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Past Performances At The Alchemical

2021 Season

DEC 11TH–12th, 2021

Australian Theatre Festival NYC


Saturday December 11 – 2pm matinee

Milk by Dylan Van Den Berg (Staged Reading)

Directed by Sam Cook

Starring Matt Coleman, Sam Cook, Madison Prince

“On the precipice of something life changing, a young Palawa man plunges into an exploration of self and Country.”

Milk was first produced by The Street at The Street Theatre, Canberra Australia on 4 June 2021.


Saturday December 11 – 8pm
Single Asian Female by Michelle Law (Staged Reading)

Directed by Genevieve Wilson

Starring Alanah Allen, Hannah Bailey, Rebecca Ho, Nathan Spiteri, Rosie Yates.

“Skewering race and gender in contemporary society, Michelle Law’s debut play is as fierce and funny as it is vital. It’s Australian domesticity like you’ve never seen it before.”

Sunday December 12 – 1pm

Industry Panel - Building community as an expat living in the U.S.

With America Josh (Aussie expat guide for moving to America), Sam Cook (Founder, United Stages Collective), Analisa Bell (Australian Women in New York) and more!

Sunday December 12 – 3pm matinee

The Tiniest Thing by Richard Jordan (Staged Reading)
*The 2020 New Play Award Winner

Directed by Mark Barford

Starring Jillian Geurts, Carla Kissane, Ben McHugh, Kathleen Simmonds, Kaye Tuckerman.

“​​The Tiniest Thing explores climate change denialism and inter-generational inheritance within a fateful weekend for one Brisbane family. Do we only ever choose what we want to believe?”

Thanks to our 2021 Festival Sponsor Australian Consulate-General New York along with our supporters Toby Carrington, and Anonymous Donors (3). The 2021 New Play Award is sponsored by Andrew J. Martin-Weber and Shane & Cathryn Brennan

Into The Woods

presented by Off-Brand Opera

Directed by Christine Duncan

Off-Brand Opera’s inaugural season will kick off with three performances of Stephen Sondheim’s Broadway fairytale classic, Into the Woods, on November 19-21 at Alchemical Studios (104 W 14th Street). Tickets are now on sale for this intimate and semi-immersive show!

In this production, Off-Brand Opera explores what happens when a diverse set of musicians bring their own performance styles and techniques to a classic show. The cast and pianists come from backgrounds in opera, musical theater, pop, folk, and cabaret. What will happen when they bring their varied vocal talents and stylings into the fairy tale world?

Directed by Christine Duncan

Music Directed by Erin Kennedy

Pianists Jake Landau & Tiehan Pan


Featuring Stacey Canterbury, Camber Carpenter, Michael Celentano, Alexia DelGiudice, Christine Duncan, Brendan Hartnett, EB Hinnant, Jeff Germann, Erin Kennedy, Anna Larranaga, Gwen Miller, Kristina Shafranski, Veronica Shea, and David Smolokoff


For more information, visit Off-Brand Opera

Nov 19th–21st, 2021

2021-11 Off-Brand Opera at Alchemical

Fri Nov 19 – Sat Nov 20 at 7:30PM    

Sun Nov 21 at 3pm

The White Box Theatre A - 3rd floor

Tix are $20-45 and available here

For ticketing questions or concerns, please email

NOV 19th, 2021


presented by 
Ensemble Decipher



The modular and technology-focused experimental music group, Ensemble Decipher, performs a program of new works from their unique, technologically inflected repertoire at Alchemical Theatre Laboratory on November 19th, 2021.
The program will feature a world premiere by Darian Donovan Thomas and 
a guest appearance by the polymath violinist and composer Mari Kimura


Since its founding as a laptop ensemble in 2017, Ensemble Decipher has evolved into a flexible, adventurous ensemble dedicated to advancing the work of composers and sound artists experimenting with vintage, contemporary, and emerging technologies, with the laptop serving as the central hub of connection. 


Modernized Memorist  by Darian Donovan Thomas, world premiere

KISMET by Mari Kimura, featuring a guest performance by Mari Kimura

...the art of failure  by Kamala Sankaram

Riddle Me  by Jamie Leigh Sampson

Monolith  by Paul Leary

coat by Rob Cosgrove

Friday Nov 19th at 7:30pm, door at 7:00pm

Studio One - ground floor

Tix are $15 and available here or at the door! 

podcast link 

Decipherists website

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2021-11 Decipherists at Alchemical

Dec 11th–12th, 2021

Ensemble Decipher’s performance at the Alchemical Studio Laboratory is made possible in part with public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the City Council and administered by LMCC. LMCC serves, connects and makes space for artists and community. The programming at SUNY Oswego is supported in part by the SUNY Oswego Student Arts Fee, Administered by ARTSwego. We are also grateful for the support of the JackTrip foundation, the SUNY PACC Prize, the Ethos New Music Society, and Stony Brook University’s Department of Music.

Nov 5th–6th, 2021   

A Women's Suffrage
Splendiferous Extravaganza!


A Staged Reading
presented by
The Pleiades Project
directed by Caroline Miller


With a generous grant from the Lower Manhattan
Cultural Council, The Pleiades Project presents the stories of the trail-blazing leaders and watershed moments of the women’s suffrage movement in the United States.

