Meet Benjamin Viertel & The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant

Name: Benjamin Viertel

What is your current project? The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant

Where are you performing your show and why is it a good fit for your production?

The play is being performed at The New Ohio Theatre and it’s a great fit because it’s in the heart of the gay neighborhood of Chelsea. The play centers on a complex relationship between three women. The New Ohio is the home for the downtown, experimental theater and our production fits in that world perfectly.

What’s next for you?

I’m developing a new musical during a residency at People’s Improv Theater in April as well as releasing Season Two of our company’s webseries, [Blank] My Life. I’m also directing Crimes of The Heart outside of Rochester this summer and directing our company’s new musical Grindr The Musical in Italy.

What is the name of the last show you saw?

Beardo by Pipeline Theater Company

Any advice for your peers?

“It’s a marathon, not a race.” As of now, I’m very excited about the works I get to develop and create. I chose theatre as my life’s work because I enjoy collaborating with artists, and getting to do that is the ultimate goal (not comparing myself to my peers). The other piece of advice I can offer is the same piece of advice I received some years ago from two great directors, Michael Rau and Kim Weild, while at the Kennedy Center, “direct every single day.” Which essentially means, practice your craft every single day of your life. Never give up practicing. Since I’m not yet fortunate enough to be in the rehearsal room every single day, I’ve had to define what ‘practice’ means to me. I recommend all aspiring directors to practice every single day. Finally, directing is not only about what you do ‘in’ the room, but also how to get ‘into’ the room. Directing is not only creative but also a test of your resourcefulness.

Want More?

You Tube:

Benjamin Viertel (Director & Co-Artistic Director) Upcoming: CRIMES OF THE HEART (Bristol Valley Theater); GRINDR THE MUSICAL (Pleasance Theater, London & Teatro Elfo Puccini, Milan). Past: FIREFACE (The Brick), CLIPPED (Atlantic Stage II), AVENUE Q (BVT), and award-winning webseries [BLANK] MY LIFE. Benjamin has worked with BAM, Roundabout Theater Company, Huntington Theater Company, The New Group, and The Civilians. Member of Kennedy Center Director’s Lab, MTC’s Directing Fellow, The Civilian’s R&D Group, and Resident Artist at The Brick and Abrons Arts Center. Co-founder and Artistic Director of Third Space. Education: Carnegie Mellon University.

Show Information

When: February 17th through March 11th
Where: The New Ohio Theatre
Address: 154 Christopher Street, Suite 1E
Website/Ticketing URL: 

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