78th Street Theatre Lab

Todays Date: 06/25/22
Last Update: 05/26/09 11:18:35 AM

Address: 236 W. 78th Street
New York, NY    10024

Location: South side of 78th Street, just east of Broadway
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Closest subway: 1,9 to 79th Street; walk south to 78th St, east to the theatre

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This Isn't Paradise  | Open: 06/18/09 Close: 06/29/09
Robert Adkins thinks he’s the next Donald Trump, as he is the leading moneymaker in a small Manhattan Real Estate Agency; until the perfect storm of a serious economic recession, and a new hire, threaten his “world”. This Isn’t Paradise comically explores the soci0pathic, money hungry, sexist, unstable…“tendencies”, a man can posses during hard times.

Hannah And The Hollow Challah  | Open: 03/16/09 Close: 04/06/09
A new comedy for family audiences about a young girl's wild escapades with human and "doughy" characters in the magical world of Bread Land,

In HANNAH AND THE HOLLOW CHALLAH, a young girl named Hannah hungers for adventure -- and Challah, her favorite bread. One day, Hannah eats the inside of an entire loaf. The next instant, she finds herself inside the hollow Challah as it flies out of her kitchen window and all the way to the enchanting Bread Land, where the inhabitants are all… bread! Hilarious, hi-carb complications ensue.

HANNAH AND THE HOLLOW CHALLAH features puppets designed by Jim Henson Foundation Grant-winner Emily DeCola, whose credits include 1001 ARABIAN NIGHTS and THE TEMPEST at the McCarter Theatre in New Jersey, Mabou Mines' PRELUDE TO DEATH IN VENICE, and HATS! THE MUSICAL. Ms. DeCola has also created puppetry for numerous New York companies, including Ensemble Studio Theatre, Red Bull Theatre, Repertorio Espanol, and Synapse Productions.

Quick Curtains  | Open: 12/18/08 Close: 12/18/08
Give the gift of theatre this holiday season by attending this fundraising event for GTT's one-act playhouse series.

Support Future Evenings of The One-Act Playhouse + GTT's New Educational Program, The One-Act Playhouse Jr. Currently In Residence at PS #75 Elementary School.

QUICK CURTAINS is part of The Group Theatre Too, LLC One Act Playhouse Series and features an evening of shorts by contemporary and classic playwrights. Produced by The Group Theatre Too, LLC & Executive Producer Justin Boccitto; Directed by Michael Blevins.

"Michael Blevins is a wizard of a director. . ." --Peter Filichia, TheaterMania.com

QUICK CURTAINS features 5 works, new and time-honored, including:

THE STRONGER by August Strindberg: In this new modern day adaptation of Strindberg's classic monologue, featuring three characters, irony abounds and sustains a dramatic intensity that few plays possess. Though but one character speaks, the souls of the three are skillfully laid bare.

AFTERMATH by Alexander D. Rulin: This Respect-Your-Body One-Act Play for teens is a new original work created especially for GTT's Social Awareness Theatre Program as has been touring Tri-State Sr. & Jr. High Schools. The fact is, teenagers can make wise choices about drug and alcohol usage, dieting, sexual promiscuity, and other issues pertaining to respect for one's body. But what choices are they making? And why are they making them? Aftermath, from the pen of a 17 year old inner-city youth, sheds light on the lives of 7 young people as they face daily choices about substance abuse, promiscuity, diet, other social issues and the inevitable consequences of the choices they make. Knowledge is power - arm young people with the power of positive choices. Aftermath shows young people the awesome power in every choice they make.

SIX WHO PASS WHILE THE LENTILS BOIL by Stuart Walker: Stuart Walker's most popular play, dramatized in the vein of Lewis Carroll, Walker serves us this fanciful bit of action carried out by a boy and six people who pass a pot of boiling lentils. They are on their way to the decapitation of a Queen who is condemned to die having stepped upon the ring-toe of the King's Great Aunt!

