Presented by New Ohio Theatre for Young Minds, 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, 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 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 Tyler Diaz, 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. Produced by Peter Musante and Sara Morgulis.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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/
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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).
A DOLL'S HOUSE & A DOLL'S LIFE: THE MUSICAL | Open: 01/25/12 Close: 02/05/12
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://
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
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
AND DIRECTED BY
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