Gerald W. Lynch Theater    November 29&30,  2022

An explosive evening of theatre where actors go head to head and toe to toe to find and bring home the truth
Written and Directed by Richard Hoehler

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working class in prison

Miss Evers's Boys

 Why today many are fearful of getting the COVID 19 Vaccination?


Our second Acting Out production on Zoom with additional performances on December 6 at 3PM, December 12 at 8PM, and December 13 at 3PM. Written by incarcerated men and performed by formerly incarcerated actors, INSIDE OUT is comprised of eleven compelling scenes interlaced with letters to home and spoken word poetry. The evening avoids clichéd and exploitive television tropes and gives you a candid and uncensored look at life on the inside from men who have been there. At times moving, at times absurd, INSIDE OUT entertains, educates and enlightens. 

Acting Out production


Troy Too

A new, short play for reading, teaching, experiencing, and remembering, inspired by The Trojan Women, tells a communal story of Covid-19, climate change and Black Lives Matter in New York City, 2020. 

Troy Too
Image by Biba Kayewich

Karen Malpede's Troy Too will be included as the only American offering in the international anthology Staging 21st Century Tragedies: Theatre, Politics and Global Crises, edited by Avra Sidiropoulou, to be published by Routledge in 2021.

Theater Three Collaborative and Avra's Persona Theater, Athens, will create an animated version of the text, with an international cast of actors' voices, and art by Biba Kayewich, for distribution on-line. If so moved, you may donate to our effort on the link below.

Greek tragedy was created to help citizens of democracy confront and heal from the traumas of their age. More than any other Greek tragedy, The Trojan Women gives lyric voice to the victims. Troy Too is written in this tradition of bearing witness. Using found and invented language, it honors the experience of those who suffer, in order to confront injustice, to remember and to heal.

Troy Too may be downloaded now by clicking The Typescript where it is published online.

Other Than We is also available for free viewing at the Columbia Earth Institute and for order at Laertes Books. 

With thanks to our individual donors and to the Wilborn Trust, Puffin Foundation, Henning and Julia Hoesch, and In Memory of Doris Isgrig




By Ionesco

Directed by Roxane Revon

& Scenography by Nicolas Saint Gregoire


This play, written in 1959, is often read as a response and criticism to the upsurge of Fascism the events preceding World War II, and explores the themes of conformity, culture, responsibility, logic, mass movements, mob mentality, philosophy, and morality.

Over the course of three acts, Ionesco shows us how the inhabitants of a small, provincial French town will turn into rhinoceroses. Ultimately the only human who does not succumb to this mass metamorphosis is the central character, Bérenger, a flustered everyman figure who is initially criticized in the play for his drinking, tardiness, and lifestyle and then, later, for his increasing paranoia and obsession with the rhinoceroses.

media wall


FALL 2018


Written by Steven Fechter & the ALAT Company

Directed by Vernice Miller & Kevaughn Harvey

ASS Perf



Play by Molière

Directed by Roxane Revon

Don Juan is a tragicomedy written by the famous French playwright and actor Molière, and performed in five acts in 1665. Based on the legend of Don Juan, the play follows the actions of a libertine in Sicily. Don Juan is a wealthy nobleman who romances ever pretty young woman he meets regardless of their status and despite moral values. He offers them marriage, even going so far as to marry a different woman every month. Moliere’s play shows Don Juan as a rationalist atheist who values the power of reason and dismiss the fear linked to religious faith. After fifteen performances the play was withdrawn from the stage and published in its full version only after the French Revolution, in 1813.


Media Wall


FALL 2017


Gerald W. Lynch Theater

Play by Arthur Miller

Directed by Lorraine Moller

A View from the Bridge is an absorbing, domestic drama set near the loading docks in Brooklyn’s Italian Red Hook Community in the 1950s.  Miller breathes life into Eddie, a longshoreman whose unacknowledged passion for his 17-year-old niece results in a drama of classic proportion.  When his wife’s cousins, Marco and Rodolpho enter the country illegally to find work, tension erupts as Katie love for Rodolpho grows and Eddie tries to put a stop to the relationship.  Themes of masculinity, culture, obsession, loyalty, betrayal and shame emerge as the community witnesses his downfall. 

A View

Channel THIRTEEN Broadcasts


Tuesday, June 13 at 9:30 pm 

dramatic escape

Documentary Film Follows RTA Production of A Few Good Men Behind the Bars at Sing Sing 

THIRTEEN, New York’s local PBS station, will air the broadcast premiere of  Dramatic Escape, a feature-length documentary, on Tuesday June 13 at 9:30PM, with an additional airing on Thursday June 15 at 3AM. WLIW/CHANNEL 21 will also broadcast the film on Sunday June 25 at 10:30PM, with an additional airing on Friday June 30 at 2:30AM.

