We're just ONE WEEK away from the first performance of The Nobodies Who Were Everybody, and we're gearing up for an opening weekend full of special events! Join us next weekend for special performances, community gatherings, and celebrations as we kick off the run. Book your tickets today to guarantee your seat!
Theater in Asylum
Friday, August 4th
Alums of TIA's previous work are welcome to share and celebrate our latest! Join us after the show at Jalopy Tavern and reconnect with former collaborators — we'd love to hear about your latest project!
Pre-Show Music from Madhattan
Saturday, August 5th (Evening)
Join us at 7:40pm on Saturday, August 5th (ahead of the evening performance of The Nobodies) for a performance from Madhattan (Alexander Ronneburg, Richard Townsend, Max Mellman and Spencer Wright), a contemporary barbershop quartet based out of New York City and Boston. The group will entertain us with some popular songs from the time of the Federal Theatre Project. And they may even break out the straw hats!
Opening Night Party at
Sunday, August 6th
We'll head next door to the Jalopy Tavern after the 3pm performance on Sunday, August 6th for an Opening Night celebration! Join us for a drink (cash bar) and celebrate the show with the cast and crew!
Federal Theatre Project in the News
With the barrage of news about recent canceled theater festivals, shortened seasons, and rounds of layoffs at some of the biggest theater institutions in the country, the American theater seems to be in a crisis in the post-lockdown world. In his latest opinion piece for the New York Times, culture writer Isaac Butler suggests looking to the Federal Theatre Project as a potential model to help turn things around.
Similarly, with both the Writers Guild of America and SAG-AFTRA on strike against the major Hollywood studios, writer Einav Rabinovitch-Fox examines the long history of organized labor in the entertainment industry for her latest piece in the Washington Post. In it, she mentions pro-union plays like The Cradle Will Rock and Stevedore, originally produced for the Federal Theatre Project. It's a fascinating look at the theater's role in advancing the cause of labor in America.
Want to learn more about the Federal Theatre Project and how it might inspire change in our industry today? Join us this August for The Nobodies Who Were Everybody!
While Hallie Flanagan's 1938 testimony was not able to save the FTP from Republicans in Congress hellbent on destroying it... last night's reading of her testimony helped us raise $364 for The Nobodies Who Were Everybody! Thank you to everyone who came out, tuned it, and donated!
We are also THRILLED to announce that we have won a grant from the Puffin Foundation to support the show! After a tough season earlier this year, this was truly wonderful news.
Don't forget to get your tickets to The Nobodies!
June is drawing to close and that means we’re a little over a month away before The Nobodies Who Were Everybody opens. We’re about to enter into rehearsals and cannot wait! Make your plans now and book your tickets!
Before we open the show, we’re holding a fundraising event where we will read the wild and real hearing that pitted Hallie Flanagan against the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1938 about her role leading the Federal Theatre Project. This will be at Pete’s Candy Store in Williamsburg on Monday, July 17 from 6:30-8pm. It’s free (though we hope you will donate at the event) and open to all. In addition to the reading, there will be music, drinks for purchase, and time to mingle! You can RSVP here.
We had a cold reading of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Prospect Park on Wednesday, June 21 in honor of the summer solstice. Thanks to everyone who came!
Paul and Katie attended the New York Independent Theatre (NYIT) Awards on Monday, June 26. As a part of the leadership team of the League of Independent Theatre, Katie helped to produce the event. Don’t they look great?!
We had our first rehearsal for The Nobodies Who Were Everybody on June 29. We begin every production process with a dinner party to get to know each other and read and discuss the play together. 5 weeks 'til opening!
Theater in Asylum (TIA) is a New York-based theater company founded in 2010 to challenge and empower our community. TIA joyfully pursues a rigorous research and an ensemble-driven approach to theater-making. We create performances to investigate our past, interpret our present, and imagine our future. We prize space to process, space to question—asylum—for ourselves and our community.