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Theatre 167

167 TONGUES

A Dominican manicurist wonders if her Chinese-Jewish boyfriend will propose before she gets deported; a Rwandan night nurse tries to understand the 167 languages spoken in the local emergency room; characters of all backgrounds converge and connect in this play about the emotional geography of the world's most diverse neighborhood.

JACKSON HEIGHTS 3AM

Car dispatchers, sex workers, drag queens, gamblers, and insomniacs collide in the colorful world of Jackson Heights after hours.

YOU ARE NOW THE OWNER OF THIS SUITCASE

A young woman arriving from Ecuador accidentally switches suitcases with a mysterious stranger. Her quest to recover the missing suitcase will lead her to encounter lovers, dreamers, fighters, a magical cell phone, books that come to life, and the best guitar player in the world.

Theatre 167 is an ensemble dedicated to creating imaginative, deeply collaborative plays that investigate cultural complexities, explore connection, and celebrate community. We produce new work by artists of wide-ranging backgrounds, traditions and beliefs. Our multicultural, multilingual ensemble engages with and reflects the world as we know it.

ARI LAURA KREITH is Artistic Director of Theatre 167, where she conceived and directed 167 Tongues, You Are Now The Owner Of This Suitcase, and Jackson Heights 3AM—three full-length, multi-writer plays inspired by the world’s most diverse neighborhood. The plays premiered at Theatre 167 and Queens Theatre, and were recently produced in Manhattan as a six-hour epic with a cast of 37 actors playing 93 roles in 11 languages. 

Other NYC premieres include Double Vision (NYC Fringe/Fringe “Encores” Selection), Memory Play (Women’s Project Directors Forum, starring Eli Wallach), Trip (Provincetown Playhouse; Jig Cook Award Winner), The Golden Aurora (NYC Fringe), 2Gether (a multi-writer drama inspired by a note found on the subway). Musical theatre highlights include the European premiere of Myths and Hymns, the cabaret Way Back To Paradise (starring Jeffrey Carlson), and Dreamhouse, which she also co-created.

Ari discovered her love for developing plays and collaborating with playwrights during her seven years as Artistic Director of California’s Theatre Zoe, a company dedicated to new American theatre. She is particularly drawn to work that investigates cultural intersections and builds bridges between and within communities.  BA: Theatre Studies (Yale University). MFA: Acting (UC Davis).