"It's time once again to picture people you cannot see, to imagine places you cannot yet visit, to open your mind and your mouth on the talk show that's sweeping the multi-verse and the great beyond..."
We just can't believe it! Playroom: Attic opens TONIGHT! Where has the time gone?! Well... if you want that question answered, you should see "Talk the Night" by Matthew S. Hinton, one of the seven plays premiering in this year's Playroom!
Our company of Gaslight board members, directors, and actors alike have done some amazing work over these past few weeks. It's quite incredible to see a group of artists work so meticulously and pull together to create what really culminates into a large production; we're putting seven one acts together on one set, we have light and sound cues for seven shows, we have actors running tech and writers acting.
If you're even remotely a fan of video games, you will instantly fall in love with Jennifer Hill's "World of Wonderment." If you enjoy laughing until you cry, you will certainly find yourself holding your stomach during B. Garret Rogan's uproarious "Anyway" and Lukas R. Tomasacci's "This isn't a Play." Prefer the drama? Guess what! We have some of those heart-string tuggers, too with the carefully crafted "The Man Upstairs" and "Monsters in the Attic."
We've secured this brand new pop-up space on the Ave in Kingston, which has also been an exciting experience. We've had people walk by and ask questions about what we're doing. We've had heads peak through the glass to watch a second or two of rehearsal. How awesome is that?! Playroom: Attic is the word on the street!
We're still in awe of the plays we have this year. There are truly some outstanding pieces that have been directed and performed with such dedication, and it really is all thanks to our great writers who contribute these dynamic pieces.
You'll have SEVEN chances to catch Playroom: Attic! Check the details below, because you won't want to miss it!
July 10, 11, 12 @ 8:00 PM
July 17, 18, 19 @ 8:00 PM
July 20 @ 2:00 PM
251 Wyoming Avenue, Kingston PA
(On-street parking available. Parking also available in the Fidelity Bank lot after hours).
$12 General Admission / $10 Students & Seniors
Questions???? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
While finalizing the details for our upcoming theatre summer camp at Lackawanna College, Gaslight Theatre company has stayed actively involved in the community and recently participated in the first-ever Scranton SOUP, an event held at The Vintage located on Spruce St. in the Electric City’s downtown area.
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.
What a whirlwind it's been since Gaslight closed MUCH ADO! Our company never stops working and never stops trying to improve upon itself.
So first, let us welcome you to our brand new website! The Board of Directors felt it was time for a fresh new look and some handy new features to better serve our community and audiences. Hopefully, this change will allow us to publish updates immediately and share content faster.
We've pulled (and continue to pull) archived photos from past productions. We'll continue to integrate social media updates through our site hub, "The Gaslight Channel." We hope the addition of our subscriber group will increase our reach and we've also included a new donate section in the footer! Finally, we hope to be sharing more behind the scenes insights from Board members, directors, and actors through this very blog!
It's just all so exciting and we hope you keep coming back!!!