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MONDAY, JUNE 4

Soft Butter

Created & Co-Directed by ÉAMON BOYLAN
Co-Directed by ADIN WALKER
A soft stick of butter, stored in a meat locker with a raw tongue and a moustache, yearns to be spread. Fusing absurdist camp with intimate poetry, Soft Butter queers the musical form and recalls the experience of growing up in a body (or identity) before having the language to express it.

7PM Show | 8:30PM Party

TUESDAY, JUNE 5

The Magic Negro and Other Blackness

Written & Performed by MARK KENDALL
Directed by ANTHONY LeBLANC
Mark Kendall examines the representation of black men in the media through comedic sketch. From prison to white flight — and even Reading Rainbow — Kendall explodes our understanding of even the seemingly innocuous and explores the influence these images have on our everyday lives. Also, there will be cookies!

7PM Show | 8:30PM Party

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6

If You Do This Right You’ll Probably Break Their Chest

Created by MARINA & NICCO
Written by NICCOLO AEED, HUNTER NELSON, SJ SON, MARINA TEMPELSMAN, NATASHA VAYNBLAT, MOUJAN ZOLFAGHARI
In this unique theatrical co-creation, comedy duo, Marina and Nicco, provide scenes from a weekly CPR class and a mélange of writers and directors fill in the blanks about the students’ lives. Who steps up? Who folds like a fainting goat? Can we conquer death? We’ll sure try!

7PM Show | 8:30PM Party

 

Angela Sclafani’s Songbook: Live

Composed & Performed by ANGELA SCLAFANI
Joined by a full band and special guest singers, effervescent songwriter/performer, Angela Sclafani, lights up the ANT Fest Lounge with the lush sounds and female-centered stories of her folk-pop songbook.

7PM Show | 8:30PM Party

THURSDAY, JUNE 7

Peter Smith’s DIANA.

Created & Directed by JAKE BECKHARD & PETER SMITH
Peter Smith invites you to spend a sly, sensational hour with the Princess of Wales in this docu-spectacle, biopic drag. DIANA is a long-form lip-sync ode to the titular royal’s moment of ascension: the 1995 tell-all BBC interview in which she truly became “the princess of people’s hearts.”

7PM Show | 8:30PM Party

SHOWGASM. ANT Fest Edition

with MITRA JOUHARI & CREW
Social Media Sweetheart MITRA JOUHARI guest hosts our untamed monthly variety show-meets party, introducing us to her who’s-who of the weird and wonderful — from comedy to burlesque and everything (and anything) in between.

8PM Foreplay | 9PM ‘Gasm

FRIDAY, JUNE 8

MADONNA col BAMBINO

Written by SARAH EINSPANIER
Music by DEEPALI GUPTA
Directed by CAITLIN SULLIVAN
Merry (with an E) is Christine’s surrogate mother. Mary (with an A) is Christine’s biological mother. Kristine (with a K) is Christine’s biological mother’s surrogate daughter. Martha is Christine’s friend. Martha is having a baby. She can’t decide on a name. A play about family — in many forms — with no yelling.

7PM Show | 8:30PM Party

SATURDAY, JUNE 9

I, I AM A DANCER!

Created & Performed by RAJA FEATHER KELLY | the feath3r theory
Pop art meets reality TV meets dance-theater in this reimagined A Chorus Line, where the audience eliminates each dancer one by one. It’s like America’s Next Top American Drag Survivor Runway So You Think You Can Model Dance Friends Race all wrapped up in one singular sensation.

7PM Show | 8:30PM Party

MONDAY, JUNE 11

The Church of the Holy Glory

Created & Performed by CHEO BOURNE, RAJA FEATHER KELLY & JOEL PEREZ
Real-life, longtime friends Raja, Cheo and Joel blend music, comedy and (of course) praise dance into a fantastical, high-energy meditation on the taboos of faith, identity, community and sex — and how they relate to their lives in New York City.

7PM Show | 8:30PM Party

 

Ike by Chance

Created & Performed by IKECHUKWU UFOMADU
Join comic entertainer, Ikechukwu Ufomadu, as he hosts the only game show that keeps you guessing as to what exactly the game is. A sly deconstruction of competition that soft-shoes across the fine line between reality and entertainment, order and chaos.

