Saturday, August 30, 2014

10 Exciting Shows For Fall 2014


Axis Theater
SOLITARY 
LIGHT 
directed by Randy Sharp 
music and lyrics by Randy Sharp and Paul Carbonara 

September 10 - October 4, 2014  
Axis Theater

Solitary Light tells a story through the eyes of those who witnessed New York's Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire that resulted in the death of 146 people in 1911. It depicts the lives of Frank and Louise, two young politically minded immigrant workers in love, as they navigate the financially strapped owners and the incredibly rich families of 1911 New York who had little concept of the horrors of the working class experience. 

Info: CLICK HERE


Nature Theater of Oklahoma 
THE GREAT 
NATURE THEATER 
OF OKLAHOMA 
IS CALLING YOU!

Fri, Sept 12 at 7:30pm
Crossing The Line Festival/FIAF: Tinker Auditorium   

New York’s Nature Theater of Oklahoma spent the summer of 2013 in a wildly creative residency culminating in the Berlin premiere of Life and Times Episodes 1–5 and a work-in-progress showing of Episode 6. In the midst of this artistic frenzy, the company filmed an intimate documentary about their creative process, exposing with humor and heartache the reality of negotiating life, work, collaboration, institutional politics, and the public. 

Info: CLICK HERE


Soho Rep
GENERATIONS  
by debbie tucker green 
directed by Leah C. Gardiner 
composition, arrangement and music direction by Bongi Duma 

September 30 - October 26
Soho Rep

You’re invited into a kitchen in a South African township where a fragrant meal is being prepared. As they cook, three generations of a close-knit family banter, share stories and food. Both urgent and exuberant, debbie tucker green’s formally daring play tackles what’s transmitted and lost through generations of a family—and a nation. Generations reunites playwright debbie tucker green and director Leah C. Gardiner following their 2011 Obie award-winning production of born bad and features a 12-person community chorus led by Bongi Duma (Broadway’s The Lion King). Join us after every performance to share South African music, drink, and food from Madiba Restaurant.

Info: CLICK HERE


Big Dance Theater 
ALAN SMITHEE 
DIRECTED THIS PLAY 
directed by Annie-B Parson and Paul Lazar 
choreography by Annie-B Parson and the company 

September 30 - October 4, 2014
BAM/Next Wave  Astronauts, Bolsheviks, and middle-American families mingle on a stage littered with lawn chairs, telephones, fur coats, and pistols in this collision of early-20th-century Moscow, midcentury Paris, and late-20th-century Houston. Big Dance Theater directors Annie-B Parson and Paul Lazar sample fragments of iconic film scripts and novels, divorced from their narrative contexts, to create a kinetic collage of political rhetoric, pathos, paranoia, and suburban love. With a titular nod to the Hollywood pseudonym[1] for directors who disavow their work after creative interference, Alan Smithee Directed This Play contemplates the slippery nature of creative control, history, its fictions, and the inextricable link between the personal and the historical. 

Info: CLICK HERE


600 Highwaymen
EMPLOYEE OF 
THE YEAR

October 15th and 16th at 7:30pm
Crossing The Line Festival/ FIAF Florence Gould Hall

A child's house burns down, leaving everyone and everything she has behind. From this moment, a singular journey begins. Combining 600 Highwaymen's arresting theatrical style with original songs by David Cale, this New York premiere, performed by five young girls, intimately investigates the process of transformation over a lifetime. 

Info: CLICK HERE


Dynasty Handbag
DYNASTY 
HANDBAG

Friday, October 17th
BAM/Next Wave/Fishman Space

Dynasty Handbag offers a feminist gloss on Homer’s Odyssey as part of Brooklyn Bred, a performance art showcase curated by Franklin Furnace Archive founder and director Martha Wilson. 

Info: CLICK HERE


Dave Malloy
Ghost 
Quartet 
music, lyrics, and text by Dave Malloy 
developed and arranged by Ghost Quartet
directed by Annie Tippe 

October 8 - November 1, 2014
The Bushwick Starr  

A song cycle about love, death, and whiskey. A camera breaks and four friends drink in an interwoven tale spanning seven centuries, with a murderous sister, a treehouse astronomer, a bear, a subway, and the ghost of Thelonious Monk. 

Info: CLICK HERE



Sister Sylvester
THE MAID'S 
THE MAIDS

October 30 - November 9, 2014
Abrons Arts Center/Experimental Theater

A performance involving Jean Genet’s The Maids, two professional housekeepers, two professional actors, and a lot of Fritos. Performed in English, Spanish and Portuguese, the show is a tale of separate — but overlapping — cities, labor and language, parallel worlds, and the possible violence of contact.   

Info: CLICK HERE


Andrea Kleine
SCREENING ROOM, 
OR, THE RETURN 
OF ANDREA KLEINE
(as revealed through a 
re-enactment of a 1977 
television program 
about a ‘long and baffling’ 
film by Yvonne Rainer.) 

