Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The New Victory Theater 2011-2012 Season



The New Victory Theater 2011-2012 season will launch on October 1st for an eight month season of sixteen incredible shows, full of theater, puppetry, dance, circus and musical theater. See the complete list below, including dates, show descriptions and age recommendations.

Photo: Leila Ghaznavi
Cummins and Scoullar’s 
The Little Prince
By Rick Cummins and John Scoullar
N.Y. PREMIERE
Bristol Riverside Theatre
Bristol, PA

October 1-16
The New Victory Theater
Puppetry/Theater

Bristol Riverside Theatre presents Cummins and Scoullar’s The Little Prince by Rick Cummins and John Scoullar, a touching new stage adaptation of the enchanting French fable by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Directed by Susan Atkinson, life-size puppets designed by Emmy Award winner and Jim Henson Muppet Workshop member Michael Schupbach and built by Monkey Boys Productions (Sesame Street, Avenue Q and Little Shop of Horrors) share the stage with actors.

Recommended for ages 6 to adult


Photo: Paul Watt
White by Andy Manley
U.S. PREMIERE
Catherine Wheels Theatre Company
Musselburgh, Scotland

October 13 – November 13
Studio 3A/B in the New 42nd Street Studios
Theater

A whimsical work of contemporary theater, White was created by Andy Manley (My House), designed by Shona Reppe (Potato Needs a Bath, Cinderella) and produced by Catherine Wheels Theatre Company (Hansel and Gretel, Lifeboat, Martha). White is Catherine Wheels Theatre Company’s first show for under 5s. The show premiered at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2010 and won the trifecta: the Fringe First, Herald Angel and Total Theatre awards.

Recommended for ages 2 to 5


Photo: Meghan Moore
The Complete World of Sports (abridged) 
Written by Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor
N.Y. PREMIERE
Reduced Shakespeare Company
Sonoma, CA

October 21 – November 6
The New Victory Theater
Theater

The lunacy of sports collides with ludicrous wit in The Complete World of Sports (abridged) by the Reduced Shakespeare Company. Featuring the “Bad Boys of Abridgement” – Reed Martin, Matt Rippy and Austin Tichenor – who presented The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) at The New Victory in 2010, Sports (abridged) explores every sport ever known to man – from “Neanderthal-in-the-Middle” to Quidditch.

Recommended for ages 10 to adult


Untapped!
U.S. PREMIERE
Raw Metal Dance
Brisbane, Australia

November 11 – 27
The New Victory Theater
Dance

Untapped! is a raucous, adrenaline-fueled mash-up of funk, tap and acrobatics featuring an all-boy crew of more than nine daredevil performers and musicians. Conceptualized by Raw Metal Dance Company’s creative director, Andrew Fee, Untapped! has performed at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts in Brisbane, the Adelaide Fringe Festival, Singapore Festival and Holland Dance Festival.

Recommended for ages 6 to adult




Photo: Cirque Shanghai
Bai Xi
N.Y. PREMIERE
Cirque Shanghai
China

December 2 – January 1
The New Victory Theater
Circus

From climbing a three-story tower of chairs to balancing en pointe on a man’s head, this supremely gifted cadre of contortionists, aerialists and gymnasts will perform an astounding array of contemporary and traditional circus feats. With choreography by Brenda Didier, Bai Xi thrills audiences worldwide with their strength, beauty and uncanny ability to make the impossible look effortless.

Cirque Shanghai is produced by the International Special Attractions (ISA), Ltd., the largest presenter of foreign entertainment in China, as well as a producer of Chinese entertainment across North America.

Great for the Whole Family (recommended for everyone over the age of 4)


Zoem! New Dutch Theater: (All Performances are in English)
Rumplestiltskin
U.S. Premiere
Stella Den Haag
Den Haag, Netherlands

January 6 - 8
The Duke on 42nd Street
Theater

In this artful and eerie rendition of the fairy tale known to Dutch children as Niemand Weet, Niemand Weet… (Nobody Knows, Nobody Knows…), live music, storytelling and drama intertwine to turn this classic story into an enthralling, contemporary play.
Recommended for ages 8 to adult


Miss Ophelia
U.S. Premiere
Het Filiaal
Utrecht, Netherlands

January 13 - 15
The Duke on 42nd Street
Puppetry/Theater

In this charming stage adaptation of Ophelia’s Shadow Theatre by Michael Ende (The Neverending Story), two performers use storytelling, puppetry and music to dramatize the tale of Ophelia, an ordinary person, who upon discovering a shadow that “belongs to no one,” experiences something extraordinary. Het Filiaal last visited The New Victory in 2006 with its comedy concert, The Baron Rabinowitz.

Recommended for ages 6 to adult


Hands Up!
U.S. PREMIERE
Lejo
Amersfoort, Netherlands

January 21 - 22
Studio 3A/B at the New 42nd Street Studios
Puppetry

Using just his hands, an animated soundtrack and simple props, Lejo (lāhō) - a regular on “Sesamstraat” (the Dutch cousin of “Sesame Street”) - conjures a vast collection of kooky, quirky and clever characters in this wordless puppetry production.

