'Queen of the Night' director gets you intimate with theater - Metro US

‘Queen of the Night’ director gets you intimate with theater

Theatre for One in Times Square
Darial Sneed

Funny thing about New York City being the theater capital of the country: A lot of New Yorkers have only a tenuous relationship with the dozens of theaters all around them. But Theatre for One is putting intimacy back into your art appreciation with a new series of plays — all performed for just one person.

Beginning today, Theatre for One is bringing its one-on-one — yes, there’s only one performer, too — show concept to Brookfield Place, inside the most humble venue in the city: a 4-foot-by-8-foot mobile theater. The acting company was founded by Christine Jones, who directed the city’s sexiest immersive dinner show, “Queen of the Night,” so be prepared for an experience sure to be memorable in more ways than one.

Inside the theater, one actor will perform one of seven new five-minute plays commissioned specifically for the space by seven playwrights, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning Lynn Nottage (“Ruined”) and Will Eno (“The Realistic Joneses”). Collectively, they are “I’m Not the Stranger You Think I Am,” which will run until June 6 at various venues throughout the city.

The plays address contemporary issues, according to Debra Simon, vice president and artistic director of Arts Brookfield, covering “thought-provoking topics that impact us all: love, violence, politics, etc.”

Shows go from noon to 7 p.m. through June 6, all performed for free — but there are no reservations, either. Find “I’m Not the Stranger You Think I Am” in the Winter Garden at Brookfield Place through May 24;Zuccotti Park May 27-31; and theGrace Building Plaza at1114 Avenue of the Americas onJune 2-6.

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