The 14th Street Y will be closing on Monday, September 26, and Tuesday, September 27 for Rosh Hashanah. Programming will resume as usual on Wednesday, September 28. L’Shana Tova!

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Fall Season

Return Again to the 14Y Theater

Performance Calendar LABAlive I: Broken B's
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Announcing the Fall Season

Return Again to the 14Y Theater

As the pandemic recedes into the shadows, artists are stepping into the spotlight at the 14Y Theater. Our diverse community of artists and culture creators have been busy creating, the stage is set, and we are ready to share new art with our community.

At the 14Y, we place community at the heart of everything we do, and local artists need our support now more than ever. Since the onset of COVID, the visual and performing arts have lost approximately 2.7 million jobs. When you buy a ticket to the 14Y Theater, artists and theater workers are back to work, and a ticket purchase here not only supports artists but also the communities we serve.

Reconnect the creative links broken by the pandemic by joining us this fall for a robust lineup of performances—from thought-provoking works-in-progress by our LABA fellows to highly interactive theater for young audiences.

We will continue to add new shows to our growing roster of performances, so check back often.

Don’t forget to sign up for our monthly Arts + Culture Newsletter, which features current and upcoming performances as well as special discounts!

Full Season Calendar

LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture

A program of the 14Y, LABA uses classic Jewish texts to inspire the creation of art, dialogue and inquiry.

Join us for BROKEN, the 2022 LABA Theme

Both Jewish texts and creative work rest at the intersection of a tension between longing for wholeness and the inevitability of brokenness. This tension calls upon us to imagine a more unified, if even utopian existence, while still wrestling with the tensions in which we all exist.

What is brokenness doing at this defining moment in our collective story, and how does it play into our collective consciousness? Is being broken an inevitability? And how will we interpret this in 2022?

Through their varied mediums, styles and backgrounds, our 2022 LABA fellows will embark on a journey of BROKENNESS that meets the times while drawing lessons from the past. We look to our ancient sages and esteemed artists to guide us.

LABAlive I: Broken B’s

Thursday, September 22 | 7:30 PM 
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Join us for the season opening of LABA BROKEN showcasing the work of LABA artists Nava Gidanian-Kagan and Dan Friedman, with an opening presentation by LABA NY Director Laura Beatrix Newmark in conversation with LABA Senior Scholar Ruby Namdar.

Laura Beatrix Newmark
Broken Body: Healing Nerves 
Art*/Talk 

Nava Gidanian-Kagan
Broken Vessels: Presence of The Divine
Art 

Dan Friedman
Broken Whisky Sonata 
Literary/Theatre

*Art by Milo
Click here to learn more about LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture

LABAlive II: Three Broken Pieces

Thursday, October 20 | 7:30 PM
Tickets and details coming soon
Featuring LABA Artists Chanan Ben Simon, Renana Neuman, and Dena Kopolovich.

LABAlive III: Broken ID’s

Thursday, November 10 | 7:30 PM
Tickets and details coming soon
Featuring LABA Artists Melissa Hacker, Lili Rosen, Andrew Ingall, and Elie Lichtschein. 


WonderSpark Puppets: Ash & Solly (TYA)

Saturday, October 1 | 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM 
Purchase tickets | Appropriate for all ages

A Jewish Punch & Judy show! The tricky Ashmedai does whatever he wants and never apologizes. Rather than face trouble, he defeats it with hilarious gags and silly songs. Will he ever learn to say sorry and do Teshuvah (repent)?

This original story remixes the Jewish fable of King Solomon and Ashmedai with the English tradition of Punch & Judy. Jonah and the Whale also make an appearance. Themes include saying sorry, being a good person, standing against injustice and babysitting. Runtime: 35-40 minutes


WonderSpark: The Not-So-Spooky Ghost (TYA)

Saturday, October 22 | 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM
Purchase tickets | Appropriate for all ages

A timid ghost, his skeleton father and a mysterious scarecrow have lots of laughs in this all-ages Halloween puppet show.

The little ghost can’t scare a soul to please his Big Bad Dad, but help is on the way as the audience and some friends scare up some fun fright.


#NastyWomen: Bat Mitzvah Mania

Monday, November 7 | 7:30 PM
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To celebrate our 13th #NastyWomen comedy show, our beloved host Amanda Duarte will lead a crew of performers as they take a trip down memory lane to that most awkward of times—their bat mitzvah!

