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Fire This Time Festival Showcases Short Theater

fire fest logoAn establishment known for experimental theater, standup comedy, and some burlesque on the side, the Horse Trade Management Group at the Kraine Theater (85 east 4th street), will also play host to the 4th annual The Fire This Time festival, January 4 – February 2, 2013.

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Fringe Theatre Lives On in 2013 FRIGID New York Festival


If you’re looking to escape the heat of the awards season, New York’s FRIGID Festival is your one-off remedy.

Presented by Horse Trade, this uncensored, twelve-day fringe theater festival is entering its 7th year, running from February 20th to March 3rd.

FRIGID is a safe haven for freedom of expression and artistic integrity and 100% of the proceeds go directly to the participating artists.

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Between the Seas Festival: Politically Charged Mediterranean Dance and Theater

rebeca tomasA fairly new festival only in its second year, the Between the Seas Festival of Mediterranean Performing Arts (August 20 – 26, 2012) at Wild Project (195 East 3rd Street, NY) brings together theater and dance from Mediterranean countries. Between the Seas features artists from:

  • Israel
  • Lebanon
  • Greece
  • Italy
  • Denmark

Between the Seas has a strong focus on dance, with troupes from the Arab world like Mancopy Dance Company and their piece EVERY last BREATH, which reflects on living a life of perpetual risk and danger. The Spanish dancer Rebeca Tomas performs Tradiciones Nuevas, a decronstruction of Flamenco musical traditions.

The plays being performed are similarly culturally and politically charged, like the Greek play When the red Toyota went off the road and sank in black water, about a politician coping with the inadvertent manslaughter of a woman he just met. I.D. is a Lebanese play about four transgender people from around the Mediterranean dealing with their new lives.

Between the Seas will host a free screening of The Glass Wall, a documentary by Iranian-American filmmaker, theatre artist, educator, and scholar, Mahmood Karimi-Hakak, and a special guided performance/tour at the The Lower East Side Tenement Museum called A Visit from Victoria.

There will be two play stage readings:  Benedictus, which brings together acclaimed artists from Iran, Israel and the United States and This Time, a new play written by Sevan Kaloustian Greene and directed by Kareem Fahmy about a woman fleeing 1960’s Egypt for having an affair with an American professor. 

Strange and niche, yet extremely relevant, Between the Seas looks to break new ground in dance and theater.

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Between the Seas Festival of Mediterranean Performing Arts
August 20 - 26, 2012

Wild Project
195 East 3rd Street
New York, NY 10009

1st Irish Theatre Festival 2012

hard time first irishAh, Irish theater; a proud tradition of strife, nihilism, and eloquence.  A tradition that is being upheld by the 1st Irish theatre festival. Now in its fifth year, 1st Irish, will be happening September 3 to October 1, 2012 (Irish Rep, 59E59 Theaters, the Irish Arts Center, The Cell, and The Drilling Company).

Organized by Origin Theatre Company (who are now celebrating their tenth anniversary) 1st Irish features plays and musicals by 11 contemporary Irish playwrights in productions from Belfast, Dublin, Boston and New York.

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