Cultural Arts Playhouse has been fostering the development of up-and-coming actors for more than 15 years. At its Musical Theatre and Acting Academy, students from 1st–12th grade hone their on-stage skills by taking classes on singing, acting, and improvisation under the tutelage of an experienced teacher. Kids get to show off these skills in full theatrical productions, with main-stage shows opening up auditions to the entire community so people can see their neighbors' acting chops and dusted-off fake skulls. Cultural Arts Playhouse alumni have found success in New York and throughout the country, appearing in HBO's The Sopranos, and such Broadway productions as Les Miserables and Aladdin.
Each day during the Story Improv workshop, students ages 5–8 will enact the adventures of a children's storybook. The On the Spot: Improvisation session, best for students 8–14, will have students acting without scripts in order to build their quick wit and confidence. During the intensive two-week Piece Makers class, budding actors, playwrights, and directors ages 8–14 will create and perform their own original piece of theater. After learning many of the exercises and games used by the Irondale Theater Company, the class will become its own acting troupe and debut their show. This workshop includes pizza dinner for the players followed by post-performance refreshments for all.
Through a Glass Darkly is a vibrant adaptation of the 1961 Academy Award–winning film by Swedish director Ingmar Bergman. In its United States debut, the Atlantic Theater Company’s production is directed by five-time Tony Award–nominee David Leveaux and stars Academy Award–nominee Carey Mulligan as Karin, the play’s heroine who displays a fragile grip on reality. During an annual vacation to a remote locale, tensions mount between Karin, her brother (Ben Rosenfield), her husband (Jason Butler Harner), and her father (Chris Sarandon). When a culmination of repressed emotions threatens to destroy the entire family, Karin decides to take command of her own destiny.
A yiddish theater, a burlesque house, a meeting place for the Polish Army Veterans Association—the building at 17 Irving Place has filled many roles since its christening in 1860. It wasn't until it became a music venue in the 1970s, though, that it found its true calling. Hosting early concerts by such bands as the Ramones and the Talking Heads, Irving Plaza built a reputation as one of the city's best places to see the next big thing. That reputation has only grown through the years, with Complex recently naming it one of the Top 10 Best Concert Venues in America.