Soho Think Tank

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Soho Think Tank nurtures, strengthens, and promotes an aesthetically and culturally diverse community of independent theatre artists and theatre companies by producing, presenting, and programming new work at the Ohio Theater, in Soho. STT was founded in 1994 by playwright/director Robert Lyons.


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Fat Boy  | Open: 03/04/06 Close: 03/26/06
Fatboy is a brutal comedy inspired by Alfred Jarry's Ubu Roi. This satire on modern America's insatiable appetites, from gobbling up 72 oz. steaks to small nations is presented as a live-action Punch and Judy show. In this fast-moving, shocking, profane, dead-on funhouse mirror reflection of the world today, the brutish allegory known as Fatboy stands trial for war crimes. Despite overwhelming evidence the court refuses to convict and succumbs to Fatboy's "persuasive" tactics.

Information: www.clancyproductions.com.

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Ice Factory '05  | Open: 07/06/05 Close: 08/13/05
Soho Think Tank's 12th annual Ice Factory Festival, their annual summer festival of new work.

SABOOGE THEATRE's Fathom is a a new play set at the far edges of the known world, a disenchanted shell collector and a sickly boy navigate science and survival in the bug-ridden fundamentalist colony of Tasmania. With minimal props, live music, and unflagging ingenuity, Fathom weaves its way through history and fantasy.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 6TH AT 7 PM
THURSDAY, JULY 7TH AT 8 PM
FRIDAY, JULY 8TH AT 8 PM
SATURDAY, JULY 9TH AT 7 PM


The Position written and directed by Kevin Doyle, choreographed by Nicole Colbert.
Six men wait to be interviewed for a job opening at a major corporation. Are they deranged, or is it the inverted logic of the American job market? A comic vision that strips away the veneer of reflexive gestures and coded corporate conversation in today's dog-eat-dog business culture.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 13TH AT 7 PM
THURSDAY, JULY 14TH AT 7 PM
FRIDAY, JULY 15TH AT 7 PM
SATURDAY, JULY 16TH AT 7 PM


FAVORED NATIONS THEATRE presents Psyche Written by Deborah Wallace, Directed by Leon Ingulrud.
James Barry was born in 1796. He was a surgeon and a soldier. He fought duels and treated lepers. He was tried for sodomy and acquitted. He was also a woman. An epic musical about war, medicine, sexuality and love, told through the life of a flamboyant and fascinating human being who chooses to love only in the dark.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 27TH AT 7 PM
THURSDAY, JULY 28TH AT 7 PM
FRIDAY, JULY 29TH AT 7 PM
SATURDAY, JULY 30TH AT 7 PM


THE FOUNDRY THEATRE presents Major Bang Featuring Steve Cuiffo Directed by Paul Lazar
David Hahn earns a merit badge building a homemade nuclear reactor in his backyard. A heady concoction about nuclear suitcases, The Anarchist Cookbook, and Zbignew Brezinski. Is this the end of geo-political war, or just an awe inspiring magic trick? Entertainment for the little terrorist in each of us.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 3RD AT 7 PM
THURSDAY, AUGUST 4TH AT 7 PM
FRIDAY, AUGUST 5TH AT 7 PM
SATURDAY, AUGUST 6TH AT 7 PM


WITNESS RELOCATION COMPANY's In a Hall in the Palace of Pyrrhus Directed by Daniel Safer
Designed by Ruth Pongstaphone.
The Palace is awash in Grand Guignol blood, guts and Bowie songs to create an expressionistic production of the classic Racine play Andromaque, itself an adaptation of the classic Greek play.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10TH AT 7 PM
THURSDAY, AUGUST 11TH AT 7 PM
FRIDAY, AUGUST 12TH AT 7 PM
SATURDAY, AUGUST 13TH AT 7 PM

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Ice Factory '06  | Open: 07/02/06 Close: 08/20/06
ICE FACTORY is Soho Think Tank's annual summer festival of new work. STT presents work by emerging and established downtown companies, as well as exceptional national and international groups.

July 5-8
CONCRETE TEMPLE THEATRE

The WanderLUSTers Present "ACHTUNG GRIMM!"

A gothic and operatic retelling of two Brothers Grimm tales by an out-of-work traveling, carnival troupe. From Snow White's Mirror Mirror singing how he determines "Who is the fairest of them all," to The Juniper Tree's Stepmother singing "What's in it for me?" before decapitating her Stepson, The WanderLUSTers give the Grimm tales a comic yet menacing twist.

Concrete Temple Theatre incorporates drama, dance, puppetry, and the visual arts to bring myth and ritual back to the center of the theatrical dialog, focusing on the individual's struggle for identity and society's struggle for cohesion. They tour and present workshops in New York City, nationally, and internationally.

