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The 2016-17 SeasonLast season, we dove 20,000 leagues under the sea, danced through the streets of Bangladesh, celebrated the holidays with acrobats from Africa and partied with a worrisome elephant, a very excited piggie and a host of other colorful characters. Companies from 11 different countries inspired New Yorkers from every borough to share a smile, gasp and giggle.

Through our education programs, students from 179 New York City schools explored each show's themes and art forms in exactly 3,000 pre- and post-show workshops with our talented Teaching Artists. 

All in all, 110,000 New Yorkers nurtured a #LoveofTheater with The New Victory, and here’s what they had to say:

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea might be the most creative show we have seen in the past 5 years. It was totally original and felt like the future of theatrical drama and storytelling. –Keith T.

I loved the performance of Chotto Desh—what an extraordinary performer and production.  The New Victory is a wonderful performance space, because it feels so intimate. The moment I walked into the theater, the staff members were welcoming. –Betty R.

In a brief close-up routine ... there's real elegance and even wit in the precision of his gestures … But Mr. Bishop's enthusiasm is for larger illusions. He can teleport his assistant, he can vaporize a dog, he can walk through a wall ... 'That's not real!' gasped the 6-year-old pal I'd brought with me. – New York Times review of Jason Bishop: Straight Up Magic

Life may hold no guarantees, but unless the roof falls in at The New Victory Theater, you're pretty much assured a swell time at Mother Africa: My Home … My gadget-addicted 13-year-old was rapt, alternately laughing and gasping at the stunts. Only when she left the theater did she pull out her cellphone—to rave about the show to her friends.  – New York Times review of Mother Africa

Oh Boy was a great production. The actor was amazing, engaging and captivating. The wonderful script was able to convey deep feelings and family dynamics through a one man show. – Miri S.

Thank you for bringing Elephant and Piggie's We Are in a Play to New York! It was an amazing experience for my daughter because she learned how to read through the Elephant and Piggie books. We enjoyed making the Piggie headband, dancing with the New Vic ushers and taking pictures with the actors. –Natasa M.

Liam was transfixed. He sat forward in his seat, exclaimed in joy and surprise and even forgot to ask incessant questions throughout the show … The show continued to amaze and astound, looking less like a juggling display than frenetic athletes setting off fireworks. –NYC Dads Group review of Water on Mars

I have the greatest confidence that all who see The Aging Magician at The New Victory Theater will be shocked by how beautiful this show is. – BroadwayWorld review of The Aging Magician

It was our first time at The New Victory Theater and it will not be our last … [We] try to expose him as much as possible to the culture that the city has to offer, taking him to see live performances is something I want to do more of. This will be the perfect place to start! –Donuts, Dresses & Dirt review of Something

 

Right now, we're working hard to get ready for the 2017-18 Season. As we look back fondly on the incredible year we spent together, what was your favorite memory? Share it with us by commenting below or connecting with us on Facebook
Posted by Beth Henderson

For many New Vic families, #LoveOfTheater starts here. From our technicians to our performers, everyone strives to create lasting memories for our audiences. After all, everyone remembers when they first fell in love and every story is unique. The nine company members of our upcoming acrobatic spectacle Something, share what #LoveOfTheater means to them. What does it mean to you?

Something TrioDavide Agostini, the founder of Liberi Di… Theater Company, falls deeper in love with theater whenever he feels the audience’s energy. "It's being on stage and realizing that the audience is not only there to see you perform, but is also attentive, amazed, and amused."

Valentina Marino agrees, "It's the adrenaline rush that you get right before a performance, seconds before you step on stage, and the response that you get back from the audience. Theater is inexhaustible. It requires daily sacrifice to make sure that you are always doing your best."

"Love of Theater is beyond words–it's what drives you to forget about the pain, the hard work and life's instability," Antonio Paris continues. "My love of theater inspires me to improve my craft every day and always do my best. I love sharing my passion for theater with audiences."

Despite the sacrifices and uncertainties involved in performing, Mauro Ardenti feels that he found a new home through performing. "The theater is a safe place for me. I feel at home when I’m on stage, safe and free to bare my soul. There are no barriers between me and the audience, and I can feel their energy. I am thankful for that at every performance."

Eleni Quartana also emphasizes how the stage feels like home. "To me, it means that the stage is a place without prejudice where you can be free to express yourself without disguise." She likes to remind herself that "life is a play–we play, sing and dance every day of our lives!"

Not everyone has the luxury of being completely head over heals for their job, Elisa Bazzocchi realizes, "My love for theater runs through my veins. It makes me realize every day how lucky I am to be passionate about my job."

Something Cast"I like to bring something fresh and unique to every performance," says Francesca Mottola. "For  me, theater is an exchange of energy with the audience. I give the audience my emotions and they give theirs back."

Bledar Radonshiqi feels that something is missing when he's offstage, “For me, theater is life. I feel safe when I'm doing it. I miss it if I'm not performing. It’s the place I always want to be."

Marco Ticli sums up his #LoveOfTheater by celebrating every aspect of performing, from the audience to the lights to the excitement! "It's the entire experience of being in the theater. I cherish every moment: the lights, music and scenery. There's nothing that compares to the moment right before a show, when you know all of the excitement is about to begin."

Come and experience the excitement yourself with Something
 
Something Something is playing at The New Victory Theater from March 31-April 16th. #LoveOfTheater starts here!
Posted by Beth Henderson
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