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BOHEMIAN NATIONAL HALL, 321 E. 73RD ST. & JAN HUS CHURCH (CHAPEL), 351 E. 74TH ST.
CZECHOSLOVAK-AMERICAN MARIONETTE THEATRE'S FALL CENTENNIAL HERITAGE FESTIVAL
Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre (CAMT) presents a Centennial Heritage Festival to celebrate two auspicious anniversaries: the Centennial Anniversary of the founding of Czechoslovakia (1918) and the Millennial Anniversary of the unification of the Lands of the Czech Crown, under Duke Oldřich (1018). Events include a mainstage production, "Duke Oldřich & Washerwoman Božena, the True Story," and a play for young audiences (and their parents), "Water Goblin, Kacha and the Devil, & How the Little Cat Kochichka, and the Little Dog Pejsek Baked a Birthday Cake." Also: film screenings, a participatory SongFest and an array of traditional Czech foods and beverages.
COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/camt2018.htm
OCTOBER 11 TO 28
THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY
"RECOVERY" BY ANNE LUCAS
"Recovery" by Anne Lucas is a drama of mothers and daughters at a drug rehabilitation center who are lost in the pain of addiction. All are influenced and guided by a Reverend Stephanie Jackson and a Demon (embodying all temptation) who battle for their souls. Denial is portrayed is a powerful tool in the weaponry of darkness and facing truth is portrayed as a painful path but the only one that leads to lasting recovery. The play is based on a personal story of a mother and daughter. Cast of six includes Karen Lynn Gorney, Brian Childers. Stephan Morrow directs.
COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/recovery.htm
MANHATTAN PENTHOUSE, 80-5th AVE.
WORKSHOP THEATRE GALA
Christine Ebersole, the two-time Tony Award winner and star of "War Paint," "Grey Gardens," "42nd Street" and more, will be honored at The Workshop Theater's fifth annual unGALA. The organization, now 25 years old, is devoted to the rigorous development and production of new American plays and musicals. Notable successes include "The Man who was Peter Pan" by Allan Knee (debuted at Workshop in 2004; basis for the Academy Award nominated film "Finding Neverland" and the Broadway musical of the same name) and "The Navigator" by Eddie Antar (debuted at Workshop in 2012; recipient of two Drama Desk nominations).
COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/workshop_gala.htm
PLAYERS CLUB, 16 GRANERCY PARK SOUTH
RESIDENT ACTING COMPANY READINGS, "THE BELLE'S STRATAGEM"
The Resident Acting Company (www.racnyc.org), a new troupe drawn from the performing ensemble of The Pearl Theatre Company, will present a staged reading of "The Belle's Stratagem" by Hannah Cowley on Monday, October 29 at 7:00 PM at The Players Club, 16 Gramercy Park South. The reading is the second 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_readings.htm
THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY
VILLAGE HALLOWEEN COSTUME BALL
Nonstop theater, a costume competition and ballroom dancing will bewitch the East Village in Theater for the New City's 42nd annual Village Halloween Costume Ball. This unique festival continues as a grand coming-together for real witches, everyday New Yorkers and artists alike. An explosive fall tradition, the event is held annually on the actual night of Halloween and celebrates artistic creation and fertilization.
COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/halloween.htm
PHOTOS: https://goo.gl/photos/RaQKK8C5mjqE3wsx5 (historic photos) and https://photos.app.goo.gl/3nEDgFEcDMXL3qzM7 (this year)
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 8 TO DECEMBER 1
GENE FRANKEL THEATRE, 2$ BOND STTREET
"THE FATHER" BY AUGUST STRINDBERG
Written before Freud described the Oedipus Complex, this 1887 play offers a proto-Freudian explanation of the unreasonable hatrred 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. He is goaded into a violent act, proving he is insane, and is straitjacketed by his old nurse, leading him to suffer a stroke. Presented by August Strindberg Rep, translated and directed by Robert Greer. Alternates with an evening of three plays by resident playwright Natalie Menna.
NOVEMBER 9 TO DECEMBER 1
GENE FRANKEL THEATRE, 24 BOND STREET
THREE ONE-ACTS BY NATALIE MENNA
August Strindberg Rep presents an evening of three short one-acts by resident playwright Natalie Menna: "Hiroshi-Me, Me, Me" directed by Vincent Marano, "Montana" directed by Ivette Dumeng and and "Pause" directed by Charles Cascano. 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 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
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
DECEMBER 6 TO 21
TEATRO CIRCULO, 64 E. 4TH STREET
CELESTE MORATTI DIRECTS "MACBETH"
First Maria LLC 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 LLC, 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."
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, aganist 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 and Val Ghent (arranger/keyboards for Ashford & Simpson). Directed by Black. Choreography by Jeremy Lardieri.
EXTENDED THROUGH NOVEMBER 24, 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
DATES TBA, OPEN-ENDED RUN
5TH WALL STUDIO, 160 N. 4TH STREET, BROOKLYN
5th Wall Studio offers an entirely new dance theater experience with "Chasing Paper," which tells of a man's journey into his own imagination using breath-taking acrobatics, aerial dance, whimsical immersive imagery, water and flight. With only 36 seats for each performance, each viewer is transported into an individual dreamscape, awakening inner magic with a tale of love. The piece is adapted by AiRealistic from its 2013 production, "Breaking Surface."Reviewing that production at Theater for the New City, Jack Anderson (NY Theatre Wire) wrote that it "defied expectations not only of how the law of gravity is supposed to operate, but also of what theatrical combinations of dance and acrobatics look like.” Julia Kennedy wrote in Broadway World Dance, "Breaking Surface has gone where few other dance performances dare to go. It was a thrilling multi-faceted performance of incredible skill and poetic beauty....The cast’s physical feats, while suspended on delicate harnesses or gliding across the water logged stage, displayed their sheer technical aptitude. The audience was mystified by the quality of the performers, as well as their ability to create a fully immersive and passionate experience." Co-created, co-choreographed and co-directed by Gwyneth Larsen and William Mulholland.
COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/chasing_paper.htm
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