CURRENT & UPCOMING PRODUCTIONS
A Seasonal Press Calendar

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CONTENTS:
Limited Runs
Ongoing Shows

 


LIMITED RUNS

JULY 6 TO 22
SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARKING LOT
LA PLAZA@THE CLEMENTE PARKING LOT, 114 NORFOLK STREET
"ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL"
Shakespeare in the Parking Lot, presented by The Drilling Company, opens its 23rd season with "All's Well That Ends Well," directed by Karla Hendrick. It's the first time this play has been presented in a parking lot, ever. Shakespeare in the Parking Lot has never before presented this tricky play and there is no record of it being produced in any other parking lot. The Drilling Company has been producer of Shakespeare in the Parking Lot since 2006 and is also the exclusive producer of Shakespeare plays in Bryant Park. The troupe has been kicking around the idea of doing this challenging play for about four years.

COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/All's_Well.htm
PHOTOS: https://goo.gl/photos/xSArF6MDGNeTdRpg7


JULY 14 & 15
SUMMER SHARES AT LA MAMA
"THE COST" -- NEGRO ENSEMBLE COMPANY SUMMER SHOWCASE
The Negro Ensemble Company, Inc. (NEC) will hold the 2017 edition of its NEC Alumni Summer Showcase, presenting "The Cost" by Aquaila Shene Barnes, directed by Barbara Montgomery. The play follows behind-the-scenes drama of The Fosters, a fictional African-American political family, as they navigate one of the most exciting political races in Ohio history. With its Summer Showcase Program, NEC harkens back to its original mission by re-implementing its ensemble company system and helping theater artists of the company to build their careers. Actors in Summer Showcase productions are members of the company's training workshops. Authors and directors are senior members of the Company who are channeling to the organization significant works they have been working on or would like to develop. (PLEASE NOTE: Sunday, July 16 show has been canceled.)

COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/thecost.htm
PHOTOS: https://goo.gl/photos/q5nt7NDKrGomTywR6


JULY 27 TO AUGUST 12
SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARKING LOT
LA PLAZA@THE CLEMENTE PARKING LOT, 114 NORFOLK STREET
"HENRY VI PART 3"
We can gain insight into our current polarized politics from Shakespeare's plays on the Wars of the Roses. That's why Shakespeare in the Parking Lot, presented by The Drilling Company, will present "Henry VI Part 3" from July 27 to August 12. The play, which is seldom done, lays bare the passions of the Medieval English war between York and Lancaster. In doing so, it illuminates the animosity between today's Republicans and Democrats on one hand and the tenacity of irreconcilable conflicts, including current civil and sectarian wars, on the other. Hamilton Clancy directs.

COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/HenryVIpt3.htm
PHOTOS: https://goo.gl/photos/K1NERhEXcYVB4nrv5


AUGUST 5 TO SEPTEMBER 17
CITY STREETS, PARKS & PLAYGROUNDS
THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY STREET THEATER TOUR, "CHECKS AND BALANCES, OR BOTTOMS UP"
Theater for the New City's award-winning Street Theater Company will open its 41st annual tour August 5 with "Checks and Balances, or Bottoms Up!," a rip-roaring musical in which a teacher, a subway conductor and a neighborhood school girl lead community activists in the fight against the monster of apple pie fascism and threats of planetary death from the pumpkin head of state. Free performances will tour City streets, parks and playgrounds throughout the five boroughs through September 17. Book, lyrics and direction are by Crystal Field; the musical score is composed and arranged by Joseph Vernon Banks.

COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/stth17.htm
PHOTOS: https://goo.gl/photos/13TxHj8WMNY19TWw8


AUGUST 27 TO SEPTEMBER 17
THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY
DREAM UP FESTIVAL
Theater for the New City (TNC), under the direction of Crystal Field, Artistic Director, will present its eighth 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 offers over 25 plays, almost all of which are world premieres or New York premieres.

PHOTOS: https://photos.app.goo.gl/3lfCK2x77YlYMVwk2


AUGUST 30 TO SEPTEMBER 17
THEATRE 80 ST. MARKS
NEGRO ENSEMBLE COMPANY IN "A SOLDIER'S PLAY"
The 50th season of Negro Ensemble Company, a year-long retrospective of some of the troupe's signature works, culminates with "A Soldier's Play" by Charles Fuller (original production November 20, 1981), directed by Charles Weldon. The play, evocative of Melville's "Billy Budd," uses a murder mystery in a Black U.S. Army base during World War II to expose angers and resentments among African Americans that curiously mimic white racist attitudes. The play won the Pulitzer Prize, an Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Play, a New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best American Play and an Obie Award for Distinguished Ensemble Performance.