A PAIR OF LUNATICS by W.R. Walkes: In a new adaptation of the classic sketch, A Pair of Lunatics, He and She, on first meeting in a mental institution, are lead to believe the other is an inmate. This ever-popular comedy originally played at the Drury Lane Theatre, London Featuring George Alexander and Maude Millett as "He" and "She," respectively. The opening generated an overwhelming success- a time-honored classic that delivers laugh after laugh- the fun is immense!

THE POT BOILER by Alice Gerstenberg: This is a satirical vaudeville sketch and American stage classic. The term "pot boiler" refers to a bad play that has usually been written quickly to support a playwrights daily living expenses. In this stage classic, adapted by The Group Theatre Too, LLC our leading man, the playwright demonstrates how a truly great playwright writes a play by employing symbolic stock characters (named after office supplies) such as: Mrs. Pencil, Mr. Ruler, Indelible Marker and Miss Scissors. As his melodramatic and cliche plot unfolds it becomes apparent that this hysterically brilliant satire could be describing several prominent modern-day playwrights.

Tape  | Open: 10/17/08 Close: 10/19/08
Jon, an aspiring filmmaker on the verge of hitting it big, hooks up for the weekend with his best friend from high school, Vince, a volunteer fireman who makes his money selling dope. Jon's new film is being shown at a festival in Lansing, Michigan, and Vince has come from Oakland to see it. Over the course of the evening, Vince finally gets Jon to admit that ten years ago he date-raped Amy Randall, a girl whom they both dated in high school—only then to reveal that he's taped their entire conversation. And not only that, he's invited Amy to have dinner with them that night. Beneath its sus-penseful, high-stakes surface, TAPE examines questions of motive, memory, truth and perception.
Colorful World  | Open: 05/08/08 Close: 05/31/08
In 1988, the world discovered a man who was indestructible, impervious to pain, and able to destroy a tank with his mind.

In the early- to mid-nineties, a craze where vigilantes dressed up in flashy costumes and fought crime took the nation by storm.

Now it's 2005. The Twin Towers of the World Trade Center are still standing. Hurricane Katrina has decimated New Orleans. The Iraq War is coming to a close. And several former costumed crimefighters realize their marks on the world are more akin to those of has-been rock stars.

This is "Colorful World," Nosedive Productions' latest full-length production that takes on the superhero genre. Far from a pulpy comic book-style romp, James Comtois and Pete Boisvert ("The Adventures of Nervous-Boy") envision a world radically changed by the arrival of an invincible man, and not necessarily for the better.

The Blood Brothers Present: PULP  | Open: 10/11/07 Close: 10/27/07
A deranged psycho killer, deaf to pleas for mercy, tries one last-ditch effort to dodge the cops through the reluctant help of one terrified hostage. Molly, a young teen looking for a quick snog in the woods, now has to cover a zombie hicky. And Brianne has to keep Marybeth from pulling the trigger for just eight more minutes, but learns that, when talking for one's life, time has a way of slowing down.

This is THE BLOOD BROTHERS PRESENT: PULP, Nosedive Productions' follow-up to last year's Blood Brothers Present: An Evening of Grand Guignol Horror. James Comtois ("The Adventures of Nervous-Boy"), Qui Nguyen ("Men of Steel," "Living Dead in Denmark") and Mac Rogers ("Universal Robots," "Hail Satan"), New York indie theatre scene's hottest -- and let's face it, sickest -- playwrights write three original works inspired by the pulp horror comics and short stories of the 1940s and ‘50s.

In addition to these one-acts, the evening will also present original vignettes directed by Pete Boisvert, Rebecca Comtois, Patrick Shearer and Stephanie Williams.

THE BLOOD BROTHERS PRESENT: PULP features graphic violence and strong sexual situations and is recommended for adults only.

