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Photo Flash: Czech Marionettes in A CHRISTMAS CAROL, OY! HANNUKAH, MERRY KWANZAA at La MaMaPhoto Flash: Czech Marionettes in A CHRISTMAS CAROL, OY! HANNUKAH, MERRY KWANZAA at La MaMa
by BWW News Desk - Dec 5, 2014

For the delight of audiences aged 5 to 105, Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre will perform 'A Christmas Carol, Oy! Hanukkah, Merry Kwanzaa' from today, December 5 to 14, 2014 in The Club at La MaMa, 74A East Fourth Street. The show is an adaptation of Dickens' classic with Old World accents and New World inclusiveness. Adapted and directed by Vit Horejs, it features over 30 puppets by Milos Kasal and holiday songs in Czech, English, Hebrew & Swahili. Scroll down for a sneak peek at the show! (more...)

MISS JULIE to Run 10/21-11/8 at August Strindberg RepMISS JULIE to Run 10/21-11/8 at August Strindberg Rep
by BWW News Desk - Nov 7, 2014

From October 21 to November 8, August Strindberg Repertory will transport Strindberg's 'Miss Julie' to an antebellum Louisiana plantation in a new interpretation conceived by Artistic Director Robert Greer and adapted by Edgar Chisholm from a translation by Greer. The production will include a ballet sequence, which Strindberg specified in the original manuscript and which has never been performed before. The piece will be directed by Robert Greer and choreographed by Ja' Malik. (more...)

Photo Flash: Czech Marionettes in A CHRISTMAS CAROL, OY! HANNUKAH, MERRY KWANZAA at La MaMaPhoto Flash: Czech Marionettes in A CHRISTMAS CAROL, OY! HANNUKAH, MERRY KWANZAA at La MaMa
by BWW News Desk - Oct 28, 2014

For the delight of audiences aged 5 to 105, Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre will perform 'A Christmas Carol, Oy! Hanukkah, Merry Kwanzaa' from December 5 to 14, 2014 in The Club at La MaMa, 74A East Fourth Street. The show is an adaptation of Dickens' classic with Old World accents and New World inclusiveness. Adapted and directed by Vit Horejs, it features over 30 puppets by Milos Kasal and holiday songs in Czech, English, Hebrew & Swahili. Scroll down for a sneak peek at the show! (more...)

MISS JULIE Runs Now thru 11/8 at August Strindberg RepMISS JULIE Runs Now thru 11/8 at August Strindberg Rep
by BWW News Desk - Oct 21, 2014

From today, October 21 to November 8, August Strindberg Repertory will transport Strindberg's 'Miss Julie' to an antebellum Louisiana plantation in a new interpretation conceived by Artistic Director Robert Greer and adapted by Edgar Chisholm from a translation by Greer. The production will include a ballet sequence, which Strindberg specified in the original manuscript and which has never been performed before. The piece will be directed by Robert Greer and choreographed by Ja' Malik. (more...)

Photo Flash: SIX PASSIONATE WOMEN Begins Tonight at TNCPhoto Flash: SIX PASSIONATE WOMEN Begins Tonight at TNC
by BWW News Desk - Oct 9, 2014

Nino, an Italian film maker with a strong resemblance to Federico Fellini, is in an artistic crisis. Every new work is, for him, an artistic crisis. So he goes to bed with a multitude of women, seeking ideas and stimulation, feeding on them both humanly and artistically. Nino is sexually impotent until he gets a good idea, and then he's hellfire. But his sexual partners, all artists in their own right, are not satisfied. Rallied by a wealthy feminist American widow, they decide that to be a muse is to be exploited. So they exact revenge by making a movie of Nino's life and fantasies, Candid Camera-Style. Thus unfolds 'Six Passionate Women' by Mario Fratti, a play inspired by the playwright's personal acquaintance with Fellini, whom he covered closely as a journalist in the late 1950s. It combines a serious disquisition on the creative mind with recurring themes of Fratti's plays: betrayal, jealousy and sexual politics. Theater for the New City will present the piece today, October 9 to 26, directed by Stephan Morrow. Dennis Parlato, as the film maker, heads a cast of eight that is peppered with Broadway vets. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast below! (more...)

