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32 free events take place on Monday, March 27 in New York City. Don't miss the opportunities that only New York provides! Exciting, high quality, unique and off the beaten path free events and free things to do take place in New York today, tonight, tomorrow and each day of the year, any time of the day: whether it's a weekday or a weekend, day or night, morning or evening or afternoon, December or July, April or November! These events will take your breath away!

New York City (NYC) never ceases to amaze you with quantity and quality of its free culture and free entertainment. Check out March 27 and see for yourself. Summer or Winter, Spring or Fall! Just click on any day of the calendar above and you'll find most inspiring and entertaining free events to go to and free things to do on each day of March . Don't miss the opportunities that only New York provides!

Some events take place all year long: same day of the week, same time there are there for you to take advantage of. One of the oldest free weekly events in Manhattan is Dixieland Jazz with the Gotham Jazzmen, which happen at noon every Tuesday. Another example of an event that you can attend all year round on weekdays is Federal Reserve Bank Tour, which takes place every week day at 1 pm (but advanced reservations are required). You can take at least 13 free tours every day of the year, except the New Year Day, July 4th, and the Christmas Day. If you are classical music afficionado, you can spend whole day in New York going from one free classical concert to another. If you love theater, then New York gives you an option to attend plays and musicals free of charge, or at deep discount. You just need to have information about it. And we are here to make that information available to you.
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32 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Monday, March 27, 2023

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free events nyc Tour of Gracie Mansion, Home of New York's Mayors
free events nyc An Eclectic Afternoon of Jazz (In Person and Online)
free events nyc The Merry Wives of Grenoble: Tensions in a Polygamous Marriage
free events nyc Play Reading and Live Music
        

Conference | Beyond Neoliberalism and “Neo-Illiberalism": Economic Policy and Performance for Sustainable Democracy (in-person and online)


The global political retreat from liberal democracy and the rise of authoritarianism is well documented, but the economic causes and consequences of this “backsliding” have received much less attention. This conference will concentrate on the economics of the recent wave of anti-democratic regimes. Analyzing the economic causes and especially the economic consequences of the authoritarian turn will help us understand the sustainability of this illiberal shift. This in turn will allow a serious exploration of alternative economic policy frameworks to strengthen democracies by helping them deliver a more prosperous and equitable economy.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:00 am
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Tour | 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many


These free tours take place at various times during the day, all day long. You can make reservations for as many tours as your schedule allows. SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights + DUMBO 3 Hour Lower Manhattan Harlem Chelsea and the High Line 6 Hour Downtown Combined Greenwich Village Central Park Lower Manhattan Midtown Manhattan Grand Central Terminal Graffiti and Street Art Tours World Trade Center
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Other | 2023 Macy's Flower Show


Celebrate the enchanting beauty of flowers and fragrance in this spring. Dior has brought its passion for florals to life, transforming the mezzanine level into a lavishly romantic dreamscape with thousands of beautiful blooms. Tours are given every twenty minutes until 1pm.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Master Class | Cello Master Class


A master class presented by David Geber, cello. David Geber has appeared as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Montreal Symphony, and New York Chamber Symphony. As founding cellist of the American String Quartet, he concertized and recorded internationally with that ensemble for nearly thirty years, having given concerts in all 50 of the United States and playing up to 100 annual engagements.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Symposium | Racism and Social Justice in Public Health


This symposium commemorates the 20th anniversary of the seminal report "Unequal Treatment: Confronting Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Healthcare," with a keynote presentation by Dr. Brian Smedley, who is among the inaugural class of Equity Scholars at the Urban Institute.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:30 am
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Tour | Tour of Gracie Mansion, Home of New York's Mayors


In 1799, a prosperous New York merchant named Archibald Gracie built a country house overlooking a bend in the East River, five miles north of the then-New York City limits. Little did he know that, more than 200 years later, his home would be serving as the official residence of the First Family of New York City - a place where history is made, not merely recorded. As a historic house museum run by the Parks Department, sitting on 11 acres of grounds now known as Carl Schurz Park, Gracie Mansion has served as the home of 11 mayors, beginning first with Mayor Fiorello H. La Guardia in 1942. Start times: 10:30am, 12pm, 1:30pm
   New York City, NY; NYC
10:30 am
Free

Lecture | Decolonizing and Globalizing LGBTQ+ Studies (online)


This course is an interdisciplinary introduction to LGBTQ+ studies as they relate to the postcolonial Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, as well as Post-communist Eastern Europe in the twenty-first century. Its aim is to decenter and globalize issues from queer studies on the complex cases of the Global South and the former Eastern Block, to question and enrich the contemporary westcentric LGBTQ+ studies and theory. Together with the participants, this seminar will explore nonheteronormative gender and sexuality in cross-cultural perspective in various legal, political and national frameworks outside the West, including developments that have emerged in light of indigenous, postcolonial, diasporic, racial and migration/exile approaches. First of ten sessions.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Master Class | Cello Master Class


