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Post-Hurricane Sandy Updates | Downtown NYC theaters offer Sandy special discounts, as Con Ed restores power

NEW YORK CITY |   Going to Off-Broadway shows has never been less expensive. As power and mass transit continues to slowly come back online for New Yorkers and storm relief efforts advance, and as long gas lines have sprung up across the five boroughs (prompting yet another emergency response on the state and federal level), downtown New York is showing signs of life.

Off-Broadway theaters in Lower Manhattan have long demonstrated their survival skills, as evidenced after 9-11 and once again, they are bouncing back,” said George Forbes, executive director of the Lucille Lortel Foundation in a prepared statement. “We hope everyone will take advantage of this generous offer, and support the theaters that continue to be dramatically impacted by circumstances far beyond their control.”

Off-Broadway shows such as Checkers, Don’t Go Gentle, Fuerza Bruta, Giant, The Golden Land, The Other Josh Cohen, Sorry, Stomp, A Summer Day, The Twenty-Seventh Man, and Wild with Happy are resuming performances, as services by Con Edison resume downtown.

To celebrate their return, many Off-Broadway shows are offering theater-goers tickets discounted tickets. The only thing you have to do is give them the code “Sandy.” A number of performances are free, especially for those who have been displaced by Sandy.

Here is a complete sampling of those participating theaters and shows:

TKTS South Street Seaport remains closed; TKTS Times Square remains open; TKTS Downtown Brooklyn re-opens when subway transit returns

Theatre Development Fund announced that “its satellite TKTS Discount Booth at South Street Seaport will remain closed until further notice due to extensive water damage sustained as a result of Hurricane Sandy. TDF’s main TKTS Discount Booth in Times Square remains open and TDF’s other satellite TKTS Discount Booth in Downtown Brooklyn will reopen as soon as mass transit is fully operational. An announcement will be made when TKTS Downtown Brooklyn reopens.”

Moreover, TKTS Times Square (located at Broadway and 47th Street in Manhattan) has added two new services.

(1) On two-performance days, matinee and evening tickets are being sold simultaneously. For example: on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, when TKTS opens at 10am (or 11am on Sundays), patrons are able to purchase matinee and/or evening performance discount tickets for that day. Previously, matinee tickets were sold only from 10am to 2pm and evening tickets sold only from 3pm to 8pm.

(2) Additionally, Window #1 serves as a “Full-Price Ticket Window” which will allows TKTS Times Square ticket buyers to purchase full-price tickets to all shows for future performances or same day full-price tickets to shows that are not available at a discount at any other TKTS Booth windows.

For more information about TDF’s TKTS Discount Booths, go to: www.tdf.org/tkts.

To download the free TKTS app which lists what shows are available, go to: www.tdf.org/tktsapp.

Classic Stage Company‘s starry Ivanov postpones opening night

Classic Stage Company has pushed back the official opening of Anton Chekhov’s Ivanov from this Sunday, November 4 to Thursday, November 15 due to the continuing power outage at the theater at 136 East 13th Street, which has forced the cancellation of five previews. Directed by Austin Pendleton, Ivanov stars Ethan Hawke, Joely Richardson and Juliet Rylance. The cast also features Glenn Fitzgerald, Annette Hunt, Stephanie Janssen, Roberta Maxwell, George Morfogen, James Patrick Nelson, Anthony Newfield, Austin Pendleton, Jonathan Marc Sherman, and Anne Troupe. IVANOV will play a limited engagement through Sunday, December 9.

CSC hopes to resume preview performances by Saturday evening, November 3, but ticket-holders should visit the company’s website, www.classicstage.org, its Facebook page or Twitter feed (@classicstage) for updates.

Lark Play Development Center offers free tickets for The Way West

Lark Play Development officials state: “Due to logistical and technical complications caused by Hurricane Sandy, we are canceling the Friday, November 2nd and Saturday, November 3rd performances of THE WAY WEST by Mona Mansour. However, we are adding a 7:00pm performance on Sunday, November 11th. Additionally, in the spirit of renewal and recovery, we are making all performances free of charge. Our ticketing system is currently down so please send your reservation request(s) to reservations@larktheatre.org. Please include your name, phone number, number of tickets, and the date and time of the performance you would like to attend. You’ll receive an email confirmation once we receive your reservation. If you purchased a ticket prior to this announcement, we will be in touch regarding refunds. Thank you for your patience.”

Brandt Adams and Godfrey L. Simmons, Jr. in "Dispatches from (A)mended America" | Photo by Steven Boling

Brandt Adams and Godfrey L. Simmons, Jr. in “Dispatches from (A)mended America” | Photo by Steven Boling

Epic Theatre Ensemble cancels weekend performances, extended run for another week

Due to the loss of power downtown, Epic Theatre Ensemble will cancel performances this weekend, while extending for an additional week (November 19th – November 25th). Dispatches From (A)mended America, directed by Ron Russell will now run through Saturday, November 24th and Hold These Truths, directed by Lisa Rothe, will now run through Sunday, November 25th. Both Off Broadway productions are playing in repertory at the Theater at the 14th Street Y (344 East 14th Street).

