The eight projects selected for the 2003 Sundance Summer Theatre Lab follow. The acting company was announced July 8.
Dhammashok "is written and directed by Ruben Polendo, whose latest work, The Ramayana, recently played at American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco. Dhammashok an epic and mythical play, rooted in a story from ancient India. The story follows a regal prince as he transforms into a ruthless warrior striving to unite his country, and his subsequent conversion to Buddhism. Over 40 characters are played by a dozen actors in a play filled with pageantry and music by composer, Todd Almond, who will also be in residence at Sundance." The 2003 Sundance Theatre Lab cast and musicians include Aysan Çelik (The Ruby Sunrise, Dhammashok), Eisa Davis (Fabulation?), Peter Dinklage (A Doll House), Autumn Dornfeld (The Ruby Sunrise, Fabulation?), Saidah Arrika Ekulona (Fabulation?, Well), Leslie Elliard (Fabulation?, Well), Jef Evans (percussionist, Dhammashok), Honora Fergusson (A Doll House), Ben Fox The Ruby Sunrise, Dhammashok), Lisa Harris (A Doll House), Stephen Mckinley Henderson (Another Fine Mess, Fabulation?), Jane Houdyshell (Well, Dhammashok), Sarah Hudnut (The Ruby Sunrise, Dhammashok), Erik Liberman (National Foundation for the Advancement in the Arts Actor Grantee, Dhammashok, The Final Tour), Hamish Linklater (The Ruby Sunrise, Dhammashok), Michael Lombard (Another Fine Mess, Dhammashok), Kristopher Medina (A Doll House), Maude Mitchell (A Doll House), Ebon Moss-Bachrach (Another Fine Mess, The Final Tour), Kunal Nayyar (Kennedy Center Actor Grantee, Dhammashok), John Neville (The Final Tour), Gary Perez (Fabulation?, Well), Darren Pettie (Dhammashok, Another Fine Mess), Barbara Pitts (The Final Tour, Well), Jim Pitts (The Final Tour), Mark Povinelli (A Doll House), Mary Lou Rosato (The Final Tour, The Ruby Sunrise), Kimberly Scott (Another Fine Mess, Fabulation?), Norman Snow (The Ruby Sunrise, Fabulation?).
"The 2003 Sundance Theatre Laboratory fellows represent both emerging and established writers for the American stage," producing artistic director Philip Himberg of Sundance Institute Theatre Program, said in a statement. "Many of this year's scripts and writers were new discoveries for us. But, as usual, mixing both younger and more senior artists in one lab makes for a fertile and creative environment at Sundance."
The creative advisers for this year's Lab include Zelda Fichandler, chair of the Graduate Acting Program at NYU/Tisch School of the Arts; playwright Marsha Norman ('night, Mother, The Secret Garden); and dramaturgs Jocelyn Clarke, Kim Euell and Mame Hunt.
Meg Simon is the casting advisor for the 2003 Lab.
Founded by Robert Redford in 1981, "Sundance Institute is dedicated to the development of artists of independent vision and the exhibition of their new work. Since its inception, the Institute has grown into an internationally recognized resource for filmmakers and other artists. Sundance Institute conducts national and international labs for filmmakers, screenwriters, composers, writers, and theater artists. The annual Sundance Film Festival, a major program of Sundance Institute, is held each January and is considered the premier showcase for American and international independent film. The Institute supports non-fiction filmmakers through the Documentary Film Program by providing year-round support through the Sundance Documentary Fund and a series of programs, which nurture their growth, encourage the exploration of innovative nonfiction storytelling, and promote the exhibition of documentary films to a broader audience."