of the event, it will be cancelled. To check on cancellation status, please visit: nyc.gov/parks/soh 2 hours before the event. No rain dates are scheduled. To donate to Riverside Park Programming, or to volunteer please call 212.870.3070.
Gia Kourlas, The New York Times wrote about the company's recent piece:
"Melissa Riker explores ideas about how vulnerability exists both in people and in structures; it comes to life within an immersive environment of movement and whispers."
Breathing with Strangers is made possible in part with funding from the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation and administered by LMCC. UMEZ enhances the economic vitality of all communities in Upper Manhattan through job creation, corporate alliances, strategic investments, and small business assistance. LMCC serves, connects and makes space for artists and community.
Melissa Riker is Artistic Director and Choreographer of Kinesis Project dance theatre. She is a New York City dancer and choreographer who emerged as a strong performance and creative voice as the NYC dance and circus worlds combined during the 90s. Riker's dances and aesthetic layer her training as a classical dancer, martial artist, theatre choreographer and aerial performer. She creates dances on site - and in context. Riker invents large-scale outdoor performances and spontaneous moments of dance for individuals and corporate clients. Audiences and critics have called Riker's work "a Marx Brothers' routine with soul," "A movable feast." And from The New York Times, her choreography is: "comically acrobatic, gracefully classical, visually arresting."
Opera on Tap (OOT) was born in 2005 at Freddy's Bar and Backroom in Brooklyn and incorporated in 2007 to promote opera as a viable, living and progressive art form and to support the developing artists who continue to keep the art form alive. What began as a small monthly gathering of ambitious, classically trained singers looking for more performance opportunities, has grown into a producing organization that has gained a loyal audience base and national recognition as an innovative force on the classical music scene. Through its Chapter program, which now has over twenty vibrant national (and international!) chapters, OOT has created a large network of performers, creators, and supporters.
Kinesis Project is a dance organization that produces dance concerts, facilitates educational programs and creates site-specific performances with diverse communities. A company at the forefront of the international discussion of placemaking, art engagement and the cultural imperative of art in public space, Kinesis Project dance theatre invents large scale, space-changing, breath-taking experiences.
Since 2005, Kinesis Project's work has been experienced in San Francisco, San Diego, Seattle, Boston, Philadelphia, Vermont, Florida and in New York City at such venerable venues as Danspace Project, Judson Church, Joyce Soho, The Minskoff Theatre, The Cunningham Studio, West End Theatre and Dixon Place. In 2019, the company's work will be experienced in Seattle, Brooklyn, NY, Riverside Park, supported by New York City Parks, and in Snug Harbor Cultural Center on Staten Island. The company dances outside in sculpture gardens, universities, and annually since 2006 in Battery Park's Bosque Gardens and The Cloisters Lawn as well as hosting more than 30 surprise performances all over New York City and the tri-state area as an element of the company's earned income and outreach programming with volunteer populated flashmobs. Residencies include: Earthdance 2006, Omi International Arts Center 2008, Kaatsbaan International Dance Center 2011, TheaterLab 2014, Adelphi University 2014. Ms. Riker is a 2016, 2017 and 2019 CUNY Dance Initiative Residency Fellow, 2015 LMCC Community Arts Fund grantee, 2019 Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Grantee. She has been commissioned by The Brooklyn Botanic Garden for a surprise large-scale work and performances of her work Secrets and Seawalls at Omi International Arts Center, Long House Reserve, Gateway National Park in partnership with Rockaways Artist Alliance. Ms. Riker has received commissions from Carson Fox and the Ephemeral Festival in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 for large-scale outdoor events, NYU in 1998, for an outdoor work long before "flash mob" was coined, 2006 and 2008 grants from the Puffin Foundation for her work Community Movements, a dance work with community volunteers, Fellowships from the Dodge Foundation, Space Grant Residencies from 92nd St Y, The New 42nd St Studio, Gibney Dance Center, and The Joyce Theatre Foundation, and grants from The Bowick Family Trust and John C. Robinson to support the continued work of Kinesis Project dance theatre. https://www.kinesisproject.com/
Peculiar Works Project (Ralph Lewis, Catherine Porter and Barry Rowell) will present the World Premiere of Barry Rowell’s Floydada directed by David Vining (The Blue Puppies Cycle at The Chocolate Factory; Cracked at HERE) and featuring Catherine Porter (Mac Wellman’s Crowbar at Victory Theatre; member of Indie Theatre Now’s Hall of Fame) and Nomi Tichman. The creative team will include Projection Designs by Lianne Arnold (Associate Designer on Julie Taymor’s A Midsummer Nights Dream at Theater for a New Audience), Original Music by Seth Bedford, Lighting Design by David Castaneda (Irina’s Vow on Broadway), Set and Prop Design by Casey McLain, Costume Design by Bryen Shannon, and Choreography by Kriota Wilberg (The Bentfootes at Dixon Place), with Stage Manager Heather Olmstead. The play will be presented in a found space at the Merchants Square Building (40 Worth Street between West Broadway and Church Street), March 26-April 11. Performances will be Wednesday through Saturday at 7pm with an additional performance on Monday, March 30 at 7pm. Tickets ($18; $10 previews) are available online at www.peculiarworks.org or by calling 866-811-4111. The performance runs 90 minutes, with no intermission.
