Season 15 (August 29, 2013 - August 28, 2014)

The African American experience is not represented solely by one voice or one style. For the fifth year in a row Horse Trade Theater Group will present The Fire This Time Festival- TFTT, providing a platform for talented early-career playwrights of African and African-American descent to explore new voices, styles, and challenging new directions for 21st century performing arts in order to move beyond common misconceptions of what's possible in 'black theater.' The festival's core production is a 10-minute play festival, presenting new work written by featured playwrights.

F. Scott Fitzgerald and Edna St. Vincent Millay host an evening of song, dance and comedy featuring The Courtship by Emily Edwards and Patrick Storck, On a Play Twice Seen by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Buddy, Can You Spare a Rhyme? by Mim Granahan, Henry-Anne by Josh Hartung and Aria da Capo by Edna St. Vincent Millay with musical performances by Nicole Lee Aiossa, Melissa Delancey, Josh Hartung and the Dysfunctional Vaudeville Band plus a tap dance by Gyda Arber.

Our panel will feature playwrights and directors of Season One, looking into their endeavors in the past five years since TFTT was founded. We will find out how TFTT has helped to launch their careers, and gain insight into how they’ve orchestrated their own success with the help of the new community that supported them.

Each month Melanie and a guest comedian will host a storytelling show that will take the audience on a epic adventure.

Ask Me is a three year old monthly storytelling and variety show hosted by Cammi Climaco and David Crabb.

Raw Stories paired with Raw Burlesque. Hosted and curated by Peter Aguero. This special switchup edition of Bare will feature some of NYC's best burlesque performers telling stories combined with some of NYC's best storytellers baring it all in burlesque acts.

Company: Peter Aguero

Hosted by Peter Aguero Hosted and curated by Peter Aguero, Bare. pairs raw stories with raw burlesque.

Written by: Ben Clawson
Directed by: Artem Yatsunov

StrangeDog Theatre is back with June's Neo-Noir-Mystery-Crime-Caper-Workplace Comedy sleeper hit BOOTSTRAPS by Ben Clawson. At the Kraine Theater - First Three Saturdays of November.

Boomerangs. Halley's Comet. Cold sores. The BTGay Band.

Company: Peter Aguero

As if Tom Waits and The Moth delivered a baby from the gaping maw of Chaos.

Burlesque veterans Handsome Brad and Cherry Pitz bring you a brand new show. Handsome Brad is Buster Jangle, your guide to The World Of Tomorrow! It’s a future of flying cars and robot appliances and atomic powered boobies spinning nuclear pasties. Come and see how much better and more naked your life will be in the year 2015!

SOUNDIES The Swingaroos Band presents SOUNDIES, a series of original musical shorts inspired by the MTV of the 1940's.

SOUNDIES The Swingaroos Band presents SOUNDIES, a series of original musical shorts inspired by the MTV of the 1940's.

Company: Peter Aguero

Written and performed by Peter Aguero

A regular audio podcast with monthly live tapings held at Brooklyn's famed Union Hall, Dale Radio brings together some of the most interesting comedians, musicians, performers, filmmakers, and thinkers for a slightly intoxicated exploration of the creative process

An evening of semiotic striptease adjudicated by Jonny Porkpie and Iris Explosion, featuring practicing ecdysiasts Creamy Stevens, Fancy Feast, Peekaboo Pointe, Sizzle Dizzle, Tigger!, storyteller Peter Aguero, and moderators Porkpie, Brown '96, and Explosion, NYU '09.

An evening of semiotic striptease adjudicated by Jonny Porkpie and Iris Explosion, featuring practicing ecdysiasts Creamy Stevens, Fancy Feast, Peekaboo Pointe, Sizzle Dizzle, Tigger!, storyteller Peter Aguero, and moderators Porkpie, Brown '96, and Explosion, NYU '09.

18 improv teams will battle it out to win a cash prize and the title of Down Under Improv Champion! Round 1 will have 3 teams competing in 6 groups with 20-minute sets. The top 6 will be divided into two semi finals of three teams each. The top two teams will go head to head with a 30-minute set each in Sunday nights final show.

Company: RadioTheatre

RadioTheatre is proud to present its original, live, audio-theatre adaptation by Orson Welles and Dan Bianchi of Bram Stoker’s classic DRACULA. In 2009, it ran three months Off Broadway and was nominated for NY Innovative Awards’ Best Performance Group and Best Sound Design.

Directed by: Artem Yatsunov

Four screwed-up fairy-tales: The Big Bad Wolf wears a short, short skirt, Rumpelstiltskin is tenured in the Ivy league, and Rapunzel is bleeding heavily from the scalp. Plus, Prince Charming seems to be developing a drinking problem. Hot off a nearly sold-out run at Luna Stage in New Jersey, the nomadic bi-state StrangeDog Theatre Company is coming across the Hudson with their evening of new plays that grab four age-old fairy-tales and throw them into a modern dilapidated apartment building.

