The Kitchen Sink series provides a venue for emerging regional theater artists to develop work through staged readings and informal performances of works-in-progress.
Last season:Civic Ensemble presents Parent Stories
3 performances: Friday, May 31 at 8:00 PM, Saturday, June 1 at 2:00 PM, and Saturday, June 1 at 8:00 PM
New parents are often told to "enjoy every minute" of the parenting experience, but is that a realistic goal? Parents test their own abilities to always do the right thing, but is that even possible?
Civic Ensemble presents their first community-based play. It features parents, with children of all ages, from the Ithaca community as they grapple with the question of how to "enjoy every minute" in the face of life's many challenges. Written and performed by our community, and directed by Sarah K. Chalmers, Parent Stories seeks to explore the tension between past, present and future contextualized by the parenting process.
More info here - https://www.facebook.com/events/518768664825709
Civic Ensemble presents Preview Sharing of Parent Stories
A FREE Staged Reading on Monday, March 11th at 7:30 PM at the Kitchen Theatre
Written and performed by Rachel Lampert in collaboration with Richard Montgomery and friends.
May 8 - May 19
This “piece d’occasion” is a personal inventory of landing in a new place. Lampert’s movement and musical theater background fuels an evening of stories, music and possible conclusions.
Timber Land takes place in Bangor, Maine in the first weeks of 2009. As America prepares to inaugurate its first African-American president, the folks in Bangor, a self-described “progressive” community, welcome Hal, the fugitive grandson of the community’s elder statesmen. Hal, an activist whose act of protest has gone awry, settles into this homey enclave and brings fresh perspective to the ways and means of activism that both challenge and excite his newfound Northern family. But when Hal’s past catches up to him, questions arise as to the nature of his exodus. Was there more to his flight than simple civil justice?
Timber Land was written by Philadelphia-based playwright Katharine Clark Gray, an alumna of Ithaca College’s Dept. of Theatre Arts, whose plays are gaining critical acclaim along the east coast. The staged reading will be directed by Cornell Theatre Professor Melanie Dreyer-Lude. The cast features local favorites Susannah Berryman, Sarah K. Chalmers and J.G. Hertzler, IC Theatre Arts alums Dustin Sullivan and Josh Sedelmeyer, Off-Broadway’s Omar Maskati, fresh from a run of the new play Disgraced, at Lincoln Center Theatre, and current IC Theatre Arts students Serrana Gay and Jasmine Harris.
The reading will be followed by a panel discussion with the playwright, the director, and Civic Ensemble Artistic Director Godfrey L. Simmons, Jr. Click here to RSVP to this free event:https://www.facebook.com/events/528110083900112/
January 28th, 7:30 pm - Obamatry: A Spoken Word Remix on the 44th President of the United States of America
Written & Performed by
Directed by Jennifer McGrath
A multimedia solo show directed by Jennifer McGrath and written and performed by Actor/Poet Darian Dauchan, winner of the 2012 Jerome Foundation's Stakeholder's Choice Award in conjunction with Bowery Arts and Science, consisting of live looped songs, beat-boxing and a collage of satirical poems and presidential soundbites chronicling from candidacy, to presidency, to present day. A virtual rhetorical conversation on the subject of America between a Poet and a President.
Click here to learn more about the Kitchen Sink series. If you are interested in presenting your work on the Kitchen Sink series, contact Lesley Greene by email at for guidelines and more information.
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