UPCOMING EVENTS


Daphne
Sep
14
to Sep 24

Daphne

Part of IRT's 3B Development Series

Written by Alice Pencavel; Directed by Paul Bedard

Daphne is a tree. But she wasn’t always. In fact, she’d do anything to be human again. Even if it means undergoing the ax… Spun from a love of vegetation and Greek mythology, Daphne is a hero’s journey of survival, symbol, and poetic endurance.

DAPHNE performs on
Thursday 9/14 at 8pm, Saturday 9/16 at 5 (Opening), Sunday 9/17 at 7, Tuesday 9/19 at 8, Thursday 9/21 at 8, Saturday 9/23 at 8, and Sunday 9/24 at 3.

Alice Pencavel: Work includes The Glowing Boot (Best Emerging Actress, United Solo Festival; Portland Fringe Festival), Pie Shop Play (finalist, Bay Area Playwrights Festival), The Dutch Goose (semi-finalist, Eugene O’Neill Playwright’s Conference), Totally Wholesome Foods; Bubbles; Nanners in da Face; Oh My God (Politico-Comico reading series); A Box in the Mountains (reading, Naked Angels), Nightmare (Theater in the Room, Kiev, Ukraine), Field Trip: A Climate Cabaret, (Superhero Clubhouse), Nettles (semi-finalist, Manhattan Rep), A Call From the Devil (Oh Force Theatre Co.), Jeans Make Art (Romanian/American New Play Exchange), The Spider & The Wasp; How it Happens; Fly Away; What I Knead; and Yours, Truly (New School). BFA Acting, Ithaca College; MFA Playwriting New School for Drama.

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.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York State Council on the Arts, and The Nancy Quinn Fund, a project of ART-NY.

PLEASE NOTE: All sales final and there is no late seating at IRT Theater.
***IRT is a fully wheelchair-accessible facility.***

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Pomegrenade
Sep
13
to Sep 24

Pomegrenade

Part of IRT's 3B Development Series

Written & Directed by Ran Xia

Persephone gets snatched to the underworld, but the place isn't really what she expected. Hades has his own problems to deal with as well, especially when the memory archive is at capacity with the refugees pouring into the world of the dead.  

FEATURING Zoe Abuyuan, Diane Chen (Dionysus), Jes Davis (Kharon), Maricelis Galanes (Hermes), Sean Hinckle (Ares), Finn Kilgore (Hades), Lizzy Ana Lincoln (Persephone), Andrea Negrete, Jara Skagfjord, Sarah Gwynne Walker, and Marie Zoumanigui (4:48).

Associate Director is Julia Levine. Assistant Directors are Jake Beckhard and Charlotte Arnoux. Additional Musical is by Emily Krause. Fight Choreography is by Madeleine Emerick and the Dispatch Combat Collective. Set Design is by Julie A. Solomon. Lighting Design is by Elizabeth M. Stewart. 

POMEGRENADE performs on
Wednesday 9/13 at 8, Friday 9/15 at 8, Saturday 9/16 at 8 (Opening), Sunday 9/17 at 2, Wednesday 9/20 at 8, Friday 9/22 at 8, Saturday 9/23 at 2, and Sunday 9/24 at 7.

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Fridge Festival
Aug
31
to Sep 10

Fridge Festival

The Arctic Group 1st New York International FRIDGE Festival
August 31 through September 10, 2017
AT IRT THEATRE (154 Christopher Street, 3B)

Featuring works by playwrights including Matthew Minnicino, Daniel Talbott, Celine Song, Katie Cappiello, Korde A. Tuttle, and 5 selects out of an incredible amount of excellent submission.

Born in response to the news that the NY Fringe Festival would not take place in the summer of 2017, The FRIDGE Festival is a multidisciplinary theater festival which will feature new works. We place no restrictions on pieces and are excited to present a wide variety of genres. We do, however, require that all plays include (nay, feature) a fridge.

WE PROVIDE THE FRIDGE!