FRIGID 2010 will run February 24-March 7, 2010 at The Kraine Theater & The Red Room (85 East 4th Street between 2nd Ave and Bowery) and UNDER St. Marks (94 St. Marks Place between 1st Ave and Ave A) Tickets to all shows ($7-16) may be purchased online at www.FRIGIDnewyork.info or by calling Smarttix at 212-868-4444.
THE KRAINE (85 East 4th Street)
ZeekTech Productions Toronto, Ontario
This Frankenstein of comedic arts tells the story of two underdogs reaching beyond the unimaginable to make their dreams a reality in a world that is potentially make believe.
Fri Feb 26 @ 4pm, Sat Feb 27 @ 8:30pm, Sun Feb 28 @ 2:30pm, Mon March 1 @ 6pm, Fri March 5 @ 5:30pm, Sun March 7 @ 5:30pm
Aristophanes' The Bohemians
Second Best Bed Productions New York, NY
This recently discovered and newly translated work of Aristophanes demonstrates the classic playwright’s eerie knack for predicting the future. Follow Mediocrates as he struggles to find and maintain his artistic identity in the present-day East Village. This timeless production is sure to have you rolling in the isles.
Wed Feb 24 @ 9pm, Sat Feb 27 @ 1pm, Sun Feb 28 @ 7pm, Tue March 2 @ 10:30pm, Sun March 7 @ 4pm
Aurelia and Imago
Brianna Stark Vancouver, BC
A multimedia solo dance show choreographed and performed by Brianna Stark. The piece explores the evolution of life from essence to matter, the cellular to the universal and the persistent state of longing in between. The dancer takes us on a journey of birth, life and beyond.
Thu Feb 25 @ 9pm, Sun Feb 28 @ 4pm, Mon March 1 @ 9pm,Wed March 3 @ 7:30pm, Fri March 5 @ 4pm, Sat March 6 @ 7pm
Agony Productions Brooklyn, NY
An innovative play in which two adults discover a love for their inner halves while searching for their other halves. Two adults. Four Quarters. Working, pushing and struggling to connect, trying to be one whole.
Wed Feb 24 @ 10:30pm, Fri Feb 26 @ 7pm, Tue March 2 @ 9pm, Thu March 4 @ 7:30pm, Sat March 6 @ 2:30pm
Let That Sh*t Go
Live Blaggard Brooklyn, NY
A motley collection of theatre artists presents an explosive evening of short plays celebrating the things we’ve left behind, and the things we just can’t shake. Some of the plays are funny. Some of the plays are sad. All of them are original. All of them are short.
Thu Feb 25 @ 7:30pm, Tue March 2 @ 7:30pm, Thu March 4 @ 10:30pm, Sat March 6 @ 8:30pm, Sun March 7 @ 1pm
No.11 Productions Long Island City, NY
Medea, suddenly abandoned by her husband Jason, plots her bloody revenge. A beautiful and heartbreaking staging of Euripides’ 2, 400-year-old play about love, broken expectations, passion, violence and what happens when we want too much. An original score and puppetry add an artistic twist to this vibrant translation.
Wed Feb 24 @ 6pm, Sat Feb 27 @ 7pm, Mon March 1 @ 7:30pm, Thu March 4 @ 9pm, Sat March 6 @ 1pm
Onomatopoiea Productions Brooklyn, NY
Onomatopoeia! presents clowning and juggling in a brand new light. Three characters present a collection of short scenes, which explore a single idea through physical theater and object manipulation. As the title suggests the only spoken words in the piece will be Onomatopoeias!
Thu Feb 25 @ 6pm, Sat Feb 27 @ 5:30pm, Wed March 3 @ 10:30pm, Fri March 5 @ 8:30pm, Sun March 7 @ 7pm
Secret Weapon Theatre New York, NY
Two teens are locked in a cabin in the woods on a rainy night. As they pass the hours drinking, they are forced to face each other's past and the deal that brought them there in the first place.
Wed Feb 24 @ 7:30pm, Fri Feb 26 @ 8:30pm, Wed March 3 @ 9pm, Thu March 4 @ 6pm, Sat March 6 @ 4pm
The Bike Trip
Martin Dockery Brooklyn, NY
In a breathtaking quest to uncover the nature of the psychedelic experience, a man journeys through San Francisco, India, and Switzerland, tapping into history’s very first acid trip by, amongst other things, renting a bike.
Thu Feb 25 @ 10:30pm, Sat Feb 27 @ 4pm, Wed March 3 @ 6pm, Fri March 5 @ 7pm, Sun March 7 @ 2:30pm
LaGoDi Productions and the Shark Tank Players Washington, DC
Destinies of a European countess and a humble American chambermaid collide at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition. Swords of steel penetrate gender norms, true identities are freely explored, and one man discovers it is better to receive than to give.
