“Mr. Carmines's and Miss Fornes's collaboration stands as a comparably perfect mating of two voices that speak the same boldly simplistic language.”
-The New York Times (1983 revival)
Escape into the absurdly funny world of Promenade where two fugitives, known only as 105 and 106, navigate the world of haves and have-nots while on the run from the law. A zany anti-adventure written by the “mother of avant-garde theater,” Maria Irene Fornes, and featuring an eclectic musical blend by Al Carmines, Promenade promises lighthearted fun while exposing the ever-present chasm between the rich and the poor and observing the ways in which social status can both liberate and imprison.
Promenade is part of the 2019 Encores! Off-Center season along with Working: A Musical and Road Show. These three seldom-performing gems each explore and re-examine the concept of the American Dream. Read more
Fornes took a mad swan dive, deep into her subconscious, and unleashed a new American theater: joyous, spontaneous, exhilarating. Feast in the wonder that was and is Maria Irene Fornes. She’ll liberate you.
– John Guare, Playwright
Timeless, relaxed, and melodious, [Al Carmines’s] music always suggests, exquisitely, your favorite song being sung in the next room.
– The New York Times (1969 Off-Broadway production)
In its odd way it's an exquisite piece of musical theater.
– The New York Times (1983 revival)
Book and Lyrics by Maria Irene Fornes
Music by Al Carmines
Directed by Laurie Woolery
Encores! Off-Center Artistic Director Anne Kauffman
Encores! Off-Center Creative Advisor Jeanine Tesori
75th Anniversary Season Sponsors
Stacey and Eric Mindich
Leadership Support for Encores! Off-Center is provided by
Stacey and Eric Mindich Fund for Musical Theater
Major Support is provided by
Luigi Caiola and Sean McGill
Elizabeth and Dean Kehler
Paula and Ira Resnick
Nathalie and Pablo Salame
The Lobby Project is sponsored by
The Frederick Loewe Foundation
Support for the Arts Access Fund is provided by
JLGreene Arts Access Fund in The New York Community Trust
Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller Fund
Support for the Artistic Innovation Fund is provided by
Lisa and Richard Witten