May on Track
The Immediate Theater Co. presents Devil Land at Urban Stages. Jose Zayas directs Desi-Moreno-Penson’s Goth tale of twisted family in a Bronx basement Thu.-Mon., 8pm; Sat., 2 & 8pm; Sun. Thru May 7. Tix: 212.868.4444. theimmediatetheater.org.?Radiohole opens Fluke (Solemn Mysteries of the Ancient Order) or Dick Dick Dick at PS122. Created with the stunning new Peek-A-BooTM technology. Wed.-Fri., 8:30pm; Sat., 4:30 & 8:30pm; Sun. 4:30pm. $20/$10. Thru May 7. 150 First Ave., East Village. Tix: theatermania.com. 212.477.5288. radiohole.com, ps122.org.
Classic Stage Company presents Target Margin Theater’s production of Goethe’s Faust Parts I & II. Boundless Knowledge. Endless Gratification.One little catch. An all new extravaganza of Goethe’s masterpiece complete! Thru May 20 at Classic Stage, 136 East 13th St. bet. 3rd & 4th. ticketcentral.com or 212.279-4200
The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center presents readings and workshops including Igal Ezraty (May 1), Maxim Biller (May 2), Dacia Maraini and Maria Stuarda (May 3), The Edwin Booth Award Ceremony (May 8), Marc Wolf (May 11), Emily Mann (May 15), A. Ghazali’s The Sheep and the Whale (May 16), A Celebration 50 Years of The Drama Review (May 22), and BAiT-Buenos Aires in Translation (May 24). All events 6:30 at The CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue (at 34 Street); web.gc.cuny.edu/Mestc. Free. For reservations, 212.817.8215 or [email protected].
German Theater Abroad’s Stadttheater New York festival presents the American premieres of Roland Schimmelpfenning’s The Woman Before, translated by David Tushingham and directed by Daniel Fish; and of Ingrid Lausund’s Slipped Disc – A Study of the Upright Walk, translated by Henning Bochert and directed by Simone Blattner. May 3–26 at HERE Arts Center (145 Sixth Avenue). Tix $18, smarttix.com, 212.868.4444, here.org, or stadttheaternewyork.org.
chashama presents INSIDE/OUT, a free window performance & public art event by artists Laura Barnett and Sandra Spannan, from May 4-11 from 4– 8pm (Sat. May 6 from 3–8pm & Sun. May 7 from 1– 5pm), at chashama, 112 West 44th Street, bet. Broadway and 6th. Free.
Australian Aboriginal Theatre Initiative in collaboration with City Lore and Bowery Poetry Club present Vanessa Fisher performing traditional songlines and Dreamtime stories in English and indigenous languages from Australia accompanied by Jimmy Smith on didgeridoo, May 5, 3 – 6pm United Nations, free (res. required); May 6, 2:15 – 3pm , CUNY Grad. Center, 365 5th Ave. Admission: $12; $10 Students. Tix. 212.529.1955 or peoplespoetry.org, or via AATI at 212.533.0889 or aboriginaltheatre.com; May 6, 8pm American Indian Community House, 404 Lafayette St., 8th Fl, $10, Tix. 212.598.0100, aich.org or via AATI.
Theater of the Two-Headed Calf present their Concert of the first except for the Chamber opera May 6 at the LMCC SwingSpace 15 Nassau Street @ Pine. Four Playwrights (Gordon Dahlquist, Lisa D’Amour, Anne Washburn and Mac Wellman) have been paired up with Four Composers (Brendan Connelly, Mary Bellamy, James Saunders and Sam Hillmer). Over the course of the next two years, these four teams will each create a new Chamber Opera.
Soho Rep continues the Writer/Director Lab Reading Series with David Adjmi’s Marie Antoinette, directed by Shana Gold, May 8 at 3pm, and Rail theater co-editor Jason Grote’s Hamilton Township, directed by Maria Goyanes, May 15 at 3pm. Free, no reservations required. At Soho Rep, 46 Walker Street (bet. Broadway and Church, 2 blocks below Canal). The Lab is also accepting applications for 06/07 until May 19; check sohorep.org for details.
