Emerging playwrights in Endstation Theatre Company’s annual residency program will share their works-in-progress over the next two weeks at Second Stage in Amherst. The readings are part of the company’s Blue Ridge Summer Theatre Festival and will take place at 7 p.m. on July 15, 16, 22 and 23.
Each year, Endstation, Sweet Briar College’s theater company-in-residence, invites talented playwrights to participate in its Playwrights Initiative Residency and the New Works program. Visiting playwrights have the opportunity to become immersed in the natural beauty of the campus while creating original, site-specific plays. This year’s participants are Hailey Bachrach, Matthew Burgos and Sam Lahne. Selected from a talented pool of applicants, the three are spending the month of July on Sweet Briar’s campus writing and developing new work that investigates the cultural and historical significance of Central Virginia.
The residency culminates in a two-tiered Public Reading Series. The first, “Ad Hoc,” features staged readings of work already in progress for artistic feedback and a public forum on July 15 and 16. The second, “Posthaste,” consists of brand new pieces born from five “ingredients” pulled from a hat on the first day of the residency. “Posthaste” plays are presented in part on July 22 and 23. Due to the material’s site-specific nature, playwrights have the opportunity to return as commissioned playwrights and stage an Endstation-supported production during the Blue Ridge Summer Theatre Festival.
Endstation’s resident playwrights, Joshua Mikel and Tearrance Chisholm, contribute to new works commissioned for both Endstation and the Blue Ridge Summer Theatre Festival. Chisholm is currently finishing his own site-specific play, “In Sweet Remembrance,” which will be staged on campus next summer. Guest playwrights Dan Caffrey and Kirin McCrory have been visiting playwrights in the past and have been invited to return for a limited residency to take part in the dialogue and development of the Playwrights Initiative.
For more information about Endstation Theatre Company and the Blue Ridge Summer Theatre Festival, visit endstationtheatre.org.