Chain Theatre

Todays Date: 07/02/22
Last Update: 03/05/20 07:00:05 AM
Address: 21-28 45th Road
Long Island City, NY   

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Subway: 7/E/M/G to Court Square/Ely

History of Productions View Current and Upcoming

Echoes In The Garden  | Open: 03/11/20 Close: 03/29/20
Returning home can often be fraught with family drama. For Ruth Hemmerich, bringing her young, bi-racial son to meet her parents is marred with a dark history and tension. Set in 1962 with flashbacks to the late 1920s, in the home of Marion and Henry Hemmerich, the family tries to navigate social and familial expectations in the wake of loss that echoes through the generations.

Cast: Authur Aulisi*, Derrick Delgado, Thursday Farrar*, Jake Roberson, Jace Swinger, Campbell Symes*, Kirrin Tubo, Cheri Wicks*, and Sarah Young.

*appearing courtesy of Actors' Equity Association

This play runs 90 minutes with no intermission.

CHASING THE RIVER  | Open: 02/07/20 Close: 02/22/20
Recently released from prison, a young woman returns to her childhood home - the scene of the crime that put her away when she was just a teenager. Still entwined in the memories of her tumultuous youth, she struggles to break free and focus on her future. Chasing the River is about survival, second chances and learning to bet on yourself.

About the Company: Chain Theatre
The Chain Theatre is a production company whose goal is to create artistic work that is accessible, relatable, and invokes a visceral response in the audience through the mediums of theatre and film. We provide opportunities for New York based artists to experience challenging subject matters and universal themes. A deep respect for the narrative is the driving force behind the cultivation of original texts, the further investigation of recently produced work, and the reclaiming of existing classics for a modern audience. The material chosen focuses on the cyclical nature of history and complexity of the human spirit. The Chain provides professional platforms for new artists and true independent filmmakers to showcase their work and to share their personal stories and original ideas in our communities.
NOTHING HUMAN  | Open: 10/15/19 Close: 10/26/19
Cross-Eyed Bear Productions will present the World Premiere of Nothing Human, written by Duncan Pflaster and directed by Aliza Shane at The Chain Theatre (312 West 36th Street, New York, NY 10018, 4th floor), October 15-26. Performances will be on Tuesday, October 15 at 7pm, Wednesday, October 16 at 7pm, Thursday, October 17 at 7pm, Friday, October 18 at 7pm, Saturday, October 19 at 7pm, Thursday, October 24 at 7pm, Friday, October 25 at 7pm, and Saturday, October 26 at 7pm. Tickets ($20) are available for advance purchase at The performance will run approximately 2 hours.

The day after Bin Laden is found a computer engineer named Alberto reveals to a woman he meets in a bar that ever since receiving an anonymous call the night before 9/11, he's been hiding out in Boca Raton under an assumed name. The two begin an affair complicated by the presence of ALBA, the artificial intelligence Alberto stole from his company. Meanwhile back in New York, Alejandro, a playwright who is working on his first screenplay about The Singularity, is having trouble dealing with meddling producers.

The cast will feature Roberto Alexander (The Underpants Godot at The Secret Theatre), Alexandra Cremer* (Making History with Dysfunctional Theatre; The Spin Cycle with Wide Eyed Productions), Shakeerah Fredericks (Eve’s Song with The Playwrights Realm/Ars Nova; Blacked Out with Sanguine Theatre Company/SoHo Playhouse), Anthony Irizarry (Hopping on Rooftops with LAByrinth Theatre Co.; Sunday at Tompkins Sq. Park at The Flea), Dante Jayce (Helvetica with Rising Sun/Planet Connections; Baby with the Bathwater at Medicine Show Theatre), Sarah Kaufman, Adam Patterson* (CasablancaBox at HERE; The Pill at La MaMa), Amir Royale* (Sweetee at Signature Theatre; Dueling Voices with New Perspectives Theatre Co.), and Samantha Simone* (Someone Dies the End at 59E59/Edinburgh Fringe; The Bishops Bonfire with Irish Rep).
*Appearing courtesy of the Actors’ Equity Association.

About the Company: Cross-Eyed Bear Productions
Cross-Eyed Bear Productions is a theatre company dedicated to the idea that Theatre should be entertaining, thought provoking, and most importantly, fun. To this end, we produce original scripts and plays that are infrequently produced elsewhere. We believe that if we have fun doing a play that we enjoy, our audiences will enjoy it and have fun as well. We believe that "play" is an essential part of theatre; that children playing "Let's pretend" have more in common with the core of true theatre than most shows currently on Broadway; that emotional depth is more important than technical wizardry.

Six Corners  | Open: 03/22/19 Close: 04/13/19
                                                                                    Chain Theatre Presents The New York City Premiere

                                                                                                    SIX CORNERS by Keith Huff

March 22nd – April 13th

"..what gun crime does not shatter lives on every side of the trigger?" 

–     Chicago Tribune, SIX CORNERS

NYC Premiere of a new play by Emmy nominated Keith Huff (Mad Men, House of Cards, American Crime). Keith Huff's most recent Broadway production was the sold out sensation A Steady Rain starring Hugh Jackman and Daniel Craig. Chain Theatre is an award winning theatre company and SIX CORNERS will be the first main stage production in their new location at the Theatre Building in midtown Manhattan.

Late one night, two burnt-out violent crimes unit detectives try their damnedest to close the puzzling murder of a CTA employee. What should be a simple open-and-shut case, however, evolves into a horrifying mystery and unearths a legacy of violence stretching back years.

