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Space On Ryder Farm Sets 2014 Writers Group


SPACE on Ryder Farm, a nonprofit artist residency program housed on a working organic farm in Brewster, NY, announces members of its 2014 resident writers group, The Working Farm.

The Working Farm will bring seven playwrights together for a three to five week residency on Ryder Farm, providing food, housing, and artistic resources. The residency will be split up into three stays on the farm, over the course of which each writer will develop a single new play. The program will culminate in presentations of the seven plays at the end of SPACE's 2014 season. Following The Working Farm residency, SPACE will team with Playwrights Horizons to present readings of the plays in New York City.

The seven writers in the 2014 season's group are: Rachel Bonds (Five Mile Lake), Suzanne Heathcote, Dan LeFranc (The Big Meal), Max Posner (The Thing About Air Travel), Jen Silverman (Phoebe in Winter), Mfoniso Udofia (The Grove) and Joe Waechter (Profiles).

Led by founding Executive Director Emily Simoness, this emerging player in the theater community provides writers and theater companies with residencies on the property of the oldest operating farm in Putnam County. Ryder Farm has been in the Ryder family since 1795 and was a pioneer in America's green movement by becoming one of the first farms to go organic in the 1970s. SPACE's mission is to support artist by providing a workshop space singular in its ability to reinvigorate the artist's spirit and work. In three seasons' time, SPACE has hosted over 300 artists, fostering new work from some of the nation's most exciting artists including playwrights Sam Hunter (The Whale), Young Jean Lee (The Shipment), Adam Rapp (Red Light Winter), Lucy Thurber (Hill Town plays), Dan LeFranc (The Big Meal), Madeleine George (The Curious Case of the Watson Intelligence), Molly Smith Metzler (Elemeno Pea), Bekah Brunstetter (Oorah!), Rob Askins (Hand to God), Nick Jones (The Coward), Joshua Harmon (Bad Jews) and Erika Sheffer (Russian Transport), as well as theater companies Rattlestick Playwright's Theater, Ars Nova, Naked Angels, Transport Group and Woodshed Collective.

For more information about The Working Farm and SPACE on Ryder Farm please visit

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