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The Theater at the 14th

Street Y

Announces the 2018-2019 Season

Family Series

 

NEW YORK - The Theater at the 14th Street Y continues tohonor the edgy, diverse, and rich history of innovative culture-making in the East Village for people of all ages with the 2018-2019 Family Series.

 

The series kicks-off on October 20, 2018 with The Not-So-Spooky Ghost and runs through May 2019.

 

"Ever since I was a child, I can remember sitting in the theater, waiting as the lights went down for the magic to start. From the age of two, my mother would schlep us to see new worlds and experience foreign types of movement, sounds and music. She believed in exposing us to all parts of our imagination, building paths towards new unknowns.

 

Here at the 14the Street Y Theater, we also believe that all children should experience that magic, sit excitedly for unknowns, and meet new characters for their imagination to take into new worlds. We want to create a platform that will enable artists to weave their magic for our kids. That is why we have started incubating and supporting a Theater for Young Audiences series. This year we are launching this series with 5 new plays and events that will share the creative process with the children.

 

Let the magic begin we can't wait to share it." - Ronit Muszkatblit, Director of Arts + Culture at the 14th Street Y

 

The magic will also continue through our engagement activities. After one performance of each of the shows, there will be a curated activity elaborating on the themes of the show. Activities will include a program with a Tenement Museum educator, improvisational dance led by one of the performers, crafting projects led by puppeteers, and even a talk back with the writer and actor of a show so the kids can delve into their unique understandings and critiques of a performance. 

 

 

2018-2019 Family Series:

 

The Not-So-Spooky Ghost

October 20-21, 27-28 

WonderSpark Puppets 

Written and directed by Chad Williams 

A timid ghost, his skeleton father and a mysterious scarecrow have lots of laughs in this all-ages show. The little ghost can't scare a soul to please his Big Bad Dad, but help is on the way as the audience and some friends scare up some fun fright. Hand puppet show in a traditional puppet booth. 

 

Fox Fables

November 3-4 

WonderSpark Puppets 

Written and directed by Chad Williams 

This puppet adaptation of an Aesop's Fable is about a fox who loses his precious tail and with it his identity. He tries to be several other animals instead-with hilarious results- before realizing the moral lesson of this ancient story.

 

Layer the Walls

November 7-11 

Created by Liz Parker & Rachel Sullivan 

Directed by Spica Wobbe 

Set within a tenement that is about to be torn down and whose interior is plastered with 40 layers, this show uses masks, toy-theater techniques and puppets designed by Spica Wobbe to imagine the proud and perilous histories of the building's Italian, Jewish and Irish occupants. Ages 7+.

 

The Fantastical Dangerous Journey of Q

Rebel Playhouse 

December 1-16 

Written by Ric Averill, music by Dax Dupuy, Directed & choreographed by Sarah Sutliff, Music direction by Christina Bottley 

Q, an upper elementary student struggling with gender and identity issues, faces the daily difficulties of preoccupied parents, bullying peers, and communication with challenging teachers... but with a bag of tricks everyday objects grow and are endowed with powers that allow Q to face larger than life threats head on! This new hour long musical features song, dance, and puppetry.

 

Old Turtle and the Broken Truth

Rebel Playhouse 

May 4-19 

Written by Catherine Bush, music by Dax Dupuy, Directed & choreographed by Sarah Sutliff 

Based on the Children's Book by Douglas Wood, In Old Turtle and the Broken Truth, a truth falls like a star from the sky and breaks into two pieces. When the villagers discover only half of the truth, it causes so many problems that Little One, a brave young girl, decides to search for the missing half. With the help of Old Turtle, and many animal friends, Little One is able to mend the broken truth and make it whole again creating a better world for everyone. 

 

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

 

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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.

 

Friendlys Fire  | Open: 05/03/19 Close: 05/19/19
In a cabin in Alaska, Guy Friendly, a Gulf War veteran and bee-herder, has just had a tooth stolen during casual sex. His best friend Todd, a pawn-shop owner dressed as an astronaut, finds Friendly in a fevered state. Trapped by the snow, Todd has little choice but enter Friendly’s fevered dream, to unravel the events of the night before – and the events of the Gulf War that led Friendly to becoming a shut-in. An homage to Western movies, He-Man action figures, and the playwright's belief as a child that the Sesame Street Muppet Guy Smiley was in fact God, Friendly's Fire shows us to what lengths one man will go to preserve the sanity of his friend - a veteran who lost his brother in service to our country.

Produced by Rising Sun Performance Company in association with the 14th Street Y

The cast features Adeyinka Adebola, Johnny Blaze Leavitt, Ita Korenzecher, Desiree Pinol, Kyle Porter, William Serri, Hannah Taylor, and Matthew Weitz.

WAITING FOR GODOT IN YIDDISH  | Open: 12/24/18 Close: 01/27/19
New Yiddish Rep, in association with The Theater at the 14th Street Y, is pleased to present a fresh new production of Samuel Beckett’s masterpiece Waiting for Godot (Vartn Af Godot), translated by Shane Baker, and directed by The 14th Street Y’s artistic director of Arts & Culture, Ronit Muszkatblit. Waiting for Godot will perform in Yiddish with English super-titles for a five-week limited engagement from Sunday, December 24st, 2018 through Sunday, January 27th, 2019 at The Theater at the 14th Street Y (344 East 14th Street at 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10003). 

 

"Beckett's play (which was originally produced in French) may finally have found its mother tongue." -The New Yorker

 

“Was I sleeping while the others suffered?” Waiting for Godot depicts the other, the refugee, the stranger looking for a safe haven. Estragon and Vladimir aren’t waiting for god, they’re waiting for humanity to evolve, to break down the walls that separate us and embrace them. In order to endure the absurdity and confusion they must occasionally laugh in the darkness and embrace each other. At its core, Yiddish,  the language of tears and laughter, is particularly suited to this tragi-comedy. It informs and illuminates Beckett’s seminal post-modern masterpiece.

 

Performed in Yiddish with English super-titles.

 

With David Mandelbaum as Estragon, Rafael Goldwaser as Vladimir, Gera Sandler as Pozzo, Richard Saudek as Lucky. Noam Sandler and Myron Tregubov alternate as the boy.

 

Featuring scenic design by George Xenos, lighting design by Reza Behjat, and supertitles by Eli Rosen.

 

Waiting for Godot plays the following schedule through Jan 27, 2019*:

 

Mondays at 7:30 PM

Tuesdays at 7:30 PM

Wednesdays at 7:30 PM

Thursdays at 7:30 PM

Fridays at 7:30 PM

Saturdays at 7:30 PM

Sundays at 2:00 P.M. and 7:30 PM

 

*Schedule Exceptions: There will be NO performances Wed Dec 26; Sun Dec 30 at 2pm; Sun Jan 6 at 7:30 pm; Mon, Jan 7 thru Fri, Jan 11; Wed, Jan 16 thru Fri, Jan 18; Wed, Jan 23 thru Fri, Jan 25.

 

Tickets are $35.00 and are currently available to purchase by calling 646-395-4310 or by visiting www.newyiddishrep.org. Tickets may also be purchased 30 minutes before showtime.

 

Running Time: 2 hours with one 10 minute intermission.

 

Website: www.newyiddishrep.org


About the Company: New Yiddish Rep

NEW YIDDISH REP commissioned the Yiddish translation of Waiting For Godot in 2012, and produced the Yiddish world premiere in association with Castillo theatre in 2013. NYR is committed to restoring the vitality and creative scope that once made Yiddish theater an integral and innovative part of the theater community in New York and beyond, and a magnet for critics, producers, and general audiences. Our aim is to present a long and diverse season that can both delight the public and serve as a training ground for young Yiddish actors. www.newyiddishrep.org

THE BABY MONITOR  | Open: 11/29/18 Close: 12/16/18
When Claire’s concerns over the welfare of her two-year-old nephew 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.

