Our annual Summer Residency was a blast!

     

Our company of playwrights, actors, directors, composer, and musician got to engage deeply with each other and with our playwrights' work while enjoying nightly company dinners in New Haven, exploring the city, and getting some time away from NYC.

John J. Caswell, Jr. and Bleu Beckford-Burrell used the week as a working retreat on their newest pages, and both shared work with the company Saturday night.

Mashuq Mushtaq Deen worked with director Jessi Hill and a company of actors on The Betterment Society, including the creation of new music for the piece with composer Nell Shaw Cohen. Mia Chung worked with director Ken Rus Schmoll and a company of actors on Catch as Catch Can. The full company came together for readings of both pieces on Sunday morning to finish out the week.

   

(from left to right)
Row 1: Director Jessi Hill, composer Nell Shaw Cohen, and playwright Mashuq Mushtaq Deen begin their collaboration on the train to New Haven; Jade Wu performs in a reading of The Betterment Society; Company dinner at Bar Pizza.
Row 2: Playwright Bleu Beckford-Burrell, Managing Director Jenny Lagundino, Management Associate Caitlin Bryson, and playwright John J. Caswell, Jr. at a company dinner at Rudy's; Director Ken Rus Schmoll, David Barlow, Isabel Arraiza, Producing Artistic Director Michael Walkup, Managing Director Jenny Lagundino and daughter Daryl, Moe Angelos, playwright Mia Chung, and Matthew Montelongo outside the Beinecke Rare Books and Manuscripts Library.
Row 3: Matthew Montelongo, David Barlow, and Danielle Skraastad perform in a reading of Catch as Catch Can; Maya Sharpe plays guitar during a reading of The Betterment Society; Moe Angelos, Isabel Arraiza, Jade Wu, and director Jessi Hill work during rehearsals of The Betterment Society.