ICE FACTORY 08
Oh man oh man…. Ice Factory this year looks like its gonna rock hard!!! from the press release:
SOHO THINK TANK’S OBIE AWARD WINNING ICE FACTORY ‘08 CELEBRATES 15 YEARS OF BLAZING THE TRAIL FOR NEW YORK’S SUMMER FESTIVAL SCENE WITH 7 NY PREMIERES
(June 23, 2008) New York, NY – Artistic Director Robert Lyons proudly
presents the 15th annual ICE FACTORY summer festival of new work. ICE
FACTORY ’08 opens July 9th, presenting seven New York premieres in seven
weeks, and wraps up August 23rd.
All performances are at the Ohio
Theatre – 66 Wooster Street (b/t Spring & Broome) in Soho. Performances
are Wednesdays–Saturdays at 7pm.
Tickets are $15 for adults
and $10 for students/seniors via SmartTix at 212-868-4444 or
http://www.SmartTix.com. Trains: R, W to Prince St. or 6, C, E to Spring
For more information visit http://www.SohoThinkTank.org.
Performance Schedule and artist info after the jump. All I can say is Riot Group, Matt Maher, Maria Goyanes & Karinne Keithley, Neil Young, Oliver Butler and more….
ICE FACTORY ‘O8
15TH ANNIVERSARY PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE
July 9 -12
Do Not Do This Ever Again
Written by Karinne Keithley and directed by Maria Goyanes
In a landscape of lost love and modern loneliness a company of strangers
map a tentative journey towards just letting go. A guided tour of the
memory palace. A theatrical/music composition, from simple counterpoint
voices to freestanding opera. Indoor environmental theatre in four
Developed in the 2006-2007 SoHo Rep Writer/Director Lab through a
two-year collaboration between prolific dance, video, sound, and
performance artist Karinne Keithley and director Maria Goyanes (Artistic
Associate, The Public Theatre).
July 16 – 19
Written and directed by Lenora Champagne
Music by Daniel Levi. Video by Lauren Petty and Shaun Irons. Production
design by Liz Prince.
Lost traditions. Memory gaps. Lessons forgotten. Action and images shift
in the mind of a woman with Alzheimer’s, flickering from past to
present, from her daughter’s home to the nursing home. Who are we when
we can’t remember? An intergenerational meditation on the fluid nature
of identity and our national inability to remember history. With
original music and video.
Lenora Champagne, a New Yorker by way of her native Louisiana, is a
playwright, director and performer. She is a three-time NEA Fellow, a
two-time NYFA Fellow, and a multiple MacDowell and Yaddo Fellow. She is
an alumna of New Dramatists and has received a Richard Rodgers Award
from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. TRACES/fades was
commissioned by NYSCA and developed at HERE Arts Center. This production
has support from LMCC, the Puffin Foundation and Purchase College.
July 23 – 26
Neil Young’s Greendale (a rock opera)
Written by Neil Young
Presented by Undermain Theatre (TX)
Adapted for the stage by the ensemble and directed by Katherine Owen
This song cycle, by legendary singer-songwriter Neil Young, has been
compared to Thornton Wilder’s Our Town and Sherwood Anderson’s Winesberg
Ohio as a portrait of the changing face of small town America. Performed
with a live band and sung by an ensemble cast, Neil Young’s Greendale
explores the lives of three generations of the Green family through
themes ranging from corruption to mass media consolidation to
environmentalism. Voted one of the best albums of 2003 by Rolling Stone
Undermain Theatre, embarking on their 25th season, is an ensemble of
artists that performs new and experimental works in Texas, New York, and
Europe. They collaborate with playwrights; support a theater archive;
publish plays; and sustain a theater under Main Street in Dallas’
legendary Deep Ellum. “One of the best small theaters in America” – The
San Diego Union-Tribune.
July 30 – August 2
Presented by El Gato Teatro
Written by Obie-Winner Matthew Maher and directed by Gabriella Barnstone
Featuring the inimitable Steven Rattazzi
Heistman is stuck—inside the bank he is robbing with his henchmen,
inside his own tortured head and inside the feeling he can never have
success or love. The cops have the joint surrounded and have no answers.
But the hostages do. Dog Day Afternoon meets The Unabomber Manifesto.
Dance/theater for visionaries, the weak at heart and the
Dances about neurotic people, or neurotic dances? El Gato Teatro brings
“everyman dance” to the world; fusing dance, theater, text, music and
sheer entertainment. Their work has been presented at The Chocolate
Factory, Williamsburg Art Nexus, Dixon Place, Collective Unconscious,
The Kitchen and the NYC subway.
August 6 – 9
Written by Robert Lyons and directed by Oliver Butler
His daughter doesn’t need him. His wife might leave him. His newspaper
vender just might kill him. A gambler’s darkly comic, spiraling descent
into a paranoid mythology of power-point presentations and hostage
videos. Can Thomas Jefferson save the day? (With songs.)
Robert Lyons’ New York productions include Creature of the Deep, No Meat
No Irony, and PR Man, among many others. His last play was Doorman’s
Double Duty. “A gem” – New York Times. Oliver Butler is the co-Artistic
Director of The Debate Society, a Brooklyn-based play company. He
recently directed the downtown hit Hostage Song. “A thrilling
show…spine-tingling fun” – TimeOut NY/David Cote.
August 13 – 16
W.M.D. (just the low points)
Presented by Sponsored by Nobody
Created by the ensemble and directed by Kevin Doyle
A large-scale deconstruction of our culture’s preoccupations.
Incorporates elements of theatre, dance, film, music and installation
art. Structured around the events of a single date (January 8, 2004),
using found texts as a base to examine Americans’ relationship with
their media during wartime. A titanic attempt to rediscover the nation’s
SBN is the acclaimed Brooklyn-based theatre company committed to
developing new work that is immediately relevant to contemporary
America. Founded in 2005, SBN has established a reputation for
presenting abrasive theatre that refuses to relinquish the idea of art
as a catalyst for social change. W.M.D. will have its European Premiere
in March 2009 at The Game Is Up! Festival at the Vooruit Art Center in
Ghent, Belgium — followed by performances at the Monty Art Center in
Antwerp and the Beursschouwburg Art Center in Brussels.
August 20 – 23
Victory at the Dirt Place
Presented by Riot Group
Written & directed by Adriano Shaplin
Rival father/daughter news anchors compete for ratings in a head-to-head
prime-time showdown. Their vicious battle for supremacy becomes a
national drama as sex scandals, terrorism and dementia threaten their
careers. A wicked satire about heredity and corruption among media
royalty. Faithlessly adapted from King Lear this New York debut is fresh
off of heralded stops in Edinburgh and London.
“Slick…Ferocious…Mesmeric” – The Independent. “Twisted…Crude…Riveting” –
Evening Standard. “Smartly funny…terrific” – The Guardian.
Riot Group have performed Off-Broadway, off-West End and at numerous
international venues including Riverside Studios, Walker Arts Center and
Theatre Der Welt. The company are veterans of the Edinburgh Fringe
Festival where they previously received four Scotsman Fringe First
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