Speak Up, Rise Up Line-Up and Schedule:
Monday, August 14 @ 8:00 pm
SCARS – Written & performed by Ophira Eisenberg (Solo-show)
I, as you can imagine from the title of this show, have a lot of scars. And I don’t mean metaphorical ones, I’m talking actual physical scars. I’m actually covered in them. This show is about my scars, filled with both comedic and tragic stories, and how to accept these patterns etched in my skin day after day after day.
Monday, August 14 @ 9:30 pm
Raised by the East – Written and performed by Gastor Almonte (Solo-show)
Raised by the East is a collection of stories by Gastor Almonte centered around his childhood memories from his neighborhood, East New York Brooklyn.
Tuesday, August 15 @ 8:00 pm
Shannon Cason's Homemade Stories Live – Created & performed by Shannon Cason (Live podcast)
Homemade Stories Podcast is short stories and commentary shared by writer/storyteller Shannon Cason. Shannon lays out his life for the listener, blemishes and all. Many of his vivid stories are insightful and true, others are imaginative works of fiction.
Tuesday, August 15 @ 9:30 pm
This Isn't Helping – Written & performed by Jude Treder-Wolff (Solo-show) with Opening Act David Crabb
In a world that seems to be getting crazier, how does a therapist whose been practicing for 20 years, deal with a bad case of burn-out? Go to therapy.
Wednesday, August 16 @ 7:30 pm
Represent Live at the Speak Up, Rise Up Festival – Hosted by Aisha Harris (Live podcast)
Represent is a forum to discuss movies and TV series from the perspectives of women, people of color, and the LGBTQ community, particularly through one-on-one interviews with artists in the industry.
Wednesday, August 16 @ 9:30 pm
Singleling w/Vanessa Valerio – Hosted by Vanessa Valerio (Storytelling show)
Singleling is a monthly storytelling podcast and live show series that showcases love and dating stories from regular people and storytellers around the world, as well as advice from dating experts.
Thursday, August 17 @ 8:00 pm
Awkward Hugs With Beautiful Women – Written & performed by Josh Johnson (Solo-show)
From school dances to first dates to proposing to the woman he thought was his girlfriend, Josh Johnson has had the pleasure and pain of being terribly awkward in front of some beautiful, intense, and incredible women
Thursday, August 17 @ 9:30 pm
Great Bloomer – Written & performed by Giulia Rozzi (Solo-show) with Opening Acts Sydnee Washington & Marie Faustin
Giulia Rozzi workshops a new collection of stories about self-help, self-esteem and how we are all f*cked up.
Friday, August 18 @ 8:00 pm
The Story Studio Presents: "In It Together: Stories of Strength in Diversity" – Hosted by Kevin Allison (Storytelling show)
In today's political climate, it is more essential than ever that the stories of Americans from minority communities be heard. These are stories of courage and hope from people who learned they were viewed as "different" by many, but did not let it stop them from being all they could be.
Friday, August 18, 2017 @ 9:30 pm
I AM OTHER________ – Written & performed by Seena Jon (Solo-show)
Seena always checked the “other” box when it came to race. Little did he know, he would check the “other” box for the rest of his life too
Saturday, August 19 @ 1:30 pm
Good at Cults – Written & performed by Cait Elliott (Solo-show)
In 2014, Cait met a man in a NYC coffeeshop. Three years later, she shares the raucous tale of joining a cult, falling in love with its leader, and life on the other side.
Saturday, August 19 @ 3:00 pm
Journeys of the First: When American and Immigrant Identities Collide - Hosted by Dawn Fraser (Storytelling show)
Journeys of the First feature stories and experiences of first generation Americans, and times when their identity as an immigrant, has come into some kind of conflict with their identity as an “American.”
Saturday, August 19 @ 6:00 pm
SLIGHTLY FERAL – Hosted by Catie Lazarus (Storytelling show)
Join Catie Lazarus, Andrew Bancroft, Leslie Goshko and more for a night of stories about being slightly feral. It is August in New York. Who doesn't feel a little feral?
