NOTHING is based on Nic Balthazar's novel Nothing Was All He Said, which was inspired by a newspaper article about a young man with autism. Since the book's publication in Belgium in 2002, it has been adapted for stage in five countries, and twice for the screen, including 2007's Ben X. This production of NOTHING has won awards at the Cincy Fringe, United Solo (NYC) and the San Diego Fringe Festival.
About the Company: Unity Productions
UNITY PRODUCTIONS (Producer) was founded by Zack Cieslak and Jon Kovach. The company is dedicated to making a positive change through the arts, education, and community service. Unity premiered Nothing in high schools throughout Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. From there, Nothing has performed at nationally accredited universities, including Wisconsin, Indiana and Miami and theatre festivals, including Cincy Fringe, New Orleans Fringe, and San Diego Fringe Festival.
Through dialogue, movement, song, humor, and multimedia, the performance examines such themes as partner communication, sexual identity, the de-sexualization of aging women, today's "hook-up" culture, and sexual health.
Co-Created and directed by: Maggie Keenan-Bolger and Rachel Sullivan.
Featuring: Ashleigh Awusie, Maybe Burke, Jenne Carey, Ruth Cooper, Meggan Dodd, Cat Fisher, Molly Gallagher, Lindsay Griffin, Catherine Gowl, Jordan Ho, Stephanie Mallick, E. Okobi, Julia Osen Averill, Mary Parker, Riti Sachdeva, Holly Sansom, and Aubrey Seader.
Music! Puppetry! Water safety! Stage blood! THE MERMAID'S LEGS has something for everyone…provided they can handle an experimental approach and a non-red-haired mermaid who - SPOILER - dies in the end!
(Parental discretion may be advised, even at the supremely weird hour of 6:30 pm. It’s not a kiddie show.)
WHAT The Mermaid’s Legs
WHO Conceived and Directed by Ayun Halliday with further contributions by the cast of 10 homeschooled teens
WHERE The Tank NYC
151 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036
WHEN: Thursday, October 23, 2014, 6:30pm
Friday, October 24, 2014, 6:30pm
Saturday, October 25, 2014, 6:30pm
Sunday, October 26, 2014, 3pm
TICKETS: $15 general, $12 student, www.thetanknyc.org/
AGE RANGE: 12-adult
Inquiries: Jenn de la Vega firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Hi-res photos available on request
There are many storytelling shows out there that offer a slice of life. At the corner of Fringe Festival Street and The Moth Avenue, Eli Reiter offers us a larger piece of the pie giving each performer 25 minutes to tell their story. Long Story Long allows you, the audience, to get to know the storyteller a little better. We'll also have a featured storyteller in the middle, to be the extra crust around the pie. Who doesn't like extra pie? Featuring TBA
Angel Yau takes us into the young minds of comedians, filmmakers, and storytellers by watching the videos they made as future struggling artists and telling the stories behind it before. From movie re-enactments to cable access shows to school projects to simply home videos. Each month, four storytellers get to show videos they worked hard on pre-youtube days and reflect on how they've grown today. Featuring TBA
Sam Dingman hosts this monthly open-mic as part of his storytelling podcast "Dingmantics." (samdingman.tumblr.com/dingmantics) Each month, four randomly-selected storytellers will take the stage, followed by a featured performer to close the show. All stories will be recorded for possible inclusion on the podcast, and every performer will take home a recording of their piece. Come share your antics with Dingmantics! With Featured Guest: TBA
Attempting to perform John Patrick Shanley's celebrated play, "Lamb Lays with Lion attempts: Danny and the Deep Blue Sea" is a sputtering performance, gasping integrity, masquerading as a play that navigates between violence and attraction, desire and delusion, and the victory of ephemeral love over desolation.
