31 TO JUNE 16
This comedy of New Age manners and mores is set among the "worried creatives" of post-9/11 New York. It's Lower Manhattan in 2005 and a new painter and 9/11 survivor faces an artistic dilemma -- should he cave to shifting cultural mores or stand his sacred ground over a commission? Since classical times, artists have had to reconcile the demands of their patrons with their own artistic integrity. "Zen A.M.," a new comedy by Natalie Menna, illustrates the conundrum, nesting it in present-day issues of class identification, compassion, cultural identity and creative resistance. The play offers us laughable characters who are straining to act rationally when faced with difficult decisions of this sort. Andrew Block directs.
The piece is performed in English, but it is sprinkled with Spanish, Yiddish and German (Kalisch speaks seven languages). She sings, dances and raps and even takes a turn at the piano, where she croons a comedic song over a Bach piece. Her musical compositions are dramatic, theatrical and story-driven. She characterizes their musical genre as "blues-pop with a touch of Jewish." She views herself as a collage artist who is "Jewish with all my heart and Latin with my hips."
Dorothi Fox, Arthur French and Edythe Jason star as the elders of a mountaintop community in the premiere of "Imminently Yours" by Karimah, to be presented by The Negro Ensemble Company. The play deals with the socio/philosophical issues of expropriation of their land and history by eminent domain in today's politics. A secret mountain enclave has been inhabited for centuries by descendants of slaves. When its tradition of secrecy is breached by a millenial resident, the remote hamlet is discovered by the state's governor, who aims to evict its elderly residents by eminent domain for nonpayment of taxes, but underestimates the savvy community there. The play depicts an antagonistic society pitted against elders who are peacefully reliving their history. Generations ban together as they learn the past, teach the present and fight for their legacy. Count Stovall directs.
3 TO SEPTEMBER 15
25 TO SEPTEMBER 15
Application deadline was May 10 for this year's Festival and plays are now being selected. The motto of the festival is "Dream Up: Invent, Concoct." More Info
THROUGH JANUARY 11, 2020
Harlem Repertory Theatre stages "The Wizard of Oz: a Jazz Musical for All Ages," co-produced by the Yip Harburg Foundation, for young (and young-at-heart) audiences. This production of the classic musical has a multi-racial cast, a jazzy underscore and authoritative dramaturgy by representatives of the Yip Harburg Foundation.
Director/choreographer is Keith Lee Grant, Artistic Director of Harlem Rep, who is in the midst of a four-year project of presenting four classic musicals that have lyrics by E.Y. "Yip" Harburg, who was known in his lifetime as the "social conscience of Broadway."
KING, JR.'S NEW FEDERAL THEATRE SETS ANNUAL NTOZAKE SHANGE READINGS
SERIES: "TUESDAYS IN JUNE"
New Federal Theatre's Annual Ntozake Shange Readings Series is used to develop African-American writers and to select plays that Woodie King, Jr.'s New Federal Theatre may present as full productions. The June, 2019 series offers new works by Jeanette Hill (June 4), Bill Harris (June 11), Kermit Frazier (June 18) and Countee Cullen (June 25). Free.
DARIO D'AMBROSI, FOUNDER OF TEATRO PATOLOGICO (PATHOLOGICAL THEATER), TO ADDRESS UNITED NATIONS JUNE 13
Dario D'Ambrosi, founder and president of Italy's Pathological Theater Association, will address the United Nations in New York on June 13 at the Conference for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The event is called: "A Billion Voices: Making the Invisible Visible" and D'Ambrosi will read an address titled "All Mad Free," in which he will share an overview of Italy's leadership in care for the mentally disabled and the radical contribution his Teatro Patologico (Pathological Theater) has made in realizing new theoretical and practical approaches.
The event will help spotlight a college course that Teatro Patologico has spawned: "The Integrated Theatre of the Emotions," an accredited college program in theater for students with mental and physical disabilities. The program has been developed by D'Ambrosi in collaboration with the University of Rome "Tor Vergata" and MIUR (the Italian Ministry of University and Research).
Last May, Dario D'Ambrosi's award-winning version of "Medea," performed with a chorus of actors with diverse abilities from his Teatro Patologico di Roma, was presented in Brussels before the European Parliament. It was part of the initiative, "EU: performing arts and disabilities - the Italian Way."
FOR OPENING OF BROOKLYN'S MYSS TIC ESCAPE ROOMS
You will also be able to experience "Montauk Project," in which you infiltrate the old Montauk Air Force Station, which was shut down in the 1970’s (or actually, transformed into Camp Hero State Park). Your mission is to learn what's alive there from past experiments--and why people are disappearing in its surrounding forests.
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