A master class presented by Morten Zeuthen, cello. Morten Zeuthen has performed with all the Danish symphony orchestras and abroad, and often appears entirely solo. With the pianist Amalie Malling, Zeuthen has played in venues like Carnegie Hall, New York; the Wigmore Hall, London; the Casals Hall, Tokyo; and Forbidden City Concert Hall, Beijing, China.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:30 am
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Book Discussion | The 5Ls: The Gift of a Balanced Life (online)


Co-authors Mike Mannix and Sal LaGreca discuss their new book and explain how their 5Ls program has provided thousands of individuals globally with real tools for true work-life balance and mental wellness.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Discussion | Discussing Crime Fiction (online)


A talk with New York Times best-selling author Lisa Unger discussing critical analysis. Unger is the internationally bestselling author of twenty novels, including Secluded Cabin Sleeps Six, Last Girl Ghosted, and Confessions on the 7:45 — now in development at Netflix, starring Jessica Alba. With books published in thirty-three languages and millions of copies sold worldwide, she is regarded as a master of suspense. Lisa is the current co-President of the International Thriller Writers organization. She lives on the west coast of Florida with her family.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm
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Master Class | Orchestral Performance Master Class


A master class with Barry Hearn, low brass. Barry Hearn is the principal trombonist of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Prior to that, he was assistant principal trombonist of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C., where he completed seven seasons.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm
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Jazz | An Eclectic Afternoon of Jazz (In Person and Online)


Jazz concert at an intimate venue featuring Melvis Santa's Jazz Orishas Quintet.
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:00 pm
Free

Staged Reading | The Merry Wives of Grenoble: Tensions in a Polygamous Marriage


With the arrival of newcomer Jesuina, the Count now has a wife for every day of the week. But her rebellious personality causes dissent among the other wives, shaking up their routine and causing some to finally see the inequity of this unorthodox polygamous marriage. And when Jesuina makes a bold proposal to the other women--kill the Count and flee the Cape Verde islands to enjoy his rich estate in his native France--each woman is forced to reevaluate their relationship to one another, to themselves, and to their home. Written by Francisca Da Silveira.
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:00 pm
Free

Workshop | Memoir Writing Workshop


A writing session led by author Jon Curley. Taking inspiration from life events, participants will be encouraged to use reflection as a way to enhance their writing styles in any preferred mode.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Staged Reading | An Oxford Man: The First Tarndgrender Man


Else Went's buoyant and raucous mythologization of the life and times of the first “modern” transgender man, Laurence Michael Dillon. An Oxford Man is a witty, surprising, and tender theatrical rollick.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Book Discussion | The Wolf King: Ibn Mardanīsh and the Construction of Power in al-Andalus


Al-Andalus is often depicted as a site of particular religious tolerance, and the twelfth century as its denouement, with foreign interlopers locked in holy war. Ibn Mardanīsh (r. 1147-72), known as the Wolf King, complicates narratives of religious enmity and of al-Andalus' distinct culture. This talk, based on the recently published book, explores Ibn Mardanīsh's brief rule. It then considers how the memory of this ruler has been distorted in the time since his death, as racial and religious hierarchies have promoted the idea of al-Andalus as particularly exceptional for its position in Europe.  With author Abigail Krasner Balbale.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Talk | How to Become a Female Director (and Be Happy Nevertheless) (in-person and online)


Filmmaker and film critic Axelle Ropert will be in NYC on March 27-28 for the release of her new film Petite Solange and a retrospective of her work at BAM. She will be presenting her masterclass called From "Trafic" (Serge Daney) to "Sois belle et tais-toi" (Delphine Seyrig): 992-2023, or how to become a female director (and be happy nevertheless)". The masterclass includes clips from various films that have influenced Axelle as a filmmaker and shaped her female gaze.  The event is in English.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Lecture | Smuggling as a Material Critique of Borders


By drawing on ethnographic and historical accounts of migrant smuggling and forgery from the smugglers’ perspectives, this talk shifts the focus from the hegemonic understanding of smuggling as a criminal activity conducted by ‘greedy’ individuals and ‘mafia rings,’ to a specific form of practice that operates through a series of concrete material techniques. Mahmoud Kershavarz argues that smuggling recognizes the material and technological features of borders which provide a condition vulnerable to reappropriation. Smuggling by reworking these features not only reconfigure the apparatus of borders to provide supports for those who are denied access to mobility, but also can teach us something about a specific mode of critique that I call a material mode of critique. The material mode of critiquing borders goes beyond a discursive mode which mostly locates politicians, academics, and activists as the critics of border politics. This mode can potentially open up new possibilities on how we can think about and against borders.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Lecture | Neapolitan Theater: A City On Stage in the Early 20th Century (online)


