New Play About the Tuskeegee Airmen Zooms in New Victory's 2015-16 Slate of Shows for Families

News   New Play About the Tuskeegee Airmen Zooms in New Victory's 2015-16 Slate of Shows for Families
 
The New Victory Theater's 2015-16 season of family programming in New York will include the Off-Broadway premiere of Fly, about the Tuskeegee Airmen, and Caps for Sale The Musical, based on the children's book by Esphyr Slobodkina.

The season runs Oct. 2, 2015-May 22, 2016, and includes sixNew York premieres and five U.S. premieres from eight different countries around the world.

Here's a look at selections from the New Victory season:

Robin Hood (Oct. 2-11) From Seattle Children’s Theatre, a leading producer of professional theatre, educational programs and new works for young people, a new play based on the classic story of a witty highwayman and his band of Merry Men who take from the rich and give to the poor--all performed by a cast of four. Written by Greg Banks (Tir Na N’og, New Vic 2000) and directed by Allison Narver. 

Pedal Punk (Dec. 4 – Jan. 3) Cirque Mechanics ride onto the New Victory stage for the holiday season with their bevy of bikes, unique storytelling and Rube Goldberg-inspired mechanics. From Las Vegas, the troupe behind Boom Town (New Vic 2011) and Birdhouse Factory (New Vic 2008) brings a steampunk-styled, cycling-inspired circus.

Caps for Sale the Musical (Feb. 27 – March 6) Celebrating the 75th anniversary of the beloved children's book by Esphyr Slobodkina, a new adaptation by Michael J. Bobbitt and Ann Marie Sayer with music and lyrics by William Yanesh.  Fly (March 11-27) A theatrical action adventure from the NAACP and Ovation Award-winning Pasadena Playhouse and the Tony Award-winning Crossroads Theatre Company, tells the story of four young men who join the first black aviators in United States history, the Tuskeegee Airmen. From training to combat, this play explores the anguish, fears and triumphs of the Airmen, who fought for freedom abroad—and at home. Written by Trey Ellis and Ricardo Khan.

Bello Mania (April 15-May 1) After two sold-out engagements at The New Victory, the Drama Desk-nominated Bello Nock returns atop his signature sway pole to perform fan favorites as well as some all-new hijinks.

Cape Town’s Isango Ensemble (The Magic Flute, New Vic 2014) uses traditional African instruments and folklore to reimagine Benjamin Britten’s ethereal opera A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Oct. 30 – Nov. 8).

London’s Olivier-nominated Tall Stories (The Snail and the Whale, New Vic 2014) returns with The Gruffalo (Oct. 17-25), a scary-fun musical adaptation of the award-winning picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.

Scotland’s Catherine Wheels Theatre Company brings back its 2011 Drama Desk-nominated production of White (Nov. 4-22), a work of modern theatre for the very young, created by Andy Manley and designed by Shona Reppe, about a monochromatic world turned upside down when pops of color suddenly appear.

Havana’s Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba peforms Cuba Vibra! (Nov. 13-29), a blend of ballet, flamenco, cha-cha, rumba, conga, bolero and salsa set to the vocal virtuosity and boisterous Latin rhythms of a live, big band.

Brisbane Australia’s Untapped! (Feb. 5-21) mixes street dance styles, percussion and Aussie humor with high-octane tap talent.

Montréal’s Théâtre de l’Œil returns with The Star Keeper (April 1-3), a puppetry piece about a chivalrous worm who must explore new worlds to restore a fallen star to its rightful place.


The New Victory 2015-16 season also features five U.S. premieres:


NIE Theatre’s Museum of Memories (Jan. 8-17) "Through physical theater, multilingual storytelling and live music, the five ensemble members of NIE Theatre tenderly reconstruct the life of a boy who took his own life and now lives on in the remembrances of others; after the show, audiences explore the set to reflect on the performance’s most gripping moments."

Unicorn Theatre’s The Velveteen Rabbit (Jan. 22-31) "A stage adaptation of Margery Williams’s poignant story about love, loss and growing up features sophisticated staging by UK’s leading professional theater for young audiences."

Little Angel Theatre’s Handa’s Surprise (Feb.  12-21) "A mix of puppetry and gentle African song transports young audiences to a bright, warm day in Kenya in this playful production adapted from the picture book by Eileen Browne."

Carlo Colla & Sons Marionette Company’s The Pied Piper (May 6-15) "From the twitch of a rat’s tail to the grandiose proclamations of a greedy mayor, this retelling of the classic Brothers Grimm tale features the intricate craftsmanship of over 120 marionettes (and 300 puppet rats!)."

Le Clan des Songes’s Cité (May 14-22) "Set to whimsical original music, a man chases the sun as a city comes alive in fun and surprising ways in this enthralling exploration of shape, color and shadow puppetry."

For the full season listing and to purchase tickets, visit NewVictory.org

The New Victory Theatre is located at 209 West 42nd Street.

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