Friday, May 25, 2012

THEATER / May 25 - 31 and Beyond

May 26 (8 pm) and May 27 (2:30 pm and 6:30 pm). La vida en los esclavos unidos. With outstanding humor, this new production touches on themes such as the financial crisis, health care in the U.S., immigrants’ jobs, and the lifelong trauma left by the interview for a visa at the U.S. Embassy. In Spanish only. Recommended for adult audiences. Tickets start at $33. At Repertorio Español, 138 East 27th Street (between Lexington and Third Avenues). For more information, click here.

May 29 (7 pm) Reading of “The Way of Water.” Written by Caridad Svich and directed by José Zayas, this new play pits the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico next to the lives of those directly affected by it. Ensemble Studio Theatre, 549 West 52nd Street (between 10th Avenue and 11th Avenue), 2nd Floor. For more information, click here.

May 31 and June 3 (6 pm pre-show talk; 7:30 performance) Post Plastica, by Carmelita Tropicana & Ela Troyano. Part live performance, part video installation, Post Plastica offers a glimpse into a future in which celebrity culture has pitched a battle between the primacy of virtual and artistic lives; in which revolutionaries keep secret bees underground, and a half-woman, half-bear scientist gains the upper hand. $20; $15 (students and seniors). At El Museo del Barrio, 1230 Fifth Avenue (at 104th Street). For more information, click here.

May 31 - June 2 (8 pm) Rasgos Asiáticos. Written by Vicky Grise. A memory play that takes place in the present tense as a story a Chicana of Chinese descent tells her lesbian lover of her family history. Traveling between the present and the past both in Texas and México, the play tells tales of migration, racism, woman loving and hurting. For mature audiences. Performed in English. Pregones Theater, 571-575 Walton Avenue, Bronx. For tickets or more information, click here.

Running through June 3: American Jornalero (days and times at link below) Written by Ed Cardona Jr. and directed by Mariana Carreño King. Minutemen and day laborers collide near a mended fence on a street corner in Queens. At INTAR Theatre, 500 West 52nd Street, 4th Floor. For more information and tickets, click here.

June 4 and June 5 (6 pm-10 pm) Breaking with Realism: New Approaches to Directing Theater. Matías Umpierrez, a director/playwright from Buenos Aires, will provide fellow directors with new tools to break away from the Realism most commonly observed in stage productions across the U.S. $100. At Lark Play Development Center Studio: West Studio, 311 West 43rd Street, Suite 406. For more information, click here.

Running through June 24:  La Callas & Medea (World Premiere Bilingual). Written by Jaime Salom, English version by G.J.Racz. An imaginary encounter between the operatic diva and the tragic character. With Soledad López and Kathy Tejada. Directed by Angel Gil Orrios. In Spanish: Saturdays, 8 pm, and Sundays, 4 pm. In English: Fridays, 8 pm, and Saturdays, 3 pm. Tickets: $25 ($25 for students and seniors; special group prices available). At Thalia Spanish Theater, 41 -17 Greenpoint Avenue, Sunnyside, Queens. For more information, click here.

Running through June 24 (performance times vary) Chimichangas and Zoloft. By Fernanda Coppel; directed by Jaime Castañeda. After the disappointment of her 40th birthday, Sonia leaves her family and goes on a prescription Zoloft and greasy chimichangas binge. Her daughter Jackie and best friend Penelope team up to get Sonia back home. An exploration of happiness and sexuality through the eyes of two brazen teenagers. At Atlantic Stage 2, 330 West 16th Street. For more information and tickets, click here.

Running June 30: Platanos y Collard Greens (days and times at link below) A sweetly enacted tale of secret lovers, two college students from different cultures, attracted at first sight--until Mom finds out and has a heart attack! Baruch Performing Arts Center, Baruch College, 25th St. (between Third Avenue and Lexington Avenue). For more information and tickets, call 646-312 or click here.

Running through July 14 (3 pm-5:30 pm) Vocal Training Workshop. Enhance your performance skills to your best potential—as a solo singer as well as an ensemble vocalist—in workshops taught by Uruguayan n is a vocalist, composer, and educator Sabrina Lastman $200. Registration deadline: May 15. At ART/NY: 520 8th Avenue, 3rd Floor. For more information, click here.

Ongoing (Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm) Growing Up Gonzales. When Johnny Gonzales is forced to clean out the apartment of his estranged, deceased brother, he discovers a box filled with memoirs from the brothers’ youth. The memoirs, filled with comedy, tragedy, drama, and absurdity become the backdrop for this fast paced, electric story of love, innocence, healing and survival. Note: Children under age 12 not permitted. Prices vary. At The Jan Hus Playhouse, 351 East 74th Street (Between First and Second avenues). For more information, click here.

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