July/August 2013 Theater Listings

John Tarleton Jul 17, 2013


Written and Performed by Dominique Fishback

A one-woman show about the destruction of Black identity through the eyes of one girl and the people of her community, written and performed by 22-year-old actor, spoken word poet and first-time playwright Dominique Fishback.

Fri, July 19 at 8pm
Culture Project, 45 Bleecker St
$12 or


Four theaters, all in the same building at 312 W 36th Street, will be bustling with events during the 14th annual installment of this eclectic program, originally created as a Midtown alternative to the New York International Fringe Festival, which overtakes Manhattan around the same time. Dozens of plays, musicals and readings are planned.

Through August 4. For the full festival schedule, see or call 866-811-4111.


Theater festival and one of the largest multi-arts events in North America, the NY International Fringe Festival takes place over the course of two weeks every August, spread on more than 20 stages across several neighborhoods in downtown Manhattan, notably the Lower East Side, the East Village and Greenwich Village. The Festival includes many component events, such as FringeU (educational events), FringeART (art events), FringeAL FRESCO (free outdoor performances) and FringeJR (children’s events). At the conclusion of the festival around 20 shows are selected to participate in the FringeNYC Encore Series which runs for an additional two weeks in September.

Runs August 9–25. For the full festival schedule, see or call 212-352-3101.


Directed by Hamilton Clancy

Following in the spirit of Joseph Papp, the Drilling Company returns for its 18th consecutive summer of staging modern interpretations of Shakespearean classics in a Lower East Side municipal parking lot. This year’s season kicks off with a staging of Cymbeline, a romantic comedy/tragedy in which heroes Imogen and Posthumus find their love affair put to the test by the deeply polarized world around them.

Through July 27
Thurs–Sat, 8pm
Municipal parking lot at the corner of Ludlow and Broome Sts.
Free (first come, first served)
For more information, see or call 212-873-9050.

Shakespeare in the Parking Lot: Richard III

Directed by Hamilton Clancy

In February, researchers found the remains of Richard III in a municipal parking lot in Leicester England, more than 500 years after he became the last British monarch to die in battle. In August, Richard III can once again be found in a parking lot as the Drilling Company stages Shakespeare’s history of a king who has come to symbolize the evil that can be wrought by the unrestrained drive for power.

Aug. 1–17
Thurs–Sat, 8pm
Municipal parking lot at the corner of Ludlow and Broome Sts.
Free (first come, first served)

Sanitation, or Off the Grid

Written and Directed by Crystal Field

The San Man’s work never ends, especially in Theater for the New City’s rip-roaring “Operetta For the Street” about three NYC sanitation workers who go on a long-awaited vacation only to encounter a world full of garbage — physical as well as social and political.

Aug. 3–Sept. 15
13 mostly outdoor venues in five boroughs

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