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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.

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.

Citizens Of the Gray
By: Elia Schneider
Directed By: Elia Schneider
November 9 – November 25
Thursdays through Saturdays at 8:00 PM, Sundays at 3:00 PM

Citizens of the Gray or This Dark Thing that Sleeps in Me is a theatrical production generated by the curiosity of how the relationship between man and woman has evolved throughout the years and how this relationship has become a struggle for power; a fight to the death where there can be only one winner.

“Fool for Love” by Sam Shepard
By: Sam Shepard
Directed By: Kymberly Harris
November 15 – December 2
Thursday - Saturday 8PM, Sundays 3PM

NEW YORK, October 14 -- Beetlebung Road LLC, a new theater production company, will launch November 15 to December 15 with a bi-coastal production of Sam Shepard's "Fool for Love," to be presented November 15 to December 2 by Theater for the New City, 155 First Ave., Manhattan and December 6 to 15 by The Lounge Theatre, 6201 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles.

The production, directed by Kymberly Harris, will arise from a careful artistic process of immersion on many levels. The company chose to debut at Theater for the New City as part of that process: to honor and recapture the path of Shepard's "Buried Child," which was commissioned by TNC and premiered there in 1978.

Coming Soon

TRUMPETS! Will the walls come down
By: Walter Corwin
Directed By: Dan Kelley
November 23 – December 2
Thursday to Saturday @8PM, Saturday 3PM, Sunday @3PM

Across the Aisle
By: Alyssa Haddad
Directed By: Paul Mancini
November 26 – November 26
Monday, November 26, 2018 at 7pm

For 35 years, Pulitzer Prize-winning THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY has nurtured hundreds of playwrights through its EMERGING PLAYWRIGHTS PROGRAM. In June 2006, we launched NEW CITY, NEW BLOOD, a play reading series designed to serve our audiences and writers even better.

Curated by Michael Scott-Price, TNC Literary Manager, NEW CITY, NEW BLOOD will provide a hearing for worthy plays in earlier stages of Development. Audiences will get the opportunity to provide feedback, and artists will gain valuable insight from audience response. Be sure to check for details about upcoming readings.

Please join us!

The Apple Bonkers
By: Music by The Apple Bonkers
November 28 – November 28
Wednesday, 7:30PM

Bonkers Off (off) B'way - The Redeux

Wars of the Roses: Henry VI & Richard III
By: William Shakespeare
Directed By: Austin Pendleton and Peter Bloch
December 3 – December 5
Monday - Wednesday, 7PM Talkback After

Theater luminary and Tony Award nominee Austin Pendleton directs and stars (King Henry VI) in this one of a kind Shakespearean mashup featuring the texts of King Henry VI Part 3 and Richard III.

Bread & Puppet: The Or Else Opera
By: Music by Hans Eisler, Text by Bertolt Brecht
Directed By: Peter Schumann
December 5 – December 9
Wednesday to Saturday 8PM, Saturday & Sunday 3PM

Come for the bread, stay for the puppet opera!

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.

The Dick & Anita Holiday Hour
By: Jeff Davis and Elliot Roth
Directed By: Jeff Davis
December 6 – December 8
Thursday to Saturday, 8PM

Welcome to the home of Dick & Anita Holiday. You are invited along with their most talented friends to the wildest holiday party of the season, featuring amazing live music, sensational singing, and dazzling dance. This is a show not to be missed!

Tree Lighting @ Tompkins Square Park
By: Tompkins Square Park Neighborhood Coalition
December 9 – December 9
Sunday, 2 PM

An East Village Holiday Celebration!

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

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

By: Bina Sharif
Directed By: Bina Sharif
December 13 – December 31
Thursday to Saturday @8PM, Sunday @3PM

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

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!

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