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.
15th Annual Festival Of New Plays | Open: 06/02/10 Close: 06/26/10
Clubbed Thumb has 4 alum with a Tony nomination this year, including Sarah Ruhl (who made her NY professional premiere with Clubbed Thumb) and Maria Dizzia (who will appear in Summerworks 2010), and Alexander Dodge and David Zinn. The staggering list of award-winning playwrights whose NYC (and in some cases, professional) premieres that were part of Clubbed Thumb’s Summerworks include Sarah Ruhl, Rachel Sheinkin, Rinne Groff, Jordan Harrison and Gina Gionfriddo. In addition, they’ve worked extensively with and premiered work by Adam Bock and Sheila Callaghan.
The festival’s 2 other shows include Dot, written by Kate E. Ryan and directed by Obie Award-winner Anne Kauffman, and Five Genocides, written by Samuel D. Hunter and directed by Davis McCallum. The festival’s shows are not open for review.
Dot (June 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12)
In which old Dot and the weird kid from the neighborhood become friends. Set in that kind of Florida town that makes you wonder: Is this TV, a book, or maybe even a cabaret?
Written by Kate E. Ryan (member of 13P) and directed by Obie Award-winner Anne Kauffman (The Thugs at Soho Rep, This Wide Night with Naked Angels) with original music by Mike Iveson (The Sound and the Fury and Gatz with ERS, Richard Maxwell’s Ode to the Man Who Kneels, and Sibyl Kempson’s Crime or Emergency). Featuring David Brooks, Kate Hopkins, Birgit Huppuch, Ed Jewett, Lynne McCollough and Mary Shultz. The design team consists of Jason Simms (Set), Garin Marschall (Lights), Olivera Gajic (Costumes) and Jessica Paz (Sound).
Five Genocides (June 13, 14, 15, 17, 18, 19)
In which Katie is determined to finish writing that book – even if she didn’t start it. Lucky there’s a new co-worker at the Fashion Bug to help since her in-laws are deluded, drunk and dog-obsessed.
Written by Samuel D. Hunter (I Am Montana at London’s Arcola Theatre) and directed by Davis McCallum (Queens Boulevard at Signature Theater, Elliot: A Soldier’s Fugue with P73--2007 Pulitzer Prize Finalist). Featuring Charlotte Booker, Crystal Finn, Carmen M. Herlihy, Edward James Hyland and Barret O'Brien. The design team consists of Dane Laffrey (Set), Russell H. Champa (Lights), Jessica Trejos (Costumes) and Jill Du Boff (Sound).
The Small (June 20, 21, 22, 24, 25, 26)
In which a man struggles to assemble a reality from his dreams, the dog very much wants to be taken for a walk and the Natural Food store isn’t.
Written by Anne Washburn (The Internationalist at The Vineyard Theatre, Apparition) and directed by Obie Award-winner Les Waters (In the Next Room (or the vibrator play) on Broadway, Big Love) with original music by Dave Malloy (Space//Space and Beowulf with Banana Bag & Bodice, 2009-11 NEA/TCG Career Development Program for Designers). Featuring Gideon Banner, Maria Dizzia, Matthew Maher, Dave Malloy and Susie Pourfar. The design team consists of Louisa Thompson (Set), Jane Cox (Lights), Kirche Leigh Zeile (Costumes) and Bray Poor (Sound).
Like Surrender, the company’s first interactive theatrical drama, which dealt with the Iraq War and veterans’ issues, Reconstruction will be an audience-immersive and issue-oriented drama focusing on both the current foreclosure crisis and the burgeoning “Green Building” movement that addresses our worldwide energy/environment problem. As the audiences of Surrender were taught combat techniques and deployed into a war simulation, in Reconstruction the audience will be trained in carpentry, construction, green technology and sustainable building techniques, and work alongside the cast of green building professionals and actors as they construct an actual building during the performance. Built in a modular fashion over the course of the performance run, the completed building will ultimately be handed over to the community that built it.
