Unstuck Runs thru 2/23 at The Tank

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Ever been afraid to use the word ‘delectable’ in a sentence after JonBenet Ramsey said it the night before she was murdered in the JonBenet Ramsey Lifetime Original Movie? Ever have to shout ‘green car green car green car’ every time a green car zooms down the street? I’m gonna be real– if so, you might have OCD. Like me! Hi, I’m Olivia Levine and I suffer from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. We’ve all heard about the classic stuff– the hand washing, the touching, the counting. But most of us haven’t heard about other ways it can manifest. Like a fear of accidentally causing violent harm to a loved one, the fear that using a particular word might result in the death of your best friend. Killing people with your vagina germs! Accidentally impregnating your mother! The list goes on! And the list looks WILDY different from person to person. Unstuck: A One Woman Show About Growing Up With OCD explores the comedy, the tragedy and the beauty of a very misunderstood and under-represented disorder. 

Writer/Performer: Olivia Levine
Director: Molly Rose Heller
Stage Manager: Isaac Jiffar
Lighting Designer: Charlotte McPherson
Sound Designer: Margaret Montagna
Press Agent: Andrea Alton
Producers: Tavine Productions, Inc.
Graphic Design: Randy Blair
Poster Photography: Josephine Bradlee

Olivia Levine is a queer actor, comedian and writer based in NYC. Originally from San Francisco, she moved to NYC for college, and received her B.A. in Theatre from Barnard College. Other training includes The Studio/NYC, UCB, and RADA. Recent theatre credits include SF Playhouse’s The Daughters (dir. Jessica Holt) and the world premiere of Honors Students at Wild Project (dir. Leta Tremblay), which received two New York Innovative Theatre Award nominations. Film credits include Tallulah opposite Allison Janney, and I Hate Kids with Tituss Burgess and Tom Everett Scott. You can catch Olivia in her monthly comedy show at The Stonewall Inn called I Think We’re Alone Now. www.olivia-levine.com

Director Molly Rose Heller is a multi-disciplinary, queer theatre-maker based in NYC. Select directing credits include: Notes from the Basement (Watermill Center Residency, Corkscrew Festival, Center at West Park, Dixon Place), Lalabala Project (Watermill Center Residency, 3rd Annual Kathmandu International Children’s Theatre Festival), Existential Questions of the 21st Century (Green Room 42), Olivia K’s Planet Joy (City Winery), The Crucible (BEDLAM, observership), Cannibal Galaxy: a love story (New Ohio, asst dir.), and Missing Gemini (Winner: Best Direction at Strawberry Theatre Festival). Other credits include Imagining the Imaginary Invalid (La Mama) and book/lyrics for Plath (FringeNYC). Molly graduated Magna Cum Laude with Departmental Honors for a B.A. in Theatre and Drama Arts from Columbia University and a B.A. in Modern Jewish Studies from the Jewish Theological Seminary.

Instagram: www.instagram.com/olivialevine19
Facebook: www.facebook.com/olivialevineartist
Twitter: www.twitter.com/OliviaLevine11

Me & Mr. Jones: My Intimate Relationship With David Bowie at Pangea

RAQUEL CION’S ENCORE NYC 2020 RESIDENCY AT PANGEA Me & Mr. Jones: My Intimate Relationship With David Bowie

FEBRUARY 21 & 22
MARCH 13 & 14
With Brand New 2020 Rave Reviews in Downtown Mag and Theater Scene, Cion is Back

WHO: RAQUEL CION, described by the New York Times as “half witch… half cabaret performer” and by TONY as an “alt cabaret siren.” Director Cynthia Cahill, Musical Director Karl Saint Lucy.

WHAT: Me & Mr. Jones: My Intimate Relationship With David Bowie, a 90-minute cabaret exploring Raquel Cion’s “soul love” for David Bowie’s artistry and David Jones’ humanity, through personal stories and musical performance, is back at Pangea for a 3-month residency. 

