Past Events

Beth Gill: Brand New Sidewalk [New York Premiere]

September 28 through October 1, 2017

An evocative new work for four dancers, Brand New Sidewalk explores themes of alienation, erasure, fantasy and power through the lens of abstraction.

Abrons Playhouse | Various Times | $20

HIGH WINDS: a performance to celebrate the X Artists’ Books publication

September 25, 2017

Writer Sylvan Oswald makes his New York return to perform the text of his new book, a collaboration with graphic designer Jessica Fleischmann about a trans man whose insomnia sparks a fantastical search for his estranged half-brother through hallucinatory desert landscapes. With a live electro-acoustic score performed by Jerome Ellis with projection design by Shawn Duan. Directed by Ellie Heyman.

Experimental Theater | Various Times | $20

Maya Ciarrocchi: A Remedy for a Constitutional Crisis

September 17, 2017 from 12 PM

In honor of National Constitution Day, Maya Ciarrocchi will hold an eight-hour reading of the United States Constitution, read in multiple languages by multiple performers. This celebration of we the people will take place in Abrons’ outdoor amphitheater and will include food and drink, participatory writing and political discussion.

Amphitheater | 12 PM | FREE

Lincoln Center’s Boro-Linc La Casita and Fall Season Launch with Free Classes

September 16, 2017 from 2 PM

La Casita includes performances by Lahore-born, Brooklyn-based musician Arooj Aftab, the Mariachi Academy of New York, and Latinx poetry collective El Grito de Poetas. In addition, Drop-in arts classes are FREE all day for art makers of all ages and every level of creative development.

Amphitheater | 2 PM | FREE

Caborca: Distant Star [WORLD PREMIERE]

September 14 through October 1, 2017

An eerily relevant drama unfolds in Brooklyn-based theater company Caborca’s adaptation of Roberto Bolaño’s novel Distant Star, a harrowing tale of fascism and its aftermath. 

Underground Theater | Various Times | $25

a canary torsi: STAGE [World Premiere]

September 14 through September 23, 2017 from 9 PM

Part of a trilogy CAST, STAGE, AUTHOR co-presented by the Chocolate Factory Theater + Invisible Dog Art Center


As a live improvised sound score accompanies choreographed stage machinations, this collaborative work reveals the manipulative possibilities of theatrical devices to determine what we perceive.

Playhouse Theater | 9 PM | $20 ($30 for trilogy)

#LetNYCDance at Abrons Arts Center

September 9, 2017 from 3 - 7 PM

Presented in partnership with the Dance Liberation Network

Abrons Arts Center and Dance Liberation Network team up for a day party in support of the #LetNYCDance campaign, a network of artists, politicians, activists, and business owners working together to repeal the NYC Cabaret Law.

Amphitheater | 3 – 7 PM | FREE

So, What Had Happened Was…

August 17 through August 18, 2017 from 7 PM

Urban Youth Theater 

Playhouse | FREE

What really happened at that Halloween Party? The police are called out to a party at the Robinson household, but everyone has a different version of the night’s events. Devised by the members of Abrons Urban Youth Theater, “So, What Had Happened Was…” is a comedic whodunit that is out of this world. 

Institution Building: Abrons Arts Center 1975 – 2017

August 10, 2017

On August 10, architects Lo-Yi Chan, and Timothy Hartung of Ennead Architects will join Alan Ruiz (Abrons Artist-in-Residence) for a conversation surrounding the building’s original and new design on the eve of its renovation. Through a dialogue about the history and future of the building, this conversation will consider the many ways in which a renovation signals a change — not only aesthetic, but political.

6:30-7:30 PM | Underground Theater | FREE