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TICKET GIVEAWAY: BLOOD AT THE ROOT

(photo courtesy Penn State Centre Stage)

Inspired by the story of the Jena Six, BLOOD AT THE ROOT examines racial injustice in twenty-first-century America (photo courtesy Penn State Centre Stage)

BLOOD AT THE ROOT
National Black Theatre
2031 Fifth Ave. between 125th & 126th Sts.
Previews April 20-22, $15; April 23 - May 8, $25; May 9-15, $35
212-722-3800
www.nationalblacktheatre.org

In 2006, six black students at Jena High School in Central Louisiana were arrested after a fight with a white student, shortly after nooses were hung from a tree in the school courtyard, leading to a nationwide discussion of racial injustice in America. Inspired by the events surrounding the Jena Six, playwright Dominique Morisseau wrote Blood at the Root, which will make its New York City premiere at the National Black Theatre in Harlem from April 20 to May 15. The play, which incorporates music, dance, and poetry, is directed by Steve Broadnax and features Stori Ayers, Brandon Carter, Allison Jaye, Tyler Reilly, Kenzie Ross, and Christian Thompson. Morisseau, who is also an actress, has previously written Sunset Baby, Follow Me to Nellie’s, and the “Detroit Projects” trilogy, which consists of Detroit ’67, Paradise Blue, and Skeleton Crew, which returns to the Atlantic next month.

TICKET GIVEAWAY: Blood at the Root begins previews April 20 and opens April 23 at the National Black Theatre, and twi-ny has three pairs of tickets to give away for free. Just send your name, daytime phone number, and favorite play that addresses racism to contest@twi-ny.com by Thursday, April 20, at 3:00 to be eligible. All entrants must be twenty-one years of age or older; three winners will be selected at random.

TICKET GIVEAWAY: LEONARD NIMOY’S VINCENT

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LEONARD NIMOY’S VINCENT
Theatre at St. Clement’s
423 West 46th St. between Ninth & Tenth Aves.
Wednesday - Sunday through June 5, $59-$89
starrynighttheater.com/vincent

Leonard Nimoy lived long and prospered before passing away last February at the age of eighty-three, leaving behind a legacy that includes two children, two marriages of more than twenty years, major roles on and off Broadway (Equus, Fiddler on the Roof, One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest), and this little television and movie franchise known as Star Trek. But one of his most important personal projects was a one-man show called Vincent, which he adapted from Phillip Stephens’s Van Gogh and toured in beginning in 1981. In the play, Vincent’s younger brother, Theo, talks about life with his older sibling, an artist whose talent and innovation was only recognized after his death. The thoroughly researched text is based on hundreds of letters between the brothers; Nimoy also traveled to Arles, Saint-Rémy, and Auvers while preparing the show. The play is now being revived by the Starry Night Theatre Co. starting April 1 at the Theatre at St. Clement’s. Company artistic director James Briggs plays Theo, with Dr. Brant Pope directing. “Last week when we buried my brother, there was so much I wanted to say, I couldn’t do it,” Theo says at the start. “You see, I simply couldn’t speak. I didn’t express myself. It’s been a burden on my soul . . . what I wanted to say and I couldn’t . . . what I needed to say, what you need to hear. So I thank you for this second opportunity.”

James Briggs stars as Theo van Gogh in revival of Leonard Nimoy’s VINCENT at the Theatre at St. Clement’s

James Briggs stars as Theo van Gogh in revival of Leonard Nimoy’s VINCENT, coming to the Theatre at St. Clement’s

TICKET GIVEAWAY: Vincent begins previews April 1 and opens April 7 at Theatre at St. Clement’s, and twi-ny has three pairs of tickets to give away for free. Just send your name, daytime phone number, and favorite van Gogh painting to contest@twi-ny.com by Wednesday, March 30, at 3:00 to be eligible. All entrants must be twenty-one years of age or older; three winners will be selected at random.

