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American One Acts

Opening Date: May 31, 2023

Closing Date: Jun 04, 2023

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Playing @

Baruch Performing Arts Center

55 Lexington Ave / 1 Bernard Baruch Way Rose Nagelberg Theatre New York, NY 10010

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Presented by the little OPERA theatre of ny in association with National Black Theatre and Harlem Opera Theater, this unique double bill is composed of two one act American operas rarely seen in New York City and never before seen together. Highway 1, U.S.A., by African American composer William Grant Still, premiered in 1963 and is based upon a libretto by his wife Verna Arvey, a daughter of Russian Jewish immigrants. Down in the Valley, by German immigrant Kurt Weill, premiered in 1948 and is based upon a libretto by first generation playwright Arnold Sundgaard. The two iconic composers and their librettists, with their varied backgrounds, sought to merge classical European and populist American music traditions to create a new kind of hybrid operatic form that is uniquely American. 

Highway 1, U.S.A. is about a couple named Bob and Mary who run a gas station convenience store along Highway 1, and the sacrifices they endure to put Bob's brother Nate through college. The family dynamic turns tragic and the sheriff arrives. Down in the Valley is set in Birmingham City and tells the story of forbidden love, jealousy, and a hanging. LOTNY’s production will help uncover issues of inequality, the burden of family and the racial boundaries inherent in both works.
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COVID-19 Safety Information

Masks are optional but encouraged.

Performance Schedule:


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Full-price tickets

$26.75 - $63.75


Wheelchair Info

Wheelchair seating is available. Accessible seating is reserved exclusively for patrons with accessible needs and their companions. Patrons purchasing accessible seating may purchase one (1) accessible seat and one (1) companion seat adjacent to the accessible seat. Depending upon availability, seats for additional guests will be located as close as possible to the accessible space. This policy ensures that we are able to accommodate all those that need accessible seating


Elevator only


One garage on 24th St, (Lexington and 3rd Ave)
Three garages on 24th St (3rd and 2nd Ave)


Located in the lower level of Baruch College, and is accessible by elevator. The building entrance is street level.

Box Office

Lobby is same level as theatre.


Wheelchair accessible rest rooms and drinking fountains are located on the B3 level inner lobby.

Water Fountain

Drinking fountains and concessions are located on the B3 level inner lobby.


None on premises

Assisted Listening System

Lightweight infrared assistive listening headsets are available for our hearing-impaired guests. A limited number of sets are available for all performances at no charge and without prior reservation. Please visit our House Management office located on the B2 level and request an Assistive Listening Device. Guests will be required to leave valid identification such as a driver's license as collateral. This is a complimentary service.

Directions Subway

# 6 to the 23rd St station at Park Ave South or
R or W to the 23rd and Broadway station or
# 1 to the 23rd and 6th Ave station

Directions Bus

M1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 15, 18, 101 or 102 to 23rd St



Public Transportation

Subway Icon

By Subway:

# 6 to the 23rd St station at Park Ave South or
R or W to the 23rd and Broadway station or
# 1 to the 23rd and 6th Ave station

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By Bus:

M1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 15, 18, 101 or 102 to 23rd St