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The Theater at the 14th Street Y

Announces the 2018-2019 Season

LGBTQ+ Series

 

NEW YORK - The Theater at the 14th Street Y continues to honor the edgy, diverse, and rich history of innovative culture making in the East Village for people of all ages with the 2018-2019 LGBTQ+ Series. The series kicked off on November 12, 2018 with #NastyWomen, A Night of Female Resistance Comedy and runs through April 2019.

 

"For our season of War & Peace, we knew that artists from the LGBTQ community would have a strong reaction to the theme. Coming out can often feel like war and creating a family can bring much needed peace. Our LGBTQ offerings this season have addressed the gamut, from Vietnam Veterans coming to terms with their sexuality to a TYA show with a non-gender binary protagonist to a piece about a modern family facing discrimination from within.  Our theater is a safe place for provocative work that will inspire conversation, debate and hopefully action," said Ronit Muszkatblit, Artistic Director.

 

2018-2019 LGBTQ+ Series:

The Baby Monitor 

Different Translation 

November 29 - December 16, 2018

Written by David Stallings, directed by Antonio Miniño 

When Claire's concerns over the welfare of her two-year old cousin are dangerously validated, she begins to question the family's principals and ability to parent. A crucial new play, exploring same-sex parenting and cis family values in today's America. After the December 7 performance, guests will be invited to an LGBTQ mixer with free drinks and appetizers with the cast and crew.

 

#NastyWomen, A Night of Female Resistance Comedy
Comedyistheresistance.com
January 28, April 15, May 20, 2019
Curated by Laura Beatrix Newmark
Following the Women's March and in light of the #MeToo, Time's Up, #NeverAgain movements, we provide a forum for female comedians that empowers all through laughter, camaraderie and tangible activism tools. Nasty Women's Second Season includes a show in April celebrating her, they and us, from comedians of transgender experience.

 

The Sinless
New Roman Theatre Group
March 28 - April 7, 2019
Written by Judah Skoff, Producing Director Rebecca Deistsch Skoff 

Annabelle and Tuvia are a happily married Orthodox Jewish couple living the life of their dreams. But what will they do when God isn't watching?

/we/ 

MICHIYAYA Dance 

April 25-28, 2019

Artistic Directors Anya Clarke and Mitsuko Verdery present the world premiere of /wē/, a collective study on gender identity featuring their seven dance artists with live sound by slowdanger. /wē/ rids the binary, embraces the inner self and builds without walls.

 

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

 

$14@14Y Flex Pass 

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

 

About The Theater at the 14th Street Y

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

 

About LABA: Laboratory for Jewish Culture

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

 

About the 14th Street Y

The 14th Street Y's philosophy is grounded in the belief that contemporary Jewish sensibilities can be a source of inspiration, connection and learning. No matter what your background, we aim to inspire you to live your best life. We're committed to the development of the whole person, to strengthening family connections and to building inclusive and sustainable communities. The 14thStreet Y serves more than 26,000 people annually with a variety of community programs and is proud to be a part of Educational Alliance, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a 128-year history of serving New Yorkers downtown.

 

The Theater at the 14th Street Y co-presents the world premiere of /wē/

MICHIYAYA Dance's newest multimedia dance work

 

Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 7:30pm

Friday, April 26, 2019 at 8:00pm

Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 7:30pm

Sunday, April 28, 2019 at 4:00pm

 

The Theater at the 14th Street Y co-presents the world premiere of /wē/ featuring MICHIYAYA Dance on Thursday April 25, at 7:30 pm, Friday April 26, at 8:00 pm, Saturday April 27, at 7:30 pm, Sunday April 28, at 4:00 pm.

 

/wē/ is a collective study on gender identity through a femme-identifying lens that rids the binary, embraces the inner self and builds without walls. States of transcendence, embodiment, neutrality and autonomy are explored as MICHIYAYA Dance interweaves thoughts, memories, and dreams.

 

Choreographed by co-artistic director Anya Clarke with visual and contextual design by co-artistic director Mitsuko Verdery, /wē/ features the full company of six femme-identifying dance artists: Belinda Adam, Breeanah Breeden, Stephanie Carlos, Núria Martin Fandos, Hannah Seiden, Alexandra Wood, with live sound by performance duo slowdanger. /wē/ also features lighting design by Alejandro Fajardo and projection design by Jess Medenbach.

 

"/wē/ presents journeys through challenging binaries, as the dancers explore queer magic, sexuality, taboo, instinct, intuition and prejudice in the face of social norms," Julieta Varela (Medium). "The dancers, the innovative staging, the complex issues tackled with grace-they all combine to produce work that is provocative and deeply felt," wrote Mary Kaye-Schilling.

 

/wē/ will premiere at the Theater at the 14th Street Y (344 E 14th St, New York, NY 10003) on:

Wednesday April 24th: 7:30 PM - invitation-only dress rehearsal
Thursday April 25th: 7:30 PM - with pre-performance reception at 6:00 pm
Friday April 26th: 8:00 PM

Saturday April 27th: 7:30 PM
Sunday April 28th: 4:00 PM - with post-show discussion

 

/wē/ is made possible in part with public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and administered by LMCC.

 

About MICHIYAYA Dance

MICHIYAYA Dance is a femme-identifying contemporary dance theater company, co-founded by Anya Clarke and Mitsuko Verdery. Clarke and Verdery are an award-winning, multimedia duo from New York City that synthesize dance and visual art. Their work has been featured by: Yale University, Vice i-D, Brooklyn Museum, THINX, Andy Warhol Museum, Baruch Performing Arts Center, and more. MICHIYAYA Dance has received recognition from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Opportunity Fund, and the International REVERBdance Festival. To find out more about /wē/ visit michiyayadance.org/we-world-premiere or email us at directors@michiyayadance.org.

 

About The Theater at the 14th Street Y

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

 

About the 14th Street Y

The 14th Street Y's philosophy is grounded in the belief that contemporary Jewish sensibilities can be a source of inspiration, connection and learning. No matter what your background, we aim to inspire you to live your best life. We're committed to the development of the whole person, to strengthening family connections and to building inclusive and sustainable communities. The 14th Street Y serves more than 20,000 people annually with a variety of community programs and is proud to be a part of Educational Alliance, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a 128-year history of serving New Yorkers downtown.

 

LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture

announces LABAlive II

an evening of innovative new music and

performance from

Yonatan Gutfeld, Marques Hollie, and Mariano Wainsztein

with teachings from Tablet Magazine's Liel Leibovitz

 

LIFE + DEATH

Thursday, April 18, 2019 at 7:30pm

at the 14th Street Y

 

"Of all the questions that had troubled mankind through the ages, two stand alone: What is the meaning of life? And what happens when we die?"

- LABA Lead Teacher Liel Leibovitz

 

LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture at the 14th Street Y is the premiere incubator for Jewish art and culture inspired by classic Jewish texts. Each year, LABA fellows study text in a non-religious, open-minded setting based on a theme-this year, LIFE + DEATH. Fellows create art, literature, music and theater that explores the universal themes they encounter through their engagement with Jewish thought.

 

LABAlive II is the second 2019 celebration of groundbreaking, genre breaking, and heartbreaking Jewish culture based on the theme of LIFE + DEATH. LABAlive II is an evening of music, performance, text, and wine on Thursday, April 18, 2019 at 7:30pm at the Theater at the 14th Street Y, 344 E 14th Street, NY 10003. Tickets available now at www.14streety.org/tickets.

 

The evening features work by LABA Fellows Yonatan Gutfeld, Marques Hollie, and Mariano Wainsztein, with textual exegesis from LABA Lead Teacher Liel Leibovitz.

 

Yonatan Gutfeld

In Exile Even in His Room

Gutfeld is a Jerusalem-born, Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter. Gutfeld will perform from his haunting song cycle based on the late work of renowned Israeli poet Ori Bernstein.

 

Marques Hollie

Go Down, Moshe

Set during a Passover Seder at an Underground Railroad station, Go Down, Moshe re-interprets the maggid, the telling of the story of the Exodus from Egypt, through the memory, music, words, and imagery of formerly enslaved African-Americans.

 

Mariano Wainsztein

The Ivankas Live

The Ivankas, the infamous Israeli rock band, performs from their blistering forthcoming album, "A Matter of Life and Death."

 

Liel Leibovitz

LABA Teacher (MC and Lead Teacher)

Leibovitz is a senior writer for Tablet magazine, and hosts of Unorthodox, the popular podcast. He is the author of several books, most recently, A Broken Hallelujah: Rock n' Roll, Redemptionand the Life of Leonard Cohen. 

 

For more information, visit www.labajournal.com.

 

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

 

About LABA: Laboratory for Jewish Culture

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

 

About the 14th Street Y

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

 

About Educational Alliance

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


 

THE 14TH STREET Y 

2019 ANNUAL PURIM Gala

Honoring the Union Square Partnership 

and Executive Director Jennifer Falk

Thursday, March 14, 2019

6pm Cocktails, 7pm Dinner & Entertainment

Cipriani 25 Broadway

 

New York, NY - The 14th Street Y will host its 2019 PURIM Gala on Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 6pm at Cipriani 25 Broadway. The 14th Street Y will honor the Union Square Partnership and its Executive Director, Jennifer Falk, as the recipient of the 14th Street Y Community Builder Award.

The 14th Street Y is a vibrant community center grounded in the belief that contemporary Jewish sensibilities can be a source of inspiration, connection, and learning for the individuals and families we serve throughout New York City's East Village and beyond.

 

The 14th Street Y's Community Builder Award recognizes champions who go above and beyond to cultivate and strengthen their communities, and in turn inspire others-individuals, organizations, and local businesses-to do the same. The 14th Street Y could not think of a better recipient for its first Community Builder Award than the Union Square Partnership and its Executive Director Jennifer Falk.

 

"We are thrilled to recognize the Union Square Partnership and Executive Director Jennifer Falk as leaders and partners in serving this diverse community," said Rabbi Shira Koch Epstein, Executive Director of The 14th Street Y. "The organization's tireless efforts in community building and neighborhood improvement initiatives provide vital service to our vibrant district."

 

"It is truly an honor to accept the 14th Street Y's inaugural 'Community Builder Award' on behalf of my incredible team and the Union Square Partnership's devoted board of directors," said Jennifer E. Falk, Executive Director of the Union Square Partnership. "The 14th Street Y is a key partner in our work to build community and improve our shared neighborhood. They have been vital to the district's growth and we look forward to working with them closely as they continue to make plans for their new facility. We are truly humbled to be acknowledged in this way and look forward to a festive and joyous celebration on Thursday, March 14."

 

The community is invited for a decadent evening in celebration of all things Purim. Masks and revelry will abound from the moment guests enter the Gala and are greeted with a champagne toast served from above by a cirque-style aerial artist. A cocktail hour with scintillating music and a photo booth where guests can don many disguises will be followed by a sumptuous dinner and a proper Purim spiel hosted by Artist Fellows from the 14th Street Y's flagship artistic program, LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture. Groggers will spin and wine will pour as attendees are reminded this holiday celebrates community, giving back to our neighbors and of course...feasting.

 

The Gala will be held at Cipriani 25 Broadway with cocktails at 6pm and dinner & entertainment at 7pm. Festive attire and masks are encouraged. To learn more about the night's events, get tickets, or to make a donation, please visit https://www.14streety.org/gala/.

 

Purim is one of the most joyous and fun holidays on the Jewish calendar. Celebrated with feasts, drink and revelry, it celebrates standing up for what you believe in and calls us to honor others through giving gifts and charity. 

 

In keeping with the time-honored Purim tradition of masquerade, guests are invited to indulge in wearing Purim-inspired masks and accessories. Try on a bit of whimsy, drama or intrigue and be transformed instantly... go on, we dare you!  

 

The 14th Street Y 2019 Purim Gala will feature one-of-a kind live art and performances, including: 
Ari Brand, an actor, musician, writer, teacher and lifelong New Yorker. His current projects include developing a play based on the life of his father, an Israeli-American pianist who died of AIDS in 1990. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and two-year-old son.