Dec 03 - Dec 06, 2014
Chocolate Factory Theater   

Andrea Kleine resurfaces as the choreographer/filmmaker Yvonne Rainer and Rainer’s lion-tamer-turned-dancer character “Kristina,” transforming a verbatim  talk show interview into an imaginary film recounting Kleine’s journey of disappearance.

Info: CLICK HERE


Motus Theatre
NELLA 
TEMPESTA
conceived and directed by Enrico Casagrande and Daniela  Nicolo

December 11, 2014 - - December 21, 2014 
Ellen Stewart Theatre

Motus Theatre Company explores questions of freedom, control and power in Nella Tempesta. Reflecting on the turmoil in our society: the impact of Hurricane Sandy, the consequences of the economic crisis and questioning of future landscapes, Nella Tempesta is created from fragments of novels by authors including: Philip K. Dick, William Gibson, Aldous Huxley as well as Shake- speare’s The Tempest and Une Tempête by Aimé Césaire. 

Info: CLICK HERE

















Monday, August 25, 2014

2014 Fringe Overall Excellence Award Winners

The 2014 Fringe Festival has come to an end, and awards were given out last night at The Cutting Room in midtown.  


And the winners are:

Overall Play:
Absolutely Filthy
The Three Faces of Dr. Crippen
This is Where We Live

 

Overall Musical:
Jump Man: A Mario Musical
King of Kong
Urban Momfare

 

Acting:
Janet Prince - Murder Margaret & Me
Stephen Wallem - Bedroom Secrets
Gwendolyn Kelso - Interior: Panic
Brendan Hunt - Absolutely Filthy

 

Playwrighting:
Briandaniel Oglesby - Halfway, Nebraska
Catherine Yu - The Sun Experiment
Sara Cooper - Things I Left on Long Island
Daniel McCabe - The Flood
Jacob Marx Rice - Chemistry

 

Solo Performance:
Gary Busey's Hamlet
Hoaxocaust
Magical Negro Speaks
No Static at All
The Mushroom Cure

 

Music & Lyrics Composition:
Elliah Helfetz - Dust Can't Kill Me

 

Ensemble:
The List
No One Asked Me
Freaks: A Legend About Growing Up
Vestments of the Gods
The 8th Fold

 

Costumes:
Ashley Soliman - Fatty Fatty No Friends
 

Directing:
Bronwen Carson - April's Fool
Gregory Kowalski - Crave

 

TheaterMania Audience Favorite:
Absolutely Filthy

Monday, November 04, 2013

COIL Festival Announces 2014 Line-up


Although they are currently displaced while their home gets an extreme makeover, that hasn't stopped Performance Space 122 from putting together a kick-ass COIL Festival for January 2014!  Highlights include new works by Reid Farrington, Okwui Okpokwasili, and Mac Wellman as well as a return engagement of Tina Satter's very well reviewed HOUSE OF DANCE and piece that rearranges ever word uttered by William Shatner as Captain Kirk on Star Trek.  Can't Wait!


REID FARRINGTON (USA)
TYSON VS. ALI
World Premiere | Theater
3-Legged Dog Production, commissioned by PS122, co-presented with 3-Legged Dog
January 3 – 19


HEATHER KRAVAS (USA/FRANCE)
A QUARTET
New York Premiere | Dance
Commissioned by PS122, Co-presented with The Kitchen
January 8 – 13


OKWUI OKPOKWASILI (USA)
BRONX GOTHIC
World Premiere | Dance, Theater
Co-commissioned & co-presented with Danspace Project
January 14 – 19


JEREMY XIDO (USA)
THE ANGOLA PROJECT
New York Premiere | Dance, Theater, Film
Co-presented with The Invisible Dog Art Center
January 14 – 17


TINA SATTER (USA)
HOUSE OF DANCE
Theater
Commissioned by PS122, Co-presented with New York City Players
January 9 – 13


BROKENTALKERS (IRELAND)
HAVE I NO MOUTH
US Premiere | Theater
Presented by Irish Arts Center in association with Baryshnikov Arts Center
January 14 – 26


MAC WELLMAN (USA)
MUAZZEZ
New York Premiere | Theater
Co-presented with The Chocolate Factory
January 7 – 17


PHIL SOLTANOFF with JOE DIEBES and ROB RAMIREZ (USA)
AN EVENING WITH WILLIAM SHATNER ASTERISK
New York Premiere | Theater, New Media
Co-presented with New Ohio Theatre
January 9 – 12<

CATCH !
CATCH 60: CATCH TAKES THE DECADE | 10th Anniversary
Multi-disciplinary | Theater, Dance, Performance
Co-presented with The Invisible Dog Art Center
January 11

For details: www.ps122.org/coil-2014

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Preview: ERS' Arguendo @ The Public


The fabulous Elevator Repair Service has taken a break from their American Lit plays to present a little gem of a show called Arguendo

The premise of Arguendo is a 1991 U.S. Supreme Court case, Barnes v. Glen Theatre, brought by a group of go-go dancers who claimed a First Amendment right to dance totally nude.  The case examines an Indiana law that banned public nudity. At oral argument, the Justices attempt to define dance, ponder nudity in opera houses vs. strip-clubs, and ask whether naked erotic dancing is artistic expression or immoral conduct. 

