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Location: North side of Bond Street, between Lafayette and Bowery
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'BELIEF' LIVES AND STORIES OF MONTANA'S SALISH WOMEN  | Open: 09/18/19 Close: 09/22/19
The play draws from Cajune’s personal life experiences and the true stories of generations of the women in her family living on the Flathead Indian Reservation in Northwest Montana. The stories told in BELIEF present a rare opportunity for audiences to participate in a genuine cultural exchange, and to gain insight into the daily lives of people in a Native American community as they grapple with the human condition, as well as with the broader historical legacies and events of our time.  

HAPPY IF HAPPY WHEN  | Open: 12/27/18 Close: 12/30/18
After successful appearances this summer in both the New York New Works Theatre Festival and the Planet Connections Theatre Festivity, this original family-friendly musical returns to New York City for a limited engagement of five performances at the Gene Frankel Theatre, December 27-30.

Happy If Happy When is a humorous, heart-warming musical about two artists and their five children who pursue a dream of moving to the country. This musical is not only based on a true story, it was written and will be performed by the family who lived it -- the seven members of the LaMothe Gee Family.

About a Family. By a Family. For all Families.

"formidable in its expressive scope and power” -- WBTNAM.ORG “performed with style, verve, and success” -- Glens Falls Chronicle

For more information, please visit www.happyifhappywhen.com; or www.genefrankeltheatre.com

BETTY'S SUMMER VACATION  | Open: 10/05/18 Close: 10/27/18
Betty’s Summer Vacation

by Christopher Durang


"A Raucous Satire of Media & Pop Culture"

 

Looking for a little rest and time to herself, Betty rents a summer share at the beach. But Betty’s luck turns to delicious lunacy when this sensible Everywoman gets drawn into the chaotic world of some very unsavory housemates – her friend Trudy who talks too much; the lewd, seminaked Buck, who tries to have sex with everyone; and Keith, a possible serial killer who hides in his room with a mysterious hat box. With sand between her toes, walking a thin line between sanity and survival, poor Betty will leave her summer vacation more terrorized than tan.

July 6 - July 28
At the Gene Frankel Theatre

 

Tickets

$40 – Regular

$20 – Student / Senior

No Rush Tickets / No Standing Room Tickets

 

Ticket Link

https://otc-bettys-summer-vacation.brownpapertickets.com/

 

Show Dates

10/05/18 @ 8:00PM OPENING NIGHT!
10/06/18 @ 8:00 PM
10/07/18 @ 5:00 PM Matinee

10/11/18 @ 8:00 PM
10/12/18 @ 8:00 PM
10/13/18 @ 8:00 PM
10/14/18 @ 5:00 PM Matinee

10/17/18 @ 8:00 PM
10/18/18 @ 8:00 PM
10/19/18 @ 8:00 PM
10/20/18 @ 8:00 PM
10/21/18 @ 5:00 PM Matinee

10/24/18 @ 8:00 PM
10/25/18 @ 8:00 PM
10/26/18 @ 8:00 PM
10/27/18 @ 8:00 PM CLOSING NIGHT

 

Estimated Run Time

90 minutes / No Intermission

 

Location

The Gene Frankel Theatre

24 Bond Street, New York, NY 10012

 

MTA

6 - (Bleeker)

F, B & D - (Broadway/Lafayette)

Cross Streets - Bond St. & Lafayette St. (Manhattan)

 

Cast

BETTY – Holly Kay Benedict
TRUDY – Tori Pence*
KEITH – Jake Minter
MRS. SIEZMAGRAFF – Kimberly Kay*
BUCK – Thadeus Kevin Brown
MR. VANISLAW – Samuel Shurtleff*
VOICE 1 – Orlando Rodriguez
VOICE 2 – Eri Miller
​VOICE 3 – Jim DiMunno*

 

* Appearing Courtesy of Actors Equity Association. An Equity Approved Showcase

 

Crew

DIRECTOR - Thomas R. Gordon
STAGE MANAGER / Prop Master - Julia Brunner
COSTUME DESIGN - Al Malonga
LIGHT DESIGN – Emma Sheehan
​SET DESIGN – Braden Hooter

 

Production Website

http://www.theOtheatrecompany.com/bettys-summer-vacation.html

 

Phone Numbers

The Onomatopoeia Theatre Company – (347) 637 - 0341

The Gene Frankel Theatre - (212) 777 - 1767


Links

Website:  www.theOtheatrecompany.com

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Onomatopoeia-Theatre-Company/188156501244450

Twitter:  @TheOnomatopoeia

Instagram: @onomatopoeiatheatre

E-mail:  theonomatopoeiatheatrecompany@gmail.com

 

 

Company Information

 

Mission

The primary goal of The Onomatopoeia Theatre Company is to create theatre with sound.  Any and all types of sound!   Whether it is music, noise or symphony of emotions pouring from an actor’s soul we aim to create theatre that must be heard to really be seen!

 

Our second goal is to use sound and technology to help push the boundaries of what live theatre can do. We aim to carry on the Off Off Broadway tradition of pushing boundaries and experimentation!

The third and most important goal of The Onomatopoeia Theatre Company is to create theatre that fights for a positive view of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation and “the underdog”.  We don’t want our audience to just talk about what they heard after one of our shows.  We want them to think about how they can make a difference in the world! We hope that our stories and our words cause action in the real world!

 

Thomas R. Gordon 
Artistic Director 
The Onomatopoeia Theatre Company

 


About the Company: The Onomatopoeia Theatre Company

The primary goal of The Onomatopoeia Theatre Company is to create theatre with sound.  Any and all types of sound!   Whether it is music, noise or symphony of emotions pouring from an actor’s soul we aim to create theatre that must be heard to really be seen!

Our second goal is to use sound and technology to help push the boundaries of what live theatre can do. We aim to carry on the Off Off Broadway tradition of pushing boundaries and experimentation!

The third and most important goal of The Onomatopoeia Theatre Company is to create theatre that fights for a positive view of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation and “the underdog”.  We don’t want our audience to just talk about what they heard after one of our shows.  We want them to think about how they can make a difference in the world! We hope that our stories and our words cause action in the real world!

 

Thomas R. Gordon 
Artistic Director 
The Onomatopoeia Theatre Company

THE HOUSE OF BERNARDA ALBA  | Open: 07/06/18 Close: 07/28/18
The House of Bernarda Alba

by Federico Garcia Lorca


"A Drama of Women Enduring Oppression"

After the death of her husband, Bernada Alba forces her five daughters to endure a brutal mourning period that doesn't allow them to leave the house for years. Trapped in a repressive home, jealousy & envy soon erupts among the sisters as they each struggle for personal freedom.
 
Passionate, lyrical & haunting, "The House of Bernarda Alba" is an epic Spanish tragedy that seeks to incite revelation & revolution from its audience. Please join The Onomatopoeia Theatre Company this summer as we explore what makes this play a timeless classic that still speaks to modern audiences.

July 6 - July 28
At the Gene Frankel Theatre

 

Tickets

$30 – Regular

$15 – Student / Senior

No Rush Tickets / No Standing Room Tickets

 

Ticket Link

https://otc-bernarda-alba.brownpapertickets.com

 

Show Dates
07/06/18 @ 8:00PM OPENING NIGHT!

07/07/18 @ 8:00 PM

07/08/18 @ 5:00 PM Matinee

 

07/12/18 @ 8:00 PM

07/13/18 @ 8:00 PM

07/14/18 @ 8:00 PM

07/15/18 @ 5:00 PM Matinee

 

07/18/18 @ 8:00 PM

07/19/18 @ 8:00 PM

07/20/18 @ 8:00 PM

07/21/18 @ 8:00 PM

07/22/18 @ 5:00 PM Matinee

 

07/25/18 @ 8:00 PM

07/26/18 @ 8:00 PM

07/27/18 @ 8:00 PM

07/28/18 @ 8:00 PM CLOSING NIGHT

 

Estimated Run Time

90 minutes / No Intermission

 

Location

The Gene Frankel Theatre

24 Bond Street, New York, NY 10012

 

MTA

6 - (Bleeker)

F, B & D - (Broadway/Lafayette)

Cross Streets - Bond St. & Lafayette St. (Manhattan)

 

Production Website

www.theOtheatrecompany.com/the-house-of-bernarda-alba

 

Phone Numbers

The Onomatopoeia Theatre Company – (347) 637 - 0341

The Gene Frankel Theatre - (212) 777 - 1767


Links

Website:  www.theOtheatrecompany.com

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Onomatopoeia-Theatre-Company/188156501244450

Twitter:  @TheOnomatopoeia

Instagram: @onomatopoeiatheatre

E-mail:  theonomatopoeiatheatrecompany@gmail.com
 


About the Company: The Onomatopoeia Theatre Company

The primary goal of The Onomatopoeia Theatre Company is to create theatre with sound.  Any and all types of sound!   Whether it is music, noise or symphony of emotions pouring from an actor’s soul we aim to create theatre that must be heard to really be seen!

Our second goal is to use sound and technology to help push the boundaries of what live theatre can do. We aim to carry on the Off Off Broadway tradition of pushing boundaries and experimentation!

