A Therapy Session with Myself @krainetheatre

A THERAPY SESSION WITH MYSELF at the Kraine Theater
“…a glimpse of what life can be like when we let our phobias get the best of us.” 
-Opplaud NY

“…brave…thought-provoking…”
-Arts Independent

After a successful premiere at the New York Theatre Festival’s 2019 NYWinterfest this past January, A Therapy Session with Myself – Anthony J. Piccione’s controversial, semi-autobiographical drama about living with mental illness and autism – returns this May for an open-ended run of monthly afternoon performances at the Kraine Theater.

Tickets are on-sale now for performances from May to November 2019, with additional performance dates to be announced in the coming months.
Tickets – $25

Location
The Kraine Theater
85 E 4th Street
New York, NY 10003
Between 2nd & 3rd Avenues (Bowery)
First Floor, no wheelchair access

Performance dates
May 18th – 2pm
June 15th – 2pm
July 20th – 2pm
August 17th – 2pm
September 21st – 2pm
October 19th – 2pm
November 16th – 2pm

A Therapy Session with Myself tells the story of Alex Grayson, a young college student and aspiring writer suffering from severe social anxiety, depression and Asperger’s syndrome. During the summer before his senior year, he receives a mysterious visit from “himself”, a human incarnation of his inner consciousness . As they interact, Alex is forced to reflect on his own flaws and personality quirks, as well as some of the darkest and most painful memories of his adolescence, while also pondering the question of whether or not he can overcome his many inner demons, and ultimately build a brighter future for himself.

Mr. Piccione described his inspiration for the play in an interview with Five-Star Arts Journals last December. “[It’s] a semi-autobiographical play that’s mainly inspired by real-life events that occurred from my first year of high school up to my last year of college, [and] I’d say the actual story itself is about 80 to 90 percent the truth, with only some minor changes,” according to Piccione, who went on to say that “[w]hen people come see the show, it’ll likely feel more like a stream of consciousness, rather than a traditional story with a beginning, middle, and end, so I imagine it’ll raise at least as many questions as answers. But still, my hope for this play is that it leaves people thinking about issues of social anxiety, depression, and Asperger’s syndrome [in] a different way than perhaps they used to.” 

Returning to helm the play is award-winning director Holly Payne-Strange, who last year was named Best Director for her work on Opposites and Contradictions at the NYC Theatre Festival and Showcase at Theatre 80. St Marks, while acclaimed actor/director/songwriter Andres Gallardo Bustillo returns as assistant director.

The production stars Nick Roy as Alex; Shane Zimmerman as “you”, the human incarnation of Alex’s inner consciousness; and Nathan Cusson as “me”, Alex’s younger self who appears in flashbacks. The cast is rounded out by Emma Romeo (Kelly), Louise Heller (Kate/Ms. Appleton/Beth), Tony Bozanich (Ray/Professor Collins), Travis artin (Henry/Ensemble), Alexander Pepper (Tim/Ensemble), Nick Capriotti (Philip/Ensemble), Rosie Coursey (Ensemble) and Lizzy Moreno (Ensemble).

