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JUNE IS THE FIRST FALL  | Open: 03/31/19 Close: 04/20/19
What compels people to cross mountains and seas to another country, another continent, and another culture to find their true selves? What are the journeys we take to find home and belonging? In JUNE IS THE FIRST FALL, Don, a gay Chinese man, returns home to Hawaii to rediscover missing memories of himself and his family that he moved away from. His week-long stay opens wounds with his father and sister that never healed, aggravating Don’s struggle to find love and belonging in his life. JUNE IS THE FIRST FALL – the second-prize winner at the 2017 Paula Vogel Playwriting Award, bestowed by the Kennedy Center – looks at sexuality, family, and immigration through a contemporary Chinese lens, yet its themes cross multiple cultural boundaries.

 

The diverse creative team behind JUNE IS THE FIRST FALL is lead by director Michael Leibenluft (I’ll Never Love Again (a chamber piece) by Clare Barron, The Bushwick Starr – 2016 OBIE Award for Direction; NYT and Time Out Critics’ Picks) and features dramaturg Gaven D. Trinidad, set designer Jean Kim, costume designer An-Lin Dauber, lighting designer Cha See, and sound designer Michael Costagliola. Casting by Wayne Chang. The performers are Alton Alburo*, Chun Cho, Stefani Kuo, Fenton Li*, and Karsten Otto.

 

*Equity Member appearing with the permission of Actors’ Equity Association without the benefit of an Equity contract in this Off-Off-Broadway production.

 


About the Company: Yangtze Repertory Theatre

Yangtze Repertory Theatre of America was founded in 1992 to produce works for and by Asian artists. Since then, it has become New York's most significant entry point for dramatic works from Chinese-speaking countries and a place of collaboration for artists from various parts of Asia.

Blessed Unrest presents The Snow Queen  | Open: 12/30/17 Close: 01/07/18
Following the 2016 hit production of A Christmas Carol, the award-winning company Blessed Unrest returns to the New Ohio this holiday season with a contemporary riff on Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen, tailored for the entire 21st century family (ideal for children 7 and up). This story of a fearless young woman on a quest to save her friend from a frozen world devoid of feelings features the troupe’s signature physicality, magical transformations, extravagant costumes, and modern humor. Written by Matt Opatrny, directed by Jessica Burr, and developed by Blessed Unrest in a year-long New Victory LabWorks residency, The Snow Queen presents the title character as a metaphor for the cool allure of modern technology.

The production stars longtime company collaborators Rich Brown, Tatyana Kot, Celli Pitt, and Joshua Wynter, as well as Nancy McArthur and Todd Grace who mark their stage debut with Blessed Unrest. The production features costume design by Sydney Maresca (Hand to God on Broadway); sound design by Beth Lake (The Great Comet of 1812 and The Play That Goes Wrong on Broadway); scenic design by Sam Vawter; and lighting design by Jay Ryan.

Decolonzing My Vagina  | Open: 08/04/17 Close: 08/04/17
Decolonizing My Vagina is an evening of ritual, ridiculous storytelling and magic inspired by the many encounters experienced by Cristina Pitter and features the music of Experimental Avante Garde Soul Singer, Starr Busby. The production is directed by Jordana De La Cruz.

Fridays on Ice at New Ohio Theatre presents The Ashe Collective's Decolonizing My Vagina on Friday, August 4, 2017 at 10pm at the New Ohio Theatre, 154 Christopher St., #1E, NYC 10014. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe/10181052.

The Ashe Collective is a multidisciplinary art collective that strives to hold a creative space to research identity, foster healing, and community outreach rooted in the diasporas and storytelling. It’s inaugural benefit held on July 22, 2017 raised funds to support the production of Decolonizing My Vagina and give back to the Taino community with Maisiti Yukayeke Taino. To donate or volunteer email theashecollective@gmail.com.

 

Cristina Pitter is a queer fat babe multidisciplinary artist and sex educator. She also has the best laugh ever. Seriously. You might have seen her work at Ars Nova, Joe’s Pub, The PIT, The Tank, The Flea Theater, JACK, Dixon Place, or three separate but specific bathtubs. Feel free to follow her antics on Twitter @isisgypsy and Instagram @lavidagypsy.
 