TICKET ALERT: LIL BUB AT THE MUSEUM OF THE MOVING IMAGE

Lil BUB will make a special appearance at the Museum of the Moving Image on January 30

Lil BUB will make a special appearance at the Museum of the Moving Image on January 30

Museum of the Moving Image
35th Ave. at 36th St., Astoria
Saturday, January 30, $25-$100 (includes gallery admission)
Exhibit continues Wednesday - Sunday through January 31, $6-$12
718-777-6800
www.movingimage.us
lilbub.com

The Museum of the Moving Image is celebrating the last weekend of its “How Cats Took Over the Internet” exhibit with an ASPCA Mobile Adoption Event and a special appearance by feline superstar Lil BUB on January 30. From 1:00 to 5:00 right outside the museum, the ASPCA will have lots of cats for people to take home with them. At 2:00 ($25), the polydactyl perma-kitten, who was born with osteopetrosis, and her dude, Mike Bridavsky, will share “The Story of Lil BUB,” then stick around for a Q&A. That will be followed at 4:00 ($100, includes 2:00 talk) with a meet-and-greet fundraiser where you’ll get to pet the Most Amazing Cat on the Planet, take a photo with her, and receive a personalized art print and a signed photo print. All proceeds benefit special-needs pets via Lil BUB’s Big Fund at the ASPCA. You know you want to go. So what are you waiting for? Cuteness overload awaits.

TICKET GIVEAWAY: THE HONEYCOMB TRILOGY

THE HONEYCOMB TRILOGY
The Gym at Judson
243 Thompson St. at Washington Square South
October 13 - November 14, $25 for each of three parts
www.gideonth.com
www.judson.org

You can binge-watch a TV series, so why not a play? Mac Rogers’s (Viral, Asymmetric) sci-fi epic, the Honeycomb Trilogy, is back in New York for a return engagement, promising that “it’ll be about 20% more awesome than last time.” The original unfolded in three installments over six months in 2012, but now you can follow the Cooke family battle alien invasion and try to save the human race over the course of a week, or in one day, at the Gym at Judson. Advance Man, which won a New York Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Premiere Production, is being performed by itself October 13, 23, and 29 and November 3 and 13, Blast Radius on October 15, 20, and 30 and November 5 and 10, and Sovereign October 16, 22, and 27 and November 6 and 12. But on Saturdays and Sundays during the run, you can catch all three plays back-to-back-to back, at 2:00, 5:00, and 8:30.

TICKET GIVEAWAY: The Honeycomb Trilogy is running October 13 through November 14 at the Gym at Judson, and twi-ny has one pair of tickets to give away for all three shows to one lucky person. Just send your name, phone number, and favorite sci-fi binge-watching experience to contest@twi-ny.com by Wednesday, October 15, at 3:00 to be eligible. All entrants must be twenty-one years of age or older; one winner will be selected at random.

TICKET GIVEAWAY: TINDER ROULETTE

TINDER ROULETTE

Mel DeLancey and her sisters look at life, love, and taking risks in TINDER ROULETTE

TINDER ROULETTE: A MUSICAL MEMOIR
13th Street Repertory Theater
50 West 13th St. between Fifth & Sixth Aves.
Fridays & Saturdays through October 24, $30 ($24 with code BOOKIE), 9:30
www.tinderrouletteshow.com
www.13thstreetrep.org

So you think you overshare on social media? Just wait till you get a load of Tinder Roulette: A Musical Memoir, Mel DeLancey’s seriocomic look at her life. The divorced daughter of two compulsive gamblers, DeLancey examines the choices she’s made and the risks she’s taken, using cabaret to tell her story. The show features cameos by her sisters, Jennifer and Joslyn, who are also joined by the curiously one-named Moose. The production is directed by Bryan Enk (The Big Bad, the stage serial Penny Dreadful), with Norma Jeanne Curley serving as musical director and arranger as well as accompanist.

