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Theater, LGBTQIA+, Clowning, Dance & Movement, Comedy, Play - Season 26

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Maya: Illusion. Leela: Cosmic Play. Abhinaya: To lead an audience toward an experience. Join us in the forest for a joyful black box rendition of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream infused with Indian classical arts as we trace the illusions of lovers, the play of supernatural beings, and the "audience experience" inflicted by amateur thespians. Livestreams available on July 20th and 27th — watch from around the world! Please note that face masks are required for entry to this production; masks will be available at the door.

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Comedy - Season 26

The Shrug Comedy Show

Shrug Comedy is Back! After a brief 5 year hiatus Matt and Tess are bringing their beloved comedy stylings back to UNDER St. Marks!

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Multi Media, Comedy, Music, Film - Monthly Shows

Relationships

Relationships A play about connection, kinship, fellowship, transition, correspondence, altercation, relation, exchange, consociation, bond, communication...... Cast Katherine Pickard as BethGiovanni Naarendorp as BlakeSamantha Carroll as BlairAnjali Khosla as SkyAnna La Roche as MiaJames Fisher-Smith as HugoJules Kurlents as Ramona Written/Directed by Peter BDPhotography by Jamie Ellington

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Stand-Up, Storytelling, Improv, Variety, Comedy, Music - Monthly Shows

The Open Mic Downstairs @ Frigid New York

The show continues every Tuesday at 9:30 PM EST!At The Open Mic at FRIGID New York the focus is the stage! Sign-ups get 7 minutes to try anything in one of the most supportive rooms in New York City. Whether it’s a performance art piece, comedy, music, storytelling, dance, or something entirely off the top of your head, you'll find a home in the attentive welcoming community. Open Mic FAQs

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True Stories, Solo Performance, Storytelling, Off-Beat, Lecture - Season 26

Odd Salon NYC: MISCHIEF

Come hear six tales of prodigious pranksters and naughty nonsense, hanky-panky and historical hijinks, roguish rapscallions, and teasing tomfoolery, join us for Odd Salon NYC: MISCHIEF Curated by Guest Curator, Matthew Codner!Wednesday July 24Under St. Marks TheaterDoors at 6:30pm; Curtain at 7:00pm$25 In-Person $20 Watch From HomeSpeakers and Talks:Linnie Schell:Burning Down the GoatEvery year, the town of Gävle builds a giant Yule goat...and every year, someone attempts to raze it to the ground. A talk about increasingly convoluted mischief that's sure to get your goat.JR Pepper:What Fools These Mortals Be! The Case of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and the Cottingley FairiesHow do you convince the creator of the world's most famous consulting detective of the existence of fairies? Apparently, a paper cut out and a double exposure is all it took...Bob Sorokanich:The Most Mischievous Mechanic in Motorsports, or, Smokey Yunick's Best Damn Garage in TownSmokey Yunick never met a rule he couldn't bend. The self-taught mechanic and engineer built some of the winningest race cars in NASCAR history, powered by deception, loopholes, and a maniacal refusal to follow the racing rule book.Jessie Wayburn:Whoopee Cushions A History of Fake FlatulenceFarting is free, butt fake farts are big business. This talk will be a lot of hot air about embarrassing others and other delights. Plus! The connection to ancient Rome!Theresa Handwerk:Frolics with Ferrets, Fish, and Fowl Mischief...or Cruelty?Europeans play games with animals, including the British contest to see how long they can keep a live ferret in their pants, the Belgian tradition of drinking a wine glass filled with small live fish, and many more!Mark Pagán:The Salacious Days and Nights of Tango PiratesIn the 1910's into the 1920's, dance halls were created where wealthy women could dance and be courted by Tango Pirates (also known as Taxi Dancers) — young men, many of whom were immigrants or first generation lotharios. These pointed to some of the most integrated spaces at the turn of the century with lots of mischief afoot.

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Theater, LGBTQIA+, Comedy, Sketch Comedy - Season 26

Burnt Toast Sketch Show

Join us for a fast-paced, high-energy short-form sketch comedy extravaganza! Burnt Toast's comedy is queer, topical, witty, and always silly. Let us be the last thing you smell before you have a stroke!

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Variety - Season 26

FRIGID Nightcap

Get ready for a night where togas meet tutus, and Shakespeare shakes it up! Join us on Friday, July 26th at 11pm for the East Village's wildest late-night variety show with a classical twist. FRIGID Nightcap: Classical Cabaret reimagines the world of ancient plays and long-dead playwrights through a kaleidoscope of modern madness. Prepare for an unforgettable evening of audacious performances – all inspired by the classical world but twisted in ways those old Greeks and Elizabethans never saw coming! Whether you're a theatre buff or just looking for a wild night out, FRIGID Nightcap: Classical Cabaret promises to be an uproarious adventure through time, space, and questionable togas. Join the city's oddest night owls in the theatre, or live stream the revelry from the comfort of your own home — but don't miss this chance to see the classics like you've never seen them before! This toga party will sell out fast... so don't delay! Grab your laurel wreath and snag your ticket to the weirdness today! Oh, and did we mention each full-price ticket comes with a complimentary glass of wine? Dionysus would approve! See you Under St. Marks, where we're keeping NYC weird... one show at a time!

