After 15 years Horse Trade Theater Group is sad to announce that they will no longer be operating out of The Red Room, a 32-seat theater located on the third floor of 85 East 4th Street. The landlord has decided to repurpose the space, and it will no longer be a performing arts venue. Horse Trade will be searching for a new third venue, and in the meantime will continue to operate out of The Kraine Theater at 85 East 4th Street and UNDER St. Marks at 94 St. Marks Place, for the foreseeable future.
Horse Trade couldn't let The Red Room go without a proper send-off! So the month of March will be full of special events in The Red Room, as they say goodbye to a beloved East Village staple.
A Raisin in the Salad: Black Plays for White People
Written by Kevin R. Free, Directed by Christopher Burris
Monday, March 4 @ 8pm FREE
Kevin R. Free, the creator of Black Plays for White People, wants to leave his life's work behind. But what's left if his characters take his legacy and run with it?
Written by Duncan Macmillan, Directed by Michael J Fulvio
March 6-9, Wed-Sat @ 7:30pm $15
In a time of global anxiety, terrorism, erratic weather and political unrest, a young couple wants a child. If they over think it, they'll never do it. But if they rush, it could be a disaster. What will be the first to destruct - the planet or the relationship?
Naturally Delicious Improv
Presented by Bedlam Ensemble
Saturday, March 9 @ 10:30pm $7 ($5 in advance)
Looking for fun that is exciting, yet natural? Well here's your chance! Bedlam Ensemble's Naturally Delicious improv troupe is here to provide you with a barrel of laughs! Like the whole foods of comedy, this troupe will allow you to have a great time without any of the preservatives or controls of a normal comedy group. (Please note that Naturally Delicious will move to Second Wednesday's at UNDER St. Marks beginning in April).
The Pumpkin Pie Show
Written by Clay McLeod Chapman
Monday, March 11 @ 7pm & 8:30pm $15
The Pumpkin Pie Show bids a bittersweet farewell to one of the theatres it grew up in: Horse Trade's very own beautiful shoebox...The Red Room. In a double-bill of some of our greatest hits, we pay our respects to one of our earliest venues in NYC sadly going the way of all those beautiful black boxes in the sky. At 7 PM, Hanna Cheek will bring her no holds barred performance of Commencement to the Red Room for a one night only event. At 8:30 PM, we will burn down the very walls of this theatre with our final Pumpkin Pie Show in the space. There will be nothing left of the stage once we are done. Watch us perform stories that got the neighbors calling the police on us to complain about the damn racket. With performances by Chapman, Hanna Cheek, Abe Goldfarb, plus special surprise guests from Pumpkin Pie Show's sordid past.
Tree of Life
Written by Pia Wilson
March 12, 19, 28, 29, & 30 @ 8pm, Sunday, March 24 @ 3pm $15
As her husband John is dying in a nearby room, a young woman named Ailyn sits in an abandoned reading room with Richard, a priest and John's childhood friend. The pair takes an emotional journey as they talk of trees, love, childhood, death, and Cinderella's betrayal of young girls' ambitions. Tree of Life is a full-length drama about need and the mistakes we make in grief and loneliness.
Hosted by Peter DeGiglio
Wednesday, March 13 @ 8pm $10
The Skinny is a political comedy talk show with a twist: The host, Peter DeGiglio, is just an average schnook struggling to wrap his head around the events that shape our world. Joining him is a discussion panel of real life experts and a plethora of wacky variety acts. (Please note that The Skinny will move to last Wednesday's at UNDER St. Marks, beginning in April).
Thank You For Sending Me An Angel
Written by Chris Barlow, Directed by Rachel Buethe
Presented by Less Than Rent Theatre
Sunday, March 17 @ 7pm FREE
Unemployment! Foreclosure! Infidelity! The Schlitz is hitting the fan in the Klein house this Christmas, until a little bit of divine intervention shows up in their kitchen. A comedy of minor Midwestern miracles complete with a grave robbing ballet and ascension via minivan.