Occupying the site of a full-size gymnasium with 20 foot ceilings, THE GYM is a fully-equipped, multi-use theater, with flexible seating for up to 200. THE GYM draws on Judson's rich legacy, dating back to the 1960s, of presenting challenging, groundbreaking work, often in the face of attempts to censor artists.
Since opening its doors in May 2011, THE GYM has presented world premieres of Lysistrata Jones, Douglas Carter Beane and Lewis Flinn's pop musical, which moved to the Walter Kerr Theatre on Broadway, and Michael John LaChiusa's Queen of the Mist, starring Mary Testa. For all questions regarding THE GYM, contact Form Theatricals (Anthony Francavilla and Zachary Laks) at "thegym (at) judson.org".
Past Performances Include:
directed by Andrew Neisler
In the distant future nature has reclaimed New York City. Humans are scarce, but those who remain have survived by banding together. Packs have created their own languages, families, and religions. But one has lost something unifying, something defining, something beautiful.
Byuioo is a joyful and haunting new folk gospel musical presented in an entirely made-up language. Join us this fall and help the pack recover what they've lost.
Producer..Anna Lauren Farrell
Stage Manager..Devin Wein
Production Manager..Andy Yanni
Set and Prop Design..Andy Yanni
Costume Design..Meghan Gaber
by Jay Stull
directed by Stefanie Horowitz
July 17 - August 3rd, 2013
Anna Capable has a collection. Her daughter, Jessy, calls it a hoard. In a desperate attempt to fix her family, Jessy enlists the help of a reality TV show to remove her mother’s mess. But when the camera sees a story very different from the one Jessy wants to tell, she begins to question if cleanliness really is next to godliness. A heartfelt play about hoards, collections, and the dirty business of radical inclusion.
Featuring: Jessie Barr*, Dana Berger, Charles Browning*, David J Goldberg*, Katie Eisenberg*, Hugh Sinclair*, Dale Soules*, Micah Stock*, and Max Woertendyke*
See their feature in the NYTimes: Some Playwrights Get 'Real'
*Appear Courtesy of Actors Equity.
Form Theatricals in association with Judson Arts presents
HANDBOOK FOR AN AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY
Written and Performed by Matthew-Lee Erlbach
Directed by Tony Speciale
July 19 - August 3, 2013
Directed by Drama Desk-nominee Tony Speciale, and inspired by Matthew-Lee Erlbach's travels around the United States, HANDBOOK is a raw, incendiary, and darkly comic play giving voice to a panorama of ordinary citizens in extraordinary circumstances whose battles are reshaping 21st-century America.
From coal power to white power, K Street to Bourbon St, Erlbach gives voice to the voiceless, portraying the face of America's turbulent present and offering a hand to its hopeful future - the 99%.
The Shakespeare Forum Presents,
LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST
For tickets, go to www.theshakespeareforum.org or call at 212-352-3101
In LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST, The King of Navarre and his lords take an oath to devote three years to scholarship—without the company of women. But they quickly realize that love doesn’t play by the rules. As each man falls head-over-heels, this madcap comedy sends audiences on a hilarious misadventure of mishaps and misunderstandings.
At first glance, LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST can seem a sweet but trivial conceit of coincidence and poetry," explain co-directors Borthwick-Leslie and Bruun. "Our production will revel in and reveal the intense passions and provocations that lie underneath. Love, impractical and inconvenient, causes our cast of characters to fail to conceal their true natures. It is through those failures that we understand that Navarre, much like New York City, is not so much a dead and remote ideal, but a direct reflection of how the human spirit cannot be contained. Politics, pride, career, and fame do battle with poetry, desire, dance and beauty. We hope to discover why the labours of love this particular time, lose."
Women of Will
A true tour de force performance, Women of Will, The Complete Journey is the masterful summation of Founding Artistic Director Tina Packer’s 40-plus years spent investigating all things Shakespeare, presented in a five-part series. An expansive, thrilling, wholly engrossing look at the female characters in Shakespeare’s plays, Women of Will: The Complete Journey is a triumph of theatre.
"...there’s unlikely to be a more compelling demonstration of how clothes make the woman than the one provided by Ms. Packer, a longtime, multifarious interpreter of Shakespeare... When she and Mr. Gore get down to the business of acting, it’s not just poetry in motion, it’s thought made flesh."
"Performing with spirited charm, humor, and just a few props in a minimalist setting at The Gym at Judson...Tina Packer's eloquent discourse on Shakespeare's female characters, "Women of Will," is a long-time labor of love, and in this case, Packer's labors were not lost."
