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The Whites
By: William Electric Black
Directed By: William Electric Black
November 7 – November 24
Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 8PM, Sunday at 3PM

"The Whites" takes us into a universe where the races are flipped and Whites are actually citizens of an ethnic underclass that is dominated by African-Americans. We watch the Caucasian family of Harris and Rasheeda White contend with gun violence, school segregation and the aftermath of prison. For this family and their surrounding community, the everyday experiences of economic, political and social injustice are imposed by Blacks.

A Life In The Rye
By: Claude Solnik
Directed By: Joe John Battista
November 7 – November 24
Thursdays through Saturdays at 8:00 PM, Sundays at 3:00 PM

“A Life In The Rye” looks at J.D.Salinger's life and the impact that “The Catcher In The Rye” had on him, his fans, fanatics obsessed with the book and the world. The play gives insight into possible reasons that Salinger retreated from society after writing what became one of the best-selling books of all time.

By: Tom Attea; Music by Arthur Abrams
Directed By: Mark Marcante
November 7 – December 1
Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 8PM, Sunday at 3PM

Hooked on Happiness is the new musical about the members of a senior-high-school drama class who decide to create their own show about climate change, instead of putting on the usual shows the drama teacher has recommended. When the teacher sees some of the lyrics they’ve developed, she is impressed and gives them permission to present the show.

We Are All Starz
By: Glitter Kitty Theater
November 7 – November 23
Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 8PM, Sunday at 3PM (only on 11/17)

The Starz of Glitter Kitty Theater have journeyed from near and far to unite on one stage for a 3-weekend reunion celebration of original dance, theater, music, and puppetry in, “We Are All Starz!” A 3 Volume Dance Theater Chronicle to remember.  Witness as we “tell-all”, and share the stories of our past, present, and even our dreams for the future.

Coming Soon

Nightclub Cantorina, a Variety Revue
By: W. Gregory Nissen
Directed By: W. Gregory Nissen
November 26
Tuesday, 7PM

One Night Only!

Five gifted singers in a staged cabaret, with musical comedy, jazz, rural roots & songs for a world of peace and justice. Accompanied by a four-piece acoustic band.

Brother Soy
By: Victor Vauban Junior
Directed By: Victor Vauban Junior
November 29 – December 15

How well do we know ourselves? How well do we know our family members? Why sometimes, we don’t get along with a family member or a neighbor? Dr. Martin Luther King once said, “People fail to get along because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don't know each other; they don't know each other because they have not communicated with each other.”

The Assassination of J.KAISAAR : The Rise of Augustus
By: Stephan Morrow
Directed By: Stephan Morrow
December 4 – December 15
Wednesday to Saturday, 8PM & Sundays Matinee 3PM

We are very honored to have been invited to put "The Assassination of J. Kaisaar: The Rise of Augustus” up for a second run at Theater for the New City, Crystal Field, Artistic Director. It is a re-imagined version of Julius Caesar and Antony and Cleopatra set in a dystopian future but with American lingo - like Tony Soprano meets Mad Max. The theme is that political assassination can have many unintended consequences re: the conspirators Brutus and Cassius thought they were saving the free men (and women) of the Republic but instead put the nails into its coffin because the assassination brought Octavius to the fore who would go on to become the first Roman Emperor (Augustus). So the days of the Republic with free men (and women) deciding their own fates had ended with Caesar's murder with the situation being analogous to the take over by the corporatist state.

The Honey Let’s Go Home Opera
By: Peter Schumann
Directed By: Peter Schumann
December 5 – December 8
Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 8PM, Sat & Sun Matinee at 3PM

The Honey Let's Go Home Opera is a cardboard opera, which draws on Monteverdi, Brahms, and Berg to ridicule and eulogize the terrifying, fertile flatness of contemporary life, and suggests that this very flatness be employed in rebelling against the humanity system that stifles life.

