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Todays Date: 10/18/19
Last Update: 06/20/19 06:45:18 PM

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The Tank is located at 354 West 45th Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues). To get to The Tank by subway: Take the A,C,E to 42nd Street/Time Square. Walk West.

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AT BLACK LAKE  | Open: 07/14/19 Close: 07/25/19
*Necessary Digressionwill present the United States Premiere of Dea Loher’s At Black Lake translated by Daniel Brunetand directed by Ashley Tataat The Tank(312 West 36th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues), July 7-25. Performances will be on Sunday, July 14 at 3pm, Saturday, July 20 at 3pm, Sunday, July 21 at 3pm, Tuesday, July 23 at 7pm, Wednesday, July 24 at 7pm, and Thursday, July 25 at 7pm. Tickets ($15) are available for advance purchase at www.thetanknyc.orgThe performance will run approximately 105 minutes, with no intermission.

 

It’s been four years since that night. Else and Johnny reunite with Cleo and Eddie at Black Lake. But when innocent assumptions become scalding questions, and every recollection a wounding taunt, that promises a hidden clue, they wrestle with just how little they know about their children. Acclaimed German playwright Dea Loher weaves an eerie tale of uncertainty and distortion through small gestures of everyday life, the cost of relationships and the variability of memory.

 

The cast will feature Heather Benton* (NYIT Best Production Award Winner Serenade and Philosopher Foxwith East River Commedia), Christopher J. Cancel-Pomales(Daniel Irizarry’s The Maids and Madman and the Nunwith One-Eighth), Darrell Stokes* (Life is a Dreamwith Blessed Unrest), and April Sweeney* (This Place is a Desertin Under the Radar; Women Dreamt Horsesat PS 122), with Lighting & Environment Design by Krista Smith(Good Person of Setzuanwith Atlantic Theater Company; This American Wife at New York Theater Workshop Next Door) and Sound Design & Music by Cory Larson(Electric Ottoman; Silhouette of Noise). *Appearing courtesy of the Actors’ Equity Association.


About the Company: *Necessary Digression

*Necessary Digression is an itinerant, international performance collective, a constellation of artists who cultivate and curate intentional & accidental performative experiences that invite audiences to wrestle with difficult and inspiring material. We mine the contradictions of human experience, chase and illuminate the elusive through physical expression and find new ways of reaching spectators through live theatre and performance in unexpected environments. The collective is committed to inclusivity, community and supportive strategies to encourage and develop artists and their work. 

OPEN  | Open: 06/07/19 Close: 06/22/19
The Tank (Meghan Finn and Rosalind Grush, Artistic Directors) in association with All For One Theater (Michael Wolk, Artistic Director; Nicholas A. Cotz, Executive & Producing Director) will present the World Premiere of Open, written by Crystal Skillman (Rain and Zoe Save the World, 2018 EMOS Award-Winner; King Kirby at The Brick; Geek with Vampire Cowboys) directed by Jessi D. Hill (Surely Goodness and Mercy with Keen Company; Interstate at NYMF), and featuring Megan Hill (Drama Desk Award nominee for Eddie and Dave at The Atlantic; The Last Class: A Jazzercise Play) at The Tank (312 West 36th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues), June 7-22. Performances will be on Friday, June 7 at 8pm, Saturday, June 8 at 8pm, Sunday, June 9 at 3pm, Tuesday, June 11 at 8pm, Wednesday, June 12 at 8pm, Thursday, June 13 at 8pm, Friday, June 14 at 8pm, Saturday, June 15 at 3pm & 8pm, Sunday, June 16 at 3pm, Tuesday, June 18 at 8pm, Wednesday, June 19 at 8pm, Thursday, June 20 at 8pm, Friday, June 21 at 4pm & 8pm, and Saturday, June 22 at 8pm.Tickets ($25) are available for advance purchase at www.thetanknyc.org. The performance will run approximately 60 minutes, with no intermission.

Open is a magic show with no magic. A woman called The Magician seems to pantomime a myriad of tricks, but her act reveals she is attempting the impossible—to save the life of her lover, Jenny. And yet, is it possible that the more we believe in their love, the more The Magician's illusions are actually becoming real? The clock is ticking, the show must go on, and as impossible as it may seem, this Magician’s magic act may be our last hope against a world filled with intolerance and hate. 

THIS ISNT HELPING  | Open: 12/14/17 Close: 12/14/17
How does a therapist whose been practicing for 20 years deal with a bad case of burn-out? Go to therapy. And there are so many different kinds of therapy and self-help to choose from. But in a world, that seems to be getting crazier, are they helping? This true account of Jude Treder-Wolff’s search for renewed hope introduces you to some of the fascinating characters who think they can help, including a wildly optimistic corporate trainer, an opinionated life coach, and mind/body therapist who was either the most relaxed, ethereal person or completely high.

Written by Jude Treder-Wolff

Original songs by Wells Hanley and Treder-Wolff

Developed with Kevin Allison

Saturday, December 9 at 7:00 pm 

The Performing Arts Studio
224 E. Main Street
Port Jefferson, NY 11777
Tickets $12 online, $15 at the door (cash only) 

https://www.mostlytruethings.com/new-products-1/this-isnt-helping-with-jude-treder-wolff

Thursday, December 14 at 7:00 pm

The Tank

312 West 36th Street (between 8th & 9th avenues), 4th Floor

New York, New York 10018.

Subways: 1, 2, 3, 7, A, C, E, N, R, Q, W to 34th Street. 

Tickets are $12 and are available at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3173508?date=1810211

The Birds and The Bees: Unabridged  | Open: 10/02/15 Close: 10/04/15
NEW YORK CITY-- THE BIRDS & THE BEES: UNABRIDGED explores the unique -- yet interwoven -- life circumstances of eight women & trans people forced to confront their own sexuality, realizing that sexuality itself is not simple or clear-cut. Through dialogue, movement, song, humor, and multimedia, the performance examines such themes as partner communication, sexual identity, the de-sexualization of aging women, today’s “hook-up” culture, and sexual health.
After a sold out run, Honest Accomplice Theatre’s THE BIRDS & THE BEES: UNABRIDGED returns for an encore engagement at The Tank. THE BIRDS & THE BEES: UNABRIDGED is currently on tour in the greater New York City area to build on the success of their NYC productions at University Settlement and The Tank.
Guerra  | Open: 07/11/13 Close: 07/21/13
Guerra: a clown play is a satirical physical comedy created by Mexico City company La Piara in collaboration with writers/directors Seth Bockley and Devon de Mayo. The play combines slapstick, clown, dance, bouffant and farce to tell the story of a military outpost desperate for recruits, and the cannon fodder that a hapless General sends to war. This contemporary story of war's inhumanity is given a darkly humorous edge through the medium of clown.

Performed in three languages and featuring a climactic paper plane bombardment, this lean touring performance lasts 55 minutes. It was developed over 2011 and 2012 through Theater Communication Group's "On the Road" grant, and first presented at the In The Works showcase series in Chicago's Pritzker Pavilion, in Millennium Park, in March 2012. The show was presented at the NYC Clown Theater Festival in September 2012, and will open a first run in Mexico City in February 2013 at the Foro Shakespeare.

In Guerra, La Piara's performers (Artús Chávez, Fernando Córdova Hernández and Madeleine Sierra) play a trio of military officers engaged in a struggle against an unseen enemy amassing offstage. Their epic yet intimate story improbably features a Price-Is- Right style recruitment lottery, a rendition of French nursery rhyme 'Alouette', and a certain dance made popular by Beyoncé. The play is informed by the American and Mexican perspectives of its creators, and its unique combination of bombast, camp, silliness and serious source material makes Guerra an irreverent yet accessible satire.

About the artists
La Piara is a clown / bouffant company made up of Artús Chávez, Fernando Córdova Hernández and Madeleine Sierra. They have performed and taught clowning together in Mexico City for many years. They trained in America, Paris and London and toured around the world with their first show, El Extraño Caso de Tai Chi y Té Chai.


Arts.Performance

Xyz Nyc  | Open: 10/04/12 Close: 02/21/13
xyz nyc is a new approach to dance-making in New York City. A cross between a choreographic laboratory and a reality tv game show, every month dancers and choreographers are randomly grouped together, and within a week create new dances that are performed before an audience. A panel of guest judges give feedback to each of the choreographers, and the audience votes on their favorite dance. A winner is crowned at the end of the show, winning fame and glory and the chance of developing their new dance into a full evening of work for the Tank.

Guest judge:
Michael Burke

Participating choreographers:
Goldie Peacock
Adrian Jevicki
Alex Rodabaugh
Nehemoyia Young

Additional entertainment by Madeline Hoak and Benjamin Oyzon


Arts.Dance

Loss Machine By Kyle Loven  | Open: 01/18/13 Close: 02/03/13
Everything is somewhere. Part installation, part image-driven theater, Loss Machine unearths a world of lost items, misplaced thoughts, and fractured journeys all housed within an intricately detailed set. Intimate in scale, this wistful one-man show combines puppets, objects, sound, and original music, in a visual exploration of loss and discovery.

In a tower filled with life's debris, a collection of characters move through an ever-changing apparatus with their shared emotional journey driving the mechanical process forward. Digging through layers of the everyday and the fantastical, the piece examines what is found when all has been lost.

The Curious Case of Phineas Gage is part of Flint & Tinder, a new curated theater series. Save money and buy a ticket bundle: http://flintandtinder.brownpapertickets.com

About Kyle Loven
Kyle Loven is currently a Seattle-based artist. His image-driven work combines puppetry, projections, objects, and other art forms with live actors. His original work has been seen in Amsterdam, Taipei, New York, Minneapolis, Portland, Orlando, and Seattle. In addition to his original creations, Kyle has worked most extensively with Michael Sommers and Susan Haas' Open Eye Figure Theatre but has also performed with Theatre de la Jeune Lune and The Children's Theatre Company. Kyle is the recipient of grants from the Jim Henson Foundation and numerous Seattle arts organizations. www.kyleloven.com

About the series
Flint & Tinder is a curated series of exciting new independent theater presented by The Tank in the heart of Manhattan's theater district. The series showcases ferociously imaginative emerging artists making work that spans (and often flagrantly combines) physical theater, puppetry, dance, clowning, and more. They are storytellers, relentless risk-takers, and theatrical alchemists shaping the future of the medium.

Now in its second season, this year's Flint & Tinder (formerly Theater at The Tank) will feature performances from across the country and around the world: returning artists Kyle Loven (My Dear Lewis in 2010) and Split Knuckle Theatre (Endurance in 2010), as well as St. Ann's Puppet Lab artist Marta MacRostie, renowned clown performer Summer Shapiro, and the bouffant clown company La Piarra from Mexico City. Flint & Tinder is curated by Josh Luxenberg and Jon Levin of Sinking Ship Productions. Maggie Baker is the series coordinator. For more information visit http://flintandtinder.thetanknyc.org


Arts.Visual

Endurance  | Open: 01/10/13 Close: 01/13/13
ENDURANCE

Created & Performed by Split Knuckle Theater
Jason Bohon, Andrew Grusetskie, Michael F. Toomey, Greg Webster

ABOUT THE SHOW

Office gymnastics meets daring Antarctic exploration in the unlikely setting of a Hartford insurance office in this inventive and funny piece by the internationally acclaimed Split Knuckle.

Trapped in Antarctica with no hope of rescue, the great British explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton kept 27 men alive for two years in the most inhospitable climate on earth.

Almost a century later, in the worst economic meltdown since the Great Depression, Hartford insurance man Walter Spivey relives Shackleton's story as he struggles to save his employees' jobs.

Can one of the greatest leaders in human history inspire Spivey to conquer the corporate world? Two survival stories collide in this inventive and surprising adventure where desks become ship decks and four actors become dozens of characters in a story that spans 95 years and 8,000 miles.

THE ARTISTS

Split Knuckle is a critically acclaimed company that creates dynamic, physical, visually striking theatre from simple materials. Through imagination, text, and movement, we create vast landscapes, vivid characters, and epic stories. We make powerful theatre engaging the audience and performers in collective acts of imagination. Using the expressive power of the human voice and body, we tell stories confronting the wonders and challenges of life in our world.

Split Knuckle is actively developing innovative theatre and we perform, direct, teach, and lead workshops in the USA, UK, Argentina, and other communities around the globe. Our company members trained at the London International School of Performing Arts in the methods of Jacques Lecoq. We also bring our individual experiences from Shakespeare & Company, MFA acting programs around the USA, and many years professionally treading the boards.


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The Violence of My Affection  | Open: 01/11/13 Close: 01/13/13
The Violence of My Affection is the story of an Italian actress whose love of language binds, then severs her marriage to an American scholar. When their son, a journalist, tells her of her husband's sudden death, she refuses to believe himuntil she reveals to him the cause of her husband's murder.

"It's principal character...is not your typical victim of pain and suffering who doesn't know how to feel sympathy for the world that rejected her... Her inner mental workings create a magical play that I would invite anyone to experience." -Chicago Stage Style

Readings of The Violence of My Affection will be staged on Friday, January 11 at 7:00 PM and Saturday, January 12 at 4:30 PM. Previews from scenes of the play will be presented on Sunday, January 13 at 7:00 PM.

Key Players:

Brendon DeMay (George Bellini) earned a Jeff Citation nomination for Best Actor for his performance in Chicago of Mozart in Amadeus. DeMay appeared as George Bellini in the premier production of The Violence of My Affection at A Red Orchid Theatre in Chicago in June and July of 2011. He has also appeared in productions at Goodman Theatre, Touchstone Theatre, American Repertory Theatre MXAT (Boston), Hasty Pudding Theatricals (Harvard), GG&SS (Washington, DC), and several television and film roles. Brendon is based in New York, where he is an attorney.

Cristina Lippolis (Colombina and Isabella Marea) was born in Noci, a small town in the south of Italy. Cristina spent the early years of her life between Los Angeles and various locations all around the Italian peninsula. At the age of 14, she was admitted on a full scholarship to the National Academy of Dance, in Rome. Due to a serious knee injury that made it impossible for her to pursue a professional dancer's career, she started taking an interest in acting. After her first experiences on set (on the popular Italian television series Distretto di Polizia and the award-winning short movie The White Nights), she attended the Stella Adler Studio of Acting, from which she has just recently graduated. Previous roles include: Nora (A Doll's House), Victoria (The Motherfucker with the Hat), and Donna (Hurlyburly).

Jacques Roy (Stephen Bellini) New York: The Tragedy of Arthur (upcoming), Taming of the Shrew, King John, Two Noble Kinsmen, Measure for Measure and Julius Caesar, all with the Guerrilla Shakespeare Project where he is a Producing Director and founding member; From the Same Cloth (Fault Line Theatre), Weekend at an English Country Estate (ATEH Theater Group), A Great Place to be From (Babel Theatre Project), The Importance of Being Earnest (Counting Squares). Regional: Heart of America Shakespeare Festival, Trinity Repertory Company, Milwaukee Rep, Great River Shakespeare Festival, American Players Theater. He holds a BA in theatre from Macalester College and an MFA in theatre from Brown University/Trinity Rep.

Marta Mondelli (Sofonisba Bellini) graduated in Ancient History from the University of Bologna and in acting from the European Theatre School of Bologna "Galante Garrone". In Italy, she acted in theater and movies with Giovanna Mezzogiorno and Adriano Giannini (in the film Stai Con Me, directed by Livia Giampalmo), Sara D'Amario (in the film La Maschera d'Acqua directed by Leonardo Ferrantini), Mariangela Melato (in the film Vieni Via Con Me, directed by Carlo Ventura). In New York she studied acting with Susan Batson and works in theater and movies (among her credits are the short film Crossing, directed by Riccardo Costa, with Anthony Mackie and The Groomsmen, directed by Ed Burns with Brittany Murphy). She wrote and directed her first feature film, The Contenders, which won the Aloha Accolade Award for Excellence in Filmmaking at the Honolulu Film Festival 2010. Her second screenplay, A Small Accident, got an honorable mention at the Table Read My Screenplay at the Sundance Film Festival 2011 and is in development.

Rachel Alulis (Associate Producer) graduated from the College of the Holy Cross with a degree in theatrical design. After a year-long fellowship at Hedgerow Theatre, she returned to her hometown of Chicago to work as a free lance designer. Her previous work includes assistant lighting design of "Old Times" (Strawdog Theatre Company) and of "Watership Down" (Lifeline Theatre). Her most memorable stage managing experiences include "Drumming in the Night" (Prop Theatre) and Redfeather Theatre Company's productions of "Macbeth" and "Much Ado About Nothing." Rachel is currently working on her MFA in Lighting Design at the University of Texas at Austin.

Gaetano Marangelli (Writer and Director) was a story analyst in the HBO Creative Affairs Department in New York, where screenwriter Bob Conte was his mentor. He was also a story and scriptwriter for producer Wolfgang Esenwein at Letterbox Filmproduktion at Studio Hamburg. Marangelli wrote "The Violence of My Affection" and directed the premiere of the play at A Red Orchid Theatre in Chicago in June and July of 2011.

Natalie Qing Zhang (Producer) just received her MFA in stage management at Columbia University this May. In college, she interned at Nederlander's Shanghai Office to work on AIDA's China Tour and Soul of Shaolin. In New York, she has stage managed numerous shows at Columbia Stages, FringeNYC, Leviathan Lab, Theater For The New City, LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, Flea Theater, etc.

The Brigata is Rachel Alulis, Katherine Banks, Evan Brost, Mary Coy, Brendon DeMay, Ed Flynn, Matthew Gall, Cristina Lippolis, Marta Mondelli, Gaetano Marangelli, Jacques Roy, Amanda Sager, Aemilia Scott, Jillian Staats, Rebekah Tsadik, and Natalie Qing Zhang. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.


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In a living room in the south, three generations of southern women come together to deal with the death of their matriarch in a way that only southern women can... with comfort food, cigarettes, wine and of course each other. While eating mounds of BBQ and fried chicken, these women discover many wonderful truths including why people bring BBQ to a funeral; why a string of pearls defines a southern woman and why you should never show up at your own funeral wearing "some cheap tacky wig."

MaryAnn prepares for death gallantly by checking off a "before I go" list, creating a sweater in which she will "meet the Lord with her bells on", and most importantly, ensuring that her family and friends will survive without her. However, the Robertson women will soon discover MaryAnn's big secret... except no one can find the will. This touching survival story will teach you that "life isn't always happy, death doesn't always have to be sad, and hysterical laughter is normal. "

This show was made possible with funds from Kickstarter: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1030138972/bbq-fried-chicken-and-wheres-the-will

Key players:
Shanna Riker: Born and raised southern girl, I have heard my grandma say the phrase ""come and sit a spell"" more times than I could ever count. I have been acting since my stage debut at 5 years old as the Icicle in the kindergarten Christmas pageant. I received a BA in Theatre from Blue Mountain College in Mississippi. I am a member of the Snarks which is a private women's theatre club here in NYC. Some of my favorite roles include Shelby in Steel Magnolias, Olive in the Female Version of the Odd Couple, Moira in A Night in Provence, Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker, and the undead school child in the Horseman's Hollow two years running. Since moving to NYC I have developed a passion for playwriting. I'm finding that results are actually quite charming.

Paul David Miller: I am a permanent 28 year old who crawled out of the Central Pennsylvania woodwork, hopped in the car and moved to New York City to pursue everyone's dream.
I have directed productions of The Odd Couple, The Vagina Monologues, The Laramie Project, Don't Dress For Dinner (Asst. Director), Departures For Points...(One-act play), Acting Out of Character (One-act play)
I have performed in productions of My Three Angel (Paul), Almost, Maine (Steve), Here's Love (Alvin), The Homecoming (City Man), The Curious Savage (Jeffrey), Is This the Grand Hotel? (Tim Nolan). I also created and performed in the role of Snowflake the Elf for HERSHEYPARK's Christmas Candylane (Hershey, PA), as well as appearing in a few regional commercials.

