East Village Theatrical History Comes to Life in the Streets

News   East Village Theatrical History Comes to Life in the Streets The history of the East Village theatrical scene takes to the streets this summer in OFF Stage: the East Village Fragments.

The event, produced by the OBIE Award-winning company Peculiar Works Project, is a sequel to last year's highly acclaimed OFF STAGE: the West Village Fragments.

The site-specific event includes selections from various plays performed in front of the theatres where they originated. The multi-venue walking tour features more than 80 actors and 22 directors, who are recreating downtown theatrical history on the streets.

Audiences can expect the unexpected in a non-traditional tour exploring the history of the Off-Off Broadway movement, representing such authors as Tom Eyen (Why Hanna's Shirt Won't Stay Down), Jean Genet (The Maids), Israel Horovitz (The Indian Wants the Bronx), Charles Ludlam (Conquest of the Universe or When Queens Collide), Sam Shepard (The Rock Garden) and James Rado/Gerome Ragni/Galt McDermot (Hair), among others.

Among the pioneering theatres represented in OFF Stage: the East Village Fragments are: La MaMa E.T.C., Theatre Genesis/St. Mark’s Church-in-the-Bowery, Tempo Theatre/New York Poets Theatre (now Trash & Vaudeville), The Five Spot, Off-Bowery Theatre, The Public Theater, Astor Place Theatre, Tambellini's Gate Theater and the Playwrights Unit.

OFF Stage: the East Village Fragments runs Thursdays through Saturdays, now through June 30, with four two-hour tours nightly, at 7 PM, 7:30 PM, 8 PM and 8:30 PM. Tickets ($18, or $15 for students and 65+) are available by calling (212)352-3101. For more information, visit www.peculiarworks.org