New 'Eco-Drama' EXTREME WHETHER Runs Now thru 10/26 at TNCNew 'Eco-Drama' EXTREME WHETHER Runs Now thru 10/26 at TNC
by BWW News Desk - Oct 2, 2014

'Extreme Whether,' a new 'eco-drama' written and directed by Karen Malpede, centers on an embattled American climate scientist living in an idyllic wilderness estate in the Northeast Coast. Set during the record-hot summers of 2004 and 2012, the play pits the scientist against his twin sister in a no-holds barred family struggle over land ownership and the future use of their wilderness estate. In one corner is John Bjornson, a composite of famous climatologists. In the other is his twin sister, Jeanne, an energy spokeswoman married to a skeptical lobbyist. Actor Jeff McCarthy ('Cheers,' 'Urinetown,' 'Chicago') heads the cast of six as the scientist. Theater Three Collaborative and Theater for the New City will present the work at TNC today, October 2 to 26, 2014, directed by the author. (more...)

MISS JULIE to Run 10/21-11/8 at August Strindberg RepMISS JULIE to Run 10/21-11/8 at August Strindberg Rep
by BWW News Desk - Sep 22, 2014

From October 21 to November 8, August Strindberg Repertory will transport Strindberg's 'Miss Julie' to an antebellum Louisiana plantation in a new interpretation conceived by Artistic Director Robert Greer and adapted by Edgar Chisholm from a translation by Greer. The production will include a ballet sequence, which Strindberg specified in the original manuscript and which has never been performed before. The piece will be directed by Robert Greer and choreographed by Ja' Malik. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Dennis Parlato, Donna Vivino and More in SIX PASSIONATE WOMEN at TNCPhoto Flash: First Look at Dennis Parlato, Donna Vivino and More in SIX PASSIONATE WOMEN at TNC
by BWW News Desk - Sep 10, 2014

Nino, an Italian film maker with a strong resemblance to Federico Fellini, is in an artistic crisis. Every new work is, for him, an artistic crisis. So he goes to bed with a multitude of women, seeking ideas and stimulation, feeding on them both humanly and artistically. Nino is sexually impotent until he gets a good idea, and then he's hellfire. But his sexual partners, all artists in their own right, are not satisfied. Rallied by a wealthy feminist American widow, they decide that to be a muse is to be exploited. So they exact revenge by making a movie of Nino's life and fantasies, Candid Camera-Style. Thus unfolds 'Six Passionate Women' by Mario Fratti, a play inspired by the playwright's personal acquaintance with Fellini, whom he covered closely as a journalist in the late 1950s. It combines a serious disquisition on the creative mind with recurring themes of Fratti's plays: betrayal, jealousy and sexual politics. Theater for the New City will present the piece October 9 to 26, directed by Stephan Morrow. Dennis Parlato, as the film maker, heads a cast of eight that is peppered with Broadway vets. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast below! (more...)

New 'Eco-Drama' EXTREME WHETHER to Run 10/2-26 at TNCNew 'Eco-Drama' EXTREME WHETHER to Run 10/2-26 at TNC
by BWW News Desk - Aug 26, 2014

'Extreme Whether,' a new 'eco-drama' written and directed by Karen Malpede, centers on an embattled American climate scientist living in an idyllic wilderness estate in the Northeast Coast. Set during the record-hot summers of 2004 and 2012, the play pits the scientist against his twin sister in a no-holds barred family struggle over land ownership and the future use of their wilderness estate. In one corner is John Bjornson, a composite of famous climatologists. In the other is his twin sister, Jeanne, an energy spokeswoman married to a skeptical lobbyist. Actor Jeff McCarthy ('Cheers,' 'Urinetown,' 'Chicago') heads the cast of six as the scientist. Theater Three Collaborative and Theater for the New City will present the work at TNC October 2 to 26, 2014, directed by the author. (more...)