Dispatches From (A)mended America, and Hold These Truths, developed at Epic, will continue with post-show discussions following each performance. Tickets (which include post show discussions) are $40 and are available by visiting http://www.epictheatreensemble.org. or by calling 866-811-4111.

Show description: Dispatches from (A)mended America began as a conversation between Godfrey L. Simmons Jr., a 42-year-old black man, and Brandt Adams, a 25-year-old white man. It was post-election 2008 and both men discovered they were nagged by the “race question.” Dispatches from (A)mended America uses live theatre, audience participation and interactive social media to challenge assumptions about race through the words of the writers, the interviewees and the audience. Ron Russell directs this production, written and performed by Brandt Adams and Godfrey L. Simmons, Jr. The ensemble includes Jacob Ming-Trent, Lori E. Parquet, James Wallert and Sarah Winkler. Dispatches from (A)mended America now runs through November 24th.

Off-Broadway Falling goes on

The Off-Broadway premiere of Falling will resume performances Saturday evening, November 3rd, following a shut down caused by Hurricane Sandy and its aftermath.   Falling, the new play by Deanna Jent, opened to critical acclaim on October 15th at the Minetta Lane Theatre (18 Minetta Lane, one block south of West 3rd Street, just off Sixth Avenue):

Joel de la Fuente in "Hold These Truths" |  Photo by Steven Boling

Joel de la Fuente in “Hold These Truths” | Photo by Steven Boling

Off-Broadway theaters offer $20 tickets through Nov. 11

Off-Broadway shows such as Checkers, Don’t Go Gentle, Fuerza Bruta, Giant, The Golden Land, The Other Josh Cohen, Sorry, Stomp, A Summer Day, The Twenty-Seventh Man, and Wild with Happy will resume performances Off-Broadway after being shut down by Hurricane Sandy and its aftermath, pending resumption of services by Con Edison, which has begun downtown.

To celebrate their return, they are offering theater-goers tickets through November 11th for only $20*. (The Off-Off-Brodway show Through the Yellow Hour will offer tickets for only $15). Check with participating theaters for schedule and availability.

*Use discount code SANDY. Restrictions may apply: this offer does not affect prior sales; may not be combined with any other offers; all sales final and subject to availability; regular service charges and facility fees may apply.

** Tickets available through all usual channels, except Checkers available only at the Vineyard Box Office, two hours prior to performance.

Participating shows include:

Checkers, Vineyard Theatre (108 East 15th Street) vineyardtheatre.org

Don’t Go Gentle, Lucille Lortel Theatre (121 Christopher Street) www.mcctheater.org or call (212) 352-3101

Falling, Minetta Lane Theatre (18 Minetta Lane) fallingplay.com or call (800) 982–2787

Fuerza Bruta, Daryl Roth (101 East 15th Street at Union Square) www.fuerzabrutanyc.com or 212-239-6200

Giant, Public Theater: Newman (425 Lafayette Street) www.publictheater.org

The Golden Land, Baruch Performing Arts Center (55 Lexington Avenue) www.folksbiene.org/goldenland.html

The Other Josh Cohen, Soho Playhouse (15 Vandam Street) www.theotherjoshcohen.com

Sorry, Public Theater: Anspacher (425 Lafayette Street) www.publictheater.org

Stomp, Orpheum (126 2nd Avenue) www.stomponline.com or call (800) 982–2787

A Summer Day, Cherry Lane Theatre (38 Commerce Street) www.wegothere.org/a-summer-day

Through the Yellow Hour, Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre (224 Waverly Place) www.wegothere.org/through-yellow-hour

The Twenty-Seventh Man, Public Theater: Martinson (425 Lafayette Street) www.publictheater.org

Wild with Happy, Public Theater: LuEsther (425 Lafayette Street) www.publictheater.org

For more information, visit www.offbroadway.com.

Singing Homo goes Wild!

Homo: The Musical will resume performances tomorrow, Saturday, November 3, with performances at 8 PM and 10 PM. There is an added a matinee on Sunday, November 4 at 2 PM, which is their final performance.

Written and directed by Lola Rock-N-Rolla with music and lyrics by Gina Volpe, and choreographed by Aliane Baquerot, the show description states “When a religious, Middle American suburb is infiltrated by an alien from the Planet Homo posing as a suburban housewife, will the good folk of Pleasant Valley Pines notice before the whole town erupts in chaos and depravity?”

