Get Involved with Queens Rising 2023 | Applications Now Open

“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.”

– Jin Ryan

After successfully launching Queens Rising 2022, which promoted over 200 cultural events throughout
Queens in the month of June, we are now seeking partners to participate in Queens Rising 2023, an initiative designed to highlight our borough’s cultural and creative diversity.

If you lead a performance or exhibition venue, a restaurant or other space that can open its doors to the public, let us include your June 2023 presentations or support your programming efforts by connecting you with local artists and presenters.
If you are an artist, performance organization or producer looking for a space to present your work, let us help match you with an appropriate venue. We will include your June 2023 presentation(s) in our robust marketing, PR, and outreach efforts targeting residents of Queens and the greater metro area.
We are asking those programming and performance partners who submitted events last year, to resubmit for inclusion in Queens Rising 2023. We look forward to making robust and meaningful connections throughout the neighborhoods in Queens.
Submissions are due Wednesday February 22, 2023
Highlights of our 2022 campaign
It was wonderful to connect with so many artists, creators, and venues at our holiday mixer at Beebe’s last month. Queens Rising is working on additional curated mixers and panel discussions, relevant to specific disciplines. If you’d like to be involved as a speaker, host a panel or simply have a suggestion on a topic, please email us ( ! (mailto:)
Looking ahead, our next Neighborhood Experience takes place in February in Jamaica, Queens! Want to be involved? Email us ( !
Attention Dancers & Dance Organizations!
This Wednesday January 11, 2023 from 6:30-8:30pm, Dance/NYC ( invites dance workers, organizations, and entities to join us for the Dance Industry Census Roundtable Discussion Series to capture real life stories from the dance industry. Your participation will help Dance/NYC influence and advocate for meaningful change in policies and practices that directly impact the dance industry, its many workers and organized entities.
Located at Jamaica Performing Arts Center
Food will be served 6-6:30pm only, followed by discussion by all of us who attend.
Can’t Attend? Please share the information on
Instagram ( .
The Art of Social Media: ( This Content Creation Workshop introduces emerging artists, influencers, and the general population to the how-to of creating a social media persona and brand.
3 Sessions: Dates – January, 28, Feb. 4, 11 at Jamaica Center for the Arts
New Yorkers for Culture and Arts will host a gathering via zoom for our cultural community and NY City Council Members on Wednesday January 18, 2023 at 4pm. This convening will be an opportunity for community members to connect with current city leadership to share issues facing us in the year ahead, and to discuss culture and arts initiatives specific to their district.
There are a limited number of spots to attend this event, so please register as soon as you can. Register for free
here ( .
The NYSCA/NYFA are accepting applications for Artist Fellowships through Wednesday, January 25!
This year’s award disciplines are Craft/Sculpture, Digital/Electronic Arts, Nonfiction Literature, Poetry, and Printmaking/Drawing/Book Arts. Learn More (
Bayside Historical Society are now accepting submissions for the 22nd Annual Winter Art Show, to be held throughout the entire month of February 2023. Applications close January 11, 2023. This Week! Learn More (
Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning (JCAL) invites New York City-based visual artists to apply for its Artists Residency and Training Seminar Series (ARTWorks), a Fellowship that focuses on career sustainability. During ARTWorks, six artists will regard their practice as a small business, identify entrepreneurial and professional goals, and generate a long-term plan to accomplish them.
Applications due Friday Feb 17. Apply here. (
The beginning of the year can be exciting, but they are also busy and filled with obligation and a sense of being overwhelmed. Take a moment to check in with your fellow artist friends and lean into your communities for support. If you need any wellness or mental health resources, we invite you to visit Backline Care ( .
For a list of community festivals, holiday activities, sports, workshops, events & more, visit our partners at It’s In Queens (
If you wish to support this initiative as we reconvene for 2023, please donate here. (


When her “untraditional” memorial is selected to commemorate Vietnam veterans — to fierce opposition — Maya Lin must ask herself if democracy about compromise and working together. 

Glenn Kubota, Angel Lin, Rachel Lu,
Nancy Ma, Robert Meksin, & James Patrick Nelson

Jan 19 to Feb 19, 2023
Tuesday to Saturday at 7pm
Sat & Sunday at 2:30pm

Previews Jan 19 to 21
AAPI Night Jan 20

Lunar New Year Opening
Sunday, Jan 22 at 2:30pm
Followed by Dim Sum Reception


Mezzanine Theatre
502 West 53rd Street
(Between 10th & 11th Aves) 

The One: A Valentine’s Day Musical Revue (in January)

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The One: A Valentine’s Day Musical Revue (in January)
Presented By Royal Star Theatre

Valentine’s Day is all about love…but what does love mean really? It can mean something different for everyone. Humans have been fascinated by love since the beginning. But love comes in all facets. Join us for a Valentine’s Day celebration of love, in all the ways it appears…in January! Hear your favorite love songs from musicals across the ages.