Starr Busby is an international performing, recording, and teaching artist. She began her career at The Grammy Award-Winning High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston, TX and then went on to earn a bachelor of music and certificate in music theatre from Northwestern University. Recent credits include: Moby Dick (workshop, Berkeley Repertory Theatre) Esperanza Spalding's Emily's D+Evolution; Mikrokosmos (Steirischer Herbst, Graz); The Girl with the Incredible Feeling (Spoleto Festival di Mondi); The Offending Gesture (The Tank, Flint and Tender Series); La Mama Cantata (La Mama E.T.C., international tour) as well as various concerts and solo shows. She often performs with experimental soul band People's Champs. Recently she released the song and video "Ms Bland," a tribute to Sandra Bland and all other lives lost to police brutality. Her music is available via Soundcloud and Bandcamp. "Starr Busby has this beautiful voice which brings a distinctive new vocal quality to the sort of layering techniques made popular by tUnE-yArDs and Kimbra." – Soundfly. https://starrmuzik.bandcamp.com/

https://soundcloud.com/starr-busby.

 

Jordana De La Cruz is a Brooklyn-based director and producer. She creates events, performances, and public programs that spark cross-cultural dialogue and challenge the traditional notions of identity. She has had the privilege of working with The Flea Theater, IATI Theater, INTAR Theatre, Labyrinth Theater Company, The Story Pirates, Young Jean Lee’s Theater Company, and the Drilling Company Theatre. Jordana can currently be found curating public programs at the Park Avenue Armory, a cultural arts institution dedicated to producing unconventional work.

 

Fridays on Ice is Ice Factory's late night performance salon. Featuring artists creating work not usually seen in downtown theatre spaces, but more typically found in nightclubs, bars, and private apartments, each evening is individually hosted by an impresario of this alternative storytelling community, and features cutting-edge micro-works by some of NYC’s cagiest short-form theater-makers.

 

New Ohio Theatre is a two-time OBIE Award-winning performance venue that serves the vast independent theatre community of New York and the adventurous audiences who love them. As a small, downtown, artist-run organization with a twenty-plus year history as a beacon for bold and inventive work, we know the challenges and rewards of producing and presenting alternative, groundbreaking theatre. In any given year, there are over 500 independent theatre companies working for opportunities to develop and present new work. We believe the best of this community operates at the core of the contemporary theatre conversation (about both content and form) and acts collectively to expand the boundaries of the public imagination. With our move to Christopher Street, we aim to establish a professional, high-profile platform for the independent theatre community, reestablishing the West Village as a destination for mature, ridiculous, engaged, irreverent, gut-wrenching, frivolous, sophisticated, foolish, and profound theatrical endeavors. The New Ohio was founded as Soho Think Tank, Inc., in 1994 by playwright/director Robert Lyons. www.newohiotheatre.org



 

Missed Connections: A Craigslist Musical  | Open: 09/10/16 Close: 09/25/16
Missed Connections: A Craigslist Musical is based on real Craigslist Ads – “Your Personal Ads Set To Music” written by canadian Humorist Bill Richardson, indie folk Artist Veda Hille and award wining director/playwright Amiel Gladstone. The show features a cast of six; three men and three women.  

Performances schedule:

Tuesday - Saturday at 8pm; Saturday at 2pm & Sunday at 3pm

NOTE: September 23, Performances are 7:00pm and 10:00pm

Running time is 75 minutes no intermission

 

New Ohio Theatre is located at 154 Christopher Street, NYC.

Tickets are $45 and can be purchased by visiting
www.MissedConnectionsMusical.com or by calling (866) 811-4111

KISS IT, MAKE IT BETTER  | Open: 05/28/16 Close: 06/18/16
In a small town in the rural Midwest, two childhood friends sneak away to play pretend in a nearby deserted fairground. Life back in town finds them crippled by trauma and shackled by cycles of silence and shame, forcing them to run away. Suddenly they are left to fend for each other amidst the crumbling fairgrounds, and their crumbling innocence, as they learn to maneuver through puberty and triggering what feels like love. 


About the Company: Theatre 4the People

THEATRE 4THE PEOPLE creates economically accessible theatrical performances with courageous artists implementing a “pay-what-you-can” ticket policy, making honest, original theatre productions available to all who wish to experience art that strives to investigate and wresting with human conflicts in an authentic manner. 

