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FRIDAYS ON ICE Kicks Off With Los Profesores, Osyris Antham, Rich Templeton, And Brittany Carney

FRIDAYS ON ICE Kicks Off With Los Profesores, Osyris Antham, Rich Templeton, And Brittany Carney Fridays on Ice, the Ice Factory Festival's late-night salon series is thrilled to announce this year's lineup. Curated and produced by Kevin Laibson (formerly of The PIT and Magic Futurebox), with associate producer Jonathan Portee (The Late Stream), Fridays on Ice features cutting-edge micro-works by experimental comedians, rappers, storytellers, dancers, and cabaret performers.

These artists are creating work not usually seen in downtown theatre spaces, but more typically found performing in nightclubs, bars, and private apartments. Fridays on Ice is an ephemeral mini-fest 1 hour a week through Ice Factory - it takes over the 6x20 foot strip in front of the stage (complete with that week's Ice Factory Mainstage set as a backdrop), pulls the bar inside, and brings audiences up close and personal to some of New York's cagiest experimentalists.

Time Out New York calls Ice Factory "one of New York's best curated-festivals," and The New York Times says the festival's "an annual celebration of the weird, the wild and the unexpectedly wonderful." New York Magazine praises the Ice Factory as "New York's #1 Summer Theatre Festival," and The New Yorker says, "The Ice Factory Festival has a fine record for presenting intellectually challenging and artistically daring fare."

Performances are Friday night 7/6 through 8/10 at 10pm. Tickets for Fridays on Ice are $10 and include your first drink. Purchase at NewOhioTheatre.org or by calling 212-352-3101. For info visit NewOhioTheatre.org/FridaysOnIce18.htm, Like on Facebook at /NewOhioTheatre and /IceFactoryFestival, follow on Instagram at @NewOhioTheatre, and for up-to-the-minute festival updates follow on Twitter at @NewOhioTheatre.

Los Profesores will teach you Spanish! In what the Village Voice called their "dizzy fizzing duet," they present the dumbest (and most insane) Spanish lesson you'll ever have. It's like Dora the Explorer, but hopelessly grown-up. Los Profesores is Erica Hernandez and Pedro Alcocer. Both Erica and Pedro perform sketch and improv regularly at Upright Citizen's Brigade in New York City, and at festivals across the country with their acclaimed duo.

Brittany Carney (Night Train, Church Night) comes to us from Washington, D.C., where she produces Fale University, the monthly mock academic lecture series, and organizes benefit shows including Cause 4 Laughs: A Planned Parenthood Fundraiser, and BlerdFest: A Comedy Show to Celebrate Black Joy and Nerdship for Black Lives Matter DC. In an average ten minute piece, Carney's comedy careens through space and time, with forays in to dandyism, science fiction erotica, negro spirituals as sung in Japanese rice fields, and playfully chaotic march chants. Osyris Antham is the End of the Weak 2017 World Champion MC, and a 14-Time Freestyle Mondays Champion, representing Flatbush.

Hailed as Brooklyn's Bohemian Rapper, OA has been seen on HuffPost Black Voices' BARS, GoPro Music's Spittin in da Wip, and basically every stage with an eye for nyc hip hop. His lyrics are emotional, direct, and smart as hell, and he recently garnered a lot of attention from his acclaimed remix response to Joyner Lucas' "I'm Not Racist," a thorough and unflinching rebuke of not just Lucas's track and argument, but also our country's inability to face its own white supremacist history.

Rich Templeton (Overheard at Joe's, UCB's Characters Welcome) presents The Piece, an ever-changing solo comedy performance, described as "a delightful nightmare," "genuinely upsetting," and "an experience that will leave you laughing with your whole, freaked out body." If we tried to explain any further, we'd be doing you and it a disservice. New Ohio Theatre is a two-time OBIE Award-winning theatre under the leadership of Robert Lyons, Artistic Director, and Marc Stuart Weitz, Producing Director. The New Ohio serves New York's most adventurous theatre audiences by developing and presenting bold work from today's vast independent theatre community.

They believe the best of this community, the small artist-driven ensembles and the daring producing companies who operate without a permanent theatrical home, are actively expanding the boundaries of where American theatre is right now and where it's going. From their home in the West Village's historic Archive Building, the New Ohio provides a high-profile platform for downtown's most mature, ridiculous, engaged, irreverent, gut-wrenching, frivolous, sophisticated, foolish and profound theatrical endeavors.

The theatre is accessible from the #1 train to Christopher St. or A, B, C, D, E, F or M train to West 4th St. For info visit NewOhioTheatre.org. Fridays on Ice Summer Lineup: 7/6: Los Profesores; Osyris Antham; Brittany Carney; Rich Templeton 7/13: AzN PoP!; Am I the Only One? 7/20: Fake Church 7/27: We're A Genius; Gianmarco Soresi; Nicole Pasquale 8/3: New Team Honeybear; Debt-Free Denae; Catherine Cohen 8/10: Aparna Nancherla; Good Brother; Off Top For tickets and more information about the artists, go to http://newohiotheatre.org/fridaysonice18.html


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