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February 1, 2021
Celebrated Mexican playwright's 'Hotel Good Luck' gets its English-language premiere
New Ohio and Cherry Artists’ Collective’s present ‘Hotel Good Luck’ Feb 12-20
Seth Soulstein and Desmond Bratton in Hotel Good Luck. Photo credit: Samuel Buggeln.


The New Ohio Theatre will co-present The Cherry Artists’ Collective’s English-language Premiere of Hotel Good Luck, a play with music by celebrated Mexican playwright, Alejandro Ricaño, translated by Jacqueline Bixler and directed by Samuel Buggeln. The play will be live-streamed from the historic State Theater in Ithaca, NY on Friday, February 12 at 7:30pm, Saturday, February 13 at 7:30pm, Thursday, February 18 at 7:30pm, Friday, February 19 at 7:30pm, and Saturday, February 20 at 7:30pm. Tickets ($15 minimum; $25 suggested; $45 supporter) are available for advance purchase at www.thecherry.orgThe performance will run approximately 60 minutes, with no intermission. 


Hotel Good Luck tells the moving and dizzying story of Bobby, a late-night radio DJ who is confronted with an upsetting event which plunges him into a rabbit hole of parallel universes in an attempt to regain what he has lost.


“This collaboration with The Cherry has been a long time coming,” said Robert Lyons, Artistic Director of The New Ohio. “My artistic relationship with now A.D. Samuel Buggeln dates back over 20 years to the (old) Ohio Theatre in Soho, NYC. I'm a huge fan of Sam's directing work and I love this script. We've been talking about cross-pollination and programming since he opened The Cherry. Hopefully, this is the first of many!”


The cast will feature Seth Soulstein as Bobby and Desmond Bratton as Larry with Live Music Composed and Performed by Desmond Bratton. The creative team will include Environment Design by Samuel Buggeln, Lighting Design by Chris Brusberg, Sound Design by Don Tindall, Live Video Mix Design by Noah Elman, Live Camera by Jules Holynski, Costume Design by Sasha Oliveau, and Prerecorded Video by Darcy Rose. ASM Chris Griswold and AD Paul Andrews.


New Ohio Theatre serves Manhattan’s most adventurous audiences by developing, curating and presenting bold work by New York’s independent theatre community. We believe the best of this community, the small artistic ensembles and the daring producing companies who operate without a permanent theatrical home, are actively expanding the boundaries of what theatre is and what it can be. From our home in the West Village’s historic Archive Building, the New Ohio strengthens, nurtures, and promotes this community, providing a professional, high-profile platform for downtown’s most mature, ridiculous, engaging, irreverent, gut wrenching, frivolous, sophisticated, foolish, and profound theatrical endeavors.


The Cherry Artists’ Collective is a self-governing ensemble of professional artists based in and around Ithaca, NY, creating new performance works that are radically local, radically international, and formally innovative. The Collective has premièred new plays from El Salvador, France, Germany, Serbia, Argentina, and Quebec, and commissioned boundary-expanding new works including headphone walking-plays and multimedia performances from Collective writers. The Collective is sustained by the Cherry Arts Inc, a non-profit who bring artists and audiences together across boundaries of language, artistic discipline, and form, hosting works in the waterfront Cherry Artspace in Ithaca NY. The Cherry is proud to be embracing these tough new circumstances as a challenge to create new, fully embodied artistic experiences to once again safely bring our community together around the arts.

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