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TNC Gallery Exhibit: New Work
By: Curated by Carolyn Ratcliffe
Directed By: Curated by Carolyn Ratcliffe
November 5 – January 2

Theater for the New City is pleased to announce Art Loisaida Foundation's multidisciplinary Arts exhibit "New Work" curated by Carolyn Ratcliffe. The exhibit features works by 26 artists composed of paintings, sculpture, photography and mixed media. These works are by artists who live and or have worked in the East Village/Lower East Side and represent a variety of styles.

The Bohemians
By: Claude Solnik
Directed By: Hamza Zaman
December 6 – December 22
Thursday to Saturday 8PM, Sunday 3PM

After a couple moves into an apartment that has seen better days, their parents go to extreme measures to get them to move.

Coming Soon

By: Bina Sharif
Directed By: Bina Sharif
December 13 – December 30
Thursday - Saturday 8PM, Sundays 3PM

A hilarious satirical and brilliant comedy about theater and the art of putting on a play.

Bread & Puppet: The Grasshopper Rebellion Circus
By: The Bread and Puppet Theater
Directed By: Peter Schumann
December 13 – December 16
Thursday - Saturday 8PM, Sundays 3PM

Bread and Puppet returns to TNC with its giant puppets and raucous brass band!

The Ballad of MuLan
By: Alexie Cruz & Shiyu Li
Directed By: Alexie Cruz
December 16 – December 16
Sunday, 3:30PM

FOR ONE SHOW ONLY. This original youth musical production of, The Ballad of Mulan, was written based on the original poem from 200-400 AD in China. We tell the tale of Mulan and her original story and message, bringing a bit of China here to the US. The Youth Theater company aid us in bringing this great tale to life with song and storytelling and the excitement of being able to share the story here in NYC at TNC.

By: Charles Busch (Based on an idea by Charles Busch and Andy Halliday)
Directed By: Carl Andress
December 17 – December 17
Monday, 8PM

Special 20th Annual Holiday Edition of the Staged Reading of the Hard-Boiled Christmas Fantasy!

Amram @ 88
By: David Amram Composer
December 19 – December 19
Wednesday, 8PM - 11:30PM

The Third Annual  Birthday Celebration of Music and Life with David Amram and Friends.

By: Alessandra Belloni
Directed By: Alessandra Belloni in collaboration with Kevin Tarrant & Kevin Nathaniel
December 22 – December 22
Saturday, 8PM

A World Peace Winter Solstice Celebration 'DRUMS OF ILLUMINATION' features Italian, African, and Native American Ritual Drumming and Dance.

Beltsville/Rockville Part 1: Rise of the Goatman
By: Matt Okin
Directed By: Matt Okin
December 27 – January 13
Thursday - Saturday 8PM, Sundays 3PM

In this pseudo-Southern Gothic dark comedy, a vibrant group of teens from two very different suburban neighborhoods clash over class differences, drugs, and sex - and the existence of the legendary 'Goatman' in1986. Cut to 2013, and the adolescent kids of those very same teens are struggling to make sense of their family histories - and the same "mythological" creature - that could be holding them back in life.

44th Annual Thunderbird American Indian Dancers’ Dance Concert & Pow Wow
January 25 – February 3
Fridays at 8:00 pm; Saturdays at 3:00 pm & 8:00 pm, Sundays at 3:00 pm

NEW YORK, October 22 -- Theater for the New City, 155 First Avenue, will present its 44th annual Thunderbird American Dancers Dance Concert and Pow Wow from January 25 to February 3, 2019. There will be dances, stories and traditional music from Native Peoples of the Northeast, Southwest and Great Plains regions. The event has become a treasured New York tradition for celebrating our diversity by honoring the culture of our first Americans.

Love N’ Courage 2019
By: Crystal Field
Directed By: Crystal Field
February 25 – February 25
Cocktails 6PM, Seated Dinner 6:45PM, Performances 8PM


New Website Launch!

After  20 years, Theater for the New City has remade it’s website. The original site was made by David Aronson in 1998 and lasted more than anyone ever thought it could. Now David has redesigned and programmed the site using WordPress. Tell us what you think in the comments.


THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY (TNC) 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, Jean-Claude van Itallie, Vin Diesel, Oscar Nuñez, Laurence Holder, Romulus Linney 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 COBU, the Japanese women’s drumming, and dance group.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 42 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.