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June 29 - August 13




New Ohio Theatre Presents

ICE FACTORY 2016

2016 is the 23rd season of our OBIE Award-winning summer festival of new work.

Every summer we invite the most exciting downtown companies to present their latest projects in an environment of generosity, dialogue, and inspiration. ICE FACTORY is a place where artists can take risks, try out new ideas, and
bring their projects to a new level.

Plays introduced in Ice Factory have gone on to garner Drama Desk nominations, OBIE Awards, Audience First Awards in Edinburgh, Off-Broadway productions, commercial runs, and national and international tours.

 
 

August 18 - Sept 3


New Ohio Hosts
The Unity Theatre Company of New York

H.O.M.E.

Written by Angelica Rivera + Mar. Z Phan
Directed by Daniel Echevarria

A World Premiere


In a reimagined universe where teenagers develop super powers, we follow the story of six young people who navigate their comfortable lives in the Habitat of Meta-humans Enterprise (H.O.M.E), a facility created by the government to rehabilitate and incarcerate those people who have illegally used their super powers. However when Adam, an immortal arrives at the facility, they begin to rethink their place in society. As the group becomes acquainted with Adam, they begin to fully realize the potential of their abilities.

Running time: Approx. 90 minutes, with one 15 min. intermission.

The Unity Theatre Company of New York City’s mission is to tell the stories of people and communities that are underrepresented and/or not wholly represented in the theatre. Our company aims to break those molds by developing full characters that are more relatable to more people. In doing so, we strive to make our theatre more accessible and attract younger people to the theatre from neighborhoods that are not exposed to it as much as others.


Previously in Our Season

 

September 1 - 26



New Ohio Hosts
Page 73 Productions

JUDY

Written by Max Posner

Directed by Ken Rus Schmoll

A World Premiere

It’s the winter of 2040, and the world has changed – but maybe not by much. Timothy’s wife has just left him, and he isn’t taking it well. His sisters, Tara and Kris, are trying to help him cope while wrestling with their own lives and loves. The three of them seem to spend a lot of time in their basements, and the kids are starting to ask questions. This subterranean comedy explores how one family hangs on when technology fails and communication breaks down.

Page 73's sole mission is to help the most promising playwrights receive their first New York City production. They have launched the careers of some of America's most important playwrights including Quiara Alegria Hudes, Samuel D. Hunter, Dan LeFranc, Heidi Schreck, Jason Grote, and George Brant.


 
 

October 1 - 25



New Ohio Theatre Hosts
Nylon Fusion

COMES A FAERY

Written by James McLindon
Directed by Shaun Peknic

IN ROTATING REPERTORY WITH

HALF MOON BAY

Written by John Jiler
Directed by Margarett Perry

In COMES A FAERY, a little girl whose single mother has been deployed overseas is visited by a cantankerous Irish fairy. Has he come to keep the lonely child company ... or to steal her soul?

HALF MOON BAY is the story of a Manhattan architect whose sudden addiction to a mysterious waitress sabotages his marriage and his career.

See both shows and save 20%

Nylon, born of a fusion of New York and London creativity, is a theatre company committed to giving voice and perspective to established and emerging artists. They develop and produce plays that explore political, social and cultural awareness.


 
 

October 30 - November 8



New Ohio Theatre Hosts
Live Source

THE INCREDIBLE FOX SISTERS

Written by Jaclyn Backhaus
Directed by Tyler Mercer

The Ice Factory 2014 hit returns for its world premiere!

The Fox sisters have a dirty secret they’re ready to share. They’ve been talking to the town peddler, Mr. Splitfoot ... who’s been murdered, dead and buried for five years. His dearly departed soul is haunting his old home in Hydesville, New York, where the girls now live. Don’t you believe them? You are cordially invited to an evening with Leah, Maggie, Kate, and the devil. Join the séance and witness for yourself the spiritual powers of The Incredible Fox Sisters.

Running time: Approx. 90 minutes, without intermission.

Live Source is a group of theater and film artists who challenge the ways multidisciplinary theatre is created. The group draws from a blend of styles, stories, and live sources to keep their innovative design and technology in constant play with highly stylized performances.

THE INCREDIBLE FOX SISTERS is made possible in part with public funds from The Fund for Creative Communities, supported by New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Developed, in part, at Ice Factory 2014, a program of New Ohio Theatre.


