NYC Indie Big Bands Showcase

Experience a special showcase of exciting indie big bands, featuring the Jazzrausch Big Band, a collective of 40 professional musicians from Munich, Germany, quietly revolutionizing the German club scene; the NYChillharmonic, a big band based out of Brooklyn, led by vocalist and songwriter Sara McDonald; and John the Martyr, a 12 piece soul band where New Orleans and Harlem collide.


Tickets: $15 online ($20 at the door)

Broadway Bares Soul: Vanessa Williams

An Intimate Evening of Song & Spirit

Broadway stars bare their souls, literally, in these 90 minute interviews featuring revealing talk about their formative influences, their life trajectories, and how their careers have been shaped by their spiritual and social/political worldview. Guests will also be invited to perform two or three songs of their choice as part of the evening. The interviews will be conducted by Edward L. Beck, priest, author, playwright and CNN Faith and Religion commentator.

Vanessa Williams is one of the most respected and multi-faceted performers in entertainment today. She has conquered Broadway, music videos, television, motion pictures, and the musical charts, selling millions of albums worldwide. She has achieved critical acclaim as an actress on stage, in film, and on television.

Erin Ortman (Director) currently serves as The Curator of Theatrical Works at The Sheen Center. On the stage at The Sheen she has directed concerts including the Kate Baldwin and FriendsConvergences – An Indie Artists Series, conversations facilitated by Anne Cattaneo of Lincoln Center, evenings of classical music and theatre curated by Tone DeMare, and all concerts created for Broadway Bares Soul. She is also a freelance director working with many theatre companies throughout New York City.


Tickets: $45

One More Time With Feeling: A Night of Poetry with Sarah Kay, Anis Mojgani, Clint Smith and Hanif Abdurraqib

The Sheen Center is proud to present One More Time With Feeling – A night of poetry with Sarah Kay, Anis Mojgani, Clint Smith, and Hanif Abdurraqib—four incredible poets whose work covers the sadness, fears, anxieties, and joys of living in this wild world. Sarah, Anis, Clint and Hanif return to the Sheen Center after their sold out performance in September 2016.

Sarah Kay is a poet and educator from New York City. She is the founder and co-director of Project VOICE, which brings spoken word poetry to schools and communities around the world. Sarah is the author of three books of poetry: No Matter the Wreckage (Write Bloody, 2014), B(Hachette Books, 2015), and The Type (Hachette Books, 2016). She is perhaps best known for her 2011 TEDtalk which garnered two standing ovations and has been viewed over ten million times online.

Anis Mojgani is the author of four books, most recently, The Pocketknife Bible, a fully illustrated poetry memoir. A national and international Poetry Slam Champion, and TEDx Speaker, he has been awarded residencies from the Vermont Studio Center, AIRSrenbe, and the Oregon WITS Program. Anis’ work has appeared on HBO, NPR, and in journals RattleForklift Ohio, and Bat City Review, amongst others, and has performed for varied audiences all over, ranging from the United Nations to the Getty Museum. Originally from New Orleans, he currently lives in Portland OR.

Clint Smith is a doctoral candidate at Harvard University and has received fellowships from Cave Canem, the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, and the National Science Foundation. He is a 2014 National Poetry Slam champion and his writing has been published in The New YorkerThe AtlanticThe Guardian, the New Republic, the American Poetry Review and elsewhere. He is the author of Counting Descent (2016),which won the 2017 Literary Award for Best Poetry Book from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association and was a finalist for an NAACP Image Award. He was born and raised in New Orleans.

Hanif Abdurraqib is a poet, writer, and cultural critic from Columbus, Ohio. His first collection of poems, The Crown Ain’t Worth Much, was released by Button Poetry in 2016. His first essay collection, They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us, is forthcoming from Two Dollar Radio in November.


Tickets: $45/$30/$20
$20 Students use code STUDENT20*
$20 Veterans use code VETERANS20


* Valid ID required at Box Office

Andréa Burns: Live in Concert!

Done It and Dreaming It

After her smash concert at The Sheen in the spring, Broadway favorite Andréa Burns returns with her latest solo show, “Done It and Dreaming It.”

Recounting and revisiting the variety of roles she has played, Andréa takes the audience with her as she considers legendary roles yet to come. This will be a funny, thrilling, and moving evening featuring the multi-talented Andréa and the genuinely warm connection to an audience that has become her signature.

Hamilton’s Kurt Crowley music directs the evening.

