Four Months | Fifty Shows

There is a great advantage to selling your…well, everything…to move to New York and attend Columbia:
FREE TICKETS.
We’re lucky enough as grad students to get multiple offers to see shows nearly every week. And this semester, since it was my first in New York and I had (still have) so much to learn about the theatre scene here, I took advantage of basically any ticket offer that came through and I was available for. Beyond that, I relied on the knowledge and taste of my classmates so lead me to interesting, fun, evocative (etc etc) work. And of course, I paid for a lot of shows as well (student discounts also rock).

All that is to say I saw a lot of theatre this semester. In fact, I saw fifty (that’s right, 5-0) shows/artist salons/readings/showcases in the last four months. In a future post, I may pick some of my favorite shows to talk about but, in the mean time, (working backwards by week) here is the official list of everything I’ve seen in NYC so far (including celebrity show sightings…because I’m a nerd):

Week of December 8th
Sunday, 12.08
 – 1st Year Columbia MFA Actors Contemporary Scene Showcase
Wednesday, 12.11 – All From One or If Only West Were Truer Reading by Daaimah Mubashshir (2nd Year Columbia MFA Playwright)
Saturday, 12.14 – The Bakkhai directed by the 1st Year Columbia MFA Directors
Week of December 1st
Sunday, 12.01
– A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Theatre for a New Audience at Polonsky Shakespeare Center, directed by Julie Taymor
Wednesday, 12.04 – This is My Office by the Play Company at Chasama
Thursday, 12.05 – The Snow Geese at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (by Manhattan Theatre Club on Broadway) with Mary Louise Parker and Victoria Clark
Friday, 12.06 – Sirens at Horace Mann Theatre directed by Maridee Slater (2nd Year Columbia MFA Director and my roommate) and written by a gaggle of 2nd Year Columbia MFA Playwrights
Week of November 24th
Monday, 11.25
 – The Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall with the Rockettes
Friday, 11.26 – The Curious Case of the Watson Intelligence at Playwrights Horizons
Week of November 17th
Friday, 11.22
 – Souvenir by Dead-Centre at Abron Arts Center
Saturday, 11.23 – Shatterer of worlds chapel with naturalization services for applicants requesting citizenship in the shattered world by Bread and Puppet Theatre
Week of November 10th
Tuesday, 11.12
 – The Government Inspector at 3LD (3rd Year Columbia MFA Actor’s Thesis)
Thursday, 11.14 – One Night at Cherry Lane (a Rattlestick Production)
Saturday, 11.16 – Book of Mormon at the O’Neill (Broadway)
Week of November 3rd
Monday, 11.04
 – Luce at LCT3
Tuesday, 11.05 – Mary Kate Olsen is in Love at the Flea by the wonderful Mallory Avidon
Wednesday, 11.06 – Marie Antoinette at Soho Rep by David Adjmi
Saturday, 11.09 – The Patron Saint of Sea Monsters at Playwrights Horizons
Week of October 27th
Sunday, 10.27
 – A Sea Gull at Shapiro directed by Maridee Slater and featuring my other roommate Patrick Harvey
Monday, 10.28 – Murder for Two at New World Stages
Friday, 11.01 – Honkey at Urban Stages
Saturday, 11.02 – Romeo & Juliet at Classic Stage Company featuring a really baffling and random assortment of famous people: Elizabeth Olsen (sister to Mary Kate & Ashley), T.R. Knight (from Grey’s Anatomy), Daphne Rubin-Vega (original Mimi from Rent), and Daniel Davis (Niles from The Nanny – He was the absolute best part of the show.)
Week of October 20th
Thursday, 10.24
– Arguendo at the Public by Elevator Repair Service
Friday, 10.25 – How to Make Friends and Then Kill Them at Rattlestick
Saturday, 10.26 – Beyond Words at the All For One Solo Festival at Cherry Lane. By the incomparable Bill Bowers, of course
Week of October 13th
Sunday, 10.13
 – A Time to Kill at the Golden Theatre (Broadway) with Tom Skerritt and Ashley Williams (Victoria on How I Met Your Mother)
Tuesday, 10.15 – Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 at their tent in Times Square
Thursday, 10.17 – Eternal at Incubator Arts Project, directed by Daniel Fish
Saturday, 10.19 – Richard III at the Belasco (Broadway) with Mark Rylance (on-stage seating – booyah)
Week of October 6th
Wednesday 10.9
 – Mr. Burns: A post-electric play at Playwrights Horizons 
Week of September 29th
Sunday, 09.29
 – I Came to Look for You on Tuesday at LaMaMa (produced by an outside company)
Wednesday, 10.02 – Wicked at the Gerswhin (Broadway)
Thursday, 10.03 – 100 Monologues at Labyrinth with Eric Bogosian
Saturday, 10.05 – WASPS at Shapiro written by a 2nd Year Columbia MFA Playwright
Week of September 22nd
Sunday, 09.22
 – Three if by Air (Dance Show) by Mischief
Monday, 09.23 – Cafe (Reading) at Shapiro written by a 2nd Year Columbia MFA Playwright
Tuesday, 09.24 – Artist Salon with David Bar Katz at Labyrinth featuring Parker Posey (and a secret cameo with Phillip Seymour Hoffman)
Wednesday, 09.25 – All From One (Reading) at Shapiro by a 2nd Year Columbia MFA Playwright
Thursday, 09.26 – The Winslow Boy (Roundabout) at the American Airlines Theatre (Broadway)
Saturday, 09.28 – brother brother (reading) by Dominic Finnochiaro (1st year playwright buddy) at Melville House
Week of September 15th
Wednesday, 09.18
 – Artist Salon with Daphne Rubin-Vega at Labyrinth
Thursday, 09.19 – No Hotel at Incubator Arts Project by Object Collection
Friday, 09.21 – Life and Times: Episodes 4.5 & 5 at Florence Gould Hall by Nature Theatre of Oklahoma
Week of September 8th
Tuesday, 09.10
 – Stay at the New Ohio Theatre (part of Lucy Thurber’s The Hilltown Plays)
Friday, 09.13 – Where We’re Born at Rattlestick Theatre (part of Lucy Thurber’s The Hilltown Plays)
Saturday, 09.14 – Romeo & Juliet at the Richard Rodgers Theatre (Broadway) with Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad
Saturday, 09.14 – Killers and Other Family at the Axis Theatre (part of Lucy Thurber’s The Hilltown Plays)
Week of September 1st
Thursday, 09.05 – Once at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre (Broadway)
Friday, 09.06 – The Golem of Havana at LaMaMa (Columbia director’s thesis)
Saturday, 09.07 – Everything is Ours at Here Arts Center

Whew.

Anyway, I think my show-seeing will slow down in the next semester. My course work will probably increase by about ten-fold with an added screenwriting class and Collaboration Class with Anne Bogart. Plus, the playwrights are producing a ten minute play festival in February AND my strike and production assignments fall in this semester. And I’m looking forward to ever minute.

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