FEBRUARY 20 TO MARCH 16
THEATRE ROW-THEATRE 2
"THIS IS NOT A TIME OF PEACE" BY DEB MARGOLIN
In this seven-character play, an old man is brought to the precipice of
death through his memories of horror at the hands of Joseph McCarthy during
the Red Scare of the '50s. It's a story of love between a father and his
daughter, moving in concentric circles of turbulence: within a country,
a marriage, and the mind of a woman struggling to save her father from
memories of his country’s betrayal while committing a sexual betrayal
of her own. Playwright Deb Margolin writes, "I grew up with these
stories, with his stories. His trauma is epigenetic, it’s mine now."
Presented by New Light Theater Project, directed by Jerry Heymann.
COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/Margolin.htm
LA MAMA E.T.C.
"THE SCRIPT IN THE CLOSET"
Joyce Griffin directs her farce exploring jealousy. The play follows the
misadventures and jealousies of a Pulitzer Prize-winning, husband-and-wife
writing team who discover untitled pages of a mystery screenplay on their
shared laptop. The source is a script fragment that has been concealed
in their linen closet by a pair of visiting performers. It has been partially
transcribed by their son's governess. The esteemed couple--and everyone
else in their family circle--begins sneakily adding to the script. Suspicions,
accusations and jealousies pile up as the wife assumes her husband has
taken a new writing partner--a move tantamount to infidelity. The comedy
plays on the humorous aspects of the creative process, the eccentricities
of authors and the challenges of the literary world.
COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/script-closet.htm
MARCH 14 TO 31
THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY
"ORSON'S SHADOW" BY AUSTIN PENDLETON
This 25th Anniversary presentation of "Orson's Shadow" by Austin
Pendleton is directed by the author. This is the first time he has ever
directed his own work. Presented by Theater for the New City in association
with Oberon Theatre and Strindberg Rep.
The play, based on true events, is set in 1960 London. In his declining
years, Orson Welles is directing a production of Eugène Ionesco's "Rhinoceros,"
starring Laurence Olivier and Joan Plowright. Olivier is fresh from his
triumphant theatrical portrayal of vaudevillian Archie Rice and is about
to reprise the role in the film adaptation of John Osborne's "The
Entertainer." He and Plowright are in the early stages of a romantic
liaison; Olivier's tumultuous marriage to Vivien Leigh is all but ended.
The plot debates the merits of stage versus screen, the internal struggle
that theatrical performers endure when contemplating a leap to films,
and the ways that the studio system frustrated the careers of individual
artists. It is also a study of theatrical egos, each of the protagonists
living more on the stage than in real life, each one feeling insecure
while jockeying for power.
COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/orson.htm
MARCH 15 TO 31
THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY
"PHARAOH" BY RABBI MISHA SHULMAN
Misha Shulman's newest play is the Exodus story from the point of view
of the King of Egypt. The piece is a work for two artists: Shulman, dressed
in black, gives voice to all the characters, while Kalamandalam John,
founder and Director of Kalatharangini Kathakali School in South India,
performs the play in movement theater using vibrant traditional Indian
dance drama and elaborate makeup. Everything is in English. Michael Posnick
COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/pharaoh.htm
MARCH 15 TO 17
MARJORIE S. DEAN LITTLE THEATER, 10 W. 64TH STREET
First Maria Ensemble and Knickerbocker Players will present a "Shakespeare
in the Raw" production of "Henry V" at Marjorie S. Deane
Little Theater, 10 West 64th Street. First Maria Ensemble is young-and-hungry
company, led by Celeste Moratti, which emerged before the pandemic with
memorable productions of "Hamlet" and "Macbeth" at
Teatro Circulo. Knickerbocker Players, led by Patrick Siler, is a new
ensemble dedicated to "Shakespeare in the Raw."
"Shakespeare in the Raw" is a performance style where Shakespearean
plays are presented in a stripped-down, simple, direct fashion with minimal
sets, costumes, and props. The goal is to focus attention on language,
characters, and themes rather than elaborate staging or production elements.
The approach can provide audiences with a more intimate, immediate connection
to the text, allowing them to engage more deeply with the timeless themes
and characters of the plays.
COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/HenryV.htm
MARCH 21 TO APRIL 14
A.T.A., 314 W 54TH STREET
"ALL AMERICAN SEX ADDICT/WOKE AF" BY MATT MORILLO
Jack, a self-proclaimed sex-addict and his estranged girlfriend, Ashley,
try and put their relationship back together while attempting to write
their story into a movie that doesn’t offend anyone. This proves harder
than they thought as it seems everyone is offended by something different.
Then Riley, Jack’s last illicit lover, crashes the party with her own
ideas about the script. And Jack’s upstairs neighbor, Andie, a young African
American woman, has her own thoughts on what makes someone “woke AF.”
This brainy farce debuted in 2018 Hollywood Fringe and makes its NY debut
now after being delayed by the pandemic. It's the latest offering by playwright
Matt Morilo, author of seven plays in various genres including the durable
comedy "Angry Young Women in Low Rise Jeans with High Class Issues"
(which was produced 2006-2011 in multiple engagements OB, OOB, Hollywood
and Sydney, Australia). That play and Morillo's "All Aboard the Marriage
Hearse" and "American Soldiers" have all been published
by Samuel French Inc. Directed by Phoebe Leonard Dettmann.
COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/AASA-WAF.htm
MARCH 28 TO APRIL 20
GURAL THEATRE, 53RD STREET & 10TH AVE.|
"HERSELF" BY TIM McGILLICUDDY
The Drilling Company partners with Origin's First Irish Festival to present
a glorious new play about homecoming, the gossip of a small town, and
the forces of community that hold us together.
APRIL 19 TO 28
CHAIN THEATRE, 312 WEST 36TH STREET
"CONSTELLATIONS" BY NICK PAYNE
A quantum physicist and a beekeeper meet at a barbecue. They hit it off,
or perhaps they don’t. They go home together, or maybe they go their separate
ways. In the multiverse, with every possible future ahead of them, a love
of honey could make all the difference. Nick Payne‘s beautiful and heartbreaking
romance originally opened at the Royal Court in 2012 before opening on
Broadway in 2015. It is a play about free will and friendship; it’s about
quantum multiverse theory, love, and honey. Presented by The Company We
Keep. Directed by Cristina Duarte. With Maria Isabella Rojas and TBA.
MAY 10 TO 25
CHAIN THEATER MAINSTAGE, 312 W. 36TH STREET
"A FINAL TOAST" BY MICHELE A. MILLER
Renaissance Now presents a deep exploration of two mother-daughter relationships
follows a Jewish family and Irish family in New York, where circumstances
reveal discoveries as well as the unexpected interconnectedness of their
lives as the mothers approach the need for assisted living. The alternately
fragile and persistent qualities of memory are explored as the tale unfolds
and daughters confront mothers, and mothers confront daughters about the
meaning of their lives and choices. Directed by Kathy Curtiss.
RUTGERS PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, 236 W. 73RD STREET, MANHATTAN
"THE SEAGULL" BY ANTON CHEKHOV
Adult Film Theatre Company, a Brooklyn based theatre and film company
and actor training center presents Chekhov's "The Seagull."
Alongside the show, they are producing a full-length documentary film
project detailing the rehearsal process over the course of a year.
JUNE 20 TO JULY 7
THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY
A NEW WORK (TBA) BY AUGUST STRINDBERG REP
Please check back for more info.
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