Our 2018 - 2019 Season



August 24 - September 8

New Ohio Theatre and The Mill Theatre present

A Comedy...Until It's Not

By Mark Chrisler
Directed by Jaclyn Biskup

Olivia and Humphry have a safe, comfortable, enviable life. Their condo is well-adorned with fancy knick-knacks, their social media presence is meticulously groomed, and they never fight. Or laugh. Or kiss. Or talk very much.

Unexpectedly, Olivia’s lover-- id-driven Officer Kirk Patrick --shows up, trailing a man-eating tiger which takes up residence right outside, threatening to devour anyone who opens the door. Tigers may be dangerous, but there might be something worse inside.

Worse Than Tigers premiered at Seattle’s ACT in March 2016 under the direction of Emily Penick. Previously it was developed at New York’s Stella Adler Studio (dir. Lee Kinney), Chicago’s The Mill Theater (dir. Jaclyn Biskup), The San Francisco Playhouse, Uzbekistan’s Ilkhom Theatre (translated to Russian by Ekaterina Raykova-Merz), Seattle’s Washington Ensemble Theatre (dir. John Langs) and Ohio University’s Seabury Quinn Jr. New Play Festival (dir. Shelley Delaney).



September 13-16

New Ohio Theatre presents


Written and performed by Vichet Chum and Laura Gragtmans
Directed by Emily Kitchens
Designed by Aaron Richard Johnson

Watch Lilly and Billy as they move through a full New York City day. They will gloriously fumble, stumble and make a mess in their pursuits of love. Part storytelling event, part theatrical narrative, with original music from singer/songwriter Laura Gragtmans and original poetry from theatre maker Vichet Chum.

Vichet Chum is a writer, actor, director & theater maker. His plays have been workshopped and performed at Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Second Generation Productions, Weston Playhouse, Florida State University, Cleveland Public Theatre, All For One Theater and Amios. Laura Gragtmans is an actress, composer, singer, and multi-instrumentalist. In 2014, she completed her first full score for the Ars Nova production of Astronaut, and in 2016 released her debut album, Hug the Lonely Cactus.



September 26 - 29

New Ohio Theatre and Antigravity present


Devised and performed by Antigravity Performance Project
Directed by Francesca Montanile Lyons and Michael T. Williams

Dear Diary LOL is an ensemble-driven comedic theatre work born verbatim from the real-life tween-teen diaries of the show's creators. Antigravity's devising ensemble of high-octane funny women invites you to cringe, laugh, and cry at their most earnest desires, deepest fears, secret shames, and terrible poetry written as coming-of-age girls in the late 90s/early 2000s.

Antigravity Performance Project is a devising company with a creative aesthetic rooted in play, ensemble, movement, music, and performance text. As an interstate company, Antigravity makes work in RI, PA, and NY led by Kym Moore (Providence, RI), Francesca Montanile Lyons (Philadelphia), and Michael T. Williams (New York City). The New York Times calls their work "energizing and frightening" and Opplaud New York gave Dear Diary LOL ★★★★★ saying, "This is one trip down memory lane that’s definitely worth taking!"



October 4 - 7

New Ohio Theatre Hosts
The Amoralists


by Charly Evon Simpson
Directed by Kate Moore Heaney

STAINED is presented as a part of the 'Wright Club 2018/2019 Anthology,
RICOCHET: RICOCHET, an Amoralists Anthology about surviving in an American Epidemic
Created by the 2018/2019 'Wright Club

The Amoralists are a diverse collective of uncompromising artists. Founded in 2006, they produce original work that confronts the American condition in all its complexity. Their stories are emotionally charged and character driven, a place where politics and perspectives collide and no side emerges unscathed. Explosive, vital, raucous and raw, we do theatre, no moral judgement.

Charly Evon Simpson's work has been seen and/or developed with Ensemble Studio Theatre, Ars Nova, The Tank, Chautauqua Theater Company, Salt Lake Acting Company, PAGE 73's Summer Residency, NNPN at its Kennedy Center MFA Playwright's Workshop and National Showcase of New Plays, and others. www.charlyevonsimpson.com


October 22 - November 17

New Ohio Hosts
Page 73 Productions


Written by Mia Chung
Directed by Ken Rus Schmoll

World Premiere

The Phelans and the Lavecchias grew up together in working class New England, weathering good times and bad. But Tim Phelan’s homecoming this winter sets off a spiraling crisis that strains their hold on each other—and themselves. In Mia Chung's Catch as Catch Can, six characters are brought to life by three actors playing across gender and generation, capturing father/daughter and mother/son in a family drama that doubles as a theatrical tour de force.

