3-LEGGED DOG GIVES THE OHIO THEATRE A LEG UP
(July 8, 2010) New York, NY – 3-Legged Dog and The Ohio Theatre are excited to announce
OHIO INTERRUPTED @ 3LD, the Ohio’s new 3-year residency at 3LD Art & Technology
Center, located at 80 Greenwich Street in NYC. The residency allows the Ohio Theatre to continue
its programming and momentum while it takes time to create a careful strategic plan.
Robert Lyons, Artistic Director of the Ohio Theatre says, “Losing our home of 29 years is truly a
disaster. But it is at times like this, when everything is in flux, that unforeseen opportunities appear.
3LD has been one of my favorite venues since they opened. I’ve always admired the work I see there,
and the spirit of community they foster. I feel Kevin and I value very similar things. I’m very excited by
For 3LD the partnership will expand and deepen the 3LD community and contribute to 3LD’s “strength
in numbers” tactical response to the recent devastating cuts in arts funding in New York. 3-Legged
Dog’s Executive Artistic Director Kevin Cunningham says, ”We got together, looked at our
circumstances, our aesthetic programs and missions and our operating assumptions and quickly
concluded that our similarities make this partnership an obvious choice. We believe we have developed
an innovative improvement on the merger model with an agreement that preserves the autonomy of
both organizations but allows us to work together for our common betterment.”
This residency will provide a secure platform that will allow the two-time Obie Award-winning Ohio
Theatre to continue its long history of producing, presenting and curating the high quality programs
that have established it as an indispensable pillar of the downtown theatre community. At the same
time the addition of the Ohio’s programming to 3LD’s award winning mix will bring together under one
roof two of the most active and important centers for arts production in New York and will deepen
ties within the beleaguered downtown arts community, creating a more secure atmosphere for the
creation of new artwork for all involved.
OHIO INTERRUPTED is an informal coalition, led by Soho Think Tank, of the core companies who
produced at the Ohio Theatre. Ohio Artistic Director Robert Lyons adds, “The goal is to build on the
long-term relationships that developed within the Ohio Theatre artistic community, in order to define
and create new opportunities for further cooperation.” These opportunities include, but are not limited
to, the pursuit of a long-term rental or purchase of a new theatre space in Lower Manhattan.
Companies participating in OHIO INTERRUPTED @ 3LD next season include Clubbed Thumb with
Ice Factory 2011.
Both award-winning companies have faced difficulties recently despite their stellar track records
as producers and presenters of some of the best cutting edge artwork in New York. 3-Legged Dog has
been struggling to recover from the loss of 90% of its contributed income due to the recession and
was recently threatened with eviction by its landlord, the MTA. The MTA has withdrawn those threats.
The Ohio Theatre will be evicted from its home of 29 years in Soho to make room for yet more
high-end retail in Soho. The final performance in the space will be August 14th, immediately followed by
a blow out dance party.
3-Legged Dog: Kevin Cunningham (Executive Artistic Director): Kevin@3leggeddog.org
Ohio Theatre: Robert Lyons (Artistic Director): firstname.lastname@example.org
Press contact: David Gibbs/DARR Publicity email@example.com
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