EMERGENCY!!! OR THE WORLD TAKES A SELFIE Opens TNC Street Theater's 2014 Tour TodayEMERGENCY!!! OR THE WORLD TAKES A SELFIE Opens TNC Street Theater's 2014 Tour Today
by BWW News Desk - Aug 2, 2014

Theater for the New City's award-winning Street Theater Company opens its 38th annual tour today, August 2 with 'EMERGENCY!!! or The World Takes A Selfie,' a rip-roaring outdoor musical comedy about a New York EMT worker on a workingman's grand tour of the world, who decides to tackle global problems the way he does emergencies of his NYC beat. (more...)

EMERGENCY!!! OR THE WORLD TAKES A SELFIE to Open TNC Street Theater's 2014 Tour, 8/2EMERGENCY!!! OR THE WORLD TAKES A SELFIE to Open TNC Street Theater's 2014 Tour, 8/2
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2014

Theater for the New City's award-winning Street Theater Company opens its 38th annual tour August 2 with 'EMERGENCY!!! or The World Takes A Selfie,' a rip-roaring outdoor musical comedy about a New York EMT worker on a workingman's grand tour of the world, who decides to tackle global problems the way he does emergencies of his NYC beat. Free performances will tour City streets, parks and playgrounds throughout the five boroughs through September 14. The piece has book, lyrics and direction by Crystal Field and musical score composed by Joseph Vernon Banks. (more...)

Shakespeare in the Parking Lot Brings HAMLET to Bryant Park, Now thru 5/31Shakespeare in the Parking Lot Brings HAMLET to Bryant Park, Now thru 5/31
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2014

To honor Shakespeare's 450th birthday, Bryant Park Corporation and The Drilling Company's Shakespeare in the Parking Lot will present 'Hamlet' in Bryant Park today, May 15 to 31, 2014. It is Bryant Park's first Shakespeare production and The Drilling Company's first Shakespeare production outside the municipal parking lot at the corner of Ludlow and Broome Streets, where its intrepid, bare-boned productions have become a New York tradition. (more...)

Western Wind Ensemble to Perform at TNC, 6/6-8Western Wind Ensemble to Perform at TNC, 6/6-8
by BWW News Desk - May 1, 2014

To celebrate its 45th Anniversary, Western Wind Ensemble (www.westernwind.org), the internationally acclaimed vocal sextet, will perform the historically important but rarely heard 'L'Amfiparnaso' by Orazio Vecchi at Theater for the New City, 155 First Ave., June 6 to 8. The piece is a madrigal comedy from 1594 that sets a commedia dell' arte scenario in the late 16th-century madrigal style. It might be the earliest musical comedy ever written. The singers, singing in Italian and various local dialects such as Venetian and Bolognese, will be joined by a master mime who will help bring the characters and action to life. The production is directed by Gama Valle. (more...)

Yangtze Rep to Present THE STORY OF YU-HUAN at TNC, 5/30-6/22Yangtze Rep to Present THE STORY OF YU-HUAN at TNC, 5/30-6/22
by BWW News Desk - Apr 30, 2014

Yu-Huan, of the House of Yang, has been an undiminished subject of literature and fine arts throughout thirteen centuries. Her death marked the end of 130 years of unprecedented prosperity in China's Middle Kingdom and a golden age of artistic outpourings. Her life story is the subject of 'The Story of Yu-Huan' by Joanna Chan, to be presented by Yangtze Repertory Theatre of America May 30 to June 22 at Theater for the New City, 155 First Ave. (at E. 10th St.), directed by the author and choreographed by Ashley Liang. (more...)

