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13th Annual Downtown Urban Theater Festival *nyc May 13-30, 2015

DOWNTOWN URBAN THEATER FESTIVAL was founded in 2001 with the purpose of building a fresh repertoire of stories that echo the true spirit of urban life while speaking to a whole new generation whose lives defy categorizing along conventional lines, the 13th Annual Downtown Urban Theater Festival will present seventeen new stage works by eighteen of America’s finest emerging playwrights, all sharing stories that interpret our history and our times through live performances fusing theatre, dance, music, media and visual arts.

Visit the New York International Film Fest (NUFF) page here.

The multicultural three-week festival is produced by Creative Ammo, Inc.2015 Downtown UrbanTheater Festival logo

 

Wednesday, May 13 at 8:30 PM
Black Sheep
By Darian Dauchan (New York)
A glimpse into the lives of the minorities amongst the minorities . . . A theatrical exploration on those who, despite their skin, don’t fit in with their own kin.

Thursday, May 14 at 8:30 PM
Bed Bugs and Hot Pockets
By Shonali Bhowmik (New York)
In a society that depends on technology, outsourcing and mass surveillance, jobs at CVS have disappeared. Bill has worked at CVS for years and is the last employee standing. Connie, a CVS customer, regularly stops by the store just to shoot the shit with Bill. On this day their conversation is forced to come to an abrupt halt.
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Blackout03
By Kate Bell (New York)
Racial and class tensions flare between two couples on a Brooklyn rooftop during the blackout of 2003.

Friday, May 15 at 8:30 PM
Supermen
By Adam Esquenazi Douglas (New York)
World War II. Cleveland, Ohio. Two young, Jewish comic book creators, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, create Superman and change the world forever. But few know the real, bloody story behind the birth of the Man of Steel and the tragedy he created for these two artists for generations to come. The secret origin of the world’s first, great superhero, and the heroes and villains who created him.

Saturday, May 16 at 8:30 PM
Shenanigans
By Helena D. Lewis (New Jersey)
While struggling to take care of her 82 year-old father and his pimp-like dog, Smokey, a “menopause baby” finds humor and resiliency in the unexpected loss of her mother.

Wednesday, May 20 at 8:30 PM 
Between a Hot Dog and a Hard Place
By Mel Nieves (New York)
In the wee small hours of the morning Vincent and Anamarie are dancing to the tune of Jack Daniels and smokes (and I ain’t talkin’ about cigarettes), but the music is about to stop and a shoe is about to drop before the sun rises.
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For the Flies
By Camilo Almonacid (New York)
Pilar and Juan, two Colombian immigrants, take us on an interactive tour — with a musical score and shaman-like transformations — of the St Valentine’s Day Massacre in the City of Chicago during the Roaring 20s . . . a time in history abundant with corruption, crime, and violence.

Thursday, May 21 at 8:30 PM
Hypocrites & Strippers
By Kim Yaged (New York)
The story of a feminist who keeps dating strippers. You’re gonna laugh your pants off. (Okay, maybe that wasn’t the best choice of words.)

Friday, May 22 at 8:30 PM
Changing Tables
By Kacie Devaney (New York)
Nina and Mathieu stumble across a metaphysical landscape as they confront their ideas of change and conformity. A kaleidoscope of shifting scenes and performance styles including original song and movement.
Saturday, May 23 at 8:30 PM 
Say Something
By Dominique Miller (California)
Are public figures obligated to use their fame to address social issues? Are community problems more important than global issues? Academy Award winner Hamilton Robinson finds himself having to wrestle with these questions until a tragic event forces him to say something.
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Spades

By J. E. Robinson (Missouri)
To the surprise of his fellow Harlem Renaissance writers, Wallace Thurman returns to New York after working as a Hollywood screenwriter as a sick, dissolute man, and his friend, Bruce Nugent, wonders “why?”
Wednesday, May 27 at 8:30 PM 
Good Morning for Coffee
By Daphny Maman and Sujin Kim (New York)
Every day a young barista arrives at the coffee shop to serve its customers, but today, the first customer at the shop is an odd-looking man with an unusual and surprising request that impacts the barista and his manager in a way they never imagined.
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La Bestia: Sweet Mother

By Tom Block (Maryland)
The knife’s edge between creation and destruction . . . Based on humanity’s earliest creation myths, it is a multi-media (live music, a capella chorus and dance) exploration of three mothers — a Syrian, Honduran and American — who are forced to become destroyers. Such, we are told in those earliest tales, is the cycle of life.