 
 

November 14 - December 20


New Ohio Hosts
Bedlam

NEW YORK ANIMALS

A World Premiere play by Steven Sater
With songs by Burt Bacharach and Steven Sater
Directed by Eric Tucker


From an East Village diner to a Park Avenue penthouse -- four actors -- twenty-one characters -- love, sex, money, impossible relationships -- just another rainy day in New York City, played to a live new soundtrack by Bacharach and Sater.

Please Note: Because of the seating configuration for this production, there is NO LATE SEATING.

Running time: 130 minutes, with one intermission.

"No troupe in New York these days rides the storytelling momentum of theater more resourcefully or enthusiastically than Bedlam." – Ben Brantley, The New York Times

Committed to the immediacy of the relationship between the actor and the audience, Bedlam Theatre creates theatre in a flexible, raw space and is interested in contemporary reappraisals of the classics, new writing and small-scale musical theatre. Their theatre always includes the audience. Storytelling is paramount. Bedlam believes that innovative use of space can collapse aesthetic distance and bring the audience into direct contact with the dangers and delicacies of life––inciting laughter and chaos, exciting thinking and recreating the thrill of lived experience.

 
 

January 5 - 16



Performance Space 122 and New Ohio Theatre Present
Ranters

SONG + Intimacy

Two US Premieres from Australia
Part of the COIL 16 festival


SONG January 5-8
A truly international collaboration between Australian based Ranters Theatre, acclaimed Brazilian visual artist Laura Lima, and UK musician James Tyson, SONG is an exploration of place, wanderings and the nature of purposeful existence. This immersive sound installation reinvents the song cycle form by combining the sounds of weather, the scent of earth and the colors of day’s end, transforming the space into a multi-sensory constructed “nature”.

Intimacy January 11-16
Based on a series of real, intimate and diverse conversations with strangers, Intimacy gives a candid and sometimes disquieting portrait of everyday life where personal anxieties are never far from the surface. How much of ourselves are we prepared to show? Why is it sometimes easier to be honest with a total stranger than with someone we know? Is this really honesty or just another performance?

Ranters Theatre is a performance group based in Melbourne, Australia. Formed in 1994, they make original work that responds to the social and psychological contexts of everyday life. Ranters previous work, Holiday, premiered to audience acclaim at PS122 as part of the COIL 2011 Festival.

SONG was developed in part by Arts House (Australia) with support by Arts Council Wales, the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria, the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

Intimacy is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body and the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.

Performance Space 122’s COIL 2016 festival is made possible, in part, by Lambent Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation New York Theater Program, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, New York Community Trust and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

 
 

January 23 - February 13


New Ohio Theatre Presents

DEATH OF THE LIBERAL CLASS

Written by Robert Lyons
Directed by Jerry Heymann


A burned-out, left wing journalist retreats to the family farm for peace of mind. Until his teenage daughter follows, bringing all the anger he’s left behind. Not to mention her hacktivist boyfriend. When his wife shows up to negotiate their split, his newfound vision of being happy proves more elusive than he imagined. Inspired by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges's book of the same name, Death of the Liberal Class is a dark domestic comedy about liberal parenting, capitalist co-option, and losing (or finding) your edge.

Robert Lyons has more than twenty New York premieres to his credit, including Nostradamus Predicts the Death of Soho, the final production at the Ohio Theatre on Wooster Street. Time Out NY has described his work as “Ralph Nader channeling Preston Sturges.” He is Artistic Director of New Ohio Theatre.


 
 

February 19 - March 12


New Ohio Hosts
Untitled Theater Company #61

CITY OF GLASS

Adapted and directed by Edward Einhorn
From the novel by Paul Auster


Daniel Quinn receives a phone call. On the other end of the line is a man asking for Paul Auster, private detective. Quinn claims to be Auster and falls down a rabbit hole. A one man show with three performers, one of whom does all the speaking. Full of double and triple identities and using video and music throughout. Scored by Freddi Price (Drama Desk nominee for The Pigeoning). Adapted by Edward Einhorn from Paul Auster's film noir-inspired absurdist first novel, the beginning of his New York Trilogy.

Untitled Theater Company #61 is a Theater of Ideas: political, scientific, philosophical, and above all theatrical. They produced The Havel Festival at the Ohio Theatre in 2006 and subsequently The Pig, or Vaclav Havel's Hunt for a Pig in Ice Factory 2011. Other productions include Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep and Lathe of Heaven at 3LD, Money Lab at HERE, The God Projekt and Iphigenia in Aulis at La MaMa, The Velvet Oratorio at Lincoln Center (concert) and The Czech Center (full production), the Off-Broadway production of Fairy Tale of the Absurd at Theater 80, the Ionesco Festival and the NEUROfest (plays about neurology).