The third and most important goal of The Onomatopoeia Theatre Company is to create theatre that fights for a positive view of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation and “the underdog”.  We don’t want our audience to just talk about what they heard after one of our shows.  We want them to think about how they can make a difference in the world! We hope that our stories and our words cause action in the real world!

 

Thomas R. Gordon 
Artistic Director 
The Onomatopoeia Theatre Company

AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE  | Open: 06/09/17 Close: 06/24/17
AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE is a meditation on the foundation of a small town’s democratic system, the tyranny of the majority, and the poisoning nature of bureaucracy and economic self interest. When Dr. Thomas Stockman makes an alarming discovery, the water supply to his small town’s healing spa baths is poisoned with dangerous bacteria, causing significant illness to those that utilize the facility, he is eager to share the share the news with his brother Peter, the town’s mayor and Chairman of the Board of Baths. Relieved at the life-saving discovery, he prepares a manuscript, which is met with significant resistance, first by the Mayor, then by the editors of the People's Messenger, and ultimately by the town as a whole. In the end, as Dr. Stockman declares, "the strongest man in the world is the man who stands alone."

 

The production stars Michael Schantz* (Othello, NYTW) as Thomas Stockman, Ben Graney* (War Horse, The Heidi Chronicles) as Hovstad, Craig Wesley Divino* (Breathing Time, From White Plains) as Peter Stockman, Stacey Linnartz* (God Of Vengeance, TBG) as Mrs. Stockman, Joshua David Robinson* (X: Or, Betty Shabazz v. the Nation, The Acting Company) as  Aslaksan and Christina Toth* (Lazarus, NYTW) as Petra. *Performing courtesy of Actor’s Equity Association.

 

The production features scenic design by Brittany Vasta, costume design by Christopher Metzger, and lighting design by Drew Florida. Carly Levin* is the production stage manager.

Produced by Wheelhouse Theater Company.


About the Company: Wheelhouse Theater Company

At WHEELHOUSE, we are proud to be an ensemble driven by a collective inquiry and curiosity that deepens our sense of trust and abandon, which allows our audience to delight in the risks that are complicit in the telling of bold stories. Born from a shared enthusiasm for playful collaboration, we are a company of theater artists committed to producing joyful, transformative and highly physical productions. In addition, the Wheelhouse serves as an artistic home base for company members to return and rejuvenate.

 

AND MISS REARDON DRINKS A LITTLE  | Open: 05/05/17 Close: 05/20/17
And Miss Reardon Drinks A Little is an often biting and occasionally touching black comedy of the late 60s that centers on the lives of the three Reardon sisters, whose father abandoned the family long ago, and whose mother has recently passed away. The sisters, now adults and all working in the New York City public school system, have come to a crossroads - the youngest sister, having barely survived a scandalous incident at school, has suffered a nervous breakdown. When the married sister comes back to the childhood apartment the two unmarried sisters now share in an effort to commit her sibling to an institution, the built-up resentments of the last decade are pushed to the forefront. Should Anna be committed? Is it in her best interest or is it just easier for Ceil if she doesn’t have to care for her? Is it selfish of Catherine to want to keep her at home? Who is strongest in this fight of wills – and does Catherine really need another cocktail?

Produced by Retro Productions

The cast features Wynne Anders (Off-Broadway Claymont/Emerging Artists Theatre), Christopher Borg (Charles Busch's Judith of Bethulia/Theatre for the New City), Heather E. Cunningham (NYIT Award for Best Actress in An Appeal To The Woman Of The House/Retro), Rebecca Holt (Broadway How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying with Matthew Broderick and Megan Mullally), Amanda Jones (Off-Broadway Candida/Jean Cocteau Repertory), Sean J. Moran (Widows directed by Hal Brooks at 59E59), and Sara Thigpen (NYIT Award for Best Actress in Burning the old Man Jo/Boomerang Theatre).


About the Company: Retro Productions

It is the mission of Retro Productions to present works of retro theatre. Retro is defined as "involving, relating to, or reminiscent of things past (American Heritage Dictionary)." At Retro Productions we will strive to tell good theatrical stories which have an historical perspective -with an emphasis on the 20th century- in order to broaden our own understanding of the world we live in. We believe through stories of human lives and struggles, both dramatic and comedic, we can understand social history and culture and how it affects us today.

Retro received recognition from their first two productions of Catholic School Girls and Mrs. California (as River Heights Productions) then gathered momentum in their third season with the Retro production of Still Life. Also directed by Ric Sechrest, Still Life received accolades from playwright Emily Mann: "Your production got it...Every aspect of the experience was first rate. Retro is clearly a company dedicated to creating impeccable work that truly matters," and Heather E. Cunningham's performance was honored alongside Romeo and Juliet’s Lauren Ambrose and August: Osage County’s Deanna Dunagan as one of Backstage's ‘2007 Performances to Remember’.

Retro Productions put themselves on the map in their fourth season producing Sally Nemeth's Mill Fire and What I Did Last Summer, called "...first-rate: brisk, sweet and occasionally quite moving," by playwright A.R. Gurney. This, their first season in residence at The Spoon Theater, garnered six 2008 New York Innovative Theatre Award nominations: two for performance and four for design, a New York Magazine ‘Off-off Broadway pick’ and the growing reputation of ‘the finished effect of a Retro Production’ (The Fab Marquee, Mill Fire). Kicking off with The Tender Trap and concluding with When You Comin’ Back Red Ryder? Retro's fifth season is proving that with a design team that has the ability to achieve 'theatrical time travel,' (The Fab Marquee) and "a powerful display of New York's dramatic talent," (offoffonline) Retro Productions is “...becoming a reliable source for first-class work.” (United Stages).

The Signal Season Of Dummy Hoy  | Open: 04/03/14 Close: 04/13/14
In 1886 William “Dummy” Hoy was the first deaf baseball player to join the minor leagues. Allen Meyer and Michael Nowak’s comedic play The Signal Season of Dummy Hoy, speculates on the challenges “Dummy” faces as a member of the Oshkosh Baseball Team. With a stern manager, a play-by-the-rules umpire, an all too curious newspaper reporter and rowdy team of ballplayers we witness his struggles to be understood both on and off the field as he wrestles with his past, fights to play the game he loves and how by seeking to gain acceptance by others “Dummy” revolutionizes the rules of our great American pastime. A comedy about seeing the advantages of difference The Signal Season of Dummy Hoy drives home the beauty of the human spirit in pursuit of a dream.


Performance Art"

Acts/Attractions.Performance Art

Mr. Bengt's Wife  | Open: 09/13/13 Close: 09/29/13
The beautiful orphan Margit is taken in by a convent in the mistaken belief that she has been left an enormous sum. The play opens with her being whipped by the abbess who's learned the truth: her parents' debts wiped out the family fortune. The whipping only stops when the confessor enters -- and promptly falls in love with the lovely novice -- as has the local nobleman, with whom she's been exchanging sexually explicit letters! Strindberg's answer to Ibsen's "Doll House" and another English-language premiere from triple Audelco Award-nominated August Strindberg Repertory Theatre in an Equity Showcase with Kersti Bryan, Eric Percival, Shawn Fagan, Matt Hurley, Vicki Blankenship and Samm Todd, directed by Craig Baldwin, associate artistic director of the Red Bull Theater, and translated by Prof. Larry Carr and Malin Tybahl. Read the NY Times glowing review of our most recent production "Easter" here: http://www.tinyurl.com/EasterNYTIMES


Classical"

Theater.Classical

Dracula: Bloodlines  | Open: 08/22/13 Close: 09/08/13
An Exciting Exploration of Dreams and Reality

It was Jonathan Harker, with the help of Abraham Van Helsing, who succeeded in finally ending the evil of Count Dracula, Lord of the Vampires, back in 1893. Now, one hundred and twenty years later, citizens of New York City have started having recurring dreams involving vampires, causing rumor of a new and spreading darkness. Meanwhile, powerful forces are struggling for the soul of a man named Morris Harker, the great-great grandson of the man who supposedly defeated the immortal vampire all those years ago...

 

Aug. 22nd – Sept. 8th

at

The Gene Frankel Theatre

24 Bond Street, New York, NY 10012

 

 

Cast

Xavier Balaur / Count Dracula – Martin Meccouri
Nona Parcae – MaryBeth Schroeder
Decima Parcae – Sara Hymes
Morta Parcae – Mallory Campbell
Morris Harker – Brian Henderson
Ellen Chandler – Mieke Stapelberg
Eric LaCroix – Sam Deas
Lisa Schwarz – Christina Helmer
Alexander Van Helsing – Patrick Marran


Crew

Writer / Director - Thomas R. Gordon

Production Manager - Tasha Partee

Assistant Stage Manager – Samantha Ryel

Costume Designer - Charlotte Gaspard

Set Designer - Zach Serafin



About the Company: The Onomatopoeia Theatre Company

The Onomatopoeia Theatre Company was formed to serve as a safe space for anyone who works in the arts, and considers themselves and to be an underdog, a misfit or just misunderstood. Quite often, many of these artists will have grand ideas, yet remain too apprehensive or afraid to express them. We at The Onomatopoeia Theatre Company wish to change this. Our goal is to promote ideas and performances that otherwise might not have been done for one reason or another or that have seemed just out of reach before. From doing a classic piece of theatre to experimenting with new possibilities in performance art, nothing is too big or too small for The Onomatopoeia Theatre Company. We are dedicated to producing the show that was always in someone's imagination! For instance, if you have ever had an idea at a party late at night, but you think no one would be interested, The Onomatopoeia Theatre Company would probably be interested. Our hope is that The Onomatopoeia Theatre Company will regularly serve as a catalyst for new idea's and possibilities.