Arguendo is a staging of Barnes v. Glen Theatre’s entire oral argument, verbatim, interspersed with bits of real interviews with the justices, the lawyers and an exotic dancer who traveled all the way from the Déja Vu Club in Saginaw, Michigan to listen to the argument at The Supreme Court. It all culminates in an operatic dance frenzy, complete with some nudity. 

If this all sounds a little dry, rest assured that the usual ERS inventions are all present including hilarious sounds effects and dazzling video work highlighting legal case citing. What becomes most interesting are the supreme court justices own hangups and humanity while trying to sort through the facts of the case with questions like: Can dance express something? Would nudity be more acceptable in opera? Why is the establishment where the woman are dancing called a "bookstore"?  What is a public place?

This is a smart and entertaining 80 minutes.

The Public Theater presents
Elevator Repair Services'
Arguendo
 

Through October 6, 2013

For tickets and info: click here

There are several talk-backs scheduled which will probably be fascinating, as this is a show that definitely makes you want to talk afterwards:

Sunday Sept 15 @ 7pm – Bill Araiza
Sunday Sept 22 @ 7pm – David Lat
Wednesday Sept 11 – Mark Fleming
Sunday Sept 29 @ 7pm - Christopher Fairman
Wednesday Oct 2 - World Famous BOB

Saturday, September 14, 2013

PREVIEW: Mildred Fierce


Boston's GOLD DUST ORPHANS will make their long-awaited NYC debut this fall with MILDRED FIERCE by Ryan Landry.  Based on Joan Crawford's Oscar-winning Mildred Pierce, this musical parody stars Varla Jean Merman in the title role and will play Theater 80 from October 5th through October 27th.


For about fifteen years, the Gold Dust Orphans have producing their original parodies in Boston and Provincetown, such as Pussy On The House, Silent Night Of The Lambs and Mary Poppers. They launched a very successful Kickstarter campaign to bring Mildred Fierce to New York - appropriately enough to the venue that for years was a movie revival house.

Good Luck Girls!

For tickets: Click Here

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

PREVIEW: Shakespeare's Sister (or La Vie Matérielle)


La MaMa, ETC will present Irina Brook's Shakespeare's Sister (or La Vie Matérielle) at the historic Ellen Stewart Theater from September 20th through October 3rd, 2013. Adapted and directed by Irina Brook, daughter of legendary director Peter Brook, Shakespeare's Sister (or La Vie Matérielle) is based in part on both a Marguérite Duras’s collection of essays on daily life, La Vie Matérielle, and Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own, set at a fantasy dinner party where five women prepare the cuisine while singing, dancing and discussing their place in the world.

The cast includes a diverse group of female artits: OBIE Award winner Winsome Brown as Virginia Woolf, novelist and former French Vogue editor Joan Juliet Buck (Julie and Julia) as Maugerite Duras, actress Nicole Ansari (“Deadwood," Tom Stoppard's Rock 'n' Roll), concert violin soloist Yibin Li and British singer/songwriter Sadie Jemmett.


This looks to be a unique experience. A video preview of the French production is below. 

La MaMa, ETC presents
Shakespeare’s Sister 

(or La Vie Materielle)
Adapted and Directed by Irina Brook


September 20 – October 6, 2013


For Tickets and Info: Click Here

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

PREVIEW: Life and Times: Episodes 4.5 & 5

We love Nature Theater of Oklahoma, so we could not be more excited to see the next episode and a half of their LIFE AND TIMES at Florence Gould Hall.  The latest in the life saga of Kristin Worrall takes up through high school and Worrall's first sexual experiences.  Apparently, these episodes veer away from performance with Episode 4.5 being 30-minute animated film and Episode 5 being a medieval illuminated manuscript with sexually-explicit, hand-drawn illustrations, given to each audience member along with a flashlight. 



Can't wait!

Nature Theater of Oklahoma
Life and Times: Episodes 4.5 and 5

Fri, Sept 20 and Sat, Sept 21, 2013 at 8pm

FIAF, Florence Gould Hall
Part of the Crossing The Lines Festival
 
For tickets and info: Click Here
 

In addition, each night at 11:57pm in Times Square you can see Nature Theater of Oklahoma deconstruct three minutes of one of Worrall's home movie, retracing it by hand, image by image and broadcast over fifteen of the largest digital signs in Times Square.  Learn more about Midnight Moment HERE
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