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Prinze  | Open: 04/05/18 Close: 04/07/18
The time is October 1976. The place is the Improv comedy club. Freddie Prinze is giving one of his last performances just a few months before his death. A one-man show about the extraordinary life of the late actor/comedian Freddie Prinze --- the half Hungarian, half Puerto Rican pioneer that paved the way for future Latino entertainers. Sonera takes us on an unforgettable journey that boldly addresses issues of race, culture and socio-political topics of that era that are still at the forefront of social justice conversations today. He does this effortlessly as he interlaces Prince's best comedy sets with gripping original monologues that illuminate the life of the late comedian. Drama/Biography

INDIFFERENT CHILDREN OF THE EARTH  | Open: 11/09/17 Close: 11/11/17
Hamlet for the new millenium. Indifferent Children of the Earth reshapes the classic text of Shakespeare's masterpiece into a contemporary family drama about a young man's struggle with mental illness, prescription drugs and the premature death of his beloved father.  Set against the back drop of a dive bar with original rock music performed by his girlfriend Ophelia and her band Indifferent Children of the Earth, Hamlet contemplates both suicide and murder to escape his demons.

Chalk (a Silent Comedy.)  | Open: 11/05/16 Close: 09/09/17
CHALK is a hilarious and unexpected one-man show that’s guaranteed to delight audiences of all ages. A playful and poignant homage to class silent-film era comedians, Chalk invites audiences into a hand-drawn world where imagination is made real and anything can happen. Charlie Chaplin meets Harold and the Purple Crayon in this romantic romp sure to “Draw You In.”

Critics call CHALK:

"Unbelievably Special" - Theater in the Now

"Clever, Theatrical Magic" - Center on the Aisle

"A Whimsical, Jovial, Enjoyable Show!" - Hi! Drama

approx run time: 45 minutes


About the Company: FRIGID New York @ Horse Trade
FRIGID New York @ Horse Trade is a theater development group with a focus on new work that produces a massive quantity of stimulating downtown theater every season. FRIGID’s Resident Artist Program offers a home to a select group of Independent theater artists, pooling together a great deal of talent and energy. FRIGID New York grew out of the annual FRIGID Festival, the first and only festival of its kind in New York City to offer artists 100% of their box office proceeds, and Horse Trade Theater Group, a self-sustaining theater development and management group.

 

Martin Denton, Martin Denton  | Open: 07/04/17 Close: 07/23/17
An accountant in D.C. falls in love with theater in New York. After suddenly losing his father, he impulsively creates nytheatre.com. He gives up his comfortable life, spending thousands of nights in the audience and even more days at his computer bringing attention to notable, but often under-recognized artists. Working with his mother over two decades, he writes and edits thousands of reviews, publishes hundreds of plays, and posts scores of blog pieces, interviews, and podcasts. In doing so, he revolutionizes how the arts are covered and helps to usher in the indie theater movement. When the city fundamentally changes with soaring rents and shuttering spaces, plus the disruption of social media coverage, the sustained intensity of his schedule takes its toll. If you created or saw NYC indie theater during the last 20 years, chances are you've been impacted by his work. Now see his untold story move from his desk chair and the aisle seat, to the stage.

 

The play will be directed by Aimee Todoroff (Brecht in the ParkVisionary Voices with American Bard Theatre Company) and the cast will feature Chris Harcum* (American Gun Show; Rabbit Island) as Martin Denton and Marisol Rosa-Shapiro (Babel with Convergences Theater Collective; The Last Coin with Spellbound Theater) as Rochelle Denton with Sound & Lighting Design by Matthew Fischer (Vanity Fair with The Pearl Theatre Company; Visionary Voices with American Bard Theatre Company) and Costume Design by Barbara Davidson (We Haven’t Told Anyone About This with Elephant Run District). *Actor appears courtesy of the Actors’ Equity Association

HOW TO BE SAFE  | Open: 06/01/17 Close: 06/16/17
FRIGID New York @ Horse Trade in association with The Dirty Blondes will present the World Premiere of Ashley J. Jacobson’s How to Be Safe, directed by Cezar Williams, June 1-17 at The Kraine Theater (85 East 4th Street between 2nd Avenue and Bowery) with performances on Thursday, June 1, Friday, June 2, Saturday June 3, Wednesday, June 7, Thursday, June 8, Friday, June 9, Saturday, June 10, Wednesday, June 14, Thursday, June 15, Friday, June 16, and Saturday, June 17 at 7pm and Sunday, June 4 at 3pm. Tickets ($25) may be purchased in advance at www.horseTRADE.info. The performance will run approximately 75 minutes, with no intermission. 

After a friendly neighbor dies suddenly, the agoraphobic Audrey decides to venture out of her apartment for the first time in months - but only gets as far as the bus before a panic attack makes her turn back. Before she returns, her nervousness makes quite an impression on the brazen Willow, an adrenaline-seeking recovering drug addict whose sobriety has left her eager to feel anything. After running away from her recovery program, Willow comes crashing in on Audrey’s safe space, hoping to find a place to stay.

The cast will feature Jenna D’Angelo (How Alfo Learned to Love at 59E59), Brandon Ferraro (Proof at Access Theater), and Faith Sandberg* (A Wonderful Noise with New Dramatists).  *Appearing courtesy of the Actors’ Equity Association.


About the Company: The Dirty Blondes

The Dirty Blondes are a feminist theater company with a taste for provocation. Their mission is to produce theater that furthers the right conversation at the right time with the right people. Through this mission, artists are responsible for using their work to participate in a dialogue that bears on their experience and pushes the conversation further - creating stark, challenging and emotional truthful pieces of theater.  Founded in Brooklyn in 2012, The Dirty Blondes have produced 16 works of new theater featuring the talent of more than 340 artists (through mainstage productions, beta readings and Play in a Day Festivals. Recent productions include SEX by Mae West at UNDER St. Marks, The Resister Project, a theater festival in response to the 2016 Presidential Election at The Kraine Theater, and Play-in-a-Day festivals Freak Show and The Comments Section. The Dirty Blondes also host The Beta Reading Series in Brooklyn, a series for emerging playwrights to showcase challenging new work and answer important questions about their new text. www.thedirtyblondes.org

WOOLGATHERERS  | Open: 02/17/17 Close: 03/04/17
Woolgatherers is inspired by Patti Smith’s artistry and performed as a multi-media re-imagined concert. Traveling through various realms of time, the woolgatherers seek to understand the root of their existence and resolve the oppression of their cyclical reality. This fantasy performance piece unveils complex layers of identity, gender, displacement and loss, and belongs to a trilogy devised by Asylos.

Performed by Teresa Braun, G.J. Dowding, Virginia Rupert and Yael Shavitt

​The 2017 FRIGID Festival and Asylos present Woolgatherers                                                                                                                                                                          Text by Asylos, Patti Smith, Bob Dylan and Tom Waits                                                                                                                                                                                Directed by G.J. Dowding                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Music Direction by Virginia Rupert                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Video Design by Teresa Braun and Yael Shavitt                                                                                                                                                                                               Assistant Directed by Graham Shelton

Go! Go! Gilgamesh!  | Open: 02/15/17 Close: 02/28/17
The epic of the Gilgamesh is the first story ever written down by human beings and it is a doozy. Sex, power, violence, love, guilt, and death- it's all there. But now the classic tale is getting a lively, irreverent makeover in this high-spirited musical romp complete with cardboard sets, a self-orchestrated cast and toe-tapping joke folk hits!

Long-time Antifolk star and member of the controversial Pizza Underground, Phoebe Kreutz wrote the whole show on her guitar. She has been called “the kingpin of the Joke Folk genre” by the New Yorker and "genuinely funny" by the New York Times. 

With influences ranging from P.G. Wodehouse and Jonathan Richman to DMX, "Go! Go! Gilgamesh!" provides a clear way in to a sometimes-intimidating text. It’s tuneful. It’s irreverent. It’s got a magic bull, a sneaky prostitute, and a conga line. And all of this surrounds the genuine emotional core of our shared mortality. Yay! 

The super sexy cast includes Paris Ellsworth, Susan Hwang, Phoebe Kreutz, Ezra Lowrey, Kim Onah, Michael Perrie Jr. and Yael Rizowy. 

February 15th - 28th as part of the 2017 FRIGID Festival 

Feb 15 8:50pm, Feb 18 5pm, Feb 21 10:30pm, Feb 25 5pm, Feb 28 8:50pm

$18 at www.horseTRADE.info (on sale January 15)

The Kraine Theater, 85 East 4th Street, New York, NY 10003

PEACH FUZZY  | Open: 11/01/16 Close: 11/01/16
What happens when a boy wakes up to find out that puberty has turned his body into a mustache? Mark Pagán presents the only coming-of-age story involving mysterious stubble patches, etiquette tutorials, Teddy Pendergrass, treasure trails, Russian lasers, fake cancer scares, clandestine salon visits, and wax. Lots of wax.

THE JAMB  | Open: 09/01/16 Close: 09/17/16
FRIGID New York @ Horse Trade in association with Hard Sparks will present the World Premiere of J.Stephen Brantley’s THE JAMB, directed by David Drake, September 1-17 at The Kraine Theater (85 East 4th Street between 2nd Avenue and Bowery) with performances Thursday through Saturday at 7pm. Tickets ($25) may be purchased in advance at www.horseTRADE.info. The cast will feature J.Stephen Brantley (R & J & Z at The New Ohio; Murder in the First at 59E59), Todd Flaherty (Sleep No More with Punchdrunk; Pirira with Theatre 167), Nico Grelli (Animals Commit Suicide with terraNOVA Collective; The Foreplay Play with CapsLock Theater), and Carole Monferdini (Obie Award for The Club at Circle in the Square; Charles Busch’s Vampire Lesbians of Sodom) with Lighting Designer Jonathan Cottle, Set Designer Andrew Diaz, Sound Designer Mark Van Hare, Costume Designer Audrey Nauman, and Stage Manager Leah Montesinos.

The Jamb is a queer coming-of-middle-age story set in 2008. Directed by Obie-winner David Drake, J.Stephen Brantley’s punk rock rom-com on crystal meth examines how addiction, politics and pop culture have impacted the lives of gay American men who grew up post-Stonewall, pre-Will & Grace. Mature audiences only.

It’s 2008 and gay punks Tuffer and Roderick are turning forty. Neither wants to face it. While Tuffer continues to smoke, snort, and screw his way through Manhattan’s collegiate male population, Roderick’s gone straightedge, embracing activism and martial arts. With the arrival of Tuffer’s latest boy toy, Roderick can take no more. After a disastrous quasi-intervention, Tuffer agrees to a sobering-up at Roderick’s folk-singing mother’s house in rural New Mexico. Both will hit bottom on the high desert, on the edge, in the jamb.

Frequent collaborators J.Stephen Brantley (Pirira, Chicken-Fried Ciccone) and David Drake (The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me, The Lily’s Revenge) stage-dive into the love lives of gay American men who grew up outlaws, now teetering on the edge of equality. Their previous piece together, Chicken-Fried Ciccone: A Twangy True Tale Of Transformation, presented by the FRIGID Festival, was nominated for two New York Innovative Theatre awards. Brantley and Drake, themselves both in recovery, present a close-up view of sex, drugs, and rock and roll through a decidedly queer lens.

 

 

 


About the Company: FRIGID New York @ Horse Trade

FRIGID New York @ Horse Trade is a theater development group with a focus on new work that produces a massive quantity of stimulating downtown theater every season. FRIGID’s Resident Artist Program offers a home to a select group of Independent theater artists, pooling together a great deal of talent and energy. FRIGID New York grew out of the annual FRIGID Festival, the first and only festival of its kind in New York City to offer artists 100% of their box office proceeds, and Horse Trade Theater Group, a self-sustaining theater development and management group.

