Lower East Side Festival of the Arts

May 22 – May 25, 2020 TNC celebrated its Lower East Side Festival of the Arts Virtually with 145 theater groups, artists, painters, sculptures, dancers, actors, puppet makers, poets, musical comedy stars, kid performers, and Street performers, in an extraordinary experience as New York’s finest artistic talents grace the Festival Stage, reaching out to the public with the passionate embrace that only the arts can provide.

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Street Theater 2020

This summer, for the first time ever, TNC held its Street Theater Virtually from August 2020 – September 2020. Click on the below image to watch!

“LIBERTY Or JUST US, A City Park Story” is an oratorio that honors New York City parks for being sites of activism for many 20th and 21st century progressive causes, from the Triangle Shirtwaist protests to Occupy Wall Street. It revisits these movements through the eyes of a contemporary Parks Manager in songs featuring him and the multi-ethnic, multi-abled ensemble. The piece celebrates the idea that the USA can be a country of all its people, that moral aspiration can be reinvented to harness energy to overcome our problems, and that our vision can focus on dignity rather than power, equality rather than wealth and solidarity rather than competition. The audience is invited to sing along, both in new songs and in new lyrics for old tunes.

44th Annual Halloween Ball

TNC hosted its 44th Annual Village Halloween Costume Ball Virtually with a pop-up Chop Shop Theater of LIVE performances! There were over 100 performances of all new works.

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New Look for the Website

Theater for the New City’s website has a fresh new look. We’ve realized that our website now IS our theater and have the new look is a step in that direction. We will continue updating the look and functionality of the site over the next weeks. Please comment and tell us what you think!

Whadaya Gonna Do This Christmas?

A Poem By Crystal Field 
Executive Director
Theater for the New City

Oh My Friends, ‘Tis the Christmas season
The Best time of the Year.
The Season of Good Fellowship
of Joy and Love and especially Good Cheer!
But this Xmas things look pretty Bleak
No Protection for the Homeless and the weak.
Kids Kidnapped from their Parents
put in cages, at the Border
The Blanket denial of Climate Change
A world Bequeathed to Sister, Son-Granddaughter
And so I say, to you, my Comrades, Friends and Lovers,
Whadaya Gonna Do This Christmas, as the world around
us, Hovers
On the Brink of Catastrophic Floods
and Earthquakes-Climate immigration
a Country divided-Filled with Hate
That’s coming Straight
from the very top of this
Our Home, Our Nation
A world where “The Few” Can Sit inside a plastic
While the Rest of us Die Younger
In a Topsy Turvy History, of Pain and Fear
and Trouble
Whadaya Gonna do This Christmas
That’s What I’m asking you
Whadaya Gonna do
Just Whadaya Gonna Do

Part II
I’m Gonna Call My Congressperson
Tell ‘em Get your Ass out of your Seat
And Scream and Roar
On the Senate Floor
Impeach! Impeach! Impeach!
And If I can hold my Pee, I’ll be Marchin,
in the Street
I’ll be Marchin
I’ll be Marchin
I’ll be Marchin in the Street
Remembering The little baby Born of a Homeless
Father and Mother
Refugees from Danger and Harm
Born in a Barn
with only Swaddling Clothes, and a stack of
Hay, for cover.
I’m gonna write my letters and sign online
And if I’m young and old but Strong, as I
walk along
I’ll be knocking on Doors,
on all the Floors
Tellin “It’s time”
Tellin “It’s time”
It’s time to fight ‘gainst poverty
It’s time to for a cry for Earth
This is the Time of Christmas and Love’s
And in the year to come
I’ll say “That’s what I did done”
That’s what I did for Christmas and the
whole of the New Year through
I did it for me
I did it for you
I did it for “Them”
‘Til we come to our Census
Stand up to be counted
Like joseph in Bethlehem
So Whadaya Gonna do This Christmas?
Come along with me
And before we snuggle up to our Radiator
Or on a Bear rug, by a fireplace we’re curled
We’ll say, we did it this Christmas
And Saved the world!

Thank You, Romeo Ford!

Theater for the New City wishes to gratefully thank Romeo Ford, in Kingston for the tremendous discount on our New Ford Ranger truck. We also wish to announce that the previous Ford Ranger truck, which we received from them, had 150,000 miles on it and it was 13 years old. Good Job Guys and Thank you!

Crystal Field
Executive Director
Theater for the New City

New Website Launch!

After  20 years, Theater for the New City has remade its 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.