Jan 28th 2023, 8:00 PM
Jan 29th 2023, 3:00 PM

LPTW Member Projects and News: January 2023

LPTW Member Projects and News: 
January 2023
League of Professional Theatre Women members are making an impact throughout the theatrical community. In person, virtual & hybrid events are listed below; as are special offers & good news shared by our colleagues. 
First Online With Fran:
Emma Goldman-Sherman: Living In Your Power
Submitted by Frances McGarry
Playwright, Dramaturg, and Teacher Emma Goldman-Sherman (she/they) is an autistic, gender-dysphoric, queer, Jewish, feminist playwright living in New York City. Emma Goldman-Sherman is a playwright who likes to challenge audiences in terms of what we think a play can be.
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As Happy As God in France
Burgh House, Burgh House Burgh House & Hampstead Museum New End Square Hampstead, London NW3 1LT United Kingdom
Jan 26, 6:30pm
Submitted by Julia Pascal
A semi-staged reading of Julia Pascal’s new play. This reveals a hidden story of Hannah Arendt, Charlotte Salomon and Eva Daube’s imprisonment in France in 1940.
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Tickets on Sale!

We are thrilled to share that tickets are now LIVE for Pipeline’s 2022-23 production, Baby Jessica’s Well-Made Play.Prepare to get cozy in the comfort of your own home as this play takes place solely over the phone. A unique theatrical experience not to be missed!

About the play:
BABY JESSICA’S WELL-MADE PLAY is a five-act phone adventure to the bottom of a well and back again. Loosely inspired by the 1987 true story of Baby Jessica, this highly interactive, intimate performance-for-one ushers audience members into conversations about fear, hope, self-care, imagination, culture, and memory. Over the course of two nights, audience members will discover what pulls them up and out of the dark.
Written by Philip Santos Schafer
Directed by Isabel Quinzaños Alonso
Opening: 02/27
Running through the end of April

Got questions? Playwright Philip Santos Schaffer has answers below!
What is the structure of BABY JESSICA’S WELL-MADE PLAY?
Based on the traditional concept of a “well made play,” Baby Jessica’s Well-Made Play takes place in 5 acts. Unlike a traditional play, these five acts take place over the course of two separate performances. During Part 1, you’ll hear Acts I through III and in Part 2 you’ll hear Act IV.  (Act V is super secret and far in the future – but don’t worry, we’ll let you know when it’s coming!) 

Is this like a zoom reading? A radio drama?
This is like a phone call with an old friend who talks a lot! Over the course of the play, you will hear pre-recorded audio, and also have one-on-one conversations. While there is an existing script, which will guide these conversations, I welcome and encourage you to respond as naturally and in depth as you would like, when prompted to do so. There is room for you to talk a lot – or to talk very little, if you’re more comfortable that way! 

Do I need to attend both parts?
Yes! Not only will the performance not be complete after just Part 1, but the play is structured in such a way that Part 2 requires your presence to be complete.
I want to see the show on Thursday night, but there aren’t any shows on Friday. When do I do Part 2?
If you purchase a Thursday ticket, instead of taking place the following evening, your next performance will be on Sunday at 2:00 pm! 

Find the rest of the FAQs here
Tickets are limited. Snag them before they’re gone!

The first block of tickets are on-sale through opening, stay tuned for more blocks of tickets opening up!

The Farm Theater Announces Dipti Bramhandkar as their 2023/24 Playwriting Fellow

Dipti Bramjandkar Photo credit: Nelson Salis
Now in its tenth season of supporting emerging writers The Farm Theater has awarded their 2023/24 College Collaboration Project Commission to playwright Dipti Bramhandkar (American Rookie with Luna StageIslands of Contentment with Hypokrit Productions/The Tank). As The Farm Theater’s 2023/24 Playwriting Fellow Ms. Bramhandkar will be in residence at Centre College in February 2023, for the World Premiere of her play Soft Launch. This new play, which explores those crucial months just after graduation as a group of college friends try to navigate their dreams and anxieties, is written specifically for the university students who will be performing it.

As the 2023/24 Playwriting Fellow, Dipti Bramhandkar, will also be awarded The Farm Theater’s College Collaboration Project Commission. Ms. Bramhandkar will be in residence at Shenandoah University in November 2023, Austin Peay in February 2024, and Middle Tennessee State University in April 2024 for the production of her College Collaboration Projection Commission Play.

The College Collaboration Project has multiple schools commission an early career playwright to write a play that each school will independently produce throughout the academic year. The faculty, students, and playwright collaborate throughout the year in the development of the text. The script will be a full-length play with a minimum of five characters. The majority of the characters will be under thirty years of age so that undergraduate actors can successfully play the roles. The play will reflect the students’ thoughts on the theme suggested by the playwright. 

This will be The Farm Theater’s eleventh installment of the College Collaboration Project. Past seasons have featured playwrights Lindsay Joy, Micheline Auger, Morgan McGuire, Jan Rosenberg, Kimberly Belflower, Erin Mallon, Judith Leora, Lia Romeo, Jake Brasch, and Deneen Reynolds-Knott. Lindsay Joy’s In The Event of My Death, which was developed in the first year of the program, was produced Off-Broadway by Stable Cable and had a sold out run. The 2017/18 collaboration commission, In the Cotton by Morgan McGuire was awarded the Mark David Cohen National Playwriting Award by the Kennedy Center. Kimberly Belflower’s play John Proctor is the Villain received its World Premiere in March 2022 at the Studio Theatre in D.C. and was featured on The Kilroy’s List.
Dipti Bramhandkar is a Mumbai-born, NY-based playwright, filmmaker and Labyrinth Theater Company member. Her recent work includes Is There Even Porn in India?, which was workshopped in London and presented at Labyrinth Theater Company’s Barn Series (Sarita Choudhary, Kevin Corrigan, Ajay Naidu) and Islands of Contentment (Daphne Rubin-Vega, Danny Pudi, Laura Gómez and more) produced by Hypokrit Productions and The Tank. WNYC featured her pandemic inspired audio story collection. Her solo show American Rookie had a sold out run at Luna Stage and is currently on tour. Next year, she is commissioned to create an immersive full length play in Miami to open during Art Basel and produced by Juggernaut Theater Company. She has a B.A. from Cornell and M.A. from Cambridge in Literature.

