This Week In & Around Chelsea: March 13-19, 2023


White Rabbit Red Rabbit / This Week’s CB4 Committee Meetings / Public Transportation in NYC: A Conversation / World Premiere Play at the Chain Theatre / St. Patrick’s Day in Chelsea Green Park / Community Cleanups / Apply by March 22 for the Manhattan DA’s High School Summer Internship Program 

THEATER: World Premiere, Matthew McLachlan’s This G*d Damn House | The latest production from the Chain Theatre (whose pandemic-era double-down commitment to the NYC independent theater scene we profiled here) brings back Ella Jane New (director of their summertime 2022 hit, macbitches) to helm the world premiere of Matthew McLachlan’s This G*d Damn House. Said by the scribe to be the “most personal thing I have ever written,” that quote is a call to action for the curious to pre-order his memoirs. What? They’ve not been written yet? Or even contracted? Well, we’ll just have to make due with this tale of an over-60 hoarder and twisted matriarch.

Bonus provocation: Said matriarch is played with (and we’re taking an educated leap of faith here) ferocious intensity by Sachi Parker (daughter of Shirley McLaine and author of her autobiography My Life With and Without Shirley McLaine). March 15-April 8 is the limited engagement run, with an opening night of March 18. At the Chain Theatre (312 W. 36 St. btw. Eighth & Ninth Aves). For tickets($30), click here to visit the applicable page on the Chain Theatre website.

St. Patrick’s Day Art in the Park and Raising Green for Chelsea Green: Friday, March 17, 4-6pm at Chelsea Green Park (140 W. 20th St. btw. Sixth & Seventh Aves.) | Yes, we can celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the wearing of the green—but the smart little park known as Chelsea Green invokes that grass-colored hue every time its name is written, spoken, or read… or experienced? See foryourself from 4-6pm on St. Patrick’s Day, when Chelsea Green invites kids to make Shamrock Wands, Lucky Charm Bracelets and Leprechaun Traps. Speaking of luck—and this means no disrespect toward four-leafed clovers—the best kind of luck is the type you make yourself. In that spirit, Chelsea Green Park boosters Friends of Chelsea Green are organizing a fundraiser to ensure their Spring Block Party is a memorable, no-cost-to-you shindig on par with last year’s fantastic Halloween celebration. Their Silent Auction goes live on March 14. The offerings (made possible through the generosity of local businesses) include VIP Tickets to see the Late Show with Stephen Colbert and Happy Hour for Ten Friends at Peter McManus Café. Follow Friends of Chelsea Green on Instagram for updates, and join their email list by sending a request to

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