A Seasonal Press Calendar
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NOVEMBER 7 TO 24
THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY
"THE WHITES (A STORY ABOUT BLACK PEOPLE/PLAYED BY WHITE PEOPLE)"
Being condemned to an underclass because of one's dark skin is all-too familiar to African-Americans. William Electric Black's newest play, "The Whites," aims to illuminate the feelings that accompany this experience for the benefit of all the races. It's done with a unique concept of race reversal: he offers us a family drama in which the situation and characters are culturally Black but the cast is White.
COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/whites.htm
THE CAPITOL STEPS IN "THE LYIN' KINGS"
The Capitol Steps, America's premiere political-musical-satire troupe, returns to New York November 17 with their all new show, “The Lyin’ Kings,” for two performances, at 4:00 PM and 7:00 PM. This is the group that puts the "MOCK" in Democracy! Originally made up of congressional staffers, the past decade has seen the "Steps" harvest the talents of finely-tuned musical theater professionals from around the country. "The Lyin’ Kings," drawing its humor from today’s headlines and twitter feeds, will include the latest songs about the Democratic primary candidates (“76 Unknowns”) and the newest late-night thoughts from President Trump (“Tweet It”).
COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/capitolsteps.htm
PHOTOS: https://photos.app.goo.gl/1CHqnQgDucofTZ8n6 and http://www.capsteps.com/live/pr06.html
DECEMBER 5 TO JANUARY 18
NEW STAGE PERFORMANCE SPACE, 36 WEST 106TH STREET
"NEAR TO THE WILD HEART"
New Stage Theatre Company, under the direction of Ildiko Nemeth, brings its signature blend of multimedia, inventive choreography and striking visual design to the first-ever stage adaptation of "Near to the Wild Heart," the modernist masterpiece by Clarice Lispector (1920-1977). The Brazilian-Jewish novelist is now the object of a long-overdue surge of worldwide literary popularity. "Near to the Wild Heart" (1943), her sensational debut novel, is the story of a woman trapped in a passionless marriage. Rather than a conventional plot, it offers us a woman's inner life that is as clear and lustrous as any in world literature. Nemeth adapts "Near to the Wild Heart" into a multimedia theatre piece that evokes a rich, expansive female interior as it dramatizes the life and passions of the book's heroine. Her playscript employs verbatim excerpts of Alison Entrekin's faithful translation to reflect--as much as possible--the novel's unique voice and literary effect.
COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/Lispector.htm
UKRAINIAN MUSEUM, 222 E. 6TH STREET
YARA ARTS GROUP IN "KOLIADA AND MUSIC FROM THE CARPATHIANS"
Yara Arts Group, under the direction of Virlana Tkacz, will stage a concert-theater event, “Koliada and Music from the Carpathians" at the Ukrainian Museum, 222 E 6th Street . The Koliadnyky, an ensemble of winter song singers from the Carpathians, will sing traditional winter songs and perform brilliant troista instrumental music from the villages of Kryvorivnia and Verkhovyna. The evening will include a musical performance by special guest bandurist Julian Kytasty. The evening celebrates Koliada, a winter ritual that now coincides with Christmas but is much older in origin and symbolism. Its oldest songs are preserved in villages high in the Carpathian Mountains, where the ritual is considered to be the most important event of the year. Some people believe that spring and the harvest will not come to the village unless the songs are sung in every household. Its songs are incantations that assume the magical power of words: "what is said, will be so." The evening will feature a variety of unique instruments played by musicians of the Koliadnyky who are expert in this genre.
COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/Yara_Ukr_Mus2019.htm
CHURCH OF ST. LUKE OF THE FIELD, 487 HUDSON STREET
WESTERN WIND VOCAL SEXTET IN "HOME FOR THE HOLIDYS--FROM DARKNESS TO LIGHT"
The Grammy-nominated Western Wind Vocal Sextet will present "Home For The Holidays - from Darkness to Light" on Sunday, December 8 at 7:00 PM Church of St. Luke in the Field, 487 Hudson Street, NYC (West Village). The concert celebrates Christmas and Chanukah with a rich assortment of holiday music. It is the first NYC mainstage event for the sextet's "new" ensemble, which includes three new members. Organized by themes such as "The Coming of Light," "Miracles," "Holiday Messages" and "Food & Fun," the program explores the deeper meaning of the stories, rituals and festivities of these two winter holidays.
COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/WW.htm
DECEMBER 19 TO JANUARY 5
THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY
CZECHOSLOVAK-AMERICAN MARIONETTE THEATRE IN
"A CHRISTMAS CAROL, OY! HANUKKAH, MERRY KWANZAA"
This show is an adaptation of Dickens' classic with Old World accents and New World inclusiveness. Adapted, directed and reinvented by Vit Horejs, it features over 30 puppets by Milos Kasal and holiday songs in Czech, English, Hebrew & Swahili. This toy-puppet theater extravaganza is a new take on Charles Dickens' classic with a few twists and digressions. Into the familiar story is woven a surprising and delightful blend of English, Jewish, African, American and Czech winter rituals, customs and holiday songs, all performed by over three dozen marionettes ranging in size from four to twenty-four inches as well as found objects and toys. Mr. Horejs operates the whole cast of puppets, backed up by a live chorus: Czech, English, Hebrew & Swahili songs are performed by a two-person "a capella monumentale" choir. The piece is still set in Old London, but with Czech accents. Imagine that the familiar tale was told to you not by an English serial novelist, but by your Czech grandmother.
COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/Vit_Xmas_2019.htm
DECEMBER 19, 20 & 22
LA MAMA E.T.C.
YARA ARTS GROUP IN "OPERA GAZ"
"Opera GAZ" was created in Kyiv by director Virlana Tkacz, who heads Yara Arts Group in New York, and the composers Roman Grygoriv and Illia Razumeiko from Nova Opera in Kyiv. Piece combines live performances and traditional instruments with electronic music to present the story of an explosion at a futuristic gas factory that produced all the energy for the industrial world. The visually striking production is sung in English, Ukrainian and German but is universally accessible.
"Opera GAZ” is inspired by Les Kurbas’s 1923 theatre production at the Berezil Artistic Association in Kyiv of the German expressionist drama by Georg Kaiser about the industrial future. At the center is a prepared piano, which is the control center of the GAZ works. As performers transform into the characters, their journey reveals a struggle between their mass and individual consciousness. Eventually enraged, they explode against the very machines that once fed them. The opera asks us to experience the looming disaster created by our old ways and to imagine an alternative. Set and costumes are inspired by 1920s designs that were meant to invoke the next century. The story seems straight out of today’s headlines with an eye set on our future.
COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/OperaGAZ.htm
LA MAMA E.T.C.
YARA ARTS GROUP IN "WINTER SONGS ON MARS"
La MaMa will present Yara Arts Group in a concert-theater event celebrating Koliada, a winter ritual of the Carpathian Mountains. There will be two performances: at Noon and 7:00 PM, in La MaMa's Ellen Stewart Theater, 66 East Fourth Street. The program, directed by Virlana Tkacz, will include the traditional Hutsul koliada, an 18th century Ukrainian Nativity play. Performers will include actors of Yara Arts Group and members of Nova Opera from Kyiv. Yara Arts Group is presenting its 30th Season at La MaMa.
COMPLET INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/Winter_Songs_on_Mars.htm
FEBRUARY 3-25, 2020
TAVERN LOCATIONS (TBA) IN BROOKLYN AND MANHATTAN
BROOKLYN TAVERN THEATER PRESENTS "YBOR CITY"
"Ybor City" by by Dan Furman and Anita Gonzalez is a musical about the rise of unionism and the healing of racial divides within an American community. In 1918 Tampa Florida, Rafael comes to town to read newspapers for the factory workers. He falls for Teresa, the sister of union organizer Catalino. Romance blossoms, tensions rise, and when Catalino stands up for worker rights, violence erupts. The community struggles to unite against an abusive factory owner and collectively form a multi-racial union.
Tavern Theater presents original musicals in taverns and institutions that
are open to the public, but only (at this point) on slow days for the drinking
crowd--Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays. Admission is free to these Equity Showcase
FEBRUARY, 2020 TBA
LA MAMA E.T.C.
DARIO D'AMBROSI IN "TUTTI NON CI SONO - ALL MAD FREE"
First presented at La MaMa in 1980, this seminal play about a psychiatric inmate victimized by neglect in the outside world was written as a reaction to the Italian Mental Health Act of 1978, which was the first law to reform the psychiatric system. It is a call for help and understanding instead of indifference and fear. Dario D’Ambrosi, founder of the Pathological Theater of Rome is one of the major Italian avanguard artists. Author, director and actor, he has been working for over thirty years on his personal research on madness, developing some among the most interesting theater shows on the Italian and International scene.
COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/dario_tutti_non.htm
For an online photo album with a selection of historical photos of Dario D'Ambrosi's New York shows, go to: https://picasaweb.google.com/118006855954301553089/Dario_DAmbrosi
EXTENDED THROUGH JANUARY 11, 2020
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 Lyrics 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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