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NOW IS THE TIME. NOW IS THE BEST TIME. NOW IS THE BEST TIME OF YOUR LIFE is the latest junk spectacular from the company that brought you 2015's sold-out New York Times Critics' Pick BAMBIF*CKER/KAFFEEHAUS. Rip Van Winkle + Borscht Belt ruins + Existential Horror Show, NOW IS THE TIME is an epic treatise on trying to leave one's mark on a world that never stands still.

New York City, 1809: an older gentleman of questionable mental health goes missing. Now, over 200 years later, Diedrich Knickerbockerhas reemerged in the Catskills, hiding out in the decayed ruins of a once legendary Borscht Belt resort. Seeking immortality through the completion of his masterwork-"A History of New York from the Beginning of the World to the Ultimate Dissolution of the Known Universe"-our modern day Rip Van Winkle obsessively procrastinates ever putting pen to paper. Weighed down by centuries of research, distracted by his own inadequacies, and haunted by long ignored deadlines, Diedrich Knickerbocker is on the cusp of being forgotten.

When his anxieties finally manifest themselves as terrifying garden gnomes, and his vengeful liver-eating bird-woman of a wife crashes through the ceiling, our modern/ancient hero is thrust from the mundane into the mythic. After being initiated into ghostly rituals of aggressive indulgence and spun ad nauseum on a Carousel of Progress marked in Mambo Time, Diedrich Knickerbocker is forced into the ultimate existential showdown. No room? MAKE ROOM!

NOW IS THE TIME is inspired by "Prometheus Bound," The Book of Ecclesiastes, "Dirty Dancing," Borscht Belt memoirs, and the writings of Washington Irving.

NOW IS THE TIME features Kaaron Briscoe*, David GR Brummer, Lisa Rafaela Clair*, Avi Glickstein, Fernando Gonzalez, Sauda Jackson, Michael Levinton*, Ry Szelong, and Morgan Lindsey Tachco. NOW IS THE TIME is written by Michael Levinton, Laura von Holt, and Little Lord; directed by Michael Levinton; with sets by Peiyi Wong, costumes by Karen Boyer, lights by Marika Kent, sound byKate Marvin, choreography by Whitney G-Bowley, dramaturgy by Chris Mills, and associate directed by Polly Lee. *Appearing courtesy of the Actors Equity Association

Performance Schedule:
Wed Oct 19 at 7:30PM *preview
Thurs Oct 20 at 7:30PM *preview
Fri Oct 21 at 7:30PM *preview (press invited)
Sat Oct 22 at 2:30PM *matinee (press invited)
Sat Oct 22 at 7:30PM *opening (press invited)
Wed Oct 26 at 7:30PM
Thurs Oct 27 at 7:30PM
Fri Oct 28 at 7:30PM
Sat Oct 29 at 2:30PM *matinee
Sat Oct 29 at 7:30PM
Wed Nov 2 at 7:30PM
Thurs Nov 3 at 7:30PM
Fri Nov 4 at 7:30PM
Sat Nov 5 at 2:30PM *matinee
Sat Nov 5 at 7:30PM

NOW IS THE TIME is performed at Abrons Arts Center, which is located at 466 Grand Street (at Pitt Street) in the Lower East Side. F/J/M/Z trains to Delancey/Essex stop.

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$20 first week of performances; $25 second two weeks of performances

LITTLE LORD is a Brooklyn-based company that develops and produces smart, lively, and unexpected performances. Focusing on offbeat adaptations of classic or neglected texts, Little Lord plunders the theatrical canon in order to forge new plays from old parts. Founded in 2007 by co-artistic directors Michael Levinton and Laura von Holt, Little Lord's work has been praised as "thought-provoking," "fearless in its weirdness," and "scrappy creative brilliance."

Little Lord has developed and premiered nine original productions at venues throughout New York City, including: NYTimes Critic's PickBAMBIF*CKER/KAFFEEHAUS (The Brick, Brooklyn, 2015), Pocahontas, and/or AMERICA (Bushwick Starr, Brooklyn, 2013), Babes in Toyland (The Brick, Brooklyn, 2011; OHIO Theatre Ice Factory, NYC, 2009), JEWQUEEN (UNDER St Marks, NYC, 2011), (oh my god I am so) THIRST(y) (Incubator Arts Project, NYC, 2010; Chocolate Factory Theater, Long Island City, 2009), BALABUSTAS, a queer yiddishkeit Thesmophoriazusae (HERE Arts Center, NYC, 2007), and The Barbesteia: Curse of the House of Malibu (OHIO Theatre, NYC, 2007)

The Abrons Arts Center is the Obie-winning arts program of Henry Street Settlement. The Center supports the presentation of innovative, multi-disciplinary work; cultivates artists in all stages of their practice through educational programs, commissions, and residencies; and serves as an intersection of cultural engagement for local, national, and international audiences and arts-workers.

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