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Poetic Theater Productions is an NYC theater company working with poets & playwrights to create a visceral, poetic theater


Thanks to everyone who came out to Stanford, UC Berkeley and UC Santa Cruz! We loved performing for and talking to you all!
New Yorkers, join us for one night only in Poetic License on February 15th at 8PM!

Read this letter urging everyone to see Goliath written by Vietnam veteran Everett Cox.


written by Takeo Rivera
directed by Alex Mallory
featuring Samantha Cooper, Dontonio Demarco, Natalia Duong, Edgar Eguia, Kenneth Heaton, Monique Paige and Nabil Viñas
Returning home from a war without purpose, David searches for his remaining humanity while his family and friends try to reconcile this war-torn veteran with their beloved son, brother, husband and friend. Written by a slam poet turned playwright in the style of Russell Simmons’ Def Poetry and inspired strongly by the choreopoetic style of Ntozake Shange, Goliath provides a tough perspective on war, masculinity and the breaking point of human conscience. Poetic Theater Productions’ award-winning production, Goliath returns to NYC for one night only on the heels of its California tour to Stanford University, UC Berkeley and UC Santa Cruz.
"an unexpected catharsis" - US Army Veteran, Korea
A New York Times Community Affairs "Pick of the Week"!
Watch the trailer! 


Stage Manager: Sarah Livant
Lighting Designer: Brad Peterson
Dramaturg: Becca Poccia
Fight Choreographer: Jim Cairl
Producer: Jeremy Karafin

Winner of Planet Connections Theatre Festivity Awards for Outstanding Overall Production of a New Play, Outstanding Direction and Oustanding Ensemble

Veteran Poetry
Poems written and performed by US military veterans are presented at the beginning of each performance.

Each performance of Goliath is followed by a moderated discussion with the audience along with the creative team and cast. This response is an integral part of the performance, and the voices of audience members have greatly informed the conversation and direction of the production throughout its history.

“The reason veterans don’t talk to civilians about their stories is because we think you don’t understand – but this show shows that you do understand, and that’s where the dialogue can begin” – US Army Veteran Martin J. Smith, post-show discussion at La Guardia Community College 05/09/13

Production History
Goliath was first presented at Stanford University in January 2007, where it was one of two student productions invited to perform at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival and was selected for National Consideration, and received the award for Outstanding Student Direction. Goliath premiered in NYC as part of the Planet Connections Theatre Festivity where it received awards for Outstanding Overall Production of a New Play, Outstanding Direction and Outstanding Ensemble. Goliath has been presented as part of Poetic License: a festival of new poetic theater, in Culture Project’s IMPACT 2012 Festival, at the Sugar Loaf Performing Arts Center on Veterans Day 2012, as part of the Program to Honor Veterans at La Guardia Community College, and in a multi-week run at the Wild Project in NYC.


For reviews, interviews and other Goliath press, click here
For cast and crew bios, click here.
For the press release, click here
For a list of awards, click here.
For photos from Planet Connections, click here. For photos from Poetic License, click here

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Poetic Theater Productions is fiscally sponsored by The Field, meaning that all donations are tax-deductible. Your generosity is greatly appreciated!