Snow-hats, caps, and ear-muffs off to Northern Stage’s Producing Artistic Director, Carol Dunne, for a terrific three-day new works festival, New Works Now 5.0, the fifth in five years, with an involved and full-house audience.
The "Jane Burgoyne" rehearsal and development (Tuesday through Sunday) and public reading (Sunday afternoon) at the White River Junction (VT) theatre went very well. Three talented actresses—Patti Perkins, Carol Halstead, Taleen Monahan—and a dynamite director/dramaturg: Stephen Brown-Fried. And a playwright (me) happy for the experience.
For the audience, there seemed to be resonance in such lines as …
“It’s amazing, isn’t it, that our cells renew themselves every seven years. A new body, only we get it bit by bit.”
“Why, I live right over in Fret. It’s just around the corner from Anxiety, that other suburb of Worry. My friend Abby lives over by Panic.”
More production developments in the works... including a "Jane Burgoyne" reading featuring as the centerpiece for the 2018 National New Play Network Fundraiser.