The Paradise Factory

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Address: 64 East 4th Street
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The Seeing Place Theater

The Whistleblower Series

three plays in repertory:

The People VS. Antigone, I Am My Own Wife, and My Name is Rachel Corrie

April 21 - May 13, 2018

at The Paradise Factory


The Seeing Place Theater presents The Whistleblower Series, three plays in rep: The People VS. Antigone, I Am My Own Wife, and My Name is Rachel Corrie from April 21 - May 13, 2018 at the Paradise Factory, 64 E. 4th Street, NYC. Tickets to each show are $20 general admission ($30 Premium Seating, $10 5@50%) and are available at, including discounted ticket packages to all three plays for $45.


The Seeing Theater's eighth Season has focused on bringing together stories that challenge the ways in which we relate to our fellow man. The season concludes with a triple-header: THE PEOPLE VS ANTIGONE, a world premiere adaptation by Brandon Walker, running in rep with two searing one-person shows: I AM MY OWN WIFE, the Tony Award winning play by Doug Wright and MY NAME IS RACHEL CORRIE by Katharine Viner and Alan Rickman from the writings of Rachel Corrie.


Each play in the Whistleblower Series explores the female protagonist as anti-hero. Each has mysteries around their actions with the public vilifying them and diluting their intended message. Additionally, all three plays explore international themes: Antigone is set in Greece, I Am My Own Wife is set in Germany but also has Americans, Russians and even the Japanese represented. And My Name Is Rachel Corrie has an American girl going to Israel/Palestine.


With THE WHISTLEBLOWER SERIES, The Seeing Place examines the fallout when someone in our society calls out tyranny. "Society likes to romanticize the whistleblower, but when an activist stands up and says 'NO' there is often more backlash than support," said The Seeing Place's Managing Director, Erin Cronican. "We see abuse victims shamed and activists killed, and yet most people believe in the tenets these whistleblowers have put forth. So, what explains this gap? Our ensemble is using these three challenging and polarizing plays to expose that gap and ignite a conversation - with the hope that empathy and deeper understanding will emerge."


Even though the plays of The Seeing Theater's 8th Season span a hundred years and countless generations of storytelling, the subjects broached, and lessons learned are achingly relevant today. TSP chose these plays to open up a dialogue with an audience about the world. How can we build on what we've learned from the people who've come before us?



An adaptation by Brandon Walker from the play by Sophocles

Directed by Brandon Walker


The Seeing Place presents a world premiere adaptation of Sophocles tragic story - THE PEOPLE VS ANTIGONE. A modern take on the classic myth, this new play explores a rebel daughter taking on the patriarchy: will she lose her life when she breaks Theban law by burying her dead brother's body against decree?



by Doug Wright

Directed by Erin Cronican


Based on a true story, and inspired by interviews conducted by the playwright over several years, I AM MY OWN WIFE tells the fascinating tale of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, a real-life German transvestite who managed to survive both the Nazi onslaught and the repressive East German Communist regime. Winner of the 2004 Pulitzer Prize and the 2004 Tony Award.



by Katharine Viner and Alan Rickman from the writings of Rachel Corrie

Directed by Brandon Walker


On March 16, 2003, Rachel Corrie, a twenty-three-year-old American, was crushed to death by an Israeli Army bulldozer in Gaza as she was trying to prevent the demolition of a Palestinian home. In the three sold-out London runs since its Royal Court premiere, the piece has been surrounded by both controversy and impassioned proponents, and it has raised an unprecedented call to support political work and the difficult discourse it creates.



Schedule of Performances:


Saturday, April 21

5pm - I Am My Own Wife (preview)

8pm - My Name is Rachel Corrie (preview)


Sunday, April 22

2pm - The People VS. Antigone (preview)

4:30pm - My Name is Rachel Corrie (preview)

7pm - I Am My Own Wife (preview)


Monday, April 23

7pm - The People VS. Antigone (preview)


Tuesday, April 24

7pm - The People VS. Antigone (opening night)


Wednesday April 25

3pm - I Am My Own Wife (opening night)

8pm - My Name is Rachel Corrie (opening night)


