SEPTEMBER 16 TO OCTOBER 16, 2022
FIRST ANNUAL PHOENIX LIVE ARTS FESTIVAL IN NYACK, NY
The award-winning Phoenix Theatre Ensemble presents
the First Annual Phoenix
Live Arts Festival in Nyack, NY, featuring
three professional theater productions, a Shakespeare performance by and
for kids, the premiere of a song cycle inspired by the paintings of Edward
Hopper, prizes from 25 sponsoring businesses, and bus excursions from
Phoenix Theatre Ensemble is an Audelco, IRNE, Elliot Norton, NYIT Award-winning
nonprofit committed to presenting great stories of the classical canon
and innovative stagings of new adaptations of language-rich texts that
speak to and serve contemporary audiences. It nurtures a diverse
resident company of classically trained and highly skilled theatre
artists. Founded in New York City in 2004, the Ensemble makes Rockland
County its second home. Ensemble artistic directors Elise Stone
and Craig Smith lead thefestival's creative team, engaging local,
county and New York State institutions, educational organizations, businesses
and non-profits in support of this exciting event.
COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/Nyack.htm
SEPTEMBER 29 TO OCTOBER 8, 2022
THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY
AUGUST STRINDBERG REP IN "HEDDA GABLER"
Director/translator Robert Greer will set Ibsen's "Hedda Gabler"
in 1981 Norway for the world premiere of his modern translation of the
play, which will be presented by Theater for the New City September 29
to October 8. The adaptation offers an innovative re-imagining of the
academic rivalry between George Tesman and Eilert Lövborg and re-conceives
the character of Hedda into a 1980's socialite.
COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/hedda.htm
OCTOBER 12 TO 16
THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY
We are living in a time of deliberate campaigns of voter suppression through
a variety of means. Coincidentally, or maybe not so coincidentally, we're
living in a time when women's rights are increasingly under attack. All
of which makes it seem obligatory to revisit the life struggles of historic
female activists and be inspired by their brave campaigns for fundamental
rights. From October 12 to 16, Theater for the New City will rise to this
challenge by presenting "Susan B." by Toby Armour, a one-act
bioplay on the great suffragist Susan B. Anthony, directed by Joan Kane.
At selected performances, members of the League of Women Voters of the
City of New York will offer voter registration in the theater lobby. Representatives
of the League will conduct post-play discussions on Friday, October 14
and Saturday, October 15.
COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/susanb.htm
OCTOBER 19 TO NOVEMBER 6
CHERRY LANE THEATRE
NEGRO ENSEMBLE COMPANY IN "OUR VOICES, OUR TIME " ONE-ACT PLAY
The Negro Ensemble Company, Inc. (NEC) presents a program of one-acts
that have been developed through the company's 22/23 Brownstein Residency
for Artistic Innovation at University of Pennsylvania's Penn Live Arts.
Three plays were selected from a worldwide pool of submitted scripts for
their ability to stimulate meaningful and thought-provoking conversations
on the monumental role of Black artists in shaping art and culture in
our country. The evening includes: "Clipper Cut Nation" by Cris
Eli Blak, directed by Ralph McCain; "What If" by Cynthia Grace
Robinson, directed by Daniel Carlton and "I Don't Do That" by
Mona R. Washington, directed by Petronia Paley. The evening will take
stage October 8, 2022 in a world
premiere at Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Philadelphia
before moving to New York's Cherry Lane Theatre, where NEC is now a company-in-residence,
for its New York premiere.
COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/UpennOurVoices.htm
THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY
VILLAGE HALLOWEEN COSTUME BALL
Theater for the New City (TNC) will emphasize Covid safety in this year's
Village Halloween Costume Ball, presenting a hybrid (indoor/outdoor) celebration
on October 31 to delight its community, young and old, and to celebrate
the creativity that comes with the season. A large outdoor frolic will
be held from 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM on East Tenth Street between First and
Second Avenues (or if it rains, in a big tent), featuring performances,
a costume competition and dancing to swing and Latin bands. This will
be followed by indoor performances from 8:00 PM to midnight in TNC's large
COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/halwn2022.htm
NOVEMBER 4 TO 20
GURAL THEATRE OF ART/NY THEATRES, 502 W. 53RD STREET
"L'AMOUR `A PASSY" BY G.W. REED
France's support of the nascent United States in 1778 is one of the great
diplomatic triumphs of history, credited to the ambassadorial team of
Benjamin Franklin, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. An exciting backstory
to this miracle of statecraft is the platonic affair between Franklin
and the flamboyant, beautiful Madame Brillon (Anne-Louise Hardancourt
Brillon de Jouy). Spoiled by her wealthy, elderly husband and livid at
having to coexist with his mistress (their children's governess), Madame
Brillon made an open show of her affection for the "good doctor,"
flirtatiously calling him "Cher Papa" while perched on his lap
and playing chess with him while in her bath. This two-character play,
then, is the story of their relationship, performed by author G.W. Reed
as Franklin and Musa Gurnis as Madame Brillon, directed by Manfred Bormann.
The events of the play, telescoped for dramatic effect, invite tantalizing
speculation on how Madame. Brillon could have insinuated Franklin into
the court of France, ultimately leading to the Franco-American alliance.
COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/passy.htm
NOVEMBER 10 TO 27
THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY
"I JUST WANT TO TELL SOMEBODY" BY RONALD "SMOKEY"
Return engagement of a solo show by one of Broadway's great musical
comedy performers, who has adapted his autobiographical novel, "I
Just Want to Tell Somebody: The Autobiography of Ronald Smokey Stevens,"
into a one-man, two character theater production. The play dramatizes
Stevens' lifelong battle with drugs in which he, at long last, prevailed.
"Smokey" plays both himself and his nemesis, a sarcastic doppelganger
called "D MAN." The play ushers us through modern moments of
theater history that were Smokey's triumphs and the journey through drug
usage that was nearly his undoing. This tour de force performance
earned critical plaudits last January.
COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/smokey.htm
LA MAMA E.T.C.
KARI HOAAS PRODUCTIONS IN "SHADOWLAND"
Kari Hoaas opens the La MaMa Moves! Festival with "Shadowland,"
a work of muscularity, grace, and partnering. She is a Norwegian choreographer,
dancer and teacher from Oslo. During the period 1993-2006 she lived and
worked in New York City.
As a dancer she has worked with various independent choreographers in
New York including Sarah Skaggs, Maureen Fleming, Susan Rethorst, Sean
Curran Company and the Merce Cunningham Understudy Repertory Group under
the direction of Chris Komar, among others. Under Kari Hoaas Productions
she has created ten evening length group pieces, in addition to choreographing
numerous shorter works, solo works, commissions for companies and institutions,
site-spesific works and collaborations with other artists.
DATES & VENUE TBA
THE NEGRO ENSEMBLE COMPANY, INC.
"THE ROOTWOMAN" BY MICHAEL BRADFORD
The Negro Ensemble Company Inc. is preparing to mount "The Rootwoman,"
a contemporary play by Michael Bradford with accompanying music and vocals.
In a small rural community on the outskirts of New Orleans, Cleveland
Temple hasn’t been able to keep a morsel of food in his stomach for weeks.
His wife, Wanda Temple, is finally pregnant. His best friend, Lucias Steady
can’t seem to shake a twenty year old dream. His former mistress, Cecelia
Shacklefoot, is drowning in the river flowing in her own back and Ms.
Janie, the Rootwoman, has a secret for which even she cannot find the
cure. At the end of the day, it is the whistle of a coming train that
sounds the final blue note of this syncopation. This is a play about the
seduction of love, the bitter taste of regret and the necessity of redemption.
