Open ‘Tho Shut

January 16 – January 16
Saturday, January 16 @ 2PM

Crystal Field, Executive Director, Presents:

Open ‘Tho Shut

Saturday, January 16 @ 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, January 16 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM, Theater for the New City (TNC), 155 First Ave., will present the tenth 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.

“Open ‘Tho Shut” will continue throughout the winter as a weekly event.  Tents are set up to shield audience members in inclement weather.

You can watch all 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.

Schedule of 1.16.21 Performances
Mistress of Ceremonies: Crystal Field
2:08 – 2:18: COBU (all-female Japanese Taiko drumming and dance troupe of Yako Miyamoto, Ayaha Otsuka, Mayu Yamashita, Micro Fukuyama, and Kana Matsui)
2:20 – 2:30: Justine J. Hall, Performance Artist, with George Perry
2:32 – 2:42: Mr. Pablo (guitarist/vocalist and bandleader of Maquina Monosinging in Spanish and English
2:44 – 2:54: The Legendary Amaz’n Grace

Assistant Director, Erika Staniule
Streaming Host, Eric Alexie Cruz
Sound and Lightning Director, Alex Bartenieff
Sound Engineer and Assistant Technical Director, 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