Half of all performances will be FILL OUR FRIDGE nights; in which tickets can be purchased with non-perishable goods instead of money. These donations will be delivered to a food bank local to the theater. FILL OUR FRIDGE is our way to solidify our belief that The Arts play an essential role in the community and in anticipation of National Hunger Month.

As you surely know, a theater festival is a sizeable project. We hope that you see the merits of THE FRIDGE FEST and that you can help us fund it. 

Any donation over $200 will enter you or your company in our Super Hot Cocoa Club of Sponsors. Members of The Club have unlimited VIP passes to all shows and will have their names featured on our website and in our programs.

How to donate? It couldn’t be simpler:

Send your donation through PAYPAL to arctichumans@gmail.com

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Polar Bear Plunge: Midnight Snack
Jun
4
6:00 PM18:00

Polar Bear Plunge: Midnight Snack

Arctic's 5th PLUNGE
June 4th SUNDAY (we're moving the date because of a booking exchange)
Our theme this time will be Midnight Snack

Prompts for the artists: 
A blinding light
Sound waves
Hot sauce

The show is FREE with a suggested $5 donation at the event or support us online at www.thearcticgroup.org/support-us

Featuring new works by Arctic Humans and guest artists including Marcus Crawford GuyMichael GriffithsAlisa ZhulinaKatie VincentDennis Yueh-yeh Li, Mike Puckett, and (maybe) more.

Lineup coming up soon.

Submit your work at www.thearcticgroup.org/polar-bear-plunge

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Polar Bear Plunge: Spring Cleaning
Apr
2
6:00 PM18:00

Polar Bear Plunge: Spring Cleaning

Vol. 4 of Arctic's POLAR BEAR PLUNGE is happening right AFTER April Fool's Day
Our theme this time will be SPRING CLEANING

Tickets at https://www.artful.ly/store/events/11733

The show is FREE with a suggested $5 donation at the event or support us online at www.thearcticgroup.org/support-us

Featuring new works by Arctic Humans
Charlotte ArnouxFlorence Le BasVictoria GiambalvoRan XiaAdrian Burke Jake Geary and guest artists including Alice PencavelKelly Teaford,Hanan MahboubaMonica TrauschCatherine Spino, and Katie Vincent

Submit your work (for our next plunge on June 3rd) atwww.thearcticgroup.org/polar-bear-plunge

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Polar Bear Plunge: Promises
Feb
11
6:00 PM18:00

Polar Bear Plunge: Promises

Polar Bear Plunge: Promises
(Imbibe and tip liberally.)
Door at 5:30 pm, show at 6:00 pm

From your friendly neighbourhood Arctic Humans
There will be an original song by Charlotte Arnoux
New works by Florence Le BasAdrian BurkeVictoria GiambalvoJake GearyRan Xia will be emcee
As well as from guest artists
New plays by Monica TrauschJulia Levine, original songs by Emily KrauseK Sloan, poetry by Lawrence DreyfussKelly Teaford, and story byEsther Ko

Tickets at https://www.artful.ly/store/events/11251

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Harmony
Feb
8
8:30 PM20:30

Harmony

We started working on HARMONY in 2015 when Ran was in China, where the government censorship is approaching an Orwellian level. In China, internet users are not given access to websites with user-generated contents including Facebook, Wikipedia, etc. This is mirrored in the US where people are desensitized by the constant flood of information. 

Harmony, pronounced "He Xie" in Mandarin, is written as the characters "和谐". Two completely different characters, "河蟹", are pronounced the same way, except they mean "the river crab". "The river crab", along with other "mystical creatures", such as "French Croatian Squids" (法克鱿, which sounds like Fuck You phonetically in Mandarin), have become revolutionary mascots. By using homophones to dodge surveillance, the internet-savvy young generations accomplished cyberspace civil disobedience. 

Harmony, in China, is an illusion, created by the government's control over media. We hypothesize that the US version of the "Harmony" illusion, is the "greatness" that Trump speaks of. 

Is true harmony just a pipe dream? 