Metal braces, shoulder pads, side ponytails, acid wash jeans, cassette tapes, and more… join us for #NASTYWOMEN: Bat Mitzvah Mania.

Each ticket will include one (1) free Dirty Shirley, because what would a bat mitzvah be without spiked punch?! 

Click here to learn more about #NastyWomen: A Female Resistance Comedy Series.


WonderSpark Puppets: Hidden Challah (TYA)

Saturday, November 12 | 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM 
Purchase tickets | Appropriate for all ages

Oy Vey! There’s a challah thief on the prowl, and no Jewish bread is safe! Join Mystery Max as we search for clues, meet crazy characters, sing songs and apprehend the culprit. Whodunit? Themes in this story include resolving conflict, persisting through challenges, engaging in conversation and identifying and expressing emotions appropriately. Runtime: 35-40 minutes


BKBX: FRANKENSTEIN!

November 17 – 19 | 7:30 PM
Purchase tickets | For Adventurous 12 year olds and older

Join BKBX for their latest pop-up show that remixes and riffs on the themes found in Mary Shelley’s gothic horror classic: technology, creation, and modern monsters. Stitching together a mix of favorite restaged repertoire with a new cast and fresh interstitials, FRANKENSTEIN will be a contemporary delight for long-time fans and first-timers alike. The show’s centerpiece is our ode to sci-fi cinema, Starship Excelsior, which brings a new space opera twist to that famous moment when creator and creation meet for the first time. Even without the words “it’s alive,” audiences will leave buzzing with new ideas about the dangers of creation, hubris, and what is out of our control.


BKBXKids! Asks Why (TYA)

November 18 – 20 | 2:00 PM
Purchase tickets | Free for ages 5 and younger, appropriate for all ages

Through embodied poetry, hands-as-puppets, and a dance party to process our feelings, BKBXKids! Asks Why lays the groundwork for conversations about racial justice that can continue long after the lights go down in the theater, creating an accessible entry-point for young people and their families that centers imaginative play, full-body engagement, and joyful curiosity.?

BKBXKids! Asks Why was inspired by Sean, a 9-year-old featured on Sesame Street’s June 6th, 2020 Town Hall on racial justice. He asked: If Black people contributed so much to the development of this country and the world, why are Black people treated so badly? Through Broken Box Mime Theater’s refreshing take of modern mime, BKBXKids! Asks Why transforms Sean’s complex question into a wide space for exploration.

For more information, visit brokenboxmime.com


The Great Dictionary of the Yiddish Language

Saturday, December 3 | 7:30 PM
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Can an entire culture and civilization be saved by creating an impossibly comprehensive Yiddish dictionary?

Can an entire culture and civilization be saved by creating an impossibly comprehensive Yiddish dictionary? That’s the question at the core of The Great Dictionary of the Yiddish Language, a new work-in-progress opera by composer Alex Weiser and librettist Ben Kaplan. This concert workshop, inspired by an incredible true story, follows Yudel Mark’s quest to create the dictionary, but he has a dark secret. Yudel is haunted by the three Alefs—Komets, Pasekh, and Shtumer—three divine emanations of the Yiddish language who compel him to breathe new life into Yiddish.


TYA shows are Theater for Young Audiences and appropriate for children of all ages. 

LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture

A fellowship program of the 14th Street Y that uses classic Jewish texts to inspire the creation of art, dialogue and study. 

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Past Arts + Culture Seasons

Explore past seasons including our virtual events with links to see recordings of developing work, talkbacks, artists in residency, and local artists who used our empty theater to share their art. 

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14Y Theater Health & Safety   

In alignment with Broadway theaters in New York City, the 14Y Theater will continue with a “mask optional” policy for the month of August. Theater guests are still encouraged to wear masks in the 14Y Theater.

We will continue to require theater guests to show proof of vaccination to enter the building. Guests will need to share a photo or copy of their official CDC COVID-19 vaccination card or use one of the following options as proof of vaccination:

Ticket holders who are not feeling well should refrain from attending a performance to help keep our community healthy.

The 14Y Theater assures our guests that all cast, crew, and staff for performances have also provided us with proof of vaccination.

If you have any questions, please contact Lindsey Hope Pearlman, Interim Theatre Manager, at lpearlman@14streety.org. And be sure to visit our website for the most up to date health and safety policies at the 14Y.

Thank you for doing your part to keep our community safe. 

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