The Drama League nominees were announced on April 19 by Bebe Neuwirth and Patina Miller, and the Drama League Awards will be presented at the Marriott Marquis Times Square, hosted by Audra McDonald and Will Swenson.
In the New York theatre world, deaf perspectives are severely under-represented. Shows like Deaf West’s Spring Awakening and the work by the New York Deaf Theatre are encouraging, but they are also anomalies. Theatre productions that fully integrate deaf, hard-of-hearing, and hearing people in the cast and creative teams are even more rare.
Praise Avril Lavigne! Pop Punk High – a musical tribute to pizza, skateboarding, Battle of the Bands, and parents who “just don’t get it” – is getting extended at the PIT Loft.
Seven Spots On The Sun will kick off a limited 6-week run at the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater with previews starting Wednesday, April 26 at 8:00 PM and opening night on Wednesday, May 10 at 7:00 PM. For preview performances, tickets are $35 with discounts for artists ($25) and students ($10). After opening, tickets are $50 with artist tickets for $25 and student tickets for $15, and April 27 and May 11 are pay-what-you-can nights. Tickets are available online at http://www.Rattlestick.org or by phone at 212-627-2556.
Piehole and Our Voices Theater will be completing their residencies this spring with two world premieres at the New Ohio Theatre, located at 154 Christopher Street. Piehole’s Ski End will run from April 30 to May 19 with a May 2 opening night, and Our Voices’ Soot and Spit will run May 27 to June 17 with a May 31 opening night. Tickets are $25, and Ski End is offering student tickets for $20, available online here or by calling 212-352-3101.
Pop Punk High opened March 3 at The PIT Loft, located at 154 West 29th Street. General admission tickets are $7 and are available for purchase in advance online here, and student tickets are $1 at the door with valid student ID.
Just before Christmas, I saw a poignant show (with an extraordinarily long name) that deconstructs Thornton Wilder’s classic play Our Town in a modern-day high school. On the night before it is scheduled to be torn down, generations of students – both current and former – converge on Ridgefield High School’s gymnatorium, and playwright Augie Praley as the story’s narrator reflects on the many lives that were changed in that multi-purpose space and recollects young love, heartbreaking loss, and frequent productions of Our Town.