New Ohio Theatre & IRT's Archive Residency Premieres FROM BUILT FOR COLLAPSE & ANECDOTA

By: Mar. 07, 2018
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New Ohio Theatre & IRT's Archive Residency Premieres FROM BUILT FOR COLLAPSE & ANECDOTA The Archive Residency is a vital incubator for New York City's most electrifying independent theater companies. This two-year residency offers companies an artistic home for the development and presentation of a new work. Each residency culminates with a world premiere production. Now in its fifth year, the Archive Residency is a collaboration between New Ohio Theatre and IRT Theater (likeminded neighbors in the historic Archive Building in the West Village).

The two companies completing their residencies this spring are:

Built for Collapse, presenting the world premiere of DANGER SIGNALS, with text by Nina Segal, directed by Sanaz Ghajar, and composed by Jen Goma, running April 27 - May 19, 2018. Previews begin April 27 for an April 29 opening.

anecdota, presenting the world premiere of SAVED AGAIN AND BY HIM, a solo show created and performed by Erica Fae, with words by Sarah Wakefield, running May 23 - June 3, 2018. Official opening is May 23.

Shows take place at New Ohio Theatre, located at 154 Christopher Street between Greenwich and Washington Streets in New York City. Tickets for Danger Signals are $15 (4/27-5/1), $20 (5/3-5/8) and $25 (5/10-5/19). Tickets for Saved Again and By Him are $25. Purchase at or by calling 212-352-3101. For info visit, Like them on Facebook at, and follow on Twitter ( and Instagram ( at @NewOhioTheatre.

Built for Collapse's DANGER SIGNALS runs April 27 - May 19. Performances are Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, and Sundays at 7pm (no show on Sunday, May 6).

DANGER SIGNALS is a unique collaboration between the award-winning New York based theater company Built for Collapse, led by Iranian-American director Sanaz Ghajar, acclaimed British playwright Nina Segal (making her U.S. debut), and pop musician Jen Goma. A searing exploration of traumatic brain injuries, the medical history of lobotomies, and western culture's insatiable desire to control and colonize, DANGER SIGNALS is an explosive new work that questions the cost of ambition. Running time is approximately 70 minutes.

The cast includes Jessica Almasy (of the TEAM), Robert M. Johanson (of Nature Theater of Oklahoma) and Eva Jaunzemis (of Witness Relocation).

The production team includes Joe Cantalupo (Lighting Design), Karen Boyer (Costume Design), Dave Tennent (Projection Design), Emily Reilly (Dramaturgy), Jessica Schmidt (Producer), Jessica Dukatt (Production Stage Manager) and Jen Gushue (Production Manager).

In 2014, while in the very early stages of developing DANGER SIGNALS, Sanaz Ghajar was in a car accident in which a drunk driver hit her vehicle. She ended up in a coma. The collision caused traumatic internal bleeding in her brain and major damage to her frontal lobes (the part of the brain responsible for executive functions like planning, judgement, attention span, inhibition). Ghajar took a little over two years to recover. About the recovery Ghajar says, "The accident was a schism and my brain - which collapsed and then slowly rebuilt itself - was different. The formation and reformation of pathways led to the creation of a multitude of things that were new, other, stronger, weaker and more complicated." Unclear about how to finish making the show Ghajar invited Nina Segal to collaborate on, "something between a play and a devised piece of theater." Now four years on, about the show Ghajar says, "it's about those moments in a person's life when everything changes all at once. That moment of being spliced, split in two. There is the who you once were and the who you are now, and you'll never be able to get back to the before. These can be moments of trauma or moments of transcendence or, indeed, both - and this core theme is, I hope, something everyone can connect to."

This powerhouse triad of female artists each bring a unique sensibility to the work. Ghajar's company has been described by Time Out NY as, "an ambitiously subversive troupe." Goma has been described by NPR as "a musical shapeshifter. A singer with nuanced sensitivity and stirring power." Segal's work has been praised by critics for her command of language, Lyn Gardner (writing for The Guardian) described her most recent piece, Big Guns, as "both accusatory and sorrowful" saying "at times there are echoes of Tim Etchells and Forced has the poetic force of some of debbie tucker green's plays." A finalist for the Yale Drama Series Prize and current resident at the Bush Theatre in London, Danger Signals marks Segal's U.S. debut.

Built for Collapse is an award-winning theater company committed to building multidisciplinary work that challenges theatrical form. They develop each project through a highly physical approach to writing, rehearsal and performance that places specific importance on audience feedback and diverse source material including images, videos, pop culture, and found text. At times an erotic opera, at times a freakish and violent circus, Built for Collapse has been described as a "creative new approach to theatre." For info visit

anecdota's SAVED AGAIN AND BY HIM runs May 23 - June 3. Performances are Tuesdays - Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 5pm.