A BROAD ABROAD!  | Open: 02/16/16 Close: 03/04/16
8 Decades of Music, Madness, and "Foreign Affairs." Classy comedic "femme fatale," D’yan Forest brings you her new show, A Broad Abroad to the New York Frigid Festival. The solo show takes you on her adventures, which began in Paris in 1955. Her comedy and songs (sung in French, Italian & German) include anecdotes about her swains throughout Europe including Italy, Austria and Jordan! Not only is she joined by her longtime pianist, Richard Danley, she also accompanies herself with the piano and ukulele. She’s an innovative 81 year old performer. The Daily News says, “She surprises and tantalizes her audiences with her unique style."

Part of the New York City FRIGID Festival!

UNHEALTHY  | Open: 10/07/15 Close: 10/24/15
Unhealthy is about the roles we play and our terrible habit of asking people to change. Celia has always felt unnoticed, especially in the shadow of her roommate Michelle, a successful actress. When an unstable fan of Michelle’s interrupts their lives, his increasing fanaticism pushes the women into a dark descent toward irreparable separation. Unhealthy is an unromantic romantic comedy about dependence, obsession and the nightmare of becoming what someone needs you to be.

Each performance will be a unique experience. The ensemble of four actors will be randomly rotating roles at every show. The actors won’t know which role they’ll be playing until it is announced just as the play begins. Interesting? Masochistic? Ill-Conceived? Dangerous? We’ll all find out together.

The rotating cast will feature Kullan Edberg, Dan Gonon, Laura Piccoli, and Gerrit Thurston with Sound Design by Aidan Meyer, Set Design by Caitlyn Murphey, and Lighting Design by Emma Rivera.

About the Company: Battalion Theatre Company
BATTALION THEATRE Knowing that there is often a gap between training and connections with larger, established theaters, Battalion strives to offer artists the chance to operate at their full potential right now. Battalion works to create relevant, joyful, fully realized productions that delight both audience and artist.

THE TUTORS  | Open: 03/12/15 Close: 03/28/15
While struggling to keep their dream of creating the next social media revolution afloat, Heidi, Toby, and Joe still have to make rent. But between tutoring manipulative Prep School Elite and editing application essays online, the boundary between distant professionalism and personal responsibility begins to blur. The Tutors offers a funny and touching look at the terror of hating where you are, knowing where you want to be, and not having a clue how to get there.

After successful runs of The Understudy and The Drunken City, Battalion Theatre returns to The Kraine with Erica Lipez's The Tutors. This dark comedy examines how we deal with failure in a time when we're constantly told we can succeed at anything. When technology allows us to present only our best, most successful selves, how do we navigate real human connection and find the courage to ask for what we really need?

FRIGID New York @ Horse Trade will present Battalion Theatre’s production of The Tutors by Erica Lipez, March 12-28 at The Kraine Theater (85 East 4th Street between 2nd Avenue and Bowery) with performances Thursday through Saturday at 7:30pm. The production will be directed by Gadi Rubin (Assistant Director, Zack Abramowitz) and feature Sean Devare, Kullan Edberg, Dan Gonon, Michael Greenhan, and Gerrit Thurston. The creative team will include Lighting Design by Jason Fok and Set Design by Kyu Shin. The production will be Stage Managed by Jenny Gorelick. Tickets ($20) may be purchased in advance at www.horseTRADE.info


About the Company: Horse Trade Theater Group

HORSE TRADE THEATER GROUP is a self-sustaining theater development group; with a focus on new work that has produced a massive quantity of stimulating downtown theater. Horse Trade’s Resident Artist Program offers a home to a select group of Independent theater artists, pooling together a great deal of talent and energy. It is also the home of FRIGID New York – the first and only festival of its kind in New York City. In 2011 Horse Trade received the New York Innovative Theatre Ellen Stewart Stewardship Award for demonstrating a significant contribution to the Off-Off-Broadway community through service, support and leadership. 

HEY '90S KIDS, YOU'RE OLD  | Open: 02/20/15 Close: 03/01/15
What if our favorite '90s characters had to grow up, like we did? This nostalgic sketch comedy show celebrates the last true decade by blending '90s pop culture with the present. Winner of Toronto Fringe 2014 "Patrons' Pick" and part of New York City's FRIGID Festival!

ROMEO & JULIET  | Open: 12/04/14 Close: 12/20/14
“These violent delights have violent ends, And in their Triumph die, like fire and powder, Which as they kiss consume.”

After receiving praise from audiences and critics alike for their smash hit season opener Much Ado About Nothing, What Dreams May Co Shakespeare continues their exploration into the dangers and the delights of love. It's risks, it's rewards, it's passion and it's price. Join us for the finale of our 2014 season as we bring to life this timeless couple whose tale embodies all these qualities with uproarious laughter, with unrestrained joy, and with unfathomable sorrow.

Director Chris Rivera brings literatures most famous and most tragic pair of star-crossed lovers into a gritty modern fantasy. Audiences will find themselves pulled into a world where religion turns the pages, family politics pulls the strings, and lives lived by the sword…are ended by it.

The set design will feature paintings by acclaimed multimedia artist Matthew Emerson which will enhance the feeling of being pulled into the storybook. All artwork featured will be auctioned throughout the course of the production and 75% of all proceeds will benefit Trinity Place Shelter for homeless LGBT youth. 


About the Company: What Dreams May Co

What Dreams May Co. is dedicated to making the classics accessible to all. Simple, minimalistic productions leave the focus on the language and characters, challenging the actors in the company to reach new levels and expand their knowledge of the classics. Passionate performances delve to the heart of the text, bringing the story to life in a way that connects with and immerses modern audiences. After all, "What dreams may come, when we have shuffled off this mortal coil, must give us pause." With our productions, we hope every person has a chance to experience that moment to pause, be touched by the beauty of the language, and carry that experience with them into the world.

Little Mac, Little Mac, You're The Very Man!  | Open: 04/03/14 Close: 04/27/14
LITTLE MAC, LITTLE MAC, YOU’RE THE VERY MAN! is based on Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s The Threepenny Opera, resetting its antihero, the renowned outlaw Macheath, in the Wild West on the run from the local oil tycoon, Mr. Peachum, and his henchman, Sheriff Lockit. The long arm of the law pursues Little Mac across the country, and through a hodgepodge of American history and culture. Along the way, he encounters familiar faces including Al Gore and Al Capone, Ronald Reagan and Ronald McDonald, and Lucille Ball and her buddy Ethel (Rosenberg). Rounding out the story of the outlaw- and the eighty-five memorable characters he meets- is a musical score that pays homage to the classic American songbook. Part spaghetti Western, part political satire, and part film-noir, Little Mac is a heartwarming tale about money, capitalism, and money.


About the Company: Horse Trade Theater Group

HORSE TRADE THEATER GROUP is a self-sustaining theater development group; with a focus on new work that has produced a massive quantity of stimulating downtown theater. Horse Trade’s Resident Artist Program offers a home to a select group of Independent theater artists, pooling together a great deal of talent and energy. It is also the home of FRIGID New York – the first and only festival of its kind in New York City. In 2011 Horse Trade received the New York Innovative Theatre Ellen Stewart Stewardship Award for demonstrating a significant contribution to the Off-Off-Broadway community through service, support and leadership. 

Shooting Abe  | Open: 02/22/14 Close: 03/09/14
Brothers Abe and Shlomi know less about each other than they think. When Abe arrives at Shlomi's apartment during a nude photo shoot, his desire to reason with his brother results in ... well, you'll see.

Starring: Joe Kopyt*, Ethan Fishbane, and Christopher Moss

Running time: 50 min.

*These Actors are appearing courtesy of Actors' Equity Association.

Frigid New York Presents Something Wicked  | Open: 02/20/14 Close: 03/08/14

"The Queen, my lord, is dead." Lady Macbeth awakes to a purgatory created from her own gruesome misdeeds. Unsure whether her final destination is Heaven or Hell, and guided by three gleefully tormenting witches, she searches for answers... and her lost love... in the mind-bending hereafter. Something Wicked rips open Shakespeare's classic text to find the beating heart of a new tale that pulses with dance, music, and dark humor, guaranteeing a haunting and lively evening for all who attend.

Tickets for Something Wicked cost $16 and can be reserved in advance online at www.smarttix.com or by calling 212-868-4444. Performances dates are Thursday 2/20 at 10:15pm, Sunday 2/23 at 5:15pm, Tuesday 2/25 at 8:40pm, Saturday 3/1 at 6:50pm, and Saturday 3/8 at 8:25pm. The Kraine Theater is located at 85 E 4th Street between 2nd Avenue and Bowery, New York, NY 10003, near Broadway-Lafayette on the B,D, F, and M lines, the F train at 2nd Avenue and Bleeker Street on the 6 line. For more information visit us online at www.everydayinferno.com.

“I am looking forward to the next production of this new and vibrant indie theater company.“
- Joan Kane, NYTheatre.com


About the Company: Everyday Inferno Theatre Company

Everyday Inferno is devoted to creating adventurous theatrical productions of both new and classic texts. We seek to exceed the conventional limitations of low-budget theatre by exploring nontraditional spaces, stagecraft, and storytelling. We are committed to developing a diverse audience by producing work that is large in scope while keeping our production costs (and ticket prices) at a minimum.

Charlotte The Destroyer  | Open: 02/19/14 Close: 03/08/14
FRIGID New York presents
A Playhouse Creature Theatre Company production of:

Charlotte the Destroyer
 Feb 19- March  8, 2014 

Charlotte the Destroyer is a dark comedy about a washed up children's book author whose drinking problem and phobias sabotage her ability to write. With a deadline long past, the writer's poisoned thoughts manifest in the twisted behavior of her characters as our author struggles to find her way back toward reality. Attempting to recreate her own identity, our author attempts to transform the star of her hit children’s books (Charlotte) into womanhood.  When Charlotte doesn’t grow up as planned, reality and fiction collide and threaten to shatter our author’s world. Will she find her way back? Will we all survive the wrath of “Charlotte the Destroyer”?

Charlotte the Destroyer features resident PCTC company members Megan O’Leary* as the troubled author, Joseph W. Rodriguez* as the Man, Emily Dahlke as Mom/Ms Connors and making their stage debut with PCTC, Gretchen Knapp as Charlotte, Alex Carmine as Billy and Shawn Patrick Murphy as Dad. The production is directed by Janet Bobcean with Sound Design by Keller Mcguiness and Stage Management by Tiffany Geigel.

A standout at the Edinburgh Fringe festival in 2006 and posting a successful run in Boston, the Playhouse Creatures are proud to produce the NY premiere of Charlotte The Destroyer at the 2014 FRIGID New York Festival, hosted by the Horse Trade Theater Group.

“…a mini-masterpiece of plot and dialogue”
- Theatre guide London

 “A Wonderfully twisted story.” 
- V. Simpson, Independent Reviewer U.K.    

“…a funny Biting new play Definitely worth seeing”
 – Dining out Boston

“…easily the best piece of writing on this year’s Fringe.”
 – The Stage, Edinburgh Festival 


For More info Visit:
www.FRIGIDnewyork.info
or
PlayhouseCreatures.org

DATES and TICKET INFO

Wed Feb 19, 7:05, Fri  Feb 21 8:40, Wed Feb 26 7:05, Mon Mar 3 5:30, Sat Mar 8, 2:05

$16 General Tickets, $10 Students w'id
The Kraine Theater
85 E 4th Street between 2nd Avenue & Bowery, New York, NY 10003

*flyer designed by Dave Eastwood

Professor Ralph's Loss Of Breath  | Open: 02/20/14 Close: 03/08/14
Mr. Lackobreath is the luckiest man alive, but soon after his wedding, his life becomes a high-spirited comic nightmare.  Punch and Judy meets the Book of Job in Professor Ralph's Neglected masterpiece.


