The Exchange has announced the artists and companies who will participate in its 2015 Orchard Project summer residency program in Saratoga Springs. They include Alan Cumming, Theresa Rebeck, Bridget Everett, Marcus Gardley, Stew, Ping Chong, John Glover, the UK’s Gate Theatre and others, a total of 22 artists and ensembles (listed below). These artists were selected from a competitive field of nearly 500 applicants to develop their big, new ideas at the Orchard Project. This will be the eighth summer — and the first summer in Saratoga Springs — for the Orchard Project, a laboratory program where theater artists and companies come to innovate, develop and refine new shows. Past productions developed at the Orchard Project have gone on to be performed around the globe for over 500,000 people and to win awards from TONYs to Obies to Oliviers.
We couldn’t be more excited to turn Saratoga into a creative springboard for pathbreaking new work that will go on to stages across the country and the world. We can’t wait to see what the Orchard Project’s 100-plus writers, directors, actors, singers, dancers and puppeteers create this summer.” – Ari Edelson, founder and artistic director of the Orchard Project
The Exchange also announced the launch of its first-ever Orchard Project Presents season, a series of public performances that will take place at Saratoga Springs’ Universal Preservation Hall — a recently restored 1871 church — as well as at venues around Saratoga Springs. The Orchard Project Presents series will invite the public to experience world class new work as it is being developed. The series will feature events every week in June, including Sneak Peek Productions (early stage, cutting-edge workshops and productions), Cabarets and Concerts (special events with top musical talent) and an Open Studio Week (featuring innovative shadow puppeteers). Orchard Project Presents will begin the month with an immersive production of “Church of the Passionate Cat” by Austin’s Underbelly Theater and conclude with an intimate concert with TONY Award winning actor, singer and writer Alan Cumming. The full line-up is listed below.
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