We Don't Know What This Is Yet: From Pandemic to Provocative Theatre

We Don't Know What This Is Yet & Programs

May 05, 2020

“Even, or perhaps especially, in uncertainty we can find beauty,”
Catherine Stewart, NHTP Artistic Director

NHTP has been making theatre with communities for over thirty years, and now in the wake of the Covid-19 Global Pandemic we are returning to our roots to create a new work for the stage. We Don’t Know What This Is Yet is a new play in production behind the scenes at NHTP, and even in its early stages there is a powerful value at the core of the piece.

Genevieve Aichele, Catherine Stewart, and Resident Artist CJ Lewis are gathering source material for the new work. As with other works created by the company such as Dreaming Again which explored the experience of immigrants coming to New Hampshire, or Neighborhoods which recorded the history of Portsmouth’s North End and the gentrification of the city over many decades, We Don’t Know What This Is Yet is a work grounded in the traditions of docudrama. “We are currently gathering accounts, stories, and experiences from the community,” says Lewis. “We’re doing this in a really thoughtful way, that aims to help individuals explore hidden feelings, moments of tension, or experiences that they might not be able to articulate just yet.”

Individuals who want to participate in the creative process can visit nhtheatreproject.org/onstagenow to sign up for a 15-minute online conversation with one of NHTP’s Company Artists. People can also leave a response on a dedicated phone line created for the project. The caller is asked to identify themselves and then they are given a prompt to respond to. An opportunity to submit a written response is also available, along with additional information on the project at nhtheatreproject.org/onstagenow.

In order to stay up to date with developments in the creation of We Don’t Know What This Is Yet follow, link, and subscribe to New Hampshire Theatre Project on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter with @nhtheatreproject. 


Meets every Thursday through May 28 - 7:00 to 8:30pm
This program with Eric Schildge has started but if you would like to join for a session or more let us know!

Facilitated by Stephanie Lazenby
Meets Tuesdays May 12 to June 9  -  7:00 to 8:30pm
Check out the last Couch to Mic Live on the NHTP YouTube Channel 

 

Saturday May 16 from 7:00 to 8:30pm
Facilitated by CJ Lewis

Our theme this summer is Big Little DifferencesNHTP campers, in collaboration with our resident teaching artists, will be exploring all the small things they can do to make a BIG difference in the world. 

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we know that families will need the support of programs like NHTP's summer camps even more than before. Camps may have to look different this summer, but we will definitely be offering all our programs.

NHTP is also cognizant of financial concerns right now and so we are offering the option for a $25 hold fee at the time of registration then 50% tuition due by June 30 and 100% due by program start.  Early bird rates apply thru June 15 with FULL payment. Please contact us if you need to discuss a payment plan. Some full and partial scholarships are available to those with demonstrated financial need.  Contact NHTP for more information or apply for Financial Aid.

For more information about the workshops, classes, and training at New Hampshire Theatre Project visit nhtheatreproject.org

 Since 1988, 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 St, Portsmouth, NH 
 

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