SPRING 2018
 

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THE MACHINE STOPS
Co-Created by Matthew Van Gessel & Noam Shapiro
Performed by Matthew Van Gessel
Directed
 by Noam Shapiro
Based on the short story “The Machine Stops” by E.M. Forster, originally published in The Oxford and Cambridge Review (November 1909)

Spring 2018

After the Earth becomes inhabitable, humans retreat to self-contained cells underground, where they communicate with each other remotely through “The Machine.” But when Kuno longs for his mother’s embrace, each will risk catastrophe to gaze up at the stars one last time. E.M. Forster's prescient short story comes to life in Matthew Van Gessel's solo performance.

 

QUICK, CHANGE
By Ali Viterbi
Directed by Noam Shapiro
Drama League First Stage Residency

Summer 2018

Quick, Change explores power imbalances in the American theater, the repercussions of 'networking,' and the way people use and dispose of others. Gabriel Fox, a famous actor nearly past his prime, finds himself making a comeback as Richard III at a prominent, Tony-Award winning summer-stock theater. As Fox pursues a secret and questionable relationship with his twenty-one-year-old dresser Annie, he grows increasingly connected to the power-hungry Richard, only to find that his behavior will no longer go unchallenged. Drawing from Shakespeare's play, yet firmly grounded in the present, Quick, Change is a biting, urgent look at our culture at a tipping point and a response to our national conversation about sexual assault.

Quick, Change will be developed as part of Noam Shapiro's First Stage Residency at the Drama League.

 

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THREE HARES

Three Hares is a new collaborative venture that brings together diverse and multidisciplinary artists to create political and socially conscious theater helmed by Noam Shapiro. Check out its recent projects at NY Frigid Festival and LPAC's Rough Draft Festival.

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GONZO
By Laura Winters
Directed
 by Noam Shapiro
Presented as part of the 2018 LaGuardia Performing Arts Center Rough Draft Festival

April 13 @ 7pm
April 14 @ 7pm
LaGuardia Performing Arts Center
31-10 Thomson Ave, Long Island City

On the eve of Mary-Beth’s eighteenth birthday and first professional porn shoot, her role model Chantal returns to Miami to make a comeback. When a new girl's arrival complicates Chantal’s plan, their shared house transforms into a battleground over who wins and loses when it comes to sexual empowerment and exploitation. Featuring a cast of diverse young actors, Gonzo is a frank, funny, and fierce look at empowerment and exploitation in the digital age. 

SPEAKING AS THEN
By Ruoxin Xu
Directed by Noam Shapiro
Produced by Lucia (Xiaoran) Zhu

March 16-17 at 7:00pm
March 18 at 2:00pm

The Schapiro Theater, Columbia University (605 W. 115th Street)

On the eve of Lunar New Year celebrations in Beijing, Tang Desheng’s children gather in their childhood home to debate the city’s plan to buyout their father’s valuable old apartment. When Dan (Tang Meng), who emigrated to America thirty years earlier after participating in a failed democratic movement, arrives with his American-born daughter, Abby, the family struggles to communicate, and inevitability opens old wounds. Speaking as Then explores the miscommunication brought on by a language barrier and the familial relationships that transcend spoken words. 

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LITTLE LEAGUE
by Jack Spagnola
directed by Noam Shapiro
produced by Lizzy Ana Lincoln
presented by Frigid Festival - Horse Trade Theater

February 15 @ 8:50pm | February 18 @ 3:30pm
February 24 @ 6:40pm | February 25 @ 12:10pm | March 2 @ 8:30pm

The Kraine Theater - 85 E 4th St. (between Bowery and 2nd Ave)

Darya and Sam have dated since middle school, however, with Darya going off to school in California and Sam staying on the East Coast, a cloud of ambiguity hangs over their final weeks together. Marsha and Phoebe love watching their six-year-olds' play baseball. For each mom, little league is a brief time when they can let their hair down. But when adult-sized questions creep into their kid’s heads, both mothers struggle to find the right answers. LITTLE LEAGUE is a heartfelt comedy about the compassion and courage it takes to grow up.

