A.R.T./New York Sets 2017 Season at New Performance Spaces

By: Nov. 10, 2016
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The Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York, New York City's leading service and advocacy organization for nonprofit theatre, today announced its initial roster of programming through June 2017 - to be presented by 11 nonprofit companies - at its new A.R.T./NEW YORK THEATRES (the Gural and Mezzanine), two affordable, state-of-the-art performance spaces located at 502 West 53rd Street - designed by award-winning architect Toshiko Mori.

The A.R.T./NEW YORK THEATRES will provide affordable performance space for New York City's smaller-budget nonprofit theatres and will be modern and highly flexible spaces, with sophisticated technical equipment included in the weekly subsidized rental rates. Seating capacity is up to 87 seats in the Jeffrey and Paula Gural Theatre and up to 149 seats in the Mezzanine Theatre, and audience seating can be arranged in various configurations to allow for creativity in scenic design and audience environment. The entire facility will be LEED Silver and ADA-accessible.

Unlike 80 other small performance spaces that have been closed by their landlords over the past 15 years, the A.R.T./NEW YORK THEATRES are protected by City covenants and will be reserved for nonprofit theatre use under the terms of its lease.

The 11 companies and works presented represent a wide range of genres, budget sizes, and ethnicities:


November 27- December 18, 2016 (Gural)

Alligator 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.


Ma-Yi Theater Company

January 17 - February 11, 2017 (Mezzanine)

PEER GYNT & the Norwegian Hapa Band

By Michi Barall, Music by Paul Liber and 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.



January 17 - February 5, 2017 (Gural)

The Great American Drama

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 18 - March 5, 2017 (Mezzanine)

Two productions will be performed in rep

Love That Dog

Adapted and Directed by Andrew Frank and Jason Howard. Based on the book by award-winning author Sharon Creech.

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

Please Bring Balloons

Created by David Kilpatrick and Directed by Sara Hunter Morgulis. Based on Lindsay Ward's illustrated book, Please Bring Balloons.

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.



February 17 - March 5, 2017 (Gural)

BKBX Presents: See Reverse

In See Reverse, Broken Box Mime Theater (BKBX) presents a dozen new, short plays by its resident ensemble of innovative art-makers that last anywhere from 1 to 18 minutes, each held together by a common theme. 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.

Cast: Becky Baumwoll, Géraldine Dulex, Dinah Berkeley, Eliza Simpson, David Jenkins, Blake Habermann, Duane Cooper, Nick Abeel, Marissa Molnar



March 10 - March 26, 2017 (Gural)

The Other Plays: Six Short Plays about Otherness and Diversity

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.



March 30 - April 9, 2017 (Gural)

American Mill No. 2

Director & Co-writer Gian Marco Lo Forte, Composer Kamala Sankaram, Choreographer Maura Donohue, Co-writers & Dramaturges Abby Felder and Allison Curseen

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 (Gural)

A theatrical exploration of firearms in America in two parts

The Assignment (Working Title) - An original play by Camilo Almonacid and developed by Houses on the Moon Theater Company.

An English Professor is shaken when a student's personal essay describing an act of violence from the perpetrator's perspective reopens long buried wounds. The play explores the long-term emotional toll of violence from both sides of the barrel, and the struggle to forgive others and ourselves.


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



May 12 - May 27, 2017 (Gural)

T.B. Sheets

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.



Spring/Summer 2017 (Mezzanine)

And She Would Stand Like This

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

Greek Epic meets Ball Culture in And She Would Stand Like This, a dynamic re-telling of Euripides' The Trojan Women, that re-imagines Hecuba and her children as queer and trans people of color fighting to survive in the midst of a mysterious plague.



June 1- June 24, 2017 (Gural)

Women in Theatre Festival

Playwrights include Chiori Miyagawa, Crystal Skillman and Hrostvith of Gandersham

Women in Theatre Festival (WITFest) is dedicated to going #BeyondParity by producing work by women playwrights in a festival where the majority of roles - both on- and off-stage - are filled by women. By supporting work written by women and plays that feature a greater number of women roles, WITFest is working towards equality in theatre.


As previously announced, ten additional companies have been selected to produce work at the A.R.T./New York Theatres during the 2017-18 season. These companies include: Amas Musical Theatre, The Civilians, Dramatic Question Theatre, NAATCO, One Year Lease Theater Company, Pipeline Theatre Company, The Play Company, Prospect Theater Company, Target Margin Theater and Transport Group Theatre Company.

Founded in 1972, A.R.T./New York is the leading service and advocacy organization for New York City's 375+ nonprofit theatres, with a mission to assist member theatres in managing their companies effectively so that they may realize their rich artistic visions and serve their diverse audiences well. We accomplish this through a comprehensive roster of real estate, financial, educational, and community-building programs, as well as research, advocacy, and field-wide initiatives that seek to improve the long-term health and sustainability of the industry. Over the years, A.R.T./New York has received numerous honors, including an Obie Award, an Innovative Theatre Award, a New York City Mayor's Award for Arts & Culture, and a Tony Honor for Excellence in the Theatre. For more information, visit www.art-newyork.org.

The A.R.T./NEW YORK THEATRES are a project of the Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York (A.R.T./New York), which provide state-of-the-art, accessible venues at subsidized rental rates, plus free access to top-line technical equipment, so that the city's small and emerging theatre companies can continue to experiment, grow, and produce new works.

Rendering by Toshiko Mori Architect


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