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Lollipops for Breakfast

Sunday, July 30 at 11:00 AM
Flushing Town Hall

You can’t have lollipops for breakfast! But today, Sylvie decides she’s going to break that rule, even if it means she has to make her own amazingly perfect lollipop from scratch. Come along as she and her trusty pet bird search for missing ingredients, wrestle with giant candy machines, and get lost in a magical pop-up cookbook. Join us for the show that New England Theatre Geek calls “captivating and enchanting.” Puppetry performance by Bonnie Duncan, and live music by The Gottabees.

There are two shows, one at 11 AM and another at 2 PM.

Tickets are $13/$10 Members/$8 Children/$6 Member Children.

Flushing Town Hall
137-35 Northern Blvd
Flushing, NY, 11354

For more information visit http://www.flushingtownhall.org

From My Mother’s Mother

May 13 at 7:30 PM
Flushing Town Hall 137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing, NY 11354

Celebrate Mother’s day (FREE for mothers) with a chamber opera about a Korean tradition where Korean women, post- birth, are given seaweed soup which is prepared by their own mother, and believed to assist in recovery. This story, composed by Jeeyoung Kim, deals with love and reconciliation through one mother providing something to help her daughter, only to face rejection. Performance in English with English and Korean subtitles (libretto written in English)
$10/ FREE for Members, Students and Mothers

For more information visit http://www.flushingtownhall.org/event/371c9216d3ee41f77127b52c9bb97216

Fortune Society Spring Benefit

Monday, April 17, doors open at 6pm
6:15pm The Castle Performance and Award Ceremony | 7:30-9pm Cocktail Reception
City Winery, 155 Varick Street NYC

The Fortune Society’s 50th Anniversary Spring Benefit will feature a performance of The Castle play, directed by Fortune Society Founder David Rothenberg.

Honoring Neil Barsky, Founder and Chairman of The Marshall Project, and Richard Feldman, President of the SHS Foundation.

Pictured are Angel Ramos, Vilma Ortiz Donovan, Kenneth Harrigan and Casimiro Torres, the 2008 “Castle” cast. That production was also directed by David Rothenberg and was reviewed at http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/28/theater/reviews/28cast.html.

For more information visit https://fortunesociety.org/springbenefit2017/

 

 

Luft Gangster

Friday, March 31, 2017–Sunday, April 16, 2017
Black Box Theater

The story of U.S. Army Air Corps veteran and prisoner of war Sgt. Louis Fowler is told in Lowell Byers’ gripping and visceral drama, Luft Gangster.

After bailing out of his crippled B24 bomber under heavy fire from German forces, waist gunner Lou Fowler is captured by the Nazis. Incarcerated along with other Allied fliers in an inhumane Nazi prison camp, where POWs view new prisoners with suspicion as possible Nazi infiltrators, Lou has to heal his own battle injuries, as his captors treat him as just another ‘luft gangster’ – a term Joseph Goebbels created as propaganda to convince the German nation that all American flyers were criminals released from prison by the US government in order to fight in World War II.

As Lou endures the hellish and unsanitary conditions of prison camp life, subsisting on what could barely be described as food and enduring unspeakable cruelty, surviving to escape becomes his only goal. In a time and place where men on both sides of the war were stripped of all things civilized and reduced to the bare essentials of life, where a single slip of the tongue could mean death, Lou will have to rely on his faith to make it out alive.

“The show is thrilling, seamless, and real.” – Theatre is Easy

“The acting is exemplary.” –  Theatre Scene

“Haunting and moving. Byers, Pendleton, and Nylon Fusion have quite a power piece here.” – The ArtsWire

Tickets and more info at http://sheencenter.org/shows/luftgangster/

 

The Strangest

Sunday, March 12 through Saturday, April 1
Most performances at 7:30 pm but check schedule
The Fourth Street Theatre – 83 East Fourth St. (between Bowery and Second Ave)

Note: The first preview was originally scheduled for Saturday March 11 but has since changed to Sunday March 12

Experience French Algiers on the brink of revolution, and witness what happens when three Arab brothers vie for the love of the same woman. Written by noted playwright, Betty Shamieh ( The Black Eyed, Roar, Fit for a Queen) and directed by May Adrales ( Vietgone, Luce).

The Strangest
is a truly singular theatrical event that invites audiences to experience the centuries old live performance tradition of Arabic storytelling that predates Shakespeare, and to enter into a world that most American theater goers might otherwise never be able to access.

