Monday, September 02, 2013

14 Things To See: Fall 2013


Catch the latest episode and a half of the life story of Kristin Worrall.  With Episodes 4.5 + 5, Nature Theater of Oklahoma embraces animation and visual art in a live performance devoid of actors. Episode 4.5, a 30-minute animated film, begins with the end of high school and the search for love. The saga continues in Episode 5 with high school air bands, secrets, and finally the first sexual experience, graphically remade in the form of a medieval illuminated manuscript with original organ music played live by composer Daniel Gower.

FIAF: Florence Gould Hall (part of Crossing The Lines Festival)
Friday, Sept 20 and Saturday, Sept 21 at 8pm


The US Premiere of Wallace Shawn's brilliant and insane play, first produced at London's Royal Court is described as a disturbing and anomalously beautiful play that explores the role of human beings in nature and the role of nature in human beings, sexuality being as Shawn says, “nature’s most obvious footprint in the human soul.” The play’s central character is a doctor who believes he has solved world hunger when he figures out how to rejigger the metabolisms of animals to tolerate eating their own kind. This has unexpected consequences. Grasses of a Thousand Colors tells a story about the doctor, his wife, and his lovers, that is also a story about human beings and animals and the planet we live on.

Public Theater (in co-production with Theater For A New Audience)
October 7 - November 10


From the company that created the wonderful MISSION DRIFT comes a duet in which  actresses Kristen Sieh and Libby King tackle two American icons of masculinity: Theodore Roosevelt and Elvis Presley. On a hallucinatory road trip from the Badlands to Graceland, the spirits of Elvis Presley and Theodore Roosevelt battle over the soul of Ann, a painfully shy meat-processing plant worker, and what kind of man or woman she should become. Set against the boundless blue skies of the Great Plains and endless American highway, RoosevElvis is a new work about gender, appetite, and the multitudes we contain.

Bushwick Starr
October 9 - November 3, 2013


Miguel Gutierrez' not-quite-a-solo-performance about sex, desire and objectification that incorporates movement, video and music. myendlesslove is a performance about love, sex and desire cumming and going, going, gone. The piece unravels as a search for the poetics of gay sex, exploiting time-honored clichés about sentimentality, longing, and how we look beyond ourselves for love.

Abrons Arts Center/Underground
October 9, 2013 - October 19, 2013


Conceived at the height of the European economic crisis, A (micro) history of world economics, danced explores our collective economic history over centuries of time. Created by Pascal Rambert with and circulating around the lives of anonymous, locally sourced performers – a ballet of raw bodies share their own histories in the larger history of economics – tall, short, young, old, of different ethnicities and ancestry on stage as one community to make meaning of a crisis.

La MaMa (co-production with PS122; part of Crossing The Lines Festival)
Oct 11 – 13, 2013


The Riot Group’s Adriano Shaplin will join The Bats, the resident acting company at The Flea, in a radical re-telling of the events leading up to the Salem Witch Trials. The play is described as "five girls in the woods, two families at war, and a village on the brink. Blood feuds, praying Indians, and time travel collide in this magical portrait of an uprising in Salem."  Rebecca Wright directs.

The Flea Theater
September 24 – October 27


The eyes of the court are on her, and nothing good can come of it in David Adjmi. They used to love Marie just the way she was. But now change is in the air and things are about to be different for France’s isolated young queen. Things are about to be different for everybody. Aren’t they?  The fierce cast includes David Greenspan, Jennifer Ikeda, Steven Rattazzi and Marin Ireland in the title role (he first time back at Soho Rep since the incredible Blasted). Rebecca Taichman directs.

Soho Rep
October 9 - November 3


Julie Taymor's first directing gig since the notorious Spiderman: Turn Off The Dark brings her home to Theater For A New Audience for the inaugural production in their new Brooklyn home.  The press material says, "Taymor’s vision will be a fantasia of light and shadow. The stage will breathe with the miraculous charms and powerful illusions of love."  There will be original music by Elliot Goldenthal and will feature Tina Benko as Titania, Max Casella as Bottom.  Here's hoping no one gets injured!
Theater for a New Audience
October 19, 2013 - January 12, 2014


Theater Reconstruction Ensemble will present a new devised work, directed by John Kurzynowski, which is described as "Experimentation in the form of realism."  Based on their previous works, The Three Seagulls and Set In The Living Room of a Small Town American Play we have great hopes for this new effort.

Here Arts Center
October 24th - November 9th, 2013


One of Tennessee Williams' trippy one-acts set in the French Quarter of New Orleans on Christmas Eve in the mid-20th century.  A chorus of misfits and freaks sing a carol about life on the fringes of society and tell the tale of two mysterious women whose strong bond of friendship overcomes their constant and vicious quarreling. Mink Stole and
Penny Arcade star in this production that will come to NYC after premiering at the
Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival.


New Ohio Theater
November 1 - November 24, 2013


Leigh Silverman directs Madeleine George's brilliantly witty, time-jumping, loving tribute (and cautionary tale) dedicated to the people – and machines – upon which we all depend.  Watson: trusty sidekick to Sherlock Holmes; loyal engineer who built Bell’s first telephone; unstoppable super-computer that became reigning Jeopardy! champ; amiable techno-dweeb who, in the present day, is just looking for love.

Playwrights Horizons
November 17, 2013 – December 29, 2013


Subtitled "A Bunraku Puppet Pop-Opera" La Divina tells the love story of Rose and John, a dog and her master, through two re-incarnations set in Lee’s metaphoric Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso. La Divina Caricatura is based on autobiography, puppetry bio-mechanics, and a piercing examination of cultural evolution, as evidenced through novels, music, art, film, and dance. The script, which equally alludes to Dante’s Divine Comedy and to 17th century playwright Chikamatsu Monzaemon, is a multimedia, multi-day epic that unveils Lee Breuer 's unique voice as a writer searching for spiritual revelation through the written word.

La MaMa (co-production with St. Ann's Warehouse)
December 6, 2013 - December 22, 2013


Featuring three of Beckett's short plays Act Without Words, Play  and Breath this evening will incorporate puppetry by director Bob Flanagan. We would never pass up an opportunity to see a first class production of Play.

Irish Rep
October 16th- December 1st, 2013


In what may be one of the weirdest mash-ups in recent theatrical memory, Mandy Patinkin, Taylor Mac and Susan Stroman conspire to bring us the end of the world as we know it. A flood of biblical proportions leaves us with only two people on Earth, who discover their common language is song and dance. Together they chronicle the rise and fall and hopeful rise again of humankind, through music that runs the gamut from Rodgers and Hammerstein to Sondheim, R.E.M. and Queen.

Classic Stage Company at Abrons Arts Center
begins December 14, 2013

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