| Yvette Wyatt and Allen Craig Harris. Photo by
MAY 3 TO 20
THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY
"A PUNK OR A GENTLEMAN"
Punk or a Gentleman," playwright Andrea J. Fulton
explores the complex psyche of a Black, middle-aged Don Juan who loves
to captivate women but falls victim to physical abuse by the women
he loves. A ten-character play directed by Kymbali Craig.
TO JUNE 2
GENE FRANKEL THEATRE
"CREDITORS" BY AUGUST STRINDBERG
August Strindberg Rep presents "Creditors"
by Strindberg, newly translated and directed by Robert Greer. During
an afternoon in a lounge at a seaside resort, a revenge is played
out. A credulous artist has his mind poisoned against his wife by
her former husband. This masterpiece from Strindberg's naturalist
period is rarely excelled in its unity of construction, dramatic tension
and acute psychological analysis, but it is far less anthologized
than "The Father" or "Miss Julie."
|Inflated head of Lorca rises above toy theater.
Photo by Jane Catherine Shaw.
TO JUNE 3
LA MAMA E.T.C. (ELLEN STEWART THEATRE)
"THERE'S BLOOD AT THE WEDDING" BY THEODORA SKIPITARES
that giant head of Federico Garcia Lorca rising over a colorful toy
theater? Maybe it's because the lost weddings of Sean Bell and Justine
Damond recall the tragedy of "Blood Wedding." Theodora Skipitares,
the famed creator of theater with giant-to-miniature puppetry, thinks
that a contemporary American tragedy--police killings of innocent
civilians--should be an open book. So her latest puppet theater creation,
Blood at the Wedding," is set in six large-scale
book pop-up constructions, within which the piece reflects on the
lives and deaths of six victims of police violence: Philando Castile,
Amadou Diallo, Sandra Bland, Sean Bell, Justine Damond and Eric Garner.
Flashes of Lorca's masterpiece connect a Circle of Mothers--the mothers
of the American victims--with the grieving mothers of the classic
Spanish play. Giant puppets, masks and performing books are created
by Theodora Skipitares. Music is composed and performed by Sxip Shirey.
Video projections are by Kay Hines. Co-set designer is Donald Eastman.
Lighting design is by Yi-Chung Chen. Performed by a cast of five puppeteer-storytellers
including Jane Catherine Shaw.
Models for performing
books on Sean Bell, Sandra Bland, Philando Castile. Photos by
TO JULY 8
FLEA THEATRE MAIN STAGE
"A BLANKET OF DUST"
Casting is in process for "A Blanket of Dust" by Richard
Squires, the tragic story of a modern day Antigone. The daughter of
a US Senator endures the death of her husband in the World Trade Center.
Her subsequent ordeal in seeking justice for his death ultimately
drives her to the outer fringes of society. Struggling with facts
that the government, the media, her family and her countrymen deny,
she finally confronts them all with a harrowing act of sacrificial
tragedy. World premiere. Chris Murrah is director; Stephanie Klapper
is casting director.
TO JULY 14
CLURMAN THEATER, THEATER ROW
Bob Kalfin directs "The
Property" by Ben Josephson, the story of a woman,
two men she has loved and one she is tempted to, and the ardent teenage
son she stifles with good intentions. Irene was once carefree and
artistic but now is a low-level corporate manager. Alarmed by the
erosion of her family's financial security, she imposes two measures
to shore the family up. She rents out a property--the garden cottage
that has been her current husband's retreat--to a teacher who infatuates
her. Then she inveigles her ex, who is her son's vehemently estranged
but influential father, into launching the boy on a lucrative career
path. A drama of five people on the edge, constrained by an increasingly
ungenerous world, who transform into selves that would horrify the
selves they once had been. Presented by New Light Theater Project's
Spotlight Series, Sarah Norris, Artistic Director; Michael Aguirre,
Managing Director. Casting is in process now via Irene Stockton, Casting
|Jane Bradley as Rosalind
in "As You Like It" (2015). Photo by Lee Wexler/Images
PARKING LOT BEHIND THE CLEMENTE, 114 NORFOLK STREET
SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARKING LOT
The Drilling Company, Hamilton Clancy Artistic Director, will present
"Hamlet," directed by Karla Hendrick and starring Jane Bradley,
for its 2018 Shakespeare
in the Parking Lot production. This popular New York
summer institution is now in its 24th year. Its concept--presenting
Shakespeare plays with a "poor theater" aesthetic in a working
parking lot--is now widely imitated around the US and around the world,
with productions as far away as New Zealand.
