Category: News

Kira Vine, Phanésia Pharel, Andrea Patterson, Levonia Charles, and Delicia Turner Sonnenberg

Phanésia Pharel Receives Kennedy Center Playwriting Award

Thrown Stone is pleased to announce that Phanésia Pharel, the recipient of our 2022 Playwriting Fellowship, has been honored with The Kennedy Center’s esteemed 2024 Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting Award for her exceptional play, Waterfall. Workshopped at The Old Globe Theatre in San Diego in partnership with Thrown Stone, Waterfall has garnered widespread acclaim for its poignant portrayal of the complexities of immigrant experiences and family relationships. Read more

‘Seven Cousins’ Now Streaming Through July 23

Thrown Stone is pleased to offer Seven Cousins for a Horse on the Overture + streaming platform for just $20.


You will be able to watch the show on any computer or mobile device, including the ability to cast from your browser to your television. The performance, recorded on July 13, will be available 24/7 through July 23rd.

If you need help, please call our box office at 203-442-1714, Monday through Friday, from 11AM to 5PM, or use our contact form. Please note that our box office staff works remotely, so it may take some time to respond.

Meet the Playwright, 2023

July 15: Meet the Playwright

Join Thrown Stone and the Ridgefield Library for a lively and thought-provoking post-performance discussion on July 15th. This captivating talkback will follow the matinee performance of Seven Cousins for a Horse. Playwright Tammy Ryan, Director Jonathan Winn, and the cast will be on hand to discuss the legacy of Ammi Phillips, the new play development process, and living in times of great change. Assistant Library Director Andy Forsyth will facilitate the discussion. Read more

The American Folk Art Museum and the Legacy of Ammi Phillips

The American Folk Art Museum, located near Lincoln Center in New York City, is an essential destination for art and history enthusiasts. Its mission is to engage people of all backgrounds through its collections, exhibitions, publications, and programs as the leading forum shaping the understanding and appreciation of folk and self-taught art across time and place. With its extensive collection and commitment to scholarly research, the museum is a leading authority in the field and a definitive resource for the work of Ammi Phillips. Read more

Kay Ables

Announcing Thrown Stone’s 2023 New Connections Award Honoree

Kay Ables, the renowned historian and curator, has been selected as the recipient of this year’s Thrown Stone New Connections Award. The New Connections Awards were envisioned to recognize individuals who exemplify Thrown Stone’s values and our mission to move, connect, and challenge all who join our theatrical conversation. Each year, the award focuses on a distinct theme that harmonizes with our season. In 2023, that theme is Bringing Our History to Life. Kay Ables has demonstrated exceptional dedication and passion in preserving and sharing Ridgefield’s rich historical heritage. Read more

Off the Path

How a Podcast Inspired ‘Seven Cousins’

As a new works theatre company, we are always on the lookout for untold stories and unique perspectives that challenge conventional narratives. One fateful day, as I was driving to work, an episode of Davis Dunavin’s Off the Path from New York to Boston podcast aired on WSHU just as I pulled into the office. This was the classic “driveway moment” you hear about on public radio pledge drives. It set in motion a remarkable journey culminating in the creation of Seven Cousins for a Horse by Tammy Ryan, which we will premiere this July.

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Tammy Ryan at the American Folk Art Museum

From Artifact to Inspiration

Local Historical Societies and the Making of Seven Cousins for a Horse

Playwright Tammy Ryan is no stranger to commissions. Her wide-ranging work has been commissioned, developed, and performed at regional theaters across the United States and around the world. While many of her plays, such as Molly’s Hammer, The Music Lesson, Tar Beach, and Pig, could be called period pieces, her recent commission from Thrown Stone challenged her to unearth a much older story — one of a little-known self-taught painter born in 1788: Ammi Phillips. Ryan embarked on a fascinating journey into the past, weaving together the emotionally compelling story of the folk artist now acknowledged as the most prolific in American History.

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Tammy Ryan and the surviving Kinney portraits by Ammi Phillips

Five Questions with Playwright Tammy Ryan

Tammy Ryan, the author of Seven Cousins for a Horse, is a renowned playwright who has had her works performed at various theaters both within the US and internationally. We chose Tammy because of her distinctive ability to portray vast moral and social ideas through the lens of family in plays like Molly’s Hammer, The Music Lesson, Tar Beach, and Take My Hand and Wave Goodbye. In this interview, Tammy shares a few thoughts on her writing process and experience as a playwright. 

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