The current iteration of HARMONY includes voices of 46 individuals from around the world. Over the past year, they have shared with us their thoughts on the world's current political climate, as well as the vulnerabilities we all share as a species. Their stories have turned the perplexing concept of harmony into a remedy in these unsettling times, and a weapon of our self-protection. 

Harmony is not a play. It is a sound sculpture welded with truths, a collection of voices, which converge together like streams to the ocean. We hope that in this hearing space, a community will flourish, and we'll be ever stronger with hope.

-- From Ran and Charlotte

FEATURING 46 VOICES FROM AROUND THE WORLD: 
Raquel Borromeo, Sean Jenny, Clara Pagone, Jennie Campbell, Lindsay Wells, Matthew Vitticore, Charlotte Arnoux, Joey Labadia, Monica Trausch, Joanna Fang, Maya Land, Adham James Haddara, Gehad ‘Gee’ ElShaikh, Abraham Marlett, Alex Parrish, Danny Wilfred, Emily Cordes, Amy Cordes, Emily Krause, Jason Almeida, Joey Rizzolo, Katie Vincent, Laura Aristovolus, Lexa Krebs, Marissa Rutka, Priyanka Voruganti, Victoria Giambalvo, Aurelien Arnoux, Penny Wu, Christopher Fok, Erika Baum, Byanjana Thapa, Irene Turri, Puy Navarro, Dominique Decamps, Laure Porche, Ran Xia, Simon Lu, Kendra Augustin, Robert Devonshire, K. Sloan, Janet Admasu, Lula Konner, Karen Oughtred, Mo Faramawy, and Erica Rose

SPECIAL THANKS to musical contributions from Neil Erua, Lulu Clohessy, et al, Marissa Stewart, Laura Kruegel, and Rebecca Strimaitis

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Dixon Place Presents: Harmony
Jan
23
7:30 PM19:30

Dixon Place Presents: Harmony

This is an attempt to find resilience through difficult times.
Conceived by Ran Xia in the fall of 2015 while experiencing censorship in China. 

From the creator: 
Since the fall of 2015 I have been working on and gathering materials for audio play HARMONY, which deals with the internet/government surveillance in China. Many of the elements that I have experienced as a Chinese citizen (not being able to access websites with user generated contents including Facebook, wikipedia, etc), are eerily possible in our not-so-distant future in the US. Harmony, in China, is an illusion, accomplished by the government's control over media. Harmony, in the US, is what that man meant by "great". And that "greatness" comes with a pre-requisite. 
Harmony, pronounced "He Xie" in Mandarin, is written as the characters "和谐". "河蟹", two completely different characters, are pronounced the same way, however they mean "the river crab". The young generations of China accomplish cyberspace civil disobedience in that way, referring to the words they want to express with different characters of similar pronunciation in order to dodge surveillance. I want to discover the undercurrent amongst Americans. 
I want to make a piece that broadcasts the beauty of the "disharmony", which is represented by the minorities, members of the LGBT+ community, the women, the thousands of illegal immigrants, etc. 
This is a collection of voices, converging together like streams to the ocean, which carry so much power and hope. 
This is a hearing space which will surely generate conversations, through which I hope a community will flourish. 

Collaborated since 2015 with Charlotte Arnoux, Matthew Vitticore, and many more.

Premiering at Dixon Place and then performances happening on air, or wherever you can find a headphone.

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Polar Bear Plunge: Fire Hazard
Dec
10
6:00 PM18:00

Polar Bear Plunge: Fire Hazard

Arctic Group's 2ND Polar Bear Plunge features short pieces with the theme FIRE HAZARD
(Imbibe and tip liberally.)
Door at 5:30 pm, show at 6:00 pm

Short materials created and sometimes performed by Arctic Humans (Charlotte Arnoux, Adrian Burke, Florence Le Bas, Victoria Giambalvo, Ran Xia), and GUEST ARTISTS including: Jake Beck, Cristian Marianciuc aka Icarus.Mid.Air, Sean Jenny, Jordon Waters, and possibly more.

Performance opportunity courtesy of Bunga's Den
Suggested donation $5

Free Reservation

 

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