Renowned wellness expert, spiritual teacher, and best-selling author Elaine Chrysalis returns to her hometown of Pittsville, New Jersey after twenty years to deliver her famous workshop, Live, Laugh, Love, Learn, Let Go… and Live Again. But as the night progresses, secrets from Elaine’s past float to the surface, threatening to unravel the evening. Join Elaine on this interactive journey that tackles the absurdity of the healing process and dares to ask if a little bit of dark chocolate at the end of the night as a little treat is really enough for any of us.
Journey to the Joniverse! is a voyage to the multiverse of one man’s personality. It will see me hurdling through space and time to find my true identity. Will I finally learn who I am or will I continue to be a lost soul? Join me on an Afro-absurdist exploration of self, full of characters you won’t soon forget!
After being named after 2 white women, growing up in a cultural wasteland (the upper east side), and earning an English Lit degree from a PWI, Sabrina Wang doesn’t really know who she is outside of a white gaze. Following the insight of her therapist that “genuine” is when your “heart,” “mind,” and “energy” align, “Sabrina” does 3 different stand-up sets modeled after each element to find something that feels true and real. Come watch Sabrina try to joke her way out of existential imposter syndrome.
My name’s Sam and I have an obsessive affection with history and facts and the things we aren’t told. This show is my attempt to dispense as much information along with as much comedy as possible. There will be games, there will be jokes, and there will be a fundamental shift in how you view the American education system. It’ll be fun!
Bullshit is an experimental cabaret. Talking shit with performative self care routines. Self soothing with video games and robo-dogs. Aerobics with a restorative Oprah led meditation. All in an active attempt to navigate us out of this endless loop of discomfort we’ve found ourselves in.

A multidisciplinary, variety cocktail sure to heighten your senses, raise your vibrations, and leave you anew.

God, Love, Death, Afterlife, Perversion and Depravity; philosophical subjects that even after 300,000 years of human existence still remain theoretical and controversial- and none better to unpack them then River L. Ramirez through their heightened, experimental comedic style that their mother often calls “disturbing and not for me.” Gathering highbrow and lowbrow authorities alike, from musicians to characters, comedians to writers, this series promises to be an unhinged meeting of minds for the ages.

God, Love, Death, Afterlife, Perversion and Depravity; philosophical subjects that even after 300,000 years of human existence still remain theoretical and controversial- and none better to unpack them then River L. Ramirez through their heightened, experimental comedic style that their mother often calls “disturbing and not for me.” Gathering highbrow and lowbrow authorities alike, from musicians to characters, comedians to writers, this series promises to be an unhinged meeting of minds for the ages.

God, Love, Death, Afterlife, Perversion and Depravity; philosophical subjects that even after 300,000 years of human existence still remain theoretical and controversial- and none better to unpack them then River L. Ramirez through their heightened, experimental comedic style that their mother often calls “disturbing and not for me.” Gathering highbrow and lowbrow authorities alike, from musicians to characters, comedians to writers, this series promises to be an unhinged meeting of minds for the ages.

With dramaturgy as the core of her artistic practice, Jillian is theatermaker as archaeologist. She investigates the processes and workings of time, ritual, identity and structure to unearth the ways theatrical forms can impact the larger cultural landscape. Through her residency at University Musical Society (University of Michigan), she researched her new play, Tignon, and a lecture/performance work, Songs of Speculation, which premiered at JACK in November 2018. Jillian was recently commissioned to create brand-new work for the critically-acclaimed Soho Rep. and holds an MFA in Dramaturgy from Columbia University.

Ars Nova’s beloved holiday tradition returns live and in-person this December! Everyone’s favorite yuletide gay brings his renowned Lonely Christmas special back to the stage in a one-night-only benefit performance to support Ars Nova. Featuring surprise guests, stories, and songs, this year’s event is sure to get you in the holiday spirit.
The cast of Rags Parkland Sings The Songs Of The Future is reuniting for a concert to celebrate the March 2020 release of their original cast recording, released by Broadway Records! The night will feature the whole band, back together for the first time since they recorded the album. Expect songs from the Lortel Award-winning show, other music from the Rags Parkland universe (including cut songs!) and a very exciting announcement! We almost had this concert last year, so we are excited to finally celebrate the past, present, and future of Rags Parkland with you all!
The artists from Ars Nova’s comedy residency takeover our untamed monthly variety show-meets party. Mahayla Laurence and Matt Gehring host this special Showgasm introducing us to the who’s-who comedy creators of CAMP.
The Ramayan is one of India’s most treasured ancient stories. This epic tale of good and evil has been loved and shared for thousands of years, though it has remained largely untold in the West. Shared over the course of three concept albums, all played through live, this re-imagining re-conceives this ancient tale for our modern world, and invites its characters into the temple of American myths.
In celebration of the imminent release of her EP In Front Of Your TV, Laura Galindo and her bandmates come together to play in a venue familiar to them: Ars Nova. They last performed here together in the one-woman-and-her-band musical, Annie Aspen’s Musical Space Spectacular! While then she was singing about a woman lost in space, this time Laura’s singing about the intimate details of her life— though turns out it sounds kinda the same!
When COVID first hit the US, Rodriguez was visiting friends in Vermont and stayed put. Displaced and delving deep into old and new musical influences, she channeled and created music that metabolized the deep uncertainty of this time into joy, pain, pleasure and possibility. Through an emphasis on the cathartic nature of ranchera, bolero and other styles, you’ll hear brand-new songs from a new piece called RAIMUNDA in Rodriguez’s first in-person concert since February of 2020.