Mistress of the Hour
Created by Suzana Stankovic
Performed by Vincent Louis Marra and Suzana Stankovic
Mistress of the Hour is a confessional, avant-garde dance-theatre work that explores female archetypes; subconscious desires, fears and obsessions; and the inner life emancipated. Through a fusion of dance, theatre and poetry, Mistress of the Hour brings to life a world of feral beauty and beckons you to step inside. For all about Suzana Stankovic please visit: www.iAmSuzana.com
Note: The mistress cannot be tamed. This is an immersive show. The mistress may sit next to or touch you or otherwise enter your private space depending on your energy.
This collaboration between classical pianist Azusa Ueno, operatic tenor Dory Schultz, and theatrical director Ben Prusiner takes the audience on a visual journey as we see the world through the eyes of the main character, a love-struck miller. People from his past come to life in the form of objects animated to form beautiful and eerie faces, while shadow puppets ripple in watery images overhead and a blue silk river dances below. The merger of stunning classical music and elegant marionette, found-object and shadow puppetry is a unique event.
Featuring puppeteers Flor Bromley, Chris Gebauer, Nicola McEldowney, Equiano Mosieri, and Elizabeth Spano. Movement by Ryan Brooke Taylor. Puppets created by Ben Prusiner.
Featuring: Logan Sutherland, Emma Thorne, Jonathan Berenson, Jill Durso, Anthony Taylor, Hayley Palmaer, Todd Litzinger, Caroline Jordan, Annie Grier, Jonathan West
What happens to us when we die?
How many jelly beans are in this jar?
Doppelskope aggressively answers none of these questions, but they do use puppetry, clown, magic and music to explore what children and adults have in common in terms of obsession, anxiety, and uncertainty. They also flirt shamelessly with the audience.
An Existential Sing-Along is Doppelskope's signature show which has gone on to spawn both Shrink: Puppet Therapy and The Existential Variety Hour. Come see the madness that started it all! There are also free cookies.
"mind-numbing brilliance." Taos News
In this show, originally inspired by the Dead Letter Office, The Agents explore the ups and downs of a relationship through the magic surrounding hand written letters. The result is a poetically beautiful, absurdly logical show that is by turns funny, dazzling, and, in the end, surprisingly touching.
Poste Restante earned support from The Jim Henson Foundation, LEF Foundation, and Puppeteers of America. It won Best Touring Show from the Austin Texas Critics Table, Best of Fringe and Best Physical Comedy from the San Francisco Fringe Festival, and it was a finalist for Best of Fringe from the Prague Fringe Festival.
An evening of two staged readings, presenting new one-act plays from ROB ASKINS (Hand to God; EST & MCC) and BRETT EPSTEIN (Slaves of our Lives; The Flea). Each original piece had to adhere to the same ten "rules." .
THE RULE OF TEN:
1. A character who would exist in a Neil LaBute play.
2. An old character who wears too much makeup.
3. Rob must incorporate the first three shuffled songs on Brett's music playlist; Brett must incorporate the first three shuffled songs on Rob's music playlist.
4. A commercial really affects someone.
5. A scene must include two people texting to each other (audience needs to see or hear what the texts say).
6. On pages 3, 6 and 10: Someone passes gas and tries to hide it.
7. That flatulence brings about a deep revelation from another character.
8. A monologue about the documentary Blackfish.
9. "Hey bud, how's this look?"
10. Within the last few pages: the destruction of furniture.
certain colours of Blue
some speaking songs & singing poems
a confused Clock
2 Red Flowers
& a cOcoNut
... Along with many other Escapades & Feats of Wonder ...
About the Company: Children of an Idle Brain
We are dedicated to telling good stories with ingenuity and a restless curiosity. We choose works that acknowledge the extraordinary in the ordinary and embrace the joys and struggles of being human. We believe in the theatre. We invite our audience to discover and celebrate wit us.
The Curious Case of Phineas Gage is part of Flint & Tinder, a new curated theater series. Save money and buy a ticket bundle: http://flintandtinder.brownpapertickets.com
About the series
Flint & Tinder is a curated series of exciting new independent theater presented by The Tank in the heart of Manhattan's theater district. The series showcases ferociously imaginative emerging artists making work that spans (and often flagrantly combines) physical theater, puppetry, dance, clowning, and more. They are storytellers, relentless risk-takers, and theatrical alchemists shaping the future of the medium.