WHERE: Pangea, 178 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

WHEN: (ticket links hyperlinked)
Friday, February 21
Saturday, February 22
Friday, March 13
Saturday, March 14

HOW: Tickets and info here: http://www.pangeanyc.com/ Tickets: $20 (advance)/ $25 (at door) 

 “A passionate, superbly performed and musically accomplished exploration” Theater Scene

 “Her experience will resonate with anyone who has ever taken solace in music, with anyone who has been considered “other” in any capacity.”Downtown Magazine

“The show is riveting and the writing at once poetic and ethereal… the show’s true power lies in its conceptual nuance.” – ​BroadwayWorld.com

…a sacred rite of innate theatricality, artful sexuality and unapologetic emotion, Cion’s show mourns a mythic cultural figure but celebrates the invention of who you really are.” – ​hilobrow.com 

“[Cion] artistically transcends fandom. Her loyalty and devotion goes beyond that, and it is palpable to every person in the audience.” – ​NiteLifeExchange.com

“In the spirit of much of Bowie’s output, Cion’s show celebrates the structure of cabaret performance while moving past many of its conventions. Her deep rasp has the force of a rock star in many of the upbeat numbers and a more reserved elegance on slower tunes.” –​TheaterPizzazz.com 

“[Cion gives] a brilliant virtuoso performance. She channels Bowie for the evening and gives us all an abiding sense of how much his work meant to his old fans and still means to his generations of new admirers.” –Simon Critchley, ​Bowie​ (OR Books, 2014)

2018 TIMEOUT NY RECOMMENDED PICK  & ★★★★★ User Reviewed  

Brooklyn-based performer, Raquel Cion, is coming back for a January-March 2020 residency of her cabaret, Me & Mr. Jones: My Intimate Relationship with David Bowie at Pangea, located at 178 Second Avenue New York, NY 10003. The 90-minute cabaret explores the lifelong “soul love” that Cion has for David Bowie’s artistry and David Jones’s humanity.  Her personal stories and the deep cuts of Bowie’s diverse catalog rocket us through the inner space of this “half witch, half cabaret performer” (The New York Times): growing up as an outsider, navigating the celestial realms of love, mid-life crisis, loss, and creatively moving through cancer.

The piece is directed by Cynthia Cahill, with musical direction by Karl Saint Lucy.Me & Mr. Jones: My Intimate Relationship with David Bowie first walked the boards in early 2015 with a Bowie-inspired couture gown at NYC’s legendary Judson Memorial Church. In June 2015, Me & Mr. Jones moved to The PIT Loft NYC, overselling within two days. The Slipper Room production in November garnered a 2015​ ​New York Cabaret Award nomination​ for “Best Alt Cabaret Show,” with Cion being named a finalist for her stunning performance. 

After Bowie’s death from cancer on January 10th, 2016, Me & Mr. Jones was invited back for a Spring residency at The Slipper Room. In September, Cion’s world was shaken by her own cancer diagnosis a week before bringing the show to Provincetown’s prestigious Afterglow Festival.

Me & Mr. Jones returned spring 2018 to sold out houses at the intimate supper-club, Pangea, described by the New York Times as “a bohemian oasis not unlike the fabled Max’s Kansas City from days gone by.” Those performances led to a fall residency at Pangea and booking in the 2019 Philly Loves Bowie Week, in January 2019.

Me & Mr. Jones recently played at 2020 Philly Loves Bowie Week where Raquel was the featured guest performer in A Night of Stardust at Union Transfer in Philadelphia. Now on the other side of treatment, she is actively discovering new depths of meaning to Bowie’s work and her own mission as an artist.  
Tickets & Info: www.MeandMrJonesShow.com

About Raquel Cion (Writer/Performer): recent projects include Me & Mr. Jones: My Intimate Relationship with David Bowie, nominated for a 2015 Broadway World Cabaret Award “Best Alt Cabaret.” Productions: Pangea, NYC; Provincetown’s Afterglow Festival; in NYC, The Slipper Room; The PIT Loft; Judson Memorial Church. Alas, The Nymphs BAM Next Wave; Gilding the Lonely, Joe’s Pub; Cou-Cou Bijoux Pour Vous Galapagos Art Space, Dixon Place; Rationality: A Virtual Performance and Memoir LMCC Swing Space; Directorial credits include Dad In a Box, winner of the 2019 New York Innovative Theatre Award, Dixon Place, HERE, The Wild Project, STRAYS winner of the 2016 New York Innovative Theatre Award for “Outstanding Original Short Script” and published in THE BEST AMERICAN SHORT PLAYS, 2015-2016  by Applause Books in 2017, The Brick Theater, Ars Nova’s ANT Fest and Showgasm; SONS Ars Nova’s Showgasm;  Darkling IRT Theater, CATCH SERIES; HIP IRT Theater; On a Lonely Road…Travelin’ with Joni, The Duplex She is a founding member of NYC’s Eat a Radish Productions and performs with the Obie Award winning The Secret City. 

