Blessed Unrest



May 1–9, 2021

Saturday, May 1

Sunday, May 2
3pm & 5pm

Saturday, May 8

Sunday, May 9
3pm & 5pm

  • May 1–9, 2021
  • East 26th Street between 5th and Madison
    just north of Madison Square Park
    Closest subways are R/W to 23rd St and 6 to 28th St

Touch is an offering to NYC, an invitation to partake in the warmth of creative intimacy, with the safety of distance. Wake up your senses with the vicarious delight of following performers through fractured journeys of forbidden touch set against the beautiful canopy of Madison Square Park.

Touch will be performed outdoors as part of the NYC Open Culture Program.

  • Direction
    Jessica Burr
  • Composition, Arrangement, Sound Design
    Adrian Bridges
  • Performed, and with original text, by
    Michael Gene Jacobs, Tatyana Kot,
    Ariel Polanco, Anna Wulfekuhle
  • Final Text
    Keith Hamilton Cobb and Teddy Jefferson
  • Production Stage Management
    Margaret Gleberman
  • Costume Design
    Sohn Plenefisch
  • Press Representation
    Kamila Slawinski

The presentation will run approximately 45 minutes, and audience members will need to stand or sit on the ground for the duration. All audience members and performers are requested to wear masks and follow social-distancing guidelines.

  • Tickets are a suggested donation of $25.

To reserve your space, please click the button above to make a donation and we’ll reply with further information. Or click here to email (or send an email to with the subject line ‘TOUCH TICKETS’. Please include your name, desired show date and time, and number of tickets requested.


Battle of Angels

Battle of Angels
  • September 25–27, 2020
    Central Park, NYC

This Friday to Sunday only, join us for a live, in-person, outdoor, and significantly abbreviated presentation of the stunning and controversial play by Tennessee Williams.

Three women fight over a handsome stranger newly arrived in their Mississippi Delta small town. Written by Williams in 1940, Battle of Angels was closed by order of the Boston League of Decency and the Boston Police Commissioner called it “Indecent and improper…. Lascivious and immoral.” Come see for yourself.

Presented in New York as part of the 2020 Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival

  • Written by
    Tennessee Williams
  • Directed by
    Jessica Burr
  • Featuring
    Heather Benton, Michael Gene Jacobs, Nancy McArthur, Ronnie Williams, Aaron Michael Zook
  • Production Stage Management
    Margaret Gleberman
  • Sound Design
    Adrian Bridges
  • Costume Design Consultation
    Sera Bourgeau

Space is extremely limited and reservations are required. To reserve your space, please click here to email us with your name, desired show day, and number of tickets requested. We will contact you with further details, including the exact location of the presentation.

  • Tickets are a suggested donation of $25.
    Click here to email for tickets.

The presentation will last approximately 45 minutes, and audience members will need to stand or sit on the ground for the duration. All audience members and performers are required to wear masks, and social distancing will be followed. All audience members will need to bring a phone or MP3 player and headphones.

  • Feel free to email with any questions.

Kennedy Center Commendation

The Kennedy Center

Blessed Unrest was honored by the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival 2019 National Awards Committee with a Commendation for Distinguished Leadership, along with artistic affiliate Rich Brown. Our work with KC/ACTF over the past five years, serving as panelists, respondents, and guest teachers, has been extremely rewarding and we are thrilled to have our contribution recognized with this award.

In Development


This new play delves into the ongoing legacy of slavery in the United States, including the role white northeasterners played in its development, financing, and expansion. We are working closely with Keith through a series of developmental workshops this fall. Look for a public presentation in the spring of 2020.

Bringing Back Refuge


Refuge, our original multilingual play devised with Teatri ODA (Kosovo), presents the incredible true story of thousands of Jewish World War II refugees being harbored by families in Albania, set against our Kosovar collaborators’ own experience as refugees during the 1990s Balkan Wars. Following last spring’s largely sold out run of Refuge at NYC’s Baruch Performing Arts Center, we are planning a New York remount and a tour to other US cities, to Kosovo and the Balkans, and to Western Europe.

We need your support to keep telling this story of compassion, connection, and perseverance. Donate now or contact us.

If your theatre would like to present Refuge, please contact us.

“At its best, independent theater is inventive, emotional, inspiring and has the ability to transform the atmosphere in a room full of people. In the several years I have been attending shows by Blessed Unrest, they have never ceased to amaze.”

~ Amber Gallery, NY Theatre Now

“Once in a blue moon comes a piece of theatre so impactful you wonder if you won’t be talking about it for years to come. A piece of theatre so unique and bold, it makes you exclaim, ‘Wait. Theatre can do this?’”

~ Rachel Kerry, New York Theatre Review
on Body: Anatomies of Being

Get to Know Blessed Unrest

A video by TDF (Theatre Development Fund)

“There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist in any other medium, and be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is, or how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep open and aware directly to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open.

“No artist is pleased. There is no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer, divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others.”

Martha Graham to Agnes DeMille