2011

2011 INDEPENDENT PRODUCTIONS

hwDEAD BIRDS or AVIAN BLUES
reading/performance featuring Howard Pflanzer and El Tahra Ibrahim
with Tom Walker reading from his Memoir about The Living Theatre
introduced by Robert Roth

Sun. December 11     7:30 PM

Howard Pflanzer will read/perform with El Tahra Ibrahim from his new book, DEAD BIRDS or AVIAN BLUES, published by Fly By Night Press, celebrating the birds and animals commenting on the human condition in edgy short plays and poems with surreal illustrations by Juliane Pieper.

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A night of Experi-MENTAL music featuring:
PAS
…experimental sound technicians  
Richard Lainhart and Lucio Menegon
Koning’s Blauw
Amar Chaudhary

‘History of the Future’
Sat. November 26     7 – 11:30 PM

live film score directed by Richard Lainhart with various improvisors.

$10 with complementary wine

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FRIENDANDY.COM    
Staged Reading

November 15th Doors 7pm, show 7:30

Performers:  Hayes Dunlap, Sean Hefferon
Laura Kaldis, Nastasha Strang

FriendAndy.com is a dark comedy that explores how we exist in the digital age.  The world of internet is brought to life on stage as we meet Andy, a young NYC blogger who finds fame, fortune, and friends online.  Does Andy have it all?

Pre & Post Show Reception.  Suggested Donation $10

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Evelyn and AdamTHE SHAPE OF THINGS
by Neil LaBute
Produced by Bruth Media

November 16, 17, 18  

Cast:
Adam: Barry DeBois
Evelyn: Chelsey Clime
Jenny: Karen Bray
Phillip: Nick Fesette
Directed by Brayden Hade
Assistant Director: Emily C. Walker
Stage Manager: Justyn Wade Dansby

After a chance meeting in a museum, Evelyn, a sexy, aggressive artist, and Adam, a shy, insecure student, become embroiled in an intense affair. Before long, Adam, under Evelyn’s steady influence, goes to unimaginable lengths to improve his appearance and character while his friends Phillip and Jenny have a front row seat to his metamorphosis. How far would you go for love? For art? What concessions would you make?

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ACEDIA
Created by Jillian Johnson
Collaboratively devised by  Keiko Green, Will Neuman, Carolyn Rossett, Katherine Stutts, and Nora Jane Williams
music by Gene Baker
lights by Kirstin Kapustik

October 26 – November 6

Acedia is set 25 years from now in a possible future where personal and public humiliation and “troll”-ery has become so ubiquitous that governments worldwide have criminalized any act of malicious humiliation. Society is more afraid of public embarrassment than personal harm. Six characters have been charged with criminal humiliation and they must spend the night deciding if at the end of their incarceration – they will decide to stand up to the responsibility of their actions or escape through anonymity.

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Cracked by Josiah HoustonPiece Theatre presents
CRACKED (upon a time)
Written and Directed by Josiah Houston

with Brent Wellington Barker III and Zebedee J. Row

October 13 – 22 

Stretching the boundaries of absurdist comedy by exploring the tragedies of limitation, Houston’s CRACKED (upon a time) is a simple story about the complexities of language and those who speak it. As two ancient companions sit at the foot of a graveyard, their potent ramblings and hysterical bickering discuss memory, illusion, love, luck, fear, trust, choices to be made, time to be passed, and the desire to avoid ending before they conclude that Everyman must go through life on his own.

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A READING OF
THE SEAGULL  BY ANTON CHEKHOV
adapted by Michael Raver

Monday, September 26        Doors open 6:30

wine/cheese reception to follow     $10

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Theaterlab is proud to support
Art In Odd Places’ annual art activities on 14th St.
This year the theme is RITUAL.

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Friday, September 30    6 – 9 PM

installations, performance, drinks and light fare

featuring many of this year’s festival performers and artists

Join us and celebrate this extraordinary event

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BIRDS’ EAR VIEW
an audio/visual installation  – wine reception

Sunday, October 2    7 – 9 PM

The Birds’ Ear View Collective (Alexandra Wolkowicz, Jon Barraclough, Rob Peterson) formed in 2008 when they learned that thousands of birds fly into skyscrapers during migration season every year in NYC alone. Since then the collective gathered ‘evidence’ and traces of these collisions (rather than the moment of impact itself) through photography and drawings of collision victims, and the extraordinary audio environment they inhabit as sound recordings.

