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Saturday
Mar292014

THE PUBLIC THEATER PUBLIC FORUM EVENT: HOW WE TELL STORIES — AND WHY (Monday, April 21)

THE PUBLIC THEATER ANNOUNCES EXCITING PUBLIC FORUM EVENT "HOW WE TELL STORIES — AND WHY." - MONDAY, APRIL 21

Frank Rich Joins Scott Z. Burns and Steven Soderbergh To Discuss the Power of Narratives and
Explore Questions Raised by the New Play The Library

March 27, 2014 – The Public Theater (Artistic Director, Oskar Eustis; Executive Director, Patrick Willingham) announced an additional spring Public Forum, HOW WE TELL STORIES – AND WHY, on Monday, April 21 at 8:00 p.m. This one-night-only Public Forum event will feature Frank Rich sharing his insights on the ways that artists and journalists alike shape narratives, then joining writer Scott Z. Burns and director Steven Soderbergh for a conversation about the sometimes dangerous power of stories. This 90-minute event in the Newman Theater will be hosted by Public Forum Director Jeremy McCarter.

“Few people in public life have studied narratives—the ways that artists, journalists, and entire communities tell stories—with greater insight than Frank Rich,” said Jeremy McCarter. “I am thrilled to have him join Scott Burns and Steven Soderbergh for a conversation about why Americans are so eager to tell each other tales, and to believe them.”

Member tickets for the Public Forum, HOW WE TELL STORIES – AND WHY, are on sale now. Single tickets, starting at $40, go on sale Saturday, March 29 and can be purchased at (212) 967 7555www.publictheater.org, or in person at the Taub Box Office at 425 Lafayette Street. The Library restaurant at The Public is open nightly for food and drinks, beginning at 5:30 p.m., with brunch on select weekends, and Joe’s Pub at The Public continues to offer some of the best music in the city.

In Scott Z. Burns’ THE LIBRARY currently running at The Public Theater, Caitlin Gabriel survives a deadly shooting at her high school. After this traumatic event, she struggles to tell her story to her parents, the authorities and anyone who will listen. But there are other narratives that gain purchase in the media and paint her in a different light. This bold and chilling new play asks us to examine our relationship to the truth and the lies that claim to heal us.

The next spring Public Forum will be Sarah Lewis: Pictures and Progress on Monday, April 7 at 7:00 p.m. in Joe’s Pub. Author Sarah Lewis, playwright José Rivera, and photographer Carrie Mae Weems will discuss Frederick Douglass’s seminal lecture “Pictures and Progress” and the lessons contemporary artists should take from it. The spring Drama Club season concludes on Sunday, May 18 at 7:00 p.m. in Joe’s Pub with a reading and discussion of Susan Glaspell’s timely one-act play, The People, featuring a special cast comprised entirely of our leading political journalists, including David Brooks (The New York Times), Christopher Hayes (MSNBC), and many more.

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Monday
Mar172014

BROADWAY TO DIM ITS LIGHTS WEDNESDAY NIGHT, MARCH 19th AT 7:45 PM IN MEMORY OF CELEBRATED COMPOSER, DIRECTOR, AND PRODUCER MITCH LEIGH

New York, NY (March 17, 2014) - The Broadway community mourns the loss of composer, director, and producer Mitch Leigh, who passed away on Sunday at age 86. The marquees of Broadway theatres in New York will be dimmed in his memory on Wednesday night, March 19th, at exactly 7:45pm for one minute.

Photo by The New York TImesMitch Leigh wrote the music for Man of La Mancha, which won five 1966 Tony Awards including Best Composer and Lyricist (Mr. Leigh and Joe Darion) and Best Musical. Richard Kiley won for Best Actor in a Musical. Man of La Mancha ran until 1971 with a total of 2,328 performances, followed by four revivals on Broadway. The show’s signature number, “The Impossible Dream (The Quest),” has been recorded by numerous artists. 

“Mitch Leigh was a multi-faceted talent whether he was composing, directing, or producing for Broadway or Madison Avenue,” said Charlotte St. Martin, Executive Director of the Broadway League. “Our thoughts go out to his family, friends, and fans of his work.” 

Mr. Leigh was also nominated for a 1985 Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical for The King and I starring Yul Brynner, and he produced the 1983 Broadway revival of Mame starring Angela Lansbury.

