January 23, 2024

DoC Announces Tiergarten, April 17-19!

My dear subterranean, swing-dancing companions,

It is with trembling hands and bated breath that we announce to you Tiergarten, our first-ever immersive cabaret event, taking place April 17-19 at the Great Hall under St. Mary’s Church on the Lower East Side. Presented in partnership with Carnegie Hall, this will be one of our wildest shows yet, transporting you all to 1920s Berlin for a singular musical and theatrical experience, complete with period-themed food, speakeasy-approved drinks (or "giggle water" as they used to call it...), and enough vintage clothing to make a flapper flip (audience members are strongly encouraged to dress the part!).

Guided by our host and Master of Ceremonies, the one and only Kim David Smith (The New York Times hailed him as the "male Marlene Dietrich"), the program will trace a path backwards in time, exploring historic moments of societal madness via music ranging from Cher to Verdi, Dean Martin to Max Richter, William Byrd to Brecht & Weill. Music will be provided by the great swing band The Grand Street Stompers – “pillars of New York’s Hot Jazz scene,” once again according to The New York Times – and Kim will be joined by a parade of other musicians, actors, dancers, shadow puppetry, and more.

This is a new venue for us, and we will have several seating options for the show - all of which include food, wine, beer and cider in the ticket price. First, there are Premium, Orchestra, and Mezzanine tables, which come with four seats per table (so you can either stretch out, or bring three friends!) and a complimentary bottle of champagne, and then there are general admission bench seating further back. You can CLICK HERE to see a full seating chart.

Tiergarten will also mark my debut as a Director - it's a program and a theme that's been heavy on my mind these past few years, as I've explored the moments in human history when the collective weight of our individual decisions either tipped humanity into darkness, or turned us toward something greater – moments like the gathering clouds that enshrouded the crumbling Weimar Republic, the fierce sense of independence that simultaneously gave birth to the United States and American Slavery, the zealous piety of the mob that both murdered and immortalized Jesus, and more... I believe that in these moments of fragile balance, our fate as a society is decided by the way that each of us responds to the situation that surrounds us – what we will and will not stand for, what we do and do not allow – and that is what I want to explore with you in Tiergarten.

See you all there - it's gonna be the bee's knees...