Events & Projects

Follow the links for more about some of the projects in production or development.

The Christians by Lucas Hnath (Theatre / 2017 / Blumenthal Performing Arts Center)

What do you believe? And why do you believe it?  Those questions drive this provocative play set in a megachurch in today's America. Critics and audiences nationwide have raved about the  play's ability to articulate many points of view. This producton and six month project featured members of Actors' Equity Association, an onstage choir of 23 singers from the community, and TalkBacks among actors, audiences and guest clergy. Writer Lucas Hnath was a 2017 Tony Award nominee for A Doll's House: Part 2. More...

"Can we work, pray, or even live together anymore after we've recognized that we fundamentally disagree?" - Broadway World
Produced by The Playworks Group in association with The Pine Hill Project

Lunch at the Piccadilly by Clyde Edgerton & Mike Craver (Theatre / 2015 & currently licensing) 

Based on the best-selling novel and N.Y. Times Notable Book by Clyde Edgerton, Lunch at the Piccadilly is a new musical about changing the world - one rocking chair at a time. With songs by Drama Desk Award winner Mike Craver, the show was developed in four productions, in the Festival Stage series, and at the York Theatre in N.Y. The most recent production with a staff of 60, sponsored by Aldersgate, incorporated programs about the advantages of aging. Piccadilly is also available for licensing. More...

"It's about people who aren't waiting to die, but continuing to live to the very end. It is a play of small movements, but of big ideals and heart."   Up and Coming Magazine
Co-produced and sponsored by Aldersgate

In development following readings and staged readings:

Stone Cold
David Wiltse's script about arriving at the intersection of love, art, and commerce, after its first reading in the Festival Stage series. Wiltse is the author of 12 novels and 14 plays including Doubles on Broadway.

Angus MacLachlan's script based on the true incident of a woman who jumped from a bridge while a crowd looked on; MacLachlan is the author of many plays and the films Junebug with Amy Adams, Stone with Robert DeNiro, and Goodbye to All That and Abundant Acreage Available, also directed by MacLachlan

What You Will
Wendy Hammond's provocative comedy is set backstage at the First World Interfaith Conference for Peace, iwhere nterns of all faiths (or lack of them) meet to make a new world - but first must confront the real one. Hammond's plays have been produced by many theatres including Second Stage, SoHo Rep, Purple Rose and Long Wharf. She holds an MFA from NYU and an M.Div. from Yale Divinity School.

Photo: first reading of David Wiltse's "Stone Cold" at the Festival Stage Visiting Playwright Series (Michael Huie, Amy DaLuz, Mary McCool, Wiltse, Steve Umberger)

2018-19 Series in development: You Are Here
The community of live theatre, where artists and audiences share ideas in real time, is a unique experience, especially in our digital age. And the immediacy of the live theatre experience can be a compelling forum for communication at a time when everyone has something to say. You Are Here is a multimedia series for theatre developed with production team and group of people whose life stories tell the history and culture of their time. Culled from real life experience, a theatre piece is developed over the course of a year. Two of these projects are now in process for production in 2019.  (More information in late 2018)

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