Napoli is a city that is a stage, for the expressivity of its people, for its own musical tradition, for its own variety of theater and cinema, not to mention its beautiful unique language - Neapolitan - that is featured in so many plays, movies, and - of course - songs. Napoli has given so much to the world and one of its many gifts has been the Neapolitan theater of the early 20th century: the Cafe’ Chantant, Neapolitan style, the macchiette, the variety shows that have delighted so many people for many decades. To honor one of the performances coming to In Scena! Italian Theater Festival NY in 2023 that pays homage to this form of theater, the March gathering of On The Italian Stage will transport you to Napoli a century ago. Get ready for sciantose, comici, ‘a mossa e tante risate.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
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Book Discussion | How Data Happened: A History from the Age of Reason to the Age of Algorithms


A spirited conversation with renowned data journalist Julia Angwin as she discusses How Data Happened with  Matt Jones and Chris Wiggins of Columbia.  The book expands on the popular course the authors created and have taught for the past several years. It illuminates the ways, going back centuries, in which data has been used and continues to be used as a tool and a weapon in arguing for what is true, as well as a means of rearranging or defending power.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Opening Reception | If You Only Walk Long Enough: Group Show


This exhibition seeks to explore travel, travellers, Travellers, journeys, and destinations, and ask how they change each other. Artists Leanne McDonagh, Ellie Berry, and Edy Fung bring to the exhibition a perception of travel that’s tied to their experiences, and each offers the audience a moment of meditation on how travel can influence them, their destination, and their idea of “somewhere.”
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Lecture | The Rise of the Alt-Right and Gender Rights Regression


The rise of the alt-right politics and the illiberal democracies are producing not only a limitation of political rights, first in terms of pluralism, but also an attack against the sexual and reproductive rights. This international coalition of conservatism found its momentum in the World Family Congress. The concept of Regression and ‘cultural backlash’, as shaped by social sciences, allow us to understand this aggressive and hostile sexism, whose characteristics should be deeply examined in order to define the adequate forms of resistance.    Speaker Anna Loretoni is Full Professor of Political Philosophy at Dirpolis Institute and Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at Sant'Anna School for Advanced Studies, Pisa.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Book Discussion | Chrome Valley by Mahogany L. Browne


Join us for an evening of performance and conversation as Mahogany L. Browne, Lincoln Center’s inaugural poet-in-residence, shares her latest volume of poetry, Chrome Valley. Described as "an the outstretched arm holding innocence in its seat as we approach a sharp, violent red light" and a "kingdom of joy", Browne's writing is an invitation to sit awhile the experiences of being a Black woman in America, while making room for our imaginations to construct new ways to approach the world. The characters in Chrome Valley grapple with the legacies of inherited trauma but also revel in the beauty of the undaunted self-determination passed down from Black woman to Black woman. Transcendent and grounded, funny and furious, Chrome Valley brings depth to a movement, solidifying Mahogany L. Browne as one of the most significant poetic voices of our time. Max Michael Jacob will accompany her on bass and she'll join Novella Ford in conversation.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Book Discussion | Sister Novelists by Devoney Looser (In Person AND Online)


This Women's History Month, get to know the brilliant, self-made single women who were famous on both sides of the Atlantic and counted among their fans at least one queen and a president. Between them, Jane and Anna Maria Porter published 26 books, including a bestseller, and arguably invented the historical novel. Then history left them in the past. What happened and why is the subject of Devoney Looser's new book, which recaptures the lost story of the pioneering Porter Sisters. Relying largely on their letters, which are collected at The New York Public Library, Looser's literary detective work rescues the Porters from literary obscurity and pushes them back into prominence. Looser discusses her biography with author and critic, Ruth Franklin, and actors read a selection of the sisters' inimitable correspondence.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Club | The Thread Collectors by Shaunna J. Edwards and Alyson Richman (online)


A discussion of The Thread Collectors, co-written by internationally bestselling author Alyson Richman and debut author Shaunna J. Edwards, who have come together to collaborate on a rich historical novel set during the Civil War. The book follows two women, one Black and yearning for freedom in New Orleans, the other a Jewish abolitionist in New York.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Classical Music | Art in Time of War: Celebrating the Resilience of Ukrainian Culture


