The new ten-day workshop, scheduled to run Nov. 6-18, includes intensive rehearsals and presentations of works previously developed at the Sundance Institute Theatre Lab in Utah, Florida and Wyoming. The residency marks the first New York theatre workshop for the Sundance Institute.
Marcus Gardley's …And Jesus Moonwalks the Mississippi, a 2006 Sundance participant, will be workshopped during the upcoming residency. Gardley's play will receive a ten-day rehearsal with a full cast and dramaturg; Robert O'Hara will direct. The intensive will culminate in by-invitation-only presentations Nov. 17 and 18 at the Public.
Press notes describe Gardley's work as "a poetic retelling of a Greek myth that weaves a fascinating yarn about family relationships during the Civil War. The play tells the story of a world where trees preach, rivers dance and Christ moonwalks."
Playwright David Adjmi, who will see his work Caligula in development at Soho Rep this season, will also participate in the Sundance Residency at the Public. His work, Marie Antoinette, which also premiered at Sundance in 2006, will receive a three-day reading as part of the residency.
The missions of both the Public Theater and the Sundance Theatre Institute — developing new and innovative works in order to create a diversified theatrical scene — dovetail in the latest project. Public Theater artistic director Oskar Eustis, who has worked as an advisor for the Sundance Institute for the past two decades, said in a statement, "The Public and Sundance share a common goal, a belief that diverse and exciting artistic visions need more than the marketplace to grow and enrich our culture. This residency is an extension of a long-standing relationship between the Public and the Sundance Institute Theatre Program. I have been coming to the Theatre Lab in Utah for over 20 years, taking part in the artistic development process that is so uniquely Sundance. We also have a community of artists whose work at Sundance has come to fruition at the Public Theater. We are delighted to strengthen our bond with the most important play development institution in America."
Public Theater productions initially developed at the Sundance Theatre Institute include Passing Strange, Dogeaters, 36 Views and Measure for Pleasure.
The Sundance Theatre Institute is also responsible for aiding in the creation of numerous Broadway, Off-Broadway and regional ventures, including Grey Gardens, Spring Awakening, I Am My Own Wife, The Light in the Piazza, Some Men, Blue Door, Crowns, Most Wanted and (I am) Nobody's Lunch by The Civilians.
Founded in 1981 by Robert Redford, the Sundance Institute has become internationally renowned for exhibiting the work of innovative filmmakers, screenwriters, composers, writers and theatre artists. More than 85 percent of the work developed from the Sundance Institute Theatre Lab goes on to receive professional productions in the U.S., Mexico and Europe.