2019 Ice Factory Festival Kicks Off With Outside of Eden June 26

Off-Broadway News   2019 Ice Factory Festival Kicks Off With Outside of Eden June 26
The Obie-winning summer festival returns to the New Ohio Theatre, with a slate of shows directed entirely by women.
A scene from Byzantine Choral Project&#39;s <i>Outside of Eden</i>
A scene from Byzantine Choral Project's Outside of Eden

The New Ohio Theatre celebrates another year of its Obie-winning Ice Factory festival, showcasing brand-new work across a range of styles, themes, and form. Running June 26–August 10, this year's lineup features seven varied works with one thing in common: They're all directed by women.

The Pack Theater
The Pack Theater John Keon

The 2019 Ice Factory kicks off with Outside of Eden, Byzantine Choral Project's new opera and theatre hybrid about Byzantine Empresses and the relentless drive to tragedy in female stories. Performances run through June 29.

The programming also features an ensemble piece celebrating the legacy of feminist writer, activist, and poet Audre Lorde, a gritty new Americana musical about Nancy Reagan from Rat Queen Theatre Co., and a new play by Behind the Sheet playwright Charly Evon Simpson and The Pack Theater, among other offerings.

Check out the complete lineup below.

June 26–29: Outside of Eden
Created by Byzantine Choral Project. An explosive mix of opera and theatre about the Byzantine Empresses that explores the relentless drive to tragedy in female stories.

July 3–6: The Drinking Bird
Created by Limited Liability Theater Company. A group of actors delves into a dialectical exchange about Universal Basic Income, the Green New Deal, and the American economy.

July 10–13: Songs About Trains
Created by Radical Evolution. A multiracial cohort of artists collaboratively explore the multiethnic history of the laborers who built the US Rail system.

July 17–20: Sex Play
Created by The Pack Theater, written by Charly Evon Simpson, developed with Jenny Reed, Samantha Sheppard and collaborating performers, and directed by Jenny Reed. A lyrical, playfully candid meditation on the nature of human intimacy.

July 24–27: Judy Doomed Us All
Created by Rat Queen Theatre Co., Nancy Reagan and her speechwriter get trapped in an unsavory town in a gritty Americana musical wrapped in tumbleweed.

July 31–August 3: Lordes
Written by Gethsemane Herron-Coward and Katherine Wilkinson, and directed by Wilkinson. Writer, activist, Black, lesbian, poet, warrior. An ensemble of women celebrate Audre Lorde’s legacy.

August 7–10: Raw Pasta
Written by Maya Macdonald and directed by Jaclyn Biskup of The Mill. In a week-long “Facing Toxic Masculinity” intensive Sam is desperate to come out of it as less of a douchebag.

For tickets and more information visit NewOhioTheatre.org

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