IDENTITY THEATER COMPANY is pleased to present IDENTITY, written by Nicholas Linnehan and directed by Christopher Scott. IDENTITY will play a three-week limited engagement from Friday, March 8th through Sunday, March 24th, 2019 at El Barrio’s Artspace (215 E 99th St, New York, NY 10029). Opening night is Saturday, March 9th, 2019 at 8:00 p.m.
Press are cordially invited Fri, March 8th at 8:00 p.m.; Sat, March 9th at 8:00 p.m.;
Sun, March 10th at 3:00 p.m. and Sun, March 10th at 7:00 p.m. (And any subsequent performance).
“Identity, an inventive new play by Nicholas Linnehan, exemplifies the kind of keen theatrical adventure that can be had when a character drops pretense and starts to confide in the audience. It allows the audience to walk a mile in its leading character's shoes, and learn a bit of what it might be like to be a gay disabled Catholic.” - Martin Denton, nytheatre.com
Mike feels trapped and does not want to be boxed in so he entrusts a doctor to have his identity removed. Can this doctor’s procedure really help? An autobiographical tale of cerebral palsy, Catholicism, and homosexuality.
Featuring Timothy Connell, Nicholas Linnehan, Amy Lizka, and Matthew Tyler.
With costume design by Renee Salmieri, and Reuven Glezer is the assistant director. Graphic design by Tom Freda.
IDENTITY plays the following schedule through March 24th:
Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 P.M.
Sundays at 3:00 P.M. and 7:00 P.M.
Tickets are $15.00 and are currently available to purchase at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4052890
Running Time: 100 minutes with no intermission
To learn more visit identitytheater.com
NICHOLAS LINNEHAN (Playwright) is an avid director, actor, and writer. Previously, he has been busy writing five new original works; His first play, The Real Story was produced in 2001 by The Post Theatre Company. His second play, Identity (award winning), was produced twice by Queens College in 2005, once by Manhattan Repertory Theater in 2006, and by Nicu’s Spoon Theater in 2007. His last original work, Erosion: Life on Life’s Terms premiered in January 2010 at Nicu’s Spoon Theater. He has worked as a director for many children’s shows and taught several drama classes for children over the past 14 years. Nick graduated from CW Post at Long Island University with his BA in Theater and holds a Master’s Degree in Education from Queens College. Nick founded Identity Theater Company in 2011, and is looking forward to making great theater with great people.
CHRISTOPHER SCOTT (Director) Artistic Director Masterworks Theater Company. Artistic Associate with Amas Musical Theatre (directed over 20 productions). Member Playwright/Directors Workshop at The Actors Studio. Directing credits - Off-Broadway: The Glass Menagerie, Edwin: The Story of Edwin Booth, A Class Act, Nancy Friday’s My Secret Garden, Golf: The Musical, For Lovers Only, Tails, The Big Bang, and Greed: A Musical For Our Times. NYC: I am, I Will, I Do, Amas Musical Theatre, and NYMF 2017; The Morons (Best Direction Nom.) First Irish Festival ; Years of Sky at 59E59; Best Night Ever & Sitting Shiva fringeNYC; Lorenzo at NYMF. B-PAC Endgame, Miss Julie, Antigone, Hedda Gabler, Medea and Zoo Story. Many, many productions for Theatreworks/USA. Acting credits- Broadway: Meet Me In St. Louis. Off-Broadway: The Fantasticks, The Chosen, The Twilight of the Gold’s, Bent, Jekyll and Hyde and Pets! Plus tours and regional theatre & television. Faculty: NYU/CAP21, Baruch College. Graduate Boston Conservatory.
IDENTITY THEATER COMPANY is a group of differently abled artists devoted to exploring and challenging issues of the human condition. We strive to present work that cultivates understanding, promotes tolerance, and engages its participants in meaningful discussions.