July 12-15
PEOPLE CAN RUN (England)

Aruba
in collaboration w/script by Rob Evans

A travel agent going nowhere, an under performing personal trainer, and an ad-man who believes the hype. A darkly comic tour through the lives of three desperate young urbanites as their carefully constructed worlds begin to unravel. Sharp writing, black humor and physical absurdity in a high-octane theatrical universe.

People Can Run pitch their artistic tent in an empty field somewhere between Théâtre de Complicité and The Office.Aruba comes to the NYC following a sold-out, critically acclaimed run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. "A young company of tremendous promise." The Scotsman.

July 19-22
THE TEAM

Particularly in the Heartland
Created by Rachel Chavkin w/the company

Six highly specific, flawed, hysterical and divine humans in a basement pageant of insomnia, cooking lessons and birthday parties. Perceptions shaped by geography and geometry, travel and maps, soil and rock. Drawn from Mid-west mythologies ranging from The Wizard of Oz to intelligent design to the liberal obsession with Bobby Kennedy's assassination. Gently absurdist kitchen sink realism with dreamy magical sequences!

The Theatre of the Emerging American Moment is a New York based collaborative company. In August 2005. Give Up! Start Over! (In the darkest of times I look to Richard Nixon for hope) was the winner of the 2005 Fringe First Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and received four and five-star reviews from every major press.

July 26-29
SOHO THINK TANK

The Flight Of Icarus
by playwright Aaron Mack Schloff adapted from the novel by Raymond Queneau and director Samuel Buggeln (longtime STT Artistic Associate)

Icarus flees from the novel of his author Hubert, who hires a detective to find him. But Icarus has already met LN, a prostitute who herself escaped from a crossword puzzle. Together, they are building a life in a 1890's Paris, full of New Things: the automobile, sado-masochism, aviation, the color mauve... all great temptations for one who wants to be Modern.

THE FLIGHT OF ICARUS was presented at University of Texas at Austin, as the closing event of the "Colloqueneau," the first-ever conference solely devoted to Queneau in the United States. It has been subsequently workshopped and presented as part of Soho Think Tank's 6th Floor Series.

Aug 2 - Aug 5
RIPE TIME

Betrothed
Rachel Dickstein, Artistic Director

A dance-infused, visually rich adaptation of three stories exploring the dreams, expectations and losses surrounding women's relationship to marriage and independence. Crossing time and cultures, to investigate Eastern and Western rituals that infuse individual identity with meaning and power. A unique and cutting-edge new perspective on the most controversial ceremony of our times.

Ripe Time develops and presents new performance works that explore the meeting ground between dance and theatre through an amalgam of rich language, visual invention and physical rigor. Rachel Dickstein will adapt and direct the production. Obie-winning designer Tyler Micoleau will design lights. With an original score by renowned composer Vijay Iyer.

August 9-12
BIG TIME ACTION THEATER

Jaded Assassin
written by Michael Voyer, conceived and directed by Timothy Haskell, fight choreography by Rod Kinter

In a mythical world, in brutal times, a curse has plagued the land ever since the chosen ones ired the gods. It is up to one non-pureblood to end the curse and end the misery that has wrought her land. Even if that means killing everyone in her path to do it. The Jaded Assassin is the world's first original action play, with over 70 minutes of fight/ action choreography. This high-powered, adrenaline rush of a play kicks ass. Literally.
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Ice Factory 2010  | Open: 07/07/10 Close: 08/14/10
Artistic Director Robert Lyons proudly presents the 17th annual Ice Factory summer festival of new work. Ice Factory 2010 opens July 7th, presenting six New York premieres in six weeks, and wraps up August 14th. Performances take place Wednesdays - Saturdays at 7pm at The Ohio Theatre, located at 66 Wooster Street between Spring & Broome Streets in Soho, NY. For more information visit www.SohoThinkTank.org

The Ohio Theatre, a pillar of New York’s downtown theatre scene for 29 years, was one of Soho’s pioneering performance spaces and is now one of the last remaining. On May 17th of this year, The Obie Awards honored The Ohio Theatre with a special citation, acknowledging its outstanding contribution to the New York theatre scene. As reported, The Ohio Theatre’s historic 29 year era will come to an end on August 31, 2010, when it closes its doors for good. The festival’s final play, Nostradomus Predicts The Death Of Soho, written and directed by Robert Lyons, will be the last ever production at the venerable downtown venue.

