Up Next: July 19th - 28th

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Kidz Theater presents

RENT


Book, Music, & Lyrics by Jonathan Larson
Directed by Kristen Caesar

July 19th - 28th
Tickets: $30 general admission | $20 student tickets (mezzanine)

Please note that tickets are not available by phone for this production. Online sales end 3 hours before showtime. Remaining tickets will be sold at the door.

Set in NYC’s East Village, in and around the very streets where the Connelly Theater is located, Jonathan Larson's Rent follows a year in the life of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS. The physical and emotional complications of the disease pervade the lives of Roger, Mimi, Tom and Angel. Maureen deals with her chronic infidelity through performance art; her partner, Joanne, wonders if their relationship is worth the trouble. Benny has sold out his Bohemian ideals in exchange for a hefty income and is on the outs with his former friends. Mark, an aspiring filmmaker, feels like an outsider to life in general. How these young bohemians negotiate their dreams, loves and conflicts provides the narrative thread to this groundbreaking musical. Based loosely on Puccini's La Boheme, Rent won the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

About Kidz Theater
Kidz Theater is a professional development company for young performers who are seeking a career in the musical theater. We offer classes and productions for performers ages 8-18 and strive to teach professionalism, discipline and strong technique within a supportive, family environment. Currently our students are playing leading roles on Broadway, in National Tours and Regional productions, and our alumni go on to the top BFA Musical Theater programs.

September 2019

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WaxFactory presents

LULU XX


Performed by Erika Latta
Directed by Ivan Talijancic

September 2019
Tickets on sale in July

At the beginning of the 20th century, German playwright Frank Wedekind imagined Lulu as an ambiguous and irresistible heroine who embodied the complexities of a changing social landscape with sexual identity and power at its center.

At the end of the 20th century, having just co-founded WaxFactory, Ivan Talijancic and Erika Latta turned their attention to this elusive and puzzling figure. Their production, inspired by Wedekind’s 1895 drama—as well as G.W. Pabst’s 1929 film and Alban Berg’s 1935 opera—challenged the idolatry and misogyny of the male gaze in the artistic representation of women, exposing its conflicting tendencies. In WaxFactory’s performance, scene after scene, Lulu morphs her way through a multitude of age-old archetypes, methodically dismantling and exorcising them, one at a time.

Their first formal collaboration, the work premiered and toured overseas, inaugurating their reputation as a company invested in interrogating the nature of gender, power, and performance. In 2019, WaxFactory will celebrate its 20th anniversary by returning to their original production with new eyes, reimagining it for the 21st century. Inspired by the momentum of feminist protest, Talijancic and Latta revisit their unapologetic and unrelenting heroine, asking new questions about agency, representation, and violence in the contemporary world.

Founded in 1998, WaxFactory is an interdisciplinary group of creators dedicated to exploring a multiplicity of artistic visions, focusing on ensemble process, arts education and international exchange. Its founding members have developed a hybrid approach, investigating diverse narrative styles, visual/physical rigor, an integrated use of new media/technology, and site-specific work. WaxFactory grew out of a collaboration between founders Ivan Talijancic and Erika Latta (MFA graduates from Columbia University School of the Arts’ Theatre program) who advance the company’s mission through exchanges and co-productions across borders and disciplines to create innovative devised work. Their productions have been seen extensively in NYC (PS122, NY Theater Workshop, Lincoln Center, Dixon Place, HERE, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, The Invisible Dog, Japan Society, Abrons Art Center, Incubator Arts Project, 3LD, PRELUDE and COIL Festivals, etc.) and internationally at numerous venues and festivals in 20+ countries and 4 continents.

October 2019

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All Hallow’s Eve


Written & Directed by Martin P. Robinson
Music by Paul Rudolph

October 2019
Tickets on sale August 1st

Eve and Evan are twins roped into yet another desperately dull Halloween by their parents. Managing to break free, they maraud, pumpkin smash and toilet paper, inadvertently crossing the thin line between worlds on this night of all nights. Enter a house and a demoness who has been lying in wait for just such a pair. A harrowing cat and mouse game ensues with the stakes nothing less than their immortal souls. A tale wrapped up in horror, comedy and blood…and definitely not for young children.

About the Artist
Martin P. Robinson has been a featured performer on Sesame Street since 1981, learning at the right hand (literally) of the greats including Jim Henson, Frank Oz, and Jerry Nelson, and has performed in numerous feature films, including five Muppet movies. He’s best known for his work on the original 1982 production of Little Shop of Horrors and the Broadway revival in 2003 in which he designed, coordinated construction and performed the carnivorous plant Audrey II. He created the signature frog for Susan Stroman and Stephen Sondheim’s production of Nathan Lane’s Frogs at Lincoln Center. He has also created and directed puppets for three productions at Carnegie Hall. Martin has also been a master teacher for Sesame Street International helping cast and train puppeteers in co-productions around the world. www.martinprobinson.com

Nov. 8th – Dec. 29th

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Bedlam presents

The Crucible


Written by Arthur Miller
Directed by Eric Tucker

November 8th - December 29th, 2019
Tickets on sale soon

Bedlam’s Artistic Director Eric Tucker directs a stripped-down version of The Crucible that is an actor-driven tour de force for 14 actors. The company examines the similarities between the Salem witch trials, McCarthyism and our current political state. What are the questions being asked? Who is involved? How do we respond now? How do we act?

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Committed to the immediacy of the relationship between the actor and the audience, Bedlam creates works of theatre that reinvigorate traditional forms in a flexible, raw space, collapsing aesthetic distance and bringing its viewers into direct contact with the dangers and delicacies of life. In this new, fresh, active environment storytelling becomes paramount and the result is a kinetic experience of shared empathy.

Bedlam’s shows have been noted as Ben Brantley’s “Critics’ Picks” for The New York Times six times, noted on The New York Times and New York Magazine’s “Top Ten Best Show Lists” two times, as well as those of The Wall Street Journal and Time Magazine respectively. The Wall Street Journal also noted Eric Tucker as “Director of the Year” in 2014. Bedlam has won two Irne Awards, two Off Broadway Alliance Awards and an Obie Grant. Bedlam has also been nominated for two Lucille Lortel awards, a Drama League award, and four Elliot Norton awards, winning for Best Visiting Production and Best Ensemble for Saint Joan, and six Elliot Norton awards, winning for Best Visiting Production and Best Ensemble for Bedlam’s Saint Joan, Best Visiting Production for Bedlam’s Twelfth Night/What You Will and Best Visiting Performer for Vaishnavi Sharma in Bedlam’s Pygmalion.


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The Connelly Theater is unique in New York City: an intimate house with a classic proscenium arch and a raised stage.

The Connelly is available for rental for theater productions, film and photo shoots, and events. Lighting and sound package included.


Please note: We do not have a full-time box office on site. You can purchase tickets to all shows online 24 hours a day, up to two hours before a particular performance. In-person box office hours vary by show, but will usually begin 30 minutes prior to curtain.