 

EMERSON LOSES HER "MIAND"
by Laura Winters
directed by Noam Shapiro
produced by Emma Hills
executive produced by Three Hares
presented by NY Winterfest & Lyra Presents

January 8  @ 9pm
January 10  @ 9pm
January 13 @ 3:30pm
Hudson Guild Theater - 441 W. 26 St. (between 9th and 10th Avenues)

A Jew, a Catholic, a Southern Baptist, two Muslims, an Atheist, and an Agnostic get on board a pedal trolley to kick off Emerson Greene's bachelorette weekend. Although most of the bridesmaids are here to party, Hana Mian, the groom's eldest sister, has a few small questions about the interfaith Jewish-Muslim wedding, like: is the caterer aware that his meal needs to be kosher and halal? No matter how high tensions get there's only one rule: you can't get off the trolley...

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WOMEN SCOUTS
by Ryann Weir
Directed by Noam Shapiro
Produced by Allyson Morgan & Courtney Ulrich
Craftsmas at Ensemble Studio Theatre

December 17 @ 7pm
Ensemble Studio Theatre
545 West 52nd Street, 2nd Floor - (between 10th & 11th Aves)

3 Youngblood writers craft 3 ten minute plays, each featuring one of EST's craft fair artists' pieces, followed by a 90 minute craft fair/mini holiday party with those items on sale with snacks and drinks. WOMEN SCOUTS features a Her Highness Builds Robots, a feminist coloring created by Laura & Beth Winters, with illustrations by Tyler Feder.

When three Girl Scouts gather to strategize their next cookie sale, they quickly discover that growing up can feel scary and sad, but also powerful and majestic. WOMEN SCOUTS features Yasemin Eti, Emma Munson, and Rachel Lin.

DOWNTOWN RACE RIOT
by Seth Zvi Rosenfeld
Directed by Scott Elliott
The New Group

November 14 - December 23, 2017
The Pershing Square Signature Center
The Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre
480 West 42nd Street

Noam was excited to assist Scott Elliott as the Directing Intern on The New Group's Downtown Race Riot. On a hot late summer day in 1976, a mob of young men – all white except one – descended on Washington Square Park with pipes and bats, and attacked any people of color they could find. Seth Zvi Rosenfeld’s Downtown Race Riot takes us back to this day as two boys, torn between loyalty to each other and to the neighborhood, grasp for ways to keep the violence from destroying their friendship forever. A snapshot of a time not so different than today, when a new social freedom ran smack into the forces of reaction, and when the stakes were truly life and death.

IT TAKES A VILLAGE
Created by Matthew Van Gessel & Noam Shapiro
Directed by Noam Shapiro
Executive Produced by Three Hares

October 5-7 at 7 p.m.
The Tank
312 West 36th Street / First Floor

ABOUT THE SHOW:
When Bozo, a hapless clown, discovers an abandoned baby, he's tasked with teaching her the difference between right and wrong. But Bozo can't do it alone! He'll need the audience's help as he navigates between good and bad role models. As he'll discover, the line between right and wrong isn't always so clear, and nice guys sometimes finish last. Will we find a way to come together for the sake of the child, or will we tear this baby apart?

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EMERSON LOSES HER "MIAND"
a developmental reading at Dixon Place
by Laura Winters
Directed by Noam Shapiro

October 13 at 7:30 p.m.
Dixon Place Lounge
161A Chrystie St, Manhattan

ABOUT THE SHOW
A Jew, a Catholic, a Southern Baptist, two Muslims, an Atheist, and an Agnostic get on board a pedal trolley to kick off Emerson Greene's bachelorette weekend. Although most of the bridesmaids are here to party, Hana Mian, the groom's eldest sister, has a few small questions about the interfaith Jewish-Muslim wedding, like: is the caterer aware that his meal needs to be kosher and halal? No matter how high tensions get there's only one rule: you can't get off the trolley...