That's right--I'm back in the Berkshires at Williamstown Theatre Festival for another fabulous summer of 24/7 theatre-making!
This season, I am the festival's Literary Assistant. I am overseeing the implementation of research dramaturgy for the season's shows as well as contributing and editing content for the festival programs and blog. I am also part of the team that produces Fridays@3 (a weekly new play reading series) and a reader for the Weissberger Award, a prize given to the best unproduced play of 2011. Later this month, I will be the dramaturg on the Fellowship Play, a new piece built here at the festival using a company of early-career actors. I will also be a dramaturg for one of the four projects in FreeWrite, a week-long developmental workshop at the end of the summer.
To learn more about the festival and what we've been up to in the Literary Department, check out www.wtfestival.org
In June, I served as research dramaturg for a two-week workshop of The Civilians' THE GREAT IMMENSITY.
During the workshop, I once again delved into the fascinating research and transcripts that make up the core of the play. I spent the weeks doing lots of fact-checking as well as plenty of timeline drafting. I also created an image wall, giving me the chance to cull through the company's collection of images from Barro Colorado Island and Churchill, Canada--the two locales at the center of the piece. The photos are breathtaking and inspiring; now all I want to do is travel to Panama and Arctic Canada (before the ice melts, that is!).
This was the last major developmental workshop before the play receives its world premiere production at Kansas City Rep next year.
To learn more about the project and its upcoming production, check out www.thecivilians.org