There's Nothing Wrong with a Little Theater: May Edition

Just because it's now May doesn't mean that all your activities have to take place outside. This month brings some world class theater productions to NYC and you don't want to spend too much time in the sun or you might miss them (...or burn). Check out four of the hottest shows around that you'd be a fool to miss out on.

I Am a Tree: This play, written and performed by Dulcy Rogers and directed by Allan Miller, arrives in the Big Apple! The show, produced by United Pies, Inc. in association with The Elephant Theatre, is coming to NYC from a critically acclaimed run in Los Angeles, beginning May 25th until June 30th. The show follows are 30-year-old Claire as she discovers family members she never knew existed. She begins to embark on a journey to find her relatives to find out about the mother she never knew but when she finally tracks down three crazy aunts, they all have very different stories about her mother. Performances are Thurs-Sat at 8pm and Sunday at 3pm. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased here.

Planet Connections Theatre Festivity: NYC's premiere eco-friendly/socially-conscious 4th annual theatre festival begins May 30th and runs through June 24th at  45 Bleecker Street. Each show partners with a charity to raise funds for their organization. There is a great mix of shows this year, including What We Do For Love, a musical revue about relationships as looked at through Top 40 hits of the past four decades (with musical arrangements by Hinton Battle), Pageant Princess, a musical inspired by Toddlers & Tiaras, and Trafficked, a show addressing sex slavery and child exploitation that was compiled by actual interviews and created in partnership with representatives from the United Nations, just to name some of the many performances going on. Check out the full list of shows here.

Murder in the First: 59E59 Theaters welcomes The Directors Company, in association with Chase Mishkin, Barbara & Buddy Freitag, and Invictus Theater Company with this hot new play, written by Dan Gordan and directed by Michael Parva. Inspired by a true story, Murder in the First is a gripping drama about the murder trial that goes behind the scenes of the deplorable treatment of the prisoners of Alcatraz. The stage version of Gordon's 1995 explores the friendship that develops between the young attorney and the prisoner he is defending. The show begins on May 25th and runs through July 1st with performances Tues-Thurs at 7pm, Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm and 8pm, and Sunday at 3pm and 7pm. Tickets are $60 and available here.

Up To You: TADA! Youth Theater brings the world premiere of Up To You to NYC, with book and music by Eric Rockwell, lyrics by Joanne Bogart, and direction by Janine Nina Trevens. The show is set in 1977 during elections for student council and examines issues facing youth today, including peer acceptance, bullying, and popularity. The story emphasizes the idea that each individual can make a difference for themselves, as well as in their community. Performances are currently running now through May 20th, on Saturdays and Sundays at 2pm and 4pm (excluding Mother's Day). Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for children, or $25 for adults and $15 for children for premium seating. Tickets are available for purchase here. In addition to performances, on May 6th at 11am, there will also be a free forum discussion about bullying moderated by Miss New York Kaitlin Monte.