The prolific Horsetrade Theater Group, which operates the Kraine Theater and Under St. Marks in the East Village, is getting even busier than usual, with a Summer Burlesque Blitz beginning July 18. Four days of live performances include GeekBoys (a “Nerdy-Burly review” with bearded strip-tease artists making pop culture references) and RAWR! Burlesque, which has performances in honor of classic cult films. Expect jokes about light sabers at either or both. Visit Horsetrade’s website for the full schedule, and read on for our July theater round-up.
“Here Lies Love”
Written by Fatboy Slim and set in a nightclub, “Here Lies Love” is an anachronistic musical bio of Imelda Marcos, the First Lady of the Philippines who was deposed by the People Power Revolution and had more shoes than anybody else you know.
The Public Theater, 425 Lafayette Street, East Village; Tuesday – Thursday at 8:30pm, Friday & Saturday at 5pm & 9:30pm, Sunday at 5pm; closes July 28; $95
This annual celebration of queer culture in performance art has had its home in the Lower East Side for 22 years, and Dixon Place will be alive with musical theater, burlesque, comedy, and “circus arts” throughout the month of July. Headliners Lea Delaria and Maggie Cassella call their eclectic comedy and music show “a conservative’s nightmare.”
Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie Street, Lower East Side; see schedule for performances; $60 for festival pass, prices vary for individual shows
“Indigo Dai: Immortal Men”
A “cross-cultural drag extravaganza” that’s very dark indeed, using the story of a runaway slave to explore the idea behind an ancient Japanese Buddhist ritual called Sokushinbutsu.
Incubator Arts Project, St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery, 131 East 10th Street, East Village; July 11 – 14 at 8pm; $18
The Bushwick Starr Reading Series
Bushwick’s independent theater is on summer break, but several times in July and August they’ll be holding a read-through of the works of local playwrights, which they hope will be the first step toward producing these neighborhood plays.
Bushwick Starr, 207 Starr Street, Bushwick; July 8and July 22 at 8 pm; free
Artist and playwright Tom Block uses his mural interpretation of a 13th-century Sufi tract as the set for White Noise, which follows an artist who travels to Detroit for an exhibit and stays with a bickering couple, who pick apart his psyche.
Theater for the New City, 155 First Avenue, East Village; Thursday – Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 3pm; closes July 14; $14
“PI = 3.14… : Ramallah-Fukushima-Bogota”
This play’s concept is a complicated as its name: director Yoshiko Chuma intertwines dance performances with documentary footage from the three cities in the title to explore “the mythology of danger” and “frame theater in barbed wire.”
La MaMa Galleria, 74A East Fourth Street, East Village; July 11 – 14 at 7:30pm; $20