4th Street Theatre

Todays Date: 06/26/22
Last Update: 06/21/19 04:17:14 PM

Address: 83 East 4th Street
New York, NY    10003

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IN THE PENAL COLONY  | Open: 07/11/19 Close: 07/27/19
The Hodgepodge Group and producerLucy Powis will present Miranda Haymon’s In the Penal Colonyat NYTW’s Fourth Street Theatre(79 East 4thStreet between Bowery and 2ndAvenue, New York, NY 10003), July 11-28. Performances will be on Thursday, July 11 at 7:30pm, Friday, July 12 at 7:30pm, Saturday, July 13 at 2pm, Saturday, July 13 at 7:30pm, Sunday, July 14 at 2pm, Sunday, July 14 at 7:30pm, Tuesday, July 16 at 7:30pm, Wednesday, July 17 at 7:30pm, Thursday, July 18 at 7:30pm, Friday, July 19 at 7:30pm, Saturday, July 20 at 2pm, Saturday, July 20 at 7:30pm, Sunday, July 21 at 2pm, Sunday, July 21 at 7:30pm, Tuesday, July 23 at 7:30pm, Wednesday, July 24 at 7:30pm, Thursday, July 25 at 7:30pm, Friday, July 26 at 7:30pm, Saturday, July 27 at 2pm, Saturday, July 27 at 7:30pm, and Sunday, July 28 at 2pm. Tickets ($35 General; $45 Premium)are available for advance purchase at www.nytw.orgor by calling 212-460-5475. The performance will run approximately 70 minutes, with no intermission. 


Adapted from Franz Kafka's short story of the same name, In the Penal Colonyinvestigates the performance of power, patriarchy and punishment. Three black men convene in an unnamed penal colony, asking what it means for them to exist in the media, when observed, when consumed, when punished.


The cast will feature Jamar Brathwaite (Much Ado About Nothing at The Public Theater; The Three Musketeerswith Classical Theater of Harlem),David Glover(The Feverat La MaMa; Vandalsat The Tank), and Dhari Noel (Telegraph Boisat Ars Nova; Floater, Ride with Cherry Picking) with Set Design by Emmie Finckel(Athena at JACK;Riot Antigone at La MaMa), Lighting Design by Cha See(Cute Activist at Bushwick Starr;The Triumphant with Target Margin Theatre), and Sound Design by Valentine Monfeuga(Let’s Get Ready Togetherat The Tank; Assistant on The Rape of the Sabine Women, By Grace B. Matthias with The Playwrights Realm). 


In the Penal Colonyis part ofNext Door at NYTW which provides a home for companies and artists who are producing their own work. This initiative provides each project with subsidized resources and space for development and performance in the Fourth Street Theatre. As part of an ongoing effort to expand support for artists at every stage of their careers, this series served over 300 artists in the first two years alone.

ARABERLIN  | Open: 07/02/15 Close: 07/19/15
New York, NY – Horizon Theatre Rep (Rafael De Mussa, Artistic Director), the New York theater company dedicated to presenting seldom-produced masterpieces of world theatre, will stage the U.S. Premiere of Araberlin, a play about identity, by Tunisian playwright and actress Jalila Baccar at The 4th Street Theatre (83 East 4th Street – between 2nd Avenue & Bowery). Performances will begin on Thursday, July 2nd. Opening Night is set for Friday, July 3rd at 8pm. Performances will continue through July 19th.

When Mokhtar, an architecture student, disappears without a trace, his family and friends discover that he is suspected of belonging to a terrorist organization. Araberlin shows just how far the current issue of terrorism is pushing apart the world, finding it increasingly difficult to understand one another.

“We commissioned the first English translation of Araberlin over ten years ago,” says De Mussa. “Since then, the issue of terrorism has taken on an even greater sense of urgency. Our staging places the play within the context of the thousands of young men and women going to fight Jihad. We hope this will help shed light on terrorism's effect on the families, friends and communities left behind.”  This production coincides with the April 2015 publication of “The Trilogy of Future Memory,” a collection of Baccar’s most recent plays, published by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center Publications (CUNY).

Directed by Mr. De Mussa, the cast of Araberlin includes: Malin Barr, Gabriel Diaz DeSalas, Lisa LaMattina, Scott Mandel, Elena Rusconi, and Mr. De Mussa.

The creative team for Araberlin is comprised of: Yuriy Nayer (lights), Ari Fulton (costumes), and Aristides Li (sound/QLab programmer) and Rafael De Mussa (set/video).

Araberlin will play the following performance schedule: Wednesday-Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 3:30pm. Tickets are $18 and may be purchased online at www.smarttix.com.

