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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About the Playwrights

Molly Smith Metzler

Molly Smith Metzler

Molly Smith Metzler is a playwright and screenwriter from Kingston, New York.  Her plays include Cry it Out (2018 Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award Citation; 2018 Ovation Award for Best New Play; 2018 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Playwrighting),  Elemeno Pea, The May Queen, Carve, Close Up Space… Read more

Anna Moench

Anna Moench

Anna Moench’s plays have been produced at WalkerSpace, the Old Vic, 59E59, Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Flea, Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company, Cohesion Theatre Company, NYU Tisch, Indiana University of PA, Dance Theater Workshop, Dixon Place, The Kraine, The Looking Glass Theatre, and FringeNYC. Commissions include a collaboration with the Japanese… Read more

About the Host

Emily Simoness is an entrepreneur, teacher, facilitator, motivational speaker and the Co-Founder and Executive Director of SPACE on Ryder Farm, a nonprofit artist residency program and organic farm committed to supporting and developing artists and activists and their work. Housed on 127 acres of organic farmland in Brewster, NY, SPACE has quickly become one of the premier centers for the development of new artistic work in the country. Under Emily’s leadership, playwrights Clare Barron, Samuel D. Hunter, Brendan Jacobs-Jenkins, Young Jean Lee, Antoinette Nwandu, Adam Rapp, Sarah Ruhl, Shaina Taub and Mfoniso Udofia (to name a few) have developed new works. A former actress, Emily worked at some of the premier theatrical venues in the nation including Williamstown Theatre Festival and The Public Theater. Additionally, she has developed and taught acting curriculum for NYU and The North Carolina School of the Arts. Outside of her core work in the arts, Emily is a consultant for Bi-Jingo, a management development firm that specializes in communication and leadership skills for executives; she is certified in Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Steps I and II. In 2015 she gave a talk at TEDx Broadway. Emily holds a BFA in acting from UNCSA where she is the inaugural Kenan Arts Research Fellow. She sits on the Advisory Board of the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation and was formerly on the Board of Directors for Ryder Farm Incorporated, the family shareholder body that owns and operates Ryder Farm. In 2017, Emily was honored with the Lucille Lortel Visionary Award by the League of Professional Theatre Women.

SPACE on Ryder Farm is a nonprofit residency program and organic farm located on the grounds of a 224-year-old family homestead in Putnam County, New York, just an hour north of New York City. SPACE’s mission is to create an environment singular in its ability to invigorate artists and innovators and their work, and to contribute to the sustainability and resourceful preservation of one of the oldest organic family farms on the East Coast.


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