The event highlights work by at the Institute for Imagination and Ideas in Paris: Address by Dora Chomiak, President of Razom for Ukraine. Readings by award-winning poet Natalka Bilotserkivets. Never-before-seen footage from a new film about Azovstal, the iron-and-steel-works in Mariupol, by documentary filmmaker Zoya Laktionova,   Concert of music for a string quartet curated by musical director and classical music producer, Anna Stavychenko, including works by Ukrainian composers Stanyslav Lyudkevych and Zoltan Almashi (U.S. premiere of Almashi’s String Quartet no. 4 “Poltava”) With: Ihor Barynin (Violin) Nikita Yermak (Violin) Lavinia Pavlish (Viola) Valeriya Sholokhova (Cello) The program also features: -- Contemporary Ukrainian art from the trenches, introduced by filmmaker Tetiana Khodakivska  -- Conversation on the role of the artist in time of war -- Ivan Krastev, Chairman of the Centre for Liberal Studies in Sofia -- Ostap Slyvynsky, Vice President of PEN Ukraine -- Valentina Izmirlieva, Director, Harriman Institute Reception to follow.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Staged Reading | The Merry Wives of Grenoble: Tensions in a Polygamous Marriage


With the arrival of newcomer Jesuina, the Count now has a wife for every day of the week. But her rebellious personality causes dissent among the other wives, shaking up their routine and causing some to finally see the inequity of this unorthodox polygamous marriage. And when Jesuina makes a bold proposal to the other women--kill the Count and flee the Cape Verde islands to enjoy his rich estate in his native France--each woman is forced to reevaluate their relationship to one another, to themselves, and to their home. Written by Francisca Da Silveira.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Talk | Artist Talk: Tapestry Weaving (online)


Erin M. Riley is a tapestry weaver living and working in Brooklyn, New York. She received a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design and a MFA from Tyler School of Art, both in Fibers. Riley is represented by P.P.O.W Gallery, New York, NY, and had solo exhibitions there in 2018 and 2021. Riley is a 2021 United States Artist Fellow, and her work was collected as part of the 2021 Academy of Arts & Letters Purchase Prize. She is a current artist in residency at Sharpe Walentas Studio Program and a past resident artist at Dieu Donné Workspace Program, The Corporation of Yaddo, MacDowell (’10, ’18), and Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in 2012 and 2021 as an alumni AIR.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concert | CANCELLED! Virtuoso Mandolin-and-Gutiarist Duo from Brazil CANCELLED!


The virtuoso duo of mandolinist Danilo Brito and guitarist Joao Luiz present their first album Esquina de Sao Paulo, showcasing the vibrant instrumental music of Brazil with compositions by Danilo Brito and giants such as Pixinguinha and Jacob do Bandolim, arranged by Joao Luiz. The two musicians first met in 2004 as contestants for Brazil's prestigious award for music, the Premio Visa de Musica Popular Brasileira. They met again only 13 years later, this time in New York. Danilo invited Joao to play with him as a special guest at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center. Their instant creative chemistry convinced both to plan a future for a new duo. In 2018, the duo toured the United States presenting repertoire chosen by Danilo and arranged by Joao Luiz and concluded with a recording session in a church in Scarsdale, New York. This material became the album, co-produced by multi-Grammy award winner Kabir Sehgal, in which the duo deliver their version of Brazilian instrumental music, marked by infectious rhythms, sparkling counterpoint, and shimmering tone.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Dance Performance | Dance Works-in-Progress


A free, high visibility low-tech forum for experimentation, emerging ideas, and works-in-progress held in the Fall and Spring seasons. Artists are selected by a rotating committee of peer artists Featuring: Courtney Henry + Joya Powell, Maxfield Haynes, Rohan Bhargava/Rovaco Dance Company
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Classical Music | Composers Concert with Four World Premieres (In Person AND Online)


Jeffrey Milarsky, conductor. Program Jacob Beranek, Pilgrimatic Overture Max Lu, shatter Benjamin Rieke, Projections Daniel Lubin, Moabet
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:30 pm
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Performance | Play Reading and Live Music


In Peter Gil-Sheridan's surrealist Cockfight, Juanie is a painter, his canvas a giant egg big enough to hold a full grown adult man. Inside that egg holds Juanie's father dream: a prizewinning rooster that Juanie's father hopes will become a star on the cockfighting circuit, but when the egg hatches and the bird's unassuming nature collides with "Big Juan's" vision for him, Juanie embarks on a mission to save his family and his bird from total oblivion. Dir.: Anna Brenner Prolific playwright Peter Gil-Sheridan has developed works at over 15 major theaters across the United States. His play Cockfight was originally written for Soho Rep's Writer/Director Lab and was further developed by PlayPenn in Philadelphia under the direction of Anna Brenner. Gil-Sheridan is Assistant Professor of Drama at Vassar College. The evening will also include live music and a talkback with the playwright.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:30 pm
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