Coney  | Open: 10/27/12 Close: 11/17/12
If you've ever experienced a David Johnston play, odds are it still sits vividly in your memory to this day: The hilarity and tenderness in BUSTED JESUS COMIX, the scathing political satire of A BUSH CAROL, the epic storytelling in his re-imagining of Aeschylus' THE ORESTEIA. You remember the sly and sophisticated psychological maneuverings inCONVERSATIONS ON RUSSIAN LITERATURE, the giddy fun of EFFIE JEAN IN TAHITI, and PLAY RUSSIA's zany parody. You cheered MOTHRA IS WAITING, his lovesong to the struggles of the human spirit, told through the lens of showbiz, and thrilled to the strip-club raunch and lyric sweetness that met and ignited, improbably, in YES YES YES. 

David's plays are the stuff of fandom, and time and again he delivers — theater that sticks, long after the house lights are back up.  And in all of the works above, and more, Blue Coyote Theater Group has been a proud producer and collaborator. So it is thrilling to announce that David's newest play, CONEY, will have its world premiere in November of 2012, at the New Ohio Theater, produced by Blue Coyote!

CONEY is a work of fierce affection, spun by one of Coney Island's most passionate aficionados. Evocative, informed, panoramic, sidesplitting and heartbreaking, CONEY is unforgettable.


Groundworks New Play Series  | Open: 04/10/12 Close: 04/15/12
terraNOVA Collectivekicks off the first annual GROUNDWORKS New Play Series at The New Ohio Theatre featuring the new plays generated by the 2012 Groundbreakers Playwrights Group and terraNOVA’s other new play development projects. GROUNDWORKS is terraNOVA’s new initiative to not only showcase its new play development projects but to expose the work to artistic leaders and other industry professionals in hopes of finding world premiere productions for the plays. 

Plays will include new works by Robert Askins (Hand to God at Ensemble Studio Theatre), J. Julian Christopher (Man Boobs with The Public’s Emerging Writers Group), Krista Knight (Salamander Leviathan at Joe’s Pub), Andrea Lepcio (finalist for the NEA Outstanding New American Play Award for Looking for the Pony), Jennifer Lane (Harlowe at 3LD), Matthew Paul Olmos (selected by Sam Shepard as the inaugural recipient of La MaMa ETC’s Ellen Stewart Emerging Playwright Award), Crystal Skillman (2010 New York Innovative Theatre Award forThe Vigil or The Guided Cradle), and Ken Urban (The Happy Sad, SPF at The Public). Directors will includeJosé Zayas(James Carter’sFeeder: A Love Story; Larry Kunofsky’s The Myths We Need), May Adrales (Ching Chong Chinaman with Pan Asian Rep; The Bereaved with Partial Comfort Productions) Jo Cattell (BBC, Origin Theatre Company, Net Curtain Theatre Company), Kimberly Faith Hickman (Dispatches with Epic Theatre Ensemble), John Hurley (Crystal Skillman’s The Vigil or The Guided Cradle; The Lucretia Jones Mysteries with Gideon Productions), Stephen Brackett (You Will Experience Silence at Dixon Place), and Jessi D. Hill (Jeff Grow’s Creating Illusion; Johnna Adams’ Angel Eaters).

Tuesday, April 10 @ 7pm

Pig Shit & The Frozen Cityby Robert Askins

Directed by José Zayas

Pig Shit is a good boy at the end of the world. He works in the Hog Farm, dreams of the frozen city and fears the vast burning waste in between. That is until the ghost of Gunslinger rises from a pile of shit and starts an adventure that will change their world forever. 

 

Wednesday, April 11 @ 7pm

Animals Commit Suicideby J. Julian Christopher

Directed by José Zayas

Chance Stevens has a high-end job, classic good looks, and the attention of anyone he wants in the NYC gay scene. Yet something is missing in his life that he cannot live without. He embarks on a dangerous journey of self-discovery only to find the very best and the very worst of a new community of which he so desperately wants to be a part.

 

Thursday, April 12 @ 7pm

Death of the Slow Dying Scuba Diverby Matthew Paul Olmos

Directed by May Adrales

What if a scuba diver hung murdered in the center of the ocean? What if an Asexual Shrimp started to turn sexual?  And what if the portal to this troubling ocean-world was beginning to widen through the ordinary toilet of an unsuspecting suburban couple. As the two worlds collide, the distance between science and human nature begins to collapse.

