Performances & Events

INFO SESSION: SUNY EMPIRE STATE COLLEGE & HB STUDIO PARTNERSHIP

Interested in pursuing a bachelors degree? 

HB Studio has partnered with State University of New York Empire State College to provide opportunities for HB students to work towards a bachelors or associates degree. This mutually beneficial partnership allows students at HB and SUNY Empire State College to receive discounts and other forms of support, as well as credit transfer for HB’s Hagen Core Training Program, and more. Join us for an info session about SUNY ESC, lead by SUNY’s Catherine Law, at HB Studio on Tuesday, October 23, at 4pm in the Speech Room.

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Tuesday, October 23 | 4pm
Speech Room – 3rd Floor
120 Bank Street

About SUNY ESC Undergraduate Degrees:
At SUNY ESC students self-design their Associate or Bachelor’s degree using an area of study guideline and the SUNY and ESC degree requirements. Students pursuing a degree at SUNY ESC through this partnership work with an assigned SUNY ESC faculty mentor to determine the most appropriate degree for their interests and goals to determine how best to apply their advanced standing credits and design their degree. (Advanced standing credits are the credits that can be transferred into SUNY ESC. Possible sources for advanced standing credits are the Individualized Prior Learning Assessment, credit from other accredited colleges/universities, credit from NCCRS evaluated programs such as the Hagen Core Program, etc.)

HB Public Conversation: THE CAMPFIRE PROJECT

HB Public Conversation: The Campfire Project

with Jessica Hecht and Jenny Gersten

Monday, November 12, 2018 | 7:30PM  
HB Playwrights Theatre, 124 Bank St
Suggested Donation $5-10

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This summer, The Campfire Project – conceived of by actress Jessica Hecht — brought 19 international theater artists to Camp Ritsona, a refugee camp on the outskirts of Athens, Greece, to deliver humanitarian aid and to stage an Arabic language, camp-wide adaptation of Shakespeare’s THE TEMPEST. The team included a psychiatrist specializing in PTSD, a NYC school teacher, 5 arabic speaking actors and a neuro-scientist/drummer. It was humbling and profound to engage with residents of this traumatized community. Their journey to use theater as a conduit for hope in a refugee camp will continue this year.

Please join us at HB on November 12 to hear more about the Campfire Project with creator Jessica Hecht and producer Jenny Gersten.

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This program is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and many generous supporters.

HB Public Conversation: THE MOTHER LINE STORY PROJECT

Amplifying Women’s Voices Past & PresentHB Public Conversation: The Mother Line Story Project

With Eliza Simpson & Lauren Nordvig

Monday, October 29 | 7:30pm
HB Playwrights Theatre | 124 Bank Street
$5-$10 suggested donation

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In 2015, The Mother Line Story Project began by building a collective – story by story. It started with an idea to lead women through writing workshops, encouraging them to create short monologues in the voices of their female ancestors. (Think – The Moth meets ancestry.com.) Before long, they had women of all ages & ethnicities performing for diverse audiences Off-Broadway – these previously untold stories were in turns  hysterical, heartbreaking, poignant, & slice-of-life. The Mother Line Story Project collaborates with female-identifying performers, designers, directors, activists, students, businesses & communities, presenting these stories all over the world. Fostering connection & providing a safe artistic space for female expression are their proudest accomplishments.

Join us for a conversation about The Mother Line Story Project with Founder/Executive Director Eliza Simpson and President/Director of Education and Development Lauren Nordvig. Also featuring the performance of a Mother Line story.

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HB Public Conversation: SAG-AFTRA Info Session

With Aaron Serotsky and Phoebe Jonas

Moderated by Paige Russo

Monday, September 24 | 7:30pm
HB Playwrights Theatre | 124 Bank Street

FREE | RSVP

Have questions about SAG-AFTRA? Join us for a conversation with SAG-AFTRA representatives and leading commercial performers about the benefits of the union and taking the next step in your career. Learn what it takes to navigate today’s changing media landscape and what SAG-AFTRA is doing to stay ahead of the curve.

