Our 2019 - 2020 Season

(Additional productions TBA)

September 4 - 21


New Ohio Hosts
Bridge Production Group


Written by Guillaume Corbeil
Directed by Max Hunter

US Premiere

Five friends vie for status in a competition over cultural capital, broadcasting every moment of their lives on the internet - but at what cost? Through the incisive imagination of virtuoso Quebec auteur Guillaume Corbeil, this United States premiere production explores how each of us shapes our sense of self . . . can curating the perfect online identity push away the darkness and banality of everyday life?

With Christina Toth (Orange is the New Black), Crawford M. Collins, Hamish Allan-Headley, Adriane Moreno, Charlie Reid

Canadian playwright Guillaume Corbeil has been awarded the Adrienne-Choquette Literary Award, the Michel Tremblay Award, the Best Original Text Award from the Quebec Association of Theater Critics [AQCT], and the Audience Award at the contemporary Primers Drama Festival in Saarbrücken, Germany.


September 26 - October 11

New Ohio Hosts
Point-Blank Theatre Co.


A palette of new short plays

A palette of new short-plays based on one theme: walls. Our ink is fresh, our artists accomplished, and our story-telling is not to be missed. From whimsical comedies, to heart-wrenching dramas, sci-fi, horror, & immersive adventure; watch our paint dry, and you'll likely be among the first to witness a masterpiece.

Featuring new work by Dylan James Amick, J. Stephen Brantley, Rachel Bublitz, Cary Gitter, William Hobbs, Donna Hoke, Logan Kovach, Stefani Kuo, Nathan Leigh, Joe McDonough, and more!

Friday, Oct. 11 - Special Event:
THE WAVE by Ron Jones, featuring Logan Kovach
An immersive social experiment.

Discipline, community, action, & pride must be experienced to be understood, so Mr. Jones leads his classroom (you & your peers) in activities on the aforementioned. Dare to find out if you sacrifice small individual freedoms for large collective goals?

Based on a true story, The Wave reflects a 1967 social experiment that spiraled out of control. Ron Jones & his students (participants in the actual 1967 event) have assisted in this show's development.

"Kovach is an engaging and agreeable storyteller who holds our interest throughout...“The Wave” makes for thought-provoking viewing."
-Cincy Enquirer

"Truly interesting... Deftly illustrates how individual freedoms can be abandoned for collective goals."
-Behind the Curtain


October 18 - 27


New Ohio Hosts


By Anna Jastrzembski
Directed by Jenna Hoffmann

The Happy Garden of Life is inspired by a Kurt Vonnegut short story about population control and follows the lives of various citizens caught up in a system of government-encouraged suicide. Through multiple storylines that converge in a hospital waiting room where a woman is about to give birth to triplets, The Happy Garden of Life considers how one person's worth can be qualified over another's.

Director Jenna Hoffmann is a NYU Directing graduate with a passion for physical theatre. Jenna has trained with Anne Bogart's SITI Company and worked with STREB, and her current focus is on creating experiences that go beyond the theater space and into the world. Playwright Anna Jastrzembski graduated with an MFA in Playwriting from Columbia University. As an artist she is interested in how feminist and queer theory, poetry, political activism, and performance intersect.



November 30 - December 22


New Ohio Hosts
Nylon Fusion Theatre Company

Two shows in rep

By Michaela Jeffrey
Directed by Ivette Dumeng and Lori Kee


By Steven Tenney
Directed by Janet Bentley

The Listening Room: At the heart of a forgotten society calling itself The Earie, young dissidents use radio telescopes to salvage fragments of earlier civilizations still ricocheting between stars. These 'Listeners' fight against growing pressure from the governing central Council, whose hold over the imaginations of the population of The Earie has all but buried the practice of 'Listening.' As the tone of their world tilts away from discourse and curiosity toward emotional rhetoric and fear-fueled isolationism, the last remaining Listeners strike out wildly against the new reality.

Ray Gun Sayonara: Buck Law helms a dark-ops sci-fi adventure. Mission: to extract Brad Mayhem from an alien world he has inadvertently turned into a never-ending Princess Prom. With original songs and score to accompany the existential crises.

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



December 27 - January 4

New Ohio's Theatre for Young Minds presents
The Second Annual

UP CLOSE Festival

Conceived by Peter Musante
Co-Produced with Sara Morgulis

An Immersive Theatre Festival About New York For New Yorkers Of All Ages

The 2nd Annual UP CLOSE Festival – an immersive theater event modeled after the community organizing principles of Jane Jacobs – returns for a program of three new participatory works that bring Greenwich Village history to life. The event transforms New Ohio's basement theater into an interactive archive of the neighborhood where audiences are free to navigate a 360° pre-show installation, and then engage in a series of 10-minute pieces by some of NYC’s most adventurous theatre artists. This year's program includes a life-size game of chess inspired by the '90s-era conflict between two local chess shops; a sonic laboratory with the sound scientists from an imagined experimental wing of the famed Bell Labs; and a historical dig into the soil of the urban sanctuary that is St. Luke’s in the Fields’ community garden. Recommended for ages 5 and up.

