Happy new year! We've hit the ground running and we're pretty much non-stop until the New York primary on April 28. Thank you so much to everyone who is helping us make this amazing avalanche of events happen!
The Debates 2020
We're turning the Democratic Primary debates into a play that will tour the five boroughs in April. To prepare, we have a ton of upcoming events. At Watch Parties, we gather simple to watch the debates on TV, live as they happen. At Political Analysis Meetings, we go through the transcript and try to sift for material that should go in our eventual play. In early February, our Electability Cabaret will showcase some of our original material, as well as the work of guest artists. Join us!
Our Cold Reading series is back! Each month, we'll gather for an informal and totally unrehearsed reading of a great play with wonderful conversation and delicious wine. We start with a reading facilitated by our beloved Kara Hankard. Kara's been to many, many readings and this is her first time facilitating. For January, she chose Sarah Treem's A Feminine Ending, which we'll read on Wednesday, January 22. A few weeks later, Katie Palmer will facilitate a reading on Thursday, February 13. Learn more and RSVP to a reading here.
We're developing Willie Johnson's new play Hephaestus for a workshop production in the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center's Rough Draft Festival! We are thrilled at this opportunity and cannot wait to share the work with you. We're holding auditions for our ensemble cast on Thursday, January 16 and we'll be hosting a fundraiser monologue party on Friday, January 31. You can also learn more about Hephaestus here.
See you soooooon!
We are so excited (and gloriously exhausted) by all that's to come. Thank you for all your help and support and we'll see you sooon!
Cheers to 2020!
With love and gratitude,
Paul, Katie, Kathryn, Samantha
Ps. Did you hear Katie and Paul interviewed by Adam Mace on The Talkback?
"In his thirty-seventh episode, Adam is joined by the Co-Artistic Directors of Theatre in Asylum, Paul Bedard & Katie Palmer. The two are chatting about how they started their company, why is exists and what they are doing in the world of political theatre. They are also going into detail on their exciting series, "The Debates." Theatre in Asylum is also heading into their tenth year! So they are letting us know how we can support them and even join them in their work!"
Theater in Asylum (TIA) is a New York-based theater company founded in 2010 to challenge and empower our community. TIA joyfully pursues a rigorous research and an ensemble-driven approach to theater-making. We create performances to investigate our past, interpret our present, and imagine our future. We prize space to process, space to question—asylum—for ourselves and our community. Core programs include original productions; themed cabarets to present new work from our community; and Cold Readings to read and discuss published plays.
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