Rachel Dickstein, Jeremy Bloom & More Chosen for Drama League's 2014 Artist Residency Program

The Drama League (Gabriel Shanks, Executive Director; Roger T. Danforth, Artistic Director) has announced the ten artists and theater ensembles chosen to develop new plays and musicals as part of the 2014 Artist Residency Program. The development of these works, which include two 2014 Artists In Residence, Rachel Dickstein/Ripe Time and Jeremy Bloom/Rady&Bloom, will be held at The Drama League Theater Center (32 Avenue of the Americas) in Tribeca from March-July 2014.

The Resident Artists Program, made possible in part by the Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, offers director/collaborator teams and/or ensembles an opportunity to comfortably develop a new theatre piece as artists-in-residence at the Drama League Theater Center in Tribeca. A residency stipend, significant hours of rehearsal space, professional mentorship, administrative support, and community engagement allow selected artists to fully inhabit an extended, process-oriented residency experience.

All artists in the program will also offer insight into their creative process at public events on dates from March-April. To reserve seats, please visithttp://www.dramaleague.org or call (212) 244-9494.

The Drama League Directors Project has grown to become the preeminent development program for theatre directors - providing talented artists with career-changing experiences in the professional theatre.


Artist/Collaborator Team: Rachel Dickstein / Ripe Time

The World is Round

adapted from Gertrude Stein

Written, Conceived, and Directed by Rachel Dickstein

Music and Lyrics by Heather Christian

Public Event: "Eyes A Surprise," Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.

Premiering at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) in April, The World is Round transforms Gertrude Stein's modernist children's novel into a contemporary folk opera fable for adults and children. Written, conceived, and directed by Rachel Dickstein (Septimus and Clarissa) in collaboration with composer and lyricist Heather Christian (Mission Drift), the piece tells a cautionary tale about a young girl who embarks on a personal quest to reach the top of a mountain and experiences firsthand how ambition can both shape and erode a woman's sense of self

On March 25, Rachel Dickstein will offer "Eyes A Surprise," a workshop exploring the methods used to devise the new music-dance-theater work The World is Round. Participants will transform Stein's text into visual, physical and compositional ideas. The World is Round will have its world premiere at BAM Fisher Space in April.

Rachel Dickstein devised, choreographed, and directed the world premieres of the critically acclaimed Septimus and Clarissa (adapted by Ellen McLaughlin from Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway) at the Baruch Performing Arts Center, Fire Throws at 3LD ART & Technology Center, Innocents at the Ohio Theatre (based on Edith Wharton's The House Of Mirth), and Betrothed (based on stories by Jhumpa Lahiri, Chekhov and S. Ansky) at the Ohio Theatre. Rachel has created and directed other new works for New York Theatre Workshop, New Georges, HERE Arts Center, The Ohio Theatre, SUNY-Purchase, NYSF/Joe's Pub, Lincoln Center Theatre Director?s Lab, Drama League Directors Project and Seattle?s Annex Theatre. She has served as a resident director at New Dramatists and Assistant Director to dance-theatre luminary Martha Clarke nationally and internationally. Rachel is developing Sylvan Wood, a site specific collaboration with designer Susan Zeeman Rogers commissioned by People's Light and Theatre Company.

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