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2021 SUMMER

Theatres sloooowly coming back after Covid closures. (I generally update only in the summer months when I am in NYC, but look at the venue guide above!)

The DramaBook shop is re-opening June 2021!!! Thanks to Lin-Manuel Miranda and others. New location near Times Square, 266 W. 39th St.

APRIL

ongoing BLINDNESS based on Saramago novel. Directed by Walter Meierjohann for Daryl Roth Theatre. Socially distanced seating with focus on audio environment. 

through June 6 GRIEF AND GRIEVANCE: Art and Mourning in America.  The New Museum  37 artists curated by the late Okwui Enwezor. An extraordinary bringing together of sensibilities and disciplines. 

through May 30 DAVID HOCKNEY: DRAWING FROM LIFE. Morgan Library & Museum.  a collection of his drawings from his student work to now. Revelatory. and while you are there (it's expensive!) look at the other drawing show "Conversations in Drawing: Seven Centuries of Collecting from the Gray Collection"

through August 8 JULIE MEHRETU paintings at The Whitney Museum.  We saw this at LACMA last year and I imagine the show is every bit as stunning as it was there. 

ongoing Metropolitan Museum of Art. Everyone is telling me to go while Covid restrictions are in place, as in many areas of the Museum you will have the place to yourselves!

21-  Dixon Place re-opens! 

26  Danspace Gala honoring Bebe Miller, Annie-B Parson, Pat Steir. "a virtual gathering honoring rebel angels"

30-June 21. CHRISTIAN NYAMPETA: SOMETIMES IT WAS  BEAUTIFUL Guggenheim Museum 

-ongoing THE VISITATION a site-specific sound walk created by Stephanie Fleischmann, Christina Campanella and Mallory Catlett for Jackie Robinson Park, featuring the voices of Black-Eyed Susan, Carl Hancock Rux and many others.  Worth it just to see this sliver of a park in Hamilton Heights, right off the 145th St. stop on the A. 

-through June 21 THE LINE "First performed live on Zoom on July 8, 2020, the world premiere play was viewed more than 55,000 times in 18 countries during its limited streaming run last summer. Crafted from firsthand interviews with New York City medical first responders during the COVID-19 pandemic, THE LINE cuts through the media and political noise to reveal the lived experiences of frontline medical workers in New York and their battle to save lives in a system built to serve the bottom line." Presented by The Public Theatre​ 

MAY

-the FRICK collection has been moved to the old Whitney/Breuer building on Madison. It's revelatory to see the Vermeers and Goyas in a completely different, modernist environment. The paintings have space, and the building looks fantastic. 

-28 A COMPOSITE BEING, the drawings and prints of the late Darrel Ellis, at Candice Madey gallery at 1 Rivington (at Bowery), are a revelation. Thursday to Saturday, 11am to 6pm  to reserve a viewing email info@candicemadey.com

-ongoing TAXILANDIA  Flako Jimenez, along with collaborators video designer Victor Morales, sound designer Marcelo Anez, technical director Kevin Torres and dramaturge Shy Richardson, offer numerous ways to re-experience Bushwick. Via narrated taxi ride (enter through a lottery for 1-3 riders) a guided tour, a gallery.  Presented via New York Theatre Workshop

-through June 22 POLITICAL INTIMACY Pratt Manhattan Gallery windows. Collaboration with Recess:Assembly

3 WHEN POLITICAL PROTESTS BECOME THEATER  a conversation at 7pm ET/4MDT with one of the Chicago 7, Lee Weiner, and renowned Manhattan District Attorney, Cyrus Vance Jr.  Sponsored by NYC Forum on Life, Culture & Society of Touro College. RSVP

3-6 ON THE WAY, UNDONE performance by Okwui Okpokwasili on the High Line 7pm. check-in at 14th St./Tenth Ave. "a processional performance inspired by Simone Leigh’s High Line Plinth commission Brick House, which closes this month. Performers will trace a path from the south end of the park to Leigh’s magnificent sculpture at 30th Street, carrying a vessel that also carries them."

5-9 PARTY IN THE BARDO: JASON MORAN & LAURIE ANDERSON "underpinned by the soundscape of LOU REED: DRONES, a sonic installation utilizing guitars from Reed’s collection and curated by his former guitar technician Stewart Hurwood. Anderson and Moran will invite two groups of artists to add their own layer of artistry over the Drones, joining them in these improvisational sonic meditations for the city of New York." Park Avenue Armory. Sold out but there is a waiting list

11-15 LIVE IDEAS 2021: ALTERED-WORLDS: BLACK UTOPIA AND THE AGE OF ACCELERATION. Hybrid virtual and in-person festival. co-curated by Reynaldo Anderson and New York Live Arts in partnership with the Black Speculative Arts Movement (BSAM

