Sheen Center for Thought & Culture

Todays Date: 06/29/22
Last Update: 01/17/20 04:29:46 PM
Address: 18 Bleecker Street
New York, NY    10012

Phone: 212) 925-2812
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Subway: Broadway/Lafayette

History of Productions View Current and Upcoming

Warriors Don’t Cry  | Open: 01/31/20 Close: 02/01/20
Reluctant to cope with one more tragedy in a school—raise your hand if you feel me!—young activist Ya Girl is ready to call it quits on leading her million-plus Instagram followers in the fight for social justice. When Melba Pattillo Beals steps out of history and into Ya Girl’s phone to share the story of her battle to integrate Little Rock Central High School in 1957, Ya Girl learns to see herself in Melba—and in all the young warriors who came before her to raise their hands and make a difference.

THE HOPE HYPOTHESIS  | Open: 10/25/19 Close: 11/15/19
Voyage Theater Company (Wayne Maugans, Artistic Director) is pleased to present the world premiere of THE HOPE HYPOTHESIS, a wickedly humorous take on the rabbit hole that is America’s immigration system. Written and directed by Cat Miller, the play explores the current climate of suspicion and fear — and what it means to us as individuals and as a society. The THE HOPE HYPOTHESIS runs from October 25th through November 15th at The Sheen Center for Thought & Culture (18 Bleecker Street). Tickets, priced at $37 ($27 for students and seniors), can be purchased at

Syrian-born lawyer-to-be Amena has everything in order to become a U.S. citizen, but something doesn’t seem quite right to the teller at the immigration office. In a dizzying chain of Kafka-esque scenarios, each more incomprehensible than the last, what should have been a simple visit turns into a bureaucratic nightmare so outlandish you have to laugh in order to survive.

Following a staged reading in December 2018, THE HOPE HYPOTHESIS was recognized as a semi-finalist in several national competitions, including the Premiere Stages Play Festival, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, and PlayPenn New Play Development Conference.

THE HOPE HYPOTHESIS features Soraya Broukhim [The Enemy Within (NBC), The Who & The What at Milwaukee Repertory Theatre], Wesley Zurick [On the Shore of the Wide World at Atlantic Theater Company; The Lightning Thief at Theatreworks USA], Charlie O’Rourke [New York debut; A Christmas Carol at American Conservatory Theater], William Ragsdale [Fright Night (film); Herman’s Head and Justified (TV); Biloxi Blues (Broadway)], Greg Brostrom [Richard III at American Shakespeare Center, FBI (CBS)], Connor Carew [One Man, Two Guvnors at Florida Studio Theater; 9 seasons with the Shakespeare Theatre of NJ], and Mary Hodges [Law & Order: SVU (Judge Anita Wright); It’s Bruno! (Netflix); Assistant Director for Slave Play (Broadway)].

LITTLE ROCK  | Open: 05/30/18 Close: 09/02/18
Little Rock tells the riveting true story of the Little Rock Nine, the first black students to attend their city’s formerly segregated central high school three years after the Brown vs. Board of Education Supreme Court decision ruled separating students based on race was unconstitutional. What began as their quest for a better education soon became a national crisis, igniting the passions of a divided country and sparking a historic fight for justice in the Jim Crow south. On the cusp of the Civil Rights movement, a changing world watched as these nine children from Arkansas battled for their rights, armed with only a book and pencil. At once harrowing and hopeful, Little Rock brings urgently to life The Nine’s untold personal stories of challenge and resilience, conjuring memories of America not so long ago. From writer and director Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj, this deeply moving play honors the bravery of these young heroes and asks audiences: Would you have had the courage?