As the centennial celebration of the ratification of the 19th Amendment approached in 2020, The Pleiades Project was inspired to create and produce a music-theater work in conversation with this milestone event in American history. With a generous grant from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and co-created by November Christine, Noelle McMurtry, and Caroline Miller, A Women’s Suffrage Splendiferous Extravaganza! was born, inspired by turn-of-the-20th-Century vaudeville.

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Sat Dec 11 – Sun Dec 12

The Theatre Laboratory - 2nd floor

Tix are available here

Australian Theatre Festival NYC website

In A Women’s Suffrage Splendiferous Extravaganza!, our daring Maestra Impresaria & her dynamic troupe present the stories of the trail-blazing leaders and watershed moments of the women’s suffrage movement in the United States. Through unique adaptations of suffrage propaganda, popular music from the Library of Congress Archive: Songs of Suffrage, and newly-commissioned songs from NYC-based composer Lacy Rose, we endeavor to showcase the breadth & diversity within this eight-decade long struggle, including the pivotal contributions of suffragists of color, who have been continually marginalized and erased from our collective re-telling of the history of the women’s suffrage movement.

Join us on an exhilarating jaunt to celebrate, explore, and problematize this historic fight to win women the vote! By examining the intersection of the voices of American women of the past and women of today, we ask ourselves and our audience to consider how the fight for equality continues in this quest for the enfranchisement of all citizens in our democracy.

November Christine: Co-Creator (Book, Lyrics) & Composer
Lacy Rose: Composer
Noelle McMurtry : Co-Creator (Dramaturg) & Producer
Caroline Miller: Co-Creator (Book, Lyrics), Director & Producer


For more information, visit

Fri Nov 5 – Sat Nov 6, 2021 at 7PM    
The Theatre Laboratory - 2nd floor

Tix are $20 and available here

Nov 1st, 2021   

2021-11 LGBTQ+ Photo Exhibit by Leandro Justen at Alchemical

Oct 30th, 2021   

2021-10-30 Zak Ma at Alchemical

Oct 30th, 2021   

This is Me Eating __

a live immersive experience
presented by Et Alia Theater


This is Me Eating___ started as an online project where women from all over the world were invited to fill in the blank and create a piece of their own that dealt with their relationship to eating and food.

After receiving the City Artist Corps Grant,
Et Alia Theater decided to produce This is Me Eating___ as an immersive, live theater performance.

The themes of food and body image are very specific and unique to different cultures and traditions, yet almost the same in their effect on mental health and societal pressures. From the submissions we received, some felt empowered to “eat” their problems, insecurities, pain, or mental illnesses, while others felt inspired to share their family eating traditions that may not be understood by others.

We will show the potential of dialogue between projection, sound and the physical body, and how this can result in the audience feeling transported in a stimulative and meditative space that feels beyond reality.

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Saturday Oct 30, 2021

Studio One - Ground Floor

Each performance cycle is 45 minutes. This is a "human museum" experience. Each cycle will start at the following times:

Cycle one: 4:00-4:45PM

Cycle two: 4:45-5:30PM

Cycle three: 6:15-7:00PM

Cycle four: 7:00-7:45PM

Open Discussion with the team: 8:00-9:00PM

Tix available here


We will limit the number of audience members to 20-25 at a time.

Picture a space with human, flawed bodies expressing what they are “eating” (both metaphorically and literally) through the use of their movements and voices.

Et Alia website

Oct 28th, 2021   

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Oct 16th, 2021   

Scribbled Lines

presented by
Poetic Theater


Through poetry, song, media, and movement Vanessa Rappa and Poetic Theater Productions presents a theatrical experience that sets the audience members in the middle of a dreamscape. Somewhere strange yet familiar, the piece explores isolation, abandonment, and the search for connection, beauty, and certainty. A choreopoem in structure, audiences will follow a being who re-enters and discovers the body  and a being who is stuck in one place.

What can be done when you are stuck in a cycle?
Will the repetition ever cease?
What can you do when you try so hard to hold on to
being human, and it keeps falling from your grasp
like a constant punishment?




Saturday Oct 16, 2021

3:00 PM, 4:00PM, 7:00 PM, & 8:00 PM

Studio One - ground floor
Tickets are Pay-What-You-Can to $25 
and available here

Poetic Theater website

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Oct 10th, 2021   

Lia Romeo's

Greek Tragedy 


A reading of Lia Romeo's College Collaboration Project play Greek Tragedy. The play has been developed in collaboration with Centre College and Wells College during the 2020/21 academic year. “Greek Tragedy” is a story of a social media influencer. It explores societies need for fame, recognition, addiction, enabling,... connection.

This was an exciting play to explore during the isolation of the pandemic - it is even
more exciting to share with you as we are coming back to in person gatherings.
A beautiful play. I hope you'll join us.

Cast for the reading:
Kathleen O'Neal
Michelle Chan (Centre College)
Ashleen Rowan
Carmen Burbridge
Lisa Jill Anderson
John Bingaman (Centre College)
Dylan Crow

Stage Directions - Avery Sedlacek

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Sunday Oct 10 at 3:30PM
Tickets are free. Seating is limited.
To make a reservation, email

The reading will be followed by a talkback with playwright Lia Romeo, Artistic Director Padraic Lillis, and cast- to talk about the play as well as the development process.

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