Theatre for the New City

Todays Date: 06/27/22
Last Update: 09/17/18 04:16:05 PM
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New York, NY    10003

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THE OPEN GATE  | Open: 10/14/18 Close: 10/27/18
THE OPEN GATE will open on Sunday October 14th, for a limited engagement, through October 27th at Theater for the New City (155 First Avenue at 10th Street). The musical, which deals with the fates of a wealthy Jewish businessman and his four daughters, begins previews on Thursday, October 11th. A musical adaptation of Nobel Prize-winning author Isaac Bashevis Singer’s novel The Manor, THE OPEN GATE is a struggle between modern thought and values and the old life of intense piety. The musical is written and directed by David Willinger, with music composed by Arthur Abrams and choreography by Michael Vazquez.


The performance schedule for THE OPEN GATE is as follows: Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8pm, with matinees on Sundays at 3pm through October 27th.


Tickets are $20 and $10 for seniors and students, which can be purchased by visiting or by calling 212-868-4444. In an effort to reach all audiences, tickets for previews for THE OPEN GATE will be priced as “pay what you can” and are only available at the Box Office the day or performance.  The 15 member cast is soon-to-be-announced.

TIME STANDS STILL  | Open: 03/08/18 Close: 03/25/18
Set in Brooklyn, the play revolves around Sarah, a photo journalist who has just returned from covering the war in Syria after being severely injured by a roadside bomb. Her reporter boyfriend James, is swamped by guilt for leaving Sarah alone in Syria where she was nearly killed. When they receive a visit from their photo editor friend Richard, who introduces them to his new and much younger girlfriend Mandy, their relationship is tested. Can the adventurous couple find peace with a more conventional life when they thrive on the adrenaline rush of war?

Produced by Ego Actus and LungTree Productions

The cast stars Maggie Alexander (Fifty Words/Gene Frankel Theater), Connie Castanzo (Gigi/Storm Theatre Company), Malcolm Stephenson (The Sisters Rosensweig/Broadway), and Timothy Weinert (Street Justice: The Bronx/Discovery TV).

The creative team includes scenic design by Mark Marcante, costume design by Cat Fisher, lighting design by Bruce A! Kraemer, sound design by Ian Wehrle, make-up design by Virna Smiraldi, house management by Angela Manfredonia, and stage management by Dana Robbins. 

An improvised action packed comedy adventure based on audience suggestions and the brave teamwork of the most famous blondes in the world!

The year is 2015. The world is in disarray: global warming; political unrest; economic collapse; bicycles on sidewalks. Who is behind this evil? Some brunette. Who can save us? THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY BLONDES!!!!

"The League of Extraordinary Blondes" features members of Improvisational Repertory Theatre Ensemble (IRTE) in an action-packed comedy adventure, in which the most famous, glamorous blondes are called together to find and defeat the evil villain behind the world's latest crisis. The show is stylized and cartoon-ish and features live music. The League of Extraordinary Blondes was conceived, directed and designed by Robert Baumgardner. The show, which is completely improvised, was developed by the members of IRTE. Prop and Set Designer: Robert Baumgardner. Lighting Designer: Anne Carlton. Costume Designer: IRTE. Music by: David E. Johnston. The League of Extraordinary Blondes stars the members of the Improvisational Repertory Theatre Ensemble (IRTE), including: Nannette Deasy, Bill Berg, Melissa Cole, Curt Dixon, Brianna Lee, Jamie Maloney, Brian Michael and David E. Johnston

The sixth Dream Up Festival ( will be presented by Theater for the New City (TNC) from August 30 to September 20, 2015, offering a lineup of wide-ranging and original theatrical visions embracing drama, musicals, improv, aerial and more. The festival is dedicated to new works. TNC feels this festival is especially needed now in a time of declining donations to the arts, when grants are not being awarded due to market conditions and arts funding is being cut across the country and abroad. The festival aims to push ideas to the forefront through imaginative presentations so as to challenge audience expectations and make us question our understanding of the way art illuminates the world around us.

About the Company: IRTE: The Improvisational Repertory Theatre Ensemble

IRTE: The Improvisational Repertory Theatre Ensemble, an ensemble of theatrical actors and writers who will develop, produce, and perform a season of original themed improvisational shows and video sketches following the basic model of traditional repertory theatre.