The Strangest invites audiences into an immersive theatrical experience in which they enter a traditional Arab storytelling café, where for centuries masters of the oral tradition wove tales of intrigue. The Strangest is an absurdist murder mystery loosely inspired by the unnamed Arab killed in Albert Camus’ classic novel, The Stranger. Experience French Algiers on the brink of revolution, and witness three Arab brothers vie for the love of the same woman. Their bitter rivalry ends only when one is gunned down by a French stranger. Written by Betty Shamieh ( The Black Eyed, Roar, Fit for a Queen) and directed by May Adrales ( Vietgone, Luce).

French Algeria was a hybrid of Eastern and Western cultures that fascinated some of the most important writers and artists of the twentieth century, including Albert Camus, Jean Genet, and Jean-Paul Sartre. In 1848, Algeria was made part of France. It was the first colonization of an Arab country since the Crusades, and hundreds of thousands of Europeans immigrated and settled there. The Algerian War for Independence began over a hundred years later in 1954. The Strangest evokes that cultural hybridity, mixing oral Arab storytelling techniques with Western theatrical practices of multi-character scenes in a way that illuminates the strengths and similarities of both those performance traditions.

In 2011, writer Betty Shamieh traveled to Aleppo, Syria to conduct research on storytelling cafes for The Strangest. Syria was chosen rather than Algeria not only because Shamieh understood the Levantine dialect, but also because it ironically was deemed safer and less likely to be touched by the events of the Arab Spring. She and her team arrived in Aleppo during the week when the first anti-government protests began. Not only were they able to document these legendary storytelling sites that are no longer standing, or have ceased to be cultural centers for the first time in centuries, but also a society on the verge of civil war and self-destruction.

The Strangest is a truly singular theatrical event that invites audiences to experience the centuries old live performance tradition of Arabic storytelling that predates Shakespeare, and to enter into a world that most New Yorkers might otherwise never be able to access, particularly at this time where it is much more difficult for Arab artists to perform in America.

“As a child of Arab immigrants who became an American playwright, I was always fascinated by the idea of Middle Eastern storytelling cafes, where a person could grab a cup of joe and listen to the live performances of the best storytellers in that community retelling fables and myths from The Arabian Nights. It never occurred to me that the cafes were segregated all-male spaces. I wanted to infiltrate these storytelling cafes. I had been commissioned to write a stage adaptation of The Stranger andupon revisiting Camus’ text; I realized adapting a cerebral novel wasn’t my thing. I also realized I had missed that the novel is about more than a weird narrator who shot a man he didn’t know without feeling remorse, or a representation of an abstract concept called Existentialism. At its core, it is about a colonist killing a native in a deeply racist environment, where desensitization of self and dehumanization of others are necessary ingredients for survival. Thus, the concept for The Strangest was born. I wanted to tell the other side of the story, evoking the wildness of the world that was French Algiers” said playwright, Betty Shamieh.

The company of The Strangest is Jacqueline Antaramian (as Umm; Homeland, Madam Secretary), Andrew Guilarte (as Nemo; The Invisible Hand (Kansas City Repertory Theatre)), Juri Henly-Cohn (as Nader; Inventing Avi), Roxanna Hope Radja (as Layali; Frost/Nixon; After the Fall (Broadway)), Louis Sallan (as Nounu; Blue Bloods), Alok Tewari (as Abu; The Band’s Visit (Atlantic Theater) ; Awake and Sing! (Public/NAATCO), and Brendan Titley (as Gun; MacBeth (Broadway); As You Like It (Public Theater)).

Under the direction of May Adrales, The Strangest will feature Scenic Design by Daniel Zimmerman, Costume Design by Becky Bodurtha, Lighting Design by Aaron Porter, and New Music & Sound Design by Nathan A. Roberts & Charles Coes. The production manager is Jay Sterkel and the stage manager is Megan Sprowls.

This production of The Strangest is produced by Semitic Root with creative producer Allison Bressi, Executive ProducerParadox Productions NY, LLC, and general managed by Kaitlin Boland.

The performance schedule for The Strangest is:

DATE TIME
Sunday, March 12 5:00 PM (Preview)
Monday, March 13 7:30 PM (Preview)
Tuesday, March14 7:30 PM (Preview)
Wednesday, March 15 7:30 PM (OPENING NIGHT)
Friday, March 17 7:30 PM
Saturday, March 18 7:30 PM
Monday, March 20 7:30 PM
Tuesday, March 21 7:30 PM
Thursday, March 23 7:30 PM
Friday, March 24 7:30 PM
Saturday, March 25 7:30 PM
Sunday, March 26 5:00 PM
Tuesday, March 28 7:30 PM
Thursday, March 30 7:30 PM
Friday, March 31 7:30 PM
Saturday, April 1 2:00 PM

Tickets:

Regular Price: $25
Premium: $45 (Includes a reserved seat and a signed program)
To purchase: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2822899

Prince of Players

Thur/Fri February 23rd and 24th, 7:30pm
Sat, February 25th, 8:00pm
Sun, February 26th, 3:00pm
Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, 68th St. between Park and Lexington

This is the New York Premiere.

