Christopher Chen (Picture by Sasha Arutyunova), Danny Haengil Larsen (Picture by Alexis Buatti-Ramos), Michelle Elliott (Picture by Alexis Buatti-Ramos), and Rehana Lew Mirza (Picture by Christine Chambers.)
SARATOGA, CALIF: TheatreWorks Silicon Valley has introduced that the nineteenth annual New Works Competition will make its first in-person return since 2019 at Montalvo Arts Heart from Nov. 6 to Nov. 13.
The annual competition will showcase new performs and musicals of their early phases of growth and can give audiences a possibility to offer suggestions to the creators. With a number of performances of every present scheduled all through the competition, playwrights and composers will have the ability to absorb and incorporate suggestions, permitting audiences to look at the exhibits develop and evolve.
“Growing new works is in TheatreWorks’ DNA,” mentioned creative director Tim Bond in an announcement. “An integral a part of our mission is to foster and construct group round artists as they create works that may interact theatre audiences of the long run. I’m so excited for the in-person return of this beloved and very important TheatreWorks custom.”
This yr’s competition is a partnership between TheatreWorks Silicon Valley and Montalvo Arts Heart’s Lucas Artists Residency Program, a artistic incubator that helps artists throughout many disciplines of their course of to develop new work. TheatreWorks and Montalvo beforehand partnered on a developmental studying of the brand new musical Alice Bliss, which is scheduled to obtain its world premiere at TheatreWorks July 12-Aug. 6, 2023.
“We at Montalvo Arts Heart are excited to share these experiences with TheatreWorks,” mentioned Kelly Sicat, director of Lucas Artist Program, in an announcement. “We hope that this continued partnership not solely results in many extra alternatives to construct artwork with our shared group, however that it additionally highlights for Silicon Valley a mannequin for extra organizations to collaborate collectively to create and encourage group. We stay up for very profitable occasions and anticipate a daring future of constructing and supporting artwork collectively.”
This yr’s competition consists of Jonathan Larson Grant winners Danny Haengil Larsen and Michelle Elliott’s new musical, Hart Island, about an immigrant lady and an inmate who kind an unlikely connection within the face of tragedy. The musical was beforehand offered on the 2020 Nationwide Alliance of Musical Theatre Competition, acquired a Beta Sequence manufacturing at Village Theatre, a sequence of staged readings at Playwrights Horizons in 2018 and was featured within the 2017 Village Originals Competition of New Musicals.
Moreover, Obie-winning playwright Christopher Chen’s play The Movement explores values and perception methods amongst 4 students concerned in a debate about animal rights. The Movement was initially a Manhattan Theatre Membership Sloan Fee.
Kleban Award winner Rehana Lew Mirza’s play Phrases We Consider portrays a strong examination of fractured group after a search begins for a lacking 17-year-old particular person in Orange County, Calif.
TheatreWorks Silicon Valley was based in 1970 by Robert Kelley and is at the moment led by creative director Tim Bond. In 2019, they acquired the Regional Theatre Tony Award. TheatreWorks continues to champion new work, providing artists assist and a house to develop new tales for American theatre. Moreover, TheatreWorks gives arts schooling and engagement packages for native colleges within the surrounding Silicon Valley neighborhoods. As of 2020, the theatre’s funds was roughly $8.3 million.
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