Todays Date: 07/02/22
Last Update: 07/07/12 12:05:10 PM
Address: 154 Christopher Street, 3B
New York, NY    10014

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Chas Carey/Wolf 359 in association with IRT's 3B Development Series present a workshop showing of

In Residence: September 11-October 1, 2012

In 1825, Ludwig van Beethoven, recovering from severe illness, writes a groundbreaking string quartet. In 1972, an Objectivist drag queen finally gets her fifteen minutes of fame in Peoria, Illinois. In 1982, Ayn Rand wakes up in the afterlife, but still can't shake her clingy lover, Alan Greenspan. In 2009, a young writer suffering from debilitating migraines hears the Beethoven string quartet for the first time. In 2012, Michael Yates Crowley and Michael Rau tunnel through time and space to bring all these people (and more) together in a experimental academic lecture with digressions into song and dance. SONG OF A CONVALESCENT AYN RAND GIVING THANK TO THE GODHEAD, named after a Beethoven string quartet, is an exploration of what it means to be an artist in America.

Workshop Showings:
Preview: 9/15
Shows:9/16 -9/29
no performances on Mondays or Tuesdays
All performances at 8pm
Tickets: FREE

At IRT: 154 Christopher st. #3B (third floor)
Running time

Produced by: Chas Carey/Wolf 359
Conceived and performed by: Michael Yates Crowley and Michael Rau
Written by: Michael Yates Crowley

MICHAEL YATES CROWLEY is a New York City-based playwright and performer. His plays have been produced in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Berlin, and Edinburgh, among other cities. In New York, his work has been seen at 59E59 Theaters, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, PS 122, HERE Arts Center, 3LD, Dixon Place, and Ars Nova. He is a graduate of the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab and former Artist-in-Residence at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center with Michael Rau and their theater company, Wolf 359. Crowley was a 2008-2009 Fellow in Playwriting from the New York Foundation for the Arts. Since 2005 he has curated Hearth Gods, a reading series in the East Village.

MICHAEL RAU is a theater director specializing in new plays, re-imagined classics, and opera. Since 2008 he has been working internationally in Germany, the UK, Ireland, Canada, and Greece. In New York, he has created work at PS 122, HERE Arts Center, Ars Nova, The Bushwick Starr, The Brick, 59E59 and Dixon Place. Michael Rau is a recipient of a 2006 Kennedy Center Directing Fellowship, a 2007 New Play Network Directing Fellowship and a 2008 TCG National Conference Grant. His production of The Great God Brown was exhibited as part of the 2011 Prague Quadrennial. He has served as an assistant for John Turturro at Classic Stage Company, Anne Bogart at the Glimmerglass Opera, Robert Woodruff at San Francisco Opera, and Francesca Zambello at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. He was a 2011 Young Artist at The Glimmerglass Festival, an Artist-in-Residence at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center, and is a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab. He is currently on the faculty of the Steinhardt School of Music at NYU. He is a graduate of Wesleyan University and received his MFA in Theater Directing from Columbia University.

Prepare to be rockedA hilarious, (at times unnervingly on-point) portrait of yearning Evanston citizens whose oblivion proves to be their most dangerous threat. This play definitely deserves an audience.
The Huffington Post

Not to be missed.
Joshua Conkel,

Go see thisa seductive and poetic tour de force.
New York Theater Review

Full of wit and with a fantastic undercurrent of dark humour, Righteous Money has important things to say.
The Scotsman | **** stars

Tucked away in the old Archive Building in Greenwich Village NYC, IRT is a grassroots theater development laboratory providing space, support and community for independent artists.


Portal of Parallels  | Open: 07/21/12 Close: 07/21/12
Operating Theater Company will continue to push the envelope with its eighth production, "Portal of Parallels". A family-friendly and interactive inquisition of what defines our world, "Parallels" could be cleverly categorized as "an original devised theater production/art installation/social experiment."

Set at an outpost on "the edge of reality," the story explores the struggles of scientists on the brink of saving humanity. The resolution is left up to the audience, who are heavily involved from the very beginning when they enter the theater through a transcendental doorway. Viewers are presented with philosophical questions and propelled to think non-linearly about what reality truly is. Complete with a colorful cast of supporting characters that include delegates from alternate dimensions, a space meatball and a glam rock band, "Portal of Parallels" is expected to be an intellectually invigorating experience. This particular performance will be a culmination of work by the students of the IRT West Side Experiment.

Since 2007, IRT Theater has made a mission of hosting radically affordable, full-immersion development residences for emerging and established artists. An offshoot of the IRT 3B Development Series, the IRT Westside Experiment will offer students the skills to create original devised theater in collaboration with a working theater company in residency at IRT, Operating Theater Company.

