Mix Up Your Routine with Horse Trade Theater
From comedy to burlesque, to improv rocks bands, there's a show for everyone!

Horse Trade Theater Group always brings it for theater junkies and this month is no different. Celebrate Spring by broadening your mind with a variety of shows all month long. From comedy, to variety, to burlesque, there's a little something for everyone. Check out the schedule below and don't forget to purchase your tickets here!



The Skinny
Wednesday, May 9 @ 8pm $10
The Red Room (85 East 4th Street)
The Skinny is a political comedy talk show with a twist: The host, Peter DeGiglio, is just an average schnook struggling to wrap his head around the events that shape our world. Joining him is a discussion panel of real life experts and a plethora of wacky variety acts.

Sketch Block
Wednesday, May 9 @ 9pm $5
UNDER St. Marks (94 St. Marks Place)
Sketch Comedy meets Block Party. This monthly show features a guest host comedian, three guest sketch troupes and drinking. Come meet, mingle, and perform!

Thank You, Robot 
Friday, May 18 @ 10:30pm $5
UNDER St. Marks (94 St. Marks Place)
A showcase for independent and established improv teams. For each show, two teams join Thank You, Robot to perform sets of unscripted comedy, never seen before and never to be seen again.


The Adam Wade Show
Monday, May 14 @ 7pm $5
UNDER St. Marks (94 St. Marks Place)
Moth storytelling favorite, Adam Wade, has put together many of his winning heartfelt and humorous stories for a special show. He’ll also sing a few songs, and play video shorts. No two shows will be the same. A different featured guest will start the evening off.

The BTK Band
Monday, May 14 @ 9pm $5
UNDER St. Marks (94 St. Marks Place)
Raconteurs regale the audience with true stories from their lives while The BTK Band, NYC’s hardest-drinking improvised storytelling rock band, improvises music and lyrics to turn their stories into songs. As if Tom Waits and The Moth delivered a baby from the gaping maw of Chaos.

An evening of themed storytelling
Monday, May 21 @ 7pm $10
UNDER St. Marks (94 St. Marks Place)
TOLD is a monthly storytelling show hosted by Seth Lind. Each month New York's best performers take the stage to tell true stories related to a central theme. A special guest provides interludes to glue the evening together into a collective experience.


Bastardpiece Theatre
Sunday, May 13 @ 10:30pm $20
The Red Room (85 East 4th Street) 
Burlesque MC Bastard Keith and striptease beauty Madame Rosebud have scoured the earth to find the dumbest, goriest, nakedest exploitation movies you've never seen. Bastardpiece Theater is the result: an out of control evening featuring wild go-go, drinking games, giveaways and hilarious live commentary.

Wasabassco Hellfire Club
Thursday, May 17 @ 10:30pm $40
The Red Room (85 East 4th Street)
Wasabassco Burlesque presents their most adult show ever! Step through the gates of this exclusive club for a monthly erotic salon, curated to cater to your most sophisticated and lustful desires.
Naked Girls ReadingWednesday, May 16 @ 9pm $20
UNDER St. Marks (94 St. Marks Place)
A monthly nude literary salon featuring in-the-buff readings by local burlesque luminaries, professional librarians, authors and other Naked Girls.


Penny’s Open Mic
Every Tuesday @ 9pm  $3
UNDER St. Marks (94 St. Marks Place)
Spoken word artists, musicians, comedians, and other creative folks are invited to put their two cents in at this weekly gathering hosted by Penny Pollak.

Cabaret Showdown Hosted by Mark McDaniels
Sunday, May 27 @ 7pm $10
UNDER St. Marks (94 St. Marks Place)
Do you have what it takes to be a cabaret champion? Contestants compete for the chance to star in their own show or cabaret. Come out and join the fun! Whether you are a contestant or in the audience you are guaranteed to have a blast.

Vintage Vantage Variety Hour With Kyle Supley and The Pendulum Swings Big Band
Sunday, May 27 @ 9pm $8
UNDER St. Marks (94 St. Marks Place)
The only live-feed musical variety show with a retro twist showcasing NYC's finest performers, musicians and comedians. Tune in monthly to hear incredible songs from one of NY's best big bands fronted by the incredible Jason Trachtenberg!


Monday, May 7 @ 7pm & 8:30pm $10 (includes a free beer)
UNDER St. Marks (94 St. Marks Place)
Six playwrights and directors get a week and a half to write and rehearse a short play based around three conditions, a theme, and a pre-selected cast, and then its go time. Different playwrights and directors featured every month.

Take Two
Presented by Direct Arts
Tuesday, May 8 @ 7pm $10
The Red Room (85 East 4th Street)
A monthly double bill that pairs theater and film, past and present, across cultures. Each month will feature a short film screening and a staged reading of a full-length play that examines a similar sociopolitical topic. The event concludes with a rousing discussion led by a special guest writer, journalist or scholar.