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

Darian Dauchan

Poetic License Shows & Schedule


For 6@6 Reading Series Information, click here.

Monday January 21st - Inauguration Day & Martin Luther King Jr Day
7PM  Obamatry written & performed by Darian Dauchan
a spoken word remix on the 44th president of the United States of America
Directed by Jennifer McGrath
Produced in association with Bowery Arts + Science, Ltd.
A multimedia solo show consisting of live looped songs, beat-boxing and a collage of satirical poems and presidential soundbites chronicling from candidacy, to presidency, to present day. A virtual rhetorical conversation on the subject of America between a Poet and a President. 
followed by our festival kick-off party featuring live DJ and excerpts from festival shows

Tuesday January 22nd
6PM   6@6 reading of Shatter the Sky written by Sean Lewis
8PM   Generation Now written & performed by viBe Theater Experience, Girl Be Heard, Earsay Youth Voices & Urban Word NYC
Four talented youth performance ensembles perform a collection of coming-of-age stories & perspectives on the world as 2020 approaches.
Student Tickets $5

10PM How To Stay: a cabaret in development performed by Kate Foster, Dalton Ridenhour, Anna Gothard and Brooklyn duo Into Doubt
A coming of age, coming out, coming home story with vocals, piano, ukulele, and classic musical theater from the 1940s.

Wednesday January 23rd
6PM   6@6 reading of The Will To Knowledge written by Takeo Rivera 
8PM   Breaking Our Silence featuring by Joanna Hoffman, Charan P Morris, Storm Thomas & Elliott D. Smith
Vibrant LGBTQ poets share their experiences of coming out, finding love and crashing through the barriers of shame and silence to emerge into a new world.

Thursday January 24th
6PM   6@6 reading of Love in a Time of Blood Quantum written by Tanaya Winder 
8PM   Black Girls Don’t Smile Mosaic in Front of Strangers written by Mahogany L. Browne
Directed by Kamilah Forbes, Featuring choreography and dance by Keomi Tarver, Co-Presented with Hip Hop Theater Festival
Come witness the transformative journey of a woman in the heart/cracked globe of a city where apples, lights and love seek refuge. Where the stereotypes are challenged and blackness finds safety in a woman's smile.

Friday January 25th
6PM   6@6 reading of Braided Sorrow written by Marisela Treviño Orta 
8PM   Foreign Bodies written by Eboni Hogan
Directed by Nicole A. Watson, Featuring Eboni Hogan, Samantha Cooper, Ayo Oneké Cummings, Joell Jackson & Teniece Divya Johnson
On a mania-driven trek from NYC to Ghana, poet Eboni Hogan delivers an unflinchingly true testament to the complexities of the fragile mind, the breakable body and the resilient heart. 

Saturday January 26th
6PM   6@6 reading of She Who Struggles by LaTonia Phipps
8PM   faith written & performed by Caroline Rothstein
Directed by Alex Mallory, Winner: Oustanding Production of A Solo Show, 2012 Planet Connections Theatre Festivity 
One woman's gut-wrenching struggle to cope with the expectations and turmoil of coming of age.

Sunday January 27th
2PM   Foreign Bodies written by Eboni Hogan
6PM   6@6 reading of Untitled conceived by Natalia Duong
8PM   From Table to Stage written & performed by Warrior Writers NYC
Original Veteran writing in a staged, multimedia performance that explores a range of experiences from recruitment to homecoming, from surviving war to the quest for life.
Tickets are free for veterans or active U.S. military with I.D.

For last year's festival line-up, reviews, interviews and more, click here


Love, Redefined Tonight!

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!

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)! 



Poetic License was a hit!

Thank you to the 105 artists involved and over 750 audience members for coming out!

The festival had sold-out shows, great press and fantastic interviews with festival artists (linked below)!  Be sure to check them out!

