All events at Theater for the New City, 155 First Ave. (at E. 10th Street)

August 28 to September 18, 2022

From August 28 to September 18, 2022, Theater for the New City (TNC), under the direction of Crystal Field, will resume its annual Dream Up Festival, a feast of adventurous theater that had been suspended in 2020 and 2021 during the disruptions of Covid. The annual event is an ultimate new works festival, dedicated to the joy of discovering new authors and edgy, innovative performances.

More Info: https://theaterforthenewcity.net/shows/dream-up-festival-2022/

In Memoriam of George Bartenieff

George Barteneiff in Dinosaur door by Barbara Garson

Today our beloved friend and incredibly talented George Bartenieff passed away, moving on to an even bigger stage than the ones where he mesmerized and inspired us all with his unforgettable performances.

George was Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of Theater for the New City. Beginning in 1970, he co-produced, with Crystal Field, over 400 new works, in which he often acted. These included works by Maria Irene Fornes, Sam Shepard (Pulitzer Prize, Buried Child), Rosalyn Drexler, Romulus Linney and many others, including Us by Karen Malpede. At Theater for the New City, he also co-founded, with Crystal Field, the Annual Greenwich Village Halloween Parade, the annual free five borough Summer Street Theater tour, the anti-war and ecological art and performance festivals, and The Village writers on The Village festival, which included International Stud by Harvey Fierstein, which became the centerpiece for Torch Song Trilogy.  George was the recipient of four Obie Awards, one for Sustained Excellence as a Performer at Theater for the New City, and another of which was for Co-producing with Crystal Field at Theater for the New City. He co-produced with Crystal Field from Theater for the New City’s inception through 1988.

Please share with us any wonderful memories or photos of George you may have and let’s celebrate his life together. 

-Crystal Field
Executive Artistic Director
Theater for the New City

The founders of TNC: Larry Kornfield, Crystal Field, George Bartenieff, not in Picture Theo Barnes.
George holding Alex Bartenieff auditioning an actor in 1971

TNC Street Theater Summer Tour 2022

TNC Street Theater Summer Tour “Teacher! Teacher! or PS I Love You.”
August 6 – September 18, 2022

Free! In The Streets!
Saturday and Sundays @ 2 PM; Friday Performance in Coney Island @ 6:30 PM (full schedule below)

Writer and Director, Crystal Field
Composer, Peter Dizozza

Rip-roaring musical tours City’s streets, parks and playgrounds August 6 to September 18.

More Info: https://theaterforthenewcity.net/shows/tnc-street-theater-summer-tour-teacher-teacher-or-ps-i-love-you/

Room With Stars Review

In a tradition well represented in Elizabeth Ruf’s direction, “Room with Stars” is another such victory. This is a Vietnam War-era slice-of-life drama. Writer Nina Howes and Ruf bring a cross-generational look at the role of social activism in the lives of young people.

The Village Sun BY RACHEL de ARAGON

Read more here at The Village Sun – Vietnam War-era drama ‘Room with View’ evokes eternal themes

TNC’s LES Festival Returns

The 27th Annual Lower East Side Festival of the Arts returns for Memorial day weekend!!

Art Springs Eternal

Monday, April 11, 2022 @ 7 PM – 10:30 PM
Theater For The New City
155 First Ave (bet. 9th and 10thSt.)

Theater for the New City and Art Loisaida Foundation presents :
Art Springs Eternal

FREE Art, Performance, Reception/Party
An evening of artists who practice both fine and performing arts; presenting their pieces and discussing how one art form influences and inspires the other, and then they will perform, music, dance, poetry etc.  Followed by a Reception / Party wine and munchies.

Curated by Carolyn Ratcliffe and Lissa Moira. Hosted by Lissa.


Paige Cutrona, Dean Kostos, Zen MansleyKevin Martin, Lissa Moira, Bina Sharif, Richard West

THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY’s Dream Up Festival 2022: Participation Fee Form

Early Submissions: March 2 to March 30 $30 
General Submissions: March 31 to May 25 $40 

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THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY’s Dream Up Festival 2022


Dream Up Festival 2022

In 2010, the inaugural Dream Up Festival offered 25 shows consisting of 23 World Premieres and 2 American Premieres. The festival had reviewers from NY Times, NY Press, Show business Weekly, the Advocate, NYTheatre.com and others.

Festival performance dates: August 28 – September 18, 2022.
All performances will take place at Theater for the New City.


We prefer works that have gone unproduced in New York City, but we will consider an updated version of previously produced NYC production. To qualify for the festival, our goal is works by US and international artists as World or NYC premieres. Translations and new adaptations of known material will be acceptable.

The festival is available to both performance groups and individuals. Plays, dance theater, solo works and interdisciplinary material will all be welcome so long as they can co-exist in repertory with other productions in the festival lineup. Technical requirements and use of production effects will need to be limited. Scenic elements are welcome but one or more of these elements will have to be used in an inventive way.

ABOUT DREAM UP – TNC’s Summer Showcase

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.


TNC’s 2022 summer festival known as Dream Up Festival will run August 28 to September 18, 2022.

We are accepting applications:  March 2, 2022 to May 25, 2022.