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The Farm Theater The name is inspired by the “farm” system of baseball whose role is to provide experience and training for developing players. The Farm Theater develops early career artists that may not have the support system afforded others, through workshops, productions, and mentoring. The centerpiece of our programming is The College Collaboration Project. This program is in its tenth year and has so far commissioned eleven playwrights, worked in collaboration with twenty colleges, and been featured in American Theatre Magazine and Howl Round. The Farm Theater has produced numerous solo shows including Artistic Director Padraic Lillis’ show on suicide awareness Hope You Get To Eleven or What are we going to do about Sally? which was awarded Best Solo Show and Planet Advocate Award at the Planet Connections Theatre Festival. In 2017 The Farm Theater partnered with Planet Connections Theatre Festival to produce Alex Riad’s The Floor Is Lava. The play was awarded Best New Play and Best Production of a New Play and The Farm Theater was awarded The Planet Advocate Award for raising money and awareness for Girls Who Code. The Farm Theater also hosts a popular podcast, The Bullpen Sessions, which features working artists talking about how they built their careers.

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Performance Schedule Announced for 17th Annual FRIGID Fringe Festival

Lightweight Written & Performed by Amie Enriquez Photo credit: Mandee Johnson
February 15-March 5, 2023 at
The Kraine Theater & UNDER St. Marks
FRIGID New York announces the performance schedule for their 17th Annual FRIGID Fringe Festival at The Kraine Theater (85 E 4th St, New York, NY 10003) and UNDER St. Marks (94 St Marks Place, New York, NY 10009), February 15-March 5, 2023. Most performances will also be available to livestream from home. All shows run 60 minutes or less, unless otherwise noted. 
The FRIGID Festival is an open and unjuried theater festival that gives artists an opportunity to let their ingenuity thrive in a venue that values freedom of expression and artistic determination. In true support of the Indie Theater Community, 100% of box office proceeds go directly to the artists whose work is being presented. FRIGID is here to chill out the New York independent theater scene’s ideas of what a fringe festival can be!
Written by Elisabeth Yancey, Courtney Stennett & Kasey Connolly
Presented by 3 of Cups – Brooklyn, NY
These women would do anything for their following, but what happens when it gets too close? Three women have captivated their fan base by telling scary stories, but tonight they find themselves living in one.
Wed, Feb 15 @ 8:50pm, Sun, Feb 19 @ 6:40pm, Sat, Feb 25 @ 8:20pm & Sat, March 4 @ 1:40pm at The Kraine Theater 
A Scar is Born
Written & Performed by Lorelei Zarifian – Melbourne, FL
A Scar is Born is the humorous story of one misfit’s hopeful audition. She reviews for the casting director important moments of her life and her journey from France to America. In the face of rejection, she never gives up her passion for performing the music of words and language. A cycle of songs recounting life in Marseille, Paris, New York and Florida, intertwined with sketches about the absurdity of modern existence.
Sat, Feb 18 @ 3:40pm, Sun, Feb 19 @ 12:20pm, Wed, Feb 22 @ 8:10pm, Fri, Feb 24 @ 8:10pm & Mon, Feb 27 @ 6:30pm at UNDER St. Marks and via streaming 
As I Eat the World
Written by Luis Roberto Herrera – Sunrise, FL
A Latine man confronts his mental health and eating disorders by attempting to eat THE WORLD.
Sat, Feb 18 @ 12:20pm, Sun, Feb 19 @ 5:20pm, Sat, Feb 25 @ 8:40pm & Sun, Feb 26 @ 12:20pm at UNDER St. Marks and via streaming 
As You Will
Presented by Conor Mullen – New York, NY
Friends, foes, fools! Do you ever bemoan the fact that the 884,647 words William Shakespeare wrote have been performed already? Do you yearn for the experience of seeing the Bard’s works for the first time? Then celebrate the glad tidings of As You Will and our unscripted Shakespeare show! These Shakespearean scholars are here to present all the monumental works the immortal Bard would’ve written if he hadn’t gone and died. Armed with a title given by the audience, the players of As You Will bring a Shakespearean comedy to life complete with Shakespeare’s themes, language, poetic verse, and some scholarly footnotes thrown in for good measure. There’s always a Shakespearean world premiere in our makeshift Globe Theatre at UNDER St. Marks.
Sat, Feb 18 @ 8:40pm, Tue, Feb 21 @ 6:30pm, Tue, Feb 28 @ 7:45pm & Sat, March 4 @ 5:20pm at UNDER St. Marks and via streaming

Written & Performed by Seema Shukla – New York, NY
A dramedy about a psychiatrist in training, unraveling behind the scenes of professional life. a story about growing pains and meeting the maze of one’s inner child.
Sun, Feb 19 @ 1:40pm, Wed, Feb 22 @ 8:50pm, Sun, Feb 26 @ 6:40pm & Thu, March 2 @ 8:50pm at The Kraine Theater 

