Moments from: FRAGMENTS

On Sunday we were privileged to have Jay Briggs working together with our playwright Geraldine Inoa to bring to life her still-developing piece Fragments, a powerful look into the lives of three patients at a mental asylum.  A few moments from the process:

Geraldine, Jay and the cast work around the table the morning of the reading.

ELEANOR (Ahsha Daniels), ADRIANA (Ashley McFadden), WALLACE (Chauncey Meeks Owens)

ELEANOR (Ahsha Daniels), WALLACE (Chauncey Meeks-Owens)

ELEANOR (Ahsha Daniels)

ELEANOR (Ahsha Daniels), ADRIANA (Ashley McFadden), WALLACE (Chauncey Meeks Owens)

Thanks for an amazing week of new plays! Tomorrow we’ll be linking you to more information about our amazing playwrights and reflecting on the last week here at the NPE.

Moments from: OLD FAMILIAR FACES

On Saturday, Tim Giles brought to life the witty, sad, vulgar, funny world of Nat Cassidy’s OLD FAMILIAR FACES, a play that set our audience buzzing – and sent them off to brush up on Shakespeare.  Here are a few of the moments:

MARY LAMB (Teresa Hough)

 

CHARLES LAMB (Mark Byrnes), MARY LAMB (Teresa Hough), LEE (Lauren Ferebee), OLIVER (Mason Manna)

MARY LAMB (Teresa Hough), CHARLES LAMB (Mark Byrnes)

OLIVER (Mason Manna)

MARY (Teresa Hough), LEE (Lauren Ferebee)

MARY (Teresa Hough), LEE (Lauren Ferebee)

Moments from: THE HAZARDS OF LOVING WHILE BROKEN

On Friday, HUB-BUB and SLT’s AiR Lauren Ferebee directed a reading of Mariah MacCarthy’s heartbreaking  THE HAZARDS OF LOVING WHILE BROKEN. If you missed it, here are a few of the moments:

JARED (Robert Garrett Gibson), MEL (Harley Bevill), KERRY (Kelly Wallace)

MEL (Harley Bevill), KERRY (Kelly Wallace)

MEL (Harley Bevill)

 Next up: pictures from OLD FAMILIAR FACES – but today, join us at HUB-BUB’s Showroom for a reading of FRAGMENTS with playwright Geraldine Inoa in attendance!

Moments from: THE DING DONGS

Last night we experienced an expertly crafted home invasion (or was it?) in Brenda Withers’ THE DING DONGS, or, What is the Penalty in Portugal? directed by SYT alum George Pate. Thought-provoking and unusual, this play definitely gave our audience a lot to talk about.

REDELMO (Jay E. Coffman), Natalie (LIbby Ricardo), Joe (Daniel Marlatt)

REDELMO (Jay E. Coffman), NATALIE (Libby Ricardo), JOE (Daniel Marlatt)

REDELMO (Jay E. Coffman), NATALIE (Libby Ricardo), JOE (Daniel Marlatt)

 

 

Join us tonight for THE HAZARDS OF LOVING WHILE BROKEN!

Moments from: DREAM WALKER

Last night Jay E. Coffman delved into the world of dreams in August Schulenberg’s exquisite play DREAM WALKER.  If you missed it, we captured a few of the moments for you:

Gary (Patrick Whitfill), Richie (Tim Giles)

Gary (Patrick Whitfill), Dawn (Lauren Ferebee), Richie (Tim Giles)

Dawn (Lauren Ferebee), Richie (Tim Giles)

 

Gary (Patrick Whitfill), Richie (Tim Giles)

Gary (Patrick Whitfill), Richie (Tim Giles)

Richie and Dawn

Richie (Tim Giles), Dawn (Lauren Ferebee)

 

Join us tonight for THE DING DONGS, or, What is the Penalty in Portugal?

MID-WEEK PLAY EXCHANGE RECAP

Let’s get real for a second.

You haven’t been to the Play Exchange yet.

We get it. You’re busy. There’s still time.

You have four more chances!

Tonight, we go to the wilds of the domestic interior for Brenda Withers’ THE DING DONGS, or, What is the Penalty in Portugal? directed by George Pate. This fast-paced absurd comedy will keep you on your toes through its many deft twists and turns. (Tickets here!)

 

Tomorrow night, Mariah MacCarthy’s THE HAZARDS OF LOVING WHILE BROKEN, directed by Lauren Ferebee, takes us on an emotional rollercoaster through three lives that have been irrevocably changed by loss and love. (Tickets here!)

 

Saturday we travel back in time with Nat Cassidy’s OLD FAMILIAR FACES, directed by Tim Giles, to tell two parallel stories of madness and love across time, connected by Shakespeare’s language. Part horror story, part love story, part classical play, this play is an extraordinary journey. (Tickets here!)

 

Finally on Sunday, Geraldine Inoa’s FRAGMENTS takes us inside an insane asylum to understand the powerful experiences of three of its patients, scarred and changed by their life experiences. (Tickets here!)

