The Soho Think Tank presents the annual festival, running July 7-Aug. 14, which will play its last run at the Ohio Theatre before it closes its doors Aug. 31. Lyons play Nostradomus Predicts The Death Of Soho will be the final work presented on the downtown stage.
Here's a look at the festival offerings:
Staying Afloat written and directed by Lenora Champagne
"Sometime in the near future, two women and a polar bear find themselves trapped on a melting ice floe and strive to co-exist in a world of shrinking options. With birth, death, songs and movement" (July 7-10).
Wanderlust: A History Of Walking adapted and directed by Matthew Earnest from the book by Rebecca Solnit
"The knee joint of Lucy, a three million year-old hominid, sparks this dance-theater investigation into the most obvious and the most obscure thing in the world, a subject that wanders readily into religion, philosophy, landscape, urban policy, anatomy, allegory and heartbreak" (July 14-17).
Hater freely adapted and directed by Samuel Buggeln from Moliere’s The Misanthrope
The cast features Merritt Wever ("Nurse Jackie"), Noah Weisberg (Enron, South Pacific), Maria Christina Oliveras (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson), Zoe Winters (The Importance of Being Earnest) and Colby Chambers (Dog Eats God).
"Lust. Betrayal. Air kisses. What happens when the Hater hates himself for loving? A speed-punk score with kick-ass dance. A mise en scene for the glamorously debauched. An amphetamine fueled, post-post simulacra of the French classic. A comedy of manners for the very rude" (July 21-24). Nurses In New England written and directed by Tina Satter, with music by Chris Giarmo
"Female head of surgery Dr. Shepherd has a broken down pick-up, a booze cruise fling that just re-surfaced and a nursing staff with attitude. Featuring soul-searing songs, cryptic medical-speak and the occasional Coors Light. Hearts are buried deep here. A hospital show re-configured as a live musical dramedy Half Straddle-style" (July 28-31).
Mission Drift directed by Rachel Chavkin, created by the TEAM ensemble, with music by Heather Christian
"A pioneering journey west and east across the USA in search of an unbiased portrait of American Capitalism, told through cowboy ballet, piano yowls and people with bank accounts. The western frontier: from Roy Rodgers to Siegfried & Roy" (Aug. 4-7).
Nostradomus Predicts The Death Of Soho written and directed by Robert Lyons
"A burning taxicab. A blind troubadour. A new roommate. Is this just the end of the world? Or the beginning of something much worse? A minor lapse of courage triggers a breakdown of epic proportions as a young woman struggles with the realities (and unrealities) of New York City. With songs" (Aug. 11-14).
The final Ice Factory Festival will conclude with a dance party immediately following the last performance of Nostradomus Predicts. Tickets for the benefit are $100.
Tickets to festival productions, priced $15, are available by phoning (212) 868-4444 or by visiting Smarttix. The Ohio Theatre is located at 66 Wooster Street in Manhattan.