Forget about tickets to “The Lion King.” This August, Republican conventioneers can treat themselves to Marisa Tomei and Kathleen Chalfant in “Electra” at the Public Library at Lincoln Center.
The Sophocles tragedy is just one of the highlights of the new Imagine Festival, skedded to coincide with the Republican National Convention in New York City. Fest is being promoted as a “response” to the Republican Convention, with more than 100 events planned.
Imagine producers Chris Wangro and Boo Froebel said the weeklong event is about issues, not politics. “We see the Republican National Convention as an incredible opportunity,” said Wangro. “Opinions will be voiced at fever pitch. Both parties will issue highly manicured public statements. We need a third space to counter the spin from both these extremes. The Imagine Festival is that third space.”
Margaret Cho kicks off the Imagine Festival Aug. 28 at the Apollo Theater with the world premiere of her State of Emergency World Tour.
Dance Theater Workshop presents an evening of young poets from Urban Word NYC’s Teen Poetry Slam. Host is Def Poetry Jam co-founder Danny Simmons.
The Thalia Follies runs every night of the festival at Symphony Space. The political satire features original sketches by E.L. Doctorow, Roy Blount Jr. and Mary Gordon.
Other events and troupes to perform include Stand Up for Choice, the Moth and the Forgiveness Project.
Fest concludes Sept. 2 with an all-star evening at the Apollo Theater. Marc Anthony Thompson of Chocolate Genius Inc. serves as musical director.