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.




Dear friends and CHARAS supporters!

Please join us this Valentine’s Day eve for a Rally and Press Conference for CHARAS!  Sunday, February 13, 1pm at CHARAS / El Bohio, 605 E. 9th St.

This is an important rally so please try your best to make it!  As some of you may know, on January 19, 2022, developer Gregg Singer was found in default of his mortgage and is now in foreclosure!  See link to Decision & Order here .

This means that after 20 years of fighting to stop the destruction of our community center and have it returned, we finally have a Real opportunity to make it so!

We are rallying this Valentine’s Day eve to implore the City to work with us to return CHARAS to our community for use as artist space, non-profit space, community space or more. 

We have a short window to make this happen, or CHARAS will end up at public auction again!  We need everyone’s support and participation to make our long awaited goal a reality. 

Please be sure to join us, post and forward the attached flyer, copied below, and link to fb event page, and come out on Sunday, February 13, 1pm!

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TNC Gallery – New York: City and State

Curated by Crystal Field

The TNC Gallery will be in the lobby till March 5th, 2022

All works are available for purchase.


  • Joe Bly
  • George Brock
  • Will Corwin
  • Marcus Glitteris
  • Mark McGee
  • Alice O’Malley
  • Clayton Patterson
  • Ellen Shea
  • Peter Welch
  • Carol Fassler

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