 Dramatic Escape transports viewers into the lives of maximum-security prisoners mounting a stage production of A Few Good Men at Sing Sing, The production is part of  Rehabilitation Through the Arts, which teaches theater, dance, writing, visual arts and music in five New York State prisons and dramatically reduces recidivism rates among RTA participants. The film is co-produced by RTA and Goldcrest Films and the play within the film is directed by John Jay College of Criminal Justice Professor Lorraine Moller.

 Viewers get an intimate look inside prison as the film traces the men's steps from auditions through curtain call. Along the way, prisoners reveal their personal stories, their everyday struggles, and contemplate whether redemption is possible. Dramatic Escape was the winner of the top award at the 2016 (In)Justice For All Film Festival in Chicago and was featured at the festival’s opening ceremony. 




Come meet the courageous folks who, in apost-revolutionary  America full of slavesand  slavery,

launched the first black theatre company and experience the violent push back they endured


Richard III

FALL 2016

The Department of Communication and Theatre Arts is proud to present "Love and information" by Caryl Churchill, directed by Prof. Roxane Revon and performed by John Jay students. The show is presented at The Black Box Theatre, on November 16th to 18th at 7pm and 21st during community hour.

 Through a series of tantalizing vignettes, chameleonic actors will embody more than 100 characters – a child who cannot feel pain, a man in love with a computer voice, a woman with a secret. Like a single beam of light refracted, each scene exposes a different facet of human nature.

 Churchill’s Love and Information is an exhilarating experience, creating a theatrical kaleidoscope that questions how connected we truly are in this ever-connected age.

Roxane Revon, Director of the Play

Love and Information


The play Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 centers around the community response to the beating of Rodney King, as captured on a videotape that went viral following the acquittal of four LAPD officers.  The beating may have only been a catalyst to the riots that followed.  Other tensions in the community had simmered to the surface, such as racism, classism, greed and hostility to the upwardly mobile immigrant class of Koreans, inciting a riot that resulted in retributive violence in one of the worst race riots in United States history.

On March 3, 1991, Rodney King became the face of police brutality in America.  The problem of police brutality against people of color, predominately African Americans, persists today as evidenced by the much publicized cases of Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Timothy Thomas, Sean Bell and Amadou Diallo, to name just a few.

Lorraine Moller, Director of the Play



FALL 2016

Saint Luke



Seeing Rape

CUNY Salon

A Just Assassins

CLASP 2015 Conference & Radio Broadcast

In the Black Box Theatre -- April 21 - 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Conference Organizer:

Professor Alan Winson




Black History


FALL 2014



Theatre in war zones



Performance and Justice 2014

Streaming live over internet radio 

every Tuesday at 1:30pm during the regular semester

broadcasting over WJJCRH

Matthew Bishop - JJAY Student -

 broadcasting over WJJCRH in our studios in the CTA Department


broadcasting over WJJCRH_2

Winning students of the 2014 Informative and Persuasive Speech Contest

Speech Contest

Speech Contest 2014

Fall 2013

Villa reading

Breath, Boom

Yue Madeleine

Immigration and Deportation

Spring 2013


Directed by Jodi Van Der Horn-Gibson


Two new plays by Theater Arts

Prof. Karen Malpede 

profiled in New York Times

Extreme Whether

Theater for the New City

155 First Avenue

Readings April 8 at 7 p.m. (with James Hansen) and April 13 at 8 p.m. $5

Read what the New York Times has to say

Running in a full production is

"Another Life"

(which began at John Jay as part of the 9/11 Performance Project)

now at Time Out New York Best Bet



Simposium 2013

Performance and Justice: Representing Dangerous Truths Symposium at John Jay College

Melissa Wong

Performance and Justice Simposium

Performance and Justice Simposium I

Performance and Justice Simposium2

February 2013


Directed by Kathryn Wylie-Marques

Bloody Bess

A One Act Play

from the early Harlem Renaissance

The Purple Flower by Maritta Bonner

Directed by Jodi Van Der Horn-Gibson

September 2012

The Purple Flower

First Annual Multimedia Arts Festival, May 2011

Annual Multimedia Arts Festival

Annual Multimedia Arts Festival I

Student video makers at the CTA Multimedia Arts


Annual Multimedia Arts Festival II


Second Annual Multimedia Arts Festival, May 2012

Annual Multimedia Arts Festival III

Annual Multimedia Arts Festival IV


Midnight Madness 2012, 

after the reading "Crime and Punishment" by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Crime and Punishment

The Domestic Crusaders

Eiffel Tower


Skrip Orkestra