THE OUTER SPACE, The Skivvies, Mike Daisey and More Coming Up This Spring at Joe's Pub
Joe's Pub at The Public has announced its nightly performances, running March 22 - April 2, 2017. Scroll down for details!
Now - April 9, 2017
$30 - 45
Called "man of many talents," by The New York Times, Ethan Lipton (No Place to Go, Tumacho) returns to The Public with THE OUTER SPACE, a new adventure in bittersweet and hilariously off-kilter storytelling. With music composed and performed by Lipton, Vito Dieterle, Eben Levy and Ian Riggs, THE OUTER SPACE follows two humans who buy an old spaceship, leaving the noise, pollution and overpriced rents of Earth for the vast beauty and treacherous terrain of the final frontier. But can they survive the mission? Leigh Silverman (No Place to Go, Well, Violet) directs this out-of-this-world musical about the impossible quest to create a sustainable life. The New York Times describes The Outer Space as "artful and adept," and "just delightful!"
Wednesday, March 22 at 9:30PM
$15 Adv / $20 Door
Brilliant young star of the 'timple' instrument, Germán López performs in a duo program with guitarist Antonio Toledo and touches audiences with originally-arranged folk music of the Canary Islands. His music brings together Spanish flamenco, West African rhythmic structures, and a 21st century approach to island music.
Lady Rizo: RED, WHITE AND INDIGO
Thursday - Saturday, March 23 - 25 at 9:30PM
In Lady Rizo's new show, the "cabaret superstar" (New York Magazine), comedienne and singer-songwriter ponders what has been pre-occupying her mind, "America is a very bad boyfriend but why do I still love him?" Red, White & Indigo delivers a deeply personal musical eulogy unpacking Rizo's feelings for the country she was born in, cut with her trademark humor, wit and soaring voice. Backed by trio featuring acclaimed cellist, guitarist and composer Yair Evnine, Rizo leads us to our own Utopian island nation...with no walls, only velvet curtains.
Sunday, March 26 at 9:30PM
The Skivvies are Lauren Molina and Nick Cearley, award-winning NYC actor/musicians doing stripped down versions of eclectic covers and comedic, genre-hopping mashups. Not only are the arrangements stripped down - cello, ukulele, glockenspiel, melodica - but the Skivvies literally strip down to their underwear to perform. It's undie-rock at its finest. Their live show features a lot - Tony Award-winning special guests with big voices, crazy harmonies and surprises, but no pants. Guests for this show include Nick Adams (Priscilla Queen of the Desert), Christina Bianco (The Marvelous Wonderettes), Grace McLean (The Great Comet), Drew Lachey (Rent) and more.
Monday, March 27 at 9:30PM
When Frances finished her first single Grow in her shoebox-sized London bedroom, she had no idea it would go on to become one of the most cherished slow burners of 2015, a stripped piano meditation on tender love, spun over 1.5million times across Soundcloud, YouTube and Spotify. Now, with two EP's on Communion, a debut album in the making, and a memorable live lounge rendition of Justin Bieber's "What Do You Mean", the Berkshire songstress is shaping up to become one of the most gifted young singer-songwriters in the UK. Her sound striking a chord somewhere between the exuberance of Carole King and the ethereal tones of Imogen Heap, but enough youthful whimsicality to happily fleet from keyboard confessions to jilted funk-stained electronica.
Jennifer Diamond: IT'S MY FIRST TIME DOWNTOWN EDITION
Monday, March 27 at 9:30PM
Jennifer Diamond makes her Joe's Pub solo debut with longtime friend Richard Jay-Alexander at the helm. They first worked together on Les Miserables and a number of benefits, and Jay-Alexander found her uniquely talented and versatile enough to put a special spin on a debut act for her. Together they will tell the story of Diamond's arrival into the business as an up-and-coming actress and all the good and bad that goes with it. It will be fun, humorous and heart-breaking with all song choices from Broadway and pop reflective from her own personal story.
Tuesday, March 28 at 9:30PM
$15 Adv / $20 Door
Soul, blues, gospel and Beatles-worthy pop are the core ingredients of Jo Harman's People We Become, a new album that is modern but rooted in the classic, timeless music of the past. Raised in Southwest England, Harman found success on her own terms with her debut, Dirt On My Tongue. The album was released independently in 2013 and supported by a tour that found Harman sharing the stage with icons like Patti Smith, Joan Baez and Sinead O'Connor. Wildly successful for an independent record, Dirt On My Tongue was embraced by the blues community in the U.K., with Harman racking up more than a half-dozen nominations from the British Blues Awards. Of Harman, Huey Morgan of the Fun Loving Criminals said, "Sometimes you hear a voice that leaves you speechless."
Wednesday, March 29 at 9:30PM
Jayme Stone's Folklife follows the bends and bayous through the deep river of song and story. Evolving out of Stone's "Lomax Project," this gathering of versatile musicians blows the dust off of old songs and remakes them for modern ears. With spellbinding singing, virtuosic playing and captivating storytelling, their concerts and educational programs are moving, inventive and participatory experiences. This performance will feature Jayme Stone (banjo, voice), Moira Smiley (voice, accordion), Sumaia Jackson (fiddle, voice) and Joe Phillips (bass, voice).
Thursday, March 30 at 9:30PM
Now in its fifth season, and "making a name for itself with intrepid and unexpected concerts," (The New Yorker) Cantata Profana brings every century of music together into unique productions devoted to new music, old music, vocal music, "to most anything, so long as the mixture is put together thoughtfully and put across persuasively." (The New York Times) Two-Part Invention features two of Cantata Profana's favorite performers - clarinetist Gleb Kanasevich and violinist and artistic director Jacob Ashworth - facing off through a wild maze of duos and solos for some modernist action with an indie form. The piece pays homage to J.S. Bach and John Cage, creating a thread across the centuries, with solo adventures from each performer exhibiting full virtuosity.
