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Poetic License Submissions Closed

on Mon, 11/24/2014 - 10:18

The submission deadline for our Poetic License 6@6 Reading Series has passed. Thanks to all who submitted! We look forward to announcing the complete festival line-up the first week of December. In the meantime, please mark your calendars for February 5-22! 


on Mon, 10/06/2014 - 09:19


Xandra Clark is thrilled to work with Poetic Theater Productions again after performing in Conscious Language. Prior credits include Major Barbara (Barbara), King Lear (King Lear),Our Town (Emily Webb), Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Honey), and Troilus and Cressida (Cressida), a production in conjunction with The Public Theater. She also performed improvised comedy at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with The Oxford Imps. Xandra trained at Stanford University, Oxford University, and American Conservatory Theater, and with Anna Deavere Smith and Amy Freed. She creates immersive performance experiences with Odyssey Works, explores storytelling through solo multimedia performance, and plays the fiddle.



Mateo d’Amato is a theatre maker from the New York City Area. He has directed End of Party at 13th st. Repertory Theater and Assistant Directed Eduardo Machado’s Worship at Theater for the New City. Recent acting works include: Mariquitas (Theater for the New City); I See Rainbows (STICKY); One Will Speak/ The Other is Dead (Temporary Distortion); Man’s Best Friend (Manhattan Repertory Theater); The Judith of Shimoda (La Mama Experimental Theater Club); andOur Town with Leon Ingulsrud of the SITI Company. Mateo is professional Reiki Healer and a graduate from The New School. mateodamato.comMateo.jpg



Tamara Geisler is thrilled to be working with Poetic for a second time. She received her BA in English/Theater from Barnard College, and studied Theater at BADA in London. Tamara’s theater credits include: Conscious Language Workshop(Wild Project) World Wide Play Festival (June Havoc Theater and Clurman Theater), Pillowman(Columbia University), A Midsummer Nights Dream (London), Next Door (Manhattan Repertory Theater), Night of Nigro (Red Room), The Visitor (Jimmy’s No 43). Tamara also works as a Teaching Artist throughout NY specializing in Theater and Mexican Culture. Tamara would like to give a big thanks to the cast, crew, Dave and her family!



Matthew Dalton Lynch is a graduate of the Stella Adler Studio of Acting Conservatory. Selected Theater: The Tempest (Shakespeare Under The Stars), After The Fall (Variations Theater Group), As You Like It (Shakespeare On The Sound), Two Gentleman of Verona (Shakespeare On The Sound), Let’s Play Shakespeare (Educational Tour), Speaking Daggers (Educational Tour). Film: The Yearning Route, Solace, Family Feast, The Book of Paul (Trailer).



Felix Mayes is incredibly excited to be in his first production with Poetic Theater Productions. Most recently he finished an educational tour with the Shakespeare Theatre of NJ as Puck and Octavius Caesar. Felix has had the opportunity to perform on stages from NJPAC to the Lincoln Center to Dvorak hall in Prague, as a singer, actor, and a dancer. Some of his favorite credits include: Angel (Rent), Edgar (Bat Boy), Franklin Shepherd (Merrily We Roll Along), and The Mummy (Ghost Sonata). He has participated in the Philly Fringe Festival and Irene Ryan Acting Festival, as well as the American College Dance Festival. Felix is a graduate a Muhlenberg College.



Bello Pizzimenti is a graduate of the BFA Musical Theatre Performance program at Western Michigan University. He was recently in the workshop cast of Tectonic Theatre Company's adaption of Carmen, and plays a supporting role in the feature film Ashes of Eden, currently in Michigan cinemas and coming to DVD and VOD nationwide in 2015. Some of his other favorite roles include Luke in Altar Boyz and Melchior in Spring Awakening. He is very glad to be part of the original cast of BACK, and can't wait to share this exciting new show with you. He sends all of his love to his fiancee, his family, and the world at large.



Olivia Nice is thrilled to be making her New York stage debut with Poetic Theater Productions! Favorite roles include Beatrice in MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING (Berlind Theater) and Mrs. Lovett in SWEENEY TODD (Grind Arts). She is a recent graduate of Princeton, where she studied Religion, French and Theater. There, she wrote a thesis on the connections of Stanislavski’s System to Patañjali’s Classical Yoga and then furthered her research in Bali, Indonesia with Per Brahe and Studio 5.



Adam Wennick is an actor/voice actor and director. Adam is graduate of Bucknell University in 2013 with a BA in Theatre. He is a member of Playsmiths playwriting group as an actor. New York theatre credits: The Internet!: a Complete History Abridged (Steve),The Sampo (Erkki Korte), Die for My Love (Liam), Objectified (Jeff Collins), Home (Charlie), The Real Percy Ent (Mailman), and I’s Twinkle (Miner). New York film credits: A-Day (Ben), Sunny Side of Life (Gabriel), Catch Me If You Want (Frank Abagnale Jr). Directing credits: They Fell by John Cariani, Shakespeare Abridged by Adam Long, Heart of Hearing by Joseph Zeccola. He would like to thank his friends and family for their endless support.

