Plant A Seed
This is a rare moment of intense shared experience across our country. Given the antiracist uprising in the U.S. and the global pandemic, the theatres in the Public Works National Cohort feel called to reimagine how to be of service to their communities. This cohort of community artists is activating their creativity to reimagine spaces for collective artmaking and believes that there is strength and joy to be found in envisioning the future together.
This artistic call to action has resulted in THE SEED PROJECT, an ambitious work of collaborative and participatory art across the nation and in New York City. Community members from the Public Works National Partners and Affiliates across the country are responding to the prompt: “Today, I am planting a seed of…” These offerings for the future are being turned into large-scale pieces of public art, with each theatre in the National Cohort creating a unique work of art for its own community.
Williamstown Theatre Festival asked COMMUNITY WORKS alums from across the Berkshires to share one-word responses, in their own handwriting, to the prompt “Today, I’m planting the seed of…” Graphic designer Gabriel Drozdov incorporated many of those responses into the following piece, that will be shared across digital platforms to inspire us all to imagine a better future together.
OUR COMMUNITY PARTNERS:
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This program is supported in part by Ellen J. Bernstein, MountainOne, Steve & Andrea Ryan, grants from the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation’s Arts Build Community Initiative and Fund for Williamstown, and grants from the Cultural Council of Northern Berkshire and Pittsfield Cultural Council, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
Williamstown Theatre Festival is a recipient of an Audience (R)Evolution: Exploration Grant, funded by The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and administered by Theatre Communications Group, the national organization for the professional not-for-profit American theatre.
Williamstown Theatre Festival is a member of the Public Works Affiliate Network.
OUTSIDE AROUND TOWN: Alien/NationOUTSIDE AROUND TOWN: Alien/Nation
WORLD PREMIERE IMMERSIVE THEATRICAL EXPERIENCE
Featuring and devised by the company of The Forest of Arden in collaboration with writers Jen Silverman and Eric Berryman
Directed by Michael Arden
Including members of WTF’s COMMUNITY WORKS program
July 20 - August 8 | Williamstown, MA
OUTSIDE AT THE CLARK: RowOUTSIDE AT THE CLARK: Row
WORLD PREMIERE MUSICAL
Book by Daniel Goldstein
Music and Lyrics by Dawn Landes
Directed by Tyne Rafaeli
Inspired by A Pearl in the Storm by Tori Murden McClure
Featuring Grace McLean
July 13 - August 8 | The Clark Art Institute
OUTSIDE ON MAIN: Nine Solo Plays by Black PlaywrightsOUTSIDE ON MAIN: Nine Solo Plays by Black Playwrights
Directed by Wardell Julius Clark, Candis C. Jones, and Awoye Timpo
Guest curated by Robert O’Hara
Featuring new plays by Ngozi Anyanwu, France‑Luce Benson, J. Nicole Brooks, Guadalís Del Carmen, Terry Guest, Ike Holter, Zora Howard, NSangou Njikam, and Charly Evon Simpson
July 6 - July 25 | Front Lawn of the '62 Center for Theatre and Dance
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