Set in Restoration England during the time of King Charles II, Prince of Players follows the story of Edward Kynaston, a Shakespearean actor famous for his performances of the female roles in the Bard’s plays. When the King grants permission for women to appear onstage, and forbids male actors from continuing to appear in female roles, Kynaston must relearn his entire craft or face the end of his career..

Adapted from Jeffrey Hatcher’s play A Compleat Female Stage Beauty and the subsequent 2004 film Stage Beauty, the opera was commissioned by the Houston Grand Opera. It received its world premiere this past March 2016 at the HGO Studio. Since the performances in Houston the composer made a few small revisions, which will be heard for the first time in this production by the little OPERA theatre of ny this February 2017 at The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College.

At its premiere in Houston, Carlisle Floyd’s opera Prince of Players received praise from the Houston Chronicle as being “beautifully realized with an electrifying score,” and The Classical Review celebrated its “fiery, heaving music.” Opera News praised the work’s “rich, full-ensemble sweeps of emotional color” and Floyd’s adaptation that “evoked the sinister harshness of Restoration-era London [through the score’s] harmonic and rhythmic distortions.”

ALL TICKETS: $45
For tickets, visit www.hunter.cuny.edu/kayeplayhouse
or call (212)-772-4448

 

Show Your Love – Irish Arts Center

Thursday, February 16 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Mutual of America, 320 Park Avenue, NYC

An evening of cocktails, food, partying with artists and fellow culture enthusiasts…PLUS a whole year of live music, innovative theatre, dynamic dance, moving evenings of literature, and inspiring visual arts and cultural exhibitions… What’s not to love about that!?

Honoring:

Kelly E. Jones & Daniel Howell
Rachel Conlan and Dave Kavanagh
Kathleen Chopin & Colm Clancy

For More Information visit
http://www.irishartscenter.org/events/show_your_love_2017.html

2016 TRU Love Benefit: Embracing the Unlimited: A Celebration of Inclusion in the Arts

Theater Resources Unlimited

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) will enter its 25th year as a not-for-profit service organization with its annual gala, the TRU Love Benefit. This year’s theme is Embracing the Unlimited: A Celebration of Inclusion in the Arts. After 10 years of Sunday brunch benefits, TRU is moving into the evening on November 6, 2016 beginning at 6pm with pre-show cocktails at the Performing Arts Library at Lincoln Center lobby, awards and performance in the Auditorium, plus a cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception afterwards at the upcoming Lincoln Center exhibition of costumes from Olivier and Tony Award winning musicals, Curtain Up: Celebrating 40 Years of Theatre in London and New York. Reception will feature a Silent Auction and a Live Auction whose prizes will include an $8000 cruise to anywhere in the world.

Tickets will go on sale on September 9, 2016. VIP Honoree tickets will be $200 and will include reserved seating at both performance and reception; VIP tickets will be $150 and will include reserved seating at performance and unreserved seating at reception and exhibition. There will also be a $90 show-only general admission ticket, all to go on sale on Friday 9/9, so save the date now. Check for performer updates and more information at http://truonline.org/events/2016-tru-love/.

For more information visit http://truonline.org/events/2016-tru-love/

Dixon Place 30th Anniversary Gala Celebration

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Dixon Place (Ellie Covan, Founding & Artistic Director), called “a last bastion of downtown New York’s long tradition of theatrical experimentation” by the New York Times, is pleased to host their 30th Anniversary annual Gala Dinner on Monday, September 26 at 6pm at the venue (161A Chrystie Street). The evening will feature a formal dinner, a silent and live auction, and performances by a stellar cast of artists long associated with Dixon Place. All proceeds will be used to support Dixon Place’s mission to champion daring new work with another season of important works-in-progress by emerging artists, fully-produced commissions, and artists-in-residence.

New York State Assembly Member Deborah Glick, the first openly lesbian member of the state legislature, will be honored for her inspiring career of political activism and public service. Hosted by Ashley D. Brockington, the hysterical, provocative writer and performer, there will be special appearances by beloved playwright and actor Wallace Shawn, Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter Loudon Wainwright III, nationally acclaimed comedic performer Marga Gomez, Helen Hayes award-winning actress and writer Angelica Page, and pioneering transgender choreographer Arrie Davidson and her ground-breaking KineticArchitecture Dance Theatre.

