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  • Friday January 24th 7:00PM
  • 11th Annual 10-Minute Play Program
  • directed by Ebony Noelle GoldenPanopticonBy Cyrus AaronThings are heating up outside, and two middle-aged men take a familiar spot in their neighborhood and shoot the breeze. They must face the fact that everything around them is changing, drastically, but the one thing they intend to keep is their perspective.One Morning SoonBy Niccolo Aeed“One Morning Soon” is about what happens after a Messiah is killed. It follows a community of believers as the messiah's religion grows and twists and changes.  It's a play for anyone who wonders: why hasn't God saved us yet?Assumed Positions By Natyna BeanDuring the first night in her new home, Naya discovers how easily a little distance can create a huge impact. When she finds herself arrested by the sudden shifts of someone she previously believed to know even better than herself, she is faced with the conundrum of whether or not she is willing - or able - to get to know this newfound stranger. Maya and RiversBy Tyler English-BeckwithMaya and Rivers are from a dead earth in search of a new life. They find it together, on the moon. If Men Were FlowersBy Jay MazyckThree flowers and a tree have noticed that the plants in their garden has been decreasing in numbers. As their vitality is put into question, they realize their sweet Gardner, Dalia, is hiding a truth that will shake the very ground they call their home. AntepartumBy Deneen Reynolds-KnottTwo pregnant women navigate bedrest and broken expectations in a hospital's Antepartum Unit.I Wish I Could P. (Pay It No Mind) by Mario (Mars) WolfeAriel and Jamil consider the next steps in their future, while Marsha P. Johnson shepherds the lost back home. 
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  • Saturday January 25th 11:30AM
  • Show Up, Kids!
  • Following critically acclaimed runs in NYC, Hollywood, and the UK, Peter Michael Marino’s interactive "Show Up, Kids!” is back for a limited run. This entirely unique, semi-improvised, family show for kids 3-10 years old puts a comedic twist on the traditional kids’ show. When the main attraction doesn’t show up, Pete enlists the kids (and adults) to help create a show from set to sound, plot to props, and costumes to characters. What could possibly go wrong?Running time: 60 minutes Directed by Michole Biancosino Music by Michael Andrew New York Times PICK ***** “Marino handles the unpredictability of working with children in an improvised environment with great skill and grace, putting on a fantastic performance which my children were talking about long after the show.” - Backstage on the Fringe “This show is not like any other show. Usually, the kids are just watching things happen, but here, kids are actually part of the show. Pete definitely has a superpower!”- Kids News NYC “Fantastic fun! A one-man whirling dervish of energy, comic timing, physical agility, and out and out hilarity. The kids were absolutely mesmerized!” - The Front Row Center **** “Hilarious! Marino knows what kids find funny. A show of this caliber is an opportunity to show up for!” - The Wee Review
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  • Sunday January 26th 5:30PM
  • Shoppin’ for N.I.G.G.A.S
  • A Full length Play Reading by Garlia JonesPaul Joseph and Guinivere answer an ad in Essence for what they believe to be Ms. Yasha’s dating service and find “Shoppin’ for N.I.G.G.A.S” a dating service insisting that every black woman needs a N.I.G.G.A. and that every black man is one.
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  • Monday January 27th 7:00PM
  • can i touch it?
  • A Full Length Play Reading by Francisca Da Silveira Shay is many things - a business owner, a single mom, a community leader - but there’s one thing she’s definitely not: a pawn in United Bank’s efforts to buy up foreclosed real estate in the heart of Boston’s black community. At risk of losing her own store to the bank, she is forced to choose between a personal fight for her family’s livelihood and a moral fight against gentrification. When pushed to her limits, Shay finds herself in the fantastical peaceful place where women of color have to recede into when they get asked stupid ass questions. Using devices like double casting through onstage wig changes, can i touch it? examines themes of black hair politics, social exclusion and the racial inequity black owned businesses face every day.
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  • Tuesday January 28th 7:00PM
  • Covenant
  • a full-length play reading by York Walker Two years after his sudden disappearance, a guitar player returns to his small town as a blues star, setting into motion rumors that he may have made a deal with the devil to attain his musical genius. Based on the myth of Robert Johnson, Covenant explores the power of belief and tests the thin veil between rumor and truth.
