The Whistling Mortician: A Keaton-esqu, witty piece of theater at IATI’s PAM Fest!

A heady mix of physicality, music, and morose humor, The Whistling Mortician is a delightful experience recommended for anyone nostalgic for Buster Keaton and genuinely witty, well-performed theater; a priority among the IATI Theater‘s Performing Arts Marathon line-up.

The titular whistler borrows his name, Froehlich, from the performer portraying him. Living in Germany during the 1870s, he’s enlisted to morgue detail during the Franco-Prussian War and then stationed in a tumultuous Alsace-Lorraine. Froehlich stumbles and cartwheels his way across the world from there, whistling the French National Anthem all the way. The audience is quickly infatuated with the protagonist, who is portrayed not just as a naive manchild habitually on the wrong side of the law, but as a fan of distinguished music, a hard-worker, and good company to the underprivileged. Froehlich is the physicality of Charlie Chaplin with the sensibility of Harpo Marx. His acrobatic talent is supported by an incredible cast playing multiple roles with diverse and distinct physical expression. While most of the characters Froehlich encounters are either authority figures in over-sized helmets or fellow outcasts such as subjugated citizens and immigrants, the cast characterizes them all so strongly and entertainingly that the experience rarely becomes repetitive. The show, though continuously driven forward by the antics of Froehlich, still finds time to pause and ponder the presence of death, watching him slowly bury the bodies of fallen soldiers or wander a church cemetery. This alternation between staccato comedy and contemplative vignette allows the audience time to breathe and absorb, keeping the pacing steady and action fresh.

Kathleen Purcell’s lighting is warm and full, influenced largely by dance theater and appropriate for the space-encompassing motion of a show that’ll just as soon run into the house as cartwheel across the stage. The soundtrack – familiar classical German compositions -  facilitates the choreography and scene transitions, punctuated with moments of silence. The amazing physicality and presence of the performers keeps viewers enervated long after the curtain call. The Whistling Mortician should be near the top of the list for any theater-goer looking for smart and well-crafted physical theater, none-the-less Marx Brothers or Chaplin aficionados.

The Whistling Mortician is playing at the Baruch Performing Arts Center as part of the Performing Arts Marathon 2012, presented by IATI Theater

Sunday, August 5th at 3:00pm

Thursday, August 9th at 7:00pm

Tickets are $35 at the door, but get $25 with this FAB Deal!

- Written by Shane Reader

FAB Deal for PAM Festival

Haydn Díaz, Literary Associate at IATI Theater, join FABnyc in the FAB Cafe to chat about IATI’s PAM Festival!

If you’re interested in getting in on all the action (physical theater, music, dance, theater, puppets, and more!), check out this FAB Deal for discount tickets to ALL PAM shows!

Check it out, and learn more about how to take your pick at the festival!

FAB Minute: An Encounter with El Duende

Check out An Encounter with El Duende premiering at the PAM Festival, presented by IATI Theater!

A Multidisciplinary Music Performance by Sabrina Lastman


Composed and performed by Sabrina Lastman

Arrangements from Federico Garcia Lorca’s songs


Friday, July 27, 2012 at 7:00pm
Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at 7:00pm

Age: Teen and up

Location: Baruch Performing Arts Center (55 Lexington Ave 10010 / Entrance on 25th Street between Lexington & 3rd Avenues)

Fringe on Fourth Returns!

Are you ready for FringeNYC? Once again FAB will be shutting down E. 4th Street  between Bowery and 2nd Avenue to make way for lots of arts and cultural activities! Drop in and pack a picnic while catching up on some live theatre! Afterwards, check out what’s going on with our sustainability projects and be sure to get involved! FringeNYC on Fourth takes place:

Saturday 8/18 1PM – 8PM, Sunday 8/19 1PM – 8PM
Saturday 8/25 1PM – 8PM, Sunday 8/26 1PM – 8PM

Love TV @ FringeNYC on Fourth
Australian-based Love TV will also be featured as a public art installation and performance work in the last weekend of this year’s FringeNYC on Fourth, profiling and engaging the artists and creative communities participating in this dynamic event.

Saturday 8/25 1PM – 8PM, Sunday 8/26 1PM-8PM

Learn more about Love TV and this collaboration here!

