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These productions all start performances within the next seven days.


Soulpepper Theatre Company presents Pamela Mala Sinha's solo show about loss and trauma.

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After a loved one dies, a woman must face the shattering memories of a past trauma. 'Crash' is the fractured unraveling of memory; blending projections, myth, and dance into a narrative about family, faith and love. Part of the Soulpepper on 42nd Street festival.

 

Part of the New York Musical Festival: The Nine Worthies provide a parade of Shakespearean sonnets, songs, and scenes set to original New Orleans-style jazz.

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Energetic and innovative, 'The Shakespearean Jazz Show' reinvigorates and recontextualizes Shakespearean performance. Experience how the loose, improvisatory nature of jazz music can free Shakespearean text, allowing the feeling and intent of the words to be expressed in a completely new way. Don’t miss your chance to enjoy the playful antics and soulful music live in 'The Shakespearean Jazz Show.' This event is part of the NYMF Concert series.

 

Erica Vlahinos' raunchy comedy-cabaret explores the history of sexploits at the White House.

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'Power Over POTUS' is a gossip-fueled political comedy about the women who did 69 in the Situation Room, used whips in the West Wing, had romps in the Rose Garden, and never acted First Lady-Like. A certain former intern receives an invitation to get back in action 20 years after getting rug burn in the Oval Office. As she ponders pounding an orange POTUS, she seeks guidance from the spirits of the women who stood (and laid) in her shoes. Note: For mature audiences only. $20 food and beverage minimum per person.

 

This annual festival of new American short plays from top playwrights (such as Tony nominee Neil LaBute) returns to 59E59 for its 11th consecutive year.

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The festival's two separate series consist of three plays each, and in rotating repertory.

'Playing God' by Alan Zweibel, directed by Maria Mileaf: Unhappy that a brazen doctor changed the due date of a pregnant woman's baby because he's going on vacation, God decides to pay him a visit to put him in his place.

'Jack' by Melissa Ross, directed by Mimi O'Donnell: Maggie and George and Jack have been inseparable best friends since college. But when Maggie and George divorce, Jack is the only thing holding them together. Until suddenly he isn't. A play about growing up, growing apart, and letting go of your first love.

'Acolyte' by Graham Moore, directed by Alexander Dinelaris: A young, married couple who are devotees of Ayn Rand find themselves in over their heads when one of her weekly Saturday night discourses on philosophy takes a surprisingly personal turn.

 

Sanguine Theatre Company presents a new sci-fi drama about a missing woman and the android built in her image that's supposed to find her.

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In 2013 Jessica vanished. Now her closest friends are reconstructing her with cutting-edge technology to try and track her down. They prime the android with memories from Jessica's past, but it's clear that their stories don't add up. As her friends fight for ownership over an artificial Jessica, the android listens, learns, and plays along. Suddenly the line between robot and real life is very, very thin.

 

From the team behind the long-running 'That Physics Show' comes this new science spectacular for families, led by veteran "mad scientist" Borislaw Bilash.

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A candle that moves water; a paper cup that won't burn; a firefly without fire. An atomic flash; weaponized sugar; a hydrogen bomb. Genie in a bottle; secret writing; elephant toothpaste. All these and more comprise 'That Chemistry Show,' which combines the worlds of science and show business. Best for school-age kids.

 

HERE and Theatre 167 present this world premiere drama about climate change, aging, and the power of imagination to change the world.

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As a Category 4 hurricane approaches Singing Beach, the Sleeper clan is struggling with storms of its own. ‘Singing Beach’ beach is the latest work by Obie Award Winner, Tony nominee, and two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist, Tina Howe.

 

Part of the New York Musical Festival: In this contemporary musical, movement and music combine to depict the realities of people living with mental illness, and the power we all have to live imperfectly and beautifully.

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Stinging from old and recent loss, childhood neighbors Sam and Lindsay reunite by chance on Seattle’s light rail. As they begin to fall in love, they slowly learn that healing can be found in the most unusual places, and in other people just as broken as themselves. This event is part of the NYMF Concert series.

 

Part of the New York Musical Festival: The year is 1938 and The Goree All-Girl String Band is the biggest new radio sensation in Texas. They also happen to be convicted criminals.

