Some shows I'm planning to see:
Tuesday's Benjamin Kunkel play reading Buzz, directed by Adam Rapp - free at Cherry Lane Theatre! Sign up for the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater mailing list to get details to RSVP. Free readings Tuesdays at 2 p.m. at Cherry Lane.
A Molly Jolly Christmas - I saw Molly's (aka Andrea Alton's) solo show earlier this year and loved it. And hello, Christmas sweater!
A MOLLY JOLLY CHRISTMAS is poet/security guard Molly "Equality" Dykeman's first Christmas variety show. Will she be able to muck her way through musical numbers, choreography, and a glittering array of guest stars in the Percocet-fogged haze that is her mind? Will she finally land the lady...or ladies... of her dreams? Will the chef at the Laurie Beechman Theatre agree to serve her beloved nachos?
Some Girls by Neil LaBute - benefit for To Write Love on Her Arms - tickets here
Nunya Productions LLC Presents
Some Girl(s) By Neil Labute, A Benefit Play For Twloha
Thursday, December 08, 2011 through Saturday, December 17, 2011
Length: 2 hrs 00 mins
Seating: General Admission
You choose your seats when you get to the theater.
The first time this version of Some Girl(s) is being produced in NYC!
A young writer is about to get married but first decides to visit ex girlfriends around the country before taking the big plunge!
Q: What is To Write Love on Her Arms?A: To Write Love on Her Arms is a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide. TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire, and also to invest directly into treatment and recovery.
The Holy Land Experience by Martin Dockery
From a religious theme park in Orlando to Christmas Day in Bethlehem comes one man’s ineptly comic and exhilarating pursuit of forgiveness.
In his latest all-true theatrical monologue, Dockery wrestles with his own lies and infidelities as he comically explores the profane and profound in the biblical story of Jesus. Traveling from a theme park where hundreds of tourists watch as Jesus is crucified daily to the town where a billion people celebrate his birth annually, Dockery attempts to get inside the mind of a man who lived 2000 years ago, if he ever lived at all.
Not sure if I'll have time, but after catching the infamous Bread and Puppet Theater last night at Occupy Broadway (happening til 6 pm today at 50th/Broadway, a cozy space with readings of the First Amendment on the hour every hour - bring a hat, cause it's chilly out), I'd like to check them out at Theater for the New City:
For the 40th year, Peter Schumann's Bread and Puppet Theater (www.breadandpuppet.org) will return to Theater for the New City with two new works, one for adults and one for family audiences.
For adults it's "Attica" and "Man of Flesh and Cardboard." For the 40th anniversary of the Attica prison uprising, Bread & Puppet presents "Attica," which was created 40 years ago in direct response to the massacre and first performed in Bread and Puppet's Coney Island theater. The second part of the program, "Man of Flesh & Cardboard," is about PFC Bradley Manning, the soldier who was incarcerated for supplying restricted material to WikiLeaks. He is accused of war crimes because he brought war crimes to the light of day.
For family audiences it's "Man = Carrot Circus," based on the revelation that an upright man rooted in dirt was created in the image of the upright carrot rooted in dirt. The production is recommended for audiences ages 1 to 101. See excerpts on Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/27030804
Both shows will be performed by the Bread & Puppet Company and a large number of local volunteers. The theater will be decorated with the unique Bread and Puppet collection of powerful black-line posters, banners, masks, curtains, programs and set-props. Once again, all pieces will be created by Schumann with input from the company. Both plays will be accompanied by singing and miscellaneous gongs and horns. Schumann will sculpt and paint all of the major masks and puppets.
Bread and Puppet Theater is an internationally recognized company that champions a visually rich, street-theater brand of performance art that filled with music, dance and slapstick. Its shows are political and spectacular, with huge puppets made of paper maché and cardboard; a brass band for accompaniment, and anti-elitist dance. Most are morality plays--about how people act toward each other--whose prototype is "Everyman." There are puppets of all kinds and sizes, masks, sculptural costumes, paintings, buildings and landscapes that seemingly breathe with Schumann's distinctive visual style of dance, expressionism, dark humor and low-culture simplicity.
"Attica," the prologue of "Man of Flesh and Cardboard," will be be a revival of a show that Peter Schumann made about the prison riots at the Attica Correctional Facility in 1971. This year is the 40th anniversary of the riots and Bread and Puppet performed the first version of the show a few days after the them. A more detailed version was done in 1972.