The Blind Date Project
Ride On Theatre (Australia)
Unpredictable, dark and funny, The Blind Date Project is an event to which everyone can relate – a blind date between two people who have never met and who are desperately in need of connection.
Australian Film Institute award-winner and TV actress Bojana Novakovic (Rake, Shameless) plays Anna – a woman waiting at a karaoke bar for her date to arrive. That date is a different performer every night. She has no idea who she is about to meet or what is about to happen. Devoid of scripts or rehearsals, this is an entirely improvised, intensely personal interaction – including karaoke numbers – in front of a crowd of willing participants. Guided live via text messages and phone calls by the director, and interspersed with random songs, each date promises to be as bizarre as it is dangerous. No two shows are ever the same. Things may turn out to be humiliating, tender or totally hot.
“It’s like witnessing magic. A unique theatrical experience not to be missed.” – Time Out Sydney
Creators: Bojana Novakovic and Mark Winter
Collaborators: Tanya Goldberg and Thomas Henning
Director: Scott Rodgers
Producer: Andrew Carlberg
Karaoke Queens: Kelly McCrann and Margaux Susi
60 minutes, no intermission
Jan 7 – 7pm
Jan 8 – 9pm
Jan 9 – 7pm & 10pm
Jan 10 – 7pm & 10pm
Jan 12 – 5:30pm
Jan 13 – 8pm
Jan 14 – 8pm
Jan 15 – 9pm
Jan 16 – 7pm & 10pm
Jan 17 – 7pm & 10pm
317 E Houston St, Manhattan
$25 / $20 Students & Seniors
MUST BE 21 YEARS OF AGE
Wednesday 1/7 – Jeremy Beiler at 7pm
Thursday 1/8 – Fred Weller at 9pm
Friday 1/9 – Laverne Cox at 7pm / Reggie Watts at 10pm
Saturday 1/10 – Larisa Oleynik at 7pm / Pablo Schreiber at 10pm
Monday 1/12 at 5:30pm Christopher Abbott – SOLD-OUT
Tuesday 1/13 at 8pm – Lachlan Patterson Comedy
Wednesday 1/14 at 8pm – Tom Lipinski
Thursday 1/15 at 9pm – Josh Pais
Fri 1/16 – Michael Chernus at 7pm / Charlie Carver at 10pm
Sat 1/17 – Anson Mount at 7pm / William Jackson Harper at 10pm
RIDE ON THEATRE is a collective of theatre practitioners – performers, directors, musicians, designers and technicians. Ride On’s vision is the creation of theatre that draws upon and expands the vitality of our medium. The premise of the work is to bring a potentially disasterous idea to manifestation and see what comes of it. If it works – it becomes a show.
Ride On was founded in 2003 by NIDA graduates Bojana Novakovic and Tanya Goldberg. Their theatrical collaboration has led to productions all over Australia and numerous Green Room and Sydney Theatre Award nominations.
Parkside Lounge is located on the Lower East Side of Manhattan and is accessible by the F, J, Z, 6, M, B, and D subways. This well-known region is home to the Tenement Museum and the New Museum of Contemporary Art. Parkside Lounge sits one block from Bowery Street, where visitors can find the Bowery Ballroom – an alternative music venue which features live music every night of the week. The Clinton Street restaurant row is only three blocks east of the theater and is complete with pizzerias, tapas restaurants, and local bars.
The Blind Date Project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body and Australian Consulate-General New York.