Established in 2004, The Operating Theater Company creates unusual, innovative, provocative live performance that experiments with perception and explores the subjectivity of human experience. Portal of Parallels was written by Jason Schuler, Christine Holt and Keith Chandler, based on an idea by Kourtney Rutherford. Managing Director of OTC Dori Ann Scagnelli.

"The Operating Theater have consistently staged some of the cleverest, best-produced multimedia performance-based theater in the last five years." Tom Murrin, Paper Magazine

Workshop Showings:
Saturday July 21 1pm and 3pm
At IRT: 154 Christopher st. #3B (third floor)
$15 Tickets
Running time 1 hour.


Westside Experiment Benefit Party  | Open: 07/13/12 Close: 07/13/12
Celebrating the beginning of our Young Actor's Laboratory.
Admission is FREE; but donations are gladly accepted and heartily encouraged!
Friday, July 13 2012 from 6PM-10pm.

Hors d'oeuvres provided by local restaurants from 6-7pm
Performances from 7-8pm
Hang and make new friends 8-10pm

The TEAM is the Theatre of the Emerging American Moment. We are a New York City-based theatre company dedicated to dissecting and celebrating the experience of living in America today.

The company was founded in 2004 by a group of 6 NYU alumni, and has since grown to 13 core members and a continually expanding group of associate artists. We have created seven works since our founding in 2004: Faster, Give Up! Start Over! (In the darkest of times I look to Richard Nixon for hope), A Thousand Natural Shocks, HOWL, Particularly in the Heartland, Architecting (co-production with the National Theatre of Scotland), and Mission Drift.

Our work has been seen all over New York, including at the Public Theater (Under the Radar, 2009), Performance Space 122, and the Ohio Theatre (Ice Factory Festival 2006 and 2010); nationally, including at Minneapolis' Walker Art Center and Nashville's Vanderbilt University; internationally, including at London's Barbican Centre, Battersea Arts Centre, and Almeida Theatre, Lisbon's Culturgest, Edinburgh's Traverse Theatre, Glasgow's the Arches, Ireland's Galway Arts Festival, Toronto's Harbour Front Centre, the Bristol Old Vic, and the Salzburg Festival.

We are four-time winners of the Scotsman Fringe First Award (2005, 2006, 2008, & 2011), Winner of the 2011 Herald Angel, the 2011 Edinburgh International Festival Fringe Prize, Best Production Dublin Fringe 2007 and 2008 Edinburgh Total Theatre Award, and were ranked by Time Out New York Top Ten 2007 and Portugal's Público Top Ten 2009.

Half Straddle, led by writer and director Tina Satter, is a New York-based performance group that makes plays, performances, videos and music. Since 2008, Half Straddle has staged five critically acclaimed full-length shows in New York City: Away Uniform (Incubator Arts Project); In the Pony Palace/FOOTBALL (Bushwick Starr, named a Top 10 Show of 2011 by PAPER Magazine); Nurses in New England (Ice Factory Festival 2010); FAMILY (Ontological-Hysteric, named a Top 10 Show of 2009 by Time Out New York); and The Knockout Blow (HERE Arts Center, Ontological-Hysteric). Additional work has been shown at Prelude Festival, Abrons Art Center, CATCH Performance Series, Invisible Dog, Dixon Place, and others. Their new full-length piece Seagull (Thinking of you) premieres in January 2013 as part of PS122s COIL Festival.

Raquel Cion has performed and written extensively for the theatre in NYC, the Bay Area, as well as Russia and Paris. Recent projects include:
Fête (Writer/Performer), Manhattan International Theatre Festival; Cou-Cou Bijoux: Pour Vous (Writer/Performer); Galapagos Art Space, Dixon Place.

She is the recipient of a Dramalogue Award for her work with The Fifth Floor, in Charles Mee Jr.'s, Orestes, and a Bay Area Theatre Critic's Circle

Award for the interdisciplinary work, Bake Sale. After sold out shows at Dixon Place her cabaret Gilding the Lonelywill be presented at Joe's Pub, August 18th, 9:30 pm. The New York Times has described Ms. Cion as "half witch and half cabaret performer."

Since 2007, IRT Theater has made a mission of hosting radically affordable, full-immersion development residences for emerging and established artists. An offshoot of the IRT 3B Development Series, the IRT Westside Experiment will offer students the skills to create original devised theater in collaboration with a working theater company in residency at IRT, Operating Theater Company.

Established in 2004, The Operating Theater Company creates unusual, innovative, provocative live performance that experiments with perception and explores the subjectivity of human experience. Portal of Parallels was written by Jason Schuler, Christine Holt and Keith Chandler, based on an idea by Kourtney Rutherford. Managing Director of OTC Dori Ann Scagnelli.


