Past Shows

 

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2016 In the Mezzanine Theatre




2016 In the Jeffrey and Paula Gural Theatre


November 27– December 18, 2016

Alligator



New Georges

By Hilary Bettis
Directed by Elena Araoz
Produced in collaboration with The Sol Project

Emerald and Ty are twin orphaned teenagers wrestling ‘gators for a living in a roadside attraction in a small tourist town deep in the Florida Everglades… alternately realistic and surreal, scored with gritty rock music, Alligator is a muscular, satisfying play about learning to tame our darkest impulses.

Alligator will be the first production of The Sol Project, a New York City-based theater initiative dedicated to producing works by Latinx playwrights, bringing the stories and culture of their community to the fore of American theater.









 

2017 In the Mezzanine Theatre


January 17 - February 11, 2017


PEER GYNT & the Norwegian Hapa Band

Ma-Yi Theater Company

By Michi Barall
Music by Paul Liber & Matt Park
Directed and Originally Conceived by Jack Tamburri

Peer is a brash young man on a journey to discover his ultimate self in this rock music odyssey about risk, reinvention and going roundabout. Ma-Yi Theater Company’s remaking of Ibsen’s classic verse drama asks what it means when we sacrifice everything to be most fully ourselves.



February 18 - March 5, 2017

Love That Dog

New York City Children’s Theater

Adapted and Directed by Andrew Frank and Jason Howard
Based on the book by award-winning author Sharon Creech
Featuring the poetry of Robert Frost, William Carlos Williams, and Walter Dean Myers

A multimedia play about a boy and his dog. Featuring the poetry of Robert Frost, William Carlos Williams, and Walter Dean Myers, LoveThat Dog is a contemporary story about discovering the power of your own voice. Best for ages 8 and up.

Presented in repertory with Please Bring Balloons



February 18 - March 5, 2017

Please Bring Balloons

New York City Children’s Theater

Created by David Kilpatrick
based on Lindsay Ward’s illustrated book, Please Bring Balloons
Directed by Sara Morgulis

An interactive, multi-sensory theater experience created for our youngest audience members. Based on Lindsay Ward’s beautiful illustrated book, Please Bring Balloons will be a fun and dynamic introduction to theater that you and your toddler will love. Best for ages 2-5 years old.

Presented in repertory with Love That Dog



July 20 - August 6, 2017

And She Would Stand Like This

The Movement Theatre Company

Written By Harrison David Rivers
Directed by David Mendizábal
Choreographed by Kia LaBeija

AND SHE WOULD STAND LIKE THIS is a theatrical retelling of Euripides' The Trojan Women fused with the world of underground LGBTQ+ ball culture. Set in a hospital waiting room after the emergence of an unknown and deadly virus, AND SHE WOULD STAND LIKE THIS reimagines the characters of The Trojan Women as Black and Latinx queer men and Transgender women fighting for their survival..



September 7 - October 21, 2017

KPOP

Ars Nova in association with Ma-Yi Theater Company + Woodshed Collective 

Conceived by Woodshed Collective + Jason Kim 
Book by Jason Kim 
Music & Lyrics by Helen Park + Max Vernon 
Immersive Design by Woodshed Collective 
Choreographed by Jennifer Weber 
Directed by Teddy Bergman

KPOP is here and America will never be the same. Claim your exclusive, all-access pass and immerse yourself in the Korean Pop music factory where stars are made... or broken. 

KPOP was held in A.R.T./New York Theatres's Mezzanine Theatre, Gural Theater, and lobby spaces taking over the full building.



November 30 - December 15, 2017

Dare To Be Different:

A Series of New Musicals and Special Events

Amas Musical Theatre

Events Include:
Charleston Harbor
Dorothy Dandridge – Hollywood’s Sepia Goddess
Bread and Roses
The Dottie Maraschino Show: starring Dottie Maraschino and The Stems
(all directed by Randy Skinner)
Wanda’s World, directed by Lynne Taylor-Corbett. 

