2013 -14 has been our busiest season ever!
From August - June, we have presented 111 public presentations of 17 live productions and 8 staged readings in New York and Chicago. We have been honored to work with 25 playwrights, 17 directors, 39 designers, dramaturgs, puppeteers, choreographers and technicians, 6 stage managers, 11 producers and 102 performers!
The year started with the New York Innovative Theatre Foundation awarding us the Caffé Cino Fellowship Award in recognition of consistent production of outstanding work in Off-Off-Broadway.
We restructured our programming to reflect our top priority: developing new full-length plays and solo shows and getting them in front of general and industry audiences. Through Groundworks and soloNOVA ARTS, we presented over 25 new works this season at over 110 public performances!
Groundworks is our process where work is developed from first drafts to fully realized mainstage productions. In November/December, we presented terraNOVA Rx: Four Plays in Rep, featuring work by four Groundbreakers' alumni in the tier 3 workshop production. We produced Wink by Jen Silverman, Tranquil by Andrew Rosendorf, Animals Commit Suicide by J. Julian Christopher, and Death For Sydney Black by Leah Nanako Winkler.
Under the Groundworks umbrella is our Groundbreakers Playwrights Group and soloNOVA ARTS. The 2013-14 Groundbreakers Playwrights Group began in January of 2014, when we selected six astounding playwrights to develop their plays in an 18-week intensive. After this intensive, we presented the Groundworks New Play Series of staged readings of the Groundbreakers plays: The Crying Lettuce by Alexandra Collier, Boomer’s Millennial Hero Story by Steve DiUbaldo, Location Location Location!!!! by Sukari Jones, Busted Dead Bolts by Boo Killibrew, The Third Thing by Jordan Seavey, and runboyrun by Mfoniso Udofia. The New Play Series also included The Wonder by Susan Ferrara, and Where Did We Sit On The Bus? by Brian Quijada, both part of our soloNOVA ARTS Workshops.
soloNOVA ARTS is our re-imagining of the soloNOVA Arts Festival. We have incorporated solo performances into our regular season, in both workshop and production formats, and this year presented Woman of Leisure and Panic by Charlotte Bydwell, Will Work For by Dacyl Acevedo, Sexless in The Boroughs by Colleen O'Connor (co-production with The Glass Eye), 10 Days by Vanessa Hidary, Just South of Renown by Jason Downs, Human Fruit Bowl by Andrea Kuchlewska, The Wonder by Susan Ferrara, and Where Did We Sit On The Bus? by Brian Quijada, all as part of our soloNOVA ARTS stream.
We are very excited about our terraNOVA Collective Chicago branch, which, under the careful eye of Resident Director Jo Cattell, has had two terraNOVA projects this year. A staged reading of J. Julian Christopher's Animals Commit Suicide was a highlight this winter, and this June, terraNOVA Collective Chicago presented a workshop presentation of Don Chipotle, a new play in development by Juan Francisco Villa.
THANK YOU to everyone who contributed to our season, and to our wonderful and responsive audiences for attending our productions, readings, and events throughout the year.
This year, we presented:
A Groundbreakers Playlist
Woman of Leisure and Panic
Will Work For
Sexless In The Boroughs
The Sister Rosettas
Animals Commit Suicide
Death For Sydney Black
The GOING ROGUE Love Fest
Just South of Renown
Human Fruit Bowl
The Third Thing
Location, Location, Location!!!!
The Crying Lettuce
Boomer's Millennial Hero Story
Busted Dead Bolts
Where Did We Sit On The Bus?