 

Yochai Greenfeld, dancer, actor and singer, was born and raised in Israel, where his artistic passion evolved among the books and the scrolls at YeshViat Maale Gilboa. He believes in art as a form of multi-layered communication, and aspires to create meaningful, amusing and inspiring conversations in his work.

 

Marques Hollie, jewsician, is an operatic tenor and facilitator of creative Jewish ritual whose work focuses on creating Jew-of-color-centered ritual experiences. Marques was named one of New York Jewish Week's 36 Under 36 (2018) and a Fellow in the Union for Reform Judaism's JewV'Nation Fellowship, a visionary leadership development program.

 

Returning this year, the Gala will also feature Rachel Pegram, comedian, actor, and writer living in New York City.  Onscreen, Rachel can be seen in the Adam Sandler Netflix movie The Week Of, as well as Don't Think Twice, The Chris Gethard Show on TruTv, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, The Late Show, Comedy Central, MTV, College Humor, Amazon, BET and more. In 2018 she was chosen by Comedy Central as an "Up Next" comedian and performed at Clusterfest in San Francisco. Rachel performs regularly at Union Hall, both as a writer/performer with the sketch group Lo-Fi NYC and as co-host of That Shit Ray, a monthly late night-esque variety show. She also regularly performs improv with Too Damn Much and Asssscat at UCB Hells Kitchen.

DINNER CO-CHAIRS

Barbara Benerofe and Harvey Schulweis, Lynne P. Brown, Lori Buchbinder, Susan Buchbinder and William Abramson, Susan Etess and Howard Zimmerman, Cristian Goodhart, Joseph Persky, Sally Wasserman and Henry Hecht

 

2019 GALA HOST COMMITTEE

Darcy Bradbury and Eric Seiler, Laura and Mark Doman, Sydney Frazier and John Gallagher, Dr. Carola Garson and Ryan Garson, Rosesara and Jonathan Greenspun, Sara Gubins and Michaël Bijaoui, Bradley Korn, Hildy Kuryk and Jarrod Bernstein, Allison Leff and Daniel Macklowitz, Lauren Lowman and Eric Rattner, Ronit Muszkatblit and Yonatan Israel, Anne F. Pollack, Andrew Rasiej, Lisa Schein and David Stone, Alissa Dicker Schrieber, Keri and Scott Schundler, Janna and Michael Stern, Harron Zimmerman

 

THE 14TH STREET Y BOARD OF DIRECTORS 

Joseph Persky, Chair; Harvey Schulweis, Chair Emeritus; Shira Koch Epstein, Executive Director

Peter Bernstein, Renée Brodie, Alex Dergun*, Ryan Garson*, Ilana Goldman, Cristian Goodhart, Sara Gubins, Rafael Hines, Brooke Carleton Paduano, Eric Perlmutter, Eric Rattner*, Jacques Raphael, Janna Fishman Stern, Sally Wasserman, Pauline Weinstein, Howard Zimmerman *Board Observer

 

EDUCATIONAL ALLIANCE 

Roberta Karp, Chairman

Alan van Capelle, President & CEO

 

14TH STREET Y EXECUTIVE STAFF 

Rabbi Shira Koch Epstein, Executive Director Jordan Brackett, Associate Executive Director for Planning and Advancement Alan Scher, Associate Executive Director for Programs Lauren Savage, Associate Executive Director for External Engagement

 

DJ Rabbi Darkside (DJ)                                

Rabbi Darkside is a Hip Hop Emcee/DJ/Beatboxer/Educator working to incite empathy and empowerment through social justice education and creative freedom with musical recordings, live shows and teaching. In the last 12 months, he commenced lecturing at The New School (NYC), traveled to Kampala, Uganda as a U.S. State Department Cultural Ambassador and headlined the Blue Note Jazz Festival. Based in Brooklyn while touring internationally, he has been featured on MTV's MADE, Okayplayer, The New York Times, the TODAY Show, CBS Early Show, HipHopDX, and The Village Voice. 

 

About the 14th Street Y:

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

 

Proceeds from the Gala help us advance our mission as a hub of creativity, community programming, and Jewish culture in downtown Manhattan. They enable us to provide scholarships, develop enrichment programs, and enhance the lives of more than 26,000 people who walk through our doors each year. The 14th Street Y is proud to be a part of Educational Alliance, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a 130-year history of serving New Yorkers downtown.

 

For individual tickets, visit 14StreetY.org/Gala. To discuss table sales or sponsorship packages, please contact Gala@14StreetY.org, 646-395-4312.

 

About the Union Square Partnership:

The Union Square Partnership is a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization that works to ensure the Union Square district's continued growth + success by providing a wide-range of services and programs including visioning and planning, sustainability, economic development, beautification, sanitation, and marketing and events like Summer in the Square, Harvest in the Square, Union Square Sweat Fest and more. Learn more about our 40 years of community partnerships, and what's next for the Union Square neighborhood, at www.unionsquarenyc.org

 

Thank You To Our Sponsors*

 Platinum Sponsors
Barbara Benerofe and Harvey Schulweis, Susan Etess and Howard Zimmerman, Joseph Persky

 

Gold Sponsors
Citi, Glenwood Management, Meridian Capital Group, Unity Building Services Inc., Dorisanne and Jacob Wasserman, Sally Wasserman and Henry Hecht Silver Sponsors
Bloomberg Philanthropies, Darcy Bradbury and Eric Seiler, Buchbinder & Warren, Con Edison
Alisa and Dan Doctoroff, Laura and Mark Doman, Roberta and Brad Karp, Allison Leff and Daniel Macklowitz, Mount Sinai, New York University, Normandy Real Estate Partners, Streetplus, Tishman Hotel and Realty *As of February 4, 2019

 

 

LIFE + DEATH at the 14th St Y

LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture

announces the first

LABAlive Event of 2019 

featuring groundbreaking work by fellows

Ari Brand, Maya Carrocci, Yochai Greenfield, and Alex Weiser, 

with teachings from Tablet Magazine's Liel Leibovitz

Saturday, February 2, 2019 at 7:30pm

 

"Of all the questions that had troubled mankind through the ages, two stand alone: What is the meaning of life? And what happens when we die?"

- LABA Lead Teacher Liel Leibovitz

 

LABAlive: a Laboratory for Jewish Culture at the 14th Street Y announces its first 2019 celebration of groundbreaking, genre-breaking, and heartbreaking Jewish art and performance based on the theme of LIFE + DEATH, Saturday, February 2, 2019 at 7:30pm at the Theater at the 14th Street Y, 344 E 14th Street, NYC 10003. 

 

The evening features work by LABA Fellows Ari Brand, Maya Ciarrocchi, Yochai Greenfeld, and Alex Weiser, with textual exegesis from LABA Lead Teacher Liel Leibovitz.

 

Ari Brand

Missing (Performance)

Actor Ari Brand (My Name is Asher LevBad Jews) tells the story of his immigrant father's fame and early death due to AIDs. It's a fascinating exploration of shame, love, and family secrets. Directed by Eugenia Manwelyan.

 

Maya Ciarrocchi

Site: Yizkor (Installation in 14th Street Y gallery)

This absorbing interdisciplinary installation is comprised of shtetl maps, architectural renderings, and Yizkor (memorial) books. With Site, Ciarrocchi delves into the forgotten spaces of the dead, asking how and why people, cultures, and identities disappear. 

https://vimeo.com/306060905

https://labajournal.com/2019/01/people-come/

 

Yochai Greenfeld

Abbi Gezunt: It Gets Bitter (Performance)

Greenfeld appears as Abbi Gezunt, an Orthodox Jewish mother, telling the story of her son's coming out. In this bittersweet and very funny monologue, Abbi throws serious shade at the observant Jews who sit shiva for living family members who stray from the path.

https://labajournal.com/2019/01/when-one-family-member-comes-out-the-whole-family-goes-on-a-journey/

 

Alex Weiser

State of the Jews (Performance)

Weiser presents excerpts from State of the Jews, his opera about the last years of the life of Theodore Herzl (1860-1904), the founder of modern political Zionism. With librettist Ben Kaplan, Weiser interweaves the world-historical narrative with the more intimate story of Herzl's conflicted family life.

 

Liel Leibovitz

LABA Teacher (MC and Lead Teacher)

Leibovitz is a senior writer for Tablet magazine, and hosts of Unorthodox, the popular podcast. He is the author of several books, most recently, A Broken Hallelujah: Rock n' Roll, Redemptionand the Life of Leonard Cohen. 

 

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

 

About LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture

LABA uses Jewish classic texts to inspire contemporary culture-makers and thinkers. Each year LABA fellows study text in a non-religious, openminded setting based on a theme-this year's theme is LIFE + DEATH. The art created by LABA fellows aims to transcend cultural and social borders by exploring the universal themes the fellows encounter through their engagement with Jewish thought.

 

Tickets available now: www.14streety.org/tickets.

For more information: https://labajournal.com/2018/12/life-death-labalive/


 

The Theater at the 14th Street Y continues to honor the edgy, diverse, and rich history of innovative culture-making in the East Village with the 2018-2019 Season. The Season kicks-off on September 5, 2018 and runs through May 2019. All productions are chosen through a submission process and are co-presented by the Theater at the 14th Street Y. Hundreds of artists apply every year to join the programming and have artistic discourse over a chosen theme.

 

Highlights of the season include:

  • The World Premiere of Till We Meet Again, written by Glory Kadigan, directed by Tony Award nominee Tonya Pinkins and co-presented by Planet Connections.
  • Barry Levey's Hoaxocaust!,directed by Jeremy Gold Kronenberg, provides an exploration of Jewish identity if the Holocaust hadn't happened.(NYC Fringe Festival's 2014 Overall Excellence award winner)
  • The World Premiere of Jenn Freeman's evening-length piece ...it's time... Freemove Dance
  • LABA 2nd Stage production The Hearing exerpts actual hearing transcripts to follow the true story of a public teacher in Israel who leads a class discussion about the morality of the army.
  • The Baby Monitor, a crucial new play by David Stallings and directed by Antonio Miniño, explores same-sex parenting and cis family values in today's America.
  • Salesman之死 explores the intersection of Chinese, American and Chinese-American identities, from 1983, when Arthur Miller directed Death of a Salesman in Beijing, to the present day.
  • An extravagant musical performance from Berlin, TIFERET merges dance and theatrical conventions. 

"After a year of studying Jewish texts on War & Peace, the LABA Fellows and the artistic team are questioning even more the idea of "holy war." What do we fight for, what does freedom feel like and are our ideals even realistic? Ultimately, our battles are a series of compromises. But to what end? Even more crucial, we have begun questioning our self-imposed banners: "progressive," "liberal," "accepting." What do these mean? Are we honestly listening to opposing viewpoints? Have we become as indoctrinated and radical as the ones we fear? In choosing our 2018-19 Season, the Arts + Culture team wanted to further this line of questioning War & Peace on both the literal and more ambiguous ephemeral levels. We are presenting plays exploring a wide range of the divides we see in our social landscape. From Holocaust deniers to gay parents fighting stigmas and teachers fighting for freedom of speech in the classroom, these plays are sure to trigger conversation and a call to action. Our year of study with LABA on Jewish texts of War & Peace now translates into a Season that shares our questions with you. Audiences will not be quiet observers but hopefully inspired players as well," said David Stallings, Associate Artistic Director, 14th Street Y.

  

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

  


About the Company: The Theater at the 14th Street Y

About 14th Street Y

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

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

The Theater at the 14th

Street Y

Announces 2017-2018 Season

 

NEW YORK - The Theater at the 14th Street Y continues to honor the edgy, diverse, and rich history of innovative culture making in the East Village with their 2017-2018 Season.

 

Each year, the company presents a provocative season of theater and dance from independent New York artists in dialogue with the residency program of LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture. The goal is to provide a big picture narrative focused on social awareness and change that transcends cultures and borders. The Theater supports the creation of new art and culture by placing artists at the heart of the 14th Street Y community, and providing the space, time, and resources needed to create new work.

 

"In an effort to provide an environment for free expression for our curated artists to more easily create, the 14th Street Y has changed its model to be a co-presenter of all the works in our season," said Ronit Muszkatblit, Artistic Director of Arts + Culture, the 14th Street Y. "To make this possible, we have made our Theater even more accessible to a wider artist base, also providing Box Office, administrative, marketing, and technical support to truly put artists at the center of our community."

