Post image for NYC Theater: ISLANDS OF CONTENTMENT & CAPRICORN 29 (The Tank)

by Gregory Bernard on March 30, 2021

in Theater-New York,Virtual

Founded in 2003, The Tank is an Obie Award-winning, multi-disciplinary non-profit arts presenter and producer, which provides a home in NYC to emerging artists working across all disciplines, including theater, comedy, dance, film, music, puppetry, and storytelling. Here are two upcoming co-productions for spring 2021:

co-Produced with Hypokrit Productions
directed by Arpita Mukherjee and Hannah Wolf
select filmed monologues directed by Rahul Chitella
begins April 9; opening night set for April 16; run through Sunday May 2, 2021
Fri and Sat at 8, 9 & 10; Sun at 5, 6 & 7 (all times Eastern)
get tickets (starting at $20) at The Tank

Islands of Contentment is a moving meditation comprised of thirteen monologues presented in a unique virtual format that includes audience interaction through chat. An elegy to the (dis)harmony of romantic relationships, each piece invites us into the intimate, poignant and hilarious interactions with significant others in the form of modern-day confessionals and offers the virtual audience channels for live interaction and deeper connection. Thirteen characters reflect on moments that feel strangely familiar: the break-up dream, the plight of the nice guy, the ex who unexpectedly shows up, and even a baking fetish. No one writes love songs about this stuff.

As the audience travels to living rooms, hotel suites, kitchens and beyond, they are guided by a mysterious theater-loving narrator, who asks the audience to contemplate their own experience and contribute their own stories. In an attempt to connect through isolation, these stories just might become part of the play. At a time where isolation and distance are universal, Islands of Contentment is a reminder that even in our own strange splendor, we are never alone.

This one-of-a-kind virtual show that transports small audiences to the characters through the power of Zoom. Each performance is unique to the audience, the actors and which order the audience chooses. Inside the Zoom are two carefully curated, interactive and completely different journeys that the audience can take. These are intimate, limited ticket experiences in which the audience is asked to keep their video on and interacts with the performers through chat. They do not need to be seen in sequential order. Outside the Zoom, audiences are treated to the streaming-only, non-interactive version of the show. Start the evening with either SEVEN LAYER CAKE or BROWNIE and end the night with the other course. If audiences want to extend their courses, they are welcome to come back another day to indulge in the other course.

The cast of Islands of Contentment will include Nina Davuluri (#COMPLEXion), Laura Gómez (“Orange is the New Black”), Florencia Lozano (Rinse, Repeat), Ajay Naidu (Ashes), Vinay Pathak (“A Suitable Boy”), Dileep Rao (Avatar), Bobby Daniel Rodriguez (“When They See Us”), Daphne Rubin-Vega (Miss You Like Hell), Lipica Shah (India Pale Ale), Suraj Sharma (“Little America”), Sathya Sridharan (Wives), Sumeet Vyas (One by One) and Rita Wolf (The Michaels).


CAPRICORN 29 by Alex Hare and Julia Izumi
co-produced with Sami Pyne and presented as part of Post Theatrical
directed by Alex Hare
May 20 – 30, 2021
pay-what-you-can tix ($10 – $100) on sale April 20; stream anytime (show runs 50 minutes)
more info and tickets Post Theatrical (a national wave of plays-by-mail) and The Tank

On the eve of their 29th birthday, a Very Online millennial stumbles upon a curious conspiracy theory: the powers-that-be have initiated a new capitalist plot to kill unsuccessful 30-year-olds. What sounds at first like the byproduct of someone watching too many dystopian films from the 1970s quickly proves harder to dismiss. And as the countdown to 30 begins, surviving and saving a generation may be the opportunity one young-ish adult needs to finally fulfill their rapidly fading potential. Unfolding in the form of a hallucinatory YouTube wormhole, Capricorn 29 is a micro movie musical that wrestles with the tyranny of age-based milestones. Original songs by Laura Galindo (Ars Nova), Daniel and Patrick Lazour (We Live in Cairo), STOMPCAT (ANT Fest), and Storm Thomas (Musical Theatre Factory MAKER). Casting and additional creative team members will be announced at a later date. Audience members will receive a physical birthday card if they purchase tickets on or before May 10; those who purchase tickets after May 10 will be able to view and download the card online.

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