A finalist for the 2014 National New Play Network, The Baby Monitor was developed in Hollywood at The Blank Theatre's Living Room Series; in New York at Planet Connections Theatre Festivity's Playwrights for A Cause, The Duo Multicultural Arts Center's Pride Week Festival, and Original Binding Productions' Naked Theater Festival.

 

With Leo Goodman (Dystopia), Mel House* (Anaïs Nin Goes to Hell; NY IT Awards Outstanding Actress for In the Bones), Amanda Jones* (Anaïs Nin Goes to Hell; Marie Antoinette: The Color of Flesh), Héctor Matías (Premios Soberano Outstanding Actor Nominee - Bony y Kin), Greta Quispe*, and David Stallings (Ripcord - Shadowland Theatre). Further casting will be announced at a later date.

 

Featuring lighting design by Daniel Gallagher, and sound design by Jacob Subotnick. The production stage manager is Rachel Denise April.


About the Company: Different Translation

Different Translation is a creative development company presenting irresistibly visceral and theatrical experiences that reflect our current truth.

​We are interested in works that contain one or more characters of color, different genders, and one or more characters over the age of 30. We are also interested in multilingual works by local and international artists.

Formerly known as Fab Marquee Productions, Different translation is curated by theatre maker Antonio Miniño.

...IT'S TIME... BY FREEMOVE DANCE  | Open: 10/11/18 Close: 10/14/18
In Freemove Dance’s debut evening-long work …it’s time… everyone is literally “on the clock.” The piece, choreographed by Jenn Freeman, is conceived as a meditation on each individual’s intricate relationship to time. The work features five dancers whose performances are both constrained and propelled by the presence of a large digital timer, inexorably counting down towards zero. The evocative live drum score, composed by Dani Markham (Childish Gambino), serves as the soundtrack to the dance conceived as a metaphor of a lifetime – one long, cinematic take in which performers transition through changing ambiances, styles, and energies.   

The work features five dancers: Maddison Burg, Mia DeWeese, Matt Luck, Christopher Ralph, and Chelsea Thedinga. Dani Markham’s score for the piece will be performed live by Price McGuffey. The lighting design of the piece is by the 2010 Bessie-winner Philip Treviño (awarded for his work on Pam Tanowitz’s Be In The Gray With Me) and costumes are designed by Mondo Morales (known for his work with Alvin Ailey II.)

HOAXOCAUST!  | Open: 09/05/18 Close: 09/30/18
What roles should past horrors play in defining ourselves, our religious views, or even our politics? Is there such a thing as a contemporary Jewish identity independent of the Holocaust? Should there be? What if the Holocaust had never happened? Mahmoud Abbas has said it.  Poland has said it. Some people currently running for our Congress and in our President's coalition have said it.  If the Holocaust didn’t happen… what did? Join writer/performer Barry Levey on an around-the-world adventure as he tracks down deniers from Illinois to Iran, meets engineers and ex-presidents, and dodges a brother in Hungary and a boyfriend back home on a journey to discover the shocking truth.

THE GENESIS PLAYS  | Open: 05/01/18 Close: 05/18/18
Over the past three years, The In[heir]itance Project devised THE GENESIS PLAYS by entrenching themselves in five mid-sized US cities and opening up the creative process so those communities could participate and develop a deeper connection to the performance and the biblical narratives that inspire the project. The process includes text study with artists and clergy, devising workshops, open rehearsals with participating organizations and houses of worship, performance talkbacks, and community engagement events where local artists and audiences also respond to the source material.

Each GENESIS PLAY is inspired by the narrative of a matriarch or patriarch from the book of Genesis and devised with communities in a different city. THE ABRAHAM PLAY (Twin Cities 2015) follows a Wall Street stock jock searching for a lost deed in a scavenger hunt where the audience holds the clues. In THE REBECCA PLAY (Charleston 2016), the city becomes a mother playing favorites among her children, White and Black. THE JACOB PLAY (Austin 2016) is a hard-hitting, smackdown, knockout wrestling extravaganza! THE LEAH/RACHEL PLAY (Seattle 2017) investigates sisterhood using filmed interviews of sisters of all ages, live music, and ancient papyrus. And in THE SARAH PLAY (Kansas City 2017), three actors struggle with how to tell a sacred shared narrative of the Muslim, Christian and Jewish traditions, when there are multiple accounts of the truth.

 


About the Company: The Inheiritance Project

Is a national non-profit arts organization which engages communities by putting their lived experiences in conversation with inherited texts using a unique methodology of research, play, and reflection that involves audiences throughout the creative process. www.inheiritance.org

Y Cabaret  | Open: 03/24/18 Close: 03/25/18
The Theater 14th Street Y

& Bearded Ladies Productions

present

Y Cabaret

March 24 & 25, 2018 at 8pm

 

The Theater 14th Street Y & Bearded Ladies Productions present the 4th Y Cabaret, as part of the Theater/Dance Series curated at The Theater at The 14th Street Y, 344 E. 14th Street, NYC on March 24 & 25, 2018 at 8pm.The Y Cabaret is evening of drinks, dance, and food and features choreographers: Nicole Von Arx, Peter Cheng, Mei Yamanaka, Roya Carreras, Kristen Carcone, BAIRA (formerly BS Movement), and Princess Lockerooo, hosted by Clinton Edward.

 

Tickets are $20 in advance ($22 at the door) and are available at www.14streety.org/tickets.

 

This March performance marks the fourth Y Cabaret at the 14th St Y, and in just three years the Y Cabaret will have showcased 28 dance companies through this program alone. Each Cabaret invites seven choreographers to showcase work both new and old in a welcoming, fun, and safe environment for audiences and artists. Audiences experience the weird, the sensual, the funny, the sexy, and the entertaining in our dance cabaret; and what better way to do that than with a drink in hand? You can get up close and personal with some of the hottest choreographers in town and experience dance outside of the boundaries of traditional performance.

 

Jake McIntye and Larry Daniels (Bearded Ladies Productions) founded the Y Cabaret to give audiences different way to connect with contemporary dance, and choreographers a space to develop work. Having successfully presented other dance shows at the Y, the Y Theater has partnered with BL Productions from the beginning to bring a whole new audience and artists to the Y.

 

About the Artists

Peter Cheng is a dancer, choreographer, and performer based in New York City. His work has been presented at ODC Theater, the Seattle International Dance Festival, Center Stage Theater, Nebula Dance Lab, SAFEhouse for the Performing Arts, CPRNY, Ailey Studios, 92nd St. Y/Harkness, Judson Church, and 14th St. Y. Cheng currently performs with Lydia Johnson Dance, konverjdans, and recently made his film debut in a comedic short directed by Dan Gregor, appearing alongside Adam Pally, Doug Mand, and Rachel Bloom (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend).

peterandco.org

 

Nicole Von Arx is a freelance dancer and choreographer based between Brooklyn and Geneva, Switzerland. As a performer, Nicole was a soloist at the Royal Opera House in London & Chicago Lyric Opera in the critically acclaimed opera Tannhäuser directed by Tim Albery and choreographed by Jasmin Vardimon. She has also worked for Carte Blanche (The Norwegian National Company of Contemporary Dance), Elena Vazintaris and the Metropolitan Opera. In 2013, she participated in The 6th Copenhagen International Choreography Competition while dancing for the choreographer Bryan Arias winning 1st place and Audience Choice Award. As a choreographer, Nicole has presented her work internationally at the BFM and the Flux Laboratory in Switzerland, and at Reykjavík Culture Night in Iceland. In New York, her choreography appeared at the Museum of Moving Image, Judson Church, the Dance Gallery Festival-Level UP, The Current Sessions, Pushing Progress, the Ailey Citigroup Theatre, the Dumbo Dance Festival, Triskelion and Gowanus Arts. Nicole is currently a performer and Dance Captain for Company XIV and is a company member and choreographer's assistant at Loni Landon Dance Projects. For more information, visit www.nvonarx.com

 

Mei Yamanaka is a dancer and choreographer from Japan. Mei moved to New York in 2008. Mei has worked and collaborated with artists including Tiffany Mills, Dendy Donovan Projects, Jennifer Archibald, Katy Pyle, Patricia Noworol, Dai Jian, Catherine Galasso, Oui Danse, Jody Oberfelder Project, among others. Mei's work has been seen at Fresh Tracks at New York Live Arts, Movement Research at Judson Church, "Split Bill" Series at Triskelion Arts, Mix Festival at HERE, and more. Mei was a "Fresh Tracks" residency artist at Dance Theater Workshop(now New York Live Arts) in 2010 - 2011. She was also residency artist at Chez Bushwick Artist In Residence in 2014 at Chez Bushwick.

