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Village Halloween Costume Ball 2019
By: Theater for the New City
Directed By: Crystal Field
October 31
Outside on 10th 4:00PM, Doors Open 7:30PM

Cabaret ALL Evening!
Miracles & Monsters!
Costume Parade &Prizes!
Hot Food and Hot Entertainment!
Swing and Latin Bands for Dancing!

Come to the most Fabulous Night of your Life!!!

Now Playing

Dining With Ploetz, Food for Thought (3 one acts) Goldfish (GF) Memory Like a Pale Green Clock (PGC) & Bone Appetite (BA)
By: Richard Ploetz
Directed By: Steven Hauck (PGC) Richard Ploetz (GF & BA)
September 5 – September 22
Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 8PM, Sunday at 3PM

DINING WITH PLOETZ, a dark comedy, that explores the human condition in three unique one acts.

Coming Soon

To Life
By: Eve Lederman
Directed By: Frank M. Calo
September 26 – October 13
Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 8PM, Sunday at 3PM: $5 with promotion code 5tolife

TO LIFE ...The Rosen family, battered and blessed, celebrates Jeffrey’s life as their hearts lie gasping on the floor.

Backs are turned and accusations hurled as the Rosens come together and fall apart, bound by heartbreak and humor. Nobody escapes a good kick in the tuchas as they expose their foibles, confront their fears, and cling to their fragile connection amidst the chaos. The story is both elegy and eulogy to the death of a family and reminds us that we’re not alone.

Ludwig and Bertie
By: Douglas Lackey
Directed By: Alexander Harrington
September 26 – October 13
Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 8PM, Sunday at 3PM

"Ludwig and Bertie" by Douglas Lackey, directed by Alexander Harrington, 
takes on the forty-year love/hate relationship between Ludwig Wittgenstein and Bertrand Russell, two leading twentieth-century philosophers, from their first meeting at Cambridge in 1911 to Wittgenstein's death in 1951.

Singin’ in the E.R.
By: Ruby Lynn Reyner
Directed By: Ruby Lynn Reyner
September 26 – October 13
Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 8PM, Sunday at 3PM

Sometimes a trip to the Emergency Room is so awful that it's just made for Theater of the Ridiculous. That's the premise of "Singin' in the E.R.," the newest musical by Ruby Lynn Reyner, a star of John Vaccaro's Playhouse of the Ridiculous who has been called a female Jerry Lewis. The piece is inspired by ordeals in a New York City hospital suffered by the author and her husband. Now she believes that the only way to deal with such life-changing experiences is through unrestrained, exorbitant laughter. Theater for the New City will present the musical's world premiere run September 26 to October 13, directed by and starring its author.

October 17 – October 27
Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 8PM, Sunday at 3PM

This October, in celebration of Butoh's 60th Anniversary, the New York Butoh Institute Festival 2019 is proud to present bold butoh works by 13 female dancers from Japan, Columbia, Norway, Italy, Germany, France, and the U.S.

Curated by butoh artist Vangeline, the Festival will consist of an exciting program of butoh workshops and masterclasses, as well as seven nights of groundbreaking performances presented by Theater for the New City, taking place between October 17 and 27th, 2018.

Top photo with the text: Tove-Elena Nicolaysen. Photo by Audun Bacic


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.