Now in its second season, this year's Flint & Tinder (formerly Theater at The Tank) will feature performances from across the country and around the world: returning artists Kyle Loven (My Dear Lewis in 2010) and Split Knuckle Theatre (Endurance in 2010), as well as St. Ann's Puppet Lab artist Marta MacRostie, renowned clown performer Summer Shapiro, and the bouffant clown company La Piarra from Mexico City. Flint & Tinder is curated by Josh Luxenberg and Jon Levin of Sinking Ship Productions. Maggie Baker is the series coordinator. For more information visit http://flintandtinder.thetanknyc.org
About the Company: Infinite Variety Productions
Infinite Variety Production's mission is: To create opportunities for female artists. To voice the words of unnoted storytellers. To broaden the public purview one audience at a time.
Infinite Variety Productions was started by Ashley Adelman and Maria Makenna, who have been working in the New York theatre scene for several years.
After finishing prestigious acting programs at The Actors Studio Drama School, NYU TISCH and The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, they eagerly entered the scene, hoping to become a part of something that would have a real impact on the world around them. They soon discovered that the best way to be a part of something important is to create it.
Jean-Paul Sartre's "No Exit", their first production, opened to great acclaim in June of 2011 at Theatre For The New City. It was theatre that incited real conversation! The ladies were inspired to tackle their next project, Shirley Lauro's "A Piece of My Heart". The play,based on true stories of women who served in Vietnam, opened on Veteran's Day 2011 at The Tank Theatre to sold out performances. The Living Theatre, after seeing the show asked the women of IVP to bring the play to their theatre in February!
IVP was even honored by several women who had served in the war, who graciously agreed to a talkback following the show. The stories these women told reinforced what Ashley and Maria had begun to understand: too many of these stories have gone unheard. IVP is looking forward to telling many more.
A recluse is confronted with the unexpected in this highly physical, visually rich stage production charting the all too futile need for certainty and the beauty in being a hapless human. In a world where the familiar moves from mundane to magical, Shapiro plays with the likes of tissues, bed sheets, table and chair to wrap her arms around the unknown within and without. Inspired by the work of Carl Sagan, supernovae, New York City’s general public and unbridled joy, Kinds of Light crafts unfolding whimsy to find light is everywhere, even in the darkest spaces.
Kinds of Light was postponed during its development at The Tank in 2011 when Summer Shapiro learned she had cancer. Now, two years later and healthier than ever, this award-winning comedienne and theater-maker returns to New York with the knowledge that human beings are built to fall apart and such a breaking can be the gem of a life time.
“Ring the bells that still can ring, forget your perfect offering, there is a crack in everything - that's how the light gets in.” —Leonard Cohen
Here's your chance to see the world premiere of WE WILL PREVAIL.
An evening of two one-acts, The Intruder, and Ladies Night, written and directed by young American playwright, Larry Bao.
These plays are a poignant magnification of intrusion, property, camaraderie, and of course... love.
Journey into the cynicism and optimism of our human psyche.
As humans, we can prevail...
The night begins with The Intruder, a seemingly surreal journey of two men who claim the rights to a brand new house. The play begins with a man unlocking the front door while another man is sitting at the dining table reading. They jump back in surprise leading to a confrontation, an attempt to defend their rightful ownership of their territory. Is one of these men a squatter? Is one of these men a thief? Who’s property is this really? Could two people really have missed each others presence? Who is the intruder?
The night ends with the comedic one-act, Ladies Night. Just returning from their favorite bar, three business women are in an apartment complaining about the prospects of men. They attempt to continue their celebration with wine and music but their neighbor, a man, tells them to turn down the music. Hilarity ensues as these women talk trash on these “oppressive” men. Ladies Night is a representation of sexual frustration and yearning for love.