 

Roya Carreras (Artistic Director / Choreographer) is an Iranian-Hispanic artist, choreographer, and educator who works within commercial, film, and theatrical settings from New York City to Los Angeles. Carreras has created choreography for the Russian feminist protest punk rock group, Pussy Riot, including music videos Straight Out of Vagina and Bad Girls; she has provided talent and movement direction for artists Kiiara, Michael Blume, Jade De LaFleur, and Wolf Colony. On stage, Carreras' work has been presented at the CURRENT SESSIONS, Dixon Place, Baruch Performing Arts Center, and The Green Building in New York City; in California, she has presented at Highways Performance Space, Electric Lodge Theater, Glenn Wallichs Theatre, Diavolo, Brockus Project Space, and BRAVA. As a performer, she has worked closely with Barak Marshall at BodyTraffic, Bryan Arias, Danielle Russo Performance Project, and Lux Boreal Danza Contemporanea in Tijuana, Mexico. Carreras holds a BFA in Dance with Honors from UC Irvine's Claire Trevor School of the Arts, with additional training from The Ailey School and Springboard Danse Montreal. royacarreras.com

 

Kristen Carcone is a Toronto-born dance artist and reiki healer. She earned her BFA with Highest Honors from New World School of the Arts in 2011 and has since performed internationally in a variety of shows and festivals including: The Phish Concert at Madison Square Garden (New York, NY), Tangente's Danses Buissonnieres (Montreal, Quebec), and The New Prague Dance Festival (Prague, Czech Republic). Kristen is a company member of Third Rail Projects and is currently performing in their award winning production Then She Fell. In 2016, Kristen was named one of the 25 Most Influential Young Choreographers to watch by Narcity Toronto. Her choreography can be seen in Joseph Gordon Levitt's My Favourite Thingsvideo, Cardinal's Pride music video Masterpiece, and in Supa'Nova, a new play by Maria Corina Ramierez. Kristen is Co-Founder/Co-Artistic Director of non-profit organization TOES FOR DANCE. Her latest project 4-7-8 has been funded by the Toronto Arts Council and supported by lululemon NY. For more information visit www.kristencarcone.com

 

BAIRA (formerly BS Movement) is the collected and ongoing research of collaborative/creative duo Shaina Branfman Baira and Bryan Strimpel Baira. The couple shares their movement research and philosophy through teaching, performance and lifestyle. Branfman completed her certification as a Movement Analyst at the Laban Institute of Movement Studies. She studied religion and philosophy at the All Faiths Seminary International and is a member of The Feath3r Theory. Strimpel has danced with Nicholas Leichter Dance, Brian Brooks Moving Company, David Dorfman Dance, ThirdRailProjects and is a member of The Feath3r Theory. Branfman and Strimpel teach regularly throughout NYC. They are spending the current season as participants of Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's Workspace Program, diving deeper into their founding statement: No matter our differences we all move, so we're all the same. www.bsmovement.co

 

Princess Lockerooo, born and raised in New York City, is a multi-faceted performance artist, producer, and activist. Her talents encompass choreography and artistic direction, music production for stage and film, costume and makeup design, mentorship, and women's empowerment. Lockerooo has been showcased on many of the entertainment industry's leading television platforms (Harry Connick Jr., Wendy Williams, So You Think You Can Dance), has worked with top pop artists (Madonna, Jody Watley, Icona Pop), and has produced entertainment for numerous events across the world (Lincoln Center, Women's Entrepreneurship Day, Summerstage). Lockerooo's work has brought her to many parts of the world, with her touring throughout Asia, Europe, and beyond. Her mission is to encourage women's empowerment, gender equality, and sensuality without objectification through dance

 

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.

 

LEONORA  | Open: 07/08/17 Close: 07/10/17
Four months after Hurricane Charlie destroys Jamaica in the grim summer of 1951, Leonora is heedlessly celebrating Christmas with her family. As a black Jamaican woman polished from a young age to marry into a white family, she's used to living a sheltered life. Over the course of three balmy winter days, the shingles of Leonora's life will be rattled one by one; starting with the arrival of her childhood friend Kalisa, and ending in a tempest of self discovery she cannot ignore.

 

Inspired by Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House
 

BABEL  | Open: 01/18/17 Close: 02/05/17
BABEL is a physical spectacle that reinvents one of the oldest stories in the world: The Tower of Babel, told through Acrobatic Dance Theater.  It calls upon diverse perspectives of the story to reveal ambition, grief, and healing within the complexity of the human condition.

 

The company of 22 powerful dancers build the world of the play, a sculpture garden of bodies. Sitting in three quarter round, the audience is immersed in the tower where performers climb, fly and play--building it so high that it offends the gods. The tower is destroyed, the people divided, and given separate languages so that they cannot collaborate to build again. Conflict separates humanity--yet they persevere and continue to build together despite the challenges of communication and identity. BABEL embodies the human desire to create, to connect, and to collaborate to overcome adversity building ambitious towers again and again.    

 

The ensemble includes Leo Abel, Casey Beauchamp, Bruce Brackett, Melissa Denize, Michael Eisenstein,  Mark Ferrando, Brooke Ferris, Nora Gustuson, Jenna Hokanson, Eiko Kawashima, Sydney Ippolito, Charlie Kilgore, Zachary Koval, Ana Carolina Lima, Erica Lindegren, Melana Lloyd, Devin McDuffee, Rafa Reyes, Marisol Kimberly Rosa-Shapiro, Liz Stanton, and Juliana Suaide.

 

The production features music composed by Julie Zhu and Robert Fleitz (Juilliard Orchestra, The New Juilliard Ensemble, The Imperial Symphony Orchestra, Tampa Bay Symphony), costume design by Natalie Loveland (Up and Away - Lincoln Center), lighting design by Jay Ryan (Obie Award Recipient - Big Dance Theater; Eva Adamson Award for Excellence in Lighting Design; Phoebe Award Recipient), and design collaboration/photography  by Lloyd Mulvey.


About the Company: Convergences Theatre Collective

Is an incubator for the research and development of new theatrical works.

 

Convergences Theatre Collective is a group of pioneering theatre artists and innovative teachers dedicated to creating original work and re-envisioning classics. The mission of CTC is to: Work as a collective: engaging in continual training, creating new forms of theatrical language and education, and cultivating theatre artists in a wide variety of performance genres through process, product, and dialogue; Create new theatrical work from an interdisciplinary perspective and to re-envision the classics for contemporary audiences; Challenge the traditional roles of theatre makers and audiences

Provide innovative training to current and aspiring theatre artists; Create a community that is rooted in contemplative practices in and out of the rehearsal and performance workspaces; Produce work that is beautiful, challenging and entertaining for regional, national, and international audiences.

 

CTC is based in New York City, and our artists represent and reside in diverse geographic locations. We meet for training, collaboration, producing, and developing new work. We partner with additional organizations and artists as we exist as a community who share a common desire for successful, challenging, and thoughtful theatrical experiences.

