Poetic Theater Productions announces line up for POETIC LICENSE 2015

IMG_0824Poetic Theater Productions announces line up for POETIC LICENSE 2015: subconscious, their annual festival of New Poetic Theater

New York, New York January 8, 2015Poetic Theater Productions is thrilled to announce the line up for POETIC LICENSE 2015: subconscious, their annual festival of new poetic theater. POETIC LICENSE 2015: subconscious kicks off on Thursday, February 5 and runs through Sunday, February 22. Performances are at the wild project (195 E. 3rd Street, between Avenues A & B). Tickets to each event are $18; the 6@6 Reading Series is free. Tickets can be purchased from OvationTix on 212.352.3101 or online at www.poetictheater.com.

Now in its fourth year, Poetic License is Poetic Theater Productions’ annual festival of new poetic theater, which has grown from five days to three weeks, features two fully realized mainstage productions of thrilling new poetic plays written by company members, a reading series of six new works of poetic theater, and three special events: Love Redefined, an evening of new work devoted to non-traditional love; Breaking Our Silence, a celebration of LGBT voices; and Generation Now, a showcase of youth voices in poetic theater.

Mainstage Productions

Thursday, February 5 – Sunday, February 22

PARADOX OF THE URBAN CLICHE, written by Craig ‘muMs’ Grant and directed by Reginald L. Douglas

*World Premiere*

Full schedule coming soon

One fateful night brings Ceez, a hustler desperate to get off the block, face to face with his dreams, fears, and the power to change his life forever. A play full of passionate love, hip-hop rhythms, and the spirit of recent events, Paradox of the Urban Cliché examines the strength it takes to withstand the Agents of Authority that trap us in the hood of our mind.

Friday, February 6 – Saturday, February 21

DIJLA WAL FURAT: BETWEEN THE TIGIS AND THE EUPHRATES, written by Maurice Decaul and directed by Alex Mallory

*World Premiere*

Full schedule coming soon

The lives of four U.S Marines, a reporter from Agence France and four Iraqis are forever changed one night after an errant mortar round kills a child, during the rush to Baghdad. Phantoms haunt the people of a burning Baghdad and as Saddam’s statue falls in Firdos Square, the remaining Marines and Iraqis are forced together in a moment which will test their humanity, empathy and potential for forgiveness.

Reading Series

Tuesday, February 10 – Thursday, February 12; Tuesday, February 17 – Thursday, February 19 at 6PM

6@6 READING SERIES

Tickets: FREE

The 6@6 Reading Series brings in six new poetic works from artists from New York and

around the country. The reading series allows playwrights the ability to have their work read and workshopped in the time leading up to the festival where they then have a lightly staged reading allowing the playwright to see how an audience reacts to their work.

This year’s 6@6 Readings will be:

Milk by Jacqueline Jones LaMon

Our Way Back by Ryan F. Johnson

Soldier Love: An Aerial Play by Helen Banner

139 Hours In the Soviet City of Roses by Dwayne Yancey

Everything Was Beautiful and Nothing Hurt By Allison Zajac Batell

The History of Pigtails by Aissa Martel

 

Special Events

Saturday February 8th at 3PM

GENERATION NOW

The 3rd Annual showcase of youth voices features new poetic work from teens in middle school, high school and college. Hear their coming of age stories and perspectives on the world as 2020 approaches. By youth participating in viBe Theater Experience, Girl Be Heard, Dare Tactic, and EarSay Youth Voices.

Saturday February 14th at 8PM

LOVE REDEFINED, featuring new work by Reginald Flood, Catherine Weingarten, Dipika Guha, Gina Femia, and others; directed by Dontonio Demarco and Andrew Willis Woodward

Poetic Theater Productions’ fifth annual celebration of noncommercial, nontraditional

love featuring poetic and theatrical remixes, re-imaginings and riffs by more than ten incredible

poets and playwrights responding to traditional sonnets and love poems. Inspiration poems and newly developed pieces are presented side-by-side.

 

Friday, February 20 at 8 PM

BREAKING OUR SILENCE, written by and featuring Ty Defoe, Timothy DuWhite, Sentell Harper, Joanna Hoffman, Sam Laroche, Charan P. Morris and Storm Thomas; directed by Daniel Banks

A night with all-star LGBT poets and musicians, sharing their experiences of coming out, finding love, breaking the silence and speaking out. ###

 

Tulis McCall

Author: Tulis McCall

For my money, the theatre is up there in the ten top reasons to be human. I leave my home and go sit in a dark room with complete strangers and watch actors do their stuff because I want to be inspired. I’m asking to be involved. I’m volunteering to be led down any old path they choose as long as they don’t let go of my hand. And if I see a show, and it is NOT so very good – I will try to divert you, because I don’t want you to come to the temple when the preaching isn’t up to snuff. I will bar the door, I will swing from rafters, I will yell FIRE just to set your feet on a path that does not lead to disappointment. Do something different with your evening I will say. Save your money for dinner with a friend you haven’t seen in months because you are too frigging busy. Go take a walk with your dog or your child or your significant other. Go to bed early, I will say. Don’t come to the theatre when it is less than it can be. I’m an usher snob, and that’s all there is to it.

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