|Christine Ebersole. Photo by Walter McBride /
MANHATTAN PENTHOUSE, 80-5th AVE.
WORKSHOP THEATRE GALA
Christine Ebersole, the two-time Tony Award winner and star of "War
Paint," "Grey Gardens," "42nd Street" and
more, will be honored at The
Workshop Theater's fifth annual unGALA. The organization,
now 25 years old, is devoted to the rigorous development and production
of new American plays and musicals. Notable successes include "The
Man who was Peter Pan" by Allan Knee (debuted at Workshop in
2004; basis for the Academy Award nominated film "Finding Neverland"
and the Broadway musical of the same name) and "The Navigator"
by Eddie Antar (debuted at Workshop in 2012; recipient of two Drama
PLAYERS CLUB, 16 GRAMERCY PARK SOUTH
RESIDENT ACTING COMPANY READINGS, "THE BELLE'S STRATAGEM"
The Resident Acting Company, a
new troupe drawn from the performing ensemble of The Pearl Theatre
Company, will present a staged reading of "The
Belle's Stratagem" by Hannah Cowley on Monday, October
29 at 7:00 PM at The Players Club, 16 Gramercy Park South. The reading
is the second installment of the troupe's "The Language Series,"
which is devoted to plays that delve into the use of words to lie,
deceive, manipulate, conquer, tell the truth, work out the meaning
of life and even to find love.
|Carrot-top and Judge get stewed in a Witches'
Cauldron at Theater for the New City's Village Halloween Costume
Ball October 31. Judge: Jonathan Slaff. Carrot-top: Alexander
Bartenieff. Photo by Rina Kopalla.
THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY
VILLAGE HALLOWEEN COSTUME BALL
Nonstop theater, a costume competition and ballroom dancing will bewitch
the East Village in Theater for the New City's 42nd annual Village
Halloween Costume Ball. This unique festival continues
as a grand coming-together for real witches, everyday New Yorkers
and artists alike. An explosive fall tradition, the event is held
annually on the actual night of Halloween and celebrates artistic
creation and fertilization.
|Ivy Omere is one of eight playwrights participating
in New Federal's readings series.
8 TO 17
CASTILLO THEATRE, 543 WEST 42ND STREET
NEW FEDERAL THEATRE "NOVEMBER READINGS SERIES"
Woodie King Jr.'s New Federal Theatre will
November Readings Series," with readings of eight
plays. This series is devoted to brilliant one and two character plays
that most theaters neglect. It will be used to develop African-American
writers and to select plays New Federal Theatre may present as full
productions in its 2019-20 season. Includes plays by Edgar Nkosi White,
Larry Muhammad, Ivy Omere, Richie McCall and Reginald T. Jackson.
|Study for "CITIZENS OF THE GRAY or the Dark
Thing that Sleeps Inside Me." Photo by Johan Canelo.
9 TO 25
THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY
"CITIZENS OF THE GRAY OR THE DARK THING THAT SLEEPS INSIDE ME"
BY ELIA SCHNEIDER
Playwright/director Elia Schneider--born in Israel,
raised in Venezuela and now an American citizen--is known for hauntingly
visual productions that transcend language with strong imagery and
a dreamlike fresco of movement and design. Her newest work, "CITIZENS
OF THE GRAY or The Dark Thing that Sleeps Inside Me,"
deals with the war of the sexes in the age of the #MeToo Movement.
Schneider is largely inspired by the legacy of Strindberg for this
work of ensemble creation with her Teatro Dramma. It will be Schneider's
Theater for the New City debut.
The works she
has hitherto shared with New York audiences have been widely praised
for their gorgeously troubling surrealism.
8 TO DECEMBER 1
GENE FRANKEL THEATRE, 24 BOND STREET
"THE FATHER" BY AUGUST STRINDBERG
Written before Freud described the Oedipus Complex, this 1887 play
offers a proto-Freudian explanation of the unreasonable hatred that
can exist between husbands and wives. Fighting to control the upbringing
of her daughter, Laura destroys her husband, a cavalry captain, by
instilling his mind that he is not father of their child. He is goaded
into a violent act, proving he is insane, and is straitjacketed by
his old nurse, leading him to suffer a stroke. Presented by August
Strindberg Rep, translated and directed by Robert Greer. Alternates
with "Natalie Menna × 3," an evening of three plays
by resident playwright Natalie Menna.