 

CTC is the endeavor of Jeremy Williams to create an organization that serves the many collaborative relationships that contribute to fulfilling the mission of CTC. Williams provides leadership as Producing Director by setting the artistic agenda, leading creative strategy, and directing the producing vision.

ANAIS NIN GOES TO HELL  | Open: 10/14/16 Close: 10/29/16
MANHATTAN THEATRE WORKS and GOODE PRODUCTIONS in association with THE THEATER AT THE 14TH STREET Y, proudly present the triumphant return of Anaïs Nin Goes to Hell by David Stallings (Outstanding Original Full-Length Script, Dark Water - NY IT Awards), directed by Antonio Minino (Outstanding Director nominee, Scene/Unseen - PCTF Awards), as part of The Theater Series at The 14th Street Y. Anaïs Nin Goes to Hell will play a three week limited engagement from Friday, October 14th through Saturday, October 29th, 2016 at The Theater at the 14th Street Y (344 East 14th Street, New York, NY 10003). Opening night is Saturday, October 15th at 8:00 pm. Tickets are $18.00 - $25.00 and can be purchased online by visiting www.14streety.org/anaisnin or by calling 646-395-4310.

 

Anaïs Nin Goes to Hell is an existential comedy centered around some of the most powerful and memorable women of 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 to the island planting seeds of change.

 

An earlier version of the play received a workshop production as part the 2008 New York International Fringe Festival. Winner of the 2nd Biennial Arthur W. Stone New Play Award - Louisiana Tech University; winner of the 1st Prize Boston Theatre Works - 2007 UnBound Festival; Semi-finalist 2008 Princess Grace Awards. Selected as Best Script, Best Leading Actress, and Best Supporting Actress in the 2008 Best of OffOffOff.com’s Best of FringeNYC.

 

Starring James Edward Becton* (Playing with Fire - The Negro Ensemble Company; Macbeth - The Classic Theatre of Harlem), Mlé Chester (TV’s Vinyl and Blue Bloods), Mel House* (Outstanding Actress,  In the Bones - NY IT Awards), Amanda Jones* (Marie Antoinette: The Color of Flesh - 45th Street Theater and Caldwell Theatre; Walking Down Broadway - Mint Theater),  Richard Lindenfelzer* (Anything Goes - National Tour), Nylda Mark* (Women of Troy - Edinburgh Fringe Festival), Madalyn McKay* (original FringeNYC cast member), Hannah Seusy (Outstanding Actress,  J Train - PCTF Awards), and Stephanie Willing (The Jade Bracelet, Peking Opera Festival, China).

 

Featuring scenic design by Blair Mielnik, lighting design by Dan Gallagher, costume design by Izzy Fields, and sound design by Martha Goode (Executive Producer). The production’s line producer is Collin Bradley, the production stage manager is Rachel Denise April.

 

Anaïs Nin Goes to Hell plays the following schedule through October 29:

 

Tuesdays at 8:00 pm

Wednesdays at 8:00 pm

Thursdays at 8:00 pm

Fridays at 8:00 pm

Saturdays at 8:00 pm

Sundays at 3:00 pm

 

Tickets are $18.00 ($15.00 Students and seniors) and can be purchased online by visiting www.14streety.org/anaisnin or by calling 646-395-4310.

 

Watch Playwright David Stallings and Lord Alfred Bosie Douglas chat about Anais Nin Goes to Hell:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dn-hbqvLdV0


Watch director Antonio Minino chat about Anais Nin Goes to Hell:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ZIMokgF2yU

 

Running Time: 1 hour and 45 minutes. No intermission.

 

*Appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association.

 


About the Company: Manhattan Theatre Works

Started producing thought-provoking new plays in the Fall of 2006 with Folie A Deux: Insanity in Pairs written by founder and Artistic Director David Stallings, directed by founder and former Executive Director Cristina Alicea, produced by founder Antonio Minino. What started as a trio of like-minded artists has grown into a family of over 50 talented MTWorkers dedicated to developing new ground-breaking diverse plays from around the world. MTWorks is dedicated to discovering new plays that challenge our perception of diversity (ethnic, economic, geographic, gender, sexuality or creed). We foster today’s innovative playwrights who boldly take risks in theme, structure, time-period and location by collaborating with exceptional theatre artists to develop their plays through our Living Room Series, Newborn Festival and mainstage productions. www.mtworks.org

Beauty/theater Behold: Beauty On The Stage  | Open: 03/17/16 Close: 03/17/16
LABAlive presents BEHOLD: Beauty on the Stage, featuring three new theatrical shorts and teachings of the ancient Jewish texts that inspired them from LABA artists Joshua Max Feldman, Kendell Pinkney, and Lior Zalmanson and featuring LABA teacher Ruby Namdar on March 17, 206 at 7:30pm at the Theater at the 14th Street Y, 344 E 14th St, New York, NY.   Tickets are $20 (drinks included) and can be purchased at www.labajournal.com/theater or by calling 646-395-4310. 

 

The evening’s programming includes:

 

The Devil & the Wandering Jew by Joshua Max Feldman

When a rabbi learns that a bar mitzvah date has been double-booked, he flees from his congregation rather than deal with the fallout. Little does he know, his disappearance creates a crisis that threatens the divine order. A comedic work that mixes the dilemmas of contemporary Judaism with figures of ancient folklore, The Devil & the Wandering Jew examines what it means to be "a beautiful soul” from acclaimed novelist and playwright Joshua Feldman.

 

Bread of Heaven by Kendell Pinkney

A deeply personal look into the fragility and beauty of religious conversion. Bread of Heaven is a devised performance piece by Kendell Pinkney that explores his conversion to Judaism as situated among the stories of other converts. Blending audio interviews, childhood memories, monologue, dance, sacred text, and music, the piece paints a deeply personal picture of what it feels like to cross over into Jewish peoplehood.

 

Swipe Me Right by Lior Zalmanson

Starring Noga Morhag

In his neo-cabaret, Zalmanson mixes Tinder, YouTube, karaoke and Kabbalah to explore our ever-growing need for validation from others.

 

About the LABA Fellows

Joshua Max Feldman is a writer of fiction and plays. His debut novel, The Book of Jonah, a modern retelling of the Biblical Book of Jonah set in contemporary New York City, was published in the U.S. in February, 2014, by Henry Holt. Amazon named The Book of Jonah the Debut Novel of the Month, and the New York Times praised it for “storytelling infused with energy” and declared it “worth applauding.” The Book of Jonah has been translated into nine languages and published in France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Israel, and more. Joshua’s New York theater career began when his play HeartBreakWordMusic was produced at the Under St. Mark’s Theatre. Joshua’s theatrical works have also been featured as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Williamstown Theatre Festival, and have been produced in New York at the 78th Street Theatre Lab, the HERE Arts Center, the Flea Theater, and more.

 

Kendell Pinkney is a Texas-born, Brooklyn-based theatre writer. A graduate of Oberlin College and New York University’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program, his collaborative works and songs have been performed and/or developed at venues such as 54 Below, Two Rivers Theatre Company, Goodspeed Opera House, Musical Theatre Factory, The 52nd Street Project, and Joe’s Pub, to name a few. Additionally, he was commissioned by Pursuit Productions to pen a new play based on the Lilith myth, which will premiere in Chicago in late 2016/early 2017. More recently, his broader interests in identity, race, and Jewishness led him to team up with renowned spoken-word artist Vanessa Hidary (aka, the Hebrew Mamita) to produce Kaleidoscope, a multi-media project and monologue showcase highlighting Jews of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds. When not writing for the stage, Kendell is extensively involved in Jewish life and education in Brooklyn, and can often be found at a local cafe buried in the footnotes of a new book on Hebrew Bible or Second Temple Literature.