Cynthia Cahill (Director) has been working around the country, regionally, and both on and Off Broadway for over 17 years. She was a part of the creative team that brought the musical, Passing Strange, from Berkeley Repertory Theatre to The Public and onto Broadway and was also involved in the making of the Spike Lee movie of the musical. Previously based in San Francisco, she is now proud to be expanding her career here in NYC.  

Karl Saint Lucy (Musical Director/ Piano) is a New York-based composer, pianist, and vocalist. With Josh Sharp and Aaron Jackson (The Opposition with Jordan Klepper), he wrote F**king Identical Twins, a one-act musical developed at UCB and which was optioned by 20th Century Fox/Chernin Entertainment for feature film adaptation in 2017. His musical, Class, written with Maria Alexandria Beech, was a finalist for the 2017 National Musical Theater Conference at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center; he also scored her TV pilot, Telemamas. He was an alto finalist for the internationally acclaimed, Grammy Award-winning men’s chamber choir, Chanticleer, in 2017. He is a graduate of the Graduate Musical Theater Writing Program at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Watch the Trailer for Me & Mr. Jones:

Breast Cancer Comedy NICE T!TS on February 24th at Triad

Amy Marcs’ Critically-Acclaimed Breast Cancer Comedy NICE T!TSReturns as a Celebrity Reading Featuring Women From Broadway’s HADESTOWN:

HADESTOWN Cast Members: Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer, Kimberly Marable, Jessie Shelton, Kim Steele Will Star Alongside Amy Marcs

WHO: Amy Marcs and cast of the Tony Award winning HADESTOWN including Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer, Kimberly Marable, Jessie Shelton, Kim Steele, along with directors Coco Cohn and Peter Michael Marino

WHAT: Amy Marcs’ hit solo comedy show about breast cancer, NICE T!TS, returns as a special benefit event featuring the cast of HADESTOWN

WHERE: The Triad, 158 West 72nd Street New York, NY 10023 

WHEN: February 24 at 7:00pm with additional upcoming performances March 30 & April 20 

WHY: Amy Marcs is a breast cancer survivor who needed to tell her story of “hope, love, and the resiliency of the human spirit, as well as our capacity to triumph over adversity even in the most traumatic of situations.” A portion of the proceeds will go to support The Actors Fund’s Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative, a program that addresses the myriad of concerns women face when dealing with a serious medical condition and provides a safe space to go to for confidential and compassionate help.  

HOW: http://www.triadnyc.com/event/d048d43caaaec1380884f3d0e821699e

Amy Marcs’ critically-acclaimed solo comedy show about breast cancer is poised to return, reconstructed as a star-studded celebrity reading featuring familiar faces from Broadway and television. Just when life was going so well for Amy – a “sexy New York Jewess with a great rack,” she was diagnosed with breast cancer. With an unlikely American icon by her side, she navigates the hills and valleys of doctor visits, toy stores, singing nurses, hellish support groups, and her understandably healthy obsession with her breasts. Amy’s very personal story is full of humor and heart-felt honesty as she takes the audience on an exploration of her roller-coaster experience with breast cancer and its effect on her perceptions of femininity, womanhood, confidence and mortality.  Since 2015, “Nice T!ts” has been playing to capacity crowds across the country, touching the lives and hearts of almost 2,000 people. The show has paired up to raise awareness and essential funds with the iconic Avon 39, The Walk to End Breast Cancer, Hadassah of Boston, Jewish Family and Children’s Services of Greater Mercer County, YMCA Breast Cancer Resource Center, and Sharsheret. “I needed to write this story about hope, love, and the resiliency of the human spirit, as well as our capacity to triumph over adversity even in the most traumatic of situations,” said writer/creator and star Amy Marcs. “Comedy is a powerful vehicle to share stories that may otherwise be hard for people to digest. It allows you to take the uncomfortable and make it comfortable. Laughter is and always will be the best form of therapy.”

