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by BWW News Desk
After 15 years Horse Trade Theater Group is sad to announce that they will no longer be operating out of The Red Room, a 32-seat theater located on the third floor of 85 East 4th Street. The landlord has decided to repurpose the space, and it will no longer be a performing arts venue. Horse Trade will be searching for a new third venue, and in the meantime will continue to operate out of The Kraine Theater at 85 East 4th Street and UNDER St. Marks at 94 St. Marks Place, for the foreseeable future.
Horse Trade couldn't let The Red Room go without a proper send-off! So the month of March will be full of special events in The Red Room, as they say goodbye to a beloved East Village staple.
A Raisin in the Salad: Black Plays for White People
Written by Kevin R. Free, Directed by Christopher Burris
Monday, March 4 @ 8pm FREE
Kevin R. Free, the creator of Black Plays for White People, wants to leave his life's work behind. But what's left if his characters take his legacy and run with it?
Written by Duncan Macmillan, Directed by Michael J Fulvio
March 6-9, Wed-Sat @ 7:30pm $15
In a time of global anxiety, terrorism, erratic weather and political unrest, a young couple wants a child. If they over think it, they'll never do it. But if they rush, it could be a disaster. What will be the first to destruct - the planet or the relationship?
Naturally Delicious Improv
Presented by Bedlam Ensemble
Saturday, March 9 @ 10:30pm $7 ($5 in advance)
Looking for fun that is exciting, yet natural? Well here's your chance! Bedlam Ensemble's Naturally Delicious improv troupe is here to provide you with a barrel of laughs! Like the whole foods of comedy, this troupe will allow you to have a great time without any of the preservatives or controls of a normal comedy group. (Please note that Naturally Delicious will move to Second Wednesday's at UNDER St. Marks beginning in April).
The Pumpkin Pie Show
Written by Clay McLeod Chapman
Monday, March 11 @ 7pm & 8:30pm $15
The Pumpkin Pie Show bids a bittersweet farewell to one of the theatres it grew up in: Horse Trade's very own beautiful shoebox...The Red Room. In a double-bill of some of our greatest hits, we pay our respects to one of our earliest venues in NYC sadly going the way of all those beautiful black boxes in the sky. At 7 PM, Hanna Cheek will bring her no holds barred performance of Commencement to the Red Room for a one night only event. At 8:30 PM, we will burn down the very walls of this theatre with our final Pumpkin Pie Show in the space. There will be nothing left of the stage once we are done. Watch us perform stories that got the neighbors calling the police on us to complain about the damn racket. With performances by Chapman, Hanna Cheek, Abe Goldfarb, plus special surprise guests from Pumpkin Pie Show's sordid past.
Tree of Life
Written by Pia Wilson
March 12, 19, 28, 29, & 30 @ 8pm, Sunday, March 24 @ 3pm $15
As her husband John is dying in a nearby room, a young woman named Ailyn sits in an abandoned reading room with Richard, a priest and John's childhood friend. The pair takes an emotional journey as they talk of trees, love, childhood, death, and Cinderella's betrayal of young girls' ambitions. Tree of Life is a full-length drama about need and the mistakes we make in grief and loneliness.
Hosted by Peter DeGiglio
Wednesday, March 13 @ 8pm $10
The Skinny is a political comedy talk show with a twist: The host, Peter DeGiglio, is just an average schnook struggling to wrap his head around the events that shape our world. Joining him is a discussion panel of real life experts and a plethora of wacky variety acts. (Please note that The Skinny will move to last Wednesday's at UNDER St. Marks, beginning in April).
Thank You For Sending Me An Angel
Written by Chris Barlow, Directed by Rachel Buethe
Presented by Less Than Rent Theatre
Sunday, March 17 @ 7pm FREE
Unemployment! Foreclosure! Infidelity! The Schlitz is hitting the fan in the Klein house this Christmas, until a little bit of divine intervention shows up in their kitchen. A comedy of minor Midwestern miracles complete with a grave robbing ballet and ascension via minivan.
Written by Ben Clawson, Directed by Artem Yatsunov
Presented by StrangeDog Theatre Company
March 21, 22, & 23 at 7:30pm $15
Step one: Come see the show. Step two: Pick a character. Step three: When the character drinks, so do you! Can you make it through the night? The Virilogy is three one-act comedies (or one three-act tragedy), spanning a decade in the lives of the world's worst best friends. Throughout the night the boys will attempt to discover how to be heart-broken, how to be a man, how to be a friend, and how to fail miserably at all of the above.