Dacyl Acevedo, Charlotte Bydwell, J. Julian Christopher, Alexandra Collier, Eric Conger, Kate Cortesi, Steve DiUbaldo, Jason Downs, Susan Ferrara, Vanessa Hidary, Sukari Jones, Boo Killibrew, Andrea Kuchlewska, Jennifer Lane, Andrea Lepcio, Christina Masciotti, Colleen O’Connor, Brian Quijada, Lynn Rosen, Andrew Rosendorf, Jordan Seavey, Jen Silverman, Mfoniso Udofia, Juan Francisco Villa, and Leah Nanako Winkler
Knud Adams, Tom Butler, Jo Cattell, Matt Dickson, Kevin Earley, Julie Ann Emery, Lee Sunday Evans, Kip Fagan, Kimberly Faith Hickman, Jessi D. Hill, Kyle Metzger, Ian Morgan, Lucie Tiberghien, Awoye Timpo, Moritz Von Stuelpnagel, Jenna Worsham, and José Zayas
Dacyl Acevedo, Maechi Aharanwa, J. Clint Allen, Philippe Arman, Charlie Barnett, Sebastian Beacon, Suzanne Bertish, Denny Dale Bess, Lauren Blumenfeld, Cheo Bourne, Boy Girl Party, Allison Buck, Charlotte Bydwell, Zach Calhoon, Charles A Callaghan, Tony Carlin, Geneva Carr, Derrick Cobey, Liam Dahlborn, Lily Dahlborn, Andrew Davies, Reyna DeCourcy, Lorena Diez, Khadim Diop, Jason Downs, Jay Dunn, Jay Eisenberg, Dan Emino, Susan Ferrara, Kirsten Fitzgerald, Emma Galvin, Darren Goldstein, Chris R. Grant, Donnetta Lavinia Grays, Nic Grelli, Matt Harrington, Brian Hastert, Rebecca Henderson, Lauren Hennessy, Vanessa Hidary, Betsy Hogg, Beth Hoyt, Kendra Jain, Jimmie James, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Russell Jones, Sandor Juan, Mark Junek, Benja Kay, Emily Kratter, Dylan Lainez, Tom Ligon, Derek Long, Irene Sofia Lucio, Stuart Luth, Preston Martin, Wendy Mateo, Heather McDevitt Barton, Brian McManamon, Annie Meisels, Kyle Metzger, Rowan Meyer, Eric Troy Miller, Tom Nelis, Christopher Gabriel Núñez, Colleen O’Connor, Susan Louise O’Connor, Tomike Ogugua, Diana Oh, Angela Oliver, Jay Potter, Lisa Purrone, Brian Quijada, Alysia Reiner, Stacey Reymond, Karen Rodriguez, Angelica Roque, Annie Rubino, Gabe Ruiz, Emily Rupp, Melissa Saint-Amand, Patrick Sarb, James Scruggs, Jeanine Serralis, Claire Siebers, Heather Simms, Danielle Slavick, Kole Smith, Harmony Stempel, Frances Sternhagen, Samantha Strelitz, Richard Thieriot, Jes Tom, Lindsay Torrey, Mfoniso Udofia, Melanie Vaughan, Brigitte Viellieu-Davis, Juan Francisco Villa, Molly Ward, Halley Wegryn Gross, Natalie Woolams-Torres, and Kit Yan.
SCENIC, LIGHTING, SOUND, COSTUME, VIDEO, PUPPET DESIGNERS, DRAMTURGS, CHOREOGRAPHERS, COMPOSERS AND TECHNICAL TEAMS:
Heather Anderson, Nathaniel Nicco Annan, Marios Aristopoulos, Stephen Azua, Taylor Bibat, Nick Bixby, Ebony Burton, Rich Campbell, Jenny Lynn Christophersen, Stephen Dobay, Alan C. Edwards, Erika Evans, Jason Fok, Summer Lee Jack, Eric Hedlund, Jen Kwok, Stephon Legere, Stephanie Levin, Linda Mancini, David Margolin Lawson, Chris Marston, Driscoll Otto, Matt Otto, Jessica Pabst, Paul Piekarz, Seth Reiser, Casey Rowe, Jacob Rowe, Preyas Roy, Denise Savas, Christine Scarfuto, Henry Siebecker, Jason Simms, Rachel Singer, Bruce Steinberg, Jeremy Stoller, Dave Tennent, Ben Williams, and Ashanti Ziths.
Jillian Anderson, Jennifer Aparicio, Zoe Hoarty, Amber Mathis, Shayna O’Neill, and Becca Pickett.
OUR PRODUCING TEAM:
Jo Cattell, Sander Gusinow, Michelle Jasmine, Megan Eileen Kosmoski, Maia Matsushita, Robin Miller, Liam Antaine O Cathasaigh, Shayna O’Neill, Eva C Scanlan, Leta Tremblay, and Dina Vovsi.
Thank you, everybody!