Additionally, this year as you’re seeing a gazillion performances in nineteen venues all over downtown Manhattan, shift your focus to the visual art that is all around you! FringeART helps celebrate ArtUp in the Lower East Side, FABnyc’s public art program produced in association with MaNY Project, by highlighting these installations in the neighborhood:

East 1st St. (Extra Place): “Music Machine” by Sonni
Artist Alley @ Extra Place on East 1st St. between 2nd Avenue & Bowery

East 2nd Street: “Stampeded” by Know Hope
22 East 2nd St. between 2nd Avenue & Bowery

East 3rd Street: “Truth Implies the Good” by CAKE
13 East 3rd St. between 2nd Avenue & Bowery

East 4th Street:
“Saints of the Lower East Side” by Tom Sanford
70 East 4th St. Cultural Center

“Our Ladies of Infamy & Grandeur” by Graham Preston
FAB Cafe, 75 East 4th St.

Rotating Artwork on Construction Containers at East 4th & Bowery
East 4th St. & Bowery


In case you missed it…

Big Excellent 20th Reunion highlights a group of friends in the LGBT community returning to their high school reunion. Anxious about how they will be received, the group congregates on the bleachers of the school’s football field. As they catch up on each others’ lives, we watch as the group grapples with the obstacles related to gender identity, sexual orientation, self-fulfillment, self-image, and addressing the death of a loved one.

Located in the small but intimate Theatre 80, the artistic choices in set design allowed the audience to focus on the characters and plot of the show. The musical numbers and choreography enhanced the show without distracting the audience from main messages of acceptance and understanding within the LGBT community. Big Excellent 20th Reunion was a great introduction to understanding the challenges that the LGBT community face and how we can work together overcome them.

- Written by Shauna DeFord, Intern @ FABnyc

Wrapping Up with our Member of the Month: WOW Cafe Theatre!

During June, we’ve highlighted WOW Cafe Theatre as our Member of the Month. To wrap up a wonderful month, below are quotes from WOW Cafe Theatre Members:

“Wow is a place for the new creators of theater to find a stage, particularly women and transgender people.” – Sharon Jane

“WOW Cafe Theatre connects me to a legacy of women who thought their sweat, their art, their care for one another was worth something. Now, the collective continues to swim upstream against the current of multiple social norms that could stifle our spirits and our art. WOW, for me, is community, accountability, and a sacred space for my dancing–continually bought and paid for with collective work and responsibility.” -Maria Bauman, MBDance Artistic Director, Urban Bush Women Director of Education and Community Engagement

Thanks for a great month WOW Cafe Theatre!

Snapshots from Last Night’s ArtUp Reception!

Last night at the FAB Cafe, a reception was held for the the opening of “Saints of the Lower East Side” by Tom Sanford, the new exhibition on the ArtUp Scaffolding Bridge, and “Our Ladies of Infamy and Grandeur” by Graham Preston, the latest exhibition in the Cafe. Read more about it, and check out some snapshots of the opening below!


Artist Tom Sanford with his daughter at the ArtUp Reception.


Melanie and Hannah enjoy a delicious frozen banana from the banana cart!


People enjoying the opening of the artwork.


"Saints of the Lower East Side"


Graham Preston chats about his exhibition.





Snag a FAB Deal on Food and Fadwa!

Be sure to check out New York Theatre Workshop’s Food and Fadwa running until June June 24th!

“Meet Fadwa Faranesh, an unmarried, 30-something Palestinian woman living in Bethlehem in the politically volatile West Bank. Known for her delectable cooking and deep-seated sense of duty to her family and aging father, our kitchen maven insists on continuing the preparations for the wedding of her younger sister, despite constraints of daily life under occupation. Politics blend with family tensions to create a sometimes humorous and sometimes heartbreaking meal. Story by Lameece Issaq and Jacob Kader and directed by Shana Gold, this new play melds the fight a Palestinian family wages to hold onto its traditional culture with its need to celebrate love, joy and hope.”

Stop by the the Fourth Arts Block website for a FAB Deal on tickets to the show! Pay only $35!

Celebrate Pride 2012

 Kick off Pride 2012 downtown with these upcoming events! 

