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The Lower East Side Festival of the Arts: Cinema, Drama, Music & More Online


Crystal Field and Theater for the New City normally present The Lower East Side Festival of the Arts as a three-day live celebration of performing arts. The 2020 edition will be streamed on ZOOM as a unique event May 22 - 24th starting 8 pm. Legendary local disruptor Phoebe Legere heads the lineup of 145 performers and arts professionals especially since the Theater for the New City celebrates its 25th Anniversary on May 23. Legere will play blues guitar and sing her new song, “Maple Syrup Blues” about being in love with a French-Canadian fireman, plus debut her new paintings, which are available exclusively at

Themed “Renaissance: Arts Alive 25” the fest demonstrates that the Coronavirus won’t suppress the artistic output of this fabled neighborhood. To view all these theater groups, artists, painters, sculptures, dancers, actors, puppet makers, poets, musical comedy stars, kid performers and street performers, go online to: for plays, dance, dramas, cinema, and more.


Dramas to be performed include:

  • Barbara Kahn, "The End of Time" performed by Jenne Vath

  • 13th Street Repertory Theatre, selection from "Handicapped God"

  • Toby Armour, "They Will Come" with Richard Quint

  • Susana Cook and Timo Hughes, "Are You There?"

  • Walter Corwin, "Curse of the Aging Fortune Teller"

  • Selection from "The White Blacks" by Melanie Goodreaux

  • "The Disputation," a play by Hyam Macoby, directed by Robert Kalfin, starring Theo Bikel

  • Anne Lucas, an original monologue


For fans of puppetry there’s:

  • Bread and Puppet Theater

  • Vit Horejš and Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre

  • Arlee Chadwick

  • Chinese Theatre Works (Kuan Yu Fang and Steve Kaplan)

  • Jane Catherine Shaw

  • Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre

  • Yuko Uchida


As well as a selection of feature-length films and shorts, curated by Eva Dorrepaal

  • "Don't Be Like Roy" by Julianna Schley

  • "Scumbag" by Mars Roberge

  • "Puta Libre" by Kevin Haeflin & Blaise Villars

  • "Ding-A-Ling-Less" by Onur Tekel

  • "Box of Nails" by Mark Borkowski

  • "Safe Harbour Amsterdam" by Jack Luceno

  • "Park 51" by Christopher Capelluto

  • "Neverland" by Erik Wegner

  • "Arlene's World Famous" by Jorge Torres-Torres

  • "Elegy" by Chad Gardella

  • "Final Position" by Nelson Farber

  • "Choke Artists," written by T.D. White, directed by Chad Gardella

  • "Tru Romance" by Celine Dayan-bonilla

  • "The Poet and the Professor" by Ariel Kavoussi

  • "The Lessons" by Alberto Ferreras

  • "Inside the Cage" by Kenichi Nakajima and Yuko Uchida

  • "Every End is a Beginning" by David McDonald


This is just a small portion of what the The Lower East Side Festival of the Arts has to offer viewers.

To learn more, go to:

The Lower East Side Festival of the Arts
May 22 - 24, 2020


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