New Ohio presents 2022 Now In Process, January 23-February 6
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 10:12 am EST 01/11/22

2022 Now In Process (formerly Producers Club)
A showcase of cutting-edge works in progress from NYC's emerging theatermakers

January 26-February 6, 2022
artAll shows at 7:00 pm
Live streaming options available

New Ohio Theatre is proud to welcome the return of Now In Process, its annual in-person presentation of work-in-progress projects formerly presented under the banner of the Producers Club. The 2022 lineup includes four works: The Forest At Night by Claire and Pierce Siebers (Jan 26-27), Who Gets To Be Egyptian? by MikeDriven (Jan 29-30), Kept In the Dark by Exiled Tongues (Feb 2-3) and The Porch on Windy Hill , conceived and directed by Sherry Lutken (Feb 5-6.) All shows will be presented at New Ohio Theatre (154 Christopher Street, NYC). Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at https://newohiotheatre.org/now-in-process/ . The second evening of each presentation will be also available as a live stream; check the website for details.

Now In Process is New Ohio's free-floating, ad hoc, instant-gratification, impulse-driven, pop-up work-in-progress showing that offers NYC indie theatre artists the opportunity to flex their muscles, share their current thinking, and test their next great idea. Initiated in 2013, the series hosted a wide roster of artists, among them The New Georges, Theatre is Quarantine's William Joushua Gelb, Meta-Phys Ed., Eliza Bent and Knud Adams, and many others.

Artistic Director Robert Lyons says, "Now In Process is where artists try out their next great idea - in its earliest stages. We like to be there at the beginning and watch projects grow. This year we have four very different groups with one thing in common - they are fearless!"

COVID POLICY: Please check the website for the most updated Covid policy. Audience members are required to have full proof of vaccination, a negative Covid test (Rapid within 24 hrs or PCR within 72 hrs), and an N95 or KN95 mask to be admitted to the theatre. Masks will be available to audience members if they arrive without one at the theatre.

Now In Process is generously supported, in part, by grants from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council; the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; and the Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation.


The Forest At Night
Co-Created and performed by Claire and Pierce Siebers
Wed-Thu, January 26-27

In this concert musical retelling of the Hansel and Gretel fairytale, Claire Siebers and Pierce Siebers recall the story of a brother and sister who enter the forest seeking a cure for their father's mysterious illness. Despite the siblings' best intentions, the journey goes awry: birds speak in riddles, a witch is not a witch, and even the trees have opinions on reality. What unfolds is a heroes' journey exploring themes of science, grief, and love, as well as what a pain in the a$$ it is to brave the chaotic world with your sibling.

Running time: 55 minutes

Mike Driven
Who Gets To Be Egyptian?
Directed by Michael Gene Jacobs
Ensemble: Johnnie Cruise Mercer / Anna Wulfekuhle / Dylan Gervais / Lomar Collins
Sat-Sun, January 29-30

A celebration of Blackness and Black power, a reclamation of ancestral justice to remind ourselves where we came from, who we are, and how we can learn from our past to shape our futures. This is a movement piece that takes from the stories of the Orishas, Egyptian Pharaohs, and The Bible.

Running time: 45 minutes

Kept In the Dark
Written by Dena Igusti
Directed by Ray Jordan Achan
Sat-Sun, February 2-3

A journalist runs an expose on a NYC high school's longstanding history of rape culture and violating Title IX rights. After the expose reaches public success, she's called out for her personal connection to the school. From there, the journalist must face her past, and confront why she investigated the school in the first place. Based on a series of accounts during the "2020 Voices of ____," an online #MeToo movement where NYC public students and alumni recounted their school's history of neglecting survivors, "Kept in the Dark" highlights how socioeconomic disparity, school budget cuts, and gentrification affect the mishandling of Title IX cases in NYC public schools.

Running time: 30 minutes

The Porch on Windy Hill
Written by Sherry Lutken, Lisa Helmi Johanson, David Lutken, and Morgan Morse
Conceived and directed by Sherry Lutken
Fri-Sat, February 5-6

A young, classical violinist and her folk-song collecting boyfriend escape their 2021 "long winter's night" of quarantine in Brooklyn to the mountains of western North Carolina. They're searching for some of Appalachian music's sources, inspirations and influences, authentic and unadulterated. The tunes are Old Time, Bluegrass and Country Blues fiddle, guitar, banjo and mountain dulcimer melodies from deep in the USA's DNA, with songs like Down In The Valley, Green Corn, Blackberry Blossom, Sail Away Ladies and more. Their journey takes a surprising turn when they stumble upon exactly what they've been looking for - and all the unexpected complexity, discord, difficulty, heartbreak, joy, and strange new harmony that goes with him.

