Now Playing

By: Maxim Gorky, New Translation by Leo Grinberg and Jenny Sterlin
Directed By: Jenny Sterlin
September 13 – September 30
Monday - Saturday @ 8PM, Sunday @ 3PM

Shockingly relevant and culturally enlightening, the social, political, and economic climate of pre-revolutionary Russia is explored through the words of Russia’s most famous playwright.

NAT..”… Inspired by the Life and Times of Nat King Cole
By: Verlon Brown
Directed By: Rome Neal
September 20 – September 30
Thursdays through Saturdays at 8:00 PM, Saturday Matinee at 3:00 PM & Sundays at 3:00 PM

His gift during adversities... MUSICAL! His endurance through atrocities... MASTERFUL! SEE "Nat"... Inspired By The Life And Times Of Nat King Cole.

Coming Soon

PVT Wars
By: James McClure
Directed By: Dale Troy Robertson
September 27 – October 7
Thursdays through Saturdays at 8:00 PM, Sundays at 3:00 PM

If everybody would fight their own private wars, then things would be all right.

By: Douglas Lackey
Directed By: Alexander Harrington
September 27 – October 14
Thursdays through Saturdays at 8:00 PM, Sundays at 3:00 PM

NEW YORK, August 29 -- Martin Heidegger and Hannah Arendt were leading intellectuals of the twentieth century. In the 1920’s, they had a passionate affair. In the 1930’s, Heidegger became an ardent Nazi while Arendt became an ardent Zionist. Nevertheless, after the war, they still continued to correspond and to meet. Douglas Lackey dramatizes their relationship in "Arendt-Heidegger: A Love Story," a five-character play to be presented by Theater for the New City from September 27 to October 14. Its dialogue and action go beyond known facts, but everything in the play is consistent with them. Alexander Harrington directs.

Scratch Night @ TNC
October 8 – October 8

A varied schedule "Scratch Night” performance program, which offers the opportunity for artists to present work in progress to an audience for one night. Scratch Night started in the United Kingdom in 2000 to show work in progress in an evolution of performances. Theater for the New City was the first theater in America to do Scratch Night and the idea is now taking root most notably in other U.S. cities including Philadelphia and Seattle. At TNC, we will put our own spin on the idea to best serve our own theatre community and New York area audiences.

Recovery by Anne Lucas
By: Anne Lucas
Directed By: Stephan Morrow
October 11 – October 28
Thursdays through Saturdays at 8:00 PM, Sundays at 3:00 PM

NEW YORK, September 10 -- When there is a sick child in a family, says playwright Anne Marilyn Lucas, an entire family revolves around the child's illness. In 2016 more American lives were taken by drug overdoses that were lost in the Vietnam War, according to the Centers for Disease Control, and deaths increased by 10.7%, to 72,000, the following year. Many of these victims were young and adult children.

The Open Gate
By: David Willinger (Book & Lyrics) & Arthur Abrams (Composer)
Directed By: David Willinger
October 14 – October 27
Thursdays through Saturdays at 8:00 PM & Sundays at 3:00 PM

Poland in the 1860s. As changes of all kinds whirl about, a pious small-town Jewish businessman, Calman Jacoby makes a grab for the opportunities and gets sucked into the whirlwind of consequences with his entire family in this tuneful, heartfelt musical.

New York Butoh Institute Festival
By: The New York Butoh Institute and Vangeline Theater
October 18 – October 21
Thursday through Saturday 8PM, Sunday 3PM

A celebration of diversity in butoh featuring 16 artists from Japan, Brazil, Chile, UK, Israel, Italy, Germany, France, Costa Rica, Spain, and the United States. Curated by Butoh artist Vangeline, the Festival will consist of an exciting program of butoh workshops and masterclasses, as well as four nights of groundbreaking performances by fierce female butoh dancers from October 18-21, 2018 at the Theater for the New City's Johnson Theater, 155 1st Avenue, NYC, 10003.

By: Frank J. Avella
Directed By: Frank J. Avella & Carlotta Brentan
November 8 – November 25
Thursdays through Saturdays at 8:00 PM, Sundays at 3:00 PM

Based on factual accounts and events, LURED focuses on one particular Russian hate group’s attack on a young gay man and the repercussions that follow, when his loved ones decide to take action. The play depicts how these vigilantes lure and entrap LGBTQ people, humiliating and torturing them on camera. LURED wonders if hate is inherent or taught and whether revenge is ever the answer. In this current world climate, the play could not be timelier. LURED is for mature audiences only.

The Enchanted Revolution
By: Charlotte Lily Gaspard
Directed By: Charlotte Lily Gaspard; Associate Director Malik Work
November 8 – November 18
Thursdays through Saturdays at 8:00 PM, Sundays at 3:00 PM

A multi-media science fiction fairy tale for all ages.


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.