In conjunction with the Long Wharf Theatre's February 15-March 12 world premiere of Meghan Kennedy’s Napoli, Brooklyn, the story of an Italian-American immigrant family and three sisters coming of age in a rapidly changing world, the New Haven, Connecticut, venue will offer its annual SPARK program, a behind-the-scenes look at the making of a new piece of theatre.
The SPARK program, which begins January 17, is designed to engage audiences in a series of hands-on experiences surrounding the development, rehearsal, and production of Napoli, Brooklyn.
“SPARK is a rare opportunity for our audience to get to know the people who make the magic happen on stage—the writers, producers, actors and more. Surprisingly few people know how much we do in house here at Long Wharf Theatre — everything is built from scratch and this a chance for us to share, teach and learn from one another from beginning to end,” said Elizabeth Nearing, community engagement manager, in a statement.
Access to the entire series is being offered at $40, which supports Long Wharf Theatre’s efforts to develop and produce emerging playwrights and their work.
2017 SPARK! events will be held on these consecutive Tuesday evenings. Details, according to the venue, follow:
January 17: Writing a Play—On the evening of our first rehearsal, learn about up and coming playwright Meghan Kennedy and her process in creating Napoli, Brooklyn.
January 24: The Dramaturg's Role —Meet with new play dramaturg and literary manager Christine Scarfuto to talk about what a dramaturg does to support bringing plays to life.
January 31: Creating a Character — Midway through the rehearsal process, we’ll talk about the challenges actors face in creating a role for the first time.
February 7: Building a World — Meet some of our backstage designers and makers to learn about how we get from the ideas on the page to the world created on stage.
For more information about the program or to secure a reservation, call (203) 787-4282 or visit longwharf.org.