ALL THE HELP YOU NEED, The Adventures of a Hollywood Handyman is the frequently hilarious and sometimes frightening true story of Time Ryan's experiences when he hires himself out as a jack-of-all-trades. After placing an ad as a handyman to earn money during the actors' strike, Ryan is inundated by a case of needy characters worthy of a Hollywood film plot. When a chance encounter on a prospective job leads him into mortal danger, the hilarity ends and Ryan is left wrestling with the repercussions.
Romeo + Juliette  | Open: 09/20/07 Close: 09/23/07
The Collective Company's 2007 season will feature two culture versions of Romeo and Juliet: The Legend of the Hummingbird by Sarah Nerboso and an all-male production of Shakespeare's original classic, directed and edited by Kevin Connell.

Romeo + Juliette is a tragedy by William Shakespeare concerning the fate of two young "star-crossed" lovers. It is one of the most famous of Shakespeare's plays, one of his earliest theatrical triumphs, and is thought to be the most archetypal love story of the Renaissance.

The shows will take place at 78th Street Theater Lab located at 236 West 78th Street from September 20-23. Showtimes are 8pm Thur-Sat and 3pm on Sun. Tickets are $18 and can be purchased at www.collectivecompany.org or by calling 212-561-9703. The members of the cast are Doug Goodenough*, Jeremy King, Joe Lattanzi, David Neiman*, Ralph Petrarca*, Tim Romero, Mike Timoney*, Sean-Michael Wilkinson. *These actor appear courtesy of actors equity

J.b.  | Open: 04/12/07 Close: 04/28/07
"Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth..."

In an empty circus tent, two circus vendors, Mr. Zuss and Mr. Nickles, take on the roles of God and Satan in an effort to play out their version of the Book of Job. Hardly do they don their masks when the story of Job emerges, not from the Bible, but from the landscape of the American present. The play-within-a-play begins as the vendors conjure J.B. to the stage and subsequently watch the millionaire fall from wealth and power as his children and property are destroyed, leaving him to wander the streets in search of answers. This verse play by acclaimed poet and playwright Archibald MacLeish reveals one man's search for hope in a world full of suffering and injustice. Director.......................Joe Jung Assistant Director.......Stephanie Bryant Stage Manager...........Jacob Seelback Dramaturg..................Caitlin Mitchell Lighting Consultant....Andrew Smith Producer.....................Kevin Dodd

Strings  | Open: 12/16/06 Close: 01/06/07
A new play about elegant, cutting-edge physics thoroughly entangled with human pain, passion, and desire.

On a train en route to London to attend the play Copenhagen, two English physicists, upper-class cosmologist George and brilliant working-class String theorist Rory, along with George's American cosmologist wife June, pursue their complex ideas about physics-a conversation that barely masks just-below-the-surface deceit and lies. Old Cambridge University classmates George and Rory dig at one another, with June caught in the middle. Poetry and probability fuel their collisions, as their heroes-Isaac Newton, Max Planck and Marie Curie-intercede with perspective, solace and humor. Excavating layers of jealousy, loss and grief, George, Rory and June finally expose their deepest longings for meaning in a questionably trustworthy universe. This train ride firmly intertwines cool science with the heat of emotional desire and longing. STRINGS is loosely based on the real-life train ride event in which American physicists Burt Ovrut, Paul Steinhardt and English physicist Neil Turok tweaked the Big Bang theory-potentially changing it forever.

Security2  | Open: 11/08/06 Close: 11/19/06
Nine new short plays examining "security" - who's in charge of it, who needs it the most, and how far people will go (regardless of who they hurt) to get it, with themes ranging from dramatic to the wildly satirical.
An Evening of Grand Guignol Horror
Featuring The Final Kiss & The Kiss of Blood

The Final Kiss by Maurice Level
Directed by Pete Boisvert

The Kiss of Blood by Jean Aragny and Francis Neilson
Directed by Patrick Shearer

In the depths of a sanitarium, a horribly disfigured man totters between forgiveness and revenge. In a small hospital operating room, a stranger asks the surgeon for a bloody favor. In a small New York theatre, two eerie siblings lead their captive audience through a
funhouse of madness, chills and blood.