Easter  | Open: 03/08/13 Close: 03/30/13
"Easter" (1901), a late realistic play by Sweden's greatest genius of the theater, August Strindberg, is a suspenseful masterpiece examining themes of suffering and transcendence through forgiveness. The Morgan family has been shamed and tortured by a family disgrace: its father is in prison for embezzlement and a daughter, Lenora, has been committed to an asylum. Mrs. Morgan and her son, Eliss, fear that they are on the brink of ruin, but as the snow melts and a single daffodil appears, Easter Eve brings them hope, joy and mercy.The play displays a power which can barely be matched in theater of its time. It personifies the playwright in the character of Eliss and contains one of Strindberg's best female roles in Lenora, who is inspired by the playwright's own daughter.To emphasize the timelessness of the play's themes, it will be acted by an all-black cast and adapted to the modern setting of Harlem in 1958.In "Easter," Strindberg revisits the same family that he had established in 1893 with"Playing With Fire." August Strindberg Repertory presented that play last Spring with an all-black cast in association with The Negro Ensemble. The production opened at the New School Theatre and was elevated to an Off-Broadway production at the Gene Frankel Theatre the following month; it was nominated for three Audelco awards including Best Revival and Best Ensemble. Actors from "Playing With Fire" will return to play their corresponding roles in "Easter.""Easter" plays Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00 PM and Sunday matinees at 2:00 PM. Previews begin March 8; the opening is March 14 and last performance on Easter Sunday, March 31. Half-price student and senior discounts -- use discount codes STU9 and SNR9 for $9.00 tickets! The Gene Frankel Theatre, 24 Bond Street, is wheelchair-accessible and has wheelchair-accessible backstage bathrooms available before and after the show.


Drama"

Theater.Drama

Casper's Fat Tuesday & The Stronger  | Open: 10/26/12 Close: 11/25/12
From October 26 And EXTENDED through November 25, The August Strindberg Repertory Theatre will present an innovative double-bill of Strindberg's plays, "Casper's Fat Tuesday," translated by Jonathan Howard, and "The Stronger," translated by Robert Greer. The evening is a "sweet and sour" pairing of one little known gem and a novel adaptation of a more familiar classic. Both translations are world premieres. The plays will be directed by Robert Greer, produced by the Strindberg Rep and the Pink Pig Ballet in association with Theater Resources Unlimited, and performed at Gene Frankel Theatre, 24 Bond Street (East Village).


Comedy"

Theater.Comedy

Yentl  | Open: 10/10/12 Close: 10/21/12
 

The Beautiful Soup Theater Collective, who most recently presented the critically acclaimed revival of A Doll's Life and Examiner.com's "Dramatic Pick of the Year" neat & tidy will present Isaac Bashevis Singer's classic Yentl. Beautiful Soup's Artistic Director helms the production, which will play the Gene Frankel Theatre from October 10th through October 28th. The production features Music Direction by Luke Anthnony and Lighting Design by Daisy Long.

Last seen on Broadway in 1976 with Tovah Feldshuh in the title role, Yentl was later immortalized in the musical film adaptation starring and directed by Barbra Streisand. Adapted from the classic story by Leah Napolin from Singer's short story, it chronicles the journey of a young woman who defies the laws of her people to pursue a dream. Filled with a love of Torah, Yentl becomes Anshel - a man - and lives in hiding while studying at the Yeshiva. Entangled in a web of lies, Anshel befriends Avigdor and marries Hadass, taking both on a journey they won't soon forget.

The production stars Mallory Berlin (Nora, "A Doll's Life") in the the title role and is joined by Alex Pagels as Avigdor and Kim Sweet as Hadass. The production also features Leonardo Abraham, Luke Anthony, Kira Chirstoforidis, Adam Foldes, Jael Golad, Orlando Iriarte, Anna Kirkland, Jessica McHugh, Zac Moon, Yael Shavitt and Noelle Stewart.

A portion of proceeds raised at the Box Office will benefit the Jewish Women's Foundation of New York, imagining a world in which all women and girls in the Jewish community are ensured a healthy and supportive environment… a world in which we all have equal opportunity for economic, religious, social and political achievement.
 
A teaser trailer for the production is available for viewing on YouTube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C88SOyLz-Gk

 
Tickets for the production are on sale now by visiting http://beautifulsoup.showclix.com

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE
Wednesday, October 10th - 7:00pm
Thursday, October 11th - 7:00pm
Friday, October 12th - 7:00pm
Saturday, October 13th - 2:00pm
Saturday, October 13th - 7:00pm
Sunday, October 14th - 2:00pm
Wednesday, October 17th - 2:00pm
Wednesday, October 17th - 7:00pm
Thursday, October 18th - 7:00pm
Friday, October 19th - 7:00pm
Saturday, October 20st - 2:00pm
Saturday, October 20st - 7:00pm
Sunday, October 21st - 2:00pm 
 
CAST (in alphabetical order)
Leonardo Abraham as Yussel and Gershon
Luke Anthony as Treitl, Moishe, Chaim and Zelig (The Tailor's Apprentice)
Mallory Berlin as Yentl
Kira Christoforidis as Yachna
Adam Foldes as Reb Nata and the Rabbi
Jael Golad as Pesha
Orlando Iriarte as Yentl's father, Fulca the Fool, Sheftl the Tailor and Feitl the Leather-Dealer
Anna Kirkland as Zelda-Leah and Zlateh
Jessica McHugh as Frumka, Hadass' mother
Alex Pagels as Avigdor
Zac Moon as Mordecai and Reb Alter, Hadass' father
Ev Roufeh as Lemmel and Dovid
Yael Shavitt as Raizeleh (Yentl understudy)
Noelle Stewart as Rivka the Matchmaker and Nechele
and  Kim Sweet as Hadass

 


About the Company: The Beautiful Soup Theater Collective

The Beautiful Soup Theater Collective was founded in the summer of 2010 by its Artistic Director, Steven Carl McCasland. McCasland, who founded Group Therapy Productions while a student at Pace University, has been directing in New York (Medea, A Streetcar Named Desire, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Antigone, Death of a Salesman, Hamlet, and others) since 2005. 

Beautiful Soup uses theater to bring to light our own struggles and create a dialog. Exploring new works and classics in innovative ways, stretching a shoe-string budget to create visually enchanting minimalist productions, the Collective honors a different charitable organization with each production. Often using the themes of the play or musical to select the benficiary, a portion of funds raised at the box office are donated to the chosen charity.

While serving the community, the Soup strives to bring light to all types of theater, new and old. Each season, the Collective presents: 
-one revival of a "lost" play
-one revival of a "lost" musical
-one classical play (typically Shakespearean or Greek)
-one play (comedy or drama) written after 1960 OR one new play
-one production for all ages 

Previous productions include: the criticaly acclaimed world premiere play neat & tidy, the first New York revival of A Doll's Life which ran in repertory with Ibsen's A Doll's House,BLACK [Billy Learns About Captain Kirk] & BLUE, William Shakespeare's HamletCrossing Brooklyn: a musical by Jenny Giering and Laura Harrington, The WSXR Players' Present Their June 7, 1944 Broadcast of William Shakespeare's TWELFTH NIGHT, or What You Will and Steven Carl McCasland's world premiere play, Alice Au Pays Des Merveilles (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland).

Theater can be for the masses if we let it. With The Beautiful Soup Theater Collective, you can return to your roots and explore the boundaries of theater while continuing to serve your community. Learn more at www.beautifulsouptheatercollective.org.

Quizzically Quimsical  | Open: 09/07/12 Close: 09/09/12
A performance piece made up of poetry, prose, narrative, music, choreography, and movement. This is a story about a boy on a queer journey toward self-fulfillment. The journey is shaped by the boy's first influence from a feminine force, a femme fatale: his mother. Upon identifying with a queer identity, the struggle becomes appropriating the haunting presence of his eccentric mother within the realm of exploring what queer means to each individual: both sexually and emotionally. How do we ever know when we have reached solid ground? How do we ever know when we have taken roots into something concrete?


Arts.Performance

Quizzically Quimsical  | Open: 09/07/12 Close: 09/09/12
A performance piece made up of poetry, prose, narrative, music, choreography, and movement. This is a story about a boy on a queer journey toward self-fulfillment. The journey is shaped by the boy's first influence from a feminine force, a femme fatale: his mother. Upon identifying with a queer identity, the struggle becomes appropriating the haunting presence of his eccentric mother within the realm of exploring what queer means to each individual: both sexually and emotionally. How do we ever know when we have reached solid ground? How do we ever know when we have taken roots into something concrete?


Performance Art"

Acts/Attractions.Performance Art

Quizzically Quimsical  | Open: 09/07/12 Close: 09/09/12
A performance piece made up of poetry, prose, narrative, music, choreography, and movement. This is a story about a boy on a queer journey toward self-fulfillment. The journey is shaped by the boy's first influence from a feminine force, a femme fatale: his mother. Upon identifying with a queer identity, the struggle becomes appropriating the haunting presence of his eccentric mother within the realm of exploring what queer means to each individual: both sexually and emotionally. How do we ever know when we have reached solid ground? How do we ever know when we have taken roots into something concrete?


