Directed by Jaclyn Biskup
Previews begin August 24, Opens August 26, Runs through September 1
New York, N.Y. - New Ohio Theatre and The Mill proudly present the New York premiere of Mark Chrisler’s WORSE THAN TIGERS, directed by Jaclyn Biskup. WORSE THAN TIGERS runs from August 24 - September 1, 2018 in a limited engagement at New Ohio Theatre, located at 154 Christopher Street between Greenwich and Washington Streets in New York City. Previews begin August 24 for an August 26 opening.
Performances are Tuesdays - Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 7pm. Tickets are $25 and $20 for students and seniors. Purchase at NewOhioTheatre.org or by calling 212-352-3101. The running time is approximately 2 hours including intermission. For info visit NewOhioTheatre.org, Like them on Facebook at /NewOhioTheatre, and follow on Twitter and Instagram at @NewOhioTheatre.
Olivia and Humphry have a safe, comfortable, enviable life. Their condo is well-adorned with fancy knick-knacks, their social media presence is meticulously groomed, and they never fight. Or laugh. Or kiss. Or talk very much. Unexpectedly, Olivia’s lover--id-driven Officer Kirk Patrick--shows up, trailing a man-eating tiger which takes up residence right outside, threatening to devour anyone who opens the door. Tigers may be dangerous, but there might be something worse inside. A comedy…until it’s not.
The New York Times says, “Mr. Chrisler has a way with words.” The Seattle Times called Worse Than Tigers “a spiky, arch comedy of marital dysfunction, pushed just to the brink of absurdity” and Broadway World said, “Worse Than Tigers is a genuinely hilarious Lynchian fever dream.” Worse Than Tigers was a Steppenwolf First Look Repertory Finalist, NAPAT New American Play Award Winner and a New American Voices Award Finalist.
The cast includes Braeson Herold (HBO’s “Vinyl,” CBS’s “Person of Interest”), Shannon Marie Sullivan (Nicholas, Maeve, Marianne at NYC Fringe, 4000 Miles with Philadelphia Theatre Company) and Zach Wegner (Rich Boyfriend with New Group, The Deep Throat Sex Scandal at 45 Bleecker).
The production team includes Matt Carlin (Scenic Design), Kate Ducey (Lighting Design), Kristy Hall (Costume Design), Caspin Jones (Assistant Scenic Design & Props Design) and Nat Di Mario (Production Stage Manager).
Mark Chrisler is a playwright, monologist and podcaster whose work includes Worse Than Tigers, Teatime at Golgotha, The Art of Painting and Phonies Frauds and Fakes: A Play That is Absolutely Not About My Ex-Girlfriend. His plays have been developed and produced at ACT, The Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, The Stella Adler Studio, Ilkhom Theatre, the side project, A Red Orchid and many more. He’s published by Broadway Play Publishing and Smith and Krauss and holds an MFA in playwriting from Ohio University. He also writes, produces and hosts The Constant: A History of Getting Things Wrong, a non-fiction podcast about exactly what it says it is.
Jaclyn Biskup is a director and producer working in theatre, television, and film. She is the recipient of an Emmy and Peabody nomination for her work on the digital series, THE SECRET LIFE OF MUSLIMS and currently works as an associate producer at New Ohio Theatre. She is the assistant to Tony Award-winning director Anna Shapiro on the Broadway debut of Young Jean Lee’s STRAIGHT WHITE MEN for Second Stage at the Helen Hayes. Her work in the theatre spans nearly two decades. As the founding artistic director of The Mill, she has directed and produced over 20 productions including the Chicago premieres of Suzan-Lori Parks’ VENUS and Ken Urban’s THE PRIVATE OF LIVES OF ESKIMOS (OR 16 WORDS FOR SNOW). In NYC, work directed includes Matthew Stephen Smith’s NICHOLAS, MAEVE, MARIANNE, one of Indie Theatre Now’s 20 Best of NYC Fringe, Zach Wegner’s HOT STEAMS and Halley Feiffer’s IT’S JUST WEIRD NOW. Her work has been seen at MCC, Rattlestick, Dixon Place and the NYC International Fringe. She has assisted on productions at Steppenwolf, The Public and The American Musical Theatre Workshop. She has worked on digital projects for PBS NOVA, Delta Air Lines, Caltech and Harvard.
New Ohio Theatre is a two-time OBIE Award-winning theatre under the leadership of Robert Lyons, Artistic Director, and Marc Stuart Weitz, Producing Director. The New Ohio serves New York’s most adventurous theatre audiences by developing and presenting bold work from today’s vast 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 where American theatre is right now and where it’s going. 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. The theatre is accessible from the #1 train to Christopher St. or A, B, C, D, E, F or M train to West 4th St. For info visit NewOhioTheatre.org.
The Mill was founded in 2002 by artistic director, Jaclyn Biskup, as Experimental Theatre Chicago. After the company evolved and broadened its scope, the name was changed to represent its new mission: to produce plays progressive in form and content. Biskup’s father worked at US Steel -- unaffectionately dubbed ‘The Mill,’ for over thirty years and the name is an homage to him and her family’s south side of Chicago working class roots. The Mill is known for its stylish energetic stagings and bold theatricality including the Chicago premieres of Suzan-Lori Parks’ VENUS and Ken Urban’s THE PRIVATE OF LIVES OF ESKIMOS (OR 16 WORDS FOR SNOW), and in NYC, Matthew Stephen Smith’s NICHOLAS, MAEVE, MARIANNE, one of Indie Theatre Now’s 20 Best of NYC Fringe. For more info visit TheMillTheatre.org.
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