Theater For The New City

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Theater For The New City is a Pulitzer Prize winning community cultural center that is known for its high artistic standards and widespread community service. One of New York’s most prolific theatrical organizations, TNC produces 30-40 premieres of n... more

Theater For The New City is a Pulitzer Prize winning community cultural center that is known for its high artistic standards and widespread community service. One of New York’s most prolific theatrical organizations, TNC produces 30-40 premieres of new American plays per year, at least 10 of which are by emerging and young playwrights. Many influential theater artists of the last quarter century have found TNC’s Resident Theater Program instrumental to their careers, among them Sam Shepard, Moises Kaufman, Richard Foreman, Charles Busch, Maria Irene Fornes, Miguel Piñero and Academy Award Winners Tim Robbins and Adrien Brody. TNC also presents plays by multi-ethnic/multi-disciplinary theater companies who have no permanent home. Among the well-known companies that have been presented by TNC are Mabou Mines, the Living Theater, Bread and Puppet Theater, the San Francisco Mime Troupe and the Ma-Yi Theater Company, which won an OBIE Award for its 1996 TNC production, FLIPZOIDS. TNC also produced the Yangtze Repertory Company’s 1997 production of BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATH, which was the only play ever produced in America by Gao Xingjian before he won the 2000 Nobel Prize for Literature. T... more

Theater For The New City is a Pulitzer Prize winning community cultural center that is known for its high artistic standards and widespread community service. One of New York’s most prolific theatrical organizations, TNC produces 30-40 premieres of new American plays per year, at least 10 of which are by emerging and young playwrights. Many influential theater artists of the last quarter century have found TNC’s Resident Theater Program instrumental to their careers, among them Sam Shepard, Moises Kaufman, Richard Foreman, Charles Busch, Maria Irene Fornes, Miguel Piñero and Academy Award Winners Tim Robbins and Adrien Brody. TNC also presents plays by multi-ethnic/multi-disciplinary theater companies who have no permanent home. Among the well-known companies that have been presented by TNC are Mabou Mines, the Living Theater, Bread and Puppet Theater, the San Francisco Mime Troupe and the Ma-Yi Theater Company, which won an OBIE Award for its 1996 TNC production, FLIPZOIDS. TNC also produced the Yangtze Repertory Company’s 1997 production of BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATH, which was the only play ever produced in America by Gao Xingjian before he won the 2000 Nobel Prize for Literature. TNC seeks to develop theater audiences and inspire future theater artists from the often-overlooked low-income minority communities of New York City by producing minority writers from around the world and by bringing the community into theater and theater into the community through its many free Festivals. TNC productions have won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and over 40 OBIE Awards for excellence in every theatrical discipline. TNC is also the only Theatrical Organization to have won the Mayor's Stop The Violence award.


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Theater For The New City is located in the East Village neighborhood of Manhattan. Long before the musical "Rent" brought in legions of pierced, tattooed teenagers from every corner of America (and drove up the rents), the East Village was an eclectic mix of elderly Ukranians and Poles, Dominican and Puerto Rican families, and assorted artists, wanna-be bohemians, punks, their followers, lovers and friends. (Did we leave anyone out?) Largely gone are the heroin dealers, all night parties, punk music extravaganzas and infamous Bagel Tree of the 1980s and early 1990s, but the real landmarks remain, including the Joseph Papp Public Theater, Tompkins Square Park, and Cooper Union. The Public offers some of New York’s finest Off-Broadway Theater as well as Joe’s Pub, with a diverse variety of live shows. Beautiful Tompkins Square Park offers something for everyone, including dog runs, basketball courts, a weekly market, outdoor music events, and occasionally local characters chatting late into the night to infrequent riots. To be fair, few other parks in America have played such an important role in radical or anarchist history.

Many long-time residents complain of the neighborhood’s recent gentrification, and skyrocketing rents forced even legendary punk club CBGB's to exit the neighborhood, replaced by a John Varvatos boutique. And while there are truly many new restaurants and boutiques dotting Avenues A, B and C, lots of the famous watering holes, dives, and other unclassifiably scrappy bars remain. Some of our favorites include Mars on lower First Avenue, Zum Schneider on Avenue C, 2A on the corner of Second Street and Avenue A, and Lit Lounge, with its adjoining Fuse Gallery. Make sure to check out the Polish butcher stores on First Avenue and the nearby Italian pastry shops, walk along the Ukranian strip of Second Avenue, try one of the Japanese restaurants on East Ninth Street, and also walk along St. Marks Place, one of New York’s most eclectic streets.

East 4th Street's Theater Row boasts cultural buildings which house eight theaters and twelve dance companies as well as a couple of community development groups. Among its members are New York Theater Workshop, La MaMa Experimental Theatre, Rod Rodgers Dance Co., WOW Cafe Theatre, Millennium Film Workshop, Duo Multicultural Arts Center, Teatro Circulo, Downtown Art, Alpha Omega Dance Co., Choices Theater, Teatro IATI, Cooper Square Committee and Cooper Square Mutual Housing Association.

The Nuyorican Poets Café is still going strong on East Third Street between Avenues B and C. Since 1973 its mission has been to create a multi-cultural venue that provides a stage for artists traditionally underrepresented in the mainstream media and culture. Poetry slams, theater performances, open jam sessions for hip-hop, poetry and jazz, as well as unique screenplay readings all take place on a weekly basis in this intimate cultural setting.

For film buffs, we would be remiss not to mention the Anthology Film Archives on East 2nd Street, a local theater best known for consistently showing the finest in avant-garde and experimental cinema. We also recommend the Landmark Sunshine Cinema on East Houston Street, home away from home for those who enjoy great acoustics and the company of die hard independent film fans.

