Horse Trade Theater Group is host to a constant stream of new artists and productions in the East Village. Aside from the platform they give to developing performers, Horse Trade also has an exciting lineup of resident theater companies and ensembles for their 14th Season.
Spookfish Theatre Company will be bringing two shows to the Red Room this season: ABC’s Guide to Getting Famous (11/5/12-11/20/12), the story of ABC, American Born Chinese, as she’s confronted by her true self while waiting outside the audition room for the role of a lifetime; and satirically titled Advance Guard (4/4/13-4/20/13) about two art school dropouts who get caught up with an artist whose mission may extend beyond design. On top of their long list of recognitions, Spookfish is an active member of the Asian American Arts Alliance, which was featured in the FAB! Fest this year.
StrangeDog Theatre Company—whose mission it is to create plays for people who think they don’t like plays—recently brought New. Tricks! to the Red Room, a collection of five stories in three acts ranging from tragic comedies to comedic tragedies.
Both premiering at UNDER St. Marks, Less Than Rent will be giving new life to A Streetcar Named Desire in a “heart-stopping, pill-popping remix of Tennessee Williams’ sexiest play.” Called Desire! [A Varsouviana] (11/29/12-12/15/12), it promises us a lot less melodrama and a lot more dubstep. Words, Razors and the Wounded Heart is a deconstruction of the Jacobean Revenge Tragedy, featuring more sex and violence than HBO, all in a Connecticut High School.
The dance-theater company Theater in Asylum, which promises refuge to controversial subjects and characters, will be bringing life to the relationship of Federico García Lorca and Salvador Dalí in ¡Ole! (1/31/13-2/16/13) drawing on paint, poetry, and flamenco. Intersecting that is their production Revolution in 1 (10/2/12-10/23/12), which builds upon the dual definition of revolution, meaning both revolting and revolving.
As the holidays draw near, Michael R. McGuire premiers a yet unnamed festive show for Horse Trade’s resident acting ensemble, The Drafts, that will be excitedly SciFi-inspired (12/10/12 & 12/11/12; 12/17/12-12/20/12). It’ll be complemented by the eloquently titled Yuletide Yarns of Yore: An All-Inclusive, Non-Denominational, Dysfunctional Holiday Potboiler! (12/6/12-12/15/12)—an irreverent combination of classic holiday tales and previous works by Dysfunctional Theatre Company.
As one of the happening venues on the block, Horse Trade constantly enhances the diversity of the downtown arts scene. The contribution of their resident ensembles and designers cannot be overestimated, though. With the variety of performances going up in their three venues throughout the East Village, theater-goers are guaranteed to find something new and exhilarating any night they choose to come out this season.
- Written by Shane Reader, Promotional Writer for FABnyc