CURRENT & UPCOMING PRODUCTIONS
A Seasonal Press Calendar

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CONTENTS:
Limited Runs
Ongoing Shows

 


LIMITED RUNS

NOVEMBER 8 TO 17
CASTILLO THEATRE, 543 WEST 42ND STREET
NEW FEDERAL THEATRE'S "NOVEMBER READINGS SERIES"
Woodie King Jr.'s New Federal Theatre will present "The 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, Reginald T. Jackson.

COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/nov_readings.htm


NOVEMBER 9 TO DECEMBER 1
GENE FRANKEL THEATRE, 24 BOND STREET
"#MeThree" BY NATALIE MENNA
August Strindberg Rep presents "#MeThree," an evening of three short one-acts by resident playwright Natalie Menna: "Hiroshi-Me, Me, Me" directed by Janet Bentley; "Montana," directed by Charles Cascano and and "Pause," directed by Ivette Dumeng. 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 (November 14-December 1).

COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/The_Father.htm#methree
PHOTOS: https://photos.app.goo.gl/Sm8xcNSKFdQ8sFrq7


NOVEMBER 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.

MORE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/Elia_Schneider_2018.htm
PHOTOS: https://photos.app.goo.gl/31LNgZbbcwaJ6sUcA


NOVEMBER 15 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. Presented by August Strindberg Rep, translated and directed by Robert Greer. Alternates with "#MeThree," an evening of three plays by resident playwright Natalie Menna (November 9 to December 1).

COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/The_Father.htm#father
PHOTOS: https://photos.app.goo.gl/Sm8xcNSKFdQ8sFrq7


NOVEMBER 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.

COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/fool4love.htm
PHOTOS: https://photos.app.goo.gl/3TmSMpPvj16ezny4A


NOVEMBER 19
THE PLAYERS CLUB, 16 GRAMERCY PARK SOUTH
RESIDENT ACTING COMPANY IN "IT IS SO (IF YOU THINK SO)" BY LUIGI PIRANDELLO
The Resident Acting Company, a new troupe drawn from the performing ensemble of The Pearl Theatre Company, will present a staged reading of "It Is So (If You Think So)" by Luigi Pirandello on Monday, November 19 at 7:00 PM at The Players Club, 16 Gramercy Park South. The reading is the final 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.

COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/RAC-Pirandello.htm
PHOTOS: https://photos.app.goo.gl/nGE8hEgPUnc5vq8x5



DECEMBER 6 TO 21
TEATRO CIRCULO, 64 E. 4TH STREET
CELESTE MORATTI DIRECTS "MACBETH"
First Maria Ensemble 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 Ensemble, 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."

COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/macbeth.htm
PHOTOS: https://photos.app.goo.gl/QqvhPuazz3aWnNYb7


DECEMBER 6 TO 15
LOUNGE THEATRE, LOS ANGELES
"FOOL FOR LOVE" BY SAM SHEPARD
The bicoastal production of Sam Shepard's "Fool for Love," which premieres November 15 to December 2 at New York's Theater for the New City, will be presented December 6 to 15 at The Lounge Theatre, 6201 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles. The production, directed by Kymberly Harris, arises from a careful artistic process of immersion on many levels. It aims to honor and recapture the path of Shepard's "Buried Child," which was commissioned by Theater for the New City and premiered there in 1978.

COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/FFL-LA.htm
PHOTOS: https://photos.app.goo.gl/3TmSMpPvj16ezny4A


DECEMBER 10
NORTH OF HISTORY, 445 COLUMBUS AVE.
CONCERT, "CODEX TO CAGE"
Long-time westsider musicians Mari Kimura (violinist/composer) and Bruce Brubaker (piano) will join up for “CODEX to CAGE" an eclectic concert program in the heart of Upper West Side on Monday, December 10 at 7:30 PM at North of History, 445 Columbus Avenue (81-82 Street).  Kimura will perform solo violin works ranging from Bach to Ioanis Xenakis to works of her own. Brubaker, who heads the Piano program at the New England Conservatory and is a renowned interpreter of Philip Glass and Terry Riley, will perform works from his repertoire, including “Codex Faenza,” a 15th-century manuscript that Brubaker has arranged. Kimura and Brubaker will join forces in their interpretation of John Cage’s “Fontana Mix” to conclude the concert.

COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/kimura-brubaker.htm
Photos: https://photos.app.goo.gl/vSzCUaWGnDsmKxcj6



JANUARY 25 TO FEBRUARY 3
THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY
THUNDERBIRD AMERICAN INDIAN DANCERS' 44th ANNUAL DANCE CONCERT AND POW-WOW
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.

COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/Pow-Wow.htm
RECENT PHOTOS: https://goo.gl/photos/SLr4PXEHJrsq34j9A and https://goo.gl/photos/GdTzC9QDTyGswnPW9
HISTORICAL PHOTOS of Pow-Wows from 2004 to 2015 are available for download at: https://goo.gl/photos/wUcenp6ZcPDcBCYD7
SELECTED PHOTOS from all these albums are available for download at: https://goo.gl/photos/tcrxbtPYtF2hdvhV6


JANUARY 31 TO FEBRUARY 17
THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY
"BETTY AND THE BELRAYS" BY WILLIAM ELECTRIC BLACK
To foster reconciliation and healing among our communities, William Electric Black brings back his feelgood musical, "Betty and the Belrays" (2007). Remember how in "Dreamgirls," three black female singers from Detroit struggled to become a successful girl group? In "Betty & The Belrays," three white female singers from Detroit struggle to change a racially divided society by singing for a black record label.

It's 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 a Miss Loretta Jones, an oldtime soul singer, decides to coach the girls not only about singing, but about the Civil Rights Movement. After an appearance on a popular television show, Betty & The Belrays are offered a major record deal from a white label, on the condition that they will have to stop singing about racial issues. When they return home the girls are faced with hate mail from their own communities. What's a girl to do? 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.


ONGOING SHOWS

EXTENDED THROUGH DECEMBER 15, 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
PHOTOS: https://photos.app.goo.gl/KTXnAJaAgtPQDSW12

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