Aussie activist Jack Charles has led a wild ride of a life, from crime, addiction and prison to film sets, and on to an age in which he can share his sagacity. The “grandfather of indigenous theater” brings his autobiographical, solo show, Jack Charles V The Crown for a limited run of 5 performances only from March 22-25 at New York Live Arts in conjunction with Performance Space 122 in New York. After this U.S. premiere, Jack Charles V The Crown will run March 29–April 8 at Canada Stage in Toronto.
<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/35922852″>JACK CHARLES V THE CROWN from ILBIJERRI Theatre Company on Vimeo.
For more information and tickets, visit https://www.ps122.org/
On the other end of the spectrum of life, we have French artist Fanny de Chaillé’s The Teens Library, a special event that is part of the second annual Tilt Kids Festival. In 2010, Fanny de Chaillé created La Bibliothèque (The Library), a performance produced with 23 residents of the Cité Universitaire Internationale in Paris. The piece has been since presented in countries around the world, including the 2013 edition of French Institute Alliance Française’s Crossing the Line Festival. On Saturday, April 8, 11am–4pm, at the Cultural Services of the French Embassy at Albertine Books, 972 5th Avenue participating teens–primarily U.S. immigrants– will become living “books.” They relate their individual stories which become part of the library’s catalogue in The Teens Library.
For more information, please visit http://www.albertine.com/
In a similar vein where storytelling leads to theater, The Assignment was inspired by a remarkable friendship between two individuals brought together by workshops facilitated by Houses on the Moon Theater Company. Though a fictionalization, The Assignment was developed in part from the exchange of ideas between a mother, whose desire to understand what caused another to take her son’s life, and a man who committed manslaughter and needed to express his remorse.
The production, written by Camilo Almonacid, is being staged at the Jeffrey and Paula Gural Theatre at the A.R.T./New York Theatres beginning April 19th and running through May 7th.
For more information, visit http://www.housesonthemoon.org/
Violence and death play their part in The Reckless Season. The play takes place in a small town USA in 2008. Lisa and Simon, who used to be soldiers, try to leave the aftermath of war behind them. Not easy when things are so unsettled. Lisa’s marriage is falling apart,.the local meth-dealer won’t leave them alone, and Simon’s mother has just committed suicide. The only one who seems to be unflustered is Terry, Simon’s video-game-obsessed brother. Who knows what comes next?
The Reckless Season is a production of the Boomerang Theatre Company at TheaterLab NYC from April 21st through May 7th.
For tickets and information, please visit www.boomerangtheatre.org.
Swordplay has its place in the history of stagecraft, and Liars & Believers (LAB) make use of it in the multi-dimensional Who Would Be King from March 16 – April 1, 2016 at Theater 511. Life in the clown kingdom of this absurdist multi-media play also involves chickens, violence and betrayal, villains and kings. Who Would Be King is an epically silly and physical production conceived and directed by Jason Slavick, with music & lyrics by Jay Mobley, written by the LAB Ensemble, and created by Liars & Believers.
For tickets for this LAB production, please visit Ovation Tix.