 

The Theater at the 14th Street Y welcomes artists of all backgrounds, seeking to create an inclusive and open cultural experience for all.

 

Highlights of the season include:

●  Flux Theatre Ensemble's AM I DEAD? The Untrue Narrative of Anatomical Lewis, the Slave by Kevin R. Free

●  New Yiddish Repertory presents Awake and Sing by Clifford Odets, in the original Yiddish. 

●  Shamel Pitts and Mirelle Martins perform Black Velvet, a dance/multi-media piece developed through an art residency at São Paulo Dance Company and Escola de Dança de São Paulo in Brazil. 

●  Based on the children's book by Keren Ann Zeidel, The Invisible Book

introduces audiences to invisible characters in an invisible world, whose surroundings slowly become visible through their love for each other. 

●  14th Street Y continues the ground-breaking series by LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture, which pushes the boundaries of what Jewish art can be and what Jewish texts can teach.  LABA is a program of the 14th Street Y.  Each year, LABA Fellows share works in process partnered with a teaching in the LABAlive Series. The LABA 10th Anniversary season kicks off with DRUNK, an evening of wine tasting with renowned sommeliers, revelry, and new work inspired by ancient Jewish text.

 

"Seven years ago, I began work with the Theater at the 14th Street Y as a LABA: Laboratory for Jewish Culture fellow, with no idea that I would become the Artistic Director of Arts + Culture. When I began in this role, the different artistic programs existed in their own bubbles and had no discourse," said Ms. Muszkatblit. "Now for the first time, two separate programs, LABA and the Theater/Dance Series, are being brought together around a central theme. Through the collaboration with my Associate Artistic Director, David Stallings, we are presenting a season that merges these seemingly two separate worlds that co-existed here at the 14Y into one larger conversation -- a Talmudic kind of argument. One necessary theme, OTHER resonated in a world so divided, hostile and fragmented.  In Hebrew we say DAVKA (exactly now or in spite of), which is the moment to find the most humane, ethical, and touching examples of bridging our differences.  We are not afraid to present differences - join us in the dialogue."

 

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2017-2018 Season:

 

Addy & Uno / Realabilities

Original Concept & Book by Nava R. Stilton Ph.D.

Music & Lyrics by Bonnie Gleicher

August 28-September 24, 2017

Addy & Uno

is a new puppet musical about kids with disabilities. Told through unforgettable music, humor, and heart, this show celebrates the wondrous abilities within disability, empathy, and the understanding that it's "nice to be nice."

 

Committed / Altruistic Theater Company

Written by Natalie Menna and directed by Brock Hill

August 28-September 24, 2017

Committed examines the final days of Dutch filmmaker Theo Van Gough's life before his murder. The play explores the collision of an artist's unyielding vision with modern political realities and the inevitable tragedy when uncompromising values clash.

 

The Curly Monologues / Jonathan Pillot and Project Curly

September 25-28, 2017

What happens when you get twelve women, girls, and even some guys performing original Monologues that speak to the essence of who they are? This show is about way more than hair, or even the Tribe of Curls.

 

AM I DEAD? The Untrue Narrative of Anatomical Lewis, the Slave / A Flux Theatre Ensemble

Written by Kevin R. Free and directed by Heather Cohn

October 6-22, 2017

In the 1830s, the University of Virginia owned a slave called "Anatomical Lewis" who was tasked with the maintenance of its students' dissection chamber. Now, four strangers find themselves trapped forever in the purgatory of Lewis' anatomical theater - unless they can find a way to reassemble his body.

 

House on Poe Street / Yonder Window Theatre Company

Written by Fengar Gael and directed by Katie McHugh

October 27 - November 12, 2017

Two sisters inherit the house where Edgar Allen Poe penned The Raven, only to find it haunted. This play shows how the power of poetry can affect emotions and visions of a spectral afterlife.

 

DRUNK / LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture

November 18, 2017

The 2017-18 LABA fellows kick off the season with an evening of wine, revelry and new work inspired by ancient Jewish text on the theme, WAR + PEACE.

 

Awake and Sing / New Yiddish Repertory

Written by Clifford Odets and directed by Johanna Gruenhut

November 20 - December 24, 2017

New Yiddish Rep brings an American Classic to new life in Yiddish. In this play, Clifford Odets claimed that he was writing not about individuals so much as about a whole social class being sundered by economic problems beyond their control. One solution he offers is particularly chilling and ironic.

 

Black Velvet / Shamel Pitts, Mirelle Martins and Lucca del Carlo

January 8-14, 2018

Black Velvet

is a 45-minute dance/multi-media piece performed by Shamel Pitts and Mirelle Martins, developed through an art residency at São Paulo Dance Company and Escola de Dança de São Paulo in Brazil.

 

LABAlive I

January 18, 2018

First in the new work series by 2017-2018 fellows as they present their work in progress on the theme, WAR + PEACE.

 

Y Cabaret / Bearded Ladies Productions

January 19-21, 2018

Get up close and personal with some of the hottest new choreographers in town. Experience dance outside of the boundaries of traditional performance.

 

The Invisible Book

Book created by Keren-Ann Zeidel and Elinor Milchan, adapted by Gina Bonati and Ronit Muszkatblit, music by Keren-Ann Zeidel, directed by Ronit Muszkatblit and produced by Adi Ezroni.

January 22-February 11, 2018

An invisible boy and an invisible girl wander through an invisible town - but in this invisible world, there is no sound. Then one day, a sound begins: a beating, a drumming, a thumping calling out to the invisible friends. The audience is led into a parallel world of sound and visual poetry.

 

Everything you have is yours? / LABA 2nd Stage

By Hadar Ahuvia with Mor Mendell and multimedia by Gil Sperling.

February 8-10, 2018

Everything you have is yours? is a darkly humored, evening length performance that deconstructs instructional videos of Israeli

folk dance to uncover the Arab origins of Israeli identity. 

 

The Art of Loss / Bryn Cohn + Artists

February 12-18, 2018

Bryn Cohn + Artist presents their first evening of repertory,

The Art of Loss - a collection of notable works from 2014-2017 that examine isolation, intimacy and a return to the self within a universal community.

 

Tap & Tom / Felipe Galgani & Company

February 21-25, 2018

Using Tom Jobim's compositions, Felipe Galganni's

Tap & Tom is celebrating the 60th anniversary of the creation of bossa nova and Jobim's 90th birthday with an evening of tap dance, live music, and singing with music direction by award-winning Carlos Bauzys.

 

A Footnote in Ballet History / From the Horse's Mouth

March 12-18, 2018

The life and times of Magda Saleh, Prima Ballerina of Egypt, in celebration of Egyptian Dance in all its forms and traditions.

 

LABAlive II

March 22, 2018

The second showing in the new work series by 2017-2018 fellows as they present their work in progress on the theme, WAR + PEACE.

 

Y Cabaret / Bearded Ladies Productions

March 23-25, 2018

Get up close and personal with some of the hottest new choreographers in town. Experience dance outside of the boundaries of traditional performance.

 

We Are A Masterpiece / Retro Productions

Written by Gina Femia and directed by DeLisa M. White

April 6-22, 2018

During the AIDS crisis, patchwork families were formed; friends and co-workers becoming brothers and mothers, stepping into the holes that their family members left. When a nurse, Joan meets John, who has been abandoned by his partner and family, an unlikely friendship blossoms between them.

 

In[heir]itance Project

April 23-May 13, 2018

Five Cities. Three Years. One Book.

The Genesis Plays, inspired by five unique narratives were devised between 2015-2017 in Minneapolis, Charleston, Austin, Seattle, and Kansas City. The In[heir]itance Project uses a community-driven process of theatrical tools and educational programming to create original performance events inspired by common sacred stories.

 

LABAlive III

May 31, 2018

The third and final showing in the new work series by 2017-2018 fellows as they present their work in progress on the theme, WAR + PEACE.

 

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

 

About The Theater at the 14th Street Y

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

 

About LABA: Laboratory for Jewish Culture

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

 

About the 14th Street Y

The 14th Street Y's philosophy is grounded in the belief that contemporary Jewish sensibilities can be a source of inspiration, connection and learning. No matter what your background, we aim to inspire you to live your best life. We're committed to the development of the whole person, to strengthening family connections and to building inclusive and sustainable communities. The 14th Street Y serves more than 20,000 people annually with a variety of community programs and is proud to be a part of Educational Alliance, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a 128-year history of serving New Yorkers downtown.

 

Into the Night  | Open: 05/19/18 Close: 05/19/18
Downtown Jewish Life presents

INTO THE NIGHT

Saturday, May 19, 2018
hosted by The 14th Street Y

 

NEW YORK - Downtown Jewish Life presents INTO THE NIGHT, a contemporary spin on an ancient tradition of all night study during the Jewish Holiday of Shavuot, hosted by The 14th Street Y on Saturday, May 19, 2018 beginning 6pm.

 

The In[heir]itance Project will start the night with The Abraham Play from The Genesis Plays at 6pm. The Opening Ritual, hosted by several community leaders with live music, liturgy, poetry, and performance, will follow at 7:30pm, and programming will continue throughout the evening until dawn at 344 E. 14th Street, NYC. More than 30 downtown community partners, including museums, synagogues, and artists, will join in this fifth-annual night-time journey through conversation, culture, and ritual.

 

The Tikkun is a night-long journey through culture in the vein of the "White Nights" of European traditions. The event will feature conversations and rituals led by artists, musicians, shamans, teachers, scholars, and rabbis. Downtown synagogues and community organizations will lead sessions and workshops designed to provoke philosophical discussion with attendees from all levels of observance.

 

Introducing this year's Downtown Tikkun at the 14th Street Y, the In[heir]itance Project will provide a thoughtful, interactive performance of Abraham; Abe, a Wall Street stock jock, returns to the office of his recently deceased, estranged father to search for a lost deed. Among the piles of papers strewn about the office, Abe doesn't find the deed, but instead, finds a scavenger hunt his father that has left behind for him - and the audience holds the clues.

 

Another exciting performance will be presented in our pool to further push the boundaries of where we find art in our space. "Beneath the Surface", a site-specific underwater dance experience by Lenora Lee Dance, featuring Yi-Ting Hsu and Peter Cheng, is sure to engage all audiences.

 

For the first time ever, this year's offerings include a Hebrew Track, during which all will engage with artists, stories, texts, and Kabalah in Hebrew, led by Midrasha New York. Another special program will feature A Talmud Shiur Focusing on Women's Voices in the Talmud, and Rabbi Eva Sax-Bolder from the Shul of NY will lead guests through English and Hebrew chants as we explore our own paths through the wilderness, bamidbar, to receiving Torah. Come with an open heart for this participatory chanting, drumming, and meditation experience. 

 

"It has actually been a long desire for us to host a Tikkun track in Hebrew. A nightlong study track co-curated by Temima Goldberg Shulman, Founder/Director of The Midrasha in Manhattan and our own Fellowship program, LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture, will invite our Israeli and Jewish American community to spend the night speaking and studying in Hebrew with Yael Kanarek, Ruby Namdar, and Liel Leibovitz. This will add another layer of intrigue and a gateway to this mystical night, without translation and bridging of the original classical texts. Inspired by the 5 plays of the In[heir]itance Project, the night of study will focus on women architypes of the bible." Ronit Muszkatblit, Director of Arts & Culture at the 14th Street Y.

 

The evening will include many more incredible programs led by Downtown Jewish Life partners and Rabbis. While learning deep INTO THE NIGHT, Jewish texts will be explored and unique insights will be discovered as people from all ages and backgrounds grow and change.

 

"I spent the past three years making five plays around the country inspired by the book of Genesis. For the first time ever and for one night only all five plays will be performed in order in one theater, back to back. We will begin at the beginning (Abraham) and end at the beginning (Sarah). In between we'll explore a family soap opera that is brutal and raw, honest and over the top. There will be battles and love triangles and sibling rivalry and parental favoritism all in one package, all in one night. As an artist, I am overwhelmed at the idea of seeing these five plays in conversation with each other in such a concentrated period of time. As a morning person, I'm overwhelmed at the amount of caffeine I'm gonna need to get through it!" Jon Adam Ross, actor and playwright of the In[heir]itance Project. 

