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Arts in Education 2019
February 11 – April 22

The AFTER-SCHOOL THEATER ARTS PROGRAM is a primary element of Theater for the New City (TNC)’s community programming and its mission to “bring theater into the community and the community into the theater”. The program is offered biannually free of charge and is designed to meet the diverse needs of children and teens with little or no exposure to the arts by providing them with a safe haven to learn and create in a non-traditional setting.

Lower East Side Children’s Chorus
By: Maestro Phoebe H. Legere
Directed By: Maestro Phoebe H. Legere
March 2 – April 27

Still At Risk
By: Tim Pinckney
Directed By: Carl Andress
March 7 – March 31
Tue & Wed 7PM, Thur to Sat 8PM, Sat & Sun Matinee 3PM

Kevin, a surviving activist from the front lines of the AIDS crisis, finds himself struggling to find his place and purpose in contemporary gay culture. When a gay fundraising event threatens to erase the history he was part of creating, Kevin's anger and passion are renewed and he is confronted with the challenge of how to motivate change in this new climate of visibility. Along the way, Kevin’s raw and slightly unhinged methods provoke everyone who can help him, damage long friendships and eventually expose some dark secrets.

Hilarious, sharp, and deeply moving, Still at Risk is a powerful look at the personal and political hazards of rewriting the past and one man's attempt to move forward. Full Casting for Still at Risk will be announced in the coming weeks.

Sign in the Six O’clock Sky
By: Arnold Schulman
Directed By: Shela Xoregos
March 14 – March 31
Thursday to Saturday @8PM, Sunday @3PM

Four sideshow performers in a 1933 time warp find themselves on a strange landscape, not knowing how they got there. A surreal romp with songs.

Shareholder Value
By: Tom Attea
Directed By: Mark Marcante
March 21 – April 14
Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 8PM, Sunday at 3PM

The CEO of a global conglomerate struggles to deliver what he must every quarter, regardless of the problems the company faces. Based loosely on the collapse of General Electric.

Johannes Dokchtor Faust
By: Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre (CAMT)
Directed By: Vit Horejs
March 21 – April 7
Thur, Fri & Sat - 8PM, Sunday 3PM

NEW YORK, January 29 -- From March 21 to April 7, Theater for the New City, 155 First Ave., will present Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre (CAMT) in an update of its perennially popular "Johannes Dokchtor Faust, a Petrifying Puppet Comedye," translated and directed by Vit Horejs. This classic of the Czech marionette repertoire is traditionally used to make fun of a king or a local mayor. The company's adaptation was initially developed in 1990 and its topical references will be updated for current times.

By: Christopher Marlowe
Directed By: Elizabeth Ruf-Maldonado
March 22 – March 22
Friday, 9:20 PM


On Friday, March 22, Theater for the New City will present a special one-hour, acoustic-punk reading of Christopher Marlowe's classic "Doctor Faustus," directed by Elizabeth Ruf-Maldonado. The reading follows the 8:00 PM  production of "Johannes Dokchtor Faust, a Petrifying Puppet Comedye" by Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre.

Coming Soon

By: Clayton Patterson
March 26 – March 26
Tuesday, Doors open at 6pm | Show starts at 7pm

This is our 6th successful year of the NY ACKER Awards. The meaning of ACKER in the NY ACKER Awards is taken from an archaic Dutch word meaning a noticeable movement in a stream. The stream is the mainstream and the noticeable movement is the avant-garde. We honor all those who made important contributions to the avant-garde culture.

By: Book and Lyrics by Lissa Moira, Music and Lyrics by Michael Maricondi
Directed By: Lissa Moira
April 4 – April 28
Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 8PM, Sunday at 3PM

Do you want to be seen in the gallery scene?

TIME IT IS: TO MUSIC is a new musical based on the award-winning, hit off-off-Broadway play, TIME IT IS, by Lissa Moira. With an intricate, multivariate score and poetic book, TIME IT IS: TO MUSIC challenges the audience to dare to see outside the box of contemporary musical theater—and themselves.

