SAT MAR 3
7:00pm • $15
WHY I CALL MYSELF A SOCIALIST, written and read by Wallace Shawn
Join actor and playwright Wallace Shawn for a reading of his provocative essay "Why I Call Myself a Socialist" from the expanded paperback edition of his nonfiction book Essays. With his distinctive humor and insight, Shawn invites us to look at the world with new eyes, the better to understand and change it.
Dance New Amsterdam, 280 Broadway, 2nd Floor
NOW – MAR 4
8:00pm • $75
THE AGONY AND THE ECSTACY OF STEVE JOBS, written and performed by Mike Daisy.
Mike Daisey illuminates how the former CEO of Apple and his obsessions shape our lives, while sharing stories of his own travels to China to investigate the factories where millions toil to make iPhones and iPods. Daisey's dangerous journey shines a light on our love affair with our devices and the human cost of creating them.
The Public Theatre, 425 Lafayette
NOW – MAR 4
7:00pm • $15
THE FRIGID FESTIVAL: LOL:THE END, created by Una Osata, Michi Osata, Yoshimasa Osato, and directed by Moises Belizario. The greatest disaster in the world! Come to a place where tragedy meets absurdity, join a family of clowns as they untangle a web of global catastrophe.
The Kraine Theater, 85 East 4th Street
212-777-6088 • Frigidnewyork.info
TUE MAR 6
8:00am – 8:30am • Free
THE LINE, a public demonstration
The Line will be the world's longest unemployment line stretching over three miles along Broadway, from the bull at Wall Street to Times Square. It will include 5000+ people holding pink slips over their heads for 14 minutes— with smart and powerful statistics on the slips for handing out as messaging at the conclusion of the event. On each block of the line, we will also have a Boss, a man or woman in a business suit handing out pink slips to passersby so they too can join the unemployed. For more information and to find out how to join visit their website.
Wall Street to Times Square, Charging Bull
WED MAR 7
7:30pm • $12
PUPPET BLOK: THE ARCHITECTURE OF GREAT CATHEDRALS by Laurie O’Brien and Erik Ehn
US policy in Guatemala from the point of view of a drunk prison executioner from Texas gone AWOL. Rory's on a spree, with second thoughts about industrialized killing, thinking he is free (out from under the shadow), but he discovers wide reaching entanglement. One of the seventeen plays that make up The Soulographie Cycle, premiering at La MaMa in November 2012. Soulographie is a durational performance event composed of 17 plays by Erik Ehn which examine the 20th century as the age of genocide. It brings a sustained arc of writing, making manifest summed ideas on art and trauma, on dramatic poetry, poetics and social change, theatrical uses of time, and cooperative art making.
Dixon Place, 161A Christie Street
WED MAR 7
7pm • $10 suggested donation
WOMEN ON WEDNESDAYS, presented by Betty’s Daughter Arts Collaborative and Ocean Ana Rising.
Women on Wednesdays is an art and culture project dedicated to celebrating the creativity, empowerment, holistic health, and civic engagement of black girls and women.
Brecht Forum, 451 West Street
NOW – MAR 10
7:30pm • $20
TWELFTH NIGHT: WALL STREET, by Co-op Theater East
When the young Viola takes a job at the financial firm Orsino and Partners, she quickly finds that in order to move up the corporate ladder, she needs to dress as a man. Meanwhile her tough boss Orsino is intent on wooing the business of a major fashion client, Olivia and Co., at whatever costs. Their world turns topsy-turvy as the fashion heiress, Olivia, falls in love with the young analyst in disguise, and Olivia's pesky relatives come to Occupy Wall Street.
NOW – MARCH 11
7:30pm • $25
BLOOD KNOT written and directed by Athol Fugard
Between patchwork walls in a one-room shack, two biracial South African brothers grapple with crippling poverty and lonely isolation. Morris, the punctilious force that keeps their room tidy, is light-skinned enough to pass for white, but dark-skinned Zach feels imprisoned by his job at a whites-only park. Athol Fugard’s revolutionary breakthrough play is a searing indictment of apartheid and one of his most celebrated works.
Signature Theater, 480 West 42nd St
MAR 9, 10
7:00pm • $15
FREEBIRTH, by Body Ecology
After a billboard surfaced in SoHo proclaimed, "the most dangerous place for a black child is in the womb," Body Ecology launched a visionary RingShout for Reproductive Justice campaign with radical performance as a major tool for sustained dialogue about reproductive freedom for Black women. FREEBIRTH is the third performance confronting this topic. FREEBIRTH is an interactive, multi-media performance exploring Black women's power to liberate our bodies, lives and reproductive choices.
WOW Cafe Theatre 59-61 East 4th Street, 4th Floor.
NOW – MARCH 11
Tue 7pm, Wed-Sat 8pm, Sat 2pm • $25
CALL ME WALDO by Robert Ackerman, Working Theater
An outrageous new comedy from the writer of Tabletop. Extraordinary things happen when an ordinary electrician begins channeling the spirit of Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Abingdon Theatre Arts Complex, 312 West 36th Street – 1st Flr
NOW – MAR 18
Tuesdays at 7:00pm, Wedsnesdays – Fridays 8:00pm, Sundays 3:00pm • $60+
GALILEO, by Bertolt Brecht. Directed by Brian Kulick
"In the year sixteen hundred and nine, science's light began to shine; Galileo Galilei set out to prove, the sun is still, the earth is on the move." So begins Bertolt Brecht's masterful depiction of how the simplest of truths can topple the most powerful of regimes. Academy Award winner F. Murray Abraham adds Galileo to his gallery of indelible roles.
Classical Stage Company, 136 East 13th Street
NOW – MAR 25
8:00pm • $55
AND GOD CREATED GREAT WHALES, by Rinde Eckert
And God Created Great Whales is an extraordinary and haunting musical adventure into the psyche of a composer trying to create an opera based on Herman Melville’s Moby Dick. Desperately fighting against a disease eating away at his mind, he is forced to rely on a tape recorder hung around his neck, each day pressing "Play" and hearing yesterday’s instructions to himself.
Culture Project, 45 Bleeker Street
ONGOING • Free
OCCUPY YOUR MIND, organized by The Civilians Investigative Theater
The Civilians invites you into this special and often profound process of investigative theater. As the Occupy Movement grows and evolves they offer up the possibility of performance that can happen anywhere and everywhere. When Occupy Wall Street began in September, The Civilians sent actors to interview the activists in Zuccotti Park. They’ve been performing those stories at Joe’s Pub in The Public Theater, recording the shows, and sharing them online. Visit their website to get involved.