Fri Feb 26 @ 5:30pm, Sat Feb 27 @ 2:30pm, Sun Feb 28 @ 1pm & 5:30pm, Sat March 6 @ 5:30pm
THE RED ROOM (85 East 4th Street)
The performance tube Toronto, Ontario
Trace Morgan’s mother is dead. Trace will do whatever it takes to forget. She travels through the night and ultimately finds what she’s looking for in a familiar face. Through Space Exploration, Jack Daniels, and the dreaded ‘Emotional Overload’, together they draw a map of human experience that transcends age and circumstance.
Thur Feb 25 @ 9:30pm, Sat Feb 27 @ 12:30pm, Sun Feb 28 @ 3:30pm, Tue March 2 @ 9:30pm, Thur March 4 @ 6:30pm, Fri March 6 @ 8pm
Mark Shyzer Toronto, Ontario
Shockingly funny and equally moving, Fishbowl slyly reveals the connections between five wildly different (and outrageously hilarious) characters, all played by newcomer Mark Shyzer.
Wed Feb 24 @ 9:30pm, Fri Feb 26 @ 6:30pm, Sat Feb 27 @ 3:30pm, Tue March 2 @ 6:30pm, Sat March 6 @ 9:30pm, Sun March 7 @ 5pm
Pageant Wagon New York, NY
Gavin, a wounded soldier wanders lost and delirious into an abandoned chapel. Taken in by a mysterious stranger and nursed by the three women of the household--mother, wife and daughter--Gavin becomes a pawn in an ancient and deadly seductive game. Inspired by “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.”
Thu Feb 25 @ 11pm, Sun Feb 28 @ 6:30pm, Mon March 1 @ 8pm, Fri March 5 @ 6:30pm, Sat March 6 @ 2pm
IT OR HER
Alena Smith Brooklyn, NY
In the basement of a suburban house hides a man and his incredible collection of figurines. Like a mad scientist he plays with his objects, searching for what he calls "the ultimate arrangement" – hoping to find it before his hideout is invaded, and his own dark secret is revealed.
Wed Feb 24 @ 6:30pm, Fri Feb 26 @ 8pm, Sun Feb 28 @ 2pm, Mon March 1 @ 6:30pm, Thu March 4 @ 8pm
Mechanically Separated Meat
International BTC Stirling, NJ
A man's refusal to respect his talking Toaster launches an entire community into a debate of ownership, civil rights, and Robot Uprisings.
Wed Feb 24 @ 8pm, Sat Feb 27 @ 6:30pm, Thu March 4 @ 11pm, Fri March 5 @ 9:30pm, Sun March 7 @ 12:30pm
My Life of Crime
(ral-ū-pop) theatre Pasadena, CA
A Winn Dixie Supermarket. Daytona Beach, Florida. Circa 1970s. A stolen pack of Trident gum. An eight-year-old thief. Her mother. The Boyfriends. The Husbands. Jim "Bo Bo" Lehrer. And (of course), Jesus. It's a crowded crime scene; especially considering it's a one-woman show.
Thu Feb 25 @ 8pm, Fri Feb 26 @ 11pm, Sat Feb 27 @ 9:30pm, Sun Feb 28 @ 12:30pm, Wed March 3 @ 8pm, Sat March 6 @ 11pm
Nobody's Token New York, NY
What would happen if the “Fresh Prince of Bel Air” moved to “South Park” or if the Cosby’s lived next door to “The Family Guy”? Using the Harold improv structure as a guide Nobody’s Token creates an improvised sitcom based off of the audience’s suggestion.
Wed Feb 24 @ 11pm, Sat Feb 27 @ 8pm, Thu March 4 @ 9:30pm, Sat March 6 @ 12:30pm, Sun March 7 @ 3:30pm
Fancy Molasses Winnipeg, Manitoba
Small town librarian Esther never dreamed she would become a porn star. That was before she found out her ex-boyfriend secretly videotaped her having sex and sold the tape for money.
Sat Feb 27 @ 11pm, Sun Feb 28 @ 5pm, Mon March 1 @ 9:30pm, Wed March 3 @ 6:30pm, Sat March 6 @ 3:30pm & 6:30pm
Roll With It
Maggie Nuttall New York, NY
Take a ride on the absurd side of wild and enter the world of Maggie Nuttall as she takes you through true stories of calamity and random acts of violence with the humor and dexterity of a wide-eyed child.
Fri Feb 26 @ 9:30pm, Sat Feb 27 @ 5pm, Tue March 2 @ 8pm, Fri March 5 @ 8pm, Sun March 7 @ 2pm
Kimleigh Smith Los Angeles, California
In this powerful theater piece you will witness Kimleigh as a young cheerleader transform into a woman who embraces her inner superhero as she reclaims her sexuality and lives as a whole, healthy woman!