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Theater, LGBTQIA+, Comedy, Play - Season 26

If I Did, You Deserved It

Back by popular demand after selling out the house at the Queerly Festival! A party seemingly thrown by no one that you definitely wouldnut’t have been invited to full of people that you hate, followed by eternal damnation! Come judge other people for fun. Don’t worry, you totally have every right to. If I Did, You Deserved It, produced by new Gen Z theatre company Laurizarry and directed by Casey Kelly, is a new play from award-losing playwright Jess Lauricello that’s probably a comedy. It’s a new take on No Exit that explores morality, shame, redemption, and generally fumbling the burden of being a person. If you ever wanted to watch a bunch of gay people be awful and go to Hell for every other conceivable reason than being gay, then Lauricello wrote this play for you. 

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Theater, Stand-Up, True Stories, Solo Performance, Storytelling, Comedy - Season 26

Faking It

Liv goes on an undercover mission, evaluating New York City hospitals. She’s totally not supposed to talk about it. Does doing a show count? Shhh. "Standout comedic timing" -TimeOut NY; "Riotous" -New York Magazine; Two sizzling sold-out Off-Broadway runs; Nominee for the StageCrafts Select Award at Hollywood Fringe 2024

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Film - Monthly Shows

Movie Night

Best short films of the New York Movie Awards! Please note that this show will not be streaming and can only be seen in person.

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Clowning, Variety, Spoken Word, Drama - Monthly Shows

As You Mic It: An Open Shakespeare Slam

As You Mic It: An Open Shakespeare Slam - Join us for a one-of-a-kind slam where you can compete to be crowned Best of the Bards! If you are slamming, come prepared to perform up to two of any Shakespeare monologue or sonnet of your choice (within 3 and a half minutes, memorization not required but encouraged). If you are don't want to slam, come join us for some merriment, libations, and maybe even become a judge (no experience necessary)! All full price ticket purchases come with a free glass of wine! SLAM MECHANICS - First 15 to sign-up at the door will be guaranteed entry to the slam as a participant. Up to 3 people can be wait-listed depending on time-constraints. 3 Judges will be selected at random from the crowd. Each participant will have 3 and a half minutes to perform their chosen monologue, after which the judges will secretly give them a score out of 10.0. Scores will be tallied in secret and the top 3 will enter the "callback" round where they will perform a second monologue and once again be graded. The overall winner of the "callback" round will be crowned Best of the Bards and receive 20 dollars.

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Musical, LGBTQIA+, Stand-Up, BIPOC, Spoken Word, Storytelling, Improv, Burlesque, Variety, Comedy, Play, Music, Drama, Performance Art, Theater, Multi Media, Clowning, Dance & Movement, Sketch Comedy, Solo Performance, Reading - Monthly Shows

Paper Kraine

We're back for a eighth season of new works in development! Paper Kraine was created in 2016 to bring together works in their earliest stages, audiences, and nonprofits. Monthly, the PK team curates a new works sampler platter around a theme related to a nonprofit. Try something new, delicious and strange. Come for the art. Stay for the community. Paper Kraine was created on the principle that we all know writers, directors, actors, and creators who make wonderful work. All they need is a space. The Paper Kraine is committed to creating a venue for early-career artists to show humor-focused work in the spirit of adventurous discovery. We encourage risk-taking, question-asking, and the development of a supportive community of artists seeing, encouraging, and challenging each other’s work with the ultimate goal of enriching the artistic community through cross-pollination and meeting new people. Learn more at www.paperkraine.com.. Due to limited capacity, latecomers are not guaranteed seats. This applies to both walk ups and reserved tickets.

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LGBTQIA+, BIPOC, Improv, Comedy, Play - Little Shakespeare 2024

When My Cue Comes

In Waiting Room Z, Shakespeare’s most often forgotten characters find themselves antsy, excited, and lost. It is here that the all-knowing Stage Manager sends them out into the world. However, it’s been years since these characters have been in the spotlight, and they’re beginning to grow impatient. Hamlet Isn't Dead's When My Cue Comes follows four of these “left-behind” characters in the canon and their desperate attempts to do whatever it takes to take their place on stage once again.

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Storytelling, Drama, Solo Performance - Little Shakespeare 2024

My Own Private Shakespeare

From a single fateful phone call taken reluctantly from the toilet, a Shakespearean actor finds his world collapsing around him. As the story unfolds, the unforgiving realities of his shattered life intertwine with Shakespeare's radiant, immortal text, while the man teeters dangerously close to the brink. The play draws on some of the greatest and most powerful passages from Shakespeare to ask: Is it possible to find peace with the impossible paradoxes of life?

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Comedy, Improv - Little Shakespeare 2024

As You Will

Friends, foes, fools! Do you ever bemoan the fact that the 884,647 words William Shakespeare wrote have been performed already? Do you yearn for the experience of seeing The Bard's works for the first time? Then celebrate the glad tidings of As You Will and our Unscripted Shakespeare Show! These Shakespearean Scholars are here to present all the monumental works the immortal Bard would've written if he hadn't gone and died. With just the title given by the audience the players of As You Will bring a Shakespearean comedy to life complete with Shakspeare's themes, language, poetic verse, and some scholarly footnotes thrown in for good measure. As You Will have performed such classics as "Eight Merry Spiders," "That Doth Not Go There," "1601: A Space Odyssey'' and though those shows will never be seen again, there’s always a Shakespearean world premiere in our makeshift Globe Theatre at Under St Marks.

