14Y Theater Programs
#NastyWomen – A Night of Female Resistance Comedy
14th Street Y Theater
Monday, November 22, 2021 at 7:30pm
Intro: Laura Beatrix Newmark, Producer
Host: Amanda Duarte
#NastyWomen – A Night of Female Resistance Comedy arose from a genuine interest among the Educational Alliance community to utilize comedy as a tool to both unite and resist. and debuted on January 18, 2018—only days ahead of the second Women’s March that drew more than 200,000 people from across the US.
In light of the explosive #MeToo and TIME’S UP movements, the 14Y Theater generated a forum that empowers women and men alike through laughter, camaraderie, and activism.
Due to Covid-19, this is the first #NastyWomen show since January 2020. Our next #NastyWomen will be on Thursday, January 6, 2022, the day that marks the failed Capitol insurrection and provides an opportunity to join as a community to laugh and celebrate our democracy (for now).
Ariel Elias is a NYC comedian who mixes her unique personal stories with witty, wry observations. This Kentucky Jew made everyone laugh during her bat mitzvah, and the rest is history. She is a writer for “As Goes Wisconsin”, was selected as a 2021 New Face for the Just For Laughs Festival, and has been featured in The New York Times.
Jordan Jensen started doing comedy in upstate New York before moving to Nashville, Tennessee, where she spent a year working for clubs and taking her comedy on the road in her pick-up truck. She now lives in Brooklyn and has since been featured on Sirius XM as a “New Face” at the prestigious Just For Laughs comedy festival. Today, she is a regular at the renowned Comedy Cellar. Jordan’s comedy consists of tales of her bizarre upbringing in a highly unconventional family, and unfiltered confessions of her time on this filthy planet.
Liz Miele is a NYC comedian that has appeared on Comedy Central, FOX, AXS TV, Hulu and NPR’s “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!” She’s been featured in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Runner’s World, Psychology Today, The Guardian and has several viral videos on YouTube, Instagram and TikTok. She regularly tours internationally and has three albums on Spotify and iTunes, including her most recent special, “Self Help Me” which can be found for free on YouTube. Liz also has a podcast with fellow comedian Maria Shehata called 2 Non Doctors, and a book published in March 2021 titled “Why Cats Are A**holes.”
The Ivankas (any connection to the former fashion ambassador that married well and failed up is coincidental) is back and grayer and chubbier than ever. After being publicly humiliated by their psycho lyricist Ha Loazy Interview with a Stranger | LABA a couple of years ago on this very stage, they are set to be the “in the doghouse” band and perform a handful of covers of big hits by famous artists. Consider The Ivankas woke and ready for #NastyWomen!
HOST & PRODUCER
Host – Amanda Duarte
Amanda Duarte is a writer-performer who lives in New York City. For five years, she hosted the “Best Reading Series in NYC” (NY Mag), Dead Darlings, and her show “Staying Alive” enjoyed a celebrated residency at Joe’s Pub before the onset of COVID. Her new show, “Your Mom,” will premiere at Joe’s Pub on February 2, 2022. She is also the taint end of the “It’s That Time of the Month Show” with Snatch Adams” (Best of 2019, Artforum Magazine) with Becca Blackwell, coming all too soon to a venue near you.
Producer – Laura Beatrix Newmark
Laura Beatrix Newmark is the Director of LABA NY and Producer of #NastyWomen – A Night of Female Resistance Comedy. She quoted a young stand-up named Jay Leno at her bat mitzvah, watched every episode of “The Jon Stewart Show” and then snuck into a comedy club to tell him she was Jewish. She later went on to manage a roster of stand-ups and improv artists. Laura has recently been Momager to her 7-year-old artist son Milo and his series “Portraits by Milo,” which raises money for grassroots political and non-profit organizations. Laura holds a BA from Barnard College (go women’s colleges!) and lives in Brooklyn with sons Elias Pablo and the aforementioned Milo Liev (14th Street Y Preschool graduate), and husband Matt, a lapsed professional juggler.
Many thanks to the Educational Alliance’s Anya Hoerburger, the 14th Street Y’s Jordan Brackett, Becky Skoff, Kryssy Wright, Ronit Muszkatblit, Jaci Hirschfeld, Brianna Collins, Erin Hiatt, Josh Lookatch, Gordon Haber, and of course, all of you for your extraordinary support and enthusiasm.
Arts + Culture + LABA + Theater Staff
Ronit Muszkatblit, Senior Director of Arts + Culture + LABA Global
Kryssy Wright, Theater + Technical Director
Laura Beatrix Newmark, Director of LABA NY
About the 14th Street Y
The 14th street Y is a vibrant community center grounded in the belief that contemporary Jewish sensibilities can be a source of inspiration, connection, and learning for the individuals and families we serve throughout downtown Manhattan. We focus on health and fitness, education and enrichment programs, and innovative arts and cultural programming.
We are committed to the development of the whole person and bettering people’s lives and strengthening individual and family connections by building an inclusive and sustainable community.
The 14th Street Y is part of Educational Alliance’s network of community centers in Lower Manhattan. We believe strong communities can transform lives. Our programs turn strangers into neighbors and provide New Yorkers access to quality education, health and wellness services, arts and culture, and civic engagement opportunities.
About the 14Y Theater
The Theater at the 14th Street Y’s mission focuses on social awareness and change through big picture narrative. Inspired by works that welcome artists of all backgrounds, we place artists as the heart of our community and seek to create an inclusive cultural experience for all.