Amy Marcs (Playwright/Performer) is an actress and voice over artist signed with The Buchwald Agency in NYC and WME in Los Angeles. Amy wrote and stars in her critically acclaimed autobiographical one woman show “Nice T!ts.” She has performed to sold out crowds at The PIT in New York City, Project Y’s ‘Women in Theatre Festival’, The Alliance for the Arts Theatre Conspiracy in Fort Myers Florida, and Cape May Playhouse. Amy has partnered with the iconic Avon 39 charity, the walk to end breast cancer, Hadassah of Boston, Breast Cancer Resource Center of Princeton, Jewish Family and Children Services, and Sharsheret. Amy has also been a featured speaker and performed scenes from her show to some of the most renowned plastic surgeons in the world at The Breast Cancer Reconstruction: State of the Art 2016 closing gala at the Kimmel Center in NYC where she was able to share her insights as a breast cancer patient and survivor. She has been a guest on Fresh 102.7 radio, ‘Dennis has a Podcast’ and Sirius XM ‘Doctor Radio’. Amy’s work as an actress has also taken her to regional theaters across the country. Some of her favorite roles include, Gorgeous in ‘The Sisters Rosensweig’, Myrtle in ‘Kingdom of Earth’ and Lucille in ‘Gemini’ as well as being part of an iconic ‘Harold’ team at The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre.  Amy’s screen work includes the independent film The Waiting Game, and you can hear her as the voice of Peg the Pig in the animated feature film Impy’s Island, which had its premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in NYC. Her voice has been heard on numerous national network television promo and political campaigns. She is currently a Professor of Acting at The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, and is an ordained interfaith minister and spiritual counselor. Amy is grateful to have an opportunity to share her story and to use the transformative power of art to heal.  

Coco Cohn (Director of Celebrity Reading) spent nearly three years as Dancing Queen, Rosie in the Broadway company of Mamma Mia! Recent credits include: Fun Home – WPPAC and Phoenix Theatre (Alison). MAME – North Shore Music Theatre (Agnes Gooch). Into The Woods – Theatre Under The Stars (Jack’s Mother). EMMA – TheatreWorks Silicon Valley (Miss Bates). The Drowsy Chaperone – Gateway Playhouse (Chaperone). 2011 Helen Hayes Nominee Glimpses Of The Moon – MetroStage (Coral). TV: “High Maintenance,” “The Family,” “Royal Pains,” “Deadbeat,” “House,” “Desperate Housewives.” Film: Morning Glory, Catch Me If You Can, Legally Blonde 2, Secretary, Solaris. Paul Gordon’s EMMA was filmed for a brand-new streaming platform. In it, Lauren reprises her role as Miss Bates. It is available now at www.StreamingMusicals.com and on Amazon Prime. Additionally, she has proudly developed and directed multiple solo shows for exceptional performers, and also coaches young theatre professionals with the critically acclaimed A Class Act NY.   

Peter Michael Marino (Original Direction) is an award-winning teacher, director, producer, writer, and performer. He’s the creator of SOLOCOM, which has launched over 600 world-premiere solo comedies at The People’s Improv Theater. Solo show directing credits include: Amy Marcs’ “Nice T*ts,” Cynthia Shaw’s “Velvet Determination,” Rebecca Packer’s “Off Island,” Elyssa Rosen’s “Mom in Transition,” Mark Demayo’s “20 & Out,” Mark Giordano’s “Mad Man,” and dozens more. His long-running solo comedy “Desperately Seeking the Exit” chronicled the unmaking of his West End musical flop “Desperately Seeking Susan” – receiving 5-star reviews and a London transfer. His solo show deconstruction “Show Up” played everywhere from NYC to Edinburgh. The family-friendly version, “Show Up, Kids” has been playing around the world since 2017. His production company PM2 Entertainment, has presented UK comedian David Mills, The Unofficial Upper East Side EdFest, Jason Kravits’ “Off the Top!,” trumpcon: A Performance Festival of Yuge Proportions at The Kraine, LA comedy duo Moby Alpha, the NYC premiere of “Joe’s NYC Bar,” and the acclaimed solo show hit “David Carl’s Celebrity One-Man Hamlet.” www.petermmarino.com

Meet Anoush Froundjian & One Woman, Under Brow

Name: Anoush Froundjian

Tell us about you. 

