The event, planned in the spirit of the national movement, brought together five different theatre companies to share their vision, upcoming projects, and ideas for how to strengthen the local theatre community in NEPA. Representatives spoke from KISS Theatre Co., Ghostlight Productions, Actor’s Circle, The Vintage, and of course, Gaslight Theatre Company, courtesy of its Board members: Vice President Matthew Hinton and Anthony Melf (me!).
For a small donation of $5, participants shared in a delicious evening meal including an array of soups and sides prepared by members of the various theatre companies. Some entrées included: Salmon Bisque, Crab Bisque, Shrimp Bisque, Roasted Vegetable, Zuppa de Italiano, bread donated by Beta Bread Bakery, as well as a fruit platter and chocolate cake. Mmmmmmmm….
While we broke bread, we shared in the communal bond of eating. An art exemplified in works of literature such as Raymond Carver’s “A Small, Good Thing.” People connect over food. While sharing a meal together, we listened, spoke, and satiated our appetites forging a bond towards a newer, stronger emerging arts community in the region.
Some highlights shared:
Gaslight Theatre Company: Of course, we discussed our upcoming three-week the Art of Making Theatre Summer Camp at Lackawanna College, as well as our latest edition of Gaslight’s original Playroom series: Playroom: Attic. Stay informed on our current events via our UP NEXT page!
The Vintage: Co-founder Conor O’Brien, who planned Scranton SOUP, discussed the desire to revitalize the NEPA arts community including a new website at www.nepatheatre.org, which lists many of the theatre companies in the area and continues to add resources for better communication and shared information among local performing artists in the region. Also, The Vintage has formed a Resident Ensemble.
Ghostlight Productions: Co-founder Rachel Strayer prepped us on the company’s latest installment for their annual and FREE admission Shakespeare in the Park: Macbeth (click for more info!).
Actor’s Circle: Board President John McInerney shared how the Providence Playhouse is exploring new genres of material that challenge their niche audience including a recent production of John Patrick Shanley’s Doubt performed to much audience praise. The company welcomes new voices and faces!
KISS Theatre Co.: Jessica Suda updated us on KISS’ ongoing search for a new space for the beloved children’s theatre troupe. Check their journey out at SaveKISSTheatre.
Time for more soup….and theatre.