One-Eighth Theater was founded with the desire to create new, bold, innovative theatre. Artistic Directors Daniel Irizarry and Laura Butler Rivera have been creating theater together since 2002, and in 2008 they gave birth to what is now known as One-Eighth Theater. Inspired by Ernest Hemingway’s thoughts on writing and specifically his short story “Hills like white elephants.” Known as Hemingway’s Iceberg Theory, he explains that not all information should be given, and that some things are better left unexplained or open to interpretation. The tip of an iceberg is only one-eighth of what’s there, so much more lies beneath the surface. We apply that idea to the creation and productions of our work.
We just performed an open workshop production of Teach, Teacher, Teachest at INTAR Theatre.
One-Eighth’s production of Teach, Teacher, Teachest by David Koteles tells the story of a pupil who arrives at the apartment of a new tutor for a lesson. What happens to her is as unexpected and random as life itself. Loosely based on Eugene Ionesco’s modern classic The Lesson, Teach, Teacher, Teachest is a cat and mouse struggle that questions what is happening and what is not. Daniel Irizarry directs this look at controlling influences, expectations, and the abuse of authority in the contemporary world. As Saul Alinsky famously said in Rules for Radicals, “He who controls the language, controls the masses.”
**currently One-Eighth is a Resident Artist at INTAR Theatre. We just closed: UBU text by Adam Szymkowicz and Directed by Daniel Irizarry. A Critic’s Pick in Time Out New York!! “An absurdist classic roars back to life.” -Helen Shaw, Time Out New York
“I’m so glad I got to see UBU at INTAR Theatre. I was blown away by Daniel Irizarry’s work and the crazy energy and quality of this production. I haven’t had that much fun in the theatre in a while.” - Jose Rivera, Playwright
“Twisted and hilariously absurd, “Ubu” is a play that refuses to be ignored.” -Jan Rosenberg, Show Business Weekly
“If you like daring, vigorous and unconventional theater, do not miss this play.” -JK Clarke, Theater Pizzazz