Casey Rowe: A lighting designer/ actor by trade, Received a BA in theatre from William Carey University, in Mississippi. Since moving to NYC, He has designed several shows including Kingdom Come, a new musical that was staged at the Secret Theatre, Reasons to be Pretty at TheatreLAB and The Attic which was part of the Midtown International Theatre Festival, 2012.

He also had his NYC stage debut as Shaun in a Night in Provence. Casey is the resident light designer at The Secret Theatre.


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Jumping the Shark  | Open: 12/05/12 Close: 12/19/12
Jumping the Shark takes a behind-the-scenes look at a prime time television show. On the heels of their most successful season in years, the show's executive producers suddenly find themselves at odds with each over the direction of the show's future in a classic struggle between art and commerce.

John William Schiffbauer (playwright/director) has performed as an actor both Off Broadway and regionally. His original plays have been featured in the Strawberry One Act Festival, The New York International Fringe Festival, and the Capital Fringe Festival of Washington, DC. He has directed plays for the Strawberry One Act Festival, the Roosevelt Island Summer Shakespeare Festival, and the State of Play Theatre Company. John William's original full-length play LIVE BROADCAST is available from Dramatists Play Service. BA Bard College. MFA Columbia University.

""Schiffbauer doesn't shy away from making pointed commentaries on the parasitic nature of the media and the erosion of American culture and politics ..." - NYTheatre.com

""Schiffbauer has a massive talent for putting human drama onstage..."" - Washington City Paper"

www.jumpingthesharkplay.com


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Now in it's third triumphant year, Epic Win Burlesque continues to be one of the nerdiest burlesque shows in the NYC, having sexed up such favorites as Star Trek, Star Wars, Batman and Firefly. All of this and more are always being explored and celebrated in the most awesome way possible... with semi-naked-nerds! Magic, Music, Timely Pop-Culture References and Sexy Geeks! This ain't no convention cosplay...this is nerdy burlesque...THIS IS EPIC WIN!

AND NOW!

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EPIC WIN Burlesque presents...

The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Sexy

TWO SHOWS - TWO PRECIOUS NIGHTS!

An epic high fantasy of sexy proportions! Wizards, demons, sexy geek girls, magic and song will all come together to celebrate The Lord of the Rings. The nerds of EPIC WIN Burlesque set forth on a scantily clad journey to pay tribute to arguably the greatest trilogy of all time. Feather fans will clash with swords... Magic staffs will be covered in crystals and sequins... and the One True Ring will be found on a perfect pair of Pasties. Elves, Dwarves and Women will gather on stage to present a version of Tolkien's world he never thought possible. Be witness to the tales and songs of Middle Earth from a sexier point of view. From the rolling hills of the Shire to the fires of Mount Doom... YOU SHALL NOT PASS up this opportunity to see some the finest burlesque performers from all over the country pay homage to this geek classic.

Featuring the fantastical talents of:

** BB Heart :: (NYC) her whips are made from many thongs

** Hazel Honeysuckle :: (NYC) her wood is the oldest of Middle Earth

** Kissa Von Addams :: (Orlando, FL) in the darkness she will bite you and you'll like it

** Magdalena Fox :: (NYC) expects her fill of doomed men's flesh

** Mary Cyn :: (NYC) her shades of grey eventually go all white

*** Sophie Maltease :: (Portland, OR) she leads her own fellowship of the boob

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Hosted By:

** Bastard Keith :: he glows blue when orcs are present

** Nelson Lugo :: the one true magician to rule them all


Arts.Dance

Apotheosis  | Open: 11/02/12 Close: 11/11/12
Apotheosis
by Matthew Amendt
directed by Jeremey Catterton

Apotheosis is a contemporary story of violence, love, regret, and ghosts told through the eyes of history's greatest fighter, lover, and killer, Alexander the Great.
This world premiere play offers its audience a chance to be thrilled and challenged in equal measure, as its story marries a Classical sensibility with a Contemporary pursuit: re-investigating our conceptions of the strong standing for the weak. Apotheosis details exactly what happens when two Gods meet a Demon, and what it costs us, when we take what isn't ours.

Executive Producers: Matthew Amendt, Jeremey Catterton, Valeri Mudek
Supporting Producers: Mark Rylance, Joe Dowling, Siobhan Cleary, Louanna Carlin

Lighting: Sophie Talmadge Silleck
Set: Matthew Amendt, Jeremey Catterton
Costumes: Elizabeth Flores

Fight Choreography: Ryan Quinn
Stage Manager: Kelly Ruth Cole

Cast:
Matthew Amendt, Casey Greig, Valeri Mudek, Ryan Quinn, Morgan Rosse, Will
Sturdivant,

More information on the production go to: www.jeremeycatterton.com


Arts.Theatre

Bad Theater Fest: Day 5  | Open: 10/30/12 Close: 10/30/12
"The Island of Misfit Toys" of theater festivals. The Bad Theater Fest is an exciting and diverse collection of comedy, film, drama, parodies, burlesque and more. Not bad meaning bad, but bad meaning good - we don't have lower standards, we just have different ones.

7:00PM: Sammy Hagar! David Lee Roth! Improv! Storytelling! Surprises! and a Beheading!
-True Story with the Moscow River Sharks
-SURPRISE SHOW
-The Van Halen Letters
-Ronald's Big Present

9:00PM: Drinking! Drugs! a Talk Show! A young man with oranges in his underwear! Animation! plus a Denouement and Resolution!
-The Importance Plays-Part 1
-Truth-Train w/ Brandon Lee Harris
-Feeding the Subject
-untitled as of yeti
-The Importance Plays-Part 2


Arts.Performance

Bad Theater Fest: Day 4  | Open: 10/29/12 Close: 10/29/12
"The Island of Misfit Toys" of theater festivals. The Bad Theater Fest is an exciting and diverse collection of comedy, film, drama, parodies, burlesque and more. Not bad meaning bad, but bad meaning good - we don't have lower standards, we just have different ones.

7:00PM: Weekend at Bernie's Fan Fiction! Pillow Orgies! Richard Pryor references! and (all the way from Tennessee) and Absurdist Comedy about Science!
-Weekend At Bernies: The Prequel
-Excursions
-Feeding the Subject

9:00PM: Stand-up! Male Dancing! a Karate Short Film! X-mas with the Family! and a Gay Romance!
-Can You Call My Mom?
-Cock Stars
-Animal Fights Club
-The Examination
-The Ghost-lighters


Arts.Performance

Bad Theater Fest: Day 3  | Open: 10/24/12 Close: 10/24/12
"The Island of Misfit Toys" of theater festivals. The Bad Theater Fest is an exciting and diverse collection of comedy, film, drama, parodies, burlesque and more. Not bad meaning bad, but bad meaning good - we don't have lower standards, we just have different ones.

7:00PM: a Poignant Drama! a Messy Short Film! a Kidnapping! and... whining about Love! (also Chimpanzees!)
-A Man of My Word
-Mr. Mustard Face
-Pop
-Hopeless Whiner

9:00PM: Improvised Painting (what?!?) Stand-up Therapy (are you serious?!?) a video banned from YouTube (cool!!!) and an absurd rumination on the effects of candy, fertility, and alcohol on the abstracted id of the urban professional. (huh???)
-Our Town
-Tera Stands Up but Doesn't Kill Herself
-Double Date
-Hell in a Hand Basket


Arts.Performance

Bad Theater Fest: Day 2  | Open: 10/23/12 Close: 10/23/12
"The Island of Misfit Toys" of theater festivals. The Bad Theater Fest is an exciting and diverse collection of comedy, film, drama, parodies, burlesque and more. Not bad meaning bad, but bad meaning good - we don't have lower standards, we just have different ones.

7:00PM: An award-winning Slideshow Comedy! a Fireworks Cautionary Tale! Dating Satire! Improv/Sketch/Multimedia! plus Depressing Sock Puppets!
-Boosh Kla-Klau
-Finger Funeral
-Shoulda, Coulda , Woulda: online dates that didn't make the cut
-Roomies
-The Lone Starr of Texas

9:00PM: Acrobatics and Dancing! Slap Bass! followed by Romance, Sausages and Route 66!
-Dance With Me
-Lamb Lays with Lion's Seinfeld
-Crazy Bitches


Arts.Performance

Bad Theater Fest: Day 1  | Open: 10/22/12 Close: 10/22/12
"The Island of Misfit Toys" of theater festivals. The Bad Theater Fest is an exciting and diverse collection of comedy, film, drama, parodies, burlesque and more. Not bad meaning bad, but bad meaning good - we don't have lower standards, we just have different ones.

7:00PM Show: Stoner Plays! Chaucer and Shakespeare Mash-ups! Improv! a Condiment Short Film! then Magic!

-The Importance Plays (part 1)
-Two Noble Midsummer Nightsmen
-Rubin
-Mr. Mustard Face
-The Importance Plays (part 2)

9:00PM Show: A Creepy One-Woman Show! A Headless Comedy! French Gossip! plus Naughty Burlesque and Drag!
-Awful Dolls
-Ronald's Big Present
-Gossip Blues
-Aphrodite's Adonis: the tale of Eros's Stray Shaft


Arts.Performance

Eclipsed was one of the first plays to tell the story of the Magdalene Laundries and was inspired by Patricia's experiences as a young novitiate. After seeing the horrendous goings on in the laundries, Patricia decided that becoming a nun was not for her. Instead she decided to highlight the plight of these women in her writing. Eclipsed takes us right into the Magdalene laundry to which Ms. Brogan was assigned and brings four of the penitents in her charge to vivid life as they were then -- young passionately alive women forgotten by the outside world, eclipsed from the light of life and human connection. Discarded and forgotten by society these "fallen women" are stripped of their human rights, forced into slave labor and religious conformity. With no hope of being rescued, the women, physically and emotionally abused, fight to keep hope alive amidst songs, stories and playful ideas of marrying Elvis. Over 30,000 girls passed through these institutions, the last one closed in 1996. Do you know this story? Well, it's about time you did.