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LGBTQIA+, Clowning, Comedy, Off-Beat, Play, Music, Drama - Little Shakespeare 2024

Fools in the Forest

Ever wondered what would happen if the exiled ladies and fools of As You Like It never reconnected with the Duke and his lords? In fact, what if the male love interests of the play vanished altogether? Fools in the Forest reframes the sparkling comedy and wry commentary of Shakespeare’s text to focus more intimately on the most witty, unconventional, and fascinating figures of Arden: Rosalind, Celia, Touchstone, Jaques, and Phebe. In a tight one-hour romp performed by an ensemble of five, this reimagined story becomes a tale of finding community, opening yourself up to new connections and new adventures, and – as always – hanging a great deal of letters on trees.

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Play, Drama, Solo Performance - Little Shakespeare 2024

Walter Schlinger's Romeo and Juliet

In this meta-theatrical play, Walter Schlinger candidly shares a live reading of his senior thesis. Watch as he attempts to explore the themes in Shakespeare's iconic play while breaking down the complexities and contradictions he encounters as he navigates young adulthood. An intimate and introspective piece of solo performance that explores youth, self reflection, and validation.

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Theater, LGBTQIA+, True Stories, Party, Comedy, Play, Reading, Drama - Season 26

The Diamond Affair

It's Lily's 25th Birthday! and what better way to celebrate being a quarter of a century old than with a live staged reading of her newest work! Jeanne de Valois-Saint-Rémy is, as they would say in 1780’s France, broke. But as the Comtesse de la Motte, Jeanne will use wit, cunning, and the occult, to pull off the biggest Diamond heist Versailles has ever seen. Come see the Diamond Affair at Under St.Marks, 6:30 on August 5th. And remember, the French monarchy is temporary, but diamonds are forever.

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Theater, True Stories, Solo Performance, Storytelling, Improv, Comedy - Monthly Shows

On Cats and Dogs and Other Family Revelations

On Cats and Dogs and Other Family Revelations wraps big ideas in focused stories about Ella’s pets, offering glimpses of her human family and life in her place of birth, Transylvania, Romania. With her dark humor and heart, Ella takes audiences from her childhood under communist rule, to her present quirky experiences in East Harlem, using her dog and cat as reference points. The cast will feature Ella Veres and her companion dog, Pandele, who said she's in it not for fame, but to pay her vet bills. Rosamunda, her cat, was asked to perform but declined. She’d rather lounge under the sofa than be in the limelight. “Being from Transylvania, is expected of me to be creepy, so I oblige, from time to time, albeit not in Hollywood style,” said Ella Veres, lead performer and director of On Cats and Dogs and Other Family Revelations. “The war in Ukraine riled my memories up, and urged me to point out how much there is to lose.” The performance will run approximately one hour. Each show is a different iteration. Ella Veres is an independent performer and writer who has been active in the New York City cultural community since 2001. Her work has been presented at the Immigrant Theater Festival, Galapagos Art Space, Manhattan Theater Source, IWAS,The Field, Theater for the New City, The Moth, Stage Left, Bowery Poetry Club, Chashama, and her present incubator, Fountain House Gallery. For several years she focused on her visual art, but in 2022, serendipity made her act in Stories From My Mother at the Theater for the New City, and thus reminded her how lovely it is to be in front of a live audience. Her current solo storytelling show, On Cats and Dogs and Other Family Revelations, was shaped during her 2023 Fountain House Gallery summer residency on Governors Island and in Adam Wade’s Magnet Theater Solo Workshop, and premiered successfully at the 2024 NYC Fringe Festival.

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BIPOC, Variety, Spanish Language - Monthly Shows

A Spanglish Affair Open Mic

Open mic for artists of all disciplines. 8 available spots for pre-selection via the form at Something From Abroad’s Instagram bio. 2 spots available in-person. Join us for an evening of fresh talent with a new cast every edition! All full price ticket purchases come with a free glass of wine!

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Comedy, Stand-Up - Season 26

Daniel Simonsen--Free to Fail

A night of experimental comedy with New York's Funniest Stand-Up 2022 winner Daniel Simonsen. Come watch the Norwegian build material as he works both scripted and completely unscripted. As seen on Late Night with Seth Meyers and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. “One to watch” Time Out  “Brilliantly offbeat” Guardian  “Exceptionally funny” Village Voice  **** Times  **** Time Out  **** Skinny  **** Fest 

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LGBTQIA+, Play, Drama - Little Shakespeare 2024

The Lark and the Nightingale

Juliet and Desdemona, two characters canonically destined for tragic endings, break away from their scripts and attempt to find happiness in each other. Desdemona battles duty with love while Juliet struggles to let love consume her entirely. When confronted with their scripted ends, they must advocate for one another and prove that their love is worth fighting for.

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Comedy, Play, Drama - Little Shakespeare 2024

Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado About Nothing is a classic Shakespeare tale of love, trust, and deceit. Claudio is madly in love with Hero. However, he is tricked into believing she is unchaste, and that is nearly their undoing. Meanwhile, enemies Benedick and Beatrice are tricked into falling in love with each other through their friends.

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Hottie Bop

Hottie Bop is a variety show with music, comedy and dance. The show is produced by Lina Zikas (@lina_zikas) and Duane Stanford (@duanestanford). Our creative team includes Kit Carter, Ben Hirsch, Kevin Qian, Kris Carpenter, Owen Engesser, Jake Snyder, Nicholas Barris, Noah Weinflash, Ashley Allen, Ashley McGregor, Armando Cabrera, Sebastian Martinez, Caden Brauch, and Carter Cromer. Find us at @hottiebop.