Poetic Theater Productions presents "BACK" October 17-31 at the cell

on Wed, 09/24/2014 - 16:53
Poetic Theater Productions presents
by Mickey Bolmer
Directed by Andrew Willis-Woodward
Production Design and Movement Direction by Rachel Klein
featuring Xandra Clark, Mateo d’Amato, Tamara Geisler, Matthew Dalton Lynch, Felix J. Mayes, Olivia Nice, Bello Pizzimenti and Adam Wennick

Set amidst the backdrop of a Greenwich Village gay club on Halloween 1989, the village partygoers take on the personas of past friends and lovers, many of whom lost their lives to AIDS. In her final days of life, Cookie Mueller makes a final journey to Varick Street to find her friends, or possibly to stop time, or perhaps to explore her history, or maybe just to dream. Everyone is invited to the tragedy party as Mickey Bolmer's rich poetic language takes us Back into a world of love, loss, creation, and possibility.
Audience members are invited to attend in period appropriate attire to celebrate an evening of vogue, sexuality, history, and experimentation.
A free drink will be provided with every ticket.
October 17-31
Thursday through Saturday at 8PM
@the cell - A Twenty First Century Performance Salon
338 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011
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Scenic Properties Design by Elizabeth Engstrom
Costume Design by Arielle Avenia
Lighting Design by Derek Miller
Sound Design by Isaiah Singer
Video Design by Brad Peterson
Dramaturgy by Fiona Kyle
Audio Engineering by Sean Hagerty
Stage Management by Miriam Salzman and Sarah Livant
Production Management by Siena Zoë Allen
See cast bios here

This production is registered with the New York Innovative Theatre Awards. If you have seen the show, vote now by clicking below!


on Mon, 08/04/2014 - 20:15

Get your 3 day pass in advance for just $40!

The opening evening will feature performances of work by Craig muMs Grant and a conversation on Conscious Language: The Landscape of Responsibility with artists & activists Ursula Rucker, jessica Care moore and Caroline Rothstein, moderated by muMs. 
Tickets $20, on sale now.

Tuesday will feature performances of work by Lauren Whitehead and Maurice Decaul and a conversation on Conscious Language: Words that Drive Movements with PTP artists Maurice Decaul, Lauren Whitehead, Craig muMs Grant and Darian Dauchan, moderated by Co-Artistic Director Alex Mallory, plus performances of new poems by Darian Dauchan, Kare Foster, Joanna Hoffman, Reginald Flood and Katherine George inspired by or in response to classic activist poems. 
Tickets $20, on sale now.

The final evening will feature performances of six short plays written by poets Timothy DuWhite, Teniece Divya Johnson, Jacqueline Jones LaMon, Carvens Lissaint, Henry Mills and Jennifer Pacanowski, and a conversation on  Conscious Language In Practice with Saul Williams, José Rivera, Dominique Morisseau and Kamilah Forbes, moderated by muMs. 

Performances will feature the talents of Nicole Aiken, Stefa Marín Alarcon, Ali Andre Ali, Jennifer Cendaña Armas, Xandra Clark, Samantha Cooper, Dontonio Demarco, Natalia Duong, Tamara Geisler, Joell Jackson, Ryan Johnson, Nabil Viñas, Temesgen Tocruray, and Malia Wright.
Tickets $20, on sale now.

REDbone: A Biomythography August 30th & 31st!

on Thu, 07/24/2014 - 21:32
Poetic Theater Productions Presents
Redbone: A Biomythography
by Mahogany L. Browne, directed by Eboni Hogan
at Wild Project
195 East 3rd St. (btwn Avenues A & B)
New York 10009
written by Mahogany L. Browne 
directed by Eboni Hogan
music written and performed by Melanie Hsu 
choreography by Orlando Hunter & Leslie Lissaint
lighting & video design by Brad Peterson
sound design by Sean Haggerty 
production management by Ori Bensimhon
A multi genre and media experience - The poems from Mahogany L. Browne's recently completed manuscript REDBONE are brought to life by live composition, lyrics and movement unearthing the helplessness of domestic violence, hopefulness of love and unshakeable foundation of woman.  
This is a special encore presentation after REDbone's sold out run in Poetic License 2014.
Join Poetic Theater Productions and Mahogany L. Browne for a conversation with Ursula Rucker about REDbone, Black Women Arts, Motherhood, and Balance on Saturday August 30th at 6:30PM also at the Wild Project!  Tickets available HERE

The First Annual Conscious Language

on Tue, 06/17/2014 - 21:25




From August 18-20, Poetic Theater Productions will present Conscious Language: three days of workshops, conversation and performance curated by muMs (HBO's "Oz") on how poets and theater makers can use their words to create a socially conscious theater of language. Featuring a workshop for poets on turning poetry into theater culminating in performance, a panel on the importance of the spoken word featuring leaders in the hip hop theater community, and featured performances by some of the city's finest spoken word poets.  TO APPLY TO THE WORKSHOP: Submit a 5-10 page sample of your poetry in PDF format to [email protected] by Friday, August 1, 2014 for consideration. Please feel free to also submit video links. Please include your name and contact information.

