CURRENT & UPCOMING PRODUCTIONS
A Seasonal Press Calendar

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MARCH 5 TO 22
THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY
"WHEN BLACK BOYS DIE" BY WILLIAM ELECTRIC BLACK
This is the second in a series of five plays by William Electric Black, to be collectively called "GUNPLAYS," that address inner city violence and guns. Black's record with "activist" plays of this sort is admirable. In 2009, he directed Theater for the New City's sensational and serious "Lonely Soldier Monologues: Women at War in Iraq," a staged series of monologues based on a book by Helen Benedict. The play earned widespread notice and significantly helped the issues of America's female soldiers to be widely recognized for the first time. Last season, Black's "Welcome Home Sonny T" spotlighted two significant forces driving the epidemic: the social impact of alienation and unemployment on young black males and the declining influence of black ministers as a force of stability in affected neighborhoods. "When Black Boys Die" is about a teenage girl's journey as she tries to understand the madness of gun violence that has killed her brother and consumed her mother (and so many other mothers who have also lost their sons to inner city violence). William Electric Black (a.k.a. Ian Ellis James) is a multiple Emmy Award winner and former writer for Sesame Street.

COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/black_boys_die.htm


MARCH 5 TO 22
THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY
"THE MAGIC GARDEN, OR, THE PRINCESS WHO GREW ANTLERS" BY CZECHOSLOVAK-AMERICAN MARIONETTE THEATRE
For the delight of audiences aged five to 105, Chechoslovak-American Marionette Theater will perform its newest work, "The Magic Garden, or, The Princess Who Grew Antlers," an ensemble creation that is cheerfully concocted from three Czech fairy tales in which antlers appear. Features four performers, marionettes of various sizes and assorted antique moose and deer antlers. Vit Horejs directs.

COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/antlers.htm


MARCH 13 TO 29
GENE FRANKEL THEATER, 24 BOND STREET
AUGUST STRINDBERG REP IN "KRISTINA"
Strindberg's "Kristina" (1903) is the unacknowledged basis for the Garbo film "Queen Christina." This historical drama is a skillful study of the enlightened and complex queen of Sweden who was reared as a man but fought a lifelong struggle to prove that a woman could rule as a king. She ended the Thirty Years War but abdicated amidst financial scandals and the fury over her conversion to Catholicism. In the events leading up to her abdication, she is shown struggling against her old lovers and mentors, putting on ballets to distract from her financial misconduct, fighting against her feminine nature and succumbing to it. "Kristina" is among the most powerful plays of its kind produced in modern times, with Strindberg revealing the power of his dramatic conceptions and the mastery he had acquired of his craft. Translated from the Swedish by Wendy Weckwerth, directed by Whitney Aronson.

COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/kristina.htm


MARCH 24 TO 29
3LD ART & TECHNOLOGY CENTER, 80 GREENWICH ST.
"MY TECHNOLOGY"
Twenty- and thirtysomethings confront the confusion of technology with identity in "My Technology," a new play of ensemble creation conceived and directed by Deena Levy. The evening is a composite of ten original one-person pieces on such themes as how we fall in love with stuff that's not human, virtual passion, distraction, cyberbullying, digital porn, self-branding vs. identity, suicide and rebooting your life, all interlaced with video projections and stills, choreography and original music. 

COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/my_technology.htm


MARCH 26 TO APRIL 26
THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY
"MARTYRS STREET" BY MISHA SHULMAN
When you go to the old part of Hebron, in the Occupied West Bank, you will find it a strangely quiet experience. The main thoroughfare, called Martyrs Street (or Shari A-Shuhada in Arabic), winds all the way up the mountain from the Tomb of the Patriarchs, where the fathers and mothers of the three monotheistic faiths are said to be buried. Palestinians are not allowed on most of the street. Where the market used to be, the stores are shuttered and closed, and many are spray-painted with stars of David and anti-Arab graffiti. The stores have been closed for over a decade, since a government order shut off the area to Palestinians after violent clashes between Jews and Arabs. Every so often, Jewish settlers attempt to take over some of these buildings, and they often succeed. The play tells the intertwining stories of two houses on Martyrs Street about to be evacuated by the Israeli authorities: one Jewish; one Palestinian.

COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/martyrs_street.htm


MARCH 26 TO APRIL 12
THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY
"GREAT KILLS" BY TOM DIRIWACHTER
"Great Kills" is a darkly comic tale of a get-rich-quick scheme in Staten Island that goes awry.  Features Joe Pantoliano (who is noted for his starring roles on Broadway, film and TV), Robert Homeyer and Peter Welch. Jonathan Weber directs.

COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/great_kills.htm


MARCH 28 TO APRIL 18
TEATRO CIRCULO, 64 E. 4TH STREET
"ALL GONE WEST"
New York City in the 50's: an Army vet, in love with a secretary at CCNY, would win her by setting up a jazz club on Ninth Avenue with the help of a black saxophonist he has befriended in the service and a couple of low-lives he has met along the way. A story of dreams dashed and fulfilled; love denied and embraced. The play will be accompanied by a live be-bop jazz quartet. Written by John Attanas, directed by Jonathan Fluck of IRT Theatre.

COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/all_gone_west.htm


APRIL 2 TO 19
LA MAMA E.T.C.
WITNESS RELOCATION IN "DAILY LIFE EVERLASTING" BY CHARLES L. MEE
In "Daily Life Everlasting" by Charles L. Mee, people meet, fall in love, make out with each other, find being alive both awkward and funny, and dance a lot. Witness Relocation will apply its unique, pop-culture dance/theater style to the play, in which various individuals meet the loves of their lives, struggle to get by, disappear from the world yet collide with each other at yard sales, parties, brunch gatherings and a lecture/demonstration or two. The performance style will include dramatic scenes, high impact partnering, social dance, live singing, film and video projection, and getting down to some good 'ol pop music. La MaMa E.T.C. will present the work's premiere run April 2 to 19 in its Ellen Stewart Theater, 66 East 4th Street, directed and choreographed by Daniel Safer with original songs by Obie-winner Heather Christian and costume design by fashion designer Brad Callahan of BCALLA.

COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/witness15.htm


APRIL 9 TO MAY 2
WORKSHOP THEATRE COMPANY, 312 W. 36th STREET
"A LA CARTE: A FEAST OF NEW PLAYS"
Food is a prism to look into love and sex, conflict and life in the six short plays of "A la Carte, a Feast of New Plays," to be presented by WorkShop Theater Company, 312 West 36th Street, from April 9 to May 2. Short works of various genres by Allan Knee, Scott C. Sickles, Dana Leslie Goldstein, Laurie Graff, Laura Hirschberg and Gary Giovanetti will be presented. Leslie Kincaid Burby directs the entire evening.

Complete info: www.jsnyc.com/season/food_plays.htm


APRIL 16 TO 26
LA MAMA E.T.C.
"GOLONDRINAS (SWALLOWS)"
On March 15, the majority party in Venezuela gave President Nicolas Maduro the power to temporarily govern Venezuela by decree, thanks to a law described by opposition activists as a measure to cover up the government's weaknesses and to subjugate the Venezuelan people. It is the second time Maduro has been given such powers and the late populist Hugo Chávez, Maduro's mentor and predecessor, ruled by fiat four times in his 14-year tenure. In her modern tragedy "Golondrinas (Swallows)," Venezuelan expatriate playwright/director/actor Aminta De Lara likens the nation's acquiescence to the submissiveness of a family to a dominating and abusive father. De Lara will direct the piece, in a translation by Francine Jacome, at La MaMa April 16 to 26.

COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/golondrinas.htm


APRIL 23 TO MAY 17
THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY
"OLD FLAME" BY RICHARD PLOETZ
An old love can be an irresistible force, especially for people in their autumn years. Is marriage an immoveable object? This play, set in Astoria, Queens in the year 2000, describes the romantic intrigues of people who are no longer young: now on the cusp of 70. Mike Ripley, a 72 year old Florida dentist who was Barbara Marchand's bad-boy high-school boyfriend, surprises her with a phone call on their shared birthday. This shakes up Barbara's 50-year marriage to Frank, a loving but bumbling tire salesman. Mike has carried a torch for "Babs" all these years. Now feeling the chill of mortality, he longs to reunite with his old flame. He arrives from Florida with Leonora Todorovich -- his much younger Serbian girlfriend -- in tow. The two couples, rather than repelling each other, form an unlikely (and increasingly untenable) friendship that causes them each to question who they are and what they want. Marshall, the Marchands' son, awash in his own marital confusion, finds himself the reluctant hapless arbiter in the ménage-a-quatre. Frank, not knowing how to fight for Barbara, is left to suffer in his own self-pity. "Old Flame" considers the question of what love is and if it changes over time. If Barbara finds her way back to Frank, will he -- should he -- accept her? James Glossman directs.

COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/Old_Flame.htm


APRIL 30 TO MAY 17
THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY
OPERA: "A CERTAIN QUIET"
Commissioned by Theater for the New City and composed with support grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the NY State Council on the Arts, “A Certain Quiet” is a poignant and evocative work for eight singers and a chamber ensemble. Composer Haim Elisha was Artistic Director of Rockland Opera for 24 years. His "Metamorphosis for Brass Quintet" won first prize in the National Competition for New Music at Illinois Fine Arts Festival. The opera will be directed by Rina W. Elisha.

This intimate opera is based on the play "La Strana Quiete" (1969) by Italian playwright Renato Mainardi. The play was last produced here at Provincetown Playhouse in 1974, directed by Rina W. Elisha. Three characters, co-dependent personalities, cling to a life of utopian isolationism. They are bound together by a moral force that is at once madly destructive and profoundly lonely. When outsiders infiltrate their "perfect world," the bonds holding them together slowly come apart.


MAY 5 TO 24
MORNINGSIDE PLAYERS, 100 LA SALLE STREET (E. OF B'WAY)
"FENCES" BY AUGUST WILSON, DIRECTED BY ARTHUR FRENCH
The play is part of Wilson’s ten-part “Pittsburgh Cycle” plays and won the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the 1987 Tony Award for Best Play. Troy Maxson has gone through life in an America where to be proud and black is to face pressures that could crush a man, body and soul. But the1950s are yielding to the new spirit of liberation in the 1960s... a spirit that is changing the world. He has learned to deal with the only way he can: with a spirit that is making him a stranger, angry and afraid, in a world he never knew and to a wife and son he understands less and less. Morningside Players is 2014 AUDELCO winner for "The Old Settler." Arthur French directs.


MAY 28
TRIBECA PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
AL SON SON SONIA OLLA FLEMENCO DANCE RECITAL
Features choreography by Sonia Olla and Ismael Fernandez, both from Spain.


AUGUST 30 TO SEPTEMBER 20
THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY
DREAM UP FESTIVAL
Theater for the New City is now accepting festival applications for its sixth Dream Up Festival of new works. All works must be unproduced in New York City, but a previous reading or workshop will not be a disqualification. To qualify for the festival, all works by US and international artists must be World or NYC premieres and works by US artists must be at least a NYC premiere. Translations and new adaptations of known material will be acceptable if they have no history of a full production in the past. The festival is available to both performance groups and individuals. Plays, dance theater, solo works and interdisciplinary material will all be welcome so long as they can co-exist in repertory with other productions in the festival lineup.

MORE INFO: http://www.dreamupfestival.org

 

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