Active Listening, Season Three has launched!
Welcome to Season Three of Active Listening, a New Dramatists program conceived of and produced by resident playwrights Karinne Keithley Syers and Melisa Tien, and featuring the inspired work of five marvelous playwrights including current resident playwrights Jaclyn Backhaus, Kirk Wood Bromley, C. Julian Jiménez, and Matthew Paul Olmos, and Lucas Baisch, the 2021-2022 Princess Grace Fellow.
Three years ago, this program was born of the need to create outside of our communal spaces. As we return to in-person work rooms, the audio platform continues to offer members of the New Dramatists company of playwrights another artistic opportunity to exercise creative agency and latitude to experiment with form and content through sound.
Each piece comprising Season Three is an intimate adventure: several into interior landscapes of memory and longing; one uses nature as a primary collaborator. Some of the writers give voice to their own words while others invited collaborators to join them in their sonic forays. Some of the pieces capture a moment in time; others portend a glimpse of the future. There is sweetness and mystery, and collectively, they share themes of connections and misconnections.
The appeal and beauty of Active Listening is that it invites us into a theatrical space that plays out in the boundless venue of our imaginations. Listen and be transported!