In this darkly comic and irreverently silly solo show, Ely Kreimendahl explores the intersection of queer motherhood, pregnancy, sobriety, identity and navigating being both a comedian and a psychotherapist. With storytelling, stand-up, sketches and songs, the question remains: how does that make you feel?

Three Latinx prepubescents sit in a waiting room and need to kill time while their moms are in another cult meeting — thank God they have television! Channel surf away from reality in this earnest, televisual fantasia.

A shocking scandal occurs in a small town mayoral race. Two campaign advisors scramble to prep the talking points for their candidate’s interview to explain his actions. But… what should he say? Is he apologizing? Is he resigning? How much can your candidate suck before you think “F*** it, man, game’s over”? It’s a clash of principles and politics in this short, comedic play.

Christian Luu is TRANS MOSES! You’re invited to this comedic sketch exploration into the perspective of living while trans. And Asian. And fat. And having a lot of inherent star quality, if we’re being honest here.

A darkly comic BedTalk and investigation of Eleanor’s time in a psychiatric ward, how she wound up there, what it was like and whether or not the whole system should be burned to the ground. Fair warning: things get dark — but hopefully still funny. Please note, this show does include jokes about suicide.

In a vibrant collage of viral online videos — #femmeboy TikToks, tearful coming out YouTube videos, targeted gay Instagram Ads and more! — this “Gen Z fever dream” dives DEEP into how queer people perform their identities online and how digital media sells queerness. We’re finally asking the question: is the Charmin Bear gay? (Answer: Probably, girl!)

We stumble into Kuhoo’s computer storage and get a peek into self-tapes, self-reflection and self-preservation.

Step into the mind of Joel Perez, who will be broadcasting live from the Ars Nova Hub on West 54th Street, as he loops his way through songs and stories about growing up as a queer Puerto Rican ex-Pentecostal. Watch as he humorously inspects the many dumb layers of the human experience. Part cabaret, part stand-up, part storytelling, fully STUPID.

Young Ricky gives the divas a run for their money and turns the performance of a lifetime in this glittery pop concert for the ages — fighting inner demons and generational trauma on the way — all within the four walls of his bedroom. It’s Black AF, it’s Queer AF and, crucially, it’s Beyoncé AF.

A celebration of trans* histories and futures. Featuring audio from interviews with trans* and gender-nonconforming individuals, performers will trace forward in time through movement and lipsync to chart the dynamic and fluid history of queerness. At the intersection of what has been and what can be, of the present and the past and everything in between, my mouth is a queer time machine writes and stretches through the past to imagine and reach for the future.
Sound artist/DJ Jess Ramsay and drag artist Untitled Queen premiere Meebula: A Drag and Sonic Memoir, an immersive video art performance album combining original poetry, sound, captioning, alt text, song, video and drag, spinning a yarn as if atop a Brooklyn roof at dawn to honor 13 years of friendship. Part travelogue and part love letter, Meebula invites us to revel in all of the glory and magic that can be found in queer platonic friendship.

What even IS nonbinary anyway? A computer program? A tropical drink? A word that caused you to have an existential crisis when you finally realized: oh my god, I think I might be one of those, but I’m married and have two kids already and what am I supposed to do now? I have SO many bras! Join drag artist Harvey Gent (Jasmine Joshua) in a hilarious and wholly autobiographical queer spectacle, featuring pregnancy, trekking across tidepools in your underwear and peeing one’s pants in front of Very Important People.

You say you’re sorry, but what good is that? What do we do with an apology — or without it? Some options include: dance, scream, fight, write a letter, pass a bill, build a sculpture, make a wish and eat an egg. Join us on a kaleidoscopic blend of dance, visual art, memoir, critical theory and more as we explore (and attempt to get to the bottom of) what it truly means to apologize.

Why the f*ck are you so ashamed to love Black women — especially the fat ones? While we know the systemic culprits are anti-Blackness and fatphobia, this irreverent variety show offers an opportunity to skewer these ‘norms’ while centering fat Black women in all of their splendor, love and humanity.