Page 73's mission is to develop and produce the work of early-career playwrights who have shown a commitment to playwriting as a career but who have yet to receive a professional production in New York City. Page 73 plays an important role in the playwriting community by offering career guidance, financial assistance, and development and production opportunities. Our goal is to move our playwrights’ work toward production, either through Page 73’s own presentation of their professional premieres or by helping our playwrights connect to available opportunities at our colleague theaters. Our developmental programs offer a forum through which playwrights can develop performance-ready drafts, and our productions create rare opportunities for world and New York premieres.



November 23 - December 9

New Ohio Theatre Hosts


Written by Casey Wimpee
Directed by Sara Fellini

Go backstage at an historic performance of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, featuring the renowned theatrical Booth family - brothers Edwin, Junius Jr. and John Wilkes. This was the first and only time that the three brothers shared a stage together. The backstage drama becomes the focus of this portrait of their tempestuous relationship fraught with political conflict ending in an American tragedy.

The Brutes is a deeply intimate portrait of a family divided. Civil strife, family devolution, and a country sharply divided - today or 150 years ago, the parable of this drama remains strong.

Founded in 2015, spit&vigor is devoted to the development of new plays and spirited, innovative productions of existing work. Their small roster of productions has been award winning and critically acclaimed, praised as "darkly humorous", "deliciously ghoulish", and "wrenching and visually eloquent" by The New York Times. In collaboration with theater company Theatre4thePeople, spit&vigor was the recipient of the 2015 New York Innovative Theater Outstanding Premiere Production of a Play for In Vestments. spit&vigor was granted The Center at West Park’s Artist Residency to produce Sara Fellini's play MOTH&FLAME, after touring earlier versions of the play to Theater Row as part of the United Solo Festival 2017, The Tank as part of the 2017 DarkFest, the NOLA 2017 InFringe Festival and The Glitterbox Theater in Pittsburgh, PA by special invitation in 2018.



December 12-16

New Ohio Theatre Hosts
Doug Varone and Dancers

everything is fine

A New Work by Doug Varone (world premiere)

"Varone’s ability to convey depths of emotion through highly charged, physically exciting choreography has made him a rarity among his generation" - The New York Times

Inspired by the complex, haunting imagery of Billy Collins's poetry, Doug Varone's new work unfolds in eight interwoven narratives mapping an array of themes: love, solitude, separation, forgiveness, aging. Performed by a multi-generational cast of 16 artists, it delves deep into our memories, creating intimate portraits of ordinary lives. "This new theater piece", says Varone, "explores a darker and more disturbing range of emotions than has generally characterized my work; it is about the relationships we've all survived and their impact on our lives."

Envisioned as a series of cinematic dialogues, it is performed to a newly commissioned score by renowned composer David Van Tieghem. Lighting Design by Ben Stanton. Costume Design by Liz Prince.

COMPANY DANCERS: Hollis Bartlett, Courtney Barth, Bradley Beakes, Jake Bone, Whitney Dufrene, Hsiao-Jou Tang, Aya Wilson and Ryan Yamauchi

ALUMNI GUEST DANCERS: Daniel Charon, Natalie Desch, Adriane Fang, Rui Forsberg, Larry Hahn, Eddie Taketa and Nina Watt.

Wed, Dec 12: Reunion Benefit. Please visit dougdaroneanddancers.org/reunion-benefit for more information
Fri, Dec 14 at 9:30: Alumni Night (workshop attendees encouraged!)

For more than 30 years, Obie Award winning choreographer Doug Varone has devoted himself to the humanity and virtuosity of dance. His Company has created an expansive legacy, encompassing dance, theatre, opera and film. The recipient of 11 Bessie Awards, Doug Varone and Dancers has toured to more than 125 cities in 45 states across the U.S., as well as in Europe, Asia, Canada, and South America.

Photo: Jake Bone & Bradley Beakes. ©Erin Baiano



December 20-31

New Ohio Theatre for Young Minds presents
The inaugural


Curated and Produced by Peter Musante
Hosted by Summer Shapiro

Bring the entire family as the New Ohio's underground theatre is transformed into a living archive of characters, both real and imagined, from the rich history of NYC's West Village. Guided by a local expert host, modeled after legendary community activist Jane Jacobs, families engage in a hands-on 360° pre-show experience, then become immersed in four different short stories, created by some of NYC's most accomplished theater artists.

