Special Events

Festival to have two-month run

The 2017 United Solo Theatre Festival, the world’s largest festival of solo performances, will be held at Theatre Row (410 W. 42nd St. between 9th and 10th avenues in the studio theater) from Sept. 14 to Nov. 19. The festival presents renowned artists and new talents featured in local and international shows. Performance genres range from drama, storytelling, puppetry, and multimedia shows to stand-up, magic, improvisation, dance, and musical. For tickets ($37.50) and information visit http://unitedsolo.org/us/ufest/.

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Arabic play readings set at CUNY

The Martin Segal Graduate Center at CUNY will host a day of free readings of Arabic plays on April 19. The Wednesday lineup at the Segal Theatre (365 Fifth Ave. at 34th Street) starts with The Adventure of the Head of Mamlouk Jabir (1971) by Sa’dallah Wannous of Syria, followed at 2 p.m. by The Dictator (1969) by Issam Mahfouz of Lebanon. The third reading, at 6:30 p.m., will be The Flipflaps (1964) by Yusuf Idris of Egypt, and it will be followed by a panel discussion. The events are on a first come, first served basis.

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TACT plans May 8 gala

The Actor’s Company Theatre (TACT) will present its spring gala on May 8 at the University Club of New York (1 W. 54th St.). The fundraiser will honor four women: Alice Ripley, Theresa Rebeck, Elizabeth McCann and Nelle Nugent. The event will begin with a cocktail reception at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner, a live auction, and entertainment by singer Liz Callaway. TACT is a company of theater artists that reveals, reclaims, and reimagines great plays of literary merit, To purchase tickets for the 2017 Spring Gala, call (212) 645-8228 or email info@tactnyc.org.

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Panel on Hungarian dramatist planned

A special panel discussion about Hungarian playwright George Tabori will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 26, at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Place.  The panel on the satirical playwright is a prelude to the presentation of his two works, Mein Kampf and Jubilee, that are scheduled in repertory May 4–21 at Theater for the New City (155 First Ave., between 9th & 10th streets. The panel will include frequent Tabori producer Wynn Handman; critic and author Jonathan Kalb ; Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts Assistant Theatre Curator Annemarie van Roessel;  American composer Stanley Walden (who collaborated on more than 50 Tabori projects), and Lena Tabori, the publisher of Welcome Books. To RSVP to this free event, write to contact@taboriproject.org.

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Roundabout casino fundraiser scheduled

The Roundabout Theatre Company has scheduled its third annual Casino Night fundraiser for Monday, May 8, at 6:30 p.m. The gala will be held in the penthouse lobby at the American Airlines Theatre, 227, W 42nd St. The proceeds will benefit Roundabout’s programs, including the Education programs, the Theatrical Workforce Development Program and the Musical Theatre Fund. The casino event will include a Texas Hold ‘em poker tournament featuring celebrity players and Roundabout alumni, including World Series of Poker winner Jennifer Tilly, Sebastian Arcelus, John Behlmann, Stephanie J. Block, Santino Fontana, Byron Jennings, and  Laura Osnes.  There will also be open casino games, such as blackjack, roulette, craps and slot machines. Tickets starting at $500 are available by calling (212) 719-9393, ext. 369, or visiting www.roundabouttheatre.org/casinonight.

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Russian play of 1929 set for reading

The Parts Unknown reading series will present a free reading of the 1929 Russian play The Conspiracy of Feelings, at 7 p.m. on April 20. The play, by Yurii Olesha, is based on his own novel, Envy, and is a satiric look at capitalism and communism. The reading, with a cast of 13, will be held at the New York Public Library at 18 W. 53rd St. For information and reservations, visit voyagetheatercompany.org/parts-unknown-reading-series-2017/

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Playwrights Realm festival readings set