 

Lior Zalmanson is a writer, new media artist, curator and researcher, whose works mostly focus on the digital culture and the information society. His first play, Yingale, won the Haifa Fringe festival in 2009 and received a local production in Belgrade by the former Serbian minister of culture, Bratislav Petković. His latest works were portrayed in the Israel Museum, Tzavta Theater, Hansen house and the Jerusalem Film Festival. In 2011, Lior founded Print Screen Festival, Israel’s digital arts festival, which connects thousands of artists, researchers and technologists and explores themes of digital culture in cinema and the audio-visual arts. Lior is a Fulbright visiting scholar to NYU, researching engagement and knowledge sharing dynamics in online and offline environments.

 

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.

 

Time Keepers: Story of the Loon  | Open: 12/12/15 Close: 12/13/15
The Theater at the 14th Street Y presents, Time Keepers, an original production written by Rachel Sherk with an original musical score by Aaron Rourk on December 12th and 13th, 2015 at 11am and 2pm. This imaginative tale is about magical creatures that live in the stars and build the first clock, creating time. The story is told through puppets and live music and features magic winds, silver dewdrops, talking animals, a loon and a moon.

Tickets: $10.00 for children under 18, $15.00 for adults, and $30 Family Ticket (up to 5 family members) are available at www.14streety.org/timekeepers or by calling 646-395-4310.

This story begins before the birth of time, when the Earth existed in two halves—the Land Under the Sun and the Land Under the Moon. Follow a Loon as she journeys between these lands. See her befriend a group of magical creatures called the Time Keepers, who are friendly creatures living inside of clocks and keeping track of time, wishes and dreams. Come enjoy this play for children (and grown-ups!) filled with puppetry, stories and songs. Join us as we explore the magical world of the TIME KEEPERS!

Also on December 12th, 2015 the 14th Street Y through Downtown Jewish Life presents, PAUSE/PLAY, an innovative Saturday afternoon of Shabbat programming. Come for TIMEKEEPERS and stay for the rest of the afternoon.

PAUSE/PLAY includes recreational activities for adults and children at an event designed for our diverse Downtown Community at 344 East 14th Street. Admission is included with the purchase of a Time Keepers ticket: www.14streety.org/timekeepers

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.

MACBETH (OF THE OPPRESSED)  | Open: 10/08/15 Close: 10/24/15
Set in the near future, the days of political correctness have forced a prudish Queen Duncan to employ generals of all races and sexual orientations into her army. Yet these times are still filled with the nepotism and prejudices of the past and General Macbeth struggles to be seen just as competent as his straight counterparts, but with the conviction and support of his husband and the predictions of greatness and power bestowed upon him by a trio of enslaved minority witches, he goes down a dangerous path of betrayal, greed and murder. 


About the Company: Fab Marquee Productions

Antonio Miniño's FMP is a creative development company producing irresistibly visceral, visual and literary experiences.

 

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IDEAS, NOT THEORIES  | Open: 08/15/15 Close: 08/29/15
Three magical creatures secretly inhabit a warehouse. These creatures are awakened by a kid who stumbles into the room and begins to discover its sounds. Once awakened, the magical creatures join the child as they go on an adventure of sound and music that can be created inside the room by using the objects in it. By doing this, they discover the magical potential that the warehouse has.

Combining percussion music and theatrical elements, Ideas, Not Theories features original music by Reynaliz Herrera which explores the use of unconventional instruments such as: bikes, tap and body percussion, water as well as traditional percussion instruments such as: marimbas and drums.

Ideas, Not Theories, Reynaliz Herrera’s theatrical percussion performance for all ages, will be part of the 19th Annual New York International Fringe Festival–FringeNYC–August 14th–30th.

 

SWEET, SWEET SPIRIT  | Open: 10/10/14 Close: 10/25/14
A West Texas matriarch is enraged by the news that her gay grandson has been the victim of a hate crime committed by his own father. As the boy battles for his life, the family must come together and decide who among them is best to care for this child and what place can they find for him in their world.

“Carol Carpenter is one of the most promising Southern female voices of our generation and we are honored to be presenting such a brave story on our stage. This will also be the fifth show we bring to The Theater at The 14th Street Y, a true theatrical hub for the creatively brave.” - shares Co-Artistic Director Antonio Minino.


About the Company: Manhattan Theatre Works

 Manhttan Theatre Works is dedicated to discovering new plays that challenge our perception of diversity (ethnic, economic, gender, sexuality or creed). We foster today's innovative playwrights that boldly take risks in theme, structure, time-period and location by collaborating with exceptional theatre artists to develop their plays through our Living Room Series, Newborn Festival and Mainstage productions.

MTWorks, originally known as Maieutic Theatre Wroks, started producing thought provoking new plays in the Fall of 2006 with Folie a Deux: Insanity in Pairs, written by Co-founder and current Co-Artistic Director David Stallings, directed by Co-founder and former Executive Director Cristina Alicea and produced by Co-founder and current Co-Artistic Director Antonio Minino. What started as a trio of like-minded artists has grown into a family of over 50 talented MTWorkers dedicated to developing new ground breaking diverse plays from around the world.

RE-WORKS: THE FABULOUS 80S  | Open: 09/10/14 Close: 09/14/14
MTWORKS BENEFIT WEEK

Manhattan Theatre Works in association with The Theater Series at The 14th Street Y are proud to present the return of RE-WORKS. 

For season IX we have two new plays inspired by the art and music of the good, challenging and fabulous 1980s.

Proceeds from Re-Works benefit MTWorks' mainstage production SWEET, SWEET SPIRIT.

DANCE PARTY after Fri, Sept 12 performance!

SPECIAL GUESTS:
Dance solo performance by NETANEL BELLAISHE, winner of Israel's Born to Dance (The So You Think You Can Dance of Israel). 

Singer CAROL HICKEY will be joining us on Thu, Sep 11.

LINE-UP:

FALLING BEHIND 
by Duncan Pflaster
directed by Isaac Scranton 

Inspired by Cyndi Lauper's hit "Time After Time"

With Jeff Burchfield*, Alexandra Cohen Spiegler, Heather E. Cunningham* Kelli Kardell and Vibe Normann*.

THE DANCE 
by Monica Bauer
directed by Dev Bondarin

Inspired by Paula Rego's painting "Dance with Ostrich: Tryptich"

With James Edward Becton*, John Fico*, John Graham, Diánna Martin and Hannah Seusy.


THE 80s DIARIES
Read by MTWorkers London Griffith, Maureen O'Boyle and Madalyn McKay

SEPT 10-14, 2014

Wed, Sept 10 at 7pm
with special guest Netanel Ballaishe

Thu, Sept 11 at 7pm
with special guest Carol Hickey 

Fri, Sept 12 at 7pm
with special guest Netanel Ballaishe
80s Dance Party Night 

Sat, Sept 13 at 7pm
with special guest Netanel Ballaishe

Sun, Sept 14 at 3pm
with special guest Netanel Ballaishe


About the Company: Manhattan Theatre Works

 Manhttan Theatre Works is dedicated to discovering new plays that challenge our perception of diversity (ethnic, economic, gender, sexuality or creed). We foster today's innovative playwrights that boldly take risks in theme, structure, time-period and location by collaborating with exceptional theatre artists to develop their plays through our Living Room Series, Newborn Festival and Mainstage productions.

MTWorks, originally known as Maieutic Theatre Wroks, started producing thought provoking new plays in the Fall of 2006 with Folie a Deux: Insanity in Pairs, written by Co-founder and current Co-Artistic Director David Stallings, directed by Co-founder and former Executive Director Cristina Alicea and produced by Co-founder and current Co-Artistic Director Antonio Minino. What started as a trio of like-minded artists has grown into a family of over 50 talented MTWorkers dedicated to developing new ground breaking diverse plays from around the world.

Mother.net  | Open: 06/19/14 Close: 06/22/14
The show aims to take the usually isolated experience of watching YouTube videos and turns it into a public experience. Artists will respond to YouTube clips on the theme of mother through dance, theater, music, storytelling, and audience interaction.

