2018-2019 Season

Season of War & Peace 2018 – 2019

A Season of War & Peace

After a year of studying Jewish texts on War & Peace, the LABA Fellows and the artistic team are questioning even more the idea of “holy war.” What do we fight for, what does freedom feel like and are our ideals even realistic? Ultimately, our battles are a series of compromises. But to what end? Even more crucial, we have begun questioning our self-imposed banners: “progressive,” “liberal,” “accepting.” What do these mean? Are we honestly listening to opposing viewpoints? Have we become as indoctrinated and radical as the ones we fear?

In choosing our 2018–19 Season, the Arts + Culture team wanted to further this line of questioning War & Peace on both the literal and more ambiguous ephemeral levels. We are presenting plays exploring a wide range of the divides we see in our social landscape. From Holocaust deniers to gay parents fighting stigmas and teachers fighting for freedom of speech in the classroom, these plays are sure to trigger conversation and a call to action.

Our year of study with LABA on Jewish texts of War & Peace now translates into a Season that shares our questions with you. Audiences will not be quiet observers, but hopefully inspired players as well.

-David Stallings, Associate Artistic Director 

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Hoaxocaust!

HOAXOCAUST! // theater

Questing Beast Productions

September 5 – October 7

Written by Barry Levey, directed by Jeremy Gold Kronenberg
How would contemporary Jewish identity be changed if the Holocaust hadn’t happened? Join Barry on an unbelievable, around the world adventure as he tracks down deniers on a journey to discover the shocking truth.

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The Other Day

THE OTHER DAY // theater

Loretta Michael Productions

September 6 – 23

Written by Mark Jason Williams, Directed by Andrew Block

A gay couple with substance abuse issues, a woman confronting her failing marriage, and a charming foreigner hiding a secret share an unexpected journey through love, addiction, loss, and redemption that will redefine their relationships, and themselves, in surprising ways. Winner of the Planet Connections Award for Outstanding Playwriting.

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Solidiers and Other Living Things

SOLDIERS AND OTHER LIVING THINGS // theater

AAG Productions

September 27 – October 7

Written and directed by Michael Boyd

Set in the pre-“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” era of the Vietnam war, two wounded soldiers return home to confront issues of patriotism, survival, and the unspoken love they have for each other.

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It's Time

…IT’S TIME… // dance

Freemove Dance

October 11 – 14

Choreographed by Jenn Freeman, Original composition by Dani Markham Dictated by a countdown clock, orchestrated by a live solo drummer, and portrayed by five dancers, Jenn Freeman’s world premiere evening length piece is about time. This dance is an abstraction of humanity and
our relationship with “the clock”—how we as humans navigate the disconnect between what the clock demands and our otherwise natural progression.

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The Hearing

THE HEARING // theater, LABA 2nd stage

LABA 2nd Stage

October 19 – November 4

Conceived by Renana Raz, directed by Ronit Muszkatblit

Taken from actual hearing transcripts, this true story follows Adam Verete, a public high school teacher in Israel who holds a class discussion about the morality of the army. Original concept creator Renana Raz will act as consultant on the Theater at the 14th Street Y’s stage adaptation of her work.

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The Not So Spooky

THE NOT-SO-SPOOKY GHOST // theater for young adults

WonderSpark Puppets

October 20 – 21, 27 – 28

Written and directed by Chad Williams

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

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Fox Fables

FOX FABLES // theater for young audiences

WonderSpark Puppets
November 3 – 4
Written and directed by Chad Williams

This puppet adaptation of an Aesop’s Fable is about a fox who loses his precious tail and with it his identity. He tries to be several other animals instead–with hilarious results–before realizing the moral lesson of this ancient story.

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Layer the Walls

LAYER THE WALLS // theater for young audiences

November 7 – 11
Created by Liz Parker & Rachel Sullivan
Directed by Spica Wobbe

Set within a tenement that is about to be torn down and whose interior is plastered with 40 layers, this show uses masks, toy-theater techniques and puppets designed by Spica Wobbe to imagine the proud and perilous histories of the building’s Italian, Jewish and Irish occupants. Ages 7+.

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NastyWomen

#NASTYWOMEN, A NIGHT OF FEMALE RESISTANCE COMEDY // comedy

Comedyistheresistance.com

November 12, 2018

Curated by Laura Beatrix Newmark

Following the Women’s March and in light of the #MeToo, Time’s Up, #NeverAgain movements, we provide a forum for female comedians that empowers all through laughter, camaraderie and tangible activism tools.

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DRUNK

DRUNK // LABA

LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture

November 17, 2019

LABA, the international incubator of Jewish art and culture, invites you to DRUNK: a wine-soaked celebration of new art inspired by ancient texts. Feast, sip, and study, at our annual event, DRUNK.

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The Baby Monitor

THE BABY MONITOR // theater

Different Translation

November 29 – December 16

Written by David Stallings, directed by Antonio Miniño

When Claire’s concerns over the welfare of her two-year old nephew are dangerously validated, she begins to question the family’s principals and ability to parent. A crucial new bilingual play, exploring same-sex parenting and cis family values in today’s America.

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The Fantastical Dangerous Journey of Q

THE FANTASTICAL DANGEROUS JOURNEY OF Q // theater for young audiences

Rebel Playhouse

December 1 – 16

Written by Ric Averill, music by Dax Dupuy, Directed & choreographed by Sarah Sutli, Music direction by Christina Bottley

Q, an upper elementary student struggling with gender and identity issues, faces the daily difficulties of preoccupied parents, bullying peers, and communication with challenging teachers… but with a bag of tricks everyday objects grow and are endowed with powers that allow Q to face larger than life threats head on! This new hour long musical features song, dance, and puppetry.

