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Todays Date: 10/15/19
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EXPERIMENTING WITH KATZ  | Open: 09/27/18 Close: 10/14/18
EXPERIMENTING WITH KATZ will open on Thursday, September 27th for a limited engagement, through Sunday, October 14th at TheatreLab (357 West 36th Street, NYC). The production, which officially opens on October 4th, spotlights the coming out process and its repercussions (both the serious and absurd), and is produced by the New Ambassadors Theatre Company and Julia Botero. This new comedy is written by David Adam Gill and directed by John Robert Tillotson. EXPERIMENTING WITH KATZ highlights the absurdity of those who use their ignorance about the LGBTQ community as justification for their actions, while ultimately harming the very people they love.

 

Performances of EXPERIMENTING WITH KATZ are on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays @ 7:30pm, with matinees on Saturday & Sunday @ 2:30pm.  There will be a special talkback following Sunday performances.

 

Tickets are $25 and available online at https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/997277 or by calling OvationTix at 1-866-811-4111 or at the theater’s box office prior to each performance. Student tickets are available for $18 (with valid student ID).

 

Magdalena  | Open: 09/12/18 Close: 09/22/18
Theaterlab presents the world premiere of MAGDALENA, an intimate multimedia solo performance by the award-winning filmmaker and a Guggenheim Fellow Gabri Christa. This work is a deeply personal account of experiencing Christa’s Dutch mother’s dementia, and an effort to piece together her past, marked by struggles with war, interracial marriage and unconventional motherhood. Born to a modest Dutch family, Magdalena survived the bombing of her hometown of Rotterdam during WWII and eventually married a middle-class Black man from the Dutch Caribbean island of Curaçao. When her memories started to fade, Christa took on the task of rebuilding her mother’s life through stories, dance, and images. The resulting 60-minute multimedia piece is part family album, part story of love and race, but above all, a reckoning with the harrowing consequences of a devastating illness that affects an increasing percentage of the world’s population. 

MAGDALENA marks a stage comeback for Christa, whose work has been hailed as “stunning… multimedia dream” by The New York Times.

 

A MY NAME IS...  | Open: 12/07/17 Close: 12/10/17
Choreographer Stefanie Nelson presents the NYC premiere of her work A MY NAME IS…, an exploration of memory and forgetting inspired by the choreographer’s personal encounter with a family member’s dementia. Employing a cast of four dancers and a multidisciplinary team of international collaborators, the work focuses on the phenomenon of gravity (both physical and metaphoric) as well as repetition and disappearance. Nelson builds a gestural vocabulary for the piece the same way as one’s language skills develop and disintegrate over time and uses it to reflect upon memory and forgetting, aging and loss. The special advisor for the project is David Shenk, a bestselling author of The Forgetting: Alzheimer's: Portrait of an Epidemic. Developed in residency in Italy, the work features stop-motion video by Elisa D'Amico (Italy), original music by composers Sahand Rahbar (Iran/Canada) and Jonah Kreitner (US), with set and light design by Solomon Weisbard (US).


About the Company: Stefanie Nelson Dancegroup

Founded in 2000 by artistic director Stefanie Nelson, Stefanie Nelson Dancegroup is a New York City-based contemporary performance ensemble producing original work in close creative partnership with performers, visual artists and composers. The company’s work is driven by a distinctly conceptual impetus and characterized by a visceral and strikingly visual approach.

Stefanie Nelson Dancegroup has established its presence in the United States and internationally, developing a repertory of intensely collaborative multidisciplinary works. To date, the company has produced four evening-length works, along with an array of shorter pieces, presented at some of the foremost contemporary performances venues in the United States, including Joyce SoHo, Dance Theater Workshop, LaMama Moves!, Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors and Jacob’s Pillow, and internationally in Canada, Mexico and Italy (Fabbrica Europa; Florence Winter Dance Festival at the historic Teatro Goldoni; among others.)

Selected residencies include the Bessie Schoenberg Choreographer’s Residency at The Yard, Baryshnikov Arts Center, The Field's Artist Residency, and Dance New Amsterdam; the Harkness Dance Program, among many others. Nelson currently maintains ongoing collaborations with Arte e Danza Arabesque & Fuoricentro (Lucca, Italy,) and Exorto danza (Agropoli, Italy.)

