Beyond script readings.
Beyond traditional productions.
Beyond the limits of audience and stage.

In this festival of bold new works in progress, we invited audiences to go beyond with us, joining our artists in creating new ways of presenting live storytelling. Throughout a month of programming, the definitions of theater were challenged and the lines that divide creators from spectators were blurred.


Performances marked with an asterisk (*) were followed by a talkback


February 10, 5pm* and 8:30pm
357 W 36th St. 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10018


By MJ Kaufman
Directed by David Mendizábal

On Atlas’ 33rd birthday, a mysterious new person starts flirting with him at the one queer club in town. A fellow trans man with whom Atlas has quite a lot in common, he is instantly drawn in. Soon enough, he's testing the limits of his open relationship to find out just how much they have in common, even as everyone around him warns that he's starting to lose himself to this shadowy figure.


By Nia Witherspoon
Directed by Mei Ann Teo

Yoruba deities searching for home find a portal into our world - at the very moment when Diamond Reynolds goes on Facebook Live after Philando Castile is shot by police. Witness is the first play in The Dark Girl Chronicles, a cycle that intertwines the stories of black women warriors with Yoruba sacred texts.


February 13, 8pm
February 14, 7:30pm*

The West End Theatre
at The Church of St. Paul & St. Andrew
263 W 86th St, New York, NY 10024


February 20, 7:30pm*
February 22, 8pm
February 23, 8pm

University Settlement
184 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002


Created by Wolf 359
Written by Michael Yates Crowley 
Directed by Michael Rau

Welcome to Oak Street! We hope you’ll join our Block Association to help us allocate city funding, fight the rodent problem, and agree on a few new policies regarding signage and other public nuisances. Please be warned, though – we're trying to keep this a "politics-free" space, so we'd appreciate it if you could refrain from making overtly political statements. After all, regardless of how we vote, we're all invested in making Oak Street the best place it can be, right?


By Asiimwe Deborah Kawe 
Directed by Saheem Ali

Kayke is applying for a visa to go to the US. She has her application, valid passport, invitation letter and a hundred dollars. But is it enough? What binding ties does she have to her home country? How do the immigration agents know she won't stay past her visa illegally? Can she prove she's not a terrorist? The "gODs" at the American Embassy are not easily appeased, but Kayke, like the hundreds of other visa applicants she waits with, has no choice but to play their game and pray that they will smile on her today.


February 26, 7:30pm*
February 27, 8pm
February 28, 8pm

357 W 36th St. 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10018