Here’s what’s doin’ around town for the next few:
On April 12th, the Brooklyn Center for the Performing plays host to the Montana Repertory Theatre’s new adaptation of The Great Gatsby. F. Scott Fitzgerald’s tale of romance and betrayal, set in the heady days of the Roaring Twenties, is brought to life in Simon Levy’s finely crafted adaptation for the stage.
Levy is no stranger to the Fitzgerald ouevre having also adapted both Tender Is the Night and The Last Tycoon. For more information, visit http://www.brooklyncenter.org.
Elsewhere in the boro of Brooklyn, the Center for Performance Research conducts its Spring Movement Festival from April 16th to 18th. Learn more about these events at http://www.cprnyc.org.
For this production, at the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio, clearly you’ll need more than just your Metrocard: from April 23 rd to 26th see the world premiere of the theater is a blank page, a SITI Company production of well-known visual artist Ann Hamilton’s immersive performance piece. The success of the SITI-Hamilton collaboration in late 2012 on her large-scale installation at Park Avenue Armory, spurred SITI to join forces with her again on a series of projects, culminating in a a special performance installation work, which will be finalized in residency at the Wexner Center. Learn more at www.siti.org.
Closer to home, The Road of Promise, a new concert adaptation of Kurt Weill and Franz Werfel’s epic 1937 stage spectacle, The Eternal Road, will be at Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall on May 6th and 7th.
Like the original Weill-Werfel stage work, The Road of Promise combines a story about a synagogue under threat of persecution with defining stories of Abraham, Jacob, Joseph, Miriam, Moses, Ruth, Isaiah from the Old Testament, brought to life in Weill’s beautiful score, which give the community strength.
The concert will feature Ron Rifkin, Eli Tokash, Anthony Dean Griffey, Mark Delavan, Philip Cutlip, AJ Glueckert, and Lotte Lenya Competition Finalists/Winners Lauren Michelle, Megan Marino, and Justin Hopkins, with Conductor/Director Ted Sperling and Orchestra of St. Luke’s. Video Projections by Wendall Harrington and Lighting Design by Frances Aronson.
Learn more about The Road of Promise at http://collegiatechorale.org/performances/the-road-of-promise; for tickets, please visit http://www.carnegiehall.org.
Theatre 4the People is staging a world premiere of IN VESTMENTS, a site-specific work, written by Sara Florence Fellini and directed by Isaac Byrne, which begins performances on Thursday, May 7 for a limited engagement through Saturday, May 30. West Park Presbyterian Church, which is currently under renovation, is the site for this play about the restoration of a crumbling church. IN VESTMENTS features the music of Jacques Brel played live by Pierre Marais and Andy Evan. Cohen.
The goal of Theatre 4the People is to make economically accessible theater, so the show is FREE, although you may make a $20 donation if you wish. To reserve in advance, please visit www.infinitesighs.com
Drama of Works will present the world premiere from May 11-31 of Blood Red Roses: The Female Pirate Project in a sea-faring venue, well sort of a sea-faring site.
Blood Red Roses is a shadow puppetry piece that examines the history of female pirates – performed on a boat in the Red Hook Channel. Come enjoy some rum while exploring what drove these women to choose a life as pirates on the sea, as opposed to a more conventional path?
The Waterfront Museum is on board the Lehigh Valley No. 79, an authentic floating artifact that was built in 1914 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the last wooden barge of the “lighterage era” (1860-1960), which remains afloat. From the barge and pier, visitors are treated to a rare front view of the Statue of Liberty, and to the tugs, freighters, and container and cruise ships that crisscross the harbor daily. For more information on the Waterfront Museum & Showboat, visit www.waterfrontmuseum.org. For tickets for Blood Red Roses, visit http://bloodredroses.brownpapertickets.com.