New Ohio Theatre presents


JUNE 29 - JULY 2

The Byzantine Choral Project

Book and lyrics by Helen Banner
Composed by Grace Oberhofer
Directed by Colette Robert
Choreographed by Erik Thurmond

: Jessica Cannizzaro, Rachel Caplan,Gabriella Concepción, Katie Consamus, Helen Coxe, Isabella Dawis, JoAnn Eubanks, Eileen Farley, Lynnette Freeman, Aja Singletary, Adenike Thomas, Katie Weber, Akyiaa Wilson, Adam Davenport

Scenic Design: Angelica Borrero
Costume Design: Madeline Corson
Lighting Design: Jay Ryan
Props Design: Ryan Courtney
Line Producer: Eric Marlin
Prod. Stage Manager: Jenny Ainsworth
Assoc. Set Designer: Trang Nguyen
Sound Mentor: Nathan Leigh
Sound Design: Grace Oberhoffer
Assoc. Producer:Rachel Abrams
Asst. Stage Manager: Patrick Harnett-Marshall

Tickets $18 / $15 Students and Seniors
Wednesday - Saturday at 7 PM

Running time: Approx 90 minutes, no intermission

ICONS/IDOLS is a choral play for over a dozen woman singers. Mixing music, movement and text, it recovers the secret history of the Empress Irene as she ascends in a society with deep animosity towards female rule. Deeply committed to religious icons, Irene sacrifices personal relationships in an attempt to gain enough power to re-introduce them into an empire that fiercely and violently opposes iconography. This is the first part of a cycle that will chart Irene’s rise from child bride to Empress Regent as well as the purple Empresses that follow her. Note: This show includes glimpses of nudity.

The Byzantine Choral Project is a collaboration between playwright Helen Banner, composer Grace Oberhofer and director Colette Robert to make theater using women’s voices. Inspired by the Byzantine Empresses Irene, Theodora, and Euphrosyne, they are creating work that showcases the radical power of twenty women singing on stage and explores the importance of imagery, representation and iconoclasm in classical and contemporary life.

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