IVP's production of Eclipsed is supported by Justice for the Magdalenes - an advocacy group fighting for restorative justice and reparations for survivors of Ireland's Magdalene Laundries. www.magdalenelaundries.com

Other supporters of IVP's production include the
Adoption Rights Alliance- www.adoptionrightsalliance.com & SNAP- www.snapnetwork.org/

The run will include a talkback with:
Mari Steed, the daughter of a Magdalene survivor, adopted to the U.S. from Ireland in 1960 and mother to a daughter relinquished to adoption in the U.S. in 1978. She is reunited with her mother, daughter and extended family. Mari served on the board of AdoptionIreland, an adoption rights group in Ireland from 2001-2007; as PA State Director of Bastard Nation since 1998; and currently with Adoption Rights Alliance, the successor organisation to AdoptionIreland. In 2003, she co-founded Justice for Magdalenes, an advocacy group fighting for restorative justice and reparations for survivors of Ireland's Magdalene Laundries.

About Infinite Variety Productions
IVP is an all-female not-for-profit theatre company, whose mission is to produce historical plays about women, stories that are not taught in history classes and therefore go untold. IVP believes that these stories are essential; without learning from the past, we cannot hope to improve the future. We aim to create opportunities for female artists to voice the words of these unknown storytellers. To broaden the public view one audience at a time.

Starting with two actors wishing to change downtown theatre by tackling plays that incite discussion and emotion in the audience, IVP's journey started with Ashley Adelman and Maria Makenna last spring with a production of Jean Paul Sartre's "No Exit", which opened at Theatre For The New City to sold-out audiences. They later combined forces with now Resident Director Bridget Leak, a fellow MFA classmate, and after a year of work, pulled together the perfect team for the production of "A Piece Of My Heart" by Shirley Lauro. IVP's production of A Piece of My Heart not only saw sold out performances at The Midtown Theatre, The Tank, but continued to sell out shows after it the Judith Malina's famous downtown Living Theatre picked the show up for a second run. "A Piece of My Heart" was supported by The Vietnam Womens Memorial Foundation. Determined to continue in their mission IVP found Eclipsed. Petol Weekes, NYC producer, eagerly then joined the team. Based on true events of the Magdalene Laundries and supported by the group Justice for Magdalenes, the IVP team was ready to launch their next project.


Arts.Theatre

The Burgundy Wine Mob  | Open: 10/07/12 Close: 10/07/12
It's the late 1930's. A Bunch of dangerous characters have come together at the Bongo Bongo Club all with the same goal in mind; getting their hands on a pile of money that was illegally obtained by the Burgundy Wine Mob. The Mob, Jones, Max and Johnnie swiped a priceless wine collection and Johnnie took charge of fencing it for three million dollars. Unfortunately for the others he disappeared with the cash. Johnnie has been rubbed out and it seems that nobody knows who killed him or where the cash got to.

Johnnie's girl friend shows up with a key he gave her before his untimely death. What's it for? Even she doesn't know. Maybe the answer is at the Bongo Bongo Club. Everyone at the club this night knows she has this key. Everybody wants that money. Nobody is safe.

During intermission audience members get chance to guess who done it and find out who is the best sleuth in the joint.

About the Production
Written and directed by Earl Lewin of Chestertown, Maryland, the show hosts a cast of seasoned actors and singers from Maryland's Easter Shore. Music from the 1930's moves the plot along with classic songs that are familiar to most music lovers. Music is arranged and recorded by Dick Durham. The cast includes Amy Moredock, Avra Sullivan, Jane Copple, Chris Rogers, Mark Wiening and Brian Whitaker. Production Manager: Rhonda Jensen. Stage Manager/Sound: Ruth Gersh. Lighting: The Tank staff.

The Burgundy Wine Mob is a musical murder mystery spoof that has been performed at theatres and dinner theatres on Maryland's Eastern Shore. It is one of a series of related shows produced and promoted by BC Productions, Chestertown, Maryland. In 2010 BC Productions brought the original musical Celluloid, book and lyrics, Earl Lewin, score, Dick Durham, to The TANK. The cast is excited to bring The Burgundy Wine Mob to The TANK's new location.


Arts.Theatre

Hard To Please (an Evening Of Sketches)  | Open: 08/23/12 Close: 08/25/12
Hard To Please is 5 sketches.

1. Unclean: A passionate young man asks a blind woman, whom he doesn't know, up to his apartment.
2. Working Helping Singing: A young business woman sings her heart out.
3.Elation: Two co-workers finally approach each other about a date. One of them has an eye problem that gets in the way of communication.
4.Bathroom: A young businessman checks for a uni-brow in a public bathroom, as his co-worker confronts him of their escapade.
5.Portugal: Two strangers with an affinity towards each other spend time looking at the evening stars, then one of them suggests that they should leave for Portugal.

Hard To Please is brand new work written by Larry Bao.
It makes it's world debut at The Tank Theater.

All the actors featured in this production attended Atlantic Acting School.

About Larry Bao
Larry Bao is a writer/actor/director/photographer highly inspired by the writings of David Mamet.


Arts.Theatre

|the claque| presents The (IR)regulars,  | Open: 08/04/12 Close: 08/25/12
GET READY! The (IR)regulars, |the claque|'s new live weekly comedy, is coming to Saturdays in August at The Tank. free beer with admission. Limit 1 per customer, must be 21 years of age. Additional refreshments will be available for sale.

The economy's crumblin', but the executive fat cats of SAPHRON are ridin' high. In a brand-spanking-new Manhattan high-rise a team of misfit temps live, laugh, and, heck, sometimes even love. Strugglin' to stuff envelopes, enter data, and punch their time cards properly can get anyone down, but not for the (IR)regulars. As the pressures and pleasures of "real life" collide with bein' a corporate mercenary, the (IR)regulars gotta work together to pull off the man's bidding. Will our hero's make it? Well, I suppose anything can happen in a fight between passion and paycheck.

Each week is a new episode with an opening act. Be sure to catch 'em all.

From the minds of |the claque|'s member writers:
J. Holtham,
Anna Moench,
Mark Snyder
and Joseph Riippi.

Directed by:
Jason Bruffy
John Giampietro
Ethan Hova
and Daniel Melnick

Starring:
S. Quincy Beard as Bonnie
Jonathan Hooks as Nick Wolfe
Kunal Prasad as Reggie
Jacob Ware as L. Martin Willet, II
and Samira Wiley as Justine Prior

With special guest appearances by:
Rich Dreher as Helling Mansaville
Ian Smith as Nurse Ron
Lou Liberatore as Mike O'donovan
Bobby Moreno as Da Admiral
Domonique Pacitto as Trixie

Episodes presented at The Tank, 151 West 46th Street.


Arts.Theatre

Entranced  | Open: 08/19/12 Close: 08/19/12
Hypnotist Max Kovins stars in Entranced, assisted by Kristen Lee. Max Kovins, one of the world's fastest Hypnotists, will have you convulsed with side-splitting laughter as you watch volunteers from the audience act out hilarious situations based on his hypnotic suggestions. Entranced is a show where the audience members are the true stars! Entranced is a solid sixty minute show without intermission, that will fly by in the blink of an eye.

Brooklyn, born and reared, Max Kovins is a third generation Carny who has been practicing Magic and the related arts for over 40 years. Max has performed on both the East and West Coast and can be seen in Burlesque productions throughout Brooklyn and Manhattan and is a favored emcee as well. Kristen Lee, Miss Coney Island Pinup '08 & '10, is the coproducer of Cherry Pop burlesque, and a member of the Rachel Klein movement theater ensemble.

Poster design by Leland Bobbé


Arts.Performance

You're Gonna Love Tomorrow  | Open: 08/18/12 Close: 08/18/12
How much would you sacrifice for a future with the one you love? Featuring works from Bock and Harnick, Sondheim and other great storytellers, journey through the complicated labyrinth of relationships, emotions and every obstacle along the way.

In this new cabaret, six men and women will take through the tangled web love can weave. "You're Gonna Love Tomorrow" takes you on a roller coaster ride of finding and keeping love, despite the curveballs life can throw. Featuring musical direction by Jeff Caldwell and performances by Brooke Backus, Nikki Berra, Clay Donaldson, Allen Dorsey, Lindsay Gallagher and David Melanson. Come experience laughter through tears (which is our favorite emotion)!


Arts.Performance

PULSES: A Live VideoTheater Production by Dayna Moses  | Open: 08/16/12 Close: 08/17/12
"PULSES: A Live VideoTheater Production" is a solo exhibition conceived, written, and performed by Dayna Moses.

Dayna Moses' interactive video and live narrative is an entrance into the lives of various characters (all played by Moses). It excavates, isolates, and challenges the psyche of the artist herself, who serves as a canvas on which these figures are projected. The tragic-comic monologues are works that explore the membraneous connections between animal and human, between fantasy and reality.

Dayna Moses is a multimedia video artist who uses her camera and self to explore landscapes beneath flesh by entering the lives of various appropriated characters. She studied Cinema and English at Binghamton University and received her MFA in Performing Arts- Film/Video from UWM, Peck School of the Arts. Her work has been shown in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv-Yafo (Israel), Moscow (Russia), Illinois, Wisconsin, Massachusetts, and New York.


Arts.Performance

New Works: Rakia Seaborn & Pia Murray  | Open: 08/10/12 Close: 08/11/12
RAKIA!

"PUNCH"

What began as a simple visceral reaction to the song "Boys & Girls" by the Alabama Shakes, PUNCH has transformed into a very personal exploration of adult relationships in that weird, grey area in between college graduation and actual adulthood. With a movement vocabulary inspired by boxing, highway sobriety tests and vogueing, PUNCH offers no answers, but asks all the right questions about Intimacy, Love, Trust and Release on a path to Happiness.

