New Ohio Theatre Hosts 'Sunset Benefit Cocktail Party' for 2013 Ice Factory Festival Tonight

New Ohio Theatre Hosts 'Sunset Benefit Cocktail Party' for 2013 Ice Factory Festival Tonight

New Ohio Theatre and Artistic Director Robert Lyons will host a Sunset Benefit Cocktail Party, celebrating 20 years of presenting some of the most innovative and cutting-edge downtown theatre in their Obie Award-winning Ice Factory summer festival. The event takes place tonight, June 20 from 7pm - 10pm on the rooftop of the historic Archive Building at 666 Greenwich Street in the West Village.

With drinks in hand, watch the sun set over the Statue of Liberty and the moon rise over the Empire State Building as it lights up in New Ohio's oxblood red (it could happen!). Snack on neighborhood treats, win Yankee tickets (and more), hear pop-up performances from artists over the past two decades, share stories and groove to the ambient smooth-osity of DJ Silky as the sparkling cityscape comes to life from dusk to dark.

Special guests include Ice Factory alumni Jess Barbagallo (Good Year for Hunters, IF '12), Rebecca Hart (Struck, IF '11), Tina Satter (Half Straddle, IF '10), Susan Bernfield (New Georges, IF '07), Rachel Chavkin (the TEAM, IF '06), Alex Timbers (Les Freres Corbusier, IF '04), Lenora Champagne (Mother's Little Helper, IF '03), John Collins (Elevator Repair Service, IF '01), Dan Rothenberg (Pig Iron Theatre, IF '01), Matthew Maher (Gravity, IF '98), David Cote (Rich White Farmers, IF '95), and more.

Tickets are $100 (includes 2 tickets to any show in Ice Factory 2013) or $250 (includes 2 tickets to every show in Ice Factory 2013). To purchase tickets or for more information visit

All ticket proceeds give New Ohio Theatre a running start as they launch into their third decade of discovering and presenting New York's most innovative, challenging, entertaining, perception-altering theatre artists (who also know how to party). Help keep New York's downtown theatre scene at the forefront of contemporary American theatre.

Shows and artists from Ice Factory have gone on to garner TONY Awards, Drama Desk Awards, Obie Awards, Edinburgh Audience First Awards, Off-Broadway productions, commercial runs, and national and international tours.

New Ohio Theatre and Artistic Director Robert Lyons extends a special thanks to Rockrose for making this benefit possible. Event sponsors include The Bronx Brewery, Gaetana's, Haus Alpenz, Heights Chateau, Los Perros Locos and The Treats Truck.

The 2013 Obie Award-winning Ice Factory Festival will celebrate its 20th Anniversary with six new works over six weeks, running from June 26 - August 3, 2013. Performances take place at the New Ohio Theatre (154 Christopher Street) in New York City. This year's line-up includes The Assembly's That Poor Dream (June 26 - 29), Sightline's My Machine is Powered by Clocks (July 3 - 6), The Mad Ones' Untitled Biopic Project (July 10 - 13), CollaborationTown's Help Me To Make It (July 17 - 20), Built for Collapse's Red Wednesday (July 24 - 27), and Anonymous Ensemble's I Land (July 31 - August 3). Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling Vendini at 888-596-1027.

New Ohio strengthens, nurtures and promotes a community of independent theatre artists and theatre companies by curating and presenting new work in New York City. With its Ice Factory summer festival New Ohio offers emerging and established companies a prime forum in which to develop their work. Ice Factory prides itself on maintaining extraordinary aesthetic diversity along with an unequaled standard for intelligent, imaginative theater.

The two-time Obie Award-winning New Ohio Theatre has a twenty-plus-year history producing and presenting the most exciting, sophisticated, irreverent and boundary-busting downtown theatre. From their new home in New York's West Village, they fulfill a distinctive need in the theater community, presenting works and supporting artists who challenge the mechanics of traditional narrative to create theatre that is both deeply humane and utterly fresh. The space is accessible from the #1 train to Christopher St. or A, B, C, D, E, F or M train to West 4th St.

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