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Storytelling - Monthly Shows

Adam Wade: LIVE IN NEW YORK!

Adam Wade, the 20-time Moth Story Slam winner, creator of the #1 Best Selling Audible Original 'You Ought To Know Adam Wade' and from TV’s 'Inside Amy Schumer' and 'Girls' returns to Under Saint Marks Theater! This monthly storytelling show will feature three to four different stories from Adam’s extensive catalog. No two shows will be the same. Come and see this New York Times, Time Out New York, and CBS critics’ pick LIVE on stage in New York! A different special guest storyteller will begin each show. “Mr. Wade is an enchanting storyteller.” – The New York Times “Wade is expressing not just our inner misfit but our inner small-town kid.” – The New Yorker “He’s completely vulnerable. When he goes on stage he brings only himself. People instantly fall in love with him.” – George Dawes Green, the founder of The Moth “Adam’s nuanced observations, openness, and wit transform his coming-of-age tales into funny, impactful, and universal stories of joy and hope.” – Audible

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Stand-Up, Comedy, Solo Performance - Monthly Shows

Comediumship

Psychic medium and stand up comedian Nelly Reznik will be performing Comediumship, an experimental combination of stand up comedy and audience readings. Readings may consist of connecting with loved ones who have passed, and receiving life guidance for audience members, all in a lighthearted way. Not everyone will receive a reading, but all in attendance should be open to it. Due to the intimate nature of the event, doors will close at curtain time and latecomers will not be given a seat. In addition, this is an alcohol-free event. Opener: Grace Lobo

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Theater, Play, Drama - Season 26

Escaping Dreamland

Escaping Dreamland is set in early 20th century New York and follows the evolving relationships among three New Yorkers—Magda, A German immigrant determined to challenge traditional gender roles; Tom, a young man of wealth and privilege who spurns his parents’ values; and Gene, a brilliant scientist who struggles to find his identity as a queer man. Together the three write children’s books, becoming a “tremendous trio” of friends and creatives. But secrets and past tragedies tear their friendship apart as they spend a day at the fabulous Dreamland amusement park on Coney Island. From the rubble of their affections, they work to rebuild their relationships in what Cultural Voice of NC called, “[A] heartfelt tale of relationship, creativity, and resilience” and professional actor and director Jim McKeny called “a wonderfully imagined artistic triumph.”

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Comedy, Play, Drama - Monthly Shows

It's Getting Tired Mildred

Doors open at 7:30 for drinks and mingling, curtain at 8:00pm. Welcome to Mildred Springs! A quaint city in the vague Northeastern United States. A city not unlike other cities. Join us while the bold and the beautiful citizens of Mildred Springs live the days of their lives. Some might be young and restless. Some might be doctors working at Sacred Corpuscle Memorial, a general hospital. But they've all got one life to live. Join us as their world turns. Join us as their guiding light leads them on their constant search for tomorrow. Join us as they hang on to the edge of night and you will be transported to another world. The world of It's Getting Tired Mildred. But make sure you join us for their continuing stories. Set in the 1980’s, known for riding the line between camp and loving homage to the soap opera genre, and featuring a dynamic cast of the indie theatre pros, IT’S GETTING TIRED MILDRED hooks audience members to come back month after month to see what happens next. Each episode of IT’S GETTING TIRED MILDRED is performed only once! Formerly a late-night hit... Now daytime moves from late-night to primetime! Now at Under St. Marks, 94 St. Marks Place.

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LGBTQIA+, Stand-Up, Spoken Word, Podcast, Film, Storytelling, Improv, Variety, Comedy, Play, Music, Drama, Educational, Performance Art, Theater, Multi Media, Interview, Sketch Comedy, True Stories, Solo Performance, Party, Kids, Reading - Season 26

Philip Galinsky presents 31 Triggers

Have you ever pondered the evolution of trigger words and phrases? Enter Philip Galinsky, a multifaceted talent known for his roles as an actor, author, and voice-over artist. Philip invites you to experience 31 Triggers live ONE NIGHT ONLY! at the historic UNDER ST. MARKS THEATRE This one-of-a-kind event offers attendees the chance to immerse themselves in Philip's curated collection of triggers, developed over his more than 20 years in NYC. From the allure of Magnolia Bakery to the simplicity of an air mattress, and the ultimate New York City iced coffee hack, Philip's triggers promise to spark curiosity, evoke emotions, and generate unstoppable engagement. Participants will have the unique opportunity to share their own triggers with Galinsky, engaging in insightful discussions and experiencing moments of hilarity as they delve into the power of trigger words and phrases. Galinsky's selection of 31 triggers promises to captivate audiences with phrases such as "foodie call," "Ron Jeremy," and "Me Too," creating a dynamic arsenal for an evening filled with full audience participation. But why limit the triggers to just 31? Attendees will discover the reasoning behind this selection, along with insights into why seemingly innocuous phrases like "My Condolences" or routine experiences like physical exams can hold such triggering power. Join us for an evening that promises to be an unparalleled Trigger extravaganza, elevating St. Marks Theatre into a hub of lively discussion and exploration. Don't miss out on this unique opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals and delve into the world of triggers with Philip Galinsky, creator of the "31 Triggers" book series and podcast. ONE NIGHT ONLY!!! All full price ticket purchases come with a free glass of wine. Use promo code "31TRIGGERS" at checkout for a 2 tickets for $40 discount.

