Gotham Storytelling Festival

Neither an election nor a pandemic can stop the ninth annual Gotham Storytelling Festival. Opening with an Election Night Story Special, this year’s fest is sure to touch on the good, the bad, and the most outrageous of 2020. Whether you’re looking to escape into someone else’s story, to commiserate with an artist, or to dive into what makes this year so insufferable, Gotham has something for you. Join legendary hitters like Ophira Eisenberg and Jamie Brickhouse as well as new friends like Stori Ayers and Matt Panesh for an international event that’s sure to alleviate some of the year’s aches. 



Upcoming Events
 
  • The Kraine Theater
  • Thursday June 17th 07:00PM
  • Awkward Teenage Years
  • True stories about the most gloriously awkward times in our lives - our teenage years.**All in attendance must adhere to the COVID guidelines that apply to this show. Vaccines will be required for all audience members, staff, and performers. You can prove your vaccination status (two weeks past final dose by show day) using your vaccine card or your Excelsior App. Masks will be required throughout the performance for all persons over the age of 2. We will be conducting temperature checks and contact tracing at the door. We will be seating at limited capacity with space between parties. The Kraine Theater is equipped with a ventilation system capable of completely replacing the air in the space every ten minutes. Surfaces are sanitized regularly.**
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  • Under St Marks
  • Sunday June 20th 07:00PM
  • Whore's Eye View
  • Whore's Eye View is a mad dash through 10,000 years of history from a sex worker's perspective. This is a 75 minute stand up special, one woman show, and history lecture.**All in attendance must adhere to the COVID guidelines that apply to this show. Vaccines will be required for all audience members, staff, and performers. You can prove your vaccination status (two weeks past final dose by show day) using your vaccine card or your Excelsior App. Masks will be required throughout the performance for all persons over the age of 2. We will be conducting temperature checks and contact tracing at the door. We will be seating at limited capacity with space between parties. The Kraine Theater is equipped with a ventilation system capable of completely replacing the air in the space every ten minutes. Surfaces are sanitized regularly.**
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  • Virtual Venue
  • Friday June 25th 08:00PM
  • The Reparations Show
  • WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR US LATELY?If you don’t have a good answer, we’ll send you our Venmo username.The Reparations Show is a variety show that will center stories created by and about Black and Indigenous artists. This weekly show kicks off on Juneteenth as part of FRIGID New York’s Queerly Festival, and each week will be hosted by a different BIPOC artist. The show is the brainchild of Erez Ziv, managing artistic director of FRIGID New York, and Kevin R. Free, the Curator of The Queerly Festival. It was created as a way to offer paid opportunities for BIPOC artists. Besides featuring work by these artists, each episode will include a segment called “This Week in Reparations” that examines an organization’s statement of solidarity with the #BLACKLIVESMATTER movement and keeps track of the work they have done toward that goal since releasing the statement.  **All in attendance must adhere to the COVID guidelines that apply to this show. Vaccines will be required for all audience members, staff, and performers. You can prove your vaccination status (two weeks past final dose by show day) using your vaccine card or your Excelsior App. Masks will be required throughout the performance for all persons over the age of 2. We will be conducting temperature checks and contact tracing at the door. We will be seating at limited capacity with space between parties. The Kraine Theater is equipped with a ventilation system capable of completely replacing the air in the space every ten minutes. Surfaces are sanitized regularly.**You can watch the show right here, or join us on Facebook Live to send us comments!
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  • The Kraine Theater
  • Saturday June 26th 07:00PM
  • The Starry Night | Created and Performed by Mike Daisey
  • Mike Daisey explores an indelible image from the mind of a tortured and failed artist. From college dorm rooms to MOMA keychains, from oil and canvas fakes to artificial intelligence, Daisey peels back the layers of this image and its signifiers in a hilarious evening about the ecstasy of art and our constant discontent. **All in attendance must adhere to the COVID guidelines that apply to this show. Vaccines will be required for all audience members, staff, and performers. You can prove your vaccination status (two weeks past final dose by show day) using your vaccine card or your Excelsior App. Masks will be required throughout the performance for all persons over the age of 2. We will be conducting temperature checks and contact tracing at the door. We will be seating at limited capacity and there will be social distancing. The Kraine Theater is equipped with a ventilation system capable of completely replacing the air in the space every ten minutes. Surfaces are sanitized regularly.**Mike Daisey, who has been called “the master storyteller” and “one of the finest solo performers of his generation” by The New York Times, is the preeminent monologist in the American theater today.Praise for Mike Daisey at the Kraine:"He is outstanding. These were startling and stirring words, the kind that hogtie your attention. They are worth having Daisey, and live theater, back for."The New York Times"I felt home again—listening to a talented storyteller spin a version of a year not entirely unlike the one I had just spent, felt really, really good."The Washington Post"Amid all the laughs, there’s a lucid lesson here. Mike Daisey singlehandedly redefines the concept of mansplaining. He strips the practice of its condescension and defensiveness and turns it into a conscientious and humble discipline of self-examination as a man."DC Metro ArtsClick here to view the program(This link will take you to the program for the most recent Mike Daisey event. Programs for upcoming performances launch on the date of the show)
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  • The Kraine Theater
  • Thursday July 15th 07:00PM
  • Blockbuster Guy
  • The Audience Award winning hit from the 2020 Frigid Festival is returning to the stage! Mark Levy grew up as an outcast and became a movie nerd. So much so, that he worked at Blockbuster Video in college in small town Florida. Experience the highs and lows of choosing escapism and DVDs and what movies can do to someone in this hilarious new storytelling show.**All in attendance must adhere to the COVID guidelines that apply to this show. Vaccines will be required for all audience members, staff, and performers. You can prove your vaccination status (two weeks past final dose by show day) using your vaccine card or your Excelsior App. Masks will be required throughout the performance for all persons over the age of 2. We will be conducting temperature checks and contact tracing at the door. We will be seating at limited capacity with space between parties. The Kraine Theater is equipped with a ventilation system capable of completely replacing the air in the space every ten minutes. Surfaces are sanitized regularly.**
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