Venues 1997


220 East 4th Street
Black Box - Venue #1
MainStage - Venue #2


In February of this year, after a massive renovation and restoration, the beautiful, antique Connelly Theater was opened to the public for the first time in almost ten years. This gorgeous (and air-conditioned) miniature opera house, complete with horseshoe balcony and pressed tin proscenium arch, is a gem waiting to be rediscovered by New York's downton theater-goers. An orphanage in the late Nineteenth Century, and a parish school for the first part of the twentieth century the Connelly Center is now a school for neighborhood girls from economically disadvantaged families.

As a part of a unique partnership with The Cornelia Connelly Center for Education, Voice & Vision, a theater company dedicated to developing the voices of women and girls, runs a drama a program for the young women of the school.

The Connelly Theater MainStage, once a gymnasium and assembly area, is now a fully operational professional space. The Connelly Center's Black Box Theater provides an intimate venue for readings, both staged and unstaged, workshops and rehearsals.

236 East 3rd Street
Venue #3
Founded in 1974, The Nuyorican Poets Cafe has emerged as one fo the country's most highly respected arts organizations and an acclaimed forum for innovative poetry, music, video, visual arts and theatre. Their mission is to proivde a stage for artists traditionally under-represented in the mainstream media and culture, while promoting their work, building an aduience and providing an ongoing support system. They aim to foster a multi-cultural America, celebrating what is best in our city and in our country. Poetry is central to everything that is doen in the Cafe, and their programs have repeatedly traveled out of the non-profit world and into commercial venues, collecting numerous prizes on the way. In the summer of 1993, the Cafe received an award from the Municipal Arts Society in recongition of "those individuals, groups and structures who have contributed the most towards shaping and improving the physical civic and cultural life of the city". The Nuyorican Poets Cafe nurtures the excellence and diversity of the multi-cutural community of the Lower East Side. THeir services provide cultural programming to the whole of the community, and, by extension, the whole fo the United Staes through their travelling companies. They aim to continue their exploration through the technological fronteir, crossing ethnic, social and class boundaries in an effort to fulfill their mission worldwide.
145 East Houston Street
Venue #4
Down Town's premiere DJ culture night spot opened in 1994 and quickly became an important hub for new media. A close look at the club reveals a cunningly designed multi-media theater, capable and flexible to present dance, theater, video, film and a host of barely defined by infinitely exciting new possibilities. A theater for the future? You decide.

184 Eldridge Street
Venue #5

Director: Risa Jaroslow
Assistant Director: Shirly Taylor


A joint project of University Settlement and High Tide Dance Inc./Risa Jaroslow and Dancesrs, Arts at University Settlement presents workshops and performances and offers low cost performance and rehearsal space to artists. Located in the country's oldest settlement house, the Arts program provides accessible, multi-cultural arts programs fo rthe community in creative writing, the visual arts, dance and theatre. The Arts Program produces a bi-annual series called 'Dance Wroks in Progress' which features informal showings of work by new and established choreographers. Each performance is followed by a facilitated discussions.

In addition, the Arts at University Settlement produces workshops and performances of visual arts, dance, theatre, music and readings of poetry and fiction by members of settlement programs incldueing the Saturday Youth Program, Child Care Program, SEnior Adult Center, After School Program, Adult Literacy and Talent Search Program for teens.

The Arts Program also administers the rental of Speyer Hall, a newly renovated, 1800 square foot auditorium, for rehearsals and performances.

172 Allen Street, 2nd Floor
Venue #6

Producing hundreds of original cutting on-the-edge comedic shows since 1993, Surf REality's producer/owners Robert and Jennifer Prichard have odne their damndest to change the face of comedy, pulling it up and out of the depth of 80's stand-up deprivation into the wonderful renaissance of vaudevillian humour beginning to bloom in the mainstream today as "alternative comedy."

"At Surf RElaity, a form of comedy is being worked oon even more alternative than alternative comedy." - The New York Times

"Surf Relatiy continues it's quest to present the best in alternative comedy..." - Daily News

"(Surf Reality is) the brackish undertow of the cultural comedy wave, a radical rejection of standard stand-up." - The Wall Street Journal

"Surf Relaity is the bellow of the downtown-alternative-comedy beast." - New York Post

167 Ludlow Street
Venue #7

Todo Con Nada, the Obie winning store-front theatre on Ludlow Street is transforming into a burgeoning arts complext with four theaters (Nada, House of Candles, Pink POny and The Piano Stre) and multiple rehearsal halls. It is a new crossroads for theater at the centrre of the artistsic boom on NYC's Lower East Side.

In 1988, the theatre Nada was created with a $3,500 credit card advance, an empty store-front, and a bundle of enthusiasm. SInce then, over 1,000 different shows have been mounted, more than 5,500 performances have taken place, and over 10,000 actors have walked the stage. THe 75,000 audience members who have sat in the 60 seats of this tiny-gigantic theater have been the primary means of support for the works presented. Always daring to take chances, Nada has earned its reputation as an innovative producer with programs such as the ground-breaking Hamlet Festival (31 versions of Hamlet in three months) and the far-reaching Faust Festival (45 Fausts in eight months), which earned the theater a Special Obie Award grant in 1995. Consistently a showcase for up-and-coming talent, Nada has presented the debuts of many prominent downtown groups. Nada's strength lies in big thinking, and in the constant drive to produce more shows than any other theater of its size.