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Theater, LGBTQIA+, Clowning, Dance & Movement, Comedy, Play - Season 26

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Maya: Illusion. Leela: Cosmic Play. Abhinaya: To lead an audience toward an experience. Join us in the forest for a joyful black box rendition of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream infused with Indian classical arts as we trace the illusions of lovers, the play of supernatural beings, and the "audience experience" inflicted by amateur thespians. Livestreams available on July 20th and 27th — watch from around the world! Please note that face masks are required for entry to this production; masks will be available at the door.

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Comedy - Season 26

The Shrug Comedy Show

Shrug Comedy is Back! After a brief 5 year hiatus Matt and Tess are bringing their beloved comedy stylings back to UNDER St. Marks!

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Multi Media, Comedy, Music, Film - Monthly Shows

Relationships

Relationships A play about connection, kinship, fellowship, transition, correspondence, altercation, relation, exchange, consociation, bond, communication...... Cast Katherine Pickard as BethGiovanni Naarendorp as BlakeSamantha Carroll as BlairAnjali Khosla as SkyAnna La Roche as MiaJames Fisher-Smith as HugoJules Kurlents as Ramona Written/Directed by Peter BDPhotography by Jamie Ellington

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Stand-Up, Storytelling, Improv, Variety, Comedy, Music - Monthly Shows

The Open Mic Downstairs @ Frigid New York

The show continues every Tuesday at 9:30 PM EST!At The Open Mic at FRIGID New York the focus is the stage! Sign-ups get 7 minutes to try anything in one of the most supportive rooms in New York City. Whether it’s a performance art piece, comedy, music, storytelling, dance, or something entirely off the top of your head, you'll find a home in the attentive welcoming community. Open Mic FAQs

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True Stories, Solo Performance, Storytelling, Off-Beat, Lecture - Season 26

Odd Salon NYC: MISCHIEF

Come hear six tales of prodigious pranksters and naughty nonsense, hanky-panky and historical hijinks, roguish rapscallions, and teasing tomfoolery, join us for Odd Salon NYC: MISCHIEF Curated by Guest Curator, Matthew Codner!Wednesday July 24Under St. Marks TheaterDoors at 6:30pm; Curtain at 7:00pm$25 In-Person $20 Watch From HomeSpeakers and Talks:Linnie Schell:Burning Down the GoatEvery year, the town of Gävle builds a giant Yule goat...and every year, someone attempts to raze it to the ground. A talk about increasingly convoluted mischief that's sure to get your goat.JR Pepper:What Fools These Mortals Be! The Case of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and the Cottingley FairiesHow do you convince the creator of the world's most famous consulting detective of the existence of fairies? Apparently, a paper cut out and a double exposure is all it took...Bob Sorokanich:The Most Mischievous Mechanic in Motorsports, or, Smokey Yunick's Best Damn Garage in TownSmokey Yunick never met a rule he couldn't bend. The self-taught mechanic and engineer built some of the winningest race cars in NASCAR history, powered by deception, loopholes, and a maniacal refusal to follow the racing rule book.Jessie Wayburn:Whoopee Cushions A History of Fake FlatulenceFarting is free, butt fake farts are big business. This talk will be a lot of hot air about embarrassing others and other delights. Plus! The connection to ancient Rome!Theresa Handwerk:Frolics with Ferrets, Fish, and Fowl Mischief...or Cruelty?Europeans play games with animals, including the British contest to see how long they can keep a live ferret in their pants, the Belgian tradition of drinking a wine glass filled with small live fish, and many more!Mark Pagán:The Salacious Days and Nights of Tango PiratesIn the 1910's into the 1920's, dance halls were created where wealthy women could dance and be courted by Tango Pirates (also known as Taxi Dancers) — young men, many of whom were immigrants or first generation lotharios. These pointed to some of the most integrated spaces at the turn of the century with lots of mischief afoot.

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Theater, LGBTQIA+, Comedy, Sketch Comedy - Season 26

Burnt Toast Sketch Show

Join us for a fast-paced, high-energy short-form sketch comedy extravaganza! Burnt Toast's comedy is queer, topical, witty, and always silly. Let us be the last thing you smell before you have a stroke!

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Variety - Season 26

FRIGID Nightcap

Get ready for a night where togas meet tutus, and Shakespeare shakes it up! Join us on Friday, July 26th at 11pm for the East Village's wildest late-night variety show with a classical twist. FRIGID Nightcap: Classical Cabaret reimagines the world of ancient plays and long-dead playwrights through a kaleidoscope of modern madness. Prepare for an unforgettable evening of audacious performances – all inspired by the classical world but twisted in ways those old Greeks and Elizabethans never saw coming! Whether you're a theatre buff or just looking for a wild night out, FRIGID Nightcap: Classical Cabaret promises to be an uproarious adventure through time, space, and questionable togas. Join the city's oddest night owls in the theatre, or live stream the revelry from the comfort of your own home — but don't miss this chance to see the classics like you've never seen them before! This toga party will sell out fast... so don't delay! Grab your laurel wreath and snag your ticket to the weirdness today! Oh, and did we mention each full-price ticket comes with a complimentary glass of wine? Dionysus would approve! See you Under St. Marks, where we're keeping NYC weird... one show at a time!