9 TO DECEMBER 1
GENE FRANKEL THEATRE, 24 BOND STREET
"NATALIE MENNA × 3"
August Strindberg Rep presents an evening of three short one-acts
by resident playwright Natalie Menna: "Hiroshi-Me, Me, Me"
directed by Janet Bentley, "Montana" directed by Ivette
Dumeng and and "Pause" directed by TBA. The first two are
comedies about narcissism; the third is a Pinteresque play about a
middle-aged couple. This triple-bill alternates with "The Father"
by August Strindberg, translated and directed by Robert Greer.
|Andrew Dits plays Eddie and Sophia Silver plays
May. Photo by Misha Riley.
15 TO DECEMBER 2
THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY
"FOOL FOR LOVE" BY SAM SHEPARD
Beetlebung Road LLC, a new theater production company, will launch
with a bi-coastal production of Sam Shepard's "Fool
for Love," to be presented November 15 to December
2 by Theater for the New City, 155 First Ave., Manhattan and December
6 to 9 by The Lounge Theatre, 6201 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles.
The production, directed by Kymberly Harris, will arise from a careful
artistic process of immersion on many levels. The company chose to
debut at Theater for the New City as part of that process: to honor
and recapture the path of Shepard's "Buried Child," which
was commissioned by TNC and premiered there in 1978.
Concept for Witches
6 TO 21
TEATRO CIRCULO, 64 E. 4TH STREET
CELESTE MORATTI DIRECTS "MACBETH"
First Maria LLC will present Shakespeare's "Macbeth," directed
by Celeste Moratti and performed by a mixed American-Italian company.
With Tristan Colton as Macbeth, Celeste Moratti as Lady Macbeth. Francesco
Santalucia and Papaceccio will compose the musical score and direct
the chorus. Set and costumes by Raffaella Toni. The entire company
will play the Witches, who will become an omni-present counterpoint
to the action. Celeste Moratti is an Italian-born actress who is best
known for both realistic and surrealistic leading roles in the "Pathological
Theater" productions of Dario D'Ambrosi. Her vision is informed
by her work at La MaMa and The Living Theater. Her company, First
Maria LLC, first took stage with Moratti's directorial debut, "Hamlet,"
at Teatro Circulo in 2016. Theater Pizazz (JK Clarke) declared, "This
season has seen a lot of good small-company productions of Shakespeare
plays, and First Maria’s Hamlet is one of the best." Front
Row Center (Holli Harms) added, "Here is hoping that Celeste
Moratti continues on this trajectory of directorial discoveries."
Julian Gabourel, Carlos Ponce, Alan Brown, Kitty Gabourel. Photo
25 TO FEBRUARY 3
THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY
THUNDERBIRD AMERICAN INDIAN DANCERS' 44th ANNUAL DANCE CONCERT AND
The 44th annual Thunderbird
American Dancers Dance Concert and Pow Wow will offer
dances, stories and traditional music from Native Peoples of the Northeast,
Southwest and Great Plains regions. The event has become a treasured
New York tradition for celebrating our diversity by honoring the culture
of our first Americans. A Pow-Wow is more than just a spectator event:
it is a joyous reunion for native peoples nationwide and an opportunity
for the non-Indian community to voyage into the philosophy and beauty
of Native culture. Highlights will include storytelling, a Hoop Dance,
a Grass Dance and Jingle Dress Dance (from the Northern Plains people),
a Stomp Dance (from the Southeastern tribes), a Shawl Dance (from
the Oklahoma tribes), a Deer Dance (from the Yaqui Tribes of Southern
Arizona), a Fancy Dance (from the Oklahoma tribes) and a Robin Dance
and Smoke Dance (from the Iroquois). As the audience enters the theater,
they will be serenaded by the Heyna Second Son Singers (various tribes).
In the final section of the program, the audience will be invited
to join in the Round Dance/Friendship Dance (in evening shows) and
a Contest Dance (in matinees). After the program, the dancers stay
for photographs and to meet the audience.
31 TO FEBRUARY 17
THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY
"BETTY AND THE BELRAYS" BY WILLIAM ELECTRIC BLACK
|(L) Betty & The Belrays, 2007: Vanessa Burke,
Nicole Patullo, Cara S. Liander. Photo by Jonathan Slaff. (R)
On" meets "Dreamgirls" in William Electric Black's
"Betty and the Belrays," in which three white female singers
challenge a racially divided society by singing for a black record
label. This musical is an update of the show of the same name by William
Electric Black that Theater for the New City presented in 2007.
