Open ‘Tho Shut

November 28 – November 28
Saturday, November 28 @ 2PM

Crystal Field, Executive Director, Presents:

Open ‘Tho Shut

Saturday, November 28 @ 2PM EST
Free! Pop-Up Performances

The ChopShop Theater @ TNC
(10th street between 1st and 2nd Ave)
LIVE In-Person and Streaming Online!

On Saturday, November 28 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM, Theater for the New City (TNC), 155 First Ave., will present the third installment of “Open ‘Tho Shut,” its afternoon of “walk-by theater” that is staged in its set shop and visible from East Tenth Street between First and Second Avenues.

The program offers a succession of free, live performances in which acts are staged in the theater’s set shop for audiences of socially distanced passers-by, who watch through an open garage door on East Tenth Street.  The shop was renamed “The ChopShop Theater” for this series.  It is outfitted with an elaborate set by Mark Marcante and Lytza Colon, full stage lighting, and a four-mic sound system.

The series was launched November 14 as part of “More Ways than Broadway’s,” a city-wide collection of safe and socially distanced pop-up performances to demonstrate small theaters’ readiness and desperate desire to physically reopen and to counteract the perception, based on formal Broadway, that legitimate theaters can’t reopen safely.  The performances were intended to demonstrate an Off-Off Broadway aesthetic that could allow smaller theaters to open safely at this time.

You can watch the first two installments of Open ‘Tho Shut by clicking on this link!

TNC requires all “Open ‘Tho Shut” performers to be tested before their appearances. Temperatures are taken as they arrive to perform.  Hand sanitizer is provided and microphones are sanitized between performances.  Masks are provided to any audience members who arrive without their own.  Master of Ceremonies has a separate mic.

These live performances will also be streamed live on TNC’s website and Facebook page.

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Performances by

COBU, Carol Tandava, Mark Marcante and Friends sing British Music Hall with Crystal Field, Emily Pezzella, Dan Kelley, with Audience Participation (Acc Arthur Abrams), Yip Harburg Rainbow Troupe and David Brunetti Musical Director

Schedule of Performances

2:00-2:10: COBU (Japanese all-women taiko drumming and dance troupe)
2:12-2:22: Carol Tandava (belly dancer)
2:24-2:34: Mark Marcante and Friends sing British Music Hall with Crystal Field, Emily Pezzella, Dan Kelley, with Audience Participation (Acc Arthur Abrams)
2:36-2:46: Yip Harburg Rainbow Troupe (David Brunetti, Musical Director)

Assistant Director, Erika Staniule
Streaming Host, Eric Alexie Cruz
Sound and Lightning Director, Alex Bartenieff
Sound Engineer, Brian Park
Sound Assistant, Roy Chang
Audience and Actors Liaison, Bill Bradford and Richard Weber
Set Design, Mark Marcante
Set Painter, Lytza Colon
Press, Jonathan Slaff
Press Assistant, Abby Semelsberger

Please click here for the full ‘Open ‘Tho Shut’ ChopShop Theater press release.