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19th Ice Factory Fest Brings Daring New Theatre

apocalypseBecause it just wouldn’t be summer in New York City without some experimental theater, the New Ohio Theatre (154 Christopher Street) will be holding the 19th annual Ice Factory Festival (June 27 – Augest 4 2012). Based on the simple concept of six plays in six weeks, the Ice Factory Festival is a daring assembly of the theatre world’s emerging actors and writers. The plays being shown are a unique blend the bizarre, the hysterical, and the tragic, and culled from novelists and playwrights for a most unusual brand of theatre.

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River to River Fest 2012: Downtown NYC and the Arts

river to river seaportSince 2002, the River To River Festival has been “an essential component of Lower Manhattan’s vital and vibrant cultural life“, says the festival's website. June 17 to July 15 2012, the River To River Festival returns to New York with its unique combination of artists and environmentalism. The festival is city wide and covers a wide range of activities including art exhibitions, plays, concerts, walking tours, and embraces both established artists, and young newcomers showing off their talents. Best of all, every event is free!

On June 20 at Rockefeller Park, the Philip Glass Ensemble will be performing a free concert to celebrate Glass’ 75th birthday. Founded in 1968, The Philip Glass Ensemble was a group Glass formed as an outlet for his more experimental musical endeavors. The concert will open with a performance by youth ensemble Face the Music.

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Underground Zero Festival 2012

A Brief History of Avant Garde Theater in NYC   By Arnold Aronson with special guest Judith MalinaThe 2012 Underground Zero Festival will be held June 29-July 29 2012 at The Living Theatre (21 Clinton Street), Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center (107 Suffolk St # 312) in Manhattan as well as JACK (505 1/2 Waverly Ave, Brooklyn) and Scapegrace (20 Wyckoff Avenue, Brooklyn) in Brooklyn.

The presenters at the festival will be various independent artists in theater, dance, multimedia and installation who have established the undergroundzero unit in order to improve conditions in NYC and to channel an artist-driven and focused event with the incorporation of artistic and social themes.

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Horse Trade Theater Group Presents Frigid Hangovers 2012

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From March 5-10, Horse Trade Theater Group will run its third annual FRIGID Hangovers at The Kraine Theater (85 East 4th Street between 2nd Av. and Bowery).

The FRIGID New York Festival was founded by Horse Trade and EXIT Theatre in 2007. Since founding The San Francisco Fringe Festival - the 2nd oldest fringe in the United States - nearly 17 years ago, EXIT has learned a thing or two about festival running. They introduced Horse Trade to the Canadian Association of Fringe Festivals (CAFF) in mid-2006.

Besides feedback from dozens of thrilled CAFF participants and artists, Horse Trade was drawn to its main principle: “…to provide all artists, emerging and established, with the opportunity to produce their play no matter the content, form or style and to make the event as affordable and accessible as possible for the members of the community,”

Horse Trade signed on to the tradition and chill out the New York independent theatre scene’s ideas of what a theatre festival can be.

Some of the performances include the following:

  • Fear Factor
  • Canine Edition
  • Little Lady
  • The Terrible Manpain of Umberto MacDougal
  • The Rope in Your Hands
  • Missed Connections
  • Coosje
  • Rabbit Island
  • The Traveling Musicians
  • LOL: The End
  • Daughters of Lot

Stripper Lesbians
Hangover: Mon 3/5 @ 7 pm
Remaining Festival Performance @ The Red Room (85 East 4th Street)
Sat 3/3 @ 3:30 pm 

Evan, a woman's studies major, is writing a killer senior thesis-- by becoming a stripper at her favorite strip club. In between her current girlfriend, a stripper-lesbian, and her ex boyfriend, an unemployed Tisch graduate, Evan dances the line between love and betrayal. A co

medy about what it really means to be 'in love with a stripper' and what it means to become one. 

Fear Factor: Canine Edition
Hangover: Mon 3/5 @ 8:30 pm
Remaining Festival Performance @ The Kraine (85 East 4th Street)
Sat 3/3 @ 7 pm

The peculiar and misguided true adventures of a man and his very trusting, very forgiving, therapy dog. An award-winning tale of true love and overcoming obstacles, while staring fear in the face.

Little Lady
Hangover: Tue 3/6 @ 7pm
Remaining Festival Performances @ The Red Room (85 East 4th Street)
Sat 3/3 @ 5pm & Sun 3/4 @ 12:30 pm 

A physical theatre solo show that peers into the fantastical life of Little Lady.

LOL: The End

Hangover: Tue 3/6 @ 8:30 pm
Remaining Festival Performances @ The Kraine (85 East 4th Street)
Fri 3/2 @ 7pm & Sun 3/4 @ 7 pm 

Come to a place where tragedy meets comedy meets stupid. A funny and physical look at natural and human-made disasters through the eyes of three clowns.

The Terrible Manpain of Umberto MacDougal

Hangover: Thu 3/8 @ 7pm
Remaining Festival Performances @ USM (94. St. Marks Place)
Fri 3/2 @ 7:30pm & Sat 3/3 @ 2:30 pm 

Umberto MacDougal allows you to look through the window of his tragic manpain. With a beard full of tears and a melancholy guitarist playing a sorrowful tune, Umberto reveals the pain that men feel.

Daughters of Lot

Hangover: Thu 3/8 @ 10 pm
Remaining Festival Performances @ The Kraine (85 East 4th Street)
Fri 3/2 @ 5:30pm & Sun 3/4 @ 4 pm

The evening's entertainment is a sexy and silly retelling of an ancient story, until the performers do a trick that requires more than flexibility. Arousing and agitating in Biblical proportions, this is not your daddy’s burlesque club.

The Rope in Your Hands

Hangover: Fri 3/9 @ 7 pm
Remaining Festival Performances @ The Red Room (85 East 4th Street)
Sat 3/3 @ 11 pm & Sun 3/4 @ 6:30 pm

A solo show based on the true stories of thirteen different survivors of Hurricane Katrina.

Missed Connections

Hangover: Fri 3/9 @ 8:30 pm
Remaining Festival Performance @ The Kraine (85 East 4th Street)
Sun 3/4 @ 1 pm

Drawing from the sometimes touching, oftentimes torrid (and almost always grammatically incorrect) postings on craigslist's most notorious section, Missed Connections is a collection of the best and brightest.


Hangover: Sat 3/10 @ 7 pm 
Remaining Festival Performances @ USM (94 St. Marks Place)
Fri 3/2 @6pm & Sat 3/3 @ 7 pm

Coosje is the story of two artists, husband and wife, finding their playful aesthetic together and attempting to escape death.  Meanwhile, the singing Pear embarks on a heroic quest to achieve immortality.  Their journeys intertwine in this fantastical love story.

Rabbit Island

Hangover: Sat 3/10 @ 8:30 pm
Remaining Festival Performance @ The Kraine (85 East 4th Street)
Sat 3/3 @ 5:30 pm 

Alex zigzags irregular relationships with an erratic therapist, his on-again off-again girlfriend, an untamed burlesque dancer and The Cleanse. But what more will it take for this verbose Canadian mime to become a Real New Yorker?

Tickets for performances are online ($18-$20) or call Smarttix at 212-868-4444

For more information on shows & ticket sales visit:

2012 FRIGID Hangovers
March 5-10

The Kraine Theater 
85 East 4th St
Between 2nd & 3rd Avenues (Bowery)
New York, NY 10003

First floor, no wheelchair access
(212) 777-6088


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