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, Frank London and 600 Highwaymen Among 2014 Sundance Institute Theatre Lab | Playbill

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, Frank London and 600 Highwaymen Among 2014 Sundance Institute Theatre Lab Sundance Institute announced the projects and artists that will participate in its two fall artist development programs: the inaugural Playwrights Studio at Flying Point in Water Mill, NY, and the two-week Theatre Lab for musical theatre, ensemble-generated projects and solo work at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA).

The Playwrights Studio runs Oct. 19-26, and the two-week Theatre Lab will be held Nov. 30-Dec. 14.

Under the supervision of artistic director Philip Himberg and producing director Christopher Hibma, the initiatives are among the program's five annual Labs and Residencies for theatre artists and part of the 24 artist residency labs across many creative disciplines Sundance Institute offers annually.

"These fall labs provide unique and inspiring locations for these new and established artists to develop and explore their stories," said Himberg in a statement. "MASS MoCA allows the creators of these innovative musical theatre and ensemble-generated projects the time and space for collaboration and rehearsal, while the Playwrights Studio offers a home to our alumni who continue to grow and experiment and can take advantage of the retreat setting to focus solely on their work."

The artists selected for the fall session of Playwrights Studio at Flying Point in Water Mill, NY are David Cale 
(The History of Kisses, Palomino, A Likely Story, Lillian, Deep in a Dream of You, Smooch Music and The Redthroats), Dan LeFranc 
(playwright-in-residence of Playwrights Horizons; Troublemaker), Christopher Shinn
 (head of Playwriting at the New School for Drama; Dying City), José Rivera 
(The Motorcycle Diaries) and Cori Thomas
 (When January Feels Like Summer).

Projects and artists selected for the 2014 Sundance Institute Theatre Lab at MASS MoCA follow: Throw Me On the Burnpile and Light Me Up
Written and performed by Lucy Alibar
"Tales of a man, his family, his animals, and his burn pile."

A Memory of Fire: Hatuey
Written by Elise Thoron

Music by Frank London
"Based on Asher Penn's 1931 epic Yiddish poem Hatuey, as well as the story of the poet’s life – hisescape to Cuba from pogroms in the Ukraine –Elise Thoron and Frank London’s musical work A Memory of Fire: Hatuey is set in pre-revolutionary Cuba of the 1930’s, and tells the story of the legendary Taino chief Hatuey who led a valiant uprising against the Spanish conquistadors."

The Fever
"600 HIGHWAYMEN will begin work on The Fever, the company's adaptation of Stravinsky's 101-year-old ritualistic and revolutionary work Rite of Spring. This first exploration for the company brings together New Yorkers and North Adams residents to reopen this classic work, alongside a brand new music composition created during the residency by Brandon Wolcott."

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