Anoush is a live storyteller and cartoonist living in NYC, who knows her way around a Sharpie. When she isn’t telling stories, she draws her online comic, “Anoush Talks To Stuff,” a webcomic about a girl who talks to objects. Find her on Instagram at @AnoushTalksToStuff and @MeAndABorrowedDress! https://anoushtalkstostuff.wordpress.com

Tell us about your current project? 

ONE WOMAN, UNDER BROW features candid stories written and performed by Anoush Froundjian about her Armenian family; her Armenian day school; and her pursuit to redefine, “Home.” This 30-minute performance piece is told through a web of sometimes comedic and sometimes sharp and poignant storytelling. The piece addresses the cultural differences between Anoush’s background and that of day-to-day, society, revealing how it has both torn down and reshaped the life of a child and now (semi) adjusted adult.

Where are you performing your show and why is it a good fit for your production? 

ONE WOMAN UNDER BROW will be performing as part of Solocom 2019, a 4-day festival of completely new solo works, where all shows presented are 75%-100% new material and created specifically for the fest. Solocom’s goal is to push artists to create a show that is meaningful, personal and to follow the fear. What better a place to talk about growing up on the North Shore with a unibrow and a name like this?

What’s next for you? 

A show about moving to LA and the four, eventful months that lead to me moving back home. (The Armenian theme gallops through this as well, if not more incessantly.)

What is the name of the last show you saw? 

The Armory Improv House Teams at The Tank!

Any advice for your peers?

There’s life beyond high school, and even your own first name.

Show Info:

When: November 23rd @ 8PM at the 2019 Solocom Festival

Where: The Peoples Improv Theater

123 E 24th St. New York, NY 10010.

Ticket Information: Single tickets, $12 and 3-day passes, $30.To purchase tickets and view full festival schedule, please visit https://thepit-nyc.com/solocom-2019 or call: 212-563-7488.

Book Release: Articulation by Cesi Davidson

Live performances, music, a book sale and book signing. The plays presented in Articulation were born in Harlem.

George Bruce Library
518 West 125th Street
New York, New York 10027
Saturday November 16, 2019
4 PM


Performances directed by Jeannine Foster McKelvia with featured artists: Paul Bolger, Amanda Cannon, Michael Anthony Green, Daralyn Jay and Lauren Schaffel.

Enjoy the soulful saxophone tunes by Alex Blade Silver. 
Praise for Articulation Cesi Davidson’s delightful and wise, ARTICULATION Short Plays to Nourish Mind and Soul illuminates the human condition. Her method: create non human beings ranging from those plucked from nursery rhymes to celestial beings to fruits, vegetables and animals and put them in distinctly human situations like Bo Peep losing her sheep because her husband sold them to bet on horses. What makes these plays particularly satisfying is Davidson’s ability to weave tough-minded outcomes like lost sheep and street violence with sympathetic characters and sly humor.  
 
Daniel Judah Sklar
DJS, playwright, author of PLAYMAKING Children Writing & Performing Their Own Plays-Distinguished Book Award from The American Alliance for Theater & Education.
 

SEE CESI DANCE…
And the African joy of old 
Lights the room
Open this Book
And you might find yourself
In a world where radish have souls
AND TALK
OR In a realm where
Purity percentage of truth in Love
Is the currency
For longevity in Life
Where writers fly …Daily
And actors become borderless
OPEN THIS BOOK
AND ride the WORDWAVES
OF “The Lorraine Hansberry” of our time!