Thu Feb 25 @ 6:30pm, Sat Feb 27 @ 2pm, Wed March 3 @ 9:30pm, Fri March 5 @ 11pm, Sat March 6 @ 5pm, Sun March 7 @ 6:30pm
UNDER ST. MARKS (94 St. Marks Place)
¼ Life Crisis
8 Monkey Productions Kelowna, B.C.
A dynamic one person show taking the audience on an energetic journey of a young professional as she works to establish her career, hold onto her dreams, drown out the voices of parents, peers and friends, to eventually discover the importance of claiming yourself and being true to who you are.
Thurs Feb 25 @ 6pm, Fri Feb 26 @ 9pm, Sun Feb 28 @ 2:30pm, Mon March 1 @ 10:30pm, Wed March 3 @ 9pm, Sat March 6@ 4pm
Bonne Nuit Poo Poo
Theatre Reverb Brooklyn, NY
Max, Maxi and the Operator fight for their survival in this action-packed comic-erotic end times fantasy featuring live video stream, text, dance and spectacle.
Fri Feb 26 @ 7:30pm, Sun Feb 28 @ 5:30pm, Mon March 1 @ 6pm, Thu March 4 @ 7:30pm, Sat March 6 @ 2:30pm
Floundering About (in an age of terror)
David Lawson Annadale, VA
A coming-of-age story set in the paranoia-filled, post-9/11 suburbs of Washington, D.C, an orange alert world where deadly powders are in the mail, snipers are opening fire in strip malls and only duct tape and oxygen masks can stop the evildoers.
Thu Feb 25 @ 9pm, Sat Feb 27 @ 2:30pm, Sun Feb 28 @ 4pm, Wed March 3 @ 6pm, Sat March 6 @ 7pm
Kill the Band
Kelly Dwyer Brooklyn, NY
Kill the Band is the original, comedy rock and roll, anti-cabaret! Coinciding with the release of their first album, this unpredictable, unforgettable, outrageously funny musical experience is both the band’s breakdown and breakthrough. Part Lucille Ball on her 3rd bottle of 5 Hour Power, part Meatloaf, sexy with a side of silly.
Wed Feb 24 @ 10:30pm, Fri Feb. 26 @ 10:30pm, Tue March 2 @ 7:30pm, Sat March 6@ 10pm, Sun March 7 @ 4pm
LATE NIGHTS WITH THE BOYS: confessions of a leather bar chanteuse
The Lopsided Company Ridgefield Park, New Jersey
With delightful and poignant tales of a Southern Songstress and her gay family, Alex Bond and David Carson read selections from Ms. Bond’s novel and transport you to Dallas 1977, a magical time before HIV/AIDS, but not before ignorance and prejudice. Wed Feb 24 @ 6pm, Sat Feb 27 @ 7pm, Mon March 1 @ 9pm, Fri March 5 @ 6pm, Sun March 7 @ 2:30pm.
Legs and All
Summer Shapiro & Peter Musante Brooklyn, NY
A physical exploration of limits, perspective and chocolate cake. Rooted in physical comedy and set to music, it takes a magical look at the mundane where two people stumble into the extraordinary. Limbs shoot out from a box and lamps repel us into other worlds. It peeks at human loneliness and hits up against reality's glass ceiling to poke about in the breathing space beyond.
Fri Feb 26 @ 6pm, Sun Feb 28 @ 1pm, Mon March 1 @ 7:30pm, Wed March 3 @ 7:30pm, Fri March 5 @ 9pm, Sat March 6 @ 8:30pm
(a) muse Collective New York, NY
In a narcissistic attempt to win her family's attention, Abigail decides to perform the greatest stunt of all- attempted suicide. When her childish venture turns into unexpected reality, Abigail finds herself trapped in purgatory - a warped version of her apartment with two exits. Heaven or Hell. As a result of her foolish mistake, there is atonement and penance to be paid... and time is running out.
Thu Feb 25 @ 10:30pm, Sat Feb 27 @ 10pm, Sun Feb 28 @ 7pm, Wed March 3 @ 10:30pm, Sat March 6 @ 5:30pm
Ramblings of a Gentleman Scumbag
(a) muse Collective New York, NY
Lucky Cheng’s Balloon man, delusional comic, and man of no God tries to justify 34 years of poor life choices and degeneracy.
Wed Feb 24 @ 7:30pm, Sat Feb 27 @ 8:30pm, Thu March 4 @ 6pm, Fri March 5 @ 10:30pm, Sun March 7 @ 7pm
sh+sh=gold Brooklyn, NY
The part autobiographical, part fictionalized story of a young man’s immigration to the US from Canada and of his realization that he is, in fact, a wizard.
