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Arts + Culture 2022– 2023 Season

The LABA 2022 theme is BROKEN.

Art sits at the intersection of the tension between the longing for wholeness and the inevitability of brokenness, as do Jewish texts. They push us to imagine a more unified, perhaps, utopian existence, while at the same time wrestling with the fault lines upon 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? What does it tell us about the inevitably of brokenness in our lives? And how will we interpret it in 2022?

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


Japanese Bon Odori Dance Community Performance

Thursday, June 30 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM (FREE)
Location: Sirovich Center for Balanced Living, Auditorium
331 East 12th St, New York, NY 10003

Celebrate Japanese folk culture with dance! See a performance of Japanese folk arts, and then dance with us in the Bon Odori!

Bon dance is a simple style of participatory folk dance traditionally performed in Japan during Summer Bon festivals. In addition to some traditional dances, join in and move your body to some new and exciting dances created by our incredible Japanese Bon Dance Class students, including a special unique dance celebrating NYC! Japanese refreshments will be provided.

Bee Parks and the Hornets featuring Ants on a Log
(Theater for Young Audiences)

Sunday, July 31 | 1:00 PM
Tickets coming soon.

Bee Parks and the Hornets and Ants on a Log are teaming up for this summer’s most magical musical jam party! These two family-music bands play all original songs full of positivity, social justice, inclusion, and dancing your heart out. This interactive show is full of sing along moments and insect puppets, taking families on a journey to become honorary bugs themselves! The five-member band includes all women and non-binary musicians on guitar, ukulele, clarinet, keyboard, flute, bass, and drums. Everyone is welcome in this hive!

About the Artist:
Bee Parks and the Hornets is the creative endeavor of Maine-based music and theatre maker, Brittany Parker. Pulling from various musical inspirations, including Motown and 90’s alt rock, the band performs original songs about empathy, social justice, self-confidence, the environment, and dancing your heart out — all performed through an insect lens. Brittany writes many songs for the band, singing lead vocals while playing ukulele and guitar. Hornet Mélissa Smith is also a strong creative force for the band, writing songs as well as authoring a book for children called Insects & Me, A-Z. Other band members make up a rotating roster of Hornets which include Beau Lisy (drums), Jarly Bobadilla (bass guitar), Ingrid Larson (drums), and Cedar Ellis (drums). The band has played at theaters, libraries, museums, schools, zoos, and parks across the East Coast. Their first album, Welcome to Our Hive, can be found on Spotify, iTunes, and all other digital music platforms. For more info, visit beeparksandthehornets.com or follow the band on Facebook and Instagram @beeparksandthehornets.

See You Tomorrow

August 1 –7 
Tickets coming soon.  
From the award-winning star of DAI/LABA HUMOR Fellow, Iris Bahr, comes a funny, moving and crazy true tale of her overnight relocation from LA to Israel to take care of her mother post stroke and the SH&^show that followed.


Updated Health and Safety Procedures and Protocols

Many in our community have appreciated the recent adjustments to our health and safety protocols and policies, and we remain encouraged by the continued decline of COVID-19 in New York City. In consultation with our partners at Mt. Sinai Beth Israel, we are updating our policies and protocols concerning health and safety in our programs:

  • Theater guests must show proof of vaccination to enter the 14Y. Guests will need to share a photo or copy of their official CDC COVID-19 vaccination card to enter the building. Guests may also use the following options as proof of vaccination:
  • Masks must be worn at all times.
  • Ticket holders who are not feeling should refrain from attending a show to help keep our community healthy and stay home. 

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 Kryssy Wright, Director of Production, at KWright@14StreetY.org. And be sure to visit our website for updated health and safety policies at the 14Y.

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


Previous Performances This Season

The Tigon and The Liger: Chickenshed Players’ Spring Musical!

Friday, June 10 | 7:00 PM
Saturday, June 11 | 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM

An original musical for the whole family–brought to you by the Chickenshed Players!

Tyler the tigon has never fitted in. Neither a tiger like his dad nor a lion-like his mom, poor Tyler sticks out like a sore thumb. Teased by the other animals, he flees into the forest to escape their taunts. There he meets the equally extraordinary creature, Lyla the Liger. Together and with the help of Connie the Conservationist, a near-extinct Rhino named Rylan, and a shy but astute Turtle called Speedi, they embark on an adventure of friendship and self-discovery.

A delightful story in rhyming verse and music about appreciating your differences and learning to love the skin you’re in.