"The attitude is casual, the discipline is fierce... a beguiling, enlightening oddball of a performance and master class in Shakespeare and the socio-economic psychology of gender politics."
"Women of Will is one of the most hypnotic, mesmerizing, and stimulating shows playing in fair NYC... likely to satisfy the most voracious Shakespeare scholar and also serve as a terrific entry point for anyone who has yet to crack open one of his folios... it is as educational as it is brilliantly performed, making for a wholly captivating and informative theatrical experience."
The Old Man and the Old Moon
For tickets, visit www.sohoplayhouse.com
The Old Man and the Old Moon is the tale of an old man who must abandon his duties of filling up the moon every month to cross the seas in search of his missing wife, who left home in search of a mysterious melody carried in the ocean breeze. On his journey, the Old Man will encounter titanic leviathans of the deep, apocalyptic storms, civil wars, cantankerous ghosts and other startling and fantastical creatures. The upcoming production features PigPen’s signature blend of original music, shadow puppetry, live action, and clever lighting effects, and marks the company’s first large-scale Off-Broadway production.
PigPen Theatre Co. was formed at Carnegie Mellon School of Drama in 2008, PigPen has toured nationally and became the first company in history to win the top honor for a play at the New York City International Fringe Festival two years in a row, in 2010 (The Nightmare Story) and 2011 (The Mountain Song). The troupe first performed professionally in Chicago and have gone on to perform at New York’s Barrow Street Theatre, the Boston Center for the Arts, and The Irondale Center in Brooklyn.
The seven founding members of PigPen are Alex Falberg, Ben Ferguson, Chris Gillen, Ryan Melia, Matt Nuernberger, Arya Shahi, and Dan Weschler.
The Athens University basketball team hasn't won a game in 30 years. But when spunky transfer student Lysistrata Jones dares the squad's fed-up girlfriends to stop "giving it up" to their boyfriends until they win a game, their legendary losing streak could be coming to an end.
Join Lyssie and her girl-power posse courtside for the New York City premiere of this boisterous new pop musical comedy. Adapted from Aristophanes' comedy, Lysistrata, Tony-nominated bookwriter Douglas Carter Beane (The Little Dog Laughed) and composer-lyricist Lewis Flinn (The Divine Sister) have given the classic Greek tale a riotous new twist. Directed & choreographed by Tony-nominated Dan Knechtges (Xanadu) and staged in an actual gymnasium, Lysistrata Jones takes student activism to a whole new level and celebrates the journey of discovering and embracing who you truly are.
Alexander Aguilar as Uardo
Katie Boren as Lampito Kanagawa
Lindsay Chambers as Robin/Shelley
Max Kumangai as Tyllus
Liz Mikel as Heterai
Patti Murin as Lysistrata Jones
Kat Nejat as Cleonice
Josh Segarra as Mick
LaQuet Sharnell as Mhyrinne
Jason Tam as Xander
Teddy Toye as Harold
Alex Wyse as Cinesius
Lighting Design by Michael Gottlieb
Sound Design by Tony Meola Co-Costume Designers David Woolard
Co-Costume Designers Thomas Charles LeGalley
Queen of the Mist
Queen of the Mist is a world premiere musical with words and music by 5-time Tony nominee Michael John LaChiusa (The Wild Party, Marie Christine, Hello Again). Based on an astounding and outrageous true story, two-time Tony nominee Mary Testa stars as Anna Edson Taylor, who, in 1901 at the age of 63, set out to be the first woman to shoot Niagara Falls in a barrel of her own design. With a soaring score that incorporates turn of the century themes with LaChiusa’s signature complexity and insight, Queen of the Mist is the story of a single great fall, and how one woman risked death so that she could live.
Mary Testa as Anna "Annie" Edson Taylor, Tony Award nominee: On the Town, 42nd Street, Drama Desk Award nominee: TG's First Lady Suite)
D.C. Anderson, The Phantom of the Opera, The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby
Stanley Bahorek, See Rock City & Other Destinations, Broadway's 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Theresa McCarthy, Floyd Collins, Titanic
Julia Murney, Wicked, Lennon, First Lady Suite
Andrew Samonsky, South Pacific, Tales of the City
Tally Sessions, The House of Blue Leaves, Yank!
