Ars Nova September Programming to Feature Cabaret Singers Mel & El, Showgasm and Slant Theatre Project

By Carey Purcell
30 Aug 2013

The September programming for Ars Nova will feature intimate storytelling and solo performances about love and honesty. The lineup also includes cabaret performers Mel & El and the variety show Showgasm. 



The schedule at a glance follows:

On This Island: Episode 7
Sept. 5 at 8 PM
Hosted by Matt Dellapina
Featuring Phoebe Robinson, Ben Graney, Al Kavaldo, Will Davis and Phil Pickens, with a special appearance by recording artist Ingrid Michaelson. Additional performers to be announced. 
$10

"Join us for episode 7 of Slant Theatre Project's live-theatrical podcast, a night of New York City-inspired storytelling. In this episode, 'Metamorphosis,' musicians, writers and theatre artists unite to comb through this metropolis' rapidly-changing neighborhoods and explore the transformations in the people who call them home."

Isaac Oliver: Intimacy Idiot
Sept. 6-7 at 8 PM
Written and performed by Isaac Oliver
Directed by Jason Eagan
$15

"Gay playwright and pale neurotic Isaac Oliver is back with more hilarious and heartfelt stories, love poems, and brand-new rants from his blog, 'He Who Laughs, or The Complete Idiot's Guide to Intimacy.'"

Charlatan
Sept. 12-14
 at 8 PM
Created by Vinny DePonto
Directed by Andrew Neisler
Additional material by Josh Koenigsberg
$15

"In a world where we pin, post, tweet and tumble everything, truth is more elusive than ever. Secrets are slippery and lying as easy as a flick of the wrist. Charlatan explores the many tantalizing faces of deception – the impostors, the frauds and the fakes. Who better to delve into the mysteries of deceit than a professional deceiver? Step behind the curtain with award-winning magician Vinny DePonto, as he unmasks the motives of the best liars and reveals why you're one of them."

Mel and El: Advanced Maternal Age
Sept. 16
 at 8 PM
Written and performed by Melanie Kinard and Ellie Dvorkin
$20

"NYC cult-cabaret phenomenons Mel & El make a triumphant return to the Ars Nova stage for one night only! Debuting heartfelt new songs like 'Let's Not Be Poor Anymore' and 'My Man is Just the Right Amount of Gay,' the ladies bring their comedic musical stylings home to Hell's Kitchen. Catch them quick, before El goes into labor."

Quality Notions: Jacqueline Novak Records A Comedy Album
Sept. 18
 at 8 PM
$15
"Come help make history as alternative comedienne Jacqueline Novak steps into the limelight for this live recording of her debut comedy album, 'Quality Notions.' This intellectual striptease promises a strange and hilarious night of startling insights and dark truths."

Showgasm
Sept. 19 at 8 PM 

Hosted by John Early. Featuring performances by Murray Hill, Ben Kronberg, Fantasy Grandma, Salty Brine and Ian Axness. Additional performers to be announced.
$15 

"What is Showgasm, you ask? It's Elizabeth Berkley's final callback for 'Showgirls,' the 'Sex and the City' tour bus speeding down the freeway, the eternal body roll. Or more simply put, a raucous variety show with performances ranging from hilarious to titillating to utterly inappropriate. Come. You've never looked better!"

Tickets are available by calling (212) 352-3101 or visiting arsnovanyc.com.