The cast includes Meg Baessler, Greg Beam, Ryan Bauer-Walsh, Julia Divergili, Helene Ellford, David Paul Kidder, Miguel Molinar, Tim Murray, Erica Penn, and Cesar Razza. It is produced by Moustache Ride Entertainment in association with Royal Family Productions.

UPDATE: Even more Off-Broadway shows go back online

5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche
Performances will resume tonight, 11/3 at 10:00 p.m. with a 7:30 p.m. performance tomorrow, 11/4 at the SoHo Playhouse.

The SoHo Playhouse is offering FREE tickets to 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche to those displaced by Hurricane Sandy. Tickets will be available at the box office for each performance on a first-come, first-serve basis for those who use the code “Sandy” and bring proof of identification from an afflicted area. Theater-goers may request up to two tickets. For more information, visit www.5lesbianseatingaquiche.com.

York Theatre Company’s Closer Than Ever
Performances are 2:30 & 8:00 p.m. today, 11/3 and 2:30 & 7:00 p.m. tomorrow, 11/4 (the show’s final performance). The York Theatre is offering FREE tickets to Closer Than Ever. As reported in The New York Times, just show your unused tickets or confirmation orders at the box office, subject to availability. Valid for all remaining performances through Sunday at 2:30. Tickets may be redeemed at the York Box Office between noon and showtime. For more information, visit www.yorktheatre.org.

Eve Ensler’s Emotional Creature
Performances are 2:00 & 8:00 today, 11/3 and 7:30 p.m. tomorrow, 11/4 at The Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center. Opening night still on as planned for November 12, 2012. For more information, visit www.emotionalcreature.com.

Culture Project’s The Exonerated
Performances will resume tomorrow, 11/4 at 3:00 & 7:00 p.m. at Culture Project/45 Bleecker. This week’s rotating cast features Marg Helgenberger. For more information, visit www.cultureproject.org.

The Old Man and the Old Moon
Performances will resume today, 11/3 at 2:00 & 8:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. tomorrow, 11/4 at the Gym at Judson. The Old Man and the Old Moon is offering FREE tickets to those displaced by Hurricane Sandy. Tickets will be available at the Gym at Judson box office for each performance on a first-come, first-serve basis for those who use the code “Sandy” and bring proof of identification from an afflicted area. Theater-goers may request up to two tickets. For more information, visit www.pigpentheatre.com.

MCC Theater’s Don’t Go Gentle
Resumes will resume today, 11/3 at 2:00 & 8:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. tomorrow, 11/4 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre (the show’s final performance). For more information, visit www.mcctheater.org.

Labyrinth Theater Company’s Radiance
No performance this weekend with performances resuming Wednesday, 11/7. For more information, visit www.labtheater.org/radiance/.

Sleep No More
Performances will resume this evening, 11/3 with scheduled entrances between 7:00 & 8:00 p.m. at the McKittrick Hotel. For more information, visit www.sleepnomorenyc.com.

Target Margin Theater’s 2012 TMT LAB: Exploring Yiddish Theater
Resumed performances earlier this week. TMT Lab: Exploring Yiddish Theater ends today, 11/3 as scheduled with final performances of After Midnight & Cripples at 7:30 p.m. and Shulamis, or The Well and the Pussycat at 9:30 p.m. at The Brick in Williamsburg. For more information, visit www.targetmargin.org.

Tribes
Performances will resume tonight, 11/3 at 7:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. tomorrow, 11/4 at the Barrow Street Theatre. For more information, visit www.barrowstreettheatre.com.

About Randy Gener

Randy Gener is the Nathan Award-winning editor, writer, critic, playwright and visual artist in New York City. He is the author of the plays "Love Seats for Virginia Woolf," "Wait for Me at the Bottom of the Pool," "A Parliament of the Streets," and others. His conceptual installation, "In the Garden of One World" (designed by Nic Ularu), debuted in 2008 at La MaMa La Galleria in New York. He is a renowned lecturer and speaker in the arts and technology, appearing at such schools as the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center-Graduate Center, City University of New York, Montclair State University, University of South Carolina, Brooklyn College; U.S. and European festivals as Sibiu International Theatre Festival, Prague Quadrennial for World Scenography, William Inge Theatre Festival, Humana Festival of New American Plays; as well as such institutions as Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Hallmark Inc., Dramatists Guild of America, Odeon Theatre of Bucharest, Romanian Cultural Institute-New York, Long Wharf Theater Company, Pan Asian Repertory Theatre and La MaMa E.T.C.

