New Line Theatre Off Line's first public performance, in January 2013, was a quirky, decidedly adult evening of cabaret, featuring the New Generation of New Liners, Taylor Pietz (Evita, Cry-Baby, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Love Kills, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson), Zachary Allen Farmer (Hair, Assassins, Urinetown, Return to the Forbidden Planet, Love Kills, High Fidelity), and Mike Dowdy (Cry-Baby, bare, Spelling Bee, Forbidden Planet, High Fidelity, The Wild Party), with music direction by Justin Smolik and direction by Mike Dowdy.

The evening included "You Don't Know / I Am the One" from Next to Normal, "Little Mary Sunshine" from Reefer Madness, "Schadenfreude" from Avenue Q, "Don't Know Where You Leave Off" from The Sweet Smell of Success, "Falling Slowly" from Once, Dowdy's unique take on "Poor Unfortunate Souls," and other amazing songs.

In summer 2012, New Line Theatre, "the Bad Boy of Musical Theatre," created a new side identity called New Line Theatre Off Line, to be a framework for the New Line actors to explore other music and theatre projects, including New Line’s own unique brand of adult cabaret, musical improv, and other kinds of performance opportunities, as well as master classes, workshops, and more, headed up by New Line actor and Associate Artistic Director Mike Dowdy.