Frog & Peach Theatre Co. to Present KING JOHN, 4/24-5/18Frog & Peach Theatre Co. to Present KING JOHN, 4/24-5/18
by BWW News Desk - Apr 23, 2014

'If you like action-packed thrillers,' writes Lynnea Benson, Artistic Director of Frog and Peach Theatre, 'you are going to love King John.' She calls the seldom-produced history play 'Game of Thrones, Shakespeare style,' being filled with wars over crowns, gold and power; craven courtiers, bickering in-laws, a greedy, power-mad Cardinal; illegitimate relatives and two very ambitious Queen Mothers. She will direct the classic April 24 to May 18, 2014 featuring a cast of Frog and Peach stalwarts including Karen Lynn Gorney ('Saturday Night Fever,' 'All My Children') as the ruthlessly clever Queen Elinor. (more...)

Shakespeare in the Parking Lot to Bring HAMLET to Bryant Park, 5/15-31Shakespeare in the Parking Lot to Bring HAMLET to Bryant Park, 5/15-31
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2014

To honor Shakespeare's 450th birthday, Bryant Park Corporation and The Drilling Company's Shakespeare in the Parking Lot will present 'Hamlet' in Bryant Park May 15 to 31, 2014. It is Bryant Park's first Shakespeare production and The Drilling Company's first Shakespeare production outside the municipal parking lot at the corner of Ludlow and Broome Streets, where its intrepid, bare-boned productions have become a New York tradition. (more...)

Frog & Peach Theatre Co. to Present KING JOHN, 4/24-5/18Frog & Peach Theatre Co. to Present KING JOHN, 4/24-5/18
by BWW News Desk - Apr 3, 2014

'If you like action-packed thrillers,' writes Lynnea Benson, Artistic Director of Frog and Peach Theatre, 'you are going to love King John.' She calls the seldom-produced history play 'Game of Thrones, Shakespeare style,' being filled with wars over crowns, gold and power; craven courtiers, bickering in-laws, a greedy, power-mad Cardinal; illegitimate relatives and two very ambitious Queen Mothers. She will direct the classic April 24 to May 18, 2014 featuring a cast of Frog and Peach stalwarts including Karen Lynn Gorney ('Saturday Night Fever,' 'All My Children') as the ruthlessly clever Queen Elinor. (more...)

Peter Brook to Stage Theater for the New City's SOTTO VOCE in FrenchPeter Brook to Stage Theater for the New City's SOTTO VOCE in French
by BWW News Desk - Mar 25, 2014

The Miami Herald reported last week that 'Sotto Voce' by Nilo Cruz, which Theater for the New City commissioned and produced for its world premiere February 15 to March 9, will be staged by legendary director Peter Brook in a French version in the future, with other versions to follow. Mr. Brook, Director of Theatre du Nord in Paris, was quoted as calling the play 'beautiful.' (more...)

Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre to Bring 'DON JUAN' to Jan Hus Playhouse, 4/10-5/4Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre to Bring 'DON JUAN' to Jan Hus Playhouse, 4/10-5/4
by BWW News Desk - Mar 4, 2014

Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre returns to the Jan Hus Playhouse, 351 East 74th Street, April 10 to May 4 with 'Don Juan, or Wages of Debauchery,' conceived and directed by Vit Horejs, adapted and directed from an anonymous play of itinerant puppeteers. (more...)

DAYLIGHT PRECISION Runs Now thru 3/16 at TNCDAYLIGHT PRECISION Runs Now thru 3/16 at TNC
by BWW News Desk - Feb 21, 2014

'Daylight Precision' by Douglas Lackey takes us back to World War II and into the great moral controversies involving strategic bombing. Should we bomb cities, or military targets? The United States began by avoiding cities but ended up destroying them. Lackey shows how the change came about by tracing the careers of Generals Haywood Hansell and 'Bomb them back to the Stone Age' Curtis LeMay. Lackey writes, '700,000 civilians lost their lives because Hansell lost his command to LeMay. Hansell is the unsung tragic hero of World War II.' Theater for the New City will present this new work tonight, February 21 to March 16, directed by Alexander Harrington. (more...)

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