KILL ME LIKE YOU MEAN IT  | Open: 02/05/15 Close: 03/08/15
Ben Farrell, Private Investigator, discovers that his cases are appearing on the pages of a popular pulp serial… but the crimes are being penned before they happen in real life. The mystery grows darker still when Farrell reads his own death in the prophetic pages.

Three-time Drama Desk-nominee Stolen Chair presents Kill Me Like You Mean It, a “film noir for the stage” that is equal parts Raymond Chandler and David Lynch, a hostile but hilarious world of rapid-fire dialogue, smoking guns, and femmes fatale.

About the Company: Stolen Chair Theatre Company

STOLEN CHAIR Named best “genre-bending theatre” by New York Press, Stolen Chair is a theatre laboratory dedicated to the creation of playfully intellectual, wickedly irreverent, and exuberantly athletic original works. Proudly plundering the pop culture of the past half millennium, Stolen Chair’s aesthetically promiscuous work recycles and reinvents old genres and stories to discover new ways to challenge and delight contemporary audiences. Pioneer of the Community Supported Theatre movement, Stolen Chair is supported, in part, by the Nancy Quinn Fund and by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts. 

ONCE UPON A BRIDE THERE WAS A FOREST  | Open: 12/06/14 Close: 12/20/14
After Warren proposes to Josie, she decides she must make one last attempt to find her long-lost father before she walks down the aisle. What she finds instead is a dangerous, seductive world of secrets and magic from which she may not want to escape. Once Upon a Bride There Was a Forest is a lyrical, haunting and surprisingly funny fairy tale about children and parents, forgetting and remembering, and the power of a good story to capture us or set us free. 

Flux Theatre Ensemble will present the World Premiere of Kristen Palmer’s (The Stray Dog with Rising Phoenix; Departures with Blue Coyote) ONCE UPON A BRIDE THERE WAS A FOREST, December 6-20 at the 4th Street Theatre (83 East 4th Street between 2nd Avenue and Bowery). The production will be directed by Heather Cohn (NYIT Award nominated production of Sans Merci) with Assistant Director Sarah Amandes and will feature Arthur Aulisi* (3 Christs with Peculiar Works Project), Becky Byers* (Advance Man and Blast Radius with Gideon Productions), Rachael Hip-Flores (Sans Merci with Flux), Brian Silliman* (2014 NYIT Award Nominee for Outstanding Lead Actor in Dark Water with MTWorks; The Pumpkin Pie Show: Seasick), Chinaza Uche* (Jane the Plain with Flux) and Kristen Vaughan (Frankenstein Upstairs with Gideon Productions). The creative team will include Sound Design by Janie Bullard (NY Theatre Now 2013 Person of the Year; 2014 NYIT Nominee for Jane the Plain), Set Design by Will Lowry (Jane the Plain with Flux), Costume Design by Stephanie Levin (Hearts Like Fists with Flux), Lighting Design by Kia Rogers (2012 nytheatre.com Person of the Year; 2014 NYIT Award for Jane the Plain), and Props Design by Sara Slagle. The Production Stage Manager will be Jodi M. Witherell. *Actor appears courtesy of the Actors’ Equity Association.

ONCE UPON A BRIDE THERE WAS A FOREST will be presented by Flux Theatre Ensemble at the 4th Street Theatre (83 East 4th Street between 2nd Avenue and Bowery) December 6-20, Wednesday through Saturday and Mondays at 7:30pm with additional performances on Sunday, December 7 at 7:30pm and Sunday, December 14 at 2:30pm. Tickets ($18; $15 students) may be purchased online at www.fluxtheatre.org

About the Company: Flux Theatre Ensemble

FLUX THEATRE ENSEMBLE Flux is an ensemble of 12 multi-faceted theatre artists developing plays through its quarterly Food:Soul play development series, weekly Flux Sunday workshops and its annual week-long retreat. In 2008, the New York Press called Flux “The Most Underappreciated Indie Theatre Whose Work You Should Get Your Ass To” and nytheatre.com made Flux one of their “People of the Year” for 2008.

The Law Of Return  | Open: 08/01/14 Close: 08/24/14
Inspired by the events surrounding the polarizing Jay Pollard espionage case, Martin Blank’s original spy thriller The Law of Return depicts the actions of a notorious intelligence analyst abusing his level of access and threatening U.S. national security-or is he?

Whether driven by ideology or personal gain, Pollard, a United States Naval Intelligence analyst based in Suitland, Maryland, removes thousands of classified documents and turns them over to Israel. Once found out by the United States, Pollard leads police on a wild chase through D.C., desperately hoping to get to the Embassy of Israel and seek asylum.