2014 Summer Auditions!

on Tue, 05/13/2014 - 16:10

Announcing general auditions for readings and workshops in Poetic Theater Productions' 2014 Season, as well as for understudy roles for the national tour of Takeo Rivera's Goliath. The workshops will not have a public performance component, but participating actors will be considered for the upcoming productions.  
Summer: workshops for "Ricky's Way" and "Paradox of the Urban Cliche" and tour rehearsals for Goliath  

Fall: monthly reading series 

"Back" auditions have been postponed for the time being.
Separate auditions will be held in Fall 2014 for February 2015 AEA showcase productions of "Ricky's Way" and "Paradox of the Urban Cliche". 
All shows are poetic in nature. We are seeking actors who can handle text and rhythm with ease. In addition, we will be casting readings throughout our season, so if you are interested in poetic theater, we'd love to meet you. 

Audition Date: Wednesday, May 28th: 2-10PM and Thursday, May 29th: 2-10PM


Written by Takeo Rivera; 
Directed by Alex Mallory; 
rehearsals begin June 2014; 
seeking: 4M, 3F understudies for national tour 2014-2015

(18-25, male, any ethnicity) young male soldier, equally numbed by and haunted with guilt and terror 

(35-55, female, any ethnicity) middle-aged woman, hard-working, dignified, humble, with a quiet passion 

(35-55, male, any ethnicity) middle-aged man, stern with high expectations, traditional, pragmatic, insecure about disappointments 

(20-28, female, any ethnicity) young woman with a loud passion, counter-cultural; a firebrand who's accepted herself when no one else has 

(18-25, male, any ethnicity) young man with blue-collar sensibilities, equal parts tough and profane, ball-busting yet honorable 

(20-40, male, any ethnicity): a drill sergeant, 'the epitome of masculinity'. 

(18-25, female, any ethnicity): young woman, who, like David, forced by circumstances to grow up faster than expected. 


Paradox of the Urban Cliche 
Written by Craig 'muMs' Grant; 
Director TBD; 
Workshop summer 2014 (auditions for 2015 AEA Showcase production will take place in September); 
seeking: 4M, 1F 

(28-32, male, African American) street energy. commandment of NYC colloquialisms. A Harlem hustler/ drug dealer with dreams of getting off the block, somehow. 

(23-27, female, African American) hardened street girl. Commandment of NYC colloquialisms A disillusioned Harlem girl who fights her past demons in an effort the get off the block.  

(35+, male, any ethnicity) an authoritative figure who questions Ceez hard in order to get to his truth. 

(35+, male, Middle Eastern) Thick Middle Eastern Accent.  Runs a mini mart on the corner where Ceez and Dice gamble and sell drugs.  Has a family. Recently lost a lot of business due to the Food Mart opening up nearby. For the purposes of this workshop the actor playing Mohammad will also be part of a chorus version of Authority (see Authority character description).

(28-32, male, African American) The assistant to Authority. As Dice Dude, Ceez nemesis on the block. commandment of NYC colloquialisms.  


Ricky's Way 
Written by Maurice Decaul; 
Directed by Alex Mallory; 
Workshop summer 2014 (auditions for 2015 AEA Showcase production will take place in September); 
seeking 4M 

(18-22, male, Latino) Private First Class (PFC) David “BABYFACE” Estrada-Ortega. 18 or 19. New to the Marines. 

(22-25, male, African American) Corporal (Cpl) Ricky Ricardo “THEHITMAN” Davis About to turn 23 in a few days. He is a veteran of Kosovo, which is where he earned his nickname. 

(60s, male, Arab) Speaks Arabic. He has come to bury the dead. His scenes are spoken in Arabic. 

(30s, male, Arab) Companion to the Elderly Man. Speaks no English but is fluent in Russian and Spanish. His scenes are spoken in Spanish. 


Generation Now and Breaking Our Silence Rescheduled for April 7!

on Sun, 03/23/2014 - 12:07

GENERATION NOW and the 2nd installment of BREAKING OUR SILENCE have been rescheduled for Monday, April 7th at Wild Project! 

Doors for Generation Now open at 6:30PM, doors for Breaking Our Silence will open at 8:30PM. 
Buy tickets now!

