WeÂ tried toÂ twitter our arrivalÂ to New Haven.Â We wanted to give a minute-by-minuteÂ account ofÂ our day.Â A laundry-list of activities prevented us from writing more than two twitter entries. (“Two twitter…” We don’t like the sound of that.)
We’re back in New Haven for our summer residency.Â Most peopleÂ arrived today.Â We’re waiting for two playwrights (Kara Manning and Tommy Smith will arrive tomorrow).Â In addition to working with Kara and Tommy,Â we’ve been joined byÂ Molly Rice and Samuel Brett Williams.Â This year, we’re also up here with 7 actors (Teresa Lim, Marguerite Stimpson, John Giampetro, Bruce Altman, Caitlin Clouthier, Alex Knox and Carter Gill), 2 directors (Jack Cummings III and Kara-Lynn Vaeni),Â 1 stage manager (Terri Kohler), 1 dramaturg (Rachel Rusch), and a partridge and a pear tree.Â ‘Kidding.Â (We’ve been up since 5:00 am, so you’ll excuse the bad pun.)
Brett, Jack, Bruce, Caitlin, Alex and Carter are going to be working on The Revival, a new playÂ that focuses on the growing popularity of an Evangelical minister not unlike Ted Haggard.
Molly, Kara-Lynn, Teresa, Marguerite, John and Rachel are working onÂ Firehouse 17, a new play inspired by the myth of Persephone that looks at loneliness, love and black coffee.Â Terri’s doing double-duty as stage manager for The Revival and Firehouse 17.
Â In the meantime,Â Kara and Tommy are using thisÂ purely as a writer’s retreat.Â Kara’sÂ focusing on rewrites for her dark dark comedy (when does a dark dark comedy become, uhm, a drama?)Â Killing Swans and Tommy’s going to be writing his newÂ play Beautiful Day about the life ofÂ scientist and electronic music inventor Leon Theremin. Â
Busy. Â We’re hoping that everyone finds this week helpful.Â It’sÂ wonderful to be so close to the start of new projects — The Revival, Firehouse 17 and Beautiful Day are pretty much brand new.Â It’s thrilling that these writers have agreed to come up to New Haven to get started (in one way or another) on these new plays.Â We’re just here to give them some time and space.Â And, hopefully, they’ll have some fun, too.