On April 3, 2014 Jay Pollard was the number one trending topic on The New York Times website. President Obama is currently considering pardoning Pollard as part of a hotly debated Middle East peace deal. Pollard appears in The New York Times regularly alongside stories of WikiLeaks, the NSA, and Edward Snowden. What must be made public and what must be kept secret?

Cast: Ben Mehl*, Joel Rooks* & André Ware
Scenic Design: Alexis Distler
Costume Design: Debra Bergsma Otte
Lighting Design: Nicole Pearce
Sound Design: Jeremy J. Lee
Stage Manager: Caskey Hunsader*
Casting Director: Stephanie Klapper
Publicist: Dale Heller
Graphic Design: Theresa Evangelista
Produced by Newsom Zipoy Productions

About the Company: Newsom Zipoy Productions

Newsom Zipoy Productions brings together two members of the team that brought Martin Blank’s play AVENUE OF AMERICAS to New York in 2011.  The producing team has over 20 years of experience presenting award-winning plays and musicals—from SUPER SIDEKICK THE MUSICAL (Best of FringeNYC 2012) to the Brooklyn premiere of CAROLINE, OR CHANGE, and plays Aaron Kozak’s THE BIRTHDAY BOYS and Mac Rogers’ UNIVERSAL ROBOTS (2009 ITBA Best Off-Broadway Play, four New York Innovative Theatre Award nominations).


Jane The Plain  | Open: 05/09/14 Close: 05/24/14
Football, popularity and the clash of the gods: it's all going down at Plainview High School's homecoming game in the comic fairy tale Jane the Plain. Jane's status takes a sudden rise after she saves the mysterious Glowing Girl and is given the gift of beauty. Everyone starts falling for her: quarterback Scotty the Hotty, second-stringer Lesson the Decent, even the most popular girl in school, Lexi the Sexy. As the jealous Betty the Pretty seeks to eliminate her newfound rival, Leonard the Awkward tries to win his best friend Jane back. But when another mysterious god, the Mirror Man, starts haunting Scotty, this battle of love and social status takes a dangerous turn of cosmic proportions. What if the wrong choice in high school really could end the world?

Flux Theatre Ensemble will present the World Premiere of August Schulenburg’s (Lesser Seductions of History; DEINDE) JANE THE PLAIN, May 9-24 at the 4th Street Theatre (83 East 4th Street between 2nd Avenue and Bowery). The production will be directed by Kelly O’Donnell (NYIT Award nomination for Hearts Like Fists) with Assistant Director Emily Hartford (Co-founder, Rabbit Hole Ensemble) and will feature Becky Byers* (NYIT Award nomination for Hearts Like Fists), Sol Crespo (nytheatre.com 2012 Person of the Year; August Schulenburg’s DEINDE), Chester Poon (Job at The Flea; Adam Szymkowicz’s Hearts Like Fists), Alisha Spielmann* (Johnna Adams’ Sans Merci), Isaiah Tanenbaum* (August Schulenburg’s Honey Fist), and Chinaza Uche* (Indie Theatre Now 2013 Person of the Year; Ellen McLaughlin’s Ajax in Iraq). The creative team will include Sound Design by Janie Bullard (2014 USITT/LDI Rising Star Award; Indie Theatre Now 2013 Person of the Year), Set Design by Will Lowry (Ajax in Iraq), Costume Design by Stephanie Levin (Hearts Like Fists), and Lighting Design by Kia Rogers (2012 nytheatre.com Person of the Year). The Production Stage Manager will be Jodi M. Witherell.  *Actor appears courtesy of the Actors’ Equity Association. 

About the Company: Flux Theatre Ensemble

FLUX THEATRE ENSEMBLE Flux is an ensemble of 12 multi-faceted theatre artists developing plays through its quarterly Food:Soul play development series, weekly Flux Sunday workshops and its annual week-long retreat. In 2008, the New York Press called Flux “The Most Underappreciated Indie Theatre Whose Work You Should Get Your Ass To” and nytheatre.com made Flux one of their “People of the Year” for 2008.

Watson: The Musical  | Open: 03/13/14 Close: 03/16/14

Watson: The Musical is a satiric love letter to fans of Sherlock Holmes and musical theater alike. Set in a spoof of Victorian London, the show parodies both Arthur Conan Doyle's detective stories and conventional Broadway, making for 90 minutes of intrigue, song, dance, murder, and hilarity, though not necessarily in that order. With a script by Sherlock-nut Grant DeArmitt, lyrics by Broadway connoisseur Jerron Herman and composition by musical wunderkind Carol Anne Ausband, the show is a reminder of the delight that mystery and comedy can bring to an audience.