7PM Show | 8:30PM Party

TUESDAY, JUNE 12

HOTBOX

Co-Created & Directed by KATE BERGSTROM
Co-Created & Composed by MARTIM GALVÃO
Co-Created & Digital Poetry by TODD ANDERSON
Co-Created & Guitar by ALEX DUPUIS
Recommended for You Based on Your Interest in: Mind-Bending, Multimedia Bombast. Through hybrid virtual/physical performance, cyberdelic music and a darkly comic perspective, HOTBOX examines our sticky, gendered shitshow of consumerism, technology and politics and asks: Is self-realization 1-Click® away?

7PM Show | 8:30PM Party

 

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13

pato, pato, maricón

Creator, Lyricist & Choreographer L.H. GONZALEZ
Directed by KAYLA STOKES
Composer ANDREW ABRAHAMSEN
Magnetic poet/performer L.H. Gonzalez unfolds a brotherly love letter in this rap-opera, show-and-tell inspired by true events. Set in a Harlem public middle school, pato, pato, maricón tells the story of three brothers with two-and-a-half coming out stories.

7PM Show | 8:30PM Party

DEFINITION

Created & Performed by WHITNEY WHITE
Directed by CAITLIN O’CONNELL
A black woman’s mind begins to unravel. What happens when we zoom in on her? What happens when she becomes trapped in our gaze? What happens when she falls in love with a Magritte painting? With genre-bending, soulful electro-pop, the magnetic Whitney White guides us through an examination of delusion and how we learn to walk with our demons every day.

7PM Show | 8:30PM Party

THURSDAY, JUNE 14

BOYS WILL BE BOYS 4 LYFE

Created & Performed by MEL KRODMAN
Pete Pan is many things: a celebrated literary figure, an avid BMX and skateboarding extreme sports athlete and — most importantly — about to throw the sickest Instagram video release party of all time. Get lit with the forever boy, baby, and keep those windows open!!!! #videorelease #nevergrowup #nvrland #tinkisfun #wendywhereareyou #fckshadowsanyway #boystyle #nevergrow #crow

7PM Show | 8:30PM Party

FRIDAY, JUNE 15

I Am This For You

Written & Performed by EMILY GARDNER XU HALL
Directed by KAT YEN
Choreographed by MICHAEL RAINE

Inspired by the Japanese phenomenon of maid cafés, you become the customer as Etsuko and her fellow maids perform their superfun electronica pop just for you — about sex and youthfulness, consent and the performance of female sexuality. You be the male gaze, and we will be your beautiful dream. Welcome home!

7PM Show | 8:30PM Party

SATURDAY, JUNE 16

Another Fucking Dad Play

Written & Performed by JAKE JEPPSON
Directed by CAITLIN SULLIVAN
John the First was a Swedish immigrant. John II was a WWII vet. John III had four marriages. John IV, aka Jake, is making this play (and trying like hell to outrun his name) in this anti-Father’s Day truth-bomb PowerPoint presentation examining the things we inherit and the things we leave behind.

7PM Show | 8:30PM Party

MONDAY, JUNE 18

Sup

Directed & Choreographed by LISA FAGAN
Stuck in a vortex of small talk and meaningless gestures, four human dancers with very active social lives stretch and reform the rhythm and shape of their conversations, building up and breaking down a warped version of our most base level attempts to know one another.

7PM Show | 8:30PM Party

TUESDAY, JUNE 19

The Death of Hayden Waverly, The Most Popular Person In The World

Written by LAUREN WIMMER
Directed by EBEN HOFFER
The Most Popular Person In The World has died! Naomi strives to replace her. Eli joins the Terrified of Death Club. And when club-leader Nelson gets a terminal diagnosis, all three must reevaluate friendship — fast. A buddy tragicomedy about people with no buddies except for a dead raccoon named Buddy.

7PM Show | 8:30PM Party

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20

The 7-Person Chair Pyramid High Wire Act

Written by DONNA OBLONGATA
Directed by SARAH LOWRY
Charles Darwin explores. The Yeti dances. Cave-dwelling ropemakers fear the loss of their craft. A little brown bat falls in love. Rich with imagination and puppets, two performers on a tiny stage unfold an interlocking set of tales and try to tease out the difference between miracles and non-miracles.