Friday, March 31 at 9:30PM
$20 Adv / $25 Door
Fresh from a smash run at Fringe World in Australia, everyone's favorite gay-married super duo drag darlings, Kitten N' Lou, return with a brand new glitter bomb of award-winning dance, irreverent striptease, and surreal campy magic that's been called, "brilliantly deranged" by Time Out New York. Whether you're pure as the driven snow or a catholic school dropout, you must not miss Kitten N' Lou's demented and sparkly romp through the Old Testament and beyond, as they dig deep and ask the hard questions: What is the meaning of our existence in the universe? Are we really supposed to believe there's a God if Donald Trump is president? How can homosexuality be a sin when the Bible is clearly so GAY GAY GAY?! Holier Than Thou features vocal characterizations by RuPaul's Drag Race Season 6 Winner Jinkx Monsoon and her partner in crime Major Scales.
Saturday, April 1 at 9:30PM
Madison McFerrin is a born and bred soul artist who combines the story telling once revered in the past with the sound of the 21st century. With the hope of bringing that old soul into the popular music of today, Madison has gone about curating her own individual sound while honoring the many influences that came before her, such as Aretha Franklin, The Beatles, and Erykah Badu. Using these elements, she independently released her debut EP, and first installment of her fully a cappella series entitled Finding Foundations December 2016.
Saturday, April 1 at 11:30PM
This balls-to-the-wall drag cabaret is hosted by Martha Graham Cracker, who is, perhaps, the world's tallest and hairiest drag queen. Backed by a four-piece live band, Martha Graham Cracker, hailed as "The Drag Queen King" by the Philadelphia Inquirer, performs new arrangements and mashups of songs by artists ranging from Prince and Crowded House to Motley Crue and Nina Simone, and a bit of everything in between.
Mike Daisey: THIS IS NOT NORMAL
Sunday, April 2 at 9:30PM
Monday, April 3 at 7:00PM
In this haunting sequel to his prescient and critical smash The Trump Card, Mike Daisey addresses the precariousness of our current moment. Daisey crafts a portrait of the cultural and global forces that have helped lead America into the hands of a demagogue-and explains the push toward normalization that always accompanies the rise of strongmen. Part instruction guide, part historical warning, and part dark comedy, Daisey addresses the fever gripping all of us, and how quickly that fever becomes fascism.
For tickets, go online at joespub.com, call 10AM-7:00PM daily at 212-967-7555, or visit in person at The Public Theater Box Office, 425 Lafayette Street, NYC (Opens daily at 2PM). There is a $12 food / two (2) drink minimum per person per show, unless otherwise noted.
Named for Public Theater founder Joe Papp, Joe's Pub at The Public opened in 1998 and plays a vital role in The Public's mission of supporting young artists while providing established artists with an intimate space to perform and develop new work. Joe's Pub presents the best in live music and performance nightly, continuing its commitment to diversity, production values, community and artistic freedom. The organization also offers unique opportunities like New York Voices, an artist commissioning program that provides musicians the resources and tools needed to develop original theater works. Commissioned artists have included Ethan Lipton, Toshi Reagon, Bridget Everett, Allen Toussaint and more. In 2011, the Pub received a top-to-bottom renovation, leading to improved sightlines, expanded seating capacity and a new menu from acclaimed Chef Andrew Carmellini. With its intimate atmosphere and superior acoustics, Joe's Pub presents talent from all over the world as part of The Public's programming downtown at its Astor Place home, hosting approximately 800 shows and serving over 100,000 audience members annually.
The Public Theater, under the leadership of Artistic Director Oskar Eustis and Executive Director Patrick Willingham, is the only theater in New York that produces Shakespeare, the classics, musicals, contemporary and experimental pieces in equal measure. Celebrating his 10th anniversary season at The Public, Eustis has created new community-based initiatives designed to engage audiences like Public Lab, Public Studio, Public Forum, Public Works, and a remount of the Mobile Unit. The Public continues the work of its visionary founder, Joe Papp, by acting as an advocate for the theater as an essential cultural force, and leading and framing dialogue on some of the most important issues of our day. Creating theater for one of the largest and most diverse audience bases in New York City for nearly 60 years, today the Company engages audiences in a variety of venues-including its landmark downtown home at Astor Place, which houses five theaters and Joe's Pub; the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, home to free Shakespeare in the Park; and the Mobile Unit, which tours Shakespearean productions for underserved audiences throughout New York City's five boroughs. The Public's wide range of programming includes free Shakespeare in the Park, the bedrock of the Company's dedication to making theater accessible to all; Public Works, an expanding initiative that is designed to cultivate new connections and new models of engagement with artists, audiences and the community each year; and audience and artist development initiatives that range from Emerging Writers Group to the Public Forum series. The Public is located on property owned by the City of New York and receives annual support from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; and in October 2012, the landmark building downtown at Astor Place was revitalized to physically manifest the Company's core mission of sparking new dialogues and increasing accessibility for artists and audiences, by dramatically opening up the building to the street and community, and transforming the lobby into a public piazza for artists, students, and audiences. The Public's work is also seen on tour throughout the U.S. and internationally and in collaborations and co-productions with regional and international theaters. The Public is currently represented on Broadway by the Tony Award-winning acclaimed American musical Hamilton by Lin-Manuel Miranda, and in spring 2017, Lynn Nottage's acclaimed new play Sweat. The Public has received 59 Tony Awards, 168 Obie Awards, 53 Drama Desk Awards, 54 Lortel Awards, 32 Outer Critics Circle Awards, 13 New York Drama Critics Awards, and five Pulitzer Prizes.