The Theater at the 14th Street Y Announces the 2018-2019 Family Series

The Theater at the 14th Street Y Announces the 2018-2019 Family Series

The 128-year-old 14th Street Y, the NYC staple that focuses on social awareness and change through art and theater, will continue to honor the edgy, diverse, and rich history of East Village throughout the upcoming season. The series will begin on October 20 with The Not-So-Spooky Ghost and run through May 2019.

“My mother] believed in exposing us to all parts of our imagination, building paths towards new unknowns,” says Ronit Mszhakblit, director of arts and culture at the 14th Street Y. “Here at the 14th Street Y Theater, we also believe that all children should experience that magic, sit excitedly for unknowns, and meet new characters for their imagination to take into new worlds.”

After one performance of each show, there will also be a curated activity elaborating on the themes of the show. Activities will include a program with Tenement Museum educator, improvisational dance led by one of the performers, crafting projects led by puppeteers, and even a talk back with the writer and actor of a show. 

See below for the full lineup:

The Not So Spooky Ghost

October 20-21, 27-2

A timid ghost, his skeleton father, and a mysterious scarecrow have lots of laughs in this all-ages show. The little ghost can’t scare a soul to please his Big Bad Dad, but help is on the way as the audience and some friends scare up fun fright.

Fox Fables by WonderSpark Puppets

November 3-4

This puppet adaptation of an Aesop's Fable is about a fox who loses his precious tail and with it his identity. He tries to be several other animals instead-with hilarious results- before realizing the moral lesson of this ancient story.

Layer the Walls

November 7-11

Set within a tenement that is about to be torn down and whose interior is plastered with 40 layers, this show uses masks, toy-theater techniques and puppets designed by Spica Wobbe to imagine the proud and perilous histories of the building's Italian, Jewish and Irish occupants. Ages 7+.

The Fantastical Dangerous Journey of Q

Rebel Playhouse

December 1-16

Q, an upper elementary student struggling with gender and identity issues, faces the daily difficulties of preoccupied parents, bullying peers, and communication with challenging teachers... but with a bag of tricks everyday objects grow and are endowed with powers that allow Q to face larger than life threats head on! This new hour long musical features song, dance, and puppetry.

Old Turtle and the Broken Truth

Rebel Playhouse

May 4-19

Based on the Children's Book by Douglas Wood, In Old Turtle and the Broken Truth, a truth falls like a star from the sky and breaks into two pieces. When the villagers discover only half of the truth, it causes so many problems that Little One, a brave young girl, decides to search for the missing half. With the help of Old Turtle, and many animal friends, Little One is able to mend the broken truth and make it whole again creating a better world for everyone.

For tickets and pricing, visit the 14th Street Y website.

14th Street Y
344 E. 14th Street
212-780-0800
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