Inspired by a personal story, SIX CORNERS is the third in a loose Chicago cop trilogy that began with A Steady Rain followed by The Detective's Wife.  Mr. Huff has also written Big Lake Big City (Lookingglass Theater, directed by David Schwimmer), and Pursued By Happiness (Steppenwolf).  Mr. Huff is currently developing a cable series for TNT with Academy Award nominated screenwriter/director, Billy Ray.

SIX CORNERS is directed by Ella Jane New. She was raised in Uganda, Kenya and England and received her MFA from Goldsmiths, University of London, where she wrote and directed award-winning show Banquet of Chestnuts. She is a recipient of the Eastman Grant and Women Make Movies Fellowship (The Global Village Project), and Creative Minds in association with Sundance Institute for her script Car Battery. 

The cast for SIX CORNERS features Kirk Gostkowski, Amanda Martinez, Christina Elise Perry, Lenny Thomas, Anthony Thomas, and Nyah Jude.

Chain Theatre is a production company whose goal is to create artistic work that is accessible, relatable and invokes a visceral response in the audience through the mediums of theatre and film. Their last main stage production was a collaboration with Tony Award Winning Playwright, David Rabe on a revised edition of In the Boom Boom Room. Past award winning productions include: Hurlyburly by David Rabe, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Dale Wasserman, and Talk Radio by Eric Bogosian. Chain is currently developing three new plays by diverse writers in their play lab. This production is made possible with assistance from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

Performances will take place at Chain Theatre 312 W. 36th Street, (Between 8th and 9th ave). Previews begin March 22nd to March 24th. Show Opens March 25th - April 13th. Performances will run Thursday thru Saturday at 8PM with Sunday matinees at 2PM. For tickets and more information visit

Lighthouse Invites The Storm  | Open: 05/17/15 Close: 05/17/15
Two 16-year-olds meet at an artsy pre-college program, where they flirt and fight, but are ultimately unable to handle the love they stumble into. Sixteen years later, they are face-to-face again, and innocent nostalgia is turning into something far more difficult. Funny and heartbreaking, this is a play about the past never past.

Talk Radio  | Open: 09/12/14 Close: 09/27/14
Inspired by the 1984 murder of controversial shock jock Alan Berg, TALK RADIO is set in a Cleveland radio station over the course of Barry Champlain’s two-hour broadcast as he’s being scrutinized that night by producers fixated on taking the show national, and fueled as always by coffee, cocaine and Jack Daniel’s. Barry’s jousts with his unseen callers—ranging from a white supremacist to a woman obsessed with her garbage disposal—are interspersed with confrontations by his ex-deejay pal and his sometime girlfriend/producer.

Love In A Heat Death Universe  | Open: 06/16/14 Close: 06/28/14
Forecast:  Absolute Chaos.  To weather the storm, find someone. Or else.

So put on your sexiest bra, brush up on your Crispin Glover facts and grab two glasses of Tempranillo.  This  devised solo show follows the City's singles as they dash to find someone before the dangerous and unpredictable Heat Death Storm of 2014 hits.  Highly physical and darkly comic, Love in a Heat Death Universe looks at the personas we create in our mad search for connection admist the entropic hazards of giving up. 

Inspired by the absurd profiles of OkCupid and the Second Law of Thermodynamics.  

Ten characters, one actor and one hell of a ride.

Co-Created and Performed by Benjamin Stuber

What's In A Name  | Open: 04/12/13 Close: 04/27/13
Variations Theatre Group presents the latest play by award-winning writer Timothy Nolan (2003 Fringe Festival Excellence in Playwriting award for Acts of Contrition).

What’s In A Name is set in the back of a New York bar. A well-dressed woman, barely awake and laden with bags, stumbles in. Confronted by the past, the present, and the police, she sees for the first time the results of choices she made so many years ago and finds that the secrets that are hardest to keep are hardest to tell. Does she trash her present to rectify her past, or does she double-down on a life she can no longer lead but can’t escape from?

What’s In A Name’scast includes Maria Deasy (The Crucible, Roundabout Theatre), Lauren Roth (2011 New York Innovative Theatre Award nominee for Outstanding Supporting Actress), and Lenny Thomas.

About the Company: Variations Theatre Group


Variations Theatre Group, a nonprofit organization, is formed by a group of young stage professionals (all in their twenties) with the following goals and objectives:


1. To stage at least one play each season with a theme that is of interest and concern to the public (e.g. autism, post traumatic stress in veterans) and donate the profits from its production to appropriate charitable foundations.

2. To show plays of short duration at schools, hospitals, nursing homes and such other places, free of cost when the institution cannot afford it.    

3. To produce American theatrical classics, giving opportunities to young actors and directors.     

4. To stage theatrical works by relatively unknown contemporary American  playwrights.

5. To  hire and train a new generation of actors, playwrights and directors to familiarize themselves with the seminal works of modern theatre.

6. To recruit and train interns, giving preference to minority and disadvantaged applicants, by giving them stipends and hands-on work experience.

7. To have special theater festivals (or benefit events) to reflect our nation’s multicultural milieu, and to provide contemporary American playwrights the ability to showcase original work spanning gender and cultural diversity. 


Variations Theatre Group believes that contributing to the community is paramount and will focus on active and dynamic participation in this area, with a separate group headed by a director to perform outreach functions.  Furthermore, all the assets belonging to Variations Theatre Group will, upon its dissolution, be liquidated and the entire proceeds will be donated to the state, federal government or organized charities.