The story begins when Sherlock Holmes departs London for a time, leaving his loyal sidekick, Dr. John Watson, in charge of Holmes' consulting detective business. Things take a turn for the ghastly when a rich young man named Lord Collarheath Basil enlists Dr. Watson's help in solving the strange murder of his father, whom he claims was throttled by a ghost! Dr. Watson must discover the truth without Holmes' aid, and quickly. There's no way of knowing when or who the ghost might attack next



This is a King's Players production.

Produced by Hope Chavez
Directed by Amelia Peterson

Book and Additional Lyrics by Grant DeArmitt
Lyrics by Jerron Herman
Composition and Assistant Musical Direction by Carol Anne Ausband
Musical Arrangement by Spencer Kashmanian

Stage Manager/Set Designer/Lights & Sound Designer - Kacey Gritters
Asst. Stage Manager - Paula Chew
Props Master - Alex Foley
Costume Designer - Kayla Redd
Graphic Designer- Caley Goins
Piano Accompaniment - Alexander Pope

Watson - Jordan Best
Sherlock/Lord Basil - E.C. Hanna III
Mary - Victoria Teague
Mrs. Hudson - Alice Roschun
Lestrade/Mr. Tillingsly - Ray Huth
Mr. Davonshire - Josh Chiang
Mrs. Dorritsaunders/Mrs. Tillingsly - Lee O'Connell
Mrs. Chesterworth/Attorney Boxford/Executioner/Chorus - Alex Kelly
Bartender/Officer 1/Mr. Chesterworth/Chorus - Taylor Pope
Judge/Chorus - Dorea Slagle


La Cantatrice Chauve ("the Bald Soprano")  | Open: 11/05/13 Close: 11/17/13
 { LRP } in assocation with Diffractions Theatre present

LA CANTATRICE CHAUVE ("The Bald Soprano") 

** performed in the original French with supertitles in English **

Presented in the original French text with supertitles in English, the play is an absurd conversation between six characters: two couples, a maid and a fireman, all appearing to be "English" while speaking French. The Smiths are a traditional couple from London who have invited another couple, the Martins, over for a visit. They are joined later by the Smith's maid, Mary, and the local fire chief, who is also Mary's lover. The two families engage in meaningless banter, telling stories and relating nonsensical poems. Running time is 90 minutes with no intermission.

written by Eugene Ionesco
directed by Roxane Revon
produced by Lauren Rayner

featuring Patrick Croze, Fedly Daniel, MorgOn Delamarre, Samantha Grassian, Telma Bernardo, and Justine Thurman

assistant director: Victoire Mullet
lighting design: Lauren Bremen
producing associate: Katherine Charleton
pr associate: Kelsey Balzli

Tuesday, November 5 at 8pm - PRESS OPENING
Wednesday, November 6 at 8pm **MeetUp.com Night
Thursday, November 7 at 8pm
Friday, November 8 at 8pm
Saturday, November 9 at 3pm & 8pm
Sunday, November 10 at 3pm
Monday, November 11 OFF 
Tuesday, November 12 at 8pm
Wednesday, November 13 at 8pm **MeetUp.com Night
Thursday, November 14 at 8pm
Friday, November 15 at 8pm
Saturday, November 16 at 3pm & 8pm
Sunday, November 17 at 3pm

The 4th Street Theatre
83 East 4th Street (between 2nd Avenue & Bowery)
New York, NY 10003

$30 Reserved Center Seating
$20 General Admission
$15 Student Rate (with ID)
$12 per person for groups of 8 or more 

Buy Online: www.laurenrayner.com/tickets

Box office at 83 East 4th Street will open 45 minutes prior to curtain.


About the Company: Lauren Rayner Productions

No matter where you go, your story stays with you. Why shouldn’t you have the ability and mobility to share it with the world? Lauren Rayner Productions, based in New York and Los Angeles, understands the desire to both tell these stories, and to energize and enliven them through a fusion of different art forms. Narratives can be created out of anything: stage, film, dance, music, web-design, visual art, and any combination thereof. These art forms are innovative and they are genreless; these stories are linear and they are emotional. As a producer, Lauren Rayner brings stories to people who otherwise wouldn’t get to hear them, from people who otherwise wouldn’t get to tell them. Through grassroots outreach and pay-what-you-can ticketing, Lauren Rayner Productions strives to make these stories affordable and accessible for culturally and age diverse audiences. www.laurenrayner.com

