Events & Projects
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You Are Here   (
Series in development & production 2019

You Are Here is a multimedia series for theatre developed with groups of people whose life stories tell the history and culture of their time. Developed over the course of a year, director, filmmaker and composer collaborate on a live stage production and resulting documentary film. Two of these projects have 2019 production. We invite you to join the conversation.

"I left with the feeling that the project 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."    
- Marilyn Sarow (of the development reading of StreetSmARTs) 

A stage and film documentary about and with members of the homeless community
Project with First United Methodist Church 2018-19

For over a year, participants who have experienced homelessness met weekly to tell their stories and to create this authentic look at life on the streets from those who have lived it. The project also includes a documentary about the participants that takes us into a world hiding in plain sight. More...

Acting Our Age
A live stage and film documentary with seven seniors whose stories are also America's story
Sponsored by Aldersgate 2018-19

For 15 months seven elders - ages 73 to three 95 year olds - met to talk about their remarkable lives and create Acting Our Age: A Century of America in Seven Voices, a stage-and-film documentary that traces those lives from 'then to now.' Along the way, their experiences intersect with nearly everything that's happened in the U.S. over the past 100 years. In their ten decades, the seven participants have experienced the Depression, the Civil Rights Movement, the rise of corporate America, and four wars. The first-generation immigrant experience in America is also represented in the group, with participant's immediate families coming from Ireland, France, Armenia, and Syria.  More...

The Christians by Lucas Hnath 
Playworks Group and Pine Hill Project at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center 2017

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 recent Tony Award nominee. More...

"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 
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 Company in N.Y. The most recent production, sponsored by Aldersgate, was also a catalyst for programs about the realities of elderhood in today's America. More...

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

Some of the projects in development with readings, staged readings and workshop productions

Stone Cold
David Wiltse's play 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, where interns of all faiths (or lack of them) meet to make a new world - but first they have to reckon with 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.

See some of the people involved in projects.

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