Last weekend, Gaslight Theatre Company took home six Northeastern Pennsylvania Theatre Alliance Awards for our work last season on Taming of the Shrew by Williams Shakespeare and two of our original plays in our Playroom: Dining Room series. Having received 17 nominations this year, the awards show support of our mission of producing both under-produced classical and original works. Gaslight is so proud to have produced yet another Shakespeare production and supported our regional playwrights with another knock-out summer of original one-acts. Congratulations to the cast and crew of these productions!
2019 NEPTA AWARD GASLIGHT NOMINATIONS AND WINNERS
Taming of the Shrew by Williams Shakespeare
Best Lead Actress in a Comedy: Mollie Dooley (Kate)
Best Lead Actor in a Comedy: Dane Bower (Petruchio)
Supporting Actor in a Comedy: Rob Klubeck (Hortensio)
Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy: Mike Wawrzynek (Lucentio) - WINNER!
Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy: Eyanna Gruver (Bianca) - WINNER!
Best Director of a Comedy: Dave Reynolds and Brandi George - WINNER!
Best Ancillary Ensemble
Best Comedy - WINNER!
The Sunset Limited by Cormac McCarthy
Best Lead Actor in a Drama: Adam Moore (Black)
Best Sound Design: Mike Little
Best Director of a Drama: Dane Bower
Playroom: Dining Room
Best Original One Act (Writing): Horseplay by Dane Bower
Best Original One Act (Writing): Dinner With Osmina by Matthew Hinton
Best Original One Act (Writing): Counter, Counter by B Garret Rogan - WINNER!
Best One Act: Horseplay by Dane Bower - WINNER!
Best One Act: Counter, Counter by B Garret Rogan
From left, front: Jon Vojtko and Mike Wawrzynek. From left, back: Eyanna Gruver (photo credit), Mollie Dooley, Mike Little, Dane Bower, Rob Klubeck, and Keith Novack.
"What is past is prologue."
- The Tempest
After our replacement at East End Centre in September 2018, the Gaslight Board of Directors has been hard at work searching for potential new homes for our company. In the process, we explored nearly every vacant store front in Downtown Wilkes-Barre, most of which were dead ends either due to three main factors: 1. the space simply did not meet the needs of an arts venue; 2. it was in disrepair/wrapped up in issues; and/or 3. landlords were absentee or unreachable. We're willing to revisit any of them though if new information turns up!
We also conducted searches in other parts of Wilkes-Barre, Kingston, and Luzerne County but have been struggling to find the right fit of "space needs / affordable / available." We have two leads we've been working for the past few months, both with their own challenges. The lesson here: it is surprisingly difficult to find the right space with a landlord willing to support an arts venue and arts budget. And it's even more frustrating to see so many vacant store fronts in our region that could be great (and would give landlords monthly income!!), if only we could be given a chance.
But have no fear! We are hard at work searching and reaching out to everyone we know for leads and introductions. While we welcome suggestions on venues, please know the list of our requirements is complex (included below). In the meantime, we've taken a much-needed break but are still strategizing our "relaunch" and brainstorming ways we can remain active until then; hopefully, in the next month we'll have more news to share on that. While our roots are that of a nomadic company, we hope to find ourselves again in a long-term venue as it is more efficient and less stressful on our Board. We thrived on our pop-up theatre approach for many years but have since amassed a great deal of equipment, set pieces, and costumes that must travel with us.
We're still very much hopeful to return soon and bring you only the best programming of underproduced and original works! Please reach out with suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org and check our Facebook page for more updates!