He wrote the music for several Broadway shows in the 1970’s including Cry for Us AllHome Sweet Homer and Sarava, and the incidental music for Too True to Be Good and Never Live Over A Pretzel Factory in the early 1960’s.

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Thursday
Feb202014

THE PUBLIC THEATER AND BRITISH COUNCIL PRESENT THE ARTISTS EXCHANGE SATURDAY, MARCH 8 

Tarell Alvin McCraney and Kwame Kwei-Armah Swap Stories on Creating Theater On Both Sides of the Pond

Free Afternoon Discussion Open To The Public

The Public Theater (Artistic Director, Oskar Eustis; Executive Director, Patrick Willingham) and British Council announced today that they will present THE ARTISTS EXCHANGE on Saturday, March 8 at 12:00 p.m. with MacArthur Fellow Tarell Alvin McCraney and CenterStage’s Kwame Kwei-Armah swapping stories about creating theater on both sides of the pond. All tickets to this exciting one-on-one discussion at Joe’s Pub at The Public are free and can be reserved on-line at www.publictheater.org or by calling (212) 967-7555.

HowlRound will also live-stream the event, in partnership with the Royal Shakespeare Company, GableStage in Maimi, and CenterStage in Baltimore, to allow people to watch live. Viewers can participate in the dialogue by sending their comments and questions via Twitter, using the hashtag #artistsexchange. To watch the live-stream, please visit http://howlround.tv.

In the spirit of international collaboration in The Public, the Royal Shakespeare Company, and GableStage’s new co-production of Antony and Cleopatra, this dynamic exchange will bring together two international artists and Public Theater favorites, Tarell Alvin McCraney and Kwame Kwei-Armah. The two artists will discuss McCraney’s creative process in directing Antony and Cleopatra, Kwei-Armah’s experience as a British artist working in the United States, and the state of transatlantic collaboration as a whole.

THE ARTISTS EXCHANGE will be 75 minutes, allowing for audience members to attend Antony and Cleopatra at 2:00 p.m. in the Anspacher Theater. Tickets for Antony and Cleopatra, starting at $65, can be purchased by calling (212) 967-7555www.publictheater.org, or in person at the Taub Box Office at The Public Theater at 425 Lafayette Street. The Library will also be serving brunch that day from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. with light fare from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

Antony and Cleopatra began previews at The Public on Tuesday, February 18 and runs through Sunday, March 23, with an official press opening on Wednesday, March 5. This unique company is comprised of five actors from each country to make up the cast of Shakespeare’s historical play of love and politics. The actors appear with the permission of Actors' Equity Association pursuant to an exchange program between American Equity and UK Equity, incorporating the Variety Artistes’ Foundation.

The U.S. cast features Charise Castro Smith (Octavia, Iras); Joaquina Kalukango (Cleopatra); Ian Lassiter (Agrippa, Thyreus); Chivas Michael (Mardian, Eros, Soothsayer); and Henry Stram (Lepidus, / Messenger/Proculeius). The U.K. cast features Jonathan Cake (Mark Antony); Samuel Collings (Octavius); Ash Hunter(Pompey, Alexas, Scarus); Chukwudi Iwuji (Enobarbus); and Sarah Niles (Charmian, Menas).

KWAME KWEI-ARMAH recently directed The Public Theater’s Mobile Shakespeare Unit production of Much Ado About Nothing, and the Public Lab production of Detroit ’67. He is the Artistic Director of Baltimore Centerstage and Chancellor of the University of the Arts London. He has served as Writer in Residence for the Old Vic and BBC Radio. Amongst his many plays, Elmina’s Kitchen, Fix Up, and Statement of Regret premiered at the Royal National Theatre of Great Britain, with Elmina’s Kitchen transferring to London’s West End, making him the first Black British playwright to have that honor. Kwame was awarded an OBE from Queen Elizabeth II on her Jubilee Honours List for Services to Drama. His other awards include the Olivier Award, BAFTA nominations, Evening Standard Charles Wintor Award, Screen Nation Award, 100 Black Men of Britain Public Figure Award, GPA Man of the Year, and the RECON Local Community Leadership Award. He also served as a Good Will Ambassador for Trade for Christian Aid (2003-2008). He is currently on the board of TCG and serves on the Steinberg Playwright Award Advisory Committee. Plays he has directed at Centerstage include Things of Dry Hours, The Whipping Man, Enemy of the People, and The Mountaintop.  At the Tricycle Theatre, he has directed Let There be Love and Seize the Day.  He also directed the opening ceremony of the World Festival of Black Arts and Culture in Dakar, Senegal.   