Wed Feb 24 @ 9pm, Sat Feb 27 @ 5:30pm, Tue March 2 @ 6pm, Sat March 6 @ 1pm, Sun March 7 @ 5:30pm
Leslie Goshko Brooklyn, NY
Rather than abuse her, Leslie’s alcoholic father would buy her shoes, drag race the lawnmower, and burn the neighbor’s bills, while her mother managed a doomed Christian bookstore and prayed in tongues over Leslie’s ailing sister. Leslie’s storytelling navigates a humorously tragic journey through childhood with frighteningly endearing characters.
Thu Feb 25 @ 7:30pm, Sat Feb 27 @ 4pm, Thu March 4 @ 9pm, Fri March 5 @ 7:30pm, Sun March 7 @ 1pm
CLEOPATRA A LIFE UNPARALLELED
Produced by Crystal Theatre, Inc. and L2 Entertainment, Inc. benefiting Women for Women International
Book, Music and Lyrics by Cheryl E. Kemeny
Directed by Barbara Labbadia and Alexandrea Kemeny
Music Direction by Cheryl E. Kemeny
Choreography by Kari Ann Sweeney
Cheryl E. Kemenys Cleopatra A Life Unparalleled chronicles her life and times through music ranging from blues to rock to ballad. In a time of kill or be killed, Cleopatra competed for dominance in a mans world and used what she had (money, looks and charm) to get what she wanted!
June 13 @ 11 am | June 13 @ 4:30pm | June 14 @ 1pm | June 20 @ 11am | June 20 @ 4:30pm | June 27 @ 2pm
DESIGNER X, YOUR FACE, WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE?
Produced by The Mush-Room Performing Design benefiting SOS Childrens Villages: Venezuela
Written by Maria Alexandria Beech
Directed by Oscar A. Mendoza
This series of politically charged plays focuses on humanity within underlying social issues. In What Are You Doing Here, a woman finds her ex-boyfriend in the audience and questions their relationship among other subjects. In the age of scientific discovery and power to shape genetic makeup, Designer X explores one couples attempt to honor the past while shaping the future. In Your Face, drinks with a friend turns interesting when a stranger enters the picture.
June 11 @ 8:30pm | June 14 @ 7pm | June 15 @ 8pm | June 16 @ 6:30pm | June 22 @ 4:30pm
Produced by Edible Brains Productions benefiting Play for P.I.N.K.
Written by Molly Rydzel
Everybody Dies examines a love triangle that takes place during the commencement of a world-wide suicide pact.
June 11 @ 6:30pm | June 12 @ 7:30pm | June 14 @ 11am | June 16 @ 8:30pm | June 18 @ 6pm | June 21 @ 2:30pm
HER KIND: THE LIFE & POETRY OF ANNE SEXTON
A Wild Child Presents production benefiting Safe Horizon
Written by Hannah Wolfe, featuring the poetry of Anne Sexton
Discover Anne Sexton: one of the most celebrated and controversial American poets of the 1960s and 70s. Critically-acclaimed in the New York & San Francisco Fringe Festivals, Her Kind vividly explores Sextons life and work by weaving dance and video with tantalizing character twists. Are you one of Her Kind?
June 18 @ 8pm | June 20 @ 3pm | June 23 @ 4:30pm
Produced by HQ Rep. in association with Rachel Klein Productions benefiting RAINN
Written by John Patrick Bray
Directed by Rachel Klein
A detective has returned from the dead. An American becomes the heir of an estate after a mysterious death in the family. Sherlock Holmes faithful sidekick, a grieving widower, risks his very soul to find and battle the legendary creature that he believes can reunite him with his wife.
June 17 @ 6pm | June 20 @ 7pm | June 22 @ 6:30pm | June 23 @ 6:30pm | June 24 @ 6:30pm | June 25 @ 4pm
A Tony Asaro/Dan Collins Production benefiting GLAAD
Book by Dan Collins
Music & Lyrics by Tony Asaro
Outed in a public restroom, humiliated and abandoned by fans, Country Music sensation Tommy Dautry has gone from darling to derelict overnight. But now, in a one night only engagement (in the back room of The White Swallow) Tommy is back and ready to prove that gay or straight, left or right...its Our Country too!
June 21 @ 4:30pm | June 24 @ 4:30pm | June 26 @ 7pm | June 27 @ 8pm
A Boann Books and Media LLC production benefiting China Tomorrow Education Foundation
Written by John Kearns
Directed by Erin Smiley
Joy and Grace sit in the cubicles of an absurd office. Grace is growing content while Joy is getting restless. Over the course of a year, on five weekdays associated with five elements of Chinese medicine, the two Chinese-American friends struggle over their artistic dreams and their need for security.
June 11 @ 4pm | June 13 @ 8:30pm | June 15 @ 4pm | June 17 @ 8pm | June 21 @ 8:30pm | June 25 @ 6pm
THE IMAGINARY INVALID: BY PRESCRIPTION ONLY
An Aliza Shane production benefiting Hospice of New York
Based on Le Malade Imaginaire by Molière
Written and Directed by Aliza Shane
Shes got the symptoms... But her doctors are the real disease. Arganne is a wealthy, aging hypochondriac preyed upon by a gold-digging husband, a rebellious daughter and a chorus of drug-peddling incompetent doctors. Together, her maligned assistant and exasperated sister must figure how to get rid of the doctors and save Argannes life before its too late.
