CURRENT & UPCOMING PRODUCTIONS
A Seasonal Press Calendar

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MAY 10 TO 25
CHAIN THEATER MAINSTAGE, 312 W. 36TH STREET
"A FINAL TOAST" BY MICHELE A. MILLER

Jana Robbins, the well-known Broadway actress and producer, plays a powerful Jewish mother with memory problems in "A Final Toast" by Michele A Miller. The play explores the complex misunderstandings, secrets, and tensions in families when daughters must take charge of mothers who are entering dementia. Ms. Miller is known for plays and screenplays which disarm dark subjects with comedy. Cast also includes Jolie Curtsinger (FBI), Joy Franz (Into the Woods) and Sachi Parker (Star Trek: The Next Generation). Renaissance Now Theatre & Film, a producer of new works, films and innovative interpretations of classics, presents the play's world premiere run. Kathy Curtiss directs.

COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/final_toast.htm
PHOTOS: https://photos.app.goo.gl/JBftTgvav5iKUEhDA


MAY 16 TO 20
SEGAL THEATRE CENTER OF CUNY, 365 FIFTH AVE. (AT 34th STREET)
EIGHTH INTERNATIONAL SEGAL FILM FESTIVAL ON THEATRE AND PERFORMANCE

This festival presents films that deal directly with the themes of theater and performance. Its mission is to invite experimental and established theater makers to present work created for the screen – not filmed archival recordings – to audiences and industry professionals from around the world. This year’s program features films, short films, performance art and documentaries, including several US and world premieres. Some screenings are in-person, some are online only (for three weeks beginning May 16), and some are both.

COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/SegalFilmFest.htm


MAY 24 TO 26
THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY
LOWER EAST SIDE FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS

With the roster still building, Theater for the New City has currently scheduled over 200 performing arts organizations, independent artists, poets, puppeteers and film makers for its 29th annual Lower East Side Festival of the Arts, which will be mounted May 24 to 26 in and around Theater for the New City, 155 First Ave. (at E. 10th Street). Admission is free but donations will be gratefully accepted.

The festival has been presented annually since 1996, although in 2020 it was produced online due to pandemic concerns. A cohort of theater, dance, performance, music, film, literary and visual artists are participating on all three days. An afternoon of performances for and by kids will be presented Saturday afternoon. A fine art show will be hanging throughout the fest in the theater's lobby gallery. A film program will be presented Saturday from 1:00 PM to 11:00 PM, featuring works by auteurs from the Lower East Side/East Village along with works that reflect the essence of the neighborhood.

COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/LES-overview.htm
PHOTOS: https://photos.app.goo.gl/jBxNqitcV4zg8nHX9


MAY 30 TO JUNE 16
THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY
"PARTY CLOWN OF THE RICH & FAMOUS AND THE HUNGRY MIND BUFFET"

"Party Clown of the Rich & Famous and The Hungry Mind Buffet" is a two-part evening of short plays. In Part 1, "Party Clown of the Rich and Famous," performance artist Stan Baker relates true autobiographical accounts of himself in the '70s and '80s when he entertained at lavish parties, encountering Salvador Dali, Donald Trump, mafia henchmen and sex-obsessed money moguls. Part 2, "The Hungry Mind Buffet," grasps at the meaning of life with four brief pieces: an operetta by Peter Dizozza based on Dante, a conversation with G-d written and performed by Richard West, a lesson on gluttony written by Georgia James, and a universal statement about wars of aggression written by Lissa Moira. Ms. Moira directs the whole shebang.

COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/hungry.htm
PHOTOS: https://photos.app.goo.gl/3FuDUtSaupC7hcHw9


MAY 31 TO JUNE 29
WP THEATER, 2162 BROADWAY @ 76TH STREET
NEW FEDERAL THEATRE PRESENTS "THE WORLD ACCORDING TO MICKI GRANT"

With "Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope," Micki Grant became the first Black woman to write the book, music, and lyrics of a Broadway musical. "The World According to Micki Grant," compiled and directed by Nora Cole, will take audiences into the personal world of the iconic Ms. Grant through her music, unpublished poems, lyrics, and written musings on love, politics, America, family, food, historical figures loved and lost.

