Past Events

American Realness

January 5 through January 12, 2017

Cited by The New Yorker as “New York’s preeminent sampler of boundary-pushing performance bordering on dance,” American Realness returns to Abrons Arts Center for its eighth consecutive season.

THE PLAYHOUSE, EXPERIMENTAL & UNDERGROUND THEATERS | $20

Anna Kohler: Mytho? Lure of Wildness (World Premiere)

December 9 through December 22, 2016

Conceived and performed by legendary downtown theater maker Anna Kohler, directed by Caleb Hammond, and featuring renowned performance artist Hapi Phace, MYTHO? immerses the audience in a unique sensory experience with aromas, three dimensional sound by Almeda Beynon and media projection by Shaun Irons and Lauren Petty.

Experimental Theater | $25

Urban Youth Theater Presents: Little Shop of Horrors

December 8 through December 9, 2016 from 7 PM

This fall Abrons Urban Youth Theater investigated musical performance through mounting a B-movie parody about a carnivorous plant with an appetite for human blood. 

OpenICE at Abrons

November 10 through November 12, 2016

Concerts, workshops and open events with International Contemporary Ensemble

DarkMatter: Asymptote

November 4 through November 6, 2016

Abrons Arts Center in association with Mount Tremper Arts 

Asymptote = that which is constantly approached but never reached. What does it mean to struggle for something that will never be? DarkMatter’s Asymptote features new, repurposed, and unusual works from the duo. What is impossible in this world is actual to another.

Experimental Theater | $25

Aaron Landsman: Perfect City

October 25, 2016 from 7 PM and 9 PM

“I write about the misfits of the city, the overhead spaces and people, the ways we welcome each other or don’t.” -Aaron Landsman

265 Henry Street | Free

Little Lord: NOW IS THE TIME. NOW IS THE BEST TIME. NOW IS THE BEST TIME OF YOUR LIFE. (World Premiere)

October 19 through November 5, 2016

Reviews are in! The New York Times calls NOW IS THE TIME “oddly endearing” and says “You think clowns are scary? Try gnomes. Halloween has come early.” Theatre Is Easy call it “enormously mediative.”

Rip Van Winkle + Borscht Belt ruins + Existential Horror Show, NOW IS THE TIME, NOW IS THE BEST TIME. NOW IS THE BEST TIME OF YOUR LIFE is an epic treatise on trying to leave one’s mark on a world that never stands still. Coleslaw included. 

Underground Theater | 7:30 PM | $25

Witness Relocation (Featuring Robert M. Johanson) – THE LOON (World Premiere)

October 13 through October 29, 2016

An all new, evening length, knock-down-drag-out, dance/theater show based in part on “Voices of the Loon” (an educational record put out by the Audubon Society in 1980); the work of sociologist Erving Goffman; “At Home” – Bill Bryson’s study of the history of domestic life; party games; and what happens when the party is going VERY late into the night/next morning.

 Experimental Theater | 8 PM | $25