Performance Art"

Acts/Attractions.Performance Art

Magdalen, Part Of Fringenyc 2012  | Open: 08/12/12 Close: 08/24/12
MAGDALEN is inspired by the stories and experiences of the women and girls who were sent away to “wash their sins” in Ireland’s commercial Magdalene Laundries run by nuns in the Twentieth Century.   More than 30,000 women – deemed promiscuous and in need of rehabilitation – reportedly passed through the Ireland asylums, which were open until 1996. Long silenced voices spring to life in this one-woman play about the concealed lives hidden behind convent walls.

Written & Performed by Erin Layton
Directed by Julie Kline
Set/Lighting Design: Cat Tate Starmer
Sound Design: Janie Bullard
Stage Manager: Katie Barnhard
Graphic Designer: Arnold Bueso
ACR: Ashley Theagene

Playing With Fire  | Open: 06/15/12 Close: 06/30/12
For tickets to this event at The New School for Drama June 7 - June 10, please click here."Playing With Fire", in a translation by Ulrika Brand that has been newly adapted by Obie-winner Leslie Lee, Executive Director of Negro Ensemble Company, will is the inaugural production of The August Strindberg Repertory Theatre, directed by Robert Greer. One of Strindberg's rare comedies, "Playing With Fire" has been transported by Leslie Lee's adaptation from its original 1893 Swedish summer house to a 1926 summer cottage of members of the black social elite in a neighborhood of Martha's Vineyard. In the play, a writer named Axel (modeled on Strindberg himself) visits his friends, Kerstin and Knut, where they live with and off Knut's parents. His mother constantly indulges in gossip and his father, a wealthy retired businessman with a checkered past has eyes for their younger, poorer cousin, Adele, who is having an affair with Knut. Meanwhile, both she and Kerstin have their sights set on Axel. Sparks fly as the characters contest for power over each other in a dynamic 90 minutes of comic drama.


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Theater.Classical

Playing With Fire  | Open: 06/15/12 Close: 06/30/12
"Playing With Fire", in a translation by Ulrika Brand that has been newly adapted by Obie-winner Leslie Lee, Executive Director of Negro Ensemble Company, will is the inaugural production of The August Strindberg Repertory Theatre, directed by Robert Greer. One of Strindberg's rare comedies, "Playing With Fire" has been transported by Leslie Lee's adaptation from its original 1893 Swedish summer house to a 1926 summer cottage of members of the black social elite in a neighborhood of Martha's Vineyard. In the play, a writer named Axel (modeled on Strindberg himself) visits his friends, Kerstin and Knut, where they live with and off Knut's parents. His mother constantly indulges in gossip and his father, a wealthy retired businessman with a checkered past has eyes for their younger, poorer cousin, Adele, who is having an affair with Knut. Meanwhile, both she and Kerstin have their sights set on Axel. Sparks fly as the characters contest for power over each other in a dynamic 90 minutes of comic drama.


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Theater.Classical

Neat & Tidy  | Open: 05/15/12 Close: 05/27/12
the beautiful soup theater collective is proud to present the new york premiere of steven carl mccasland's play "neat & tidy". this chilling and poetic drama features an intimate cast performing multiple roles.

when a child is brutally murdered, the seismic aftershocks r...ipple throughout a small town. at its center, a marriage is crippling under the weight of the tragedy. with its cast tackling multiple characters, "neat & tidy" speaks about grieving and learning to live alone. see tom run. see tracy scream. see christine lie. see luke break. see tom hide. see tracy jump.

"neat & tidy" previews on may 15th, 2012 with an official opening night scheduled for may 16th, 2012.

all performances at the gene frankel theatre, 24 bond street, new york ny.

tuesday may 15-7:00pm
wednesday may 16-7:00pm
thursday may 17-7:00pm
friday may 18-7;00pm
saturday may 19-2:00pm & 7:00pm
sunday may 20-2:00pm

wednesday may 23- 2:00pm & 7:00pm
thursday may 24-7:00pm
friday may 25-7:00pm
saturday may 26-2:00pm & 7:00pm
sunday may 27-2:00pm

"neat & tidy" is written and directed by steven carl mccasland

paul alexander hughes serves as production stage manager

THE CAST

lisa crosby wipperling as tracy
john russel as tom
and
max rory meisel (of bravo tv's "bethenny getting married" as luke

with...

kristi barron as christine
jordan tierney as andrew
anna kirkland as nancy & laura
orlando iriarte as sam & doctor avery
ellyn stein as dottie, jeanie & mary
rory allan meditz as the reverend & randy
samantha steinmetz as katie & billy (tracy u/s)*
and
emily floyd as natalie & amanda

rebecca de ornelas serves as female swing*

*samantha Steinmetz will appear as tracy on sunday, may 20 at 2:00pm. rebecca de ornelas will step into the roles of katie and billie at this performance. de ornelas will also step into the roles of amanda and natalie on sunday May 26 at 2:00pm.

DUE TO THE NATURE OF THIS PRODUCTION, SEATING IS VERY LIMITED PER PERFORMANCE -- BUY EARLY.

tickets are available online now at:
http://www.showclix.com/events/beautifulsoup

general: $25
students/seniors: $20


About the Company: The Beautiful Soup Theater Collective

The Beautiful Soup Theater Collective was founded in the summer of 2010 by its Artistic Director, Steven Carl McCasland. McCasland, who founded Group Therapy Productions while a student at Pace University, has been directing in New York (Medea, A Streetcar Named Desire, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Antigone, Death of a Salesman, Hamlet, and others) since 2005. 

Beautiful Soup uses theater to bring to light our own struggles and create a dialog. Exploring new works and classics in innovative ways, stretching a shoe-string budget to create visually enchanting minimalist productions, the Collective honors a different charitable organization with each production. Often using the themes of the piece at hand, (Crossing Brooklyn, a musical about a teacher, benefited Artists Striving to End Poverty, who visit third-world countries to teach the arts), a portion of funds raised at the box office are donated to the chosen charity.

While serving the community, the Soup strives to bring light to all types of theater, new and old. Each season, the Collective presents two Shakespearean revivals, a workshop of a world premiere play, a play by a major writer within the last 150 years (Ibsen, Miller, Williams, Foote, Chekhov, O'Neill, to name a few...), a workshop of a new musical. Each season will also feature a world premiere children's theater production. 

Previous productions include: BLACK [Billy Learns About Captain Kirk] & BLUE, William Shakespeare's HamletCrossing Brooklyn: a musical by Jenny Giering and Laura Harrington, The WSXR Players' Present Their June 7, 1944 Broadcast of William Shakespeare's TWELFTH NIGHT, or What You Will and Steven Carl McCasland's world premiere play, Alice Au Pays Des Merveilles (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland)

Theater can be for the masses if we let it. With The Beautiful Soup Theater Collective, you can return to your roots and explore the boundaries of theater while continuing to serve your community. Learn more at www.beautifulsouptheatercollective.org.

 

 

Alba  | Open: 11/03/11 Close: 11/20/11
From a distance, all appears to be in perfect order in the house of the wealthy Bernarda Alba. Her daughters are the pillars of society. But behind the white closed doors of this Spanish home, are five jealous sisters with a terrible secret. Join us for this new interpretation  of Lorca's House of Bernarda Alba in which 18 actresses play the same roles simultaneously in a poetic visual tribute to the original text.


Running Saturday November 5th-Sunday November 20th
Saturdays 8pm, Sundays 2pm, Mondays and Tuesdays, 8pm
Location: Gene Frankel Theatre, 24 Bond Street, New York 10012

TICKETS - $18 for purchase here:  http://planetconnections.org/Alba/
Further info. on cast and crew at our website.... http://planetconnections.org/alba/

Directed by Glory Kadigan*
Choreographed by Joe Barros
INDUSTRY/PRESS CONTACT:   Glory Kadigan and PlanetGlory@gmail.com

Directed by Glory Kadigan*
Choreographed by Joe Barros* and Laura Brandel

Assistant Directed and Stage Managed
by Jenna Doolittle and Shawn Banerjee

Scenic and Props Design by Peter Fallon
Costume Design by David Thompson
Lighting Design by Christopher Weston
Sound Design by Jacob Subotnick*
Fight Choreography by Nicholas Santasier*

STARRING:
AMADA ANDERSON*, AMELIA CAMPBELL*, JESSICA CERMAK, SARAH DOUDNA*, NATALIA DUONG*, TATIANA GOMBERG*^, TANIA JEUDY*, REBECCA JOHNSON, DANA HUNTER, SHARON HUNTER*^, VICTORIA LAUZUN, DANIELLE PATSAKOS*, MARIEL MATERO*, BARBARA MUNDY*^, MARY SHERIDAN^, SUSAN WALLACK*^, JANELLA ZAPATA, and KELLY ZEKAS

^ denotes equity
* denotes Planet Connections Award Winning or Nominated Artist
The Orange Person  | Open: 11/02/11 Close: 11/18/11
 