1963 Detroit. Betty Belarosky, against her parents’ wishes,
forms an all white girl group, a la the Ronnettes, to get
a record deal at Soltown--a black record company. Can Betty bring
a segregated city together through her music? She ventures to the
Negro side of town, where she encounters The LoveJones, a black girl
trio. The two groups, now rivals, go down south together to join the
civil rights protests.
Girl groups are
now an iconic part of the history of the recording industry in America.
In a brief, shining period between the payola scandal and the British
invasion, American girl groups swamped the charts with songs that
are now classic: mostly sweet harmonies on sentimental themes, with
classic melody constructions and simplistic love lyrics. Partially
because of the concern that America's teens would like the songs better
if they didn't know the singers' color, many girl groups were anonymous
except for their recordings. Almost all of them were black, but that
was not known to many fans at the time. "Betty & The Belrays"
asks, "what would have happened if a white girl group had actually
tried to recapitulate the careers of these black groups?"
Book and lyrics
are by William Electric Black aka Ian James. Music is by Black, Val
Ghent (arranger/keyboards for Ashford & Simpson) and Gary Schreiner.
Directed by Black. Choreography by Jeremy Lardieri.
JAN HUS CHURCH (CHAPEL), 351 E. 74TH ST.
CZECHOSLOVAK-AMERICAN MARIONETTE THEATRE IN ONE MAINSTAGE PRODUCTION
AND ONE THAT'S MOSTLY FOR KIDS
(L, C) "Duke Oldrich
& Washerwoman Boena" (R) "Water Goblin,
Kachka..." Photos by Rina Kopalla.
Oldrich & Washerwoman Boena, the True Story"
is a non-traditional staging of a 374 year-old marionette play based
on the story of love at first sight of the 11th century Duke Oldrich,
who braved stout opposition for friend and foe alike to marry the
exquisitely fair washerwoman Bozena, but forgot to mention some details
of his own marital status to his beloved. With music by Beata Bocek.
Goblin, Kacha and the Devil, & How the Little Cat Kochichka, and
the Little Dog Pejsek Baked a Birthday Cake" is
an assemblage of short plays for young audiences (and their parents),
performed on Saturday mornings at 11:30.
HERE ARTS CENTER, 145 AVE. OF AMERICAS
"ALL ROADS LEAD TO THE KURSKI STATION
Duggan and Mia Vallet. Right: Elliott Morse. Photos by Jonathan
a newly formed avant-garde theater company, performs its "All
Roads Lead to the Kurski Station," a theatrical
version of "Moscow Circles" by Venedikt Yerofeyev that is
adapted and directed by Emil Varda. The troupe is dedicated to highly
stylized, politically and intellectually challenging performances
and art happenings. Founder Emil Varda was a dissident intellectual
and theater maker in Communist Poland and endured harsh imprisonment
there before emigrating to NYC in 1983. The play is a Rabelasian,
anti-theater adaptation of the poetic book by Russian/Soviet dissident
and satirist Venedikt Yerofeyev that is now known as the first postmodern
novel in Russian. It follows a poet-drunkard called Vienya as he traverses
Soviet Moscow in an attempt to catch a train to visit his beloved
in the distant suburb of Petuskhi. Along the way, he is haunted by
fantastic visions and two mysterious women who are seemingly determined
to frustrate his plans.
THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY
"RECOVERY" BY ANNE LUCAS
|LEFT: L-R: Marlain Angelides, Jill
Shackner, Brian Childers. RIGHT: Jill Shackner, Marlain Angelides,
Caitlin Cohn, Anna Bergman, Lydia Grace Jordan, Kathleen Mary
Carthy, Karen Lynn Gorney. Photos by Jonathan Slaff.
by Anne Lucas is a drama of mothers and daughters at a drug rehabilitation
center who are lost in the pain of addiction. All are influenced and
guided by a Reverend Stephanie Jackson and a Demon (embodying all
temptation) who battle for their souls. Denial is portrayed is a powerful
tool in the weaponry of darkness and facing truth is portrayed as
a painful path but the only one that leads to lasting recovery. The
play is based on a personal story of a mother and daughter. Cast of
six includes Karen Lynn Gorney, Brian Childers. Stephan Morrow directs.
