DAILY BITES
Bea Launches an Exquisite New Brunch Menu

This weekend we had the pleasure of checking out the new brunch menu at Bea, the brainchild of Sotir Zonea. This delightful bar and restaurant is adjacent to the theater district and is thus a perfect option if you're looking for a bite to eat before or after a show. Warmly greeted by the big smiles of several staff members as we walked in, the environment was instantly inviting, with lots of natural greenery and flowers as well. There's also a lovely adjacent sky lit courtyard with a 37-year-old tree and flowing fountain. Adding to the delightful environment, there are a couple of old black and white movies playing on the walls.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Stripped Down with Steve Stanulis

The Strawberry Theatre Festival, which takes place from August 3rd-18th at The Theater at St. Clements, has introduced a new play into its repetoire this year-- Stripped The Play, which has just come off its successful run off-off Broadway has been added to the line-up. The next performance during the festival is on August 12th at 10pm (Tickets are $22 and can be purchased here). The show, which was written by Geoffrey Cantor and Steve Stanulis, delves into the world of male strippers and there's more than just g-strings to this story. Catching up with Steve Stanulis, writer of the play, and former cop and dancer, we find out all about the show and the real world of stripping. Stanulis came up with the concept of the show because he wanted to create something that was appealing to a wider audience than just bachelorette parties. This show is for everyone, from male to female, gay or straight, and if you don't believe me, just find out more for yourself below!

CULTURE CLUB
59E59 Theaters Announce Fall Season Schedule

Fall can be hectic, but there's a great way to escape. Take in a show at 59E59 Theaters! They recently announced their 2012 fall schedule of performances so check out what's going on below and purchase your tickets here.

Wednesday, September 5 – Sunday, September 30
FLY ME TO THE MOON, written and directed by Marie Jones
With Tara Lynne O’Neill and Katie Tumelty
Produced by Green Shoot Productions

Francis and Loretta are community care workers. Together they care for Davy, a lonely old man whose greatest loves are Frank Sinatra and the races. When Davy dies on the day his horse finally comes in, his two carers are faced with a moral dilemma that threatens to tear their lives - and their friendship - apart. This hilarious new dark comedy from Northern Ireland’s premiere playwright Marie Jones (Stones In His Pockets) is the timely tale of two women struggling in today’s tough economic climate and just how far they will go to make ends meet.

DO-GOODERS
The LIT Fund to Save Small Theater in NYC

The LIT Fund (League of Independent Theater), which launched August 1st, brings together over sixty independent theater companies in New York City to create a new funding source for off-off Broadway shows. The Fund will be used to establish an endowment for independent theater, create an Emergency Fund for independent theaters, companies, and artists, and provide unrestricted grants to participating companies and venues beginning August 1, 2013.

Broadway stalwart Norbert Leo Butz says, “I have done most of my work on Broadway. I have won two Tony awards and been in a total of 8 Broadway shows. So why do I support the LIT fund? ‘Cause I can't afford to go see plays unless I am in them, that's why. I think we are discovering that the economic model for commercial productions above 34th street (and several below) has become, at best, obsolete, and, at worst, unethical. Thank God for our little theatres!!! Who else is gonna provide the city with honest and undiluted theatrical voices? I have to work mostly uptown, but when I want to SEE theatre, I head Off-Off Broadway. Everyone knows that's where the real action is!”

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Summer Delight: NYC Theater Edition

Summer in the city can be tough...annoyingly humid days followed by torrential downpours, no one in sight on the weekends, and the same ol' shtick going on every day. Do something a little different from hitting the nearest bar and binge drinking all night -- check out one of these six great shows going on throughout the month of August. And if you still feel the need to drink till you pass out, well, at least you got some good theater in before the lights went out.

The Moth Storyslam: Listen to true personal stories at The Bell House at this epic open mic night. The storyslam will feature 10 stories by Brooklyn's general public. If you want to participate, come prepared with a five minute story and put your name in the hat and hope to be chosen! Peter Aguero will host the evening, beginning at 7:30pm on August 6th. There will be 10 stories, 3 judges, and one winner. Come prepared!

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Summer in the City: Theater Edition

New York City is known for its spectacular Broadway shows. But you can get equally stunning and entertaining shows without the hefty price tag and the hustle and bustle of the theatre district. Check out these must see off-Broadway shows!

The Flower Thief: Presented by Horse Trade Theater Group and The Fire This Time Festival, this play, written by Pia Wilson, is one to see. The story centers around Clark, who is grieving over the loss of his twin brother and is clinging to nature's promise of renewal. Clark turns to stealing flowers as everything else around him slowly wilts. This show, directed by Heidi Grumelot, will run August 2-19 at The Red Room at 8pm. Tickets are available here for $18.

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Prison Dancer: The Show Based on Viral YouTube Sensation

The New York Musical Theatre Festival and Prison Dancer Live, LLC. are bringing the show Prison Dancer to a theater near you! The show, written by Romeo Candido and Carmen De Jesus and directed by Jenn Rapp, will be showing at St. Clement's from July 20th until July 28th. The show follows the lives of eight Filipino maximum-security prisoners, whose lives are changed when a video of their dance-based rehab program goes viral on YouTube. The dark prison suddenly finds itself in the spotlight and these hardcore criminals are given a second chance. Furthermore, the show is inspired by a true story! Tickets are $20 and available for purchase here. Check out the performance schedule below: