September 20-October 4 at The Eagle Bar, 7 pm: $25
The “father of modern queer theater” is back, and fittingly doing a show inside a gay leather bar in Manhattan. Yes, the late playwright and Stonewall Uprising participant Doric Wilson, who recently received a lifetime achievement award for his contributions to gay theater, is bringing his satirical Stonewall play Street Theater to Chelsea’s The Eagle.
Street Theater, which won an Innovative Theater award for a recent prior revival, was written in part to chronicle the events and people Wilson experienced personally at Stonewall in 1969. It’s produced by The Other Side of Silence (TSOS), one of the city’s first LGBT-centric theater companies, initially co-founded by Wilson and “resurrected” in 2002 by Wilson, Street Theater‘s director Mark Finley, and Barry Childs. Plus, after the show tonight, it’s “jockstrap night” at the bar.
Thursday, September 21 at Starr Bar, 8:30 pm: $15 advance, $20 doors
Never has a show title made decomposed organic matter sound so exciting. Exclamation points aside, this is not a tool for improving your gardening but a burlesque show, presented monthly by Brown RadicalAss Burlesque, aka brASS. The political cabaret seeks to provide a multidisciplinary platform that allows marginalized individuals to, quite simply, “deal with the world.” There is power in community, and on Thursday night you can gather communally at Bushwick’s Starr Bar to see performances from poet and performance artist Alok Vaid-Menon, comedian Jacquetta Szathmari, burlesque performers Chubbi Bunni Sinclair, Exhotic Other, Miss Aurora BoobRealis, sister selva, and LaTrine, plus artist Azikiwe Mohammed spinning as DJ Black Helmet.
The Kind Of Thing You Don’t Talk About
Friday, September 22 at The Performing Garage, 8 pm: $20
Though frequently splashed sensationally on the pages of newspapers, the issues of rape culture and sexual assault are still largely misunderstood and stigmatized, even in 2017. This new multimedia solo show by director and performer Asia Gagnon created in collaboration with designer Max Bernstein is about sexual assault survivors and how they’re viewed and depicted in the media. Taking a critical look at the passive “victim” archetype that has become so common in both fictional and real narratives of assault, Gagnon uses her own personal experience alongside historical content, “mythological recreations,” video, and even hot dogs to shed light on what many shy away from.
Solarplexus: An Alternative Energy Play
September 21-30 at Rockwall Studios, 8 pm: $12
If you hadn’t already heard one way or another, here’s another reminder that our planet is dying and it’s highly possible that before we know it our flesh will be melting off our bones due to extreme temperature increases. While you sit with that tantalizing imagery for a moment (add sound effects if you feel the need), there’s a new sci-fi comedy play happening in Bushwick about a millennial that returns to the sustainable commune of her childhood after a natural disaster, only to discover that her eco-friendly family’s views have become fragmented and warped. Also, the play is staged and designed using alternative energy sources, so it doesn’t just talk the renewable energy talk.
While it’s been argued that small but mighty steps like these won’t actually do anything to offset environmental and climate harm in the long run, this doesn’t mean you should stop what you’re doing and ramp up your electricity use while shouting into several high-powered microphones that nothing matters anyway. It seems a lot more logical (and less existentially crushing) to have a nice night out at some sustainable theater.
Demonstration of a Drunk Driving Accident
September 21-24 at Alchemical Studios, 7 pm or 8 pm: $10
High schools have strange rituals. Pep rallies where very few attendees feel genuine pep, archetypal cliques, improv teams… One practice in particular that stuck in playwright Jacob Grover’s mind from the days of lockers and gym class was a reenactment of a drunk driving accident. The performance of sorts is fairly common at schools, consisting of a staged drunk driving accident, done with the intention of fully scaring away any youth from the idea of operating a vehicle under the influence. For the particular youths in this play, prom is quickly approaching, which naturally means the school is going to do their best to frighten off any dangerous impulses. However, the group of students assembled to rehearse and put on this production may end up learning more about each other’s wrongdoings in the end.