Company: Peter Aguero

At UNDER St. Marks 94 St. Marks Place btwn 1st Ave and Ave A Raw stories paired with raw Burlesque. Hosted and curated by Peter Aguero from The Moth, The BTK Band ,Bare. will rip the heart out of your chest, place it lovingly back in, and proceed to do it all over again.

Written by: Clay McLeod Chapman

Written by Clay McLeod Chapman Performed by Hanna Cheek One actress plays three women drawn together in the grim aftermath of a high school shooting the mother of the shooter, one of the shooter's victims, and the mother of that victim. It is a deep exploration of the lives of three women that, according to SEE Magazinewill leave you wringing your hands in helpless empathy

God Box, Written and Performed by Antonia Lassar, Directed by Nikki DiLoreto: When her daughter dies, Gloria discovers the unthinkable, her daughter wasn’t a practicing Jew! Amid Buddha’s and Bibles, she searches for her daughter’s true faith in order to give her the right funeral. A hilarious and poignant tale of how faith is passed on, and what happens when it isn’t.

Now in its 10th Season, RADIOTHEATRE has produced over 60 stage works, nominated for Drama Desk Award, won 2 NY Innovative Theater Awards, nom. 13 times, 5 times as Best Performance Group. Known as The Theatre Of Imagination, RadioTheatre combines great storytellers, a custom orchestral sound track and award-winning sound design to create truly unique works.

At The Open Mic Downstairs the focus is the stage! Sign-ups get seven minutes to try anything in one of the most supportive rooms in New York. Whether it’s a performance art piece, comedy, music, storytelling, dance, or something entirely off the top of your head, you'll find a home in the attentive welcoming community at UNDER St. Marks.

Written and Performed by Ron Stroman This was day two- the seventies- according to the colored calendar- where a decade equals a day- a daycade. The Sikofitall Gudtyme Tour introduces you to the colored calendar as it trips your way down memory lane to show that your good ol’ days ain’t everyone good ol’days- that when it comes to perspectives- every one carries one- a purse- Ron knows purses.

First Time, Long Time is a new Storytelling Series about sports. It's sports from the point of view of narrative. The heartbreak, the joy, the accidental jock strap disasters, it's all part of First Time, Long Time.

FRIGID New York is a non-juried festival where participants are chosen by lottery and 100 Percent of ticket sales are returned to the performing company.

Get Me a Guy is a hilarious and poignant new full length comedy about women who chase the wrong men who chase the wrong women, and what happens after they catch each other, or not. As a one act, it won Best Play at the New York International Midtown Theater Festival, and Outstanding Play Honorary Mention at the New York Short Play Festival.

Presented by Hot Mama Burlesque The world’s original all moms burlesque revue hopes to give you a holiday gift you'll never forget!

Company: Less Than Rent

HOW LTR STOLE CHRISTMAS is a chaotic Christmas spectacular comprised of elf choirs, alien Christmas trees, holiday sweater stripteases, a reenactment of the Hanukah story, staged readings of the worst-ever TV holiday specials, and what will likely be highly unwholesome holiday magic.

Jokes are secret. You no laugh.

Company: Less Than Rent

The long arm of the law pursues Little Mac across the country, and through a hodgepodge of American history and culture. Along the way, he encounters familiar faces including Al Gore and Al Capone, Ronald Reagan and Ronald McDonald, and Lucille Ball and her buddy Ethel Rosenberg.

Give a great storyteller time to let their tale breathe and you have Long Form Storytelling.

Life is good for the Whitakers until their adopted son--a former child soldier--arrives from Uganda to his new home in the suburbs of Chicago. As the two worlds collide, he is yet again a victim and perpetrator of a war just as damaging as the one he escaped.

Company: KL Thomas

Love Hurts Actually is set 5 years after the original smash hit film, Love Actually. Join Monkey Poet for a Christmas Party you won't forget has he embodies the roles of the star studded cast including: Emma Thomson, Alan Rickman, Liam Neeson and Hugh Grant. You don't want to miss this hilarious absurd unofficial sequel.

The only one of its kind in New York City, FRIGID is a non-juried festival where participants are chosen by lottery and 100 percent of ticket sales are returned to the artists. The miniFRIDGE is the carefully curated summer companion to the annual FRIGID New York Festival. This year Horse Trade decided to go with a musical theme! All of the shows are heavily music based including a one-man science music show, a full band blues poetry event, a one-woman opera, and some Traveling Musicians.

Music by: Oran Eldor

A special one-night only celebration of mothers of all ethnic backgrounds, with drama, storytelling, music, and song.

