On Sunday, September 17, 2023, Theater in Asylum joined Bread and Puppet and thousands of marchers to demand an end to fossil fuels and global militarism.
Theater in Asylum Happy Hour
Friday, September 22, 2023
4 - 8 PM
115 1st Ave, New York, NY
Join us at Tile Bar in the East Village on Friday, September 22nd for a happy hour! Celebrate the run of The Nobodies with us, catch up with members of the TIA community and learn more about our friends’ exciting theater projects coming up this Fall. Mark your calendars — we can't wait to see you all there!
Andy Boyd has a new play!
TIA collaborator (Occupy Prescott) and playwright Andy Boyd has a new play! Come see Room, Room, Room, in the many Mansions of eternal glory for Thee and for everyone at The Brick in Williamsburg, October 12th-October 28th! This piece, which is with syd island and Philip Santos Schaffer, explores the life and legacy of The Publick Universal Friend, a genderless mystic from the 18th century. The Publick Universal Friend preached a non-predestinarian, anti-slavery, gender-egalitarian version of Christianity, and believed the world was about to end. Relatable! The show also includes the co-creators' own 21st century thoughts on some of the themes of PUF's life, like God, sex, gender, utopia, and the end of the world. There will be songs! There will be dancing! There will be an opportunity to radically rethink your relationship to gender!
Tickets start at $22, and the October 19th performance will be a sensory-relaxed show with even lighting, no projections, and quieter music."
The Federal Theater Project in the news
Tech rehearsals for The Nobodies Who Were Everybody have officially begun! Our cast and crew are hard at work gearing up for our first performance this Thursday night, and we are so excited to share this story with you.
Join this week for some special pre- and post-performance events:
We can't wait to see you all at the Jalopy this weekend and through August 20th! Book your tickets today!
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!
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.