A Seasonal Press Calendar
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OCTOBER 5 TO 28
THE WORKSHOP THEATER, 312 WEST 36th STREET
Based on actual events, "Mesquite, NV" by Leegrid Stevens is a dark comedy about power and politics that is part Coen Brothers and one part Preston Sturgis. It's set in the retirement community of Mesquite, Nevada and dramatizes a contentious recent municipal election there. The campaign turned nasty as complaints of sweetheart deals and fraudulent travel vouchers were leaked to the local press. Accusations quickly divided the town, leading to complete political upheaval, the downfall of both candidates and the installation of foolish and shallow dilettantes to replace them. The play reflects unpleasant truths of the American political pathology with such humor that we can chuckle at ourselves while we shudder at them. Thomas Cote directs.
COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/mesquite.htm
OCTOBER 11 TO 31
ST. MAZIE BAR AND SUPPER CLUB, 345 GRAND STREET, BROOKLYN (WILLIAMSBURGH)
"THE COOPING THEORY: WHO KILLED EDGAR ALLAN POE?"
Poseidon Theatre Company, an emerging theater company, is resuming its original, immersive site-specific show: "The Cooping Theory: Who Killed Edgar Allan Poe?," an intimate theatre event for only 30 guests per night featuring craft cocktails, light fare, absinthe service and a paranormal experience, all framed by the great words of the master of the macabre Edgar Allan Poe. This is a mystery play in the genre of "Then She Fell" and "Sleep No More," with one significant difference: unlike most immersive shows, which are dance-driven, this one is text-based. It is presented in the former basement speakeasy of St. Mazie Bar and Supper Club, 345 Grand Street, Williamsburg Brooklyn (between Havemeyer and Marcy). Production went on hiatus June 28 and resumes with this Halloween Edition.
COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/cooping.htm
OCTOBER 18 TO NOVEMBER 10
PANGEA RESTAURANT & SUPPER CLUB
LINDA GLICK IN "TEACH ME TONIGHT"
Linda Glick, a spicy and seasoned redheaded chanteuse, will unveil her newest cabaret show, "Teach Me Tonight." The evening features an eclectic program combining new works written by Glick and Musical Director Ian Herman together with classics and signature songs by Charles Aznavour, Alberto Manzanero and others. Glick's cabaret performances have been described as "full of grace and dignity, leavened by a touch of continental cynicism" by Backstage (Eric Haagensen).
COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/glick.htm
OCTOBER 19 TO NOVEMBER 19
NEW FEDERAL THEATRE PRESENTS "FREIGHT: THE FIVE INCARNATIONS OF ABEL GREEN" BY HOWARD CRAFT
CASTILLO THEATRE, 543 WEST 42ND STREET
Woodie King Jr.'s New Federal Theatre, in association with Castillo Theatre, will present the Off-Broadway debut of "FREIGHT: the five incarnations of Abel Green" by Howard L. Craft, directed by Joseph Megel, starring J. Alphonse Nicholson. The play depicts an African American "Everyman" who exists in five dimensions of America's modern era. In each incarnation--as minstrel, cult leader, FBI informant, struggling actor and fallen mortgage broker--he is trapped between the American Dream and the American Nightmare. We witness the trials of a simple man trying to make decisions that will allow him to survive in what the great African-American poet Claude McKay called "this cultured hell that tests my youth." The piece was initially developed by Craft, Megel and Nicholson at StreetSigns Center for Literature and Performance at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. It was presented Off-off Broadway by StreetSigns/New Dog Productions at HERE in July and August, 2015, where it received glowing reviews and was a New York Times Critic's Pick. Woodie King's New Federal Theatre is now presenting the piece to share it with a wider audience, to elevate this resonant play to the Off-Broadway level and to introduce playwright Howard L. Craft to New York audiences, especially African Americans.
COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/freight.htm
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BAR 466 (466 LEXINGTON AVE..)