INTRODUCING
THE WORLD PREMIERE OF 
THE ORANGE PERSON
A NEW MUSIC THEATER EVENT

THEORANGEPERSON.COM

created by
JEREMY BLOOM (director)
"Stylish and inventive" - Theatermania

BRIAN RADY (as the orange person)
"Entertaining, hilarious, seamless" - The Happiest Medium

& LAURA DUNN (collaborator, performer)
"Bjorkish runaway melodies" - Mark Mayer


coming to NYC
NOVEMBER 2nd - 18th, 2011
@ THE GENE FRANKEL THEATRE
24 Bond Street at Lafayette, New York, NY

Weds/ Thurs @ 8 PM; Fri @ 9 PM
for complimentary press tickets, contacttheorangeperson@gmail.com

for general tickets, $10 in advance/ $15 at the door, click here

synopsis
At last, the story of THE ORANGE PERSON, told from the perspective of the people who actually experienced it - a celebration of existence, of difference, and of song. From Terlingua, the infamous "ghost town" of the rural southwest Texan desert, a family confronts a medical marvel: an orange baby is born.

the production
With an original book by director/ autuer Jeremy Bloom and vocalist/ performer Brian Rady, THE ORANGE PERSON weaves together classic and original folk, R&B and sacred music with an eclectic cast of storytellers of all ages. THE ORANGE PERSON fuses a unique mix of performative mediums from non-fictional documentary theater to concert to lawn party (be sure to take advantage of flowing bottomless wine, iced tea, and the post-show jam session). THE ORANGE PERSON features the composing and performing talents of dreamy folk-pop banjo-darling of the Lower East Side Laura Dunn (Laura Dunn & the Ghosts of Xmas Past), the infamous Kirk Siee on upright bass, and a stellar host of vocalists, actors and multi-instrumentalists. Join us as we lift our voices in jubilation and remembrance of THE ORANGE PERSON.

featuring
Mikey Barringer, Ashley Biel, Laura Dunn, Dana Kaplan-Angle, Robert Lavenstein, Ellen O'Meara, Madalyn McKay, Justin Neal, Jose Paz, Brian Rady, Kirk Siee, Catherine Sullivan and Joe White.

with designs by
esteemed emerging NYU design graduates Olga Mill (costumes), Chris Morris (sets), and Christopher Weston (lighting).

stage management
and assistant direction by
Erika Bracy

about the creators
JEREMY BLOOM - WRITER, DIRECTOR
Jeremy directs his original adaptations including La Boheme (Spoken), Peter-Wendy (Dark), and Leaves of Grass (Nude).  Favorite spaces to work include: The Flea, Walkerspace, The Cherry Lane, Incubator Arts Project, NYU Grad, CSV, 45 Bleecker, The New York Botanical Gardens, in festivals, site specifically, and at the cell where he is a resident artist.  Favorite assistant credits include: The Met, Broadway, LCT3, The Goodman, and Berkeley Rep (most frequently for Mary Zimmerman).  Jeremy is a Drama League Directing Fellow, EST Resident Director, and a participant in the TS Eliot US/UK Exchange at The Old Vic as well as the Soho Rep Lab.  
www.jeremybloomplays.com

BRIAN RADY - WRITER, PERFORMER, MUSIC
Brian Rady is a performing artist, vocalist, and musician specializing in cabaret, ensemble movement and vocal based works, and new plays.  As a playwright Brian tackles ancient and contemporary myths and mythic-sized personas, including adaptations of 13th century poetry, found source material, and non-dramatic texts. Formally, Brian’s writing is rooted in lyricism, humor, music and experimentation. His award winning plays have been seen in New York at the cell, The Robert Moss, The Gene Frankel, and The Bleecker Street Theatre.
 
www.brianrady.com

LAURA DUNN - MUSIC
Laura Dunn writes and plays for the banjo-driven creepy folk band Laura Dunn and The Ghosts of Xmas Past (www.myspace.com/lauradunnandtheghosts).  Their record, The Dreamkeeper and a Gun came out in May, 2011.  Her poems have appeared in journals such as At Length, Fugue, Zocalo Public Square and The Bear Deluxe.  Her poetry manuscript, The Blue Word, was a finalist in the A Room of Her Own Foundation's To the Lighthouse First Book Contest.
www.cdbaby.com/cd/lauradunn

for complimentary press tickets
and additional information
Please contact theorangeperson@gmail.com

visit
theorangeperson.com


Corner Pocket  | Open: 10/07/11 Close: 10/23/11

Extant Arts will present the World Premiere of emerging playwright Andy James Hoover’s (NYC Debut) CORNER POCKET, October 7-23 at the Gene Frankel Theatre (24 Bond Street between Bowery and Lafayette). This production will be directed by Bridget R. Durkin and will feature Alexandra Hellquist, James Liebman, Virginia Logan, Kari Swenson Riely, Mary Schneider, and Eric Sutton*. The creative team will include Set Design by Jeremy Doucette, Puppet Design by Chana Porter, and Costume Design by Tristan Raines. The production will be Stage Managed by Anna Burnham*.  *Appears courtesy of the Actors’ Equity Association. Corner Pocket is an Equity Approved Showcase

World-famous pool shark Manayunk O'Hara is having a rough week. Her husband is cheating, her archrival is on the rise, and to make matters worse, she's just been murdered. Trapped in the Afterlife with only her sanctimonious Spirit Animal for company, Manayunk has only one thing on her mind…revenge!

Two Days 'til Dawn  | Open: 06/08/11 Close: 06/25/11
Open Lab Collective presents

TWO DAYS 'TIL DAWN

Written by Tyler Ham Pong

Directed by Laura Sisskin-Fernández

 

"The line between inspiration and insanity."

 

Two Days 'til Dawn follows a troubled writer, who risks his grasp on reality in search of inspiration. Disconnecting from his family, and with potetially more at stake, he seeks salvation through the advice given by the ghosts of three literary figures.

Continuing Tyler Ham Pong's trend of hyper aware dialogue and analysis of the human condition, Two Days 'til Dawn, is "not only an expression of art as life, but a presentation of art created in life," according to the director, Laura Sisskin-Fernández. Harnessing elements of dream, memory and all of life's promises -- this play is a psychological tour de force not to be missed!

 

 

Two Days 'til Dawn stars Anthony Ames, Mary Monahan, Geoffrey Pomeroy and Jillian K. Waters.

Costume Designer/Assistant Director is Crys Huyett. Lighting Designers are Tracy Wertheimer and Jane Slade. Sound Designer is Danny Madden. Choreographer is Bronwen Carson.

 

Two Days 'til Dawn will have its premiere on June 8, presented as part of the Planet Connections Theatre Festivity at the Gene Frankel Theatre.

 

 

 

SHOWTIMES

June 8th at 9:30pm

June 11th at 3pm

June 19th at 6pm

June 20th at 4:30pm

June 22nd at 7pm

June 25th at 5pm

 

Gene Frankel Theatre

24 Bond St. (at Lafayette St.)

 

 

Tickets are $18.00. For reservations, call 1-866-811-4111 or visit www.planetconnections.org/twodaystildawn

Finding Elizabeth Taylor  | Open: 06/15/11 Close: 06/25/11
 

Benefiting amfAR, Leo Rising Productions is pleased to present FINDING ELIZABETH TAYLOR, a multi-media homage to La Liz written and performed by Elizabeth Claire Taylor* as part of the 3rd Annual Planet Connections Theatre Festivity.  The production will be held at The Gene Frankel Theater, 24 Bond Street, NYC, 10003 for six performances from June 15-25, 2011. Morgan Gould directs.AEA Approved Showcase. *Member, Actors’ Equity Association.

 

What does it feel like to be the most beautiful woman in the world? THIS Elizabeth Taylor certainly doesn't know. Between skinny blond roommates, monstrous treadmills and an infamous pair of ill-fitting Bongo jeans, it's a wonder she can make it to her Overeaters Anonymous meeting on time. Channeling her celebrity namesake while on a journey of self-acceptance, will Elizabeth Claire Taylor ever find her true self because of, and despite, a legendary name?

 

“I had always heard of Elizabeth Taylor's commitment to AIDS research and diligent activism, but this was in the present looking back – it was only when I read a ton of biographies did I grasp how bold it was for her to speak out in the 1980's – when celebrity activism was unheard of, particularly in regards to something as taboo and shrouded in stigma as AIDS. When I realized the through-line of my solo play, Finding Elizabeth Taylor, was a call to arms for young women to refute the corporate blitz on their bodies and minds, I saw the link. I want to look back on my life and believe I did the best I could with the gift I was given. And my gift is my name.”

Hell Is Where The Heart Is  | Open: 06/03/11 Close: 06/18/11
Making its world Premiere at the PLANET CONNECTIONS THEATRE FETIVITY, this comic look at sibling rivalry and dysfunctional families is fueled by bad dreams and unreliable psychic gifts. As circumstances force the sisters to confront their past, long buried family secrets surface. Reality becomes unreal, dreams become nightmares, and the devil wants his due. Can this family ever win?