Saturday, August 19 @ 9:00 pm
A Night of Subjective Comedy with Aparna 'N Friends – Hosted by Aparna Nancherla (Storytelling show)
Aparna has always been unsure of herself. In fact, she has spent a good deal of her life trying to figure out why exactly other people aren't. Spend an evening with her, aided by some extraordinary cohorts, as she bumbles her way through a show that offers no answers, but does raise more questions.
Saturday, August 19 @ 10:30 pm
Surprise Stories – Hosted by Colin Wilhm (Storytelling show)
Surprise Stories is the world's first storytelling game show. We combine storytelling and improv in a cage match setting. The audience gets to choose the themes and winners of each round. It's fun for the whole family.
Sunday, August 20 @ 12:00 pm
The Defiant Network
Defiant is a next-generation community committed to rebuilding the promise of America. We do this by identifying, curating, and amplifying successful leaders and communities taking democracy into their own hands.
Sunday, August 20 @ 1:30 pm
How Hard? – Hosted by Nisse Greenberg (Storytelling show)
As the prison industrial complex grows, people working to fight against it are also growing in numbers. In this show, we will hear stories from those have been on the inside and been in the trenches working to stop 21st century slavery. We will hear the struggle from those effected most personally.
Sunday, August 20 @ 3:00 pm
No, We Won’t Shut Up! – Hosted by Robin Bady (Storytelling show)
There’s lots wrong in the world today, and these women have something to say about it. And, no you can’t stop them because their time is NOW! The issues range from white privilege, racism, wage theft, gentrification in Brooklyn, sexual harassment by a police officer.
Speak Up, Rise Up, under the Artistic Direction of Asher Novek, is a first-year storytelling festival which focuses on bringing traditional and non-traditional performers together. The focus of the festival is to raise the profile of people and communities, whose stories we don't often hear. The Advisory Committee includes: Destiny Arturet, David Crabb, Nicole Ferraro, Anita Flores, Susan Kent, Mark Pagan, Larry Rosen, and Jordan Schulze.
Written and performed by Jude Treder-Wolff
Original songs co-created by Jude Treder-Wolff and Wells Hanley
Development: Kevin Allison RISK!
Part of the Speak Up, Rise Up Storytelling Festival
General Mischief Dance Theatre is dedicated to reinforcing the power that joy and laughter have in communicating ideas. The company's mission is to create and present theatrical dance works that engage audiences emotionally, socially, and kinesthetically. Combining aerial work with more earthbound forms of movement, the company removes spatial and physical limits from theatrical dance.
The program includes:
Suite Shel, a one-act suite of dances inspired by the poems of Shel Silverstein, choreographed by Celine Rosenthal, Pushpanjali Sharma, and Emily Smyth Vartanian
Duel, an interactive bungee duet, choreographed by Emily Smyth Vartanian
Duel is a face-off between rival baseball fans (Yankees v. Red Sox). They appear to have made peace by the time flying balls are added to the equation, but the very end of the dance calls that notion into question.
Buzz, choreographed by Emily Smyth Vartanian
Buzz is a multi-part, caffeinated cityscape of a dance. It shows the dancers slowly waking up in the morning, then features them interacting with various objects typical to the morning commute - coffee cups, books, and cell phones - as well as each other. The majority of the time, they pass each other by, unnoticed, but as the piece goes on they begin to connect with each other. The next section, lit only by the dancers’ cell phones, takes place late at night and shows the dancers "connected" electronically, but not connected to the individuals they are supposedly spending time with.
This production will feature performers Jane Abbott, Dare Harlow, Gautam Nima, Pushpanjali Sharma, Andrea Steiner, and Emily Smyth Vartanian, with direction by Celine Rosenthal, and music from Grammy® winning Ozomatli, Led Zepagain, and composer Lizzie Hagstedt.