 

Admission is free and there will be programs for all levels of observance. A photo ID is required for entry. Advance RSVP is recommended. For more information and to reserve a spot, please visit http://www.14streety.org/IntoTheNight.

 

A full schedule of participants and program can be found below and online at www.14streety.org/IntoTheNight.

 

Downtown Jewish Life is a network of downtown Jewish organizations and individuals hosted by The 14th Street Y. Downtown Jewish Life experiences welcome people of every background, identity, age, family configuration, and religious affiliation (or none), who are interested in finding meaning, values, and community inspired by Jewish sensibilities. Downtown Jewish Life includes: American Jewish Historical Society, Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect, Base Hillel, Brotherhood Synagogue, Congregation Beth Simchat Torah, Center for Jewish History, Conservative Synagogue of Fifth Avenue, East End Temple, Educational Alliance Hazon, JCP Downtown, The Jewish Plays Project, Kol Hakfar, Honeymoon Israel, LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture, LAB/Shul, Leo Baeck Institute, Manny Cantor Center, Museum of Jewish Heritage, The New Shul, Ohel Ayalah, NYU Bronfman Center, The Center for Creative Judaism, Reboot, The Stanton Street Shul, The Sixth Street Community Synagogue, The Shul of NY, Tamid: The Downtown Synagogue, Town & Village Synagogue, The Village Temple, and Yivo.

 

INTO THE NIGHT is made possible thanks to the generous support of the UJA-Federation of New York and a grant from the Covenant Foundation.

 

Teachers, Musicians and Artists:

Rabbi Dr. Judith Hauptman, Rabbi Rachel Weiss, Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum, Rabbi David Dunn Bauer, Ruhi Sophia Motzkin Rubenstein, Elana Friedman, Rabbi Gavriel Bellino, Misha Shulman, Cantor Michael Weis, Dr. Sharon Keller, Rabbi Larry Sebert & Rabbi Bronwen Mullin, Rabbi David Gaffney, Rabbi Eva Sax-Bolder, Shira Kline, Amichai Lau-Lavie, Reverend Kimberleigh Jordan, Ph.D, Julie Gayer Kris, Ruby Namdar, Shawn Shafner, Dan Nadel, David Deblinger, Glenn Grossman, Andy Tierstein, Jon Adam Ross, Ariel Warmflash, Temima Goldberg Shulman, Yael Kanarek, Nathaniel Bernam, Lenora Lee, and Foreignfire.

 

About The Arts at the 14th Street Y

The 14th Street Y is a cultural center focused on innovation and connection. We play host to some of New York City's most cutting-edge theater and dance companies and produce our own original programming through LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture. The center serves more than 26,000 people annually with a variety of community programs and is proud to be a part of Educational Alliance, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a 128-year history of serving New Yorkers in Downtown Manhattan.

 

About the 14th Street Y

We are a vibrant community center grounded in the belief that contemporary Jewish sensibilities can be a source of inspiration, connection, and learning for the individuals and families we serve throughout Downtown Manhattan. We focus on health and fitness, education and enrichment programs, and innovative arts and cultural programming.

 

We are committed to the development of the whole person and bettering people's lives and strengthening individual and family connections by building an inclusive, vibrant, and sustainable communities.

 

The 14th Street Y is part of Educational Alliance, a Downtown Manhattan nonprofit that serves 50,000 New Yorkers annually. It provides a wide range of services for people of all ages, including preschools, camps, after school programs, senior centers, health & wellness programs, arts & culture classes, counseling services, and addiction recovery programs.

 

Hanna and the Moonlit Dress  | Open: 01/20/18 Close: 02/11/18
The Theater at The 14th Street Y presents

Hanna and the Moonlit Dress

January 20 - February 11, 2018

 

The Theater at the 14th Street Y presents Hanna and the Moonlit Dress at 344 E. 14th Street, NYC from January 20 – February 11, 2018 at 7:30pm. Performances: Saturdays and Sundays at 11am and 1pm. Tickets are $40 and are available at www.14streety.org/hanna. For more information, visit www.themoonlitdress.com.

 

Hanna and the Moonlit Dress is back in NYC to kick off the New Year following the first North American tour, making stops in Houston, Baltimore, Toronto and Detroit.

 

Hanna and the Moonlit Dress is an interactive musical revealing the magic of a good deed, based on the classic Israeli tale "Hanna's Sabbath Dress" by Itzhak Schweiger-Dmi'el, adapted for the stage by Yoav Gal and Ronit Muszkatblit.

 

Overjoyed with her new dress, Hanna runs to show it to her friends: Zuzi the dog and Edna the cow. Little does she know what a meaningful adventure awaits her...

 

"Based on Itzhak Schweiger-Dmi'el's classic tale, this interactive musical tells the story of a young girl who helps a coal miner and ends up with black spots all over her new Shabbat dress (a gift from her mother). Little does she know she'll be rewarded for her kindness." Time Out New York

 

Hanna and the Moonlit Dress is a delightful musical revealing the mysterious power of good deeds. Developed at the 14th Street Y and LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture, Hanna's story brings new Jewish / Israeli culture to life.

 

This magical interactive journey with beautiful special effects, live music, and set created by the audience transports children into Hanna's enchanted world. Recommended for ages 2-8. (15 minute workshop and 40 minutes show with no intermission)

 

"Hanna and the Moonlit Dress Provides an Alternative Holiday Experience...delightful and inspiring....a good exploration of a religious tradition of the non-Christmas variety."

- Miles Harter, ZEALnyc

 

"An absolute delight from start to finish!" 

- Jill Valentino, beyourbestmom.com

 

"Beautifully, visually done; the idea of cutouts, and everything being white, and made out of paper, it's really magical." 

- Adi Ezroni, Israeli TV star and film producer

 

"A winning combination, a simpler day in time; Storytelling that captures the attentions of children with music deeply symbolic of the Sabbath."Squeegi.com

 

The cast features Case Watson, Kate Mullberry, Matt Webster, Hannah Seusy, and Jordan Silver. Directed by Ronit Muszkatblit, with musical direction by Emily Erikson; music by Rafi Ben-Moshe and Yoav Gal; music arrangement by Uri Scharlin; book adaptation, translation and lyrics by Gina Bonati and Ronit Muszkatblit; set and costumes by Yoav Gal; and Lighting Design by Josh Benghiat and Kryssy Wright.

 

LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture is a program of the 14th Street Y that uses classic Jewish texts to inspire the creation of art, dialogue and study.

 

About LABA

Each year, The Theater at the 14th Street Y presents the residency program LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture. The goal is to support Jewish art and culture by providing the space, time, and resources needed to create new work. At the core of LABA's mission is the belief that classical Jewish text study can and should be a source of inspiration and creativity for contemporary culture-makers and thinkers. All of the public art created through LABA aims to transcend cultural and social borders by bringing to light the universal themes and questions that our artists encounter through their engagement with Jewish thought.

 

About The Theater at the 14th Street Y

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

 

About the 14th Street Y

The 14th Street Y's philosophy is grounded in the belief that contemporary Jewish sensibilities can be a source of inspiration, connection and learning. No matter what your background, we aim to inspire you to live your best life. We're committed to the development of the whole person, to strengthening family connections and to building inclusive and sustainable communities. The 14thStreet Y serves more than 20,000 people annually with a variety of community programs and is proud to be a part of Educational Alliance, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a 128-year history of serving New Yorkers downtown.

 

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

 

The Theater at the 14th Street Y is now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 Theater Season with a deadline of December 15, 2017.  Applications are available online at http://bit.ly/14YTheaterSubmissions2018-2019.

 

The Theater at the 14th Street Y honors the edgy, diverse and rich history of innovative culture making in the East Village. Each year, the organization curates a provocative season of theater, dance, music and film from independent New York artists in dialogue with the residency program LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture.

 

In 2016, the Theater lowered its weekly rental rate by 40%, accepting artists and productions through a submission process. The Theater provides a highly reduced rental agreement that includes subsidized space, marketing consultation and support, technical support, administrative support, a fully staffed box office, and production consultation.

 

For the Fall 2018/Spring 2019 Season, The Theater at the 14th Street Y is interested in Theater, Dance, Film, Music, and Festivals that revolve around the theme "War & Peace." "When is it a time for war?" "What is the price of peace?"

 

"We are interested in dance, theater, films, festivals, and installations that grapple with these questions through artistic dialogue with the audience," said Ronit Muszkatblit, Artistic Director of Arts + Culture, the 14th Street Y. "With a goal to provide a big picture narrative focused on social awareness and change, The Theater at the 14th Street Y supports the creation of new art and culture by placing artists at the heart of the 14th Street Y community, and specifically by providing the space, time and resources needed to create new work. We are inspired by works that welcome artists of all backgrounds, seeking to create an inclusive and open cultural experience for all. We are excited to invite inspiring provocative and innovative culture into our theater. As an incubator for new work we are moving away from being a strictly "rental house". We want to create a space where independent artists are supported administratively with a more cost-effective model that will bring a diverse group of artists and diverse programming to the center of our community and inspire discourse around the theme of War & Peace, which is the LABA theme for 2017-2018."

 

The Theater is also the home of LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture and incorporates at least one LABA Second Stage production in each season.

 

In July of 2016, the 14th Street Y launched its first ever, fully curated Theater/Dance Series, moving away from a rental model to become an organization that co-presents work.  The 14th Street Y endeavors to be true incubators of artists and to reduce the financial strain that NYC independent artists feel in producing their works. During the 2015-2016 Season, the Theater at the 14th Street Y presented more than 205 performances attended by nearly 13,000 audience members.

 

About The Theater at the 14th Street Y

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

 

About the 14th Street Y

The 14th Street Y's philosophy is grounded in the belief that contemporary Jewish sensibilities can be a source of inspiration, connection and learning. No matter what your background, we aim to inspire you to live your best life. We're committed to the development of the whole person, to strengthening family connections and to building inclusive and sustainable communities. The 14thStreet Y serves more than 20,000 people annually with a variety of community programs and is proud to be a part of Educational Alliance, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a 128-year history of serving New Yorkers downtown.

 

For more information, visit www.14streety.org.

 


About the Company: The Theater at the 14th Street Y

About 14th Street Y

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

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

LABA: Laboratory for Jewish Culture announces the 2017-2018 Fellows: a group of ten culture-makers, a mix of visual artists, writers, musicians, playwrights and directors who are brought together to study classic Jewish texts in a non-religious, open-minded setting centered on a chosen theme; this year's theme is WAR + PEACE.

 

The 2017-2018 Fellows are Tal Beery, Tal Gur, Amy Handelsman, Jess Honovich, Ishai Shapira Kalter, Zohar Tirosh-Polk, Jacob Siegel, Yael Sloma, Jon Adam Ross, and Brandon Woolf.  

 

This year marks the 10th Anniversary of the ground-breaking series by LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture, which pushes the boundaries of what Jewish art can be and what Jewish texts can teach.

 

Liel Leibovitz will replace Ruby Namdar as the lead LABA teacher this year. Leibovitz is a senior writer for Tablet Magazine, and one of the hosts of Unorthodox, the magazine's popular podcast.  He is the author of several books, including, most recently, A Broken Hallelujah: Rock n' Roll, Redemption, and the Life of Leonard Cohen. LABA staff includes Ronit Muszkatblit, Artistic Director; Liel Leibovitz, Lead Teacher; Ruby Namdar, Resident Scholar; and Hanan Elstein, Editorial Director.   

 

"As so many of us feel such a profound sense of unease with the state of our nation and the world, there are few wiser courses of action than to return to the ancient texts and ponder what they have to teach us," said Leibovitz. "The issues facing us today -- of violence and peace, of hate and of lust, of despair and of reconciliation -- are all there in the sacred books, waiting for us to open them up and again ask the timely and timeless questions that forever haunt us."

