IRT has provided a much needed developmental home for The Mad Ones third full length piece Untitled Biopicthrough the Archive Residency. Their unquestioning support of emerging artists has been invaluable to our work and our company. IRT’s motto seems to be: ‘We trust you. Here are the keys. Create.
– Marc Bovino, Co-Artistic Director, The Mad Ones
“There is a lot of freedom and security for the company – that is what we are trying to provide.”
– Robert Lyons on the Archive Residency
We are excited to announce NYC-based performance ensembles One-Eighth Theater and The Drunkard’s Wife as our Archive Residents for 2017-19. One-Eighth Theater and The Drunkard’s Wife join current resident companies Built for Collapse and anecdota, who presented the first stage of their residency works at Ice Factory 2017.
“An absurdist classic roars back to life.” – Helen Shaw review of UBU in Time Out New York
Founded in 2008 by Artistic Directors Daniel Irizarry and Laura Butler Rivera, One-Eighth Theatre is inspired by Hemingway’s Iceberg Theory – the alluring idea that some things are better left unexplained or open to interpretation. The tip of an iceberg is only one-eighth of what’s there, so much more lies beneath the surface. This idea of abstract possibilities is applied to all things One-Eighth. One-Eighth currently had a four-year long residency at INTAR Theatre. From participating in soloNOVA’s theater festival to performing at IRT, from two Mabou Mines residencies to creating an original piece at Bilkent University with Turkish actors, One-Eighth is constantly pushing theatrical boundaries. Poland, Japan, United Kingdom, Lithuania, Germany, Turkey, Romania, Korea, Puerto Rico, New York City-One-Eighth also travels the world offering workshops and ‘breaking the ice,’ sharing their theatrical pieces.
The Drunkard’s Wife
“Sherwood and Flanagin have managed to elevate this orgiastic panoply to a place of sincerity and intelligence while also imbuing it throughout with a screwball bawdiness and irreverence.” – Stagebuddy review of Feather Gatherers, by The Drunkard’s Wife, Ice Factory 2014
Led by Normandy Sherwood (The National Theater of the United States of America) and Craig Flanagin (God is My Co-Pilot and ½ Japanese) The Drunkard’s Wife is a no-wave mountain music band/theater troupe from Brooklyn. Their original works often incorporate raucous, no-wave inflected music and a generous, maximalist design sense. Their plays and spectacles have been seen at Rubulad (Tiny Hornets) Brick Theater (Permanent Caterpillar), New Ohio Theatre (Feather Gatherers), as well as block parties and bars and parades all over New York City. Their 2013 album, I Saw the Evil One, is available here: http://thedrunkardswife.bandca
ABOUT THE ARCHIVE RESIDENCY
Since 2007, IRT Theater has served the downtown theater community by providing space, support and community for independent artists through its 3B Development Series. With the arrival of the New Ohio Theatre to the Archive Building in 2011, IRT has been blessed to have both a kindred spirit and philosophical forbearer move in right downstairs.
Launched in 2012, the Archive Residency offers two select independent theater companies a two year commitment of space, artistic support, and institutional continuity for the development and presentation of a new work. In other words, a home.
The residency includes two separate engagements in IRT’s 3B Development Series and a one-week presentation in New Ohio’s OBIE Award-winning Ice Factory summer festival. The residency culminates in the second year with a fully realized, four-week run in the New Ohio’s main season.
BUILT FOR COLLAPSE and anecdota
IRT THEATER/NEW OHIO THEATRE LAUNCHES RESIDENCY PROGRAM
IS THIS THE SECRET TO OFF-OFF BROADWAY SURVIVAL?
Below are pictures celebrating our opening partnership
October 8 2012.
Photo Credits: Lee Wexler/ImagesforInnovation
This partnership between New Ohio and IRT will further establish the West Village’s Archive Building as one of the premier destinations for the development and presentation of NYC’s best and brightest theater makers.
The Archive Residency is by invitation only. The best way for us to get to know your work and for you to get to know our work is to be a part of IRT’s 3B Development Series and/or New Ohio’s Ice Factory and/or invite us to see productions of your work.