12-23 LA MAMA MOVES DANCE FEST Featuring Outdoor and Live Stream Performances 
Hadar Ahuvia and Tatyana Tenenbaum, J. Bouey (ASU graduate!),  Tiffany Mills Company, Ricarrdo Valentine/ Brother(hood) Dance!, Jasmine Hearn, Sugar Vendil 

14-June 27 IMAGINE NEW HAVEN The International Festival of Arts & Ideas in New Haven, CN

14-16 SWEATSHOP OVERLORD a new solo work by the indomitable Kristina Wong. New York Theater Workshop

19-26. AFTERWARDSNESS Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company at Park Avenue Armory. Sold out but there is a waiting list

20 THE LITTLE HOURS (or two friends) by Caridad Svich. Theater in Quarantine/LaMaMa/CultureHub  two shows (live and online) 7pm & 9pm (will remain online/on demand). 

7pm https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KcewENVZIzw

9pm https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDUUeeHPT14

JUNE

-continuing through January 2022 LUCY RAVEN at Dia Art Foundation/Chelsea.  Two powerful installations by this Tucson-born artist who brings land art and media/installation together. Give yourself an hour; the film accumulates powerfully but you have to be patient. Reserve in advance

1-9 GLOBAL FORMS THEATRE FESTIVAL 2021 presented by Rattlestick Playwrights Theater and New York Theatre Salon  online performances, classes, presentations,   100+ artists from 34 nationalities spread over 9 days with 36 events 

2 CONNECTED: VOICING RESILIENCE & OPTIMISM. Virtual Gala for Meredith Monk/The House.  Bryce Dessner, Sasha Frere-Jones, Meredith, Ann Waldman and many others. 

6  AUNTS GOES PUBLIC! A series of outdoor performance events by the ever inventive Aunts dance gang.  5-8pm Open Culture , 49th Ave. between 5th and Vernon Blvd. in Long Island City  Free! "one day only AUNTS event with multiple performers, overlapping performances, open dance parties, multi-disciplinary, body/non-body based, time oriented, finished/experimental/unfinished/process art."

10-13 PERFORMANCE MIX FESTIVAL 35th Anniversary. New Dance Alliance in partnership with Movement Research

12-July 18 Saturday/Sunday THIS WAS THE END. Mallory Catlett's Obie winning installation/performance returns to Mabou Mines space at 150 First Ave.  12-6 Saturday/Sunday. Part of their wonderful Archive series, bringing back memorable work.

22-26 CRIMINAL QUEERNESS FESTIVAL events staged outside and socially distanced. Co-founded in 2018 and co-produced by queer artists Adam Ashraf Elsayigh and Adam Odsess-Rubin. "an annual international theater festival created in partnership with NYC Pride and the Stonewall Community Foundation. The festival presents explosive new plays by LGBTQ artists from countries that criminalize queer and trans people."

23-?  SEVEN DEADLY SINS   7 short plays by Ngozi Anyanwu, Thomas Bradshaw, MJ Kaufman, Moisés Kaufman, Jeffrey Lahoste, Ming Peiffer, Bess Wohl. Directed by Moisés Kaufman. Presented by Tectonic Theater Project in NYC's meatpacking district after premiering in January in Miami.  Socially-distanced and outdoors. 

25 A FEW DEEP BREATHS  online presentations of new work by Erik Ehn, Huntrezz Janos, Adrienne Kennedy, Haruna Lee, Chuck Mee, Robert Patrick, and Christopher Rivas, 2 performers. La Mama Culture Hub. 8pm

26-27 CHOCOLATE FACTORY MINI FESTIVAL outside what will soon be the former Chocolate Factory, as they move into a new location. 12-4pm, 5-49  49th Ave. Long Island City. Participating artists (subject to change): Justin Allen, Anna Azrieli, Maria Bauman-Morales, Laurie Berg, Ayano Elson, Daria Faïn, Beth Gill, Jon Kinzel, Heather Kravas, Aaron Landsman, Abigail Levine, Melanie Maar, Rebecca Patek, Silas Riener, Melinda Ring, Marion Spencer, Anna Sperber, Donna Uchizono, Yackez.

-through July 31 THEY STILL WANT TO KILL US short film and an aria by my colleague, composer Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR) performed by mezzo J'Nai Bridges and directed by Yoram Savion. Created to mark the 100th anniversary of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. Streaming on YouTube  More information on the project here 

JULY

continuing though July 18 Saturday/Sunday THIS WAS THE END. Mallory Catlett's Obie winning installation/performance returns to Mabou Mines space at 150 First Ave.  12-6 Saturday/Sunday. Part of their wonderful Archive series, bringing back memorable work.

-through October SAFE/HAVEN: GAY LIFE IN 1950'S CHERRY GROVE. free outdoor exhibit  New York Historical Society at 5 W. 76th St. 

