R & J & Z Written by Melody Bates Directed by Joan Jubett
What if Romeo and Juliet got a second chance? R & J & Z starts with Act V of Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet and keeps going, as the famous lovers navigate a world in which death isn't necessarily the end. Set against the historical backdrop of Verona's plague, this new verse play, written by Melody Bates, throws old and new characters together over the course of an apocalyptic and action-packed 24 hours. Equally inspired by Shakespeare and modern zombie films, R & J & Zpushes the boundaries of theatrical humor and horror.
HARD SPARKS champions daring performances of dangerous plays and has been nominated for eight New York Innovative Theatre Awards, including Outstanding Premiere Production for Eightythree Down and Outstanding Short Script for Chicken-Fried Ciccone. In trying times, Hard Sparks tells tales of transformation and redemption, mining our darkness for light.
“Romeo and Juliet live on in more than one sense, thanks to Melody Bates’ witty and affectionate take on Shakespeare’s play. Both a wry critique of the original and a bloody feast of the undead, R & J & Z will appeal to lovers of the Bard and of popular culture alike.” — Ruth Bernard Yeazell, Chace Family Professor of English, Yale University
Jamie Dunn and Sheldon Best. Photo: Theresa Squire
April 23 - May 16
New Ohio Theatre presents Vampire Cowboys
SIX ROUNDS OF VENGEANCE Written by Qui Nguyen Directed by Robert Ross Parker
AN ARCHIVE RESIDENCY PRODUCTION, in collaboration with IRT Theater
In the post-apocalyptic near future the US has been overrun by a new, bloodthirsty gang. Towns have been abandoned, cities have closed their borders to protect their citizens, and in Lost Vegas Jess December vows revenge for the death of her sister using the one thing she has left...a single gun with six live rounds.
Vampire Cowboys is an OBIE Award winning “geek theatre” company that creates new works of theatre based in action/adventure and dark comedy with a comic book aesthetic. VC aims to bridge the gap between mass media entertainment and the performing arts, exposing the community to challenging, thought-provoking live entertainment rooted in today’s pop-culture vernacular.
“Gleefully lowbrow entertainment for overgrown adults!” — New York Times
May 22 - June 12
New Ohio Theatre Presents Rady&Bloom Collective Playmaking
THE UPPER ROOM Written and directed by Jeremy Bloom and Brian Rady Music by Catherine Brookman
AN ARCHIVE RESIDENCY PRODUCTION, in collaboration with IRT Theater
A remote coastal community dedicates itself to spiritual devotion and self-sufficient homesteading in the midst of a failing ecosystem. Anxious and restless, the quorum gathers around the table to confront the hard truths: their island is shrinking and its people are developing mysterious symptoms. A new music meditation, scored with vocal and electronic music by composer/performer Catherine Brookman.
Rady&Bloom creates new music plays, and numerous immersive multi-media events with an ever growing ensemble of emerging performers and composers in NYC. Commissioned by The Archive Residency, The Upper Room has been developed with support from New Ohio Theatre, IRT, The Drama League Artist Residency, Judson Church, and LMCC MCAF. Previous works include The Girl of the Golden West (Ice Factory, Ars Nova), Lameness of a Horse (The Brick, Expano), The Orange Person (IRT), La Boheme Spoken (the cell), Peter/Wendy (the cell, and throughout the country, published by Playscripts).
“The infectious high spirits that this company brings are downright inspirational.” — NYTheater.com
June 24 - August 8
New Ohio Theatre Presents
ICE FACTORY 2015
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.
Subsidized studio space provided by the A.R.T./New York Creative Space Grant, supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Past Shows This Season
September 6 - 27
New Ohio Theatre and Theatre 167 Present
I LIKE TO BE HERE: JACKSON HEIGHTS REVISITED, OR, THIS IS A MANGO Written by Jenny Lyn Bader, J.Stephen Brantley, Ed Cardona Jr., Les Hunter, Tom Miller, Melisa Tien, and Joy Tomasko
Conceived and directed by Ari Laura Kreith
Part of E PLURIBUS, the 2nd Annual Theater:Village Festival
Theatre 167's Jackson Heights Trilogy — collaboratively written by 18 playwrights — featured 37 actors in 93 roles speaking 14 languages ("an epic song of America's most diverse neighborhood"—Theatermania). I LIKE TO BE HERE is the newest, edgiest piece from this multilingual, multicultural company. In the span of one very late night, new faces encounter existing characters and re-imagined scenes from the Trilogy. Drag queens, car dispatchers, under-slept parents, gamblers, insomniacs, and dreamers find one another on the streets of Jackson Heights.
October 6 - 26
New Ohio Theatre Hosts The Assembly
THAT POOR DREAM Written and devised collectively by The Assembly Directed by Jess Chayes Writer/Performers: Edward Bauer, Ben Beckley, Ray Campbell, Jocelyn Kuritsky, Moti Margolin, Emily Louise Perkins, Terrell Wheeler
Additional Authors: Stephen Aubrey, Nick Benacerraf, Jess Chayes
A moving mosaic of what it means to be endowed with "Great Expectations", THAT POOR DREAM is set on a train traveling from New York City to Fairfield, CT, uniting worlds divided by geography, privilege, and time. Inspired by Charles Dickens’s classic novel about coming of age in a profoundly class-conscious society, The Assembly's newest creation explores how class defines and divides us, and how our shared humanity might bring us closer together.