Company: Nasty Canasta

Naked Girls Reading NYC is the perfect intimate live event: a monthly nude literary salon featuring in the buff readings by local burlesque luminaries, professional librarians, authors and other Naked Girls. Grab a book and head to the beach with Naked Girls NYC: SUMMER READING! Join your favorite naked readers as they share selections from the New York Public Library's Summer Reading lists - and find out what they're reading in the buff north of the border, as special Canadian guest Bianca Boom Boom brings her summer reading picks from the Toronto Public Library, too! Host Nasty Canasta is joined by Hazel Honeysuckle, Miss Mary Cyn, brand-spanking-new Naked Girl Nina La Voix and very special guest Bianca Boom Boom for Naked Girls Reading SUMMER READING. Whether you'll be vacationing in exotic locations or just riding the F train out to Coney Island, the Naked Girls will make sure you have plenty to read this summer!

Company: Bedlam Ensemble

Looking for fun that is exciting, yet natural?

Directed by: Artem Yatsunov

When Night Blooming Jasmine was first presented in New York in 2000, it sold out its limited run at The Tribeca Playhouse. Now, thirteen years later, the revised and updated Night Blooming Jasmine is timelier than ever.

Presented by The All For One Theater Festival

Open-mic for seasoned or novice storytellers

Telling the Truth. A panel discussion about honesty in storytelling hosted by multiple Moth Slam winner Brad Lawrence as part of the 2013 Gotham Storytelling Festival.

Storyteller Peter Aguero [The Moth, BTK Band] with poet Edgar Oliver [Helen and Edgar, Odditie] and Charleston, SC singer-songwriter Rachel Kate [The Shaniqua Brown, Unchained Tour] join forces to create a collage of words and music to celebrate the release of Rachel Kate's new album 'With Love and Hate'.

Join us for the next episode of our hit show DB Cooper in the 38th and a third Century as well a new super secret original pilot for our next blockbuster series.

Join Surf Reality and Faceboy as we celebrate NYC’s counterculture and the downtown Art Stars. While Manhattan has been relentlessly transformed into a corporate strip mall these intrepid entertainers are the cultural vanguard that leads by example. We welcome you to come enjoy the nights of sex, comedy and eclectic music that are Radical Vaudeville.

REAL CHARACTERS is a monthly storytelling and reading series that combines some of New York’s best storytellers, humor writers, memoirists, and monologists.

Dark Carnival Burlesque presents you with a very special gift the day after Christmas. Come get what you really wanted to find under the tree...but didn’t.

Written by: Melissa Duprey

In this in your face solo performance, you will find yourself laughing, blushing, and screaming for more! Come see what Chicago raves as candid, hilarious, and hypersexual in the raw and edgy comedy of sexual errors, SEXOMEDY.

First the infamous all nude, all-dude revue returns for the sixth time with your favorite cockteasers, new nudes, and very special guests including international shocksation Rose Wood. Then, the cock-less finally have their chance to put their full frontal freakiness on display when Shocks WITHOUT Cocks, the all-nude NO Dude revue hits the stage for the first time ever!

Hailed as a well-programmed night by The New York Times and named a Time Out New York Critics' Pick. There’s live accordion music, a challenging trivia game, and a free wine giveaway where one lucky audience member will walk away with their very own bottle of Sideshow Sauce!

This month features: The Flat Tires, We Are Thomasse and Special appearance from the Dump Cousins. Character Guest, Sharon Jamilkowski. And Stand Up Guest, Brendan McLaughlin.

Slam Up is an innovative mix of comedy and poetry through music and spoken word featuring Cali Bulmash and Emily Lowinger. They'll rap, sing, spit poetry, and grab you by the heartstrings with their tales of the many shades of love requited, unrequited, gay, straight, queer, or, well, just creative.

Directed by: DAVID COTE

A man who bears an uncanny resemblance to Adolf Hitler finds himself idolized by an orgiastic, underground, Fuhrer-worshipping cult.

Stand Up and Take Your Clothes Off! features NYC's funniest female comics and sassiest burlesque acts.

Storytelling meets scientific phenomenons in this live show about how scientific progress has made a difference and affected the lives of others.

Mayor of Burlesque Jonny Porkpie teams up with Strange for Hire sideshow legend Donny Vomit and international cowboy superstar Chris McDaniel for a brand-new show unlike ever seen before on this earth. Also starring Bunny Buxom, Frankie Sin, and Gal Friday.

Ten-Foot Rat Cabaret is Gotham’s Premiere Variety Show: Comedy, Music, Burlesque, Vaudeville, and More!

Company: Thank You, Robot

Summer Fridays is a showcase for independent and established improv teams.

RADIOTHEATRE continues its quest to adapt for the LIVE STAGE, 40 of the greatest tales of terror from the 20th Century's GRANDMASTER OF HORROR, H.P.LOVECRAFT!