Thursday, April 26

8pm - The People VS. Antigone


Friday, April 27

3pm - My Name is Rachel Corrie

8pm - I Am My Own Wife


Saturday, April 28

2pm - The People VS. Antigone

5pm - I Am My Own Wife

8pm - My Name is Rachel Corrie


Sunday, April 29

2pm - The People VS. Antigone

4:30pm - My Name is Rachel Corrie

7pm - I Am My Own Wife


Monday, April 30

7pm - The People VS. Antigone


Tuesday, May 1

7pm - The People VS. Antigone


Wednesday May 2

3pm - I Am My Own Wife

12pm & 8pm - My Name is Rachel Corrie


Thursday, May 3

8pm - The People VS. Antigone


Friday, May 4

3pm - My Name is Rachel Corrie

12pm & 8pm - I Am My Own Wife


Saturday, May 5

2pm - The People VS. Antigone

5pm - I Am My Own Wife

8pm - My Name is Rachel Corrie


Sunday, May 6

2pm - The People VS. Antigone

4:30pm - My Name is Rachel Corrie

7pm - I Am My Own Wife


Monday, May 7

7pm - The People VS. Antigone


Tuesday, May 8

7pm - The People VS. Antigone


Wednesday May 9

3pm - I Am My Own Wife

12pm & 8pm - My Name is Rachel Corrie


Thursday, May 10

8pm - The People VS. Antigone


Friday, May 11

3pm - My Name is Rachel Corrie

12pm & 8pm - I Am My Own Wife


Saturday, May 12

2pm - The People VS. Antigone

5pm - I Am My Own Wife

8pm - My Name is Rachel Corrie


Sunday, May 13

2pm - The People VS. Antigone

4:30pm - My Name is Rachel Corrie

7pm - I Am My Own Wife


The Seeing Place Theater

Our name "The Seeing Place" is the literal translation of the Greek word theatron: ". . . the place where we go to see ourselves." The Seeing Place is a trained, actor-driven ensemble creating master theater, reinterpreted live, to make it relevant and accessible to audiences today. We live up to our name by engaging our community in a vivid conversation about what makes us human. Connection. Learning. Humanity. That's what theatron is all about.


The Seeing Place is an actor-driven company: built by actors and managed by actors to be a base for actors who want to hone their craft in a creative and supportive artistic home, resulting in unparalleled dedication and excellence.


We are forcefully committed to four key elements of theatre-making:

*Mentoring and developing the next generation of independent, socially-conscious theater-makers;

*Honoring the acting craft as central to the theater-making process, using the rehearsal practices of the Group Theatre to bring vivid, raw, "fully lived" storytelling to our community;

* Creating edgy and compelling reinterpretations of works by master playwrights that reflect the struggles and triumphs of our current society; and

* Making theater accessible for low-income New Yorkers by subsidizing 50% of our tickets.


Theater is society's hands-on, in-person study of human behavior. By placing a keen focus on behavioral storytelling, The Seeing Place has become well-known for intense and intimate ensemble work. Productions are rehearsed in a structured, organic manner, involving improvisation and heavy script analysis.


Through private funding and public fundraising events / campaigns, The Seeing Place ensemble feverishly fundraises in advance of each production so that it can subsidize all ticket prices to just $20 per ticket.

LOU  | Open: 05/19/17 Close: 06/03/17
Theatre 4the People will present the World Premiere of Haley Rice’s LOU, directed by Kate Moore Heaney, May 19-June 3 at The Paradise Factory (64 East 4th Street between 2nd Avenue and Bowery, Second Theater) with performances Tuesday through Saturday at 8pm and Sundays at 3pm. Tickets ($25) may be purchased in advance at or by calling 1-800-838-3006. A limited number of pay-what-you-can tickets will be reserved for every performance, in an attempt to keep theatre accessible to all. The performance will run approximately two hours, with one 15-minute intermission.


LOU is the story of Lou Salome, one of the first female psychoanalysts and an accomplished writer, poet, novelist and early scholar of the psychology of female sexuality. Lou had deeply intimate relationships with Freud, Nietzsche, and Rilke, along with other great thinkers of the day. Her brilliance matched (if not surpassed) that of these great men, though her work is hardly known. Through Salome’s search for identity and fight to claim her place in a world dominated by men, the question arises: how far have we truly come? An all female cast comes together to reclaim her story, portraying these men through the mind and memory of the great Lou Salome.


The cast will feature Mieko Gavia (Summoned with Black Revolutionary Theater Workshop), Natasha Hakata (This Just In! with Crashbox Theatre Company), Erika Phoebus (Kiss It, Make It Better at The New Ohio), Jenny Leona* (The Beekeeper’s Daughter at Theater for the New City), Olivia Jampol (member of The Bats at The Flea), and Valeria Avina (The Colors of Frida at Teatro SEA) with Costume Design by Katja Andreiev (Beardo with Pipeline Theatre Company), Sound Design by Almeda Beynon (Mytho? Lure of Wildness at Abrons Arts Center) Lighting Design by Becky Heisler (We Are Animals at The Brick), and Set Design by Marisa Kaugars (Scorched with The Araca Projects). *Appearing courtesy of the Actors’ Equity Association.

MECHANICS OF LOVE  | Open: 09/08/16 Close: 09/24/16
A man who forgets everything falls in love with a ballerina who forgets nothing. That is, until she falls in love with him. And his wife. And the mechanic. This rapidly moving, madcap comedy explores how we love, who we choose, and the cost of making sense of it all.

