Sunday, June 26, 2016

bareNaked Reading Series (JUNE/JULY)

Our bareNaked Reading Series (no sets, no props, just words) continues with three new plays by Amina Henry, Micheline Auger and Adam Szymkowicz. Join us for three nights of #NYTheatre #EnsembleCollaborations featuring LIVE MUSIC and FREE DRINKS!!!

DOORS OPEN: 6:30pm, refreshments & live music
CURTAIN: All readings begin at 7pm
RSVP: email w/ date of play you're attending in Subject line to reserve your seat (s) - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

Monday, June 27th @ 7pm

by Amina Henry
Directed by 

Francisco Solorzano

Featuring: Gil Perez-Abraham, Gabe Fazio, Camille St. James, Jennifer Fouche & Tina Wong Lu 

Live Music: BROTHERS


Jamal did a bad thing – firebombed a synagogue for money – but he still feels like a normal young man. His mother and girlfriend refuse to believe otherwise.

Wednesday, June 29th @ 7pm

by Micheline Auger
Directed by Shira-Lee Shalit

Featuring: Florencia Lozano, Trevor Long, Lisa Ramirez, Sean Carvajal, Arthur Kriklivy, Alexander Jameson, Ethan Coskay, Allison Anderegg, John Harlacher, Benjamin Manno, Maggie Belle Caplis & Nino Shengelaia with 

Live Music: THE RUNGS

A comedy about family, punk, smoking weed with Jesus, and stumbling upon the miracles in the every day.

Tuesday, July 5th @ 7pm

by Adam Szymkowicz
Directed by Scott Illingworth

Featuring: John Doman, Kathleen Littlfield, Francisco Solorzano & Ashley Marie Ortiz

Live Music: TBA


Orville is trying to get on with his life after his wife was killed in a car accident. His father is mostly taking care of his still unnamed infant daughter while his boss as work is aggressively trying to comfort him. Everything changes when he sees the man responsible for his wife's death. Is someone in this much pain capable of forgiveness?

ALL READINGS will take place at:
El Barrio's Artspace PS109
215 East 99th Street, bet. 2nd & 3rd Avenue


Kamilah Forbes, Artistic Director
Tiffany Vega, General Manager
Leslie Lissaint, Project Manager

Hi-ARTS (formerly known as the Hip-Hop Theater Festival) is a leading organization within the urban arts movement. For fifteen years, Hi-ARTS has consistently broken new ground, advancing urban art by empowering artists to develop bold new works, while creating a lasting and positive impact on urban communities. Hi-ARTS is adding to the legacy of the HHTF at an exciting stage of growth that engages Hip-Hop while creating the new urban arts. With the move to our new home at PS 109, Hi-ARTS is poised to grow into new realms of artistic creativity, advocacy and service to the arts and the communities in which we live.

Our commitment to this work has developed an audience that is equally unique within the landscape which is young and ethnically and racially diverse. Located at the center of creative and community practice in El Barrio’s Artspace PS 109, Hi-ARTS engages arts and culture both locally and nationally. Our work is focused on:

Developing and produce new work through performance and the visual arts,
Serving as an incubator that provides a platform for artists while showcasing innovative work of the future,
Facilitating educational programs and opportunities that increase access, participation and diversity in the arts,
Creating a pipeline that produces important works for the field of urban arts.