On August 14, The Ohio Theatre will host the “Last Chance Dance,” the final blowout dance party at the current space. The party will immediately follow the last performance of Nostradomus Predicts The Death Of Soho, running from 9pm until you drop! Featuring an open bar and the legendary DJ Silky. Tickets are $100 for the final performance and post-show party. This is a special benefit for Ohio Interrupted, next season’s post-Wooster Street continuation of Ohio Theatre programming.


July 7 - 10

Staying Afloat - Written and directed by Lenora Champagne. 

Sometime in the near future, two women and a polar bear find themselves trapped on a melting ice floe and strive to co-exist in a world of shrinking options. With birth, death, songs and movement. Developed with early support from Voice & Vision, New Georges and Dixon Place. 

Champagne is a two-time NYFA fellow, a three-time NEA fellow, a Richard Rodgers Award recipient and a New Dramatist alumni. Her plays and performance works have been produced and presented in New York City, around the U.S., and in Europe and Australia. 

July 14 - 17

Wanderlust: A History Of Walking - Adapted and directed by Matthew Earnest, from the book by Rebecca Solnit. 

The knee joint of Lucy, a three million year-old hominid, sparks this dance-theater investigation into the most obvious and the most obscure thing in the world, a subject that wanders readily into religion, philosophy, landscape, urban policy, anatomy, allegory and heartbreak. Developed with an NEA Artistic Excellence grant, Wanderlust premiered in May 2010 at the Cleveland Public Theatre. 

Matthew Earnest’s work has been seen across the US, Europe and in Africa. He was the founding Artistic Director of Deep Ellum Ensemble and is currently an associate artist at Germany’s English Theater Berlin. 

July 21 - 24

Hater - Freely adapted and directed by Samuel Buggeln, from Moliere’s The Misanthrope. Featuring Merritt Weaver (Showtime’s Nurse Jackie), Noah Weisberg (Broadway’s Enron, Legally Blonde and South Pacific), Maria Christina Oliveras (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson), Zoe Winters (The Importance of Being Earnest at Paper Mill Playhouse) and Colby Chambers (Dog Eats God). Produced by Bug Company. 

Lust. Betrayal. Air kisses. What happens when the Hater hates himself for loving? A speed-punk score with kick-ass dance. A mise en scene for the glamorously debauched. An amphetamine fueled, post-post simulacra of the French classic. A comedy of manners for the very rude. 

Samuel Buggeln creates work downtown and in regional theatre. Downtown works include the Drama-Desk nominated Cressida Among the Greeks (Ohio Theatre), the multi-award-winning Bedbugs!!! (NYMF) and Best of Fest Go-Go Kitty, Go! (FringeNYC). Regional work includes Portland Stage, Capital Rep, Mason Street Warehouse (MI) and Ithaca’s Kitchen Theatre. 

July 28 - 31

Nurses In New England - Produced by Half Straddle, written and directed by Tina Satter, with music by Chris Giarmo. 

Female head of surgery Dr. Shepherd has a broken down pick-up, a booze cruise fling that just re-surfaced and a nursing staff with attitude. Featuring soul-searing songs, cryptic medical-speak and the occasional Coors Light. Hearts are buried deep here. A hospital show re-configured as a live musical dramedy Half Straddle-style. 

Committed to a celebration of the feminine voice, the queer voice and the joy of performing, Half Straddle have shown short pieces and works-in-progress at Dixon Place and Little Theatre, and staged two full-length shows: The Knockout Blow (HERE Arts Center) and Family (Ontological-Hysteric), which was named one of the “Top 10 Shows of 2009” by TimeOut NY. 

August 4 - 7

Mission Drift - Produced by the TEAM, directed by Rachel Chavkin, created by the ensemble, with music by Heather Christian. 

A pioneering journey west and east across the USA in search of an unbiased portrait of American Capitalism, told through cowboy ballet, piano yowls and people with bank accounts. The western frontier: from Roy Rodgers to Siegfried & Roy. Created in the blazing fever of a Las Vegas June, with early development support from Almeida Theatre (London). 

The TEAM is a collaborative ensemble creating work that dissects and celebrates the experience of living in America today. Three-time winners of the Edinburgh Fringe First Award, a TimeOut NY Top-Ten pick in 2007 and Portugal's Publico Top-Ten pick in 2009. The TEAM has performed at the Public Theater, Walker Art Center and Barbican Centre. mission DRIFT will premiere at PS122 next season. 

August 11 - 14

Nostradomus Predicts The Death Of Soho - Produced by Soho Think Tank, written and directed by Robert Lyons. 

A burning taxicab. A blind troubadour. A new roommate. Is this just the end of the world? Or the beginning of something much worse? A minor lapse of courage triggers a breakdown of epic proportions as a young woman struggles with the realities (and unrealities) of New York City. With songs. 

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