Pia Monique Murray Dance Co. (PMMDC)

"Down the Line" (Work-in-progress)

"Down the Line" is dissects the idiosyncrasies of public transportation culture, especially in New York City. It was originally inspired by the graphic novel, "Pitch Black," co-authored by Anthony Horton, a homeless man who recently died from a fire in his subway tunnel living space, and Youme Landowne, an artist he met on a subway platform. Aside from the beautiful story and imagery in the book, the friendship that developed between Horton and Landowne is a interseting encounter between the passenger and homeless groups that co-exist on the MTA but rarely intersect. "Down the Line" explores relationships between passengers and homeless people (straphangers and squatters), environments (crowded and empty trains, platforms and tunnels) and circumstances (rush hour, train delays, route changes, etc.).

"DOLLHOUSE"
"Dollhouse" reveals physical, emotional, and cultural struggles familiar to young women, ranging from black hair ("Bad Weave") and body image ("Skinny Bitch") to piety and sexuality ("The Drunken Harlot").


Arts.Dance

Wicked King Lion  | Open: 08/02/12 Close: 08/03/12
Wicked King Lion
Created by Ben Van Buren
with Moira Luna

Wicked King Lion comes at the end of 5 years spent working outside in the Times Square area. It is a look at how the area has changed over the past few decades. We will go out of the theater to meet locals, and we will go into the theater to watch them perform.

Over the past 20 some odd years Times Square has undergone Massive sea changes. This work comes from extensive interviews with people who have spent many years witnessing those changes first hand. Wicked King Lion is an imagining of a different kind of tourism. Namely one that historicizes the ways in which we encounter bodies in the Times Square area.

ABOUT Ben Van Buren

Ben Van Buren is a choreographer and performance artist currently living in Brooklyn, New York. Since graduating from Eugene Lang College in 2011 Ben has worked as a dancer for Ishmael Houston-Jones, Ann Liv Young, and Eric Jackson-Bradley amongst others. Ben's most recent projects have spanned from large musical theater productions to small gallery installations. As an assistant choreographer (to Eric Jackson-Bradley) Ben helped choreograph From The Fire, an Oratorio by Liz Swados that won "Musical Theater Matters" awards for Best New Musical, Best Production, and Best Music, at the Edinburgh International Fringe Festival, in August of 2011. Most recently Ben's work has been presented by BODEGA gallery in Philadelphia as part of an evening curated by Jen Rosenblit.

In September of 2012 Ben will be moving to Brussels to study at P.A.R.T.S.


Arts.Dance

Roles De Dame  | Open: 07/14/12 Close: 07/14/12
Colorful, cheeky and definitely French. This is Cabaret at its best. Bruno Pilloix and Alyse Lewin present a fun filled tongue-in-cheek romp with music in the 1930's style at 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm at The Tank theatre, 151 W. 46th Street, 8th floor, NYC.

The unique dilemma explodes when Frankie, a guitarist, hires three singers for a special evening's performance and only Betty shows up. She suddenly needs to be three singers or they lose the booking.

What is Frankie's relationship with these three ladies? How can Betty save him and maybe win his heart? Can Betty dress, move, breath and react like the missing singers? With original music and some well loved standards, Alyse Lewin and Bruno Pilloix give life to the people of this imaginary cabaret where jazz is the only thing that is real. Roles De Dame gently jokes with the public about the relationship between men and women in the 1930's and very comically asks the question has anything really changed?


Arts.Theatre

Dear Nerds! We are pleased to inform you that you have been accepted at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Get your robes and quills ready because it does not matter if you are a Gryffindor, Slytherin, Ravenclaw or Hufflepuff... at this show you ALL belong to House EPIC. Come and marvel at the muggles, wonder at the wizards and blush at the scantaly clad school girls with 11 inch wands!

Featuring:
- Fem Appeal (producer of Kitty Nights and Certified Hippogriff Jockey)
- Nasty Canasta (producer of Naked Girls Reading and a Time Turner Collector)
- Mary Cyn (producer at EPIC WIN and Dark Arts Enthusiast)
- Minnie d'Moocha (producer of Rockabilly Burlesque and Quidditch Broom Promotional Model)
- Magdalena Fox (original cast member of EWB and Part-Time Dragon Killer)
- BB Heart (original cast member of EWB and Frequent Honey Badger Animagus)
- Anja Keister (producer of D20 Burlesque and a Not-So-Secret Mischief Manager)
- Victoria Privates (original cast member of EWB and Professional Dumbledore Impersonator)

Hosted by:
- Nelson Lugo (producer of The Spoken Nerd and a REAL Practitioner of the Conjuring Arts)

About EPIC WIN.
Vaudevillian Nelson Lugo and the four-eyed foxes of EPIC WIN shamelessly and lovingly embrace their geekiest interests to produce and host epic evenings of nerd-themed events. Epic Win Burlesque continues to be one of the nerdiest burlesque shows in town covering topics such as video games, comic books and sci-fi... with semi-naked-nerds!

EPIC WIN! For Nerds! By Nerds! From NYC!


Arts.Burlesque

Based On Your True Story  | Open: 05/16/12 Close: 05/19/12
Imagine a NIGHT OF THEATRE written by four different communities...

Brett Epstein (www.ItsBrett.net) is a New York based playwright who has targeted each of these communities as inspiration for his latest work.

He interviewed an array of people in all of these communities throughout the month of January-- one person a day for a total of thirty interviews. By being an active listener -- whether he has known the interviewee for 24 years or for 24 seconds -- he has learned heir passions & struggles, their regrets & dreams.

Their stories, their words, their experiences, their lives have inspired SIX NEW SHORT PLAYS to be presented with a DOCUMENTARY film about Epstein's process talking with the people in these communities. What they shared has completely shaped this new work.

This project is the possibility of openness, vulnerability, creativity, leadership and artistic healing.

Quick and Dirties: Bird and the Two Ton Weight presented by |the claque|
by Darcy Fowler
directed by Kareem Fahmy

When her mother's long lost journal mysteriously shows up at the door, Chelsea meets a young woman she never knew. While they confront tragedies both big and small, Chelsea looks to her mother for a way to move forward. But is there more to her journal than meets the eye? THE BIRD AND THE TWO-TON WEIGHT is the story of what happens when past and present collide; a story of hope, possibility, and finding strength in the most unlikely of places.
About the Quick and Dirties: ideas are sexy.

|the claque| is proud to announce the second annual Quick and Dirties (QuaDs): ideas are sexy, presented by The Tank. |the claque|, your favorite arts and performance conglomerate based in New York City, is dedicated to creating excellent work while heightening the level of discourse which surrounds it. This year, |the claque| presents six workshop productions and two readings of new plays. Focusing on helping to realize big ideas from our collaborating playwrights |the claque's| approach is designed to encourage and allow artists to thrive, fostering an adaptable, non-competitive approach to creation and discussion. Each play receives a week long intensive and two public viewings focusing on building on the central ideas of the plays, while be supported by creative teams, including directors, designers, actors, stage managers, and a production manager.

There isn't much as seductive as thought and art.

Ideas are sexy.


Arts.Theatre

Quick And Dirties: Anne & Ada Presented By |the Claque|  | Open: 05/06/12 Close: 05/06/12
Quick and Dirties: Anne & Ada presented by |the claque|
by Rachel Bonds
Directed by Linsay Firman

After the sudden death of their parents, Anne and Ada are left to live alone in their childhood home. As Anne longs for the safety of childhood, Ada bristles under her new duties as caretaker. When a mysterious Visitor arrives, both sisters begin to imagine how life could be better without the other. . .

About the Quick and Dirties: ideas are sexy.

|the claque| is proud to announce the second annual Quick and Dirties (QuaDs): ideas are sexy, presented by The Tank. |the claque|, your favorite arts and performance conglomerate based in New York City, is dedicated to creating excellent work while heightening the level of discourse which surrounds it. This year, |the claque| presents six workshop productions and two readings of new plays. Focusing on helping to realize big ideas from our collaborating playwrights |the claque's| approach is designed to encourage and allow artists to thrive, fostering an adaptable, non-competitive approach to creation and discussion. Each play receives a week long intensive and two public viewings focusing on building on the central ideas of the plays, while be supported by creative teams, including directors, designers, actors, stage managers, and a production manager.

There isn't much as seductive as thought and art.

Ideas are sexy.


Arts.Theatre

New Works: Handshake Uppercut By John Leo And Jay Dunn  | Open: 05/04/12 Close: 05/05/12
New Works presents the work of emerging choreographers and facilitates dialogue through feedback sessions and Q&A. New Works is curated by Alexandra Albrecht and Jill Hockett.

Handshake Uppercut by John Leo and Jay Dunn

A Victorian Clown Throwdown

Two slightly perverted but naively well-intentioned mutes drag each other through life with only each other's mischievous cruelty to keep them warm. With voyeuristic vaudeville bits and surrealist non sequitors, John Leo and Jay Dunn marry Beckett's existential bleakness, the Marquis de Sade's demented eroticism, and Keaton's comedic sincerity. Both epic and infinitesimal, these gentleman comrades will laugh you out of your seat while they steal it from under you.

$15 general admission, or $20 for double bill with Peg-Ass-Us

From maskarts.com:

"a brilliant piece of theater...Handshake Uppercut will help raise the quality bar of clown-theater."
Audience reviews:

"Brilliant physical comedy, but totally disturbing"

"...a daring poignant relationship journey"

"Wretched! Wonderful!"

"You made me creme fraiche in my panties"


Arts.Dance

Peg-ass-us: A Sex-ed Burlesque  | Open: 05/04/12 Close: 05/05/12
Peg-ass-us

A Sex-Ed Burlesque
by John Leo and Sophie Nimmannit

May 4, 5 @ 9:30 (following New Works Dance: Handshake Uppercut)See both shows: Buy tickets for Dance @ The Tank: a New Works Double Bill: Handshake Uppercut & Peg-Ass-Us

Admission: $15
or see a double bill with Handshake Uppercut: $20

A hilariously penetrating look at queer sex for straight folks, complete with sing-a-longs, how-to's, romance, puppets and soul-baring striptease. Created by John Leo and Sophie Nimmannit, this beginner's guide - stuffed with toys and songs - goes off-script with a lover's quarrel that tickles qualms, exposes scruples, liberates desire and comes to a climax where everyone gets off!