Through two one-act plays and three original vignettes, The Blood Brothers present a rare
peek into a style of theater that proliferated in the early-1900's and was eventually assimilated in the late-1970's and 1980's into the "splatter" genre of horror films. Blending suspense, stage magic, eroticism and farce, Grand Guignol was a powerful theatrical
entertainment drawing an audience from every echelon of Parisian society – anyone in search of a sexy, scary thrill.

Deatures graphic violence and strong sexual situations and is recommended for adults only.

Language of Angels  | Open: 10/12/06 Close: 10/21/06
Original Music Composed by Joe Schiltz

Language of Angels centers around the disappearance of a young girl in a cave at the edge of town and the subsequent investigation into what happened that fateful night. Throughout the play, Iizuka explores the nature of truth, the complexities of memory and the pain of regret as the circumstances and fates of those who survived her are explored.

The Beginning of the And  | Open: 09/05/06 Close: 09/16/06
Originally performed in 2001, and winning the OOBR award for Best Off-Off Broadway Show, this new production of THE BEGINNING OF THE AND will utilize a hybrid of stage and film to tell each of the three unique stories. APPS, ORANGE, and OST are three very different narratives, each featuring colorful characters who in their own way must learn to navigate through the surreal, dark world in which they find themselves immersed.
A Time to Dance  | Open: 09/10/06 Close: 09/11/06
A one-woman show offering glimpses into the life of Austrian modern dancer, and American dance therapy pioneer Elizabeth Polk (great aunt "Lisl"). A dazzling story-teller, Lisl dances through her own turbulent life spanning the 20th Century.

Running Time: 60 Minutes

York  | Open: 07/06/06 Close: 07/09/06
From childhood to post-expedition, York chronicles the largely untold story of William Clark's manservant/slave who was the only Black member of the Lewis and Clark Expedition (1803-1806). York is a poetic antecedent to the African-American struggle post slavery. The play tracks York's spiritual journey from submissive slave who achieves mild celebrity to accomplished and outgoing frontiersman, and then ultimately to an archetypal Black American.
Security  | Open: 06/06/06 Close: 06/25/06
Nine new short plays examining "security"; specifically, who's in charge of it,
who needs it the most, and what will they do to get it. With stories ranging from the comic to the satrical, to the politically charged, the evening gives a whole new meaning to the word "Security" and ask the question just how safe are we really - with anything?
I Will Come Like A Theif  | Open: 05/11/06 Close: 06/04/06
I WILL COME LIKE A THIEF investigates what happens when people are abruptly confronted with disaster and are forced to make decisions about their own survival. Eight radically different individuals learn their city is on the brink of destruction, and in that finite, precious and defining time between warning and disaster, each decides how to respond. Visually compelling and often humorous I WILL COME LIKE A THIEF probes human nature on a day that begins like any other...and then changes in an instant.
Mrs. California  | Open: 03/15/06 Close: 04/01/06
Set in 1955, Baizley's serio-comic work looks at the problems "Rosie the Riveter" faced when the "fighting" men came home from the Second World War and society tried to go back to pre-12/07/41. Here, Dot, a former ensign the WAVES, who was instrumental in saving a navel convoy, struggles to maintain her individuality and not become just another "happy homemaker" as she competes for the title of "Mrs. California," A New York City Premiere.

Produced by River Heights Productions by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Services.

