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Announcing the 2018 Orchard Project

Greetings from the Orchard Project!

As summer quickly approaches, the Orchard Project is proud to announce the artists, teams, and ensembles participating in its twelfth summer theatre residency program. More than 30 artists and ensembles were selected for residencies this summer from nearly 600 theatre artists and companies who applied. The artists, teams, and companies will come to Saratoga Springs from across the United States and the world to accelerate projects at various stages of development. Throughout the program, the Orchard Project will also present a series of special events and cabarets for the public by OP residents and associated artists. For more information on our public events, visit our website.

The artists and companies selected to participate in the 2018 Orchard Project include:  

  • Manual Cinema (IL), working on its adaptation of Frankenstein, incorporating “laboratory" of cameras, overhead projectors, actors, and puppets with a live score for chamber ensemble;

  • The return of the The Red Trouser Show (MA), working on a theatrical version of their popular street performance show.

  • Longtime Tectonic Theater Project members Barbara Pitts McAdams (NY) and Jimmy Maize (NY), creating a new, open-source play about the Second Amendment;

  • Writer Henry Wishcamper (IL) and director Elizabeth Dinkova (NY) working on Wishcamper's play The Polish Play, A Mash-up Of Macbeth And Ubu Roi For This Moment In Time;

  • Longtime collaborators and downtown NY mainstays Steve Zehentner (NY) and Penny Arcade (NY), developing their newest work Old Queen (working title);

  • Musical theatre team Zoe Sarnak and Emily Kaczmarek (NY) working on their dystopian action musical, Afloat;

  • Royal & Derngate’s (UK) commission of The Gin Craze, with writer April De Angelis and director Michael Oakley working on their new play about lawless London in the 19th Century;

  • Performance artist and singer Joseph Keckler (NYC), developing Let Me Die, an amalgamation of original work and operatic death scenes culled from the canon;

  • Witness Relocation (NYC) is developing a new duet, featuring Artistic Director Dan Safer and company member A. Andreas, about what happens in a hotel rooms;

  • Jack Bartholet (NY), developing a new solo cabaret featuring songs of resistance and reinterpreted tunes of today. Collaborating with director and Orchard Project Director of Cabaret Julian Fleisher, Musical Director Yasuhiko Fukuoka (NY), and Video Artist Sarah Zucker (LA);

  • Fiasco Theater (NY), working on a new reimagining of John Gay’s The Beggar’s Opera;

  • UNIVERSES (NY), the poetic theater music ensemble, will working on their play Unison;

  • Heidi Armbruster (NY), in partnership with director (and Orchard Project Artistic Director) Ari Edelson, will be working on her play Mrs. Christie, the story of Agatha Christie's ten day disappearance in 1926, told in the style of Mrs. Christie's work;

  • En Garde Arts (NY) commissioned playwright Andrea Thome (NY), composer Sinuhé Padilla Isunza (NY), and director José Zayas (NY), to craft a new theatrical work drawn from interviews with undocumented immigrants;

  • Roundabout Theatre Company's (NY) Space Jam program - a playwright support initiative - working with playwrights Alex Lubischer, Jiehae Park, and Ming Peiffer;

  • Autobiographical solo performer Ryan J. Haddad (NY) returning the the OP to collaborate with composer/vocalist Trevor Bachman and director and Orchard Project Director of Cabaret Julian Fleisher on Haddad's debut cabaret piece, Falling for Make Believe;

  • TONY-Award Winner Tonya Pinkins (NY) will be working on two plays in a cycle which will include other writers under the title Truth and Reconciliation between Women; a vision for planetary healing.

  • Writers Jennifer Crittenden & Gabrielle Allan (CA) work on the musical Hollywood Romance in collaboration with director Kristin Hanggi (NY);

  • Dan Kitrosser (NY) working with director and Orchard Project Core Company Director Sherri Eden Barber on his play Old Forever New Things, a *very* modern comedy of manners;

  • Lastly, members of the new Orchard Project NYC Greenhouse will be continuing to develop work created through a year long program that supports new collaborations both in New York City and Saratoga Springs. The 2018 NYC Greenhouse members are: Alexander Borinsky, Emily Feldman, Leigh Fondakowski, Jeremy O Harris, Lubdub Theatre Co. (including Caitlin Nasema Cassidy, Geoff Kanick, Miranda Rose Hall, Robert Duffley), Whitney Mosery, Abby Rosebrock, Heath Saunders, Angela Sclafani, Celine Song, Zack Zadek, and Greenhouse Curator Mary Birnbaum.

The Orchard Project’s theater program is a laboratory for theatre artists and companies to innovate, develop, and refine new shows. The program will run from June 1 - July 23, 2018; the theater lab will run through July 9 and the new episodic lab for new TV show development will run from July 10 - 23. Episodic participants will be announced soon. Past productions developed at the Orchard Project have gone on to be performed on Broadway and around the globe for more than two million people, winning every theater award from TONY® to OBIE to Oliviers, and being turned into acclaimed films.

Concurrent with the theatre laboratory program, the Orchard Project holds a series of public and industry events, including Special Guest Cabarets on June 3, June 15, and June 29, and Work-in-Progress Cabarets on June 8, June 22, and July 6. On Sunday, June 3, from 2 PM - 6 PM, the Orchard Project will partner with Saratoga Hospital to host its Second Annual BUSK! In Saratoga’s Congress Park, a spontaneous, outrageous, family-friendly event showcasing world-class performers alongside local talent. Proceeds from the 2018 BUSK! event will support emergency medical services at Saratoga Hospital and increase awareness for the importance of pediatric emergency care. BUSK! aims to offer something to everyone. Performers will include spectacular circus artists, stunt performers, magicians, and bands. All Orchard Project events are free for donating members and their guests. For more information about becoming a member, visit this page or call 646-760-6767.