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STREET THEATER 2019, “No Brainer or the Solution to Parasites.”
By: Crystal Field, Musical Score Composed & Arrnaged by Jospeh Vernon Banks
Directed By: Crystal Field
August 3 – September 15

A rip-roaring musical which portrays our road to national madness as a bad trip to Hades. Free performances will tour parks, playgrounds and closed-off streets throughout the five boroughs through September 15. Book, Lyrics, and direction are by Crystal Field; the musical score is composed and arranged by Joseph Vernon Banks.


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

Theater for the New City's Dream Up Festival 2019

The following shows are part of our Dream Up Festival:

The Father
Directed By: Robert Greer
August 25 – September 2

THE CAPTAIN, age 54, is driven to a mental breakdown by LAURA, his wife, age 36, in their struggle over the future of their daughter BERTHA, age 15. LAURA conspires with the newly arrived DR. ÖSTERMARK and her older half-brother, the town PASTOR to convince her husband that he is not the father of BERTHA. Unwitting accomplice in this is the Captain’s childhood nursemaid, age 72, who in the end coaxes THE CAPTAIN into a straightjacket.

Shelter in Place
By: Jennie Campbell
Directed By: Christopher Busch
August 25 – September 14

This piece was inspired by the recent bomb scare at the Time Warner Center in New York City when the NYPD issued the directive “shelter in place” to people in the surrounding area. In a time when we are bombarded by news of violence and uprising, and seemingly paralyzed by a tumultuous political climate, we feel the responsibility to explore this moment’s impact. With both humor and critique, we hope to engage with our rapidly-evolving sociality and connect the events of today to what happened yesterday and the risks of our tomorrow.

Carrier Pigeon
By: Skylar J Beirne
Directed By: Alaina Messineo
August 25 – August 31

Beginning on the one year anniversary of her survival of a mass shooting, Joy battles Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, depression, agoraphobia, borderline alcoholism, and the feelings of intense, irremediable loneliness. To cope, Joy locks everyone out except for sexual partners, her occasionally intrusive sister, Lauren, Mom, and Peter, the carrier pigeon that delivers letters from a mysterious Jordan. With the return of her father's cancer, her sister's impending wedding, and the allure of a not-so-distant pen pal and potential romantic partner, Joy must decide whether or not her shut-in/shut-out lifestyle is truly sustainable, or if there is more to living than merely surviving.

Turkeys Go on Strike
By: Ethan Felizzari
Directed By: Music and Lyrics by Brian Sweeney and music and orchestration by Michael Janover.
August 25 – September 1

This show centers on Turk, a young turkey who feels as though his town’s local government has been plagued with greed, corruption and other scandals. While searching for answers Turk, with the help of his friends, uncovers the dirty truth behind their town's political figures and fights to save the place from oppression and brutality. It is up to the flock to save the town from corruption, fight for their species from oppression and brutality and to finally receive acceptance for who they are. Social issues such as the Black Lives Matter movement, the treatment of indigenous people, police brutality and political corruption are viewed from the perspective of turkeys, providing a clear-eyed satirical look at the social climate of today. Music ranges in style from classic musical theater hits to Hip Hop to 60s Doo-Wop to Tango and more.

Two is a Prime Number
By: Anna Watts
Directed By: Anna Watts
August 25 – September 1

The show is a two-character play influenced by poetry, movement, and intense scenes.

KIRA (Reincarnation)
By: Yuna Shapatava
Directed By: Yuna Shapatava
August 25 – August 30

KIRA (Reincarnation) is the mystical drama, love story emotionally experimental play of eternal love with happy ending from the existential point of view, embodied and reincarnated into the ephemeral woman and a man (both eternal/immortal), continuously happening beyond space and time with strong emphasis on the true human values, continuity of life cycle and soul journey through different dimensions, bodies, spaces, elements, representing endless “reincarnation” life cycle.

By: Elle Sunman and Mariagrazia De Luca
Directed By: Josafat Concepcion and Marc Scott
August 25 – August 31

Sailor is a love story between Sofi, an Italian middle-aged woman persuing a dream of publishing a novel and Juan, a young Mexican ex-gangster, turned dishwasher. They meet in the kitchen of a New York City's restaurant and as they chase their particular American dream, their worlds collide.

I Know It Was the Blood: The Totally True Adventures of a Newfangled Black Woman
By: Tara Lake
Directed By: Tara Lake
August 25 – September 1

In a journey of triumph tinged with bits of heartache, a scrappy Jersey girl-child navigates a changing world and finds the courage to live life on her own terms.  Actress, soprano, and storyteller Tara Lake takes audiences on a journey into the world of African-American Jersey girlhood in the 1980s-1990s – a world of captivating characters steeped in family Sundays, church conventions, and extravagant reunions, weddings, and funerals. In this compelling sojourn embracing southern roots, gospel rhythms, and queer identity, one family’s love conquers all. Join us for an unforgettable performance of soul-rich theatre, storytelling, song, and poetry!

