current october performances

Phoenix Theatre Ensemble presents:



In a new translation by Stephen Sharkey

Directed by Kevin Confoy

showtimes & tickets:

October 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27 @ 8PM
November 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12 @ 8PM
October 22 @ 2PM
November 2, 5 @ 2PM
October 23 @ 3PM
November 6, 13 @ 3PM

$25 | Tickets available at Ovationtix or call 866.811.4111.

Set in 1930’s Chicago, a Tony Soprano/Al Capone-like figure named Arturo Ui, is a crazy but totally charismatic gangster bent on gaining power at all costs in this wickedly funny and savage satire of the rise of a fascist dictator. Join us for this wildly entertaining farce that ultimately turns frighteningly relevant, Brecht utilizes a wide range of parody and pastiche – from Capone to Shakespeare’s Richard III and Goethe’s Faust.

Phoenix Theatre Ensemble will be presenting the U.S. premiere of the celebrated recent translation by Stephen Sharkey ("stiletto sharp" – The Guardian). Sharkey was quoted in 2011 "I think in the epilogue, Brecht acknowledges that the world fought back and got rid of this threat, this dreadful tyrant [Hitler]. But with the final line – the beast that bore him is in heat again – that’s Brecht’s warning."

Killed by Auto: The Ephemeral Life of Güler Ugur and the Ubiquity of Vehicular Violence


October 23 @ 7PM

There will be a private screening for a feature length documentary that explores traffic violence in New York. Attendance will be by invitation only. A photography exhibition of the early works of Güler Ugur will also be on display. The event will occur just six days after the formal sentencing of Prezidor Porbeni, an unlicensed hit-and-run driver who took the life of photographer Güler Ugur. "Killed by Auto: The Ephemeral Life of Güler Ugur and the Ubiquity of Vehicular Violence" explores this case, and relates its details to numerous other acts of traffic violence.

Film Trailer

Photography Exhibition

Güler Ugur had chosen several photographs for her next exhibition from her early work in the 1990s, when she was a recent immigrant in NYC - these will be shown alongside a few of her final pieces from October 23 - November 20th. The photos display the result of another crime, an act of traffic violence that happened when driver Yosef Lifsh careened onto the sidewalk and killed a young boy named Gavin Cato on August 19, 1991. Güler was present for the funeral, and captured the grief and pain of the community in the midst of the Crown Heights riots.

upcoming performances

Wild Works Festival

October 28-30

November 12
F@#*ed in the East Village

November 15-16
New York No Limits 2016 Summit

November 17-19
A Dual Comedy Album Recording Night to remember!

November 20

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