Cast: Camille Lowman, Alyson Calder, Phoebe Dwight, Paul Notice, and Brent Rose
The Tank Theater
151 W 46th St 8th Floor
March 9-10, 15-17
Reserve your tickets on line at wewillprevail.brownpapertickets.com with code "wwpfriends" and get a 5 buck discount!
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The cast features Graham Stuart Allen (Deep Throat Sex Scandal, 45 Bleeker), Ashley Arcement (Broadway's Grease), Kyle Knauf (Charles Mee's Fetes De La Nuit), and Elenna Stauffer (Quiet Cry, Theatre Row).
"Terezin" provides a historical context in which to examine critically important issues such as hatred,predjudice bullying and indifference present in our communities and schools."
"The Play is an important tool, not just for Jewish children but for all children to learn about racism, social responsibility and individual choice." Judith Kamber, Chair Diversity Committee Northern Essex College.
"This is a five star show because it is superbly conceived, superbly acted by children who put many a fringe veteran to shame, despite being Americans with no direct experience of the holocaust. For a deeply moving piece of theatre this Fringe look no further." (2011 Edinburgh Fringe Festival review)
The Magdalene Laundries operated for over 100 years, the last one closed in 1996. They generated income by taking in laundry from local businesses and churches. In what amounted to slave labor, the girls were never paid for their work.
It is now up to us to continue the fight for the 30,000 girls who passed through these laundries. Hardly anyone knows that these institutions even existed. History does repeat itself; mostly because we refuse to learn from it. IVP invites you to listen and learn, and from there change can happen.
1. Unclean: A passionate young man asks a blind woman, whom he doesn't know, up to his apartment.
2. Working Helping Singing: A young business woman sings her heart out.
3.Elation: Two co-workers finally approach each other about a date. One of them has an eye problem that gets in the way of communication.
4.Bathroom: A young businessman checks for a uni-brow in a public bathroom, as his co-worker confronts him of their escapade.
5.Portugal: Two strangers with an affinity towards each other spend time looking at the evening stars, then one of them suggests that they should leave for Portugal.
[family members] [the twitter/facebook world] [the ny theatre/improv scene] [complete strangers]
Brett Epstein is a New York based playwright who has targeted each of these communities as inspiration for his latest work.
He interviewed an array of people in all of these communities throughout the month of January-- one person a day for a total of thirty interviews. By being an active listener -- whether he has known the interviewee for 24 years or for 24 seconds -- he has learned heir passions & struggles, their regrets & dreams.
Their stories, their words, their experiences, their lives have inspired SIX NEW SHORT PLAYS to be presented with a DOCUMENTARY film about Epstein's process talking with the people in these communities. What they shared has completely shaped this new work.
This project is the possibility of openness, vulnerability, creativity, leadership and artistic healing.
L E A R N about T H E P R O J E C T:
Interview in BME blog & a 2-minute promo video -->
BASED ON YOUR TRUE STORY: Six new short plays.
Written & Directed by BRETT EPSTEIN
David --> SEAN KLEIER
Matthew --> ISSAC JOSEPTHAL
Lee --> SANDY OPPEDISANO
Eric --> KELLY RILEY
Phil --> RAY FIELD
Claudia --> BRITTANY TAYLOR VISSER
Howie --> BRIAN ENCK
Maura --> MICHELLE FOYTEK
Sissy --> SUMMER HYDE
Bradley --> MICHAEL BORNE
Sarah --> SARAH SEEDS
"Where's My Klonopin?, or I Want to Walk on Those Train Tracks"
Elsie --> EMILY MARRO
Elsie's Inner Voice --> BRITTANY TAYLOR VISSER
Stevie --> LORRAINE DEGRAFFENREIDT
Nurse --> SARAH SEEDS
Corey --> SEAN KLEIER
James --> KELLY RILEY
Justin --> DAVID CRAIG
Stage Directions --> SARAH GOOSMANN