 

Friday, April 13 @ 7pm

Me You Us Themby Andrea Lepcio

Directed by Jo Cattell

Two B-Boys find each other in a vacant lot anywhere in the world, while a woman sits alone at her desk searching for answers on the Internet. Another kid arrives on the scene and an explosive connection is made between the boys and the woman’s Avatar. Bound by a search for the Center of Things, the four new friends invent the ultimate battle plan.

 

Saturday, April 14 @ 2pm

The Seer and the Witchby Jennifer Lane

Directed by Kimberly Faith Hickman

The past and present collide in the forms of Eleanor and Emily, two women who haunt the same room at the Elgin Institute of Mental Health. Though they live a century apart, finding each other may be their only hope of a life outside hospital walls.

 

Saturday, April 14 @ 7pm

4Edgesby Crystal Skillman

Directed by John Hurley

An outsider stumbles into a foreign land in search of the perfect photograph, but ambition draws her dangerously deep into the lives of a woodcutter and his family when she participates in a ritual that exposes her own desires. 

 

Sunday, April 15 @ 2pm

The Absence of Weatherby Ken Urban

Directed by Stephen Brackett

May 1949. James Forrestal, President Truman's Secretary of Defense, attempts suicide and his wife commits him to the Bethesda Naval Hospital. The architect of the Cold War thinks the Russians have not only infiltrated the U.S. government, but are hiding in the bushes outside his home. If a man makes decisions he's not proud of, even if it's for the larger good, is that man still right? 

 

Sunday, April 15 @ 7pm

Unhinged: A Silent Operaby Krista Knight

Directed by Jessi D. Hill

House painter, Glen, is transfixed on the only house that he never finished. When its childhood inhabitants return to sell the home we discover a deeply buried secret that binds him to the family.  And why hasn’t he ever been invited inside?


About the Company: Terranova Collective

TERRANOVA COLLECTIVE is a vibrant playground for artists devoted to innovative new and original theatrical works. Its multi-layered development process, solo arts festivals, and productions serve to nurture and liberate New York City.

The Deepest Play Ever: The Catharsis Of Pathos  | Open: 03/09/12 Close: 03/25/12
Award-winning ensemble CollaborationTown (The Play About My Dad, The Momentum, 6969) invites you to the World Premiere of THE DEEPEST PLAY EVER: THE CATHARSIS OF PATHOS by Geoffrey Decas O’Donnell with music by Michael Wells. An acclaimed 2006 production of this Brecht satire won an Outstanding Playwrighting Award at FringeNYC.

Before Mother Courage there was Mother LaMadre. In THE DEEPEST PLAY EVER, an unrivaled masterpiece of modern dramatic writing, our antiheroine Mother LaMadre and her rag-tag crew drag their wagon through the Fifth World War and the post-post-apocalyptic wasteland that is New Europe. Together they must navigate all the pitfalls (and rewards) of the dramatic art of drama to find the few remaining books the art-abolishing Evil Empire have yet to destroy and maybe find a way to replace violence with art. If the zombies don't eat them first, that is.

Directed by Lee Sunday Evans and Jordan Seavey, the production stars Jordan Barbour, Carly Cioffi, Nick Choksi, John Halbach, Boo Killebrew, Geoffrey Decas O’Donnell, Chinasa Ogbuagu, Phillip Taratula, Emily Walton and TJ Witham with set and props by Deb O, costumes by Nikki Moody, lighting by Nick Houfek, sound by Brandon Wolcott and Daniel Kluger, music direction by Michael Wells, associate music direction by Nicholas Williams, and stage management by Kaitlin Nemeth.


About the Company: Collaborationtown: A Theater Company, Inc.

CollaborationTown is a non-profit theatre company dedicated to creating ensemble-driven pieces. Past productions include The Play About My Dad (59E59), The Momentum (Outstanding Production at FringeNYC 2010, GLAAD Media Award nominee); Children at Play (two 2010 NYIT Award nominations, The Living Theatre), Let’s Go, Townville (La MaMa E.T.C.), 6969 (59E59 Theaters; winner of three Innovative Theatre Awards), They’re Just Like Us (nominated for four 2006 NYIT Awards), The Astronomer’s Triangle (nominated for four 2005 NYIT Awards), The Trading Floor, and This is a Newspaper (FringeNYC 2003 Award Winner).

The Beautiful Soup Theater Collective is proud to announce their January, 2012 theatrical event. Running in repertory, audiences are invited to join us to explore Nora Helmer, the complex and brazen young woman who slammed a door in Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House and chang...ed the world in 1879. In NORA, in rep, Beautiful Soup presents a classic look at Ibsen’s play and a new look at the famed Broadway 1982 flop, A Doll’s Life, which is a sequel of sorts.

