April 5, 2008

Blogging Breaking Ground: Day Five

Ok.. I wrote this earlier, but I’m only posting now.. Sorry!!

We're again juggling two casts today and are thrilled to have so much going on here at the Calderwood Pavilion! Mat Smart's Thomas Repair is having spacing rehearsal (it’s like a mini-tech) in the Deane Rehearsal Hall before their 2pm performance, while Nathan Louis Jackson's Broke-ology will rehearsing this afternoon before their reading this evening. After talking to Evan Cabnet last night about my previous post regarding the Six Degrees of Breaking Ground, he added to my list of connections between readings -- noting that Ken Urban originally began Sense of an Ending while at Soho Rep for a director/playwright series that also included Mat Smart. The world gets smaller and smaller.

After these long days of rehearsals, readings and discussions, Breaking Ground cast and crew head to area watering holes. So far, we've hit the Red Fez and Coda (Brickhouse had a line and I've heard rumors that Delux was so crowded last night that the waitress had to exit out of the front door to get around to the back door/kitchen). It's a great time for discussion (both of the readings and aforementioned Kevin-Bacon-style connections). So now you know where we go after the readings.


Here is an incredibly brief glimpse of just a few of the productions Breaking Ground plays have received (Festival Producer Ilana Brownstein shared this exciting overview at a Development event earlier this week.) Consider it a sampling:

Etan Frankel’s Create Fate (BG05)
Williamstown Theatre Festival, 2005

David Marshall Grant’s Pen (BG05)
Playwrights’ Horizons, 2006
Guthrie Theater in 2007

David Rambo’s The Ice-Breaker (BG04)
New Repertory Theater, 2006
Laguna Playhouse, 2007
Magic Theatre, 2006

Huntington Playwriting Fellow John Kuntz’s Jasper Lake (BG04)
Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, 2004

Huntington Playwriting Fellow Melinda Lopez’s Alexandros (BG01-02)
Laguna Playhouse, 2008

The following Breaking Ground plays have appeared on HTC stages:
Sonia Flew by Melinda Lopez: BG04, produced 2004
Carol Mulroney by Stephen Belber: BG03, produced 2005
The Hopper Collection by Mat Smart: BG05, produced 2006
Persephone by Noah Haidle: BG06, produced 2007
Mauritius by Theresa Rebeck: BG06, produced 2006 (Broadway 2007!)
The Atheist by Ronan Noone: BG06, produced 2007
Brendan by Ronan Noone: BG05, produced 2007
The Cry of the Reed by Sinan Unel: BG07, ON STAGE NOW AT THE WIMBERLY!

Great track record, right?

Ok, now it’s time to catch a swift bite to eat, then prep for tonight’s reading of Broke-ology.


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