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  • Wednesday January 29th 7:00PM
  • Hairy and Sherri
  • a full-length play reading by Adrienne DawesDirected by Melissa CrespoHairy and Sherri (Sharon) are an “adorkable” interracial couple living in gentrified East Austin. When they very graciously and very publicly open their home to Ryshi, a 12-year-old former foster care youth with special needs, Hairy and Sherri are confronted with the ugly realities of their marriage and “good” intentions.  “Hairy & Sherri” is a dark comedy that exposes the limitations of the Texas foster care system and the evils of very well-intentioned people. The play was developed at PlySpace's artist-in-residence program (supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts) and featured in the recent NYTimes article "Retreating for the Summer, but Not Heading Backwards."
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  • Thursday January 30th 7:00PM
  • Sisterhood in the Time of the Apocalypse
  • a full length play reading by Kendra AugustinDirected by Niccolo Aeed Sisterhood in the Time of the Apocalypse is a surrealist tragicomedy about a teenager who runs away from the circus and abandons her family, and 10 years later is reunited with her sister in a hot air balloon at the end of the world.This is a full length version of a play that was presented as a 10-minute play in TFTT season 10.
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  • Saturday February 1st 2:30PM
  • The Magician's Assistant!
  • The magician is sick in bed but the show must go on! Enter, “The Magician’s Assistant,” who blunders onstage and has to entertain the crowd, without knowing how to perform any magic tricks. No rabbits. No tricks. No problem! This adult friendly physical comedy for kids 3-10 is about the transformative power of believing in yourself and asking for help.  Creator, performer, and clown Mélissa Smith switches characters with expert comedic flare, finding a delicate balance between chaos and control, vulnerability and confidence. “The Magician's Assistant” encourages empathy, laughter, and eating your veggies!  Runtime 50 minutes. After it’s NY debut in Frigid Festival 2017 The Magician’s Assistant went on to play for elementray students from all 5 boroughs at The Tank and as part of the innagural Family Series Program at the Strand Theater in Rockland Maine. Pre show activities and video projections and animation by Ingrid Larson add an extra dose of unexpected folly to the show.  "The Magician's Assistant is the perfect show for families -- hilarious and full of heart! Mélissa Smith is a world-class comedienne whose charm is infectious. The expressions of pure joy on the faces of the young audience members is a true testament to the magic of her performance!" -Brittany Parker, Strand Theatre
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  • Sunday February 2nd 8:00PM
  • Stand Up and Take Your Clothes Off
  • Stand Up and Take Your Clothes Off! features hilarious female comics and sublime burlesque acts.  They are in films, seen on TV, and perform at venues all over the world. NYC performer Jillaine Gill brings this sexy, explosively talented show to you the first Sunday of every month.  January Lineup:Subhah AgarwalChristi ChielloMaria HeineggJoyelle Nicole JohnsonLil' Miss LixxFem AppealMary CynMiss Frankie EleanorDJ Venatrix and Kitten Clara CoquetteHosted by Jillaine Gill and special guest Ginger Twist
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  • Wednesday February 5th 7:30PM
  • Funny Women of A Certain Age
  • Funny Women of a Certain Age Comedy is a show straight from the unfettered mouths and uninhibited minds of the funniest, most daring, most experienced people in comedy: the women that have seen it all. They’ve raised children both on and off the road with big hairy club bouncers cradling their babies while onstage. These women have stayed in comedy condos where you don’t want to use a blacklight on anything. They’ve been told women aren’t funny and asked to trade sexual favors for work. Trust us, they have A LOT to say, and they say it hysterically. Women of a Certain Age Comedy: created and produced by veteran comedian Carole Montgomery A comedy show for the ages. Female comics who tell it like it is cause they just don't give a crap anymore
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  • Thursday February 6th 7:00PM
  • Juliet and Her Romeo
  • The classic tale of love and murder - with a new Juliet, a new world, and new verse.
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  • Sunday February 9th 5:30PM
  • Stage Presents Presents: A Birthday Poetry Reading
  • FRIGID NEW YORK PRESENTS: STAGE PRESENTSA Birthday Poetry Party Trip Around the Sun Sunday, February 9th Doors open 5:00 PMShow starts 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM 85 E 4th Street, Kraine Theatre  Cake & Pizza Poetry Party $5 Admission Hosted by Jennifer Juneau and Company
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  • Monday February 10th 7:00PM
  • Living Radio
  • We take the news, and tweak it, to imagine what the world might look like. It's the news, but better.
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  • Tuesday February 11th 7:00PM
  • Improvised Buffy
  • Join us on our very own little slice of the Hellmouth. Buffy fans gather every month at 7 pm to watch a group of skilled actors and Whedon fanatics make up a live episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer on the spot. Grab a drink at "The Bronze" bar, participate in our charity raffle, and stick around for an informal screening of a fan-favorite episode. Get ready for vamp-dustings, apocalypses, wiggins, and more!
