The two labs temporarily replace the annual July lab in Utah while the Sundance Resort undergoes upgrades. As with the annual Utah lab, the East Coast sessions offer playwrights, directors, composers and librettists the opportunity to work with dramaturgs and full casts on their works in progress.
"The current season represents a departure from our history and is unquestionably one of Sundance Institute's most innovative,” said Sundance Theatre Institute artistic director Philip Himberg in a statement. "The Lab at MASS MoCA is a fascinating collaboration between Sundance Institute and a major cultural institution that shares our values. The Lab on Governors Island is our first non-residency program, allowing local writers to work in a retreat setting during the day and return to their homes each night. We expect to learn a great deal about how best to support these artists as we take a step away from the familiarity of our fantastic Utah home and collaborate with new partners."
The MASS MoCA lab will run March 28-April 11. The works include:
Out of Orbit by Jennifer Maisel, directed by Jackson Gay. "A mother and her teenage daughter. The Jet Propulsion Lab Scientist and the underachiever. Sara lives on Mars time, spearheading the Mars Rover Expedition, visiting a planet she cannot touch, while her daughter, Lis, on earth time, falls under the spell of the cyber-cypher Edgar2330. Sometimes it takes being worlds apart for an exploring woman and a longing-to-be-explored girl to find each other in our increasingly disconnected universe." MASS MoCA will also host performance artist John Kelly (known for his acclaimed tributes to Joni Mitchell) as the 2010 Sundance Institute Time Warner Storytelling Fellow in Residence. He will develop The Escape Artist, "a collision of music, video and story. In a studio dubbing recording session for cinematic re-enactments of the paintings of Caravaggio, a singer hired to lay down the tracks channels the characters that populate the paintings, encounters unexpected technical difficulties, and reveals a turbulent personal history of his own."
The Governors Island component will run May 23-June 6 and feature:
When Last We Flew by Harrison Rivers, directed by Colette Robert. "Before we were human. We were birds. And. We. Were. Magnificent!” Flying isn’t easy. Especially when you don’t have wings. But Paul, Natalie and Marian are about to discover that with a little faith, a little love, and a whole lot of help from Ellen McLaughlin, flight may not be as impossible as it seems." Visit Sundance.org/Theatre.