A Street Performance on Morningside Ave

  Last modified on May 12th, 2021

We recently wrote about a new NYC initiative called Open Culture which is expanding the Open Streets program to performing arts organizations.

Through Open Culture, the city has designated over 100 streets in which arts organizations can apply to host outdoor performances.

Since we first wrote about it, the list of streets has expanded to include Morningside Avenue between 114th and 116th Streets (just east of Morningside Park).


On April 11 and April 18, “Cabaret in Captivity,” presented by Untitled Theater Company No.61, will be on display on Morningside Avenue between 114th and 115th Streets, with performances taking place from 5-6pm on both days.

“Songs and sketches from the Terezin camp, written during the Holocaust. Full of satire, bitter humor, and hope, these pieces demonstrate how art became a vital survival technique for the inmates. Part of New York City’s Open Culture program, providing performances on city streets.  Please bring your own seating, we will have very limited chairs available. All seating will be spaced 6 feet between groups and 12 feet from performers.”

“Cabaret in Captivity” was previously featured at Pangea, The Center for Jewish History, the Bohemian National Hall, York Theatre, the Czech Embassy in Washington, DC, and The William Goodenough House in London, England.

From a performance of “Cabaret in Captivity” at Pangea in the East Village

The suggested donation amount is $25, and tickets can be reserved here.

Open Culture’s first outdoor performances took place during the weekend of March 20 with shows taking place in the South Bronx, East Harlem and Williamsburg.

Additional neighborhood locations designated for the Open Culture initiative include:

  • 75th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam
  • 75th Street between Broadway and West End
  • 105th Street between Amsterdam and Columbus
  • 63rd Street between Broadway and Columbus

Here’s a list of all currently approved locations.

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As outdoor performances expand to more city streets, Upper West Siders also have Lincoln Center’s Restart Stages to look forward to. Beginning April 7, Lincoln Center will be opening ten new outdoor performance and rehearsal spaces, with the program launching with a special performance for healthcare workers.

And for those who prefer to enjoy the arts while protected from the elements, indoor performances returned to NYC on April 2, and several UWS theaters have reopened. These include the Triad Theater on 72nd Street, Film at Lincoln Center, and Stand Up NY.

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