A PERSISTENT MEMORY
The Beckett Theatre at Theatre Row
410 West 42nd St. between Ninth & Tenth Aves.
Previews begin May 27, opening June 1, runs through June 18, $49.50 ($29.50 with code TRBI29)
A 2009 Scientific American article explained that “remarkable recall power, researchers believe, is a big part of how elephants survive.” Playwright Jackob G. Hofmann (The Speed Date, Tracking Gertrude Treadwell) makes recollection and elephants central issues in his latest work, The Persistence of Memory, having its world premiere at the Beckett Theatre at Theatre Row later this month. The play travels from New York City to Uganda, following the exploits of David Huntington as his memories start disappearing and his past begins to haunt him at the same time “a mysterious phenomenon is plaguing the world’s elephant population.” The ninety-minute play is directed by Jessi D. Hill and stars Drew Ledbetter as David, Ariel Estrada as Kasem, Claire Warden as Carly, Lisa Bostnar as Marie, and Richard Prioleau as Elijah, with scenic design by Parris Bradley, costumes by Valerie Joyce, and lighting by Greg Solomon. For further information about elephants, the play’s official website includes links to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, the African Wildlife Foundation, the Elephant Sanctuary, the Performing Animal Welfare Society, the Wildlife Conservation Network, the World Wildlife Fund, and the wildLIFE Project.
TICKET GIVEAWAY: A Persistent Memory begins previews May 27 and opens June 1 at the Beckett Theatre at Theatre Row, 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 that involves elephants to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, May 20, at 12 noon to be eligible. All entrants must be twenty-one years of age or older; three winners will be selected at random.
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
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 email@example.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.
LEONARD NIMOY’S VINCENT
Theatre at St. Clement’s
423 West 46th St. between Ninth & Tenth Aves.
Wednesday - Sunday through June 5, $59-$89
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.”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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
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.
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 email@example.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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM
47th Street Theatre
304 West 47th St. between Eighth & Ninth Aves.
Tuesday - Sunday through June 28, $19-$65
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 email@example.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.