To-By-For Productions is proud to present the New York Premiere of Dipika Guha’s MECHANICS OF LOVE, directed by Elena Araoz (She-She-She in Ice Factory Festival; Architecture of Becoming with Women’s Project) at The Paradise Factory (64 East 4th Street between 2nd Avenue and Bowery) September 8-24. Performances will be Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30pm and Friday and Saturday at 8pm with matinees on Saturday, September 17 & 24 and Sunday, September 11 & 18 at 2pm, and an opening night performance on Monday, September 12 at 7:30pm. Tickets ($18) are available online at or by calling 1-800-838-3006.

The cast will feature Victoria Frings (An Enemy of the People on Broadway; Tales from Red Vienna with Manhattan Theatre Club), Anastasia Olowin (The Killer with Theatre for a New Audience; Rhinbecca NY with Theater Reconstruction Ensemble), Eric Miler (rogerandtom at HERE; Sweet Storm with LAByrinth), and Sathya Sridharan (This is How it Ends at 59E59; The Fatal Eggs with The Araca Group). The creative team will include Sound Design by Nathan Leigh (Gothamist's Sound Design of the Year for The Debate Society's The Eaten Heart) Lighting Design by Mike McGee (Too Many Lenas 3: Let them Eat Cake with Ars Nova/New Ohio), Costume Design by Alice Tavener (You, My Mother with Two-Headed Calf/La MaMa), and Set Design by Justin Townsend (TONY nominee for American Psycho; Drama Desk Award-winner for American Psycho and The Humans).

About the Company: To-By-For Productions

TO-BY-FOR PRODUCTIONS is a female-driven theatre and film production company dedicated to making work by women, for everyone. They aim to tell three-dimensional female stories through a non-male lens, to challenge the industry standard that art by and about women will only be consumed by women, and to produce each work in the medium that best suits the story. 

This past fall Padraic Lillis was a guest artist at a university where a student that was charming, bright, witty, and warm, a person that no one could say a negative word about, committed suicide. It was a shock to everyone. 105 people die from suicide each day in the United States and the rate is rising. One reason is because we don't talk about it. This event inspired Padraic to create this play as an honest, intimate, slightly humorous sharing of his experiences in the hopes of opening up the conversation on the topic of suicide.

About the Company: The Farm Theater

The Farm Theater The name is inspired by the "farm" system of baseball whose role is to provide experience and training for developing players. The Farm Theater develops early career artists that may not have the support system afforded others, through workshops, productions, and mentoring. The centerpiece of our programming is the College Collaboration. This program in our first year developed a play that will be produced Off-Broadway in the fall of 2016, was published in Indie Theater Now, and the project was featured in an article on HowlRound. The Farm Theater since its inception has hosted Bullpen Sessions, which are free bi-monthly conversations between special guests and early career artists. Special Guests for the Bullpen Sessions have included Rajiv Joseph, Lucas Hnath, Anne Washburn, Paul Schnee, and Halley Feiffer. The Farm Theater also offers skill-building workshops throughout the year. The Farm Theater was inspired from Founding Artistic Director Padraic Lillis' twenty-five years of experience working directly with over 2,000 early career artists, developing multiple award winning new plays, and collaborating with artists working at the highest level in their field. 

Virus Attacks Heart  | Open: 05/18/14 Close: 06/01/14
An older woman. A younger man. Each running away from something until they ran into each other. A spilled drink in a nightclub leads to an odyssey of connection, confession, heartache, and transcendence for two strangers who come to realize just how much they need each other. Virus Attacks Heart is a raw, uncompromising, and deeply poetic theatrical exploration of a unique one-night stand. Presented by Pull Together Productions as part of the Planet Connections Theatre Festivity,

About the Company: Pull Together Productions

Pull Together Productions is committed to creating new works and adapting classical texts to make them more accessible to a modern theatregoer.  We operate from a belief that theatre should not try to compete with the realism of film and television.  Instead, we feel that a bare-bones aesthetic, combined with inventive theatricality incites an audience to engage their imaginations to co-create the theatrical event with us.

Playoffs  | Open: 09/09/13 Close: 09/09/13
Sponsored by (not just) 3 New Plays, Distilled Theatre Company is proud to present the Second Annual Playoffs. Join us for a night where YOU get to chose which play we produce for our mainstage. We will present an excerpt from each of the six fabulous plays we're chosen, you get to vote which play YOU want to see on the mainstage. The winner will be announced that night and produced in the fall.

(not just) 3 New Plays has general provided us space at The Paradise Factory: 64 east 4th street between Bowery and Second Ave

The Plays:
Dreamland by Ashley Nicole Audette
The Foreverglades by Tyler Grimes
Blinders by Mackenzie Jahnke
The eBook of Love byThomas J. Misuraca
Long-Distance Drunk by Corey Pajka
The Death and Life of Uncle Gene by Douglas Williams