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OPENED OCTOBER 8, NOW EXTENDED THROUGH SEPTEMBER 9
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
MARCH 31 TO APRIL 30
NEW STAGE PERFORMANCE SPACE, 36 W. 106th STREET, MANHATTAN
New Stage Theatre Company will open its new permanent home, The New Stage Performance Space, located at 36 West 106th Street, Manhattan, from March 31 to April 30 with the debut production of "Rules," a work of movement-and-image based theater adapted and directed by Ildiko Nemeth. The piece is primarily based on "The Rules" by Charles L. Mee, a play from his (re)making project. It is an of-the-moment performance work channeling the anxiety of our time. Faithful to Mee's Collage Theater approach to drama, it brings together voices of the marginalized, objectified, and simply horrified to form an urgent chorus that implores, "What rules inform our new reality? Who is writing them? And what will it mean to fight for cohesion and unity?" Charles L. Mee is known for his work with SITI Company, for which he wrote "Orestes," "bobrauschenbergamerica," "Hotel Cassiopeia," "Under Construction" and "soot and spit (the musical)." He was Signature Theater's Playwright-in-Residence in 2007-2008.
COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/rules.htm
APRIL 5 TO 22
THEATRE 80 ST. MARKS
NEGRO ENSEMBLE COMPANY IN "ROSALIE PRITCHETT" AND "THE PERRY'S MISSION"
This Spring, The Negro Ensemble Company, Inc. continues the celebration of its 50th Anniversary season in which it is remounting classic plays of the company's past. From April 5 to 22, the company will present two companion pieces, "Rosalie Pritchett" by Barbara and Carlton Molette and "The Perry's Mission" by Clarence Young III. These one-acts, exploring themes of black struggle, were originally produced together in 1971, when when the Vietnam War was raging, Black Power Politics was mobilizing disparate counterculture activists, and Black Panther chairman Bobby Seale was standing trial in New Haven for murder of a police informant. In these inflammatory times, The Negro Ensemble Company, Inc. dedicated a season to plays emphasizing themes of black struggle. The double-bill of "Rosalie Pritchett" and "The Perry's Mission" aimed to look deeply into the actions and feelings that underlay splits in Black philosophies and minimized forward motion. "Rosalee Pritchett" portrays the women of an upper-class black wives' bridge club, one of whom is raped by lower-class white National Guard troops. The rest of the club remains indifferent; it's a devastating indictment of the black bourgeoisie. In "The Perry's Mission," a male black militant challenges various people in a bar about their black identities and their conversation grows into fatal conflict.
COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/rosalee_perrys.htm
APRIL 7 TO 29
GENE FRANKEL THEATRE, 24 BOND STREET
"OF MICE AND MEN"
The Onomatopoeia Theatre Company, a resident company of Gene Frankel Theatre, will present a faithful production of John Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men" Off-off Broadway. It is the story of George Milton and Lennie Small, migrant ranch workers living rough in northern California, who yearn for home and stability during the Great Depression. Unlike other down-and-out men, who tended to be loners, this pair are deeply bonded. Lennie is big, dull-witted and incapable of taking care of himself. George, small and quick-witted, has appointed himself the big man's protector and guardian. They are a heart-rendering example of empathy and brotherhood among the powerless. In our present time, this American classic achieves currency and brilliance as an example of understanding and support toward for those who perceive, think, remember and learn differently.
COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/mice&men.htm
APRIL 13 TO 30
THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY
"THE FACULTY ROOM"
Baby Boomers had nuclear air raid drills in school that stamped their souls with the realization that death is always close by. Their children now have lockdown drills, rehearsing what to do when a shooter is on the loose in the school. A nuclear attack has never materialized (at least, not yet), but the present generation has Sandy Hook, Columbine, Virginia Tech and a host of other massacres to remind them of their own mortality. The hard lockdown--when an imminent danger is known--is an unforgettable rite of passage for many people, and it is the setting of "The Faculty Room," the newest play by William Electric Black that is the fourth in his GUNPLAYS series. Directed by the author.
COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/faculty_room.htm
PANGEA RESTAURANT & SUPPER CLUB, 178 SECOND AVE.
"CHAVELA: THINK OF ME"
"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 show will be a refreshing homage and celebration of the arts of Mexico at a time when our southern neighbor is the focus of stereotyping and right-wing disrespect in America today.
COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/Stephanie_Trudeau_Pangea.htm
MAY 17 TO 28
STUDIO THEATRE, THEATER ROW
French playwright Jean Anouilh wrote his "Antigone" during the Nazi occupation of France. It became a symbol of resistance as freedom fighters viewed the heroine's defiance as a crie de cœur of patriotism. The play, written with a modern sensibility, is based on the Greek tragedy of the princess who dies for burying her brother's corpse against the orders of her dictator uncle. Its parallels to modern times are exciting and provocative. Fusion Theatre's mission is to strengthen classic plays with the great art of opera. The production will use the 1946 translation by Lewis Galantière, which is distinguished in itself, but will be enhanced by sung selections from five classic operas. All members of the cast have a rare combination of talents: they are masterful opera singers who are also accomplished actors. Directed by Eilin O'Dea.
COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/antigone.htm
MAY 24 TO JUNE 10
THEATRE 80 ST. MARKS
NEGRO ENSEMBLE COMPANY IN
"DAUGHTERS OF THE MOCK"
The 50th season of Negro Ensemble Company, a year-long retrospective of some of the troupe's signature works, continues with "Daughters of the Mock" by Judi Ann Mason (original production March 3, 1976), directed by Denise Dowse.
JUNE 1 TO 24
WORKSHOP THEATER, 312 W. 36th STREET
"Composure" is a six-character play by Scott C. Sickles. A year after an on-campus unrequited love murder-suicide, Fletcher Driscoll, 48, returns to his hometown alma mater to direct "Romeo and Juliet," the play selected to commemorate the tragedy. As he attempts to helm a tasteful production, he begins a casual fling with Jeff Landry, 52, a recently out and divorced administrator. Meanwhile, Fletcher encounters a high school acquaintance with whom he shares a disturbing history, while Jeff attempts to maintain a friendship with his ex-wife as they mourn the loss of her brother. Long-held feelings and secrets come to light bringing Fletcher and Jeff closer while threatening to tear them asunder as opening night approaches. It's a romantic drama about the resonance of loss. "Composure" received two 2016 New York Innovative Theatre Awards for Outstanding Director (Emmy Award winner Fritz Brekeller) and Outstanding Original Full-Length Script. Playwright Scott C. Sickles just received his fifth Emmy Nomination. Directed by Fritz Brekeller, who won Outstanding Director at the New York Innovative Theatre Awards for The Workshop Theater's developmental production of "Composure." He won an Emmy as part of the directing team of "One Life to Live."
JUNE 2 TO 18
THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY
YANGTZE REPERTORY THEATRE OF AMERICAN IN "410[GONE]"
" 410[GONE]" by Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig is a play about love and loss. Seventeen, a Chinese American boy, who has committed suicide wanders into the Chinese Land of the Dead, a dominion ruled by the Chinese Goddess of Mercy and the Monkey King. The time is suspended, and an arcade dance console holds the key to transmigration. His elder sister, Twenty-One, has been reliving the night of the suicide in order to find Seventeen. After a series of hilarious events between the land of the live and the dead, Twenty-One finally meets Seventeen again only to realize she has to set him free. Directed by Chongren Fan, cast of five. In English with Chinese subtitles.
JAY THARP THEATRE AT SYMPHONY SPACE
THE CAPITOL STEPS IN "ORANGE IS THE NEW BARACK"
The Capitol Steps, America's premiere political-musical-satire troupe, returns to New York on Fatrher's Day for two performances at Peter Jay Sharp Theatre at Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway (at 95th Street, Upper West Side). The troupe will offer its newest show, "Orange is the New Barack," a brand-new vaudeville-like comedy show with a mix of song and standup, lampooning our modern political leaders, taking on the major issues of the day and providing sneak-peeks at the troupe's next album. There will be one show at 3:30 PM and one at 7:00 PM. The shows will provide such treats as "Small Hands" (sung by Melania, a parody of Pointer Sister's "Slow Hand"), "Tweet Tweet" (a parody of "Rockin' Robin," inspired by the President's tweet storms), "Don't Know Much About History" (with Nancy DeVoss crooning "Don't know much about history…Don't know much biology") and "Putin on the Blitz," based on "Puttin' on the Ritz," in which Vladimir explains his philosophy on asserting power ("...Russian force I must assert – don't make me take off my shirt – you'll say 'tsk tsk' – Putin is a risk...").
COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/cap_steps_SS.htm
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.
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