The show will feature new works from David Deblinger (Co-founder Labyrinth Theatre Company), Adi Ezroni (Prisoners of War), Napoleon W Gladney* (Wicked, The Musical’s Emerald City Tour), Yehuda Hyman* (Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays Award), Julie Gayer Kris (Avodah Dance), Nadav Lev (Andres Segovia Award; Carnegie Hall), Ronit Muszkatblit and Renana Raz (YouMake, ReMake; Israeli Theatre Award’s Choreography Award Winner for Osher).


About the Company: LABA

LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture is a program of the 14th Street Y that uses classic Jewish texts toinspire the creation of art, dialogue and study. Part of LABA is our House of Study, an artist fellowship program for which 10 to 15 culture-makers, a mix of visual artists, writers, dancers, musicians, actors and others, are brought together to partake in a serious study of classic Jewish texts in a non-religious, open-minded setting. The fellows use the study to inspire work which is featured in our bi-monthly online journal and our series of LABAlive events and performances. Our goal at LABA is to present Judaism's rich literary and intellectual tradition in a free and creative setting, so that these stories and ideas spark new thought and art. The creative output from our House of Study pushes the boundaries of what Jewish art can be and what Jewish texts can teach.

Celebrating Gregory!  | Open: 04/13/14 Close: 04/13/14
ATDF's Annual Fund Raising Event where we raise money to support Year-Round Tap Dance Training Scholarships for kids and teens.

The Gregory Hines Youth Scholarship Fund guarantees our education programs are accessible to children whose families cannot afford them. We believe that tap dance is MUSIC and a UNIVERSAL form of EXPRESSION, plus it's HEALTY, FUN and ACCESSIBLE to everyone!

Our training promotes the joyful embodiment of rhythm and builds critical life skills through active cooperation, creative problem solving, patience, confidence, discipline and attuned listening.

Program includes a Reception, Silent/Live Auctions & Performances by kids in our Youth Program, Leading Tap Dancers and Choreographers, as well as some very special guests accompanied by a live Jazz Trio.


Arts.Dance

Rhythm in Motion  | Open: 04/08/14 Close: 04/12/14
Rhythm in Motion is an evening of new work created by New York City's finest tappers and international choreographers curated and directed by Tony Waag. Presented by the American Tap Dance Foundation, Rhythm in Motion combines outstanding young talent with premiere and emerging choreographers showcasing the rich diversity of contemporary tap dance in the field today.


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Rhythm in Motion (Program B)  | Open: 04/10/14 Close: 04/12/14
Rhythm in Motion is an evening of new work created by New York City's finest tappers and international choreographers curated and directed by Tony Waag. Presented by the American Tap Dance Foundation, Rhythm in Motion combines outstanding young talent with premiere and emerging choreographers showcasing the rich diversity of contemporary tap dance in the field today.

Program B: Artists TBA


Arts.Dance

Dark Water  | Open: 03/14/14 Close: 03/29/14
In DARK WATER, the swampland of Louisiana is hit with the most massive oil spill known to history. Barnacle, an old sea turtle, fights against man’s destruction, nature’s wrath, and her enemies of the wild to save her children trapped in the spill. Poetry, allegory, music, puppetry and movement create this magical world as the animals of Louisiana face the ultimate threat to their lives.

 

The effects of the Gulf oil spill among other spills continue to jeopardize our oceans. DARK WATER humanizes the animals affected by the spill giving a voice to the true defenseless victims. The play also deals with other poignant issues such as immigration, religion and politics.

 

MOTHER: Creator/Destroyer  | Open: 01/25/14 Close: 01/25/14
LABAlive Presents

MOTHER: Creator/ Destroyer

Two new works from 2013-2014 LABA Fellows exploring the creative and destructive forces that lie within MOTHER.

THEATER
"La Bestia: Sweet Mother" by Tom Block

One-act drama featuring original art, cello and dance.

This new work explores the knife's edge between creation and destruction. Inspired by the earliest texts of Genesis, in addition to precursor creation myths from the Babylonians, Egyptians, Zoroastrians, Hindus and Greeks, Block weaves together a tale of three mothers who are also, due to their personal circumstances, forced to become destroyers, as well.

MUSIC
"Shomeret Layla" (The Nightwatcher), by Nadav Lev

A new composition featuring the female voice, electric guitar and live electronics.

Lev composed a nocturnal musical journey that explores experiences and memories from his kibbutz childhood. Each week a different woman in the kibbutz would take on the job of shomeret layla, or the woman in charge of overseeing the communal nursery a night. This piece chronicles the encounter between the shomeret and awoken child who is not hers.


Music.Classical

Kaddish Play  | Open: 01/10/14 Close: 01/13/14
Kaddish

Performed by: Jake Goodman
Written by: Imre Kertész
Translated by: Tim Wilkinson
Directed by: Barbara Lanciers

Supported by: LABA (Laboratory for Jewish Culture) at the 14th Street Y & Center for International Theatre Development

Running time: 60 minutes

Kaddish, culling its name from the Jewish prayer of mourning, is a stage adaptation of Nobel Prize-winning writer Imre Kertész's novel, Kaddish for an Unborn Child. Kaddish is an exploration of ritual, loss, and an unrelenting inner conflict in which the beleaguered central character mourns the absence of the child he never fathered during his failed marriage, his mantra being a refusal to bring a child into a world where horrors like the Holocaust can occur. As he attempts to reach the final Amen of the Kaddish prayer, he weaves a brutally honest, deeply personal, stream of consciousness web of the unseen casualties of war, political corruption, Jewish identity, and the humor of living.

Kaddish is the first ever American staging of this magnificent novel, an eloquent meditation on human vulnerability and strength.

More information is available at www.kaddishplay.com


Arts.Theatre

Re-works: The Spanish Civil War  | Open: 09/23/13 Close: 09/23/13
Manhattan Theatre Works and Co-Artistic Directors Antonio Minino & David Stallings are pleased to present RE-WORKS: THE SPANISH CIVIL WAR.
A 
one night only benefit event  on Monday, September 23rd at 7pm at the Theater at the 14th Street Y (344 East 14th Street, btwn 1st Ave and 2nd Ave).

Four one-act plays inspired by the Spanish Civil War.

Manhattan Theatre Works’ Newborn Festival winning playwrights Kimberly del Busto, Carol Carpenter, Cody Daigle and Riti Sachdeva draw inspiration from the poetry of Miguel Hernandez, the paintings of Juan Genoves, the photography of Robert Capa and the sounds of flamenco, to warn, inspire and create change with plays that commemorate the Spanish Civil War.

 Directed by Dev Bondarin, Isaac Scranton and MTWorks’ Co-Artistic Directors Antonio Minino and David Stallings.

 Tickets are $20.00 (No Service Fee).

To purchase and for more information visit http://www.MTWorks.org/upcoming.html

 

Manhattan Theatre Works is an award-winning not-for-profit theatre company based in NYC dedicated to discovering new plays that challenge our perception of diversity.


About the Company: Manhattan Theatre Works

Manhttan Theatre Works is dedicated to discovering new plays that challenge our perception of diversity (ethnic, economic, gender, sexuality or creed). We foster today's innovative playwrights that boldly take risks in theme, structure, time-period and location by collaborating with exceptional theatre artists to develop their plays through our Living Room Series, Newborn Festival and Mainstage productions.

