Theater For The New City Celebrates 24th Annual LES Festival of the Arts

Theater For the New City

Theater For The New City hosts their 24th Annual Lower East Side Festival of the Arts over the long weekend. The festival runs May 24 – 26, 2019 (155 First Ave. at 10th St.): Friday 6p – 1a, Saturday noon – 6p Outside, 6p – 1a Inside, Sunday 6p – 1a and features theater, music, art, dance, video, film, aerial arts, poetry, magic and comedy with over 270 performances, by over 70 groups, over the course of the weekend.

They write:

Our neighborhood, the Lower East Side/East Village, has always been an ever-changing, ever-evolving, melting pot of humanity, fertile soil for art of every description.  Through this year’s Lower East Side Festival Of The Arts, we give thanks for the broad shoulders we stand upon, brilliant artists who lived and/or created here,” says Crystal Field, Co founder and Executive Artistic Director.  “From Irving Berlin, Yip Harburg, Charlie Parker, Eugene O’Neill, Garcia Lorca, Mark Twain, James Cagney, to the Yiddish Theater, George Raft, Eddie Cantor, Molly Picon—the list goes on and on—even the film industry was birthed here, mere blocks from where Theater for the New City stands today,” she adds.  “This year’s festival theme is 2020 Vision—Save Our Planet, Save Our Country. The question of climate change is a major issue. The festival looks towards a green revolution. It looks toward the welcoming of immigrants. It pulls together the many ethnic populations that live in our beloved lower east side—. Art cannot move mountains, but it can move minds.

Performers and artists include:

Academy Award Winner F. MURRAY ABRAHAM, AUSTIN PENDLETON, DAVID AMRAM, YIP HARBURG FOUNDATION RAINBOW TROUPE, PENNY ARCADE, MALACHY MCCOURT, PHOEBE LEGERE, RENO, NEW YORK THEATER WORKSHOP, TABULA RASA, EVERETT QUINTON, BARBARA KAHN, BINA SHARIF, TRAV S.D, EDUARDO MACHADO, JUDY GORMAN, VINIE BORROWS, JOHN GRIMALDI, MISHA SCHULMAN, MIKE ZETLER, KT SULLIVAN and JAMES RADO

COBU, LA MAMA ETC, NATIONAL YIDDISH THEATER FOLKSBIENE, GLITTER KITTY, THUNDERBIRD AMERICAN INDIAN DANCERS. CHINESE THEATERWORKS, KINDING SINDAW, INFINITY DANCE THEATER, ART LILLARD’S HEAVENLY BIG BAND, NEGRO ENSEMBLE COMPANY, YOUTH PERFORMING FOR YOUTH, THE SQUATTERS OPERA, DAVID VERNON, DIXON PLACE, MICHAEL MUSTO, LISSA MOIRA, ASHLEY LIANG DANCE COMPANY, CONSTELLATION MOVING COMPANY AERIAL DANCE, ANTHONY HADEN GUEST, INMA HEREDIA, ROD RODGERS DANCE COMPANY, WISE GUISE and many more!!!

For the full list of performers and schedule details, visit www.theaterforthenewcity.net or call 212-254-1108.