Second Chance
By: Talib Andre
Directed By: Talib Andre
August 28 – September 1

Play with R&B/Gospel music explores how to overcome misgivings and reinvigorate your marriage.

The story begins in Heaven, with married couple Aunt Nancy and Uncle Pelli being sent down to Earth by God so they can show him that the four loves--storge, agape, eros, and philia--are still alive in a world that seems to be plagued with the senseless acts of violence reported each day. To show that love still exists, Nancy and Pelli go to their living relatives, Marcellus and Nefertit Evers, who after being married for seven years are preparing to renew their wedding vows. Although both are very excited to renew their vows, they each have a different take on what this ceremony means. For Nefertiti, renewing vows is a familial tradition that was passed down from her parents. However, Marcellus is worried that his wife's insistence on this ritual is a sign that she's has doubts about his love for her. It drives him to very risky actions to prove otherwise. All the while, the couple is helping to prepare the wedding of Marcellus' younger sister, Naima, who along with suffering from bipolar depression, is also worried about her fiancé being faithful to her.

Dangerous to Dance With
By: Bill Rogers
Directed By: Gerald vanHeerden
August 30 – September 5

In “Dangerous to Dance With”, a broken acrobat, a porn star, a neurotic farmer, and a New Jersey plumber, who may be a hitman, meet in the secluded Missouri farmhouse of a successful, but paranoid, playwright. The playwright treats his unlikely collection of guests like characters in his plays. His understanding of human frailty allows him to manipulate their insecurity, greed, and hostility into situations fraught with existential peril for all.

This is Like That
By: Michael Sean Cirelli
Directed By: Emerie Snyder
August 31 – September 4

A man walks into a lecture room and says to the class… no, wait, sorry. So there’s a lecture hall, a slide projector, and an apple… there’s supposed to be a man? Oh right, the man walks in. So a man walks into a lecture room—no wait, there’s no apple. What I mean is nothing is going the way he means, if he even knows what he means. A piece for anyone who has ever felt misunderstood, or felt they might feel understood but weren’t. This is Like That is a one-person play that grapples with questions about language, identity, religion, and the stories we tell others and ourselves. Also, there’s definitely an apple.

Shirley Chisholm, Robert E. Lee, & Me
By: Ashley Christoopher Leach
Directed By: Ashley Christopher Leach
September 1 – September 7

As one statue goes up, another statue is torn down. Shirley Chisholm, Robert E. Lee, & Me seeks to demonstrate how both Chisholm and Lee transcended the constraints of their time and made unpopular decisions that spoke to their humanity rather than the contemporary ideologies they commonly represent.

Relating their stories with his own life, Ashley Christopher Leach celebrates the unpopular choices each of these Americans made and reinterprets how each of them should be viewed. Shirley Chisholm, Robert E. Lee, & Me urges Americans to seek commonalities, even amongst the most unlikely characters, in hopes of healing an already divided nation.

Maker of Worlds
By: Wendy A. Schmidt
Directed By: Jeri Frederickson
September 2 – September 7

Martha, a deity, contemplates destroying the world because there is no good left in it. A second deity, disguised as her yoga instructor, proposes fighting the system instead. But Martha’s husband Warren built the system, and somewhere on another plane, Martha is still in love with Jim Morrison. One woman plays six characters in Maker of Worlds, a play about creativity, Capitalism, and the divine in all of us.

By: Hank H. Kim
Directed By: Hank H. Kim
September 2 – September 8

It’s 2037 and the planet is teetering on the verge of a global economic meltdown as well as facing the specter of ecological doomsday. Against this dystopian backdrop, America has sworn in its 1st female President promising a return to values of austerity and propriety. Frank and Cassie Fornitelli, a struggling couple with some uncomfortable secrets between them, are visited by Whip, a senior government case officer for the newly minted Department of Personal Responsibility and Rectitude, who is charged with helping the Fornitellis get their financial troubles in order. Whip, an Asian-American with an English accent, is not the devoted, squeaky clean official that he’s cracked up to be. He has a dark hidden agenda. "Whipped" is a black comedy/psychological thriller that satirizes how the ideal of government by the people, of the people and for the people is all too often just an empty slogan.

By: Grace Cavalieri
Directed By: Shela Xoregos
September 3 – September 11

Harriet Powers, farmer husband Armstead and children live on a farm near Athens, Georgia.  She sews and made quilts which now hang in the Smithsonian Institution and the Boston Fine Arts Museums. The play also depicts the African rituals and myths changing into Christianity. Set in the mid-1880s.

By: Naya James
Directed By: Lucia Bellini
September 3 – September 7

A darkly comedic multimedia romp, Abdication! spins a tale of relatable characters grappling with two choices: 1. fight for their independence of thought and feeling, or 2. abdicate their responsibilities and succumb to a life that’s easier in the short run.

