Fandango for Butterflies (and Coyotes)

Written by Andrea ThomeDirected by José ZayasOriginal Music by Sinuhé Padilla About the Show Inspired by interviews with undocumented immigrants from Latin America living in New York, the piece takes the form of a fandango, a community celebration where stories are brought to life through live performance, music, and dance. On the eve of city-wide …

Behind Closed Doors

Coming soon Behind Closed Doors a multi-disciplinary immersive experience combining theatre, film and public art. We are developing Behind Closed Doors with playwright and screenwriter MJ Kaufman as the primary writer, and with theatre and film director NJ Agwuna. The project centers around a narrative exploring the secrets we keep around sexuality and the shame …

Ay Días Chiqui

UNCOMMON VOICES PRESENTSAy Días, Chiqui (Oh these days…Chiqui) by Jose Manuel FriedelTranslated and adapted by Gabriel Torres & Scout DavisPerformed by Gabriel TorresDirected by Scout Davis WHEN: Monday, April 25, 2022WHERE: St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church  (157 Montague St, Brooklyn, NY 11201) $35 – includes Colombian food & a glass of wine; $15 – …

Uncommon Voices

Uncommon Voices, an intergenerational series for art, activism, conversation and community.Since launching in January 2019, we’ve presented dozens of playwrights, directors and performers whose work is at the intersection of art and social justice. UPCOMING UNCOMMON VOICES Save the Date for November 7 &8, sign up here to be the first to know when tickets are …

We the People (not the Bots)

By Eric LockleyDeveloped and directed by Morgan Green-$20 ticket cost with a corresponding $20 voucher to use entirely at a local participating restaurant– Javel Washington, an accidental time-traveler, arrives in present day NYC with a warning from the future. In a race against the Bots of his time, Javel hopes to enlist you to help him save …

UNCOMMON VOICES

Presents THE GATE By Brent Buell & Charles Moore. The play addresses the issue of parole board reform, revealing the tragedy of the extreme power parole boards have over the legitimate and well earned freedom deserved by the vast majority of prison residents. By Brent Buell & Charles MooreDirected by Ro BoddieLocation: The Gerald W. Lynch Theater at …

New Commissions

Status: A co-commision with the Vineyard TheatreWhere: In person and on-line production happening simultaneouslyBy Multimedia Artist Jared MezzocchiPlaywright Sarah Gancher What if we could witness the whole history of a place—all the personal conflicts, the tiny heartbreaks and small triumphs, all the moments when history was happening and no one realized it—all at once. En …

Downtown Stories

When: June 8–25, 2022We the People (not the Bots) extended until June 30thWhere: Lower Manhattan Experience your Lower Manhattan adventure with three theatrical Performances Experience your Lower Manhattan adventure with three theatrical Performances A little-known landmark, the smallest street in Manhattan, an historic graveyard…These are just some of the places you will discover through Downtown …

En Garde Arts 2021 GALA

Sunday, October 24 Picture Gallery Read about our COVID Safety Measures Do you want to make a donation? Gifts of $50+ receive link to watch via live stream. Honoring Kathleen & Henry Chalfant and José Parlá: Kathy and Henry Chalfant have lived together and worked as artists in New York City since 1973; Kathy as an …

Fandango for Butterflies (and Coyotes) 2021

Written by Andrea ThomeDirected by José ZayasMusic by Sinuhé Padilla October 22 and October 23, 2021St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church, Brooklyn, New York(157 Montague St, Brooklyn, NY 11201) FANDANGO FOR BUTTERFLIES (AND COYOTES) IS RETURNING to New York for 2 NIGHTS ONLY!! ABOUT THE SHOW The show opened in New York in February, …

A Dozen Dreams

Co-Conceived and created by Anne Hamburgerwith John Clinton Eisner and Irina KruzhilinaPresented in May 2021 by Arts Brookfield for Brookfield Place New York A dozen playwrightsA dozen roomsA Dozen Dreams Runtime: 50 minutes “Last year I learned how a room can come to represent utter isolation. In this production I learned how a room can …

