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A Letter to the PW Community

Every year the PW board holds what we call a “visions” meeting. This is a long conversation where we talk about how we can better serve the community of artists who work in the Upspace and Downspace in T.F. Green. This is an open letter about some of the conversations we had at that meeting and the ways we are hoping to grow this semester!

Projects We Are Excited About This Semester
This semester, the PW board continues to produce theatre that not only is important given our current social and political climate, but is also curated by people who are passionate about this work and its potential. Our winter season is offers two productions that center narratives about women and gender-nonconforming individuals. Julius Caesar, directed by Caroline Sprague ’20, is a thoughtful reimagining of Shakespeare drama in a world without men. Marielle Burt ‘19 then presents Sarah DeLappe’s The Wolves, a play about a high school soccer team and the multiplicity of girlhood.

We are also elated to be producing Two Birds With One Beet, a celebration of the relationship between humans and plants. Marissa Alfiero ’21’s work promises to be an introspective, community-engaging performance. We hope you will join us for this one-of-a-kind Two Weeks In The Space (TWITS) production!
Finally, we would like to invite all members of the community to consider proposing for our spring season, which includes the April and commencement slots, or alternatively proposing later this semester to our fall season! Click here for more information about the proposal process

Shiny, New PW Initiatives
The PW board is excited to announce Playdates, a community play reading club! Playdates will take place once a month in the PW library (endearingly known as the pwibrary.) Everyone is welcome to read and discuss a different play every month. Our first meeting will be Saturday, February 10th at 4:00 pm where we will be reading Sarah Ruhl '97 MFA '01’s play In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play. Bring your pals! Bring some snacks! Click here for more information, including how to submit play titles you want to read.

We are also thrilled to be working with some Brown theater alumni to revamp our Wizards workshop program this semester. Wizards are events where working theater professionals teach Brown students about their knowledge of professional theater. Topics may include sound design, producing, stage management, and more! Check the PW Facebook page and the PWebsite (pw.brown.edu) for more information about the dates and times for Wizards events coming soon.

The PW board is going to be stepping up in our role as producers for downspace and TWITS shows this semester. The board is committed to supporting productions in technical and logistical capacities as well as opening space for thoughtful communication among the performers, designers, and technicians. Executive producers will be attending more rehearsals, taking additional steps to check in with all members of productions, and supporting teams actively throughout their processes.

Closing thoughts
The ideas listed above are part of ongoing efforts to make PW a more inclusive community. We need to do better. We hope that these ideas are steps in the right direction, but they will not be the end of our work. Let us know if you have ideas you want to share with us or responses to this letter. You can email production.workshop@gmail.com, drop by our sunday meetings at 11:30 am in the PW upspace, or fill out this anonymous feedback form.


Yours,
The PW board

production.workshop@gmail.com
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