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Fall for Kunqu

Saturday, November 18 at 1:30 PM
Flushing Town Hall

Fusing together poetry, music, and story in a mesmerizing live performance, Kunqu is a classic and elegant form of traditional Chinese theatre, included on UNESCO’s list of intangible cultural heritage. Carefully curated by Kunqu Society, the program showcases a colorful and entertaining selection of music, singing, and dramatic pieces from the Kunqu repertoire to celebrate the season of fall. Subtitles in English.

For more information visit http://www.flushingtownhall.org/event/828083d46bfc46c71d7bf922f6b71d0f

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:

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


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.”

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!?


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

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NYFOS Spring Gala


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


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



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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