New York City has cemented its reputation as a vibrant, exciting ecosystem for independent theater productions, bringing together the best creative artists the world over. The fall season is about to begin, bringing with it crisp, cool temperatures, pumpkin spice everything, and a packed calendar of new, exciting productions.
Regardless of whether your tastes in theater lean toward traditional plays, experimental performance, or improvisation, the city’s fall schedule has something for everyone.
The Roundabout Theater is a non-profit theater company with 29 Tony Awards under its belt, presenting both classic and new plays and musicals to adults and children. The company has three must-see productions ready for the fall.
Bernhardt/Hamlet - Aug. 31 to Nov. 11 - $49 to $139
The new play from Theresa Rebeck tells the story of Sarah Bernhardt’s ambitious 1897 performance of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, a role that could make or break her career - a spectacular success or potentially, a spectacular failure. Bernhardt/Hamlet balances comedy and drama, starring Janet McTeer as Sarah Bernhardt.
Apologia - Sept. 27 to Dec. 16 - $79 to $89
Stockard Channing stars as Kristen, an activist-turned-historian, merging themes of the radical politics of the 1960’s with family drama at a reunion at the matriarch’s manor. Ms. Channing is reprising her role from the acclaimed London production, and is joined by Hugh Dancy and Megalyn Echikunwoke.
Usual Girls - Previews begin Oct. 11 - $25
This new drama from Ming Peiffer follows Kyeoung, played by young Midori Francis, as she lives out her life starting with an experience on the playground ending in a tackle. This explicit comedy is told through the playwright’s explosive voice, with stories that get stranger, funnier, and more familiar as they go.
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New York Neo-Futurists
The New York Neo-Futurists offer ‘a new approach to performance,’ combining elements of surrealism, Dadaism and Italian futurism into a presentation of art based on the lived experiences of the performers. NYNF shows often feature audience interaction and are guided by a belief in being as genuine as possible on stage.
The Infinite Wrench - Fridays and Saturdays - $15 to $20
The Infinite Wrench is a series of two-minute plays, each with a different premise, but all aiming to express a fundamental truth and connect with the audience in new and powerful ways. Every week offers new plays, so The Infinite Wrench offers a fresh, innovative theater experience even for those who have seen it before.
The Magnet Theater is an improv school and performance space offering courses and performances in acting, comedy, and musical improv. The Magnet Theater has a rotating schedule of recurring performances, with 2-3 shows every night; check their website for a complete listing. Some of their performers have been seen on shows like Broad City, 30 Rock, and the Colbert Report.
Trike - Saturdays - $10
Saturdays at 9:00 PM, Nick Kanellis and Peter McNerney offer a nuanced improv show that has been honored as both a New York Times Critic’s Pick, and a Time Out New York Critic’s Pick. Reviews have called it, “reliably one of the best improv performances in the city.”
Block Party - Thursdays - $7
On Thursdays, the Magnet Theater presents Block Party, a celebration of comedy featuring two veteran improv ensembles: The Music Industry and Junior Varsity. Performers from the two ensembles have written for or appeared in Saturday Night Live, Comedy Central, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, NPR, The Colbert Report, and much more.
The Chocolate Factory Theater
The Chocolate Factory Theater, established in 2005, supports the development and presentation of new work by local, national and international artists in dance, theater, and interdisciplinary performance.
Collection of Artists by Raquel André - Sept. 20 - $20
Collection of Artists is part of a multi-year project entitled Collection of People, aiming to navigate different aspects of the artistic experience and present it through an artistic and poetic medium. Ms. Andre created a collection that focuses on each artist, their disciplines, tools and creative and conceptual perspectives.
Irish Arts Center
The Irish Arts Center aims to bring Irish culture to NYC in the form of film, literature, music and theatrical productions, to preserve the evolving stories and traditions of Irish culture for generations to come. Every season, both local and international Irish artists come to IAC to share their talents with the community.
I Hear You and Rejoice / The Man in the Woman’s Shoes - Sept. 12 to Oct. 21 - $40
Two productions are presented together, both written and performed by Mikel Murfi. The IAC is presenting the US premiere of I Hear You and Rejoice, while The Man in the Woman’s Shoes is back by popular demand. In each play, Murfi plays a variety of roles, bringing to life the colorful characters of a small town in Ireland.
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