I know it has been quite a while since the last blog, review, or Playbill Throwback on Ludus NYC, and there is a very good reason for that. Since early this summer, I have been co-producing This Is My Brave, the first TIMB show here in New York City. It was an incredible, life-changing experience for me, and it encompasses two things that are close to my heart, theatrical storytelling and education about mental illness. All of our performers either live with mental illness or have a close connection to mental illness (family members, spouse, etc.), and they shared their experiences through monologues, spoken words pieces, poetry, and music. We believe that through storytelling, we can destroy the stigma surrounding mental illness and empower more people to share their own stories.
Some readers came out to our show in October, which was fantastic, but if you missed the show, don’t worry! The show was professionally filmed, and it is now available on YouTube. The entire show is embedded below, including an opening comedy set by Christian Finnegan, or you can watch individual performances as well as cast introductions and performances from other TIMB shows across the country.
After such an intensive experience, I decided to take a little break, especially because I also recently took on an exciting new job, and I wanted to give that my time and energy. The fact that New York Comic Con was the weekend after the show didn’t help matters either! Now that things have started to calm down, I am back, and I’m so excited to tell you all about some great shows coming up in November and December.
First up, there is Ivy Theatre Company’s Aftermath, a theatrical event featuring 2 short plays titled this is my (trigger warning) and Reach. I first became aware of the Ivy Theatre Company back in June 2014 when I saw The Feminism of a Soft Merlot, or (How the Donkey Got Punched). I have continually been impressed with their work and their commitment to showcasing voices that are currently under-represented in theatre, including female and LGBTQ characters, playwrights, and directors. When they have a new show, I am already on board, but the fact that they are tackling PTSD really grabbed my interest, especially after my experience with TIMB. Performances are Thursday through Saturday, November 5 thru 21, and tickets are currently on sale for $18. Tickets can be purchased online here or at the door at the Lucid Body House.
Directions to Lucid Body House:
Second, the folks behind one of my favorite shows of 2015, Kapow-I GoGo, are back with a comedic take on a famous boy who did not die and a certain school of witchcraft and wizardry.
Puffs, or: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic will be at the People’s Improv Theater on December 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 10th at 9:30 PM and December 14 at 9:00 PM, and then Puffs will be back in 2016 on January 8th, 15th, 22th, and 29th at 8:00 PM. Tickets are only $10, available online or at the theater box office, and bonus, the PIT has a bar and lets you bring drinks into the theater!
I will seeing Puffs on December 5th, celebrating my birthday with these fine folks. The best gift would be packing out the PIT and giving them a great audience for their new show, so please come out for the December 5th show or any of the other performances in their run.
Directions to the PIT:
That’s all for tonight – Thanks for reading, and go see a Broadway (or off-Broadway, or off-off-Broadway) show!