Theater Resources Unlimited presents the 8th Annual TRU Voices New Plays Reading Series, followed by “Dollars and Sense” industry panel discussions plus reception. Sage Theatre, 711 Seventh Avenue (47th/48th), 2nd floor, May 8, 16, and 22 at 7pm. Visit truonline.org for details.
MUD/BONE, in Association with THE POINT Live From the Edge Theatre present Jackie ‘n the Beanstalk, a new urban fairytale with a South Bronx spin. Jacqueline is after more than beans as she battles a giant petrochemical company and tries to hold on to her dreams in this funny, environmentally-conscious production. At THE POINT Theater, 940 Garrison Avenue, Bronx, May 11-13, Thu. & Fri., 10:30am, Fri. & Sat. 8pm, for more info and Tix: 718.670.3789.
78th Street Theatre Lab and Morning Line Productions present the world-premiere of I Will Come Like A Thief written by Trish Harnetiaux, directed by Jude Domski. Begins May 11 at the 78th Street Theatre Lab (236 West 78th Street). 78thstreettheatrelab.org, morninglineproductions.com.
Rail contributor Richard Fulco curates the Monday Night Playwright Series at Night and Day, 230 5th Avenue, Brooklyn, 6:30pm, May 15.
Packawallop Productions presents the world premiere of Nerve, a dark comedy about falling into a relationship on the first date. By Adam Szymkowicz, directed by Scott Ebersold, starring Susan O’Connor and Travis York. May 16-June 3 at Urban Stages, smarttix.com
The Rapid Response Team is at it again, May 16th, 8pm Galapagos Art Space (back room) 70 North 6th Street, Williamsburg. The RRT is a group of writers, actors, directors and tunesmiths who band together once a month to create an evening of new short plays and songs based on the past week’s news. Check out rapidresponseteam.org for directions, archives and more.
The NYC Theater of the Oppressed Lab offers workshops facilitated by Augusto Boal, Julian Boal and TOPLAB Trainers. Workshop 1: Invisible Theater, May 20-22, 10am-5pm; workshop 2: Cop-in-the-Head, May 23-25, 10am-5pm. Tuition: $450, a very limited number of partial scholarships available; to be considered [email protected]. Workshops at The Brecht Forum, 451 West Street (West Side Highway).
Andre Gregory’s new play Bone Songs will be having its NY premiere at the 92nd Street Y on May 24, performed by Debbie Eisenberg, Larry Pine and the author. Tix: 212.415.5500
The Paddywack Players present the NYC premiere of Barry Kornhauser’s play for family audiences, This Is Not a Pipe Dream. The multimedia theatrical fantasia enters the world of surrealist painter Rene Magritte. Directed by Tracy Bersley, score by Gil Talmi. May 27 – June 25, Sat/Sun at noon, at the Richmond Shepard Theatre, 309 East 26th. Tix $12, 212.358.5089.
Williamsburg’s Brick Theatre is accepting applications to The NY Clown Theatre Festival, deadline June 1. For info and application, visit bricktheater.com.
On Theater and Theurgy: A Les Waters Compendium Illuminates the Director’s CraftBy Joey Sims
FEB 2023 | Theater
But nor is Waters, a king of experimental theater who recently graced Broadway with his extraordinary production of Lucas Hnaths Dana H., about to let a book about his work become, itself, obvious or rote. So, interspersed between illuminating essays by Waterss collaborators come his own idiosyncratic contributions.
Theater is Refreshing With The Watering HoleBy Judith C. Lovell
SEPT 2021 | Theater
Writer Judith C. Lovell reflects and explores the ways in which Signature Theatres immersive theatrical production of Lynn Nottages The Watering Hole reimagines a post-pandemic theater.
A Bonkers Workplace Comedy About Life and Grief in EventsBy Billy McEntee
DEC 22–JAN 23 | Theater
If youve dreaded going back into the office, Events confirms the return may be worse than you imagined. Much, much worse.
We See You, White American TheaterBy Brittani Samuel
MAY 2021 | Theater
Nearly one year after the We See You, White American Theater collective sent out a list of demands to theater institutions across the country, holding them accountable for their lack of BIPOC inclusion, writer Brittani Samuel gives a progress report, and evaluates how the organizations advocacy has impacted and changed theater as we know it.