By: Barbara Kahn
Directed By: Barbara Kahn
April 11 – April 28
Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 8PM, Sunday at 3PM

Where Do All the Ghosts Go? is a dark comedy about the effects of the demolition of a historic NYC building on the ghosts of significant people that have made it their post-life home. brings together five ghosts who faced adversity in life. Sarah Bernhardt, baptized Catholic, faced anti-Semitism in the 19th century for publicly acknowledging her Jewish heritage; Elizabeth Keckley, a former slave and companion of Mary Todd Lincoln, encountered racism and segregation during travels with the widow; Buffalo Bill, Indian fighter in his younger years, employed American Indians in his wild west shows and mourned the death of his great friend Chief Sitting Bull; Marcel Duchamp created a controversial genre of visual art using found objects; Alice Lansen, accused thief, was a self-proclaimed baroness.

By: Graphite Ensemble
Directed By: Graphite Ensemble
April 11 – April 21
Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 8PM, Sunday at 3PM

Affirmation Theatre Company returns this April with Graphite, a play about the experiences of students of color who attend performing arts programs in predominantly white universities.

Graphite is a powerful and poignant devised piece about what it means to create art in a white space. Making its world premiere, the play will run April 11th through April 21st in the Cabaret Theatre at Theatre for the New City.

The Graphite Ensemble has worked tirelessly for the past year collecting and compiling true accounts from students of color at predominantly white universities across the country. They invite us to reflect and take action in our own lives with a heightened awareness of the persistent forms of systemic privilege that cause great harm to all those seen as “other.”

The Great Divide
Directed By: Reanna Armellino
April 15 – May 6
Monday, 7PM

Join The Greenhouse Ensemble as we explore the week’s current events and the world we live in. Think Drunk History meets Improv meets Fake News… We aim to educate not irritate, entertain not aggravate… and of course, we hope to make you laugh.

Two Day Show Only, April 15th & May 6th, 7PM

Black Sheep
April 18 – April 21
Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 8PM, Sunday at 3PM

Salzmann's father and grandfather were both fanatical Nazis. After the defeat in Germany. Salzmann's father committed suicide and his worldview was completely reversed. He moved to Bonn to drink himself all day. At an accidental opportunity, Salzmann attended a gathering, introducing poets and good books and was appointed to give a speech on Ernst Weiss. He bought books around and occasionally saw a report about Ernst Weiss's speech, which was greatly encouraged. In the days that followed, Salzmann wandered around the flea market, collecting almost all the books burned on the market. He decided to send all the books to Nuremberg and move to the side of the Nazi data center to tell the world the story of the year.

By: Peter Zachari
Directed By: Peter Zachari
May 2 – May 19
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8PM; Sunday Matinee at 3PM

What do you get when you combine a corrupt gynecologist, plastic surgery look-a-likes, a lascivious surgeon, a jittery liberal engaged to a staunch conservative, a mysterious man hired for his sexual dexterity and a forgetful Holocaust survivor? You get Knock It Off: A Farce!

Lower East Side Festival of the Arts 2019
May 24 – May 26
Friday 6PM - 1AM, Saturday Noon - 6PM Outside, 6PM - 1AM Inside, Sunday 6 PM - 1 AM

Theater for the New City is presenting its 24th annual Lower East Side Festival of the Arts, a massive annual performance marathon in and around the theater, May 24 - 27.

THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY’s Dream Up Festival 2019
By: Theater for the New City
Directed By: Michael Scott-Price
August 25 – September 15

The motto of the festival is "Dream Up: Invent, Concoct." The festival is dedicated to new works. The question of the artist's vision to free or attack the material will be asked in each application. The festival does not want traditional theater which is presented in a traditional way. Theater for the New City wants to use this festival as a way to push ideas to the forefront with the hope of revealing roads less traveled or undiscovered. Presentation of a straightforward play must be imaginative in some way.

Festival performance dates:
August 25 – September 15, 2019.
All performances will take place at Theater for the New City.


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.