SONTAG: REBORN draws from cultural critic Susan Sontag's journals, tracing her academic and personal journey from the age of 14 to her emergence as a singular public intellectual. InREBORN, single performer Moe Angelos' actions and words are magnified and transformed using a richly visual media environment to create an elegant portrait of a magnetic personality under careful construction. Based on the book by Susan Sontag and edited by David Rieff.
THE BUILDER'S ASSOCIATION
Gustave Flaubert’s controversial 1857 masterpiece is given new life in a highly innovative theatrical adaptation. This exciting adaptation examines Flaubert’s story through Emma Bovary’s memory, exploring her journey from young wife to powerful woman. Ms. Carter’s Madame Bovary seeks to rediscover what makes Emma an iconoclast and the inspiration for our most fantastic of heroines.
Botanica is a creepy futuristic black comedy that examines our complicated relationship to plant life. Sealed in a human terrarium, two unorthodox botanists and a caretaker with a penchant for erotic literature unleash a flood of unusual findings and overturn the constraints of science and social norms.
THIS IS BOTANICA
In the 1950s, three labs raced to unravel the structure of DNA. Five decades after the Nobel Prize was awarded for the breakthrough, the contribution of one scientist—Rosalind Franklin—remains controversial. A riveting performance of The Ensemble Studio Theatre Production of Anna Ziegler’s Photograph 51, directed by Lindsay Firman, a historical drama that explored Rosalind Franklin’s electrifying story.
Ice Factory is the Ohio Theater’s OBIE award-winning summer festival of new work. Every summer the most exciting downtown companies are invited to present their latest projects in an environment of generosity, dialogue, and inspirations. 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.
THE NEW OHIO THEATRE
The revolutionary Education of the Girlchild: an opera first appeared in the art world in 1973. This critically acclaimed work, which won first prize in Music Theater at the 1975 Venice Biennale, captures Meredith Monk’s singular style, in which music, theater, image, and ritual are integrated into a luminous form. A poetic work conjuring cycles of growth and transmutation by exploring female/male archetypes, Education of the Girlchild Revisited features Monk’s solo from the original opera. During the second half, Monk is joined by Ensemble members Katie Geissinger, Ellen Fisher and Allison Sniffin to revive music and movement from the “Girlchild” era, including selections from Key: an album of invisible theatre (1970) and Vessel: an opera epic (1971). This masterful program revisits the source of Monk’s prolific outpouring, offering some of the most original performance work of our time.
New Georges has commissioned four affiliated playwrights - Kara Lee Corthron, Lynn Rosen, Kathryn Walat and Anna Ziegler to write plays as part of The Germ Project, a program designed to encourage new plays of "scope and adventure." New Georges will produce an evening of 20-minute excerpts or one-act versions of the four pieces - each the "germ" of a new work with the potential to expand to a full-length evening of theater, should collaboration and project move forward.
The Battery Dance Company team comprising artistic director Jonathan Hollander, dancers Robin Cantrell, Mira Cook, Bafana Matea, Carmen Nicole, Sean Scantlebury, production designer Barry Steele and composer Polarity/1 are creating a full evening work.
In his new solo show, Jack Hitt tells extravagant, almost unbelievable, true stories that take him from his early childhood in South Carolina (where his flamboyant neighbor, a British novelist, became global news as one of the world's first transsexuals) through his trek to New York (where his apartment super kept a deadly secret identity). MAKING UP THE TRUTH weaves these and other stories together with the latest experiments in cognitive research. Scientists of the mind are now studying the mechanics of how we all narrate our own stories in our brains, and Jack searches them out to answer the question everyone always asks him, "Why do these things always happen to you?" They don't, the experiments show. We are all making up the truth, often to shield ourselves from what Jack discovers: the uncanny wonders that lie just beyond our brain's notice. And that tale, it turns out, is another extravagant, almost unbelievable, true story.
Fascist Francisco Franco, Communist Kim Philby, and Hitler's Wilhelm Canaris are trapped together in History's limbo - an infinite library of scenes from their past's archival newsreels, noir thrillers and Nazi home movies. The men argue, re-construct and re-live their personal exploits, challenge accepted history, rationalize and lie - to one-up Garbo, the master secret agent, and win the starring role in History's definitive WWII spy-adventure movie.
Spy Garbo explores the narrative possibilities created by digital technology, trespassing the borders that separate stage, cinema, historical documentary, spy thrillers, and political commentary. With a 130-foot curved HD screen and a full-stage holographic projection system, Spy Garbo takes the audience from History's limbo into the winding trenches of WWI, to the Spanish Civil War, along the Nazi Hall of Triumph, down the vast sewers of Vienna, and through WWII - to decide what makes an iconic figure a hero or a villain.
Part 3 of the Men Go Down trilogy, Black Recollections is set in Turkey 1893 AD, 1500 years after Part 1 and one year after the king, Endymion, awakens from a 1000-year sleep on the eve of the summer equinox. The king’s ancestral home, built into a cliff, is now a ruined Victorian hotel, where he resides in limbo as a cocaine-addicted “renter,” seemingly unable to cope with modern conventions. There he engages in a series of sacrificial games in an effort to escape yesteryear’s crimes. A deconstructed Victorian Chamber drama, full of vicious humor, Black Recollections is a perverse exploration of our willful inability to atone for past mistakes.
Why Aren’t You Naked? is a red-hot multimedia exhibition presenting an array of provocative still and moving imagery generated from3-Legged Dog’s prolific experimental productions over the last 13 years. “Why Aren’t You Naked?” is raucously imaginative, sexually perverse, and intimately introspective. The collection includes HD panoramic video projections, multimedia sculptures, large format prints and high resolution video installations.