 
 

March 18 - March 26


New Ohio Theatre Presents
Glass Bandits

AN INTIMATE EVENING WITH TYPHOID MARY

Written by Carl Holder
Directed by Knud Adams


Introducing Martin Allen, an ordinary young man in a hospital dying from an extraordinary disease. As his doctor and nurse attend to an ever-worsening condition, Marty creates an autobiographical performance in the form of a sold out variety show, of which only he and the audience seem to be aware. Grim realities of the ward blur into a surreal universe of drag cabaret, as he confuses his life's story with the history of America’s most notorious food contaminator. Martin gives us the show of his life and literally every last thing he has.

GLASS BANDITS develops and produces new work for the theater. They are interested in unusual, thrilling stories told in ways that boldly question existing theatrical forms. They embrace collaborative, experimental creation with an emphasis on the working process of multidisciplinary theater artists. Within both the development and presentation of their material, they strive for an inclusive environment that builds community between artists and audiences.

An Intimate Evening with Typhoid Mary was developed in part at Ice Factory 2015, a program of New Ohio Theatre and is made possible in part by a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant


 
 

April 4 - 24


New Ohio Theatre Presents
The Assembly

I WILL LOOK FORWARD TO THIS LATER

Text by Kate Benson and Emily Louise Perkins
Directed by Jess Chayes
Dramaturgy by Steven Aubrey
Production Design by Nick Benacerraf

An Archive Residency Production in collaboration with IRT Theater


The Great Man is dead.
The family of Wyatt Holloway, American novelist, squints into the light where his shadow used to be. What is his legacy, and is it possible to create a new, better order of things? I WILL LOOK FORWARD TO THIS LATER is a bitingly funny and tragic examination of art-making and evolution. Inspired by Kabuki theater and interviews with our mentors, The Assembly and a multigenerational ensemble ponder the mysteries of bourbon, coffee, and what makes a meaningful life.

"A cutting-edge young theater collective." – The New York Times

THE ASSEMBLY is a collective of multi-disciplinary performance artists committed to realizing a visceral and intelligent theater for a new generation. Assembly members unite our varied interests in service of wide-reaching, unabashedly theatrical and rigorously researched ensemble performances that address the complexities of our ever-changing world. The company embraces collaboration as the core of the creative process, allowing all the elements of text, action and design to develop side-by-side within the rehearsal environment. The Assembly is dedicated to rooting its artists, audiences, and peers in a profound sense of community.


 
 

April 30 - May 21


New Ohio Theatre Presents
Blessed Unrest

BODY: Anatomies of Being

Conceived and Directed by Jessica Burr
Created by the Ensemble
With text by Matt Opatrny

An Archive Residency Production in collaboration with IRT Theater


A trauma surgeon works to repair her patient’s internal organs, a painter seeks to expose the raw humanity of his nude model, two sisters attempt to cross the gaps of time and the mystery of their separation, and a woman journeys back to Chernobyl as she strives to understand the body that is now only partially hers. BODY digs into the flesh, organs, bones, systems, and movement of the human body as art and as machine.

Blessed Unrest is an experimental physical theatre ensemble generating original work since 1999. Their awards include the 2014 Caffe Cino Award for Sustained Excellence from the NY Innovative Theatre Awards, four additional IT Awards, and the LPTW Lucille Lortel Award. They create safe environments where dangerous things can happen, producing dynamic, disciplined, and exuberant new works for the stage with their diverse ensemble of artists. They teach their methods at universities across the country and tour internationally with original bilingual plays created with overseas partners including Teatri Oda of Kosovo.


 
 

May 27 - June 18


New Ohio Hosts
Theatre 4the People

KISS IT, MAKE IT BETTER

Written by Erika Phoebus
Directed by Isaac Byrne


When Ty discovers his best friend has been assaulted, he takes her to live in the abandoned fairgrounds where they played as kids. Have they found refuge, or are they simply still trapped in a game of playing pretend?

T4tP supports and creates original, courageous theatre that is economically accessible to everyone. T4tP won the 2015 NYIT Award for Outstanding Production and Outstanding Direction for In Vestments by Sara Fellini.


 

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