Running time: 120 minutes, with a 15-minute intermission


Claire Siebers (Creator/Performer, The Forest At Night ) is an NYC-based actor, director, and writer. She is from Michigan and France and went to Yale and Juilliard. Credits include: Georgia Mertching is Dead (EST), Agnes (Lesser America), The Workshop (softFocus), Pocatello (Williamstown), and productions at Actors Theater of Louisville, Clubbed Thumb, New Group, Lincoln Center, etc. [Film/TV] Gossip Girl, The Blacklist, and many indie narrative shorts. In 2016, she co-founded the production company, Jughead Films, whose projects include Power Lunch the Web Series, Genius in a Small Town, and Conference. New Georges Affiliated Artist.

Pierce Siebers (Creator/Performer, The Forest At Night )) is a Brooklyn-based composer, musical director, and songwriter. Trained at the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University, Siebers is one half of the Brooklyn-based electro-pop duo, TalkFine, who regularly create music and videos. Projects include the musical revue Movies, Musicals, and Me co-written during a year-long residency at Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, Spies Are Forever, Ani: A Parody, A Very Potter Senior Year with Starkid Productions, and scoring for the Wayward Guide for the Untrained Eye, The Temp, and Genius In A Small Town. Pierce's work has been featured in Slate, The AV Club, Nerdist, Mashable, Upworthy, OUT Magazine, and more.

Michael Gene Jacobs aka Mike Driven (Director, Who Gets To Be Egyptian? ) is an actor, director, and teaching artist based in NYC. Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan where he attended Cass Technical High School, he later studied at the prestigious Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University as well as the Globe Theater in London. He is a proud member of Actor's Equity Association. Credits include: Little Rock, Slay TV's "Gag" and more. He has been a member of Blessed Unrest since 2017 and starred as Val in their presentation of Battle of Angels. He is currently a teaching artist in New York City where he "plants the seeds of creativity in the youth, watches them grow, and shows them off." https://www.michaelgenejacobs.com/

Anna Wulfekuhle (Performer, Who Gets To Be Egyptian?) is an actor, writer, and collaborator from the Pacific Northwest. Selected credits: Battle of Angels, TOUCH (Blessed Unrest), ECHO (SITILab, August Corps), Music at the Close (Weill Hall at Carnegie), Polly's Quest (The Tank), TOAST (WanderLost), Love of the Nightingale (iDiOM), /faust, Urinetown (WWU). She's probably having a snack right now.

Johnnie Cruise (Performer, Who Gets To Be Egyptian?) Recently acknowledged as a 2021 Princess Grace Award Recipent in Choreograpy, and nominated for two 2021 Bessie Awards in Dance and Performance, Johnnie Cruise Mercer is a queer black thinker, maker, performer, educator and social entrepreneur born in Richmond, VA and based in New York City. He is the founder of TheREDprojectNYC (TRPNYC), a multidisciplinary arts ensemble dedicated to the study of movement philosophy and its use toward building communal spaces for black/other process, documentation, and investigation. Find out more about the company's work @jcm_redprojectnyc or at http://www.trpnyc.com/

Dena Igusti (Writer, Kept in the Dark) is a queer Indonesian Muslim poet, playwright, and filmmaker born and raised in Queens, New York. They are the author of Cut Woman (Game Over Books, 2020). They are a Culture Push Associated Artist, a 2022 Sundress Academy for the Arts Resident Fellow, 2022 Baldwin For The Arts Resident, 2021 Hook Arts Media Digital Connections Fellow, 2021 City Artist Corps recipient, 2021 LMCC Governor's Island Resident, 2021 Broadway For Racial Justice Casting Directive Fellow, 2020 Seventh Wave Editorial Resident, 2020 Ars Nova Emerging Leaders Fellow, 2020 Spotify Sound Up cohort member, and 2018 NYC Youth Poet Laureate Ambassador. Their work has been produced and performed at The Brooklyn Museum, The Apollo Theater, Prelude Festival, Rogue Theater Festival and several other venues internationally. Their film A Thousand Years Apart premieres in 2022. denaigusti.com