Starring:

Peggy Pope as Luisa
Art Brown as Jacob
Maureen Van Trease as Marie
William Johnson as Joe
Stephanie Brait as Gwen
Joe Jones as Lucifer
Colista Turner as Imamu
Jorge Acosta as Ben
and Melissa Skirboll as Liz

Hanako Junction  | Open: 04/07/11 Close: 04/30/11
Auguste Rodin was first introduced to the Japanese dancer and actress Hanako, a featured member of Loie Fuller's dance troupe in 1906. Captivated by her beauty and strength, her dramatic renditions in scenes of dying, Rodin was thrilled to have Hanako become one of his model. A fascinating woman, she became a pawn caught between the great artist and the equally imperious Fuller. Hanako Junction weaves a turn of the century Parisian tale with another set in contemporary New York City.

The impulse to create, the possession of the art, and the possession of the artist.

Cast: Jonathan Cantor, Bill Dante, Nadia Gan, Elena McGhee & Jason Healy

Written & Directed by Roderic Wachovsky

April 7 - 30, 2011
Wed - Sat at 8pm
Additional performance: Monday, April 11, 2011

Tickets: $18 at www.theatermania.com

Asst Director/Dramaturg: Craig Bacon
Scenic Design: Mark Symczak
Costume Design: Carolyn Hoffman
Lighting Design: Joyce Liao
Audio/Visual & Sound Design: Peter Sylvester
Dialect Coach: Amy Stoller
Movement Director: Giovanni Villari
Property Master: David Schneider
Technical Director: John Sisson
Marketing Director: Shaun B. Wilson
Production Stage Manager: Michael Palmer
Asst. Stage Manager: Jason Healy

at Sixes and Sevens  | Open: 03/10/11 Close: 03/13/11
  The emerging devised performance company Te Ilum joins forces with up-and-coming dance theatre artist Chloe Kernaghan to bring a brand new work:   

"at Sixes & Sevens"

Sixes and Sevensan idiom to describe a state of confusion or disarray.

The creation of “at Sixes & Sevens” started with the concept of self-realization.  Using the archetype of a 1950s housewife, just left by her husband, Ms. Kernaghan and her dance ensemble deconstruct the process in which each of us continue to define and redefine ourselves:  Asking the question, do we really shape ourselves or does the world do it for us. As realities and worlds start to shift, the character, and audience loose track of what is real and what is not. In this murky existence is where raw impulsive movement will start to explore the real composition of this woman--who she really is, how to identify her, and what is she in the world when her reason to live leaves her...

Macbeth  | Open: 12/01/10 Close: 12/19/10
More than just a tale of “vaulting ambition”, Mortal Folly’s Macbeth is not so much a history as a deeply affecting morality tale, an emotional study of humanity risking everything in the name of love and honor, and gravely suffering the consequences. Harte-DeCoux’s adaptation of the Folio takes advantage of Macbeth's relative brevity to add moments of non-verbal storytelling throughout the play, enriching the story with contextual details and giving enlightening new perspective to some of theatre’s most well-known and frequently-performed roles.  Set in a mythical Dark Age of feudal lords and long swords, Mortal Folly’s take on this story of sorrow, blood, and destiny explores the balance between Fate and Free Will, and offers a personal, passionate and cinematic take on one of the Bard’s greatest tragedies.

Macbeth features Mark August, Alyssa Borg, Erik Cheski, Sam Eggers, David A Ellis*, Josey Nicole Housley*, Bryant Martin*, Matthew Rini, John Short, Liz Sklar*, Hannah Sloat*, Brandon Smith, Melanie Stroh, and Robert Lee Taylor*.

 *Appearing courtesy of Actor’s Equity Association

Like Mortal Folly’s highly successful A Midsummer Night’s Dream (June 2010 at The Richmond Shepard Theatre), Macbeth will feature music composed specifically for the production by Musical Director Amanda Gookin and spectacular fights choreographed by resident Fight Director Nathan DeCoux.  New to Macbeth is an arsenal of hand-crafted weapons and armor provided by Gotham Armory, who recently crafted the weapons for the hit Broadway show Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson.  The show’s assistant director and character movement expert is Stacee Mandeville.


 

His Beauty  | Open: 06/05/10 Close: 06/26/10
 Interweaving surprising elements of music, dance and multimedia with text from Marilyn Frye, Beat poetry and Nabokov’s “Lolita”, 'his beauty' examines physical beauty as a source of obsession, oppression and seduction. This dark comedy follows four people's chance intersections on one night– and how they use each other to satisfy their own desires at any cost.

Playwright: Ashley Jacobson
Director: Nadine Friedman
Production Designer: Jonathan Cottle
Video and Projection Designer: Danny Abalos
Choreographer: Ashley Hannan
Costume Designer: Christine Dow
Fight Choreographer: Stephanie Cox-Williams
Production Stage Manager: Saphira Celius

Featuring: Dondrie Burnham, James Kennedy, Sean Linehan, and Fabianne Meyer

Bj: A Musical Romp  | Open: 06/15/10 Close: 06/25/10
 It’s the first day of college! And for Benyamin Jeremiah, that means leaving his over-protective mother, attending school outside his home, and – gulp – talking to girls. Join BJ, his beer-guzzling roommate, an innocent mathlete, an orally-fixated seductress, and a gay RA, as they learn to go down…a different road.

 STARRING:

Andrew Redlawsk* (The Bowery Boys) as BJ
Kate Bodenheimer* (Wheatley’s Folly) as Gabriel
Tro Shaw* (West Side Story, Broadway) as Destiny
William Goulet Kean (yeah, he's related to that Goulet) as Jack
Tramaine Montell Ford (Hairspray The Movie) as Mullins
Susan McBrien* (Michael Clayton) as Mother

*appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association. (Equity Approved Showcase)

BJ: A MUSICAL ROMP is part of the Planet Connections Festivity.

Uncle Vanya  | Open: 03/26/10 Close: 04/11/10
Extant Arts Company presents Uncle Vanya and three other theatrical events inspired by Anton Chekhov’s work as part of the Extant Chekhov Open, a celebration of the Russian master’s 150th birthday and the 40th Anniversary of Joseph Chaikin’s influential Open Theatre.  

Uncle Vanya, translated by Jean-Claude Van Itallie and directed by Nancy Gabor, opens the three-week festival.  In Uncle Vanya, Chekhov captures the timeless desire for love, sex and a better life and the universal sense of restlessness.

Nancy Gabor is known for her work with the Joseph Chaikin and the Open Theatre.

 The other Extant Chekhov Open events include Chain of Deed, a staged reading of Andy James Hoover’s new play inspired by The Cherry Orchard; Chekh-Impr-Ov, a full-length, completely improvised play in the style of Anton Chekhov by The New Deal; and Playing with Chekhov, a solo performance by James Kiberd, directed by Nancy Gabor.  

Hostages  | Open: 01/06/10 Close: 01/24/10
Two British professors have left their homeland for a war-zone. They are there on a mission of peace, but peace is hard to find when you’re chained to a radiator.

Yussef El-Guindi, (Back of the Throat, Jihad Jones and The Kalashnikov Babes), one of California’s most esteemed playwrights, presents a powerful telling of human behavior at its basest. HOSTAGES explores the intricacies of human nature when it is deprived of personal contact and torn from the pleasantries of every day life.

Award-winning director Jack Young; currently heading the University of Houston’s graduate program and former artistic director of both the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival and The Warehouse Theatre leads Miscreant Theatre founder-actors, Jacob Knoll (The Creditors) and Jeff Barry (Creditors and Ivanov) in the telling of this explosive and timely play.
 

Ivanov  | Open: 06/10/09 Close: 06/28/09
Miscreant Theatre will ravage Chekhov's first full-length drama with a new adaptation by co-artistic directors Jacob Knoll and Jeff Barry. Ivanov offers a petri dish view into Chekhov's anti-hero - 32 year old Nicholas Ivanov - once prosperous and idealistic; now feckless, absent, and riddled with depression.

In this adaptation, Ivanov struggles to make sense of his vulgar existence while his wife tries to accept her lonely death. In a community obsessed with gossip and greed, Miscreant will investigate the underlying complexities of hate and love along with Chekhov's depraved sense of humor.

The Weird Sisters  | Open: 12/05/08 Close: 12/20/08
The Weird Sisters is a prequel to William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, that explores the back-story of the witches & how they came to be. Muriel, Seonaid & Rhoswen are violently rebuked by the men of Duncan’s diseased government & choose to curse Scotland in order to cleanse the corruption of its current tyrannous regime.

Featured in this AEA Approved Showcase Production are Walter Brandes*, Susan Ferrara*, Catherine Friesen, Erin Layton, Michael Lopez*, Kunal Prasad*, Christine Verleny & James Ware.

 

Amerissiah  | Open: 11/13/08 Close: 12/07/08
THE AMORALISTS are pleased to announce the world premiere production of AMERISSIAH, written and directed by Derek Ahonen. AMERISSIAH will play a four-week limited engagement at The Gene Frankel Theatre (24 Bond Street (Corner of Bond and Lafayette). Performances begin Thursday, November 13 and continue through Sunday, December 7. Opening Night is Monday, November 17 (8 p.m.). Press are invited November 15, 16, 17.

Barry Ricewater, a terminally ill man convinced he is God, returns to the apartment of his childhood. His degenerate family descends on him to pay their last respects. They all think he is crazy until the gathering is interrupted by an unlikely disciple. Only through Barry's divine intervention can the crooked Ricewater clan be saved.

