Wednesday, June 7, 2017

East River Iftar and Spaghetti Garden Party

East River Iftar and Spaghetti Garden Party

Thursday, June 15, 2017, 7:30PM
St. Ann's Warehouse
45 Water Street, DUMBO, Brooklyn
Admission: $15 sliding scale
No advance ticket sales.
Info:  917-319-8104

Outdoor performances at 7:30
Dinner after sunset at 8:30
Indoor performances at 8:45

In the Garden--Puppets and Poets
Daniel Rosza Lang/Levitsky
Erin Orr and Lake Simons
Kathleen Kennedy Tobin
Jason Hicks and Lily Paulina
Rachael Shane and friends

Miriam Bazeed
Ramadan-inspired poets grove with Sauli-Si, Eman A. and Hala

In the Warehouse--Music and Shadows
Karagöz Everywhere: "It's a Shadow Play: A Tradition of Ramadan"
Performed by Hayali Ibrahim Yazici, with introduction by Aysen Darcan, PhD

Original music by Emma Alabaster, Seradin Veonne, Hannah Temple, Theo Baer, Leo Ferguson (and Ora Batashvili in abstentia)

The new Veveritse
Balkan brass band:
Dr. Eva Boodman, Joe Correia, Sarah Ferhold, Jason Hicks, Quince Marcum, Lily Paulina, Nicholas Mauro, Chris Schroth (and Matt Moran and Luke Schneiders in absentia)

Heartfelt thanks to the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs and the HBH Fund for their support.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Spaghetti Dinner at Flushing Town Hall

Happy Collision:  Queens and Dreams

Friday, April 14, 2017, 7:30 PM
Flushing Town Hall
137-35 Northern Blvd, Flushing, NY
$16/$10 students and members

Overhead projector shadows for dark times by CHINESE THEATRE WORKS
"Song from a Nomad Flute," excerpt from new work with original music by PHYLLIS CHEN and shadow landscapes by STEPHEN KAPLIN


Storytelling and Performance by
 Jackson Heights' own Cecilia Gentili 
beloved mentor and Translatina Network advocate for trans rights in New York City

 "The Holey Land" 
crankie (paper scroll picture performance) by VALESKA POPULOH with CHARLES GRAHAM, created as part of the Campaign for Fair Development in Baltimore. The tale of a community and the land they call home. 


Duet by composer/vocalist JUDITH BERKSON and choreographer/dancer ABIGAIL LEVINE.

A historically amazing and relevant Happening from SOMETHING POSITIVE PERFORMING ARTS COMPANYOld Carnival Mas specialists and preservers of the arts and culture of the African Diaspora and its cross-cultural influences.


Aftselokhis Spectacle Committee  "6 positions for engagement with the autocrat"  

Great Small Works Spaghetti Dinners are supported in part by a grant from the Puppet Slam Network, and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. 

Thursday, March 16, 2017

World Day of Puppetry Benefit for UNIMA-USA at Teatro SEA

Presented by Teatro SEA with Great Small Works and Chinese Theatre Works

March 21, 2017
Teatro SEA @ The Clemente
107 Suffolk Street, New York, NY
Admission:  $10.00
Information:  212-529-1545

6:30 PM doors open
7:00 PM celebrity puppet red carpet with live music
7:30 PM food and cash bar
8:00 PM welcome remarks and reading of Nancy Staub's World Day of Puppetry statement
8:30 PM puppet cabaret! Featuring:
     Chinese Theatre Works -- Hao Bang-ah! Rooster, handpuppet excerpts, with Stephen Kaplin, Kuang-Yu Fong and Harrison Greene.
     Great Small Works -- Ode to Common Things, a paper movie based on Pablo Neruda's poem, by Trudi Cohen and John Bell
     Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theater, excerpts from Three Golden Hairs of Grandfather Wisdom, with Deborah Beshaw, Michelle Beshaw,, Vit Horejs and Ben Watts
     Gregory Corbino -- Spectacular Superlativesa banner show
     Teatro SEA -- Excerpts from The True Story of Little Red
10:00 PM  Fiesta!!!

Monday, February 27, 2017

JEWS WITH THORNS: A Purimshpil and Masquerade Ball

The Aftselakhis Spectacle Committee, in cahoots with Jews For Racial and Economic Justice, excitedly bring you "JEWS WITH THORNS: A Purimshpiel & Masquerade Ball"

Saturday, March 4th, DOORS at 7:45, SHOW at 8:30

East Midwood Jewish Center
1625 Ocean Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11230

>>> LA DAMA :
...& MORE TBA! 

>>> AKYNOS :

EVERYTHING IS KOOKOO BANANAS! The king has stolen Purim… Every day is like night and up is down and facts are fiction. The world is drunk and can’t tell the difference between good and evil. In this moment the Aftselakhis Spectacle committee takes a tiger’s leap into the present with JEWS WITH THORNS, this year's swirlon their annual Purim Shpil and Masquerade ball based on the traditional book of Esther.

From practical matters, Aftselakhis has shaped our carnival imaginings: resistance to fascism and authoritarianism, abolition and community autonomy, and the cultures of performance connected to and between Muslim and Jewish worlds.

We seek inspiration in the writings of current and ancestral Jewish sages like Masha Gessen, Irena Klepfiscz and Walter Benjamin. And harvest beautiful and protective wisdom from the venerable ghazal poet Hafez andjustice leaders of today: Red Power Activist Madonna Thunder Hawk, Crip Hop Nations Leroy Moore, human rights and sex worker organizer Akynos “The Beast of Burlesque,” and Dilar Dirik, a Kurdish activist and scholar who writes about Rojava and other small keys that unlock enormous doors.

Our message is plain, though our shpil is ornate: You are invited to march forth! Restore the balance of society through the ancient Purim rite of dressing up! And spread the word: the things we really love are an alchemical resource for conjuring strength.


THURSDAY, March 2nd, 8:00PM
THURSDAY PERFORMANCE: Just the Purimshpiel, 
a calmer experience where one can sit and hear all the words and still revel in the beauty, complexity and confusion. 

Special musical guest: GEOFF BERNER

SUNDAY, March 5h
Purim for the whole family!

Dear kids, youth, parents, stewards of the resistance, lovers of delirious fun, dreamers of new worlds, and everyone else!

Purim is coming, and we invite you to a sumptuous, topsy turvy, social justice-themed, Purim carnival. Featuring a direct action parade, exquisite hand-built carnival games, Jewish music from around the world, a sock puppet Purimshpiel, food, and other delights.

12pm-1:30pm: Carnival games
12:30pm: Workmen's Circle Shule Puppetshow
1:30pm: Jews With Thorns Shpil presented by The Aftselakhis Spectacle Committee
2:30pm: Children's Purim Parade for Immigrants Rights:

Sunday, March 5th 12-3pm
East Midwood Jewish Center
(1625 Ocean Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11230)
$5-$15 sliding scale.

No one turned away for lack of cash or costume.

Hamentaschen and water included in admission! Additional food will be available for purchase.
EMJC is a kosher space and any outside food must be kosher.

This year's festivities are sponsored by Jews for Racial & Economic Justice (JFREJ) with support from The Aftselakhis Spectacle Committee (TASC), the Workmen’s Circle, Kolot Chayeinu/Voices of Our Lives! More sponsors pending!