Three new musicals celebrate people who dared to be different: the slave who stole a gunship from under the noses of the confederate army; Hollywood's sepia goddess- first black woman to be nomiated for an Oscar; the Mexican immigrant who fought to unionize building janitors. Three special events include a Benefit Concert of Wanda's World the most decorated off Broadway musical of 2008 and a concert to let The Rosetta LeNoire Musical Theater Academy alumni show off their crops. And Michael LaMasa and his alter ego Dottie (she's different) pay homage to the great ladies of Hollywood. 

2017 In the Jeffrey and Paula Gural Theatre


January 17 - February 5, 2017

The Great American Drama

New York Neo-Futurists

By Connor Sampson

What makes a piece of theater a success? The Great American Drama is a living, ever-changing theatrical experiment to test the validity of the American Dream; that anyone, regardless of their given circumstance, can achieve prosperity and success through hard work and determination.



February 17 - March 5, 2017

BKBX Presents: See Reverse

Broken Box Mime Theater

Broken Box Mime Theater (BKBX) presents a brand new set of original short plays with SEE REVERSE. Set to a fresh soundtrack and dynamic lighting design, the mime re-definers of BKBX journey from film noir to political protest and everywhere in between, asking audiences to take their truth and turn it upside down, inside out, and back in time to reveal something truer than they held at the start. 



February 25 - March 4, 2017

BKBX Presents: DESTINATION: EVERYWHERE

Broken Box Mime Theater

DESTINATION: EVERYWHERE is a boisterous adventure that invites audiences to journey through invisible worlds. With a speaking host to guide even the youngest theater-goers, BKBXKids! weaves together nine inventive shorts into a rollicking hour-long program. This interactive performance includes a workshop where the kids are encouraged to meet the cast and learn how to mime!

Presented on Saturdays during Broken Box Mime Theater's run of See Reverse



March 10 - March 26, 2017

The Other Plays: Six Short Plays about Otherness and Diversity

Theater Breaking Through Barriers

Playwrights include Dennis A. Allen II, Bekah Brunstetter, Lameece Isaaq, Basil Kreimendahl, and Neil LaBute

Theater Breaking Through Barriers will proudly present its 5th Festival of new short plays, which will examine otherness in its many forms — Racial, Religious, Political, Sexual and Social — all through a lens of disability. The Other Plays promises to provide a provocative evening of truly enlightening, enraging and entertaining theatre that you will not want to miss!



March 30 - April 9, 2017

American Mill No. 2

Pioneers Go East Collective

Director & Co-writer Gian Marco Lo Forte
Composed by Kamala Sankaram
Choreography by Maura Donohue
Original Concept by Abby Felder 

American Mill No. 2 is Pioneers Go East Collective original docudrama with folk songs about Ella May Wiggins – a textile mill worker and folk singer who found herself at the forefront of the protest movement during the strike at the Loray mill in Gastonia in 1929 (North Carolina).



April 17 - May 7, 2017

The Assignment

Houses On the Moon Theater Company

By Camilo Almonacid and developed by Houses on the Moon Theater Company

An English professor is​ ​shaken when a student’s personal essay reopens long buried wounds.  The play explores the long-term emotional toll of violence, and the​ ​struggle to forgive others​ ​and ourselves.

Through the run, Houses on the Moon will present gUN COUNTRY, a selection of stories by professional theater artists and members of the community whose lives have been touched by guns.​​​ 



May 13 - May 27, 2017

T.B. Sheets

Buran Theatre

By Adam R. Burnett

 

Set in a tuberculosis sanatorium on a remote mountainside, a community of terminally ill mystics transcend to an order of living saints and build a spaceship to escape their physical ailments. This dizzying and iconoclastic new work celebrates the power and beauty of the fragile body and the multiplicity and fluidity of identity..​​​ 



November 2 - November 19, 2017

 

SOLSTICE PARTY!

Live Source Theatre Group

Written by Susan Soon He Stanton
Directed by Tyler Mercer

A group of friends gather to celebrate the Summer Solstice together in the deep Upstate New York woods behind an old farmhouse. What begins as a casual, fun weeked quickly devolves into something more sinister; a power-struggle and then a game of survival that is by turns bizarre and shocking. Written as a Jonestown parable for the Trump era, playwright Susan Soon He Stanton explores themes of "group-think" and betrayal that instigate our deepest primal fears.



