Soho Think Tank’s Ice Factory Announces 17th Season

Soho Think Tank presents their 17th Anniversary ICE FACTORY Season with work from The TEAM, Half Straddle, Robert Lyons and more! With \ 6 NY Premieres over 6 weeks, the festival runs from July 7 to August 14 at the Ohio Theatre (66 Wooster St.) in Soho, NY. As previously reported, The Ohio Theatre’s historic 29 year era will come to an end on August 31, 2010, when it closes its doors for good. The festival’s final play, Nostradomus Predicts The Death Of Soho, written and directed by Robert Lyons, will be the last ever production at the venerable downtown venue.

ICE FACTORY 2010 – 17TH ANNIVERSARY PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

July 7 – 10
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. Developed with early support from Voice & Vision, New Georges and Dixon Place.

July 14 – 17
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. Developed with an NEA Artistic Excellence grant, Wanderlust premiered in May 2010 at the Cleveland Public Theatre.

July 21 – 24
Hater – Freely adapted and directed by Samuel Buggeln, from Moliere’s The Misanthrope. Featuring Merritt Wever (Showtime’s Nurse Jackie), Noah Weisberg (Broadway’s Enron, Legally Blonde and South Pacific), Maria Christina Oliveras (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson), Zoe Winters (The Importance of Being Earnest at Paper Mill Playhouse) and Colby Chambers (Dog Eats God). Produced by Bug Company.

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 28 – 31
Nurses In New England – Produced by Half Straddle, 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.

August 4 – 7
Mission Drift – Produced by the TEAM, directed by Rachel Chavkin, created by the 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. Created in the blazing fever of a Las Vegas June, with early development support from Almeida Theatre (London).

August 11 – 14
Nostradomus Predicts The Death Of Soho – Produced by Soho Think Tank, 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.

On August 14, The Ohio Theatre will host the “Last Chance Dance,” the final blowout dance party at the current space. The party will immediately follow the last performance of Nostradomus Predicts The Death Of Soho, running from 9pm until you drop! Featuring an open bar and the legendary DJ Silky. Tickets are $100 for the final performance and post-show party. This is a special benefit for Ohio Interrupted, next season’s post-Wooster Street continuation of Ohio Theatre programming.

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