KENE HOLLIDAY
Actor…Director…Writer
Private Investigator Tyler Hudson …”MATLOCK”…TV
Jazz Soprano Saxophonist Sydney Bechet…
“THE JOSEPHINE BAKER STORY”… FILM
Sargent Curtis Baker … “Carter Country”…
TV Series

 
“Cesi’s plays are adventures in wordscapes that show us the ways we are and the ways we can be. Characters not often seen on screen, stage or page populate her scenes in situations that make these short plays eminently readable and relatable while being unapologetically unique. Lovers of theater and fiction alike will find much to cherish in this collection. Bravo!” —Celeste Rita Baker, author of Back, Belly,
and Side

 

Theater 2020 Presents Broadway in Brooklyn, A Salute to Hal Prince” on 11/2/19

BROOKLYN, NY October 1, 2019 – THEATER 2020, Brooklyn Heights’ NY award winning Theater Company is pleased to announce a Gala Concert “Broadway in Brooklyn, A Salute to Hal Prince!” Join us on Saturday, November 2, 2019 from 7pm – 10:30pm for an evening of musical delights selected from Broadway shows that were produced and/or directed by Hal Prince.

A delightful evening of amazing music held in the charming Great Room at ART/NY Brooklyn, just blocks from BAM & the Barclay Center. The concert will honor theater legend Hal Prince, who was a mentor and on our Theater 2020 advisory board.

This event will raise funds for our upcoming 2919/2020 mainstage season which will include another Sondheim masterwork. Come before the concert for yummy appetizers and beverage bar. Hear some of your favorite vocalists from Broadway and Theater 2020, singing some of Broadway greatest pieces. Then enjoy some desserts and chat with the artists after the concert. Seating is limited. Advance purchase required!

Performing artists (subject to change) include: Maestro Brian Fitzsousa (Theater 2020: The Cradle Will Rock), Carolyn Bacon (Finalist-2019 Lotte Lenya Competition),Julia Goretsky (Theater 2020: Into The Woods), Jay Aubrey Jones (Broadway: CATSHow to Succeed…,Met Opera: Porgy and Bess, Theater 2020: A Little Night Music, Salute to Sondheim), Zack Krajnyak (Theater 2020: CandideSweeney Todd – IT award winner!), Rudy Martinez (Theater 2020: Into The Woods), Chrysten Peddie (Theater 2020: Singapore MikadoSweeney Todd), Josh Powell (Theater 2020: Assassins), Mary Thorne (Theater 2020: A Little Night MusicSweeney Todd).

Venue: The 1930’s Great Room at ART/NY Brooklyn.

38 South Oxford Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Just blocks from The Brooklyn Academy of Music & Barclay Center.

Convenient to all trains: B, C, D, G, N, R, Q, 2, 3, 4, 5, and the LIRR.

Date and Time:

Saturday, November 2, 2019 at 7pm (doors open at 7:00pm, concert at 8pm)

Tickets and Reservations: Advance purchase required!

Brown Paper Tickets https://th2020gala.brownpapertickets.com/

Or the ticket link at www.theater2020.com

General admission: $50 ($30 deductible!)

Theater 2020 “Visions for a New Millennium”

“Theater 2020 has once again proven that you can easily delight an audience when you have 1,000 times more imagination than funding!”  – The Huffington Post

“…these were the best voices on any stage, in any part of the five boroughs.”Edge Media Network

Multi Award winning & nominated (OOBR, NYIT, GLADD awards) producing team of David Fuller & Judith Jarosz

Theater 2020, Inc., Visions for a New Millennium, Brooklyn Heights’ first professional theater company, was founded in 2010 and represents the natural culmination of many years in the performing arts by its Producing Artistic Directors, Judith Jarosz and David Fuller, and its board members. Jarosz has performed, directed, choreographed or produced on Broadway and off, at major regional houses, and the New York City Opera. In her years at the helm of Theater Ten Ten Jarosz produced 49 main stage productions, together with countless cabarets, workshops, readings and special events. Fuller has acted nationwide, directed regionally and in NYC, and his 25-plus years in theater includes six years at the helm of Off Broadway’s Jean Cocteau Repertory, as well as seasons in partnership with Jarosz at Theater Ten Ten. All told, Fuller has produced 66 Off Broadway and NYC Indie Theatre productions, in addition to staged reading and music series, workshops and educational outreach programs. Also, since 2001, they have together or singularly produced tours of 22 plays and musicals. They have been recognized with multiple awards and nominations from many institutions including, The National GLADD awards, OOBR Awards, Nytheatre.com People of the Year, and New York Innovative Theater Awards. Hundreds of thousands of people have seen their work, children, students, adults and seniors.