In Development

Activating Stoops Uncommon Voices: Unexpected Places This past October, David Greenspan and music director Jamie Lawrence performed songs from the songbook era on the stoop of a brownstone in Brooklyn for socially-distanced audiences gathered in the street below. Stefan Grybauskas from the NYC Street Activity Permits Office called this “a trailblazer for pop up cultural events …

Employment Opportunities

Fall 2021 Internships We’re looking for Interns! En Garde Arts had its most ambitious spring, in spite of the pandemic. We produced A Dozen Dreams, presented by Arts Brookfield, and co-curated and produced the Downtown Live with The Tank, presented by Downtown Alliance. Now we’re gearing up for the fall and are looking for interns …

Unveil: A Visual and Live Arts Experience

In partnership with the Meatpacking District Management Association, En Garde Arts will curate and produce UNVEIL: A Visual and Live Arts Experience. We will be featuring some of  the New York theatre community’s most celebrated voices in empty stores and storefront windows, including: Brittany Bland, Machine Dazzle, Nona Hendryx, Ramaj Jamar, Peter Mark Kendall, Mimi Lien, …

Playbill: Wartime Canteen for a New Era, October 17 & 18, 2020

Wartime Canteen for a New EraFeaturingDavid Greenspan – Creator & PerformerJamie Lawrence – Arranger, Performer, & Music Director Artist Bios: David Greenspan is perhaps best known for appearing in his own plays, most notably Dead Mother (NYSF/Public Theater), She Stoops to Comedy and Go Back to Where You Are (Playwrights Horizons), I’m Looking for Helen Twelvetrees (Abrons Arts Center) – and his solo plays The …

Uncommon Voices: Unexpected Places

En Garde’s Uncommon Voices gave artists a platform to develop new projects in front of an audience in a 65 seat cafe. We were thrilled to give support to some of New York City’s most exciting creative voices. With the advent of COVID-19, it was impossible to bring audiences back to this intimate indoor space …

Mix & Match

Status: In development, Workshop slated for March 2023 Written by Leila Buck*Directed by Noelle GhoussaniniOriginally developed with Director Tamilla Woodward Written by Leila Buck in collaboration with the actors, directed by Noelle Ghoussanini and developed with Director Tamilla Woodard, Mix and Match is a theatrical event that invites the audience into the journey of two families – one …

Stonewall, Night Variations

1994 Conceived and directed by Tina Landau “In the wonderfully heady prologue to the En Garde Arts production of Stonewall: Night Variations, the play’s director and author, Tina Landau, turns Pier 25 in lower Manhattan into a boisterous freak show for the audience to wander through. It speaks volumes about the perception of gay men …

PROGRAM: Uncommon Voices, February 4

En Garde Arts Uncommon VoicesPresents Truth and Reconciliation of Womyn Moments in history you’d like to see corrected. Curated and directed by Tonya PinkinsFebruary 4th, 7:30 pmThe Commons Café Playwrights Glory KadiganTonya PinkinsKristine M. ReyesCarmen RiveraLucy Thurber Actors Mary ArchboldNemuna CeesayAkoPaulina de la ParraAkiko HiroshimaTonya PinkinsJane Summerhays Singer/songwriters Julie BrownAngela Sclafani Curator & Director Tonya Pinkins is …

Basetrack Live

2014 World premiere at Brooklyn Academy of Music, NYToured to over 40 cities nationwide with extensive engagement programming Created by Edward BilousComposed by Michelle DiBucci, Edward Bilous, & Greg KalemberCo-adapted by Jason Grote, in collaboration with Seth Bockley & Anne HamburgerDirected by Seth BockleyMusic Direction by Michelle DiBucci Starring Ashley Bloom and Christopher BoucherKenneth Rodriguez …