TARELL ALVIN McCRANEY is currently directing Antony and Cleopatra at The Public, an international collaboration with the Royal Shakespeare Company and Miami’s GableStage, which he also edited. His play The Brothers Size first premiered at The Public’s Under the Radar Festival in 2006 and was followed by a Public Lab production in 2007. His complete trilogy, The Brother/Sister Plays (comprised of: In the Red and Brown Water, The Brothers Size and Marcus; Or the Secret of Sweet), was produced at The Public in 2009. For the Royal Shakespeare Company, he was the RSC/CAPITAL CENTRE Warwick International Playwright in Residence in 2009-2011 and is now an artistic associate. Born and raised in Miami, Florida, Tarell is an ensemble member of the Steppenwolf Theater Company and in residence at New Dramatist Center in New York.  For the RSC he co-edited/directed the Young People's Shakespeare production of Hamlet, and wrote a new full-length play for the RSC’s acting ensemble, American Trade. His other plays include Choir Boy, Wig Out, and Head of Passes, which received its world premiere in 2013 in Chicago. McCraney was the recipient of London's Evening StandardAward for Most Promising Playwright in 2008, the inaugural New York Times Outstanding Playwright Award in 2009 and the 2009 Steinberg Award. 

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Monday
Feb172014

Meet the Playwright and creator "Playing at War," Now at the Strawberry Festival

PLAYING AT WAR by David Malinsky - New York Theatre wasn’t always Broadway Tinsel and Black Box Rebellion; during the American Revolution it was illegal—by act of Congress, no less! Join William Dunlap, America’s first Theatrical Chronicler, as he explores the dark, revealing past of Theatre’s role in American History.

Also Playing:

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SOME PEOPLE RUN, A Musical by Patrick Flanagan - Mix a blind bounty hunter, a nurse and a runaway convict with blues and R&B. Shake well. Garnish with wit and serve over the sexy backdrop of New Orleans, making for a night of musical comedy you don't have to worry about forgetting. Please enjoy responsibly.

February 13th (Thursday) at 9:30pm | February 16th (Sunday) at 2:00pm  | February 17th (Monday) at 7:30pm

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CODE OF SILENCE, A Murder Mystery by Van Dirk Fisher  - Inspired by the infamous case that Rocked NYC.  Ripped from the headlines in 1998, when a police officer in the Bronx was accused of using excessive force and killing a teenager with an illegal choke hold after the kid's football bounced off of his patrol car.  It was a case that enraged NYC while the world watched to see how things would play out. They are the Provoti family.  3 Generations under 1 roof. Family secrets, love and honor. Nothing could threaten to tear them apart . . . Until NOW!

February 21st (Friday) at 3pm  |  February 22nd (Saturday) at 5:00pm |  February 22nd (Saturday) at 8:30pm | February 23rd (Sunday) at 2:00pm | February 23rd (Sunday) at 5:00pm

AND COMING at The Midwinter Madness Short Play Festival:

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EEEK! A Mousical   Produced by Friends Always Creating Theatre, written by Jack Dyville & John Stutte, directed by Jack Dyville. 

Starring Julia Menn, Chapman Riedel, Ashley Aran, Barry Sheppard, Vicki Oceguera, Kyle James Johnson, Paige Felicia Mitchell & Joris deGraff.

A Play about The City Mouse and The Country Mouse.

Children's - Performance Dates: Feb 27, March 1, 2

Running time: 60 minutes

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Thursday
Feb132014

The Snow Must Go On! Uh, We Mean The Shows... 

With a slew of openings scheduled for this weekend, a vicious and very snowy nor'easter is pummeling the east coast with as much as 1 foot of snow in some areas of the New York Tri-state area. Still, the show must go on.

Always check to make sure there are no cancellations, but consider that if it's listed here, then most likely you and your significant other can duck out of the cold and get taken away this Valentine's.

Queens College's Kupferberg Presents is making a special Valentine's Day offer. Love is good -- and so are great offers! Buy one ticket to Christine Andreas’ special Valentine’s Day performance Friday evening and get one free! Use code ca2for when you purchase online at http://kupferbergcenter.org/events/love-is-good-an-evening-with-christine-andreas or call the box office at 718.793.8080. 

