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Doors open 30 minutes prior.
FORBIDDEN Brings the #MeToo Narrative
to The 13th Street Repertory Theatre
Playwright/Actor Rick Charles Mueller, takes a chapter from one of his own earlier plays and fictionalizes it with a #MeToo twist for the stage in an updated version of his Midtown International Theatre Festival award-winning play, FORBIDDEN, running August 8-17 here, at the historic 13th Street Repertory Theatre.
The story centers around a playwright/actor who is working on a play for The Public Theater and becomes obsessed with the leading man in his play. A relatively lonely, older gay man who spends his days with his best friend, Antonia (he calls her “wifey”) is torn between her bouts of panic, despair, and suicidal tendencies, and his lust and eventual love for a much younger man.
As a middle-aged playwright, his attraction to much younger men is no secret. But for Charles, this attraction comes with more than a few problems. The age difference has him in a state of conflict and confusion, but at an even deeper level, the issues of work-related romance, using his influence and experience to seduce a much younger man with promises of career advancement is at the core of current topics related to the entertainment business in recent months.
Directed by Alexander Wei Xin, the play features Rew Starr (as Antonia), Rick Charles Mueller, Darius A. Journigan, and Caleb John Cushing.
Performances for this limited run are August 8th - 17th, 2018
August 8, 9, 10, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 at 7:30pm
August 11 at 1:30pm and 8:00pm and
August 12 at 4:00pm
COMING IN SEPTEMBER 2018 - THE LOST TEASPOONS
THE LOST TEASPOONS is an original two-act new play based on Vincent N. D’Onofrio’s novel “Of Pine Oil and Summer”, a compelling story of initially growing up in an abusive, nearly fatal, childhood rooted within a dysfunctional family, to then go into an independent adolescence.
This dark fairy tale inspired by actual events of life itself and settled in the Bronx, New York, in the spring of 1957, essentially follows DOUG (Douglas Gregorio); a young teen who learns to navigate his way through his early adolescence and later life. He moves out of his parents’ home at age 15, and lives in successive furnished rooms supporting himself by working in a deli. In the play (an already 16-year-old) Doug gets involved in false and absurd accusations which can put his life in mortal danger. Yet despite this latent danger, which he continues facing every day, the play is a tribute to the human spirit of humor, self discovery, love and hope.
“The Lost Teaspoons” precisely through the ‘loss of those so esteemed teaspoons’ makes us aware that our most valuable treasure is in fact ‘our sense of self’ along with ‘our cherished dreams’.
THE LOST TEASPOONS
“Where hope is found on the tip of a Teaspoon!”
Written by Vincent N. D’Onofrio
Directed by Wendy Tonken
Produced by Vincent N. D’Onofrio
COMING IN OCTOBER
Performances are October 3 - 14th, 2018
Wednesday - Saturday Eves at 8:00pm
Sunday Matinees at 2:00pm
Doors open 30 minutes prior.
Ticket prices and availability are expected to be announced shortly.
For more information, visit: https://www.sympathyinctheplay.com
Coming to The 13th Street Rep in October to commemorate BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH: Sympathy in C, by Suzanne Mernyk, a new play that tackles cancer and terrorism with inspiration, music, and a little comedy.
SYMPATHY IN C, a new symphonic play juxtaposing cancer and terrorism, opens October 3rd for a two week run, and closes October 14th. The production is timed to coincide with Breast Cancer Awareness Month so that it can bring awareness to all of those who are touched by cancer, as well as those who stand up to fight it.
This riveting play with music captures stories of courage and determination by exploring these parallel threats as well as the choices we make when confronted by the inconceivable. Written by New York City playwright, Suzanne Mernyk, and directed by Terry Hanson, it features eight “voices,” spoken and instrumental, intertwining to expose a diagnosis of cancer and the threat of terrorism, a growing cancer in the soul of society.
Accompanied by a cellist and violist, six actors make their stories personal as they dare to confront these adversaries with anger, love, hope, humor, surrender and ... sympathy.
Skillfully directed by Mr. Hanson, the ensemble presents dazzling staging and a memorable theatrical experience.
