shakespeare & classic texts | original works | kids' programs
The word, "moonwork", describes humans'
first efforts to unleash their creative spirit beyond the confines of
the rising and setting sun. Seated around the light of harnessed fire,
our ancestors looked beyond the needs of the day. Beneath the moon, they
explored their curiosity, intellect and visions of beauty. Those moments
were the birthplace of theater, of poetry and of true community. Those
moments are defined as "moonwork."
Like the first people to
perform "Moonwork," we exist as the result of a community. By
offering a haven for new works to be performed and new concepts to be
explored, we engender an atmosphere of unbridled creativity that benefits
Moonwork carries out its vision
through three connected parts, an annual Shakespeare Production which
weds 400-year old texts to modern contexts, the Evenings of Original Works
series which showcases new works from local performance artists, and through
an innovative kids outreach program.
In its short existence,
Moonwork has achieved success both critically and in terms of the inspirational
impact it has had on performers and audience members.
Shakespeare & Classic
Moonwork's annual Shakespeare productions began
in 1996 and have included two interpretations of Romeo and Juliet and
productions of Hamlet, Richard III, A Midsummer's Nights Dream and What
You Will (Twelfth Night). These productions have repeatedly opened to
sold out audiences and standing room only crowds. Moonwork's Shakespeare
has consistently received rave reviews from such prestigious sources as
The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Village Voice, Time Out New York
of Original Works
Throughout each theater season, Moonwork produces
fifteen Evenings of Original Works. Referred to as the "Best Comedy
Show of 1999" by Time Out New York, these performances showcase the
original work of emerging and established artists, comedians and musicians.
Featured talent has included Janeane Garofalo, Judah Friedlander, Tom
Shillue, Jim Gaffigan, Lewis Black, Rusty Magee, Grammy-Award-Nominee
Tracy Bonham, Drama-Desk Award winner Erik Frandsen and Obie-Award winner
"The sights, sounds and emotions of Moonwork's
Shakespeare for Kids provides the key to unlocking the child's love of
learning," Stephen Michael Rondel, Theater and Acting Company Director,
Children's Aid Society, Greenwich Village Center.
Moonwork is working to develop
new and innovative ways to bring theater to kids. These efforts have included
involving City School kids in Shakespeare on the Basketball Court, performing
multi-media Shakespearean kids shows at Lincoln Center's Real to Reel
series and sponsoring internships for high school seniors within our Shakespeare