MTWorks, originally known as Maieutic Theatre Wroks, started producing thought provoking new plays in the Fall of 2006 with Folie a Deux: Insanity in Pairs, written by Co-founder and current Co-Artistic Director David Stallings, directed by Co-founder and former Executive Director Cristina Alicea and produced by Co-founder and current Co-Artistic Director Antonio Minino. What started as a trio of like-minded artists has grown into a family of over 50 talented MTWorkers dedicated to developing new ground breaking diverse plays from around the world.

http://www.MTWorks.org

Afterwork Theater Project Presents Hair The Musical  | Open: 02/01/13 Close: 02/10/13
In November 2012, the AfterWork Theater Project opened its doors and for the first time, everyday professionals had the opportunity to rehearse and perform fully-staged plays and musicals in New York City. No audition required. For our first production, we took on HAIR the Musical and the result has been nothing less than miraculous. Come watch extraordinary people take to the stage, some for the first time in a long time, others, for the first time ever. Be astounded as these clandestine superstars perform one of the greatest rock musicals of all time.


Arts.Dance

The Men Dancers: From the Horse's Mouth  | Open: 01/10/13 Close: 01/13/13
Thu, Jan 10 - 8:00pm *Special Gala Performance & Reception*
Fri & Sat, Jan 11 & 12 - 8:00pm
Sun, Jan 13 - 3:00pm

A cast of 30 extraordinary male dancers of all ages and styles, including Charles Askegard, Jock Soto, Gus Solomons, Jr. and Jason Samuels Smith share personal stories with the audience and perform original choreography, sometimes dancing together.

Premiered last summer with all sold out performances at Jacob's Pillow's 80th anniversary season, this first New York production of "The Men Dancers: From the Horse's Mouth," will begin with a special Gala Celebration on Thursday, January 10 with a donation going to The Jacob's Pillow Scholarship Fund.

A remarkable group of young performers at the top of their game will dance alongside elder icons of the dance world who will be returning for this special occasion. Bessie and Tony Award winners, Ernie Award recipients and dance legends share the stage in this four day event.

___THE CAST_____________________________________________________

Emanuel Abruzzo, Todd Allen, Miguel Anaya, Jack Anderson, Charles Askegard, Arthur Aviles, Josh Beamish, Tadej Brdnik, Christopher Caines, Jamie Cunningham, Alberto DelSaz, George Dorris, Chad Hall, John Heginbotham, Trent Kowalik, Steven Melendez, Norton Owen, Don Redlich, Pascal Rekoert, Francisco Pablo Ruvalcaba, Jason Samuels Smith, Gus Solomons jr, Jock Soto, Robert Valdez, David Vaughan, Chet Walker, Cartier Williams

* There will be a cast of 20 in each performance. Cast subject to change. For a list of each nights dancers, go to www.horsesmouth.org

___ABOUT FROM THE HORSE'S MOUTH__________________________________

"From the Horse's Mouth" is a celebratory dance/theater production that has received standing ovations for its captivating story-telling and exceptional dancing, with rave reviews from critics around the United States. The 20 performers outstanding dancers and choreographers of all ages and dance traditions tell personal stories from their lives, then perform movement of their own choosing, sometimes interacting with another dancer. The stories range from humorous to poignant revealing personal moments of loss, joy, frustration, and triumph.

More than 1,000 dancers across all ages and dance styles have performed variations of "From the Horse's Mouth" over the past 14 years, from ages 13 to 94. Productions have featured dancers with backgrounds in African, Flamenco, East Indian, Irish, Japanese, clogging, hip-hop, tango, jazz, tap, ballet and Broadway, to name a few. Past participants include Mary Anthony, Brenda Bufalino, Roxane Butterfly, Jane Comfort, Grover Dale, Gemze de Lappe, Carmen de Lavallade, David Dorfman, Viola Farber, John Jaspers, Kwikstep & Rokafella, Carol Lawrence, Yvonne Rainer, Gus Solomons jr, Martine Van Hamel and hundreds of other amazing artists.

___ABOUT THE FOUNDERS_____________________________________________

TINA CROLL (co-director), BA Bennington College. Founding member of Dance Theater Workshop. Studied with Merce Cunningham, Erick Hawkins, Louis Horst, Anna Sokolow. Performed with Jeff Duncan, Jack Moore, Jamie Cunningham, Judith Dunn. Established Tina Croll + Company, performing at Judson Church, DTW and other venues in NY and around the U.S. After a period spent exploring the spiritual aspect of dance, a quest that took her to India and Europe, she moved to the West Coast where, in 1982, she formed a new company. Returning to NY in 1993, she has been performing her work widely around the city. Recent projects at Danspace Project include Ancient Springs with a cast of 20; and Balkan Dreams, a collaboration with Zlatne Uste, a 12-piece Balkan brass band. Other collaborations include an improvisation group, "The Gang of Four," with Wendy Perron, Douglas Dunn, and Kenneth King; and Fringe production: Face the Musicand Dance. Grants: NEA, NYSCA, Bennington College, DTW, Gutman Foundation and others. Board of Directors: American Dance Guild.

JAMIE CUNNINGHAM (co-director), actor, dancer, director, choreographer, writer. Native of Toronto; honors degrees (BA, MA) in English Literature and Drama at Univesity of Toronto. Studied acting, voice (under Iris Warren and Kristin Linklater), dance, and directing at the London Academy of Dramatic Arts. Choreography includes Twelfth Night and Don Giovanni at the Stratford (Ontario) Shakespeare Festival, Lorca's Yerma for Canadian television, and over two dozen works for his own Acme Dance Co. He has created pieces for performance spaces ranging from proscenium theaters to swimming pools to the Mall in Washington, D.C. Directed productions of As You Like It, Private Lives, The 3 Penny Opera and The Harlot's Curse. Grants: NEA, NYSCA, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, American Dance Festival. Currently teaches acting, directing, voice, and movement as a tenured faculty member at the University of Delaware.


Arts.Dance

Sounds Of Sokolow Part Iii: Lyric Suite  | Open: 12/06/12 Close: 12/09/12
The Sokolow Theatre Dance Ensemble return this season in the newly renovated theater of the 14th Street Y in NYC to present the last part of Sounds of Sokolow's "LYRIC SUITE", music of Alban Berg. Join us for a week of classes, performances and more events on December 3-9, 2012.

Lyric Suite premiered in Mexico City in 1953 and presented in New York City the following year. Louis Horst in Dance Observer wrote, "It is one of the finest examples of lyric theater dance." It speaks in abstract and stark simplicity, translating the qualitative moods of the music into penetrating and evocative movements designs. Superbly choreographed and thoroughly integrated with the music, its lyric beauty has a direct appeal to kinesthetic response. Thirty minutes in length, it draws on Ms. Sokolow's twenty years of solo dancing. Ms. Sokolow regarded Lyric Suite as an artistic turning point in which she found a language of movement all her own, one which allowed her to express her deepest feelings as an artist.

Additionally on the program: "Kurt Weill", Ms Sokolow ode to Mr. Weill reconstructed for Part I in 2010, and "Empty Nest", a duet choregraphed by Jim May in 1989.


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3weeks  | Open: 09/30/12 Close: 09/30/12
The 14th Street Y, through its LABA program, presents the concert-staging premiere of 3WEEKS, a multi-media opera that traces the events of the Roman siege of Jerusalem. The opera, replete with many subplots, contradicting variations of the story, and commentary, is composed by Yoav Gal, with libretto by Reuven (Ruby) Namdar, music directed by Yegor Shevtsov, and directed by Ronit Muszkatblit. 3WEEKS is scored for nine singers, and twelve musicians. The libretto is in Hebrew and Aramaic, the original languages of the Talmud, and the text sung by the Roman characters was translated back into Latin from Hebrew and Aramaic. The opera was among ten new operatic works in progress selected to be performed at the New York City Opera’s VOX festival in 2011.

March  | Open: 04/12/12 Close: 04/29/12
Red Fern Theatre Company (Melanie Moyer Williams, Executive Artistic Director, Ken Hall, Managing Director) will present the World Premiere of Sharyn Rothstein’s (Lunchblocked with Ars Nova; Camp Monster at Williamstown Theatre Festival) MARCH, directed by Kel Haney (Assistant Director, Manhattan Theatre Club’s Wit; Good Egg with Red Fern Theatre Company) with Scenic Design by Caite Hevner, Costume Design by Sydney Maresca, Sound Design and Original Music by Anthony Mattana, and Lighting Design by Marie Yokoyama. The production will be cast by Darragh Garvey and Stage Managed by Michal V. Mendelson. March was originally workshopped at the Bay Area Playwright’s Festival and was a 2010 finalist for the Yale Drama Series Competition.

