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.
January 6 - 17
PS122 in association with New Ohio Theatre Presents
COIL FESTIVAL 2015
COIL is Performance Space 122’s annual winter performance festival showing remarkable contemporary performance from local, national and global artists. Last year, the New Ohio's presentation of AN EVENING WITH WILLIAM SHATNER ASTERISK, by Phil Soltanoff, was a hit of the festival. We are excited to once again be a presenting partner in COIL, but that’s all we can say for now. Keep an eye out for the official announcement later this fall!
June - August 2015
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.