The Northampton Arts Council works to support and nurture the arts in the city of Northampton. The Council awards grants twice each year to artists and arts groups from both state and locally-raised funds, and seeks to improve public awareness of the arts. Its' goals include maintaining and preserving the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Northampton, programming such annual events of interest to the community as First Night Northampton and Transperformance.

Monday, June 3, 2019

What We See: Theater Works at 33 Hawley and SCDT July 2019

WHEN: July 7-August 4, 2019
WHERE: 33 Hawley St Northampton, MA.

July 7-August 4, 2019
Each project will have a public showing at the end of their residency.
Contact: Lisa Thompson, or 413.586.5553

What We See
A.P.E. @ Hawley is launching "What We See", a month long project of five theater works in development at 33 Hawley Street and SCDT from July 7 – August 4, 2019.. “What We See” is designed to provide support for the evolving work of these five artists and artist groups. Each project will be provided a week of time and space in the flexible performance space at 33 Hawley St. and at SCDT, and will culminate in public showings at the end of each week. Each project was selected because of its unique vision- use of spoken language and movement, use of other mediums, choice of performers and audiences they hope to reach. “What We See” will assist each project deepen their investigations of what makes theater.

July 7-14:
Serious Play Theatre Ensemble develops Moving Water in collaboration with director Sheryl Stoodley, musician Jonny Rodgers, visual artist Roz Driscoll, playwright Eric Sanders, and designer Robin Doty.
Public Showing:
Saturday July 13, 7:30 to 8:45pm: “Getting Our Feet Wet” – A first step into Serious Play’s Moving Water Project a sharing of the collaborative artistic work and the discoveries. Phone to sign up for a 10 minute time slot for a walk thru to view the experiments: 413-588-7439.
9pm-9:45pm: Discussion with the five artist collaborators, and the acting ensemble and background on MOVING WATER. For viewers 13 yrs and up (Suggested Donation toward the continuation of this project- $20 at the door)

July 7-14 (SCDT):

Andrew Pester’s Prelude to a Eulogy is an unearthing of queer ancestry through multidisciplinary archive, community storytelling, and performance ritual. The week-in-residence will be part improvisation and part composing, reading, and digesting. A final showing will occur on Saturday, July 13 from 5-6 pm.

July 14-21:
Long Bright Day is Karinne Keithley’s new play about political avatars and human community. A great leader decides to quit making pro-forma public statements so she can commune with an immensity on a boat by her lake house and rule her country in peace. A small community of political exiles wait and wait for their work to produce change. Everyone's done saying things the way they always said them. Everyone's watching the television. If they had bigger imaginations, they could say more. Or at least so says a chorus of cats out in the interplanetary light.

Public showing will be scheduled at the end of the week.

July 21-28: Occupied Territories, conceived and directed by Mollye Maxner, written by Nancy Bannon and Mollye Maxner.

Created from research into the lives of Vietnam Combat Veterans and their families, Occupied Territories reveals painful and beautiful truths without comment, in all their rawness. Sponsors for this project include: VA Central Western Massachusetts Healthcare System of the Veterans Health Administration, Central Hampshire Veterans’ Services, Massachusetts and Rhode Island Departments of the American Gold Star Mothers, Inc., Human Service Forum
Free public showings on July 26 & 27 at 7 pm.

July 28-Aug.4: Real Live Theater develops a new script, Far Reaches, culminating in a public reading/sharing. Ellen Morbyrne , co-founder of RLT, has written a first draft of a play called Far Reaches, in the genre of Cli-Fi (Climate Science Fiction, a genre of fiction that deals with the impacts of climate change and global warming). This full-length, two-person piece is set in a world of endless oceans where people live exclusively on rafts. It is a play that does invite audiences to consider the impacts of their own choices regarding climate change, but it is primarily a play about connection: How do we remember, and what do we remember? How do we survive, and how do we thrive? What are the ways in which we are different from one another, and what do we share in common? What happens to us in isolation, and what is connection worth to us? A workshop/staged reading version of the play will be shared with the public with a talkback and informal reception on Sunday, August 4 (Time to be announced).

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