OCTOBER 5 TO 22
THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY
TWO NEW PLAYS BY MARIO FRATTI: "BROOKLYN" AND "FOUR WOMEN"
"Brooklyn" and "Four Women" are the latest plays by Mario Fratti, author of "Cage," "Victim," Eleonora Duse," "Mafia," "Return," Academy," "Lovers," "Sister," "Che Guevara," "Bridge," "Porno," "Six Passionate Women," "A.I.D.S.," "Seducers" and "Madame Senator." Broadway audiences know him as author of the adaptation of Fellini's film "8½" that became "Nine," the now-legendary Broadway musical that grabbed five Tony awards and eight Drama Desk awards. In "Brooklyn," a cruel man tries to desroy his wife. "Four Women" is a play about survival in the lesbian world.


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 mounting its first 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, food (full dinner menu available) 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). Productin went on hiatus June 28 and resumes with a Halloween Edition.

COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/cooping.htm
PHOTOS: https://goo.gl/photos/argTYiAeRQVSz9w8A


OCTOBER 19 TO NOVEMBER 26
NEW FEDERAL THEATRE PRESENTS "FREIGHT:THE FIVE INCARNATIONS OF ABEL GREEN" BY HOWARD CRAFT
CASTILLO THEATRE, 543 WEST 42ND STREET
This is the story of an African American male named Abel Greene who exists in five different dimensions in the same universe at a different point in American history. In each incarnation he works as a minstrel, performer, a cult leader, an FBI informant, a struggling actor and an out-of-work mortgage broker. In each incarnation, Abel finds himself stuck somewhere between the American Dream and the American Nightmare. The character in the play's journey parallels the migration of African-Americans out of the South to the North. Performed by J Alphonse Nicholson, directed by Joseph Megel. Presented by Woodie King, Jr.'s New Federal Theatre.


OCTOBER 31
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


NOVEMBER 19 TO DECEMBER 16
GENE FRANKEL THEATRE, 24 BOND STREET
"THE BLACK GLOVE" BY AUGUST STRINDBERG
In August Strindberg's version of "A Christmas Carol," a lost black glove found in the entryway to a large apartment building the day before Christmas Eve mystically passes through the hands of many of its residents as it bestows a Christmas spirit. Presented by August Strindberg Rep. Newly translated by Robert Greer (Artistic Director), directed by Mr. Greer.


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) willl 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 stiudents has escalated to armed conflict because of the prevalence of guns in the school.



ONGOING SHOWS

PRIVATE PERFORMANCES BY APPOINTMENT
IN LIVING ROOMS, SCHOOLS, WINE BARS AND OTHER INFORMAL SPACES
GEORGE BARTENIEFF IN "I WILL BEAR WITNESS: THE EARLY YEARS OF THE HITLER REGIME"
Schools, wine stores, living rooms--these are the venues where George Bartenieff, one of the most respected actors of his generation, and his Obie-winning playwright/director wife, Karen Malpede, are recreating "I Will Bear Witness: The Early Years of the Hitler Regime" (2002), a play adapted for the stage the diaries from the diaries of of Victor Klemperer. This one-person play, tracing the rise of Hitler, premiered at CSC Rep and played to acclaim in New York, London, Berlin, Washington DC and toured Europe and the U.S. for three years. 

Malpede and Bartenieff have created the 40 minute piece that has been performing in living rooms, and last night in an art gallery in Woodstock, and next week at Thirst Wine Merchants in Fort Greene. The text is focused on the early years of the Nazi regime and its echos with today are powerful and powerfully felt by audiences, who have time for important dialogue after the piece. The piece recounts the time of Hitler’s election through events following Kristallnacht. Klemperer records in minute detail the manifold reactions of Jewish and Christian neighbors and friends, their shock, despair, rage and acts of resistance.

COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/klemperer.htm
PHOTOS: https://bicyclist.smugmug.com/Theater/I-Will-Bear-Witness--The-Holocau/i-L5dzSfC


EXTENDED THROUGH AUGUST 20
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
PHOTOS: https://goo.gl/photos/8wTzPEq6GHKBPJfC6


 

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