2023-24 SEASON (DATES TBA)
THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY
"COMMITTED" BY NATALIE MENNA
A work of historical fiction about the last two days of Dutch
filmmaker Theo Van Gogh's life. When his highly controversial and vulgar
documentary causes a tremendous uproar in Amsterdam and abroad, Theo spirals
downward. The play explores the collision of an artist's radical temperament
and unyielding vision with modern political realities and the inevitable
tragedy when uncompromising values clash. Can friendship, family, or love
save Theo from his biggest threat - himself?
MARCH 16 TO APRIL 2, 2023
THETER FOR THE NEW CITY
"KATY AND JENNIFER AND THE FLASHER ON NEW YEAR'S EVE 2001" (WORKING
TITLE) BY MATT MORILLO
With the heat crapped out in their East Village apartment on New Year's
Eve 2001, Katy and Jennifer, two recent college graduates, try to get
to Jennifer's grandmother's place. But every attempt to leave is thwarted
by a creepy flasher whom they seem to have accidentally let into the building.
Written and directed by Matt Morillo (author of "Angry Young Women
in Low Rise Jeans with High Class Issues).
VIDEO ON DEMAND
"USED AND BORROWED TIME" BY SOPHIA ROMMA
"Used and Borrowed Time," written and directed by
Sophia Romma, is now available on Amazon Prime, Apple TV, Roku and the
Vyre Network. This experimental avant-garde film, a psychological drama
phantasma, has amassed over 45 festival awards and 26 festival film selections.
An interracial couple's idyllic love rises above the hatred of a vengeful
white supremacist family in segregationist Alabama during the 1960s. The
film pays homage to the French New Wave films of Goddard, Truffaut and
Agnès Varda. It has been translated from its original English into
Greek, Spanish and Italian.
COMPLETE INFO: www.usedandborrowedtime.com
THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY & NEW YIDDISH REP PRODUCTION
OF "THE DYBBUK"
"The Dybbuk" is arguably the most well-known play in the Yiddish
theater lexicon. It was premiered on December 9, 1920 by the Vilna Troupe
at the Eizeum theater in Warsaw. Its success catapulted that company onto
the International stage. It has since been translated into 27 languages
and performed worldwide. From December 9-13, New Yiddish Rep celebrated
the play's 100th birthday with a live performance streamed from Theater
For The New City. A recording of the production has now been released
for the general public to view on Vimeo.
MORE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/Dybbuk.htm
"FEATHERS OF FIRE--THE MOVIE"
CINEMA VERSION OF AWARD-WINNING ANIMATION SHADOW PLAY, "FEATHERS OF
Fictionville Studio has completed "Feathers of Fire--The Movie,"
a cinema version of its live animation shadow play, "Feathers of Fire."
This ingenious production of theater-on-film, conceived and directed by
Hamid Rahmanian, is readying for a multi-platform release.
"Feathers of Fire" is the most elaborate shadow theater experience
ever created, and this recording, captured on an actual theater stage,
transforms it into a video-on-demand production for all ages. The story
is adapted from Shahnameh (the Persian Book of Kings) and tells the action-packed
tale of two star-crossed lovers of old Persia. Zaul, an outcast albino
boy, is brought up by a bird-goddess and grows up into a wise ruler. He
enters into a forbidden love with Rudabeh, a princess who is the granddaughter
of the dreaded Serpent King. Their young, impetuous romance survives many
precarious adventures before they finally receive blessings for their
union. When they ultimately have a child, it is Rostam, "the Hercules
of Iran." Aspects of the story are reminiscent of "Romeo and
Juliet," "Rapunzel," "The Firebird" and "Jungle
The piece is created and directed by Hamid Rahmanian, a 2014 Guggenheim
fellowship-winning filmmaker/visual artist living in Brooklyn. It is endorsed
by Francis Ford Coppola, who called the production "Fantastic! One
of the greatest epics of all time and my favorite Shahnameh brought to
life in a spectacular fashion by Hamid Rahmanian with shadow puppets design
and cinematic wizardry."
COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/feathers.htm