The Playwrights Realm will present INK’D, its annual festival of new plays April 17–20. The festival will feature staged readings of new work by 2016–17 writing fellows Donja R. Love, Liza Birkenmeier, Clarence Coo and Patricia Ione Lloyd. Born out of a desire to create ongoing support systems for early-career playwrights, the fellowship program provides a $3,000 stipend, monthly script meetings, professional development sessions with industry leaders, and a pairing with a director and designer for the playwright to work with throughout the year. INK’D will offer two readings of each script per day, at 3 and 7 p.m. The schedule is Sugar in our Wounds, by Donja R. Love (April 17); radio island, by Liza Birkenmeier (April 18); The Birds of Empathy, by Clarence Coo (April 19); and Eve’s Song, by Patricia Ione Lloyd (April 20). Readings will take place at The Loft at Theatre 511 (511 W. 54th St., between 10th and 11th avenues). Readings are free to the public, but reservations are required. To reserve tickets, please visit www.playwrightsrealm.org/INKD

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Guirgis play gets courtroom airing

Duende Theatre Group will present a production of The Last Days of Judas Iscariot by Stephen Adly Guirgis, directed by Matthew Ip Shaw, and co-directed by Vanesa Rendon. Guirgis’s play addresses the question: Was Judas the master of his own fate, or just a man who made a mistake? The production, unlike the one concurrently at La Mama in Manhattan, will take place in an actual courtroom. Guirgis won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Between Riverside and Crazy. Performances will be at 7 p.m. March 31 and at 2 and 7 p.m. on April 1 at 850 Grand St. in Brooklyn. Tickets at $20 may be purchased in advance at brownpapertickets.com/event/2893491.

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Broadway Cares benefit set

Rainbows & Ribbons, a new show by Ross Hewitt, will be presented as a benefit for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids at Don’t Tell Mama on Saturday night. Songs to be feature, from both musical theater and films, include "The Colors of My Life" from Barnum, "Hurry! It's Lovely Up Here" from On A Clear Day You Can See Forever, "It Couldn't Please Me More (aka The Pineapple Song")" from Cabaret,  and "A Little More Mascara" from La Cage aux Folles. There will be songs as well from Guys and Dolls, Funny Girl, Hello Dolly! and Oklahoma! Don't Tell Mama is at 343 West 46th St. The cover is $20, and there is a two-drink minimum. For more information and reservations, call (212) 757-0788.

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Parsons to direct Guirgis play

Actors Studio member and Oscar-winner Estelle Parsons (Bonnie and Clyde) will direct a rare New York revival of The Last Days of Judas Iscariot at the Ellen Stewart Theatre at La MaMa (66 East 4th St.) beginning March 9. The production of Stephen Adly Guirgis’s 2005 play is scheduled to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Actors Studio and the 55th anniversary of La Mama. The limited Off-Broadway engagement will run through March 26, with the opening scheduled for March 13 at 7 p.m. For tickets and more information, call the box office at 212-352-3101 or visit www.lamama.org.

 

 

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MCC announces cast for gala

MCC Theater has announced an all-star lineup of performers for its annual Miscast fund-raiser celebrating its 30th anniversary. The performers for this year’s gala include: Tony winners Annaleigh Ashford, Norbert Leo Butz, Renee Elise Goldsberry, Jennifer Holliday and Kelli O’Hara as well as Tony nominees Stephanie J. Block, Brian d’Arcy James and Brandon Victor Dixon. Miscast, which features performers singing numbers they would never have a chance to (often songs written for the opposite sex), will be held Monday, April 3, at the Hammerstein Ballroom (311 West 34th St.). For tickets and further information, visit mcctheater.org/galamiscast.html.

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Mentor Project second play to begin

The Cherry Lane Theatre is presenting the Mentor Project's 19th season. Next up at the theater (38 Commerce St.) is Nathan Yungerberg’s Esai’s Table (March 22–April 1), mentored by Stephen Adly Guirgis. Following that will be Jocelyn Bioh’s Nollywood Dreams (April 25–May 6), mentored by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins. For information and reservations visit www.cherrylanetheatre.org or call OvationTix at (866) 811-4111.

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