The Pawling Theatre Exchange (PTE) has a diverse line-up of work in development for their inaugural season on the Trinity-Pawling School campus. The first residency includes Connecticut-based playwrights Susan Cinamon and Laura Thoma, New York City-based playwrights Heidi Armbruster, Peter Macklin, and Stuart Warmflash, and Shellen Lubin, who splits her time between NYC and Connecticut, and Arizona-based playwright and theatre-maker Laurelann Porter.
Artistic teams procured from the region are working on the new plays penned by the playwrights. “We’ve had such a positive response from artists, all the way from Pennsylvania, the capital region, and New York City, that know how valuable this experience is for the playwrights,” said Co-Founding Producing Artistic Director Kent Burnham. The June residency started off with actor-combatants taking up residency in the Wrestling Room of Trinity-Pawling School on Monday, June 10. “It’s a perfect location for them. Expansive, air-conditioned, and with roll-out mats, they couldn’t be more happy,” added Tracy Liz Miller, Kent Burnham’s partner in producing at Pawling Theatre Exchange. Tracy connected with Neutral Chaos, LLC, based in New York City, to host a combat for stage and film workshop that will require 60 hours of the participants towards certification in skills. Over the weekend of June 14-16, The Coop, a new Off-Broadway collective organization, will be intensively rehearsing a project in their pipeline of exciting new works. Starring Patricia Black and directed by James Dean Palmer, Femme Covert explores the theme of women in history through the lens of Greek classical works of the story of Clytemnestra.
There will be a Sunday, June 16 showing of their work-in-progress, giving the audience a unique experience of seeing a play in the creation and rehearsal process. Founders Kent Burnham and Tracy Liz Miller hope to expand and enrich the programming with more community-faced events such as workshops and panel discussions. The inclusion of a Young Company gathered to train and apprentice will be added hopefully as early as next June.
For more information of programming, the website lists the readings and showings of new work as well as information on their Launch Party from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 15. Go to www.pawlingtheatreexchange.org.
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