Prepare yourself for Amerissiah, a new comedy about America and the thin line between faith and insanity, ambition and corruption.

4 Adults Only  | Open: 09/12/08 Close: 09/27/08
Gene Frankel Theatre proudly presents "4 Adults Only" an evening of four dark comedies by award winning playwright, Mark Borkowski. Each play directed by critically acclaimed directors, Cndido Tirado, Stacy Shane, Richard Masur, Robert Haufrecht, who take Borkowski's plays to another level by staging them in uniquely stylized ways that both challenge and entertain the audience.
For Immediate Release

4 Adults Only
an evening of short tales
by Mark Borkowski

Within The Skins of Saints
Directed by Cndido Tirado, w/ Heather Hollingsworth & Michael Camacho
A girl on the edge of a subway platform. A man on his way to work. What does it take to get her away from the edge... or to keep him from jumping with her?

The Mutilation of St. Barbara
Directed by Stacy Shane, w/ Karen Giordano & Larry Lau
A medieval painting of a martyred Saint causes a troubled couple to confront their own hypocrisies and deal with their demons.

Twilight's Child
Directed by Richard Masur, w/ Alexandra Eitel, Larry Block & Mark Borkowski
Grieving parents revisit a diner where they used to take their dead son. They attempt to deal with their guilt, sorrow and a macabre ritual that horrifies everyone.

Don't Listen To What It Sounds Like

Directed by Robert Haufrecht w/ Judy Jerome & Chris Kerson
A mentally disturbed man seeks out an old friend he once knew in the madhouse. What he finds is not what he expects.

Lonely Circus Beast  | Open: 07/24/08 Close: 08/02/08
"its hard being the only one sometimes, standing alone, and loneliness...well that just breaks my heart.

Do you know what I mean?"

Two Rooms  | Open: 05/08/08 Close: 05/31/08
In Lee Blessing's TWO ROOMS, a single playing space serves as window onto the separate lives of captive and spouse in their attempts to reconnect with one another, and as well as a setting for the wife's conversations with an exploitive, ambitious young reporter in search of an exclusive and a emotionally detached representative from the State Department. Eventually, a frustrated and distraught Lainie, exhausted from "keeping hope alive," talks to the press -- with catastrophic results.

TWO ROOMS stars Tori Davis, Garrett Lee Hendricks, Tracy Hostmyer and Joe Osheroff. The production features set design by Casey Smith and lighting design by Kryssy Wright.
Much Ado About Nothing  | Open: 02/21/08 Close: 03/16/08
Shakespeare in a modern setting? Yeah, cuz that's original. ... What-ev.

Wide Eyed Productions' sets their second full-length production, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING in the heart of New York's trendiest neighborhood, and guess what, it feels right at home.

Isolated in their cozy enclave of the pampered and privileged, fearing not the distant wars in Arabia, saucy chicks and horny dudes make the process of hooking-up much harder than it needs to be. No, this isn't Williamsburg-- Oh wait. ... It is Williamsburg!

Welcome to Caf' Messina, the hippest java joint in Willy-B, where you'll meet a barista named Beatrice who swears never to love a man. Queue the Indian door chimes, and enter Benedick. Just back from a big win the kickball championships on the west coast. Sparks fly as their friends attempt to couple these old foes. Is it a
love-lost cause, or a match made in hipster-heaven?

Wide Eyed Productions, the company that NYTheatre.com told you to "keep your eyes wide for whatever they do next," follows up the success of The Medea (read the rave review at NYtheatre.com) with this hilarious offering to the winter season.

Complete with ironic tag-line: "You're Mom's Much Ado About Nothing," this production is a hipster-magnet 400 years in the making.

Journey To The End Of The Night  | Open: 01/08/08 Close: 01/26/08
The story of a persecuted man…of a Nazi conspirator

Commissioned by SOHO REP and THE PUBLIC THEATER
Starring Richard Crawford
Text by Jason Lindner
Directed by Joshua Carlebach

A Mikvah  | Open: / / Close: 07/17/07
In A Mikvah, the protagonist Alan must confront his personal demons, including his Jewish upbringing and his identity as a single gay male in New York City. His life changes when he meets Jonathon Taylor Thomas, the washed-up child star from Home Improvement and The Lion King. As his relationship with JTT develops, Alan's past comes back to haunt him. His childhood friend (and first crush) Ben has just died, and as Alan deals with the ramifications of Ben's death, we realize just how alive the past can seem at times.
52 Pick-up  | Open: 04/12/07 Close: 04/21/07
52 scenes from a relationship are performed in a different order every night based on the random order of a deck of cards. Depending on the night, you may witness the heartbreak before the first kiss or the year after the relationship before the first meeting. Winner of the Chapters Award for Best Text at the 2000 Montreal Fringe Festival. Starring Kurt Fitzpatrick and Natalie Thomas. Stage Manager: Andrew Bird. Directed by Heather Arnson.
Porn and Happiness  | Open: 02/15/07 Close: 03/25/07
Happy Valentines Day. It's February in NewYork City: Flowers are flying off the shelves, couples are riding horseback in Central Park, and Craig is sitting in his apartment watching porn and trying to open a can of soup. And that's all he really wants! A research intern at the American Museum of Natural History and closet virgin, Craig thinks he has it all figured out. That is, until the girl-next-door starts dating a bag boy with "hoof-like feet," his mother decides he needs to give up shikzas to find a girl "within the tribe," and his gay roommate devises the ultimate plan to deflower him:
convince the rest of Manhattan he's an adult film star named Manchester Shotgun!
Pvt. Wars  | Open: 01/25/07 Close: 02/18/07
This is a dark comedy about three Vietnam veterans in a VA hospital, coming to grips with the injuries they suffered in combat. The play follows them through the healing process as they tease, torment, and on occasion, support each other. While thirty years have passed from its first Broadway production, today's American soldiers are still dealing with the uncertainties of returning to the civilian world.

Directed by: Max Montel

Cast: Ethan Baum, Jeffry Denman*, and Chapin Springer*
(*Appearing courtesy of Actors' Equity Association)

Soft Click of a Switch  | Open: 01/10/07 Close: 01/21/07
"Two strangers meet in a bar..." it's like the setup for a joke you've heard a thousand times. Enter Ed and Earl, crown princes of apathy and cynicism and the two most unlikely candidates for criminals on the planet. But Carter W. Lewis's award-winning play sends them on a sly and surreal excursion into a comically dreamlike world where even their own pasts are uncertain. Ed and Earl are about to learn they're just two ingredients: add a crack in the wall, a library book, and some air conditioner parts - it's a recipe that will push them over the line from tame to terrorism.

With Robert Baumgardner and James Leach.

Directed by Kip Rosser.

Stage Managed by Wendy Ouellette.

Rebel Without a Niche  | Open: 01/06/07 Close: 01/06/07
"If they ever want to remake the Sally Field classic, "Sybil," Kurt Fitzpatrick might just be the man to take on the role...Fitzpatrick convincingly portrays so many characters you might think he has multiple personality disorder. But this New York-based actor brings a lot more to the table than an arsenal of accents and different mannerisms...he chronicles a lifestyle familiar to many creative people...Fitzpatrick is candid, honest, and not afraid to be goofy in this personal script. With sweat on his brow, he delivers a funny, and musical, interpretation of his bizarre New York life." - Stephanie Classen, The StarPhoenix, Saskatoon
The Libation Bearers  | Open: 11/16/06 Close: 11/18/06
Are we conscious of the weight of the curses we carry? This
production of The Libation Bearers, a contemporary twist on a Greek
tragedy, illuminates the ways in which we as modern-day cosmopolitan
citizens are not so far evolved beyond the world of ancient,
tyrranical Argos: heavily burdened by grief, guilt, and a thirst for
blood, do we not reach desperately to justify the violence we have
inflicted upon the world around us?
Fiction  | Open: 10/19/06 Close: 10/28/06
Steven Dietz' witty dialogue and clever insight into human nature unravel a mysterious literary love triangle spanning decades and continents. The play examines the hows and whys of the various fictions we devise to make our lives livable, and what happens when a crisis forces us to deal with the realities we have hidden from ourselves and our loved ones.
Fallen  | Open: 09/22/06 Close: 10/01/06
This powerful new work, inspired by William Golding's beloved novel, Lord of the Flies, tells the gut-wrenching tale of a group of school girls, struggling for survival, after a plane crash leaves them stranded on an uninhabited island. This provocative new play was developed through a unique and innovative improvisational process, which included all nine actors featured in the upcoming production. FALLEN is a human story that examines our connection to civilization and each other. It explores the potential for darkness and disorder that lurks within us all. In an age of natural disasters, unforeseeable tragedy, and questionable government policies, we are faced with a world full of uncertainty. In FALLEN, as in our world today, this uncertainty breeds fear, greed and a ruthless drive for power. The play explores themes that are both timeless and timely, such as human nature, gender, peer dynamics, power, and government.
One Acts: Heart's Desire & Jesus Hector Christ  | Open: 06/21/06 Close: 07/24/06
From the company that produced the critically acclaimed, smash hit Twelfth Night: The Drinking Game ("conceptual and comestible" The New York Times) comes an evening of one-act plays that packs a heavy theatrical punch. Legitimate Theater Company member Max Seide directs Caryl Churchill's staggering surrealist piece Heart's Desire. Couple Brian and Alice wait for their daughter Suzy to return from Australia. Along with Brian's sister Maisie, they want the homecoming to be just right. Their perfect occasion, however, is interrupted by bickering and the arrival of unexpected guests, including their alcoholic son, gun-toting visitors and a giant bird. Acclaimed British playwright Churchill's absurd satire offers an entertaining view of what can and cannot be controlled.