Our Mission

Theater 2020, Inc., Visions for a New Millennium is dedicated to producing classic and contemporary plays and musicals for a 21st Century audience and to providing a nurturing atmosphere for both emerging artists and seasoned professionals. We are dedicated to reaching out to the community and to producing quality theater at affordable prices, utilizing established professionals and fostering young artists as they emerge into the theatrical mainstream, with a particular emphasis on providing more opportunities for artists who identify as women.

The only professional union theater company based in Brooklyn Heights, Theater 2020 produces everything from classic theater to contemporary satire, with forays into musicals and light opera, making them immediate to modern audiences using both innovative and traditional approaches. We believe live performance is a vital part of a healthy culture and that it is through theater that audiences are engaged dynamically in today’s issues and in perpetual questions of the human condition.

Through our many audience outreach programs, we offer free and deeply discounted tickets because we believe theater must be for everyone, and no one should be deprived of the experience due to economic status. Through our educational initiatives we are firmly committed to the idea that today’s youth is tomorrow’s audience, and we work with educators to provide opportunities for students as interns and assistants.

Theater 2020, Inc. produces in Brooklyn, Manhattan and elsewhere, including the under-served Greene County in New York’s Catskill Mountains. 

Never A Boy @ UCB Hell’s Kitchen

WHAT: NEVER A BOY – Chloe Koser invites you into her life as a trans comedian in a one-woman show that is equal parts emotionally raw and incredibly lewd. There’s boners, a whale, tampons, semen, and Chloe crying at least once in every performance. CONTENT WARNING: Gender Dysphoria, Bottom Dysphoria, Fertility Dysphoria, Suicidal Ideation. 

MORE ABOUT NEVER A BOY: Lewd, soul-baring, and hilarious: Chloe Koser (UCB Theater) welcomes you into her life as a trans comedian via outrageous characters and intimate storytelling. Personal, gross, silly, sad, and joyous, NEVER A BOY provides an intimate look into the challenges of coming out as a woman. Between soul-baring confessionals, NEVER A BOY unveils Chloe’s new medley of jaw-dropping characters: including a boner-obsessed business woman, a lesbian pick-up artist, a grizzled tampon maker, and a woman who will stop at nothing to fuck a whale. NEVER A BOY is written by and stars Chloe Koser, and is directed by Max Ash and Rob Tanchum.

ABOUT CHLOE KOSER: Chloe Koser (she/her) is a lady, queer, and trans. She was an actress on UCBT’s Maude Night for three years, and performs in a number of UCBT shows, including The Spotlight: Starring Chloe KoserThe Queerball Sketch ShowShady: A Queer Character Showcase, and the UCB Sketch Showcase. Her one-woman show, NEVER A BOY, is currently showing twice a month at UCBT Hell’s Kitchen. (chloekoser.com

ABOUT MAX ASH: Max Ash is a writer/actor/comedian living in New York City. He developed his sketch comedy chops writing and performing with Hammerkatz, NYU’s premiere sketch comedy group which was fun. He writes and performs in SHIZ: Broadway Meets Sketch Comedy, and writes for UCB’s Maude team “Attention Shoppers”. Ash previously wrote for Maude teams “Dangerous Woman,” “Hot Bird” and “Archnemesis”. Doing things with all of these groups is/was equally fun. With Rob Tanchum, he enjoyed a run of the two-person show BEENG BOONG: The Great And Powerful MTA which was about the NYC Subway System and it was really fun. Thank you. 

