59E59 Theaters' Winter Slate Has Bears, Years of Sky, a Gluck Opera and the Return of Brits Off-Broadway

By Kenneth Jones
December 3, 2012

Eclectic winter programming for Off-Broadway's 59E59 Theaters — the hive of intimate spaces on East 59th Street — was announced by artistic director Elysabeth Kleinhans and executive director Peter Tear on Dec. 3.



The venue's operators are known for their commitment to housing the ambitious work of not-for-profit companies from near and far, on three stages.

Here's the winter 2013 lineup:

Jan. 8-20, 2013
City Love Song: Home
Written and performed by Jack Finnegan
Directed by Tralen Doler
Produced by four fins ink

"Jack Finnegan has twice crisscrossed America and once circled the globe, studying the manner and method of human life by immersing himself in cities across six continents, and performing stories as he has traveled. City Love Song: Home is his summation, and exaltation to the good in the world."

Jan. 10-Feb. 10, 2013
Working On a Special Day
Based on "Una Giornata Particolare" by Ettore Scola, Ruggero Maccari and Gigliola Fantoni
Translation by Danya Taymor, Ana Graham and Antonio Vega
Original staging concept by Laura Almela and Daniel Giménez Cacho
With Ana Graham and Antonio Vega
Produced by The Play Company and Por Piedad Teatro

"Inspired by Ettore Scola's Oscar-nominated story from stage and screen, two actors explore the life-changing encounter between an overworked housewife and a mysterious bachelor on May 8, 1938 — the day Rome celebrates Hitler's visit to Mussolini's Italy."

Jan. 25-Feb. 17, 2013
The Man Under
Written by Paul Bomba
Directed by Benjamin Kamine
Produced by Athena Theatre

"Struggling to honestly express their feelings has kept Jeff, Martin and Jennifer resigned to unhappiness. But after Jeff tracks down Lisa, a fiery and unpredictable sexpot he met briefly on a subway platform, the three friends finally learn to speak up about how they really feel."

Feb. 21-March 10, 2013
Years of Sky
Written by Barbara Blatner
Directed by Christopher Scott
Produced by Scripts Up!

"Years of Sky chronicles the doomed but enduring love of a biracial couple whose fate is bound to the assassinations of John and Robert Kennedy and 30 years of American politics."

March 14-31, 2013
Bears
Written by Mark Rigney
Directed by Kristin McCarthy Parker
Produced by Sans A Productions

"As the zoo shuts down around them, Growl Bear, Timmy Bear, and Susie Wild Bear escape to the wilderness where they each must define for themselves what it truly means to be a Bear."

March 16-24, 2013
The Reformed Drunkard By Christoph Willibald Gluck
Directed by Philip Shneidman
Produced by the little OPERA theatre of ny

"In this 18th-century comic opera, a drunkard arranges the marriage of his niece, but she loves another. An illusory trip to the underworld is hatched to upend the wedding plan."

March 26-June 30, 2013
Brits Off Broadway

"The only festival in NYC celebrating new British theatre, celebrates its ninth season. This year, 59E59 Theaters and Brits Off Broadway partner with Creative Scotland to launch New York City's Scotland Week celebrations with the New York City premieres of new plays from Scotland. The festival will also include New York and U.S. premieres of new work from all over the U.K. Watch for the full Brits Off Broadway line up in the coming months."

59E59 Theaters is at 59 E. 59th Street, between Park and Madison Avenues. Ticket prices and performance schedules vary. For tickets, call Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200 or visit 59e59.org.

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59E59 Theaters is also home to the Primary Stages season, the programming of which is not booked or determined by 59E59 Theaters.