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News: Blessed Unrest and Teatri ODA of Kosovo present "Refuge," April 29-May 11
Photo Credit: Maria Baranova
Baruch Performing Arts Center, in conjunction with Teatri ODA of Kosovo and the consistently excellent Blessed Unrest present the world premiere of Refuge, a devised physical-theater piece based on events in Albania during the Second World War, a time in which Albanian families, many of them Muslim, took in thousands of Jewish refugees. Refuge follows the journey of a young Jewish woman to a remote Albanian village, where she discovers truths about her family history.
Refuge, with text by Matt Opatrny and Florent Mehmeti and music by the Metropolitan Klezmer, and co-directed by Jessica Burr and Florent Mehmeti, plays at Baruch Performing Arts Center (55 Lexington Ave [25th St. between Lexington and Third], Manhattan, NYC) from April 29 through May 11, 2019.
Blurring Boundaries 2022: Program B Plays: Iphis and Ianthe at the Courthouse , written by Aly Kantor and directed by Jonathan Wong Frye; Sons and Fathers , written by Mark Hofmaier and directed by Susanna Frazer; Prometheus Found , written by Michael Narkunski and directed by Perryn Pomatto; Building Blocks , written by Arielle Beth Klein and directed by Jennifer Downes; Shakespeare Recalibrated , written by Amanda Hanna and directed by Sydney Burtner; Ava Hearts Riley , written by Cris Eli Blak and directed by Syona Varty; and Redhead Only Orgy , written by Ruthie Rado and directed by Todd Butera Presented by New Ambassadors Theatre Company at TADA! Theater 15 W. 28th St., Manhattan, NYC August 10-21, 2022 Bryan Patrick Stoyle and Ruthie Rado in Iphis and Ianthe at the Courthouse . Photo credit: Ruthie Rado The plays included in the 2022 incarnation of New Ambassadors Theatre Company's Blurring Boundaries festival, which is dedicated to amplifying marginalized voices, apply th
Shut UP, Emily Dickinson Written by Tanya O'Debra Directed by Sara Wolkowitz Presented at Abrons Arts Center 466 Grand Street (at Pitt Street), Manhattan, NYC July 28-August 13, 2022 Tanya O’Debra as Emily Dickinson and Gregg Bellón. Photo by Molly Broxton. Not so long ago, television's Dickinson gave us Emily Dickinson the cool, rebellious, queer, feminist teen. Now, the stage at Abrons Arts Center gives us a new Emily Dickinson, and she is…mostly not those things; but neither is she the austere, reclusive genius of other imaginings. In Tanya O'Debra's wickedly funny Shut UP, Emily Dickinson , the poet would be quite happy if everything could just be how she wants it when she wants it that way; and just because she is correct that she should not be forced to conform to others' ideas of things such as love does not mean that she cannot at the same time be exasperating to those others–to be the kind of person, say, who assumes that her wealthy family's laborers
Dance of Death, Parts I and II Written by August Strindberg Translated and directed by Robert Greer Theater for the New City presents the August Strindberg Repertory Theatre production of August Strindberg's Dance of Death, Parts I and II 155 First Ave., Manhattan, NYC February 25-March 13, 2022 Natalie Menna, Brad Fryman, and Bryan James Hamilton. Photo by Jonathan Slaff. August Strindberg (1849-1912), most associated outside of his native Sweden with his lasting impact on the modern stage, put his hand to a wide variety of artistic forms and approaches across the length of his extensive career. The characters in his Dance of Death, Parts I and II (1900), by contrast, are overwhelmingly trapped in a hostile stasis. Originally written as two plays, the August Strindberg Repertory Theatre's current production presents, for the first time in English, the two parts of Dance of Death together, in a new translation, which includes some minor trims, by director Robert Greer. As