A tongue-in-cheek view of technocratic society, it depicts the near future not only with dystopian gloom but with a heavy dose of humor, shining a light on our shared human experience while faced with this critical question. What would you give up?

Lame Ducks
By: Anthony Fusco
Directed By: Anthony Fusco
September 4 – September 15

Kyle, an emotionally distressed man takes in a new roommate to help him get over his past relationship with Tina his ex-girlfriend. As the two men learn to live together Timmy discovers a secret from Kyle’s past that stirs up an emotional rollercoaster ride. How well do you know your roommate?

The Maternity Monologues
By: Catherine Higgins-Moore
Directed By: Catherine Higgins-Moore
September 5 – September 12

Written in the tradition of The Vagina Monologues, The Maternity Monologues is an episodic play featuring a unique chorus of all female voices working through the taboo subjects of pregnancy, birth, and child-rearing. Just as Eve Ensler’s play sought to break down the barriers of shame around the word vagina, and the recent Bush Theatre production Hijabi Monologues challenged stereotypes of Muslim women, The Maternity Monologues demystifies the female experience of pregnancy, birth, and mothering. Having trained as a BBC journalist the writer, Catherine Higgins-Moore interviewed women about their experiences of pregnancy and childbirth. She built on those transcripts adding fictional scenarios and voices, pairing them with current events to create honest and previously unspoken dialogues.  At times darkly funny, sad, angry and isolated the voices in the play are an honest depiction of how these women feel about their changing bodies, finances, relationships, and mental and physical health as well as how they are valued from conception onwards. The play offers a uniquely honest look through fresh eyes at a brutal and beautiful timeless theme.

By: Prasad Paul Duffy & Theo Grace
Directed By: Prasad Paul Duffy & Theo Grace
September 5 – September 15

REVOLUTIONARY is a sci-fi, acoustic rock musical about a conscious revolution in the near future, through the eyes of young homeless musicians. Life on the streets of New York is not easy for these kids. Some fall into drug addiction and prostitution, while others face different perils, like police brutality. When one of them is arrested by a robocop and carted off to a FEMA camp, the others take refuge at The Source Center, in an old, abandoned church. While there, they become entangled in an underground revolution to help fight the encroaching fascism. As part of their indoctrination into the movement, they undergo a series of training and initiations that empower them to become spiritual rebels to help save their world from martial law. They are guided by the charismatic leaders of The Source Center, who help the homeless youth, heal their addictions and activate to Fifth Dimensional Consciousness, through meditation, therapy, and Ayahuasca ceremony. Their lives are forever changed, and in their new found freedom, some of them enter into romantic relationships with people they never have thought they would. Together they all become the personification of the evolution of the revolution, as they shift into a new paradigm here on Earth.

By: Sarah E.
Directed By: Sarah E.
September 8 – September 15

WIFEY follows one woman's journey through marriage in the wake of the 2016 election.

Peter In Pieces
By: Anthony Raymond
Directed By: Anthony Raymond
September 8 – September 14

Four glimpses into the life and relationships of Peter Cage, a struggling New York City actor. A man who lived by the sword and died by the sword.

By: Demetria Daniels
Directed By: Demetria Daniels
September 8 – September 15

Movie Star Hedy Lamarr and her partner, Composer George Antheil Invent and Patent Frequency-Hopping in 1941, A system of electronics used today in our cell phones, Wi-fi, Drones and Satellites, A Billion Dollar Industry.

Married to a weapons industrialist, Hedy heard about Wartime weapons. She wanted her invention to be anti-nazi submarines and submitted it to the navy during World War 2 where it was rejected.

Although a millionaire, with 6 husbands, 3 Children she dies unrecognized for the invention alone, in debt, and heartbroken.

The Chaos Theory of Now
September 8 – September 15

In the solo play, "The Chaos Theory of Now," science nerd Jennifer Joy mashes up chaos theory with a Trump-voting farm wife, a liberal rural politician, an Evangelical homeschooling mom, and a teen punk Antifa activist. Inspired in part by her own Trump-loving farm family, Jennifer reveals how America got to this point – and what’s next.

The Assassination of J.Kaisaar, the destruction of Marko T and Kleopatra and the rise of Octavius: Emperor Augustus in the Time of Road Warrior.
By: Stephan Morrow
Directed By: Stephan Morrow
September 9 – September 15

Me & Lee
By: Jason Trachtenburg
Directed By: Jason Trachtenburg
September 15

An authorized musical adaptation of the historical auto-biography of Judyth Vary Baker: Teen Science Superstar, witness to history and secret girlfriend of Lee Harvey Oswald in 1963.

Coming Soon

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.

To Life
By: Eve Lederman
Directed By: Frank M. Calo
September 19 – October 6
Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 8PM, Sunday at 3PM

TO LIFE ...The Rosen family, battered and blessed, celebrates 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. This evocative family drama fuses Yiddishisms with sass; gives every character a good kick in the tuchas; showcases lyrical Hebrew music; and reminds us that we’re not alone.

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


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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.