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


TONIGHT! Love & War by Keomi Tarver at 10PM

on Sat, 02/08/2014 - 19:13

Saturday Feb 8 and 15 at 10PM, $15
Love and War by Keomi Tarver 
Experimenting with the connection between artists, Keomi uses dance and poetry to welcome the vulnerability that love and war brings to the surface to show to opposing extremes can occupy the same space all in one show. This work is meant to ask all the hard questions we keep tucked away due to fear, leaving us exposed and eventually free.

Featuring Keomi Tarver, Jayson Smith, Efeya Sampson, Kristen Smith, Autumn Oftedal, Sharifa Linton, Samantha Garvin, Candace Tabbs, Keith Alexander, Natasha Corbie, Petra Claiborne, Nicolette Fox, Anthony McPherson, Jeanann Verlee, Tiffany Neal, & Kat Magill


and don't miss One Journey tomorrow night! 

Sunday Feb 9 at 8PM, $15
One Journey by Yadira De La Riva
One Journey is a woman’s coming of age U.S./Mexico border story based in El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua that uses theater, poetry, music and movement to discuss the complexities of borderland identity by confronting the effects of immigration enforcement today.


Love, Redefined 2013

on Wed, 02/20/2013 - 21:26


Remixes, Re-imaginings and Riffs on Non-Commercial, Non-Traditional Love
Join us for a thrilling evening of familiar sonnets turned into original spoken word poetry, theater, dance and music!

Wednesday, February 27 at 8PM
The Wild Project – 195 East 3rd Street
Suggested Donation - Reserve Tickets Now!
(all are welcome!)

featuring new work by
Mia Anderson, Scotty Arnold, Mickey Bolmer, Darian Dauchan, Maurice DeCaul, Sarah Duncan, Safia Elhillo, Dominique Fishback, Madeline Fendrick & Brian Peck, Kate Foster & Anna Gothard, Nicole Goodwin, Ish Islam, Joell Jackson, Ryan F Johnson, Kashi Johnson, Teniece Divya Johnson, David Trevor Lawson, Mary McCarthy, Margaret McCarthy, Christine J. Schmidt, Vassilea Terzaki, Tanaya Winder, Catherine Weingarten, and Donte Wright da Storyteller

based on traditional sonnets and love poems by
William Shakespeare, Pablo Neruda, John Donne, George Herbert, Elizabeth Barrett Browning and e. e. cummings. 

also featuring
Jenny Aaron, Amanda Berry, Samantha Cooper, Dontonio Demarco, Karen Eilbacher, Kristen Islas, Wade Ray, Alyson Leigh Rosenfeld, Temesgen Tocruray, Nabil Viñas and more! 

with Josh Henderson on Hip Hop Violin and beats by Leal Vona

We'll be posting videos from last year throughout the week on our facebook page - RSVP now

Sneak preview from Death Boogie and Obamatry writer/performer Darian Dauchan from Love, Redefined 2012 (see him again this year with a never before-heard poem!)

Seeking Submissions for Love, Redefined!

on Wed, 01/30/2013 - 12:04

Announcing the next edition of Love, Redefined!
Now seeking submissions! 

Poetic Theater Productions presents
Remixes, Re-imaginings and Riffs 
on traditional sonnets & love poems
through poetry, theater, dance, music and multimedia

Wednesday, February 27 at 8PM
The Wild Project – 195 East 3rd Street

Calling all poets, playwrights, directors, choreographers, composers, actors and dancers:
Participate in one of the most magical events of the year! 

The spirit of Love, Redefined is non-commercial, non-traditional love. After a smashing success with this event last year, we are once again inviting you to reinterpret, remix or re-imagine a traditional sonnet in another art form - monologues, spoken word, playlets, dance, music, etc! (see list of our ideas below, others are welcome!) in whatever form you would like (spoken word, theater, dance, music, etc).

The only requirements are that the piece is two minutes or less and that it is memorized for the performance. You or another actor will read the sonnet that inspires your piece before it (not included in the two minute limit). Send pieces to [email protected] by Sunday, February 10th along with the sonnet the piece is based on and please let us know whether you would be performing your own work or whether you would like us to enlist some great actors for it. 

Sonnet & poem inspirations from last year:
John Donne
Pablo Neruda
Frank O'Hara
Lord Byron
Audre Lorde
Edna St. Vincent Millay

We look forward to seeing your work!