Thursday, May 28 at 8:30 PM
Outside the Box
By Irene Hernandez (New York)
A young woman gets unexpected thrown out of her apartment… in a text message. When it comes to surviving in New York, she’ll have to think outside the box… and pack her sense of humor.
Run. Hide. Be Quiet.
By Shyla Idris (New York)
A woman finds herself confined to a seclusion room on an inpatient psychiatric ward. Here she will have to wrestle with her sanity, her family, a dark secret and her future . . . if she can get out.

Friday, May 29 at 8:30 PM
Distortive Ascent
By Nikolai Mishler (New York)
“To be a mother is to be possessed by a power beyond wonder. It lives in every mother’s heart. For her child, a mother will suffer any suffering.” – Euripides
To be a son is to be possessed by a power beyond virtue. It is all -eternal.

Saturday, May 30 at 8:30 PM
Stigma
By Keelay Gipson (New York)
A group of friends meet to welcome home Kenneth, a runway model who has just spent time in Milan for Fashion Week. With the wine flowing, and the arrival of Kenneth’s new significant other, they begin to talk about standards of beauty. Will the mention of a new job opportunity for Kenneth lead their conversation into some stigmatizing territory?

Credits

Downtown Urban Theater Festival (DUTF) is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and City Council Member Daniel Garodnick.

DUTF is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

DUTF is a part of SubletSeries@HERE, HERE’s curated rental program, which provides artists with subsidized space and equipment, as well as technical support.

DUTF thanks Material for the Arts, a program of New York City’s Department of Cultural Affairs, and its donors for staging and material donations.

Media Sponsors – Next Magazine and The Village Voice

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Schedule

Thursday, April 2, 2015                         7:00pm

NYC-MYC

Writer:  Paul Cosma-Cimpoieru

Using music and dance, Paul Cosma-Cimpoieru fervently explores a Romanian immigrant’s experiences in the Big Apple.  From the subways, bodegas, tourists, Uptown, Downtown, he reveals through this interpretive dance work what it feels like to wake up in the city that never sleeps and strive to be a part of it.  

LOCATION – Romanian Cultural Institute, 200 East 38th Street, Manhattan

Thursday, May 14, 2015                        8:30pm

Blackout03

Writer:  Kate Bell

Racial and class tensions flare between two couples on a Brooklyn rooftop during the blackout of 2003.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015                    8:30pm

Black Sheep

Writer:  Darian Dauchan

A glimpse into the lives of the minorities amongst the minorities . . . A theatrical exploration on those who, despite their skin, don’t fit in with their own kin..

Bed Bugs and Hot Pockets

Writer:  Shonali Bhowmik

In a society that depends on technology, outsourcing and mass surveillance, jobs at CVS have disappeared. Bill has worked at CVS for years and is the last employee standing. Connie, a CVS customer, regularly stops by the store just to shoot the shit with Bill. On this day their conversation is forced to come to an abrupt halt.

Thursday, May 14, 2015                       8:30pm
Friday, May 15, 2015                              8:30pm

Supermen

Writer:  Adam Esquenazi Douglas

World War II. Cleveland, Ohio. Two young, Jewish comic book creators, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, create Superman and change the world forever. But few know the real, bloody story behind the birth of the Man of Steel and the tragedy he created for these two artists for generations to come.  The secret origin of the world’s first, great superhero, and the heroes and villains who created him.