TICKET GIVEAWAY: Tinder Roulette is playing Friday and Saturday nights at 9:30 through October 24 at the 13th Street Repertory Theater, and twi-ny has three pairs of tickets to give away for free. Just send your name, daytime phone number, and favorite play or movie about gambling or social media to contest@twi-ny.com by Wednesday, October 7, at 3:00 to be eligible. All entrants must be twenty-one years of age or older; three winners will be selected at random.

TICKET GIVEAWAY: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM

Nick Cearley stars as a musical Puck in Masterworks Theater (photo by Russ Rowland)

Nick Cearley stars as a musical Puck in the Masterworks Theater Company production of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (photo by Russ Rowland)

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM
47th Street Theatre
304 West 47th St. between Eighth & Ninth Aves.
Tuesday - Sunday through June 28, $19-$65
212-279-4200
www.masterworkstheatercompany.org

It’s hard to get New Yorkers to pay to see Shakespeare in the summer, what with so many free productions in parks, parking lots, and other outdoor spaces around the city. (You can check out an updated day-by-day list here.) But the Masterworks Theater Company is defying the odds, staging the Bard favorite A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the 47th St. Theatre. Clocking in at a breezy ninety minutes, this version, which features a lot of music and pop-culture references, stars Nick Cearley as Puck, Warren Jackson as Bottom, Jenny Strassburg as Hippolyta/Titania, Andrew Ramcharan Guilarte as Theseus/Oberon, Sheria Irving as Hermia, Becca Ballenger as Helena, Reynaldo Piniella as Lysander, Emilio Paul Tirado as Demetrius, and Jack Herholdt as Snout and Wall. Tamilla Woodard directs, with choreography by Shannon Stowe. The show is set in a modern-day playground designed by Raul Abrego.

TICKET GIVEAWAY: A Midsummer Night’s Dream is running through June 28 at the 47th St. Theatre, and twi-ny has three pairs of tickets to give away for free. Just send your name, daytime phone number, and favorite Midsummer Night’s Dream production (film or theater) to contest@twi-ny.com by Wednesday, June 17, at 12 noon to be eligible. All entrants must be twenty-one years of age or older; three winners will be selected at random.

TICKET GIVEAWAY: CONSENT

CONSENT

Susie (Angela Pierce) and Ron (Mark McCullough Thomas) share a tense moment in David Rhodes’s CONSENT

CONSENT
The Black Box Theatre
The Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre
111 West 46th St. between Sixth & Seventh Aves.
Tuesday - Sunday through June 28, $60-$100 ($35-$85 with discount code UWANT2)
866-811-4111
www.consenttheplay.com

The matter of “consent” is a complex subject, one that writer-director David Rhodes explores in his new play, simply titled Consent. “Relationships can be incredibly sexy, but also incredibly scary, navigating power dynamics and personal needs while getting to know each other,” he says about the play in a statement. “My goal with Consent is to explore issues surrounding primal desire, vulnerability, passion, and shame and to let the audience make up their own minds as to what transpired.” In the play, Mark McCullough Thomas stars as Ron, an architect and former NFL player who has just come out as gay. The dramatic change in his life has an effect on his relationships with Emily (Catherine Curtin), Kurt (Michael Goldstein), and Susie (Angela Pierce), leading to professional and personal twists and tangles. Consent is written and directed by Rhodes, who has previously written and starred in the solo shows I’m Telling You and Rites of Privacy. The scenic design is by Scott Tedmon-Jones, with lighting by John Eckert, sound by Chad Raines of the punk band the Simple Pleasure, and video projection by Chelsie McPhilimy.

TICKET GIVEAWAY: Consent is running through June 28 at the Black Box Theatre at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center, and twi-ny has three pairs of tickets to give away for free for performances through June 21. Just send your name and daytime phone number to contest@twi-ny.com by Monday, June 8, at 3:00 to be eligible. All entrants must be twenty-one years of age or older; three winners will be selected at random.