NOVEMBER 24, 2018
HARLEM REPERTORY THEATRE
TATO LAVIERA THEATRE, 240 E. 123RD STREET
"THE WIZARD OF OZ: A JAZZ MUSICAL FOR ALL AGES "
|L-R: Taylor-Rey Rivera (Dorothy),
Ben Harburg (Tin Man), Derrick Montalvo (Scarecrow), Isaac Antonio
(Lion). Photos by Jonathan Slaff.
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."
LONG-RUNNING VERSE OF MICHAEL GARIN
good friend and fishin' buddy Michael Garin--composer/lyricist/humorist--plays
solo piano Tuesdays through Saturdays from 6:00 to 8:00 at
Tribeca's Roxy Hotel, 2 Ave. of the Americas. He emails promotional
poems every few days and I've been saving them since February of
this year. It's the likes of this:
Tribeca is a magical place
With streets of magical cobblestone
That make celebrities trip and fall
While arguing on their telephone
And if that weren't entertainment enough
Have I got a deal for you
Me at the Roxy
The Theme from Scooby-Doo
The Hues Corporation
Maybe something by Telemann
Or lovely mush
By my teenage crush
The great Yvonne Elliman
So come on by
And dig the groove
I'll be your stress disolver
With hits by Mohammed Abdel-Wahab
And a couple of cuts from Revolver
If you wanna receive
this delightful bandit verse, you can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
or go to his Facebook page. I don't know how long he can sustain his
output--he says it started with Facebook posts when he was playing
at Billy's around 2013. I'd venture to say he's going for a record,
but I can't say in what. (Guinness, anybody?)
(L) Portrait of Michael Garin
by Ken Shung, (R) Roxy Hotel Lobby & Atrium.
I finally got
down to the Roxy last month to see what he's been versifying about.
He sits at the grand piano, lid down so he can see everybody, and
performs musical mashups that riff maliciously between the genres.
The charm of the performance is in the ingenuity of the incompatible.
For example, in one set he went from "Heart and Soul" to
"Tea for Two" to "My Little Runaway" and closed
with the finale from Rossini's "William Tell Overture."
Oh, and he sings in about ten languages.
There's no cover
or minimum. The lobby is welcoming yet sophisticated. You look up
at the atrium's terraced walkways. It's a scene. Occasionally, people
come up to sing with him. A girl from Greece sang a stirring version
of "La Vie En Rose." The act following Michael, playing
on the atrium's tiny stage, was Gypsy-pop singer Zana (www.zanazora.com),
a different kind of treat.
Off-Broadway musical, "Song of Singapore," won the Drama
Desk Award for Outstanding Music and the Outer Critics Circle Award
for Best Off-Broadway Musical in 1992. It launched the career of Donna
Murphy. Through the years, he's been a long-running solo attraction
at Elaine’s, The Monkey Bar, The Rainbow Room and The VIP Room
at Limelight. (www.michaelgarin.com)
musical wit" is now in his third year as house pianist at the
Roxy. Be there or be a rhombus.
AND INTEGRATING THEATER LANGUAGES
A competition in memory
of Lydia Biondi has been set up by ELizabeth Inserra and collaborators
to support and encourage young artrists to create theater which transcends
language barriers nd appeals to a universal audience in the grand
tradition of commedia dell' arte. Prizes of €300-1000
will be given on November 13, 2018 at Teatro Torlonia in Rome. Applications
closed September 30 but artists from all countries age 18-30 are encouraged
to apply for next year and should check out the rules at www.mtmlydiabiondi.com.
is open to performers who can create work which will be understood
universally. This can be achieved by blending expressive theatre forms
like the spoken word (in multiple languages and or dialects), mime,
movement, commedia dell’arte, physical theatre, dance,
song, etc. Artists from all countries age 18 to 30 may apply. Individual
performers or duos can apply. The contest will include performances
at the semifinal and final phases followed by an award ceremony. The
semifinals and finals will be held in Rome and admission will be open
to thegeneral public and free of charge.
A jury of theater
artists and other professionals will evaluate the performances in
the semifinals and finals. Prize
winners may be invited to participate in events dedicated to Premio
Internazionale Lydia Biondi in upcoming seasons. These could include
an evening organized by Laboratori Permanenti at Teatro Alla Misericordia
in Sansepolcro, Italy (Residenza Artistica della Regione Toscana)
or other occasions in Rome or Livorno or other cities in Italy and
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