"UR HEAD IS MINE," an intimate summer performance series that brings together [ gay and_or brown and_or fluid ] artists for nights of actions fueled by frustration. This is a takeover of spaces that they have historically been excluded from. They want to create an environment that facilitates the gathering of communities, and a platform to voice their collective disillusionment with the systems they operate within. Opening reception on July 31st.
Sparks fly as one of the most unlikely romantic couples in all of literature, bluster through a series of hilarious hijinks, and a battle of the sexes ensure. This production is directed by Tom Waites, whose short film Pandora's Box won Best Director and Best Screenplay for the Short Film Contest at Atlantic City Film Festival.
Good Catch is Rebecca Bayard, Von Decarlo, Scott Wesley Hawley, Lisa Sperry, Kirk Stevens, Mike Wirsch and Laura Yoder Witt. Good Catch takes a suggestion from the audience and creates a completely made-up musical narrative through original songs, scenes, and dances for a unique, fun, and one-of-a-kind performance! Also featuring performances by Sex Milkshake and Glamour Shots!
When Debra Ehrhardt was an 18-year-old secretary in Kingston, Jamaica, she bumped into a handsome CIA agent over a bowl of oxtail soup. With the help of the love-struck American, she decided to squeeze through the pinhole of opportunity and out of Jamaica. Her journey was blocked by many obstacles: an alcoholic father, a bible-spouting mother, the price of an airline ticket, and U.S. government suspicions.
Loosely inspired by Ionesco’s absurdist classic, The Chairs creates a post-apocalyptic world in which an old woman, portrayed by a 10-foot puppet, invites guests to hear an important message about the meaning of life. One by one, a collection of 25 chairs appears, each one a unique performing object with something important to say. Judith Malina (of The Living Theatre) stars. Skipitares' chairs are incarnations of people like Malala, Stephen Hawking and Nelson Mandela and their messages are, well, not absurd. Ionesco is himself a chair in this play, as are Gertrude Stein, Malala, Ai Wei Wei, Stephen Hawking and 25 others. Playing through June 8th.
Come see "Why Can't They All Be Like Johnny Depp: Comedy Short," directed by Jeffrey Hirschberg, at the NY Shorts Fest on May 27th. The New York International Short Film Festival (NY Shorts Fest) showcases the finest short-form cinema from around the world to enthusiastic audiences in the vibrant filmmaking enclave of New York City.
Architects Gordon Matta-Clark, Bill Owens, and James Howard Silvers' collective works represent a transitional period in American suburban life; a time when American consumerism was at its largest expansion and postwar suburban fantasy collided with the reality of gas shortages, "stagflation," and a growing unease with the isolation associated with "bedroom communities". The work of these artists and architects is part of a moment when conformity and the established order were being called into question on a mass scale as the "counter culture" movement of the sixties resonated with those affected by the faltering economy of the seventies. At carriage trade Gallery through May 18th.
Alone in Triptych, by Renee Philippi, presented by the Concrete Temple Theatre at HERE is an odd attraction for this temple of the avant-garde. Alone is a straightforward, beautifully acted trilogy of intertwining solos. The title is a bit misleading since each of the three characters is at all times addressing an unseen person, the object of their obsessive attention.
Clear as a bell I remember being taken to the Rivoli, a first-run movie palace on Broadway, to see the film Oklahoma! starring Gordon MacRae and Shirley Jones. Her freshness and lovely soprano was transporting. Seeing her so many years later onstage at the intimate, elegant Café Carlyle conjures the same thrill, her warmth and elegance filling the room. She began her show with a short video of her career, from musical theater ingénue to Academy Award winning prostitute to beloved sitcom mom.