Written by: Ming Peiffer
Directed by: Kat Yen

Part documentary and part solo show, The ABC's Guide To Getting Famous is a raw satire that investigates the real lives of Asian American artists trying to make it in the entertainment industry. Funny, heartbreaking, and, at times, downright offensive, this hybrid film and theater piece is an honest investigation of race in casting.

Company: Adam Wade

In celebration of the 5th year of the Adam Wade from NH Show, praised by the New York Times, and Time Out NY Magazine.

Company: Adam Wade

Originally from New Hampshire.

Company: Lefty Lucy

In a world where Santa is inescapable and shopping is the best way to spread and obliterate cheer, The Bible: This Is Your Life! takes a look between the sheets of the greatest story ever told and strips it bare with blasphemy and boobs.

Company: Peter Aguero

Have you ever wanted to tell stories or go-go dance with NYC's Hardest-Drinking Improvised Storytelling Rock Band? Now's your chance.

The most hysterical game show in NYC!!!

Company: RadioTheatre

Horse Trade Theater Group is proud to present RadioTheatre and their original, live, audio-theatre adaptation by Dan Bianchi of The Ghosts of Christmas Past

Seek Truth. Get A T-Shirt. They can lie to me all night long.- The New York Times Uniformly riveting. The concept is brilliant and flawlessly executed.- 4 Stars, BroadwayBaby

Brad Lawrence and Cyndi Freeman, AKA: Handsome Brad and Cherry Pitz, present weird ideas, left field antics, and heart felt oddness culled from and inspired by their long histories in independent theater. Drawing on the best and brightest performers from the storytelling, burlesque, and sideshow scenes of New York, and beyond, they present a new concept in the funny and the strange during their quarterly residence at Horse Trade Theater.

An evening of some of New York's premier burlesque performers telling you how and why they went from mild mannered citizen to super powered strip artiste and then performing their some of their favorite acts.

A story about bullies, monsters, and hoaxes. Written and performed by Cyndi Freeman

At The Open Mic Downstairs the focus is the stage! Sign-ups get seven minutes to try anything in one of the most supportive rooms in New York. Whether it’s a performance art piece, comedy, music, storytelling, dance, or something entirely off the top of your head, you'll find a home in the attentive welcoming community at UNDER St. Marks.

Bringing David Lynch-inspired burlesque to NYC and beyond since the anniversary of Laura Palmer's death in 2011.

A new generation of theater artists reared on a diet of vampires, zombies and charming serial killers. Call this movement the Theater of Blood. --The New York Times

Company: Peter DeGiglio

Imagine if Meet the Press had just crashed into the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. The end result would be The Skinny with Peter DeGiglio, a comedy news talk show that tackles a new hot button sociopolitical issue each month; often ripped right from the headlines.

Wasabassco is bringing back their dirtiest, naughtiest and most revealing show for two dates only, transforming The Kraine Theater into a den of sinful decadence...The Wasabassco Hellfire Club. It’s Wasabassco’s most adult show ever, curated to cater to your most sophisticated and lustful desires

It is with pleasure that we serve up to you our naughtiest and most revealing show: The Wasabassco Hellfire Club. It’s Wasabassco’s wildest, wickedest and most adult evening, curated to cater to the most sophisticated and lustful desires of a select group of curious and enlightened guests. The Kraine Theater is transformed into an intimate den of sinful decadence and mischievous delights, presented by Nasty Canasta and Stormy Leather and featuring an exquisite lineup of favorite Wasabassco performers crossing lines and revealing more than you’ve seen before - as always, with subservient assistance by Amanda Whip.

Originally called Six x Six, This Time is an open mic hosted by Cammi Climaco.

TOLD returns for one night only! Told had a run of 50 monthly shows, ending in 2012. And it's back, for just one more show.

Company: Less Than Rent
Written by: Max Friedlich
Directed by: Patrick K. Dooley

White Girl Wasted is a stinging dissection of 21st century compulsions and American wunderkind culture. With this followup to his critically acclaimed Sleepover, playwright Max Friedlich cuts through the privilege and the betrayal and the madness and spills the truth all over your mom’s new rug.

Company: The Cyn Factory

Burlesque performers are putting their BFAs to good use by brushing up, and stripping down, their Shakespeare.

A ribald romp through the twisted tales of Lewis Carroll, Wonderland showcases your wildest imaginations and fantasies. From beyond the looking glass, Excelsior Burlesque producers Ruby Solitaire and Moe Cheezmo bring you a brilliant cast including Stormy Leather, Dangrrr Doll, Lefty Lucy, Bunny Buxom, Jenny C’est Quoi, Bianca Boom Boom, and Lillian Bustle . . and don’t worry, we’re all mad here!

Company: Kyle Supley

Singer and comic Kyle Supley and Paulie Fingerz Leschen bring you Your Musical Trivia Jukebox Show! which lets you the audience answer themed trivia questions, and choose the songs we perform.