CURRENT & UPCOMING PRODUCTIONS
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ORIGINALLY OCTOBER 8 TO DECEMBER 13. NOW EXTENDED THROUGH MAY 27
HARLEM REPERTORY THEATRE
TATO LAVIERA THEATRE, 240 E. 123RD STREET
"THE WIZARD OF OZ"
Harlem Repertory Theatre stages "The Wizard of Oz," co-produced by the Yip Harburg Foundation, for young (and young-at-heart) audiences. This production of the classic musical has a multi-racial cast, a jazzy underscore and authoritative dramaturgy by representatives of the Yip Harburg Foundation. Director/choreographer is Keith Lee Grant, Artistic Director of Harlem Rep, who is in the midst of a four-year project of presenting four classic musicals that have lyrics by E.Y. "Yip" Harburg, who was known in his lifetime as the "social conscience of Broadway."

COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/oz.htm
PHOTOS: https://goo.gl/photos/8wTzPEq6GHKBPJfC6


MARCH 4 TO APRIL 1
GENE FRANKEL THEATRE, 24 BOND STREET
"MARTY'S SHADOW" BY STIG DAGERMAN (SWEDEN) AND "JOURNEY IN LIGHT AND SHADOW" BY STIG DALAGER (DENMARK)
August Strindberg Rep presents two mystery plays by modern Scandinavian playwrights. Stig Dagerman, the acclaimed Swedish playwright, poet, novelist and journalist, was first in Paris after the liberation and the first in Berlin after the fall of the Third Reich. His play, "Marty's Shadow," is a tale of the aftermath of the resistance and is based on actual characters he met in Paris. Translated by Nancy Pick with Lo Dagerman and directed by Whitney Gail Aronson. "Journey in Light and Shadow" by Danish dramatist Stig Dalager is a play-within-a-play with three actors. Are they rehearsing, are they performing or are they not actors at all? Is it the present, the past, or in the future? The piece is something of an examination of playwriting process, with strains of Strindberg and Pirandello sewn in. Adapted by Natalie Menna from the Danish ttranslation by Robert Greer, directed by Mr. Greer.

COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/2stigs.htm
PHOTOS OF "JOURNEY IN LIGHT AND SHADOW": https://goo.gl/photos/2pxueBvE4UccViMz7
PHOTOS OF "MARTY'S SHADOW" https://goo.gl/photos/wnfcYDUG6Yhpqb156


MARCH 9 TO APRIL 1
WORKSHOP THEATER, 312 W 36TH ST.
"THROUGH THE DARKNESS"
"Through the Darkness" by Alan C. Breindel recounts the unimaginable journeys and true stories of four courageous men and women who left everything behind, including their loved ones, so that they might stay one step ahead of the Holocaust. They are composite characters that playwright Breindel built from interviews with Holocaust survivors. Three of the four characters managed to avoid the horrors of the concentration camps and remained free, even if freedom was no more than the right to die on their own terms. Chaos was inescapable, freedom was motion, and the only safe place was any place other than where they were. Each of the characters repeatedly come face to face with seemingly insurmountable obstacles to daily survival and show us that when life is vastly different, life is still livable.

COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/thru_darkness.htm
PHOTOS: https://goo.gl/photos/rGSU5bjzC7duTe8TA


MARCH 23 TO APRIL 2
LA MAMA
TERRA DEI FUOCHI / LAND OF FIRES
"Terra dei Fuochi / Land of Fires" is an environmental performance project blending modern dance, music and documentary theatre to tell the story of Campania Felix, an area in Italy north of Naples that suffered devastating loss of life due to a toxic waste disaster and scandal. Accompanying the performance will be panel discussions with local environmentalists regarding land and water contamination issues facing our global community. Accompanying the performance, a booth will provide information about the toxic waste afflicting Campania Felix and how this situation can be compared to others around the world. The aim is to provide further education in the increasing land and water contamination issues facing our global community. Directed and Choreographed by Bianca Falco (Napoli, Campania- NYC, USA); composed by Alberto Falco (Napoli, Campania). World Premiere.

COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/land_of_fires.htm
PHOTOS: https://goo.gl/photos/9SoS5o9Pb3wwXsBp8


MARCH 23 TO APRIL 9
LA MAMA
"BENGHAZI BERGEN-BELSEN"
An epic romance retrieves from oblivion the lost story of the Holocaust of Libyan Jews in "Benghazi Bergen-Belsen," a new play by Lahav Timor that is inspired by the Brenner Prize-winning 2016 novel of the same name by Yossi Sucary, the first book about Jews in World War II Libya. The play is translated from Hebrew by Inbal Timor and directed by Michal Gamily. By citing the marginalized racial politics of the Holocaust, the show urges a reconsidering of both historical and contemporary religious, cultural, and racial oppression and violence. It does this with a contemporary approach and a uniquely multicultural cast (of Israeli, Palestinian, Moroccan and Italian origins). The original score--beyond place, space and time--is by Avi Belleli, whose work is seen worldwide in dance, theater, film and TV. He is composer of HBO's "In Treatment." Lighting design is by Avi Yona Bueno ("Bambi"), one of Israel's most prominent lighting designers, who is renowned for his work with Batsheva Dance Company. The multicultural cast of eight is led by Mohammad Bakri, who plays Silvana's father--the head of a Jewish family. Bakri is an Arab/Palestinian actor from Israel who is also known for his starring role on "The Night Of," John Turturro's HBO miniseries based on the BBC series "Criminal Justice," created by Peter Moffat.

COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/BBB.htm
PHOTOS: https://goo.gl/photos/HujFsn4gfP5DjzQW9


MARCH 23 TO APRIL 9
THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY
"DEAD MAN'S DINNER"
Squeaky Bicycle Productions, a resident company of Theater for the New City, in the world premiere of "Dead Man’s Dinner" by W.M. Akers. When the chips are down, are we men or beasts? That's the question of this new tragicomedy, to be directed by Kathryn McConnell. The piece is an absurdist adventure story set in a dystopian future. New York has been under siege for ten years and three women are struggling to survive in a frigid, rent-stabilized apartment on the Upper West Side. Olympia and her daughter Petra have spent years surviving any way they can. When Petra falls in love with Jackie, an injured soldier, their food supplies are stretched to the limit. Death creeps closer and each woman is torn between love and hunger. Hunger always wins.

COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/dead_man's_dinner.htm
PHOTOS: https://goo.gl/photos/uMHrTMVf23XfuoQB9


MARCH 31 TO APRIL 1
NEW STAGE PERFORMANCE SPACE, 36 W. 106th STREET, MANHATTAN
"RULES"
New Stage Theatre Company will open its new permanent home, The New Stage Performance Space, located at 36 West 106th Street, Manhattan, from March 31 to April 30 with the debut production of "Rules," a work of movement-and-image based theater adapted and directed by Ildiko Nemeth. The piece is primarily based on "The Rules" by Charles L. Mee, a play from his (re)making project. It is an of-the-moment performance work channeling the anxiety of our time. Faithful to Mee's Collage Theater approach to drama, it brings together voices of the marginalized, objectified, and simply horrified to form an urgent chorus that implores, "What rules inform our new reality? Who is writing them? And what will it mean to fight for cohesion and unity?" Charles L. Mee is known for his work with SITI Company, for which he wrote "Orestes," "bobrauschenbergamerica," "Hotel Cassiopeia," "Under Construction" and "soot and spit (the musical)." He was Signature Theater's Playwright-in-Residence in 2007-2008.

COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/rules.htm


APRIL 5 TO 22
THEATRE 80 ST. MARKS
NEGRO ENSEMBLE COMPANY IN "ROSALIE PRITCHETT" AND "PERRY'S MISSION"
This Spring, The Negro Ensemble Company, Inc. continues the celebration of its 50th Anniversary season in which it is remounting classic plays of the company's past. From April 5 to 22, the company will present two companion pieces, "Rosalie Pritchett" by Barbara and Carlton Molette and "The Perry's Mission" by Clarence Young III. These one-acts, exploring themes of black struggle, were originally produced together in 1971, when when the Vietnam War was raging, Black Power Politics was mobilizing disparate counterculture activists, and Black Panther chairman Bobby Seale was standing trial in New Haven for murder of a police informant. In these inflammatory times, The Negro Ensemble Company, Inc. dedicated a season to plays emphasizing themes of black struggle. The double-bill of "Rosalie Pritchett" and "The Perry's Mission" aimed to look deeply into the actions and feelings that underlay splits in Black philosophies and minimized forward motion. "Rosalee Pritchett" portrays the women of an upper-class black wives' bridge club, one of whom is raped by lower-class white National Guard troops. The rest of the club remains indifferent; it's a devastating indictment of the black bourgeoisie. In "The Perry's Mission," a male black militant challenges various people in a bar about their black identities and their conversation grows into fatal conflict.

COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/rosalee_perrys.htm
PHOTOS: https://goo.gl/photos/a1EM5d7gvVcvaGfKA


APRIL 7 TO 29
GENE FRANKEL THEATRE, 24 BOND STREET
"OF MICE AND MEN"
The Onomatopoeia Theatre Company, a resident company of Gene Frankel Theatre, will present a faithful production of John Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men" Off-off Broadway. It is the story of George Milton and Lennie Small, migrant ranch workers living rough in northern California, who yearn for home and stability during the Great Depression. Unlike other down-and-out men, who tended to be loners, this pair are deeply bonded. Lennie is big, dull-witted and incapable of taking care of himself. George, small and quick-witted, has appointed himself the big man's protector and guardian. They are a heart-rendering example of empathy and brotherhood among the powerless. In our present time, this American classic achieves currency and brilliance as an example of understanding and support toward for those who perceive, think, remember and learn differently.

COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/mice&men.htm
PHOTOS: https://goo.gl/photos/NWvGW1xA5qysmcU79


APRIL 13 TO 30
THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY
"THE FACULTY ROOM"
Baby Boomers had nuclear air raid drills in school that stamped their souls with the realization that death is always close by. Their children now have lockdown drills, rehearsing what to do when a shooter is on the loose in the school. A nuclear attack has never materialized (at least, not yet), but the present generation has Sandy Hook, Columbine, Virginia Tech and a host of other massacres to remind them of their own mortality. The hard lockdown--when an imminent danger is known--is an unforgettable rite of passage for many people, and it is the setting of "The Faculty Room," the newest play by William Electric Black that is the fourth in his GUNPLAYS series. Directed by the author.

COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/faculty_room.htm
PHOTOS: https://goo.gl/photos/bKaUBwJSrUWGCZLv6


MAY 16 TO 30
STUDIO THEATRE, THEATER ROW
"ANTIGONE"
Fusion Theatre performs Jean Anouilh's "Antigone," translated by Lewis Galantiere. A ground breaking adaptation merges the worlds of classical theatre and opera, obliterating preconceived boundaries between theses two great theatrical worlds. Fusion Theatre draws its cast from a tiny pool of classically trained actors who are also renowned opera singers. Directed by award winning actress Eilin O'Dea. Features operatic arias as well as the fusion of both the classical play Antigone with the chorus line from the opera Antigone.


MAY 24 TO JUNE 10
THEATRE 80 ST. MARKS
NEGRO ENSEMBLE COMPANY IN
"DAUGHTERS OF THE MOCK"
The 50th season of Negro Ensemble Company, a year-long retrospective of some of the troupe's signature works, continues with "Daughters of the Mock" by Judi Ann Mason (original production March 3, 1976), directed by Denise Dowse.


JUNE 1 TO 24
WORKSHOP THEATER, 312 W. 36th STREET
"COMPOSURE"
In this six-character play by Scott C. Sickles, an ill-timed college production leads to a modern-day star-crossed romance between two men whose past tragedies suddenly encroach upon the present. A year after an on-campus unrequited love murder-suicide, Fletcher Driscoll, 48, returns to his hometown alma mater to direct "Romeo and Juliet," the play selected to commemorate the tragedy. As he attempts to helm a tasteful production, he begins a casual fling with Jeff Landry, 52, a recently out and divorced administrator. Meanwhile, Fletcher encounters a high school acquaintance with whom he shares a disturbing history, while Jeff attempts to maintain a friendship with his ex-wife as they mourn the loss of her brother. Long-held feelings and secrets come to light bringing Fletcher and Jeff closer while threatening to tear them asunder as opening night approaches. It's a romantic drama about the resonance of loss. "Composure" received two 2016 New York Innovative Theatre Awards for Outstanding Director (Emmy Award winner Fritz Brekeller) and Outstanding Original Full-Length Script. Playwright Scott C. Sickles just received his fifth Emmy Nomination. Directed by Fritz Brekeller, who won Outstanding Director at the New York Innovative Theatre Awards for a previous production of "Composure". He won an Emmy as part of the directing team for "One Life to Live."


JUNE 2 TO 18
THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY
YANGTZE REPERTORY THEATRE OF AMERICAN IN "410[GONE]"
" 410[GONE]" by Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig is a play about love and loss. Seventeen, a Chinese American boy, who has committed suicide wanders into the Chinese Land of the Dead, a dominion ruled by the Chinese Goddess of Mercy and the Monkey King. The time is suspended, and an arcade dance console holds the key to transmigration. His elder sister, Twenty-One, has been reliving the night of the suicide in order to find Seventeen. After a series of hilarious events between the land of the live and the dead, Twenty-One finally meets Seventeen again only to realize she has to set him free. Directed by Chongren Fan, cast of five. In English with Chinese subtitles.



SEPTEMBER (TBA)
THEATRE 80 ST. MARKS
NEGRO ENSEMBLE COMPANY IN "A SOLDIER'S PLAY"
The 50th season of Negro Ensemble Company, a year-long retrospective of some of the troupe's signature works, culminates with "A Soldier's Play" by Charles Fuller (original production November 20, 1981), directed by Charles Weldon.

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