This Summer/Fall, Thrown Stone Theatre Company will present The Suburbs, a “roving production” featuring the world premieres of three site-specific commissioned new works by playwrights Tony Meneses, Phanésia Pharel, and Catherine Yu. Each play will be set in a prominent Ridgefield, CT location.
On May 20, 2021, Thrown Stone Theatre Company and Ridgefield Library hosted Meet the Playwrights, the first public event kicking off this production. The event was held on Zoom and was introduced by Andy Forsyth, Assistant Director of Ridgefield Library. Kolton Harris, a “creative visionary leader, educator, facilitator and multi-disciplinary artist,” moderated the event, engaging in robust conversation about these new plays with the three playwrights and The Suburbs Director Kholoud Sawaf. Read more
Last year gave us a rare opportunity to step off the frenetic treadmill of production, do some real self-interrogation, and throw ourselves into some work that might have felt too hard or too scary before.
Read all about it in Connection, our 2020 annual report:
Thrown Stone has commissioned three new plays by Tony Meneses, Phanésia Pharel, and Catherine Yu. These short, site-specific works will be performed in sequence at Keeler Tavern Museum and History Center, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, and West Lane Inn as a single “roving production” (where the audience follows the action from location to location).
This Friday at 7, we intended to present an online offering of Acts of Fate, featuring memoir, performance, and poetry on the theme of the moment in your life that changed everything.
Our country is now grappling with just such a moment. Our hearts are heavy for George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and countless others who have suffered systemic oppression and police brutality. Therefore, out of respect and solidarity, we have decided to postpone Acts of Fate to a future date.
At Thrown Stone, we are acutely aware of our privilege and the hard work we need to do to live up to our ideals. We are determined to use this moment to face our shortcomings, and recommit to diversity, equity, and inclusion in our board, staff, and offering.
We look forward to sharing our plans with you, including concrete goals and measures of our progress.
Way back in March (remember March?) we asked you to submit stories about “moments that changed everything.” Little did we know that we were already in the middle of just such a moment. Now that our 2020 season is postponed, we need to find a way to come together and share those moments. So we’re going virtual, and there are a few important adjustments you need to be aware of:
- The submission deadline is still May 22nd at midnight
- We’ve moved the performance date up to June 5th at 7pm
- Selected performers must be available for a virtual rehearsal and run-through on Friday, May 29th at 6pm
- This round of “Acts of Fate” will be limited to solo performances only
- Performers must have their own internet-enabled device with a camera
We hope this is an opportunity for you to reflect and express some essential truths about your experience of this moment. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Read more
After consulting with our Board, staff, and partners, we have made the difficult decision to postpone our 2020 season due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The health and wellbeing of our audience and the community comes first.
The good news is that it’s only a delay.
We will tentatively open Annie Jump and the Library of Heaven by Reina Hardy on July 9, 2021 and The Phlebotomist by Ella Road on July 16, 2021, with tickets going on sale about this time next year. We thank our partners for making this change possible.
At this challenging time, our hearts are with the sick, the healthcare workers, and those who have lost loved ones. We hope the prospect of a 2021 season will be a light at the end of the tunnel, and in the meantime urge you to observe the latest guidance from the CDC and the State of Connecticut. Governor Lamont has recently issued a call for volunteers, which you may register for here.
We wish you all the best until theatre brings us together again.