Daniel E Offutt III

2020 Offutt Charitable Trust Programs

Thrown Stone is pleased to announce three new programs for 2020, supported by a generous grant from the Daniel E. Offutt III Charitable Trust.

Offutt Arts Access Initiative

Thrown Stone strongly believes the arts are for everyone, regardless of their ability to pay. With support from the Offutt Charitable Trust, Thrown Stone will offer free tickets to select student and community groups, and a block of subsidized low-cost tickets for every regular performance in 2020. These subsidized tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis to all audiences when tickets go on sale in April 2020. Groups interested in reserving free tickets under the Arts Access initiative are invited to contact us.

Offutt Internships

Thrown Stone’s interns get a hands-on education in the production of world-class, cutting-edge theatre. The Offutt Charitable Trust has underwritten the stipends of four 2020 interns selected from local high schools and colleges. If you or a student you know is interested in interning for Thrown Stone, please contact us.

Rolling World Premiere

The Offutt Charitable Trust has also provided underwriting support for Thrown Stone’s first National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere: Annie Jump and the Library of Heaven by Reina Hardy. This sharp, sweet, all-ages comedy asks big questions about family, friendship, and what it means to be special in our corner of the universe. Opening July 10, 2020.

Thrown Stone is grateful to be one of several Fairfield County, Connecticut, nonprofits that received grants from the Daniel E. Offutt III Charitable Trust. Recipients include the Weston EMS, Westport EMS, Weston Library, the Westport Historical Society, and others. Special thanks to trustee Richard Orenstein, whose vision and guidance were instrumental in establishing these programs.

Leaps of Fate

Announcing Thrown Stone’s 2020 Repertory Season

Thrown Stone is excited to announce #LeapsOfFate, our 2020 repertory season featuring two new plays about our time and our destiny:

ANNIE JUMP AND THE LIBRARY OF HEAVEN

by Reina Hardy
Rolling World Premiere
July 9-26, 2020

A 13-year-old science genius makes first contact with extraterrestrial intelligence, but being the Chosen One isn’t all glory. Thrown Stone’s first all-ages production is a sharp, sweet, and erudite comedy that asks big questions about family, friendship, and what it means to be special in our corner of the universe.

Annie Jump is produced at Thrown Stone Theatre Company as a part of a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere. Other partnering theaters are Renaissance Theaterworks (Wisconsin), Rorschach Theatre (DC), and Vortex Theatre (Texas). For more information please visit www.nnpn.org.

THE PHLEBOTOMIST

by Ella Road
U.S. Premiere
July 16-August 1, 2020

In a world where health, wealth and happiness depend on one single genetic test — dictating everything from credit rating to dating prospects — phlebotomy reigns supreme. But how far will people go to beat the system? Ella Road’s provocative first play forces us to question the value we place on one another, whether knowledge really is power, and if love truly can conquer all. Appropriate for ages 14 and up.

The Phlebotomist was a finalist for the 2018-2019 Susan Smith Blackburn prize, and nominated for the 2019 Lawrence Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre.

ON SALE 4/20/20

Both plays will perform at Ridgefield Conservatory of Dance. Tickets go on sale April 20, 2020 at 10am, with pricing and performance schedule to be announced.

[Video] The #CloseToHome Ensemble Talks Family

The Casts of Cry It Out by Molly Smith Metzler and Birds of North America by Anna Moench recently got together to discuss their families, the families in the plays, and the challenges facing new moms today:

What does Family mean to you? What are the biggest challenges facing your family today? We welcome your comments and invite you to join the conversation July 11-28 at Ridgefield Conservatory of Dance.

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Our New Mission

MISSION

To engage our region with new and reimagined theatre in intimate settings,
creating a body of work that moves, connects, and challenges all who join the conversation.

We founded Thrown Stone on February 16, 2016 with a dream to make new theatre in Ridgefield. This was how we started: Read more

BIrd is the Word

July 26: Bird is the Word

Friday, July 26 at 7PM

Thrown Stone, Ridgefield Library, Keeler Tavern Museum, and The Connecticut Audubon Society invite you to a pre-show exhibition and mingle with noted print collector, Joel Third,  Charles Stebbins, and a special guest. Joel will offer a sneak preview of some of the Audubon prints he plans to exhibit this fall at the Ridgefield Library.

Snacks will be served, and the bar will be open.

This free pre-show event will be followed by an 8pm performance of Birds of North America by Anna Moench. Tickets available at thrownstone.org.

Expressing Motherhood

Announcing the Cast of Expressing Motherhood

Thrown Stone is pleased to announce the casts of our two special performances of Expressing Motherhood on July 23 at 7pm and 9pm at Ridgefield Conservatory of Dance. Tickets go on sale on Mother’s Day, Sunday May 12 at 10am.

Seating is extremely limited, and the event is expected to sell out.

Expressing Motherhood Connecticut

TUESDAY, July 23 at 7pm

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Tuesday, July 23 at 9pm

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Since 2008, moms have been sharing their stories at Expressing Motherhood performances across the country. The show is built for the non-famous, non-published, and people who want to get out and express themselves.  Read more

July 29: Meet the Playwrights

“Meet the Playwrights,” a lively and candid discussion with the award-winning authors of Cry it Out and Birds of North America will take place at the Ridgefield Library on July 29 at 7pm. In this Skype interview, led by SPACE on Ryder Farm founder Emily Simoness, Molly Smith Metzler and Anna Moench answer your questions about their plays live from Los Angeles. Co-sponsored by TownVibe and the Ridgefield Library, this is a unique opportunity to hear from two of the most exciting playwrights in the American Theatre as they discuss their process, their work on stage and screen, and the meaning of #CloseToHome.

Cocktails by Litchfield Distillery and light refreshments will be served. Free admission.

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