2017 Summer Guide to Lower East Side Theater

The Lower East Side has a long history of groundbreaking theater — from Vaudeville and Yiddish Theater to Off-Broadway and Experimental — and this upcoming season is no exception.

Though most local theaters “go dark” for much of the summer, there are still some great performances to catch up on. Below is a short list of offerings.


Bowery Poetry Club

308 Bowery
New York, NY 10012
(212) 614-0505

Plunge NYC – Hear It First
Featured artists include: Michael Inge, Dan Tepfer, and the band Lua Cheia.
Sunday June 25, 2017 at 6:00 pm

Bowery Slam
The new generation of slam hosted by Ashley August.
Monday July 17, 2017 at 8:30 pm

Subjectivity UK – Relationships: Barriers, Vulnerability, Sex
SubjectivityUK is a growing community of people who want to listen and be heard. It is a place to not only find answers, but to provide questions that make people think differently.
Sunday, July 30, 2017 at 3:30 pm

PoetNY Open Mic
NYC’s Poetry Open Mic, hosted by Mason Granger.
Sunday August 6, 2017 at 8:30 pm


Connelly Theater

220 East 4th Street
New York, NY 10009
(646) 343-1584

A Hunger Artist
From the story by Franz Kafka, this dark comedy delves into the very question of what it truly means to suffer, and what it means when suffering becomes a public spectacle.
June 1 – 27, 2017

This is the true story of nine characters, once played by Meryl Streep, picked to live in a house, and have their lives taped to find out what happens when people stop being direct. The characters are unaware of the actress Meryl Streep and think of themselves as real people with uncannily similar, tragic biographies. But when the winner of Streepshow is promised the opportunity to rewrite her tragedy, it’s every Streep for her exquisitely poised self.
June 1 – June 24, 2017


Kraine Theater

85 E 4th St
New York, NY 10003
(212) 460-0982

The Open Mic Downstairs
Located under St. Mark’s, sign-ups get 7 minutes to try anything on stage. It can be anything! Whether it’s music, storytelling, comedy, a performance art piece, or dance, your talents will be greatly appreciated in the welcoming open mic community.
June 6 – August 29, 2017
Every Tuesday at 9:00 pm

The Long Miserable Journey to Happiness
Fringe 2011’s Best Newcomer Nominee Paul Valenti returns to Edinburgh to discover the true meaning of happiness.
Sunday June 18, 2017 at 5:00 pm
Friday June 30, 2017 at 8:00 pm
Sunday July 2, 2017 at 5:00 pm
Wednesday July 19, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Queer & Outside the Box
Featuring spoken word poetry by Paul Tran and Pandora Scooter, comedy by Jes Tom, and mind-bending movement and performance art by Faux Pas le Fae and Aurora North; Queer & Outside the Box seeks to challenge your mind, widen your eyes, and lighten the mood through fits of laughter. Hosted by Aimee Herman
Saturday July 1, 2017 at 7:30 pm

The Story Collider: Stories About Science
Each month, The Story Collider invites scientists and nonscientists alike to share their personal stories about how science has affected their lives. July’s theme will be “Pain.” Hosted by Erin Barker with guest storytellers including Lul Tomlinson (neuroscientist), Rav Sivaraman (comedian), and Jean Le Bec (storyteller).
Wednesday July 12, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Caribbean Nights Series: Mama T’s Artists
Caribbean Night features Reggae and Hip Hop music from E.M.M.P Inc Freddy Jones (Puerto Rico), Binky (USA), Floydy Wonder (Jamaica), and others.
Thursday July 20, 2017 at 10:30 pm


The Metropolitan Playhouse

220 East 4th Street
New York, NY 10009
(212) 995-8410

The Area 9 Quartet
The Area 9 Quartet is a Boston-based, saxophone quartet that performs original and transcribed forms of Western music. The group consists of – Sean Mix (soprano), Seychelle Dunn-Corbin (alto), Jon Rabinowitz (tenor), and Kangyi Liu (baritone). This will be their fourth appearance at the metropolitan playhouse and they will be performing with a new lineup featuring works by Bach, Carter, Vaughn Williams, and others.
Sunday, June 25th, 2017 at 4:00 pm

The Rachael Kosch Dance Company
A contemporary ballet ensemble lead by choreographer Rachael Kosch, will take the stage performing to original music by her husband, Michael Kosch.
July 7 – July 9, 2017


Theater for the New City

155 1st Avenue
New York, NY 10003
(212) 254 -1109

Mary V
When the Sister of the Bard has their all female production of Henry V replaced with a traditional ensemble, the women rebel. However, although their staunch opposition is for a just cause, every war has its consequences. This comedic play explores gender equality in the theater both on and off stage. Directed by Charlotte Murray.
June 8 – June 18, 2017
Thursday – Saturday at 8 pm
Sunday at 3 pm

Nowhere Man
A play about someone who is hired to be Paul McCartney’s double during the height of the Beatles career.
June 8 – June 18, 2017

Dream Up Festival
Curated by Michael Scott Price
Opens August 27th

Upright Citizens Brigade Gathering of the Vibes Music Festival
Composed of Matt Besser, Amy Poehler, Ian Roberts, and Matt Walsh, The Upright Citizens Brigade originally produced their own sketch “UCB” on Comedy Central from 1998 – 2000. During the success of the TV show, UCB opened the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre and Improvisational and Sketch Comedy Training Center in New York City. In 2005, UCB expanded and opened the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre Los Angeles and began offering UCB Training Center classes on the west coast.
June 22, 2017

Summer Street Theater Musical Tour
A tour of all five boroughs, free to the public. Book and lyrics by Crystal Field.
Saturday, August 5th at 2:00 pm



(Image source: Connelly Theater)


Alexis Collins

Alexis Collins is currently majoring in communications and minoring in business at the Pennsylvania State University. Earlier this year, she presented her rhetorical research at the James C. McCroskey and Virginia P. Richmond Undergraduate Scholars Conference in Boston, Massachusetts. Alexis thoroughly enjoys news-writing and reporting and aspires to be broadcast journalist in the near future.

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