Events & Projects

Playworks projects are a combination of new scripts, ones from among the most significant on the national scene, and ones developed by the company. 
Follow the links for more about current / recent projects in production / 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 year-long 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

What You Will by Wendy Hammond (Theatre / 2018)

In this unusual and thought-provoking new comedy by Wendy Hammond, inspired by Shakespeare's Twelfth Night and  first commissioned by Davidson College, we are backstage at The First Annual World Interfaith Conference for Peace, where six volunteers are on 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 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

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

2018 Series in development: You Are Here
The community of live theatre, where a group of people share ideas together in real time, is a unique experience that is becoming even more so in this digital age. And the immediacy of live performance, where life stories are told in first-person detail, is an ideal forum for communication and growth. You Are Here is a series of live performances created around a given subject, developed from the stories of those involved in the topic. Culled from the experiences of people's lives, a theatre piece is developed through conversations and workshops. Currentlly, two of these projects are being developed. Please check back for more.

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