Award-winning international physical theater company Voloz Collective brings you AMERICA, weaving juggling and object theater with magical realism in a fantastical physical comedy. Based on the 2019 theft of Maurizio Cattelan’s golden toilet (titled “America”) from Britain’s Blenheim Palace, this eccentric devised work probes the boundary between theater and cinema to imagine who could have stolen the lavish lavatory and why.

A nonsensical yoga teacher; an earnest artist; a self righteous multi-level marketer; an overblown philosopher. In this outlandish rumination on YouTubers and the culture that makes them, Collin Kelly spins a web of performance, stories and dance to critique superficiality and overused opinions while simultaneously celebrating an unabashed humanity.

In 2005, Ana Verde’s mom told her about her period via a PowerPoint presentation, and now, she’ll regale you with that same gift. Part biology lesson, part ode to growing up in the 2000s, <i>Your Changing Body</i> is a short non-fiction film about exorcising shame and (still) trying to come to terms with the fact that one’s body is always changing.

A young girl fills her sleepless nights creating herself anew in built-out worlds of fantasy. In this experimental split-screen short, one girl’s many personalities realize they might not be as real as they think, and fight to save everything they’ve made as it crumbles around them.

Four Christmas Eves, three generations and one man’s reckoning with forgiveness. Paletas de Coco explores the meaning of fatherhood in all of its complexities, through its many ups and downs, with coconut popsicles, Santería, buffet robbing, childbirth and so much else in between.

Follow four Gen Z influencers hired by the Biden campaign to create content for his official TikTok account. With the soul of the country at stake, generations collide and messages blur as they give it their all to win the 2020 election the best way they know how — virally.

In WE STILL HERE, JJJJJerome Ellis reads new writing and accompanies himself with new music. In the writing, he continues to explore intersections between blackness, disabled speech, divinity and time.

Curated by Vision Resident JJJJJerome Ellis

Drawing inspiration from TV shows like Wonder Showzen and Sesame Street, influencer apology videos, viral tweets, shadow puppetry, memes and medical infomercials, Masque On channels them all to create an in-valid perspective of what it means to be disabled, online and laughing. Drawing on the principles of Black radical traditions and disability justice, this joyful series of comedic shorts explores all the things we hide in “ability.”

Curated by Vision Resident JJJJJerome Ellis

Re:collections is a performance film remembering lost language in the body, across land and in alternate universes. Following a recent return to the artist’s motherland in Taiwan during the pandemic, the performance is a first-person account of returning to a site of medical and familial trauma years later. Moving through the artist’s intimate thoughts, the film explores the fallibility of time and ambiguousness of placehood in an ever-shifting disabled, immigrant body. Melding together new media performance and frameworks of traditional Chinese medicine, Taoist cosmology and quantum physics, the film interweaves the mundane with the magical, offering openings for grief, wonder and radical multiplicity.

Curated by Vision Resident JJJJJerome Ellis

Perspective is an ongoing sound, video and research project with disabled interviewees exploring access, care, interdependence and more through audio interviews, open captioning and musical underscoring. Join creator Molly Joyce, curator Sandy Guttman, and participants Robin Lynne Marquis, David Furukawa and JJJJJerome Ellis as they share excerpts of the larger work, and offer insight into the creative process.

Curated by Vision Resident JJJJJerome Ellis

Local icon Milly Tamarez 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.

Sky-Pony’s indomitable Rock Fairy Tale cannot be stopped by social distancing. Indie-pop band Sky-Pony reunites for this one-night concert. Their lush sound and cheeky style will surround and seduce you into a world of prophecies and forbidden temptations. Release your inner dragon on a raucous ride exploring faith, doubt and the wild space in between.
Originally produced in 2016 by Ars Nova, in collaboration with the Play Company, The Wildness was directed by Sam Buntrock with choreography by Chase Brock. The (virtual) Wildness is a new event that takes place 5 years after the events of The Wildness.
You’re invited to engage in a communal game of imaginative thinking, to time travel and to experiment with new processes for dreaming: alone and in community. What if we spent time imagining new futures as a practice? As we organize and build, how do we become clearer about the dreams we are moving toward?  Join us in excavating new language and possibilities for the future in this live participatory event to imagine utopia(s).

Curated by Vision Resident Jenny Koons

Mahayla Laurence and Matt Gehring host a sneak peek at the inaugural comedy residency at Ars Nova: CAMP. Eight comedy groups will perform juicy teasers of their finale shows to come in June on Ars Nova Supra. A full tapas menu of comedy in just 90 minutes. A real appetizer sampler. This was written while hungry.

An exaggerated triptych revolving around solitude, self-care, communal spaces and Zoom fatigue, RESILIENCE encourages you to reflect upon your own experiences, participation and self-awareness, through the creativity of BIPOC Deaf artists.

Curated by Vision Resident Jenny Koons
An interactive visual meditation on home, journeys and the worlds we create for ourselves. This experience will invite you to engage with your surroundings in new and surprising ways.

Curated by Vision Resident Jenny Koons