The artists include Spellbound Theatre Company, with Lauren Sharpe, Robert Thaxton-Stevenson, and Ben Weber; Marisa Blankier and Christopher-Rashee Stevenson with Perfect City members Jaime Maitin, Jahmorei Snipes and Tiffany Zorrilla and project advisers Modesto Flako Jimenez and Aaron Landsman; Adrienne Kapstein with Bhurin Sead, and an Archive Apprentice team led by Trusty Sidekick Theater Company members Brit Lenae Gossett and Esteban Rodriguez-Alverio. Ty Defoe is an advisor to the festival. Marisol Rosa-Shapiro is the festival host, Pizza Rat.

Peter Musante (Curator, Founding Artistic Producer) is an interdisciplinary artist and educator who makes unique performance-based experiences that transform space and create community. Peter has co-created Obie-award winning, large-scale immersive works and is a long-time collaborator of Blue Man Group and 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).

Sara Morgulis (Associate Artistic Producer) is an educator, playwright, and director devoted to creating inclusive theatre for young people. She is the Director of Education at New York City Children's Theater; she curates arts programming for disabled audiences as the Director of Programs at Actionplay; and she serves as an Accessibility and Disability Inclusion consultant for arts organizations nationwide.


January 10 - February 4

New Ohio Hosts
The Drama League


DirectorFest is the only festival in the United States exploring the art of contemporary stage directing. For its 36th year, the festival will include six fully-staged productions, a showcase concert of a new musical, a town hall, and conversations with leading directors in the field.

Taking place over five weeks in venues across Manhattan, highlights of the festival at the New Ohio include all-new stagings of Michael John LaChiusa's Hello Again and Harold Pinter's The Lover, and revivals of rarely-seen works by Tina Howe (Appearances) and Marcus Gardley (The Sporting Life of Icarus Jones).

Chosen last spring from over 400 applicants, the directors leading the festival’s new productions this year -- NJ Agwuna, Chika Ike, Rebecca Marzalek-Kelly, Lindsey Hope Pearlman, Ben Randle, Hannah Ryan, and Christian Bakalov -- recently completed their development programs as part of The Drama League Directors Project.

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.


February 6 - 9

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.

The 2020 NYITFF includes over 30 short films, music videos, and web series episodes, as well as industry panels, and a special closing night screening of A VERY SERIOUS PERSON (2006), the feature film directorial debut of Charles Busch (Psycho Beach Party, Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, Die Mommy Die!).


February 11-23

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 artists into the New Ohio for a couple of days to flex their muscles, share their current thinking, and test their next great idea.

This year we feature brand new ideas from Dennis Yueh-Yeh Li, Downtown Negro (Nia Farrell & Trevor Latez Hayes), and April Ranger

The stakes are low, but the bar is high!
For more info, click here



March 4 - 21

New Ohio Theatre Hosts
Other Shore

Created and directed by Anna Brenner, with the ensemble

Part murder mystery, part spiritual quest, The Karamazovs is a new play inspired by Dostoevsky's novel.

It’s a story that looks backward and forward, at all the ways we try to become whole and free even as we are inextricably linked to each other. Developed with the ensemble in a playful marriage of the experimental and the classical, through text, movement, music (and a total disregard for the arcane gender roles of the novel) the production asks the vital question of how to be a good person in today's world.



March 27 - April 11

New Ohio Theatre Hosts

By Sara Fellini

A grotesquely intimate circle of mourners gather within The Maiden Tower brothel to hold a wake for Dorcas Kelly, the beloved former madame executed for her crimes against humanity, while a riot rages without on the streets of Dublin, 1762. But as the night rages on and Dorcas' many well-kept secrets are revealed, thoughts of love for their departed benefactress turn to questions about their own love, lust, fear, and anger.

Fellini’s dark new comedy brings the audience front and center as the piece is staged in the round with minimal set pieces, and the audience embedded in the walls and furniture of the brothel-turned-funeral home. Sex, lies, murder, and the untold secrets of the dead are unearthed and exposed in this wild and gripping drama.

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.



April - June 2020

New Ohio Theatre presents

in collaboration with IRT Theater

World Premiere productions by Byzantine Choral Project and Radical Evolution

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 2019, Byzantine Choral Project and Radical Evolution are hard at work revising and reworking -- Don't miss their world premieres in Spring 2020!



July - August 2020

New Ohio Theatre Presents


The 27th 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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