Orchard Project forward week is proud to connect our supported artists and projects with others in the industry at large. For a sampling of the projects taking part in the week, see the short descriptions below. Longer descriptions are available after registering for Orchard Project Forward Week, which you can do here.
Performance Projects at a Glance
$#!thole Country Clapback is a personal response backed by historical information to Trump's incendiary statement about black and brown countries in 2018, specifically Haiti.
Neena Beber and Jessica Hecht
A Mother is a radical adaptation of Brecht's The Mother, the story of a mother who become radicalized for/by her son. Set in 1980s Miami it combines personal and social history, disco and gospel.
Kate Douglas and Grace McLean
An absurdist-horror Victorian chamber piece about a widow trying to save her child from the piano lessons that have mysteriously possessed her into the cult of femininity.
Bad Activist is Mai Khoi’s story from rural life to pop-stardom to political awakening. Her social activism and meetings with figures like Barack Obama find her banned from performing in Vietnam.
FULL CONTACT interrogates Filipino American writer/performer Ariel Estrada's experiences as a 20-year martial arts cult survivor and his coming-of-age as a gay man at the height of the AIDS crisis.
Inspired by female freedom fighters in the Middle East and the mythical Gorgon sisters, this hybrid theatre play examines the current crises through the eyes of those living it on the front lines.
At the end of high school and the beginning of the real world, Sally's secret existence of ritual, punishment and promise boils over when she is forced to consider her future in an urgent way.
Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj
Bearing witness to two moments that birthed the current Black Lives Matter Movement, the murders of Trayvon Martin and the Mother Emanuel Nine, this is their story of love, joy, hope, faith, and loss.
stephen h belber
Tracks American “radicalism” over of 3 decades through the life of Jamal Joseph, who joined the Black Panthers at age 15, spent much of the 70’s in prison, and is now a professor at Columbia.
Ezequiel González Camaño
When dams loom over rising tides—a Lower East Side dam casting shadows over Manhattan, dams blocking natural waterways in Central America—fractured stories propel us and Water guides us to the surface
Mike von der Nahmer
SHIMMER is a children’s music theater work with dance suitable for opera, ballet, or experimental theater about coherence: being different, feeling wrong, and finding communal transcendence anyway.
Susan Lambert Hatem, Michelle Malone, Amy Ray, and Anne Lambert
What happens when a heartbroken, Bible Belt divorcee with nothing to lose decides to turn a former strip club into The Flirt Bar, a place where women can go to be flirted with?
Randall David Cook, Cheryl L. Davis and Gwynn MacDonald
"The Monument" is about long-serving South Carolina Senator Strom Thurmond's secret biracial daughter Essie Mae Washington-Williams -- and her relationship with her history-making father.
TRAILOFF is an immersive audio storytelling app that puts audiences in the center of the drama! Using smart phone GPS tracking narratives sync to viewers as they walk along a trail.
An investigative theater work which reveals intimate stories of those affected by the US immigration system, through interviews with immigrants, ICE agents, deported people and my personal narrative.
An immersive performance piece that merges the tragedy of the Columbia space shuttle and our current path of re-entry after a global pandemic. Using in-person installation, Upon Re-entry blurs the line between theatre and visual art.
Episodic Projects at a Glance
A struggling actress from Saudi Arabia gets tapped by the NYPD A.S.S. (Arab Secret Surveillance) unit to spy on a local mosque if she wants to stay in the country and pursue her dream acting career.
Talya Mar and Tara Amber
A dark comedy about the members of a NYC pet loss support group struggling to cope with the loss of their beloved animals and navigate the more challenging (human) relationships in their lives.
When a mild-mannered casino executive is fed up with being overlooked and underappreciated, she turns to the underground world of birth tourism to uncover her ambition and power.
Anthony DeSimone and Marie Cheng
In this sketch rom-com, an independent Asian American woman and a nurturing, supportive white man struggle to navigate the complex world of modern dating, gender roles, and racial perceptions.
After an industry wide hiatus, the front office of an American cruise ship preps for relaunch with zero ability to manifest the revolutionary guest experiences they promise.
THE SUCK is an anthology series that chronicles the effects and trauma of war on a group of people from the front lines to the home front, from America to Iraq, and from the living to the dead.
WILDERNESS is a workplace drama following twenty-something field guides working in a Wilderness Therapy program in southern Utah as they care for troubled teens and come to understand themselves.
Audio Projects at a Glance
A public-access TV show based on original research about the little-known Jewish history of the American toy industry. Hosted by Geoffrey Giraffe and featuring Mr. Potato Head as foul mouthed co-host.
When two aliens crash into Zuri’s lonely 13-year old life, they drag her into a wild engineering project and misadventure around Manhattan, opening her eyes to new frontiers inside herself and beyond!
A new audio musical to be staged and recorded using a binaural microphone in which an all-female and non-binary ensemble of Marie Curies journey through the remains of a Chernobyl-inspired theme park.
A scripted narrative podcast about the quest to find a popular teen girl in 1996 who disappears while playing a mysterious choose-your-own-adventure touchtone phone game.
Real Time Interventions
A musical true-crime podcast that uses original songs about female serial killers as a structural touchstone; ten songs = ten episodes = ten discussions about female power, race and rage.
A queer YA author, unknowingly manifesting magic, is set on a quest alongside her greatest fan to heal our dying world, all the while grieving her lost lover… until she discovers there may be a way to bring her back.