 

If you missed the first four plays in the Play Exchange, you should know, magic is happening this week in the Black Box at the Chapman Cultural Center. Here are some of the journeys our audience have gotten to take:

Last night, August Schulenberg’s play DREAM WALKER, directed by Jay E. Coffman, transported our audience into a lyrical world where lives can change in dreams.

Dream Dawn and Richie 2

On Tuesday, Gina Femia’s SUPER, or How Clark Graves Learned to Fly, directed by CHANDLER CRAWFORD, taught us how to fly together with its teen protagonist.

On Monday, we followed Josie on her nail-biting fairytale journey to find her father in Kristen Palmer’s ONCE UPON A BRIDE THERE WAS A FOREST directed by Connor Vetter.

Sunday, Patric Lane Phillips brought to life Alexis Roblan’s GENESIS, which took us back to the stories of Adam and Eve and Cain and Abel to open up questions of faith, love, and humanity.

We’ve had wonderful audiences and incredible artists, and we can’t wait to share these next four plays with you.

 

Moments from: SUPER, or, How Clark Graves Learned to Fly

Last night Chandler Crawford saved the world with a touching and funny interpretation of Gina Femia‘s play  SUPER, or How Clark Graves Learned to Fly for a packed house.  Here’s a little of the superhero magic that happened:

Samuel/Constructo (Josh Wilson), Clark/Super (Chris Smith), Dot (Sydney Bishop), Mary/Woman (Julia LeJeune)

Laney/Vultress (Sarah Hurley), Clark/Super (Chris Smith)

Dot (Sydney Bishop) and Clark (Chris Smith)

Stage Directions (Townsend Reynolds), Mary (Sydney Bishop), Laney (Sarah Hurley), Clark (Chris Smith), Samuel (Josh Wilson)

 

 

Join us tonight for DREAM WALKER!

Moments from: ONCE UPON A BRIDE THERE WAS A FOREST

Our audience was entranced last night with Connor Vetter‘s interpretation of ONCE UPON A BRIDE THERE WAS A FOREST by Kristen Palmer. If you missed it, here are a few highlights.

Warren (Tim Giles) and  Josie (Hayden Bishop)

Warren (Tim Giles) and Josie (Hayden Bishop)

MAN (Gunner Willis), EVERETT (Mark Brynes), WARREN (Tim Giles), and EUGENIA (Eryn Chickey-Tillary)

MAN (Gunner Willis), EVERETT (Mark Byrnes), BELLE (Madison Eberhardt), WARREN (Tim Giles), JOSIE (Hayden Bishop), and EUGENIA (Eryn Chickey-Tillary)

 

MAN (Gunner Willis), EVERETT (Mark Byrnes), BELLE (Madison Eberhardt), WARREN (Tim Giles), JOSIE (Hayden Bishop), and EUGENIA (Eryn Chickey-Tillary)

 

Join us tonight for SUPER, or How Clark Graves Learned to Fly!

Moments from: GENESIS

Last night Patric Lane Phillips directed a beautiful reading of Alexis Roblan’s play  GENESIS for a full house. If you missed it, here area few of the highlights:

Adam (Townsend Reynolds) and Cain (Jake Salgado)

Adam (Townsend Reynolds) and Cain (Jake Salgado)

Eve (Joelle Gwin), Adam (Townsend Reynolds) and Cain (Jake Salgado)

Eve (Joelle Gwin), Adam (Townsend Reynolds) and Cain (Jake Salgado)

Cain (Jake Salgado) and Abel/Double (Chris Smith)

Cain (Jake Salgado) and Abel/Double (Chris Smith)

Virgin (Ashley McFadden) and Eve (Joelle Gwin)

Virgin (Ashley McFadden) and Eve (Joelle Gwin)

 

Lilith (Hayden Bishop) and Adam (Townsend Reynolds)

Lilith (Hayden Bishop) and Adam (Townsend Reynolds)

 

Join us tonight for ONCE UPON A BRIDE THERE WAS A FOREST!

On Kicking Off a Week of New Works

Tomorrow night we kick off a new week of work.

We have eight amazing actor/director teams who have been working hard these last three weeks to put together these new play readings.  Altogether, this reading has brought together about 40 South Carolina theatre artists. Our directors come from Wofford and USC Upstate as well as the theatre community in Greenville and Spartanburg, and they have, in turn, brought their communities in to collaborate with them.

Our plays, like our artists, cover a lot of ground, tales of love, grief, murder, fairytales, marriage, superheroes, dreams, horror, insanity, anger, new life, religion, neighbors, and more.   I think everyone who comes to this festival will be awestruck by the imagination and humanity of these wonderful plays.

What’s made it all possible is everyone’s commitment to the Spartanburg theatre community: from HUB-BUB and the Spartanburg Little Theatre, our sponsoring organizations,  to our directors, who balanced not only their own lives but the lives of their actors, to our amazing production manager, Meggie Watson, who will be graduating college and house managing our opening reading on the same day.

That’s inspiring commitment. I am so honored to have had the chance to be a small part of each of bringing these plays to life.

Don’t miss it.