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Passage’s Play Lab

PASSAGE’S PLAY LAB

Passage’s Play Lab creates new work in order to advance and diversify the art-form and our collective culture, affording emerging and established playwrights a platform for sharing diverse perspectives on complex and important issues.

COMMUNITY DEVISED WORKS

Passage is committed to creating mainstage theatre productions
that reflect the true stories of our community.

OK Trenton ProjectCURRENT PROJECT:
Passage is currently working on a production entitled The OK Trenton Project, a documentary-style play about the reaction to a sculpture entitled “Helping Hands,” which was installed in August of 2017 on a vacant city-owned lot at the corner of Perry and Montgomery streets in Trenton, NJ. The sculpture was designed and built by 16 students from a summer camp run by the nonprofit group HomeFront and artist Eric Schultz of Grounds for Sculpture. Following concerns that the sculpture too closely resembled a gang symbol and could send the wrong message to residents, the piece was removed and placed back in the artist’s studio. Upon further investigation, local artists found that the incident identified the need for a public art policy in Trenton. Told through the words of Trenton’s law enforcement, city officials, artists, residents, and students, this play tells the story of what one piece of art can mean to a community.

If you would like to be interviewed for The OK Trenton Project, or would like to volunteer to help with the project, please contact our Artistic Intern, Kara Jonsson at intern@passagetheatre.org.

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PAST PROJECTS:
2010 saw the production of Trenton Lights, a musical play conceived and created by June Ballinger and David Lee White that reached beyond the headlines, history books and news reports.  Trenton Lights captured the stories of Trenton residents through extensive interviews with diverse members of the community:  white, black, Hispanic; young and old; rich and poor.  Their words were transposed onto the stage in story-theatre format, often verbatim.

Following on the success of Trenton Lights, Ballinger and White held interviews with members of the community to create Profiles. This play featured professional actors and community members on stage together, bringing life to Trenton’s unseen facets in their own words.

Most recently, Passage produced Fixed, also by White. Drawing on hours of interviews with local residents, mental health professionals, and people who struggle with mental illness, Fixed threw an unflinching light on the stigma surrounding mental illness and the impact of a diagnosis – or lack thereof – on family and friends alike.

NEW WORK DEVELOPMENT AND SCRIPT SUBMISSIONS

Through our work, Passage patrons have had the opportunity to see the world premiere productions of 22 plays and counting! For a full list of the new plays and workshops we have produced, click here.

Submission Policy

Passage Theatre is no longer accepting unsolicited submissions. As a small regional theatre, we have limited resources and believe that this policy will best serve our mission to collaborate with a diverse group of artists within our community and maximize the support we are able to provide. We are members of the National New Play Network and, through our Play Lab program, are actively exploring ways to cultivate relationships with new playwrights connected to the greater Trenton area.

We are so grateful for the interest in Passage Theatre and wish we had the resources to serve an unlimited number of writers. For agents who have scripts by writers living within the greater Trenton Area (New Jersey, Philadelphia and New York City) please contact Artistic Director, Ryanne Domingues at ryanne@passagetheatre.org with submissions.

TEACHING ARTIST OPPORTUNITIES

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Passage’s educational programming invites youth and adults of all ages and backgrounds to explore, fully realize, and share their greatest creative potential and the potential of community through the power of expression – onstage, in the classroom, in their neighborhoods, and across the nation. Many of our programs include the creation of new work with students. If you are interested in helping to teach the future playwrights and theatre makers of tomorrow, please see our Education Page or contact Artistic Director Ryanne Domingues at ryanne@passagetheatre.org for more information on how to get involved.

HELP SUPPORT NEW WORK

Passage Theatre is dedicated to the importance of new theatrical work and diverse storytelling. However, a large amount of time and resources are necessary to support any play in its development. If you or someone you know may be interested in helping to fund the development of a new play or musical, please contact our Managing Director, Damion Parran, at damion@passagetheatre.org for more information.

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