Red Hills

June 7th – July 1st, 2018 101 Greenwich Street, 9th Floor Written by Asiimwe Deborah Kawe and Sean Christopher LewisDirected by Katie PearlMusic Composition by Farai Malianga Starring Christopher McLinden and Patrick J. SsenjovuLive Music Performed by Farai Malianga and Sifiso Mabena Production Stage Manager Andrea WalesAssistant Stage Manager Arielle GoldsteinLighting Design by Brian Aldous …

Harbored

June 22-25, 2017 at Brookfield Place New York Co-comissioned by Arts Brookfield and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council as part of the River to River Festival 2017 Written & Directed by Jimmy MaizeComposed by Heather ChristianChoreographed by Wendy SeybDowntown Voices Choir, Mama Foundation, Wednesday Sings Choir Starring JeVon Blackwell, Molly McAdoo, Esaú Mora, Renaldy Smith, …

Gala 2018: American Dreams Redux

On October 30, 2018, En Garde Arts honored Alberta Arthurs & Joan D. Firestone at our annual gala. Photography by Flash Rosenberg and by Isaiah Tannenbaum The gala featured powerful, moving and humorous personal stories by Catherine Burns (from The Moth), Patricia Cruz (Harlem Stage), Jessica Hecht (Campfire Project Director), Tonya Pinkins (TONY™ Award–winning Actor), …

BOSSS — Big Outdoor Site Specific Stuff

October 2-4, 2015 Presented at Hudson River Park, NY Conceived by Anne Hamburger A free festival of work by nine creative teams comprised of New York’s rising generation of innovative theatre artists. The Festival Lineup Given The Present, The Future Does Not Depend On The Past Sam Alper, PlaywrightDeepali Gupta, Composer and LyricistJimmy Maize, DirectorFor …

Crowbar

1990 Presented at The Victory, NY Written by Mac Wellman Directed by Richard Caliban A ghost play illuminating The Victory’s storied past, salvaging the 42nd Street theatre following decades of decay. “Crowbar, the newest site-specific project of Anne Hamburger’s En Garde Arts company, is an act of reclamation and renewal.”—The New York Times Photos

Orestes

1993 Presented at Penn Yards, NYAdapted by Charles L. Mee, Jr.Directed by Tina LandauStarring Jefferson MaysA modern retelling of the ancient Greek play by Euripides, with America as collapsed Greece. “Another of the En Garde Arts company’s site-specific shows, ORESTES proves among the best.” —Variety Photos

ANOTHER PERSON IS A FOREIGN COUNTRY

1991 Presented at Towers Nursing Home, Central Park West, NYWritten by Charles L. Mee, Jr.Directed by Anne BogartA surrealistic exploration of what it means to be an outsider. “ANOTHER PERSON surges with vitality, but it doesn’t shrink from its vision of the world as a chamber of horrors where only a lucky few get to …

JP MORGAN SAVES THE NATION

1995 Presented outside Federal Hall Manhattan, NYMusic by Jonathan LarsonLibretto by Jeffrey M. JonesDirected by Jean RandichChoreography by Doug ElkinsAn interweaving of history, economics, and musical theatre, based on the events surrounding JP Morgan’s attempt to save the nation from financial collapse during the panic of 1907. “This is surely your only chance to watch …

THE TROJAN WOMEN: A LOVE STORY

1996 Presented at East River Park Amphitheater, NYWritten by Charles L. Mee, Jr.Directed by Tina LandauStarring Sharon ScruggsA modern retelling of the ancient Greek play by Euripides, with a world reduced to such disarray and anguish that it will never recover. “There is a perversely appealing logic in a production that equates the Trojan War …

THE WASTE LAND

Presented at Liberty Theatre, NYWritten by T.S. EliotDirected by Deborah WarnerStarring Fiona ShawWinner of two Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding One Person Show and Unique Theatrical ExperienceA one-woman recitation of one of the most important poems of the 20th Century, shifting between voices of satire and prophecy. “A spellbinding interpretation.” —The New York Times Photo: …