The Goldfish / Le Poisson Rouge  | Open: 10/01/13 Close: 10/06/13
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written by Samantha Grassian
directed by Roxane Revon
produced by Lauren Rayner

featuring Nathalie Bryant, Samantha Grassian and Zilong Pu

The play "The Goldfish" is a dark comedy, which was originally written in French, with the title "Le Poisson Rouge". "The Goldfish" will be performed in both French and English, depending on the evening you attend; thus allowing the audience to pick and choose in which language they would prefer to see it. The play also mixes three artistic disciplines: theater, mime and dance. This situation comedy in which two completely clueless blondes deal with a dead body on stage makes this work an inventive, comical, and an out of the ordinary piece. Therefore, take two blondes, a dead man walking and dancing, a goldfish found 'belly up', and you will end up with a recipe for disaster.

assistant airected by Sara Jecko
choreography by Zilong Pu
music by Florent Canepa
translated by Samantha Grassian and Celine Texier-Rose
photography by Amanda Lima

October 1: in English at 7pm
October 3: in English at 7pm
October 4: in English at 7pm
October 5: in English at 7pm
October 6: in English at 5pm

$25 Reserved Center Seating
$15 General Admission
$12 Student Rate

$25 to see 1 performance in each language

$10 per person for groups of 8 or more
$15 per person to see 1 performance in each language

83 East 4th St New York, NY 10003



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de Samantha Grassian
mise en scène de Roxane Revon
produit par Lauren Rayner

avec Nathalie Bryant, Samantha Grassian et Zilong Pu

La pièce Le Poisson Rouge est une comédie noire, écrite en français et traduite vers l'anglais sous le titre The Goldfish . Le Poisson Rouge sera présentée en français et en anglais, en fonction de la soirée à laquelle vous choisissez d'assister, permettant ainsi au public de choisir la langue dans laquelle il préfère voir la pièce. La pièce mêle également trois genres artistiques: théâtre, mime et danse. Cette comédie de situation dans laquelle deux blondes un peu cruches cherchent un moyen pour se débarrasser d'un cadavre sur scène rend ce travail inventif, comique, et en fait une pièce à part. Par conséquent, prenez deux blondes, un mort qui marche et danse, un poisson rouge qui fait du dos crawlé et c'est la catastrophe assurée.

assistance à la mise en scène de Sara Jecko
chorégraphie de Zilong Pu
musique de Florent Canepa
traduit par Samantha Grassian et Céline Texier-Rose
photographies de Amanda Lima

2 octobre: en Francais à 19h00
3 octobre: en Francais à 21h00
4 octobre: en Francais à 21h00
5 octobre: en Francais à 21h00
6 octobre: en Francais à 15h00

25 $ Centre réservé
15 $ Admission générale
12 $ Tarif étudiant

25 $ pour voir une représentation dans les deux langues

10 $ par personne pour les groupes de 8 personnes ou plus
15 $ pour voir une représentation dans les deux langues

83 East 4th St New York, NY 10003


The Island  | Open: 09/25/13 Close: 09/28/13
"The Island" by Athol Fugard, John Kani, and Winston Ntshoma.
With Faisal Abu Alhayjaa and Ahmed Alrakh of The Freedom Theatre
Directed by Gary M. English.

"The Island" takes place in a prison based on Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was held captive for 27 years. It is founded on a true story. Two prisoners share a cell; they spend their days in mind-numbing physical labor and their nights rehearsing for a performance of "Antigone," by Sophocles. Antigone, who defies the laws of the state to follow her conscience, is sentenced by her uncle, King Creon, to die for her crime.

"The prison experience is one most Palestinians share, either by being imprisoned themselves or by having a loved one put in an Israeli prison," said Faisal Abu Alhayjaa, one of the production's two Palestinian actors and a resident of Jenin refugee camp. Both Abu Alhayjaa and Ahmad Alrakh are graduates of The Freedom Theatre's Acting School and have toured throughout Europe with various Freedom Theatre productions.

The play is directed by Gary M. English, Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of Drama at the University of Connecticut, and Artistic Director of TFT from May 2012 - July 2013. English notes that "The Island is political drama at its best, with political ideas embedded within the characters and their experience. It is universal in its themes-including the tragedy of those who anywhere in the world are unjustly imprisoned for purely political reasons, beliefs, or for simply speaking out against injustice."

The Freedom Theatre was founded in 2006. One of its founders, Israeli-Palestinian actor Juliano Mer Khamis, was shot dead in broad daylight just steps away from The Freedom Theatre on April 4, 2011. No one has been charged with his murder. Mer Khamis once famously described himself as "100% Palestinian and 100% Jewish."