Events & Projects

Follow the links for more information about projects in various stages of production and development.

The Christians by Lucas Hnath (Fall 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. The compelling story revolves around a pastor who challenges his congregation with a new definition of faith. Critics around the country, from New York to Charleston have raved about this unique play's ability to represent all points of view, including the unaffiliated. This production features members of Actors' Equity Association, an onstage choir of 23 singers from the community, and TalkBacks among actors, audiences and guest clergy from area churches after many performances. Playwright Lucas Hnath is a 2017 Best Play Tony Award nominee for A Doll's House: Part 2, his first play on Broadway. More...

"..a production like this reminds us how important a professional theatre can be in the cultural life of a city."
Broadway World 

Produced by The Playworks Group in association with The Pine Hill Project

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

Based on the best-selling novel and N.Y. Times Notable Book of the same name 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 and Red Clay Rambler Mike Craver, the show was developed in four productions, in the Festival Stage series, and at the York Theatre in N.Y. The latest production, sponsored by Aldersgate at Blumenthal Arts, was a unique partnership for independent production. With a staff of 60, the project included programs about aging well. Piccadilly is 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

What You Will by Wendy Hammond (2018)

In this unusual and thought-provoking new comedy by Wendy Hammond, inspired by Shakespeare's Twelfth Night and  commissioned by Davidson College, we are backstage at The First Annual World Interfaith Conference for Peace, where six volunteers are spending spring break. The six interns from leading U.S. colleges are all of different faiths (or lack of them) including Muslim, Mormom, Jewish, agnostic and atheist. They've all gathered with the hope of creating a new world - but first they must confront the real one. More...

Hammond's plays have been produced by Second Stage, SoHo Rep, Actor's Theatre of Louisville, Long Wharf, and others. She holds an MFA from NYU, and an M.Div. from Yale Divinity School.

In development following readings and staged readings:

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 play 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

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

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