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10th Anniversary Season Downtown Urban Theater Festival Creative Ammo Inc.

Funding

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Downtown Urban Theater Festival is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Media Sponsors – Next Magazine and The Village Voice

About the show

Downtown Urban Theater Festival (DUTF) returns for a much-anticipated 10th Anniversary season at its inaugural stage at HERE in SoHo, Manhattan, NYC. The season showcases 15 theatrical works over three weeks beginning March 14, 2012. Reg E. Gaines, Tony-nominated writer of Broadway’s 1996 hit musical Bring in da Noise Bring in da Funk, is back as the festival’s Artistic Director and Adrienne Kennedy, recipient of Lifetime Achievement awards from the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards and OBIE Awards, will be honored with the DUTF Playwright Master’s Award.

SCHEDULE:

Wednesday, March 14, 2012
8:30pm
Death Boogie by Darian Dauchan
Death Boogie is a Hip Hop poetry musical that follows the fictional story of Victor Spartan, a blue collar worker who lives a comatose lifestyle by day and at night, hears the poetic sounds of revolution.

Thursday, March 15, 2012
8:30pm
Kings by Anna Governali
As graffiti artist Israel Flores sets out to become king, he finds his mother and himself.

Friday, March 16, 2012
8:30pm
Undertow by Mel Nieves
An estrange couple are reunited at a family wake, finding themselves reminiscing on a rooftop, reigniting a long lost flicker, that at least for one of them brings the hope of a possible heart saving flame.

Saturday, March 17, 2012
8:30pm
Asylum by Cheril N. Clarke
Based on the true story of young lesbian who fled Uganda to escape death at the hands of her own family, Asylum is a dramatic recount of one woman’s journey through tender moments of exploration and self-definition to a horrific series of consequential events.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012
8:30pm
Co-op by Barbara Kahn
Martha, a victim of gentrification, faces her new life on the streets with humor, optimism and a will to survive. Returning to the sidewalk in front of her former home, she tries to sell enough of her meager belongings to passersby to get along for the day.
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Sh*thole by Camilo Almonacid
Toribio quits his job in Staten Island and heads to the city for new hopes. But sometimes you can get your ass kicked just for walking.

Thursday, March 22, 2012
8:30pm
Reservations for 4 by Sam Sommer
Four gay friends meet at a new restaurant for a casual dinner. The conversation quickly bubbles over in a spicy mélange of humor, innuendo and a smattering of bitchy repartee; but the main focus is one of enduring friendships. Reservations For 4 is a humorous look at the meaning of friendship (warts and all), and what it is that binds us together.
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Suicide Notes by Adam Esquenazi Douglas
A once-in-an-end-of-a-lifetime experience, Suicide Notes is a one-performer show exploring the reasons why so many of us engage in one of the world’s oldest activities: suicide. A titillating, heart-and-neck-breaking theatrical journey as incendiary as it is intimate.

Friday, March 23, 2012
8:30pm
Kingdom Come By Matthew Osceola Webster
Kingdom Come is a musical about stories, memories and connections centered around the events of September 11, 2001. Led by interview-style vignettes, Kingdom Come strives to take you back to “where you were,” and challenges you to move into the future.

Saturday, March 24, 2012
8:30pm
Ser: L.A. vs. B.A. by Karen Anzoategui
A transnational queer tale of choosing between Buenos Aires: the soccer mecca burning in her heart, and Los Angeles: the land of peace and plenty. In the middle of it all she fights her way out of dresses and into soccer gear and faces yet another question: Who will be the object of her affection, the boys on the field or the girls in the stands?

Wednesday, March 28, 2012
8:30pm
Jane Takes It In by Susannah Nolan
The normal chaos of a late-to-school/late-to-work morning turns not normal at all when Jane catches Luke looking at internet porn instead of last night's sports scores. In the time it takes to get dressed and out of the house with their daughter, Jane must reevaluate her life-choices, her marriage and just how much she can swallow.
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Secrets; Love by Summer Dawn Hortillosa
A young woman and her next-door neighbor try putting the pieces together when her mother disappears and her father is suspected of murder. As they solve the puzzle, they discover the lengths some would go to for love.

Thursday, March 29, 2012
8:30pm
Sammy Gets Mugged! by Dan Heching
Sammy Gets Mugged! chronicles the antagonistic exchange between two strangers, the possibilities that follow, and how we choose to remember the more unsavory moments in our lives.

Friday, March 30, 2012
8:30pm
Standing At . . . by Chandra Thomas
Set in a South Bronx beauty salon, Standing At . . . is a glimpse into the lives of Chantrese and Lanise, two friends struggling with their own definitions of love as one woman is surviving HIV and the other surviving her complex relationships.
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Flozetta by Nadine Graham
Flozetta examines the tumultuous mother/daughter relationship of Henrietta, an unstable blues singer with a tragic past, and her daughter Flo, who deals with the legacy of pain her mother unwittingly hands down to her.

 

Saturday, March 31, 2012
Showtimes: 4:00pm and 8:30 pm
Free with confirmed reservation
A Train by Downtown Urban Theater Festival
A coming-of-age story about a group of teenagers growing up in modern day NYC. It’s all put in motion one day on the A subway train where three Bronx girls encounter the candy-toting Malik.
Please RSVP your name and the number of guests via email to dutfnyc@gmail.com. Indicate the 4:00pm or 8:30pm performance. You will receive a confirmation by email. Space is limited. 

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