A Seasonal Press Calendar
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MAY 3 TO 20
THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY
"A 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. An eight-character play directed by Kymbali Craig.
COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/punk.htm
CHERRY LANE THEATER
DARIO D'AMBROSI IN "TUTTI NON CI SONO/WE ARE NOT ALONE"
Italy's Dario D'Ambrosi, originator of the theatrical movement called Teatro Patologico (Pathological Theater), will perform a single night in his breakthrough work, "Tutti Non Ci Sono/ We are Not Alone," May 7 at 7:00 PM at the Cherry Lane Theater, 38 Commerce Street, as the opening event of the sixth annual In Scena! Italian Theater Festival NY, presented by Kairos Italy Theater and KIT Italia (https://inscenany.com/). The play was an audience sensation when produced by La MaMa in 1980 as D'Ambrosi's American debut and has never been seen in the U.S. since. It is about a psychiatric inmate victimized by neglect in the outside world.
COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/dario_tutti.htm
MAY 16 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."
COMPLETE INFO: http://www.jsnyc.com/season/creditors.htm
MAY 16 TO 27
THEATRE 80 ST. MARKS
"HERCULES DIDN'T WADE IN THE WATER"
The Negro Ensemble Company, Inc. will present the world premiere production of "Hercules Didn't Wade in the Water" by Michael A. Jones. The play is winner of the troupe's 2017 Emerging Playwrights Competition. Called a "drama with comedy," it is a story of displacement of Black families and the forces that lead to it in modern America. It's 2005, during Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. Two men who gambled on reporting for a day's work now cling for life on a rooftop. Two women are hundreds of miles away in Chicago: one is the fiancee of a man on the rooftop, the other has separated from her husband over the accidental death of their infant. Separation from loved ones gnaws at all five characters as the play reveals their struggles for love and happiness.
COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/hercules.htm
MAY 18 TO JUNE 3
LA MAMA E.T.C. (ELLEN STEWART THEATRE)
"THERE'S BLOOD AT THE WEDDING" BY THEODORA SKIPITARES
Why's 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 she is constructing six large-scale book pop-ups, within which to stage reflections on the 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 will connect a Circle of Mothers--the mothers of the American victims--with the grieving mothers of the classic 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.
COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/blood_at_wedding.htm
JUNE 6 TO JULY 8
FLEA THEATRE MAIN STAGE
"A BLANKET OF DUST"
"A Blanket of Dust" by Richard Squires is the tragic story of a modern day Antigone. The daughter of a US Senator whose husband perished in the 9/11 attacks seeks justice for his death, driving her to the fringes of society. She struggles with facts that the government, the media, her family and her countrymen deny, and finally claims a kind of sacrificial justice by willingly surrendering her own life on the altar of deeply felt beliefs. World premiere; Chris Murrah directs.
JUNE 16 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.
COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/property.htm
JULY 5 TO 28
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 as the Prince of Denmark. The popular New York summer institution is now in its 28th year. The concept of producing 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.
AUGUST 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.
EXTENDED THROUGH NOVEMBER 24, 2018
HARLEM REPERTORY THEATRE
TATO LAVIERA THEATRE, 240 E. 123RD STREET
"THE WIZARD OF OZ: A JAZZ MUSICAL FOR ALL AGES "
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."
COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/oz.htm
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