Developed with help from an early run at Dixon Place's famed living room on the Bowery, Peg-ass-us was rated "Best Comedy" at the 2008 San Francisco Fringe Festival. It has appeared at the Montreal Fringe Festival, the Brick Theater (Brooklyn), Brown University, Bard College (hosted by the Queer-Straight Alliance) and returned to Dixon Place as Artists-in-Residence in October 2009. In February 2010, Peg-ass-us went on tour to Juneau (AK), Seattle and Portland, to perform in front of surprised and enthusiastic audiences!

- perhaps the silliest, most heartfelt, romantic comedy about anal sex imaginable!


"...a sweet, insightful, very honest performance about a topic that even I, the experienced sexual outlaw, still have a slight pause talking about in public... bust a gut, laugh out loud funny."
- Monk, of TwistedMonk.com

"...bursts all over the stage with vulgar sexual inquiries and spits out cute and delightful songs about a**-fucking and mythical creatures."
- Jolie Prom, Debaucheri Sex Review


Arts.Dance

@ 730p

Handshake Uppercut by John Leo and Jay Dunn
A Victorian Clown Throwdown

Two slightly perverted but naively well-intentioned mutes drag each other through life with only each other's mischievous cruelty to keep them warm. With voyeuristic vaudeville bits and surrealist non sequitors, John Leo and Jay Dunn marry Beckett's existential bleakness, the Marquis de Sade's demented eroticism, and Keaton's comedic sincerity. Both epic and infinitesimal, these gentleman comrades will laugh you out of your seat while they steal it from under you.


-----------

@ 930p

Peg-Ass-Us

A Sex-Ed Burlesque
by John Leo and Sophie Nimmannit

A hilariously penetrating look at queer sex for straight folks, complete with sing-a-longs, how-to's, romance, puppets and soul-baring striptease. Created by John Leo and Sophie Nimmannit, this beginner's guide - stuffed with toys and songs - goes off-script with a lover's quarrel that tickles qualms, exposes scruples, liberates desire and comes to a climax where everyone gets off!

Developed with help from an early run at Dixon Place's famed living room on the Bowery, Peg-ass-us was rated "Best Comedy" at the 2008 San Francisco Fringe Festival. It has appeared at the Montreal Fringe Festival, the Brick Theater (Brooklyn), Brown University, Bard College (hosted by the Queer-Straight Alliance) and returned to Dixon Place as Artists-in-Residence in October 2009. In February 2010, Peg-ass-us went on tour to Juneau (AK), Seattle and Portland, to perform in front of surprised and enthusiastic audiences!

- perhaps the silliest, most heartfelt, romantic comedy about anal sex imaginable!


Arts.Dance

Quick and Dirties: A Descent Stretch presented by |the claque|
by Mark Snyder
directed by Maryna Harrison

Sasha Briar transforms herself into a self-help guru to battle the lost ladies who lunch in a suburban Indianapolis mall. A new comedy about lipo, power circles, and the delicious thrill of victimhood.

About the Quick and Dirties: ideas are sexy.

|the claque| is proud to announce the second annual Quick and Dirties (QuaDs): ideas are sexy, presented by The Tank. |the claque|, your favorite arts and performance conglomerate based in New York City, is dedicated to creating excellent work while heightening the level of discourse which surrounds it. This year, |the claque| presents six workshop productions and two readings of new plays. Focusing on helping to realize big ideas from our collaborating playwrights |the claque's| approach is designed to encourage and allow artists to thrive, fostering an adaptable, non-competitive approach to creation and discussion. Each play receives a week long intensive and two public viewings focusing on building on the central ideas of the plays, while be supported by creative teams, including directors, designers, actors, stage managers, and a production manager.

There isn't much as seductive as thought and art.

Ideas are sexy.


Arts.Theatre

"On/Off" is a collaboration between Holly Heidt (movement) and Asha Tamirisa (sound) with help from the dancers. The two became good friends and collaborators at Oberlin College and are delighted to continue working with each other. The piece is influenced by a joint fascination with minimalistic art (along the lines of Sol Lewitt and Ellsworth Kelly) and by simple actions and cycles in the physical world: clocks ticking, heartbeats, spilled water, waves. An endless factory line. Sysiphus carrying his rock up the hill again and again. Can certain experiences be seen as circles? Pendulums? Sine curves? These examples suggest a continuity, an alternation and repetition of elements. On the other hand, they may also suggest The End. Things and people come together and fall away. There is separation and loss. Things break down beyond repair.

Movement by Holly Heidt and sound by Asha Tamirisa
Costumes by Hannah Richey

Performed by: Liz Ball, Alyssa Caliendo, Emily D'Angelo, Joan E. Mann, Jennifer Mellor, Hartley Parish, Molly Schaffner, Sylvana Tapia, Sarah Ward, Eunmi Yeo

"excerpt hearts" is a thought exploration of what the performers know of and have experienced of lesbian stereotypes. everything from the music we're playing to the lyrics to the how we interact with each other will incorporate what we have pre-decided is somehow an abstracted stereotype of our lesbian past lives.

Featuring niv Acosta and Jules Skloot.


Arts.Dance

New Works: Subject Matter by Emily Wexler  | Open: 04/06/12 Close: 04/06/12
with Elena Bresani, Maggie Cloud, Courtney Cooke, Leslie Cuyjet, Diana Crum, Sarah Holcman, Niall Jones, HeJin Jang, JE Kim, Jen McGinn, Iele Paloumpis, Emily Wexler, and Harmony Wolfe

Subject Matter questions our existential experience through our propensity to inflict trauma upon ourselves and others. and true love.

The hostility and loneliness of the women is unrelentingNot tenderness or nurturing or softness, but an all-consuming Kali destruction, an understanding of decay and vulnerability and the intensity of material existence."
- Clarinda MacLow, Critical Correspondence

"sophisticated sense of urgency and wit"
-Wendy Perron, Dance Magazine

New Works presents the work of emerging choreographers and facilitates dialogue through feedback sessions and Q&A. New Works is curated by Alexandra Albrecht and Jill Hockett.


Arts.Dance

New Works: X  | Open: 03/30/12 Close: 04/01/12
X, a duet, opens on a moment before an end. This singular moment protracted into an evolutionary display of impact by force, choice, image and influence reveals both clandestine and candid ways to disappear. Empty space is filled with shapes that die upon birth; molds are sculpted and quickly abandoned; perspectives are deliberately shifted and altered; images are looped, etched, and scored;
rituals are observed. When all outlets have been exhausted, the moment will end and a choice will be made. Lights out.


Arts.Dance

What happens when a New York bred comedy duo teams up with a multi-award-winning Montreal based sketch comedy troupe? A Future Party! In this night of double-bill comedy, James & JF offer up Channel One, a show that begs the question, “when?” and answers it with “The Future”; and Uncalled For answers the question, “where’s the party?” with “here” in Today is All of Your Birthdays. 

Channel One is TV as performed by the last two people on earth. Let us explain. We are the last two people left in the whole world. Let us explain. We escaped the end of civilization in a time machine only to land in a very lonely future. We then created our own version of TV shows to entertain ourselves -we can't explain- but wind up performing them to unexpected time traveling audiences. Channel One is our television channel. It’s the only one left. This show has been called "a blast of exuberant nonsense... brave new theater" (Edmonton Sun), “f***ing hilarious” (The Blog of Jenna Rocca (Toronto)), brought to you by the duo said to have “winning comedic timing” by The Happiest Medium (NYC).

Today Is All Your Birthdays is a comedic, philosophical, sci-fi take on birth, death, time travel, Darwin’s theory of evolution, hypnotism, sandwiches and the meaning of life. Far away from the "set-up, punchline, blackout" sketch comedy universe, Birthdays is intelligent, theatrical, free-flowing, stream-of-consciousness hilarity that doesn’t bother with vulgarity or cynicism. It’s a sparkler of a comedy show, "relentlessly smart, original and outrageous" (Victoria Times-Colonist) from the company that PLANK Magazine called “one of the most innovative and reliable sketch troupes in the country.”

Channel Oneis written and performed by James & JF, aka Emily James and Ishah Janssen-Faith. Emily and Ishah trained in improv at Upright Citizens Brigade NYC and The Magnet Theater; and in clown with Philippe Gaulier, David Shiner, Mick Barnfather (of Theatre de Complicite), Aitor Basauri (of Spymonkey) and Avner Eisenberg. Separately, they have been making theater and performance art for the last ten years across the nation and abroad. Together, they have performed Channel One for two years in NYC, at the Toronto & Edmonton Fringe Festivals and the North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival. More info on company: www.jamesandjf.com

Today Is All Your Birthdays is one in a long line of successes from Uncalled For,an improv and sketch comedy troupe who have been performing together for over ten years. Fringe Fest mainstays in both Montreal and Toronto, they have won the Montreal festival’s Best Text Award once and the Just For Laughs Best Comedy Award twice. They have also received the Second City Best Of The Fest Award at the Toronto SketchFest.Today Is All Your Birthdays captured the Outstanding Ensemble Performance Award at the 2009 Ottawa Fringe, and earned Uncalled For a Canadian Comedy Award nomination for Best Comedic Play. In July 2011 they launched a series of web videos on their new site, WeAreUncalledFor.com.

Rural.urban.ruin  | Open: 03/22/12 Close: 03/23/12
In two plays, rural.urban.ruin examines the lives of people when ideas clash be-it in a quaint rural dinner or an urban edifice.

Short Order
A comedic staged-reading in two acts, Debt and Truck, spotlights the urban and rural people we do not always see up close. Debt explores the lives of the average person and the ease of their acquisition of debt while Truck is an unassuming conversation about love and its pitfalls.
Short Order is written by the late Leah Ryan. Directed by Keisha Ector. Stars:Stephen Ward, JJ Pyle, Leo Goodman and Vanessa Hardy.