LOVEVILLE HIGH: A PROM IN NINE MUSICAL PODCASTS will be launching on January 7, 2019 downloadable on iTunes, Spotify, and all music sharing sites. With book and lyrics by David Zellnik (Drama Desk nominated Yank!) and music by Eric Svejcar (Disney’s Peter Pan Jr. with Zellnik) LOVEVILLE HIGH takes place on prom night in the fictional town of Loveville, Ohio. Each ten-minute episode tells a love story – new love, old love, romantic love, friend love, gay and straight, cis and genderqueer; each is a self-contained musical while also connecting with the other episodes to form a glimpse into the biggest night in the lives of one high school class. After the launch of the first three episodes, subsequent chapters will be released on a twice-per-month schedule culminating in the “Loveville Prom” finale release party on April 8, 2019. https://www.lovevillehigh.com/
According to Zellnik and Svejcar, LOVEVILLE HIGH was created “because we wanted to celebrate the moment of risk, heartbreak, and joy when the wild strangeness of love comes into clearer view – usually when you’re young, always in the moments you least expect it.
We wrote it as a podcast musical because we love to listen, really listen, to the small choices people make as they navigate this treacherous and often comic terrain. We wanted each episode to be self-contained – because each love story has its own universe – yet when consumed together would form an interconnected portrait of a school, because love is also about creating community. We especially wanted to show a group of kids whose inner lives are not always represented on stage, and a variety of kinds of love: romantic love, friend love, sibling love, even self love.”
The podcast stars Kathryn Allison (Disney’s Aladdin) as Madison, Harrison Chad (Caroline, or Change (OBC), Les Miserables, Beauty and the Beast, Peter Pan) as Noah, Troy Iwata (Be More Chill) as Kyle, Gizel Jiménez (Drama Desk Nominated Outstanding Actress in a Musical for The Public’s Miss You Like Hell) as Wanda, Jay Armstrong Johnson (Phantom of the Opera, On The Town, Hands On A Hardbody, Catch Me If You Can, Hair) as Zeke, Hailey Kilgore (Once on This Island) as Jane, Mason Alexander Park (Hedwig and the Angry Inch, First National Broadway Tour) as Jendrix, Isaac Powell (Once on This Island) as Cory, Ryann Redmond (Escape to Margaritaville, If/Then, Bring It On) as Chass, Conor Ryan (Desperate Measures, New World Stages) as Johnny, and Ali Stroker (Oklahoma! @St Ann’s, Deaf West Theatre’s Spring Awakening) as Amanda.
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Running Time: nine 10-minute episodes
SAMIEVA THEATER is pleased to present Medusa Volution, written by Sophie Amieva and Suzanne Bagert, directed by Sophie Amieva. Medusa Volution will play a three-week limited engagement from February 8th through February 24th, 2019 at happylucky no.1 (734 Nostrand Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11216).
“It all started with the story of Medusa: a young maiden is turned into a monster as punishment for being raped by Poseidon. The piece actively presents classic female archetypes and rejects them, ultimately allowing Medusa to transcend her condemnation, expressed through grotesque, storytelling and butoh.” - shares writer/director Sophie Amieva. “Reading Ovid’s version triggered images and emotions about her isolation and the slow loss of her humanity. The play explores the male and female duality by stripping us of our imposed social and societal roles in order to open new possibilities of partnership and interaction.”
Medusa Volution, inspired by Medusa’s story, is about women and the stories of their bodies and pleasures. From Salome to Eve, how do we define a woman’s ascent to pleasure and orgasm? To be feminist, do we need to redefine sexuality as a whole? Today, can we look Medusa in the eyes?
Casting and design team will be announced at a later date.
Medusa Volution plays the following schedule through February 24th:
Thursdays through Saturdays at 8:00 P.M.
Sundays at 5:00 P.M.
Tickets are $20.00 ($15.00 Students/Artists/Seniors)and are currently available to purchase at www.artful.ly/sophie-amieva
Running Time: 80 minutes with no intermission
IDEATION PRODUCTIONS is pleased to present LOVE SICK: A ROCK-OPERA, by composer/lyricist Georgia Shreve, directed by James Matthew Daniel. Love Sick: A Rock Opera is performed by seven opera singers and features the six-piece rock band, Contraband, with musical direction by William Day. Love Sick will play four performances Thursday, December 6th through Saturday, December 8th, 2018 at Brooklyn’s National Sawdust (80 N 6th St, Brooklyn, NY 11249).
