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New Ohio Theatre and One-Eighth Theater present
NUMBNESS: Chapter 2

A tragicomedy about the unfelt
Directed and Choreographed by Daniel Irizarry
An Archive Residency Production, in collaboration with IRT Theater

APRIL 26 - MAY 18


Imagine a world where you feel nothing

Black Water, by Sylvia Bofill
Yovo, by Robert Lyons

In this apocalyptic puzzle, a couple in a laboratory/kitchen collects ash and tries to stay awake, hoping to see their mute daughter again. Outside dead bodies lie on the shore, a slow-motion plane crash victim awaits the birth of the post-post-post, and the hiding sun creates confusion and chaos. Can they all find a way to survive, make meaning, or even escape?

Featuring: Laura Butler Rivera*, Michael Mullen*, and Daniel Irizarry

Recommended for 18+
Running time: 75 minutes, no intermission

Tickets $25
Mon - Sat @ 8 PM
Sundays @ 5:30 PM

Friday special:
May 10 @ 4 PM and 10 PM

Assistant Director: Laura Butler Rivera
Composer: Jan Lech
Set Design: Jungah Han
Lighting Design: Erik Petersen
Costume Design: Meghan Healey
Sound Design: Elia Chuaqui
Prop Design: Chris Cancel Pomales
Press Rep: David Gibbs | DARR Publicity

The Archive Residency is New Ohio Theatre's ongoing development and presenting program, providing a two-year commitment of time, space, and support to select independent theatre companies. Each residency culminates in a world premiere of a new work. In partnership with IRT Theatre, our neighbors in the Archive Building, we provide independent theatre companies with that most elusive and invaluable resource: an artistic home. Following a showing in Ice Factory 2018, this production of NUMBNESS: Chapter 2 represents a complete re-working of the piece.

Part of a trilogy by One-Eighth Theater, the project was born during a two-year artist and academic experience in Ankara, Turkey, and Vilnius, Lithuania, between Laura Butler Rivera and Daniel Irizarry. Chapter 1 explored the theme of Empathy. Chapter 2 explores the theme of Numbness, and it came about after witnessing first hand the attempted coup d’etat in Ankara.

One-Eighth approached the chapters as a collage, using various texts from various writers. While working on Numbness during the Archive Residency, one story embodied the theme strongly, which became a full play that toured to Cuba. That is Black Water. Yovo completes the world of Numbness. Through this dialogue, the piece you will witness came about.

The Archive Residency is generously supported, in part, by grants from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council; the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; Howard Gilman Foundation; and Mental Insight Foundation.

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