Pop history enthusiasts will remember her from her 1959 hit, "Pink Shoe Laces" (Crystalette Records).

In addition to songs from Grant's award-winning works including "Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope," "Your Arms Too Short to Box With God," "So Nice To Be Civilized" and "Working," the piece will feature music rarely heard and unpublished works.

COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/micki.htm
PHOTOS: https://photos.app.goo.gl/6mvc9j6vuzsPPPsg7 (includes many historical pictures of Ms. Grant)


JUNE 7 TO 9
IN PARKS & GARDENS THROUGHOUT THE FIVE BOROUGHS
SEGAL THEATRE CENTER PRESENTS "PELUDE IN THE PARKS: PERFORMANCES FOR THE PLANET"

In parks and gardens throughout the five boroughs, The Segal Theatre Center of The Graduate Center CUNY will present "Prelude in the Parks: Performances for the Planet," a free, three-day, outdoor, city-wide pop-up festival of environmental art works co-curated by Frank Hentschker, Curator/Director of the Segal Theatre Center, and Robin Schatell, Founder/Director/Creative Producer of Mov!ngCulture Projects. It is an initiative of the Segal Theatre Center, The Graduate Center CUNY.

The festival will offer 13 free presentations of Performance, Dance, Music and Theater throughout the five boroughs. The performances are at 6:00 PM Friday, June 7 and at 3:00 PM Saturday, June 8 and Sunday, June 9. All offerings are between 25 minutes and one hour in duration and will be offered "off the grid" (i.e., without electricity) and rain-or-shine.

COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/Prelude_Parks.htm
PHOTOS: https://photos.app.goo.gl/xBPEzEZsJcNSQsgG9


JUNE 20 TO JULY 7
THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY
AUGUST STRINDBERG REP IN "MISS JULIE 1925"

Please check back for more info.


JUNE 27 TO JULY 7
ATA, 314 WEST 54th STREET
NEGRO ENSEMBLE PRESENTS "ZOOMAN AND THE SIGN" BY CHARLES FULLER

A twelve year old girl had been killed by a stray bullet from Zooman’s gun during a gang shootout. The title character -- a young slum-shaped sociopath -- became one of the signal individual dramatic creations of the American theater. The Negro Ensemble (NEC) produced the world premiere of Charles Fuller’s Obie Award-winning play, “Zooman and the Sign,” 44 years ago at Theater Four on West 55th Street.

The play explores the effects of gun violence on a family and its struggle to convince apathetic neighbors to take a stand together to achieve justice. Fuller is best known for his Pulitzer Prize-winning work, "A Soldier’s Play," which was also originally produced Off-Broadway by NEC. He was born and raised in Philadelphia. This revival of "Zooman and the Sign" is the New York mounting of a production that NEC performed in February for Penn Live Arts at the Annenberg Center in Philadelphia. Its aim is to celebrate the remarkable playwright and shed light on how his work still resonates today. NEC is the 23/24 season artist-in-residence of Penn Live Arts.


AUGUST 25 TO SEPTEMBER 15
THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY
DREAMUP FESTIVAL

Theater for the New City (TNC), under the direction of Crystal Field, presents its twelfth Dream Up Festival, an ultimate new works festival dedicated to the joy of discovering new authors and edgy, innovative performances. The Festival is helmed by the theater's Literary Manager, Michael Scott-Price.  It plans to offer about 20 plays, a mix of world premieres, American premieres and New York premieres. Audiences will savor the excitement, awe, passion, challenge and intrigue of new plays from around the country.  Submissions are being accepted from interested performance groups and individuals through May 28. Submission info is available on the Festival's website, http://dreamupfestival.org/.

COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/dreamup2024.htm

 


 

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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