To acknowledge this important month and cause, a portion of all proceeds are being donated to StandUp to Cancer.
SYMPATHY IN C is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of "Sympathy in C" must be made payable to “Fractured Atlas” only and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.
P A S T P R O D U C T I O N S
THE MAD MAD SCIENTIST PLAY
The Gnome Haus is pleased to announce the world premiere of The Mad Mad Scientist Play by E.E. Wade, directed by Josh FS Moser and running at the 13th Street Repertory Theater.
The Mad Mad Scientist Play follows Ron, a black professor and theoretical physicist on a race against the clock to finish his greatest invention: the first humanoid time machine the world has ever seen. As Ron's time machine gets stronger and smarter, he finds himself risking his career, love life, and safety for the chance to answer the "what ifs" he left behind. The Mad Mad Scientist Play is a thrilling sci-fi comedy that questions if living in the past is worth sacrificing your future.
When asked why she chose to explore time travel in her new work, Wade responded, “For me, The Mad Mad Scientist Play is about all the “what ifs” behind each decision we make in life. We all have moments of self-doubt and wonder, but for marginalized folks, worst-case scenarios are often just reality. What if you could go back in time? What would it change?”
This production marks the conclusion to Wade’s year-long residency with The Gnome Haus, after a successful run of her one-woman show, The Rhythm/Da Blues, which premiered in August 2017. The playwright and performer will transition into a permanent role as a member of the company’s core literary and educational development staff.
The cast features Michael D. Baldwin*, Jacqueline Springfield*, Jerome Brooks, Jr*, Bergin Michaels*, & Lev Harvey.
(*These Actors appearing courtesy of Actor's Equity Association - An Equity Approved Showcase)
About The Gnome Haus: The Gnome Haus is a non-profit theatre company based in NYC. Our mission is to create a safe space for artists who identify as queer and/or people of color to develop new works that represent their individual communities through a lens of “magic.” We make theatre for today. We believe in magic. We’re gnomes (yes, really). Find out more: gnomehaus.org
RED LIGHT WINTER
Written by Adam Rapp
Ryan Reed / Leila Berkane / Jarred Harper
Adam Rapp's Red Light Winter is the story of two former college buddies who decide to fulfill the American fantasy of a vacation in Amsterdam, filled with all of the obvious vices one would be arrested for doing here in the U.S.
Although comedic at times, Red Light Winter is not a comedy. It is an examination of the strong affect friends and strangers can have on one another.
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Music and Lyrics by Elizabeth Turner
Book by Elizabeth Turner, and Vince Pelligrino
Directed by Vince Pelligrino
Musical Direction by Andreas Häberlin
Set Design by Joshua Warner
Costume Design by Jesse Raye-Court
Lighting Design by Allison Hohman
Cast: Elizabeth Turner, Andrea Galatà, Juliana Philippi, Tim Allen, Sam DiRosa, Patricia Lawrence, Robert Long, Davide Ferrari, Alexandra Schwartz, Daniele Ascani, Alex Johnson, Matt DeLuca, Marina Colonna, Emmie Wright, Jovani Perez, Benjamin Hitchcock.
Ciao Bambino is the story of a young, courageous woman from Italy who in 1950 moves to New York City in hopes of creating a new life, and ends up finding herself through music, laughter and love. Adapting to new life in America, Elizabetta deals with the challenges of trying to fit into an “American” society, while also staying true to her “Italian” traditions.
While pursuing Love and Music, Elizabetta discovers her passion and joy in the areas where she least expected she would. Such as by teaching at the rowdy St. Anthony’s school, where she discovers new and exciting challenges that await her in life.
Songs include original music that reflects the sounds of the Mediterranean infused with the sounds of the 60’s, titles including “It feels good to be Italian”, “I want to be in Italy”, “Vita Mia” and “La Mia Estate Amore”.
Ciao Bambino tells the story of overcoming heartbreak, language/social barriers of Italian Americans in New York during the 1950’s, It is a story filled with passion, determination love, and laughter that the entire family can enjoy, and sing along too!
