VILLAGE HALLOWEEN COSTUME BALL 2021

October 31 – October 31
SUNDAY OCTOBER 31, 2021 @ 2:00 PM - 11:00 PM

THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY’S VILLAGE HALLOWEEN COSTUME BALL MOVES OUTSIDE OCTOBER 31

NEW YORK, September 24 — Theater for the New City (TNC) has presented its Village Halloween Costume Ball annually since 1976. With safety paramount this year, the fete will take place October 31 as an open-air celebration outside the theater, on East Tenth Street between First and Second Avenues.  A large tent will provide rain protection.  Performances, a costume competition and dancing to the music of swing and Latin bands are planned.  Events are scheduled from 2:00 PM to 10:00 PM.  Admission is free but donations will be gratefully accepted.  No reservations are necessary.  The entire public is invited.

LISTEN TO THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY’S HALLOWEEN PROMO

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

2:00 PM
A sizzling hour of entertainment begins with Cobu, the all-female Japanese Taiko drumming and dance troupe led by Yako Miyamoto with Ayaha Otsuka, Mayu Yamashita, Micro Fukuyama and Kana Matsui.  Also: musical selections from this summer’s TNC Street Theater; Belly Dance with Carol Tendava; Yip Harburg Rainbow Troupe; Elizabeth Ruf; Glitter Kitty; Justine J. Hall; Reverend Billy; Wycherly Sisters.  A table of face-painting will be provided to keep the children happy. Trick-or-treaters will receive wrapped candy.

3:00 PM
Dancing in the street with Art Lillard’s Heavenly Big Band, a 17 piece swing orchestra.

4:30 PM
Costume judging and prizes with the “Monsters and Miracles Costume Parade.” All costumed attendees are invited to march past a panel of celebrity judgesWinners will receive one-year passes to TNC and a bottle of Moet Chandon champagne. Attendees will be judged in such categories as “Most Booster-Shot,” “Most Stimulus Packaged,” “Most Flood Controlled,” “Most Welcoming,” “Most Ozoned,” “Most Demilitarized,” “Most Solar,” “Most Herd Immunity” and “Most Economical.”  Emceed by T. Scott Lilly.

5:30 PM
Dancing with Mr. Pablo’s Latin Dance Band.

7:15 PM
“The Red and Black Masque,” an annual Medieval ritual show written by Arthur Sainer, scored by David Tice and directed by Crystal Field which is performed by torchlight.  The audience will be invited to participate.

7:30 – 10:30 PM:
Chop Shop Theater– a succession of free, live, 10-minute performances staged in the theater’s set shop for audiences outside who watch through an open garage door on East Tenth Street.  The theater’s set shop is outfitted with an elaborate set by Mark Marcante and Lytza Colon, full stage lighting by Alexander Bartenieff and a four-mic sound system.  This attraction was invented last year for TNC’s Halloween celebration and played 23 weekly installments throughout the winter.  The growing list of performers includes Cobu, Peter Dizozza, Vinie Burrows, Lei Zhou, Ben Harburg, Bina Sharif, Inma Heredia, Ian Gordon, Katherine Adamenko, F Murray Abraham*, David Lewis, Lissa Moira, Carol Tandava, Zero Boy, Danielle Aziza.

 

REFRESHMENTS
From 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM, attendees can enjoy libations of beer, wine, cider and water (with or without chips) from an inside bar that will be selling through doors on East Tenth Street to the sidewalk, where a section will be roped off with chairs for revelers’ seating.

Neighborhood bars and restaurants are devising new original drinks–$3 to $5 TNC Halloween Specials–for patrons who can show a TNC Halloween Program.  TNC’s neighbors are always in the mix!

NEIGHBORHOOD GIVEAWAYS
Neighbors will display objects to be given away free, including children’s toys, baby clothes and household items.  Donations optional. TNC will have its own giveaway table.  Donations are always appreciated.

COME SEE AND BE SEEN AND CELEBRATE THE DAY OF DAYS AND NIGHTS OF NIGHTS!