A Sneak Peek inside Dark Room


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Bridge Repertory Theater Offers Interactive, Behind-the-Scenes Workshop into Process of World Premiere Play

Bridge Repertory Theater invites play lovers and novices alike to go behind-the-scenes and inside-the-process with an interactive look at the development of Dark Room, a world premiere production inspired by the life, death and photography of Francesca Woodman, featuring a cast of 25 women.

At the sneak peek, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 22, workshop-goers will meet playwright George Brant, director Olivia D'Ambrosio and members of the all-female cast.

Dabney Hailey, curator and East Cambridge resident, will guide participants as a group to look deeply at and discuss one of Francesca Woodman's photographs using a method called “Visual Thinking Strategies.”

Members of the cast read will then read the scene in the play that that same photograph inspired.

Participants will also then get to ask questions of the entire creative team about the script and process of bringing a brand new play to life.

“Dark Room is a world premiere play, the playwright is still living, and this event is part of a new play development process,” D’Ambrosio said. “It really makes it different. New plays really have a different approach and style, and at Bridge Rep, we have given five workshops to this specific production, which is pretty unusual.”

The play will actually be performed in full during the months of July and August, with 16 to 18 performances. That will wrap up Bridge Repertory Theater’s first year in residence at the Multicultural Arts Center, 41 Second Street in East Cambridge.

“It’s super wonderful to have a single space on every front,” D’Ambrosio said. “To be in the same part of the city has really opened doors to make it easier for us to reach out and to engage with a specific community. And on a personal note, I just love that space so much and it’s so beautiful, being able to produce stuff in there is a real treat.”

Previous events held by Bridge Rep at the MAC included:

August 4, 2017 -- Residency Launch Party + Fundraiser -- 150 folks RSVP'd for this event, which was free and open to the public. BRT announced its residency and a $36,900 matching gift challenge, put on by its residency sponsor. The theater also shared a sneak peek of Dark Room.

October 31, 2017 -- The Marvelous Party: Halloween -- This party-performance featured the mash-up of Edgar Allan Poe's iconic poem, The Raven, together with live covers of iconic pop songs, like Michael Jackson's Thriller. Over 200 people came out for the event, ranging in age from 18 to 85.

January 31, 2017 -- Low Key New Year's Eve with Ruby Rose Fox -- To close out the year, BRT hosted a solo set by local rocker, Ruby Rose Fox. This event doubled as the close-out to its $36,900 matching gift drive, launched at the beginning of the residency. The fundraising goal was met.

Valentine's Day Week -- The Valentine's Day SHAKE Up -- Just last month, BRT produced an evening of Shakespeare's iconic couples scenes, including Romeo and Juliet, and the Macbeths. Originally scheduled for three nights, BRT had to add a fourth due to popular demand.

Dark Room Workshops + World Premiere Sneak Peeks - BRT has held four of five workshops for Dark Room, which will receive its world premiere production this upcoming summer. This coming Thursday’s event is the fifth workshop for this play.

D’Ambrosio highly encourages people to attend the workshop, saying, "It’s very inclusive. Participants are not just watching. We ask them questions, what are they seeing of this -- people who don’t necessarily have a theater vocabulary -- it really helps us understand if we are really getting the point across. It’s really been a valuable part of the process to have those open hours with the public.”

To buy tickets to the fifth Dark Room workshop, go here.

Learn more about Dabney Hailey and Visual Thinking Strategies at http://haileygroup.com. Learn more about Dark Room at http://www.bridgerep.org/yearfive.