The New Ohio Theatre Opens Its Doors Tomorrow

09/22/2011 1:05 PM |

Inside the New Ohio Theatre, exposed columns and all.
  • Inside the New Ohio Theatre, exposed columns and all.

It’s been a long, hard road for the Ohio Theatre, founded at 66 Wooster Street in 1984 and one of the last experimental art venues to move out of Soho when the building’s new owners finally kicked Soho Think Tank, the theater company running it, out last summer. But after an interim season spent in a residency at 3LD, Soho Think Tank is ready to move into its new Ohio Theatre, called, literally, the New Ohio Theatre (pictured).

Soho Think Tank artistic director Robert Lyons and his company are holding an open house at their new West Village home tomorrow from 8pm to midnight, and you’re all invited. It’ll be our first chance to get a glimpse of the brand new theater in the Archive Building at 154 Christopher Street, whose vital statistics are quite close to the old Ohio’s: it has fixed seating with room for 72, the stage is 28 feet wide and 30 feet deep. And judging by the above photo of the space still under construction, there are even some pillars reminiscent of the old space’s four columns.

After the open house, the New Ohio Theatre will be launching right into its fall season. From October 7-23 neighboring company IRT Theater will produce the suffragette drama Take What Is Yours by Erica Fae and Jill A. Samuels. From October 29-November 20 the suburban bromance Two-Man Kidnapping Rule by Joseph Gallo will take over the space. Rounding out the fall season is Post Office, written by David Jenkins and produced by the company Human Animals, about an aging mailman and a housewife in a small town who decide to teach a teen everything they know.

In the meantime, here’s Robert Lyons’ letter inviting you to tomorrow night’s open house:

Dear Friends of the Ohio Theatre,

After all the crazy twists and turns of the last several years we are thrilled (and frankly amazed) to be opening the New Ohio Theatre
this fall.

Thanks to YOUR generous support of our Ohio UN-Interrupted fundraising drive, the bedrock support of Rockrose Development (our fantastic new landlords), the extra-special support of the Peg Santvoord Foundation, the continuing support of 3LD and the Herculean efforts of Marshall Miller (chief designer and lead builder), “Phase One” of our renovation of the space is nearly complete.

We could not wait another day to invite the downtown theatre community in to take a look, and to break the space in with a little party — Ohio Style. (If you don’t know what that means, you really should find out!)

Admission: Free.
Beer & wine: Free.
DJ Silky on board: Yes.
Donations accepted? You better believe it.

Thank you, and I look forward to seeing you at the New Ohio!

All the best,
Robert Lyons
Artistic Director
New Ohio Theatre