Siobhan O'Loughlin's BROKEN BONE BATHTUB to Play The Red Room at KGB Bar
Following an acclaimed site-specific run this past winter in NYC, SIOBHAN O'LOUGHLIN brings her intimate solo theatrical event to a permanent venue for the first time ever!
Monday evenings at 7:00PM, beginning May 1 at The Red Room at KGB Bar (no performance May 29). BROKEN BONE BATHTUB is the award-winning immersive one-person play taking place inside an actual bathtub.
After a serious bike accident, a young woman musters up the courage to ask for help, and shares her story, exploring themes of trauma, suffering, human generosity and connection. The audience takes on the role of Siobhan's close friends; listening and sharing their own experiences, and assisting the cast-clad artist in her very real ritual of taking a bath.
Watch a preview below!
Broken Bone Bathtub has performed to sold out site-specific venues all over the world, received an Outstanding Solo Performance Award from The New York Innovative Theatre Foundation in a run produced by Elephant Run District, and was named in the Top Ten Shows not to miss by City Pages Minneapolis, Best Performances in 2016 by DC Metro Theatre Arts, and Immersive Theatre Shows to See by The New York Times. It has been featured on Japan's NHK and Brazil's ARTE1 television networks.
Broken Bone Bathtub premiered in Tokyo, and has since been performed throughout Australia, Ireland, the UK, and across the USA-from Los Angeles to Baltimore, to St. Louis, Minneapolis and Orlando. This New York run (in a newly revised version reflecting current events) will be a return following an earlier sold out initial production in 2014 featured in The New York Times in: "A Surreal Dive Into Immersive Theater."
After a bike accident, leading to a broken hand, Ms. O'Loughlin began borrowing friends' bathtubs all over New York (since she only had a shower). Crafted from a set of Ms. O'Loughlin's journal entries after the accident, Broken Bone Bathtub is a testament to the kindness and generosity of her friends helping her take a bath, buying her dinner, leaving her wine and chocolate, getting her new bubbles, and washing their favorite warm bath robes for her to use. The theatrical experience stems from how much their openness, kindness, and generosity contributed to her healing, as well as a meditation on our many pathways to healing-through self, community, and the political movements around us that inspire us to keep going...even in tumultuous times.
Broken Bone Bathtub in New York is in part sponsored by Soap Cherie in Williamsburg - uniquely handmade organic soap and bath products. Produced by Jason Rost.
SIOBHAN O'LOUGHLIN is a Brooklyn-based writer, performer, activist, and award-
winning playwright who tours her solo work internationally. She is a Moth Story Slam Champion, a published playwright with Indie Theatre Now, a trained Joker with Theatre of the Oppressed NYC, a New York Innovative Theatre Award winner, and a grant recipient of the Network of Ensemble Theatres.
O'Loughlin received her BA in Acting from Towson University in Baltimore, MD, studied Devised Theatre and Choreography abroad at Dartington College of Arts in Devon, England, and practiced puppetry under the tutelage of Peter Schumann at Bread & Puppet Theatre in Glover, VT.
As a touring artist, Siobhan both performs and educates, teaching creative workshops from American classrooms, to English outdoor festival grounds, Filipino theaters and Syrian Refugee camps. Solo performance is Siobhan's main vessel of creative work.
She has three full-length solo shows, The Rope in Your Hands, Natural Novice, and Broken Bone Bathtub, all of which have toured nationally across the USA, and globally throughout the UK, Ireland, Japan and the Philippines. The Rope in Your Hands received five star reviews at the Edinburgh International Fringe Festival and in Washington, DC., as well as awarded Fringe Crush in St. Louis, MO. Natural Novice was awarded Best of the Fest at Charm City Fringe Festival in Baltimore, MD, the recipient of the 2014 Fringe Crush award at the St Lou Fringe, and was named one of the top ten Independent Theatre performances in Seattle for 2014. Both of these two shows have also been presented at universities, where Siobhan pairs the performance with workshops in storytelling, civic engagement, and activism.
Legendary East Village KGB Bar has a newly created sexy and intimate space to entertain it's overflowing crowd. Proprietor Denis Woychuk has given his prohibition-era building it's due, premiering a speakeasy style club on the 3rd floor at 85 E. 4th Street. The limited occupancy Red Room features gangster inspired libations with names like Wiseguy and Cocksman and antiques from the period, including a copper bath tub. The discriminative spot promotes the feel of days gone by when infamous gangster Lucky Luciano's Palm Casino inhabited the building.
Photo by Zack DeZon