A Seasonal Press Calendar
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MAY 31 TO JUNE 24
NUYORICAN POETS CAFE
"LIFE AMONG THE ARYANS" BY ISHMAEL REED
In "Life Among the Aryans," an American political satire by Ishmael Reed, directed by Rome Neal, the time is the future and the political pendulum has swung way back. Now the president is Jewish and the head of the FBI is a Black woman, presenting such a nightmare to the far right that they now miss the president they called The Muslim King. The government has enacted reparations to Black Americans for the unpaid labor of their ancestors. This inspires envy and desperation among impecunious members of the Alt-Right, with hilarious consequences.
COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/life_aryans.htm
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JUNE 6 TO 30
FLEA THEATRE MAIN STAGE
"A BLANKET OF DUST"
"A Blanket of Dust" by Richard Squires is the story of Diana Crane, the daughter of a high-ranking US senator who is a modern day Antigone. Her husband dies in the World Trade Center. Diana's subsequent ordeal in seeking justice for his murder ultimately drives her to the outer fringes of society. Struggling with facts that the government, the media, her family and her countrymen deny, she finally confronts her doubters with a harrowing act of sacrificial tragedy. This production comes to New York in a time when, with authoritarianism growing the world over, plays of resistance feel urgent and immediate. World premiere; Christopher Murrah directs.
COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/blanket.htm
JUNE 16 TO JULY 14
CLURMAN THEATER, THEATER ROW
Bob Kalfin directs "The Property" by Ben Josephson, the story of a woman, two men she has loved and one she is tempted to, and the ardent teenage son she stifles with good intentions. Irene was once carefree and artistic but now is a low-level corporate manager. Alarmed by the erosion of her family's financial security, she imposes two measures to shore the family up. She rents out a property--the garden cottage that has been her current husband's retreat--to a teacher who infatuates her. Then she inveigles her ex, who is her son's vehemently estranged but influential father, into launching the boy on a lucrative career path. A drama of five people on the edge, constrained by an increasingly ungenerous world, who transform into selves that would horrify the selves they once had been. Presented by New Light Theater Project's Spotlight Series, Sarah Norris, Artistic Director; Michael Aguirre, Managing Director.
COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/property.htm
JUNE 21 TO 23
GRAHAM CENTER OF CONTEMPORARY DANCE
VENCL DANCE IN "CRITICAL JUNCTURES"
Choreographer Susan Vencl returns to Graham Center of Contemporary Dance with "Critical Junctures," an evening of contemprary modern dance with music by Arlene Sierra. The concert premiers "Intersections," a 35 minute sextet, and presents a 30 minute reconstruction of Vencl’s 2016 meditation on randomness and unpredictability, "Long Before Afterward."
COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/vencl.htm
JULY 12 TO 28
LA PLAZA @ THE CLEMENTE PARKING LOT, 107 SUFFOLK STREET
SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARKING LOT PRESENTS "HAMLET"
The Drilling Company, Hamilton Clancy Artistic Director, will present "Hamlet," directed by Karla Hendrick and starring Jane Bradley, for its 2018 Shakespeare in the Parking Lot production. This popular New York summer institution is now in its 24th year. Its concept--presenting Shakespeare plays with a "poor theater" aesthetic in a working parking lot--is now widely imitated around the US and around the world, with productions as far away as New Zealand. To the company's knowledge and research, it is the first major New York outdoor stage company to offer a production with a female Hamlet. Unlike the well-known cross-gender castings of the masterpiece (from Sarah Siddons to Sarah Bernhardt to Maxine Peake), this one is not a woman playing a man: the title character is a feminine Princess of Denmark, whose tragedy is meant to explore when happens when you inject female power into a chaotic and confused world.
COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/hamletSITPL.htm
AUGUST 4 TO SEPTEMBER 16
THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY STREET THEATER
"SHAME OR THE DOOMSDAY MACHINE"
Theater for the New City's award-winning Street Theater Company will open its 42nd annual tour August 4 with "Shame or the Doomsday Machine," a rip-roaring musical. Free performances will tour City streets, parks and playgrounds throughout the five boroughs through September 16. Book, lyrics and direction are by Crystal Field; the musical score is composed and arranged by Joseph Vernon Banks.
COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/stth18.htm
AUGUST 26 TO SEPTEMBER 16
THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY
NINTH ANNUAL DREAM UP FESTIVAL
Theater for the New City, under the direction of Crystal Field, Artistic Director, will present its ninth Dream Up Festival, a feast of adventurous theater featuring new works from across the country and abroad. Helmed by the theater's Literary Manager, Michael Scott-Price, the festival will offer over 20 plays, mixing world premieres. American premieres and New York premieres. It's an ultimate new work festival dedicated to the joy of discovering new authors and edgy, innovative performances.
SEPTEMBER 21 TO OCTOBER 13
"SPIN OFF" BY BERNARD POMERANCE
THE RIVERSIDE THEATRE, 91 CLAREMONT AVE.
Creative Women New York will present the world premiere of "Spin Off" by the late Bernard Pomerance, author of "The Elephant Man," in a production directed by Ron Canada. The play is set within the world of a network television series and weaves a surrealistic tale of characters attempting to "immigrate" from the world of fiction into reality and beyond the soundstage. Figures from television's seemingly endless stream of cop shows have been mysteriously awakened to the narrow limits of their existence as TV stereotypes. They devise a plan to "cross over" in order to find fully dimensional lives. In preparing to escape the confines of their artificial world, they make discoveries about the nature of memory, aspiration, identity, loyalty and, most importantly, love.
COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/spin_off.htm
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
POSTPONED TO THE SUMMER. WAS MAY 16 TO JUNE 2.
GENE FRANKEL THEATRE
"CREDITORS" BY AUGUST STRINDBERG
August Strindberg Rep presents "Creditors" by Strindberg, newly translated and directed by Robert Greer. During an afternoon in a lounge at a seaside resort, a revenge is played out. A credulous artist has his mind poisoned against his wife by her former husband. This masterpiece from Strindberg's naturalist period is rarely excelled in its unity of construction, dramatic tension and acute psychological analysis, but it is far less anthologized than "The Father" or "Miss Julie."
COMPLETE INFO: http://www.jsnyc.com/season/creditors.htm
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