“Question: What’s the difference between a performance by General Mischief Dance Theatre and entertainment at a child’s birthday party? Answer: Nothing. Except that the party isn’t just for children, the performers are highly competent dancers, and you go to see them at a theater. And it’s much better… Intelligent silliness….entertainingly performed.” – Ballet-Dance
About the Company: General Mischief Dance Theatre
General Mischief Dance Theatre is dedicated to reinforcing the power of joy and laughter to communicate ideas, as well encouraging the natural human desire to express oneself through movement. The company was created to present theatrical dance works that engage audiences emotionally, socially, and kinesthetically. Their work includes both narrative stories and interactive dances, using aerial dance in combination with contemporary movement, Body Music, and Lindy Hop. This approach makes their choreography both unique and accessible to audiences of all ages and all levels of dance knowledge. The company has presented work in New York City at The Connelly Theater, Theater for the New City, MMAC, the JCC, Medicine Show Theater, and Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts, as well as the Freud Playhouse and Morgan-Wixon Theater in Los Angeles. General Mischief is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit company.
accused of looting from a site over a decade ago. Now her biggest concerns are finishing the Sunday
crossword and her growing collection of dusty library books.
David is the lawyer, friend and once jealous boyfriend who somehow manages to keep up with
her. He considers it his job to keep his rather uncooperative client out of jail and bring her Chinese
Amy is the young PhD candidate who arrives just wanting to meet this local legend but winds up
just wanting to be close to her. Her passion reminds Ramona what it’s like to want something – and
Chuck is a baby triceratops.
In one Greenwich Village apartment, they find love, betrayal, ancient mysteries, and secrets - big
ones. Will Ramona’s ties to the past keep her living in it?
Two girls, a guy and a dinosaur.
The production stars Laura Siner* as Ramona, Rebecca White* (Off-Broadway’s The Exonerated
(director Bob Balaban)) as Amy, and Eric Rolland* as David.
*performing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association. AEA approved showcase.
Performance Space 122 would like to invite you to the US premiere of the TEAM's Mission Drift, as part of COIL 2012.
“What a blast. Economics has never been more playfully dissected…the company fulfills all their much-hyped promise in this gorgeous, gaudy musical.” – The Guardian
“The TEAM have slowly but surely become the artistic conscience of a younger generation questioning their country’s all-consuming capitalist culture.” – Herald Scotland
Mission Drift is a pioneering journey west through time and space in pursuit of the soul of American capitalism. In this critically acclaimed contemporary musical with a score that fuses Vegas glitz with Western ballads, seductive storyteller Miss Atomic interweaves the epic saga of two immortal Dutch teens with an intimate portrait of a cocktail waitress and a cowboy. A political and urgent work about creation and destruction, bankruptcy and bonanza, and the crumbling myth of an eternal frontier.
Featuring 11 premieres from critical US and international artists, COIL is an annual winter festival that kicks off on January 5, 2012. The presentations are socially engaged, visceral, and groundbreaking. The festival spans 25 days, with all genres of performance, and takes place in 8 different venues across NYC.
Felix & The Diligence tells the very funny story of how difficult it is to grow up without losing your sense of wonder and joy in the world around you.
Produced by Burton T. Frey Jr.
With: Willy Appelman, Samuel Chapin, Fernando Contreras, Glenn Apollo Hergenhahn, Nathaniel Katzman, Meagan Kensil, Katelyn Manfre, Brad Mielke, Benj Mirman, Edward Raube-Wilson, Arielle Siegel, Allison Smith, Nicole Spiezio, and Mike Steinmetz
Adriane loves to listen to James Michener novels; Jeffrey records them. They are a perfect match except that he can't make up a story without the text in front of him, and she can't make love unless someone narrates. After a chance seduction in the Books on Tape section of Barnes & Noble, they set out to understand Mother Teresa, professional rodeo announcers, near death experiences and how books on tape can fix their lives in twelve easy steps.
"William Missouri Downs flexes his considerable wit in asking if our ability to live in the present has been quashed by our need for familiar outcomes." --The Denver Post
Suddenly, our hero finds himself in a concrete and steel labyrinth where time stands still, and reality is a relative term. He meets Pan whose mischievous nature leads the Man down paths he’d never dare explore on his own. The Man’s arrival sets this alternative world on its ear; and while he encounters creatures beyond his imagination, he must tap into an unknown gift that only he possesses. This gift allows him to negotiate his way past a mechanical doll, a twirling human chandelier, a tragic Queen and three Fates who can’t decide whether to eat him or worship him.
What makes Subterranea different from any other theater productionyou will see in Manhattan? Subterranea is singular because the plot is told mid-air. It is simultaneously intimate and epic - a kind of Fuerza Bruta meets Avatar. And, you won’t see any wires, because there are no wires!
