A Seasonal Press Calendar
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APRIL 5 TO 25
THE THEATER AT 244, 244 W. 54th STREET, 10 FL.
Fusion Theatre is a New York theater company that merges opera with classical theatre for the ultimate artistic experience. They will mount an opera-charged version of Jean-Paul Sartre's "No Exit," directed by Eilin O'Dea, Artistic Director, as the opening production of a new Off-off Broadway venue, The Theater at 244, located at 244 West 54th Street, 10th floor. The translation by Lewis Galantière has been adapted by director Eilin O'Dea for a cast of classically trained actors who are also accomplished opera singers. To set the scene, the piece will begin with three arias from classical operas that are representative of the transition as between life and death (and the instant in between). Sartre's play was originally written to be set in a Second Empire drawing room. In this production, the setting will be a room with tile-red walls whose central furnishing is a black Steinway grand piano.
COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/No_Exit_Fusion.htm
APRIL 12 AND MAY 17
DON'T TELL MAMA
"CHAVELA: THINK OF ME" WITH STEPHANIE TRUDEAU
"Chavela: Think Of Me," written and performed by Stephanie Trudeau, is more than just a musical cabaret based on the songs of legendary Mexican singer Chavela Vargas. It is also a documentary theater project that traces the famed ranchera singer's artistic evolution and the key relationships of her life, including those with her musical mentor, Jose Alfredo Jimenez (the world's greatest composer of ranchera songs), the painters Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, the great Cuban courtesan Macorina, and the producers, notably Pedro Almodovar, who enabled her comeback at age 74 after a 15 year battle with alcoholism.
The piece combines stories about the iconic singer with performances of key songs of her career. It dramatizes the singer's life and also illuminates the culture of Latin America’s “golden age” from the 1930’s through the 1960’s. Narration and enactment of the singer's life story are in English, but Vargas’ ranchera songs and Latin American pop hits are sung in Spanish with some translated lyrics. Multimedia containing historical images of the principal characters and their social and artistic milieu illustrate the piece. The show is topical because Chavela Vargas' life story (1919-2012) reflects so many of today's hot topics: gender issues, gay rights, immigration and Mexican culture. Trudeau is accompanied by her arranger, David Lahm on piano and by Diego Cebollero on guitar. Direction is by Tanya Moberly.
COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/chavela.htm
APRIL 12 TO MAY 10
THE NEW STAGE PERFORMANCE SPACE, 36 W. 106th STREET
New Stage Theatre Company brings its bold visual style and compelling absurdist/physical humor to "Electronic City" by Falk Richter. Gripped by the modern madness of technology, a distracted couple seeks belonging, connection and meaning. Falk Richter (www.falkrichter.com), originally from Hamburg, is counted among the most important German playwrights and directors of his generation. He is known for plays of lost identities, war and politics. Since its premiere in 2003, "Electronic City" has been translated into over 40 languages and performed around the world. Director Ildiko Nemeth's production explores a sense of isolation and alienation with an original dynamic mix of projection, music, movement and Richter's compelling text.
COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/electronic_city.htm
FRIDAY, APRIL 19
SPECIAL EVENT, "FREEDOM SEDER"
NEW YIDDISH REP'S CYRUS AND ROSE FELDMAN STUDIO THEATER, 315 W. 39 STREET, 9 FL.
If you have no plans for the first seder night, please join New Yiddish Rep. Their free, informal seder celebrates the struggle of all oppressed people to be free, remembering that on April 19, 1943, on the night of the first seder, the last chapter of the Jewish armed struggle began in the Warsaw Ghetto. If you want to bring food or drink, great. If you want to make a donation, beautiful. Just come, you'll be welcome, but reservations are strongly recommended because seating is limited. This will not be a formal seder, so don't expect one. Eat, drink and schmooze; there are no restrictions or rules, except not to infringe on anyone else's celebratory impulses. Sing "Khad Gadyo" if you like, or "Will The Circle Be Unbroken," Phil Ochs or The Beatles. Quote the Haggadah, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela, or Lao Tzu. Eat matzo or bread.
COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/kabaret.htm
TRIBECA PERFORMAING ARTS CENTER
BMCC's Tribeca Performing Arts Center, 199 Chambers Street, in partnership with New Federal Theatre, will present "Hatitudes 2019: A Tribute to the Grace and Style of Our Mothers," a benefit for Woodie King, Jr.'s New Federal Theatre, Lay 5 at 3:00 PM. New Federal Theatre’s Audience Development Committee launched this program last year and it is back by popular demand. Elizabeth Van Dyke, Curator and Director of the event, says, “In our community our mother and mother figures are revered, respected and phenomenal women; who have paved the way for many sons and daughters enabling us to live and realize our dreams today. 'Hatitudes 2019' honors them and those who are no longer with us." This year's honorees will be Shaunielle Perry, Dr. Glory Van Scott and Jacqueline Jeffries. Van Dyke says, "They are all pillars of African-American Culture, who have been and remain 'cultural mothers,' paving the way in Theater and Dance and on whose shoulders we stand." Attendees are urged to wear their best hats.
COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/hatitudes.htm
MAY 31 TO JUNE 16
THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY
In the wake of 9/11, Bruno abandons his lucrative Wall Street career to pursue his lifelong dream of becoming a painter. After years of struggling, he finally books a once in a lifetime project, only to develop major misgivings about participating and completing his painting. As his vacillations increase, hysteria and hilarity ensue. Can a marriage- minded girlfriend, greedy guru, financial folly, and one bitchy boss change Bruno’s mind? A new comedy by Natalie Menna, directed by Andrew Block.
EXTENDED THROUGH JUNE 8, 2019
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
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