Kragtar: An American Monster Musical, centers on an America ravaged by a Godzilla-esque monster. With no end to the bloodshed in sight, and with Congress...well, you know, it's up to two gay scientists to save the world from a fate worse than Mothra. The show takes a sardonic stab at a divided country, modern day monsters and, because it's a musical, makes the case for the unifying power of love, with guest appearances by Tupac Shakur and Daenerys Targaryen.
[Blank] My Life, a surreal comedic webseries, begins release of its second season on April 1st. It features Wicked's Jake Boyd and Megan Masako Haley, Michelle Veintimilla (The Visit, Fox's Gotham), Nick Rehberger (Fiddler on the Roof, The Glass Menagerie), and Dylan Wallach (Roundabout's Love, Love, Love). The show is written/created by Alex Spieth, in association with Third Space and Her Film Project.
The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant is Third Space's latest remix smash-up of theatrical form and style. When a new model, Karin, enters the home of famous fashion designer Petra von Kant, Petra's world-and career-rocket to manic heights. But in the midst of Petra's euphoria, her submissive assistant, Marlene, senses a threat. When Karin becomes a superstar, leaving everything behind, Marlene picks up the broken pieces. What Marlene does with those pieces will dictate the rest of her life. Featuring an all-female cast and directed by Benjamin Viertel, Third Space's The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant delves into the tortured connections between desire and power in an industry driven by consumption.
"[Blank] My Life is...a testament to the value of web series as a medium. As a vehicle for telling personal stories the web is unsurpassed, and it is series like this one that make it so. Hopefully more creators will have the guts to put out deeply personal and nuanced work online even if it’s not something that is meant to appeal to a mass audience."
Third Space Associate Artist Alex Tobey will present the world premiere of Good Girl Gone Bad, a bio-concert extravaganza starring Nicolette Stephanie Templar and will open on Wednesday, August 31 in HERE's Mainstage Theatre (145 Sixth Ave) running until Saturday, September 3. Tickets are on sale now!
The power of support has been overwhelming and has shown us at Third Space what it means to have a true family. Every one of you have been unconditionally by our side for our first full year. And what a year it has been!
There are rules about shouting “Fire!” in a crowded theater. But it’s almost unbearably tempting to yell it during Third Space’s production of “Fireface,” particularly when a Zippo-wielding sociopath begins splashing what is ostensibly gasoline across the narrow stage floor of the Brick, near enough to spray your sandals.
We love art, and we love pushing the boundaries of genres and experiencing things that are non-traditional, experimental, or just plain fresh. You probably feel the same.
Fireface, a German play written by Marius von Mayenburg and first staged in 1998, is not science fiction – it’s a family drama that falls somewhere nearer to dark comedy bordering on horror. As a play, it seems primarily interested in shocking you by showing you callous youth behaving recklessly, and it features a central character who seems plucked out of a Stephen King novel. Kurt (played convincingly by Tim Creavin), is a dead-eyed adolescent on the verge of puberty, who is more than a little bit into his older sister (Olga, rendered through a combination of teenage detachment and manic exuberance by Rachel Keller)...
Due to a scheduling conflict, Michelle Veintimilla will be replaced as "Olga" by Los Angeles-based actress Rachel Keller, who is making her New York premiere with the production of Marius von Mayenburg's FIREFACE this August at The Brick. Additionally, Tony Award-winning actor Billy Porter of KINKY BOOTS has signed on to the team as Executive Producer.
Third Space is proud to present a reading of KRAGTAR: A Monster Musical Comedy on Saturday, August 1 in midtown Manhattan. The cast will feature Lucas Steele (Natasha, Pierre...1812, The Threepenny Opera), Trevor McQueen(Annie Get Your Gun), Annie Yokom (Prison Break) and Alex Spieth (blankmylife). Book, music & lyrics by Kyle Wilson, Joe Mendick and Sam French. The reading will be directed by Benjamin Viertel.
Third Space is thrilled to announce the New York premiere of Marius von Mayenburg's Fireface this August at The Brick. Pubescent siblings, Kurt and Olga, navigate the violence and betrayal of growing up - and find the cruelty, humiliation, exhilaration of destroying their claustrophobic childhood. Starring Michelle Veintimilla (The Visit) and directed by Benjamin Viertel, Fireface will run August 26-September 5, 2015.
Third Space is delighted to announce their acceptance into The Brick Resident Artists Program. The residency, which will occur between August and September, and will include Third Space’s New York premiere of Fireface, an award-winning play, by Marius von Mayenburg, translation by Maja Zade, and directed by Third Space co-founder Benjamin Viertel.
Congratulations to Director Benjamin Viertel for winning BEST DIRECTOR at Theater Now New York's Sound Bites 2014 Festival!
GRINDR the Musical has been selected to be apart of Soundbites 2014, a 10-minute musical theater festival showcasing new work at the 47th Street Theater in Times Square.
A reading of STUPID FUCKING BIRD, written by Aaron Posner, will be performed at the Envelope Ensemble Studio, directed by Benjamin Viertel.
Congratulations to GRINDR The Musical for winning 6 Westies at the West Village Musical Theater Festival!
When it comes to social dating apps, Grindr is one of the most ubiquitous. While not the first, it definitely shook up the world of digital dating, and has earned several different reputations for itself. Naturally, it is ripe for being the basis of a musical. This summer, audiences will no longer have to imagine what one would be like because GRINDR: THE MUSICAL is set to premiere at the 2014 West Village Musical Theatre Festival.