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Plan Ahead NYC: Shakespeare comes home and a Village icon comes back to life


Your advance warning for some of NYC’s most anticipated events. Space tends to be limited at these offerings, and tickets go fast.

Much Ado About Nothing – The Mobile Shakespeare Unit


Bringing Shakespeare to the masses was central to Joe Papp’s vision of outreach when he saved the city’s first public library from demolition by transforming it into the Public Theater. The theater’s Mobile Shakespeare Unit remains on the front lines of the mission, performing classic plays guerrilla style all over the city, in parks, senior centers and homeless shelters.

For a limited run starting Nov 25, the mobile unit touches down at home base, where the eight-person company takes on the Bard’s rumor-driven romantic comedy “Much Ado.” Nigerian-Brit director Kwame Kwei-Armeh has no qualms about shaking up Shakespeare’s relationship frissons with new music and choreography by Broadway denizen Chase Brock.

When Nov 25-Dec 15; previews through Dec 2
Where Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St, Manhattan
Directions N, R to 8th St-NYU; 6 to Astor Pl
How much $20
Book ahead Click here to visit the Public Theater online booking or call 212-967-7555 ext 1 (If the online booking link isn’t opening in Google Chrome; use Firefox, Safari or Internet Explorer.)


“Anna Sokolow Way” by Sokolow Theater/Dance Ensemble and From The Horse’s Mouth

Late choreographer and West Village fixture Anna Sokolow was a force in the dance community well into her 80s; part of Christopher Street was re-christened “Anne Sokolow Way” four years after her death at 90 in 2000. She will be remembered in two productions over the course of her company’s season opening, in a collaboration with the dance-theater company From the Horse’s Mouth, which performs narrative work about real dancers.

The first piece is a dance play that recounts Sokolow’s life with snippets of some of her famed performances (among them “Rooms,” “From the Diaries of Franz Kafka” and “Opus 65”). For the second, From The Horse’s Mouth choreographers Tina Croll and Jamie Cunningham have created a multimedia tribute in which dancers from throughout Sokolow’s career – many of them in their senior years – will dance and share tales about Sokolow’s impact on the scene. These will be evenings of reminiscence as much as movement.

When Dec 4-8
Where 14th Street Y, 344 E 14th St, Manhattan
Directions L, N, Q, R, 4, 5, 6 to 14th St-Union Square; L to First Ave
How much $18 seniors 65+; all others $30
Book Ahead Click here or call all 800-838-3006 ext. #1



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