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26th Annual Lower East Side Festival of the Arts

Theater for the New City presents the return of the Lower East Side Festival of the Arts. Running May 28 to the 30th, the Lower East Side Festival of the Arts takes place at 155 1st Avenue, New York witha return to live in person performances (with Covid protection protocols in place). Now in its 26th year, the festival encompases film, comedy, music puppetry, plays, musicals cabaret, children’s programs and more as over 180 artists take part in the three day event.

The festival schedule is as follows:

  • Friday, May 28: Inside Performances 6PM - 11PM
  • Saturday, May 29: Outside Festival 1PM- 5PM; Inside Film Festival 12PM - 6PM; Inside Performances 6PM - 11PM
  • Sunday, May 30: Inside Poetry Readings 4PM - 7PM; Inside Performances 6PM - 11PM

Special guests appearing will include: James Rado (composer of Hair), Penny Arcade, Phoebe Legere, Vinie Burrows, and Reno. David Amram, Art Lillard, Mister Pablo, and Rob Varcony/Star 69 will head the list of 36 musical acts. There will be over 25 works of theater, 30 mixed-performance events, and 11 modern dance events. Eleven films, curated by Eva

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26th Annual Lower East Side Festival of the Arts
May 29 - 30, 2021

Theater for the New City
155 1st Avenue
New York, NY 10003

A Virtual Irish Poetry Slam For a Very Real St. Patrick's Day


The Gingold Theatrical Group announced that in lieu of the 2021 Golden Shamrock Gala, they will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with an Irish Poetry Slam. The Poetry Slam will be held online on Wednesday March 17th and the event is FREE to attend but you must register here by March 15th.  There is a cap to the amount of guests who can join via Zoom, so it will also be live streamed on the GTG Faceook page.

Speakers include:

  • Robert Cuccioli
  • Tyne Daly
  • Melissa Errico
  • Jessica Hecht
  • Daniel Jenkins
  • Andrea Marcovicci
  • Tonya Pinkins
  • Thom Sesma
  • Renee Taylor
  • Sally Wilfert
  • Karen Ziemba

and more!

Along with a plethora of speakers, the even includes a digital open mic. "Ordinarily, we’d be having our annual Golden Shamrock Gala on the 17th, but…nope! This shindig will take place over Zoom! Not Irish? Not a problem. On St. Pat’s, we’re ALL a little Irish. This is just a party. Not a performance. Not a fundraiser. Just a chance for us all to raise a glass and be ‘together’..,” said David Staller, Artistic Director of Gingold Theatrical Group.

Now celebrating its 16th year, Gingold Theatrical Group's Project Shaw made history in December 2009 as the first company ever to present performances of every one of Shaw's 65 plays (including full-length works, one-acts and sketches).

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Irish Poetry Slam
March 17. 2021


Under the Radar Festival: Daring Theater Online

Over the last 17 years, The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival (UTR) has grown into a landmark event part of The Public's mission, providing a high-visibility platform to support artists from diverse backgrounds who are reinventing the stage. This year’s festival, running January 6 to the 17th, continues the tradition, featuring new and cutting-edge performance from the U.S. and abroad.

This year’s fest features streamed on deman and live streamed events and performances, including Capsule by Whitney White and Peter Mark Kendall, ESPÍRITU by Teatro Anónimo  and directed by Trinidad González, Borders & Crossing by Inua Ellams, and more. These are performances addressing the human condition, social plights, and spiritual crises from daring artists.

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Under the Radar Festival
January 6 - 17. 2021

Theater & Music Go Beyond at the FERUS Festival


National Sawdust's FERUS Festival, the showcase for cutting-edge audio, novel multimedia performances and provocative creative discussion has its 2021 installment coming January 7 to the 9th. Streaming at,  lineup includes Ash Koosha and his anthropomorphized artificial intelligence YONA independently collaborating for a uniquely futuristic duet concert. The presentation Active Hope brings together  a Broadway director, a poet and TED Global Fellow, and an award winning composer to articulate how artists and arts workers can shape this transformational, historical, and polarizing moment. Featuring artistic leaders from The Apollo Theater, The Kennedy Center, and National Sawdust - Kamilah Forbes, Marc Bamuthi Joseph, and Paola Prestini - in a public conversation about applying creative intelligence to how we cross borders, disciplines, and outlooks as we build a path for healing and the future.

Choreographer and MacArthur Fellow Kyle Abraham and pioneering producer Jlin have come together to create a new commission exploring death, folklore, and reincarnation through a reimagining of Mozart’s Requiem in D minor. While Abraham’s work is typically performed in proscenium, for FERUS he has reconceptualized an excerpt from an evening length work, exploring abstracted movement for the digital landscape. The duet features Keerati Jinakunwiphat and Jae Neal from A.I.M by Kyle Abraham, costumed by highly noted designer Giles Deacon with musical excerpts by producer Jlin. Choreography created in collaboration with A.I.M. dancers Keerati Jinakunwiphat and Jae Neal. A short live discussion with the artists will follow the screening.

National Sawdust's co-founder and Artistic Director Paola Prestini says, "Our sixth annual FERUS Festival is emblematic of the core values we're stressing for National Sawdust's 2021 season: encouraging innovation in form and approach, emphasizing financial and professional mentorship for artists, expanding our work with movement and dance, and intensifying our commitment to spotlight the experience and creative work of a gender-diverse and racially-diverse roster of performers and composers."

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National Sawdust's FERUS Festival
January 7 - 9, 2021

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