January 12 - 27, 2018

Sheila

The Associates Theater Ensemble

Created by The Associates
Directed by Jamal Abdunnasir

September 1987. The edge of town. Gloria opens her door to the woman she hasn't seen since she disappeared from home ten years ago. Mary sees the face that has haunted her memories of childhood and dreams of womanhood. But the reflection that the women seek in each other is distorted by the years of silence. How did they get here? Did one of them take a wrong turn, or were they driven apart?

A thrillingly intimate drama, Sheila pits two women against the world. Not to conquer it—to survive it. But what chance do they have to decide the terms of that survival?






 

2018 In the Mezzanine Theatre


February 23 - March 25, 2018

Folk Wandering

Pipeline Theatre Company

Conceived by Jaclyn Backhaus & Andrew Neisler
Book & Lyrics by Jaclyn Backhaus
Music & Additional Lyrics by Blake Allen, Mike Brun, Andrew R. Butler, Joel Esher, Alex Fast, Jo Lampert, Barrie McLain, Annie Tippe, and Dominique Toney

In 1911, Rosealia dreams of a better life. In 1933, Kai struggles to keep daughter safe. In 1955, Hannah finally fights for herself.

Folk Wandering is a sweeping new musical conjured from the hearts and minds of Jaclyn Bauhaus, Andrew Neisler, and nine emerging singer-songwriters. This expansive story investigates the making and breaking of the American dream across three bygone generations. Join Pipeline Theatre Company and their band of troubadours this spring for an awakening of the hope, heartache, and longing that binds us all together.



April 4 - 29, 2018

One Thousand Nights and One Day

Prospect Theater Company

Book and lyrics by Jason Grote
Music by Marisa Michelson
Directed by Erin Ortman

In mythic Persia, a daring young woman spins tales to save the kingdom and her life. In modern-day New York, a Jewish man and Palestinian woman fight to find love in a fractured world. This world premiere musical, adapted from Jason Grote's critically-acclaimed play 1001, reinvents "The Arabian Nights," colliding the contemporary and the ancient. Through a genre-bending score, it questions past and present images of the Middle East, exploring the power of story in our everyday lives.



May 10 - June 10, 2018

Time's Journey Through a Room

The Play Company

Written by Toshiki Okada
Translated by Aya Ogawa
Directed by Dan Rothenberg

If Ghosts represent the past, what represents the future?

Time's Journey Through A Room is a portrait of how we move forward from life-changing events. Part love story, part ghost story and set one year after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, this soulful and complex play observes how hope can spring up alongside sadness and fear, and change can be realized if we are awake to the present moment.



August 11 - September 8, 2018

Henry VI, Shakespeare's Trilogy in Two Parts

NAATCO

Adapted and
Directed by Stephen Brown-Fried

Experience Shakespeare's saga of a nation spinning wildly out of control. Henry VI is the story of a great nation's decent into barbarism and cruelty. It is a study of how the experience of a problematic foreign war erodes civil discourse at home, and how that erosion allows political self-interests to take hold and send a country hurtling into civil war.



September 14 - October 28, 2018

Uncle Romeo Vanya Juliet

BEDLAM

Uncle Vanya adapted by Kimberly Pau
Directed by Stephen Brown-Fried

"As I began preparing to present the two plays in rep, I saw an opportunity to display their strong thematic similarities in a new way. Both plays showcase characters experiencing longing for love at different times in their lives. In Uncle Vanya, they are looking back saying, 'How did I get here?' In Romeo and Juliet, they are looking forward saying, 'How can I get there?' By watching these epic classics side-by-side in the same sitting, the audience can follow the doubling actors on a journey through a landscape where both worlds intersect, revealing the characters' varying experiences of love, loss, and longing at various milestones in their lives." - Eric Tucker, Director

2018 In the Jeffrey and Paula Gural Theatre


March 4 - 25, 2018

Halcyon Days

Oberon Theatre Ensemble

Written by Steven Dietz
Directed by Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. 