 

"In our 10th year, this theme seemed to be the perfect combination of times and themes aligning," said Ronit Muszkatblit, Artistic Director of Arts + Culture, the 14th Street Y. "After ten years of study, we are mature enough in our process to handle a gravitas topic and depth of investigation. Our track record shows that we can push boundaries and our community responds.  It is exciting that the 14th Street Y and Educational Alliance have been supporting this experiment and giving it the time to thrive.  It is inspiring to see what happens when we put artists at the core of a community center."

 

Highlights for this season's LABAlive events include:

  • Amy Handelsman's memoir, LOVE BY TKO:  Life Lessons from the Ring, is about her obsession with boxing, as both a participant and observer, and her simultaneous return to my Jewish spiritual roots, as ignited by her trainers, the women competing for the New York Golden Gloves, her colleagues from the Mark Taper Forum and a (failed) romance with an unlikely contender.
  • Playwright Zohar Tirosh-Polk will explore perpetual cultural/national and individual trauma at the heart of many conflicts, and specifically PTSD in the struggle to lead to healing and peace.
  • Artist Tal Beery will produce a series of prints and performative responses to a manuscript hand-written in Hebrew, Polish and Yiddish by his grandmother, a Holocaust survivor, before her death.
  • Yael Sloma creates a video installation Cardinal Directions that observes Israeli settlements in Palestinian Territories through the myth of the American Old West. The video combines documentation of the current day-to-day occurrences in settlements in the West Bank with the contemporary incarnations of the Old-West myth.
  • Writer Jess Honovich's piece will investigate the intersections of play, commercialized war and inherent values of good and evil through discussions with three year olds, specifically considering superheroes and how the archetypes of war are internalized through play.
  • Israeli-American composer, multi-instrumentalist and music therapist Tal Gur will work to complete a piece called Mind Crossing, a multi-disciplinary performance fusing music, dance, video, and documentary based on a collection of letters written by his grandfather after World War II.

 

Each year, The Theater at the 14th Street Y presentsthe residency program of LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture. The goal is to provide a big picture narrative focused on social awareness and changethat transcends cultures and borders. The Theater supports the creation of new art and culture by providing the space, time, and resources needed to create new work. Inspired by the 14 study sessions of the fellowship, the Fellows will share their new works with the public in the LABAlive Series at the 14

th Street Y.

 

DRUNK / LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture

November 18, 2017

The 2017-18 LABA Fellows kick off the season with DRUNK.  This evening includes a five course wine tasting led by renowned sommeliers. The evening will be imbued with revelry and new work inspired by ancient Jewish text in a cabaret setting.

 

LABAlive Series 

January 18, 2018; March 22, 2018; May 31, 2018 

Every LABAlive event will present three new works in process reflecting on the theme WAR + PEACE. 

Each artist's unique contemplation presented on stage weaves into a multidisciplinary evening shared with the public.  LABA encourages artists to test boundaries, take risks, and discover ways in which Classical Jewish text can inspire new, deep and meaningful works, which are then coupled with a theatrical teaching of text to enhance and widen the context of each piece. At each LABAlive, Fellows intrigue and inspire, leaving audiences with a curiosity to see more. Many of the Fellow's works go on to second stage productions, with many premiering at the 14th Street Y the following year.  

 

For tickets, visit www.14streety.org/tickets or call 646-395-4310.  For details, visit www.labajournal.com.

 

 

ABOUT THE FELLOWS 

 

Tal Beery (b. 1984) is an artist and educator. Beery is co-founder of Arts and Ecology, a multidisciplinary institute committed to research, art, and education on radical environmental themes. He is founding faculty at School of Apocalypse, examining the connections between creative practice and notions of survival. Beery is also a core member of Occupy Museums, opposing the economic and social injustices propagated by institutions of art and culture. His written work and interviews have appeared in numerous publications and his personal and collaborative works have been exhibited in museums and galleries in the US and Europe, including the Whitney Museum, The Brooklyn Museum, El Museo Del Barrio, and Momenta Art.

 

Tal Gur is an Israeli-American composer, multi-instrumentalist and a music therapist. He was born in Israel and grew up in an Air Force base in the valley of Jezreel, where the sounds of combat aircrafts taking off the ground and the sights of fertile plains have influenced his curiosity to humankind and nature. The curiosity developed to an evolving force of expression that found its way mainly through music. He studied for a B.mus at the Jerusalem Academy for Music, majored in saxophone jazz performance. Over time Tal developed an identity as a soloist that fluidly plays different styles of jazz, folk, rock and balkan music and have performed, recorded and collaborated with various bands in Israel, Europe and the United States. Tal's curiosity for music, human beings, relationships and psychology have brought him to pursue an M.A in music therapy from Bar-Ilan University and a post graduate training from NYU. He lives in Brooklyn with his partner and with his daughter and works in a school in Manhattan for children with autism. He released three albums as a composer; Air Portrait (2008), Basar Ve'Dam, (Flesh and Blood, 2011) and Under Contractions (2014).

 

Amy Handelsman is a producer, writer and story executive, working in theater, film and television in Los Angeles and New York. She has developed and produced plays, movies, and cable and network films and series for Center Theatre Group, Showtime, Warner Bros., ABC, CBS, PBS, and Tri-Star. Handelsman has also served as a theater consultant for HBO's U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen and the Hip-Hop Theater Festival in New York, and as a media consultant for the Foundation for Jewish Culture and Women in Film. She has worked with such diverse artists as August Wilson, Culture Clash, Don Cheadle, Patricia Marx, Erin Cressida Wilson, and Danny Hoch. A lifelong sports fan, Handelsman wrote about her boxing experiences for Playboy and is working on a documentary on baseball umpires. She served as the Executive Director of the United States Poker Federation and the United States Mind Sports Association and contributes to various boxing and poker sites. Handelsman teaches The Literature of Games and Forms of Drama at Stony Brook University and New York University, respectively (Fall 2017). She is a cum laude graduate of Harvard University. 

 

Jess Honovich is a playwright, screenwriter and educator from Southern New Jersey. Her work has been produced and workshopped by Dezart Performs, Longwood University, New York University, the Paw Paw Village Players, Festival51, Project Y, and the Pittsburgh Opera. She is a 2017 O'Neill National Playwrights Conference Finalist for her play Giant Slalom, a 2017 Heideman Award finalist for her play Hardware, a recipient of the Mary Marlin Fisher Award for Excellence in Playwriting, and a 2016 Theatre Masters winner for her short play No More Monsters, which had productions in Aspen and New York City and is published by Samuel French. She holds a B.S. from New York University in Educational Theatre and a minor in Dramatic Literature and an MFA in Dramatic Writing from Carnegie Mellon University.

 

Ishai Shapira Kalter (1986, Israel) received his MFA Hunter College, New York (2017) and his BFA from Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem (2013), from which he also studied at The Slade School of Fine Arts, London (2011). His first exhibitions and projects were hosted by venues such as YARAT Studios, AZ (2016), West Space, AU (2015), RawArt Gallery, IL (2015), The Helena Rubinstein Pavilion for Contemporary Art, IL (2014), MoBY Bat Yam Museums, IL (2013) among others. He has received several fellowships, grants and scholarships such as The Jean and Albert Nerken Scholarship Fund, The Rabinovich Foundation Grant and the Israel Lottery Council for Culture and Arts Grant.

 

Jon Adam Ross has performed his solo plays in over 90 cities around the globe. His newest endeavor is the ambitious In[heir]itance Project, a national series of devised plays inspired by sacred texts. Jon has performed at the Guthrie Theater (MN), Playhouse on the Square (TN), and in NYC where his stage credits include: a dog, a 2,000 year old bird, an elderly orthodox Jew, a spurned housewife, a horse, a British naval officer in 1700's Jamaica, a goat, Jesus Christ, a lawyer, a hapless police chief, and a cyclops. Jon holds a BFA in Acting from NYU/Tisch.

 

Born in Brazil to Israeli parents, Zohar Tirosh-Polk continues to explore the idea of home and the possibility of peace in her work. Her plays: Pieces, Land/Holy, Home/Front, The Zionists, Theo's Dream, Waltz, and Six have been produced and developed at the The New Group, Magic Theatre, The Lincoln Center Theater's Director's Lab, New Repertory Theatre, The Cape Cod Theatre Project, The Jewish Plays Project, Rising Phoenix Rep, Silk Road Rising, the Lark Play Development Center, The Brick and HERE. Her English translation of Hanoch Levin's play, Those Who Walk in the Dark is published in Wanderers and Other Israeli Plays by Seagull Books and her play, The Zionists will be published in the upcoming Semitic Commonwealth anthology. In 2012, she won the Jewish Plays Project's new play competition for Six. She's a recipient of the Foundation for Jewish Culture's theatre grant and a commission from Highbrow Productions. Zohar has a B.A. in Literature and Writing from Columbia University and a Playwriting MFA from Brooklyn College under Mac Wellman and Erin Courtney. She lives in Brooklyn with her actor/producer husband and their two young children.

 

Jacob Siegel, a writer and Army veteran living in the same Brooklyn neighborhood where he grew up, though it's now known by a new name, co-edited Fire and Forget: Short Stories from the Long War, published by Da Capo in 2012, a critically praised anthology of fiction by Iraq and Afghanistan veterans for which je contributed the lead story. After returning from Afghanistan in 2012 he joined The Daily Beast as a reporter covering war, national security, and digital culture. While there he was nominated for a national magazine award and reported from Baghdad the month after the initial ISIS assault on Mosul. In 2015 he left The Beast to work as a freelancer and have since published widely read essays in Tablet magazine, Politico, and elsewhere. Also in 2015 he was a co-instructor along with Kara Krauze for the inaugural semester of Voices from War, a free writing workshop for veterans held at the 14th St. Y. My journalism, essays and reviews have been published in The New York Times, Tablet, the magazine for the National Endowment for the Humanities, The Daily News, Politico, and numerous other publications.

 

Born in Tel Aviv suburbs in 1987, Yael Sloma is a video installation artist, who explores human narratives, identities and social structures. Sloma, now lives and works in New York and Baltimore, is an MFA candidate of Maryland Institute College of Art as a Fulbright fellow. Sloma graduated with honors the art department of Bezalel Academy of Art (Jerusalem) and exhibited in Museum Quartier (Vienna), Städelschule (Frankfurt), Rencontre d'Arles (Arles, France), Manofim (Jerusalem), and many more.

 

Brandon Woolf is a theater maker and a scholar of contemporary performance. Recently, he has worked at the Fulton Center, Uncanny Valley, NYUAD Arts Center, Barrow Group Theater, Dixon Place, the Connelly Theater, and the Kennedy Center. He is also the co-founder of two public performance ensembles - Shakespeare im Park Berlin and the UC Movement for Efficient Privatization [UCMeP]. Currently, Brandon is developing projects that continue to probe theater's possibilities as a social and civic practice, including: a devised investigation of the five pages in the Talmud that tackle the "Messiah" (at LABA); a biographical reimagining of Brecht's Mother Courage as a site of the destruction of the American "home"; and an existential exploration and racial deconstruction of our "Golden Age" of television. Brandon received his Ph.D. in Performance Studies from UC Berkeley in 2014. He was a Fall Directing Fellow at the New York Drama League in 2015 as well as a "Next Stage" Artist-in-Residence there in 2017. In 2016, Brandon joined the English Department at NYU as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Theater and currently serves as the Director of their Program in Dramatic Literature.

 

About The Theater at the 14th Street Y

The Theater at the 14

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

 

About LABA: Laboratory for Jewish Culture

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

 

About the 14th Street Y

The 14th Street Y's philosophy is grounded in the belief that contemporary Jewish sensibilities can be a source of inspiration, connection and learning. No matter what your background, we aim to inspire you to live your best life. We're committed to the development of the whole person, to strengthening family connections and to building inclusive and sustainable communities. The 14

th Street Y serves more than 20,000 people annually with a variety of community programs and is proud to be a part of Educational Alliance, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a 128-year history of serving New Yorkers downtown.