Produced by EAT Creations, LLC
New Light Theater Project presents
TIME STANDS STILL
A Play by Donald Margulies
Directed by Jerry Heymann
Time Stands Still revolves around Sarah, a photo journalist who has returned from covering the Iraq war after being injured by a roadside bomb, and her reporter boyfriend James who is swamped by guilt after leaving Sarah alone in Iraq. They receive a visit from their friend Richard, a photo editor, who introduces them to his new girlfriend Mandy, who is much younger than he. The play focuses on their relationships and Sarah and James' prospects at a more conventional life.
Thurs Feb 8 thru Sat Feb 24
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Alliance Media Theatricals presents:
BETRAYED BY THE MIND: 6 Short Plays by S. Karlan
Directed by Bernard Bosio and Roger Gonzalez
BETRAYED BY THE MIND: 6 Short Plays By S. Karlan features:
"I CAN HELP YOU WITH THAT"
Connie rents her basement to Teddy, who is charming, helpful, and the surprise answer to her financial woes. But is there more to the secretive Teddy than meets the eye? And who is that guy screaming as he runs out of her basement?
Starring Kimberly Simek and Justin Younts
In a "FAIR EXCHANGE," Harvey is lonely, well off and ready for a girlfriend. Is Sybil the answer to his dreams, or did he get the deal wrong? Starring Amber Bloom and David K. Moseder
In "SHADOW OF ORPHEUS," love is in the air between Allan and Ellen, even Nikos can see it. . Or is it just another Summer Romance? Starring Stephen J Ryan, Jessica Baird, and Hugh Tipping
In "WHAT AM I GOING TO DO WITH YOU," David has found the perfect woman. There is just one little thing standing in the way of the perfect romance. What will they do? What have they done? Will they survive? Starring Matthew Dean Wood, and Samantha Coppola
Hunters are in town, but what are they really hunting? And if so, what are they hunting. In "THE HUNTERS," Jeffrey and Madge grapple with what's really going on and if they need to worry. Starring Nikki Dos Santos, Bernard Bosio, David K. Moseder, Elle Genevieve and Justin Younts. Robert just wants a ride. Jimmy is ready to give him more.
In "CAB," sometimes you just want to sit in a cab and not talk. Jimmy has other ideas and it involves more than driving around. Starring Hugh Tipping and Jeff Alley
The Last Sicilian is an evening of true stories from Actor/Writer Nick Albanese. Stories about his childhood years spent in his family’s bakery, how generations of his relatives met, married and overcame much to come to America.
The audience is treated to some winning stories that have been passed down over raucous family dinner tables for year after year.
There's some Sicilian history and the negative perception of Italian immigrants in America when they first came to the States and then switches back to the family stories.
You'll learn a little history, get a bit emotional and definitely have tons of laughs as Nick tells his funny and heartwarming tales of growing up Sicilian in America. You don't have to be Sicilian to appreciate this story of an amazing journey that spans a century, from the immigrants arrival in the New World, all the way to modern pop culture. Many will be brought back with nostalgia and others will learn how it really was for their ancestors but most of all, after experiencing this Play, you may want to bring back family dinners around the table and start sharing your own stories filled with Comedy, Drama and Family!
Written & Performed by Nick Albanese
Directed by Joe Battista.
Produced by Nick Albanese, Staci Albanese, Armen Garo and Paul Gervais.
ABOUT THE WRITER
Seth Freeman’s plays have been presented at over a hundred seventy theaters and festivals around the world. He has written for print (The New York Times, Southern Theatre Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, California Magazine, Los Angeles Magazine, theHuffington Post, The Hill), screen and television, for which he created the series Lincoln Heights. He has received multiple Emmys, Writers Guild Awards, Golden Globes, Peabody, P.E.N., First Amendment, Christopher, Humanitas, Cine Golden Eagle and numerous other honors for screenwriting, fiction writing and journalism. He contributes non-writing time to community and international organizations dealing with health care, education, the empowerment of women and human rights.