About the Company: Playlab NYC
We are mad scientists of imagination. We concoct, unleash and support enjoyably absurd and absurdly enjoyable amusements that engage artists and audiences in the spirit of play.
The Eyes Of Orbach  | Open: 02/19/14 Close: 03/07/14
“Jerry Orbach gave his heart and soul to acting and the gift of sight to two New Yorkers.” What if those two New Yorkers fell in love? Celebrate all things NYC, from Dan Smith to Dr. Zizmor, in this new musical comedy about finding connection in the big city.

For Body And Light  | Open: 03/01/14 Close: 03/07/14
Born out of snowy winters, the company’s new work is a passionate mixture of movement and story, dance and music and light. Five women dancers explore the interface between form and imagination. Meditative stillness becomes moving shapes, whispered words mix with music and the light catches only the ghost of a body as it flashes past. In more climactic moments both story and dance push the audience to enter the eye of a hurricane.

For Body and Light is multiple dancers lit by a single sometimes moving light source. In darkness, spoken word and music create and project direct on your imagination. The dancers are colour, beauty, motion and touch, intimacy and solitude.

Artistic Director and Choreographer | Stéphanie

Music and spoken word | Ian

Collaborators and Performers | Marie-Pier, Marie-France, Linnea, Alexia and Allison

 

I Shall Forget You Presently  | Open: 02/19/14 Close: 03/06/14

Safe upon the solid rock the ugly houses stand

Come and see my shining palace built upon the sand!

 

Funny and sexy, sacred and profane -- Poetry, music and memories form a patchwork, spiraling through the life of Edna St. Vincent Millay - a woman who captured love, defined feminism and shaped the 20th century.

 

Starring: Nicole Lee Aiossa, Rob Brown*, Adam Files, Jennifer Gill, Rachel Grundy*, Cara Moretto, Amy Overman and Adam Swiderski.

Assistant Director/Dramaturg: Marissa Levien

Musical Director: Nicole Lee Aiossa

 *Appears courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association 


About the Company: Dysfunctional Theatre Company
Fun! Booze! Zombies! (And occasionally poetry)
Dysfunctional Theatre Company - an Off-Off Broadway theater company
 
Dysfunctional shows audiences the joys of live theater, gives exposure to new playwrights, rediscovers forgotten scripts from previous centuries, and provides a supportive environment for artists to grow and expand their work.  Founded in 1997, THE DYSFUNCTIONAL THEATRE COMPANY is a collective dedicated to producing ensemble works that challenge the status quo without taking themselves too seriously.
A LIST OF IRRATIONAL FEARS FOR FUTURE LEADERS OF THE WORLD takes place over eleven years, as Kenrick and Jorja learn to live together while selfishly destroying the scary unknown that is twentysomething life, in a dark investigation of the power of fear, the state of trust in a youthful world, and the inane mental responses to tragedy.

STARRING: 

Coryn Carson, Lani Fu, Andrew Terrance Kaberline, Tyler Ward

TEAM:

Julia Katz

Director

Dylan Amick

Production Designer

Please join us on a special Monday (the SECOND Monday in February) for an anti-Valentine's Day Shotz! We'll be breaking hearts and taking names. As usual, your first beer is on us.

Monday, Feb. 10
7:00 & 8:30pm
$10 ticket includes a beer!
The Kraine Theater (85 E 4th St.)

THE WRITERS:
Steven Hughes
Allyson Morgan
Erin Mallon
David Haan
Kathleen Wallace
David H Rosen

THE DIRECTORS:
Richard Aven
Lauren Miller
Matthew Weiss
Kerry Kastin
Ricardo Riethmuller
Franny Civitano

THE ACTORS:
John Pieza*
Khris Lewin*
Paul Cosentino*
Ariela Morgensten*
Robert Reynolds
Brittanie Rowe
Leigh Williams*
Michael Grew*
Moses Villarama*
Rob Hille*
Annie Worden*
Alanna Wilson*
Maxon Davis*
Brittanie Bond*
Lauren Berst*
Franny Civitano
Michael Fulvio*
Lindsay Vallejo
David Jenkins
Tamara Hoffman*
Justin Yorio*
Danielle Slavick*

*These Actors Are Appearing Courtesy of Actors Equity


Comedy.Other

The Abc's Guide To Getting Famous  | Open: 01/16/14 Close: 01/19/14
 Horse Trade Theater Group will present Spookfish Theatre Company’s critically acclaimed theatrical documentary, The ABC’s Guide to Getting Famous for a limited engagement, January 16-19.

Part documentary and part solo-show, The ABC's Guide To Getting Famous is a raw satire that investigates the real lives of Asian American artists trying to make it in the entertainment industry. Funny, heartbreaking, and, at times, downright offensive, this hybrid film/theater piece is an honest investigation of race in casting.

“What the FringeNYC Festival is all about, at its best. By intercutting a satirical solo performance with earnest documentary-style interviews, co-creators, writer Ming Peiffer and director Kat Yen, pack a solid double punch in their first FringeNYC show.” nytheatre.com

“Any fan of New York theater, large or small, and anyone who enjoys pondering knotty questions should see this show. Ms Peiffer argues, convincingly, for a more inclusive culture created by minorities working together, a vision which is much more American than the system she is struggling against." The Local East Village

"Ming Peiffer and Kat Yen’s messy, brilliant new show...combines elements of documentary, anthropology, and old skool agit prop to represent the plight of the Asian-American actor in New York."  Cultural Capital


About the Company: Horse Trade Theater Group

HORSE TRADE THEATER GROUP is a self-sustaining theater development group; with a focus on new work that has produced a massive quantity of stimulating downtown theater. Horse Trade’s Resident Artist Program offers a home to a select group of Independent theater artists, pooling together a great deal of talent and energy. It is also the home of FRIGID New York – the first and only festival of its kind in New York City. In 2011 Horse Trade received the New York Innovative Theatre Ellen Stewart Stewardship Award for demonstrating a significant contribution to the Off-Off-Broadway community through service, support and leadership. 

Chicken Shotz for the Soul  | Open: 01/06/14 Close: 01/06/14
Each month, Amios gives three writing parameters to six playwrights to write five-minute plays around. The playwrights have two weeks to write and then the scripts are passed off to the casts, who have two weeks to rehearse before the show is presented as a one-night-only event. Tickets this month are $10 and include a free beer with admission. See you there!


Arts.Theatre

Meet John Doe  | Open: 12/13/13 Close: 12/29/13
Horse Trade Theater Groupis proud to present RadioTheatre and their original, live, audio-theatre adaptation by Dan Bianchi of MEET JOHN DOE, Frank Capra’s 1940 Oscar nominated classic, which starred Gary Cooper and Barbara Stanwyck. The story takes place in NYC at Christmas time during the Depression, when America’s economy is at an all-time low. In order to sell papers, a reporter's fraudulent story turns a tramp into a national hero and makes him a pawn of wealthy businessmen who wish to create a third political party and take over the country. MEET JOHN DOE will be performedcomplete with a great cast of storytellers, an original orchestral score and a plethora of sound effects.

Now, in its 10th Season, Radiotheatre has performed over 60 shows in NYC and has been nominated for a 2010 Drama Desk Award, 13 New York Innovative Theatre Awards; Winner of 2 NYIT Awards; Nom. 5 times Best Performance Group. 


About the Company: Horse Trade Theater Group

HORSE TRADE THEATER GROUP is a self-sustaining theater development group; with a focus on new work that has produced a massive quantity of stimulating downtown theater. Horse Trade’s Resident Artist Program offers a home to a select group of Independent theater artists, pooling together a great deal of talent and energy. It is also the home of FRIGID New York – the first and only festival of its kind in New York City. In 2011 Horse Trade received the New York Innovative Theatre Ellen Stewart Stewardship Award for demonstrating a significant contribution to the Off-Off-Broadway community through service, support and leadership. 

How Ltr Stole Christmas  | Open: 12/03/13 Close: 12/17/13
 Horse Trade Theater Group will present Less Than Rent Theatre’s World Premiere of HOW LTR STOLE CHRISTMAS, a late-night smorgasbord of short plays, musical guests, and variety acts from all over the city curated by the LTR staff. The show will run Tuesday's, December 3rd, 10th, & 17th at The Kraine Theater (85 E 4th St. between 2nd Ave and Bowery) at 9pm.Tickets ($10) are available online at www.horseTRADE.info or by calling Smarttix at 212-868-4444.

HOW LTR STOLE CHRISTMAS is a chaotic Christmas spectacular comprised of elf choirs, alien Christmas trees, holiday sweater stripteases, a reenactment of the Hanukah story, staged readings of the worst-ever TV holiday specials, and what will likely be highly unwholesome holiday magic.

Created by Less Than Rent company members James Presson, Patrick Dooley, and Nora McNally, How LTR Stole Christmas is directed by Rachel B Joyce (Friends Don’t Let Friends), Jenna Grossano (Desire! A Varsouviana),and Nicole Ventura.Featured playwrights will include Michael Kimmel (The Last Goodbye), Ben Clawson (Claire Went to France), Ben Diserens (Beckett in Benghazi), andTyler Grimes (Ahoy, Abel Brown!). Musical guests will include Alexander Sage Oyen, The Academy Blues Project, Adrian Bridges, and Brendan McDonough. The evenings will be hosted by RJ Vaillancourt, Emma March Barash, and Brandon Zelman. 


About the Company: Horse Trade Theater Group

HORSE TRADE THEATER GROUP is a self-sustaining theater development group; with a focus on new work that has produced a massive quantity of stimulating downtown theater. Horse Trade’s Resident Artist Program offers a home to a select group of Independent theater artists, pooling together a great deal of talent and energy. It is also the home of FRIGID New York – the first and only festival of its kind in New York City. In 2011 Horse Trade received the New York Innovative Theatre Ellen Stewart Stewardship Award for demonstrating a significant contribution to the Off-Off-Broadway community through service, support and leadership. 

And Justice For All  | Open: 08/01/13 Close: 08/03/13
AND JUSTICE FOR ALL will take you into the life of Eileen Torres-Thomas aka “Justice”. This will be Justice’s Debut in theater in her very own one woman show with a twist. The stage will come to life with her over the top visions so all will be able to envision her journey. You will learn why Justice was always called resilient & a miracle. Stories reflecting back her early days in the Caribbean, her coming to meet her Hispanic/ Americanized family in the 70’s living in Brooklyn. How Justice quickly lost control of her teenage years.