 

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

 

Downtown Jewish Life presents INTO THE NIGHT  | Open: 05/30/17 Close: 05/30/17
Downtown Jewish Life presents

INTO THE NIGHT

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

hosted by The 14th Street Y

 

NEW YORK - Downtown Jewish Life presents INTO THE NIGHT: a contemporary spin on Tikkun Leil Shavuot, hosted by The 14th Street Y on Tuesday, May 30, 2017, from 7:00pm onward (into the night) at 344 East 14th Street, New York City.

 

The Tikkun is a night-long journey through culture in the vein of the many vernal "White Nights" of European traditions. The event will feature conversation and ritual led by artists, musicians, shamans, teachers, scholars, and rabbis. Downtown synagogues and community organizations will lead sessions and workshops designed to provoke philosophical discussion with attendees from all backgrounds.

 

From dance, music and poetry to mixology, text study, sacred chanting, events during the night will provide an environment of thought, culture, creativity, and an extension past one's daily life. While learning deep INTO THE NIGHT we will explore and challenge the notion of Jewish Ritual in inspiring new ways.

 

The "We the People" Track offers an engaging and revealing look at the issues facing audiences today through an anarchic knitting circle, a civil action / call postcard-making station, monologues by Flux Theatre on immigrations issues, and a reading and workshop on the Constitution.

 

More than 20 downtown community partners, theater and dance companies, Argentinean Visual Artists, and French Theater Director, Astrid Bas, plus Frank London and Nadav Lev will join in the fourth-annual night-time journey through conversation, culture, and ritual.

 

"On this holy evening, we are presenting "The Gaga Poems" to share the feminine energy, poetry, and spirit of six women dancers. These are poems about love and hope. They were inspired by my transformative experience of Gaga, a cutting edge dance vocabulary created by the Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin."

-Lea Fridman & Astrid Bas, Artists

 

Admission is free and there will be programs for all levels of observance. A photo ID is required for entry. Advance RSVP is recommended. For more information and to reserve a spot, please visit http://www.14streety.org/IntoTheNight.

 

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

 

We the People Track

* Activate the Constitution || Breathe Free - Flux Theatre Ensemble--a vital part of the indie theater community brings their project "Breathe Free" to our Tikkun. This performance piece will activate our constitution while inspiring a discourse on immigration.

* New York Constitutional Convention - Benjamin Kamine and Atlantic Theater Company's, Abigail Katz read the constitution out loud - workshop

* Anarchic Knitting Circle

* Postcard Party Station -  make a postcard for a cause

* Deb's workshop Workshop: Service, citizenship, and the "We the People" initiative against hate

* Citizenshlep: Selected Readings on Jewish Immigration -- Author Gordon Haber invites you to read and discuss selected pieces on citizenship and the Jews from 20th century fiction

 

Arts/Performances

* Nadav Lev and the Corrections, featuring Jessica Kate Meyers and Frank London

present BIKURIM, a new musical adventure that explores Sephardic, Spanish and Israeli sounds, bringing them together to create a personal, innovative mesh. With Nadav Lev, guitar, Rene Hart, double bass, Satoshi Takeishi, percussion, Rabbi Jessica Kate Meyers, vocal, Frank London, trumpet.

* Israeli Folk Dance Unplugged -- Through dancing and discussion, we will examine the historic and political context of early Israeli folk dances, the choreographers' relationships to the diaspora and European folklore, and the role of appropriated gestures from Jewish Yemenite and Palestinians communities in the creation and dissemination of new national identity.

* REVIVAL -- REVIVAL is a spiritual folk rock performance that speaks to the urgent moral issues of our day and draws from Jewish, Christian, and secular themes of justice and healing.

* The Gaga Poems -- Created by French artist Astrid Bas  This work is a choreography of poetry, dance, and music.

* The composer and his Other: Wagner as Yiddish Opera - A concert performance of one scene from A Yiddishe Wagner followed by a discussion.

* Kaleidoscope: What Does Jewish Look Like to You?

Kaleidoscope is a narrative arts monologue showcase that foregrounds the stories of Jews of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds. Come here a few of the Kaleidoscope cast members perform their monologues and engage in discussion around the intersection of storytelling, Jewish peoplehood, and diversity.

 

Lectures/Workshops

* LABA Buenos Aires presents: BORGES AND THE KABBALAH

Saul Sosnowski and Mirta Kupferminc will talk about this themes while sharing the artistic handmade book they made together with cabalistic concepts, poetry and etchings.

* LABA BA presents in the Gallery: The Other South

Artists from LABA-Buenos Aires  will present their work on The Other - Drawings, lithographies, installations and  Artist Books.

*Preparing for Revelation Through Sacred Chant with Rabbi Eva

We will joyfully prepare for revelation by opening our hearts and attuning ourselves to the Holy One of Blessings through Sacred Hebrew Chant. 

* Holistic Moroccan Belly Dance Workshop

The workshop combines Belly Dance with Moroccan Berber folklore, while focusing on the organic movement of the body and using elements of trance.

* A Talmud Shiur: Humanitarian vs. Halakhic Concerns Regarding Healing on the Sabbath

The gospels claim that the Talmudic rabbis prohibited healing on the Sabbath. We will read Mishnah and Gemara to see if that claim is correct.

* From Dystopia to Utopia: A Jewish Vision of a Better World

Rabbi Ross will draw from his first book, The Ten Commandments, to present a Jewish vision of a better world.

* Dinah in the Age of Trump - Come and learn the less popular Rabbinic traditions on Dinah, and what they have to teach us about being a woman in the age of Trump. Rabbi Bronwen Mullin Bronwen / Town & Village Synagogue.

* Do Not Follow Your Heart! [Numbers 15:39]  Our Torah offers important advice about personal restraint, only to be contradicted by Kohelet's admonition to "follow the desires of your heart." Given our over-heated political climate, which way do we go?  Join Rabbi Larry Sebert and Dr. Glen Millstein, CUNY Professor of Clinical Psychology, to explore a Jewish perspective on impulse and passion - where they can lead us astray and how they can make things right.

 

Throughout the night, there will be an open café, a postcard-making station, and LABA BA artists in the gallery.

 

A full schedule of participants and program can be found below and online at www.14streety.org/IntoTheNight.

 

Downtown Jewish Life is a network of downtown Jewish organizations and individuals hosted by The 14th Street Y. Downtown Jewish Life experiences welcome people of every background, identity, age, family configuration and religious affiliation (or none), who are interested in finding meaning, values,and community inspired by Jewish sensibilities. Downtown Jewish Life includes: 14th Street Y, American Jewish Historical Society, Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect, BASE Hillel, BBYO New York, Brotherhood Synagogue, Congregation Beth Simchat Torah, Conservative Synagogue of Fifth Avenue, East End Temple, Educational Alliance, Hazon, Honeymoon Israel,  JCP Downtown, Kol Hakfar, The Jewish Plays Project, LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture, LAB/Shul, Manny Cantor Center, Museum of Jewish Heritage, The New Shul, Ohel Ayalah, NYU Bronfman Center, The Center for Creative Judaism, Congregation Magen David, The Shul of New York, The Stanton Street Shul, The Sixth Street Community Synagogue, Tamid: The Downtown Synagogue, Town & Village Synagogue, The Village Temple, and YIVO.

 

INTO THE NIGHT is made possible thanks to the generous support of the UJA-Federation of New York and a grant from the Covenant Foundation.

 

Teachers, Musicians and Artists:

Rabbi Dr. Judith Hauptman, Rabbi Rachel Weiss, Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum, Rabbi David Dunn Bauer, Ruhi Sophia Motzkin Rubenstein, n, Rabbi Gavriel Bellino, Misha Shulman, Cantor Michael Weis, Dr. Sharon Keller, Rabbi Larry Sebert & Bronwen Mullin, Rabbi David Gaffney, Shira Kline, Amichai Lau-Lavie,, Julie Gayer Kris, Ruby Namdar, Astrid Bas, Nadav Lev, and Frank London.

 

About The Arts at the 14th Street Y

The 14th Street Y is a cultural center focused on innovation and connection. We play host to some of New York City's most cutting-edge theater and dance companies and produce our own original programming through LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture. The center serves more than 20,000 people annually with a variety of community programs and is proud to be a part of Educational Alliance, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a 128-year history of serving New Yorkers downtown.

 

Downtown Jewish Life presents

INTO THE NIGHT

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

hosted by The 14th Street Y

 

NEW YORK - Downtown Jewish Life presents INTO THE NIGHT: a contemporary spin on Tikkun Leil Shavuot, hosted by The 14th Street Y on Tuesday, May 30, 2017, from 7:00pm onward (into the night) at 344 East 14th Street, New York City.

 

The Tikkun is a night-long journey through culture in the vein of the many vernal "White Nights" of European traditions. The event will feature conversation and ritual led by artists, musicians, shamans, teachers, scholars, and rabbis. Downtown synagogues and community organizations will lead sessions and workshops designed to provoke philosophical discussion with attendees from all backgrounds.

 

From dance, music and poetry to mixology, text study, sacred chanting, events during the night will provide an environment of thought, culture, creativity, and an extension past one's daily life. While learning deep INTO THE NIGHT we will explore and challenge the notion of Jewish Ritual in inspiring new ways.

 

The "We the People" Track offers an engaging and revealing look at the issues facing audiences today through an anarchic knitting circle, a civil action / call postcard-making station, monologues by Flux Theatre on immigrations issues, and a reading and workshop on the Constitution.

 

More than 20 downtown community partners, theater and dance companies, Argentinean Visual Artists, and French Theater Director, Astrid Bas, plus Frank London and Nadav Lev will join in the fourth-annual night-time journey through conversation, culture, and ritual.

 

"On this holy evening, we are presenting "The Gaga Poems" to share the feminine energy, poetry, and spirit of six women dancers. These are poems about love and hope. They were inspired by my transformative experience of Gaga, a cutting edge dance vocabulary created by the Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin."

-Lea Fridman & Astrid Bas, Artists

 

Admission is free and there will be programs for all levels of observance. A photo ID is required for entry. Advance RSVP is recommended. For more information and to reserve a spot, please visit http://www.14streety.org/IntoTheNight.

 

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

 

We the People Track

* Activate the Constitution || Breathe Free - Flux Theatre Ensemble--a vital part of the indie theater community brings their project "Breathe Free" to our Tikkun. This performance piece will activate our constitution while inspiring a discourse on immigration.

* New York Constitutional Convention - Benjamin Kamine and Atlantic Theater Company's, Abigail Katz read the constitution out loud - workshop

* Anarchic Knitting Circle

* Postcard Party Station -  make a postcard for a cause

* Deb's workshop Workshop: Service, citizenship, and the "We the People" initiative against hate

* Citizenshlep: Selected Readings on Jewish Immigration -- Author Gordon Haber invites you to read and discuss selected pieces on citizenship and the Jews from 20th century fiction

 

Arts/Performances

* Nadav Lev and the Corrections, featuring Jessica Kate Meyers and Frank London

present BIKURIM, a new musical adventure that explores Sephardic, Spanish and Israeli sounds, bringing them together to create a personal, innovative mesh. With Nadav Lev, guitar, Rene Hart, double bass, Satoshi Takeishi, percussion, Rabbi Jessica Kate Meyers, vocal, Frank London, trumpet.

* Israeli Folk Dance Unplugged -- Through dancing and discussion, we will examine the historic and political context of early Israeli folk dances, the choreographers' relationships to the diaspora and European folklore, and the role of appropriated gestures from Jewish Yemenite and Palestinians communities in the creation and dissemination of new national identity.

* REVIVAL -- REVIVAL is a spiritual folk rock performance that speaks to the urgent moral issues of our day and draws from Jewish, Christian, and secular themes of justice and healing.

* The Gaga Poems -- Created by French artist Astrid Bas  This work is a choreography of poetry, dance, and music.

* The composer and his Other: Wagner as Yiddish Opera - A concert performance of one scene from A Yiddishe Wagner followed by a discussion.

* Kaleidoscope: What Does Jewish Look Like to You?

Kaleidoscope is a narrative arts monologue showcase that foregrounds the stories of Jews of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds. Come here a few of the Kaleidoscope cast members perform their monologues and engage in discussion around the intersection of storytelling, Jewish peoplehood, and diversity.