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Theater, LGBTQIA+, Comedy, Play - Season 26

If I Did, You Deserved It

Back by popular demand after selling out the house at the Queerly Festival! A party seemingly thrown by no one that you definitely wouldnut’t have been invited to full of people that you hate, followed by eternal damnation! Come judge other people for fun. Don’t worry, you totally have every right to. If I Did, You Deserved It, produced by new Gen Z theatre company Laurizarry and directed by Casey Kelly, is a new play from award-losing playwright Jess Lauricello that’s probably a comedy. It’s a new take on No Exit that explores morality, shame, redemption, and generally fumbling the burden of being a person. If you ever wanted to watch a bunch of gay people be awful and go to Hell for every other conceivable reason than being gay, then Lauricello wrote this play for you. 

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Theater, Stand-Up, True Stories, Solo Performance, Storytelling, Comedy - Season 26

Faking It

Liv goes on an undercover mission, evaluating New York City hospitals. She’s totally not supposed to talk about it. Does doing a show count? Shhh. "Standout comedic timing" -TimeOut NY; "Riotous" -New York Magazine; Two sizzling sold-out Off-Broadway runs; Nominee for the StageCrafts Select Award at Hollywood Fringe 2024

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Film - Monthly Shows

Movie Night

Best short films of the New York Movie Awards! Please note that this show will not be streaming and can only be seen in person.

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Clowning, Variety, Spoken Word, Drama - Monthly Shows

As You Mic It: An Open Shakespeare Slam

As You Mic It: An Open Shakespeare Slam - Join us for a one-of-a-kind slam where you can compete to be crowned Best of the Bards! If you are slamming, come prepared to perform up to two of any Shakespeare monologue or sonnet of your choice (within 3 and a half minutes, memorization not required but encouraged). If you are don't want to slam, come join us for some merriment, libations, and maybe even become a judge (no experience necessary)! All full price ticket purchases come with a free glass of wine! SLAM MECHANICS - First 15 to sign-up at the door will be guaranteed entry to the slam as a participant. Up to 3 people can be wait-listed depending on time-constraints. 3 Judges will be selected at random from the crowd. Each participant will have 3 and a half minutes to perform their chosen monologue, after which the judges will secretly give them a score out of 10.0. Scores will be tallied in secret and the top 3 will enter the "callback" round where they will perform a second monologue and once again be graded. The overall winner of the "callback" round will be crowned Best of the Bards and receive 20 dollars.

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Musical, LGBTQIA+, Stand-Up, BIPOC, Spoken Word, Storytelling, Improv, Burlesque, Variety, Comedy, Play, Music, Drama, Performance Art, Theater, Multi Media, Clowning, Dance & Movement, Sketch Comedy, Solo Performance, Reading - Monthly Shows

Paper Kraine

We're back for a eighth season of new works in development! Paper Kraine was created in 2016 to bring together works in their earliest stages, audiences, and nonprofits. Monthly, the PK team curates a new works sampler platter around a theme related to a nonprofit. Try something new, delicious and strange. Come for the art. Stay for the community. Paper Kraine was created on the principle that we all know writers, directors, actors, and creators who make wonderful work. All they need is a space. The Paper Kraine is committed to creating a venue for early-career artists to show humor-focused work in the spirit of adventurous discovery. We encourage risk-taking, question-asking, and the development of a supportive community of artists seeing, encouraging, and challenging each other’s work with the ultimate goal of enriching the artistic community through cross-pollination and meeting new people. Learn more at www.paperkraine.com.. Due to limited capacity, latecomers are not guaranteed seats. This applies to both walk ups and reserved tickets.

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LGBTQIA+, BIPOC, Improv, Comedy, Play - Little Shakespeare 2024

When My Cue Comes

In Waiting Room Z, Shakespeare’s most often forgotten characters find themselves antsy, excited, and lost. It is here that the all-knowing Stage Manager sends them out into the world. However, it’s been years since these characters have been in the spotlight, and they’re beginning to grow impatient. Hamlet Isn't Dead's When My Cue Comes follows four of these “left-behind” characters in the canon and their desperate attempts to do whatever it takes to take their place on stage once again.

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Storytelling, Drama, Solo Performance - Little Shakespeare 2024

My Own Private Shakespeare

From a single fateful phone call taken reluctantly from the toilet, a Shakespearean actor finds his world collapsing around him. As the story unfolds, the unforgiving realities of his shattered life intertwine with Shakespeare's radiant, immortal text, while the man teeters dangerously close to the brink. The play draws on some of the greatest and most powerful passages from Shakespeare to ask: Is it possible to find peace with the impossible paradoxes of life?

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Comedy, Improv - Little Shakespeare 2024

As You Will

Friends, foes, fools! Do you ever bemoan the fact that the 884,647 words William Shakespeare wrote have been performed already? Do you yearn for the experience of seeing The Bard's works for the first time? Then celebrate the glad tidings of As You Will and our Unscripted Shakespeare Show! These Shakespearean Scholars are here to present all the monumental works the immortal Bard would've written if he hadn't gone and died. With just the title given by the audience the players of As You Will bring a Shakespearean comedy to life complete with Shakspeare's themes, language, poetic verse, and some scholarly footnotes thrown in for good measure. As You Will have performed such classics as "Eight Merry Spiders," "That Doth Not Go There," "1601: A Space Odyssey'' and though those shows will never be seen again, there’s always a Shakespearean world premiere in our makeshift Globe Theatre at Under St Marks.