Love Sick: A Rock-Opera follows Paul on his quest to cure the age-old problem of lovesickness. Thrown out on the street and facing the pain of rejection, Paul embarks on an epic journey to cure his serious ailment. Along the way, he meets Kate, and together they travel through time and space in search of the cure. Together they encounter doctors, a pharmaceutical empire, 17th–century herbalists, and more, but there’s a nagging question: Could the cure be right in front of them the entire time?
Starring Cameron Bartell (Philadelphia Orchestra, Cincinnati Playhouse), Jessica Fishenfeld (Southeastern Pennsylvania Symphony Orchestra, Palm Beach Orchestra), Edith Grossman (Opera Saratoga, Crane Opera Ensemble), Georgia Haege (Mamma Mia American National Tour), two-time Grammy nominated Lebanese-American tenor Roy Hage (Opera Philadelphia, Santa Fe Opera), Carla Jablonski (Metropolitan Opera), and Timothy McDevitt (NHK Symphony-Tokyo, Carnegie Hall, New York City Center),
Contraband features William Day on Trumpet, Matthew Sheens on the piano, Nick West on bass, Joshua Samuels on the drums/percussion, Emily Brausa on cello, and Hugh Stuckey on guitars.
Featuring scenic and prop design by Clark Parkan, costume design by Aidan Griffiths, lighting design by James Matthew Daniel and projection design by Maxwell Bowman. Thomas Dieter is the production stage manager, and Yanni Burton is the executive producer.
Love Sick: A Rock-Opera plays the following four performances:
Thu, December 6th at 7:30 PM
Fri, December 7th at 7:30 PM
Sat, December 8th at 2:00 PM
Sat, December 8th at 7:30 PM
Tickets are $20.00 and are currently available to purchase by calling 6467798455or by visiting www.nationalsawdust.org. Tickets may also be purchased 30 minutes before showtime.
Running Time: 1 hour and ten minutes with no intermission.
LIVE FROM MERKIN HALL it’s IN YOUR FACE - NEW YORK, hosted by food writer Ruth Reichl, who will have a conversation with Danny Meyer of Union Square Café and Shake Shack fame. Featuring special guest Tony-award nominee Karen Akers (Nine and Grand Hotel), Fiddler on the Roof violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins and Anand Giridharadas, author of Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World. Award winning novelist A.M. Homes offers the next installment of our serialized novella “Author to Come,” and filmmaker Heather Quinlan (If These Knishes Could Talk) will explore the myths and truths of the New York accent, plus another sketch by Sex and the City writers Julie Rottenberg and Elisa Zuritsky. The performance is December 6, 2018 at 7:30 pm at Merkin Hall (129 West 67th Street (btw Broadway and Amsterdam)). Get details & tickets.
New Yorkers loves good food. Ruth Reichl loves good food. New Yorkers love Ruth Reichl. She's one of our very best food writers. Join her and legendary restaurateur Danny Meyer as they talk about food, New York, tacos, tofu and all things edible or almost edible.
IN YOUR FACE - NEW YORK captures the spirit, energy, music, noise and creativity of this capital of the world. A real slice of New York City—where art, fun, and politics meet on stage in a live performance extravaganza featuring the best of New York’s actors, writers, musicians and more. For the 21st century urbanite, it’s a raucous, head-on collision between a Marx brothers romp and the New York Review of Books. IN YOUR FACE - NEW YORK brings together the best of New York’s actors, writers and musicians for supercharged revues featuring live stories, sketches and songs.
IN YOUR FACE - NEW YORK is available to audiences around the world as a video/audio podcast see BETTY and Gopnik take the stage In Your Face - New York, October 24th’s episode:
IN YOUR FACE - NEW YORK UPCOMING SHOWS INCLUDE:
Wed, Mar 13, 7:30 pm
Hosted by MSNBC’s Ari Melber and featuring a cast TBA.
Thu, May 16, 7:30 pm
Host & guests TBA
Tickets are $25-35 and are now available online at https://www.kaufmanmusiccenter.org/mch/series/in-your-face-new-york/ or by calling 212-501-3330. Tickets may also be purchased in-person at the Box Office, Sun-Thu: 12 - 7 pm, Fri: 12 - 5 pm, Closed Sat.