Cold Feet: A Comedy Extravaganza
Presented by Ricardo Valdes – Miami, FL
Need a laugh? This comedy showcase includes music, comedy and a strong fear of commitment. Multiple comics from far away places will dazzle and delight the senses while trying to work through intense psychological traumas. HAHA did I say traumas? I mean intensely humorous pajamas! They wear pajamas on stage! (note: comics have since stopped wearing pajamas.)
Wed, Feb 15 @ 8:10pm, Thur, Feb 23 @ 9:50pm, Sat, Feb 25 @ 10:20pm, Wed, March 1 @ 6:30pm & Thu, March 2 @ 8:10pm at UNDER St. Marks and via streaming 
Death of a Salesman: A New Play
Written by Austen Halpern-Graser – Brooklyn, NY
Death of Salesman: A New Play is about death, sales, men, but most importantly, it is a 100 percent brand new baby (Sunglasses Emoji). Watch in awe as the nation’s two brightest entrepreneurs hustle, grind, backstab, and sacrifice everything they have to bring their vision to life (the vision is eco-friendly tennis balls).
Fri, Feb 17 @ 8:10pm, Tue, Feb 21 @ 7:45pm, Tue, Feb 28 @ 6:30pm & Sat, March 4 @ 7pm at UNDER St. Marks and via streaming 
Eleanor’s Story: An American Girl In Hitler’s Germany
Written & Performed by Ingrid Garner – Fullerton, CA
Eleanor Ramrath Garner’s acclaimed memoir, detailing her youth as a U.S. citizen trapped in Nazi Berlin during WWII, has been adapted by granddaughter Ingrid Garner into an internationally award-winning performance. Eleanor’s Story traces 9-year-old Eleanor’s path from America to Germany, where her family moves in pursuit of work during the Depression. But when war breaks out as they are crossing the Atlantic, returning home becomes impossible. While desperate for Allied victory, Eleanor’s family must endure Allied bombings, hunger, gestapo threats, and finally, the horrors of Russian occupation. This true story, with its themes of social and political turmoil, is strikingly relevant almost 80 years later. Ingrid Garner delivers an intimate and universal account of women and children in wartime. What unfolds is a child’s odyssey of survival as she struggles to maintain stability, hope, and identity in a world of terror and contrasts.
Sat, Feb 18 @ 5pm, Mon, Feb 20 @ 7:10pm, Thu, Feb 23 @ 7:10pm, Sat, Feb 25 @ 1:40pm & Fri, March 3 @ 6:40pm at The Kraine Theater
Emil Amok: Lost NPR Host Found Under St. Marks, and other stories ($15.87 Filipino; Married to PETA; Am Ok; Transdad; and Affirmative Action?)
Written and Performed by Emil Guillermo – Ripon, CA
Emil Amok is a Filipino American with white privilege, white voice privilege. He sounded white enough to host “All Things Considered.” Now he considers all he would have said on race and culture had he not been riffed by the pre-woke. Stories on $15.87 Filipinos, affirmative action, being married to PETA, and meditation. A storytelling, standup, solo lumpia fest from the guy at
Thu, Feb 16 @ 8:10pm, Sat, Feb 18 @ 5:20pm, Thu, Feb 23 @ 6:30pm, Sat, Feb 25 @ 12:20pm & Sun, Feb 26 @ 7pm at UNDER St. Marks and via streaming 
The GynoKid
Written & Performed by Claire Ayoub
Presented by Try Anyway Productions – New Canaan, CT
When you grow up as the child of small-town gynecologists, you either go into therapy or comedy. Lucky for you, Claire Ayoub did both! Join her on a journey of adolescent cringe, laugh-out-loud true encounters with her parents’ patients in the wild, and a love letter to the two biggest weirdos she knows.
Sun, Feb 19 @ 5pm, Sat, Feb 25 @ 6:40pm, Thu,. March 2 @ 7:10pm & Sat, March 4 @ 3:20pm at The Kraine Theater and via streaming 
Harmony Hall
Written by Duncan Pflaster
Presented by Cross-Eyed Bear Productions – Queens, NY
A monk who has been banished to a remote monastery on an island off the coast of Italy for the past twenty years finds his world shaken when a sexy young poet with amnesia washes up on his shores during a storm, making him question whether his duty should be to his vocation or to himself.
Wed, Feb 15 @ 9:50pm, Sun, Feb 19 @ 7pm, Wed, Feb 22 @ 9:50pm & Sat, March 4 @ 2pm at UNDER St. Marks
How to Be an Ethical Slut
Written & Performed by Brooke McCarthy – Matthews, NC
Experience the ride of your life as an unethical slut penetrates lies, STDs, triads, orgies, and love in her musical journey to becoming an Ethical Slut. Don’t miss this award-winning original one-woman cabaret-comedy show by and starring Brooke McCarthy.
Sat, Feb 18 @ 10:20pm, Mon, Feb 20 @ 6:30pm, Thu, Feb 23 @ 11:30pm, Sat, Feb 25 @ 2pm & Mon, Feb 27 @ 8:10pm at UNDER St. Marks and via streaming 

