ARS NOVA PRESENTS

JACUZZI

By The Debate Society
Written by Hannah Bos & Paul Thureen
Directed & Developed by Oliver Butler

 

September 30 – November 15, 2014 

 

ABOUT THE SHOW

In the Marshall family’s peacefully remote Colorado ski chalet, Erik and Helene are making themselves very much at home. So at home, they just might stay for good. At the edge of civilization, the lifestyles of the rich collide with the lifestyles of the aimless in the bubbling waters of a hot tub.
 
JACUZZI was commissioned and developed by Ars Nova. Made by Ars Novaʼs 2012-2014 Company-in-Residence The Debate Society (Hannah Bos, Oliver Butler and Paul Thureen).
 
 

 

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WATCH THIS. GET PUMPED.

Promo Photography by Jesse Untracht-Oakner
Production Photography by Ben Arons

ARS NOVA PRESENTS

JACUZZI

By The Debate Society
Written by Hannah Bos & Paul Thureen
Directed & Developed by Oliver Butler

 

TIME OUT NEW YORK
5 Stars
Critics Pick
Top 10 of 2014

“Exquisitely rendered… Jacuzzi holds you rapt!”

 

THE NEW YORK TIMES

“An expert, intimate production!”

 

THE NEW YORKER

“[It] has the savor of a crime drama, leavened with a slacker comic vibe. The acting is assured and playful, the dialogue weird and funny, and the hot tub plopped center stage looks so inviting it’s amazing audience members don’t strip off and slide in. Hot enough for you?”

 

VARIETY

“A slow, killing pace appropriate to a Japanese horror movie. The tension is off the charts!”

 

GOTHAMIST

“You want to eat [The Debate Society] with a spoon, only later realizing their sweetness conceals something caustic. So it is with Jacuzzi, their latest evocative dark comedy.”

 

THEATERMANIA

“This mysterious theatrical striptease will haunt your thoughts for days after you leave the theater… Jacuzzi slowly turns up the heat until the audience is in boiling water without even noticing.” 

 

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

“The creators have nailed such a distinct tone, one isn’t sure whether to laugh or recoil in horror at what might unfold.” – Jason Clark  

 

DAILY NEWS

“Dramatic bait has been dropped, and we’re hooked! This darkly amusing and well-acted little nail-biter raises a whiff of The Shining.”

 

THE VILLAGE VOICE

“An enticing meditation on the hidden freakiness of everyone we meet… Eerily engaging — and well worth a leisurely dip!”

 

CHARGED.FM

“The play moves between utterly hilarious and eerie, with violence simmering just below the surface… Jacuzzi is an innovative new work; a must-see.”

ARS NOVA PRESENTS

JACUZZI

By The Debate Society
Written by Hannah Bos & Paul Thureen
Directed & Developed by Oliver Butler

 

FEATURING

Featured Actors

 

THE TEAM

Scenic Design LAURA JELLINEK
Costume Design JESSICA FORD 
Lighting Design BRADLEY KING 
Sound Design M.L. DOGG
Prop Design NOAH MEASE 
Production Stage Manager LISA McGINN

 

MEET THE DEBATE SOCIETY

THE DEBATE SOCIETY is an OBIE Award winning, Brooklyn-based company that creates new plays through the collaboration of Hannah Bos (writer/performer), Paul Thureen (writer/performer) and Oliver Butler (director/developer). The company specializes unexpected stories set in supremely intricate, vividly theatrical worlds.

The Debate Society’s plays include Blood Play (Bushwick Starr/Under The Radar/Williamstown Theater Festival), Buddy Cop 2 (Ontological-Hysteric Incubator; published by Samuel French), You’re Welcome (The Brick; published by Playscripts), Cape Disappointment (PS122; published by Samuel French and in PLAY A JOURNAL OF PLAYS), The Eaten Heart, The Snow Hen and A Thought About Raya.

The Debate Society trio are recipients of a 2012 OBIE Grant, 2013 OBIE Award (Paul Thureen; Performance – Blood Play), NEFA National Theater Project Grant, Sundance Institute Fellows, winners of a 2010 “Village Voice Best of Award” for “Best Argument for Devised Theater” and were Ars Nova’s 2012-2013 Company-in-Residence.