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Acts/Attractions.Other

Lesbian Love Octagon  | Open: 06/05/13 Close: 06/29/13
Horse Trade Theater Group in association with Cause Dyke Drama and Wreckio Ensemble will present LESBIAN LOVE OCTAGON, written and directed by Kimberlea Kressal (Bail Out: The Musical with Wreckio Ensemble) with music and additional lyrics by Will Larche (We Put The Spring In Springfield: The Music of The Simpsons), June 5-29 at The Kraine Theater (85 East 4th Street between 2nd Avenue and Bowery). The production will feature Jenny Atwood (European tour of SHOUT!), Taneisha Duggan* (Get to Nomi at La Mama), Kristian Espiritu (Funny Girl in Los Angeles), Jax Jackson (Teddy Ferrara at The Goodman in Chicago), Kelly Lockwood-Larson (Angry Young Women in Low Rise Jeans with High Class Issues), Lindsay Naas* (Urinetown! at The Secret Theatre), Caitlin Lee Reid* (The Break Up Notebook with ReVision Theatre), and Ti with an ensemble of Felicia Blum (Tess: A New Rock Opera at NYMF), Tracie Franklin*, Jaimie Kelton*, Bernadette Marshman, Allison O’Braza, and Lauren Sapienza*. The creative team will include Lighting Design by Pamela Kupper (Crazy for the Dog at the Jean Cocteau Rep) and Scenic Design by Michael McClain. The production will be Stage Managed by Katie Chai. *Actor appears courtesy of the Actors’ Equity Association

Each performance will include a special guest star in the role of the “lesbian performance artist.” Opening night will feature Austin based musicians God Des and She! Additional guest stars will include downtown performance artist Ariel Speedwagon, Bevin Branlandingham from QueerFatFemme.com, Vero Sanchez fromThe Real L Word”, and LGBT civil rights activist Yetta Kurland. Visit www.lesbianthemusical.com for more info.

Set in the late 90s on the Lower East Side of New York City, LESBIAN LOVE OCTAGON follows the journey of Sue, a less than butch dyke with a broken heart, as she tries to cope with losing her girlfriend to her ex-girlfriend. When Sue’s friends (a bevy of ex-girlfriends and ex-girlfriends' ex-girlfriends) come rushing to her aid, they incite a tempest of lust and betrayal as they try to convince Sue that the answer to happiness exists in polyamory, pomade, and online personals. A riotous look at a righteous time in lesbian history, LESBIAN LOVE OCTAGON is a musical for anyone who has ever loved wimmin's bookstores, tofu or cats. 


About the Company: Horse Trade Theater Group

HORSE TRADE THEATER GROUP is a self-sustaining theater development group; with a focus on new work that has produced a massive quantity of stimulating downtown theater. Horse Trade’s Resident Artist Program offers a home to a select group of Independent theater artists, pooling together a great deal of talent and energy. It is also the home of FRIGID New York – the first and only festival of its kind in New York City. In 2011 Horse Trade received the New York Innovative Theatre Ellen Stewart Stewardship Award for demonstrating a significant contribution to the Off-Off-Broadway community through service, support and leadership. 

Advance Guard  | Open: 05/08/13 Close: 05/19/13
 Horse Trade Theater Group and Spookfish Theatre Company will present the World Premiere of ADVANCE GUARD by Ming Peiffer, May 8-19 at The Kraine Theater (85 East 4th Street). The production will be directed by Kat Yen (Pornography for the People; The ABC’s Guide to Getting Famous) and will feature David M. Farrington, Ben Kaufman, Alesandra Nahodil, Eamon O’Rourke, Matt Stillo, and Mari Yamamoto. The creative team will include Lighting Design by Porsche McGovern and Set Design by Norihito Moriya.

Art school dropouts, Willy and Milo, find themselves struggling to make ends meet let alone make art. After a series of hijinks, including stealing a famous painting, the boys find themselves following a mysterious artist with a cult-following, Paul a.k.a. “The Prophet”. Occupy Wall Street meets Fight Club meets the Art World. 


About the Company: Spookfish Theatre Company

SPOOKFISH THEATRE COMPANY was founded NYC by theatre artists Ming Peiffer and Kat Yen in February 2010. The company was recently named Resident Theater Company at Horse Trade Theater Group for their upcoming 14th Annual Season. Original work includes: WABI SABI! Not Wasabi (described by the NY Times as: “AWARE”), RELAX! ALICE, Pornography For The People, and HOMELESS KITTY an ongoing public puppet show aimed at raising awareness in NYC. Our work has been featured in the New York Times, The New York Daily News, Hyphen Magazine, angryasianman.com, as well as various other art and culture blogs across the web. Spookfish Theatre Company is an active member of the Asian American Arts alliance and a Sponsored Artist at The Field.

All Girls  | Open: 03/28/13 Close: 04/13/13
Collaboration Town in partnership with Sister Scars will present the World Premiere production of ALL GIRLS,written by Anna Greenfield (Norma and Claude Get Married at the Lee Strasberg Institute) and directed by Lee Sunday Evans (The Play About My Dad at 59E59). The production will feature Zoe Costello, Anna Greenfield, and Anna Ryan Konkle.

All Girls is a hyper real, sometimes surreal play about three teenage girls and one colossally scary mother. Trembling on the brink of womanhood, the girls act out with one another and their families in the most outrageous ways imaginable. It's also funny


About the Company: Collaborationtown: A Theater Company, Inc.

CollaborationTown is a non-profit theatre company dedicated to creating ensemble-driven pieces. Past productions include The Play About My Dad (59E59), The Momentum (Outstanding Production at FringeNYC 2010, GLAAD Media Award nominee); Children at Play (two 2010 NYIT Award nominations, The Living Theatre), Let’s Go, Townville (La MaMa E.T.C.), 6969 (59E59 Theaters; winner of three Innovative Theatre Awards), They’re Just Like Us (nominated for four 2006 NYIT Awards), The Astronomer’s Triangle (nominated for four 2005 NYIT Awards), The Trading Floor, and This is a Newspaper (FringeNYC 2003 Award Winner).

Sisters Grimm: Fables Of The Stage  | Open: 02/22/13 Close: 03/03/13
 About the Show

Sisters Grimm: Fables of the Stage

A hilarious look behind the curtain. Find out how Jack really met the Giant and what happens between the scenes of a traveling musical childrenʼs theater troupe. Bricken Sparacino and Amy E. Witting team up in this two fable production. Jack and the Giant by Witting and Pointy the Star Fish by Sparacino. No children allowed.


About the Company: Bricken and Birch Productions

Following our bliss from new works to re-newing classics. 

Wearing Black  | Open: 02/21/13 Close: 03/03/13
From the acclaimed playwright/composer of Stuck at the 2012 New York Musical Theatre Festival (winner of the Theatre for the American Musical Prize, DIMF Production Award; Honorable Mentions for Best Book and Best Music) comes a dark new chamber musical that echoes the style of Next to Normal and Bare.  

 Accident.  Murder.  Evan must navigate the drugs, debts and relationships he inherits after his twin brother is killed.  Darkly visceral, strangely intimate and set to a deeply emotional score, Wearing Black trespasses into the hearts and minds of those left behind and demands to know what place love has in death.  

 

This production contains only the first act of the full-length piece. Starring Daniel Tepper (Super Sidekick-The Musical at Fringe NYC) as Evan, and Erin Maya (Amigo Duende and Zapata at NYMF) as Kristin.  Supporting cast includes Miranda Whaley as Alyssa, BJ Gruber as Nate, Dennis Brito as Hugh, and Alfredo Diaz as Avery.
Twisted Beats & Circus Feats  | Open: 02/21/13 Close: 03/03/13
 

       A breathtaking fusion of clowning, contortion, story telling, hip hop, puppetry and general ridiculousness that addresses the simple questions in life: Are we happy with what we have? And if not, could we possibly be taking certain things for granted?

       Jesse Horne and Simone Lazar are the founding members of Circadelix. Seamlessly blending traditional circus disciplines such as clowning, juggling and contortion with puppetry and hip hop rhyming, “Twisted Beats & Circus Feats” tells a uniquely heartfelt story through the eyes of a slightly deranged clown who, in his quest to become a hip-hop super star, falls in love with a wind-up ballerina. After a wonderfully successful debut at the Santa Cruz Fringe Festival this past July, Circadelix is excited to bring their show to new audiences and different countries.

       Jesse Horne and Simone Lazar met in 2010 at Circus Center San Francisco, where they were studying in the Clown Conservatory and Professional Aerial Program respectively. Being polar opposites in many ways, they soon realized they made a unique duo both on and off the stage. Jesse, with his background in street theater and improvisation, and Simone, with her classical ballet and aerial training, came together to form Circadelix.

Exhotic Other  | Open: 02/20/13 Close: 03/03/13
How many layers must you lose to get to the center of yourself? Come join award-winning and critically acclaimed writer/performer Una Aya Osato and her burlesque alter ego exHOTic other for their newest solo work, as they take on the world and take off their clothes. Una’s previous work (Recess) has been called “a tour-de-force” by The Montreal Gazzette and received five (out of five) stars from Toronto’s Eyeweekly. She has also worked as a company member in Brown Girls Burlesque for the past five years, who have graced the pages of publications such as: Bust Magazine, The Advocate, The Village Voice, Time Out NY, TRACE, $pread Magazine, and were also featured in a video on NYPost.com entitled “Burlesque in Color.”

exHOTic otheris the newest solo show by Una Aya Osato (“Best Female Solo Show” San Francisco Fringe, “Audience Choice” and “SOLD OUT” awards FRIGID New York, nominee for “Outstanding Solo Performance” by the New York Innovative Theater Awards) and is making its world premiere at the 2013 FRIGID New York Festival. Una is also a company member of the New York’s preeminent burlesque troupe Brown Girls Burlesque.

The Elephant in My Closet 2.0  | Open: 02/16/13 Close: 02/17/13
After surviving Hurricane Sandy, the Mayan Apocalypse, and Paul Ryan's abs, The Elephant in My Closet returns for the final two performances of its critically acclaimed run.
"4 Stars" -Time Out, NY
"A closet worth stepping inside." -Theatre Online
"A hilarious history lesson, told in accurate side splitting detail." -NY Stage Review

Writer and comedian David Lee Nelson focuses his trademark wit on his political past in his new play, The Elephant in My Closet. Filled with bipartisan fervor, Nelson struggles with his Grand Old Party upbringing, his transformation into a New York Liberal, and the nearly impossible task of coming out of the closet to his Republican father...as a Democrat.


Arts.Theatre

Isaac Babel And The Gangster King  | Open: 11/01/12 Close: 11/25/12
Horse Trade Theater Group (Heidi Grumelot, Artistic Director, Erez Ziv, Managing Director) will present the World Premiere of Denis Woychuk’s (Attorney for the Damned; owner of The Kraine Theater, The Red Room, and KGB Bar) historical musical, Isaac Babel and The Gangster King with Book by Denis Woychuk and Stephen Vincent Brennan, Lyrics by Denis Woychuk, and Music by Denny Blake and Denis Woychuk. The production will be directed by Stephen Vincent Brennan (Attorney for the Damned) with Costume Design by Cassandra Andrus, Music Direction by Denny Blake, Chorography by Diana Byrne, and Set Design by Crystal Taylor.

During the 1936 Moscow purges, five friends rehearse an operetta about the Jewish gangster Benya Krik, a folk hero made famous by the writer Isaac Babel, to be performed for Stalin’s cohorts that evening. Fiddler On The Roof meets The Godfather, in the operetta within a play that is Isaac Babel and the Gangster King.

Isaac Babel (1894-1940) was a Russian language journalist, playwright, literary translator, and short story writer. He is best known as the author of Red Cavalry, Story of My Dovecote, and Tales of Odessa (on which Isaac Babel and the Gangster King is based), all of which are considered masterpieces of Russian literature. Babel has also been acclaimed as "the greatest prose writer of Russian Jewry." Loyal to, but not uncritical of, the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, Isaac Babel fell victim to Joseph Stalin's Great Purge due to his long term affair with the wife of NKVD chief Nikolai Yezhov. Babel was arrested by the NKVD at Peredelkino on the night of May 15, 1939. After "confessing", under torture, to being a Trotskyist terrorist and foreign spy, Babel was shot on January 27, 1940. The arrest and execution of Isaac Babel has been labeled a catastrophe for world literature.


