Comedy writing team Marina Tempelsman and Niccolo Aeed’s new show Unpacking: A Ghost Story Told in the Dark opens its run at HERE tonight at 7:00 PM. I was a huge fan of last year’s Room 4, which also featured Unpacking star Temesgen Tocruray, and I couldn’t wait to see what was next from this hilarious and insightful writing team. Before opening night, I sat down with Marina and Nicco to discuss the show’s novel lighting design, developing an on-stage romance, and what scares them off-stage in the real world.
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.
Piehole’s Ski End, now playing at the New Ohio Theatre, has big ambitions. According to a note published in the program, the show is meant to explore “economic and environmental dread” and provide a “thoughtful alternative to the noise” of the current political climate. Lofty goals and admirable ones in this time, but are they successful?
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.
Blessed Unrest’s Bodies: Anatomies of Being opened May 1 at the New Ohio Theatre, located at 154 Christopher Street between Greenwich and Washington Street, and will run through May 21. Tickets are $18 and are available for purchase in advance online here or by phone at 212-352-3101.