Two teens take on the real and imaginary monsters in their lives in this funny and compelling theatrical journey through the treacherous worlds of virtual battlefields and real-life adolescence. Though their backgrounds couldn’t be more different, Eva Lucia Perez, a 14 year-old from the Bronx, and Michael Meltzer, a 15 year-old kid growing up in the suburbs, are both dealing with complicated families when they meet as avatars in Eden, a fantasy realm in an online game. As they embark on a journey to a new level in the game, Eva Lucia and Michael become unexpected friends, and find in each other the escape they need to get to that place and time when you first realize that the world is bigger than your family.


About the Company: The Red Fern Theatre Company

The Red Fern Theatre Company (RFTC), founded by Emilie E. Miller and Melanie Moyer Williams in March 2006, strives to provoke social awareness and change through theatrical productions and outreach. Each play produced by the Red Fern Theatre Company addresses social issues that range in scope from local to global, and each production is paired with a philanthropy whose work relates to the social themes of the play. A portion of the proceeds from each play produced is donated to the designated philanthropy. We also provide our audiences with information on the philanthropy both by introducing their mission at each performance and including information about them in the play’s program. By associating each production with a philanthropic organization, we are able to respond directly to the people actually affected by the issues addressed in the play.

Over the past three seasons, RFTC has produced a diverse range of programming, including ten full length plays as well as workshops and staged readings of one new work which premiered at the New York Fringe Festival in August 2008. Our 2009-2010 Season is dedicated to new plays and will open with the New York Premiere of Shirley Lauro’s ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT.

The RFTC believes in an individual's responsibility to his/her community. Theatre can educate; it can also comfort. It can remind the audience that suffering and joy are feelings felt by all. The Red Fern Theatre Company would like each of its productions to create a lasting impression that fosters a community among those on and off the stage

New York is home to thousands of theatre companies; many of them are committed to socially conscious plays. The Red Fern Theatre Company distinguishes itself by bridging the gap between the theatre we produce and the change it seeks to create. In its partnerships with philanthropies, the RFTC provides the vehicle for which our audiences can give back to their community.

March  | Open: 04/12/12 Close: 04/29/12
Red Fern Theatre Company (Melanie Moyer Williams, Executive Artistic Director, Ken Hall, Managing Director) will present the World Premiere of Sharyn Rothstein’s (Lunchblocked with Ars Nova; Camp Monster at Williamstown Theatre Festival) MARCH, directed by Kel Haney (Good Egg with Red Fern Theatre Company; Assistant Director, Manhattan Theatre Club’s Wit;). The production will feature Andrew Ash* (Blogologues with Lively Productions), Frank Deal* (August: Osage County on Broadway; Mac Wellman’s Second- Hand Smoke), Rachel Geisler (National Tour of Spring Awakening), Annie Henk* (CollaborationTown’s The Play About My Dad at 59E59), Ashley Marie Ortiz* (A Matter of Choice, FringeNYC), Thom Rivera* (Howard Katz at Roundabout Theatre; The American Pilot at Manhattan Theatre Club), John-Michael Scapin (Winner Canada’s Triple Sensation), and Melissa Teitel* (DisConnections at 45th Street Theatre). The Creative Team will include Scenic Design by Caite Hevner (My Base and Scruvy Heart with Studio 42), Costume Design by Sydney Maresca (Hand to God at EST), Sound Design and Original Music by Anthony Mattana (named “A Young Designer to Watch For” by Live Design Magazine), and Lighting Design by Marie Yokoyama (Sparkling Objects at Canal Park Playhouse). The production was cast by Darragh Garvey (2010/2011 Casting Resident at Playwrights Horizons) and will be Stage Managed by Michal V. Mendelson*. March was originally workshopped at the Bay Area Playwright’s Festival and was a 2010 finalist for the Yale Drama Series Competition. *Appearing courtesy of the Actors’ Equity Association

Two teens take on the real and imaginary monsters in their lives in this funny and compelling theatrical journey through the treacherous worlds of virtual battlefields and real-life adolescence. Though their backgrounds couldn’t be more different, Eva Lucia Perez, a 14 year-old from the Bronx, and Michael Meltzer, a 15 year-old kid growing up in the suburbs, are both dealing with complicated families when they meet as avatars in Eden, a fantasy realm in an online game. As they embark on a journey to a new level in the game, Eva Lucia and Michael become unexpected friends, and find in each other the escape they need to get to that place and time when you first realize that the world is bigger than your family.


About the Company: The Red Fern Theatre Company

The Red Fern Theatre Company (RFTC), founded by Emilie E. Miller and Melanie Moyer Williams in March 2006, strives to provoke social awareness and change through theatrical productions and outreach. Each play produced by the Red Fern Theatre Company addresses social issues that range in scope from local to global, and each production is paired with a philanthropy whose work relates to the social themes of the play. A portion of the proceeds from each play produced is donated to the designated philanthropy. We also provide our audiences with information on the philanthropy both by introducing their mission at each performance and including information about them in the play’s program. By associating each production with a philanthropic organization, we are able to respond directly to the people actually affected by the issues addressed in the play.

Over the past three seasons, RFTC has produced a diverse range of programming, including ten full length plays as well as workshops and staged readings of one new work which premiered at the New York Fringe Festival in August 2008. Our 2009-2010 Season is dedicated to new plays and will open with the New York Premiere of Shirley Lauro’s ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT.

The RFTC believes in an individual's responsibility to his/her community. Theatre can educate; it can also comfort. It can remind the audience that suffering and joy are feelings felt by all. The Red Fern Theatre Company would like each of its productions to create a lasting impression that fosters a community among those on and off the stage

New York is home to thousands of theatre companies; many of them are committed to socially conscious plays. The Red Fern Theatre Company distinguishes itself by bridging the gap between the theatre we produce and the change it seeks to create. In its partnerships with philanthropies, the RFTC provides the vehicle for which our audiences can give back to their community.

The Birthday Party  | Open: 02/18/12 Close: 02/26/12
This play is a series of games. It is a play about Stanley Webber living in a boarding house (of a sort) with Meg and Petey, a normal married couple (well, more or less normal). Then two men show up who may or may not be Stanley's worst nightmare. Meg decides it is Stanley's birthday against his will, and naturally there will be a party. The audience and the characters are led up a garden path of possibilities and the lines between reality and fiction blur as the party continues.

THE BIRTHDAY PARTY is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.


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The Cherry Orchard  | Open: 02/17/12 Close: 02/25/12
A group of collaborators, students, and alumni from New York University and Tisch School of the Arts will mount Anton Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard.

It is a bold, visceral, and stunning production which uncannily captures the financial and nostalgic issues which ail today's society.

Join us.

Directed by Kelly Colburn
with (in alphabetical order)
Alyssa Block (Lopakhin), Trevor Buteau (Yasha), Chris Dieman (Gaev), Diana Egizi (Varya), Jon Fusco (Trofimov), Annalie Gernert (Charlotta), Lauren LaRocca (Anya), Julia Sherman (Liubov), Jason Silverman (Yepikhodov), Daniel Patrick Smith (Firs), Kelsey Torstveit (Dunyasha), and William Vaughn (Pishchik).
Assistant Director: Adin Lenahan
Set Designer: Walter Ryon
Lighting Designer: Joe Wegmann
Costume Designer: Kaela Garvin


Tickets
$10 (including tax and fees) General Admission in ADVANCE online
$6 (including tax and fees) Special Tuesday Discount at in ADVANCE online
$10.00 General Admission at the door


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