Spotlight: June Theater Opportunities

Looking for things to do in the city? Check out some these shows that are running in June!

Life Sucks (o6/16-09/01)

It’s Chekhov without the birch trees. After taking aim at The Seagull with his “explosive” Stupid F*cking Bird, Aaron Posner is back with an irreverent contemporary remix of Uncle Vanya. Egos clash, hearts hunger, and souls cry out for meaning in this raw and hilarious reimagining of Chekhov’s timeless classic, which received its New York premiere by the red-hot Wheelhouse Theater Company. Life staggers. Life confounds. Life is beautiful. And Life Sucks

Much Ado About Nothing (06/11-06/23)

Kenny Leon directs a bold new take on Shakespeare’s cherished comedy of romantic retribution and miscommunication, Much Ado About Nothing. In this modern production, we find the community of Messina celebrating a break from an ongoing war. But not all is peaceful amid the revelry as old rivals engage in a battle of wits, unexpected foes plot revenge, and young lovers are caught in a tumultuous courtship — until love proves the ultimate trickster and undoes them all.

The Secret Life of Bees (06/13-07/14)

South Carolina, 1964. Lily Owens, a restless white teenager, struggles with her merciless father and the haunting memory of her mother’s death. When Rosaleen, her black caregiver, is beaten and jailed for asserting her right to vote, Lily’s rebellious spirit is ignited. She and Rosaleen escape on an adventure where they are taken in by a trio of black beekeeping sisters. While Lily tries to unlock the secrets of her past, she and Rosaleen find solace in the mesmerizing world of bees and spirituality in this extraordinary tale of awakening, fellowship, and healing.

The Secret Life of Bees is a world-premiere musical written by multi-Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage (Sweat), with music by Tony Award and Grammy Award winner Duncan Sheik (Spring Awakening), lyrics by multi-Tony nominee and Drama Desk Award winner Susan Birkenhead (Jelly’s Last Jam), and directed by Tony winner Sam Gold (Fun Home), based on the best-selling novel by Sue Monk Kidd.

Fairview (06/13-07/28)

Direct from sold-out runs at Soho Rep. (extended three times) and Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Theatre for a New Audience brings Soho Rep.’s Fairview to Polonsky Shakespeare Center, extending its 2018-19 season. TFANA was thrilled to present Soho Rep.’s An Octoroon by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins in 2015 and is pleased to again partner with Soho Rep. to bring Jackie Sibblies Drury’s acclaimed play to Brooklyn.

In Fairview, the Frasier family is gearing up for Grandma’s birthday, and Beverly needs this dinner to be perfect. Plus, the radio’s on the fritz, her sister Jasmine is drinking, her husband Dayton isn’t helping, her brother Tyrone might not show up at all, and her daughter Keisha is being a typical teenager. As Beverly’s hostess neurosis begins to get the better of her while her family acts like family, Keisha’s adolescent malaise starts to seem like maybe it could be something else.

Little Women (06/04-06/29)

Jo March doesn’t want to be like other girls; in fact, she’s not even sure that she wants to be a girl. Jo is ambitious, rough around the edges, headstrong, and yearns for a future she can’t yet articulate. As the nation is torn apart by civil war, Jo and her sisters struggle with what it means to grow up. Gender roles, political beliefs, poverty, and even love itself threaten to break family ties, as the March sisters try to reconcile their identities with society’s demands. How do you stay true to yourself when the world wants you to become a perfect little woman?

Galas (06/16-06/28)

In the mid 20th century, when naturalistic conventions and societal preconceptions dominated the theater, Ridiculous Theatrical Company (RTC) came along and rocked the New York stages with radical, gender-bending, yet classic and bold, theatrical works. In RTC’s original, iconic 1983 production, Galas was praised by Frank Rich of The New York Times as “a comic creation of a high order,” with playwright Charles Ludlam in the title role.

In this production, the first ever since, Everett Quinton — Ludlam’s partner in art and life — moves from playing the lead character’s devoted maid to the narcissistic, whirlwind of a woman at the center of the action. From her dramatic star turns in opera houses around the world to her turbulent off-stage antics, Maria Magdalena Galas is a force to be reckoned with. Expertly navigating melodrama and satire, Galas paints a hilarious yet honest portrait of a deeply troubled diva from the days of her highest praise to the last spent in lonely despair.

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