Under the umbrella of Open Process and our aim to provide tangible skills for storytellers from all walks of life, the Orchard Project is excited to announce our new community initiative: The 518 Monologues.
The 518 Monologues is an annual initiative that aims to collect 518 monologues written by folks in and around the Saratoga region (the 518 area code), and ultimately publish all 518 monologues in a free online archive.
For over a decade, the OP has been a leading creator of new works for the stage around the US, supporting work that has gone on to production on Broadway, the West End, and independent theaters across the world.
Since the Orchard Project’s move to the Saratoga Springs region in 2015, we’ve been so grateful to have expanded our labs, launched even more public programming, and broadened our mission to support more upstate storytellers—ultimately, to create a living drama that reflects the many stories of those in the 518 region. In this new initiative, we are eager to deepen our support and connection by partnering with Saratoga organizations and artists in the creation of a monologue-writing curriculum and workshop series.
We want to take 518 as an opportunity to engage folks in the Saratoga region of all theatrical backgrounds: from those who have never seen a play before to those who already work in theatre. While we plan to welcome all monologue entries, we want to provide resources (and encouragement!) to those who have less familiarity or comfort with theatre, writing, and the genre itself.
With this in mind, we’ve designed and curated multiple workshop tracks—both virtual and in-person—that will appeal to folks with different familiarities, schedules, and means. These will be a combination of group workshop and lecture, and will be led by teaching artists from both the New York City and Saratoga areas. It is by no means necessary to attend a workshop in order to submit to the 518 Monologues—instead, workshops will serve as an additional resource for those interested in cultivating their inner artist.
Through the 518 Monologues, we want to encourage folks in, around, and from the 518 region to embrace their natural creativity and talents. We truly believe that everyone is an artist and through this initiative, we hope to encourage creativity, curiosity, risk-taking, vulnerability, and personal artistry. Most of all, we want to give resources to folks who have an interest in theatrical writing but don’t know where to start.
In this vein, we will be accepting every monologue that is submitted until we reach 518. However, it should be noted that the Orchard Project maintains the right to deny submissions that are derogatory in nature or unable to be performed live.
Call for Teaching Artists
The Orchard Project is seeking artist-educators with experience teaching playwriting to join our team of Teaching Artists to lead school and community-based workshops as part of The 518 Monologues.
About the Orchard Project
The Orchard Project (OP) is a preeminent artistic development laboratory and accelerator for creators of performance and dramatic stories. Through programs in New York City, Saratoga Springs and online, the Orchard Project inclusively supports and empowers dramatic storytellers from the United States and around the world. Through summer labs and other year-round programs that provide resources including community, accountability, and opportunity for artists at multiple stages of their careers, The Orchard Project pushes the dramatic form and lifts up a diversity of voices that inform, inspire, and provoke. For more information, click here.