The latest from the Drama Desk-nominated The Mad Ones: a lo-fi ode to the Kodachrome 1970s, rock and roll antics, and the mystical American Southwest. The Essential Straight & Narrow (formerly Untitled Biopic) recalls a roadside layover in Pinos Altos, New Mexico, where passing the time becomes reliving the past. Between original country rock songs, bouts of $10,000 Pyramid, and late night craft time, The Mad Ones turn out an intimate anthem about regret and reinvention. Premieres May/June 2014 at the New Ohio Theatre as part of year two of the Archive Residency.


Since 2009, the Drama Desk Nominated company The Mad Ones have emerged as a vibrant, unique player in New York City’s downtown theatre scene. The Mad Ones create visceral, immersive, and highly detailed theatrical experiences that investigate cultural memory and nostalgia.  

The Mad Ones are one of two companies selected for the inaugural Archive Alliance, a two year developmental residency created through a partnership between The New Ohio Theatre and IRT. Through the support of the residency, The Mad Ones are creating the third and final installment of the Performer Trilogy, The Essential Straight & Narrow (formerly Untitled Biopic). 

The Mad Ones are Co-Artistic Directors Marc Bovino (performer/writer), Joe Curnutte (performer/writer), Lila Neugebauer (director/writer), Stephanie Wright Thompson (performer/writer); Company Members Michael Dalto (performer/music director), Stowe Nelson (sound designer), Sarah Lunnie (dramaturg); and Affiliated Artists Mike Inwood (lighting designer), and Laura Jellinek (set designer). 

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