A new, nonprofit theatre company, the Riverside Stage Company (RSC), has opened and will produce its first show, Ampersand at the Chelsea Playhouse in NYC on Oct. 13.
Principals at RSC include producer David Young and artistic director Brian Feehan. The company is described as a professional, nonprofit company dedicated to presenting new American plays.
The RSC was conceived in 1996. The group has produced and administered an annual award program, the Founders Award for Excellence in Playwriting. From its former base at the renovated Palace Theatre in Norwalk, CT, RSC also conducted a dozen readings. The three plays scheduled for the company's first season in New York were selected from those twelve works.
While a final confirmation is still pending on two of the three works scheduled, production spokesperson Susan L. Schulman told Playbill On Line that the first show will be David Williams' Ampersand. Williams' play employs "offstage characters from existing, well-known plays."
Ampersand runs Oct. 13-Nov. 7, and the second and third shows, to be announced, will run Nov.16-28 and Nov. 30-Dec. 19 respectively. The Chelsea Playhouse is located at 125 West 22 Street in NYC. -- By Murdoch McBride