AfterWork Theater Presents: Shrek the Musical

Shrekfest Club | Sunday, June 12 – Saturday, June 18
Shrekira | Sunday, June 12 – Sunday, June 19

“Once upon a time, there was a little ogre named Shrek….” And thus begins the tale of an unlikely hero who finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking Donkey and a feisty princess who resists her rescue. Throw in a short-tempered bad guy, a cookie with an attitude and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you’ve got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there’s one on hand… and his name is Shrek.

Time Lapse Dance Onstage!

Thursday, May 5 – Saturday, May 7

Jody Sperling/Time Lapse Dance returns to the stage for the first time in two years! This new ecologically-themed program deepens the collaboration between choreographer Jody Sperling and composer Matthew Burtner—both acclaimed for their artistic engagement with climate change. The program features Burtner’s live musical performances and showcases the company’s brilliant all-women dance ensemble.

Featured works include: the stage premiere of Plastic Harvest, exploring the proliferation of plastic pollution; a reprisal of Wind Rose (“hypnotic,” World Policy Institute), which renders changing atmospheric patterns palpable to sight, sound, and touch; and an excerpt from American Elm (“breathtaking,” Dance Enthusiast), considering the relationship between trees and people.

#NastyWomen: Newest Variation

Monday, May 9 | 7:30 PM

#NastyWomen – A Night of Female Resistance Comedy arose from a genuine interest in the Educational Alliance community to utilize comedy as both a uniting tool and a resistance tool, and was inaugurated on January 18, 2018—a few days ahead of the Women’s March. In light of the explosive #MeToo and Time’s Up movements, we generated a forum that empowers women and men through laughter, camaraderie, and activism.

Join Guest Host and East Village Legend Heather Litteer along with Comedians Cailtin Peluffo, Jill Pangallo, and Kendra Cunningham, and Comedian/Musician Jessica Delfino for a night of laughter, ladies and libations.
Learn more about the performers here.

God’s Way
By Dahlia Harris
Directed by Keenan N Charles

April 7 – April 10

God’s Way is an absorbing drama that examines everything from faith, fractured friendships and mother-daughter relationships to trust, resentment and crime and punishment. It is an exploration of human behavior, class and the price of dignity – and how we rise to face thunderstorms, which will ultimately determine if we perish or prevail. In a spiritual battle victory isn’t always in sight….the only way to overcome is to trust God’s plan. Through it all…will Valerie try to make it on her own or will she make it out by trusting God

Featuring: *Mitzie Pratt, Marsha-Ann Hay, Jerry Benzwick & Epiphany Samuels
*The Actor appears through the courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association

Set Designer – Harlan Penn, Assistant Set Designer – Christopher Bello, Lighting Designer – Monee Stamp, Costume Designer – JohnEli Dacosta, Sound Design – Andrew Clarke & Joel Edwards, Prop & Costume Mistress – Nicola Johnson, Technical Director – Joel Edwards, Production Manager – Karl O’Brian Willaims, Stage Manager – Mollie Frankel, Assistant Stage Manager – Candice Segarra, COVID Compliance Officer – Cameron Marcotte, Press Representative: Jonathan Slaff & Associates, Social Media & Digital Marketing Consultant: Karen Jeanne Radley, Graphic Design – JohnEli Dacosta, Executive Producer – Andrew Clarke

Dead + Alive

Friday, March 4 – Saturday, March 12

Join us for a whimsical clown show that explores through cirqu-esque acts like juggling and live music the true partnership and deep coexistence of two circus performers trying to make sense of an absurd world (aren’t we all?!) …even though one of them happens to be dead. The show must go on! With special guest, MC: Jennifer Vanilla.

In Search of Home: Diaspora and Homecoming in the work of three Jewish poets

Monday, December 20 | 7:30 PM | VIRTUAL EVENT

Is this a post-diaspora moment, and what does a post-diaspora moment even mean? How does the long Jewish experience of displacement reverberate today? Dan Alter, Rosebud Ben-Oni, and Yerra Sugarman will read from their poetry and have a conversation, moderated by Sara Ivry.

LABAlive I: CHOSEN for LIFE 

Thursday, September 30 | 7:30 PM

Mindy Pfeffer in How to Live 
A young Polish Jewish girl lives through World War II, growing up to become one of Poland’s leading family therapists – but she struggles with memories of her beloved father and her own memories of the War.