For more information visit http://dixonplace.org/performances/donor-dinner-2016/

MasterVoices – 2016 Spring Benefit

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MasterVoices
presents its
2016 Spring Benefit
featuring
Dido and Aeneas
By Henry Purcell and Nahum Tate
Starring Kelli O’Hara, Victoria Clark, Elliot Madore, and Anna Christy
With a World Premiere companion work by Michael John LaChiusa
Doug Varone, Director and Choreographer
Ted Sperling, Conductor
April 28, 2016 at New York City Center and Le Parker Meridien

MasterVoices (formerly The Collegiate Chorale) will hold its 2016 Spring Benefit in support of its artistic programming and education initiatives, featuring Dido and Aeneas at New York City Center and Le Parker Meridien on April 28, 2016. The event will begin at 6:00pm with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres on the Grand Tier at New York City Center, located at 131 W. 55th Street, and lead into the 7:00pm concert. Following the performance, guests will sail across the street to Le Parker Meridien’s Estrela Penthouse, located at 119 W. 56th Street, with its stunning views for dinner and a brief live auction led by Steve Rosen. Tickets for the 2016 Spring Benefit range from $500 to $1,500 and tables from $5,000-$15,000. Dress is Festive. For more information, or to request an invitation, call the MasterVoices office at (646) 202-9623.

Henry Purcell and Nahum Tate’s tempestuous Baroque opera, Dido and Aeneas, brings together Kelli O’Hara (Tony Award Winner, The King and I) as Dido, Victoria Clark (Tony Award Winner, The Light in the Piazza) as the Sorceress, Elliot Madore (Winner of the 2010 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions) as Aeneas, Anna Christy (Les contes d’Hoffmann, the Metropolitan Opera) as Belinda, and Sarah Mesko (Carmen, Washington National Opera). The concert will begin with the world premiere of a work by Michael John LaChiusa (The Wild Party), specially commissioned by MasterVoices. Conceived by Artistic Director Ted Sperling, with Director/Choreographer Doug Varone, the evening will feature these award-winning soloists with Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the Doug Varone Dancers and MasterVoices, with scenic consultation by David Korins (Hamilton, Bel Canto), and gowns provided byCFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) designer Christian Siriano.

The event is led by Chairs Antonia & George Grumbach and Ellen F. Marcus, and Co-Chairs Jewelle & Nathaniel Bickford, Jill K. Malila, Deborah Stiles, and Adèle K. & John Talty. Corporate Co-Chair: AON.

The Dido and Aeneas program will be a celebration in loving memory of James S. Marcus, longtime MasterVoices Board Member. MasterVoices is forever grateful for his and his wife Ellen’s generosity, and will always remember Jim for his boundless spirit, tremendous wisdom, and deep love of music.

“We are thrilled to reunite Tony Award-winning actresses Kelli O’Hara and Victoria Clark for the first time since their history-making performances in The Light in the Piazza ten years ago in Dido and Aeneas,” said Ted Sperling, Artistic Director of MasterVoices. “Further, the evening will open with the World Premiere of a new prologue written and composed by Michael John LaChiusa, in which the three leading ladies play the three Fates, sisters who control our destinies. As the original prologue was lost, I called on my long-time collaborator to bring a contemporary voice into counterpoint with the Baroque, utilizing the same orchestration, including an expanded continuo section of harpsichord, organ, guitar and harp. Orchestrations for the new prologue are by Bruce Coughlin.”

Dido and Aeneas will run for a limited engagement at New York City Center on April 28 and 29, 2016. Single tickets are $30-$130 and are available online at NYCityCenter.org, by calling CityTix® at 212-581-1212, or at the box office at 131 W. 55th Street (btwn 6th and 7th).

For more information visit https://mastervoices.secure.force.com/donate/?dfId=a13U0000003Y7TNIA0

NYFOS Spring Gala

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Tuesday, April 5 at  7 pm
Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall

with dinner and additional performances to follow at ’21’ Club

A delicious starry cast performs songs and scenes from the G&S canon, operettas that combine the wit of Oscar Wilde with the delicacy of Mendelssohn. Emmy and Tony Award winner David Hyde Pierce, Lauren Worsham and Bryce Pinkham (each nominated for a Tony Award for their performances in A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder), and the devilishly funny and sublime English tenor Hal Cazalet bring their singular wit and charm to The Mikado and The Pirates of Penzance, among other favorite G&S shows.

For more information visit http://www.nyfos.org/gala.html

 

Bridging the Gap

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Monday, October 26 at 7:30 pm
New World Stages, 340 West 50th Street, New York

BRIDGING THE GAP AND OTHER SHORT PLAYS BY WESLEY TAYLOR

with

Emmy® and Tony Award® winner and Academy Award® nominee STOCKARD CHANNING

Golden Globe®, Emmy®, and two-time Tony Award® winner NATHAN LANE

Emmy® and Screen Actors Guild Award® winner DEBRA MESSING

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For more information click here