Bluff  | Open: 03/04/06 Close: 03/26/06
In BLUFF, Emily and Neal are doing fine as a new couple in New York, until her brash and vulgar stepfather Gene comes to town for a convention -- bringing with him all the contradictions Emily has been trying to bury. The play alternates between comedy and drama to build a theatrical roller coaster about love and family on a collision course.
Lemkin's House  | Open: 02/03/06 Close: 02/26/06
Lemkin's House is set in the afterlife of Raphael Lemkin, the Polish-American lawyer whose family died in the Holocaust and who invented the word "genocide." He dedicated his life to fighting to have denocide declared an international crime. Lemkin is bombarded by people bursting into his home with complaints of more recent genocides in Rwanda and Bosnia. Lemkin must recognize that even his law is not enough to chance the world. He weighs his ethical accomplisments against his guilt for deserting his own doomed family, ultimately seeking not only justice by also forgiveness
Night  | Open: 02/02/06 Close: 02/25/06
"A Kind of Alaska" by Harold Pinter
directed by David Murray Jaffe
Inspired by the work of Dr. Oliver Sacks, A KIND OF ALASKA (1982) is a moving depiction of a woman awakened from many years of a trance-like sleeping sickness. Her doctor and her sister try to help her come to grips with her life and are forced to a realization about their own lives as well.

"Golbin Market" by Christine Rossetti
directed by Marcus Geduld
Rossetti's GOBLIN MARKET (1862) tells the story of a woman who falls under a magic spell -- and of the brave sister who tries to save her.

The Last Christmas of Ebenexer Scrooge  | Open: 12/01/05 Close: 12/17/05
A staged reading - "an exploration of friendship, penitence, guilt, anti-Semitism and brotherhood in the true spirit of the season" (New York Times)
The Devil of Delancey Street  | Open: 10/19/05 Close: 11/05/05
A dark romantic comedy

Assistant Director Extraordinare: Anna Hayman
Musical Director: Peter Dizozza
Technical Director: Adam Erdossy

Voices from the Holy...and Not so Holy Land  | Open: 07/16/05 Close: 07/31/05
Voices offers a behind-the-headlines look at Israel and the Jewish diaspora through the humorous and poignant experiences of nine distinct characters. In voices ranging from a California car salesman whose mother lives on Long Island to a young Arab woman disguised as a Jew in Jerusalem, Greenstein presents the complexity of a dynamic nation as it affects, Jews, Christians and Arabs in Israel and the United States. The play includes the perspectives of Israelis, Palestinians and American Jews, each reflecting their own experiences relating to the peace process in the Middle East.
Mutant Sex Party  | Open: 06/06/05 Close: 06/25/05
The play concerns a successful politician's relationship with a young male prostitute. Described by the directior as "a fascinating power struggle between two different kinds of prostitutes. We really watch to see who manages to buy who and for how much – not unlike our downtown market!"
Revenge  | Open: 06/03/05 Close: 06/19/05
An evenings of short plays revolving around a common theme - REVENGE: who gets , who gives it and what have we got?

Featuring the plays of Brian Dykstra, C. Denby Swanson, Vincent Delaney, Sheri Graubert, Trish Harnetieux, Paul Allman, Molly Rice, Don Carter, Paul Siefken and Scott Baker.

The Territory  | Open: 05/13/05 Close: 05/15/05
These two fables of suburbia feature an alarm company salesman, an air force wife, and a man whose junk mail has begun stalking him.

The cast includes Nancy Jacobs, Rob O'Hare, Sheila Bandyopadhyay, Simon MacLean, Toby Lawless, Sandie Luna and Jennifer Lee Mitchell. Sheila Bandyopadhyay and Dean Parker direct.

THE TERRITORY marks the second production of Groundplay, a theater company dedicated to creating work that is physical, socially relevant, and infused with a humor that produces both laughter and thought.

Oranges Like The Sun  | Open: 01/14/05 Close: 02/22/05
Set against the socio-political backdrop of English and South African societies, ORANGES LIKE THE SUN spans nearly four decades – from 1961 to 1999 – as it looks at identity, family roots, traditions and culture clashes through the eyes of white South African girl of mixed heritage