Written by Seth Freeman
Directed by Joe Battista
Produced by Roslyn McKay
A brutal incident at a fraternity house reverberates through a college campus and across decades, shattering lives and forcing a young woman, a young man and the people they know to confront some chilling and unpalatable truths.
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RETURN TO LALA LAND
Directed by Joe Battista
Produced by Roslyn McKay
Stage Manager: Allison Hohman
La Forrest Cope (Lala), Freddie Duggard, Chris Fougere
Return to Lala Land is the creative nonfiction tale of a highly successful musician/songwriter/performer struggling to tear down borders and construct boundaries between her present day artistry and a golden past that threatens to crush her under its glittery weight.
Burning up the Billboard Charts with four top-five songs in two years, Lala's explosive songwriting talent helped launch several careers, most notably, Whitney Houston's. The fiery "YOU GIVE GOOD LOVE" earned LaForrest Cope (a.k.a. LaLa), a Grammy Award nomination for Best R&B Song and an ASCAP Honors Award for Most Played Songs in the 1985 Survey Year (an award she shared with Prince), while giving Whitney her first #1 single.
Lala toured as a backup singer and keyboard player on Michael Jackson’s Victory Tour. She has played, sang, written for and/or produced artists as diverse as Ice Cube, Lauryn Hill, Christina Aguilera, Luther Vandross Melba Moore, Freddie Jackson, Stephanie Mills, Johnny Gill and Burt Bacharach. Ms. Cope recorded a vocal duet with Jermaine Jackson for the Summer Olympics Album on Arista Records and executive produced by Clive Davis. Her second solo album, Lala Means I Love You, was released on Motown Records.
13th Street Repertory and The Gnome Haus present
An evening of Latino-American storytelling.
Two solo shows, one evening of magical entertainment.
Orgullo Boricua featuring Josh Moser
Magic Tape featuring Valeria Aviña.
🔺A Gnome Haus Production🔺
The evening will be 90 minutes with a short intermission.
TWO NIGHTS ONLY!
Only 60 seats available each evening!
THE MILKMAN'S SISTER
When Nuclear Annihilation is Just Hours Away
A New Play By Mark Blickley
The Milkman’s Sister takes place inside a Bronx tenement during the Cuban Missile Crisis of October, 1962 when nuclear annihilation was no longer an abstraction, but just hours away. Despite a historic last minute save from atomic murder, the Spinner/Furfante household could not have been more devastated had the bomb exploded inside their 3rd floor apartment.
The nerve-wracking countdown to their impending deaths unleashed an explosion of heroism, cowardice and delusion for an overweight housewife, an unemployed milkman, an angry supervisor of hospital linen and their neighbors.
Featuring John F. Kennedy and a game of Limbo Rock you will not soon forget.
Directed by Joe Battista
Stage manager Alison Hohman
Producer Roslyn McKay
Starring Robert Funaro*
of HBO's The Sopranos and Vinyl
Concetta Rose Rella*
* appearing courtesy of Actors' Equity
Though conceived long before the election of November, 2016, the panic riding the 1962 Cuban missile crisis that consumes the memorable characters of Mark Blickley's "The Milkman's Sisters" casts an eerie and accurate echo of the feelings seizing so many of us right now generations later. His play is perhaps prophetic by default, but brilliantly so.
associate editor, Home Planet News
PALEO - The Fat Free Musical
Written by Mark Blickley
Directed by Joe Battista
The recent election has thrown our current political, cultural and geographical climate into extremis that threatens the very definition of who we are as a people. So what is in store for our nation’s future?
I mean the real future--- the America of 2929?
Discover the foot tapping, mouthwatering answer in Paleo: The Fat Free Musical.
Visit the world your descendants will inhabit and witness the battle between two extremist authoritarian societies fighting for the soul of humanity. Who shall be victorious? Will it be the organically fed and calisthenics led tribal Paleo Evolutionists? Or will it be the libertarian artificially fed, mechanically led hedonist Natural Selectionists? Your progeny will prove we truly are what we eat by choosing to chant “Better Dead Than Bread!” or “Eat The Wheat, Suck The Sweet!”
For inquiries, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org