Devised Works

Passage is committed to creating mainstage theatre productions that reflect the true stories of our community. In devised work, we are working with a team of artists to create a script from scratch.

CURRENT 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 us at  info@passagetheatre.org.


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.