About the Company: Horse Trade Theater Group

HORSE TRADE THEATER GROUP is a self-sustaining theater development group; with a focus on new work that has produced a massive quantity of stimulating downtown theater. Horse Trade’s Resident Artist Program offers a home to a select group of Independent theater artists, pooling together a great deal of talent and energy. It is also the home of FRIGID New York – the first and only festival of its kind in New York City. In 2011 Horse Trade received the New York Innovative Theatre Ellen Stewart Stewardship Award for demonstrating a significant contribution to the Off-Off-Broadway community through service, support and leadership. 

The Elephant In My Closet  | Open: 10/14/12 Close: 10/29/12
"Extraordinary" (London Times)
"Not to be missed!" (Charleston City Paper)
"This Elephant is worth your vote." (Charleston Post and
Courier)

Writer and comedian David Lee Nelson focuses his
trademark wit on the history of the Republican Party and his
own political past, as he works up the nerve to come out of
the closet to his father...as a Democrat!

David Lee Nelson and co-creator Adam Knight (Slant
Theatre Project) return after an international, award-winning
run of their last hit show, David Lee Nelson....Status
Update (59E59, New York City, Edinburgh Fringe Festival,
Best Touring Show 2010-2011 Dallas/Fort Worth Theatre
Season). The Elephant in My Closet is touching and
hilarious. Perfect for election season!


Arts.Theatre

Unmaksed  | Open: 10/23/12 Close: 10/23/12
Presented by veteran New York performers The Lady Aye and Mistress B, "Unmasked: Larger-Than-Life Characters & the Regular Joes Who Inhabit Them" combines variety arts with storytelling to give audiences rare and unique glimpse at the people behind the performers.

The show's first act is performed by circus, sideshow, drag, and burlesque performers "in character," the second act welcomes the performers back to stage for stripped-down storytelling free of makeup, costume, or props.

This month, The Lady Aye (award-winning sideshow performer) and Mistress B (circus, burlesque, and cabaret performer) welcome Jo Boobs (Head Mistress and Founder of New York School of Burlesque) and Chocolatina Q. Dessert (drag performer, author, and pastry chef)

Program made possible, in part, by support from Bindlestiff Family Variety Arts, Inc. and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs as a recipient of the First of May Award.

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PERFORMER BIOS
The Lady Aye is an award-winning sideshow performer (rare double blockhead, fire eater, escapist, pain-proof girl, sword swallower, and grinder girl) and MC, who has worked with everyone from Rob Zombie to Cirque du Soleil. She's performed all over the US, been chosen as a finalist for Stoli Originals Casting Call competition, won the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus' First of May award and Michael Showalter's "No Punchline Punchline" Contest. Her TV appearances include: Discovery Channel's "Oddities", Comedy Central's "Tom Papa: Live from New York," and the WB's "Gossip Girl." In addition, her press accolades include USA Today, AOL, Bust Magazine and the Village Voice's Best of New York 2006.

Mistress B has appeared at The Box in NYC and London, the Museum of Sex (most notably for the opening of the "Rubbers!" exhibition), at Carnival Night Club, with GLAAD for their summer fundraiser two years running, with the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus, and in burlesque/variety shows such as "Erotic Broadway/Vintage Variety," produced by James Gandolfini, for which she received rave reviews from Variety and The Village Voice. Last November, she in Paris and featured on the TV special, "Sex Wiz Antione", starring French celebrity Antione de Caunes. Her solo show, "Mistress B's Latex Lounge" appeared at Vlada Lounge, the Bowery Poetry Club, and Club Helsinki in Hudson, NY. She appears most weekends at Lips Restaurant, "The Ultimate in Drag Dining."

Jo Weldon is the Headmistress and Founder of the New York School of Burlesque. Internationally renowned as burlesque personality Jo Boobs, she's rounded her heels on stages from Coney Island to Las Vegas. She's the winner of such exotic titles as Best Bump N Grinder, Best Teacher and Mentor, and Biggest Cougar in Burlesque! She has worked with performers from Leonard Cohen to Spinal Tap, and has been featured on television shows from CBS Sunday Morning to Gossip Girl. Her book, The Burlesque Handbook: A Backstage Guide, featuring a foreword by Margaret Cho, was released by HarperCollins/ItBooks in June 2010.

Chocolatina, Queen of the Dessert is the alter ego of pastry chef Martin Howard. Created in February 1996 for an event called "For the Love of Chocolate" where he made a dessert presentation based on the movie "The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert", about drag queens traveling through the Australian outback. The statuesque "lady" has been appearing at parties and events ever since. In 2009, she won the title of Miss Stonewall Inn and appeared on their float in the 40th annversary parade of the Stonewall riots, where pride began.


Arts.Dance

Our Greatest Year  | Open: 10/11/12 Close: 10/11/12
Former Clevelander, Robert Attenweiler (the playwright), has long joked to former Clevelander, Scott Henkle (the comic writer and illustrator), that 2007, at least for Cleveland sports fans, might go down as “our greatest year” – as each of our beloved sports teams (The Cavaliers, Indians and Browns) was “this close” to winning it all for Cleveland, the longest-suffering of fans … but still managed to end each season in embarrassing, disgraceful fashion.

Originally staged as part of The Comic Book Theater Festival at The Brick, OUR GREATEST YEAR is an engaging blend of live stage action and projected motion comics that follows aspiring sports blogger, Harvey Pruit, and his new wife, Elton, as they return to Cleveland, OH to care for his ailing father, watch another tortured year of Cleveland sports and learn about loss, losing and the myths we create to make sense of both. 

Just in time to kick-off Comic-Con weekend and fresh off a Midwest Tour, Our Greatest Year will run for ONE NIGHT ONLY, Thursday 10/11 – 8pm – at The Kraine Theater (85 East 4th St. – between 2nd Ave and the Bowery – no wheelchair access). Tickets ($20) may be purchased online at www.ourgreatestyear.com. Our Greatest Year is directed by Anna Brenner and features Rebecca Benhayon and Eric Slater.

The New York Times says Our Greatest Year is a “tender and knowing inquiry into just why sports fans are so messed up, takes it’s time listening to what its characters say (or don’t say) and why. As such, it is an oasis of psychological complexityamong the bells and whistles… Anna Brenner’s empathic direction brings this unflagging pessimist [Harvey] and his mystified wife to vivid life.” Nytheatre.com says “[Rebecca Benhayon and Eric Slater] both give nuanced, deeply felt performances and … the play is filled with Attenweiler’s signature poetic language, which does for Ohioans what Tennessee Williams’s plays did for Southerners…” “[Henkle’s art] has a dry, self-deprecating wit reminiscent of American Splendor…” (The Mary Sue)


About the Company: Disgraced Productions

Disgraced Productions (www.disgracedproductions.com) was founded in 2005 by Robert Attenweiler with the intent to work with other emerging and established artists to make ambitious, high quality, independent theater.

Our Greatest Year - One Night Only  | Open: 10/11/12 Close: 10/11/12
OUR GREATEST YEAR is an innovative blend of live stage action and projected motion comics that follows Harvey Pruit, and his new wife, Elton, as they return to Cleveland, OH to care for his ailing father, watch another tortured year of Cleveland professional sports and learn about loss, losing, and the myths we create to make sense of both.

Former Clevelander, Robert Attenweiler (the playwright), has long joked to former Clevelander, Scott Henkle (the comic writer and illustrator), that 2007, at least for Cleveland sports fans, might go down as "our greatest year." The joke is that each of our beloved sports teams (The Cavaliers, Indians and Browns) were more successful than most people believed they'd be and yet still managed to end their season in embarrassing fashion.

OUR GREATEST YEAR was a hit in its debut at The Comic Book Theater Festival in New York City, earning critical praise and being listed as a critic's pick by the New York Times, and at Dobama Theater in Cleveland this spring.


Arts.Theatre

Bayside! The Unmusical!  | Open: 09/18/12 Close: 10/10/12
Bayside! The UnMusical! is the hilarious and unauthorized musical parody of TV’s Saved by the Bell. Will Zack and Kelly breakup forever?!Will Slater quit wrestling to be gay?!Who will develop an incurable caffeine addiction?!Will Screech die?!Find out this and much, much, much more at Bayside! The UnMusical!"New York's best" by Michael Musto (Village Voice)"Saved by the Bell meets Book of Mormon" Julie Chang (Fox5 News)For info and Zack Attacks: www.baysidetheunmusical.com


Comedy"

Theater.Comedy

24hour Playfun!  | Open: 09/23/12 Close: 09/23/12
24Hour PlayFUN!!
The Kraine Theatre- 85 East 4th Street (Btw 2nd Bowery)
New York, NY

24Hour PlayFUN! provides both professional and emerging artists with an opportunity to express one's artistic abilities in a nurturing environment. We believe the most important part to creativity is the ability to allow ones self to let loose, and have fun without judgment. In this non-pressured environment, actors, writers, directors, students, and first-time performers come together to create short plays in a twenty four hour time frame. Our goal is to provide a format where individuals, artists, and the community at large will have accessibility to exercising their creative muscles. Anyone can participate, and everyone is welcome.

Please join us on SUNDAY, September 23rd at 8pm to be the first to see the world premiere of eight new ten minute plays!


Arts.Theatre

Space Captain, Captain Of Space  | Open: 08/30/12 Close: 09/15/12
The evil King Xayno of the Planet Argor is using his Gravity-Ray to crash the moon into Earth! The President of the United States of Earth is sending our last, best hope, Rocky Lazer (the world's greatest pilot, athlete, marksman, swordsman, boxer, wrestler, and crooner!) on a dangerous mission into space to stop King Xayno and save the planet.

JOURNEY! through the far reaches of outer space

aboard the awe-inspiring X-1 Rocketship!

SEE! distant planets and weird alien creatures!

CHEER! as Rocky Lazer and Jean Jarvis explore the possibility of

romance while being shot at with ray guns!

GASP! as our hero works through some heavy personal issues!

SPACE CAPTAIN: Captain of Space! is an original multimedia comedy mixing live theater with film and puppetry. The show is set in the world of 1930’s serial adventure stories like Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers, but with a very modern sense of humor. Upon arrival, the audience will be immersed in the world of a 1930’s cinema, and the entire show (including the live portions!) is in black and white.

The production will feature live cast Jeremy Banks, Alicia Barnatchez, Jesse Bernath, Sabrina Farhi, Jeremy Mather, Michele McNally, Matt Sears, Jeff Sproul, Jared Warner, Mike Wirsch, Matthew Wise, and D. Robert Wolcheck; the video cast also includes Nicolas Marti, Timothy Mather, Alexis Robbins, and Sean Williams. The creative team will include Costume Design by Caroline O’Hare, Lighting and Sound Design by Jeremy Mather, Set Design by Lindsey Moore, Puppet Design by Anna Paniccia, and Video Design and Production by Jeremy Mather; as well as an original score by Ben Lindvall.


About the Company: No Tea Productions

NO TEA PRODUCTIONS exists as an outlet for creative expression, especially through original works, and to bring new voices to the independent theatre community. With each show, we strive to be funny and entertaining, but also to always present a larger truth. No Tea was founded by Jeff Sproul and Lindsey Moore in 2006, and is a veteran resident company with Horse Trade Theater Group. 