JULY EVENTS AT  FRIGID NEW YORK @ HORSE TRADE

 
Thank You, Robot Photo credit: KL Thomas
The Long Miserable Journey to Happiness
Sunday, July 2 @ 5pm & Wednesday, July 19 @ 7pm 
UNDER St. Marks (94 St. Marks Place) $12
Fringe 2011’s Best Newcomer Nominee Paul Valenti is going back to Edinburgh. This time on a casual quest for Universal Truth. Put yourself in Paul’s hands while he clowns, cajoles, charms, flips, falls and flops his way to discovering what exactly—if anything—makes us truly happy. Paul invites you to leave your baggage at the door and join him on a quest for the unseekable: Happiness.
Category: Solo Show; Clown
Stand Up and Take Your Clothes Off!
Sunday, July 2 @ 8pm $10 in advance; $15 at the door
The Kraine Theater (85 East 4th Street)
Stand Up and Take Your Clothes Off! features NYC’s funniest female comics and sassiest burlesque acts. Past performers have been featured in films, seen on TV, and perform at venues all over the world. This is a fast paced sexy show, exploding with talent.
Category: Comedy; Burlesque
The Open Mic Downstairs 
Hosted by Dan Ricker & Mike Milazzo
Every Tuesday @ 9pm $4 at the door
UNDER St. Marks (94 St. Marks Place)
At The Open Mic Downstairs the focus is the stage! Sign-ups get seven minutes to try anything in one of the most supportive rooms in New York. Whether it’s a performance art piece, comedy, music, storytelling, dance, or something entirely off the top of your head, you’ll find a home in the attentive welcoming community at UNDER St. Marks.
Category: Open Mic; Variety 
FEAST: A Performance Series
Wednesday, July 5 @ 7pm $15
UNDER St. Marks (94 St. Marks Place)
Feast: A Performance Series invites you to the table for a fresh and delicious three-course performance series. Co-curators Conrad Kluck and Alex Randrup offer an evening of performances from the worlds of theater, music, dance and poetry, including a new work-in-progress staged reading by our monthly-featured playwright. We’re cooking up new works every month!
Category: Variety; Play Development 
Ten-Foot Rat Cabaret
Wednesday, July 5 @ 9:30pm $15
UNDER St. Marks (94 St. Marks Place)
Ten-Foot Rat Cabaret is Gotham’s Premiere Variety Show: Comedy, Music, Burlesque, Vaudeville, and More! Hosted by Canadian import Jillian Thomas; featuring Bill Chambers and Gregory Levine – and a rotating cast of the entertainment cream of NYC, America and Canada. Created and Produced by Rob Dub and Gregory Levine.
Category: Variety; Comedy; Vaudeville 
 
