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

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By: Peter Welch
Directed By: Jonathan Weber
February 7 – March 3
Thursday to Saturday @8PM, Sunday @3PM

THELONIOUS! is a syncopated comedy about the American Dream told through the nightmare of a failing marriage. Written by Peter Welch and directed by Jonathan Weber, this premiere production is being presented by the legendary Theater for the New City in New York!

Arts in Education 2019
February 11 – April 22

The AFTER-SCHOOL THEATER ARTS PROGRAM is a primary element of Theater for the New City (TNC)’s community programming and its mission to “bring theater into the community and the community into the theater”. The program is offered biannually free of charge and is designed to meet the diverse needs of children and teens with little or no exposure to the arts by providing them with a safe haven to learn and create in a non-traditional setting.

By: Claude Solnik
Directed By: Bob and Joanne Domingo
February 16 – February 24

Everybody has one vacation they never forget.

A couple and their son arrive at a beautiful, tropical hotel for the last vacation before he heads off for college. The trip turns into something more than a break from the routine when the woman meets someone on the beach who turns out to be very different from what he appears.

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By: Matthew James Fitzgerald
Directed By: Tony White
February 21 – March 10
Thur, Fri & Sat - 8PM, Sunday 3PM

Plumber Tyrus Gambry and woodworker Joan Stanchen take the art world by storm in Catapult! a playfully subversive screwball comedy by Matthew James Fitzgerald

A wealthy trend-setter mistakes a plumbing assemblage for high art, unleashing a cascade of events and upending lives in this fast-paced romp that contrasts the worlds of ordinary workers and the extraordinarily wealthy while exploring questions of ethics and aesthetics.

By: Donald E. Lacy Jr.
Directed By: Sean San Jose
February 28 – March 17
Thur, Fri & Sat - 8PM, Sunday 3PM

Donald E. Lacy Jr.'s one-man show, "ColorStruck," begins as a comedic autobiography of an outsider: a sensitive, light-skinned African American man growing up in Oakland during the height of the Black Pride movement. It morphs into an interactive experience for all races that dissects color-consciousness and the assumptions that underlie institutional racism.

Lower East Side Children’s Chorus
By: Maestro Phoebe H. Legere
Directed By: Maestro Phoebe H. Legere
March 2 – April 27

Still At Risk
By: Tim Pinckney
Directed By: Carl Andress
March 7 – March 31
Tue & Wed 7PM, Thur to Sat 8PM, Sat & Sun Matinee 3PM

Kevin, a surviving activist from the front lines of the AIDS crisis, finds himself struggling to find his place and purpose in contemporary gay culture. When a gay fundraising event threatens to erase the history he was part of creating, Kevin's anger and passion are renewed and he is confronted with the challenge of how to motivate change in this new climate of visibility. Along the way, Kevin’s raw and slightly unhinged methods provoke everyone who can help him, damage long friendships and eventually expose some dark secrets.

Hilarious, sharp, and deeply moving, Still at Risk is a powerful look at the personal and political hazards of rewriting the past and one man's attempt to move forward. Full Casting for Still at Risk will be announced in the coming weeks.

Sign in the Six O’clock Sky
By: Arnold Schulman
Directed By: Shela Xoregos
March 14 – March 31
Thursday to Saturday @8PM, Sunday @3PM

Four sideshow performers in a 1933 time warp find themselves on a strange landscape, not knowing how they got there. A surreal romp with songs.

Johannes Dokchtor Faust
By: Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre (CAMT)
Directed By: Vit Horejs
March 21 – April 7
Thur, Fri & Sat - 8PM, Sunday 3PM

NEW YORK, January 29 -- From March 21 to April 7, Theater for the New City, 155 First Ave., will present Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre (CAMT) in an update of its perennially popular "Johannes Dokchtor Faust, a Petrifying Puppet Comedye," translated and directed by Vit Horejs. This classic of the Czech marionette repertoire is traditionally used to make fun of a king or a local mayor. The company's adaptation was initially developed in 1990 and its topical references will be updated for current times.

THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY’s Dream Up Festival 2019
By: Theater for the New City
Directed By: Michael Scott-Price
August 25 – September 15

The motto of the festival is "Dream Up: Invent, Concoct." The festival is dedicated to new works. The question of the artist's vision to free or attack the material will be asked in each application. The festival does not want traditional theater which is presented in a traditional way. Theater for the New City wants to use this festival as a way to push ideas to the forefront with the hope of revealing roads less traveled or undiscovered. Presentation of a straightforward play must be imaginative in some way.

Festival performance dates:
August 25 – September 15, 2019.
All performances will take place at Theater for the New City.


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.