The East Village is also home to the trendy Cooper Square Hotel as well as the charming Gem Hotel, making it a great neighborhood to enjoy your stay in New York.

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Earth Cry

"Earth Cry" is a musical presentation about the environmental crisis and its effect upon the next generation. Interpreted by soloists Gina S. Pemberton, Corrine MacLean, Lukas Baeskow, Nicholas Biddle, and a background chorus, the perspective of this young generation questioning what kind of environ... [ + ]ment they are inheriting is brought to life. Earth Cry is a powerful piece intended to shaking people up and raising awareness for the protection of the planet.
Directed by Frances R. Key.

24 May 2019
7.40pm
24th Annual Lower East Side Festival of the Arts
Theater for the New City
155 First Ave, New York, NY 10003
Admission is free!

05/24/2019 07:30 PM
Fri, May 24
7:30PM
$

Fall in Love with the Moon

“Fall in Love with the Moon” is a short musical telling a story of a young woman’s conflict between love and success. After being awarded the position of the president of a big fashion company by retired Mr. Pagiano (Jerry Chapa), young Callista (Corinne MacLean) is caught in her decision between he... [ + ]r true love Devon (Lukas Baeskow) and her skyrocketing career. Not knowing what way to go, she meets Madame Florina (Teri Monahan), a mysterious fortune teller who knows how to read hearts better than minds.

Starring: Corinne MacLean, Lukas Baeskow, Jerry Chapa, and Teri Monahan.
Directed by Matthew Fitzgerald.

24 May 2019
9.08pm
24th Annual Lower East Side Festival of the Arts
Theater for the New City
155 First Ave, New York, NY 10003
Admission is free!

05/24/2019 09:00 PM
Fri, May 24
9:00PM
$

Zen A.M.

Theater for the New City presents "Zen A.M." by Natalie Menna.  Comedy of New Age manners and mores is set among the "worried creatives" of post-9/11 New York. Since classical times, artists have always had to reconcile the demands of their patrons with their own artistic integrity. In the 21st cent... [ + ]ury, the patrons' demands can come from both the left and right. "Zen A.M." illustrates the artists'  conundrum, nesting it in present-day issues of class identification, compassion, cultural identity and creative resistance. Andrew Block directs.

The play is a story of laughable characters straining to act rationally when faced with difficult decisions of artistic integrity.  Bruno, a 9/11 survivor, has abandoned his lucrative Wall Street career to pursue his lifelong dream of becoming a painter. However, money is running out and his jealous, excitable yet pragmatic girlfriend--a fact-checker for a right wing media outlet--is set on getting married.
Bruno's guru/artistic collaborator is a New Age life coach named Chang. Bruno's best friend is a podiatrist named Hal, who is married to Rachael, a nouveaux riche woman who is part time Feng Shui consultant, jewelry designer and board member of the International Freedom Center (IFC), a museum being planned for the 9/11 site.

Bruno has been commissioned to provide a painting for the IFC, but finds it has suddenly shifted its focus from memorializing the victims of 9/11 to the evils of America's past. It's an important and lucrative commission, but Bruno has serious doubts about IFC's changing agenda.  He feels he should now turn down the commission, but he has two problems.  First, an artist depends on clarity, insight and support from his inner circle, and these people can't do anything but bicker over New Age spirituality and promote their own agendas. Secondly, Chang has a contract to do a film about Bruno's painting and stands to lose his shirt if it doesn't get it done.

As Bruno's vacillations increase, hysteria and hilarity ensue.

THU-SAT AT 8:00, SUN AT 3:00 PM, WWW.THEATERFORTHENEWCITY.NET, 212/254-1109.

05/31/2019 08:00 PM
Fri, May 31
8:00PM
$

Zen A.M.

Theater for the New City presents "Zen A.M." by Natalie Menna.  Comedy of New Age manners and mores is set among the "worried creatives" of post-9/11 New York. Since classical times, artists have always had to reconcile the demands of their patrons with their own artistic integrity. In the 21st cent... [ + ]ury, the patrons' demands can come from both the left and right. "Zen A.M." illustrates the artists'  conundrum, nesting it in present-day issues of class identification, compassion, cultural identity and creative resistance. Andrew Block directs.

The play is a story of laughable characters straining to act rationally when faced with difficult decisions of artistic integrity.  Bruno, a 9/11 survivor, has abandoned his lucrative Wall Street career to pursue his lifelong dream of becoming a painter. However, money is running out and his jealous, excitable yet pragmatic girlfriend--a fact-checker for a right wing media outlet--is set on getting married.
Bruno's guru/artistic collaborator is a New Age life coach named Chang. Bruno's best friend is a podiatrist named Hal, who is married to Rachael, a nouveaux riche woman who is part time Feng Shui consultant, jewelry designer and board member of the International Freedom Center (IFC), a museum being planned for the 9/11 site.

Bruno has been commissioned to provide a painting for the IFC, but finds it has suddenly shifted its focus from memorializing the victims of 9/11 to the evils of America's past. It's an important and lucrative commission, but Bruno has serious doubts about IFC's changing agenda.  He feels he should now turn down the commission, but he has two problems.  First, an artist depends on clarity, insight and support from his inner circle, and these people can't do anything but bicker over New Age spirituality and promote their own agendas. Secondly, Chang has a contract to do a film about Bruno's painting and stands to lose his shirt if it doesn't get it done.

As Bruno's vacillations increase, hysteria and hilarity ensue.

THU-SAT AT 8:00, SUN AT 3:00 PM, WWW.THEATERFORTHENEWCITY.NET, 212/254-1109.

06/01/2019 08:00 PM
Sat, June 01
8:00PM
$
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