Andréa Burns is a Drama Desk Award winner who was most recently on Broadway playing Gloria Fajardo in On Your Feet. She created the role of Daniela in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony Award-winning musical In The Heights. Andréa has also appeared in The Nance, Beauty and the Beast, The Full Monty, and The Ritz on Broadway. Off-Broadway, she has been in the original casts of Jason Robert Brown’s Songs for a New World and Stephen Sondheim’s Saturday, Night. Andréa has appeared in numerous TV shows including ​”Blue Bloods,” ​“Jessica Jones,” “Rescue Me,” “The Electric Company,” and “Law & Order: SVU.” Her film credits include Akron and The Prince and her solo album, A Deeper Shade of Red, is available on


Tickets: $35

(Student Tickets: $15 Day of with ID)

Broadway Bares Soul: Kelli O’Hara

An Intimate Evening of Song & Spirit

Broadway stars bare their souls, literally, in these 90 minute interviews featuring revealing talk about their formative influences, their life trajectories, and how their careers have been shaped by their spiritual and social/political worldview. Guests will also be invited to perform two or three songs of their choice as part of the evening. The interviews will be conducted by Edward L. BeckC.P., priest, author, playwright and CNN Faith and Religion commentator.

With five Tony nominations, Kelli O’Hara has unequivocally established herself as one of Broadway’s great leading ladies (South Pacific, The Light in the Piazza, The Pajama Game). Her portrayal of Anna Leonowens in the critically acclaimed revival of The King and I recently garnered her a Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical, along with Drama League and Outer Critics nominations.

Erin Ortman (Director) currently serves as The Curator of Theatrical Works at The Sheen Center. On the stage at The Sheen she has directed concerts including the Kate Baldwin and FriendsConvergences – An Indie Artists Series, conversations facilitated by Anne Cattaneo of Lincoln Center, evenings of classical music and theatre curated by Tone DeMare, and all concerts created for Broadway Bares Soul. She is also a freelance director working with many theatre companies throughout New York City.


Tickets: $45

Exclusive Sneak Preview of “The Star”

In Sony Pictures Animation’s The Star, a small but brave donkey named Bo yearns for a life beyond his daily grind at the village mill. One day he finds the courage to break free, and finally goes on the adventure of his dreams. On his journey, he teams up with Ruth, a lovable sheep who has lost her flock and Dave, a dove with lofty aspirations. Along with three wisecracking camels and some eccentric stable animals, Bo and his new friends follow the Star and become accidental heroes in the greatest story ever told – the first Christmas.

Voice talent for the film includes Oprah WinfreyTyler PerryPatricia HeatonKelly ClarksonKristin Chenoweth, and Christopher Plummer. Before the screening, there will be a red carpet with the director Timothy Reckart, and special guest Timothy Cardinal Dolan.


Tickets are by invitation only

The Life of a Swiss Guard: A Private View

An intimate view into the life of the Guards of the Holy Father, the oldest army in the world, composed of young soldiers who promise an eternal commitment to the Pope to preserve peace and security.

The Justice Film Festival

The Justice Film Festival provides inspirational films, featuring stories of unexpected courage and redemption that are diverse in both issues and geography. This year’s event will include feature films, documentaries, and shorts from both well-known and emerging filmmakers that shine a light on justice in our changing world.

Opening Night of the Festival on October 6 with special appearance by Morgan Freeman and executive producer Lori McCreary



beginning at 7:00pm

At a time when events seem to be driving cultures apart and splintering our own, Morgan Freeman goes on a global journey to understand how human culture has taken so many remarkable forms. At the root of his quest is a drive to uncover the fundamental forces that keep our societies together, while revealing the common humanity that lies inside each one of us.  🎥 around the world

Post Screening with Special Guests: Morgan Freeman and Lori McCreary

SUMMER IN THE FOREST (108 minutes)
Like countless others, Philippe, Michel, Andre and Patrick were labeled “idiots,” locked away and forgotten in violent asylums, until the 1960s when the young philosopher Jean Vanier took a stand and secured their release — the first time in history that anyone had beaten the system. Together they created L’Arche, a commune at the edge of a beautiful forest near Paris. Director: Randall Wright  🎥 in France



beginning at 1:00pm

CYCLE OF CHANGE (9 minutes)
Moved by the lack of opportunity for women and youth in her community in El Salvador, Reina Molino ventures to Guatemala to study bici-maquinas—bicycle pedal-power technology. Leaving everything she knows behind, Reina embarks on an inspiring journey of self-empowerment and problem solving. Director: Sarah Frei  🎥 in El Salvador

BEHOLD THE EARTH (64 minutes)
America’s divorce from the outdoors – and possibilities for reconnection through a dialogue between science and religion – are explored in this music-rich documentary. Grammy-award winning musician Dirk Powell leads arrangements of traditional American tunes, with Rhiannon Giddens, Tim Eriksen, and more. Director: David Conover 🎥 in the U.S.