The Naughty Victorians  | Open: 06/09/12 Close: 08/19/12
The most OUTRAGEOUS Radiotheatre show yet!  Very lewd, very lusty and veddy British!  VICTORIAN EROTICA as only the award winning, critically acclaimed Radiotheatre can deliver it...hot and heavy and wholly hilarious!  FOR ADULTS ONLY PLEASE!   Complete with a great cast of story tellers and an original orchestral score.  Stories include: The Amorous Adventures of Fanny Hill, The Pastor Of Willowbrook, A Girls School in Paris, The Two Cousins, Gourmando Glorioso!   INFO:  www.radiotheatrenyc.com


About the Company: RadioTheatre

Radiotheatre is a PERFORMANCE GROUP that creates AUDIO THEATRE live on stage inspired by old time radio dramas, yet, does not seek to re create period shows, nor traditional plays.  By combining 21st Century sound technology, uniquely written scripts, a cast of story tellers, original orchestral scores and a plethora of sound effects, Radiotheatre produces a new hybrid, environmental art form.  Its content is also unique in that it draws its inspiration from pulp genres usually ignored by live theatre; ie, adventure, science fiction, horror, crime.     

Tin Bucket Drum  | Open: 07/26/12 Close: 08/04/12
The Imbewu Trust aims to celebrate local South African theatre internationally by highlighting original work with a global resonance. In collaboration with Horse Trade Theater Group, The Imbewu Trust will showcase Think Theatre Productions’ TIN BUCKET DRUM, performed by leading South African artists that have enriched the South African theatre landscape with their original and unique approach to theatrical storytelling.

Neil Coppen's (2011 Standard Bank Young Artist Award winner) play, directed by Karen Logan, follows the story of Nomvula, a spirited child with a revolutionary heart born into a country with a cruel and silent dictatorship.Tin Bucket Drum weaves together elements of magical realism, shadow puppetry, Kabuki theatre and live percussion while offering a fresh twist to the traditional conventions of African storytelling.

Critically acclaimed with standing ovations at the Grahamstown and Hilton Arts festivals, Tin Bucket Drum won the Audience Vote Award for Best Production at MUSHO 2007, A Durban Theatre Award for best actress and best new South African script 2007, and a Standard Bank Ovation award at the Grahamstown 2010 festival. It was featured as The Star, Pretoria Times, The Herald and Witnesses Newspapers pick of the Grahamstown Fringe in 2007. 


About the Company: Horse Trade Theater Group

HORSE TRADE THEATER GROUP is a self-sustaining theater development group; with a focus on new work that has produced a massive quantity of stimulating downtown theater. Horse Trade’s Resident Artist Program offers a home to a select group of Independent theater artists, pooling together a great deal of talent and energy. It is also the home of FRIGID New York – the first and only festival of its kind in New York City. In 2011 Horse Trade received the New York Innovative Theatre Ellen Stewart Stewardship Award for demonstrating a significant contribution to the Off-Off-Broadway community through service, support and leadership. 

3rd H.p. Lovecraft Festival  | Open: 04/19/12 Close: 06/24/12
Now in its 9th Season, RadioTheatre (Nominated for a 2010 Drama Desk Award, 13 New York Innovative Theater Awards; Winner of 2 NYIT Awards; Nominated 5 times for Outstanding Performance Group) will present in repertory the cult horror classics: A SHADOW OVER INNSMOUTH; THE LURKING FEAR; THE HORROR AT MARTINS’ BEACH; THE EVIL CLERGYMAN; THE STATEMENT OF RANDOLPH CARTER…live, onstage, for the first time, complete with award-winning sound design and original orchestral scores, in their 3rd installment of THE H.P. LOVECRAFT FESTIVAL, an ongoing tribute to the Grandmaster of 20th Century American Horror himself, H.P. Lovecraft (1890-1937)…in a LIMITED NYC ENGAGEMENT.

 


About the Company: RadioTheatre

Radiotheatre is a PERFORMANCE GROUP that creates AUDIO THEATRE live on stage inspired by old time radio dramas, yet, does not seek to re create period shows, nor traditional plays.  By combining 21st Century sound technology, uniquely written scripts, a cast of story tellers, original orchestral scores and a plethora of sound effects, Radiotheatre produces a new hybrid, environmental art form.  Its content is also unique in that it draws its inspiration from pulp genres usually ignored by live theatre; ie, adventure, science fiction, horror, crime.     

THE H.P.Lovecraft Festival  | Open: 06/10/12 Close: 06/17/12
Now in its 2nd YEAR!  Radiotheatre's THE H.P.LOVECRAFT FESTIVAL continues on....

"A CULT HIT IN THE EAST VILLAGE!" NY TIMES

REANIMATOR and THE CALL OF CTHULHU!   Now until JUNE 24.   

Opening JULY 1-28...  THE MUSIC OF ERICH ZANN, COOL AIR, FROM BEYOND, THE BEAST IN MOONLIGHT  

Now in its 9th Season, RadioTheatre (Nominated for The Drama Desk Award, 13 NY Innovative Theater Awards; Winner of 2 NYIT Awards; Nom. 5 times Best Performance Group) will present in repertory these cult horror classics…live, onstage, complete with award-winning sound design and original orchestral scores, in their latest version of THE H.P. LOVECRAFT FESTIVAL, an ongoing tribute to the Grandmaster of 20th Century American Horror himself, H.P. Lovecraft (1890-1937) 

A CULT HIT IN THE EAST VILLAGE!”   NY Times

 “It is beyond doubt that H.P. Lovecraft has yet to be surpassed as the Twentieth Century’s greatest practitioner of the classic horror tale.” STEPHEN KING

"If you are a fan of Lovecraft or radio dramas, I recommend you attend this festival!" StageBuzz

"It's doubtful any show can capture his spooky enigmatic quality better than RadioTheatre!" Jason Zinoman, More Intelligent Life

“He’s an American original, whose influences on subsequent writers in the field is all-pervasive.” Joyce Carol Oates

"Bianchi does a fine job of spooking up the place!  Fans will find much to love in these well-constructed adaptations. For everyone else, if you're not into Lovecraft, then this is a perfect time to remedy that!"  NYTheatre.com

 "Of all the treasures of NYC's contemporary avant-garde theatre scene, it is difficult to find a performance art company as innovative, yet, traditional, as RadioTheatre" Total Theater Magazine, London

"Amid today's plethora of theatrical bells, whistles and videos, it's reassuring to know that vocal agility and a smart yarn can still conjure up attention grabbing theater or, at least, RadioTheatre!"   Platinum Broadway

 

 

 

Bayside! The Unmusical!  | Open: 05/12/12 Close: 05/12/12
Bayside (noun): The fictitious highschool that the kids of TV’s Saved by the Bell attended.Unmusical (adjective): Not musical; deficient in melody, harmony, rhythm, or tone.Bayside! The Unmusical! is an unauthorized parody of TV’s Saved by the Bell. This edgy sendup of the popular Saturday morning kid’s show is packed with nostalgic throwbacks to thewild times of 1992. Are Zack and Kelly headed for a break-up? Will Slater quit the wrestling team to find his true calling in life? Does someone develop an incurable caffeine addiction? Will Screech die? Find out this and much more!Go Bayside! bayside bay side


Musicals"

Theater.Musicals

Bayside! The Unmusical!  | Open: 05/12/12 Close: 05/12/12
Bayside (noun): The fictitious highschool that the kids of TV’s Saved by the Bell attended.Unmusical (adjective): Not musical; deficient in melody, harmony, rhythm, or tone.Bayside! The Unmusical! is an unauthorized parody of TV’s Saved by the Bell. This edgy sendup of the popular Saturday morning kid’s show is packed with nostalgic throwbacks to thewild times of 1992. Are Zack and Kelly headed for a break-up? Will Slater quit the wrestling team to find his true calling in life? Does someone develop an incurable caffeine addiction? Will Screech die? Find out this and much more!Go Bayside! bayside bay side


Musicals"

Theater.Musicals

Dealer Premiere  | Open: 04/14/12 Close: 04/14/12
Fall of 2008 was a very difficult time in America. In New York City, the epicenter of finance, the streets were buzzing of the Lehman Brothers going bankrupt; young smart analysts out of jobs; family-type firms firing long-standing employees; a stock market at suicidal lows; and an election in November that was raising national tension levels to the point where many thought it would either make or break the country.In a rather successful real estate firm, Marianne Quinn's growing anxiety over her job, her security, her loneliness and her friends' different paths seem to come to a head. Then she opens the door to Jack. Jack-the seemingly opposite person that Marianne would ever surround herself with-quickly becomes a yin to her yang. Both Jack and Mari find that they are asking questions about each other and themselves, realizing that there's no addiction quite like attraction.That's it for them both-they are sold. And from here on in, it's the two of them against whatever anxiety, family, fear or crisis comes their way. But when opposites distract, how far can they get without letting the differences divide?


Film/Cinema"

BKBX Presents: It's All In Your Head  | Open: 03/29/12 Close: 03/31/12
Innovative, imaginative, and incredibly quiet, New York's favorite mimes are back with a new show of entirely original shorts. Set to music and lights, BKBX's program runs the gamut, from powerful tear-jerkers to hilarious farces and everything in between. Come witness BKBX's unique take on the art of simple storytelling! Just be warned: the mimes may have you seeing things.


Arts.Circus

Sratch & Pitz Burlesque And Variety Hour  | Open: 02/21/12 Close: 03/04/12
 

Cherry Pitz (Cyndi Freeman*) and Scratch (Brad Lawrence) bring you some of New York’s finest burlesque, variety and comedy talent in an hour long comedy / melodrama / variety show. Scratch wants Cherry to sell him her soul in exchange for what she wants most. What she wants most is to do a duet act, like Sonny & Cher, Burns & Allen, Captain & Tennille. And Scratch, well, he has a quota to make. Comedy, music, mayhem, spinning tassels and flying underpants!

Featuring: Cherry Pitz, Handsome Brad, Apathy Angel, Amelia Bareparts, Rory Scholl, Peter Aguero and Lucille ti Amore!

For more info: www.heroicsinhotpants.com

* * * * Time Out NY

It's a feeling of having stumbled into a bar outside of the space-time continuum, where the best bits of sexy 20th century aesthetics (early jazz, false eyelashes, garter belts) have been gathered together for some smart and sensual dancers to play with. - www.nytheatre.com

Fear Factor: Canine Edition  | Open: 02/22/12 Close: 03/03/12
Fear Factor: Canine Edition is about the peculiar and misguided true adventures of a man and his therapy dog. An award-winning tale of true love and overcoming obstacles, while staring fear in the face.

Fear Factor: Canine Edition was chosen one of the top theatrical experiences of 2011 in Los Angeles by the LA Weekly. 

 

"A performance that is as impeccable as his story is affecting." - Steven Leigh Morris, LA Weekly

"Grady tells these stories with a dry wit, but delivers a powerful emotional punch." 4 stars - CBC

"Mesmerizing. Grady is a masterful storyteller." 4 stars - Winnipeg Free Press

Fear Factor: Canine Edition  | Open: 02/22/12 Close: 03/03/12
Fear Factor: Canine Edition is about the peculiar and misguided true adventures of a  man and his therapy dog.  Itʼs a culmination of finely woven and irreversibly moving  stories about John and his Bernese Mountain Dog, Abby.  At its core, it is a tale of  true love, of overcoming obstacles, while attempting to stare fear in the face. 

