September 28, 2013
This week's sneak peek of off-off broadway shows in NYC reveals a mix of new and revived plays to entice your theatrical appetite:
- Oracle Theatre Inc. presents BROOKLYN LABYRINTH at The Chain Theater, 21-28 45 Rd Long Island City, NY. For tickets: http://brooklynlabyrinth.brownpapertickets.com/ LIMITED ENGAGEMENT -- Opens: 9/25; Closes: 10/6 . Visit www.facebook.com/BrooklynLabyrinth.
- New York Madness! with guest playwright, Caridad Svich, at IATI Theater 64 E 4th St. (bet 2nd/3rd Aves) NYC. Only on Sunday, October 6th at 9:30pm.
- NYMadness Artistic Director: Cecilia Copeland's Light of Night, at IATI Theater. -- Opens for the month on 10/10.
- Boomerang Theatre Company's 2013 Repertory at the TheaterLab 357 W 36th Street, 3rd Floor (bet 8th/9th Aves) NYC. LIMITED ENGAGEMENT -- Opens: 9/14; Closes: 10/13.
- La Mama presents: I Came to Look for You on Tuesday, written by Chiori Miyagawa, directed by Alice Reagan, at La Mama 74A East 4th Street (bet Bowery/2nd Ave) NYC. See more here. -- Opens: 9/26; Closes: 10/13.
BROOKLYN LABYRINTH presents three interwoven narratives that recount the Minotaur myth with a contemporary voice, and show us that monsters are rarely who we expect -- and that safety might not be outside the maze looking in, but the other way around. In Dumbo, by Kate Kertez, a powerful family uses unusual means to protect their reputation after one of their own does the unspeakable. Isaac Rathbone's Bensonhurst finds a working class family, unable to escape the choices from their past, who must survive amidst their own chaos and dysfunction. Daedalus at the Navy Yards by Sergei Burbank is a reworking of the Minotaur myth is told through the prism of Daedalus' point of view, with salty contemporary language, revealing that much of what is received as the truth of the story has, in fact, been distorted over time.
Under the direction of Sara Wolkowitz, the cast includes: Michael Criscuolo, Mikalena Kenyon, Aaron Matteson, Erin Salm*, Collin Smith*, and James T. Ware [*appearing courtesy AEA / Equity approved showcase].
Oracle Theatre Inc is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit New York City Theatre Company that provides an artistic platform for new voices and old stories. The goal is to preserve the experience of storytelling through the cultural traditions of myths and histories. Founded in 2003, Oracle Theatre has had performances in the NYC Fringe Festival, the Vaclav Havel festival, the Sam French One-Act Festival, 59E59 Theaters, and most recently at the 2012 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. www.oracletheatreinc.com.
New York Madness! with guest playwright, Caridad Svich, at IATI Theater 64 E 4th St. (bet 2nd/3rd Aves) NYC. Only on Sunday, October 6th at 9:30pm.
NYM brings together a slamming roster of artists to create an evening of new plays based on a Theme selected by the Featured Guest Playwright and announced one week before the event. The collective works by all the writers form a kaleidoscope of that cultural moment. The plays are presented hot off the press, fully staged, script in hand and…
ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN IN A MADNESS!
This month’s Madness writers:
Cecilia Copeland* (Artistic Director)
Judith Leora* (Managing Director)
J. Stephen Brantley
Inaugural World Premier Production of NYMadness Artistic Director: Cecilia Copeland's Light of Night, opening on October 10th, at Iati Theater.
Light of Night tells the story of Stephanie’s poetic descent into the underworld of relationships. Her charismatic husband Jim and seductive best friend Isabel fight over who she should be. In the end, Stephanie must decide which windows and doors to leave open for light. An intense psychological investigation into the human condition,Light of Night captures the delicate beauty of hope amid the most limiting circumstances and illuminates a future with the boldness of freedom.
Boomerang Theatre Company's 2013 Repertory at the TheaterLab 357 W 36th Street, 3rd Floor (bet 8th/9th Aves) NYC. LIMITED ENGAGEMENT -- Opens: 9/14; Closes: 10/13. Tickets for each repertory production available through listings at TheaterMania.
Candida by George Bernard Shaw. Young sensitive artist and poet Eugene Marchbanks' ardent attentions towards Candida sow seeds of self-doubt within the heart of her self-indulgent pastor husband, the Reverend James Mavor Morell. Caught between loyalty and passion, it is Candida, Shaw's New Woman, who shows both "her boys" basic truths about themselves.
Lickspittles, Buttonholers and Damned Pernicious Go-betweens by Johnna Adams. Three extraneous Danish court officials: a professional loud mouth (the buttonholer), a kiss ass for hire (the lickspittle) and a successful dastard (the go-between) are tossed out of court just as Denmark's merchant fleet becomes of strategic importance in the Napoleonic war. The three men journey to France and meet Napoleon's top lickspittle, buttonholer and go-between, their female counterparts. Plots abound, flying machines are destroyed and the head of Marie Antoinette is discovered during the madcap struggle to save Copenhagen from British howitzers. The main characters speak in rhyming alexandrine verse, while a host of supporting characters converse in sestinas, haiku, free verse, limericks and sonnets. In a rhyming, metered world, the offbeat rules.
To Fool The Eye by Jeffrey Hatcher. Amanda, a poor hat maker from Paris, is invited to a chateau by an eccentric duchess to spend a weekend trying to make her suicidal nephew, Albert, forget about the death of his great love, the divine Leocadia. Amanda, it turns out, is a dead ringer for the dead woman, and if she can convince Albert that she is his lost love for just three days, then Albert just might not kill himself.
La Mama presents: I Came to Look for You on Tuesday, written by Chiori Miyagawa, directed by Alice Reagan, at La Mama 74A East 4th Street (bet Bowery/2nd Ave) NYC. See more here. -- Opens: 9/26; Closes: 10/13.
Told in fragments, a surprising new play, I Came to Look for You on Tuesday, traces the journeys of twenty characters seeking to reunite with someone they have lost because of natural disaster or war. A project of Re/Union Company. Read more about the project: thetuesdayfollowing.org
“Chiori Miyagawa is one of the most poetic writers working in American theater today. Her work is deceptively simple with bracing moments of speech and action, yet with a complex aftertaste of blood, flesh and social justice.” –Mark Russell, Artistic Director, Under the Rader Festival, The Public Theater.
If you ready for a whirlwind tour of the off-off broadway scene, you can catch all of these performances on different nights, but if that's too daunting to tackle, try diving into at least one of these delectable treats of live theater.