-through November 15 MAYA LIN INSTALLATION "GHOST FOREST" in Madison Square Park

2-5 RAGNAR KJARTANSSON: ROMANTIC SONGS OF THE PATRIARCHY part of the Guggenheim Musuem's series of durational and immersive performance. Everything I've seen by this artist is overwhelmingly moving and utterly unique. The most grounded and beautiful kind of immersion.  "celebrates pop music while revealing a culture shaped by chauvinism" 

5-9 DANCER FROM THE DANCE: FESTIVAL OF IRISH CHOREOGRAPHY Curated by John Scott and presented with the Irish Arts Center, featuring a new work by Yoshiko Chuma, and many other events, panels, films. Online schedule

12-Aug 9 CHANG IN A VOID MOON: EPISODES 62-66.  John Jesurun's fascinating and addictive serial continues. "the first serialized play ever produced in NY" which began at the Pyramid Club in 1982, with a parade of prominent performers appearing variously since its inception. And now the latest episodes!  LaMama. Mondays at 7pm with each episode approx. 20 minutes. Online only. 

15-Aug 1. DEFINITION  "a surrealist look at an African American woman's inner awakenings. Created by director and musician Whitney White, this multi-media event will take the audience through a guided journey with pre-recorded text and music. DEFINITION will feature works from US-based artists within the mediums of: video, design, photography, painting, drawing, and other visual forms, speaking to the themes of Black women’s mental, physical, and sexual health." Presented by the Bushwick Starr at the Mercury Store

17-August 1  NEW YORK STAGE AND FILM Summer Season. Hosted at Vassar College's Revel 32 and Marist College (both in Poughkeepsie, a lovely 2 hour Metro North ride away from NYC!)  New plays by Brian Quiada/Nygel D Robinson, Florencia Iriondo, Melissa Li/Kat Yan, Michael R. Jackson, Billy Porter/Kurt Carr. Info

23-September 6 WU TSANG: ANTHEM Guggenheim Museum rotunda. "sonic sculptural space"

continuing-SEVEN DEADLY SINS   7 short plays by Ngozi Anyanwu, Thomas Bradshaw, MJ Kaufman, Moisés Kaufman, Jeffrey Lahoste, Ming Peiffer, Bess Wohl. Directed by Moisés Kaufman. Presented by Tectonic Theater Project​ in NYC's meatpacking district after premiering in January in Miami.  Socially-distanced and outdoors, as your small audience moves between performance areas, with the performers in storefront windows. A mixed-bag; some of the "sins" are a little too "on the nose" but some of them are spellbinding. 

-continuing through January 2022 LUCY RAVEN at Dia Art Foundation/Chelsea​.  Two powerful installations by this Tucson-born artist who brings land art and media/installation together. Give yourself an hour; the film accumulates powerfully but you have to be patient. Reserve in advance

-through July 31 THEY STILL WANT TO KILL US short film/aria by my colleague, composer Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR) performed by mezzo J'Nai Bridges and directed by Yoram Savion. Created to mark the 100th anniversary of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. Streaming on YouTube  More information on the project here 

30-August 8    VS. written by Carl Hancock Rux, directed by Mallory Catlett and featuring a great cast: Becca Blackwell, David Thomson, Mildred Ruiz-Sapp, Perry Yung.  Mabou Mines virtual Friday-Sunday  "Vs. can be considered part tribunal of evidence — guided and constrained by the statutory powers of the “Interrogator” — and part psychodynamic investigation of a sovereign polity, a collective of accused citizenry. Vs. creates a philosophical tribunal to acquit or prosecute crimes against humanity. As writer Carl Hancock Rux and team work within the new parameters that "zoom performance" affords, Vs. indulges in a virtual game of ‘tag’ in which members of the audience find themselves complicit when randomly selected as “The Interrogator” — an identity hack that speaks a new digital patois."

AUGUST

continuing through August 9 CHANG IN A VOID MOON: EPISODES 62-66.  John Jesurun's fascinating and addictive serial continues. "the first serialized play ever produced in NY" which began at the Pyramid Club in 1982, with a parade of prominent performers appearing variously since its inception. And now the latest episodes!  LaMama. Mondays at 7pm with each episode approx. 20 minutes. Online only. 

-continuing through August 8    VS. written by Carl Hancock Rux, directed by Mallory Catlett and featuring a great cast: Becca Blackwell, David Thomson, Mildred Ruiz-Sapp, Perry Yung.  Mabou Mines virtual ​Friday-Sunday  "Vs. can be considered part tribunal of evidence — guided and constrained by the statutory powers of the “Interrogator” — and part psychodynamic investigation of a sovereign polity, a collective of accused citizenry. Vs. creates a philosophical tribunal to acquit or prosecute crimes against humanity. As writer Carl Hancock Rux and team work within the new parameters that "zoom performance" affords, Vs. indulges in a virtual game of ‘tag’ in which members of the audience find themselves complicit when randomly selected as “The Interrogator” — an identity hack that speaks a new digital patois."