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The six band members teach themselves music from behind bars and earn a slot on a prison-based radio program. Through sisterhood, determination, and a little bit of luck, these women work (and play) together to fiddle their way to freedom. Inspired by a true story, 'The Goree All-Girl String Band' is a tale of redemption that features an ensemble of actor-musicians performing a brand-new country score. An official selection of the 2017 New York Musical Festival Next Link Project.

 

Soulpepper Theatre Company presents Ravi Jain's autobiographical play about arranged marriage.

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Soulpepper resident artist Ravi Jain shares the stage with his real-life non-actor mother, Asha, as they tell their respective sides of her attempt to arrange his marriage. Presented in association with Why Not Theatre. Part of the Soulpepper on 42nd Street festival.

 

Part of the New York Musical Festival: A satire of the soccer mom world based on the award-winning play 'All About the Kids' by Caytha Jentis.

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In the fiercely competitive world of girls’ soccer, how far would you go for your child? At curtain, Coach Nick lies dead at center stage, impaled by a corner flag, while a chorus of soccer players sings in his honor. Kathy, a soccer mom, steps forward to tell us the story of how all this began… An official selection of the 2017 New York Musical Festival Next Link Project.

 

Part of the New York Musical Festival: An original rock musical about a 30-year love story set against the backdrop of the Berlin Wall. With songs by Graham Russell of Air Supply fame.

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With music by Graham Russell of Air Supply, this epic story examines three generations of family ties, brotherhood, love, and marriage. What is the price of liberty, and will the Wall divide or unite? An official selection of the 2017 New York Musical Festival Next Link Project.

 

Hip to Hip presents a free outdoor mounting of Shakespeare’s celebrated coming-of-age story about one of history's most legendary kings.

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Prince Hal is caught between two worlds: in the tavern, he carouses with a wild bunch, led by the scoundrel Falstaff, but at court, the King presses him to shoulder his responsibilities as heir to the throne. Meanwhile, the rebellious Hotspur threatens to destroy the kingdom. Shakespeare's action-packed coming-of-age story asks “What makes a good leader?”

This streamlined version of 'Henry IV' plays in repertory with Hip to Hip's mounting of 'Measure for Measure.' Both shows are performed at public parks throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and the Bronx. Check the official website for the complete schedule.

 

Set in Germany as the Nazis rise to power, this musical chronicles the romance between cabaret singer Rosie Penn and Count Hans Wilhelm van Kleister Graff.

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As the dark clouds of fascism become clearer, the Count works to help the VIP cultural and scientific elite escape German. But soon he realizes that he must also get his surviving family out before the shadowy inhumanity of anti-Semitism descends upon them.

 

Part of the New York Musical Festival: This new musical explores the heartbreak, confusion, and survivor’s guilt of those left behind after a teen's suicide.

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At age 15, Milo Reynolds had it all: a seat at the popular table, the perfect girlfriend, the “coolest” parents, and friends who worshiped him. So when Milo takes his own life on Monday morning, his friends and family are left questioning everything they thought they knew about him. Told in flashbacks that open Milo’s story like a mystery, 'Generation Me' identifies a generation more privileged, self-interested, oblivious...and lonelier than ever. An official selection of the 2017 New York Musical Festival Next Link Project.

 

Hip to Hip presents a free outdoor mounting of Shakespeare’s dark comedy which examines the danger of placing power in the wrong hands.

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The Duke of Vienna's puritanical deputy Angelo, tasked with cleaning up a city out of control, revives ancient laws regarding sex and marriage. When he unjustly sentences the young gentleman Claudio to death, Claudio's sister Isabella pleads his case and discovers that Angelo is not as virtuous as he seems.

This streamlined version of 'Measure for Measure' plays in repertory with Hip to Hip's mounting of 'Henry IV.' Both shows are performed at public parks throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and the Bronx. Check the official website for the complete schedule.

 

Encores! Off-Center revives Kirsten Childs’ 2000 musical about the journey of a young African-American dancer.

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A black dancer finds her way from West Coast suburbia to Broadway, all while navigating the politics of race and gender in an attempt to uncover her own identity. This staged concert is part of 2017 Encores! Off-Center season showcasing lesser-known Off-Broadway musicals.

