NYC PROGRAMMING

From our home base in New York City, we serve artists through the course of the full calendar year, and throughout the life cycle of their projects. Our NYC Reading Series at Barnard College features free public readings of work in progress every 6-8 weeks during the school year. The Winter Season offers workshops, readings, and residencies to several projects simultaneously, and presents them free to the general public.

We will resume our NYC Readings in September. For summer programming at NYSAF, click here for information on our annual Powerhouse Season.

NYC READING SERIES

The Coast Starlight

written by Keith Bunin

directed by Tyne Rafaeli

One morning, a young man boards the Coast Starlight, the long-distance train that runs from Los Angeles to Seattle. He’s got a secret that can land him in terrible trouble, and he has roughly one thousand miles to enlist the help of his fellow travelers – all of whom are reckoning with their own choices in search of a way forward. Keith Bunin’s new play is a smart, funny and compassionate story about our capacity for invention and re-invention when life goes off the rails.

Monday, April 8th | 7:00 pm

The Glicker-Milstein Theater at The Diana Center
Barnard College

3009 Broadway (at 117th Street)

featuring Edmund Donovan, Nate Miller, Jenny Mudge, Armando Riesco, Daniele Skraastad, Ana Villafañe

NYC READING SERIES

Nike

Or

We Don't Need Another Hero

written and directed by Ngozi Anyanwu

It’s the end of the world

Again

And the only person who can save us is a lil black girl named Vicki

Only she’s not a lil girl 

She’s the grown ass Greek Goddess of victory named Nike 

And there’s a thousand year war between the Olympians and Titans that

she need to come handle 

 

Nike Or We Don't Need Another Hero is a black ass Fantasia about a young woman who learns what it means to be a hero.

Monday, March 18th | 7:00 pm

The Glicker-Milstein Theater at The Diana Center
Barnard College

3009 Broadway (at 117th Street)

featuring Dramatic Dyalekt, Latoya Edwards, Dominique Fishback, Shelley Fort, Eric Graise, Nathan James, Patrice Johnson, J.D. Mollison, Mustafa Shakir, Timothy Stickney, Marquise Vilson

 

THE WINTER SEASON

Pictures from Home

written by Sharr White

directed by Daniella Topol

In 1981, photographer Larry Sultan set out to create a portrait of his parents, Jean and Irv, tracing his family’s journey from postwar Brooklyn to California’s San Fernando Valley. A decade later, the resulting work, Pictures From Home, combined home movie stills, interviews, and Sultan’s own photographs — both candid and staged — of his often aggrieved, but always complicit parents. The work had grown to become an epic exploration of twentieth-century American optimism, deceptively banal, deeply personal. As adapted by Sharr White, Pictures From Home adds another layer to Sultan’s exploration: that of a volatile and loving relationship between parent and son who employ image as their proxy for an Oedipal struggle over dominance. 

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8 | 4:00 pm

The Lark | Barebones Studio

311 West 43rd Street, 5th Floor

featuring John Doman, Kristin Griffith, Greg Keller

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THE WINTER SEASON

the bandaged place

written by Harrison David Rivers

directed by David Mendizábal

Jonah is a dancer.
Jonah is injured.
Jonah has an ex-boyfriend.

A brutal and lyrical play about the things we hang on to and the price of moving forward, the bandaged place tells the story of one man’s attempt to free himself from the abuses of his past. Jonah is forced to turn to his precocious daughter and tough love grandmother for support when a former lover resurfaces, re-opening a painful wound.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 6 | 7:00 pm

The Lark | Barebones Studio

311 West 43rd Street, 5th Floor

featuring James Cusati-Moyer, Harriett D Foy, Paige Gilbert, Brandon Gill, Blake Morris

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THE WINTER SEASON

Saying Goodbye to the People I Love From My Bathtub

written by Halley Feiffer

directed by Trip Cullman 

In a desperate desire to find some semblance of peace, Clara summons her loved ones to the only place on earth where she feels remotely safe: her bath. 

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 4 | 7:00 pm

The Lark | Barebones Studio

311 West 43rd Street, 5th Floor

featuring Jon DeVries, Halley Feiffer, Maren Heary, Paula Lázaro, Alfredo Narciso, Deborah Rush, Ryan Spahn

The Glicker-Milstein Theater at The Diana Center
Barnard College

3009 Broadway (at 117th Street)

NYC READING SERIES

soft

written by Donja R. Love

directed by Awoye Timpo

Mr. Isaiah, a recent hire at a disciplinary boarding high school, is ready to make a difference in the lives of his six male students. When one of his boys commits suicide he is plagued with the questions: Where do Black and Brown boys go when they die?; and what makes someone’s struggle so unbearable that they'd take their own life? While seeking answers to this question, he sees the sorrows that each of his boys dances with - and is reminded of his own.

OCTOBER 29, 2018 | 7:00 pm

featuring Gabriel Diego Hernandez, Galen Ryan Kane, Russell G. Jones, Andy Lucien, Joshua E. Nelson, Cristina Pitter, Namir Smallwood, Ryan Jamaal Swain, James Udom

The Glicker-Milstein Theater at The Diana Center
Barnard College

3009 Broadway (at 117th Street)

NYC READING SERIES

...and the horse you rode in on

written and directed by Zach Helm

...and the horse you rode in on tells the story of Ben, a young hacktivist. Federally incarcerated for digital civil-disobedience, Ben attempts to bring the entire US Judiciary to its knees from inside prison as a warning on totalitarianism... all while his mother, in scant visits, attempts to negotiate for his freedom and mental health.

...and the horse you rode in on is the first of a proposed five play cycle entitled Fun Times. Drawn as an analog of real events of the past decade, the full cycle comprises characters and stories that expose recent international and domestic espionage and the human lives it has torn apart.

SEPTEMBER 24, 2018 | 7:00 pm

featuring Sean Carvajal, Clifton Duncan, Harriet D. Foy, Kevin Mambo, Blake Morris, Reynaldo Piniella, Brian Quijada, Constance Shulman

214 West 29th Street

Suite 1001

New York, NY 10001

212-736-4240

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