John Grady is an actor and a writer from New York City.  He starred off Broadway in  Spalding Gray: Stories Left To Tell and as a member of the original production of  Blue Man Group.  John performs on the Moth Mainstage in New York City and  Detroit.  His stories have aired on NPR, CBC Radio, and KCRW.  LA Weekly listed Fear Factor: Canine Edition as one of LAʼs top theatrical experiences of 2011.
Almost, Maine  | Open: 01/29/12 Close: 01/31/12
On a cold, clear, moonless night in the middle of winter, all is not quite what it seems in the remote, mythical town of Almost, Maine. As the northern lights hover in the star-filled sky above, Almost's residents find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected and often hilarious ways. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. But the bruises heal, and the hearts mend — almost — in this delightful midwinter night's dream.

Length: 2 hrs 0 mins
Intermission: Yes

The 2012 Fire This Time Festival  | Open: 01/16/12 Close: 01/25/12

The African American experience is not represented solely by one voice or one style. For the third year in a row Horse Trade Theater Group will present The Fire This Time Festival, providing a platform for talented early-career playwrights of African and African-American descent to explore new voices, styles, and challenging new directions for 21st century performing arts in order to move beyond common misconceptions of what's possible in "black theater." The festival's core production is a short play festival, presenting new work by featured playwrights. Other festival programming includes panel discussions, staged readings, and concert events. 

The 2012 Fire This Time Festival, presented by Horse Trade Theater Group, will run January 16-25 at The Kraine Theater and The Red Room (both located at 85 East 4th Street between 2nd Ave and Bowery). Tickets to the 10-Minute Play Festival ($15) are available online at www.horseTRADE.info or by calling Smarttix at 212-868-4444. Reservations for free events are highly recommended. Email rsvp@firethistimefestival.com with your name, performance date, and number of tickets requested.

The Fire This Time 10-Minute Play Festival

January 19, 20, 21 & 25 @ 8pm

The Kraine Theater $15

The Talk

Written by France-Luce Benson

Directed by Jamie Robinson 
Manu's little girl is all grown-up. Now it's her turn. But there's just one question: How does one ”rabbit”?

Four

Written by Jocelyn Bioh

Directed by Nicole Watson
It's a typical Friday night at Mansion Night Club: Sweet Thing is late, Saffronia is full of attitude, Peaches is preparing to perform and Aunt Sarah is keeping folks in line... as usual.  Inspired by a Nina Simone song (Four Women) Four imagines a world in which all of these women co-exist (and have plenty to say about it).


The Crisis of the Negro Intellectual: Dream One

Written by Kevin R. Free

Directed by Christopher Burris
An artist struggles with his present as he dreams of his future. This dream is the first scene of Kevin R. Free’s full-length play, The Crisis of the Negro Intellectual.

 

Little Louise

Written by Patricia Ione Lloyd

Directed by Donya K. Washington
The Madame of a whorehouse has tea with her inner child, while listening to the brand new Billie Holiday record. The games that little girls play are especially dangerous for grown black women. Little Louise, is the story of a biracial woman in the 1930’s, who understands the law of supply and demand in the business of love.


The Pitch

Written by Zoey Martinson

Directed by Brandon Gardner
The Pitch takes a comedic look at two young black writers trying to sell a modern Black movie to studio executives. See how far they are willing go and how much they are willing to sacrifice to get their movie made.


Vanna White Must Die

Written by Antoinette Nwandu

Directed by Dan Rogers 
With a pie in the oven and her boyfriend’s disapproving Mother in the next room, wallflower Seena needs to make a hit. Problem is, her best friend turned arch nemesis Vanna White has other plans. With wit and humor, Vanna White Must Die answers the question, what's a girl gotta do to keep her love alive? 


DIG

Written by Jerome Parker

Directed by LA Williams
Haunted by a case, a homicide detective blurs the lines between past, present, home and work in this gritty, street drama. 

 

Panel Discussion: Diversity in Contemporary Theatre: (Type) Casting

January 16 @ 8pm

The Kraine Theater FREE

 

Staged Readings

The Red Room @ 8pm FREE

January 17: Paradise Blue by Dominique Morisseau
January 18: Lords Resistance by Camille Darby
January 22: thus have I heard: tales of the last bodhisattva by Jesse Cameron Alick 
January 23: Untitled by Yusef Miller 
January 24: One Quarter by Christine Jean Chambers

THE FIRE THIS TIME FESTIVAL was founded in 2009 by playwright Kelley Nicole Girod to provide rising playwrights of African and African American descent a platform to write and develop new work. The festival was conceived as an opportunity for playwrights to write and produce material that reflects diverse perspectives as 21st century theater artists. To date, The Fire This Time Festival has produced new work by Katori Hall (The Mountaintop on Broadway), Radha Blank (The Public Theater’s Emerging Writers Group), Kelley Girod (2011 nytheatre.com Person of the Year), Deborah Asimwee, Derek Lee McPhatter (New York Theatre Workshop’s Emerging Playwright’s of Color Fellowship finalist), Germono Toussaint ((L)imitations at the Lark Play Development Center), Pia Wilson (The Public Theater’s Emerging Writers Group), Jesse Cameron Alick (LaMaMa-Loped), Camille Darby (2011 finalist for the Van Lier Fellowship program at The Lark Play Development Center), Christine Jean Chambers, Marcus Gardley (2011 PEN/Laura Pels award for Mid-Career Playwright), Dominique Morisseau (The Public Theater’s Emerging Writers Group), and Yusef Miller (Made at Horse Trade). 


The first season of the festival brought together over thirty collaborative performers, directors, and other collaborators to create an amazing evening of short one-act plays. Presented by Horse Trade Theater Group over a five- show run in February 2010, the first season of the festival sold out every presentation. Exploring themes from euthanasia, hero-worship, intergenerational conflict, and more, the inaugural season of The Fire This Time Festival presented a dynamic theatrical experience. 

Following the success of the first year, The Fire This Time Festival has continued to grow, with input from participating playwrights and other collaborators. The festival has evolved into an annual January event, expanding upon its core short play presentations to offer panel discussions, staged readings, and other programs. With ongoing momentum, The Fire This Time Festival has quickly become a destination for diverse audiences, producers, and artists seeking new possibilities and opportunities in contemporary theater. www.firethistimefestival.com


About the Company: Horse Trade Theater Group

Horse Trade is a self-sustaining theater development group; with a focus on new work, it has produced a massive quantity of stimulating downtown theater. Horse Trade’s Resident Artist Program offers a home to a select group of Independent Theater artists, pooling together a great deal of talent and energy. It is also the home of FRIGID New York – the first and only festival of its kind in New York City.

3rd Annual Burlesque Blitz  | Open: 12/27/11 Close: 12/30/11
Heat up your holiday with Horse Trade Theater Group’s 3rd annual Burlesque Blitz. Come see the best Burlesque shows in NYC all in one week courtesy of Basterdpiece Theatre, Hotsy Totsy Burlesque, BARE, Shocks & C*cks and Storybook Burlesque.

Bastardpiece Theatre

Tuesday, December 27 @ 8pm 

'This the season for nudity, drinking and terrible, terrible movies. Bastard Keith and Madame Rosebud will skewer a parade of Yuletide B pictures in this special holiday edition of Bastardpiece Theatre with burlesque assistance from NYC greats Bea B. Heart, Minnie Tonka and Peekaboo Pointe, and guest commentary by secret Santa Albert Cadabra.


Hotsy Totsy Burlesque

Wednesday, December 28 @ 8pm

Joe the Shark and Cherry Pitz present New York’s only burlesque soap opera, featuring the finest burlesque and sideshow performers in NY. Chills, thrills, mellow-drama, ridiculous storylines and flying underpants!

 

BARE

Thursday, December 29 @ 8pm

Combining heart-wrenching, raw stories with burlesque acts, this show will tear out your soul and stomp on it with no regard for your well being. Featuring storytellers Rory Scholl, Brad Lawrence, Jen Lee and Peter Aguaro with burlesque by Dangrr Doll, Jenny C’est Quoi, BB Heart, and Mary Cyn.


Shocks & C*cks

Thursday, December 29 @ 10pm

Santa, bring me a nice package! The outrageous all-nude, all-dude revue returns with a brand-new holiday tale that will warm the cockles of your heart. The cast of the original Shocks & C*cks, including international boylesque superstar Tigger!, Mat Fraser, Hard Cory, Ferro and host Jonny Porkpie, return for a night of seasonal cheer. It's a stocking stuffer like no other!

 

Storybook Burlesque: The Bible Show

Friday, December 30 @ 8pm & 10pm

From the Tree of Knowledge and Lazarus to the Plagues of Egypt and the Second Coming, the Bible Show re-imagines everything you thought you learned in Sunday school. This year, Storybook Burlesque takes a look at the darker side of the Bible, exploring this original horror classic with blasphemy and boobs. Skip church and let Storybook Burlesque save your soul!

The Holy Land Experience  | Open: 11/28/11 Close: 12/19/11
From a religious theme park in Orlando to Christmas Day in Bethlehem comes one man’s ineptly comic and exhilarating pursuit of forgiveness.

In his latest all-true theatrical monologue, award winning solo performer Martin Dockery wrestles with his own lies and infidelities as he comically explores the profane and profound in the biblical story of Jesus.  Traveling from a theme park where hundreds of tourists watch as Jesus is crucified daily to the town where a billion people celebrate his birth annually, Dockery attempts to get inside the mind of a man who lived 2000 years ago, if he ever lived at all.

Holiday Stucco  | Open: 12/15/11 Close: 12/17/11
HOLIDAY STUCCO will feature new one-act plays by members of The Public Theater’s Emerging Writers Group including playwrights Nikole Beckwith, Chris Craigin Day, Deen, Sevan Kaloustian Green, Aaron Wigdor Levy, Mona Mansour, Don Nguyen, Jerome Parker, Stalla Fawn Ragsdale, Akin Salawu, and Pia Wilson. Every winter holiday is up for grabs in this seasonal spectacular!

THE PUBLIC THEATER’S EMERGING WRITERS GROUP seeks to target playwrights at the earliest stages in their careers. In so doing, The Public hopes to create an artistic home for a diverse and exceptionally talented group of up-and-coming playwrights. www.publictheater.org


About the Company: Horse Trade Theater Group

Horse Trade is a self-sustaining theater development group; with a focus on new work, it has produced a massive quantity of stimulating downtown theater. Horse Trade’s Resident Artist Program offers a home to a select group of Independent Theater artists, pooling together a great deal of talent and energy. It is also the home of FRIGID New York – the first and only festival of its kind in New York City.

Fucking Girls  | Open: 02/23/11 Close: 03/06/11
 Finally, a “bromance” for the stage...   FUCKING GIRLS is a hilarious and misguided romantic fantasy about a young man “sleeping” his way through his eccentric ex-girlfriends while en route to finding true love... with a couple of major speed bumps along the way. James has a lot of baggage to sift through and crazy ex-girlfriends ranging from cowboy nymphomaniacs, to crying neighbors and midget-loving earth mothers don't make it any easier! Don't miss this hilarious and brutally honest tale of love and loss.

 

visit www.FuckingGirlsShow.com for more info!

 

Anyone for a Swingin' Threesome?  | Open: 12/06/10 Close: 12/21/10

Just ASK Productions presents its fourth full-length work, Anyone For A Swingin’ Threesome?, a 90 minute whirlwind of three comedic short plays by Just ASK-commissioned playwrights Duncan Pflaster (Starship Astrov), Will Lacker (The Custodian), and Dan Via (Daddy The Play). Pflaster's Questions of the Queenpresents a world where a vapid socialite rules with an iron fist until a brave subject speaks the truth.  Lacker's Trials follows a mad scientist's attempts to use his time machine to prevent his impending break up. Via's Park Slope Cassouletexamines cultural warfare and hypocrisy, as an entrenched couple takes a mounting gentrification problem too far.