 

Diving head first into the psyche of a tortured artist, Dirt [contained] Theatre Company takes you on a journey through a transformed warehouse gallery and into the depths of human imagination.

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'Garden of Delights' is a surreal play that follows protagonist Lais, a charming, yet self-loathing actress, through a bizarre look at her sadomasochistic experience of love and art. Isolated in her home with only a caged beast-like partner and flock of infantile sheep to distract her from her troubled past, she spirals down into painful memories and erotic fantasies that blur the line between reality and imagination.

 

HERE presents a new comedy about a couple's misadventures in homeownership as they face a sea of boxes, a major blackout, and ghosts of past relationships.

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The newest play from comedians Marina and Nicco combines two of your biggest fears: the dark and commitment. The audience lends a hand by lighting the stage for a couple that is literally, and figuratively, feeling their way through the dark. Flashlights will be provided.

 

Previews start Jul 27

Peace, Love, and Cupcakes: the Musical

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Part of the New York Musical Festival: This musical based on by Sheryl and Carrie Berk bestselling young adult chapter book originated at Vital Children's Theatre.

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New kid Kylie Carson is "different"–which can make middle school a very scary and unfriendly place. So she cooks up a sweet solution: form a cupcake club that's open to anyone seeking friendship and a place to belong. But the popular clique turns bitter with jealousy and vows to destroy the club's efforts. Kylie is now faced with a tough choice: stoop to the mean girls' level or take the higher road. The pop-infused score by Rick Hip-Flores brings the children's book of the same name to life, and drives home a message of empathy, love, and the power of young people to change the world. This production will support NoBully.org and is best for ages 6 to 12.

 

Part of the New York Musical Festival: As three diverse couples struggle to find compromise, this new romantic musical comedy teaches us that perhaps being “outside the norm” is the new normal.

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As the owners of Party City Now rebrand their wedding business to embrace marriage equality, Dave, their gay music director, has never felt more alone. Doomed to a life of playing weddings, Dave longs for a love of his own. But when he’s forced to sing a duet with human rights attorney Harris, sparks ignite and hope is born.

This is a Beta Musicals at NYMF. Beta Musicals are new musicals that are further along in their development process than readings, but not produced with all the elements of a full production. Often, Beta Musicals will focus on a few keys elements they are interested in exploring through the NYMF process, such as choreography, puppetry, or specific design components. As Beta Musicals are still in active development, there will be a feedback form available to audiences to share their thoughts.

 

Hudson Warehouse presents an outdoor production of Shakespeare's epic war drama about one of England's most legendary kings.

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The horrors of war throughout time have changed little, and that is made apparent in this production of 'Henry V.' Led by a wartime correspondent as chorus, we watch as King Henry of England positions himself politically and embarks on a bloody military campaign in his quest to take what he believes is rightfully his: the crown of France. There the Dauphin, the Princess of France, prepares for battle. Part of Hudson Warehouse's 14th season presenting classics to the public in Riverside Park. Tickets are pay what you can.

 

The Drilling Company presents this free, outdoor production Shakespeare's history. This new staging has been set in modern times as a means of comparing the Wars of the Roses with our current political polarization.

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The play, which is seldom done, lays bare the passions of the Medieval English war between York and Lancaster. This production will use this lens to explore the animosity between today's Republicans and Democrats on one hand and the tenacity of irreconcilable conflicts, including current civil and sectarian wars, on the other.

Part of the troupe's Shakespeare in the Parking Lot season.

 

softFocus presents the world premiere of this drama starring Tony nominee Austin Pendleton as a veteran theater professor at a small NYC university.

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Ward Stein (Pendleton) presides over his class. Posters from old productions of his plays adorn the walls. There's a framed Obie Award, bookcases crammed with tomes, a table, chairs, and a boombox. His students range in age from early to late 20s. Kris and Zorick get ready to read Riley's play as the other students look on...

 

Hamlet Isn’t Dead’s all-female production of Shakespeare's complex, swashbuckling history play tackles the pursuit of glory, the pleasure of humor, and even a little French romance.

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Following the death of his father, King Henry V ascends to the throne of England and soon makes a claim to parts of France based on distant ancestral ties. When the prince of France responds insultingly, Henry embarks upon a war with England's great rival.

 

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