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NegarCHAOTIC PAUSE
Two Iranian Musicians
Negar Bouban – oud and vocals
Alan Kushan – santuras

July 8        8 PM

Iranian oud player and vocalist, Negar Bouban, and the internationally avant-garde Santurist , Alan Kushan, will perform the music of a contrastive situation. Negar and Alan shall display their own individual interpretation and their performances shall illustrate how contrast may merge together.

light fare and wine reception to follow concert

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tintpMad Dog Theatre Company presents
THIS IS NOT THE PLAY
By Chisa Hutchinson
Directed by Joel Waage

June 22-25           8 PM          June 26    2 PM

June 29-July 2      8 PM          July 3       2 PM

Cast:  Chisa Hutchinson, Heather Kelley, Jennifer Logue,

Kevin O’Callaghan, Nicole Samsel

THIS IS NOT THE PLAY is…well, not really a play.  It’s an inside look at the effed up process by which one playwright constructs characters and ultimately a story.  Problem is the playwright has no idea who the characters really are.  She isn’t even sure she wants to tell their story.  And it doesn’t exactly help that the characters go on strike mid-brainstorm.  Watch to see how she gets them to reveal themselves–and their deep, dirty issues–despite deep distrust and mutual prejudice.  The bonus?  You get a say in what the actual play will be.

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relationshiftsRELATIONSHIFTS
Written by Joanie Fritz Zosike

June 25        8 PM       buy tickets  $10

produced by The Beautiful Soup Theater Collective –
directed by Steven Carl McCasland

featuring Zoe Anastassiou, Mallory Berlin, Dean Conroy, Sheila Dabney, Priscilla Flores, Claire Helene, Robert Hieger, Tracy Jennissen, Joy Smith Kelly, Morton Kroos, Laurie Strickland, and Miguel Suero.

As cells divide and passion accelerates, we inevitably arrive at the permeable atrium of Love. RelationShifts is a suite of twelve loosely related plays about love in several of its countless myriad forms. it was inspired by a quick cup of coffee at Mr. Tu’s Bakery in Flushing, Queens in late 2010.

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awake_225THE AWAKENING
A reading of a screenplay
by Jim Sherry
Based on the novel by Kate Chopin
Directed by Joyce Wu

Sunday       June 12      3 PM       FREE

 

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ChainLogoSquare1CHAIN
by Pearl Cleage

June 9 – 12        8 PM

CHAIN tells the tale of a sixteen-year-old crack addict, Rosa Jackson, whose parents take matters into their own hands. Their solution: to keep their daughter chained inside their home for seven days.  In this desperate attempt to keep their daughter away from drugs and the violence of their Harlem community, Rosa teeters between discovering her self worth, the admiration for her boyfriend, Jesus, who introduced her to the drug, and the reality of her addiction.

This one-woman show not only explores “urban” violence and the impact of drugs on the African American community but the affects of peer pressure and how far parents will go to protect their children.  CHAIN will be performed by Brittany A. Bellizeare and directed by Crystal A. Dickinson.

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Shape-of-thingsPrimary Colors Theatre presents
THE SHAPE OF THINGS
by Neil Labute

May 19 – 22     8 PM

A startling dissection of cruelty and artistic creation from the author of In the Company of Men and Your Friends and Neighbors, The Shape of Things by Neil Labute challenges society’s most deeply entrenched ideas about art, manipulation, and love. Directed by Pedro Pereira.

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Reggie NicholsonLoft Arts Productions presents
The Tea Series
REGGIE NICHOLSON’S PERCOETRY
with special guests
FAY VICTOR and AMIRI BARAKA

Sunday May 22, 2 PM     $20/$15

Join us when we feature Reggie Nicholson’s Percoetry with songstress Fay Victor and special legendary poet Amiri Baraka on Sunday, May 22 at 2p at Theaterlab- 137 W 14th St. NYC 10010 , for a wonderful afternoon of new music, sweet tea and pastry for the entire family!