Ray Jordan Achan (Director, Kept in the Dark) is an Indo-Caribbean, Brooklyn-based theatermaker. Ray is the Founding Artistic Director of Exiled Tongues, a performance collective that provides financial, artistic and collaborative support to artists of the global majority who center diasporic consciousness. He is an Associated Artist at Culture Push and an Associate Member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation. Previous Works: First Sight: A Queer Indonesian Love Story (The Tank, Rogue Theater Festival), Con Dough: Stories Of 1 In 5 Gentrified (The Tank, Center at West Park) Cut Woman (Prelude NYC Festival) Sharum (The Player's Theater); Upcoming Works: A Thousand Years Apart (short film), Our Bang For Their Buck: No Pipeline for LNG. Ray is a graduate of Wesleyan University with a BA in Government and Theater with Honors. rayjordanachan.com | exiledtongues.com

Exiled Tongues (Producing Company, Kept in the Dark) is a NYC-based theater collective that provides financial, artistic and collaborative support to artists of the global majority who center diasporic consciousness. We support artists at the earliest stages of their career. Exiled Tongues aims to decolonize theatrical practices and move towards an anti-racist theater. Our productions showcase stories of people of the global majority and acknowledge the complexities of intersectional identities. exiledtongues.com

Sherry Lutken (Creator/Director, The Porch on Windy Hill) directed the premiere of The Porch on Windy Hill at The Ivoryton Playhouse. Directing credits include: The Bourgeois Gentleman, Pump Boys and Dinettes, The Million Dollar Quartet, Lost Highway, Stand By Your Man, Anything Goes, and Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash. She was part of the regional reinvention of that play at North Carolina's Flat Rock Playhouse and directed its subsequent regional and international productions at Vienna's English Theatre and The Deutsches Theater in Munich. As associate Director of Woody Sez: The Life and Music of Woody Guthrie, Sherry has set productions of the critically acclaimed musical in Chicago (Joseph Jefferson Award nomination: Best Musical Revue), Washington D.C. (Helen Hayes Award nomination: Best Musical), Florida and Pennsylvania as well as its first national tour of the UK.

David M. Lutken (Co-writer/Performer, The Porch on Windy Hill) is an award-winning actor and the creator of Woody Sez: The Life & Music of Woody Guthrie, a production he and his company have toured nationally and internationally in Europe, MIddle East, and Asia. Credits include: Broadway - Inherit the Wind; Ring of Fire; The Civil War; The Will Rogers Follies. Off Broadway - Woody Sez (Outer Critics' Circle, Off-Broadway Alliance & Drama League Best Musical nominations); Southern Comfort; Stars in Your Eyes; Winter Man; The Portable Pioneer and Prairie Show. He was also featured in the NYC Opera's Paul Bunyan and in the London production of Woody Sez (Evening Standard Best Musical nomination.) He has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Nashville's Ryman Auditorium, and on NPR, the BBC, to name just a few.

Lisa Helmi Johanson (Co-writer/Performer, The Porch on Windy Hill) is a singer/actor/musician/producer who has a passion for developing new works, authentic storytelling, and intentionality in representation as a means to further the work of racial justice and social equity. She has spanned out into writing and producing during the pandemic and her first co-written piece, Kim Loo Gets a Redo, was selected for the 2021 Ice Factory Festival at the New Ohio Theater. She and her husband are close to launching a sitcom podcast called Preschool in which she co-directs, acts, and sound designs. Check out her NYC and regional credits at www.lisahelmijohanson.com

Morgan Morse (Co-writer/Performer, The Porch on Windy Hill) is an actor, musician, and writer originally from Ansonia, Connecticut. Selected credits include: Southern Comfort at the Public Theater in NYC, The Porch on Windy Hill, Once, Godspell, South Pacific and Stand By Your Man at Ivoryton Playhouse, Once at the Cape Playhouse, Hootenanny the Musicale at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater, and Ring of Fire everywhere from Houston, TX to Vienna, Austria. In addition to theatre, he writes and performs original music: soundcloud.com/morgan-morse.

New Ohio Theatre is a two-time OBIE Obie Award-winning theatre under the leadership of Robert Lyons, Artistic Director, Jaclyn Biskup, Creative Producer, and Alex West, Business Producer. The New Ohio serves New York's most adventurous theatre audiences by developing and presenting bold new work from downtown's diverse 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 what theatre is, how it's made, and who makes it. 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. For info visit NewOhioTheatre.org, Like them on Facebook at /NewOhioTheatre, and follow on Twitter and Instagram at @NewOhioTheatre.

Link http://newohiotheatre.org/now-in-process

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