Umbrella Project partners with Strawberry Theatre Workshop for Strawberry Theatre Book Club

As part of Umbrella Project’s commitment to supporting theatre within their local and national networks, Umbrella is collaborating with Strawberry Theatre Workshop to help launch the Strawberry Theatre Book Club. This program–to read and discuss as many as 24 scripts each year–will invigorate Strawshop’s season selection process, and generate community discussion around Strawshop’s mission.

“We’re thrilled to be partnering with such a beloved local theatre,” says Umbrella Project Executive Director, Norah Elges, “and I know both organizations are going to benefit from this influx of voices.”

As part of the Book Club, Strawshop will host monthly play discussion meetings with a core group of artists who will discuss plays under consideration for future productions.  Umbrella will select two of the Book Club plays each month from their library of local new work, and will facilitate the Book Club discussion. The pilot project will run for nine months and will include two public readings (in June and October), corresponding with when Strawshop is in residence at 12th Ave Arts.

In alignment with Umbrella Project’s mission, all public showings will be of new work and will include a post show discussion facilitated by Umbrella Project. Artists will receive a small stipend and the staged readings will be free and open to the public.  The schedule for these public events is:

Sunday, Jun-19, at 6:30pm (Studio Theatre at 12th Ave Arts)
Sunday, Oct-2, at 6:30pm (Mainstage Theatre at 12th Ave Arts)

Under the guidelines of this partnership, new work is defined as plays written within the last ten years that are new to Seattle audiences or have not received a production in Seattle.

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