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Theaterlab is sponsoring this extraordinary event
at The Baruch Performing Arts Center
25th between Lexington and Third Avenues

NORTHPOINT: Voices From A Kentucky Prison

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Monday, May 23rd, 7 PM  –  Baruch Performing Arts Center

On Monday, May 23rd, New York’s theatrical community will come together to present Northpoint: Voices from a Kentucky Prison, a benefit reading of short plays written by prisoners at Northpoint in Burgin, Kentucky. This exciting, one-night only event will support the 2011 playwriting program at Northpoint as well as seed a two-week playwright residency at the prison.

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TAPT presents
2 One–Acts by S. Brian Jones
Directed by Nichole Donje’
Deconstructing Family & Sister, Mother, Daughter, Wife

Tuesday, May 24      7 PM       RSVP: TAPTheatre@gmail.com

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HitlerTheaterlab Play Reading Series presents
HITLER’S ANALYST
a new play by Kenneth H. Brown
(The Brig, Nightlight, The Happy Bar, etc.)

Friday, May 6 

In 1951, a deranged couple is brought to a Park Avenue psychiatrist in mysterious circumstances.  They believe they are Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun.  In the course of treatment, discoveries are made that alter the lives of everyone concerned.  Any similarity between the events examined in the play and U.S. Government covert operations is purely coincidental.

suggested donation $10

light fare and wine reception to follow performance
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Promo Pic w TlabThe Seven Collective presents
FACE DIVIDED
written by Edward Allan Baker
directed by Franny Alicia Reynoso

featuring: Angelique Orsini, Brennan Vickery
and Angelique Chapman

April 27 – 30    8 PM    $20

The Seven Collective challenges the traditional theatrical evening with an innovative sensory experience. FACE DIVIDED is the story of a young wife and mother desperately yearning for the way things used to be. Debbie finds herself in the emergency room after an accident involving her three-year-old daughter. Then her husband arrives. His questions will reveal just how seriously their broken dreams have affected baby Jess.

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While I was in a sleeping state…
a collaborative performance of music, video and dance

DIRTY CHURCHES STILL

Brooklyn-based sound artists, Dirty Churches whose music has been described by the New York Times as “haunting,” merge samples and electronics with conventional acoustic instruments, creating a textured sonic environment of ethereal energy. New compositions by Robert Boston and Jesse Gelaznik will be featured with video and live visual manipulation by Rachel Blackwell, whose work focuses on universal human experience: birth, death, consciousness, fear, and has been screened at Zero Film Festival and Cinema 16. Laureen Elizabeth from the Martha Graham Ensemble will incorporate original choreography and improvisation, oscillating between narrative and abstraction… in a subliminal oceanic world. Reception to follow performance.

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Dorian postcard copya guest production of Theaterlab
THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY
An adaptation by Michael Raver
Based on the novel by Oscar Wilde
Staged Reading Directed by Quin Gordon

April 8th at 2 pm | April 9th at 2 pm & 8 pm

Featuring: Roger Clark*, William Connell*, Lauren Molina*, Ned Noyes*, Wesley Taylor*

Produced by Steve Litwitz

by invitation only: doriangrayreading@gmail.com

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Naoki Iwakawa and friends present
a SPECIAL ENJOYABLE EVENT THIS SUNDAY
ART SALE TO BENEFIT PEOPLE IN NEED IN JAPAN

Japan-Poster-Web
Sunday, April 10 – 2 PM  – Free

You can make a difference in the peoples lives that need your help.