June 12 @ 4pm | June 13 @ 1:30pm | June 14 @ 5:30pm | June 18 @ 9:30pm |
June 20 @ 9pm | June 27 @ 12:30pm
THE KATRINA PROJECT: HELL AND HIGH WATER
An Adakia Entertainment production benefiting the Make It Right Foundation
Written by Michael Marks and Mackenzie Westmoreland
Directed by Mackenzie Westmoreland
A journey into the heart and soul of Hurricane Katrinas survivors, based on actual interviews, collected stories and found texts, this play provides a voice to the greatest natural disaster in our countrys recorded history. You will experience the devastation, heartbreak, anger and ultimately, hope of the thousands affected by the category 5 storm.
June 12 @ 9:30pm | June 13 @ 3pm | June 15 @ 6:30pm | June 19 @ 9:30pm |
June 26 @ 5:30pm | June 27 @ 11am
THOSE WHISTLING LADS: THE POETRY AND SHORT STORIES OF DOROTHY PARKER
Produced by TimeSpace Theatre Company in association with Third Eye Theatre Company benefiting Safe Horizon
Adapted for the stage by Maureen Van Trease
Directed by Bricken Sparacino
Those Whistling Lads brings five light-hearted stories and five satirical poems of Dorothy Parker to life, drawing you into the world of loves and friendships that inspired them, from newlyweds to break-ups and waiting for that telephone call. A member of the famed 1920s Algonquin Round Table and a critic for The New Yorker, she was well-known for her stinging witticisms.
June 16 @ 4:30pm | June 21 @ 6:30pm | June 24 @ 8:30pm | June 26 @ 9pm | June 28 @ 11 am
A Damian Wampler production benefiting ENACT
Written by Damian Wampler
Directed by Angela Astle
An Iraq war veteran returns to the Bronx after years at war in search of his childhood friend, also returned from years abroad. Twin Towers uses song, dance and action to tell of two best friends reunited and divided amongst the social and political turmoil of present day America.
June 12 @ 5:30pm | June 14 @ 9pm | June 17 @ 4pm | June 18 @ 4pm |
June 19 @ 7:30pm | June 28 @ 1pm
A Sandusky/Kremmyda production benefiting St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital
Book & Lyrics by Robin Sandusky
Music by Erato Kremmyda
Directed by Robert Heller
Musical Direction by Mark Evans
A Romany community struggles against the constant threat of persecution and racism from the outside world while becoming corroded from within by the power of its own secrets. As the threads of their tight-knit society unravel, they are forced to rediscover the ongoing and unwavering strength of kinship that defines their way of life.
June 14 @ 3:30pm | June 19 @ 4pm | June 21 @ 12:30pm | June 22 @ 8:30pm |
June 25 @ 8:30pm | June 27 @ 4:30pm
WAIT OF THE WORLD
Produced by Peter and Matts Production Company benefiting the Gynecologic Cancer Foundation
Written by Peter Dagger
Directed by Jeremy Bloom
Art by Sean Ward
Scientists underestimate the pull an individual can have on the planet. Their estimations don't take into account factors like heartbreak, loneliness, and longing. By my calculations, the Earth is far off its predicted orbit and will collide with the sun on precisely October 2, 2013.
June 13 @ 7pm | June 19 @ 6pm | June 20 @ 1:30pm | June 21 @ 11am |
June 26 @ 4pm | June 27 @ 6:30pm
THE WHITE BOX THEATER
AMERICA: A PROBLEM PLAY
Produced by On the Square Productions benefiting The Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership
Written and Directed by Deborah Wolfson
In modern Vienna, Duke Vincentio abandons his post, leaving crooked deputy, Angelo, as law enforcer. When Claudio is sentenced to death, his sister Isabella pleads his case- displaying how absolute power corrupts as hypocrisy clashes with justice. Incorporating The End of America and Shakespeare's Measure for Measure, America: A Problem Play takes on a timely political urgency.
June 12 @ 6:30pm | June 14 @ 1pm | June 21 @ 11am | June 22 @ 8:30pm |
June 25 @ 4pm
A PLAY ON WORDS
Produced by Tribe Productions benefiting City Critters
Written and Directed by J.C. Svec
Strangers, strained relations and unique circumstances force people to communicate in three absurd one-act comedies. A bunny, stuffed in a duffle bag, confuses two individuals in The Guy. Four obnoxious individuals explore the ABCs of standing in The Line. And The Body is just one big cliché.
June 12 @ 4:30pm | June 14 @ 5pm | June 15 @ 6:30pm | June 20 @ 7pm |
June 21 @ 9pm | June 24 @ 6:30pm
CAFÉ SUSTAINABLE & INSTANT HAPPY!
