Obituary: Joseph Beck

Joseph T. Beck

1963 – 2021

Joseph T. Beck, age 58 of Bethpage, NY, passed away unexpectedly on December 28, 2021. A beloved English teacher at Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School (POBJFK) for over 20 years, Joe was in his element in the classroom with students. Besides teaching most courses offered in the English Department, Joe was the editor for the Yearbook, the Fall Drama Director, co-advisor to the school newspaper and loved by his students, their parents, his colleagues and friends.

Joe’s passion for teaching, literature and the power of words went well beyond the classroom. A well-respected author and playwright, Joe was happiest when he was telling a story. And he told many. Joe authored, co-authored and collaborated on several books and wrote hundreds of articles on diverse topics. He wrote and produced plays off-Broadway using his pen to influence others, make them laugh, make them cry and captivate their hearts. Words cannot begin to describe his passion for storytelling. The only thing he loved more than a good story was his wife, children and family.

Joe was born on December 27, 1963 in Pensacola, FL. He moved constantly as a military dependent until his parents moved to Long Island in the late 70’s. Joe was a graduate of Harborfields High School in Greenlawn, NY. He earned is BA from SUNY Oneonta and MS degree from CUNY Queens College. His was a long-time resident of Bethpage, NY.

Joe is survived by his wife Gail (Domroe) Beck for 34 years and his adored sons, Andrew Beck of Bethpage, NY, and Ian Beck of Brooklyn, NY. Joe is also survived by his father, Victor Beck and his wife Theresa of Kings Park, NY, his sister Judi (Beck) Kelly and her husband John of Windham, NH, his brother Vic Beck and wife Debby (Silverberg) Beck of Sudbury, MA, his brother Jim Beck and his wife Karen (Seho) Beck of Huntington Station, NY, and his sister Jane (Beck) Griffin of Portsmouth, VA. Joe’s nieces and nephews Adam, Alex, Bryan, Josh, Lindsay, Michelle, Olivia, Rachel, Sabrina and Sean were often his favorite audience for his stories, jokes and puns.

He is predeceased by his mother Ella (Norton) Beck and his brother Edward V. Beck.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in memory of Joe to the Huntington Arts Council, 213 Main Street, Huntington, NY 11743 For condolences, please visit

A Christmas Carol, Oy! Hanukkah, Merry Kwanzaa – Extended

Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre in ‘A Christmas Carol, Oy! Hanukkah, Merry Kwanzaa’ has been extended to January 9th 2022

To safely reach the widest possible audience, Theater for the New City (TNC) and Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre (CAMT) have converted their upcoming performances of “A Christmas Carol, Oy! Hanukkah, Merry Kwanzaa” from live performances to virtual (online) only for $10. The show will be available on-demand any time beginning December 22 through January 9

You can get your tickets here:

Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre in ‘A CHRISTMAS CAROL, OY! HANUKKAH, MERRY KWANZAA’

You can read the full article of A Christmas Carol, Oy! Hanukkah, Merry Kwanzaa at

THE SLAVE WHO LOVED CAVIAR to Premiere at Theater for the New City

You can read the full article of The Slave Who Loved Caviar at

Gifts of the Magi

Bread and Puppet in NYC!

BREAD AND PUPPET: The Persians & Our Domestic Resurrection Circus

By: Peter Schumann

Bread and Puppet is back at Theater for the New City with two new shows!

Limited Run of ONLY TWO WEEKS

Get your tickets NOW!

December 9 – December 19

THU, FRI, SAT @ 8 PM, SAT & SUN @ 3 PM

Tickets $18, Students/Seniors/Children $12

The Persians shows: December 9 – 12
Thursday 9th, Friday 10th and Saturday 11th at 8 pm
Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th at 3 pm

Circus shows: December 16 – 19
Thursday 16th, Friday 17th and Saturday 18th at 8 pm.
Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th at 3 pm

COVID Protocol and Etiquette:
As of August 17 2021, people 12 and older are required to show proof they have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine authorized for emergency use by the FDA or WHO.
Proof of vaccination may include the NYC Vaccination Record, CDC Vaccination Card (or photo), Excelsior Pass or NYC COVID Safe App.

All patrons must be vaccinated in order to see shows. Please provide proof of vaccination.
Everyone must wear a face mask for entry into the theater or when moving around.

Native American Arts and Crafts Holiday AUCTION

Just Act Normal – Art Gallery

Theater for the New City is pleased to present a multidisciplinary Arts exhibit, “DOE MAAR GEWEOON DAN DOE JE AL GEK GENOEG” (DUTCH) FOR “JUST ACT NORMAL, THEN YOU ARE CRAZY ENOUGH” curated by Carolyn Ratcliffe and juried by Art Loisaida Foundation.”, at Theater for the New City’s (TNC) Gallery from November 6, 2021 – January 3, 2022.

Because of the restrictions for COVID-19, all visitors to the TNC Art gallery must be fully vaccinated. Work will be exhibited in the gallery or you can view them here at Art Loisaida Foundation:

FALLing For Art & Poetry

Berkshire Fine Arts reviews Was It Me?!?

Does needing help imply weakness? Are we to blame for the trauma that has impacted our lives? Can we turn to spiritual and professional supports to bolster our ability to build a better future, however grim the past may be?

-Rachel de Aragon, Berkshire Fine Arts