Dvir Cahana in Bachurs Can’t Be Choosers  
Once proclaimed the chosen people, G-d took away the Jewish people’s ability to choose. RiviR has some “choice” words for the man upstairs.

LABAlive II: Life’s Choices
Grandfather Visit by Doron Perk

Thursday, October 14 | 7:30 PM
Friday, October 15 | 7:30 PM

Grandfather Visit by Doron Perk is a solo dance performance in memory Prof. Kalman Perk. In July of 1944, in a crowded cattle wagon headed to the death camps, 14-year-old Kalman was chosen by his family to survive by escaping through the narrow window. As his grandchild, Doron chooses to keep his memory alive by using the moving body as a vessel for feelings and sensations inspired by the many visits to him in the last few years of his life.

Duo Mantar

Friday, October 22 | 7:30 PM

Duo Mantar is comprised of mandolinist Jacob Reuven and guitarist Adam Levin. Together they will explore Israeli music from their top-charting album, “Music from the Promised Land,” as well as ground-breaking arrangements of Piazzolla’s Four Seasons, as well as Italian music by Gabriel Leone.

LABAlive III: Destiny’s Choice

Thursday, October 28 | 7:30PM

Onstage:

Sam Sussman // The Brothers Sussman // LITERARY // Staged Reading

From New York to Hebron, ‘The Brothers Sussman’ is the story of three estranged brothers ––a civil rights lawyer, Hasidic rabbi, and screenwriter–– whose lives are shaped by conflicting relationships to American and Jewish identity and the ineffable conflicts that endure within families.

Ben Kaplan with composer Alex Weiser // The Great Dictionary of the Yiddish Language // OPERA // Excerpts

The Great Dictionary of the Yiddish Language (libretto by Ben Kaplan; music by Alex Weiser) is a new full-length opera based on the true story of Yiddish linguist Yudel Mark, who in 1950s post-war New York City sets out to write the world’s first fully comprehensive Yiddish dictionary– an effort of linguistic preservation, and a memorial to the dead. As Mark clashes with colleagues over the dictionary’s size and scope, he 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. The opera invites audiences to consider the extent to which a language and a culture can be saved, the nature of grief, and the power of language itself to transform and shape us into who we are.

In the Gallery:

Sam Lish // ART

The infinite spirit manifested by and embodied in the form of each Hebrew letter that was chosen by G-d at the beginning of time, continues to play a unique and dynamic role in forming the world we live in. This digital painting collage series was made from the superposition of many layers and brush strokes based on creational insights from Kabbalistic, Midrashic, and Talmudic sources.

LABAlive IV: Who’s Your Choice?
THE FAITHFUL – The King, The Pope, The Princess by Annie Berman

Saturday, October 30 | 7:30 PM

A lollipop officially licensed by the Vatican sparks filmmaker Annie Berman’s 20-year exploration of fandom, memorabilia, memory, and legacy within the orbits of three of the biggest cultural icons of our time: Pope John Paul II, Elvis Presley, and Diana, Princess of Wales.

Come dressed as your favorite icon. Cocktail flight inspired by the king, the pope, and the princess.

#NastyWomen Returns
Monday, November 22 | 7:30 PM

Join us for the return of #NastyWomen, featured some familiar faces, some new faces, and as usual—woke resistance comedy. Our intrepid host Amanda Duarte will lead a powerhouse group of comics who kept us all laughing at time when we need it most. The evening will feature Ariel Elias, Jordan Jensen, Liz Miele, and The Ivankas!

National Queer Theater Presents
Luciérnagas

A riveting new play by Javier Rivera DeBruin
Directed by Carlos Armesto
An Equity Approved Showcase
November 11 – November 30

A semi-finalist for the 2019 New Dramatists Princess Grace Award, Luciérnagas is a story about heritage, legacy, and forgiveness. When Mal’s maternal grandmother Lupe dies, she inherits a mysterious cabin in the woods. While visiting this small house for the first time, Mal encounters her estranged mother Silvia, the ghost of her grandmother, and a bioluminescent child named Xara who lives in the walls. Silvia declares ownership of the cabin, Mal struggles to break free from old patterns, and Xara demands to be seen. All the while they parse through possessions, secrets, and family dynamics, over a weekend they won’t soon forget.

Terresa Yenque* as Lupe
Yasha Lelonek* as Xara
Alexandra Taylor as Mal
Gary Dooley* as George
Gabriela Garcia-Castro* as Silvia

Luciérnagas is made possible in part with public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by LMCC.

LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture

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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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