 

Lectures/Workshops

* LABA Buenos Aires presents: BORGES AND THE KABBALAH

Saul Sosnowski and Mirta Kupferminc will talk about this themes while sharing the artistic handmade book they made together with cabalistic concepts, poetry and etchings.

* LABA BA presents in the Gallery: The Other South

Artists from LABA-Buenos Aires  will present their work on The Other - Drawings, lithographies, installations and  Artist Books.

*Preparing for Revelation Through Sacred Chant with Rabbi Eva

We will joyfully prepare for revelation by opening our hearts and attuning ourselves to the Holy One of Blessings through Sacred Hebrew Chant. 

* Holistic Moroccan Belly Dance Workshop

The workshop combines Belly Dance with Moroccan Berber folklore, while focusing on the organic movement of the body and using elements of trance.

* A Talmud Shiur: Humanitarian vs. Halakhic Concerns Regarding Healing on the Sabbath

The gospels claim that the Talmudic rabbis prohibited healing on the Sabbath. We will read Mishnah and Gemara to see if that claim is correct.

* From Dystopia to Utopia: A Jewish Vision of a Better World

Rabbi Ross will draw from his first book, The Ten Commandments, to present a Jewish vision of a better world.

* Dinah in the Age of Trump - Come and learn the less popular Rabbinic traditions on Dinah, and what they have to teach us about being a woman in the age of Trump. Rabbi Bronwen Mullin Bronwen / Town & Village Synagogue.

* Do Not Follow Your Heart! [Numbers 15:39]  Our Torah offers important advice about personal restraint, only to be contradicted by Kohelet's admonition to "follow the desires of your heart." Given our over-heated political climate, which way do we go?  Join Rabbi Larry Sebert and Dr. Glen Millstein, CUNY Professor of Clinical Psychology, to explore a Jewish perspective on impulse and passion - where they can lead us astray and how they can make things right.

 

Throughout the night, there will be an open café, a postcard-making station, and LABA BA artists in the gallery.

 

A full schedule of participants and program can be found below and online at www.14streety.org/IntoTheNight.

 

Downtown Jewish Life is a network of downtown Jewish organizations and individuals hosted by The 14th Street Y. Downtown Jewish Life experiences welcome people of every background, identity, age, family configuration and religious affiliation (or none), who are interested in finding meaning, values,and community inspired by Jewish sensibilities. Downtown Jewish Life includes: 14th Street Y, American Jewish Historical Society, Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect, BASE Hillel, BBYO New York, Brotherhood Synagogue, Congregation Beth Simchat Torah, Conservative Synagogue of Fifth Avenue, East End Temple, Educational Alliance, Hazon, Honeymoon Israel,  JCP Downtown, Kol Hakfar, The Jewish Plays Project, LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture, LAB/Shul, Manny Cantor Center, Museum of Jewish Heritage, The New Shul, Ohel Ayalah, NYU Bronfman Center, The Center for Creative Judaism, Congregation Magen David, The Shul of New York, The Stanton Street Shul, The Sixth Street Community Synagogue, Tamid: The Downtown Synagogue, Town & Village Synagogue, The Village Temple, and YIVO.

 

INTO THE NIGHT is made possible thanks to the generous support of the UJA-Federation of New York and a grant from the Covenant Foundation.

 

Teachers, Musicians and Artists:

Rabbi Dr. Judith Hauptman, Rabbi Rachel Weiss, Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum, Rabbi David Dunn Bauer, Ruhi Sophia Motzkin Rubenstein, n, Rabbi Gavriel Bellino, Misha Shulman, Cantor Michael Weis, Dr. Sharon Keller, Rabbi Larry Sebert & Bronwen Mullin, Rabbi David Gaffney, Shira Kline, Amichai Lau-Lavie,, Julie Gayer Kris, Ruby Namdar, Astrid Bas, Nadav Lev, and Frank London.

 

About The Arts at the 14th Street Y

The 14th Street Y is a cultural center focused on innovation and connection. We play host to some of New York City's most cutting-edge theater and dance companies and produce our own original programming through LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture. The center serves more than 20,000 people annually with a variety of community programs and is proud to be a part of Educational Alliance, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a 128-year history of serving New Yorkers downtown.

 

The Theater at the 14th Street Y

Announces its 2016-2017 Season:

Dance, Theater, & LABA Series

$14at14Y Flex Pass now on sale!

 

NEW YORK – The Theater at the 14th Street Y brings a new lens to the downtown performing arts scene with its exciting and diverse curated Theater, Dance, and LABA Series for the 2016-2017 Season. Through partnerships with each of the shows, the 14th Street Y embraces the NYC artist community to bring audiences a wide range of experiences.

 

From dance, to theater, and even circus, as well as works-in-progress through the fellowship program, LABA, there’s something for everyone! On September 6, 2016, Cirque-tacular’s The Art of Circus will launch the 2016-2017 Season with The Art of Circus, its newest full-length production inspired by visual art masterpieces that feature dance and circus and world renowned painters, and the time periods and stories that birthed the world's most iconic images.

 

Experience theater your way with the $14at14Y Flex Pass a subscription package with dance, theater, circus, and LABA shows.  A Flex Pass allows subscribers to select three shows for $42 —that’s only $14 per ticket!  $14at14Y Flex Passes are on sale now at 14StreetY.org/FIexPass

Highlights of the season include:

  • The acrobatic fantasy world of Cirque-tacular’s newest full length production: The Art of Circus, including a special performance for children

  • The New York Premiere of world renowned playwright Israel Horovitz’s The Day Before Yesterday

  • The World Premiere of Safe by Penny Jackson, featuring Sawyer Spielberg, Meghan St. Thomas, Joel Nagle, and Jill Schackner.

  • Three LABA productions are back 14 Street Y Artistic Director Ronit Muszkatblit’s Hanna and the Moonlit Dress, Mar Vista by LABA alum Yehuda Hyman, and  birds sing a pretty song featuring former LABA alum Rebecca Margolick.

  • A remounting of 14 Street Y Associate Artistic Director, David Stallings’ award winning play, Anais Nin Goes to Hell, after a successful 2008 NYC Fringe production.

The World Premiere of Adam Symkowicz’s Rare Birds produced by Red Fern Theatre Company.

 

“We have lined up an incredible group of artists and are excited to bring inspiring provocative and innovative culture to our audiences. As an incubator for new work and thought leaders between our artists and the community we look forward to launching this new season.”

-Ronit Muszkatblit, Artistic Director of the 14th Street Y

 

“This year was the first year the 14th Street Y curated their season as part of an active initiative to move away from being a strictly “rental house”.  We want to create a space where independent theater artists are supported administratively with a more cost-effective model.  This year, we truly wanted to focus on social awareness and activism in choosing our line-up.  We believe in putting a diverse group of artists in the center of our community to inspire discourse.”

-- David Stallings, Associate Artistic Director of the 14th Street Y

 

Cirque-tacular: The Art of Circus

September 6-11*, 2016

Tickets: $39.50-$75

The Art of Circus, Cirque-tacular’s newest full length production, derives inspiration from visual art masterpieces that feature dance and circus, as well as world renowned painters, and the time periods and stories that birthed the world's most iconic images. Featuring thrilling acrobatics, world record holders, elite gymnasts, international recognized circus performers, an original score by 4 time ASCAP award winner, Jesse Elder (Postmodern Jukebox), live musicians, and contemporary musical arrangements corresponding to the major movements in art over the last 500 years, audiences will discover an acrobatic fantasy world that is at once familiar, unexpected, and timeless.

*On September 11th at 11AM - Join us for a Special Children's Performance that runs 70 minutes with no intermission; perfect for younger art lovers!

 

Core Creative Productions: Chokehold & 91 Central Productions: Safe

September 12-October 9, 2016

Tickets: $18

Chokehold: Written by Anthony P. Pennino, directed by Tim Cusack.

Ferguson. Staten Island. Cleveland. North Charleston. Baltimore. Baton Rouge. St. Anthony. The list goes on and on. Five friends launch a desperate gamble to end police violence, but the road to achieving justice is more elusive than they think.

Safe: Written by Penny Jackson, directed by Glory Kadigan, featuring Sawyer Spielberg, Meghan St. Thomas, Joel Nagle, and Jill Schackner.

When an intriguing older man enters a teenage girl's life, he threatens her relationship with her already estranged father and her best friend as a mystery turns to danger. 91 Central Productions presents character-driven contemporary theater relevant to international audiences.

 

“Hot button topics tend to make sensational talking points for theater. Chokehold by Anthony P. Pennino unabashedly goes right into the American race relations and police brutality for a sixty-minute high-octane drama that keeps you interrogative.” Michael Block, Theater in the Now

 

 

MTWorks & Goode Productions: Anaïs Nin Goes to Hell

October 10-30, 2016

Tickets: $18 general, $15 seniors

Anaïs Nin Goes to Hell by David Stallins, directed by Antonio Minino, and starring James Edward Becton, Mlé Chester, Mel House, Amanda Jones, Richard Lindenfelzer, Nylda Mark, Madalyn McKay, Hannah Seusy, and Stephanie Willing is an existential comedy centered around some of the most powerful and memorable women in history (Queen Victoria, Cleopatra, Andromeda, Heloise, Joan of Arc) as they wait on an island in the river Styx for the final leg of their soul's journey to eternal peace or damnation. Their monotonous afterlife is shaken up when women's lib icon and erotica writer Anaïs Nin arrives on the island, planting seeds of change.

 

"Surprising and heartfelt."  -The Edinburgh Evening News

 

The Theater 14th Street Y & Bearded Ladies Productions: Y Cabaret

October 31-November 1, 2016 & March 6-7, 2017

Tickets: $20 in advance, $22 at the door

Get up close and personal with some of the hottest choreographers in town. Experience dance outside of the boundaries of traditional performance.

 

“Thank the gods for Stallings’ Anais Nin Goes to Hell” -- Village Voice 2008

 

LABA & Mystical Feet: The Mar Vista

December 1-18, 2016

Tickets: $18 in advance, $22 at the door

The Mar Vista, created and written by Yehuda Hyman, is a comical and heartbreaking new theater-dance play about a forbidden war time romance, a 1960s Jewish Family of immigrants in Los Angeles, gypsy dances, pop tunes, rumbas, twists and the enduring memory of lost love.  

 

LABA: Hanna and the Moonlit Dress

December 2-18, 2016

Tickets: $12 youth (12 and under), $18 general admission, $35 family ticket (up to 5 people)

Hanna and the Moonlit Dress: Based on Izhak Scheiger-Dmi’el’s book, adapted for the stage by Ronit Muszkatblit and Yoav Gal. A magical, interactive musical for children about the power of a good deed. Young Hannah'le just wanted to help the coalman carry his heavy sack of coal from the forest, but now--Oh No!  Her new white dress is stained with black spots!  How can Hanna go to dinner now? Won't Mama be upset?  Perhaps the moon will come to Hanna's rescue with its magical light. Join Hanna and her friends, Zuzi the dog and Edna the cow.  Together, let's dra, cut, glue and create Hanna's world, and light the night with moonlight magic.

 

LABA Presents: DRUNK!

January 12, 2017 at 8pm

Tickets: $25

You’ve seen wine paired with food, but how about wine paired with texts? Join LABA Fellows, ancient text scholar Reuben Namdar and sommelier Ronald Jordan. A four course exploration of the relationship between wine and OTHER through teachings, tastings and performances. LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture is a program of the 14th Street Y that uses classic Jewish texts to inspire the creation of art, dialogue and study.

 

Cirque-tacular: Snowkus Pocus

January 17-February 5, 2017

Tickets: $45 general admission, $85 premium, $35 senior, $25 student

Join us for Snokus Pocus as we traverse from winter to spring in a magical journey of seasonal splendor, circus spectacle and derring-do! Marvel at the bendy ballerina in her living snow globe. Be blown away when the icy north wind battles Jack Frost in an epic snowball fight. Feel the warm glow of winter's end as the snow ballet melts your heart. Delight in the first blossoms of the sunny new season as acrobats play in the springtime rays. Snow-y, blow-y family fun abounds in the whimsical winter wonder-world that is Snokus Pokus!!!

