Henry Street Settlement

Todays Date: 06/28/22
Last Update: 08/31/07 11:25:43 PM

Address: 466 Grand St
New York, NY   

Phone: 598-0400
Location: North side of Grand Street at the corner of Pitt Stree
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Closest subway: F to Delancy Street or J, M, Z to Essex. Walk south two blocks to Grand Street, East to Pitt Street and the theatre

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DOWNTOWN IN The ROUND. TEMPEST AND ANTIGONE  | Open: 07/21/07 Close: 08/15/07
The Henry Street Settlement/Abrons Arts Center

466 Grand Street, NYC 10002

Contact: Harriet Spitzer-Picker, 917-826-0080 / Daniel Gallant, 212-413-8858

Or: downtownintheround@gmail.com

The Henry Street Settlement/Abrons Arts Center

In conjunction with Daniel Gallant



Shakespeare and Sophocles in the Summer

The Tempest

Directed by Michael Raver

Shakespeare's greatest romance play is infused with sorcery, intrigue, slapstick and sensuality. Exiled duke Prospero conjures spirits and storms as his daughter falls in love with a shipwrecked nobleman and his prisoner Caliban plots revenge.

Sat, July 21; Wed, August 1; Sat, August 4; Wed, Aug 15; 7PM


Directed by Harriet Spitzer-Picker

Sophocles' epic tragedy pits family loyalty against the rule of law. Oedipus' daughter Antigone clashes with King Creon over the fate of her brothers and the future of a nation.

Wed, July 25; Sat, July 28; Wed, Aug 8; Sat, Aug 11; 7PM

All performances are free of charge and will take place at the Henry Street Settlement's outdoor amphitheatre, at 466 Grand Street.

Daniel Gallant is the Director of Theater Programming at the 92nd Street Y's Makor/Steinhardt Center. He has staged performances, workshops and readings of numerous new plays and moderated interviews and panel discussions with artists such as Tony Kushner, Wendy Wasserstein and Norman Mailer. Daniel recently co-produced and directed Five Story Walkup (at the 13th Street Rep), a production of new short plays and monologues by dramatists including John Guare, Neil LaBute and Clay McLeod Chapman.

Michael Raver is a founding member of New Company Theatre. He graduated with honors from Pace University 's Drama program, where he directed and assistant directed a number of shows while pursuing an acting degree. Past projects include Terrence McNally's A Perfect Ganesh, an adaptation of Oscar Wilde's The Canterville Ghost, A.A. Milne's The Ugly Duckling, as well as original works.

Harriet Spitzer-Picker has appeared in many off and off-off-Broadway productions. Her acting credits include Kerouac, Macbeth, and Wiseacre Farm. She has also directed numerous productions, including Faces of War (at the Makor/Steinhardt Center of the 92nd Street Y), Divided the Living child, The Biz, Personal Response, and Blackberry Tea. Harriet is Co-Artistic Director of Bima-NY, a Jewish theatre company in NYC. Harriet is also a faculty member at Henry Street Settlement Abron's Art Center. She holds a BFA in Theatre from Pace University and an MA in Educational Theater from New York University.

La Femme Est Morte Or Why I Should Not F*#! My Son  | Open: 08/12/06 Close: 08/26/06
In this provocative new production at The 10th Annual New York International Fringe Festival, the Greek tragedy Phaedra meets modern day, celebrity-obsessed America.

Golden couple Theseus and Phaedra are just like the Beckhams: gorgeous, wealthy and on the cover of every tabloid. With Theseus off at war, pilates-addicted Phaedra grows lonely and confides in her publicist Niamh. Her only enjoyment comes from watching her stepson Hippolytus box with his best friend X. Amid a chorus of swarming paparazzi and backstabbers, Phaedra and Hippolytus struggle to hide their budding attraction. What happens when the gloves come off? How do people deal with being left behind during wartime?

Using found text from sources such as General Patton's D-Day Speech, George Bataille's Ma Mere, Seneca's Phaedra, and US Weekly as well as new text from director Shoshona Currier, La Femme Est Morte Or Why I Should Not Fuck My Son weaves together a tragi-comedy packed with live music (expect to hear all your favorite pop songs), enormous dance numbers, and full-scale boxing matches.

Breakfast For Dinner  | Open: 08/13/06 Close: 08/24/06
This film noir-inspired dark comedy explores the distortion of words and the perversion of information. A murder investigation reveals corruption buried deep within. Suspense, Extortion, Invasion of Privacy, and Murder lead to the discovery of the vicious truth. By day's end, Breakfast For Dinner satisfies the dangerous appetite for routine order and tidy closure.

Shadows of Evil versus Online Predators, this drama is reminiscent of classic noir with a modern twist. If you enjoy CSI, Law & Order, or just a hard-boiled detective story, save some room for BREAKFAST FOR DINNER during FringeNYC 2006.

This play was originally produced as part of Oracle Theatre, Inc.'s Playwright's Forum and then showcased in June 2006 at the Prince William Sound Community College LAST FRONTIER THEATRE CONFERENCE in Valdez, Alaska.

August in April  | Open: 04/27/06 Close: 04/29/06
An anthology drama comprising performed excerpts of Wilson's works, this innovative drama fuses live performance with filmed commentaries from celebrated artists and scholars.

The drama focuses on the notions of youth and legacy, exploring through theater the world of today's youth. The production's exclusive commentaries serve to personally connect the audience to Wilson's works, providing insight into his sensibility and intentions.

Julie  | Open: 05/06/05 Close: 05/21/05
A re-imagining of August Strindberg's timeless drama "Miss Julie".

Julie, the daughter of a wealthy Count, is a beautiful and aggressive young woman who yearns to break free from the societal mores that seem to repress her every impulse. And so she does--by seducing Jean, her father's valet. But what begins as a simple flirtation soon turns into a dangerous game of power and betrayal as the ambitious Jean starts to see Julie as a way out of the travails of his own class. Freely adapted from Strindberg's controversial 19th century play that was banned throughout Europe for its frank portrayal of sex, "JULIE" takes an electrifying look at the war between the sexes and class differences.