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“From the Edge: Performance Design in the Divided States of America” at LaMaMa La Galleria

On Smart Power, International Cultural Exchange and Performance Design | An Interview by Amanda White Thietje

3 Interviews by AMANDA WHITE THIETJE:
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RANDY GENER and I met in Prague this summer, where we were both attending the 2011 Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space (PQ). I was wandering through the exhibits, soaking up the inspiration and the beauty of the city; he was serving as both curatorial advisor of "From the Edge" (USITT’s USA National Pavilion) and Editor-In-Chief of this year’s PQ daily newspaper.
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Randy agreed to talk with me about the PQ, and there’s so much in this interview I want to share with you that I’m going to post it in three parts. Click on the titles of each article below so you can read each part of the interview:
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  • Interview – Part 1: "From the Edge"
  • Interview – Part 2: "Active Searching & The Value of the Prague Quadrennial"
  • Interview – Part 3: "A Ripple Effect."
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    “From the Edge: Performance Design in the Divided States of America,” the USA national pavilion at Prague National Gallery

    From the Edge: Performance Design in the Divided States of America

    Reflections on curating and creating national expositions in an international art-based mega-exhibition in Prague
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  • Curatorial essay: "Exhibiting a country on the edge: a U.S. approach to performance design"
  • USA exposition returns from Prague: "American performing garage under the sign of Obama"
  • Prague diaries: "Philadelphia theater-makers talk about how performance design affected their works and processes."
  • Interview with curators: "Curators speak about the thrills, challenges and obstacles of staging national expositions of design."
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    Praise and Commendations

    >> "A first-rate writer and editor. Randy Gener understands culture in the widest sense: as news, as art, as politics, as media," Margo Jefferson, Pulitzer Prize–winning writer.
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    >> "Mr. Randy Gener’s 'in the theater of One World,' a showcase of his own individual work, is taking up the slack that print journalism is leaving behind. You won’t find this in your local papers," Superfluities Redux.
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    >> "The visionary," Instinct Magazine.
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    >> "An internationalist, a champion of cultural exchange and dialogue," The New York Daily News.
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    >> "Randy Gener's command of theatrical subjects is unequalled among his contemporaries," American Theatre magazine/Theatre Communications Group.
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    >> "Randy Gener sheds light into censorship and repression of the arts," Judges of the Deadline Club Award, New York chapter of Society of Professional Journalists.
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    >> "Randy Gener is one of the most compelling voices of our era of globalization," Ioana Ieronim, author, poet and Fulbright Program Director of Fulbright Commission Romania.
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    >> "Gener draws our attention to largely ignored voices and visions on the international theatrical scene," Judges of the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism.
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    >> "Mr. Gener holds himself to a high standard in his long-form journalism — perhaps a model for young journalists," Superfluities Redux.
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    >> "Gener’s writing on theater, especially as it interacts with LGBT lives, is beautifully done, knowledgeable and almost lyrical in its language,” Judges of NLGJA Journalist of the Year.
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    >> "Randy Gener demonstrates the ripple effect that spotlighting artistic passion can have," Judges of the Deadline Club Award, New York chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.
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    >> "Randy Gener's 'Love Seats for Virginia Woolf' is a meditative homage. Gener has staged his play with a subtle grace that complements the art objects' sedentary ingenuity. Never has Virginia's room of one's own been so suggestively furnished,” The Village Voice
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    >> "Gener's accumulation of words in his play 'Love Seats for Virginia Woolf' are the feathery evanescence of the butterfly's wings clamped together with the bolts of iron that are the four loveseat sculptures. The actors become words personified. I was left astonished,” The Virginia Woolf Miscellany of the International Virginia Woolf Society.
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    >> "His essays wed critical intelligence with a love of the telling and unruly fact," Judges of George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism.
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    >> "Gener went above and beyond with regard to enterprise, resourcefulness and overcoming of obstacles in the pursuit of the story," Judges of Deadline Club Award, New York chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.
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    >> "Randy Gener has been a tremendous asset to American Theatre ever since he was selected as a Jerome Foundation Affiliated Writer back in 1995-96, and especially since he joined the staff full-time in 2001," American Theatre magazine/Theatre Communications Group.
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    >> "One of the leaders of the Asian American community," The New York Daily News.
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    >> "In conferring the Pamana ng Pilipino (Legacy of the Filipino Nation) Presidential Award to Randy Gener, the President recognizes Gener's excellence in the field of theater arts and creativity, and diligence in promoting Filipino-American interests and accomplishments to mainstream audiences in Europe and the United States of America," His Excellency Benigno Simeon Aquino III, President of the Republic of the Philippines.
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    Biography

    Randy Gener is the Nathan Award-winning editor, writer, critic, curator, playwright and visual artist in New York City.
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    His conceptual installation, "in the garden of One World," debuted at La MaMa La Galleria in New York. He is the author of "Love Seats for Virginia Woolf," and other plays.
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    For his editorial work and critical essays as the senior editor of American Theatre magazine, Gener has received the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism, the highest accolade for excellence in dramatic criticism in the United States; the Deadline Club Award for Best Arts Reporting from the New York chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists; five media awards for excellence in travel-writing from the annual North American Travel Journalists Association Awards competition; and the NLGJA Journalist of the Year 2010.

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