News: FRIGID New York and Peculiar Works Project Present Free Show About the Astor Place Riots on Friday, May 10th

On the night of the 10th of May, 1849, the Empire City, the great metropolis of the Union, was the scene of one of those horrors of civilization, which for a time make the great heart of humanity stop in its beatings. In the darkness of night, thousands of citizens were gathered in a central square of the most aristocratic quarter of New York—gathered around one of its most conspicuous and magnificent edifices, the Astor Place Opera House.

—The Daily Courier

No matter how this week begins for you, it can end in the best way—a happy hour performance this Friday. FRIGID New York and Peculiar Works Project present a unique remembrance of theater gone-by on Friday, May 10, 2024 at 5:30 pm at UNDER St. Marks (94 St. Marks Place, Manhattan, NYC). Admission is free, and the performance runs 75 minutes.

Every theater-lover should know the story of the Astor Place Riots, but it’s about much more than a fight between the two biggest actors of the day. The Riots are a national tragedy unlike any other and a cautionary tale relevant to today’s extreme political culture.

Meet the dueling Macbeths who started it all, hear from local upstarts who fanned the flames of controversy, and say the names of the dead with us. We’ll mark the occasion with ceremony & satire, songs & scenes, and will close with a procession to the site where it happened.

Maria Dessena • Mick Hilgers • Ralph Lewis • Catherine Porter
Basil Rodericks • Barry Rowell • Trav S.D. • Jenny Selig • Dan Lane Williams • Zero Boy

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