The Eternal Space
It's October 1963. New York City. The Old Pennsylvania Station is slated for demolition. The wrecking crews are outside in the drizzling morning rain dismantling a fifty-three year old marvel of American Beaux-arts architecture. Inside a photographer is running away from his past while an aging English teacher cannot let his go. Now, two complete strangers begin a three-year debate over the value of old and new. The Eternal Space is written by Justin Rivers. Directed by Barika Edwards. Stars: Rory Lance and Richard D. Busser.

rural.urban.ruin is produced by Barika Edwards and presented by The Tank thetanknyc.org.


Arts.Theatre

$15, doors open at 9:30, show at 10:00

In February 2010, EPIC WIN Burlesque presented "Holy Sh*t...BATMAN!" at the Tank Theater in NYC. We are proud to announce that this show will make a triumphant return for two nights in March. EPIC WIN Burlesque presents our very first sequel:

"Holy Sh*t...BATMAN RETURNS!" Another tassel-twirling tribute to the Dark Knight's friends and foes.

EPIC WIN Burlesque presents, "Holy Sh*t...BATMAN RETURNS!" This tassel-twirling tribute to the Dark Knight's friends and foes promises mystery, nerdery and nudity with titillating cameos from Two-Face, The Joker, Mr. Freeze and many, many more. See you in the asylum, clowns!

**FEATURING: Our favorite Gotham Gals (and guy)...
Victoria Privates, Magdalena Fox, Mary Cyn, BB Heart, Nasty Canasta, Fem Appeal, Hazel Honeysuckle and Hard Corey. AND a glorious Gotham City Go-Go set by the stellar Stella Chu! Hosted by Nelson Lugo and Schaffer the Darklord

**NEW LOCATION**
The Tank - 151 w. 46th St. - 8th Fl. - (b/t 6th and 7th Ave)
By subway: NRQ to 49th Street or BDFM to Rockefeller Center


Arts.Theatre

An Evening Of Awkward Romance  | Open: 02/11/12 Close: 02/26/12
AN EVENING OF AWKWARD ROMANCE introduces a collection of oddball characters on their quest to find love. Two proofreaders lust over grammatical errors; a woman with a movie-related "affliction" finds her Prince Charming; a couple of misfits find true love at a funeral home. These and other vignettes are interwoven to create a hilarious (and at times poignant) celebration of the search for the elusive "soul-mate."


Arts.Theatre

The Glass Menagerie  | Open: 02/24/12 Close: 02/26/12
The Glass Menagerie is considered Tennessee William's masterpiece, a deeply personal piece about a family as it overcomes the tribulations of the heart and mind. Set in the 1930s, the play is an extension of Williams himself coming from an autobiographical perspective of him and his own family. Bringing this piece to life is a dynamic group who is dedicated to bringing unmatched passion and creativity to the performance. The group comes from a wide background of artistic expression, be it theater, dance, writing, music or film, the influence of which culminates in the portrayal of the characters and the situation itself. "The Glass Menagerie was Tennessee Williams's first great success and enjoyed a long Broadway run earning it The New York Drama Critics Circle Award. Since then it has become one of the most performed plays in American community theaters. The play is considered Tennessee William's masterpiece, a deeply personal piece about a family as it overcomes the tribulations of the heart and mind. Set in the 1930s, the play is an extension of Williams himself coming from an autobiographical perspective of his own family. Bringing this piece to life is a dynamic group who is dedicated to bringing unmatched passion and creativity to the performance. The group comes from a wide background of artistic expression, be it theater, dance, writing, music or film, the influence of which culminates in the portrayal of the characters and the situation itself.

Featuring:
Logan Halley-Winsett (Director)
Celine Modschiedler (Producer /Production Manager/Assistant Director)
Enrique Huili (Tom Wingfield/Assistant Producer)
Arianne Gallagher (Amanda Wingfield)
Fernanda Valencia (Laura Wingfield)
Guillermo Logar (Jim O'Connor)

 

Arts.Theatre

Saturn (a Play About Food)  | Open: 12/02/11 Close: 12/04/11
SATURN is a play about food. Jack and Rhea have inherited a farm. 30 years old and recently married, they move from the city to start anew. All is harmonious at first, until a mountain of books and a handful of magic seeds shake the stability of their natural kingdom, and what was once so simple suddenly turns wild and unpredictable. 

What should we eat? Where should it come from? What is natural? Such questions besiege many of us multiple times a day. Riffing on the myth of Kronos, Jack and the Beanstalk, contemporary agricultural science and the alimentary experiences of couples around the age of 30, SATURN presents a unique theatrical take on these particular conundrums of food, and how they affect our relationships.

Superhero Clubhouse is a society of theater artists engaged in making original plays and events about the natural world via a green and collaborative process. Our collective’s experiments involve cultivating an intrinsic relationship between the ideals of ecology and the processes and content of theater. Through our work, we hope to form lasting collaborations with scientists, activists, and artists from diverse mediums in order to further develop and define the future of a green and unique theatrical event. Superhero Clubhouse is sponsored by Fractured Atlas.

CAST: Tyler Caffall, Tom Coiner*, Ava Eisenson*, Jon Erdman, Marguerite French*, and Maria Portman Kelly*.

DESIGNERS: Eva von Schweinitz (sound), RB Schlater (set & costumes).

Four Quartets: Variations  | Open: 12/02/11 Close: 12/02/11
Four poets, four actors, four trombones, and four percussionists breathe life into and around T.S. Eliot's inimitable text, with vocal recitation, variation, improvisation, and instrumental music.

"Four Quartets: Variations," revolving around T. S. Eliot's inimitable sequence Four Quartets, is a theatrical, musical and poetic tour de force. Moored by the performances of four vocalizing actors and four poets interacting with excerpted and remixed text of Eliot’s Four Quartets, the project also features byways into performance sets by Iktus (percussion quartet) and The Guidonian Hand (trombone quartet) which expand the musical reaches and correspondences of the poem. Emphasizing the profundity and structural revelations of Eliot's book-length text, the actors and musicians surround the poets' recitations with extended techniques of all varieties, from improbable instrumental sounds to extremes of vocal and improvisatory production, letting the text re-echo in time past, time present, and time future. Fare forward, voyagers.    

The quartet of actors are Marya Lowry, Phil Timberlake, Corianna Moffatt, and Nate Speare, while participating poets include Cathy Park Hong, Katie Ford, Jon Woodward, and Oni Buchanan.

I Loved Sam Stone  | Open: 10/06/11 Close: 10/23/11

I LOVED SAM STONE -- winner of the SLAM Playwriting Competition -- follows two college freshmen through the boundaries of friendship and the consequences of confronting the truth.


Brett Epstein's I LOVED SAM STONE was first presented in Cranston, Rhode Island's Artists Exchange Theatre in August 2009. After winning the SLAM Playwriting Competition in May 2011, the play received a staged reading at The Tank for a standing-room only audience. The Tank is now presenting a limited engagement from October 6 through October 23 of a play that audiences and industry have called "brilliant," "hilarious," "unpredictable," "moving," and "the perfect balance of comedy and drama."

I LOVED SAM STONE follows two college freshmen through their first year of being away from home, from the awkward move-in day all the way to the challenging summer sendoffs. The play explores the dynamic between Ben (Brett Epstein) and Sam (David Jackson) as a friendship seemingly simple and rewarding turns into something that neither one ever saw coming.

Show runs 2 hours with an intermission.

*Thu, 10/06/2011 - 7:00pm
Fri, 10/07/2011 - 7:00pm
Fri, 10/14/2011 - 7:00pm
Sun, 10/16/2011 - 7:00pm
Sat, 10/22/2011 - 9:30pm
Sun, 10/23/2011 - 7:00pm
 
TICKETS: $18
Credit card in advance: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/199601
Cash only at the door.


*Please join the cast & crew for a complimentary reception with beverages, FREE with your ticket to the OPENING performance.

CAST & CREW:
Ben --> Brett Epstein
Sam --> David Jackson
Jordan --> Blaire Carson
Derrick --> David Rosenblatt

Directed by Daniel Durkin
Produced by Susan Barr
Stage Managed by Jake Simon-Gersuk

'Seems,' madam—nay it is, I know not 'seems.'

Rebellious Subjects Theatre brings its lively and eclectic classical work to The Tank in May 2011 with a reimagining of Shakespeare's Hamlet. Using both of The Tank's theaters and the areas in and around as their largest playing space yet, the company delves into a modern world of Elsinore where cameras, both hidden and exposed, surround the players, blurring the boundaries of performance and privacy, exploring the nuances of appearance, deception, exploitation, and action within the world of the play.

Click here to visit The Rebellious Subjects' website- http://www.rebellioussubjects.org/

Buy Tickets here - http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/137835

Dates:
May 4, 2011 at 7:30pm
May 6, 2011 at 7:30pm
May 7, 2011 at 7:30pm
May 8, 2011 at 3:00pm
May 12, 2011 at 7:30pm
May 13, 2011 at 7:30pm
May 14, 2011 at 7:30pm
May 15, 2011 at 3:00pm

EPIC WIN Burlesque Presents: Rated R For Violence  | Open: 04/22/11 Close: 04/23/11
$15
This show is 18+
EPIC WIN Burlesque is the nerdiest burlesque show in town, having produced sexy and geeky tributes to electronic interactive entertainments (“Video Game Vixens”), Saturday morning animation (“CARTOONS!”), the caped crusader ("Holy Shit...BATMAN!"), Ghostbusters ("GHOSTBUSTERS!") and the most impassioned geek argument of our time (“The Star Debate: Trek vs. Wars”) since forming in 2009. Last year they also stormed the stage of Nerdapalooza, an annual "nerdcore" music festival in Orlando, FL and shot a feature photo spread for UK magazine Bizarre.
 
