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The Visionary Theatre For One: Here is Future Returns To In-Person Performances

Jeryl Brunner

It is often said that sometimes it only takes one person to help transform your life. And Theatre for One subscribes to that mantra.
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Conceived by Artistic Director Christine Jones and designed by LOT-EK architects, Theatre for One is a mobile state-of-the-art New York performance space for one actor and one audience member. They commission new work created specifically for this venue's one-to-one relationship.

Theatre for One is presented in public spaces in which audience members are invited to engage in an intimate theatrical exchange and enter the theatre space not knowing what to expect. Actor and audience member encounter each other as strangers in this suspended space and through the course of the performance allow the divisions and distinctions that separate us to dissolve.

This past week it was announced that Theatre For One returns for in-person performances at Manhattan West Plaza beginning August 5. The shows will be presented by Arts Brookfield at New York City’s dynamic destination for food, culture, retail, and hospitality, located at 9th Avenue between 31st and 33rd Street. 

Theatre for One asks What do we bring forward? What do we build anew? The idea is that the future doesn’t come from nowhere. It gets made now, here, with you—one actor, one audience member at a time. 

 At the onset of the Covid-19 shutdown, computers as became our prosceniums, Arts Brookfield commissioned Theatre for One’s first online presentation. The show, Here We Are, amplified the voices of eight writers grappling with their heightened disconnection and national reckoning with their original micro-plays performed live to an audience of one at a time. Now, one year later, they look to playwrights to frame the future as people re-engage face to face, person to person, present to make future. 

For Theatre for One building anew means access in every sense.  Performances are free and open to the public. The new booth makes Theatre for One, Theatre for all, (one person at a time). It is ADA accessible and features a new, advanced air circulation system. Performances will include adaptations for visually and hearing impaired audience members. 

After the success with Here We Are, a digital presentation as part of Brookfield Place’s online programming during the pandemic, Theatre for One returns to a fully LIVE production with a series of six newly commissioned micro-plays at Brookfield Properties' newest location on Manhattan's west side.

The limited engagement of Here Is Future is produced by Octopus Theatricals, It will play August 5-22 and is open to the public and free. Visit to reserve tickets every Monday at 10am for the performances that week. Walk-in slots will be available if space allows.

The plays in Theatre for One: Here Is Future are premieres by Jaclyn Backhaus, Lydia R. Diamond, Stacey Rose, DeLanna Studi, Regina Taylor and korde arrington tuttle. The plays are directed by Tiffany Nichole Greene, Rebecca Martínez, Regina Taylor and SRĐA. 

Theatre for One is produced by Octopus Theatricals (Mara Isaacs, Executive/Creative Producer) and originally produced by True Love Productions. Bryan Hunt is associate producer/production coordinator. The design team includes Hahnji Jang (costumes) and Josh Higgason (lights and sound). Jenny Koons (co-artistic director for Here We Are) is an advisor to the project.

Arts Brookfield and Theatre for One will continue to implement health, safety and COVID-19 protocols in compliance with state and local government. The content of HERE IS FUTURE microplays range from a rating of PG to R, based on language.

Theatre for One is presented in public spaces in which audience members are invited to engage in an intimate theatrical exchange. Actor and audience member encounter each other as strangers and, through the course of the performance, discover how the divisions and distinctions that separate us can dissolve.

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New York based journalist who has written for Forbes, Parade, InStyle, National Geographic Traveler, Travel + Leisure, and The Wall Street Journal. Author of the book "My City, My New York, Famous New Yorkers Share Their Favorite Places" and podcaster, ("When Lightning Strikes"). I cover the arts, theater, entertainment, food, travel and people who are motivated by their joy and passion.

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