CURRENT & UPCOMING PRODUCTIONS
A Seasonal Press Calendar

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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 Manhattan.

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
PHOTOS: https://photos.app.goo.gl/7BsJQBw1gYdEWwK87


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
PHOTOS: https://photos.app.goo.gl/R8rkASq7t5tab4zP6


OCTOBER 12 TO 16
THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY
"SUSAN B."

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
PHOTOS: https://photos.app.goo.gl/BuipjzxXHhkGEv926


OCTOBER 19 TO NOVEMBER 6
CHERRY LANE THEATRE
NEGRO ENSEMBLE COMPANY IN "OUR VOICES, OUR TIME " ONE-ACT PLAY FESTIVAL

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
PHOTOS: https://photos.app.goo.gl/cB2vfa85NF5P2HN86


OCTOBER 31
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 Johnson Theater,

COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/halwn2022.htm
PHOTO: https://photos.app.goo.gl/6dYFP5So6UqyFTe47


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
PHOTOS: https://photos.app.goo.gl/s8VwrWACpDNxmpMEA


NOVEMBER 10 TO 27
THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY
"I JUST WANT TO TELL SOMEBODY" BY RONALD "SMOKEY" STEVENS
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
PHOTOS: https://photos.app.goo.gl/NVd2P8Ki8kqj9SmV8


APRIL 6-8
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.

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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 FIRE"

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 Book."

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



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