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NH Theatre Project Spring Newsletter

June 19, 2019

NH Theatre Project Spring Newsletter

Susan is a professional writer who has had a whirlwind spring finishing her Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing at UNH. Her graduation on May 18 was the culmination of two years of coursework and a year of writing her thesis, a collection of essays and stories. She received the Young P. Dawkins III Endowed Prize in Creative Writing and was appointed a class marshal for the Graduate School, leading all advanced degree recipients at the commencement ceremony. Susan has been involved with NHTP since 2010, first as an adult student and volunteer. She joined the board in 2016 and has chaired the Marketing & Development Committee since it was formed in 2018.

"This theatre is so magical and transformative that I just want to do more and more to help it grow," Susan says of her evolving commitment to NHTP. "Especially now, because for the first time we have this space to ourselves, which has enabled us to increase our programming and to innovate. With the option to buy the space, I feel an added incentive to boost our fundraising efforts and successes. We're got the momentum to create a shining future."

Ada and the Engine by Lauren Gunderson
June 14-30

Presented in collaboration with Glass Dove Productions, founded by NHTP alumna Emily Karel.  Ada and the Engine is the story of Ada Byron Lovelace, the first computer programmer. Jane Austen meets Steve Jobs in this pre-tech romance!

From Director Catherine Stewart

"I have spent time with women of the 19th Century this season and developed a real affinity for the adventurous, determined, and creative ladies that pioneered in the arts, mathematics, and technology. Ada Byron Lovelace, daughter of the Lothario Lord Byron, is credited as a crucial part of the development of the mathematics that launched the technological revolution over 100 years after her death. The work of Lauren Gunderson, America's most produced living playwright, often revolves around the life and work of women who have pioneered in Science, Technology, Engineering or Math. I admire Gunderson's writing for its swiftness, and the ease of the language that flows from the characters."

Build Your Own Musical NHTP & PMAC: Ages 8-12 July 29-Aug 2
Scholarships available thanks to Partners Bank (formerly SIS Bank).  
Call us for info at (603) 431-6644 
Can one person make a difference?

This is the first season curated by Catherine Stewart, NHTP’s new Associate Artistic Director.  Each production focuses on our theme for 2019-20: Can one person make a difference?  Tickets for the season will go on sale August 1.

The Niceties
Written by Eleanor Burgess
Directed by Catherine Stewart

In this brand new drama, a black student and a white professor – meet to discuss a paper about slavery's role in the American Revolution. A polite conversation becomes a powder keg of race, history, and power, and neither woman will ever be the same. 

Pride & Prejudice
Written by Kate Hamill
Directed by Danielle Howard

 A thoroughly different take on the literary classic about a woman ahead of her time. Kate Hamill brings Lizzy Bennett to life for the 21st century audience. The language is traditional but the approach is hilariously modern.    

 It’s a Wonderful Life:
A Live Radio Show
Written by Joe Landry
Directed by Robin Fowler
We're revisiting this seasonal hit but this year we're delving deeper into the trials and tribulations of George Bailey, and the difference he makes in the town of Bedford Falls.

Sherwood: The Adventures of   Robin Hood  
Written by Ken Ludwig
Directed by Blair Hundertmark
JANUARY 10 - 26

Packed with thrills, romance, laughter,  and immortal characters like Little John, Friar Tuck, and Maid Marian, Sherwood: The Adventures of Robin Hood tells the enduring story of a hero of the people who takes on the ruthless powers that be.  So get ready to duck a quarterstaff or two – you won’t want to miss a moment of the swashbuckling fun.

Fourth Annual Storytelling Festival
Led by Genevieve Aichele
MARCH 13 - 29

Three Solo full-length performances, workshops, showcase and more. This month-long festival will be explore the stories of individuals in performances, workshops and more all under the seasons theme. Featured storyteller Diane Edgecomb, who has brought her traditional Winter Solstice Celebration to NHTP for the past three years.

a devised play exploring environmental issues
Led by Catherine Stewart
MAY 1- 17

This newly devised play explores the current geological age, viewed as the period during which human activity has been the dominant influence on climate and the environment. Using media, text, music and physical performance the piece will ask what we, as individuals, can do when the world is at stake?

Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet)
Written by Ann-Marie MacDonald,
Directed by Eric Schildge
JUNE 12 - 28

This 1988 comedy follows Constance Ledbelly, a young English literature professor from Queen's University, as she explores the tragedies of Shakespeare's leading players - Romeo, Juliet, Othello and Desdemona. In a moment of despair, Constance is thrown into both her subconscious mind and the two Shakespearean tragedies to discover the truth about herself.


Since 1998, New Hampshire Theatre Project has been providing nurturing professional environments for youth, artists and community members to be inspired and transformed through the art of theatre. 

NH Theatre Project is located at 959 Islington Street, #3 Portsmouth


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