40 years ago, the last astronauts to set foot on the moon made their way back home, concluding the three-year period in which humans ventured beyond low Earth orbit. Last year, the five remaining Space Shuttles were officially retired and distributed to museums.

With our own fragile biosphere stressed to the brink and energy costs rising, human space exploration is a future receding rapidly into the past, undreamed by children, abandoned by science fiction for more earthly speculations.

Yet in the next ten years a bloom of private industry will bring space closer than ever before and to more people, and will finally reset our collective aspirations to walk on other worlds, beginning with our cold, dead neighbor Mars.

And the mission will be made possible by you.

Workshop Showing: Sunday July 8 2012
At IRT: 154 Christopher st. #3B (third floor)
Tickets FREE
Running time about 1 hour.

Mission Commander: Ben Vershbow
Flight System Manager: Dorit Avganim
Test Crew: Clare Barron, Max Dana, Craig Pattison, Ted Schneider
Project Scientists: Jacob Grigolia-Rosenbaum, Scott Hoffer, Scott Peterman

Group Theory is the collective endeavor of Ben Vershbow and Dorit Avganim, dedicated to creating momentary theatrical communities for unlikely audiences. Past works developed at IRT: 'Bartleby' and 'Caravan'.

Tucked away in the old Archive Building in Greenwich Village NYC, IRT is a grassroots theater development laboratory providing space, support and community for independent artists.
Artistic Director Kori Rushton


The Orange Person  | Open: 05/19/12 Close: 05/26/12
The Orange Person

With an original book written by director Jeremy Bloom ("Stylish and inventive" - Theatermania) and Brian Rady who also plays the title role ("entertaining, hilarious, seamless" - Happiest Medium), the production also features original songs by Rady&Bloom and singer-songwriter Laura Dunn ("Bjorkish runaway melodies" - music critic Mark Mayer), all performed by a stellar and eccentric host of performers, vocalists and multi-instrumentalists.

"a quirky tale of a bright-orange baby born in a Texas border town, told in a style that merges docutheater with eclectic concert."
- Time Out New York

"The cast and creative team conjures more stage magic with a spare set and an assortment of lamps, placards and lawn chairs than most Broadway musicals muster with budgets a hundred times the size. ...a genuine, but not sentimental, tale of growing up orange in a podunk Texan town. ...homespun theatre done right with foot stomping songs, quirky humor and fistfuls of charm."
- The American Shot

performers: Ashley Biel, Laura Dunn, Dana Kaplan-Angle, Robert Lavenstein, Ellen O'Meara, Madalyn McKay, Jose Paz, Brian Rady, Kirk Siee, Catherine Brookman, Joe White; designed by Olga Mill (costumes), Chris Morris (sets), and Christopher Weston (lighting); makeup design by glam-rock's Chelsea Monet Dunaway

Saturday the 19th at 8pm
Sunday the 20th at 8pm
Monday the 21st at 8pm
Friday the 25th at 8pm
Saturday the 26th at 8pm

Following each performance there will be a wine and iced tea reception as well as a post-show jam session with the cast and the guest band du jour.

Rady&Bloom is a play company that creates theater works from scratch led by the collaboration of Jeremy Bloom and Brian Rady. With an inclusive spectrum of mediums and performer backgrounds, Rady&Bloom makes stories using narrative and experimental approaches, blending word, gesture, music, site-specificity and spectacle. Each performance is a celebration and an invocation: party meets epic meets chorale meets ethnography. Past Rady&Bloom collaborations include La Boheme (Spoken), a full length spoken version of Puccini's libretto at The Flea and at The Cell, adapted by Rady, and conceived and directed by Bloom; The Green Knight at 45 Bleecker, an original play by Brian Rady based on the myth of Sir Gawain, directed in pink by Bloom; Anchor Women, an under-the-covers study of television's ladies created by Rady, directed by Bloom; Live Mermaids Live, adapted and directed by Bloom, performed with songwriting by Rady and produced by artparty theater company; and most recently The Orange Person written and developed by Rady&Bloom with banjoist Laura Dunn (returning to NYC by popular demand May 19-26, 2012 at IRT).


JEREMY BLOOM directs new music, plays and his original, large-cast adaptations which include, Peter~Wendy (dark), La Boheme (spoken), and Leaves of Grass (nude). He has assisted at The Met and on Broadway, and is a Drama League Fellow, EST Resident, Soho Rep Lab Director, alum of the TS Eliot Exchange at the Old Vic and an alum of Northwestern University's Performance Studies. Recent credits include The Orange Person, an original live music play, written with Brian Rady and Laura Dunn.