Program A: Dec 20-24
Trusty Sidekick, Jono Waldman, Lauren Sharpe, and Marisol Rosa-Shapiro

Program B: Dec 27-31
Bated Breath Theatre Company, Peter Musante + Summer Shapiro, Marisol Rosa-Shapiro, and Christina Eskridge

Peter Musante (Producer/Curator) works at the nexus of immersive theater, dance, music and technology to invent unique performance-based experiences that transform space and create community. His approach is highly physical and focuses on discovering new points of connection that allow us to celebrate the complexity, and diversity, of human experience. Peter is a long-time collaborator of Trusty Sidekick Theater Company - New York City's most adventurous theater company for young people and their families (Lincoln Center, Park Ave Armory, Abrons Art Center) - most recently, Lead Artist/1-on-1 Experience Director for Up and Away, an immersive work for young people on the Autism spectrum.


January 11 - 26

New Ohio Hosts
The Drama League


Featuring the work of directors: Jennifer Chang, Tara Elliott, Kemar Jewel, Seonjae Kim, Boyan Kracholov, Dennis Yueh-Yeh Li, and Whitney White. DRAMA LEAGUE DIRECTORFEST is a multi-week, city-wide festival focusing on the art of contemporary stage directing. For its 35th year, the festival will include four fully-staged plays, a classic American musical, a concert of music from a hit new musical, an American premier by a hit new Bulgarian director, discussion panels, and conversations with America’s most notable directors.

As the leading career development organization for emerging and mid-career theater directors, the Drama League offers hands-on instruction, mentorship, opportunities to create new theater, and work experience with established professionals. We identify talented directors through a rigorous, national selection process with outside theater luminaries and provide them with the skills, experiences, and contacts they need to bridge the gap between training and professional success. The high cost of theater productions deter most artistic leaders from risking the success of their productions on early and mid-career directors. Since 1984, the Drama League has set out to take on those risks by allowing directors to explore and create alongside their collaborators, providing its participants with the necessary professional experience to further advance their careers.


January 30 - February 6

New Ohio Presents


Producers Club is our free-floating, ad hoc, instant-gratification, impulse-driven pop-up program. We invite familiar and new-to-our-orbit companies into the New Ohio for a couple of days to flex their muscles, share their current thinking, and test their next great idea. The stakes are low, but the bar is high!

Last year saw exciting early work from Eliza Bent, Radical Evolution, Meta-Phys Ed., and Kyoung's Pacific Beat. We're hard at work picking another awesome lineup of companies!


February 8 - 12

New Ohio Presents


The NY Indie Theatre Film Festival supports indie theatre artists defying labels and branching out into recorded media. We bring them together over five nights of screenings so you can see what they're up to.


March 9 - 24

New Ohio Hosts
The New Natives


Written by Andrew Bovell
Directed by Barbara Rubin

Holy Day is a powerful piece from acclaimed Australian playwright Andrew Bovell. Full of darkness and mystery, it is set on the white frontier in mid-nineteenth century Australia and tells the story of four women and their men. Delving into Australia's complex and difficult history, the play deals with themes of race and justice, exploring the conflict between new beginnings and stolen pasts. This award-winning work resonates across international borders and remains extremely relevant in our current political and cultural climate.

The New Natives is a NYC-based theatre company which focuses on producing new work and showcasing international playwrights. Established by Charly Clive and Jillian Geurts in 2015, The New Natives believe in making theatre for the people; contemporary, thought-provoking work that is funny, sad and everything in between. In 2016 Charly premiered her autobiographical show "Britney" at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, to great acclaim, and it continues to play sold-out shows throughout the UK.



April - June 2018

New Ohio Theatre presents

in collaboration with IRT Theater

World Premiere productions by One-Eighth Theater and The Drunkard's Wife

The Archive Residency is our ongoing commissioning 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.

After exciting first-look showings in Ice Factory 2018, One-Eighth Theater and The Drunkard's Wife are hard at work revising and reworking -- Don't miss their world premieres in Spring 2019!

The Archive Residency is supported, in part, by funds from The Mental Insight Foundation.



June 26 - August 10

New Ohio Theatre Presents


2019 is the 26th Anniversary 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.


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