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HB Rehearsal Space Residency – YOU CAN’T PLAY BARBIES WHEN SOMEONE HAS STOLEN THEIR HEADS

by Perry Guzzi 
directed by Cynthia Granville

with Debra Kay Anderson*, Grace C. Benedetto, Olivia De Salvo, David James, Olivia Jampol, Nico Kiefer*

Saturdays & Sundays, September 16, 22, 23, 29, 30, October 6 & 7 | 8 pm
First Floor Studio | 120 Bank Street, New York
FREE | RSVP

As young Julie reveals in her new doll house story: Once upon a time, a monster came to town and ate all the men except for Julie’s Uncle Sandy who is locked away in a dark little cave. Today, the monster is back for the women — Julie, Mommy, Grammy, and a stranger named Lisa who has suddenly appeared at their door.

*these actors are appearing courtesy of Actor’s Equity Association
Drawing by Laura Benedetto

Logos of the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the New York City Department of Cultural affairs
This program is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and many generous supporters.

TOO CLOSE by Luigi Laraia, directed by Pablo Andrade

Presented in partnership with LAKEARTS FOUNDATION 

TOO CLOSE

A new play by Luigi Laraia
With Richard Tanenbaum & Daniel Owen
Directed by Pablo Andrade

September 13, 14, &15 | 7:30 pm | $25*-35
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HB Playwrights Theatre

124 Bank Street, New York City

In true Hitchcockian style, the author sets the play in an everyday space and invites the audience to share it with the actors.. Claustrophobic, gripping, relevant.
— Capital Fringe Festival

A parable about climate change and its impact on two unsuspecting individuals trapped in an elevator in a modern-day high rise. At its simplest level, TOO CLOSE is a microcosm of a world in which depletion of resources leads to the inhumanity of man against man.

Each evening will also feature leading scientists, writers, and climate change activists discussing the global impact of climate change on our daily lives and ultimately the relationships within our community. Followed by a complimentary reception.

*$25 Student Tickets are available in limited quantities!

HB Rehearsal Space Residency – HAK

HAK The Play is part of HB Studio's 2018 Residency Program

Written by Berkay Ates
Directed by Jee Duman
Produced by Buket Gulbeyaz

Saturdays & Sundays | 8PM
August 18 – 19, 25 – 26
First Floor Studio | 120 Bank Street, New York

FREE | RSVP

“When we become nobody, you become us.”

HAK is an outcry of people who had to leave their home.

Based on the real life story of Amal Omran, a Syrian actress who left her home, HAK follows the story of five characters after leaving their war-torn country and hopes to communicate one of the biggest humanitarian crisis.

Logos of the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the New York City Department of Cultural affairs
This program is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and many generous supporters.

Rehearsal Space Residency: THIS PLAY WAS NOT WRITTEN BY A WOMAN

Saturday & Sunday, June 23 & 24 | 8 pm
First Floor Studio
120 Bank Street

Free! RSVP

Created and Directed by Emilyn Kowaleski and Sarah Stites

This Play Was Not Written by a Woman is a devised performance piece that explores the layered nature of personal identity and self-expression. By creating privilege-wielding alter-egos and aggressively self-positive WWE wrestling personas, our ensemble lampoons  society’s expectations of sex, gender, and race in a raucous farce of never-ending reveals.

People Who Make Theater: The Performing Arts Legacy Project

The Performing Arts Legacy Project at the Actors Fund 
A public talk with Joan Jeffri, Director of the Research Center for Arts and Culture

Monday, June 18, 2018
7:30PM, HB Playwrights Theatre
$5-10 suggested donation | RSVP

THE PERFORMING ARTS LEGACY PROJECT at The Actors Fund (PAL) is an inter-generational project to document and represent performers’ careers aged 62+. Trainers, students and volunteers work to create career timelines, oral histories, video and audio life reviews, capturing memorabilia and experiences, and saving our national legacy. The digital legacies will be housed at an open source archive online, as well as in related performers’ unions and libraries. PAL is being piloted with small cohorts of actors aged 62+ at The Actors Fund and several small theaters around New York City towards a public launch.

Join us to hear about the project from its creator, Joan Jeffri (Director of the Research Center for Arts and Culture) and to see a preview of the online platform.

Also featuring HB Studio’s Craig Dolezel, a PAL Fellow and participant in the project. More speakers TBA!