Showing posts from October, 2019

News: Storytelling Master Classes with Story Studio Instructor Cyndi Freeman

Cyndi Freeman As part of the Gotham Storytelling Festival, FRIGID New York and The Story Studio are presenting two storytelling master classes with Story Studio Instructor Cyndi Freeman. Freeman has over 20 years of experience as a storyteller and 10 years of experience as a storytelling instructor, leading classes in storytelling for business, performance, and personal growth. An expert teacher of storytelling for business, she has presented storytelling workshops for a range of organizations including Fortune 500 companies, small businesses and nonprofit groups around the world. Past clients include GE, ZenDesk, Janssen: Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, UNICEF – USA, The 9/11 Tribute Museum, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and The New York Public Library. In addition to her work with The Story Studio, an organization that teaches the art of storytelling with help from some of the most accomplished storytellers across the country, Freeman has won num

News: Linda Simpson in Conversation with Alan Cumming, 10/27

the wild project presents Linda Simpson in Conversation with Alan Cumming Proceeds from this intimate and frank conversation benefit wild project’s mission and programming This weekend, wild project will host Linda Simpson in Conversation with Alan Cumming, one of the absolute favorites of this site's editors. The event takes place on Sunday, October 27 at 7:30 PM at the wild project (195 E. 3rd Street, between Avenues A & B). Tickets are $20 - $50 and will benefit the Wild Project’s mission and programming. Advance tickets can be purchased online at . The event promises a "frank and intimate conversation between two of downtown’s iconic performers, Alan Cumming and Linda Simpson. These two legends of New York City nightlife dish on the creativity, grit, and spirit that keeps the East Village a vital creative incubator." Cumming is a Tony Award winner, has hosted the Tonys and been nominated for an Emmy for doing so; he

News: Site-Specific Post-Apocalyptic "The Catastrophe Club" Runs 10/18-11/22

Stewart Walker, Sue Kim, and Cassandra Nwokah - Photo by Jeremy Varne. What: The Catastrophe Club , a site-specific world-premiere production set 500 years into the future Where: An undisclosed location in the East Village When: October 18 – November 22 Sea Dog Theater follows up its award-winning 2018 season with the World Premiere of Devin Burnam’s site-specific play The Catastrophe Club . The recently opened production runs October 18 – November 22 and is directed by longtime Sea Dog collaborator Shaun Bennet Fauntleroy. The company’s 2018 season received seven New York Innovative Theater Awards (NYIT) Nominations and received the NYIT Award for Outstanding Revival and Outstanding Director for their production of Danny and the Deep Blue Sea , by John Patrick Shanley. In The Catastrophe Club, "The world as we know it has ended. Public gatherings in the future are illegal because of the risk of diseases (or so they say). 500 years in the future, after the floods

News: 1 Night Only: "Blindspot," an Immersive Dance and Multimedia Performance Based on "1984," Oct. 25

BLINDSPOT from Carmen Caceres on Vimeo . When: Friday October 25 at 7:30 pm Where: Mark Morris Dance Center, James and Martha Duffy Performance Space (3 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 111217) Cost: General Admission: $35 Artists/Students (with ID): $30 DanceAction will present BLINDSPOT , an immersive dance and multimedia performance based on George Orwell’s classic novel  1984 , at the Mark Morris Dance Center, James and Martha Duffy Performance Space (3 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217) on October 25th, 2019 at 7:30 pm.  It will feature DanceAction’s company dancers, live music, and media arts. In this work, making its premiere, the slogan of the party, “War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength,” is translated into a movement narrative that includes live music and media projections to create an immersive multimedia experience for the audience. For tickets, visit Website:

News: Storytelling Podcast RISK!, Hosted by Kevin Allison, at Caveat, NYC on October 24

Kevin Allison. Photo by Mindy Tucker RISK! Live Where: Caveat (21 A Clinton Street, New York NY) (212) 228-2100 When: Thursday, October 24, 2019  Doors @ 9pm, Show @ 9:30pm Price: $15 Link for tickets This may not technically be theater, but as long-time fans of The State , how could we not post about it? RISK! , the popular weekly true storytelling podcast and award-winning live show hosted by writer and actor Kevin Allison (from MTV’s The State ), is coming live to Caveat (21 A Clinton Street, New York NY) on Thursday, October 24 at 9:30pm. On the show, people from all walks of life tell true stories that they never thought they'd dare to share in public. The podcast just celebrated its 10th Anniversary and has released a  retrospective . This month’s show will feature jaw-dropping stories from Molly Cameron, Michael C. Bryan, Julia Whitehouse, and Anita Flores.  Tickets are on sale now .