26 TO SEPTEMBER 16
THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY
NINTH ANNUAL DREAM UP FESTIVAL
Theater for the New City, under the direction of Crystal Field, Artistic
Director, will present its ninth Dream Up Festival, a feast of adventurous
theater featuring new works from across the country and abroad. Helmed
by the theater's Literary Manager, Michael Scott-Price, the festival
will offer over 20 plays, mixing world premieres, American premieres
and New York premieres. It's an ultimate new work festival dedicated
to the joy of discovering new authors and edgy, innovative performances.Applications
will be accepted until May 7. Send inquiries and application materials
Applications must be accompanied with a submission fee. You can pay
the $40 submission fee here.
Nathalie Ellis-Einhorn in
"I.M. LOST!" (2017)
Photo by Ron Wyatt.
Ivette Dumeng and Bryan Hamilton
in "Guilty" by Icelandic playwright Hrafnhildur Hagalín
Photo by Jonathan Slaff.
| L-R: Dexter Thomas-Payne
(Lion), Derrick Montalvado (Scarecrow), Ben Harburg (Tin
Man), Taylor-Rey Rivera (Dorothy). Photo by Remy.S.
THROUGH NOVEMBER 24, 2018
HARLEM REPERTORY THEATRE
TATO LAVIERA THEATRE, 240 E. 123RD ST.
"THE WIZARD OF OZ"
Harlem Repertory Theatre presents "The
Wizard of Oz," 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."
D'AMBROSI IN BRUSSELS AND NEW YORK
|Celeste Moratti (Medea) and Ensemble in "Medea"
at La MaMa 2015. Photo by Jonathan Slaff.
D'Ambrosi's award-winning version of "Medea,"
performed with a chorus of actors with diverse abilities from his
Teatro Patologico di Roma, will be presented in Brussels
for the European Parliament on May 16 at 6:00 PM
in the Espace Yehudi Menuhin on the first floor of the European Parliament's
Paul-Henri Spaak building. Emmanuel Macron and other European heads
of state will attend. It's part of the initiative, "EU: performing
arts and disabilities - the Italian Way."
|Dario D'Ambrosi in "Tutti Non Ci Sono"
appear in New York May 7 at 7:00 PM at the Cherry Lane theater, 38
Commerce Street, in "Tutti Non Ci Sono/
We are Not Alone," to open the sixth annual
In Scena! Italian Theater Festival NY, presented by Kairos
Italy Theater and KIT Italia. The festival will feature a record twelve
shows, brought over from Italy to NYC. "We are Not Alone,"
written and performed by Mr. D’Ambrosi, was first presented
at La MaMa in 1980 and is about a psychiatric inmate victimized by
neglect in the outside world. This seminal play was written as a reaction
to the Italian Mental Health Act of 1978, which was the first law
to reform the psychiatric system. Performed in Italian and English.
also speak at the festival's
conference on theater’s changing relationships with critics,
artists and audiences on May 11 from noon to 4:00 PM at Casa Italiana
Zerilli-Marimò, 24 West 12th Street.
& NOBLE BOOK FAIR SUPPORTS MIRAGE THEATER'S "DISTANT SURIVORS"
Company's "Distant Survivors"
is based on the poetry of William Heyen and tells of one man's search
for meaning in contemplation of the Holocaust. You can support performances
of this play with a purchase at any Barnes & Noble store
in NYC or nation-wide, at the Barnes & Noble Book Fair
at its Poughkeepsie location, 2518 South Road, from 1:00
- 5:00 PM April 14, and on their website
www.BN.com from April 14 to 19. Use
unique Book Fair ID #12324885 at checkout. Books
recommended by Mirage Theater will be on display at the Fair, along
with copies of the published playscript of "Distant Survivors."
The event will also include excerpts from "Distant Survivors"
performed by Linda Roper and Chuck Muckle, a musical performance by
Robert Bard & Amy Benedict, and various performances by Vassar
Company, led by June Prager, produces and tours an international repertoire
of premieres and revivals to celebrate cultural differences, affect
social change, and uplift the spirit. Its focus is on social justice
themes. In another project, playwright Melisa Tien is developing an
important work for the company on the human trafficking of women.
Ms. Tien is a member of New Dramatists and a fellow of the New York
Foundation for the Arts in Playwriting/ Screenwriting. There is a
crowdfunding campaign for this project on generosity.com.
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