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LGBTQIA+, Clowning, Comedy, Off-Beat, Play, Music, Drama - Little Shakespeare 2024

Fools in the Forest

Ever wondered what would happen if the exiled ladies and fools of As You Like It never reconnected with the Duke and his lords? In fact, what if the male love interests of the play vanished altogether? Fools in the Forest reframes the sparkling comedy and wry commentary of Shakespeare’s text to focus more intimately on the most witty, unconventional, and fascinating figures of Arden: Rosalind, Celia, Touchstone, Jaques, and Phebe. In a tight one-hour romp performed by an ensemble of five, this reimagined story becomes a tale of finding community, opening yourself up to new connections and new adventures, and – as always – hanging a great deal of letters on trees.

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Play, Drama, Solo Performance - Little Shakespeare 2024

Walter Schlinger's Romeo and Juliet

In this meta-theatrical play, Walter Schlinger candidly shares a live reading of his senior thesis. Watch as he attempts to explore the themes in Shakespeare's iconic play while breaking down the complexities and contradictions he encounters as he navigates young adulthood. An intimate and introspective piece of solo performance that explores youth, self reflection, and validation.

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Theater, LGBTQIA+, True Stories, Party, Comedy, Play, Reading, Drama - Season 26

The Diamond Affair

It's Lily's 25th Birthday! and what better way to celebrate being a quarter of a century old than with a live staged reading of her newest work! Jeanne de Valois-Saint-Rémy is, as they would say in 1780’s France, broke. But as the Comtesse de la Motte, Jeanne will use wit, cunning, and the occult, to pull off the biggest Diamond heist Versailles has ever seen. Come see the Diamond Affair at Under St.Marks, 6:30 on August 5th. And remember, the French monarchy is temporary, but diamonds are forever.

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Theater, True Stories, Solo Performance, Storytelling, Improv, Comedy - Monthly Shows

On Cats and Dogs and Other Family Revelations

On Cats and Dogs and Other Family Revelations wraps big ideas in focused stories about Ella’s pets, offering glimpses of her human family and life in her place of birth, Transylvania, Romania. With her dark humor and heart, Ella takes audiences from her childhood under communist rule, to her present quirky experiences in East Harlem, using her dog and cat as reference points. The cast will feature Ella Veres and her companion dog, Pandele, who said she's in it not for fame, but to pay her vet bills. Rosamunda, her cat, was asked to perform but declined. She’d rather lounge under the sofa than be in the limelight. “Being from Transylvania, is expected of me to be creepy, so I oblige, from time to time, albeit not in Hollywood style,” said Ella Veres, lead performer and director of On Cats and Dogs and Other Family Revelations. “The war in Ukraine riled my memories up, and urged me to point out how much there is to lose.” The performance will run approximately one hour. Each show is a different iteration. Ella Veres is an independent performer and writer who has been active in the New York City cultural community since 2001. Her work has been presented at the Immigrant Theater Festival, Galapagos Art Space, Manhattan Theater Source, IWAS,The Field, Theater for the New City, The Moth, Stage Left, Bowery Poetry Club, Chashama, and her present incubator, Fountain House Gallery. For several years she focused on her visual art, but in 2022, serendipity made her act in Stories From My Mother at the Theater for the New City, and thus reminded her how lovely it is to be in front of a live audience. Her current solo storytelling show, On Cats and Dogs and Other Family Revelations, was shaped during her 2023 Fountain House Gallery summer residency on Governors Island and in Adam Wade’s Magnet Theater Solo Workshop, and premiered successfully at the 2024 NYC Fringe Festival.

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BIPOC, Variety, Spanish Language - Monthly Shows

A Spanglish Affair Open Mic

Open mic for artists of all disciplines. 8 available spots for pre-selection via the form at Something From Abroad’s Instagram bio. 2 spots available in-person. Join us for an evening of fresh talent with a new cast every edition! All full price ticket purchases come with a free glass of wine!

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Comedy, Stand-Up - Season 26

Daniel Simonsen--Free to Fail

A night of experimental comedy with New York's Funniest Stand-Up 2022 winner Daniel Simonsen. Come watch the Norwegian build material as he works both scripted and completely unscripted. As seen on Late Night with Seth Meyers and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. “One to watch” Time Out  “Brilliantly offbeat” Guardian  “Exceptionally funny” Village Voice  **** Times  **** Time Out  **** Skinny  **** Fest 

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LGBTQIA+, Play, Drama - Little Shakespeare 2024

The Lark and the Nightingale

Juliet and Desdemona, two characters canonically destined for tragic endings, break away from their scripts and attempt to find happiness in each other. Desdemona battles duty with love while Juliet struggles to let love consume her entirely. When confronted with their scripted ends, they must advocate for one another and prove that their love is worth fighting for.

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Comedy, Play, Drama - Little Shakespeare 2024

Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado About Nothing is a classic Shakespeare tale of love, trust, and deceit. Claudio is madly in love with Hero. However, he is tricked into believing she is unchaste, and that is nearly their undoing. Meanwhile, enemies Benedick and Beatrice are tricked into falling in love with each other through their friends.

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Monthly Shows

Hottie Bop

Hottie Bop is a variety show with music, comedy and dance. The show is produced by Lina Zikas (@lina_zikas) and Duane Stanford (@duanestanford). Our creative team includes Kit Carter, Ben Hirsch, Kevin Qian, Kris Carpenter, Owen Engesser, Jake Snyder, Nicholas Barris, Noah Weinflash, Ashley Allen, Ashley McGregor, Armando Cabrera, Sebastian Martinez, Caden Brauch, and Carter Cromer. Find us at @hottiebop.