Shenanigans

Writer:  Helena D. Lewis

While struggling to take care of her 82 year-old father and his pimp-like dog, Smokey, a “menopause baby” finds humor and resiliency in the unexpected loss of her mother.

Saturday, May 16, 2015                        8:30pm
Wednesday, May 20, 2015                    8:30pm

For the Flies

Writer: Camilo Almonacid

Pilar and Juan, two Colombian immigrants, take us on an interactive tour — with a musical score and shaman-like transformations — of the St Valentine’s Day Massacre in the City of Chicago during the Roaring 20s . . . a time in history abundant with corruption, crime, and violence.

Between a Hot Dog and a Hard Place

Writer:  Mel Nieves

In the wee small hours of the morning Vincent and Anamarie are dancing to the tune of Jack Daniels and smokes (and I ain’t talkin’ about cigarettes), but the music is about to stop and a shoe is about to drop before the sun rises.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015                   8:30pm
Thursday, May 21, 2015                        8:30pm

Hypocrites & Strippers

Writer:  Kim Yaged

The story of a feminist who keeps dating strippers. You’re gonna laugh your pants off. (Okay, maybe that wasn’t the best choice of words.)

Changing Tables

Writer:  Kacie Devaney

Nina and Mathieu stumble across a metaphysical landscape as they confront their ideas of change and conformity.  A kaleidoscope of shifting scenes and performance styles including original song and movement.

Friday, May 22, 2015                            8:30pm
Saturday, May 23, 2015                        8:30pm

Spades

Writer:  J.E. Robinson 

To the surprise of his fellow Harlem Renaissance writers, Wallace Thurman returns to New York after working as a Hollywood screenwriter as a sick, dissolute man, and his friend, Bruce Nugent, wonders “why?”

Say Something

Writer:  Dominique Miller

Are public figures obligated to use their fame to address social issues? Are community problems more important than global issues? Academy Award winner Hamilton Robinson finds himself having to wrestle with these questions until a tragic event forces him to say something.

Saturday, May 23, 2015                       8:30pm
Wednesday, May 27, 2015                    8:30pm

La Bestia: Sweet Mother

Writer:  Tom Block

The knife’s edge between creation and destruction . . . Based on humanity’s earliest creation myths, it is a multi-media (live music, a capella chorus and dance) exploration of three mothers — a Syrian, Honduran and American — who are forced to become destroyers. Such, we are told in those earliest tales, is the cycle of life.

Good Morning for Coffee

Writers:  Daphny Maman and Sujin Kim

Every day a young barista arrives at the coffee shop to serve its customers, but today, the first customer at the shop is an odd-looking man with an unusual and surprising request that impacts the barista and his manager in a way they never imagined.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015                   8:30pm

Outside the Box

Writer:   Irene Hernandez

A young woman gets unexpected thrown out of her apartment… in a text message. When it comes to surviving in New York, she’ll have to think outside the box… and pack her sense of humor.

Thursday, May 28, 2015                      8:30pm
Friday, May 29, 2015                             8:30pm

Distortive Ascent

Writer:  Nikolai Mishler

“To be a mother is to be possessed by a power beyond wonder. It lives in every mother’s heart. For her child, a mother will suffer any suffering.” – Euripides.  To be a son is to be possessed by a power beyond virtue. It is all-eternal.

Thursday, May 28, 2015                        8:30pm

Run. Hide. Be Quiet.

Writer:  Shyla Idris

A woman finds herself confined to a seclusion room on an inpatient psychiatric ward. Here she will have to wrestle with her sanity, her family, a dark secret and her future . . . if she can get out.

Stigma

Writer:   Keelay Gipson

A group of friends meet to welcome home Kenneth, a runway model who has just spent time in Milan for Fashion Week. With the wine flowing, and the arrival of Kenneth’s new significant other, they begin to talk about standards of beauty.  Will the mention of a new job opportunity for Kenneth lead their conversation into some stigmatizing territory?

Saturday, May 30, 2015                       8:30pm
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