Reconstruction is Josh Fox and the company’s first production since winning the 2010 Sundance Special Jury Prize for Gasland, the company’s second feature film. The film also won jury prizes at the Sarasota International Film Fest, the Yale Environmental Film Fest and the Big Sky Film Fest. Gasland premieres June 21st on HBO.
Josh Fox and International WOW, renowned for audience immersion -- in which spectators become a part of the show, reading lines and moving through the space -- and their physical, explosively visual, epic style, create a theatrical spectacle like never before. With an international cast from the United States, Canada, Scotland, Japan, Australia, Spain and the Philippines, Reconstruction promises to be a moving international exploration of gripping immediacy. Reconstruction was developed at the 2009 Ice Factory Festival, presented by Soho Think Tank.
Described by The New York Times as “one of the most adventurous impresarios of the New York avant-garde,” Josh Fox directs an ensemble of long-time WOW Company members, led by Lee Gundersheimer, Tommy McGinn, Deborah Wallace, Herbie Go, Evan True, Sara Gozalo, Melissa Chambers, Robert Saietta and 15 additional performer/dancers.
Directed by Jean Wagner, the cast of I HAVE BEEN TO HIROSHIMA MON AMOUR includes Joel de la Fuente, best known for his portrayal of Ruben Morales on the hit series "Law & Order: SVU," and whose theater credits include Ms. Miyagawa's AMERICA DREAMING at The Vineyard, NAATCO's COWBOY V. SAMURAI, and Ma-Yi Theater Company's THE SQUARE.
Joining Mr. de la Fuente are Obie Award-winner Juliana Francis-Kelly (Richard Foreman's MARIA DEL BOSCO) and Sue Jean Kim (THE DRUNKEN CITY).
I HAVE BEEN TO HIROSHIMA MON AMOUR features set design by Glenn Reed; lighting design by Rick Martin; production design by Hap Tivey; costume design by Liz Prince; choreography by Hillary Spector; and original music by Du Yun.
by Ann Marie Healy
directed by Brooke O'Harra
In which that damn war just keeps going on and on, and three scrappy gals sit and wait and wonder: When will he call?
by Sally Oswald
directed by Alexis Poledouris
In which Vendetta, a late bloomer at a Victorian girls' school, must save her friends and her family from a legacy of trouble — and it's all in the dance moves.
by Sigrid Gilmer
directed by Robert O'Hara
In which Robert and Nora, a couple on the rise, get a big promotion, a bigger house, and a brand new slave.
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.
PEOPLE CAN RUN (England)
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.
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.
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
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.
BIG TIME ACTION THEATER
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.
I Have Loved Strangers
by Anne Washburn, directed by Johanna McKeon
Inspired by the Book of Jeremiah, and the exploits of the Weather Underground, I Have Loved Strangers is a play about true prophets, false prophets, non prophets, cockatrices, and lions all battling for the salvation of Ancient New York.
June 4th, 5th, 6th, 8th, 9th, 10th at 8 PM.
Alice the Magnet
by Erin Courtney, directed by Pam MacKinnon
In Alice the Magnet, an influential self-improvement guru suddenly finds herself lost. Will a wayward student and his even more wayward teacher be the solution, or part of the problem? Their lives become intertwined in this story about power, charisma, fear, and mentors gone awry.
June 11th, 12th, 13th, 15th, 16th, 17th at 8 PM
by Rachel Hoeffel, directed by Kip Fagan
Hapless legal secretary Arlene Quail must deal with her boss's incessant smoking, alluring and seductive clients, and her own search for purpose, all while trying to maintain the collapsing two-man firm. If only she could get the window open.
June 18th, 19th, 20th, 22nd, 23rd, 24th at 8 PM
Take 5: a half-decade check-in
To open the Summerworks 2006 festival, Clubbed Thumb has invited a group of exciting playwrights to write funny strange, and provocative 5-minute playlets mined from the tumult of the last 5 years.
