Celebrate New Work!
In keeping with our decades-long commitment to nurturing the new, we’re proud to announce our first annual New Works Festival!
Coordinated by Artistic Associate/Director of Education Piper Goodeve, this exciting two-week celebration of nationally recognized artists creating new work begins this May 18 on our Weston Village campus. “Our first annual New Works Festival has three brand new pieces, in three different stages of development, from three award-winning women,” says Goodeve. Plus, attendees will have an opportunity to talk with writers, directors, and actors about the creative process and individual works.
Actor/writer Molly Regan’s The Accidental Curator takes on one of life’s most challenging but underappreciated rites of passes with equal amounts of wry humor and warm wisdom. Regan’s one-woman play will be directed by Mary B. Robinson (Weston’s All My Sons, Copenhagen, and this season’s A Doll’s House Part 2) and presented in a fully staged workshop production following development at New York’s Ensemble Studio Theatre and Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre. The Accidental Curator will be seen in five performances from May 18 to 26. A Steppenwolf Ensemble Member, Regan has performed on Broadway in August: Osage County; Stepping Out; The Crucible and at Weston in Copenhagen and All My Sons.
Kleban winner Kait Kerrigan’s Father/Daughter will receive its first ever public reading, with Madeline Wise and Gabriel Levey, directed by Morgan Green. Kerrigan’s new work challenges us to consider how the relationships we inherit impact the relationships we choose. Director Morgan Green was Associate Director for Broadway’s Amelie, A New Musical, and is co-founder (with Wise) of New Saloon Theater Company. Wise’s acting credits include New York’s LaMaMa, Sharon Playhouse, and Two River Theatre. Levey’s acting credits include Far Away with Madeline Wise, and An Octoroon at Brooklyn’s Theatre for a New Audience. Two performances; May 19 & 20.
Actor/writer Judith Sloan’s Yo Miss!, developed in part at a Weston Artists Retreat, will take its next leap in a full onstage reading, directed by Matt Gould. Yo Miss! fuses the art of theatre, poetry, and music in a sometimes funny, sometimes sad, always-truth-telling show about immigrant/refugee teenagers and incarcerated youth grappling with the cataclysmic events that shaped them. Director Gould is an ASCAP Dean Kay Award winner with commissions from Yale Rep and Playwrights Horizons, and co-writer of the Off-Broadway musical, Invisible Thread, seen in concert at Weston. Two performances; May 25 & 26.
All readings and events will take place at the Company’s stunning new Second Stage, Weston Playhouse at Walker Farm. In part, Walker’s mission is to foster creative growth and community engagement and act as an incubator for the next generation of American Theatre. “Knowing that what we do here in Weston is a part of a larger conversation about new work in the American theatre is exhilarating.” Goodeve asks, “What better time to produce theatre where we are asking audiences, actors, writers, and directors to step into someone else’s shoes and see the world from their eyes?”
Interested in this event and others? Consider a Festival Pass! Passholders receive discounts, guaranteed seats for the readings, and an invitation to an evening of selections from our Young Playwrights program in which teaching artists mentor local students to find their voice in original short plays. To book, please call the Box Office (802) 824-5288.