ABOUT ROB TANCHUM: Rob is a comedian/rapper/writer living in an apartment. He graduated from NYU with a BA in Film & TV Production, despite spending most of his collegiate energy writing and performing sketch comedy as a member and director of HammerkatzNYU. More recently Rob was a writer for the UCB house sketch team Nipsey and cowrote and performed in BEENG BOONG: The Great & Powerful MTA, which ran at the UCB for 6 months. His other work can be seen at comedy theaters around NYC and on his laptop in various folders. Recent directing credits include UCB Maude Night teams “Choir” and “Archnemesis”. Rob recently released Disturbed, Depressed, Inadequate – a comedy rap album Executive Produced by Dan Harmon and Starburns Industries. 

Wednesday, October 16 – 9PM (ticket link)
Wednesday, October 30 – 9PM (ticket link)(additional dates TBA)
Any interest in checking out Never A Boy and/or speaking with Chloe? 

Never A Boy runs throughout the fall at UCB Hell’s Kitchen.
UCB Hell’s Kitchen – 555 W 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036For more info, see the press release here.

New Work Series 2019

OUR FALL NEW WORK SERIES STARTS WEDNESDAY!
October 2 – 20 at TADA Theater
 

New musicals, plays, solo-shows and dance pieces (in varies stages of development), will be presented at our bi-annual New Work Series. See new work before it goes to Broadway! Now’s your chance to get bragging rights to the next Hamilton.

Over 60 workshop productions will be performed over three weeks with each production receiving one performance. Peter Levine’s new play, APPLE, TABLE, PENNY, headlines the series and will receive a full production and six performances.

The full line-up is available at www.newworkseries.com.

A wide range of shows will be showcased including a new musical on Madame Currie, a solo-show about Doris Day, a satire on immigration and the wall, and a musical parody inspired by the TV show Scandal. 
Tickets range between $10 – $20 and are available at 
www.newworkseries.com, or by calling 1-800-838-3006, or at the box office (if available) 30 minutes before the performance. 

Tada Theater
15 West 28th Street, 2nd Floor
Between Broadway & 5th Avenue
(elevator building)

All About Image/We are the Elite Opens Tonight

Photographers, Videographers, Assistants, and their Subjects present a complete outpouring of their entire vision.  What makes it to the gallery, to the screen, or to the theater?

Marcina Zaccaria’s All About Image/We Are The Elite
Directed by Tony Tambasco
Featuring:
David Arthur Bachrach *, J. Dolan Byrnes *, Frances McGarry *, Jeff Burchfield *, Don Carter *, Catherine Luciani, Milton Lyles II, Nana Ponceleon, Akin Salawu, Lourdes Severny, Kelsey Shapira, Katy Wilson

* Appears courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association

A drama written in the present time, taking place in New York City and other parts of the US, All About Image/ We Are The Elite  takes us on a journey of the people who make images. In the process of capturing and making images, the characters explore their personal relationships, while re-affirming their aesthetic principles.  With attention to memory, consciousness, and place in time, action occurs and re-occurs.  Quiet and stillness are values.  Are they always in the process of creating something that is greater than what’s on a page, what’s in the photo gallery, and what’s on the screen?

Performing at The Kraine Theater, 85 E 4th St, New York City on October 3 @ 7:00pm; October 4 @ 7:00pm; October 5 @ 5:15pm; October 6 @ 5:30pm

Fringe BYOV, Tickets available through Eventbrite

Further details at: Facebook/theater.image

Season Five: Short Plays to Nourish the Mind & Soul

New and exciting programing ~ Contemporary Plays ~ Spoken Word ~ Experimental pairing of music, dance, and storytelling ~ Audience Favorites

“Come spend an hour one day a month with us. We have so much to share.”
Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell
Written and performed by Johndca Spencer
Directed by Cesi Davidson
Music by Alex Blade Silver


Spoken Word artist, Johndca Spencer, will present her heartfelt experiences of love and violence in a family. Her work will be accompanied by the improvisational music of saxophonist Alex Blade Silver. You’ll be moved by her stories and uplifted by her hope and optimism. There will be a brief post-show conversation and a book signing. Johndca’s book, In and Out of Eden, will be available for purchase.
 
 
George Bruce Library
518 West 125th Street
New York, New York  10027
Saturday, October 19, 2019  @ 4 PM