Conceived by Matthew Antoci, in collaboration with Lizz Mangan & Meaghan Robichaud
Both an homage and send-up to the Upper East Side lady & the gayz that inhabit her, this adaptatión of “Timon of Athens’ ‘ casts a middle-aged diva as hostess of Park Avenue’s biggest flop parade (yes Gawd). I AM MY OWN MILF (TIMON BY TIMON OF ATHENS FOR TIMON BY TIMON IN COLLABORATION WITH TIMON FOR TIMON BY TIMON OF ATHENS) is a mixed-media drag+dance spectaculare that imagines a world where the rich have to pay their debts. Part daytime TV segment, part nature vlog – I AM MY OWN MILF opens the purse of the self-destructive Diva and the society built to devour her. It’s giving. And giving. And giving. And giving.
Wed, Feb 15 @ 7:10pm, Fri, Feb 17 @ 8:30pm, Fri, Feb 24 @ 8:30pm & Sat, March 4 @ 6:40pm at The Kraine Theater and via streaming 
In the Beginning
Written & Performed by CB Goodman
Presented by Grackle Jack Productions – Austin, TX
In The Beginning is a wild one-woman comedy that uses inflatable puppets, dance, and joyful mischief to reimagine the Genesis story from a totally new perspective. One free from shame, rejection, and labels. In this Garden of Eden, Not Eve, a person who was left out of the Bible, presents to the audience the archetypal female roles of Eve, Mary Magdalen, Joan of Arc, and characters from the film Showgirls, and offers them up for high-spirited and critical contemplation. Adam floats by, the fruit isn’t what you think, and a sheep proves that labels create limits. Using humor, non-traditional storytelling structures, and pool party disco aesthetic, In The Beginning invites the audience to imagine the possibilities of their own Genesis and to reclaim their beginnings alongside each other.
Sun, Feb 19 @ 2pm, Mon, Feb 20 @ 8:10pm, Sat, Feb 25 @ 5:20pm, Thu, March 2 @ 9:50pm & Sun, March 5 @ 12:20pm at UNDER St. Marks
Written by Lane McLeod Jackson
Presented by Noir Theatre – Bayonne, NJ
J.J. Williams is the best Bass Fisherman the game has ever seen. So, he knows, better than most, that anyone might be your partner in a mixed tournament. But even so, this rude, ignorant jerk who eats, complains, and does no fishing is about to awaken J.J. ‘s famous temper. Till the stranger reveals his horns, cloven hooves, and identity. Old Scratch, A.K.A the devil, is itching for another soul to add to his mason jar collection. A contest atop the water will begin as J.J. realizes eternity might be only a few hours away. 
Wed, Feb 15 @ 6:30pm, Sat, Feb 18 @ 7pm, Fri, Feb 24 @ 9:50pm & Sun, March 5 @ 3:40pm at UNDER St. Marks and via streaming 
Written & Performed by Amie Enriquez – Tokyo, Japan 
The true story of a complicated young woman who struggles to survive a year-long stay in a 28-day addiction treatment center to overcome anorexia whilst attempting to maintain a debilitatingly positive attitude in post 9/11 New York City.
Fri, Feb 17 @ 6:50pm, Sat, Feb 18 @ 1:40pm, Tue, Feb 21 @ 8:50pm, Thu, Feb 23 @ 8:50pm & Sun, Feb 26 @ 5pm at The Kraine Theater
Written & Performed by Rodney Brazil
Presented by Next Stage – Oklahoma City, OK
How do we find meaning in an upside-down world? What actions should we take? Do our efforts even matter? Meaningless presents the unedited, uncensored, ancient book of Ecclesiastes in a one-act, one-person performance by Rodney Brazil packed with timeless riddles and timely wisdom. From wine to wealth, concubines to snake charming, Meaningless examines the meaning of everything under the sun. This modern presentation of a 2,000-year-old meditation on the human experience weaves the universal themes of wisdom, foolishness, pleasure, and suffering into an unforgettable live performance that is at once funny, pensive, and tragic.
Fri, Feb 17 @ 6:30pm, Thu, Feb 23 @ 8:10pm, Sat, Feb 25 @ 3:40pm, Sat, March 4 @ 12:20pm & Sun, March 5 @ 5:20pm at UNDER St. Marks
The Parentheses
Written by Marissa Fleming – New York, NY
Sometimes we’re looking for an explanation, tacking on afterthought, enriching what is already complete with a pair of rounded brackets. The Parentheses is a play about two women reconnecting and re-examining their relationship to one another. Already wholly complete and complex on their own, they look to explain, to explore, and to experience one evening together in an attempt to understand what they really mean to themselves and to each other.
Thu, Feb 16 @ 8:50pm, Tue, Feb 21 @ 7:10pm, Tue, Feb 28 @ 8:50pm & Sat, March 4 @ 5pm at The Kraine Theater and via streaming
Pretty Beast
Written by Kazu Kusano – Los Angeles, CA
When schizophrenia and alcoholism collide in one Japanese family, comedy becomes her superpower–and a ticket to freedom. Award-winning comedian Kazu Kusano takes audiences on a rebellious comedic journey deftly navigating mental illness, sexism, and love. With storytelling as raw as it is inspiring, Kazu celebrates overcoming obstacles that stand in the way of your dreams.
Sat, Feb 18 @ 8:20pm, Sun, Feb 19 @ 3:20pm, Sat, Feb 25 @ 5pm, Mon, Feb 27 @ 7:10pm & Wed, March 1 @ 8:50pm at The Kraine Theater
Running Scared
Written & Performed by Bryan Berlin – Brooklyn, NY
Bryan has been running for the last 10 years of his life and realized he has no idea if he actually likes it. Join him as he looks at the role running has had in his life and how it has affected everything from his job to his relationships.
Fri, Feb 17 @ 9:50pm, Fri, Feb 24 @ 6:30pm, Sun, Feb 26 @ 3:40pm, Fri, March 3 @ 6:30pm & Sat, March 4 @ 3:40pm at UNDER St. Marks and via streaming 
Sadec 1965: A Love Story
Written & Performed by Flora Le
Presented by From Ego to Soul – Washington, DC
Sadec 1965 is a powerful storytelling show about Flora’s solo motorcycle trip across Vietnam where she makes sense of her difficult relationship with her estranged Vietnamese father. A riveting performance best described as “Motorcycle Diaries” meets “Eat, Pray, Love” set in Vietnam.
Thu, Feb 16 @ 7:10pm, Sat, Feb 18 @ 3:20pm, Fri, Feb 24 @ 6:50pm, Sun, Feb 26 @ 1:40pm & Mon, Feb 27 @ 8:50pm at The Kraine Theater and via streaming 
Swinging on the Seine
Written & Performed by D’yan Forest – New York, NY
Comedienne and cabaret artist D’yan Forest has always been ahead of her time. In 1963 she moved to Paris as a young, innocent, recently divorced Bostonian looking to make it big in the Parisian cabaret scene. Immersing herself in the glitz, glamour, and scandalous nightlife of the era, the naive D’yan was transported from a sheltered suburban existence to a life filled with underground sex clubs and the swinger’s scene. A coming of age story like you have never seen it. The audacious D’yan just turned 88 and she’s still going strong. Come celebrate life, love, and the city of Paris with her!
Sat, Feb 18 @ 6:40pm, Wed, Feb 22 @ 7:10pm, Sun, Feb 26 @ 3:20pm & Sun, March 5 @ 5pm at The Kraine Theater and via streaming
Written & Performed by Will Clegg
Presented by Pale Girl Productions – Jersey City, NJ
Join celebrated storyteller Will Clegg on his lifelong journey with marijuana and panic disorder! Hijinks ensue!
Thu, Feb 16 @ 9:50pm, Sun, Feb 19 @ 3:40pm, Sun, Feb 26 @ 2pm, Thu, March 2 @ 6:30pm & Sat, March 4 @ 8:40pm at UNDER St. Marks and via streaming 

