New Ohio Theatre to Present ‘ICONS/IDOLS: IN THE PURPLE ROOM’

By Francisco Salazar

New Ohio Theatre and IRT Theater present the Archive Residency world premiere of Byzantine Choral Project’s “ICONS/IDOLS: IN THE PURPLE ROOM.”

The new choral drama and immersive installation features a book and lyrics by Helen Banner and music by Grace Oberhofer and installation design by Afsoon Pajoufar.

The new choral drama follows the young Athenian orphan Irene into the heart of Byzantine power as tensions between religious and political factions threaten to rupture an empire.

In a statement, Artistic Director Robert Lyons said, “I think this is the perfect show and project to reopen our space. A great example of artists remaining flexible with their vision and adapting to shifting realities. It’s a beautiful musical and vocal soundscape, and just being back in the physical theatre will make it even more special!”

The Audio drama will be performed by Hilary Asare, Iris Beaumier, Isabella Dawis, Hannah Eakin, Julia Izumi, Grace Oberhofer, Lukas Papenfusscline, Shanta Parasuraman, Yael Shavitt and Kay Weber.

Music Direction will be by Robert Frost, Sound Design by Grace Oberhofer and Nathan Leigh, and Audio Engineering by Nathan Leigh. Produced by Emily Caffery.

Audience members can listen to the show on their own phone or portable device, using their own headphones or earbuds and all visitors and staff will be required to wear masks while inside the building.

The new work will be presented from April 30 – May 22, 2021, in a limited engagement at New Ohio Theatre, located at 154 Christopher Street between Greenwich and Washington Streets in New York City.