Premieres of Good Year for Hunters and Girl Of The Golden West Among Offerings at 2012 Ice Factory Festival
By Michael Gioia
The Obie Award-winning Ice Factory Festival will kick off its 19th year at its new West Village space, the New Ohio Theatre, June 27. The 2012 festival, which runs through Aug. 4, will feature world premiere plays by Jess Barbagallo and Chris Giarmo and Jeremy Bloom and Brian Rady.
The world premiere of Good Year for Hunters, written and directed by Jess Barbagallo and Chris Giarmo, will run June 27-30. In the play, according to press notes, "a mysteriously orphaned brother and sister fall in love with a closeted husband and wife." Inspired by Tori Amos' 1992 album "Little Earthquakes," Good Year for Hunters is "a darkly comedic landscape of fractured time, where yearning becomes nightmare [and] a world of secrets where memory relentlessly rewrites history and traumatic loss is endlessly looped." Mike Cacciatore will be the show's sound designer.
The Manhattan premiere of Flying Snakes In 3D, written and directed by Leah Nanako Winkler and Teddy Nicholas, will run July 4-7. In Flying Snakes, "mutant killer snakes are accidentally released by the CIA. An unfunded young theatre company attempts to make art in the face of overwhelming financial, technical and emotional obstacles. Violent, bloody chaos ensues. An epic fusion of sci-fi parody, avant-garde theatrics and brutally honest autobiography. Packed with dance, cheap special effects and stunning video design. Dares to ask: If theatre is a dying art, what are we doing here?" The project is produced by Everywhere Theatre Group with video and sound design by Chase Voorhees.
The Pilo Family Circus, adapted by Matt Pelfrey and directed by Joe Tantalo, will be offered July 11-14. Based on the novel of the same name, here's how the work is billed: "Jamie never dreamed of running away to join the circus, but you just don’t say no to a headhunting troupe of exuberantly sadistic clowns. But in a centuries-old carnival and a nightmare world of acrobats, clowns, dwarves, freaks and fortunetellers, he may lose more than just his way. When the whiteface goes on, Jamie becomes JJ – the most vicious clown of all. And JJ wants Jamie dead. A darkly funny, gleefully macabre nightmare." Pilo Family Circus is produced by Godlight Theatre Company.
The New York premiere of Miss Lilly Gets Boned, written by Bekah Brunstetter and directed by David F. Chapman, will run July 18-21. In the play, "Miss Lilly, a Sunday school teacher, has been waiting patiently for God to drop a man in her lap. When a new student – a young South African boy whose mother was killed by an elephant – disturbs the harmony of her classroom and his father disturbs the harmony of her heart, Miss Lilly is forced to re-examine her own sense of faith and self. A story of classroom hymns, the rumble of raging elephants and answered prayers." Miss Lilly is produced by Studio 42.
The Apocalyptic Road Show With Your Hosts Gdjet And Lulu, a New York premiere produced by Clancy Productions and The Occasional Cabaret, will be offered July 25-28. Written by Obie Award winner John Clancy and directed by Peter Clerke, here is how the work is characterized: "Join your hosts Gdjet and Lulu (and their mysterious musical companion) as they guide you through the coming apocalypse and bid a fond farewell to the late, great, damned and doomed human race. A fierce and ragged, comic and profane cabaret that slices down to the hidden reality of the way we live now. A little shot of courage in the face of a terrible truth."
The world premiere of The Girl Of The Golden West will conclude the festival, running Aug. 1-4. The new work is created and produced by Jeremy Bloom and Brian Rady and adapted and directed by Bloom. "Exploding onto the frontiers of uninhabited California, the only female in the entire Gold Rush town of Cloudy Mountain sets up her saloon. Mythologized in David Belasco's grandiose 1911 novel and canonized as one of the great spaghetti westerns, a play-turned-novel-turned-Puccini-extravaganza is now a soulful new musical ode to the unexplored expanse of our nation's forgotten periphery and the baffling potential of what might have been," according to press notes.
Performances will be held Wednesdays-Saturdays at 7 PM. Previous Ice Factory productions have gone on to Off-Broadway, the Joyce, P.S. 122, the Berkshire Theatre Festival, Edinburgh Fringe and the Walker Art Center, among others.
The New Ohio Theatre is located at 154 Christopher Street (between Greenwich and Washington Streets). For more information and tickets, call (212) 868-4444 or visit NewOhioTheatre.org.
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