Love, Redefined Tonight!

on Sat, 02/25/2012 - 13:28

non-commercial, non-traditional love. 

Don't miss Love, Redefined tonight at 8PM at the Wild Project - 195 E 3rd St! 

Get your tickets online now or buy them at the door - only $10! 

Join us for a thrilling One Night Only evening of new work with inspiration from Pablo Neruda, Audre Lorde, William Shakespeare, Sappho, Rumi and more created and performed by 40 wonderful poets, playwrights, choreographers, directors, composers and performers!


Poets: Suzen Baraka, Aziza Barnes, Mahogany L. Browne, Lorraine Currelley, Darian Dauchan, Brian “Omni” Dillon, Ishmael “Ish” Islam, Joell Jackson, Iris A. Law, Mindy Levokove, Hjordy’s Matos, Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai, William Lowell Von Hoene, Leal Vona
Playwrights: Mickey Bolmer, Megan Cohen, Kate Foster, Christine J. Schmidt
Composers: Jeremiah Bornfield, Thomas Deneuville
Directors/Choreographers: Nicolette Dixon, Natalia Duong, Rachel Klein, Sara Lyons, Daniel Roberts
Performers: Kilusan Bautista, Dana Berger, Ashley Bozian-Murtha, Andrew Casanova, Samantha Cooper, April Dayok, Flor De Liz Perez, Dontonio Demarco, Eden Foster, Teniece Divya Johnson, Joe Munley, Brisa Areli Munoz, Robyn Neilsen, Sara Hunter Orr, Wade Ray, Jennifer Rabbitt Ring, James Sprang, Quinn Warren


A few quotes:

"kiss/ to kiss/ kissing/ a conjugation worth consider ing" - Mahogany L. Browne, "conjugate", performed by Teniece Divya Johnson

"I am always no more than the body that gave your ghost away" - Brian “Omni” Dillon, "Sonnet One", performed by Kilusan Bautista

"I'm sick of complaining about parties that lasted too long, part time work that lasted too long, I want to complain about life lasting too long, or not lasting long enough" - Kate Foster, "In Winter", performed by Samantha Cooper


Announcing the line-up for Love, Redefined!

on Thu, 02/16/2012 - 22:19

Announcing the phenomenal poets, playwrights, choreographers, directors and composers for Love, Redefined

Based on sonnets and love poems by William Shakespeare, Sappho, Pablo Neruda, Audre Lorde, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Frank O’Hara, John Donne and Plato.

Featuring work by: 

Poets: Suzen Baraka, Aziza Barnes, Mahogany L. Browne, Lorraine Currelley, Darian Dauchan, Brian “Omni” Dillon, Ishmael “Ish” Islam, Joell Jackson, Iris Law, Mindy Levokove, Hjordy’s Matos, Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai, William Lowell Von Hoene, Leal Vona
Playwrights: Mickey Bolmer, Megan Cohen, Kate Foster, Christine J. Schmidt
Composers: Jeremiah Bornfield, Thomas Deneuville
Directors/Choreographers: Nicolette Dixon, Natalia Duong, Rachel Klein

with Josh Henderson on violin

Be sure to join us on Feb 25th at 8PM at the Wild Project (195 E 3rd St)! 



March4Word - Tuesday March 15th 9PM

on Wed, 03/09/2011 - 01:35

Next up!


a Poetic Theater Productions showcase

featuring Jahnilli Akbar, Sumi Clements, Yadira de la Riva, Natalia Duong, Kristen Euretig, Scott Frank, Sabrina Gilbert, Nora Gordon, Chelsea M Gregory, Sarah Holmes, Alvin Lau, Naomi Lore, James Merenda, Heidi Rosbe, Caroline Rothstein, Jared Singer, Tracy Soren and more to be announced

Tuesday, March 15 at 9PM
Wild Project
195 East 3rd St between Avenues A and B
New York, NY
$5 suggested donation but no-one turned away for lack of funds
The evening will include excerpts from "One Brave Thing" (Poetic Theater Productions and Sarah Holmes DanceWorks, 2010), "One Journey: Stitching Stories Across the Mexican 'American' Border" (Yadira de la Riva), "The 6 Project" (Chelsea M Gregory) and "Goliath" (Takeo Rivera), in addition to poetry by Jahnilli Akbar, Sabrina Gilbert, Alvin Lau, James Merenda and Tracy Soren, Jared Singer, Caroline Rothstein and other acts to be announced. 

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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!