The Contract  | Open: 10/07/10 Close: 10/19/10
What's at the intersection of M4M sex and the Black church? THE CONTRACT, a new drama by James Webb.
When married couple Deborah and Daryl make an unusual arrangement with Paul, unexpected consequences shake them all.

CAST: Albert Christmas, Joy Jones, and James Webb

PERFORMANCE LOCATION: The Kraine Theater, 84 E. 4th Street, New York, NY

PERFORMANCE DATES: October 5-19, 2010

Preview - Tuesday, October 5 at 7:30 p.m.
Preview - Wednesday, October 6 at 7:30 p.m.
Preview - Thursday, October 7 at 7:30 p.m.
Opening Night - Friday, October 8 at 7:30 p.m.
Performance - Saturday, October 9 at 2 and 7:30 p.m.
Performance - Sunday, October 10 at 7:30 p.m.
Performance - Tuesday, October 12 at 7:30 p.m.
Performance - Wednesday, October 13 at 7:30 p.m.
Performance - Monday, October 18 at 7:30 p.m.
Closing Night - Tuesday, October 19 at 7:30 p.m.

Purchase $18 tickets* at Theater Mania, www.theatermania.com, or at www.spiderwebbproductions.com
Tickets will also be sold at the door beginning one hour before each performance.


*Complimentary admission for AEA members and industry professionals (please bring cards to show at the door).


 

Viewer Discretion Advised  | Open: 09/09/10 Close: 10/02/10
 

What makes men do the things they do? Why do women so often end up as collateral damage in their struggle to prove their manhood? The Wreckless Stage Company presents the world premiere of Viewer Discretion Advised, a contemporary psychological thriller which tackles these questions.In this startling contemporary drama,a seemingly casual encounter between strangers Norm and Bud slowly reveals a menacingly dangerous play for power and ruthless competition for Norm’s girlfriend Anne. Playwright Ed Stevens explores what happens when "men behaving badly" spirals out of control, forcing the characters to confront how far they will go to prove themselves to one another.

 

Director Cynthia Dillon states, "Viewer Discretion Advised is in the tradition of plays that have explored male aggressiveness coupled with sexual insecurity and the lengths to which men can be driven by these forces. For instance, we can see this in some of the plays of Shepard, Mamet or LaBute. In the play, humor often masks an underlying menace, lies and evasions are revealed and a Pinteresque use of language as a weapon builds. Viewer Discretion Advised’s power lies not only in its ability to shock, but also in the disturbingly familiar nature of the characters, which in spite of their extreme behavior, are not unlike ourselves. Its content is both raw and complex, and will linger in the minds and hearts of the audience long after they leave the theatre.”

American Gypsy  | Open: 08/22/10 Close: 08/29/10
Straight from a sold out run in Chicago, MAGICMOUTH THEATRE presents the New York premiere of AMERICAN GYPSY, written and performed by Ben Whiting and directed by Alexander “Sandy” Marshall, at The Kraine Theatre (85 East 4th Street).  The production is part of the 14th Annual New York International Fringe Festival.  Whiting, whose magic was hailed by Artview Magazine as “better than Copperfield,” has performed magic all over the world for diverse audiences ranging from Viennese street crowds to Dr. Maya Angelou.   For tickets and performance times please visit www.FringeNYC.org.  

A blend of theatre and sleight of hand magic, AMERICAN GYPSY is a charged and inspiring tale of friendship, separation, and ultimately, connection.  Based on the life story of the legendary Jim Cellini, the play follows a brash young magician as he is apprenticed to his idol and then forced to choose between a life of human interaction and a life behind the fourth wall.  Cellini, as a young man, earns a coveted spot to study with legendary magician Tony Slydini which is the surest path to a career of fame as a professional magician in the 1960s.  While first attracted to large-scale stage illusions, Cellini finds himself seduced by the poetic possibilities of humble street performance.  What he calls the “connection between two human beings that arises out of the impossible” temps him from his studies, forcing a rift with Slydini that will change both their careers and lives forever.

While writing AMERICAN GYPSY, Whiting visited the master magician’s workshop and spent time with his family to further develop his portrayal of Cellini’s signature style.  The story that emerged from this experience, Cellini’s story, explores the powerful decision some people make to stand on a sidewalk every single day in an effort to genuinely touch people’s hearts, tickle their funny bones, and make their day just a bit more magical.  

BEN WHITING (Performer) is an actor/magician based out of Chicago, Illinois. Selected acting credits include: Dead Man’s Cell Phone (Steppenwolf Theatre) The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity (Victory Gardens) Much Ado About Nothing (First Folio Shakespeare Festival) Regional credits include: Romeo and Juliet (Montana Shakespeare in the Parks) Woman in Black , Our Town (Twin City Stage), Awakening, Rubber Doves, Virtual Reality (MagicMouth Theatre). He is a 2007 graduate of the Chicago School at Steppenwolf.  As a street performer he has busked in over 15 different countries around the world.

ALEXANDER “SANDY” MARSHALL (Director) has more than forty years of experience as a writer, director, producer, and actor. A two-time Emmy Award-winner (seven nominations), he has also won the Clio Award, Golden Eagle, Gold medals at the New York Film & TV Festival, and a dozen international awards. Sandy’s play, And in the End: The Death and Life of John Lennon received critical acclaim for productions in Great Britain and Australia. No stranger to magic, Sandy is related to two Deans of the Society of American Magicians: His grandfather, Al Baker, and his father, Jay Marshall. His recently released biography about his father’s life, Beating a Dead Horse: The Life and Times of Jay Marshall has garnered international rave reviews. His column, “Sandy’s Rants” appears in The Newest Tops (www.topsmag.com). www.alexandersandymarshall.com

MAGICMOUTH THEATRE is a Chicago-based theatre dedicated to the development of a new theatre genre that combines the art of drama with the art of illusion, while educating fellow artists and communities in both art forms. Previous productions Awakening and Rubber Doves garnered a Kauffman Fellowship as well national media coverage. GoTriad Magazine says MagicMouth “inspires audiences of all ages” and Entrepreneur Magazine proclaims “It’s the right time for MagicMouth Theatre.” Rubber Doves ran in both North Carolina and Chicago, winning the New Horizons Playwriting Competition and a spot in Magic Chicago.  Sheldon Patinkin, Co-Founder of Second City, called the company’s work “wonderfully inventive” while Steppenwolf Theatre Company Ensemble Member, Alan Wilder, found it “engaging, humorous and personal.”  AMERICAN GYPSY is MagicMouth Theatre’s third all-original production.

AMERICAN GYPSY plays this August: Sun 22 @ 6:45  Tue 24 @ 5  Thu 26 @ 11PM  Fri 27 @ 7  Sun 29 @ NOON 

For more information about the company or this production, please visit www.magicmouth.org.  

30 Half-nekkid Plays In 60 Half-nekkid Minutes  | Open: 08/20/10 Close: 08/21/10
The event that needs little introduction (and even less clothing) is here. A special half-naked version of Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind will be performed the weekend of August 20th-21st. See the New York Neo-Futurists perform their award-winning blend of personal, political, hilarious and absurd short plays...in their short pants.

But that’s not all!

Immediately after the first performance (Friday, August 20th), you can join the Neos as they half- streak New York City on a midnight run from the East River to the Hudson on 14th Street.  Audience members who join in on the half-nakedness receive a discount at the door.  Featuring fearless Neo-Futurists Christopher Borg, Cara Francis, Ryan Good, Nicole Hill, Rob Neill, Joey Rizzolo and Lauren Sharpe.


About the Company: New York Neo-Futurists

We are a collective of wildly productive writer/director/performers who create:

-Theater that is fusion of sport, poetry, and living-newspaper.

-Non-illusory, interactive performance that conveys our experiences and ideas as directly and honestly as possible.

-Immediate, unreproducable events at headslappingly affordable prices.

-We embrace those unreached or unmoved by conventional theater-inspiring them to thought, feeling, and action.

Mark Twain's Last Stand  | Open: 05/06/10 Close: 05/30/10
In this unique take on Twain, the state of the Economy has induced the Great American Humorist to travel through time and space to offer us a way out of the Recession.

Writer/performer ALAN KITTY’s portrait of Twain comes from a knowledge and understanding of Twain’s thinking gleaned from his many books, essays, speeches, interviews, newspaper articles and letters written between 1866 and 1909. The white suit and cigar are present; but this is no retooling of the Twain stereotype. MARK TWAIN’S LAST STAND is nothing less than a twenty-first century Twain’s-eye view of the world suited to audiences of all ages.

"The most outstanding qualification I can offer the voter took a lifetime - and a little more - to achieve. I am finally perfectly suited to lead. I am dead."

Length: 1 hr 20 mins
Intermission: None


Website: www.MarkTwainsLastStand.com

Profits from the show will go to THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION and to ROOTS AND WINGS INTERNATIONAL, an organization that provides educational assistance to children and young adults. For more information on AHA, visit www.americanheart.org. For more information on RWI, visit www.rootsandwingsintl.org.

It Or Her  | Open: 03/13/10 Close: 03/13/10
Somewhere between Pee-Wee's Big Adventure and The Tell-Tale Heart, this provocative dark comedy explores the basement of a suburban home where Andrew has devoted himself unconditionally to his incredible collection of figurines. Suffering the loss of The Red One, he seeks to uncover The Ultimate Arrangement before his hideout is invaded, and his dark secret is revealed.
Length: 0 hrs 45 mins
Intermission: None

Medea  | Open: 03/13/10 Close: 03/13/10
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.

Length: 0 hrs 50 mins
Intermission: None

Bonne Nuit Poo Poo  | Open: 03/13/10 Close: 03/13/10
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.

Length: 1 hr 00 mins
Intermission: None
Vodka Shoes  | Open: 03/12/10 Close: 03/12/10
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.
Length: 1 hr 00 mins
Intermission: None

Legs And All  | Open: 03/12/10 Close: 03/12/10
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. It peeks at human loneliness and hits up against reality's glass ceiling to poke about in the breathing space beyond.
Length: 0 hrs 50 mins
Intermission(s): Unknown

Four Quarters  | Open: 03/11/10 Close: 03/11/10
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.
Length: 1 hr 00 mins
Intermission: None

Ramblings Of A
gentleman Scumbag
 | Open: 03/11/10 Close: 03/11/10
Lucky Chengs Balloon man, delusional comic, and man of no God tries to justify 34 years of poor life choices and degeneracy. Profiled in Playgirl, FHM Magazine, Time-Out NY Magazine, Murdock is not your Father’s balloon man. A straight man in a gay world, a feminist in the sex industry, a ridiculous man in a ridiculous world.
Length: 1 hr 00 mins
Intermission: None

No Traveler  | Open: 03/11/10 Close: 03/11/10
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.
Length: 1 hr 00 mins
Intermission: None

Kill The Band  | Open: 03/09/10 Close: 03/09/10
KILL THE BAND IS THE ORIGINAL, COMEDY ROCK AND ROLL, ANTI-CABARET! Coinciding with the release of their first concept album, KILL THE BAND takes you on a cleverly comedic, musically theatrical trip through the band's breakdowns and breakthrough. Free CD with every ticket!
Length: 1 hr 00 mins
Intermission: None

The Bike Trip  | Open: 03/09/10 Close: 03/09/10
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. 2009 FRIGID Audience Choice Award for The Surprise. Breakthrough Performer of the Year, soloNOVA Festival; Best Solo Performance, San Francisco Fringe; Best of Fest, Winnipeg Fringe; Best Original Work, London Fringe; Best in Venue, Orlando Fringe.
Length: 1 hr 00 mins
Intermission: None