The Assembly's most recent show, HOME/SICK, a collectively-written play about activism and revolution, was a Critics' Pick in Backstage and the New York Times, and enjoyed three sold-out runs in New York.
THAT POOR DREAM was developed at HERE Arts Center, CUNY's Prelude Festival, and New Ohio Theatre's ICE FACTORY 2013.
November 1 - 23
New Ohio Theatre Hosts Sinking Ship Productions
POWERHOUSE Created by director Jon Levin, writer Josh Luxenberg, and the Sinking Ship ensemble
Inspired by swing music, animated cartoons and futuristic machines, Powerhouse takes the audience inside the mind of Raymond Scott. He wrote fast-paced, tightly orchestrated compositions, attempting to reinvent swing in the 1940s. Wildly successful in his own time, his music would be completely forgotten were it not for its use in countless Looney Tunes cartoons of the 1940s and 1950s. Powerhouse spins a kaleidoscopic, kinetic story about creativity and the chasm between what an artist imagines and what his audience perceives.
Sinking Ship Productions is a Brooklyn-based theater company dedicated to the creation of dynamic, physical, thrillingly visual theater often built using puppetry, object manipulation, music and movement. They also run Puppet Playlist, which has played to sold-out crowds since 2009, becoming one of NYC's premiere venues for original short-form puppetry.
“[Audiences are] constantly looking for the next new thing… and with this talented young company, we may have found it.” — Jason Zinoman, New York Times
December 5 - 27
New Ohio Theatre Hosts The Dreamscape Theatre
IN FIELDS WHERE THEY LAY A new play by Ricardo Pérez González Developed & directed by Brad Raimondo Musical direction by Anna Ebbesen
IN FIELDS WHERE THEY LAY tells the incredible true story of the World War I Christmas Truce — the spontaneous ceasefire between British and German soldiers that began with the singing of Christmas Carols on the night of December 24th, 1914. The play's extensive use of letters, diaries and newspaper accounts marks the 100th anniversary of the Truce by bringing this stirring and unsettling, hopeful and tragic story to life in the words of the men who lived it.
The Dreamscape Theatre tells epic stories on a human scale. Dreamscape's 2014 season is made possible in part by public funds from the Manhattan Community Arts Fund and The Fund for Creative Communities, as well as support from the Puffin Foundation.
Photo by Bryen Pittner
January 6 - 17
Performance Space 122 and New Ohio Theatre Present
SORRY ROBOT A new play by Mike Iveson Comissioned by PS122 2013 Ethyl Eichelberger Award Winner
Four performers and a standup piano create a haunting world where robots long to feel the same feelings that their embarrassing, sort of pathetic, not-very-appealing human masters feel. In a hotel that doubles as a software development facility in an ever-dystopian Florida, the machines of the future set out to prove they can do almost anything but shut up.
Beloved downtown performer, Bessie-Award-winning composer, and 2013 Ethyl Eichelberger Award winner Mike Iveson has written this farcical new play, studded with nine original compositions that will convert every human in the room into a metallic automaton.
No robots were harmed in the making of this piece.
Sorry Robot was commissioned by PS122, the Jerome Foundation and the Ethyl Eichelberger Award with funding generously provided by the Gesso Foundation. Residency support provided by The Exchange/Orchard Project.
January 22 - Februrary 14
New Ohio Theatre Hosts The NY Neo-Futurists
THE HUMAN SYMPHONY Written and Directed by Dylan Marron Co-Written and performed by You
The Human Symphony is an interactive theater experience from the New York Neo Futurists. Firsthand accounts of internet dating in New York City create the narrative for this unique theatrical mosaic which will be performed by a different cast of randomly selected audience members at each performance. Directed solely through instructional mp3 tracks, these "performers" are guided through a theatrical Rube Goldberg experience. The remaining audience members witness this action unfold as they listen to the online dating stories that the instructional choreography illustrates. If a story is the sum of its parts, The Human Symphony is an algebraic equation.
The New York Neo-Futurists are the prolific minds behind the ongoing weekly show, Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind, performed every Friday and Saturday at the Kraine Theater in Manhattan's East Village. Celebrating their 10 year anniversary in New York, the Neo-Futurists have a stalwart presence in the Off-Off Broadway community, and are Drama-desk nominated and New York Innovative Theatre Award winners.
“Brilliant Minimalists” — New York Magazine
"Dylan Marron’s Online Dating is staged in one of the smartest ways I’ve seen interview/verbatim theater done." — New York Theater Review
Februray 28 - March 21
New Ohio Theatre Hosts No-Win Productions
WOYZECK, FJF Written by Georg Buchner Adapted by Jeremy Duncan Pape and DL Siegel Directed by Jeremy Duncan Pape
Friedrich Johann Franz Woyzeck...Friedrich Johann Franz Woyzeck...Friedrich Johann Franz Woyzeck. A modern classic re-imagined as the story of a condemned man desperate to uncover the truth in a dangerous world.
No-Win Productions creates new and adapted works which embrace
humanity’s struggle against obstacles that cannot be overcome.