|DECEMBER 1 TO 18
THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY
THE VERY LAST DANCE OF HOMELESS JOE"
You will never look at a homeless person the same way after seeing "The
Very Last Dance of Homeless Joe," a new play by actor/playwright/comedian/visual
artist Rich Courage. It's a character study of nine archetypal homeless
people, written in lyrical realism by a playwright who has, himself, been
The piece is a multicultural story of a young woman named Charlie who
works as a copy editor for a little Manhattan newspaper. Wanting to do
something important and meaningful, she decides to write about people
who are homeless and encounters nine people who make her laugh and cry,
open her eyes and ultimately change her life for the better. They include
a Vietnam vet, a woman suffering from mental illness and a woman who went
blind as a child. There are also a woman named Nobody, who refuses to
be saved or spoken to, and a man who says his biggest problem is dating.
Their parts are written in tour de force monologues with heightened stage
language and inescapable truth. They all refer Charlie to a man named
Joe who lives on the streets with his dog. He cares for many other homeless
people and his story, they insist, trumps all theirs. Charlie's quest
to find Joe is the trip of the play.
COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/homeless_joe.htm
JANUAY 13 TO 22, 2023
THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY
THUNDERBIRD AMERICAN INDIAN DANCERS' POW WOW AND DANCE CONCERT
Theater for the New City, 155 First Avenue, will present its 48th annual
Thunderbird American Dancers Pow Wow and Dance Concert from January 13
to 22, 2023. There will be dances, stories and traditional music from
Native Peoples of the Northeast, Southwest and Great Plains regions. The
event has become a treasured New York tradition for celebrating our diversity
by honoring the culture of our first Americans. TNC donates all proceeds
from the event to college scholarship funds for Native American students.
Throughout the performance, all elements are explained in depth
through detailed introductions by the troupe's Director and Emcee Louis
Mofsie (Hopi/Winnebago). He was awarded a 2019 Bessie Award for Outstanding
Service to the Field of Dance. In 2017, he was honored, along with Garth
Fagan and Martha Myers, with a Lifetime Achievement Award from American
COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/Pow-Wow_2023.htm
FEBRUARY 2 TO 19
LA MAMA E.T.C.
"AUDIENCE" BY VACLAV HAVEL, PERFORMED WITH CZECH MARIONETTES
Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre performs a puppet production
of "Audience" by Vaclav Havel, translated and directed by Vit
Horejs. The play, a dark comedy of spying in a brewery, will be staged
with projected closeups of puppets from security cameras in order to suggest
surveillance. The production's concept is by Vit Horejs and Theresa Linnihan,
who act the play together.
Havel’s classic autobiographical play follows Ferdinand Vanek, a distinguished
playwright forced to a life of manual labor in a brewery because his writings
have been banned by the Communist regime. He is called into the bleak
office of his boss, a brewmaster who habitually summons him for endless
repetitions of dialogue amidst excess consumption of beer. The writer
must take part in a game of cat and mouse -- pointless chat, clumsy interrogation,
flattery, and alcohol consumption -- with an implied threat of a more
dire consequences: the loss of even such menial job or imprisonment. Tiresome
bureaucracy and constant fear under Communism have driven the boss to
alcoholism and stints of rage and despair, which are often turned upon
his inferiors. One way out of Vanek's predicament is for the writer to
help his boss by writing weekly reports on himself, which he refuses to
do, further offending his superior by mentioning his “principles.”
FEBRUARY 2 TO 19, 2023
THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY
"WHO MURDERED LOVE?"
"Who Murdered Love" by Lissa Moira and Richard West is set in
1924 New York City and in a Paris dreamscape. The story follows WWI veteran
& private eye, "Sleepy" Sam Speed, Gail Friday & Everett
Greene as they attempt to unravel the disappearance and possible murder
of DaDa Love, at the behest of their client, the stunning heiress Honey
Potts. DaDa Love is at the center of the world of DaDa artists, at the
time when the Surrealists are vying for artistic supremacy. Their quest
leads the trio through a mad adventure sparked by artistic and sexual
jealously as they find themselves inside an Absinthe dream, peopled by
outrageous artists of every stripe – some very predatory.
THE PLAYERS, 16 GRAMERCY PARK SOUTH
"LOVE & COURAGE" BENEFIT FOR THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY
Theater for the New City's Emerging Playwrights Program will be beneficiary
of the theater's 19th Annual Love 'n Courage benefit at The Players, 16
Gramercy Park South.
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-specific 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