Recommended for ages 3 to 6


Wuthering Heights
Restless Souls
U.S. Premiere
Theater Artemis
Co-produced by Theater Antigone
̒s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands and Kortrijk, Belgium

January 27 - 29
The New Victory Theater
Theater

Performed on a spare set evoking the wild and mysterious nature of the moors, this contemporary stage adaptation, which won the Gouden Krekel Award for best Dutch theater production for young audiences in 2010, exposes the timeless nature and inescapable power of the Emily Brontë classic love story.

Recommended for ages 13 to adult


Brazil! Brazil!
U.S. Premiere
World Stage Productions and Broadway Asia International
Salvador da Bahia, Brazil

February 10 - 26
The New Victory Theater
Physical Theater

This South American celebration blends the rhythms of Rio Carnaval with acrobatics and soccer-inspired street dance. Brazil’s National Freestyle Football Champion, Arturo, joins a large cast of singers, dancers and musicians to infuse his athleticism and talent into this show for the whole family.

Great for the Whole Family (recommended for everyone over the age of 4)



Photo: Charles Erickson
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
N.Y. Premiere
Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Kansas City Repertory Theatre and Hartford Stage
Adapted by Laura Eason from the novel by Mark Twain

March 2 - 11
The New Victory Theater
Theater

Mark Twain’s beloved novel comes to life in this splendid theatrical adaption by Lookingglass Theatre co-founder, Laura Eason. Loyal to Twain’s original text, this “near perfect production” (The New York Times) captures the thrill of mischief-making, the fickleness of first love and the cold shivers that linger after a graveyard adventure goes awry.

Recommended for ages 8 to adult


Lucky Duck
N.Y. Premiere
Coterie Theatre
Kansas City, Missouri

March 16 - 25
The New Victory Theater
Musical Theater

From the musical theater team of Henry Krieger (Dreamgirls), Bill Russell (Side Show) and Jeffrey Hatcher (Tuesdays with Morrie) comes Lucky Duck, a glitzy rags-to-runway musical created especially for the elementary school set. With crisp choreography, live musicians and wonderful vocals, Lucky Duck puts a modern spin on classic musical theater.


Ahhh HA!
N.Y. Premiere
Do Jump!
Portland, Oregon

March 30 – April 14
The New Victory Theater
Physical Theater

Returning to The New Victory after 12 years, this multi-talented ensemble fuses physical skill, comedy and moments of heart-stopping beauty, and sets it all to live music by the Afro-Hebrew ensemble Klezmocracy.

Great for the Whole Family (recommended for everyone over the age of 4)


The Book of Everything
U.S. Premiere
Belvoir and Kim Carpenter’s Theatre of Image
Sydney, Australia

April 20 - 29
The New Victory Theater
Theater

Thomas Klopper takes amazing journeys through his imagination, where tropical fish swim in Amsterdam’s canals, hailstorms rage in mid-summer, and every so often, Jesus stops by. Based on the Dutch novel by Guus Kuijer and directed by Neil Armfield (Exit the King, The Diary of a Madman), The Book of Everything is about finding your own voice, struggling with big ideas and facing fears.

Recommended for ages 10 to adult


Plop!
U.S. Premiere
Windmill Theatre
Adelaide, Australia

April 26 - May 13
Studio 3A/B at the New 42nd Street Studios
Theater

Based on the children’s book, The Terrible Plop, by Ursula Dubosarksy, Adelaide’s Windmill Theatre (Twinkle Twinkle Little Fish, The Green Sheep) brings Plop!, a participatory play for young children that is filled with tricks and traps, gadgets and gizmos, rhythm and rhyme and a chance for everyone to dance.

Recommended for children ages 2 to 5



8cho · Aerial Tango
N.Y. Premiere
Brenda Angiel Aerial Dance Company
Buenos Aires, Argentina

May 4 - 20
The New Victory Theater
Dance

Set in a sultry Argentine nightspot, seven dancers perform solo, in pairs and as an ensemble, experimenting with speed and space to create surreal thrills. Accompanied by a six-piece orchestra and vocalist, they leap, lunge, swirl and swivel in midair, on the walls—even upside down—combining the familiar with the fantastical.

Recommended for ages 8 to adult

Ticket Information
Theater-goers who buy tickets for three or more New Vic shows qualify for free Membership benefits, including up to 35% savings with tickets as low as $9. Tickets for new Members are available online starting July 20, 2011, or by telephone starting July 27. To purchase tickets online, visit NewVictory.org, and to purchase by phone, call 646-223-3010.

Full-price tickets for individual productions, as low as $14 each, will also be available from August 10, 2011, either online or by phone. Beginning September 6, The New Victory Theater box office (209 West 42nd Street) will be open Sunday and Monday from 11am-5pm and Tuesday through Saturday from 12pm-7pm.

2 comments:

  1. Couldn't be more excited! Always pleased with the diversity of programming from the New Vic. On June 1, I return from ASSITEJ Copenhagen/Malmoe -- THE international Theatre for Young Audiences festival, and even though I will have seen children's theatre from around the world, I'll still be looking forward to coming home in time to buy my membership tickets for 2011-12! Congrats, New Vic!

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  2. Nice post. This post is the only excitement I have come today. Its really inspirational. Thanks for sharing.

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