The Longwood Project
The People’s Light & Theatre/Longwood Gardens Commissions Project
Part of the New Theatre Works Initiative of the Independence Foundation
People’s Light has invited twenty-four artists to participate in the development of a series of new theatre works that will be performed in partnership with Longwood Gardens, one of the great horticultural centers of the world. Over a three-year time span we plan to develop as many as 6 site-specific theatre pieces, using art and science as they intersect with themes of sustainability, conservation, and botanical research as points of departure and as material. In October 2010, twelve playwright/designer teams spent three days at a retreat weekend exploring Longwood Gardens, interviewing the staff members who keep the gardens running, and brainstorming with their partners. Every corner of Longwood Gardens was explored, each area a new and creative opportunity for a performance space.
The artists submitted their proposals by February 18, 2011 and six projects were then selected for development. Take a look at the interesting ideas they came up with!
Next Up for the Longwood Gardens Project
The selected artists will develop their proposals into full theatrical pieces. Check back this summer for more updates.
Selected Teams of Artists
Rachel Dickstein (playwright) & Susan Zeeman Rogers (designer)
Russell Davis (playwright) & James Pyne (designer)
Lisa D’Amour (playwright), Katie Pearl (playwright) & Mimi Lien (designer)
Susan Mosakowski (playwright) & Marsha Ginsberg (designer)
Kathryn Walat (playwright) & Wilson Chin (designer)
Kathryn Petersen (playwright) & Tony Straiges (designer)
Hank Murta Adams (sculptor)
For more information on Longwood Gardens, click here.