New Yiddish Rep, in association with The Theater at the 14th Street Y, is pleased to present a fresh new production of Samuel Beckett’s masterpiece Waiting for Godot (Vartn Af Godot), translated by Shane Baker, and directed by The 14th Street Y’s artistic director of Arts & Culture, Ronit Muszkatblit. Waiting for Godot will perform in Yiddish with English super-titles for a five-week limited engagement from Sunday, December 24st, 2018 through Sunday, January 27th, 2019 at The Theater at the 14th Street Y (344 East 14th Street at 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10003). Official opening is Sunday, January 6th at 2:00 P.M..
"Beckett's play (which was originally produced in French) may finally have found its mother tongue." -The New Yorker
“We’ve tried to fashion a season that gives us and our audiences a way to resist the resurgence of the ‘big lie’ through the voices of playwrights like Beckett,” states Artistic Director David Mandelbaum. “For us this is a season of protest and resistance. It’s no longer just about Yiddish or Jewish. It’s about not standing by and mutely watching the transformation of our society into a replica of the tragic past.”
“Was I sleeping while the others suffered?” Waiting for Godot depicts the other, the refugee, the stranger looking for a safe haven. Estragon and Vladimir aren’t waiting for god, they’re waiting for humanity to evolve, to break down the walls that separate us and embrace them. In order to endure the absurdity and confusion they must occasionally laugh in the darkness and embrace each other. At its core, Yiddish, the language of tears and laughter, is particularly suited to this tragi-comedy. It informs and illuminates Beckett’s seminal post-modern masterpiece.
Performed in Yiddish with English super-titles.
With David Mandelbaum as Estragon, Rafael Goldwaser as Vladimir, Gera Sandler as Pozzo, Richard Saudek as Lucky. Noam Sandler and Myron Tregubov alternate as the boy.
Featuring scenic design by George Xenos, lighting design by Reza Behjat, and supertitles by Eli Rosen.
Waiting for Godot plays the following schedule through Jan 27, 2019*:
Mondays at 7:30 PM
Tuesdays at 7:30 PM
Wednesdays at 7:30 PM
Thursdays at 7:30 PM
Fridays at 7:30 PM
Saturdays at 7:30 PM
Sundays at 2:00 P.M. and 7:30 PM
*Schedule Exceptions: There will be NO performances Wed Dec 26; Sun Dec 30 at 2pm; Sun Jan 6 at 7:30 pm; Mon, Jan 7 thru Fri, Jan 11; Wed, Jan 16 thru Fri, Jan 18; Wed, Jan 23 thru Fri, Jan 25.
Tickets are $35.00 and are currently available to purchase by calling 646-395-4310 or by visiting www.newyiddishrep.org. Tickets may also be purchased 30 minutes before showtime.
Running Time: 2 hours with one 10 minute intermission.
Different Translation and The Theater at the 14th Street Y, are pleased to present a workshop production of The Baby Monitor by award-winning husband-and-husband team playwright David Stallings (Associate Artistic Director of Arts and Culture at the 14th Street Y; NY IT Awards for Outstanding Original Full-Length Script for Dark Water) and director Antonio Miniño (Anaïs Nin Goes to Hell; Assistant Director Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train - Signature Theatre). The Baby Monitor will play three weeks from Thursday, November 29th through Sunday, December 16th, 2018 at The Theater at the 14th Street Y (344 East 14th Street at 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10003). Press are cordially invited Sun, Dec 2nd at 5:00 pm and any subsequent performance.
When Claire’s concerns over the welfare of her two-year-old nephew are dangerously validated, she begins to question the family's principals and ability to parent. A crucial new play exploring same-sex parenting and cis family values in today’s America.
A finalist for the 2014 National New Play Network, The Baby Monitor was developed in Hollywood at The Blank Theatre's Living Room Series; in New York at Planet Connections Theatre Festivity's Playwrights for A Cause, The Duo Multicultural Arts Center's Pride Week Festival, and Original Binding Productions' Naked Theater Festival.