Fresh Grind Festival - Tutus & Flat Fish  | Open: 01/18/17 Close: 01/22/17
Tutus 
Written by Natalie Margolin 
Directed by Alyssa White

This is a play about a girl who poops in her tutu during her first ballet recital. Tutus explores how we process our experiences, reminding us how important it is to laugh when things feel tragic, and questioning what happens when there's no room for laughter anymore. 

Flat Fish 
Written by Sean Dunnington 
Directed by Jenna Spiwack 

When Willy goes missing, his older sister Jill goes on a quest to bring him home. By reading the journal he left behind, Jill comes to understand her brother's misguided search for love--and, ultimately, uncovers not only the answers that Willy has been looking for, but makes unprecedented discoveries about herself. Through witnessing the complicated and unpredictable past of Willy, as Jill unfolds her disregarded issues, Flat Fish tells a haunting story of family, connection, and love.

The Fresh Grind Festival was created to feature new, original works in development and up-and-coming writers and directors. It is an opportunity to collaborate, to explore, and to develop original plays and musicals, culminating in public staged readings at Theaterlab, a white-box theatre in midtown. 


About the Company: Black Coffee Productions

 

Black Coffee Productions was founded in July 2016 by George Simon, a young producer seeking to create exciting and thought-provoking theatre, film, and music. Curbside Waltz marks the company's first short film, completed in November 2016 and now entering film festivals. BCP is producing the Fresh Grind Festival, a staged reading event featuring ten new plays and musicals, in January of 2017. The company is based in New York. Quality entertainment, highly caffeinated.

 

Thank You Notes: Headed to Heaven W/ Flat Jimmy Fallon 
Written by Vicki Vodrey 
Directed by Jessica Ryan 

After deciding life was too unbearable to continue, Angela put a bullet through her head. Her will included three requests: First, she wanted to be buried with her dog. Next, her cardboard cut-out of The Tonight Show’s host Jimmy Fallon had to rest by her side for the rest of eternity.  And the third wish – that her twin brother, Ethan, gives her eulogy by reading the handwritten notes that she left behind, all of which have been conceived in the format of Jimmy Fallon’s “Thank You Notes” segment. As Ethan goes through each letter, Angela takes us through the hilarious, touching, and ultimately shocking journey of her life.

An Unexpected Thing Happens 
Written by Michael Perrie Jr. 
Directed by Lacy Reily 

Jazz is having a hard time lately. She works part time as a law secretary, and full time as a depressed comedian. Her best friend, Poppy, is on the verge of curing cancer, getting married, and buying a new brownstone. As Jazz is about to give up, she receives a mysterious gift from the Sea Turtle who lives in her dreams - a notebook with the cure for cancer scribbled inside.

The Fresh Grind Festival was created to feature new, original works in development and up-and-coming writers and directors. It is an opportunity to collaborate, to explore, and to develop original plays and musicals, culminating in public staged readings at Theaterlab, a white-box theatre in midtown. 


About the Company: Black Coffee Productions

 

Black Coffee Productions was founded in July 2016 by George Simon, a young producer seeking to create exciting and thought-provoking theatre, film, and music. Curbside Waltz marks the company's first short film, completed in November 2016 and now entering film festivals. BCP is producing the Fresh Grind Festival, a staged reading event featuring ten new plays and musicals, in January of 2017. The company is based in New York. Quality entertainment, highly caffeinated.

 

Fresh Grind Festival - The Bishops  | Open: 01/19/17 Close: 01/21/17
The Bishops 
Book, Music, and Lyrics by Danny K. Bernstein 
Original Story by Danny K. Bernstein and Adam Quinn 
Directed by Adam Quinn Musical direction by Evan Zavada

When an interview featuring their young chess prodigy goes viral, two fathers and their two children find themselves at the center of a national discussion about what makes a successful American family. With the country watching their every move, The Bishops are forced to confront their identities, their relationships and their fears as they strive to be a "picture perfect family."

The Fresh Grind Festival was created to feature new, original works in development and up-and-coming writers and directors. It is an opportunity to collaborate, to explore, and to develop original plays and musicals, culminating in public staged readings at Theaterlab, a white-box theatre in midtown. 

About the Company: Black Coffee Productions

Black Coffee Productions was founded in July 2016 by George Simon, a young producer seeking to create exciting and thought-provoking theatre, film, and music. Curbside Waltz marks the company's first short film, completed in November 2016 and now entering film festivals. BCP is producing the Fresh Grind Festival, a staged reading event featuring ten new plays and musicals, in January of 2017. The company is based in New York. Quality entertainment, highly caffeinated.