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Storytelling - Monthly Shows

Adam Wade: LIVE IN NEW YORK!

Adam Wade, the 20-time Moth Story Slam winner, creator of the #1 Best Selling Audible Original 'You Ought To Know Adam Wade' and from TV’s 'Inside Amy Schumer' and 'Girls' returns to Under Saint Marks Theater! This monthly storytelling show will feature three to four different stories from Adam’s extensive catalog. No two shows will be the same. Come and see this New York Times, Time Out New York, and CBS critics’ pick LIVE on stage in New York! A different special guest storyteller will begin each show. “Mr. Wade is an enchanting storyteller.” – The New York Times “Wade is expressing not just our inner misfit but our inner small-town kid.” – The New Yorker “He’s completely vulnerable. When he goes on stage he brings only himself. People instantly fall in love with him.” – George Dawes Green, the founder of The Moth “Adam’s nuanced observations, openness, and wit transform his coming-of-age tales into funny, impactful, and universal stories of joy and hope.” – Audible

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Stand-Up, Comedy, Solo Performance - Monthly Shows

Comediumship

Psychic medium and stand up comedian Nelly Reznik will be performing Comediumship, an experimental combination of stand up comedy and audience readings. Readings may consist of connecting with loved ones who have passed, and receiving life guidance for audience members, all in a lighthearted way. Not everyone will receive a reading, but all in attendance should be open to it. Due to the intimate nature of the event, doors will close at curtain time and latecomers will not be given a seat. In addition, this is an alcohol-free event. Opener: Grace Lobo

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Theater, Play, Drama - Season 26

Escaping Dreamland

Escaping Dreamland is set in early 20th century New York and follows the evolving relationships among three New Yorkers—Magda, A German immigrant determined to challenge traditional gender roles; Tom, a young man of wealth and privilege who spurns his parents’ values; and Gene, a brilliant scientist who struggles to find his identity as a queer man. Together the three write children’s books, becoming a “tremendous trio” of friends and creatives. But secrets and past tragedies tear their friendship apart as they spend a day at the fabulous Dreamland amusement park on Coney Island. From the rubble of their affections, they work to rebuild their relationships in what Cultural Voice of NC called, “[A] heartfelt tale of relationship, creativity, and resilience” and professional actor and director Jim McKeny called “a wonderfully imagined artistic triumph.”

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Comedy, Play, Drama - Monthly Shows

It's Getting Tired Mildred

Doors open at 7:30 for drinks and mingling, curtain at 8:00pm. Welcome to Mildred Springs! A quaint city in the vague Northeastern United States. A city not unlike other cities. Join us while the bold and the beautiful citizens of Mildred Springs live the days of their lives. Some might be young and restless. Some might be doctors working at Sacred Corpuscle Memorial, a general hospital. But they've all got one life to live. Join us as their world turns. Join us as their guiding light leads them on their constant search for tomorrow. Join us as they hang on to the edge of night and you will be transported to another world. The world of It's Getting Tired Mildred. But make sure you join us for their continuing stories. Set in the 1980’s, known for riding the line between camp and loving homage to the soap opera genre, and featuring a dynamic cast of the indie theatre pros, IT’S GETTING TIRED MILDRED hooks audience members to come back month after month to see what happens next. Each episode of IT’S GETTING TIRED MILDRED is performed only once! Formerly a late-night hit... Now daytime moves from late-night to primetime! Now at Under St. Marks, 94 St. Marks Place.

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LGBTQIA+, Stand-Up, Spoken Word, Podcast, Film, Storytelling, Improv, Variety, Comedy, Play, Music, Drama, Educational, Performance Art, Theater, Multi Media, Interview, Sketch Comedy, True Stories, Solo Performance, Party, Kids, Reading - Season 26

Philip Galinsky presents 31 Triggers

Have you ever pondered the evolution of trigger words and phrases? Enter Philip Galinsky, a multifaceted talent known for his roles as an actor, author, and voice-over artist. Philip invites you to experience 31 Triggers live ONE NIGHT ONLY! at the historic UNDER ST. MARKS THEATRE This one-of-a-kind event offers attendees the chance to immerse themselves in Philip's curated collection of triggers, developed over his more than 20 years in NYC. From the allure of Magnolia Bakery to the simplicity of an air mattress, and the ultimate New York City iced coffee hack, Philip's triggers promise to spark curiosity, evoke emotions, and generate unstoppable engagement. Participants will have the unique opportunity to share their own triggers with Galinsky, engaging in insightful discussions and experiencing moments of hilarity as they delve into the power of trigger words and phrases. Galinsky's selection of 31 triggers promises to captivate audiences with phrases such as "foodie call," "Ron Jeremy," and "Me Too," creating a dynamic arsenal for an evening filled with full audience participation. But why limit the triggers to just 31? Attendees will discover the reasoning behind this selection, along with insights into why seemingly innocuous phrases like "My Condolences" or routine experiences like physical exams can hold such triggering power. Join us for an evening that promises to be an unparalleled Trigger extravaganza, elevating St. Marks Theatre into a hub of lively discussion and exploration. Don't miss out on this unique opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals and delve into the world of triggers with Philip Galinsky, creator of the "31 Triggers" book series and podcast. ONE NIGHT ONLY!!! All full price ticket purchases come with a free glass of wine. Use promo code "31TRIGGERS" at checkout for a 2 tickets for $40 discount.

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