Early Submissions: March 2 to March 30.  $30 certified check, cashier’s check, or money order in US Dollars payable to: Theater for the New City
General Submissions: March 31 to May 25.  $40 certified check, cashier’s check, or money order in US Dollars payable to: Theater for the New City

All applications must be accompanied with a submission fee.

*We prefer the application materials to be emailed to tncdreamup@gmail.com and the submission fees be paid online at Dream Up Festival Call for Plays

Snail option is mailed to:
TNC’s Dream Up Festival 2022
Theater for the New City
155 First Avenue New York, NY 10003

• Script/or Concept (if not text based)
• Bio Primary Artist (and Collaborators if known)/ Production History
• Brief Statement
• Synopsis of Work w/character breakdown
• Submission Form
+Submission Fee

All applicants will receive a position notice (accepted, wait listed, or not accepted) after their submissions are evaluated in spring 2022.

PLEASE SEND ALL SUBMISSION’S (scripts, bios, statements, synopsis, submission form) TO:  tncdreamup@gmail.com

Any mailed submission materials submitted to the festival will NOT BE RETURNED. Sorry.

Pay online THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY’s Dream Up Festival 2022: Participation Fee Form


TNC’s Dream Up Festival 2022
Theater for the New City
155 First Avenue
New York, NY 10003

Please mark your submission fee subject line with the name of your festival project.
Please contact us at literary@theaterforthenewcity.net if there are any questions and check out our website at http://theaterforthenewcity.net/dreamupfestival.html

Title of Submission: _____________________________
Contact Name: __________________________
Phone: _________________________________
Mailing Address:
Street: ______________________ City:______________ State:______
Zip:_______ Country
(if outside the US) :______________
Email Addresses: ___________________________________
Genre of Work (Please Mark): Dance Musical Drama
Length (Please Mark): Short One Act Full Length
Estimated Running Time in Minutes: ___________
Number of Cast / Crew: _________________________
Technical Requirements (for set, lighting, sound if known):

This piece previously had a (Please Mark):  Reading, Staged Reading, Workshop, Full Production (please tell us when and where)

Please express in a short statement (500 words max.) what makes this
inventive or what will make it inventive when presented.

Please Note: Submissions without a statement will not be considered.

Participation Info:
Theater for the New City will present a lineup of wide-ranging and original theatrical visions embracing drama, poetry, music, and dance in the summer of 2022 from performing artists representing theater and performance companies in our theater complex in downtown New York.

Tickets prices can range from $12 to $20.

TNC’s Dream Up Festival 2022 website and festival website will go under construction in late spring/early summer 2022.
Festival artists receive 60% of their box office proceeds.  TNC retains the remaining 40%.

  • All judged applicants will receive a position notice (accepted, wait listed, or not accepted) after their submissions are read.
  • Acceptances will be emailed on or about June 8, 2022.
  • Artists who are accepted will be required to submit participation documents by about June 22, 2022.
  • A non-refundable $575 participation fee will be required, in the form of a certified check, cashier’s check or money order or online payment for participating productions. No personal or company checks will be accepted.

Final Deadline to apply is May 25.

US and International artists welcome to apply.
For general inquiries: please contact us at literary@theaterforthenewcity.net

Village Preservation Presents for Women’s History Month: An Evening with Playwright Barbara Kahn

Thursday, March 10, 6:00 – 7:15 PM EST
A Zoom Webinar Multi-award-winning actor, director and playwright Barbara Kahn sat down with Village Preservation last year for a remarkable oral history, illuminating her experience within our neighborhood’s Off- Off- Broadway theater scene. In her interview, Kahn explored the New York City of her early years, living in various apartments, working union and non-union productions, receiving positive and critical responses to her work, researching historical figures, and developing her approach to writing about political topics. She also speaks in detail about the influence of real estate development and the demolition of historic buildings on the experience of living in the city, a subject she has addressed in her recent work.

Join Kahn and her friend and frequent collaborator Robert Gonzales Jr for an interactive and entertaining evening. The event will include theatrical performance and historical anecdotes that offer a behind-the-scenes look at Kahn’s life and work.

Barbara Kahn (She/Her/Hers) is an East Village playwright who has produced dozens of works rooted in history, especially the history of New York and marginalized or oppressed people, with a frequent focus on the experience of women, LGBTQ+ people, and personal trauma. Her career as a playwright stretches back decades. Her award-winning plays have been produced in the U.S and Europe, and she directed at The National Theatre in London. Barbara grew up in South Jersey, and from a young age pursued a career in the theater. As soon as she could, Kahn moved to New York City and started working on Off-Off-Broadway performances and building her resume as an actor and eventually a director and playwright. In 1990, she co-founded Sisters on Stage, a lesbian theater collective, to provide a platform for lesbian plays and playwrights. Theater for the New City began to produce Kahn’s work in 1994, and she has continued to write new work for production there every year since. Her multiple awards include the James R. Quirk Award for the Performing Arts, the Acker Award, the Doric Wilson Independent Playwright Award, and the Torch of Hope Award honoring lifetime achievement in non-profit theater.

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“Sometime Child” RETURNS!

Sometime Child: a Reclamation and a Redemption” by Richard Bruce, which was postponed due to Covid, will now play March 13 – 27.

Play is a mentor/student tale of unlikely friendships that break down socio-economic and racial divides.