 

Fresh Grind Festival An Evening Of One Acts  | Open: 01/20/17 Close: 01/20/17
Big Stuff 
Written by Jenna Spiwack 
Directed by Lauren Goldberger 

Big Stuff is a story of a couple having a check in conversation about the future of their relationship. Taylor and Ray are a young couple with different long term goals. Together they question if they should move forward knowing the future could be filled with nothing but heartbreak. Are they willing to compromise what they know they want for each other? 

Deeper Alexandria 
Written by Emerson Fd 
Directed by Dunya J. Karam 

In the human experience, thinking and doing are two very different things. To a robotic mind, however, absolutely everything is an action. Deeper Alexandria depicts a conversation between George and Martha, two intelligences who may or may not be artificial. Their words seem blunt, ridiculous, and out of place at times. However, as their dialogue progresses, it becomes increasingly clear that the two of them aren’t just reveling in their own sentience and ability to make sentences, but desperately trying to grab hold of something, anything close to humanity.

How to Talk to a Girl Wearing Headphones 
Written by Adrienne Dawes 
Directed by Dana Iannuzzi 

Guy meets girl. You’ve heard that story before…But what about when guy meets girl wearing headphones? How To Talk to a Girl Wearing Headphones is a millennial twist on the classic meet cute -- full of rich characters, hilarious dialogue, and a story that’s become all too true in the age of social media.

I Want to Eat Brains (or the Day I Killed All My Friends) 
Lyrics & Book by Lily Dwoskin, Music by Danny Ursetti 
Directed by Dunya J. Karam Musical direction by Lena Gabrielle

I Want to Eat Brains (or the day I killed all my friends) is a ten-minute zombie parody musical. The world is in the midst of a zombie apocalypse, and our rag tag heroes are the only survivors. But what happens when one of them becomes infected? And would being a zombie really be so bad? I mean, honestly, when the undead rise, what's left to do but sing along? 

Promised Kingdom 
Written by T.J. Petty 
Directed by Sivan Battat 

When an outcast walrus asks directions from a starving polar bear on a lonely slab of ice, they enter a friendlier dynamic than might be expected. But that lasts too briefly before the bear threatens the walrus with his life if he doesn’t lead him back to the walrus herd for some lunch. As the pair get acquainted, tension both eases and bubbles. Turns out that neither fully meets the stereotype the other expected for their species, and as they swim along, they try to make some sense out of the end of the world, or at least the end of the Arctic as they know it.

The Fresh Grind Festival was created to feature new, original works in development and up-and-coming writers and directors. It is an opportunity to collaborate, to explore, and to develop original plays and musicals, culminating in public staged readings at Theaterlab, a white-box theatre in midtown. 

About the Company: Black Coffee Productions

Black Coffee Productions was founded in July 2016 by George Simon, a young producer seeking to create exciting and thought-provoking theatre, film, and music. Curbside Waltz marks the company's first short film, completed in November 2016 and now entering film festivals. BCP is producing the Fresh Grind Festival, a staged reading event featuring ten new plays and musicals, in January of 2017. The company is based in New York. Quality entertainment, highly caffeinated.

 

€chekhov.postscriptum  | Open: 02/09/16 Close: 02/13/16
Chekhov.PostScriptum is a unique, intimate play based on Anton Chekhov's timeless classics: The Seagull, Uncle Vanya, The Cherry Orchard, and Three Sisters, created by the internationally acclaimed Moscow Art Theater director iconic Adolf Shapiro, based on the new highly acclaimed translation by Marina Brodskaya, produced by ACCENT THEATER COMPANY.

Arrivals and departures, meetings and partings, swift glances that decide the fate. This is what life is - the experience of losses and gains… And love… as the highest blessing, as a source of dramas and comedies of the theater and each of us …this is what Chekhov is about…

- A.Shapiro

THEATERLAB

357 W36th street, 3rd floor

New York, NY 10018

(Between 9th and 8th avenue

Located near all 34 Street Subway Lines)

Performance Schedule:

Previews

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 9, AT 8:00PM

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 10, AT 8:00PM

The World Premiere

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11, AT 7:00PM

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12, AT 8:00PM

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 13, AT 3:00PM

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 13, AT 8:00PM

80 min with no intermission, in English.

Tickets: $30-45

http://chekhovps.brownpapertickets.com

website: www.chekhovps.com

Cast: Ella Ayberk, Ken Wood, Nicholas McGovern and Doug Chapman.