Hot August Night/1970 – The Forgotten LGBT Riot A Lecture by Steven F. Dansky

Tuesday June 19th,


LGBT Community Center (208 W. 13th Street)

Free; RSVP required: (or) 212.475.9585 ext. 35

1 month after the Stonewall Riots, August 29, 1970, Greenwich Village experienced a riot of its own, with hundreds of protestors and 17 resulting arrests. Amazingly, the event was considered un-noteworthy for four decades. On Tuesday, June 19th, Steven F. Dansky (original member of the Gay Liberation Front and founder of Effeminism) will discuss the riot. His book, Hot August Night/ 1970 – The Forgotten LGBT Riot, will be available for purchase and signing.


Too Much Pride Makes The Baby Go Gay!

The New York Neo-Futurist

6/21 @ 8:00 p.m.

6/22-6/23 @ 10:30p.m.

Kraine Theater  (85 E. 4th Street)

$12- $17

From the same people who bring you Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind, the NY Neo-Futurist present, Too Much Pride Makes The Baby Go Gay! – 30 Gay Plays in 60 Straight Minutes.


Confessions of a Cuban Sex Addict

By: Michelangelo Alasa’

6/18- 6/21 @ 8:30 and 9:30 p.m.

DMAC- Duo Multicultural Arts Center

Confessions of a Cuban Sex Addict is a walk-through theatrical installation including actors, video and smoke. Experience the story of Raphael an ex-rent boy, artist and sexual outlaw. Admission is free, but reservation is required.



6/6- 6/23 Various shows @ 8, 7 and 2p.m.

Theatre 80

$ 55

“BIG EXCELLENT 20TH REUNION is a new musical for the entire LGBTQA community and celebrates life as we follow an intimate cast of 6 who come together for their high school reunion.  This musical is a deeply intimate portrait for those who have family and friends who are queer, from interracial and/or adopted families, experienced loss of a parent, for parents who wonder if their children will be alright after they pass, and for those of us who have been touched by cancer and HIV.” (



6/21-6/23 & 6/28- 6/30

7:30 doors, 8:00 show

$13 in advanced, $15 cash at door

Vivisection is the action of cutting into or dissecting a living body usually for physiological or pathological investigation. Human vivisection has been implemented as a form of torture. An often comedic, thought-provoking multidisciplinary exploration of how the visceral experience of regularly being othered impacts the hearts, minds, bodies, souls and basic humanity of Black women. Without having our pain and suffering taken seriously the end result is torture. (


Bonus way to Get Involved: New York City is hosting a LGBT Book Drive. In an effort to fill public schools and LGBT center libraries with LGBT titles, The City Council is partnering with local, nonprofit, community bookstores.  The Book Drive eagerly accepts any and all book donations and will transfer them to community center libraries throughout the city.

Treasures in store at SKYLINE!

Skyline, the soiree of the summer season, is a mere 5 days away, and FAB is ready to help you greet the summer with an evening to remember…
VIP Wine Tasting

To begin the festivities, we’re hosting an exclusive tasting with James Hall for our VIPs at 6PM featuring casual summer wines, paired with festive summer cuisine, which include delectable truffle grilled cheese, lobster rolls, and sliders. If “the Sky’s the Limit” for you, we’ll see you in the early eve!

And, for our VIP’s and those “Flying High,” lucky you! You’ll get to take part in a special raffle for a chance to win a host of great prizes, including a Performance Space 122 Passport, Anthology Film Archives Membership, or one of 8 unique pieces of art by ArtUp artists Abe Lincoln Jr and BEAU.
Pop open a vintage cracker to reveal your raffle prize!


Additionally, everyone is welcome to bid on exciting silent auction items including tickets to Cirque Du Soleil, dinner for two at Saxon + Parole, a Farm Stay in Bucks County, a year membership to Crunch Gym, a Year of Beer, and a number of other indulgent experiences.

All will celebrate an amazing FABnyc year by taking in the Manhattan Skyline from a luxurious Perch at the Penthouse of The Standard, East Village while enjoying everything from delicious cocktails, to savory treats, chocolate covered frozen bananas, and catchy music.

For those who have yet to purchase tickets, be aware that we only have a limited number of $45 tickets remaining!!!  So be sure to get tickets while you still can, and we’ll see you in the sky!