IRAQ: A FORGOTTEN HOPE (37 minutes) The Middle East is an ancient land with a complicated narrative. Today in Northern Iraq, the story seems muddier than ever. A modern evil has brought devastation and genocide, pushing some of Iraq’s oldest people groups to the verge of extinction. In an effort to make sense of the story, host Mark Foreman meets with ethnic minorities, ISIS survivors, and political and religious leaders.  Director: Joel Parker 🎥 in Iraq


beginning at 4:00pm

A SIMPLER WAY (26 minutes)
Four university students journey to a remote village in Uganda to discover a radically simple solution to an urgent global problem. A Simpler Way explores the need for simple, affordable solutions to global development issues and the role of personal experience in meaningful, transformative education.  Director: Michael O. Snyder 🎥 in Uganda

SWIM TEAM (90 minutes)
Swim Team chronicles the extraordinary rise of the Jersey Hammerheads, a competitive swim team with multiethnic autistic teen recruits, capturing a moving quest for inclusion, independence and a life that feels winning. Director: Lara Stolman 🎥 in New Jersey


beginning at 7:30pm

PERIPHERAL (13 minutes)
A moving glimpse into the mind of painter Jimmy Abegg and his ever-expanding vision, even in the face of going blind. This documentary explores the struggles of Abegg, forced to adapt his craft in light of a disease that will rob him of his sight. Director: Derek Pearson 🎥 in Nashville

A young girl is attracted to the magic and beauty of Coney Island as she dreams of escaping the harsh reality of her circumstances. She gets lucky when she finds some lost money at the entrance to an alleyway, but when the money runs out she tries to delay the inevitable reality that awaits her.  🎥 in Brooklyn

OUTCASTS (65 minutes)
Travel to the prisons of Central America, walk the dark city streets of London, New York and Ireland’s most treacherous neighborhoods. Step beyond your comfort zone and into the lives of our modern-day outcasts. Directors: Joseph Campo, Clifford Azize, Michael Campo 🎥 in the U.S., UK, Ireland, and Central America 



beginning at 1:00pm

DESIGN THAT HEALS (24 minutes)
In the thick of epidemic catastrophe, can architecture help to heal? Dr. Jean William Pape, a Haitian infectious disease specialist, believes it can. He has dedicated the last 35 years to combating diarrheal diseases that harm and kill his nation’s poor. Design that Heals is an uplifting story about leadership, innovation, and human resilience. Director: Thatcher Bean  🎥 in Haiti

REMAND (40 minutes)
Henry, a Ugandan boy, is losing hope, languishing in prison, awaiting trial for two murders he didn’t commit. Jim’s comfortable life as a Los Angeles lawyer and law professor nearly ensured he and Henry would never meet. Remand tells the true story of how Henry and Jim, separated by an ocean, worked together to inspire justice reform for an entire country.   Director: Craig Detweiler  🎥 in Uganda

NO PLACE FOR A REBEL (76 minutes)
Sixteen years after rebels abducted him as a child, Opono Opondo returns home to Uganda as an adult war commander in the infamous Lord’s Resistance Army led by Joseph Kony. No Place for a Rebel shows Opono’s fight for his future, while struggling to come to terms with his past and reconcile with his family.  Directors: Maartje Wegdam & Ariadne Asimakopoulos  🎥 in Uganda


beginning at 4:30pm

UNSEEN (26 minutes)
After nearly taking his own life, a young man’s future depends on his grandfather’s ability to face the past. Director: MD Neely 🎥 in Ireland

NEWTOWN (85 minutes)
In the aftermath of the worst school shooting in history, the traumatized community of Newtown, Connecticut finds a new sense of purpose in this intimate story of resilience as told by those whose lives were changed forever. Director: Kim A. Snyder 🎥 in Newtown, Connecticut


beginning at 7:30pm

NO WAY BACK (16 minutes)
Zeinah and her 11-year-old daughter Norah have fled the devastating war in Syria and find themselves on the Turkish coast, desperately trying to board a dinghy to Europe. With every passing day and failed attempt, Zeinah is faced with the most difficult decision of her life. Director: Michael Kongshaug 🎥 in Turkey

