Highlights from Fall 2015 - Spring 2016
I'LL SAY SHE IS
The Lost Marx Brothers Musical
May 28 - July 3, 2016
Original book and lyrics by Will B. Johnstone
Adapted and expanded by Noah Diamond
Music by Tom Johnstone
Musical direction by Sabrina Chap
Choreography by Shea Sullivan
Directed by Amanda Sisk
In 1924, I'll Say She Is established the Marx Brothers as the darlings of the New York smart set and the preeminent jesters of the Jazz Age. But unlike their other Broadway hits, it was never filmed or revived. It was lost to history, until writer, performer, and Groucho Marxist Noah Diamond researched, restored, and adapted the work for its historic return to the stage. It was a smash hit of the 2014 New York International Fringe Festival. In 2016, I'll Say She Is comes to the Connelly Theater for its first fully-realized production since the original closed ninety years ago.
Bindlestiff Family Cirkus presents
A CARDBOARD & DUCT TAPE SPECTACULAR
May 5 - 8, 2016
Bindlestiff Family Cirkus presents a return to the basics in its latest production, A Cardboard and Duct Tape Spectacular. Bindlestiff’s cast of acrobats, aerialists, jugglers, sideshow marvels, musicians, and vaudevillians tackle the challenge of arriving at a theater to present a show... but finding their trunks have been delivered empty. The solution to this dilemma proves as simple as Cardboard and Duct Tape—like a child playing with the box that once contained a fancy toy, Bindlestiff’s cast finds delight and shares the joy with the audience. Stripping away the ultra-mediated modern experience of entertainment, Bindlestiff celebrates a DIY tradition made with the raw elements of passion, play, and circus skill.
The Tank presents
The Offending Gesture
by Mac Wellman
Directed by Meghan Finn
Original Music composed by Alaina Ferris
Part of The Tank's Flint & Tinder series
January 5 - 24, 2016
The Offending Gesture is a hilarious and poetic indictment of American foreign policy in Iraq, told through the true story of Hitler and his dog, Blondie. Acclaimed playwright Wellman takes as his subject a political incident that occurred in 1941 just before Germany invaded the Soviet Union, when Tor Borg, a Finnish businessman infamously taught his own dog Jackie to do the Nazi Party Salute in response to the command, “Heil Hitler."
A SHOW FOR CHRISTMAS
Written & Performed by Daniel Kitson
NEW YORK PREMIERE
December 8 - 18, 2015
Last year, I wrote and performed a Christmas Show called – quite brilliantly – A Show For Christmas. I didn’t know what it was going to be when I agreed to do it but I ended up really liking how it turned out and having only booked a five night run at the Battersea Arts Centre in the now defunct Grand Hall, I was always keen to do it again this year and So, as you may have guessed by now, I am bringing it to New York this Christmas.
The show itself is a pretty simple storytelling affair that is, if you’ll forgive me for saying so, rather lovely and deals, amongst other things, with the traditional seasonal concerns of loneliness, a brief scuffle in a newsagents, mobile phones, magic, the past and a long journey in a mid sized motorhome.
I mean. It's long been my vibe to charmingly undersell things, as you doubtless know, but I reread it last week to see if I needed to change anything and I actually REALLY enjoyed it.
I think it's really good.
So. There you go.
2016 Lucille Lortel Award Winner: Outstanding Musical
Soho Rep. & Ars Nova present
NEW YORK PREMIERE
October 6 - November 22, 2015
Music by César Alvarez with The Lisps
Lyrics & Book by César Alvarez
Directed by Sarah Benson
in association with Carole Shorenstein Hays
Two people try to imagine their way out of impossible circumstances in FUTURITY – an avant-Americana musical by indie band The Lisps. Julian is a Civil War soldier dreaming of a technological utopia. Ada is a mathematical genius thousands of miles away. Together, they’re going to invent a machine to end one of the darkest periods in our history. An electrifying concert-story featuring an army of musicians.
Highlights from 2014 - 15
Target Margin Theater presents
May 25 - June 28, 2015
A new work conceived and performed by Obie Award-winner and TMT Associated Artist David Greenspan, Composition...Master-Pieces...Identity brings to life two “lectures” and a “play” by Gertrude Stein.
Stein lab: When you see this remember me
May 27 - June 27, 2015
Target Margin Theater’s season-long exploration of all things Stein culminates at the Connelly Theater with The TMT Stein Lab. Artists include Jessica Brater, John Del Gaudio, Jesse Freedman, Sarah Lurie, Handan Ozbilgin, Natalie Robin, Noah Scalin and Patrick Scheid.
Tweed TheaterWorks presents
Lypsinka: the trilogy
November 5, 2014 - January 3, 2015
Lypsinka! The Boxed Set
Directed by Kevin Malony
Not seen in New York since 2001, this full-length 'traditional Lypsinka' concert show is the award-winning revue of Lyp's greatest bits that has toured the world, flabbergasting audiences from Los Angeles to Sydney to Glasgow. Using a soundtrack created from films, musicals, and concert recordings, the supreme archivist of irony showcases the modern woman's challenge of being over-blessed with femininity and celebrity.
The Passion of the Crawford
Directed by Kevin Malony
The Lyp's tour de force embodiment of towering screen queen Joan Crawford—featuring a re-enactment of Crawford's onstage interview from 1973—is a fantasia of fame and insecurity, grandness and identity. Last presented in New York in 2005, this tribute to Hollywood and ego crisis has since been mounted from San Francisco to Sarasota. Featuring Scott Wittman and Steve Cuiffo as the Interviewer.
Directed by Barry Kleinbort
An autobiographical multi-media pastiche, starring Epperson - unmasked and in street clothes - tinkling the ivories and spinning yarns of Mississippi, Manhattan, and Hollywood. Now making its New York City theatrical premiere, the anecdotal SHOW TRASH reveals the man behind the madness.