Ars Nova Announces 2024-2025 Season - 2 World Premieres, 40+ Unique Events, Name Your Price Tickets
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 07:32 pm EDT 06/20/24


The Beastiary, Created by On The Rocks Theatre Company, Written by Christopher Ford & Dakota Rose, Directed by Dakota Rose, Oct 7 - Nov 9, 2024

the heaux church, Written and Performed by Brandon Kyle Goodman, Directed by Lisa Owaki Bierman, Spring 2025

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Ars Nova, "a company known for pop-culture-savvy experimentation, with a hipness that sets it apart" (New York Times), under the leadership of Founding Artistic Director Jason Eagan, Producing Executive Director Renee Blinkwolt and Managing Director Casey York, announces details for its 2024–2025 Season, which continues its commitment to accessible ticket prices through What's Ars Is Yours: Name Your Price tickets. This innovative program allows audiences to name their price, starting at $15, to performances all season long including Ars Nova's two Off-Broadway productions.

Ars Nova's first of two world premieres, The Beastiary, created by Ars Nova's commissioned Company-in-Residence, On The Rocks Theatre Company, written by 2024 Tow Foundation Playwrights-In-Residence Christopher Ford & Dakota Rose and directed by Dakota Rose will run October 7–November 9, 2024 at its downtown satellite stage, Ars Nova @ Greenwich House (27 Barrow St). The mythic meets the modern in The Beastiary , a twistedly comedic and cataclysmic pageant of consumption, corruption and the end of human-kind. The Beastiary features music composed by theremin musician Dorit Chrysler and music directed by Ellen Winter.

In Spring 2025, Ars Nova will present the world premiere of the heaux church, written and performed by Brandon Kyle Goodman and directed by Lisa Owaki Bierman at Ars Nova (511 W 54th St). A rousing, shame-free service on the birds and the bees, the heaux church leads each night's congregation in a celebration of good sex and thot mess. With humor, music, and some bold-ass demonstrations, Brandon Kyle Goodman (Netflix's Big Mouth) tenderly reveals the parts of our humanity we struggle to embrace. Ars Nova's 2024–2025 season once again features a robust roster of programming anchored at its original home at 511 W 54th Street, which continues to serve as the premier play space for visionary, adventurous artists of all stripes. Over 40 unique events will shine a spotlight on NYC's next wave of emerging talent in New York City, through innovative, often genre-bending new work. New shows will premiere regularly on-stage and online, including the 17th annual All New Talent Festival, ANT Fest (June 2025), Ars Nova's open submission opportunity for fresh talent taking their first swings, and Showgasm. , Ars Nova's longstanding variety-show-meets-party, where comedy/variety loving audiences come to say they saw them when.

Founding Artistic Director Jason Eagan reflects, "Our 2024–2025 season underscores Ars Nova's steadfast commitment to nurturing singular talent and fostering creative exploration, poised to influence the entertainment landscape for years to come. Featuring a lineup of fresh voices and eagerly anticipated world premieres from our esteemed Company-in-Residence On the Rocks Theatre Company (Christopher Ford and Dakota Rose), as well as the provocateur Brandon Kyle Goodman, whose work has captivated us for years, we continue Ars Nova's legacy of delivering provocative theatrical experiences with a lasting impact."

Ars Nova will continue its essential artist development programs, which include CAMP , where comedy meets theater-making; Play Group, geared towards providing resources to playwrights; its Vision Residency, focused on artist-curators and more equitable and inclusive curatorial practices; and Makers Lab, a boundary-defying residency for genre-defying generative artists.

Ars Nova's programming will continue to be available wherever you are on Ars Nova Supra, featuring a mix of broadcasts from Ars Nova, live or on-demand. Subscriptions are $15/month for unlimited live and on-demand viewing and you can cancel anytime. Learn more about Ars Nova Supra at .

Nova Ball, Ars Nova's annual blowout bash for its community of artists, alumni, and supporters, will take place in February 2025. Full of surprises, this night of revelry raises crucial funds for Ars Nova's Fair Pay Initiative, dedicated to a living-not-minimum wage for Ars Nova's artists and arts workers. Details to be announced at a later date.

Super Nova memberships are $500 and now on sale. They include two tickets to every Ars Nova show, reserved VIP seating, access to every show on Ars Nova Supra, half-priced buddy tickets and access to sold-out shows. Super Nova memberships are also partially tax-deductible and help Ars Nova pay artists a living wage while keeping ticket prices affordable. .

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About the The Beastiary artists

On The Rocks Theatre Co. is the longtime collaboration of Christopher Ford and Dakota Rose. Together and with an array of artists, they create highly visual work which explores genre, style and storytelling. Past works are McBeth, Wolfert, The White Stag Quadrilogy, FRED, The Hole Story, and their annual holiday pageant, Edelweiss. OTR is the current company-in-residence at Ars Nova where they are developing their commissioned piece, The Beastiary.

Christopher Ford is writer, designer and a co-founder of On The Rocks Theatre Company. With OTR he has written and designed Edelweiss, FRED, The White Stag Quadrilogy, Wolfert & McBeth. He is currently a resident artist at Ars Nova and is a 2024 Tow Foundation Playwright-in-Residence.