SACRED (86 minutes)
From Academy Award-winning director Thomas Lennon, Sacredimmerses the viewer in the daily use of faith and spiritual practice. At a time when religious hatreds dominate the world’s headlines, this film explores faith as a primary human experience, and how people turn to ritual and prayer to navigate the milestones and crises of private life.  Director: Thomas Lennon  🎥around the world

*Screenings subject to change


Tickets for each day’s screening: $15

Weekend Festival Pass (includes reserved seating for all screenings) $40

The 2017 Albacete Lecture on Faith and Culture

Disarming Beauty

A lecture by Fr. Julián Carrón, on faith, truth, and freedom on the threshold of a new epoch.

Fr. Julián Carrón is Professor of Theology at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan, Italy and President of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation

Monsignor Lorenzo Albacete, soul, mind and mentor of Crossroads, chaired its advisory board from its establishment in 2007 until he passed away on October 24, 2014. In order to honor his memory, to deepen his profound intuitions about the interaction of culture with religiosity and reason, and to follow his shining example of dialogue with people in various walks of life by meeting them at the level of human experience, Crossroads has established the Albacete Lecture on Faith and Culture.  Its goal is to become an annual occasion and a meeting place, a crossroads, where we can develop an understanding of why culture matters and where it finds its origin.

The 2017 Albacete Lecture on Faith and Culture will be given by Fr. Julián Carrón.  Fr.  Carrón became the leader of the global ecclesial movement Communion and Liberation, following the death of the movement’s founder, Msgr. Luigi Giussani. Disarming Beauty is the English translation of an engaging and thought-provoking collection of essays by one of the principal Catholic leaders and intellectuals in the world today. Adapted from talks given by Fr. Carrón, these essays have been thoroughly reworked by the author to offer an organic presentation of a decade-long journey. They present the content of his elaboration of the gospel message in light of the tradition of Fr. Giussani, the teachings of the popes, and the urgent needs of contemporary people.

Carrón offers a broad diagnosis of challenges in society and then introduces their implications in contexts such as families, schools, workplaces, and political communities. In a dialogue with his listeners, he inspires and encourages them to lay out a new path for the Catholic Church and the world. Throughout his essays, Carrón addresses the most pressing questions facing theologians today and provides insights that will interest everyone, from the most devout to the firm nonbeliever. Grappling with the interaction of Christian faith and modern culture, Carrón treats in very real and concrete ways what is essential to maintaining and developing Christian faith, and he invites an ongoing conversation about the meaning of faith, truth, and freedom.


Admission Free

The Mecca Tales

Written by Rohina Malik
Directed by Kareem Fahmy


THE MECCA TALES tells the story of five Muslim women on the pilgrimage known as the Hajj. When their bus is stopped miles short of their destination, tempers flare and the women are tested in unexpected ways. They share their personal stories in an attempt to move forward in their lives and find meaning in a spiritual journey seemingly gone awry.
Running Time: Approx. 90 minutes (no intermission)

Talkbacks will follow the Sun Oct 22, Sun Oct 29, Wed Nov 1, and Thurs Nov 2 performances.

Sun Oct 22 — Spiritual Journeys

Sun Oct 29 — Women and Islam

Wed Nov 1 — Bridges to Understanding

Thu Nov 2 — Meet the Artists

With Cynthia Bastidas,* Kimberly S. Fairbanks,* Mariam Habib,* Gulshan Mia,* Jade Radford,* Louis Sallan* (*Appears Courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association, Equity-Approved Showcase)

Set Design: David Esler,  Costume Design: Teresa Snider-Stein,  Lighting Design: Devorah Kengmana,  Sound Design: Fan Zhang,  Assistant Costume Design: Karim Rivera-Rosado,  Assistant Lighting Design: Ashley Kok,  Production Stage Management: Keri Landeiro,  Assistant Stage Managers: Kelli McGurk and Tiffany McWilliams,  Choreographer: Theara J. Ward,  Dramaturg: Salma Zohdi,  Publicity: Emily Owens PR,  Casting by Stephanie Klapper

Voyage Theater Company presents new and unheralded plays and playwrights from around the world, creating opportunities for collaboration between theater-makers of diverse cultures and disciplines. We serve our local community in New York City through professional productions, educational programming, internships, and discounted tickets for students and seniors. We present plays in multiple languages, and work in partnership with other non-profit organizations to broaden perspectives and build greater cultural equity across communities.


$18 general admission, $15 seniors and students

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