Review: Awaiting the Singularity with "Nothing Human"

Nothing Human Written by Duncan Pflaster Directed by Aiza Shane Presented by Cross-Eyed Bear Productions at The Chain Theatre 312 W 36th St., 4th floor, Manhattan, NYC October 15-26, 2019 Anthony Irizzary and Samantha Simone. Photo provided by Emily Owens PR The trope of artificial intelligences turning against humanity upon achieving sentience is long-established (suggesting, perhaps, that the capacity for evil is inseparable from consciousness); and one need look no farther than the advertising for Dark Fate , the sixth (!) film in the Terminator franchise, for its continued prominence. Although Duncan Pflaster's Nothing Human , making its world premiere as one of the New York International Fringe Festival's BYOV (Bring Your Own Venue) productions, features an evolving AI as a character, it subverts the trope of the malevolent AI, relegating it to a movie written by another character about a time-traveling alien computer. Much good science fiction is at its

Review: Hunger & Thirst Theatre Asks You to Trust "Strangers in the Night"

Strangers in the Night Frank's monologues, written by Philip Estrera; Screwed , written by Patricia Lynn, directed by Caitlin Davies; Bottling Dreams of the Tearful Don't-Knower , written by Emily Kitchens, directed by Paul Kite Presented by Hunger & Thirst Theatre at The West End Theatre 263 W 86th St., Manhattan, NYC October 11-26, 2019 Patrick T. Horn and Patricia Lynn. Photo by Al Foote III. Much as we say that everyone is the hero of their own story, we might say that no one is the stranger. Each stranger, points out Frank (Jordan Kaplan), whose monologues frame and transition between the two short plays that make up Hunger & Thirst Theatre's new production, Strangers in the Night , has their own story. A person's story, though, he specifies, includes both what and who has happened to that person, and it will inevitably include changes wrought by strangers. These and related ideas loosely link Patricia Lynn's fantastic Screwed , i

News: Theater for the New City Holds Its 43rd Annual Halloween Costume Ball October 31

Zen Mansley, Lissa Moira and cast of Halloween skit in Theater for the New City's Village Halloween Costume Ball. Photo by Lee Wexler/Images for Innovation (2011) WHERE AND WHEN: October 31, 2019 at Theater for the New City, 155 First Avenue (at E. 10th St.) and the block of E. 10th St. between 1st and 2nd Avenues Outdoor entertainment 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm; doors open 7:30 pm Outdoors: free; no dress requirement. Indoors: $20; costume or formal wear required. Info/tickets: (212) 254-1109, From Theater for the New City (TNC): "Nonstop theater, a costume competition, and ballroom dancing will bewitch the East Village October 31 in the Village Halloween Costume Ball, which is presented annually by Theater for the New City. This unique festival continues as a grand coming-together for real witches, everyday New Yorkers, and artists alike. An explosive fall tradition, it is always held on the actual night of Halloween and celebrates arti

Review: A Gothic-Tinged "Glass Menagerie"

The Glass Menagerie Written by Tennessee Williams Directed by Austin Pendleton and Peter Bloch Presented by Ruth Stage at the wild project 195 E. 3rd St., Manhattan, NYC October 3-20, 2019 Spencer Scott and Alexandra Rose. Photo courtesy of Alana Silber Although Tennessee Williams's heavily autobiographical The Glass Menagerie is set in St. Louis, its concern with memory, the past, and inherited familial dysfunction arguably align with the Southern Gothic tradition. In a new production of Williams's story of a fractured family of Southern transplants, directors Austin Pendleton and Peter Bloch highlight such generic affinities by lending the play a tinge of the Gothic, rendering, for example, the Wingfield family's lodgings in a manner that evokes genteel decay and including the occasional spooky-sounding musical cue. In conjunction with fine performances by the cast, these decisions highlight the various ways that the Wingfield family members are haunted

News: Free NYSX Event: Shakespeare and Immigrant Voices in Conversation, October 22

Birds of a Feather, by Banksy New York Shakespeare Exchange (NYSX) - internationally known for its The Sonnet Project (in which more than 1,500 volunteer filmmakers from around the world have joined the discussion by creating short films in New York locations based on all 154 Shakespeare sonnets), as well as its mainstage productions and ShakesBEER pub crawls - has announced its next Freestyle Lab, title "To Undreamed Shores: Shakespeare and Immigrant Voices in Conversation," which will take place on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at 7pm at the 53rd Street Library Theater (18 W. 53rd Street, NYC). This event is free, but reservations are requested at . "To Undreamed Shores" features an ensemble of immigrant and first-generation actors presenting excerpts from Shakespeare and contemporary poets, playwrights, essayists, and politicians - all with the focus on themes of immigration. The performance will be followed by a town hall conversation during which

Review: "Round Table" is a Knight at the Theater of the Highest Order

Round Table Written by Liba Vaynberg Directed by Geordie Broadwater Presented by Fault Line Theatre and Anna & Kitty, Inc. at 59E59 Theaters 59 E 59th St., Manhattan, NYC September 27-October 20, 2019 L-R: Matthew Bovee, Craig Wesley Divino, Sharina Martin, Liba Vaynberg. Photo by Carol Rosegg How do you picture King Arthur, wielder of Excalibur and Knight of the Round Table? If you are Zach (Craig Wesley Divino) of Liba Vaynberg's Round Table , you eschew Disney's blond moppet and T. H. White's post-war reimagining for something involving a little more Middle Welsh and a little less dental hygiene. Centered on Zach, a part-time medieval literature scholar with a PhD from Harvard, Vaynberg's play, artfully directed by Geordie Broadwater and impeccably acted, interlaces multiple levels of fantasy and reality with funny, engrossing, and emotionally honest results. After an opening monologue by Zach and a scene in which Arthurian knight Tristan (also