Drawn directly from Sarah Wakefield's narrative Six Weeks in the Sioux Tepees, SAVED AGAIN AND BY HIM recounts Sarah's experiences during the 1862 Dakota Uprising in Minnesota - a conflict that ended with President Lincoln's approval of the largest mass execution in US history. Were it not for the protection provided by one Dakota man, Sarah likely would not have lived to tell her story. A complicated narrator, by turns admirable and offensive, Sarah's voice resonates sharply as we still grapple with the legacy of America's brutal past (and present). Running time is approximately 75 minutes.

The production team includes Christina Watanabe (Lighting Design), William Neal (Sound Design), Jennifer Anderson (Costume Design), Sheldon Raymore (Creative & Cultural Consultant) and Miranda Feneberger (Production Stage Manager).

anecdota is dedicated to telling too-little-known true stories of American history. Its first piece, Take What Is Yours (the inaugural production at New Ohio), centered on Alice Paul and the woman's suffrage movement, and was a New York Times and Backstage Critic's Pick.

Erica Fae is an actor, filmmaker, writer/creator and teacher. SAVED AGAIN AND BY HIM marks her return to the solo form, the first being A GIRL JOAN about Joan of Arc. Most recently, she wrote/directed/performed in the award-winning feature film TO KEEP THE LIGHT, currently on Amazon, iTunes and VOD platforms. She teaches at the Yale School of Drama & the New School for Drama (MFA Program) and is in development on her second feature. Erica has had recurring roles on HBO's "Boardwalk Empire" and "Doll & Em," and can be seen in numerous films including Synecdoche New York, Little Children and Please Give. She'll be seen on HBO's upcoming "Black Rest." For info visit

The New York Times called Erica Fae's Take What Is Yours "riveting and powerful." Huffington Post praised her "virtuosic performance" in the play and described Fae as "a mesmerizing storyteller and performer." TheaterMania called the show "a brilliant docudrama," while Backstage lauded Fae's "expressive voice and body." The Washingtonian called her film To Keep the Light "mesmerizing and stunning...Fae has rightfully been anointed as an emerging talent." Fipresci described it as "a work by a visionary artist" and praised Fae's "most impressive and moving performance."

About the Archive Residency: The first year includes a one-month stay in IRT's 3B Development Series, and a one-week presentation in New Ohio's OBIE Award-winning Ice Factory summer festival. Archive Residency's two first-year resident companies, One-Eighth Theater and The Drunkard's Wife, will be presenting first-look showings in the 2018 Ice Factory Festival, June 27 - August 11. The second year includes additional time at IRT, and culminates with a fully realized, four-week run in the New Ohio's main season. Each fall, two more independent companies are invited into the Archive Residency, bringing the program to full strength with four companies in residence, each cycling through the two-year development process. Archive Residency alumni include The Assembly, Blessed Unrest, Collaboration Town, The Mad Ones, Our Voices Theater, Piehole, Rady&Bloom and Vampire Cowboys. Membership into the Archive Residency is currently by invitation only.

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

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 they have supported include Young Jean Lee, Reggie Watts, Mike Daisey and many others. For info visit


Sanaz Ghajar is an Iranian-American director, writer, and Artistic Director of award-winning theatre company Built for Collapse. Coming up, she is directing Red Wednesday at Mabou Mines Theater. Before that, she directed her company's Nuclear Love Affair, which played to sold out houses in NYC, Prague, Rome, and Krakow. She has developed work with New York Theatre Workshop, Clubbed Thumb, Civilians, Drama League, BRIC Arts | Media, 3LD, Ars Nova, Red House Center for Culture & Debate in Bulgaria, Prague Film & Theater Center, and others. Alumni of Drama League Directors Project, NYTW 2050 Fellowship, Clubbed Thumb Fellowship. NYTW Usual Suspect.

Jen Goma is a performer and creator of music, videos and theater living in NY. A self-propelled multi-media artist with "serious chops and undeniable charm" (Pitchfork Music), her solo debut album as Showtime Goma "shows how she can cause - and helm - a commotion while working with beats borrowed from R&B and pop." (Rolling Stone). She is currently alongside Kristine Haruna Lee in the Soho Rep Theater Writer/Director Lab and is a member of the bands A Sunny Day in Glasgow and Roman à Clef. Goma was also a member of People Get Ready, a band that has mounted shows at NY institutions, The Kitchen and New York Live Arts, in addition to providing live original music for Jodi Melnick in the Fall For Dance festival. She recently finished a tour opening for of Montreal with Nancy Feast (Teeny Lieberson of the band TEEN). She has also collaborated with The Pains of Being Pure at Heart and Jherek Bischoff.

Nina Segal's productions include Big Guns (Yard Theatre, 2017; upcoming German-language translation); In The Night Time (Before The Sun Rises) (Gate Theatre, 2016; Italian-language production, Teatro Belli, 2017; Atlantic Theater Company's Amplified Series, NY, 2018); and Danger Signals (New Ohio, NY, 2017/18). Nina has been a finalist for the Yale Drama Series Prize 2016 and the Adrian Pagan Award 2015. Nina is currently in residence with the Bush Theatre, through their Project 2036 programme.