Our 2017 - 2018 Season


September 1 - 16

New Ohio Hosts
Throes Theater

Written by Alexandra Zelman-Doring
Directed by Theresa Buchheister

Ana and Simon are twins. Ana wants to sell her eggs for piles of money. Simon wants another beginning after his latest bender. They have spent a lifetime disappearing into each other and seeking to define their lives as separate beings. And now, through family, lovers, humans caught in the spiral of their narrative and the memories in which they all reside, they come to terms with their ghosts.

The Itch is story of sibling love, addiction, and how far we’ll go to save ourselves and others, experienced through theatre, film and original music.

Throes Theater is a drama-desk nominated, Brooklyn-based company working with music and film. Since its founding in 2012, the members have explored many performances ranging from experimental gallery showings to street performances and more traditional two-act plays. They have collaborated with numerous contemporary composers, bands, and singers. Recently, Throes was part of HERE ARTS CENTER's summer sublet series, and was awarded a residency at La Mama Umbria International.

*The Itch Developed at La Mama Umbria's Next Generation incubator.


September 21 - October 7

New Ohio Presents


A pop up festival of smart as hell new works by black, brown, and queer America
Curated and produced by Jessica Almasy

American AF is a nightly multi-act bill of short films, plays, panels, music, visual art, and discussion producing 30+ black, brown, queer, and radically political artists.

The pop up festival will be speaking through, at, and from within this vicious and incredibly alive moment in our history.

It is a recalibration of American identity to speak from a place that is fluid, diverse, inclusive, pioneering, intelligent, and relentlessly reinventing itself in the name of equality and justice.

The lineup includes:
And more.

Visit americanaf.org for all the details!


October 11 - 22

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!

All tix $12
Start times vary. Consult the ticket calendar for exact times.

Oct 11-12
By Eliza Bent, Directed by Knud Adams

In 1993, at the age of 11, a young Eliza Bent, along with a friend, co-created, directed and starred in an amateur historical film for a school project. In it, Bent portrayed Hawaii’s last reigning monarch, Queen Liliuokalani. 25 years later Bent uses her home movie along with the travel writings of Mark Twain as forensic documents to lead audiences on a journey that grapples with personal history, legacy, and cultural appropriation.

Oct 14-15
Kyoung's Pacific Beat

Playwright Kyoung H. Park reunites with director Carlos Armesto to present a reading of this gut-wrenching tragicomedy, which examines the consequences of American Imperialism and White Supremacy, through the anachronistic re-telling of George W. Bush's Presidency and the War on Terror as the story of Nero, a 15 year-old boy torn by his questionable rise to the throne.

Oct 18-19
Meta-Phys Ed.
THE CHRONICLES OF SAMSON: Dangers of a Wounded Ego
Written by Ken Kaissar, Directed by Jesse Freedman

Before Delilah...there was Samson and Timneet.

For the bible's greatest lovers, Nothing says "I ❤️ You" like ripping out a lion's tongue. Samson copes with his grief by killing thousands of his in-laws with a donkey's jaw and move into a brothel.

The Chronicles of Samson: Dangers of a Wounded Ego is the story of Samson and Timneet, deconstructed to dramatizes the rage and passion inherent in romance and how toxic masculinity and misogyny shape classic Bible narratives. Loosely adapted from a play by Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzato, an 18th century Italian Kabbalah master and poet.

Oct 21-22
Radical Evolution
Created by Radical Evolution, Directed by Rebecca Martinez

The creation of the US Rail system involved millions of people from many cultures that have existed in the US zeitgeist. From the Southern Black American experience to White Appalachian, Irish immigrants, Chinese Immigrants, Mexican Immigrants, Native Americans, and more, each culture at some point had their hands on the rails, spikes, ties, and engines that connected all the states and territories, and most had a song or two to sing about the experience. “Songs About Trains” is a hybrid performance work that uses music as a way into these stories and explores the role of the railroad in America’s rise to becoming a global superpower.


October 27 - November 12

New Ohio Hosts
Less Than Rent Theatre


Written by James Presson
Directed by Sash Bischoff
Choreographed by Jennifer Jancuska

A Jacobean Revenge Comedy World Premiere

The teens of Greenport, CT face a chaotic spring semester as they grapple with loyalty, lust, narcissism, and nihilism before hitting the most important night of their lives: prom. FMK mashes up the high drama of Jacobean theater and classic high school tropes into a fast-paced and highly stylized epic where secrets are spilled, backs are stabbed, and the survivors are left to count the dead and wonder how and why they got out alive.

Fuck Marry Kill was developed at Lincoln Center, with an additional workshop at Playwrights Horizons.

LTR creates dynamic and dangerous theatre where the energy is explosive and the volume is turned all the way up. Whether presenting a new work from a fresh voice, a remix of a classic, or a devised piece by our ensemble, LTR perpetually skews the theatrical canon with a signature combination of passion, curiosity, and swagger. Since 2010, LTR’s work has been seen at HERE, La Mama, 59E59, Walkerspace, Theatre Row, Horse Trade Theater Group, Wild Project, and The Brick, among others. In addition to multiple FringeNYC and United Solo awards and NYIT nominations, they were named Indie Theater Now’s "People of the Year" in 2013.


November 28 - December 23

New Ohio Hosts
Page 73 Productions


Directed by Kip Fagan

World Premiere

Emily, a would-be writer, retreats home to O'ahu after Manhattan finally gets the best of her. Trading one island for another doesn't help, though, and when she stumbles into a gig as an actor on a shock-jock radio dating show, she finds herself strangely determined to turn fantasy into reality. Told through a playful mixture of phone calls, voicemails, and live radio spots, Today Is My Birthday is a comedy about loneliness in the age of connection.

Page 73 is now in its 20th year producing and supporting the most talented early-career playwrights and introducing them to New York audiences by producing their professional debuts in the city. Close to two-thirds of the over 100 playwrights they’ve supported have enjoyed New York or regional theatre productions after receiving a Page 73 premiere or development support. These include, among others, writers whose professional debuts in New York City were produced by Page 73, such as Samuel D. Hunter (2015 MacArthur "Genius" Grant), Quiara Alegría Hudes (2012 Pulitzer Prize), Dan LeFranc (2010 New York Times Outstanding Playwright Award), Heidi Schreck (2014 Tow Playwright in Residence at Playwrights Horizons), and Clare Barron (2015 Obie Award).


December 27 - January 7

New Ohio Theatre Presents
Blessed Unrest


Adapted by Matt Opatrny from the story by Hans Christian Andersen
Directed by Jessica Burr

Following the critical and audience success of last year's A CHRISTMAS CAROL, we're bringing back Blessed Unrest with their new adaptation of the classic tale by Hans Christian Andersen.

The Snow Queen was developed as part of New Victory LabWorks.

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, the LPTW Lucille Lortel Award, and First Prize at the 2016 Secondo Theatre Festival. 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.


January 30 - February 3

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.

Our inaugural festival in 2017 included 2 feature length narratives, 4 documentaries, and over 30 short films, music videos and web series episodes, featuring downtown theatre makers you've come to know and love.

Are you a NY theatre maker and want to submit a project?

Deadline to apply is October 20, 2017

Stay tuned for more details on the 2018 edition!



April - June 2018

New Ohio Theatre presents

in collaboration with IRT Theater

World Premiere productions by anecdota and Built For Collapse

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 2017, anecdota and Built For Collapse are hard at work revising and reworking -- Don't miss their world premieres in Spring 2018!

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



June 27 - August 11

New Ohio Theatre Presents


2018 is the 25th 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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