The aerial pieces are impressive but not simply because of the athleticism and remarkable visuals. They are the medium used to explore the human canvas - the dark corners of our minds and dreams. Our audience can’t help but respond to the characters on a visceral level as they witness the physical struggles and thrilling acrobatics. Smart story telling, beautiful original music, fights, romance, comedy, plus Acrobats - No kidding! This is a one-stop theater experience for anyone who loves a spectacle. Make a night of it! At this price, you won’t break the bank. Plan some after-theater eats; you’ll have a lot to talk about.
About the Company: Suspended Cirque
Suspended Cirque has created a new genre of aerial performance, integrating breathtaking aerial acrobatics, Their site-specific performance is inspired by the dramatic and unique qualities of the Galapagos Art Space — the audience sits on several large steel islands, surrounded by water on almost all sides. The performance takes place above, around, below, among the audience — no part of the performance space is left unexplored, and the audience is an integral part of the entertainment.
Flight, written by Robyn Hunt, actress and co-founder/first artistic director of the San Diego Public Theatre and conceived and directed by international director/actor Steve Pearson, makes its New York premiere this March 2011. Flight runs from March 23, 2011 - April 10, 2011 at The Connelly Theater, 220 East 4th Street in New York City.
An intriguing, aerial theatrical work about women fliers before World War I, Flight is a story of perseverance against physical and emotional hardship, courage in the face of great odds, and nurturing the spirit of personal determination.
The setting: a Parisian suburb in 1913. Madeleine and Sophie, two young French aviatrixes, struggle to assemble a Bleriot XI monoplane to fly in a long distance competition from Paris to Moscow. Actresses by profession, the women have taken a short break from performing in Chekhov’s The Seagull to visit their friend, mentor and former production manager, Jean Luc, because he has promised them resources that will enable them to fly; resources, it turns out, that they must literally put together. The two women are also the subjects of a documentary which is being made by a woman filmmaker as they work to prepare the plane. At a time when society considers flying a masculine endeavor and acting an unfavorable profession for a woman, will they succeed? Flight stars Lee Fitzpatrick as “Madeleine” and Jen Burry as “Sophie”, the two ambitious aviatrixes/actresses, Eric Bultman as Jean Luc, a former production manager and owner of the hangar where the women assemble the monoplane, Robyn Hunt as “Alisse”, a documentary film maker and old friend of Jean Luc, and William Shuler as “Gerard”, a young actor in the theatre company who has accompanied the women on their weekend adventure.
Flight is the third in a trilogy of full-length productions by Ms. Hunt and Mr. Pearson inspired by Anton Chekhov’s plays that integrate art, history, and science with powerful, physically demanding performance. Flight now makes its New York debut following initial workshop performances at University of South Carolina’s Center of Performance Experiment in November 2009, and performances this past May 2010 at Columbia, South Carolina’s Longstreet Theatre.
Flight is a presentation of Pacific Performance Project/East and is sponsored by the University of South Carolina.
“You are the love of my life, you asshole.” Simon and Carey are the perfect couple. But when Carey performs at Simon’s fortieth birthday celebration, she is forced to come to terms with the greatest lie her husband ever told. The Swearing Jar is a smart comedy about marriage, music, migraines…and swearing. When the play premiered at the 2008 Toronto Fringe, it received five-stars from Eye Weekly and was named Outstanding New Play and Outstanding Production by NOW Magazine.
Rosemary Andress, director of the 2009 Independent Theater Bloggers Association Best Off-Off Broadway play Universal Robots, helms The Swearing Jar. The cast includes Kate Hewlett and Christopher Stanton, who recently performed in the Toronto smash hit revival of Assassins, Vincent Nappo and Mimi Quillin. The production team includes Ryan Seelig (set/lighting design), Joshua Sadlier-Brown (sound design) and Christina Hurtado (stage manager).