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Waiting for Gadot

WAITING FOR GODOT IN YIDDISH // theater

New Yiddish Rep

December 21, 2018 – January 27, 2019

Written by Samuel Beckett
The language of the play is dark and often humorous, commenting upon the absurd situation of humanity which expects and hopes, despite evidence to the contrary that someone–God, a hero, a messiah–will arrive and resolve
our existential questions.

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Till We Meet Again

Till We Meet Again // theater

January 10 – January 26

Written by Glory Kadigan
Directed by Tonya Pinkins

Having Served as a surgeon in Guadacanal during World War 2, Robert confronts the regrets of his youth with the help of his granddaughter.

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NastyWomen

#NASTYWOMEN, A NIGHT OF FEMALE RESISTANCE COMEDY // comedy

Comedyistheresistance.com

January 28, 2019

Curated by Laura Beatrix Newmark

Following the Women’s March and in light of the #MeToo, Time’s Up, #NeverAgain movements, we provide a forum for female comedians that empowers all through laughter, camaraderie and tangible activism tools.

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LABAlive

LABALIVE SERIES

LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture

February 2, 2019

Experience excerpts of new works in progress presented by the 14th Street Y’s LABA Fellows devising new work around the theme “Life & Death.”

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The Salesman

SALESMAN 之死 // theater

Gung Ho Projects, LABA 2nd Stage

February 8 – 24

Co-Conceived by Jeremy Tiang and Michael Leibenluft, Written by Jeremy Tiang, directed by Michael Leibenluft

In 1983, Arthur Miller went to Beijing to direct Death of a Salesman–in Mandarin. Salesman之死 explores the intersection of Chinese, American and Chinese-American identities, from that moment to the present day. What happens to the American dream when it is translated and transposed? In Mandarin and English with subtitles.

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A Celebration

A CELEBRATION OF DEBORAH JOWITT // dance

From the Horse’s Mouth

March 21 – 24

As one of the dance fields most respected critics and writers, FTHM celebrates the life and accomplishments of Deborah Jowitt and her story of endurance and love for the art form.

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The Sinless

THE SINLESS // theater

New Roman Theatre Group

March 28 – April 7

Written by Judah Skoff, Producing Director Rebecca Deitsch Skoff

Annabelle and Tuvia are a happily married Orthodox Jewish couple living the life of their dreams. But what will they do when God isn’t watching?

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M. Beth

M. BETH // theater

M. Beth Productions

March 28 – April 6

Written by: William Shakespeare; directed by: Kyla McHale

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NastyWomen

#NASTYWOMEN, A NIGHT OF FEMALE RESISTANCE COMEDY // comedy

Comedyistheresistance.com

April 15, 2019

Curated by Laura Beatrix Newmark

Following the Women’s March and in light of the #MeToo, Time’s Up, #NeverAgain movements, we provide a forum for female comedians that empowers all through laughter, camaraderie and tangible activism tools.

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LABALive

LABALIVE SERIES

LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture

April 18, 2019

Experience excerpts of new works in progress presented by the 14th Street Y’s LABA Fellows devising new work around the theme “Life & Death.”

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Valentina

VALENTINA // dance

Artistic Directors Andrea Guajardo & Martin Rodriguez

April 10 – 14

Conducted by Latin GRAMMY winner Felipe Fournier

Presented by Ballet Nepantla in Partnership with the Theater at the 14th Street Y

Valentina tells stories of struggles and triumph. By fusing contemporary ballet with traditional Mexican folkloric dance, Valentina explores the spaces between love and hate, hope and despair, and war and peace.

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We

/wē/ // dance

MICHIYAYA Dance

April 25 – 28

Artistic Directors Anya Clarke and Mitsuko Verdery present the world premiere of /wē/, a collective study on gender identity featuring their seven dance artists with live sound by slowdanger. /wē/ rids the binary, embraces the inner self and builds without walls.

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Friendly's Fire

FRIENDLY’S FIRE // theater

Rising Sun Performance Company

May 3 – 19

Written by John Patrick Bray, directed by Anna Hogan The award-winning Rising Sun Performance Company presents the New York Premiere of an homage to Western movies and He-Man action figures. Friendly’s Fire shows us what lengths a man will go to preserve his friend’s sanity, and to remember his brother, who died in service to our county.

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Old Turtle House

OLD TURTLE AND THE BROKEN TRUTH // theater for young audiences

Rebel Playhouse

May 4 – 19

Written by Catherine Bush, music by Dax Dupuy, Directed & choreographed by Sarah Sutliff, Based on the Children’s Book by Douglas Wood

In Old Turtle and the Broken Truth, a truth falls like a star from the sky and breaks into two pieces. When the villagers discover only half of the truth, it causes so many problems that Little One, a brave young girl, decides to search for the missing half. With the help of Old Turtle, and many animal friends, Little One is able to mend the broken truth and make it whole again creating a better world for everyone.

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NastyWomen

#NASTYWOMEN, A NIGHT OF FEMALE RESISTANCE COMEDY // comedy

Comedyistheresistance.com

May 20, 2019

Curated by Laura Beatrix Newmark

Following the Women’s March and in light of the #MeToo, Time’s Up, #NeverAgain movements, we provide a forum for female comedians that empowers all through laughter, camaraderie and tangible activism tools.

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LABALive

LABALIVE SERIES

LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture

May 25, 2019

Experience excerpts of new works in progress presented by the 14th Street Y’s LABA Fellows devising new work around the theme “Life & Death.”

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Tiferet

TIFERET

LABA 2nd Stage

May 29 – June 2

Music composition by Amir Shpilman, Designed by Yair Kira Straight from Berlin, a new music performance that merges theatrical conventions and dance into one seething evening. The extravagant show carries audiences through multiple sonorous fields, and tells a mystical story in the most sensual ways.

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