With Leo Goodman (Dystopia), Mel House* (Anaïs Nin Goes to Hell; NY IT Awards Outstanding Actress for In the Bones), Amanda Jones* (Anaïs Nin Goes to Hell; Marie Antoinette: The Color of Flesh) Héctor Matías (Premios Soberano Outstanding Actor Nominee for Bony y Kin) and David Stallings (Ripcord - Shadowland Theatre). Further casting will be announced at a later date.
Featuring lighting design by Daniel Gallagher, and sound design by Jacob Subotnick. The production stage manager is Rachel Denise April.
The Baby Monitor plays the following regular schedule through Dec 16, 2018:
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 P.M.
Sundays at 5:00 P.M.
Tickets are $25.00 (Students/Seniors: $22.00) and are currently available to purchase by calling 646-395-4310 or by visiting www.differenttranslation.com.Tickets may also be purchased 30 minutes before showtime at the box office.
Neighborhood Rush: $5.00 tickets will be available 15 minutes before showtime at the box office to residents of zip codes 10003 and 10009 with valid local ID (Neighbor Rush tickets are cash-only and subject to availability).
Running Time: 100 Minutes with no intermission.
This show contains partial nudity.
Suitable for ages 16+
The Baby Monitor will perform in repertory with The Rebel Playhouse’s production of The Fantastical Dangerous Journey of Q.
*Actors will appear courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association.
New Yiddish Rep (NYR) is pleased to announce an exhilirating line-up for the 2018-2019 season: “A Season of Resistance”. The excitement begins in the Garment District at NYR’s new Kamer Theater with The Whore From Ohio (Di Zoyne Fun Ohayo) (Oct 6, 2018) and makes its way to the East Village at The Theater at the 14th Street Y with the much anticipated return of Waiting for Godot in Yiddish (Dec 21, 2018 - Jan 27, 2019) as part of The 14th Street Y’s Season of “War and Peace”.
“We’ve tried to fashion a season that gives us and our audiences a way to resist the resurgence of the “big lie” through the voices of playwrights like Ionesco, Odets, Levin and, of course, Beckett,” states Artistic Director David Mandelbaum. “We’ve already seen rhinoceroses rampaging in Charlottesville. We’ve seen the rich get richer through the fiction that tax cuts benefitting the wealthy would somehow help the impoverished. We’ve seen the heart breaking plight of refugees being treated like criminals, children wrested from the arms of their parents, For us this is a season of protest and resistance. Its no longer just about Yiddish or Jewish. Its about not standing by and mutely watching the transformation of our society into a replica of the tragic past.”
AT THE KAMER THEATER
(315 W. 39th St, Studio 902, New York, NY 10018)
(344 E 14th St at 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003)
New Yiddish Rep is a theater laboratory on the front line of resistance against the extinction of Eastern European Yiddish theater. New Yiddish Rep speaks to a 21st century audience: modern treatments of the Yiddish classics and Yiddish interpretations of modern and postmodern masterpieces, in an intimate venue, at affordable prices, with easily readable supertitles. Our strategic vision is a Yiddish repertory theater with a 99 seat home of its own, and a long and diverse season that can both delight the public and serve as a training ground for young Yiddish-speaking actors. www.newyiddishrep.org
For media passes and interviews, please contact Press Agents: Antonio Miniño and Katie Rosin 917-562-5670 or email@example.com
Kaufman Music Center Presents
IN YOUR FACE – NEW YORK
At Merkin Hall
October 24, December 6, March 13 & May 16 at 7:30 pm
It’s big, it’s loud – it’s everything New York! In Your Face–New York captures the spirit, the energy, the music, noise and creativity of this capital of the world. A smart, fun and funny show (and podcast—www.inyourfaceny.org) for the 21st century urbanite, it’s a raucous, head-on collision between a Marx brothers romp and the New York Review of Books. In Your Face – New York brings together the best of New York’s actors, writers and musicians for supercharged revues featuring live stories, sketches and songs.
The season’s first In Your Face–New York event at Merkin Hall October 24 will feature stories told by New Yorker writer Adam Gopnik and music by the boundary-pushing band BETTY, plus the Tony-nominated Broadway star Melissa Errico, acclaimed playwright Lisa Lewis and an exploration of New Yorkers’ “Post-Traumatic Trump Disorder” with the New York Times bestselling author Dr. Josh Bazell. Sex and the City writers Julie Rottenberg and Elisa Zuritsky will share hilarious advice on raising kids in New York.