About the Company: The Bridge Theatre Company
Founded in 2004, The Bridge Theatre Company is a New York City-based ensemble of Canadian and American theatre artists dedicated to the cross-border development, workshop and production of new plays. The company examines the relationship between these two contemporary theatrical cultures through the work of emerging playwrights, actors and directors. Through its New Play Development program, the Bridge accepts a wide variety of script submissions from writers in the United States and Canada, hoping to discover and develop new plays that may examine everything from the bridges between two nations to the bridges between two people. For more information, visit http://
A PLAY ON WAR comes fresh on the heels of NAATCO's acclaimed production this fall of THE SEAGULL, a vaudevillian-style revival -- with an all Asian-American cast directed by Gia Forakis -- that brought a whole new light to Anton Chekhov's classic of love and loss. The New York Times called it, "a lively production punctuated by touches of vaudeville and the grotesque." And CurtainUp.com said, "With its wonderfully acted performances and astute direction, this vibrant production is certainly unlike any Chekhov you've seen before. With graceful, determined, exuberant gestures, the characters seem to bounce across the stage. On this Dr. Seuss-ian landscape, there's no room for naturalism, and humor crackles through slapstick physical comedy."
The all Asian-American cast of A PLAY ON WAR features: Mia Katigbak, Jon Norman Schneider, Nikki Calonge, Orville Mendoza, Marcus Ho, Brian Hirono, Nathan Elam, and Bushra Laskar. Design team is: Justin Nestor (set design), Kate Ashton (lighting design), Candida K. Nichols (costume design), with original compositions and live music by Adam Cochran.
Called by Time Magazine "A triumph for the stage," and by the International Herald Tribune "the best musical in twenty years," this acclaimed musical won 1998 Tony Awards for Best Score, Book and Orchestrations, and won both the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Musical and Best Score.
"Ragtime" is slated to make a Broadway Revival this fall!
**Though this musical will be performed by young performers, the producers would like to remind prospective audience members that the production contains adult themes and some mature language
Christmas Is Miles Away was presented at The Royal Exchange in Manchester as well as the Bush in London were critics exclaimed: “Moss displays a sure grasp of the difficulties of growing up, and writes with intelligence and compassion.” The Telegraph, “Moss’ writing is so real and fresh that it never seems trite.” London Theatre Review, “real and fresh” The Stage, “4 STARS! Moss assuredly captures the exhilarating terror of standing on the cusp of adulthood and leaving childhood certainties behind.” The Guardian.
Flip Side is the product of an unconventional collaboration, inverting the traditional creative process by designing a set first and then writing the play inspired by the visual/physical environment.
For more information visit http://flip-side.org
Imagine an island in hell where Cleopatra, Joan of Arc, and Queen Victoria...wait for their men. What happens when women's lib icon ANAïS Nin arrives to turn their afterlife upside down?
Once in a while a great musical comes along that captivates and uplifts its audiences. Count To Ten is one of those rare musicals in which a sharply etched script leaves you with characters who loom larger than life and a story that rings true. Count To Ten is a timeless tale of friendship, romance and growth told through dance, song and scene.
From the pen of 'Victor Chase' comes an unfinished script with an unfinished love song that only a change of heart will allow him to write. Desperate to produce his show, Victor finds himself entangled with the ballet dancing heiress of 'Starwood Performing Arts Camp' and a tough talking teenager who's irresistable charm makes him perfect for the lead in Victor's new show. But just like his pen Victor is unsteady and won't commit or could he return to New York with something more precious than a completed script in this musical story of friendship and dance? Count on a fun-filled musical comedy treat that's sure to entertain everyone!
*Equity Approved Showcase
Produced by Justin Boccitto & The Group Theatre Too, LLC
"Michael Blevins is a wizard of a Director/Choreographer." – Peter Filichia, TheaterMania.com
Cristina Marie, Tim Falter*, Brian Duryea, Janelle Neal*, Ryan Gregorio, Paul Aguirre*, Sara Andreas*, Crystal Chapman*, Ann Ehnes, Kevin B. Johnson, Stephanie Long, Geoffrey Mergele, Emily Knox Peterson*, Jennifer Sanchez, Stacey Sipowicz*, Sidney Erik Wright*
Director/Choreographer: Michael Blevins*
Musical Director: Christine Riley
Costume Design: Vangeli
Production Stage Manager: Kelly Varley*
*Member of Actors Equity Association
GTT Artistic Advisors:
Written in 1996 in response to reports of atrocities and mass rape being committed in the former Yugoslavia, THE COMMISSION is as relevant today as it was 11 years ago. Set in an unnamed foreign land, the play takes an unflinching look at the minefields of the bedroom as well as the fragments, both personal and political, left behind in the wake of a bloody civil war. The story spins backward in time (in the manner of the film "Memento") to reveal the interlocking lives of a young soldier named Ivan; Tulia, the fiancÃ©e he leaves behind; Paula, an American expatriate professor; and her lover Karl, a war crimes investigator with a hidden past.
