Archive Residency-SOOT AND SPIT
May 27 - June 17 2017
IN RESIDENCE: 2015- 2017 Resident Company
New Ohio Theatre and Our Voices present
An Archive Residency Production, in collaboration with New Ohio and IRT Theater
Written by Charles Mee, Jr.
Directed by Kim Weild
What drives a single person to create nearly 20,000 works of art? Celebrating the life of James Castle, one of America’s great outsider artists, Our Voices presents the world premiere of acclaimed playwright Charles Mee’s soot and spit. Born profoundly deaf, Castle never learned to read, write, sign or speak. His art was his language. Bringing his world to life through bluegrass, dance, and multi-media displays of his works, soot and spit enables its audience to experience the “other”- and rejoice in the unquenchable creativity of the human spirit.
Featuring: Robert Ariza*, Estelle Bajou*, John Ford Dunker*, JW Guido, Peregrine Heard, Geraldine Leer*, Christopher Lopes, Jon Wolfe Nelson, Alexandria Wailes*, Douglas Waterbury-Tieman*, and Arielle Yoder*
Running time: 90 minutes, no intermission
OUR VOICES creates innovative theater that exalts diversity, engenders understanding, provokes empathy and offers an alternate way for society to organize itself. They actively investigate themes of otherness in society whether they are culture, language, gender, sexual orientation or ability while cultivating an inclusive experience that more accurately represents our shared humanity and the world in which we live.
SOOT AND SPIT was developed, in part, through the Archive Residency, a program of New Ohio Theatre and IRT Theater.
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. Some of the artists we have supported include Young Jean Lee, Reggie Watts and Mike Daisey.
The Archive Residency is generously supported, in part, with funds from The NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, The National Endowment for the Arts, The Nancy Quinn Fund, a project of ART-NY, and the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation.
The Archive Residency is generously supported, in part, with funds from The NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, The National Endowment for the Arts, and the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation.
Photos by Nina Wurtzel from the 2016 Ice Factory first-look showing
*Appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association