Café Sustainable - A Corcaigh Irlandese production benefiting EMBARQ and Endometriosis Foundation of America
Written by Corcaigh Irlandese
Directed by Nathan Brauner
Music by composer Stephane Wrembel (composer August 2008: USA Release of the Woody Allen movie Vicky Christina Barcelona, featuring Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz and Scarlett Johansson)
Instant Happy! Produced by Wildwire Productions benefiting City Meals on Wheels
Written by Mark William Butler
Directed by Richard P. Butler
Two playwrights, two collections. Corcaigh Irlandeses Café Sustainable: While NYC EMBARQs upon clean air, India embarks upon surrogate ware. Nose Fob: a story with a certain air to it and Low Rent Wombs: India - the mother of outsourcing. Featuring: Mark William Butlers Instant Happy! presents three different couples, three different places, three crazy little comedies!
June 11 @ 6:30pm | June 14 @ 11am | June 18 @ 8:30pm | June 24 @ 8:30pm |
June 27 @ 11am
CHILD OF HUNGRY TIMES
Produced by The New York Theatre Barn benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids
Based on the works of Ludmila Petrushevskaya
Written & Performed by Bridget Bailey
Directed by Jay O'Berski
Bridget Bailey performs the New York premiere of her poignant and funny solo show based on the controversial writings of Soviet dramatist Ludmila Petrushevskaya. Child of Hungry Times reveals and revels in the lives of six women through the humor and heartache of living under the Soviet regime. A powerful evening filled with music, potatoes, and Russian jokes.
June 11 @ 4:30pm | June 12 @ 3pm | June 17 @ 6pm | June 20 @ 3pm | June 21 @ 1pm | June 27 @ 7pm
An American International Theater, Inc. production benefiting Safe Horizon
Written by William Roetzheim
Directed by Al Germani
A well researched, enchanting story of a brilliant woman with a dazzling talentand her struggle to evolve her personal, artistic and sexual identity, while battling inner and outer Demons. A magical journey presented through the one-night dream of a playwright struggling to write a play worthy of her genius.
June 13 @ 11am | June 14 @ 7pm | June 15 @ 8:30pm | June 17 @ 4pm |
June 19 @ 8:30pm | June 20 @ 1pm
MEREDITHS RING & ANONYMOUS
Merediths Ring A White Rabbit Theatre production benefiting CEDARS.
Written by Andrew Rothkin
Produced by Cuchipinoy Productions benefiting CEDARS.
Written by Rodney E. Reyes
This double-bill evening features two original short plays. In Anonymous, a girl goes to a police station to anonymously give up her newborn but what she receives is more than what she hoped to leave. In Merediths Ring, nobody seemed to understand Meredith, the strange new girl who showed up at school one day. But A.J. didn't have to understand. He loved. And sometimes love is enough.
June 13 @ 1p | June 13 @ 7pm | June 14 @ 3pm | June 20 @ 11am | June 20 @ 5pm | June 21 @ 5pm
A Felipe Ossa production benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS
Written by Felipe Ossa
Directed by Leah Bonvissuto
Monetizing Emma follows a shy 15-year old who most days shuttles between bullies at school, a pushy mom and a fantasy life inspired by Jane Austen. But when investment bank Thackery Walsh makes her its new profit center, shes forced to trade reality for something scarier and far more adult.
June 17 @ 8pm | June 19 @ 6pm | June 22 @ 4pm | June 23 @ 6pm | June 25 @ 8pm | June 26 @ 8pm
A Shelby Company production benefiting Democracy Now
Written by Dan Moyer
New Beulah is a small town with big characters. Told through vignettes, an ensemble of eight actors play over thirty characters who struggle with the simple but overwhelming problems of daily life: love, loss, family, threatening conglomerates and Greenland. Tender, heartwarming and funny, this is a play you dont want to miss.
June 11 @ 8:30pm | June 13 @ 5pm | June 16 @ 4pm | June 21 @ 3pm |
June 26 @ 6pm | June 27 @ 1pm
Produced by Cross-Eyed Bear Productions benefiting the Red Cross Blood Bank
Written and Directed by Duncan Pflaster
Romaine and Jeff meet some fun folks who run a late-nite suburban coffee house, but never suspect that theyre actually vampires. Romaines cunning captures the imagination of Elvis, the leader of the group - will they be devoured, the victims of the political schemes of the undead, or will Romaine become their Vampire Queen?
June 16 @ 6:30pm | June 18 @ 6:30pm | June 20 @ 9pm | June 22 @ 6:30pm |
June 23 @ 4pm | June 24 @ 4:30pm | June 25 @ 6pm | June 27 @ 9pm
TRUTH OR... CONSEQUENCES
A Hogan/Lopez production benefiting The Oasis Project
Written by Brianne Hogan and Carla Lopez
Directed by Ashley Beam
Three distinctive women from various social classes and backgrounds in a pre-9/11 world. When one of them begins dating a student named Amir, different hostilities are ignited within the women for different reasons, eventually unearthing tensions regarding prejudices, leading to devastating and horrific consequences.