 

Convergences Theatre Collective Presents: Babel

January 18-February 5, 2017

Tickets: $85 premium, $45 general, $35 students/seniors, $25 youth (12 and under)

A story told through Acrobatic Dance theater, Babel is a physical is a physical spectacle that reinvents one of the oldest stories in the world: The Tower of Babel.  It calls upon diverse perspectives of the story to reveal ambition, grief, and healing within the complexity of the human condition.  The story is told by 22 powerful dancers.

 

LABA: LABAlive Series

February 9, March 16, & May 11, 2017

Tickets: $20

Experience excerpts of new works in progress by our LABA Fellows centered on this year's theme, Other. Part of LABA is the House of Study, an artist fellowship program for which around 10 culture-makers, a mix of visual artists, writers, dancers, musicians, actors and others, are brought together to study classic Jewish texts in a non-religious, open-minded setting. The fellows use the study to inspire work which is featured in our series of LABAlive events and performances.

 

New York Premire of Israel Horovitz’s The Day Before Yesterday
February 13-March 5, 2017

Tickets: $18

Written by Israel Horovitz, directed by Glory Kadigan. Internationally acclaimed playwright Israel Horovitz's newest play The Day Before Yesterday follows three couples during 72 hours, before and after a rock concert in Paris.

 

World Premiere of Red Fern’s Rare Birds

March 20-April 9, 2017

Tickets: $20

Written by Adam Szymkowitcz, directed by Scott Ebersold. World Premiere Production.  The worst thing you can do in high school is admit you love something.  A play about adolescent cyberbullying and your mother's new boyfriend.

 

From the Horse's Mouth Dance: A Celebration of Indian Dance in America

April 24-30, 2017

Tickets: $35 (general admission), $25 (seniors), $20 (students & Y members)

From the Horse's Mouth offers a special performance showcasing the diversity and influences of Indian Dance on the world's cultural life from ancient roots to Bollywood. 

 

LABA: bird sing a pretty song

May 4-7, 2017

Tickets: $18

Join former LABA Fellows REBECCA MARGOLICK and MAXX BERKOWITZ for the second stage of their interactive multi-media dance piece developed last year in the 14th Street Y's innovative LABA: a laboratory for Jewish Culture.

 

About 14th Street Y

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

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

 

Hanna and the Moonlit Dress  | Open: 12/02/16 Close: 12/18/16
The Theater at the 14th Street Y

presents

Hanna and the Moonlit Dress

December 2-18, 2016

 

The Theater at the 14th Street Y presents Hanna and the Moonlit Dress as part of the Theater/Dance Series curated at The Theater at The 14th Street Y, 344 E. 14th Street, NYC from December 2-18, 2016 at 7:30pm. Performances: Fridays at 4pm; Saturdays and Sundays at 10am and noon. Tickets are $18 for adults, $12 for children, $35 for family (maximum of five members), and are available at www.14streety.org/tickets.

 

Hanna and the Moonlit Dress, based on Izhak Scheiger-Dmi’el’s book and adapted for the stage by Ronit Muszkatblit and Yoav Gal, is a magical, interactive musical for children about the power of a good deed. Directed by Ronit Muszkatblit. Hanna is played by Case Watson and the Mother is played by Kate Mulberry.  The Music Director is Peter Hodgson.

 

Young Hannah'le just wanted to help the coal miner carry his heavy sack of coal from the forest, but now--Oh No! Her new white dress is stained with black spots! How can Hanna go to dinner now? Won't Mama be upset? Perhaps the moon will come to Hanna's rescue with its magical light. Join Hanna and her friends, including Edna the cow, Zuzzi the dog, the Coalman and the Moon, in an interactive musical theater experience for children ages 2-8. Hanna helps a stranger, and in the process accidentally dirties her white dress, newly sewn by her mother for Shabbat. Her distress is relieved, however, when she discovers the magic of a good deed.

 

Children will help create the world of the play by crafting paper masks, costumes, and set pieces with the actors. The show is 50 minutes with no intermission.

 

'We want the children to learn that if you put out positive energy or a positive action, something good will come back to you. It’s a simple story, this cycle, were the goodness that [Hanna] gives to the old man, comes back to her through the moon. It’s a simple message, and there’s the emphasis on play and draw, and that’s why everything is made out of paper, to show that we can create a world, and a play, and a set, just from paper and glue and a black pen. Hanna does a good deed, and something good comes to her, and she shares it with her mom, and they spend time together. It really, for me, that sense of time together more than the religious thing. And it’s good that you have a marker, one day a week for rest. If it’s not a Saturday, if it’s a Wednesday, I don’t care. Take time for each-other,” said Ronit Muszkatblit, Director of Hanna and Artistic Director of the 14th Street Y.

 

With their creativity and spirit, children have the power to remake the world.”

- The Jewish Week

 

About 14th Street Y

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

 

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

 

Cirque-tacular: The Art of Circus  | Open: 09/07/16 Close: 09/11/16
The Art of Circus, Cirque-tacular’s newest full length production, derives inspiration from visual art masterpieces that feature dance and circus, as well as world renowned painters, and the time periods and stories that birthed the world's most iconic images. Featuring thrilling acrobatics, world record holders, elite gymnasts, international recognized circus performers, an original score by 4 time ASCAP award winner, Jesse Elder (Postmodern Jukebox), live musicians, and contemporary musical arrangements corresponding to the major movements in art over the last 500 years, audiences will discover an acrobatic fantasy world that is at once familiar, unexpected, and timeless.

Cirque-tacular: The Art of Circus will be presented as part of the Theater/Dance Series curated at The Theater at The 14th Street Y, 344 E. 14th Street, NYC from September 6-11, 2016. Tickets are $39.50-$75 and are available at www.14streety.org/tickets. Performances: Tuesday and Wednesday at 7pm, Thursday at 2pm and 7pm, Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 3pm and 8pm, and Sunday at 11am (special children’s performance) and 7pm. Regular shows recommended for 10 and older.

 

On September 11, 2016 at 11am, a Special Children's Performance runs 70 minutes with no intermission; perfect for younger art lovers!

 

Cirque-tacular Entertainment is a premiere New York City based acrobatic and specialty entertainment company. Through thousands of performances in the last ten years, their work has been enjoyed in over 70 countries, by millions live, in conjunction with the most recognized brands, venues, and arts organizations of our age.

 

About 14th Street Y

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

 

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

 

Labalive Presents Bird Sing A Pretty Song  | Open: 04/07/16 Close: 04/09/16
LABAlive Presents

BIRD SING A PRETTY SONG

at the Theater at the 14th Street Y

April 7 & 9, 2016 at 8pm

LABAlive presents BIRD SING A PRETTY SONG created by LABA fellows Rebecca Margolick and Maxx Berkowitz on April 7, 2016 and April 9, 2016 at 8pm at the Theater at the 14th Street Y, 344 E 14th St, New York, NY.  BIRD SING A PRETTY SONG is a new performance piece combining dance, interactive media and film from dancer Rebecca Margolick and composer and graphic artist Maxx Berkowitz. The work is an exploration of solitude, beauty and chaos and the way in which technology amplifies and minimizes those states of being.  Tickets are $20 (drinks included) and can be purchased at www.labajournal.com/calendar or by calling 646-395-4310. 

About the LABA Fellows

Rebecca Margolick and Maxx Berkowitz are a Brooklyn-based integrative and experimental performance collaborative. 

 

Rebecca Margolick was born and raised in Vancouver, Canada. She graduated with an honors BFA in Dance from NYU – Tisch School of the Arts and received the J.S. Seidman Award for Excellence in Dance. Primarily based in NYC, Rebecca is a company member with Sidra Bell Dance New York. She currently works with Shay Kuebler Radical System Arts in Vancouver, Chuck Wilte’s UNA Projects in NYC and with Derrick Belcham and Emily Terndrup. She has received grants from the Canada Council and BC Arts Council to attend workshops around the world. Rebecca has taught at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Rutgers University, Simon Fraser University, and Tanz Farm in Atlanta, and will be co-directing a class at University of the Arts in Philadelphia this fall semester.

 

Maxx Berkowitz is an interactive art director / designer, as well as a guitarist in the band Twin Wave. He has a wide creative skill set including video, photography, animation and development. After graduating from Syracuse University with a dual major in Graphic Design and Information Management and Technology, Maxx worked as a designer at Showtime Premium Television Networks and the digital agency Bajibot. Since beginning freelancing in August 2013, Maxx has worked on projects from the award-winning 2013 interactive Macy’s holiday windows to websites for Mercedes, Time Inc. and Starbucks and for many top advertising agencies including Razorfish, JWT and Wunderman. Read more here.

 

About LABA

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

 

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

 

About The 14th Street Y

The 14th Street Y serves over 20,000 people annually with a variety of community programs. The 14th Street Y is proud to be a part of Educational Alliance, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a 126-year history of serving New Yorkers downtown.

 

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LABAlive presents DRUNK at the 14th Street Y  | Open: 01/21/16 Close: 01/21/16
New York, NY: Who was the world's first drunkard? Can wine serve us as a stairway to heaven? What did our holy rabbis really think about those who abstain from drinking? All this and much more in DRUNK 2016, a night devoted to art, humor and some serious drinking!

You’ve had wine paired with food. Now try wine paired with texts. LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture at the 14th Street Y is holding DRUNK, an evening of wine and text tasting on January 21, 2015 at 7:30pm.

Held in the Theater at the 14th Street Y, guests will study texts on the theme of intoxication from the Torah and Talmud with LABA teacher Ruby Namdar, while drinking and learning about wines selected to match those specific texts by a professional sommelier.

Throughout the night, LABA artist fellows will explore altered states, intoxication, grapes, tastes and the mysteries of fermentation. LABA fellows are Gal Beckerman, Gon Ben Ari, Lital Dotan, Lainie Fefferman, Joshua Max Feldman, Jessica Gross, Shanti Grumbine, Rebecca Margolick and Maxx Berkowitz, Kendell Pinkney, Hanan Elstein, Lior Zalmanson. To learn more, visit www.labajournal.com/fellows/.

The event will run from 7:30pm to 9pm, at 344 E 14th Street, New York, NY, 10024. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. To purchase tickets go to http://www.labajournal.com/drunk, or call 646-395-4322.

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

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

About The 14th Street Y
The 14th Street Y serves over 20,000 people annually with a variety of community programs. The 14th Street Y is proud to be a part of Educational Alliance, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a 126-year history of serving New Yorkers downtown.

Hello, Dolly!  | Open: 05/03/13 Close: 05/12/13
 

In the Tony-winning musical Hello, Dolly!, the cantankerous Horace Vandergelder hires matchmaker Dolly Levi to find him a wife. Dolly soon hatches a plan to woo and win Vandergelder’s hand herself, while simultaneously arranging romantic prospects for his niece, his clerks and two of Manhattan’s most eligible shop girls.

Hanna And The Moonlit Dress  | Open: 01/07/12 Close: 01/15/12
  Fold, cut, snap, glue – create a dress, create a world!  Woken’ Glacier Theater Company and LABA: The National Laboratory for New Jewish Culture at the 14th Street Y present the premiere of the musical theater adaptation of the famous Israeli children’s book “Hanna’s Shabbat Dress,” by Itzchak Damiel. Hanna and the Moonlit Dress will run at the Theater at the 14th street Y in January 2012.  

Join Hanna and her friends, including Edna the cow, Zuzzi the dog, the Coalman and the Moon, in an interactive musical theater experience. Hanna helps a stranger, and in the process accidently dirties her white dress, newly sewn by her mother for Shabbat.  Her distress is relieved, however, when she discovers the magic of a good deed. Children will help create the world of the play by crafting paper masks, costumes, and set pieces with the actors. 

A Wonderfully Flat Thing  | Open: 12/18/10 Close: 01/16/11
Join Mark Twain and his animal friends on a fun journey of self discovery and magic.  With puppets, dance, music, and interactive video projections kids ages 4 & up will be delighted by this visual feast.  Based on Mark Twain’s short story, A Fable, our talented cast discovers a mysterious “flat thing,” a mirror, and each sees something different.  Is it magic?  Only Mark Twain has the answer! A Wonderfully Flat Thing is a innovative children’s theater production your kids will love!