Events & Projects
With a professional production team, The Works (aka Playworks) develops and produces stage and film projects that broaden perspective on local and global communities, and often include partnerships with sponsors and co-producers. Click the linked titles below for more about some of the current / recent ones. 

Telling the Times
Series in development for 2025

We live in a time of epic changes, happening faster than ever before. Who crafted the precepts by which we live and work? How? Why? How have they changed over time, and how do they support us in the world we find ourselves navigating today?

Call Me By My Name
A stage and film project and 2023 documentary about and with members of the unhoused community, 2018-2021 

Over the course of three years, six people who have lived without homes met weekly to tell their stories and to create this authentic look at life on the streets from those who have experienced it. The project also includes a film about the participants that explores a world hiding in plain sight, as the film follows them in their daily lives. (Produced in association with First United Methodist Church)

"I left with the feeling that it had allowed participants to open doors that had long been closed. It accomplished what the arts can do so well...breathe life into the human condition."  Audience member Marilyn Sarow 

"If we can unravel this, we can let others in on what we figured out."  Cast member Hilda Mojica
A series of stage and film documentaries with people whose life stories collectively reveal America's story over the past century
Sponsored by Aldersgate 2018-2022
New production and film Fall 2024

In the original AOA, seven people ages 73 to 95 met for 15 months to document their lives and to create Acting Our Age: One Century in Seven Voices, a stage-and-film documentary that traces those lives 'from then to now.' Their experiences intersect with nearly everything that's happened in America over the past 100 years. AOA became a series that shows how history happened through close-ups on the people who lived through it. Voices of the Pandemic (2021) is a film about how seven people navigated life during a year like no other. In 2022 the live performance and film Using Our Voices traced how The Silent Generation paved the way for the Boomers. The series continues in 2024; more information soon.

"The humor, the sadness, the challenges and the events of nearly 100 years of American history, shared through the lives of these seven people, were a joy to listen to."   Audience member Charles Payet 

Partial theatre archive

The Christians by Lucas Hnath (Area premiere)
Playworks Group and Pine Hill Project at Blumenthal Performing Arts

What do you believe? And why do you believe it? Those questions drive this surprising play that's set in a megachurch in today's America. Critics and audiences nationwide have praised the play's ability to articulate many points of view. This producton was a six month project that featured an onstage choir of 23 singers from the community working with the professional cast. TalkBacks among actors, audiences and guest clergy followed all performances. The play's innovative writer, Lucas Hnath, is a Tony Award nominee for A Doll's House, Part 2.

"Can we work, pray, or even live together anymore after we've recognized that we disagree?"  Broadway World  

Lunch at the Piccadilly by Clyde Edgerton & Mike Craver (Original musical)
Playworks Group at Blumenthal Performing Arts

Based on the best-selling novel and N.Y. Times Notable Book by Clyde Edgerton, Lunch at the Piccadilly is an original 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 three productions and at the York Theatre Company in N.Y. The most recent production also hosted supporting programs about the realities of elderhood in contemporary America.

"It's about people who aren't waiting to die, but continuing to live to the very end."   Up and Coming Magazine

The Playworks Group employs members of professional disciplines including Actors' Equity, representing American 
actors and stage managers in the theatre; and the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers.

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