CHALK
Saturday, July 8 @ 2:30pm $15; $5 for kids under 12
The Kraine Theater (85 East 4th Street)
CHALK is a playful and poignant one-man show guaranteed to delight audiences of all ages. Chalk invites audiences into a hand-drawn world where imagination is made real and anything can happen. Charlie Chaplin meets Harold and the Purple Crayon in this feel-good romantic romp sure to “Draw You In.” Category: Solo Show; Kids; Family Friendly 
A Brief History of Beer
Saturday, July 8 @ 10:30pm $12
UNDER St. Marks (94 St. Marks Place)
A Brief History of Beer is a one hour drinkeractive comedy where the audience travels through time with William Glenn and Trish Parry, all the way back to Ancient Sumeria, through to today, on a mission to save beer from a mysterious nefarious person! Each month has a different theme so you can always come back and fill your cup with beery knowledge and fun!
Category: Comedy; Food & Drink
Cabaret Showdown: Winners Showcase
Sunday, July 9 @ 5:30pm $10
The Kraine Theater (85 East 4th Street)
Join last month’s winner of the Cabaret Showdown as they star in their own show!
Category: Cabaret; Music
The Cabaret Showdown
Hosted by Mark McDaniels 
Sunday, July 9 @ 7pm  $12 (includes a free drink)
The Kraine Theater (85 East 4th Street) 
Do you have what it takes to be a cabaret champion? Contestants compete for the chance to star in their own show or cabaret. Come out and join the fun! Whether you are a contestant or in the audience you are guaranteed to have a blast. Category: Cabaret; Music; Game Show
The Adam Wade Show
Featuring Moth StorySLAM Champion, Adam Wade
Tuesday, July 11 @ 7pm $10
The Kraine Theater (85 East 4th Street)
Adam Wade (Comedy Central’s Inside Amy Schumer, NPR regular), a staggering 20-time Moth Story Slam winner, has put together many of his winning heartfelt and humorous stories for this special monthly show. No two shows are the same. A different featured guest will start the evening off.
Category: Comedy; Storytelling
Sketch Block 
Wednesday, July 12 @ 9pm $10
UNDER St. Marks (94 St. Marks Place)
Sketch Block is a comedy showcase that gives sketch troupes an opportunity to perform without the pressure of bringing in an audience. Also, Sketch Block does not force their audience to pay for drinks. We believe that it’s your choice to drink or not. It’s about the comedy. Sketch Comedy meets Block Party. This monthly show features a guest host comedian, three guest sketch troupes and drinking. Come meet, mingle, and perform!
Category: Comedy; Sketch Comedy
Pretty Bad
Thursday, July 13 @ 10pm $15
The Kraine Theater (85 East 4th Street)
Pretty Bad is a show that pairs professional models with professional comedians to make imperfect improv under perfectly funny circumstances.
Category: Comedy; Improv
Lo-Fi NYC
Saturday, July 15 @ 10:30pm $10
UNDER St. Marks (94 St. Marks Place)
LO-FI NYC is a live taping of the comedy show you always dreamed of. Recorded only on iPhones and a 10-year-old Sony handicam, this fast-paced trash heap of a show features the best sketch, stand up, hammer giveaways and musicians from the big apple and beyond. It’s like The Muppet Show, but there aren’t any puppets and everyone is drunk.
Category: Comedy
Caribbean Nights Concert Series
Thursday, July 20 @ 10:30pm $15
The Kraine Theater (85 East 4th Street) 
This is gong to be one exciting show of artists sharing the stage with Reggae and Hip Hop music that no doubt will get you out of your chairs! Featuring E.M.M.P. Inc Feddy Jones from Puerto Rico, Binky from the USA, Floydy Wonder from Jamaica, Grey Mann from Trinidad, and Cavell Simms aka DJ NUKID from Jamaica.
Category: Music; Reggae; Hip Hop
Thank You, Robot
Friday, July 21 @ 10:30pm $5
UNDER St. Marks (94 St. Marks Place)
A showcase for independent and established improv teams. For each show, two teams join Thank You, Robot to perform sets of unscripted comedy, never seen before and never to be seen again. Category: Comedy; Improv
The Torchlight Series
Presented by Cave Theatre Company
Wednesday, July 26 @ 7pm $10
UNDER St. Marks (94 St. Marks Place)
It is within caves that the first art appeared – tales of humanity carved or painted on the rock walls. Our ancestors walked deep into the earth away from all light and created stories with paint, with fire, with song. We now venture into the dark as our ancestors did and strive to do the same.
Category: Play Development
The Varietal Hour
Friday, July 28 @ 10:30pm $10
UNDER St. Marks (94 St. Marks Place)
The Varietal Hour showcases a diverse collection of talent from around the city. Host and two-time Tony Award rehearsal attendee Lucas Womack splits a bottle of wine with guests as they perform anything from stand up to soft shoe, from storytelling to juggling, and very little in between. Or maybe all of it. Join us as we celebrate variety and varietals!
Category: Variety; Food & Drink
Comic Sutra Saturday
Saturday, July 29 @ 10:30pm $10
UNDER St. Marks (94 St. Marks Place) 
Join us on an endless journey, where desire meets dick jokes, all under the guise of Eastern mysticism. Allow us to re-open those chakras deep inside you and be embraced by our tantalizing, tantric tales and tunes. Comedy. Music. The Unknown. Only at COMIC SUTRA SATURDAYS! Category: Comedy
New York Madness
Sunday, July 30 @ 8pm $10
The Kraine Theater (85 East 4th Street)
Madness: is a raw and unpredictable show of short plays by an ensemble of playwrights presented fully staged with scripts in hand. Each night has a Theme, which is given out a week before the event. The collective works in an evening kaleidoscope that cultural moment. It is a snapshot of where we are politically, culturally, and artistically. A Madness is a forum for all writers to explore the boundaries of modern theater.
Category: Short Plays; Staged Reading
FRIGID New York @ Horse Trade is a theater development group with a focus on new work that produces a massive quantity of stimulating downtown theater every season. FRIGID’s Resident Artist Program offers a home to a select group of Independent theater artists, pooling together a great deal of talent and energy. FRIGID New York grew out of the annual FRIGID Festival, the first and only festival of its kind in New York City to offer artists 100% of their box office proceeds, and Horse Trade Theater Group, a self-sustaining theater development and management group.
 
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