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January 17 – January 25

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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.

Betty & The Belrays
By: William Electric Black
Directed By: William Electric Black
January 31 – February 17
Thursday - Saturday 8PM, Sundays 3PM

"Bring it On" meets "Dreamgirls" in the girl-group musical, "Betty and the Belrays" by William Electric Black aka Ian Ellis James, which will be presented by Theater for the New City January 31 to February 17. The piece tells the story of three white female singers from Detroit who struggle to change a racially divided society by singing for a black record label. Book and lyrics are by William Electric Black. Music is by Black, Valerie Ghent (arranger/keyboards for Ashford & Simpson) and Gary Schreiner. The choreography is by Jeremy Lardieri. Director is Mr. Black. aged ten and up.

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 11

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.

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

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

Sign in the Six O’clock Sky
By: Arnold Schrdwan
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.


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.