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THE INCREDIBLE FOX SISTERS Begins Tonight at New Ohio Theatre


Multidisciplinary performance group Live Source presents the world premiere of THE INCREDIBLE FOX SISTERS, a new play by Jaclyn Backhaus (Men on Boats). Directed by Tyler Mercer, THE INCREDIBLE FOX SISTERS begins performances on Friday, October 30, 2015 - prior to an official press opening of November 1st - at The New Ohio Theater (154 Christopher Street). Performances continue through Sunday, November 8th. Tickets are priced at $20 ($15 for students and seniors) and will be available online at beginning September 28th. The production returns to the New Ohio for its world premiere following a hit, sold-out workshop production during the theater's 2014 Ice Factory Festival.

THE INCREDIBLE FOX SISTERS is based on the true story of Maggie and Kate Fox, two girls from Hydesville, New York who in the 1800s became international celebrities by convincing the world they were communicating with spirits of the dead. Through a darkly comedic coming-of-age story, Backhaus' script tracks the girls' rapid rise to (and fall from) fame.

The cast of THE INCREDIBLE FOX SISTERS features Katrina Day, Phoebe Dunn, Stephen Elrod, Shannon Haddock, Andrew Hamling, Kate Owens, Anthony Ritosa, and Hannah Vaughn.

The production and design team for THE INCREDIBLE FOX SISTERS is: Jonathan Cottle (Set Designer) with Kelsey Jeffries (Associate Set Designer), Michelle Persoff (Costume Designer), Marika Kent (Lighting Designer), Beth Lake (Sound Designer), Kate Freer (Video Designer), Quinlan Orear (Film Cinematography), Jessica Kidwell (Stage Manager), and Joshua Shain (Production Manager).

Jaclyn Backhaus (Playwright) is a playwright and performer originally from Phoenix, Arizona. Her most recent play, Men On Boats, was a NYT Critics' Pick for its Clubbed Thumb Summerworks production and featured in The Kilroys' 2015 List. The Incredible Fox Sisters is her first play with Live Source. Other recent credits: the Bull's Hollow Trilogy, You On The Moors Now, and Set in the Living Room of a Small Town American Play. Recipient of commissions from Playwrights Horizons and Ars Nova. Jaclyn is a Creative Director of Fresh Ground Pepper, the Founding Resident Playwright for TRE, a member of the 2014-2015 Civilians R&D Group, and a Clubbed Thumb Falcon. BFA, NYU.

Tyler Mercer (Director & Producer) is the director and producer of Live Source. Work with Live Source includes MACBETH, WE ARE LIVE, BOHEMIAN LIGHTS, and THE INCREDIBLE FOX SISTERS. Film production credits include Revenge for Jolly! (Strongman/Last Pictures, dir. Chadd Harbold) and post-production for Hugo (Sikelia Productions, dir. Martin Scorsese). Tyler has also worked with artists such as The Wooster Group, Ma-Yi Theater Company, and director Kate Whoriskey, and is currently a member of the development team at the Mark Morris Dance Group.

Live Source is a not-for-profit group of theatre and film artists from New York City. Formed in 2011 to challenge the ways multidisciplinary theatre is created, the group uses both classic and bold original plays to unearth contemporary themes, drawing from a blend of styles, stories, and live sources. With innovative design and technology in constant play with highly-stylized performances, Live Source audiences engage with daring new theatre. Past Live Source productions include: a mixed-media reimagining of MACBETH (2012); WE ARE LIVE (Access Theater, 2012); and BOHEMIAN LIGHTS (Pregones Theatre and HERE Arts Center, 2014).

Scheduled Friday, October 30th through Sunday, November 8th, THE INCREDIBLE FOX SISTERS will be performed on Tuesdays through Saturdays at 8pm, and Saturdays through Sundays at 2pm at The New Ohio Theatre (154 Christopher Street). There is no 8pm performance on Saturday, October 31st. General Tickets are $20 ($15 for students and seniors) and can be purchased online at beginning September 28th.

THE INCREDIBLE FOX SISTERS is presented as part of New Ohio Hosts, New Ohio Theatre's curated rental program, which provides subsidized theatre space to innovative not?for?profit theatre companies and independent theatre artists. To find out more about the New Ohio's producing, presenting, and curated rental programs, visit

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