One-Eighth | IRT | New Ohio


Sept. 2 – 24 2022


A mad King performs his royal power as an act of martyrdom, in a desperate attempt to impress a mysterious petitioner. While a Master of Ceremony orchestrates songs of torture, truth, and tenderness. (The poor Writer is simply collateral damage!) Is this a glimpse of our dystopian future? Or just the structure of human consciousness?  An homage to Stanislaw Witkacy and his theories of “pure forms in theatre”.

Performed with American Sign Language interpretation.

A new collaboration between Daniel Irizarry and Robert Lyons, following the international success of Yovo – NYC/Poland/Cuba.

Text and Lyrics by Robert Lyons (from Witkacy)
Directed by Daniel Irizarry 
Composer Kamala Sankaram
Director of American Sign Language – Alexandria Wailes & Kailyn Aaron-Lozano
Producer- Kori Rushton and IRT Theater

With: Cynthia La Cruz, Dickie Hearts, Daniel Irizarry, Malik Paris, Kamala Sankaram, Rhys Tivey

9/6 – preview – 7pm
9/7 – opening night – 7pm
9/9 & 9/10 & 9/14 & 9/15 – 7pm
9/16 – 830pm
917 – 7pm
9/18 – 3pm
9/20 & 9/21 & 9/22 & 9/23 & 9/24 – 7pm
Sept. 16 – Friday night performance is at 830 and is available to live-stream.

LENGTH OF SHOW: 80 minutes 

General Admission $25
Students/Senior $17
At New Ohio Theatre:154 Christopher st. NYC
ADA Accessible


New Ohio Theatre develops and presents the boldest and most innovative work from NYC’s diverse independent theatre community, actively expanding the boundaries of what theatre is, how it’s made, and who makes it. With a 28 year history and two Obie Awards for Sustained Excellence for developing and presenting new work, we have established ourselves as a pillar of the downtown independent theatre community. We are known for our eclectic, expansive sensibilities, our artist-centric philosophy, and for creating an environment of generosity and open access.

One-Eighth Theater has been creating new, bold, international theater since 2008. One-Eighth has been both a New York Times and Time Out New York critics pick, developed work as a part of the New Ohio Theater and IRT’s Archive Residency, a four year Residency at INTAR Theatre, and two residencies with Mabou Mines. Artistic director Daniel Irizarry has directed The Inspector General at NCPA in Mumbai, India, staged the world premiere of Witkacy’s The Madman and The Nun with Turkish actors in Ankara, Turkey and the World premiere of Mishima’s Busu at the Tennessee Williams Festival in Provincetown, USA. Traveling and connecting is the key to our company and we have proudly shared sweat all around the world- offering acting Labs and kicking ass sharing theatrical pieces along the way!

IRT Theater is a grassroots laboratory for independent theater and performance in New York City, providing space and support to a new generation of artists. Tucked away in the old Archive Building in Greenwich Village, IRT’s mission is to build a community of emerging and established artists by creating a home for the development and presentation of new work.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts and the New York State Legislature; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the City Council; A.R.T./New York’s NYC Small Theatres Fund made possible with support from the Howard Gilman Foundation & support for ASL interpretation provided in part through funding from Access A.R.T./New York.