Wasabassco Hellfire Club
Hosted by Doc Wasabassco
Thursday, March 21 @ 10:30pm $50 (no tips accepted)
Wasabassco Burlesque presents their most adult show ever! Step through the gates of this exclusive club for a monthly erotic salon, curated to cater to your most sophisticated and lustful desires. (Please note that this will be the final edition of the Wasabassco Hellfire Club in The Red Room).
Written by Don Nigro
Directed & Performed by John Clancy and Nancy Walsh
Presented by Clancy Productions
Sunday, March 24 @ 7pm $15
The creative team behind Cincinnati (Scotsman Fringe First, 2002, Stage Best Actress Nominee and Spirit of the Fringe winner, 2002 Nancy Walsh, Herald Angel winner, 2002 John Clancy) reunites to present the voices of Eve, the first woman and mother of us all and Jesus of Nazareth, Son of God. Hear the two stories you thought you knew told by the two people who had to live them. Funny, angry and brutally honest about the troubling nature of the Creator God, these stories surprise and enchant, leaving you with unexpected answers and maybe more questions than you thought you had.
Drafts Monthly Reading Series
Presented by The Drafts
Monday, March 25 @ 7pm FREE
This month's reading series will feature A Room Full of Ramen by David Trevor Lawson and Carting by Lynn Veach Sadler, both directed by Nicole Gehring.
We See Red: The Long and Sordid History of Dysfunctional and The Red Room
Presented by Dysfunctional Theater Company
Tuesday, March 26 @ 8pm $15
F. Scott Fitzgerald hosts an evening of short plays and songs spanning Dysfunctional Theatre's countless Red Room performances. With zombies, reindeer, Barbies, booze and songs. In other words, all the elements of a very Dysfunctional good time. Including scenes from The 8: Reindeer Monologues (featured in Time Out New York), The Dysfunctional Guide to Home Perfection, Marital Bliss and Passionate Hot Romance (winner Sold Out Show & Audience Choice Awards, FRIGID New York 2009),and other Red Room shows, as well as a new mini-episode from Dysfunctional's serialized play Unlicensed.
Reading of The Sisters of Arkansas Can Saw
Presented by Wreckio Ensemble
Wednesday, March 27 @ 8pm FREE
Faith, Hope, and Charity are self-proclaimed "watchers of the world." They believe that through their elaborate rituals and prayer that they maintain the balance between chaos and order on Earth, yet; they haven't had any interaction with the outside world since they saw their mother die over twenty years ago. The sisters come face to face with their fears of the unknown when Hope decides to leave their home. Sisters of Arkansas Can Saw is a quirky comedy that speaks about the unspoken rules of family obligation and the trials of loving unconditionally.
Stripper Lesbians: A Naked Love Story
Written by Kate Foster, Directed by Jeff Woodbridge
Presented by Rising Sun Performance Company
Thursday, March 28 & Friday, March 29 @ 10:30pm $15
Evan, a woman's studies major, is writing a killer senior thesis-- by becoming a stripper at her favorite strip club. In between her current girlfriend, a stripper-lesbian, and her ex boyfriend, an unemployed Tisch graduate, Evan dances the line between love and betrayal. A comedy about what it really means to be 'in love with a stripper' (cue R&B) and what it means to become one.
Double Bill: Goodnight Lovin' Trail & On Top
Written by John Patrick Bray
Presented by Rising Sun Performance Company
Saturday, March 30 @10:30pm $15
Goodnight Lovin' Trail is a subtle and touching drama that takes place at a truck stop diner in West Texas, where two desperate and lonely strangers find redemption in each other's eyes while discussing a stolen guitar. The play explores raw human emotions and consequences while these two desperate characters navigate and come to terms with the choices they've made on the road of life.
On Top: Does it count as cheating if you're on top? A couple redefines their relationship, and infidelity, in a grocery store.
Hosted by Peter Aguero
Sunday, March 31 @ 8pm $15
Raw stories paired with raw burlesque. Curated and hosted by Peter Aguero (The Moth, The BTK Band), Bare. will rip the heart out of your chest, place iT Lovingly back in, and proceed to do it all over again.
BLAZE OF GLORY will run March 1-30 in The Red Room (85 East 4th Street between 2nd Avenue and Bowery). Tickets ($15) are available online at www.horseTRADE.info or by calling 212-868-4444.
HORSE TRADE THEATER GROUP is a self-sustaining theater development group; with a focus on new work that has produced a massive quantity of stimulating downtown theater. Horse Trade's Resident Artist Program offers a home to a select group of Independent theater artists, pooling together a great deal of talent and energy. It is also the home of FRIGID New York - the first and only festival of its kind in New York City. For more, go to www.horseTRADE.info.