Diagonal Life Circus
By: Peter Schumann and Bread & Puppet Circus Company
Directed By: Peter Schumann
December 12 – December 15
Thursdays through Saturdays at 8:00 PM, Sat & Sun Matinee at 3:00 PM

The Diagonal Life Circus is a raucous, colourful, giant puppet spectacle that sheds light on our current precariously diagonal condition – on the verge of collapse, yet always capable of an uprising.

By: Charles Busch (Based on an idea by Charles Busch and Andy Halliday)
Directed By: Carl Andress
December 16
Monday, 8PM

Special 21st Annual Holiday Edition of the Staged Reading of the Hard-Boiled Christmas Fantasy!

A Christmas Carol, Oy! Hanukkah, Merry Kwanzaa
By: Vit Horejs
Directed By: Vit Horejs
December 19 – January 5
Thursday through Saturday at 8PM, Matinee Sat. & Sun. at 3PM

For the delight of audiences aged 5 to 105, Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre performs “A Christmas Carol, Oy! Hanukkah, Merry Kwanzaa.” Adapted, directed and reinvented by Vit Horejs, this toy-puppet theater extravaganza is a new take on Charles Dickens’ classic with Old World accents, New World inclusiveness and holiday songs. Into the familiar story are woven a surprising and delightful blend of English, Jewish, African, American and Czech winter rituals and customs, all performed by over three dozen marionettes ranging in size from four to twenty-four inches as well as found objects and toys.

God is a Woman and She is Black
By: Alessandra Belloni
Directed By: Alessandra Belloni
December 27 – December 29
Friday and Saturday at 8pm, and Sunday at 3pm

The concert features music from the CD an enchanting journey of discovery of the seven Black Madonnas, following the ancient Neapolitan legend, known as the "Seven Sisters" in Southern Italy. This trip into traditional legends, miracles, and history, transports audiences to a time and place where an unbroken and ancient tradition continues today with processions, drumming rituals, chanting and sensual dancing in honor of the Black Madonna.

By: Writer An Nuo & Linda Burson
Directed By: Creator An Nuo
January 13 – January 19
Mon - Fri @ 7:30PM, Sat @ 8PM, Sat & Sun @ 3PM

ICEBERG . EXPLORATION is a dramatic dance musical which narrates a self internal exploration and growth through an adventure story. It awakes and make awareness of protecting our mother earth by presenting the magnificent beauty and power of natural landscapes. It is good for all age range, family, kids, seniors because bring lots of fun!


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.


THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY (TNC) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning community cultural center that is known for its high artistic standards and widespread community service. One of New York’s most prolific theatrical organizations, TNC produces 30-40 premieres of new American plays per year, at least 10 of which are by emerging and young playwrights. Many influential theater artists of the last quarter century have found TNC’s Resident Theater Program instrumental to their careers, among them Sam Shepard, Moises Kaufman, Richard Foreman, Charles Busch, Maria Irene Fornes, Miguel Piñero, Jean-Claude van Itallie, Vin Diesel, Oscar Nuñez, Laurence Holder, Romulus Linney and Academy Award Winners Tim Robbins and Adrien Brody. TNC also presents plays by multi-ethnic/multi-disciplinary theater companies who have no permanent home. Among the well-known companies that have been presented by TNC are Mabou Mines, the Living Theater, Bread and Puppet Theater, the San Francisco Mime Troupe and COBU, the Japanese women’s drumming, and dance group.TNC  also produced the Yangtze Repertory Company’s 1997 production of BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATH, which was the only play ever produced in America by Gao Xingjian before he won the 2000 Nobel Prize for Literature. TNC seeks to develop theater audiences and inspire future theater artists from the often-overlooked low-income minority communities of New York City by producing minority writers from around the world and by bringing the community into theater and theater into the community through its many free Festivals. TNC productions have won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and over 42 OBIE Awards for excellence in every theatrical discipline. TNC is also the only Theatrical Organization to have won the Mayor’s Stop The Violence award.