Act Two New York

This has been a tough couple of years for the performing arts - venues closed, audiences in quarantine, and options limited. Yet, somehow, New York City's performers have persevered, and as the shadow of the pandemic begins to lift, they have some crucial decisions to make. What will be their Act 2? Join host Tania Mohammad as ventures out into the resurgent nightlife of the city that never sleeps and talks to the actors, musicians, comedians, dancers, and venue owners who are redefining themselves and their work in this new New York.

Episodes

God Wants Us All To Be Strippers: Last Chance Dancers & The City Reliquary

The craziness of the last few years has made for some unexpected partnerships around the city. None of these were stranger and more successful than the shotgun wedding of a tiny neighborhood history museum and a risk-taking collective of burlesque artistes known to some as a “Voltron of gay strippers”. This unlikely collaboration not only … Continued

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Violins, Corpses, and Candles: PubicQuartet and Death of Classical

Like many smaller classical music ensembles, the celebrated PubliQuartet found ways to keep going during the shutdown – largely by performing outdoors in some very unorthodox settings. One of these was the catacombs of The Green-Wood Cemetery, one of the venues where Death of Classical has been presenting eclectic performances since early 2020. What’s it … Continued

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Brand New Day: It’s Not Binary Anymore, People!

Held back in June, “Brand New Day” was an ecstatic takeover of Times Square, with singers and dancers from Broadway and beyond celebrating what they hoped was the imminent return of New York Theater. But some of the featured performers couldn’t help but wonder – was the closing of New York an opportunity to do … Continued

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Comedy Cabaret at Don’t Tell Mama: Everything Was Guerrilla

Stand-up comedian Joe Orecchio faced a choice at the start of the pandemic. Would he grieve the state of his show, Comedy Cabaret, and its unknown future? Or would he use this opportunity to make the show everything it could be? Lucky for his audience, he chose the latter. Tanya Moberly, the Booking Manager at … Continued

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I Heart Dance NYC: Can I Still Go on Pointe?

As the summer ramped up, Tania headed out to the Empire Rooftop to speak with Dawn Durham, VP and Director of Operations at Hospitality Holdings, Inc. Like so many venues, the Empire Rooftop struggled throughout 2020. But when Dawn received a call from Melissa Gerstein and Kimberly Giannelli, Co-Founders of iHeartDance NYC, about organizing a … Continued

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Meet the Host

  • Tania Mohammad

    Tania’s career spans the technology, media, and non-profit worlds, having worked as a developer, event & project manager, producer and fundraiser. She established herself in Los Angeles, working with the South Asian Film Festival, LA Shorts Festival, and the Pacific Council, a USC-based think tank. After moving to New York City, Tania joined SciMed Media and then went on to work at the MSG station, FUSE TV. In addition to her work with CitizenRacecar, she currently focuses on fundraising for nonprofit organizations in Queens, where she lives with her husband and two children.

Episodes

God Wants Us All To Be Strippers: Last Chance Dancers & The City Reliquary

The craziness of the last few years has made for some unexpected partnerships around the city. None of these were stranger and more successful than the shotgun wedding of a tiny neighborhood history museum and a risk-taking collective of burlesque artistes known to some as a “Voltron of gay strippers”. This unlikely collaboration not only … Continued

LISTEN →

Violins, Corpses, and Candles: PubicQuartet and Death of Classical

Like many smaller classical music ensembles, the celebrated PubliQuartet found ways to keep going during the shutdown – largely by performing outdoors in some very unorthodox settings. One of these was the catacombs of The Green-Wood Cemetery, one of the venues where Death of Classical has been presenting eclectic performances since early 2020. What’s it … Continued

LISTEN →

Brand New Day: It’s Not Binary Anymore, People!

Held back in June, “Brand New Day” was an ecstatic takeover of Times Square, with singers and dancers from Broadway and beyond celebrating what they hoped was the imminent return of New York Theater. But some of the featured performers couldn’t help but wonder – was the closing of New York an opportunity to do … Continued

LISTEN →

Comedy Cabaret at Don’t Tell Mama: Everything Was Guerrilla

Stand-up comedian Joe Orecchio faced a choice at the start of the pandemic. Would he grieve the state of his show, Comedy Cabaret, and its unknown future? Or would he use this opportunity to make the show everything it could be? Lucky for his audience, he chose the latter. Tanya Moberly, the Booking Manager at … Continued

LISTEN →

I Heart Dance NYC: Can I Still Go on Pointe?

As the summer ramped up, Tania headed out to the Empire Rooftop to speak with Dawn Durham, VP and Director of Operations at Hospitality Holdings, Inc. Like so many venues, the Empire Rooftop struggled throughout 2020. But when Dawn received a call from Melissa Gerstein and Kimberly Giannelli, Co-Founders of iHeartDance NYC, about organizing a … Continued

LISTEN →