Off-Broadway Plays (Susan Watson-Turner)
- OUR PLANET わが星 by Yukio Shiba 柴 幸男 (Japan Society), Monday, February 6, 7:30 PM. Of the infinite stars in the galaxy, a young boy fixates on one that is located ten-thousand light years away and has long perished by the time of the boy’s discovery. Imagine that at that same moment, the boy is actually an old man being watched by someone on a faraway star! Such are the mind-bending ideas whirling through OUR PLANET, a tale by the young Japanese playwright Yukio Shiba that juxtaposes the minutia of an average Japanese family’s life with the galactic events of the Earth’s birth and death. Inspired by Thornton Wilder’s Our Town, Shiba’s Our Planet, won the most prestigious Kishida Kunio Drama Award in 2010.For this reading, New York-based director Alec Duffy, Obie Award winner and founder of the critically acclaimed Hoi Polloi theater company, will lead a cast of American actors. Read in English.
※ Playwright Yukio Shiba with join the post-reading Q&A by video broadcast from Japan. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.
- You Are Here (Here Theatre), September 7-October 29, free admission. "A participatory group show, which encourages the viewer to place themselves within the work. Using music boxes, mirrors, audio tours and video, five independent artists provoke the viewer to become aware of themselves, the community and the space in a new way" (Here Theatre website). Featuring work by: Seth Ellis, Fiamma Montezemolo, Vincent Romaniello and Tal Yarden.
- River Crosses River II (Ensemble Studio Theatre). 9 plays on a rotating schedule, September 14-October 2. Click here for show times and descriptions. "Comida de Puta (F#@king Lousy Food) by Desi Moreno-Penson, directed by José Zayas; "Learning to Swim" by France-Luce Benson, directed by Elizabeth Van Dyke; "Modern Romance" by Bridgette Wimberly, directed by Chuck Patterson; "One Quarter" by Christine Jean Chambers, directed by Talvin Wilks; "One for the Brothers, a Love Story" by Pearl Cleage, directed by Woodie King, Jr.; "Post Black," written & directed by Regina Taylor; "The Settlement" by Philana Omorotionmwan, directed by A. Dean Irby; "Skin" by Naveen Bahar Choudhury, directed by Jamie Richards; "Waking Up" by Cori Thomas, directed by Tea Alagi?.
- Black Angels Over Tuskegee: Connect with award winning playwright, Layon Gray as he critically explores a time in the United States when intellect, devotion to country and equal opportunity for all American citizens wasn’t universally accepted. This intense struggle for basic human rights was fought not only in Europe and Asia, but also in the streets of Tuskegee, Alabama USA, the setting of this marvelous production. Actors Temple Theater, 339 West 47th St (8th & 9th Aves), New York, NY 10036. Directions TDF link
- All American Girls:
Set in Chicago during World War II, when the US Armed Forces is not the only American institution that is racially segregated. There are two baseball teams getting ready to square off against each other on the baseball field. The mystery begins before a scheduled exhibition game between the Red Diamonds and the Rockford Peaches. Before taking the field to play America’s game, the players are forced to deal with racial discrimination, treachery and deceit.Actors Temple Theatre. TDF link