7PM Show | 8:30PM Party

THURSDAY, JUNE 21

Let’s Prank Call Each Other

Created & Performed by ZACH DORN
Directed by STEFANO BRANCATO
Puppetry mastermind, Zach Dorn, invites you into his own tilted psyche, where a panoply of DIY chaos — from overhead projectors to live-feeding video cameras inside of miniature dioramas — explodes an excruciatingly ordinary life into a dizzying funhouse of storytelling madness.

7PM Show | 8:30PM Party

SHOWGASM. ANT Fest Edition

with AYO EDEBIRI & CREW
Spitfire straight-shooter AYO EDEBIRI guest hosts our untamed monthly variety show-meets party, introducing us to her who’s-who of the weird and wonderful — from comedy to burlesque and everything (and anything) in between.

8PM Foreplay | 9PM ‘Gasm

FRIDAY, JUNE 22

Misogynoir

Created & Performed by TABATHA GAYLE & SAM KEBEDE
Being Black is tough. Being a Woman is tough. But being a Black Woman is its own special cocktail of oppression. Using their kaleidoscopic sense of humor to dissect media, society and their own relationship, real-life couple Sam and Tabatha search to discover what’s at the core of misogynoir.

7PM Show | 8:30PM Party

SATURDAY, JUNE 23

My Straighties

Written & Performed by RYAN J. HADDAD
Directed by DAVID PERLOW
A straighty is any man who is straight, kind and affectionate. Ryan has a lot of straighties, but he doesn’t have a boyfriend. How did this happen? With a rainbow cape and a six-pack of PBR, Ryan revisits his fraternity past as he interrogates masculinity, intimacy and brotherhood. Come and bro out. Cuddling is encouraged.

7PM Show | 8:30PM Party

DRAFT 387 –
A Concert of Original Songs That Were All, At One Point, Very Very Bad

Created & Performed by WINLITT
Directed by RUTH LICHTMAN
WINLITT is ELLEN WINTER & CHRIS LITTLER
Join writer-composers, Ellen Winter and Chris Littler, as they have a prolonged existential crisis onstage. This concert/confessional will trace all the way back to the indie-folk-rock storymaking duo’s musical origins in a celebration of the collaborative process — and of being so very wrong 99.9999% of the time.

7PM Show | 8:30PM Party

MONDAY, JUNE 25

Cancer Cancer Cancer

Written by ALEXANDER PARIS
Directed by MICHAEL LEIBENLUFT
In this surreal theatrical meditation, a school assembly is ruptured as three queer boys — tangled up in a world where heartbreak is violent — struggle to locate themselves in the racial pictures that have been drawn for them by American culture.

7PM Show | 8:30PM Party

TUESDAY, JUNE 26

A Doll’s House, Part 3

Created & Performed by MICHAEL BRESLIN & PATRICK FOLEY
A Doll’s House, Part 3 picks up where Nora left off, after she picked up where she left off, after slamming the door on her husband and children in 1879. Michael+Patrick’s sequel to the sequel they never read is a searing examination of gender, sexuality, race, class and hierarchy for the reality TV generation.

7PM Show | 8:30PM Party

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27

SITCHAASSDOWN FOCUS GROUP TOUR

Written & Produced by KANENE AYO HOLDER
Direction & Costume Design by AIXA KENDRICK
Interaction is good and silence is bad as SFGT whirls the original sins of American injustice into a dynamic carousel of comedic delights — and YOU are invited to sound off loud, clapback, whisper WTF, agree, disagree and spill tea. Come on in! It’s a dystopia out there!

7PM Show | 8:30PM Party

THURSDAY, JUNE 28

I Was Unbecoming Then

Written by LYNDSEY BOURNE
Directed by ILANA KHANIN
It’s 2007 and this competitive high school choir has secrets. Follow twelve girls singing genre-bending choral music (wink!), as they grapple with changing harmonies, bodies and relationships — until an unexpected revelation threatens to disrupt it all.

7PM Show | 8:30PM Party