Enjoy a very special Valentine’s Day concert with Christine Andreas and Martin Silvestri, masters of the romantic ballad. Andreas and Martin entertain with couple’s antics and a touch of humor. Be prepared for this romantic evening to leave you laughing, crying, or perhaps both! With brilliant lyrics and melodies, this special evening will showcase the power of love.

The Strawberry Festival is also opening tonight with the New Musical, SOME PEOPLE RUN, by Patrick Flanagan (Mix a blind bounty hunter, a nurse and a runaway convict with blues and R&B. Shake well. Garnish with wit and serve over the sexy backdrop of New Orleans, making for a night of musical comedy you don't have to worry about forgetting. Please enjoy responsibl). The musical runs February 13th (tonight, Thursday) at 9:30pm, February 16th (Sunday) at 2:00pm, February 17th (Monday) at 7:30pm.

Also at the Strawberry Festival this weekend, PLAYING AT WAR by David Malinsky - New York Theatre wasn’t always Broadway Tinsel and Black Box Rebellion; during the American Revolution it was illegal—by act of Congress, no less! Join William Dunlap, America’s first Theatrical Chronicler, as he explores the dark, revealing past of Theatre’s role in American History. Playing: February 14th (Friday) at 6:30pm, February 16th (Sunday) at 8:00pm, February 17th (Monday) at 6:00pm.

In keeping with the notion of winter, how perfect is The Midwinter Madness Short Play FestivalTHEME NIGHT Produced by Blue Stone/ Written by Clayton Wheat/ Directed by Guillermo Suescum, is a comedy about Two eternal bachelors in two bad outfits, another lost night at the local tiki bar. Before the night is through they’ll praise firemen, fear livestock, slam disco, and regret the one that got away. There are TWO PERFORMANCES LEFT: Saturday, FEBRUARY 15 @ 6:45PM and Sunday, FEBRUARY 16 @ 7:30PM

And if you really want to escape the snow and enjoy a real adventure, how about pirates... Here's a SPECIAL PRESIDENT'S DAY DISCOUNT to a show which has become an Off Broadway Sensation! Saturday Feb 15 @ 11am and Monday Feb 17 @ 2pm...USE CODE: "MAT35" and get $35 tickets (Reg. $59) That's over 40% off! That's good for ALL shows, including the President's day weekend. 

Oh, and like the snow, the shows keep coming! Don't miss The Parkside Player's production of their second show

Nick Radu, Faith Elliott, Laura Cetti of the 2013-2014 theater season, “THE UNINVITED,” the classic ghost story by Tim Kelly, from the novel by Dorothy Macardle. (Seeking to escape the demands of life in London, an aspiring playwright and his sister purchase a charming house at the cliffs in the west of England that was once home to the beautiful Mary Meredith, but later come to learn that a murder may have occurred there fifteen years earlier.) The talented cast includes Laura Cetti, Danny Conover, Rebecca Coughlan, Faith Elliott, Michael "Phoenix" Gray, Joy Huber, Bill Meaney, Nick Radu, Lori Ann Santopetro and Lauren Snyder, Performances begin this Saturday, February 15th in Forest Hills. Call 718-353-7388 or 516-520-9474, or visit online at http://www.parksideplayers.com.

And out on the wet island, that would be Long Island, at The Barebones Theater Company, "A poignant contemporary drama by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Lindsay-Abaire," opens tonight, February 13 for a nine-performance run over three weekends. The play is GOOD PEOPLE, which won the New York Drama Critics Award for Best Play in 2011. (Set in the playwright's own home town in South Bostonlocally called Southiea rough, urban, working-class neighborhood, the play is hilarious and sad and tender. It introduces us to a single mom who has spent her whole, difficult life in Southie, raising a disabled daughter, depending upon the good will of neighbors for childcare so she can work as a cashier in the local Dollar Store. When she loses that job, she desperately tries to re-connect with an old flame and worm her way back into his life, in whatever way she can. The story questions why some residents thrive while most struggle to merely survive, and how much chance and luck have to do with it.)   Cast includes: Natalie Cruz, Brandon Larson, Vicki Milach, Gina Scarda, Judith Anderson,  and Tim Thieke.

See the trailer here... get TICKETS HERE.

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