Written by Elin Rahnev
Presented by Reflection Theatre – Toronto, Ontario 
How does one keep one’s identity when being forced to fit into society’s parameters? What and who is damaged when trying to follow society’s norm? In today’s dynamic and unpredictably changing world, we as individuals face often pressuring challenges on so many levels. How do you deal with them? Have you ever felt pressured to conform, comply, and/or lose your identity? Do you easily adapt to whatever comes? The play TEST, by the prominent Bulgarian playwright and poet Elin Rahnev, is a brilliant satirical metaphor of the struggle to keep or not to keep one’s identity in order to survive in this world. It will surprise you with its fresh unique sense of humor and your tears will grab you by the throat with the dramatic turning points. This theatrical show, presented by two very talented professional actors, is fun to watch, and also philosophical enough to challenge your views about life.
Sat, Feb 18 @ 2pm, Mon, Feb 20 @ 9:50pm, Sat, Feb 25 @ 7pm, Wed, March 1 @ 8:10pm & Fri, March 3 @ 11:30pm at UNDER St. Marks and via streaming 
Thank U, Ex
Written by Kelly Taylor & Melly Magrath
Presented by Mad Butterfly Creative – Toronto, Ontario
Thank u,ex is a coming of age story about a young girl’s journey through her love life. Bringing you 90’s nostalgia forms of heartbreak, loss, love and of course the teenage mutant ninja turtles’ delicacy, pizza! Join Violet as she exams her past relationships, kicks her exes to the curb and finds her way to self-discovery
Wed, Feb 22 @ 6:30pm, Sun, Feb 26 @ 5:20pm, Mon, Feb 27 @ 9:50pm, Thu, March 2 @ 11:30pm & Fri, March 3 @ 9:50pm at UNDER St. Marks and via streaming

FRIGID New York’s mission is to provide both emerging and established artists the opportunity to create and produce original work of varied content, form, or style, and to amplify their diverse voices. We do this by presenting an array of monthly programming, mainstage productions, an artist residency, and eight annual theater festivals that create an environment of collaboration, resourcefulness, and innovation. Founded in 1998, the aim was and is to form a structure, allowing multiple artists to focus on creating and staging new work and providing affordable rental space to scores of independent artists. Now in our third decade we have produced a massive quantity of stimulating downtown theater.

HERE, IndieSpace, New Ohio, and Rattlestick Form Rehearsal Co-Op  

Robert Lyons, Kristin Marting, Randi Berry, and Daniella Topol

Sign 99-Year Lease 
Opening Event January 24 at 2pm
In an unprecedented collaboration, HEREIndieSpaceNew Ohio and Rattlestick have formed the West Village Rehearsal Co-Op located at 60-74 Gansevoort Street New York, NY 10014 in partnership with Community Board #2 (CB2), Aurora Capital Associates, and William Gottlieb Real Estate. The space will be home to a diverse membership of theater artists and companies, and will leave a lasting imprint on the neighborhood’s arts scene. With their 99-year lease, West Village Rehearsal Co-op ensures that the location is secured for cultural use for the next generation and beyond.

“We are beyond thrilled to announce the opening of the West Village Rehearsal Co-Op as we know low cost and permanent cultural space will be critical to New York’s economic recovery,” said Randi Berry, Executive Director of IndieSpace, an organization established to disrupt the ongoing displacement of small theaters and to create a new model for equitable funding for the indie theater community. 

“This space was created through true collaboration between the Community Board, the development team and the artists living and working in this neighborhood,” said Robert Lyons of New Ohio Theatre, a home for indie theatre artists for almost 30 years.

