Past Performances

American Realness Festival

01/07/16 - 01/17/16

American Realness returns January 7-17, 2016, for its seventh consecutive season at Abrons Arts Center. Featuring artists from across the U.S. with a concentration of New York makers and a small selection of international artists, American Realness offers audiences local, national, and international perspectives on the complicated and wondrous world we inhabit.

Juliana Francis Kelly: The Reenactors (World Premiere)

12/01/15 - 12/13/15

OBIE Award-winner Juliana Francis Kelly’s newest play, The Reenactors, asks: “Are most actors idiots? Are all rich kids jerks?”

Transport Group: Once Upon a Mattress

11/23/15 - 01/03/16

Transport Group’s revival of the raucous musical fairy tale Once Upon A Mattress stars the formidable Jackie Hoffman (On the Town, Xanadu, Hairspray) and the iconic John “Lypsinka” Epperson (Lypsinka’s The Boxed Set, The Passion of the Crawford).

Epic Theatre Ensemble: NILAJA SUN'S PIKE ST. (World Premiere)

11/10/15 - 12/19/15

Featuring her trademark humor, political incisiveness, and virtuosity, Nilaja Sun brings to life the entirety of the Lower East Side.

Travelogues: Lionel Popkin (NYC Premiere)

10/29/15 - 11/01/15

Lionel Popkin addresses acts of cultural sourcing, representation and transmission and asks: Can a century of perspective help a contemporary choreographer reach his own point of equilibrium?

Eliza Bent: Toilet Fire

10/29/15 - 11/14/15

Toilet Fire: Rectums in the Rectory is Eliza Bent’s ceremony and celebration of the one thing that unites us all: our need to go.

Just Like A Woman

10/23/15 - 10/25/15

Just Like a Woman is a three-day programme for Abrons Arts Center of lectures, shows, installations, cabarets, screenings, panels, discussions and book launches looking at the performance of identity – the ways femininity can be 'performed' and representations of gender can be queered through performance. Performances and events are free, so reserve your spot today.

Abrons Playhouse Centennial Jamboree


It’s the PARTY OF THE CENTURY! The Playhouse Centennial Jamboree is Abrons’ big benefit blowout to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Playhouse and our century of making, teaching and exploring adventuresome art. There will be appearances by Joey Arias, Julie Atlas Muz, Jack Ferver, ICE, Ntozake Shange, Taylor 2 and the presentation of the first ever Spirit of the Playhouse Awards to Woodie King, Jr., Phyllis Lamhut, and Paul Taylor.

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