This April, the naked and nerdy misfits of EPIC WIN Burlesque will return to their home at the Tank Theater in NYC with an all-new production entitled “Rated R for Violence.” Bloodthirsty hosts Nelson Lugo and Schaffer the Darklord will honor unforgettable scenes from some of cinema’s most violent classics with a little tassel-twirling help from EPIC WIN stars BB Heart, Lefty Lucy, Mary Cyn, Victoria Privates, Fem Appeal and Nasty Canasta. This messy evening will feature blood-soaked acts based on such films as A Clockwork Orange, Fight Club, Carrie and American Psycho, to name a few.
 
EPIC WIN Burlesque presents “Rated R for Violence.” This sexy tribute to violent movies promises to be both a bloody good time and an all-out bloodbath. You may wish to dress (or undress) accordingly.
 
There will be blood. LOTS of it.

 

4/22/2011 and 4/23/2011 from 9:30pm to 11:30pm

Firemen  | Open: 03/21/11 Close: 03/27/11
Set in the 1990 American suburbs, FIREMEN explores an unthinkable love relationship between a troubled teenager and his unlikely new girlfriend. Written by Tommy Smith, directed by Michael McQuilken. Made possible in part by the generosity of the Yale School of Drama. Presented by The Tank. Produced by Magic Futurebox.

Featuring:
Will Connolly*
Kristen Connolly*
Ryan Lockwood*
Christopher Michael McFarland*
Liz Wisan*

* Appearing courtesy of Actors' Equity Association

$12 in advance / $15 at the door
$10 for students and unemployed
Presale tickets available at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/onsite/event/158040
Avenue Of Americas  | Open: 01/21/11 Close: 02/06/11
A 30-year-old woman on the lam from a New Jersey mental institution becomes the queen of Madison Avenue. Her extreme advertising campaigns are wildly popular, winning awards and blue chip clients. As well as the heart of New York’s most eligible bachelor. Still, her commercials wreak havoc with her boss, the Catholic Church, and certain cat owners. Avenue of the Americas is a dark, comic ride that asks the question; how far would you go to have it all?

Cast: Virginia Bartholomew, Timothy J. Cox, Chris Davis, Leo Goodman & Laura Yost

Producers: Kristin Cantwell & Phil Newsom

Martin Blank; founding artistic director of Theater J in Washington, DC; is the author of ten plays. His full-length drama, The Law of Return, was produced at Center Stage Theater, Jerusalem, Maryland Ensemble Theatre, and was optioned for Broadway. His full-length comedy, Scenes from Life in America, was seen in New York at Ensemble Studio Theatre's Octoberfest. He has served as Artistic Associate for the American Jewish Theatre and American Place Theatre, New York, as well as Literary Manager, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company.

Slam Theatre Finals  | Open: 01/30/11 Close: 01/30/11
SLAM Theatre is a playwriting competition.  After three weeks of preliminary rounds, the six finalists will compete to win an evening at The Tank's theatre space to produce their play.  Finalists will each show 10 minutes of their plays and a panel of 3 judges will give them feedback on their work and select the winner. $5 to attend.

Blood and Cake  | Open: 12/08/10 Close: 12/19/10
 

A new play

Written and Directed by Julian Mesri

featuring:
Austin Tidwell as Pox
Ben Mann as Scratch

Pox is an executioner. Scratch is a jester. They're roommates. Between all the severed arteries and flying pastries, their dry cleaning bill is unbelievable. Follow their hilarious misadventures in trading places as they stare down the barrel of their dead-end jobs. Julian Mesri's delightfully harrowing, recklessly anachronistic new play explores one of the world's harshest truths: everybody hates their job.

Produced by Suzan Eraslan & Kevin Laibson for Magic Futurebox 

Love Is Like Mud: A Puppet Rock Opera In One Act  | Open: 10/22/10 Close: 12/17/10
"Love is Like Mud" is a story about the romantic misadventures between city dwellers Jon and Anne. After meeting on the subway they have an awkward first date, followed by a torrid night of sex. Before they know it they are in the midst of a relationship, wondering if they have fallen in love.

BEN FOLSTEIN has been an active artist since he was very young. By the time he was in high school he had already made several films and won multiple awards for his film making. He went to San Francisco where he worked in the theater industry and made over 70 films in the five years he lived there. In 2006, he moved to New York City where he began developing "Love is Like Mud" and writing music, lyrics, and cultivating his band, "Level 2."

Nevermore: A Night with Poe  | Open: 11/30/10 Close: 11/30/10
Give an hour on the scariest weekend of the year to the scariest storyteller of all time: Three Poe Tales told in the immersive story theater form - a small band of actors with no props, costumes, or sets, create entire worlds using the space and your imagination.

"Ugly Hell, gape not! Come not Lucifer! I'll burn my books!-O Mephistophilis!" So ends what is regarded as the first ever dramatization of the Faust legend and possibly the most notorious tale about the appeal of sin. True, Faustus meets a dismembered end, but for 24 years he was the most powerful magician on Earth. Sure, according to Marlowe, the Doctor regrets his fateful choice, but this is Public Domain! So, was the deal worth it? What's more important: your soul or your fun?

Andrew Scoville is a Brooklyn based theater director, installation artist and video designer. For the past couple of years he has been fostering his relationship with technology in his theatrical work. Artistically he has relied heavily on movement, music and media, but still finds fascination in the complexities of human language. He strongly believes that theater is ultimate collaborative art and the most effective way to engage with artists of every medium at the same time. That is why he does it.

Richard II  | Open: 05/07/10 Close: 05/24/10
Sonnet Repertory Theatre and Matchbook Productions proudly present Richard II at The Tank this May, bringing an uncommon aspect to this classic: flight. Re-imagined as a tale told by Nineteenth Century artists railing against Imperialism, eight actors, four low-flying trapezes and live music combine to raise the language of Shakespeare to new heights.


About Matchbook Productions:

Matchbook Productions innovates through the marriage of traditional theatre with the aerial arts. By taking to the air, Matchbook utilizes dimensions typically neglected by conventional stage performances, thus opening a new realm of possibilities for performers and audiences.

Celluloid  | Open: 05/13/10 Close: 05/16/10
It's Philadelphia in the 1970's and things aren't looking so good for Motion Picture Arts, a small film company. Newer technologies are taking over and celluloid film production is on the brink of extinction.
But MPA's owner, Jack Hudson, will never give up on scoring the "Big One" to revive his faltering company.  Unusual schemes and humorous setbacks abound while Jack's faithful employees' personal tragedies and love affairs evolve around him, creating a story that "reaches out to a more reflective level of human feeling."
A superb musical score oozes cool, swinging jazz rhythms, and complex harmonies weave in and out of a story of eternal optimism, tragic loss and newfound love.

Celluloid, a musical comedy with book and lyrics by Earl Lewin and music by Dick Durham, premiered at The Church Hill Theatre in Maryland in 2006 to critical acclaim. The cast of this New York production includes Tim Mullally, Katie Iacona, Rhonda Jensen, Joel Cardona, Mark Epperson, Ben Prayz, Matthew Cowan, Bob Brower, George Golden and Rick Dettwyler.

 Lewin is a published playwright, and has authored and directed a number of dinner theater musicals and has numerous directing and acting credits to his name. He has been an adjunct professor of film at Rowan University. This is Lewin's first New York production.

Award winning jazz pianist/ composer/ arranger Dick Durham has been playing
standard jazz for 45 years.  He has performed or worked in conjunction with such notables as Count Basie, Grover Washington and Stefan Scaggiari. This is the second collaboration for Durham and Lewin who teamed up in 2004 to produce a musical version of "She Stoops To Conquer".

Celluloid is directed by Earl Lewin with musical direction by Dick Durham.  Music is
performed by The Dick Durham Trio with Durham on piano, Bob Offerman on bass and David Hoffman on drums.

For more information visit www.celluloidthemusical.com                

 

THE MAD BROOKLYNITE, based on short stories by novelist Jonathan Lethem, poses the question, what happens when you ask directions of a stranger on a Brooklyn subway platform? SUNLIGHT IN A CAFETERIA imagines the two subjects of an Edward Hopper painting come to life, fully aware that they are in a work of art.

Followed by a conversation about art and appropriation.  

The Mad Brooklynite 
by Ben Bowman 
based upon the short stories “The Mad Brooklynite” and “Breakfast at Brelreck’s” 
by Jonathan Lethem 
directed by Ben Bowman 
with Ato Essandoh, Clare Barron and Almeria Campbell

Sunlight in a Cafeteria
by Anna Ziegler 
directed by Dina Leytes
with Jessica Dickey and Andrew Garman



Produced by Dina Leytes and Gbenga Akinnagbe



About the Plays:

 The Mad Brooklynite is a dramatic re-working of two short stories by Brooklyn writer Jonathan Lethem (Motherless Brooklyn, 1999 National Book Critics Circle Award Winner; Fortress of Solitude, 2003 NY Times Best Seller) by filmmaker Ben Bowman, staging his first play. Set in a Brooklyn subway station, a young traveler seeks directions from an eccentric borough denizen.



Sunlight in a Cafeteria is a beautiful and haunting recasting of an Edward Hopper painting. It depicts the two lone figures of the painting as having come to life. The author of Sunlight in a Cafeteria is Anna Ziegler, a Brooklyn playwright. Anna recently won the Third Annual STAGE Competition for her play Photograph 51, which was judged by David Auburn, John Guare, David Lindsay-Abaire and two Nobel Laureates.

 Two one-act plays, each adapted from other works, one literary the other visual.

The Gilded Red Cage  | Open: 03/17/10 Close: 03/21/10
The Gilded Red Cage examines the human aspects of life under socialism and how they changed after the Velvet revolution in 1989 with a charming mix of humor, irony and sadness.
· The Gilded Red Cage Part I: Hana’s Shame portrays the intimate internal dialogue of a woman in love whose young life spans the socialist and post-socialist periods in Slovakia. She learns to come to terms with one fact - the main figures in her life at once love her and destroy her.
· The Gilded Red Cage Part II: The Canary who Ate the Cat captures the contradictions of socialist life via an endearing chameleon-turncoat-survivor who promises everything, yet delivers nothing…and still be beloved.

Performed by Katarina Morhacova and Silvester Lavrik