“This project will ensure that artists can continue to create and provide the vibrancy that is why many people choose to live in New York City,” said Kristin Marting of HERE, one of New York’s most prolific arts organizations for nearly 30 years supporting artists and audiences as a producer, presenter and venue in lower Manhattan.

“The initiative is a demonstration of innovative collaborative community-building and is a model that we hope will be adopted by others,”  said Daniella Topol of Ratllestick, a 28-year old West Village theater dedicated to producing provocative works that respond to the complexity of our culture in collaboration with community partners. 

Join West Village Rehearsal Co-op on uesday, January 24 at 2pm as they cut the ribbon for, and welcome the public into, their 99-year rehearsal space. The founding organizations will be joined by speakers from the Community Board, Aurora Capital Associates, William Gottlieb Real Estate, and City Council. 

The fully ADA-compliant studio is 1,500 square feet with a kitchen and an area to rehearse. The co-op will play a vital role in reviving the New York theater community by providing a new resource for affordable and high-quality rental space after the pandemic forced the closure of many rehearsal studios, leaving a shortage of spaces for artists to do their work. Not only will the new space provide necessary support to artists in the West Village but it will also create a blueprint for the development of similar studios throughout the city

For six months each year, the space will be available exclusively to artists working with the  three CB2-based producing institutions. For the other six months, the space will be available at a subsidized rate of no more than $10 per hour for IndieSpace artists. For resident companies like The Grove (a collective of Black playwrights and artists) and other Black and Indigenous companies, IndieSpace will provide the studio for free. This co-op model will allow the studio to serve not only local theater companies, but to also expand to other individual artists and small organizations in the West Village and surrounding neighborhoods. 

West Village Rehearsal Co-op would like to thank Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton, and Garrison and New York Lawyers for the Public Interest for their essential assistance with lease negotiations.

Since 1993, HERE has been one of New York’s most prolific arts organizations. Today, it stands at the forefront of the city’s cultural scene, producing and presenting daring, new, multidisciplinary performance experiences. From our home in Lower Manhattan, HERE builds an inclusive community that nurtures artists of all backgrounds as they disrupt conventional expectations to create innovative performances in theater, dance, music, puppetry, media, and visual art. By providing these genre-blending artists with an adaptive, flexible home for developing and producing their work, we share a range of perspectives reflective of the complexity of our city. HERE welcomes curious audiences to witness groundbreaking performances, responsive to the world in which we live, at free and affordable prices.

IndieSpace was established in 2016 to disrupt the ongoing displacement of small theaters and to address systemic inequities in NYC real estate. In 2022, it merged with Indie Theater Fund, an organization focused on a new model for equitable funding for the indie theater community. By contributing a nickel per ticket from their shows to a pot of money for funding, the indie theater community could create a method of self-sustainability and could rethink philanthropy and the process of grant making. Through radically transparent and equitable grants, community resources and advocacy, the Fund supported hundreds of indie theater companies and thousands of individual artists.     

Since its founding, IndieSpace has: consulted with 70+ venues making real estate decisions, including The Tank, FRIGID New York, The Chain, The Wild Project, Wooster Group, and Classical Theater of Harlem; helped 18 organizations sign new leases; saved seven theaters from being closed or repurposed; created four real estate operation partnerships; walked one venue through the purchase of their new home. During Covid, IndieSpace supported over 50 venues navigating their leases by helping them stay open, and also provided over $1.5M in relief grants to the indie theater community. For service to the community, IndieSpace received the Ellen Stewart Award and a citation from the City Council of New York. 

New Ohio Theatre develops and presents the boldest and most innovative work from NYC’s diverse independent theatre community, actively expanding the boundaries of what theatre is, how it’s made, and who makes it. With a 28 year history and two Obie Awards for Sustained Excellence for developing and presenting new work, we have established ourselves as a pillar of the downtown independent theatre community. We are known for our eclectic, expansive sensibilities, our artist-centric philosophy, and for creating an environment of generosity and open access. We believe the best of NYC’s diverse indie theatre community—the small, inspired, artist-driven ensembles and the daring producing companies who operate without a permanent theatrical home—are actively and aggressively expanding the boundaries of the American theatre. We also recognize structural inequalities exist and can deny individuals access to opportunities due to race, gender, disability, age, class, and sexual orientation, and we work to counter these inequalities. We nurture, strengthen, and promote this community of independent theatre artists for NYC’s most adventurous theater audiences. 

Founded in 1994 by David van Asselt and Gary Bonasorte, Rattlestick Theaterhas been steadfast in producing diverse, challenging, and provocative plays while fostering the future voices of the American theater. Now in its 29th year, the company is focused on energetic theater that responds to the complexities of our culture in conversation with community partners. From its historic West Village theater, Rattlestick has produced the first plays and early works of some of today’s leading voices, including Martyna Majok (Ironbound), Diana Oh (mylingerieplay), and Heidi Schreck (There Are No More Big Secrets). They are proud to make Rattlestick a place where some of our nation’s most celebrated playwrights feel safe to test their boldest ideas, including Dael Orlandersmith (Until the Flood), José Rivera (MassacreSing to Your Children), and Sam Hunter (Lewiston/Clarkston, nominated for the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play and the Outer Critics Circle Awards for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play). Recently, Rattlestick received several prestigious grants allowing us to commission new work from writers such as Cusi Cram, Mahira Kakkar, Stacey Rose, Arturo Luís Soria, Liba Vaynberg, and Rhianna Yazzie. Rattlestick is the home of the Van Lier New Voices playwriting fellowship and the Terrence McNally Incubator Program, as well as the Global Gab and Global Forms programs providing support to immigrant artists.  