June 12 @ 8:30pm | June 14 @ 9pm | June 15 @ 4:30pm | June 16 @ 8:30pm |
June 18 @ 4:30pm
WRESTLING THE ALLIGATOR
A Conflict of Interest Theatre Company production benefiting City Harvest
Written by Sergei Burbank
Directed by Adam Karsten
A professor of notorious behavior and diminishing renown is bolstered by his assistant (who does the lions share of the work). This delicate balance is upset when the professor meets his most vituperative critican undergraduate columnistspurring a chain reaction of revelation and betrayal that spirals beyond anyones control.
June 13 @ 9pm | June 19 @ 4pm | June 21 @ 7pm | June 23 @ 8:30pm |
June 26 @ 4pm | June 27 @ 3pm
READINGS/SPECIAL EVENTS @ THE ROBERT MOSS THEATER
A Berlin/Bleckner production benefiting Womens Sports Foundation
Book & Lyrics by Anne Berlin
Music by Andrew Bleckner
Directed by Valentina Fratti
Howling Hilda is a one-woman musical that tells the story of Hilda Chester, the greatest Dodgers fan. Thwarted from playing baseball because she was a woman, she spent a lifetime cheering. An institution at Ebbets Field she was notorious for her clanging cowbells, frying pan and iron ladle.
June 15 @ 2pm
A Bowden Square Production benefiting Raising Malawi Academy for Girls
Written by J. Stephen Brantley
Directed by Jonathan Worman
Tuffer and Roderick are turning forty. While Tuffer smokes, snorts, and screws his way through Manhattans gay male population, Roderick goes straight for activism and martial arts. After another failed intervention, Roderick drags Tuffer and his latest boy-toy to rural New Mexico - and into a spiritual desert, almost somewhere, in the jamb.
June 16 @ 2pm
THE 40-FOOT TALL JESUS STATUE & HATE MYSELF IN THE MORNING
The 40-Foot Tall Jesus Statue Presented by Pistorius Productions benefiting Amnesty International
Written by Glory Bowen
Directed by Amber Gallery
Hate Myself in the Morning Presented by Pistorius Productions benefiting Amnesty International
Written by Duncan Pflaster
Directed by Amber Gallery
A Catholic, a Wiccan, a Hawaiian Mormon and a talking statue of Jesus result in a new understanding of the value of friendship. Hey, stranger things have happened. Heres one: A police officer goes home with a woman he meets in a bar for some kinky fun. The next morning, he finds hes in for much more than a simple one-night stand. Come find out why this is the stranger of the two stories!
June 19 @ 2pm
Suggested $6 donation
An Ashley Jacobson production benefiting Sanctuary for Families *In memory of Patrice DOnofrio
Written by Ashley Jacobson
Directed by Nadine Friedman
When their mother unexpectedly arrives at Steelys doorstep, Steely is forced to confront her claustrophobic fears of daughterhood and the unusual symptoms of her mothers breakdown. Meanwhile, her sister Dana begins to deteriorate from her loneliness. With wine, Sylvia Plath, and spiders, Hers shows us just how women in a family can love after the father has cast them aside.
June 23 @ 2pm
Suggested $6 donation
AN EVENING OF PERFORMANCES
Dedicated to the Planet Connections Theatre Festivity Staff
An Amber Gallery production benefiting ASPCA
Directed by Associate Producer Amber Gallery
Starring the Planet Connections Interns
Come and celebrate some of the people who help make Planet Connections Festivity a reality in an evening of theatre showcasing their many talents!
June 23 @ 8:30pm
A Julia Martin production benefiting Food Bank for New York
Written by Julia Stirling Martin
Directed by Ellen Orenstein
Years after Mandys disappearance, she and her college boyfriend, Bobby, meet up by accident on a film set. Their encounter unleashes the questions of the past that hound their lives in the present. Sometimes funny, sometimes searing, Surfacing is a rollercoaster ride of blame, fear and, ultimately, intimacy.
June 24 @ 2pm
HAPPY NEW YEAR, LADY LOU!
Presented by The Entertainment Agora benefiting MCC Homeless Youth Service -- Sylvia's Place
Written and Directed by David Gaard
Boozy, brassy drag king, Lou, is a beloved member of New Yorks downtown club scene; a long hidden secret in his past makes nightmare problems in his present; his fellow desperadoes, divas, drag queens, trannies and dykes come to his rescue and create whole new meaning of the word FAMILY!
June 25 @ 2pm
SPOTLIGHT ON VARIETY TONIGHT
A Spotlight On Production benefiting Planet Connections Theatre Festivity
Frank Calo brings his successful variety show to Planet Connections Theatre Festivity. The variety show always boasts an eclectic array of talent and this festival ending extravaganza will be no exception! The show includes a running auction of strange and wondrous items! A real dont miss!
June 27 @ 5pm