Theatre Happenings October

A virtual concert series with the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) here in NYC: Il Parle, Elle Chante – Love, Desire & Mystery. In this entertaining and enticing new series that begins on 10/14, Tony Award-nominated chanteuse Melissa Errico (with Tedd Firth on piano) in collaboration with Adam Gopnik, elegantly weave together music and conversation for a trio of concerts delving into every aspect of the great French obsession: l’amour fou, or crazy, overpowering, all-consuming love.

Part 1 of this 3-part series will take place on Wed. 10/14 at 7pm, streamed online live from The Florence Gould Theatre at FIAF on East 59th Street. Part 1 centers specifically on “Love”, a noteworthy preoccupation in France.

Part II – “Desire” and Part III – “Mystery” will take place later this year, and through these evenings, Errico and Gopnik investigate and illuminate the cycle that France first offered the world. Part I: Love – https://fiaf.org/event/2020-10-errico-gopnik/

The Lucille Lortel Theatre has announced its initial guest lineup for the second season of their popular “Live at The Lortel” podcast. The upcoming season is filled with award winning actors that grace stages off and on Broadway, leading theater administrators, and thought-provoking playwrights and directors.

The season launches with Tony Award winner BD Wong, OBIE Award winner and Producing Artistic Director of the Classical Theatre of Harlem Ty Jones, transgender actor and rights advocate Maybe Burke, and stage, screen and recording artist Telly Leung. Future guests include Tony Award winner Karen Olivo, playwright Betty Shamieh, Tony Award winner Tonya Pinkins, actor, film maker and transgender activist Pooya Mohseni, and Drama Desk Award winner Andréa Burns alongside of other names to be announced soon. www.liveatthelortel.com

New York Theatre Barn will host A Seat at the Table: A Panel on Inclusivity in the Theatre on Monday, October 19th, 2020 at 7PM EDT. The live virtual round table presentation will serve as a benefit for the non-profit organization that has served as a home for original musicals since 2007. A robust conversation, moderated by New York Theatre Barn’s own Héctor Flores, Jr.

Joining Flores at the table will be industry leaders Kirsten Childs (Obie Award-winning writer), Ken Davenport (Tony Award-winning Broadway producer), Joe Iconis (Tony Award nominated Musical Theatre writer), Baayork Lee (Tony Award-winning performer/director/choreographer), Jerry Mitchell (Two-time Tony Award-winning director/choreographer), Daniel J. Watts (Veteran Broadway performer), and Stephanie Ybarra (Artistic Director of Baltimore Center Stage). Tickets for the benefit will be Pay-What-You-Can with a minimum suggested donation of $5-$50.

To purchase tickets, visit Eventbrite.  www.nytheatrebarn.org

Fall for Dance is back! For seventeen years, the Festival has been part of the renewed rhythm of the performing arts each fall—welcoming dance lovers, both existing and new, to experience an array of dance artists and a variety of genres.

Premieres Oct 21 & 26 at 7:30pm – On demand through Nov 1 – $15 digital access per program On Sale Now

It is in keeping with this tradition that we are turning the lights back on at New York City Center and presenting the 2020 Fall for Dance Festival, for the first time ever, filmed live on our stage and presented digitally for you—including a remarkable four world premiere City Center commissions from Kyle AbrahamDormeshiaJamar Roberts, and Christopher Wheeldon. Hosted by Alicia Graf Mack and David Hallberg, this year’s Festival features artists exclusively from our great city like Tiler PeckCalvin Royal III, and Ballet Hispánico.

Nuyorican Poets Cafe and Romy Nordlinger present NYSEEING 2020: a livestreamed benefit Wed. Oct. 21 at 8:30 pm, to raise funds for the Nuyorican Poets Cafe & The Artists Relief Fund that helps artists struggling with Covid  https://www.artistrelief.org/

The evening of monologues & music dedicated to ALL THINGS NYC 2020 will feature work by special guest Neil LaBute and a lineup of renowned NYC theatre artists. Also highlighted will be photography by David Wayne Fox. Tix $10 Info/Reservations: https://www.nuyorican.org/ & https://bit.ly/36u1lZP

This benefit will feature new theatrical works by playwrights and monologists including:

Micheline Auger, Cecilia Copeland, Migdalia Cruz, Cheryl Davis, Kevin R. Free, Fengar Gael, Helene Galek, Neil LaBute, Romy Nordlinger, Crystal Skillman, Tammy Fay Starlite & Daniel Talbott. Directed by Kathy Gail McGowan & special guest directors Cecilia Copeland, Bianca Laverne Jones, Mariana Carreño-King, Padraic Lillis & Samantha Soule.

With performances by Emily Cordes, Brandon Espinoza, Helene Galek, Marcus Denard Johnson, Alexander Lambie, Romy Nordlinger, Susan Louise O’Connor, Ren Dara Santiago, atasha Coppola-Shalom & Heather Velazquez

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