LPTW Announces Petrona de la Cruz as Recipient of 2023 Gilder/Coigney International Theatre Award

(New York, NY) Continuing its 40th Anniversary Celebration, The League of Professional Theatre Women (LPTW) is  pleased to announce that Petrona de la Cruz of Chiapas, Mexico has been chosen to receive the 2023  Gilder/Coigney International Theatre Award (GCITA). The GCITA Program was established in 2011 in honor  of Rosamond Gilder and Martha Coigney, two legendary theatre women who chartered a decades-long and enduring course of productive diplomatic relations through the Arts. The triennial award has previously been  given to Odile Gakire Katese (Rwanda), Patricia Ariza (Colombia), Adelheid Roosen (The Netherlands) and  Hanane Hajj Ali (Lebanon). 

GCITA Co-directors Linda Chapman and Joan D. Firestone announce that two-time GCITA Finalist Maya Zbib (Lebanon) will also receive Special Recognition this year. 

Petrona de la Cruz was the first indigenous person to win Mexico’s coveted Rosario Castellanos Prize for  Literature in 1992 and then received the National Council for Culture and the Arts grant, the highest in Mexico, in  2002. In 1999, FOMMA (Fortaleza de la Mujer Maya), which she formed in 1994 to support Mayan women and  children, received a national award given by IMIFAP (Mexican Institute of Research on the Family and Population)  and sponsored by the Summit Foundation for its work in radio, theater, and education in Mexico. Cruz first  practiced theater with the Sna Jtz’ibajom, a Mayan cultural cooperative in a social climate that discouraged  women from speaking publicly of their experiences. There, she began to explore community theater as a medium  for addressing problems such as domestic violence, rape, alcohol abuse, migration, and poverty as they affect the  lives of women. Her debut play, Una mujer desesperada focuses on the seemingly endless violence visited on  Mayan women, and the matter-of-fact impossibility of recourse. It was the first play written by an indigenous  Highland Mayan woman about the real life social drama of family violence. Since then, her plays have been  performed in several countries, and she continues to write as she searches for new ways to encourage economic  and cultural development for indigenous women and children. In addition to writing and performing, Cruz  currently serves as a Congresswoman for the State of Chiapas local Congress for the 2021-2024 term. 

Without theatre we could not understand why we must continue dreaming despite the pain, sorrow, corruption  and other beasts that are eating away at our civilization; we must bet on art to break these stigmas. Petrona de la Cruz 

The only Award of its kind, the GCITA honors the exceptional work of theatre women around the world who are  making a difference in their communities and in the lives of women. It includes a cash prize and travel expenses to  New York City for an Award Ceremony and a series of special events that celebrate the winner’s work and  acknowledge all of the nominees.  

The 2023 Award will be presented on October 10, 2023 at a location to be announced. –more–

Fifteen artists were nominated for the 2023 Award, with Petrona de la Cruz chosen from a group of four finalists  which also included: Leila Toubei (Tunisia), Lydia Koniordou (Greece), and Maria Tri Sulistyani (Indonesia).  

The other nominees are: Tereza Andersson (Sweden), Sonya Armaghanyan (Armenia), Hope Azeda (Rwanda),  Cayetana Guillen Cuervo (Spain), Yael Farber (South Africa), Kiyo Gutierrez (Guadalajara, Mexico), Hala Omran (France/Syria), Romana Paula (Argentina), Regina Miranda Ribeiro (Brazil), and Morm Sokly (Cambodia). 

LPTW is a membership organization that has championed women in theatre and advocated for increased equity  and access for practitioners throughout the industry. Our programs and initiatives create community, cultivate  leadership, celebrate the historic contributions and contemporary achievements of women in theatre, and increase opportunities and recognition for women working in theatre. To learn more or become a member, visit 


contact Joan D. Firestone and Linda Chapman, Co-Directors

January Girls Returns!

As sure as winter, January Girls Returns! Free workshops for girls of all ages with The Neo-Political Cowgirls building intergenerational allyship through the arts.

“When a woman who is 82 works side by side with a 6 year old girl and a teenager is in conversation with an immigrant woman and all are creating together in vibrant, exciting spaces, we shave down previously held beliefs about friendship, generational stigma and improve possibilities for de-siloing our community. And this is why we have January Girls, so women and girls from all walks of life know that they have a community who welcomes them into a shared place and engages their powerful potential for creating beauty together.”
Kate Mueth

This year’s theme is “BLOOM!
Workshops are all 2:00-4:00 pm at various East End locations:

January 15th: Writing notes of hope and courage and creating care package gifts for incarcerated women about to join back into our society (Through New Hour For Women and Children) with NPC Artistic Director Kate Mueth

January 22nd: Gentle yoga and creative journaling with yoga instructor Christine Panico

January 29th: Shinnecock Nation beading with artist Tohanash Tarrant of Thunderbird Designs

SVP is required as space is limited. Email Susan at for reservations and the location of each workshop. Sign up for one or all! Please consider bringing a friend- perhaps a shut in or a neighbor, a person new to our community or someone needing a lift of spirit. We welcome all and join together in the spirit of community and friendship.

Special thanks to artist and NPC International Advisory Board Member Gabriele Raacke for once again curating this exciting January Girls workshop season!

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