Monday, April 7 @ Wild Project
Doors @ 6:30, Show @ 7
Tickets: $10 Students, $15 General Admission.

Youth performers from viBe Theater Experience, Girl Be Heard, Generation Why, EarSay, Inc.Youth Voices & Urban Word NYC perform a collection of coming-of-age stories & perspectives on the world as 2020 approaches.

Monday, April 7th @ Wild Project
Doors @ 8:30PM, Show @ 9PM
Part of the Poetic License Cabaret Series

Spend a night with all-star queer poets and musicians, sharing their experiences of coming out, finding love, breaking the silence and speaking out! Featuring Joanna Hoffman, queer folk-pop duo Anna/Kate with Jayne Quan, Charan P. Morris, Casey Rocheteau, Tim DuWhite and Sam LaRoche. 

Thursday Shows Cancelled, Weekend Shows are On!

on Wed, 02/12/2014 - 21:11

Due to weather concerns for Thursday, we have decided to postpone both Generation Now and Breaking Our Silence. We are working on rescheduling both events for a to-be-announced date in April. 

Friday through Sunday shows are happening as planned! Please join us Friday, Saturday and Sunday for the final four shows in Poetic License! 

Friday Feb 14 at 8PM, $15 
Love, Redefined 
Poetic Theater Productions’ fourth annual celebration of non-commercial, non-traditional love featuring dozens of artists responding to Shakespearean love scenes and traditional love poems with musical, poetic and theatrical remixes, re-imaginings and riffs. Featuring brand new scenes written by Aziza D. Barnes, Maria Alexandria Beech, Gina Femia, Kelley Nicole Girod, Chisa Hutchinson, Caroline Rothstein and Sita Sarkar, and the NYC premiere of "The Relationship Resume," a persona poem short film by Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai.

Directed by Dennis A. Allen II, Julia Goldstein, Alex Mallory and Taylor Reynolds. 


Saturday Feb 15 at 8PM, $15
Goliath by Takeo Rivera
Returning home from a war without purpose, David searches for his remaining humanity while his family and friends try to reconcile this war-torn veteran with their beloved son, brother, husband and friend. Poetic Theater Productions’ award-winning production, Goliath returns to NYC for one night only on the heels of its California tour to Stanford University, UC Berkeley and UC Santa Cruz. 


Saturday Feb 8 and 15 at 10PM, $15
Love and War by Keomi Tarver 
Experimenting with the connection between artists, Keomi uses dance and poetry to welcome the vulnerability that love and war brings to the surface to show to opposing extremes can occupy the same space all in one show. This work is meant to ask all the hard questions we keep tucked away due to fear, leaving us exposed and eventually free.

Featuring Keomi Tarver, Jayson Smith, Efeya Sampson, Kristen Smith, Autumn Oftedal, Sharifa Linton, Samantha Garvin, Candace Tabbs, Keith Alexander, Natasha Corbie, Petra Claiborne, Nicolette Fox, Anthony McPherson, Jeanann Verlee, Tiffany Neal, & Kat Magill


Sunday Feb 16 at 6PM, $15
YO MISS! Teaching Inside the Cultural Divide by Judith Sloan
Fusing the art of theatre and music YO MISS! Teaching Inside the Cultural Divide is an eye- and ear-witness account of one artist navigating and remixing a maze of miscommunications and memories, while breaking down assumptions that divide residents of a city who live in close proximity but come from conflicting worlds. Performed with a live band including Miwi LaLupa, Deep Singh, Adam Hill, Lynn Ligammari, and Chesney Snow. Directed by Bob Berky. YO MISS! is a project of EarSay, developed with Viper Records and Morgan Jenness. 


TONIGHT! Love & War by Keomi Tarver at 10PM

on Sat, 02/08/2014 - 19:13

Saturday Feb 8 and 15 at 10PM, $15
Love and War by Keomi Tarver 
Experimenting with the connection between artists, Keomi uses dance and poetry to welcome the vulnerability that love and war brings to the surface to show to opposing extremes can occupy the same space all in one show. This work is meant to ask all the hard questions we keep tucked away due to fear, leaving us exposed and eventually free.

Featuring Keomi Tarver, Jayson Smith, Efeya Sampson, Kristen Smith, Autumn Oftedal, Sharifa Linton, Samantha Garvin, Candace Tabbs, Keith Alexander, Natasha Corbie, Petra Claiborne, Nicolette Fox, Anthony McPherson, Jeanann Verlee, Tiffany Neal, & Kat Magill


and don't miss One Journey tomorrow night! 

Sunday Feb 9 at 8PM, $15
One Journey by Yadira De La Riva
One Journey is a woman’s coming of age U.S./Mexico border story based in El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua that uses theater, poetry, music and movement to discuss the complexities of borderland identity by confronting the effects of immigration enforcement today.



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