How do you make something go viral in the days before social media? Halcyon Days by Steven Dietz is a shrewd satire exploring what it to​ok​ to get America behind the 1983 invasion of the western hemisphere's smallest country​, Grenada. This eye opening exploration of the D.C. "spin machine" is a brutally witty and thought provoking behind the scenes look at America's first "public relations" war.



April 5 - 8, 2018

UNCENSORED

MCC Theater

Written and Performed by
the MCC Theater Youth Company
Directed by Jennifer Shirley and Kevin Carillo 

UNCENSORED features original and thought-provoking works by New York City teens. Original monologues, scenes, music, and ensemblr pieces written by the company members explore this year's theme: WHAT'S IN THE GROUND? UNCENSORED gives audiences a rare, unfiltered glimpse into some of the most creative hearts and daring young voices in NYC's five boroughs.



April 13 - 29, 2018

Mangled Beams

American Indian Artists Inc.
(AMERINDA)

Written by Dawn Jamieson
Directed by Christen Omantra Callahan 

Rather than one man's quest for meaning, Mangled Beams is a play about "A People." It's the first play about the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) high beam walkers' involvement in the cleanup at Ground Zero after 9/11. As four men wait for work at the union hall miles from their home and families, they themselves are like mangled beams. Then the unimaginable happens. Unable to turn their backs on the tragedy, they go to work on the search and rescue effort - untangling beams while they reclaim their identity and find personal redemption.



May 6 - 19, 2018

The Sea Concerto

Flux Theatre Ensemble

Written by August Schulenburg
Directed by Heather Cohn & Kelly O'Donnell 

The Sea Concerto follows Lynnie, a poet who has lost her creative voice to the silence that claimed her father's. Now, a mysterious letter from her Aunt Janet asks her to return to her old seaside home to take back something of her father's. Will it help explain the mystery of why he gave up music? Will that answer help her write again? And can she ever forgive the betrayal that tore her family apart? In the spirit of classic memory plays like The Glass Menagerie and Side Man, The Sea Concerto explores the legacies of pain and resilience that we inherit, pass on, and sometimes let go.



May 26 - June 23, 2018

The Fourth Wall

Theater Breaking Through Barriers

Written by A.R. Gurney
Directed by Christopher Burris 

Peggy has redecorated the living room and her husband, Roger, can't stand it. Peggy's usual exquisite taste has been overcome by a mysterious lapse which caused her to redo the room as if it were a stage set. Everything faces one wall, THE FOURTH WALL, and everyone who enters the room begins to behave as if they were acting in a play. Troubled by this odd behavior, Roger calls in the local theatre professor in the hopes that he can "doctor" Peggy's "play," break THE FOURTH WALL, and bring the madness to a close.

"All Access" performances with Open Captioning and Audio Description: Sunday, June 3rd at 3pm, Thursday, June 14th at 8pm. Talkbacks with ASL interpreters will follow All Access performances.



July 27 - August 18, 2018

The Beyoncé

Adjusted Realists

Written By Eliza Bent
Directed by Stephen Kaliski

Nodding to Queen Bey but based on the Anton Chekov short story "The Fiancé," The Beyoncé is a razor sharp and deeply personal coming-of-age conundrum written by acclaimed playwright Eliza Bent (Toilet Fire, Aloha Aloha), "this generation's answer to Amy Sedaris: frank, weird, and immensely likable" (Time Out New York). With her wedding approaching, Nadia discovers that her heart doesn't want what it obviously should want: a decent husband and a stable family life. She instead fantasizes about running off to the bright lights of the big city, to the counterculture of self-discovery. Is this a silly daydream or a full-body call to adventure that must be answered?



September 7 - 22, 2018

Meaningful Conversation

New Light Theater Project

Written By Owen Panettieri
Directed by Anaïs Koivisto

During a blackout, new neighbors David and Nat engage in unusual conversation and wind up revealing more about themselves than they intend. Two years later, they are thrust back into each other's lives when a domestic dispute erupts in their building, forcing them to reexamine their initial encounter in unexpected ways.