Sarah Gurfield directs.
Playwright Steven Fechter's credits include THE MENTEE (Workshop Theatre Company), THE SCHIELE and THE LAST CIGARETTE (Lounge Theater, Los Angeles), which received a Critic's Choice by both the LA Weekly and Backstage-West in 2006. After a successful run at Raw Space, his play THE WOODSMAN was turned into a lauded film of the same name starring Kevin Bacon, Kyra Sedgwick, Benjamin Bratt, Mos Def and Eve. Richard Schickel of Time called it "one of the year's best ten films."
Part of the 11th Annual New York International Fringe Festival.
(220 East 4th Street). Performances begin Friday, February 23, and continue through Saturday, March 17.
The Girl Detective is a master of disguise. She finds missing things, chases tap-dancing bank robbers and eats our dreams. But in her life of intrigue and adventure one mystery remains: the whereabouts of her long lost mother. Join her on a wild journey to the underworld in this surreal, darkly funny story of loss and reunion.
The production features scenic and costume design by Emily French and lighting design by Michael Salvas.
Middle-aged Henry knows everything there is to know about his wife Alice, except with whom she's been having "meetings". When a member of Alice's Women's Group arrives distraught and mysteriously early with two unsavory companions, Henry is confronted with something he's never had to deal with before: the unknown. In this pitch black comedy, realism and absurdity collide at full speed as Henry discovers how far he will go to gain information about his wife.
An Off-White Afternoon is an Equity Approved Showcase.
most important opponent of America's ambitious nuclear weapons program.
In the Matter of J. Robert Oppenheimer is a docu-drama based on the transcripts of Oppenheimer's 1954 Atomic Energy Commission Security Clearance Review. The subject of the recent Pulitzer Prize-winning biography American Prometheus, Oppenheimer is one of the most complicated figures of the 20th Century. In the Matter of J. Robert Oppenheimer was originally produced by Lincoln Center in 1968.
NOR'MAL: takes a close look at a "perfect and happy" American family and what happens when an unexpected crisis suddenly shakes them to the bone. To save her daughter from a life-threatening eating disorder, Gayla Freeman sets out on a terrifying yet ironically humorous quest. NOR'MAL: is a unique musical roller coaster ride full of life, love, humor struggle and discovery
A co-production with Merrimack Repertory Theater, the production will move to Massachusetts following its New York run.
The Audience is a new musical about an audience watching a Broadway musical. With simultaneous storylines and original songs, The Audience uses the talents of over 30 playwrights, composers and lyricists and 46 actors to create the journey of one vibrant group of theatergoers who venture to a Broadway theatre one rainy Friday night to see a new contemporary American musical. The curtain rises on a pair of ushers stuffing programs. Soon, the house opens and the audience gradually enter and take their seats...
book, music, and lyrics by
Yvonne Adrian, Steven M. Alper, Jeff Blumenkrantz, Adam Bock,
Joe Calarco, Mark Campbell, Mary-Mitchell Campbell, John Cariani,
Brian Crawley, Ellie Devers, Ed Dixon, Lewis Flinn, Jennifer Gibbs,
Daphne Greaves, Jeff Hardy, James Hindman, Matt Hoverman,
Keith Byron Kirk, Sarah Knapp, Tom Kochan, Michael John LaChiusa,
Michele Lowe, Steve Marzullo, Vincent G. Palumbo, David Pittu,
Nancy Shayne, David Simpatico, Cheryl Stern, Lee Tannen and Ellen Weiss
Tuesday-Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm & 8pm
Tickets: $22.50, $12.00 for students and seniors