WORKSHOP THEATRE UNGALA
Playwright John Guare, author of "The House of Blue Leaves," "Six Degrees of Separation," "The Landscape of the Body" and more, will be honored at The Workshop Theater's fourth unGala on October 23, 2017 from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM at Bar 466 (466 Lexington Avenue, between 45th/46th), 3rd floor, NYC. Mr. Guare is winner of the Dramatists Guild Lifetime Achievement Award, as well as Tony and Olivier Awards. As part of the event, he will be interviewed by Theatre for a New Audience’s founding artistic director, Jeffrey Horowitz.
COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/ungala.htm
PETER NORTON SYMPHONY SPACE
"AGES OF ENCHANTMENT: JPA CULTURAL REPERTORIES 2017"
The enchanting dance styles of Iwami Kagura and Nihon Buyo, a world-acclaimed Bunraku puppet troupe and a fashion show of wedding kimonos will be featured in "Ages Of Enchantment: JPA Cultural Repertoires 2017," a showcase of Japanese performing arts and culture, October 28, 2017 at Peter Norton Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway (at 95th Street). The event is presented by Japan Performing Arts Inc. (JPA), a cultural organization founded and led by choreographer Yuko Hamada, who curates the evening.
COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/ages_enchantment.htm
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 41st annual Village Halloween Costume Ball on Tuesday, October 31 at TNC, 155 First Avenue. 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. The one-night fiesta takes over all four of TNC's theater spaces, plus its lobby and the block of East Tenth Street between First and Second Avenues. Customarily over 1,500 wildly-clad celebrants gather for dancing, dining, showing off costumes and viewing acts from the cutting-edge of Cabaret and Theater. Admission is $20; costume or formal wear is required. Once inside, everything is free except food and drink, which are graveyard dirt-cheap.
COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/halloween.htm
OCTOBER 31 TO NOVEMBER 5
THE YARD, 16 WAVERLY AVE., BROOKLYN NAVY YARD
No Name Theatre Collective, an emerging classics troupe, will present a novel interpretation of Shakespeare's "Macbeth" for eight performances only. The ensemble, whose mission is to present accessible versions of classic plays, will question the nature of man and to what extent gender affects the outcome of fate.
COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/macbeth_no_name.htm
NOVEMBER 2, 9, 16
PANGEA RESTAURANT & SUPPER CLUB, 178 SECOND AVE.
STEPHANIE TRUDEAU IN "CHAVELA: THINK OF ME"
"Chavela: Think Of Me," written and performed by Stephanie Trudeau, is more than just a musical cabaret based on the songs of legendary Mexican singer Chavela Vargas. It is also a documentary theater project that traces the famed ranchera singer's artistic evolution and the key relationships of her life, including those with her musical mentor, Jose Alfredo Jimenez (the world's greatest composer of ranchera songs), the painters Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, the great Cuban courtesan Macorina, and the producers, notably Pedro Almodovar, who enabled her comeback at age 74 after a 15 year battle with alcoholism. The show is an homage to the arts of Mexico at a time when our southern neighbor is the focus of stereotyping and right-wing disrespect in America today. Trudeau introduced the piece at Pangea last Spring. November 2 is a Mexican holiday Day of the Dead, and Ms. Trudeau is planning special visuals to celebrate.
COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/Stephanie_Trudeau_Pangea.htm
NOVENBER 2 TO 19
LA MAMA E.T.C.
CZECHOSLOVAK-AMERICAN MARIONETTE THEATRE IN "THE LIFE AND TIMES OF LEE HARVEY OSWALD"
In the era of alternative truth, it is timely to revisit three 1960s national traumas which are shrouded in dense cobwebs of multiple conspiracy theories: the assassinations of President Kennedy, Robert Kennedy and Rev. Martin Luther King. To elucidate them with puppet theater wisdom, Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre revisits these tragedies in "The Life and Times of Lee Harvey Oswald," conceived, written, and directed by Vít Horejš. The piece represents the main protagonists as a peculiar cross between Greek tragic figures and stock characters from traditional puppet murder mysteries. The Kennedy brothers and King, portrayed by puppets, are dramatized as inexorably approaching the Grassy Knoll through their lives, guided by fate, as marionettes are pulled by their strings. A chorus of all-American cheerleaders, FBI, KGB and talent agents warn them in vain to avoid the path of destruction. A score of '60s hits, military anthems and sound effects, played on Wurlitzer organ and percussion, comments on the action and guides the stringed players through their unavoidable life changing acts.
COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/Vit_Oswald.htm
NOVEMBER 9 TO 26
THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY
"PRAGUE 1912: THE SAVOY CAFÉ YIDDISH THEATRE" BY LU HAUSER
"Prague, 1912 (the Savoy Café Yiddish Theatre)" by Lu Hauser is a comedy based on historic personalities of the Yiddish Theater. A vagabond acting company comes to Prague: it's Jak Lowy and his leading lady, Mme. Trassik. Lowy is a veteran actor who has put stars in her eyes and they are lovers. When they act together, it's magic, but their repertoire is a shambles and they subsist more by selling baked sweet potatoes than by selling tickets to their unconventional versions of classic plays. What emerges is a backstage comedy of their love-hate relationship and their entrapment of a sympathetic local writer named Gregor Samsa. Theater for the New City, 155 First Ave, will premiere the work November 9 to 26, directed by George Ferencz. What ensues is a backstage comedy of this trio's creative process that is a celebration of the theater.
COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/Prague1912.htm
NOVEMBER 30 TO DECEMBER 16
GENE FRANKEL THEATRE, 24 BOND STREET
"THE BLACK GLOVE" BY AUGUST STRINDBERG
Even people familiar with August Strindberg may be surprised to learn that he wrote plays for children. The best example is "The Black Glove," the fifth (and least performed) of his Chamber Plays. Its place in history has been obscured by a historical fluke: it premiered in 1911, after the close of Strindberg's Intimate Theater, which it was written for. This kept it out of many anthologies. To share it with New York audiences--and especially New York kids--August Strindberg Rep will present it November 30 to December 16 at Gene Frankel Theatre, 24 Bond Street, in the New York premiere of a verse translation by Anne-Charlotte Hanes Harvey. Director is Robert Greer, Artistic Director of the troupe. The piece is recommended for audiences age 8 and up and special family plans are being offered.
COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/black_glove.htm
FEBRUARY 2 TO 11
THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY
THUNDERBIRD AMERICAN INDIAN DANCERS' 43rd ANNUAL DANCE CONCERT AND POW-WOW
The 43rd annual Thunderbird American Dancers Dance Concert and Pow Wow will offer dances, stories and traditional music from the Iroquois and 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.
COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/Pow-Wow.htm
FEBRUARY 8 TO MARCH 11
NEW FEDERAL THEATRE PRESENTS "HARRIET'S RETURN"
CASTILLO THEATRE, 543 WEST 42ND STREET
At a time when the USA is deciding to honor Harriet Tubman with her image on the 20 dollar bill, Woodie King, Jr.'s New Federal Theatre presents the 20th anniversary return of "Harriet's Return," a bioplay on Harriet Tubman written and performed by Karen Jones Meadows. The production takes audiences on a deeply personal, high energy journey into the private and public life of this famed Underground Railroad conductor, spiritual icon, revolutionary, and entrepreneur, whose life spanned nine decades and still influences the consciousness of people throughout the world.
FEBRUARY 22 TO MARCH 18
THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY
"SUBWAY STORY (A SHOOTING)"
"Subway Story (A Shooting) will be the fifth play in the GUNPLAYS series written and directed by William Electric Black. The entire series has been presented by Theater for the New City. In 2014, Black launched the series with "Welcome Home Sonny T," a drama that spotlighted two significant forces driving the current epidemic of gun violence: 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. The second play in the series, "When Black Boys Die" (2015), premiered in 2015. The third, presented for 2016 Gun Awareness Month, was "Death of a Black Man (A Walk By)," a play with hip hop verse, chanting, songs and poetry. The fourth play, "The Faculty Room" (2017), was an immersive drama set in a high school that is in a hard lockdown because an argument between two students has escalated to armed conflict because of the prevalence of guns in the school.
EXTENDED THROUGH DECEMBER 16
HARLEM REPERTORY THEATRE
TATO LAVIERA THEATRE, 240 E. 123RD STREET
"THE WIZARD OF OZ"
Harlem Repertory Theatre stages "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."
COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/oz.htm
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