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What to do this week: Free ice skating, NYU Club Fest, student film festival

The Daybook is WSN’s weekly column listing in-person and online events at NYU and across New York City. This week: Jan. 30-Feb. 5.
Adrianna Nehme, Deputy News Editor January 29, 2023

A screening of Shyamalan's suspenseful ‘Knock at the Cabin' 7-9 p.m. at AMC 19th Street, 890 Broadway Attend the NYU Program Board’s pre-release screening of “Knock at...

Famous for Nicole Kidman and Ewan Mcgregor, fearlessness, and undeniably catchy songs, “Moulin Rouge!” is a cinema classic. After finding its way to the stage of Broadway, it still managed to offer a fresh and engaging experience while remaining loyal to the film. (Staff photo by Alex Tran)

Does ‘Moulin Rouge!’ Deserve to Be on Broadway?

A classic story of star-crossed lovers set in late 19th-century France raises questions on whether the jukebox musical is necessary.
Sasha Cohen, Performing Arts Editor March 4, 2020

Imagine a burlesque night club that screams eroticism and intimacy. Lightbulbs line the edges of the theater while chandeliers and red drapes hang from the ceiling. All of the...

Inspired by its Gothic source material, AMP sets the scene with eerie candlelight. Styled as “The Electrifying Story of Mary Shelley,” the one-woman show spanned the author’s life. (Photo by Dani Herrera)

A Mary Shelley One-Woman Show Electrifies Audiences

In a gothic retelling of Mary Shelley’s life, this production details the events that led up to the creation of “Frankenstein.”
Dani Herrera, Staff Writer February 24, 2020

A small desk and chair sit in the corner of a dark, foggy room containing stacks of dusty books. The room sits in an unsettling silence as the lights dim. Suddenly, thunder strikes,...

The American Airlines Theatre. Roundabout Theatre Company is one of the places where students can submit their own place. (Photo by Andrew McGibbon. Via Facebook)

Aspiring Playwrights, Submit Your Work Here

Have a potential Pulitzer winner tucked away in a drawer somewhere? These New York City theater companies accept play submissions, sans entry fee, from unpublished writers.
Destine Manson, Staff Writer November 17, 2019

Playwrights Horizons This acclaimed “writer’s theater” is looking for “idiosyncratic, accomplished, original theatrical voices.” They accept unsolicited full-length...

Playwright William Electric Black, also known as Ian Ellis James, is a professor at NYU Tisch and seven-time Emmy winner for his work on “Sesame Street.” The writer reviews his recent work, “The Whites,” which switches the races of black and white people. (via NYU)

‘It’s Okay to Feel Angry About This Play’

Tisch professor William Electric Black’s new play, “The Whites,” is controversial and loaded. But what should audiences take away from it?
Julie Goldberg, Books & Theater Editor November 15, 2019

“The Whites” is a play that rests on a controversial premise: what if black people had enslaved white people? What if black cops were shooting white people at an alarming rate?...

Maia Guest as Emma comforts Con, played by Blake Merriman, after his failed suicide attempt. (Photo Courtesy of Art of Warr Productions)

‘Stupid F-cking Bird’ Soars in Its Reinvention of a Chekhov Classic

In an adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s play “The Seagull,” Aaron Posner’s “Stupid F-cking Bird” entertains while breaking convention and examining the role of theater in the world today.
Julie Goldberg, Books and Theater Editor October 7, 2019

“The play begins when someone says, ‘Start the f-cking play,’” the show’s protagonist, Con (Blake Merriman), shouts as he walks through the audience. This is how “Stupid...

A self portrait by photographer Diane Arbus. Her work is a partial inspiration for Fiction, a new experimental theater piece written and directed by 600 Highwaymen that questions fundamental assumptions about theater and art. (via

Tisch’s ‘Fiction’ Asks, ‘What Does It Mean to Be a Spectator?’

The new performance piece, written and directed by theatermakers 600 Highwaymen, explores the nature of art and spectatorship through the work of photographer Diane Arbus.
Alex Cullina, Theater & Books Editor February 28, 2019

What is theater? What is performance? What does it mean to watch? To be watched? Tisch Drama Stage’s “Fiction,” running through March 2 at Tisch’s Abe Burrows Theater,...

Anyone who’s ever applied to a competitive school will feel the sting of “Admissions, a new Broadway play from Joshua Harmon.

Moral Conundrums the Price of ‘Admissions’

Matthew Holman, Entertainment Editor March 27, 2018
“Admissions" is new play from Joshua Harmon that portrays the various stages of anxiety one undergoes when applying to university's with low acceptance rates.
An NYU student shows off her jewelry.

Call Me Daddy

Marisa Lopez, Contributing Writer February 19, 2018
NYU is the third fastest-growing sugar baby school. What is it like to be a sugar baby? Why do people do it? Read more to find out.
Showing at the Public Theater, Head of Passes tells the story of Shelah and her family coming together to celebrate her birthday.

Modern ‘Job’ is Heartbreaking

Joseph Myers, Theater & Books Editor April 18, 2016
"Head of Passes" at the Public Theater is a moving drama about family inspired by the Book of Job.
Stephen Aubreys I Will Look Forward to This Later is playing at the New Ohio Theater at 154 Christopher Street through April 23.

“I Will Look Forward” Is Worth More Than a Look

Hailey Nuthals, Highlighter Editor April 14, 2016
"I Will Look Forward to This Later" is a tragically funny play about art-making and what makes a meaningful life.
NYU Theatre Group, CAST, performed “The Heidi Chronicles” over the weekend.

CAST Stages ‘The Heidi Chronicles’

Joseph Myers, Theater & Books Editor April 11, 2016
The portrayal of past feminist movements in NYU CAST's production of "The Heidi Chronicles" resonates with gender equality movements today.