"WAITING FOR A NEW AMERICA"
Musical Comedy Improv at Castillo
March 1, April 5, May 3 & 17, June 7, August 2, 9 & 16, September 6, October 4, November 1 and December 6, 2014 at 8 PM
Meet the Proverbial Loons, Castillo's new comedy improv troupe. Veterans of New York's and Castillo's stages, come together with some new faces to create new material each night. Audience members can volunteer, and watch your life transformed into a zany musical! Or just watch and enjoy the show. It's gonna be ridiculous - and wonderfully entertaining.
Saturday, March 15, 2014 & other selected Saturdays throughout the year
This free event begins at 1:30pm when we board a chartered bus at the All Stars Project headquarters on 42nd Street and head to Prospect Heights High School in Brooklyn. During the bus ride enjoy a delicious boxed lunch as three young people tell you all about All Stars and share the impact our programs have had on them. Once in Brooklyn we will enjoy an action-packed hour of the talent show, applaud and cheer the bold youth performing and present the All Stars Project Award for Community Service. We will return to 42nd Street by 5pm.
Back to School is an excellent opportunity to support our young people as they showcase their talents and experience success!
Contact Starsha Schiller at 212-356-8434 for details of this and future Back to School trips.
The talent show will be at Prospect Heights High School, 883 Classon Avenue (between Union & President St.) If you would like to take the subway to the show: 2/3/4/5 to Franklin Ave. Walk one block west on Eastern Parkway to Classon Ave. Make a left on Classon Avenue. Admittance is $5 per person
Saturday, March 29, 2014
Join a 12-hour performance celebration of the life and theatre work of Fred Newman. Newman, who passed away in July 2011, was the Castillo Theatre's artistic director for 16 years. Professional actors and directors will share the stage with community members, as many of Newman's 44 politically-engaged plays will be read. Potluck snacks will keep the actors and audience well-fed.
*The marathon is FREE, seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.
April 17 - May 18, 2014
A production of Woodie King Jr.'s New Federal Theatre
in association with the Castillo Theatre.
The Obie award-winning The Fabulous Miss Marie, is perhaps Ed Bullins' greatest work, a high point of his " Century Cycle" plays about the lives of ordinary African-American people. The setting is the Wilshire section of Los Angeles; the time the early 1960's, just before the Watts rebellion. A three-day holiday party goes on at the home of Miss Marie. Her guests largely ignore the tumultuous happenings in the larger world. They are here to have a good time. Bullins' play is a jazz composition: seemingly disjointed encounters, interrupted conversations, bawdy humor, sudden sharp violence, self-searching soliloquies and moments of intense intimacy are arranged with seeming effortlessness. The pace is swift. Bullins asks how love can be expressed in a "cemetery of human failure and class arrogance."
May 30 - June 22, 2014
Dunkin' (A Love Story in 24 Conversations) is a new play by Dan Friedman. It follows a handful of young, contemporary working-class New Yorkers as they try to figure out how to get by - and discover new ways to give each other support along the way. Over the course of 24 short scenes, we get to know Darryl, an African American construction worker and Mukta, an Indian American waitress, and the sweet and unusual love story that unfolds at a local Dunkin' Donuts. Dunkin' looks at how a step away from what's comfortable can be a step toward surprising new experiences, growth - and maybe even new ways to love.
Dunkin' is being directed by David F. Chapman, a director, writer, solo performer and teaching artist. A Chicago native, David has made theatre all over the world, including Vietnam, Hungary, the UK and Canada. The play will feature a cast of young actors, many of them Youth Onstage! alumni. Playwright Dan Friedman is the artistic director of the Castillo Theatre, which he helped to found 30 years ago. His most recent play at Castillo was last season's Demonstration 2013, a multi-media history of the Castillo theatre's political community. Friedman holds a doctorate in theatre history from the University of Wisconsin and has been active in community-based political and experimental theatre since the late 1960s.
Recent Past Productions
January 9 - February 9, 2014
Written by Clare Coss; directed by Gabrielle L. Kurlander; starring Peter Jay Fernandez as W.E.B Du Bois and Kathleen Chalfant as Mary White Ovington
Dr. Du Bois and Miss Ovington captures the two esteemed founders of the NAACP in a moment of crisis in 1915-- when Du Bois submits his letter of resignation. Du Bois, educator, human rights activist, African-American visionary leader, and Ovington, a white Unitarian, granddaughter of abolitionists and outspoken justice advocate, spar, flirt, clash, reveal secrets, and compete to save their vital work.
October 24 - November 24, 2013
A timely revival of Ed Bullins' classic play, "In the Wine Time" is a brilliantly written drama filled with laughter, rage, dreams imagined and unfulfilled. The Dawson family lives on a small side street of a large northern American industrial city in the early 1950s. The setting provides the explosive landscape for an event which changes their lives forever.
October 11 - November 24, 2013
In Fred Newman's paean to baseball and to one of the game's most enduring legends, Jackie Robinson, the Castillo Theatre reflects on the famed Brooklyn Dodger's life and extraordinary career. At once poetic and political, Stealin' Home is Newman's probing, fictional portrait of the man who broke the color barrier in the great American pastime.
September 20 - October 13, 2013
Waiting for Godot is one of the most significant plays of the 20th century and Irish avant-garde playwright Samuel Beckett one of the most influential writers of our time. The Castillo Theatre and the New Yiddish Rep have come together to present this existentialist tragicomedy as it has never been seen before, in a new production performed entirely in Yiddish (with English and Russian supertitles). A millennium of Yiddish history and culture echoes hauntingly through Beckett's minimalist, evocative, and savagely humorous masterpiece. It's a transformative journey, a glimpse into a world without boundaries, and a one-of-a-kind theatrical experience.
Mondays, September 16, 23, & 30, 2013
Castillo Theatre sponsors the Mario Fratti-Fred Newman Political Play Contest annually. Now entering its seventh year, the contest encourages the writing of scripts for the stage that engage the political, social, cultural questions affecting the world today and/or historical events and issues that impact on our political/cultural heritage. While in the broadest sense Castillo recognizes all theatre to be political, the contest seeks politically progressive plays that examine social and/or economic problems and challenges; explore possibilities of social transformation; reflect the concerns and interests of communities; and/or explore the importance of community itself.