BRIAN RADY is an actor and vocalist specializing in cabaret, ensemble movement and vocal based works, as well as new plays. Brian is also a playwright. His plays have been seen in New York at the cell, The Robert Moss, The Gene Frankel, and The Bleecker Street Theatre, among others. Brian is also dedicated to creative producing, playing in bands, and collaborating with a slew of dancers, writers and musicians.


The Spring Fling: My Best/worst Date Ever  | Open: 04/26/12 Close: 05/13/12
The smash-hit, New York Innovative Theatre-nominated collection of world-premiere plays returns to IRT with a fresh new selection!
Come watch our award-winning playwrights riff on the theme of "My Best/Worst Date Ever" with surprising, thoughtful, and hilarious results.
Remember that time when...? Relive the joy and the horror with your friends at F*It Club.

April 26-May 13, 2012
Thurs-Sat @ 8pm, Sun @ 2pm


Modern Luv  | Open: 04/19/12 Close: 04/21/12
The show is a hilarious parody of life and love in the digital age, where texting, emailing, facebooking, and "liking" have replaced true romance. Mark Siano, Seattle's god of soft rock (who will bring back the classic sparkletard), strikes up a long distance internet relationship with New York's goddess of hard rock, Opal Peachey. Sparks fly and gigabytes die when they realize that no one truly is who they are online.

Starring: Mark Siano and Opal Peachey
Special Guests: David Swidler, Hillary Mencke, Kimberly Durham

Original Music: Mark Siano
Musical Director: John Kranz
Written by: Mark Siano, Jeanne Lee and Opal Peachey - with contributions from the cast
Producer: Mark Siano and Donna Stewart

Thursday April 19 8pm
Friday April 20 8pm
Saturday April 21 8pm

Marxiano Productions is an Associate Program of Shunpike


Dangerous Signs  | Open: 04/05/12 Close: 04/07/12
NTID Masquers Drama Club and RIT Student Government presents "Dangerous Signs" featuring Troy Chapman, Malik Paris, Nicole Hood, Joseph Fox II, Jamal Jones, Matthew Parsley and Nick Shaw

A powerful fusion of physical theater, American Sign Language (ASL), music and spoken word poetry accessible to both hearing and Deaf audiences. The performance concludes with an audience participation ASL poetic workshop.


The Romancers & Another Kind Of Love  | Open: 03/26/12 Close: 03/30/12
"When Kit Singer returns to her disheveled family home to hash out an opportunity to return to the rock scene with her sisters, she finds a family in chaos and a niece on the
verge of losing herself to their destructive legacy. Crystal Skillman brings this disturbing, darkly funny new full length to audiences for the first time in this OTE Spring Workshop Residency, directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch."

The Romancers
Music by Kathryn Hathaway
Book & Lyrics by Sarah Hammond
under the Music Direction of Ian Axeness
(presentations: Thursday, March 29th & Friday, 30th at 7pm)
Run time: 1 hour

"Before Percy, before love, before Frankenstein, before she was Mary Shelley, young Mary spent her afternoons writing and dreaming at her mother's grave by the Fleet River in a northern suburb of London. This work-in-progress will cover ten years of Mary's life. At OTE, Sarah Hammond & Kathryn Hathaway will work on pieces from this new musical, which imagines Mary's early teen years and guesses at her first
inspirations for Frankenstein."

Admission is Free and extremely limited.


The Naked Side of Grace: The Final Concert of Grace Fullest and Violet Tendencies stars two burlesque artists, Grace Fullest (Jeanna Phillips), who has a penchant for pontificating about Madonna and cultural decline while scantily clad in just a few shredded shopping bags, and her significantly less angsty girlfriend Violet Tendencies (Scout Durwood), who hopes to inspire everyone to leave a trail of glitter wherever they go. Together they road trip across the American South and organize burlesque workshops at every stop in the slightly misguided hope that burlesque can save the nationand their failing relationship. Soon Grace goes missing and foul play is suspected. The play weaves original alt-country music, video and burlesque into its tale about living in Barack Obama's America, facing the past and twirling on down the road. It was written by Lucile Baker Scott and features music by Mike Milazzo, Monica Rodriguez and Scout Durwood, the direction of Stella Powell-Jones and the producorial genius of Jesse Cameron Alick.

Run Time: 2 hours 15 minutes with intermission


The Thing About Dan  | Open: 02/09/12 Close: 02/18/12
Celebrate the formation of Slightly Altered States Theater Company and the premiere of the original play The Thing About Dan, written by Sari Caine Glickstein, opening February 9th. Starring Louis Kornfeld, a renowned improviser, and Michael Hurst, a New York City-based actor and musician, The Thing About Dan is a warped and wistful play about two men, Paul and Zip, who are running as fast as they can away from themselves.

Paul and Zip are waiting for Dan, the friend who keeps their lives running smoothly. The thing is, he's sleeping with their wives.

Run time: 1 hour