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"Feathers of Fire" is the most elaborate shadow theater experience ever created, and this recording, captured on an actual theater stage, transforms it into a video-on-demand production for all ages. The story is adapted from Shahnameh (the Persian Book of Kings) and tells the action-packed tale of two star-crossed lovers of old Persia. Zaul, an outcast albino boy, is brought up by a bird-goddess and grows up into a wise ruler. He enters into a forbidden love with Rudabeh, a princess who is the granddaughter of the dreaded Serpent King. Their young, impetuous romance survives many precarious adventures before they finally receive blessings for their union. When they ultimately have a child, it is Rostam, "the Hercules of Iran." Aspects of the story are reminiscent of "Romeo and Juliet," "Rapunzel," "The Firebird" and "Jungle Book."
The piece is created and directed by Hamid Rahmanian, a 2014 Guggenheim fellowship-winning filmmaker/visual artist living in Brooklyn. It is endorsed by Francis Ford Coppola, who called the production "Fantastic! One of the greatest epics of all time and my favorite Shahnameh brought to life in a spectacular fashion by Hamid Rahmanian with shadow puppets design and cinematic wizardry."
COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/feathers.htm
FILM: "USED AND BORROWED TIME"
Post production is completing in Estonia for "Used and Borrowed Time," written and directed by Sophia Romma. The idyllic love of a youthful interracial couple rises above the hatred of a vengeful white supremacist family in segregationist Alabama during the 1960s. This experimental avant-garde piece, a psychological drama phantasma, will be released to festivals soon. It pays homage to the French New Wave films of Goddard, Truffaut and Agnès Varda.
COMPLETE INFO: http://usedandborrowedtime.com
THROUGH JANUARY 31
VIDEO ON DEMAND
THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY & NEW YIDDISH REP PROIDUCTION OF "THE DYBBUK"
"The Dybbuk" is arguably the most well-known play in the Yiddish theater lexicon. It was premiered on December 9, 1920 by the Vilna Troupe at the Eizeum theater in Warsaw. Its success catapulted that company onto the International stage. It has since been translated into 27 languages and performed worldwide. From December 9-13, New Yiddish Rep celebrated the play's 100th birthday with a live performance streamed from Theater For The New City. A recording of the production has now been released for video-on-demand and will be available through January 31.
MORE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/Dybbuk.htm
THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY
"OPEN 'THO SHUT"
On Saturday, January 16 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM, Theater for the New City (TNC), 155 First Ave., will present its ninth "Open 'Tho Shut," a weekly series of free, live walk-by performances in which acts will be staged live in the theater's set shop for audiences of socially distanced passers-by, who will watch through an open garage door on East Tenth Street between 1st and 2nd Avenues. The shop was renamed "The Chop Shop Theater" for this series. It is outfitted with an elaborate set by Mark Marcante and Litza Colon, full stage lighting by Alexander Bartenieff and a four-mic sound system.
COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/chop_shop.htm
JANUARY 17, 2021
NEW FEDERAL THEATRE VIRTUAL GALA
New Federal Theatre, which has produced more works by minority playwrights and women than any other organization in the history of New York Theater, will hold a 50th Anniversary Gala Celebration as a virtual event Sunday, January 17, 2021 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM. The Gala will be accessible from the theater's website, www.newfederaltheatre.com, and will honor Cliff Frazier, Ron Himes, S. Epatha Merkerson, Ed Pitt, Phylicia Rashad, Oz Scott, Beth Turner, Glynn Turman and Douglas Turner Ward. The celebration is written by Bill Harris, directed by Dean Irby and co-hosted by Ted Lange, DeWanda Wise and Alano Miller.
MARCH, 2021 TBA
THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY (ONLINE)
RADIO PERFORMANCE OF PART II OF "SUSAN B. AND HER TENNESSEE WALTZ" BY TOBY ARMOUR, DIRECTED BY GEORGE FERENCZ
This play follows Carrie Chapman Catt as she leads the final effort to ratify the 19th Amendment. Susan B. Anthony spent a lifetime fighting a woman's right to vote. Dying in 1906, she never saw the end of the struggle. But she never doubted. ‘Failure is impossible’ were her words. The battle continued under her chosen successor, Carrie Chapman Catt. Fast forward to 1920. The 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote, is coming before a special session of the Tennessee legislature. If Tennessee, the 36th state, ratifies, the Amendment becomes law of the land after almost three quarters of a century of struggle. Campaigning takes place during the sweltering days of August in Nashville. The opposition, led by a coalition of Southern belles and corporate lobbyists, is powerful. Double dealing, threats, bribery, slander are all part of the action. Carrie Chapman Catt, exhausted by the heat, beset by migraines, doubts and bad news, is fighting the battle of her life. It all comes down to one vote.
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