The 2018-19 season will also feature the celebrated food writer Ruth Reichl, MSNBC’s Ari Melber; Fiddler on the Roof violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins; Anand Giridharadas, former New York Times columnist and author of Winner Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World; and many more TBA. The 2017-18 season featured Isaac Mizrahi (“I loved being part if this show.”), Mo Rocca (“Where else will you find an accordionist, expert wine spitter and a hedge fund manager sharing the same space?”, Nancy Giles, Roz Chast (“Great performers, great audience!”), Patricia Marx and Judy Kuhn.
Wed, Oct 24, 7:30 pm
Hosted by author and New Yorker writer Adam Gopnik and co-hosted by the boundary-pushing band BETTY. With the Tony-nominated Broadway star Melissa Errico, New York Times bestselling author Dr. Josh Bazell and acclaimed playwright Lisa Lewis, plus sketches by Sex and the City writers Julie Rottenberg and Elisa Zuritsky.
Thu, Dec 6, 7:30 pm
Hosted by food writer Ruth Reichl and featuring Fiddler on the Roof violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins and Anand Giridharadas, former New York Times columnist and author of Winner Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World, plus more TBA.
Wed, Mar 13, 7:30 pm
Hosted by MSNBC’s Ari Melber and featuring a cast TBA.
Thu, May 16, 7:30 pm
Host & guests TBA
at Kaufman Music Center
129 West 67th Street (between Broadway and Amsterdam)
New York, NY 10023
Tickets at 212 501 3330 or http://www.kaufmanmusiccenter.org/mch/event/in-your-face-new-york-1/
4-event subscription: $80-$112
Single tickets: $25-$35
CONSTELLATIONS, directed by Mark Shanahan. CONSTELLATIONS will play a limited engagement at Whippoorwill Hall Theatre (North Castle Libraray Kent Pl. Armonk, NY). Performances begin Friday, October 19 and continue through Saturday, November 3. Opening Night is Saturday, October 20 (8 p.m.).
Celebrate 20 Years of Hudson Stage Company at their annual gala, Saturday Sept. 8th at a private home in Armonk with host, Tony-nominee TONY YAZBECK (On The Town, Chicago, and Finding Neverland) and Broadway Divas: Emmy-winner and Tony-nominee LIZ CALLAWAY (Miss Saigon, Cats, Baby), Tony-winner DEBBIE GRAVITTE (Jerome Robbins Broadway, Zorba, and They're Playing Our Song), Drama Desk-nominee CAPATHIA JENKINS (Newsies, The Civil War, Caroline, Or Change, Martin Short-Fame Becomes Me, Godspell), four time Tony-nominee and Obie Winner JUDY KUHN (Fun Home, Les Miserables, She Loves Me).
Roland is a beekeeper. Marianne is a quantum physicist. What are their odds of falling in love? With infinite moments that can change the trajectory of a life, it’s anyone’s guess how cosmic collision is possible. Nick Payne’s Olivier and Drama League nominated hit is a charming, devastating and profound exploration of the universal truth of finding and losing love. A play that balances on the question of “what if” is, at its core, a poignant picture of “what is".
The production features scenic design by James J. Fenton, costume design by David C. Woolard, and lighting design by Andrew Gmoser. Matt Otto is the sound designer.
CONSTELLATIONS plays the following schedule through Sunday, November 3:
October 19 at 8:00PM
October 20 Opening at 8:00PM
October 21 at 3:00PM
October 26 at 8:00PM
October 27 8:00PM
October 28 at 3:00PM *includes Talkback with cast and HSC
November 2 at 8:00PM
November 3 at 3:00 and 8:00 PM
Tickets are $40; $35 for Students/Seniors and are now available online at Brown Paper Tickets 1-800-838-3006 www.BrownPaperTickets.com or by calling 1-800-838-3006. Tickets may also be purchased in-person at the theatre a ½ hour prior to performance, including a $10 student rush ticket.
Running Time: 80 Minutes
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