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Virtual Open Mic Announcement: Calling All Artists
March 16 – April 30

We are instituting a virtual open mic.  We are going to do our part to keep up your emotional health, which is so important for your physical health and immune system.  We are requesting an open mic as follows: we are asking for anyone who is able to video through their phone a scene, or a monologue, or a poem, or a story that they can send us.  We are looking for theater pieces, theater works, poetry, etc., that will uplift us and give us hope so that we can successfully weather this not-quite-perfect storm.

Send to and we will take it from there.

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How Is Our Fearless Leader, Crystal Field, Tackling Social Isolation?
By: Crystal Field
March 25 – April 30

Video of Crystal Field sharing helpful tips on how to keep ourselves healthy with supplements and… virtual interactive poetry!

Elizabeth Ruf Maldonado Open Mic
By: Elizabeth Ruf Maldonado
March 26 – April 30

See what TNC member Elizabeth Ruf Maldonado is creating during our time of social isolation!

Coming Soon

Electric’s West Side Story
By: William Electric Black
Directed By: William Electric Black
April 30 – May 3
Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 8PM, Sunday at 3PM

An entertaining, innovative and immersive tour de force, Electric’s production presents his view of the classic show and story in which audience members can become part of the performance.

Moments of TRUTH
By: Victor Vauban Junior
Directed By: Victor Vauban Junior
May 7 – May 17
Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 3pm

This is the kind of play everyone can relate to. The audience will see themselves, their family members, or a friend or someone they know who have strong ties to what they’ll see on stage. 2008 was a decisive year in American history. The country elected its first African-American president ever voted to the presidency. The former senator was ready to take office obliterating the last barrier in American politics, which many believed at the time. He was the first sitting president to visit a federal prison, in Oklahoma, where the opening story takes place. The visit was an attempt to bring attention to the policies that sustain mass incarceration. The play, “Moments of TRUTH” tackles issues such as the mass incarceration of people of color, the authorities’ neglection towards that population, mental illness, family, romance and the real meaning of love and family.

THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY’s Dream Up Festival 2020
By: Theater for the New City
Directed By: Michael Scott-Price
August 23 – September 13

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.


How Is Our Fearless Leader, Crystal Field, Tackling Social Isolation?

As artists, we need to create, we need to feel, and we need to express – during a time of uncertainty, it is easy to lose our spirit, allowing stress and anxiety to takeover our creative ~vibes~; however, that is not the case with this Fearless Leader. While we are all practicing social distancing, watch Crystal Field take us …


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.