Legitimate Theater Company founding member Ian Schoen directs the world premiere of his latest play, Jesus Hector Christ. When a crisis befalls Clyde and his girlfriend Natalie, they both turn to Tim for moral support, a place to crash, and an answer to the questions they are afraid to ask. What results is an insightful examination of three characters that are unable to say what needs to be said.

Dead Certain  | Open: 07/12/06 Close: 07/23/06
Dead Certain- An out- of-work actor is hired by a reclusive, theatre-obsessed ex-dancer to privately act out a play she has written. The suspense builds layer upon layer as this taut psychological thriller gathers speed at an alarming rate towards a gripping climax.

Marcus Lloyd's script Dead Certain has been called "a delicious four-dimensional pretzel." When asked in an interview about writing Dead Certain, Marcus Lloyd replies with a question. "How much control do we have over our lives?" he ponders. "Are we following some script out there, or do we have some control?

Not surprising that Lloyd questions our ability to control our known universe. In addition to writing for both the large and small screens as well as the stage Marcus Lloyd studied physics at Oxford University. Question about the reality of our perceived surroundings are second nature to him. This is clearly illustrated in Dead Certain where truth and illusion become almost inseparably entangled in a real life game of cat a mouse.

Dead Certain features Diana Brown playing Elizabeth and Andrey Esterlis as Michael. Brown is also a co-host on the podcast program The RU Sirius Show on www.mondoglobo.net. Esterlis directs.

The Adventures of Nervous Boy (A Penny Dreadful)  | Open: 06/08/06 Close: 07/08/06
In the new black-as-death comedy-horror play from Nosedive Productions, the cruelly-named Nervous Boy wanders around a grotesque nightmare version of the city and comes across New Yorkers of every kind, from rude cell phone users, belligerent alcoholics, pretentious academics, screaming couples, demons from the underworld and brain-dead zombies as he tries to burn a recently earned paycheck in order to maintain his sanity.

The Adventures of Nervous Boy features graphic violence and strong sexual situations and is recommended for adults only.

Miss Julie  | Open: 05/31/06 Close: 06/17/06
A revival of the Strinberg work
Rick Murphy is an Asshole  | Open: 03/30/06 Close: 04/27/06
Starring comedian Rick Murphy, "Rick Murphy is an Asshole" is a "salute to the asshole," in sketch, video and song. Scripted by writers for Comedy Central, FuseTV, Mcsweeneys, and public radio's "Next Big Thing," it takes swipes at everyone from snobby waiters to US Army recruiters to TV talk show host Dr. Phil.
Shiloh Rules  | Open: 03/18/06 Close: 04/09/06
Shiloh Rules is a sharp satire set on the eve of one of the Civil War's bloodiest engagements, the Battle of Shiloh. Well, the reenactment of the Battle of Shiloh, that is. When rival, hardcore Civil War buffs begin the battle prematurely, it sets off a firestorm. Six women caught up in this madness, hilarity and drama fight each other, help each other and learn that there is more to remembering the American Civil War than "Authentic" costumes, bandages and chloroform. The play delves into the madness that drove American citizens to take up arms against each other in a bloody Civil War, and how, nearly 150 years later, we often find ourselves staring at each other over those same lines, re-enacting similar battles in our
everyday lives.
Black Men Cry Too  | Open: 02/25/06 Close: 04/02/06
An African American GI's love triangle leaves a man's fate dangling at the end of a rope!

A suspenseful two hour murder mystery!

The Big Bang  | Open: 02/02/06 Close: 03/23/06
Manhattan Comedy Collective's monthly showcase of the newest and hottest in underground improv, sketch comedy, standup and more.

February's lineup kicks off with Character Dog Run, a parade of six original characters who improvise stories based on audience suggestions, and ashort film by Big Bucket Head. Then its sketch comedy with Daddy Goes Bowling, and more improv with Dangerbox, ending the evening with solo shows by Leslie Meisel on Feb. 2 and 16 and Topping Haggerty on Feb. 9 and 23.

And in March, we've got Freestyle Love Supreme's critically acclaimed beatboxer, Shockwave, on the bill for a one-man show, as well as a fully improvised musical, fresh off its sold-out run with The New York Musical Theatre Festival.

There's also The Pearl Brunswick, a full-length musical that last played to sold-out crowds at the NYC Musical Theater Festival. Starring four women with powerhouse voices and live musical accompaniment, the show is fully improvised, based on an audience suggestion.

The evening also features long-form improv from Scatterbomb, an original play called Little Clown Blues, and the ongoing hit Character Dog Run, featuring six new characters and fresh improv every week.

The Big Bang  | Open: 01/05/06 Close: 01/26/06
Three hours of original skits, improv, magic, puppetry and film -- and free booze! Hosted by magician, Richard Hess will introduce you to the impromptu personalities of Character Dog Run; sketch new comers LUNCH; short films by Filet O' Film creators, The Barrel Brothers; veteran improv puppeteer Josh Cohen and Tamra Malaga and the newest long form improvisation group, Kid Dervin. Join us for one segment or stay for them all!
Juvie Hall: The Cadillac of Superbowls  | Open: 10/07/05 Close: 11/11/05
For the last two years, Outta Work Actors have been bringing their fire-flash fusion of rope-a-dope punchlines, glam-rock power ballads, and the odd reference to classical Greek philosophy.

This October, Juvie Hall plays host to a six week run of their latest effort, The Cadillac of Superbowls, a Greatest Hits, Vol. I of OWA's best-of, best of material, where the laughs come so hard, you might just die of asphyxiation. All right, you won't die of asphyxiation, but it's pretty damn funny.

Anathemaville  | Open: 08/31/05 Close: 09/18/05
Monopoly is Peace. All-in-one Shopping is Freedom. Synergy is Low Prices. Obedience is power.
A far cry from Thornton Wilder's picturesque Grover's Corners in the play "Our Town," ANATHEMAVILLE has been slowly taken over by ber-Mart, the ever expanding pinnacle of all-in-one shopping! Ten poverty-level (and certifiably insane) employees dream the new-and-improved American Dream, relying on lies, religion, and drugs to get by. As they march to the grinding requiem of life in retail, a mysterious woman prompts our unlikely candidate for a hero (David from ber Toys) to step out of formation and launch a full scale battle to reclaim the town's identity from The ber Corporation. Shocking betrayals and unexpected friendships are made as employees must suddenly decide between keeping their jobs or joining the charge against the ber juggernaut. What will be the fate of ANATHEMAVILLE, USA? Find out, in this epic comedy that is a must-have commodity!!
Lynch PLAY  | Open: 03/25/05 Close: 04/24/05
Lynch PLAY begins when a historical drama playing in the East Village is interrupted by a minstrel in blackface named Willie D. He decides to impose himself as narrator for the interrupted play, much to the actors' chagrin, and provide his own colorful interpretation of America's racial history. Both Blacks and Whites are held up for laughs and dissection in Willie D's impromptu narrative while the bewildered actors try their professional best to have the show go on, despite the antics of the black clown.
"Why segregated seating?" says Lynch PLAY director Jaime Robert Carrillo, "Dividing the audience is a manifestation of the unresolved racial divide in today's society. Inside of this racial divide there exists fear, stereotyping, guilt, and anger all wrapped up in silence."
Milton's Way  | Open: 04/06/05 Close: 04/10/05
A comedy about a gay man's search for love and self in Milton's Way.

During the course of the play, Milton ages from 17 to 40, as we see the many men that he sleeps with and learns from along the way. The play begins with the Stonewall riots and Milton in bed with Ochs. It is his first sexual experience and he learns from Ochs that there are two types of gay men - "homosexuals and faggots." in 1974, Milton is in a relationship with his college professor and he learns that men do not have relationships or fall in love with other men. This lesson is challenged in the last two scenes of Act One as Milton struggles with his relationships with Bradley and Pip. He winds up losing them both (one to different expectations and the other to AIDS).

Act Two finds a bitter Milton after the death of his lover Pip. His mother tries to intervene to no success and Milton turns to two former lovers (George and Bradley). As Milton begins to make changes in his life, a chance encounter with a hustler gives him the opportunity to be the teacher to the new student.

Seal Sings Its Song  | Open: 02/25/05 Close: 03/19/05
Against the 1980's backdrop of the controversial seal hunts, seal sings its song explores what it means to be a victim in America. Set early in the Reagan presidency, the story follows a charismatic, but resolute man infected with a still unnamed virus, (AIDS), who spreads the mysterious disease as a means to get government attention.
Wuthering High  | Open: 02/10/05 Close: 02/26/05
When fate, in the form of a high school science projects, pairs Catherine Earnshaw with the richest boy in class, she chooses popularity over Heathcliff, her best friend and unrequited lover. The resulting melee leaves one principal in jail, one princess in England, one poet in military school, one outsider insane and two geeks in love. Think High School, as only Emily Bronte could have imagined it.