For the past five weeks, original works by new emerging playwrights have been developed and presented at the Soho Repertory Theatre under the umbrella title of Summer Camp 6 -- New Works in Heat, A New Play Development Series. The Off-Off-Broadway festival began July 13 and ends Aug. 13.
The last show, Aug. 11-13, is The Flying Machine, the Brooklyn clown ensemble, premiering its new comedy, Archipelago. Tickets are sold out for the first performance but are available for Aug. 12-13.
Summer Camp brings together young writers, directors, designers, and theatre technicians each summer to hone their skills in a professional setting. It concludes the Soho Rep season, which featured the premiere of Quincy Long’s The Year of the Baby, and Mac Wellman’s Hypatia.
Artistic director Daniel Max Aukin said in a statement, “The best way to develop a new play is to mount a production of that play. No number of staged readings can provide the insight that is gained through the process of a high-level workshop. Mounting a new play with technical support and real rehearsal time allows the playwright to better see what the play and production need to evolve.”
The previous Summer Camp 6 shows were: • July 13-15, the 10-Minute Play Series will boast eight new 10-minute plays. Among these are Brad Fetzer’s Get In and Emily Jenkins’ Family, Genus, Species.
• July 20-22, World Speed Carnival, by Stephanie Fleischmann.
• July 27-29, Marge by Peter Morris.
• August 3-5, Amy Rebecca Boyce’s Dead Reckoning.
• Aug. 6, New Creations.
Tickets are $8. Soho Rep is located at 46 Walker St. in Manhattan. Call (212) 334-0962 for specific showtimes and reservations.
-- Daniel Fischer