Bryant Martin and Scott Sheppard in Pig Iron Theatre’s “Gentlemen Volunteers” in 2015. (Photo by Lindsay Browning Photography)

The Exchange Announces Orchard Project Artist Residencies

Artists will develop new work in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. this June.

NEW YORK CITY: The Exchange has announced the 26 artists and ensembles selected to participate in the 2016 Orchard Project Summer Lab Program in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. The participants were selected from a pool of 800 applicants, and will develop and refine new shows as part of their residencies.

The artists and teams include Kathy Najimy and Mo Gaffney, Esperanza Spalding, Pig Iron Theatre Company, Robert Schenkkan, the Civilians, the Dance Cartel, Grace McLean, Molly Pope, among others.

In addition to the residency program, the Orchard Project will present public performances of workshops, cabarets, and full-scale shows throughout the month of June.

“In our second year in Saratoga Springs, we are particularly excited to invite the community behind the curtain to see what some of the most exciting artists in the country are making,” said artistic director Ari Edelson in a statement. “With a roster that spans Grammy and Tony winners to top talent of tomorrow, we are packing every week in June with exclusive events. We cannot wait to create this next generation of work with our community of artists and supporters.”

The programming will include a series of music and cabaret shows (June 10, 17, 30) with Kathy Najimy and Mo Gaffney, Molly Pope, Martha Graham Cracker, Grace McLean, Amy Leon, and more. The Dance Cartel will perform part of their event ONTHEFLOOR (June 11), featuring glitter and pumping bass. Jazz musician Esperanza Spalding will also perform (June 16). Pig Iron Theatre Company will present Gentleman Volunteers (June 27-July 1), a drama about American idealism and unlikely love affairs set against the chaos of World War I.

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