ALL ART WORK – $20

ARTISTS PLEASE BRING YOUR WORK AT 12 NOON

SALE EVENT AND RECEPTION STARTS AT 2 PM

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Mimi Jones BandLoft Arts Productions/The Tea Series presents
MIMI JONES BAND

Sunday, April 3  –  2 PM

$15, ($10 Students and Seniors)

Mimi Jones, multi talented bassist, vocalist performs songs from her inspiring debut release CD, “A New Day” , bursting with original compositions seamlessly melting from one song to another. The title of the CD speaks of embracing a changing world. Mimi Jones, transformed from “side man” will play bass and sing with bandmates; Luis Perdomo-keys, Camille Thurman-sax and Chris Eddleton- drums The Mimi Jones Band appears in The Tea Series, a monthly new music and jazz series produced by Loft Arts Productions in association with Arts & Education Continuum, Bruce Mack’s Free World Radio and Theaterlab

“With a crystalline delivery, great range and a fine command of nuance and inflection, Allen brings a mix of innocence, sultriness and pure-tuned vocal beauty.”

-Dan McClenaghan, All About Jazz

As part of New York’s jazz community, Aimée has navigated traditional and modern jazz, infusing her craft with a personal and intimate style. In addition to selections from the great American songbook, Aimée sings some not-so-standards, pays homage to Brazilian bossa, frequently includes a French lyric, and also performs her own inspired originals. Hers is a voice nuanced and sparkling, with soul and sensuality.

Having spent some years living abroad, Aimée’s latest CD, l’Inexplicable, is the fruit her trans-continental experiences in music and her talents as a writer. The album is a collection of warm, soulful, originals blending African rhythms, Brazilian bossa, and classic American jazz. With one exception, all the selections on l’Inexplicable were written by Aimée and are sung in French. L’Inexplicable was released in 2008 in Japan on the independent label Vivid Sound and in Europe on the Schubert Music label.

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PageImage-418375-1864716-7224-aimeeroof_027Loft Arts Productions/The Tea Series presents
AIMEE ALLEN

Sunday, March 20  –  2 PM

$15, ($10 Students and Seniors)

Aimée’s debut release, Dream, in 2006, offered inspired interpretations of jazz standards, familiar bossa nova classics and one original composition. In keeping with her worldly experience, it included vocals in English, French, and Portuguese.

Aimée performs frequently in New York City and tours internationally to music festivals and other events and venues. Her singular voice has garnered the love of many of the city’s best musicians.

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droppedImageGround Up Productions presents
From the Ground UP

3rd Annual New Works Reading Series

Monday, Feb 7
FALLING IN LIKE
By Jerry Sipp

Tuesday, Feb 15
PRATFALLS
By Holly Webber

Monday, Feb 21
516 (five sixteen)
By Katherine Clark Gray

Monday, Feb 28
BROMANCE: THE DUDESICLE
Music By Kyle Ewalt
Lyrics By Michael Ian Walker
& Kyle Ewalt

$4 Suggested Donation at Door –  All shows at 8 PM

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Joseph-Daley
Loft Arts Productions – The Tea Series

continues its fine Jazz presentations with
JOSEPH DALEY’S SOLO TUBA EXPLORATIONS

MacDowell award winning artist Joseph Daley equipped with pedals, gadgets and electronic gear will premier the African Sonata and works by Dizzy Gillespie, James Moody and Eddie Harris for solo tuba!

Joseph Daley was born in New York City were he attended Music and Art High School and Manhattan School of Music. He is an outstanding musician, composer and educator. Mr. Daley has recorded and toured with the Liberation Music Orchestra (Charlie Haden), Gravity Tuba ensemble (Howard Johnson), Taj Mahal Tuba Band, Spider Monkey Strings (Taylor Ho Bynum), Untempered Ensemble (Bill Cole), Bill Dixon, Dave Douglas, Carla Bley, Sam Rivers, Ebony Brass Quintet and Hazmat Modine (Wade Schuman). In 2010 Mr. Daley released his first CD project under his leadership featuring large ensemble compositions written while he was a MacDowell fellow.

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Will_Calhoun_photoLoft Arts Productions presents
Grammy Award Winner
WILL CALHOUN
from  LIVING COLOUR

January 23

Will Calhoun, the widely acclaimed drummer from the Bronx, New York, graduated from the Berklee School of Music in Boston, where he received a Bachelors degree in Music Production and engineering. He was also the recipient of the prestigious Buddy Rich Jazz Masters Award for outstanding performance by a drummer.

2 pm     $15

 

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