A Seasonal Press Calendar
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DECEMBER 6 TO 16 (REVISED SCHEDULE)
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 December 6 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 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
CAPTIONED, HIGH RESOLUTION PHOTOS of recent Pow-Wows are available at: 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
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 2 TO 25
THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY
"OR CURRENT RESIDENT"
Squeaky Bicycle Productions, a resident company of Theater for the New City, performs "Or Current Resident" by Joan Bigwood. It's 2013 and the multi-generational Finch family has weathered a rapidly-changing community in the heart of Silicon Valley, but nothing has prepared them for the advent of Facebook. This family drama throws the covers off a cozy little universe that has survived on distortions and self-deception; a universe that now lies shivering in the cold glare of unexpected, untenable revelations. Directed by Brandi Varnell.
FEBRUARY 15 TO MARCH 4
MORNINGSIDE PLAYERS, 100 LA SALLE STREET (MORNINGSIDE HEIGHTS)
"HAVING OUR SAY" BY EMILY MANN, ADAPTED FROM THE BOOK BY SARAH L. DELANEY AND A. ELIZABETH DELANEY
Sadie Delany is 103 and Bessie Delany is 101. They welcome us into their home to share an endearing, true story. Like molasses and vinegar, the Delany sisters have always been opposites; but together, these daughters of a former slave grew up in the Jim Crow South, lived in Harlem during its renaissance, and had professional careers as a teacher and a dentist. While making dinner to remember their father’s birthday, the two sisters tell us of the last century as they lived it – through stories of racial injustice and personal strife, unified by faith, family, and time. With Carol Carter and Kimberlee Monroe. Director TBA.
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.
MORE INFO: http://gunplays.org/gunplays_home.htm
LA MAMA E.T.C.
"EXTREME WHETHER" BY KAREN MALPEDE
A new production of the post-Paris version of "Extreme Whether" by Karen Malpede, directed by Alicia Dhyana House. This "eco drama" centers on an embattled American climate scientist in an idyllic wilderness estate in the Northeast Coast. He faces off against his twin sister in a no-holds barred family struggle over land ownership and the future use of their wilderness estate. In one corner is John Bjornson (played by Rocco Sisto), a composite of famous climatologists. In the other is his twin sister, Jeanne, an energy spokeswoman married to a skeptical lobbyist. Supporting John's struggle over the land is the caretaker of the estate, a man named Uncle (played by George Bartenieff). Their family struggle over the wilderness estate and its future reveals the fault lines in America today over land usage, global warming and "climate denial." The characters and plot of this play are informed by the books, lives and experiences of several contemporary scientists including Dr. James Hansen, who told Congress in 1988 that Global Warming had begun and whose science was censored by the Bush administration. “The play is a celebration of hope,” wrote Father Paul Mayer.
EXTENDED THROUGH JANUARY 13, 2018
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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