Soot and Spit, playing at the New Ohio Theatre through June 17, is a celebration of artist James Castle. He was born deaf and autistic, and in his lifetime, he developed a distinctive artistic style using found objects, drawing tools he created, and a mix of soot and spit.
In the New York theatre world, deaf perspectives are severely under-represented. Shows like Deaf West’s Spring Awakening and the work by the New York Deaf Theatre are encouraging, but they are also anomalies. Theatre productions that fully integrate deaf, hard-of-hearing, and hearing people in the cast and creative teams are even more rare.
Piehole and Our Voices Theater will be completing their residencies this spring with two world premieres at the New Ohio Theatre, located at 154 Christopher Street. Piehole’s Ski End will run from April 30 to May 19 with a May 2 opening night, and Our Voices’ Soot and Spit will run May 27 to June 17 with a May 31 opening night. Tickets are $25, and Ski End is offering student tickets for $20, available online here or by calling 212-352-3101.