Choreography: Scott Rink
Musical Direction: Chris Fenwick
Orchestrations: Michael Starobin
Scenic Design: Sandra Goldmark
Costume Design: Kathryn Rohe
Lighting Design: R. Lee Kennedy
Sound Design: Walter Trarbach
Wig Design: Paul Huntley
Casting: Nora Brennan Casting
Production Manager: Charles Hubbard
Production Stage Manager: Wendy Patten
Dramaturg: Kristina Corcoran Williams
Associate Director: Gregg Wiggans
Assistant Stage Manager: Theresa Flanagan
written by Erin Browne
directed by Heather Cohn
OPENS Jan 21, 2012 @8:00PM
(Previews: Jan 19-20 @8:00PM)
Runs Thurs – Sat until February 11
Sun, 1/22 @7pm & 1/29 @3pm
Tues, 1/24 & 2/7 @7pm
Wed, 2/8 @8pm
Corey and Aimes are new recruits mending the wall that guards their city from an unnamed threat. But as their teacher Drew tells them subversive tales of the world outside they begin to wonder at the real purpose of the wall, until an unexpected act of passion tears the menders apart. Inspired by Robert Frost’s poem “Mending Wall”, Menders is a hauntingly lyrical look at what we’re walling out.
Matthew Archambault, Sol Crespo, Vivia Font, Mike Mihm, Ingrid Nordstrom, Raushanah Simmons, Isaiah Tanenbaum
THE CREATIVE TEAM
Will Lowry, Costume Design; Kia Rogers, Lighting Design; Cory Rodriguez, Set Design; Asa Wember, Sound Design; Trevor James Martin, Video Design; Jodi Witherell, Production Stage Manager; Annie-Sage Whitehurst, Dramaturg/Understudy; Anna Lamadrid, Assistant Director; Kelly O’Donnell & August Schulenburg, Production Managers; Postcard Illustration, Kristy Caldwell; Press Representation, Emily Owens PR
"Flux Theatre Ensemble’s fervent and valiant production of Ms. McLaughlin’s sophisticated “Ajax in Iraq” makes its case" - The New York Times
"Flux consistently raises the bar when it comes to Indie Theatre and this piece has put that bar somewhere in the sky. An explosive 90 minutes with no intermission, Ajax in Iraq will live on in the minds and hearts of its audiences long after its all too short run." - BroadwayWorld
"playwright Liz Duffy Adams has a few tricks that put her a notch above your average Brechtswept wasteland: A genuinely crystalline ear for rough, poetic dialogue; a handful of simple, honest themes–possibilities for kindness in a savage world, guilt as a luxury and a form of selfishness–in lieu of sprawling world-building; and, most crucially, the savage talents of the Flux Theatre Ensemble." - New York Magazine
Directed by Desiree Sanchez
Production Design by Desiree Sanchez
Lighting Design by Peter Meineck
Aquila’s Macbeth is a beautifully wrought, tension filled and dynamic production that places Shakespeare’s language at its core. Performed by a cast of professional British actors with extensive credits in the Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal National Theatre, West End, major regional, London and New York theatre, this superb cast brings Shakespeare’s intoxicating language to vivid life. This Macbeth is Aquila’s 21st season of Shakespeare and the company’s excellence in ensemble work and verse speaking led the New Yorker to write, “Aquila’s production is beautifully spoken, dramatically revealing and crystalline in effect” and the New York Times to describe Aquila as “an extraordinary inventive and disciplined outfit.” Macbeth has been touring major performing arts centers across the United States playing to audiences in excess of 1000 a night. Don’t miss this opportunity to see simply superb Shakespeare by an outstanding ensemble in New York at the beautiful brand new performance space at Judson right on Washington Square.
Aquila Theatre’s production is part of Shakespeare for a New Generation, a national program of the National Endowment for the Arts in cooperation with Arts Midwest.
Macbeth is part of Ancient Greeks/Modern Lives which has been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: great ideas brought to life. www.ancientgreeksmodernlives.org
Reviews for THE GYM at Judson
"Unusual configuration of the gym space seats the audience on opposite sides of the stage area, in steeply raked rows, looking down onto the proceedings much as spectators would have lined the waterside at Niagara Falls to watch an entertainment. "Queen of the Mist" musically brings to life a colorful and tragic figure long forgotten by history."
- Associated Press
"In the off-off-Broadway historic Judson Gym theatre on Washington Square South, bleachers, tiled panels, poetic language and horrific theatre-reality combine for a powerful experience in Erin Browne‘s Menders. (Forgive me some gushing about the space here, as a new-ish City resident, theatre explorer, and one who respects the smaller theatres with big impact and long histories all around town, my first visit to the off-off-Broadway bastion Judson gym was kinda resonant.)"
- Urban Excavations
Transport Group delivers a fascinating site-specific production, with the action taking place on an actual basketball court at the gym of the Judson Memorial Church, which set designer Allen Moyer cleverly transforms into a variety of locales.
- David Sheward, Backstage