In Piehole's Ski End, an abandoned ski shop becomes the center of the universe. A group of 30-whatever urbanites finds itself stuck in a flood-damaged building with a makeshift skate ramp, dead birds, and the tattered banner of a final blowout sale. From these clues they ritualistically reanimate a bygone world of Ski, until they incite a cosmic force. Rising from the ruins of economic and environmental dread, Piehole’s Ski End examines chronic patterns of apocalyptic despair and what it takes to face The Sublime.
Featuring: Toni Ann DeNoble*, Kijani-Ali Gaulman, Allison LaPlatney, Maite Martin, Alexandra Panzer, Emilie Soffe, Nicole Suazo, Ben Vigus, Jeff Wood
Running time: 90 minutes, no intermission
Director: Tara Ahmadinejad
Dramaturg: Elliot B. Quick
Creative Producer: Bailey Williams
Songs: Deepali Gupta
Set Design: Alexandra Panzer
Lighting Design: Oona Curley
Sound Design: Joey Wolfslau
Costume Design: Olivia Giban
Video Design: Matt Romein
Technical Director / Production Manager: Skylar Fox
Associate Sound Designer: Heather Motz
Assistant Lighting Designer: Stacey Derosier
PIEHOLE investigates the process of collaboration and collective authorship to create live events. Driven by an ongoing pursuit of surprise, delight and beauty in unexpected places, Piehole encourages agency in one’s thinking, perceiving, and feeling, as well as an expanded sense of potential realities. Since 2008, Piehole’s work has performed in theaters, galleries, and hotel rooms in New York, Philadelphia, and Prague, and has been praised for its “beauty and gratifying weirdness” (The New York Times).
SKI END was developed through the Archive Residency, a program of New Ohio Theatre and IRT Theater.
The Archive Residency is generously supported, in part, with funds from The NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, The National Endowment for the Arts, and the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation.
Photos by Matthew Dunivan from the 2016 Ice Factory first-look showing
*Appearing courtesy of Actors' Equity Association