Wednesday, May 31st at 8PM FREE
Each episode will be a self-contained theater piece that can be appreciated by itself but each will also end in a "cliff-hanger". The four writers are working in the tradition of Dickens' serial novels, or television serials, but wish to combine the seductiveness of the form with the vividness, immediacy, and theatricality of live theater.
PART I- THE HOUSE OF THE HOUSE
Episode 1. House Out of Sync
Episode 2. Shadow Passports
Episode 3. Inside Outsource
Episode 4. Amber Bead
PART II –THE HOUSE OF THE MIND
Episode 5. Crawl Space
Episode 6. Insomnia on the Moor
Episode 7. Sticky Fingers
Episode 8. Bone Room
Episodes 1&2 can be seen on 5/6 at 8PM, 5/9 at 8PM, 5/11 at 8PM, 5/13 at 5:30PM, 5/14 at 5:30, 5/17 at 8PM, 5/21 at 5:30PM and 5/27 at 5:30PM.
Episodes 3&4 can be seen on 5/7 at 5:30PM, 5/10 at 8PM, 5/12 at 8PM, 5/13 at 8:30PM, 5/16 at 8PM, 5/21 at 8:30PM, 5/27 at 8:30PM.
Episodes 5&6 can be seen on 5/18 at 8PM, 5/20 at 5:30PM, 5/23 at 8PM, 5/25 at 8PM, 5/26 at 7PM, 5/28 at 5:30PM
Episodes 7&8 can be seen on 5/19 at 8PM, 5/20 at 8:30PM, 5/24 at 8PM, 5/26 at 10PM, 5/28 at 8:30PM.
Adapted and Directed By Victor Maog
The Tempest is Shakespeare's magical and mysterious final play. It tells the story of a banished Prospero who controls his island-prison, its visitors, and its inhabitants by mixing reality and illusion to create a world in which nothing is as it seems. Victor Maog's new ninety
minute adaptation, in which three actors play all of Shakespeare's roles, concentrates on the play's themes of imprisonment, longing, and love.
RUNNING IN REPERTORY WITH:
the world premiere of
By Larry Loebell
Directed by Eric Parness
LA TEMPESTAD - a contemporary romantic fantasy sets Prospero on the tropical island of
Vieques, Puerto Rico in self-imposed exile where he practices the antiquarian arts. After a stormy crossing, three couples - including Prospero's daughter Miranda and her fiancé Ferdinand - are swept up in the island's history of passion, politics and magic. As U.S. military
pilots practice for the invasion of Iraq in the unpredictable skies overhead, each couple ponders the prospects of marriage and tests the limits of their love. La Tempestad is performed in English.
It's just the reminder, all adults need, that the treacherous environment of high school was only the opening salvo for the rest of one's life.
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
This year's three mainstage productions are:
100 Aspects of the Moon
By Ethan Lipton, directed by Emma Griffin
Inspired by the work of 19th-century woodblock-printmaker Yoshitoshi, One Hundred Aspects of the Moon is a very sad comedy about the regularly scheduled failings of humanity. Deep-seeded resentment, lousy communication and misplaced love and violence ensue.
Running May 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14 at 8 PM
By Honour Kane with Diana Kane, directed by Wier Harman
A Gothic noir about Ann Lohman who, upon her death in 1978, was a paradigm of capitalism, worth millions...but she had secrets. This fair doctor owned a black book filled with incriminating evidence about all the women she serviced over the years, striking fear in both rich and poor if this information ever got out!
Running May 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21 at 8 PM
Dearest Eugenia Haggis
by Ann Marie Healy directed by Melissa Kievman (
A heartbreaking and extremely funny tale of three misfits scrambling for the scraps of love in the frozen outskirts.
Running May 22, 23, 24 and 26, 27, and 28 at 8 PM.
This year the FREE reading series will be combined with the New Play Boot Camp, a weeklong workshop where Clubbed Thumb provides a playwright developing a play with a director and actors and they all develop the play together. The first Boot Camp reading will be of Everything You Have by Anna Zeigler on May 11th at 8pm. The second will be Iggy Woo by Alice Tuan on May 25th at 8pm.