Dakota Rose is a director, writer, designer and co-founder of On The Rocks Theatre Company. With On The Rocks she has written, directed and co-scenic designed Edelweiss, FRED, The White Stag Quadrilogy, Wolfert and McBeth . She is currently a resident artist at Ars Nova and is a 2024 Tow Foundation Playwright-in-Residence.

About the the heaux church artists

Brandon Kyle Goodman who uses he/they pronouns, is a multi-hyphenate; writer-performer-speaker. Goodman is the author of You Gotta Be You: How to Embrace this Messy Life and Step Into Who You Really Are. Goodman is also a writer and voice actor on the hit Netflix adult animated series Big Mouth. They've appeared on Abbot Elementary, Modern Love, and spoken at companies like Google, Apple, and Taco Bell. Inspired by their Instagram series, Messy Mondays, Goodman will launch Tell Me Something Messy, a podcast on sex + self with the iHeart network this fall. Weekly Goodman writes about how sex liberates self, on their Messy Mondays Substack.

Lisa Owaki Bierman is a director, performer and educator born and (mostly) raised in Los Angeles. She studied acting, lighting design and stage management at NYU and now works as a professional director, performer and educator throughout LA. Her passion is developing original work with artists that have unusual voices. Her shows tend to be immersive or experiential in some way, and she focuses on multi-disciplinary work, variety shows and storytelling. She has created site specific work at the Carousel at the Santa Monica pier, Noah's Ark at the Skirball and Bob Baker's Marionette Theater, among others. She most recently developed and directed the dance/theater performance Abbale: Hebrew for Daddy with Bodies in Play, which was presented at ODC in San Francisco as well as the Broadwater in LA.

About Ars Nova

Ars Nova exists to discover, develop, and launch singular theater, music and comedy artists in the early stages of their professional careers. Our dynamic slate of programs supports outside-the-box thinking and encourages innovative, genre-bending new work. Dubbed by The New York Times as a "fertile incubator of offbeat theater," Ars Nova blurs genres and subverts the status quo. With our feverish bounty of programming – which spans from one-night performances to developmental programs like Play Group, Makers Lab, Vision Residency and CAMP to world premiere productions – Ars Nova is a stomping ground and launching pad for visionary, adventurous artists of all stripes. By providing a protective environment where risk-taking and collaboration are paramount, Ars Nova amplifies the voices of a new generation of diverse artists and audiences, pushing the boundaries of live entertainment by nurturing creative ideas into smart, surprising new work.

Ars Nova has been honored with a Lucille Lortel Award, an Obie Award, and a Special Citation from the New York Drama Critics' Circle, for sustained quality and commitment to the development and production of new work. Notable past productions include three-time Lortel Award-winner, including "Outstanding Musical," (pray), created by nicHi douglas with music by S T A R R Busby and JJJJJerome Ellis; New York Times', Vulture 's, Time Out New York's, and The New Yorker's "Best of 2022," and three-time Lortel Award-winner Oratorio for Living Things by Heather Christian, directed by Lee Sunday Evans; "Outstanding Musical" Lortel Award-winner and The New York Times' "Best of 2018," Rags Parkland Sings the Songs of the Future, created by Andrew R. Butler, directed by Jordan Fein; The Lucky Ones, created by The Bengsons and Sarah Gancher, directed by Anne Kauffman; "Outstanding Musical" Lortel Award-winner KPOP , created by Jason Kim, Max Vernon, Helen Park, and Woodshed Collective, directed by Teddy Bergman; "Best New American Theatre Work," Obie Award-winner and "one of the best new plays in the last 25 years" (The New York Times), Underground Railroad Game by Jennifer Kidwell and Scott R. Sheppard, directed by Taibi Magar ; The New York Times' and New York Post's "Best of 2015," Small Mouth Sounds by Bess Wohl, directed by Rachel Chavkin; the Tony Award-winning smash-hit Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 by Dave Malloy, directed by Rachel Chavkin; the world premiere of the 2009 season's most-produced play boom by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb, directed by Alex Timbers; the show that put Bridget Everett on the map, At Least It's Pink by Everett, Michael Patrick King, and Kenny Mellman, directed by King; and Lin-Manuel Miranda and Thomas Kail's first New York production, Freestyle Love Supreme by Anthony Veneziale and Miranda, directed by Thomas Kail, which continued on to Broadway, and received a special 2020 Tony Award.

Funding Credits

Ars Nova's work to discover, develop and launch singular theater, music and comedy artists all season long is made possible by the support of its institutional partners, including: The Achelis and Bodman Foundation, Actors' Equity Foundation, Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York, Amy P. Goldman Foundation, Berger Family Foundation, Department of Cultural Affairs, The Ford Foundation, Howard Gilman Foundation, Lucille Lortel Foundation, MacMillan Family Foundation, The Miranda Family Fund, Nancy Friday Foundation, New York State Council on the Arts, One World Fund, Richenthal Foundation, RBC Wealth Management, The Sarah and Daniel Rueven Foundation, , The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, The Hyde & Watson Foundation, The John Golden Fund, The Morris and Alma Schapiro Fund, The Shubert Foundation, The Tobin Theatre Arts Fund, The Tow Foundation, The Waldman Foundation, Theatre Development Fund, Tiger Baron Foundation, Venturous Theater Fund of the Tides Foundation, and the Vladimir and Araxia Buckhantz Foundation.

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