176 Ludlow Street
Venue #8
Downtown's premiere artist run cafe established in 1993 transforms for FringeNYC into downtown's premiere art theater. This vibrant, charming, cabaret stylel space will host everything from theater to puppetry, to dance, to film.
99 Stanton Street
Venue #9
The mysterious and spooky HOuse of Candles, a former talisman shop, opened to the downton scene in 1988 and closed in 1996 after presenting nearly a decade of classics from IONESCO to JARRY, SHAKESPEARE to ORTON. Todo Con Nada, Inc. and FringeNYC are proud to bring this space back into existence for FringeNYC.
145 Ludlow Street
Venue #10
Collecitve unconscious is a confederation of member-artists working in the visual and performing arts whihc was founded ine arly 1994 after inheriting the Gargoyle Mechanique Laboratory space on AVenue A, and is now based on Ludlow Street. It functions in a two-fold manner: to administrate a theater, rehearsal, and gallery space at it sLudlow Street facility that is open to the artisitc community at large fo rlow rental rates, and to support the original work of its members. Since its founding, Collective Unconscious' members have created dozens of porjects in the performing and visual arts, at its Ludlow Street facility and other sites. The Collective Unconscious facility has presented hundreds of works mounted by outside artists, including the Bindlestiff Family Circus, the Theater of Excess, and the Tao Mu Theater ensemble.
172 Norfolk Street
Venue #11
The Angel Orensanz Foundation was established in 1992 by a group of experts in visual and erforming arts. They were inspired by the work of sculptor Angel Orensanz. The foundation is housed in a neo-gothic building whihc was designed as a synagogue in 1849, by Berlin architect Alexander Seltzer. He drew his inspriration for the design from the cathedral of Cologne and the German romantic movement of Heinrich Heine and Beethoven. THis structure witnessed the birth of hte Jewish Reform movement in America and of many other institutions very relevant in the Western World. With the decay of the Yididsh Lower East Side after World War II, dozens of synagogues and other significant structures disappeared. Angel Orensanz bought this venerable structure in 1986, and has made it available to the community at large and has once again become a becon of education and culture in the city of New York.
97 Orchard Street
Venue #12
The Lower East Side Tenement Museum presents urban immigrant and migrant life on New York's Lower East Side. THe heart of the Museum is a partially restored tenement building, now a National Historic Landmark, home to an estimated 10,000 people from over 20 nations from 1863 to 1935 when the apartments were closed and residents evicted. The museum offers many unique programs focusing on all facets of the immigrant experience. Walking tours of this historic neighborhood are available on weekends. Photographic and art exhibits chronicle life on the Lower East Side. Media presentations include a video interview iwht local residents, past and present, and a slide show about neighborhood history. Dramatic readings from immigrant literature, plays, films and lectures are offered throughout the year.
107 Suffolk Street
Ground Floor Theater - Venue #13
Milagro Theater - Venue #14
La Tea Theater - Venue #15
Abrazo Interno Gallery - Venue #16
Los Kabayitos Puppet Theater - Venue #17
Library Space - Venue #18
President: Edgardo Vega Yunque
Producing Director: Kat Kavanagh

CSV is the site of four resident theater companies: Teatro La Tea, Ground Floor Theater Lab, Los Kabayitos Puppet Theater, and The Milagro Theater Company.

La Tea Theater is currently celebrating its 15th Anniversary of quality theater for hte Latino community. THis fine ensemble of actors and directors has won a number of ACR awards and has garnered the respect of a wide audience, as demonstrated by its consistently sold-out shows. La Tea has a training wing for the instruction of the theater arts for youths and adults.

Ground Floor Theater LAb is a troupe of 20 actors, playwrights, and directors who showcase the talent of up-and-coming contemporary artists Blending the experimental with the traditional, GFTL presentations are a visual and visceral experience.

Los Kabayitos Puppet Theater is New YOrk City's only year-round international putppet theater. Presenting original pieces, as well as housing touring productions, Los Kabayitos has been playing to full houses ever since its opening on October 24, 1996.

46 Grand Street
Harry De Jur Play house - Venue #19
Experimental Theater - Venue #20
REcital Hall - Venue #21

Henry Street Settlmenet Abrons ARts Center provides arts and cultural opportunties which reflect hte ethnic diversity and artistic wealth of the Lower East Side. In addition to 75 classes and workshops, the Arts Center offers the following programs:

Arts-in-Education Program serves 25,000 students annually by sending artists into New York City public school classrooms, as well as conducting curriculum-related arts classes and performances at the Center. Dance a tHenry Street presents traditional and contemporary dance companies such as Carlota Santana Spanish Dance Arts Company. Pearl Lang Dance Theatre, Chen & Dancers and the talented Louis Johnson Dance Theater Ensemble in the newly renovated national landmark Harry De Jur Playhouse. Drama at Henry Street presents professional companies of diverse cultural backgrounds throughout the season. Drama Workshop productions for stuedents of all ages offer professionally designed and directed perofrmance opportunities. Family Series offers professional dance, theater, and music weekend perfomrances, as well as visual arts workshops, for children (ages 4 - 12) and their families. Jazz at Henry Street presents nationalloy known jazz greats as well as new, up=and-coming artist. Nations of New YOrk Arts Festival presents two weeks of performances and exhibits in October highlighting the best in traditional and contemporary arts.


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