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The Exchange Announces 2017 Orchard Project Summer Residencies

Artists and theatre companies are developing new work in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. this summer.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y.: The Exchange has announced the artists, teams, and ensembles who will participate in the Orchard Project summer residency program June 1-July 2. The 26 participating artists and ensembles were selected from a pool of more than 600 theatre artists who applied.

The selected artists and teams receive room and board, rehearsal space, and support from other artists to develop new work.

“The Orchard Project clears the runway for amazing artists to make great work,” said artistic director Ari Edelson in a statement. “I couldn’t be more excited about the upcoming season, when we will support a more diverse group of artists than ever before and launch our new Family Initiative to support working families.”

New York City’s Lub Dub Theatre Company will develop The Doubtful Guest, an immersive show including music and magic.

Atlas Circus Company of NYC will work on a new piece incorporating circus arts, clowning, and slapstick.

Multidisciplinary artists Krissy Vanderwarker and Morgan McNaught of Chicago will be creating a new theatrical ritual to celebrate femme energy.

The Red Trouser Show of Massachusetts. will create a new show.

Mia Chung of New York and Peter Stopschinski of Texas will develop a new musical about the Korean War.

Philadelphia’s Lightning Rod Special will create a musical about birth and babies.

New Perspectives of the U.K. will work on an adaptation of 11 Kinds of Lonliness  by Richard Yates.

Dell Arte International of California, will collaborate with Til Lalezar of Denmark on Life Boats, a large scale devised show.

Michelle Tattenbaum and Itamar Moses of New York City will develop Moses’s new short play cycle, Teachers and Students.

New York’s Paul Lucas will create a second piece in his Trans Scripts series of works.

The playwrights in residence will include  Bernard White, Neena Beber, and Lila Rose Kaplan.

The Shakespeare Theatre of St. Louis will work with Alarm Will Sound of NYC, Taylor Mac, and director Taibi Magar, on Mac’s adaption of Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus.

Programming will also include the Cabaret and Musical Theatre Program, in partnership with the Putnam Den. Director Julian Fleisher will host artists Mo Rocca, David Cale, Rebekah Allen, Jack Bartholet, Ryan Scott Oliver, Molly Rice and Rusty Thelin with Milia Ayache, Ryan Haddad, and John Arthur Hill.

This year, the Orchard Project’s Family Initiative will provide childcare to visiting artists.

*An earlier version of this piece misspelled Mia Chung’s first name. It is Mia, not Mai.

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