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  • Wednesday February 12th 6:30PM
  • Paper Kraine
  • 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.
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  • Monday February 17th 12:00PM
  • CHALK (a silent comedy.)
  • "If everything you drew became real, where would your imagination take you?"A charismatic clown discovers magic chalk that makes everything he draws come to life in this fantastical one-man show guaranteed to delight audiences of all ages! A non-verbal physical comedy in the style of the great silent-film era comedians, Chalk is a goofy testament to the power of a childlike imagination, and a moving exploration of the adult search for romantic love and connection.Critics call CHALK:"A Simple, Generous, Touching Show For Everyone" FOUR STARS - Broadway Baby"Wildly Entertaining & Incredibly Moving" BEST BET - Theater Is Easy"Clever, Theatrical Magic" - Center on the AisleCHALK was recently featured in Time Out New York.Charlie Chaplin meets Harold and the Purple Crayon in this whimsical romp guaranteed to "Draw You In." ALEX CURTIS – (creator. / performer.)Alex Curtis is a professional actor performing in theater, film, and television. Alex's clown work has been featured in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the New York Clown Theatre Festival, the Gotham Storytelling Festival, FRIGID New York, and the 10 Foot Rat Cabaret. Other career highlights include playing a house-hunter on a reality TV show (not real, btw), appearing on the ABC prime-time crime drama 'FOREVER', and landing a co-starring role on an episode of award-winning CBS drama ‘Blue Bloods’. He hosts the podcast ‘Stop Waiting Tables’ where he interviews creatives about making art and making a living and has a recurring role on the web series ‘Love In NY’ (named 'Best of the Web' by FUNNY OR DIE). Alex earned his MFA in acting from Brown University/Trinity Repertory Company. He lives in Brooklyn with his cactus and action figure collection. More details at alexmcurtis.com.   Caitlin Ryan O’Connell (director) is a theatre director and teaching artist. She has worked with The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, LCT3, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Trinity Repertory Company, and Clubbed Thumb. In 2010, she conceived and directed A World of Girls, an original play based on interviews with teenage girls from twenty-two countries worldwide. Caitlin is a 2016/2017 Clubbed Thumb directing fellow and a former directing intern at Actors Theatre of Louisville. She has trained with the National Theater Institute, St. Petersburg Theatre Arts Academy, The Royal Shakespeare Company, Simon McBurney’s Complicite and the NY Neofuturists. She is a teaching artist with The International Theatre and Literacy Project and works in Rwanda to devise theatre with Rwandan youth. Caitlin is an alumna of Wellesley College and a graduate of the Brown/Trinity Rep MFA Directing class of 2016. Mike Kirsch (choreographer) is a NYC based producer, director and choreographer. His film and video productions, which he produces, directs and choreographs have been seen by millions across the globe. He has directed and choreographed productions for MTV, ABC, SeaWorld, Bloomingdale’s, L’Oréal, Sabra Hummus, and for Shellac in Times Square during New York Fashion Week. Most recently his dance film “Public Displays” was selected and featured at the prestigious Lincoln Center for the Arts’ Dance on Film Festival. His work has also been featured numerous times on The Today’s Show, in The New York Times and The Huffington Post. www.MikeKirsch.org
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  • Tuesday February 18th 9:00PM
  • Hot In Here: A Comedy Show Against Climate Change
  • Hot In Here: A Comedy Show Against Climate Change is a comedy show where proceeds from the show will be going to aid those affected by the Australian Bushfires, Wildlife Recovery, as well the People's Climate Movement of NY. Marches are hard, laughter is fun. Alongside a great evening of comedic performances also attending will be a keynote speaker informing us on what we can do locally to combat climate change.
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  • Wednesday February 19th 5:30PM
  • Nancy Drewinsky and the Search for the Missing Letter
  • The Red Scare! In 1953, 41 Jewish scientists were named as Communist spies by Senator Joe McCarthy. Robin’s father was one of them. In this intensely personal and timely show, Robin puts on her detective hat to investigate what happened back then, and how this long ago event still reverberates today.
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  • Wednesday February 19th 7:10PM
  • A Southern Fairytale
  • Based on true events, A Southern Fairytale artfully illuminates the challenges facing a young, gay Christian growing up in the Deep South. As we accompany the protagonist through multiple journeys into and out of the closet, the audience emotionally connects with the very real impacts of conversion therapy, excommunication, and a father who believes that a demon has possessed his son.
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