Show Reviews:

Goliath Review on Theatre Is Easy - "An inventive and important work of poetic theatre that's smartly contrived and incredibly affecting."
Goliath Review on Urban Crazes - "I highly recommend the American Veteran Affairs Department to consider producing GOLIATH within rehabilitation centers throughout the nation."
Goliath Review on - "Goliath features an excellent cast, particularly Nabil Vinas as David." 
Underground Review on - "The writers of the show have a real gift for capturing the language of the city and heightening it with poetry"

Artist Interviews from

Shadrack Boakye (The Secrets of Naci-rema)
Darian Dauchan (Death Boogie)
Zoë Flowers (From Ashes to Angel's Dust)
Joanna Hoffman (Off The Record)
Eboni Hogan (Foreign Bodies)
ShadowKat (S.W.A.P. 2011)
Caroline Rothstein (faith)
Samantha Toh (Neither)
Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai (Say You Heard My Echo)
Nabil Viñas (Goliath)


Poetic License Official Press Release

Poetic Theater Productions announces
15 Shows, 5 Days, 75 Artists
January 4-8, 2012
The Wild Project
Tickets On Sale Now

Poetic Theater Productions Co-Artistic Directors Alex Mallory & Jeremy Karafin are pleased to announce the line-up for its first festival of new poetic theater: POETIC LICENSE, committed to social justice through spoken word, hip hop and slam. The festival's fifteen-show lineup includes productions from Poetic Theater Productions, Urban Word NYC, The Truth Urban Theatre Group, Darian Dauchan (Broadway's Twentieth Century) and readings of new plays by Eboni Hogan, Caroline Rothstein and Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai (Russell Simmons Presents HBO Def Poetry). Festival artists include Grand Slam Champion poets from New York City (Urbana), Austin, & DC/Baltimore and members of the 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 National Poetry Slam teams for the legendary Nuyorican Poets Cafe. Other featured performers include Malcom Barrett (The Hurt Locker, Larry Crowne), Camonghne Felix (HBO's Brave New Voices), Joell Jackson (STOMP) and Khadim Diop (Seed, Classical Theatre of Harlem). Actor Axel Avin Jr. (Ruined, Streamers) will direct Poetic Theater Productions' Underground.

Headlining the festival is Poetic Theater Productions' award-winning Goliath, written by Takeo Rivera and directed by Alex Mallory (2011 Planet Connections Awards for Outstanding Overall Production, Outstanding Direction & Outstanding Ensemble). “Goliath is one of the rare gifts that theatre bestows upon us — powerful and passionately produced, raising important questions about the world we live in today.”   —

Poetic Theater Productions' mission is to develop and explore the unique power of poetry within a theatrical context, producing new high quality works of poetry infused theater, theatrical poetry, and poetic media in order to address important social justice causes within our society and communities. for more information.

Poetic License will run Jan 4-8, 2012 at The Wild Project - 195 E 3rd St (between Aves A & B, Subway: F to 2nd Ave). Tickets are $15 and are available online at Readings are $5, day passes available for $25. Performances Wednesday through Saturday begin at 5pm, 7pm and 9pm, Sunday shows at 3pm, 5pm and 7pm.

For press inquiries, please email [email protected].

To download a PDF of the complete Press Release including individual show descriptions & performances times, click here.

Poetic License Complete Line-Up!

Announcing the complete line-up for Poetic License! We will release more information about each show in the coming weeks. Tickets on sale soon - stay tuned!

5 DAYS   15 SHOWS   75 ARTISTS   $5-$15
Jan 4-8, 2012
Wild Project (195 E 3rd St)

Featured Productions:

GOLIATH by Takeo Rivera (Jan 4, 6 & 7)
UNDERGROUND by Edward McWilliams (Jan 5, 7 & 8)

One-Night Only:

DEATH BOOGIE by Darian Dauchan (Jan 4)
THE TRUTH URBAN THEATER GROUP presents "The Secrets of Naci-rema" (Jan 5)
MOMENTS IN WORDS by Urban Word NYC (Jan 6)
S.W.A.P. 2011: The Spoken Word Almanac Project (Jan 6)
OFF THE RECORD by Akua Doku, Camonghne Felix, Joanna Hoffman and Caroline Rothstein (Jan 7)
*FROM ASHES TO ANGEL'S DUST: A Journey Through Womanhood by Zoë Flowers (Jan 8)
*NEITHER by Samantha Toh (Jan 8)

*performed together

$5 at 5 Readings:

SAY YOU HEARD MY ECHO by Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai (Jan 4)
FAITH by Caroline Rothstein (Jan 5)
FOREIGN BODIES by Eboni Hogan (Jan 6)