B.S.T.C is a not-for-profit off-off-Broadway and non-Equity theater company specializing in new looks at classic works. Proceeds from the box offices of our productions are donated to a charity whose mission matches the themes of the play or musical being presented.

A portion of all ticket sales for NORA, IN REP will be donated to The Phyllis Newman Women's Healthcare Initiative: http://www.phyllisnewman.com/healtcare-initiative.html

In A DOLL’S HOUSE by Henrik Ibsen and directed by Cristina Carrion, Nora Helmer has a delicious secret that saved her husband's life, but if he finds out what she's done, it might destroy their marriage. Blackmail and innocence, love and hypocrisy collide in one of the most celebrated plays in theater history. A Doll’s House was the first successful play of its era to affirm a married woman's right to her own individuality. It remains one of the most controversial plays about love and marriage ever written, and still retains the power to shock an audience a century after its lead character opened a door to freedom.

A DOLL'S LIFE: the musical has book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, music by Larry Grossman and is directed by Steven Carl McCasland and musical directed by Jeremy Robin Lyons. Set within the framework of a contemporary rehearsal of Henrik Ibsen's classic play A Doll's Life, the musical addresses the question of what might have transpired after Nora slammed the door and abandoned her tyrannical husband Torvald. Borrowing the fare from a young violinist, Otto, she takes the train to Christiania, where she accepts work in a cafe and soon becomes tangled in the lives of several men. Throughout the show, scenes in her new life mingle with intermittent flashbacks to the one she left behind. This production marks only the third time the production has seen a New York stage since 1982.

THE CAST OF 'A DOLL'S HOUSE' FEATURES...
Kymberly Tuttle as Nora Helmer
Patrick Pizzolorusso as Torvald Helmer
Daniel Mian as Nils Krogstad
Shannon Munley as Mrs. Lynne
Joel Haberli as Dr. Rank
and Seth
Torvald Helmer... Patrick Pizzolorusso
Nils Krogstad... Daniel Mian
Mrs. Linde... Shannon Munley
Dr. Rank... Joel Haberli
Servant... Seth Koproski

'A DOLL'S HOUSE' IS STAGE MANAGED BY
Tracey Fess
AND DIRECTED BY
Cristina Carrion

THE CAST OF 'A DOLL'S LIFE: the musical' FEATURES...

Mallory Berlin as Nora
Thomas Dolan as Johan
Jonathan Grunert as Otto
Alex Pagels as Erik
and Anna Kirkland as Astrid
with Mario Castro, Margaret Dietrich, Joseph da Fonseca, Jordan Shaner, Lisa Wipperling, Tal Yardeni
and Patrick Pizzolorusso as Torvald Helmer

'A DOLL'S LIFE' IS STAGE MANAGED BY
Paul Alexander Hughes
MUSICAL DIRECTED BY
Jeremy Robin Lyons
AND DIRECTED BY
Steven Carl McCasland

Performances run on the following schedule at The New Ohio Theatre on Christopher Street:

Wednesday January 25th - 7:30pm - A DOLL'S HOUSE
Thursday 26th - 7:30pm - A DOLL'S LIFE
Friday 27th - 7:30pm - A DOLL'S HOUSE
Saturday 28th - 2:00pm - A DOLL'S HOUSE
Saturday 28th - 7:30pm - A DOLL'S LIFE
Sunday 29th - 2:00pm - A DOLL'S LIFE
Sunday 29th - 7:00pm - A DOLL'S HOUSE

Wednesday, February 1st - 7:30pm - A DOLL'S LIFE
Thursday 2nd - 7:30pm - A DOLL'S HOUSE
Friday 3rd - 7:30pm - A DOLL'S LIFE
Saturday - 2:00pm - A DOLL'S LIFE
Saturday - 7:30pm - A DOLL'S HOUSE
Sunday - 2:00pm - A DOLL'S HOUSE
Sunday - 7:00pm - A DOLL'S LIFE

Tickets will be available on SmartTix beginning November 15th, 2011 at midnight.

General Admission: 1 show - $25, both shows (Marathons Saturday and Sunday] - $45
Students/Seniors: General Admission: 1 show - $20, both shows (Marathons Saturday and Sunday] - $40